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Friday, July 29, 2011

The two limited edition Paul Smith leather cases for the Leica D-Lux 5 digital camera. Photo provided by Leica Camera AG. PRESS RELEASE: Making a case for fashion: Leica announces collaboration with British designer Paul Smith
18:35 EDT - 27/07/2011 -- Two limited edition ‘Paul Smith for Leica’ leather cases for Leica D-Lux 5 digital camera to be available for Christmas 2011 Leica Camera Ltd and international fashion designer, Paul Smith, have joined forces for the first time to offer two exclusive, limited edition leather cases for the Leica D-Lux 5 digital camera. Available from October 2011, just 300 of the premium... (More)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V digital camera. Copyright © 2011, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Sony HX7V review posted!
18:31 EDT - While it's not the longest pocket long zoom, the Sony HX7V nevertheless has most of Sony's latest digital features, including High Resolution iSweep Panorama, Background Defocus, and Handheld Twilight mode.

Its 10x zoom lens ranges from 25-250mm equivalents, and its 16.2-megapixel sensor CMOS sensor is back-illuminated for better performance in low light. As if that's not enough for the traveling shooter,... (More)

Infotrends' logo. Click here to visit the Infotrends website! PRESS RELEASE: InfoTrends Advocates Educating Consumers on Benefits of Using Multiple Photo Storage and Archival Methods
16:07 EDT - (Weymouth, MA) July 29, 2011. . . According to InfoTrends’ latest Western European end-user research, over 40% of consumers have lost some or all of their photos. Many respondents indicated that their most favoured photo recovery solutions are back-ups stored on an external hard drive or on CD/DVDs. While these are not bad options, there is one part of the preservation equation that is often... (More)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Newpro Development's Photon kiosk. Photo provided by Newpro Development LLC. PRESS RELEASE: New Product Permits Real-Time Photo Sharing at Large Events
19:07 EDT - Photon photo sharing kiosk is a valued product for photographers, hotels, party halls and more PRLog (Press Release) -- Jul 27, 2011 -- Fredon, NJ -- July 27, 2011 -- Until now, people wishing to collect and save galleries of sentimental, candid and valuable photo memories from large gatherings and events have been forced to rely on disposable cameras, digital camera rentals and photo booths --... (More)

LumaPix's logo. Click here to visit the LumaPix website! PRESS RELEASE: LumaPix Releases FotoFusion for the Mac
11:35 EDT - LumaPix, publisher of the acclaimed FotoFusion album layout software, is very pleased to announce the release of LumaPix::FotoFusion for the Mac. This new version of FotoFusion responds to the overwhelming demand for a version of FotoFusion that runs natively on OSX ; it includes many of the features that will eventually become part of FotoFusion v5. The software can be purchased at;... (More)

Leica Camera AG logo. Click to visit Leica's US website! PRESS RELEASE: New: Leica S2 Firmware Update Fw Now Available
11:14 EDT - Solms, Germany (July 28, 2011) - Leica Camera AG has released a new firmware update for the Leica S-System, FW All Leica S2 and S2-P cameras will now be supplied with the latest firmware version. Users wishing to bring their camera up-to-date can download the firmware update from the "Owners Area" on the Leica website and take advantage of the latest improvements. The firmware... (More)

Olympus SP-810: New 36x ultrazoom announced
00:14 EDT - Almost six months after Nikon announced its P500 36x long-zoom, it finally has a direct rival in the form of Olympus' SP-810UZ.

Like Nikon's camera, the Olympus SP-810 features a staggering 36x optical zoom lens, but it does so in a rather more compact body, and trading off some extreme wide angle reach for an even more powerful... (More)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Switronix's logo. Click here to visit the Switronix website! PRESS RELEASE: Switronix Releases New Power Cable For Panasonic Lumix GH2 Cameras
18:58 EDT - (July 27, 2011) -- Long Island, NY -- Announcing the XP-DSLR-GH2, the newest addition the Switronix’s line of versatile XP model DSLR cables. The XP model cables can be used in association with a Switronix accessory or used solo with a PRO-X series lithium-ion battery product. The cables features a regulated 9.2v connector jack for the OEM Panasonic (DMW-DCC8) Lumix DMC-GH2 camera with an inline... (More)

Olympus PL3 pricing, availability, and new viewfinder announced
18:37 EDT - Olympus Imaging America Inc. has today announced pricing and availability for its recently-announced Olympus E-PL3 compact system camera.

Unveiled at the end of June, the Olympus PL3 is the company's first PEN-series model to include a tilting LCD panel, and is based around the same 12.3 megapixel image sensor, TruePic VI image processor,... (More)

Microsoft's logo. Click to visit Microsoft's website! Microsoft adds raw support to Win 7, Vista
14:31 EDT - A blog post made yesterday by Windows Live group program manager Brad Weed announces the addition of raw file support to Microsoft's Windows 7 and Vista operating systems.

The free Microsoft Camera Codec Pack for Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 plugs a gap previously filled by third-party software such as Axel Rietschin's FastPictureViewer Codec Pack, allowing Windows to... (More)

Luminate's logo. Click here to visit the Luminate website! PRESS RELEASE: Luminate Unveils World's First Platform for Image Applications
13:06 EDT - Company Brings Images to Life with Image Apps Designed to Create Rich Consumer Experience Luminate Transforms Images Into a Canvas to Shop, Share, Comment, Examine, Curate, Search and Socialize MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Luminate, Inc., formerly known as Pixazza, Inc., today unveiled a groundbreaking new platform for image applications. For the first time ever, consumers... (More)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

ClickPixx's logo. Click here to visit the ClickPixx website! PRESS RELEASE: New Online Photo Print Resource Brings Unique Approach To Photography
16:14 EDT - A new online photo print resource is set to invade cyberspace on 08/01/2011. ClickPixx will offer a unique and wide ranging array of photo print, press, and photo-gift ideas for every range of shutterbug; from the consumer looking to print image files of their child's birthday all the way up to the work captured by the professional photographer. The roster of available of products and services... (More)

Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Leica DG Summilux lens. Lens Review: Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Leica DG Summilux
16:12 EDT - The Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Leica DG Summilux will be hitting store shelves shortly, offering a 50mm-equivalent lens experience for micro four-thirds users, complete with a fast aperture of f/1.4. The lens doesn't come without a price tag, however: click here to read our full review.

