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 Monday, February 25, 2013
In late 2010, we posted a news feature on gps4cam, a geotagging app for the iPhone. In short, the app allowed you to record location data with your phone's GPS and append the coordinates to the EXIF data of your DSLR images.
 
In the past two years, gps4cam has released an Android version of their app and a "Pro" version of their original iOS app with many enhanced features.
 
gps4cam Features:

  • No need to synchronize manually the time and date of your iPhone and your camera
  • Share one bar code with several cameras
  • Visualize the trip and different capture points on a map
  • Share the geotagged pictures on websites like Flickr, Picasa or Panoramio
  • Organize the geotagged pictures with software like iPhoto, Aperture or Picasa (mac or pc)
  • Works with all camera brands including Canon, Nikon, Sony and Panasonic
  • Geotag all the usual image formats (jpg, raw, tiff…)
  • Contextual help and instructions
  • GPX export

Additional features of gps4cam Pro:

  • Long trips management improvement:
  1. Online Connection through Dropbox to GPS4CAM. This Online Mode allows you to store the necessary data on the cloud for later use. From now on, only one QRCode has to be photographed! Gps4cam Desktop finds then automatically the needed data on the cloud and geotag your photos.
  2. Optimization of the number of QRCodes to photograph. If the user do not want or cannot use the online connection, he can choose the data he wants to encode into the QR Codes (Altitude,Ultra Accurate positioning) in order to limit the number of QR Codes to photograph.
  • User experience improved:
  1. New function to catch up if you forget to launch the application. The user can move the start of the trip. Thus, the pictures taken before the launch of gps4cam are associated with the first capture made at the launch of the trip on the iPhone.
  2. Possibility to name a trip from the beginning of the trip (and not only after the ride).
  • New positioning information:
  1. Export of the altitudes. Pilots, skydivers, hikers & climbers specifically have asked for this feature.
  2. Export Ultra Accurate Positioning. This mode is the default mode when the application is run online.
  • Other functions:
  1. Possibility of transferring the entire database of trips to gps4cam or gps4cam pro.
  2. Ability to send by mail or import to Dropbox the trips full database.
  3. Ability to specify in the iPhone settings an address by default for sending GPX files or for the trips database back up.
  • Many small ergonomic improvements making it easier to navigate within the application & optimization of the app for IOS6 and IPhone 5 users.

Download Links:
 
gps4cam ($2.99) - iOS | Android
gps4cam Pro ($3.99) - iOS
Free gps4cam Desktop Client (click on "Downloads")

Permalink: gps4cam Goes Pro
Post Date: 2/25/2013 9:14:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon BG-E9 Battery Grip for 60D
Adorama has the Canon BG-E9 Battery Grip for EOS 60D available for $129.00 with free shipping. Compare at $139.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/25/2013 8:01:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Zeiss iF Product Design Winners 2013
From Carl Zeiss:
 
ZEISS camera and cine lenses receive coveted iF product design award
 
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 25.02.2013. - Carl Zeiss has won five product design prizes as part of the prestigious iF design awards 2013. Three ZEISS camera lenses and two cine lenses were presented with an award during a festive ceremony on February 22 in Munich. More than 3,000 products were submitted for the iF product design award 2013, which is now in its 60th year.
 
The winners are the cine lenses Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9, the ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic MA 50/T1.9 (which was developed jointly with camera maker ARRI), as well as three new camera lenses for single-lens reflex (SLR) and mirrorless system cameras (CSC). One of the lenses for Sony NEX and Fujifilm X cameras even received the coveted iF gold award for particularly exceptional design, which this year was presented to only 50 of the 981 winners. This new product family of autofocus lenses for mirrorless system cameras (CSC) should be available starting the summer of 2013.
 
The iF product design award pays tribute to an entirely new design approach at Carl Zeiss. "For the first time, we have established a design language that aims to convey the strengths and the identity of our lenses already through their appearance, how they feel to the human touch, and the impression they create," says Martin Dominicus, Head of Marketing of Carl Zeiss Camera Lens Division. The new product design language, which will be applied to all future lenses, was created in close cooperation with the Stuttgart design studio Phoenix Design. "While ZEISS lenses have until now mainly been known for their technical precision, excellent image performance and ergonomics, our lenses will now also meet the highest aesthetic standards of our customers by becoming design objects in and of themselves," explains Dominicus. "Important in this respect are not only functional aspects such as convenient handling and operation, but also the effect that is communicated through high-quality design."
 
