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 Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Nikon Coolpix S5200 and Nikon Coolpix L28
 
From Nikon:
 
The Latest Additions to the Nikon COOLPIX Line Offer an Easy and Fun Shooting Experience for Consumers Seeking a Value
 
The New COOLPIX S5200 and COOLPIX L28 Capture Gorgeous Stills and HD Video with Ease
 
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced two budget friendly additions to its COOLPIX line that offer a compact, intuitive design for value-seeking consumers who want to capture high quality stills and HD video. With an emphasis on simplicity, alongside helpful in-camera editing and shooting controls, the new COOLPIX S5200 and COOLPIX L28 are ideal for capturing life’s everyday moments, anytime, anywhere.
 
“Nikon’s newest COOLPIX cameras combine Nikon’s renowned image quality and superior technology in conveniently slim bodies for those who love to share their memories,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience. “These new COOLPIX cameras are affordable, yet offer classic user-friendly features like Best Smile Selector and Easy Auto Mode, ideal for customers looking to capture high-quality images with ease.”
 
The Nikon COOLPIX S5200: The Camera for Staying Connected
 
The COOLPIX S5200 is a versatile camera with a 16.0-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor that captures high-quality images and video, even in low-light conditions. Featuring a wide-angle 6x (26mm to 156mm) optical zoom-NIKKOR glass lens, the compact and slim S5200 ensures crisp, detailed images in a pocketable body. Images and videos can be uploaded and shared instantly using the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi® capabilities1, allowing users to share images and videos with compatible smart devices via the Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application1.
 
While sharing photos is fun, the COOLPIX S5200 makes creating flattering photos easy. Users have access to simple editing and shooting features including Best Smile Selector, a tool that automatically helps select the shot that best compliments the subject. In addition, an upgraded version of Glamour Retouch lets the user brighten faces using a variety of retouch effects. All shooting features, including Quick Effects and Target Finding AF, are accessible using the camera’s simple yet intuitive 3-inch TFT LCD monitor.
 
The Nikon COOLPIX L28: A Compact Camera for Everyday Life
 
The 20.1-megapixel COOLPIX L28 features easy-to-use shooting functions and streamlined operation that allow users to capture unique and expressive photos and videos effortlessly. Equipped with a 5x optical zoom (26mm to 130mm) and simple shooting functions such as Easy Auto Mode, this new COOLPIX camera allows the user to capture pristine still images and HD video at the touch of a button. The COOLPIX L28’s Smart Portrait Mode has six functions including Face-priority AF, Skin Softening, Smile Timer, Blink Proof and In-Camera Red-Eye Fix that allow users to take their creativity to new heights. For comfortable operation, the L28 also sports a 3-inch TFT LCD screen and an easy-to-hold grip and button layout that fits in a user’s hand comfortably. The COOLPIX L28 uses widely available AA-size alkaline batteries, so users can conveniently keep their cameras powered.
 
Pricing and Availability:
 
The COOLPIX S5200 will be available in February 2013 for a suggested retail price of $179.95* in Plum, Red, Blue and Black. The COOLPIX L28 will be available in February 2013 for a suggested retail price of $119.95* in Red, Black and Silver.
 
In order to give consumers a more effective way to understand the benefits of each COOLPIX camera and to help users determine the best camera to fit their lifestyle, Nikon has segmented the COOLPIX series into five categories: Advanced Performance, Fun & Innovative, Ultra-Slim Zoom, Comfort Long Zoom and Budget Friendly. For more information about these and other COOLPIX cameras, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
 
B&H has the Nikon COOLPIX S5200 and COOLPIX L28 available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/29/2013 7:11:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED and Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
 
From Nikon:
 
Exacting Precision From Near or Afar: Nikon's Newest NIKKOR Lenses Offer Optical Brilliance and Versatility for FX-Format Shooters
 
Nikon Continues to Expand Upon the NIKKOR Lens Lineup with the New AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Super-Telephoto Lens and AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Wide-Angle Lens
 
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens and AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, designed to assist FX-format photographers in capturing their subjects with clarity and precision. Specifically engineered for sports, wildlife and photojournalists, the 800mm f/5.6 offers the longest focal length of any NIKKOR autofocus (AF) lens, affording photographers the opportunity to get closer to their subject with extreme telephoto capability. Additionally, the compact and lightweight 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 is an ultra-wide-angle lens option with a 1.9x zoom range is an ideal focal length for landscape photography and other wide-angle applications.
 
