Just Posted: Think Tank Photo My 2nd Brain 15 Review
A product named "Brain", sent by "Brian" and reviewed by "Bryan". Hopefully you will find the review considerably less confusing.
Modifications enabled with version 2.8.3:
Additional modifications to the Windows version
Additional modifications to the Macintosh version
Image quality (ISO 12233 resolution chart crops), flare, vignetting and distortion results along with eye candy are now available on the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS Contemporary Lens Review page.
I'm not certain if or when I will get time to complete a full review of this lens, but hopefully the test results will provide the information you need to know.
While not specifically a photography item, I'm a big fan of the Chromecast. I've had one since they first came out and use it all the time. I primarily use it to watch YouTube videos (like those from AdoramaTV) on my living room TV, but it can do so much more. It's definitely worth the small investment!
Just Posted: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens Review
Learn how Sigma's latest entry into the 24-70 f/2.8 market performs.
"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending December 14th, 2013.
In the news...
On Tuesday, we learned that Nikon’s newest firmware updates may have contained an undocumented modification. Users report cameras with the new firmwares no longer work with 3rd party batteries. Did Nikon purposefully attempt to kill 3rd party battery compatibility or was this an unanticipated side effect of the updates?
On a related note, we shared our own experience with 3rd party batteries being incompatible with Canon’s newest LC-E6 battery chargers. That got us wondering – did Nikon take a page out of Canon’s playbook?
On Thursday, we learned about Zeiss’s plans produce an 85mm f/1.4 OTUS lens. Zeiss outed the lens’s development via a Facebook comment displayed on their own website.
In site news and reviews...
On Tuesday, we posted a full review of the Pocketwizard PlusX Radio Transceivers. In short, the PlusX transceivers offer a rugged build quality with a limited, yet attractive feature set that will surely grow Pocketwizard’s fan base.
On Wednesday, we posted our standard image quality test results for the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens. Tests available for viewing include ISO resolution, vignetting and distortion [flare results are also available].
On Thursday, Bryan posted his full review of the Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens. To sum up the review, Sigma’s new 24-105mm lens follows in step with all their recent Global Vision releases – meaning excellent image quality, sound build quality and a moderate price tag. Check out Bryan’s review for all the details.
And, for our deal of the week…
On Sunday, we posted a deal from BuyDig.com where you could get a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens for $1,679.00 after rebate. That’s a $620.00 savings off the normal MSRP.
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"
From Canon USA YouTube Channel:
In the 2nd video of this 3-part series, we'll cover more advanced features and settings for video capture going beyond basic, automatic settings. You'll also learn some tips about how to take advantage of these settings for even better video results.
Want to know how to decipher the colored rings on Canon's lenses? Or possibly the difference between fluorite, aspherical and UD lenses? Or why some black lenses allow focusing past infinity?
Check out Canon Professional Network's Infobank for the answers to these questions plus a wealth of information on other topics.
Infobank Lens Topics
|Construction||Fluorite, aspherical and UD lenses|
|Focal length||Prime and zoom lenses|
|All about apertures||Image stabilization|
|Lens speed||Tilt and shift lenses|
|Focusing and depth of field||Extenders|
|Black or white lenses||Extension tubes|
|Coloured rings||Macro lenses|
|Lens mount||Close-up lenses|
|EF-S and field of view||Filters|
|L-series lenses||DO elements|
Creative Cloud Subscriptions Accelerate to More Than 1.4 Million; Adobe Marketing Cloud Surpasses Revenue of $1 Billion in 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Dec. 12, 2013 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2013 ended Nov. 29, 2013. The Company also provided a financial outlook for fiscal year 2014 and long-term growth targets for key areas of its business.
Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights
Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Highlights
Note: The growth of Creative Cloud has likely been aided by Adobe's current special on the Photoshop Photography Program – that's Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $9.99/month with no prior Photoshop ownership required. Deal is valid through December 31.
Cutting-edge eBAND Coating and three LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements deliver superior imaging performance, while the latest built-in VC (Vibration Compensation) system broadens users’ horizons in achieving sharper handheld photographs.
November 26, 2013, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the release of an innovative ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range of 150mm to 600mm for full-frame and APS-C format DSLR cameras.
Tamron’s previously announced 200-500mm (Model A08), still currently available, is a popular, compact, easy-to-use ultra-telephoto zoom lens, but customers have shown great interest in having a lens that provide an even greater focal length range.
This all-new ultra-telephoto zoom lens features VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization, speedy, precise USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive), state-of-the-art eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating, which significantly reduces the unwanted light reflections that cause flare and ghosting, and, in addition a sophisticated and stylish new external finish.
Its 4x ultra-telephoto zoom capabilities, with a focal length range from 150mm to 600mm, enhance the creative potential of telephoto photography, a captivating feature for all photographers, particularly nature, wildlife, and sports shooters.
The SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron provides a range of functions, in addition to the basic adjustment capabilities, such as correcting aberrations (chromatic aberrations of magnification, distortion, peripheral light fall-off), based on the optical data. Used in tandem with Tamron's SP series lenses - renowned for their high-depiction capability - this advanced technology efficiently produces images that meet photographers' most exacting demands.
The Canon mount model will be released first in Japan on December 19, 2013 and subsequently elsewhere. The launch dates of the Nikon and Sony compatible mount models will be announced at a later date. The SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens will be available in the USA on January 17, 2014.
Canon has released updates for Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility and Picture Style Editor.
Canon Digital Photo Professional 3.13.51
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.13.51 Updater for Windows :
EOS Utility 2.13.40
Changes for EOS Utility 2.13.40 Updater for Windows :
Picture Style Editor 1.13.30
Changes for Picture Style Editor 1.13.30 Updater for Windows :
Download the software updates at Canon USA.
Worried about your images floating around online without any way to trace them back to you or your organization? Have thousands of images stored on hard drives you’re looking to get organized or posted online to make them searchable? Think it’s just your website that gets you discovered by buyers? Think again. Getting organized to make your images searchable, findable, and valuable – on your desktop or on the web – starts with good archiving and tagging practices.
Whether you’re a metadata pro or new to the game, this webinar with Sam Merrell, VP of ASPP, and David Riecks, one of the leading authorities in the field of metadata practices, will break down the techniques and tools you need to to track your image files and create an archiving system that works harder for you.
In this webinar you’ll learn
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., December 10, 2013 — Eye-Fi, the global leader in wireless memory cards, is announcing a beta Windows desktop receiver for the Mobi card. The Eye-Fi Mobi card will now instantly transfer directly to the desktop, extending the simple camera-to-mobile photo and video transfer users love.
With pricing yet to be announced, Eye-Fi's new desktop receiver for Windows will be free to all customers during beta and gives Mobi users more choice in where their high-quality photos can be transferred, stored and shared. Mobi users will now have the option to transfer to mobile for on-the-go sharing or to the desktop for greater archiving and editing ability — all without the hassle of wires or any delay in showing off their best photos whenever and however they want.
"Our customers love the ability to snap great pictures on a camera and instantly share from a phone or tablet, and now we're taking that experience one step further," said Matt DiMaria, CEO of Eye-Fi. "Now we're adding a simple, instant way to transfer to the desktop and make it easy for customers to get their photos on their computers to edit and archive."
The Eye-Fi desktop receiver for Windows will offer the same, reliable features that Mobi customers already use and love, including:
The beta Eye-Fi desktop receiver for Windows is available for Mobi users to download now, and a beta version for Mac is coming soon.
Just Posted: Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens Review
In the 24-105 OS, Sigma has given us another great Global Vision lens. This lens is definitely worth consideration for needs in this focal length range.
In a comment on Zeiss's website (pulled from Facebook), the Zeiss team has acknowledged that an 85mm f/1.4 OTUS will be released some time next year.
Adobe has released updated versions of Photoshop Lightroom 5 and DNG Converter. (thanks Niklas)
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3 update includes these enhancements:
Adobe DNG Converter 8.3
This update contains the Adobe DNG Converter 8.3.
The Adobe DNG Converter is a free utility that enables you to easily convert camera-specific raw files from more than 350 cameras to the more universal DNG raw format.
Digital Negative was developed to address the lack of an open standard for the proprietary and unique raw files created by each digital camera. DNG allows photographers to archive their raw camera files in a single format for easy cataloging and access in the future. With the format specification freely available, any developer can build software that supports and takes advantage of DNG. For more information, visit the Digital Negative page.
Support for the following cameras has been added. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.
In the Pocketwizard PlusX Transceivers Review we posted yesterday, I mentioned that I have used various "dumb triggers" throughout the years. When it comes down to it, I use dumb radio triggers with off-camera flashes about 95% of the time a person is in front of my camera.
But there are times when ETTL triggering and a shoe-mounted flash are exactly what's needed. A prime example is indoor event photography. This past Halloween I was hired to photograph a costume party hosted by a local business. Photographing the event meant I had to be mobile and react to changing lighting conditions.
My choice of gear proved a good fit for the dynamic conditions:
The 5D Mark III's AF system nailed focus even in the dimly lit areas of the arena. The Sigma 35mm f/1.4's moderatley wide angle was great for capturing groups of people and allowed me to choose a wide aperture when needed. The Rogue FlashBender increased the size of my shoe-mount flash so that the light was a bit more flattering on my subjects. The CTO gel I stuck on the flash closely matched the arean's warm light so that good results could be obtained with a global white balance correction. And lastly, ETTL exposure meant I could focus more on framing, composition and timing without having to worry about constantly changing my flash's power to suit any given situation.
I love shooting in very controlled, studio-like conditions. Under those circumstances, I find manually adjusting my flash(es) to be optimal for me. However, there are times when ETTL and a shoe-mount flash (and a possibly small modifier) simply can't be beat.
