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 Friday, October 04, 2013
Canon EOS 700D (Rebel T5i) DSLR Camera
For a very limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon EOS 700D (Rebel T5i) DSLR Camera available for $599.00. Compare at $749.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/4/2013 6:54:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera available for $579.99 with free shipping. Compare at $896.95 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/4/2013 6:30:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Mushkin Ventura Ultra 240GB Flash Drive
From Mushkin:
 
Austin, TX – Oct 04, 2013 – Mushkin, Inc., an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance and mission-critical computer products, announced today the official availability of the world's fastest USB flash drive -- the Ventura Ultra.
 
First unveiled at CES 2013, the Ventura Ultra 240GB USB 3.0 flash drive is the fastest in the world of its kind. The flash drive boasts ultra-fast data transfer rates of up to 380 MB/s read and 325 MB/s write with rugged aluminum casing for additional durability and resistance. The Ventura Ultra drive utilizes USB 3.0 -- 10 times faster than USB 2.0 -- and is backwards compatible with legacy USB ports and devices.
 
Additionally, the Ventura Ultra is one of the few USB flash drives in the world to offer USB Attached SCSI Protocol support, which allows for command queuing in order to maximize the transfer rate potential.
 
"The Ventura Ultra will be fantastic for anyone with the data transfer rates it offers. It is the fastest USB flash drive that Mushkin has to offer, and is the fastest that the world can currently offer. The media and large file transfer capability is phenomenal -- anyone will be able to maximize its potential," said Nicolas Villalobos, Director, Global Marketing at Mushkin, Inc.
 
The Mushkin Ventura Ultra is available October 7th 2013 worldwide from authorized Mushkin resellers and distributors.
 
Amazon carries Mushkin memory products.
Category: Mushkin News
Post Date: 10/4/2013 6:16:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From BlackRapid's Youtube Channel:
 
BlackRapid is proud to announce 4 new products today. First, a brand new women's strap called the KICK, the TETHER KIT which will give everyone peace of mind, 3 new sizes of LENSBLING for both Canon & Nikon to coordinate your bag, and lastly a new color for our popular CURVE strap.
 
Adorama carries BlackRapid products.
Category: BlackRapid News
Post Date: 10/4/2013 2:49:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From AdoramaTV:
 
Adorama Photography TV Presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally. In this episode, Joe deconstructs the lighting setup for an open, clean studio portrait.
 
Joe explains how to imply motion using a constant light source mixed with flash to produce a captivating portrait.
 
Related Products:

Posted to: Canon News
Category: AdoramaTV
Post Date: 10/4/2013 2:10:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From X-Rite:
 
Online educational tutorials with live trainers provide photographers with basic information, insights, and tips to achieve color control, consistency and creativity in their digital imaging workflow
 
North White Plains, NY – October 2, 2013 – X-Rite Photo Marketing announces its schedule of free October 2013 webinars that have been developed to address specific photography and color management topics and are designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers.
 
During the month of October, X-Rite is offering three free webinars to help photographers gain new confidence and to learn quick, easy and powerful ways to enhance their photography and manage their workflow. The October webinars are designed to be informational as well as inspirational by offering photographers practical ways to improve their images. Webinar attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the live trainers.
 
“Highlighting the X-Rite webinars schedule in October are three sessions hosted by two X-Rite Coloratti members - Lee Varis and Jim DiVitale. These incredibly talented photographers, authors and educators will help photographers of all levels improve their photography, elevate their workflow techniques and post-production skills,” said Joshua Fischer, Product Marketing Manager, X-Rite Photo Marketing.
 
October 2013 Webinar Schedule
 
Date: Wednesday, October 16th (2 sessions)
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT & 3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT
Title: Fantastic Photo-Illustration: Retouching, Masking & Compositing with Lee Varis
Presenter: Lee Varis
 
Mastery of Adobe Photoshop is an essential step in developing skills for photo-illustration and is a foundation for exploring the outer limits of fantasy, surrealism, and visual symbolism. X-Rite Coloratti Lee Varis will examine photo-retouching and illustration techniques in this webinar and emphasize the necessity of working on a calibrated and profiled monitor. Webinar attendees will see how Lee assembles different photo-illustration projects and be guided, step-by-step, to learn more advanced techniques including:

  • Masking and transparency effects
  • Smoke and fire effects
  • Glows, halos, and light beams
  • Other image compositing secrets

Along the way, attendees will also learn about specific features of Photoshop like:

  • Layer masks, Groups, and Blending Modes
  • The Refine Edge dialog
  • Editing masks with the Dodge & Burn, plus Blur tools
  • Displacement maps & distortion effects
  • And much, much more…

