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 Thursday, January 02, 2014
I am pleased to announce that Louis G from warm Miami, Florida will be receiving the $100 Visa debit card in our giveaway.
 
Thanks to everyone who participated in this short survey!
Post Date: 1/2/2014 9:00:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 01, 2014
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Happy New Year, everyone! We hope 2014 will be filled with more new camera and lens releases than we can dream of.
 
I also have an announcement to make. There is a lot of business involved with photography and the same is also true for website development and maintenance. As I've said before: One of my jobs here is to make sure that we have the funding necessary to continue producing this site for you.
 
With that in mind, I would like to announce that B&H Photo will be the site's premier retailer going into 2014. I have no hesitation in recommending B&H – I have complete confidence that they will take great care of you and that you will pay the lowest prices. We are grateful for your support of the site through your purchases at B&H Photo!
 
Again, Happy New Year!
Post Date: 1/1/2014 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens Sample Picture
A handful of sample pictures have been added to the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens Review.
Post Date: 12/31/2013 8:24:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Just in case you missed yesterday's post, here's a look at what caught our eye this year - The-Digital-Picture.com's 2013 Year in Review.
 
Check out the original post for all relevant links.
Post Date: 12/31/2013 8:11:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
S. Dirk Schafer over at CLICKittyCat.com created this flowchart to let us know when it's appropriate to click the shutter button. I hope you enjoy the humor as much as I did. ;-) [Sean]

Photography Flowchart

Post Date: 12/31/2013 7:00:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 30, 2013
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From Canon Professional Services:
 
CPS will be on site at the game providing support for photographers with valid credentials authorized by the event organizers.
 
Pro Market Reps will be available to answer technical questions on Canon products.
 
Equipment evaluation loans will be available on a first come first served basis.
 
Canon Factory Authorized Service Technicians will provide complimentary clean and check service on your DSLR cameras and EF lenses. (Limited to two items)
 
Location
 
College Football Stadium
1001 Rose Bowl Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91103
 
Date and Time of CPS operations
 
1/6/2014
 
11:00 am - 15 minutes after Trophy Presentation
 
(Dates and times subject to change)
 
Thank you,
 
Canon Professional Services (CPS)
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
 
Not a CPS member? Sign up today!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/30/2013 12:45:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
How do you explain film photography to a generation of digital shooters? Watch as Buzz Feed tries to do just that.
 
On a personal note, I'm old enough to remember shooting with film cameras. But having been entrenched in the digital SLR world over the past decade, I would never go back to film. I believe the benefits of digitally captured images far outweighs the negatives.
 
And I must question Buzz Feed's Gizmo comparison when talking to people who aren't old enough to remember film. If they aren't old enough to know about film, then they certainly aren't old enough to remember a character from 1984's Gremlins... [Sean]
Post Date: 12/30/2013 12:33:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens Sample Picture
Post Date: 12/30/2013 9:22:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
As 2013 draws to a close, we take a look back at some of the most intriguing and unique product announcements from this past year. From the tiny SL1 to the uncomparable Otus, this year was full of announcements that put a big smile on our faces.
 
If you're in a place where listening to the audio is not possible for you, here's an abridged version of what caught our eye this year:
 
Canon Announcements:

Nikon Announcements:

Third-Party Announcements:

And just in case you missed it, here's what we reviewed this year (order by date posted):

In addition to the reviews, we posted several tips and tricks:

We also updated several other pages on the site:

And as the curtain falls on 2013, we want to thank you for all the support you've given us this past year. We couldn't have done it without you! We hope to continue being your go-to source for news, reviews, deals, tips & tricks in the the year to come!
 
Think we missed something? Sound off on our Facebook Page and let us know what you think should have been included in our 2013 Year in Review.

Post Date: 12/30/2013 10:35:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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If you have not completed our short photography gear shopping survey, this is your last opportunity – and last chance to win the $100 Visa debit card. As said before:
 
We would like your input in our short shopping survey. Answer three very short questions about photography gear shopping and get a chance to win a $100 Visa debit card!
 
