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 Thursday, October 16, 2014
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From Adobe:
 
As promised in a blog post here, we are proud to introduce the Aperture and iPhoto import plugin for Lightroom 5. The plugin allows Aperture and iPhoto customers to migrate their images and key metadata (such as keywords, events, project structure) into Lightroom catalogs in a seamless way.
 
The plugin is available for download here and please follow these instructions to install the plugin:
 
  1. Ensure that you’re using Lightroom 5.6. You can check your Lightroom version by going to Help->System Info inside Lightroom. If not using Lightroom 5.6, please update to the 5.6.
  2. Download the plugin zip file to a known location (such as your desktop)
  3. Double click on the downloaded zip file to extract it.
  4. Navigate to the Users//Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom folder. Please note that the Library folder is hidden by default and that you will need to hold down the Option/Alt key to make it visible.
  5. Check to see if there is a Modules folder. If not, please create this folder.
  6. Copy the extracted aperture_iphoto_importer.lrplugin file to the Modules folder.
  7. Start Lightroom.
For Aperture Customers: click on File -> Plugin Extras -> Import from Aperture Library and follow the prompts.
 
For iPhoto Customers: Click on File -> Plugin Extras -> Import from iPhoto Library and follow the prompts.
 
Download link -> aperture_iphoto_importer
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/16/2014 12:02:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
COOLPIX P340 Firmware: 1.2 update
 
Updates enabled with this release:
 
  • An issue that prevented charging of the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 using the camera and charging AC adapter when the EN-EL12 was completely discharged has been resolved.
  • When RAW (NRW) images captured with a burst of continuous shooting at a setting of Continuous H were opened in image-processing software such as ViewNX 2 for development, image colors were abnormal. This issue has been resolved.
Download the COOLPIX P340 Firmware: 1.2.
 

COOLPIX P600 Firmware: 1.2 Update
 
Updates enabled with this release
 
  • An issue that prevented charging of the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL23 using the camera and charging AC adapter when the EN-EL23 was completely discharged has been resolved.
Download the COOLPIX P600 Firmware: 1.2.
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Post Date: 10/16/2014 9:32:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through October 31, use coupon code HOLIDAY20 at FractureMe.com to save 20% on your next fracture order.
 
Glass prints look very impressive hanging on the wall. Buy now to ensure it arrives before the holidays if you're planning on giving one as a gift.
Post Date: 10/16/2014 8:43:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Watch as France's Airgonay club sets up a drone race in the middle of a forest. The resulting video looks astonishingly similar to the speeder chase scene in Return of the Jedi.
 
Now I want a drone even more... :-) [Sean]
Post Date: 10/16/2014 7:57:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Nikon Europe:
 
In this video pro-photographer, film maker, & director of DEDICATED, Corey Rich highlights why the D4S allows him to focus only on content and not the technology; the three most meaningful improvements made on the D4S; & how its features helped capture scenes that were previously impossible to capture. 'Hollywood crews could do this but not guys like me.' - Corey Rich.
 
Note from Sean: Oh my goodness! Why didn't I ever think to use Auto ISO when shooting video to compensate for transitioning from very dim environments to very bright ones (or vice-versa)? The EOS 5D Mark III works in the same way; it changes ISO on the fly when set to Auto ISO. The Nikon D4s's algorithm may allow for smoother ISO changes, but otherwise, the 5D III does the exact same thing.
 
B&H carries the Nikon D4s and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
Post Date: 10/16/2014 7:00:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens
DigitalRev has the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens for Canon/Nikon (review) available for $309.00 with free shipping. Compare at $499.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 10/15/2014 10:17:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Refurbished Nikon COOLPIX AW120 All-Weather Camera
Use coupon code EXPLORE ($50.00 off) at BuyDig.com to get the Refurbished Nikon COOLPIX AW120 + Lightroom 5 Bundle for $199.00 with free shipping. Compare at $289.00 new (without software).
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/15/2014 9:05:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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International Awards Exhibition Printed with Epson Printers and Papers Opens at Smithsonian on Oct. 24
 
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Oct. 15, 2014 – Epson today announced it is a global sponsor of the 2014 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition for the third consecutive year. As the official inkjet printer and paper partner for the ongoing print exhibition, Epson’s professional printing technology allows visitors to celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature through the art of photography. On the second floor of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., museum guests will see award-winning photographs displayed from one of the world’s most prestigious nature photography competitions.
 
