Canon, Nikon, and Sony News for Nov 2013 (Page 2)

 Monday, November 18, 2013
From PNY:
 
Bordeaux – 18 November 2013 – PNY Technologies, a leading manufacturer and supplier of memory, imaging and graphics solutions, is pleased to unveil its new SDHC/XC High Performance memory card. The high-speed, high-capacity card is the latest solution in PNY’s imaging range to meet the demands of the high-end digital imaging market.
 
Offering exceptional speeds of 80MB per second, these cards are specifically designed for professional and semi-professional photographers who want to maximize the number of shots in continuous (burst) mode.
 
Certified Class 10 UHS-1 (Ultra High Speed), this card is ideal for photographing or filming any subject in Full HD in the most extreme conditions.
 
Features include:

  • Operating Temperature: 0 ° C to 60 ° C
  • Storage Temperature: -40 ° C to 85 ° C
  • Storage Humidity: 95% max, non-condensing
  • Shockproof: 1.000G max use

Price & Availability
 
The High Performance SDHC/XC 80M/s cards are now available from PNY’s usual distribution network in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. The super high capacity allows the most enthusiastic photographers to shoot without limit in high definition.

Product Details MSRP
SDHC 16GB High Performance £17.99
SDHC 32GB High Performance £25.74
SDXC 64GB High Performance £52.63
SDXC 128GB High Performance£98.99

Amazon carries PNY memory cards.

Category: PNY News
Post Date: 11/18/2013 7:13:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, November 17, 2013

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending November 16th, 2013.
 
In the news...
 
On Wednesday, Canon released firmware updates for the C100 and C300 cinema cameras. The firmware updates included several user-interface improvements as well as expanding the maximum ISO setting and peripheral illumination database. Unfortunately, the firmware updates caused discrepancies in color balance leading to Canon removing them from their site late Thursday. Expect the fixed firmware updates to be available once again very soon.
 
On Thursday, Canon Japan finally introduced the body Asia has been hinting at since late last week – a white Kiss X7 (aka Rebel SL1) with matching special edition EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens. The camera is set to be available in Japan at the end of this month. Whether or not Canon will be releasing a white SL1 aimed at the North American market is, as of yet, unknown.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Tuesday, Bryan posted his full review of the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE lens. In short, the Zeiss 15mm lens has found a permanent home in Bryan’s landscape lens collection because of its superb image quality, durable build quality, and compatibility with front mounted screw-in filters. See Bryan’s full review for more details.
 
On Thursday, Bryan updated the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM review to address concerns about focus shift. Bryan found the lens does exhibit a rearward focus shift; however, the focus shift is unlikely to cause significant issues for most shooters.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Tuesday, we posted a deal from Adorama where you could get a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens for $1,899.00 with free shipping after $300.00 mail-in rebate. That’s a $300.00 savings off the normal after-rebate price.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recaps
Post Date: 11/17/2013 11:19:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, November 16, 2013
From Nikon:
 
Nikon NEF Codec v1.20.0 Changes:

  • Supports NEF (RAW) images taken with the D5300, Df.

Download:
Nikon NEF Codec v1.20.0 for Windows

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/16/2013 10:18:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 15, 2013
From Photoshelter:
 
Action photographer David Bergman has made a name for himself for everything from his iconic shots of Bon Jovi on tour to his GigaPan image of President Obama’s first inauguration. He’s shot for Sports Illustrated, MLB.com, CBS, The Travel Channel, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, numerous musicians and record labels, and has even started a series of workshops.
 
