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  • Nikon Df Is Now In-Stock!

    Nikon Df Digital SLR Camera

     

    We recently wrote about the Nikon Df being announced in a previous post. That was at the beginning of November. It seems like ages since then, but we are happy to report that the Nikon Df is now in stock!

    We have the Nikon Df in four different configurations. They are all in stock at the time of this writing, but we anticipate selling out of them quickly. Nikon was unable deliver all of the cameras we ordered, so we still have some backordered, which usually means Nikon is not going to be able to keep up with demand. The silver Nikon Dfs seem to be in tighter supply than the blacks, and the silver body only configuration in tighter supply than all the others.

    Here's what we've got: Nikon Df body only in silver, Nikon Df body only in black, Nikon Df with special edition 50mm f/1.8G in silver, and Nikon Df with special edition 50mm f/1.8G in black.

    If you live local to one of our retail stores in Waterbury Center or South Burlington, VT, please stop on by and check out the Nikon Df. We have the black with special edition lens on display and for demonstration at both stores.

    The Nikon Df takes Secure Digital (SD) cards, so, if you don't have one and you are ordering this camera, make sure to pick one up at the same time. The Nikon Df does not shoot video, but it is still recommended to have a high-speed card for transferring the large files this camera produces, and for if/when the camera is used in continuous shooting mode (it can shoot up to 5.5 frames/second).

  • Nikon Celebrates 80 Years of NIKKOR Lenses

    80 Years of NIKKOR Lenses

    80 Years and 80 Million Lenses--That's a lot of Glass

    We recently received an email with a link to a very interesting infographic about the history of NIKKOR lenses. Apparently this year marks the 80th anniversary of the NIKKOR brand. In addition to it being 80 years of producing NIKKOR lenses, Nikon recently manufactured their 80 millionth lens. When you figure it out, on average, Nikon has produced 1 million lenses a year. Break that down even further, that averages out to 2,739 lenses a day. Yep, a day. That number seems pretty impressive, and quite unbelievable. Keep in mind too that that's an average, spread out over the last 80 years. I'm sure in the early years of Nikon lens production it was much more difficult to produce lenses in mass quantities, so the output now must be much greater.

    Nikon Aero-NIKKOR Lens Example of Aero-NIKKOR Lens

    In 1933, Nikon marketed its first camera lenses under the NIKKOR brand name. The first lenses were Aero-NIKKOR, for aerial photography. The first orders came from the Japanese Army Air Force for the 70cm F5 (700mm), as well as for the 18cm F4.5 (180mm) NIKKOR lens for small-scale aerial photography. The lenses were also exhibited at an exposition held that year, and sale of the lenses began.

    The NIKKOR brand of lenses became famous in the 1950s by David Douglas Duncan whose photography appeared in LIFE magazine. Duncan used a NIKKOR lens attached to a Leica camera body, and this brought the brand a lot of recognition. The legend goes that a Japanese photographer showed Duncan some photographs that he had taken using a NIKKOR lens. The photographs had come out clearly despite the fact that they had been taken indoors, in poor light. Duncan was impressed, so he went out and bought two NIKKOR lenses the very next day.

    In 1971, NIKKOR lenses and Nikon cameras went up with the Apollo 15 space mission. NIKKOR lenses have been going into space ever since, and have been subjected to some rough physical conditions. Space walks will subject these lenses to temperatures of negative 150 degrees Celsius or less.

    Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II Lens Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II Lens

    There are currently over 80 types of lenses still in production today (I guess everything has to be 80 for Nikon this year). Included in this count are 17 DX format (crop sensor) lenses, and 62 FX format (full frame sensor) lenses. The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II Lens has the most lens elements. Most people would probably assume that something like the heaviest lens (600mm f/4), or the longest lens (800mm f/5.6) would have the most elements. But, no, the 70-200mm has 21 lens elements in 16 groups.

    Nikon's NIKKOR brand is now also being used with the Nikon 1 camera system. In addition, Coolpix cameras feature built-in (not interchangeable) NIKKOR lenses. Nikon has been producing great NIKKOR lenses for 80 years now. It will be interesting to see what the next 80 years will hold.

