Update: Firmware upgrades for the Nikon D7000 and D3200 have been added.
This is the D600 C: 1.01 firmware upgrade download - Please review the information provided, and click the appropriate download link below.
Modifications enabled with this upgrade of firmware, release date April 2, 2013
Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.
Subject tracking performance in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) autofocus mode with framing using the viewfinder has been improved.
Frame output size has been changed from 95% to 100% when movie live view display is changed to "Information off" and an HDMI-compatible device is connected.
An issue that caused the right edges of images to be somewhat white when captured at an Image area setting of DX (24x16) 1.5x with Active D-Lighting set to Off has been resolved.
When the camera's shutter-release button was pressed repeatedly for uninterrupted shooting with the "Record to:" option in Camera Control Pro 2's Storage tab set to "PC+CARD", the camera would stop responding with displaying "Err" in its control panel. This issue has been resolved.
In some very rare cases, colors would change with shooting when white balance was set to a specific color temperature, as with Preset manual or Choose color temp. This issue has been resolved.
This is the D3 A:2.03 / B:2.03, D3X A:1.01 / B:1.02, D3S A:1.02 / B:1.02, and D7000 A:1.03 / B:1.04 firmware upgrade download - Please review the information provided, and click the appropriate download link below.
Modifications enabled with this upgrade of firmware, release date April 2, 2012
Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.
This is the D3200 C:1.01 firmware upgrade download - Please review the information provided, and click the appropriate download link below.
Modifications enabled with this upgrade of firmware, release date April 2, 2012
The following functions have been changed with shooting using the Wireless Mobile Utility.
When the camera's shooting mode is set to Auto or Auto (flash off), it now operates in Auto or Auto (flash off) mode. Prior to this upgrade, the camera functioned in [P] (Programmed auto) exposure mode.
Live view can now be initiated even when the camera is set to "Auto" or "No flash" in GUIDE mode.
In some very rare cases when certain memory cards were used, movie recording would stop, even when the time remaining display indicated remaining recording time. This issue has been resolved.
In some very rare cases, colors would change with shooting when white balance was set to a specific color temperature, as with Preset manual or Incandescent. This issue has been resolved.
I know this is a bit off-topic for a photography website, but it's no secret that I [Sean] love my Roku box. I use it every day to watch Netflix streaming, see a slideshow of Flickr's most interesting photos of the day, watch or listen to media content stored on my desktop computer (via Plex Media Server software), or simply relax to Pandora being played through my home entertainment system.
With this announcement, I can't help but wonder how Roku's latest technology might be adapted for use by photographers:
Would this be a good way to show someone a slideshow of your best images?
Could it be adapted for use by DSLR video shooters to preview videos or check focus peaking?
Roku Streaming Shades were designed with the on-the-move TV watcher in mind. Comfortable, silicone nose pads keep the lightweight frame securely in place on even the smallest-featured of faces. Our industrial designers worked side-by-side with fashion designers to create a frame that looks smart wherever you want to watch a movie secretly, whether it’s a dull work presentation or your child’s piano recital.
Simple voice commands put you in control of Roku Streaming Shades. “OK, shades, play next Breaking Bad on Netflix” will start the next episode of the gritty, award-winning drama on the built-in glass prism display (a mere 3 cm from your eyes).
Roku Streaming Shades will support over 100 Roku channels at launch, with more to be added. Video is the star. Our research shows that users don’t want to use head-mounted displays to send text messages to people 10 feet away, learn the length of the Brooklyn Bridge or creep friends out by live casting a party. They want to veg out to marathon sessions of Homeland.
Two models of Roku Streaming Shades will be available:
Roku Streaming Shades – Plastic frames in tortoise shell, mulberry or onyx. Up to 720p video. 801.11 a/b/g/n. Bluetooth 4.0.
Roku Streaming Shades XS – Aluminum frames in ultramarine, persimmon, cornsilk or dust storm. Up to 1080p video. 801.11 a/b/g/n (801.11n in 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz. GSM/EDGE, LTE connections (data plan $50/month for 50GB from to-be-announced wireless carrier). Bluetooth 4.0.
Both models support voice commands via a built-in microphone and audio output with speakers and a stereo headphone mini-jack. A mini bluetooth Roku remote makes it simple to skip songs on Pandora when you don’t want to appear to be talking to yourself. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 10 hours of video streaming bliss.
An accelerometer and a three-axis gyroscope make it possible to play Roku games with natural head motions – just keep an eye out for curbs and oncoming traffic. Both models come with Angry Birds Star Wars free.
Use your Streaming Shades with the recently announced Roku 3 player for seamless video viewing. If you walk in the door halfway through an episode of Game of Thrones on your Streaming Shades, simply command “Okay, shades, send show to TV” to finish up on your Roku 3.
Roku Streaming Shades ($399.99) and Roku Streaming Shades XS ($499.99) will be available on Roku.com, Amazon.com and other major online retailers beginning April 31.
For those of you who live, breathe and eat technology, Roku Streaming Shades are the new way to ensure that nature, social events and family don’t get in the way of watching your favorite shows 24/7. It’s TV time. Anytime and ANYWHERE.
