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 Thursday, June 20, 2013
From Nikon:
 
Nikon Corporation (Makoto Kimura, President) reports that a problem with "NIKON IMAGE SPACE", the image sharing and storage site managed by Nikon, has resulted in mutual account accessibility for 43 pairs (86 users) of new accounts registered under certain conditions. Random account access by various users is not possible. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, concerns, or worry this may have caused.
 
After this problem was detected, we identified the cause and implemented measures to prevent recurrence, and finally confirmed that it had not occurred with any other users than those originally identified.
 
The issue
 
It has come to our attention that new accounts for 43 users created between 12:10 pm, Thursday, June 6, and 10:00 pm, Tuesday, June 11, 2013 (all dates/times in Japan Standard Time) can be accessed by another 43 users, and vice versa. This means that accounts for a total of 86 users can each be accessed by two users—the actual account holder and one other user. This is the result of a problem with the "NIKON IMAGE SPACE" system. After examining the system, we found evidence that the images and membership information (name, nickname, e-mail address, telephone number) of 32 of those users had been accessed in some way without the user's knowledge.
 
Cause
 
There were problems with the "NIKON IMAGE SPACE" internal program updated on June 6, 2013 (Thursday). Usually, with new membership registration, a unique number, used for internal management of accounts, is assigned to each member. Over the span of several days, however, several of the same numbers were assigned to two new members.
 
Emergency response
 
Immediately after this problem was detected, we identified the cause and implemented measures to prevent recurrence, and confirmed that it had not occurred with more than the 32 users identified. Finally, the internal program was corrected at 6:30 pm on June 14, 2013 (Friday) to ensure that these unique internal management numbers are not assigned to more than one user or account.
 
However, to prevent the situation from becoming any worse for the original 86 users affected by this problem, those 86 users remain unable to log-in to their accounts. We have e-mailed these 86 users individually with a report of the problem and our sincerest apologies.
 
Measures to prevent recurrence
 
Nikon takes this problem very seriously indeed. Not only will a revision of system design and quality standards be implemented, but the monitoring system and items monitored to ensure consistency of data will be reinforced to prevent future inconsistencies and restore reliability.
 
* Worldwide distribution of 32 affected users: 8 in Japan, 11 in the U.S., 3 in Italy, 2 each in Spain, Germany, and Australia, 1 each in the U.K., France, Belgium, and Malaysia
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/20/2013 6:39:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 19, 2013
From GigaPan:
 
NASA’s First Billion-Pixel Image of the Rover Curiosity Brings the Red Planet to Life
 
June 19, 2013 - Technology from GigaPan is being used to display images taken by the Mars rover Curiosity, a NASA mission investigating past and present environments within the Gale Crater on Mars. Managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, the rover landed in August 2012 and is the latest mission to explore the red planet. Equipped with a camera capable of capturing gigapixel-quality images of the Martian landscape, the rover sends back stunning images that scientists compile into expansive panoramas, including NASA’s first billion-pixel panorama, released today.
 
The new 1.3-billion-pixel image was stitched together from nearly 900 individual images to showcase the details of the Mars landscape. The image highlights the site where Curiosity collected its first scoops of sand at a windblown patch called “Rocksnest,” and extends to Mount Sharp on the horizon. The public can explore the image and more panoramas from Curiosity as part of a new NASA JPL Curiosity gallery on the GigaPan website.
 
NASA is using high-definition panoramas to support Curiosity’s goal of investigating the environmental history within Gale Crater, a location where the project has found that conditions were long ago favorable for microbial life. By capturing the gigapixel-quality images of the planet’s landscape, scientists are able to identify new targets to investigate and new material for ongoing studies of Mars.
 
By displaying images on the GigaPan website, JPL is able to give viewers the opportunity to explore Mars with the rover and investigate a landscape that cannot be explored by humans. Additionally, the interactive capabilities of GigaPan images allow people to zoom in to the surface of Mars to see details, including individual rocks, grains, dust ripples and other features of the red planet.
 
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with NASA in sharing unique images of Mars with the public. This gigapixel image of the rover allows viewers to see incredible detail,” said Josh Friedman, CEO of GigaPan. “The NASA JPL gallery on the GigaPan site allows researchers and the general public to zoom in on the intricate features of unique terrain in these Mars images. We hope this level of interactivity will not only support the mission’s overall research goals, but also help increase public interest in the Mars exploration program.”
 
