Canon and Sony News for Oct 2011 (Page 2)

 Thursday, October 20, 2011
 Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Westcott has announced new Apollo Orb and Strip Light Modifiers (Westcott product page) for use with Speedlites.

Get your Westcott Apollo Orb and Strip Light Modifiers at B&H

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Westcott News
Post Date: 10/19/2011 2:58:15 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

In my Dec 23, 2010 What I Want From Canon for Christmas post, I requested a 1Ds Mark IV with "... the latest DSLR features (horizon level, better LCD, HD video ...) to be added to it. Increase the resolution and frame rate too."

As the dust settles on the big Canon EOS-1D X announcement, I am getting asked the question "Are you excited about the new Canon EOS-1D X?" The ONLY reason I am being asked is because the 1D X has fewer pixels than the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III it replaces.

I have personally chosen the 1Ds III over the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV as my primary camera because of the full frame sensor format and higher resolution. Otherwise, I consider the 1D IV a better camera overall.

So, the 1D X retains the full frame sensor I strongly want but gives up 3mp of resolution. And yes, I will probably be able to notice that difference. Here is an example (use the mouseover feature) of what this difference is going to look like - though the 1D X should be considerably sharper than the 60D. But the reality is, that at this resolution, 3mp is not a great amount. And the quality of the pixels matter. With the promise of impressive pixel-level image quality, the trade-off may be even less than it first appears. Again, reference the difference in pixel-level image quality between the 1Ds III and the 60D in the example provided.

So, even if I don't gain resolution by upgrading to the 1D X, I do not expect to lose anything of significance in this regard. Looking at the additional features I gain makes it easy to say that March will be a long wait for me and that at least one 1D X will definitely become part of my kit.

I am simply drooling over the 12fps frame rate. Better LCD, incredibly high ISO settings, improved self-cleaning sensor, new AF system, built-in level, better auto white balance, HD video ... the entire list of feature improvements is huge. The significanly-lower-than-the-1Ds-III's-market-entry-price-tag is also greatly appreciated (the 1Ds III was $8,000).

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Perhaps the 5D Mark III will get the megapixels? My expectation for the 1Ds III replacement to precede the Canon EOS 5D Mark III appears to be coming true. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II is an incredible camera for the price and continues to be great seller. My expectation [a guess] is for Canon to continue the 5D product line in some form and an EOS 5D Mark III, based on history, could very well be their 5D model line upgrade choice. I could see Canon making this camera an ultra-high resolution model. Perhaps with an articulating LCD?

When will a Canon EOS 5D Mark III or equivalent be announced? I have no idea. Canon does not share this information without an NDA - and I am not currently under such an NDA for this product, so please don't ask. :) Basing purchase decisions on rumors can mean a VERY long wait for a product to become available - if it ever becomes available at all.

Buy your gear when you need/want it is the advice I usually give.

Canon EOS-1D X Preorders

My guess is that the Canon EOS-1D X will be hard to get for months after it first hits the shelves. Preordering will be the best option for getting one of these cameras early.

At this time, I have not found any preorder opportunities for the 1D X. Perhaps the "estimated retail price" [Canon USA press release] and long delivery time may be holding retailers back from committing to deliver this camera for a specific price (some were burned on price in the last rounds of super telephoto lens preorders).

Continue to follow this news page to be notified of Canon EOS-1D X preorder opportunities.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 10/19/2011 2:24:18 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The HOYA PRO1 Digital ND32 and ND64 Neutral Density Filters (press release) have been announced.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: HOYA News
Post Date: 10/19/2011 11:20:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Check out the updated Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera Review placeholder page for more 1D X images, charts and links to other online information.

From Canon Europe: Canon Ambassador Frits van Eldik's first impressions of the EOS-1D X (thanks John):

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 10/18/2011 4:12:00 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

CPN has posted The EOS-1D X Explained.

This article digs deeper into the Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera's features than the press releases.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 10/18/2011 2:40:37 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Canon UK has published a worth-reading 8-page paper entitled Canon EOS-1D X Technologies Explained.

