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 Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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From Photoshelter:
In "The Photographer’s Guide to Facebook," we break down tactics to help you increase awareness about your photography, engage potential clients, and encourage word-of-mouth referrals.
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We also share some great examples of pages from photographers who have successfully used Facebook to build and grow their audience - and their client base - using simple, low cost strategies from posting regularly to showcasing images in a compelling way.
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Post Date: 12/11/2013 10:13:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS Digital Camera
I've seen a lot of sensational headlines about a study that appeared on Psychological Science's website. They included:

  • Taking Photographs Weakens Memories, Psychological Study Finds
  • Is The Camera Destroying Our Memory?
  • Constantly Taking Photographs STOPS Our Brains Remembering What Happened

The headlines are the result of a study by Linda A. Henkel, Professor of Psychology at Fairfield University, titled "The Influence of Taking Photos on Memory for a Museum Tour."
Her findings indicated that photographing objects can have an effect on what is remembered about them. Her abstract states:

"Two studies examined whether photographing objects impacts what is remembered about them. Participants were led on a guided tour of an art museum and were directed to observe some objects and to photograph others. Results showed a photo-taking-impairment effect: If participants took a photo of each object as a whole, they remembered fewer objects and remembered fewer details about the objects and the objects’ locations in the museum than if they instead only observed the objects and did not photograph them. However, when participants zoomed in to photograph a specific part of the object, their subsequent recognition and detail memory was not impaired, and, in fact, memory for features that were not zoomed in on was just as strong as memory for features that were zoomed in on. This finding highlights key differences between people’s memory and the camera’s “memory” and suggests that the additional attentional and cognitive processes engaged by this focused activity can eliminate the photo-taking-impairment effect."

In other words, subjects who photographed museum pieces as a whole did not remember the pieces as well as those who were cameraless. However, those who zoomed in on the pieces and captured details seemed to remember the artwork as well as test subjects who didn't carry a camera.
But from my own personal experience, pictures tend to bring back a flood of memories that I wouldn't have been able to recall otherwise. Truth is, I have a terrible memory. I have trouble remembering what I had for lunch yesterday let alone things I did a year or more ago.
But when I see a photos taken throughout my life, I'm instantly taken back to that exact place and time. With the photo in hand (or on the screen, as it may be), memories wash over me with ease and I can recall details I thought I never knew had been tucked away in my memory (and not just the details illustrated by the photo). I think most people can identify with that.
So maybe we shouldn't let one study with a very narrow set of circumstances tarnish how we perceive cameras and how they can affect our lives. As for me, cameras have done so much more to enrich my memory (and for that matter – my life) than they have ever taken away from it. [Sean]
What do you think? Let us know on our Facebook Page.

Post Date: 12/11/2013 8:46:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens
Image quality (ISO 12233 resolution chart crops), vignetting and distortion results along with eye candy are now available on the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review page.
I'm not certain if or when I will get time to complete a full review of this lens, but hopefully the test results will provide the information you need to know.
Update: Under the first clear day we've seen in several weeks, flare tests results have been captured and are also now available.
Post Date: 12/11/2013 8:39:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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From Canon USA:
Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS 7D digital SLR camera.
Firmware Version 2.0.5 incorporates the following fix:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the image files cannot be transferred using the FTP protocol via USB cable after the Canon EOS 7D camera has established a wireless connection to the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E5A.

Firmware Version 2.0.5 is for cameras with firmware version 2.0.3. If the camera's firmware is already Version 2.0.5, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to version 2.0.5, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version.
Download Firmware Version 2.0.5 for the EOS 7D.
When updating the firmware of your camera, please first review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.
When the camera is updated to Firmware Version 2.0.5, the following settings will be automatically reset.
a) Date/Time setting
b) Lens peripheral illumination correction data registered to the camera
The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E5A must be running Firmware Version 1.0.7 in order to be used with the EOS 7D camera running Firmware Version 2.0.5.
Some older versions of the applications listed below do not support functions that are added by the new firmware. In order to address compatibility issues, please download the latest versions of the applications (listed below) from our Web site. For the latest operating system requirement information please visit the Canon website.
EOS Utility Version 2.13.25 or later Supported OSes:
Windows (XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1/8), Mac OS X (v10.6.8/10.7/10.8)
Digital Photo Professional Version 3.13.45 or later
Supported OSes: Windows (XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1/8), Mac OS X (v10.6/10.7/10.8)
ImageBrowser EX Version 1.0.1 or later
Supported OSes: Windows (XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1/8/8.1), Mac OS X (v10.6.8/10.7/10.8)
Please download the most recent Instruction Manual if the firmware of your camera is being updated from firmware version 1.25 or earlier. The Instruction Manual has been revised accompanying the improvements and additions of functions provided in these previous firmware versions.
Adorama carries the Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera ($1,257.95 checkout price w/ Free Shipping & 4% Rewards).

