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Press Release: Fuji Officially Announces X-T1 with Interchangeable Lens and Weather-Resistant



The Fujifilm X-T1 makes its official debut. Inside the X-T1′s retro body you’ll find the newest generation Fuji's 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, an EXR Processor II, built-in WiFi, a 1.04 million dot high-precision 3-inch tempered glass tilting LCD and a built-in wide-angle 2.36M dot OLED EVF with the world’s highest magnification for a digital camera (0.77x) and a short lag time of 0.005 seconds.

The X-T1 ships next month for $1,299 for the body only, and $1,699 for the camera and the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens. You can pre-order yours today at the following authorized retailers:

Fuji X-T1 Body Only: B&H Photo | Adorama
Fuji X-T1 with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 Lens: B&H Photo | Adorama

The weather-resistant lenses will arrive sometime this year, but no specific pricing and availability info has been released yet. Until they arrive, you can use the X-T1 with any of the current X-Series lenses.


Continue reading for full press release and you can also find more information by visiting Fuji.com.

Press Release: Nikon Lens Production Reaches 85 Million



Total Production of NIKKOR Lenses for Nikon Interchangeable Lens Cameras Reaches 85 Million

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that total production of NIKKOR and 1 NIKKOR lenses for Nikon D-SLR and Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses, respectively, has reached 85 million in January 2014. For more than 80 years, NIKKOR lenses have set the standard for sharpness, reliability and image quality for both casual shooters and professional photographers alike.Nikon has steadily expanded its lineup of NIKKOR lenses in the past year, incorporating advanced optical technologies cultivated over a storied eighty-year history.

In August 2013, Nikon announced the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, a versatile 7.8x high-power zoom lens compatible with DX-format D-SLR cameras, while in November, Nikon introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, a fast FX-format offering capable of elite low-light performance, earning accolades for its ability to minimize sagittal coma flare*(1). In January 2014, Nikon announced two new NIKKOR lenses including a new compact and lightweight zoom lens, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II for DX-format shooters, featuring a retractable lens design for maximum convenience. Also introduced was another addition to Nikon’s acclaimed f/1.8 lens lineup, the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G, a versatile fixed focal-length prime ready to thrive in any shooting situation.

Nikon also released the world’s first*(2) waterproof and shockproof 1 NIKKOR lenses, the 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 (included in the Nikon 1 AW1 waterproof zoom lens kit) and the 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8, alongside the Nikon 1 AW1 camera. With eleven total lenses included in the 1 NIKKOR lens lineup, Nikon remains committed to expanding and enriching the lens offerings for Nikon 1 shooters.

September 2013 marked the deployment of Nikon’s Optical Performance and Total Image Analyzer (OPTIA), a new measurement device that is able to measure all forms of aberration in interchangeable lenses for cameras, as well as a dedicated image simulator. Using OPTIA and the dedicated image simulator not only offers greater control over resolution, but also enables the development of lenses with more control over varying characteristics of each individual lens.

Review: Plasticase NANUK 925 Hard Case with Cubed Foam and Padded Dividers



Overview : NANUK cases are designed to protect the most sensitive equipment in the harshest environments. Whether battling the scorching heat of the Sahara desert or the bone chilling cold of the arctic, every detail of NANUK has been refined and perfected to offer the utmost in protection and performance. From our high-impact NK-7 resin to our PowerClaw latches, NANUK has been engineered and manufactured to stringent military specifications to surpass the needs of the most demanding users. These virtually indestructible, lightweight, watertight cases offer the ultimate grade of protection in a variety of sizes, configurations and colors. Complimented by a large selection of optional accessories and an incredible degree of customizability, NANUK is the best choice to move your equipment in complete security. Whether transporting valuable equipment around the world or simply protecting sensitive tools in the urban jungle, NANUK is up to the challenge.

NANUK comes loaded with innovative features. Countless hours of research and development went into defining the requirements for NANUK. The result is a line of cases that are equipped to meet today’s challenges. Responding to feedback from professionals in various fields, NANUK is the evolution of traditional protective cases. NANUK has also been designed to adapt as your needs change. Many features that are optional on other cases are standard on NANUK. By integrating attachment features into the case at the design stage, you can easily add a shoulder strap or a panel kit without modifying the case with holes or additional hardware. The attachment features are already there when you need them.

Features :
  • High quality polyurethane foam, the multi-layered set of customizable inserts includes a pre-scored removable layer. This layer consists of foam squares that can be removed in various configurations to accommodate the contents of the case.
  • Interior Dimensions NANUK 925 Case L 17 x W 11.8 x H 6.4
  • Waterproof Seal- Automatic Pressure Release Valve-100% Stainless Steel Hardware-Stackable
  • PowerClaw Latching System- Clamps the case tightly closed using compressive force while the integrated slide lock prevents the case from opening during transport or when dropped.
  • Soft Grip Foldable Handle and integrated Hardware for an Accessory Strap and Padlock (Lock and Strap Available Separately). The handle structure is molded with NK-7 resin.

