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 Monday, June 25, 2012
From CPN:
 
"Canon's flagship EOS-1D X DSLR and two new wide-angle lenses with Image Stabilizer (IS) technology – the EF24mm f/2.8 IS USM and the EF28mm f/2.8 IS USM – have started shipping to selected Canon Pro Dealers across Europe."
 
"Photographers should note that at this point in time there is limited stock of the EOS-1D X and the two lenses, so they may not be available in all countries."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/25/2012 8:59:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 22, 2012
PocketWizard has made ControlTL MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 Nikon Beta Firmware Version 3.110 available for download.
 
The Beta Firmware Release Bulletin has more details, but version 3.110 includes new Nikon camera model support, feature improvements and bug fixes. (thanks Mike)
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/22/2012 7:21:55 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Datacolor:
 
Capture Consistent Color Day-to-Day and Camera-to-Camera with Updated SpyderCheckr™ from Datacolor
 
First Color Reference System to Support Hasselblad Phocus™ Now Available in Bundle Package; Offers Photographers Inclusive Solution for Camera and Scene Color Control
 
Datacolor SpyderCheckr
 
Lawrenceville, NJ – June 21, 2012 –– Datacolor® (www.datacolor.com), a global leader in color management solutions, today announced SpyderCheckr™, an advanced color reference and gray card system, now supports Hasselblad’s Phocus™ software. In addition, the improved system will be included in the new SpyderCheckr Pro, a bundle package that includes both the SpyderCheckr and the SpyderCube, a pocket size RAW calibration tool that eliminates the need for traditional 18% gray cards and includes a Black Trap for shadow detail control. Together, SpyderCheckr and SpyderCube offer a comprehensive solution for camera and scene color control. SpyderCheckr Pro is currently available at a special introductory offer of $139.
 
Spectrally engineered with 48 color patches and user-friendly profiling software, Datacolor SpyderCheckr enables photographers to achieve consistent, predictable color control from capture to edit. The only color reference system that supports Hasselblad’s Phocus software, SpyderCheckr allows photographers to obtain consistent, accurate color within a standard RAW processing workflow, perform precision in-camera white balance, create custom camera calibration and record known color references.
 
Features of the Datacolor SpyderCheckr also include:

  • Consistent color control for RAW workflow, giving a color standard for any camera and decreasing post production time
  • Neutral gray target and gray ramp for in-camera white balance and visual neutrality
  • Extensive skin tone samples for portrait and fashion photography including 48 spectrally engineered color patches with extensive skin tones
  • Durable, eco-friendly self-casing construction for easy transport and field use, with replaceable targets, first-in-class tripod mount and an innovative built-in fade strip indicator that issues a warning when target inserts need replacing
  • Easy-to-use software that interacts with Hasselblad Phocus, Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and Camera RAW to produce calibration presets that fit directly into a digital workflow
  • FadeCheckr is a light sensitive patch which allows you to track the light exposure of the color targets and warns you when it is time to replace the color cards.

“The SpyderCheckr is a vital tool for photographers who are looking for accurate and predictable color without having to spend hours adjusting color in post-production,” said Dave Faulkner, Product Manager for Imaging Color Solutions at Datacolor. “Combining the SpyderCheckr with the SpyderCube in the newly released SpyderCheckr Pro product bundle provides photographers the essential tools to control color and contrast at the capture stage, as well as streamline their workflow to produce reliable and consistent color resulting in beautiful images.”
 
Availability and Pricing
 
The SpyderCheckr Pro bundle is now available for a special promotional offer of $139 (regular price $179). For more information please visit spyder.datacolor.com.
 
B&H carries the SpyderCheckr.

Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 6/22/2012 9:26:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 21, 2012
This is a very minor firmware update (unless you are using the simplified Chinese language).
 
From Canon USA:
 
Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS C300/C300 PL Cinema EOS Cameras.
 
Affected Products
 
EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camera
EOS C300 PL Cinema EOS Camera
 
Firmware
 
Firmware Version 1.0.6.1.00 incorporates the following features:
 
1. Genlock synchronization can now be used to synchronize the camera’s 24.00P, 24.00PsF, 23.98P, and 23.98PsF input signals.
 
2. Adds the Korean language to the camera’s menu.
 
3. Minor corrections to simplified Chinese language menus.
 
Note: Firmware version 1.0.5.1.00 incorporates item 1 and 2 above.
 
