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Gear Alert! – The Canon EOS 70D is Here.

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Get Ready for a Game-Changer.

You’ve been waiting and now it’s finally here. Canon has officially announced the impending arrival of the EOS 70D – featuring incredible new autofocus technology unlocking the potential of Live View: Dual Pixel CMOS AF.

The EOS 70D captures video in Live View with smooth and precise autofocus similar to that of a camcorder, complete with the image quality you know and love from EOS cameras. What’s more, Dual Pixel CMOS AF provides fast and accurate autofocus during Live View still image capture, giving you freedom of the angles allowed by the Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II.

To further empower the photographer, Canon engineers spent months ensuring that the cutting-edge Dual Pixel CMOS AF on the EOS 70D is compatible with 103 Canon EF lenses, greatly expanding creative possibilities. Built-in wireless technology and the EOS Remote app* further enhance shooting versatility, as well as enable easy sharing.

Brilliant image quality is provided by the EOS 70D’s 20.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, a first for an EOS camera with an APS-C sized sensor. A powerful DIGIC 5+ Image Processor supports continuous shooting up to 7.0 frames per second, as well as an extended ISO range of 100–12800 (H: 25600) that allows shooting in a wide variety of lighting conditions. Stunning photos can be accomplished using the remarkable 19-point all cross-type AF system with a high precision dual cross f/2.8 center point, and advanced display options available on the Intelligent Viewfinder supply exceptional control. In-camera imaging features like HDR, HDR Backlight Control, Multiple Exposure, Handheld Night Scene, and Creative Filters available in real time help turn even simple images into spectacular photos.

Pretty amazing, right? Check out the video below, shot through the EOS 70D. Coolest part? a shot-for-shot breakdown letting you know which lens was used in every shot.

Right now you’re thinking “Great! How do I get it?”
Ask and ye shall receive.

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The Leica X Vario: Changing the Game – Again

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Shown with Optional EVF 2

 

At a Glance

  • Newly developed Vario Lens: Leica Elmar 1:3.5-6.4/18-46 mm (28-70 mm equivalent)
  • Newly developed APS-C CMOS Sensor with effective resolution of 16.1 Megapixels
  • Iconic design using high quality materials (milled aluminum top cover)
  • Simple, intuitive controls including manual adjustment
  • Precise and fast Auto Focus
  • Full HD video
  • Connection for high resolution electronic viewfinder for new photographic perspectives
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, the comprehensive solution for modern digital photography

A History of Innovation

100 years ago, Oskar Barnack introduced the world to the Leica – a compact, lightweight camera that offered unheard-of freedom and quality to photographers. So it makes sense that Leica could do it again today with the Leica X Vario – one of many breakout stars at Profusion 2013.

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NEW from Nikon: the D7100

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Nikon has launched  its new DX-format flagship camera – the D7100. Ushering in a new era of DX-format image quality and functionality for the experienced shooter and photo enthusiast, the lightweight Nikon D7100 features an impressive array of intuitive features and controls bolstered by rapid performance and a robust feature set .


At the core of the Nikon D7100 is a new 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, designed to render the truest, most detail-rich images possible and brilliant HD video. The innovative sensor design delivers the ultimate in image quality by defying convention; because of the high resolution and advanced technologies, the optical low pass filter (OLPF) is no longer used. Using NIKKOR lenses, the resulting images explode with more clarity and detail to take full advantage of the 24.1-megapixel resolution achieved with D7100’s DX-format CMOS sensor.

A wide ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to Hi-2 of 25,600) allows for more versatile shooting to capture challenging conditions such as nature at twilight or even sports under less-than-ideal lighting. Even at higher ISOs, noise is minimized for both still images as well as when recording HD video.