As the Curiosity rover carries out the rest of its two-year Martian trek, it will continue to send back stunning images of the Martian landscape. There’s no certainty in what the rover will encounter, but with GigaPan, NASA is able to share a view of Mars that will offer significant insight into a place never before explored by humans. To learn more, please visit the JPL press release.
 
B&H carries GigaPan products.
Category: GigaPan News
Post Date: 6/19/2013 2:30:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From PocketWizard:
 
New Power Cable (PW-DC-N10) offers greater flexibility for photographers working with Nikon Digital Single-Lens Reflex cameras
 
So. Burlington, VT– June 19, 2013 – – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, announces the immediate availability of a new Nikon Power Cable (PW-DC-N10) for use with the PocketWizard MiniTT1 Transmitter, the Plus III and MultiMAX (version with USB port) Transceivers and any Nikon Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera equipped with a Nikon 10-pin remote terminal. The new cable provides a PocketWizard radio, mounted in the camera’s hot-shoe, the power it needs to operate from the camera.
 
By using the tidy (6-inch long) power cable, Nikon users ensure that their PocketWizard radio is ready when they need it because the camera keeps the Transmitter/Transceiver always awake for the fastest reaction time. And, since these PocketWizard radios use very little power, it has almost no impact on a camera’s battery life. This is especially helpful for users of the MiniTT1, whose coin-cell battery can be hard-to-find when needed.
 
The Nikon Power Cable (PW-DC-N10) is available now at an estimated retail price of $20.00.
 
B&H carries the PocketWizard PW-DC-N10 Nikon DSLR Power Cable.
Post Date: 6/19/2013 11:04:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Spider Holster:
 
Ingenious Modifications Provide Quick, One-Handed Access for Easy, Safe Lens Swapping.
 
Ithaca, NY (PRWEB) June 19, 2013 - Spider Holster, (http://www.spiderholster.com) a company specializing in unique holster-style camera carrying solutions for photographers, today announced the launch of its newest accessory, the SpiderPro Large Lens Pouch. Designed for the Pro-grade 70-200 mm zoom lenses with the hood attached, the pouch’s unique design provides superb quick-draw accessibility while maintaining optimal lens protection. All purchases will also include the Spider Monkey accessory holster (a retail value of $20.00), which is fully compatible and clips to the pouch exterior.
 
Ideal for photographers that are looking to maintain a hands-free workflow while eliminating the tangle of shoulder bags and neck straps, the SpiderPro Large Lens Pouch includes some ingenious modifications on traditional top-load lens cases. To improve accessibility and enable swapping lenses safely with one hand, the SpiderPro Large Lens Pouch features a water resistant vertical zipper that runs down the middle. Where traditional lens pouches barely allow enough clearance to wrap fingertips around the large diameter of the lens, the expandable mouth of the Spider Holster pouch enables the photographer to comfortably reach all the way in and take a firm grip of the lens at the mid-section. This expandable zipper opening also allows for a much easier insertion of Pro lenses with the hood attached, as the photographer no longer needs to reverse the lens hood or change the lens’s configuration.
 
Included with the Large Lens Pouch is the Spider Monkey accessory holster, which is specially designed to safely clip to the outside of the pouch. The photographer can then expand their carrying options by quickly attaching all Spider Monkey accessory line offerings (light meters, speedlights, battery packs) and future items such as lens pouches, rain covers and more.
 
The SpiderPro Large Lens Pouch also provides a unique solution for the rear lens cap, saving time and hassle when exchanging lenses while keeping the rear lens cap secure while not in use.
 
With a secure Velcro attachment point, the SpiderPro pouch easily hangs from any belt, allowing for rotation when not in use. The modular nature of the solution means photographers can quickly scale the carrying system up and down to meet their gear needs for any shoot. Crafted using both tough Cordura and flexible Neoprene, the pouch also offers flexibility and strength to safely carry and accommodate various lenses.
 
“As our product development is conducted by professional photographers, we are able to envision how carrying solutions will work for wedding and event photographers on the job. It was this insight that led to the initial invention of the Spider Holster, and has informed all of our product development since,” said Shai Eynav, President of Spider Holster. “When our customers came to us with a desire to hang a lens pouch from their Spider Belt, we were determined to better the issues we saw with pouches available at the time, and the result was the SpiderPro Large Lens Pouch.”
 
