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  • Now Carrying Zoom Digital Audio Recorders

    Zoom H4n Handy Portable Digital Audio Recorder

    We are happy to report that we're now an authorized dealer for Samson Technologies products, including Zoom and Samson. Zoom products include the very popular H4n, H2n and H1 Handy Digital Audio Recorders. Many of our videographer customers using high-definition video-enabled digital SLRs have requested these products. We have now gone through the authorization process and have these Zoom products in stock!

    We have very competitive prices on the Zoom H4n, H2n and H1, and, in addition, right now through June 30, 2012 there is a $20 mail-in rebate on the H2n and a $30 mail-in rebate on the H4n. The mail-in rebate form for these products can be found here.

    These Zoom products are now available in our store and to order from our website with the following current pricing:

    We are also a dealer of Sescom audio cables for interfacing digital audio recorders like the Zoom H4n to HD video-enabled digital cameras, like the Sescom LN2MIC-ZMH4-MON cable. If you are interested in a package like the Zoom H4n and the Sescom LN2MIC-ZMH4-MON together, please contact us for a package deal.

  • Sony Introduces SLT-A37 Digital SLR, NEX-F3 Mirrorless Camera, and Two New Lenses

    Sony Introduces Speedy α37 Camera with Full-time Continuous AF Powered by Translucent Mirror Technology

    Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital SLR Camera

    New Model Features High-Quality 16.1MP APS-C Image Sensor, up to 7 fps Shooting, High- Resolution Electronic Viewfinder and more

    SAN DIEGO, May 16, 2012 – Lightweight, easy to use and packed with a variety of useful features, the new Sony SLT-A37 camera is an ideal choice for consumers eager to explore the world of interchangeable lens DSLR photography.

    The new Sony α37 digital SLR camera is the latest to feature Sony’s acclaimed Translucent Mirror Technology, which delivers a potent combination of fast shooting, non-stop phase detection autofocus and continuous live image preview during still and full HD video (60i/24p) shooting.  This innovative technology also allows the new Sony α37 camera to grab split-second action with a burst of sharply focused images.  Shots can be captured at up to seven frames per second in Tele-Zoom High Speed Shooting Mode, where the central portion of the sensor’s image is magnified by approximately 1.4x.

    The Sony a37 camera has a precision 3-cross 15-point AF system with tracking autofocus that keeps faces and fast-moving subjects in sharp focus.  From action-packed sports to spontaneous family portraits, it will ensure that all the drama and beauty of that special moment is captured.

    “Delivering lightning-fast shooting speeds and autofocus plus advanced full HD video capture, our innovative Translucent Mirror Technology continues to serve as the backbone of our A-mount line of cameras,” said Mike Kahn, director of the Alpha business at Sony.  “Featuring this unique technology plus a host of exciting new features and an attractive price tag, our new α37 camera brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘entry level DSLR’.”

    Framing and focusing is easy with the Sony a37 camera’s high-resolution Tru-Finder™ electronic viewfinder.  With a high 1440k dot resolution, excellent contrast and 100% field of view, it matches or exceeds the abilities of many optical viewfinders.  Adjustments to exposure and other creative picture settings can be previewed in real time, either via the Tru-Finder™ EVF or the tilt-angle 6.7 cm (2.7") Clear Photo™ LCD screen, making it easy to create shots with a customized, professional finish.

    Additionally, the Sony α37 camera helps inexperienced photographers create top-quality portraits with ease.  The new Auto Portrait Framing mode identifies the subject’s position in a composed image and follows the “rule of thirds” to trim the scene and create a beautifully framed portrait.  The cropped photo is then boosted to full resolution using Sony’s unique By Pixel Super Resolution technology, which uses pattern matching to maintain superb image detail, tones and textures in the photo.   Both the original and cropped image files are saved for review.

    By Pixel Super Resolution Technology is also used for the “Clear Image Zoom” feature, which digitally doubles the effective magnification of any lens attached to the camera. Ideal for travel and everyday shooting, it’s a great way to boost maximum focal length without carrying extra hardware.

    The 16.1 effective megapixel Exmor® APS HD CMOS sensor inside the Sony α37 camera captures finely detailed, low noise stills and Full HD video. It’s teamed with the latest BIONZ® image processor that extends sensitivity to an ISO 100-16000 range, broadening options for low-light shooting without flash.  Shared with all α A-mount cameras, SteadyShot INSIDE™ stabilization cuts the effects of camera shake by up to 4.0 stops for clearer handheld images with any A-mount lens.

