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New Leica X-E: Compact, Lightweight Camera with a Large APS-C-format CMOS Sensor with 16.5 Megapixels (Effective 16.2 Megapixels)

Tue September 16, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

15/09/2014

LEICA X-E – compact quality and elegant design made in Germany

With the Leica X-E, Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, is expanding the Leica X family with a new camera model made in Germany. The particularly compact and lightweight X-E has all the features that characterise a Leica camera: an outstanding fast lens, the best materials and a premium finish. The camera also features an unmistakable design that, in the case of the X-E, is further emphasised by special details – like the titanium look of its body and control elements matched to its silver lens. Leather trim in the colour metallic rounds off its elegant looks.

With technical specifications based on the X2, the Leica X-E has a professional APS-C-format CMOS sensor with over 16.5 megapixels (effective 16.2 megapixels) that ensures maximum picture quality, natural colour rendition and richly detailed pictures. Its CMOS image sensor is unusually large for a camera in this class. Despite its high resolution of over 16 megapixels, each individual pixel on the sensor is very large and therefore gathers more light. The benefit of this is low image noise, a high dynamic range and accurate colour differentiation. The crop factor of the sensor is 1.5 in comparison with 35 mm film format. This means that the Leica Elmarit 24 mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens of the LEICA X-E becomes a universal reportage lens with an effective equivalent focal length of 35 mm in 35 mm film format. This is considered to be a classic focal length amongst prime lenses and has captured innumerable iconic images. The moderate wide-angle character and natural rendition of dimensions by the high-performance lens of the X-E open up a broad spectrum of different options for capturing those decisive moments in outstanding authentic and richly detailed picture quality.


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New Leica M-A: Compact, 35 mm Rangefinder System Camera with a Mechanically Controlled Shutter

Tue September 16, 2014
Leica M-A in silver chrome finish

Leica M-A in silver chrome finish

PRESS RELEASE

15/09/2014

The pinnacle of mechanical technology: LEICA M-A The precision tool for lovers of decelerated photography

With the Leica M-System, Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, is one of the few manufacturers still producing both analogue and digital cameras. In this, the company can draw from decades of experience in the construction of the finest precision-engineered cameras. Now – 60 years after the first Leica M rangefinder camera, the M3, left the factory to significantly change the world of photography – we have chosen the occasion of this anniversary to present a new analogue model: the Leica M-A.

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As a purely mechanical rangefinder camera, the Leica M-A stands for a return to photography in its most original form. Without reliance on a monitor, exposure metering or batteries, photographers can explore entirely new creative horizons. Because, with a camera reduced to only essential camera functions, users of the M-A can now concentrate entirely on the essential parameters of subject composition – namely focal length, aperture and shutter speed – and on capturing the decisive moment.


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New Leica M Edition 60: A Commemorative Limited Edition Camera

Tue September 16, 2014

This video presents The Unboxing of the Leica M Edition 60 from Leica Camera on Vimeo.

Watch the unboxing of the new limited edition Leica M Edition 60 introduced at photokina 2014.

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of this legendary camera, Leica Camera presents a commemorative limited edition: the Leica M Edition 60. The set consists of a Leica M-P digital camera (Type 240) and the fast Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens, both in special versions created by Audi Design that pay homage to the essence of photography and carry it back to its origins.

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15/09/2014

The essence of photography: the LEICA M Edition 60 Special edition for the 60th anniversary of the Leica M rangefinder system

This year, Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, is celebrating two special anniversaries. At photokina 2014, the focus of the celebrations will not be exclusively on 100 years of Leica photography, but also on the 60th anniversary of the legendary Leica M rangefinder system.

The first Leica M-Camera to possess the unique characteristics of the Leica M-System was the Leica M3, presented in 1954. A camera distinguished by absolute mechanical and optical precision and a focus on the essential parameters needed for photography. A camera with functions that clearly placed the skills of the photographer in the foreground rather than any special features the camera offered. Continuously perfected over six decades, these unique characteristics, today in combination with the latest technological innovations, still differentiate the current Leica M models from other cameras.

And now, on the 60th anniversary of this legendary camera, Leica Camera AG presents a commemorative limited edition: the Leica M Edition 60. The set consists of a Leica M-P digital camera (Type 240) and the fast Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens, both in special versions created by Audi Design that pay homage to the essence of photography and carry it back to its origins.


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Leica Announces Availability of Leica M-P: A Rangefinder Camera with Greater Buffer Memory 2 GB for Professional Photographers

Tue September 16, 2014
LEICA M-P (Type 240), black paint finish

LEICA M-P (Type 240), black paint finish

PRESS RELEASE

16/09/2014

Leica M-P / The next generation of the Leica rangefinder camera for professional photographers

Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents a further model in the Leica rangefinder camera segment. Based on the otherwise identical Leica M, the Leica M-P offers all the technical advantages of the Leica M-System and several additional features, for example an enlarged buffer memory. The ‘P’ in the name of this camera indicates the particularly discreet and enduring design concept with which the Leica M-P joins the line of Leica M-Cameras conceived especially to fulfil the needs of professional photographers.

The buffer memory capacity of the Leica M-P has been increased to 2 GB – twice the size of that of the Leica M. This guarantees that the Leica M-P is immediately ready to shoot in almost all situations. This is a particular advantage when shooting pictures in rapid succession, as the image data needs to be buffered directly after the shutter is released, before writing to the SD memory card. This means that users can now react to events with even greater spontaneity to capture the decisive moment in almost every photographic situation.

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Press Releases

McAfee Canada: Findings from the “Safeguarding the Future of Digital Canada in 2025″ Study

Tue September 16, 2014

NEWS RELEASE

Canadians anticipate a more connected world in 2025, but have concerns about security and privacy.

New McAfee study reveals consumers’ thoughts on future technology and trends

MARKHAM, ON, September 16, 2014 McAfee Canada, part of Intel Security, today released findings from its first Safeguarding the Future of Digital Canada in 2025 study, which examines the thoughts and attitudes of more than 500 Canadian consumers concerning technology trends. The study looks at how technology relates to people’s homes, workplace, cars, mobile devices and online security.

Canadian consumers believe that technology will significantly change their lifestyle by 2025. For example, 51 percent of Canadians believe their houses will be able to speak to them, 70 per cent anticipate using solar panels as their main source of energy and 56 per cent predict there will be cars that navigate completely on autopilot.

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

Mon September 15, 2014
Sigma Teleconverter 1.4x (TC-1401)

Sigma Teleconverter 1.4x (TC-1401)

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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Gentec Announces Availability of Sigma WR Filters in Canada

Mon September 15, 2014
Sigma WR Circular Polarizer Filter

Sigma WR Circular Polarizer Filter

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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Press Releases

Gentec Announces Availability of Sigma’s dp1 Quattro in Canada

Mon September 15, 2014
Sigma dp1 Quattro

Sigma dp1 Quattro

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
Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport Zoom

Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport Zoom

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 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

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.

MEDIA RELEASE

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
Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary

Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary

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.

MEDIA RELEASE

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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