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 Monday, June 23, 2014
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From Canon:
 
UPDATE:
Please see the changes to the “Identification Procedure” section below regarding criteria for affected serial numbers. The identification method has been enhanced to include the first digit in the identification procedure in order to more precisely identify affected products.
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
Concerning the EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera, when the LCD panel illuminates in extremely dark environments, the displayed exposure value may change. Canon has concluded the investigation of this phenomenon, and this announcement informs you of our findings as described below.
 
Phenomenon
In extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change. However, based on the results of extensive testing this change in exposure value will not noticeably affect the captured image.
 
Affected Product
The phenomenon described above may occur in Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Cameras whose first and sixth digits of the serial number are as set forth below.
 
Identification Procedure:
Serial Number: [XnnnnNnnnnnn]
"X"="0" and "N"="1" or "2"
"n" represents any digit.
Examples of affected serial numbers are: "0nnnn1nnnnnn" or"0nnnn2nnnnnn"
 
Support
Under almost all shooting conditions (including dark environments) this phenomenon will not affect your captured images. However, if you would like Canon to inspect your camera, we will provide this service free of charge upon request beginning in mid-May. Please contact Canon using the information below to request service.
 
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
Please register the EOS 5D Mark III. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when service updates are available. If you already registered, please ensure you are opted-in to receive the notification.
 
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
 
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON, 1-800-652-2666
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com
For additional support options: www.usa.canon.com/support
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/23/2014 9:01:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool
Just posted: FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool Review
 
Want to add some dramatic focus pulls to your DSLR video? The FocusMaker might be just what you're looking for...
Post Date: 6/23/2014 12:21:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
While this video focuses on the Canon EOS 6D, the basic information on Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) is applicable to all of Canon DSLRs (although functionality and controls may vary).
 
From Canon USA:
 
Understand how the Auto Exposure Bracketing feature works and how to customize it for your shooting needs. For more information, click here.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 6D.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/23/2014 8:39:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 20, 2014
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From PocketWizard:
 
MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 for CANON
 
TTL support for the 1D X, 6D, 70D – Beta Version 6.686
 
A major breakthrough in firmware development has enabled full TTL compatibility with modern mid- and high-end Canon cameras: the Canon EOS 1D X, 6D, and 70D are now fully supported on the ControlTL platform. Future cameras will be added *much* more quickly as a result of this breakthrough. Please help us put this firmware through its paces, and tell us what you find. Click here for Canon 6.686 release notes.
 
MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 for NIKON
 
COMING SOON! Support for the latest mid- and high-end Nikon cameras such as the D4s, D610, Df, and D7100 will be ready for public beta testing soon. Watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the announcement.
 
The current OFFICIAL firmware release for MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 for Nikon is 3.400 and instructions for downloading the firmware can be found here. Click here for Nikon 3.400 release notes.
 
Relevant Link: Guide for Installing Beta Firmware with the PocketWizard Utility
 
B&H carries the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radio triggers. (thanks Eric)
Post Date: 6/20/2014 3:20:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
B&H has just started shipping the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM to preorder customers. We have one en route and look forward to putting it through its paces.
 
Preorder the lens today ensure you get your lens ASAP.
 
Update: Our contact at B&H has informed us that the retailer expects to have this lens in stock and ready to ship on Tuesday (with all preorders shipped by then).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/20/2014 12:16:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
Camera Raw 8.5 is now available as a final release for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC. This release provides new features including new preview controls, the ability to modify graduated and radial filters, and a new visualization mask for graduated and radial filters. In addition, this release also includes bug fixes, support for new cameras and new lenses. DNG Converter 8.5 is provided for customers using versions of Photoshop older than Photoshop CS6.
 
As mentioned here, updates to Camera Raw 8 for Photoshop CS6 only include new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes. The new features listed in the release notes are only available in Photoshop CC.
 
Release Notes
 
Features:

  • Modify Graduated and Radial Filter masks with a brush:
  • After adding or selecting a Graduated or Radial Filter instance, click the new ‘Brush’ mode (next to existing ‘New’ and ‘Edit’ mode buttons) to reveal brush controls that allow you to modify the selected mask.
  • Use the ‘Brush +’ and ‘Brush -’ icon buttons in the brush controls pane to add to or erase from the selected mask.
  • Press the ‘Clear’ button to remove all brush modifications from the currently selected mask.
  • When a Graduated or Radial Filter instance is selected, Shift-K can be used to enter and leave brush modification mode.
  • For more information, check out this video here
  • Mask visualization is now available for the Graduated and Radial Filters. Use the Mask checkbox at the bottom of the Local Corrections pane or press ‘Y’ to toggle the mask overlay.
  • Added Per-Panel Preview default toggle button
  • If the current panel’s settings are not the ACR defaults, clicking the new Per-panel Toggle Button will reset the panel to the ACR defaults.
  • Clicking the button again will restore the previous settings.
  • This is a standalone feature, separate from the new Preview controls.
  • The changes are applied to the main view; if you have both the Before and After panes visible, changes will appear in the After panel.

