TOKYO - Nikon Corporation announced delays in the release of new digital cameras and the effects of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes in a press release dated April 20, 2016. The following is an update on the release of the new COOLPIX A900 and B700 compact digital cameras (announced on February 23, 2016).
On April 20, we announced that release of the COOLPIX A900 and B700 would be delayed until July as more time was required for software adjustment. However, due to the effects of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes, release of these cameras is now scheduled for October 2016.
We sincerely apologize to our customers, business partners, and all those who have expressed interest in these models for the delays.
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We would like to announce the update in the lens firmware of the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Canon and SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art Canon on the SIGMA Optimization Pro.
The latest firmware update makes it fully functional with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C300 Mark II.
For those customers who own the following products, please update the firmware of the lens via the SIGMA Optimization Pro.
[Applicable products] SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art– Canon mount SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art– Canon mount
[Benefit of this firmware update]
It becomes fully functional with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C300 Mark II.
For SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Canon, this lens firmware update also corrects the phenomenon that the images show some underexposure when "Evaluative Metering" or "Center-weighted Average Metering" is selected on Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.
Please be sure to update SIGMA Optimization Pro to the latest version before upgrading the lens's firmware.
We would like to announce the availability of new firmware and support for the applicable lenses regarding the phenomenon that exposure of the image may not be accurate, which was announced on May 27th, 2016. This happens when some SIGMA interchangeable lenses for CANON are used on Canon EOS-1DX Mark II.
If you own the following applicable products, please refer to the information below and update the lens firmware accordingly.
[Benefit of this firmware update] The lens firmware update corrects the phenomenon of some underexposure when the lenses listed below are used and either “Evaluative Metering” or “Center-weighted Average Metering” is selected in Metering Mode of the camera.
[Applicable products] SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art – Canon mount SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art – Canon mount SIGMA 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM – Canon mount
For customers who own the applicable products listed above, the lens firmware update will be provided free of charge. Please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary/distributors of SIGMA.
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK, and either the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Canon or the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Canon, please update the lens firmware using SIGMA Optimization Pro.
We appreciate your continued support for our company and products.
In today’s episode, we give you the gift of facial hair! Whether for fun or for professional retouching, creating hair can always come in handy.
Creating a custom brush: Step One
The first and possibly most important step is to make one single hair with the brush tool. This hair should be as perfect as possible and match the other hairs on the face, because it will become the custom brush. If you want to create stubble, simply make the brush a little smaller to resemble a single spot of stubble.
Create a white background around the hair by using the marquee tool. Then, after selecting the boxed hair, go to Edit - Define Brush Preset. After it is saved, you can open it in the brushes panel.
Creating a custom brush: Step Two
Spend time playing around in the brush menu! Many little adjustments add up to an amazingly realistic look. Make changes such as increasing the angle jitter, roundness jitter, scattering, opacity, spacing, etc.
A Hairier Face
When you are satisfied with your custom brush, it’s time to paint! All you have to do is paint on the face where you want the hair to be.
Remember: hair is not always the same color, so a good mixture of lights and darks is important when making realistic facial hair. Hold ALT/OPT and sample multiple colors as you go. You can also paint with white to create some highlights.
Note: There's apparantly no discount realized by buying the items combined rather than separately. In fact, as these kits don't seem to qualify for rebates right now, you're actually better off buying the individual components rather than the kit and save $200.00 in the process.
COPENHAGEN, June 23, 2016 – Phase One, creator of the world’s finest open-platform high-end camera systems and professional imaging software, today released Capture One Pro 9.2. Known for its outstanding tethered capture capability, high-quality raw conversion, and precision image editing tools, Capture One Pro is already considered by many to be the only image capture application for the serious professional photographer. The release of version 9.2 aims at a better culling workflow from selections and metadata sources to accelerate editing workflow to new levels.
New camera support includes:
Canon EOS M10
Canon G7x MkII
Powerful new workflow features include:
Access assets quickly and precisely: Select from file list, select by variant position and create album from selection form a large group of improvements under targeted selections;
New rate and cull workflow using “Select Set”: Select a number of images for viewer preview, then advance through the browser by the same number. Navigating within the selection to rate and cull makes editing and comparing fast and efficient;
Capture One 9.2’s new color management module for Tiffs gives users more accurate preview returned from retouching/round trip applications – making Tiff handling in Capture One better than ever before;
Phase One XF camera users can turbocharge focus stacking workflow with a multi-image round trip to the Helicon Focus application. Shoot, organize, group, process and stack -- all in a few clicks;
New Shortcut Engine: More functions can be shortcut than ever before! All cursors can now be shortcut, users can navigate the library collections (even when hidden) and shortcut support for the new 9.2 selection methods all help to make the workflow sing.
