Nikon Announces New Lenses and D3100 Camera

Today, Nikon has announced an update to their lens line as well as a new DSLR, the D3100. Most prominently, the D3100 features full-time auto focus modes while recording video. The lenses include an update to the aging 85mm F1.4 and the new 24-120mm F4 VR ED targeted towards professionals.

UPDATE: SOME ITEMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR ORDER. SEE POSTING!

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REMINDER: Tomorrow Night is the Snapshots Meetup in Midtown NYC

Tomorrow night, the staff of The Phoblographer and loads of other people will be getting together to have a meet up. There are loads of networking events out there in the technology industry, but not many for photographers. I’m looking to unite us all once a month, every third Thursday. We’re meeting at Stone Creek (140 East 27th between 3rd and Lexington) from 6pm to 10pm (maybe later). Come have a drink with us. We’ve got the front couch area to ourselves. Here are the details from the event:

Hey everyone,

I’m starting my own monthly networking get-together looking to gather people across the photo industry: PR reps, photographers, journalists, art buyers, studio techs, etc. It will be every third Thursday of the month. Come join us, grab a drink, some good food, and chat about the industry.

I’m really trying to get people to connect with one another: PR reps with journalists or with photographers, Art Buyers with Photographers, etc. Think social networking without the computer.

Email me for details: chrisgamapt[at]gmail[dot]com.

Hope to see you all there,
Chris Gampat

Canon Announces New 7D Studio Version

Today, Canon announced the release of the new Canon 7D Studio Version, which they coin as, “Ideal for professional school and event photographers which features four levels of ‘locking’ camera controls for studio environments.” On top of this is a new barcode system that links up with the image files put out by the camera by embedding the information into the EXIF data. Be sure to check out our review of the Canon 7Dand some work we did with wireless flash control. Additionally, check out how it did against the Nikon D300sin our head on review. According to the release, “The new EOS 7DSV (Studio Version) Barcode Kit (EOS 7DSV and WFT-E5A with firmware change) will carry an estimated selling price of $ $2599. The EOS 7DSV (Studio Version) Body Only will carry an estimated selling price of $1829.”

Editor’s note: Apparently the camera has been shipping for a while, but only now announced.

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Leica X1 and a Canon Rebel Make Getty's Approved Camera List

The blogosphere is abuzz about the Leica X1making Getty’s approved camera list. Rightfully so in fact, it is the first camera with a fixed lens to do so. But I don’t think anyone else noticed a couple of strange thing about this list. Before I go on though, please note that this is a list that I used to have memorized by heart when I used to work for agencies:

– It seems as if this is the first time a Rebel, the Canon EOS Rebel T2i, has made the list.

– The 30D and the D200 are still on the list.

– Olympus (and Micro Four Thirds in general) have created better cameras than the Olympus E3, and it is still the only one on the list. Cameras that I believe should be are the Panasonic GH1, Panasonic GF1, and the Olympus E-P2. At minimum, the Olympus E30should be present.

– The Pentax K20D is on the list, but not the Pentax K-xdespite the K-x’s wonderful sensor.

Am I the only one that think this is weird?

Samsung Announces PL90 With a Flip-like Pop-out USB Connector

Samsung has just announced a new budget compact camera that could indicate the company’s desire to carve out an entirely new niche in the market. A few years ago, the Flip Video camcorder made waves by offering users a cheap, convenient way to take videos. Its low price, simple controls, and convenient pop-out USB connector appealed to casual users and it’s since become one of the most popular consumer camcorders on the market. Today, the Flip camcorder is emulated by several companies, including Samsung. However, the HMX-E10 is last week’s news. This pseudo-Flip-like camera is all-new.

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Kodachrome May Be Dead, But Color Polaroid Film Is Back

Even though Kodachrome is dead, film users, hipsters, and Lady Gaga acolytes will be happy to know that the Impossible Project seems to be alive and well. As shown in the video above, lovers of the nostalgic and unique film can get their hands on packs now. The film appears to have been improved as well as it isn’t temperature sensitive anymore.

Check out the video above. The gearhead in me wants that sexy camera bag and a collapsible, smaller camera like the one there. Hell, imaging a Micro Four Thirds model with a Polaroid attachment.

Via The Mijonju Show

Panasonic Announces New HM-TA1 and HDC-SDX1 Camcorders

Panasonic has just announced the release of two interesting new camcorders. The TA1 is a pocket camcorder that doubles as a web-cam and the SDX1 is their lightest full HD camcorder that also doubles as a web-cam. Hit the jump for more specs and the important pieces from the press releases.

