Archive for May, 2011

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Firmware 1.1.0

31 May

Changes in this firmware
Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following improvements and fixes:

  1. Improves writing/reading speeds when using UDMA 7-compatible CF cards.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon where the ability to shoot movies may be stopped under the following conditions:
  • When using high-capacity (32 GB or greater) CF cards with little available space remaining and the user attempts to start shooting movies; or
  • When the camera’s battery is removed and reinserted into the camera and the user immediately attempts to start shooting movies.
  1. Corrects misspellings in the menu screens displayed in Arabic and Portuguese languages (applies to models outside of the the Japanese market only).

Firmware Version 1.1.0 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.8. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.1.0, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Check the firmware section on the Canon USA Site: Canon USA

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Think Tank Photo’s Redesigned Speed Convertible Series

31 May

Think Tank Photo will release its redesigned Speed Demon V2.0, Speed Freak V2.0, and Speed Racer V2.0 as shoulder bags in its new Speed Convertible Series. Each Speed Convertible bag features a “disappearing” belt that tucks away into the sides of the bag, significantly reducing bulkiness. Within seconds, the shoulder bags seamlessly convert into belt packs once the integrated belts are deployed.

Features include a flip-top lid that folds away from the body for rapid and convenient access to gear. A fully padded shoulder strap with embedded non-slip material is included, which also supports the bag while in belt pack mode. The soft kidney-shaped design contours comfortably around the body. Built-in Modular rails allow attachment of Think Tank’s Modular, Skin or Multimedia components.

Not only can photographers choose how to carry their bag, they can also select the right capacity between the three sizes in this series. The smallest, Speed Demon V2.0, can carry a standard size DSLR with a standard zoom lens attached (hood reversed) and a wide angle zoom lens beside. The medium size Speed Freak V2.0 also carries a standard size DSLR with a zoom lens attached and is tall enough to accommodate a 70–200 f2.8 lens in the bag. The Speed Racer V2.0, the most spacious of the series, effortlessly fits in the main compartment a pro size DSLR with a standard zoom lens attached and a 70–200 f2.8.

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Catalunya marks start of intense MotoGP run

30 May

News Feed and Photo: Dorna Communications Ltd

The fifth round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship, the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya, takes place this weekend as a sequence of six races in the space of eight weekends kicks off. The 2011 MotoGP World Championship encounters an intense period of activity across the months of June and July, with six races taking place in the space of eight weekends. The Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya gets the stretch underway this weekend, as the campaign enters a demanding section of this season’s schedule, one which will shape the Championship substantially.

Current standings leader and reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo heads into Round 5 holding a 12-point advantage at the top of the Championship, and the Yamaha Factory Racing rider has been strong at the circuit in recent years. In 2009 he had a famous battle to the final corner with Valentino Rossi for victory, eventually finishing second, and last season won from pole position. His closest rival in the Championship at present, Casey Stoner, has stood on the podium at the track for the past four seasons and the Repsol Honda rider arrives at Catalunya coming off the back of a victory at Le Mans – the 25th premier class win of his career.

The big question mark going into this weekend will be the participation of Stoner’s team-mate Dani Pedrosa. The Spaniard suffered a broken right collarbone at Le Mans when he crashed out of the race and had surgery on the injury three days later, starting physiotherapy last Wednesday, and a late decision will be made on whether he rides. Third in the standings after four rounds Pedrosa – who has won in all three classes at Catalunya – will be desperate not to miss out on more valuable points, but will be all too aware of the risks of making his return to action too early.

Third Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso scored his first podium of 2011 at Le Mans and is just three points ahead of fellow Italian Valentino Rossi, whom he held off to take second place in France. Rossi, fresh from his first podium finish with Ducati at the previous round, is the most successful rider at the Catalunya circuit with nine victories to his name there (including six in the premier class).

Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) and Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini) are both closely matched in the standings, whilst Aoyama’s team-mate Marco Simoncelli is on a mission to secure his first premier class podium finish. The Italian, at the centre of controversy following Pedrosa’s crash at Le Mans, finished the French GP in fifth position having incurred a Ride Through penalty, and has a 250cc win at Catalunya in his bank of experience. Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo Colin Edwards and Cal Crutchlow are level on 21 points with Héctor Barberá (Mapfre Aspar Team), the Brit once again making his debut at a new track, whilst Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies will aim to break into the top five for the first time this season – he placed sixth on his debut at Catalunya last year.

Rookie Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) continues his development in the premier class, he finished fourth in last year’s Moto2 race at Catalunya, whilst Toni Elías (LCR Honda) and Pramac Racing pair Loris Capirossi and Randy de Puniet will all be looking for improved results. Rizla Suzuki’s Álvaro Bautista will ride in what will be his third race of the season, as he continues to work his way back to full fitness following a broken left femur.

The 2011 Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya will mark the 20th successive year that the Circuit de Catalunya has been used since it was first included in the World Championship in 1992.

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MotoGP launches its first Official Store

30 May

Fans will now be able to purchase Official Merchandise through the new MotoGP Store, which launched on 26th May as a new section of the website.

