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 Thursday, December 12, 2013
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Adobe has released updated versions of Photoshop Lightroom 5 and DNG Converter. (thanks Niklas)
 
From Adobe:
 
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3 update includes these enhancements:

  • Additional raw file support for 20 new cameras, including the Fujifilm X-E2, Nikon D610, Nikon Df, and Sony A7.
  • Corrections and bug fixes for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom

Download
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3 - Windows (872MB) | Macintosh (480.6MB)
 
Adobe DNG Converter 8.3
This update contains the Adobe DNG Converter 8.3.
 
The Adobe DNG Converter is a free utility that enables you to easily convert camera-specific raw files from more than 350 cameras to the more universal DNG raw format.
 
Digital Negative was developed to address the lack of an open standard for the proprietary and unique raw files created by each digital camera. DNG allows photographers to archive their raw camera files in a single format for easy cataloging and access in the future. With the format specification freely available, any developer can build software that supports and takes advantage of DNG. For more information, visit the Digital Negative page.
 
Support for the following cameras has been added. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.

  • Canon EOS M2
  • Canon PowerShot S120
  • Casio EX-10
  • Nikon 1 AW1
  • Nikon Coolpix P7800
  • Nikon Df
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D5300
  • Fujifilm XQ1
  • Fujifilm X-E2
  • Nokia Lumia 1020
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • Olympus STYLUS 1
  • Panasonic DMC-GM1
  • Pentax K-3
  • Phase One IQ260
  • Phase One IQ280
  • Sony A7 (ILCE-7)
  • Sony A7R (ILCE-7R)
  • Sony DSC-RX10

Download
Adobe DNG Converter 8.3 - Windows (70.8MB) | Macintosh (21.5MB)
 
Adorama carries Adobe Ligthroom 5.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 12/12/2013 6:19:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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You can use the following promo codes at AdoramaPix to get special pricing on select sizes of Metal Prints:

SizeOrig. PricePromo CodeSpecial Price
5x7$19.95pxhmet57$10.00
8x12$29.95pxhmet812$20.00
11x17$44.95pxhmet1117$35.00

Post Date: 12/12/2013 5:49:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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From LensRentals:
 
Missed our Black Friday sale? That's OK. Rent something over the holidays and get 7 days for the price of 4 days. You want it longer than a week? Then take 25% off the whole rental.
 
To take advantage:

  • Select any arrival date between 12/23 - 12/31
  • Put the code HOLIDAYS in the special instructions box during checkout
  • Get 7 days for the price of 4 or 25% off your rental!

To support this site, click on the appropriate product review and then click the Rent button beside the camera/lens you want to rent.

Post Date: 12/11/2013 2:37:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
Adorama has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens (review) for a checkout price of $99.00. Regularly $125.00.
 
Adorama also the Refurbished Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens available for $89.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/11/2013 12:21:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
In the Pocketwizard PlusX Transceivers Review we posted yesterday, I mentioned that I have used various "dumb triggers" throughout the years. When it comes down to it, I use dumb radio triggers with off-camera flashes about 95% of the time a person is in front of my camera.
 
But there are times when ETTL triggering and a shoe-mounted flash are exactly what's needed. A prime example is indoor event photography. This past Halloween I was hired to photograph a costume party hosted by a local business. Photographing the event meant I had to be mobile and react to changing lighting conditions.
 
My choice of gear proved a good fit for the dynamic conditions:

The 5D Mark III's AF system nailed focus even in the dimly lit areas of the arena. The Sigma 35mm f/1.4's moderatley wide angle was great for capturing groups of people and allowed me to choose a wide aperture when needed. The Rogue FlashBender increased the size of my shoe-mount flash so that the light was a bit more flattering on my subjects. The CTO gel I stuck on the flash closely matched the arean's warm light so that good results could be obtained with a global white balance correction. And lastly, ETTL exposure meant I could focus more on framing, composition and timing without having to worry about constantly changing my flash's power to suit any given situation.
 
I love shooting in very controlled, studio-like conditions. Under those circumstances, I find manually adjusting my flash(es) to be optimal for me. However, there are times when ETTL and a shoe-mount flash (and a possibly small modifier) simply can't be beat.
 
