Mar 072016
 

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PRESS RELEASE: New Sony HX80 Compact Camera and Wireless Flash System Announced

Sony has announced the new HX80 Compact camera which I had a small preview of last week while in Miami shooting the new 24-70 f/2.8 and 85 1.4 G Master lenses. It is a compact, smaller than the RX100 series and comes in at an affordable $349. Below is the press release and stats for the HX80 and the new Wireless Flash System for the Sony system..which has finally been created ;)

Sony Announces New HX80 Compact Camera with 30x Zoom and Electronic Viewfinder

New Model is World’s Smallest Camera with 30x Optical Zoom Lens1

SAN DIEGO, Mar. 7, 2016 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced the newest addition to their compact zoom camera lineup, the DSC-HX80 model.

The new camera features a variety of advanced imaging capabilities including 30x optical zoom, a high-resolution 18.2 MP2 Exmor R CMOS Sensor and a retractable OLED Tru-Finder in a class-leading compact body. Along with the DSC-HX90V model, the HX80 camera becomes the only compact high-zoom camera with a retractable electronic viewfinder, making it an extremely appealing and flexible solution for travel and family photography and video shooting. .

The HX80 also features a high-resolution, 921k dot LCD screen that tilts a full 180 degrees for comfortable arms-length portraits or “selfies” and is Wi-Fi / NFC compatible.

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Key features for the new model are included below:

Compact Hi-Zoom HX80 Camera w/ Built-in Retractable EVF

Available in April for about $350

· Premium 30x ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* optical zoom lens with 60x “Clear Image” digital zoom capability

· Built-in pop-up OLED Tru-Finder EVF w/ high contrast and vivid colors

· 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor ensure the finest capture details for still images and Full HD videos in all lighting conditions

· Optical SteadyShot with 5-axis image stabilization minimizes effects of camera shake

· 921k dot, 3.0 type LCD screen that tilts a full 180 degrees

· Full HD movie shooting capabilities including high-speed XAVC S format at 50 Mbps

· Built-in ‘pop up’ flash for low-light shooting support

· Compatible with Wi-Fi / NFC for seamless wireless transfer of content and with select Sony PlayMemories™ Camera apps

A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with Sony imaging products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, Sony’s growing community site built to educate, inspire and showcase all fans and customers of the Sony imaging brand.

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Sony Announces Development of New Wireless Lighting Control System at WPPI 2016

LAS VEGAS, Mar. 7, 2016 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today announced plans to release a new wireless lighting control system to meet the growing demands of professional Sony photographers.

Designed for compatibility with their α interchangeable cameras and external flash units, the new lighting system will include the FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander as well as the FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver. A prototype of the new system will be on display in Sony’s booth at WPPI 2016.

With a maximum range of 30m (approx. 98 feet), the new radio controlled system will allow for an extremely flexible wireless flash shooting experience with exceptional performance in all types of shooting conditions. In total, the system can control a maximum of 15 separate flash units in up to 5 groups of flashes. While using the system, photographers have the ability to control the exposure of connected flash units either manually or automatically depending on preference. Additionally, the new lighting control system will be capable of flash sync speeds of up to 1/250th of a second with high speed sync (HSS) available as well.

The new Wireless Lighting Control system will be available this summer at authorized retailers throughout the US and Canadian markets. Pricing and detailed specifications will be released at a later date.

Feb 252016
 

PRESS RELEASE FROM LEICA:

HUAWEI and Leica Camera announce long-term technology partnership for the reinvention of smartphone photography

Leaders in the smartphone and photographic worlds come together to create a premium visual world renaissance

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[Wetzlar, 25th February, 2016] Today HUAWEI Consumer Business Group (BG) and Leica Camera AG are delighted to announce the start of a strategic partnership, a co-operation with shared premium ambitions and spirit, which will see both technology and photography brands combining their shared ethos in a long-term commitment to the art of craftsmanship, meticulous engineering and the spirit of winning collaboration, to create a powerhouse in the reinvention of smartphone photography.

In 2012, HUAWEI became the world’s third-largest smartphone manufacturer and was the first Chinese company to sell more than 100 million mobile phones in one year in 2015. The first Chinese brand to appear on the prestigious Interbrand Best Global Brands list in 2014, HUAWEI soared to number 88 in 2015 whilst launching the globally critically acclaimed HUAWEI Watch and HUAWEI P8. In 2016, HUAWEI looks to build on its success with Leica Camera: a mutually beneficial collaboration with the most iconic name in the photographic world to bring joint superior excellence to consumers.

For over 100 years, premium iconic camera manufacturer Leica Camera has been creating lightweight cameras favoured by street photographer pioneers and world-class optical lenses, fulfilling the passions of its community. With ingenious optical engineering and formidable craftsmanship, Leica cameras, recognisable by their ‘red dot’ branding, are

German engineering at its best, and continue to attract new generations of consumers who aspire to achieve “the Leica look” and own these masterpieces of design. In addition to making precision-crafted masterpieces, Leica supports prominent photographers and emerging new talent around the world.

Richard Yu, CEO of the HUAWEI Consumer BG said: “We choose our partners carefully, and with this extraordinary collaboration we are offering our wide customer base and consumers the best elements of two expert brands in harmony: combining innovation and design, enhancing the user experience and continuing to inspire amazing advancement in human technology through exceptional premium imaging quality. Leica is a legend in the world of photography; we believe no other manufacturer has revolutionised the industry as much as them. We, HUAWEI, take the utmost pride in exceptional quality and Leica is in a class of its own in its sector.”

Oliver Kaltner, CEO of Leica Camera AG said: “The strategic alliance between HUAWEI and Leica Camera demonstrates the desire of two rapidly growing and globally active brands to continuously push the envelope of the technologically possible. In addition to innovative strength and premium standards, our two companies are united by the commitment to uncompromising quality. The technology partnership with HUAWEI offers Leica Camera an excellent opportunity to introduce its proven optical expertise into a new product segment and to unlock exciting business areas in the field of mobile devices. Smartphones make a very important contribution to the world of photography and open an important door for Leica to new target groups and fields of application.”

“The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of innovation, highest precision and craftsmanship. I’m pleased and convinced that the traditional German medium-sized company Leica Camera will bring its values and comprehensive expertise in optical engineering to the long-term partnership with HUAWEI in order to achieve the best possible imaging results in the field of smartphone photography – and to take it to the next level of quality”, emphasizes Dr Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the supervisory board of Leica Camera AG.

More details on the culmination of HUAWEI and Leica’s partnership, which will span

research and development, design, co-engineering, user experience, marketing and retail distribution, will be shared as the partnership continues.

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About Leica Camera

Leica Camera AG is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the construction of lenses. And today, in combination with innovative technologies, Leica products continue to guarantee better pictures in all situations in the worlds of visualisation and perception. Leica Camera AG has its headquarters in Wetzlar, in the state of Hesse in Germany, and a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal. The company operates branch offices in China, England, France, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, South Korea, Italy, Australia and the USA. New and innovative products have been the driving force behind the company’s positive development in recent years.

About HUAWEI Consumer Business Group

HUAWEIs products and services are available in more than 170 countries and are used by a third of the world’s population, ranking third in the world in mobile phone shipments in 2014. Sixteen R&D centers have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India, and China. HUAWEI Consumer Business Group is one of HUAWEIs three business units and covers smartphones, mobile broadband devices, home devices and cloud services. HUAWEIs global network is built on 20 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.

Jan 062016
 

The New Olympus 300mm f/4 Pro Lens! Holy Telephoto!

