News entries for December, 2011

Leica D-LUX 5: New firmware follows in footsteps of Panasonic LX5

Leica's logo. Click here to visit the Leica website!Leica Camera AG has today released updated firmware for its D-LUX 5 and D-LUX 5 Titanium digital cameras, following in the footsteps of that released by partner company Panasonic for its LX5 digital camera a little over three months ago.

Firmware v2.0 for the D-LUX 5 looks to exactly mirror that for the DMC-LX5, making a number of changes to add new features and improve...

IR sits down with Panasonic to discuss the camera market, answer reader questions

One of the perks of our job is getting to talk with the top people at camera companies. Yesterday, Panasonic representatives from the US and Japan visited IR HQ. Among other things, we discussed the state of the mirrorless market and got answers to some of our readers’ burning questions about the GH2 and the recently announced GX1 that we collected in our Live Q&A.

We...

Sony: Early NEX models get LA-EA2 mount adapter firmware

Sony's logo. Click here to visit the Sony website!Sony Electronics Inc. has released new firmware for its early NEX-series camera and camcorder models that adds support for the company's unique Translucent Mirror-based Alpha mount adapter, the Sony LA-EA2.

In full, the list of camera and camcorder models launched prior to October 2011 which are receiving the new firmware include the NEX-3, NEX-5, NEX-C3, and NEX-VG10....

Well set up: Rollei Powerflex Family!

Rollei's Powerflex 600 digital camera. Photo provided by RCP Technik GmbH & Co. KG.Hamburg, December 2011 -- Rollei continues its Powerflex series: the Powerflex 400 is the latest entry-level model from Rollei. Standard equipment includes a 5x zoom lens and a 2.7-inch LCD screen with 230,000-pixel resolution. A larger 25mm wide-angle lens in 35-mm format helps to produce sharp images even at long distances. With its ultra-slim,...

Sony Digital Network Applications, Inc.: “photo movie creator HD” Android Tablet App That Enables You to Easily Create Movies from Photos and Share Them

Photo Movie Creator HD's logo. Click here to visit the Photo Movie Creator HD product page on Android market!"Share your heart-touching 'photo movie'."

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sony Digital Network Applications, Inc.(SDNA) today announced the release of photo movie creator HD, an android tablet application that turns your photos into a special, heart-touching movie and allows you to share "photo movie" with your friends and family with a simple operation.

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Lens Review: Canon 400mm f/2.8 IS II USM

Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lensOur lens review on SLRgear.com today is the Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, one of Canon's L-class wonders. At $11,000 it's certainly no casual purchase, but the money buys you the best of what Canon has to offer: class-leading optics, a handfull of switches and control options, everything you need for the best telephoto experience possible - including the suitcase to carry...

Olympus announces its first power zoom lens

The Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ lens. Photo provided by Olympus Imaging America Inc.Olympus Imaging America Inc. has today announced its first M. Zuiko lens model for Micro Four Thirds cameras to include a power zoom feature.

The Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 EZ lens offers 35mm-equivalent focal lengths from 24 to 100mm, controlled using an electromagnetic zoom mechanism with variable speed control, which is said to be near-silent. It...

Adobe finalizes Lightroom 3.6, Camera Raw and DNG Converter 6.6

Adobe's logo. Click here to visit the Adobe website!Adobe has today finalized the latest updates to its Lightroom and DNG Converter applications, as well as its Camera Raw plugin, all of which were issued as release candidate versions a little over a month ago.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.6 and Camera Raw 6.6 / DNG Converter 6.6 all add support for the same list of ten camera models from eight manufacturers, as well as...

Carl Zeiss preps photo contest

Carl Zeiss' logo. Click here to visit the Carl Zeiss website!Oberkochen, Germany-based Carl Zeiss AG has today announced its 2011 Carl Zeiss Photo Contest, which is open to anybody shooting with Zeiss lenses.

Running for a month, from December 15 2011 to January 15 2012, the contest offers some pretty great prizes. The first prize winner gets their choice of ZEISS SLR lens with a special engraving, along with a Carl Zeiss T* UV...

Photo Book App Launched on Facebook

Ecce Terram's logo. Click here to visit the Ecce Terram website!That’s where consumers want it, says Ecce Terram

Atlanta, GA / Oldenburg, Germany (12/13/2011). Ecce Terram, a globally active digital imaging solutions company with headquarters in Atlanta, GA and Oldenburg, Germany, has launched a new photo book app for Facebook. The white-label application enables members of the social network to create and order...