“The annual Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards program began as a creative tool to celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature and encourage greater public interest in outdoor enjoyment and conservation stewardship,” says Awards Director, Steve Freligh. “The high caliber of photographic prints we are able to achieve through using Epson printers, inks and papers bring these images to life in a way that truly showcases the spectacle of nature and the creative talent delivered by photographers in the field."
 
The Smithsonian exhibition opens on Oct. 24, 2014, and features winners from the annual Windland Smith Rice International Awards program. Chosen from more than 20,000 entries from photographers in 50 countries, the exhibition will showcase the Grand Prize winner, the Photographer of the Year and the Youth Photographer of the Year, as well as finalists selected in 13 separate categories. The images are displayed as large format prints ranging in size from 2x3 feet to nearly 4x6 feet in the nation’s most visited museum, which welcomes more than eight million visitors annually.
 
“We are honored to be supporting one of the most highly-respected and visually compelling nature photography competitions in the world,” said Larry Kaufman, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “Our goal is to provide these photographers with access to the most advanced printing technology and pro-quality papers to produce true-to-life output that accurately and completely conveys the true vision and story behind their photographs.”
 
The exhibition-quality prints were created with Epson’s award-winning 44-inch wide Epson Stylus Pro 9900. With the precision of its Epson MicroPiezo TFP printhead and the performance of Epson UltraChrome HDR ink, the printer delivers superb photographic prints with an extremely wide color gamut and incredible sharpness. Used with Epson Professional Papers, this advanced printing technology produces the richest blacks and smooth tonal transitions.
 
The exhibition will be viewed by millions of visitors at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and is open daily, free to the public. The annual photo competition is open to the public and encourages submissions from photographers at all levels of expertise – pros, amateurs and youth. For more information, visit www.NaturesBestPhotography.com.
Category: Epson News
Post Date: 10/15/2014 8:05:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter
DigitalRev has the Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter available for $519.00. Compare at $822.00 for US version.
 
Features:
 
  • Programming Meter
  • Full information Spot Viewfinder
  • Contrast Function
  • Incident Light Metering
  • Reflected Light Spot Metering
  • Dual ISO Settings
  • All-Weather Design
  • Cine/lighting Displays for L-758CINE
  • Optional Radio Flash Triggering
  • Europe CE Version**
**To comply with local broadcast regulations, Sekonic wireless systems sold in the various markets around the world are designed to operate at different frequencies. When purchasing and/or installing a transmitter module or using the meter with a receiver, be sure that the meter, module and receiver are designed to be used in your location and use the same frequency.
 
When purchasing and/or installing a transmitter module or using the meter with a receiver, be sure that the meter, module and receiver are designed to be used in your location and use the same frequency.
 
The CE designation indicates the meter and module are designed for operation in European countries (Frequencies: CH 1 to 16: 433.62 MHz; CH 17 to 32: 434.22MHz) and should not imported to US/Canada without permission of your local communication authority.
Post Date: 10/15/2014 6:51:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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From Nikon:
 
Updates included with 1.0.3
 
Updates that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions
 
  • When images were adjusted in any of the following ways using Edit palette functions, and Capture NX-D was then launched again, the results of adjustments were not reflected. This issue has been resolved.
  • When White Balance was fine-tuned after selecting Use Gray Point or using the Gray Point Sample Tool
  • When the Quick Adjust setting under Picture Control was changed
  • When the luminosity curve was adjusted by moving the black-point input slider to a setting other than "0" with Master Lightness selected for LCH
  • When the chroma curve was adjusted by moving the output slider to a setting other than "0" with Chroma selected for LCH
  • When the tone curve was adjusted by moving the Levels & Curves black-point input slider to a setting other than "0"
  • When a settings file, with which the Quick Adjust setting under Picture Control had been changed, was saved, the value saved for Quick Adjust only was "0". This issue has been resolved.
  • When RAW images captured with cameras that support the Better Quality 2013 option for Noise Reduction in the Edit palette were adjusted, and the Intensity setting under Luminance was once changed to "0", subsequent changes to the Intensity setting were not reflected. This issue has been resolved.
  • When the output slider was moved to a setting other than "0" with Chroma selected for LCH in the Edit palette, anchor points could not be added to the chroma curve at the intended positions. This issue has been resolved.
  • When multiple images were captured with a User Custom Curve modified using a camera that does not support Picture Controls applied, changes made to the User Custom Curve during shooting were not reflected in images captured after the User Custom Curve had been changed. This issue has been resolved.
Additional modifications to the Windows version
 