Editor’s Note: Apparently more Panasonic information is coming this evening. Stay Tuned!

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4K Video Comes to YouTube

Mind = Blown right now

According to the YouTube Blog, YouTube announced today that they will support the 4K video format. For those of you not familiar with the tech lingo, 4K is around 4x the size of HD video (HD = appx 1,000 lines of resolution. 4K = appx 4,000 lines of resolution.)

In Google’s exact words, “At 4096 x 3072 pixels, 4K is nearly four times the size of 1080p. To view any video in a source resolution greater than 1080p, select “Original” in the video quality pulldown menu.”

Viewers can take a look at how amazing 4K video is by checking out this playlist of users that created films in the format.

For what it’s worth, 4K is the resolution that RED cameras and other professional cinema cameras shoot at. The ability to stream this much information over the web requires tremendous amounts of server power. On your side, it will require an extremely fast cable-modem or a helluvalot of patience.

Videographers/Photographers: Does this mean that the time to upgrade your DSLR rig is right around the corner?

Via YouTube Blog.

Pics From the NYC Photo Festival Press Preview

That’s really all this posting is. Take a look for yourself. All photos shot with the Leica M9 and 35mm F2.5 Summarit. I’ve had the camera for a week so far and my published field review starts soon.

Is the Leica V-Lux 20 Imminent?

LeicaRumors has been reporting on the possible release of the  V-LUX 20 for a little while now. According to Leica’s Facebook page, there is news to come next week. In addition there is also quite a bit of speculation as to what could be coming.

My bet is the V-LUX 20 for sure. Although keep in mind that Leica did recently confirm their joining of the Micro Four Thirds alliance and that there may have been possible hints dropped in my recent interview with them.

Apple Postpones Launch Of iPad Internationally By One Month

For photographers that still want to get their iPad, know that Apple is putting you first over international orders. According to an Apple media release today, Apple is delaying the international launch of the iPad due to the excessive demand of the product. That means that people outside of the US can expect to see it at the end of May. Before you make the purchase, take a look at how it could possibly help you. Here’s the release:

April 14, 2010

Apple Media Advisory

Apple today released the following statement:

Although we have delivered more than 500,000 iPads during its first week, demand is far higher than we predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks as more people see and touch an iPad™. We have also taken a large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery by the end of April.

Faced with this surprisingly strong US demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month, until the end of May. We will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders on Monday, May 10. We know that many international customers waiting to buy an iPad will be disappointed by this news, but we hope they will be pleased to learn the reason—the iPad is a runaway success in the US thus far.

Press Contacts:
Natalie Harrison
Apple
harri@apple.com

(408) 862-0565

Natalie Kerris
Apple
nat@apple.com
(408) 974-6877

Canon 5D Mk II Firmware Update 2.0.3 Now available

The Canon 5D Mk II 2.0.3 firmware update that everyone has been waiting for is now available here. Once again, “Firmware upgrade 2.0.3 meets the demands of both professional movie producers and aspiring filmmakers alike by adding 24p video acquisition and changing the 30p video frame rate to 29.97 to comply with TV production standards. In addition, audio capability is enhanced for professional use, adding manual audio level control, and increasing the audio sampling frequency to 48KHz from 44.1KHz.” Also be sure to keep in mind the rebates that are available until April 3rd.

NTSC:

* 1920×1080 : 30 fps (changed – actual 29.97 fps)
* 1920×1080 : 24 fps (added – actual 23.976 fps)
* 640×480 : 30 fps (changed – actual 29.97 fps)

Canon Announces 24p Movie Firmware Update for the 5D Mk II

It’s coming (again)! Canon has announced that in mid-March, Firmware update 2.03 for the Canon 5D Mk II will allow for full 1080p HD video recording at 24, 25 and 29.97fps to match the PAL and NTSC broadcast standards. Other features include a new histogram display while shooting movies and allows users to manually control sound recording levels. My favorite though is perhaps that audio sampling frequency has also been increased to match broadcast material standards from 44.1KHz to 48KHz and will allow for users to set the audio volume. Read more over at DPReview.

The 5D Mk II is my camera of choice and so I am excited for this.

Sigma Launches Lens Finder To Help Find The Right Lens

Sigma launched a new portion of their website entitled Lens Finder. What it does is asks you to check off a couple of boxes and automatically recommends lenses for your purposes. I’m currently looking through for photojournalism, weddings and portraits.

Give it a try for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments below. And if you’re confused by the terminology, check this out. Also be sure to look at our coverage of lenses to help you out as well.