Ilford's logo. Click here to visit the Ilford website! PRESS RELEASE: Ilford Partners With Canon USA, Inc., On The "Try My Photo" Campaign Offering Free Inkjet Photo Prints To Photographers
15:53 EDT - Photographers can commission a free print on ILFORD GALERIE professional-quality media using Canon PIXMA Pro printers Avon, CT, USA -- JULY 26, 2011 -- ILFORD America Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of professional quality media for both inkjet printing and color photographic processes, today announced it has partnered with Canon USA Inc. on the new “Try My Photo” campaign,... (More)

MiMedia's logo. Click here to visit the MiMedia website! PRESS RELEASE: MiMedia Partners with Digital Memories to Preserve Photographs in the Cloud Forever
15:45 EDT - Port Chester, NY (July 26, 2011) — As digital media collections become increasingly important to consumers, the digitization of old photos is as critical as ever. However once photos are digitized and on a computer, what’s to stop them from disappearing with a stolen laptop or during a hard drive crash? Teaming online backup and access with top-of-the-line photo scanning, MiMedia and Digital... (More)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 digital camera. Copyright © 2011, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Sony TX10 review posted!
14:30 EDT - Waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof, the Sony TX10 is a slick little digital camera with plenty of style.

Its 16.2-megapixel sensor is designed for better performance in low light, and the Sony TX10 has many of Sony's hottest innovations, including iSweep Panorama and Underwater iSweep Panorama, among others.... (More)

The Canon PIXMA MG5320 Wireless Photo All-In-One Printer. Photo provided by Canon USA Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Canon U.S.A. Enhances Creativity With New PIXMA Printers
12:09 EDT - Significant Software Upgrades for Easy-PhotoPrint EX and Full HD Movie Print LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., July 26, 2011 -- Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the introduction of two new photo printers, the PIXMA MG5320 Wireless Photo All-In-One1 and the PIXMA iP4920 Photo Inkjet Printer models. Developed to enhance the overall user experience, both printers feature significant... (More)

Sony's DPF-HD700 digital photo frame. Photo provided by Sony Electronics Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Sony introduces new HD Series S-Frame™ Digital Photo Frames, New Models Play Full HD Resolution Movies; Available in Three Sizes (10", 8" & 7")
11:40 EDT - The HD Series S-Frame™ digital photo frames let consumers display their favorite memories with innovative, high-quality features, including Full HD video (1920x1080/60p*) playback. The new models offer AVCHD and MP4 video playback, allowing consumers to view detailed, realistic video with vivid colors and contrast directly on the units' high-resolution LED backlight LCD screen. An advanced... (More)

Monday, July 25, 2011

PMA logo. Click here to visit the PMA website! PRESS RELEASE: PMA releases 2011 smartphone survey
17:56 EDT - JACKSON, Mich. -- PMA, the Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations released the 2011 PMA Smartphone Report, a comprehensive look at the picture-taking behavior of smarthphone users. The 116-page report has three major sections: "Planets (and technology) align mobile imaging" -- An overview of the history and marketplace of the cameraphone market, leading to the smartphone, written... (More)

Adobe's logo. Click here to visit the Adobe website! PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Unveils Photoshop & You Experience in San Francisco
13:41 EDT - Interactive Pop-up Location Combines Art and Technology to Immerse Public in Latest Digital Imaging Innovations SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) kicked off the Photoshop® & You experience at 550 Sutter Street in San Francisco. Open to the public through August 6, Photoshop & You is a place for visitors to explore the innovative world of digital... (More)

PSKiss' logo. Click here to visit the PSKiss website! PRESS RELEASE: PSKiss releases Skin & Scenery Color DNG Profiles for Adobe® Photoshop® and Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®.
12:42 EDT - Tel Aviv, July 17, 2011 -- PSKiss is proud to present -- Skin & Scenery Color DNG profiles for a creative development of Camera Raw photos. After the success of the Cross Camera Color DNG Profiles, which allow users to switch their camera look at any other, the PSKiss team has developed a new set of creative DNG profiles for maximum creative flexibility. Both packs are now part of the growing... (More)

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-TX55 digital camera. Photo provided by Sony Electronics Inc. Sony TX55: Ultracompact packs more zoom in a slimmer body
00:00 EDT - Sony Electronics Inc. has today unveiled its new Sony TX55 ultracompact digital camera, a followup to the TX100V model that started shipping last March.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55 has an even slimmer body than its predecessor, at just 12.2mm thick, excluding its sliding lens barrier. To put things in perspective, that's fully 1/3 less thick than the... (More)

Friday, July 22, 2011

LaserSoft's logo. Courtesy of LaserSoft Imaging Inc. Click here to visit the LaserSoft website! PRESS RELEASE: LaserSoft Imaging Announces SilverFast 8 - Best Scanner Software Featuring a World‘s First
15:51 EDT - SilverFast, the most popular scanner software in the world, is released as brand-new version SilverFast 8. After many successful years, SilverFast will be available completely renewed towards the end of August for the most important scanners of all major manufacturers. With the powerful new SilverFast software images can be created, edited and brought to perfection easily. The patent-pending WorkflowPilot... (More)

