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

 Thursday, September 19, 2013
From Canon:
 
A new firmware update is available for the EOS-1D C. Firmware Version 1.3.x adds new functionality incorporating the following features and modifications:
 
Lens aberration correction with EF Cinema Lenses: Communication between Canon EF Cinema lenses and Canon cameras has had a few effects on the operation of the EOS-1D C. The following features are now available as menu options:

  • Peripheral Illumination Correction: This feature maintains even brightness from corner to corner of an image. This will virtually eliminate vignetting and any other unevenness of light across the image.
  • Chromatic Aberration Correction: This feature reduces color fringing in areas of an image with high contrast color. It reduces color bleeding, which is easily noticeable at edges and degrades perceived image quality.
  • In addition, communication between the lens and camera body will allow the F-stop to now be seen on the viewfinder. Focus position and F-stop will also now be recorded by the camera.
  • Flicker caused by manual aperture adjustment has been reduced with this update, this could cause slight underexposure which may result in exposure compensation in some cases.

Sound recording with Line input:

  • After requests from users in the field, audio recording through a mini plug (3.5mm) connected to the external microphone terminal is now supported. This will allow for the recording of audio sources other than microphones, such as mobile devices or audio players. The standard input level is -8 dBV and can reach an input signal of up to +6 dBV. Sound recording levels are adjustable at 64 sound-recording levels.

Service support start date is anticipated mid-October 2013. For information regarding the EOS-1D C firmware update (which must be performed by a Canon Factory Service center) please contact Canon Cinema EOS Support at 1-855-CINE-EOS (246-3367).
 
Adorama carries theCanon EOS-1D C Cinema Camera.

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 9/19/2013 12:13:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
10 Films Inspired By User Submitted Photographs Will be Packaged by Canon as "A Ron Howard Presentation" - The Winning Consumer Directors and Five Celebrity Directors: Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, James Murphy, Georgina Chapman and Biz Stone
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 19, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, two-time Academy Award winner Ron Howard, and Bryce Dallas Howard, one of Hollywood's most versatile actresses and director of the 2011 short film "when you find me," have announced the five winning consumer directors of the "Project Imaginat10n" film contest, which gave filmmakers of all skill levels an opportunity to showcase their creativity and storytelling abilities. Five celebrity directors also took part in the same creative exercise: 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).
 
The challenge was to create a short film inspired by ten crowdsourced photos in ten storytelling themes: Character, Mood, Goal, Backstory, Setting, Obstacle, Relationship, The Unknown, Time and Discovery. The Discovery photo, "Discovering limits," was selected by Ron Howard and served as the thematic tie in each film. From hundreds of film submissions, twenty finalists were selected by a panel of judges. From there, Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard selected five winners to be part of "A Ron Howard Presentation."
 
Each film was judged based on imaginativeness, originality, technical quality, overall impression and the extent to which the film was inspired by ten of the winning Project Imaginat10n photos. The five Grand Prize winners include:

  • Arrius Sorbonne, 24 years old of Salt Lake City, UT with his submission, "Dominus"
  • Jared Nelson, 26 years old of Rancho Cucamonga, CA with his submission, "Chucked"
  • Julian Higgins, 27 years old of Los Angeles, CA with his submission, "Here and Now"
  • Kalman Apple, 53 years old of Los Angeles, CA with his submission, "A Day in the Country"
  • Ronnie Allman, 26 years old of San Francisco, CA with his submission, "Filter"

Bryce Dallas Howard, the first "graduating" director of the Project Imagin8ion experiment, utilized her experience from directing the short film, "when you find me," to mentor aspiring filmmakers across the country through the contest– speaking at select film schools and revealing her tips in an online webisode series, "Bryce's Project Imaginat10n Film Contest Tutorial."
 
"The caliber of films that we reviewed was beyond anything we were expecting," said Bryce Dallas Howard, "This exercise continues to prove that creativity and collaboration generate endless possibilities that mark the state of our time."
 
"We were blown away and humbled by the quality of the films," said Ron Howard. "The five films selected took an incredible approach to the experiment and were completely imaginative and fascinating."
 
The winning consumer-directed films can be viewed at imagination.usa.canon.com.

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 9/19/2013 9:18:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Triggertrap:
 
LONDON – September 19, 2013 – Triggertrap, developer of creatively-thrilling camera triggering solutions which eliminate the barriers to exciting photographic techniques, today announced Triggertrap Mobile 2.0, the brand new version of its popular iOS and Android mobile apps. The latest generation disguises 14 oft-complex advanced remote triggering options in a visually seductive and simplified design which makes the app easier than ever before to pick up. By matching any SLR camera or advanced compact with the Triggertrap Mobile Dongle, these kissing cousins let the apps turn even the most novice shooter into a master of photographic Tantra.
 
