Canon S100 Sticky Lens Issue

Canon recently announced that some owners of the Canon PowerShot S100 compact camera could be eligible for a free repair. The S100 lens can occasionally stick when extended — an error that Canon says is due to a part getting disconnected within the lens. Humidity and heat can exacerbate the problem.

Owners of the product within the serial number range:”29xxxxxxxxxx”, “30xxxxxxxxxx”…”41xxxxxxxxxx” are eligible for free repair, regardless of warranty status.

More info on the Canon USA website.


Leica Prints in Black & White

Horsetail Fall, Yosemite

Many of the world’s most memorable images were shot in black and white, and as any experienced black-and-white shooter can attest, there is still something unique, compelling, and beautiful about this traditional medium, especially so viewed in a print format.

Leica Akademie instructor and local sales manager Tom Brichta will be in our Walnut Creek store this Friday morning, July 6 to show us some of his fine black & white 13″ x 19 ” prints all taken with a variety of Leica cameras. You are all invited to check out his work in an informal session between 10:30 and 12:30.

Tom will also be leading a Leica Digital Black & White workshop in San Francisco on Saturday, July 14, 2012.

This one-of-a-kind workshop will let you explore this fascinating monochromatic world by learning to pre-visualize scenes in B&W and explore new ways of seeing. The program combines a class lecture with real world shooting experience. Under the guidance of Leica Akademie instructor Tom Brichta, you’ll gain a more profound understanding of lighting, texture, contrast, and tonal gradation. And you will get to take your learning into the field with Leica M9 or X1 cameras. This workshop will focus on capturing images and processing with the easiest workflow. Lightroom techniques as well as easy-to-use plug-ins will be compared.

Saturday, July 14, 2012
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
San Francisco, CA

More info on the Leica Akademie website.

Faster, Larger XQD Card from Sony

Sony has announced new S Series XQD memory cards that are now officially faster than Compact Flash with transfer speeds of 168MB/s.

The Nikon D4 is currently the only camera that uses the new XQD standard. Until now D4 owners could purchase only 16GB and 32GB H Series XQD cards that have maximum read/write speed of 125MB/s.

From Sony:
“Offering sustained read/write transfer speeds of 168MB/s (actual speed), XQD™ S Series outpaces the maximum interface speed limit of Compact Flash cards (167 MB/s).
Partnered with Nikon’s D4 professional DSLR, XQD™ S Series effortlessly captures a non-stop burst of 108 RAW frames3 (at 12-bit compressed RAW, approximately 10.5MB file size). At a shooting speed of 10fps, this lets photographers document the men’s 100m sprint final from start to finish in a single, sustained burst of RAW images.”
The new XQD S Series 64GB memory card will be available later this month. A 32GB version will come in September/October, 2012. Sony will release also a new high-speed driver for the MRW-E80 XQD card reader with Thunderbolt support.