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Bowens, PocketWizard and Sekonic Create a Complete Wireless Triggering Solution for Photographic Flash

Fri February 28, 2014

Technology Alliance Announced Between Bowens, PocketWizard and Sekonic

Photographers benefit from seamless integration between
flash, radio trigger and exposure and lighting control

White Plains, NY – February 28, 2014 – In a joint announcement, Bowens, PocketWizard and Sekonic have aligned to create a complete wireless triggering solution for electronic flashes that will be first introduced in the U.S. market. Now most Bowens Gemini monolights will accept an optional PocketWizard module, which enables photographers to wirelessly trigger their flash with industry-standard, and widely used PocketWizard radios and Sekonic light meters.

Compatible components within the system are Bowens Gemini 500R, 500Pro, 750Pro, 1000Pro & 1500Pro series of monolights with PocketWizard module, all existing PocketWizard radio’s and today’s Sekonic L-478DR and L-758DR exposure meters. In addition, other (earlier) Sekonic meters can be used with an optional PocketWizard transmitter. All take advantage of PocketWizard 32 channels and 4-zone system.

Bowens USA President, Jan Lederman, brought the three technology leaders together to create a powerful alliance for the photographic flash market. When asked what prompted this he responded, “With the rapid advancement of photographic technology in our digital world, it is a natural evolutionary step to marry these technologies. Our goal is to provide a complete wireless environment in which photographers have greater and more accurate control of lighting in a more effortless way.”


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Nikon Offers Free Repairs For The D600

Thu February 27, 2014

Nikon is offering free inspection and repairs of its full-frame D600 DSLR to address potential dust and oil buildup problem on the image sensor. Send your D600 in for a free cleaning and repair even if the warranty has run out.

In its D600 Technical Service Advisory, Nikon states:

Nikon is making available to all owners of D600 cameras (even if Nikon’s product warranty has expired) this customer-service measure, which includes the inspection, cleaning and replacement of the shutter assembly and related parts of your camera, FREE OF CHARGE as well as the cost of shipping D600 cameras to Nikon and their return to customers via Purolator by using a dedicated shipping label.

To start the process:

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Leica Camera Announces the X Vario in New Silver Finish

Tue February 25, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

LEICA X VARIO: New Silver Finish

Allendale, NJ (February 25, 2014) – Leica Camera presents a sleek, silver version of the Leica X Vario as an alternative finish to the understated black of the standard model.
In classic black or stylish silver, the Leica X Vario is a product that epitomizes the Leica’s trademark quality and offers even greater versatility and creative freedom as well as brilliant image quality.

The Leica X-System is defined by its high-performance, APS-C format, CMOS image sensor with over 16.5 megapixels (effective 16.2 MP), remarkably large compared to other cameras in its class. The Leica X Vario is the first compact camera to combine this professional sensor with a high-performance zoom lens – the Leica Vario Elmar 18–46 mm f/3.5–6.4 ASPH. – and, as a result, delivers particularly brilliant exposures in all photographic situations.


For expansive interior shots, landscapes or portrait photography, the zoom range offered by the Leica X Vario allows entirely new horizons for creative photography. Its versatility is further emphasized by a full-HD video recording function, along with crystal-clear sound recording, that lets photographers capture those special moments in moving pictures with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels at a frame rate of 30 full frames per second. A wide range of camera setting options and fast, precise autofocus further enhance the features offered by the Leica X Vario, a camera with a performance profile that offers even the most demanding photographers maximum creative freedom for spontaneous shots as well as for carefully arranged compositions.


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Nikon Announces Capture NX-D Beta

Tue February 25, 2014

Nikon Canada today announced the beta version of Capture NX-D will be available free of charge beginning today. Capture NX-D is new software for processing and adjusting RAW images captured with Nikon digital cameras.

Capture NX-D is a free software program that will replace the current Capture NX2 application. While it is in beta, Nikon will invite users to try the software and will collect feedback about the user experience and the application. This information will be used to improve the application prior to its official release.