Leica Camera AG logo. Click to visit Leica's US website! PRESS RELEASE: Leica Camera And Momenta Workshops Collaborate On Documentary Photography Workshops
14:18 EDT - Momenta Workshops’ Project Series to feature the coveted Leica M9 and X1 Allendale, NJ (July 22, 2011) -- Leica Camera, Inc., the legendary German camera manufacturer, has chosen to collaborate with Momenta Workshops, the documentary photography and multimedia training company, on their 2011-2012 Project Series. Beginning November 2011, participants of Momenta Project workshops are invited... (More)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

J. D. Power's logo. Click here to visit the J.D. Power website. PRESS RELEASE: J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Online DSLR Camera Buyers Are Most Satisfied with Picture Quality, While Camera Durability and Shutter Speed/Lag Time Provide Opportunities for Brand Differentiation
18:18 EDT - Nikon Pro Series Ranks Highest in Online Buyer Satisfaction with DSLR Cameras WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.: 19 July 2011 — Owners of DSLR cameras indicate they are highly satisfied with the picture quality of their cameras, but are notably less satisfied with durability and shutter speed/lag time, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Digital Single-Lens Reflex Camera Online Buyer Study℠... (More)

Lensbaby's logo. Click here to visit the Lensbaby website! PRESS RELEASE: Lensbaby Announces Availability of its Portrait Kits and Senior Style Portrait Photo Contest
16:53 EDT - Lensbaby makes available two popular lens kits to ignite creativity in photographers’ senior portrait sessions Portland, OR -- July 21, 2011 -- Just in time for senior portrait season, Lensbaby announces today the availability of two portrait kits, which bundle together all the Lensbaby gear needed to take cutting edge senior portraits that are ideally suited to teens’ contemporary tastes.... (More)

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ47 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Panasonic FZ47: CCD-based long-zoom offers 1080i video
01:01 EDT - Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. has today announced its new Panasonic FZ47 digital camera, which we believe will also be known as the FZ48 in some markets.

The Panasonic Lumix FZ47 is interesting in particular for the fact that it offers 60 interlaced fields-per-second video at Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels, aka 1,080i) from a CCD image sensor,... (More)

Panasonic LS5: New entry-level compact camera
01:01 EDT - Alongside its long-zoom FZ47 model, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. has also revealed its upcoming Panasonic LS5 entry-level compact.

The Panasonic Lumix LS5 digital camera coupled a 14.1 megapixel, 1/2.33"-type CCD image sensor with an unbranded 5x optical zoom lens. The LS5's lens provides a generous 26mm-equivalent wide angle,... (More)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

X-Rite's logo. Click here to visit the X-Rite website! PRESS RELEASE: X-Rite Announces “Color Perfectionists Unite” Photography Contest
15:39 EDT - Photo contest features monthly themes and fantastic prizes Elmsford, NY -- July 20, 2011 --X-Rite, Incorporated, the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, announces today the Color Perfectionists Unite Photo Contest. Photographers and anyone passionate about perfecting color is invited to submit original photos based on each monthly theme through the end of... (More)

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website! PRESS RELEASE: Kodak Exploring Strategic Alternatives for Fundamental Digital Imaging Patent Portfolios
12:30 EDT - ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eastman Kodak Company announced that it is exploring strategic alternatives related to its digital imaging patent portfolios, a move reflecting the current heightened market demand for intellectual property. Kodak’s portfolios include more than 1,100 U.S. patents pertaining to capturing, processing, storing, organizing, editing, and sharing digital images,... (More)

General Electric's logo. Courtesy of General Electric Co. Click here to visit the General Electric website! PRESS RELEASE: GE Breakthrough in Micro-holographic Storage Technology Supports 500-Gigabyte Disc at Blu-ray Speed
12:01 EDT - Higher recording speed paving the way to commercializing GE’s technology GE’s micro-holographic material can support on one disc the same storage capacity as 20 standard Blu-ray discs NISKAYUNA, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE Global Research, the technology development arm of the General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), today announced another major breakthrough in the development of next... (More)

pse-app.jpg PRESS RELEASE: Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Editor Debuts in Mac App Store
00:49 EDT - App Store Edition of Photoshop Elements Delivers High-Impact Photo Editing Without the Organizer SAN JOSE, Calif. -- July 20 -- Adobe Systems Inc. today announced the immediate availability of Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Editor in the Mac App Store, providing Mac users with powerful yet easy-to-use photo-editing tools for creating extraordinary photos via Apple's new distribution method. Based on... (More)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Snap Art 3 product packaging. Rendering provided by Alien Skin Software LLC. Alien Skin upgrades Snap Art with new features, better algorithms
18:01 EDT - Alien Skin Software LLC has today announced the release of a new version of its Snap Art plugin, which lets users turn their photographs into artworks simulating a wide variety of styles.