Again, a link to this page is now included at the bottom of the Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera Review placeholder page.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 10/18/2011 11:33:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera UK Press Release reveals more information about the new 1D X - a link to this release is now included at the bottom of the Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera Review placeholder page.

Post Date: 10/18/2011 10:25:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Replacing the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV and the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III is the just-announced Canon EOS-1D X DSLR.

Some pics are available on the Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera Review placeholder page. I plan to add more information to the review page later today.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 10/18/2011 1:25:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Canon press release:


Featuring the new FastFront System and Software Upgrades to Easy-PhotoPrint EX and Full HD Movie Print

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 18, 2011 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced three new PIXMA printers – the MG4120 Wireless1 Photo All-In-One, MG3120 Wireless1 Photo All-In-One and the MG2120 Photo All-In-One (AIO) printers. Combining function, reliability and creativity, these new models offer users the opportunity to print high-quality images to share with friends and family. The new MG4120 is also compatible with the PIXMA Cloud Link2 for easy printing of photos and templates directly through the printer without the use of a computer on the 2.4 inch color LCD screen.

Print with ease with the new FastFront system

With the new FastFront system, the ink storage and paper tray are conveniently located in the front of the machine, allowing access for users to easily load ink or paper. All three printers feature the ChromaLife 100 ink system3, which utilizes a two cartridge system, one black and one color. The new ink system on-board this year helps deliver the high quality photos you can expect from PIXMA printers while providing brilliant colors particularly in yellow and red areas, especially on plain paper. To help optimize user workflow and print with ease, Auto Duplex printing is also available for the first time in this class on both the MG4120 and MG3120 printer, helping to reduce paper usage by up to 50 percent. As an added bonus, when using these new printers consumers will be provided with exclusive printable content through CREATIVE PARK PREMIUM4. The content on this site includes postcards, albums and many more projects including paintings by artists such as Norman Rockwell.

“It is an exciting time in the printing industry with new technologies and features helping users print in new and creative ways,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “The launch of these impressive models is a prime opportunity to showcase Canon’s renowned efficiency and ease-of-use in overall printing.”

Personalize your prints with new creative features

Full HD Movie Print5 software has been enhanced as well to produce clearer images of frames from videos captured on compatible HD Canon EOS and PowerShot Digital Cameras. Users can easily tell the story of videos from memorable events, frame by frame in a more unique way than before by merging multiple images into one final shot, capturing nearly every portion of the action. Consumers can explore their photographic creativity when customizing images with the recently enhanced Easy-PhotoPrint EX software. This updated software from Canon allows users to artistically alter images to create fun new looks using Fun-Filter Effects such as Fish-Eye, Miniature, Toy Camera, Soft Focus and Blur Background.

Accessibility at its finest

With the capabilities of mobile and wireless devices continuously advancing, the PIXMA MG4120 and MG3120 Wireless Photo AIO printers can print from nearly any computer or mobile device. Compatible Android and Apple smart phones and tablets enjoy enhanced accessibility through the updated Easy-PhotoPrint mobile app6. Users can now scan documents on the printer to be sent directly to a compatible mobile device. These PDF’s can now be printed on a compatible PIXMA printer for convenient on-the-go access.

The PIXMA MG4120 and MG3120 Wireless Photo AIO printers are 802.11n Wi-Fi certified, allowing for a fast network transfer rate. Setting up either printer to a wireless network can be done with the press of one button when using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). In addition, Canon offers its award-winning service and support online at, where customers have access to manuals and video tutorials to assist them in setting up a wireless PIXMA device.

Increasing its wireless versatility, the PIXMA MG4120 Wireless Photo AIO printer supports the new PIXMA Cloud Link, which allows registered users of CANON iMAGE GATEWAY or Google’s Picasa Web Albums to wirelessly access their photo albums stored in those services directly on the printerwithout the use of a computer6. Additionally, users of the MG4120 will also have access to exclusive printing templates including stationery, envelopes, memos, calendars.

