Canon and Sony News for Oct 2013 (Page 3)

 Thursday, October 17, 2013

From Canon USA:

Canon Launches RUSH: The Photo Contest, a Photography Challenge with Time Parameters

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 17, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has expanded its relationship with two-time Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard for his recently released film from Universal Pictures, RUSH, which builds upon the imaginative ways that Canon products are used in Hollywood. RUSH hit theaters in Los Angeles and New York City on September 20, and it arrived across the country on September 27.

As a partner on RUSH, Canon's variety of cameras and lenses were utilized to film the epic action-drama. The Canon brand is also organically integrated throughout the film, which powerfully depicts Formula 1TM racing in the 1970s, when Canon was a sponsor of racetracks and the drivers. A number of Canon cameras were used in filming RUSH, including the Canon Cinema EOS C300 and Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera.

Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon) teamed once again with two-time Academy Award-nominated writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) on RUSH, a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless and legendary 1970s Formula 1TM rivalry between gifted English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth of The Avengers, Thor) and his disciplined Austrian opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl of Inglourious Basterds, The Bourne Ultimatum).

Engaging consumers further, Canon will launch RUSH: The Photo Contest, a two-week photography challenge on Canon's Facebook page, now live. Playing off the speed of the film, the user-generated photo contest asks participants to complete ten various photo-based challenges within specific time parameters (e.g., "You have one hour to shoot for the theme: Dedication. Go. Long Live the Rush.") Each photo challenge winner will win a $250 online store credit to be used at the Canon Online Store, and Ron Howard will select one Grand Prize Winner to receive a Canon EOS 70D EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Camera Kit. Please see www.bit.ly/18iuwtA for the Official Rules. The contest will live on www.Facebook.com/CanonUSA.

"When working on RUSH, it was a natural fit to partner with Canon as they enable creativity among all artists with their advanced camera and lens technology," said Howard.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/17/2013 9:23:53 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Hoya:

OCTOBER 16, 2013 - Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. is pleased to announce the new Hoya PROND line of neutral density filters with ACCU-ND technology.

The ACCU-ND technology in the Hoya PROND filters yields a truly neutral color balance that will not add any noticeable color-cast to your images. The Hoya PROND series is aimed at the still photography and HDSLR video markets. The series provides 9 filters from two stop to 10 stop light reduction.

The Metallic ACCU-ND coating on the PROND filters do not color shift as you move from one density to the next, a common problem with other series of neutral density filters. Now you can set your white balance once and have the same color balance even if you need to change filters due to changes in lighting, or for creative effect.

The PROND filters use Hoya’s exclusive clear optical glass that has a metallic ACCU-ND coating front and back to create the neutral density affect.

Neutral density filters are designed to reduce the amount of light entering your camera lens and should not have any other effect on the image. Reducing the amount of light allows for the use of wider apertures or slower shutter speeds for creative and dramatic effect in bright lighting conditions.

All Hoya PROND filters have a low-profile one piece aluminum frame. The thin frame keeps the glass secure and parallel to the sensor while allowing it to be used with super-wide angle lenses

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Hoya News
Post Date: 10/17/2013 12:09:46 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

A fast normal lens for which advanced optical design technologies have been adopted for both superior rendering of point light sources and beautiful bokeh with smooth focusing transition from blurred to sharp

TOKYO - Nikon is pleased to announce the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, a fast normal lens compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras.

The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G is a lens that makes the most of advanced optical design technologies long cultivated by Nikon to achieve high reproduction capability of point light sources even at the maximum aperture, and natural depth of subjects utilizing smooth and beautiful bokeh characteristics. With shooting of distant night landscapes, the lens minimizes the sagittal coma flare that makes a point light source look like a bird with its wings spread to render point light sources as sharp points with no distortion or fringes across the entire frame, even at maximum aperture, for clear and crisp night landscape shots.

In addition, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G renders subjects impressively with beautiful bokeh that moderately changes as the distance from the sharply focused point increases for natural depth that makes near human subjects or still objects appear more three dimensional.

What's more, despite being a fast lens, not only is light falloff controlled for natural brightness across the entire frame, even at the maximum aperture of f/1.4, for sharp rendering of objects at infinity, but adoption of Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces flare and ghost.

This single lens responds to the demands of professional and advanced amateur photographers looking to achieve the images they intend with all types of photos, from night landscapes to impressive photos utilizing bokeh.

AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Primary Features

  • A fast normal lens with a focal length of 58mm and maximum aperture of f/1.4 that utilizes advanced optical design technologies
  • Minimization of sagittal coma flare for high reproduction capability of point light sources as sharp points across the entire frame
  • Sharp, high-resolution images can be reproduced even at the maximum aperture
  • Original lens characteristics that provide natural depth reproduction with which the degree of bokeh moderately changes as the distance from the sharply focused point increases
  • Controlled light falloff retains natural brightness across the entire frame even at the maximum aperture of f/1.4
  • Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces flare and ghost

Development background

The AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G was developed as a lens that offers new photographic creativity possible only with NIKKOR lenses.

Point light source reproduction capability with superior resolution and no distortion or fringes was improved with further development of the concept behind the Ai Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 (released in 1977), which enabled rendering of point light sources as sharp points, as well as adoption of advanced optical design technologies based on 80 years of Nikon know-how and optical technologies. Further, we also adopted a design concept based on the reproduction of three-dimensional subjects as natural images with depth in two-dimensional photography for a "three-dimensionally high-fidelity lens". As a result, the lens also offers beautiful bokeh capabilities.

This exclusive reproduction capability expands the ways in which users express themselves for positioning that distinguishes it from other lenses.

Adorama has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G Lens available for preorder.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Announcements
Post Date: 10/17/2013 12:00:30 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

The best image quality and definition in its class enabled by an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels, no optical low-pass filter, and the new EXPEED 4 image-processing engine. An entry-level model equipped with a vari-angle monitor, and the first Nikon digital SLR camera to offer built-in Wi-Fi and GPS functions.

October 17 -TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the D5300, a Nikon DX-format digital SLR camera.

The D5300 is Nikon's latest entry-level model. It offers an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels and is equipped with a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, as well as the new high-performance EXPEED 4 image-processing engine. It is Nikon's first digital SLR camera to offer built-in wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) and GPS functions, which enable simple sharing of high-quality images captured with the D5300 and NIKKOR lenses offering superior rendering performance via a smart device. These functions also allow users to look back on routes taken on vacation or with outdoor activities using a log feature that is part of the built-in GPS function.

The D5300 is also designed with a monocoque structure made of a new material that enables a smaller and lighter body while maintaining the necessary strength and durability. The camera is also equipped with a number of features that support various shooting situations, including a 3.2-inch, approximately 1037k-dot vari-angle monitor with wide viewing angle that enables flexible shooting from a variety of angles, a full-HD movie recording function that supports recording of smooth 1920 x 1080/60p movies, and a Special Effects mode with nine options that can be applied to photos and movies with shooting for a variety of creative effects.

D5300 Primary Features

An effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels and a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, as well as the latest image-processing engine, EXPEED 4, for the best image quality and definition in its class

The D5300 offers an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels and is equipped with a DX-format CMOS image sensor developed exclusively by Nikon. It supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 100 to ISO 12800, as well as additional expansion up to ISO 25600 equivalent (Hi 1), for high-definition images exhibiting very little noise with shooting at a broad range of sensitivities. In addition, the latest image-processing engine, EXPEED 4, optimized to be even faster for high-performance digital SLR cameras, provides significantly better results with noise reduction (NR), auto white balance, color reproduction characteristics, and tone processing. What's more, the absence of a low-pass filter maximizes the superior resolution of the high pixel count and rendering capabilities of NIKKOR lenses.

Built-in Wi-Fi for transmitting high-quality images to a smart device for simple sharing

As Nikon's first digital SLR camera equipped with a built-in Wi-Fi function, high-quality images with an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels captured from a variety of angles using the flexible vari-angle monitor can be transferred to a smart device for sharing with others*1. This expands the ways in which images are enjoyed after they are taken by enabling immediate image transfer for sharing photos with family and friends via blogs or social networking sites anytime, anywhere.

  • Transfer function: Images captured by the D5300, or already saved to a memory card inserted in the D5300, can be transferred to a smart device over a wireless connection. Transferred images can be viewed in the smart device display, or uploaded to a blog or social networking site. In addition, the size at which images are transferred to a smart device can be selected from two options in accordance with smart device storage capacity.
  • Manual upload function: Users can select images to be uploaded to a smart device using the D5300 monitor display. In situations or environments that do not sufficiently support immediate image upload, or when a smart device is not readily available, the camera can be used to specify images, and image file size, to be uploaded to the smart device at a later time.
  • Remote shooting function: The D5300's live view display is shown in the smart device display, enabling remote control over shooting. The camera's live view shooting display is shown in the smart device display, allowing users to accurately frame photos and predict results with remote control over shooting*2.

A built-in GPS function that records location data and tracks movement

The D5300 is Nikon's first digital SLR camera with a built-in GPS function, enabling recording of location data (longitude, latitude, altitude) with images. Collaboration with ViewNX 2, NIKON IMAGE SPACE, and commercial mapping software enables display of images where they were captured on maps, as well as sharing of images with location data. What's more, the A-GPS function makes detection of location data smoother. This capability allows users to look back on memories, or track their movement, on vacations or with outdoor activities by shooting location, and date and time of capture.

