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  • Leica Hints at the Release of a new "Mini M" Camera

    Leica Hints at Mini M Camera

    Today, Leica updated their Facebook Cover Photo with the above image. As the photo indicates, Leica will be unveiling a new "Mini M" digital camera on the 11th of June. The placement of the "Mini M" sandwiched between the Leica M and the Leica X2 (what Leica is referring to as the "Micro M") suggests the camera will include features and a price-point that are in the middle of the Leica M and Leica X2.

    This announcement conjures up memories of the Leica CL. The CL was Leica's smallest and lightest rangefinder camera. The CL featured a M bayonet lens mount, so M-mount lenses were accepted.

    Will the new "Mini M" be a full-frame version of the X2 with a fixed-mount lens? Or, will it be something more, like the CL--accepting interchangeable M-mount lenses? I guess only time will tell, but it won't be too long as June 11th is less than 3 weeks away!

    You can sign up to be notified of the Leica "Mini M" unveiling on June 11th here.

     

  • Nikon Announces 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 Lens

    Nikon 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 Lens

    The Newest Addition to the Nikon 1 System, the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 Lens, Offers Superior Resolution and Incredible Depth of Field to Nikon 1 Shooters

    MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the newest addition to the acclaimed Nikon 1 system, the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 lens, a fast medium-telephoto offering for photographers who appreciate the speed and portability of the Nikon 1 System. With a fixed focal length of 32mm and a maximum aperture of f/1.2, the new 32mm lens is the fastest in the ever expanding 1 NIKKOR lens lineup. An ideal lens for portraiture, the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 lens is capable of rendering breathtaking images that capture every detail.

    The 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 lens (86mm equivalent in 35mm format) enables brilliant sharpness and is able to resolve intricate details in portraits such as hair, eyes and eyelashes, while also allowing for strategically precise image blur and bokeh. From flattering portraits to still-life art, this fast lens gives users the ability to emphasize a primary subject combined with a skillfully blurred background for a dramatic yet natural separation, and shoot with confidence in challenging light.

    Additionally, core NIKKOR lens technologies have been carried over into the 1 NIKKOR series, as the 32mm f/1.2 is the first 1 NIKKOR lens to be equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM), a manual focus ring and a Nano Crystal Coat -- all traditional staples of the NIKKOR line. Utilizing the Close-Range Correction System, the lens is able to provide high-resolution, realistic textures and minimized aberration, even during close-up shooting. The M/A (autofocus with manual override) mode lets the user to manually focus during autofocus operation for intuitive and fine adjustments while shooting. Additionally, the lens sports an elegant and portable design while Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces instances of ghost and flare for optimal image quality.

    With the addition of the new 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 lens, the 1 NIKKOR lens lineup now offers nine total lenses for photographers seeking the ideal harmony of performance and portability.

    Nikon will continue to expand the 1 NIKKOR lineup with lenses that make the most of the capabilities and performance offered by Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses, while consistently offering new ways for users to express their creative vision.

    Price and Availability

    The 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 lens will be available in Black and Silver for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $899.95 in June 2013.

    For more information about the 32mm f/1.2, please read more at our product detail pages here:

    Nikon 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 Lens (Black)
    Nikon 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 Lens (Silver)

  • PocketWizard Demo Day at Green Mountain Camera: Saturday, May 18th

    PocketWizard Demo Day at Green Mountain Camera

    What?

    A representative from LPA Design (the makers of PocketWizard brand products) will be on hand demonstrating and answering questions about the current lineup of PocketWizard products.

    When?

    Saturday, May 18th, approximately 11am - 3pm.

    Where?

    Green Mountain Camera in South Burlington only (this event will not be available at our Waterbury Center store location). The full address of our South Burlington store location can be found  in the Hours & Locations section of our website.

  • Purchase a PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 and get an AC3 FREE by Mail

    PocketWizard FlexTT5 MiiTT1 Free AC3 by Mail Promotion
    Click for rebate form and details.

    Now through July 31st, purchase a PocketWizard FlexTT5 transceiver and MiniTT1 transmitter and qualify to receive an AC3 ZoneController FREE by mail ($79 value).

