[Gear] The New Apple MacBook With Retina Display – A Game Changer For Photographers?

I think it is, or at least will be in the next future. Since Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Retina display was announced yesterday at WWDC in San Francisco, the hype is big, and it’s getting bigger by the day. Apple really had a radically innovative approach when engineering the new MacBook Pro flagship. Not only it’s thinner and lighter than all its predecessors and does it have sheer power never seen before on a portable computer, the real innovation, the thing that each and everyone would like to have is the Retina display. Let me explain this. The new MacBook Pro Retina has a resolution of 2880×1800 pixels (3 million more than HDTV) on 15.4 inches; that’s over 5 million pixels! Amazing, isn’t it? It’s easy to figure out what that means for photographers. It means that you can see every detail in your image, at a level you couldn’t before. Moreover, Apple claims that the Retina display has better contrast, better viewing angle, less reflections. Apple also updated its photo applications, iPhoto and the more professionally oriented Aperture. Both will very soon be ready for the Retina Display. Others are following, Photoshop CS6 is already amazing on this new display.  And now the good news: B&H has a limited quantity of Retina MacBook Pros available for pre-order (click here to see all available MacBook Pro Retina models):

  • 15.4″ MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display, nVIDIA GeForce GT 650M Graphics (1GB), 2880 x 1880 Native Resolution

There are lots of hands-on reviews and people sharing its thoughts about the new Retina MacBook Pro (I list some made from a photographers point of view): British Journal of Photography, DPreview, fstoppers, and engadget’s review: We just know one thing: the new display is gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. Text is incredibly sharp and clear, 1080p video is amazing and images, of course, look great.

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EOS 1D-X and EOS 5D Mark III Auto-Focus Guide Updated

I wrote about this cool guide time ago. Now the AF Settings Guidebook has been updated:

This guide offers a wealth of information about different possible settings and when to apply them. It explores the basic characteristics of the new AF system, shows the differences that occur when various lenses are mounted, and even gives suggestions for instantly changing from one AF point or AF area mode to another.

The Guidebook can be downloaded from this site (scroll down to find the links).

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[In-Stock] EOS 650D/Rebel T4i/Kiss X6i In Stock At Digitalrev

DigitalRev has the brand new Canon Rebel T4i (or EOS 650D in Europe and Kiss X6i in Japan) with the EF-S 18-55 IS II (and more kit options) in stock and ready to ship (click here). The price depends by your check-out location. For more pre-order option (and specifications, information and reviews) of Canon’s new Rebel click here. For a series of hands-on videos click here. The 650D/T4i/X6i core specifications:

  • STM Lens Support for Quiet AF in Movies
  • 18.0MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 3.0 inch Vari-Angle Touch Screen LCD
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
  • Full HD Movie Mode with Continuous AF
  • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • 9-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Multi Shot Noise Reduction

[News] Canon To Manufacture Digital Cameras In Brazil

Today’s Canon Press Release:

Canon To Manufacture Digital Cameras In Brazil Through Establishment Of Canon Indústria De Manaus

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 11, 2012 – Canon Inc. today announced plans to launch digital camera production in Brazil through the establishment of Canon Indústria de Manaus Ltda., located in the state of Amazonas.

Recently, the digital camera market has displayed steady growth, led by emerging countries. Brazil, in particular, has a large market with demand expected to increase, which has created a pressing need for a strategic product supply.

In response to these circumstances, Canon has newly established Canon Indústria de Manaus Ltda. in Amazonas state, Brazil.

Overview of New Company
1. Name: Canon Indústria de Manaus Ltda.
2. Location: Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
3. Representative: Masanobu Hishinuma (President)
4. Business activities: Manufacture of digital cameras
5. No. of employees: Approx. 60 (tentative, as of the end of 2013)
6. Capital: 210 million yen (calculated at an exchange rate of BRL 1= JPY 39.5)
7. Equity structure: Canon Inc.: 99.99% / President Hishinuma: 0.01%
8. Establishment: May 2012
9. Total floor area: Approx. 1,800 sq. meters
10. Total investment: Approx. 110 million yen
11. Start of operations: July 2013 (tentative)

Note: Canon also operates a business machine and digital camera marketing company in Brazil, Canon do Brasil Indústria e Comércio Ltda., which was established in November 1974.

[Pre-Order] EOS 650D/T4i/X6i And EF-S 18-135mm STM IS Available For Pre-Order At Amazon Germany

Looks like Amazon Germany is the only one of Amazon’s European branches that has the new EOS 650D (T4i/X6i) and EF-S 18-135mm STM IS lens (both announced yesterday) ready for pre-order. The following kits are available:

  • EOS 650D & EF-S 18-55 IS II for EUR 899,00 (click here)
  • EOS 650D & EF-S 18-135mm STM IS for EUR 1.149,00 (click here)
  • EOS 650D body only for EUR 799,00 (click here)
  • EF-S 18-135mm STM IS for EUR 499,00 (click here)

[Pre-Order] Kiss X6i/Rebel T4i/650D and EF 40mm STM Available For Pre-Order At Amazon Japan

Amazon Japan has the Kiss X6i (Rebel T4i in America, EOS 650D in Europe) available for pre-order (click here to see all offered kits). The following options are available:

  • X6i/T4i/650D & 18-135mm STM IS for ¥ 129,800 (click here)
  • X6i/T4i/650D & EF-S 18-55mm IS II & EF-S 55-250mm for ¥ 129,800 (click here)
  • X6i/T4i/650D & EF-S 18-55mm IS II for ¥ 99,800 (click here)
  • X6i/T4i/650D body only for ¥ 89,800 (click here)

As far as I understand, they also have the EF 40mm STM pancake available for pre-order (¥ 20,530, click here), and the 18-135mm STM IS too (¥ 60,690, click here).