According to Canon, the EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens is not compatible with extenders. Not fully compatible is correct, but ... extenders can indeed be used with this lens as proven by the 420mm and 600mm ISO 12233 chart results in this review.
If the 28-300 L is zoomed out to 50mm or longer, the rear element retracts into the lens far enough for the Canon 1.4x and 2x extenders to physically mount onto the lens. Once installed, zooming in to 50mm will result in physical contact between the front of the extender (likely the rubber ring surrounding the glass lens element) and the rear element of the lens. You obviously want to avoid this.
You will also likely want to avoid the image quality that the Canon EF 2x III Extender combo delivers at 600mm. The results are not pretty. At 600mm, this is an f/11 max aperture lens that will not AF even on a 1-Series body (tried it - AF didn't work). Better, but still not impressive are the results with the Canon EF 1.4x III Extender at 420mm where this is an f/8 max aperture lens. Autofocusing with the 1.4x attached is very, very slow and very frequently fails completely on the EOS 1Ds III being used for testing.
The extender and lens combo's focal length reported properly in EXIF, but the aperture did not.
Jessops, with many stores and a long heritage had a strong impact in promoting photography to the general public. Although they were a major competitor of Calumet, the fact that they enabled many photographers to handle products within a showroom environment across so many cities in the UK contributed to the incredible increase in the popularity and use of digital SLR cameras in recent years. We of course have the greatest sympathy and respect for the staff, and wish them well in the future. For Jessops’ customers who have been left with unfulfilled orders or issues with manufacturers’ warranty repairs we also sympathise.
With regard to the latter, we would like to offer any Jessops customer who needs to return a product to a manufacturer under warranty for repair the opportunity to use one of our eight nationwide showrooms. The store will handle the dispatch and return along with the necessary paperwork. Please contact your closest store if you wish to discuss taking advantage of this service. We guarantee not to charge any administration fee for this facility.
i1 Professional product owners automatically benefit from i1Profiler v1.4 improvements including new scanner profiling
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (January 15, 2013) – X-Rite, Incorporated, the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, announces the latest enhancements to i1Profiler, the next generation professional color management software. i1Profiler offers an unprecedented level of flexibility and features a number of unique color management capabilities. And now with the version 1.4 update, i1Profiler includes scanner profiling, the latest OS support, and several other improvements. Current i1Profiler users will receive this software update for free.
“These new i1Profiler software improvements bring even more functionality and workflow improvements for X-Rite’s professional i1 color management products,” said Thomas Kunz, X-Rite’s Market Manager, Imaging. “Current i1 professional product owners will benefit from an automatic free software update and new i1 professional customers can be sure they will receive the most up-to-date profiling software that now includes easy scanner profiling.”
The latest release of i1Profiler software features basic and advanced modes for professionally calibrated and profiled monitors (including presets for video production workflows), projectors, scanners and printers. Scanner functionality is now available in i1Photo Pro 2, i1Publish Pro 2, i1Publish and all upgrade packages.
Key i1Profiler v1.4 improvements include:
Scanner Profiling Users simply scan the target to generate a high quality custom ICC profile. The software will automatically detect and crop the target. It supports the following targets:
ColorChecker Digital SG
Reflective IT 8.7/2
Transmissive 4x5 and 35mm IT 8.7/1
OS Support Update i1Profiler 1.4 now supports the following Operating Systems:
MacOS X 10.6.x, 10.7.x and 10.8x (with the latest updates installed)
Microsoft Windows®: XP® 32 bit, Vista® 32 or 64 bit, Windows 7 32 or 64 bit, Windows 8® 32 or 64 bit (with latest service pack installed)
In addition to the above improvements, i1Profiler 1.4 also includes additional CGATS and other minor workflow improvements, plus several maintenance fixes.
Availability i1Profiler 1.4 is available for immediate download from xrite.com and xritephoto.com websites. If a current owner has auto update activated, they will automatically receive the update next time they launch the software.
