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 Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens is one of the most exciting lenses to appear in long time. I have added some sample images captured with this lens to the review.
Post Date: 9/17/2013 7:07:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens
DigitalRev has the ultra-wide angle Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens (for EOS M) available for $445.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/17/2013 6:22:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Lens
DigitalRev has the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Lens (Canon/Nikon) available for $499.00. Compare at $549.00.
 
Check out T-D-P.com's full review of the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX.
Post Date: 9/17/2013 5:57:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
New technology introduced to the development of lenses for digital SLR cameras and Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses
 
September 17, 2013 – Nikon Corporation (Makoto Kimura, President) is pleased to announce the development and deployment of OPTIA, a new measurement device that is able to measure all forms of aberration in interchangeable lenses for cameras, as well as a dedicated image simulator.
 
Nikon has spent decades researching and developing ultra high-performance, ultra-precise projection lenses for IC steppers and scanners, as well as means of evaluating their optical performance. Currently, Nikon is one of only two companies in the world manufacturing and selling the latest ArF (argon fluoride) immersion scanners, and the only Japanese company doing so. For OPTIA, a means of measuring aberration originally developed for IC steppers and scanners has been further developed for use with camera lenses.
 
While the light used for exposure with IC steppers and scanners is of a very narrow band of wavelengths, light used by camera lenses covers a wide band of wavelengths that includes the entire visible range. What's more, the amount of aberration that occurs with camera lenses is significantly greater. OPTIA is equipped with a brand new aberration measurement sensor that responds to these characteristics of camera lenses, making it a ground-breaking device capable of measuring nearly all aspects of optical performance for a wide variety of camera lenses.
 
In addition to resolution, camera lens performance is indicated by such characteristics as blur (as known as "bokeh"), reproduction of textures, and sense of depth (these characteristics combined are referred to as "lens characteristics"). The application of OPTIA's aberration measurement to Nikon lenses, which have always had a very high reputation, enables clarification of the correspondence between lens characteristics and aberration.
 
The image simulator (software) developed alongside OPTIA enables simulation at the design stage that is equivalent to actual photography with lens prototypes. Therefore, by utilizing the correspondence relationship between lens characteristics and aberration clarified with OPTIA, lenses can be developed with greater control over not only resolution, but also a wide variety of lens characteristics.
 
Adoption of the new design concept formulated with the use of OPTIA and the image simulator will enable more effective development of high-performance lenses with unique characteristics, and allow Nikon to provide customers with interchangeable lenses that offer new forms of value never before seen.
 
Development Background

  • Development of OPTIA (hardware) was completed in May 2012. Development of related software, inspection and evaluation of camera lens performance initiated.
  • Full deployment of OPTIA with the use of the new image simulator initiated in September 2013.

Adorama carries Nikon lenses.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/17/2013 5:44:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 16, 2013
Think Tank Photo My 2nd Brain 15 (Black)
Think Tank Photo is raffling off a 15" Macbook Pro with one of their newly released My 2nd Brain bags. The drawing will be held Tuesday, September 24.
 
Enter the Giveaway Drawing*
 
*Link updated
Post Date: 9/16/2013 1:55:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photo Glass Taxi
Think Tank Photo is running a special promotion with it's long lens backpacks - the Glass Taxi and Glass Limo. Purchase either bag and receive one of the following items for free:

Post Date: 9/16/2013 1:42:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Datacolor Spyder4Elite Colorimeter
Adorama has the Datacolor Spyder4Elite Colorimeter available for $199.95 with free shipping. Regularly $249.00.
 
Note: This purchase qualifies for a free download of Perfect Effects 4 Premium Edition.
Post Date: 9/16/2013 12:48:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 Software
Adorama has Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 & Premiere Elements 11 available for $84.99 with free shipping. Regularly $129.99.
Post Date: 9/16/2013 12:44:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lowepro Photo Sport Pro 30L AW Backpack
Adorama has the Lowepro Photo Sport Pro 30L AW Backpack available for $154.82 with free shipping. Regularly $199.99.
Post Date: 9/16/2013 12:20:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Kata DB-453 DPS Series Camera Bag
Adorama has the Kata DB-453 DPS Series Camera Bag available for $24.95 with free shipping. Regularly $59.95.
Post Date: 9/16/2013 12:07:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
The Wedding Photographer’s Pre-Event Checklist with Michael Duval
 
As a wedding photographer, you’re likely fun, bubbly and creative – but are you also exceedingly organized? Do you start preparing for a wedding months ahead of the actual date?
 
If you answered “no” or even “sometimes” to either of these questions, then you need Boston-based wedding photographer Mike Duval’s pre-event checklist in your back pocket. Mike has been shooting weddings with his wife (true story!) for the last eight years, and has found himself in enough sticky situations to know that you can never plan too much for the big day.
 
In this live webinar on Tuesday, September 17th at 4pm ET, Mike will take us through his pre-wedding prep list, starting from the time of booking up to the wedding day. He’ll cover:

  • Venue scouting: what to look for when researching online and during the site visit
  • Pre-wedding questionnaire: what to ask the couple before and on the big day
  • Gear checklist: must-have equipment for shooting weddings
  • Customer service: little things that can help put you and your clients at ease

Join us for this webinar, co-hosted by PhotoShelter and LensProToGo, and never be underprepared for a wedding again.
 
Register Now

Post Date: 9/16/2013 11:58:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Think Tank Photo today released the seventh in its “About A Photograph” video series. In it, photojournalist Joe McNally, described by American Photo magazine as “perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today,” narrates the fascinating story behind his striking image of Bolshoi Prima Ballerina Nadia Grachevo taken atop a roof overlooking the Kremlin.
 
Note: Use the links from this site to get a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo!
Post Date: 9/16/2013 11:11:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens
I've added a few sample pictures to the last two Sigma 120-300mm OS Lens Reviews. Remember, the "Sports" version of the Sigma 120-300 OS is the newer lens and is capable of matching or exceeding the samples shown for the older "DG" lens, so check out both sets.
 
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM "Sports" Lens
Post Date: 9/16/2013 10:51:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From AdoramaTV:
 
Adorama Photography TV Presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally. In this episode, Joe takes us on a location shoot in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 
In this exclusive episode of Photo on the Go, shot exclusively for AdoramaTV, join Joe McNally as he deconstructs his lighting setup and relays some strategies on how to deal with bright sunlight when shooting an outdoor portrait, and also shows how using a Hoodman Loupe aids in seeing your LCD display in bright sunlight.
 
T-D-P.com Note: When using large light modifiers in windy environments, be sure to use plenty of sandbags to keep your light stands from toppling over.
 
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Category: AdoramaTV
Post Date: 9/16/2013 9:36:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED DX VR Lens
Adorama has the Refurbished Nikon AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED DX VR Lens available for $107.95 with free shipping. Compare at $246.95 new.
Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm IS II Lens
eBay (via 1SaleADay) has the Canon EOS Rebel T3 with 18-55mm IS II Lens available for $315.00 with free shipping. Compare at $449.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/16/2013 6:17:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, September 15, 2013
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera available for $1,649.00. Compare at $1,999.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/15/2013 5:15:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending September 14th, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Monday, LensRentals announced they were opening a new office in Brentwood near Nashville, TN. If you live in the Nashville area, you will have the opportunity to pick up and drop off your rentals in person to avoid shipping charges.
 
On Tuesday, Canon Professional Services USA notified CPS members of upcoming program changes. Some of the changes include getting rid of paper vouchers for maintenance cleanings, shortening evaluation loan times, and modifying repair discounts for Gold and Platinum members.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Tuesday, Bryan published his full review of the Canon EOS 70D. Bryan was very impressed by the 70D’s responsive, full-featured autofocus system and image quality that seemed “just right.” For all the details, check out 70D’s full review.
 
On Wednesday, yours truly published a full review on the Spiffy Gear Light Blaster. The Light Blaster allows you to use items you probably already own – a flash and a DSLR lens – to project transparent slides onto any surface. You can use the Light Blaster to easily transform a drab background into something more intriguing. Check out the Light Blaster review for more information.
 
On Thursday, Bryan published a tutorial on how to create natural-looking HDR photos using any image editing program that allows you to create layers and masks. Want to keep the detail in your shadows without blowing the highlights in your next landscape photo? Check out Bryan’s tutorial to see how.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Wednesday, we posted a deal from BuyDig.com where you could get a Canon 5D Mark III, EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS, PIXMA PRO-100 printer, photo paper and an Adobe software bundle for $3,499.00 after rebate. Considering that a 5D Mark III sells for that retail price all by itself, the bundle was an especially good deal.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 9/15/2013 4:32:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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