Features of the Spider Pro Large Lens Pouch include:

  • Expandable pouch opening allowing for quick and safe access to lenses
  • Built-in solution for tethering the rear lens cap while changing lenses
  • A removable pouch lid that can fold back and out of the way when quick access is necessary to protect contents from the elements
  • Spider Monkey accessory holster clip
  • Built in features to add Spider Monkey clip and full accessory line
  • Folds flat for ease of travel
  • Accommodates third party industry standard belts

The base SpiderPro Large Lens Pouch, which includes a Spider Monkey accessory holster clip, will carry an MSRP of $75.00. The product will be available for purchase at Spider Holster authorized dealers.
 
B&H carries Spider Holster products.

Post Date: 6/19/2013 10:14:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From AdoramaPix:
 
After 13 years of photographing weddings, Libby of Studio 32 Photography is finally retiring. She's seen it all from ecstatic couples to stiff couples, from rainy days to bright days. In all of her weddings, there were 5 key strategy points which alleviated a lot of the stress and confusion between the bridal couple and the photographer. Join her as she shares with you the 5 steps to better communication and pictures.
 
Date: Wednesday, June 26
Time: 9:00pm EST
 
Register here.
Post Date: 6/19/2013 7:34:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
Creative Cloud Subscriptions Hit 700 Thousand; Adobe Marketing Cloud Bookings Grow Over 25 Percent
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 18, 2013 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2013 ended May 31, 2013.
 
Second Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Adobe® achieved revenue of $1.011 billion, within its targeted range of $975 million to $1.025 billion.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.15 on a GAAP-basis, and $0.36 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Operating income was $111.3 million and net income was $76.5 million on a GAAP basis. Operating income was $247.3 million and net income was $182.9 million on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Adobe ended Q2 with 700 thousand paid Creative Cloud™ subscriptions, an increase of 221 thousand when compared to the number of subscriptions as of the end of Q1 fiscal year 2013.
  • Adobe Marketing Cloud quarterly revenue was $229.6 million, with bookings growth of greater than 25 percent.

A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release.
 
Executive Quotes
“Our Q2 results reflect our leadership position in Digital Media and Digital Marketing,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer, Adobe. “Creative Cloud is revolutionizing the creative process, and Adobe Marketing Cloud is quickly becoming the platform of choice for the world's leading brands, advertising agencies and media companies.”
 
“Adoption of Creative Cloud continued to accelerate and we drove strong Adobe Marketing Cloud bookings growth in Q2,” said Mark Garrett, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Adobe.
 
Adobe to Webcast Earnings Conference Call
Adobe will webcast its second quarter fiscal year 2013 earnings conference call today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time from its investor relations website: www.adobe.com/ADBE. A copy of Adobe management’s prepared remarks, including financial targets and conference call slides, has been posted to Adobe’s investor relations website in advance of the conference call for reference.
 
A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP financial targets is also provided on the website.
 
Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including those related to the transition of our business as we migrate to a subscription model, adoption of Creative Cloud and growth in revenue and bookings for Adobe Marketing Cloud solutions in our Digital Marketing business, which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: failure to develop, market and distribute products and services that meet customer requirements, introduction of new products and business models by competitors, failure to successfully manage transitions to new business models and markets, including our increased emphasis on a cloud and subscription strategy, fluctuations in subscription renewal or upgrade rates, continued uncertainty in economic conditions and the financial markets, difficulty in predicting revenue from new businesses and the potential impact on our financial results from changes in our business models, and failure to realize the anticipated benefits of past or future acquisitions.
 
For a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, please refer to Adobe’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year 2012, and Adobe’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q issued in fiscal year 2013.
 
The financial information set forth in this press release reflects estimates based on information available at this time. These amounts could differ from actual reported amounts stated in Adobe’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for our quarter ended May 31, 2013, which Adobe expects to file in June 2013.
 
Adobe assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update these forward-looking statements.
 
Financial Documents

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/19/2013 7:06:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 18, 2013
To celebrate is four-year anniversary, Quoord Systems Limited is offering their Tapatalk Community Reader app (iOS / Android) for free.
 
Tapatalk is great for reading and replying to forum threads on the go. The app works especially well for keeping up with the latests posts on sites like The-Digital-Picture.com Community. ;-)
Post Date: 6/18/2013 12:32:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Includes Next Generation of “CC” Desktop Applications and Delivers New Community and Publishing Capabilities
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 17, 2013 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that a major update to Adobe® Creative Cloud™, the company’s flagship offering for creatives, is now available. Unveiled at Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference, in early May and packed with new features, this Creative Cloud release reimagines the creative process through a stunning set of “CC” desktop applications and sophisticated cross-device collaboration and publishing capabilities. Creative files can be stored and shared, via Creative Cloud, on Mac OS, Windows, iOS and Android; and Behance, the world’s leading online creative community, is now integrated with Creative Cloud, so customers can showcase work, get feedback on projects and gain global exposure.
 