Schulz enumerates the challenges of shooting in varied climates and recounts his experiences with the Nikon D600 DSLR camera. Be sure to check out the video (located in the the gallery section) where Schulz describes shooting polar bears for National Geographic.
Safeguard Your Files Against Unauthorized Copying with Transcend’s Copy Protected Memory Cards
Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend®), a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, today announced the launch of its SD/microSD memory card copy protection solutions. Partially-protected and partially-free areas, read-only CD emulation, customized device security, excellent compatibility and high capacity are some of the features that make Transcend’s Copy Protection SD/microSD cards ideal for use in OEM applications and distributing multimedia files.
Protect Pre-loaded Multimedia Files For publishers of audio or video files, or educational institutions looking to distribute course material to students, SD and microSD memory cards present a portable and cost effective way to deliver digital content. Transcend’s Copy Protection SD/microSD cards ensure the safety of valuable intellectual property by allowing access to media while preventing end users from making unauthorized copies. For added value, any space not utilized by pre-loaded data can be freely used as a normal SD card. When the protected data is deleted, the previously occupied capacity will be released as free space. Another available option is to make the entire SD/microSD card read-only so that end users cannot write to, modify or delete any part of the card capacity; only executing pre-loaded content is allowed in this optional configuration.
Custom Card Reader to Control Access In view of data protection, Transcend’s SD/microSD cards are available in a bundle pack with Transcend’s USB 3.0 RDF5 card reader that acts as the only key able to unlock the card, and therefore eliminate any potential threat should the data fall into the wrong hands. Data can only be accessed when the SD/microSD card is inserted into the customized RDF5 card reader and connected to a computer. For an extra layer of security, SD/microSD cards can be pre-loaded with copy protected media and combined with the custom RDF5 card reader. As a result, individuals, schools, banks, the government, military and police personnel, software developers, etc. can rest assured that their sensitive data is fully protected against illegal duplication.
Host Device Authentication The compact dimensions and multi-platform compatibility of SD and microSD memory cards provide manufacturers of small form-factor devices with greater design flexibility and cost savings. Perfect for use in OEM applications such as portable multimedia devices and GPS navigation systems, Transcend’s Copy Protection SD/microSD cards can be customized with a card ID that is locked to a vendor’s specific host device. This will restrict use of the card to only the device to which the card is locked.
DateTime: 1/16/2013 12:44:51 PM CT Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop 13.0.4 (Macintosh) Update for CS6 Available
January 15, 2013 For convenience and reliability, we highly recommend that you apply this update directly from within Photoshop. To do so, choose Help > Updates in Photoshop CS6 and apply all of the updates listed under Adobe Photoshop CS6 in the Adobe Application Manager.
The Adobe Photoshop 13.0.4 update enables support for new HiDPI displays on the Macintosh platform for a dramatic improvement in image fidelity and resolution. This update applies to all languages of Adobe Photoshop CS6.
Ensure that the folder on your hard drive containing Photoshop is named "Adobe Photoshop CS6."
Double-click the "AdobePatchInstaller" application. If the updater reports that it cannot find the application to update, uninstall Photoshop CS6, and then reinstall the application (using the default folder name "Adobe Photoshop CS6"). To uninstall Photoshop, navigate to the "Applications/Utilites/Adobe Installers" folder and run "Uninstall Adobe Photoshop CS6" to remove the original installation of Photoshop. Once the removal is complete, reinstall Photoshop, and then run the updater.
DateTime: 1/16/2013 10:16:07 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Samyang Sponsors Aurora Expedition
January 17th begins a photographic and scientific expedition through the Arctic Circle organized by Polish Association of Amateur Astronomers and astronomy forum AstroCD. The point of the expedition is to observe, photograph and study aurora borealis in the area of Tromso in Norway. Equipment sponsorship is provided by Samyang's european lenses distributor.
