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 Thursday, March 20, 2014

 
From My Nikon Life YouTube Channel:

"Follow Nikon Professional Photographer Scott Woodward as he heads to Bhutan to push the limits of the Nikon D4S, putting its all-weather build, high ISO and high-speed continuous shooting functions to the test. Discover the Nikon D4S' full performance potential to deliver images and videos with uncompromising quality."

B&H has the Nikon D4s available for preorder.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/20/2014 8:04:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Guidebook Image
From Canon Digital Learning Center:
 
Have you been intrigued by the possibilities of close-up and macro shooting, but felt limited by your understanding of lighting? Canon has long provided the EOS photographer with two specialized flashes for close-up shooting, but their operation and possibilities have been a bit of a mystery to users who haven’t experienced them first-hand.
 
With the launch of Canon’s latest macro flash — the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II — Canon, Inc. has developed a guide that explains the unit’s operation and how it can be realistically applied in different situations. Whether you simply want to document a hobby, photograph small objects to display or sell on-line, or even shoot portraits, the combination of this new Macro Ring Lite and a Canon macro lens may be all you need to get creative results.
 
Written for the photographer who is new to macro shooting, this opens the door to how macro flash may be a lot easier to use than he or she may have previously thought. Examples are as easy to understand as the manner in which the guide is written. Canon’s hope is that with this guidebook, the possibilities and fun of macro shooting with flash will be even more within reach of the casual EOS photographer, as well as the dedicated macro enthusiast.
 
Download: The Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Guidebook (5 MB, PDF)
 
B&H has the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/20/2014 7:21:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Samyang Hints at New Lens Announcements
According to the image above posted to Samyang's Facebook Page, it looks like we can expect three lenses to be announced on March 21.
 
Stay tuned.
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 3/19/2014 2:31:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From SanDisk:
 
MILPITAS, Calif., March 19, 2014 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced that the company’s common stock will be included in the NASDAQ Technology Dividend Index (Nasdaq:NQ96DIVUS), effective prior to market open on March 24, 2014. The NASDAQ Technology Dividend Index, which is evaluated on a semi-annual basis, includes up to 100 technology and telecommunications companies that pay a regular or common dividend.
 
"Inclusion in the NASDAQ Technology Dividend Index recognizes our commitment to total shareholder return," said Judy Bruner, executive vice president, administration and chief financial officer of SanDisk. "We are pleased to join this group of prominent dividend-paying technology companies."
 
SanDisk initiated its quarterly cash dividend program in the third quarter of 2013.
 
B&H carries SanDisk products.
Category: SanDisk News
Post Date: 3/19/2014 12:36:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Professional Services
From Canon USA:
 
CPS Cinema and Enterprise CPS Levels are Introduced to Support the Unique Needs of Imaging Professionals
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., March 19, 2014 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that the Canon Professional Services (CPS) program has been expanded and now provides support for all Cinema EOS products. Created over 30 years ago to support professional film photographers, CPS has evolved through the years to keep pace with the changing needs of the modern imaging professional. A new CPS Cinema level has been added to the current Silver, Gold and Platinum levels continuing Canon’s commitment to support professional imaging customers as their needs grow and expand.
 
CPS Cinema Membership provides members with benefits like maintenance services, which are valuable for filmmakers who use their cinema equipment in all types of elements, repair discounts, and equipment evaluation loans, ideal for cinematographers looking to test out new equipment. In addition, members receive Canon Live Learning discounts, access to a 24/7 Live Exclusive Member Hotline, as well as a range of other benefits. CPS Cinema members receive expedited two-business day turnaround on their registered products at Canon Service and Support centers located in Hollywood, CA, and Ridgefield Park, NJ, with more locations to be added in the future. Additionally, CPS Cinema members can receive on-site Clean & Check Service by trained Canon CPS service and support professionals at select trade shows such as the 2014 National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB), taking place April 7th-10th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
 
“CPS is such an important part of Canon’s award-winning service and support offering. Now with the success and rapid growth of our Cinema EOS products we felt it was time that cinema professionals were also provided with a level of CPS support that is able to address their unique needs,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Following in the tradition of exceptional service and support, CPS Cinema enhances our commitment to supporting imaging professionals.”
 
To become a CPS Cinema member a customer needs to own just one Cinema Zoom lens, or one of the following Cinema EOS cameras: the EOS C300, EOS C500, or EOS-1D C. Members will also receive benefits on all other qualified products entered in their CPS account. Annual membership for CPS Cinema is $1,000.
 
Cinema Prime lenses and the EOS C100 are now included as qualifying products for CPS Platinum and receive all benefits provided at that membership level.
 
In order to better serve corporations like newspapers, rental houses, schools and universities, Canon has also developed an Enterprise level of CPS support. Enterprise CPS is a customizable program developed to provide service and support benefits that meet the unique needs of medium-and-large sized companies who own large quantities of Canon imaging products. Customized benefits of Enterprise CPS can include any or all of the benefits of regular CPS membership in addition to on-site maintenance service, expanded product support and more.
 
After the success at the 2013 NAB Show, Canon’s Professional Services will again be hosting the Canon Hospitality Suite at the 2014 NAB Show. The Canon Hospitality Suite (Room C201) is open to all NAB tradeshow attendees with priority support for CPS Gold, Platinum, Cinema, and Enterprise members. After checking in at the CPS kiosk in the Canon booth C4325, visitors to the suite located just off of the tradeshow floor can experience Canon’s commitment to service and support for the professional imaging community first hand.
 
Suite visitors will also be able to chat with Canon experts about Canon’s exciting developments in cinema, video and DSLR technology and Canon technical representatives will be on-hand to provide product consultations. Gold, Platinum, Cinema, and Enterprise CPS members can take advantage of the complimentary onsite Clean & Check Service (limited to two Canon DSLR bodies or lenses or one Cinema product or XF professional video camcorder currently registered to your CPS membership account). Show attendees will also have the opportunity to sign up for Canon CPS membership. Product serial numbers for qualifying CPS equipment will be needed in order to process on-site membership applications.
 
For details and additional information on the new CPS Cinema and Enterprise CPS membership levels, as well as other CPS programs, or to see a comprehensive list of all qualifying Cinema products please visit the CPS web page at: www.cps.usa.canon.com.
 
B&H carries Canon EOS Cinema Cameras and Cine Lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 3/19/2014 10:13:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/19/2014 9:35:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From DxO:
 
March 19, 2014 - DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v9.1.4 for Mac and Windows. This upgrade allows DxO Optics Pro 9 to provide support for the Nikon D4S (Elite Edition only), as well as for three other additional cameras (Standard Edition): the new Sony A5000, the Leica X Vario (Type 107), and the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition.
 
170 new DxO Optics Modules
 
DxO Optics Pro v9.1.4 has been enriched with new DxO Optics Modules: 170 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the library, offering support for GoPro, Leica, Nikon, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina and Zeiss lenses for many GoPro, Leica, Nikon, and Sony cameras.
 
Among the new lenses supported are the Sony FE Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS, the new transtandard lens in the line dedicated to the Sony Alpha 7 and 7R, and the Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM II.
 
DxO Optics Modules contain all of the information about the characteristics of each camera and lens so that DxO Optics Pro 9 can automatically correct distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness with an unrivaled level of quality. Nearly 18,000 camera/lens combinations are currently available.
 
Note: B&H currently has special pricing on DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard & Elite Editions:

Category: DxO News
Post Date: 3/19/2014 9:13:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens Sample Picture
A handful of sample pictures have been added to the Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens review.
 
I regard the Sigma 24-105 f/4 OS is one of Sigma's best-ever lenses. This lens is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 3/19/2014 8:48:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Adobe:
 
Recurring Revenue More Than Half of Company’s First Quarter Revenue
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. – March 18, 2014 – Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its first quarter fiscal year 2014 ended Feb. 28, 2014.
 
First Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Adobe achieved revenue of $1.0 billion, at the high end of its targeted range of $950 million to $1.0 billion.
  • Adobe exited Q1 with 1 million 844 thousand paid Creative Cloud subscriptions, an increase of 405 thousand when compared to the number of subscriptions as of the end of Q4 fiscal year 2013.
  • Creative Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) grew to $987 million, and total Digital Media ARR grew to $1.15 billion.
  • Adobe Marketing Cloud quarterly revenue was $267 million, representing 24 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.09 on a GAAP-basis, and $0.30 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $252 million.
  • Deferred revenue grew by $52 million to a record $881 million.
  • More than half of Adobe’s Q1 revenue was from recurring sources such as Creative Cloud subscriptions and Adobe Marketing Cloud.
  • The company repurchased 4.5 million shares during the quarter, returning approximately $263 million of cash to stockholders.

Download the Full Press Release and Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (112 KB, PDF).
 
Note: The Photoshop Photography Program special – $9.99/mo for Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 with no previous ownership requirements – is set to expire March 31. Be sure to take advantage of this deal before time runs out!

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 3/19/2014 8:30:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 3/19/2014 7:54:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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From Canon:
 
Affected Product
EOS 6D Digital SLR Cameras
 
Details
Firmware Version 1.1.4 incorporates the following fixes:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which some images cannot be transferred to mobile devices running the EOS Remote app.
  2. Corrects an error in the German language Feature Guide.
  3. Corrects an error in the Korean language Feature Guide.

Firmware Version 1.1.4 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.1.3. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.1.4, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
 
Please note: After the firmware update has been performed the following setting will be reset to default.
Menu > Custom Function> C.Fn II: Autofocus > AF Microadjustment> 1: All by same amount
 
When updating the firmware of the camera, please review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.
 
Support
Download Firmware Version 1.1.4 for the EOS 6D Camera
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 6D.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/18/2014 8:18:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
Use Facebook to get people talking about your work!
 
In The Photographer’s Guide to Facebook, we break down tactics to help you increase awareness about your photography, engage potential clients, and encourage word-of-mouth referrals.
 
Learn how you can use Facebook to attract followers by:

  • Showcasing your personality with a behind-the-scenes look at your latest shoot.
  • Sharing great blogs, stories, and videos from outside sources that your audience will enjoy.
  • Asking interesting questions to inspire conversation on your page.
  • Offering giveaways and coupons to get people fired up about your products and services.

We also share some great examples of pages from photographers who have successfully used Facebook to build and grow their audience - and their client base - using simple, low cost strategies from posting regularly to showcasing images in a compelling way.
 
Download the free guide.

Post Date: 3/18/2014 3:22:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:

"Canon STM lenses have stepping motors that allow you to focus quietly and follow your subject smoothly. Photographer and educator Matt Kloskowski demonstrates the quiet smoothness of Canon's STM technology."

Check out the other videos in the EF 101 video series:

Canon STM Lens Reviews

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/18/2014 10:08:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II Tilt-Shift Lens
From Canon Digital Learning Center:
 
Join Explorer of Light Vincent Laforet on location in New York City as he shares practical examples of how to use Canon's tilt-shift lenses for architecture, portrait, lifestyle, and tabletop photography. Learn how a tilt-shift lens can correct, enhance and dramatically change a composition.
 
In Episode 1, Vincent gives an overview of what a tilt-shift lens is and how it differs from other lenses in the EOS lineup.
 
In Episode 2, Vincent talks about the shift property of the lens and how it can be used to correct distortion and also aid in multi-shot stitching by showing a few practical examples from around the city.
 
In Episode 3, Vincent shows a few examples of how the tilt functionality of the lens can shift the plane of focus to create a miniature look as well as increase the focus plane.
 
You can watch the entire series at the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
Tilt-Shift Lens Reviews

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/18/2014 9:58:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Sample Picture
A handful of sample pictures have been added to the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens review.
 
This lens continues to see demand exceeding supply. Preorder now at B&H.
Post Date: 3/18/2014 9:10:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon D4 DSLR Camera
From Nikon:
 
IMPORTANT
 

  • 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.
  • Do not load settings data saved with A:1.05/ B1.03 or earlier using the Save/ Load settings option in the setup menu after updating D4 firmware to A:1.10 / B:1.10. Settings data saved with D4 A:1.05/ B:1.03 or earlier is not compatible with D4 A and B firmware Ver. 1.10.
  • When transferring images recorded to a memory card with a capacity greater than 128 GB to a computer using a card reader or similar device, be sure that the computer's operating system and the card reader support capacities greater than 128 GB. If they do not support capacities greater than 128 GB, it may not be possible to transfer images in this way. As support for memory cards with capacities greater than 128 GB is provided with D4 A:1.10 / B:1.10 firmware, images may be transferred by connecting the camera to a computer via USB cable.

Updates included with this release A:1.10 / B: 1.10 - dated March 18, 2014

  • Custom Setting f17: Assign Remote Fn Button has been added * .
  • Support for CompactFlash memory cards with capacities greater than 128 GB has been added.
  • When an XQD memory card and one of certain CompactFlash memory cards were inserted in the camera at the same time, "Err" was displayed in the top control panel. This issue has been resolved.
  • When AF-ON only was selected for Custom Setting a4 (AF activation) and the AF-ON button was pressed to initiate autofocus during viewfinder photography, focus remained locked even after the user took their finger off the button, and the shutter could be released at any time. However, specifications have been modified so that the shutter cannot be released under the following conditions if the camera fails to focus.
  • Autofocus mode is set to AF-S (single-servo AF)
  • AF-area mode is set to Single-point AF
  • Custom Setting a2 (AF-S priority selection) is set to Focus

* - We have prepared a supplementary user's manual that covers this function. Click here to download the supplementary user's manual [T-D-P.com Note: Preceding link from Nikon was broken this morning]. Adobe's Acrobat Reader must be installed on your computer to view this file.
 