“We’ve added a ton of new innovation to all our CC desktop apps like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. These apps include new features that increase productivity, streamline the effort to build mobile content and showcase some stunning new imaging and video science. And in addition to the traditional areas of innovation these apps are now connected to the powerful publishing and community features integral to the Creative Cloud experience,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Media, Adobe. “And with even more great updates coming to Creative Cloud throughout the year, we can’t wait to see the incredible work our customers are going to deliver.”
 
With Creative Cloud, publishing finished work has never been easier, with enhanced services that build and power websites, mobile apps, tablet publications, online portfolios, and content for virtually any medium and device.
 
Adobe Creative Cloud Powers Frictionless Creative Workflows
 
This milestone update to Creative Cloud simplifies the entire creative process. Core features include:

  • Creative Cloud Experience on the Desktop. With the new Creative Cloud desktop app, your entire creative world is synced and organized across your desktop, website, and mobile device. You can stay connected to work on Behance; track feedback; and install and manage apps and updates. More features will be added soon to manage your files and desktop fonts within this same experience.
  • Integration With The World’s Leading Creative Community. With Behance now integrated with Creative Cloud, members are able to publish their own portfolios, follow other creatives, publish work-in-progress from within a growing number of CC apps and solicit feedback from the worldwide creative community. Over 1.4 million creatives globally are part of the Behance network.
  • Store, Share and Collaborate. All files and assets can be shared between the desktop, cloud and mobile devices. A designer can take a photo on their iPad, use Photoshop® Touch to refine the photo while on the go, then access that file, via the cloud, and use Photoshop CC on their Mac or Windows PC to further enhance the image. Designers can send files to view, download or comment. Individual members receive 20GB of storage.
  • Seamless Publishing. Creative Cloud members have access to the services necessary to publish highly personalized portfolio websites using Behance ProSite, high-impact digital publications for iPad using Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) Single Edition, and PhoneGap™ Build to create and publish mobile apps for any device. Adobe Typekit features an unmatched library of old-classic to new-favorite fonts for use on websites and, coming soon in an update to Creative Cloud, creatives will also be able to quickly find the perfect fonts in the growing Adobe Typekit library, sync them to their computer, and have them immediately available for use in any desktop application. Full Creative Cloud members will soon have access to over 700 fonts, installed with a single click.

New Family of CC Desktop Applications Available Exclusively to Creative Cloud Members
 
This update to Creative Cloud includes the next generation of 15 Adobe desktop applications -- including Adobe Photoshop CC, InDesign® CC, Illustrator® CC, Dreamweaver® CC, Premiere® Pro CC and more. Adobe Creative Cloud includes more than 30 tools and services that enable professional-grade content creation and delivery across print, web, mobile apps, video and photography.
 
Hundreds of new features are included in these latest versions of Adobe’s industry-defining desktop tools. Innovations include:

  • Photoshop CC ships with new sharpening technologies and designer workflow enhancements. Camera Shake Reduction deblurs images that would have otherwise been lost due to camera movement. All-new Smart Sharpen makes texture and detail pop, and Adobe Camera Raw 8 adds even more powerful photographic controls to straighten and perfect images. Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC are the first Adobe desktop applications to include the ability to post files directly to Behance, showcasing work immediately and integrating peer feedback into the creative process.
  • For designers, the Touch Type tool in Illustrator CC offers a new level of creativity with type. Move, scale, and rotate text characters knowing that it remains editable. This feature works with a mouse, stylus or multi-touch device. Illustrator also enables painting with a brush made from a photo. Art, Pattern, and Scatter brushes can contain raster images, so designers can create complex organic designs quickly, with simple brush strokes. And Illustrator CC features integration with Behance, so work can be shared directly to Behance to get feedback and showcase projects. A new, modern architecture for InDesign CC turbocharges performance, and in-browser editing in Adobe Muse™ CC – a tool for designers to create and publish HTML websites without writing code – allows clients to make edits to a published website, which can then be reviewed, approved, and updated by the designer.
  • For video customers Adobe Premiere Pro CC includes dramatic new editing features, customizations and improvements to help editors workefficiently. Premiere Pro CC integrates powerful color workflows, with the addition of the Lumetri™ Deep Color Engine to easily apply rich color grading looks. A high-impact version of Adobe After Effects® CC brings motion graphics and visual effects artists more creative possibilities and allows them to work more easily in 3D with the new Live 3D Pipeline with Maxon Cinema4D integration. There are also all-new versions of Adobe SpeedGrade CC, Audition® CC, Prelude™ CC and Adobe Story CC Plus.
  • Web designers and developers can look forward to significant advances in Adobe’s family of Edge tools and services. The latest Edge Animate CC lets web designers create animated and interactive content with amazing ease and precision, using native HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Dreamweaver users can look forward to the most up-to-date CSS and properties via the intuitive visual editing tool, CSS Designer. And Adobe Flash® Pro CC features a modern, modular 64-bit architecture rebuilt from the ground up to be fast and reliable.

