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 Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Adobe has released its latest version of Camera RAW which includes a fix for the Sigma 50 ART misidentification bug as well as a new Boundary Warp feature. [Sean]
 
From Adobe:
 
Camera Raw 9.4 is now available through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and the Creative Cloud application.
 
As mentioned in an update to our camera support policy here, Camera Raw 9.4 is only available in Photoshop CC or later. Customers using older versions of Photoshop can utilize the DNG Converter for continued camera support.
 
Introducing Boundary Warp
 
Stitched panoramas often have non-rectangular boundaries. There are several ways to handle irregular boundaries. The most common approach is to apply a rectangular crop. This is straightforward, but important image details near the boundary may be lost due to cropping. Another approach is to use Content Aware Fill (in Photoshop) to fill in the transparent areas outside the boundary. This can be effective, but may require multiple attempts to obtain a satisfying (smooth, artifact-free) result. It can also be expensive and requires rendering out the panorama to an output-referred format. Boundary Warp is a feature that provides another approach to handling the irregular boundary of panoramas. The feature analyzes the boundary and warps the image so that its edges fit a rectangular frame. Here’s a visual example of the feature:
 
Adobe Camera RAW Boundary Warp.gif

New Camera Support in Camera Raw 9.4
 
  • Fujifilm X70
  • Fujifilm X-E2S
  • Fujifilm X-Pro2
  • Leica M (Typ 262)
  • Leica X-U (Typ 113)
  • Panasonic DMC-ZS60 (DMC-TZ80, DMC-TZ81, DMC-TZ85)
  • Phase One IQ150
  • Sony ILCA-68 (A68)
Additional Updates in Camera Raw 9.4
 
  • Nikon 1 J4 Camera matching profile support added
  • The panorama merging process should complete roughly twice as fast as ACR 6.3
  • Improved quality when applying Auto Straighten and Upright “Level” mode.
  • Metadata is added to merged panoramas to support Photoshop’s Adaptive Wide Angle filter
  • DNG Converter 9.4 now supports HiDPI displays on Mac
New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 9.4
 
MountName
Canon EFBower 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC
Canon EFBower 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EFBower 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Canon EFBower 35mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC
Canon EFBower 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC
Canon EFRokinon 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS
Canon EFRokinon 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC
Canon EFRokinon 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EFRokinon 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Canon EFRokinon 35mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC
Canon EFRokinon 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC
Canon EFSamyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS
Canon EFSamyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC
Canon EFSamyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EFSamyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Canon EFSamyang 35mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC
Canon EFSamyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC
Canon EF-MCanon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
Canon EF-MRokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye
Canon EF-MRokinon 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye II
Canon EF-MRokinon 12mm f/2 NCS CS
Canon EF-MRokinon 50mm f/1.2 AS UMC CS
Canon EF-MSamyang 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye
Canon EF-MSamyang 8mm f/2.8 UMC Fisheye II
Canon EF-MSamyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS
Canon EF-MSamyang 12mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye
Canon EF-MSamyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC
Canon EF-MSamyang 35mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC
Canon EF-MSamyang 50mm f/1.2 AS UMC CS
Canon EF-MSamyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC
Nikon FBower 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC
Nikon FBower 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS
Nikon FBower 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Nikon FBower 35mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC
Nikon FBower 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC
Nikon FNikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II
Nikon FRokinon 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS
Nikon FRokinon 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC
Nikon FRokinon 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS
Nikon FRokinon 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Nikon FRokinon 35mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC
Nikon FRokinon 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC
Nikon FSamyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS
Nikon FSamyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC
Nikon FSamyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS
Nikon FSamyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Nikon FSamyang 35mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC
Nikon FSamyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC

For a full list of the new lens profiles, click here.
 
Fixed Bugs and Other Changes:
 
  • Fixed issue where vertical panoramas created using Merge could appear with the wrong orientation.
  • Addressed a bug that would ignore model-specific custom default settings for some cameras, including some Leica and Sony models.
  • Corrected occasional crash using Crop tool after a Merge operation completed.
  • Fixed an issue where state of HSL controls would be rendered incorrectly in GPU mode when applying Contrast or Saturation local control adjustments.
  • Addressed the issue of the SIGMA 50mm f1.4 ART lens incorrectly identified as Zeiss Milvus 50mm f1.4.
Download Links
 
Camera Raw 9.4 – Please select Help>Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.
 