“The addition of the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens and AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED wide-angle zoom lens to the FX-format NIKKOR lens lineup reaffirms Nikon’s commitment to the optical excellence and versatility that professional and enthusiast photographers have come to expect from Nikon,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “Whether shooting on the sidelines under stadium lights or composing a landscape in the early morning sun, the newest additions to the NIKKOR line of lenses provide the ability to shoot stunning still images or HD video with amazing sharpness and clarity.”
 
The Elusive and Iconic Image is Never Out of Reach
 
The new AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens provides professional photographers the opportunity to get close to a subject with the longest fixed focal length lens in the NIKKOR family. Designed for the needs of sports, wildlife and news photographers, the 800mm features a maximum aperture of f/5.6 and gives FX-format photographers the chance to capture intense detail and textures that fill the frame from a distance. Included with the new lens is the matched AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED which has been developed exclusively for the 800mm f/5.6 lens. This is the first Nikon teleconverter to employ an ED glass element, and extends the maximum focal length 1.25x to 1000mm (1500mm when used with a DX-format camera) and maximum aperture to f/7.1 while maintaining full AF performance on D4, D800 series and D600 FX-format D-SLR cameras.
 
Originally trialed and tested under the demanding conditions of the 2012 summer games, the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR maintains the handling, optical performance, vivid color reproduction and exceptional clarity that professional photographers rely on. This is the first Nikon lens constructed with two fluorite glass elements, combined with two ED glass elements and a Nano Crystal Coat, to help ensure outstanding performance with minimal chromatic aberration and flaring, all within a durable lens body. The addition of fluorite elements allows for consistently excellent optical characteristics while keeping the lens balanced and lightweight. The lens is comprised of 20 elements in 13 groups, and is one of few Nikon lenses to utilize an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism that enables seamless mechanical control and enhanced stability in auto exposure control during continuous shooting. Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization is also implemented, with the equivalent of approximately four stops faster1 shutter speed correction.
 
An Ultra Wide-Angle Wonder for FX-Format Photographers
 
Nikon’s newest ultra-wide-angle NIKKOR offering, the AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED, features a useful wide-angle focal length of 18-35mm (1.9x zoom equivalent). This FX-format lens is ideal for large group shots, architecture and photographing or shooting HD video in tight interiors. Performance is optimized for ultra-high-pixel-count D-SLR cameras including the Nikon D800 series and D600, while providing close focus up to .92 feet (approx. 11 inches). The 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 presents a new, lightweight wide-angle option for FX-format D-SLR shooters.
 
The AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED packs NIKKOR quality and performance within an extremely compact and lightweight 0.85 lb. (385g) body, making it easy to carry while on location or on-the-go. Constructed with 12 elements in 8 groups, Nikon’s newest wide-angle lens features a seven-blade diaphragm that allows for beautiful and precise image blur, ED glass to help ensure outstanding performance with minimal chromatic aberration while Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating (SIC) reduces ghosting even in backlit situations. Two focus modes are available including M/A (AF with manual override) and M (Manual) in addition to a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) that enables quiet AF operation.
 
