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  • Nissin Flash Compatibility Chart

    If you haven't heard of Nissin, they are a popular third-party flash manufacturer that manufactures flashes for use with Canon, Nikon, Sony, and more. Nissin offers high-quality alternatives to the original equipment manufacturer's flashes and replicates many of the same functions including TTL, plus Nissin adds some additional features not found in OEM flashes (like a color, auto-rotating display on the 866), and does all this at a discount to the comparable OEM model.

    Not all Nissin flashes are fully compatible with all cameras, however. There may be some limitations depending on your flash and camera combination. Nissin recently sent us an updated compatibility chart, and we thought it would be useful if we published it here:

    Nissin Flash Compatibility Chart

    We offer the full line of Nissin flashes in our retail store. If you have any questions regarding Nissin flashes, or would like to order one, please don't hesitate to contact us at sales@gmcamera.com or (802) 244-0883.

  • 10 Expensive Cameras You've (Probably) Never Heard Of

    McKeown's Camera Guide Book

    We have a couple editions of the McKeown's Price Guide to Antique & Classic Cameras kicking around the store, and besides using it as a reference for our sales of used, antique and classic cameras, we also use this guide for sheer entertainment. That's right, we like to cuddle up with this 6+ lbs. book, have a cup of hot chocolate, and be humbled by the listings of all the cameras we never realized existed. On one recent session of R&R with McKeown's I was blown away by some of the prices for cameras I never knew existed. I thought it might be interesting to share those here:

     

    1. Air King Camera Radio. A camera and a radio, all-in-one! McKeown's estimates $250-350.

    Air King Camera Radio

    McKeown's description:
    The perfect marriage of a brown, green, or red pseudo-reptile-skin covered tube radio and concealed novelty camera for 828 film.

    2. Bermpohl Naturfarbenkamera. McKeown's estimates $1000-2500.

    Bermpohl Naturfarbenkamera

    McKeown's description:
    c1933. Introduced as "Einbelichtung-Dreifarben-Kamera", meaning single-exposure three-color camera. A beautifully constructed teakwood beam-splitting tri-color camera made in 9x12cm, 13x18cm (5x7"), and 18x24cm sizes. Normally seen without a viewfinder, but a parallax-correcting reflex viewfinder was an optional accessory. Its case-metal frame attaches to the front and the top of the camera. Production was interrupted during the WWII, but resumed in 1947. These appear infrequently on the market, and are of interest to a limited number of collectors, so prices vary widely.

    3. Ernemann Bob (round), or sometimes referred to as Spy, Camera. McKeown's estimates value of $1700-2400. This site references one sold in 2010 for $4440.

    Ernemann Bob (round) Camera

    McKeown's description:
    1900-1903. Cylindrical paperboard camera for 4.5x6cm plates. Five plates change position by rotating inner cylinder. Rare.

    4. Ford's Tom Thumb Camera. "Spy" type camera housed in a wooden case. McKeown's estimates value of $4500-6500.

    Ford's Tom Thumb Camera

    McKeown's description:
    c1889. Similar body style to the Photosphere camera. All metal. Camera is concealed in a wooden carrying case for "detective" exposures. Later models are called the Tom Thumb camera, dropping Ford's name.

    5. Bentzin Record-Primar. McKeown's estimates value of $5800.

    Bentzin Record Primar

    McKeown's description:
    c1927-37. Rare non-folding version of the 6.5x9cm [Bentzin]  Fokal-Primar with a fixed Meyer Kino-Plasmat f1.5/9cm lens. This lens covers 4x6cm fully open and 6x9cm closed down. Also sold as Roth Primar Focal Plane Camera by A.O. Roth in Great Britain.

    6. Houghton Ticka, focal plane model. Watch-style camera! McKeown's estimates value of $5,000-$9,000.

    Houghton Ticka Focal Plane Model

    McKeown's description:
    [Pocket-watch-style camera] with focusing lens. Rare. Exposed works make it easy to identify.

    7. Bertsch Chambre Automatique. McKeown's estimates value of $6,000-$10,000.

    Bertsch Chambre Automatique

    McKeown's description:
    c1860. A small brass box camera with fixed-focus brass barrel lens, and a permanently attached wooden plateholder designed for 2 1/2 x 2 1/2" wet plates. The camera case also housed the equipment and chemicals to prepare and develop plates in the field, while an outer case served as a darkroom.

