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 Thursday, April 19, 2012
The 24.2 megapixel DX-format Nikon D3200 has been announced (press release).
The Nikon Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a, enabling the sharing of photos with a smart devices, has also been announced (press release).
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/19/2012 8:17:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I have not seen anything official yet, but I am receiving multiple reports (thank you for sending them) that Canon Canada and Canon UK are suspending shipments of the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III until the "Light Leak" issue is resolved.
This all seems a bit crazy to me right now. My only thought is that I'm glad that I have my 5D III already.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/18/2012 8:23:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Think Tank Photo:
Retrospective 7 Coming Soon!
In May, we will release our new Retrospective® 7 shoulder camera bag in three color options. Designed for standard DSLR systems, its classic design along with modern improvements create the perfect shooter’s bag. This lightweight shoulder bag comes in fabrics that offer a sense of “retro” style that appeals to many. A rear pocket has been designed to hold an iPad or an 11” MacBook Air.
Ergonomically designed to conform to the body, the bags are comfortable to walk with, provide quick access, and are inconspicuous to avoid unwanted attention. With broad appeal, the Retrospective series has quickly become one of the leading bag collections in the industry.
“Working pros to vacationers all will find the Retrospective 7 to be the most useful and functional bag for a day’s outing,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s co-founder and lead designer. “It combines the broad appeal of the Retrospective design with the perfect size for carrying camera gear and your laptop or iPad.”
Along with the current fabric option of black polyspun or Pinestone canvas, Think Tank is introducing a new canvas color to the Retrospective line: Slate Blue.
Retrospective 7 features include:

  • iPad/MacBook pocket
  • Cushioned and padded nonslip shoulder strap for all day comfort.
  • Sound Silencers™ to turn off the front flap hook and loop for silent operation.
  • Organizational and zippered pockets for accessories.
  • Removable divider set for custom layouts.
  • Convenient carrying handle for grab and go.
  • Seam sealed rain cover.
  • Expandable front pocket for DSLR body or accessories.
  • Business card slot under the front flap for identification.
  • High quality YKK zippers.

Exterior Dimensions: 13” W x 9” H x 7” D (33 x 22.9 x 17.8 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 12” W x 8.5” H x 5” D (30.5 x 21.6 x 17.8 cm)
Laptop: 11.8” W x 8.2” H x 0.7” D (30 x 20.8 x 1.8 cm)
Weight: 2.3-2.75 lbs (1-1.2 kg)

Post Date: 4/18/2012 12:25:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The just-released Canon Digital Photo Professional version does not address the Canon PowerShot G1 X RAW softness problem encountered with the DPP "High quality" (default) preference selected for processing.
Very disappointing. Here is the difference:
Canon PowerShot G1 X DPP 'High speed' example
Canon PowerShot G1 X DPP 'High quality' example
The "High speed" example is posted above the "High quality" example. The difference is dramatic.
I have not forgotten about the promised Canon PowerShot G1 X Review. The camera was delivered to me in Key West at the beginning of my recent Florida trip. I used it on the trip and now many of the standard tests are completed for it. These precise tests have taken a huge amount of time due to the point and shoot characteristics of this camera.
Then the 5D III showed up. The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review of course became my top priority. I hope to finish part two of the 5D III review and, when the proper DPP fix is in place, will try to complete the G1 X review.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/18/2012 11:06:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/18/2012 8:40:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Corel has posted AfterShot Pro Update 1.0.1.
Version 1.0.1 is now available for Corel AfterShot Pro. This update includes support for many new camera RAW formats, improves Highlight Recovery processing, and resolves several issues found in the 1.0.0 release. This version also includes two popular plugins: Equalizer, for added color correction, and Nostalgia, for black-and-white and color film simulation.

  • Improved Highlight Recovery processing
  • Two new plugins: Equalizer, for added color correction, and Nostalgia, for black-and-white and color film simulation
  • Increased the maximum supported JPEG or TIFF image size from 30 megapixels to 40 megapixels
  • Improved plugin SDK to support more plugins that include features like geo-tagging

Additional Camera RAW Support for:

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X
  • Canon PowerShot S100
  • Canon 5D Mark III
  • Nikon D4
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D800e
  • More ...