  • When Capture NX-D was launched with a single-display system after having been used with a multi-display system, an error was displayed and the application could not be launched. This issue has been resolved.
  • An issue that sometimes caused Capture NX-D to freeze when keyboard operations were performed while working with the Edit palette has been resolved.
Additional modifications to the Macintosh version
 
  • When the keyboard shortcut (SHIFT + 0) was used to delete ratings, labels rather than ratings were deleted. This issue has been resolved.
Download
Capture NX-D 1.0.3 Update
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/14/2014 10:54:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 13, 2014
Refurbished Nikon 1 J3 with 10-30mm VR Lens (Black)
Use coupon code CLMBS ($50.00 off) at BuyDig.com to get the Refurbished Nikon 1 J3 with 10-30mm VR Lens for $179.00 with free shipping. Regularly $229.00.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/13/2014 1:07:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
MindShift Gear rotation180° Trail and Travel Away Bags
From MindShift Gear:
 
Mindshift Gear rotation180° Trail Bag
 
MindShift Gear’s New rotation180° Trail Backpack Provides Quick Access to Outdoor Exploration Necessities
 
This fall MindShift Gear will be making its award-winning rotation technology available in a smaller, lighter new backpack, the rotation180º Trail. Accessing gear has never been easier for outdoor photographers and action-enthusiasts. With the rotation180º Trail they can hike, mountain bike, ski, and birdwatch without breaking stride. No more removing a cumbersome backpack to access camera gear or trail essentials. In one swift motion, they can rotate the beltpack and grab their gear without taking their eyes off of wildlife or disrupting their creative momentum.
 
The intuitive functionality of the small yet spacious rotation180º Trail keeps the day's necessities organized and ready for quick access. It fits any 1.5 liter or a 2 liter CamelBak water reservoir, a light jacket and an extra layer, binoculars, compass, trail books, maps and more. This 2-in-1 bag's beltpack can be worn on its own for traveling light.
 
“The rotation180º Trail ends the tiresome on-and-off again of other backpacks and lets enthusiasts enjoy the outdoors more,” said MindShift Gear CEO and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “It is another example of our commitment to reinventing backpack access. It employs the same patented technology that recently won two of Europe’s top design awards, the Red Dot Award and the OutDoor Industry Award 2014.”
 
Key Features
 
  • Rotating beltpack for accessing trail essentials: compact DSLR or mirrorless camera system, 8” tablet (iPad mini), binoculars, maps, guide book, energy bars, food, and more.
  • Dedicated zippered hydration compartment fits any 1.5 liter reservoir or a 2 liter CamelBak reservoir
  • 2 bags in 1: Removable beltpack can be worn on its own for traveling light
  • Backpack holds jacket, layers, hat, gloves, lunch and more
  • Front stretch pocket provides flexible carrying options for quick access
  • Small tripod carries easily on the side panel
  • Top pocket for quick access to small items
  • Mesh stretch pocket fits a water bottle
  • Bike-light attachment
  • Beltpack compression straps
  • Lightweight materials
  • Breathable padded airflow harness with adjustable sternum strap
  • Optional rain cover (sold separately) functions with rotation technology
Mindshift Gear rotation180° Travel Away Bag
 
MindShift Gear’s New rotation180° Travel Away Backpack Provides Global Travelers Added Security and Quickest Access to Gear
 
MindShift Gear, developer of the world’s first patented rotating backpack, announces it will be releasing the first rotating backpack for global travelers and outdoor explorers, the rotation180° Travel Away. When traveling in unfamiliar places, knowing where critical items are and protecting them from prying eyes are very important. In one swift motion, only the wearer can rotate the concealed beltpack to the front for instantaneous and secure access to cameras, passports, guidebooks, tablets, or other travel essentials. No more being forced to stop in front of strangers to remove a backpack to gain access to essential travel items.
 
Travelers will enjoy peace of mind, knowing that their critical and most valuable items are stowed away securely and are inaccessible to others due to the rotation180° Travel Away's innovative design. The backpack also has dedicated pockets to conceal a 15” laptop and 10” tablet, while the beltpack can fit an 8” tablet.
 
