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New Firmware Updates Now Available for Leica T and Leica X Vario Cameras

Wed October 1, 2014

Users wishing to bring their products up to date can now download the new firmware versions 1.2 for the LeicaT (Type 701) and 1.1 for the Leica X Vario (Type 107) free of charge from the Leica website and take advantage of the enhancements.

PRESS RELEASE
25/09/2014

Firmware updates now available for the LEICA T camera system and the LEICA X VARIO

Leica Camera AG presents new firmware updates for the Leica T and Leica X Vario cameras. Users wishing to bring their products up to date can now download the new firmware versions 1.2 for the LeicaT (Type 701) and 1.1 for the Leica X Vario (Type 107) free of charge from the Leica website and take advantage of the enhancements.

Leica T

Leica T

The firmware version 1.2 for the Leica T enhances the performance profile of the camera with numerous additional features that make its handling even easier. Of particular interest to users is the new lock for the setting dial that can be activated and deactivated by touching the corresponding icon. Equally simple now is also the ability to change from Live View mode to video with a horizontal swipe across the display. In addition, the new touch-and-release autofocus function can now be selected in autofocus mode and activated with a touch.


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New Nikon Latin America, S.A. in Panama City: Operations Start on Oct.1, 2014

Wed October 1, 2014

Nikon's Global Network

Nikon’s Global Network

PRESS RELEASE

Nikon Latin America, S.A., a New Sales and Service Subsidiary for Imaging Products, is Established to Enhance Nikon’s Sales and Marketing Organization in Latin America

September 30, 2014

Nikon Corporation (Kazuo Ushida, President) is pleased to announce the establishment of Nikon Latin America, S.A. in Panama City, Republic of Panama. This new sales and service subsidiary has been established to fortify sales of imaging products, mainly digital cameras, and to enhance after-sales service in Latin America. Operations will commence on October 1, 2014.


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Contests, Press Releases

McAfee: Most Dangerous Celebrities Study + Most Dangerous Celebrity Sweepstakes Ends at 5 PM PDT Oct.31, 2014

Wed October 1, 2014

The McAfee Most Dangerous CelebritiesTM study revealed that an eclectic mix of comedians and musicians are among the most dangerous or riskiest online personalities which are used by cybercriminals to lead web surfers to malicious sites that deliver viruses or other malware.

  • Jimmy Kimmel, comedian and late night host of Jimmy Kimmel Live, is identified as McAfee’s most dangerous celebrity to search for online.
  • Justin Bieber was the only Canadian to crack the 50 most dangerous celebrities globally, finishing 44th.

The results of McAfee’s eighth annual Most Dangerous Celebrities study are presented below.

McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrity Sweepstakes: Red Carpet Swag

McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrity Sweepstakes: Red Carpet Swag

McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrity Sweepstakes

Share the list.
Win some red carpet swag.

THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS INTENDED FOR PLAY IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY AND WILL BE GOVERNED BY U.S. LAW. DO NOT ENTER IF YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE AND LOCATED IN THE UNITED STATES AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.

The Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.

Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) begins at 8:00:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (“PDT”) on October 1, 2014 and ends at 5:00:00 PM PDT on October 31, 2014 (“Sweepstakes Period”).

How to win the red carpet swag bag.

During the Sweepstakes Period, an entry is obtained when you visit www.mcafee.com/dangerous-celeb (the “Website”) and share one of the dangerous celebrities or the top ten Most Dangerous Celebrities list on Twitter or Facebook for an entry. You may share each of the ten (10) celebrities or the top 10 list on each of the two (2) social networks once per day, for a total possible of twenty-two (22) entries per day.

  • Step 1: Click the Get Started button to share the top ten list or click on your favorite celebrities to share them individually.
  • Step 2: Choose to share on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Step 3: Share the top ten list and each celebrity to get multiple daily entries.

Prizes: There are 11 total prizes (one prize per winner):

  • Red Carpet Swag: Grand Prize (1): Dell Venue™ 7 Tablet, 1-year subscription to McAfee LiveSafe™ service, Beats Solo 2.0 HD On-Ear Headphones, Anker 2nd Gen Astro3 Portable USB Charger, 1-year subscription to Spotify, $50 Zappos.com gift card, and a $20 Starbucks gift card. Approximate retail value (“ARV”): $665.97.

