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.”

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