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 Thursday, October 16, 2014
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From Adobe:
 
As promised in a blog post here, we are proud to introduce the Aperture and iPhoto import plugin for Lightroom 5. The plugin allows Aperture and iPhoto customers to migrate their images and key metadata (such as keywords, events, project structure) into Lightroom catalogs in a seamless way.
 
The plugin is available for download here and please follow these instructions to install the plugin:
 
  1. Ensure that you’re using Lightroom 5.6. You can check your Lightroom version by going to Help->System Info inside Lightroom. If not using Lightroom 5.6, please update to the 5.6.
  2. Download the plugin zip file to a known location (such as your desktop)
  3. Double click on the downloaded zip file to extract it.
  4. Navigate to the Users//Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom folder. Please note that the Library folder is hidden by default and that you will need to hold down the Option/Alt key to make it visible.
  5. Check to see if there is a Modules folder. If not, please create this folder.
  6. Copy the extracted aperture_iphoto_importer.lrplugin file to the Modules folder.
  7. Start Lightroom.
For Aperture Customers: click on File -> Plugin Extras -> Import from Aperture Library and follow the prompts.
 
For iPhoto Customers: Click on File -> Plugin Extras -> Import from iPhoto Library and follow the prompts.
 
Download link -> aperture_iphoto_importer
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/16/2014 12:02:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Canon USA just released 7 new videos in its "Sometimes it's better to print" ad campaign. They are all very short and a little humorous.
 
Enjoy!
 
Sometimes It's Better to Print Ad Campaign
 
B&H carries Canon PIXMA printers.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/16/2014 10:11:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
COOLPIX P340 Firmware: 1.2 update
 
Updates enabled with this release:
 
  • An issue that prevented charging of the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 using the camera and charging AC adapter when the EN-EL12 was completely discharged has been resolved.
  • When RAW (NRW) images captured with a burst of continuous shooting at a setting of Continuous H were opened in image-processing software such as ViewNX 2 for development, image colors were abnormal. This issue has been resolved.
Download the COOLPIX P340 Firmware: 1.2.
 

COOLPIX P600 Firmware: 1.2 Update
 
Updates enabled with this release
 
  • An issue that prevented charging of the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL23 using the camera and charging AC adapter when the EN-EL23 was completely discharged has been resolved.
Download the COOLPIX P600 Firmware: 1.2.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/16/2014 9:32:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through October 31, use coupon code HOLIDAY20 at FractureMe.com to save 20% on your next fracture order.
 
Glass prints look very impressive hanging on the wall. Buy now to ensure it arrives before the holidays if you're planning on giving one as a gift.
Post Date: 10/16/2014 8:43:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Watch as France's Airgonay club sets up a drone race in the middle of a forest. The resulting video looks astonishingly similar to the speeder chase scene in Return of the Jedi.
 
Now I want a drone even more... :-) [Sean]
Post Date: 10/16/2014 7:57:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon CN20x50 Cine Servo Lens
From Canon UK:
 
Canon introduces new 4K cine-servo, ultra-telephoto lens with world’s longest focal length
 
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 16 October 2014 – Canon today bolsters its cine servo lens line-up with the new CN20x50 – a high performance, ultra-telephoto zoom lens for sport and nature TV production. Leveraging Canon’s long-standing and unparalleled expertise in lens design, the CN20x50 delivers superb image quality and exceptional creative control, and is the first lens of its type to combine a built-in 1.5x extender, class-leading 20x magnification and a removable servo drive, with a native 50-1000mm focal range that expands to a huge 75-1500mm.
 
Designed to be a portable solution for broadcast productions using super 35mm cameras – whether HD, UHD or 4K – the CN20x50 is a tool of unprecedented quality, versatility and usability. Featuring a completely removable updated servo drive unit that enables an agile shooting style that’s difficult to achieve with typical cine lenses, the new cine-servo lens helps to meet growing demands for Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolution sport and nature television production.
 
Versatile and reliable
With productions today expected to shoot in demanding and unpredictable environments, a huge level of lens flexibility is required. For wildlife television, operators typically work in hostile and sensitive conditions which often necessitate shooting from extremely long distances, while sports productions typically require extremely high resolution for close-to-the-action stadium work. In both situations, operators require fast, reactive positional changes, shooting flexibility and nimble hardware that allow them to respond to changes in the scene.
 
Weighing just 6.6kg, the CN20x50 is conveniently portable and lightweight and offers an unrivalled focal length and zooming capabilities for its class. It enables sport and documentary crews to capture footage at a distance, while maintaining the highest quality throughout the zoom range. The lens’s huge zoom range also significantly reduces the volume of hardware that crews are required to carry, offering a superb solution for location shoots.
 
The latest in Canon’s cine-servo lens line-up, the CN20x50 is also user-friendly and robust. The design has been developed to ensure high levels of ruggedness and reliability, even in unforgiving broadcast environments – combining the finest quality optics with a weather-and-shock-proof construction that makes it suitable for use in the most hostile conditions when on location, to the same level as conventional Canon broadcast lenses.
 