Adobe Create Now
 
To mark this introduction, Adobe has also launched Create Now: a Celebration of Creativity. Over the course of the program’s first month Adobe will host a variety of collaborative art projects, commemorate the birthday of a design icon and provide a forum for creatives to use Adobe tools to express themselves in fun, engaging and unexpected ways. More information is available at: http://adobe.ly/createnow.
 
Membership Plans and Availability
 
This major update to Creative Cloud is available now. Current Creative Cloud members receive all of this innovation as part of their existing membership, at no extra cost. Special promotional pricing is available to existing customers who own CS3 or later. Individual, education, team, government and enterprise membership plans are available. For pricing details, visit: Adobe.com.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/18/2013 6:54:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Announced at Photokina 2012, the Arca Swiss Z1g+ Monoball with Classic Quick Set is now in available at Adorama. The Arca Swiss Z1g+ Flip Lock version remains out of stock but is available for preorder.
Post Date: 6/18/2013 6:25:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 17, 2013
From Canon USA:
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
This notice is to proactively inform our customers of the details of the phenomena described below along with Canon’s support actions. Because we value the trust our customers have placed in us, we are dedicated to continuously improving product quality and delivering industry-leading service and support. We offer our sincerest apologies to any customer who may be inconvenienced.
 
Affected Products
 
EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera
EOS-1D C Cinema EOS Camera
 
Phenomena
 
In some units of the models listed below, there is a possibility that the following phenomena may occur due to wear caused by insufficient lubrication within the camera’s driving mechanism.

  1. AF searches but does not lock in on the subject. (Caused by minute particles produced by wear mentioned above.)
  2. The image shown in the viewfinder is “blurry” or “not steady”. (Occurs if wear progresses.)

Potentially Affected Products

  1. EOS-1D X: If the sixth digit of the serial number is “1”, “2”, “3”, “4”, “5”, “6” or “7”, the phenomena described above may occur.
  2. EOS-1D C: If the sixth digit of the serial number is “1”, the phenomena described above may occur.

NOTE: If the camera’s battery compartment contains one of the markings illustrated below, the camera is NOT affected by the phenomena described above even if the sixth digit of the serial number is one of the numbers mentioned above.
 
Markings of UNAFFECTED cameras
 
Canon EOS-1D X and C Service Notice
 
An "A" mark or a black mark on the silver bracket
 
Support
 
Potentially affected cameras will be inspected and repaired free of charge. If you own one of the potentially affected cameras please contact our Customer Support Center.
 
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
Please register the EOS-1D X and the EOS-1D C. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when service updates are available.
 
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
 
Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON, 1-800-652-2666, TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com
 
Canon EOS-1D C Cinema EOS Camera
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-855-CINE-EOS (toll free), 1-855-246-3367, TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: CinemaEOS@cits.canon.com

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/17/2013 8:38:08 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Zoom H6 Handy Digital Audio Recorder available for preorder.
Category: Zoom Preorders
Post Date: 6/17/2013 4:16:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Westcott:
 
Westcott`s new line of PRO softboxes offer the same amazing high quality found on the 1000w softboxes for a fraction of the cost. For use with hot lights, strobes or LED`s these softboxes are a perfect fit for any photographer or videographer. Westcott boxes feature only the finest quality fabrics and are backed by a 5 year warranty. Diffusion materials are among the purest on the market meaning virtually no colour shift.
 
FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • 5-year warranty
  • Double layer heat shield fabric
  • Sprung Steel Rods
  • Tent Style Vents
  • Up to 500 watts

RANGE:
 
16" x 22" Pro Softbox
24" x 32" Pro Softbox
36" x 48" Pro Softbox
 
Adorama has the Westcott Pro Softboxes available with free shipping.