Research project Samyang Aurora Expedition will take place between January 17 - 21. The expedition team of ten astronomers and photographers from the Polish Association of Amateur Astronomers of Katowice will conduct intensive studies of Earth's magnetosphere and aurora borealis appearance.
Direct report of the trip and photographs will be available on Samyang Aurora Expedition blog: www.aurora.samyang.pl
DxO Optics Pro v8.1.2 supports three new cameras and surpasses the milestone of 10,000 available DxO Optics Modules
Supports the Canon EOS 6D, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX1, and the Nikon 1 V2
January 16, 2013 - DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v8.1.2 for Mac and Windows, the new version of its image processing software of reference for all demanding photographers. This update allows DxO Optics Pro 8 to support the Canon EOS 6D and the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX1 full-format cameras (Elite Edition only), as well as the Nikon 1 V2.
Based on a unique approach of prior calibration in the laboratories of DxO Labs, DxO Optics Pro 8 includes numerous powerful and automatic RAW and JPEG image-processing tools. DxO Optics Pro 8 offers the most advanced optical corrections on the market, the best tool for automatically adjusting contrast and light, and precise color management. Its unrivaled performance and its intuitive interface provide a smooth and fast workflow.
10,000 DxO Optics Modules available for exceptional optical corrections
DxO Optics Pro v8.1.2 benefits from the continuous addition of DxO Optics Modules. More than a hundred new camera/lens combinations have been added to the library, supporting additional Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Sony, Tamron and Tokina lenses for Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras.
DxO Optics Pro achieved the goal it set in early 2012 to have 10,000 DxO Optics Modules available by the end of 2012. Developed in the laboratory using an exclusive calibration process, DxO Optics Modules contain tens of thousands of data points about the intrinsic characteristics and flaws of each camera and lens. This database, unique in the entire world, allows DxO Optics Pro to automatically correct all the optical flaws in RAW and JPEG images – distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness – with an unrivaled level of quality. Discover our laboratory!
The opening of a new lab in Seattle in fall 2012 has strengthened DxO Labs capacity in terms of calibrations and measurements. Now with six laboratories located in Europe and the United States, DxO Labs is looking to double its production rate of DxO Optics Modules in 2013.
This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 8, as well as for photographers who purchased a DxO Optics Pro 7 license on or after September 1, 2012. Other users can take advantage of a special discount on this upgrade through January 31, 2013 by going directly through their customer account.
Canon U.S.A. To Sponsor the 2013 Sundance Film Festival
PARK CITY, UT, January 15, 2013 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that they will support the Sundance Institute as a Sustaining Sponsor of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Held in Park City, Utah from January 17-27, 2013, the Sundance Film Festival is the premier showcase of independent film with a slate of 200 feature films, documentaries, shorts, New Frontier films, installations, performances, panel discussions and music events attended by an estimated 50,000 people.
Among the slate at this year's Sundance Film Festival are Lucy Walker's documentary The Crash Reel and Sean Fine's film Life According to Sam, both shot with the Cinema EOS C300. Additionally, a few of the other projects to be screened at the Festival that were shot using Canon products include A River Changes Course, Blood Brother, Catnip: Egress to Oblivion, Dirty Wars, The Roper, and Who Is Dayani Crystal?
As a Sustaining Sponsor of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Canon will offer filmmakers the opportunity to touch and try a lineup of its Cinema EOS professional products, including the Cinema EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Camera, Cinema EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera, Cinema EOS C100 Digital Video Camera, EOS-1D C4K DSLR Cinema Camera, as well as the EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera and select Canon lenses, including the brand new CN-E14mm T3.1 L F and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F lenses. These products–designed to offer storytellers a new set of tools for capturing compelling visuals and emotional reality on screen–will be on display from Thursday, January 17 - Saturday, January 19, 2013 outside of the Film Office at Festival Headquarters located at the Park City Marriott (1895 Sidewinder Dr).