A monocoque structure made of a new material for a smaller and lighter body that is strong and durable

The D5300 is designed with a monocoque structure utilizing a new material. As the camera cover and body are formed with a rigid, integrated structure, there are fewer joints. This enables a smaller and lighter camera with a width of 125 mm, height of 98 mm, and depth of 76 mm, and weighing just 530 g, all while maintaining the necessary strength and durability.

A 3.2-in., 1037k-dot vari-angle LCD monitor with wide viewing angle for simple shooting from any angle

Adoption of a larger 3.2-inch, approximately 1037k-dot LCD monitor with wide viewing angle ensures a crisp, clear display. The side-hinged vari-angle monitor opens from 0 to 180° to the side, and can be rotated up to 90° clockwise and up to 180° counter-clockwise when it is open. This enables shooting from a wide variety of angles, from low to high, and making even self portraits possible.

D-Movie function for recording full-HD 1920 x 1080 60p movies

The D5300 is equipped with a D-Movie function that supports recording of 1920 x 1080/60p movies. The combination of NIKKOR lenses, an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels, and the new EXPEED 4 image-processing engine provides movies with excellent resolution and very little in the way of noise, color aliasing, or moiré patterns. In addition, autofocusing during movie recording is possible using contrast-detect AF. When the focus mode is set to full-time-servo AF (AF-F) and AF-area mode is set to Subject-tracking AF, the camera automatically maintains focus on moving subjects. Manual movie settings are also available, allowing users to choose the desired shutter speed and ISO sensitivity in live view mode and with movie recording. Movie frame rate with full-HD recording can be selected from 24p, 25p, 30p, 50p, and 60p. In addition to recording of high-quality sound via the built-in stereo microphone, the optional Stereo Microphone ME-1 can also be used to record stereo sound.

Toy Camera Effect and HDR Painting added to Special Effects mode (total of 9 effects) for more creative expression with still images and movies

The D5300 is equipped with a Special Effects mode, with which effects can be selected and applied with recording of both still images and movies. Preview in the camera monitor before shooting or recording begins allows users to confirm the results of effect selection in real time. Users can choose from a total of nine special effects, including the seven built into the D5200 (Selective Color, Color Sketch, Miniature Effect, Night Vision, Silhouette, High Key, Low Key), as well as the new Toy Camera Effect and HDR Painting*. This allows users to easily enjoy dramatic effects like those seen in art and the movies. This mode was adopted to respond to the creative intent of users searching for a way to express their own unique style and creativity.

  • Toy Camera Effect: Create photos and movies in which colors have been changed and edges have been shaded so that they appear to have been recorded with a toy camera. Users can adjust the vividness and degree of vignetting (peripheral shading) from three options each to suit their individual preferences.
  • HDR Painting: The camera shoots two frames at different exposures and combines them, with processing that changes color tones, for HDR images with a painterly effect.

Designed with a firm grip using just one hand and available in 3 colors, including a new gray option

The D5300 grip is designed to fit comfortably in the palm of the hand for a firm hold using just one hand, making framing via both the optical viewfinder and the monitor's live view display easier. Further, in addition to the popular black and red colors, the D5300 is available in a new gray option. In addition, metal parts, such as the microphone cover and plate over the mode dial have a surface finish that gives the camera an elegant appearance.

Zoom/Focus Assist Lever NAL-1 primary features

The NAL-1 is a lever that enables smoother zooming and focusing when attached to the zoom ring or focus ring on a NIKKOR lens. It is especially convenient with movie recording.

Adorama has the Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera available for preorder.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Announcements
Post Date: 10/17/2013 12:00:12 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sigma has officially announced the 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM lens that they inadvertently posted to their website on Monday. Oddly enough, they don't mention a suggested retail price for it.

From Sigma:

RONKONKOMA, NY — October 16, 2013 — Sigma Corporation of America a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced its newest addition to the Sigma Art line of lenses for full-frame cameras, the 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM.

True to its categorization as a Sigma Art lens, the new 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM is designed for artistic expression and top-notch image quality. This versatile lens covers the basic shooting range from wide to medium tele with an inner focusing system that eliminates front lens rotation, enhancing the lens stability and allowing the use of circular polarizing filters. It also boasts a constant aperture of F4, and contains Sigma’s proprietary Optical Stabilizer (OS) technology to compensate for camera shake. Moreover, it was designed to surpass the required quality inspection of every Global Vision lens with Sigma’s own modulation transfer function (MTF) “A1” measuring system to create new optical standard to align with the high-spec cameras on today’s market.