Category: Westcott News
Post Date: 6/17/2013 7:34:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, June 16, 2013

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending June 15th, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Monday, Adobe announced the availability of Photoshop Lightroom 5. New features include an advanced healing brush, upright tool, radial gradients, and extended sharing and publishing capabilities.
 
On Thursday, Nikon announced the production of its 80 millionth NIKKOR lens. Nikon has been producing NIKKOR lenses since 1959.
 
Also on Thursday, Adobe addressed various issues regarding its release of Lightroom 5. One thing to note – if you’ve purchased Lightroom 4 recently, you may qualify for a free upgrade to Lightroom 5. Check the press release for more information.
 
On Friday, Tokina announced its AT-X 12-28mm f/4 Pro Lens for crop-sensor cameras. The lens features a new optical design featuring aspherical elements with super-low dispersion glass as well as a quieter autofocus motor. The new lens is expected to hit retailers later this month.
 
Also on Friday, Sigma announced pricing and availability for its 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens. The big news? The lens will carry an MSRP of only $799.00. That’s an impressive price point for this uniquely wide zoom lens. It’s expected to hit retailers at the end of July.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Monday, Bryan posted the image quality results for the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens and asked, ‘Is This the World's Sharpest DSLR Zoom Lens?’ Take a look for yourself to see how the 200-400 stacks up against the venerable 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II and the 24-70mm f/2.8L II.
 
On Tuesday, we introduced a new feature on the site – the Camera Specifications Tool. The new tool allows you to see cameras side-by-side to compare feature sets within an organized, standard layout. Check out the Camera Specifications Tool for more information.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Saturday, we posted a deal from B&H Photo where you could get a refurbished Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-200mm DX VR II lens for $529.00 with free shipping. The “new-model” retail lens sells $846.95.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 6/16/2013 2:08:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 14, 2013
From Zoom:
 
World's first six-track portable recorder, featuring a revolutionary system of interchangeable input capsules
 
Ronkonkoma, New York: June 14, 2013 — Zoom North America has announced the release of the all-new H6 Handy Recorder.
 
The H6 is the most advanced portable recorder ever introduced. It offers six tracks of simultaneous recording and employs an innovative system of interchangeable input capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lenses of a camera. Four capsules are available: stereo X/Y and MS (Mid-Side), both included with the H6, and Shotgun and dual XLR/TRS combo capsules, available as options.
 
The H6 can be attached to a camera strap or mounted directly to a DSLR or camcorder, and its large full-color display makes it easy to view recording and playback levels even in low-light environments. It records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 128 gigabytes in a variety of MP3 and BWF-compliant WAV file formats, including 24-bit / 96k for the ultimate in high-definition audio. Four XLR/TRS combo jacks enable the connection of external microphones or line-level devices. Each input has its own dedicated gain control and pad switch, as well as phantom power in three different voltages.
 
Other features include a stereo Line Out for connection to camcorders; a headphone jack and built-in speaker; onboard effects, metronome and chromatic tuner; adjustable playback speed and pitch correction; and Pre-record, Auto-record and Backup-record functions. A USB port enables data transfer to and from audio editing software and allows the H6 to serve as a multichannel audio interface for computers and tablets.
 
"The H6 will provide users with a totally new level of performance and possibilities," said Scott Hagen, Vice President of Sales and Strategic Planning for Zoom North America. "We believe it's poised to become a legacy recorder that will stand the test of time."
 
The Zoom H6 will be available in stores July 2013.
 
B&H has the Zoom H6 Handy Recorder available for preorder.
Category: Zoom News
Post Date: 6/14/2013 8:59:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From AdoramaPix:
 
We are very excited to announce a new program for our members. It’s our Adoramapix Account Plans. We will now offer three levels of membership: Basic, Plus and Pro. The three levels are designed to accommodate all of our members from consumers to prosumers to professionals.
 
Everyone is eligibile for the free Basic account and paid memberships start at $34.95 a year. You can view the plans, their benefits and their costs on our website.
 
Membership Details:

Membership PlanBasicPlusPro
PriceFREE$34.95 / year$69.95 / year
Temporary Image storage UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Long-term Image storage3 Gb25 GbUnlimited
Max File Size 60 MbUnlimitedUnlimited
Unbranded Links to Photo books
End of year rebate (PixBux) 
PDF download of photo books 
Free standard shipping on orders $35.00+ 
Free in store pick-up on orders$20.00+ AnyAny

Post Date: 6/14/2013 8:29:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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