Canon and Sony News for Mar 2013 (Page 2)

 Thursday, March 21, 2013

Canon today introduced its latest kit lens, the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Press Release.

Product Highlights

  • 28.8-88mm Zoom Lens (35mm Equiv)
  • Maximum Aperture Range: f/3.5-5.6
  • Optical Image Stabilization - up to 4 stops of correction
  • Dynamic IS (Movie Shooting Mode only) delivers a wider IS correction range, ideal for shooting while walking
  • Stepping Motor and Inner Focusing System
  • Supports Movie Servo AF Feature
  • Smooth and Quiet AF Ideal for Video
  • Inner focusing system, high-speed CPU, and optimized AF algorithm allow high-speed autofocus
  • EF-S Mount for APS-C Format EOS Cameras
  • One Aspherical Element
  • One UD Lens
  • Manual Focus Override in AF Mode
  • Accepts 58mm Filters

Preorders: B&H | Adorama

Visit the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review placeholder page for more product images and information.

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Post Date: 3/21/2013 1:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Canon UK:

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland 21 March 2013 – Canon today unveils two new powerful PowerShot SX models – the compact and versatile PowerShot SX280 HS and PowerShot SX270 HS. Combining Canon’s brand new DIGIC 6 image processing technology with a 20x optical zoom, these models are the ideal travel companions for recording everything from panoramic landscapes to family holidays, in stunning detail and Full HD 60p video. Shooting and sharing high-quality images on the move is also easy with the PowerShot SX280 HS’s integrated Wi-Fi function, allowing instant connectivity with other devices such as tablets, PCs or smartphones.

Incredible performance with DIGIC 6
At the heart of both models is Canon’s next generation DIGIC 6 image processor, enabling the capture of outstanding images in even the lowest of light conditions, as well as realistically smooth, Full HD movies at up to 60fps. Whether at a party or under moonlight, new DIGIC 6 ensures pictures are low on noise and perfectly-exposed, with up to 30 per cent more detail captured than the models’ predecessors, without the need to use a flash or tripod.

The HS System pairs the new DIGIC 6 processor with a 12.1 Megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor to deliver exceptional images in low light, with minimal blur and noise, as well as wide dynamic range – perfect for capturing shadowy detail as the sun sets on holiday. Using the DIGIC 6 processor and HS System, users can enjoy shooting with incredible ISO sensitivity, up to ISO 6400, with outstanding results.

Using DIGIC 6, movies are recorded in the widely-compatible MP4 format, and can be played on a range of portable devices – providing the ability to share recordings quickly and easily with family and friends, without the need for lengthy file conversions.

Get closer to the action with super zoom
The PowerShot SX280 HS and PowerShot SX270 HS are ideal for every precious family and holiday moment, thanks to the 25mm wide-angle 20x optical zoom Canon lens with a 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer (IS). ZoomPlus technology even digitally extends the reach of the zoom to 40x whilst maintaining crisp, detailed, high-quality resolution, allowing users to get even closer to the action whilst maintaining a discrete distance.

Keep track of your travels; sharing made easy
The PowerShot SX280 HS’s Wi-Fi function allows users to share their most memorable moments with friends and family by transmitting their stunning images to social networks, connected devices, or the internet for online back-up.

Ideal for travellers who wish to track their route effortlessly, or remember the exact location of a perfect shot, the PowerShot SX280 HS’s inbuilt GPS automatically tags each picture or movie with the local time and pinpoints the location in which it was taken. The integrated GPS logger function tracks the location of the camera at regular intervals on a journey, while A-GPS functionality uses Wi-Fi to quickly download additional Assisted GPS data, which greatly decreases the time to acquire a satellite signal.

Switch from stills to movies with Full HD capture
Users can quickly switch from still images to movies to record action in Full HD quality (1920x1080p) with stereo sound. Advanced 60p recording allows a new level of movie performance, with the ability to capture fast paced action with improved smoothness across the whole scene. Fine Detail Movie Processing technology (30 fps) offers incredible detail, while DIGIC 6 offers enhanced noise processing in Full HD movies (30fps), allowing users to capture every moment.