“For many years, Sigma users have been seeking a standard zoom lens in this range,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM is yet another example of Sigma listening to its users and delivering new and innovative products with the highest image quality.”

Amir-Hamzeh added that this new lens combines the largest possible fixed aperture to zoom ratio that will maintain optimal integrity for many kinds of photography, including landscapes, architecture, portraiture and still-life. With a minimum focusing distance of 45cm and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.6, this lens is also excellent for close-up photography.

High-performance glass elements, including SLD, FLD, which is equal to fluorite, and glass-molded single- and double-sided aspheric lenses have been included into the optical system to prevent aberration, field curvature, distortions and color aberration. The 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM lens is also able to suppress chromatic aberration very effectively at the telephoto-end, and can achieve superior image quality throughout the zoom range. Unlike lenses with similar specifications, this lens overcomes low peripheral brightness. Although it is designed for full frame cameras, it also works with APS-C sensors, giving an increase to focal length.

The lens’ Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures a silent, high-speed auto focus function and enables full-time manual focusing capability. The 24-105mm is also compatible with Sigma’s USB dock allowing photographers to update its firmware and change focus parameters using Sigma's Optimization Pro software. It is also compatible with Sigma’s recently announced Mount Conversion Service.

Lens Specifications:

Lens Construction19 elements in 14 groups
Minimum apertureF/22
Filter size82mm
Angle of view (35mm equivalent)84.1°-23.3°
Minimum focusing distance45cm / 17.7in
Dimensions (Diameter x Length)88.6mm x 109.4mm / 3.5in x 4.3in
Number of diaphragm blades9 (rounded diaphragm)
Maximum magnification ratio1:4.6
Weight885g / 31.2oz

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/16/2013 6:49:35 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 15, 2013

From Datacolor:

Not too long ago, standard practice for lighting large spaces involved hauling a lot of heavy equipment into a venue, laying out electrical service lines, creating support stands and scaffolding, and so on. Of course there was also tearing it all down, packing it away, and hauling it off again. Things have changed. It's now possible to carry all or most of the gear you'll need to light a large space in a duffle bag and camera bag, frequently doing it all without touching an electrical outlet and still getting an equivalent or superior result.

Join David Saffir and David Tobie as they explore newer methods for lighting interiors using lighting systems adapted from on-camera flash units, purpose-built remote units and triggers. We think you'll be surprised by the possibilities and impressed by the results!

An interactive Q&A will take place throughout the webinar to answer any questions you may have.

Webinar attendees will have the chance to win a SpyderCHECKR or Metz 44 Flash as well as receive exclusive discounts!

Register Now!

Title: Small Lighting for Big Spaces
Date: Thursday, October 17 2013
Time: 2:00 PM (EDT)

Adorama carries Datacolor products.

Post Date: 10/15/2013 1:30:38 PM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Photoshelter:

Eric Cheng spent over 10 years mastering underwater photography before deciding to try his hand at aerial videography. Now he’s already turning the industry on its head with a new innovation that allows photographers to capture above-ground footage without the massive expense of a helicopter.

With a background in computer science, and having been the previous Director of Photography at Lytro, Eric has a deep investment in the progression of both photography and technology. For his aerial work Eric experimented with an ordinary radio controlled drone and a simple GoPro Hero. The electronic gimbal he created with a friend is what keeps every shot flawless, unaffected by the wind, and absolutely stunning.

In this webinar we’ll talk to Eric about this incredible alternative to the traditional aerial photography methods, his work both underwater and above ground, and what gear is involved.

Date: Wednesday, October 16th
Time: 4:00pm Eastern

Register Now

Topics to be Covered:

  • How Eric got into aerial photography
  • FAA rules and regulations you should watch out for
  • How to create your own drone videography on a low, medium or high budget

Post Date: 10/15/2013 10:55:24 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

Nikon has filed an injunction to prevent Sakar International from manufacturing its Polaroid iM1836 - a camera that looks conspicuously like a Nikon 1 series camera.

While the two cameras function completely differently (the iM1835 is android-powered, has a touch screen and has imaging sensors built into the lenses, not the body), we must admit that the two cameras look very similar.

From Nikon:

"On October 11, 2013 (US Eastern Time), Nikon Corporation (having its principal place of business in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President: Makoto Kimura) and Nikon Inc. (having its principal place of business in New York, President & CEO: Nobuyoshi Gokyu) (collectively, hereafter referred to as "Nikon") filed a lawsuit with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Sakar International, Inc. (having its principal place of business in New Jersey) (hereafter referred to as "Sakar") for the alleged infringement of the design patent and trade dress right owned by Nikon. Nikon seeks injunctive relief against Sakar in the lawsuit to prevent them from manufacturing and selling their Polaroid brand digital still camera, 'Polaroid iM1836'.

