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 Friday, April 18, 2014
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From Toshiba:
 
First compliant with the high-speed UHS-II interface standard
 
TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced that it will launch the world's fastest microSD memory cards, compliant with UHS-II, the ultra high speed serial bus interface defined in SD Memory Card Standard Ver. 4.20. Sample shipments for set manufacturers of smartphones and other mobile devices, and for chipset vendors, start today.
 
The new microSD memory cards will be available in 32GB and 64GB capacities. The maximum read speed of 260 MB per second and the maximum write speed of 240MB per second in the 32 GB cards and the maximum read speed of 145MB per second and the maximum write speed of 130MB per second in the 64 GB cards, are all the fastest transfer rates in the industry.
 
Compared to Toshiba's current 32GB microSD UHS-I cards, the write speed is improved approximately 8 times, while the read speed is improved approximately 2.7 times. The faster transfer speeds can contribute to shortening the time it takes to download large data movie and music files to smartphones and tablets. It will also allow camera users to shoot digital still images continuously at high speed.
 
In recent years, with the development of high-function smartphones and tablets, the trend is towards higher resolution photos and movies, and multi-function applications, leading to demand for larger external memory and faster transfer speeds. Looking to the future, Toshiba will continue to meet market demands by enhancing its line-up of UHS-II compliant microSD memory cards.
 
Outline of New Products

Part NumberCapacityMaximum Transfer SpeedUHS Speed Class
ReadWrite
THNSX032GAJCM4 32GB260MB/s240MB/sU3
THNSX064GBK5M464GB145MB/s130MB/sU3

Key Specifications

Part NumberTHNSX032GAJCM4 THNSX064GBK5M4
Capacity32GB64GB
Maximum Read Speed260 MB/s145 MB/s
Maximum Write Speed240 MB/s130 MB/s
UHS Speed ClassUHS Speed Class 3
Interface2Lane Half-Duplex
Data rate = 3.12Gbps(HD312)
Full-Duplex
Data rate = 1.56Gbps(FD156)
Power Supply VoltageVDD1=2.7 to 3.6V, VDD2=1.7V to 1.95V
Compliant StandardSD Memory Card Standard Ver.4.20
File FormatFAT32exFAT
External Dimensions15.0mm(L)×11.0mm(W)×1.0mm(T)
Weight Approx.Approx. 0.5g

B&H carries Toshiba memory cards.

Category: Toshiba News
Post Date: 4/18/2014 10:06:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang Hints at Lens Releases for April 28, 2014
Samyang dropped a not-so-subtle hint about some product announcements scheduled for April 28. The picture above was posted to the Samyang Europe Facebook page about 3 hours ago.
 
If the picture is any indication, maybe we can expect a cinema lens or two?
 
B&H carries Samyang lenses.
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 4/18/2014 8:33:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera available for $658.81 with free shipping. Compare at $796.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 4/18/2014 8:19:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma USB Dock
From Sigma:
 
Sigma Releases Optimization Pro v1.2.0 Update
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We are pleased to announce the availability of the new “SIGMA Optimization Pro Ver1.2.0 for Windows” and “SIGMA Optimization Pro Ver1.2.0 for Macintosh”, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK which allows customers to update the lens firmware of new product lines, as well as to customize settings such as AF and focusing position.
 
This download service is for SIGMA USB DOCK Users who are using our interchangeable lenses from 3 product lines (Contemporary, Art, Sports). As a SIGMA USB DOCK user, please be sure to update to SIGMA Optimization Pro Ver1.2.0, before carrying out any lens firmware updates.
 
Benefits of the SIGMA Optimization Pro software update:
 
SIGMA Optimization Pro Ver1.2.0 for Windows & Macintosh

  • New switch feature for Full-time MF setting.

* This customization of Full-time MF function is only available for the SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014.
* The Full-time MF function will be available after the SIGMA USB DOCK firmware is updated to Ver1.01 or above.
* The function limits will vary from on the camera you use.
 
Download: SIGMA Optimization Pro Ver1.2.0
 
SIGMA USB DOCK Firmware Update
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We are pleased to inform you the SIGMA USB DOCK Firmware Update is now available.
 
This firmware update allows you to use the SIGMA USB DOCK with the SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014. If you have the products mentioned below, please start up SIGMA Optimization Pro and then operate lens firmware update.
 
Benefits of this firmware update

  • It will be compatible with SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014.

Applicable products

  • SIGMA USB DOCK SIGMA
  • SIGMA USB DOCK CANON
  • SIGMA USB DOCK NIKON

* Please update SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver1.2.0 in addition to updating the SIGMA USB DOCK Firmware to Ver1.01 before using it with SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM.
 
In order to update the USB Dock firmware, please connect the device to your computer using the USB cable and then open Sigma Optimization Pro.
 
B&H carries the Sigma USB Dock and has the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens available for preorder.

Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 4/18/2014 6:58:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 17, 2014

 
From Nikon Europe:
 
Get ready for summer. If there's any camera that can capture your summer adventures just as they ought to be - it's the Nikon 1 AW1!
 