Canon PIXMA MG4120 Wireless, MG3120 Wireless and MG2120 Photo AIO printer

Delivering superb color at affordable prices, the PIXMA MG4120 Wireless Photo AIO, MG3120 Wireless Photo AIO and the MG2120 Photo AIO each deliver a maximum color resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi7. The PIXMA MG4120 Wireless Photo AIO printer can output at approximately 9.9 ipm for black-and-white documents and approximately 5.7 ipm for color8. The PIXMA MG3120 Wireless Photo AIO printer delivers output at approximately 9.2 ipm for black-and-white documents and approximately 5.0 ipm for color8. The PIXMA MG2120 Photo AIO printer provides output at approximately 8.4 ipm for black-and-white documents and approximately 4.8 ipm for color8. All three printers can produce a 4” x 6” borderless10 photo in approximately 44 seconds9.

The PIXMA MG4120 Wireless, MG3120 Wireless and MG2120 Photo All-in-One Printers will have an estimated selling price of $129.99, $79.99 and $69.99 respectively11.


CANON iMAGE GATEWAY is an exclusive online photography resource and service for owners of registered qualified Canon products. Camera owners who have registered a qualifying Canon camera via their Canon Account can upload and share up to 2GB of photos with friends and family. Members also gain access to informative photography-related articles on topics such as macro shooting, portrait photography, printing tips and print projects to get the most out of their photos. Owners of registered qualifying printers can use their photos to create greeting cards, calendars and much more with Print Projects! Printer members are provided with a wide array of helpful articles to enhance their experience with their Canon printer and to help them create inspiring projects.

†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.

1 Wireless printing requires a working network with wireless 802.11b/g or 802.11n capability. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.

2 Subject to the Terms and Conditions of use of CANON iMAGE GATEWAY or Picasa Web Albums, depending on the service the consumer is using.

3 Canon cannot guarantee the longevity of prints; results may vary depending on printed image, drying time, display/storage conditions and environmental factors. See for additional details.

4 To access CREATIVE PARK PREMIUM from a qualifying printer, all of the software and the full set of Genuine Canon Inks that came with the printer must be properly installed.

5 Full HD Movie Print allows printing from HD or Full HD "MOV" movie files created by Canon EOS Digital SLR or PowerShot digital cameras. From PC, or Mac with Intel® processor. Print quality is determined by video resolution. Function does not upscale video resolution. Requires Canon ZoomBrowser EX 6.5 or later, or Canon ImageBrowser 6.5 or later.

6 Requires Canon Easy-PhotoPrint for iPhone app, available for free on the App Store, or Canon Easy-PhotoPrint for Android app for free in the Android Market. Compatible with iPhone 3G, 3Gs and 4; iPod touch; and Android devices running Android OS 1.6 or later.

7 Resolution may vary based on printer driver setting. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/4800 at minimum.

8 ISO/IEC 24734define the default print speed measurement methods. Print speeds are the averages of ESAT in Office Category Test for the default simplex mode, ISO/IEC 24734, excluding time to print the first set. See for additional details.

9 Photo print speeds are based on the standard mode driver setting using photo test pattern(s) and select Canon Photo Paper. Print speed is measured as soon as the first page begins to feed into the printer and will vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, types of paper used and page coverage. See for additional information.

10 Supported paper types for borderless printing are as follows: Photo Paper Pro Platinum, Photo Paper Plus Glossy II, Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss, Photo Paper Glossy and Matte Photo Paper.

11 Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 10/18/2011 4:48:23 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Canon press release:

TOKYO, October 18, 2011—Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. announced today the achievement of two major manufacturing milestones: combined production of film and digital EOS-series single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras surpassed the 50-million mark in September this year, and the EF series of interchangeable lenses is expected to reach the 70-million-unit milestone later this month.