New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.5

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Fujifilm FinePix S1
  • Nikon 1 J4
  • Nikon 1 S2
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10
  • Panasonic DMC-GH4
  • Pentax 645Z
  • Samsung NX3000
  • Sony DSC-RX100 III
  • Sony A7S (ILCE-7S)
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II (ILCA-77M2)

New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 8.5

MountName
Canon Sigma 50m F1.4 DG HSM A014
Canon Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
Canon Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Dill VC PZD MACRO B0163
Nikon Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM
Nikon Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR
Nikon Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014
Nikon Sigma 18-200 F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
Nikon Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Dill VC PZD MACRO B016N
Nikon Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD A011N

Bugs Corrected in Camera Raw 8.5

  • Fixed issue with Fujifilm X-T1 raw images appearing too bright at high ISO settings when using Dynamic Range 200% and 400%. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings. It is recommended that you (1) purge the Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog, and (2) review images shot at ISO settings higher than 1600 for unexpected brightness changes.
  • Fixed image quality issue (noisy result) when applying spot healing to floating-point (HDR) images.
  • Fixed issue with reading lossless compressed Nikon raw files (NEF files) from the camera models listed below. Previously, some images could be read but would appear as random noise, whereas attempting to open others would result in an error dialog. You will need to purge your Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog.
  • Nikon D1
  • Nikon D1H
  • Nikon D1X
  • Nikon D2H
  • Nikon D2Hs
  • Nikon D2X
  • Nikon D2Xs
  • Nikon D100
  • Nikon D200

Known Bug
 
Customers using the Sony RX100 M3 and capturing images at ISO 125 may find the default rendering in ACR and Lightroom too dark. This is a known issue and we are working to improve this in a future update.
 
Download Links:
DNG Converter 8.5 – Windows | Macintosh

Post Date: 6/20/2014 10:20:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Fireworks Display Over the Ohio River 2013
For those in the United States, our Independence Day holiday is only 2 weeks away. This represents one of the best opportunities we have to capture an epic scene with the grandure of a fireworks display.
 
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:

"Fireworks are one of the most inspiring and photogenic, yet challenging subjects, to capture. And unfortunately, this is one of those shooting situations where fully automatic exposure and focusing may not help. However, with these tricks up your sleeve, a few accessories and a willingness to experiment, you'll capture amazing fireworks photos this Fourth of July!"

Check out the entire article over at the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
Also be sure to check out Bryan's own Fireworks Photography Tips.
 
Yet Another Tip from T-D-P: Use a tripod and mulitple exposures (blended in Photoshop) to create the scene with background/sky detail.
 
Last year my father and I [Sean] spent Independence Day in Metropolis, IL. The town had a fireworks display right on Ohio River.
 
We arrived at the event location rather early. I set up a tripod-mounted EOS 7D + EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM and attached a shutter release cable for easy shooting. I took several exposures to ensure I had the framing I wanted. I also loved the color of the sky and was happy to capture a few images of it.
 
Unfortunately (but predictably), the event staff waited until it was completely dark to start the fireworks display. As there were very few ambient light sources around, the framing I intended was quite meaningless – the setting simply would not be visible in the exposures containing the fireworks (at the lower ISOs I was hoping to use). But then I had an epiphany...
 
I shot about 70-80 images of the fireworks with an exposure that left me with completely black background but with good looking fireworks bursts – f/8, 4-6 seconds, ISO 200.
 
After the fireworks were finished I sorted through them and picked out the best sky/background exposure and my favorite fireworks burst images. I used the Lighten blend mode for the fireworks images and layered several on top of my base image. The end result appears at the top of this post.
 
In hindsight, I should have captured several varying exposures of my base image so that I could have retained detail in the trees and water (through blending the various images). But otherwise, I was happy with how it turned out.
 
And technically speaking, you could do this in-camera using the EOS 1-series, 5D Mark III or 6D's Mulitple Exposure feature. However, I prefer the post-processing method as it reduces the complexity of capturing images during the event.
 
Questions or commnets? Additional tips? Leave them in the comments section below.

Post Date: 6/20/2014 8:48:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Understand, and learn how to customize and operate, the EOS 6D's in-camera Multiple Exposure Shooting feature. For more information, click here.
 
