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 Sunday, December 15, 2013

 

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending December 14th, 2013.
 
In the news...
 
On Tuesday, we learned that Nikon’s newest firmware updates may have contained an undocumented modification. Users report cameras with the new firmwares no longer work with 3rd party batteries. Did Nikon purposefully attempt to kill 3rd party battery compatibility or was this an unanticipated side effect of the updates?
 
On a related note, we shared our own experience with 3rd party batteries being incompatible with Canon’s newest LC-E6 battery chargers. That got us wondering – did Nikon take a page out of Canon’s playbook?
 
On Thursday, we learned about Zeiss’s plans produce an 85mm f/1.4 OTUS lens. Zeiss outed the lens’s development via a Facebook comment displayed on their own website.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Tuesday, we posted a full review of the Pocketwizard PlusX Radio Transceivers. In short, the PlusX transceivers offer a rugged build quality with a limited, yet attractive feature set that will surely grow Pocketwizard’s fan base.
 
On Wednesday, we posted our standard image quality test results for the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens. Tests available for viewing include ISO resolution, vignetting and distortion [flare results are also available].
 
On Thursday, Bryan posted his full review of the Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens. To sum up the review, Sigma’s new 24-105mm lens follows in step with all their recent Global Vision releases – meaning excellent image quality, sound build quality and a moderate price tag. Check out Bryan’s review for all the details.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Sunday, we posted a deal from BuyDig.com where you could get a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens for $1,679.00 after rebate. That’s a $620.00 savings off the normal MSRP.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recaps
Post Date: 12/15/2013 10:47:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, December 13, 2013

 
From Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
In the 2nd video of this 3-part series, we'll cover more advanced features and settings for video capture going beyond basic, automatic settings. You'll also learn some tips about how to take advantage of these settings for even better video results.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/13/2013 3:05:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens available for $235.00. Regularly $279.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Rokinon Deals
Post Date: 12/13/2013 9:59:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Want to know how to decipher the colored rings on Canon's lenses? Or possibly the difference between fluorite, aspherical and UD lenses? Or why some black lenses allow focusing past infinity?
 
Check out Canon Professional Network's Infobank for the answers to these questions plus a wealth of information on other topics.
 
Infobank Lens Topics

ConstructionFluorite, aspherical and UD lenses
Focal lengthPrime and zoom lenses
All about aperturesImage stabilization
Lens speedTilt and shift lenses
Focusing and depth of fieldExtenders
Black or white lensesExtension tubes
Coloured ringsMacro lenses
Lens mountClose-up lenses
EF-S and field of viewFilters
L-series lensesDO elements

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/13/2013 9:36:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
Creative Cloud Subscriptions Accelerate to More Than 1.4 Million; Adobe Marketing Cloud Surpasses Revenue of $1 Billion in 2013
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Dec. 12, 2013 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2013 ended Nov. 29, 2013. The Company also provided a financial outlook for fiscal year 2014 and long-term growth targets for key areas of its business.
 
Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Adobe achieved revenue of $1.04 billion, within its targeted range of $1 billion to $1.05 billion.
  • Adobe exited Q4 with 1 million 439 thousand paid Creative Cloud subscriptions, an increase of 402 thousand when compared to the number of subscriptions as of the end of Q3 fiscal year 2013, and enterprise adoption of Creative Cloud was stronger than expected.
  • Creative Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) grew to $768 million, and total Digital Media ARR grew to $911 million.
  • Adobe Marketing Cloud quarterly revenue was $316.2 million, representing 38 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.13 on a GAAP-basis, and $0.32 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $315.0 million.
  • Deferred revenue grew by $94.7 million to a record $828.8 million.
  • The company repurchased 7.9 million shares during the quarter, returning approximately $405 million of cash to stockholders.

Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Highlights

  • Adobe achieved revenue of $4.06 billion and generated $1.15 billion in cash flow from operations during the year.
  • Creative Cloud subscriptions grew by 1.1 million and Document Services subscriptions doubled to more than 1.6 million. In addition, the company added more than $700 million in Digital Media ARR during the year.
  • Adobe Marketing Cloud achieved a record $1.02 billion in annual revenue, representing 26 percent year-over-year growth.
  • The company repurchased 21.6 million shares during the year, returning approximately $1 billion of cash to stockholders.
  • Adobe published other key highlights from its recent fiscal year in an Adobe by the Numbers, FY 2013 Infographic.

Note: The growth of Creative Cloud has likely been aided by Adobe's current special on the Photoshop Photography Program – that's Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $9.99/month with no prior Photoshop ownership required. Deal is valid through December 31.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 12/13/2013 9:01:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Cutting-edge eBAND Coating and three LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements deliver superior imaging performance, while the latest built-in VC (Vibration Compensation) system broadens users’ horizons in achieving sharper handheld photographs.
 
November 26, 2013, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the release of an innovative ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range of 150mm to 600mm for full-frame and APS-C format DSLR cameras.
 
Tamron’s previously announced 200-500mm (Model A08), still currently available, is a popular, compact, easy-to-use ultra-telephoto zoom lens, but customers have shown great interest in having a lens that provide an even greater focal length range.
 
This all-new ultra-telephoto zoom lens features VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization, speedy, precise USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive), state-of-the-art eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating, which significantly reduces the unwanted light reflections that cause flare and ghosting, and, in addition a sophisticated and stylish new external finish.
 
Its 4x ultra-telephoto zoom capabilities, with a focal length range from 150mm to 600mm, enhance the creative potential of telephoto photography, a captivating feature for all photographers, particularly nature, wildlife, and sports shooters.
 
Features

  • 4x ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range of 150mm to 600mm
    The focal length range of this lens was extended by 50mm on the wide-angle side and 100mm on the telephoto side compared to the existing model (Model A08), making it possible to take even more striking photographs of birds, wildlife, sports, and other distant subjects. Mounted on APS-C DSLR cameras, it has a stunning equivalent focal length range of 233mm to 930mm, almost to 1000mm.
  • World class image quality
    Employing 20 elements in 13 groups and boasting an advanced optical design, it delivers a superior balance of resolution and contrast for sharp, clear images. The front group contains three LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements (two in the first group, one in the third) for enhanced optical correction effectiveness, enabling the lens to thoroughly compensate for on-axis aberrations at the telephoto end. The lens also adopts eBAND Coating, developed from state-of-the-art coating technologies, and conventional BBAR(Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating to greatly suppress ghosting and flare even when shooting under adverse lighting conditions.
  • Achieves a 600mm focal length in a compact easy-to handle package
    Ingenious optical design features minimize the movement of lens groups within the lens when zooming. This reduces the amount of barrel extension needed to cover the complete focusing range, making the entire lens more compact.
  • Beautiful background blur effects
    Adopting a 9 blade circular diaphragm enables users to create beautiful background blur effects (bokeh), which provide even greater potential for creative expression. This circular diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even at two stops down from its maximum aperture.
  • VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism creates greater opportunities for sharper handheld photography
    Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization system uses a three-coil system, delivering significantly sharper images and creating greater opportunities for handheld ultra-telephoto photography.
  • Comfortable autofocus
    Tamron’s new SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD features a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) ultrasonic motor drive for swift and accurate AF response, it delivers high torque, very fast response times, and very low noise. The full-time manual focus mechanism allows users to make fine manual focus adjustments at any time even when AF is engaged.
  • New elegant, high-class external finish
    Tamron has upgraded the cosmetic design and finish of this lens to create a more sophisticated, high-end look in keeping with the demands of discerning full-frame DSLR users. Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the zoom and focus rings and an attractive and stylish tungsten silver name-brand ring, this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.
  • Easy to use tripod mount
    The tripod mount has been completely redesigned to provide superior stability, durability, ease of use, and portability.
  • Comes with "SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron," RAW image development processing software for Tamron’s SP lenses

The SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron provides a range of functions, in addition to the basic adjustment capabilities, such as correcting aberrations (chromatic aberrations of magnification, distortion, peripheral light fall-off), based on the optical data. Used in tandem with Tamron's SP series lenses - renowned for their high-depiction capability - this advanced technology efficiently produces images that meet photographers' most exacting demands.
 