50 million EOS digital SLR cameras

Production of Canon EOS SLR cameras first started in 1987 at Canon Inc.'s Fukushima Plant (now Fukushima Canon Inc.), and later moved to Oita Canon Inc. and Canon Inc., Taiwan; and most recently Nagasaki Canon Inc. in 2010. In 1997, the EOS series celebrated its 10-year anniversary in addition to the 10-millionth unit produced, and in 2003 passed the 20-million mark. Following the rapid spread of digital SLR cameras, Canon went on to reach 30-million units produced during the series' 20-year anniversary in 2007, followed by the 40-million mark in May 2010. After a short one year and four months, the EOS series has now come to celebrate its 50-millionth camera produced.

The EOS series, which stands for "Electro Optical System" and also carries the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn, was first introduced in March 1987 as a new generation of AF SLR cameras that incorporate the world's first electronic mount system, achieving complete electronic control not only between the lens and body but throughout the entire camera system.

With the key concepts of high speed and ease of use, EOS-series cameras, including the top-of-the-line EOS-1 professional model released in 1989 and the popular compact, lightweight EOS Kiss (EOS Rebel XS or EOS 500 in other regions) introduced in 1993, actively incorporate innovative technologies and have gained acceptance from a wide range of users. Following the introduction of the EOS D30 in 2000, when the spread of digital SLR cameras was in full swing, Canon developed such advanced technologies as its proprietary CMOS sensors and high-performance DIGIC digital image processors, as well as an extensive lineup of EF lenses in an effort to fulfill the company's new key concepts of high speed, ease-of-use, and high image quality.

Currently, the company offers a broad product lineup that serves the needs of all levels of users, from entry-level enthusiasts to advanced amateurs and professionals. This lineup has further expanded with the addition of the new high-performance EOS-1D X, Canon's new flagship digital SLR camera, scheduled to go on sale in late March 2012.

70 million EF lenses

Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) film cameras first began in 1987 at the company's Utsunomiya Plant, and has since expanded to a total of four manufacturing centers, including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in southern Japan. Production of EF lenses surpassed the 10-million mark in 1995, doubling to 20-million units in 2001. After reaching the 30-million-unit milestone in 2006, Canon celebrated the production of its 40-millionth lens in April 2008. Owing to the rapid spread of the EOS Digital series of digital SLR cameras, production for Canon's EF lenses then gained momentum to reach the 50-million-unit milestone in 2009, followed by the 60-million mark in January this year. And just nine months later, the EF series is expected to reach the 70-million mark in late October.

Canon's EF lens series was first introduced together with the EOS SLR camera system in March 1987, and has over the years led the industry through the incorporation of a number of innovative technologies, including such world's firsts*1 as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for use in lenses, Image Stabilizer (IS), Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology, and a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element.

Canon's current EF-lens lineup, comprising 66 models,*2 ranges from super-wide-angle lenses to super-telephoto zoom lenses. The diverse lens selection includes an array of zoom lenses, Image Stabilizer-equipped lenses, large-diameter lenses, macro-lenses and TS-E lenses incorporating a special tilt-shift mechanism allowing manipulation of image perspective and distortion. This year, Canon released such EF lenses as the EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM—the world's first*1 full fisheye zoom lens with angle-of-view coverage from 180-degree circular fisheye to 180-degree diagonal fisheye—and the EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM and EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM telephoto lenses.

Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies, striving to produce exceptional and reliable lenses and cameras that cater to the varying needs of photographers—from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals—while contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.

*1 Among interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras

*2 Including two EF lens extenders and models available outside of Japan

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 10/18/2011 1:18:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 17, 2011

Adobe press release:

Photoshop “Unblur” Technology Stuns Crowd at Recent Adobe MAX Event

Adobe MAX 2011

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today posted videos of the technology “sneak peeks” that were showcased recently at the company’s annual MAX user conference in Los Angeles. Included in the videos is the image deblurring technology, demonstrated in an on-stage demo by Adobe senior research scientist Jue Wang, which has become an Internet sensation.

“Adobe's technology leadership is ensuring that designers and developers have the tools they need to help shape the future of digital media.”

