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 Sunday, August 11, 2013

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending August 10th, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Monday, Nikon announced several new products. Along with a couple of PowerShot cameras, Nikon announced the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens and the compact, lightweight SB-300 AF Speedlight. Both products are scheduled to be available at the end of this month.
 
On Thursday, we posted a video from National Geographic’s YouTube channel demonstrating how photographer Nick Nichols and videographer Nathan Williamson used robots and aerial drones to capture dramatic images of Serengeti lions that appear in this month’s issue of National Geographic.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Tuesday, we posted an eBay auction hosted by Adorama where you could get a Refurbished Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens for $279.99 with free shipping. That’s a 60% savings off the normal, new retail price.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 8/11/2013 12:47:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 9, 2013
Canon Professional Network has a great, informative list of Tips and Tricks that can help you get the most out of your Canon equipment. Here's one such example:

EOS-1D X: maximum frame rate
 
All EOS cameras quote a maximum frame rate and in the case of the EOS-1D X, this is 12fps in normal shooting. When a situation requires you to achieve the very maximum frame rate possible, there are some steps to take in order to ensure the best possible performance: keep the ISO speed below 25,600, use a shutter speed of 1/1000sec or faster and use the maximum aperture of your lens. Additionally, if you have an IS lens, turn the IS off and also make sure AF is set to One Shot.

Check out CPN's full list of Tips and Tricks.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/9/2013 8:59:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 8, 2013
Rokinon is thrilled to announce the release of its 16mm T2.2 Cine lens in September, 2013. The Rokinon 16mm is a wide-angle lens for DSLR and mirrorless cameras in both the APS-C and Micro Four Thirds formats.
 
This lens allows for an impressive range of depth of field, with its fast T2.2 aperture. With a smooth operating manual focus, the 16mm offers pristine sharpness and clarity. It is ideal for shooting landscapes, architecture and interiors, as well enjoying unique perspectives and close-ups with shallow depth of field.
 
The 16mm T2.2 Cine lens features de-clicked apertures and follow focus compatibility, which is ideal for video. The lens is constructed with a solid build, using 13 optical elements in 11 groups with 2 aspherical lenses.
 
Rokinon is proud to provide a wide range of mounts. The 16mm T2.2 lens will be available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Canon M, Fujifilm X, Sony E, Samsung NX, as well as Micro Four Thirds cameras.
 
Rokinon continues its mission of "Excellence for Less."
 
Adorama carries Rokinon lenses.
Post Date: 8/8/2013 9:36:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Zacuto:
 
Zacuto has two new DSLR rigs on the market and ready to ship! These DSLR rigs are foldable, compact and small enough to fit into a back pocket.
 
The Enforcer and Marauder are first of its kind; foldable DSLR run’n’gun stability rigs that are compatible with any DSLR or midsized camera. Both of these rigs are small enough to fold up and place in a back pocket or cargo shorts but when unfolded creates a stable camera support. These new rigs are very similar to two popular Zacuto DSLR kits, the Target Shooter and Striker. While the Target Shooter and Striker rigs are made up of various parts and rods that can be reconfigured into new setups, the Enforcer and Marauder unfold instantly and are ready to shoot.
 
"The Marauder is quite possibly the most gorgeous and practical DSLR rig I have ever seen,” says Philip Bloom, Director/DP/Filmmaker. "The moment I unfolded it, put my camera on and pushed it against my shoulder I knew there was no way I could use any other rig for my DSLR."
 
The Marauder rig, the larger of the two, includes both a gunstock and an adjustable handgrip to create a small stable structure. The Marauder includes a Zacuto Gorilla Plate V2 as the platform for the camera. The camera attaches to the plate with the single ¼ 20 screw and can also quick release on and off the Marauder with the red quick release ratcheting lever. The Gorilla Plate can be attached at two different points; in a vertical position for use with a Zacuto Z-Finder, DSLR optical viewfinder, or extended via the red push lever to place the camera further away for use without a Z-Finder.
 
The difference between the Marauder and the Enforcer is that the Enforcer only includes a gunstock with a comfortable rubber pad. To adjust the gunstock to different body shapes and sizes, just adjust the position of the gunstock with the two Allen screws and it’s ready to use.
 
Amazon carries Zacuto products.
Category: Zacuto News
Post Date: 8/8/2013 9:08:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon has published their financial results for the first quarter of the year ending March 31, 2014.
 
