Showing posts from January, 2012

Apple updates Final Cut Pro X

Apple has addressed some of the earlier criticisms leveled at FCP X by adding new functionality. The update adds multi-cam editing, multi-monitor support using either Thunderbolt or traditional PCIe cards (i.e. DisplayPort and DVI variants) while additional controls including color sampling, edge adjustment and light wrap have been added for chroma keying. The press release also mentions a new $9.99 / £6.99 7toX app that allows FCP 7 projects to be imported into FCP X - one of the major shortcomings of previous versions, but it's still odd Apple didn't build this functionality into the utility, relying on a third-party developer instead. Press release:Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X CUPERTINO, California—January 31, 2012—Apple today released Final Cut Pro X v10.0.3, a significant update to its revolutionary professional video editing application, which introduces multicam editing that automatically syncs up to 64 angles of video and photos; advanced chroma keying for handling …

Hasselblad UK offers day's studio time with purchase of H4D

Hasselblad's Pro Centre is offering a day's studio facility normally worth £650 ex VAT, plus all-day access to a professional digital operator for any photographer buying H4D-40, H4D-50 and H4D-60 models bought before June 30, 2012. The offer is not applicable to the 'entry-level' H4D-31.

Press release:

Buy a Hasselblad camera and get central London photo-studio hire free for a full day

Photographers who buy a new Hasselblad camera at London’s E2-based Pro Centre will automatically qualify for a full day’s studio time worth hundreds of pounds, plus all-day access to a professional digital operator.
The Pro Centre exclusive offer applies to H4D-40, H4D-50 and H4D-60 models bought before June 30, 2012.
Explained Pro Centre general manager Renny Lee: “There has never been a better time to buy a new Hasselblad – and with this unique offer photographers will also gain access to a full-day’s free shoot at Hasselblad’s popular, fully equipped studio at Fanshaw Street N1. This a…

Tokina to release new AT-X 116 Pro DX II

Kenko Tokina Japan has announced an update to the popular 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro. The new model adopts a high speed and silent DC motor (SDM) as well as a GMR sensor (to improve AF accuracy from wear over time), first seen on the full-frame AT-X Pro 16-28mm f/2.8. The company says the optical construction has been improved with the inclusion of an asphere in the front group (in addition to the second at the rear) and the inclusion of two low dispersion glass elements (denoted as SD/ FK03 in the image below). Interestingly, the new lens also adopts a new multi-coating process that delivers smoother gradation of the shadows, the company adds. The lens retains the 77mm filter diameter of the original.

With no direct equivalent from Canon or Nikon, it's the equivalent to a 17-24mm f/2.8 on a APS-C camera, the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 is very popular with press photographers and HD filmmakers. The new model will be available in Nikon first (as it has the longer focal flange distance) in Ma…

Fuji X-Pro 1 user manual available online

Fuji USA has posted a copy online of the user manual for the eagerly awaited X-Pro 1. To download a copy please follow the link from here (Safari appears to have an issue, though). Related PostsFuji announces X-Pro 1
Fuji X-Pro1 body and lenses available for pre-order

Gitzo discontinue current Systematic tripod range

A firm favorite of professional photographers, the Systematic range of tripods has been discontinued and won't be replaced until mid-Feb, a spokesperson for Gitzo told the DJP today. There are no details of the new range, and how they might differ, but those left on dealers shelves are likely to be the last of the current models. Related PostsHow to choose a Gitzo tripod.

Adobe offer 50-percent off Lightroom 3

UPDATE; extended through to 02 March, 2012.For a limited period, Adobe are offering 50-percent off Lightroom 3. Please follow the link here to find out more or to buy. The offer only applies to customers in Europe and finishes was 05 February 2012.Update: Amazon UK are offering Lightroom 3 for just £95.00 inc VAT (£98.30 inc p&p for the boxed version), and cheaper than the above offer from Adobe.Lightroom Beta 4 is available to try for free, but will expire when version 4 is formerly released. You will be able to update from v3 to v4 for a fee.

Kodak files for bankruptcy protection

According to Press Association reports earlier today, Eastman Kodak has filled for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it seeks to bolster its finances and stay in business. According to the report, Kodak say it has secured 950 million US dollars in financing from Citigroup during the inevitable reorganization period. Kodak has struggled during the changeover from film to digital and despite some encouraging signs earlier in the year, the Rochester, New York based company has seen its share price plummet over the last quarter.