But, this self-professed “band geek” didn’t set out to be a photographer at the beginning. In this webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 19th at 4pm EST, learn directly from David as he tells his story about making the move from music production major to full-time staff photographer to freelancer. During this webinar you'll learn from David's own experience:

  • What the transition from going to full-time to freelance can be like
  • How to leverage professional relationships to get more work
  • Why learning new techniques keeps your work relevant
  • What it’s really like to hang around and photograph a stadium packed show with Bon Jovi

Date: Tuesday, November 19
Time: 4:00pm EST
 
Register Now

Post Date: 11/15/2013 3:47:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Zeiss Victory PhotoScope 15-45x85mm Spotting Scope with Digital Camera available for $3,999.00 with free shipping. Regularly $6,699.99.
From Imaging USA:
 
Annual International Photography Convention and Expo Heads to Phoenix
 
Phoenix, AZ – November 15, 2013 – Imaging USA, the annual get together for professional photographers, is bringing photography education, networking and inspiration to Phoenix this winter.
 
Just two months away, the 2014 edition of Imaging USA is set for Jan. 12 to14 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. More than 10,000 industry professionals will descend upon the Valley of the Sun for the three day convention.
 
Imaging USA is organized by Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the world’s largest non-profit photography association. The event features a three-day Imaging EXPO tradeshow with more than 600 booths, several all-inclusive parties and more than 100 speeches, presentations and hands-on demonstrations by some of the most respected names in the photographic industry.
 
This year, Imaging USA will feature a man more known for music than his photography, the legendary singer songwriter Kenny Rogers. Rogers, who was just inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame with a stirring tribute at the Country Music Awards, will be on-hand at Imaging USA to be recognized by PPA for his imagery with an honorary master of photography degree. He will also present his new photography book, give an hour-long Q&A to discuss his life and photography and an exhibit of his work will be display throughout the convention.
 
“We could see in his work that Mr. Rogers is an accomplished photographer, but when we approached him about the honorary master’s degree, we were immediately impressed with his enthusiasm for photography,” said PPA president, Ralph Romaguera Sr., M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API, F-ASP. “He’s obviously well-known as an entertainer, but he truly is a remarkably talented photographer. PPA is excited to honor Kenny and have him share his passion with us all in Phoenix.”
 
Rogers will receive his degree along with the 161 other photographers who earned PPA degrees in 2013. Immediately following PPA’s Award and Degree ceremony will be the inaugural presentation of the World Photographic Cup (WPC). Twenty three countries from all over the globe formed teams to participate in the first-ever WPC, an event geared to unite photographers in a spirit of friendship and cooperation, and crown the best photography in the world.
 
Along with Kenny Rogers are programs from some of the biggest names in photography. Imaging USA’s renowned educational classes are geared to improve a photographer’s business skills, photographic repertoire and use of photography and post-production technologies. The event also features several photographic exhibits, mentoring opportunities, portfolio reviews and much more.
 
Imaging USA is the longest running international photographic convention, expo and image exhibition in the world, drawing thousands of professionals from across the globe. The event dates back to 1880, when it began as the annual convention and trade show for PPA. It continues to grow and evolve along with industry trends and technology.
 
Because PPA believes in the value Imaging USA provides, it offers a free full-registration to Imaging USA as a perk for new members. Professional Active PPA memberships are available for $27.92 a month.
 
For everyone else, there are many different ways to experience Imaging USA, including but not limited to the full conference, a full conference plus pre-conference courses option, tradeshow only, the International Photographic Competition and off-site classes throughout the surrounding areas.
 
Visit imagingusa.org for complete registration information and pricing options. And keep checking back for updates to the event schedule.
Post Date: 11/15/2013 8:07:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Above: Canon Photo5 2013 Winning Images
Row 1, left to right: Kylie Garner, Sally Patterson, Josh Bakkum
Row 2, left to right: Denise McKenzie, Janis Unkovich, Nick Ch’ng

 
From Canon Australia:
 
Sydney, Australia, 31 October 2013: Today,Canon Australia announces the six winners of Canon Photo5, Australia and New Zealand’s most creative and original photography competition.
 
Each year, Canon Photo5 sparks a creative imaging movement across Australia and New Zealand, bringing out and celebrating people’s originality through the inspiration of five everyday objects in a simple brown box. Bringing together everyday people with a range of photography skill levels and creative backgrounds, the Canon Photo5 competition this year saw over 5260 entries with no one entry looking the same.
 