Alien Skin Snap Art 3, available immediately, makes quite a range of changes over the previous release. The user interface has been overhauled, and Snap Art 3 groups all its filters into a single interface,... (More)

Blurb's logo. Click here to visit the Blurb website! PRESS RELEASE: Blurb Enables Instant Instagram Books
14:39 EDT - Professional quality books only two clicks away for Instagram Users SAN FRANCISCO, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform, today announced a new and unique integration that enables Instagram users to quickly and easily turn their photos into professional-quality books. The Blurb integration automatically increases the resolution of Instagram camera phone... (More)

The Photogenic logo. Click here to visit the Photogenic website! PRESS RELEASE: Photogenic Professional Lighting Launches New Lighting Kits Designed to Meet the Needs of Today’s Photographer
12:26 EDT - Bartlett, Ill. (July 19, 2011)— Photogenic Professional Lighting, a leading manufacturer of photographic lighting equipment and accessories, announces a full line of new lighting kits designed to meet all the shooting needs of today’s photographer. These latest kits were also designed with the goal of simplifying choices for both dealers and consumers. The kits will be available this month... (More)

PRESS RELEASE: XPro Software announces"GeniuX Photo EFX"2.98 Availability
11:31 EDT - GeniuX Photo EFX offer High Quality Image Editing at an Affordable Price. ROVIGO, ITALY -- July 18, 2011 -- XPro Software is pleased to announce the availability of version 2.98 of "GeniuX Photo EFX", the new features are: General Features Increase resolution to 2248x2248px on Demo mode Uninstall directly from the Windows Group Update Install Setup Plug-In for Adobe PhotoShop... (More)

Monday, July 18, 2011

FX Photo Studio's logo. Click here to visit the FX Photo Studio website! PRESS RELEASE: FX Photo Studio 4.0 takes image editing on iOS to a new level
19:48 EDT - [] New York, New York - FX Photo Studio is getting a major upgrade. In addition to new effects, new look, integration with Instagram and other innovations, version 4.0 introduces "Masking Studio" - a tool, which allows users apply each of 194 effects to any part of the image. All this practically turns FX Photo Studio 4.0 into one and only app most users will need for high quality... (More)

Hama's 5203 Base IR Remote Release receiver (left) and transmitter (right), shown mounted on tripods. Photo provided by Hama GmbH & Co KG. Hama: new photography products include remote IR beam trigger
16:36 EDT - Germany's Hama GmbH & Co KG has announced several new products for photographers and videographers, the most interesting of which is a remote infrared beam trigger for its DCC System; the other items include a USB 3.0 card reader and a portable print / negative scanner.

Hama's DCC System is a multi-component remote shutter release system that works with cameras from Canon, Fujifilm, Konica-Minolta, Kodak, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung, and Sony. A... (More)

Nikon Coolpix S9100 digital camera. Copyright © 2011, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Nikon S9100 review posted!
15:40 EDT - Nikon's Coolpix S9100 impressed us out in the field.

Though it differs from the rest of the high-end long zoom pack with its lack of a GPS, the Nikon S9100 more than makes up for it with its impressive 18x zoom, a razor-sharp 921K LCD screen, and a rack... (More)

Sony's logo. Click here to visit the Sony website! PRESS RELEASE: Sony Digital Network Applications, Inc.: "photo movie creator," the Smart-Phone Application That Enables You to Easily Create Movies from Photos and Share Them
15:32 EDT - "Share your heart-touching ‘photo movie’." TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sony Digital Network Applications, Inc. announced the release of "photo movie creator" for iOS -- the smart-phone application that enables you to easily create movies that combine photos with themes and music, and share them with friends and family over Facebook and e-mail. Application name Platform... (More)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V digital camera. Copyright © 2011, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Sony HX9V review posted!
16:58 EDT - Though there are more and more pocket long zooms to choose from, the Sony HX9V does its best to leapfrog its competition by packing even more features behind that impressive 16x, 24-384mm, image-stabilized zoom lens.

Its 16.2-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor is capable of capturing high-resolution stills and Full HD video, as well as other cool Sony tricks like Sweep Panorama and Handheld Twilight mode. The Sony HX9V... (More)

Leica Camera AG logo. Click to visit Leica's US website! PRESS RELEASE: New: Leica Camera AG Expands Lens Compatibility For The Leica S-System
15:54 EDT - Leica S-Adapters allow for the use of medium-format lenses from other manufacturers Solms, Germany (July 15, 2011) - Leica Camera AG is expanding the range of accessories for the Leica S2 professional camera system with three new Leica S-Adapters. Beginning August 2011, these latest accessories will allow users to attach medium-format lenses from other manufacturers to Leica S bodies. The Leica S-Adapter... (More)

Infotrends' logo. Click here to visit the Infotrends website! PRESS RELEASE: Western European Photo Merchandise Market to Rise to 212 Million Units by 2015
15:19 EDT - (Weymouth, MA) July 11, 2011 . . . InfoTrends’ 2011 Western European Photo Merchandise Forecast indicates that total unit sales for photo merchandise products in Western Europe are expected to rise from about 161 million in 2011 to nearly a quarter of a billion in 2015. Currently, Germany and the United Kingdom are the largest individual countries in terms of unit shares. Germany is the clear... (More)

PhotoShelter's logo. Click here to visit the PhotoShelter website! PRESS RELEASE: Freelance Business: PhotoShelter Unveils the Freelancer’s Online Marketing Blueprint, a New Free E-Book
14:44 EDT - New guide provides over 50 pages of expert marketing strategies and tactics to increase online exposure and generate revenue New York, NY, July 12, 2011 (PRWEB) -- PhotoShelter, the worldwide leader in portfolio websites, sales and marketing tools for photographers, today released The Freelancer’s Online Marketing Blueprint, a free 53-page e-book for all creative freelancers (not just photographers)... (More)

KenkoTokina's logo. Click here to visit the KenkoTokina website! Kenko Tokina acquires Cokin, delays 17-35mm lens
14:30 EDT - Japan's KenkoTokina Corp., the company created with the recent merger of Kenko Co. Ltd. and Tokina Co. Ltd., has today announced its acquisition of French optical filter manufacturer Cokin S.A.