     

  • Green Mountain Camera Now Carrying 3 Legged Thing Tripods

    3 Legged Thing is a British tripod company that specializes in compact, stable, modular tripod systems

    Green Mountain Camera is extremely excited to announce the formation of a new relationship with 3 Legged Thing. 3 Legged Thing designs and manufactures high-quality, unique tripods. They are a British company with a presence around the globe, but has only a handful of dealers within the United States. Green Mountain Camera is happy to join the ranks of authorized dealers in the USA.

    3 Legged Thing Tripods In StockWe've started to receive 3 Legged Thing tripods, and they are now available for sale in our stores and online. So far we've received some carbon fiber models, including the very popular Brian, Frank and Eddie. We look forward to carrying more of the 3 Legged Thing line-up in the near future. Any customer suggestions are highly appreciated. Let us know what you want to see, and we'll be happy to get it in for you.

    3 Legged Thing tripods have some very unique features that will appeal to serious photographers--both amateurs and professionals. 3 Legged Thing has produced a great video that explains some of the awesome features found in Brian. Even if you aren't interested in this tripod, it is definitely worth a watch.

     

  • Hands-On Video Unboxing of the Olympus OM-D E-M1

    The new Olympus OM-D E-M1 has been trickling into our stores, and it has been causing a lot of excitement. This camera has been in short supply since its release, and we wanted to share the experience of what it is like to actually have one and open it up.

    Every time I put my hands on this camera I am instantly reminded of my old Olympus OM-4. The OM-D E-M1 does feel better in my hands, however; the grip is really nice. This is a really cool camera, and the retro look and feel just adds to the overall experience without taking away from the camera.

    The OM-D E-M1 can be purchased in our stores or online here. As noted, this camera has been trickling in and the demand is high. If you are interested in purchasing one, and it doesn't look like we have it in stock, please give us a call (802) 244-0883 and we would be happy to add you to our list. You can also contact us through our website here.

  • Olympus Stylus 1 - Big Zoom, Fast Aperture Lens Camera Announced

    Olympus Stylus 1 Front View

    Olympus STYLUS 1® UNIFIES DSLR PERFORMANCE, LENS POWER AND MAXIMUM PORTABILITY IN ONE COMPACT PACKAGE

    The First Olympus Fusion of Ultimate Image Quality, High-Powered i.ZUIKO® DIGITAL Lens, and Built-In EVF

    CENTER VALLEY, PA., October 29, 2013 – Olympus has redefined the enthusiast compact camera by uniting many of the best features found across its camera lineup in the new STYLUS. Designed for semi-pro shooters who demand optical brilliance, DSLR operation, convenience and portability, this one-size-fits-all package has head-turning, OM-inspired looks as well as premium imaging performance.

    The STYLUS 1 includes an i.ZUIKO lens that incorporates the outstanding optical quality of the Olympus ZUIKO interchangeable lenses. At its heart is a large 1/1.7-inch BSI CMOS sensor and TruePic VI image processor along with additional features, including the built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) from the award-winning Olympus OM-D E-M5® and Wi-Fi for shooting and sharing anywhere. Whether you want the latest and greatest high-tech tool, or if you simply prefer something that is lightweight and easy to take when you are on the go, there is truly something for everyone.

    One Great Lens

    The newly developed, ultra-slim 10.7x (28–300mm*) high-power i.ZUIKO lens features constant f2.8 brightness across the zoom range and is versatile enough to capture wide to telephoto shots and produce pro-quality stills with beautiful, defocused backgrounds and crisp images even when telephoto shooting in low light. The large diameter lens incorporates a powerful, built-in VCM image stabilization mechanism that virtually eliminates camera shake and blur. Its lens can also capture stunning macro shots from 2 inches away. When the lens is not in use, it retracts fully into the camera body (behind a removable automatic lens cap), so the STYLUS 1 fits easily into a coat pocket.

    One Great Sensor

    Olympus designed the new lens to work seamlessly with its 12.0 megapixel 1/1.7-inch high-sensitivity backlit CMOS sensor and TruePicVI image processor, the same processor used in the Olympus OM-D

    E-M5, for fast recovery time and shutter speed to capture images with rich details and low noise. Images come through with true-to-life flesh tones, brilliant blue skies and precise tonal expression. The STYLUS 1 also inherits FAST TOUCH AF system from the Olympus PEN® series for near-instant, precision focusing via the tilt-able LCD touchscreen monitor.

