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February 24, 2011

Newsbytes, Firmware updates, and Problems

And now time to round-up the latest barrage of newsbytes and problems from the world of cameras and photography!

+ Hasselblad launches new Phocus Quick and Mobile software and updates main Phocus software to 2.6 - via Imaging Insider, Imaging Resource et al
+ Nikon View NX gets PC and Mac updates - via Imaging Resource, dpreview, etc
+ Select European countries will get a Nikon three-lens f1.4 limited edition set (24,35,85) - via Le Monde de la Photo
+ Corel reveals VideoMaker X4 - via DCR et al
+ Big Brothera ships RFID printer - via PMA Newsline
+ Panasonic launches new 9-inch IPS production monitor - via IR et al
+ Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 starts shipping - via Galbraith et al
+ Recently announced Canon 18-55mm EF-S IS II kit lens will be released March 3 in Japan - via DC Watch [NEW!]

Firmware updates
+ Panasonic AG-AF100 gets version 1.15 - via Cinema 5D et al
+ Casio EX-H20G expands GPS logging from 7 to 14 days - via P-Blog, DC Views, et al
+ Ricoh G7000SE tough cookie gets bug fixes - via P-Blog, DC Views, et al

The Trouble Repor(t)
+ Canon confesses to ID issues between recent mid-range DSLRs and older lenses - see via Northlight Images, Foto Actualidad, Photography Blog (Canon UK), etc
+ select serial numbers of the Canon 18-200mm may experience stuck lens barrel during zooming - via Foto Actualidad
+ DJoP tests the Nikon 35/1.4G for AF accuracy issues
+ PentaxForums has rumors of a 1.0.3 firmware update to fix the front focus issue with the Pentax K-5 [NEW!]
+ Sony Japan confesses that the paint on the lens cover of the Cybershot TX5 peels off - via DC Watch [NEW!]

Who's praising us nao? (us = cameras)
+ Nikon D3100 wins iF product design award - via Imaging Resources
+ Aptina's 16mp APS-C sensor is a finalist for 2010 EDN Innovation Award - via Image Sensors World - is it a finalist for DSLRs too? ;-)

Isn't it Ironic?
+ Kodak CEO gets appointed to President's Council for Jobs and Competitiveness - via Insider, PMA Newsline, etc
+ presumably for the same reason trouble-maker students are sent to visit prisons? ;-)

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