Canon and Sony News for Aug 2013 (Page 2)

 Tuesday, August 20, 2013

LensRentals now has the 5D Mark III with Magic Lantern (capable of RAW video) available for rent.

From LensRentals:

This camera’s firmware has been altered to shoot RAW video. It will still function normally otherwise, but we’re renting it as a RAW-hacked camera.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Magic Lantern RAW Hack Kit includes everything you’ll need to get started shooting RAW video with the Canon 5D III. Key features include:

  • RAW Hack Firmware (08/06/13)
  • Expanded Video Features: Magic Lantern gets you the most out of your camera by unlocking professional features like peaking / zebra filters, superb audio controls, and even a built-in intervalometer for making time lapses.
  • Requirements: Recording RAW video requires incredibly fast CompactFlash cards. Lexar 128GB 1000x cards are currently the only cards we carry fast enough for RAW recording. This kit includes one of the Lexar cards, but more can be rented here.

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Post Date: 8/20/2013 8:46:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

Modifications enabled with version 2.8.0 (apply to both the Windows and Macintosh):

  • Support for the COOLPIX L620 has been added.
  • GeoTag in the toolbar has been changed to Map. In addition, GPS data and GPS information have been renamed Location data.
  • The following support has been added for Motion Snapshots.
  • Slideshow function
  • When Short Movie Creator or Movie Editor is selected from the Open With... option in the File menu, users can now choose Movies (MOV) and JPEG images or Movies (MOV). However, to choose one of the above, Short Movie Creator or Movie Editor must be registered in Open With > Register... > Open with Application beforehand.
  • An Add/Edit Directional option has been added to the Map toolbar.
  • A Merge Altitude Log with Track Log... option has been added to the Log Matching item. A location log saved with a camera, mobile phone, or other commercially available satellite navigation system receiver capable of acquiring location data can now be merged with an altitude (barometer) and depth log* saved using a Nikon digital camera.
  • Altitude (barometer) and depth logs are recorded by Nikon digital cameras equipped with barometers or depth gauges.

Additional modifications to the Windows version:

  • Installation of QuickTime is no longer required.
  • Frame rate options of 50 fps and 60 fps are now available for movies created using the Create Movie... item in the Nikon Movie Editor File menu and output at a size of 1280 x 720 (16:9) and 1920 x 1080 (16:9). However, the following two requirements apply when 50 fps or 60 fps is selected for Frame rate:.
  • Only movies have been added to the storyboard (no still images)
  • An option other than MOV (MotionJPEG/Linear PCM) is selected for File type:

Additional modifications to the Macintosh version:

  • Image display with the slideshow function is now compatible with Retina Display.

Nikon View NX v2.8.0 - Windows 32bit | Windows 64bit | Macintosh

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Post Date: 8/20/2013 7:05:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 19, 2013

From Canon USA:

Ron Howard And Bryce Dallas Howard To Select Five Winning Films To Be Showcased At The Canon "Project Imaginat10n" Film Festival This Fall

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 19, 2013 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced twenty finalists from the "Project Imaginat10n" Film Contest where amateurs and hobbyists were invited to sit in the director's chair, showcasing their storytelling abilities by creating a short film inspired by a series of crowdsourced photographs. The project, helmed by two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard is the next phase in the "Project Imaginat10n"creative exercise proving Ron's very own words that "we're all creative." Eva Longoria (film and TV actress), Jamie Foxx (Academy Award® winner), Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter), Georgina Chapman (designer and co-founder of Marchesa) and James Murphy (founder of LCD SOUNDSYSTEM) all directed short films inspired by 10 consumer photographs earlier this year.

In the coming weeks, Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard, the first "graduating" director of the Project Imagin8ion experiment, will narrow the finalists down to five winning directors. Packaged together as "A Ron Howard Presentation," the five consumer and five celebrity films will be featured at Canon's Project Imaginat10n Film Festival in fall 2013.

