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 Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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From DxO:
 
January 15, 2014 - DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v9.1.2 for Mac and Windows. This upgrade means that DxO Optics Pro 9 now supports the Panasonic Lumix GM-1, the Nikon 1 AW1, and the iPhone 5s.
 
DxO Optics Pro 9 includes powerful tools for processing RAW and JPEG images. Its revolutionary PRIME denoising technology restores the finest details even in images taken at very high ISO. In addition, the software provides amazing optical and geometric corrections along with the DxO Smart Lighting tool, which intelligently optimizes exposure and contrast.
 
New DxO Optics Modules
DxO Optics Pro v9.1.2 benefits from the addition of new DxO Optics Modules: 160 new camera/lens combinations can be found in the library, which today counts 17,000 available DxO Optics Modules.
 
DxO Optics Modules contain information about the characteristics of each camera and lens. This unique database enables DxO Optics Pro 9 to automatically correct distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness with an unrivaled level of quality.
 
Availability and New Year’s sale
The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro v9.1.2 for Mac and Windows are now available at photo resellers at a special discount price through January 31, 2014:

ProductOrig. PriceSale Price
DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition$169$99
DxO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition$299$199

B&H carries DxO Optics Pro 9.

Category: DxO News
Post Date: 1/15/2014 8:38:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Amateur Photographer:
 
Jessops’ unsecured creditors, who include customers and suppliers, were owed around £115m – more than twice the amount feared when the chain collapsed under former owners a year ago, it has emerged.
 
The total value of unsecured creditor claims has risen to £114.8m - 135% higher than originally estimated, according to a new report by administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
 
PwC had estimated the figure to be less than £50m when the chain collapsed in January 2013, closing its 187 stores and shedding 1,500 staff.
 
The administrator says unsecured creditors are not likely to receive more than 0.2% of what they were owed.
 
Read the rest of the article at Amateur Photographer.
Post Date: 1/15/2014 7:36:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon:
 
TOKYO, January 15, 2014 — Canon Inc. again ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2013, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services on January 14, 2014.
 
Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.
 
Canon U.S. patent ranking among Japanese companies 2005 - 2013

YearRanking*Patents
20131st (3rd)3,825
20121st (3rd)3,179
20111st (3rd)2,813
20101st (4th)2,551
20091st (4th)2,200
20081st (3rd)2,107
20071st (3rd)1,983
20061st (3rd)2,367
20051st (2nd)1,828

* Number in parenthesis represents Canon’s ranking among all companies
 
Canon prizes its corporate DNA of placing a high priority on technology. And with regard to research and development results, the company actively promotes the acquisition of patent rights in accordance with the management direction of the Canon Group and technology trends while conducting thorough pre-application searches to raise the quality of applications. Through close cooperation between Canon's technology and intellectual property divisions, the company aims to improve its technological capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 1/15/2014 6:49:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D
Canon has made EOS Rebel T5i / 700D firmware version 1.1.3 available for download.
 
Firmware Version 1.1.3 incorporates the following fixes:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera displays Err01 or Err60, or in rare instances will lock-up when in Live View shooting mode (or Movie shooting mode) when attached to the following STM zoom lenses: EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM.
  2. Corrects some Korean language misspellings displayed on the menu screen.

Download the new firmware

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/14/2014 8:02:55 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Moon shot using a 300mm Lens (Cropped)
by Sean Setters
 
We all want to succeed in whatever we do. If we didn't, we wouldn't put the effort in doing whatever it is we're attempting in the first place. However, to gain the experience necessary to master any skill, you must first fail time and time again. Photography is no different.
 
While portraiture has always been my first love, I've tried my hand at several types of photography over the past few years – sports, macro, landscape, architecture, infrared and panoramic (just to name a few). And I have failed miserably at all of them. At least, at first.
 
Every time I pick up my camera, my goal is to capture an image that I'm proud of – an image worthy of sharing on social media or simply with friends. But I'm not always successful at accomplishing my goal. But here's the most important part – I have learned infinitely more from failure than I ever have from success.
 
Each time I return home from a photo venture, and realize I have nothing that I'm ultimately proud of, I analyze the images to figure out why. This period of reflection (which usually includes research and brainstorming) has led to many of the best "light bulb" moments I've had throughout my photographic journey. And those moments of inspiration add up to a mountain of experience that I call upon when faced with future challenges. And it all comes from failure!
 
