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Keep up on the latest product announcements from camera equipment and digital manufacturers, plus check out our featured gear in OP's In Focus section.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Heliopan Vario ND Filter

Now available

Heliopan is now shipping their new Vario ND filter, which is adjustable from 1 to 6.6 stops of ND by simply turning the calibrated rim on the filter. The Heliopan Vario ND filter is totally neutral in color and it is mounted in a black anodized brass ring that is calibrated for ease in repeating a desired density.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Heliopan Circular Polarizers

No vignetting even with extreme wide angle lenses

Heliopan is now shipping their new HT SH-PMC circular polarizing filters which have a filter factor of just 2.0 (1 stop light loss) while maintaining the same polarizing effect as the regular Heliopan polarizing filters which have a filter factor of 2.5.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sigma Scholarship Deadline Approaching

Accepting submissions through Feb. 28

Ronkonkoma, NY, Feb. 16, 2011 – Time is running out for high school seniors to submit their applications for the Sigma Corporation of America scholarship contest, and vie for their chance to win $5,000 cash, and $1,000 in Sigma products.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Free Color Calibration Seminar by Calumet

Friday, Feb. 18: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Five signed copies of Al Satterwhite's book "TITANS" will be given away as door prizes at this free color calibration seminar led by Josh Fischer, education manager at Datacolor and renowned expert on color calibration.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

2011 "Footsteps" Workshops

Locations include Yosemite, Death Valley and more

For 2011, Don Gale's studio is scheduling four "footsteps" workshops that will follow in Don's footsteps to some of his favorite places to shoot.  If you've been on any of Don's workshops this will be a chance to get some great shots and reminisce.  If this is your first time, you'll get to learn and apply the techniques that Don taught to get those great images.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Get Inspired

New book from Jim M. Goldstein

Enjoy the stunning beauty of White Sands National Monument in this collection of fine art landscape photographs by San Francisco based photographer Jim M. Goldstein. This unpublished collection of fine art photographs is presented exclusively via the iPad in high definition. View and explore the high-resolution images, share artwork with friends and learn more about the amazingly dynamic environment that is White Sands National Monument, New Mexico.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Animoto Revamps Service

Features include HD video and streamlined video creation process

New York, NY (February 8, 2011) -- Award-winning online video creation service Animoto announced today that it is launching a significantly enhanced version of the popular service for photographers. Now even easier to use, the new Animoto utilizes a brand new render engine allowing for the creation of 720p HD videos and 10x faster video rendering. Also announced today is a completely redesigned Web site (www.animoto.com) designed for a smoother video creation and distribution experience.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sony Discloses Basic Specifications of the "E-mount"

For interchangeable single lens cameras without fee

Sony Corporation announced today it will disclose the basic specifications of its "E-mount" for interchangeable single lens cameras, without fee, to manufacturers of lenses and mount adaptors, starting April 1st, 2011.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sigma Updates Lenses

Lenses incorporate weather-resistant design

RONKONKOMA, NY, Feb. 8, 2011 – Sigma Corporation of America (www.sigmaphoto.com), a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, has announced the pricing and availability for three lenses that incorporate the company’s new, weather-resistant design.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Canon EOS Rebel T3i and EOS Rebel T3

Plus two new speedlites and an EF-S lens

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the EOS Rebel T3i and EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Cameras, providing numerous intelligent high-end features at attractive price points. Complementing the award-winning EOS Rebel T2i DSLR, the EOS Rebel T3i, Canon’s new flagship Rebel, offers fun and easy-to-use features for beginning photographers, and the EOS Rebel T3 provides a more attractively priced option for those looking to experience the pleasure of shooting with a DSLR camera.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Canon Telephoto Lenses

New EF 500mm F/4L and EF 600mm F/4L

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2011 — Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced two new versions of its popular Image Stabilizer (IS) super-telephoto lenses. The EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM super-telephoto lenses deliver incredible image quality at all apertures for professional photographers and filmmakers. It has been 11 years since Canon initially introduced its Image Stabilized 500mm and 600mm lenses and in that time the Company has listened to feedback from professionals and worked to implement their most desired enhancements.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Canon PowerShot

New models feature HS System and full HD video

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y.,February 7, 2011 – When capturing a surprise wedding engagement on Valentine’s Day or a friend’s birthday celebration in a dimly lit lounge, a high-performance camera with extraordinary features is essential to enhance the ambiance of these moments. Helping to better capture the moment, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced four new PowerShot Digital cameras: the PowerShot SX230 HS, ELPH 500 HS, ELPH 300 HS and ELPH 100 HS models. With these new introductions, Canon debuts the world’s thinnest 24mm wide angle, 5X Optical zoom model1, the PowerShot ELPH 300 HS, along with a Canon-first, GPS-equipped camera, the PowerShot SX230 HS model. In addition, all four cameras come equipped with Canon’s HS SYSTEM for exceptional shooting in low-light, Full 1080p HD video, new Movie Digest Mode and 32 Smart AUTO scenes.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Samsung PL20 and ES80