Nikon makes a great effort to create designs that can be differentiated from other companies' products, as well as to strongly deter the imitation of its designs. Although Nikon has negotiated with Sakar to amicably solve this problem, we could not reach an agreement. Consequently, Nikon decided to initiate the lawsuit by necessity.

The abovementioned design patent and trade dress right are related to the Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lenses 'Nikon 1'."

Posted to: Nikon News   
Post Date: 10/15/2013 8:12:46 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon USA:

Modifications enabled with this version

  • Support for the Nikon D610 has been added.

Update Notes:

  • You must have Camera Control Pro 2.13.0 or later installed to perform this update.
  • It may be necessary to enter your product key code(s) during installation. Please have your product key code(s) available for installation.
  • You may be required to enter your computer's administrator password to use this installer. Be sure to have that information available.

Download
Nikon Camera Control Pro 2.15.0 - Windows (57.7 MB) | Macintosh (49.2 MB)

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Camera Control Pro
Post Date: 10/15/2013 7:03:48 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 14, 2013

New York, NY – October 14, 2013 – Manfrotto today announced a new collection of camera bags for DSLR cameras and photography equipment with superior technology, higher protection and an exclusive style attitude. The new, efficiently and beautifully designed bags from Manfrotto are available and in stock now from leading camera and electronics retailer Adorama.

Manfrotto Professional bags, featuring CPS: Camera Protection System
The new Professional collection includes four Holster Plus models, five shoulder bag models, three backpacks and two roller bags. All feature Manfrotto's CPS – Camera Protection System – that has been specifically engineered and laboratory tested to guarantee the highest level of protection and shock resistance.

Manfrotto's Exo-Tough Construction featured on the outer surfaces of the Professional bags line is another key protection design guarantee. The rigid multi-layer construction buffers any initial sharp impact shock. Sturdy TPU feet keep the bag off the ground and serve as shock absorbers (in all backpacks, rollers, shoulder bags and slings). Manfrotto Professional Bags have been rigorously tested in extreme simulated conditions compared to other leading brands and found to be the most protective.

Professional collection design features
Designed to become a workstation on the ground while shooting, the bags’ looks are as minimal and stylish as one would expect from Manfrotto. Pocket positions, closures and sizes are all designed to meet the needs of pro photographers, with hard-wearing, rip-resistant fabrics used alongside easy-to-use oversized zips and durable metal fastenings. Manfrotto has taken great care for usability and details, and designed the bags in line with Manfrotto’s best tripods.

Manfrotto Professional Bags Details:
To get more information and to order Manfrotto Professional bags, please visit the Adorama website.

Holster Plus: The four Holster Plus models are a perfect solution for safely carrying minimal amounts of gear.

Shoulder Bag: More a mobile office than a bag, you can easily carry and access your camera, lenses, flash, accessories, laptop or tablet, notebook, documents, keys, phone, pens, and more.

Backpacks: Built to carry pro DSLRs, lenses, flash, a laptop, tripod and accessories, Manfrotto Professional Backpacks are designed to function as a workstation on the ground while you're shooting.

Roller Bags: Manfrotto Professional Rollers shield your equipment as safely as possible, open completely and have a flap serving as a field mat. Both models comply with current airline regulations.

Advanced Bags Collection from Manfrotto
The Advanced Bags Collection is aimed at passionate photographers looking for full-features and reliable equipment that shares the Manfrotto heritage trusted by professionals. Find more information and order these bags at Adorama.

This collection, with pro-inspired features, offers room for photographic gear and personal items. They include practical designs and internal protections through sturdy inner dividers and tough-wearing fabrics. Material combination offers functional as well as aesthetic impact; rugged durable bottom half, made by High Density Nylon Fabric, ensures trust in durability and harmonizes with the equally durable but more stylish sheen of the top. Carbon detailing ties it all in with the Manfrotto Italian heritage.

The Advanced collection covers six bag types, suitable for different situations and different amounts of equipment. Within each bag type, a variety of sizes and shapes accommodate common camera forms and equipment/accessory needs. The Advance collection includes shoulder bags, holsters, slings and three distinct styles of backpack suitable for gear only or a combination of gear and personal items.

Availability
Manfrotto Professional and Advanced camera bags are available now at Adorama.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 10/14/2013 1:02:51 PM ET   Posted By: Sean

Although I haven't seen an official announcement by Sigma just yet, a 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM "Art" lens is already featured on Sigma's website.