To register for the free 1:00 pm EDT (10/16) webinar, visit:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/114977738
 
To register for the free 3:00 pm EDT (10/16) webinar, visit:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/409107170
 
Date: Monday, October 21st
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT
Title: The Complete Digital Photography Process with Jim DiVitale
Presenter: Jim DiVitale
*Sponsored by Hunt's Photo & Video
 
Digital Photography is about quality control in a photographer’s image making. All photographers have the same goal in digital photography, to create beautiful images with precision tonal control, and to simplify the production workflow with predictable and repeatable results. In this program, Jim will demonstrate problem-solving techniques using digital capture and Photoshop to streamline both the creative and production of the digital imaging workflow to improve quality and save time.
 
Topics will include calibration and custom profiling of the camera, monitor and printer to achieve a closed loop of controlled color management. Webinar attendees will also learn how to use Wacom products to streamline the work, and a start to finish approach to digital photography, using several photographic elements to create multi-image photographs for commercial photo-illustrations. Jim's portfolio and digital imaging Blog can be viewed at DiVitalePhotography.com
 
To register for the free 1:00 pm EDT (10/21) webinar, visit:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/364556314
 
Adorama carries X-Rite products.

Post Date: 10/4/2013 1:03:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lens Filter Wrench
Ever had a filter get stuck on your lens? This is an easy way to ruin your shooting day – or trip. The good news is that the tool to solve this problem is probably the least expensive item in your bag.
 
Concluding "Lens Filter Week" is the Lens Filter Wrench Review. Buy several pairs of these.
Post Date: 10/4/2013 9:16:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Tenba DNA Messenger Bags
From Tenba:
 
North White Plains, NY – October 1, 2013 – Leading the way in carrying solutions for over 30 years, Tenba announces that it has expanded their popular Messenger collection. Messenger DNA bags which are available in 2 convenient sizes, contain all the crucial building blocks of a great everyday bag combined with the protection of a camera bag and the ability to use it while riding a bicycle. These new bags feature uncompromising weatherproof materials and durable hardware, lightweight yet protective padding, style and comfort, and great functionality — Tenba’s own custom-built double helix.
 
Messenger DNA bags were inspired by life in New York City and other big cities, where a photographer or filmmaker needs to potentially carry the same bag to a meeting with clients, then to a professional photo or video shoot, and finally to hanging out with friends in the evening. The new Messenger DNA bags include a security strap to anchor the bag behind the user while riding a bicycle or scooter, and the photo insert is removable to quickly convert it from a camera bag to a general-purpose carryall.
 
The bag’s exterior is made from a graphite-colored 600 denier Helix fabric with a durable water repellent coating. To enhance its wet-weather protection, the front flap extends over the top of the bag and includes a sewn hinge to provide excellent coverage at the corners. The bottom of the bag is made with an abrasion- and moisture-resistant tarpaulin that protects the bag on any wet or dirty surface, and can be easily wiped clean. Additionally, the new Messenger DNA bags include Tenba’s exclusive WeatherWrap removable rain cover for an extra layer of protection in bad weather. The WeatherWrap is silver on one side to reflect heat on sunny days, and to provide better visibility when riding a bicycle, and the other side is black for more stealth and subtlety.
 
“When users live and work in a big city environment, their messenger bag very often takes the place of an apartment and car — everything needed for a full day basically hangs off one shoulder,” said Peter Waisnor, Marketing Manager of Tenba. “The Messenger DNA bags meet that need for all-day comfort and versatility, defense from wet-weather surprises, and padded protection for expensive camera gear, whether the user is walking, taking the subway or riding a bike.”
 
Messenger DNA bags are built for speed, and the main closure uses Fidlock patented magnetic clips — the fastest clips in the world. They enable quick slide release and blind, drop-on reattachment that works when the bag is behind the user, or when wearing gloves. A top zipper in the flap allows camera gear to be quickly retrieved without opening the front flap. This is an important security feature as well, since it keeps the bag interior covered while swapping out cameras or lenses, which is critical when traveling in dangerous or unfamiliar locations.
 
The interior of the Messenger DNA is made from equipment-friendly, smooth ripstop nylon and soft, brushed tricot. There are pockets to organize camera accessories and personal items, and the padded camera insert can be quickly removed to convert the bag to a general-purpose, yet worldclass messenger bag. A rear trolley strap slides over the extending handle of a rolling suitcase or equipment case for secure and convenient piggyback travel when moving through an airport. Messenger DNA bags come in two sizes. The DNA 11 accommodates either a mirrorless camera with 3-5 lenses, or a digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera with 2-3 lenses, plus accessories, and the rear-padded sleeve will hold an iPad or an 11-inch MacBook Air. The DNA 15 fits a professional DSLR with 2-3 lenses (up to an attached 70-200mm f/2.8), flash and audio gear, and has two padded interior sleeves: one for a laptop up to 15 inches, and another for an iPad.
 