    The new Sony α37 camera also features Superior Auto Mode, which intelligently recognizes a wide range of scenes and subjects and adjusts settings automatically.

    The new Sony α37 digital camera will be available this June with an 18-55mm kit zoom lens (model SEL1855) for about $600.

    Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital SLR Camera Front

    Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital SLR Camera RearSony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital SLR Camera Lens Mount

    Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital SLR Camera Top

    Sony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital SLR Camera Left SideSony Alpha SLT-A37 Digital SLR Camera Right Side

    New Sony A-Mount 18-135mm Telephoto Zoom Lens (SAL18135)

    Sony SAL18135 A-Mount 18-135mm Lens

    A versatile match for the Sony α37 and other Sony A-mount camera bodies, the new SAL18135 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 telephoto zoom lens offers a generous 8x (approx.) zoom range in a compact, go-anywhere lens that’s great for travel, street photography and everyday shooting.  The lens features a SAM design that assures smooth, rapid, whisper-quiet autofocus operation and Direct Manual Focus for accurate fine-tuning of focus.  This sharp telephoto zoom lens will also be offered as a kit lens with the Sony α37 and other Sony A-mount camera bodies.

    The new Sony SAL18135 telephoto zoom lens will be available as a stand-alone product this July for about $500, and will be offered as a kit lens with other Sony A-mount cameras beginning this August.

    Sony’s New α (Alpha) NEX-F3 Camera Packs DSLR-Size Sensor and Advanced Feature Set into Small, Stylish Body

    Sony NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera

    Lightweight Model Features 16.1 Megapixel APS-C Sensor, 180° Tiltable LCD, Built-in Flash, Auto Portrait Framing and more

    SAN DIEGO, May 16, 2012 – Sony’s α NEX-F3 digital camera delivers professional quality photos with a compact, pocket-sized body, allowing consumers to explore the creative world of high-quality, interchangeable lens photography in a refreshingly fun and entertaining way.

    The new Sony NEX-F3 camera features the same space-saving mirrorless design as other models in Sony’s E-mount family as well as an advanced, 16.1 effective megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor, identical in size to sensors found in traditional DSLR cameras.   The large sensor of the Sony NEX-F3 takes in more light during image capture, resulting in flawless, low-noise photographs and crisply detailed Full HD videos (60i/24p).  Photographers can also easily create images with beautiful defocus effects, where the subject is focused sharply against a smoothly blurred background.

    “Sony continues to redefine digital photography with our E-mount series, packing a large APS-C size sensor into a small, lightweight camera body to produce professional-quality images with ease,” said Mike Kahn, director of the Alpha business at Sony.  “Featuring a diverse set of imaging technologies and offered at a great price, the new Sony NEX-F3 model reinforces our commitment to this rapidly growing compact system camera market."

    The Sony NEX-F3 camera adds a whole new perspective to self-portraits with a 180° Tiltable LCD screen, a first for Sony’s E-mount camera line.  By simply holding the camera at arm’s length and flipping the LCD screen vertically, users can adjust the on-screen preview image and properly frame photos.

    Additionally, the new model features a useful built-in flash to broaden shooting options indoors or in low light situations.  Already introduced on Sony’s acclaimed NEX-7 camera, this pop-up flash handily brightens portraits and other shots without the need to carry an additional flash accessory.

    The new Sony NEX-F3 camera also includes the new Auto Portrait Framing feature for creating top-quality portraits quickly and easily.   This innovative feature identifies a subject’s position in a composed image, and follows the “rule of thirds” to trim the scene appropriately around the subject’s face, creating a beautifully composed portrait.  The cropped portrait is then boosted to full resolution using Sony’s unique By Pixel Super Resolution technology, which uses pattern matching to maintain superb image detail, tones and textures in the photo.   Both the original and cropped image files are saved for review.

    By Pixel Super Resolution Technology is also used for the “Clear Image Zoom” feature, which digitally doubles the effective magnification of any lens attached to the camera. Ideal for travel and everyday shooting, it’s a great way to boost maximum focal length without carrying extra hardware.

    Other convenient essentials added to the new Sony NEX-F3 camera include the Superior Auto mode,  which intelligently recognizes a wide range of scenes and subjects and adjusts settings automatically. Battery stamina has been boosted to an industry-leading 470 shots (approx.) on a single charge – an approximate 18% improvement over its predecessor, the NEX-C3 model.

    The camera is compatible with the FDA-EV1S viewfinder accessory (sold separately), which offers a high-contrast, high-resolution OLED viewfinder display and a wide viewing angle.  The Sony NEX-F3 model also features a high-quality, premium-feel grip for more comfortable handling and can be charged via either USB or a standard AC outlet.

