Archives for November 6, 2012

Another new Nikon adds swiveling LCD to SLR line

Is it just us, or have the top camera makers announced a much higher-than-average number of new models in the second half of 2012? And while the deluge has abetted, the debuts have not stopped completely: The D5200 is a full-scale entry-level model that enables flexible expression, Nikon says, thanks to a side-hinged vari-angle LCD.

The camera has a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor and 39-point autofocus system — and an image-processing engine that’s the equivalent of the one built into Nikon’s D4 flagship camera, the company says. The side-hinged vari-angle monitor also first showed up on the D5100.

But the new entry-level model “meets photo enthusiasts’ demands for full-scale photography capabilities,” the company says. The US price was not announced, although Europe’s was: €899.

Also, with optional wireless remote controllers, the camera can be run from a smart phone or tablet.

More information is here.


Corel brings multimedia ebooks to Windows 8 with MediaBook

The Windows 8 app Roxio MediaBook from Corel “easily combines photos and videos with audio and text to create dynamic and interactive ebooks.”

The software was “designed from scratch specifically for Windows 8 and its new generation of touch enabled devices,” Corel says. “Our goal is to provide consumers with a fun and entirely new way to experience their personal media and to share it with friends and family.”

The company adds that MediaBook “makes it easy for anyone to create visually rich and interactive ebooks, no matter their artistic or technical prowess. Included templates take the guess work out of designing a layout and the in-application photo and video tools enable users to edit as they go, making ebook compilation quick and easy.”

MediaBook produces an industry-standard EPUB3 format ebook that can be published locally and shared via email, Facebook and Microsoft SkyDrive. It can also be played with the free Roxio MediaBook Reader for Windows 8, and iBooks on Apple’s iOS.

Roxio MediaBook Ultimate is $20.

More information is here.


Canon widens its lens line

“The lens is the window to creativity, providing the unique perspective and vantage that allows photographers to turn a scene into art,” Canon says as it introduces new glass.

The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens has macro shooting capabilities at the telephoto end. Aimed at full-frame SLR owners, the lens features a constant maximum aperture of f/4 throughout the entire zoom range with 15 lens elements in 12 groups. It’s $1,500.

The EF 35mm f/2 IS USM adds image stabilization to popular focal-length prime lens, the company says. The compact and lightweight wide-angle lens has faster and quieter AF than its predecessor. It’s $850.

Optics: Two from Tamron

Lens-maker Tamron has two more optical packages for SLR shooters:

The first is the most compact full-size, high-speed telephoto zoom lens, Tamron says, delivering leading-edge image quality. It features vibration compensation and an ultrasonic silent drive.

The SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts for $1500. Also, it’s new optical design delivers high contrast and high resolution throughout the zoom range, Tamron says, and the  multi-layer coating technology dramatically improves lens performance by reducing flare and ghosting for crisper, clearer images.

The 90mm macro lens features completely redesigned optics, vibration compensation, and an ultrasonic silent drive. The SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts, for $850.

Two extra low dispersion glasses and one low dispersion element reduce chromatic aberrations, the company says, “yielding sharp images and outstanding resolution.” Also, the new extended bandwidth & angular-dependency coating “delivers a dramatic improvement in antireflection performance-significantly reducing flare and ghosting for clearer, crisper images.”

Nominate a DIMA member for the 2013 Board of Directors

Know a DIMA member who is a great leader? Someone who has creative ideas, excels in marketing or is a truly innovative thinker? Then nominate that person for the 2013 DIMA Board of Directors!

To submit your nomination, email Jeff Frazine by Nov. 26, 2012. The election will be held during the DIMA 2013 Conference in January.

More than 18,000 2013 International CES attendees coming for digital imaging/photography – the focus of PMA@CES

We heard a great stat from the folks at CES this morning… so far, 18,234 early registrants for the 2013 International CES said they are attending the event to check out exhibitors in the digital imaging/photography space. With another 9 weeks still remaining to register, this number is certain to grow even higher. As the place within CES for the most concentrated exhibits of digital imaging/photography products and services, 2013 PMA@CES will be the best destination for those 18,000-plus attendees.

PMA President Allen Showalter pointed out that with so much excitement around images these days, it’s no surprise that more than 18,000 people – and counting — are coming to Vegas in January to see digital imaging and photography exhibitors.

“We look forward to having these many thousands of imaging buyers on the 2013 PMA@CES trade show floor, where they will find the most innovative and profitable imaging services and accessories to grow their businesses,” he noted.

In case you have somehow managed to miss this, 2013 PMA@CES will take place January 8-11, 2013, at the LVH, formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton – just steps away from 2013 CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center, in Las Vegas, Nev. Immediately preceding PMA@CES are the DIMA 2013 and PSPS/SPAA 2013 Conferences, January 6-7, 2013, at Bally’s Las Vegas, where photo imaging retailers, chain stores, professional labs, photographers and other members of the imaging industry can find the very best educational sessions and networking opportunities to make their businesses more successful and profitable than ever.

Not registered yet? Click here and do it now. Companies interested in exhibiting at 2013 PMA@CES can contact Jeff Frazine at or