"Project Imaginat10n has enabled artistry among filmmakers of all levels and inspired people in the most contrasting disciplines to pursue filmmaking, completely redefining 'art' and proving that 'we're all creative,'" said Ron Howard. "For year two, it was important to me to open the experiment to the masses, especially at film schools where Bryce had the opportunity to share her experience."

"This exercise continues to prove that creativity and collaboration generate endless possibilities that mark the state of our time," said Bryce Dallas Howard. "All you need is some basic equipment, an imagination and a burning desire to tell a story."

The Finalists chosen include:

  • Arrius Sorbonne of Salt Lake City, UT with "Dominus"
  • Arron Marie Fenton of North Hollywood, CA with "Static"
  • Brad Watts of Trenton, NJ with "MASK"
  • Damon Colquhoun of New York, NY with "Transporter"
  • Dan Foley of Westerville, OH with "Tied Up"
  • Geneva Arena of Oxford, KS with "The Donor"
  • Iva Antioco of Redondo Beach, CA with "Auburn"
  • Jared Nelson of Rancho Cucamonga, CA with "Chucked"
  • Jasmine Johnson of West Hollywood, CA with "Sugar"
  • Jon Abrahams of Virginia Beach, VA with "Will Power"
  • Joshua James Kolozsy of Nashville, TN with "BLAME"
  • Jules Bianchi of Oakland, CA with "Apocolypso"
  • Julian Higgins of Los Angeles, CA with "Here and Now"
  • Kalman Apple of Los Angeles, CA with "A Day in the Country"
  • Kellie Madison of Los Angeles, CA with "THE CAUL"
  • Lee Cipolla of Hollywood, CA with "Reflection"
  • Michael Kuznar of Eau Claire, WI with "Day 43"
  • R.W. Perkins of Fort Collins, CO with "The Big Wait"
  • Ronnie Allman of San Francisco, CA with "Filter"
  • Sammie Saxon of Columbus, GA with "Shoot Me"

The consumer directed films can be seen at on August 19, 2013. The five winning filmmakers will be announced in September 2013.

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Post Date: 8/19/2013 4:03:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

Just Posted: Toshiba KIRAbook 13 Review

Toshiba was looking for photographers to review their new, powerful 13" ultrabook/laptop. While I can't say I anxiously accepted the offer, I can say that I'm glad that I did accept. The size and weight are not the only "ultra" features on this laptop. The screen resolution and its quality definitely also-qualify for that title. Check out the full review.

Post Date: 8/19/2013 11:49:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, August 18, 2013

"This is's Weekend Recap for the week ending August 17th, 2013

In the news...

On Wednesday, Tamron announced a 3-business day turnaround for lens repair services. Tamron recently expanded their service and support staff at Tamron USA, leading to the announcement. Tamron USA’s president said, “By speeding up the repair turnaround time, we can alleviate our customers’ anxiety about repairs and thereby increase their satisfaction of and confidence in Tamron products.” We’re hoping other manufacturers follow suit.

On Thursday, the European Imaging and Sound Association announced their Photo category winners. Top honors in various segments included the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS, Rebel SL1 and EOS 6D, the Nikon D7100, and the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC and 90mm f/2.8 Di VC Macro lenses.

In site news and reviews...

On Monday, Bryan posted his full review of the “groundbreaking” Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM “Art” lens. In short, Bryan was quite impressed with the lens’s image quality, reassuring build quality, and consistent autofocus. It looks like Sigma will continue its success in the Global Vision line with the release of its uniquely wide-aperture zoom lens.

And, for our deal of the week…

On Monday, we posted a deal from Adorama where you could get a Timbuk2 Snoop camera backpack for $49.95 with free shipping [deal is no longer available]. That’s more than half off the normal retail price of $99.95.

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

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Post Date: 8/18/2013 12:03:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, August 17, 2013

Tapatalk 4 for Android is available for $0.99 from the Google Play Store (normally $4.99). This sale is scheduled to end soon, so grab it while you can.

Tapatalk is a great program that allows you to stay up-to-date with threads from our own Community.