Combining the capabilities of several expensive camera accessories into a single pocket-sized package, the 14 triggering modes in Triggertrap Mobile make advanced photographic techniques available to everyone - even photographic newbies. Timelapse, HDR photography, sound triggering and other gasp-inducing techniques instantly become accessible to any photo enthusiast looking to break the point-and-shoot mold.
 
With this new version, Triggertrap Mobile gets a fresh, modern look that makes it easier for each photographer to realize their unique vision. The new interface has been dressed down and simplified, making it easier and faster to switch between triggering modes - this means no more missing awesome photographic opportunities because you’re futzing around with dials. It also squashed the bugs that somehow snuck into previous versions of the app while implementing more user requested features than you could shake a lens cap at. One of the most requested upgrades allows the Android app to run in the background, even when the phone is locked, drastically reducing battery consumption for hours and hours of Triggertrap timelapsing goodness.
 
“Whether a relationship of platonic fun or deeply-woven lust, every relationship benefits from clear communication; with Triggertrap Mobile 2.0 we’ve proven to be good listeners. We saw the opportunity to combine what we learned from the first generation app with the tips we received from our diehard fans to make Triggertrap what we always envisioned it could be,” said CEO and Triggertrap inventor Haje Jan Kamps. “It certainly helps that our fans wear the pants around here and aren’t shy about letting us know what could be improved, and as a result, Triggertrap Mobile 2.0 is the best triggering solution you’ll find anywhere.”
 
Building on its predecessor’s success, the latest version maintains the app’s popular wireless triggering functionality and integration with the recently launched Triggertrap Flash Adapter that makes fierce high-speed photography available to anyone who fancies having a go.
 
Triggertrap Mobile Functionality
 
Whether you’re aiming at the sky in hopes of capturing shooting stars, want to capture the exact moment a baseball comes crashing through a window pane, or would like to set up a fully automatic photo booth, Triggertrap has you covered.
 
Triggertrap Mobile is free to download and can be used on its own with the device’s internal camera, or you can use Triggertrap’s affordable hardware ($30) to hook the app up to a supported SLR camera or flashgun.
 
Features include:

  • A barrel of Timelapses: Use Triggertrap as a basic intervalometer for timelapse capture, or feed your creativity a juicy dose of growth hormone: Bulb Ramping Timelapse enables seamless sunrise/sunset timelapses, HDR timelapse lets you combine the power of HDR and timelapses, and the Triggertrap-exclusive TimeWarp feature uses acceleration algorithms developed for animation to create more dynamic and natural-looking timelapses.
  • Shake it like a Polaroid Picture: Leverage the smartphone’s on-board sensors to release the shutter, using sound, GPS, vibration, and more. Best of all, there’s more sensor modes coming up soon.
  • Long Exposure HDR: Triggertrap Mobile makes Long Exposure HDR photography easy: Choose intervals from 1/3 to 2 EV steps, and up to 19 bracketed exposures per HDR set. Why would you need 19 exposures? Absolutely no idea, but it’s there if you want it.
  • DistanceLapse: Unique to Triggertrap and never before seen in a consumer device, this mode uses your smartphone’s GPS chip to fire the shutter over pre-determined distances. Brilliant for roadtrips!
  • Star Trail mode: Take a series of long exposure shots to get low-noise star trail photos, or hedge your bets to ensure you capture rare natural phenomena like meteors or slightly less natural, and slightly less rare phenomena like fireworks!
  • Wireless mode: Unique to Triggertrap, this Wi-Fi triggering technology allows photographers to leverage the range and speed of a Wi-Fi network to control more than 100 cameras at the same time. Matrix-style bullet-time, anyone?

Triggertrap Mobile 2.0 is available to download from the iTunes Store (iOS) now, and will be available from Google Play soon.
 
Amazon carries Triggertrap Mobile Dongles.

Post Date: 9/19/2013 8:59:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Today's sample pictures were captured with the Canon EOS M (review). Because most of these pictures were taken with the Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens, that review now also has sample pictures available.
 
Note that the EOS M is available through Amazon.com for a great price.
 
Also, a few sample pictures from the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM A Lens and the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens are also on the site.
Post Date: 9/19/2013 8:49:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon Professional Network:
 
September 2013
 
Canon has announced that the EOS-1D C, its unique and ground-breaking DSLR designed principally for motion picture capture, has been independently tested in accordance with European Broadcasting Union (EBU) standards for HD content acquisition. The tests found that the EOS-1D C is the first-ever DSLR to provide an image of high enough quality for use as a broadcast production tool.
 
Results indicated that the EOS-1D C provides ‘exceptional’ HD resolution from a 4K source with ‘very low’ aliasing, and ‘good’ colour performance and motion portrayal. The test results also confirm that the EOS-1D C camera system and its imaging performance comply with the recommended specification for inclusion in the HD Tier 1 for HD Production.
 
