Fujifilm Wants You to Put A Ring on Before Your Leica Lenses and X Pro 1 Mate

Though this has been shown off before, Fujifilm is now coming out to everyone about their Leica M to X Mount adapter. Being officially announced today, it seems to be very much alike to other adapters. I’d go even as far to say that this looks like the Dot Line adapter that I use for Micro Four Thirds.

The design consists of an aluminum mount for the body, stainless steel for the lens, and an aluminum central tube. All in all, the adapter from Fuji will maintain the 27.8mm needed to be from the sensor. With firmware 1.10, the adapter will also recognize the lens mounted and transmit necessary information to the camera. That means that the framelines you see in the viewfinder will correspond to the lens used. It will also transmit distortion control information, vignetting correction and color shading correction.

You can expect it in June for $199.99.

Joby’s Latest Gorillapods Can Hang With all the Stylish Clothing on Your Closet Rack

You know how Gorillapods were first marketed to being awesomely strong and look a bit like gorillas that could also cling to stuff? Well today, someone seems to have died their fur a bit. The company announced today that there will be cosmetic alterations in their original version. Now, they’re available in lime green, fuschia, charcoal, and sky blue.

And to kick off the launch, they’re featuring a contest on their Pinterest page.

They will ship on June 4th for around $19.99.

FUJIFILM Announces New Rugged Camera the Finepix XP170


FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the launch of the all new waterproof FinePix XP170 digital camera that combines rugged protection and durability with a new innovative Wireless Image Transfer function that allows users to wirelessly connect to their smartphone or tablet and then upload images to the Internet for online sharing. The FinePix XP170 is the latest edition in Fujifilm’s bestselling line of waterproof cameras for three years in a row.
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ioShutter Cable Release For iOS Devices Now Available

ioShutter, the world’s first shutter release system for iPhone and iPad announced back in November 2011, is now available for Canon, Samsung, Pentax and Hasselblad Cameras. The ioShutter system combines a proprietary iOS software with a shutter release cable that connects your iPhone or iPad to your camera, enabling you to control your camera’s shutter from your iOS device.

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Olympus’s New Olympus TG-1 Tough Camera Won’t Leak As Much as This Camera Was Across the Net

The internet previously chose to all jump on the bandwagon and report that the Olympus TG-1 tough camera was about to be announced after a retailer leaked it. What do you know? The camera was real after all. With a sleek chassis and compact body, the new tough camera’s most interesting new feature will be its lens: which opens up to f2.0. Plus it has a 4x optical zoom, 12MP sensor (1/2.3 CMOS, nowhere as big as premium point and shoot cameras), 3 inch LCD screen, tap controls like other Tough cameras, and more. There is also 1080p 30p video recording and it is waterproof to 12m/40ft, freezeproof to -10C/-14F, crushproof to 100kgf, shockproof to 2m and dustproof.

The one major downfall: it doesn’t shoot RAW. Specs and more after the jump.

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ThinkTank Introduces Heavy-Duty Backpacks For Travellers And Communters

ThinkTank has just announced a new range of heavy-duty traveller backpacks in the Airport series. The backpacks called Airport Accelerator, Airport Commuter and Airport Essentials (in order of size) were designed with maneuvering through airports quickly in mind. Aimed at travelling photographers, each backpack integrates quick access pockets for both laptops and iPad, a top pocket for boarding passes, and three robust handles to ensure easy placement and retrieval from overhead bins. The two smaller bagsare designed to fit under-seat in regional commuter planes. Other features are a light, adjustable, contoured harness, air mesh paneling the keeps your back cool, a height-adjustable sternum strap, a removable waist belt, side water bottle pocket, tripod/ monopod mounting system and seam sealed rain cover. Additionally, the Airport backpacks can be used with Think Tank’s Pro Speed Belts for additional support and capacity by adding component pouches and cases from the company’s Modular Rotation Component System. Read more after the jump.

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Lensbaby Pro Effects Kit Comes With Everything You Need

Lensbaby just introduced the Pro Effects Kit, a collection of Lensbaby products to get you started with Lensbaby photography. The kit contains the Composer Pro module, the Sweet 35 and Edge 80 optics, an 8mm and a 16mm macro converter, a microfiber lens cleaning cloth and a bag to tuck it all away. With two focal lengths that cover everything from moderate wide-angle to short telephoto, the tiltable Composer Pro module and the macro converters, this kit really contains everything you need. From landscapes to protraits, from flower details to product shots, or just for some creative experimenting — there isn’t much that can’t be done with this kit. However, it comes at a price. At US-$ 750, it is still better value for money than buying each product seperately, though.

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Hähnel Introduces “Tuff” Wireless Flash Trigger For Heavy-Duty Use

Ireland-based manufacturer of photographic accessories Hähnel has introduced a new entry-level wireless flash trigger called the “Tuff”. In accordance with its name, it is made from tough rubber, has a reinforced housing and is encapsuled in a silicone case, to give the photographer “peace of mind against any accidental impact” (Hähnel’s own words.) This probably makes the Tuff the ideal companion for outdoor and action shoots, where cameras and/or models are being hurled through the air (on purpose or by accident.) Or for a safari, where you risk being attacked by lions and elephants — chances are the Tuff will outlive you in such a case. But, according to Hähnel, it is also suitable for studio work (where raging models throw things at you.) Continue reading…

ThinkTank Airport 4 Sight Goes Through Airplane Isles Like Butter

ThinkTank announced today that they are releasing the industry’s first four-wheeled roller. The bag is sized to meet international airline carry-on standards. So on those cramped airline aisles you will be able to easily glide your bag sideways instead of picking it up to avoid people. In the instance where you need to roll on 2 wheels this also can easily be done as well. The bag will be able to hold 2 DSLR bodies plus 3-5 lenses plus accessories.