  • First Prize (10): 1-year subscription to McAfee LiveSafe service. ARV: $79.99 each.

Eleven winners will be selected at random from among all eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Period.

Please click here to read the complete Terms and Conditions of McAfee Most Dangerous Celebrity Sweepstakes.

Good Luck!

NEWS RELEASE

MCAFEE REVEALS JIMMY KIMMEL AS THE MOST DANGEROUS CYBERCELEBRITY OF 2014

Justin Bieber Tops List of Most Dangerous Canadians

MARKHAM, ON, October 1, 2014 – Jimmy Kimmel, comedian and late night host of Jimmy Kimmel Live, replaces Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) as McAfee’s most dangerous celebrity to search for online. For the eighth year in a row, McAfee researched popular culture’s most famous to reveal the riskiest personalities on the web. The McAfee Most Dangerous CelebritiesTM study revealed that an eclectic mix of comedians and musicians are among the most dangerous.


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Press Releases

GoPro: New HERO4 Black, HERO4 Silver and HERO Cameras

Tue September 30, 2014

NEWS RELEASE

GoPro Introduces HERO4: The Most Powerful GoPro Lineup, Ever

HERO4 Black: 2x the Performance of the Previous Black Edition GoPro, now featuring 4K30, 2.7K50 and Ultra High Speed 1080p120 Frames per Second Video Capture

HERO4 Silver: Professional Quality Capture with Built-in Touch Display Convenience

SAN MATEO, CALIF. (September 29, 2014) – GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO), enabler of some of today’s most immersive and engaging content, today unveiled HERO4, the highest performance line of capture devices the company has ever made. HERO4 is available in two editions, HERO4 Black at MSRP $499 and HERO4 Silver at MSRP $399. GoPro’s Emmy® Award-winning imaging technology combines with enhanced ease-of-use and powerful new features such as 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120 video capture (Black) and built-in touch display convenience (Silver), to make it easier than ever for consumers to self capture and share stunning, professional quality content of their favorite experiences.

HERO4 Black delivers 2x the performance of its best-selling predecessor and now captures cinema-quality 4K video at 30 frames per second (fps), 2.7K video at 50fps and 1080p video at a blistering 120fps, virtually eliminating rolling shutter in most scenarios while allowing for time-bending slow motion effects. HERO4 Black also features an entirely redesigned audio system that captures high fidelity sound with 2x the dynamic range of previous models. Additional enhancements include improved image quality, low light performance, highlight moment tagging and an improved user interface that allows for easier discoverability and access to key features and controls. The HERO4 Black is simply the highest performance GoPro yet.

HERO4 Silver delivers the same professional image quality as HERO4 Black less some of the higher performance video capture modes including 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120. HERO4 Silver includes a brilliant built-in touch display for those who value convenience and ease-of-use over the no-holds-barred performance of the HERO4 Black.

The new HERO4 line will be available October 5 on GoPro.com and at select retailers worldwide.


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Press Releases

CONTACT Photography 2015 Featured Exhibitions: Send a Submission by the Deadline of Nov.14, 2014 by 5PM

Mon September 29, 2014

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival invites you to be a part of CONTACT, either as an Open Exhibition or a Featured Exhibition.

  • Open Exhibitions are non-juried, while Featured Exhibitions are subject to a submission process.
  • All participants for Open Exhibitions  and  Featured Exhibitions must register with CONTACT on their website.
    • Please note you must register on their website before submitting a proposal and registration fees apply for both types of exhibition.

Registration and Call for Submissions recently started.

NEWS RELEASE

September 25, 2014

contact photography festival logo

 

Visitors at the opening of SHERP: Long Wanderings in Northern Kenya, by Jordan Campbell, at the Alliance Française Gallery, a CONTACT 2014 Featured Exhibition.

Visitors at the opening of SHERP: Long Wanderings in Northern Kenya, by Jordan Campbell, at the Alliance Française Gallery, a CONTACT 2014 Featured Exhibition.

Call for Submissions: CONTACT 2015 Featured Exhibitions

Submission Deadline: November 14, 2014 by 5PM
The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is a month-long event devoted to celebrating and fostering the art and profession of photography. The Festival is now accepting Featured Exhibition proposals for its 2015 edition.