"We sneaked some early-stage technology from our labs during the recent Adobe MAX conference that exemplify the kind of technology innovation that is thriving across Adobe," said Kevin Lynch, chief technology officer, Adobe. "Adobe's technology leadership is ensuring that designers and developers have the tools they need to help shape the future of digital media."

The sneaks are intended to give MAX attendees a look at future technologies. These technologies may, or may not, make it into future versions of Adobe products. The demos are currently being hosted on AdobeTV, and include:

Image Deblurring – removing blurriness from digital photos caused by camera shake while the pictures were being taken;

Local Layer Ordering – a new way for graphic designers to create layered compositions that better reflect the way real world objects act;

InDesign Liquid Layout – using InDesign to create high quality magazines that automatically adapt layouts across devices and screen orientation;

Near Field Communications in Adobe AIR – using Adobe AIR to create applications that communicate with the physical world;

Automatic Synchronization of Crowd Sourced Videos – synchronizing video clips taken with different cameras and from different vantage points into a single immersive video;

Reverse Debugging in Flash Builder – the ability to step backwards in time while debugging a Flash application to better find the root cause of bugs;

RubbaDub – automatically replacing the dialog of a video clip with separately recorded audio with perfect synchronization;

Pixel Nuggets – searching through a large library of images by identifying images that contain the same people, backgrounds, landmarks, etc.;

Monocle – a new visual tool to help developers find and fix performance problems in Flash applications;

Video Meshes – an entirely new way to edit videos, including the ability to create 3D fly-throughs of 2D videos and change focus and depth of field;

GPU Parallelism – using a device’s graphic processing unit (GPU) to accelerate performance of general purpose computing.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. For more information, visit

© 2011 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe and the Adobe logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/17/2011 4:25:30 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Through Oct 29th, 2011, Save $100 - $400 on select Nikon DSLR plus lens combinations.

Included DSLRs are the Nikon D3000, D3100, D5100, D90, D7000, D300S, D700, D3S and D3X.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Camera and Lens Rebates
Post Date: 10/17/2011 4:10:21 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

SLIK has announced the Carbon pod 392FL, 382FL and 372FL (translated press release) carbon fiber monopods.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: SLIK News
Post Date: 10/17/2011 9:14:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Nikon press release:

Steady sales of NIKKOR lenses continue

Total Production of NIKKOR Lenses for Nikon SLR Cameras Reaches Sixty-Five Million

October 17, 2011

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that total production of NIKKOR interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras reached sixty-five million at the beginning of October 2011.

In 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released its first SLR camera, the Nikon F. At the same time, Nikon also released its first NIKKOR interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, among them the Nikkor-S Auto 5cm f/2. In the half century since, NIKKOR lenses have become the favorite lenses of a wide variety of users, and have been extremely well received by a great number of photo enthusiasts and professional photographers.

In March 2011, total production of NIKKOR lenses reached sixty million. Since then, Nikon has continued to expand the product lineup by releasing two new NIKKOR lenses for FX- and DX-format SLR cameras. The fact that NIKKOR continues to satisfy a wide variety of photographers is evidenced by production of an additional five million lenses in just half a year, bringing total production to sixty-five million.

NIKKOR lenses released since March 2011

• AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G (released June 2011)
A fast, standard fixed focal length (prime) lens that produces bright images and offers beautiful blur characteristics and superior rendering performance with a focal length of 50 mm and fast maximum aperture of f/1.8. This lens is compatible with the FX format.

• AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G (released August 2011)
A standard Micro-NIKKOR lens with a focal length of 40 mm and a maximum aperture of f/2.8. This lens enables extremely close-up shooting with a minimum focus distance of just 0.163 m and offers beautiful blur characteristics. It also offers a unique style when shooting portraits, landscapes and more. This lens is compatible with the DX format.