Carl Zeiss and Phoenix Design, which was founded in 1987, developed the new design language in an extensive two-year process that began with in-depth interviews with experienced users and business partners. Tom Schönherr, co-founder and partner of Phoenix Design, explains: "From the brand values of ZEISS lenses we derived product characteristics for the areas usability, perception and technology which should be mirrored in the product design. Attributes such as logical, reliable and user-oriented are reflected in the new concept for labeling and manageability." The industry designers have described the characteristics in a guideline. These characteristics will distinguish the ZEISS brand in all future products and ensure recognition across all product lines. Brand recognition will be reflected in such form elements as contour lines, the look and feel of the operating areas, and the properties of the surface. New features include an optimized focus ring, a smooth coating, and a stray light lens hood which presents itself as an optical component part of the camera lens. The lens hood's funnel-shaped form signals the high speed and performance which ZEISS lenses are known for, among others.
 
The names and scales on the lenses are — fully in line with a uniform and recognizable typography — in the standardized typeface DIN 1451. This typeface is not only known for its clear, classic and modern appearance; used since 1936 for German road and rail signage, it is intended to be quickly recognizable and optimally legible, even in poor lighting conditions. These are characteristics to which photographers and cinematographers also attach great importance as they make it easier to handle a lens.
 
"Being honored with the iF product design awards confirms that we have succeeded in creating a distinctive design. Especially for a lens, this is a major challenge as the scope to influence the design is very limited. With few but all the more typical elements, we have developed a new and modern design language that is already gaining acceptance," says product designer Schönherr.
 
Dominicus adds: "For us it was important that the appearance of ZEISS lenses be just as unique as their technical characteristics. We have developed a concept that enables Carl Zeiss to achieve its premium claim more consistently in the future: uncompromising technology with outstanding product design."
 
B&H carries Zeiss lenses.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 2/25/2013 7:12:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 1 J1 Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Lens (Red)
Cameta Camera has the Refurbished Nikon 1 J1 Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Lens (Red) available for $217.95 with fee shipping. Compare at $396.95 new.
 Sunday, February 24, 2013
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The Canon Store has select Canon DSLR Cameras, Lenses and Speedlites available for 20% off. Act quickly before inventory is gone!
 
Note: Unfortunately, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is excluded from this offer. Also, some of the items listed below may be out of stock at the moment. Check back often for inventory changes.
 
Refurbished DSLR Cameras:

Refubished DSLR CameraOrig. PriceSavingsSale Price
EOS 5D Mark II Body1,759.20 351.84 1,407.36
EOS 7D Body1,279.20 255.84 1,023.36
EOS 60D Body799.99 160.00 639.99
EOS Rebel T4i Body639.99 128.00 511.99
EOS Rebel T3i + 18-55559.99112.00447.99

Refurbished DSLR Lenses and Speedlites:

Refubished DSLR CameraOrig. PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM1,759.20 351.84 1,407.36
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM1,359.20 271.84 1,087.36
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM1,079.20 215.84 863.36
Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM871.20 174.24 696.96
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM839.20 167.84 671.36
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.99 64.00 255.99
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.99 32.00 127.99
Canon EF 1.4x III Extender399.99 80.00 319.99
Canon EF 2x III Extender399.99 80.00 319.99
Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash239.99 48.00 191.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9940.00159.99

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/24/2013 7:44:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending February 23rd, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Sunday, both Canon and Nikon announced big savings with DSLR camera and lens rebates. Nikon rebates like these haven’t been seen in several years and are scheduled to run two weeks, ending on March 2nd. Canon rebates are scheduled to last a little longer - until March 30th.
 
On Tuesday, Canon announced a new address for its Americas headquarters, One Canon Park, Melville, NY. The 700,000 square foot facility will serve all North and South American countries and will be one of three Canon worldwide headquarters – the other two located in London and Japan.
 
Also on Tuesday, Canon released an official product advisory regarding slow autofocus performance when using a Speedlite’s AF assist beam with Canon EOS 1D X and 5D Mark III digital cameras. Firmware fixes are being developed for both cameras with the 5D III firmware scheduled to arrive in late April and the 1D X firmware scheduled to arrive in late May.
 