At the close of this survey, we will randomly select one participant to receive a $100 Visa debit card. We of course need a way to contact the prize drawing winner, so an email address is required for entry. No worries – these email addresses will be used for the sole purpose of contacting the winner.
 
* Please note that we require a USA address for delivery of this prize.
 
Complete the survey!
 
Post Date: 12/30/2013 9:03:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Christmas Tree 2013
My family and I wish you a very, very merry Christmas! We consider you part of our family and hope that your Christmas 2013 is filled with great meaning, great memories and, as always, great images!
 
The photo included with this post is from my annual Christmas tree photography session.
 
The tree itself is part of our family tradition and getting the tree is a large part of the fun. Each year I tell the kids that we need to get a smaller tree, but each year the kids convince me to get a bigger tree than the year before. This year, the kids somehow convinced me to cut down and take home our tallest tree yet – an 11' (3.35m) Frasier Fir. Needless to say, this tree carried on a Hitch Haul across the back of our SUV made a rather wide load. But it sure looks great in the house.
 
Each year, our Christmas tree must be photographed in all of its glory. This photo was captured with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens. This is a 30 second exposure at f/22. Diffraction causes the image to be soft at this aperture, but at the reduced 650px width shown in this post, you can't tell. But what you can see is the f/22-caused star effect coming from the angel on top of the tree. I of course have wider aperture captures of this composition for other uses. Shooting with a level camera (estimated at a 5.5'/1.2m height based on the height of the vertically-centered tree) allowed the right-side window frame to remain parallel to the frame border.
 
In addition to wishing you a "Merry Christmas", I want to take time out to thank so many of you for making end of year support donations to the site. These are an important part of what keeps us going. Thanks for them! And of course a big thanks also for using the links on the site for your Christmas shopping!
 
Merry Christmas!
Post Date: 12/24/2013 10:25:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens
Adorama has the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 12/24/2013 10:06:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 23, 2013
Camera Lens
The Lens Product Images Comparison Tool and Big Lens Product Images Comparison Tool have been updated to show up to three lenses at the same time.
 
This unique tool is very simple to use. Select up to three of the hundreds of lenses in our database and select the size you want the images displayed at. Then drag your mouse over the lens setting options (just above the lens images) to see the similarities and differences in the selected lenses.
Post Date: 12/23/2013 10:15:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens
Just posted: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens Review
 
The Zeiss 50 f/2 delivers the sharpest 50mm f/2 images of any near-50mm lens I've used to date. And the build quality of this lens is equally impressive.
Post Date: 12/23/2013 8:55:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From Canon USA's YouTube Channel:
 
In the 3rd and final video of this 3-part series, you'll learn how simple it is to perform basic editing using Canon ImageBrowser EX software. Once your masterpiece is complete, you'll learn some simple ways to share your video with family and friends.
 
Check out Canon USA's other videos in this series:
Shooting Video with your Canon EOS Rebel Camera (Part 1)
Shooting Video with your Canon EOS Rebel Camera (Part 2)
 
Adorama carries Canon EOS Rebel DSLR Cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/23/2013 8:35:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon:
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
The rubber of the viewfinder of some units of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS compact digital camera may change color (turn white) after a short period of time. Customer support for this phenomenon is described below.
 
We take great pride in the quality and performance of our products. We offer our sincerest apologies to any customers who may be inconvenienced.
 
Phenomenon
The rubber section of the viewfinder of some PowerShot SX50 HS digital compact cameras produced in certain lots from September 1 through November 15, 2013 may turn white after a short period of time. We have determined after inquiry with the rubber manufacturer and internal analysis that the white substance is zinc bis (N,N’- dimethyldithiocarbamate).
 
