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 Tuesday, July 02, 2013

 
From Simon Christen on Vimeo:

"It has been almost 3 years since I released The Unseen Sea and I'm excited and proud to share with you my latest project Adrift.
 
Adrift is a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area. I chased it for over two years to capture the magical interaction between the soft mist, the ridges of the California coast and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. This is where “Adrift” was born.
 
The weather conditions have to be just right for the fog to glide over the hills and under the bridge. I developed a system for trying to guess when to make the drive out to shoot, which involved checking the weather forecast, satellite images and webcams multiple times a day. For about 2 years, if the weather looked promising, I would set my alarm to 5am, recheck the webcams, and then set off on the 45-minute drive to the Marin Headlands.
 
I spent many mornings hiking in the dark to only find that the fog was too high, too low, or already gone by the time I got there. Luckily, once in a while the conditions would be perfect and I was able to capture something really special. Adrift is a collection of my favorite shots from these excursions into the ridges of the Marin Headlands.
 
I hope with my short film I am able to convey the feeling of happiness I felt while I experienced those stunning scenes."

Post Date: 7/2/2013 12:23:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
PowerShot ELPH 530 HS Digital Camera
eBay (via BuyDig) has the PowerShot ELPH 530 HS Digital Camera (Black / White) available for $149.99 with free shipping. Compare at $209.99.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/2/2013 10:42:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From RØDE:
 
RØDE Microphones is excited to announce its purchase of the acclaimed FiRe audio recording application for Apple iOS devices, from leading US based developer, Audiofile Engineering.
 
Audiofile are considered one of the world’s best audio software development studios across all iOS platforms. This acquisition now makes RØDE the world leader in iOS based audio recording innovation and expertise.
 
Under the terms of the agreement, RØDE has taken complete ownership of the app as well as the fundamental code to continue to refine new and innovative software in this growing market sector. In the next few months RØDE will release improved versions of its existing app based on the FiRe platform, RØDE Rec, and is working on new, advanced hardware.
 
“When we first looked at the smartphone market as a development area for RØDE, I knew that it wasn’t enough to just make a hardware product. RØDE’s goal from day one was to create a complete recording solution -- a platform that we can build around.” remarked RØDE President, Peter Freedman. “I had known and used FiRe for some time and considered it to be the best field recording app available. So in conjunction with its developers, Audiofile Engineering, we built RØDE Rec to further enhance its already impressive audio capabilities, as well as providing high-resolution support for all our hardware products. In addition to the world’s first 24/96 field recorder for iOS, the iXY”.
 
“Today’s purchase of the FiRe platform brings all of the IP in-house here at RØDE, allowing us to fully control the development schedule and realise many of the great plans we have for RØDE Rec and our iOS based customers around the world.” Mr Freedman continued.
 
Audiofile Engineering has built a strong relationship with RØDE over the past eighteen months of development, and is excited to see the application now in the hands of a pro-audio company ready to take it to the next level.
 
“All of the features that make FiRe an incredibly powerful field recorder for iOS make it a perfect fit for RØDE.” commented Matthew Foust, Managing Partner at Audiofile Engineering. “Creating great audio software is our passion, so we’re elated to see RØDE unite FiRe with best-in-class accessories and leverage their global presence to put it in the hands of even more people around the world.”
 
Audiofile Engineering will continue to support FiRE customers while the transition is occurring.
 
B&H carries RØDE mics.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 7/2/2013 10:07:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon has published a list of lenses that have limited compatibility with the 70D's new Dual Pixel CMOS AF system. Here is that list:

EF 14mm f/2.8L USMEF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5
EF 24mm f/1.4L USMEF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5A
EF 100mm f/2.8 MacroEF 35-80mm f/4-5.6
EF 400mm f/2.8L USMEF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 PZ
EF 500mm f/4.5L USMEF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 USM
EF 600mm f/4L USMEF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 II
EF 1200mm f/5.6L USMEF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 III
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USMEF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5
EF 17-35mm f/2.8L USMEF 35-105mm f/4.5-5.6
EF 20-35mm f/2.8LEF 35-105mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USMEF 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5
EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USMEF 35-135mm f/4-5.6 USM
EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5EF 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 IIEF 70-210mm f/4
EF 28-80mm f/2.8-4L USMEF 75-300mm f/4-5.6
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6EF 80-200mm f/2.8L
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 USMEF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 IIEF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 II USMEF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 III USMEF 90-300mm f/4.5-5.6
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 IV USMEF 90-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 V USMEF 100-200mm f/4.5A
EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USMEF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USMEF 100-300mm f/5.6
EF 28-105mm f/4-5.6EF 100-300mm f/5.6L
EF 28-105mm f/4-5.6 USM 


 
My understanding is that the "limited compatibility" lenses will be able to autofocus in Live View using the more-conventional contrast detection method, but they will not support the new Dual Pixel AF. The reason is likely due to a lack of capability in the lens' CPU.