The Canon mount model will be released first in Japan on December 19, 2013 and subsequently elsewhere. The launch dates of the Nikon and Sony compatible mount models will be announced at a later date. The SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens will be available in the USA on January 17, 2014.

Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 12/13/2013 7:45:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens (review) available for 50% off – now just $259.99 with free shipping. Compare at $537.00 new (checkout price).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/13/2013 7:20:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 12, 2013
Canon has released updates for Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility and Picture Style Editor.
 
From Canon:
 
Canon Digital Photo Professional 3.13.51
 
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.13.51 Updater for Windows :

  • Addition of Digital Lens Optimizer applicable lenses.

EOS Utility 2.13.40
 
Changes for EOS Utility 2.13.40 Updater for Windows :

  • A function has been added to allow the loading of just protected images into the PC.

Picture Style Editor 1.13.30
 
Changes for Picture Style Editor 1.13.30 Updater for Windows :

  • Supports EOS 70D, EOS Kiss X7 / EOS Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D, EOS Kiss X7i / EOS Rebel T5i / EOS 700D, EOS-1D C.

Download the software updates at Canon USA.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/12/2013 3:27:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Photoshelter:
 
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Whether you’re a metadata pro or new to the game, this webinar with Sam Merrell, VP of ASPP, and David Riecks, one of the leading authorities in the field of metadata practices, will break down the techniques and tools you need to to track your image files and create an archiving system that works harder for you.
 
In this webinar you’ll learn

  • 3 techniques to make image archiving easier & faster
  • The power of using image metadata
  • Free tools you can use to view and update metadata
  • Techniques to add tracking & job info to image files

Register Now!

Post Date: 12/12/2013 12:22:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Eye-Fi:
 
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., December 10, 2013 — Eye-Fi, the global leader in wireless memory cards, is announcing a beta Windows desktop receiver for the Mobi card. The Eye-Fi Mobi card will now instantly transfer directly to the desktop, extending the simple camera-to-mobile photo and video transfer users love.
 
With pricing yet to be announced, Eye-Fi's new desktop receiver for Windows will be free to all customers during beta and gives Mobi users more choice in where their high-quality photos can be transferred, stored and shared. Mobi users will now have the option to transfer to mobile for on-the-go sharing or to the desktop for greater archiving and editing ability — all without the hassle of wires or any delay in showing off their best photos whenever and however they want.
 
"Our customers love the ability to snap great pictures on a camera and instantly share from a phone or tablet, and now we're taking that experience one step further," said Matt DiMaria, CEO of Eye-Fi. "Now we're adding a simple, instant way to transfer to the desktop and make it easy for customers to get their photos on their computers to edit and archive."
 
The Eye-Fi desktop receiver for Windows will offer the same, reliable features that Mobi customers already use and love, including:

  • Simple setup: Once installed, simply enter the Mobi card's unique 10-digit activation code, and your Windows computer is paired. Use the same activation code to pair with multiple desktops and mobile devices as needed.
  • Transfer anywhere: Built-in WiFi means no WiFi network, hotspot or home Internet connection needed for pairing or transfer; Mobi transfers photos from a camera to the intended device anywhere, whenever new content is detected.
  • Works with cameras users already know (and love): Mobi works in thousands of cameras, including hundreds of Eye-Fi connected cameras that have integrated Eye-Fi technology for improved usability.
  • Backs up automatically: Photos and videos transfer as they're taken, so if anything happens to the camera, content is already safe on your mobile or desktop.

The beta Eye-Fi desktop receiver for Windows is available for Mobi users to download now, and a beta version for Mac is coming soon.
 
Adorama carries Eye-Fi Mobi memory cards.