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/10/2013 8:54:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS Lens
From Samyang Europe:
As a result of many questions, we would like to provide information regarding the recommended retail price for the new Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS will be:

  • 429 € (mount: Canon, Canon M, Sony, Sony E, Pentax, Samsung NX, Fuji X, 4/3, MFT)
  • 469 € (mount: Nikon AE);

Note: There's no word yet on the official North American suggested retail price, but if you simply convert Euros to US Dollars, the price would be slightly less than $600.00.

Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 12/10/2013 12:18:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver
PocketWizard radios have been the de facto standard for flash triggering for more than 20 years. They are well-known for their range and reliability, so I was interested to see if their new entry-level Plus X Transcievers would live up to PocketWizard's long estabilished, impressive reputation.
Check out our full review to see what I found. [Sean]
Post Date: 12/10/2013 7:52:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon EN-EL14a Battery
On November 14, we posted the news of firmware updates available for the Nikon D5100, D5200, D3100, D3200 and P7700 cameras. The firmware modification notes read:

"Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade
Remaining battery charge is now accurately detected for Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14a. By upgrading firmware to [current version], EN-EL14a performance is maximized so that more images can be captured (battery performance) than when an EN-EL14 is used. With firmware [previous firmware version] and earlier, the number of images that can be captured (battery performance) when an EN-EL14a is used is less than when an EN-EL14 is used."

Some owners who updated their Nikon cameras' firmwares are reporting that the update killed compatability with 3rd party batteries. Did Nikon attempt to kill 3rd party compatability with the firmware updates?
If so, I suspect they may have been taking a play out of Canon's playbook. Back in early Ocotber, Canon released a product advisory regarding the LC-E6 Battery Charger, the charger that ships with cameras using the LP-E6 battery (5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 6D, 7D, 70D, 60D, 60Da). In the product advisory, Canon stated:

"In rare cases, the orange lamp on the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6 will blink rapidly at regular intervals when the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 is inserted. In such cases, charging the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 in the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6 is not possible."
This symptom may occur when a Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 has been discharged due to being unused for a prolonged period of time, such as when it is first purchased."

Canon provided a fairly easy procedure to reset the charger. However, Canon also stated:

"The situation may also occur when attempts are made to charge non-genuine Canon Battery Packs in the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6. However, the procedure provided above does not apply to the use of non-genuine Canon products."

I found the note regarding 3rd party batteries quite interesting. And surely enough, when I tried to charge one of my 3rd party batteries in the LC-E6 that came with a 5D Mark III, the battery wouldn't charge. However, if I placed the same battery in an older LC-E6 (one that was packaged with our 7D review camera purchased in late 2009 and another packaged with a 5D Mark II), the 3rd party battery charged perfectly fine.
That got me wondering – Did Canon reengineer their battery chargers to make them less compatible with 3rd party batteries? And did their reengineering attempt inadvertently cause issues with their own OEM batteries? If so, is Nikon following Canon's lead in actively discouraging 3rd party battery use?
I don't have an answer to these questions. However, I do find it quite ironic that newer LC-E6 Battery Chargers seem less compatible with 3rd party batteries than the older chargers and that Nikon's firmware updates seem to break compatability with 3rd party batteries. [Sean]

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/10/2013 7:46:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, December 08, 2013