    Use these links to learn more about the products and to purchase:

    FlexTT5 for Canon
    FlexTT5 for Nikon
    MiniTT1 for Canon
    MiniTT1 for Nikon 

    If you are unfamiliar with PocketWizard's ControlTL system, check out these videos:

    Canon system specific:

    Nikon system specific:

  • Free Lecture on the "Camera Designs of Walter Dorwin Teague" at the Madsonian Museum in Waitsfield, VT

    patent drawing walter dorwin teague camera

    When? July 6, 2012. Lecture starts at 6pm
    Where? Madsonian Museum
    Who? Allison Teague and Ralph London on Walter Dorwin Teague Camera Designs

    Walter Dorwin Teague designed cameras for Kodak and Polaroid between 1928 and 1960.  Ralph London will speak on the importance of these designs, many of which will be on show at the exhibit.  London is a collector from Portland, Oregon, collecting mainly early wood and brass cameras from the 1840's to the early 1900's, plus relevant catalogs and ads.  For many years he edited the Cascade Panorama for the Cascade Photographic Historical Society.  He and Rick Soloway have coauthored several articles about the cameras of Walter Dorwin Teague.  Teague family members will be present.

  • Firmware Upgrade V2.0.X for Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera

    Canon EOS 7D V2.0.X Firmware Upgrade

    Canon announces a new firmware upgrade for the EOS 7D. This firmware upgrade is a major one with significant improvements to several aspects of the 7D's features. Unlike many other firmware updates, Canon is marketing this one, and in a way where this firmware update almost feels like a new camera release. As noted, the improvements are significant, and Canon could have probably released a new camera, so it is nice to see they are upgrading existing cameras with real feature improvements instead. The key features of this firmware update can be found below. For other feature improvements and more information, please visit the Canon EOS 7D Firmware Upgrade website. If you are looking to download the upgrade now, you'll have to wait until early August when Canon makes it available.

    Key Features of Canon EOS 7D V2.0.x Firmware Upgrade

    • High Maximum Continuous Burst RateIt’s capable of shooting up to 130** JPEG Large/Fine and 25** RAW images at 8.0 frames per second, which is up from 126* JPEG Large/Fine and 15* RAW images at 8.0 fps. The remarkable shutter, combined with speedy and sophisticated electronics, ensures instant response and performance. A rapidly occurring scene can be captured moment by moment, second by second, so that even the briefest of opportunities are captured in perfect clarity.

      * Figure based on ISO 100, Standard Picture Style and with UDMA CF memory card.

      ** Figure based on updated firmware, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style and with UDMA 7 CF memory cards. Note: UDMA 7 CF memory card read/write speeds are not fully supported with the EOS 7D Digital SLR camera, if using UDMA 7 memory cards, the read/write speeds will be equivalent to UDMA 6. 

    • Compatibility with Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2Installing Firmware Version 2.0.X makes the EOS 7D compatible with the Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2. The GPS Receiver GP-E2 records location†† information such as longitude, latitude, elevation, and direction as EXIF data. It has a rugged, compact design, connects to the EOS 7D via USB and uses readily available AA batteries.

      † When the EOS 7D is used with the GP-E2 the following restrictions will apply: a) geotagging function will not work for movies while recording; b) geotagging features will not work for movies when using the Map Utility; c) electronic compass information and automatic time setting is not available; d) transmission via the hot shoe is not possible.

      †† In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore, be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.

       
    • Manual Audio Level Adjustment for Video

      For the ultimate in custom audio when recording motion images, this firmware upgrade enables manual control of sound recording levels. The recording level can be manually adjusted to one of 64 levels, for precise, optimized audio. And to prevent mistakes in sound recording, an icon indicating manual sound recording is displayed on the info screen during video shooting.

    • Maximum Limit for ISO Auto

      Firmware Version 2.0.X also delivers customization over ISO Auto settings. When using M, P, TV, AV and B modes, users now have a choice of setting the maximum allowable ISO, up to ISO 6400. With more flexibility to shoot in diverse lighting situations, the EOS 7D will always optimize ISO settings to ensure the best possible exposure is recorded.

  • Schneider Announces 2X Tele Lens for iPro Lens System

    Schneider iPro 2X Tele Lens doubles the focal length of your iPhone camera

    Schneider Optics iPro 2x Tele Lens

    A little while ago we reported on the Schneider iPro Lens System. This system allows you to attach high-quality wide-angle lenses to your iPhone camera. A lot of people thought that was great, but also wondered about telephoto lenses to help get closer to subjects. Schneider Optics heard the demand and has just announced plans to release a 2x Tele Lens that will double the focal length of the iPhone's built-in camera.