    One Great Electronic Viewfinder

    The STYLUS 1 is the first Olympus enthusiast, premium compact camera equipped with a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF). The 1.44 million dot resolution LCD EVF has a 1.15x viewfinder magnification rate (equivalent to 0.58x of 35mm film camera) and 100 percent field of view — just like a DSLR — so users can easily compose their subjects directly with clear visibility from the center to the edges. The eye sensor automatically switches the live view display from the high-resolution 3.0-inch, 1.04 million dot resolution tilt-able LCD touchscreen monitor to the EVF in no time as the camera approaches the user’s eye. A variety of information is displayed in an easy-to-view layout on the EVF screen, including variables such as exposure and color.

    Operability for all Shooting Styles

    The STYLUS 1 incorporates an ideal blend of effective, hands-on controls, including a hybrid control ring similar to the one found on the Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS. The control ring is built around the lens and can be switched between digital and analog operation with the control lever located on the front of the camera. In digital mode, the ring turns smoothly for fine zooming or manual focusing, and in analog mode, users can adjust settings such as aperture, shutter speed and more. The front grip ensures a precise hold, while the sub-dial, positioned near the shutter button, provides further operational accuracy. The camera is also equipped with a hot shoe for accessories, built-in flash, a side zoom lever with variable speeds and two customizable function buttons for easy access to commonly used settings.

    Wi-Fi Sharing and Control

    Built-in Wi-Fi is easy to set up. By quickly scanning the QR code displayed on the camera's LCD with a smart device, it syncs with the Wi-Fi network created by the camera. The free Olympus Image Share 2.1 Smartphone app synchronizes a user’s Smartphone and the STYLUS 1 so the camera’s “Live View” is effectively displayed on the phone, and the camera can be controlled by touching the Smartphone display*. Users can wirelessly adjust various settings, such as the shutter speed, aperture value, ISO and exposure compensation, as well as operate the Live Bulb shooting mode from their Wi-Fi devices. They can also use their Smartphone to embed GPS information into their images.

    Creative Possibilities

    In addition to superior still image quality, the 1080p Full HD Movie capability with stereo sound and high-speed movie recording (120fps/240fps) captures movies for dramatic slow-motion playback of fast-action scenes. The STYLUS 1’s 11 included Art Filters™ with bracketing option, five Art Effects and Photo Story, which shoots a group of still photos straight into attractive, prepared layouts, effortlessly bring the user’s artistic visions to life. Users can also capture RAW image data for post-processing flexibility, create motion blur effects without overexposing thanks to a built-in ND filter (with 3 EV stops) and capture up to 7 frames per second in full resolution!

    Several new accessories are designed to complement the STYLUS 1 and broaden the creative potential of this powerhouse compact camera. The EP-11 eyecup cuts out peripheral light for improved visibility in bright conditions; a full-body jacket protects the camera against damage and comes with a tailored cover, and the CLA-13 converter adapter for the high-grade TCON-17x 1.7x teleconverter lens that extends the focal length of the camera to 510mm and retains the outstanding brightness of a constant 1:2.8 aperture.

    *35mm equivalent.

    U.S. Pricing and Availability
    The Olympus STYLUS 1 will be available in December 2013.
    $699.99 Available in Black

    Olympus Stylus 1 Front Lens Open Olympus Stylus 1 Front Lens Closed Olympus Stylus 1 Back

  • 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

  • New, Strapless Camera Carrying Solutions

    Straps are a pain in the front

    Let's face it, camera straps are a pain in the gut. Or a pain in the chest. Well, the traditional kind of camera strap, that is. The BlackRapid camera strap revolutionized the way we carry cameras...on a strap. Ever since the advent, and success, of the BlackRapid camera strap, a race to find the next revolutionary way to carry a camera seems to have taken flight.

    Three companies have shined in the "strapless" camera carrying solution. Notice "strapless" in quotations. The quotations are necessary because these products still require a belt. Some may argue a belt is a kind of strap. In this case, however, it is a more positive strap. A belt is multipurpose. It can keep you pants up, carry your camera, and all-the-while reduce neck, shoulder, and back pain. The BlackRapid family of straps are wonderful. Don't get me wrong. But, carry a professional, heavy SLR around with a good sized, fast aperture lens, and your shoulder and neck are still going ache at the end of a long shooting day.

