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Gentec Announces Availability of Sigma 1.4x (TC-1401) and 2x (TC-2001) Teleconverters in Canada

Mon September 15, 2014

Finally, Sigma announces the addition of the updated Sigma 1.4x (TC-1401) and 2x (TC-2001) teleconverters. Both models incorporate special Low Dispersion glass elements and are built using durable construction for professional use. The teleconvertors incorporate high-quality dust and splash-proof design, allowing durability for shooting in adverse conditions like rain and snow.

The Sigma TC-1401 and TC-2001 will be available in November for Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts with a suggested retail price of $399.95 and $499.95.

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September 15, 2014

Sigma renews 1.4x and 2x teleconverters for new lens lineup with focus on image quality

Gentec International, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Sigma lenses, announces the addition of the updated Sigma 1.4x (TC-1401) and 2x (TC-2001) teleconverters to the Sigma lens lineup. Both models incorporate SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements that offer excellent aberration correction. The teleconverters are built for professional use, using durable construction with dust and splash-proof materials. Their compact and lightweight design makes it easy to keep with any lens for easy extension of the focal range.

The Sigma TC-1401 and TC-2001 will be available in November and have a suggested retail price of $399.95 and $499.95 respectively. The new teleconverters will be available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts.


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Press Releases

Gentec Announces Availability of Sigma WR Filters in Canada

Mon September 15, 2014

Sigma has introduced the WR filters to protect its Art, Contemporary and Sport lenses from water. The surface of the filters repels water drops and provides reistance to oil from fingerprints and smudges. The filters are also capable of preventing microscopic dust from clinging to the surface.

Filter styles include the Sigma WR Protector, to protect from dirt, dust and scratches and the Sigma WR Circular Polarizer, which removes reflection from water surfaces and glass windows. The Sigma WR Protector is completely colourless leaving no affect in colour reproduction of images. The Simga WR Circular Polarizer increases the contrast in landscape photography, darkening blue skies.

The filters will be available in multiple standard thread-sizes and in ‘WR Protector’ and ‘WR Circular Polarizer” versions. Pricing and availability for the Sigma WR Protector and the Sigma WR Circular Polarizer will be announced soon.

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September 15, 2014

Sigma releases professional-grade water repellant filters to compliment new lens lineup

Gentec International, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Sigma lenses, announces a new series of water repellent (WR) filters to compliment the latest Art, Contemporary and Sport lenses. These new Sigma WR filters enable easier handling while shooting and feature excellent water and oil repellent properties, also found in the new Sigma 150-600mm F55-6.3 DG HSM OS Sport and Contemporary lenses. The filters will be available in multiple standard thread-sizes and in ‘WR Protector’ or ‘WR Circular Polarizer’ versions.

Pricing and availability for the new Sigma WR Protector and WR Circular Polarizer have not yet been announced.


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Gentec Announces Availability of Sigma’s dp1 Quattro in Canada

Mon September 15, 2014

Following the release of the Sigma dp2 Quattro, the dp1 Quattro digital camera is Sigma’s new generation of high image quality compact cameras. It is a completely redesigned camera and features the newly developed Foveon X3 direct image sensor. The dp1 Quattro incorporates a fixed 19mm F2.8 leaf shutter lens.

Pricing and availability will be announced soon.

MEDIA RELEASE

September 15, 2014

Sigma widens its dp camera lineup with the new dp1 Quattro featuring the latest Foveon X3 sensor

Gentec International announces the launch of Sigma’s dp1 Quattro digital camera, one of their new generation of high image quality compact cameras incorporating the newly developed Foveon X3 direct image sensor also found in the dp2 Quattro announced earlier this year. The new Sigma dp1 Quattro incorporates a fixed 19mm F2.8 leaf- shutter lens (equivalent to a 28mm lens on a 35mm SLR), optimized for the Quattro sensor to maximize the sensor performance and sharpness from corner to corner.

Unique among image sensors, the Foveon direct image sensor is similar to traditional colour film in that its multiple layers capture all of the information that visible light transmits. Along with Sigma’s proprietary image processing technology, this sensor produces incredible resolution with richer, deeper colours and a breathtaking realism.

Every aspect of the new dp1 Quattro has been completely redesigned when compared to the previous dp1 camera, from the sensor and processing engine to the lens and body. The dp1 Quattro embodies Sigma’s philosophy of creating cameras that deliver the highest level of performance to produce photographic works of art.

Pricing for the dp1 Quattro has not yet been announced, but availability is expected in December.