Waterproof to 15 m, shockproof from heights up to 2 m, freeze-proof and dustproof, the amazingly resilient Nikon 1 AW1 is the one for you. From epic adventures to everyday action, the Nikon 1 AW1 will capture your summer adventures exactly as it should be captured.
 
Music: 'Welcome home' by Radical Face
 
B&H carries the Nikon 1 AW 1 Waterproof Camera.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/17/2014 9:31:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF Lens
DigitalRev has the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF Lens available for $1,649.00. Compare at $1,996.95.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/17/2014 7:47:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Eyefi:
 
Newly captured photos now instantly available on smartphone, tablet, PC or smart TV
 
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 17, 2014 – Eyefi, the global leader in digital camera connectivity, today unveiled Eyefi Cloud, a private photo-centric cloud service that makes newly captured photos instantly available on a smartphone, tablet, PC or smart TV. Eyefi Cloud was designed for photo enthusiasts who require the superior image quality provided by digital cameras but are frustrated with the time-consuming processes required to enjoy those photos on multiple devices. Eyefi Cloud, along with the Eyefi Mobi wireless SD card and Eyefi Mobi apps, makes every picture taken organized and instantly accessible, anytime anywhere—to enjoy, curate and share securely and privately.
 
In June 2013, Eyefi pioneered simple, instant image transfer from digital cameras to mobile devices with the launch of Eyefi Mobi wireless SD memory card. Now Eyefi adds a new cloud service, Eyefi Cloud, as well as all new mobile apps for iOS and Android based smartphones and tablets. When used together, Eyefi's product line-up combines camera quality and mobile convenience with the power of the cloud for the over 500 million digital camera owners throughout the world. Until now, digital camera owners had to manually transfer photos to see them on their smartphone or tablet. With Eyefi, the highest quality images are as accessible as photos captured using a smartphone and can be shared and enjoyed on the preferred viewing device.
 
"Photo lovers know that life's most important moments should be captured using a digital camera but it's difficult to access those shots until long after the images are taken," said Matt DiMaria, chief executive officer of Eyefi. "Eyefi Cloud makes those highest-quality shots available within seconds of them being captured, so photographers can immediately enjoy quality images on the beautiful displays of their smartphone, tablet, PC or smart TV."
 
The Eyefi Mobi SD memory card begins the image transfer process within milliseconds of a photo being captured on a digital camera. Images are automatically and securely transferred to Eyefi's new mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. Eyefi apps intelligently organize and transfer the images, in full-resolution, to Eyefi Cloud. Now, any device with the Eyefi apps or with a browser-enabled device can be used to view, share and manage the entire photo collection.
 
The new Eyefi offerings include a full range of photo related services including:

  • Transfer – Add wireless functionality to any digital camera, and easily send images from camera to mobile device or desktop.
  • Organize – Sort and tag images as they are taken, so they are easy to find later – for sharing, printing, and all the other wonderful ways photos are used.
  • Sync – Automatically synchronize photos to all devices so that users can view, edit, and manipulate photos both on and offline, anytime, anywhere.
  • Share – Invite friends and family to view photos and albums without requiring registration. Photo collections are "live", so any additions to an existing collection will generate a notice to recipients that new images have been added.

For photographers with multiple cameras, Eyefi Cloud automatically merges their photos into a single, well-organized collection where they can be enjoyed together and further curated. The entire collection is then available on all the user's devices.
 
For customers that do not wish to transfer images over the Internet, Eyefi also introduced Eyefi Desktop Transfer apps for the PC and Mac platforms. Eyefi Desktop transfer sends images directly from a digital camera equipped with Eyefi Mobi SD memory card to a PC or Mac without the need for a physical cable. Transferred images are stored on the user's PC or Mac in a file location of their choice where they can be enjoyed, edited or archived.
 
Along with Eyefi Cloud, the company today unveils a new logo, aligned to the sleek simplicity of its products.
 
Eyefi Mobi wireless SD memory card pricing begins at $49 for the 8GB edition. Customers will find the new Eyefi Mobi apps in the Apple app store, Google Play app store and Amazon Kindle app store. Included with the new apps, is a three-month membership to the Eyefi Cloud once they activate a new account. Existing Eyefi Mobi card customers can simply download the new apps and will also receive a three-month membership. Twelve-month memberships start at $49 for an unlimited number of photos.
 
B&H carries Eyefi wireless memory cards.

Category: Eye-Fi News
Post Date: 4/17/2014 7:03:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Western Digital My Passport Portable Hard Drive
eBay (via BeachCamera) has the Western Digital My Passport 2 TB Portable Hard Drive available for $89.99 with free shipping. Compare at $119.00.
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Students and Teachers can get 50% off of Adobe's Creative Cloud when they prepay for an entire year. That works out to about $24.92 per month.
 
That's every program in Creative Cloud – including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Muse, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Acrobat XI Pro, Flash Professional, Lightroom & More – for less than $25.00 / month.
 