“The EOS-1D C has received a tremendous response since it launched, and we’re delighted it’s been recognised by the EBU,” said Kieran Magee, Director of Professional Marketing, Canon Europe. “We’ve created a truly unique product that offers exceptional creative scope for videographers. The feedback we’ve received from the professional video community has been excellent, so it’s great that the product has been awarded the industry accreditation it deserves.”
 
OUTSTANDING QUALITY AND FLEXIBILITY
 
An innovative model that pushes DSLR video into new and exciting territories, the EOS-1D C delivers outstanding video quality, advanced low light performance and film-like dynamic range. It’s based on the same compact and lightweight design as Canon’s EOS-1D X, only with a specification that is designed for video-supporting in-camera 4K (4,096x2,160) video recording with 4:2:2 colour sampling, offering greater creative freedom for video professionals.
 
Its unique design and 4K shooting ability offers videographers a unique and highly portable package that’s optimised for high-quality video recording. Advanced creative flexibility is provided with support for a range of resolutions and variable frame rates, with 4K video recorded using 8-bit Motion JPEG compression at 23.98P or 25P, and Full HD (1920x1080) video capture available at frame rates up to 1080/60p for smooth motion.
 
As part of the wider EOS System, the EOS-1D C is compatible with Canon’s unrivalled selection of over 75 EF lenses – providing videographers with an incredible range of creative options.
 
EOS-1D C - KEY FEATURES:

  1. Internal 4K movie recording.
  2. 1080p at 50/60fps; Canon Log Gamma.
  3. Uncompressed HDMI output.
  4. 18 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS.
  5. Up to 12fps stills; 14fps mode.
  6. 61 point AF system.
  7. ISO range: 100-25,600.
  8. Dual DIGIC 5+ processors.
  9. Clear View II 8.1cm (3.2”) LCD.
  10. EF lens compatible.

Adorama carries theCanon EOS-1D C Cinema Camera.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/19/2013 8:05:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Epson:
 
New Epson Connect Features Extend Mobile Printing Capabilities for Home and Business
 
Print, Create and Share from Anywhere with Free Epson Connect Solutions
 
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Sept. 19, 2013 – Catering to today’s increasingly mobile lifestyles and productivity needs, Epson America, Inc. today announced several enhancements to its suite of free Epson Connect mobile printing solutions, making it easier and more powerful than ever for users to print documents, photos, emails and web pages from anywhere in the world using an Epson Connect -enabled printer and an iPad, iPhone, tablet, smartphone, or computer1.
 
Headlining the robust set of upgrades is the all new Epson Creative Print App, enabling consumers to unleash their creativity and share customized photos, personal messages and more. With Epson Creative Print, users can access and print photos directly from their Facebook account and transform their photos into memorable keepsakes. Use Creative Print to create unique greeting cards and stationery, print onto CD/DVDs, and even turn photos into personalized coloring book templates.
 
“Home users now have a new and creative way to personalize their photos with the Epson Creative Print App while business users have powerful new Epson Connect enhancements for their smartphones, tablets or laptops so they can be productive anytime, anywhere,” said Patrick Chen, product manager of mobile connectivity, Epson America, Inc. “Our goal is to make accessing, sharing and printing files as easy and as powerful as possible regardless of which device you are using or where you happen to be. The latest free Epson Connect enhancements and solutions change the way consumers and business professionals create and print.”
 
Epson Connect mobile printing features and enhancements include:

  1. New Epson Creative Print App – Access and print Facebook photos, create custom greeting cards and stationery, print onto CD/DVDs, and turn photos into coloring book templates using this app on iPad, iPhone or Android tablet and phones.
  2. Epson iPrint App – iPrint transforms smartphones and tablets into a powerful productivity tool. Easily access files from Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, and Microsoft SkyDrive, and print them from anywhere1 even within complex corporate networks. Transfer files from USB drives or memory cards using the slots on the printer, or scan from a nearby Epson printer, then email or share files online.
  3. Epson E-mail Print – Remotely send documents and photos from any email-enabled device directly and simultaneously to multiple Epson printers with unique email addresses for printed output from 4” x 6” up to 11”x 17.”
  4. Epson Remote Print – Streamline productivity without worrying about formatting or adjusting fonts. Simply print remotely from a computer or laptop to an Epson email-enabled printer anywhere in the world using any Windows or Mac application with a print function.

In addition, Epson Connect incorporates an optional level of security to ensure users have the ability to reduce unwanted prints and eliminate spam. By enabling an “Approved Sender’s List,” users can specify the email addresses or email domains that are allowed to print unattended to the printer's email address.
 
All Epson Connect solutions are available now with the exception of Epson Remote Print for Mac, which will be available for download mid-October. The Epson Creative Print App is now available for use with select Epson Expression all-in-one models. Visit www.epson.com/connect for more information on mobile printing capabilities, supported models and availability.
 
Adorama carries Epson printers.