Zinc bis is not used in the production of this product. The reason for the depositing of this material was the use of an improper rubber accelerator by the manufacturer of the rubber viewfinder. As a result the rubber section of the viewfinder may turn white due to a chemical reaction with the rubber accelerator and other substances. High temperature and high humidity may contribute to this condition. Zinc bis (N,N’- dimethyldithiocarbamate), which becomes deposited on the rubber surface, is created as a result of this chemical reaction.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera Viewfinder

Affected products
Only a small fraction of the PowerShot SX50 HS compact digital cameras – the ones containing the improper rubber accelerator – are affected by this phenomenon.
 
This phenomenon may occur in cameras of which the first and second digits from the left in the serial number are “69”, “70”, or “71” and the sixth digit of the serial number is “1”.
(Example serial numbers of cameras that may be affected: “69xxx1xxxxxx”, “70xxx1xxxxxx”, “71xxx1xxxxxx” (‘x’ can be any number))

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera Safety Recall Serials

Caution on use
The amount of zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate) deposited on the affected units is minimal. However, depending on one’s health and physical condition, in rare cases it is possible for zinc bis to cause allergic reactions, such as a rash, when it comes in contact with the skin of sensitive persons. In addition, if the eyes make contact with the substance, symptoms such as red eyes may develop.
 
As a precautionary measure, thoroughly wash your hands and rinse your eyes with water if they have come into contact with the rubber part of a viewfinder that has turned white. If any medical symptoms develop, please consult your physician immediately.
 
Support
If the camera meets the serial number criteria listed above, the product will be inspected and repaired free of charge. If you own one of the affected cameras please contact our Customer Support Center.
 
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
 
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-855-226-3277
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com
For additional support options: www.usa.canon.com/support

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/23/2013 7:09:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, December 22, 2013
I spent a good part of this weekend with my extended family. We celebrated our annual "Christmas at Grandma's" on Saturday. As such, I didn't quite complete the video portion of this week's Recap. Oh well – enjoy the script if you want a rundown of the week's events!

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending December 21st, 2013.
 
In the news...
 
On Wednesday, we highlighted a fast and easy way to resize and share your photos – with CoolTweak. Using CoolTweak, you can create custom right-click mouse actions for resizing, watermarking, or publishing your images to social media. I highly recommend trying it out!
 
On Friday, we learned that Lenstag had published mobile apps for iOS and Android. Using the Lenstag app, you can register your own gear, check the serial numbers of used items you wish to purchase, or flag your own gear as stolen. The Lenstag service is free, so there’s no reason not to protect your gear through registration with the site!
 
Also on Friday, we posted a YouTube video created by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center which explained the sequence of events that led up to Apollo 8’s iconic “Earthrise” photo. As it turns out, the photo would never have been captured if it weren’t for a fortunate coincidence and some quick teamwork by the astronaut crew.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Monday, Bryan posted his full review of the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens. Wide open, the Sigma is not a stellar performer. But its relatively low price and solid build quality will prove enticing for many photographers. Check out Bryan’s review for all the details.
 
On Tuesday, Bryan posted image quality results and some eye candy for the Sigma 17-70mm DC Macro OS Contemporary Lens. Tests results now available include ISO resolution, flare, vignetting and distortion.
 
On Wednesday, Bryan posted his review of the Think Tank Photo My 2nd Brain 15 Laptop Bag. Bryan liked the case’s compact design, rugged build quality and surprising amount of storage space. Check out the My 2nd Brain review for more information.
 
And, for our deal(s) of the week…
 
Instead of just picking one deal this week, I’m going tip my hat to Adorama for all their fantastic Canon camera and lens deals we posted on Thursday. Some of them are still active, yet even better – now with overnight shipping. Scroll through our news pages if you're needing a special gift to go under the tree!
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recaps
Post Date: 12/22/2013 6:00:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, December 20, 2013

 
We've all seen the classic Earthrise photo taken by Apollo 8 on Christmas Eve, 1968. But do you know what events led up the photo's capture?
 
Watch the video to see how astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders used teamwork and quick thinking to turn an unexpected site into one of NASA's most iconic images.
Post Date: 12/20/2013 1:56:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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