PRESS RELEASE

Nikon Releases Raw Image Processing and Adjustment Software, Capture NX-D

Mississauga, ON, February 24, 2014 – Nikon Canada is pleased to announce that a beta version of Capture NX-D will be available free of charge beginning today. Capture NX-D is new software for processing and adjusting RAW images captured with Nikon digital cameras.

Capture NX-D is a free software program that will replace the current Capture NX 2 application. RAW images (NEF or NRW file extension) captured with Nikon HD-SLR and DSLR cameras, Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses, and Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras can be loaded into the application for processing and adjustment of images. In addition to RAW images, the application can be used to adjust JPEG and TIFF files.

During the period that Capture NX-D is available as a beta version, Nikon will invite users to try the software, and will collect feedback from them about the user experience and the application. Nikon will then use this information to improve the application prior to its official release.

The new software will support many functions needed by professional photographers including batch image processing, filtering and an enhanced user interface with a variety of displays and floating palettes that are ideal for multiple monitors. Additionally, photographers will have the ability to adjust parameters including exposure and white balance in RAW files, and can adjust tone curves, brightness and contrast, as well as functions for correcting lateral colour aberration and vignetting in JPEG and TIFF files. The software features a new “sidecar” format, which retains and saves the adjusted image as a separate file.

Nikon will continue to update and provide support for the current Capture NX 2 application while the beta version of Capture NX-D is available. Once the official version of Capture NX-D is released, Capture NX 2 will no longer be supported with updates.

To download the beta version of Nikon’s Capture NX-D, please visit http://beta.nikonimglib.com/ to sign up.


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Nikon Canada Announces D4S

Tue February 25, 2014

Nikon Canada today announced the release of the Nikon D4S, the premier HD-SLR available to professionals, unrivaled with its combination of incredible speed, accuracy, low-light performance, and exceptional image fidelity.

Some of the key features include the following:

  • 16.2-megapixel FX-format sensor
  • New EXPEED 4 image processing engine
  • New Group AF function
  • 409,600 ISO (Hi-4) range
  • Ability to capture at 11 frames-per-second (fps) with Auto Focus and Auto Exposure
  • Processing time that is 30 per cent faster than the D4
  • New RAW SIZE S files for shooting 12-bit uncompressed RAW files that are half the size of standard uncompressed RAW files
  • Faster transfer rate
  • Improved battery life
  • Dual card slots for both CF and XQD cards
  • Full HD (1080p) video-recording capability

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Dominate the Decisive Moment: Nikon D4S HD-SLR is the Formidable Fusion of Speed and Accuracy

Nikon’s flagship HD-SLR is the evolution of a masterpiece, reinforcing Nikon as the choice of pro photographers and multimedia creators

Mississauga, ON, February 24, 2014 – Nikon Canada today announced the release of the Nikon D4S, the premier HD-SLR available to professionals, unrivaled with its combination of incredible speed, accuracy, low-light performance and exceptional image fidelity. Designed for the most demanding photographers and multimedia professionals in the world, the Nikon D4S improves upon the revered D4 to give users enhanced image and video quality, improved autofocus (AF), faster performance during and after capture, in addition to an astonishing ISO range.

Nikon’s D-series of flagship cameras continues to push the boundaries of professional image quality, speed and features. The newly developed 16.2-megapixel FX-format sensor works in conjunction with the new EXPEED 4 image processing engine to deliver new levels of still and HD-video quality and performance. A new Group AF function and overall improvements build upon Nikon’s proven 51-point AF system, while the camera breaks convention with an ISO range that goes to an incredible 409,600 ISO (Hi-4) for maximum versatility in nearly any lighting condition. Overall speed and response is also enhanced, capturing full resolution at an astounding 11 frames-per-second (fps) with Auto Focus and Auto Exposure, while benefiting from an overall 30 per cent increase in processing power.

“By announcing the development of the new Nikon D4S earlier this year, Nikon has been able to work openly with professional photographers in the field to hone the camera’s core capabilities into an unparalleled tool that makes otherwise impossible images a reality,” said Gregory Flasch, National Advertising and Communications Manager at Nikon Canada. “The challenges of today’s professional multimedia photographer go beyond simply capturing amazing content. After the shutter clicks, the workflow enhancements the D4S provides will give Nikon users an obvious edge in the stands, in the studio, on the sidelines or in the field.”