The Featured Exhibition program is a prominent component of the Festival that showcases high-calibre exhibitions of work by Canadian and international artists. Each year CONTACT selects a broad spectrum of projects by emerging and established artists working in a range of subject matter. These exhibitions are positioned within the forefront of the Festival’s programming and communications, including the CONTACT magazine, website, and promotional materials.

Requirements:
The call for submissions is open to proposals for solo or group exhibitions on any subject matter, and to all photo-based practices. To be eligible, shows must take place during the month of May, and must have a confirmed exhibition space. Priority will be given to those presenting in professional-quality spaces.

Submissions must include:

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Articles, Press Releases

Stylish Camera Bags (Pour Homme) by POMPIDOO

Thu September 25, 2014

POMPIDOO Homme (PH) Amsterdam

POMPIDOO Homme (PH) Amsterdam

POMPIDOO, producer of stylish camera bags for women, recently launched a new line specially designed for men – POMPIDOO Homme (PH).

PH Amsterdam is durable, stylish and fully functional. Featuring premium distressed leather and equipped to handle all photography needs, this camera bag will keep photo gear protected and organised.

Special and innovative material XRD® Extreme Impact Protection foam is used in the walls of the bag and throughout the compartments to ensure phenomenal level of safety and protection.

PH Amsterdam features an easy access front pocket organizer with hook closure and can hold a DSLR camera with lens attached and 1 or 2 additional lenses/flashes, a tablet or small laptop, mobile phone, wallet, memory cards and will even have leftover space for some personal items.

PRESS RELEASE

2014, September, 16

HANDSOME DEBUT: POMPIDOO HOMME (PH) MAKES ITS WAY

Protection: Pompidoo’s Amsterdam Camera Bag with XRD® Impact – Quite simply your super hero

Pompidoo’s NEW Amsterdam Camera Bag for men sports a quality, stylish exterior yet beneath its quintessential, classical good looks delivers a functional, high impact resistant interior constructed from high end XRD® Technology. XRD® Impact Protection makes it its business to provide a phenomenal level of impact protection that belies its slim, flexible appearance. The result: a good-looking, high quality bag made with luxurious butter-soft leather that offers leading edge protection for your camera and accessories thanks to the unique attributes of XRD® Technology.


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Press Releases

New Manfrotto 190X Series Tripods and X-PRO 2-Way Head Available in Canada at the End of Sept.2014

Wed September 24, 2014

Manfrotto 190X

Manfrotto 190X

Gentec International will be distributing two new Manfrotto products at the end of September: the Manfrotto 190X Series Tripods and the Manfrotto X-Pro 2-Way Head.

Elevate your action photography skills with Manfrotto’s new 190X Series Tripods, photography accessories with sleek, stylish Italian design. When you’re in the studio, the 190X Series Tripod easily offers an array of creative options with a ground level adaptor that allows the tripod to reach ultra-low positions. Take the 190X Series Tripod to the streets or field with the Easy Link attachment, which allows photographers to attach an LED light or reflector and turn any space into a pop-up studio.”

  • The 190X Series Tripods and kits start at $219.95, and will be available in Canada at the end of September.

For avid birdwatchers and budding videographers, Manfrotto’s new X-Pro 2-Way Head is a lightweight option that delivers functional versatility to users. Weighing in at 1.54 lbs., the X-Pro 2-Way head also offers a fluidity selector, allowing the photo pro to choose their desired fluidity and, “thanks to the the X-Pro 2-Way Head’s 200PL plate, birdwatchers won’t miss a moment when switching from photo to video.”

  • The X-Pro 2-Way Head retails for $189.95, and will be available in Canada at the end of September.

To learn more about Gentec International, please visit www.gentec-intl.com and www.facebook.com/GentecInternational.

NEWS RELEASE

THE NEW MANFROTTO 190X SERIES TRIPODS AND X-PRO 2-WAY HEAD

TORONTO, ON., September 23, 2014Gentec International, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Manfrotto photo and video products, announces the launch of the new 190X Series Tripod and the X-PRO 2-Way Head.