    The three companies I alluded to in the previous paragraph are CPTech, Peak Design and Spider. They manufacture the B-Grip EVO, Capture Camera Clip, and Black Widow, respectively. Spider also manufactures a "beefier" solution called the SpiderPro SCS (single camera system).

    b-grip evo quick-release camera carrying belt

    B-GRIP EVO Quick-Release Camera Carrying Belt

    The B-Grip EVO is a light-weight plastic solution that includes a carrying belt. The included belt is not required, however; and it is possible to use your own belt with the B-Grip system. If you already have a belt on, you might as well use it. The B-Grip EVO features a quick-release plate that attaches to the bottom of your camera. It looks very similar to tripod quick-release plates you have seen before, and is compatible with the following tripods/heads (mostly Velbon and Manfrotto models). The B-Grip plate is set securely so your camera is unable to swing as you walk and move. There is also a lock that keeps your camera safe from accidentally coming off. See that longer piece of plastic below the quick-release? That helps to distribute the weight of the camera while it is mounted on the B-Grip. It sells for $59.95

    Peak Design Capture Camera Clip System

    Peak Design Capture Camera Clip

    The Peak Design Capture Camera Clip is very similar to the B-Grip holster. It does not include a carrying belt, however; but, it can attach to most any belt you would already be wearing. It has a more robust feeling build than the B-Grip. It is made from lightweight aluminum, and is durable. The Capture Camera Clip also includes a quick-release plate that locks into the system. With the push of a button it can be released. Like the B-Grip, there are no moving or swinging parts. Unlike the B-Grip, the quick-release plate can mount on any tripod head that accepts arca-swiss style plates. It sells for $79.99.

     

     

    Spider Holster Black Widow for lightweight DSLRs and point-and-shoot cameras

    Spider Black Widow Holster

    The Spider Black Widow camera holster is similar to both the B-Grip and the Capture Camera Clip in that it attaches to pretty much any belt. It is also like the Capture Camera Clip in that a belt is not included. Unlike both the B-Grip and the Capture Camera Clip, there is no quick-release plate...only a pin. The pin is great for being able to quickly let your camera "fall" into the holster. There is an automatic locking mechanism that keeps the pin from jumping out of the holster. With the flick of your finger, you can release the pin and pull your camera out. The disadvantage of the pin is that it allows your camera to swing while sitting in the holster. In addition, it cannot double as a quick-release plate for a tripod head, but there is an optional pin that is designed to attach to your tripod's quick-release plate. It sells for $49.99.

    Spider Pro SCS (Single Camera System) Camera Holster Belt

    Spider Pro SCS (Single Camera System) Camera Holster Belt

    The SpiderPro SCS is perhaps the best solution for large, professional cameras. The included belt is necessary. Unlike the above systems, the SpiderPro SCS cannot be used with existing belts. The included belt is hefty, and helps to distribute a large camera's weight. The padded section just behind the camera is especially nice, and keeps the hips comfortable. Like the Black Widow holster, the camera is free to swing around. The SpiderPro SCS does include a plate that, although cannot work directly as a quick-release plate for tripods, a tripod quick-release plate can be mounted to it. It sells for $135.

  • Time For A Firmware Update?

    We have recently seen an increase in camera malfunctions as a result of outdated firmware and the use of newer memory cards. The most common one as of late has been with Nikon's digital SLRs and Coolpix point & shoot cameras, and their compatibility with the newer Sandisk SDHC memory cards. This affects the Coolpix P500, Coolpix L120 and the D5100 DSLR. We have also seen incompatibilities with larger capacity CF (compactflash) memory cards and the Canon EOS 5D (not Mark II). The good news is there is a fix that is simple and free: just update the camera's firmware!

    Here is a list of recent firmware updates for this issue:

    Nikon Coolpix P500 - Firmware Update to 1.1

    Nikon Coolpix L120 - Firmware Update to 1.1

    Nikon D5100 DSLR - Firmware Update to 1.01

    Canon EOS 5D - Firmware Update to 1.1.1

    While it is important to to keep up to date with the latest firmware, there are many cases where the updates are minor and unnoticeable. For full details on all firmware updates you should visit the manufacturers website. Detailed installation instructions are available for any firmware update. Please make sure to follow instructions exactly, and do not begin a firmware update unless you are using a fully charged battery. Visit the following links to see if you are up to date!