Canon will also host the "Canon Celebrates Cinematography" cocktail event on Sunday, January 20, 2013 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at 614 Main St. Hosted by cinematographer Russell Carpenter, ASC (Jobs) and director/producer R.J. Cutler (The World According to Dick Cheney), the event will bring together established and emerging filmmakers, producers, and talent to honor and recognize the work of the cinematographers of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The event will also feature a special partnership between Variety and Canon to recognize Festival cinematographers through the capture of cinematographer portraits to be shared on Variety.com.
Lastly, Canon will present a special presentation "Canon Spotlights Cinematography" at the New Frontier Microcinema at The Yard (1251 Kearns Blvd) on Monday, January 21 from 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. This event is free and open to Festival Credential holders and the public as space allows. The afternoon will feature a special screening of shorts created with groundbreaking Cinema EOS Technology, including:
Bart - Directed by Richard Landes and cinematography by Peter Simonite The big screen premiere of the narrative short shot on the new Cinema EOS C100
The Nightshift Belongs to The Stars - Directed by Edoardo Ponti and cinematography by Ferran Paredes A short film based on an original story by Erri De Luca and shot on the Cinema EOS C300
Man & Beast - Directed by Dante Ariola and cinematography by Jeff Cronenweth Inspired by true life events, the short was filmed in 4K resolution with a Cinema EOS C500
Immediately following the screening, Canon Film and Television Production Advisor Tim Smith will moderate an in depth discussion with Peter Simonite and Edoardo Ponti, as well as cinematographers Andre Lascaris (Ron & Bryce Dallas Howard's when you find me) and Alex Buono (Saturday Night Live) about their filmmaking process and how Cinema EOS products helped to bring their stories to life.
DateTime: 1/15/2013 9:36:03 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Canon Canada Opens ‘Image Square,’ the Canon Experience Centre in Calgary, Alberta
First centre of its kind showcases the best of Canon photography and print imaging technology in a hands-on, experiential environment
CALGARY, Alberta, January 15, 2013 - Canon Canada Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions celebrating its 40th Anniversary, today announced the opening of Image Square, the Canon Experience Centre - a unique destination where visitors can interact with the latest Canon technology and benefit from the expertise of photography and business consultants.
Located at Eighth Avenue Place in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canon Image Square is a ground-breaking, innovative and technologically-advanced space specifically designed to encourage exploration and discovery. Visitors will learn how Canon products and solutions can help them capture their experiences, enhance their memories, and increase their productivity, at home, at work, and at play.
Canon Image Square is open to the public beginning today at 12:00pm.
“Canon Image Square represents a true first for Canada, and it sets the standard for how our industry interacts with customers by offering an opportunity to experience first-hand our state-of-the-art products and technology,” said Kevin Ogawa, President and CEO of Canon Canada. “We are committed to providing our customers and prospective customers with the best experience with our products, and that includes allowing them to touch and try our products before they purchase.”
As part of the Canon Image Square vision, expert staff will direct visitors to purchase through authorized local dealers or direct from Canon.
Canon Image Square features dynamic displays and demonstrations that give visitors a true look at how Canon products work. This innovative approach to the consumer experience includes:
Expert staff dedicated to answering questions, sharing tips, and finding information for visitors.
Full-motion thematic settings and sculptural exhibits where visitors can test point-and-shoot and digital SLR cameras, a range of lenses and accessories, and a selection of printers.
A touch screen media wall where visitors can post and interact with their own images.
Interactive discovery tables where visitors can select an image, learn about its features, and find directions to the related product station.
A fully-operational showroom exhibiting a range of Canon print production devices and solutions for business needs.
A photo studio outfitted with professional Canon digital SLR cameras, Speedlight flashes, and photo production software.
A classroom-style learning space where expert staff will conduct seminars, projector demos, presentations, and Canon College photography classes.