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending December 7th, 2013.
In the news...
On Tuesday, Canon announced the EOS M2 to its Asian markets. The next iteration in Canon’s mirrorless lineup will feature a faster AF system, slightly faster burst rate, built-in Wi-Fi and a slimmer body. The camera will be available to the Asian market in mid-December. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the EOS M2 will be coming to North America. However, I’m sure Canon’s plans could change depending on demand.
Our thoughts? Well, on the one hand, we’re glad to see Canon’s commitment to improving their mirrorless lineup. On the other hand, we think this incremental upgrade would have looked a lot more enticing if it had included the Dual Pixel sensor found in Canon 70D. EOS M3, anyone?
On Friday, Samyang announced its 10mm f/2.8 lens for crop sensor cameras featuring nano crystal anti-reflection coatings. Unfortunately, price and release date are as of yet unknown.
In site news and reviews...
On Monday, Bryan posted his extensive “What I Want for Christmas from Canon” list. His holiday wishes included a Sharp camera mode, exposure compensation with Auto ISO, a more user friendly electronic level, and of course – a stabilized 24-70mm f/2.8 L – as well as quite a few other things. Check out Bryan’s full post to see all of his Christmas requests.
After Bryan’s post we asked you – “What do you want from Canon for Christmas?” Some of your answers included RAW video via official firmware, a higher resolution 6D, a retro styled Canon body and the most popular response, a 7D Mark II.
And, for our deal of the week…
On Wednesday, we posted a deal from Adorama where you could get a 5D Mark III, EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM, PIXMA PRO-100 and photo paper for $3,347.00 with free shipping after $400.00 mail-in rebate. Considering that the 5D Mark III body-only is going for a shade under $2,900 right now, the bundle was an exceptional deal.
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recaps
Post Date: 12/8/2013 12:19:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, December 06, 2013

Next generation of PowerPot family gets bigger, lighter, and stronger; emits 10 Watts of power with no moving parts
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (December 5, 2013) – Power Practical, a Salt Lake City based group of engineers, entrepreneurs, outdoor enthusiasts, and the makers of the PowerPot, introduce the PowerPot X and PowerPot XL through Kickstarter. Power Practical is utilizing the crowd funding platform to fund the robust PowerPot X Series, which marks the next generation in thermoelectric power. Named after its power emission of 10 Watts, the PowerPot X Series can charge one tablet, two smartphones or four GoPros simultaneously, needing nothing more than fire and water. No moving parts make it extremely easy to use, and because it is not dependent on sunlight, the PowerPot produces electricity in any weather, day or night, indoors and out.
The common “maximum” output for most thermoelectric generators is around 2-4 Watts. In practice, these devices struggle to exceed 1-2 Watts. Such low power output is impractical for charging modern smartphones and other common USB devices. Even under mediocre conditions, the PowerPot X and PowerPot XL will produce 5 Watts of power, giving users ample power to keep charging.
More power means more time for adventuring and less time spent waiting around for devices to charge up. Dual USB ports are also included, allowing two devices to charge at once. At max output, the PowerPot X will be able to charge two smartphones at top speed (5W), or one tablet at full speed (10W). Dual-utility continues to be a function of the PowerPot, doubling as a source for boiling water for soups, hot drinks or freeze dried meals. The functionality of the Practical Meter has also been built into the next generation of the PowerPot, providing real-time feedback on charge speeds. The meter allows users to get the most out of their pot and devices by letting them know their power output.
“We launched the PowerPot V on Kickstarter in April of 2012 and quickly realized a lot of people in the world are in need of power,” says Matt Ford, CEO of Power Practical. “So we decided to go back to all our original backers, adventurers and retailers, to get their feedback in order to develop, innovate and grow as a company. It is thanks to them that we are able to take the PowerPot to the next level and enhance the user experience to better meet the power needs of adventurers and people who find themselves without power.”
The PowerPot X Series has increased power and comes in two sizes so that couples, groups, friends and families who venture out into the back country can cook a meal and juice their phone all at once. At 2.4 quarts, the PowerPot X is perfect for cooking for two, while the slightly larger PowerPot XL, at 4 quarts, will feed a larger group.
Supporters can bring power with them anywhere and keep charging by pledging through Kickstarter and ordering a PowerPot X for themselves. Couples can get the PowerPot X for $189, while groups or those looking for the extra cooking room can get the PowerPot XL for $199. PowerPot X’s and XL’s will be delivered in time for the 2014 camping season.
You can support PowerPot X Series development through Power Practical's Kickstarter campaign.
Post Date: 12/6/2013 9:16:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS Lens
From Samyang:
Samyang releases new wide-angle 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS lens dedicated for APS-C system cameras.
Prototype versions of Samyang 10mm f/2.8 lens were originally presented to the public at the Photokina 2012 show. Samyang has stepped its innovation and introduced a focused development program to obtain the highest possible optical parameters and reduce the product's size. These efforts resulted in the latest version of Samyang 10 f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS lens featuring parameters and capabilities comparable to the best wide-angle prime and zoom lenses on the market.
Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS is an ideal tool for indoor, architecture and landscape shooting. It provides an exceptionally wide field of view of up to 109.5 degrees and rectilinear image mapping function. Because of its fast f/2.8 aperture, you can also use the lens in low light conditions. The lens is especially useful for sport photography and photojournalism purposes. The product's optics comprises 14 elements divided into 10 groups, with 2 aspherical AS lenses and one lens made of extra-low dispersion glass. The lens features an embedded lens hood which ensures more compact size of the lens and reduces its weight by approximately 160 grams*.