Issues Addressed

  • A one-pixel wide or tall image artifact that appeared through the center of some images
  • Localization issues
  • Instability when removing Heal/Clone layers
  • Demosaicing – stability and processing time
  • Fedora Linux—installation and run issues
  • Output issue that prevented images from being converted to the correct color space
  • No Label – fixed menu bar issue

Category: Corel News
Post Date: 4/17/2012 10:03:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Profoto:
Profoto Introduces New ProDaylight 200/400 Air
Latest continuous light sources add to the growing Profoto product line
North White Plains, NY (April 16, 2012) – Profoto, the world's leading manufacturer of professional photography lighting and Light Shaping Tools, announces today the new ProDaylight 200 Air and ProDaylight 400 Air continuous light sources. In 2011, Profoto released the continuous light source ProDaylight 800 Air, thereby introducing the concept of light shaping to video. ProDaylight Air is an HMI light, which is ideal for most photo and video shoots.
These latest versions are even smaller and more lightweight, yet still as powerful and robust. The fact that the units do not use fans to keep cool makes them totally silent – a valuable feature when working with live sound video. The word “Air” simply means that they come with Profoto’s renowned Air radio remote function, which lets users control the light from the palm of their hand.
“The increasing popularity of modern DSLR cameras that are capable of not only shooting still photographs but high definition video as well prove that the worlds of photography and video are blending into one,” said Mark Rezzonico, VP Product Group. “And as more and more photographers begin to specialize in offering photography and video services, these new HMI continuous light sources will perfectly complement their equipment and assist them in getting the most out of their video as well as photo shoots.”
These new products are compatible with Profoto’s wide assortment of Light Shaping Tools. Note that all HMI lights need a ballast to work. ProDaylight is no exception, and to fully support the new versions Profoto is also launching the new ProBallast 200/400. ProBallast is multivoltage, flicker-free and automatically senses that a 200W or a 400W head is connected – and adjusts itself accordingly.
At the NAB Show this week in Booth # C8217, Profoto will be showing the complete line of continuous light products including the new ProDaylight 200 Air and ProDaylight 400 Air systems as well as the new cine Reflector Lite. Also featured will be Profoto’s extensive line of light shaping tools.
For more information on the new ProDaylight 200 Air and ProDaylight 400 Air continuous light sources, including technical specifications, visit:
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 4/17/2012 9:23:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Digital Photo Professional version 3.11.26 including the English language is now available for download via Canon Canada.
I'm especially excited to see the last two changes. Though I reported both of those problems, I thought the last one may have been unique to my system.
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.11.26

  • Now supports the following new lenses: EF24mm F2.8 IS USM, EF28mm F2.8 IS USM, EF24-70mm F2.8L II USM, EF500mm F4L IS II USM, EF600mm F4L IS II USM
  • Supports images taken with EOS 5D Mark III, EOS-1D X.
  • The digital lens optimizer function has been added.
  • The multiple image composition and HDR tools have been added.
  • Fixed a phenomenon that occurred when processing RAW images, the original image characteristics could not be obtained.
  • Fixes a malfunction that occurs when using the quick check tool to check a large volume of images.

More Canon Digital Photo Professional 3.11.26 download options:
Canon Asia (thanks Federico)
Canon Germany (thanks Herbert)

