By Lisa Johnston
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Mountain View, Calif. — Lytro, manufacturer of the first consumer light field camera, said Tuesday that it has expanded its U.S. retail distribution to include 44 Best Buy stores across the country, as well as at B&H Photo Video in New York City.
Lytro is also currently available through international retail partners in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and will be coming soon to the U.K. through partnerships with Consutecc Innovative Technologies in Germany and Softline U.K.
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Melville, N.Y. — Nikon launched My Nikon World on Monday, an interactive Facebook app that awards users for taking and posting photos.
Nikon said the app will reward user participation with community points and digital badges for uploading photos and participating within the community.
The experience will include contributions from Nikon professional photographers who will issue challenges for users to earn points, badges and bragging rights.
New York – Panasonic introduced Thursday the addition of a new single focal length lens, the Lumix G 20mm/F1.7 II ASPH (H-H020A) to its Micro Four Thirds mirrorless compact system camera assortment.
The Lumix 20mm/F1.7 lens (selling online for a $400 retail price) offers a compact design and light weight, despite having a F1.7 aperture. The bright lens is said to produce a strong bokeh effect for close-ups.
London — Samsung unveiled a mirrorless compact system camera (CSC) with built-in 3G/4G LTE connectivity on Thursday.
Samsung’s Galaxy NX camera (pricing and availability to be announced later) is an interchangeable-lens cousin to the Galaxy point-and-shoot camera introduced last year.
The CSC version is powered by 1.6GHz quad-core processor and is based on the Android 4.2 platform. It features a 20.3-megapixel sensor, Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system, a 4.8-inch HD LCD touchscreen and SVGA electronic viewfinder.
Ronkonkoma, N.Y. — Sigma Friday said its previously announced 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens will ship to dealers in early July at a $799 suggested retail.
The lens is billed as “the market’s first zoom lens to achieve a maximum aperture of F1.8 throughout the entire zoom range,” and was created for DSLR cameras with APS-C-size sensors.
Melville, NY – Nikon said Thursday it reached the 80 millionth mark for total production of Nikkor and 1 Nikkor lenses for Nikon DSLR and mirrorless compact system carmeras, respectively.
Coincidentally, Nikkor lenses have also been produced for 80 years, the company said in a statement.
In January, Nikon announced two new additions to the current Nikkor lineup, including the AF-S Nikkor 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR, super-telephoto lens compatible with Nikon’s FX-format D-SLRs that offers the longest focal length in the history of Nikkor autofocus (AF) lenses.
Ridgefield Park, N.J. — Samsung introduced Tuesday a fisheye lens for its NX series of mirrorless compact system cameras.
The Samsung 10mm F3.5 fisheye lens is billed as the smallest AF fisheye lens on the market. It offers a super-wide-angle perspective and is half the size and weight of its competitors for easier transport, Samsung said.
Pricing and availability were not announced.
The lens features an expanded field of view that is well suited to landscapes and sky shots.
Melville, N.Y. — Canon USA this week launched a new tutorial video series that shows photographers how to improve their photographic abilities.
The Canon EOS 101 tutorial video series is available on the Canon Digital Learning Center and Canon’s YouTube channel, and provides entry-level Canon EOS users and budding DSLR enthusiasts guidance in enhancing their imaging skills.
Durham, N.C. — Aqueti, a startup company looking to commercialize gigapixel photographic technology developed at Duke University, said Monday it will look to gain funding from the Kickstarter site to help evangelize its Aware gigapixel digital cameras.
The campaign, which began Monday and runs through June 19, is looking to raise at least $25,000 to tour the camera around North Carolina for three weeks.
Jackson, Mich. – The imaging-industry trade association PMA issued a statement Thursday expressing support for federal legislation mandating online companies to collect state sales taxes.
Earlier this month, the United States Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, which requires online retailers with annual revenue of more than a million dollars to collect sales tax on transactions across state lines.