    Canon Support 

    Nikon Support

    Sony Support

  • Canon Announces New Professional Digital SLR Camera: EOS-1D X

    Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR CameraCanon announced today a brand new addition to its lineage of flagship professional digital SLR camera bodies, the Canon EOS-1D X (click to purchase from our website). The camera body will retail for $6,800, and it is currently poised for release in March of 2012.

    According to the specifications and features listed on this camera, the engineers at Canon have apparently been working overtime. From what we can tell Canon has kept its ears open to the people using their products--photographers--and have been listening. The EOS-1D X seems to be packed with a lot of what photographers want, and leaves out much of what they don't. We are pretty excited about this new camera, and it already feels like it will be a long winter waiting to get our hands on one.

    Scroll down for more images and information provided by Canon about this new camera.

    Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera

    Back which shows the new, larger 3.2" high resolution LCD

    Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera

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    Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera

    Side showcasing accessory ports

     

    18.1 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
    The EOS-1D X features a newly developed Canon full-frame 18.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor that's designed from the ground up to create high resolution, perfectly detailed images with unprecedented speed and clarity. A full 24 x 36mm, the sensor captures 5184 x 3456 large individual 6.95 µm pixels and has a much-improved S/N ratio resulting in better images from the start. A new photodiode structure with an increased photoelectric conversion rate increases the sensor's sensitivity by approximately 2 stops over previous models, meaning higher ISOs with the lowest noise of any EOS digital camera. And a 2-line 16-channel simultaneous signal readout means speeds of up to 12 fps (RAW + JPEG) and even 14 fps (Super High Speed Mode) are possible!

    Canon EOS-1D X Digital Camera Image Sensor

     

     

     

     

    14-bit A/D conversion, wide range ISO setting 100-51200 (L: 50, H1: 102400, H2: 204800)
    The EOS-1D X not only offers 14-bit signal processing for excellent image gradation, it delivers higher standard and expanded ISOs, and a score of new options to enhance shooting in varied and fast-changing lighting situations. With a standard range of ISO 100-51200, the EOS-1D X represents a 2-stop increase in sensitivity over previous cameras. Thanks to the improved signal-to-noise ratio of the new sensor and powerful noise reduction, the EOS-1D X can shoot at expanded sensitivities down to ISO 50 (L) and up to 102400 (H1), and even 204800 (H2)! Beyond the obvious advantages of its wide ISO range, the EOS-1D X has automatic ISO settings, found on the dedicated ISO menu. Minimum and maximum ISO settings can be specified, as can a user-defined range, plus full auto and manual.

    14-bit A/D conversion, wide range ISO setting 100-51200 (L: 50, H1: 102400, H2: 204800)

     

     

     

     

    Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors for enhanced noise reduction and blazing processing speed
    For a whole new level of performance, the EOS-1D X uses Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors that include four 4-channel A/D converter front-end processing circuits and deliver speeds of up to 12 fps (RAW + JPEG) and 14 fps (JPEG). Compared with the predecessor, Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor, the Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processor offers approximately 17x faster processing speed, and feature new algorithms that promote greater noise reduction at higher ISOs. In addition to conventional image processing functions the Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors offer real-time compensation for Chromatic Aberration in both still and motion images. With the power of these two processors, speed improvements are noticeable from the instant the camera is turned on and the stunning results speak for themselves.

    Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors for enhanced noise reduction and blazing processing speed

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    All new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
    The newly designed 61-Point High Density Reticular AF features an Offset Array Sensor (with staggering AF point arrangement) to deliver greater accuracy, no matter the situation. It offers multi-zone wide-area AF for better tracking, has 5 central dual cross-type points (f/2.8 diagonal), 21 central cross-type points (f/5.6 horizontal & vertical) and 20 outer cross-type points (f/4.0 horizontal), and is sensitive in extremely low-light situations (EV-2 for a central point with a f/2.8 lens).

    The EOS-1D X has a dedicated AF menu tab, so AF can be controlled without having to go through custom function menus. It also has 6 AF point selection methods (Spot, Single Point, Single + Adjacent 4 Points, Single + Adjacent 8 Points, Zone Selection, and Automatic AF Point Selection), plus a dedicated AF configuration tool for control of AI Servo AF III tracking parameters (tracking sensitivity, acceleration/deceleration tracking, and AF point auto switching).