The bag also features 3 handles for easy carrying and retrieval. The wheel housings are extra high to provide protection from curbs or stairs. If the wheels ever get worn out ThinkTank will send a free kit so that you can replace the wheels.

The unit will ship in May and will be available to purchase on the ThinkTank website.

Bad News For Film Lovers: Fuji To Increase Prices

Fujifilm has recently announced a price raise for their photographic films. According to the company’s official statement, the increase will be “substantial” and “double digit”. As reason for the price increase, which will become effective from May 2012, Fujifilm state — once again, what else could it be — a continuously decreasing demand for film products, while the Yen’s appreciation and the cost of production are rising. However, on the bright side, Fujifilm also claims that they remain committed to photographic products and wish to sustain its photo imaging business.

So, if you’re a fan of Fujifilm photographic films and your stocks are running out, now would be a good time to buy. On second thought, that could be said about Kodak films as well …

Buy Fujifilm film from B&H Photo

Buy Kodak film from B&H Photo

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Nevercenter (Creators of Camerabag 2) Is Giving Away a Canon 5D Mk III

Nevercenter is giving away a Canon 5D Mk III and all you need to do is try their software: Camerabag 2. We reviewed it a while back, and thought that it was a nice compliment to other programs like Lightroom.

The rules are below: but we’re also giving away 5 free copies of the program if you’d like. Just comment on this blog post and tell us why you think photo filters (like the ones in Camera Bag 2) are so appealing.

How to enter:

1. Download a free trial version of CameraBag 2.

2. Post an image that you’ve manipulated in CameraBag 2 to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, or your personal blog. In addition to your own comments, your post must include the following text:

“Here’s my entry to win a free Canon 5D Mk III in the @CameraBag 2 giveaway (http://bit.ly/cb2-5d)”

3. Submit your name and a link (in the form below) to where you’ve posted your image. Make sure the privacy settings on your post allow us to see it!

Mamiya’s New Leaf Credo System Wants You to Put Your Fingers All Over It

Mamiya and Leaf combined their awesome medium format powers a while back, and they are flexing them quite a bit in the form of the new Leaf Credo medium format back. Available in 40MP, 60MP and 80MP CCD sizes for the 645DF system, it is full acknowledgement that the megapixels wars are still on.

Mamiya/Leaf claim that the sensor will have up to 12.5 stops of dynamic range: which still can’t beat film at 16 stops.

Plus, there is also USB 3.0 and Firewire interfaces, 1/4000th shutter speed, 1/1600 flash sync, and 1.2fps shooting.

But the cool part isn’t about the fact that you’ll be able to take a photo of a model and find every single blemish on their face. The back of each back has a 1.15 megapixel resolution touchscreen with multi-touch abilities: just like your iPhone or Android device. In fact, the whole panel seems to work with a touch interface.

According to Pop Photo,” The Credo 40 starts at $19,500. The 60 checks in at $32,500, and the Credo 80 will set you back a serious $39,000. And remember, you’ll need a camera body and a lens to go with it, so make sure to leave room in your budget.”

Focal Press Announces New Books/YouTube Tutorials for Photoshop CS6 Users

While everyone and their mentor has been blogging all about how Adobe Creative Suite and Photoshop CS6 will make you a better photographer, Focal Press today outed some tutorials on learning how to use the damn software to begin with. First off, there are 9 books that you can check out right here.

And for those of you that refuse to upgrade, they have Photoshop CS5Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS3 users covered.

Most impressively though, is their full on list of video tutorials that they put out today. Take a look at a couple of them right after the jump.

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Samsung Gives NX Series Complete Overhaul With NX20, NX210 And NX1000

Samsung has just announced three new NX-series interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras, of which two are upgrades to existing models and one is a completely new model. The NX20 succeeds the NX11, which itself was only a minor upgrade from the NX10. The NX210 is a refinement of the only half-year-old NX200, and the NX1000 is an all-new entry-level NX model aimed at point-and-shoot upgraders. All three cameras share the same 20.3 megapixel CMOS sensor that was first introduced in the NX200, and all three new models come with WiFi capabilities for remote control and photo sharing. Additionally, all the new NX models support 1080p HD video as well as 8 fps continous shooting. To learn what else has changed, and how the three models differ from each other, read on after the jump. Continue reading…

New Think Tank Retrospective 7 Incoming!

Think Tank is a company who listens to their clients and it shows. The people asked for a new color and a slot for an iPad and the people got just that. In May, the Think Tank Retrospective 7 bag will be released with these new features. The new portable slot will be able to hold either an iPad or a 11″ Macbook Air. It also appears that their entire Retrospective line will now be offered in the Blue Slate color as well.

In a couple weeks you will be able to order the bag soon from their website here. In the meantime you can have them notify you when its ready to ship.