Monday, February 28, 2011

EOS Rebel 600D / T3i + 18-55mm IS Kit

Photographers looking for an easy-to-use camera that will help them create their next masterpiece need look no further than the Canon EOS Rebel T3i. The next in a long line of phenomenal compact DSLRs, the EOS Rebel T3i continues the Rebel tradition of easy operation, compact design and no-compromise performance.

Featuring Canon's newest DIGIC 4 Image Processor and an 18.0 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor - plus cutting-edge technologies like Full HD video recording, Live View shooting, Wireless flash photography and even a Vari-angle 3.0-inch LCD monitor - the EOS Rebel T3i offers the best of EOS photography in a compact package.


Nikon D3100, recipient of Germany's iF Product Design Award

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation's D3100 digital-SLR camera, recipient of the iF Product Design Award 2011, is also a recipient of the iF Communication Design Award 2011. The iF Design Awards are globally prestigious awards sponsored by International Forum Design GmbH of Hanover Germany. As recipient of two prestigious iF awards in 2011, the Nikon D3100 has proven its superior design.

Nikon entered the D3100 in the iF Communication Design Award's Product Interfaces category. The D3100's GUI was designed for simple operation that can be quickly mastered by even first-time users of a digital-SLR camera, and its major feature is the Guide Mode menus that allow users to gradually increase their photographic knowledge and skill. The camera won the iF Communication Design Award based on the usability, look and feel, and uniqueness of its interface.

The D3100 (released in September 2010) is an entry level digital-SLR camera equipped with a new DX-format CMOS image sensor with an effective pixel count of 14.2-million pixels and the new image-processing engine, EXPEED 2, both developed by Nikon, that enables the capture of high-definition images with superior image quality. The D3100 is equipped with a Guide Mode function with operation simple enough for even first-time users of a digital-SLR camera. Guide Mode utilizes an intuitive GUI design comprised of selectable menu items and assist images. The camera also offers a number of convenient functions, including live view mode for framing photos using the built-in monitor, as well as the D-Movie function, which supports recording of full-HD movies. Despite its compact size and light weight, the D3100 offers the authentic performance of a digital-SLR camera, allowing users to capture beautiful photos that reflect their individual intent with simple operation.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Canon launches EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM

Canon launches two new super-telephoto lenses for its leading EOS Digital SLR (DSLR) range – the EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM and the EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM. Designed to meet the needs of the most demanding sports and wildlife photographers, both lenses offer breakthrough performance, delivering consistently high-quality images and incredible mobility. The launch of the models follows a development announcement in August 2010, and the display of prototypes at Photokina 2010 in Cologne, Germany.

Launching into Canon’s professional L-series, the models replace the widely-respected EF 500mm F/4L IS USM and EF 600mm F/4L IS USM, and are designed to achieve unparalleled levels of image quality. Each includes the highest-quality optics and the latest Canon Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, while magnesium alloy constructions with titanium components make each lens significantly lighter and even more durable. Launching as the lightest lens in its class*1, the EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM benefits from an exceptional 27% reduction (1.4kg) in weight compared to its predecessor, while the EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM offers an impressive reduction of 17% (680g).



Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Leica M7 Edition Hermes

This Leica M7 limited Edition Hermès offers a total of 200 silver chrome Leica M7 cameras with exquisite leather finishes applied by Hermès. The body and the carrying strap of the camera are made in Swift calfskin, a drummed leather with extreme suppleness. Connoisseurs of pieces that are extraordinary in both quality and style may choose between two eye-catching varieties in "étoupe" and "orange". Only 100 cameras are available in each of the two leather colours.

Leica M7 Hermes - etoupe with LEICAVIT-M

Leica M7 Hermes - Orange

In addition to the silver chrome camera, the special Leica M7 Edition Hermès set also includes a matching, silver anodised Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. wide-angle lens. The lens is complemented by a classical round lens hood in silver anodised metal manufactured exclusively for the Edition Hermès. The set also includes a Leicavit M rapid winder finished in silver chrome. The finishing touch to the special edition is provided by the leather carrying strap handcrafted in the Hermès ateliers to match the colour of the camera chosen.



Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Leica M9 "Titanium"

The exclusive special edition Leica M9 "Titanium" is the result of a collaboration with Walter de'Silva, the prominent automobile designer. Responsible for groundbreaking design concepts for the latest models from the Volkswagen Group, the chief designer and his Audi Design Team have re-interpreted the design of the LEICA M9 just as he envisaged it. The outcome is a unique camera with a new interpretation of the characteristic features of Leica rangefinder cameras, which lends precision engineering, unique style and solid titanium to extraordinary formal design. As a result, the LEICA M9 ‘Titanium' is an especially desirable object for both Leica connoisseurs and aficionados of outstanding design. This special edition is strictly limited to just 500 cameras worldwide and is offered as a set together with a LEICA SUMMILUX-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens, whose exterior metal components are also manufactured from solid titanium.

The LEICA SUMMILUX-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens supplied with this special edition, also features a new, focussed design concept, in which the essential elements harmonise perfectly with the style of the camera. Its round, screw mount lens hood is constructed with four slits around its circumference to prevent obstruction of view through the finder.
All visible metal parts of the lens and lens hood are manufactured from solid titanium with an additional special surface finish applied to enhance their outstanding resistance to wear.



Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Canon celebrates 60 million EF lens production milestone

TOKYO, February 7, 2011—Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. announced today the achievement of a new EF lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of the company's 60-millionth lens in January 2011: an EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM.

Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex film cameras began in 1987 at the company's Utsunomiya Plant, and has since expanded to a total of four production centers including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in Japan. EF lenses reached the 10-million-unit milestone after approximately eight and a half years in production, followed by the 40-million-mark in April 2008 and, owing to the rapid spread of the EOS Digital series, production then increased 10 million units to reach the 50-million mark in December 2009. Canon celebrated 60-million lenses produced in January 2011—an increase of 10 million units after only a short one year and one month period.

First introduced in March 1987, along with Canon's EOS SLR camera system, the EF lens has over the years led the industry through the incorporation of a number of innovative technologies, including such world's firsts*1 as the Ultrasonic Motor-powered lens (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) that compensates for the effects of camera shake, Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology, and a multi-layered diffractive optical element. Last year, Canon announced the introduction of the world's first*1 true fisheye zoom lens with angle-of-view coverage from 180-degree circular fisheye to 180-degree diagonal fisheye: the EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM. The model is slated for release in March 2011.

Canon's current EF lens lineup, comprising 65 models,*2 ranges from super-wide-angle lenses to super-telephoto zoom lenses. The company's diverse lens selection offers several features, including a number of zoom options ranging from standard to super-telephoto, Image Stabilizer-equipped lenses, large-diameter lenses, macro-lenses and TS-E lenses incorporating a special tilt-shift mechanism allowing manipulation of image perspective and distortion.

Canon will continue to refine its optical technologies, striving to produce exceptional lenses that cater to the varying needs of photographers—from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals—while contributing to expanding the photographic possibilities for SLR cameras.


Digital Compact Camera Nikon COOLPIX L120 / L23

A high-power zoom model with 21X optical zoom, a large clear LCD monitor and an elegant design
An entry-level model equipped with 5X optical zoom and automatic functions that make shooting simpler and more fun

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of two new COOLPIX L-series digital cameras. L-series cameras combine the simple operation and functions that make using a digital camera enjoyable. The COOLPIX L120 is a high-power zoom model offering 21X optical zoom, adjusted via the side zoom control, and a high-definition LCD monitor in an elegant design. The COOLPIX L23 is an entry-level model with enhanced automatic functions that enable simple operation, making shooting easier and more enjoyable.