From Nikon:
 
Financial Results (PDF:317KB)
 
Financial and Business Data (PDF:83KB)
 
Presentation Material (PDF:594KB)

Related Article:
Reuters: Nikon cuts full-year profit target as mirrorless cameras lose their shine

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/8/2013 8:23:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From National Geographic's Youtube Channel:
 
National Geographic photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols and videographer Nathan Williamson used a remote-controlled helicopter and a small robot tank to capture unique images of Serengeti lions.
 
Relevant Links:

Post Date: 8/8/2013 8:06:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon Live Learning:

Presented by:Dave Henry (Bio)
Program:Canon Live Learning San Francisco
Date:8/21/2013
Time:6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fee:$20.00
Location:Canon Solutions America
201 California St.
San Francisco, California 94014
Questions:SanFranciscoCanon@cusa.canon.com

Inspired by having the world’s fastest wind powered boats and the world’s best sailors right here in the Bay Area, we thought it only appropriate to share tips with you from our resident Pro Photographer and Canon Expert, David Henry.
 
David will share his secrets on how to get great images of the racing events with camera set-up, proper lens selection, metering and focusing techniques. See some of his best vantage points to shoot from, while he shows examples from various locations. Also, learn about shooting video with your EOS camera and how to “tell the story” so it all makes sense in the final piece.
 
This class will take the guesswork out of shooting the race, and the timing at our San Francisco facility couldn’t be better.
 
Enjoy!
 
Register Now

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/8/2013 7:50:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Adorama has the new RadioPopper Nano-T (trigger) and Nano-R (receiver) in stock.
Post Date: 8/7/2013 2:01:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 6, 2013
From Nikon:
 
Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • When NRW (RAW) images recorded in vertical (portrait) orientation at a Record orientation setting of Auto were played back, images did not rotate as the camera was rotated, even when Rotate tall was set to On. This issue has been resolved.
  • When images captured in vertical (portrait) orientation at a Record orientation setting of Auto were played back, and playback zoom was applied with the camera rotated for vertical display with Rotate tall set to On, certain operations caused images to display irregularly or in the incorrect orientation. This issue has been resolved.
  • When using the rotary multi selector to display the next image from the camera's memory, or a memory card, containing both photos and movies, operation sometimes seemed to stick and continuously advanced through images. This issue has been resolved.
  • After shooting using the self-timer with Auto bracketing set to Tv or Sv with Self-timer: after release set to Stay in self-timer mode, autofocus stopped functioning. This issue has been resolved.
  • When Image quality was set to NRW (RAW), NRW (RAW) + Fine, NRW (RAW) + Normal, or NRW (RAW) + Basic, and Continuous was set to Continuous, noise occurred in photos taken using the self-timer at a shutter speed of 1/4 s or slower with Long exposure NR set to On. Similarly, noise also occurred in photos taken using the self-timer at a shutter speed slow enough to activate long exposure NR with Long exposure NR set to Auto. This issue has been resolved.

Installation Instructions: Windows | Macintosh
 
Download:
COOLPIX P7100 Firmware 1.1: Windows | Macintosh
 
Amazon carries the Nikon COOLPIX P7100 digital camera.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/6/2013 7:26:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Zeiss:
 
No Compromises
 
From the initial idea to develop a new high-end SLR lens family to the preparations to bring it to market, ZEISS has come a long and exciting way.
 
The development of the new high-end SLR lens family posed a special challenge for the ZEISS product managers. The design of the new high-performance lenses was mainly driven by the responsible product managers Nicole Balle, Dr. Michael Pollmann and Christophe Casenave. “An outstanding experience” is how they sum up their three years of hard work.
 
The most important requirement they had to fulfill was: make no compromises and create the best lens on the market. During the kick-off event, the team geared up for the endurance test that lay ahead of them by taking a hiking tour together. “There was a really special mood,” recalls Nicole Balle. “This assignment was truly extraordinary. Of course, we were all thrilled to be able to have so much freedom in developing a product. The work atmosphere was completely open. All ideas were welcome and were evaluated by the team.”
 
Read the entire article at the Zeiss Blog.
 
