Nikon has introduced the ‘Learn & Explore’ app for Apple’s iPhone in collaboration with the ‘interactive agency’ Molecular. Currently available only to US customers, the app gives photo enthusiasts access to images, video lectures and audio commentary from the company’s website and enables them to read and bookmark articles from the Nikon World magazine. It is available for download from the Apple App Store. [ Via Dpreview ]
Canon has said it is investigating an issue with its recently released EOS 7D digital SLR. In a service notice it says there is an occasional issue where traces of a preceding frame may be visible in images captured in continuous shooting mode. The company says it will release a firmware update to resolve the problem. [ Source ]
SanDisk has announced 32GB variants of its Ultra Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo memory cards. The Ultra-branded Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo with read/write speeds of up to 30 MB/s will ship from November 2009 at a price of $279.99 while the Memory Stick PRO Duo is available now for $223.99.
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Tamron has announced the availability of its 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II VC midrange zoom for Canon mount. This image stabilized version of the company’s popular APS-C format fast standard zoom, announced in September, will ship from the end of this month. It is already available for Nikon with a built-in motor.
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Lensbaby has announced the addition of Soft Focus and Fisheye lenses, The Soft Focus Optic offer 50mm, it creates a velvety soft image perfect for portraits, flowers, landscapes or any subject that needs a soft touch. Soft Focus has a look that is evenly soft throughout the image without the Sweet Spot of sharp focus created by our selective focus optic.
The Fisheye Optic offers 12mm focal length and 160 degree field of view captures eye-popping fisheye views from infinity all the way down to one inch from the front of your lens.
Both are compatible with Lensbaby’s Composer and Muse body units.
The lenses both use Lensbaby’s familiar removable disk aperture system, although unlike earlier optics, they do not feature a ‘sweet spot’ of focus. The Fisheye optic is now available for $149.95, while the Soft Focus Optic is $89.95.
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Canon has set a firmware update for its EOS 7D digital SLR. Version 1.0.9 improves AF accuracy during live view shooting. It also rectifies an occasional problem of abnormal color display in movie mode and freezing of the shutter release when using the built-in flash or an external speed light. Update Now >> EOS 7D Firmware Update Version 1.0.9