The moon image above is a prime example of this process. I had tried numerous times to capture the moon but was never very happy with the end result. But here are the things I learned from the failed attempts:

  1. On a clear night, the moon can be very bright. Therefore, you can use a relatively fast shutter speed, low ISO and moderately wide aperture to capture it. The fast shutter speed reduces motion blur caused by the moon's movement across the sky.
  2. Shooting a full moon is not ideal. When the sun rakes across the moon (as in the shot above), the features of the moon become much more clearly defined because of the shadows cast by those features.
  3. A 300mm focal length (when used on a current, high resolution full-frame camera) is enough to get a reasonably good picture of the moon (with some very heavy cropping, that is). Even more focal length is preferable, though.
  4. Manual focus using 10x Live View, manual mode, a 2-second timer and a solid support system are ideal.
  5. Fun Tip: Using a tripod mounted camera and 10x Live View, you can actually watch the moon travel across the sky in your LCD. The magnification makes the movement much more obvious (it's really cool!).

The fear of failure can be a paralyzing force. It can cause you to put your camera down and not pick it up again for ages. Instead, I urge you to perceive failure as an opportunity to gain valuable experience that will enable you to succeed spectacularly in the not-so-distant future. So keep shooting!
 
I challenge you to grab your camera, try something new and fail. But use the experience to hone your skills so that you are even better prepared to conquer the challenge the next time around. ;-)

Post Date: 1/14/2014 7:08:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 13, 2014

 
Check out this short video created by a three man crew using a 5D Mark III, Magic Lantern, an awesome bike and a little creative film work.
 
From marc&R YouTube Channel:
 
"One of us bought a Ducati Monster and we all thought the bike looked amazing, so we decided to make a video about it. We shot this Ducati Spec in 2 days with the Canon 5d Mark III and a crew of 3 people including myself. Also I wanted to try out Magic Lantern RAW for quite a while and this was the perfect opportunity. The raw video really looks amazing. Thanks a lot to the developers of Magic Lantern. This is truly great! And of course: awesome bike!"
 
Gear Used:

Graded in DaVinci Resolve 10.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/13/2014 1:22:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash
From Profoto:
 
Join Profoto and Mark Wallace as we take the new B1 off-camera flash out on location. The webinar will cover topics such as balancing strobes with ambient light, fill-in flash on location, light shaping techniques and other useful stuff for photographers who prefer having mother nature as their backdrop.
 
The webinar will take place on January 22 at 7PM CET (10AM Los Angeles, 1PM New York, 6PM London, 7PM Paris, +2AM Beijing, +3AM Tokyo, +5AM Sydney).
 
Sign up below, and we'll send you a friendly reminder when the webinar is about to start!
 
Sign Up Now!
 
Post Date: 1/13/2014 10:24:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Using White Balance for Artistic Purposes
A new page has been added to the site's Photography Tips section:
 
Using White Balance for Artistic Purposes
 
Along with (hopefully) inspiring your creativity, I share a favorite winter photography subject: Condensation.
Post Date: 1/13/2014 8:10:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, January 12, 2014

 
Canon USA has just published a video highlighting Canon Professional Services. If you're not already a member, it might be well worth signing up.
 
CPS Membership Plans*

CPS Membership Level
Fees
Sliver Member
Free
Gold Member
$100 Annual Fee
Platinum Member
$300 Annual Fee
Introductory
Membership
Welcome Kit
CPS ID Card
CPS Pin
1 Rear/Body Cap Set
1 CPS Pro Strap
CPS ID Card
CPS Pin
2 Rear/Body Cap Set
2 CPS Pro Straps
CPS ID Card, CPS Pin
Platinum Member Gift
Canon Live LearningNoDiscounted FeeDiscounted Fee
CPS Website Profile and   
Program InfoYesYesYes
Event SupportYesYesYes
Show SupportNoYesYes
Equipment   
Evaluation LoanNoYesPriority
24/7 Phone SupportExclusive Member HotlineExclusive Member HotlineExclusive Member Hotline
Repair TurnaroundPro Standard3 Day2 Day
Service LoanerNoAfter TurnaroundAfter Repair Received
Complimentary Product Maintenance(CMS)No5 Pieces10 Pieces
Repair DiscountNo20% up to 10 items30% up to 15 items
Repair ShippingNoFree Return ShippingFree Expedited Shipping Both Ways

*Must meet product ownership eligibility requirements.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/12/2014 9:58:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 10, 2014
Canon Flash
Adding to the photography gear comparison tools available on the site is the new Flash Product Images page.
 