    The iPhone has a 30mm (35mm equivalent) focal length lens with the built-in camera. The Schneider iPro 2x Tele Lens doubles that focal length to 60mm (35mm equivalent), and it does so without compromising image quality. This will make the iPhone a much better camera for taking pictures of things like portraits, or allowing you to get a little bit closer to action that is taking place farther away. Right now you can crop your iPhone images to get tighter compositions, but cropping images also reduces the quality of the image by reducing its overall resolution.

    The Schneider iPro 2x Tele Lens (0IP-TC00-00) will retail for $99. Schneider claims there will be new "kits" available soon. We assume that means there will be a wide-angle lens + 2x tele lens kit, etc..

  • Two New Nikon Lenses: AF-S 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED DX VR and AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED FX VR

    Today Nikon introduces two new lenses to their line-up of NIKKOR glass: one for DX (crop sensor) cameras, and the other for FX (full-frame sensor) cameras.

    Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

    AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

    The new Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens from Nikon is their longest reach zoom lens ever with an impressive 16.7x zoom range. This new 18-300mm lens is surprisingly compact for its long zoom range, and is designed for DX format cameras. These "crop sensor" cameras include the D3100, D3200, D5100, D7000, etc.. Like any lens mounted on a DX format camera there is an effective 1.5x multiplication to the focal length giving an equivalent 35mm focal length of 27-450mm. The 18-300mm gives the photographer a great amount of versatility, allowing her to shoot wide-angle to super-telephoto, and without having to change lenses. This new lens features VR II technology to keep images sharp, even when zoomed out to the maximum 300mm setting. In addition, this lens has a close-focusing distance of only 1.48 feet at the 300mm setting, allowing for a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:3.2x.

    The Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR will retail for $1000 and is expected to start shipping in late June.

    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens

    AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR

    The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR is the new standard lens for FX (full-frame) cameras. Full-frame cameras include the D700, D800, D800E, D4, etc.. This new lens will be marketed as an every day, walkabout lens for FX format cameras, especially considering its compact and lightweight design. We wouldn't be surprised if we start seeing full-frame camera kits including this lens. In addition to the VR II technology featured in the 24-85mm, this lens also offers  Auto Tripod detection for specialized VR correction for both still and video shooting. The 24-85mm has a close focusing distance of just 1.25 feet at any focal length. The 24-85mm is compatible with DX format cameras and has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 36-127.5mm.

    The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR will retail for $600 and is expected to start shipping in late June.

  • Canon Announces New Rebel T4i, EF 40mm F/2.8 STM Pancake Lens & EFS 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

    Canon EOS Rebel T4i The Brand New Canon EOS Rebel T4i With Hybrid CMOS Technology

    Today, Canon announced its latest flagship model to the Rebel series. The cameras stat sheet may look very similar to the T3i, but take a closer look at the new technology and you will find an entirely new camera, with some big advancements... Below you will find the official press release from Canon USA:

     

    The New EOS Rebel T4i DSLR Camera Puts the power and creativity of DSLR Stills and Video at your fingertips
    Silent and Continuous Autofocus in Video, The EOS Rebel T4i Lets People Re-Live Magic Moments Through Stunningly Crisp Video and Incredible Stereo Sound

    LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 8, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced a new flagship model in its most popular EOS Rebel line, the Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR Camera. The new EOS Rebel T4i features incredible image quality with an 18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor that helps capture all the action with high-speed continuous shooting of up to five frames per second (fps) and an extended ISO range of 100–12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode) that gives photographers the opportunities to take the EOS Rebel T4i into more shooting situations than ever before.

    The camera includes a revolutionary new autofocus (AF) system to help achieve fast, sharp focus and smooth HD video. The new AF system includes a nine-point all cross-type sensor array, and new Hybrid CMOS AF which achieves fast focus when shooting stills or video in Live View mode. Much to the pleasure of aspiring student filmmakers and parents everywhere, the Rebel T4i features Canon’s new Movie Servo AF providing a quiet, continuous AF during HD video recording when using one of Canon’s newly introduced Stepping Motor (STM) lenses. The silent continuous autofocus when shooting HD video helps ensure the camera only captures the sounds of the scene being recorded. When combined with the camera’s new Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II and intuitive “fingertip” controls, touch-menu and advanced still and video capabilities, the EOS Rebel T4i stands as Canon’s most “consumer-friendly” DSLR to date.