The huge 20x optical zoom can also be used whilst filming. Movies shot on the move are kept crisp and blur-free thanks to the latest version of Intelligent IS, which features an enhanced Dynamic IS mode. The improved mode employs a five-axis Image Stabilizer, correcting a range of additional types of camera shake, including rotational and parallel shake – a typical occurrence when filming whilst walking - for even smoother footage.

Whether on a family holiday or the trip of a lifetime, travellers can easily frame and review their recordings on the bright 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD screen with approximately 461,000 dots. A tempered glass layer provides additional strength and protection, and high contrast also combines with Quick Bright technology to make the display perfect for movie playback in bright sunlight.

Capture every moment creatively
The PowerShot SX280 HS and PowerShot SX270 HS make it easy to point and shoot with confidence, offering Canon’s acclaimed Smart Auto mode which detects up to 58 different scenes to determine the most appropriate settings to achieve the best possible result.

Combining creative flexibility with high quality images, both the PowerShot SX280 HS and PowerShot SX270 HS feature new Hybrid Auto mode which records the four seconds before every shot in 720p resolution, before using Smart Auto to determine the best settings to capture the perfect shot. At the end of each day, the four-second clips are merged into one to tell the “behind-the-scenes” story of the day’s images. Stills can also be transformed by using one of seven different Creative Filters, including Fish-eye Effect and Miniature Effect.

More ambitious and experienced photographers, or those wanting to develop their photography skills, can also take complete control of their camera settings. Using the range of more advanced modes, including Tv and Av modes to control shutter speed and aperture, or full manual mode to control all settings, users can explore their creativity and improve their knowledge with these powerful, compact cameras.

PowerShot SX280 HS – key features:

  • 20x zoom, 25mm lens
  • HS System: 12.1 MP CMOS, DIGIC 6
  • Intelligent IS, Enhanced Dynamic IS
  • Wi-Fi
  • Full HD (60fps)
  • 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Hybrid Auto; Smart Auto
  • Manual, Av and Tv modes
  • High-speed shooting. Optional Waterproof Case

PowerShot SX270 HS – key features:

  • 20x zoom, 25mm wide lens
  • HS System: 12.1 MP CMOS, DIGIC 6
  • Intelligent IS, Enhanced Dynamic IS
  • Full HD (60fps)
  • 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD
  • Hybrid Auto; Smart Auto
  • Manual, Av and Tv modes
  • High-speed shooting
  • Optional 40m Waterproof Case

Preorders*

Canon Powershot SX280 HS (Black): B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Powershot SX280 HS (Red): B&H | Adorama | Amazon

* The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS was not mentioned in the Canon USA Press Release. No preorders are availalbe at this time.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 3/21/2013 12:05:37 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

Canon Japan has just published sample images and videos from the newly announced EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera.

Preorder Opportunities:

SL1 Body: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
SL1 with 18-55mm IS STM Lens: B&H | Adorama | Amazon

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Post Date: 3/21/2013 8:48:31 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

Canon Japan has just published sample images and videos from the newly announced EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera.

Preorder Opportunities:

T5i Body: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
T5i with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
T5i with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens: B&H | Adorama | Amazon

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Post Date: 3/21/2013 9:26:26 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

1 Sale a Day has the Refurbished Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet (8GB) available for $139.99 with free shipping.

Note: I [Sean] own a 16GB Google Nexus 7 that I use every day. I use it to keep up with social media, read up on current events, shop on eBay, and control my Roku Streaming Media Player all from the comfort of my sofa.

The device is also great for showing loved ones (or clients) your photography - the 7" screen showcases your photos better than the average smartphone. And with the ability to store media content in the cloud (Google Music, for example), 8GBs of storage goes quite a bit farther than it used to.

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Post Date: 3/21/2013 12:29:46 PM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Canon:

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., has placed on Fortune Magazine's 2013 World's Most Admired Companies list. Moving up one spot in 2013 to fourth globally in the Computers category, Canon ranked in the top three for innovation, financial soundness and long-term investment. In addition, the company placed first among corporations based internationally.

Close to 700 companies from 30 countries around the world were analyzed and ranked with the input from 3,800 executives, directors and analysts. The 2013 list was separated into 57 industries ranging from aerospace and defense to trucking, transportation and logistics.

"The companies ranked by Fortune are the most innovative and influential around the world," said Bunji Yano, senior director and general manager, Corporate Communications, Canon U.S.A. "To simply be a part of this list is an honor in itself, yet to rank so highly exemplifies our dedication to not only our customers, but our employees and the communities we serve."