Lens Specifications:

Lens Construction19 elements in 14 groups
Minimum apertureF/22
Filter size82mm
Angle of view (35mm equivalent)84.1°-23.3°
Minimum focusing distance45cm / 17.7in
Dimensions (Diameter x Length)88.6mm x 109.4mm / 3.5in x 4.3in
Number of diaphragm blades9 (rounded diaphragm)
Maximum magnification ratio1:4.6
Weight885g / 31.2oz

Update: It looks like Sigma removed the webpage from their server. However, an official announcement is surely not far off.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/14/2013 12:15:56 PM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, October 13, 2013

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending October 12th, 2013.

In the news...

On Monday, Zeiss introduced the Otus 55mm f/1.4 lens. Zeiss promises that this premium lens was designed without compromise, producing excellently sharp images free of color fringing and distortion. The Otus 55mm f/1.4 will hit the shelves at the end of this month for suggested retail price of $3,999.00.

Also on Monday, Canon announced their plans for a new Customer Support Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 33,000 square-foot facility will house Support Specialists dedicated to small office and consumer imaging products including digital cameras, camcorders, and printers. The center will also support professional printing and cinema customers once operations begin in April of next year.

Canon also issued a Service Advisory on Monday for their LP-E6 rechargeable battery packs. The product advisory warns that in certain cases, an LP-E6 may fail to charge when inserted into the LC-E6 battery charger. If the LED blinks orange rapidly after inserting your LP-E6 battery, follow the steps on our post to reset the charger.

On Tuesday, Nikon announced an incremental update to their D600 DSLR camera – the D610. Compared to the D600, the D610 features a new shutter mechanism that allows for faster continuous shooting and a new quiet continuous mode. The D610 also features an improved white balance system. Check out our post for more details.

In site news and reviews...

On Monday, Bryan posted his full review of the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX lens. In short, the lens performs quite well at 16mm – but gets moderately soft at the longer focal lengths. The lens features good build quality, but a somewhat quirky focus ring clutch for manual focusing. See Bryan’s full review for more details.

On Wednesday, Bryan posted his full review of the Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX lens. Bryan found the Tokina 17-35mm lens produced image quality slightly worse than its wider aperture cousin, the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 – but the f/4’s lower price, lower weight, and lower cost will certainly be enough to sway some consumer purchases. Check out Bryan’s full review for all the important details.

And, for our deal of the week…

On Wednesday, we posted a deal from BuyDig.com where you could get a Canon EOS 6D, PIXMA PRO-100 Printer, and Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 11 for only $1,599.00 after a $400.00 mail-in rebate. That’s almost a $300.00 savings off of the normal 6D – without bundled accessories – price.

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

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 10/13/2013 6:11:14 PM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 11, 2013

Camera technology is ever-evolving - Dual Pixel AF, WiFi, GPS and HDR mode are just some of the newest features that have been introduced into recent DSLR bodies. So we want to know...

What feature do you want in your DSLR camera that isn't currently available?

What do you think the next big feature addition should be? What capability do you want that you simply don't have an option for now?

Let us know on our Facebook page.

Post Date: 10/11/2013 8:55:40 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

Canon Professional Network has posted a few Tips and Tricks regarding the EOS 6D's WiFi function.

EOS 6D WiFi Tips and Tricks Available

  • EOS 6D WiFi: MAC Address
  • EOS 6D WiFi: Reviewing images via EOS Remote app
  • EOS 6D: WiFi and EOS Remote app
  • EOS 6D: WiFi preparation

Adorama carries the Canon EOS 6D DSLR camera (review).

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Professional Network
Post Date: 10/11/2013 7:29:02 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

Canon Professional Network has just published part two of its five part "Inside Lightroom 5" series.

"Inside Lightroom 5 (Part 2): Ranking and Selecting Images" will guide you in how to use Lightroom's flag and rating systems to prepare your images for post-processing.

Adorama carries Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Professional Network
Post Date: 10/11/2013 6:50:26 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 10, 2013

From Nikon:

Modifications enabled with Ver. 2.8.1

  1. Support for the D610, and the Nikon 1 AW1 has been added.

Additional modifications to the Macintosh version

  1. Frame rate settings of 50fps and 60fps have been added for Size settings of 1280 x 720(16:9) and 1920 × 1080(16:9) in the Create movie dialog when File > Create Movie... is selected in Nikon Movie Editor.
    However, the following two conditions must be met to select a Frame rate of 50fps or 60fps.
    - Movies added to the storyboard must have been recorded at a frame rate of 50p or 60p, and they must be originals (unedited by any movie editing software).
    - File type must be set to a type other than MOV (MotionJPEG/Linear PCM).

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Nikon ViewNX 2.8.1 - Windows 64bit | Windows 32bit | Macintosh

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon ViewNX
Post Date: 10/10/2013 11:43:46 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Sigma:

RONKONKOMA, N.Y., — October 10, 2013 — Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is thrilled to announce today that Sigma Pro and renowned fashion and editorial photographer, Lindsay Adler, will be featured in the Framed Networks’ newest online series, “The Concept.”