Note: Multiple exposures can be a lot of fun. I was testing out the feature on my 5D Mark III during the fall season when I created this:

Multiple Exposure Self Portrait

If you have a camera with the multiple exposure feature and you've never used it, there's no better time than now to start exploring the creative possibilities!
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 6D.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/20/2014 7:36:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 19, 2014
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From Red Giant:
 
AVCHD and Canon XF Support. Faster Import. PluralEyes Integration.
 
June 19, 2014 – Today, Red Giant released BulletProof 1.2, an update that brings more camera support and other improvements to its footage backup and review tool.
 
BulletProof has been updated to support the AVCHD and Canon XF formats, two mainstays of the industry. In addition to the existing support for Canon and Nikon DSLRs and GoPro cameras, BulletProof now includes support for Panasonic and Sony DSLRs, and for the Canon C-series and XF-series cameras.
 
BulletProof is designed to solve several challenges that, since the DSLR revolution, have plagued shooters, both on set and right before post-production. One of those is the issue of simple, secure and reliable backup.
 
BulletProof, which boasts robust automated backup and verification tools, allows shooters to do what they are already doing, but with confidence. Once the camera card is in the card reader, BulletProof creates copies of your footage and verifies them to ensure a perfect duplication. In addition, while the footage is being backed up, the shooter can use BulletProof’s GPU-accelerated playback tools to review the footage and make sure they got the shots they need.
 
Also new to BulletProof is a highly-requested feature called “Add Mode” - a reference mode that speeds up the import process by cataloging media that has already been copied to disk.
 
While BulletProof's features start with back-up and review of footage on set, it also addresses the next area of pain in the shooter’s process - preparing the footage and notes for post-production. BulletProof includes powerful tools for tagging, adding metadata, notes, in and out points, and even suggested color correction to the footage - all to help bring the shooter’s intention over to the timeline. These features can be used right on set or once the shooter gets back to the edit suite.
 
In addition, BulletProof is now integrated with PluralEyes 3.5, Red Giant’s automated audio/video sync tool. One of the editing industry’s most popular tools, PluralEyes literally saves hours or days of audio/video syncing work, with the touch of a button. BulletProof now makes the process even more fluid by sending the footage over to PluralEyes in an organized way, so that you can sync your footage immediately. Once synced, PluralEyes sends the footage directly to the editing timeline, ready for editing.
 
The combination of these two products together allow the shooter to work with the confidence that comes with knowing that their footage will make it home safe, sound and in sync.
 
Pricing & Availability:
BulletProof 1.2 is available now for $199. It is a free upgrade for existing users of BulletProof 1.0 and 1.1..
 
B&H carries Red Giant BulletProof software.
Category: Red Giant News
Post Date: 6/19/2014 1:40:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Adobe's YouTube Channel:
 
In this video, Julieanne takes a close look at several feature enhancements and refinements made to Photoshop CC that give you powerful tools for creating your designs and working with your images.
 
Features Covered

  • New Color Palette
  • Brush Preset Recall
  • Swatch Recall
  • Sync Settings
  • Experimental Features
  • Liquify Pin Edges
  • Custom Color Lookup Tables
  • Full Tool Reset

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/19/2014 12:04:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Gura Gear:
 
Court Approves the Sale of Tamrac Brand and Assets to Gura Gear
 
OGDEN, UT (June 18, 2014) – GuraGear, LLC, makers of innovative carrying solutions for discerning creative professionals has agreed to acquire the brand and assets of Tamrac, Inc. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the sale through the Chapter 11, Section 363 Sale of Assets process. Tamrac entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early 2014 and has a 37 year history of developing affordable carrying solutions for photographers.
 
Gura Gear President, Gregory Schern stated, “this acquisition represents an exciting opportunity for Gura Gear to build upon a brand with a legacy of designing solutions for photographers and a dedicated customer following while leveraging worldwide distribution. We look forward to providing customers a high level of service and implementing solutions from a new perspective in a rapidly evolving industry.” Tamrac, Inc. will continue to operate normally until the acquisition is finalized in late June. Once the transaction is complete, Gura Gear will relocate Tamrac's assets and expand its Ogden, Utah facilities.
 
B&H carries Gura Gear and Tamrac camera bags.
Post Date: 6/19/2014 11:19:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H Explora:
 
Watch this vide to acquire the answers to everything you wanted to know about copyright and other legal issues, but were too scared to ask. There is a boatload of bad information, myths, factoids, and half-truths regarding copyright and other photo-related legal issues, such as model releases, floating around.
 
