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 Thursday, March 19, 2015
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From the Adobe Lightroom Journal:
 
Camera Raw 8.8 is now available as a final release for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC. DNG Converter 8.8 is provided for all Lightroom customers and Photoshop customers using versions of Photoshop older than Photoshop CS6.
 
New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.8
 
  • Casio EX-ZR3500
  • Canon EOS 750D (Rebel T6i, Kiss X8i) (*)
  • Canon EOS 760D (Rebel T6s, Kiss 8000D) (*)
  • Fujifilm X-A2
  • Fujifilm XQ2
  • Hasselblad Stellar II
  • Nikon D5500
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70, DMC-TZ71)
(*) denotes preliminary support. Camera Matching color profiles for these models will be added in a future release.
 
New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 8.8 (only Canon / Nikon mount lens profiles shown here)
 
MountName
CanonCanon EF 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 USM
CanonCanon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
CanonTAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD
Nikon FNikon AF NIKKOR 14mm f/2.8D ED
Nikon FNikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II
Nikon FNikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
Nikon FNikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
Nikon FTAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012N
Nikon FVoigtlander SL II 20mm f/3.5 Color-Skopar Aspherical
Nikon FVoigtlander SL II 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Aspherical
Nikon FVoigtlander SL II 58mm f/1.4 Nokton

 
Release Notes
 
Bug Fixes:
 
  • Fixed issue with magenta highlights when processing Canon EOS 70D raw files at some ISO settings
  • Fixed issue where vignette correction introduced banding for Voigtlander VM 21mm f/1.8 Ultron
  • Fixed vignette overcorrection at certain focus distances for Pentax FA645 MACRO 120mm F4
  • Fixed issue where vignette correction introduced banding at wider focal lengths for Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR
  • Fixed EXIF name for Zeiss OTUS 85mm f/1.4 (Canon and Nikon mount)
  • Fixed vignette overcorrection for Zeiss Distagon T 1,4_35 ZM
  • Updated lens profile to reflect firmware changes to SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM S014
If you have trouble updating to the latest ACR update via the Creative Cloud application, please refer to the following plugin installation:
 
http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/multi/camera-raw-plug-in-installer.html
 
Lightroom Customers –
 
If you’re using one of the newly supported cameras listed above, please download the DNG Converter. We’re working to add support to these cameras and they will be added in the next Lightroom release.
 
Download Links
 
DNG Converter 8.8: Win | Mac
 
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).
Post Date: 3/19/2015 2:05:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Reikan FoCal v2 Splash Screen
From Reikan:
 
Reikan has released a major update to its fully automated autofocus tuning software FoCal which provides autofocus fine tuning for both Nikon and Canon digital SLR cameras. Version 2 includes a unique ability for users to compare test results directly against results from other FoCal users around the world, helping to answer the age old question, "Is my camera/lens a good copy?".
 
Other highlighted features for Version 2 are routines to determine lens optical performance with an astigmatism metric and a large number of changes to the user interface to make calibration faster and FoCal easier to use.
 
Headline Features
 
  • Compare your results with other FoCal users – With FoCal 2, you can now compare the results of your tests with the results from thousands of other FoCal users to see how your equipment is really performing.
  • Review your previous tests – You can review the detailed results of previous tests you’ve run for comparison. This includes most of the tests you’ve run with FoCal 1 as well.
  • Improved Reports – The reports are now more concise, grouping relevant information together and showing more information that matters.
  • Faster Results – Get accurate results in less time with the new analysis algorithms in FoCal 2.
  • More Information – You can dig deeper into the performance of your camera and lens with the extra information such as Astigmatism Factor, as well as reviewing more details about each shot taken.
  • User Interface Improvements – the user interface is easier to understand, with new tabbed windows, more logical operation and comprehensive keyboard control.
  • Voice Prompts – FoCal 2 even talks to you! Calibrate any camera without needing to sit looking at the computer screen – any changes you might need to make at the camera are spoken out loud.
  • Free Upgrade – When fully released, FoCal 2 will be a free upgrade for all holders of a FoCal 1 license, so there’s nothing more to pay to get all these new features!
Find out more about FoCal v2 on the Reikan website.
 
Note: The software is currently only available for those who have FoCal v1.x Pro licenses.
Categories: Reikan News, FoCal News
Post Date: 3/19/2015 9:33:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens review.
 
As with yesterday's lens, the 18-135 STM is a decent performer, especially for the cost when purchased in a DSLR kit, refurbished or white box.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/19/2015 8:53:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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For today only, use coupon code MADNESS50 at CanvasOnDemand.com to get 50% 0ff your canvas print order.
 
Canvas prints provide a striking way to display your favorite shots. They also make great gifts.
Post Date: 3/19/2015 7:27:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Refurbished Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens available for $179.00 with free shipping. Compare at $396.95 new.
 
