By Lisa Johnston
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Valhalla, N.Y. – Fujifilm North America introduced this week the Fujinon XF55-200mm (83-300mm 35mm equivalent) F3.5-F4.8 R LM OIS lens, which is billed as the first XF telephoto zoom lens for the company’s X-Series mirrorless compact system camera series.
The XF55mm-200mm lens (pricing and availability will be announced later) will fit Fujifilm’s X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras, and offers a fast aperture across the entire zoom range while yielding sharp, high-resolution images.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Secaucus, N.J. — Panasonic formally introduced its DMC-GF6 digital single-lens mirrorless camera to the U.S. market Monday, calling it “the most compact” Lumix G-series model to date.
Panasonic’s GF6 (shipping in June at a $700 street retail) features a new 16–megapixel Live MOS sensor, and a new Venus Engine image processor for high sensitivity and low noise, achieving a maximum ISO 25,600 (in extended mode).
There are 19 creative control modes, including Self Shot, Creative Panorama and Stop Motion Animation.
Commack, N.Y. — Tamron USA said Thursday that it will hold photography seminars at 30 authorized retailers across the country in 2013.
Tamron’s how-to seminars will cover six key topics:
• seeing in black-and-white photography;
• landscape, nature and travel photography;
• kids sports photography;
• family, friends and kids informal portrait photography;
Ridgefield Park, N.J. – Samsung Electronics America said Thursday that it is now offering its NX1100 mirrorless compact system camera (CSC) nationwide, with built-in Wi-Fi and AutoShare, bundled with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.
The compact interchangeable lens camera bundle carries $600 suggested retail price.
Melville, N.Y. — Canon USA said Thursday it opened a service and support center in Ridgefield Park, N.J., offering comprehensive product repair and maintenance services for its professional imaging products.
Canon said the Ridgefield Park on-site repair operations include state-of-the-art camera and lens dark rooms, Canon's most advanced adjustment and calibration equipment, spare parts inventory, and repair staff to work offering quick turnaround of professional products.
Melville, N.Y. — Canon USA unveiled Wednesday a new flagship advanced enthusiast-level camcorder featuring a 20x f/1.8 Canon HD video lens, MP4 recording, and built-in Wi-Fi capability with dual-band wireless support: the Canon Vixia HF G30.
It will ship in June at a $1,700 suggested retail.
The 26.8mm-536mm (35mm equivalent) lens was is based on Canon’s professional-level Hi-UD (Hi Index Ultra Low Dispersion) technology to reduce chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range.
Commack, N.Y., - Tamron USA Monday kicked off its Third Annual "My Travel Exhibit" photo contest, for Tamron USA lens users.
Entrants are asked to create a 3D virtual exhibit showcasing 8-14 of their best images in a travel theme on Tamron's unique photo sharing exhibit site, MyPhotoExhibits.com.
Professional photographer Kevin Gilligan will judge the contest and choose the winning exhibit based on overall image quality and originality of the collection, Tamron said.
Melville, N.Y. – Canon unveiled Thursday a pair of DSLRs and a new advanced PowerShot point-and-shoot with integrated Wi-Fi connectivity.
The camera models include the new flagship of the consumer EOS Rebel DSLR line, model T5i; the Canon SL1, a compact entry-level DSLR; and the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS.
The Canon EOS Rebel DSLR flagship T5i features an 18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 5 image processor.
Center Valley, Pa. — Olympus launched a sweepstakes promotion on Thursday tied to its sponsorship of the World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler, British Columbia.
The contest will award a four-day ski trip for two to Whistler Village at the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa.
The Road to Whistler sweepstakes grand-prize winner will receive the April 12-15 trip and new Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Tough TG-2 cameras.
Melville, N.Y. — Canon USA revealed Thursday the 2013 Canon Live Learning (CLL) workshops and programs schedule.
The four-year-old on-site education program is aimed at advanced imaging enthusiasts and professionals with seminars on photography and filmmaking using Canon imaging and printing products.
Programs include the EOS Immersion Seminars, EOS Destination Workshops, and Canon Professional Development Seminars and Workshops.