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 Monday, June 10, 2013
Canon EF 200-400mm 1.4x IS Lens
You can cross bad image quality off of your list of potential reasons to not get the new Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens. Because this lens totally rocks in that regard. Image quality results from the 200-400mm f/4L IS Lens are now available on the site. These are among the best results I've ever seen from a zoom lens - or from any lens.
 
I'll let you decide if the 200-400 L bests the previous zoom lens image quality title holder, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens. Here is the 200mm comparison (use the mouseover or toggle buttons feature). Note that you are going to see some distortion differences in these results as the 70-200 is at its longest focal length and the 200-400 is set to its widest focal length. Also note that the 70-200 has a 1-stop wider aperture in this comparison. I'll let you decide if they would be more-fairly compared at equivalent (f/4) apertures (you can change the comparison tool settings if you vote this way).
 
There are some things you need to know about the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens image quality test results. The built-in extender with external extender compatibility complicates complete image quality presentation of this lens in our tool. So, here is what we are showing.
 
The first tested copy of this lens (we have two right now) is presented as two lens samples – sample "1" and "2". Sample "1" is tested at all focal lengths (including those with extenders) with the built-in extender switch set to 1.0x (not being used) with the only exception being the first of the two 560mm focal length tests – the one that indicates "1.4x Extender Int". Sample "2" results were all captured with the built-in extender in place – the switch was set to 1.4x with no exceptions. Sample "2" results showing one of the "III" extenders in use also had the built-in 1.4x in use. You will notice the ultra-high focal lengths in these results.
 
Here are some interesting comparisons that can be made:
 
Compare the image quality of the 200-400mm L lens at various focal lengths with and without the built-in extender in place by comparing lens sample "1" to lens sample "2". The with-extender image quality is really good, but there is a modest image quality penalty for using the extender. This is not unexpected from adding 8/4 elements/groups to the light path. Stop down 1 stop to eliminate most of that penalty.
 
Compare the image quality of the 200-400mm L lens' built in 1.4x extender to the external Canon 1.4x III Extender. The first difference I notice is that the internal extender appears to add pincushion distortion while the external extender adds a touch of barrel distortion. This difference is what would account for the difference in test chart detail sizes. Otherwise, I don't think you will see a difference in image quality between these two extenders used on this lens.
 
While extended focal lengths up to 1120mm are supported with Canon's blessings, I doubt that many will want to go to this extreme.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/10/2013 1:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Manfrotto 190 More 3-Section Aluminum Tripod available for $109.95 with free shipping after $45.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $189.95.
Post Date: 6/10/2013 3:30:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has the Seagate Barracuda 3 TB 3.5" SATA 6 Gb/s Internal Hard Drive available for $109.99. Compare at $134.99.
 
Features:

  • 3TB storage capacity with SATA 6Gb/s NCQ Interface
  • Seagate AcuTrac servo technology delivers dependable performance, even with hard drive track widths of only 75 nanometers
  • Seagate OptiCache technology boosts overall performance by as much as 45% over the previous generation.
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

Post Date: 6/10/2013 7:46:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens
eBay (via BuyDig.com) has the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens (Canon/Nikon) available for $299.99 with free shipping. Compare at $399.00.
Post Date: 6/10/2013 7:40:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
Camera Raw 8.1 is now available as a final release through the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6. This release provides support for HiDPI capable displays, new camera and lens support and address bugs that were introduced in previous versions of Camera Raw. Customers of previous versions of Photoshop can utilize DNG Converter 8.1 to receive raw file support for newly added cameras.
 
Photoshop CS6 customers traditionally have received camera updates through Camera Raw 7.x releases. This is the first time that we are providing camera support through a version of the camera raw plug-in that is a whole version number greater than the version of Camera Raw that shipped with a specific version of Photoshop. (Photoshop CS6 shipped with ACR7 and now we’re providing support to CS6 with ACR8.) As mentioned here, this change allows us to be consistent with our past policy of providing raw support for currently shipping products. However, when ACR8 is hosted by Photoshop CS6, it will not offer any of the new features described in Photoshop CC marketing materials for ACR8.
 