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McAfee Canada: Availability of 2015 Security Suites with Improved Protection to Safeguard Your Devices and Digital Lives

Mon September 22, 2014

NEWS RELEASE

McAfee delivers new security suites to protect consumers’ devices and digital lives

2015 products accelerate device performance, offer improved malware detection to protect and meet needs of always-connected consumers

MARKHAM, ON, September 22, 2014 – McAfee Canada, part of Intel Security, today announced the availability of 2015 consumer security suites, with improved protection to safeguard consumers’ ever-evolving digital lives. The new product line includes McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2015, McAfee Internet Security 2015, McAfee Total Protection 2015, and the McAfee LiveSafe™ 2015 service that protects a customer’s data and identity across all the PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets they own.


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Panasonic + Leica Camera: Greater and Stronger Technological Cooperation in the Digital Camera Field from Oct.2014 to Sept.2019

Fri September 19, 2014

Yoshiyuki Miyabe, President of AVC Networks Company, an internal company of Panasonic, stated: “It is a great honor to be able to strengthen our bonds with Leica as a strategic partner. Panasonic will continue to incorporate Leica’s century-worth of optical technologies and camera traditions into the DNA of Panasonic’s digital cameras to further expand our business.”

This video presents Leica Lenses (English) from Leica Camera on Vimeo.

Every Leica lens is hand-crafted and goes through meticulous manufacturing processes to uphold the quality and precision that Leica defines and customers have come to expect. In the age where technology almost inevitably means mass manufacturing, Leica products are still made with exacting precision by the hands of highly-trained technicians.

  • This video gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the craftsmanship and making of Leica lenses in the production facilities of Leica Camera AG.

Alfred Schopf, Chief Executive Officer of Leica Camera, said: “The signing of this agreement is significant for Leica as we seek further growth in the digital imaging sector. Strengthening our cooperative relationship with Panasonic is essential to Leica’s continued growth.”

This video presents Panasonic Takes Part in #Photokina2014 – the World’s Leading Imaging fair.

PRESS RELEASE

Sep 19, 2014

Panasonic Corporation
Leica Camera AG

Panasonic and Leica Camera Expand Partnership Agreement in
the Digital Camera Sector

Osaka, Japan /Wetzlar, Germany (September 19, 2014) – Panasonic Corporation and Leica Camera AG today announced they have extended their partnership agreement and agreed to expand and strengthen their technological cooperation in the digital camera field.

The agreement includes the extension of license agreement for use of Leica’s trademark on Panasonic’s digital camera products as well as expansion and strengthening of technological cooperation between the two companies.

Based on this agreement, Panasonic will be able to commercialize digital camera products with Leica lenses over the next five years, from October 2014 to September 2019 while Leica will be able through the expansion and strengthening of technological cooperation to utilize Panasonic’s digital technology in its own product development. The agreement will allow both companies to boost product competitiveness by combining Leica’s optical technology and Panasonic’s digital technology.


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Press Releases

Gentec International: Knog’s New QUDOS is the World’s First Hi-Powered Action Video Light

Thu September 18, 2014

Qudos Action in Bullet-Proof Silver

Qudos Action in Bullet-Proof Silver

Highlight your night adventures with the help of Knog’s new Qudos Action video light, a lighting accessory that’s compatible with GoPro 2, Hero3/Hero3+ and Sony action cams.

  • Whether you’re surfing or riding trails after dark, the Qudos delivers a mighty 400 lumens of light from its three powerful Cree LEDs and weighs only 150 grams.
  • The Qudos has multiple modes to adjust brightness and beam angle, allowing users to control their shots in any scene or location – whether deep underwater, high in the sky, or anywhere in between – helping adventure seekers capture great footage no matter where they are.

The Qudos Action is available in two colours, Bullet-Proof Silver and Midnight Black and retails for $149.95 and will be available in Canada in October 2014.

Also offered is a Qudos Action Batteries Pack, including LiPo Rechargeable Battery, USB Recharge, Micro USB Extension Cable, which retails for $49.95, and Qudos Action Mount Pack which retails for $24.95. These will be available in Canada in October 2014.

For more information, please visit the Knog brand page.

This video presents [qudos] action.

Surfing after sunset. Riding at midnight. Diving to new depths: the immaculately designed [qudos] action will highlight the night.

Qudos Action in Midnight Black

Qudos Action in Midnight Black

PRESS RELEASE

REVEALING QUDOS ACTION: THE WORLD’S FIRST HI-POWERED ACTION VIDEO LIGHT

TORONTO, ON., September 18, 2014 –  Gentec International, announces the exclusive Canadian distribution of Knog’s Action video light, the Qudos. Surfing after sunset. Riding at midnight. Diving to new depths: the immaculately designed Qudos action will highlight the night.