    The new NEX-F3 compact digital camera will be available this June in silver, black and white with an 18-55mm kit zoom lens (model SEL1855) for about $600.

    Sony Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera Front

    Sony Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera Back

    Sony Alpha NEX-F3 Mirrorless Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera Lifestyle

    New Lightweight 18-200mm Telephoto Zoom Lens for Sony α (Alpha) NEX (SEL18200LE)

    Sony SEL18200LE 18-200mm E-Mount Lens

    An ideal travel partner for the Sony NEX-F3 camera, the new Sony SEL18200LE E-mount 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS LE telezoom lens offers a powerful 11x zoom range and superb resolution in an easy-to-carry package.  Smaller and 12% lighter than the SEL18200 lens, the new E-mount model features Optical SteadyShot to compensate for the effects of hand-shake.  It also features Direct Manual Focus to give users precise control over focus settings, resulting in crisp, beautiful images.

    The new SEL18200LE telezoom lens will be available this July in black for about $850.

  • Leica Announces 5 New Products

    On May 10, 2012 Leica introduced 5 new products: The M Monochrom, X2, APO-Summicron-M 50mm/f2 ASPH lens, S-Adapter H, and the V-LUX 40. Scroll down for detailed information regarding each of these products, including pricing and availability.

    Leica M Monochrom Black and White Digital Rangefinder

    Leica M Monochrom Black and White Digital Camera Front

    With the M Monochrom, Leica introduces the worlds first full-frame black and white digital camera. Featuring a black and white sensor, the camera produces images in a sharpness and brilliance never before attained and barely distinguishable from other M cameras with the model name discretely engraved on the hot shoe.

    Key Features of the Leica M Monochrom:

    • Newly developed monochrome CCD sensor with a native resolution of 18 million pixels
    • 100% sharper imaging thanks to direct processing of raw data with no interpolation
    • Extremely low, fine-grain image noise up to ISO 10,000
    • Raw data histogram and parameter clipping warning
    • Various tones programmable
    • Top cover and bottom plate in black chrome finish
    • New leatherette body covering
    • All-cowhide carrying strap
    • Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 software supplied in addition to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
    • Exclusive access to the Leica Monochrom Print Service in cooperation with Whitewall
    • Original fiber barite print of a Magnum photo from the Leica M Monochrom campaign by J.A. Sobol supplied

    Newly developed monochrome CCD sensor with a native resolution of 18 Million Pixel.
    With its full, native resolution of 18 megapixels, the Leica M Monochrom delivers 100 % sharper images than with color sensors. The fact that its sensor does not "see" color means real brightness values are available for each individual pixel. That is to say, the sensor of the M Monochrom produces a "genuine" black-and-white image directly. In combination with the brilliant imaging performance of Leica lenses and the perfect matching of the sensor to the M system, this creates pictures of outstanding sharpness and natural brilliance, with no need to sharpen the image in post-processing. The result is incomparable picture quality, such as would normally only be expected of a medium-format camera. The impressively low noise level of the monochrome CCD sensor delivers an extremely fine-grained image, which is not perceived as disturbing even at the highest ISO settings.

    The Leica M Monochrom will retail for $7950, and Leica estimates it will be available August 2012.

    Leica M Monochrom Black and White Digital Camera

    Leica M Monochrom Black and White Digital Camera Top

    Leica M Monochrom Black and White Digital Camera Back

    Leica M Monochrom Black and White Digital Camera Left

    Leica M Monochrom Black and White Digital Camera Right

    Leica X2 Compact Digital Camera

    Leica X2 Compact Digital Camera in Black and Silver

    The Leica X2 is Leica's latest development of the popular, high-end compact X system and features the latest sensor technology in combination with a fast 35mm Leica Elmarit lens.

    Key Features of the Leica X2:

    • Newly developed APS-C CMOS Sensor with an effective resolution of 16.1 MP
    • Leica Elmarit 1;2.8/24 mm ASPH (35 mm equivalent: 35 mm)
    • Simple operation and manual adjustment possibilities
    • High quality materials
    • Connection for high resolution electronic viewfinder for new photographic perspectives
    • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, the comprehensive solution for modern digital photography
    • Made in Germany

    New developed APS-C CMOS Sensor with an effective Resolution of 16.1 Mega-Pixel
    The CMOS image sensor of the Leica X2 in APS-C format is unusually large for such a compact camera. The result: extremely low image noise, high dynamic range, and accurate color differentiation. The combination of an exceedingly large sensor and high-performance lens sets new standards in image quality in the compact camera category. And this is where the Leica X2 shows its true greatness.