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Nikon D4S Features ISO 409,600 and 11fps Continuous Shooting

Mon February 24, 2014
February 24, 2014

Dominate the Decisive Moment, Again: The Nikon D4S HD-SLR is the Formidable Fusion of Speed and Accuracy

Nikon’s Flagship D-SLR is the Evolution of a Masterpiece, Reinforcing Nikon as the Choice of Pro Photographers and Multimedia Creators

MELVILLE, NY – Announced today, the new Nikon D4S establishes itself as the premier HD-SLR available to professionals; unrivaled with its combination of incredible speed, accuracy, low-light performance and exceptional image fidelity. Designed for the most demanding photographers and multimedia professionals in the world, the Nikon D4S improves upon the revered D4 to give users enhanced image and video quality, improved autofocus (AF), faster performance during and after capture in addition to an astonishing ISO range.

Nikon’s D series of flagship cameras continues to push the boundaries of professional image quality, speed and features. The newly developed 16.2-megapixel FX-format sensor works in conjunction with the new EXPEED 4 image processing engine to deliver new levels of still and HD video quality and performance. A new Group AF function and overall improvements build upon Nikon’s proven 51-point AF system, while the camera breaks convention with an ISO range that goes to an incredible 409,600 ISO (Hi-4) for maximum versatility in nearly any lighting condition. Overall speed and response is also enhanced, capturing full resolution at an astounding 11 frames-per-second (fps) with auto focus and auto exposure (AE), while benefiting from an overall 30% increase in processing power.

“By announcing the development of the new Nikon D4S earlier this year, Nikon has been able to work openly with professional photographers in the field to hone the cameras’ core capabilities into an unparalleled tool that makes otherwise impossible images a reality,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The challenges of today’s professional multimedia photographer go beyond simply capturing amazing content. After the shutter clicks, the workflow enhancements that the D4S provides will give Nikon users an obvious edge in the stands, the studio, on the sidelines or in the field.”


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CSCs vs DSLRs: Who’s Winning?

Mon February 24, 2014

An Amateur Photographer article raises interesting points concerning the future of Compact System Cameras (CSCs). Based on UK data only, the CSCs sold 46,000 units less this year than last year, 100,000 vs 146,000 units. However, the conclusion seems to be that more education is needed to help North American and European consumers understand the advantages of the CSC over a traditional-mirrored DSLR.

This reminds me of the early days of the Apple Mac, which business people then considered a “toy.” When I recommended one to a new university student, he got back to me a couple of months later a bit miffed that he could not download all the popular software that his friends could on their IBM and clone PCs. Today, too, there are more accessories for the traditional-mirrored DSLR than the mirrorless DSLRs.

Oh, how times have changed! Today, Apple products rule while the PCs are retreating. The CSCs are also approaching that tipping point when one product will have such compelling technology in it that traditional-mirrored DSLR just can’t have, and then the moat will be breached.

As our latest Fujifilm X-T1 review shows, the CSC (aka mirrorless DSLR) has come a long way to challenge the traditional-mirrored DSLR.

There is no doubt in my mind that CSCs, in its current form or another form, will win. As camera technology moves forward, there is simply no compelling reason — or room — for a mirror anymore, so new cameras won’t have a mirror.

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Fujifilm X-T1 Review

Mon February 24, 2014

Fujifilm X-T1

Just Posted! Fujifilm X-T1 Review

The Fujifilm X-T1 is beautiful, weatherproof, tough and inherits the DNA of the X-PRO1 with image quality that rivals and even bests that obtained from some enthusiast and top-end DSLRs. It features a huge and very high resolution OLED EVF, dual view display, focus peak highlight and Digital Split Image assist for manual focusing. It’s fast and handles superbly with direct control dials.