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Gentec Announces Availability of the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport Zoom Lens in Canada

Mon September 15, 2014

The Sigma Sports product line also welcomes a high-performance, hyper-telephoto zoom lens with the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport Zoom. This lens is designed to capture fast-moving subjects from a distance and is also ideal for wildlife, aircraft, train, and automotive racing photography. It is designed to meet the demands of professionals and incorporates dust-proof and splash-proof components as well as a water and oil-repellent coating.

It will be available in November for Canon, Nikon and Sigma, the suggested retail price is $2,299.95.

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September 15, 2014

Sigma’s new hyper-telephoto 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sport zoom delivers quality images and durability

Gentec International is pleased to announce the new Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens, the latest addition to Sigma’s Sports (S) product line. This high-performance, hyper-telephoto zoom lens gives the world’s most demanding photographers the image quality they require, while maintaining high performance in adverse conditions. This new lens is dust and splash-proof, with water-repellent coatings and features a wide-range of performance improvements, while providing photographers with the 600mm reach they require in the field.

The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sport lens has a suggested retail price of $2,299.95 and will be available in November for Canon, Nikon and Sigma cameras.


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Gentec Announces Availability of the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens in Canada

Mon September 15, 2014

Sigma adds a portable hyper-telephoto to the Contemporary line with the addition of the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens. This hyper-telephoto zoom lens incorporates dust-proof and splash-proof components as well a water and oil-repellent coating.

The pricing and availability has not been determined yet but it will be available for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Sigma camera mounts later.

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September 15, 2014

Sigma adds portable hyper-telephoto to Contemporary line with new 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C

Gentec International is pleased to announce the new Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens. This hyper-telephoto zoom lens maintains impressive image quality while increasing portability over the recently announced Sports version. This new lens features a more compact design, allowing for lighter weight and better usability when shooting handheld for long periods of time.

Pricing and availability for the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens have not yet been determined. The lens will be available for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Sigma camera mounts.


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Gentec Announces Availability of Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary Lens in Canada

Mon September 15, 2014

The Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary joins the Sigma lineup as an all-purpose lens for all types of photography. It is relatively compact with a versatile 16.6x zoom range with coverage from a wide-angle of 18mm to a telephoto of 300 mm zoom range. It incorporates Sigma’s optical stabilization (OS) function.

It will be available in November for Canon, Nikon and Sigma with a suggested retail price of $699.95. Pentax and Sony versions will follow later this year. The AML72-01 Close-up lens will also be available in November with a suggested retail price of $79.95.

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September 15, 2014

Sigma introduces new contemporary high ratio zoom lens with its 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM zoom

Gentec International, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Sigma lenses, announces the new 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary, a brand new lens in the Sigma lineup. This compact, versatile lens includes Sigma’s optical stabilization (OS) function and is ideal for all types of photography, offering an incredible 16.6x zoom range with coverage from a wide-angle of 18mm (equivalent to 27mm on a full-frame camera) to a telephoto of 300mm (equivalent to 450mm on a full-frame camera), as well as macro.

The Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM lens has a suggested retail price of $699.95 and will be available for Canon, Nikon and Sigma in November; Pentax and Sony versions will follow later this year. The AML72-01 Close-Up lens has a suggested retail price of $79.95 and will also be available in November.


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Firmware Updates, Press Releases

Panasonic New Firmware Update for LUMIX DMC-GH4 Camera: New 4K Photo Mode

Mon September 15, 2014

Today Panasonic announced the new firmware update program for the LUMIX Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera DMC-GH4. The firmware will be released to enhance the performance and controllability of the camera, featuring new 4K Photo Mode.

PRESS RELEASE

Panasonic Announces the Firmware Update Program for LUMIX DMC-GH4

Featuring 4K Photo Mode

NEWARK, NJ (September 15, 2014) – Panasonic announces the new firmware update program for the LUMIX Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera DMC-GH4. The firmware will be released to enhance the performance and controllability of the camera, featuring new 4K Photo Mode.

The 4K Photo is a new way of photography that Panasonic is proposing. It encourages users to capture the spur-of-the-moment in high resolution 4K photo by cropping out a designated frame out of the 4K video. With the new firmware, it is easier to get a 4K photo by using the 4K Photo Mode. Once selecting the 4K Photo Mode, recording format / picture quality setting / brightness level are automatically set to the optimum parameters for photo shooting. Users can record high quality video either in 4:3, 3:2 or even 1:1 aspect ratios in addition to 16:9 – all can provide a still image with 8-megapixel equivalent resolution. Each JPEG image cropped out of the video footage complies with EXIF just as a normal still picture. While recording the 4K video in 4K Photo Mode, it is possible to mark the designated portion by just pressing the [Fn1] button. This can reduce postproduction work for searching the spur-of-the-moment worth cropping out. Moreover, 4K video can be recorded continuously with Loop Rec function which keeps saving the 5 newest 2-minute video files. Users can patiently wait for the perfect photo opportunity to come as long as they want keep the camera recording without worrying about the capacity of the SDXC/SDHC Memory Card*1.