    8. Alibert Kauffer Photo-Sac a Main, handbag camera. A camera in a purse! McKeown's estimates value of $10,000-$15,000.

    Alibert Kauffer Photo-Sac a Main Handbag Camera

    McKeown's description:
    c1895. Folding plate camera disguised as a handbag. Several models were made. One is styled like a square-cornered case which hinges from the middle and a strut-supported front extends. A similar model used the strut-supported front but in a smartly-styled handbag with a split front door hinged at the top and bottom. The other variation has the handbag shape but uses the bottom door as a bed to support the lens standard. Designed by Bernard Kauffer of Paris. About six examples known to exist.

    9. Hegelein Watch Camera. McKeown's estimates value of $30,000-$40,000. This site references one sold in 2011 for $136,320.

    Hegelein Watch Camera

    McKeown's description:
    c1895. Subminiature camera built into a pocket watch case. Seven section metal tube extends forward. Plateholders fit on back. Design is similar to the Lancaster watch camera from England. The Hegelein camera was marketed by E. & H. T. Anthony as "Anthony's Watch Camera".

    10. Geymet & Alker Jumelle de Nicour. A camera on binoculars, all-in-one! McKeown's estimates value of $50,000.

    Geymet & Alker Jumelle de Nicour

    McKeown's description:
    c1867. An early binocular-styled camera for 50 exposures on 1 1/4 x 1 1/4" plates. A large cylindrical magazine contained the 50 plates, which were loaded and unloaded from the camera for each exposure by gravity. (Rather like a modern slide tray.) Rare.

    Do you know any rare or not well-known cameras you'd like to share?

  • Nikon D800/D800E and D4 Firmware Upgrades

    Nikon has released new firmware upgrades for the D800, D800E and the D4. The main issue these firmware upgrades resolve is the "lock up" issue reported by PDN. Here's the full list of modifications this firmware upgrade provides for the D800/D800E:

    • When a still image was captured while viewing existing images in playback mode, the monitor turned off, the memory card access lamp glowed steadily, and, in some rare cases, the camera ceased to respond to operations. This issue has been resolved.
    • When the Wireless Transmitter WT-4 was used with certain settings applied, RAW images were also transferred when Wireless transmitter > Transfer settings > Send file as was set to JPEG only. This issue has been resolved.
    • A dark shadow sometimes appeared at the bottom edge of images captured with Active D-Lighting set to any option other than Off with Image area set to 5:4 (30x24). This issue has been resolved.

    The D4:

    • When a still image was captured while viewing existing images in playback mode, the monitor turned off, the memory card access lamp glowed steadily, and, in some rare cases, the camera ceased to respond to operations. This issue has been resolved.
    • When network functions were used with certain settings applied, RAW images were also transferred when Network > Send file as was set to JPEG only. This issue has been resolved.
    • When an option that utilized the main command dial was selected for Custom Setting f15: Playback zoom, and an image was zoomed in or out with playback with certain settings applied, shooting shutter speed, aperture, and exposure compensation settings were sometimes changed. This issue has been resolved.

    Click here to download the Nikon D800 firmware upgrade.

    Click here to download the D800E firmware upgrade.

    Click here to download the Nikon D4 firmware upgrade.

  • Leica V-LUX 3 $150 Gift Card Promotion

    Purchase a Leica V-LUX 3 from Green Mountain Camera and get a $150 Gift Card to our store

    Leica V-LUX 3 Digital Camera

    There's no better time to purchase a Leica V-LUX 3 from Green Mountain Camera. The weather is finally turning warm in Vermont, and we feel like summer is finally here. In honor of summer, and the great photo opportunities that summer brings, we are offering an incredible deal on the purchase of a new Leica V-LUX 3. Purchase a Leica V-LUX 3 now through August 15, 2012 and receive a $150 gift card to Green Mountain Camera!

    The Leica V-LUX 3 can be purchased from our website here. Feel free to purchase the V-LUX 3 on our website and we'll include the $150 gift card in the box.

  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 Free Accessory Rebate Extended

    Olympus OM-D E-M5 Digital Camera

    In the middle of March we reported Olympus was running a promotion for a free accessory with the purchase of an OM-D E-M5. That promotion has been so successful Olympus has had a difficult time keeping up with orders. All of the accessories, as well as the cameras, have had heavy backorders leaving many customers disappointed. Olympus understands the frustration of these customers and has extended the promotion through the end of June to allow customers who wanted to take advantage of the promotion to have a chance.

