Leica S-System Gets Its Own Facebook Page

Leica announced today that their S-system is getting its own Facebook page. I was able to get some hands-on time with the S2 and actually was really impressed with it. In addition to offering fans the opportunity to register for S-System demos, the page specifically highlights news, tips and features of the S-System, a completely new digital camera concept that meets supreme professional photography requirements.

This makes me wonder if we should be expecting a special edition of the S2 during Photokina.

Buy a Bokeh Master's Kit, Help a Child

The other day, we showed off a sample from the Bokeh Master’s kit. Udi J Tirosh, the creator, has announced that he is trying to raise funds for Kids with Cameras. So how do you help? Well, Udi has created a couple of special editions of the kit for 70-200mm lenses that are being auctioned off on eBay. Udi states that all profits will go towards helping the organization.

Here are the links for the five auctions if you’re interested.:

Pentax K-5 Gets All Official

Sure the Pentax K-5 was rumored to be quite a trooper, but do you think that there might be a Korejanairobot Limited Edition as well? The important specs: 16.3 CMOS sensor, 7fps shooting, ISO 80-12,800, 1080p HD video at 25p, 11 point AF, fully weathersealed, 3 inch 921,000 dot LCD, 100% viewfinder and will retail for $1,599.95 in October. Pentax has a first look at their Youtube and the pres release is after the jump.

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OK GO Films Video with Samsung NX100 (And we’ve got still samples)

We recently did a hands-on with the Samsung NX100 and we just got news that OK GO has filmed a viral music video with the camera. Samsung is releasing a teaser trailer today. According to the press release, “A series of behind-the-scenes episodes has also been produced using the Samsung NX100, following OK Go as they embark on this creative project. The clips show the creative brilliance of OK Go meeting the technical ingenuity of the i-Function Lens, as they create a piece of video art that will be viewed, downloaded, sent on and talked about across the world. In addition, the episodes provide a fun way to learn about how the NX100 itself works. The series also challenges viewers to explore their own creativity.”

Beyond the videos though, we got to put an SD card in a pre-production NX100 the other night to take some stills. Check them out after the jump. Admittedly, we found the metering to be a bit off but otherwise thought this to be a very stellar piece of gear. You can currently pre-order the camera at B&H in Black or Brown.

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Nikon Announces New D7000, 35mm f/1.4 and 200mm f/2

Today, Nikon announced the D7000, successor to the much-loved Nikon D90. Additionally, they are proud to say that their f/1.4 lineup of primes is now complete with the 35mm f/1.4 and that they’ve released a new 200mm f/2 lens. Lastly, the SB-700 flash now replaces the SB-600. Specs, details and my notes from the meeting with Nikon are after the jump.

Editor’s note: Nikon updated the press release to remove this sentence- “Both of these lenses will be available in October”.

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Olympus Announces New Flagship E-5 DSLR

Olympus has announced a new DSLR, a Successor to E-3, the E-5. The E-5 Now Supports class 6 SD cards along with Compact Flash Unlike the E-3 which was only able to use CF. The Sensor has been upgraded from the E-3 ‘s 10 Megapixel to a 12.3 Mp High speed Live MOS Sensor for stills and movies which can be viewed through a 3 inch Swivel VGA LCD. The Camera has a 100% field of view and it will have the ability to shoot in the region of 5 frames per second. All this for $1,699.99.

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Pentax K-r Official: New Colors, Infrared Transmission Standard

Today, the Pentax K-r was announced. It will be capable of shooting 6fps, infrared data transmission to cell phones and other devices, 11-point AF, 720p HD video, in-camera special effects filters, ISO 25,600, and will be available in October for $799.95 in a number of colors. You can pre-order it at Amazonright now.

Full Press Release at Photography Bay.

Preview at DPReview

Overview at Imaging Resource

Basics over at Digital Camera Review

Morgan Spurlock and More to Speak at This Year's Vimeo Festival and Awards

Chances are that if you’re a reader of this site that you’re an HDSLR user. Vimeo, the community with loads and loads of creative filmmakers and HDSLR users is hosting their annual Festival and Awards event and there seem to be quite a great number of speakers. Morgan Spurlock, the guy that did Super size Me, will be one of the guest speakers. Him and others will be talking more about the digital world and how documentaries are changing. This sounds really exciting as a guy that used to be an avid Vimeo user. Check out the press release after the jump. Also, you may want to check out B&H’s new HDSLR Guide.