The COOLPIX L120 is successor to the L110. It offers an effective pixel count of 14.1-million pixels, a 21X optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers a broad range of focal lengths from wide-angle 25mm through super-telephoto 525mm (35mm format equivalent), and a 3-inch, approximately 921k-dot (VGA) TFT LCD monitor with wide viewing angle. In addition, new features to improve the performance of this high-power zoom L-series model, including a new side zoom control and flash pop-up button, have been adopted without any sacrifice to the elegant design or compact size.
Further, the power-efficient The COOLPIX L120 is capable of capturing approximately 330 still images or roughly three hours and five minutes of HD movies with stereo sound using the supplied AA alkaline batteries.

The COOLPIX L23 allows for the capture of beautiful photos with simple operation through features such as an effective pixel count of 10.1-million pixels, a built-in 5X optical zoom NIKKOR lens, and the Easy Auto shooting mode. What's more, additional features such as the large and clear 2.7-inch, approximately 230k-dot (QVGA) TFT LCD monitor and support for common AA batteries that can be purchased just about anywhere make this compact camera extremely easy to operate, even for beginners.


Digital Compact Camera Nikon COOLPIX P300 / P500

Expansion of the multi-function, high-performance COOLPIX P-series lineup
Nikon releases two new models equipped with backside illumination CMOS sensors

The P300 is equipped with an f/1.8 wide-angle zoom (beginning at 24mm) NIKKOR lens
The P500 supports capture of high-quality images with 36X zoom and effective noise and distortion reduction

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce two new COOLPIX P-series models, the P300 and the P500. The COOLPIX P series is a line of multi-function, high-performance compact digital cameras that enable authentic shooting capabilities.

The P300 establishes a new branch of compact, wide-angle zoom models in the P-series line. As successor to the compact, high-power zoom P100 (released in March 2010), the P500 offers greater zoom power and improved functions over its predecessor. The addition of the compact, wide-angle zoom P300 and the high-power zoom P500 to the P7000 (released in September 2010), the P-series flagship model, expands the lineup to three models that respond to the needs of a wide variety of users, from compact digital camera users looking to advance to a model that offers more functions, to those hoping to polish their shooting technique as if with digital-SLR cameras. In order to enable an authentic shooting experience, the P300 and P500 are equipped with backside illumination CMOS sensors that enable high-speed processing capability for beautiful, blur-free images, even with shooting in dark or dimly lit surroundings. The cameras are also equipped with NIKKOR lenses and image processing engines that utilize Nikon's exclusive optical technologies, as well as a variety of shooting and in-camera editing functions.

Digital Compact Camera Nikon COOLPIX S9100 / S6100 / S4100 / S3100 / S2500

5 new COOLPIX S-series models - features include backside illumination CMOS sensors for beautiful photos of even dark scenes, effective pixel counts of up to 16-million pixels, a slim new 18X zoom NIKKOR lens and a convenient touch panel monitor

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the five new COOLPIX S-series models that incorporate advanced functions in a stylish design.

The Nikon COOLPIX S9100, which establishes a new branch in the S-series lineup, is a high-performance model equipped with a slim new 18× zoom lens and a backside illumination CMOS sensor that effectively suppresses noise in photos taken at high sensitivities. Together, these two features enable the capture of beautiful photos of dark scenes, including night landscapes and indoor scenes. What's more, the camera also offers support for recording of full-HD movies. The Nikon COOLPIX S6100 is successor to the S6000 and offers the same technologies for capturing beautiful, blur-free photos of difficult nighttime scenes that made the S6000 so popular. A touch panel LCD monitor has been adopted for the S6100, which also offers an effective pixel count of 16-million pixels. The Nikon COOLPIX S4100 and S3100 are even slimmer than their predecessors, the S4000 and S3000, and offer improved zoom functions and come in a rich variety of stylish color options. Finally, the Nikon COOLPIX S2500 is released as a model with basic camera functions that make photography simpler and more enjoyable.