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/17/2012 8:38:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Inc. has released Digital Photo Professional version 3.11.26 for download. Unfortunately for many of us, it is the Japanese version. Navigate the menu to get to the proper download page - then look for the red arrow button to download the update.
This update should correct the soft conversion problem with Canon EOS 5D Mark III RAW images and hopefully corrects the same problem with Canon PowerShot G1 X RAW images.
I expect the English version to show up very soon.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/17/2012 8:20:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 16, 2012
From Manfrotto:
Hybrid HDSLR cameras and ever-smaller pro camcorders are changing videography dramatically; yet along with the obvious advantages and opportunities presented by smaller, lighter cameras, come new problems to solve: as ENG camera operators use smaller cameras, and photographers are expected to shoot broadcast-quality video footage on their HDSLRs, both groups are finding that their camera equipment doesn’t have the ergonomic form for steady shoulder-mounted or hand-held footage; nor the attachment points for monitors, batteries, light-modifiers or accessories; nor the inherent weight that helps minimise camera shake. SYMPLA is Manfrotto’s solution to those problems: a professional modular video rig system that extends and complements new cameras, allows for stable support and framing, supports essential accessories features, offering versatility and high performance as well as comfort, safety and much simpler and faster set up than existing rigs.
SYMPLA is built for flexibility and speed, so you can change anything and everything easily and quickly: hand grip positions, counterbalance, camera body, lens, accessories, filters, light-shielding angle; shoulder-supported, hand-held, or tripod/monopod-mounted… whatever you need to get the shot, the second you need it. SYMPLA is quick to fine-tune, so even when you need to make changes to your rig on-location and mid-shoot, SYMPLA’s minimal locks and tool-free adjusters will let you get back to shooting quickly. Thanks to our revolutionary camera remotes which fit the rig handgrips, SYMPLA allows precise fingertip control of framing and camera functions without losing the grip position and keeping your eyes on the frame, helping you capture stable, usable, creative footage. And SYMPLA can quickly be extended: whether you start from one of our kits, or from single components, you can build the exact rig you need for the shot, as soon as you need it.
For product images, visit Manfrotto's site.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 4/16/2012 9:43:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Carl Zeiss has announced a four new lenses including the Zeiss CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 Compact Tele Zoom Lens and three Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed Lenses.
The demo movie "Tumulus" has been shot with the Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed lenses (note: this movie is somewhat gory toward the end of the main script):
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 4/16/2012 9:22:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, April 14, 2012
Canon, Inc. has issued a similar Canon EOS 5D Mark III service notice (Google translation).
Canon, Inc. adds that a "dark environment" is likely to be:
1. If you have installed the body cap
2. If you attach the lens cap
I've been asked if I am going to send my 5D III in for service. My answer was probably, but mostly for resale purposes. But I will not likely send it in anytime soon.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/14/2012 9:00:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 13, 2012
Canon USA has issued a service notice for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera.
To Users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera
Thank you for using Canon products.
The phenomenon described below has been confirmed when using the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera. Canon is now examining the countermeasures and once the countermeasures are decided, we will post the information on our Web site.
In extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change as a result of the AE sensor’s detection of light from the LCD panel.
Affected Product
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera
Once the preparations are complete, we will be making an announcement on our Web site.
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
Please register the EOS 5D Mark III. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when service updates are available. If you already registered, please ensure you are opted-in to receive the notification.
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON, 1-800-652-2666
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
For additional support options:
This service notice is addressing a 5D III anomaly being referred to as the "light leak".
Finding a real world situation where the "light leak" anomaly causes a problem is not easy - I have not encountered any - even when I tried to do so. And, I'm probably using manual exposures if shooting in situations this dark.
Turning off the top LCD panel illumination before metering is the easy workaround (and possibly covering the top LCD if the light source is external).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/13/2012 4:18:02 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The EOS 5D III is very difficult to find in stock right now. Preorders are being taken by most of the retailers listed on the site including B&H.
Though somewhat hard to believe, Adorama *appears* to have both the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body and Lens Kit in stock. The usual "New item available for pre-order. You may place this on order now a..." or similar notation is not present for the 5D III listings. Backing up the in stock status premise is that Adorama has 5D III bodies and kits both listed on eBay.
Here are Adorama's 5D III eBay listings - "More than 10 available".
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Camera bodies and kits are also available from other sellers on eBay.
Update: has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/13/2012 11:32:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just Posted: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Review - Part 1.
The 5D III has become my primary DSLR - at least until the 1D X shows up.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/13/2012 11:13:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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