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Post Date: 8/17/2013 10:48:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 16, 2013

August 16, 2013 - Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend ), a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, today announced the introduction of 128GB 600x and 64GB 300x SDXC UHS-I cards. Combining high capacity with full support of the Ultra-High Speed Class 1 specification, the new SDXC UHS-I memory cards effectively ensure ample storage space for capturing professional-quality images and high-definition videos, while offering enhanced camera response and significantly faster data transfers.

Featuring capacities ranging from 8GB to an enormous 128GB, Transcend's SDHC/SDXC UHS-I memory cards are fully equipped to handle the increased capacity requirements of professional photography and filmmaking. For instance, the new 128GB SDXC UHS-I card can store more than 20,000 high-resolution jpeg images (12 megapixel camera, 6MB file size), over 8,500 RAW images (based on 14MB file size), or a full 32 hours of 1080p High-Definition footage (1920x1080 9Mb/s H.264 AVC compression). Moreover, thanks to the use of the exFAT file system that can support files larger than 4GB, Transcend’s SDXC UHS-I cards are ideal for continuous burst-mode shooting and extended video recording.

Fast File Transfer
Highly recommended for professional digital camera and camcorder enthusiasts, Transcend’s new 128GB 600x and 64GB 300x ultra-high speed memory cards help realize the full high-resolution recording capabilities of today’s cutting-edge camera equipment with transfer speeds of up to 90MB/s and 45MB/s respectively. These blazing fast speeds not only ensure maximum shooting performance but also provide quick and seamless file transfers between card and computer. Pairing the new 128GB 600x SDXC UHS-I card with Transcend’s RDF8 USB 3.0 multi-card reader or the handy RDF5 USB 3.0 card reader with built-in USB port, for example, files as large as one gigabyte can be transferred in just twelve seconds.

Free Photo Recovery Software
For added value, each Transcend memory card includes a free download of Transcend’s exclusive RecoveRx™ photo recovery 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. The new 128GB 600x SDXC UHS-I card is currently available for a suggested price of US$279, while the 64GB 300x SDXC UHS-I card is available for US$109

Adorama carries Transcend SD memory cards..

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Post Date: 8/16/2013 6:55:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 15, 2013

From Think Tank Photo:

Santa Rosa, Calif. - Think Tank Photo announces the release of a new sling camera bag collection, the TurnStyle. Lightweight with easy access, the three TurnStyle models are ideal for DSLRs and mirrorless systems. Their soft, body-conforming shape means all-day comfort and their tough water-resistant fabrics offer lasting protection. Easy rotation gives photographers fast access to their gear, including a zippered tablet pocket on all three sizes. These hybrid bags can we be worn as a shoulder sling bag or as a belt pack for increased versatility and comfort.

The fully customizable interior can be arranged for a DSLR with a 70-200 2.8 or a small mirrorless system. They hold real appeal for urban photographers who are upgrading their systems and need a bag to carry an extra lens or two. Women will love their being lightweight and yet having large carrying capacity in even the small and medium sizes. Delivering the perfect balance of form and function, TurnStyle bags have it all: comfort, versatility, style and rapid access.

Product Details:

  • TurnStyle 5: Fits a mirrorless system with two to four lenses plus a small tablet. The front organizer pocket holds memory cards and other small accessories.
    Examples: Fuji X-Pro1 with 50mm f/1.4 attached + 38mm f/2.0 + 60mm f/2.8 with hoods reversed OR Olympus E-P2 with 14-42mm attached + 17mm f/2.8 + 40-150mm f/4-5.6 + VF-2 viewfinder + FL-14 flash.
  • TurnStyle 10: Fits a standard size DSLR with one to three lenses plus a small tablet. The front organizer pocket holds memory cards and other small accessories.
    Examples: Nikon D800 with 24-70 f/2.8 attached + 50mm f/1.4 hoods reversed or Canon 5DMIII with 50mm f/1.2 attached + 16-35mm f2.8 hoods reversed.
  • TurnStyle 20: Fits a standard size DSLR with one to four lenses plus a large tablet. The front organizer pocket holds memory cards and other small accessories.
    Examples: Nikon D800 with 70-200 f/2.8 attached + 50 f/1.4 (or flash) hoods reversed or Canon 5DMIII.