Announced worldwide on September 21, the Nikon 1 J1 and the Nikon 1 V1 are the first and second cameras in the Nikon 1, Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lenses, that utilize the new Nikon 1 lens mount system. The F-Mount NIKKOR lenses, with over half a century of history, can also be attached to the Nikon 1 J1 and the Nikon 1 V1 using the dedicated Mount Adapter FT1*. This enables users to enjoy tremendous variety in their imaging expression with the ability to select a lens best suited to the scene, subject, or their own creative intent from a broad lineup of standard and special-purpose NIKKOR lenses. Nikon will continue to expand its lineup of NIKKOR lenses utilizing optical technologies accumulated over its long history to offer increased convenience to users of Nikon cameras.

* Autofocus may not perform as expected in some situations or with some lenses. Restrictions apply to mounting and functionality with some lenses.

The NIKKOR brand

As the brand name for Nikon lenses, NIKKOR has become synonymous with high-performance, high-quality SLR lenses. The NIKKOR name comes from adding "R"—a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at the time the name was established—to "Nikko", the Romanized abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K. In 1933, the large-format lens for aerial photography was released with the name Aero-Nikkor.

NIKKOR has always been ahead of the times. The OP Fisheye-Nikkor 10mm f/5.6 fisheye lens for SLR cameras, released in 1968, was the world's first lens to incorporate aspherical lens elements. What's more, NIKKOR lenses for the latest SLR cameras utilize a number of Nikon's own cutting-edge technologies, including Nano Crystal Coat, which virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths.

The current lineup of more than sixty NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras offers a rich variety of lenses, including fisheye lenses, super wide-angle to super telephoto lenses, micro lenses and PC-E lenses.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Announcements
Post Date: 10/17/2011 9:07:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Shane Hurlbut and Letus have teamed up to offer the Shane Hurlbut Master Cinema Series HDSLR rig.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: HDSLR
Post Date: 10/17/2011 8:43:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, October 16, 2011

From the forums: Cameras, Humidity and Condensation by Tony Drew.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Tips
Post Date: 10/16/2011 8:55:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, October 15, 2011

CPN (Canon Professional Network) has introduced a new homepage design and has made German, Spanish, French and Italian translations of the site available.

Post Date: 10/15/2011 8:59:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 14, 2011

Ralf in Germany has informed me that there have been a rash of thefts from photography gear rental companies in the Netherlands and Germany.

"The 10th case happened here in Karlsruhe one week ago." PPL (Pro Photo Logistik -, was the latest victim.

Here is the gear list from the PPL heist along with serial numbers. It is not likely that the theives plan to use this gear themselves, so please be vigilant in checking any used gear you are considering the purchase of.