    Here's the new, extended date rebate form.

  • Pentax Announces K-30 Digital SLR Camera, New 50mm f/1.8 Lens

    Pentax Introduces New K-30 Digital SLR Camera

    Featuring weather resistant capabilities, new K-30 mid-level DSLR is the perfect creative companion for active travel and outdoor photographers

    Pentax K-30 Digital SLR Camera

    Denver, CO (May 21, 2012) – PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION announces the introduction of its new weather and dust resistant digital SLR camera – the PENTAX K-30. Ideal for photographers with active outdoor lifestyles, the new PENTAX K-30 combines a compact, lightweight body with many advanced features found only in higher end DSLR camera models, such as a weather, dust and cold resistant body, a glass prism optical finder with 100% field of view, state-of-the-art autofocusing, and full HD video recording capabilities.

    “No detail was overlooked when designing the dynamic new Pentax K-30 to be weather resistant,” explains John Carlson, Sr. Manager of Sales and Marketing, PENTAX.  “Every seam, every button, every hinge has been weather sealed for adventure-proof creative photography. Whether enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking in the Rocky Mountains or on vacation cruising along on the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls, photographers can stop worrying about weather conditions and start focusing on capturing the perfect shot.”

    In addition to its versatile weather-proof capabilities, the new Pentax K-30 offers features including high-speed burst shooting at a maximum speed of six images per second, a high-speed shutter unit with a top speed of 1/6000 second, and convenient dual electronic dials for quick, fingertip access to exposure control and several Auto Picture and scene modes. Coupled with an ergonomic grip that provides firm, comfortable control of the camera, and a sporty, functional design, the Pentax K-30 assures dependable, flawless performance in the field. The new Pentax K-30 is available in three body colors: Crystal White and Crystal Blue, with brilliant, glossy finishes reminiscent of the finish of an exclusive sports car; and Black, for a traditional SLR look. It is also compatible with all PENTAX K-mount lenses.

    Major features include:

    Weather resistant design ideal for travel and outdoor photography
    Featuring 81 seals set in its compact, lightweight, portable body, the Pentax K-30 is built to be weather, dust and cold resistant with proven functionality in sub-freezing temperatures as low as 14°F (-10°C). Its exterior has been designed to be both sporty and functional for active outdoor photographers – a large grip provides a firm, secure hold of the camera; a low-profile pentaprism housing for reduced height; and a rounded, soft-rubber casing for a solid grip of the camera during vertical shooting.

    Newly developed SAFOX IXi+ Autofocus (AF) module for improved autofocus performance
    The Pentax K-30 features the new state-of-the-art SAFOX IXi+ AF sensor module, which assures responsive, high-precision autofocus operation by incorporating a diffraction lens to minimize chromatic aberration in accordance to the characteristics of each individual lens. A dedicated sensor also factors the light source into its calculations at the time of shooting. Additionally, 9 of its 11 focus points have cross-type sensors to capture subjects in sharp focus, while a spotbeam assists the AF system during low light situations. The Pentax K-30’s AF algorithm has also been upgraded in all areas for efficiency and accuracy. A new expanded area AF function allows the sensor module to continue to track a moving subject in AF select mode, even when it moves out of a pre-assigned auto-tracking area, by assessing distance data collected by neighboring focus sensors. This greatly improves the accuracy and speed of detecting moving subjects during autofocus shooting, and autofocusing performance when using a telephoto lens.

    High resolution, low noise, true-to-life image reproduction
    The Pentax K-30 incorporates the latest 16 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor with a large image-capturing area measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm. It assures high speed image data readout to deliver super high resolution, rich gradation digital images with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels. This image sensor is coupled in the Pentax K-30 with the PENTAX “PRIME M” imaging engine for outstanding full 1080p HD movie clips (1920x1080 pixels at 30 frames per second), in addition to outstanding still image capture processing. The camera also minimizes luminance noise at low sensitivities, while offering a wide sensitivity range between ISO 100 and ISO 12800 (ISO 25600 maximum when expanded via a custom function).

