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 Thursday, October 11, 2012
Lytro Cameras
From Lytro:
We’re celebrating the launch of three big changes for the Lytro camera: new manual controls, new colors and new accessories.
Manual ControlsCreative Tools for Lytro Photographers
With new, easy-to-use, and readily accessible manual controls, Lytro camera owners have more creative capabilities with light field photography. “Manual controls give Lytro photographers the opportunity to take control of the exposure in a scene,” said Eric Cheng, Lytro’s director of photography. “We introduced these features as a result of feedback from our most creative camera owners, who are capturing things like subjects in motion or experimenting with artistic styles like light painting. With manual controls, they now have more flexibility as they push the boundaries of the light field.” Check out these examples for inspiration.
The new controls are:

  • Shutter Speed- By manually controlling the shutter speed, Lytro photographers can keep the shutter open longer to capture living pictures in dark conditions. The maximum shutter speed is 8 seconds and the minimum is 1/250 second.
  • ISO Sensitivity – Controlling ISO gives Lytro photographers more ways to take creative living pictures in a variety of lighting conditions, from low-light concerts and restaurants to brightly lit soccer fields and amusement parks. The ISO range is 80 (min) to 3200 (max).
  • Neutral Density (ND) Filter – When in full manual mode, Lytro photographers can turn on the ND Filter to adjust the amount of light captured in extremely bright settings.
  • Auto Exposure (AE) Lock – Lytro photographers can lock the auto exposure while changing the composition of a picture in a scene.

These controls are included in all new camera purchases starting today. For existing Lytro camera owners, the free camera update begins rolling out today. To check for the update, just plug your Lytro camera into your computer.
New Colors and AccessoriesMore Choices to Customize Your Camera
In addition to introducing new creative tools, we’re also offering two new colors (U.S. only), Seaglass and Moxie Pink (available only through Target), and two new accessories, a Camera Case and Camera Sleeve (available at select retailers).
Amazon carries Lytro products.

Post Date: 10/11/2012 7:08:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Canon 5D Mark II with Leica Mount
Photo by Robert Benson
San Diego-based photographer Robert Benson had a peculiar problem--he owned a very expensive Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/1 lens without a camera to put it on. His solution involved modifying his own Canon 5D Mark II to accept Leica mount lenses. He is now selling his services for the 5D Mark II conversion. The procedure is not for the faint of heart and will most certainly void your warranty.
See his blog post for more details and sample images.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/10/2012 5:23:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DxO:
400 new DxO Optics Modules available
October 10, 2012 - DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v7.5.5 for Mac and Windows, its image processing software of reference for all serious photographers. This update means that DxO Optics Pro 7 now provides supports for the Canon EOS-1D X and the Nikon D600 (Elite edition only), as well as for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 and DMC-LX7.
DxO Optics Pro v7.5.5 also benefits from the continuous development of DxO Optics Modules. Nearly 400 camera/lens combinations have been added to the library, thereby providing support for additional Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, and Zeiss lenses for Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and Sony cameras.
Developed in the laboratory and following a scientific calibration process for all combinations of cameras and lenses, DxO Optics Modules contain tens of thousands of data points about the intrinsic limitations of each piece of equipment. This unique database means that DxO Optics Pro automatically corrects all lens optical defects - distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness - with an incomparable level of quality. Watch the video.
This update is free of charge for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 7, as well as for photographers who purchased a license for DxO Optics Pro 6 after September 1, 2011.
B&H carries DxO products.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 10/10/2012 9:14:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has a Flashpoint 32" Soft Box with 4 Flash Bracket and Grid on sale for $84.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
Post Date: 10/10/2012 8:22:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Custom SLR M-Plate Mini
From Custom SLR:
Custom SLR Launches M-Plate Mini Universal Quick-Release Tripod Plate
Crowd-funded Custom SLR announces M-Plate Mini, a versatile quick-release tripod plate for Arca-Swiss and ManfrottoTM RC2-style heads with additional ports for attaching a variety of accessories
SAN JOSE, CA, October 9, 2012Custom SLR, a design company creating performance products that improve the shooting experience for photographers, today announced the upcoming availability of the M-Plate Mini, a universal quick-release tripod plate offering compatibility with most Arca-Swiss and ManfrottoTM RC2-style tripod and head systems. The versatile, durable plate includes ¼”- 20 attachment sockets ensuring photographers can still connect an assortment of attachable accessories even if the plate is occupying their camera’s tripod mount.
Sharing similar tripod functionality with the popular M-Plate Pro system, which also enables the attachment of a hand strap and sling strap like the company’s C-Loop and Glide Strap, Custom SLR recognized the value the universal mini release plate could provide to photographers seeking an upgrade to the standard quick-release connectors on the market. Durable and sturdy, yet lightweight, the M-Plate Mini provides a stable and a secure connection between camera and tripod head, making for smooth and easy transition to Arca-Swiss and ManfrottoTM RC2-style heads.
Designed and developed in the USA from aerospace-grade aluminum, the M-Plate Mini comes in a black anodized finish for a sleek profile when attached to the camera’s tripod socket. The M-Plate Mini can serve as a cost-effective alternative to the mono-tasking tripod plates on the market, and its modular design will allow it to function along with planned Custom SLR attachments currently in development such as video rigs and flash brackets.
“Our philosophy with design is to keep our products modular and to give photographers options that truly improve their shooting experience,” said Ivan Wong, Chief Operations Officer, Custom SLR. “Like the M-Plate Pro, the M-Plate Mini expands on this goal, serving as the backbone to a new line of photo and video attachments that we will introduce to the market in the coming months.”
The M-Plate Mini carries an MSRP of $49.95 and is targeted for a November release when the product will be available through many authorized dealers worldwide.
B&H carries Custom SLR products.
Post Date: 10/10/2012 7:34:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Hot Deal: eBay (via BeachCamera) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera available for only $2,899.00 with free shipping. (thanks to all who sent this in)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/9/2012 12:55:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Lightroom Journal:
Lightroom 4 includes the ability to easily create and publish photo books. While many Lightroom customers have enjoyed creating photo books inside Lightroom, some have reported a disturbing bug about which I’d like to provide additional information.
The Issue
While working on a page spread that contains a caption with multiple colored text, the book can disappear.
To Avoid the Issue