Photographer Jack Reznicki and lawyer Ed Greenberg demystify and illuminate the gray areas in an easy, humorous, and understandable manner that only this pairing of a photographer and lawyer with so much “real-life, in-the-trenches” experience can provide. Just like their popular "Copyright Zone" column in Photoshop User magazine, and their book, Photographer’s Survival Guide, they have a light, humorous touch bolstered by accessible explanations of this generally dry subject matter. As one past attendee to their lecture stated, it will “rock your world.”
Post Date: 6/19/2014 9:43:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Adobe:
 
Today we’re announcing the immediate availability of Lightroom mobile on iPhone. With the addition of the iPhone, Lightroom now seamlessly connects your desktop, iPad and iPhone.
 
As with iPad, Lightroom mobile on iPhone extends your workflow beyond your desktop. You can now use either your iPhone or iPad to review and edit images and sync the changes back to the Lightroom catalog at home. And now with the 1.1 update for iPad, you can also apply star ratings to your images and also use the custom order that you’ve set within your collections.
 
Once you’ve told Lightroom a collection of pictures should be sent to Lightroom mobile, the process is handled automatically and the pictures will become available on your iPad and iPhone once it is connected to the internet.
 
Lightroom mobile on iPhone utilizes Smart Previews to provide raw editing functionality to your smartphone. First introduced in Lightroom 5 beta, Smart Previews are:

  • Based on the DNG file format
  • Limited to 2560 pixels on the long edge
  • Smaller versions original raw files
  • Can be used to make adjustments even when the original files aren’t available locally
  • Adjustments made to Smart Previews are applied to the original when the original files are available

How to get started:
 
Download Lightroom 5.5
 
Lightroom mobile is a companion to Lightroom desktop. Lightroom 5.5 is the latest version of Lightroom desktop that includes the ability to sync images to Lightroom mobile. Please update to the latest version of Lightroom 5 using either the Creative Cloud app or by clicking on the “Help-> Check for Updates” menu option.
 
Sign In
 
Lightroom mobile utilizes cloud services to sync Smart Previews and changes between Lightroom desktop and Lightroom mobile. Lightroom mobile requires a qualifying Creative Cloud or Photoshop Photography Plan subscription:

  • Creative Cloud Photography plan
  • Creative Cloud complete plan
  • Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition
  • Creative Cloud for teams complete plan

A free 30-day trial of Lightroom mobile is available
 
Sync a collection
 
Lightroom mobile is organized around Collections. Images within Collections will be synced and be available in Lightroom mobile.
 
Download Lightroom mobile
 
Visit the App Store on your iPhone or iPad and Download Lightroom mobile. Once you login with the same Creative Cloud account, you’ll see all of your synced Collections.
 
Check out your photos at lightroom.adobe.com
 
In addition to Lightroom mobile, we’ve also launched Lightroom web, a new way to view and share your images from any web browser. Available at http://lightroom.adobe.com.
 
System Requirements
 
Lightroom mobile for iPad is available now on iPad 2 or later, and works on iOS7 or later.
 
Lightroom mobile for iPhone is available now on iPhone 4s or later and works on iOS7 or later.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/19/2014 8:20:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
From Adobe:
 
Lightroom 5.5 is now available as a final release on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 5. The goal of this release is to provide support for Lightroom mobile, additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.
 
Release Notes
 
New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.5

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Fujifilm FinePix S1
  • Nikon 1 J4
  • Nikon 1 S2
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10
  • Panasonic DMC-GH4
  • Pentax 645Z
  • Samsung NX3000
  • Sony DSC-RX100 III
  • Sony A7S (ILCE-7S)
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II (ILCA-77M2)

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom 5.5

MountName
Canon Sigma 50m F1.4 DG HSM A014
Canon Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
Canon Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Dill VC PZD MACRO B0163
Fujifilm Fujifilm Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100
Nikon Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM
Nikon Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR
Nikon Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014
Nikon Sigma 18-200 F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
Nikon Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Dill VC PZD MACRO B016N
Nikon Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD A011N
Pentax Sigma 30mm F.14 DC HSM A013
Sigma Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014
Sigma Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
Sony Alpha Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013
Sony Alpha Sony Alpha 28-75mm F2.8 SAM