    Optical finder with 100% field of view
    Despite its compact body, which is smaller and lighter than traditional mid level DSLR camera models, the Pentax K-30 comes equipped with a glass pentaprism finder featuring a 100% field of view and approximately 0.92X maximum magnification (with a 50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity) to cover the entire field of view for easy focusing and framing. Since its viewfinder delivers a clear view of the subject even in the brightest sunshine while also eliminating parallax, the Pentax K-30 responds efficiently and reliably to demanding applications and subjects, such as landscapes requiring delicate, high-precision framing, and sports scenes where the timing of shutter release is critical. The K-30 also accepts interchangeable PENTAX Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screens to facilitate manual focusing operation. Optional focus screens include cross-lined and scale types, to accommodate more specialized applications.

    High-speed burst shooting at approximately six images per second
    When photographing sporting events, concerts or wildlife, the K-30’s high-speed burst shooting function comes in handy, allowing the photographer to capture active, fast moving subjects in a series of images at a maximum speed of approximately 6 frames per second (in JPEG format).

    Advanced Live View shooting
    Thanks to the latest CMOS image sensor and PRIME M engine, the Pentax K-30 offers a clear, true-to-life Live View at a smooth 60 frames per second. It also features a focus peaking function during live view to improve manual focusing speed and accuracy. Live View on the Pentax K-30 also offers a choice of three grid display patterns including a Golden Section overlay, and detailed information overlay if desired by the photographer.

    High quality video recording
    The PENTAX K-30 features full HD video recording to capture high quality movie clips in 1080p resolution (1920x1080 pixels). The efficient h.264 compression format offers a choice of frame rates (30, 25 or 24 frames per second) at 1080p, or up to 60 FPS at 720p, to accommodate user specific applications. Video recording options are flexible, allowing the photographer to select aperture or shutter exposure control, while PENTAX Shake Reduction helps stabilize captured video. Users may add creative artistic effects to recorded clips using various Custom Image modes or record subjects in a series of video clips with the Interval Movie Shooting mode.

    User friendly Auto Picture and Scene modes
    The K-30 features the PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode, which analyzes a scene then automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode from Portrait, Landscape, Macro as well as others. This allows the photographer to concentrate on image composition and other creative elements while leaving more technical settings to the K-30, such as shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness. The Pentax K-30 also offers 19 creative Scene modes, including Night Scene Portrait, Pet, Backlight Silhouette, and more, to simplify photographing unique subjects and scenes that often require uncommon camera settings.

    PENTAX Shake Reduction (SR) mechanism for sharp, blur free images
    The PENTAX K-30 incorporates the PENTAX-developed SR mechanism, which effectively reduces blur due to camera shake by approximately four shutter steps. Usable with all PENTAX compatible lenses*, including those produced for film format SLR cameras, this mechanism produces sharp, blur free images even under demanding conditions that are prone to camera shake, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark without flash illumination, or capturing landscapes in twilight. The K-30's SR system also offers several other useful features to assist the photographer during shooting, including an Automatic Horizon Correction function to assure high precision image framing and effortless adjustment of horizontal alignment, a Composition Adjustment function to allow minute adjustments of image alignment horizontally/vertically/axially, and an ASTROTRACER mode to eliminate light trails during astronomical photography in combination with the optional O-GPS1 GPS Unit (available separately).
    * Lenses compatible with this mechanism: PENTAX K-, KA-, KAF-, KAF2- and KAF3-mount lenses; screw-mount lenses (with an adapter); and 645- and 67-system lenses (with an adapter). Some functions may not be available with certain lenses.

    A selection of image processing tools for creative, personalized expression
    The K-30 features a Custom Image function, which allows the user to easily and quickly select the desired finishing touch for a particular image. Choose from 11 custom settings including Bleach Bypass that creates a dramatic visual effect similar to that used in motion pictures, and Cross Process to produce fanciful, eye-catching images boasting dramatic colors. The K-30 also offers a choice of 19 creative digital filters including Miniature, which transforms an actual scene into what appears to be an image of miniature models. These filters add distinctive visual effects to captured images producing creative, artistic images without the need for a computer. The user can further expand the creative possibilities by applying multiple filters and processing modes to a single image.