Founded in the 1970s as Studiolabo S.A. by Parisian photographer and inventer Jean Coquin, Cokin is best known for its lineup of square filters and filter holders, which cleverly allow use of the same... (More)

VeprIT's logo. Click here to visit the VeprIT website! PRESS RELEASE: Photo Sense 1.0 for iOS - Easy Photo Enhancement App
13:54 EDT - [] Zoetermeer, The Netherlands - Announcing that VeprIT, the developers of Photo Sense, has released an exciting new product for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. The newly launched application is a powerful tool for quick and easy photo enhancement on an iDevice. Users are able to automatically apply improvements and effects with a few taps and can view the before and after of their photo... (More)

Olympus 12mm f/2 ED M.Zuiko Digital lens. Lens Review: Olympus 12mm f/2 ED M.Zuiko Digital
09:38 EDT - Olympus released some new lenses with the PEN E-P3, one of which is the subject of today's lens review - the Olympus 12mm f/2 ED M.Zuiko. This fast wide-angle lens offers all-metal construction and a unique two-stage manual focusing system. We've put the lens through its paces in our test lab: click here for our full review.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Chrome debuts camera bag, photo contest
18:51 EDT - San Francisco, CA-based Chrome Industries has launched its first ever camera bag, the Chrome Niko pro camera carrier.

Constructed from 1,000 denier weatherproof cordura, the Niko is a cross body messenger-style bag designed to hold an SLR camera body, lenses, and flash, and includes velcro straps that allow a tripod... (More)

Zacuto's logo. Click here to visit the Zacuto website! PRESS RELEASE: Introducing Zacuto's FS100 Filmmaker Kit
14:51 EDT - CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Jul 13, 2011) - Zacuto is proud to present the first camera stabilization rig designed specifically for Sony's new FS100 HD video camera. The FS100 Filmmaker Kit is an in-line shoulder mounted kit that allows shooters to mount the Zacuto EVF on the side of the camera by using the Zacuto EVF Rod Mount. This mounting configuration gives this camera setup the feel of a traditional... (More)

Nikon D5100 digital SLR camera.  Copyright © 2011, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Full Review posted for Nikon D5100!
10:54 EDT - Back in 2009, we reviewed Nikon's D5000 consumer SLR, the company's first SLR to include an articulated LCD display.

While we loved its image quality and much of its feature set, the bottom-mounted tilt/swivel mechanism seemed like something of a missed opportunity. The followup Nikon D5100 switches to a more versatile... (More)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pentax K-5, K-r, 645D: New firmware available
21:15 EDT - Hoya Corp. has today released new firmware for its 645D medium format digital SLR, as well as its K-5 and K-r APS-C SLRs.

The updated firmware release v1.11, available immediately for all three cameras from the Pentax global website, has but one change. An issue with GPS data recorded using the O-GPS1 accessory device being... (More)

Pentax unveils limited edition 645D Japan
20:15 EDT - Pentax Imaging Co. has today announced its forthcoming 645D Japan medium format digital SLR, a variant of its existing 645D model.

The Pentax 645D Japan is being produced to celebrate Pentax's receipt of the "Camera of the Year" award at the recent Camera GP Japan 2011 awards, the company's fourth model to receive this... (More)

The USRobotics USR8420 All-in-One USB 3.0 Card Reader / Writer. Photo provided by USRobotics Corp. PRESS RELEASE: USRobotics’ All-in-One USB 3.0 Card Reader/Writer First to Offer Dual SD Card Slots
16:39 EDT - First 3.0 Card Reader with Total of Five Card Slots That Can Be Read Simultaneously; Up to 10 Times Faster Than USB 2.0 Card Readers; Ideal for Photo/Video Users; Available Now CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--USRobotics, a Platinum Equity company and leading provider of Internet access and networking products, today introduced the USR8420 All-in-One USB 3.0 Card Reader/Writer. The new device is the first... (More)

Infotrends' logo. Click here to visit the Infotrends website! PRESS RELEASE: Social Networking Sites Will Continue to Dominate Online Photo Sharing
14:55 EDT - (Weymouth, MA) July 13, 2011 . . . InfoTrends has just released its 2011 U.S. Image Sharing Forecast. This report projects that the number of camera phone photos shared online will nearly double from just over 11 billion images in 2010 to nearly 22 billion in 2015. Already, more camera phone images are shared on social networking sites than by other Web sites and e-mail combined, and this is expected... (More)

Fujifilm's FinePix X100 digital camera.  Copyright © 2011, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Fuji X100 review posted!
12:18 EDT - Few cameras in recent memory have captured the imagination of enthusiast photographers as much as the Fuji X100.

Eliciting strong reactions from fans as well as detractors, the X100 is one of the hottest topics in forums and blogs. It's a unique camera in many ways. Its large APS-C sensor is married to a fixed-focal-length... (More)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Capture by Peak Design. Peak Design's Capture clip offers neckstrap alternative
17:55 EDT - All photographers have stories of the shot that got away - beautiful photos we missed because our cameras were at home, in a bag or both. Engineer and photographer Peter Dering set out to solve this problem for himself, then quit his day job and worked for 9 months to perfect his solution.