NCS (Nano Coating System)
Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS is the first Samyang Optics lens featuring a nano crystal anti-reflection coating system. This technology provides lower reflection factor than (U)MC system as the coating is now applied more evenly on the surface of the lens. Benefits of the nano crystal layer include better light transmission, increased resistance to reflections, and higher contrast leading to supreme optical resolution.
* - applicable to a version with Canon E mount

Model10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS
Aperture rangeF2.8 ~ F22
Optical construction14 elements in 10 groups (2 ASP, 1 ED)
Minimal focusing distance0,25 m
CompatibilityAPS-C / CS
Filter sizeN/A
Number of aperture blades6
Angle of View93.4 - 109.5 degrees (mount dependent)
Maximum diameter86mm
Length76.7 - 105.5mm (mount dependent)
Weight580 - 620g (mount dependent)
Warranty36 months

Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 12/6/2013 8:10:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Polaroid iM1836 and Nikon 1 J2 Digital Cameras
Back in October, we posted a news article regarding Nikon's lawsuit against Sakar, the manufacturer of the Polaroid iM1836 digital camera. Nikon claimed that the Polaroid camera imitated the design of their 1 J2 mirrorless camera.
On December 4, a court ordered a Preliminary Injunction Order that prohibits manufacture, promotion and sale of the Polaroid iM1836 camera.
From Nikon:
Court issues consent injunction in lawsuit against Sakar over Polaroid iM1836 digital camera
December 6, 2013 – On October 11, 2013, Nikon Corporation and Nikon Inc. ("Nikon") sued Sakar International, Inc. ("Sakar") in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York for design patent infringement and trade dress infringement arising from Sakar's "Polaroid iM1836" digital camera (Case No. 13-Civ-7228 (S.D.N.Y)).
Shortly thereafter, Nikon moved for a preliminary injunction to stop the sales and advertising of the Polaroid iM1836 digital camera. After appearing before the Court, Sakar and Nikon agreed on the terms of a preliminary injunction. The Court thus issued a Preliminary Injunction Order on December 4, 2013 (Eastern Standard Time).
As part of the injunction, Sakar will no longer manufacture, import, advertise, promote, offer for sale, sell, or ship the Polaroid iM1836 digital camera in its present configuration.
The abovementioned design patent and trade dress rights are related to the "Nikon 1" Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lenses.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/6/2013 7:48:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 05, 2013
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By Sean Setters
Having had a good experience with BigValueInc when purchasing a 5D Mark III on a previous occasion, I decided to purchase another popular item from the discount eBay retailer – a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens. BigValueInc runs sales on this particular lens quite often (at considerable savings), and I wanted to see what one could expect from a purchase of one of their EF 24-105s.
The lens was purchased on December 2 via a deal we posted the previous day. I received a shipping notice later that evening.
As with my previous purchase, BigValueInc shipped the item via UPS instead of FedEx (even though FedEx was clearly stated in the auction). And, just as last time, this unannounced change in shippers didn't matter to me. However, some people may prefer one shipper over the other and dislike the unexpected change, so it's something to be aware of.
The package I received arrived in a plain box in good condition. Inside the outer box was a white box that contained the 24-105mm lens with caps, lens hood, and and soft lens pouch (you can see the lens pouch stuffed inside the styrofoam used to secure the lens). Note: This lens came with one of Canon's new center-pinch lens caps. Nice! But, no actual warranty card was included.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens from BigValueInc