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Nikon Announces New P7000 Prosumer Point-And-Shoot and Others

Watch out Canon! Nikon’s new P7000 seems very aggressively targeted towards taking out the Canon PowerShot G11(reviewed here) from the market. With a long feature set, we may perhaps see this taking aim at the Canon PowerShot S95in addition to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5(comparison here) and the rumored G12. Nikon also announced the S8100 and the S80—all of which I’ve seen in person and was able to hold. I’ve seen these cameras about a month ago: my notes from the meeting and press releases are after the jump.

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Associated Press: Shutterbugs Ditching Digital For Film

AP released a video story not long ago exploring how the recent trend in photography is how users are ditching digital for film. According to the video, “Shutterbugs are rediscovering aperture settings, ISO film, shutter speeds and other terminology.” The piece goes on to talk to a Lomography store owner.

Professionals, photography students and those with the knowledge: share your thoughts in the comments below. I for one think this is kind of dissing digital, but there is a recent trend of shooting with film again. I also believe that AP isn’t going in-depth enough to explore why film is making the comeback and that those that really know how to do digital work (and make good money off of it) will still continue to do so. That’s also not to say I hate film. The Leica M7and 50mm F1.4 Summilux review is in the works. Additionally, so is a review of the Fujifilm Instax MINI 7s White Instant Film Camerawith the INSTAX MINI Twin Pack Instant Film(which also come in a bundlefor the hipster in all of us.)

Samsung Unveils HMX-T10 HD Camcorder

Samsung just announced the HMX-T10, a new HD-capable camcorder. It’s small, smooth, stylish, and sports a slightly slanted lens that Samsung claims lets users “enjoy their recording experience without any discomfort to their arm or wrist.” It can record 1920 x 1080 video at 60 interpolated frames per second and features a 10X optical zoom lens, an SD/SDHC card slot, and a 2.7-inch touchscreen. It will retail for $299 when it ships late this month. Read the full press release after the jump. Continue reading…

Olympus Announces New Limited Edition Black EP-2 and Lenses

Today, Olympus announced a limited edition black EP-2 Pen camera along with accessories to match for the fashionista/special ops types. On top of this are the announcement of new lenses—the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 will be available in December 2010, while the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 will be available in November 2010. Both lenses will be available in black and silver. Press releases are after the jump.

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Free Manfrotto Webinar Tomorrow On Choosing the Right Lens, Exposure

We’ve already discussed how important your lenses are and tomorrow the Manfrotto School of Xcellence will be hosting a free webinar coaching photographers on tips and tricks for improving one’s photography. Specifically, they’ll be discussing mastering specific camera modes such as aperture priority and shutter priority, even full manual, as well as proper lens selection. The webinar will feature commentary from Marc De Tollenaere.

You can catch it tomorrow, 8/27/2010 from 2-3 PM Eastern time for free. You can go here to register.

Canon Announces 60D and Lens Updates

Today, Canon announced the long awaited and long rumored 60D DSLR camera along with the 400mm F2.8 L IS II, 300mm F2.8 L IS II, a new 1.4x extender, 2x extender, 70-300 4.5-5.6 L IS USM, and an 8-15mm f4 L fisheye zoom. The 60D is placed between the T2i(reviewed here) and the 7D(reviewed here) and replaces the current 50D. Unfortunately, no details or predicted features on the 1Ds Mk IV were spilled, which is a camera that everyone is still waiting for. I’ve had hands-on time with the 60D for the PDN Gear Guide, which I’m writing, to be released at Photo Plus. For a full-report, stay tuned to PDN.

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Sony Announces New A55, A33, A560 DSLRs, New Lenses

Today, Sony announced their A55 and A33 DSLR cameras that use translucent mirror technology and that get rid of the optical viewfinder. For those that don’t like EVFs, the A560 is the A550 but adds full HD video amongst other features like continuous Phase Detect AF in video mode. Also announced were a bunch of lenses announced earlier on in Europe this year. While you’re at it, be sure to check out our Sony NEX-5review so far that includes some of the features in these DSLRs.

Editor’s Note: I’ve now had hands-on time with the cameras.

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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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