The result is the Capture by Peak Design. The Capture attaches to a strap on one side and accepts a standard Arca-Swiss mount on the other. If you happen to wear a belt, use a backpack or carry a messenger... (More)

QuickPro's logo. Click here to visit the QuickPro website! PRESS RELEASE: QuickPro's Canon T3 Instructional DVD Now Shipping!
15:08 EDT - Our guides are brimming with great tips and tricks to get the most out of your camera. QuickPro Camera Guides teaches you the fundamentals of digital photography applied to your Canon T3. PRLog (Press Release) -- Jul 12, 2011 -- Want to Take Photos Like a Pro with your Canon Rebel T3? Quickpro is here to help. QuickPro Camera Guides, the leading producer of Camera Guide tutorials, announces Canon... (More)

Extensis' logo. Click here to visit the Extensis website! PRESS RELEASE: New Extensis Portfolio Server 10 Delivers Robust iPad, Tablet and Video Support
12:54 EDT - Industry-leading DAM server delivers instant-access to digital media with streaming HD video playback and video conversion for tablets, mobile devices and the web PORTLAND, Ore. -- July 12, 2011 --Extensis®, a division of Celartem Inc., today announced the newest release of their Digital Asset Management (DAM) software, Portfolio Server® 10, which includes new iPad® and video capabilities... (More)

Nikon's AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G lens. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Get Closer To Clarity: The New Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm F/2.8G Brings Fast Macro Ability To DX-Format Shooters
00:01 EDT - Images Packed with Stunning Detail and Amazing Sharpness Have Never Been So Near MELVILLE, N.Y. (July 12, 2011) -- Nikon Inc. today introduced the new lightweight and versatile AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G lens to provide Nikon DX-format shooters macro capabilities at an affordable price point. Ideal for intimate details or general portraiture, the new AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G lens has... (More)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Photojojo's iPhone 4 SLR Mount. Photo provided by Photojojo. Photojojo preps SLR mount for iPhone 4
18:28 EDT - We've seen some unusual products at the IR news desk over the years, but the latest product from the folks at Photojojo -- whose other offerings include everything from wooden tripods to the digital SLR moneybank -- rather takes the cake.

Perhaps the ideal addition to the camera bag for those who like to push square pegs through round holes, the iPhone 4 SLR Mount does pretty much what it says on the box. Available in either Canon or Nikon-mount... (More)

Casio's logo. Click here to visit the Casio website! PRESS RELEASE: Casio Announces Imaging Square Photo Contest
14:56 EDT - Contest Will Challenge Consumers to Find Their Inner-Artist DOVER, NJ, July 5, 2011 — Casio America, Inc. today announced a photo contest which will challenge consumers to find their inner-artist. The photo contest, which takes places from July 5th through July 19th, will be hosted on the company’s Imaging Square Group Album on Photobucket. To enter, consumers must first register for... (More)

Hasselblad's logo, Click here to visit the Hasselblad website! PRESS RELEASE: Hasselblad H4D-60 moves to a whole new level
14:33 EDT - 11/07/2011 Hasselblad’s ‘game changing’ H4D-60 moves to a whole new level with major new firmware updates. Our ground-breaking H4D-60 medium format camera just got even more photographer friendly -- thanks to a brand new (and free) firmware update that fine-tunes and enhances the Hasselblad shooting experience for photographers across the globe. Heralded as the beginning of a... (More)

Toshiba's logo. Click here to visit the Toshiba website! PRESS RELEASE: Toshiba Corporation launches highly sensitive CMOS image sensor with Back Side Illumination
14:24 EDT - Develops 1.12 micrometer products for smartphones 7 Jul, 2011 -- TOKYO -- Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced the launch of a new 1.12 micrometer pixel CMOS image sensor, the latest addition to its CMOS image sensor line-up, that offers the industry's smallest level pixel size with enhanced sensitivity and improved imaging performance of back-side illumination technology (BSI). Sampling... (More)

Nikon's logo. Click to visit the Nikon website! PRESS RELEASE: Nikon to support "The 140th Open Championship"
11:23 EDT - July 11, 2011 -- Nikon Corporation (Makoto Kimura, President) is pleased to announce its patronage of The 140th Open Championship, to be held from July 14 to 17, 2011 at England's Royal St George's. The Open Championship is the world's oldest and traditional golf tournament, as well as one of the world's four major golfing events*. *The Open Championship, the Masters Tournament, the United States... (More)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Pentax USA to move headquarters?
23:53 EDT - Colorado-based Pentax Imaging Co. is set to move its headquarters to downtown Denver, according to an article published in today's Denver Post.

The report is based on information from the Downtown Denver Partnership, and Pentax itself is said to have declined comment on the Denver Post article. The company moved to its current location in nearby... (More)

Sigma's SD15 digital SLR. Photo provided by Sigma Corp. PRESS RELEASE: Wide Shooting Coverage: Sigma SD15 Twin Zoom Kit
14:54 EDT - The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new release of the “SIGMA SD15 TWIN ZOOM KIT” which comprises the SD15 digital single lens reflex camera, a SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM and a SIGMA 50-200mm F4-5.6 DC OS HSM as a set. This new Twin zoom kit will be available from July 15th. The SIGMA SD15 is a digital single lens reflex camera which incorporates a 14 mega pixel X3... (More)

Panasonic's logo. Click to visit Panasonic's website! PRESS RELEASE: Panasonic AG-3DA1 Full HD 3D Camcorder En Route to Space Station Onboard the Final NASA Space Shuttle Mission
14:39 EDT - AG-3DA1 3D Camcorder to Document International Space Station in 3D SECAUCUS, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Opening up a new dimension for 3D, Panasonic’s AG-3DA1 Full HD 3D camcorder is headed to space to document the International Space Station on the final mission of the NASA Space Shuttle. This is the ultimate flight of the shuttle Atlantis, its 33rd flight, and the 135th mission of the Space Shuttle... (More)