    The EOS-1D X uses the 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor to aid the AF system in Automatic Point Selection. This dramatically increases the tracking performance for subjects that were previously unpredictable to follow, such as fast-moving or flying subjects. EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF recognizes the subject based on face and color detection from the AE system, and tracks it using AF points. The EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis) System incorporates color recognition and Face Detection for proper exposure. Specific parameters can be adjusted and refined and saved in the AF menu for later use.

    All new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF

     

     

     

    EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis System) Powered by Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor
    The EOS-1D X features a brand new 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor with a dedicated DIGIC 4 Image Processor that delivers substantial improvements in evaluative ambient and flash metering. The sensor has 252 distinct zones for general metering, with 35 zones used for low-light metering. The meter's DIGIC 4 Image Processor uses EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis System) that incorporates face and color recognition data for more stable performance under rapidly changing lighting situations. The E-TTL Flash metering gains the same improvements. These improvements ensure accurate automatic exposure in a greatly increased group of shooting situations, offering a level of performance that will impress even the seasoned pro.

    EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis System) Powered by Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor

     

     

     

     

    EOS HD Video Recording
    Addressing the requests of the pros, the EOS-1D X captures HD video with an unprecedented level of sophistication for a digital SLR. It offers both All-I and IPB compression, supports H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile, and automatically splits files greater than 4GB (FAT specifications) for extended recording up to 29:59 minutes without interruption. It offers the option of timecoding only during recording (Rec Run) or at all times (Free Run) - useful for multi-camera shoots. The EOS-1D X offers easy operation with the new Live View shooting/Movie shooting button. Menu options can still be set even when the Live View image is displayed. A dedicated menu tab for video capture allows functions to be changed quickly on the fly. Improved sound recording adjustment capabilities offer 64-step volume control; and a sound recording level meter that is accessible through the Quick Control screen during video shooting. With the Silent Control function, adjustments can be made quietly with a touch pad located on the inner portion of the Quick Control Dial. The built-in wind filter helps suppress unwanted wind noise that can distort or muffle sound. The CMOS sensor's new drive system significantly increases image processor performance, reducing color artifacts and moiré.

    EOS HD Video Recording

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    High-Speed Continuous Shooting
    The EOS-1D X combines fast 16-channel data readout from its 18.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor and the supercharged processing capabilities of its Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors with a speedier shutter and mirror system to raise the performance bar for all digital cameras, capturing full-frame images and recording them fast to UDMA cards stored in the cameras Dual Card Slots. Ideal for fixed focus situations, the EOS-1D X's can shoot up to 12 fps (RAW + JPEG). In Super High Speed Mode, high-speed shooting up to 14 fps (JPEG) is possible.

    Thanks to a more resilient design, shutter lag with the EOS-1D X is reduced to 55ms (down even further to 36ms via custom function). A redesigned mirror system, featuring a Quad Active Mirror Stopper, uses more effective material to absorb impact when moving up and down not only aids in speedy shot-to-shot times, but the reduced mirror vibration provides more stable shots at all times.

    High-Speed Continuous Shooting

     

     

     

     

     

    Magnesium alloy body with shutter durability and dust- and weather-resistance
    For professionals who demand nothing less than the best, the EOS-1D X is designed to perform superbly, even in the most treacherous environments, every time. The body is constructed of rigid, high-strength magnesium alloy for rugged performance and features a new grip design for easier finger placement and reduced hand fatigue. Its newly redesigned shutter has lightweight and carbon-fiber blades, and is rated to maintain up to 14 fps performance without compromise, for up to 400,000 cycles. The EOS-1D X and accessories like the new Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6A and GPS Receiver GP-E1 have extensive gasketing for improved dust and water resistance, even at their connection points.

    Magnesium alloy body with shutter durability and dust- and weather-resistance

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ultrasonic Wave Motion Cleaning (UWMC)
    The EOS-1D X's integrated cleaning dust removal cleaning uses a carrier wave type self-cleaning sensor unit. While previous dust removal systems removed dust adhered to the surface of the infrared absorbing/ultraviolet-blocking glass in a frontward direction by vibrating the glass with ultrasound, the new system effectively rolls rather than shakes the dust particles off, removing an even greater amount of dust, especially smaller particles. As with previous cameras, the IR/UV absorbing glass in front of the EOS-1D X's sensor is treated with an anti-dust fluorine coating making it easier to remove damp or sticky dust particles. As part of Canon's Integrated Cleaning System dust missed by the camera can be identified and removed using the Dust Delete Data feature of Canon's Digital Professional Pro software, bundled with every EOS digital SLR.