Compact point-and-shoot cameras

SEOUL, Korea – February 7, 2011 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced two new compact cameras, the PL20 and ES80 –stylish point-and-shoot cameras which will bring fun and great quality photography to everyone. The cameras make clear, sharp images accessible to all users, through a combination of high-quality features and cutting edge innovation, all at an affordable price.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Fauna: Land, Sea, & Sky

Wildlife photography exhibition by Al Vinjamur

The Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association is pleased to present Fauna: Land, Sea, & Sky, an exhibition of wildlife photography by Al Vinjamur (www.alvinjamur.com). The exhibit will be open from February 4th-26th, 2011.  An open reception with the artist will be held Friday, February 4th, 2011, from 6pm to 9pm.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS10

Features Leica 24mm lens and built-in GPS Functions

SECAUCUS, NJ (January 25, 2011) – Panasonic today introduced the LUMIX DMC-ZS10 as the newest member of its acclaimed LUMIX ZS-Series of digital cameras that has won worldwide popularity for its versatile lens from ultra wide-angle to long zoom.  The LUMIX ZS10 continues its versatility with a 24mm ultra-wide-angle and powerful 16x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens – and it features full-High Definition 1920x1080 video recording capability, a newly-adopted large 3.0-inch, 460,000-dot Smart Touch Intelligent LCD – which allows for Touch Zoom, Touch Auto Focus (AF), Touch Shutter, and Touch Playback.  The LUMIX ZS10 also features a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) function allowing geotagged images to be pinpointed via online maps and easily shared with friends and families.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS3

Adds full HD video recording and 3D photo mode

SECAUCUS, NJ (January 25, 2011) – Panasonic today introduces the LUMIX DMC-TS3, specifically designed for active users who want to capture high-quality photos and 1920 x 1080 full-High Definition videos, incorporating a powerful rugged design and new outdoor-friendly features, such as a built-in GPS function, a compass, altimeter and barometer.  The new 12.1-megapixel LUMIX TS3 further strengthens its toughness, when compared to its LUMIX TS2 predecessor,  and is now waterproof to approximately 40 feet (12m)*1; shockproof to approximately 6.6 feet (2m) *2; freezeproof to 14ºF (-10 degrees C); and dustproof*1.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Panasonic LUMIX FX78

Features Leica 24mm f/2.5 lens

SECAUCUS, NJ (January 25, 2011) – Panasonic today expands its LUMIX FX-Series of stylish and compact digital cameras, with the LUMIX FX78, which features a new Smart Touch operation on the large 3.5-inch 16:9 aspect LCD, allowing for intuitive touch operation, including Touch AF, Touch Zoom, Touch Shutter, and Touch Playback. The LUMIX FX78 also incorporates a new LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMARIT, 24mm ultra-wide angle lens that has a 5x optical zoom with F2.5 aperture.  The 24mm wide-angle lens offers approximately 213% larger viewing space when compared to a traditional 35mm camera.  This high-performing lens has been designed to fit the slim body while still offering exceptional photo and video quality. With its wide and bright lens, the LUMIX FX78 excels when shooting dynamic landscapes and in low-lit situations.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sony CLM-V55

Portable video monitor gives big, high-resolution view of footage

A new clip-on LCD monitor from Sony gives DSLR camera owners a bigger, better view of their footage while shooting HD video.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Free Content from onOne

Album templates and backgrounds now available

Portland, OR– January 18, 2011 – onOne Software, Inc., (www.onOneSoftware.com) a leading developer of innovative, timesaving solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers, today announced the immediate availability of free album templates, backgrounds, edges and textures for photographers who create album and book layouts. The free content, which includes over 300 album pages, edges and template design variations, is available on onOne Software’s website for download as layered PSD files that can be edited with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Continuing its mission to provide unprecedented value to the photographic community, onOne Software will be adding new content on a regular basis. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sekonic L-308DC DigiCineMate

Features a full range of shutter speeds

Elmsford, NY (January 17, 2011) – Sekonic announces today the availability of the new L-308DC DigiCineMate – a simple and easy-to-use compact light meter that is ideal for today's DSLR videographers and digital cinematographers as well as still photographers. It features a full range of shutter speeds plus a special grouping of cine speeds and shutter angles and indicates exposure in f-stops to one-tenth step. The unit’s LCD readout can be customized to display only specific functions needed for the task at hand for fast, easy operation.

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