Adorama carries Zeiss lenses.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 8/6/2013 7:08:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 5, 2013
From Nikon:
 
August 6, 2013
 
An approximately 7.8x high-power normal zoom lens compatible with the Nikon DX format covering a broad range of focal lengths, from wide-angle to telephoto
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, an approximately 7.8x high-power normal zoom lens compatible with Nikon DX-format digital SLR cameras.The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR high-power normal zoom lens covers the frequently used wide-angle 18mm to telephoto 140mm (equivalent to 27-210mm in 35mm [135] format) range of focal lengths, making it the perfect lens for a wide variety of scenes, from everyday snapshots to vacation portraits and landscapes. It is constructed of one ED lens element and one aspherical lens element for excellent optical performance that makes superior image quality and clear rendering possible throughout the entire zoom range. Further, the lens is equipped with the vibration reduction (VR) function for camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed 4.0 stops* faster. The benefits of this function are maximized even when used with a digital SLR camera boasting a high pixel count for excellent definition and superior rendering. It is also equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for fast and quiet autofocusing. This single lens, with its high-power zoom and excellent portability make it easy to use with a wide variety of photographic scenes and situations.
 
AF-S NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Primary Features

  • An 18-140mm, approximately 7.8x high-power normal zoom lens compatible with Nikon DX-format digital SLR cameras
  • An ED lens element and an aspherical lens element for optical design that achieves superior image quality and sharp rendering
  • Equipped with the vibration reduction (VR) function for camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed 4.0 stops faster
  • Equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for extremely quiet autofocusing
  • A maximum diameter of approximately 78 mm, length of approximately 97 mm, and weight of approximately 490 g makes it small and light enough to take anywhere

*Measured in accordance with CIPA standards. Measurement performed using a DX-format digital SLR camera at the maximum telephoto position.
 
Adorama has the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens available for preorder.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/5/2013 11:52:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
August 6, 2013
 
A compact and lightweight Speedlight that is easy to use
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the SB-300, a compact and lightweight Speedlight that can easily be taken anywhere.
 
The SB-300 is a compact and lightweight Speedlight that can be rotated up to 120° for bounce flash photography. It is compatible with Nikon FX-format and DX-format digital SLR cameras, as well as Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras that support i-TTL flash control. The SB-300 expands the ways in which users enjoy photography, providing lighting capability not possible with a built-in flash.
 
SB-300 Primary Features

  1. The flash head can be tilted up 120° for excellent bounce flash performance
    The flash head can be tilted up 120° for bounce flash photography. When shooting indoors, light from the flash can be reflected off walls and ceilings for softer lighting of the subject and more natural photos.
  2. A compact and lightweight design that is extremely portable
    Measuring approximately 57.4 x 65.4 x 62.3 mm (W x H x D) and weighing approximately 97 g, the compact and lightweight, extremely portable design makes it possible for users to enjoy more creative lighting expression just about anywhere. Furthermore, the SB-300 can be powered by AAA alkaline batteries or AAA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries.
  3. Simple operation
    Developed for use by even those using an external flash for the first time, simply turning the SB-300 on enables flash photography. i-TTL flash control provides automatic control over flash output level for optimal results under a variety of lighting conditions.

Additional SB-300 Features and Functions

  1. Guide number: 18/59 (ISO 100, m/ft)
  2. FV lock function with which flash volume is determined based on monitor flashes and saved so that composition may be changed while maintaining the flash value (not supported by D5200, D5100, D5000, D3200, D3100, D3000, D60, or D40-series cameras; among COOLPIX cameras, only supported by the COOLPIX A)
  3. Flash color temperature information communication transmits flash color temperature information to the camera for optimal white balance control when a digital-SLR camera is used.

Adorama has the Nikon Speedlight SB-300 flash available for preorder.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/5/2013 11:51:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
August 6, 2013
 
Nikon COOLPIX L620
 
A high-power zoom compact model equipped with a backside illumination CMOS sensor and 14x optical zoom NIKKOR lens for simple capture of high-quality images at telephoto zoom positions or in dimly lit surroundings
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the L620. COOLPIX L-series cameras are easy to use and equipped with functions that make photography enjoyable.
 
The L620 is a high-power zoom compact camera equipped with a backside illumination CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 18.1-million pixels that enables capture of images exhibiting little noise at the high sensitivities required for night landscapes and pictures taken indoors under dim lighting. The camera is also equipped with a 14x optical zoom NIKKOR lens with a built-in lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) function. The L620 also offers a number of advanced functions that enable simple capture of images as intended. Among these are Target Finding AF, with which the user need simply point the camera at the intended subject and the camera immediately identifies and focuses on the subject, Easy Auto mode, with which the camera automatically identifies the scene and shooting conditions to apply the optimal scene mode, an advanced red-eye correction function, and functions for recording movies.
 