On Wednesday, Nikon announced the D7100 DSLR camera. The D7100 features a 24.1 megapixel DX sensor, a new 51-Point AF system, 3.2” LCD screen, and a burst rate of 6 frames per second. One of the most notable features of the D7100 is an omission – it is designed without an optical low-pass filter.
 
Also on Wednesday, Nikon issued an official advisory regarding sensor dust in the D600 DSLR camera. Nikon advises manually cleaning the sensor with a sensor bulb and, if that doesn’t work, consulting your nearest Nikon service center for a cleaning.
 
On Friday, we published a news article on the creation of the world’s largest panoramic photo – a 320-gigapixel image of London, England, captured with Canon equipment. The panoramic image was created using more than 48,000 individual images and would be 98 meters long if printed.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Tuesday, we published a deal from BuyDig.com where you could get a free copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 11 bundled with several popular Canon DSLR lenses. As the software normally sells just north of $100.00, this was an especially good deal when packaged with moderately priced lenses.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!
Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 2/24/2013 11:21:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 22, 2013
Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera
Adorama has the Refurbished Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera available for $979.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,439.00. (thanks Joshua)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/22/2013 11:51:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through March 13, CanvasPeople is offering their Canvas Prints at 40% off. They are also donating $1.00 to charity with each order.
 
From CanvasPeople:
 
CanvasPeople is donating $1 per order to the Sister to Sister Foundation when you grab this special deal! Together, we are raising awareness for heart disease. You'll feel great helping this fantastic cause and your beautiful canvas will remind you every day!
Post Date: 2/22/2013 10:39:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Western Digital 2TB My Book Essential External Hard Drive available for $94.95 with free shipping. Compare at $107.99.
Post Date: 2/22/2013 9:50:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
 
Some D600 users have reported the appearance of random spots on their images which is generally attributed to the natural accumulation of dust.
 
While understanding that dust will occur over time, and steps may be taken to reduce the occurrence, the complete elimination of these dust spots may sometimes be difficult.
 
It has come to our attention that, in some rare cases, they may be reflected noticeably in images and removal may be difficult using normal measures. Therefore, Nikon is informing users of a service to reduce this issue.
 
Resolution
 
As a first step, please follow the guidance from the D600 User's Manual (pages 301-305) related to the Clean Image Sensor function and manual cleaning using a blower bulb.
 
If these measures do not remove all dust particles and you are still experiencing problems, then please consult your nearest Nikon service center. The technicians will examine the camera thoroughly, and service it as needed.
 
Requesting service
 
See the following for instructions on requesting service by a Nikon service center.
 
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Service-And-Support/Service-And-Repair.page
 
Please direct inquiries regarding this matter to your nearest Nikon service center.
 
We hope that you will continue to choose Nikon for your photographic needs.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/22/2013 9:08:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
320-Gigapixel Panoramic Photo of London
From BT Tower's website:
 
BT Tower breaks world record for panoramic photo
 
An amazing image of London taken from the top of the BT Tower has set a new record for the world’s largest panoramic photo. The image shows a full 360 degree view of London in incredible detail.
 
The 320 gigapixel image, taken by expert photography firm 360Cities, comprises more than 48,000 individual frames which have been collated into a single panorama by a powerful workstation. It is the first time that an image of this magnitude has ever been attempted, and it took several months to create due to the scale of the endeavour. If printed at normal photographic resolution, the BT Tower panorama would be 98 meters across and 24 meters tall, almost as big as Buckingham Palace. In comparison, the last record attempt for a London panorama was 80 gigapixels, taken from Centrepoint in 2010.
 
Project by numbers:

  • 320 – the number of gigapixels in the photo
  • 48,640 – the number of individual images shot
  • 3 – the number of days it took to shoot all the individual photos
  • 3 – the number of months over which the computer processed the final result
  • 60,000 – times bigger than an iPhone 4 photo
  • 98 – the number of meters long if printed in normal photographic resolution
  • 24 – the number of meters high if printed in normal photographic resolution
  • 29th – The floor at the BT Tower where the photos were taken
  • 20 – number of miles distant to the viewable horizon

Technical photographic information, and how the photo was taken:

  • Working over a period of three chilly days in 2012, the 360Cities team spent hours on the 29th floor outdoor platform of the BT Tower working with four cameras to record the 48,640 images comprising the panorama.
  • Four Canon EOS 7D cameras with EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lenses and Extender EF 2x III teleconverters were mounted on Clauss company Rodeon VR Head ST robotic panorama heads and positioned in four secure locations around the 29th floor platform.
  • The Clauss company robotic panorama heads are capable of 72,000 steps in a single 360 degree arc, and in this case were set to fire four frames a second.
  • Laptops monitored a live preview of the progress of the shoot, which was accomplished in the teeth of sub-freezing temperatures and occasional 50 mph winds high above London.
  • The 360Cities photography team of Jeffrey Martin, Tom Mills and Holger Schulze ensured that not a single individual frame from the more than 48,000 planned was missed.
  • The raw images were then processed over a multi-week period using Fujitsu Technology Solutions’ Celsius R920 workstation with 256GB of RAM and 16 cores at 3.1GHz, and Autopano Giga panorama stitching software from Kolor.
  • The resulting online interactive version of the photo is presented in multi-layered, tiled resolution that permits zooming in to view extreme details, and is composed of millions of individual image tiles.

See the full BT Tower Press Release and check out the amazing 320-gigapixel panoramic photo.

Post Date: 2/22/2013 8:11:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Kickstarter:
 
Luxi turns your iPhone into an incident light meter for photographers.
 
What is Luxi?
 
Luxi is a small diffusion dome that fits securely over your iPhone’s front-facing camera. When attached and used with a light meter app, Luxi will help you determine the best settings for your DSLR or other camera so that you can take perfectly exposed pictures.
 
What does it do?
 
With Luxi, your iPhone becomes a convenient and easy to use incident light meter. Professional light meters with the same features can cost several hundred dollars and require you to carry a whole separate device.
 
Incident light meters, like Luxi, measure the amount of light falling on the subject you are photographing, not the light reflected by the subject. Incident light meter readings are independent of the subject's reflectance and cannot be fooled by tricky lighting situations like back-lit subjects (e.g. sunset portraits).
 
Go to the Luxi Kickstarter page to see more.
Post Date: 2/22/2013 7:41:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Microsoft and Nikon Logos
From Microsoft:
 
REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 21, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. and Nikon Corporation have signed a patent licensing agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for certain Nikon cameras running the Android platform. While the contents of the agreement will not be disclosed, Microsoft will receive royalties from Nikon.
 
“Microsoft and Nikon have a long history of collaboration, and this agreement further demonstrates the value that both companies place on responsible IP licensing,” said David Kaefer, general manager of Intellectual Property (IP) Licensing at Microsoft. “Microsoft is proud to align with a leader in the digital camera industry to license Android technology for the benefit of Nikon’s customers.”
 
B&H carries Nikon Digital Cameras with Android.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/22/2013 6:55:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens
From Tamron:
 
February 22, 2013, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President and CEO: Morio Ono / Headquarters: Saitama City), a leading manufacturer of optical equipment, announced the launch of a next generation 90mm Macro lens for full-size SLR cameras. The lens features completely redesigned optics, a proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation)*1, and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)*2.
 
The SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F004) for Nikon will be first released in Japan on March 2, 2013 and subsequently elsewhere.
 
(*1) VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron's proprietary image stabilization mechanism.
(*2) USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) is Tamron's proprietary ultrasonic motor drive.
 
B&H has the Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Lens for Nikon available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 2/22/2013 6:33:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 21, 2013
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
B&H has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens (Imported) available for $94.00 with free shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/21/2013 3:40:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through February 28, use coupon code PX35OFF at AdoramaPix to save 35% on their complete lineup of photo print products.
 
AdoramaPix products include:

Post Date: 2/21/2013 1:46:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From YouTube:

"How do the world's top chefs photograph their food for recipe books?
 
Photographer David Loftus and Jamie Oliver have worked together for the past 15 years preparing and shooting food for countless cookbooks and websites.
 
In this master class, David (shooting on the Nikon D4) and Jamie (shooting on the Nikon D3200) explain how they capture rich, vibrant imagery of the food that Jamie cooks, and what can we learn from them for our own food photography."

B&H carries the Nikon D4 and Nikon D3200 DSLR cameras.

Post Date: 2/21/2013 10:50:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Camera Kit
B&H has the Refurbished Canon EOS Rebel T3i (600D) DSLR Camera & 18-55mm IS II Lens Kit available for $539.95 with free shipping. Compare at $629.00 new.
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