“The calibre of entries to this year’s competition was phenomenal. There’s an incredibly enthusiastic photography community across both Australia and New Zealand, and it’s amazing to see the originality that five everyday objects bring out in each person,” said Chris Macleod, Manager Consumer Segments & Digital Communications, Canon Australia. “Our Canon Masters, who are some of Australia and New Zealand’s most innovative image makers, were astounded by the results! Each interpretation of the objects was unique to the photographer, so it was no easy task for them to select the winners.”
 
Coming from as far as Western Australia and Queensland, the 2013 Canon Photo5 winners are:

  • Josh Bakkum, Brief One – Reflection, Open brief: “As far as reflections go this has it all. The images shows a lot of imagination, creativity and technique all combined to make this stunning picture. I especially like the combination of remote and time exposure. All in all a great picture." – Judge Mark Horsburgh
  • Denise McKenzie, Brief Two – Flour, Contrast: “This photo is striking and mysterious with the clash of red, white and black its strength. Compositionally well captured and a good use of the theme with strong sense of beauty and light.” – Judge Stephen DuPont
  • Sally Patterson, Brief Three – Eyes, Personify: “A rather simplistic yet brilliant photograph! Really well shot and framed and finished. A whole new way to say Cartoon Eyes.” – Judge Graham Munro
  • Kylie Garner, Brief Four – Jelly, Light: “A stand-out-from-the-crowd shot that moves away from a contrived black room and artificial light. Fundamental photography techniques have been applied to give jelly the focus and its intrigue when lit via natural light. Love the short depth of field to control where we look. Good post with colours dropped back in the background and highlight red on the Jelly.” – Judge Eugene Tan
  • Janis Unkovich, Brief Five – Shadows, Stencil: “The photographer has taken the brief and created an idea that goes further than the actual stencil. It's a nice concept and well executed.” – Judge Jonas Peterson
  • Nick Ch’ng, Portfolio competition, All briefs: “This portfolio stood out because of the use of selective colour. Black and white with the main subject in colour. Great ideas, well balanced compositions that all work well in expressing the individual briefs. Shows creative flair.” – Judge Jackie Rankin

Photo5 starts with everyday items in a simple brown box. This year, the items in the box were flour, cartoon eyes, jelly and a stencil, each designed to inspire people to use new subject matter in different ways and bring out their own unique perspectives. These items each represented one brief, in addition to the People’s Brief, “Reflections,” and the “Portfolio” competition.
 
This year a new line-up of Australian and New Zealand photography expert judges was carefully selected from Canon’s Masters program to come on board to guide entrants and determine the most creative images in the competition: Mark Horsburgh, Stephen Dupont, Graham Munro, Eugene Tan, Jonas Peterson and Jackie Rankin.
 
The winner of each brief and the winner of the Portfolio Competition will win an incredible creative photography workshop with Jackie Ranken and Mike Langford in New Zealand. Accommodation and flights are included with the workshop prize. Plus, each winner will receive an exhibition quality wall hanging of their choice from photoPICO.
 
Additionally, Rebecca Sullivan was awarded the voters’ prize, winning a Canon PowerShot G15.
 
To view the entries and winners of this year’s Canon Photo5 competition visit the Photo5 website.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/15/2013 7:56:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Custom SLR:
 
San Francisco, CA – November 14, 2013 – With four successfully-funded Kickstarter campaigns under its belt, Custom SLR, a photography accessories company in Silicon Valley, today launched its fifth project: the Air Strap, a camera strap that does more with less. Featuring breathable vents, moisture wicking fabric and a quick-adjust slider, the Air Strap provides more comfort and versatility for any photographer looking to replace the uncomfortable, hard-to-adjust strap that comes with his or her camera.
 
“Every photographer deserves a comfortable shooting experience,” said Ivan Wong, chief operating officer at Custom SLR. “With the Air Strap, we wanted to create a professional-quality strap that was affordable enough for anyone who uses a camera. We’re excited to deliver a feature-rich strap at a great price point.”
 
