Weekend Wrap for March 4, 2011

Fab gear and photo industry news of the week


Flashbus Tour Starts Next Week!
The Flashbus Tour, the Adorama-sponsored series of flash photography workshops that will bring photography legends David Hobby and Joe McNally to 29 cities, begins next week, on March 11, in Seattle.  So far, over 8,000 people have registered for this nationwide tour, and workshops in Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Raleigh-Durham, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Buffalo, and Chicago are sold out.

There are still some seats available for the workshops in San Jose, San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver, Albuquerque, Dallas, Austin, Houston, Atlanta, Nashville, Pittsburgh,  Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, Madison, and St. Louis. Register now and be sure to follow the exploits of Numnuts and the Strobist on the Adorama TechTock blog!



The iPad 2 Has Landed
The big news this week in the geek world was the introduction of the second-generation iPad, a platform with hundreds of photography-related apps, many of which have been reviewed for AdoramaTV by Mark Wallace. The new touch-screen pad is 33 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than the first generation, includes a front-facing VGA-quality camera, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, both at 30fps. Apple claims 10-hour battery life. The price will remain the same, starting at $499, and it will be available on March 11. In the meantime, first-gen iPads are selling cheap!

Sweet news from Lensbaby: Adjustable Aperture Optic
Lensbaby this week announced a long-awaited addition to its Optic Swap System, the Sweet 35, which has a 12-blade adjustable aperture. It’s a 35mm selective-focus optic with apertures from f/2.5 to f/22, and focuses to 7.5 inches when used with the Lensbaby Composer, and 3 inches when used with the Lensbaby Muse. Lenebaby says the sweet spot will vary depending on aperture chosen, from 15% of the total image at f/2.5 to 40% at f/22 on an APS camera. The Bokeh should be sweet! For details, read the Lensbaby press release


Our Rock Stars!
Jon Bon Jovi’s tour is underway…and Adorama is there! That’s because David Bergman, the official photographer of the Bon Jovi tour, is making his concert photos available for custom prints and photo books via AdoramaPix. Here’s Adorama’s own Jeffrey and Margi Snyder on Bon Jovi’s stage in DC this week, before a show. We always knew they were rock stars! You can get full details about the tour, and order photos from the most recent concerts at Tourphotographer.com. Photo © David Bergman

Even more compacts from Olympus
If you thought Olympus was done with new camera announcements with the SZ10 and Tough TG510 last month, you were wrong. This week Olympus announced three more cameras, including the SZ-30MR, featuring a 24x (25-600mm, 35mm equivalent) zoo, as well as simultaneous recording of 1080p HD videos and 16MP stills. It has a 3D mode, Eye-Fi carc compatibility and a 3-inch LCD. Read the Olympus press release for details.

This week also saw the introduction of the Olympus Tough TG-810, which in addition to being shockproof, waterproof and freeze-proof, it’s also claimed to be crushproof. The 14MP compact camera is said to be able to withstand up to 220 pounds of pressure—the world’s first camera to work under pressure. Its many talents include the ability to measure water and air pressure, as well as a built-in GPS and electronic compass. And what’s that we see? An optical viewfinder? Read the Olympus press release for details.


Pentax Unveils the Optio S1 Digital Camera
It’s been a while since Pentax came out with a fashion-forward camera, but that’s changed with this week’s introduction of the Optio S1, a stylish 14MP affair designed for snapshooters. It has a 28-140mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens, 2.7-inch LCD, sensor-shift shake reduction, 720p HD video, and the usual Face Detection, Smile and Blink modes. It also has built-in HDR, a first for a Pentax compact digital camera, and will be available in Chrome, Black, or Green for around $200. For details, read the Pentax press release.


And finally…EIZO’s new monitor calibrates itself
If you’ve struggled with calibration devices and software to keep your monitor’s color and brightness correct, you may be interested in the Eizo ColorEdge CG275W, the world’s second monitor to self-calibrate. (The first was the Eizo ColorEdge CG245W.) The 27-inch monitor doesn’t require a third-party calibrator; instead , the monitor can be scheduled to self-calibrate during off-hours. The monitor should be available later this month. Get the details here.


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