For 2013, companies were judged in nine different attributes of recognition including global competitiveness, use of corporate assets and people management.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 3/21/2013 10:49:34 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

Nikon Corporation (Makoto Kimura, President) is pleased to announce the establishment of a new factory in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos) to reinforce its digital SLR camera manufacturing organization and reduce costs. Operations are scheduled to commence in October 2013.

Entry-level and mid-class digital SLR cameras, and some interchangeable lenses are manufactured by Nikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in the Ayutthaya province of Thailand. With the establishment of this new factory in Laos, a part of the production for digital SLR cameras which are completed as final products at Nikon (Thailand) will be done in Laos.

Company Overview

NameNikon Lao Co., Ltd.
AddressKM 28, Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone, Savannakhet Province, Lao P.D.R.
CapitalLAK 60,000,000,000 (approx. ¥ 600,000,000)
OwnershipNikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (Approximately 99.99%) and other
Representative directorNobuyuki Muraishi
*Part-time service. Also serves as Managing Director of Nikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Site areaApproximately 12,500 m2
Floor spaceApproximately 10,000 m2
No. of employeesApproximately 800 (planned) when operations commence
Start of operationsScheduled for October 2013
Primary activitiesAssembly of digital SLR camera units

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Post Date: 3/21/2013 7:13:39 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 20, 2013

From Canon UK:

Canon has updated its Project 1709 beta, introducing version 1.1 that offers users the option of full Flickr integration, as well as new management and organisation features.

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 20 March 2013 – Project 1709 version 1.1 now makes it possible to publish images and comments directly to Flickr from within the Project 1709 interface, as well as to pull in images already stored on Flickr, allowing users to enjoy their photographs from an even wider range of social networks.

A series of enhanced functions and management tools have also been added providing greater flexibility to manage and organise images. Project 1709 now includes the ability to edit file names, rotate and delete images and create albums, along with improved search functionality, allowing users to filter images by ‘All’ and ‘Any’ tags.

These new features and functionalities have been added to Project 1709 following feedback and requests from photography enthusiasts who have joined the beta programme since its launch at Photokina in September 2012. Canon will continue development of the service in the run up to a full public launch in 2013.

Consumers interested in participating in the beta can register at www.Project1709.com

Project 1709 - key features

  • Store a lifetime of your images
  • Find any image when you need it
  • Access all your photos anytime, everywhere
  • Enjoy and make the most of your photos
  • Improve your photos to make them the best they can be

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon UK News
Post Date: 3/20/2013 1:43:27 PM ET   Posted By: Sean

From DxO:

03/20/2013

Discover DxO ViewPoint in this one-hour session led by Hector Martinez, who will teach you how to best use its tools for correcting keystoning and other problems with perspective, as well as share with you his professional advice and tips!

Topics:

  • The philosophy of the software
  • Hands-on perspective control tools
  • Hints and tips to fine-tune your architecture images
  • 3 good reasons to adopt DxO ViewPoint if you already own DxO Optics Pro
  • What is volume anamorphosis and how to correct it

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – 8:00 pm (London). [Register]
Thursday, March 28, 2013 – 8:00 pm (New York) – 5:00 pm (San Francisco). [Register]
Speaker: Hector MARTINEZ
Duration: 60 minutes

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The webinar will take place on Wednesday, May 27 at 8:00 pm London time, not Paris time, as erroneously stated in our previous e-mails.

B&H carries DxO Viewpoint software.

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Post Date: 3/20/2013 1:33:52 PM ET   Posted By: Sean

AdoramaTV has published a couple of really good "photo deconstructions" by world-renowned photographer Joe McNally. McNally primarily uses Nikon Speedlights in his work, but the concepts apply to photographers using Canon gear as well.

From AdoramaTV:

Mimic Big Natural Light With a Speedlight for Environmental Portraits

In this episode of Photo on the Go, prepared exclusively for AdoramaTV, JoeMcNally explains how you can take a small speedlight and turn it into natural-looking daylight. He'll show you how he created the light in a scene using small flash units and made it look like it was natural daylight streaming through a window. Using this technique you can shoot more dramatic environmental portraits.