KEY FEATURES:

  • New 51-Point AF System
  • 6 fps shooting at full resolution and up to seven fps when using the new 1.3x crop mode
  • 1.3x Crop Mode  for both stills and HD video
  • 3.2″ LCD featuring a super-high resolution of 1,229K dots
  • New bright, high-contrast new OLED data display within the optical viewfinder
  • New Spot White Balance allows for quick and precise white balance adjustment while shooting in live view
  • Durable, lightweight construction
  • Enhanced interface
  • Simplified sharing and remote shooting
  • HD video capture at 1080/30p, or at 60i/50i (in 1.3x Crop Mode)
  • Stereo sound recording capability through an internal microphone, or via an optional external microphone
  • Full manual modes plus intelligent modes
  • NIKKOR, Speedlight and system compatibility

Nikon D7100

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WR-1 Transceiver & MB-D15 Multi Battery Power Pack

In addition to the D7100, Nikon also announced the WR-1 Transceiver. This device uses the 2.4 GHz radio frequency for maximum range when communicating with the camera, extending the range and functionality for remote shooting applications. The communication range between WR-1 units is approximately 394 feet, and 15 channels are available. Users also have the ability to remotely control a camera (with a WR-1 used as a receiver) attached by operation of another WR-1 (used as a transmitter), and also perform simultaneous or synchronized release of shutters on several cameras using the WR-1.


The MB-D15 is equipped with a shutter-release button, AE/AF lock button, multi selector, and main- and sub-command dials for improved operation when taking photographs with the camera vertically oriented. It can be powered by either six AA batteries (Alkaline or Ni-MH or Lithium), or EN-EL 15 rechargeable Li-ion batteries. To use the MB-D15 with AA batteries, use the MS-D14 AA Battery Holder. When using EN-EL15 batteries to power the MB-D15, use the MS-D14EN Battery Holder.

Available: March 2013; MSRP: $1199.95 (body only) and $1599.95 (with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens). Pricing for the MB-D15 battery grip and the WR-1 transceiver has not yet been announced.

 >> Read the full press release

Check out this great first-look video from WhatDigitalCamera:

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Top Five Reasons You Should Own G-Technology Storage

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If, by the year 2013, you’ve managed to escape losing a file on your computer it’s safe to say you’re among the minority. And if your day-to-day involves hundreds and hundreds of files, that can certainly translate into disaster.

We’ve all heard IT pros tell us to “back up your work!”… but how many of us actually do? Well, if you’re not (backing up your work, that is) – you really are risking lost hours AND revenue.

Not sure where to start? G-Technology is a great place to look. They provide powerful storage solutions for creative professionals who use HD video, graphic design, audio files, still images and, really, any of your digital files.

 

So… why G-Technology?

  1. A 3-year warranty on ALL their products
  2. It’s storage designed specifically for the content creation professional
  3. Protection from the number one enemy to data: heat; heat-sinks and smart fans make G-technology drives the coolest-running in the industry
  4. Light-weight, durable all-aluminum enclosures
  5. All of the above combined mean you get a drive with one of the lowest failure rates in the industry

Save yourself the heartache (and headache) of lost files and invest in yourself. From G-CONNECT and G-DRIVE to G-RAID and G-SPEED (each in various configurations) there’s a solution for every need. Check out this handy comparison chart to find the perfect choice for you!

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NEW from Samsung: the GALAXY camera

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Launched a few weeks ago at IFA, the Samsung Galaxy camera was heralded again at Photokina this week.

Is it a phone? Is it a camera? With its 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor, the Galaxy combines leading-edge camera capabilities with Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean and wireless network connectivity, letting users shoot, edit and share images easily anywhere, at any time.

Check out Engadget‘s hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Camera at IFA 2012:

In addition to allowing you to shoot in manual, program and aperture- or shutter-priority modes, the Galaxy also features full HD 1920×1080 30fps movie capture as well as a slow motion 720×480 120fps movie mode. And, like an Android smartphone or tablet, the Galaxy Camera has access to all of the apps in the Google Play store – opening up a world of sharing and back-up capabilities.