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Olympus has announced a new lens for the Micro 4/3 system in the form of a 300mm PRO f/4 Prime lens, and believe me..this lens will be quite special. Think about it. This lens will deliver a 600mm equivalent on your micro 4/3 body giving massive reach. Between Olympus and Panasonic we have some of the best lenses in the digital photo world available to us. The new 300mm PRO lens is available NOW for $2499 in the USA and $3299 in Canada. I think this lens will make many Micro 4/3 shooters VERY happy as this will offer a level of performance at the top of the heap. Olympus knows how to make amazing glass.

YOU CAN ORDER THE NEW 300 F/4 PRO LENS AT B&H PHOTO – HERE. 

You can buy it at AMAZON HERE

I look forward to reviewing this beautiful piece of glass. SOON ;)

 

PRESS RELEASE FROM OLYMPUS:

A NEW WORLD OF HANDHELD NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY:  THE OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO® DIGITAL™ ED 300MM F4.0 IS PRO ARRIVES

Super Telephoto Lens with Powerful 5-Axis Sync Image Stabilization and Olympus’s Highest Resolution Ever in a Compact, Dustproof and Splashproof Body

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 5, 2016 — Olympus is pleased to announce the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO, a compact super telephoto lens that expands the capability of the M.ZUIKO PRO series of professional, splashproof and dustproof lenses that deliver outstanding image quality under any circumstance. The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO is the first Olympus interchangeable lens with a built-in image stabilization mechanism, and when paired with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (firmware version 4.0) or E-M5 Mark II (firmware version 2.0), in-body and in-lens image stabilization work in perfect harmony, resulting in the new 5-Axis Sync IS technology to produce the world’s most powerful image stabilization performance of up to six shutter speed steps of compensation*.* The lens can also be used effectively with other camera bodies, as the in-lens stabilization mechanism alone provides four shutter speed steps of compensation.

With a length of 8.9 inches (227mm) and weight of a mere 2.8 pounds (1,270g), at one-third of the size and weight of most DSLR 600mm equivalents, the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO is designed to slip into an airplane carry-on bag or backpack and go anywhere to help users easily capture handheld images in once-challenging photo destinations. Despite its compact size, the lens is hermetically sealed in 17 places and features freezeproof performance down to 14⁰F (-10°C). Together with the same splashproof, dustproof and freezeproof performance as the OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II, this ensures you can capture high-quality images in the harshest environments.

The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO debuts Olympus’s highest-ever resolution by combining three Super ED lenses, one Extra-High Refractive index lens and three High Refractive index lenses to reduce the color bleeding and chromatic aberrations that tend to occur on typical super telephoto lenses. In addition to Olympus’s renowned ZERO Coating (ZUIKO Extra-low Reflective Optical Coating), a brand-new lens coating technology called ZERO Coating Nano suppresses reflected light to minimize ghosts and flares for extremely sharp details of images, including car headlights. A layer of nanosized particles and a layer of air from the center to the surface of the lens achieves a refractive index similar to air and significantly reduces surface reflection.

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The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO also gets up close to explore the beautiful, minute world of telemacro photography with maximum image magnification of 0.48x (35mm equivalent), with a minimum focusing distance of 46 inches (1.15m) from the end of the lens. When combined with the M.ZUIKO Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14, the user can capture all of nature’s beauty in high resolution at 840mm (35mm equivalent) and an increased image magnification of 0.67x (35mm equivalent) in a handheld compact body while maintaining the same minimum focus distance.

The OM-D’s silent mode combines with the lens’ Movie & Still Compatible mechanism for silent AF and shooting, giving the user the ability to blend into the background of any situation, whether that be the refinement of a symphony performance or the dusty plains of a lion’s hunting grounds.

The lens also features a Manual Focus Clutch mechanism that makes switching to manual focus possible by pulling the focusing ring toward you. The side of the lens barrel features a Focus Limit switch (4m to infinity, all range, 1.4 to 4m), an IS switch (On/Off), and an L-Fn button, which can all be operated without ever taking your eye off the viewfinder. The built-in sliding lens hood can be locked into place when extended, and the tripod base plate with a quick shoe compatible rail is removable.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO lens is available now for an estimated street price of $2,499.99 (U.S.) and $3,299.99 (Canada).

*As of December 2015. CIPA guideline compliant, when correction is carried out on two axes (yaw and pitch) and when halfway release image stabilization is off.

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For more than 90 years, Olympus has innovated and developed best-in-class products that expand the boundaries of product design and functionality, empowering consumers and professionals alike to capture their stories. These include:

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Nov 192015
 

PRESS RELEASE

Leica Camera Introduces The New Leica M (Typ 262):

A Digital Rangefinder Camera With Only the Essential Functions

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Leica launches digital rangefinder camera in its purest form to allow for ease of use and handling.

November 19, 2015 – Leica Camera presents a new digital rangefinder camera, the Leica M (Typ 262). Together with the Leica M (Typ 240), M-P (Typ 240) and the M Monochrom (Typ 246), this new camera rounds out the digital rangefinder family and stands for the M philosophy in its purest form. Its concentration on the essence of rangefinder photography and intuitive handling makes it an ideal tool for experiencing the pure enjoyment of photography.

The Leica M (Typ 262) digital rangefinder camera embodies all the essential advantages of the Leica rangefinder system, while foregoing certain functions that some users may find extraneous. Just like all other digital M-Cameras, the Leica M (Typ 262) features a high-resolution CMOS full-frame sensor, albeit one that is dedicated exclusively to capturing photos; eschewing features such as video recording and Live View. Its 24-megapixel resolution ensures exceptional image quality and extreme sensitivity, and makes the Leica M (Typ 262) ideal for photography in available light situations. At the same time, the camera’s Maestro processor guarantees fast processing of captured images and immediate readiness to shoot.

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The clear and functional lines of the Leica M (Typ 262) design reveal its concentration on essential controls and handling. The top deck is made from durable aluminium, which makes the camera around 100 grams lighter and even more ergonomic than its sibling models. Further design differences are the reduced size of the logo and the step at the end of the top plate. Differences aside, the Leica M (Typ 262) is made in Germany with the highest level of craftsmanship just as all M cameras in the Leica line.

In addition to its purist looks, the hardly audible shutter of the Leica M (Typ 262) also guarantees maximum discreetness when shooting. An invaluable advantage in photographic situations where blending into the scene is vital. As an aid to this, the camera features a shutter cocking system that is considerably quieter in single exposure mode than that of the M (Typ 240) and enables a shutter release frequency of up to two frames per second. In continuous mode, the M (Typ 262) has the same sequential shooting speed as its sibling models and shoots up to three frames per second.

Leica M-Family Shot_Nov_2015_01The handling concept of the Leica M (Typ 262) fulfils the demands of what photographers expect from a Leica M. This includes the tried and true manual focusing process with the coupled rangefinder and exposure options of full manual control or Aperture Priority automated shooting. Due to the omission of Live View and the video function, the menu is extremely lean and concise, consisting of only 2 pages that ensure all settings are quickly accessible. A dedicated button on the back of the camera now sets the white balance value, giving full-time access to this often-used function.

The Leica M (Typ 262) will be on sale end of November and is priced at $5,195. 

MY RECOMMENDED LEICA Dealers: Ken Hansen ([email protected]), PopFlash.comB&H Photo

BASICALLY THE NEW M 262 IS AN M 240 WITH AN ALUMINUM TOP PLATE INSTEAD OF BRASS AND NO VIDEO FEATURE. OH, AND A LOWER PRICE as well as a QUIETER shutter! This is my preferred recommended M as the video on the M was not necessary and with a quieter shutter, and lighter weight, the $2k savings makes this the M to get for most :)

Next year I predict and all new M will be announced with MANY changes ;) 

Nov 132015
 

NEW STRAPS from HOLD FAST GEAR!

