"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending December 14th, 2013.
In the news...
On Tuesday, we learned that Nikon’s newest firmware updates may have contained an undocumented modification. Users report cameras with the new firmwares no longer work with 3rd party batteries. Did Nikon purposefully attempt to kill 3rd party battery compatibility or was this an unanticipated side effect of the updates?
On a related note, we shared our own experience with 3rd party batteries being incompatible with Canon’s newest LC-E6 battery chargers. That got us wondering – did Nikon take a page out of Canon’s playbook?
On Thursday, we learned about Zeiss’s plans produce an 85mm f/1.4 OTUS lens. Zeiss outed the lens’s development via a Facebook comment displayed on their own website.
In site news and reviews...
On Tuesday, we posted a full review of the Pocketwizard PlusX Radio Transceivers. In short, the PlusX transceivers offer a rugged build quality with a limited, yet attractive feature set that will surely grow Pocketwizard’s fan base.
On Wednesday, we posted our standard image quality test results for the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens. Tests available for viewing include ISO resolution, vignetting and distortion [flare results are also available].
On Thursday, Bryan posted his full review of the Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens. To sum up the review, Sigma’s new 24-105mm lens follows in step with all their recent Global Vision releases – meaning excellent image quality, sound build quality and a moderate price tag. Check out Bryan’s review for all the details.
And, for our deal of the week…
On Sunday, we posted a deal from BuyDig.com where you could get a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens for $1,679.00 after rebate. That’s a $620.00 savings off the normal MSRP.
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"
Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Highlights
Note: The growth of Creative Cloud has likely been aided by Adobe's current special on the Photoshop Photography Program – that's Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $9.99/month with no prior Photoshop ownership required. Deal is valid through December 31.
The SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron provides a range of functions, in addition to the basic adjustment capabilities, such as correcting aberrations (chromatic aberrations of magnification, distortion, peripheral light fall-off), based on the optical data. Used in tandem with Tamron's SP series lenses - renowned for their high-depiction capability - this advanced technology efficiently produces images that meet photographers' most exacting demands.
The Canon mount model will be released first in Japan on December 19, 2013 and subsequently elsewhere. The launch dates of the Nikon and Sony compatible mount models will be announced at a later date. The SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens will be available in the USA on January 17, 2014.
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The 5D Mark III's AF system nailed focus even in the dimly lit areas of the arena. The Sigma 35mm f/1.4's moderatley wide angle was great for capturing groups of people and allowed me to choose a wide aperture when needed. The Rogue FlashBender increased the size of my shoe-mount flash so that the light was a bit more flattering on my subjects. The CTO gel I stuck on the flash closely matched the arean's warm light so that good results could be obtained with a global white balance correction. And lastly, ETTL exposure meant I could focus more on framing, composition and timing without having to worry about constantly changing my flash's power to suit any given situation.
I love shooting in very controlled, studio-like conditions. Under those circumstances, I find manually adjusting my flash(es) to be optimal for me. However, there are times when ETTL and a shoe-mount flash (and a possibly small modifier) simply can't be beat.
The fact that the 600EX-RT features built-in radio (ETTL enabled) triggering is a big plus. ;-) [Sean]
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The headlines are the result of a study by Linda A. Henkel, Professor of Psychology at Fairfield University, titled "The Influence of Taking Photos on Memory for a Museum Tour."
Her findings indicated that photographing objects can have an effect on what is remembered about them. Her abstract states:
"Two studies examined whether photographing objects impacts what is remembered about them. Participants were led on a guided tour of an art museum and were directed to observe some objects and to photograph others. Results showed a photo-taking-impairment effect: If participants took a photo of each object as a whole, they remembered fewer objects and remembered fewer details about the objects and the objects’ locations in the museum than if they instead only observed the objects and did not photograph them. However, when participants zoomed in to photograph a specific part of the object, their subsequent recognition and detail memory was not impaired, and, in fact, memory for features that were not zoomed in on was just as strong as memory for features that were zoomed in on. This finding highlights key differences between people’s memory and the camera’s “memory” and suggests that the additional attentional and cognitive processes engaged by this focused activity can eliminate the photo-taking-impairment effect."
In other words, subjects who photographed museum pieces as a whole did not remember the pieces as well as those who were cameraless. However, those who zoomed in on the pieces and captured details seemed to remember the artwork as well as test subjects who didn't carry a camera.
But from my own personal experience, pictures tend to bring back a flood of memories that I wouldn't have been able to recall otherwise. Truth is, I have a terrible memory. I have trouble remembering what I had for lunch yesterday let alone things I did a year or more ago.
But when I see a photos taken throughout my life, I'm instantly taken back to that exact place and time. With the photo in hand (or on the screen, as it may be), memories wash over me with ease and I can recall details I thought I never knew had been tucked away in my memory (and not just the details illustrated by the photo). I think most people can identify with that.
So maybe we shouldn't let one study with a very narrow set of circumstances tarnish how we perceive cameras and how they can affect our lives. As for me, cameras have done so much more to enrich my memory (and for that matter – my life) than they have ever taken away from it. [Sean]
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