  • Update to Lightroom 4.2 immediately. Lightroom 4.2 contains safeguards that may aid in the recovery of a lost book. To update, please either use the Help-> “Check for Updates” menu option within Lightroom or download the update here [Windows, Mac]
  • Avoid using multiple text colors within the same text box

Recovering a lost book

  • If you are using Lightroom 4.2*, this warning will appear.
    Lightroom Dialogue Box Warning
  • Click “Cancel”.
  • Quit Lightroom 4.2.
  • The warning will appear again. Click “Cancel” again.
  • Restart Lightroom.
  • In the Book module, your book will be there.

*We are not aware of any methods to recover a lost book in either Lightroom 4 or Lightroom 4.1. Please update to Lightroom 4.2 through the Help->”Check for Updates” menu option within Lightroom or download the update here [Windows, Mac]
Next Steps
The Lightroom team is currently researching and evaluating this bug to ensure that there are no other ways that it can be triggered. Our aim is to include a fix in a future update to Lightroom 4. In addition to the feedback we received from the Lightroom community and feedback forums, I’d like to also personally thank two Lightroom customers who played a critical role in helping us isolate and better understand the bug. Alan Shapiro and Marko Nara, thank you for all of your help in getting to the root of this issue.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/9/2012 5:34:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Digital Camera available for $289.99 with free shipping. Compare at $349.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/9/2012 1:43:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Aspherical Fisheye Lens (Canon or Nikon mount) for $239.99 with free shipping. Compare at $269.00.
Post Date: 10/9/2012 1:37:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 8, 2012
Amazon has the Transcend 256GB SATA III SSD featured as a Gold Box Deal for $154.99 (click "Select more options" to choose the 256GB model). Regularly $179.99.
Post Date: 10/8/2012 12:32:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Eye-Fi has just released an advisory regarding Nikon D800/D800E DSLR cameras:
From Eye-Fi:
"The Nikon D800 / D800E is not compatible with Eye-Fi X2 Cards.
Eye-Fi engineering has found and confirmed a compatibility issue with the Eye-Fi card that impacts the use of Direct Mode in the Nikon D800. We are currently investigating an issue with the D800's SD slot that appears to contribute to a lack of steady signal while the Eye-Fi card is in Direct Mode which makes the Direct Mode feature incompatible with the camera. The Nikon D800/D800e passes all other wireless network tests and is compatible with wireless transfers via a wireless router."
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Eye Fi News
Post Date: 10/8/2012 12:09:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe has created a blog post addressing several questions it received regarding the new enhancements of the Digital Negative 1.4 Specification.
The new enhancements include:

  • Default User Crop
  • Transparency
  • Floating Point (HDR)
  • Lossy Compression
  • Proxies

If you would like even more detail, you can download the complete 101 page DNG Specificaiton.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/8/2012 10:55:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has the Canon PIXMA MG6220 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer for $59.99 with free Super Saver Shipping. Compare at $129.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/8/2012 8:39:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Westcott 50" Recessed Front JS Apollo Softbox for $169.90 with free shipping. Compare at $249.90.
Post Date: 10/8/2012 8:00:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Refurbished Store has just lowered the price on their Rebel T3i, T2i, and T1i DSLR cameras and kits.
Currently in stock with price drop:
EOS Rebel T3i EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens Kit Refurbished - $559.99 (was $639.99)
EOS Rebel T3i Body Refurbished - $479.99 (was $559.99)
EOS Rebel T2i EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens Kit Refurbished $447.99 (was $559.99)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/8/2012 6:44:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, October 6, 2012
Today only: Woot! has the discontinued Nikon D3000 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit for $399.99. (thanks Chris)
Adorama has the D3000 body in their refurbished Nikon inventory for only $259.00.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/6/2012 2:06:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 5, 2012
Some image quality comparisons are now available on the Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D Review page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/5/2012 12:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 60D DSLR Camera (Body Only) available for $788.60 shipped. Compare at $865.00. (thanks to all who pointed out the "6D" typo)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/5/2012 3:55:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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