Weekend Wrap for February 18, 2011

The latest news from the Adoramasphere

Fantasea's Fujifilm 3D underwater camera housing
Fantasea this week introduced what may be the first 3D underwater camera housing. Deisnged for the Fujifilm 3D W3 compact camera, the Recsea WHF-3D W3 Housing is rated to depths of 130 feet. It offers an accessory hot shoe for mounting lighting accessories, and includes spare O-rings and silicone grease. But before you dive in, know that the price to go deep is steep: $1,099, camera not included.

New Tenba camera bags offer colorful choices
Who says camera bags can't have some fun? Until a few years ago, cameras could only be found in black, grey or silver but that has changed. Now Tenba has launched the Vector line of prosumer camera bags, available in a rainbow of colors: Krypton Green, Oxygen Blue, Cadmium Red and traditional Carbon black. The bags come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including pouches, top-load bags for small DSLR setups,  traditional design shoulder bags, and a daypack. For details read the Tenba press release.


Pentax service notice for K5
Pentax wants to make sure a stain on its flagship DSLR's sensor doesn't become a stain on its reputation. Apparently among the first shipment of the Pentax K5 were models with stains on sensors, causing images with spots that look like water drops that can't be removed using ordinary cleaning methods.  If you are seeing odd spots that won't come off that look like the spots in the image shown here, Pentax will repair your camera at no charge for the repair or shipping. Check the customer support notice or call them at 800-877-0155 if you need the repair.

Sigma turns 50
Sigma is celebrating its 50th anniversary by giving away a 50mm f/1.4 lens at WPPI next week. There will be a “golden ticket” givewaway as well as $50 coupons for Sigma products and free t-shirts. If you're attending, stop by booth 701 for details and remember....life begins at 50!

New Manfrotto tripods, bags
Manfrotto has launched two lines of tripods, and is getting into camera bags. The 290 series of aluminum tripods, ranging from $110 to $135, features two 3-section models, with a 4-section model possibly on the way. The Compact series of light tripods and monopods are designed for travel photography. Finally, Manfrotto will be launching its first line of camera bags, called Stile, in the spring. They will include backpacks, sling bags and smaller bags for compact cameras Shown above: Bella V Shoulder Bag.

DxO Optics Pro adds Olympus, Panasonic, Sony cameras
DxO Optics Pro 6, which optimizes images for specific camera and lens combinations and which includes a Single Shot HDR feature, has just ben updated to include several new cameras. Version 6.5.4 will now support the Olympus E-PL2, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5, and Sony Alpha A580, along with 69 new lens modules. 

Good news for Outdoor Shooters
Nielsen, the people that bring you Photo Plus Expo and publish PDN and Rangefinder magazine, has just announced the world's first trade show specifically for outdoor photographers. The PDN Outdoor Photo Expo will take place August 4-5 in Salt Lake City alongside the Outdoor Retailer show. The show will offer products, workshops and events for travel, wildlife and adventure photographers. Details coming soon.

SpyderCube demo video
The SpyderCube is a wonderful tool for calibrating your RAW images, as our field test proved. But if you don't quite get how it works, check out this video, which breaks it down for you:

Firmware Updates:

Nikon D3100 v 1.01 is a minor update that fixes issues with continuous shooting in live mode previews, AF focus point problems, in-camera retouching, RAW white balance magenta cast, an error message that's effected by high internal temperature, a revision in the Help menu for noise reduction, and noise reduction menu setting changes. Download the firmware

Ricoh GXR v1.13 corrects problems with start-up when an Eye-Fi card is being used, a minor problem with shutter speed display in A mode, and improvements in AF speed when using the 28mm f/2.5 A12 module. Download the firmware.

Samsung announces 12MP sensor for cell phones
The megapixel madness continues: Samsung has announced a new 12MP back-side illuminated CMOS sensor for high-end cell phones. Because it's a BSI, Samsung claims the 1.12 micron pixels will deliver “clear and sharp images in low-light environments.” The sensor also has an optional RGB-white color filter array, which is claimed to deliver greater sensitivity while reducing noise and producing a 30% brighter picture when used with the right circuitry. Let the pictures prove them right or wrong.

And finally...Rangefinderimages.com spotlights Leica, other RF photos
Got a Leica? How about a classic Nikon or Canon RF rangefinder? What about a Voigtlander, or a Zeiss? Well, now there's a web site just for you. Rangefinderimages  is a forum for hosting, sharing, and discussing photos shot with rangefinder cameras. They also offer some online image editing and organizing features that look pretty nifty.


That's a wrap! Have a great weekend!


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