Category: Epson News
Post Date: 9/19/2013 7:37:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
Notice Regarding Market Purchase of Own Shares and Completion of Acquisition
 
(Under the provisions of its Articles of Incorporation pursuant to paragraph 2, Article 165 of the Corporation Law of Japan)
 
Canon Inc. announced that it has acquired its own shares as follows, under Article 156, as applied pursuant to paragraph 3, Article 165, of the Corporation Law, and that it has completed the acquisition resolved at its Board of Directors meeting held on September 3, 2013.
 
Details of acquisition

Type of shares acquired:Shares of common stock
Total number of shares acquired: 15,790,000 shares
Total cost of acquisition: 49,999,802,000 yen
Period of acquisition: From September 4, 2013 to September 18, 2013
Method of acquisition: Purchased on the Tokyo Stock Exchange

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/19/2013 6:10:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Capture the Action at the Speed of Life: The Nikon 1 AW1 is the World's First Waterproof and Shockproof Interchangeable Lens Camera
 
From Tropical Tides to a Whitewater Adventure, the New Nikon 1 AW1 and Two New 1 NIKKOR AW Lenses Help Capture Family Adventures, Even When Traveling Off the Beaten Path
 
September 19, 2013 – MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the world’s first waterproof, shockproof interchangeable lens camera, the Nikon 1 AW1. Also designed to be freezeproof, the durable and versatile AW1 thrives in harsh environments while delivering the high-performance features and incredible image quality that thrill-seeking families need to capture every moment and memory. By land or by sea, from the tropics to snowy peaks, this newest addition to the Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System (ACIL) is equipped with outdoor friendly features to capture amazing photos and stunning Full HD video.
 
To complement the AW1, Nikon also introduced two new waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof lenses, the 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8. Striking the ideal balance between portability and performance, the robust 11-27.5mm lens offers a versatile lens option with a 2.5x zoom range. Additionally, the portable wide-angle 10mm lens offers a fast f/2.8 aperture to help deliver a shallow depth of field and excellent low-light performance.
 
“As the world’s first waterproof and shockproof Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System, the Nikon 1 AW1 offers an exciting new option for the family who seeks both exhilaration and a durable yet versatile camera to complement their active lifestyle,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The Nikon 1 AW1 and the new 1 NIKKOR lenses are always ready to capture the action with high speed performance and incredible image quality that users have come to expect from the Nikon 1 System.”
 
The Nikon 1 AW1: The World’s First Waterproof and Shockproof Interchangeable Lens Camera
 
Whether the destination is to the beach, the slopes or a mountain pass, the Nikon 1 AW1 is a must-pack accessory for any adventure. Waterproof (down to 49 feet), shockproof (up to 6.6 feet) and freezeproof (down to 14° F), the AW1 can handle the toughest conditions while capturing fast action. Though built to be durable and robust, the camera retains a compact and lightweight body, making it easy to carry on any expedition, above or below sea level.
 
Additionally, the versatile Nikon 1 AW1 offers the unique feature set that adventurers of all levels can take full advantage of, whether tackling a black diamond slope or an unfamiliar trail. With built-in GPS technology, AW1 users can track their travels while identifying the exact longitude and latitude where an image or video was captured. The AW1 is also equipped with an altimeter, a depth gauge, an electronic compass and a virtual horizon indicator. What’s more, the cameras pop-up flash is waterproof as well, allowing the user to add light to a scene automatically or on command.
 
Capturing the Perfect Shot: The Performance and Speed of the Nikon 1 AW1
 
Featuring both a 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor and Nikon’s EXPEED 3A image processing engine, the AW1 produces sharp, high-quality images and HD video with great detail and color, even in challenging lighting situations. The Nikon 1 AW1 also sports a wide ISO range (160 to 6400), allowing users to capture sharp photos in a variety of lighting, even while handheld.
 
Swift performance and rapid response are hallmarks of the Nikon 1 System, and in similar fashion the the AW1 includes Nikon’s superfast and extremely responsive Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system that affords users the ability to capture incredibly fast moving action. To capture even the fastest moving subjects with clarity, the 73-point AF array can lock on to the action in approximately 80 milliseconds. To help ensure that no moment is missed, the AW1 offers the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate (approx. 15 frames-per-second [fps] with AF) and continuous shooting at 60 fps when the focus is locked.
 
Ready for the Next Adventure: The Feature Set of the Nikon 1 AW1
 
The compact Nikon 1 AW1 strikes the perfect balance between creative and user-friendly features and controls. Similar to the Nikon COOLPIX AW110, the AW1 also includes Action Control, which allows users to control certain functions of the camera simply by swinging it in the air. This feature makes it easier to adjust the camera underwater or when wearing gloves.
 