COOLPIX L620 Primary Features

  1. Backside illumination CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 18.1-million pixels enables capture of images exhibiting little noise at the high sensitivities required for night landscapes and pictures taken indoors under dim lighting
  2. A 14x optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers the wide-angle 25 mm to telephoto 350 mm (equivalents in 35mm [135] format) range of focal lengths
  3. Automatic functions for simple capture of images as intended, and a variety of editing functions
  4. Recording of 1920x1080/60i movies with stereo sound
  5. A compact body that combines simple operation and beautiful design
  6. Powered by AA batteries readily available almost anywhere

Nikon COOLPIX S6600
 
A compact camera offering high-power zoom and vari-angle monitor for shooting from any angle
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the S6600, the first COOLPIX S-series model equipped with a vari-angle monitor.
 
As the first COOLPIX S-series model equipped with a side-hinged vari-angle monitor, the S6600 is capable of flexible shooting, from low angles to high, and even self portraits. It is also equipped with a Gesture Control function that allows the user to control the camera remotely by moving their hand when taking self portraits. The camera is equipped with a backside illumination CMOS image sensor with an effective pixel count of 16.0-million pixels that enables very little noise in images captured at high sensitivities, a lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) function, and a 12x optical zoom NIKKOR lens with a closest focusing distance of just 2 cm for macro photography. With built-in Wi-Fi®, users can easily transfer images to smart devices such as smartphones and tablets.
 
COOLPIX S6600 Primary Features

  1. A vari-angle monitor that enables operation using gestures
  2. Built-in Wi-Fi® that makes connecting with others more fun through easy communications with smart devices
  3. Excellent basic performance for capture of images with superior image quality and detail
  4. A wide variety of shooting functions for capturing decisive moments
  5. Shooting and retouch functions, including advanced red-eye correction and 8 Glamour Retouch options
  6. Recording of movies with superior picture quality and stereo sound with the press of a button

Adorama has the Nikon COOLPIX L620 available for preorder.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/5/2013 11:44:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Samyang:
 
Samyang, Korean photographic equipment manufacturer, has been selling cine lenses for a long time. To fully satisfy our clients and meet their expectations, we have just released solid transport cases intended for such products. Buy a set of Samyang V-DSLR lenses and receive a free case as a bonus.
 
The cases will be available in two sizes. The bigger one will house a set of six camera lenses: Samyang V-DSLR 8mm T3.8 UMC Fish-eye CS II; 14mm T3.1 ED AS IF UMC; 24mm T1.5 ED AS IF UMC; 35mm T1.5 AS IF UMC; 85mm T1.5 AS IF UMC and 500mm f/6.3 DX Mirror. The smaller one is designed for our three most popular V-DSLR lens models: 14mm, 24mm i 35mm.
 
The cases provide a descent protection against dust, water splashes, impacts and mechanical damages. They have been made of PP plastics and are resistant to shocks and low temperatures. The cases are locked with two snap buckles which provide strong pressure and prevent accidental opening. Samyang cases are filled in with polyurethane foam to protect the gear against heavy impacts and prevent shifting. Each lens is placed in a specially cut out hole corresponding to its sizes. The larger case (400×320×180cm) weighs 3.2 kg; the smaller (330×310×148cm) weighs 1.65 kg.
 
Buy a set of three or six lenses and collect your free case from the manufacturer. You can also buy it as a standalone product - recommended retail prices in Europe are EURO 259 for the larger one and EUR 179 for the smaller one.
 
The new Samyang product is to be released within a couple of weeks.
 
Adorama carries Samyang lenses.
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 8/5/2013 6:51:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, August 4, 2013

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending August 3rd, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Monday, Canon released firmware updates for three 1-series bodies - the 1D III, 1Ds III, and the 1D Mark IV. While the firmware updates fixed relatively minor issues, their release sheds light on Canon’s long-term commitment to supporting pro-grade bodies well after they’ve been discontinued.
 
On Thursday, Sigma announced a lens mount conversion service. The new service allows current owners of Sigma’s global vision lenses to return their lenses to Sigma’s service department to have the mounts changed to any other supported camera mount. The service will cost anywhere from $80.00 to $250.00, depending on the lens.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Tuesday, Bryan published the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens image quality test results. Featuring a wide, constant f/1.8 maximum aperture, solid build quality, and good image quality, Bryan noted, “This lens is looking like another Sigma hit to me.”
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Tuesday, we posted a deal from Adorama where you could use a promotion code to get the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM "Sports" lens for $300.00 off - or $3,299.00 with free shipping.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 8/4/2013 3:05:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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