1 Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body 230112319
2 Canon LP-E6
3 Canon BG-E6
4 Canon EOS 5D Mark II Set EF 24-105 230112536/1594738
5 Canon EF 17-40mm / 4,0 L USM
6 Canon Speedlite 320 EX
6 Canon EOS-1 Ds Mk II
8 Canon EF 16-35mm / 2,8L II USM 814171
9 Canon EF 24-70mm / 2,8 L USM 283051
10 Canon EF 24-70mm / 2,8 L USM 188604
11 Canon EF 70-200mm / 2,8 L IS II USM 161498
12 Canon EF 100mm / 2,8 Macro L IS USM 1703130
13 Canon EF 100-400mm/4,5-5,6 L IS USM 497300
14 Canon EF 28-300mm 3,5-5,6 L IS USM 20920
15 Canon EF 50mm / 1,2 L USM 713383
16 Canon EF 85 mm / 1,2 II L USM 45790
17 Canon EF 400mm / 4,0 DO IS USM 3769
18 Canon Eztender EF 1,4x III 7300002257
19 Canon Eztender EF 2x III
20 Canon TS-E 17mm/4 L Tilt/Shift 32527
21 Canon TS-E 24mm/3.5 L II Tilt/Shift 12323
22 Canon TS-E 45mm/2,8 12009
23 Canon EF-S 17-85mm /4,0-5,6 IS USM 32122728
24 Canon EF 70-200mm / 4,0 L USM 372050
25 Canon Speedlite 580EX II
26 Schneider PC-TS 4,5/90mm - Canon EOS 1064382
27 Nikon D700 2291901
28 Nikon MB-D10
29 Nikon SB-900
30 Nikon AF-S 14-24mm/2.8G ED 261349
31 Nikon AF-S 24-70mm/2.8G ED 457473
32 Nikon AF-S 24-70mm/2.8G ED 402412
33 Nikon AF-S 70-200mm/2,8 G ED VR II 20004955
34 Nikon AF-S 300mm/2,8 G VR II D IF-ED 200557
35 Nikon PC-E 85mm/2,8 D ED 202450
36 Carl Zeiss ZF Distagon T* 2.8/21mm 15736005
37 Carl Zeiss ZF.2 Planar T* 1.4/85mm 15777013
38 Carl Zeiss ZE Planar T* 1.4/50mm 15853446
39 Carl Zeiss ZE Makro-Planar T* 2.0/100mm 15837502
40 Hasselblad HCD 4-5.6/35-90 mm 7MSE10816
41 Hasselblad HC 3.5-4.5/50-110 mm 7GSx 16519
42 Hasselblad HCD 4/28 mm 7LSE13273
43 Hasselblad HC 3.5/35 mm 7AST13987
44 Hasselblad HC 2.8/80 mm 7CSU21614
45 Hasselblad HC 4.0/120mm Macro II 7EVV20240
46 Hasselblad HC 3.2/150 mm 7FSI11964
47 Hasselblad HC 4/210 mm 7HSP10098
48 Hasselblad HC 4.5/300 mm 7+VS11505
49 Hasselblad onXerter H 1.7 7ISE10774
50 Sekonic Dualmaster L 558 Cine
51 Hasselblad 555 ELD Body, Sucher,A12 12SV11072
52 Maga in A12
53 Planar Tp 2,8/80mm 8862962
54 Tessar CB 4,8/160mm 8164808
55 Hasselblad H1 Maga in 16/32
56 Hasselblad H2 Body, Sucher, Maga in 70SP10499
57 Sony HDx F HDTV Camcorder 1241078-9
58 Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Body
59 Canon EOS-1 Ds Mk II Body

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 10/14/2011 3:01:14 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Late last night, while preparing to backup my work from the day, I inadvertently deleted file folders from the source drive instead of the destination drive. Make no mistake - this was a stupid move - done in a tired state of mind. But stupid happens. :)

I had a backup from the previous night, but ... restoring from that backup would would mean that a long day of work was completely lost. As thoughts of the movie "Groundhog Day" were going through my mind, I turned to Piriform Recuva File Recovery software (for Windows).

I loaded the free version of Recuva, selected my undelete-from drive, created a filename filter (*.jpg|*.cr2 in this case) and the software went to work. I was presented a list of the filter-matching files able to be restored. I selected the files I wanted restored (click on the first, shift-click on the last and press the space bar), selected the restore-to drive (never the same as the undelete-from drive) and Recuva restored 100% of my just-deleted files. As I had not written any more files to this drive, Recuva was able to completely restore my day's work.

File recovery software should be part of any serious photographer's kit. Piriform Recuva is one such application. SanDisk and Lexar typically ship photo-specific recovery software with their pro-grade memory cards. And I know that many more options are available - with some being more feature-filled than others.

The free version of Recuva includes a filename filter feature that was important to me for this recovery as I needed recover about 1,100 files out of the 106,000 files able to be restored from the drive. I keep the Recuva setup program and the Lexar and SanDisk equivalents on my always-with-me external drive for installation whenever needed.

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Post Date: 10/14/2011 10:36:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Sample pictures have been added to the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM Fisheye Lens Review.

Be sure to read the comments under each picture for more information.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 10/14/2011 9:59:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX Lens was formally announced today via a press release.

Adorama has had the Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX Lens in stock for over a week.

