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 Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Bad news: The Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens, Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens, and Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens have been delayed indefinitely. Here is my translation with Google's help:
 
EOS Series Lens release date change information
 
Thank you for your patronage.
 
The release date on the announced EOS lenses listed below have been changed.
 
Summary of Changes
 
Product NamePlanned Release DateNew Release Date
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens2011Unknown *
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens2011Unknown *
 
* We will announce a concrete release date when it becomes clear.
 
The Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens was originally expected to be (formally) announced on February 07, 2011 and scheduled for release later this year. This launch has also been delayed indefinitely. A release date for this lens will be announced when it is known.
 
We appologize for the inconvenience caused by these delays and will continue to make every effort to launch the new lenses. We look forward to your continued patronage.
 
 
Hopefully I didn't damage that announcement translation too badly (thanks Kaz).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/16/2011 10:10:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 15, 2011
From DxO:
 
DxO FilmPack 3.1 adds numerous creative renderings and an enhanced user interface
 
Special discount on DxO FilmPack 3.1, the leader in silver halide simulation software, now through December 24, 2011
 
Paris – November 15, 2011 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability DxO FilmPack 3.1, the latest version of its famous silver halide simulation software. DxO FilmPack 3.1 adds a line of 25 new creative renderings and an improved user interface.
 
For world-renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado, “DxO FilmPack is an indispensible link to my previous photographic work.” DxO FilmPack has allowed him to faithfully reproduce in his digital image workflow the exact look and feel of Kodak® Tri-X film.
 
DxO FilmPack 3.1 brings to photos all the emotional impact of silver halide photography. Using an intuitive interface, beginners and experts alike can apply the characteristic tint, grain, and rendering of a traditional silver halide film type to any digital image, regardless of its source. Thanks to DxO Labs’ advanced calibration technology, DxO FilmPack 3.1 offers a renderings palette of unparalleled authenticity for 62 legendary film types —positive and negative color, black & white, and cross-processed.
 
25 NEW CREATIVE RENDERINGS TO ACHIEVE OUTSTANDING IMAGES
 
DxO FilmPack 3.1 (Expert Edition) offers a line of 25 new creative renderings. The experts at DxO Labs gave utmost consideration to the aesthetic qualities and creative dimensions for each rendering to ensure that they would lend images real emotional impact.
 
Vintage effects, color nuances, sepia variations, partial desaturations: each rendering is based on a very subtle combination of grain intensity, film style, vignetting, and color filters — “intelligent” renderings for outstanding images.
 
Users can use the same settings as for film renderings to fully customize each creative rendering, thus offering the possibility of numerous possible combinations. Batch processing allows for a huge increase in productivity.
 
SHARING THE IMPACT
 
Thanks to DxO FilmPack 3.1’s large number of presets, photographers can give free rein to their creativity by combining, for example, the color settings of one film rendering with the grain of another, thus creating their own personalized film look. A new import rendering function including in the Elite Edition of DxO FilmPack 3.1 lets DxO FilmPack users share one another’s customized film looks. Users can simply import custom renderings, rename them, and save the parameters of intensity, grain, contrast, and so on in their own settings library to apply to their own images.
 
AN INTUITIVE INTERFACE FOR UNLIMITED EXPLORATION
 
Designed to satisfy both beginners and experts, DxO FilmPack 3.1’s easy-to use interface allows users to freely explore all the possibilities of the film and creative renderings provided.
 
Thanks to its resizable filmstrip-style preview system, DxO FilmPack 3.1 allows users to better visualize renderings before applying them to their images.
 
DxO FilmPack 3.1 now offers a full-screen mode for greater comfort. Among the many other improvements to the interface, the channel mixer now incorporates color sliders, making their use even more intuitive.
 
EDITIONS
 
Compatible with Mac and Windows, DxO FilmPack 3.1 comes in 2 editions — Essential and Expert — which differ in terms of number of film renditions and features.
 
The two editions of DxO FilmPack 3.1 are available as standalone applications and as plugins for DxO Optics Pro®, Adobe® Photoshop CS®, Adobe® Lightroom® and Apple® Aperture®.
 
AVAILABILITY AND SPECIAL YEAR-END OFFER
 
Both the Essential and Expert editions of DxO FilmPack v3.1 are now available for purchase in the DxO Labs online store (www.dxo.com) and at photo resellers at a special discount from now through December 24, 2011:
 
USD:
• DxO FilmPack 3 Essential Edition: $49 instead of $79
• DxO FilmPack 3 Expert Edition: $99 instead of $129
• DxO FilmPack 3 Expert Upgrade from DxO FilmPack 1 or 2: $39 instead of $49

 
EUR:
• DxO FilmPack 3 Essential Edition: 49€ instead of 79€
• DxO FilmPack 3 Expert Edition: 99€ instead of 129€
• DxO FilmPack 3 Expert Upgrade from DxO FilmPack 1 or 2: 39€ instead of 49€
(Suggested retail prices, including VAT)
 
GBP:
• DxO FilmPack 3 Essential Edition: £49, instead of £69
• DxO FilmPack 3 Expert Edition: £79, instead of £99
• DxO FilmPack 3 Expert Upgrade from DxO FilmPack 1 or 2: £29 instead of £39
(Suggested retail prices, including VAT)
 
Upgrade to version 3.1 is free of charge to owners of DxO FilmPack version 3.0.
 