Download:
Nikon D4 Firmware A:1.10 / B:1.10 - Windows | Macintosh
 
B&H has the Nikon D4's successor, the D4s, available for preorder.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/18/2014 7:54:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang Notification of New Upcoming Products
Samyang dropped a not-so-subtle hint on its Facebook page letting us know to expect announcements in the very near future.

"New stuff from Samyang coming soon, really soon. Stay tuned!"

What do you think it is? Let us know in the comments.

Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 3/18/2014 7:33:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 17, 2014

 
From X-Rite:
 
ColorTRUE App launch includes ColorTRUE Aware Partner Program allowing any app developer to include color management.
 
Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 17, 2014 – X-Rite, Incorporated, the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, today announced the release of ColorTRUE for Apple iOS and Google Android platforms. ColorTRUE provides photographers, designers, and prepress professionals the ability to calibrate and profile their tablet and mobile devices for accurate color matching. ColorTRUE includes a Create Profile tool and an Image Gallery viewer and is currently available as a free download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
 
ColorTRUE Calibration
ColorTRUE creates a custom display profile for iOS and Android mobile devices using a supported X-Rite measurement device. The user simply places the connected device on the tablet or phone when prompted and the measurement process begins automatically. The profile is applied to all images displayed through the ColorTRUE Image Gallery, providing the user with the most accurate color match to a desktop reference monitor, or other color managed monitors.
 
Steve Rankin, Product Manager, at X-Rite, commented: “While iOS and Android devices deliver pleasing color right out of the box, ColorTRUE is the first app that will provide photographers, designers, and prepress professionals with a true color match from desktop to mobile. Tablets have become increasingly important in imaging workflows and getting accurate color on the mobile device is now as critical as it is on the desktop. Whether showing your portfolio to a perspective client or soft-proofing an image before final run, ColorTRUE delivers color accuracy at the level X-Rite customers expect, while maintaining the speed and simplicity of use necessary in the mobile environment.”
 
ColorTRUE Image Gallery
ColorTRUE is the only mobile color management app that delivers an Image Gallery viewer with a unique set of tools that enables the highest level of color accurate viewing:

  • Ambient Light Compensation – ColorTRUE will adjust to any ambient viewing condition ensuring that images are displayed correctly regardless of the lighting condition and display brightness setting
  • Print Simulation – Preview or soft-proof images using different printer profiles and rendering intents
  • White Point – Match your tablet to your desktop – to ensure you are assessing the same image on tablet and desktop, ColorTRUE lets you choose between D65, D50 and Native white point
  • ICC Profile – Embedded image profiles are used or you can manually select correct working color spaces for your images (sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB)
  • Before and After – Toggle the calibration on and off to see the color accuracy improvements on your images

Coloratti George Jardine states, "It only makes sense that X-Rite would be first to the party with a super-easy mobile calibration solution that really works! ColorTRUE gives me the confidence that what I'm seeing on my iPad will match the corrections that I've made on my professional i1Display-calibrated and profiled desktop displays. And the best part is...ColorTRUE uses my existing hardware."
 
ColorTRUE Aware Partner Program
With the launch of ColorTRUE, X-Rite also announces its ColorTRUE Aware partner program. Unlike laptop or desktop operating systems, iOS and Android operating systems do not have system wide color management capabilities. This means each app must apply color profiles independently. X-Rite will soon release a Software Developers Kit (SDK) that will allow 3rd party app developers access to the ColorTRUE profile, enabling them to seamlessly deliver color management within their own app(s). ColorTRUE users can be confident any third party app such as image editing or viewing, inline production approval, or even creative sketching for proof of concept is color managed whenever they see the ColorTRUE Aware logo. More information can be found at xritephoto.com/colortrueSDK.
 
Steve Rankin, Product Manager, at X-Rite, continued, “As tablets and mobile devices increasingly permeate color and image based workflows, it has never been more important that these devices become truly color accurate. With ColorTRUE and the ColorTRUE Aware partner program, X-Rite now offers the missing color management components on iOS and Android platforms. Our goal is to enable app developers and help create an eco-system of color managed apps. We encourage all app developers where color is important to their users to contact us and learn more about our ColorTRUE Aware partner program.”
 
Supported X-Rite Devices
An X-Rite measurement device (sold separately) is required for the ColorTRUE calibration process. iOS phones and tablets support ColorMunki Smile, ColorMunki Display, i1Display Pro, and i1Pro 2, while Android phones and tablets support ColorMunki Display and i1Display Pro. Visit xritephoto.com/colortrue for complete specifications list.
 
B&H carries X-Rite color calibration products.

Category: X-Rite News
Post Date: 3/17/2014 1:10:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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