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Post Date: 10/13/2011 8:48:48 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Jill-e Designs press release:

Go Anywhere, Do Anything with Jill-e Designs Everywear Gadget Bag

ORLANDO, October 5, 2011

Newest Addition to Classic Collection 'Looks Like a Purse, But It’s So Much More'

Jill-e Designs, the leading maker of sturdy, stylish camera and carry bags for today’s technology-rich, on-the-go lifestyle, has come up with something entirely new: The Everywear Gadget Bag – a sassy blend of purse-like features and camera bag capabilities that’s the newest addition to the company’s quality Classic Collection.

The Everywear Gadget Bag has the dimensions of a typical purse – 12.0"L x 7.0"W x 10.0"H – and is equipped with dual 9.5” drop leather carrying handles. But inside it features pro-quality padding and dividers, with room for a DSLR camera body, two lenses and a flash unit – plus photo accessories and personal items. There’s also a protective sleeve pocket to secure a tablet, e-reader or similar device.

“Our new Everywear Gadget Bag looks like a purse, but it’s so much more – and that’s the idea,” said Gail Backal, president and co-founder of Jill-e Designs. “Wherever you go, whatever you do, no matter what you want to take with you, you can do it all with the Everywear Gadget Bag.”

Available in stylish nougat or black microfiber with rich leather handles and trim, the Everywear Gadget Bag features multiple pockets, pouches and compartments to securely hold all your lifestyle essentials from a pen and a pair of glasses, to an iPad and a complete DSLR camera set-up. Its quality design is strong on convenience, easy access, and head-turning good looks.

The New Everywear Gadget Bag features:

• Stylish, high-quality, weather-resistant nylon exterior

• Durable top-grain leather accent trim

• Dual 9.5” drop leather carrying handles for great control, comfortable grip

• Quality top zipper guards entry, makes access to your belongings easy

• Padded exterior walls and internal dividers organize and protect your gear

• Protective sleeve pocket is perfect for iPad, e-reader or similar device

• Multiple internal and external pockets for all your lifestyle essentials Task-specific and hideaway pouches for pens, glasses, personal items

• Exterior wipes clean with a damp cloth

• Maximum weight capacity: 15.0 lbs.

• Dimensions: (LxWxH) 12.0" x 7.0" x 10.0"

• Weight: 1 lb., 5 oz.

• Suggested price: $99.99

The Everywear Gadget Bag is currently available for purchase worldwide on the Jill-e Designs web site and at popular retailers, photo specialty shops and online stores.

B&H carries the Jill-e Designs Everywear Gadget Bag.

Post Date: 10/13/2011 10:06:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

iPhoto 9.2 supports compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5. This update also addresses minor stability, performance and compatibility issues, including:

• Left and right swipe gestures can now be used to navigate between photos in Magnify (1-up) view

• Previously imported photos are now displayed in a separate section of the Import window

• Book/calendar themes and card categories can now be selected using a pop-up menu in the carousel view

• Resolves an issue that could cause some pages of books to print incorrectly

• Rebuilding a library now correctly preserves saved slideshows and books

The update is recommended for all users of iPhoto '11.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Apple News
Post Date: 10/13/2011 9:13:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Aperture 3.2 supports compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5. This update also addresses minor stability, performance and compatibility issues, including:

• Aperture now automatically relaunches into Full Screen mode if the application was in Full Screen mode when last quit

• Pinch-to-zoom gesture now automatically activates Zoom mode in the Viewer

• Left and right swipe gestures can now be used to navigate between photos in the Viewer

• Microsoft Outlook can now be chosen in Preferences as the application used by Aperture for emailing photos

• Fixes a problem that could cause Aperture, running on OS X Lion, to quit unexpectedly when using brushes to apply adjustments

• Loupe now correctly displays magnification levels between 50-100%.

• Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture, running on OS X Lion, to display the incorrect color profile on externally edited images

• Import window now includes an option to delete photos from iPhone and iPad after they have been imported into Aperture

• The Lift & Stamp tool now displays the correct cursor icons when being used in Split View and Viewer only modes

The update is recommended for all users of Aperture 3.

For detailed information on this update, please visit this website:

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Apple News
Post Date: 10/13/2011 9:10:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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