    Classic Focal Length: Leica Elmarit 1:2.8/24 mm ASPH (35mm equivalent)
    Countless iconic images in the history or photography were shot with a focal length of 35 mm – the classic lens for photojournalism. The Leica Elmarit 24 mm/f2.8 ASPH lens is equivalent to this famous focal length in 35 mm film format, with its superb optical performance opens up a broad vista of potential uses.

    Precise Auto Focus
    The Leica X2’S fast, new autofocus feature enables extremely precise and virtually silent focusing. Perfect for situations where spontaneous reactions are essential to capture the right moment. It adapts flexibly to the situation in hand, for example, with a choice AF focusing segments or face recognition. This allows the photographer to concentrate exclusively on their subject.

    Key Differences between the Leica X2 and Leica X1

    • Newly developed sensor which provides high image quality especially at low light and optimized auto focus speed.
    • Connection for high resolution electronic viewfinder.
    • New touch and feel of the operating elements, new leather trim and surfaces.
    • New pop-up flash with latch trip.
    • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, latest version.

    The Leica X2 will retail for $1995 and will be available in both black and silver, and Leica estimates it will be available at the end of May 2012.

    The Leica X2 electronic viewfinder will retail for $529.

    Leica X2 Compact Digital Camera Front

    Leica X2 Compact Digital Camera Back

    Leica X2 Compact Digital Camera Left

    Leica X2 Compact Digital Camera Right

    Leica X2 Compact Digital Camera Top

    Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH Lens

    Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm/f2 ASPH Lens

    With the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens, Leica engineers have pushed the boundaries of what is technically feasible to set a new benchmark in imaging. The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH was designed like all Leica lenses with the aim of maximizing both contrast and detail even at full aperture. That aim is met in an incomparable manner. The latest milestone in the history of the M-system delivers previously unattained performance levels in terms of all technical parameters. The MTF curves, which describe the sharpness of the image, remain all the way to the edges, even with the aperture open, over 50% contrast. This level of performance has never been achieved previously and demonstrates the exceptional quality of the lens. This allows extremely sharp imaging in all scenarios, with optimal definition right into the corners, even for close-ups.

    This lens has an apochromatic correction feature which is a highly complex and sophisticated method of color error correction. It minimizes color fringing at sharp edges, so ensuring that all details are naturally depicted. This is achieved, among other means, by skilfully integrating glasses with anomalous partial dispersion into the lens design. All these qualities allow photographers to get the best possible image quality, especially for large prints.

    The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH particularly in combination with high-resolution cameras such as the new Leica M Monochrom will offer photographers the opportunity to produce fine-art photography of a quality never before attained.

    Key Features of the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH Lens:

    • High speed standard lens delivering outstanding imaging performance
    • Supremely soft rendering of blurred image areas (Bokeh)
    • Integrated lens hood, extendable by rotating
    • Product package includes milled brass lens front cap
    • Exclusive presentation packaging box

    The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens will retail for $7195, and Leica estimates it will be available August 2012.

    Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm/f2 ASPH Lens Top

    Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm/f2 ASPH Lens Front

    Leica S-Adapter H

    Leica S-Adapter H

    The Leica S-Adapter H allows Leica S2 customers to use Hasselblad H-System lenses with the S2 or S2-P. This adapter allows the following functions:

    • Autofocus and manual focusing with focus indication
    • Automatic diaphragm
    • Central shutter upto 1/750s

    The Leica S-Adapter H will allow Hasselblad lenses to have an extended scope of application with the S-camera due to the integrated focal plane shutter of the camera body. This will allow the photographer to shoot with the Hasselblad lenses, as well as, with central shutter or without central shutter by using upto 1/4000s with the focal plane shutter of the camera.

    The Leica S-Adapter H supports the following H-system lenses:

    • HCD 4 / 28 mm
    • HC 3.5 / 35 mm
    • HC 3.5 / 50 mm II
    • HC 2.8 / 80 mm
    • HC 2.2 / 100 mm
    • HC macro 4 / 120 mm II
    • HC 3.2 / 150 mm
    • HC 4 / 210 mm
    • HC 4.5 / 300 mm
    • HCD 4-5.6 / 35 – 90 mm
    • HC 3.5-4.5 / 50 – 110 mm

    The Leica S-Adapter H does not support the following components: HTS 1.5 Tilt/Shiftconverter, Converter H 1.7x, Extension tubes H13, H26 and H52 and H-System CF-Adapter.

