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Hasselblad announce firmware update for the H4D 40 and 50

This is timely. I've just come back from Hasselblad UK after reviewing the H4D 60 with the new firmware for Hotshoe International magazine, and can say the update is well worth installing. The update allows full use of the screen's resolution (originally 230K dot up to 460K dot) making the one click focus check feature all the more relevant, while the bi-directional spirit level (visible on the rear screen and in the viewfinder, albeit uni-directional in the finder) and the option to use the back on view cameras using FireWire 800 to tether and power, could be very welcome features. The Live View option is similarly useful but the image is in mono and refreshes very slowly (about once a second or so) - it's a far cry from modern video-enabled DSLRs but will certainly be of use for product photography. The new firmware for the H4D 40/50 will be free and available to download from December 1, 2011. Press ReleaseCopenhagen, August 31 st 2011Hasselblad announces free firmware u…

Panasonic announces firmware upgrade of Lumix DMC-LX5

The LX5 goes from strength-to-strength as one of the best compacts for serious use (remote operation with Eye-Fi cards, quick movie capture etc). Press release: Panasonic updates firmware of DMC-LX5 to enhance its performance with a significant upgrades and improvements

A new firmware will be released for the LUMIX premium compact digital camera DMC-LX5. The firmware version 2.0 improves the camera’s performance and upgrades various functions while enhancing the usability.

Some of these improvements include:

The redesigned algorithm makes it possible to speed up the AF time by reducing it by approx. 23% at the wide-end, which is the fastest level of speed in class. The High ISO NR (Noise Reduction) mode is newly added to offer noise reduction specifically to the images shot at high ISO 1600/3200 sensitivity. The performance of auto white balance adjustment is improved in low light situations.

Panasonic roll out two power-zoom lenses for Lumix G

Press release: Panasonic Launches World-First High Performance Interchangeable Power Zoom Lenses for Lumix G Cameras

LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm and
LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm

26th August 2011 – Panasonic today announced the arrival of two new high performance interchangeable lenses for their Lumix G System cameras; the Lumix G X H-PS14042 and X H-PS45175. The new ultra compact electronic power zoom lenses are the first from the premium lens brand, ‘X’ for LUMIX G. Lumix G X lenses are a new breed of the highest quality zoom lenses, based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard. Their focal lengths complement each other perfectly for quality wide angle, portrait and landscape imagery,

The new LUMIX premium ‘X’ brand is at the forefront of the next generation of camera lenses; utilising the best in advanced optical performance. The new lenses feature Panasonic’s unique nano surface coating technology, optical image stabilisation (POWER O.I.S.) and aspherical and ED glass elements to achiev…

Sonnet roll out ExpressCard/34 Thunderbolt adapter Echo

Sonnet Technologies has announced a new ExpressCard/34 adapter based on Thunderbolt, the new connection standard (with transfer speeds quoted up to 10Gb/s) and adopted by the current range of Apple computers. The new adapter supports 5Gb/s PCIe based SDXC/CF, eSATA even USB3.0 ExpressCard/34 adapters, hence the name Echo. It is expected to ship at the end of October at a suggested retail price of $149.95, however, a Thunderbolt cable is required at extra cost (available at the Apple Store). Sonnet Adapter Expands the Capabilities of
Thunderbolt™ Technology-Enabled ComputersSonnet's Echo™ ExpressCard®/34 Thunderbolt™ Adapter Enables
ExpressCard/34 Cards to Connect With Computers Via Thunderbolt PortsIRVINE, CA—August 25, 2011—Sonnet Technologies today announced the Echo™ ExpressCard®/34 Thunderbolt™ Adapter, which enables the use of many Sonnet ExpressCard/34 adapters with computers equipped with a Thunderbolt port, including the latest Apple® iMac®, Mac® mini, MacBook® Air, and MacBo…

Bowmore, National Geographic announce 2011 International Photography Contest

Bowmore, the distillery producing the first Islay Single Malt whisky, is partnering with National Geographic UK for the second year to launch the 2011 International Photography Contest. The contest invites readers to submit their best photographs of the outdoors for a chance to feature in a future issue of National Geographic magazine and win a truly unforgettable trip for two to the magical island of Islay, the home of Bowmore. The contest runs from 1st August – 31st October 2011 Readers can enter at www.ipcuk2011.nationalgeographic.com Capture What’s Great About The Great Outdoors With Bowmore National Geographic International Photography ContestThis August, Bowmore, the first Islay Single Malt whisky, is delighted to partner with National Geographic UK for the second year to launch the 2011 International Photography Contest. Continuing its passion for photography, Bowmoreis inviting readers to submit their best photographs of the outdoors for a chance to feature in a future issue …