When using the Nikon 1 AW1, the Creative Mode menu provides an easy way to utilize full manual exposure controls (P,S,A,M) as well as Selective Color, Miniature, Soft, Night Landscape, Backlighting and Night Portrait modes. Additionally, Easy Panorama provides a simple way to capture vast landscapes from a wide perspective of awe-inspiring landscapes.
 
The Nikon 1 AW1 incorporates Full HD 1080p video capabilities as well as Advanced Movie Mode. In Advanced Movie Mode, users can shoot Full HD video and high-resolution stills simultaneously. Additionally, Slow Motion Movies can capture all the action at either 400 fps or 1200 fps. The AW1 also features Enhanced Motion Snapshot Mode, which provides shooters with the option of capturing a quick passing moment with a short, slow-motion movie sequence in addition to a single defining still image.
 
When Best Moment Capture Mode is selected, camera users have access to Smart Photo Selector or Slow View modes. With Smart Photo Selector, the AW1 can capture up to 20 shots with a simple press of the shutter button, and the camera will select the best shot. Slow View is ideal for extreme action sports; once focus is achieved and the shutter button is pressed halfway down, users capture live action (approx. 1.33 seconds) while the subject is displayed in slow motion on the screen. A slowed-down view is then continuously looped over until the shutter is fully pressed, resulting in an amazing moment that would have been otherwise been missed.
 
Furthermore, the Nikon 1 AW1 features an intuitive Auto Mode to help users frame the perfect shot with ease. The AW1 also comes equipped with Live Image Control, giving the user access to real time adjustments of Active D-Lighting, Background Softening, Motion Control and Brightness Control, which are displayed on the AW1’s LCD screen prior to capture.
 
When it’s time for some aquatic action, the Nikon 1 AW1 offers several underwater controls. When in Underwater mode, users can choose from either three options (standard, scuba, close-up), which will automatically adjust the camera’s settings to deliver optimal results based on the type of activity that a user is participating in. Additionally, the Underwater White Balance setting makes adjusting white balance simple, while the Underwater Distortion Control corrects the effects of distortion caused by water.
 
Share the Adventure: Wirelessly Send Images from the Nikon 1 AW1
 
For those who want to share their images from their latest expeditions instantly, users will be able to take advantage of the AW1’s Wi-Fi capabilities. Similar to previous Nikon 1 System cameras like the Nikon 1 J3, the Nikon 1 AW1 is fully compatible with Nikon’s optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter, allowing high-quality images to seamlessly be transferred to compatible smart devices wirelessly. If using the free Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application for Android platform smart devices as well as iPhone and iPad mobile digital devices, AW1 users will have the ability to remotely take photos with the camera from a smartphone or tablet as well.

1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and AW 10mm f/2.8

The 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and AW 10mm f/2.8: New Lenses for the Nikon 1 AW1
 
Alongside the new Nikon 1 AW1, the waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 provide two versatile lens options for the individual looking for a compact camera system that can keep up with their active lifestyle. When attached to the AW1, these lenses can handle tough conditions while being waterproof (up to 49 feet), shockproof (up to 6.6 feet) and freezeproof (down to 14° F). The compact 11-27.5mm is a lightweight yet durable lens that packs a 2.5x zoom (30-74mm equivalent) and is ideal for capturing landscapes and portraiture during a family’s latest expedition. Portable and ultra-compact, the 10mm provides AW1 shooters with a wide angle of view, useful when capturing everything from sweeping landscapes to close-up action that fills the frame. Not to be outdone, the 10mm has a fast aperture of f/2.8, to capture special moments with incredible clarity and a soft natural background, even in challenging light such as dusk or when underwater.
 
For further versatility when out of the water, the Nikon 1 AW1 is also fully compatible with the expanding lineup of incredibly sharp 1 NIKKOR lenses, Nikon 1 accessories, as well as a wide range F-Mount NIKKOR lenses when connected to the FT-1 Mount Adapter.
 
New Nikon 1 Accessories: New Skins Provide More Control and Personal Flair
 
Demonstrating Nikon’s commitment to the newly introduced waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof products, Nikon also introduced new accessory skins for the Nikon 1 AW1 and the 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. To provide more grip, comfort and control when shooting, the new accessory skins provide extra protection while also adding visibility and personal flair to their Nikon 1 Camera System setup.
 
For those adventurers looking for the flexibility to swap lenses in environments with extreme temperature and humidity changes, Nikon has developed a new filter attachment, the Filter AW 40.5 NC, to effectively combat the common occurrence of condensation. Nikon has also announced the development of the SB-N10 Underwater Speedlight. The SB-N10 will offer extra illumination when capturing still images underwater or in extreme low-light conditions.
 
