Canon and Sony News for Jul 2012 (Page 2)

 Thursday, July 19, 2012

Canon has made EOS Utility Version 2.11.4 Updater available for download.

Changes for EOS Utility 2.11.4 Updater for Windows:

  • Supports EOS Kiss X6i / EOS REBEL T4i / EOS 650D, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS-1D X.
  • Supports EOS 7D Firmware Version 2.0.0. (For EOS 7D updated to Version 2.0.0, use EOS Utility 2.11.4 or later.)
  • The HDR (High Dynamic Range) function used during Remote Live View shooting has been added.

(Thanks Martin)

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon EOS Utility
Post Date: 7/19/2012 7:02:15 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

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This site is now an affiliate of Photoshelter, a premier photography website hosting company very worth consideration for your own needs.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photoshelter News
Post Date: 7/19/2012 1:15:16 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A workaround for the Canon EOS-1D X AFMA Bug has been reported.

From the Canon EOS-1D X AFMA Bug forum thread:


John, try this - Enter an AFMA for an older lens (one without the serial number on the chip, like the 70-200 II), then power off the camera. Turn it back on, and the AFMA menu should show zero and the serial number will be zeroed out (though if you take a photo I'm willing to bet it will still show the adjustment you made). Now without powering off the camera, remove the lens and put it back on (or at least turn it enough so the contacts aren't touching). Go back into the AFMA menu. I'm willing to bet you'll see your adjustment value and the serial number.


Trowski, you are a genius! It's kludgy, but it's a workaround. After doing so, it seems to persist for one power cycle, too. After doing that with my 70-200 II, I put on my 40/2.8, and it showed the previously set -2 straight off. Power cycling then zeroed it out again, but just loosening and remounting the lens with the power on brought the correct -2 back. Also, changing the AFMA then doing the workaround results in the new AFMA being applied, and restored after a repeat of the workaround, as long as you change the AFMA setting right after the lens unmount/remount, when the previous setting is visible.

Some (including Bryan, now) have reported this issue, others say they don't have the problem. Personally, I always power off the camera before changing lenses - I wonder ... if I routinely changed lenses with the camera powered on, would I not have noticed the issue? As stated above, the value seems to be saved, and recorded in the EXIF, just not displayed on-camera until it's forced to re-recognize the lens.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 7/17/2012 8:21:53 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Canon and Ilford:


Try My Photo program gives consumers an opportunity to obtain a free sample print of their own eligible images on ILFORD GALERIE Prestige professional-quality media using Canon PIXMA Pro printers

Avon, CT – July 17, 2012 – ILFORD ( together with Canon USA Inc., a leader in digital imaging, ( today announced the limited time promotion for the successful Try My Photo program. Exclusive to United States residents, the program allows participants to print one of their favorite eligible images on just-launched ILFORD GALERIE Prestige professional-quality media using select Canon PIXMA Pro series printers. Those interested in taking advantage of the program can visit for program details and restrictions.

To demonstrate the professional-quality printing capabilities of its inkjet printers, Canon has selected two new papers from the ILFORD GALERIE Prestige range including Smooth Gloss 310 gsm and Smooth Pearl 310 gsm, on which to produce the free 8.5”x11” prints. Recently recognized with a 2012 TIPA Award for Best Fine Art Inkjet Paper, the 310 gsm ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Smooth Gloss and Smooth Pearl are now available to the U.S. market.

To take advantage of this promotion, register online at, upload an eligible image and select the option to print your image on ILFORD paper. The free prints will be produced on Canon PIXMA Pro printers including the Canon Pixma PRO-1, Canon Pixma Pro9500 Mark II and Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II, and mailed directly to the recipient; offer is limited to one per household during the period 17th July thru 30th September. Each Try My Photo print comes with information explaining exactly how the image was printed so photographers can easily replicate the results using their Canon printer at home. To ensure accurate reproduction of their images in home-printing, photographers can also download the free ICC profiles from the ILFORD web site.