As expected, the packaging looks like BigValueInc simply took the lens right out of a 5D III kit. My hunch is that we received a lens that was originally packaged with one of the 5D III's sold for $2,445.00 on Black Friday. That would explain the white box and lack of dedicated warranty card (as the warranty card likely went with the camera).
My initial evaluation of the lens has been good. It works just as I would expect it to. I was also able to register the lens with Canon USA.
In conclusion, I had another relatively good experience with BigValueInc. I've never had to deal with BigValueInc in regards to returning an item, but I fear things may not go as smoothly with a return compared to more estabilished retailers such as Adorama, Amazon & BuyDig.com. Based on my experiences, though, I wouldn't be afraid to pull the trigger on an exceptional deal.
That said, with Adorama's significant deals as of late, BigValueInc's low-price advantage is becoming a little less relevant when it comes to choosing a retailer for lens purchases.

Post Date: 12/5/2013 7:04:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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From DxO:
December 4, 2013 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v9.1 for Mac and Windows, an update of its image processing software for all demanding photographers. DxO Optics Pro v9.1 enhances its revolutionary PRIME denoising technology that restores the finest details in images even at the very highest sensitivities; provides support for eight new cameras; integrates the features of new DxO FilmPack v4.5 in plugin mode; and includes a new Export to Facebook option.
Even more spectacular images
DxO Optics Pro v9.1’s PRIME (Probabilistic Raw IMage Enhancement) technology has been enhanced to obtain an even more detailed rendering, particularly at high ISO. Textures and details are better preserved, and noise is eliminated more efficiently.
A DxO Labs’ exclusive denoising technology, PRIME, has been designed to achieve unrivaled image quality. Its algorithms analyze the structure of RAW images in depth: for each pixel, nearly a thousand neighboring pixels are studied in order to identify similarities and to reconstruct information. This unusual denoising produces spectacular results: details, color saturation (particularly in dark zones), and textures are preserved for a natural-looking rendering.
With PRIME denoising technology, DxO Optics Pro 9 offers a gain in image quality of up to one stop beyond the best noise reduction algorithms currently available on the market.
Support for new cameras and new DxO Optics Modules available
DxO’s laboratories calibrate the most recent equipment on the market. This means that DxO Optics Pro v9.1 supports the following eight new cameras: the Sony Alpha 7R (Elite edition only) and the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (Elite edition only); the Nikon D5300, the Pentax K-500, the Canon PowerShot G16 and PowerShot S120, the Panasonic Lumix GX-7, and the Sony NEX-5T.
DxO Optics Pro v9.1 also benefits from the addition of new DxO Optics Modules: nearly 500 new camera/lens combinations round out the library, which now contains more than 16,000 available modules. Developed in the lab, these modules contain exhaustive information about the characteristics of each camera and lens so as to automatically correct distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness (lack of edge-to-edge sharpness) with an unmatched level of quality.
Faster display for greater productivity
DxO Optics Pro v9.1 is now faster for greater user comfort. Images now display instantly, facilitating sorting and speeding up photographers’ workflow.
All the creativity of DxO FilmPack v4.5 applied to RAW images
With DxO FilmPack in plugin mode (and thus without quitting the DxO Optics Pro interface), photographers can give their photos a unique look by directly applying to their RAW images the characteristics of any of dozens of analog films, as well as numerous filters, tonings, and visual effects — all of which they can customize in an infinite number of ways.
Integrating the latest features of DxO FilmPack v4.5, DxO Optics Pro v9.1 offers two additional new analog films – the legendary Agfa Scala 200x and Kodak Ektar 100 – as well as new Designer renderings and enhanced frame and light leak tools.
New Export to Facebook option
DxO Optics Pro v9.1’s new Export to Facebook option lets users share their photos via the popular social network. Photographers can publish their photos directly from RAW images, with processing and uploading combined into a single operation.
Availability and prices
The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro 9 for Mac and Windows are now available at photo resellers at a special discount price through December 25, 2013:

  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition: $99 instead of $169
  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition: $199 instead of $299

Adorama carries DxO Optics Pro 9 and DxO FilmPack 4.