The MotoGP Store is the very first official online shop offering all the latest licensed products with worldwide delivery. A wide range of MotoGP products and accessories are now available and will be updated regularly with new exclusive designs and collections.

Click here to visit the MotoGP Store!

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware 2.0.9

30 May

Canon has released a firmware update for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera. Version 2.0.9 improves read/write speeds when using UDMA 7 compliant CF cards, fixes a phenomenon where the IS function will not work when custom function C.Fn III-2 is set to [5: IS start] and the lens attached does not have an AF stop button, and corrects misspellings in the menu screens displayed in Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai.

Website: Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Version 2.0.9 for Windows

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A|X Armani Exchange’s Love Japan T-shirt Launch with Malaysian Celebrities

28 May

A|X Armani Exchange has teamed-up with some of today’s hottest Malaysian celebrities to launch the A|X Love Japan T-shirt, in support of the disaster relief effort in Japan.

Among the celebrities who contributed their time are Search’s lead singer Amy, 2nd-runner-ups of Miss Astro 2006 and 2010, Josephine Goh and Karena Teo respectively. Model/actress Carmen Soo, actor William Sun, violinist-cum-songwriter Dennis Lau, veteran hosts Lynn Lim and Xandria Ooi, actor Ryzal> Others celebrities included Owen Yap, Belinda Chee and Tracy Cheong.

Fans, shoppers and visitors to A|X’s store in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur can buy the Love Japan T-shirt for RM120 where the proceed will go to Japan’s Red Cross for the disaster relief effort. And each buyer of the T-shirt will get the opportunity to pose for a photo with the celebrities in attendance.

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WPPI NYC Co-locates with PhotoPlus Expo

28 May

Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) announces WPPI NYC – the first ever WPPI trade show to take place on the East Coast. Co-locating with PhotoPlus Expo this fall in new exhibit space at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, WPPI NYC will host a full day of educational programs for professional photographers on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. A two-day tradeshow will follow on October 27-28, 2011 from 10:00am – 5:00pm each day –

“We are really excited to finally bring the enthusiasm and positive energy of WPPI to the East Coast,” said George Varanakis, Show Director of WPPI and Publisher of Rangefinder. “Co-locating with PhotoPlus Expo gives us the perfect opportunity to reach out to photographers on the East Coast and extend our educational offerings and trade show exhibits to established professional photographers, as well as those just entering the field, that may be new to the WPPI experience.”

“Combining the WPPI experience with the excitement of PhotoPlus Expo in New York is part of the vision we had when Nielsen acquired the show last year,” explains Lauren Wendle, vice president, Nielsen Photo Group. “This adds a new dimension and learning experience for PPE attendees and represents our first major step toward building expanded events and educational programming for the entire photographic community.”

WPPI 2011, which took place this past February, hosted attendees and speakers from throughout the United States as well as from 46 foreign countries. In addition to more than 160 classes and workshops, WPPI offered print and album competitions (with winners from all over the world). WPPI NYC will offer the first-ever 16×20 print competitions on the East Coast. Details are forthcoming.

All WPPI NYC classes and the trade show will take place at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Registered WPPI NYC attendees will also have full access to attend the PhotoPlus Expo tradeshow. The pre-registration rate to attend all WPPI NYC classes, the WPPI NYC tradeshow and PhotoPlus Expo tradeshow is $99. On-site registration will be $150. Registration details will be announced soon. In addition, all registered attendees of PhotoPlus Expo will have full access to WPPI NYC.

WPPI is the largest annual expo and conference in the United States for professional photographers. Each year a growing number of professional photographers gather in Las Vegas, NV, to learn from the best and see the latest and greatest products from the hundreds of exhibitors that participate in the trade show.

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Canon iPF8300 Named ‘Best Photographic Printer of the Year 2011’

27 May

Canon UK has announced that its Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8300 has been awarded the accolade of ‘Best Photographic Printer of the Year 2011’ by the European Digital Press Association (EDP) at a ceremony at FESPA Digital today. Comprising publishers of leading European magazines devoted to digital printing, the EDP Association represents a readership of over one million graphic arts professionals across 18 countries.

The EDP commended the iPF8300 for its 12-colour inkset and improved colour gamut, as well as the printer’s “use as an all-round commercial printer that gives the user more options”.

“We’re delighted that the imagePROGRAF iPF8300, which has been growing in popularity in the photographic, proofing and production markets since its launch, has won this award,” comments Gill Mussell, LFP Product Manager, Canon UK. “The innovative digital imaging and ink technologies in this printer deliver large format prints of outstanding quality and with the broadest available colour gamut, allowing professional users to take full advantage of the growing business opportunities in large format.”

Designed to deliver the highest quality output achievable in today’s aqueous large format printing market, the imagePROGRAF iPF8300 features Canon’s 12-colour LUCIA EX pigment ink system and innovative printing technology to produce prints with increased accuracy and an extended colour gamut to fulfil professional users’ demands for more sophisticated print quality.