Bugs Corrected in Camera Raw 8.1

  • Occasionally the Fill Light adjustment introduced artifacts. This only occurred when processing an image using the PV2010 process version.
  • When using the Red Eye removal tool, setting red eye darken to 100% would lighten the adjustment instead of darkening it.
  • Reduced the default amount of sharpening applied to images taken with the Fuji X100s camera.

New Camera Support in the Camera Raw 8.1

  • Hasselblad H5D-60
  • Olympus PEN E-P5
  • Olympus PEN E-PL6
  • Phase One IQ260*
  • Ricoh GR
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G6
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1

* denotes preliminary support

Lens NameLens Mount
Canon PowerShot G1 XCanon
Canon PowerShot G15Canon
Hasselblad HCD 4.8/24Hasselblad
Nikon Coolpix ANikon
Nikon Coolpix P330Nikon
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400 mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VRNikon
HD Pentax-D FA645 Macro 90mm F2.8ED AW SRPentax
HD Pentax-DA 560mm F5.6ED AWPentax
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013Canon, Sigma
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM C013Nikon
Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN A013Olympus, Sony
Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN A013Olympus, Sony
Zeiss Apo Sonna T* 2/135 ZECanon
Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 ZF.2Nikon
Zeiss Touit 1.8/32Sony
Zeiss Touit 2.8/12Sony

Download Links
 
Camera Raw 8.1 – Please use the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6
 
DNG Converter 8.1 – Mac | PC
 
B&H carries Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/10/2013 7:31:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot G1X Digital Camera
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera available for $529.00. Compare at $599.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/10/2013 6:35:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
From Adobe:
 
Powerful New Features Advance Photography Workflows
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 10, 2013 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 5 for Mac OS® and Windows®. The product is available as an individual license or as part of Adobe Creative Cloud™. Designed for both photography enthusiasts and professionals alike, Lightroom 5 adds critical photo editing capabilities and creates groundbreaking workflows. Lightroom 5 was initially released as a free, public beta in April 2013.
 
“Lightroom was originally conceived through the requests of Adobe customers, and this feedback continues to drive each new iteration,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “As the digital photography landscape advances and evolves, Lightroom is the best solution for photographers and passionate hobbyists who want to get the most out of their digital images.”
 
New Features in Lightroom 5
 
Lightroom 5 adds powerful new editing tools to help photographers create better images faster. The Advanced Healing Brush enables customers to fix irregularly shaped imperfections such as dust spots, splotches, and other distractions with the precision and flexibility of a fine brush. The Upright tool analyzes each image to automatically straighten objects such as buildings and level horizons. Radial Gradients offer customers the control to make photo subjects stand out by applying off-center and multiple vignettes in a single image.
 
Lightroom 5 also brings extended sharing and publishing capabilities. New video slideshows enable customers to combine still images, video clips and music in a creative HD slideshow that can be viewed on almost any device. Updates to the Book module bring the ability to create, personalize and print elegant photo books from a variety of tailored, easy-to-use templates, as well as create customer-specific templates.
 
Smart Previews, new in Lightroom 5, enable photographers to make edits to their images offline, without bringing their entire library of original files with them. Edits and metadata changes to Smart Preview files are automatically applied to the original images when they are reconnected.
 
Pricing and Availability
 
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is available now for immediate download for Adobe Creative Cloud members. Standalone software is available at Adobe.com and participating retailers for US$149 or US$79 for upgrades. For more detailed information about product features, upgrade policies, pricing and language versions, please visit www.adobe.com/go/lightroom.
 
B&H has Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 available for pre-order.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/10/2013 6:27:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, June 09, 2013

This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending June 8th, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Monday, Eye-Fi announced its new Mobi card. The Mobi card allows images taken with a digital camera to be instantly available on a smartphone or tablet using Eye-Fi’s free mobile app.
 
On Tuesday, we announced the availability of Sigma’s USB Dock for EF mount lenses. We have one in-house and have already used it to update the firmware on a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 using Sigma’s Optimization Pro software. So far, everything has worked just as expected.
 
On Thursday, Canon announced the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. The new wide-angle lens becomes only the third EF-M lens to be added to Canon’s mirrorless lineup, the others, of course, being the 18-55 and 22mm STM lenses.
 