    “Our Rebel line of cameras bridges the gap between the casual photographer and someone looking to advance their photography and capture moments in new and creative ways. The EOS Rebel T4i boasts full HD video with AF and touch-screen navigation, inspiring even more photographers and videographers to explore the creative options made possible with DSLR cameras and lenses,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

    New AF Capabilities

    One of the most significant upgrades to the EOS Rebel T4i is a dramatically upgraded AF system including a nine-point all cross-type AF array, with a high-precision dual-cross f/2.8 point at center. The EOS Rebel T4i is the first Canon camera to feature the new Hybrid CMOS AF system which increases AF speed by reducing the camera’s need to “hunt” for focus. The result is fast continuous AF when shooting photos and movies in Live View. Because the camera’s cross-type AF points have two-dimensional contrast detection, the EOS Rebel T4i provides highly accurate focus regardless of your shot composition and ensures great focus no matter where the subject is located in the frame. The addition of the dual-cross point in the center allows for much faster and precise focusing for photographers using high-speed f/2.8 lenses.

    Using the touch panel, parents can select their child on the LCD screen and the camera will remain focused on that child while they stay in-frame, ensuring sharp focus in crowds and group shots. The new AF system enables Touch Focus for shooting photos and movies in Live View. To make capturing photos even easier, a Touch Shutter function can also be enabled, whereby selecting a subject on the LCD screen, the camera will instantly take a photo, once focus is locked.

    Continuous AF during HD Video Recording

    For the first time in a Canon EOS DSLR, the EOS Rebel T4i includes Canon’s new Movie Servo AF for recording video. When used with Canon’s new EF and EF-S STM lenses, the camera can provide smooth and quiet continuous AF while recording video. This technological breakthrough enables the new EOS Rebel T4i to achieve AF while still retaining a DSLR camera’s signature background blur and image quality, producing stunning videos of parties, events, summer vacations or graduations.

    When shooting video with Canon’s STM lenses, AF also remains silent, helping ensure you only capture the sound of the scene being recorded. The EOS Rebel T4i features a built-in stereo microphone, a first for the Rebel line, that includes an attenuator function to reduce audio distortion in extra loud situations.

    Canon’s First Touch-Screen DSLR

    Another Canon first, the EOS Rebel T4i includes a best-in-class Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II featuring 1.04 million dot resolution for unparalleled, clear viewing. The electro-static touch-panel screen is the most advanced that Canon has released to date with multi-touch capabilities allowing photographers to use familiar gestures such as “pinch-to-zoom” and “swiping” to scroll between pictures. Camera operation has been simplified through this feature allowing for Touch Focus or Touch Shutter controls via the vari-angle touch-screen. The vari-angle touch-screen flips out to the left and rotates 180 degrees forward and 90 degrees backward, making tough above-the-head and low-to-the-ground shots easy, and allowing improved views during photo or video capture. That means the overhead shot taken in a crowd or at a graduation march just got a little easier to shoot.

    Improved Imaging Performance Features

    The EOS Rebel T4i helps novice photographers capture great images and video, even in low-light with a range of new and upgraded modes

    • Handheld Night Scene

    • HDR Backlight Control

    • Multi-Shot Noise Reduction

    • Video Snapshot

    • Scene Intelligent Auto

    Canon’s new shooting modes (Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control and Multi-Shot Noise Reduction), take multiple pictures, an d combine them – in camera – to help capture a wider dynamic range, minimize the image grain or noise, and produce more vivid colors so landscapes and city scenes are as breathtaking as when seen in person.

    Families have enjoyed coming home from a vacation or outing with a fun, short Video Snapshot highlight reel shot on their Canon camera to share the full story of their adventure. Now with the EOS Rebel T4i users will also have the option to delete, cut or re-order the clips before exporting the Snapshot album to post or share.

    Canon’s Scene Intelligent Auto mode – the “green” mode on the dial – analyzes the scene being shot, taking into account faces, colors, brightness, movement and contrast, to select appropriate camera settings and help produce the best possible image. This mode has been enhanced to deliver the best possible exposure, particularly when shooting in low-light.