Flexible operability
Compatible with a wide range of cameras, the CN20x50 also supports communication between lens and camera and will be available in both EF-mount and PL-mount variants. The EF-mount version utilises Canon’s own system, while the PL-mount variant supports Cooke’s /i Technology standard. Both models feature a 12-pin serial connection for integration with typical broadcast equipment.
 
The focus ring rotation is 180 degrees, balancing the accuracy required for 4K imaging with the speed needed for broadcast use. In scenarios where every second counts – and operators only have one opportunity to capture a shot – high speed zoom, iris and simple focusing operation mean that even rapidly changing scenes can be captured with ease and accuracy.
 
The lens’ design supports a range of cinema and broadcast accessories including operational zoom and focus controls, matte boxes and 0.8- and 0.5-type gear module accessories such as follow focus units, to provide a truly versatile solution.
 
CN20x50 key benefits:
 
  • Ultra-telephoto lens with class-leading focal length
  • Capture every detail in sports and nature TV broadcast
  • Achieve stunning shots in outstanding 4K quality
  • Enjoy a wide variety of shooting and expression
  • Portable and durable with intuitive operation
Check out more information about the CN20x50 on the Canon Professional Network's dedicated page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/16/2014 7:19:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"Adobe now offers a Creative Cloud Photography bundle that includes Lightroom editing software and Photoshop CC for photographers who want to organise, edit, enhance and share their images via desktop or their mobile devices – this package currently comes bundled with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 6D DSLRs, plus the PowerShot G1 X Mark II and G7 X compact cameras. In a four-part CPN series of articles and video tutorials Richard Curtis (a Principal Solutions Consultant in Digital Imaging for Adobe UK) will examine the workflow between Lightroom software and Photoshop CC to help you to understand the benefits of working with both in tandem. In Part 1 of this series Richard Curtis explains how to use Smart Objects within the Lightroom and Photoshop CC workflow and, in a special video, he reveals how Smart Objects ensure your image edits are non-destructive for longer. Please click on the play button in the window above to watch the video..."
Read the entire article and see the video on the Canon Professional Network.
 
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/16/2014 7:01:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Nikon Europe:
 
In this video pro-photographer, film maker, & director of DEDICATED, Corey Rich highlights why the D4S allows him to focus only on content and not the technology; the three most meaningful improvements made on the D4S; & how its features helped capture scenes that were previously impossible to capture. 'Hollywood crews could do this but not guys like me.' - Corey Rich.
 
Note from Sean: Oh my goodness! Why didn't I ever think to use Auto ISO when shooting video to compensate for transitioning from very dim environments to very bright ones (or vice-versa)? The EOS 5D Mark III works in the same way; it changes ISO on the fly when set to Auto ISO. The Nikon D4s's algorithm may allow for smoother ISO changes, but otherwise, the 5D III does the exact same thing.
 
B&H carries the Nikon D4s and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
Post Date: 10/16/2014 7:00:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens available for $1,049.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,349.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
 
Relevant Reviews
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/15/2014 10:36:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens
DigitalRev has the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens for Canon/Nikon (review) available for $309.00 with free shipping. Compare at $499.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 10/15/2014 10:17:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Refurbished Nikon COOLPIX AW120 All-Weather Camera
Use coupon code EXPLORE ($50.00 off) at BuyDig.com to get the Refurbished Nikon COOLPIX AW120 + Lightroom 5 Bundle for $199.00 with free shipping. Compare at $289.00 new (without software).
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/15/2014 9:05:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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International Awards Exhibition Printed with Epson Printers and Papers Opens at Smithsonian on Oct. 24
 
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Oct. 15, 2014 – Epson today announced it is a global sponsor of the 2014 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition for the third consecutive year. As the official inkjet printer and paper partner for the ongoing print exhibition, Epson’s professional printing technology allows visitors to celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature through the art of photography. On the second floor of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., museum guests will see award-winning photographs displayed from one of the world’s most prestigious nature photography competitions.
 
“The annual Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards program began as a creative tool to celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature and encourage greater public interest in outdoor enjoyment and conservation stewardship,” says Awards Director, Steve Freligh. “The high caliber of photographic prints we are able to achieve through using Epson printers, inks and papers bring these images to life in a way that truly showcases the spectacle of nature and the creative talent delivered by photographers in the field."
 
The Smithsonian exhibition opens on Oct. 24, 2014, and features winners from the annual Windland Smith Rice International Awards program. Chosen from more than 20,000 entries from photographers in 50 countries, the exhibition will showcase the Grand Prize winner, the Photographer of the Year and the Youth Photographer of the Year, as well as finalists selected in 13 separate categories. The images are displayed as large format prints ranging in size from 2x3 feet to nearly 4x6 feet in the nation’s most visited museum, which welcomes more than eight million visitors annually.
 
“We are honored to be supporting one of the most highly-respected and visually compelling nature photography competitions in the world,” said Larry Kaufman, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “Our goal is to provide these photographers with access to the most advanced printing technology and pro-quality papers to produce true-to-life output that accurately and completely conveys the true vision and story behind their photographs.”
 