Bugs Corrected in Lightroom5.5

  • Improved responsiveness in Develop module while Lightroom mobile sync is occurring.
  • Custom Develop module default settings were not syncing correctly to Lightroom mobile.
  • Initial rendition in Develop would sometimes appear posterized.
  • Undo function failed and applied a preset instead.
  • Scaling looked inaccurate when scaling to 200% in Windows.
  • Manual slideshows sometimes did not advance to the next slide as expected.
  • Aspect ratio changed when modifying the crop rectangle and when rotating the crop
  • Image flips between portrait and landscape after switching orientation while shooting tethered with Leica S cameras.
  • Fixed issue with Fujifilm X-T1 raw images appearing too bright at high ISO settings when using Dynamic Range 200% and 400%. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings. It is recommended that you (1) purge the Camera Raw cache via the Preferences dialog, and (2) review images shot at ISO settings higher than 1600 for unexpected brightness changes.
  • Fixed image quality issue (noisy result) when applying spot healing to floating-point (HDR) images.
  • Fixed issue with reading lossless compressed Nikon raw files (NEF files) from the camera models listed below. Previously, some images could be read but would appear as random noise, whereas attempting to open others would result in an error dialog. You will need to purge your Camera Raw cache via the Preferences dialog.
  • Nikon D1
  • Nikon D1H
  • Nikon D1X
  • Nikon D2H
  • Nikon D2Hs
  • Nikon D2X
  • Nikon D2Xs
  • Nikon D100
  • Nikon D200

Download Links:
Lightroom 5.5 for Windows
Lightroom 5.5 for Macintosh
 
B&H carries Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/19/2014 8:08:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 18-200MM F/3.5-6.3 DI III VC Lens
From Tamron:
 
June 19, 2014,Commack, New York- Tamron USA, Inc. announced the price and delivery of the 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III[2] VC for Canon mount (Model B011). This lightweight, compact high-power zoom lens, originally released for Sony mount in 2011, is designed for mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras with APS-C sized sensors and sports a stylish design and is available in two color options. It will be available in the U.S. starting June 26, 2014 at $499.
 
Product Highlights

  • This high-power, 18-200mm, lightweight and compact zoom lens weighing 16.2 ounces with a 62mm filter is designed for mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras. Equipped with Tamron's acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation), the lens enables easy handheld shooting from 18mm wide angle to 200mm full telephoto.
  • Employing two (Low Dispersion) elements, three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one XR (high refractive index) element, and one Hybrid Aspherical element, the lens delivers astounding image quality by reducing aberrations to a bare minimum.
  • The lens boasts a striking appearance worthy of mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera designs. The metallic lens barrel exterior is available in two colors: black and silver.
  • The lens also has a stepping motor adopted for the AF drive, a construction that accommodates Contrast-detection AF and shooting video. This feature also supports Direct Manual Focus (DMF) function, which allows the user to make fine manual adjustments after initially focusing by AF.

Specifications

ModelB011
Max Format sizeAPS-C (EF-M)
Focal length18–200 mm
Image stabilisationYes (4 stops claimed)
Lens mountCanon EF-M, Sony E (NEX)
Maximum apertureF/3.5 - F/6.3
Minimum apertureF/22.0 - F/40.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Elements / Groups17 / 13
Minimum focus0.50 m (19.69")
Maximum magnification0.27×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeStepper motor
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Weight460 g (1.01 lb)
Diameter68 mm (2.68")
Length97 mm (3.82")
MaterialsMetal barrel, metal mount
ColourBlack, Silver
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Zoom lockYes
Filter thread62 mm
Hood suppliedYes
Hood product codeflower shaped hood
Tripod collarNo

B&H has the Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC Lens for Canon EOS M available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 6/19/2014 7:11:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron All-In-One 28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 DI VC PZD Lens
From Tamron:
 
Innovative All-In-One zoom integrates state-of-the-art optical design, PZD (Piezo Drive) and Tamron's exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation) system to achieve superb image quality in a remarkably compact, lightweight package.
 
June 19, 2014, Commack, NY - Tamron USA, Inc. has announced the delivery date of the anticipated 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (Model A010), an advanced new All-In-One zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. The lens will be available in the U.S. in both Canon and Nikon mount (Sony mount availability to be announced) on June 26, 2014 at $849.
 
Since the launch in 1992 of the 28-200mm (Model 71D) high-power zoom lens - which featured a revolutionary compact, lightweight design - Tamron has been continually expanding its portfolio of world class optics to benefit consumers. Having revolutionized the optical design of the previous 28-300mm (Model A20), Tamron developed a powerful new, high-power zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras that enhances image quality and incorporates the PZD (Piezo Drive)-a standing-wave ultrasonic motor system optimized for swift, quiet AF-and the acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism in an amazingly compact configuration.
 
Featuring a new, sophisticated external finish, this lens complements the performance and style of full-frame DSLRs, while delivering the practical advantages of an All-In-One zoom lens.
 