The new firmware (1.0.6.1.00) for the EOS C300 camera can be downloaded by clicking here.
 
For the EOS C300PL camera the new firmware (1.0.6.1.00) can be downloaded by clicking here.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/21/2012 11:21:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Canon ZoomBrowser EX 6.9.0a Updater is now available for download.
 
Changes in ZoomBrowser EX 6.9.0a:
 
Fixed a phenomenon where the camera's serial number that is displayed in the shooting information of the image is not displayed correctly for some of the EOS 60D.
 
Canon RAW Codec 1.10.0 is also available for download.
 
Changes in Canon RAW Codec 1.10.0:
 
Now supports the following products: EOS Kiss X6i / EOS REBEL T4i / EOS 650D, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS-1D X, EOS 60Da, PowerShot G1 X, PowerShot S100, PowerShot S100V
 
(thanks Scott)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/20/2012 9:32:14 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From ILFORD:
 
Free Webinar: How to print like an ILFORD Master
 
Pre register now for the latest ILFORD Webinar.
 
Thursday, June 21, 2012 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
 
Thursday, June 21, 2012 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
 
We would like to teach you about our new papers and also give you a chance to ask all the questions you’ve ever had about getting the best prints possible. Joshua M Fischer, ILFORD Product Marketing Manager in the US and an expert on colour management will give a short presentation about the new ILFORD GALERIE Prestige line and delve into the topic of printing like a true ILFORD Master.
 
Check out our previous ILFORD webinars.
Category: ILFORD News
Post Date: 6/20/2012 10:40:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From DxO:
 
DxO Optics Pro v7.5.1: 5 new cameras supported and 7,000 DxO Optics Modules available
 
DxO Optics Pro v7.5.1 now supports the Nikon D800E (Elite edition only) and D3200, the Sony SLT A35 and SLT A57, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC GX1. DxO Optics Pro 7 now contains more than 7,000 DxO Optics Modules.
 
MORE EFFECTIVE MOIRÉ REMOVAL FOR THE D800E
 
Since the Nikon D800E does not have an antialiasing (AA) filter, it can be more susceptible to moiré. DxO Optics Pro v7.5.1’s RAW conversion algorithms have been fine-tuned such that the "Remove color moiré" tool works more effectively for this camera to restore the finest details.
 
More information can be found here.
 
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 6/20/2012 9:48:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From The Nielsen Photo Group:
 
The Nielsen Photo Group (NPG) announced today that registration for its PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo -- October 24-27, 2012 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City -- is now open.
 
Read the full press release here (PDF).
 
Register here.
 
View the seminar schedule here.
Post Date: 6/20/2012 9:39:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Apparently Adorama was looking at the wrong Canon EOS T4i kit when they gave me the availabilty estimate of yesterday.
 
The updated Canon EOS Rebel T4i with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens Kit availability is being communicated as "next month".
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/19/2012 10:13:55 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From PMA:
 
PMA@CES 2013 Registration and Housing Now Open at Early Bird Discount Rates
 
JACKSON, Mich. – PMA – The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations, announces early member registration is now open for PMA@CES 2013, being held January 8-11, 2013, and the 2013 DIMA and PSPA /SPAA Conferences, on January 6-7. Members registering by September 1, 2012, pay just $249, a $50 discount off the normal $299 member fee, for an All-Conference pass and entry to both PMA@CES 2013 and the 2013 International CES.
 
In addition, a limited number of rooms are available at a discounted rate at Bally’s Las Vegas, where the DIMA and PSPA/ SPAA Conferences will be held. Bally’s also offers easy access to the Las Vegas Monorail system for convenient transportation to the new home of PMA@CES – the LVH, formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton – as well as the Las Vegas Convention Center, home of CES International.
 
With PMA@CES, the biggest photography show is now part of the biggest consumer electronics event. Register now for PMA@CES and get access to the PMA@CES Exhibits, as well as hundreds of other exhibits at the 2013 International CES.
 
The 2013 DIMA Conference is the premier educational event for digital imaging professionals. Topics and tracks for the DIMA 2013 Conference include social media, retail strategy and marketing, photo publishing and custom photo products, professional tips and tricks, and all the new trends happening in photo.
 