 
From Canon Australia YouTube Channel:

"The EOS 70D digital SLR camera is ideal for anyone looking to take more control of the photographic process for satisfying creative results. Replacing the popular EOS 60D and sitting above the EOS 700D, the EOS 70D is the first DSLR camera in the world to feature all-new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, and combines powerful creative features with wireless sharing functionality for a highly responsive, all-purpose camera."

Be sure to check out the "making-of" section that follows the movie (starts around 3:15 mark).

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/2/2013 9:13:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 700D (Rebel T5i) DSLR Camera
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon EOS 700D (Rebel T5i) DSLR Camera available for $689.00. Compare at $749.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/2/2013 7:30:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 01, 2013
Adorama has the Flashpoint F-2127 Version II Carbon Fiber Tripod available for $121.95 with free shipping. Regularly $169.95.
 
Features:

  • Max Load Capacity - 17.6 Lbs
  • Max Height with Extended Center Column - 57.5"
  • Flip Leg Locks
  • Center Column Separates for Low Ground Level Use
  • Reversible Stud Accepts 1/4x20 and 3/8" Ball Heads
  • Quick Set Rubber Pads or Ground Spikes

Post Date: 7/1/2013 4:45:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sony 64GB Micro Vault USM-Q USB Flash Drive
Expired: B&H has the Sony 64GB Micro Vault USM-Q USB Flash Drive available for $29.95 with free shipping. Regularly $114.95.
Post Date: 7/1/2013 1:34:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Western Digital 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive available for $69.99 with free shipping. Regularly $109.00.
 
As you well know, RAW and JPEG files can quickly fill up your hard disk space. Adding affordable storage like this is nearly always a good idea. ;-)
Post Date: 7/1/2013 12:40:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 7/1/2013 12:23:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Hoodman Hoodloupe Professional 3
Adorama has the Hoodman Hoodloupe Professional 3" LCD Display Loupe available for $64.95 with free shipping. Regularly at $79.95.
 
B&H also has the item at the same discounted price with free shipping.
Post Date: 7/1/2013 9:41:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon North America YouTube Channel:

"Thank you to all of our Canon fans in helping us reach a new milestone of 1 million video views on our channel (and counting)! We could not have accomplished this without your help and support. As a thank you, we've created this short video including clips of our products, tutorials, movies, explorers of light and much more! We hope you enjoy!"

In March, Canon celebrated 1 million minutes watched on its YouTube channel.

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 7/1/2013 9:21:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera available for $1,588.80 with free shipping. Compare at $1,899.00.
 
Caveat Emptor: BigValueInc's positive feedback rating is at 98.2%. We recently received information that some buyers received the wrong product when purchasing from this merchant. Be sure to keep all supporting documents if taking advantage of this offer.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/1/2013 8:42:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Longer focal length lenses tend to have a Vibration Reduction (VR) function to compensate for image blur caused by camera shake. The function is built into the lens itself and is not camera dependent. When VR is not used a fast shutter speed is required to prevent image blur. When VR is active, slower shutter speeds can be used to produce an image without blur. The effectiveness of the VR function is measured in terms of how many shutter speed 'stops' advantage VR provides over normal use without VR.
 
From the 1st July, 2013 CIPA introduce a standard for Image Stabilization preformance for Digital Cameras. Nikon comply to this standard together with other manufacturers. The CIPA standard allows users to compare product VR performance in a way that is easy to understand.
 
This change means that VR performance figures (number of 'stops') provided in Nikkor lens product documentation and user manuals before 1st July 2013 may differ from the CIPA VR performance figures provided below.
 
The table below lists the Nikkor Lens VR performance according to CIPA standards.

FX Nikkor LensVR Performance
in stops
(CIPA standard)
AF-S Micro NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED3
AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II3
AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II3
AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR3
AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR3
AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR2.5
AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f5.6E FL ED VR4.5
AF-S NIKKOR 800mm + AF-S TELECONVERTER TC800-1.25E ED4
AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR2.5
AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR4
AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR3.5
AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR3.5
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II3.5
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR4
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED2.5
 AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED2
AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR4
AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II3

DX Nikkor LensesVR Performance
in stops
(CIPA standard)
AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR3
AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR3.5
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR3.5
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR3
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR3.5
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II3.5
AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED3
AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR3

B&H carries Nikon Nikkor lenses.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/1/2013 8:08:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS II Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS II Lens available for $159.00. Compare at $299.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/1/2013 6:54:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

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