Product Highlights

  • State-of-the-art optical design technology delivers superior image quality.
    The advanced optical construction of this lens includes four elements of LD (Low Dispersion) glass, three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one Hybrid Aspherical element, one XR (Extra Refractive Index) glass element, and one element of UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass, which has greater refractive index than XR. The full use of specialized glass elements in its design contributes to making this outstanding lens as compact and lightweight as possible, while minimizing aberrations, resulting in superior image quality. Particularly impressive is the thorough compensation of chromatic aberrations at the telephoto end, yielding images of enhanced clarity and crispness.
  • Focus on portability - The lens is now even smaller and lighter.
    In addition to state-of-the-art optical design that facilitates downsizing of the lens body, the mechanical design leads to a smaller overall lens compared to the existing Tamron 28-300mm (Model A20). The incorporation of a highly sophisticated multi-stack-cam layout that takes up far less space as well as the PZD (Piezo Drive) AF, an autofocus drive system with a simpler, more compact structure, make it possible to reduce the overall dimensions of this lens. These technologies are the fruit of Tamron's more than 20 years of research and development in the high-power zoom lens field.
  • Advanced anti-reflection coating.
    The application of BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings for suppressing reflections on lens element surfaces minimizes unwanted flare and ghosting to deliver sharp, crisp, high-contrast images.
  • Upgraded cosmetic design - Elegant tungsten silver brand ring.
    Tamron has upgraded the cosmetic design and finish of this lens to create a more sophisticated, high-end look in keeping with the demands of discerning full-frame DSLR users. Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the zoom and focus rings and an elegant tungsten silver brand ring, this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.
  • PZD (Piezo Drive) delivers faster, quieter autofocus action.
    The PZD (Piezo Drive), a standing-wave ultrasonic motor system, delivers faster, quieter, more precise action when the autofocus is engaged. The full-time manual focus system is easy and intuitive, enabling quick and convenient manual focus at any time.
  • Sharper images with VC (Vibration Compensation)
    Tamron's acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism reduces image blur caused by camera shake to deliver significantly sharper images even when shooting handheld.
  • Circular diaphragm facilitates achieving spectacular blur effects
    Using a circular diaphragm[4], this lens achieves spectacular background blur effects that enable creative use of depth of field
  • Moisture-resistant construction for worry-free outdoor shooting.
    Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.

Specifications

ModelA010
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length28–300 mm
Image stabilisationYes
Lens mountCanon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sony/Minolta Alpha
Maximum apertureF/3.5 - F/6.3
Minimum apertureF/22.0 - F/40.0
Number of diaphragm blades7
Aperture notesCircular diaphragm
Elements / Groups19 / 15
Minimum focus0.49 m (19.29")
Maximum magnification0.29×
AutofocusYes
Motor typePZD Ultrasonic
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleYes
Weight540 g (1.19 lb)
Diameter74 mm (2.93")
Length96 mm (3.78")
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Zoom lockYes
Filter thread67 mm
Hood suppliedYes

B&H has the Tamron All-In-One 28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 DI VC PZD Lens available for preorder.

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Post Date: 6/19/2014 6:53:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Adobe Creative Cloud 2014
Mobile Apps and New Hardware Extend Creative Cloud Workflow; All Major CC Desktop Apps Updated
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE), the leader in creative software, today continued to drive Creative Cloud innovation by announcing 14 new versions of CC desktop applications, including essential tools such as Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Dreamweaver CC and Adobe Premiere Pro CC. The biggest Adobe software release since CS6, it also includes four new mobile apps, the immediate availability of creative hardware, updates to Creative Cloud services and new offerings for enterprise, education and photography customers. Yesterday, Adobe announced that there are now over 2.3 million Creative Cloud subscriptions, far exceeding original projections when it was unveiled two years ago.
 
“Our shift to Creative Cloud has given us a broad canvas on which to innovate like never before,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media, Adobe. “We’ve taken bold steps with this milestone release, fast-tracking new features to industry-defining tools like Photoshop and InDesign, while introducing mobile apps that turn tablets into indispensable creative tools.”
 
The release serves a creative industry that is changing at a staggering pace: three in four creatives believe the industry has changed more in the past five years than the previous 50 and about two thirds believe their role will significantly change in the next 3 years (see The New Creatives Report, surveying 1,000 U.S. creatives, issued June 16). Creatives cited new technologies as the top driving force behind the rapid change.
 
Mobile Apps Extend CC Desktop Workflows
Delivering on mobile innovation, Adobe launched three new mobile apps for iPad – Adobe Sketch, Adobe Line, and Adobe Photoshop Mix; and began shipping new creative hardware called Adobe Ink, a new digital pen, and Adobe Slide, a new digital ruler (see separate release). The mobile apps were developed using a new Adobe Creative SDK that unlocks over 30 years of Adobe innovation and makes it available on mobile devices for the first time. These new apps are professional-grade quality but easy enough for anyone to use, similar to the recently launched Lightroom mobile for photographers and Adobe’s new animated video app for storytelling, Adobe Voice, which were also updated with this release. These powerful, yet easy-to-use apps add significant mobile capabilities to Creative Cloud, integrate workflows with the CC desktop apps and bring tablets into serious creative workflows for the first time.
 
