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 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/4 L 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/4 L 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/4 L 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
The Nikon D5200 DSLR Owner's Manual is now available for download.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/25/2013 1:50:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Explorer Ángel Martínez, the official photographer for one of the world's biggest soccer teams - Real Madrid - discusses using Canon's latest flagship camera to capture fast action sports.
 
See the article at Canon Professional Network.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/25/2013 12:29:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Update: B&H has changed its expected arrival date for the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM A1 Lens for Nikon from January 24th to January 31st.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/25/2013 10:03:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe is offering 40% off the first year of Creative Cloud for existing Creative Suite users - that means you can get one year of Creative Cloud for only $29.99 per month after the 40% off ($20.00) discount.
 
There is also a 40% off academic discount for qualifying students and teachers.
Post Date: 1/25/2013 7:51:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 24, 2013
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D90 DSLR Camera available for $597.99 with free shipping. Compare at $782.99.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/24/2013 2:19:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Photoshelter has a new guide available via email: The 2013 Photo Business Plan Workbook.
Post Date: 1/24/2013 1:19:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For many photographers, Adobe Photoshop is a must-have in their digital post-processing workflow. Unfortunately, Photoshop is not cheap. For those photographers who are finding Photoshop's price tag to be a significant barrier, there is a free alternative - GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program).
 
From GIMP's website:

"GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
 
It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.
 
GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted."

While GIMP does not offer the latest features found in Adobe's Photoshop, it is a very powerful and capable image editing program. Unfortunately, GIMP's interface is not as user-friendly as Photshop's. For someone who is used to working in Photoshop, GIMP can be especially cumbersome.
 
Thankfully, there is a book that may be able to help:
 
The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything
 
From Amazon:
 
GIMP is a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop with tons of professional-grade features. But with so many powerful tools and menu options, GIMP can be difficult to master. Whether you're struggling to get started or trying to master some of GIMP's more complex features, you'll find the answers you're looking for in The Book of GIMP.
 
The tutorials in the first half of the book walk you through essential GIMP skills, like resizing and cropping images, touching up spots and scratches, and customizing your work area. Illustrated, step-by-step instructions show you how to:

  • Improve the lighting and composition of images
  • Remove distortions and noise to make old and damaged photos look like new
  • Create stunning panoramas and digital collages using a series of photos
  • Make, edit, and export custom textures, logos, and animated GIFs
  • Work with selections, channels, and masks to edit images like a pro
  • Create colorful digital art, layer by layer

The book's second half offers a comprehensive reference to GIMP's many features, including color balancing, masks, filters, and plug-ins. You'll find tools described in unparalleled detail, with coverage of nearly every option and parameter.With illustrated tutorials and detailed references, The Book of GIMP is sure to become your one-stop guide to just about everything GIMP.
 
Amazon has The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything available for purchase.

Post Date: 1/24/2013 12:40:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Browsing eBay earlier this morning, I was quite suprised to see what pre-owned Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III DSLR Cameras were going for - one auction in particular had a Buy-It-Now price of $2,200.00 + shipping.
 
It looks like there has never been a better time to pick up a previous generation 1-series camera!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/24/2013 9:37:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Spider Camera Holster Spider Arca-Swiss Clamp
 
B&H has the Spider Arca-Swiss Clamp from Spider Camera Holster in stock.
 
From B&H:
 
The black Spider Arca-Swiss Clamp from Spider Camera Holster is compatible with any Arca-type plate or bracket. Complete with two anti-twist pins to prevent slippage, this plate allows you to attach your camera to any Arca-style tripod mount or bracket. This plate works with other manufacturer's equipment such as Wimberley, Really Right Stuff and Kirk.

  • Compatible with Wimberley, Really Right Stuff, Kirk
  • Twist the pressure screw allowing the Spider Arca-Swiss Clamp's sliding jaws to release and become free to connect the camera to a tripod
  • Includes two anti-twist pins to prevent unthreading

Check out our Spider Camera Holster Review for more info.

Post Date: 1/24/2013 8:30:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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