    Canon EF 40mm F/2.8 STM Pancake Lens Canon EF 40mm F/2.8 STM Pancake Lens
    Canon EFS 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Canon EFS 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

    New STM Lenses and Accessories

    To leverage the unique, new shooting functions of the EOS Rebel T4i, such as EOS Full HD Movie with continuous AF, Canon is introducing two new unique lenses, the new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens and new EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens. Both new STM lenses includes Canon’s new Stepping Motor technology, which allows the lenses to smoothly and silently focus, and when used in combination with Canon’s new EOS Rebel T4i Movie Servo AF feature, achieve continuous AF while recording video. The new stepping motor technology in both lenses quietly focuses allowing the EOS Rebel T4i’s stereo microphone to only record the sounds of the scene being shot.

    The versatile EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens offers the right combination of size, weight, image stabilization and focal length, allowing photographers to capture wide-angle or telephoto photographs and video. This lens is a great option for photographers who may only want to carry one lens with them for both wide landscapes, and close-ups. Appearing for the first time in a Canon EF lens is Dynamic IS (Movie Shooting Mode only) that uses a wide image stabilization correction range to help ensure steady video even when shooting while walking.

    The new EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens offers an ultra-slim, lightweight design that helps photographers avoid overwhelming their subjects with a large lens and to remain discreet in sensitive shooting situations without compromising performance. The “pancake-style” lens boasts an aperture of f/2.8 making it an ideal lens for capturing portrait stills or stunning video. The lens is under an inch thick when attached, making it easy to carry and fit conveniently into a purse or pocket.

    The EOS Rebel T4i is also compatible with Canon’s previously introduced GP-E2 GPS Receiver that can be mounted to the camera’s accessory shoe. The GPS unit was created to serve outdoor photographers; it records shooting locations including latitude, longitude and altitude, as well as camera direction. A Logging function can tell how far a photographer has traveled as well.

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    The T4i and new lenses should be available later this month. If you would like to know more about availability of Canon's new products, feel free to contact us at 802-244-0883 or sales@gmcamera.com

  • Sony Introduces New Cyber-shot RX100 Advanced Compact Digital Camera

    The RX100 is the world’s first compact camera with a 1.0 inch type Exmor® CMOS Sensor featuring a resolution of 20.2 effective megapixels

    Sony Cyver-Shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera

    The high-end compact digital camera market has become extremely popular, and Sony looks to add to this market with the new Cyber-shot RX100.

    In talking about high-end compacts, you have to think about Canon. The Canon Powershot G series has always been a popular line, but many customers complain of the size. Although relatively compact to a digital SLR, the Canon Powershot G series has always been on the bulky side. Bulky enough to keep G cameras out of pants pockets. Helping to alleviate that glut, Canon introduced the Powershot S90, and a high-end "pocketable" craze was born/reborn. In addition to the small size, a huge draw was to the high-quality, fast aperture f/2 lens the S90 offered. Since then we have seen the Olympus XZ-1, Canon S95 and S100, the Nikon P300 and P310, among others. These cameras lack something, however; and that's a larger sized image sensor.

    A trend we have been seeing for a while now is trying to get a larger sensor in a more compact body. m4/3 (micro four-thirds) cameras, Sony NEX, and Nikon 1 cameras do a pretty good job of this, especially when taking into consideration the ability of these cameras to interchange lenses. Still, these cameras are nowhere near "pocketable", and not everyone wants them to be.

    Canon hit the industry with a fixed lens camera, the G1 x, that has a larger image sensor and is more compact, but still, like the other G series cameras, is not going to fit in any pants (unless they're cargoes).

    Today, Sony announces the introduction of a new camera that is a first of its kind, so far. The Cyber-shot RX100 features a larger 1" image sensor, and it will fit in your pants pocket. It is also a very high-resolution camera for a compact, and features 20.2 effective megapixels. In addition, the RX100 features a fast f/1.8 aperture Carl Zeiss lens with Zeiss T* coatings. If the quality of this lens lives up to the Zeiss name, that in itself will make the camera worth the $650 price tag.

    Why a large image sensor? Many may wonder why worry about a large image sensor in the first place. A big reason, at least for me, is being able to achieve a shallower depth of field. With a larger image sensor, a longer focal length lens can be used to achieve the same effective focal length, which will translate into a shallower depth of field at the same aperture value. Also, many will argue image quality can, and usually does, go up with physically larger image sensors.

    Here's a video Sony put together on the new RX100. Check it out. We should have the RX100 in late July.

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