Don't want to prepay for an entire year? Students and teachers can pay monthly at a reduced rate – just $29.99 per month. That's still 40% off the normal price.
Post Date: 4/16/2014 2:32:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Radiopopper Sekonic Module
From RadioPopper:
 
The RadioPopper Sekonic Module – Easy, reliable triggering of your RadioPopper Receivers from your Sekonic light meter.
 
Seamlessly outfit your studio with the world’s most reliable radio triggering products! The new RadioPopper Sekonic Module allows a photographer to use a Sekonic Light Meter to quickly and easily trigger Nano and JrX receivers for quick and easy metering!
 
The RadioPopper Sekonic Module is compatible with all Sekonic L-758, L-358 and C-500R light meters. It will allow the Sekonic meter to wirelessly trigger Nano and JrX Receivers on any RadioPopper radio channel.
 
Installation takes moments and setup is quickly done through your Sekonic Light Meter menu.
 
Buy a RadioPopper Sekonic Module now and save up to $20.00 on each Nano triggering unit.
 
How Does the Rebate Work?
 
Step 1: Buy A Sekonic Module
Step 2: Buy some Nanos
Step 3: Fill out / Mail the form
Step 4: RadioPopper sends you money!
 
2-3 Nano Units = $10 each
4-5 Nano Units = $15 each
6+ Nano Units = $20 each!
 
Rebate offer ends April 30, 2014.
 
Adorama carries the RadioPopper Sekonic Module and Nano Triggers and Receivers.
Post Date: 4/16/2014 12:48:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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CanvasPeople is having a Tax Return Sale and offering an 8x10 canvas print for $4.15 plus the cost of shipping. But don't wait - the offer ends April 20.
Post Date: 4/16/2014 9:16:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Nikon Logo
From Nikon:
 
Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • Support for autofocusing when mounted on the Nikon 1 V3 has been added.

Download
Mount Adapter FT1 L Firmware 1.20 - Windows | Macintosh
 
Installation Instructions: Windows | Macintosh
 
B&H carries the Nikon Mount Adapter FT1 L.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/15/2014 11:33:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From MicrosoftNL YouTube Channel:
 
From today on Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. The one thing everybody will always remember of Windows XP is desktop image 'Bliss', with it's green rolling hills and bluer than blue sky. Doesn't the most viewed picture of all times asks for a worthy goodbye? We certainly think so! That's why we hopped on a plane to Los Angeles and went to visit the photographer Charles O'Rear.
 
He told us the incredible story behind the famous desktop image of Windows XP.
Post Date: 4/15/2014 3:47:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Think Tank Photo:
 
4/15/2014 - In this week's Pulitzer announcements, John Tlumacki's photograph from the Boston Marathon bombing was named as a finalist in the Breaking News Photography category. The photograph was also part of the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize winning Breaking News Reporting team coverage. In our newest About A Photograph video, located at blog.thinktankphoto.com/about-a-photograph, he describes his instincts as a photojournalist to run towards the bomb instead of away.
 
In the video, Tlumacki remembers: “I just reacted instinctively and ran forward. As I ran forward the second bomb went off and that’s the picture I made of the three police officers reacting to the runner, Bill Iffrig, who fell on the ground in front of me…I wasn’t really thinking about my safety at that point. I just think it’s my training as a journalist.”
 
Tlumacki has photographed 20 marathons during his 33 year career as a Globe general assignment staff photographer. He was named the National Press Photographers Association's Best Of Photojournalism 2014 Photojournalist of the Year (Larger Markets). He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in photography for his coverage of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and he was the Boston Press Photographers Association Photographer of the Year in 2011 and then again last year, in 2013.
Post Date: 4/15/2014 11:50:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera
eBay (via RobertsCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera available for $937.88 with free shipping . Compare at $1,146.95 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/15/2014 10:21:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Image quality, vignetting and distortion test results along with specs/measurements and product images are now available on the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens review page.
 
Here are some direct comparisons you might be interested in:
 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Lens (at f/1.8)
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens (not the "Art" version)
Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon Lens
Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T* Lens
Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens
 
The Nikon 50mm lens results are also available, but they are captured using a Nikon DX3 vs. the Canon EOS 1Ds III. Use your discernment in making these comparisons.
Post Date: 4/15/2014 7:54:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon Capture NX 2
From Nikon:
 
Updates included with 2.4.7
 
Updates that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions

  • Support for RAW images captured with the Nikon 1 V3 and COOLPIX S810C has been added.
  • The following issues have been resolved:
  • Auto distortion control was not applied to images captured with some cameras, and Auto Distortion in the Camera & Lens Corrections section of the Edit List palette was not displayed.
  • When RAW images captured with some cameras and saved using Capture NX 2 Ver. 2.4.5 or earlier were opened, white balance effects sometimes changed.

Download Nikon Capture NX 2.4.7 - Windows | Macintosh
 
B&H carries Nikon Capture NX 2.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/15/2014 8:28:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Kingston 128 GB SDHC/SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card 30MB/s
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