Price and Availability
 
The AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR, supplied with the AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED, will be available in April 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $17,899.95*. The AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED will be available in March 2013 for the SRP of $749.95*. For more information on these and other NIKKOR lenses as well as other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
 
Preorder Opportunities:
 
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens: B&H | Adorama
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR: B&H | Adorama
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/29/2013 12:02:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 28, 2013
From Datacolor:
 
Datacolor Webinars Offer Step-by-Step Techniques to Produce High Quality Images
 
Lawrenceville, NJ – January 28, 2013 – Datacolor® (www.datacolor.com), a global leader in color management solutions, announced today its winter 2013 line-up of free color management webinars. Continuing its popular series, Datacolor is offering introductory and advanced webinars on a variety of topics to demonstrate new techniques for photographers to enhance their skills. Additionally, Datacolor is partnering with other notable photography related companies for an even more dynamic webinar series. Co-sponsors, including Lensbaby and SLR Lounge, will offer product giveaways and promotions.
 
The bi-monthly webinars, hosted by David Tobie, global product technology manager for Datacolor, and David Saffir, Datacolor expert, noted landscape and fine art photographer, and author of “Master Digital Color,” focus on managing color using tools in both capture and processing stages. Webinars include step-by-step demonstrations using Datacolor’s line of Spyder color calibration devices, and in-depth discussion to provide photographers with new methods to produce high quality results with their own images.
 
“As technology changes so do workflow methods,” said David Tobie. “Datacolor is known for our thought leaders and we want to be a resource to photographers and provide them with both the tools and techniques they need to produce high quality images. We are excited to bring in new partners, topics and trends to support photographers from the novice to the pro to further develop their skills and take their photography to the next level.”
 
Upcoming topics for the Datacolor color management webinar series to include:

  • January 30, 2013 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: Valentine’s Photography: Photographing Loved Ones, Couples and More
  • February 13, 2013 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: Advanced Workflow Using Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6 (Co-sponsor: SLR Lounge)
  • February 27, 2013 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: Tips and Techniques for Floral Photography (Co-sponsor: Lensbaby)
  • March 6, 2013 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: Artistic Techniques in Phone Photography
  • March 28, 2013 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: What’s in Your Camera Bag?

Those interested in attending can register in advance for the free webinars. Attendees will be automatically entered to win a Datacolor Spyder product coinciding with the webinar topic. Guests will also have the ability to interact with the speakers in a Q&A format, and get first-hand input on applying color management effectively in their workflow.
 
Register now at http://spyder.datacolor.com/webinars/.
 
B&H carries Datacolor products.

Post Date: 1/28/2013 2:25:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Camera Museum has published a technical report on the PowerShot SX50 HS digital camera.
 
B&H carries the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS digital camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 1/28/2013 11:56:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Friend of the site Bo Zhang recently sent us his findings regarding autofocus problems he was experiencing with his Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens. After his teardown and testing process, Zhang surmised that paint loss on a specific rotor resulted in metal shavings that jammed the autofocus motor.
 
From Bo Zhang:
"Now the result is clear: The HSM needed this layer of spray paint to work properly. The paint provided scortch free friction interface. I now have to order new HSM parts to get my lens fixed. But how long can a new layer of paint last?"
Download Bo Zhang's complete teardown findings here (PDF).
Post Date: 1/28/2013 10:13:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Image Space
 
Nikon Image Space, Nikon's overhauled "Picturetown," is now live. There are two types of free accounts - the regular free account provides users with 2GBs of storage while Nikon camera owners receive 20GBs of storage.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/28/2013 8:47:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
January 28, 2013 - TOKYO - Nikon Corporation celebrates the 80th anniversary of the launch of its NIKKOR photographic lenses this year
 
In commemoration of NIKKOR's 80th anniversary, Nikon hopes to strengthen and increase awareness of the historic and reliable NIKKOR brand with various promotions in 2013. The first step toward achieving this objective is the creation of a NIKKOR 80th anniversary logo that will be used in Nikon product brochures, advertisements, and various other forms of communication. The anniversary logo will embody NIKKOR's image of taking the lead in every age based on optical technologies developed over its long history.
 