“We’re excited to once again be working with Canon on this year’s Try My Photo program,” said Tim Maher, President of ILFORD America, Inc. “Canon’s top of the line inkjet printers are a perfect match for our new heavyweight 310 gsm offerings. Photographers can not only expect their submitted image to be returned as a high-quality print but will also be provided with the know-how that will allow them to achieve great results on their own.”

The ILFORD GALERIE Prestige range is a top choice of professional and enthusiast photographers looking for a truly universal inkjet photo paper compatible with all high-end inkjet printers on the market. In addition to the newly launched 310 gsm GALERIE Prestige Smooth Gloss and Smooth Pearl, the range includes Gold Fibre Silk, Smooth High Gloss, and Smooth Lustre Duo media. To learn more about the ILFORD GALERIE line up, please visit

Post Date: 7/17/2012 1:39:35 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Friend NeuroAnatomist (AKA John) has pointed out a Canon EOS-1D X Autofocus MicroAdjustment bug:

"In the AFMA menu, when When Adjust by Lens is selected, powering off then on resets the setting (or W/T settings for a zoom lens) to zero, and also clears out a manually entered lens serial number. If I set it to All by Same Amount, the setting entered is retained...but, powering off actually changes the setting to Adjust by Lens, which is zeroed out. Even setting it to Disable and power cycling results in it being set to Adjust by Lens."

"The same reversions occur if the camera goes into standby mode - when it's woken up, the AFMA setting, regardless of where it was left, reverts to Adjust by Lens with the previously set value(s) zeroed out."

I have verified the issue with my 1D X. Expect a firmware update to resolve this bug.

Visit Neuro's "My name is John, and I'm an EAV" post in the forums for more information or to join the discussion. (thanks Sean)

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 7/17/2012 11:23:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 16, 2012

Preceding the full review, resolution and noise image quality comparisons have been added to the Canon EOS-1D X Review page.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 7/16/2012 11:41:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Craig Blair over at has posted very sad news on his Facebook page:

"Our second child Hailey was born and died on July 12, 2012. I may not be around as much for the next little while. Thanks to everyone for the kindness."

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this tough time, Craig.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 7/16/2012 11:27:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Voigtländer has announced the 28 mm f/2.8 Color Skopar SLII Lens in Canon and Nikon mounts.

Voigtlander 28 mm f/2.8 Color Skopar SLII Lens


Focal Length: 28mm
Aperture Ratio: 1:2.8
Smallest Aperture: F 22
Lens Construction: 6 groups, 7 elements
Picture Angle: 74.8°
Aperture Blades: 9
Nearest Distance: 0,22m
Macro: 1:5
Diameter: 63.3mm Nikon AI-S, 70.0mm Canon EOS
Length: 24.5mm Nikon AI-S, 27.0mm Canon EOS
Weight: 180g Nikon AI-S, 230g Canon EOS
Filter Size: 52 mm
Mount: AI-S (CPU intergrated), Canon EOS
Item Number: 19650 Nikon AI-S, 19651 Canon EOS
Recommended Retail Price
Price 529,- € for Nikon
Price 549,- € for Canon
Optional (not included): LH 28N Lenshood

Post Date: 7/16/2012 10:20:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 13, 2012

PocketWizard ControlTL MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 6.104 Beta for Canon is now available for download

The release notes can be found here here.

According to Rob Galbraith, the new beta "adds support for the Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT."

Rob also adds that "... this beta firmware release does not add compatibility with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EOS-1D X or EOS Rebel T4i" and quotes LPA Design's statement that the "5D Mark III is being reverse engineered and is our highest firmware priority."

Posted to: Canon News   Category: PocketWizard Deals
Post Date: 7/13/2012 12:27:30 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

ISO 12233 resolution chart sample crops along with flare and distortion test results have been added to the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens Review page.

