Nikon 70-200mm VR II and 18-200mm VR II Announced

MELVILLE, N.Y. (July 30, 2009) - Nikon today announced the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR II and the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, two telephoto zoom lenses further refined to provide photographers with exceptional optics for outstanding image clarity and sharpness, both featuring Vibration Reduction (VR II) image stabilization. The 18-200mm, Nikon’s best-selling premium high-ratio zoom ever, offers enthusiasts excellent versatility. The 70-200mm f/2.8, now benefiting from Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat, retains its status as a preeminent choice for discerning professionals in a multitude of shooting disciplines.

Nikon D300s: Adds 720p HD Video With Stereo Input and SD Slot

MELVILLE, N.Y. (July 30, 2009) – Today, Nikon announced the D300s digital SLR, combining professional-level performance with agility and enhanced D-Movie capabilities to deliver a new benchmark for creative versatility. Engineered to leverage proven Nikon technologies, including a 12.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and 51-point autofocus system; the addition of HD video capture; and faster 7 frame-per-second (fps) continuous shooting, the Nikon D300s balances form factor, performance, versatility and reliability for serious photo enthusiasts and professionals.

Associated Press Plans Content Registry, Will Include Photos

"The Associated Press plans to build a registry to manage online usage rights of stories, photos and videos created by the AP and AP members.
The AP’s plan, which was approved by its board of directors Thursday, is designed to curb online infringement, which AP leaders consider a big problem. The news agency recently settled a lawsuit against AHN Media, a Web site operator that AP accused of rewriting and redistributing its news stories.
The AP announced no technical details about its system, but said it would use a digital permissions format developed by the AP, which has been endorsed by London-based Media Standards Trust."

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Getty Images Turns Free Photo Site Over to iStock

"One of the many properties Getty Images got when it acquired Jupiterimages was the Hungary-based Stock.xchng site, which offers stock photos for free. Stock.xchng (or SXC for short) has hummed along in obscurity for a while, but now Getty is putting it to use.

Getty hopes to use the freebie pictures to drive potential customers to microstock site iStockphoto. Today, SXC announced that Getty has turned control of the site over to iStock. SXC is running banner ads promoting iStock, and each page of search results includes a line of "premium results" that link to iStock pictures." read full article Source: