MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the addition of four new photographers to the Ambassador Program, a collective initiative dedicated to recognizing the most influential leaders in modern photography. The four additions include commercial shooter Blair Bunting; wedding and portrait photographer Bambi Cantrell; wedding photographer Doug Gordon; and lifestyle and family photographer Tamara Lackey.
“These four photographers are an exciting addition to the program and bring with them a collective energy as well as a diverse range of talents and shooting styles,” said Mike Corrado, NPS manager, pro relations and product marketing, Nikon Inc. “They embody the essence of the Ambassador Program, which is to act as inspirational leaders and educators to other professional photographers, and those looking to further their craft.”
The addition of these accomplished photographers further expands the styles and photographic disciplines represented in the program. Already considered mentors, they exemplify the founding ideology of Nikon’s Ambassador Program, which is to empower photographers through education and inspiration, and work directly with Nikon to communicate the needs of an evolving photo industry.
The new additions to Nikon’s Ambassador Program include:
Blair Bunting – Bunting is known for his invigorating automotive photography as well as his portraits of professional athletes. Based in Southern California, Bunting has an impressive roster of clients for his commercial photography.
Bambi Cantrell – Cantrell is a San Francisco based portrait photographer, who is well known for her wedding, engagement and boudoir imagery. This award-winning photographer is considered a highly influential storyteller with a distinct photographic style.
Doug Gordon – Gordon is a Long Island, NY based wedding photographer and instructor. Gordon is recognized by his energetic and lively presentation style, and has created a multitude of resources for educating photographers on the art of posing and creative portrait photography.
Tamara Lackey – A North Carolina based family and lifestyle photographer, Lackey is a celebrated author, instructor and speaker, with a flair for delivering an authentic portrayal of her subjects. Whether photographing children’s portraits, families, celebrities or dignitaries, Lackey’s image style conveys the genuine emotion that makes her a trendsetting photographer.
Nikon Japan posted this video a few days ago. I get the feeling I've seen it before – but maybe it just reminds me of Sigma's promotional manufacturing plant videos (video 1, video 2). Either way, enjoy this brief look into the production of NIKKOR lenses!
The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce that the “SIGMA Mount Conversion Service” and “SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM/ SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM” won TIPA Awards 2014.
SIGMA Mount Conversion Service
Name of Award: TIPA Awards 2014 Best Photo Service
While photographers might be attracted to a new format or different brand camera, the ownership and investment in legacy lenses of a specific mount may stop them from exploring new options for their image making. The SIGMA Mount Conversion Service offers the opportunity to change the mount on a specific set of SIGMA brand lenses, regardless of the mount, to Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Micro Four thirds and Sony E-mount. Pricing depends on the type and focal length of the original lens. Service details are handled by the local SIGMA representative or distributor within each country, worldwide, and takes from two to four weeks to complete.
SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM/ SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM
Name of Award: TIPA Awards 2014 Best Entry Level DSLR Lens
The amazingly compact (2.8 x 3.4 inches) and affordable 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM (27-300mm equivalent) lens is exclusively for APS-C sized sensors. It is smaller and lighter than the previous version and offers a closer focusing distance to boot. It also has a newly incorporated SLD glass element plus 3 aspheric elements among its 16 elements, 13 groups construction. The lens incorporates an optical stabilizer (OS) system for those cameras that do not have OS built-in, with automatic panning detection to shift the OS to one axis. It has a close focusing range of about 1.5 feet throughout the focal length range, making it extremely versatile for close-up photography.
Note: Sigma also received a "Best Design" award for its dp Quattro camera lineup.
Incorporating Tamron’s cutting-edge eBAND Coating and three LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements, the Tamron 150-600mm delivers superior imaging performance, while the latest built-in VC (Vibration Compensation) system broadens users' horizons by achieving sharper handheld shooting.
April 23, 2014, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the innovative ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range of 150mm to 600mm, SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011), has been awarded the TIPA 2014 Best Expert DSLR Lens Award.
BEST EXPERT DSLR LENS Award:
Reason for winning TIPA award (from original statement)
The Tamron 150-600 mm lens, for full-frame and APS-C DSLRS (with 1.5Xmagnification factor) incorporates VC (Vibration Compensation, Tamron’s image stabilization technology), a fast USD (ultrasonic silent drive), and eBAND (extended bandwidth and angular dependency) coating, for flare and ghosting reduction. The lens employs 20 elements in 13 groups, with the front group containing 3 ED glass elements. The circular, 9-bladed diaphragm provides exciting bokeh effects and maintains the circular shape even at 2 stops down from maximum aperture. The included SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron uses optical data to correct any distortion, light falloff and chromatic aberrations.
Check out Bryan's full review of the Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for more information.
TOKYO, April 23, 2014—Three Canon camera products and one Canon technology were recognized with "Best Photo and Imaging Product" awards by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), representing 29 photo and imaging magazines from 16 countries across five continents. The four award-winners are: the EOS 70D digital SLR (DSLR) camera, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II digital compact camera, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x super-telephoto zoom lens, and Dual Pixel CMOS autofocusing technology.
Best DSLR Advanced: EOS 70D Named "Best DSLR Advanced" by the TIPA jury, the Canon EOS 70D features an APS-C-size approximately 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 5+ image processor, making possible a fast continuous shooting speed of up to approximately 7 frames per second and a maximum standard ISO of 12800,1 which can be extended up to ISO 25600. The camera is also equipped with a 19-point all cross-type AF system. Earning special praise, however, was the EOS 70D's Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which the judges called a "breakthrough." The innovative autofocusing technology makes possible improved tracking capabilities when shooting video to ensure smooth focusing performance similar to that achieved by video camcorders, and fast autofocusing performance when capturing stills during Live View shooting. Other features mentioned by the TIPA jury were the camera's Vari-angle touch-screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II, which offers approximately 1.04-million-dot resolution, and built-in Wi-Fi, which allows image-sharing via CANON iMAGE GATEWAY as well as the transfer and saving of images to a smartphone using the EOS Remote application.2
Best Expert Compact Camera: PowerShot G1 X Mark II Crowned "Best Expert Compact Camera," Canon's flagship-model PowerShot G1 X Mark II features a 1.5-inch approximately 12.8-megapixel CMOS sensor, a fast f/2.0-f/3.9 lens with 24-120 mm (35 mm film equivalent) 5x optical zoom, and a variety of custom functions and handling features. The TIPA judges noted that the camera offers a host of shooting and recording modes that, in addition to JPEG images, allow users to record 14-bit RAW data, and delivers fast and accurate autofocusing performance through the inclusion of 31 AF points. The G1 X Mark II's Dual Control Rings on the lens barrel let users easily change exposure compensation and other parameter settings while the 3.0-inch tilt-type touch panel LCD provides enhanced composition options. The jury also noted that the camera makes possible Full HD video recording, includes built-in Wi-Fi and built-in NFC (Near Field Communication) for quick and simple pairing to a compatible Android device,3 realizes a focusing range that begins at just 5 cm, and makes available full-time manual focus.
Best Professional DSLR Lens: EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x was granted the "Best Professional DSLR Lens" title by the TIPA judges, who highlighted the merits offered by the super-telephoto zoom lens's built-in 1.4x extender, which lets users instantly change the lens's zoom range from 200-400 mm to 280-560 mm with the single flip of a switch.4 The feature is particularly beneficial in shooting situations where it is not possible to quickly change lenses and also enables users to protect their digital SLR camera equipment by not having to expose the camera image sensor and other delicate interior components to the risk of dust or high humidity. The lens incorporates one fluorite lens element and four UD (ultra-low dispersion) lens elements, and employs a 9-blade circular aperture. The Power Focus mode facilitates smooth and quiet focus shifts, an essential feature for filmmaking, while the lens's construction makes it highly resistant to dust and water.
Best Imaging Innovation: CMOS sensor enabling Dual Pixel CMOS AF Earning TIPA's "Best Imaging Innovation" honors was the CMOS sensor that supports Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS autofocusing technology. Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a phase-difference AF technology on the image sensor plane, employs a CMOS sensor on which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both imaging and phase-difference AF.5 Compared with the AF systems employed in previous EOS-series models, Dual Pixel CMOS AF makes possible dramatically improved AF performance during Live View shooting and when shooting video. The jury noted that the technology achieves "greatly enhanced" AF performance in terms of speed and smoothness because Live View shooting can be used in a manner similar to using the camera's viewfinder. Featured in the EOS 70D digital SLR camera, Dual Pixel CMOS AF supports outstanding AF performance with 103 models6 of Canon EF lenses (including earlier models and models available outside of Japan). The TIPA judges also expressed their expectations that Dual Pixel CMOS AF would “allow for future development of even more responsive image capture and processing capabilities."
If you have a Lexar 400x or 1000x CompactFlash memory card, please click this link for information regarding compatibility with your camera.
The firmware cannot be upgraded when Network > Network connection in the Setup menu is set to ON. Be sure to set Network connection to OFF before attempting to upgrade the firmware.
Please be sure to use a FULLY charged EN-EL18 battery or EH-6 AC Adapter with EP-6 Power connector to perform this update
Updates included with this release C:1.01 - dated April 22, 2014
When Custom Setting f1 (Multi selector center button) > Playback mode was set to View histograms, the histogram was not displayed correctly for the image played back in the monitor, even when the center button on the multi selector was pressed, when the following conditions were met. This issue has been resolved.
Image quality was set to NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine, NEF (RAW) + JPEG normal, or NEF (RAW) + JPEG basic.
An option other than "Overview data" or "RGB histogram" was selected for photo information displayed with full-frame image playback.
With full-frame image playback with "Highlights" or "RGB histogram" display selected, image chroma (saturation) changed with flashing of highlights. This issue has been resolved.
When images captured with Color space set to Adobe RGB were enlarged with playback in the monitor, image chroma (saturation) changed. This issue has been resolved.
When Rotate tall in the playback menu was set to On, and an image captured in "tall" (portrait) orientation was enlarged slightly (playback zoom-in button pressed once or twice) with monitor playback, the image did not appear to be very sharp or clear. This issue has been resolved.
With capture of a Compressed RAW image, followed by a Lossless compressed RAW image, with Image quality set to NEF (RAW), the camera was sometimes unable to correctly record the second RAW image. This issue has been resolved.
The SLIK SHB-808 has the strong, sturdy, and easy to use underpinnings of the original PRO Ball Head 800 but ads new features such as panoramic markings so it’s now much easier to take multiple pictures and stitch them together later to form long, continuous panorama photos. To assist in this SLIK has added a separate pan lock knob to the SHB-808 so that the cameras can be turned (panned) horizontally without loosening he ball that is locking the camera in place. This makes perfectly level panning a breeze.
Using the same quick release system as the PRO 700 DX tripod head, the Ball Head 800 has one of the fasted and easiest quick release plates in the industry. SLIK made a circular quick release plate that can secure the camera to the tripod pointing in any direction, making attaching your camera (once the SLIK quick release plate is attached) more intuitive than most other heads that have squared off or angled plates. Tension on the lock for the circular quick release plate is adjustable.
Precision machining, polishing of all moving parts and an over-sized, easy grip release knob for fine tension adjustments combine for smooth accurate operation.
Capacity: TBA Platform Diameter: 2.2 in (55mm) Bottom Diameter: 2.2 in (55mm) Height: 5.1 in (130mm) Weight: 26.50 oz. (751g) Camera mounting screw: U1/4 (U3/8 Quick Release plate available as an additional accessory) Tripod Mounting Thread: U1/4 or U3/8 Controls: Ball Lock/Release, Pan Lock/Release, Ball Tension Control Warranty: 3 Years
The Lenscap protection plans are optional add-ons that limit your liability in the case of a covered event causing damage or total loss of products on your rental.
Simply, if a covered event occurs to equipment protected by a Lenscap plan, your liability is limited to the lesser of the cost to repair the equipment or 10% of the replacement cost.
What is Covered by the Standard Lenscap Plan?
Effectively, the standard Lenscap protection plan replaces the pre-existing Lensrentals Damage Waiver program and covers accidental damage to our equipment as long as you can return it to us. It even covers bear attacks. In the case of damage, your liability will never exceed 10% of the replacement cost of the damaged equipment, no matter how expensive the repair actually is.
What is Covered by the Lenscap+ Plan?
Lenscap+ offers the same protection as the standard plan for accidental damage to the equipment, but additionally protects you against certain situations that make it impossible to return the equipment that you rented.
Was the equipment stolen? You’re covered. Is it at the bottom of the ocean after it fell overboard? You’re covered. Did it get sucked up in a tornado? You’re covered. Did it fall off an aircraft (seriously)? You’re covered.
Just like with the standard Lenscap plan, your liability is limited to 10% of the replacement value of the covered equipment.
Fell from Aircraft
* Liability limited to maximum of $100,000. Amounts in excess of $100,000 are 100% liable.
Join Profoto and renowned wedding and lifestyle photographer Jared Platt as we head out into the Arizona desert. The desert is an uncommon shooting location, for sure. But the tips and tricks Jared will share are useful for any photographer wanting to create a beautiful light in harsh conditions.
“If you can light it in the Arizona desert, you can light it anywhere,” says Jared.
The webinar will take place on April 23 at 7PM CET (April 23 at 10AM Los Angeles, 1PM New York, 6PM London, 7PM Paris / April 24 at 1AM Beijing, 2AM Tokyo, 3AM Sydney).