The exhibition-quality prints were created with Epson’s award-winning 44-inch wide Epson Stylus Pro 9900. With the precision of its Epson MicroPiezo TFP printhead and the performance of Epson UltraChrome HDR ink, the printer delivers superb photographic prints with an extremely wide color gamut and incredible sharpness. Used with Epson Professional Papers, this advanced printing technology produces the richest blacks and smooth tonal transitions.
 
The exhibition will be viewed by millions of visitors at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and is open daily, free to the public. The annual photo competition is open to the public and encourages submissions from photographers at all levels of expertise – pros, amateurs and youth. For more information, visit www.NaturesBestPhotography.com.
Category: Epson News
Post Date: 10/15/2014 8:05:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Digital Learning Center
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
 
In our new Quick Tips series, you get to watch and learn right from Canon Digital Learning Center experts!
 
Each video will feature a Canon Technical Advisor offering a helpful imaging tip, sharing a unique product insight, or explaining a key technology. New videos will be added regularly, so check back to keep expanding your Canon knowledge base.
 
Quick Tips Videos Available
 
  • Highlight Tone Priority
  • Dust Delete Data
  • Wireless File Transmitter
  • RAW Image Fundamentals
  • High Speed Sync
  • Quick Control Menu
  • Picture Style explained
  • Radio-Based Wireless Flash
  • Radio Wireless Group Mode
  • ...and more!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/15/2014 7:53:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter
DigitalRev has the Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter available for $519.00. Compare at $822.00 for US version.
 
Features:
 
  • Programming Meter
  • Full information Spot Viewfinder
  • Contrast Function
  • Incident Light Metering
  • Reflected Light Spot Metering
  • Dual ISO Settings
  • All-Weather Design
  • Cine/lighting Displays for L-758CINE
  • Optional Radio Flash Triggering
  • Europe CE Version**
**To comply with local broadcast regulations, Sekonic wireless systems sold in the various markets around the world are designed to operate at different frequencies. When purchasing and/or installing a transmitter module or using the meter with a receiver, be sure that the meter, module and receiver are designed to be used in your location and use the same frequency.
 
When purchasing and/or installing a transmitter module or using the meter with a receiver, be sure that the meter, module and receiver are designed to be used in your location and use the same frequency.
 
The CE designation indicates the meter and module are designed for operation in European countries (Frequencies: CH 1 to 16: 433.62 MHz; CH 17 to 32: 434.22MHz) and should not imported to US/Canada without permission of your local communication authority.
Post Date: 10/15/2014 6:51:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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From Nikon:
 
Updates included with 1.0.3
 
Updates that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions
 
  • When images were adjusted in any of the following ways using Edit palette functions, and Capture NX-D was then launched again, the results of adjustments were not reflected. This issue has been resolved.
  • When White Balance was fine-tuned after selecting Use Gray Point or using the Gray Point Sample Tool
  • When the Quick Adjust setting under Picture Control was changed
  • When the luminosity curve was adjusted by moving the black-point input slider to a setting other than "0" with Master Lightness selected for LCH
  • When the chroma curve was adjusted by moving the output slider to a setting other than "0" with Chroma selected for LCH
  • When the tone curve was adjusted by moving the Levels & Curves black-point input slider to a setting other than "0"
  • When a settings file, with which the Quick Adjust setting under Picture Control had been changed, was saved, the value saved for Quick Adjust only was "0". This issue has been resolved.
  • When RAW images captured with cameras that support the Better Quality 2013 option for Noise Reduction in the Edit palette were adjusted, and the Intensity setting under Luminance was once changed to "0", subsequent changes to the Intensity setting were not reflected. This issue has been resolved.
  • When the output slider was moved to a setting other than "0" with Chroma selected for LCH in the Edit palette, anchor points could not be added to the chroma curve at the intended positions. This issue has been resolved.
  • When multiple images were captured with a User Custom Curve modified using a camera that does not support Picture Controls applied, changes made to the User Custom Curve during shooting were not reflected in images captured after the User Custom Curve had been changed. This issue has been resolved.
Additional modifications to the Windows version
 
  • When Capture NX-D was launched with a single-display system after having been used with a multi-display system, an error was displayed and the application could not be launched. This issue has been resolved.
  • An issue that sometimes caused Capture NX-D to freeze when keyboard operations were performed while working with the Edit palette has been resolved.
Additional modifications to the Macintosh version
 
  • When the keyboard shortcut (SHIFT + 0) was used to delete ratings, labels rather than ratings were deleted. This issue has been resolved.
Download
Capture NX-D 1.0.3 Update
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/14/2014 10:54:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens (review) available for $799.99 with free shipping. Compare at $999.99.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and may not be eligible for a Canon USA warranty. This lens has been removed from a camera/lens kit and comes in a white box.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/14/2014 10:37:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
DigitalRev has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM available for $3,299.00. Compare at $3,799.00 AR.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/14/2014 9:36:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Photo Paper Plus Glossy II 4x6 (100 Sheets)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/14/2014 8:38:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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