Following the overwhelming success of its patent-pending Split Strap, Custom SLR now has a second camera strap to add to its line of innovative photography solutions. The Air Strap features a convenient quick-adjust slider that allows photographers to shorten the strap to keep the camera secure at their side when maneuvering through crowds and tight spaces; when they need to take a photo, they can easily pull the slider to extend the strap. For maximum comfort and flexibility, the Air Strap has cushy neoprene padding with wicking fabric on the top and bottom, and it has buckles that swivel with each movement. The Air Strap is compatible with most cameras, and with an optional attachment, it can be used with most bags, such as laptop and gym bags.
 
The Air Strap will be made available first to backers who fund the project during its campaign, which ends on Jan. 9, 2014 at 8 p.m PST. For more details, visit the Custom SLR Air Strap Kickstarter page.
Post Date: 11/15/2013 7:30:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
To Users of the Canon EOS C300 and C300PL Cinema EOS Cameras.
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
Details
We have suspended download services for Firmware Version 1.1.0.1.00 that was posted Tuesday November 12, 2013 at 8PM EST, because it has been determined that discrepancies in color balance can occur with footage captured by the EOS C300 and EOS C300PL running Firmware Version 1.1.0.1.00.
 
We are currently preparing new firmware with a fix for this issue and will release it as soon as it is available.
 
We are very sorry for the inconvenience, but we ask for your patience during this time.
 
Support
We are preparing new firmware with a fix for this issue. If you have updated your EOS C300 or EOS C300PL firmware to version 1.1.0.1.00, Canon will restore the camera’s firmware version to 1.0.9.1.00 for any EOS C300 or EOS C300PL camera running firmware version 1.1.0.1.00. Please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region for further details. Contact information is provided below.
 
Canon will restore the camera’s firmware version to 1.0.9.1.00 for any EOS C300 or EOS C300PL camera running firmware version 1.1.0.1.00. Please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
If you have not already done so, please register your Canon EOS C300 or your EOS C300PL Cinema EOS camera. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future service upgrades.
 
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
 
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-855-CINE-EOS (toll free), 1-855-246-3367
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: CinemaEOS@cits.canon.com
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/15/2013 6:46:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, November 14, 2013
From Apple:
 
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:

  • Canon PowerShot G16
  • Canon PowerShot S120
  • Nikon COOLPIX P7800
  • Nikon D610

For more information on supported RAW formats, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5955.
 
Download:
Apple Digital Camera RAW 5.01

Category: Apple News
Post Date: 11/14/2013 12:34:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
Firmware Version 1.3.4 incorporates the following improvements.

  1. Peripheral Illumination and Lens Aberration Correction data has been added for Canon EF-mount Cinema lenses.
    *1) EOS Utility Version 2.13.25 (or later) is required to upload the correction data to the camera. The latest update for this software can be downloaded from our web site.
    *2) Does not apply to Canon EF Cinema zoom lenses CN-E 14.5-60mm T2.6 L S and CN-E 30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S.
  2. A line-level audio input accepting a mini 3.5mm connector has been added.

Cinema lenses which benefit from the new firmware udpate:

  • CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S
  • CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S
  • CN-E14mm T3.1 L F
  • CN-E24mm T1.5 L F
  • CN-E50mm T1.3 L F
  • CN-E85mm T1.3 L F
  • CN-E135mm T2.2 L F
  • CN-E50mm T1.3 L F
  • CN-E85mm T1.3 L F
  • CN-E135mm T2.2 L F

Support
Canon USA will perform Factory Updates on the EOS-1D C free of charge. Shipping and handling charges may apply. Please contact the Canon Customer Support Center for details.
 
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
If you have not already done so, please register your Canon EOS-1D C Cinema EOS Camera. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future announcements.
 
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-855-CINE-EOS (toll free), 1-855-246-3367
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: CinemaEOS@cits.canon.com
 
Adorama carries the Canon EOS-1D C Cinema Camera.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/14/2013 10:40:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon has updated the firmware for several cameras to address a EN-EL14a battery issue.
 