Here you will find images of many recent Canon flashes and flash transmitters along with the ability to visibly compare them with any other included model (similar to the Lens Product Images page). Access to this tool is, as usual, found on the main tools page and from within individual flash reviews.
 
Please note that some of the older images in this tool were not captured to the precision of my current standards, so there may be a very slight size difference in size and/or alignment accuracy shown in some comparisons. The feature differences are quite clear.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/10/2014 9:02:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Samyang has published a video that details the benefits of using tilt-shift lenses – and specifically their own 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift lens (review).
 
B&H carries the Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift lens.
Post Date: 1/10/2014 8:26:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
Ready to hit the ground running in 2014?
 
The 2014 Photo Business Plan Workbook is a step-by-step guide to help you focus your business strategy, target the photography clients you want, and rev up your income this year.
 
Get strategies and concrete examples to help you:

  1. Define your products & services
  2. Determine your audience and addressable market
  3. Create a marketing plan
  4. Fix your finances
  5. Tune-up your website
  6. Build your Search Engine Optimization
  7. Get social
  8. Create an advisory group
  9. Follow up with old clients

Build your photo business plan and stick to it. Get started with these smart business tips packed into an easy-to-read workbook.
 
Download your copy today!

Post Date: 1/10/2014 8:13:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon Professional Network:
 
In CPN’s in-depth digital encyclopaedia – Infobank – find out more about how the autofocus systems in Canon EOS DSLRs work and exactly what the AF modes and settings offer to photographers.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/10/2014 6:41:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 09, 2014
B&H has a placeholder page live for the newly showcased Nikon D4s. Unfortunately, there's not much to sink your teeth into just yet.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/9/2014 1:53:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens
I was wondering what the 10 oldest Canon lenses were (lenses still in the Canon lineup and still available new), so I queried the database. Since I wanted to know, I thought that you might also be interested in seeing the list. Here they are along with their introduction year:
 
1.  Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens Buy1987
2.  Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Buy1990
3.  Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy1991
4.  Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy1991
5.  Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy1991
6.  Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy1992
7.  Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy1992
8.  Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM Lens Buy1993
9.  Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy1993
10. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens Buy1995
 
While I listed the lenses in descending age sequence, the fact is that most of these lenses share a birth year with one or more other lenses in the list. So, many ties are shown above – including a 3-way tie in 1991.
 
Note that the Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens and Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 With Softfocus Lens remain in the Canon USA lineup, but these lenses do not meet my second requirement – they are not available new at the major retailers. Lenses very frequently become discontinued with no fanfare. This appears to be the case with these two lenses.
 
Despite their age (or in the case of pricing, perhaps because of their age), many of the above lenses continue to be very good sellers and very good performers.
 
What are the next 10 oldest Canon lenses?
 
11. Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy1995
12. Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM Lens Buy1996
13. Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 L USM Macro Lens Buy1996
14. Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Buy1996
15. Canon EF 300mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Buy1997
16. Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens Buy1998
17. Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy1998
18. Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM Lens Buy1998
19. Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM Lens Buy1999
20. Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM Lens Buy1999
 
As you may have guessed, the primary reason that I wanted to see the above lists was to help determine which Canon lenses might be most-ripe for replacement. While predicting which lenses Canon is going to introduce/replace this year amounts to essentially a wild guess (and not a good idea for affecting purchase decisions), it is safe to say that every year increases the likelihood of a lens being discontinued or replaced. The odds are that a couple of lenses on this list will be replaced this year and I can pick out a couple of models especially ripe for updating.
 
Canon always makes a replacement lens better in some way(s) – physically or optically. But, the updated lens typically carries a higher price tag. And at a higher price, I have to wonder if the popularity of the listed-above lenses would be significantly impacted.
 
