Ricoh Announces Ricoh GR Digital II
Ricoh Corp. has announced an evolutionary update to its popular GR Digital, which has been on the market for exactly two years, since October 2005. Called the GR Digital II, the new camera features logical updates such as a 1/1.75-inch CCD with 10.01 million effective pixels, a 2.7-inch, 230,000-pixel display with a high 160º viewing angle, and a new processing engine said to "dramatically" improve high-ISO noise performance. It has the same excellent, fast, 6-element in 5 group 28mm-e ƒ/2.4 lens as its predecessor. Other features include .dng RAW, a native square format feature like that found on the GX100, customizable B&W modes, and electronic leveling with visual or audible confirmation. New accessories include a new teleconverter lens that makes the lens into a 40mm equivalent (right), and a new external viewfinder.
Write times for RAW have been improved from 11 seconds to 3.8 seconds, and you can now take a second picture in RAW while the first is still writing. RAW capture works in the camera's square format, too.
Availability is said to be set for a month or two from now.
Canon Recalls EOS 1D Mark III's from Dealers
Canon has apparently found a definitive fix for the autofocus irregularities first brought to public attention by Rob Galbraith on his excellent website—it's a misadjusted AF sub-mirror, thought to affect only a minority of cameras. For those who already own 1D Mark III's, Canon will check your cameras and repair them if needed, but will not offer refunds or replacement. Canon has also taken the unusual step of recalling all 1D Mark III's now in dealers' hands. There's no word yet on when the camera will resume shipping.
Civil Rights photographer Ernest C. Withers, a son of Memphis, Tennessee, was as proud of some pictures he didn't take as he was of many that he did: he was granted access to see Martin Luther King Jr.'s body at the morgue following Dr. King's assassination and refrained from taking "morbid" pictures because he didn't want Dr. King to be remembered that way. Mr. Withers died this month at the age of 85.
Phase One and Microsoft Team Up
Microsoft Corp. and Phase One recently announced a strategic alliance to explore ways to work together to develop solutions for the Microsoft Windows platform. Phase One is a leading provider of digital image capture and work flow management technology, including P+ Series digital backs and Capture One software. Phase One is an employee-owned company based in Copenhagen with offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Cologne and Shanghai.
Chantal's New Website
Chantal Stone, who wrote a series of posts for T.O.P. last year about notable photo blogs around the web, has a new website herself now. Check it out!
Mike (Thanks to David Rosenberg, Christopher Lane, and Dirk Rösler)