Along with the announcement of the 11-22mm lens, Canon also announced an upcoming firmware update for the EOS-M Mirrorless camera. The new firmware update, expected at the end of this month, is purported to more than double autofocus performance.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Monday, Bryan posted his full review of the Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens. Overall, Bryan was dissatisfied with the lens’s image quality performance compared to its Canon counterpart which is sharper wide open than the Samyang is at any aperture. Read Bryan’s full review for more information.
 
On Friday, Bryan published the Spring 2013 Canon Big White L Lens Family Picture. Just a word of caution – staring at this image too long may result in an increased investment in “L” glass. Beautiful, aren’t they?
 
In other news, we received two Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lenses this week. So far, the results have been very impressive. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Saturday, we posted a deal from Adorama where you could get a Nikon D90 DSLR Camera Kit for only $599.00 with free shipping and 2% rewards. That’s a $350.00 off the normal going rate. [Note: Deal has expired.]
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 6/9/2013 3:25:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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The Canon Store has their Refurbished Lenses and Flashes on sale for 15% off.
 
Currently In Stock

Refurbished LensOrig. PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM919.20137.88781.32
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.9957.60326.39
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM1,079.20161.88917.32
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.9978.00441.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9928.20159.79
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9924.00135.99
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.9964.80367.19
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM1,183.20177.481,005.72
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9924.00135.99
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM1,759.20263.881,495.32
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM479.9972.00407.99
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM639.9996.00543.99
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM943.20141.48801.72
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM479.9972.00407.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.9960.00339.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II239.9936.00203.99
Canon Speedlite 430EX II239.9936.00203.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9930.00169.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9920.40115.59

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/9/2013 12:44:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 07, 2013
Canon Big White Lenses Spring 2013 Family Picture
With the new arrival now home, the Canon Big White L Lenses just had to have their spring 2013 family picture created (download larger images below).
 
Canon Big White Lenses with Hoods Spring 2013 Family Picture
 
Featured in these pictures, from left to right, are the following lenses:
 
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens
 
Download Larger Images
 
Download larger images for your wallpaper, physical wall – or just to get a closer look (grab a tissue to catch the drool):
 
No Hood | Hood
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/7/2013 12:31:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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In a move that closely matches Amazon, B&H is now offering 4% Rewards on a wide range of Canon DSLR cameras / lenses and Nikon DSLR cameras / lenses.
Post Date: 6/7/2013 4:00:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Tamron has announced Father's Day mail-in rebates for their 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD ($30.00 rebate) and 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF lenses ($50.00 rebate). The rebate is valid for purchases made between 6/7 and 6/17.
Post Date: 6/7/2013 3:13:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Amazon is offering 4% Rewards and/or 12-month free financing (using Amazon.com Store Card) on select Canon DSLR Lenses. And, according to site visitor John, the 4% Rewards is an instant savings rather a promotion code applicable for future purchases.
 
The list below isn't an exhaustive list; there may be more Canon lenses that qualify (so check Amazon if you're shopping for a lens that is not listed below). I noticed that several Nikon lenses also qualify for the 4% Rewards as well.

Canon LensOffer
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USMBoth
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USMBoth
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USMBoth
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USMBoth
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USMBoth
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USMBoth
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USMBoth
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USMBoth
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USMBoth
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x4% Rewards
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USMBoth
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-ShiftBoth
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USMBoth
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-ShiftBoth
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USMBoth
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USMBoth
Canon EF 85mm f1.2 L II USMBoth
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USMBoth
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USMBoth
Canon EF200mm f/2L IS USMBoth
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USMBoth
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USMBoth

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/7/2013 1:25:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 1 J2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Orange)
Amazon has the Nikon 1 J2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Orange / Red / Silver) available for $299.99. Compare at $449.00.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/7/2013 12:24:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
BuyDig.com is offering a free Hoya NXT UV Multi Coated filter and 2-Day Shipping on select Canon lenses. The lenses also qualify for 5% Instant Rewards when you add the cleaning kit to your cart for an additional $3.00.
 
Directions for this deal:

  1. Add a lens from below to your cart. The lens comes with a free Hoya NXT UV Multi Coated filter and 2-Day Shipping.
  2. Add the Monster Screen Clean Kit to your cart. The cleaning kit will cost $3.00 but will trigger a 5% instant savings on the lens.