Note: This is a Nikon USA Factory refurbished item which includes a 90 day Nikon warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/18/2015 12:59:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Modifications enabled with Ver. 2.21.0
 
  • Support for the D7200 has been added.
  • A Show ViewNX-i option has been added to the Tools menu.
  • A Show it with ViewNX-i option has been added to the When a new image is received from the camera item in the Transfer Options dialog accessed from the Tools menu > Transfer Options….
  • Windows Vista is no longer supported.
Download: Camera Control Pro v2.21.0
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/18/2015 12:27:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Speedlight SB-910 Flash
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Nikon Speedlight SB-910 Flash available for $404.00. Compare at $546.95.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market. Nikon grey market items are not eligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/18/2015 11:24:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Check out this great time lapse video created by photographer David Crewe of the Chicago River turning green in honor of St. Patrick's Day.
Post Date: 3/18/2015 10:15:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
Through March 28, B&H has a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, PIXMA PRO-100 & Paper Bundle available for $2,249.00 with free expedited shipping after $300.00 instant rebate and $250.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $2,799.00.
 
Bundle Includes
 
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer
  • SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss 13 x 19" (50 Sheets)
  • SanDisk - 32GB Ultra UHS-I SDHC Memory Card (Class 10)
  • Ruggard - Commando 36 DSLR Shoulder Bag
  • Watson - LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/18/2015 10:08:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Total Solar Eclipse Mock-up
Residents of Norway and the Faroe Islands will be fortunate to see a solar eclipse on March 20. The eclipse will start at 07:41 UTC and run through 11:50 UTC with the maximum eclipse occuring at 9:45 UTC.
 
Some cities where at least part of the total eclipse will be visible:
 
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, Faroe IslandsBarentsburg, Svalbard, Norway
Klaksvík, Faroe Islands, Faroe IslandsLongyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, Norway 

Some cities where partial eclipse will be visible:
 
Lisbon, PortugalBerlin, Germany
Madrid, SpainCopenhagen, Denmark
Dublin, IrelandOslo, Norway
Paris, FranceStockholm, Sweden
Nuuk, GreenlandAlert, Nunavut Territory, Canada
London, England, United KingdomTallinn, Estonia
Douglas, Isle of ManHelsinki, Finland
Brussels, BelgiumRovaniemi, Finland
Reykjavik, IcelandMoscow, Russia
Amsterdam, NetherlandsBelushya Guba, Russia

You can learn more about total solar eclipses at timeanddate.com or get tips on photographing them via Nikon's Learn and Explore.
Post Date: 3/18/2015 9:50:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
The following cameras can be used to update UT-1 firmware.
 
  • D810, D750, D7200, and D7100
  • D800 and D800E running A and B firmware Ver. 1.10 or later
* Only the camera(s) indicated above can be used to update UT-1 firmware.
* Firmware updates can be performed for you at authorized Nikon service centers.
 
Modifications enabled with firmware Ver. 2.3
 
  • Support for the D7200 has been added.
Download: Communication Unit UT-1 Firmware Ver. 2.3
 
B&H carries the Nikon Communication Unit UT-1.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/18/2015 8:44:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens review.
 
This light little lens is a great performer for the price.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/18/2015 8:49:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Apple 128GB iPad Air (Wi-Fi + 4G LTE, Silver)
For a limited time, B&H has the Apple 128GB iPad Air (Wi-Fi + 4G LTE, Silver) available for $529.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $729.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 9.7" Multi-Touch IPS LCD Retina Display
  • 2048 x 1536 Native Resolution
  • Dual-Core Apple A7 CPU with M7 Chip
  • T-Mobile Mobile Broadband
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Lighter, Thinner Design
  • Front 1.2-Megapixel FaceTime HD Camera
  • Rear 5-Megapixel iSight Camera
  • Lightning Connector, AirPlay Mirroring
  • Gyro, Accelerator, Ambient Light Sensor
Post Date: 3/18/2015 8:34:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sekonic C-700 SpectroMaster Spectrometer
B&H has just published an in-depth look at the new Sekonic C-700 SpectroMaster Spectrometer on their Explora feed.
 
Sekonic C-700 Overview
 
  • Measures LED, HMI, and Fluorescent
  • Measures Tungsten, Natural Light, and Flash
  • 4.3" Touchscreen with 9 Display Modes
  • Displays Rosco, Lee, Fuji, Wratten Names
  • Displays CRI, White Balance Compensation
  • Multiple Light Comparison
  • CMOS Sensor and Linear Variable Filter
  • Stores 99 Full-data Measurements
  • Reads Color Temp. from (1,600-40,000K)
  • Reads 0.09 to 18,600 fc (1-200,000 lux)
Category: Sekonic News
Post Date: 3/18/2015 6:57:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon Australia:
 
Sydney, Australia – March 18, 2015 – Canon Australia and National Geographic Channel have announced their partnership to deliver Australian viewers a new television series that gives rare insight into the eyes of some of Australia’s, and the world’s best photographic storytellers. Titled Tales by Light, the series will air in six episodes premiering from 8.30pm AEST Sunday May 24 on National Geographic Channel.
 