The 2013 PSPA/SPAA Conference, which will be held together with DIMA 2013, is the premier educational event for school and sports photographers. Sessions will cover an array of professional photographic topics to help to grow your business and assure profitability. The conference also provides opportunities to network with your peers and learn from industry leaders.
Post Date: 6/19/2012 5:18:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Amazon (via PCNation) has the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/19/2012 5:08:34 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Great news: Adorama expects to start shipping the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens on Friday, June 22nd.
 
I expect this tiny, inexpensive lens to become very popular.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/19/2012 12:35:20 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has made EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Version 1.1.3 available for download.
 
Firmware Version 1.1.3 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

  • Supports the single focal length EF40mm f/2.8 STM lens that is to be released at the end of June, 2012.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which an image may become underexposed when using the Auto Lighting Optimizer for continuous Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) shooting.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the backlight of the LCD monitor may not turn off depending on the camera settings and timing.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera’s power may not turn on when a super-telephoto lens *1) is mounted to the camera with an extender *2).
     
    *1) EF 300mm F2.8L IS II USM / EF 400mm F2.8L IS II USM
    *2) Extender EF 1.4X III / Extender EF 2X III
  • Corrects mistakes in the Dutch, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, and Swedish menu screens


 
(thanks Niklas, Martin, Sean & Shan)

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/19/2012 7:51:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 18, 2012
Canon has made EOS 60D Firmware Version 1.1.1 is now available for download.
 
Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following fixes and improvements.

  • Fixes a phenomenon where the camera's serial number that is displayed in the shooting information of the image does not display the correct serial number. *1)
  • Corrects errors in the Greek, Italian, and Portuguese menu screens.

*1) If the camera's serial number is 2147483648 or higher and the camera firmware is Version 1.1.0 or earlier, the images captured with the camera will be affected by the phenomenon listed in 1. above. This phenomenon only affects the EOS 60D, and does not affect the EOS 60Da. Both of these cameras are equipped with the same firmware. To obtain the serial number correctly in the shooting information of images that are already captured using the old firmware, we are preparing updates for Digital Photo Professional and ZoomBrowser EX /ImageBrowser applications. Once the software updates are ready, we will make an announcement on our Web site.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/18/2012 9:27:33 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Think Tank Photo:
 
ANNOUNCING NEW ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAPTOP SLEEVES!
 
Think Tank Photo Artificial Intelligence 3.0
 
Like all Think Tank Photo gear, the Artificial Intelligence™ laptop sleeves provide functional protection without excess bulk and clutter. A gusseted, zippered opening provides expandable storage for personal items and the rear document pocket securely holds files and papers. The business card slot keeps cards at the ready. The removable shoulder strap provides flexibility when traveling. These cases can be incorporated into appropriately sized Think Tank Photo Airport Rollers and Backpacks for additional security.
 
This series of laptop cases provides an alternative to the typical thick, bulky cases that typifies those in the marketplace. Features include:

  • Removable, cushioned nonslip shoulder strap for all day comfort.
  • Zippered and gusseted front pocket for full access to small item organizer.
  • Securable rear document pocket.
  • Business card slot for identification.
  • Metal clips and D rings for long life.
  • Highest quality YKK zippers and materials for long life.
  • Stores inside Airport Rollers with appropriate Low Divider set, providing locked security with TSA locks.

The Artificial Intelligence 13 V3.0 is sized to hold most 13" laptops and 10-11"netbooks and accessories.
External Dimensions: 9.4" W x 13" x 1.2" D (24 x 33 x 3cm); Weight: 0.7-0.9 lbs (0.3-0.4 kg).
 
The Artificial Intelligence 15 V3.0 is sized to hold most 15.4" laptops and accessories.
External Dimensions: 11" W x 15" x 1.4" D (28 x 38 x 3.6cm); Weight: 0.9-1.15 lbs (0.4-0.5 kg).
 
The Artificial Intelligence 17 V3.0 holds most 17" laptops and accessories.
External Dimensions: 11.4" W x 16.3 H x 1.4" D (29 x 41.5 x 3.6cm); Weight: 1-1.3 lbs (0.4-0.6 kg).
 
Visit Think Tank Photo to view and purchase the entire Artificial Intelligence 3.0 line.

Post Date: 6/18/2012 12:05:20 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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