Can the 50 f/1.8 be improved without increasing its cost? The 100 f/2 and 85 f/1.8 are great values, but could use modernization – but at what cost? The 70-200mm f/4 L remains one of the most popular lenses on the site. Would it remain so with a price increase?
 
While already a good performer, the 16-year-old 100-400 L has been rumored for replacement for 10 (?) years (I hope you didn't wait to buy it). This model could withstand a higher street price in return for higher performance. Adding IS to the 400 f/5.6 L would be worth a price premium to most.
 
Interesting is that three of Canon's four 50mm lenses make the top 10 list. Those three 50mm lenses are very good candidates for minimally a physical upgrade. However, while the 50 f/1.8 and 50 f/1.4 are very popular models, the 50 f/2.8 macro is near the bottom of the popularity list. Would an update change this?
 
Two of the TS-E lenses also make the top 10. While I'm certain that Canon could give these two TS-Es a serious upgrade, they are currently among Canon's least popular lenses from a sales perspective.
 
Which Canon lenses do you think are most-ready for replacement? Share your thoughts using the site's new commenting feature!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/9/2014 11:15:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Stan Horaczek of Popular Photography filmed some of the Canon demos at CES this year. Check out the electromagnetic mechanism for changing apertures – it's my favorite!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/9/2014 6:32:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
From Canon USA:
 
Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera.
 
Details

  1. Auto focusing performance under low-light conditions has been enhanced when performing focusing before shooting in AI Servo AF mode. The enhancement comes from the improvement in tracking capability for the first image in the low-light conditions.
  2. The number of release parameters settings for the “AI Servo AF 2nd image priority” AF function has been increased to enable improved AF tracking in low light or maintain consistent high frames rates during continuous shooting.
  3. The number of parameters for acceleration/deceleration tracking in the AF Configuration Tool will has been increased.
  4. Exposure compensation can be performed when using manual exposure and ISO Auto.
  5. The minimum shutter speed limit for ISO Auto has been increased with shutter speeds up to 1/8000.
  6. A new function to keep the exposure constant by altering the ISO or shutter speed in manual exposure, when the aperture value changes when zooming or changing lenses has been added.
  7. A new option has been added to orientation linked AF point to enable only the AF point to switch as you change orientation rather than both AF point/ AF area settings
  8. A new option to continue to use the previously manually selected AF point as the initial starting AF point when switching to 61-point automatic selection has been added.
  9. New customization of the Exposure metering and AF controls has been added for more flexibility.
  10. The number of possibilities for controls to switch between one-shot AF and AI Servo AF using custom controls has been increased.
  11. A function has been added to allow the playback and review of protected images only.
  12. A phenomenon has been fixed in which the white balance may be disturbed by the timing of the shutter release when the drive mode is single shooting and a flash (E-TTL)is used.

Firmware Version 2.0.3 is for cameras with firmware Version 1.2.4 or earlier. If the camera's firmware is already Version 2.0.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware. When updating the firmware of your camera, please first review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.
 
Notes:

  • Once the EOS-1D X camera is updated to Version 2.0.3, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version (Version 1.0.2 through 1.2.4).
  • It is recommended that the latest application software be used, once the EOS-1D X is updated to the new Firmware Version 2.0.3 from older firmware (Versions 1.0.2 through 1.2.4). Certain previous versions of these applications do not support functions which are added by the new firmware. You can download the latest application software from our Web site.
  • Accompanying the enhancements to the functions, the instruction manual has also been revised. Users are asked to download both the latest firmware and the instruction manual. You can download the latest instruction manual from our Web site.

Download Firmware Version 2.0.3 for the EOS 1DX
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/8/2014 7:22:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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We love your comments and feedback, so we encourage you to now use this new feature. To read or post comments, navigate to the individual news post pages as commenting is not directly available on the main news page (to conserve space). Those following our posts from other resources including RSS news readers should click on the "visit website" (or your reader's equivalent) link to read/post comments.
 
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Facebook is trying to force page owners to pay to promote their posts. A short test proved that paying for this promotion does not reach the right audience and was a big waste of resources. With Facebook not showing most of the site's posts to followers, commenting on the posts was also greatly reduced. Thus, we are now hosting commenting directly on the site.
 
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Post Date: 1/8/2014 11:00:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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