THK Photo Products, Inc based in Huntington Beach, CA will formally change it's corporate name to Kenko Tokina USA, Inc effective April 01, 2013.
THK Photo Products, Inc is the USA authorized importer and distributor of Tokina lenses, Hoya filters, Slik tripods and Kenko photo accessories. The company is also a wholly owned subsidiary of Kenko Tokina Co, Ltd of Tokyo Japan. THK Photo Products, Inc is executing this official name change to align itself with the parent company's global marketing strategy.
Mr. Yasumi Suga, president of THK Photo products comments, "We have seen tremendous growth in our core brands over the last 37 years. We are excited about the name change to Kenko Tokina USA because it best reflects our company's identity. As we continue to grow our brands moving forward, this name change will allow our customers to easily identify our company and the brands we distribute.”
Operating as Kenko Tokina USA, Inc, the company will continue to promote, distribute and service it's core brands of products in the USA.
Note: By all accounts, this appears to be a legitimate news story today.
I [Roger Cicala] was able to talk with Dr. Eno Lirpa, one of the optical physicists on the Baceolus team, about their new sensors.
“When looked at from a physics point of view, current sensor technology is just a foolish design”, Lirpa says. “You give away so much resolution just to detect color. It’s just not necessary. Every photon already carries a color message.”
Every first-year physics student learns the simple formula E = hc/ ? where E equals photon energy and ? it’s wavelength. If you know a photon’s energy it’s simple to calculate wavelength and therefore determine the photon’s color.
For example, blue light, with a wavelength of 400nm has an energy of 3 electron volts per photon, while 700nm wavelength red light has an energy level of 1.77 electron volts, and green light 2.43.
“It’s a fairly simple engineering matter to measure a photon’s energy as it strikes the camera sensor, but everyone has been so focused on cramming more megapixels onto the chip,” Lirpa continues. “There hasn’t been much interest in adding additional technologies to the chip.”
There is no Bayer array over a Baceolus sensor. Other manufacturers have used new back-illuminated sensor technology to move the wiring behind the actual photosensor, rather than in front of the sensor.
Baceolus goes one step further. They’ve taken advantage of a back illuminated sensor to place energy sensing circuitry in front of each photo well. A simple calculation converts energy level to wavelength, determining that photon’s color
New RØDE i16 Offers 360º Surround Recording for iOS Devices
RØDE has announced the i16, a surround sound microphone for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that combines sixteen discrete microphone capsules to capture the user’s surrounding audio environment in broadcast quality.
RØDE’s iXY stereo microphone for iOS devices was released in January, and has already gained critical praise from both musical and mainstream media, including a recent Red Dot product award.
The company is quickly emerging as the leader in microphones for Apple’s portable devices, and the i16 aims to consolidate this reputation.
RØDE’s founder and president, Peter Freedman, explains: “When developing the iXY we were focussed on providing the ultimate in stereo audio capture for iOS devices. But during the project it became that there was a large proportion of the market who wanted to record in complete surround. We’ve taken that seriously and produced the i16.”
The new microphone uses RØDE’s own field recording app, RØDE Rec, to record the sixteen tracks simultaneously at quality up to 24-bit/96kHz.
At the heart of the i16 is an incredible sixteen individual gold-sputtered cardioid condenser capsules, which allows the user a high amount of freedom to record in either surround, stereo, mono, or anywhere in between.
“Once the user records the surrounding environment, software processing inside RØDE Rec will allow them to cancel background noise through phase manipulation of the other channels, working much in the same way as noise-cancelling headphones.” explained Mr Freedman. “In this way the i16 is even more effective at recording dialogue than a traditional shotgun microphone.”
Once the user records the surrounding environment they can then use that track to phase cancel any background noise, very much like noise-cancelling headphones. This results in highly intelligible dialogue and crystal-clear audio.
The i16 is available with both Apple Lightning (iPhone 5, iPad mini) and 30-pin connections. Both are shipping now, with a MSRP of US$399.
"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending March 30th, 2013.
In the news...
On Monday, Profoto announced the release of a new product – the AcuteB Two-Head Split Cable. As the product’s name implies, the cable allows you to connect two flash heads to a single battery pack. The product manager at Profoto noted, “This is admittedly an uncomplicated product, but sometimes the simplest solutions are the best.”
On Tuesday, we reported on a 16 Gigapixel panoramic image of Machu Picchu, an Incan-built site nestled in the mountains of Peru. Using a Canon 7D, EF 100-400mm lens, and a Gigapan camera mount, photographer Jeff Cremer captured 1,920 images to create the world’s highest resolution image of the historic landmark. If you’re a fan of the “Where’s Waldo” games, then see if you can find the photographer within the 16 gigapixel image.
On Wednesday, Sigma announced a delay in the release of its 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM lens as well as its USB Dock. Apparently, a delay in procuring manufacturing parts led to release dates being pushed back.
On Thursday, we linked to a Gizmodo article explaining Panasonic’s new filter technology that could revolutionize low-light photography. Instead of using red, green, and blue filters over every pixel, the new technology uses vertically aligned color splitters. Color splitters have proven to be significantly more efficient in allowing light to hit the sensor – and more light hitting the sensor ultimately leads to better image quality in low-light conditions.