“As someone who spends a great deal of my life traveling around the globe, I know the joy of travel as well as its challenges,” said MindShift Gear’s CEO and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “We designed the rotation180° Travel Away for the discerning traveler who wishes to keep their eyes on the wonders unfolding in front of them, safe in knowing that their essential gear is protected from prying eyes and ready for quick access with just a twist of the lower beltpack.
 
Murdoch added, “The rotation180° Travel Away employs the same patented technology that recently won two of Europe’s top design awards, the Red Dot Award and the OutDoor Industry Award 2014.”
 
Key Features
 
  • Rotating beltpack for accessing travel essentials: 8” tablet (iPad mini), large point and shoot, maps, passport, currency, etc.
  • Backpack has dedicated pockets to conceal up to a 15” laptop and a 10” tablet.
  • 2 bags in 1: Removable beltpack can be worn on its own for traveling light.
  • Size qualifies as a personal carry-on item for air travel.
  • Side compression straps enable carrying of trekking poles, a small tripod, or jacket.
  • Locking sliders on the main compartment secures valuables with a travel lock (not included).
  • Backpack rear pocket provides quick access to a camera, AC adapters, large sunglasses, books or other large items.
  • Additional room for books, jacket, extra clothing, hat, gloves, food, etc.
  • Ultra-Stretch pocket for water bottle.
  • Durable materials hold up in harsh conditions.
  • Breathable padded airflow harness with adjustable sternum strap and attachment points.
  • Curved back panel with single aluminum stay for pack stability.
  • Optional seam-sealed rain cover functions with rotation technology (sold separately).
MindShift Gear has the rotation180° Trail and rotation180° Travel Away bags available now.
Post Date: 10/13/2014 10:36:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, October 12, 2014
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,799.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,296.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty. However, the auction advertises that it comes with a 3-year (non-manufacturer's) warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/12/2014 9:14:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 10, 2014

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Learn how to adjust lighting in post production using Photoshop with Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes in this episode of the Photoshop Playbook.
 
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).
Post Date: 10/10/2014 12:24:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Updates included with 1.0.2
 
  • Support for the D750 has been added.
  • When File > Convert Files... was used to convert images to JPEG or TIFF format with the Resolution box under Output settings checked, resolution in the converted files was reduced. This issue has been resolved.
Download
Nikon Capture NX-D 1.0.2
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/10/2014 11:56:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,819.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,296.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty. However, the auction advertises that it comes with a 3-year (non-manufacturer's) warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/10/2014 10:32:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sennheiser EW112PG3A Wireless Microphone Kit
Adorama has the Sennheiser EW112PG3A Wireless Microphone Kit available for $539.95 with free shipping. Compare at $629.95.
 
Kit Includes
 
  • Sennheiser EK 100 G3 Diversity Receiver
  • 1 x SK 100 G3 Bodypack Transmitter
  • 1 x ME 2 Clip-On Microphone (Omni-Directional)
  • 1 x CL 1 Jack Cable
  • 1 x CL 100 XLR Cable
  • 1 x CA 2 Camera Adaptor
  • 4 x AA Batteries
Post Date: 10/10/2014 10:20:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens
Sigma Corporation would like to announce that there are two types of new tele converters to be released on October 24th, 2014. Please note that the SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports requires an update to the firmware to make it compatible with the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 and SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-2001.
 
For those who own the SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports and considering using it with either the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 or SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-2001, please follow the steps below to update the firmware of the lens.
 
Please be advised that the updated version of firmware will make it compatible with the new tele converters, however it will also make it incompatible with conventional APO TELE CONVERTER 1.4x EX DG and APO TELE CONVERTER 2x EX DG. For further information, please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary / distributor of SIGMA.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK
Please start up the SIGMA Optimization Pro software and update the firmware of the SIGMA USB DOCK. There will be the optimized firmware compatible with the new tele converters (Sigma: Ver. 1.01, Nikon: Ver. 1.02, Canon: Ver. 1.03), currently scheduled for release on October 24th.
 
For customers who do not own SIGMA USB DOCK
We are going to start the service for update on October 27th. Please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary / distributor of SIGMA.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens and USB Dock. B&H also has the Sigma TC-1401 1.4x and TC-2001 2x teleconverters available for preorder.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/10/2014 7:06:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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