Taschen unwraps Architecture Now! volume 8

Press release:Architecture Now! 8
Philip Jodidio
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7.7 x 9.8 in., 480 pages
£ 24.99 / &#8364 29.99
DKK 299.90
ISBN 978-3-8365-2681-4
Multilingual Edition:
English, French, GermanCurrents in architecture around the worldArchitecture Now! 8 reviews new and exciting projects completed and under construction in the whole world. No style, no building type is ignored, making this volume a true compendium of what anybody interested in buildings today needs to know. From well-known figures such as Zaha Hadid, Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA fame and Thom Mayne of Morphosis, to rising stars like Joshua Prince-Ramus (REX) and Sou Fujimoto and on to less-known architects who are the “stars” of tomorrow, like the Indians of Studio Mumbai, the Norwegian Todd Saunders, the Burkinabe Diébédo Francis Kéré, and the Colombian Giancarlo Mazzanti, or the Chinese architect Li Xiaodong, they are all here and many more as well. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the best of what architecture has to …

New OConnor 1030 fluid heads used in filming endangered tigers

Indian cinematographer Sabyasachi Patra films tigers and relies on the smooth panning of OConnor's 1030HDs fluid head during filming. © Sabyasachi Patra / www.indiawilds.comPRESS RELEASETIGER DOCUMENTARY IN INDIAOConnor 1030 Helps Capture Rare Shots in the RainforestBurbank, January 2012 – Indian cinematographer Sabyasachi Patra is a passionate animal rights and environmental activist. He campaigns, in particular, for the rescue of tigers and the conservation of their habitat. For this reason he founded the website India Wilds ( where, as a nature and wilderness photographer, he contributes to the protection of this threatened species by providing spectacular pictures and information. A blog and a member forum supplement the website and offer a platform on which more than 1,800 people discuss environmental protection in India. In addition, Sabyasachi films adventurous documentaries. During the making of his newest film "A Call in the Rainforest", he wo…

Panasonic announces firmware update for Lumix GX1

Although the camera has only been on dealer's shelves for a few weeks, Panasonic has issued an update to the firmware of the Lumix GX1. The update is said to enhance AWB, AAF (AF Flexible) and AFC modes and adds a step zoom option in the customizable Fn menu, as well as addressing other, more minor, issues with the UI. The update also is said to improve the image stabilizer function of the LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 zoom.Press release:Panasonic Announces the Firmware Update Program for DMC-GX1 and LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS100300) to Enhance Performance and Usability

Panasonic announces the new firmware update program for the digital interchangeable lens system camera DMC-GX1 and LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS100300) of LUMIX G Micro System. The firmware will be released to enhance the performance and usability in its control.

The following functions will be available with the new firmware:DMC-GX1
-Enhancement in the perfo…

B&H accepting pre-orders on Canon EOS C300

B&H Photo are accepting pre-orders on the EOS C300 and Cinema lenses, Canon's latest Cinema Super 35mm-Size CMOS sensor camera. The price is listed at $15,999. Please follow the link here to pre-order. B&H say the camera and lenses will ship after Monday, January 30th. Related PostsCanon rolls out new cinema EF lens rangeCanon rolls out mirrorless EOS camera with EF mount

Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2012 competition open

German camera maker Leica has announced the Leica Oskar Barnack competition is open. Entry submissions must be a standalone sequence of 10-12 images where the photographer "perceives and documents the interaction between man and the environment with acute vision and contemporary visual style – creative, groundbreaking and unintrusive".The winner of the prestigious award receives a Leica M9-P camera and a lens worth 10.000 Euros in addition to a cash prize of 5,000 Euros.Press release:Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2012 competition now open

Entries now being accepted for annual Leica photography competition

16 January 2012: Leica Camera AG has announced that entries are now being accepted for the 2012 Oskar Barnack Award. Photographers interested in submitting entries can apply from now until 1 March 2012. Full details, entry criteria and terms and conditions can be found at

The Leica Oskar Barnack Award will be presented for the 33rd time this year.…

Mamiya, Leaf make it official

Japanese camera maker Mamiya has officially 'tied the knot' with Leaf, the digital back makers once owned by Kodak. Leaf is already a Phase One company and is believed to have shares in Mamiya. It looks likely that Mamiya branded cameras will use Leaf backs, while the Phase One branded (Mamiya-made) 645D will continue to use P1 backs. I'd expect to see a new Phase camera this year, but I can't see Mamiya adopting the same body, strictly due to differentiation. Press release:Mamiya Digital Imaging, a trusted manufacturer and developer of medium-format cameras and optics, and Leaf Imaging Ltd., a leading manufacturer and developer of digital backs for the medium and large-format photography markets, today announced that they have created a new, worldwide Mamiya Leaf brand that integrates both companies’ product lines into one complete medium-format digital camera system offering, streamlines new product development and establishes more efficient customer sales and suppo…