[ Read more in our Fujifilm X-T1 Review... ]

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McAfee Mobile Security: Now Free in 30 Languages for Consumers on Any Android and iOS Mobile Device

Mon February 24, 2014
McAfee Mobile Security is now available at no cost

McAfee Mobile Security is now available at no cost

McAfee today announced that a full-featured version of McAfee Mobile Security is now available at no cost in 30 languages, as part of an Intel Corporation initiative to make security a more integrated part of the consumer experience.

  • McAfee Mobile Security for Android
    • The FREE version of Android devices includes enhanced protection features and unlocks security extensions for Intel-based mobile devices, making it the most comprehensive FREE mobile solution for consumers on the market.
    • It includes anti-theft, anti-virus, app protection, Web protection, and call and SMS filtering.
  • McAfee Mobile Security for iOS
    • McAfee Mobile Security for iOS devices is also available for FREE, and features a number of comprehensive protection options previous available only to Android users.
    • It provides iPhone and iPad users with a secure vault for private content, secure camera, jailbreak detection, backup capabilities, and more.
  • McAfee Consumer Mobile Security Report
    • According to McAfee’s 2014 Consumer Mobile Security Report:
      • Android mobile malware almost tripled from 2012 to 2013; and
      • 82 per cent of apps track you and know when you use Wi-Fi and data networks, when you turn on your device, and your current and last location
  • Many Canadians overshare, leading to privacy leaks and having private/intimate photos being exposed
    • According to McAfee’s 2014 Love, Relationships and Technology study:
      • 98 per cent of Canadians trust their significant other not to share the risque content they’re sending;
      • however, one in 10 (11 per cent) have had their personal content leaked online; and
      • only 65 per cent of consumers protect their smartphones and 62 per cent protect their tablets.

Consumer needs to take precautions and use mobile security to ensure that what should be private stays private.

With today’s release of a full-featured version of McAfee Mobile Security at no cost to iOS and Android device users, McAfee is “empowering consumers to experience everything this era of always-connected devices has to offer, without fear of their personal information being compromised.”

This video presents “McAfee Mobile Security – Powerful Protection for Your Mobile Life.”

  • McAfee mobile solutions offer customers the confidence to safely connect, surf, shop and socialize online knowing that their data, device and privacy are safe.
  • If your mobile device gets lost, stolen, infected with a virus, or an app is unknowingly mines your personal information, you could lose your personal data, but also could possibly expose yourself, your friends, or your colleagues to financial fraud and identity theft.

“That’s why McAfee provides an award-winning security solution that’s as mobile as you are. Protect your mobile device with McAfee and do more with confidence.”

McAfee Delivers on Intel Vision of Free Mobile Security for Consumers

Full-featured version of award-winning McAfee Mobile Security empowers a safe digital life

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • McAfee announces details of free protection for consumers on any Android and iOS mobile device
  • Free version of McAfee Mobile Security for Android includes new enhanced privacy features, new Wi-Fi protection and support of Intel® Device Protection Technology
  • McAfee has also made available a free iOS version of McAfee Mobile Security providing iPhone and iPad users a new array of privacy features and enhanced protection against device theft or loss
  • New study reveals the latest threats to mobile users
  • New mobile and cross-device partnerships with Verizon and LG

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain – Feb. 24, 2014 – Today McAfee announced a full-featured version of its award-winning McAfee Mobile Security is now available at no cost in 30 languages, as part of an Intel Corporation initiative to make security a more integrated part of the consumer experience. The free version of McAfee’s security app for Android includes enhanced protection features and, for the first time, unlocks security extensions for Intel-based mobile devices, making it the most comprehensive free mobile solution for consumers on the market. McAfee also recently launched McAfee Mobile Security for iOS, which is also available free of charge.

Earlier this year at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced plans to offer elements of McAfee’s award-winning security solutions for mobile devices for free, and today’s announcement is an important milestone in that plan.

“We live in an unprecedented era of always-connected devices, where security and privacy protection are fundamental,” said John Giamatteo, senior vice president and general manager, McAfee consumer business. “With free access to our award-winning mobile security product, consumers are free to experience everything this connected world has to offer, without fear of their personal information being compromised.”


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