Special Features:

  • High quality RC-Fuse YKK zippers plus metal clips and hardware
  • Lightweight Poly Ballistic fabrics for durability and water resistance
  • Breathable air-mesh back panel keeps the back cool during long days
  • Slim design and easy access
  • Fully-customizable interior dividers
  • Wide shoulder strap with quick-release buckle
  • Front organizer pocket for batteries, memory cards or other small accessories
  • Hook/loop on shoulder strap keeps loose webbing secure and out of the way
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included in bottom pocket
  • Main compartment opens wide providing quick access to your gear
  • No Rhetoric warranty on all manufacturing defects



  • All fabric exterior treated with a durable water resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance
  • YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers
  • 420D velocity nylon, 250D shadow rip-stop nylon, 3D air mesh
  • Y-Buckle, double gate keeper, nylon webbing
  • 3-ply bonded nylon thread


  • Removable high density closed cell foam dividers
  • 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane backed velex liner
  • Phthalate-free PVC (meets REACH standard) clear mesh pockets
  • 2x polyurethane coated 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover
  • Nylon binding tape
  • 3-ply bonded nylon thread

TurnStyle Specifications:

TurnStyle 5

  • Internal Dimensions: 6.3” W x 11” H x 3.5” D (16 x 28 x 9 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 7.1” W x 13.8” H x 3.9” D (18 x 35 x 10 cm)
  • Small tablet compartment: 6.3” x 8.7” x 0.4” (16 x 22 x 1 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 0.8lb (0.3kg)

TurnStyle 10

  • Internal Dimensions: 7.1” W x 12.6” H x 4.8” D (18 x 32 x 12.2 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 8.3” W x 15.4” H x 5.2” D (21 x 39 x 13.2 cm)
  • Small tablet compartment: 6.3” x 8.7” x 0.4” (16 x 22 x 1 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 1.0lbs (0.4kg)

TurnStyle 20

  • Internal Dimensions: 8.3” W x 15” H x 4.8” D (21 x 38 x 12.2 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 9.3” W x 17.3” H x 5.4” D (23.5 x 44 x 13.7 cm)
  • Small tablet compartment: 8.1” x 10.2” x 0.6” (20.5 x 26 x 1.5 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 1.2lb (0.5kg)

Note: Use the links from this site to get a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo!

Post Date: 8/15/2013 11:40:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

The European Imaging and Sound Association has announced this year's award winners for its Photo category. (thanks Niklas)

Photo Awards 2013-2014

European Professional LensCanon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x
European SLR CameraCanon EOS 100D (Rebel SL1)
European Advanced SLR CameraCanon EOS 6D
European Photo SoftwareDxO Optics Pro 8
European Photo-Video AccessoryManfrotto MVH500AH
European CameraNikon D7100
European Zoom LensTamron SP 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
European LensTamron SP 90 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro 1:1

About the European Imaging and Sound Association

EISA is the unique association of 50 special interest magazines from 20 European countries. Internationally known for the European EISA Awards, EISA started in 1982 when the editors-in-chief from five European photo magazines came together to select “The Camera of the Year” for the first time. They had no idea that out of this meeting EISA - the European Imaging and Sound Association - would emerge some years later. This historic moment took place in 1989 after another 10 photo magazines had joined the group in the meanwhile.

Later on another two panels where developed inside EISA, the Video Panel and the Audio Panel. Following the natural evolution from pure audio to multichannel entertainment this latest panel gave origin later on to the Audio/HT Panel. It was only several years later, in 2002, that the joining together of several magazines from EISA that were making coverage of the Mobile Electronics area and several other magazines belonging to the then extinguished ECAP association gave origin to the In-Car Electronics Panel.

In 2007 the existing Convergence Panel was renamed as Mobile Devices Panel to give an effective answer to more and more products that belong to the areas of audio, video and mobile at the same time.