Tools Used:

The Secret to Shooting Dramatic Flash-Lit Portrait Photography That Looks Like Natural Daylight

In this episode of Photo On The Go, shot exclusively for AdoramaTV, Joe McNally explains how to create natural looking daylight through a window by bringing in light from two different directions. He explains how he sets up the light to mimic the look of diffused daylight using Nikon Speedlights while lighting details in shadows that might fall on a face if the subject is wearing a wide-rimmed hat. Watch as he shows where he places his light sources to capture all the details of two subjects with a moody midwestern flavor.

Tools Used:

Post Date: 3/20/2013 11:10:15 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

If you didn't get the chance to attend Focus on Imaging photography fair, here's your opportunity to see what the Samyang booth looked like - Samyang has posted some images from its booth at the European event.

B&H carries Samyang Lenses.

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Post Date: 3/20/2013 8:32:28 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From PMA:

Nationally syndicated shows Popular Photography Radio, The Drive with Alan Taylor, Parenting Magazine Live and others to air live, onsite at The Big Photo Show

JACKSON, Mich. – PMA – The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations, announces Entertainment Radio Network will broadcast live from The Big Photo Show in Los Angeles, May 4-5, 2013. Entertainment Radio Network produces nationally syndicated and internet radio shows including Popular Photography Radio, The Drive with Alan Taylor, Parenting Magazine Live, Sound + Vision Radio, and Popular Science Radio – all of which will be broadcasting and recording episodes from The Big Photo Show. Program hosts Mike Etchart, Alan Taylor, and Bettina Bush will be onsite, covering news, technology, equipment, creative photo display and product ideas, and more, as well as interviewing exhibitors, photographers and attendees at the event. Several programs will air live, and others will be recorded for later broadcast.

"The Entertainment Radio Network strives to capture dynamic events that feature the most compelling brands, technology, and products across all industries and passion points,” said Alan Taylor, CEO of Entertainment Radio Network and host of both The Drive with Alan Taylor and Popular Science Radio. “We feel that The Big Photo Show will be a premier event for both photographers and enthusiasts to network, touch and try new products, and connect with industry leading manufacturers. We are pleased to broadcast live at this event to help consumers discover the most innovative, cutting-edge products on the market."

PMA President Allen Showalter commented, “We are thrilled to welcome Entertainment Radio Network to The Big Photo Show, where their huge, national audience will discover the latest innovations from top manufacturers and retailers in the imaging space; hear from our stellar lineup of professional photographer educators; and discover all the amazing things they can do with their images. The Big Photo Show is designed to spur a greater passion for photography among photo enthusiasts and grow the imaging industry. Having Entertainment Radio Network broadcasting live onsite will help us do that.”

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Post Date: 3/20/2013 8:10:26 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Adobe:

Free Creative Cloud Memberships Exceed 2 Million

SAN JOSE, Calif. — March 19, 2013 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that Adobe® Creative Cloud™ has exceeded 500,000 paid individual members. The company also reported that free and trial memberships have exceeded 2 million. Free subscriptions are a proven on-ramp for customers to move to a paid Creative Cloud membership.

“Creative Cloud adoption continues to accelerate,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media Business, Adobe. “Reaching the half-million subscription milestone in less than one year is a strong indication of customer appetite for the ongoing stream of innovation we are delivering.”

Adobe’s Creative Cloud is the go-to destination for creative professionals, satisfying their need to access all their creative tools and services as well as sync and store their work and collaborate with fellow creatives. Creative Cloud subscription growth is being driven by its attractive pricing as well as the frequent product, feature and service enhancements the company is providing. Adobe’s recent acquisition of Behance, the leading online social media platform for creatives, accelerates Adobe’s strategy to bring great community features to Creative Cloud.

Right now, students and teachers can save 60% on an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for the first year while existing Creative Suite customers can save 40%.

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Post Date: 3/20/2013 7:21:34 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

The Nikon COOLPIX S3500 User's Manual is now available for download.