2014 Think Tank Photo Retrospective Laptop Case Promo


2014 Retrospective Laptop Case Promo

Our friends at Think Tank Photo just announced a limited special offer. Between now and February 6, 2014, when you purchase a Retrospective® Laptop Case or a Retrospective® Camera/Laptop Bag you will receive for free your choice of a PowerHouse Air or a PowerHouse Pro clear organizer.

These customizable clear cases fit power adapters, plus AC cable, pens, small cables, USB drives and other small items. Easily configure the dividers to suit your needs and stay organized. Secure each item in its own dedicated space for easy access. Keep chargers organized with divided space for the power adapter and the cable inside a clear zippered pocket. Zippered organizer pockets on the back of the case hold small adapters and cables.

Review: VARAVON Slidecam LITE 800 Roller Bearing Slider


Review: VARAVON Slidecam LITE 800 Roller Bearing Slider

Overview : The Varavon Slidecam Lite 800 is designed for shooting video with lightweight digital cameras and smartphones. As your camera smoothly rolls across the slider, you are capturing your subject at various angles. The smooth motion effect adds extra dimension to your video when shooting a static scene such as a landscape or a statue. The Slidecam Lite 800 sits on its own legs or can be mounted to a tripod. It has a 32 inch track with variable tension to control glide. It can support up to 19.8 lbs (optimal load is 6.6 lbs to 13 lbs). So it can handle anything from a compact DSLR such as a Nikon D5100 or a Canon Digital Rebel to a Nikon D800 or Canon 5D Mark III. Great for compact video camcorders and point & shoot cameras. You can mount an iPhone or a Smartphone to it too.

Features :
  • Smooth glide action adds motion to static scenes.
  • 32-inch slide track can handle up to 19.8 pounds (optimal load is 6.6 lbs to 13 lbs).
  • Weighs 3.3 lbs.
  • Special steel roller bearing.
  • Variable tension allows all directional positioning.
  • Fits any camera and can mount on any standard tripod.
  • Use for iPhone and Smartphones too.

Deal: Peak Design Bundles - Save up to $15 Plus Additional 10% Off



Our good friends over at Peak Design is offering some awesome bundles on their products like the Leash, Cuff, Capture/PRO, PROpad and P.O.V. Kit. You can save as much as $15 by buying them in a bundle.

So if you didn't get what you want for the holidays or have money that you got from the holidays and you're looking to spend it on something, now is the the time with these great deals!

You don't need to buy the bundles to get 10% off. You can just buy the CapturePRO and still be entitled to the great discount.

Peak Design Coupon Code Amazon TrekPak Custom SLR

Press Release: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G ED Lens Announcement



Nikon has officially announced the AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G ED lens. The lens will be available on February 20, 2014 for a suggested retail price of $599.95.

You can place your pre-order from: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Continue reading for full press release.

Press Release: Lexar Announces World’s Fastest Memory Card



New Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 Card Provides Read Transfer Speeds up to 500MB/s* in Capacities up to 256GB

Fremont, CA, January 6, 2014 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced its technological leadership in the digital imaging market with the immediate sample availability of Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 cards and the Lexar Professional Workflow CFast 2.0 USB 3.0 reader for the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution. The CFast 2.0 specification is the next generation of high performance memory cards designed for professional applications in still imaging and video capture.

Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 Card
With capacities available for sampling in 256GB, 128GB, 64GB, and 32GB, the Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 cards demonstrate new speed thresholds to capture high-quality images and 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video. Designed to maximize the capabilities of the next-generation of high-definition camcorders and high-resolution digital SLR cameras, the new cards provide a read transfer speed up to 3333x (500MB per second)*, which is three times faster than any CompactFlash card.** Additionally, the new Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 cards will support the Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-65) specification for professional-quality video capture, and includes the latest version of Image Rescue software.

Lexar Professional Workflow CR1
The new Lexar Professional Workflow CR1 is a CFast 2.0 USB 3.0 reader designed for the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution, a four-bay reader hub that allows users to transfer RAW images, high-resolution photos, and HD, 3D, and 4K video files from up to four cards at once. Designed to mix and match reader formats, the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution supports SDHC/SDXC UHS-I, UDMA 7 CompactFlash, XQD, and now CFast 2.0 formats. The readers are sold separately so users can configure the hub into an ideal solution that meets their individual workflow needs.