    The Leica S-Adapter H will retail for $1950, and Leica estimates it will be available at the end of May 2012.

    Leica S-Adapter H mounted on S2 with Hasselblad Lens

    Leica V-LUX 40 Compact Digital Camera

    Leica V-LUX 40 Compact Digital Camera

    Leica is pleased to introduce the 14.1 MP Leica V-LUX 40 to their fine range of compact digital cameras. Boasting a high-performance 20X super-zoom lens with focal
    length range of 24 to 480 mm, the Leica V-LUX 40 is ideal for almost any photographic situation.

    Key Features of the Leica V-LUX 40:

    • Leica DC-Vario-Elmar 4.3 – 86 mm / f 3.3 – 6.4 ASPH ( 24 – 480 mm equivalent) zoom lens
    • Newly developed 14.1 MP 1 / 2.23“ CMOS sensor
    • Simple and intuitive handling, plus manual setting options for more ambitious users
    • Fast burst shooting and 3-D photo feature
    • 3“ touch screen display with a resolution of 460, 000 pixels
    • 1080 p-AVCHD full HD video and internet friendly MP4 storage format
    • GPS module for the registration of geographical data for the location of every shot including detailed maps on separate DVD
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Premiere Elements 10 – the software package for image and video processing, archiving and display.

    Leica DC-Vario Elmar 4.3 – 86 mm / 3.3 – 6.4 ASPH (24 – 480 mm equivalent) Lens
    The new Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens with an enormous focal length of 24 mm super wide angle to 480 mm super tele zoom for photo and video, the V-LUX 40 is prepared for nearly all photographic situations. High precision aspherical elements and an optical image stablizer are incorporated to guarantee outstanding imaging performance.

    Newly developed CMOS Image Sensor with an effective resolution of 14.1 MP
    The new 1 / 2.33“ CMOS image sensor in the Leica V-LUX 40 captures 15.3 megapixels (14.1 MP effective) to ensure excellent picture quality. It enables a higher dynamic range as well as particularly noise-free images at sensitivities up to ISO 3200. In comparison with its predecessor, the Leica V-LUX 40 now offers significantly improved image quality, even in low light conditions. In addition to this, its autofocus speed of 0.1 seconds allows even faster focusing on moving subjects.

    Videos in full HD-quality
    Full-HD videos capturedby the V-LUX 40 impress with their perfect rendition of the finest details, even with fast-moving subjects. This is made possible by recording in AVCHD format at 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and 50 full frames per second. Another new feature is that videos can now be saved in Internet-friendly MP4 format and be uploaded directly to social media or mobile devices, for example, without any need for conversion. Outstanding audio quality is ensured by an integrated stereo microphone with a built-in wind-noise filter.

    Key differences between the V-LUX 40 and the V-LUX 30

    • Newly developed lens – wider zoom range from 24 mm – 480 mm (20x)
    • Newly developed CMOS sensor – Better picture quality even in low light condition
    • Increased AF speed with 0.1 seconds
    • Videos in 1080P (progressive) format for improved video quality and internet friendly MP4 storage format
    • GPS including separate DVD with detailed maps
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Premiere Elements 10

    The Leica V-LUX 40 will retail for $699, and Leica estimates it will be available May 2012.

    Leica V-LUX 40 Compact Digital Camera

    Leica V-LUX 40 Compact Digital Camera Top

    Leica V-LUX 40 Compact Digital Camera Back

    Leica V-LUX 40 Compact Digital Camera Left

    Leica V-LUX 40 Compact Digital Camera Right

  • Think Tank Photo to Release Airport 4-Sight: First Four-Wheel Rolling Camera Bag

    Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight Four Wheeled Rolling Camera Bag

    Airport 4-Sight Four Wheeled Rolling Camera Bag

    Santa Rosa, Calif. –  Think Tank Photo announces that in May it will release the photography industry’s first four-wheeled rolling camera bag, the Airport 4-Sight.  The Airport 4-Sight meets international airline carry-on standards. The roller’s weight has been reduced dramatically through innovative design and by a strict focus on the features that photographers find most beneficial.

    With professional photography gear not getting any lighter, Think Tank set out to design a more ergonomic roller to reduce fatigue and strain on traveling photographers.  Walking a four-wheeler alongside one’s self is easier than pulling it behind or carrying it over a shoulder. Putting the bags weight on four-wheels eliminates arm strain and makes rolling effortless.

