THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS | A PRO PHOTO & VIDEO BLOG

Around the Adoramasphere: PMA@CES Edition

Posted in Equipment, News by Nathan Lee Bush on January 16, 2012

Around the Adoramasphere is our weekly roundup of the internet goings-on of the Adorama family.

On this blog, Through The Looking Glass, we cover the Canon GX 1, the exciting new entrant into the crowded large sensor compact field, with a built-in lens with a huge zoom range and a sensor size between Micro Four Thirds and APS-C, as well as the impressive new Digic 5 image processor, promising snappy performance and low light skillz; we also cover Fujifilm’s latest and most impressive entry yet in it’s X series, the X-Pro1, an interchangeable mirrorless camera built like a classic rangefinder, with innovative sensor technology promising huge resolution gains and no moire, and has pros and enthusiasts everywhere giddy with anticipation; We cover the later development from Fujifilm, promising a Leica M-mount adaptor by April, which should help offset the dearth of lenses available at launch; And, as always, we sum up the coming week’s photo and video events calendar.

At the Adorama News Desk, it’s PMA coverage madness! At the enthusiast and pro end of the market, Fujifilm announces its interchangeable lens heir to its X100 hit, the X-Pro1; Adobe announces the Lightroom 4 Public Beta, meaning everyone can try out the new features for free, like enhanced video support and white balance brushes, until it officially launches later this year; and Panasonic announces wide-angle, tele, macro and fisheye lens converters for two popular Lumix G lenses, as well as a spate of new compacts; Sigma has 30 and 19mm f/2.8 primes for Micro Four Thirds and NEX cameras, Sandisk introduces the world’s fastest 128GB SDXC card, with read/write speeds up to 45MB/sec; and also the world’s first 1:1 180mm f/2.8 macro lens for DSLRs.

Polaroid announces the world’s first Android-powered camera; Sony announces a cloud based photo sharing, storage and editing service that integrates with its products; Nik converts it’s popular sharing and editing mobile app, Snapseed, to Mac computers; Samsung, Olympus, Kodak and Casio each announce a round of compacts, each emphasizing new features and improving old ones, while Toshiba introduces three new camcorders. Also, there were a few wild cards from lesser known companies, like the world’s first pure white background 3D photography studio (say that 10 times fast) from Ortery, Sanho’s CloudFTP, which turns cameras into wifi hotspots, and an inexpensive all-in-one virtual 360 degree camera from Tamaggo.

In non-CES news, Adorama has a new contest to win a 60 inch Samsung HDTV, as Official Electronics Retailer of the New York Giants; and Fred Singer explains how to get the most out of the Imaging USA photographic convention in New Orleans.

On the Gear Guides and Reviews blog, Mason Resnick finds out whether the iPhone 4S camera is indeed a worthy adversary to entry-level point and shoots; Mark Wallace video reviews the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6350 wide-format printer; Mark also reviews the Lowepro Rezo 180-AW Shoulder Bag for Digital SLRs and Accessories; and he reviews the Untag iPad app, which helps you protect your privacy by removing sensitive information from your images.

On the Techniques and How-Tos blog, Mark explains best practices when working with seamless backdrops for studio photography; and Bryan Peterson explains how to use Color, Contrast and Composition to make remarkable images.

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