“The new Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 card will empower future users to break previous speed barriers while offering capacity options that meet the specific needs of professional photographers and videographers,” said Adam Kaufman, product marketing manager, Lexar. “In addition, by pairing this card with our new CFast 2.0 USB 3.0 reader, professionals will experience a dramatically accelerated workflow, cutting down post-production time and getting them back to the business of photography.”

The Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 card and Lexar Professional Workflow CR1 are currently sampling for future implementation.

You can purchase the new CFast 2.0 from Amazon, B&H Photo and Adorama.

Press Release: Sigma Announces the 50 f/1.4 Art Lens & More



Sigma announced a new ART lens, the Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM. This is a completely new designed lens and not really a replacement for the Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM. Price and availability to be announced.

Staple lenses in Sigma lineup redesigned as part of the company’s Global Vision Rework

LAS VEGAS– Jan. 6, 2014 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced the launch of two new Global Vision lenses from the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The improved and redesigned 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM lenses are the latest additions to Sigma’s Global Vision lineup. Both lenses’ availability and pricing have yet to be announced.

“These two lenses are among our most popular, and we’re pleased to reintroduce these products by adding them to our Global Vision lineup,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The 18-200mm, in particular, is an exciting new lens as it now has macro functionality, updated optics and a Global Vision design, making it a fantastic alternative to the kit lens. As has been the case with our recent Global Vision lenses, we expect an array of photographers to gravitate to their technically advanced features and slick new look.”

The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary lens, designed specifically for APS-C DSLRs, is the successor to the 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM, which was launched in 2011. The smaller and lighter lens (15.2 ounces and 2.8×3.4 inches versus 17.3 ounces and 3×3.5 inches) now macro capabilities with a minimum focusing distance of 15.4 inches and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3, as opposed to the lens’ earlier minimum focusing distance of 17.7 inches and max magnification ratio of 1:3.8. Its minimum working distance is 14.7 inches, which makes the lens suitable for close-up shooting with natural light, keeping shadows of the camera and lens out of the image.

The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Macro has also been updated to incorporate Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements that have a high refractive index and can correct chromatic aberration at the telephoto-end. Moreover, aspherical lens elements, including double-sided aspherical lenses, will ensure a compact size and excellent correction of distortion.

The new Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art has been reengineered and redesigned to set a new standard of performance in the Art line. A staple focal length, the new Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art is a pro level performer for full-frame DSLRs great for many different types of photography including portraits, landscapes, studio work and still-life. It has been updated to include SLD glass and optimized for rich peripheral brightness with improved large aperture performance by positioning wide elements into the front groups. Other updates include an optimized autofocus algorithm for smoother focusing and a floating focusing system to reduce lens movement while focusing. Under the Global Vision line, it features a new matte finish, improved AF on/off switch and guarantees every lens is tested with Sigma’s proprietary modulation transfer function (MTF) “A1” measuring system before being shipped. Now with 13 elements in 8 groups compared to the previous 8 elements in 6 groups, it also has improved close focusing at 15.7 inches and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:5.6

Both lenses incorporate Sigma’s Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) system to produce quiet, high-speed auto focus. In addition, they include Super Multi-Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting, and to ensure high-quality images throughout the entire zoom range. The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM lenses are also compatible with Sigma’s USB dock and the company’s Mount Conversion Service.

Other recently announced lenses and accessories such as the 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM, 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | ART and USB Dock will be on display at Sigma’s CES booth. Visit Sigma at CES 2014 at booth 10431in Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Jan. 7 to 10.

Review: Luma Labs Cinch 2 Camera Strap



Overview : Unlike stock camera straps, Cinch is quickly adjustable. Cinch it down and you can walk around the park, climb a ridge, ride a bike, whatever. Then, when the moment is right, you can easily loosen it to take the shot.

Luma Labs Cinch sliders are made out of a unique carbon-ceramic polymer called Lumidium. They feature a super smooth adjusting action that lets you quickly change the length of your strap, yet they hold tight and secure when under tension. With one slider on each side, you easily and quickly modify the length to suit your current need, whether that’s carrying your camera around your neck, off one shoulder, or across your body. Move seamlessly from one style of carry to the next without missing a beat.

Features :
  • Made out of a unique carbon-ceramic polymer called Lumidium
  • Constructed from neoprene and elastic webbing assembled with a unique center zig-zag stich
  • The Cinch with Plate works with any Arca-compatable quick-release tripod clamp
  • Cinch adjusts from a minimum of 34.5in (57.5cm) to 57.5in (146cm)
  • Plate is made of the same carbon-ceramic Lumidium that the Cinch sliders are made of and its dovetail is sized to the unofficial standard for Acra-compatible plates. Its overall dimensions are 2.39in (6.07cm) by 1.54in (3.91cm) and it is 0.39in (1cm) thick.
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