NIKKOR's history began in 1932 with Nikon's (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) registration of the NIKKOR trademark, soon followed in 1933 with the first shipment of Aero-Nikkor aerial photographic lenses. Since then, Nikon has continued to develop lenses for both film and digital cameras. Always loaded with cutting edge optical technologies of the times, NIKKOR has grown to be a brand known for high-performance lenses.
 
In 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released its first SLR camera, the Nikon F as well as its first lens for Nikon SLR cameras, the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2. The Nikon F mount, adopted for the Nikon F, continues to be the mount used in the latest Nikon digital-SLR cameras. In addition, with the release of the new Nikon 1 series of advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses incorporating the new 1 mount, Nikon has steadily released dedicated 1 mount lenses developed with optical technologies cultivated over the years, advanced technologies, and offering the superior image quality users have come to expect since 2011. As a result, total production of NIKKOR lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses reached 75 million in November 2012.
 
NIKKOR lenses are not limited to use by cameras with interchangeable lenses but are also integrated into Nikon's COOLPIX series of compact digital cameras. Thus, NIKKOR lenses have been well received by a broad range of users, from entry-level to professional photographers. Nikon's lineup of lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses currently consists of more than 80 types of lenses, including fisheye lenses, ultra wide-angle lenses, super-telephoto lenses, zoom lenses, micro lenses, PC-E lenses, and 1 NIKKOR lenses for advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses. Nikon will continue to develop high-quality NIKKOR lenses that attract a wide variety of photographers.
 
B&H carries Nikon Nikkor lenses.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/28/2013 6:46:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, January 27, 2013
The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending January 26, 2013:
 
Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 1/27/2013 10:38:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Camera body bags I mean. Just got a camera back from Canon service and it arrived in a microfiber bag that I have not seen before. Sporting the "White Glove" look, this bag will protect against dust and minor scratches. Little impact protection is provided.
 
Canon Body Bag
 
I have to give Canon CPS Gold Service kudos for the fast turnaround on this repair. I shipped the camera on Tuesday, it arrived at Canon's Jamestown service facility on Wednesday, it was repaired and shipped on Thursday - and in my hands on Friday morning. With a free body bag. I couldn't ask for more.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 1/27/2013 8:01:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, January 26, 2013
Canon has published a set of online video camera tutorials for the EOS 6D DSLR camera.
 
Topics include:

  • Basic Overview
  • The Auto Options
  • Image Quality
  • Multiple Exposure Shooting
  • In-Camera HDR
  • In-Camera RAW and JPEG Processing
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing
  • Low Light Shooting
  • Composition Aids
  • Auto Focus System Basics
  • Basic Video Operation
  • Time Code Operation Basics

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 1/26/2013 7:53:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Transcend Ultimate and Premium Series Memory Cards
 
From Transcend:
 
Transcend Offers a Complete Lineup of Ultra-High Speed Memory Cards to Boost the Performance of Your Device
 
January 24, 2013 - Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend®), a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, is pleased to offer a comprehensive lineup of memory cards featuring the next-generation Ultra-High Speed Class 1 specification (UHS-I, U1). Thanks to the use of this cutting-edge technology, Transcend UHS-I memory cards not only elevate the performance of SDHC-equipped mobile devices, but also provide quick and seamless file transfers between card and computer.
 
Premium Series microSDHC and SDHC UHS-I Cards
Designed to enhance the smartphone and tablet user experience, Transcend’s microSDHC UHS-I memory cards guarantee the best possible performance when running memory-intensive mobile apps and games, as well as Full HD video recording and playback. Taking full advantage of the UHS-I interface, Transcend’s SDHC UHS-I memory cards help digital camera users capture and store photos faster and more reliably than ever before.
 