The fact that the 600EX-RT features built-in radio (ETTL enabled) triggering is a big plus. ;-) [Sean]
 
Adorama has the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash available for a checkout price of $449.00 with free shipping and 4% Rewards. Regularly $499.00 after instant rebate.

Post Date: 12/11/2013 11:24:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
Adorama has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) for a checkout price of $2,899.00 with free shipping and 4% Rewards. Regularly $3,299.00.
 
Amazon has the 5D Mark III for the same price but is only offering 2% Rewards.
 
Update: Click the link below "Buy together and save" and choose the first radio button and "Add to Cart" to receive more than $250.00 in Free Accessories:

  • Kingston Technology 32GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Card
  • Green Extreme LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • Manfrotto 394 Aluminum 4 Section Photo Monopod
  • Adorama Slinger Bag
  • Canon CBC-E6 Car Charger for LP-E6

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/11/2013 10:27:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
In "The Photographer’s Guide to Facebook," we break down tactics to help you increase awareness about your photography, engage potential clients, and encourage word-of-mouth referrals.
 
Learn how you can use Facebook to attract followers by:

  • Showcasing your personality with a behind-the-scenes look at your latest shoot.
  • Sharing great blogs, stories, and videos from outside sources that your audience will enjoy.
  • Asking interesting questions to inspire conversation on your page.
  • Offering giveaways and coupons to get people fired up about your products and services.

We also share some great examples of pages from photographers who have successfully used Facebook to build and grow their audience - and their client base - using simple, low cost strategies from posting regularly to showcasing images in a compelling way.
 
Get the free guide now!

Post Date: 12/11/2013 10:13:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm Lens
Focus Camera has a Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR Camera with 2 Lenses & PIXMA PRO-100 Bundle available for $349.00 with free shipping after $400.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Bundle Includes:

  • Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR Camera
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
  • Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer
  • Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss

Note: If you are not familiar with Focus Camera, here is more information about this family business:
 
"Since its inception in 1966 Focus Camera’s primary concern is to serve customers right. Having gained a reputation as a chief retailer and online supplier of photography and camera related equipment, Focus Camera takes pride in making customer service its first priority.
 
Our family operated business has thrived over the years, thanks to our strong work ethic and ethos along with old fashioned hard work, personalized customer service and quality products. Focus Camera has served customers over the years beginning at its brick and mortar store located in Brooklyn, then built a strong following through catalog sales and today is one of the largest internet retailers in the country. Today, Focus Camera is #174 on the Internet Retailer top 500 list and continuing to build on its success. Our competitive pricing on most items continues to draw customers nationwide."
 
Read more about Focus Camera.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/11/2013 9:36:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS Digital Camera
I've seen a lot of sensational headlines about a study that appeared on Psychological Science's website. They included:

  • Taking Photographs Weakens Memories, Psychological Study Finds
  • Is The Camera Destroying Our Memory?
  • Constantly Taking Photographs STOPS Our Brains Remembering What Happened

The headlines are the result of a study by Linda A. Henkel, Professor of Psychology at Fairfield University, titled "The Influence of Taking Photos on Memory for a Museum Tour."
 
Her findings indicated that photographing objects can have an effect on what is remembered about them. Her abstract states:

"Two studies examined whether photographing objects impacts what is remembered about them. Participants were led on a guided tour of an art museum and were directed to observe some objects and to photograph others. Results showed a photo-taking-impairment effect: If participants took a photo of each object as a whole, they remembered fewer objects and remembered fewer details about the objects and the objects’ locations in the museum than if they instead only observed the objects and did not photograph them. However, when participants zoomed in to photograph a specific part of the object, their subsequent recognition and detail memory was not impaired, and, in fact, memory for features that were not zoomed in on was just as strong as memory for features that were zoomed in on. This finding highlights key differences between people’s memory and the camera’s “memory” and suggests that the additional attentional and cognitive processes engaged by this focused activity can eliminate the photo-taking-impairment effect."

In other words, subjects who photographed museum pieces as a whole did not remember the pieces as well as those who were cameraless. However, those who zoomed in on the pieces and captured details seemed to remember the artwork as well as test subjects who didn't carry a camera.
 
But from my own personal experience, pictures tend to bring back a flood of memories that I wouldn't have been able to recall otherwise. Truth is, I have a terrible memory. I have trouble remembering what I had for lunch yesterday let alone things I did a year or more ago.
 