From Nikon:
 
Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • Remaining battery charge is now accurately detected for Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14a. By upgrading firmware to [current version], EN-EL14a performance is maximized so that more images can be captured (battery performance) than when an EN-EL14 is used. With firmware [previous firmware version] and earlier, the number of images that can be captured (battery performance) when an EN-EL14a is used is less than when an EN-EL14 is used.

Download:

Adorama carries the Nikon P7700, D5100, D5200, D3100 and D3200 digital cameras.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/14/2013 9:49:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
I have updated the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens review to address the focus shift this lens exhibits. Scroll down the review page until you see the sheet music image. Then start reading two paragraphs above that example.
 
The bottom line is that there is a rearward focus shift, but it is not likely to significantly affect many uses of this lens.
 
I continue to use this lens for many of my general purpose needs. The image shared in this post is one of my recent 24-70 f/4L IS captures. See it larger and read more about the capture here: Little Storm.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/14/2013 9:07:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Japan just announced the camera they'be been hinting at - a white Kiss X7 (SL1) DSLR camera with a matching white EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens.
 
There's really nothing more to this announcement - just a fresh coat of paint.
 
Adorama carries the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 version that you won't get lost in the snow. ;-)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/14/2013 7:09:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, November 13, 2013
From Canon:
 
Canon EOS C100 Firmware Version 1.0.2.1.00
 
Firmware Version 1.0.2.1.00 incorporates the following additional functions and modifications:

  1. Ability to move the magnification viewing area around the LCD using the MAGN Function.
  2. ISO up to 80,000 has been added.
  3. A Key Lock menu setting has been added which now makes it possible to lock all operations, including the START/STOP button.
  4. Peripheral Illumination Correction Data has been added for seven (7) Canon Cinema lenses (EF mount) and eleven (11) Canon EF Lenses.
  5. Internal camera menus are now controllable from buttons on the camera body. Previously, they were only controllable from the joystick grip unit.
  6. In addition to the [EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM], the function to enable continuous focusing and correct aperture on a subject in the middle of the screen when one of the two EF STM lenses is attached, has been extended to include the [EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM] lens.

Firmware Version 1.0.2.1.00 is for Cinema EOS C100 cameras with Firmware Version 1.0.1.1.00. If your camera's firmware is already version 1.0.2.1.00, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest firmware version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.
 
Download the new version of the User Manual for the EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera which provides more information on the new features and benefits available in this firmware update.
 
Download
Canon EOS C100 Firmware Version 1.0.2.1.00
 
Canon EOS C300 Firmware Version 1.1.0.1.00
 
Firmware Version 1.1.0.1.00 incorporates the following additional functions and modifications:
 
EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camera & EOS C300 PL Cinema EOS Camera

  1. Ability to move the magnification viewing area around the LCD using the MAGN Function.
  2. Support for a 1440x1080/35Mbps recording mode.
  3. ISO up to 80,000 has been added.
  4. Added functionality to support the optional Canon GPS Receiver GP-E1.
  5. A Key Lock menu setting has been added which now makes it possible to lock all operations, including the START/STOP button.
  6. Using the optional Canon WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter, the camera's remote-control application allows two users to access the same unit via a Wi-Fi link providing simultaneous camera operation and control and metadata input simultaneously.
  7. [Lens Exchange] and [ND+/ND-] have been added as functions that can be allocated to any assignable button.
  8. A new Wide DR gamma setting provides an expanded dynamic range of 800%.
  9. Flicker Reduction has been improved.

EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camera only

  1. Provides Push Auto Iris and One-Shot AF operation.
  2. A new AE Shift function and the selection of various light-metering modes are now available when used with some Canon Cinema lenses (EF mount) and Canon EF Lenses.
  3. Ability to assign the two control dials to operate either Iris or ISO sensitivity independently.
  4. Peripheral Illumination Correction Data has been added for seven (7) Canon Cinema lenses (EF mount) and fifteen (15) Canon EF Lenses.
  5. A function has been added to enable continuous focus and iris setting on a subject in the middle of the screen when one of the two EF STM lenses** is attached.
    **[EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM], [EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM].

