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 Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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From Adobe:
 
Acquisition and New Creative SDK Accelerates Delivery of Mobile Apps that Integrate with Adobe Creative Cloud
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sept. 22, 2014 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it has acquired privately held Aviary, a developer of mobile SDKs (Software Development Kits) for the delivery of creative apps. With millions of people already using Aviary-powered photo-editing apps and thousands of developers using Aviary’s SDKs, across mobile platforms, the acquisition accelerates Adobe’s strategy to make Creative Cloud a vibrant platform for third-party apps, through a new Creative SDK. Currently under development, Adobe Creative SDK is a software library that enables developers to tap into Adobe’s creative technologies to build mobile apps and drive new connections between mobile devices and Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications and services.
 
“Aviary has an exceptional team and technology platform, as well as expertise serving a robust developer ecosystem. We're thrilled to leverage Aviary's technology to make our Creative SDK even more powerful for app developers,” said Scott Belsky, vice president of Creative Cloud Ecosystem & Behance at Adobe. “This is great news for developers because thousands of mobile apps will have the opportunity to become compatible with industry-defining desktop tools like Photoshop CC, as well as new Creative Cloud services."
 
Adobe Creative SDK gives third-party developers access to Adobe APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), previously only available to Adobe’s internal engineering teams. Examples include: browsing files stored in Creative Cloud; extracting elements from PSD files; Adobe’s “Touch Slide” software for straight-line drawing; and cloud image-editing services like Content-Aware Fill and Upright. Adobe Photoshop Mix, a recently launched mobile app for iOS, utilizes these new APIs and offers some of Adobe’s best imaging technology for applying Photoshop looks and compositing images. Adobe Creative SDK is currently being tested by developers and a beta launch is expected in the coming months.
 
"Aviary was founded to bring creative freedom to the world,” said Avi Muchnick, Aviary’s co-founder. “We're excited to join Adobe and tap into their incredible wealth of creative technology and supercharge our collective SDK offering. Together, we will help nurture the next generation of third party creative apps.”
 
For further details on today’s announcement, visit Scott Belsky’s blog and Aviary's blog.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 9/23/2014 6:38:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 22, 2014
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From Canon:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 22, 2014 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that Canon Cinema EOS digital cameras and lenses have been selected by IMAX Corporation for an exciting mission to capture 4K footage in space. The cameras and lenses left Earth Saturday on a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The equipment will arrive at the International Space Station, where astronauts will capture stunning 4K content for the upcoming new 3D film, tentatively titled A Perfect Planet, a presentation of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and IMAX Entertainment.
 
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Toni Myers, the IMAX 3D space project will offer breathtaking, illuminating views of Earth from space, exploring mankind's future on and off the planet. Renowned large format cinematographer James Neihouse serves as the film's director of photography and trained the astronauts who will man the cameras while in orbit.
 
The IMAX production team selected Canon EOS C500 EF digital cinema cameras, Canon EOS 1D-C digital SLR cameras, and a selection of Canon Cinema Zoom and Prime lenses for the project. The EOS C500s will be paired with Codex recorders to capture 4K images.
 
"Of the digital cameras we tested for spaceflight, the Canon EOS C500's image quality was more film-like than the other systems," said Neihouse. "The sharpness is superior to some of the larger sensors. And it is more user-friendly for the astronauts. We have a good track record with Canon cameras in space."
 
"I am thrilled that the Canon Cinema EOS cameras we have selected launched to the International Space Station and our astronaut crews can now begin filming spectacular scenes for our new project," said Toni Myers, who will produce, direct, write and edit the documentary film. "The lightweight, flexible Canon cameras produce remarkable imagery and are ideal for capturing scenes of our beautiful Planet Earth.
 
"When we launched the Cinema EOS product line, Canon hoped to inspire filmmakers to take their craft to new heights. We are honored that IMAX, Toni Myers, James Neihouse, and the astronauts took our challenge so literally. To have our cameras and lenses travel to space is an incredible cause for celebration. We look forward to this awe-inspiring film and pledge to continue to engineer products worthy of the next frontier-whether here on Earth or among the stars," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
 
IMAX's 3D film will be shot over the course of the next year with multiple crews of astronauts conducting principal photography. The film is tentatively set for release in early 2016.
 
B&H carries Canon EOS Cinema Cameras and Lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 9/22/2014 9:23:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes explains how to create a vignette in Photoshop in this episode of the Photoshop Playbook.
 
The Adobe Photoshop Photography Suite is only $9.99 per month.
Post Date: 9/22/2014 7:50:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro Lens
The complete set of standard test results along with specs/measurements and product images are now available on the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro Lens Review page.
Post Date: 9/22/2014 6:36:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 19, 2014

 
From Profoto:
 
On September 17, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt did a live webinar on how to match your strobes with the available light on location.
 
Did you miss it? No worries. The webinar was recorded and is now available as a video.
 
Gear Used
 
Post Date: 9/19/2014 9:16:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lowepro Toploader Pro 70 AW II Bag
PETALUMA, Calif., Sept. 15, 2014 — Lowepro, the leading maker of photography carrying solutions, launches its agile and flexible toploading design from the Professional Collection: the Toploader Pro Series. Sports, event and active photographers will benefit from the updated features, including four wearing options.
 
“We looked at how people carry and work with their bags and designed a flexibility strap and harness system that lets photographers wear it four ways,” said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro brand director.
 
The multiple wearing options allow for tremendous freedom of movement. The bag includes 2 utility straps to configure as an over-the-shoulder strap, 3-point holster, or 4-point chest harness. The Toploader Pro may be secured at the waist using a belt or strapped to another bag via its SlipLock attachment loop.
 
Toploader Pro 75 AW II and 70 AW II are built to protect pro-sized set-ups with a snug, protective fit and fast access from the contoured, body-side opening.
 
Lowepro takes its patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover up a notch by adding a 360 degree All Weather AW Cover that protects contents from the bottom to the lid, so photographers can work out of the bag in the snow or rain.
 
The Toploader Pro Series also includes these premium features: super-strong metal D-rings from Duraflex to keep straps and harness secure; glove-friendly, U-shaped zipper pulls; soft, tricot lining on inside lid to protect screen; multiple storage pockets for small accessories and essentials.
 
Toploader Pro 75 AW II fits: Pro DSLR with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached; small accessories
US MSRP $99.95
 
Toploader Pro 70 AW II fits: Pro DSLR with 24-70mm f/2.8 or 14-25mm f/2.8 lens attached; accessories
US MSRP $89.95
 
B&H carries the new Lowepro Toploader AW II bags.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 9/19/2014 8:22:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot G7 X
Canon Asia now has the PowerShot G7 X User Manual available for download. (thanks Niklas)
 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot G7 X available for preorder. DigitalRev has the grey market version available now.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/19/2014 7:04:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 18, 2014
Canon PowerShot G7 X Digital Camera
DigitalRev has the Canon PowerShot G7 X in stock with free shipping.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/18/2014 1:38:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Devin Graham used a Canon EOS 1D C and a Glidecam HD4000 stabilizer to shoot this fantastic promotional video for a skate park in Utah.
 
Takeaways from a Video Novice [Sean]
 
  1. The first element to a fantastic video is a great concept. Skateboarding through 5000 balloons? Who thinks of that?! Devin Graham – and that's a big reason why his video productions are so well-liked.
  2. Big ideas usually require a lot of setup. A reliable group of friends is an excellent asset to have.
  3. The Glidecam HD4000 is a great tool for helping to stabilize the video at the time of capture. But it also requires a strong forearm and quite a bit of determination when filming with a heavy camera like the 1D C. I know this first hand because I've shot video for two weddings in the past couple of months using a gripped 5D III with an external audio recorder sitting atop of the HD4000. Filming can be exhausting, but the end result is well worth the effort.
  4. Capturing scenes of static camera angles to mix in with your stabilized motion segments allows for a wide variety of options when piecing the video together. Sometimes I don't capture enough b-roll.
Check out the behind-the-scenes video here:
 