Download the COOLPIX S3500 User's Manual (PDF): English | Spanish

B&H has the Nikon COOLPIX S3500 digital camera available for preorder.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Owners Manuals
Post Date: 3/20/2013 7:05:25 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 19, 2013

From Wacom:

Wacom’s Cintiq line draws attention once again with its slim, new 13-inch interactive pen display

Boasting high quality HD resolution with advanced control and comfort, the new Cintiq provides an immersive experience consistent with Wacom’s family of interactive pen displays

19/03/2013 - Wacom, the industry leader of pen tablets for professional designers, today boosts its lineup of Cintiq interactive pen displays with the addition of the Cintiq 13HD. Aimed at creative professionals working in areas such as design, art and image editing, it combines a 13” HD screen, slim and compact design, simple setup, an adjustable stand and an improved pen for creating directly on the screen. Easily integrated into any environment, the Cintiq 13HD is the ideal tool to support creativity and enhance productivity, offering a natural and immersive experience.

Key to the Cintiq 13HD is its compact, slim design and easy setup with both Macs and PCs. For complete comfort, the Cintiq 13HD’s stand is optimised for use in a choice of four settings – flat, 22°, 35° and 50° and is detachable too.

Superior screen in HD quality
Perfect for professionals such as artists, graphic designers and photographers, the Cintiq 13HD’s best-in-class screen displays 16.7m colours to ensure life-like colour quality. In addition, the wide-format HD LED display offers a wide viewing angle of 178° and a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels that is particularly beneficial for handling intricate graphics.

The full Cintiq experience
As with all Wacom interactive pen displays, the Cintiq 13HD enables users to create directly on the screen for an immersive and seamless process that feels natural and saves time.

The new and improved cordless and battery-free Pro Pen offers advanced pen performance, superior comfort, precision and control. With 2,048 levels of pressure and tilt sensitivity, it is perfect for precision work and is ergonomically designed. The Cintiq 13HD comes with a convenient case to securely store the Pro Pen and everything else an artist needs at their fingertips including spare nibs.

To further improve workflow and productivity, frequently used shortcut commands are available at the user’s fingertips through four customisable and application-specific ExpressKeys and Rocker Ring. Making use of these shortcuts can save valuable time by minimising keyboard dependency.

With the existing 22HD, 24HD and 24HD touch, there is a Cintiq interactive pen display to suit anyone’s workflow requirements and budget.

Guido Möller, product manager creative products, at Wacom Europe says: “We’ve gained valuable customer feedback in developing our latest Cintiq which will support professionals and help them spur creativity on the 13” high resolution screen. Not only that, it also enhances productivity and saves creator time with new features. As with our entire Cintiq range, the new Cintiq 13HD provides a completely immersive and ergonomic pen-on-screen experience that adapts seamlessly to all working environments and practices.”

Pricing and availability
The new Cintiq 13HD will be available for £749.99 (incl. VAT) from April 2013 onwards at Wacom’s eStore and other retailers.

Inspiration from the ‘Pioneers of Now’
For further information on what can be achieved with a Wacom Cintiq, check out Wacom’s ‘Pioneers of Now’. The ‘Pioneers’ are inspiring because they have vision, talent, perseverance and stamina. But above all, they have the tools to make their new worlds a reality.

B&H carries Wacom Cintiq Pen Displays.

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Post Date: 3/19/2013 2:13:20 PM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Tamron:

March 18, 2013, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President and CEO: Morio Ono / Headquarters: Saitama City), a leading manufacturer of optical equipment, announced the release of a full-size, high-speed telephoto zoom lens equipped with VC (Vibration Compensation) *1 image stabilization, and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) *2 that achieves leading-edge image quality while boasting the most compact*3 design in its class.

The SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009) for Nikon will be first released in Japan on March 28, 2013 and subsequently elsewhere.

B&H has the Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD for Nikon available for preorder.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 3/19/2013 9:29:38 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From ExpoImaging:

Create a Strip Box, Soft Box or Shapeable Reflector

In Studio or on location, the Rogue XL Pro Lighting Kit gives photographers creative lighting control using speedlights, making a variable width strip box, a low profile soft box, or a multi-surface reflector. This durable, compact system of flash modifers packs flat and takes up very little room in a gear bag.

The XL Pro FlashBender Reflector allows you to control directional light by bouncing, curving, and reflecting the light where you want it.

The Strip Box Attachment is used in combination with the XL Pro FlashBender for greater edge lighting control. You can adjust the variable width of the strip to control how wide your light source will be and where the edge between highlight and shadow will fall.