Hold Fast Gear has announced a new strap, and it looks lovely. Hold Fast makes some GREAT gear..bags, pouches, leather goods, straps, and this one looks to be another fantastic strap from them. I will be ordering one soon (in Red Bison) because I love how they are offering them in various lengths. I am not a fan of short straps, so the ability to order in the perfect length sold me. Below is the blurb from HoldFastGear.com….

“HOLDFASTGEAR.COM has just released a new classic camera strap, the Maven. The Maven Strap is the culmination of HoldFast’s design ethic: classic and uncompromising. Crafted from legendary American Bison leather and lined in cream glove leather, the Maven lives up to its name, offering unparalleled sophistication you can see and feel. HoldFast’s custom brass u-hooks with Bison leather pad allows easy and quick installation without scarring your camera. Can be worn over the neck in front position or cross body.”

More Info Here:

http://holdfastgear.com/collections/all/products/maven-strap-a-classic-american-bison-leather-neck-strap

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Oct 142015
 

The Sony RX1RII Announced! What I have been waiting for!

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PRE ORDER THE RX1R II ON NOVEMBER 5th AT B&H PHOTO HERE!

The one camera I have been waiting for, and asking Sony for and wondering about for the last year and a half has finally been announced, just when I thought they would never do it! Well now they did and my PRE ORDER HAS TO BE IN!!!

YES, the Sony RX1RII is coming, and this is a GOOD thing, as even today, the RX1R has probably the best IQ from any Sony camera made. There was something special about the RX1R files due to the sensor and lens and now Sony have upgraded the camera with its latest sensor tech and other goodies, and you can bet your behind that the AF will be faster. I SO CAN NOT WAIT to review this one, and my review will be a big one.

The original Sony RX1 made my Camera of the Year when it was released. Small, built well, powerful… an amazing camera. Three years have passed and it is time for a successor. I am so EXCITED!

Now, the RX1RII is on the way and I wanted to tell you about my excitement for it as well as tell you about what Sony has done to make it so much better.

I was supposed to be in NYC this week with Sony and others to test the new A7SII, and this was apparently a surprise announcement at the meetings. Unfortunately I became sick and could not make  the trip (fever and all) so I missed out on the live announcement.

In any case, I am alive and well so let me start by showing you guys what is NEW with the RX1RII:

BUILT IN VIEWFINDER (EVF) – YES YES YES!

BACKLIT 42MP SENSOR

3.5 FASTER DATA AND TRANSMISSION SPEED OVER RX1R 1

35 mm f/2 Zeiss lens perfectly matched to the sensor for best quality

MACRO RING for focusing as close as 14cm in front of the lens

UNCOMPRESSED 14 BIT for those who wanted it! (Also coming to A7RII)

AF: the worlds widest AF coverage on a full-frame sensor for much faster AF

TILTABLE LCD SCREEN 

Worlds 1st Optical Variable Low Pass Filter – YOU choose

AND THIS WILL BE SHIPPING NEXT MONTH, NOVEMBER 2015!!! 

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Bottom Line? Sony is kicking ass and forging ahead more so  than any other camera company I know. I still see Sony and Olympus as the game changers in digital imaging, and Sony is just creating cameras that all of us enthusiasts really want. When it comes to full frame these days, SONY IS THE WAY TO GO for cost, quality, features and the fact that their cameras are so damn good these days. If you want smaller than full frame? Olympus or Fuji get my vote for now.

PRE ORDER THE RX1RII AT B&H PHOTO HERE!

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MORE DETAILS IN THE PRESS RELEASE….

Sony Introduces New Palm-Sized RX1R II Camera with 42.4 MP Full-Frame Image Sensor

Sonys Latest Premium Compact Features Back-Illuminated Full-Frame Sensor, ZEISS® Sonnar T* 35mm F2 Lens, High Speed AF, retractable XGA OLED Viewfinder and Worldกฏs First Optical Variable Low Pass Filter

NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2015  Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the worlds largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced the latest addition to their acclaimed Cyber-shot RX compact camera line, the full-frame RX1R II (model DSC-RX1RM2).

Joining the original RX1 and RX1R cameras in the family of the worldกฏs smallest full-frame cameras, the new RX1R II delivers the highest picture quality of any Sony compact camera ever made. This can largely be attributed to the new cameras high resolution 42.4 MP sensor paired with its large aperture, fixed focal length ZEISS Sonnar T* 35mm F2 lens, which have been fine-tuned to optimize performance together.

Additionally, the new model features a 30% improvement in AF response speed compared to the original award-winning RX1 models and is equipped with the worlds first optical variable low pass filter that can be set to off, standard or high based on user preference, with low pass filter bracketing available. The camera also has a convenient retractable XGA OLED viewfinder for eye-level shooting, which has been implemented with minimal change in overall body size from its predecessors.

The new RX1R II offers a combination of size and performance that has never before been realized in the world of compact cameras, said Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging for Sony Electronics. We’re giving imaging enthusiasts and professionals the opportunity to enjoy a camera with one of the most powerful combinations of sensor and lens in market today that can easily fit in the palm of your hand. Its simply the latest example of the progressive innovation that Sony is bringing to the world of imaging.

Ultimate Image Quality in the Palm of Your Hand

The new RX1R II camera utilizes a back-illuminated 35mm full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor with approx. 42.4 effective megapixels paired with a powerful BIONZ X processing engine to achieve superior levels of image resolution and sensitivity (ISO 100-25600, expandable to 50 – 102400) with wide dynamic range. The sensors back-illuminated structure, with an expanded circuit scale and copper wiring design, enables faster transmission speed and outputs data approximately 3.5x faster than the original RX1R, ensuring high-speed performance.

Matched specifically for the image sensor, the large aperture 35mm F2 ZEISS Sonnar T* lens ensures that all images captured by the camera are impressively sharp from the center to the corners. The lens also has a unique Macro shift ring for focusing on subjects as close as 14cm in front of the lens and has nine aperture blades that produce smooth, even background defocus or bokeh in the most commonly used aperture ranges.

Another unique benefit of the new camera is its fixed lens design, which allows the positioning of its sensor and lens to be precisely adjusted to maximize all benefits of the sensors extremely high resolution. The closer the two components are to one another, the wider the angle through which light can pass through the lens and directly reach the sensor, resulting in imagery that is rich in detail and resolution. Also, unlike the focal plane shutter common to interchangeable lens cameras, RX1R II utilizes an in-lens shutter, allowing 1/2000 sec flash synch speed and a significant reduction in overall body size.

The new RX1R II also offers uncompressed 14-bit RAW image capture to maximize the benefits of the image sensors wide dynamic range, while also still supporting existing compressed format.

High Speed AF to Capture the Decisive Moment

The RX1R II model is the first in Sonys acclaimed RX line of compact cameras to feature Fast Hybrid AF capabilities. The cameras sensor features 399 focal-plane phase-detection AF points that cover about 45% of the image area the worlds widest AF coverage on a full-frame sensor1 that work together with 25 contrast AF points to achieve focus response that is about 30% faster than the original model. Additionally, the camera has adapted an advanced motion-detection algorithm that offers superior tracking performance of moving subjects and allows for the addition of AF-C mode that accurately tracks a subject after focusing. It also can achieve up to 5fps continuous shooting with AF tracking.
Other focusing improvements on the new model include multiple AF area settings including Wide, Center and Flexible Spot and Expand Flexible Spot. The camera also has Eye AF and lock-on AF.

World’s First Optical Variable Low Pass Filter

In a first for digital cameras, the RX1R II features an optical variable low pass filter that allows shooters to manually adjust the balance of image resolution and presence of moir or color artifacts to match the subject.
The three settings for the low-pass filter include off, which provides comparable effects to having no low-pass filter and is suitable when prioritizing resolution, standard, which strikes a balance between resolution and removal of moir and color artifacts, and high, which places more emphasis on reducing moirจฆ and artifacting. This unique feature allows photographers to achieve the desired image quality and resolution based on the presence of moir-inducing high spatial frequency objects in the scene, essentially combining two cameras จC one with and without a low-pass filter จC into one body. Low-pass filter bracketing is also available and can be used to compare the effects of different settings.

