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Cosina announces Voigtländer Heliar 12mm f/5.6 lens for Leica M-mount

Cosina has announced a Voigtländer Heliar 12mm f/5.6 Aspherical II ultra wide-angle lens, designed for the Leica M-mount.

Obtaining a 121° angle of view, the manual focus lens can be fitted on Micro Four Thirds bodies when paired with an adaptor. Cosina has also released a 12mm External Viewfinder alongside the lens, which are priced at 85,000 yen (approximately USD $932) and 34,500 yen (approximately USD $378) respectively.

The lens and viewfinder will start shipping from March 2010.


Toshiba unveils 64GB SDXC memory card

Toshiba has released their 64GB cards with read and write speeds of up to 60MB/s and 35MB/s respectively. They were first announced in August 2009 as the world first 64GB SDXC cards.


Lexar releases new professional memory cards

Lexar has announced their new additions to the Lexar Professional line of memory cards.

The Lexar Professional 300x CF card is now available in 32GB capacity, while the Professional 233x CF card is now available in 16GB and 32GB capacities. As well as this, the Professional 133x SDHC card has achieved a Class 10 speed rating for faster shooting and full-motion video capture.

Note: we’re two days late on this; apologies for the tardiness on the matter.


Sony is making SD cards

Sony is making SD cards, it was announced at the Sony CES 2010 press conference today. These will come in the form of both SD and mircoSD cards, the former of which run the gamut from 2GB to 32GB (all Class 4). The latter will be available in 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB capacities.

They’ll be available later this month, prices ranging from $14.99 to $159.99.


‘Nikon 800’ ad by Nikon Europe

A search for the D700 on (France) features an ad stating ‘Nikon 800’ (bottom of page). A screenshot is shown below:

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Unlike any other advertisement, however, this is actually paid for by Nikon Europe, as described below the main link, which itself takes you to the Nikon Europe websites.

However, while the link has ‘…’ – in other words, it’s advertising mainly for Christmas (Noel in French is Christmas) – its title of ‘Nikon 800’ leaves questions to be answered. CameraTech has spent a while inquiring into this matter, and we’ve found nothing so far. Simply, the link leads to the Nikon Europe website.

Perhaps the ad is advertising a new D800, the discontinued SB-800 or the old Coolpix 800? No one knows for certain.


Update: CameraTech back on the net

Due to technical problems, we have been unable to contribute to CameraTech for the past week or so.

As such, we do not have the news from the last week in individual updates.

However, a recap over the last few days:

– Olympus EP2 has been leaked. Will be officially announced some time next week (it looks to be November the 6th)
– Nikon released its Learn and Explore application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Available currently to only the US, it provides images, video/audio lectures and commentaries, as well as articles from the Nikon World magazine
– Phase One released its Capture One 5 PRO RAW conversion workflow software. New features include the Focus Tool and Focus Mask. It also includes a new ‘Skin Tone’ enhancer for smoother skin tones, more metadata fields, adjustments for individual colour channels and the ability to add vignetting. It is available to the US only from the Phase One website for an RRP of $399
– Panasonic’s eight annual competition opened for entries; the theme is ‘visualise (visualize) music’. Winners get a DMC-ZX1 each month, and the ultimate winner gets a DMC-GF1, with two runner-ups receiving a DMC-FZ38 each. It closes on April 30th, 2010
– Tamron released a 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II VC zoom targeted to APS-C sensor cameras for Canon
– SanDisk Memory cards now offer up to 32GB capacity
– Nikon announced version 1.5.0for its Capture NX software

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the interruption.



Lexar announces 600x CF card and new card reader

Lexar has announced its new professional 600x (90MB/s) UDMA CompactFlash (CF) memory card in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB sizes. It is the fastest card (from Lexar) up to date.

The Professional 600x is compatible with UDMA-enabled DSLR’s (that is, the newer generations). It will be available at the end of the month in 8-16GB sizes, at $299.99/£219 for the 16GB and $199/£149 for the 8GB (USD/Euro). The 32GB version will be available some time in November and will be $399.99 USD.

Lexar has also released a Professional ExpressCard CompactFlash card reader, which has read/write speeds of up to 133MB/s (or 886x). These will be priced at $29.99 USD.

Lexar Image Rescue image recovery software has also been updated to version 4, which comes as a free download with the memory cards.

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