Olympus UK confirms Pen Mini price

Olympus UK has today announced the price of the Pen Mini (aka E-PM1) will start at £449.99 (inc. VAT) for a standard kit including an M.Zuiko 14-42mm II R lens.Press release: PRESS INFORMATIONSLR quality without the complexityMeet the gorgeous Olympus PEN MiniThe new PEN Mini is a tiny powerhouse of a system camera with interchangeable lenses. It’s also a beautiful camera that takes even more beautiful images and it couldn’t be any easier to use. The Mini is ideal for anyone who wants a fuss-free camera that fits in at a party as well as it fits in their pocket. Just like a point-and-shoot, it comes in six colours but the Mini is really an SLR-quality camera hiding behind the simplicity and looks of a genuine compact. It makes high-class photography and movie-making wonderfully easy. Olympus’ Live Guide gives beginners intuitive control of key parameters like aperture and depth of field, without them needing to know how they work. Six Art Filters add fun creative effects to both Full H…

Nikon UK offer free 750GB portable hard drive with D300s

Nikon UK has teamed up with Transcend to offer a free ruggedised 750Gb portable hard drive when buying a D300s from UK authorised dealers between 25th August 2011 to 31st October 2011. For more details, including how to claim, please see the press release below. BUY A NIKON D300S AND GET A FREE 750GB PORTABLE HARD DRIVE


Nikon UK, August 25th 2011: Nikon UK today announces a new D300S and free portable hard drive promotion. All customers purchasing the D300S, either as a body or part of a kit, are entitled to claim a free Transcend StoreJet 25M 750Gb portable hard drive £99.99.The offer is available from 25th August 2011 to 31st October 2011 (inclusive), and all claims must be received by 30th November 2011.

Niki Needham, Product Manager for professional products at Nikon UK, says: “Not only will customers purchasing the D300S benefit from the camera’s outstanding features, but will also gain the added advantage of this high-speed, shock-proof portable hard drive. For photographers shooti…

Sony officially announce long-rumored SLT-A77, A65, NEX 7 and NEX 5N

After months of speculation and rumor, Sony has today officially announced two new NEX cameras, NEX 7 and NEX 5 as well as two DSLRs, the semi-pro A77 and replacement for A700, and the A65, a mid-range but very highly specified camera in its own right. We'll keep it brief as the cameras have been deliberately leaked around the internet over the past weeks. The key features of the A77 (shown above) include 24.3 MP APS-C CMOS, an 2.38M dot OLED viewfinder with 100-percent coverage, and 12fps burst mode. The A77 can also capture HD AVCHD 60p/60i/24p video, including uninterrupted clips of up to 29 minutes in length.A 12fps burst rate is possible due to the OLED/SLT construction (i.e. no moving mirror) like the pellicle cameras of yesteryear, but the closing (and opening) of the aperture 12-times a second is close to (or at) the maximum possible. Pellicle cameras with 14/13.5fps capability such as the film-based Canon F1n High-speed and F3H (and 9.9fps F2H before it) operated in stopp…

Nikon outs Coolpix P7100 ahead of expected mirrorless camera

Ahead of the rumored mirrorless camera that has been circulating on the internet, Nikon has announced the successor to the P7000 compact, and challenger to the Canon G12. The new P7100 boasts faster response times and a tilting screen. There wasn't that much wrong with the P7000 but image processing was tardy (but not unbearably slow as reported with some hysteria on the internet) so the new model sounds promising. Canon, however, should be close to revealing the new G13, and let's not forget the Panasonic LX5 and the superb Olympus XZ1 (both those are smaller physically, feature wider, faster lenses and optional EVFs). When less is more: Nikon’s new COOLPIX P7100
COOLPIX P7000 successor comes with faster processing, quicker response times, and tilting screen

RRP: £499.99 / 580.00 Euros
Sales start date: 22nd September 2011

London, UK, 24 Aug 2011 - Nikon today unveils its latest high performance COOLPIX model, the P7100. Successor to the well-received P7000, the COOLPIX P7100 off…

Canon confirms popularity of Pro Solutions 2011

Canon has announced that pre-registrations for the company's annual Pro Solutions show on 25th and 26th October 2011 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London have 'exceeded expectations'. Entrance to the show will be free for all those who pre-register on-line or £8 on the door during the show. Interestingly, Canon say their CPS team will be available to 'upgrade and downgrade firmware on your current EOS camera'. I've not heard why anyone would want to downgrade their firmware, currently. Anyone know what that would pertain to?To pre-register, please use the link at the bottom of the post. Canon Pro Solutions Show 2011 - News updateUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 22nd August 2011-  Canon announced today further details about the Pro Solutions show on 25th and 26th October 2011 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.  Aimed at video, broadcast and still imaging professionals, visitors will experience Canon’s complete workflow solution…

Lowepro announce Photo Sport AW series backpacks

Two new backpacks aimed at adventure-sports orientated photographers look like a valuable addition to Lowepro's range. After losing some of its best people to ThinkTank Photo, Lowepro has struggled to bring innovative products to market, but that has changed in recent times. The superb Pro Roller X-series, new Street and Field (S&F) range and now these two packs all demonstrate Lowepro hasn't lost its touch. We'll be reviewing one of the new backpacks on this site shortly. New from Lowepro - Photo Sport AW SeriesAn ultra-lightweight high-performance backpack, purpose built for adventure-sports athletes who like to travel fast with their camera gear and essentials.Lowepro, the leading brand of protective gear for photography equipment, has unveiled the brand new Photo Sport AW series of dual-compartment backpacks. The range is specifically designed for photographers who are as passionate about their sport as their photography.Tim Sadler, Category Manager for Lowepro, sai…