Qudos Action in Midnight Black with GoPro Mount and Hero 3+

Qudos Action in Midnight Black with GoPro Mount and Hero 3+

Offering unprecedented freedom for nocturnal thrill-seekers, the [qudos] action seamlessly partners the GoPro 2 and Hero3/Hero3+, as well as Sony action cam or any action camera with GoPro conversion mounts. Delivering a mighty 400 lumens of light from its three powerful Cree LEDs and weighing only 150 grams, the Qudos has multiple modes to adjust brightness and beam angle, allowing users to control their shots in any scene or location – whether deep underwater, high in the sky, or anywhere in between.

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New Leica S (Type 007): Medium-format Camera Provides Increased Image Quality and Higher Speed, Full-HD Video Recording; To Be Launched in 2015

Wed September 17, 2014

Leica S (Type 007)

Leica S (Type 007)

PRESS RELEASE

11/09/2014

New: LEICA S High Speed, Video Recording and Optimum Image Quality – Combined with Perfect Handling

With the Leica S (Type 007), Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents the new top model of the Leica S-System. As a logical development of its predecessors, the new Leica S features a multitude of radically new components – like the Leica CMOS sensor and the Leica Maestro II image processor – and now opens up new dimensions in the field of medium-format photography.

For the first time, the combination of the highest burst rate, extreme sensor sensitivity and comprehensive capture modes for still pictures – and now also video in exceptional quality – provides photographers with the opportunity to exploit the superior imaging capabilities of medium format for productions that demand maximum mobility and drive. The Leica S significantly accelerates and simplifies the photographic workflow with a multitude of features that are unique to medium-format photography – and some of them not only there. In addition to the new body, a new lens also expands the capabilities of the S-System. With regard to speed and imaging quality, the Leica Summicron-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH. telephoto portrait lens represents a new benchmark. Finally, the Leica S-System also welcomes the new Leica S-E (Type 006) as a lower-priced entry-level model.

In the words of Stephan Schulz, head of Professional Photo at Leica Camera AG, ‘The logical expansion of the system is further confirmation that the dedicated digital concept of the S-System sets new standards in the world of medium-format photography while achieving the speed and handling of a 35 mm SLR. Viewed in terms of its rugged resilience, reliability and versatility, the new Leica S is the first choice for photographers who refuse to make compromises.’


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New Leica V-LUX: Digital Compact Camera for Travel, Wildlife and Sports Photography

Tue September 16, 2014

Leica V-LUX (Type-114)

Leica V-LUX (Type-114)

PRESS RELEASE

11/09/2014

New: LEICA V-LUX The universal compact camera for travel, wildlife and sports photography

With the Leica V-Lux, Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents the next generation model of the Leica V-Lux product line. The new digital compact camera combines a high-performance lens, superior imaging qualities and high speed in a compact and handy form. Its Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 9.1–146 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH. super-zoom lens offers an enormously broad spectrum of capabilities from macro to extreme telephoto photography and, in combination with its versatile package of features, makes it the ideal all-round camera to take along wherever you go.

For travelling, sports or other outdoor activities, the Leica V-Lux is simply the ideal camera for every situation. Thanks to its zoom range of 25 to 400 mm (equivalent in 35 mm format), time-consuming lens changes and the weight of additional equipment are now a thing of the past. It covers every photographic situation from wide-angle, standard and telephoto photography to macro close-ups down to a distance of only 3 cm from the subject. With initial apertures of f/2.8 (wide angle) and f/4 (telephoto), its Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 9.1–146 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH. lens enables sharp and finely detailed exposures, even of distant subjects. Also in unfavourable light and at high ISO settings, the large 1″ sensor of the Leica V-Lux guarantees exceptionally bright and clear pictures and this, in combination with the high speed of the lens, considerably expands the creative scope offered by the camera.

Its fast autofocus system provides even greater versatility, responds immediately to changes within the image frame and makes it possible to reliably capture fast-moving subjects – for example, the action at sporting events. Users also benefit from this when shooting continuous sequences, as the V-Lux can capture up to 12 frames per second at full resolution.


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