And here we are now - 50 magazines from 20 different European countries joined together forming the worlds most prestigious multimedia magazines association.

In June each year, the editors-in-chief from all EISA member magazines meet to decide which of products analyzed in their publications during the past year deserve the coveted EISA Award. The six categories under consideration are: Audio, Video, Home Theater, Photography, In-Car Electronics Electronics and Mobile Devices.

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Post Date: 8/15/2013 7:39:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 14, 2013

From Tamron USA:

Expanded Tamron repair technician and customer service staff at Tamron USA's Long Island Headquarters makes the dream a reality

August 14, 2013, Commack, N.Y.- Tamron USA announced that the company now offers 3-business day repair service turnaround for photographic lenses. This achievement works to alleviate customer concerns that when they send in a product for repair service, they may be left without that product for some time. Now, all lenses received in our system by noon EST are estimated the same day and moved onto the next stage. Lenses under warranty (Tamron USA offers a 6-year limited warranty on its photographic lenses) are repaired and shipped back to the customer within three business days. Out of warranty lenses are repaired and shipped back within three business days of the customer's approval of the repair estimate.

"We are thrilled here at Tamron USA to supply our customers with a 3-business day turnaround time," stated Pat Simonetti, Director Technical & Customer Service/Distribution. "With the support of our parent company, we were able to take the necessary action to build upon our staff and make this dream a reality. This accomplishment was and continues to be a real team endeavor. I truly appreciate the efforts from all of those involved in this project," said Simonetti.

The Background

Customers may anguish about sending a lens in for repair, expecting that they could be without their favorite or workhorse lens for some time. Tamron Co., Ltd. recognized this and challenged its subsidiaries to reach a standard 3-business day turnaround service to make customers feel more confident that, in the unlikely event their lens requires service, they would not be long without it. "By speeding up the repair turnaround time, we can alleviate our customers' anxiety about repairs and thereby increase their satisfaction of and confidence in Tamron products," stated Tak Inoue, President and CEO of Tamron USA. Tamron USA took dramatic steps over the past year to increase the number of repair technicians that work on photographic lenses as well as customer service staff. Internal systems were changed to accommodate the inspection of lenses received by noon of each day and route the lenses to the proper technician for expert repair. Repaired lenses are then given top priority in the distribution center to ensure the product is on its way back to the customer within the established guidelines.

Adorama carries Tamron lenses.

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Post Date: 8/14/2013 8:32:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 13, 2013

While the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens is designed to cover only an APS-C-sized camera sensor, this lens mounts and functions on a full frame DSLR. And the vignetting is not as bad as you might expect.

The image accompanying this post is a best-case example. Check out the complete full frame vignetting comparison to get the entire picture.

Post Date: 8/13/2013 12:11:36 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Epson Germany:

August 9, 2013 - Epson Germany is reaffirming its commitment to the environment by supporting environmental photofestivals, including the renowned "horizonte" festival held at Zingst on Germany's Baltic coast earlier this year. The company became the festival's premium partner for print and projection for the third successive year.

The festival's guiding principle is that photography increases environmental awareness through visual means, and Epson enthusiastically participated by using its state-of-the-art Epson SureColor SC-S series printers to print over 1,400 square metres used in 25 indoor and outdoor displays on site. The exhibition included the "Life-Size Elephants" open air installation by Austrian photographer and filmmaker Klaus Reisinger.

"Sustainable business and environmental protection are core elements of our corporate philosophy. It's a real stroke of luck when a festival's objective and a company's message overlap to such an extent. That is why Epson feels committed to doing all it can to support the message being imparted by the photographers and all who build on the power of the printed image", asserted Epson Germany Managing Director Henning Ohlsson. "The festival's spectrum matches the technological diversity we can bring to bear here - whether in the Digigraphie Gallery, in indoor and outdoor photo displays, multimedia shows, print workshops or the print studio. We are delighted to be partnering the festival again this year.