New Retractable XGA OLED Viewfinder, Tiltable Screen, HD Video and more

New for the RX1 series, the RX1R II has a built-in retractable 2.4 million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder that pops up and down with simple one-push operation. The viewfinder features ZEISS T* Coating and four glass elements including two aspherical lenses that work together to deliver a magnification of 0.74×4 and clear corner-to-corner visibility with minimal distortion. The new camera also has a 3.0 type WhiteMagic™ 1.2 million dot LCD display that can tilt upwards up to 109 degrees and downwards up to 41 degrees, allowing for a greater range of shooting angles and positions.

On the video side, the cameras advanced sensor and processor deliver exceptionally detailed movies with low levels of noise. It is able to support full HD 1920×1080 video recording at frame rates of 60p, 30p or 24p through use of the versatile XAVC S movie recording format.

The new RX1R II camera is also Wi-Fi® and NFC compatible and fully functional with Sonys PlayMemories Mobile™ application available for Android™ and iOS platforms, as well as Sonys growing range of PlayMemories Camera Apps™.
A new version of the popular กฐSmart Remote Control app (version 4.0) from PlayMemories Camera Apps, which enables remote shooting from a connected smartphone, will be released that features updated bulb and continuous shooting functionality to match the new camera.

Pricing and Availability

The Sony RX1R II full-frame compact camera will be available in November for about $3300 US and $4200 CAD at a variety of Sony authorized dealers in both countries. There is also a new camera case (model LCJ-RXH) that will be available at launch that fits snugly on the new RX1R II as well as the original RX1 and RX1R models.

A series of exciting new content shot with the RX1R II camera can be found at http://www.alphauniverse.com Sonyกฏs new community site built to educate, inspire and showcase all fans and customers of the Sony imaging brand.

The new content will also be posted directly at Sony global sites https://www.sony.net/Product/di_photo_gallery/.

For US customers seeking more information on the new RX1R II camera, please visit http://www.sony.com/electronics/cyber-shot-compact-cameras/dsc-rx1rm2 .

 

Sep 282015
 

PRESS RELEASE: Samsung #DitchTheDSLR Day Comes to Seattle

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Consumers Can #DitchTheDSLR at Inaugural PIX Photo Expo and Conference to Receive a New NX500 SMART Camera

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – September 28, 2015 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. is bringing the highly successful #DitchTheDSLR movement to Seattle at the inaugural PIX Photo Expo and Conference hosted by DPReview and Amazon on Wednesday, October 7 starting 11 a.m. and lasting until supplies run out. Samsung will offer PIX show attendees the chance to receive the award-winning Samsung NX500 camera (valued at $799) by simply trading in their DSLRs*. This program has previously seen nearly 1,000 DSLRs traded in at events in New York and Los Angeles.

“Since the first #DitchTheDSLR event, Samsung has made major strides in the digital imaging category with industry-leading innovation,” said Gary Riding, Senior Vice President, Mobile Computing, Samsung Electronics America. “We are excited to partner with the passionate DPReview photo community and Amazon at PIX, and once again give consumers the opportunity to trade in their old clunky DSLRs for a chance to enjoy Samsung’s new NX500 mirrorless camera with cutting edge imaging and wireless technology.”

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The NX500 is the latest addition to Samsung’s NX line of mirrorless cameras and is packed with advanced technology and features. Built around the same technology architecture featured in the flagship NX1, including a high resolution 28MP BSI APS-C sensor, 4K and UHD video recording, and Samsung Auto Shot, the NX500 places powerful performance in a portable and convenient size. This award-winning camera comes with updated connectivity options via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which provide users with an advanced wireless experience and the ability to effortlessly shoot and share their captured moments with family and friends.

Show attendees can visit the Samsung booth and trade in a fully operational Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera including battery, power supply and lens and walk away with the cutting-edge NX500, while supplies last. While in the booth, attendees can see and experience the entire Samsung NX system, including the pro-focused NX1 and S-Lens collection, the ever-portable NX Mini and GALAXY Camera 2, as well as a variety of accessories. To be eligible to ditch, you must be registered for the PIX conference, and can register for free by visiting: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pix-2015-tickets-18160695128. For terms and conditions, please visit http://www.samsung.com/us/common/digital-imaging-campaign.html
In addition to the #DitchTheDSLR event, beginning on Tuesday, October 6, a group of award-winning Samsung Imageloggers, unpaid photography experts who photograph with Samsung gear, will be on hand participating in a number of panels and presentations discussing their experiences with the NX System and sharing stories behind the images they’ve captured including:

· Tuesday, October 6: The Evolution of News Photography, with Reuters Photographer Jonathan Alcorn
· Wednesday, October 7: Using Photography to Drive Change, with Social Marketer CC Chapman
· Wednesday, October 7: Getting the Right Shot, with celebrity photographer Brian Ach

Lastly, PIX attendees will have the opportunity to put their new NX500 to the test and participate in local photo walks led by Imageloggers Ibarionex Perello and Rinzi Ruiz alongside DPReview editors. They can then further expand their knowledge of the NX system’s capabilities by attending panels and demonstrations led by Imageloggers Matt Kumasaka, Laura Winslow and Wasim Muklashy.

For scheduling and presentation information please visit: http://www.pix2015.com. For more information on Samsung’s Ditch Day event, please visit http://www.pix2015.com/ditch-the-dslr and contact [email protected] and information on all of Samsung’s NX Cameras, including the acclaimed NX500, please visit www.samsung.com.

* For terms and conditions, please visit http://www.samsung.com/us/common/digital-imaging-campaign.html.

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Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., markets a broad range of award-winning, digital consumer electronics and home appliance products, including HDTVs, home theater systems, MP3 players, digital imaging products, refrigerators and washing machines. A recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology, Samsung is the HDTV market leader in the U.S. Please visit www.samsung.com for more information.

Sep 152015
 

DOWNLOAD YOUR NEXT CAMERA: OLYMPUS UNVEILS TWO POWERFUL FIRMWARE UPDATES
WITH ADVANCED MACRO SHOOTING AND VIDEO CAPABILITIES FOR THE OM-D®

New Performance Updates for the OM-D E-M1, E-M5 Mark II and Lenses Demonstrate Olympus’ Ongoing Commitment to Enhance the Existing Lineup

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa., September 15, 2015 — Today, Olympus announces a series of firmware upgrades that significantly enhance the performance of the OM-D line for professional and amateur shooters alike, including Version 4.0 for Olympus OM-D E-M1®, Version 2.0 for OM-D E-M5 Mark II updates to M.ZUIKO® PRO and PREMIUM lenses as well as Advanced Olympus Capture Version 1.1 and OI.Share® Version 2.6. The updates, which will be available in late November 2015, are highlighted by new macro shooting modes, advanced video performance and other capabilities found on the recently announced OM-D E-M10 Mark II.

Version 4.0 for OM-D E-M1: Breathtaking Macro Images

Focus Stacking Mode, exclusive to Version 4.0 for OM-D E-M1, expands the expressive power of macro photography and brings out the true performance of M.ZUIKO PRO lenses. In Focus Stacking Mode, a single press of the shutter captures eight RAW or JPEG shots with varying focal positions and automatically composites them into a single JPEG file for a macro shot with incredible depth of field.

Users can also take their macro photography a step further with Focus Bracketing Mode, which captures up to 999 shots with varying focal positions. Third-party photo-editing software can be used to merge the files into one breathtaking image that reveals the details of any subject, from the small, like a bloom of a rose or an exotic insect, to a large depth of field in a telephoto landscape.