The Soft Box Attachment is used with the XL Pro FlashBender to create more directional light than the base reflector alone, directing light forward and preventing it from going straight up. The diffusion fabric reduces specular highlights making for a beautiful main light for portraiture.

The Silver/Black Reflector Attachment is used with the XL Pro FlashBender to create a higher contrast light than the base reflectors medium contrast white material. The black side of the attachment can be used as a large flag, providing limited reflectivity while the light is directed forward along the reflectors edge.

All 4 Pieces are sold together in a single kit:

  • 1x XL Pro FlashBender White Reflector
  • 1x XL Pro Strip Box Diffuser Attachment
  • 1x XL Pro Soft Box Diffuser Attachment
  • 1x XL Pro Silver/Black Reflector Attachment

The Rogue XL Pro Lighting Kit will be available at authorized retailers for suggested retail price of $99.95.

B&H has the Rogue XL Pro Lighting Kit in stock.

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Post Date: 3/19/2013 8:01:05 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From PocketWizard:

March 18, 2013 – PocketWizard, the industry leader in wireless control and synchronization of cameras, flash and light meters, announces today the release of Plus III Firmware 1.200. Firmware 1.200 includes some operational enhancements over the originial firmware version 1.100.

  • The Status LED now represents battery level in a more intuitive manner.
  • Improved half-press operation when engaging pre-release from a MultiMAX®
  • Corrected a situation that only affected a few flash models where remote triggering might stop on a receiving radio when set on a Quad-Triggering channel (17 – 32).

Click here for complete Plus III Firmware 1.200 Release Notes.

*This Plus III firmware requires PocketWizard Utility version 1.54 or later, click here to download PocketWizard Utility 1.54 or 1.55

When you have installed the latest Utility, connect your Plus III to your computer with a standard Mini-B USB cable. Click “Check For Updates” to begin. Be sure to update all of your radios to the latest version. Your radios will only operate as expected when all radios are using the latest firmware.

B&H carries the PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver.

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Post Date: 3/19/2013 7:29:49 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 18, 2013

Because of weekend travel arrangements, the Weekend Update's publication had to be postponed until Monday.

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending March 16th, 2013.

In the news...

On Monday, Spider Camera Holster announced the Spider Monkey accessory holster. The Spider Monkey allows photographers to affix commonly needed accessories - like flashes, light meters, or external battery packs - to any belt for fast and easy access.

On Tuesday, we reported on Canon’s 1 Million Minutes Watched video posted to YouTube. Canon created the video to celebrate 1 Million Minutes watched on its YouTube channel.

On Thursday, Nikon posted firmware updates for its UT-1 Communication Unit and WR-RT10 Remote Controller Transceiver. Both firmware updates provide support for the D7100 and, in the case of the WR-RT10, provide a few additional features when paired with the WR-1.

In reviews...

On Monday, Bryan posted a review of a backpack with a not-so-obvious pronunciation – the Bataflae 32L from Gura Gear. Bryan reviewed the bag after putting it through its paces during a photographic journey through 'The Aloha State.'

Bryan gave the Bataflae 32L high regards because of its convenient size, high quality materials, durable construction, side tripod storage, and comfortable fit.

On Tuesday, Bryan posted some notes regarding his experiences using the 5D Mark III camera while in Hawaii. Bryan applauded the 5D III’s lack of sensor dust, built-in horizon level, weather sealing, and high-ISO performance – all of which proved very beneficial while on his trip.

And on Wednesday, Bryan added Helicopter Aerial Photography Tips to the website. If you’re planning on photographing Hawaii from the air, be sure to check out Bryan’s helpful hints and find out which aerial charter he personally recommends.

And, for our deal of the week…

On Saturday, we posted a deal where you could get a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens for $764.99. That’s more than a $280.00 savings over the standard retail price.

This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 3/18/2013 7:05:46 PM ET   Posted By: Sean

Adobe published a notice regarding updates for Photoshop Lightroom and its DNG Converter. However, the publication dates are listed as "April 2, 2013" and the downloads are currently unavailable.

Note: Information on the updates may change before the intended release date.

From Adobe:

Lightroom 4.4 update

April 2, 2013
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4 update includes these enhancements:

  • Improved demosaic algorithm for better raw file support on cameras with X-Trans sensors. This includes the Fujifilm X-Pro1.
  • Additional camera support for 23 cameras including the Canon EOS-1D C, Nikon Coolpix A, and Samsung NX300.
  • Corrections and bug fixes for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom.