Post Date: 9/18/2014 10:40:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot G7 X Digital Camera
From the Canon Professional Network:
The PowerShot G7 X signals the start of a new signature range of premium compacts aimed at professionals and serious enthusiasts. In an in-depth interview, CPN discovers the various technical challenges faced by the PowerShot development team – Tatsuya Yamada (product planner), Hiroshi Saruwatari (lens supervisor), Kazushige Ichino (G7 X development chief), Yousuke Fukai (G7 X lens barrel designer), Kenji Takahashi (imaging processor development) Taro Kobayashi (sensor development) and Kenichi Nishimura (G7 X design) – as they turned design into reality...
Read the entire article at the Canon Professional Network.
 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot G7 X available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/18/2014 6:52:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
broncolor Siros Studio Flash
From broncolor:
 
broncolor is to introduce two new products at this year's photokina. Not only will they present a powerful addition to the versatile HMI series but also a completely new compact device. All photographers working with studio lighting will not want to miss these unveilings.
 
broncolor's new compact device combines unbeatable flash and super-fast charging times with reliable and intuitive handling. At 400 and 800 joules, Siros will not only be available in two output versions but also as a basic- or S-model. The flash time curve in the new Siros is controlled by broncolor's widely known ECTC technology, which also guarantees flash times of up to 1/13,000 s (t 0.5) and constant colors. Charging times of 0.02 up to 0.65 s at 400 joules as well as an enormous control range – up to 9 apertures and reducible to only 2 joules – round off the impressive performance of the S-highend-model.
 
Furthermore Siros is fully compatible with the extensive accessory range of light shapers that broncolor is so well known for and which offer limitless creative possibilities. Two of these light shapers have been especially developed for Siros: an umbrella reflector, which, combined with a lid, can also be used for protection during transport and an L40 reflector, optimized in size and, through a snap-in system, easily extendable with a honeycomb grid.
 
Handling and menu navigation are both easy and intuitive with Siros and are regulated through a single control dial, which allows for aperture adjustments in 1/10 steps or, by using the new twist function, in full apertures.
 
Brand-new app – bronControl – for all-round control
 
Also new with Siros is the bronControl app, which allows remote control of all functions. As soon as Siros has established a WiFi network, different devices in the studio or outdoors are recognized via multi-colored LEDs and can be controlled via a smartphone or tablet.
 
PocketWizard technology for undreamt-of possibilities
 
Siros is not only ideal as an addition to already existing studio flashlight setups. The compact devices with their integrated PocketWizard receivers allow for the integration in already existing setups but also open the gates to the world of HyperSync photography, which enables a shutter speed of up to 1/8000 s. The ideal pairing of Siros and PocketWizard allows for limitless creativity while remaining simple to operate.
 
B&H carries broncolor products.
Category: Broncolor News
Post Date: 9/18/2014 6:16:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens
From Canon:
 
To the Users of the EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM, and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM Interchangeable Lenses for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
 
UPDATE:
Please see the changes to the “Identification Procedure” section below regarding the criteria for affected serial numbers. The identification procedure has been enhanced to include the first, second and third digits from the left in order to more precisely identify affected products.
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
Canon has released a firmware update for EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm F2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM lenses. This firmware update will be performed by Canon Service Centers. Please contact us using the contact information listed at the bottom of this page.
 
Firmware changes:
Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following enhancement:
 
  • Changes the control algorithm of the focus drive, and enhances the drive’s responsiveness for more precise focus and adjustments. In particular, the new firmware enhances the AI servo AF capability of the lenses to track objects that move irregularly in sports events, such as soccer or rugby.
Affected Products:
Firmware Version 1.1.1 is for lenses with Firmware Version 1.0.0. If the lens’ firmware is already Version 1.1.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
 
Identification Procedure:
The first, second, and third digits from the left in the serial number (10 digits) for lenses equipped with Firmware Version 1.0.0 are as follows:
 
Lens nameSerial numbers of affected products
(x presents any optional numbers)
EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM790xxxxxxx through 913xxxxxxx
EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM790xxxxxxx through 913xxxxxxx
EF500mm f/4L IS II USM880xxxxxxx through 910xxxxxxx
EF600mm f/4L IS II USM880xxxxxxx through 910xxxxxxx

Lenses with serial numbers other than those listed above are equipped with Firmware Version 1.1.1 or later.
 