Category: Eye-Fi News
Post Date: 12/12/2013 11:26:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just Posted: Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens Review
 
In the 24-105 OS, Sigma has given us another great Global Vision lens. This lens is definitely worth consideration for needs in this focal length range.
Post Date: 12/12/2013 10:48:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In a comment on Zeiss's website (pulled from Facebook), the Zeiss team has acknowledged that an 85mm f/1.4 OTUS will be released some time next year.
Zeiss 85mm f 1.4 OTUS Comment
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 12/12/2013 8:39:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe has released updated versions of Photoshop Lightroom 5 and DNG Converter. (thanks Niklas)
 
From Adobe:
 
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3 update includes these enhancements:

  • Additional raw file support for 20 new cameras, including the Fujifilm X-E2, Nikon D610, Nikon Df, and Sony A7.
  • Corrections and bug fixes for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom

Download
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3 - Windows (872MB) | Macintosh (480.6MB)
 
Adobe DNG Converter 8.3
This update contains the Adobe DNG Converter 8.3.
 
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 EOS M2
  • Canon PowerShot S120
  • Casio EX-10
  • Nikon 1 AW1
  • Nikon Coolpix P7800
  • Nikon Df
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D5300
  • Fujifilm XQ1
  • Fujifilm X-E2
  • Nokia Lumia 1020
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • Olympus STYLUS 1
  • Panasonic DMC-GM1
  • Pentax K-3
  • Phase One IQ260
  • Phase One IQ280
  • Sony A7 (ILCE-7)
  • Sony A7R (ILCE-7R)
  • Sony DSC-RX10

Download
Adobe DNG Converter 8.3 - Windows (70.8MB) | Macintosh (21.5MB)
 
Adorama carries Adobe Ligthroom 5.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 12/12/2013 6:19:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 11, 2013
In the Pocketwizard PlusX Transceivers Review we posted yesterday, I mentioned that I have used various "dumb triggers" throughout the years. When it comes down to it, I use dumb radio triggers with off-camera flashes about 95% of the time a person is in front of my camera.
 
But there are times when ETTL triggering and a shoe-mounted flash are exactly what's needed. A prime example is indoor event photography. This past Halloween I was hired to photograph a costume party hosted by a local business. Photographing the event meant I had to be mobile and react to changing lighting conditions.
 
My choice of gear proved a good fit for the dynamic conditions:

The 5D Mark III's AF system nailed focus even in the dimly lit areas of the arena. The Sigma 35mm f/1.4's moderatley wide angle was great for capturing groups of people and allowed me to choose a wide aperture when needed. The Rogue FlashBender increased the size of my shoe-mount flash so that the light was a bit more flattering on my subjects. The CTO gel I stuck on the flash closely matched the arean's warm light so that good results could be obtained with a global white balance correction. And lastly, ETTL exposure meant I could focus more on framing, composition and timing without having to worry about constantly changing my flash's power to suit any given situation.
 
I love shooting in very controlled, studio-like conditions. Under those circumstances, I find manually adjusting my flash(es) to be optimal for me. However, there are times when ETTL and a shoe-mount flash (and a possibly small modifier) simply can't be beat.
 
The fact that the 600EX-RT features built-in radio (ETTL enabled) triggering is a big plus. ;-) [Sean]
 
Adorama has the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash available for a checkout price of $449.00 with free shipping and 4% Rewards. Regularly $499.00 after instant rebate.

Post Date: 12/11/2013 11:24:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Photoshelter:
 
In "The Photographer’s Guide to Facebook," we break down tactics to help you increase awareness about your photography, engage potential clients, and encourage word-of-mouth referrals.
 
Learn how you can use Facebook to attract followers by:

  • Showcasing your personality with a behind-the-scenes look at your latest shoot.
  • Sharing great blogs, stories, and videos from outside sources that your audience will enjoy.
  • Asking interesting questions to inspire conversation on your page.
  • Offering giveaways and coupons to get people fired up about your products and services.

We also share some great examples of pages from photographers who have successfully used Facebook to build and grow their audience - and their client base - using simple, low cost strategies from posting regularly to showcasing images in a compelling way.
 
Get the free guide now!

Post Date: 12/11/2013 10:13:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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