KEY FEATURES:

  • 16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor
  • 121.2mm (4.77″) HD Super Clear Touch Display
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • F2.8, 23 mm, 21x super long zoom
  • Smart PRO MODE
  • Voice control
  • Photo Wizard: 65 powerful editing features
  • Movie Wizard
  • Smart Content Manager
  • Share Shot + Wi-Fi Direct: share photos with up to 8 other Wi-Fi direct devices within range
  • Slow Motion video
  • Auto Cloud back-up
  • Seamless connectivity (3G & WiFi)

>> Read the press release

Samsung GALAXY Camera

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NEW from Canon: EOS 5D Mark III

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It’s here! The EOS 5D Mark III boasts a new 22.3-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, a high-performance DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor, a 61-point High Density Reticular Autofocus (AF) System and six frames-per-second (fps) continuous shooting speed.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Newly designed 22.3 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 14-bit A/D conversion, wide range ISO setting 100-25600 (L:50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400) for shooting from bright to dim light and next generation DIGIC 5+ Image Processor for enhanced noise reduction and exceptional processing speed.
  • New 61-Point High Density Reticular AF including up to 41 cross-type AF points with f/4.0 lens support and 5 dual diagonal AF points (sensitive to f/2.8).
  • iFCL Metering with 63 zone dual-layer metering sensor that utilizes AF and colour information for optimizing exposure and image quality.
  • EOS HD Video with manual exposure control and multiple frame rates (1080: 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p, 720: 60p (59.94) / 50p, 480: 30p (29.97) / 25p with 4 GB automatic file partitioning (continuous recording time 29 minutes 59 seconds), selectable “All i-frame” or IPB compressions, embedded timecode, manual audio level control while recording, and headphone terminal.
  • Outstanding shooting performance: up to 6.0 fps continuous shooting using a UDMA CF card.
  • Magnesium-alloy body with shutter durability tested up to 150,000 cycles, enhanced dust-and-weather resistance, and updated EOS Integrated Cleaning system for improved vibration-based dust removal.
  • Intelligent Viewfinder with superimposed LCD display with approximately 100% field of view, wide viewing angle of 34.1°, and 0.71x magnification.
  • 3.2-inch Clear View II LCD monitor, 170° viewing angle, 1,040,000-dot VGA, reflection resistance with multi coating and high-transparency materials for bright and clear viewing.
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Multiple Exposure modes expand creative possibilities.
  • Improved handling with the addition of new customizable controls, enhanced recording options with Dual Card Slots for CF and SD cards, Dual
  • Axis Electronic Level, and compatibility with optional Canon Wireless File Transmitter and GPS Receiver.

>> Read the Press Release.

Available: March 2012; MSRP: (body only)$3,799.99; (body w/EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens) $4,649.99

Available for pre-order NOW!

Announced along with the 5D Mark III were three new lenses: The EF 24-70mm F2.8 II USM, EF 28mm F2.8 IS USM and EF 24mm F2.8 IS USM.

Other accessories announced include:

  • Speedlite 600EX-RT (available March 2012; MSRP: $729.99)
  • Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT (available March 2012; MSRP: $389.99)
  • GP-E2 GPS Receiver (available April 2012; MSRP: $399.99)
  • Battery Grip BG-E11 (available April 2012; MSRP: $449.99)
  • Bracket AB-E1 (available April 2012; MSRP: $199.99)

 

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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The Nikon D7000: it’s official!

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The Nikon D7000 has been made official – complete with: 39-point autofocus system, 100 percent viewfinder coverage, 1080/24p and 720/30p video options, dual SD card slots & 6fps burst mode for up to 100 shots.

The new new mid-class DX-format camera features a compact body along with top & rear covers made of a magnesium alloy — adding that extra bit of increased durability.