DNG Converter 7.4 update

April 2, 2013
This version of the DNG Converter supports over 20 new cameras including the Canon EOS-1D C, Nikon Coolpix A, and Samsung NX300. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.

B&H carries Adobe Photoshop Lightroom v4.

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Post Date: 3/18/2013 12:45:41 PM ET   Posted By: Sean

From LensRentals:

A constant wish amongst our customers is cheaper shipping. Today, we're happy to announce our new subscription shipping program. This program will allow our customers to rent whatever they want, whenever they want, without having to worry about high shipping prices.

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LensRentals HD is a shipping discount program. By signing up, you'll get free Standard Shipping on all the orders you place for one year, and you'll even save 50% on all FedEx Overnight shipping.

No items are excluded from the program: if we carry it, we'll ship it free. Need a jib in Los Angeles? It's free. Need 10 tripods in Miami? Totally free.

Click here to learn more.

To support this site, click on the appropriate product review and then click the Rent button beside the camera/lens you want to rent.

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Post Date: 3/18/2013 10:16:13 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

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From PetaPixel:

While messing around with the features of his Nikon V1, EOSHD forum user Javier Sobremazas discovered something pretty awesome about the $220 camera: it can shoot 4k RAW … sort of. The sort of plays in for two reasons. Firstly, it can only shoot 4K for one second at a time; and secondly, it’s actually an extension of the camera’s burst mode.

You can still find the Nikon 1 V1 mirrorless camera on eBay.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Photography Education Videos
Post Date: 3/18/2013 9:22:23 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

Nikon has made the following owners manuals available for download:

Nikon D7100 DLSR Camera (PDF) - English | Spanish
Nikon 1 S1 Mirrorless Camera - English | Spanish

B&H carries the Nikon D7100 and Nikon 1 S1 digital cameras.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Owners Manuals
Post Date: 3/18/2013 9:15:06 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 14, 2013

From Nikon:

Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • Support for the D7100 has been added.
  • The following cameras can be used at this time to upgrade the UT-1 firmware: D7100

Only the camera(s) indicated above can be used to upgrade UT-1 firmware. Firmware updates can also be perfomed for you at Nikon service centers.

Confirming the firmware version (using the D7100)

  1. Connect the UT-1 to a camera via USB cable, and turn the camera and UT-1 on.
  2. Press the camera's MENU button and select Network > Options > Firmware version from the setup menu. The WT-4's firmware version will be displayed.
  3. Turn off the UT-1 and the camera.

Download the Nikon UT-1 Communication Unit 1.1 firmware update: Windows | Macintosh

Firmware installation instructions (English, PDF): Windows | Macintosh

B&H carries the Nikon UT-1 Communication Unit.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 3/14/2013 8:29:08 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • Camera settings can now be viewed and changed using the WR-1 when the WR-1 is used as a transmitter and the WR-R10 is connected to a D7100 for use as a receiver.
  • Support for the Release Hold Time function built into the WR-1 is now supported when the WR-1 is used as a transmitter and the WR-R10 is used as a receiver.
  • To make remote operation using the WR-1 function that allows for division of multiple units into groups (A, B, C, D) more convenient, the group specified with the WR-R10 is now fixed at group A rather than all groups (A, B, C, D) with transmission. With reception, the group is fixed at group A with firmware versions 1.00 and 2.00.
  • The following cameras can be used at this time to upgrade the WR-R10 firmware: D7100

Only the camera(s) indicated above can be used to upgrade WR-R10 firmware. Firmware updates can also be perfomed for you at Nikon service centers.

Confirming the firmware version

  1. Connect the WR-R10 to a camera
  2. Turn on the camera
  3. Press the camera's MENU button and select Firmware version from the setup menu.
  4. The WR-R10's firmware version will be displayed with a "W".
  5. Turn off the camera.

Download the Nikon WR-R10 2.00 firmware update: Windows | Macintosh

Firmware installation instructions (English, PDF): Windows | Macintosh

B&H carries the Nikon WR-R10 Wireless Remote Controller Transceiver.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 3/14/2013 8:13:47 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
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