Western Digital's logo. Click here to visit the Western Digital website! PRESS RELEASE: WD's New My Book Studio Drive Matches Mac Aesthetics and Performs to Creative Pro Standards
14:23 EDT - 3 TB Capacity, FireWire™ Speed, Brushed Aluminum Casing, and Automated Backup Features Make Storage as Easy as Plug-and-Save IRVINE, Calif., July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Digital® (NYSE: WDC) today announced that its newest generation of the popular My Book® Studio™ external hard drives are designed for use with Mac® computers and Apple Time Machine. Now available... (More)

Phase One's logo. Click here to visit the Phase One website! PRESS RELEASE: Phase One Releases Media Pro 1.0.1
14:12 EDT - COPENHAGEN, July 7, 2011 — Phase One today released Media Pro 1.0.1, a service release, and the first update since Media Pro was introduced less than two months ago. Media Pro is a professional photo manager for finding, organizing, and sharing images and videos wherever those files are stored. Media Pro supports photo and video files from more than 100 different cameras and is built to manage... (More)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

SoftColor's logo. Click here to visit the SoftColor website! PRESS RELEASE: SoftColor Server Automata 1.0 - Smart and Easy Image Editing Automation on Server-Side
17:19 EDT - JOENSUU, Finland (July 07, 2011) - SoftColor Oy today announced the immediate availability of Server Automata 1.0: a workflow automation server software for advanced color correction, image editing and color management. Automata works independently on the background as Windows service. It can operate with multiple simultaneously workflows and users. "We wanted to develop an easy to use image... (More)

Delkin's Fat Gecko camera mount. Photo provided by Delkin Devices Inc. PRESS RELEASE: Swap Cameras in a Snap from Unthinkable Shooting Angles
16:33 EDT - with the Quick Release for Fat Gecko Camera Mounts Poway, CA. July 6th, 2011- Today Delkin announced their Fat Gecko Quick Release Kit, the newest accessory to the award winning Fat Gecko Camera Mount product line, that gives users the ability to swap cameras, camcorders and DSLRs on and off any mount in seconds.  The two part anodized aluminum Quick Release features two built in liquid... (More)

Pentax's K-r digital SLR. Photo provided by Pentax Imaging Co. Review posted for Pentax K-r!
13:06 EDT - When we reviewed Pentax's K-x consumer SLR last year, we were wowed by its rich feature set and impressive noise performance, but questioned the wisdom of several design choices likely made in the interests of achieving its affordable price tag.

With the debut of its followup Pentax K-r, the company has shown that it was listening by answering our biggest criticisms of the earlier model. Key among the changes are the addition of autofocus point... (More)

Join IR newsletter editor Mike Pasini on a visit to Yosemite, in his just-published ebook. Photo provided by Mike Pasini. A Visit to Yosemite: New ebook offers trip tips, beautiful pics
00:17 EDT - A new ebook released last weekend by Mike Pasini, editor of Imaging Resource's popular biweekly newsletter, offers an interesting insight into a long-weekend trip to California's stunning Yosemite National Park.

At just a little shy of 100 pages, "A Visit to Yosemite" includes several dozen of Mike's favorite images shot throughout the weekend, and details not only the trip itself, but also the stories... (More)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Shedworx's logo. Click here to visit the Shedworx website! PRESS RELEASE: 3D video editing software on Mac for Panasonic 3D camcorders
17:02 EDT - Shedworx is excited to announce 3D video editing software for the Panasonic 3D camcorder range. Mac users can now easily edit their 3D movies and watch it on their 3D TV. Perth, Western Australia (PRWEB) July 05, 2011 -- Shedworx, an experienced video software company, has just released 3D video editing software for Panasonic 3D video cameras. Panasonic 3D cameras ship with 3D video editing software... (More)

X-Rite's logo. Click here to visit the X-Rite website! PRESS RELEASE: X-Rite Announces Free July Webinars
16:13 EDT - Online educational tutorials provide photographers with basic information, insights, and tips to achieve color control, consistency and creativity in their workflow Elmsford, NY -- July 6, 2011-- X-Rite Photo Marketing announces its schedule of July Webinars that have been developed to address specific color management topics and are designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers.... (More)

Sekonic's L-308S Flashmate digital light meter is now available in three limited-edition metallic colors. Photo provided by MAC Group. PRESS RELEASE: Sekonic Announces Limited Edition Meters in Celebration of 60th Anniversary
16:01 EDT - L-308S Flashmate available in three metallic colors: red, green and blue; 60th Anniversary Contest will award three limited edition meters “It has been a tradition of the company to release a limited edition light meter in honor of an important anniversary and in the past those limited editions have become collector’s items,” said Phil Bradon Sekonic’s USA Product Marketing... (More)

AKVIS' logo. Click here to visit the AKVIS website! PRESS RELEASE: Akvis NatureArt V.3.0: Cool Down This Summer With The New Ice Effect!
15:06 EDT - AKVIS announces the upgrade of its program, AKVIS NatureArt, to Version 3.0. AKVIS NatureArt is an excellent tool for imitating the magnificence of natural phenomena on your digital photos. In addition to 7 nature effects offered by NatureArt: Rain, Sun, Water, Lightning, Clouds, Frost, and Fire, Version 3.0 offers a new nature effect - Ice. The Ice effect allows you to cover any surface with ice.... (More)

QuickPro's logo. Click here to visit the QuickPro website! PRESS RELEASE: QuickPro's Canon T3 Instructional iPad App Now Available
13:17 EDT - QuickPro Camera Guides, the leading producer of Camera Guide tutorials, announces Canon Rebel T3i. Now you have ready to go instruction of all camera functions where you need it and when you need it. PRLog (Press Release) -- Jul 06, 2011 -- Want to Take Photos Like a Pro with your new Canon Rebel T3? The Answer Will Now Be on your iPad. With iPad Camera Guides from QuickPro, you'll never have to... (More)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Canon's logo. Click here to visit the Canon website! Canon teases future product, perhaps mirrorless
23:26 EDT - Hot on the heels of Reuters' interview with Fujifilm's Vice President and Director, which predicted that the company might soon release a compact system camera, another article from the press agency suggests that Canon Inc. may also be preparing for its mirrorless debut.