Enhanced Customization and Control

The firmware upgrade also give users more support and ease of use when capturing professional-quality images. The new simulated optical viewfinder (S-OVF) delivers a view similar to that of the naked eye, just like an optical viewfinder. Exposure compensation and white balance are purposely not shown so users who are more familiar with the optical viewfinder in their traditional DSLR cameras can use the OM-D in the exact same way until they become more comfortable with the benefits of an electronic viewfinder.

Advanced Focus Peaking adjusts settings and turns Focus Peaking on or off at a moment’s notice while shooting in Live View. And, just like the Advanced Focus Peaking already on the OM-D E-M5 Mark II, OM-D E-M1 users can now select the desired intensity level (low, standard or high) and color (black, white, red or yellow) for consistently sharp images during shooting.

Menu Cursor Position Memory further enhances customization by automatically returning to the last menu setting used , meaning less time navigating menus and more time is spent capturing moments. Anti-Shock Mode is now easier than ever and automatically switches to the mechanical shutter at speeds 1/320 and faster. And when users are shooting in quiet situations, Silent Mode eliminates all camera sounds for completely silent shooting, perfect for a piano recital or wedding ceremony with shutter speeds up to an amazing 1/16000th sec.

Innovative Movie Functions

Advanced movie capabilities include the ability to easily synchronize PCM audio and video recording when using the Olympus® LS-100. A Slate Tone can now be added to make it simple to perfectly synchronize audio and video during the editing process. Users can further optimize their 1080p Full HD Video with additional features, including Movie Image Stabilization with five-axis optical IS and digital IS, 24p/25p frame rate, movie record start with a release cable, support for time code setting and, finally, a movie info display that shows histogram, level gauge, audio level and time code.

Version 2.0 for E-M5 Mark II: Enhanced Video Power

In addition to many of the updates in Version 4.0 for E-M1, including Focus Bracketing and S-OVF, Version 2.0 firmware upgrade for E-M5 Mark II further enhances the camera’s ability to capture crisp, clear video with no need for additional editing software. Movie-Exclusive Picture Mode Flat provides for post-production color grading by lowering the contrast to minimize blown-out highlights and loss of detail in shadows. Additionally, new 4K Time Lapse Movie captures up to 999 images automatically and combines them in-camera into a stunning 4K file.

Tethered Shooting Gets Easier

Advanced Olympus Capture Version 1.1 makes tethered shooting in-studio even easier for both still images and video by allowing the user to customize the camera’s display and layout for quick and easy access to the most frequently used functions. Direct PC makes image transfer four times faster by saving images directly to a computer without having to record to an SD card. Features like Keystone Compensation can be utilized from a computer as well by simply connecting the computer and camera body.

More Advancements for the OM-D System

The latest firmware for the M.ZUIKO PRO and PREMIUM lenses will also be released and will include aperture drive, which has been improved for smooth exposure control even when shooting movies with sudden changes in brightness. The update also gives the shooter the convenience of disabling the MF Clutch and Snapshot Focus even at the MF Clutch position.

Finally, the new Version 2.6 update for the OI.Share app for Android® and Apple® is available now and enables Live Comp to be viewed in real time. Now users can make adjustments to their settings and monitor the progress of the image as it develops right on their smartphone or tablet.

Bottom line: New upgrades on the Olympus E-M1:

• Focus Stacking
• Focus Bracketing
• Silent Mode
• 4K Time Lapse movie
• Live Composite on OI.Share
• Advanced Focus Peaking (with 4 colors)
• S-OVF (Simulated OVF)
• MF Clutch Disable
• 24 & 25p Movie Frame Rate’s
• 5-axis IS for Movie
• Movie Time Code Setting
• Movie Slate Tone
• Movie info Display
• Advanced Olympus Capture

U.S. Availability

The Olympus Version 4.0 for Olympus OM-D E-M1, Version 2.0 for OM-D E-M5 Mark II and Olympus Capture Version 1.1 will be available in late November 2015.

To find out more about the firmware updates, visit the Olympus website at www.getolympus.com/upgrade.

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For more than 90 years, Olympus has innovated and developed best-in-class products that expand the boundaries of product design and functionality, empowering consumers and professionals alike to capture their stories. These include:

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Sep 152015
 

PRESS RELEASE: Sony announces new firmware for Uncompressed RAW files

Sony Announces Addition of Uncompressed 14-Bit RAW Still Image Capture for New α Cameras!

New α7S II to Feature Selectable Compressed and Uncompressed 14 Bit RAW at Launch; Free Firmware Updates Coming for Additional Models Beginning with α7R II

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NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2015 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today announced user selectable Compressed and Uncompressed 14-Bit RAW image capture will be featured in the new α7S II once it arrives in stores this October.  Additionally, they have announced plans to add user selectable compressed or uncompressed 14-Bit RAW still image capture via firmware update to additional cameras beginning with the recently introduced α7R II full-frame mirrorless model.

“The voice of our α community remains the most important guiding force of our product development plans,” said Neal Manowitz, Deputy Vice President for Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics. “The addition of Uncompressed 14-Bit RAW processing is a direct result of customer feedback. Widely requested by photo and video enthusiasts, we believe the choice of RAW processing types will further elevate the performance of these extraordinary cameras.”

The α7S II and α7R II are compatible with Sony’s growing lineup of α -mount lenses, which now totals 64 different models including 13 native ‘FE’ full frame lenses. By early 2016, Sony will add an additional 8 new lenses to its FE full frame lineup, bringing the FE total to 21 lenses and the overall α -mount assortment to over 70 different models.

A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new α7S II and a7R II cameras plus other Sony α products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, Sony’s new community site built to educate, inspire and showcase all fans and customers of the Sony α brand.

Please follow #SonyAlpha on twitter and visit @SonyAlpha on Instagram for all of the latest α camera news and content direct from Sony.

Sep 112015
 

A7SII

PRESS RELEASE: THE ALL NEW Sony A7SII is Announced! Ships October!

It appears Sony has secretly launched the A7sII over night, so to those waiting here is the press release on the new successor to the low light king!

PRE-ORDER THE NEW SONY A7S HERE!

Sony Expands Range of Full-frame Cameras with the Launch of Ultra-sensitive 7S II

New Mirrorless Model Features High Sensitivity up to ISO409600 with Wide Dynamic Range, 5Axis Image Stabilization, Internal 4K Movie Recording and more!

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 11, 2015 Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the worldกฏs largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced the latest addition to their award winning A7 lineup of mirrorless cameras, the A7S II.

Offering ultra-high sensitivity and wide dynamic range across the entire ISO range plus 5-axis image stabilization for greater shooting control, the A7S II delivers stunning image quality for photographers who shoot in the most challenging lighting conditions from the brightest of mornings to the darkest of nights.

Additionally, the new camera incorporates a host of professional movie functions including the ability to record full-frame 4K video internally with full pixel readout and no pixel binning, the worlds first camera to achieve this capability. The cameras unique balance of sensitivity, control of plane of focus and incredible image quality make it an especially effective tool for videographers and filmmakers.

Sony continues to lead the industry in terms of innovation in the mirrorless space,กฑ said Neal Manowitz, Deputy Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics. With the new A7S II, weกฏve utilized many of our latest technologies to deliver a camera that will excel in all types of environments, producing still images and video content that will consistently amaze imaging enthusiasts, professional photographers and even Hollywood directors.

The A7S II delivers an awe-inspiring sensitivity range of ISO 50-409600 thanks to the unique combination of its 35mm full-frame 12.2 megapixel2 image sensor and BIONZ X image processing engine. The sensor works to optimize the dynamic range across the entire ISO range, broadening the amount of tonal gradation in bright environments and minimizing noise in dark scenes. The BIONZ X processor features an upgraded image processing algorithm that maximizes the sensors capabilities overall, in particular at the mid-high end of the ISO scale, and results in extremely detailed still images and movies with minimal noise.