"High image quality is at the heart of the cooperation between Epson and the festival,"added Ohlsson. "A perfect print brings images to life. It makes the photographer's stories tangible in the truest sense of the word. The outdoor displays are particularly technically challenging. High quality also means great durability - and the prints have to be able to withstand the harsh weather conditions by the sea in Zingst. We are superbly equipped for this."

Epson Germany has also supported exhibitions of camel photographs by Ralf Baumgarten in Dubai, and also plans to be involved in other such exhibitions going forward.

Adorama carries Epson printers.

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Post Date: 8/13/2013 8:20:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon UK:

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 13th August 2013

Canon today announces the details of its biggest ever presence at IBC, the leading global tradeshow for media and broadcast professionals held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Canon has been an exhibitor at IBC for more than 30 years, and 2013 will see the company’s largest stand to-date. Covering a full 432m2, the stand will be a clear demonstration of the company’s on-going and expanding commitment to the broadcast industry and will display Canon’s complete range of world-class products, including more than 75 lenses, as well as Full HD and 4K camera solutions.

Reflecting current industry interest in acquiring content at higher resolutions, this year will combine touch and try opportunities with a greater focus on how 4K production can be brought to life, including a live 4K production workflow using Canon’s latest products.

Canon’s Cinema EOS System, XF and XA cameras will all be available to touch and try on the stand, along with a complete range of Canon television and cinematography lenses. Showcasing Canon’s heritage as a manufacturer of optics, visitors will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the huge range of options on offer. Technical demonstrations will showcase other unique capabilities of Canon’s line-up, including the incredible low light performance of Cinema EOS cameras.

Ken Koyama, Deputy Head of Professional Imaging Group, Canon Europe, said: “Last year’s IBC was our chance to introduce Canon’s expansion into 4K to the European market. This year we’re focusing even more on fully demonstrating not only the capabilities of new 4K technology, but how the breadth of Canon’s overall range enables production of first class content at all levels.

“We’ve been listening to a huge range of voices from the industry, which have been telling us that content creators are looking for tools that allow them to really express their creative visions, so we have continued to add features to our products that enable them to be more expressive. We’ll be at IBC to demonstrate the full range of Canon’s products and help visitors to identify and take their next creative step through the latest innovations in broadcast technology.”

In addition to Canon’s on-stand experts, a selection of independent industry professionals will also be on-hand to present on an exciting array of topics, sharing their experiences of using Canon products and answering visitors’ questions.

Canon’s stand location at IBC 2013 will be Hall 11, Stand E50.

For more information, please visit:

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Post Date: 8/13/2013 6:57:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 12, 2013

Note that I posted the full Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens Review earlier today. Unfortunately, I used the wrong title, saying "First Looks" instead of "Full Review". Sorry for the duplicate post, but I don't want anyone to miss this one. It's a great lens.

Post Date: 8/12/2013 8:51:33 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The full Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens Review is now available.

My opinion? Sigma is on a roll and this is one of their biggest hits to date. MANY kits are going to find an Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 in them.

The demand for this lens is very high. Preorder your Sigma 18-35mm at Adorama.

Post Date: 8/12/2013 12:26:06 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Devin Graham is a well-known action/adventure/travel videographer who uses Canon DSLRs and GoPros for his filming. In his most recent video, Devin films longboarders riding along a closed road course in Utah.

While the above video is certainly exciting and entertaining, the behind the scenes video was most interesting to me. Notice how much planning and preperation goes into the shoot and how seemingly dangerous the camerawork is (although significant safety precautions were followed).

Behind the scenes:

DSLRs have changed the landscape of filmmaking over the last few years. The introduction of the Canon 5D Mark II helped lower the bar on investment for creating high-quality, high-definition videos. If you'd like to share a video you captured with Canon or Nikon DSLRs, post a link to it on our Facebook page and tell us the gear you used in the post.

Note: If sharing a video, please make sure it's family friendly. :-)

Post Date: 8/12/2013 8:46:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, August 11, 2013
"This is's Weekend Recap for the week ending August 10th, 2013

In the news...

On Monday, Nikon announced several new products. Along with a couple of PowerShot cameras, Nikon announced the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens and the compact, lightweight SB-300 AF Speedlight. Both products are scheduled to be available at the end of this month.