Support
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
Please register your EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM or EF600mm f/4L IS II USM. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when future firmware updates become available.
 
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
 
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON
1-800-652-2666
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens
B&H has the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens available for preorder. The price – $1,999.00 with free shipping.
 
This price point makes the new Sigma lens about twice as expensive as the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD. It'll be interesting to see how the two lenses compare.
Post Date: 9/17/2014 2:44:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
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Post Date: 9/17/2014 11:42:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Nikon has just released Camera Control Pro 2.19.0 and Wireless Transmitter Utility 1.5.2 with support for the D750.
 
Download
Camera Control Pro 2.19.0
Wireless Transmitter Utility 1.5.2
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/17/2014 11:39:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens
In case you didn't notice, the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens is currently sitting at the top of the "Most Popular Lens" leaderboard (on the home page). Impressive image quality from a very long focal length zoom lens with a very reasonable price has driven the 150-600 VC's popularity.
 
The lens has become so popular that finding one in stock has become a challenge. Amazon states "Usually ships within 1 to 3 months" for this model. The 150-600 VC is available on eBay, but be prepared to pay a premium for it. That this lens has become difficult to find has led to theories that Tamron pulled the lens from shelves or stopped production of the lens to address a deficiency. The other report I'm receiving is that the latest models of this lens are autofocusing more accurately than the early models. (thanks Chris)
 
To clear things up, I contacted my Tamron rep. What I learned is that the firmware installed on this lens has indeed been updated; starting with models produced in May 2014. The firmware update was specific to the Canon-mount version and was designed to improve autofocus performance. Unless a dealer is sitting on old inventory, all lenses currently being shipped should have the updated firmware. Lenses with the original firmware can be sent to Tamron for the update.
 
The other clarification that I received was that unavailability of this lens is entirely due to demand exceeding supply. There have been no halts to production and no recalls issued.
 
If you want to add a Tamron 150-600mm VC Lens to your kit, preorder and be patient.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 9/17/2014 9:13:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Nikon:
 
Nikon Communication Unit UT-1 Firmware 2.2
 
Updates included with this version, 2.2:
 
  • Support for the D750 has been added.
Important Notes
 
  • You will need to connect the UT-1 to a supported Nikon camera to update UT-1 firmware. Currently, the Nikon D810, D800 or D800E (firmware 1.10 or later), D750 and D7100 can be used to update this firmware.
  • When using the UT-1 running firmware Ver. 2.2, be sure that Wireless Transmitter Utility1.5.2 or later is installed. To use the UT-1 running firmware 2.2 with the D800 or D800E, the camera must be running firmware 1.10 or later. If software/firmware version(s) are older version(s), be sure to download the latest version(s) from the links above and perform the necessary updates.
  • Network profiles created with earlier versions of software or firmware cannot be used. You will need to create new profiles using the Wireless Transmitter Utility 1.5.2 or later.
Download the Nikon Communication Unit UT-1 Firmware 2.2.
 
B&H carries the Nikon Communication Unit UT-1.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/17/2014 8:58:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From c|net:
"By Stephen Shankland
 
COLOGNE, Germany – Beefing up its telephoto lens line, Canon plans to revamp an aging 100-400mm zoom and bring a novel technology called diffractive optics to more models.
 
Lenses are key to camera company profits: the more lenses a photographer has, the harder it is to move to a rival's system of camera bodies and lenses. And unlike camera bodies, lenses don't go out of date so fast, which means they're more profitable to sell once investments in engineering and manufacturing are paid off.
 
The 100-400mm zoom is a good example. Canon introduced it in 1998 with its first-generation image stablization technology, which counteracts some camera shake, and still sells it for $1,700. But a new model is in the works, said Canon technical advisor Chuck Westfall in an interview here at the Photokina show Monday. "It's definitely on the boards for replacement," he said, though declining to say when.
 
In addition, Canon is working to spread a technology called diffractive optics, or DO, into more lenses, he added – maybe even cheaper lenses..."
Check out the entire article on c|net.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/17/2014 8:21:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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