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 Monday, December 20, 2010
By popular request, ISO 12233 resolution chart samples for the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC Lens have been added to the site.
While I hope to get a full review of this lens (along with many others) on the site at some point, the ISO chart results tell us a lot about the image quality of a lens. And in this case, the Tamron 70-300 performs very impressively well for it's price point. Corners degrade as the focal length increases and 300mm performance is not so great, but again, this image-stabilized lens is currently selling for less than $400.00 delivered after rebate at B&H.
However, I need to add a possible warning that these results do not tell the complete story in this case. I had to spend a more-than-usual amount of time focus testing this lens - just to confirm what I was seeing. And my initial (still early) determination is that my Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC Lens is very inconsistent in the focus accuracy department. Life is good when it gets focus right, but a sharp lens does not deliver sharp subjects if not focused accurately.
I am also getting a lot of requests for a Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens Review. To bring you at least the standardized results from the Sigma 85, I have to date, purchased and returned two of these lenses. The first was consistently front focusing. The second was focusing so inconsistently that I wished for the first one back. Roger at is having the same problems - he has even posted a warning on his Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens rental page.
Third party lens focus accuracy problems have consumed far more of my time than I care to remember. I'll probably get over it enough to order the third copy of this lens after Christmas. Stay tuned.
B&H has just announced free overnight shipping on Canon and Nikon cameras. You can have one in time to use Christmas morning. B&H also notes that today is the last day for standard shipping for delivery in time for Christmas.
Post Date: 12/20/2010 9:58:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, December 18, 2010
The Adobe Photoshop 12.0.3 update fixes a number of high priority bugs including tool tips on Windows XP, painting performance and type-related issues. This update is recommended for all Windows users.
The most significant fixes in the Photoshop 12.0.3 update include the following:
Windows XP tool tip font issue introduced by 12.0.2
A number of potential security vulnerabilities have been addressed
Top type and font crashers found in the field have been addressed
A number of performance issues have been addressed
Crash opening 3D layers has been addressed
Color Engine crash has been resolved
Intermittent file format issues addressed
Shift scrolling bug fixed
Sharpen crasher fixed
Marching ants not seen at certain zoom levels fixed
Metadata focus distance issue addressed
File info bug addressed for Orphea Studio jpg's
TWAIN crashers fixed
Brush cursor bug fixed
Histogram progress bar issue fixed
Droplet issues addressed
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 12/18/2010 9:35:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 17, 2010
Through February 28, 2011, get an $80 Visa prepaid card with the purchase of select Gitzo tripods - including some of the best tripod models available (check out the GT2541 and GT3541 models).
Download the rebate form to see which models are included. Then find your Gitzo Tripod at B&H.
Post Date: 12/17/2010 2:50:36 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has some nice deals for us (all with free shipping):
Elinchrom RX Ranger Quadra - "TO GO" Standard Set - S Heads
Save 16% - Regular Price $1434.95 - Sale Price $1199.95
Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T* ZE Lens
Save $50.00 - Regular Price $725 - Sale Price $675
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM Lens
Save 10% - Regular Price $479 - Sale Price $429
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens (Canon / Nikon)
Save $40 - Now $459.00
Crumpler 8 Million Dollar Home (Royal Blue / Red)
Save $50 - Now $122.00
Post Date: 12/17/2010 2:50:03 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.5 adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
Canon PowerShot G12
Leica D-Lux 5
Leica V-Lux 2
Nikon D7000
Nikon COOLPIX P7000
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
Category: Apple News
Post Date: 12/17/2010 1:17:59 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon USA has posted Digital Photo Professional 3.9.3 Updater for Windows
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.9.3 Updater for Windows:
1. Fixes a problem in which Digital Photo Professional shuts down abnormally when viewing the shooting information of specific images (*).
It also fixes a problem in Digital Photo Professional that errors occur and prevent the process of converting and saving specific RAW images from being completed.
*: Images taken with the EOS-1D Mark IV for which either C.Fn I-16 AE Microadjustment or C.Fn I-17 FE Microadjustment is set to "Enable" and if AE Microadjustment or FE Microadjustment has a negative value.
2. Fixes a problem in Digital Photo Professional 3.9.1/3.9.2 in which "0" cannot be input if the numerical keypad in the tool palette of Edit Window and Edit Image Window is not used.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/17/2010 9:27:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, December 16, 2010
There are services that will deliver an RSS news feed to you via email.
FeedMyInbox and BlogTrottr are two such services with free variants of their offerings. By default, FeedMyInbox delivers one email per day and BlogTrottr delivers an email for each post. Both worked fine in my testing. Signing up and unsubscribing is very easy with both services.
Here are the news feed URLs you need if subscribing to these services:
All News:
Canon News Only:
Nikon News Only:
Post Date: 12/16/2010 12:48:33 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Standardized test results have been added to the Zeiss 28mm f/2.0 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review page.
Post Date: 12/16/2010 12:28:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Think Tank Photo:
When getting the shot requires extreme body movements, there are few sensations more annoying than having your gear slapping against your chest. To solve this problem, we have released the Backpack Connection Kit.
This accessory strap kit is designed to keep the body and lens stored in your Digital Holster stationary and snug against the torso. Carrying a Digital Holster V2.0 chest-mounted allows rapid access to the DSLR inside it while protecting the camera from dust and damage. The straps of the specially designed Backpack Connection Kit keep the Holster bag and DSLR from sagging or shifting weight during continuous movement.
In the Backpack Connection Kit video, Kurt Rogers explains how to attach the Think Tank Photo Backpack Connection Kit to a backpack, in order to carry a Digital Holster V2.0 bag on the backpack harness. The Backpack Connection Kit attaches to any Think Tank Photo backpack and the Digital Holster V2.0 series of camera bags.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/16/2010 12:23:30 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Firmware Update Version 1.0.8 is now available for the Canon EOS 60D.
Firmware version 1.0.8 incorporates the following fix:
Fixes a phenomenon in which captured images may become overexposed when using the camera's built-in flash or an external Speedlite in combination with the lenses listed below:
a) EF300/4 L IS USM
b) EF28-135/3.5-5.6 IS USM
c) EF75-300/4-5.6 IS USM
d) EF100-400/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/15/2010 8:19:46 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sample pictures have been added to the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Lens Review.
Post Date: 12/15/2010 8:57:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Adorama has the Lexar 16GB, 200x Platinum II High Speed Series, Compact Flash Memory Card for only $34.95 shipped. Buy 2 or more and save $2 per card.
I'm not sure that I would call 200x "High Speed" today, but the price is very good for the storage capacity.
Adorama has the Lexar 32GB, 100x Platinum II Series, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Memory Card for only $49.95 shipped. Buy 2 or more and save $3 per card.
Post Date: 12/14/2010 11:22:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
DxO Labs is pleased to announce the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v6.5.2 for Mac and Windows that adds RAW support in both its Standard and Elite editions for the Pentax K-5, the Sony NEX-5 and NEX-3.
Further, 50 new DxO Optics Modules are now available to DxO Optics Pro users, covering numerous Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony cameras.
You can download a fully-functional trial version for free: Free trial version.
Read the release note
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 12/14/2010 11:09:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H is offering free 2nd day shipping on Canon & Nikon cameras.
Post Date: 12/14/2010 10:03:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Standardized test results have been added to the Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review page.
Zeiss Lens Test Update: I will be adding results for the rest of the Zeiss ZE lenses to the site over the next few days. I have changed out some test equipment and the flaring shown in the initial test of this group of lenses is far reduced. The actual cause of which I remain uncertain.
Post Date: 12/14/2010 9:28:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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