On Thursday, we posted a video from National Geographic’s YouTube channel demonstrating how photographer Nick Nichols and videographer Nathan Williamson used robots and aerial drones to capture dramatic images of Serengeti lions that appear in this month’s issue of National Geographic.

And, for our deal of the week…

On Tuesday, we posted an eBay auction hosted by Adorama where you could get a Refurbished Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens for $279.99 with free shipping. That’s a 60% savings off the normal, new retail price.

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

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Post Date: 8/11/2013 12:47:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 9, 2013

Canon Professional Network has a great, informative list of Tips and Tricks that can help you get the most out of your Canon equipment. Here's one such example:

EOS-1D X: maximum frame rate

All EOS cameras quote a maximum frame rate and in the case of the EOS-1D X, this is 12fps in normal shooting. When a situation requires you to achieve the very maximum frame rate possible, there are some steps to take in order to ensure the best possible performance: keep the ISO speed below 25,600, use a shutter speed of 1/1000sec or faster and use the maximum aperture of your lens. Additionally, if you have an IS lens, turn the IS off and also make sure AF is set to One Shot.

Check out CPN's full list of Tips and Tricks.

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Post Date: 8/9/2013 8:59:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 8, 2013

Rokinon is thrilled to announce the release of its 16mm T2.2 Cine lens in September, 2013. The Rokinon 16mm is a wide-angle lens for DSLR and mirrorless cameras in both the APS-C and Micro Four Thirds formats.

This lens allows for an impressive range of depth of field, with its fast T2.2 aperture. With a smooth operating manual focus, the 16mm offers pristine sharpness and clarity. It is ideal for shooting landscapes, architecture and interiors, as well enjoying unique perspectives and close-ups with shallow depth of field.

The 16mm T2.2 Cine lens features de-clicked apertures and follow focus compatibility, which is ideal for video. The lens is constructed with a solid build, using 13 optical elements in 11 groups with 2 aspherical lenses.

Rokinon is proud to provide a wide range of mounts. The 16mm T2.2 lens will be available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Canon M, Fujifilm X, Sony E, Samsung NX, as well as Micro Four Thirds cameras.

Rokinon continues its mission of "Excellence for Less."

Adorama carries Rokinon lenses.

Post Date: 8/8/2013 9:36:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Zacuto:

Zacuto has two new DSLR rigs on the market and ready to ship! These DSLR rigs are foldable, compact and small enough to fit into a back pocket.

The Enforcer and Marauder are first of its kind; foldable DSLR run’n’gun stability rigs that are compatible with any DSLR or midsized camera. Both of these rigs are small enough to fold up and place in a back pocket or cargo shorts but when unfolded creates a stable camera support. These new rigs are very similar to two popular Zacuto DSLR kits, the Target Shooter and Striker. While the Target Shooter and Striker rigs are made up of various parts and rods that can be reconfigured into new setups, the Enforcer and Marauder unfold instantly and are ready to shoot.

"The Marauder is quite possibly the most gorgeous and practical DSLR rig I have ever seen,” says Philip Bloom, Director/DP/Filmmaker. "The moment I unfolded it, put my camera on and pushed it against my shoulder I knew there was no way I could use any other rig for my DSLR."

The Marauder rig, the larger of the two, includes both a gunstock and an adjustable handgrip to create a small stable structure. The Marauder includes a Zacuto Gorilla Plate V2 as the platform for the camera. The camera attaches to the plate with the single ¼ 20 screw and can also quick release on and off the Marauder with the red quick release ratcheting lever. The Gorilla Plate can be attached at two different points; in a vertical position for use with a Zacuto Z-Finder, DSLR optical viewfinder, or extended via the red push lever to place the camera further away for use without a Z-Finder.

The difference between the Marauder and the Enforcer is that the Enforcer only includes a gunstock with a comfortable rubber pad. To adjust the gunstock to different body shapes and sizes, just adjust the position of the gunstock with the two Allen screws and it’s ready to use.