    Ultrasonic Wave Motion Cleaning (UWMC)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Intelligent Viewfinder with Superimposed LCD
    The EOS-1D X's Intelligent Viewfinder offers a sharp, bright approximately 100% field of view with an approximate magnification of .76x, a viewing angle of 35° and a 20mm eye-point. With a new construction featuring aspherical lens elements, the viewfinder displays less distortions and color aberrations than previous models. It uses a transparent LCD to superimpose a customizable combination of focus points and gridlines directly over the image. The AF status indicator can even be directed to display within or outside of the viewfinders image area. With the intelligent viewfinder, unlike with other cameras, the photographer has the choice of seeing shooting information or looking only at the scene in front of the camera. The ability to effectively erase all shooting data and turn it back on with the touch of a button gives the photographer the opportunity to concentrate simply on looking and composing the photograph without distraction, a great advantage in numerous shooting situations.

    Intelligent Viewfinder with Superimposed LCD

     

     

     

     

     

    3.2" TFT LCD Monitor
    The EOS-1D X's 3.2" TFT LCD monitor has 1,040,000 dots, anti-reflective construction and features Canon's Clear View II technology for bright, sharp display in any number of shooting situations. It's ideal for reviewing settings and images, as well as for shooting in Live View mode. In Live View, grid lines can be displayed in 9 sections, 24 sections, or 9 sections with diagonals, as can the dual-axis electronic level, which helps ensure accurate level by displaying both roll and pitch in 1-degree increments. For image review, the EOS-1D X has a new, dedicated Magnify/Reduce button. While pressing the button, zooming in or out (up to 10x) is achieved simply by turning the Main Dial. Images can be protected or erased quickly, individually or in batches, and slideshows can be created with some or all images and can be sequenced by date, folders, movies, stills or rating. A feature guide can be accessed for the selected menu, providing detailed reference information whenever needed.

    3.2" TFT LCD Monitor

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Improved handling with addition of new customizable controls
    Reconceived based on the experience and feedback of professional users, the EOS-1D X's new ergonomic design is more comfortable and intuitive than ever. With a refined and intelligent layout of all control buttons and dials, shooting settings can be made with just the right hand, and quick image check and image processing operations with just the left. New, assignable and tactile function buttons located on the front of the camera enable fast access to features the photographer uses frequently. The vertical grip has been redesigned for comfort and familiarity, and combined with a vertical position Multi-Controller, Mfn2 and Depth-of-Field preview buttons provides every option found with horizontal for uninterrupted, intuitive shooting no matter the camera's orientation.

    During shooting, the EOS-1D X's dedicated Quick Control button enables speedy changes of nearly every shooting parameter with the touch of a button. During playback, pressing the Quick Control button enables the photographer to protect images, rotate, rate, resize, view highlight alert, AF point and much more. Plus, with the EOS-1D X's new Multi Function Lock, the Main Dial, Quick Control Dial and Multi-Controller can all be locked, individually or together.

    The EOS-1D X's Graphic User Interface shows improvements as well. The menu structure has been redesigned so that frequently used functions previously buried in the menu hierarchy are brought to the front. Operations previously assigned to buttons, controls, menus and custom functions have been consolidated for quick access in the menu, ensuring the photographer can concentrate on composing and shooting images.

    Improved handling with addition of new customizable controls

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Leica Introduces D-LUX 5 Titanium Limited Edition Digital Camera

    Leica D-LUX 5 Titanium Limited Edition Digital Camera

    Includes dedicated leather case made of high quality calf leather

    We are pleased to announce Leica's latest limited edition camera. Throughout its history Leica has periodically released a limited number of special edition cameras. Today Leica has announced the D-LUX 5 Titanium (click to purchase from our website), which features a titanium anodized finishing aluminum body. It also includes as part of the limited edition release a matching, dedicated leather case made of high quality calf leather. This limited edition camera and dedicated case will be available for $1195 at the end of October. Scroll down to view more images of the D-LUX 5 Titanium limited edition digital camera.

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