Direct download links: Mac | Win
 
Please note – 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
 
DNG Converter 9.4: Mac | Win
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/27/2016 1:08:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens (review) available for $595.00 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/27/2016 10:26:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Like the Nikon D3300, the D5300 and D5500 have recieved firmware v.1.01 updates to address similar issues.
 
Nikon D5300
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.00 to 1.01
 
  • AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55?mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55?mm f/3.5-5.6G lenses are now supported. Vibration reduction can be enabled or disabled using the new Optical VR option in the photo SHOOTING MENU, which is displayed when an AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55?mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens is attached.
  • The following issues have been addressed:
    • Choosing negative values for Exposure compensation in the RETOUCH MENU > NEF (RAW) processing display did not have the desired effect.
    • Continued scrolling of the menus for some languages would cause the camera to freeze.
Download: Nikon D5300 Firmware v.1.01
 


Nikon D5500
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.00 to 1.01
 
  • AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55?mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55?mm f/3.5-5.6G lenses are now supported. Vibration reduction can be enabled or disabled using the new Optical VR option in the photo SHOOTING MENU, which is displayed when an AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55?mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens is attached. The CUSTOM SETTING MENU now contains an a5 Manual focus ring in AF mode option that can be enabled or disabled when an AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55?mm f/3.5-5.6G VR or AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55?mm f/3.5-5.6G is attached.
  • The following issues have been addressed:
    • Noise would occur at four-second intervals in audio output to external recorders connected via HDMI in movie live view.
    • Choosing negative values for Exposure compensation in the RETOUCH MENU > NEF (RAW) processing display did not have the desired effect.
    • Selecting ON for Exposure smoothing during interval timer photography would result in all shots after the first being overexposed.
Download: Nikon D5500 Firmware v.1.01
 
B&H carries the Nikon D5300 and D5500.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/27/2016 10:01:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon USA:
 
You’re invited to the DSLR event of the year!
 
Come experience the future of DSLR performance.
 
You’re invited to join us at select Nikon dealers nationwide and be among the first to experience Nikon’s thrilling new flagships, the D5 and D500. These game-changing DSLRs introduce a new era of speed, accuracy, image quality, video capabilities and low-light performance. Test drive the cameras, speak with Nikon product experts, dealer staff, fellow photographers and more.
 
Seating is limited at each event, so don’t miss out!
 
receive a special gift exclusive to this event!
 
Sign up to attend an event.
 
B&H has the Nikon D5 and D500 available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon USA News
Post Date: 1/27/2016 8:04:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Dubai360:
Burj Khalifa Pinnacle 45 Gigapixels
 
"To celebrate the 1 year anniversary of Dubai 360 going live, we are delighted to present to you a new record breaking gigapixel from the pinnacle of the Burj Khalifa! Now 45 Gigapixels in size - the largest photograph ever taken in Dubai - you can explore Dubai in more detail than ever before.
 
The Burj Khalifa is the ultimate symbol of Dubai’s growth and ambition. It’s a towering icon rising 2,722 feet that dominates the city skyline – and a dazzling architectural wonder, which affords the ultimate view of a bustling metropolis. The skyscraper, which officially opened on January 4, 2010, rises above it all. Soaring 160 stories, its record-breaking achievements include the world’s tallest building and highest outdoor observation deck. Step inside this centerpiece of Downtown Dubai to explore the At The Top observation decks; dine at the exclusive At.mosphere; and stay in the signature Armani hotel. Or, explore this panoramic view from the pinnacle of the tower – which has a symmetrical three-petal footprint based on the desert flower hymenocallis – and witness a skyline that blends nature and engineering, history and the future.
 
