"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending October 26th, 2013.
In the news...
On Tuesday, Canon announced the development of firmware updates for the EOS 1D X and 1D C DSLR cameras. The 1D X will receive several AF improvements as well as a feature Bryan’s been requesting for ages – exposure compensation when using Auto ISO.
The 1D C firmware update will improve communication between the camera body and EF lenses as well as allow audio recording from Line inputs. The 1D C firmware will be available in November of this year, with the 1D X firmware’s availability scheduled for January 2014.
On Wednesday, DxO announced Optics Pro 9. The headline feature in Optics Pro 9 is PRIME denoising. The PRIME algorithm allows Optics Pro 9 to better distinguish between noise and fine details – thereby preserving those details while reducing high ISO noise.
DxO allowed me to test drive the software a couple of weeks before its release. I must say, I was quite impressed with Optics Pro 9’s overall user experience in addition to its PRIME noise reduction. DxO Optics Pro 9 is available now at photography retailers.
Also on Wednesday, LensRentals announced the first annual Photogeek Geek Photo Contest. A few of the categories include Sharpest Corner, Bokehliciousness & Largest Number of Accessories Between the Lens and the Camera. If that sounds a bit odd to you, then you should really check out the prizes as well! And while you’re on the LensRentals Blog, check out a familiar name in the judges list.
On Friday, one of the biggest questions regarding the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM lens was finally answered – its price. The lens will carry an MSRP of $899.00 and will be available in November.
In site news and reviews...
On Wednesday, Bryan posted his full review of the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. The lens proved to be a significant upgrade to its predecessor – especially in the areas of autofocus and image quality. For the entry-level price, this lens turns in surprisingly good results. Check out Bryan’s full review for all the details.
And, for our deals of the week…
On Monday, BigValueInc posted two incredibly good deals on eBay. First, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM for $639.99. Second, the 5D Mark III for only $2,549.99. Both deals featured free shipping and significant savings compared to traditional retail price.
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"
New Pro Sling Strap lets professional photographers shoot then secure their camera instantly and safely even in the most active situations.
SAN FRANCISCO, October 24, 2013 Building on the success of its UltraFit Sling Strap, JOBY introduces the Pro Sling Strap for professional photographers. With its patent-pending SpeedCinch pulley system, the Pro Sling Strap length dynamically adjusts, letting photographers quickly secure their DSLR camera in one moment and shoot in the next. Made with the highest-quality custom textiles, the Pro Sling Strap continues JOBY’s focus on marrying design and engineering to create innovative products.
The feature that sets the Pro Sling Strap apart from other camera slings is its SpeedCinch pulley system, which lets pro photographers secure their camera close to their body to keep it safe and then instantly deploy it to take a shot. SpeedCinch has two modes: a fast-cinch mode for instant deployment and a locked mode where photographers can run, hike or bike without putting their DSLR in harm’s way. For additional peace of mind, the Pro Sling Strap also comes with a camera tether.
"Many photographers, even pros, settle for stock camera straps which can be uncomfortable, bulky and unsafe," said Michael Jue, director of product design at JOBY. "We don’t think a $4,000 camera should just hang on your shoulder like a messenger bag. Today’s pro photographers shoot in more crowded, dynamic settings and need a camera strap that not only protects their camera, but also deploys quickly to capture the shot as it happens."
To build the Pro Sling Strap, JOBY searched globally for materials with the right combination of weight, size and durability. Using computer-controlled looms, JOBY created a custom textile for this new shoulder strap. The Pro Sling Strap compresses to a tiny footprint in a camera bag but is still extremely durable and supple. "As soon as photographers touch our camera strap, they’ll feel the research and design that sets it apart," said Fred Polito, JOBY designer.
Retailing at $69.99 (US MSRP), the JOBY Pro Sling Strap is available in S-L and L-XXL sizes. JOBY camera straps are available for purchase at popular photography retailers and consumer electronics stores.
Adorama carries the Joby Pro Sling Strap (S-L).
The picture seems to give a little bit more of a hint as to the camera's shape and size. If it's not the rumored retro-styled FX camera from Nikon, then what is it?
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"Seeing a need that needed to be filled, by the power vested in me as President and Treasurer of the Society of Overly Analytical Lens Assessors, I have organized the first photography contest for photogeeks.
Entering is simple: just send a jpg (100% non-resized, of course) to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a note telling me what category you’re entering and any pertinent positives about the shot. You know – how many copies of the lens you tested and sent back before choosing this one, what type of laser-rangefinder focusing device you used, or how you hand-carved a wooden lens mount so you could use the 1945 Soyuz f/0.45 x-ray lens you get at a flea market on your NEX camera after you’d disassembled it to clean out the fungus.
I’ll post the entries after making sure they meet the criteria."
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