Tenba Vector Camera Bags

Tenba has announced its new Vector collection of colorful camera bags.  The Vector series bags are geared toward the consumer and prosumer audio, with an emphasis on design and function.

There are a variety of bag types, such as compact camera pouches, DSLR bags, shoulder bags and large daypacks, which allow for all sorts of camera arrangements.  The new bags range in price from $12.95 to $79.95.  Check availability at B&H Photo.

Canon EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM Announced

Refreshed versions of Canon’s popular 500mm and 600mm super-telephoto lenses will be available, respectively, in May and June 2011.

The Canon EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM offer reduced weight and greater durability over their predecessors.  The addition of two fluorite lens elements should also provide better image quality over the older lenses as well.

In addition to other features, the new lenses offer a feature aimed at HDSLR shooters, which Canon calls “Power Focus.”  According to Canon, “This mode allows manual rack focusing to be operated smoothly by turning a playback ring that is normally used for the focus preset function.  Both low-speed and high-speed focus shifting are available.”

All these improvements come at a price though.

The EF 500mm F/4L IS USM will retail for $9,499.00 (check availability at B&H Photo and Amazon), while the 600mm F/4L IS USM will retail for $11,999.00 (check availability at B&H Photo and Amazon).

Complete details and more images for the new lenses are below. [Read more...]

Canon PowerShot Instant Rebates

Canon has just announced instant rebates for several PowerShot camera models, with savings up to $70 off.  These instant rebates are valid from today through February 19.

If you are ordering online, the rebates will be applied once you add the camera to your shopping cart.  There are no UPC codes to clip and mail in.

You can see all the qualifying models with discounts here at B&H Photo and here at Amazon.

Schneider-Kreuznach to Make Micro Four Thirds Lenses

Schneider-Kreuznach has announced that it will develop lenses compatible with the Micro Four Thirds system (e.g., Panasonic GH2, Olympus E-PL2, etc.).  No word on when the first batch of lenses for these cameras will be announced or what the prices might be, but one would expect that we’ll see something (at least a concept) by CliQ 2011.

Nikon DSLR and Coolpix Instant Rebates Extended

Nikon has extended its instant rebates on DSLRs and Coolpix compact cameras for another month.  These deals are now good through February 26.  The lens combo rebates also apply when purchased with the new Nikon D7000 (when it’s in stock).

You can find the Nikon DSLR and lens rebates at B&H Photo and Amazon.

See the full list of eligible Coolpix cameras below. [Read more...]

Panasonic Announces Prices for Lumix GF2 and New Compact Cameras

Panasonic has announced pricing on some of its recently-introduced Lumix digital cameras.

The Panasonic Lumix GF2 will carry a retail price of $499.95 for the body only.  The GF2 and 14-42mm lens kit will retail for $599.95, while the GF2 and 14mm prime lens kit will retail for $699.95.  The Lumix GF2 should be available later this month.

You can check on availability for the Panasonic Lumix GF2 at B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon.com.

All of the new Lumix compact cameras will be available in March 2011, with prices and retailer availability links below. [Read more...]

Panasonic Lumix FX78

The Panasonic Lumix FX78 is a new 12.1MP compact camera with a 5x optical zoom lens and a 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD.  The FX78 captures 1920 x 1080 AVCHD video and shoots still images at up to 3.7 fps for up to 7 frames.

The Lumix FX78 should be available in March with no announced price as of today.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]