    Four-wheelers are superior on many smooth surfaces. On thick carpet, the Airport 4-Sight leans over to perform as a traditional two-wheel roller. It has the added benefit of rolling sideways on two wheels to easily navigate tight spaces, such as airline aisles.

    Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight Features:

    • High capacity.  Holds Pro DSLRs with four to five lenses.
    • Integrated removable Think Tank Cable Management organizer.
    • Side hinged lid opens bag completely for quick and unencumbered access to gear.
    • Two-position locking handle for comfort and ergonomics.
    • Zippered top pocket for boarding pass.
    • Lockable zipper sliders on main compartment.
    • Reinforced bottom panel for increased durability.
    • User replaceable handle and wheels.
    • Seam sealed rain cover included.
    • YKK RC-fused™ zippers.

    “The Airport 4-Sight is in a class by itself,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s co-founder and lead designer.  “It appeals to frequent flyers or anyone who seeks ease in transporting gear. Smart design features like reduced overall weight and increased maneuverability, ergonomics and capacity make this rolling camera bag a breakthrough in the industry.”

    Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight Specifications

    Internal Dimensions: 12.3” W x 16” H x 5–6.7” D (31.2 x 40.6 x 12.7–17 cm)

    External Dimensions: 14” W x 19.5” H x 8” D (35.6 x 49.5 x 20.3 cm)

    Weight: 7–8.9 lbs (3.2–4 kg)

    Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight Four Wheeled Rolling Camera Bag in use with Canon Gear

    4-Sight Shown in use with Canon Gear

    Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight Four Wheeled Rolling Camera Bag in use with Nikon Gear

    4-Sight Shown in use with Nikon Gear

    Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight Four Wheeled Rolling Camera Bag Feature Shot

    Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight Four Wheeled Rolling Camera Bag Feature Shot

    Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight Four Wheeled Rolling Camera Bag Feature Shot

  • Think Tank Photo Announces Retrospective 7 Shoulder Camera Bag

    Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7

    Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 in new Slate Blue color

    In May, Think Tank Photo will release a new Retrospective® 7 shoulder camera bag in three color options.  Designed for standard DSLR systems, its classic design along with modern improvements create the perfect shooter’s bag.  This lightweight shoulder bag comes in fabrics that offer a sense of “retro” style that appeals to many. A rear pocket has been designed to hold an iPad or an 11” MacBook Air.

    Ergonomically designed to conform to the body, the bags are comfortable to walk with, provide quick access, and are inconspicuous to avoid unwanted attention. With broad appeal, the Retrospective series has quickly become one of the leading bag collections in the industry.

    “Working pros to vacationers all will find the Retrospective 7 to be the most useful and functional bag for a day’s outing,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s co-founder and lead designer.  “It combines the broad appeal of the Retrospective design with the perfect size for carrying camera gear and your laptop or iPad.”

    Along with the current fabric option of black polyspun or Pinestone canvas, Think Tank is introducing a new canvas color to the Retrospective line:  Slate Blue.

    Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 Features

    • iPad/MacBook pocket
    • Cushioned and padded nonslip shoulder strap for all day comfort.
    • Sound Silencers™ to turn off the front flap hook and loop for silent operation.
    • Organizational and zippered pockets for accessories.
    • Removable divider set for custom layouts.
    • Convenient carrying handle for grab and go.
    • Seam sealed rain cover.
    • Expandable front pocket for DSLR body or accessories.
    • Business card slot under the front flap for identification.
    • High quality YKK zippers.

    Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 with iPad

    Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 main compartment

    Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 rain cover

  • Nikon Announces D3200 Digital SLR Camera, WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter and AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens

    We are pleased to report that Nikon has just announced three new imaging products. A new Nikon D3200 DX-format Digital SLR Camera, WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter for the Nikon D3200, and a new AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G lens that is compatible with FX-format cameras.

    Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera

    Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera

    The Nikon D3200 is engineered to provide an impressive 24.2 effective megapixels, and captures sharp images - even in low-light. With Full HD 1080p at 30/24p video capture including stereo sound and powered by the new EXPEED 3 image processor, the same powering as the acclaimed Nikon D4, the Nikon D3200 offers enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy superior image quality and high quality HD video at entry level pricing.

    The Nikon D3200 will start selling with a retail price of $699.95. It will also be available in both black and red colors. The Nikon D3200 is available for purchase from our website here.

    Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter

    Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter

    Everyone wants to share their images. Simply download a new sharing app, purchase an innovative new accessory called the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter and have images transferred wirelessly directly to your smart phone from the Nikon D3200! Additionally, let your Smartphone take control of the new Nikon D3200! Live View on the Nikon D3200 shows up wirelessly on your Smartphone LCD - you can even fire the camera from your Smartphone, creating unique picture taking possibilities. This hot new accessory will allow you to take, share and control photographs with greater ease.

    The Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter will start selling with a retail price of $59.95. It will be available in late May.

    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens

    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens

    The AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G is ideal for shooting stills or recording HD video in low-light situations as well as for travel, landscapes and general photography. This FX-format wide-angle lens includes Nikon's Nano Crystal Coat (N) that virtually eliminates ghost and flare and its Silent Wave Motor delivers ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocus operation. On a DX-format camera, this lens has the effective field-of-view of a 42mm lens.

    The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens will start selling with a retail price of $699.95. It will be available in late May. The  Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens is available from our website here.

  • Contour Camera and Think Tank Photo Bag Giveaway!

    Contour Camera Giveaway!

    Click this image to be redirected to Facebook to sign up for a chance to win!

    We're giving away some great prizes on Facebook, and it's happening now through April 30, 2012. We're giving away a ContourGPS 1080p HD point-of-view (POV) digital camera, valued at $300! We're also giving away an awesome Think Tank Photo Retrospective 5 shoulder camera bag that's valued at $138, and a $50 Gift Card to our store.

    Here's how the giveaway works. Click on this link. If you don't already like us on Facebook, click on the "Like" button at the top of the screen. Fill out the sign up sheet, and you'll now be entered to win the Think Tank Photo bag and $50 Gift Card. You'll also now be given a unique link. Share this link with all of your friends! The link will keep track of anyone that signs up for the giveaway using your referral. Once you get 5 people to sign up for the giveaway, you'll now unlock the chance to win the ContourGPS 1080p HD digital camera!

    What is a ContourGPS?

    Glad you asked.

    The ContourGPS captures beautiful 1080p video in a small, lightweight form factor. It is compatible with a host of accessories, allowing you to attach the ContourGPS to goggles, headbands, helmets, bike handlebars, surfboards, and host of other things. It utilizes a 135° wide-angle rotating lens that delivers a true high quality image that captures all the action with minimal distortion and fish-eye. It records Full HD in all its glory.

    The ContourGPS goes above and beyond other point-of-view camera systems. Whether retracing your laps at the ski hill, checking your speed on a DH run or logging the gain on a road ride, the tracking capability of the ContourGPS adds speed, location and elevation to the picture. The ContourGPS is set up with a GPS receiver that auto-maps the three essentials - location, speed and elevation - at up to two times per second to create a continuous track of coordinates. After the fact, the GPS track synchronizes with your footage to provide a second-by-second replay via Google Maps of the run you ripped, the route you rallied or the ride you crushed.

    Here's a video showcasing the camera in action:

    http://contour.com/stories/131183/embed?map=true

  • New Think Tank Photo SD Memory Card, Battery, and Gel Holder Accessories Announced

    Think Tank Photo Logo

    Think Tank Photo is one of the most popular bag lines we carry. A combination of thoughtful design, use of quality products, and detailed construction make Think Tank Photo bags a winning camera bag line, especially for professional photographers. We are pleased to report Think Tank Photo has recently announced new accessory holders for SD memory cards, batteries and flash gels. We are also excited for new Think Tank Photo products in the pipeline, so check back here to learn more about upcoming product announcements.

    Think Tank Photo DSLR Battery Holders

    The number one sin in photography is running out of power.  To help prevent that from happening, in May Think Tank Photo will release the DSLR Battery Holder 2 and the DSLR Battery Holder 4. These slim, collapsible, compact designs secure two or four standard size camera batteries.

    • Compact carrier for two or four standard DSLR batteries.
    • Compress flat when not in use, easily stored.
    • Hook and loop closure with top fold design.
    Think Tank Photo DSLR Battery Holder 2

    DSLR Battery Holder 2

    Think Tank Photo DSLR Battery Holder 4

    DSLR Battery Holder 4

    Think Tank Photo SD Pixel Pocket Rocket

    In May, with the release of the Think Tank Photo SD Pixel Pocket Rocket, you will be able to keep your most important photography storage device, your SD cards, secure and organized. The SD Pixel Pocket Rocket keeps those very small but invaluable SD cards safely stored in one place. No more lost SD cards, and no more found SD cards in the bottom of the washing machine.

    Additionally, it can be tethered to bags, clothing, briefcases, and backpacks for additional security.