New ebook, Get Started in Digital Glamour Photography unwrapped

Duncan Evans, a former editor of Digital Photo User magazine in the UK has announced a new e-book, Get started in Digital Glamour Photography. Available for download from the Amazon website at just £3.99 the new title is fully illustrated and available in two editions; Lingerie and Nudity. All images are mono on Kindle, but in full color on iOS, Android and desktop formats.
More information on the author can be found at www.duncanevans.co.uk
Press release: Digital photography comes to the Kindle

Digital Photography comes to the Kindle platform on Amazon thanks to author Duncan Evans. Get started in Digital Glamour Photography can be bought and downloaded directly from Amazon and played on Kindle hardware and iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Android devices with the Kindle reader app installed or PC and Mac with the Kindle software installed. The new title is fully illustrated and available in Lingerie and Nudity editions and costs just £3.99 direct from the Amazon website. The photography is r…

AP war photographer Anja Niedringhaus to be featured in Berlin exhibit

For the past 20 years AP photojournalist, Anna Niedringhaus has ventured into war zones around the globe documenting not only the violence, suffering and pain of those involved but sometimes also capturing, juxtaposing the briefest glimpse of humor in stark contrast to the surroundings. Her images have appeared on magazine covers and newspapers worldwide and Niedringhaus has received numerous awards for her work, including a Pulitzer prize in 2005. An exhibit featuring 40 black-and-white photos taken by Niedringhaus is to be shown at C/O Berlin – International Forum For Visual Dialogues, "At War" opens on Sept. 10 and will run through Dec. 4. For more information on C/O Berlin, please visit www.co-berlin.infoPress release: 'At War' runs at C/O Berlin gallery Sept. 10 – Dec. 4NEW YORK – The arc of war and strife since Sept. 11 is captured in an exhibit featuring the work of Anja Niedringhaus, an Associated Press photojournalist known for her striking images from con…

Manfrotto rolls out Stile bag range

Manfrotto has announced today a range of bags aimed not just at photographers but at anyone carrying around an assortment of digital devices that seem to proliferate in today's lifestyle. Although Manfrotto are known for their tripods, the parent company also makes and distributes Kata and National Geographic camera bags, two distinctly different brands catering to different markets (the Kata range are very popular with video crews). This new range seems to be targeting Manfrotto's traditional user base. We hope to review one of the Unica Messenger bags (above) in due course. Press Release
MANFROTTO PRESENTS THE STILE COLLECTION:
THE ULTIMATE BAG FOR THE EVERYDAY DIGITAL LIFESTYLELondon, August 2011 – Manfrotto, a global market leader in sleek photographic accessories, launches the STILE collection. This new premium collection features stylish bags that will accommodate digital media equipment used every day. It’s not uncommon to have a laptop or tablet, a digital camera, a mobil…

Pompidoo gets streetwise with Cologne shoulder bag

While most pro camera bag makers are only just coming to terms with disguising their luggage for use on the streets, a new company, Pompidoo, has announced a super-stylish shoulder bag designed for the fairer sex by professional photographer, Irina Kuzmina. The Cologne is available in a range of colors, including the recently introduced Persian Peach, Exotic Fuchsia and Apple Green and is available only from the maker's website, priced at 284.99 Euros (inc. VAT) each, plus postage. A new camera bag aimed at men will be announced in the near future.
Press release: PHOTO GEAR AND STYLE – IT IS POMPIDOO A purse, home keys, a mobile phone, a cosmetic bag, an organizer…what else? A DSLR camera on top? Everything in one bag and still stylish? Impossible…you might say.

Not anymore. POMPIDOO is a modern answer to all women who respect style and quality, who are passionate about photography and aesthetics. POMPIDOO is a new brand for stylish camera bags where natural leather and well thought…

Transcend rolls out shock-resistant USB 3.0 hard drive

Traveling with a laptop can be tough on gear so the new portable and shock-resistant StoreJet 25A hard drive from Transcend looks like an attractive proposition. Prices for the USB 3.0 drive start at $123 for 500GB. Although the 25A3 version uses USB 3.0 (Mac users won't benefit from the increase in transfer rates, though the device will still be supported), a cheaper 25A2 option adopts USB2.0. Press release:Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, today released a new addition to its StoreJet line of portable hard drives, the StoreJet 25A. This new drive boasts an attractively slender yet shock-resistant design, and is available in both SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 versions. Featuring strikingly fast data transfer speeds, powerful software tools and up to a full terabyte of storage capacity, the StoreJet 25A is ideal for everyday backup, storage, and transport.Next Generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Interface
The StoreJet 25A3 p…