Note: The final price will be shown during the last screen before confirming your order.
 
Canon Lenses with 5% Instant Rebates:

Canon LensPrice w/
Cleaning Kit
5% SavingsFinal Price
EF-S 10-22mm F/3.5-4.5 USM$762.00$38.10$723.90
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM$1,502.00$75.10$1,426.90
EF 17-40mm f/4L USM$742.00$37.10$704.90
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM$2,102.00$105.10$1,996.90
EF 70-200mm F/4.0 L USM$632.00$31.60$600.40
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM$2,202.00$110.10$2,091.90
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM$1,402.00$70.10$1,331.90
EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6 Image Stabilizer USM$1,502.00$75.10$1,426.90
EF 35mm f/1.4L USM$1,332.00$66.60$1,265.40
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM$152.00$7.60$144.40
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM$372.00$18.60$353.40
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM$902.00$45.10$856.90
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM$352.00$17.60$334.40
EF 50mm f / 1.2L USM$1,442.00$72.10$1,369.90

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/7/2013 9:40:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Lensbaby:
 
Those watching the anticipated “Much Ado About Nothing,” out in theatres today, will see the magic of Lensbaby at work
 
Portland, OR - June 7, 2013 – Lensbaby, creator of award-winning Creative Effects SLR, mirrorless and PL mount camera lenses, is extremely excited to announce that its products were used to captivate audiences in the film “Much Ado About Nothing,” directed by the renowned Joss Whedon.
 
Shot in just 12 days, this new film puts a contemporary spin on Shakespeare’s classic comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.” The Director of Photography on “Much Ado About Nothing,” Jay Hunter, recently sat down with Lensbaby and gave some insight into how and why he used Lensbaby lenses during filming.
 
"We shot the flashback scenes on a Canon 7D with a Lensbaby Composer with Double Glass. I really love how the Lensbaby sends you into an abstract world, by defocusing and warping the frame while leaving other portions of the frame sharp. It helps directs your eye to certain moments, but also creates a dream state right out of the box," explained Hunter.
 
"The first time we used Lensbaby was in a flashback scene. I framed it up and told [director Joss Whedon] we could use a straight lens if the Lensbaby didn't work for him. However, Joss looked at it and said it was perfect — it just clicked for him. There was no discussion after that; it just became the way we were going to shoot all of the flashbacks in the film. There’s just something organic about doing things in camera, the way all of the elements come together. You get this end product that is so much more satisfying and higher quality in the end than spending a ton of time and money trying to replicate it in post-production."
 
See the “Much Ado About Nothing” trailer.
 
B&H carries Lensbaby products.
Category: Lensbaby News
Post Date: 6/7/2013 9:36:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Amazon is offering 4% Rewards and/or 12-month free financing (using Amazon.com Store Card) on select Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras. And, according to site visitor John, the 4% Rewards is an instant savings rather a promotion code applicable for future purchases. (thanks John)

DSLR CameraOffer
Canon EOS 1D XBoth
Canon EOS 5D Mark IIIBoth
Canon 6DBoth
Canon EOS 7DBoth
Canon EOS 60DBoth
Canon EOS Rebel T5i4% Rewards
Canon EOS Rebel T4iFree Financing
  
Nikon D4Both
Nikon D800Both
Nikon D600Both
Nikon D71004% Rewards
Nikon D70004% Rewards
Nikon D51004% Rewards
Nikon D31004% Rewards

Post Date: 6/7/2013 8:59:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: BuyDig.com has a Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera, PIXMA PRO-100 Printer & Adobe Software Bundle available for $1,775.50 after $400.00 mail-in rebate with free shipping.
 
Bundle Includes:

  • Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
  • Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 11 (bundle package)
  • Monster Screen Clean Kit
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer
  • Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss SG201 13" x 19" (50 sheet pack)

Directions for this deal:

  1. Add the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera to your cart. The camera comes with a free memory card and Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 11.
  2. Add the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer to your cart. The printer comes with free photo paper.
  3. Add the Monster Screen Clean Kit to your cart. The cleaning kit will cost $3.00 but will trigger a 2% instant savings.
  4. Redeem $400.00 mail-in rebate.

Note: The final price will be shown during the last screen before confirming your order.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/7/2013 7:48:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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