Save $30 through December 24th: Get your DxO FilmPack from B&H.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 11/15/2011 10:48:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adobe has announced that it's Touch Apps are now available in the Android Market. Click here (BusinessWire) for more information.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 11/15/2011 9:03:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Toshiba Press Release:
 
INCJ, Hitachi, Sony and Toshiba Sign Definitive Agreements Regarding Integration of Small- and Medium-Sized Display Businesses
 
TOKYO, November 15, 2011 – Innovation Network Corporation of Japan ("INCJ"), Hitachi, Ltd. ("Hitachi"), Sony Corporation ("Sony") and Toshiba Corporation ("Toshiba") announced today that they have signed definitive agreements to integrate their small- and medium-sized display businesses in a new company to be established and operated by INCJ, which is planned to be named Japan Display Inc. ("Japan Display").
 
Pursuant to the definitive agreements, all of the issued shares of certain subsidiaries of Hitachi, Sony and Toshiba engaged in the small- and medium-sized display business (i.e., Hitachi Displays, Ltd., Sony Mobile Display Corporation and one other Sony subsidiary*, and Toshiba Mobile Display Co., Ltd., collectively referred to as the "Subject Subsidiaries") and other assets are planned to be transferred to Japan Display, in which each of the four companies INCJ, Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi will invest. INCJ, as a public-private partnership that provides financial, technological and management support for next-generation businesses, will invest a total of 200 billion yen in Japan Display in exchange for shares to be newly issued to INCJ by Japan Display as a third-party allotment.
 
Japan Display is expected to utilize the world's best high value-added technologies of the Subject Subsidiaries and establish new production lines by utilizing funds provided by INCJ, in order to meet the market demand for high value-added products. In addition, through efficient use of the existing production capabilities of the Subject Subsidiaries, Japan Display aims to improve its cost competitiveness to solidify its position as a global leading company in the small- and medium-sized display market. The business is scheduled to begin operations in Spring of 2012, subject to the receipt of any necessary government approvals.
Category: Toshiba News
Post Date: 11/15/2011 8:57:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 14, 2011
Canon USA has made EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Version 2.1.1 available for download.
 
Firmware Version 2.1.1 incorporates the following fixes and improvements:
 
1. Fixes a phenomenon where shooting stops after capturing one image when in continuous shooting or the Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) continuous shooting setting.
 
2. Corrects wording in the Dutch language menu screen.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/14/2011 6:41:46 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Brush up on your studio portrait lighting techniques:
 
Post Date: 11/14/2011 9:12:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Domke:
 
Hauppauge, NY, November 4, 2011- Domke, a division of The Tiffen Company, has announced that their F-8 Compact Bag designed for today's popular digital SLR cameras is now available in RuggedWear.
 
Like your favorite pair of jeans, Domke bags get better with age and with the new Domke RuggedWear™ collection you don’t have to wait. The fabric produces a unique distressed and weathered look right from the start. The RuggedWear bags feature high-quality, weather-tough, durable cotton canvas that is treated with special non-solvent, environmentally friendly waxes to afford the fabric a lifelong resistance to inclement weather. The special formula allows the fabric to breathe while the waxes produce a unique, timeless, weathered, distressed patina finish. By using the included refinishing wax, bags can be restored to its original finish. As with all Domke bags, the RuggedWear collection is made in the USA.
 
The Domke F-8 has all of the great features of the F-3 in a more compact form. It is the bag to grab when the assignment doesn't call for lots of equipment. The inside and outside dimensions are nearly identical, resulting in an inconspicuous bag that carries and protects your equipment and accessories without the extra bulk.
 
Rugged, roomy, lightweight and versatile, the Domke F-8 is made of soft, supple, heavyweight, cotton canvas with RuggedWear finish.
 
Eight inner compartments and pockets including Domke's "upside-down" zipper pouch inside the weather flap offer ample storage. A removable hook and loop partition divides the padded main compartment. A padded bottom keeps equipment safe and dry.
 
Adjustable closures on the main flap allow you to easily close even the most “overstuffed” bag. Indestructible steel snap hooks secure the main weather flap.
 
Twin tracks of high-friction rubber are woven into the thickest, toughest cotton webbing so that it clings to the shoulder and runs completely around the bag. Most of the Domke bags feature street-tough steel snaphooks (a Domke hallmark) with welded steel rings, as the primary closure. It’s the toughest, most reliable, pilfer-proof yet quick-operating closure short of a padlock. List price is $129.99.
 
Domke bags are the preferred choice of the White House News Photographers Association.
 
B&H carries Domke bags.
Category: Domke News
Post Date: 11/14/2011 9:11:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, November 12, 2011
I am looking for the buyer of this photo as I have a few photos in my collection that they may be interested in.
 
The title of this article at Wired, "Really? $4.3 Million for That Photo?", far under emphasizes my own thoughts on the sale. (thanks Jordan)
Post Date: 11/12/2011 6:32:42 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has posted NEF Codec Version 1.12.0.
 
1. Supports NEF (RAW) images taken with the Nikon 1 J1, Nikon 1 V1.
 
2. Supports 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.
 
If thumbnails for NEF files fail to display correctly in the Photo Gallery or Photo Viewer for 64-bit editions of Windows Vista and Windows 7, perform a disk clean-up as described below.
 
1. Right-click the system drive in Computer and select Properties.
 
2. Select Disk Cleanup in the "General" tab.
 
3. Select Thumbnails in the "Disk Cleanup" tab "Files to delete" list and remove the checks from the other items.
 
4. Click OK to start the disk cleanup. When the "Are you sure you want to permanently delete these files?" prompt is displayed, click Delete Files.
 
* Click here for more information.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon RAW Codec
Post Date: 11/12/2011 2:50:14 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adobe has announced a change in upgrade qualifications for Creative Suite 6 products:
 
"For customers who prefer to remain on the current licensing model, we will continue to offer our individual point products and Adobe Creative Suite editions as perpetual licenses. With regards to upgrades, we are changing our policy for perpetual license customers. In order to qualify for upgrade pricing when CS6 releases, customers will need to be on the latest version of our software (either CS5 or CS5.5 editions). If our customers are not yet on those versions, we’re offering a 20% discount through December 31, 2011 which will qualify them for upgrade pricing when we release CS6."
 
Get your Adobe products at B&H.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 11/12/2011 10:40:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, November 11, 2011
Apple has released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.9.
 
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
 
Canon PowerShot S100
Nikon 1 J1
Nikon 1 V1
Nikon COOLPIX P7100
Olympus PEN E-PL1s
Olympus PEN E-PL3
Olympus PEN E-PM1
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ150
Sony Alpha NEX-5N
Sony Alpha SLT-A65
Sony Alpha SLT-A77
 
For more information on supported RAW formats, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4757.
Category: Apple News
Post Date: 11/11/2011 10:00:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 10, 2011
The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted a pair of pages that you might find interesting:
 
EOS-1D X AF System - AF points & area selection
 
Cinema EOS FAQs
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/10/2011 11:03:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon D7000 Firmware 1.03 is now available for download.
 
Modifications enabled with B firmware Ver. 1.03
 
• An error where the card may not have been recognized when some memory cards were used has been addressed.
 
• The following issues occurred when the mode dial was rotated from U1 or U2 to another shooting mode or from another shooting mode to U1 or U2 when the power was off or when the exposure meters are off (Auto meter-off). These issues were resolved.
 
• A new folder is sometimes created despite the fact that the current folder does not yet contain 999 files and none of the files are numbered “9999”.
 
• The number of remaining exposures may not be displayed as specified in the settings.
 
• The setting for Role played by card in Slot 2 may change between Overflow, Backup, and RAW Slot 1- JPEG Slot 2.
 
• An issue where Battery info in the setup menu sometimes showed sufficient remaining charge even when the remaining charge for the AA batteries inserted in the MB-D11 battery pack was low has been resolved.
 
• An issue where a saved photo may not have been displayed properly when a movie was displayed in playback mode while saving the photo has been resolved.
 
• An issue where zoom in or zoom out may not have performed properly when the playback zoom in or playback zoom out button was pressed while in Live view has been resolved.
 
• The message displayed when the internal memory of the Wireless Transmitter WT-4 is formatted from the Format transmitter's memory under Device settings in Wireless transmitter of the camera’s setup menu was changed from Done to Built-in memory formatted.
 
• The message displayed when the internal memory of the Wireless Transmitter WT-4 is formatted from the Format transmitter's memory under Device settings in Wireless transmitter of the camera’s setup menu was changed from Done to Built-in memory formatted.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/10/2011 10:45:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon D5100 Firmware 1.01 is now available for download.
 
Modifications enabled with firmware A:1.01 / B:1.01
 
• An error where the card may not have been recognized when some memory cards were used has been addressed.
 
• When Selective color from the retouch menu is performed on a picture taken with the image quality set to NEF (RAW)+JPEG and an image size of M or S, the edges of the image may not have changed color. This issue has been resolved.
 
• When Metering was set to Matrix metering, the exposure mode set to M (Manual), and the HDR exposure differential set to Auto, the exposure differential was fixed at a value equivalent to 2 EV. This has been changed to enable automatic adjustment of exposure differential so that it is appropriate for the scene
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/10/2011 10:44:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/10/2011 9:02:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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