Amazon carries Zacuto products.

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Post Date: 8/8/2013 9:08:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Nikon has published their financial results for the first quarter of the year ending March 31, 2014.

From Nikon:

Financial Results (PDF:317KB)

Financial and Business Data (PDF:83KB)

Presentation Material (PDF:594KB)

Related Article:
Reuters: Nikon cuts full-year profit target as mirrorless cameras lose their shine

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Post Date: 8/8/2013 8:23:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From National Geographic's Youtube Channel:

National Geographic photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols and videographer Nathan Williamson used a remote-controlled helicopter and a small robot tank to capture unique images of Serengeti lions.

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Post Date: 8/8/2013 8:06:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon Live Learning:

Presented by:Dave Henry (Bio)
Program:Canon Live Learning San Francisco
Time:6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location:Canon Solutions America
201 California St.
San Francisco, California 94014

Inspired by having the world’s fastest wind powered boats and the world’s best sailors right here in the Bay Area, we thought it only appropriate to share tips with you from our resident Pro Photographer and Canon Expert, David Henry.

David will share his secrets on how to get great images of the racing events with camera set-up, proper lens selection, metering and focusing techniques. See some of his best vantage points to shoot from, while he shows examples from various locations. Also, learn about shooting video with your EOS camera and how to “tell the story” so it all makes sense in the final piece.

This class will take the guesswork out of shooting the race, and the timing at our San Francisco facility couldn’t be better.


Register Now

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Post Date: 8/8/2013 7:50:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 6, 2013

From Nikon:

Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • When NRW (RAW) images recorded in vertical (portrait) orientation at a Record orientation setting of Auto were played back, images did not rotate as the camera was rotated, even when Rotate tall was set to On. This issue has been resolved.
  • When images captured in vertical (portrait) orientation at a Record orientation setting of Auto were played back, and playback zoom was applied with the camera rotated for vertical display with Rotate tall set to On, certain operations caused images to display irregularly or in the incorrect orientation. This issue has been resolved.
  • When using the rotary multi selector to display the next image from the camera's memory, or a memory card, containing both photos and movies, operation sometimes seemed to stick and continuously advanced through images. This issue has been resolved.
  • After shooting using the self-timer with Auto bracketing set to Tv or Sv with Self-timer: after release set to Stay in self-timer mode, autofocus stopped functioning. This issue has been resolved.
  • When Image quality was set to NRW (RAW), NRW (RAW) + Fine, NRW (RAW) + Normal, or NRW (RAW) + Basic, and Continuous was set to Continuous, noise occurred in photos taken using the self-timer at a shutter speed of 1/4 s or slower with Long exposure NR set to On. Similarly, noise also occurred in photos taken using the self-timer at a shutter speed slow enough to activate long exposure NR with Long exposure NR set to Auto. This issue has been resolved.

Installation Instructions: Windows | Macintosh

COOLPIX P7100 Firmware 1.1: Windows | Macintosh

Amazon carries the Nikon COOLPIX P7100 digital camera.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 8/6/2013 7:26:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Zeiss:

No Compromises

From the initial idea to develop a new high-end SLR lens family to the preparations to bring it to market, ZEISS has come a long and exciting way.

The development of the new high-end SLR lens family posed a special challenge for the ZEISS product managers. The design of the new high-performance lenses was mainly driven by the responsible product managers Nicole Balle, Dr. Michael Pollmann and Christophe Casenave. “An outstanding experience” is how they sum up their three years of hard work.

The most important requirement they had to fulfill was: make no compromises and create the best lens on the market. During the kick-off event, the team geared up for the endurance test that lay ahead of them by taking a hiking tour together. “There was a really special mood,” recalls Nicole Balle. “This assignment was truly extraordinary. Of course, we were all thrilled to be able to have so much freedom in developing a product. The work atmosphere was completely open. All ideas were welcome and were evaluated by the team.”

Read the entire article at the Zeiss Blog.

Adorama carries Zeiss lenses.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 8/6/2013 7:08:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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