Photo gallery curated by 500px, featuring the works of Alberta-based photographers who use Canon equipment to bring remarkable images to life.
Canon Image Square occupies approximately 6,600 square feet on the ground floor of Eighth Avenue Place, a pre-certified LEED Platinum building. Canon Image Square is accessible off 8th Avenue as well as through the building’s main concourse.
Canon U.S.A. Raises Awareness About Counterfeit Accessories For Digital Cameras and Camcorders
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 15, 2013 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has rolled out a consumer-safety initiative that will promote awareness of a consumer electronics industry-wide issue: the risks of using counterfeit accessories for digital cameras and camcorders, especially batteries and chargers. Counterfeit products are fake replicas of the real products, designed to take advantage of the superior value of the real product. These fake accessories are produced in a manner that is increasingly more difficult for average consumers to identify. Purchase of these products can lead to potentially dangerous results. Unlike genuine Canon products, counterfeit accessories may not meet government and industry safety standards and may overheat, smoke, melt, ignite and may cause bodily injury and property damage.
In support of this initiative, a digital campaign, with the tagline, "Play it safe. Power your Canon with Canon Power" was launched on January 8, advising consumers to avoid counterfeits by purchasing products through established retail channels. In addition, the Canon USA Website has been enlisted to educate consumers on the Canon batteries and chargers most frequently counterfeited and to provide helpful tips to spot them.
"Canon takes safety seriously and, as good corporate citizens, we want to inform and educate so that consumers are aware of the risks counterfeit products pose," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "We will be rolling out an initiative over the next few months, encouraging consumers to help play it safe with genuine Canon power when making an investment in a camera or camcorder and its accessories, so that they may continue to enjoy the quality experience they expect from us."
Here are some of my initial comparative thoughts based on multiple copies tested:
You will see very low distortion from the 24-70 f/4 L IS relative to similar zoom lenses. Noticeably less than from the 24-105 f/4 L IS - significantly less at 24mm. Landscape photographers shooting over a flat horizon (such as water) will especially appreciate the difference at 24mm, though the 24-70 f/4 L IS still has some barrel distortion.
The 24-70 f/4 L IS is nearly void of CA (Chromatic Aberration) until the longer end of the focal length range where mild CA becomes apparent at 70mm. The 24-70 f/4 L IS has noticeably less CA than the 24-105 f/4 L IS at the wide end, but more at 70mm.
The 24-70 f/4 L IS is similar to the 24-70 f/2.8 L II in regards to both CA and distortion.
The 24-70 f/4 L IS has less vignetting than the 24-105 f/4 L IS at the wide end at f/4, but more at the long end. By f/5.6, the two lenses are close in this regard. The 24-70 f/2.8 L II, with its 1-stop wider aperture, has the comparable-aperture vignetting advantage until about f/8 where the two are nearly equal.
If you are shooting at f/11, the 24-70 f/4 L IS, 24-105 f/4 L IS and 24-70 f/2.8 L II lenses produce essentially equal sharpness. The 24-105 has the longest focal length range to its advantage in this comparison. The 24-70 f/2.8 L II lacks IS.
At 24mm with a wide open aperture, the 24-70 f/4 L IS bests the 24-105 L IS in sharpness by a modest amount. The 24-70 f/4 L IS gets softer (especially in the mid and peripheral image circle) by 50mm f/4 where the lens performs its worst.
That this lens performs its worst at a mid-focal length vs. an extremity focal length is unusual. Since most people shoot their highest percentage of images at the focal length range extremes of a lens, the 24-70 L IS weakness is perhaps well placed. Roger at LensRentals.com has confirmed the 50mm weakness in his vast stock of this lens.
The 24-105 L delivers a sharper image at 50mm f/4. Sharpness improvement at 70mm brings the 24-70 f/4 L IS back up to near equality with the 24-105 L. These two lenses perform more similarly at f/5.6 and at f/8, results from these two lenses are nearly comparable. Again, the results are similar at f/11.