Category: DxO News
Post Date: 12/4/2013 11:45:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Dear Canon Logo
Following Bryan's "What I Want for Christmas from Canon" post, we posed the question – "What do YOU want from Canon for Christmas?"
Here were some of the responses we received:

  • An open SDK for developing in-camera applications (Pavel)
  • A 7D Mark II (Spencer, Nguyen, Jim)
  • An updated TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift lens (Don)
  • An EOS M with Dual-Pixel sensor (Richard)
  • A higher resolution 6D Mark II (Jiri)
  • A Canon retro-styled body (Joe)
  • Raw video for 5D Mark III through official firmware (Brandon)

Thanks to everyone for your responses! Hopefully some of these wishes will be filled by Canon in the not-so-distant future. ;-)

Post Date: 12/4/2013 8:01:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Nikon Df DSLR Camera with 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition Lens
The Nikon Df User Manual is now available for download (English / Spanish).
Adorama has the Nikon Df available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/3/2013 5:17:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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We just received word from our contact at Canon USA. When we asked if Canon USA would be announcing the EOS M2, we received this response:

"At this time we have no plans to announce in the U.S."

So it seems like the EOS M2 – just like the EF-M 11-22mm IS STM lens – will not be available in the USA.

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 12/3/2013 12:21:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Sigma:
Thank you very much for purchasing and using Sigma products.
We have found that the current firmware of our Nikon fitting interchangeable lenses may not work properly with the Nikon Df camera's OS and Auto Focus functions. This is similar to the phenomena described in "Information Regarding the Nikon D5300 Cameras" that we have announced on November 19th.
However, for the Nikon Df cameras, it includes those lenses that do not have an internal AF motor, and the following products will require a firmware update.
For those customers who use Sigma lenses in Nikon mount with the Nikon Df camera, we are going to provide a free firmware update. Please note that all the products we dispatch from the factory will have the latest firmware.
Without the latest firmware, the OS and Auto Focus functions do not work properly when it is used with the Nikon Df cameras.
Concerned Products
Nikon fitting interchangeable lenses not yet updated for the Nikon D5300 camera. It includes the following lenses that do not have an internal AF motor:

  • MACRO 50mm F2.8 EX DG
  • MACRO 70mm F2.8 EX DG

* For some discontinued products, we may not be able to offer the firmware update due to the discontinuation of related repair parts. Please contact your nearest authorized Sigma distributor for further details.
* Please refer to the link below for further information on the firmware update for the Nikon D5300
For those customers in need of the latest firmware, we are going to provide a free firmware update from December 4th. For discontinued products, please contact your nearest authorized Sigma distributor for further details. Also, for lenses that are compatible with the SIGMA USB DOCK, it is possible to update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.
Local Service Center
You can contact your nearest authorized Sigma distributor for the firmware update. Details of your nearest authorized Sigma distributor can be found on the following web page.

Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 12/3/2013 10:05:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS M2 with EF-M 18-55mm IS STM Lens
Below are the specs for the newly announced EOS M2. The big question remains, though – will this camera be released in the North American market?

TypeSingle-lens mirrorless AF / AE camera
Recording mediaSD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Image Sensor SizeApproximately 22.3x14.9 mm
Compatible lensesCanon EF-M, EF and EF-S lens (with adapter)
Lens mountCanon EF-M mount
Image Sensor
TypeCMOS image sensor
Effective PixelsApproximately 18 million pixels
Aspect Ratio3:02
Dust removal functionAuto, Manual
Recording system 
Record FormatDesign rule for Camera File System 2.0
Image TypeJPEG, RAW (14 bit Canon original)
RAW + JPEG can be recorded simultaneously
Recording PixelsL (large): approximately 17.9 million pixels (5184 x 3456)
M (medium): about 8.0 million pixels (3456 x 2304)
S1 (the small one): about 4.5 million pixels (2592 x 1728)
S2 (Little 2): Approximately 2.5 million pixels (1920 x 1280)
S3 (small 3): Approximately 350,000 pixels (720 x 480)
RAW: approximately 17.9 million pixels (5184 x 3456)
Image processing during shooting 
Picture StyleAuto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3
Basic +Shot by ambience selection, Shoot by lighting or scene type
Additional effects shootingWith (Creative Auto mode)
White BalanceAuto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent, Flash), user-defined
Creative FiltersBlack and white particles, soft focus, fish-eye effect, painting effect, watercolor effect, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect
Noise ReductionCan be applied to long exposures and high ISO sensitivity shooting
Automatic image brightness correctionAuto Lighting Optimizer
Highlight tone priorityYes
Lens aberration correctionPeripheral illumination correction, color correction
TypeHybrid CMOS AF II
(Face + tracking, multi-point freedom of movement, freedom of movement 1:00)
Focus31 points (maximum)
Focus modeSingle AF, servo AF, manual focus
Focus brightness rangeEV 1 ~ 18 (23 C, ISO 100)
AF-assist beamBuilt-in (LED lights)
Exposure Control 
Metering ModeUsing real-time image sensor metering
• Evaluative metering (315 zones)
• Partial metering (approximately 11%)
* Spot metering (approx. 2.8%)
* Center-weighted average metering
Metering RangeEV 1 ~ 20 (23 C, ISO 100)
Exposure ControlProgram AE (Scene Intelligent Auto, Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Children, Food, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control, Program), shutter-priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual Exposure
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)
Basic Zone modes: at ISO 100 - 6400 set automatically
Hand-held Twilight: The ISO 100 - 12800 set automatically
Landscape: 100 - 1600 set automatically
Creative Zone modes: in ISO 100 - 12800
Manual at ISO 100 - 6400, Auto ISO can set the maximum ISO sensitivity or ISO expansion to H (equivalent to ISO 25600)
Exposure CompensationManual: ± 3 to 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
AEB: ± 2 in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
(can be used in combination with manual exposure compensation)
AE LockAutomatic: When focus is in the application of evaluative metering single AF mode
Manual: By AE lock button
TypeElectronically controlled focal plane shutter
Shutter speed1/4000 to 30 seconds, B [Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.]
Flash sync speed of 1/200 sec.
External flash 
Compatible flashEX-series Speedlites
Flash meteringE-TTL II automatic flash
Flash exposure compensationInterstage ± 2 in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
Flash Exposure LockYes
PC terminalNo
Drive System 
Drive ModeSingle, Continuous, 10 seconds self-timer / remote control, two seconds and 10 seconds delay self-timer delay Continuous
Continuous shooting speedSingle-shot AF / MF: up to about 4.6 / sec.
Maximum BurstJPEG Large / Fine: Approx 13 (about 17)
RAW: about 5 (about 5)
RAW + JPEG Large / Fine: Approx 3 (about 3)
Still image shooting 
Aspect Ratio Settings3:2,4:3,16:9,1:1
Focus modeAF, Manual Focus (available for about 5 times, 10 times magnification confirmation), Automatic + Manual Focus
Continuous AFYes
Touch ShutterYes
Show gridlines2 types
Depth of Field PreviewYes
Movie Shooting 
Video compressionMPEG-4 AVC/H.264 [variable (average) bit rate]
Audio recording formatLinear PCM
Record FormatMOV
Recording size and frame rate1920x1080 (Full HD): 30p/25p/24p