Berlebach Report 3042 tripod in for review

Wooden tripods are said to be extremely resistant to vibration, and so should be high on the list of priorities for serious photographers, but how many makes do you know? I searched and found Berlebach, a German tripod maker who are practically unknown in the UK and I suspect also the US, though I noticed Adorama stock them.They're made from renewable ash, which has been stored for two years prior to processing to eliminate tension (and thereby reduce splitting and fracturing during manufacture). I asked a spokesperson for the company which tripod they recomended for stability and general professional use and they recommended and sent me the 3042 for review. The quality and finish is excellent (without it being unaffordable, though that is relative - it costs $279.95). It has just two sections, making it extremely stable (a pro DSLR with a 300mm f/2.8 is about it's maximum) but not terribly compact. Three section versions are available, however. The 3042 Report also has a cent…

Nikon revises pricing on WT-5 for new pro D4 DSLR

Nikon UK has revised the price on the WT-5 wireless transmitter, announced alongside the new pro D4 DSLR. The price has been revised upwards, unfortunately, from £499 to £649 (inc. VAT).Pre-order at Adorama (US) here at $877.00. Thank you for buying through this site's links. Related PostsNikon announces new flagship D4 DSLR.Nikon D4 available to pre-order at Jessops (UK)

Canon PowerShot G1 X available to pre-order at Jessops

Announced only yesterday, the intriguing* PowerShot G1 X is available to pre-order at Jessops (UK) for £699.95 (inc VAT). Please follow the link here to order. North American readers can pre-order through Adorama Camera ($799.00). Amazon are also taking pre-orders at $799.00 (with an estimate of 31st March 2012 delivery).Thank you for ordering through this site's links.* It's intriguing because I think we'll see more cameras from Canon using this sensor size, which is, for all intents and purposes, the same as Micro Four Thirds. Related PostsCanon announces PowerShot G1 X

Fuji announces X-Pro 1

As expected, Fuji has officially announced the rumored X-Pro1 camera today at the CES. Three autofocus lenses have also been announced, equivalent to 28 f/2, 50 f/1.4 and 90mm f/2.4 macro focal lengths (Fuji has stated a Leica M adaptor will follow, though there will doubtless be third-party options). Each Fujinon-branded lens features a manual aperture ring (as well as a manual focus ring). The Fuji X-Pro1 is equipped with a 16.2-megapixel APS-C format sensor with a unique filter array negating the adoption of a AA (Anti-Aliasing) filter, and promises very high resolution. The X-Pro 1 will be available in February 2012 and the price for the body, while not confirmed, is expected to retail in the region of $1,599 / £999 (ex VAT) with lenses in the $600-900/ £450-600 bracket. Press release:FUJIFILM INTRODUCES THE REVOLUTIONARY X-PRO1 INTERCHANGEABLE LENS DIGITAL CAMERA SYSTEMFeaturing the New X-Trans CMOS sensorTM, FUJIFILM original X-Mount and New Hybrid Multi Viewfinder, the X-Pro1 D…

Epson launches Artisan 1430 wide-format printer

New Epson Artisan 1430 Takes Wide Format Photo Printing to the Next Level of Performance with Wireless Connectivity

Latest Artisan Printer Offers Gallery-Worthy Prints up to 13” X 19” for a Range of Creative and Professional Projects

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Jan.  9, 2012 – Epson America, Inc., a leading provider of superior performing desktop printing solutions, today introduced the Epson Artisan® 1430 wide-format printer.  Offering brilliant, Ultra Hi-Definition prints as large as 13”x 19”, convenient wireless networking and mobile printing, the Artisan 1430 enables photo enthusiasts and professionals alike to complete a wide range of creative and professional projects.The Artisan 1430 delivers professional quality photos by leveraging Epson’s exclusive Advanced MicroPiezo® print head with DX5™ technology for accurate ink placement, smooth gradations and amazing skin tones. The Artisan 1430 offers Wi-Fi CERTIFIEDTMn1 wireless networking to easily share the printer with anyone on the netwo…