Sigma Corporation partners with sculptor to spotlight underwater museum

Sigma's logo. Click here to visit the Sigma website!Jason deCaires Taylor uses Sigma lenses to photograph his work, raise awareness about threatened coral reefs

Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2011 – Sigma Corporation of America has teamed up with underwater photographer, sculptor and conservationist Jason deCaires Taylor to help photograph the artist’s oft-unseen work and share it with the world.

Taylor...

Good Deals, Great Deals, Crazy Deals

'Tis the season ... for big discounts from retailers!

There are always good deals to be found around the holidays, but this year, some of the camera deals we're seeing are really in the sit-up-and-take-notice category. Here's a selection from some of our affiliate partners that caught our eye:

From Adorama: 

Canon 5D Mark II Body only: $2099 = $400 off list

Canon 5D...

Nauticam NA-D7000V

Nauticam's NA-D7000V housing for the Nikon D7000 digital SLR. Photo provided by Nauticam USA.Nauticam: Innovation Underwater

Updated housing for Nikon D7000 features enhanced control access and HDMI connection compatibility.

Unveiled with great fanfare at the 2010 DEMA Show, the original NA-D7000 housing grew to be one Nauticam’s most successful offerings. A little over one year later, Nauticam is proud to announce an update that includes...

Photography Business: PhotoShelter Publishes The 2012 Photo Business Plan Workbook

PhotoShelter's logo. Click here to visit the PhotoShelter website!24-page workbook delivers key concepts and action steps to help photographers strategically map out their business growth and succeed in 2012

New York, NY, December 8, 2011 - PhotoShelter, the worldwide leader in photography portfolio websites, sales and marketing tools for photographers, today released The 2012 Photo Business Plan Workbook. This...

Power Grip specially designed for SIGMA SD1 PG-31

Sigma's SD1 digital SLR, with PG-31 Portrait Grip attached. Photo provided by Sigma Corp.2011.12.9--The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Power Grip PG-31, specially designed for Sigma’s SD1 digital SLR, the camera that ensures high resolution and breathtaking image quality.

The PG-31 is a specially designed battery grip which upgrades the battery power of the SIGMA SD1 by holding two dedicated BP-21 battery...

Panasonic GX1 Q&A: Your questions, answered

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-GX1 compact system camera. Click here to read our Panasonic GX1 Q&A.Earlier today, we hosted a question and answer session to discuss the forthcoming Panasonic GX1 compact system camera, a model which we've put through its paces over the last couple of weeks. Although the Q&A's over now, it remains archived as part of our Panasonic GX1 hands-on preview, and is well worth a read if you couldn't make the live session.

To those of you who...

X-Rite Announces Free Color Management Software Updates

X-Rite's logo. Click here to visit the X-Rite website!ColorMunki Display, i1Profiler and i1Profiler D2LionEdition software now available as free downloads

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., December 9, 2011 – X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ: XRIT), the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, today announces the availability of several free downloadable software updates including...

October POTD Winners Chosen!

Imagingresource-2009-144x86Regular readers will have noticed the return of a popular feature to our news page, one which unfortunately wasn't ready quite in time for last month's cutover to the new page design.

We've just reinstated our Photo of the Day--with a renewed, more attractive design--front and center where it belongs, at the very top of the news page. We get a lot of really great images...

Leica V-Lux 3: New long-zoom camera announced

Leica's logo. Click here to visit the Leica website!Leica Camera AG has this week introduced its new V-Lux 3 digital camera, a twelve megapixel model with a 24x optical zoom lens.

As with all of the company's fixed-lens digital cameras except the X-1, the Leica V-Lux 3 is a rebadged variant of another camera--specifically, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150, which we just reviewed a few weeks ago. Comparing the spec sheets for...

Sony USA issues statement on NEX-7 availability

Sony's Alpha NEX-7 compact system camera. Photo provided by Sony Electronics Inc.Sony USA has now issued a statement regarding availability of its Alpha NEX-7 compact system camera, whose production and delivery has been affected by widespread flooding in Thailand over the last couple of months.

According to the statement, customers who've pre-ordered the Sony NEX-7 should start receiving their cameras later this month, and while production capacity...