Video Master

The impressive video credentials of Sonys new A7S II camera include the ability to record movies in 4K quality3 internally through use of the advanced XAVC S codec4, which can record at a high bit rate of up to 100 Mbps. Because information from all pixels is utilized without line skipping or pixel binning, the camera can maximize the expanded power of the full-frame image sensor and produce 4K movies with higher image clarity and negligible moir.

This full pixel readout without pixel binning is also employed when shooting Full HD video (24p/30p), where the camera collects information from approximately five times as many pixels that are required to generate Full HD 1920×1080 and oversamples the information, producing movies of extremely high quality and detail.

Also, in a first for the A7 series, the A7S II can record Full HD at 120fps at 100 mbps5 in full frame format, which can be immediately reviewed on the camera screen and eventually edited into appealing 4x/5x slow motion footage in Full HD (24p/30p) resolution.

Video functionality has been further enhanced with new picture profile settings; S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log3 and S-Gamut3/S-Log3, delivering wide dynamic range and simple color correction. The A7S II even offers impressive 14-stop latitude in the S-Log3 gamma setting, while also supporting other popular profiles for cinematographers including S-Gamut/S-Log2.

Other enhancements include the addition of Gamma Display Assist, a new function that allows users to monitor images or check focus when recording S-Log movies, and the improvement of the Zebra function for even greater control.

5-Axis Image Stabilization

The new A7S II is equipped with the innovative, highly acclaimed 5-axis image stabilization system from the A7 II and A7R II cameras. The system corrects camera shake along five axes during shooting, including angular shake (pitch and yaw) which has the greatest impact on image quality and tends to occur with a telephoto lens, shift shake (X and Y axes) which becomes noticeable as magnification increases, and rotational shake (roll) that often affects night shooting and/or video recording.

Autofocus Accuracy

The autofocus system on the A7S II has been upgraded and now offers 169 AF points for fast, precise focusing with greater accuracy compared to the original model. The low noise image produced by the image sensor of the new camera enables the Fast Intelligent AF to detect contrast more easily and react speedily even in low-light situations (as low as EV-4), when itกฏs even tough to check focus with the naked eye. The AF performance is also twice as fast as the predecessor model during video shooting.

Electronic Viewfinder

The XGA OLED Tru-Finder in the A7S II has been upgraded and offers the worlds highest viewfinder magnification of 0.78x (roughly 38.5 degrees in diagonal field of view) and shows clear images across the entire display area. The use of ZEISS T* Coating ensures sharp reduction of reflections on the viewfinder. Unlike an optical viewfinder, the OLED Tru-Finder can be used to instantly show how exposure compensation, white balance and other selected settings are affecting the displayed image.

User Upgrades

A number of enhancements have been made to the look and feel of the A7S II to make it more user-friendly, reliable and intuitive. Its magnesium-alloy body is both light and highly robust and the grip and shutter buttons have been re-designed so that the camera feels more natural in the hand. Additionally, silent shooting mode can be activated at up to 5 fps continuous shooting and there is reduced-vibration shutter movement.

The lens mount has been further reinforced to ensure greater rigidity, particularly when attaching third-party lenses and users can now charge the camera via a USB power supply while the camera is in operation, thus extending battery life. The A7S II is also Wi-Fi® and NFC compatible and fully functional with Sonys PlayMemories Mobile application available for Android™ and iOS™ platforms, as well as Sonyกฏs growing range of PlayMemories Camera Apps, which add a range of fun creative capabilities to the camera. Learn more at www.sony.net/pmca.

Pricing and Availability

The Sony A7S II full-frame interchangeable lens camera will be available in October for about $3000 at a variety of Sony authorized dealers nationwide.
The A7S II is compatible with Sonyกฏs growing lineup of ฆม lenses, which now totals 64 different models including 13 native full frame lenses.

By early 2016, Sony will add an additional 7 new lenses to its FE full frame lineup, bringing the FE total to 20 lenses and the overall lens assortment to 70 different models.

A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new A7S II camera and other Sony products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com , Sonys new community site built to educate, inspire and showcase all fans and customers of the Sony brand.

The new content will also be posted directly at the global Sony Photo Gallery and the Sony Camera Channel on YouTube

Sep 092015
 

PRESS RELEASE: COSYSPEED CAMSLINGER STREETOMATIC

Introducing the Next-Generation Camera Bag for Street Photographers from CosySpeed

Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the CAMSLINGER Streetomatic

Edertal/Germany, Sep. 6, 2015. The CAMSLINGER Streetomatic by COSYSPEED GmbH of Edertal/Germany is a next-generation camera bag concept combining the speed and convenience of a sling strap with the safety and space of a camera bag. It can be worn comfortably around the hip or like a traditional sling bag over the shoulder. Quick, one-handed access, protection against rain, bumps, dust and views as well as its very high wearing comfort make the CAMSLINGER Streetomatic the ideal camera bag for street photographers and travellers.

COSYSPEED GmbH has teamed up with renowned street photographer Thomas Leuthard (thomas.leuthard.photography) of Switzerland to design a camera bag that fits the needs of street photographers. The company set out to raise US-$ 17,500 on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to produce the first batch of their latest innovation that is going to change the way street photographers carry their gear.

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While the CAMSLINGER Streetomatic was initially designed specifically for mirrorless cameras, it is also ideally suited for DSLRs and superzoom cameras. It is made out of durable and water resistant NYLON D600 fabric and comes in blue, khaki or black colours with a built-in rain cover, four department dividers as well as a free FINGERCAMSTRAP. The CAMSLINGER Streetomatic has a fixed belt and moves freely around the waist for maximum comfort.

The black version of the CAMSLINGER Streetomatic is branded Thomas Leuthard Edition, with the signature of the popular street photographer stitched onto the front of the bag. For each edition bag sold, US-$ 10 will be donated to a care project for street kids in Burundi, supervised by German organisation Burundikids e.V. (w​ww.burundikids.org)​. The donations will be used to provide school supplies to 80 children in a centre for street kids in the country’s capital Bujumbura.

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For the launch of the new CAMSLINGER Streetomatic, COSYSPEED will be offering the bags at a reduced special price to supporters of its Indiegogo campaign, which takes place from Sep. 1st to Oct. 1st, 2015. The CAMSLINGER Streetomatic Blue and The CAMSLINGER Streetomatic Khaki will be available for US-$ 55 during the campaign period (retail price:

COSYSPEED GmbH |​G​eschäftsführer/General Manager Thomas Ludwig | Königsberger Straße 5a | 34549 Edertal | Germany www.cosyspeed.com | [email protected] | Tel. +49 5621 / 7525312 | Fax +49 5621 / 7525313
IBAN: DE44523500050002005536 | BIC: HELADEF1KOR | Sparkasse Waldeck-Frankenberg
HRB 11978 | Amtsgericht Fritzlar | St.-Nr. 02523040465 | USt.-Nr. DE290085331

US-$ 69), the CAMSLINGER Streetomatic Thomas Leuthard Edition for US-$ 65 (retail price: US-$ 79).