From the azure shores of the Arabian Gulf to the man-made waterways and Palm islands, from the timeless beauty of Bastakiya to the distinctive sail-shaped Burj al Arab – this view from the very top leaves a lasting impression."
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Post Date: 1/27/2016 7:10:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the AXRTEC AXR-A-1040BV Bi-Color LED Light Panel with V-Mount Battery Plate available for $499.95 with free shipping. Regularly $899.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 3200 to 5600K Variable Color Temperature
  • 13 x 8.26 x 1.9" Panel Size
  • 45° Beam Angle
  • 100 to 10% Dimming
  • Integrated Barn Doors
  • V-Mount Battery Plate
  • DMX Adapter
  • 2.4 GHz Wireless Remote Control
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter
  • White Diffuser
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/27/2016 5:29:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Adorama has the Refurbished Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,279.95 with free shipping. Compare at $2,996.95 new after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is a Nikon Factory Refurbished camera and therefore qualifies for a 90-day Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/26/2016 9:04:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through tomorrow, B&H has the Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod available for $349.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $499.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 39.6 lb
  • Max Height: 72.5"
  • Min Height: 6"
  • Folded Length: 23.3"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.5 lb
  • 6x Carbon Fiber Legs & Center Column
  • Cast Aluminum Alloy Chassis
  • Non-Rotating Twist Lock Legs
  • Retractable Spiked Feet
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/26/2016 7:18:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Lowepro Vertex 100 AW Backpack available for $139.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $249.99.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/26/2016 7:11:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through tomorrow, B&H has the Gitzo GT1542T Series 1 Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Tripod available for $579.88. Regularly $679.88.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • Max Height: 58.7"
  • Min Height: 8.7"
  • Folded Height: 16.7"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 2.2 lb
  • G-Lock Leg Locks for Rigidity
  • Reversible/Removable Center Column
  • Ballast Hook
  • Anti Leg Rotation
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/26/2016 7:03:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through tomorrow, B&H has the Induro AM34 Alloy 8M Monopod available for $49.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $76.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 39.6 lb
  • Max Height: 62"
  • Closed Length: 19.6"
  • Sections: 4
  • Weight: 1.4 lb
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/26/2016 6:47:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Vello Shutterboss Version II Timer Remote Switch available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $49.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Wired Remote Controller
  • Power Off and Reset Options
  • Set Timer Delays & Intervals
  • Set Number of Shots/Unlimited Shooting
  • 4-Line Backlit LED Display
  • Take Photos without Camera Shake
  • Great for Time-Lapse Recording
  • Powered by Two AAA Batteries
Even at full price, the Vello Shutterboss is an excellent value, especially when compared to the similar Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/26/2016 6:41:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.00 to 1.01
 
  • AF-P DX NIKKOR 18–55?mm f/3.5–5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 18–55?mm f/3.5–5.6G lenses are now supported. Vibration reduction can be enabled or disabled using the new Optical VR option in the photo SHOOTING MENU, which is displayed when an AF-P DX NIKKOR 18–55?mm f/3.5–5.6G VR lens is attached.
  • The following issues have been addressed:
    • Turning Auto info display off had no effect at focal lengths over 55 mm.
    • Choosing negative values for Exposure compensation in the RETOUCH MENU > NEF (RAW) processing display did not have the desired effect.
Download: Nikon D3300 Firmware v.1.01
 
B&H carries the Nikon D3300.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/26/2016 6:20:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the Lowepro Whistler BP 450 AW (Gray) available for $199.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $389.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds Pro DSLR, 4 Lenses, Flash, GoPro
  • Removable Insert
  • Padded Touch-Fastened Interior Dividers
  • Front, Rear & Top Access to Gear
  • Interior Accessory Pockets
  • Padded Shoulder Straps & Chest Connector
  • Waist Belt with Quick-Release Buckle
  • Padded Back Panel
  • Front, Side Attachment Straps for Tripod
  • All Weather Cover
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/26/2016 5:04:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 25, 2016

 
From the Karl Taylor YouTube Channel:
 
Make your Sky Outstanding with this Top Photographer Trick! - What I'm going to show you today is how you can enhance the sky in some of your photos. So if you've ever taken a shot but feel the sky needs a lift then this knowledge is for you.
 
I'm using Photoshop and you can apply this technique to any of your photos. You'll probably find that other photo editing software enables you to use the same techniques.
 
The Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC) is an excellent value at only $9.99/mo.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/25/2016 1:29:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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