Gamma information will not be shown correctly in the metadata of clips filmed on the Wide DR gamma setting included in Firmware Version 1.1.0.1.00 and above when using the bundled software application Canon XF Utility Ver.1.3.1 or earlier. Therefore, we recommend our customers install Canon XF Utility Ver.1.3.2. The installer for this application has already been released.
 
Canon XF Utility 1.3.2 for Windows
 
If your camera's firmware is already Version 1.1.0.1.00, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest firmware version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.
 
For further details, please refer to the latest version of the instruction manual for this product, which will be released at the same time as this firmware update.
 
Download the new version of the Instruction Manual for EOS C300, EOS C300 PL Cinema EOS Camera which provides more information on the new features and benefits available in this firmware update.
 
Download:
Canon EOS C300 Firmware Version 1.1.0.1.00
 
Adorama carries the Canon EOS C100 and C300 cinema cameras.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/13/2013 4:06:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
I must admit that I watched this entire video with trepidation mixed with outright laughter, too. [Sean]
 
Close encounters with large, horned animals can be very dangerous – but this one thankfully turns out alright in the end!
 
The video's caption provides some thoughts from the video's author as well as a colorful response from the photographer involved. [via DIYPhotography]
Post Date: 11/13/2013 2:44:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
I added some sample pictures to the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens review.
 
This is a gallery that will likely grow as this lens has become a part of my standard kit.
Post Date: 11/13/2013 11:17:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Photoshelter:
 
Learn the pros & cons of 25+ photo contests worldwide
 
With literally hundreds of photo contests out there to choose from, how do you pick the right one to enter? And, how do you improve your chances of winning? In our latest guide, The Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests, we review more than 25 of the most popular photo competitions worldwide, including insights on which are worth your while, and which to avoid.
 
Discover the pros and cons of each competition, including the:

  • Red Bull Illume Image Quest
  • World Press Photo Contest
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • International Photography Awards
  • Communication Arts Photography Competition
  • Aperture Portfolio Prize
  • Plus many more!

We award each a grade, A-F, based on factors like entry fee, prizes and promised exposure, plus provide feedback from past winners. Use this guide as a resource to pick and choose contests that are best for you and your goals as a photographer.
 
Get the free guide via email.

Post Date: 11/13/2013 9:33:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this 25 minute video, astronaut photographer Christoph Malin shares his photos and explains some of the challenges regarding astrophotography aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
 
This video is also available with German subtitles.
Post Date: 11/13/2013 9:06:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Nikon D5300 User's Manual (21.52 MB) is now available for download.
 
Adorama carries the Nikon D5300 DSLR camera.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/13/2013 8:21:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Toshiba:
 
Adds 32GB product and "Internet Pass thru Mode" feature to make wireless connection to the Internet more convenient
 
TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced the expansion of its line-up of "FlashAir", the SDHC memory card with embedded wireless LAN communications, with the launch of the latest 32GB card. The new card will go on sale on November 16th in the Japanese market, and sales in markets around the world will follow.
 
"FlashAir" is an SDHC memory card that incorporates a wireless LAN chip set plus an antenna for wireless communications. The card supports wireless sharing and transfers of photos from digital cameras to smartphones and tablets.
 
The new 32GB card has a new feature, "Internet pass thru mode", which enables Internet connection even while the smartphone is connected to FlashAir, by using other access points, such as the wireless LAN router in the home. With the new feature, users do not have to manually change the wireless network settings of smartphones when downloading photos from the card to smartphones, uploading photos to SNS from a smartphone, or sending email. The new feature can also be used in the current FlashAir W-02 line-up (product names: "SD-WC008G" and "SD-WC016G") by updating the firmware of the card.
 
Toshiba will reinforce and extend its leadership of the memory business by further enhancing its FlashAir line-up.
 