Messenger DNA bags will begin shipping at the end of October at a suggested retail price of $129.95 for the DNA 11, and $159.95 for the DNA 15.
 
Adorama carries Tenba bags.
Category: Tenba News
Post Date: 10/4/2013 7:36:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Adobe has released an announcement that details security breach affecting 2.9 million user accounts. Customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and information relating to orders were accessed by unauthorized parties.
 
Adobe says they will be taking the following steps as a result of the breach:

  • "As a precaution, we are resetting relevant customer passwords to help prevent unauthorized access to Adobe ID accounts. If your user ID and password were involved, you will receive an email notification from us with information on how to change your password. We also recommend that you change your passwords on any website where you may have used the same user ID and password.
  • We are in the process of notifying customers whose credit or debit card information we believe to be involved in the incident. If your information was involved, you will receive a notification letter from us with additional information on steps you can take to help protect yourself against potential misuse of personal information about you. Adobe is also offering customers, whose credit or debit card information was involved, the option of enrolling in a one-year complimentary credit monitoring membership where available.
  • We have notified the banks processing customer payments for Adobe, so that they can work with the payment card companies and card-issuing banks to help protect customers’ accounts.
  • We have contacted federal law enforcement and are assisting in their investigation."

Unfortunately, that's not all. Adobe has reported that source code for Adobe Acrobat, ColdFusion, ColdFusion Builder and other Adobe products was also accessed by unauthorized parties. This access will surely make it easier for hackers to find obscure security holes that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. Be sure to keep your software up-to-date to help avoid exploitation.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/4/2013 6:57:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens
Sigma has announced that the Nikon version of its wide aperture zoom – the 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM – will "start shipping soon."
 
Adorama has the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM for Nikon available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/4/2013 6:15:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From PocketWizard:
 
Mail-in rebates available in the U.S. for PocketWizard PlusX, PlusIII, MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 Wireless Triggering Systems
 
North White Plains, NY – (October 1, 2013) – MAC Group, a leading manufacturer and distributor of professional photographic equipment, announces today a fall rebate of $25 for U.S. customers that purchase one or more PocketWizard MiniTT1 and/or FlexTT5 radios for Canon or Nikon Digital Single-lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras. Likewise, purchasers of PocketWizard PlusX and/or Plus III radios are eligible for a $15 mail-in rebate for each radio they purchase.
 
The mail-in rebate is available only for new inventory purchased from authorized PocketWizard Dealers in the U.S. between October 1, 2013 through November 30, 2013. To receive their mail-in rebate, purchasers must complete a Rebate Form and provide sales receipts along with original product labels from each product purchased.
 
“PocketWizard radios offer photographers the most flexible and reliable solutions for remote camera and flash triggering for both studio and on-location shooting,” said Phil Bradon, PocketWizard Marketing Manager for MAC Group USA, the U.S. distributor of PocketWizard wireless triggering systems. “Covering both the ControlTL and Standard radios, this limited-time mail-in rebate provides added value for photographers new to wireless triggering as well as giving long-time PocketWizard photographers a great way to upgrade or add to their existing system.”
 
Adorama carries PocketWizard radios.
Post Date: 10/4/2013 5:55:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 03, 2013
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Refurbished Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens available for $192.00 with free shipping. Compare at $479.00 new.
 
Check out Bryan's full review of the EF 28-135mm IS USM lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/3/2013 12:36:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From DSLR Controller:
 
When DSLR Controller first came out on Android, it was the very first app on any mobile platform able to take full control of a DSLR using USB. Last year, it was the first to add the capability to use two phones or tablets, connecting one to the Canon EOS and using the other to control the rig over Wi-Fi. Early this year, it was also the first to add the capability to connect to WFT boxes and Wi-Fi equipped Canon EOS models using the full remote protocol (not the more limited smartphone protocol).
 
Now, it's time to announce the DSLR Controller Wi-Fi Stick. This combination of cheap off-the-shelf components (that you can also use for other purposes) and a customized version of the DSLR Controller software, adds a Wi-Fi module to any compatible Canon EOS camera. Easily the most requested feature, this extension allows you to fully control the camera over Wi-Fi using the DSLR Controller app on your Android device, the same as if it were connected over USB!
 