To improve post-production efficiency, Transcend's ‘Premium’ series microSDHC and SDHC memory cards can achieve impressive transfer rates of up to 45MB/s (300X), significantly reducing the time it takes to copy files to a computer. Available in a range of capacities (8GB to 32GB), the microSDHC and SDHC Class 10 UHS-I cards provide vast storage space to store a massive amount of personal media files.
 
Ultimate Series SDHC/SDXC UHS-I Cards
Aimed at professional photographers, reporters and enthusiasts, Transcend’s ‘Ultimate’ series SDHC/SDXC UHS-I memory cards help realize the full high-resolution recording capabilities of today’s latest DSLR and hybrid cameras, and camcorders. When paired with UHS-I enabled devices, these cards raise the bar with blazing fast transfer speeds of up to 90MB/s (600X), which makes them the perfect choice for capturing expert-quality images and smooth Full HD 1080p, 3D and even 4K Ultra HD video.
 
Featuring storage capacities ranging from 8GB to an enormous 64GB, Transcend SDHC/SDXC UHS-I cards provide plenty of space for professional-quality photos and videos. The 64GB SDXC card, for instance, can store a full 16 hours of 1080p High-Definition footage (1920x1080 9Mbps H.264 AVC compression) or over 4000 RAW images (based on 14MB file size), ideal for situations that demand continuous burst-mode shooting and non-stop video recording.
 
For added value, each Transcend UHS-I memory card includes a free download of Transcend’s own RecoveRx™ software - an extraordinarily effective tool for bringing back accidentally deleted or lost files. All Transcend memory cards are fully tested for compatibility and reliability, and carry Transcend’s renowned Lifetime Warranty.
 
B&H carries Transcend memory cards.
Post Date: 1/26/2013 8:08:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 25, 2013
A new set of ISO 12233 resolution chart test results are now available in the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review. These results are lens sample "2".
 
I was not satisfied that the right side of my Tamron 24-70 VC lens-captured images was softer than the left. Since the right side is displayed in the site's ISO 12233 chart tool, I decided that Tamron should be given the chance to make the lens perform as I expected (some of you also requested this). Unfortunately, the lens performed better before I sent it to Tamron for tuning.
 
Here is the before and after comparison.
 
The first Tamron 24-70 VC I purchased performed so poorly that Tamron asked to have the lens returned to them. The second (retail-purchased) lens, while good, still had an issue (likely misalignment). Now, after an attempt to correct the issue, the second lens performs slightly worse than it initially performed.
 
What to do now? I'll probably send the lens back to Tamron for a second repair attempt. I wouldn't be happy using it and wouldn't want anyone else to buy it on the used market. I will likely re-test the lens after the second repair. This testing process is very time consuming and therefore, very costly. This experience makes it hard to recommend buying this potentially very good lens to anyone.
Post Date: 1/25/2013 8:53:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Clear skies have been in very short supply for us lately, but I was able to squeeze in a flare test recently. Flare test results are now included on the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Review page.
 
As with the other similar zoom lenses, you will want to keep very bright lights out of the frame when shooting with the Canon 24-70 f/4L IS Lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/25/2013 8:47:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Datacolor:
 
Join us for a webinar on Valentine’s Photography
 
Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate and express love. Photography is a great tool to use when capturing those special moments. It can be a busy time for photographing couples, families, friends, kids, etc. There are many elements to consider in your capture to output workflow. This webinar will explore posing, attire, lighting, editing and printing of Valentine’s Day photography.
 
Join us, Wednesday, January 30th from 3PM-4PM EST, as Datacolor Experts David Saffir and C. David Tobie share their love of photography with you and some tips and tricks to use for this special holiday.
 
An interactive Q&A will take place throughout the webinar to answer any questions you may have.
 
Two lucky webinar guests will win free SpyderCUBES
 
Title: Valentine’s Photography: Photographing Loved Ones, Couples and More
Date: Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
 
Register here.
Post Date: 1/25/2013 3:28:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Nikon D5200 DSLR Owner's Manual is now available for download.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/25/2013 1:50:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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