The fact that the 600EX-RT features built-in radio (ETTL enabled) triggering is a big plus. ;-) [Sean]
In "The Photographer’s Guide to Facebook," we break down tactics to help you increase awareness about your photography, engage potential clients, and encourage word-of-mouth referrals.
Learn how you can use Facebook to attract followers by:
We also share some great examples of pages from photographers who have successfully used Facebook to build and grow their audience - and their client base - using simple, low cost strategies from posting regularly to showcasing images in a compelling way.
I've seen a lot of sensational headlines about a study that appeared on Psychological Science's website. They included:
The headlines are the result of a study by Linda A. Henkel, Professor of Psychology at Fairfield University, titled "The Influence of Taking Photos on Memory for a Museum Tour."
Her findings indicated that photographing objects can have an effect on what is remembered about them. Her abstract states:
"Two studies examined whether photographing objects impacts what is remembered about them. Participants were led on a guided tour of an art museum and were directed to observe some objects and to photograph others. Results showed a photo-taking-impairment effect: If participants took a photo of each object as a whole, they remembered fewer objects and remembered fewer details about the objects and the objects’ locations in the museum than if they instead only observed the objects and did not photograph them. However, when participants zoomed in to photograph a specific part of the object, their subsequent recognition and detail memory was not impaired, and, in fact, memory for features that were not zoomed in on was just as strong as memory for features that were zoomed in on. This finding highlights key differences between people’s memory and the camera’s “memory” and suggests that the additional attentional and cognitive processes engaged by this focused activity can eliminate the photo-taking-impairment effect."
In other words, subjects who photographed museum pieces as a whole did not remember the pieces as well as those who were cameraless. However, those who zoomed in on the pieces and captured details seemed to remember the artwork as well as test subjects who didn't carry a camera.
But from my own personal experience, pictures tend to bring back a flood of memories that I wouldn't have been able to recall otherwise. Truth is, I have a terrible memory. I have trouble remembering what I had for lunch yesterday let alone things I did a year or more ago.
But when I see a photos taken throughout my life, I'm instantly taken back to that exact place and time. With the photo in hand (or on the screen, as it may be), memories wash over me with ease and I can recall details I thought I never knew had been tucked away in my memory (and not just the details illustrated by the photo). I think most people can identify with that.
So maybe we shouldn't let one study with a very narrow set of circumstances tarnish how we perceive cameras and how they can affect our lives. As for me, cameras have done so much more to enrich my memory (and for that matter – my life) than they have ever taken away from it. [Sean]
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Image quality (ISO 12233 resolution chart crops), vignetting and distortion results along with eye candy are now available on the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review page.
I'm not certain if or when I will get time to complete a full review of this lens, but hopefully the test results will provide the information you need to know.
Update: Under the first clear day we've seen in several weeks, flare tests results have been captured and are also now available.
From Canon USA:
Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS 7D digital SLR camera.
Firmware Version 2.0.5 incorporates the following fix:
Firmware Version 2.0.5 is for cameras with firmware version 2.0.3. If the camera's firmware is already Version 2.0.5, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to version 2.0.5, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version.
When updating the firmware of your camera, please first review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.
When the camera is updated to Firmware Version 2.0.5, the following settings will be automatically reset.
a) Date/Time setting
b) Lens peripheral illumination correction data registered to the camera
The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E5A must be running Firmware Version 1.0.7 in order to be used with the EOS 7D camera running Firmware Version 2.0.5.
Some older versions of the applications listed below do not support functions that are added by the new firmware. In order to address compatibility issues, please download the latest versions of the applications (listed below) from our Web site. For the latest operating system requirement information please visit the Canon website.
EOS Utility Version 2.13.25 or later Supported OSes:
Windows (XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1/8), Mac OS X (v10.6.8/10.7/10.8)
Digital Photo Professional Version 3.13.45 or later
Supported OSes: Windows (XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1/8), Mac OS X (v10.6/10.7/10.8)
ImageBrowser EX Version 1.0.1 or later
Supported OSes: Windows (XP SP3/Vista SP2/7/7 SP1/8/8.1), Mac OS X (v10.6.8/10.7/10.8)
Please download the most recent Instruction Manual if the firmware of your camera is being updated from firmware version 1.25 or earlier. The Instruction Manual has been revised accompanying the improvements and additions of functions provided in these previous firmware versions.
From Samyang Europe:
As a result of many questions, we would like to provide information regarding the recommended retail price for the new Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS will be:
Note: There's no word yet on the official North American suggested retail price, but if you simply convert Euros to US Dollars, the price would be slightly less than $600.00.
PocketWizard radios have been the de facto standard for flash triggering for more than 20 years. They are well-known for their range and reliability, so I was interested to see if their new entry-level Plus X Transcievers would live up to PocketWizard's long estabilished, impressive reputation.
Check out our full review to see what I found. [Sean]