There are more functional upgrades such as the addition of 4K video recording in 23.98p (MP4, AAC) and enhancement of controllability over ISO setting or the amount of flash emission. Also, the DMC-GH4 now expands its connectivity with external equipment. For example, the PC software “USB Tether*2” enables remote camera control (shooting, setting or image data transfer) by PC via USB.


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Firmware Updates, Press Releases

Panasonic New Firmware Update for LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 Camera: New 4K Photo Mode

Mon September 15, 2014

Today, Panasonic announced the new firmware update program for the LUMIX DMC-FZ1000. The firmware will be released to enhance the performance and controllability of the camera, featuring the new 4K Photo Mode.

PRESS RELEASE

Panasonic Announces the Firmware Update Program for LUMIX

DMC-FZ1000 Featuring 4K Photo Mode

NEWARK, NJ (September 15, 2014) -Panasonic announces the new firmware update program for the LUMIX DMC-FZ1000. The firmware will be released to enhance the performance and controllability of the camera, featuring the new 4K Photo Mode.

The 4K Photo is a new method of Hybrid Photography that Panasonic is proposing. It encourages users to capture the spur-of-the-moment in a high resolution 4K photo by cropping out a designated frame from 4K video. With the new firmware, it is easier to get 4K photo by using the 4K Photo Mode. Once selecting the 4K Photo Mode, recording format / picture quality setting / brightness level are automatically set to the optimum parameter for photo shooting. Users can record high quality video either in 4:3, 3:2 or even 1:1 aspect ratios in addition to 16:9 – all can provide a still image with 8-megapixel equivalent resolution. Each JPEG image cropped out of the video footage complies with EXIF just as a normal still picture. While recording the 4K video in 4K Photo Mode, it is possible to mark the designated portion by just pressing the [Fn1] button. This can reduce postproduction work for searching the spur-of-the-moment worth cropping out.

There are more functional upgrades such as an addition of 4K video recording in 23.98p (MP4, AAC) and 3 new additional options for shutter sound.


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Press Releases

Panasonic: New LUMIX DMC-LX100 with New Micro Four Thirds MOS Sensor and 4K Video Recording + Fast F1.7 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX Lens

Mon September 15, 2014

Today, Panasonic introduces the DMC-LX100 (LX100) with Micro Four Thirds High Sensitivity MOS Sensor for the 6th generation model of Panasonic’s world-renowned LX high-end compact camera series. The new LX100 is not just a successor to the DMC-LX7 but a jump-up that even inherits the DNA of DMC-LC1 – the Panasonic’s first full manual compact camera released in 2014. The LX100 will be available at www.shop.panasonic.com and valued channel partners at the end of October.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100 with F1.7 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100 with F1.7 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens

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The LUMIX DMC-LX100 with New Micro Four Thirds MOS Sensor

and F1.7 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX Lens

Featuring 4K Video Recording Capability

NEWARK, NJ (September 15, 2014) – Panasonic is proud to introduce the DMC-LX100 (LX100) with Micro Four Thirds High Sensitivity MOS Sensor for the 6th generation model of Panasonic’s world-renowned LX high-end compact camera series. The new LX100 is not just a successor to the DMC-LX7 but a jump-up that even inherits the DNA of DMC-LC1 – the Panasonic’s first full manual compact camera released in 2004.  The LX100 will be available at www.shop.panasonic.com and valued channel partners at the end of October.

To achieve even higher picture quality and multi-aspect capability, the LX100 incorporates the Micro Four Thirds High Sensitivity MOS sensor. It lets subjects stand out of the background impressively with a rich stereoscopic effect. By keeping the resolution at 12.8-megapixels*1, the amount of light is enough to improve the S/N ratio, making it possible to capture clear image with minimum noise even when shot at high ISO. The Venus Engine is also newly developed to feature multiple noise reduction systems such as Multi Process NR, Random Filter and Aperture Filter, to achieve high color reproduction and high image quality with natural description.

A newly developed LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens (35mm camera equivalent: 24-75mm) boasts F1.7-F2.8 high speed and high descriptiveness in detail and resolution to each corner. It also produces stunningly beautiful defocus together with the large MOS Sensor. In addition, newly adopted 9-blade aperture diaphragm help produce bokeh with a smooth, circular shape. The versatile zoom range of 24-75mm (35mm camera equiv.) is suitable for wide-ranging photography to portraits. Notably, landscapes can be captured in dynamic 24mm ultra wide angle in any 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9 aspect thanks to the multi-aspect sensor.