Price and Availability:
 
The Nikon 1 AW1 will be available as a one-lens kit, with the 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, and a two-lens kit with the 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 lenses. The Nikon 1 AW1 kit with the 11-27.5mm will be available in October 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $799.95. The Nikon 1 AW1 two lens kit with the 11-27.5mm and 10mm lenses will be available in October 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $999.95. To complement consumers' preferences, the Nikon 1 AW1 kits will come in three different colors including black, silver and white. Additionally, the new accessory skins for the AW1, 11-27.5mm lens and 10mm lens will come in a variety of colors including black, khaki and orange. These skins will be available in October 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $36.96. Lastly, the new Filter AW 40.5 NC attachment will be available in Spring 2014, though the suggested retail price (SRP) has not yet been announced.
 
Amazon has the Nikon 1 AW1 available for preorder.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/19/2013 5:27:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/18/2013 3:22:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tether Tools:
 
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (September 16, 2013) – Tether Tools is proud to announce "Better When You Tether," a 3-month behind-the-scenes blog series showing how professional photographers capture the perfect shot. The series focuses on education and inspiration around tethered photography, and those who experience the benefits of shooting tethered in various environments.
 
The series launch showcases professional sports and commercial photographer Steve Boyle, whose clients include ESPN the Magazine, Gatorade, Chase Sapphire, Muscle & Fitness, colleges around the country, and other commercial clients. Other photographers involved in the series are Rick Gayle, Shawn Corrigan, Glyn Dewis, Joe McNally, Eric Eggly, Peter Hurley, Jeremy Cowart and many more.
 
From commercial location shoots to premier classroom environments, each photographer dissects a shoot and shares their insight on improving their own work. Jeff McLain, teacher at Rocky Mountain School of Photography, was recently featured. McLain states,“…in my view, tethering is pretty critical in today’s photographic market…a tethering workflow vastly improves the quality of work.”
 
All posts will be featured on the Tether Tools blog, www.TetherTalk.com. Tether Talk, the goto online resource for the tethered photography industry, offers knowledgeable and objective insight on the latest gear and software while also connecting you with top industry professionals for advice on everything from photography workflow to marketing and sales tips.
 
Adorama carries Tether Tools products.
Post Date: 9/18/2013 1:43:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adorama:
 
World-renowned photographer and filmmaker John Huba demonstrates the full production-to-post hybrid workflow using the Canon EOS-1D C Cinema Camera at FREE Adorama Pro event on October 10th
 
New York, NY – September 18, 2013 – Adorama, the leading supplier of pro video, photographic and consumer electronics products, will be hosting world-renowned photographer and filmmaker John Huba at its free Adorama Pro event on Thursday, October 10th. Huba will demonstrate the revolutionary hybrid method of combining photo and video at this exclusive event featuring the Canon EOS-1D C Cinema Camera. The only DSLR of its kind that can shoot in 4K, Huba will film a live fashion shoot with the EOS-1D C, then import the footage into Adobe Premiere Pro. He will then extract still frames in 4K, putting the entire hybrid workflow on display from start to finish.
 
Hybrid shooting allows photographers to streamline their creative workflow to achieve high quality video and stills from one camera, enabling a single vision to come to fruition. Huba will be demonstrating the hybrid workflow in three different sessions during the evening event, at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. Doors open at 4:30pm; light refreshments will be served.
 
Who: Adorama Pro and John Huba
What: From 4K to Photo
When: October 10, 2013; Doors open at 4:30pm
Where: Adorama event space, located at 55 West 17th Street, New York City
Cost: FREE
 
Register Now
This event is free but space is limited; register today for one of three sessions. Sessions will run at 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm.
 
To see the Canon EOS-1D C in action, check out the footage from Nolcha Fashion Week here.
Post Date: 9/18/2013 10:39:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Today's sample pictures were captured with the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D (review). Because some of these pictures were taken with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens, that review now also has sample pictures available.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/18/2013 8:53:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We'd like to announce that we are going to introduce SIGMA Optimization Pro Ver. 1.1, an update to the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK, in the end of September.
 
Even after the update of lens firmware, this updated version of software will allow customers to secure all the settings and adjustment values of AF and OS that are customized via the USB DOCK.
 
As SIGMA USB DOCK users, please be sure to update to SIGMA Optimization Pro Ver1.1 from the following page, before operating any lens firmware updates.
 
http://www.sigma-global.com/download/
 
Moreover, as the new version of SIGMA Optimization Pro becomes available, we are planning to update lens firmware for 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A012 for Canon mount as well as 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C013 for Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts.
 
We appreciate your continuing support for our company and products.
 
Adorama carries the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM and 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM global vision lenses.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 9/18/2013 8:21:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Adobe is now offering its newly announced Photoshop Photography Membership Program for Creative Cloud – that's Photoshop CC, Lightroom, and Bridge CC for $9.99 per month with annual commitment.
 
Note: You must have a valid Photoshop CS3 - CS6 serial number to qualify for this program.
 