Specs

Interior dimensions: 7 x 6 x 4.2 in. (175 x 155 x 105 mm)
Weight: 700 g
Phone pouch: 3.2 x 0.6 x 5.5 in. (80 x 15 x 140 mm)
Accessory pouch: 3.1 x 1 x 5 in. (80 x 15 x 140 mm)
Adjustable belt: 75 – 125 cm (30 – 50 in.), with optional belt extension up to 165 cm (65 in.) Exterior materials: Nylon D600 fabric with PE tiles between inner and outer fabric

Interior materials: Soft fabric

About Cosyspeed

Cosyspeed GmbH of Edertal/Germany is the first company in the world that specialises exclusively in accessories for mirrorless cameras. All products are developed in Germany and are subject to strict German quality criteria. Production is carried out in Germany, Europe, Asia and Africa. Focusing on convenient and functional accessories for the daily routine of photographers using mirrorless cameras, Cosyspeed is concentrating deliberately on the new technology of the future in the area of digital cameras. With the CAMPILLOW, COSYSPEED GmbH is also supporting a development aid project in Burundi/Africa. COSYSPEED is planning to transition into a not-for-profit company in 2016.

Website:​w​ww.cosyspeed.com
See the INDIEGOGOCAMPAIGN 

FROM STEVE:

I tested and reviewed the original Cosyspeed Camslinger and will have a review sample of the new one soon. The streetomatic seems to be an improved design for street photography, and while the original was awesome for street, the new one appears to not only be better but the price is quite amazing at $69 US. See the video below of me using the original Camslinger in Las Vegas last year!

Sep 022015
 

PRESS RELEASE: Sony Launches “α Universe” Community Site to Engage, Empower and Inspire Photo and Video Enthusiasts

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 1, 2015 – Sony Electronics today has officially launched the “α Universe” website (www.alphauniverse.com), an online community site that will serve as a window into the world of the Sony α brand.

The site will feature a variety of engaging photography, videography, instructional and news content designed to educate, inspire and empower individuals throughout the greater imaging community. Highlights include a blog-style home page for feature stories, a continually refreshed “Social” page that showcases select #SonyAlpha posts from various social platforms, an “Artisans” page that features profiles and portfolios from Sony’s Artisans of Imagery and an interactive calendar outlining Sony digital imaging events throughout the United States.

“Today’s photo and video enthusiasts are utilizing Sony cameras to capture imagery with a level of detail and resolution that they never could have imagined,” said Neal Manowitz, Deputy Vice President of digital imaging at Sony Electronics. “α Universe gives us an ideal platform to showcase their work. Featuring an innovative and artistic design, the new site shines a bright spotlight on our growing army of ambassadors and their passion for the Sony α brand.”

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α Universe will source its content directly from a variety of contributors, influencers and working professionals while also repurposing and reposting relevant articles and videos from throughout the online community. It will also become the chief outlet for exclusive breaking news and information direct from the Sony imaging team. The main sections/tabs of the site are as follows:

· Home – A “blog style” format with continually refreshed feature stories and upcoming events, plus a link to apply for Sony’s PRO Support service program for working professionals.

· Artisans – The new in-depth homepage for Sony’s rapidly evolving and expanding Artisans of Imagery program. This page features profiles of all 40+ Sony Artisans of Imagery including artist bios, feature galleries and videos.

· Social – This highly visual page will showcase a curated social media livestream of photos that have been tagged with #SonyAlpha by customers throughout the world, ranging from amateurs to pros.

· Calendar – An interactive calendar that highlights all Sony Imaging events taking place throughout the country, including retail events, trade shows, Artisan workshops and speaking engagements and more. Users have the ability to filter and search by zip code.

· Discover – An engaging archive page hosting all historical α Universe stories. Particularly useful for those looking to expand their photography / videography knowledge of a certain topic, site visitors can easily search and access content based on a series of pre-selectable keywords/categories.

 

 

Aug 252015
 

PRESS RELEASE – NEW OLYMPUS OM-D E-M10 Mark II is here!

OLYMPUS OM-D E-M10 MARK II ®: THE ADVANCED CAPABILITIES OF OLYMPUS-PIONEERED 5-AXIS IMAGE STABILIZATION NOW AVAILABLE ACROSS THE OM-D LINEUP

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Elegantly Designed High-Performance Mirrorless Camera

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., August 25, 2015 — Olympus introduces the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II, a small, stylish, entry-level camera body with powerful in-body 5-axis image stabilization. As the successor to the Olympus OM-D E-M10, the OM-D E-M10 Mark II combines the award-winning power of the OM-D family, first-class quality of 5-axis image stabilization and an all-new design with improved ergonomics. The Olympus OM-D series brings flawless, professional-quality images and video to photographers of all levels.

Shoot High-Quality Images All the Time
Hailing from the cutting edge technology found in the award-winning Olympus OM-D E-M1 and OM-D
E-M5 Mark II, the OM-D E-M10 Mark II’s 5-Axis Voice Coil Motor (VCM) Image Stabilization offers a hassle-free solution to image blur caused by camera shake. With up to four shutter speed steps, it allows for longer exposures and lower ISOs for crisp and clear handheld shots. The traditional 2-axis image stabilization in many DSLRs only compensates for angular shake, while the 5-axis image stabilization in the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II also corrects for rolling blur that affects both low-light shooting and the horizontal and vertical shift blur that can mar macro shots. The combination of the OM-D E-M5 Mark II’s 16-Megapixel Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII image processor maximize the power of 5-axis Image Stabilization to capture sharp images and video without the need for a tripod.

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User-Friendly, Elegant Design
The ultra-slim, compact size of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II adds to the camera’s user-friendly design. Not only does the body configuration incorporate the classic style found in Olympus OM-D cameras, but the elegantly machined metal dials, along with the leather textures of the grip, produce a highly sophisticated feel. The prominent thumb grip supports a stable, one-handed hold and reliable, one-handed shooting. Both the dial and button shape and layout have been adjusted for users to easily operate the camera while looking at their subject through the viewfinder.

High-Speed Performance
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II delivers an amazingly fast, class-leading shooting time courtesy of its Touch Autofocus1. With a sequential shooting speed of 8.5 fps — more than twice as fast as comparable DSLRs — short shooting lag time, fast responsiveness and a quick start-up time, users can easily capture split-second movements.

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Easy-to-See Electronic Viewfinder
Armed with a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II makes it easier than ever to shoot in direct sunlight and other situations where it might be difficult to view the monitor. Thanks to 100 percent field of view, users are able to see more of the scene for precise composition. The EVF also boasts a viewfinder magnification rate of 1.23x (35mm equivalent: 0.62x) and uses a high-definition 2.36-million-dot OLED monitor for sharp, clear details. For further shooting accuracy, the new AF Targeting Pad allows the user to keep an eye on the viewfinder while tracing a thumb on the camera’s rear touchscreen to adjust focus point. The E-M10 Mark II also offers a solution for shooters who are more accustomed to optical viewfinders; the Simulated Optical Viewfinder (S-OVF) offers higher dynamic range, more in line with that visible to the naked eye.

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Intuitive Video Creation
The OM-D E-M10 Mark II allows users to take advantage of 1080p Full HD Video, intuitive touch interface, variable frame rate and a new CLIPS feature which records short one-, two-, four- or eight-second clips. These clips can then be merged into a final video product in-camera, and then uploaded directly to your favorite social platform using the Olympus OI.Share app.

Creative Shooting
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II comes packed with additional shooting modes, unleashing unlimited creativity.
Art Filters: Select one of 14 available Art Filters that match your creative vision. Art Filters can be combined with Art Effects to produce truly inspiring images and video.
Photo Story: With five available patterns, Photo Story combines multiple photos into a single image to express the user’s story about a moment in time.
Live Composite: Select Live Composite mode to extract and composite the brightest areas from multiple, sequentially shot images to capture thrilling light displays. With the newest version of the OI.Share app for Android and Apple®, you can make adjustments to your settings and monitor the progress of the image as it develops right on your smartphone or tablet.
Live Bulb and Live Time: Easily capture moving trails of light with the Live Bulb and Live Time modes for stunning light painting images.
4K Time-Lapse: Capture up to 999 images automatically at an interval of one image every five seconds. The camera will then combine the images into a stunning, high-resolution, 4K file, all in-camera, without the need for additional software.
Focus Bracketing: With a touch of the shutter button, multiple shots are taken with slightly different focus depths. Useful for those who shoot macro photography, users can select the image with the focus where they prefer. By using image-editing software that offers an image stacking function, users can produce images with large depth of field even while using wider apertures.
Keystone Compensation: Perspective distortion can be corrected in-camera, live, while shooting, with the ability to see your corrected adjustments as you shoot.