Other functions & features of the D7000 include:

  • A glass pentaprism for viewfinder frame coverage of approximately 100% and magnification of approximately 0.94×
  • High-speed continuous shooting of up to 100 shots at approximately 6 fps, and a very precise and durable shutter unit that has passed testing for 150,000 cycles
  • New U1 and U2 settings on the mode dial allow users to assign frequently used settings, including ISO sensitivity and exposure compensation, to these positions for instant recall of the registered settings by simply rotating the mode dial
  • Live view function that can be smoothly enabled with the dedicated live view switch
  • Double SD memory card slot that enable use of two SD memory cards (SDHC, SDXC also supported)
  • The Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15, which enables capture about 1,050 shots when fully charged
  • Support for the new Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D11 (sold separately), which holds not only Rechargeable Li-ion Batteries EN-EL15, but also AA batteries
  • Nikon’s image browsing and editing software, ViewNX 2, supplied with purchase

With an estimated release date of mid-October, the D7000 is available now for pre-purchase, either on its own or as part of a kit that includes the AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR Nikkor Zoom Lens.

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Get Naked with GoPro

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Ever wished you could surf Hawaii’s Pipeline AND capture it on high def video at the same time? Having a hard time convincing your pals you really did execute that perfect motocross jump? Can’t convince your girlfriend to hold the camera in a tandem skydive jump?

Who needs ‘em? GoPro has launched a wicked line of HD wearable and gear-mountable cameras and accessories. Even better? They’re incredibly affordable. Developed for professional use, but at a consumer price, the HD HERO line of wearable cameras capture full HD video rivaling cameras costing 10x the price.

Not only do these cameras shoot pro quality 1080p / 960p / 720p HD resolutions & record at 30 and 60 frames per second (60 fps in 720p), they also automatically shoot 5MP photos at varying intervals – so you really won’t miss a thing!

So, whether your game is surfing, skiing, cycling, skydiving or just getting crazy, GoPro can kit you out so you can capture all the action.

Check out the full line at Vistek!

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1′s Full 1080p HD Video Capture

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 hybrid camera offers interchangeable lenses, excellent low-ISO photo quality & is incredibly comfortable to use – check out Cameralabs.com’s look  at what this Micro Four-Thirds “DSLR” can do:

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Olympus: Return of the PEN!

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300x250penOnce upon a time, Olympus made a cute little camera called the Pen. It was a compact half-frame camera with a viewfinder, no meter and completely manual settings. It had a 28mm f/3.5 lens, an aperture range from 3.5 to 22 and a limited ISO range (25, 50, 100, 200 & B). This was back in 1959. Several incarnations followed from the Pen series’ inception in 1959 until the end of its run in the early ’80s. Some were met with success. Some not so much. But the tiny camera that could has been in semi-retirement since then.

Until today, that is. Olympus has launched the E-P1: a DSLR-sized sensor stuffed into a retro compact body. And with a stock 17mm lens & an interchangeable 14-42mm (3x) zoom lens available at launch, this tiny powerhouse has us all a-twitter. While this isn’t the first Micro Four Thirds camera to hit the market, it is one of the first to take the technology towards a compact sized shell.pen2

The EP-1 looks like your typical compact camera (it’s size is a mere 4.74″ x 2.75″ x 1.38″). But looks are definitely deceiving when it comes to the 2009 Pen. In addition to a 12.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor, Olympus’ TruePic V Image Processor adds “excellent dynamic range, accurate color fidelity, fine image details in all highlight and shadow areas, and reduced noise” (Olympus’ words). And, though not a DSLR, the E-P1 does boast interchangeable lenses as though it were. So, not only is the base model available in a kit with the aforementioned 17mm & 14-42mm lenses, the Mirco Four Thirds Mount makes the E-O1 compatible (aided by the MMF-1 Adapter) with all Micro Four Thirds lenses.

pen1But the good stuff doesn’t end there. The E-P1 is loaded with features. In-body image stabilization + electronic image stabilization, live view autofocus, and a digital leveler are joined with a dust reduction system that assures spot-free images, 19 automatic scene modes, ePortrait mode & face detection, some nifty looking art filters (including Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film and Pin Hole) as well as a multiple exposure feature that allows you to combine 2 images to create one perfect photo.

Oh – and, in case this wasn’t enough, the Pen shoots HD video as well.

Check out the full specs here and see what all the fuss is about for yourself!

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