Outline of the New Product

Product NameCapacitySpeed ClassPriceStart of Sales
SD-WD032G32GBClass 10OpenNov. 16th, 2013 in Japan

Main Specifications of the New Product

Series NameFlashAir™ W-02
Product NameSD-WD032G
Capacity32GB
Speed ClassClass 10
Compliant StandardSD Memory Card Standard Ver.4.00
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE802.11 b/g/n
Wireless LAN SecurityWEP, TKIP, AES(WPA, WPA2)
Power Supply Voltage2.7-3.6V
Operating EnvironmentTemperature: -25°C to 85°C
Relative humidity: 95% at 25°C (no condensation)
External Dimensions32.0mm(L)×24.0mm(W)×2.1mm(T)
WeightApprox.2g
Wireless LAN
Supporting Regions
Please check the latest status on the following URL.
URL:http://www.toshiba.co.jp/p-media/wwsite/flashair.htm

Adorama carries Toshiba FlashAir Memory Cards.

Category: Toshiba News
Post Date: 11/13/2013 7:04:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Precautions

  • This updater will update Camera Control Pro 2.13.0 or later to 2.16.0.
  • You must have Camera Control Pro 2.13.0 or later installed to perform this update.
  • It may be necessary to enter your product key code (s) during installation. Please have your product key code(s) available for installation.
  • You may be required to enter your computer's administrator password to use this installer. Be sure to have that information available.

Modifications enabled with version 2.16.0
Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions

  • Support for the Nikon D5300 and the Df has been added.

Download
Camera Control Pro 2.16.0 - Windows | Macintosh

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/13/2013 6:38:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, November 12, 2013

 
From TriggerTrap:
 
Redsnap is an infinitely expandable camera trigger, making high-speed, camera trap, and timelapse photography affordable for everyone.
 
Triggertrap Redsnap is one of the fastest, easiest to use, and most affordable high-speed flash- and camera triggers money can't yet buy. With your help, this Kickstarter campaign will change the 'money can't buy' side of things.
 
Triggertrap Redsnap uses interchangeable sensor modules that you can snap on when you need them, and tuck away in your camera bag when you don't. It has three outputs, so you can hook up three cameras, three flashes, or a combination of both. Powered by two AA batteries, it can keep your timelapse running for months.
 
Triggertrap Redsnap is modular, so you can build your own perfect triggering solution. Capturing wildlife? Snap on the PIR sensor. Want to catch a speeding bullet in flight? You’ll need the Redsnap laser module. Creating a timelapse of a huge DIY project over a long period of time? Triggertrap Redsnap has you covered.
 
Check out the TriggerTrap's Redsnap on Kickstarter.
Post Date: 11/12/2013 1:38:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Not long ago, I referenced taking "two of the world's best wide angle lenses" with me to Ricketts Glen State Park. The sample picture I shared was taken with the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens, but I did not address the other lens I was referring to.
 
As you may have now deduced, the Zeiss ZE 15 was indeed that lens. This awesome lens is now my primary ultra-wide angle lens when AF or a range of focal lengths is not required.
 
Check out the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review.
Post Date: 11/12/2013 11:23:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has updated ViewNX and Capture NX for compatibility with the D5300 and Df cameras. More detail below.
 
From Nikon:
 
View NX v2.8.2
Modifications enabled with version 2.8.2:

  • Support for the D5300 and the Df has been added.

Download:
View NX v2.8.2 - Windows 32bit | Windows 64bit | Macintosh
 
Capture NX v2.4.5
Modifications enabled with 2.4.5

  • Support for RAW images captured with the D5300 and the Df has been added.
  • The Better Quality 2012 option under Noise Reduction in the Camera Settings portion of the Develop section in the Edit List palette has been changed to Better Quality 2013.
    Applicable from this version, Intensity and Sharpness can now be adjusted separately for both Luminance and Color. Therefore, when images to which Better Quality 2012 was applied with Capture NX 2 Ver. 2.4.4 or earlier are opened in Capture NX 2 Ver. 2.4.5, the effects of Noise Reduction adjustment may change.

Download:
Capture NX v2.4.5 - Windows | Macintosh

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/12/2013 8:49:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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