DateTime: 1/14/2013 11:31:24 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Capture One Pro 7.0.2 Service Release Available for Download
From Phase One:
Improves Stability, Adds Support for New Cameras
COPENHAGEN, January 14, 2013 — Phase One has released Capture One Pro 7.0.2 for immediate download. This service release has focused on solving bugs reported by customers, strengthening overall stability, and adding support for new models of Canon, Olympus, Fujifilm and Sony cameras, and includes new tethered support for Canon EOS 6D and Canon EOS M cameras.
New preliminary camera support includes:
Canon EOS 6D
Canon EOS M
Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Canon EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III (sRAW and mRAW)
Numerous bug fixes have improved stability, including support for Canon tethering on Apple OS X 10.8, and improved support for pen tablets on Windows 8.
Other changes in Capture One Pro 7.0.2 include aligning the use of image counts in the library tool: no counts for smart albums on Mac and no image counts shown for Groups and Projects on Windows.
Capture One Pro 7 is a raw converter and workflow software which enables photographers to reduce the time and effort required to deliver stunning ready-to-use images with excellent color and detail. Capture One Pro 7.0.2 is available as a free download for Capture One Pro 7 customers.
DateTime: 1/14/2013 10:22:40 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Mastering The Illusion of Perfection (with Photoshop) Webinar
Mastering The Illusion of Perfection with Photo Retoucher Amy Dresser
Amy Dresser is one of the industry's leading photo retouchers and illustrators. Her clients have ranged from editorial (TIME, Allure) to advertising (Barbie, Pepsi, Target) to individual photographers (Jill Greenberg, Jeremy Cowart).
In this live webinar on Tuesday, January 15th at 4pm EDT Amy will take us behind the Photoshop layered curtain of her work, and discuss her thought process, technique, and end result.
Note: Only the first 1,000 registrants will be able to attend this live webinar. After that, registration will close. We will post a video recording on The PhotoShelter Blog, but sign up if you want to attend on January 15th.
In 2009, when Kodak announced that production of Kodachrome film would be coming to an end, legendary photographer Steve McCurry saw an opportunity, and asked if the company would give him the final roll. Given his reputation and the many famed photographs he’s taken on Kodachrome, it’s no surprise Kodak said yes.
As a tribute to this final roll, a crew from National Geographic decided to follow McCurry and document the momentous last 36 frames that would ever be shot on that film — the video above is the result.
The video is much more than just a chronicling of how McCurry spent that last roll of film. As with any great artist, when the NatGeo crew put McCurry on camera he inevitably managed to spout some phenomenal advice. It really makes you appreciate digital (or perhaps miss film) to see McCurry being so careful with his shots, making sure that each one did the Kodachrome roll justice.
In reality, the days already came and went when that roll was shot and developed; the last lab to process Kodachrome stopped at the end of 2010 and you can see the gallery of those final shots on McCurry’s website. But this documentary acts as yet another farewell to a film so loved there are plans for a movie about its demise.
Join us for a webinar on Exploring Photographic Composition
Photographic composition is a key element of photography. To master composition, one must learn the ability to see compositions as shapes, lines, forms, masses, etc., and not just as recognizable objects. You must be able to visualize how objects function as forms in space under light, and how they will relate to a two dimensional composition. This webinar gives an overview of the use of photographic composition in landscape and still life photography, drawing examples from the work of masters of photography, as well as our own Datacolor master photographers.
Join us, Tuesday, January 15th from 3PM-4PM EST, as Datacolor Experts David Saffir and C. David Tobie guide you through the key elements of photographic composition and how they interact to make a unified whole.
An interactive Q&A will take place throughout the webinar to answer any questions you may have.
One lucky webinar guest will win a free Spyder4PRO
Title: Exploring Photographic Composition: Landscape and Still Life Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST