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 Monday, January 28, 2013
From Datacolor:
 
Datacolor Webinars Offer Step-by-Step Techniques to Produce High Quality Images
 
Lawrenceville, NJ – January 28, 2013 – Datacolor® (www.datacolor.com), a global leader in color management solutions, announced today its winter 2013 line-up of free color management webinars. Continuing its popular series, Datacolor is offering introductory and advanced webinars on a variety of topics to demonstrate new techniques for photographers to enhance their skills. Additionally, Datacolor is partnering with other notable photography related companies for an even more dynamic webinar series. Co-sponsors, including Lensbaby and SLR Lounge, will offer product giveaways and promotions.
 
The bi-monthly webinars, hosted by David Tobie, global product technology manager for Datacolor, and David Saffir, Datacolor expert, noted landscape and fine art photographer, and author of “Master Digital Color,” focus on managing color using tools in both capture and processing stages. Webinars include step-by-step demonstrations using Datacolor’s line of Spyder color calibration devices, and in-depth discussion to provide photographers with new methods to produce high quality results with their own images.
 
“As technology changes so do workflow methods,” said David Tobie. “Datacolor is known for our thought leaders and we want to be a resource to photographers and provide them with both the tools and techniques they need to produce high quality images. We are excited to bring in new partners, topics and trends to support photographers from the novice to the pro to further develop their skills and take their photography to the next level.”
 
Upcoming topics for the Datacolor color management webinar series to include:

  • January 30, 2013 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: Valentine’s Photography: Photographing Loved Ones, Couples and More
  • February 13, 2013 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: Advanced Workflow Using Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6 (Co-sponsor: SLR Lounge)
  • February 27, 2013 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: Tips and Techniques for Floral Photography (Co-sponsor: Lensbaby)
  • March 6, 2013 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: Artistic Techniques in Phone Photography
  • March 28, 2013 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: What’s in Your Camera Bag?

Those interested in attending can register in advance for the free webinars. Attendees will be automatically entered to win a Datacolor Spyder product coinciding with the webinar topic. Guests will also have the ability to interact with the speakers in a Q&A format, and get first-hand input on applying color management effectively in their workflow.
 
Register now at http://spyder.datacolor.com/webinars/.
 
B&H carries Datacolor products.

Post Date: 1/28/2013 2:25:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Camera Museum has published a technical report on the PowerShot SX50 HS digital camera.
 
B&H carries the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS digital camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 1/28/2013 11:56:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Friend of the site Bo Zhang recently sent us his findings regarding autofocus problems he was experiencing with his Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens. After his teardown and testing process, Zhang surmised that paint loss on a specific rotor resulted in metal shavings that jammed the autofocus motor.
 
From Bo Zhang:
"Now the result is clear: The HSM needed this layer of spray paint to work properly. The paint provided scortch free friction interface. I now have to order new HSM parts to get my lens fixed. But how long can a new layer of paint last?"
Download Bo Zhang's complete teardown findings here (PDF).
Post Date: 1/28/2013 10:13:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Image Space
 
Nikon Image Space, Nikon's overhauled "Picturetown," is now live. There are two types of free accounts - the regular free account provides users with 2GBs of storage while Nikon camera owners receive 20GBs of storage.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/28/2013 8:47:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The current Canon rebate program is scheduled to end this Saturday, February 2nd. While the rebate has been extended multiple times, there is no guarantee it will happen again.
 
If you're on the fence about purchasing a Canon DSLR camera or lens, just look at the rebate amount and ask yourself if you'd like to risk having to spend that much more for your item.
 
Canon DSLR Rebates

ModelRebate Amount
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Buy$200.00 - $400.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Buy$400.00
Canon EOS 6D Buy$200.00 on Kit
Canon EOS 7D Buy$200.00 - $450.00
Canon EOS 60D Buy$200.00 - $450.00
Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D Buy$50.00 - $200.00
Canon EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D Buy$70.00 - $220.00

Canon Lens and Flash Rebates

ModelRebate Amount
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM Fisheye Lens Buy$180.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy$400.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$80.00
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens Buy$250.00
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens Buy$250.00
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$60.00
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Buy$180.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy$60.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Buy$15.00
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens Buy$30.00
Canon MP-E 65mm Macro Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$60.00
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy$180.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy$120.00
Canon EF 1.4x III Extender Buy$70.00
Canon EF 2x III Extender Buy$70.00
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy$120.00
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$120.00
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy$60.00
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Buy$60.00
Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash Buy$45.00
Canon Speedlite 270EX II Flash Buy$15.00
Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX Flash Buy$80.00
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX Flash Buy$50.00

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/28/2013 7:33:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
January 28, 2013 - TOKYO - Nikon Corporation celebrates the 80th anniversary of the launch of its NIKKOR photographic lenses this year
 
In commemoration of NIKKOR's 80th anniversary, Nikon hopes to strengthen and increase awareness of the historic and reliable NIKKOR brand with various promotions in 2013. The first step toward achieving this objective is the creation of a NIKKOR 80th anniversary logo that will be used in Nikon product brochures, advertisements, and various other forms of communication. The anniversary logo will embody NIKKOR's image of taking the lead in every age based on optical technologies developed over its long history.
 
NIKKOR's history began in 1932 with Nikon's (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) registration of the NIKKOR trademark, soon followed in 1933 with the first shipment of Aero-Nikkor aerial photographic lenses. Since then, Nikon has continued to develop lenses for both film and digital cameras. Always loaded with cutting edge optical technologies of the times, NIKKOR has grown to be a brand known for high-performance lenses.
 
In 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released its first SLR camera, the Nikon F as well as its first lens for Nikon SLR cameras, the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2. The Nikon F mount, adopted for the Nikon F, continues to be the mount used in the latest Nikon digital-SLR cameras. In addition, with the release of the new Nikon 1 series of advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses incorporating the new 1 mount, Nikon has steadily released dedicated 1 mount lenses developed with optical technologies cultivated over the years, advanced technologies, and offering the superior image quality users have come to expect since 2011. As a result, total production of NIKKOR lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses reached 75 million in November 2012.
 
NIKKOR lenses are not limited to use by cameras with interchangeable lenses but are also integrated into Nikon's COOLPIX series of compact digital cameras. Thus, NIKKOR lenses have been well received by a broad range of users, from entry-level to professional photographers. Nikon's lineup of lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses currently consists of more than 80 types of lenses, including fisheye lenses, ultra wide-angle lenses, super-telephoto lenses, zoom lenses, micro lenses, PC-E lenses, and 1 NIKKOR lenses for advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses. Nikon will continue to develop high-quality NIKKOR lenses that attract a wide variety of photographers.
 
B&H carries Nikon Nikkor lenses.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/28/2013 6:46:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, January 27, 2013
The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending January 26, 2013:
 
Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 1/27/2013 10:38:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Camera body bags I mean. Just got a camera back from Canon service and it arrived in a microfiber bag that I have not seen before. Sporting the "White Glove" look, this bag will protect against dust and minor scratches. Little impact protection is provided.
 
Canon Body Bag
 
I have to give Canon CPS Gold Service kudos for the fast turnaround on this repair. I shipped the camera on Tuesday, it arrived at Canon's Jamestown service facility on Wednesday, it was repaired and shipped on Thursday - and in my hands on Friday morning. With a free body bag. I couldn't ask for more.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 1/27/2013 8:01:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, January 26, 2013
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens for $739.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,049.00 new - which is still a very good value for this great lens.
 
Caveat Emptor: BigValueInc's positive feedback rating has dropped a bit recently - now at 98.1%. However, eBay seems to trust them enough to continue listing their auctions as "Daily Deals."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/26/2013 11:32:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has published a set of online video camera tutorials for the EOS 6D DSLR camera.
 
Topics include:

  • Basic Overview
  • The Auto Options
  • Image Quality
  • Multiple Exposure Shooting
  • In-Camera HDR
  • In-Camera RAW and JPEG Processing
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing
  • Low Light Shooting
  • Composition Aids
  • Auto Focus System Basics
  • Basic Video Operation
  • Time Code Operation Basics

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 1/26/2013 7:53:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Transcend Ultimate and Premium Series Memory Cards
 
From Transcend:
 
Transcend Offers a Complete Lineup of Ultra-High Speed Memory Cards to Boost the Performance of Your Device
 
January 24, 2013 - Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend®), a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, is pleased to offer a comprehensive lineup of memory cards featuring the next-generation Ultra-High Speed Class 1 specification (UHS-I, U1). Thanks to the use of this cutting-edge technology, Transcend UHS-I memory cards not only elevate the performance of SDHC-equipped mobile devices, but also provide quick and seamless file transfers between card and computer.
 
Premium Series microSDHC and SDHC UHS-I Cards
Designed to enhance the smartphone and tablet user experience, Transcend’s microSDHC UHS-I memory cards guarantee the best possible performance when running memory-intensive mobile apps and games, as well as Full HD video recording and playback. Taking full advantage of the UHS-I interface, Transcend’s SDHC UHS-I memory cards help digital camera users capture and store photos faster and more reliably than ever before.
 
To improve post-production efficiency, Transcend's ‘Premium’ series microSDHC and SDHC memory cards can achieve impressive transfer rates of up to 45MB/s (300X), significantly reducing the time it takes to copy files to a computer. Available in a range of capacities (8GB to 32GB), the microSDHC and SDHC Class 10 UHS-I cards provide vast storage space to store a massive amount of personal media files.
 
Ultimate Series SDHC/SDXC UHS-I Cards
Aimed at professional photographers, reporters and enthusiasts, Transcend’s ‘Ultimate’ series SDHC/SDXC UHS-I memory cards help realize the full high-resolution recording capabilities of today’s latest DSLR and hybrid cameras, and camcorders. When paired with UHS-I enabled devices, these cards raise the bar with blazing fast transfer speeds of up to 90MB/s (600X), which makes them the perfect choice for capturing expert-quality images and smooth Full HD 1080p, 3D and even 4K Ultra HD video.
 
Featuring storage capacities ranging from 8GB to an enormous 64GB, Transcend SDHC/SDXC UHS-I cards provide plenty of space for professional-quality photos and videos. The 64GB SDXC card, for instance, can store a full 16 hours of 1080p High-Definition footage (1920x1080 9Mbps H.264 AVC compression) or over 4000 RAW images (based on 14MB file size), ideal for situations that demand continuous burst-mode shooting and non-stop video recording.
 
For added value, each Transcend UHS-I memory card includes a free download of Transcend’s own RecoveRx™ software - an extraordinarily effective tool for bringing back accidentally deleted or lost files. All Transcend memory cards are fully tested for compatibility and reliability, and carry Transcend’s renowned Lifetime Warranty.
 
B&H carries Transcend memory cards.
Post Date: 1/26/2013 8:08:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 25, 2013
A new set of ISO 12233 resolution chart test results are now available in the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review. These results are lens sample "2".
 
I was not satisfied that the right side of my Tamron 24-70 VC lens-captured images was softer than the left. Since the right side is displayed in the site's ISO 12233 chart tool, I decided that Tamron should be given the chance to make the lens perform as I expected (some of you also requested this). Unfortunately, the lens performed better before I sent it to Tamron for tuning.
 
Here is the before and after comparison.
 
The first Tamron 24-70 VC I purchased performed so poorly that Tamron asked to have the lens returned to them. The second (retail-purchased) lens, while good, still had an issue (likely decentering). Now, after an attempt to correct the issue, the second lens performs slightly worse than it initially performed.
 
What to do now? I'll probably send the lens back to Tamron for a second repair attempt. I wouldn't be happy using it and wouldn't want anyone else to buy it on the used market. I will likely re-test the lens after the second repair. This testing process is very time consuming and therefore, very costly. This experience makes it hard to recommend buying this potentially very good lens to anyone.
Post Date: 1/25/2013 8:53:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Clear skies have been in very short supply for us lately, but I was able to squeeze in a flare test recently. Flare test results are now included on the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Review page.
 
As with the other similar zoom lenses, you will want to keep very bright lights out of the frame when shooting with the Canon 24-70 f/4L IS Lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/25/2013 8:47:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Post Date: 1/25/2013 10:43:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Datacolor:
 
Join us for a webinar on Valentine’s Photography
 
Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate and express love. Photography is a great tool to use when capturing those special moments. It can be a busy time for photographing couples, families, friends, kids, etc. There are many elements to consider in your capture to output workflow. This webinar will explore posing, attire, lighting, editing and printing of Valentine’s Day photography.
 
Join us, Wednesday, January 30th from 3PM-4PM EST, as Datacolor Experts David Saffir and C. David Tobie share their love of photography with you and some tips and tricks to use for this special holiday.
 
An interactive Q&A will take place throughout the webinar to answer any questions you may have.
 
Two lucky webinar guests will win free SpyderCUBES
 
Title: Valentine’s Photography: Photographing Loved Ones, Couples and More
Date: Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
 
Register here.
Post Date: 1/25/2013 3:28:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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