Leica's pocket digicam, Nikon sues Sigma, Hassy's 200k MB studio cam, Datacolor's color cx for iPads, more
Leica Announces V-Lux 30
Leica this week announcd the V-Lux 30, a 15MP pocket camera with a ½.33-inch CMOS sensor, full 1080i HD video (AVCHD), GPS, 10fps burst rate, and a 16x Vario-Elmar zoom lens with a 24-384mm (35mm equivalent) range. The camera bears more than a passing resemblance to the Panasonic DMC-TS20. Many of the V-Lux 30's settings are controlled via 3-inch, 460k resolution touch screen monitor. Leica claims the quality of the video rivals that of digital camcorders (see the video below). The camera is expected in June, price to be announced. For more details visit the Leica site.
Nikon sues Sigma for Patent Infringement of VR Technology
Is the technology behind the image stabilization used in Sigma lenses actually Nikon's? That's what Nikon says. The Tokyo-based camera giant this week announced that it had filed a patent infringement suit against the independent lens and camera maker. Nikon is seeking an injunction against Sigma's manufacture and sale of DSLR lenses that Nikon claims infringes on Vibration Reduction technology, which they claim as their intellectual property. “Although Nikon attempted to resolve Sigma's patent infringement through negotiation, a non-adversarial resolution could not be reached,” the press release says.
Amid shortages, Canon updates new lens availability
In the aftermath of the March earthquake and tsunami, Japanese camera companies have been dealing not only with repairing damage factories, but also with rolling blackouts which have forced slowdowns in production. Canon this week announced a revised schedule for five previously announced pro-level lenses. The Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L fisheye zoom lens (list: $1,399) is now scheduled for a late July release, the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM (list: $6,599) and EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM (list: $10,499) are expected in late August. Finally, Canon expects to deliver the EF 500mm F4L IS II USM (list: $9,499) and EF 600mm F4L IS II USM (list $11,999) super telephoto lenses by the end of the year. Read Dan Havlik's round-up of how photographers are dealing with camera gear shortages.
Datacolor iPad Calibration app
If you own an iPhone or iPad and have tried making prints from your images, you know that color quality can be hit or miss. Now Datacolor has launched SpyderGallery iPad Color Calibration, a free App that lets you do custom color profiling of iOS devices, and provides custom color corrections to images. A Spyder3 colorimeter is required to use the calibration component of SpyderGallery, but once you've downloaded SpyderGallery from the App Store, it's said to be a simple operation.
Tenba Discovery Bags Lightweights for Outdoors Shooters
Just in time for summer, Tenba announced the Discovery line of camera bags, geared towards outdoors enthusiasts, this week. Featuring water-repellant fabrics and heavy-duty hardware and protection, the lineup includes the Photo/Hydration daypack, a 2.4-pound bag that can accommodate a 72-ounce hydration reservoir as well as an 11-inch laptop and a DSLR with 4-6 lenses, and a camera Shoulder Bag with quick access to a large camera system of 1-2 DSLRs and 5-7 lenses as well as flash and accessories. The bags cost $120-130, approximately.
And Finally...Hasselblad Breaks Pixel Barrier (sort of) With 200 Megapixel Camera!
Got $45k to invest in a new Hassy for your studio? Or would you rather get the sports car? What about using the $45k Hassy to photograph sports cars (see below)? Hasselblad is turning a lot of heads with the announcement of medium-format 200MP DSLR, the H4D-200MS. Actually, the sensor is 50MP. But through the magic of internal software, the camera captures up to six shots, with the sensor shifting slightly between shots to avoid pixelization and to give the image more depth, and combines the shots to create the 200MP image. The process takes about 20 seconds. There's also a single-shot (50MP) mode or four-shot high-detail (also 50MP) mode. This is a serious camera for ultra-high-resolution product, scientific, and other applications. Get the tech details here or view the sample gallery.
That's a wrap...have a great Memorial Day Weekend and remember those who gave their lives for our freedom!