The article, which is again authored by Isabel Reynolds and Reiji Murai, is based on an interview with Masaya Maeda, Canon's Chief Executive, Image Communication Products Operations. Reuters reports that... (More)

Singular Software's logo. Click here to visit the Singular Software website! PRESS RELEASE: Singular Software Announces Crossgrade Promotion – 50% Off PluralEyes MSRP For Existing Users
22:58 EDT - For a limited time only, current PluralEyes® users switching non-linear editors can purchase a new PluralEyes license for half price Vancouver, British Columbia -- July 5, 2011 -- Singular Software™, developer of workflow automation applications for digital media, is pleased to announce an exclusive offer for current PluralEyes users. From now through July 17, 2011, current PluralEyes customers... (More)

Canon's logo. Click here to visit the Canon website! PRESS RELEASE: Business Insider Names Canon Among "15 Most Innovative Companies Of All Time" List
19:54 EDT - LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 30, 2011 -- Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced that the Company has been ranked number two on the "15 Most Innovative Companies of All Time" list developed by Business Insider. Featuring a range of international technology firms, the Business Insider list recognizes Canon for its significant number of U.S. Patent filings (41,268 in total)... (More)

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website! PRESS RELEASE: ITC Commission Issues Favorable Ruling in Kodak Patent Case Against Apple and RIM
19:08 EDT - ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 30 -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today announced that in response to the company’s request, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) modified key findings of an ITC judge’s initial recommendation in Kodak’s patent infringement claim against Apple and Research In Motion (RIM). The Commission extended the target date for a final ruling until August 30.... (More)

Panasonic's logo. Click to visit Panasonic's website! PRESS RELEASE: Panasonic’s London 2012 collectables
18:56 EDT - Share the passion of the Olympic Games with Panasonic’s London 2012 camcorders, cameras, headphones and memory cards Panasonic, a Worldwide Olympic Games Partner, has unveiled a range of special and limited edition collectables to celebrate London 2012. Fans of the Olympic Games can now capture, keep and share this momentous occasion with specially-designed London 2012 merchandise. Meanwhile,... (More)

Photokore's logo. Click here to visit the Photokore website! PRESS RELEASE: Photokore opens the ‘My Country’ Photo Contest to all photographers
18:43 EDT - Asia-based stock photo company, Photokore, announces the launch of their "My Country" Photo Contest. Running until mid-August, photographers around the world are encouraged to submit photos that highlight the essence of a country of their choosing. PRLog (Press Release) -- Jul 01, 2011 -- Asia-based microstock photo company, Photokore, launched a country-specific photo competition today,... (More)

Avid's logo. Click here to visit the Avid website! PRESS RELEASE: Avid Offers Special Crossgrade Promotion for Final Cut Pro Users
18:22 EDT - Customers can integrate Media Composer into professional editing workflows to eliminate bottlenecks and focus on storytelling BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Avid® (NASDAQ: AVID) today announced it is offering a limited-time Final Cut Pro Crossgrade promotion for qualified Final Cut Pro customers. Available now, this crossgrade offer is designed to provide a fast, cost-effective path for... (More)

Fujifilm's logo. Click here to visit the Fujifilm website! Fuji considers return to interchangeable lens market
14:48 EDT - An interesting article published today by press agency Reuters suggests that Japan's Fujifilm Corp. is considering a return to the interchangeable lens camera market, perhaps with the launch of a Fujifilm-branded compact system camera.

The article, authored by Reuters' Isabel Reynolds and Reiji Murai, further reports that the company has set itself the ambitious goal of overtaking Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to become the world's... (More)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

DxO Labs' Logo. Software Review: DxO Optics Pro v6.6
14:28 EDT - Optics Pro's automatic optimizations of images from gear DxO has tested let you start editing your images at what's the finish line for other image editing software. The new version extends some of the power to JPEGs from any camera.

DxO Optics Pro is unique in applying the company's own sensor and lens data to automatically optimize an image. You start at the finish line. The latest version brings some of that power to JPEGs from... (More)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Pentax's logo. Click here to visit the Pentax UK website! Ricoh acquires Pentax digital camera business
14:06 EDT - Ricoh Co. Ltd. has agreed to acquire the Pentax camera business from Hoya Corp., in a deal said to be worth some ¥10 billion (~US$124 million), according to Japan's Nikkei newspaper.

The purchase, announced by both companies at a press conference today, will see Tokyo-based Pentax Imaging Systems Co. and its Vietnamese subsidiary Pentax VN Co. Ltd. spun out to a newly created corporation,... (More)

Panasonic 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA O.I.S. LUMIX G Vario lens. Lens Review: Panasonic 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6G
12:36 EDT - When Panasonic introduced its G2 Lumix camera body, they also updated the kit lens for the system - the Panasonic 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA O.I.S. LUMIX G Vario. Replacing the 14-45mm, the new lens is slightly lighter and simpler to use, while incorporating Panasonic's continuously variable aperture technology for use in movie recording. We didn't have a chance to test the lens with the Panasonic G2, but we did manage to get it into the lab with the G3; click here to read our review of the Panasonic 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA O.I.S. LUMIX G Vario.

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