Pro photographers deserve a strong ally to vanquish workflow issues and give them the most reliable, efficient workflow and performance,” said James Johnson, Software Product manager, “Capture One Pro 9.2 is about workflow, not work!”
For more details on all the new and improved features in Capture One Pro 9.2, including new cameras and lenses supported, please go to: www.phaseone.com/ninetwo
Availability and Pricing
Capture One Pro 9 is available now for the Mac and Windows operating systems from Phase One authorized partners worldwide.
Further advance of Nikon D5 digital SLR camera performance through expanded functions
Tokyo - Nikon Corporation has released new firmware, C: Ver. 1.10, that expands the functions of its flagship Nikon FX-format digital SLR camera, the D5.
The D5 has been extremely well received on all fronts, winning such globally prestigious photo and imaging awards as the TIPA Awards 2016, and the Camera GP (Grand Prix) 2016 Readers Award (sponsored by Japan's Camera Journal Press Club), which is selected through voting by users.
Nikon has released new firmware for the D5, C: Ver. 1.10, that enhances D5 performance even further. The new firmware offers a major upgrade to the camera's shooting capabilities, delivering four key improvements. First, the maximum recording time of movies, including for 4K UHD movies, is extended, and three functions — Flicker reduction for still images, 9-point dynamic-area AF AF-area mode, and Electronic VR for movies — are added. In addition to these four major changes, some additional updates* have been applied to the new firmware.
Details regarding "additional updates" are provided on the firmware's free download page (Nikon Download Center).
The new firmware is available for download from June 23, 2016. It can be downloaded free of charge from the following URL.
1. Maximum movie recording time, including for 4K UHD movies, extended to 29 min. 59 s
Movies up to 29 minutes 59 seconds in length can now be recorded at all Movie quality and Frame size/frame rate settings. The new firmware increases the maximum recording time of even 4K UHD (3840x2160) movies from 3 minutes to 29 minutes 59 seconds. In addition, movies are recorded to up to eight separate files, each of which has a file size of up to 4 GB. Separate movie files can be combined to create a single movie using ViewNX-Movie Editor.
The maximum recording time for 4K UHD time-lapse movies is 3 minutes.
2. Flicker reduction for still images added for more stable exposure under lighting that flickers
When shooting under fluorescent and some other types of artificial lighting, flickering may cause uneven exposure in parts of images and/or variations in exposure and color reproduction characteristics between individual images captured continuously or in quick succession. We have equipped the new firmware with a Flicker reduction function for still images*1 that reduces these effects. When Flicker reduction is enabled, the camera detects peak brightness as light flickers and automatically times shutter release with these peaks in brightness for stable exposure and color reproduction characteristics. This function is effective when continuous shooting is used for indoor sporting events or similar situations captured at fast shutter speeds*2
*1 Still images captured during viewfinder photography (not available with mirror up mode). *2 The continuous shooting rate may decrease.
3. 9-point dynamic-area AF AF-area mode added for focusing on a limited portion of a moving subject
With dynamic-area AF, the camera focuses based on information from surrounding focus points* if the subject briefly leaves the focus point selected by the photographer. The D5 originally supported 25-point, 72-point and 153-point dynamic-area AF. A 9-point dynamic-area AF option has been added with the new firmware. This new option is effective for focusing on a more specific portion of a moving subject.
* In dynamic-area AF with 9, 25 or 72 points, the number of focus points actually used may be fewer than 9, 25 or 72, depending on the selected primary focus point.
4. Electronic vibration reduction function, effective with hand-held recording, added (for HD and full-HD*1 movie recording)
The new firmware has been equipped with an Electronic VR function that reduces the effects of camera shake with hand-held recording of movies in the FX- or DX-based movie formats (image areas)*2. The effects of camera shake in three directions — vertical (up and down), horizontal (left and right), and rotational (around the center of the lens) — are reduced. This function is effective when recording movies in places or situations in which use of a tripod is prohibited or inconvenient, or when there simply isn't time to set one up. In addition, electronic VR can be used in combination with the optical vibration reduction (VR) built into a NIKKOR lens for more effective reduction of the effects of camera shake.
*1 Not available with 1920 x 1080 crop settings. *2 The angle of view will be reduced slightly.
The effects of electronic VR are also reflected when photos are captured during movie recording (Live frame grab). When Electronic VR is enabled, the maximum sensitivity allowed is ISO 102400, even if ISO sensitivity is set to Hi 0.3 or higher.