Tales By Light is the first television series produced by Canon Australia and is a natural progression for the photographic brand, explains Canon’s Director of Consumer Imaging and Executive Producer for the Series, Jason McLean:
 
“We see our role in imaging as enabling people to tell their stories, and what better than inspiring a large and passionate audience through the eyes of some of the best storytellers in the world. The partnership with National Geographic Channel is a perfect fit for us given their dedication to telling powerful stories through captivating imagery.”
 
Produced by emerging cinematographer and Canon Master, Abraham Joffe, Tales by Light showcases five of Australia’s, and the world’s, best photographers pushing the limits of their craft in some of the world’s most extreme and fascinating environments.
 
Each a master of their respective field, the photographers give rare insight into their endless journeys as visual storytellers – their challenges, motivations, and moments of joy in capturing an elusive moment by light. Shot in 4K resolution, the series is a stunning visual spectacle to immerse and inspire viewers through new ways of viewing the world around them.
 
“There is growing opportunity in strong, aligned brands partnering to amplify each other’s efforts and be innovative in media, especially,” says National Geographic Channel’s Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand Jacqui Feeney.
 
“Tales By Light is cool entertainment filmed in stunning 4K that appeals to our Nat Geo viewers. Both Canon and National Geographic Channel have shared values around the power of great imagery and technology being underpinned by great storytelling and reaching audiences in new and engaging ways. TV remains a powerful medium and storytelling is in our DNA so we were delighted to work with Canon on this new TV series.”
 
The Photographers
 
Art Wolfe has photographed for the world’s top magazines such as National Geographic, Smithsonian and GEO. Photographing creatures of the planet has been a major portion of Art’s life’s work spanning the past five decades. In the words of Sir David Attenborough: “Art Wolfe’s photographs are a superb evocation of some of the most breathtaking spectacles in the world.”
 
Darren Jew is one of the world’s leading marine photographers. He has forged an impressive career having shot for the likes of Tourism Australia, WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and the CSIRO. His knowledge of the ocean and its creatures coupled with his adventurous spirit, makes a brilliant subject to document.
 
Richard I’Anson is an acclaimed travel photographer, founder of Lonely Planet Images and the author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Photography. His work can be seen all over the world with hundreds of book titles featuring his photography. As a travel photographer, Richard lives and breathes his profession and has photographed in nearly 100 countries across all 7 continents.
 
Peter Eastway is an AIPP Grand Master of Photography best known for his exquisite landscape work. After learning his craft in the darkroom, he has embraced digital post-production to take a leading role in creating a new tradition of landscape photography. Peter's work continues to be published and exhibited internationally, including Qantas The Australian Way magazine.
 
Krystle Wright is a pioneering extreme sports photographer, driven by a passion to capture unique perspectives and increase the visibility of the most extreme sports and athletes. On a continual quest to challenge herself and others mentally and physically, Krystle achieves remarkable images that give insight into the demanding and beautiful world of adventure photography that few people get to see.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/18/2015 6:43:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
B&H has just started shipping the long-anticipated Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon.
 
I don't know if B&H has enough stock to meet the preorder demand, but now would be a good time to submit your order if you haven't already.
Post Date: 3/17/2015 4:13:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From BorrowLenses:
 
Save 25% on any BorrowLenses.com rental now through Thursday, March 19th! Choose any piece of gear for any length of time when your order is picked up or shipped by Friday, March 20th, 2015.
 
How to Get 25% Off Today:
 
  • Place your order between now and 11:59PM PDT March 19th, 2015.
  • Order MUST ship or be picked up by March 20th, 2015.
  • Upon checkout, use coupon code: SPRINGFLASH15.
Post Date: 3/17/2015 1:42:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Nikon Capture NX-D v. 1.2.0
 
Modifications enabled with Ver. 1.2.0:
 
  • Support for RAW images captured with the D7200 has been added.
  • An Open with ViewNX-i option has been added to the File menu.
  • An Open with ViewNX-i tool (icon) has been added to the toolbar.
  • When NEF-format images were converted to a different format after cropping, the portion of the image remaining after conversion did not always correspond to the actual crop applied. This issue has been resolved.
  • Windows Vista is no longer supported.
Download: Nikon Capture NX-D v. 1.2.0
 


Picture Control Utility 2.1.0
 
Updates included in this 2.1.0 download:
 
Updates that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions
 
  • Support for the D7200 and COOLPIX P900 has been added.
Updates that apply to the Windows versions only:
 
  • Windows Vista is no longer supported.
Download: Picture Control Utility 2.1.0
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/17/2015 11:46:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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