Posts Tagged ‘announcement’

Canon Unveils the Rebel SL1, the World’s Smallest and Lightest DSLR

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Canon did a pretty good job of keeping its new tiny DSLR a secret… until last week. One week after rumors of the camera first emerged, Canon has officially announced the Rebel SL1, the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR.
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Nikon Unveils New AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6, First Update in Over a Decade

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Released in 2001, Nikon’s original 80-400mm telephoto zoom lens has consistently made it onto owners’ “please update” lists for over a decade. It was the first of Nikon’s lenses to feature VR, and though it wasn’t without fault, it was a very versatile lens.

Now 12-years in the making, the new AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR seeks to add to its predecessor’s abilities, while improving on common complaints such as slow focus and the inability to use the auto focus with newer SLRs. Read more…

Sony NEX-3N Mirrorless Camera and A58 SLT Become Official

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After having their photos and some specs leaked this past weekend, the Sony NEX-3N and A58 finally became real today through an official announcement by Sony. The new mirrorless and pellicle mirror cameras were unveiled alongside a set of new lenses, and offer some pretty standard upgrades to current models.
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Instagram Brings Photo Feeds to the Web After Two Years of Being Mobile-Centric

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For the first two years of its young life, photo sharing darling Instagram focused primarily on delivering its service to smartphone users. Although demand would have likely been great, the company’s founders decided to hold off on a browser-based component in order to become one of the pioneers of mobile photo sharing.

After the service was acquired by Facebook in 2012, the decision makers apparently decided that their mobile dominance mission had been accomplished. Later that year, in November, Instagram rolled out web profiles. Now, one of the last major walls has come tumbling down: Instagram today announced that photo feeds are now available through the web.
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Pentax Unveils a Cheap Body Cap Lens of Its Own for Its Q System

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Olympus isn’t the only camera company toying around with the concept of cheap body cap lenses. At the CP+ show in Japan, Pentax took the wraps off a body cap lens of its own for its Q system line of mirrorless cameras. Officially called the “Mount Cap Lens,” the accessory is a pint-sized hyper-focal lens that will reportedly produce toy-camera-style photographs.
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Facebook Announces Major New Search Features for Unearthing Photos

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Facebook summoned a group of tech journalists to its Menlo Park headquarters this morning to unveil the latest products its legions of programmers have been hard at work building. The major announcement was a new search engine called “Graph Search,” which will allow users to run extremely powerful search queries on the social networks database of 1 billion members, 1 trillion social connections, and 240 billion photos.
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MIOPS: Smartphone Controllable High Speed Camera Trigger

MIOPS is a new smartphone-controlled camera trigger that combines all of the features photographers want in a high-speed camera trigger into one convenient device.

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Pentax Announces Its Own Retro-Styled Camera, the MX-1

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More and more camera companies are giving their products vintage camera-inspired designs these days, and Pentax wants to join in on the fun. The company announced its own retro-styled camera earlier today called the MX-1.

It’s a fixed lens compact camera that features a sleek metal body, a fast lens, and a 12-megapixel sensor.
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Toshiba Unveils New CF Cards, Hopes to Capture Third of the Market by 2015

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A week ago we shared some reports that Toshiba was developing a re-focusable smartphone camera, but it looks like its sights are set on bigger fish than just Lytro’s market. While the photo world was focusing on the tiny re-focusing camera, Toshiba officially announced a new line of high performance CF cards that should blow the competition away and, the company hopes, secure one third of the CF market by 2015.

The new cards — dubbed the Exceria Pro series — are set to launch in Spring of this year and bring with them read and write speeds very near the theoretical 167MB/second max provided by the CF’s UDMA 7 interface.
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Canon Shows Off New Lens Cap Design: You ‘Pinch’ Rather Than ‘Squeeze’

Alongside the 24-70mm f/4 IS and 35mm f/2 IS lenses Canon announced today was an interesting tidbit that hasn’t gotten that much press: Canon is refreshing its lens cap design. Canon’s ‘Mark II’ lens caps feature a pinch-style design that’s pretty standard in the industry.
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Canon Unveils the Pricey but Stabilized 24-70mm f/4L IS and 35mm f/2 IS

The rumors were off but the leak was spot on: today Canon officially announced the not-so-secret 24-70mm f/4 IS and the 35mm f/2 IS, bringing image stabilization to two new focal length ranges.
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