    • Compact carrier for nine SD cards.
    • Clear pockets make identification easy.
    • Folds flat when not in use, easily stored.
    • Business card slot.
    • Hook and loop closure with fold-up design.
    • Tether with clips to for security attachment.
    Think Tank Photo SD Pixel Pocket Rocket

    SD Pixel Pocket Rocket

    Think Tank Photo Strobe Gel Wallet

    For all the Strobists out there, in May Think Tank Photo will release the Strobe Gel Wallet. This wallet stores photography gels in a neat and organized manner and keeps them protected.

    The wallet minimizes clutter by folding up and stashing away in photographer bags, cases, or backpacks.  The five pockets have a large capacity.  This enhances the ability to store and locate gels easily instead of having them mound into one big stack.

    • Compact five-pocket carrier for Rosco Strobist™ filters.
    • Clear pockets for gels make identification easy.
    • Folds flat when not in use.
    • Business card slot.
    • Can be tethered to any Think Tank product, clothing, or belt.
    • Hook and loop closure with fold-up design.
    • Includes tether with clips for security attachment.
    Think Tank Photo Strobe Gel Wallet

    Strobe Gel Wallet

     

     

  • Launching A Digital Revolution: The Digital Bolex D16 Cinema Camera

    Did you catch this one? The announcement of the Digital Bolex D16 went under our radar. I think we've been so busy listing old Bolex cameras on our used camera site that we completely missed the release of this new digital Bolex. If you haven't seen it already, here's the press release:

    Digital Bolex D16 Cinema Camera

    SXSW Film Festival and Technology Trade Show, Austin, March 11, 2012
    Bolex International has leveled the digital cinema playing field with the announcement of the Bolex D16, the first digital camera from the 200 year-old Swiss company whose 16mm and 8mm cameras dominated the international consumer marketplace from the 40’s to the 70’s.

    The D16 is an interchangeable-lens digital cinema camera that features a Kodak CCD sensor and produces images with a frame size equivalent to Super 16mm. The D16 remarkably captures the look and feel of film at a price that finally makes digital cinema available to filmmakers on any budget. The D16 shoots RAW image sequences at true 2K (2048x1152), without the rolling shutter or line scan effects found with CMOS sensors. The camera’s large pixel size contributes to better light reception without any need to artificially boost the signal.

    Adaptability and Compatibility
    The D16 comes standard with a C-mount Lens mount, but lens mounts in PL, B4, and EF will also be available and are easily interchanged. The camera has two flash mounts so a monitor and a microphone can be mounted at the same time, an adjustable 2.4” angle display with focus assist, and, in Bolex fashion, a stylish pistol grip that allows for exceptionally steady hand-held shots.

    Under The Hood
    Like the classic Bolex cameras, the D16 has a carbonized steel frame that gives it a rigid body and unmatched durability. To Bolex, affordable means “high quality” and “digital film” means shooting frames per second. The D16 will offer Adobe’s Cinema DNG format along with other image sequence file types, to ensure the highest quality footage without the pitfalls of video compression. With an internal buss of over 200 Mbps and a 256Gig internal buffer drive, this camera churns through RAW footage like butter. Dual CF card slots make sure that data storage is relatively cheap and readily available. Power is supplied by internal battery, but with a built-in 4-pin XLR port, the D16 can also be powered by a traditional battery belt for long shoot days.

    Shoot to Thrill
    With a sleek body design, functional pistol grip, and Bolex’s iconic crank, the D16 is fun to use and has character to spare. The crank can be programed to adjust just about anything in the menu, from volume to focus to fps. This feature and the start/stop trigger on the pistol grip makes for a shooting experience that’s unique to the Bolex brand.

    Pricing and More Information
    The estimated retail price for the D16 and its accessories is $3299.
    To learn more about the Bolex D16, visit: www digitalbolex com

    Digital Bolex D16 in Action

  • Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta Now Available for Download

    Adobe Photoshop LogoInterested in testing the latest (and, hopefully, greatest yet)? The Beta version of Adobe Photoshop CS6 is now available for download. There is no serial number required to run the Beta version of Photoshop. In the welcome screen of installation, just select that you want to "Try" the software. The Beta version of this Photoshop includes all of the features of both Photoshop CS6 and CS6 Extended, which includes 3D image editing and quantitative image analysis. An Adobe ID, which is free from registering at Adobe's website, is required at the time of installation or within 7 days. Adobe notes this is Beta software and may be prone to issues, and users run the software at their own risk.

    For some of the new features of Photoshop CS6, check out this video:

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