    Choice of two power sources
    In addition to the included lithium ion battery capable of capturing approximately 480 images with a single charge**, the K-30 can also be powered by four AA-size batteries using the optional D-BH109 AA Battery Holder. Since AA batteries can be easily obtained almost anywhere around the world, there’s no worry about battery shortages, even when shooting for an extended period of time or in remote locations.
    ** Under testing conditions prescribed by PENTAX, using the D-LI109 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery with no flash discharges.

    Additional features include:
    • Large, wide angle viewable 3-inch LCD monitor with approximately 921,000 dots of resolution
    • 77 segment multi-pattern metering system for accurate light measurement
    • DR (Dust Removal) mechanism to shake dust off from the surface of the CMOS image sensor
    • PENTAX-designed Hyper control system to assure fast and flexible response to the photographer’s creative intentions
    • Dynamic range expansion function to compensate for blown out (overexposed) and muddy (underexposed) areas of an image
    • Retrieve and save RAW data from buffer memory for a just-recorded JPEG image
    • RAW/Fx multi-function button for on-the-fly switching of image file formats, as well as for assignment and instant recall of other specific functions
    • SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 for PENTAX (RAW processing engine developed by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory) included

    The new PENTAX K-30 will be available in July 2012 with a suggested retail price of $849.95 for body only, and $899.95 for the kit including the DA L 18-55mm zoom lens.

    Pentax K-30 Digital SLR Camera Flash Up

    Pentax K-30 Digital SLR Camera Top

    Pentax K-30 Digital SLR Camera Back

    Pentax K-30 Digital SLR Camera Right Side

    Pentax K-30 Digital SLR Camera Left Side

    Pentax Introduces SMC DA 50MM F/1.8 Lens

    Compact, lightweight autofocus lens designed exclusively for PENTAX K-Mount interchangeable-lens digital cameras

    Pentax SMC DA 50mm f/1.8 Lens

    Denver, CO (May 21, 2012) – PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION announces the introduction of its new smc PENTAX-DA 50mm f/1.8 medium-telephoto autofocus lens, which is designed exclusively for use with the company’s K-mount interchangeable-lens (ILC) digital cameras. Thanks to state-of-the-art optical design technology from PENTAX, the lens’ image coverage is optimized for PENTAX K-mount ILC cameras to deliver sharp, clear images from edge to edge. With a sleek, modern look and a lightweight body, the new PENTAX-DA 50mm f/1.8 lens was designed with versatility and flexibility in mind and is ideal for photographers of varying levels, from amateurs to professionals.

    “The new PENTAX-DA 50mm f/1.8 lens is ideal for photographers interested in portraiture and general photography,” explains John Carlson, Sr., Manager of Sales and Marketing, PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION. “The lens measures just 1.5 inches long and weighs only 4.3 ounces, making it small enough and light enough to accompany photographers on all kinds of outings.”

    When mounted on a PENTAX K-mount ILC camera body, the PENTAX-DA 50mm f/F1.8 lens delivers a focal length of 50mm or 76.5mm in the 35mm format. The lens’ f/1.8 maximum aperture and round diaphragm blades enable it to produce a natural “bokeh” (out-of-focus) effect, which gives the blurry elements in an image a softer, rounded and more pleasing appearance. Additionally, the f/1.8 aperture makes it possible to increase camera shutter speed when photographing in poorly lit conditions, which minimizes camera shake and helps eliminate blur.

    For extra preventative measures, the front surface of the PENTAX-DA 50mm f/1.8 lens is treated with the company’s original SP (Super Protect) coating, which repels dust, water, grease, and other substances that may adhere to the surface of the lens. The protective coating promotes trouble-free use in all kinds of shooting situations.

    The PENTAX-DA 50mm f/1.8 lens will be available July 2012 with a retail price of $249.95.

  • 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

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    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.

  • Free 2-Day Shipping with Purchase of Nikon J1 Gift Set!

    Gift set includes camera, case and 8GB memory card

    Nikon J1 Special Gift Set

    For Mother's Day we put together a special package of the Nikon J1. We included a Nikon J1 with 10-30mm lens (white), an 8GB memory card and a Nikon red leather fitted case. We included these items and kept the price at the low, discounted price of only $549.95. That's $200 of the retail of these combined items!

    Mother's Day has passed, but we've decided to continue the offer! In addition, now through May 26, we are including 2-Day shipping to anywhere within the continental USA at no additional charge! Just select 2-day shipping during checkout at our website here. There's no better time to get this great value.

  • 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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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