This build-it-yourself solution made up of an Android TV stick (CX-919), a power bank (USB battery) of choice and the DSLR Controller Wi-Fi Stick software, can be created for close to 100 USD. Another industry first for full remote control, beating most of the competition by 200 to 400 USD - wouldn't you rather put that money toward some more glass?
 
For the complete walkthrough, which components to get, where to get the software, and how to set it all up and use it, read our guide in the how-to section.
 
The-Digital-Picture.com Test Results:
 
I was already an owner of the DSLR Controller App and was highly interested in the DSLR Controller Wi-Fi Stick software. I had most of the components required, so I tried it out last night.
 
In short, everything worked as described. I loaded DSLR Controller on my Google Nexus 7 (original) and then installed DSLR Controller Wi-Fi Stick onto a rooted Rikomagic MK802 III Dual Core Android Mini PC I had lying around. I was able to control my Canon 7D (connected to the Rikomagic stick) via my Nexus 7.
 
When using my home Wi-Fi, the connection was fairly solid and the live view pushed to my Nexus 7 had a decent refresh rate. When using the Rikomagic to broadcast its own Wi-Fi network, the connection was a little buggy and the refresh rate was fairly slow. I realized the Android stick was lying close to the ground and probably affecting its performance. Once I hung the device from my tripod's center post hook (the thing you hang weight from to make your tripod more stable), my connection was much better. However, the refresh rate on live view still wasn't fast enough for smooth video, but it worked.
 
Here's a sample shot I created this morning:

DSLR Controller Wi Fi Stick Example

For the sample picture above, I used the following gear and apps:

I'm not 100% sure I'd depend on this setup if I only had one opportunity to get a shot. However, it does work - and it's probably the cheapest way to control your DSLR via Wi-Fi (if it isn't already built in, that is). And if nothing else, it's a great way to take pictures of skittish backyard wildlife! :-)

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/3/2013 10:33:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Profoto Light Shaping Tools for Speedlights
From Profoto:
 
Speedlights are great for many reasons, but being able to create a soft and shapable light is not one of them. Profoto offers a simple solution to this problem: a speedring that makes the Profoto RFi softboxes compatible with speedlights of most brands.
 
On November 1, 2012, Profoto released the RFi softboxes – a new line of softboxes comprising 12 sizes and four models. One of the most attention grabbing features of the RFi softbox line is the speedring adaptors that make Profoto’s softboxes compatible with well over 20 different flash brands.
 
Today, Profoto releases the latest addition to its assortment of speedring adaptors: a new and improved RFi Speedlight Speedring. The name clearly reveals what the tool does; it allows you to use an RFi softbox with speedlights, and thereby soften and shape the light.
 
But it does not end there. The RFi Speedlight Speedring allows you to mount not one but two speedlights on the bracket. This means that you now have enough power and punch to shoot in bright sunlight or light up an even larger softbox, such as the Softbox RFi 3x4’.
 
Each speedlight can slide and be tilted inside the softbox, allowing you to create a remarkably even light with no hotspot. The entire softbox can also be tilted, rotated 360° and adjusted high wise. In short, the RFi Speedlight Speedring allows you to shape the light however you see fit.
 
Also note that the RFi Speedlight Speedrings have color codes that match the RFi softbox rods. This makes the softboxes incredibly easy to mount, even for someone who has never used one before.
 
Last but not least, the RFi Speedlight Speedrings comes with an attachment for Profoto Air Remotes or radio sync units from other manufacturers.
 
The new RFi Speedlight Speedring is officially released on October 1.
 
Adorama carries Profoto products.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 10/3/2013 11:02:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Step-Up Filter Adapter Ring
When you cannot afford a filter for each of your lens filter sizes, a step-up filter adapter ring is what you need. This is a short review of a very useful product.
Post Date: 10/3/2013 8:40:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera available for $2,874.00 with free shipping. Compare at $3,499.00.
 
Check out Bryan's full review of this amazing, full-frame camera that features Canon's flagship autofocus system.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/3/2013 7:11:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The-Digital-Picture.com Facebook Discussion
If you frequent this site, then you obviously enjoy photography. But what specifically about photography do you love the most? What drives you to take pictures?
 
Is it capturing family memories? Creating art? Seeing someone smile?
 
Having an excuse to travel to far-flung regions of the globe to experience the wonders of nature?
 
Let us know what you enjoy most about photography on our Facebook page!
Post Date: 10/3/2013 7:02:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Nikon D5200 DSLR Camera w/18-55mm VR Lens
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D5200 DSLR Camera w/18-55mm VR Lens available for $559.99 with free shipping. Compare at $696.95 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/2/2013 8:05:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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