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Valentino Rossi tests Ducati GP12 at Mugello

27 May

Photos: Ducati Corse

In warm and sunny conditions, Valentino Rossi climbed back aboard the Desmosedici GP12, turning sixty laps during the third and final day of a Ducati test at the Mugello circuit. As usual, technical director Filippo Preziosi led the Ducati test team, which had also worked with Franco Battaini and Vittoriano Guareschi over the previous two days.

It was Rossi’s second test with the GP12, and he used the opportunity not only to check the first few updates to the bike, carried out according to the instructions of Valentino and teammate Nicky Hayden, but also to enjoy the Tuscan circuit’s new surface.

“I’m pleased, because it was a positive test,” said Valentino at day’s end. “We took full advantage of the time we had, because the track and weather conditions were perfect. I liked the new asphalt a lot. The surface is smooth, those holes that I knew so well are now gone, and the grip is fantastic. I must say they’ve done a great job, because if it’s possible, riding here at Mugello is now even better than before. I’m happy to have come back here to test after my injury last year, because it was a nice feeling and a good day. We started around 11:00 this morning, and we completed sixty laps in all—many kilometers without any problems, either physical or with the GP12. We tested everything that Filippo had planned to try, and we’re satisfied because, although we’re still at a pretty early stage, we’re going in the right direction.”

“We completed our second day of testing the GP12 with Vale,” said Filippo Preziosi. “I must say it’s a strange sensation, but also a really nice one, to be here at Mugello with Valentino, on a track where we’ve been rivals so many times in the past. We worked on the electronics and various other updates to next season’s bike, some of which were made following the requests that Vale and Nicky had given us during their first outing with the bike about a month ago at Jerez. It was a useful and positive test that will enable us to continue with the development of the GP12, which has some new details coming soon. Working with Valentino is always very nice from a technical perspective, and we were lucky with the weather, as we had perfect conditions. Vale also really appreciated the new asphalt: we have to compliment the folks at Mugello, because they really did a great job.”

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RHS Chelsea Garden Based around Canon Printed Images

26 May

Canon UK Press Release

A first in garden design awaits the expected 150,000+ visitors to this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (24th – 28th May) with the integration of stunning, large format printed images to create a unique urban garden at the show.  The images, the work of contemporary landscape photographer, David Anthony Hall, will be incorporated into the external landscape – Thompsons Plein Air Gallery Garden (Stand PW42 Pavilion Way) – being created by Thompson’s Galleries to showcase Hall’s work and to demonstrate the harmonious link between art and the creative outdoor space.

Measuring up to 3m x 1.5m, the panoramic images have been produced on a Canon imagePROGRAF iPF9100 large format printer by Canon UK’s distributor, Surrey-based Velmex Distribution.  Printed on 260gsm photo gloss paper and then face mounted on to Perspex (i.e. sandwiched between a piece of Perspex and Dibond or an aluminium backing sheet) to be wall hung for the display at Chelsea, the images will, according to gallery owner, Sue Thompson, ‘show how art can be an integral part of the structure of a garden.’

A Canon user from image capture to printed output, Hall shoots his images on a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and uses a panoramic technique to capture a multitude of shots that go into the one final image, which he later weaves together in his digital darkroom. The sheer scale of his work makes it ideal for wide format printing and, for Hall, the high-end Canon imagePROGRAF devices are the printers that showcase his images to best effect.

Hall comments: “By integrating my images into the concept garden, I’m hoping to challenge convention and stimulate a debate around the placement of art outdoors.  I also want to show how it can brighten up difficult outdoor spaces, including courtyard gardens, by adding depth, colour and a focal point to these areas.  The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF9100 has been the ideal device to print my images at the scale required to achieve the greatest impact.  The print quality is superb and every detail is reproduced with exceptional precision.  Canon’s colour reproduction is also spot on every time – the 12 colour LUCIA pigment ink system gives me a huge colour gamut and the extra red, green and blue inks increase the outer spectrum, giving me something as close to a lab process as I think inkjet can produce.”

Gill Mussell, LFP Product Manager, Canon UK, says: “The 60 inch wide Canon imagePROGRAF iPF9100 is the flagship of our fine art and photography large format printer range and has been designed to produce the finest results for such applications.  We’re delighted that David Anthony Hall chose to have his work printed on the iPF9100 as the resulting prints are a wonderful endorsement of the productive capabilities of the device and a clear demonstration of just how good its print quality, accuracy and colour reproduction are.”
The imagePROGRAF iPF9100 supports Canon’s “Kyuanos” colour management technology for Windows to deliver output colour suitable for different viewing conditions such as fluorescent lights, incandescent lights, or sunlight.  It also uses Canon’s proprietary FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print-head technology and dual print head design, featuring a total of 30,720 nozzles (2,560 nozzles per colour).  The print heads help the imagePROGRAF achieve a maximum resolution of 2400 x 1200 dpi, while delivering a uniform, superfine, four picolitre droplet size at speed – the iPF9100 can print A0 in draft mode in just over 2 minutes.  High capacity ink tanks (700ml) can also be replaced whilst printing for consistent, deadline beating performance.

At the end of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, David Anthony Hall will donate all the proceeds from the sale of Bluebells Woods, a focal work in the garden, to the Children’s Acute Transport Service (CATS), a London based ambulance service for critically ill children.

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