New Versions of CC Desktop Apps
Beyond mobile innovation, the 2014 release of Creative Cloud delivers more Adobe magic, makes everyday tasks easier and faster, while delivering new support for cutting-edge hardware and standards. Highlights of top features in the 14 new desktop apps include:

  • New capabilities in Photoshop CC for photographers such as, Blur Gallery motion effects for creating a sense of motion; Focus Mask that makes portrait shots with shallow depth of field stand out; new Content-Aware capabilities; and the recently introduced Perspective Warp for fluidly adjusting the perspective of a specific part of your image without affecting the surrounding area. Designers using Photoshop CC will enjoy enhanced Mercury Graphics Engine performance as well as the ability to link Smart Objects and share them across multiple documents. With improved Layer Comps, users save time by changing the visibility, position, or appearance of one layer and simply syncing to see the change reflected in all other Layers. Photoshop CC also has ability to pinch and zoom images, create smoother strokes, and deliver a more responsive experience on Windows 8 Touch devices, such as Microsoft Surface Pro 3.
  • Also for designers, new capabilities in Illustrator CC include Live Shapes to quickly transform rectangles into complex shapes and then return to the original rectangle with just a few clicks, as well as faster rendering of vector graphics with GPU acceleration on Windows with an Adobe-certified NVIDIA graphics card. In InDesign CC, layout artists can now select table rows and columns and use EPUB Fixed Layout to easily create digital books. Adobe Muse CC now includes 64-bit support, HiDPI display support for sharper-looking images, objects, and text, and the ability to preview and optimize desktop, smartphone and tablet versions of your sites before going live.
  • New features in the video apps include, Live Text Templates and Masking and Tracking, new integrations that leverage the power of Adobe After Effects CC inside Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Race through projects thanks to enhanced graphics performance in Premiere Pro; precise new keying effects in After Effects; a more flexible Direct Link color pipeline in Adobe SpeedGrade CC; and enhanced multi-track tools for audio work in Adobe Audition CC. Integration between apps has also been further improved to save time when working between Premiere Pro and After Effects or SpeedGrade.
  • Web tools now include the ability to look at the markup in a document using the new Element Quick View in Dreamweaver CC, which allows Web developers to easily see, navigate, and modify the HTML structure of pages. CSS Designer improvements help apply CSS properties like gradients, box shadows and borders and then easily undo. SVG export in Flash Pro CC lets developers export any frame in Flash projects as an SVG file, while native HTML video support in Edge Animate CC allows the direct import of HTML5-friendly video clips.

Your Creative Assets and Your Creative Profile Anywhere
The new CC desktop apps, mobile apps, and hardware are tightly integrated through Creative Cloud services. This integration helps liberate the creative process by enabling users to access and manage everything that makes up their creative profile – their files, photos, fonts, colors, community and more – from wherever they work. Also introduced today is the new Creative Cloud app for iPhone and iPad that allows users to access and manage their files, assets, and more from their mobile device.
 
New Creative Cloud Offerings For Enterprises, Educational Institutions and Photographers
Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise is an offering designed specifically for large-scale software deployments that works with other Adobe enterprise offerings such as Adobe Marketing Cloud, Acrobat, Adobe Anywhere, and Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. Updates include more services with collaboration and file storage, expanded options for deployment, and a new dashboard for managing users and entitlements. For education, Adobe now has a device-based licensing offer for classrooms and labs, which allows multiple users to access software on a single device rather than tying it to an individual with an Adobe ID, critical in an environment where students come and go. And for photography customers, Adobe has introduced a new Creative Cloud Photography Plan for $9.99 per month.
 
Pricing and Availability
Today’s updates to CC desktop tools are immediately available for download by Creative Cloud members as part of their membership at no additional cost. The new mobile apps are free to everyone. To join Creative Cloud, special promotional pricing is available to existing customers who own Adobe Creative Suite 3 or later. Membership plans are available for individuals, students, teams, educational institutions, government agencies and enterprises. To download free trials of any of the new Creative Cloud desktop apps, go to: Explore the desktop apps. For pricing details, visit: How to Buy.

Post Date: 6/18/2014 2:23:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Creative Cloud Logo
From Adobe:
 
New Creative Cloud Technology Connects Latest Photography Tools; New Photoshop Mix Debuts for iPad
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 18, 2014 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the availability of the new Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan. Designed for anyone interested in photography, the new plan brings together -- for USD$9.99 per month -- Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, two tools that have fundamentally impacted how photographs and imagery shape our visual culture, as well as Lightroom’s breakthrough mobile apps on iPad and now iPhone. Also introduced today is the all-new Photoshop Mix, a new iPad app that provides access to powerful Photoshop features normally confined to the desktop, enabling compositing and transformative edits while on the go. Built using the new Adobe Creative SDK (see separate release), Photoshop Mix delivers new levels of Adobe imaging precision and magic to mobile users.
 
