May 5, 2015, Commack, New York – Tamron USA Inc. announces its 2015 eBook series, with the first installation in the series already available for free download at http://www.tamron-usa.com/lenses/ebooks.php. Expansive, breathtaking photographs serve as the visual backdrop for each 12-page-plus eBook, accompanied by descriptive commentary and hands-on techniques and tips for each book's specific photographic theme, genre, or location.
First in the 2015 series is "Road Trip Across the Southwest," a gorgeous pictorial journey with photographer Ken Hubbard through the mountains, tufa towers, and slot canyons of the American Southwest. In this edition, Hubbard and fellow Tech Team colleague André Costantini take the Tamron Tailgate Tour van on a side trip to test-drive the new Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC lens, the world's first F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with image stabilization. The second eBook, "Sports Photography: A Guide to Camera Setup and Exposure" with Tamron Pro Photographer, Jillian Bell, was also posted last week. Four more eBooks are in the works and will be posted in May, June, July/August and September.
Featured eBook authors are members of Tamron's exclusive Tech Team, a highly skilled group of photographers, educators, and experts in Tamron lenses and lens technology. Tamron's eBook authors hone their craft behind the lens every day, then share that photography expertise with beginners, serious amateurs, and professionals across the country through visits to dealers, schools, camera clubs, and photography shows.
The 2015 eBooks will be companion pieces to the eBooks already available at http://www.tamron-usa.com/lenses/ebooks.php, including Close-Up Photography by Jillian Bell; Nighttime Photography by Jeff Allen; Sunrise/Sunset Photography by Rob Moody; Travel & Landscape Photography by Ken Hubbard; and Natural-Light Photography by André Costantini.
Note from Sean: I have the Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3 which serves the same purpose as this product (but at a significantly higher price point). It's an excellent tool to have on hand and has earned a permanent place in my gear bag. I use it to create time lapses and long exposures as well as to reduce camera shake for my architecture and panoramic photos.
Considering the Shutterboss offers the same functionality with a significantly lower price, this is a great opportunity to add an intervelometer/cable remote to your kit if you don't already have one.
The first time that Sean and I gave Canon's Digital Photo Pro version 4.0.0 a workout, we declared that it wasn't ready for prime time. DPP 4 is now at version 220.127.116.11 and, forced by the lack of Canon EOS Rebel T6s and T6i support in DPP 18.104.22.168 (and presumably the same issue coming for the Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R), I am once again working with the latest version of Canon's image processing software. While I'm not ready to make recommendations on use of the latest version, I want to communicate a change that you might notice in forthcoming image quality results processed using DPP 4.
Any time a new RAW image processing engine is used, there is a possibility of the output being different. With each version of DPP we load, a comparison test is done to insure that our results are not impacted by the new engine. It has been a long time since the first digit of DPP's version number has been incremented and ... I was nervous. Primarily, I didn't want to leave the huge inventory of lens tests unavailable for comparison with the latest-tested gear.
Based on testing performed on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (supported on both versions of DPP), I'm reporting is that DPP 4 indeed changes the output. However, I think that you are going to view the change as positive and non-harming to comparisons with older tests going forward. Important is that I don't see any change in sharpness based on the same standardized test settings (Neutral Picture Style, Sharpness = "1"). However, there is a clear reduction in the artifacts seen in the resolution lines in the test chart. The lead image in this post was processed in the latest version of DPP 4 and the following image was processed in the latest version of DPP 3.
To best compare these images, control-click on each to open them in new browser tabs and toggle between the tabs. Or, download and open the images in your favorite image viewer. Show the images at 200% and then toggle between them. Very little difference other than the artifacts clearing will be seen.
From a color standpoint, I am not seeing any changes between the two RAW image processing engines. From a noise standpoint, DPP version 4 has a very slight edge at higher ISO settings. The edge is tiny enough to be meaningless to most and unless toggling instantly between images at 100%, probably few would detect the difference.
Testing against all of these small changes is very time consuming, but ... worth it for accurate evaluations.
Note from Sean: I've been an Adobe CC Photography Plan customer ever since it first became available. It is undoubtedly one of the best investments I make each month and well worth the normal price of $9.99 per month. However, at this price ($8.32 / mo), it's an absolute steal. [Sean]