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 Friday, December 06, 2013
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
 
Specifications:

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.
 
Phenomenon
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:

  • 8mm F3.5 EX DG CIRCULAR FISHEYE
  • 15mm F2.8 EX DG DIAGONAL FISHEYE
  • 20mm F1.8 EX DG ASPHERICAL RF
  • 24mm F1.8 EX DG ASPHERICAL MACRO
  • 28mm F1.8 EX DG ASPHERICAL MACRO
  • 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
http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/english/new/new_topic.php?id=402
 
Support
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.
http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/english/network/index.html

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?

Type
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
AF 
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
Shutter 
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
Playback 
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
RatingYes
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
ResizeYes
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
Interface 
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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Yesterday Bryan posted his "What I Want for Christmas from Canon." So today we ask...
 
What do YOU want from Canon for Christmas?
 
Let us know on The-Digital-Picture.com Facebook Page!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2013 7:33:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS M2 with EF-M 18-55mm IS STM Lens
Instead of trying to clean up the Google Translated announcement from Canon Japan, I'll simply post the new feature set until Canon USA/UK/Australia publishes their press release.
 
From Canon Japan (Google Translated):
 
Key Features:

  • Hybrid CMOS AF II
  • 8% Size Reduction
  • 4.6 FPS Burst Rate
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Release Date: Mid-December

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2013 5:50:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 02, 2013

 
From Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
"This 3-part video series will walk you through major tips and tricks, as well as important settings, so that you can turn your Canon EOS Rebel camera into a powerful HD video recording device. In this 1st video, you'll learn what you need to get started with some basic filming and gear tips, including an overview of Canon STM lenses that are optimized for smooth, quiet focus during video recording."
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 12/2/2013 11:25:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Datacolor:
 
Digital Imaging Prizes from Industry Leading Brands Awarded Daily Throughout the Month of December
 
Lawrenceville, NJ – November 25, 2013 – Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, today announced it will be hosting a month long holiday giveaway during the month of December. Beginning December 1, daily prizes will be awarded through the Datacolor website with a new door opening each day to reveal the featured prize and partner. Professional and novice photographers, videographers and graphic designers alike are encouraged to enter the Datacolor Happy Holidays Giveaway for a daily chance to win essential tools to enhance their digital workflow..
 
The Datacolor Happy Holidays Giveaway will include prizes from the award-winning Datacolor Spyder line such as Spyder4ELITE and SpyderCAPTURE PRO, as well as products from partnering brands like DxO Labs, Fujifilm, Gura Gear, Lowepro, MyPix2, SanDisk, Tamron, Wacom, Zenfolio, and many more. A full list of partners can be found at spyder.datacolor.com/holidaygiveaway-friends. Winners of the Datacolor Happy Holidays Giveaway will be chosen at random and announced daily on the Datacolor website.
 
“For the second year in a row, we’re partnering with some of the industry’s most recognizable brands in an effort to make the holiday season for many imaging professionals even brighter,” said David Tobie, global product technology manager for Datacolor. “Not only is this a fun way for us to close out the year, but it provides digital imaging specialists of all skill sets the opportunity to start the New Year with a gear bag full of cool new gadgets.”
 
Adorama carries Datacolor products.
Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 12/2/2013 10:52:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adorama:
 
Enter for FREE now while browsing Adorama.com to win a football fan package that includes VIP events and the chance to see the Big Game, plus be automatically entered and save big on Adorama’s “Deal of the Day” special items!
 
New York, NY – December 2, 2013Adorama, the official electronics retailer for the New York Giants and one of the world’s largest photography, video, imaging and electronics retailers, today announced its most exclusive giveaway contest yet: the Adorama FANtasy Escape Weekend Sweepstakes. Anyone can enter for free in the Adorama store or online. Winners will receive VIP tickets to the kickoff Celebrity Party in NYC on Friday, VIP access to the Celebrity Flag Football Challenge on Saturday, and then see the Big Game on Sunday. With the 2014 championship game coming to New York City - the home of the Adorama Superstore - there’s no better way to celebrate than with an exclusive sweepstakes.
 
“We couldn’t be more excited for the 2014 championship game to come to our city next February,” says Ahron Schachter, director of strategic planning, Adorama. “Seeing the Big Game can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we’re pleased to be able to offer our customers access to such an exciting contest. In the midst of the busiest shopping season of the year, we’re providing a multitude of ways for shoppers to enter the contest, ensuring just about every purchase is another chance to win.”
 
More Ways to Get in the Game: Discounts and Featured Items
With the holiday shopping season in full effect, Adorama has brought back its wildly popular "Deal of the Day" holiday extravaganza. From now through Christmas Eve, shoppers can visit Adorama.com for unbeatable holiday savings on select electronics, computing, photography and video products. When customers purchase any "Deal of the Day" item, which is only available online for 24 hours, they’ll be automatically entered in the Adorama Ultimate FANtasy Escape Weekend sweepstakes.
 
In addition to automatic entry into the Adorama Ultimate FANtasy Escape Weekend sweepstakes, customers will be automatically enrolled in Adorama’s VIP program when purchasing any “Deal of the Day” Product. Exclusive VIP benefits include: 30 gigs of free, lifetime cloud storage provided by Pogoplug; free photography education through the New York Institute of Photography, Adorama Learning Center and Creative Live; the opportunity to purchase products only available to VIPs; special VIP pricing on products throughout Adorama; exclusive email offers and much more.
 