In site news and reviews...
On Monday, Bryan added a new gallery to the site containing images from his recent Hawaii trip. The gallery contains 30 images with subjects ranging from bamboo to green sand beaches, and just about everything else in-between. Be sure to check out the captions on each image where Bryan left helpful tips for those planning a photographic paradise getaway.
On Wednesday, Bryan recounted the story of his lost Canon T4i – and how it had a happy ending. The bottom line is – be sure to include contact information in your camera bag. If you’re lucky, an honest stranger will contact you if they find your misplaced gear.
DateTime: 3/29/2013 12:24:09 PM CT Posted By: Sean
March 31st is World Backup Day
"World Backup Day" is this Sunday. As a photographer, you cherish your photos - but have you done enough to protect them? While we like to think that our devices and hard drives are reliable, they will eventually fail. When it comes to protecting your images (or other important files), redundancy, distance and discipline are your friend.
Redundancy - Make several copies of your most important data.
Distance - Always store at least one backup in a different geographic location than your original data. For instance, use an online cloud storage backup service. Else, send a backup portable hard drive to a family member who lives a comfortable distance away from you.
"Researchers at Panasonic's imaging division have found a way to increase the sensitivity of digital camera sensors, which in turn equates to almost double the brightness in photos taken in low light conditions. But the discovery has nothing to do with the sensor itself; instead, the company's improved the color processing filter placed in front of it..."
DateTime: 3/28/2013 12:29:19 PM CT Posted By: Sean
Transcend Unveils New 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card
Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend®), a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, today announced the introduction of the 64GB microSDXC Ultra-High Speed Class 1 (UHS-I) memory card. With enough space to carry an entire collection of personal media files, the new 64GB microSDXC card also features high-speed transfer rates of up to 45MB/s (300x); perfect for users aiming to get the best performance results from their mobile device.
Featuring capacities ranging from 8GB to an enormous 64GB, Transcend's Premium Series microSDHC/SDXC UHS-I memory card lineup allows smartphone, tablet, and other portable device users to significantly expand their multimedia storage space. The new 64GB microSDXC card, for instance, can store more than 10,000 high-resolution jpeg images (12 megapixel camera, 6MB file size), a full 16 hours of 1080p High-Definition footage (1920x1080 9Mbps H.264 AVC compression), or over 1,200 media-rich mobile apps (50MB file size).
In addition to large capacity, mobile users consider fast performance to be an equally important factor when choosing the best memory upgrade solution. Equipped with the next-generation UHS-I interface, the 64GB microSDXC UHS-I card offers data transfer speeds of up to 45MB/s (300x) – especially noticeable when running memory-intensive mobile apps and capturing high-quality video. With its impressive combination of high-speed performance and vast storage capacity, the 64GB microSDXC UHS-I memory card will undoubtedly satisfy mobile users for a very long time.
For added value, each Transcend UHS-I memory card includes a free download of Transcend’s own RecoveRx™ software – an extraordinarily effective tool for bringing back accidentally deleted or lost files. Transcend’s new 64GB microSDXC UHS-I card is now available for a suggested price of US$109 and carries Transcend’s renowned Lifetime Warranty.
Why My Rebel T4i is in British Columbia - and How I Know That
Is every camera bag you own labeled with your name, address and phone number? If not, go label it right now.
Upon arriving at our rental house in Maui, Hawaii, after being up/traveling for nearly 24 hours, my daughter asked me if I had her camera - a Rebel T4i. With a sinking feeling, I replied that I did not.
My mind immediately began plotting the course of action that was to be taken - after I had some sleep. We had been in four airports and on three planes that day. Locating the camera appeared to be a huge challenge - if not an impossibility.
I woke up the next morning to a voice mail from Janet at the United ticket counter in the Vancouver International Airport. The camera had been left on a plane and went at least one stop beyond our time on that particular aircraft. Janet knew how to reach me because: I had a business card in the camera case.
While it may seem normal to have a business card in a travel camera case, the particular case my daughter was using was the tiny Lowepro Rezo TLZ-20 Case. Cases this size are seldom tagged, but as proven on my last trip, they should be.
If you were to lose your camera and the case you are carrying it in, would someone know how to get in touch with you? This does not apply only to airline travel. A lost camera could happen at a restaurant, hotel, wedding, park ... or anywhere.
This story *should* have a happy ending. An intern apparently dropped the ball on shipping the camera back, but that issue appears to have been resolved and the camera is in route. And fortunately, I had an EOS M packed to HI - it became my daughter's camera for the trip.
Following is a relevant (and entertaining) infographic Mike shared with us:
The Photographer's Guide to Copyright by PhotoShelter and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
Navigating copyright can be a daunting task. So, we’ve partnered with the experts at ASMP to break down this important subject and help you, the photographer, take the necessary steps to protect your work.
Discover your 6 exclusive rights under copyright law.
Learn how to secure your photos and avoid infringement.
Get tips to register your work through the U.S. Copyright Office.