But when I see a photos taken throughout my life, I'm instantly taken back to that exact place and time. With the photo in hand (or on the screen, as it may be), memories wash over me with ease and I can recall details I thought I never knew had been tucked away in my memory (and not just the details illustrated by the photo). I think most people can identify with that.
 
So maybe we shouldn't let one study with a very narrow set of circumstances tarnish how we perceive cameras and how they can affect our lives. As for me, cameras have done so much more to enrich my memory (and for that matter – my life) than they have ever taken away from it. [Sean]
 
What do you think? Let us know on our Facebook Page.

Post Date: 12/11/2013 8:46:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens
Image quality (ISO 12233 resolution chart crops), vignetting and distortion results along with eye candy are now available on the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review page.
 
I'm not certain if or when I will get time to complete a full review of this lens, but hopefully the test results will provide the information you need to know.
 
Update: Under the first clear day we've seen in several weeks, flare tests results have been captured and are also now available.
Post Date: 12/11/2013 8:39:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Refurbished CanonPowerShot ELPH 500 HS and SELPHY CP800 Printer Bundle
The Canon Store has a Refurbished Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS and SELPHY CP800 Printer Bundle available for $129.99 with free shipping.
 
Bundle Includes:

  • Refurbished Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS Digital Camera (Silver)
  • Refurbished Canon SELPHY CP800 Printer
  • 8GB SD Card Class 4
  • Color Ink/Paper Set KP-36IP

 Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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From Canon USA:
 
Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS 7D digital SLR camera.
 
Firmware Version 2.0.5 incorporates the following fix:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the image files cannot be transferred using the FTP protocol via USB cable after the Canon EOS 7D camera has established a wireless connection to the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E5A.

Firmware Version 2.0.5 is for cameras with firmware version 2.0.3. If the camera's firmware is already Version 2.0.5, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to version 2.0.5, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version.
 
Download Firmware Version 2.0.5 for the EOS 7D.
 
NOTE:
When updating the firmware of your camera, please first review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.
 
When the camera is updated to Firmware Version 2.0.5, the following settings will be automatically reset.
a) Date/Time setting
b) Lens peripheral illumination correction data registered to the camera
 
The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E5A must be running Firmware Version 1.0.7 in order to be used with the EOS 7D camera running Firmware Version 2.0.5.
 
Some older versions of the applications listed below do not support functions that are added by the new firmware. In order to address compatibility issues, please download the latest versions of the applications (listed below) from our Web site. For the latest operating system requirement information please visit the Canon website.
 
EOS Utility Version 2.13.25 or later Supported OSes:
Windows (XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1/8), Mac OS X (v10.6.8/10.7/10.8)
 
Digital Photo Professional Version 3.13.45 or later
Supported OSes: Windows (XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1/8), Mac OS X (v10.6/10.7/10.8)
 
ImageBrowser EX Version 1.0.1 or later
Supported OSes: Windows (XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1/8/8.1), Mac OS X (v10.6.8/10.7/10.8)
 
Please download the most recent Instruction Manual if the firmware of your camera is being updated from firmware version 1.25 or earlier. The Instruction Manual has been revised accompanying the improvements and additions of functions provided in these previous firmware versions.
 
Adorama carries the Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera ($1,257.95 checkout price w/ Free Shipping & 4% Rewards).

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/10/2013 8:54:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
Adorama has the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash available for a checkout price of $449.00 with free shipping and 4% Rewards. Regularly $499.00 AR.
 
Note: You must go all the way through checkout to see reduced pricing.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/10/2013 8:08:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens
Amazon has the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens available for $1,349.00 after $200.00 mail-in rebate. (thanks Chris)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/10/2013 6:15:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm IS STM Lens
Adorama has a Canon EOS Rebel T5i with 3 Lenses Bundle available for $859.00 with free shipping and 4% Rewards. Regularly $1,271.79.
 
Note: You must go through checkout to see reduced pricing.
 
Bundle Includes:

  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i DLSR Body
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Lens
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
  • Lowepro Adventura TLZ 15 Top Load Zoom Bag
  • SanDisk 16GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Card
  • Adorama USB 2.0 SD/SDHC/MMC Reader
  • Manfrotto 394 Aluminum 4 Section Photo Monopod
  • Adorama Slinger Digital Card Case Aluminum - Weather Proof

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/10/2013 4:13:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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