Post Date: 7/13/2012 11:33:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Canon USA CPS has announced that the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is now availabile for evaluation loans:

"EOS 5DMarkIII cameras are available for evaluation loans to Gold and Platinum level CPS members on a first come first served basis. Subject to the same rules and regulations applied to all try before you buy evaluation loan requests. cpsloan[AT]"

It is worth the membership cost just to evaluate this camera. Learn more at

Post Date: 7/13/2012 10:26:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sigma Corporation of America:

Sigma Corporation of America announces pricing and availability for 180mm F2.8 macro lens

Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro HSM Lens

World’s first 1:1 180mm F2.8 macro lens arrives in the US in July for street price of $1,699

RONKONKOMA, NY July 13, 2012 – Sigma Corporation, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, has announced that the Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSMwill be available in the United States on July 27 for the street price of $1,699.

The new APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens boasts Sigma’s proprietary Optical Stabilizer (OS) technology and a wide F2.8 aperture to allow faster shutter speeds for narrow depth of field. With the OS feature, the lens offers the use of shutter speeds approximately four stops slower than would otherwise be possible, enabling handheld, close-up photography. Three “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, which have a performance equal to fluorite glass, are included to provide excellent correction for color aberrations, and an inner focusing system enables this lens to photograph objects precisely throughout the entire focusing range. Overall length does not change during focusing.

“Macro photography is becoming quite popular and we’ve been growing our lineup of macro lenses as a result,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “We’re filling a gap in the industry by introducing the world’s first 1:1 180mm F2.8 lens to the market. The Optical Stabilizer technology and the larger focusing distance also provide photographers with more control for highly sensitive subjects that are on the move, like butterflies and insects.”

Equipped with the Super Multi-Layer Coating feature, the APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens reduces flare and ghosting, and delivers sharp and high contrast images, even in backlit conditions. The incorporation of Sigma’s Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures quiet and high-speed autofocus, as well as full-time manual focus override capability. The macro lens has a rounded nine-blade diaphragm to create an attractive blur to the image’s out-of-focus areas. At 1:1 magnification, this lens has a focusing distance of 18.5 inches, which is a greater working distance than shorter focal length macro lenses, making it advantageous when taking pictures of highly sensitive subjects. It is also compatible with Sigma’s 1.4x EX DG APO and 2x EX DG APO Tele Converters.

Post Date: 7/13/2012 9:42:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 12, 2012

As you know, this site is 100% supported by you - primarily from small commissions received from purchases you make using the links on this site. The bad news is that, late last year, the PA DOR made a shortsighted decision.

This PA DOR (Pennsylvania Department of Revenue) re-interpretation of an old law has resulted in B&H withholding support of the site - for many months now. B&H has been a good partner, I have had a long relationship with them, and I have been dedicated to maintaining that relationship going forward. Unfortunately, significant legal expenses compounded by the dramatic reduction in funding have seriously drained my finances. The result is that a new premier partner now takes over the preferred retailer position on the site.

Fortunately, Adorama is an excellent retailer to work with and is very worthy of my recommendation. I purchase very significant amounts of gear from Adorama and know firsthand that they take excellent care of their customers. Adorama generally delivers to me 1 day faster, and if you order by 7:00 PM ET, they ship (usually for free) the same day.

Going forward, I humbly request your support of this site through your gear purchases at Adorama - specifically by using the links provided here to add items to your cart and to complete the checkout process. I am extremely grateful for your support - I look forward to serving you long into the future!

Using this link to make your purchase supports this site

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Post Date: 7/12/2012 10:52:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

eBay is once again featuring the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Body as a Daily Deal - $3,148.72 shipped (compare at $3,499.00). Plus, "You'll earn $62.97 in eBay Bucks." Seller is GetItDigital.

Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 7/12/2012 8:31:44 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

ISO 12233 resolution chart results have been added to the following review pages:

Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 7/12/2012 11:53:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Nikon:

Nikon to release a super-telephoto, 800-mm, fixed focal length lens for professional photographers

Nikon 800mm Super Telephoto Lens

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation will add the super-telephoto 800-mm, fixed local length lens to its lineup of NIKKOR lenses. This lens will offer a fixed focal length of 800 mm, a maximum aperture of f/5.6, and will be fully compatible with Nikon FX-format cameras.

This lens has been developed in order to strengthen the NIKKOR lineup of super-telephoto lenses. It will boast the longest focal length of any NIKKOR autofocus lens, and will be best suited to capture of a wide variety of decisive outdoor scenes, from sporting events to wildlife. In addition to its superior optical performance, the lens will offer dust and water resistance.

In 2012, Nikon released three new FX-format digital-SLR cameras—the D4, the new flagship digital SLR, and the D800 and D800E, which offer incredible resolution and image quality. In addition to reinforcing its lineup of FX-format digital-SLR cameras, Nikon has also been working to expand the lineup of NIKKOR lenses.

Nikon has been providing service and support to professional photographers for roughly fifty years through the activities of its Nikon Professional Services (NPS). In addition to providing maintenance and repairs for the equipment professional photographers use every day, NPS service depots are set up at a variety of international sporting and cultural events. At these service depots, photographers can have their equipment inspected and repaired, and they can also borrow equipment.

Nikon has been also an official sponsor of The Open Championship since 1993. The Open Championship is the oldest of the world's four major tournaments* in professional golf (the next Open Championship will be held at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England between July 19 and 22, 2012). This lens is scheduled to be on display at the Nikon service depot that will be set up for professional photographers working at the event.

Furthermore, this lens is scheduled to be on display at Photokina 2012, one of the world's largest photo and imaging exhibitions, to be held in Cologne, Germany from September 18–23, 2012.

*World's four major golf tournaments: Masters Tournament, U.S. Open Championship, The Open Championship, PGA Championship

As a leader in the professional imaging market, Nikon will continue to develop and release products offering superior performance and functionality based on the optical technologies it has cultivated over its long history. Nikon will also continue to strive to strengthen and improve the service and support it offers to its professional customers.

Release date and suggested retail price for this product have not yet been determined.

*Specification and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of manufacturer. Exterior finishing and design are not final.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Announcements
Post Date: 7/12/2012 9:00:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Canon CameraWindow DC 8.8 is now available for download, adding supports new models.

Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 7/11/2012 12:04:00 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Induro:

Induro® Announces New Dual Range Hi-Hat Tripod Set

Unique support system for both still cameras and video cameras that can securely hold up to a 220 lb. load scheduled to be in stores July 2012

North White Plains, NY – (June 1, 2012) – Induro (, makers of tripods, heads and accessories designed for demanding professional photographers and videographers, announces July 2012 availability of the new Dual Range (DR) Hi-Hat Tripod Set.

Shown for the first time at NAB 2012, the new Induro DR Hi-Hat Tripod Set, designed with both photographers and videographers in mind, is a unique support system that provides a range of capabilities that makes this tripod compatible with the requirements of still cameras as well as video platforms. Supporting an unprecedented 220 lb. load, the new DR Hi-Hat Tripod Set consists of both a short Aluminum Alloy tripod with 100mm Bowl, and a 100mm Half Ball Adapter.

"We are so excited to soon be bringing this amazing compact, flexible and extremely strong tripod set to market," said Jan Lederman, President of Induro. "Sure to please the most demanding photographers and videographers, this new tripod set meets and exceeds the standards set by other Hi-Hat and Low-Hat solutions."

Matching traditional Hi-Hat dimensions, the DR Hi-Hat Tripod Set goes far beyond in terms of operational scope and flexibility. Each leg features a two section extension and three steps of variable angle adjustment, making height adjustments and terrain adjustments a breeze. Specially reinforced pivoting ovoid feet provide a sure grip on virtually any surface, plus the capability to be screwed, spiked or otherwise firmly secured to establish a rock-solid connection to the ground or a board.