Directions:

  1. Go to the Adobe Creative Cloud portal.
  2. Click on "Membership Plans."
  3. Click on "Individual."
  4. Click the "Join" button in the "Creative Cloud plan for Photoshop Customers" section.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 9/17/2013 3:30:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The final release versions of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.2 and Camera RAW 8.2 are now available.
 
From Adobe:
 
Photoshop Lightroom 5.2
 
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.2 update includes these enhancements:

  • A color noise reduction slider in the Detail panel and a feather adjustment slider for the Spot Heal tool.
  • Bug fixes, new lens profiles, and support for 16 new cameras, including the Canon EOS 70D, Fujifilm X-M1, and Sony A3000

Download Photoshop Lightroom 5.2: Windows | Macintosh
 
Adobe DNG Converter 8.2
 
This update contains the Adobe DNG Converter 8.2.
 
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.
 
Canon

  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon PowerShot G16
  • Canon PowerShot S120 (preliminary)

Download Camera RAW 8.2: Windows | Macintosh
 
Adorama carries Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 9/17/2013 11:22:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Photoshelter:
 
Industry leaders including the Rolling Stone photo editor and the secretary of the World Press Photo Competition discuss the business of photography, September 26th - 27th.
 
New York, NY – September 17, 2013 – PhotoShelter is thrilled to host six 45-minute Luminance seminars at Photoville NYC September 26 - 27, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York. Photoville is a pop-up photo destination, featuring a mix of exhibitions, lectures, hands-on workshops, night-time projections, food trucks, and more.The full schedule of PhotoShelter's free seminars, plus links to register, can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/luminancephotoville.
 
In the spirit of PhotoShelter’s Luminance 2012 which brought together top creatives, technologists and innovators to explore the intersection of business, technology, culture, and photography, the six Photoville Luminance seminars will showcase topics ranging from iPhoneography to a behind-the-scenes look at shooting for Rolling Stone to guerilla marketing for photographers. Panelists include:

  • Renowned conflict and editorial photographer, Ben Lowy
  • Rolling Stone Photo Editor, Deborah Dragon
  • Award-winning editorial photographer, Peter Yang
  • Secretary of the World Press Photo Competition, Stephen Mayes
  • International Photo Editor at TIME, Patrick Witty
  • Publisher of aCurator.com, Julie Grahame

Speakers with different backgrounds and viewpoints will present on the same panels to provide the audience with a full spectrum of ideas and insights on the business of photography. Interested attendees can register for panels here.
 
PhotoShelter will also host a Peer Review Happy Hour on Friday, September 27th, from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm ET at the Photoville Beer Garden. Photographers are encouraged to bring their portfolio, grab a beer, and provide feedback in this informal portfolio review. The first drink is on PhotoShelter and it’s free to attend, but photographers need to register here.

Post Date: 9/17/2013 9:36:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Here at The-Digital-Picture, we love our gear. We especially have a soft spot for (make that, incurable fascination with) camera bags. So we want to know...
 
What's your favorite camera bag and why?
 
Let us know on our Facebook page.
Post Date: 9/17/2013 8:57:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens is one of the most exciting lenses to appear in long time. I have added some sample images captured with this lens to the review.
Post Date: 9/17/2013 7:07:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
New technology introduced to the development of lenses for digital SLR cameras and Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses
 
September 17, 2013 – Nikon Corporation (Makoto Kimura, President) is pleased to announce the development and deployment of OPTIA, a new measurement device that is able to measure all forms of aberration in interchangeable lenses for cameras, as well as a dedicated image simulator.
 
Nikon has spent decades researching and developing ultra high-performance, ultra-precise projection lenses for IC steppers and scanners, as well as means of evaluating their optical performance. Currently, Nikon is one of only two companies in the world manufacturing and selling the latest ArF (argon fluoride) immersion scanners, and the only Japanese company doing so. For OPTIA, a means of measuring aberration originally developed for IC steppers and scanners has been further developed for use with camera lenses.
 
While the light used for exposure with IC steppers and scanners is of a very narrow band of wavelengths, light used by camera lenses covers a wide band of wavelengths that includes the entire visible range. What's more, the amount of aberration that occurs with camera lenses is significantly greater. OPTIA is equipped with a brand new aberration measurement sensor that responds to these characteristics of camera lenses, making it a ground-breaking device capable of measuring nearly all aspects of optical performance for a wide variety of camera lenses.
 
In addition to resolution, camera lens performance is indicated by such characteristics as blur (as known as "bokeh"), reproduction of textures, and sense of depth (these characteristics combined are referred to as "lens characteristics"). The application of OPTIA's aberration measurement to Nikon lenses, which have always had a very high reputation, enables clarification of the correspondence between lens characteristics and aberration.
 
The image simulator (software) developed alongside OPTIA enables simulation at the design stage that is equivalent to actual photography with lens prototypes. Therefore, by utilizing the correspondence relationship between lens characteristics and aberration clarified with OPTIA, lenses can be developed with greater control over not only resolution, but also a wide variety of lens characteristics.
 