“The Concept” is a 6-episode series that will document Adler and fine art and conceptual photographer Brook Shaden as they take on the challenge of executing a surprised concept by the Framed Producers. Equipped with the same Sigma lenses, both photographers will be expected to shoot the same models in the same location, giving viewers the opportunity to see them plan a shoot from start to finish.

“We are proud and excited to be able to sponsor a program such as 'The Concept' that promotes and inspires photography while highlighting the talent and strategies of two amazing photographers,” said Christine Moossmann, Director of Marketing for Sigma Corporation of America. “Lindsay’s dedication to Sigma products has been steadfast, so we knew this would be a great opportunity to showcase the ability of our products. We hadn’t had the opportunity to work with Brooke before, but her works speaks volumes and we were excited to get our products in her hands.”

During each episode, a different individual will be selected to accompany Adler and Shaden as an assistant producer. These assistant producers then get to be a part of the entire production, seeing things uncut and learning new techniques.

“Sigma is an incredible company for so many reasons. Not only do they produce great quality lenses that photographers can afford, but they also actively support photographic education. They help make beautiful imagery accessible to everyone,” said Lindsay Adler. “I was happy to be able to put these lenses to work for “The Concept” so people could see the lenses in action making amazing images.”

To show its commitment to students and professors of photography, Sigma University was created, which offers participants not only special savings on Sigma lenses, cameras, and accessories, but also seminars, training, and special events on Sigma products hosted at participating dealers.

“Sigma is passionate about photography, and nothing is more important to us than nurturing photographers of all skill levels and interests. Sponsoring programs like 'The Concept' is crucial in helping to develop a photographer’s skill, such as choosing the right equipment for their needs and ambitions, inspiring them and overall, providing photographic education,” said Christine Moossmann, Director of Marketing for Sigma Corporation of America.

The first episode will air on October 22. To catch a sneak peek of the upcoming series, click this link.

Adorama carries Sigma lenses.

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Post Date: 10/10/2013 10:12:11 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

A sample picture gallery is now included in the Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX Lens Review.

Included are some images of the Hickory Run State Park Boulder Field near White Haven, PA.

Post Date: 10/10/2013 8:13:05 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Adorama:

Stop by the Adorama booth for a chance to win a Canon EOS-5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Body Kit; learn more about Adorama’s top-notch services from pro imaging experts at the PhotoPlus Expo, held from October 24-26 in New York City.

October 10, 2013 - Adorama, the leading supplier of pro video, photographic and consumer electronics products, will be exhibiting at this year’s PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo. Visit Adorama at booth 1037 for speaker presentations and special appearances from some of the hottest photographers in the industry, including Joe McNally and Chase Jarvis. Adorama will also be raffling a Canon EOS-5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Body Kit with Canon EF 24-105L Image Stabilized Lens. Visit the booth for a chance to win. No purchase necessary to be entered into the drawing. Running from October 24-26 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, the PhotoPlus Expo is the largest photography and imaging show in North America, attended by over 24,000 professional photographers and enthusiasts.

Adorama’s expert Pro Sales team will be on site to provide attendees with an overview of the best photography gear to help bring their creative visions to life. Representatives from Flashpoint, Adorama’s house brand of professional photography equipment, will be showcasing monolights and HDSLR shooters as well as products from Glow, Flashpoint’s brand new line of lighting accessories, and the recently launched 3Pod line of tripods and monopods. Visitors can also visit the booth to learn more about Adorama’s various programs and service offerings, including:

Adorama Rental Company – the largest inventory of the latest digital cinema and HD video cameras, DSLR and digital backs, lenses, lighting, computers and grips at the lowest rates in the industry

Trade & Upgrade – Adorama buys all models of photo and video equipment, lighting, lenses and accessories

Rent-to-Buy – Get up to 50% of one week’s rental price back when you make an Adorama purchase

Visit Adorama for the following speaker presentations*:

Thursday, October 24th:
11:00 a.m.: Sal Cincotta, “Five Ways to Make Facebook Work For Your Wedding and Portrait Business”
12:00 p.m.: Doug Gordon, “The Posing Project”
1:00 p.m.: Tamara Lackey, “Quick Tips for Better Portrait Photography”
2:00 p.m.: Corey Rich, “Paralleling Still and Motion with Nikon HDSLRs”
3:00 p.m.: Rick Sammon, “Travel Photography”
4:00 p.m.: Joe McNally, “The Location and the Light"

Friday, October 25th:
11:00 a.m.: Rick Sammon, “Travel Photography”
12:00 p.m.: Doug Gordon, “The Posing Project”
1:00 p.m.: Sal Cincotta, “Five Ways to Make Facebook Work For Your Wedding and Portrait Business”
2:00 p.m.: Mark Wallace, “Photography and the Meaning of Life”; Talk followed by Q&A with Mark
3:00 p.m.: Corey Rich, “Paralleling Still and Motion with Nikon HDSLRs”
4:00 p.m.: Rich Harrington, “Timelapse in Photoshop"

*Presentations will run up to 30 minutes each.