Bubble levels are incorporated both on the tripod spider and the top plate of the half ball adapter. And three evenly spaced points provide secure 3/8" and 1/4" threaded mounts for accessories.

The Induro DR Hi-Hat Tripod Set will be available in stores in early July 2012 for $279.

B&H carries Induro products.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Induro News
Post Date: 7/11/2012 11:04:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted a series of EOS-1D X On-Camera Tutorials.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 7/11/2012 10:56:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader (UDMA7) firmware upgrade V1.0.0 for Mac OS X is now available for download.

This firmware update "Fixes compatibility issues between the Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot reader and the newest MacBooks."

This is the reader I use - it is a good choice.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 7/11/2012 10:40:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Lexar:

Lexar Announces Support for XQD Memory Card Specification

Lexar XQD Memory Cards to be Compatible with Nikon D4 and Future XQD-based Camera Models

Fremont, CA, 11 July, 2012 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced its support of the XQD™ memory card specification for compatibility with Nikon D4 and future XQD-based camera models. Expected to be available in the third quarter of 2012, Lexar XQD memory cards will offer high-speed performance in a range of capacities to effectively capture and store high-quality images, 1080p full high-definition (HD) video, and 3D video content.

“By collaborating with Lexar, we’re reinforcing the fact that the XQD specification represents one of the futures of high-performance memory cards,” said Nobuaki Sasagaki, General Manager of marketing department, Imaging Company, Nikon Corporation. “Our cooperation efforts demonstrate the vision shared by Nikon and Lexar to continue advancing the photography and imaging market with innovative technology and extremely high performance.”

“We are committed to offering innovative and industry-leading photography solutions, which is why we’re working with Nikon to offer and co-market XQD memory cards. We view the XQD standard as one of the most logical ways to increase interface speed beyond that of existing CompactFlash technology with the capability of offering performance up to 5Gb per second, in time,” said Wes Brewer, vice president of products and technology, Lexar. “This collaboration provides assured compatibility with Lexar XQD memory cards and Nikon D4 and makes this technology available to the entire photo industry.”

XQD memory cards are based on the PCI Express® specification, which offers 2.5Gb per second performance today with plans for 5Gb per second performance in the future.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 7/11/2012 10:33:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 10, 2012

From Manfrotto:

Manfrotto announces the 290 Carbon Fibre Series

Manfrotto have just announced the launch of 290 Carbon - a new family of carbon fibre camera supports designed to accompany passionate new photographers as they progress and improve their skills.

At that level, no longer a beginner, but not (yet) earning a living from photography, it has always been difficult to find accessories and equipment that offer the right balance of performance, practicality and versatility: cheap "first tripods" are too flimsy and can't be upgraded, but professional tripods have too many features, too many options and are too much of an investment. The 290 Carbon range steps right in to fill the gap in the middle and support the aspiring photographer along the path from hobby to passion... or from obsession to profession.

Journeys to far-flung locations and spectacular holidays are often the triggers to taking photography more seriously, but it's notoriously difficult to find a tripod that's compact and light enough to travel, but stable enough to really help when you get to your destination.

Step into your passion for photography!


  • Transportable, without any sacrifice in camera stability
  • Durable and built for heavy-duty use, without any reduction in strength or performance over time
  • Optimizable to help get great results across all photographic styles

B&H carries Manfrotto.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 7/10/2012 1:36:40 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 7/10/2012 9:08:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Listen to this MP3 (but not at work - and turn up the volume before doing so).

That is the Canon EOS-1D X capturing 54 buffer-filling RAW frames at 12 fps with additional frames captured as the Lexar Professional 1000x 32GB UDMA-7 CompactFlash Card clears the buffer (replay the sound track if the beginning appears to stutter).

I'd make this my new ringtone if I didn't think the sound was too unresting for such.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 7/10/2012 8:48:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Canon presents "How a Digital Camera is Made":

via PP

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Education Videos
Post Date: 7/10/2012 8:47:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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