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Accessories
External Grip, ECG-3: A removable grip exclusively for use with the OM-D E-M10 Mark II that enhances the hold and premium feel of the camera. With a one-touch release lever on the bottom of the grip, users can smoothly exchange the battery and memory card without missing a beat.
Genuine Leather Strap, CSS-S119L: For added luxury and protection, the genuine leather strap has been treated with water repellent to protect against water damage.

1 According to Olympus research, August 2015.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II will be available beginning in early September 2015 in the following configurations.

Estimated Street Price:
Body only, available in Black and Silver
$649.99 (U.S.)
$749.99 (Canada)
Body in Black or Silver with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42 f3.5-5.6 EZ
$799.99 (U.S.)
$899.99 (Canada)
The External Grip, ECG-3 and Genuine Leather Strap, CSS-S119L, will be available in early September.

Estimated Street Price:
External Grip, ECG-3: $59.99 (U.S. and Canada)
Genuine Leather Strap, CSS-S119L: $79.99® (U.S. and Canada)

To find out more about the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II, and for a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website at getolympus.com/us/en/digitalcameras/omd/e-m10-mark-ii.html.
Journalists interested in more information, review units and high-resolution images of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II should contact Colin Brown, Mullen Lowe Public Relations, [email protected], 617-226-9749, or Jennifer Colucci, Olympus America Inc., 484-896-5719, [email protected] or visit the Olympus website: http://asset.olympusamerica.com/login/.

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Sep 132014
 

PRESS RELEASE: THE SLR Magic APO-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1

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Hong Kong, China (September 12, 2014) – SLR Magic will present a new CINE lens to the public from the APO-HyperPrime lens family in the upcoming Photokina 2014 fair in Cologne at the SLR Magic booth (Hall 5.1, L-011). The SLR Magic APO-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 is the first lens of the family. It achieves outstanding images under challenging lighting conditions. When taking pictures with many image-dominant, open light sources, it is common for correction defects to show up. Because the SLR Magic APO-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 is an apochromatic (APO) lens, longitudinal chromatic aberrations are corrected by its unique optical design and special selection of optical elements. The color defects are therefore significantly lower than the defined limits. Bright/dark transitions in the image, and especially highlights, are rendered with no colorful artifacts.

Thanks to the low level of longitudinal chromatic aberration, there are no visible aberrations. So an illuminated portrait scene by night with many light sources in front of and behind the actual focal plane appears close to reality, without displaying complementary, color contrast edges. The excellent performance delivered by the SLR Magic APO-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 is consistent for all shooting distances. Its high performance with an open aperture also makes this lens a good choice for close-ups or portraits. The SLR Magic APO-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 takes full advantage of modern high-resolution 4K camera sensors as support for 6K sensor size, resulting in impressive resolution in the images, even for the finest detail.

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The lens has a completely new optical and mechanical design, which was developed taking into account the special and increasing requirements of high-resolution cameras. The APO-HyperPrime CINE lens series comes standard in PL mount and can be easily adapted to numerous camera systems with the optional PL-mFT adapter, PL-E adapter, and EF mount conversion adapter. The lenses feature standard focus rotation angle of 300 degrees and uniform measurements. This combination makes the lenses ideally suited for every demand on the film set. All APO-HyperPrime CINE lenses have an attachment of any standard follow-focus system.

As a continued dedication to anamorphic lenses, some of the lenses in the APO-HyperPrime CINE lens family would be compatible with the SLR Magic Anamorphot adapter.

SLR Magic plans to exhibit the first lens of its PL cinema series at the Photokina 2014 fair. The SLR Magic stand would be in (Hall 5.1, No. L-011) during the fair, which is to be held in Cologne from 16th to 21st of September 2014.

SLR Magic will start shipping the APO-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 in 2015.

You can visit the SLR Magic web site HERE, or you can check out their E-Bay shop HERE

Technical Data

Lens Mount: PL-mount
Focal Length: 50 mm
Aperture: T2.1 to 22
Close Focus: 2’
Image Circle: 44 mm (full-frame)
Lens Gears: Focus: 0.8 pitch, 122 tooth
Iris: 0.8 pitch, 103 tooth
Total Length: 94mm
Front Lens Diameter: 95mm (For Matte Box)
Filter Thread: 62mm
Weight: 1.1 kg

Optional Accessories

SLR Magic Anamorphot 1,33x – 50
SLR Magic PL-mFT adapter
SLR Magic PL-E adapter
SLR Magic EF mount (requires professional installation)

Sep 042014
 

CAMSLINGER 160 Paris Gray

Wear your mirrorless camera ALWAYS READY at your hip

Cosyspeed CAMSLINGER bags are a new and unique concept for carrying mirrorless cameras. Providing fast, one-handed access to your camera, the CAMSLINGER bag keeps it protected in a slim case while you upper body is free from straps and belts. CAMSLINGER bags are comfortable to wear and ideally suited for street, travel, outdoor and family photography.

More Camslinger bags from Cosyspeed
At photokina 2014 – hall 4.1, stand C026 – Cosyspeed will present two new versions of its Camslinger 160 bag, which has been selling successfully since this spring. The two new Camslinger bags will be available from November for € 99.99 (inc. VAT) / $US 119.00 (excl. VAT) each.

For some, the current Camslinger models (http://www.cosyspeed.com/camslinger-105-and-160) were too dark, others found them too colourful. What most customers agreed on, however, was that there is no bag as convenient for carrying a mirrorless camera setup than the Camslinger, which adapts flexibly to the size of each individual camera setup. As for the choice of colours, Cosyspeed is now taking another step towards its customers. This fall, the Camslinger 160 – the most popular of the Camslinger bags – will be available in two new colour choices. Creating its bags in Germany and in permanent close contact to the manufacturers, Cosyspeed is able to react quickly to customer demand. This is why from November 1, 2014 two new versions of the Camslinger 160 bag will be available.

The Camslinger 160 Paris Gray was developed for those photographers who are looking for a more elegant design. The all-black Camslinger 160 Street Edition is ideally suited for street photographers who want to stay as unobtrusive as possible.

Like all Camslinger bags, the two new models share the following key features:

• comfortable carrying at the hip and always ready for the next picture
• quick one-handed access
• keeps the upper body free from straps
• unique system for adjusting the depth of the bag and fitting it to the individual size of a camera
• safety clip on the belt
• secure LOXX stainless steel latch made by Schaeffertec/Germany

In addition to the Fingercamstrap 10 VL, Cosyspeed will introduce the Fingercamstrap 10 BW black this November, at the same price of € 7.99 (inc. VAT) / $US 12.90 (excl. VAT). The Fingercamstrap 10 BW is made of a special tearproof material that is also used for making camera straps.

About Cosyspeed
Cosyspeed GmbH from Edertal/Germany is the first company in the world that specialises exclusively in accessories for mirrorless cameras (or Compact System Camera, CSC). All products are developed in Germany and are subject to strict German quality criteria. Production is carried out in Germany, Europe, Asia and Africa. Focusing on convenient and functional accessories for the daily routine of photographers using compact mirrorless cameras, Cosyspeed is concentrating deliberately on the new technology of the future in the area of digital cameras.

Cosyspeed Camslinger
The world belongs to Mirrorless Heroes – at photokina 2014 in Hall 4.1, Stand C026

Camslinger bags and accessories are now available at B&H Photo by clicking HERE.

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