Adorama is a Proud Sponsor of Shoot NYC 2013
Adorama is a Proud Sponsor of Shoot NYC 2013 Join Adorama at Shoot NYC during the PhotoPlus Expo! Shoot NYC is an exciting and informative professional photographic forum based on the premise of sharing knowledge through educational seminars from top industry professionals and hands-on demonstrations of the latest photographic technology on the market today. Top industry professionals will host workshops and hands-on seminars in an array of subjects, whether you’re interested in fashion, portraiture, commercial, stock or repro. Register now.

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Post Date: 10/10/2013 7:26:47 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Tiffen:

Tiffen Photo fx v5.03 and Tiffen Photo fx Ultra v5.02 provide iOS 7 users with enhanced creative tools to edit and share images with the world

Hauppauge, NY – October 9, 2013 – The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer of award-winning accessories for the still imaging, video, motion picture and broadcast markets, is pleased to announce newly available updates to its award-winning apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Tiffen Photo fx version 5.03 (more info) and Tiffen Photo fx Ultra version 5.02 (more info) are now compatible with and fully optimized for Apple iOS 7. The new iOS 7 boasts more vibrant graphics and icons as well as intuitive image capabilities such as photo grouping. Taking full advantage of the iOS 7 advancements, Tiffen Photo fx and Tiffen Photo fx Ultra let users add stunning photographic effects and color treatments and share Photo fx’d images on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, the Sincerely Ship & Print service as well as via Email, Print, Copy, and Open In.

What’s New – Tiffen Photo fx and Tiffen Photo fx Ultra

  • iOS 7 compatibility, improved with an HTML help page
  • Optimized performance on iOS 7
  • Improved “Help” menu functions, including new icon images

Tiffen Photo fx Ultra recently won the “Best Mobile Photo App of 2013” award from the prestigious Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). This award is given to products on the basis of “innovation, the use of leading-edge technology, design and ergonomics, ease-of-use, as well as price/performance ratio.” It is a highly coveted award, as eligibility is based purely on a product’s value in the marketplace rather than on a submission basis.

One of the first image editing apps to hit the market in 2009, the Photo fx family of apps is the definitive set of digital filters for Apple mobile devices and tablets. Each app offers simulations of many popular award-winning Tiffen glass filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction, natural light, and photographic effects, plus a clever paint system with a variety of brushes for those using the Photo fx Ultra app.

Tiffen Photo fx and Photo fx Ultra Pricing and Availability

The award-winning Tiffen Photo fx v5.03 and Tiffen Photo fx Ultra v5.02 apps are available today for $2.99 and $4.99 USD respectively through the Apple App Store and priced in local currency outside the United States.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tiffen News
Post Date: 10/10/2013 6:09:54 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I will be sharing the results of the recent How many DSLR cameras do you currently have? poll with you soon. That poll will remain open for a short period of time to give you a last chance to share your count. A big thanks to the over 12,000 of you that participated!

I'm sure that you are not surprised that, as with DSLR cameras, I am of the opinion that one cannot have too many lenses. In our next poll, I will be taking a look at the lenses in your kit. More specifically, how many lenses are in that kit.

I will trust your discretion on what the definition of a "lens" is, but you have my permission to count extenders. Filters (I know, they have glass in them) should not be included in your count. Also omit "Close-up Lenses" from your count.

Note: If you are reading this post in a feed reader and the poll is not displaying properly, please click through to the site to answer the question. Thanks!

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Polls
Post Date: 10/9/2013 9:55:07 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Just posted: Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX Lens Review

This time the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens is up on the competition block. Find out how these two lenses compare.

Post Date: 10/9/2013 8:08:50 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

The Nikon 1 AW1 User Manual is now availabel for download.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Owners Manuals
Post Date: 10/9/2013 6:04:47 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A handful of sample pictures have been added to the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens Review.

Post Date: 10/8/2013 11:14:10 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

In astronomical terms, the difference between 14mm and 800mm is basically nothing. But in photography, the difference is huge. So we want to know...

What's your favorite focal length and why?

Be sure to clarify whether you're shooting with a full-frame or APS-C sensor camera.

Let us know on our Facebook Page.

Post Date: 10/8/2013 9:26:37 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
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