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.

Leica to Have a North American Road Show

Today, Leica announced that they will host a North American Road Show in which they will visit 26 major North American cities. It will commence on March 18, 2010 in Miami, Florida and conclude on June 23, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. People interested in the Leica M and S system will perhaps want to pay the $149 to get in. Details and the press release after the jump.

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RAW Photo Capabilities Come to Cellphones Via OmniVision

Just when cameras like the S90 and others were making a strive forward, OmniVision has announced today at Mobile World Congress the introduction of a 1/4 inch 5MP sensor that will shoot RAW photos and will be available for cell phones. The sensor is also complete with backside illumination. If that wasn’t enough, it can also shoot 1080p HD video at 30p and 720p at 60p. Let’s also keep in mind that this is a much smaller sensor.

Showing ultimate megapixel restraint, it will allow photographers and users that always have a phone in their pocket to take better pictures and have more flexibility in the editing process. Next to the new sensor in the photo above is a Micro Four Thirds sensor.

While technology like this is great news, let’s keep in mind that most of America also doesn’t know that much about photography so something like this may hopefully encourage them to do more with their photos. It will also boost citizen journalism. Hopefully photo editing apps will be able to keep up, like those on Android. Let’s also keep in mind that processors need to keep up as well. More is available on the press release and technical specs are after the jump.

Via Wired

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Olympus Announces New Compacts for CES 2010, Use SD Cards

Yesterday for CES 2010, Olympus announced an update to their point and shoot camera line. Amongst the updates, they now use SD cards vs the old XD cards that many photographers and users quite disliked. The cameras, due to be released in March, are aimed towards the entry-level crowd, enthusiasts, etc. This means that the Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds crowds will have to wait just a little longer. Major specs and target audiences on the cameras after the jump.

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Sony Announces HX5V/B Premium Point and Shoot

Today, Sony announced updates to their camcorder and camera line for CES 2010. For their premium point-and-shoot line, they announced the new HX5V/B with the help of professional photographer Nigel Barker. A particularly cool feature shown off was wireless sharing with other wireless capable cameras. Another feature shown was a panoramic shooting mode using the new EXMOR sensor that is backlit and helps with low light shooting. This will help with the relatively slow lens with a maximum aperture of F3.5

More info can be found on the specific link Sony’s Website. I’ll be trying to get my hands on a test item and it seems like a product that should fly off the shelves.

Taylor Swift to Document her Tour with Sony Products

Today for CES 2010, Sony brought out Taylor where she let us know that she will be touring in Australia soon. Soon afterwards, she let the audience of journalists and web viewers know that she will be documenting it all with Sony products. Swift said that she believe her audience is really cutting edge and that it will all be done in 3D.

This was done after Sony showed off some of Jimmy Hendrix’s stuff remastered in 3D.

New Canon Product Target Analysis for CES 2010

Canon made a lot of announcements today: everything from a new lens, point and shoot cameras, and camcorders. Amongst it all though, I’ve realized amongst readers that it can be confusing what product they should get or what they may be interested in. As a result, here are the basic specs of each product and their intended target.

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