Canon announces PowerShot G1 X

Canon unveils The Master Compact – the revolutionary PowerShot G1 X United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 9th January 2012 – Canon today introduces the PowerShot G1 X – a revolutionary new compact camera with a large CMOS sensor, designed to produce DSLR levels of image quality and control in a highly portable metal body. Created for professional and serious photographers, the PowerShot G1 X creates a prestigious new category at the top of Canon’s legendary G-series line-up, and redefines the performance achievable from a compact camera.
A high-quality camera in its own right or the perfect complement to a professional DSLR, the PowerShot G1 X combines EOS sensor technology with DIGIC 5 processing power, a new precision Canon lens and extensive manual control – creating the finest compact camera Canon has ever produced. Designed to be highly portable, the PowerShot G1 X features a zoom lens which retracts into a discreet, robust metal body, providing photographers with an unimposing cam…

Nikon D4 available to pre-order at Jessops

UK retailer Jessops is taking pre-orders for the new D4 at £4,799.95 (inc VAT), please follow the link here.Amazon aren't taking preorders currently, it appears, but Wex Photographic (Warehouse Express) are at £4,799.00.US readers can pre-order from Adorama ($5,999.5) here.Thank you for buying through this site's links. Related PostsNikon announces new flagship D4

Nikon D4 AF telephoto, teleconverter lens compatibility

At the press conference at a London hotel on Thursday, Nikon UK's presentation mentioned the D4's autofocus compatibility with various lens combinations. From this slide it appears the D4 has 11 line sensors (most likely vertical rather than horizontal) and one cross (horizontal and vertical) sensor which are sensitive to f/8.

Canon has been widely criticized over the recently announced rival EOS-1DX, which has a 61-point AF sensor but with none more sensitive than f/5.6, to the displeasure of bird photographers. Canon say every point is vertical line sensitive at f/5.6 or greater (faster), which is very impressive but it negates AF with any f/4 or f/5.6 telephoto lenses used in-conjunction with a 2x converter. It appears Nikon has listened to this specific request, but it remains to be seen just how effective it is in real world use. It's also possible that Canon are being very conservative, this is common on pro level equipment.

Nikon don't have a super-tele at f/5.6…

Lexar Introduces Industry-First 256GB CompactFlash Card

Lexar has announced the industry first 256GB CF card - it's 400x speed-rated card with a minimum guaranteed read speed of 60MB per second - lower than yesterday's new (1000x)CF cards. The 256GB Lexar Professional 400x CF card is expected to be released for consumer purchase in the first half of 2012.
UPDATE 11th Feb, 2012: The price is $799.95, and it's available now.
US readers please follow the link to Adorama, here.

Lexar Introduces Industry-First 256GB CompactFlash Card
Fremont, CA, 6 January, 2012 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced new Lexar® Professional 400x CompactFlash® (CF) card capacities, including the industry’s first 256GB memory card. Also available in 64GB and 128GB capacities, the increased capacity options provide enormous storage capabilities and impressive performance for photographers and videographers to capture large volumes of high-resolution images and high-definition video. These increased capacities also open …

Nikon announces AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G

Nikon has released a new 85mm f/1.8, replacing the old version originally introduced in the late 80's. As expected it has a SWM a new optical construction and lacks an aperture ring, being a G-series lens but it also lacks the Nano crystal coat, which while not unexpected is a pity - it's likely to flare without a hood. All the same, the optical quality looks good at f/1.8, if the MTF chart below is to be believed.To buy from Jessops UK at £469.95, please follow the link here. US readers can buy from Adorama at $499.95, please follow the link here.Press release:AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G — Master of Character

RRP: £469.99 / Eur 554.00
Sales start date: 22nd March 12 (tbc)

London, UK, 6th January 12:  Nikon today announces a new fast aperture medium-telephoto lens – the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G.

The combination of the classic focal length, large (f/1.8) aperture and re-designed optical system that meets the requirements of today’s D-SLRs, delivers superb image quality whilst offering p…

Nikon announces new flagship D4

After a series of unfortunate leaks, the successor to the Nikon D3 was launched yesterday at a press conference in London. With a full frame 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and extended video capabilities, the new D4 is the new flagship model and update to the D3s - with the new naming convention it seems unlikely now that we'll see a D4x (but you never know, a D4s could be introduced in 12-months time with the D4x to follow). However, just in time for the Olympic Games in London, the new D4 has several important features (remote control over WLAN with new WT-5, AF with the 600mm f/4 and 2x converter, uncompressed HDMI output for external recording) and the adoption of a new card format, XQD, though after this announcement about CFast, I'm a bit surprised. I hope either to expand on them here or at a later day in a review. A spokesperson for Nikon UK confirmed to the DJP that the new camera will be available in March, not mid-Feb as advised at the launch, at £4,799.99.UPDATE 8th J…