Customers can get an additional three entries to the sweepstakes when they purchase specially designated items throughout Adorama.com.
Post Date: 12/2/2013 9:18:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Johannes Vermeer -
Site visitor Stewart sent me a fascinating article yesterday regarding evidence that Johannes Vermeer (1600's Dutch painter) used a camera obscura to create his "photo realistic" paintings. If art, historic optical technoglogy and/or contraversy intrigue you (as they do me), then you'll likely enjoy the Vanity Fair article.
Post Date: 12/2/2013 8:51:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Ilford Imaging Switzerland GMBH:
 
November 29th, 2013 – Marly Switzerland – Today ILFORD Imaging Switzerland GmbH announced that the company is again facing liquidity issues and is no longer able to honour its full financial obligations. The Managing Directors have already informed the employees and have sent a letter to the court of Fribourg declaring insolvency.
 
In June 2013, ILFORD Imaging experienced a liquidity issue after the former shareholder Paradigm Global Partners, a UK based financial investor suddenly withdrew from the business. Since then the management took over the company to secure the business short-term and also to find a new long-term investor.
 
The new shareholders, Paul Willems and Jean Marc Métrailler, initiated the sale of land owned by the real estate company ILFORD Property and invested these funds in ILFORD Imaging in order to provide sufficient liquidity to bridge the time until a new investor could be found. The ILFORD investment opportunity was presented to more than 20 interested parties from all over the world. Unfortunately, a new investor for ILFORD Imaging has not yet been found and the last potential investor pulled out earlier this week.
 
After the liquidity issues during the summer, it was challenging to re-start the business, as many existing customers began to buy products from competitors, which resulted in a large negative impact on the company’s revenue. In addition, ILFORD had to operate in a particular difficult market where demand is decreasing and manufacturers compete on low prices due to excess capacity. Furthermore, most suppliers would only deliver raw materials against payment in advance. These circumstances, along with the fact that the company had to replenish its inventories, and after payment of the late salaries of June and July, required additional cash.
 
The restructuring measures that were taken in August 2013 were necessary to improve the competitiveness of the company medium- to long-term. However these measures have not been fully effective yet and the impact will only be realised in the first quarter 2014.
 
The management is working closely with the State and the appropriate authorities in order to minimise the negative impact on all parties involved. No further information can be provided until the decision of the court is made and the next steps are understood.
Category: Ilford News
Post Date: 12/2/2013 8:01:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Profoto Deep Umbrella, Shallow Umbrella Product Family
From Profoto:
 
On December 2, 2013, Profoto will introduce twelve new high-quality umbrellas in all shapes and sizes, including a deeper, more parabolic version.
 
Umbrellas are the backbone of many photographers’ toolboxes, and understandably so. Umbrellas are affordable, easy to work with and very easy to transport. The downside is that many of them are quite fragile and it can be difficult to control their light spread. Swedish lighting manufacturer Profoto aims to solve both of these issues with the new Umbrella Deep and the Umbrella Shallow.
 
Umbrella Deep is available in two sizes (130cm/51” and 165cm/65”) and in three fabrics: White, Silver and Translucent. All six versions have a deeper, more parabolic shape than the average umbrella. The deeper shape gives the photographer better control of the light spread. It also allows the photographer to focus and shape light by simply sliding the umbrella shaft in its holder.
 
Umbrella Shallow is also available in two sizes (85cm/33” and 105cm/41”) and in three fabrics: White, Silver and Translucent. The most important difference is that Umbrella Shallow is smaller and less parabolic, making it very lightweight and portable.
 
Much effort was invested into making both Umbrella Deep and Umbrella Shallow as reliable and sturdy as possible. The fabrics were selected to provide a superior quality of light over years of heavy-duty use, and the metallic elements have been surface treated to prevent rust and discoloration.
 
The optional Diffusor is also worth mentioning. This is simply pulled over the front of the White or the Silver version to turn it into a large softbox with an even softer and more even light spread.
 
All umbrellas are delivered in a high-quality bag that protects the umbrella during storage and transport.
 
The new Umbrella Deep XL replaces the old Umbrella XL. The new Umbrella Deep L replaces the old Umbrella L. The new Umbrella Shallow M replaces the old Umbrella M. The new Umbrella Shallow S replaces the old Umbrella S.
 
Adorama carries Profoto Deep and Profoto Shallow ubrellas.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 12/2/2013 7:03:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon:
 
TOKYO, Japan, December 2, 2013—Canon Inc. announced today that an ultra-high-sensitivity 4K camera was used to successfully capture video of the comet ISON from the International Space Station at approximately 7:08 p.m. JST on November 23, 2013. Canon technology contributed to this world's-first achievement as video production equipment from Canon's Cinema EOS System was used to record the astronomical phenomenon.
 
Discovered in September 2012, ISON was unique in that, among the many large comets that have passed through the solar system in recent years, none had traveled so close to the sun. Accordingly, expectations were high that the “sungrazing” ISON would provide earthbound stargazers with a rare performance that would not likely be repeated anytime soon. After the video was shot, however, the comet is believed to have largely broken up and evaporated, meaning that it will no longer be visible in the night sky.
 
The footage of the comet ISON was shot from the vantage point of outer space, which is not subject to atmospheric fluctuation, enabling the capture of clear video images that would not have been possible if shot from Earth. As a result, the video will likely prove of high value to the scientific community.
 
The Canon video production equipment taken on the mission, all from the company's Cinema EOS System lineup of professional digital cinematography products, comprised the EOS C500 PL professional cinema camera (launched in October 2012) and two EF Cinema Lenses: the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP (launched in December 2012) and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP (launched in October 2012). All three support 4K image resolution and the EOS C500 PL makes possible exceptional high-sensitivity imaging performance that facilitates the capture of usable footage even in low-light conditions.
 
The actual EOS C500 PL used on board the International Space Station underwent special modifications to further boost sensitivity and to enable the camera to withstand the rigors of shooting in space.
 
Adorama carries the Canon EOS C500 cinema camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 12/2/2013 6:27:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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