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August 08, 2012

Newsbytes: Tokina 300/6.3 (m43rds), Rollei 36x superzoom, X-Pro1 iPad app, new Canon M-printers, etc

A number of newsy items are filling up the buffers, so it is time to release the pressure with a new Newsbytes round-up...


New Gear
+ Tokina 300mm f6.3 mirror less for M43rds launching in Europe for 400 euro via P.Blog and Photoscala.de et al
+ new Rollei 36x and 22.5x superzoom P&S digital cameras via DKamera.de
+ Leaf Credo digital back will also be available in the AFi mount - via Capture Intergration
+ Canon launches four new M?-series printers via P.Blog and dpnow and ephotozine et al
+ SLR Gear Noktor asks on twitter for feedback on whether to make their 50mm f0.95 Hyperprime available for the Fuji X/XF mirrorless system as well


The Trouble Repor(t)
+ Canon confesses to autofocus issues with the new 40mm f2.8 STM pancake - via DCR and Canon Rumors et al
+ see camera manufacturers - this is very easy to do - spot a problem, reproduce it, notify the photographers, and then fix it. Stonewalling almost always makes things worse.


App World
+ Fuji launches free X-Pro-1 iPad app available at Apple iTunes store (iPad and iOS 5 required)


Firmware Updates
+ Canon 7D uber-firmware gets released and mildly tested (previously mentioned as alert)
+ Nikon V1 and J1 get firmware update 1.20 via P.Blog and Sans Miroir and dpreview et al


Trade Shows
+ first Photokina bloggers tour (September 18) - details at Addison Wesley Germany (computer-translated)
+ free Exhibits Pass for 2013 PMA-at-CES and CES (second week of January 2013) with promotional code provided at PMA News Line (must request before 8/31/12)


Everything Else
+ Pentax K-01 to be carried at upscale retailer Bloomingdale's - via Pentax (because the K-01 looks like a luxury item? ;-)
+ Yongnuo EX600 flash gets renamed to YN560-EX via Lightning Rumors
+ early bids for Kodak imaging patents were disappointing via PMA News Line
+ Best Buy increases return policy for Premier Silver Reward Zone members from 45 days to 60 days [the Premier Silver rewards program level is for customers who spend $2500+ during a calendar year at Best Buy online and in-store]


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