“With our Lightroom products alone managing over 100 billion images, we know there’s a huge appetite from photography enthusiasts to have powerful, world-class software available on their mobile devices as well as their computers,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president, digital imaging, Adobe. “With Photoshop, Lightroom and new mobile photo apps, we’ve created the most complete photography solution on the planet, ensuring that anyone interested in photography can be creative with their images, no matter where they are.”
 
Create and Manage Beautiful Images in Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5
Photoshop CC, part of the Creative Cloud Photography Plan, was updated, with stunning new features -- as part of a milestone release of Adobe Creative Cloud. Features for photographers, include:

  • Perspective Warp – The recently introduced capability for fluidly adjusting the perspective of a specific part of your image without affecting the surrounding area.
  • Blur Gallery motion effects - Two new additions, Path Blur and Spin Blur create a sense of motion, even if not originally captured with a camera, enabling photographers to tell their story or express just the right feeling in an image. There’s also faster performance when creating blur effects with the Mercury Graphics Engine delivering a performance boost with OpenCL.
  • Focus Mask - Lets Photoshop CC create the first step of a mask by automatically selecting the in-focus areas of an image. The Focus Mask feature works great with headshots and other images that have shallow depth of field.
  • Content-Aware color adaptation improvements - Previously when using Content-Aware features, if a selected area contained smooth gradients, it didn’t necessarily appear in the final image. Now retouched images using Content-Aware Fill, Move, and Patch gets more seamless and realistic. Additionally, new technology blends areas containing gradients, like skies, to give exceptional results.
  • Improved stylus support and experimental features for Windows 8.1 – Enjoy smoother brush strokes and a simple out-of-the-box experience with expanded stylus support for Windows 8.1. Turn on experimental features for touch and gesture controls and bigger touch targets on devices like Surface Pro 3.

The Creative Cloud Photography plan includes Lightroom 5 desktop software, a staple for all photographers, making digital photography easier, faster, and more amazing. Photographers can experiment without limits in a nondestructive editing environment and perfect shots with advanced controls for tone, contrast, color, and more. Efficient organizing tools help sort thousands of photos and make it simple to share them almost anywhere.
 
Mobile Solutions Takes Serious Photography Work Anywhere
Following its April 2014 release on iPad, Lightroom mobile is now available for iPhone. Lightroom mobile for iPhone and iPad provide the most efficient way to manage and edit images across desktops, mobile devices and the Web. The apps can automatically import images from the iPhone camera roll and sync back to a Lightroom catalog on the desktop. Lightroom mobile provides photography essentials, including non-destructive processing of files using Smart Preview technologies to enable professional class photo editing from the confines of the desktop. Quickly apply star ratings, flag or reject images and edit them on iPhone and iPad. Edits and metadata changes automatically sync back to the Lightroom catalog on the desktop and are also viewable from any Web browser at lightroom.adobe.com. Lightroom mobile photo collections are also accessible for users of Adobe Voice, the recently introduced free animated video storytelling app.
 
Photoshop Mix, provides a connected mobile workflow to Creative Cloud, aimed at anyone who wants access to powerful editing tools on their mobile device. Open Adobe Photoshop documents, individual layers from PSDs, and images from Lightroom mobile. Easily apply looks, create advanced selections and masks, and access advanced Photoshop features like Upright, Content-Aware Fill, and Camera Shake Reduction to take creativity on the go. Then export your layered and masked composition to Photoshop CC for further refinement on the desktop. Share work, or even save it to a Photoshop document for a mobile workflow that works seamlessly with Photoshop CC.
 
Technology Optimized for Mobile Photography
The Creative Cloud Photography plan’s desktop and mobile apps are connected by a powerful technology designed to enable users to edit and sync photos non-destructively from anywhere. By combining the same non-destructive editing pipeline found in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw, with Adobe’s renowned Smart Preview technologies, the amount of information being moved between apps is minimized, without compromising the end result. This gives users confidence that edits will be saved while being able to access their images with unprecedented speed, no matter what device.
 
Pricing and Availability
Creative Cloud Photography plan is available at $USD9.99 per month. For additional details, please visit www.adobe.com/go/photographyplan.
 
To get started with Lightroom mobile, visit www.adobe.com/go/lrmobile_getstarted.
 
Photoshop Mix is free and available for download in the Apple app store. To learn more about Photoshop Mix, please visit mix.adobe.com.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/18/2014 2:06:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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