1280x720 (HD): 60p/50p
640x480 (SD): 30p/25p
File Size1920x1080 (30p/25p/24p): about 330MB / min
1280x720 (60p/50p): about 330MB / min
640x480 (30p/25p): about 82.5MB / min
Focus modeHybrid CMOS AF II (Face + tracking, multi-point freedom of movement, freedom of movement 1:00)
Manual focus (can be about five times, 10 times magnification confirmation)
Focus brightness rangeEV 1 ~ 18 (23 C, ISO 100)
Focus modeAF, Manual Focus (available for about 5 times, 10 times magnification confirmation), Automatic + Manual Focus
Servo AFYes
Metering ModeUse the image sensor Center-weighted average metering and evaluation
Metering RangeEV 1 ~ 20 (23 C, ISO 100)
Exposure ControlShort Program AE and manual exposure
Exposure CompensationBetween ± 3 in 1/3 increments
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)
When using manual exposure shooting: Auto / Manual ISO 100 - 6400 set, can be extended to H (equivalent to ISO 12800)
Digital zoom3-10x
Video Snapshot2 seconds / 4 seconds / 8 seconds
Miniature Effect movieYes
RecordingBuilt-in stereo microphone
External stereo microphone terminal
Can adjust the recording level, with wind suppression function (when using the built-in microphone), with the attenuator function
Show gridlinesYes; Two Types
LCD Monitor 
TypeTFT color LCD monitor
Monitor size and dotsWidescreen, 3.0 (3:2), about 104 million points
Brightness adjustmentManual (7)
Interface Language25 kinds (including Simplified Chinese)
Touch screen technologyElectrostatic capacity mode
FeaturesCan be displayed
Image Display FormatSingle image display, single image + information display (basic information, shooting information, histogram), 4/ 9/36/100 image index
Enlarge Display1.5 - 10x
Image browsing methodsSingle image, jump (by 10 or 100 images, shooting date, folders, video clips, still images, score)
Image RotationYes
Highlight alertOverexposed highlights blink
Movie playbackYes (LCD monitor, video / audio output, HDMI output) with built-in speaker
Image ProtectionYes
SlideshowAll images, by date, folder, video clips, still images or scoring (can choose five kinds of transition effects)
Background musicYou can choose to play as a slide show and video playback
Image post-processing 
Creative FiltersBlack and white particles, soft focus, fish-eye effect, painting effect, watercolor effect, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect
CroppingCan crop, change orientation and aspect ratio
Direct PrintYes, with PictBridge-compatible printer
Image Print CompatibilityJPEG and RAW images
Custom Functions 
Custom Functions7
My Menu registrationYes
Copyright InformationCan be entered
Audio / Video Output / Digital TerminalAnalog video (with NTSC / PAL compatible) / stereo audio output for computer communication and direct printing (equivalent to Hi-Speed USB)
HDMI mini output terminalC-type (automatic switching resolution), CEC-compatible
External microphone input terminal3.5 mm diameter stereo mini-jack
Wireless RemoteRemote control RC-6
Power supply 
BatteryBattery LP-E12
Battery Life
(Based on CIPA testing standards)
Approx. 230 at 23 C, 200 at 0 C
Video recording timeAbout 1 hour 30 minutes at 23 C, 1 hour 20 minutes at C
Size and Weight 
Dimensions (W × H × D)Approximately 104.9 × 65.2 × 31.6 mm
WeightApprox. 274 grams (CIPA guidelines), approx. 238 g (body only)
Operating environment 
Operating Temperature Range0 C ~ 40 C
Operating humidity range85% or less
Battery LP-E12 
TypeRechargeable lithium batteries
Rated voltage7.2 V DC
Battery capacity875 mA when
Operating Temperature RangeDuring charging: 5 C ~ 40 C
During filming: 0 C ~ 40 C
Operating humidity range85% or less
Dimensions (W × H × D)Approximately 32.5 × 12.5 × 48.5mm
WeightApproximately 35 g
Battery Charger LC-E12C 
Compatible BatteryBattery LP-E12
Charging timeAbout 2 hours (23 C pm)
Input Voltage100 - 240 V AC (50/60 Hz)
The output voltage8.4 V DC/540 mA
Operating Temperature Range5 C ~ 40 C
Operating humidity range85% or less
Dimensions (W × H × D)Approximately 65 × 25.5 × 90mm
WeightApproximately 76 g (without power cord)

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2013 8:36:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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