Adoption of the new design concept formulated with the use of OPTIA and the image simulator will enable more effective development of high-performance lenses with unique characteristics, and allow Nikon to provide customers with interchangeable lenses that offer new forms of value never before seen.
 
Development Background

  • Development of OPTIA (hardware) was completed in May 2012. Development of related software, inspection and evaluation of camera lens performance initiated.
  • Full deployment of OPTIA with the use of the new image simulator initiated in September 2013.

Adorama carries Nikon lenses.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/17/2013 5:44:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 16, 2013
Think Tank Photo is raffling off a 15" Macbook Pro with one of their newly released My 2nd Brain bags. The drawing will be held Tuesday, September 24.
 
Enter the Giveaway Drawing*
 
*Link updated
Post Date: 9/16/2013 1:55:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Photoshelter:
 
The Wedding Photographer’s Pre-Event Checklist with Michael Duval
 
As a wedding photographer, you’re likely fun, bubbly and creative – but are you also exceedingly organized? Do you start preparing for a wedding months ahead of the actual date?
 
If you answered “no” or even “sometimes” to either of these questions, then you need Boston-based wedding photographer Mike Duval’s pre-event checklist in your back pocket. Mike has been shooting weddings with his wife (true story!) for the last eight years, and has found himself in enough sticky situations to know that you can never plan too much for the big day.
 
In this live webinar on Tuesday, September 17th at 4pm ET, Mike will take us through his pre-wedding prep list, starting from the time of booking up to the wedding day. He’ll cover:

  • Venue scouting: what to look for when researching online and during the site visit
  • Pre-wedding questionnaire: what to ask the couple before and on the big day
  • Gear checklist: must-have equipment for shooting weddings
  • Customer service: little things that can help put you and your clients at ease

Join us for this webinar, co-hosted by PhotoShelter and LensProToGo, and never be underprepared for a wedding again.
 
Register Now

Post Date: 9/16/2013 11:58:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Think Tank Photo today released the seventh in its “About A Photograph” video series. In it, photojournalist Joe McNally, described by American Photo magazine as “perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today,” narrates the fascinating story behind his striking image of Bolshoi Prima Ballerina Nadia Grachevo taken atop a roof overlooking the Kremlin.
 
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: 9/16/2013 11:11:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
I've added a few sample pictures to the last two Sigma 120-300mm OS Lens Reviews. Remember, the "Sports" version of the Sigma 120-300 OS is the newer lens and is capable of matching or exceeding the samples shown for the older "DG" lens, so check out both sets.
 
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM "Sports" Lens
Post Date: 9/16/2013 10:51:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From AdoramaTV:
 
Adorama Photography TV Presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally. In this episode, Joe takes us on a location shoot in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 
In this exclusive episode of Photo on the Go, shot exclusively for AdoramaTV, join Joe McNally as he deconstructs his lighting setup and relays some strategies on how to deal with bright sunlight when shooting an outdoor portrait, and also shows how using a Hoodman Loupe aids in seeing your LCD display in bright sunlight.
 
T-D-P.com Note: When using large light modifiers in windy environments, be sure to use plenty of sandbags to keep your light stands from toppling over.
 
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Category: AdoramaTV
Post Date: 9/16/2013 9:36:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, September 15, 2013

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending September 14th, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Monday, LensRentals announced they were opening a new office in Brentwood near Nashville, TN. If you live in the Nashville area, you will have the opportunity to pick up and drop off your rentals in person to avoid shipping charges.
 
On Tuesday, Canon Professional Services USA notified CPS members of upcoming program changes. Some of the changes include getting rid of paper vouchers for maintenance cleanings, shortening evaluation loan times, and modifying repair discounts for Gold and Platinum members.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Tuesday, Bryan published his full review of the Canon EOS 70D. Bryan was very impressed by the 70D’s responsive, full-featured autofocus system and image quality that seemed “just right.” For all the details, check out 70D’s full review.
 
On Wednesday, yours truly published a full review on the Spiffy Gear Light Blaster. The Light Blaster allows you to use items you probably already own – a flash and a DSLR lens – to project transparent slides onto any surface. You can use the Light Blaster to easily transform a drab background into something more intriguing. Check out the Light Blaster review for more information.
 
On Thursday, Bryan published a tutorial on how to create natural-looking HDR photos using any image editing program that allows you to create layers and masks. Want to keep the detail in your shadows without blowing the highlights in your next landscape photo? Check out Bryan’s tutorial to see how.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Wednesday, we posted a deal from BuyDig.com where you could get a Canon 5D Mark III, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS, PIXMA PRO-100 printer, photo paper and an Adobe software bundle for $3,499.00 after rebate. Considering that a 5D Mark III sells for that retail price all by itself, the bundle was an especially good deal.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 9/15/2013 4:32:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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