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Press Releases

Panasonic Announces New Ultra Compact LUMIX DMC-GM5 Camera with a Live View Finder

Mon September 15, 2014

Today, Panasonic introduces the new LUMIX DMC-GM5 from its stylish compact Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) GM series.

The DMC-GM5 will be available at www.shop.panasonic.com and valued channel partners in mid-November.

PRESS RELEASE

The Ultimate Digital Mirrorless Camera in an Ultra Compact Size

New LUMIX DMC-GM5 with a Live View Finder

Panasonic is proud to introduce the new LUMIX DMC-GM5 from its stylish compact Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) GM series, that boasts both an outstanding compact profile but it’s also high performance for the ultimate picture quality. The DMC-GM5 will be available at www.shop.panasonic.com and valued channel partners in mid November.

In the sleek, stylish body design adopting a magnesium alloy, DMC-GM5 (GM5) now integrates a 1,166K-dot equivalent LVF (Live View Finder) with approx.0.92x / 0.46x (35mm camera equiv.) magnification and 100% field of view. This LVF boasts approx.100% color reproduction as that on the LUMIX GX7.

The GM5 realizes high-quality image recording with real-to-life details through excellent resolution, image rendering and color reproduction. Taking full advantage of 16.00-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine, images are rendered with high resolution even when shot in low-lit situations and at a max. 25,600 ISO sensitivity.


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Press Releases

Panasonic New LUMIX G VARIO 35-100mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S.: Fast Ultra Compact Digital Interchangeable Telephoto Zoom Lens with a Retractable Structure

Mon September 15, 2014

Today Panasonic announces the new digital interchangeable telephoto zoom lens, the LUMIX G VARIO 35-100mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS35100) based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard. This lens is useful in shooting images including portrait or close-ups with impressively defocused background taking advantage of its high portability.

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 35-100mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS35100)

Panasonic LUMIX G VARIO 35-100mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS35100)

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New Micro Four Thirds Digital Interchangeable Telephoto Zoom Lens

LUMIX G VARIO 35-100mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS35100)

Featuring Ultra Compact Size in Stylish Design with a Retractable Structure

NEWARK, NJ (September 15, 2014) – Panasonic is proud to introduce a new digital interchangeable telephoto zoom lens, the LUMIX G VARIO 35-100mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS35100) based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard. Achieving high picture quality, the new LUMIX G VARIO 35-100mm / F4.0-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. designed in stunningly compact metallic profile with retractable structure despite a lens with this versatile focal distance of 35-100 mm (Equivalent to 70-200 mm on a 35mm camera). It is useful in shooting images including portrait or close-ups with impressively defocused background taking advantage of its high portability. The lens will be available in mid November at www.shop.panasonic.com and valued channel partners.

Comprised of 12 lenses in 9 groups, the lens system realizes uniform descriptiveness with its excellent contrast from the center to the corners, equal brightness at entire zoom range and high resolution. Notably, 2 ED (Ultra Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses minimize chromatic aberration. An aspherical lens helps achieve high optical performance while allowing dramatic downsizing of the lens unit.

The MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) effectively compensates for vibration making it easy to capture images clearly even if they are shot with small aperture.


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Press Releases

Panasonic New Compact Fast LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 II ASPH.: Micro Four Thirds Digital Interchangeable Single Focal Length Lens for GM Series Cameras

Mon September 15, 2014

Today Panasonic announces the new digital interchangeable single focal length lens, the LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 II ASPH. The lens features a 14mm wide ange and F2.5 high speed with sharp, high contrast image rendering.

Panasonic LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 II ASPH. (H-H014A)

Panasonic LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 II ASPH. (H-H014A)

PRESS RELEASE

New Micro Four Thirds Digital Interchangeable Single Focal Length Lens

LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 II ASPH. (H-H014A)

Featuring Compact, High Quality Design for Stylish GM Series Cameras

NEWARK, NJ (September 15, 2014) – Panasonic is proud to announce a new digital interchangeable single focal length lens, the LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 II ASPH. (H-H014A) based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard.  Offered in black and silver, the new LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 II ASPH. matches the GM series of LUMIX Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) cameras – the new DMC-GM5 or DMC-GM1. The lens will be available at www.shop.panasonic.com and valued channel partners in mid November.

The LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 II ASPH. features a 14mm (35mm camera equivalent: 28mm) wide angle and F2.5 high speed with sharp, high contrast image rendering. Taking advantage of the wide angle of view and deep depth of field, the compact LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 II ASPH. offers excellent performance for shooting not only landscapes but also general photography.


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