Canon, Nikon, and Sony News for Feb 2013 (Page 3)

 Thursday, February 7, 2013
With a standard thickness B+W 82mm Circular Polarizer filter recently added to our lab inventory, we now have 82mm Circular Polarizer filter vignetting results included in the following reviews:
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens (compare)
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens (compare)
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens (compare)
Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX Lens (compare)
Coming soon: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens
Because of the thickness of standard circular polarizer filters, mechanical vignetting is sometimes an issue when they are used on wide angle lenses. These tests allow comparison between the bare lens and the with-CP filter results (typically the last option in the focal length drop-down box).
In the above examples, the two Canon lenses show some additional vignetting when used with the standard thickness CP filters. While a slim circular polarizer filter is a great option, I much-prefer B+W's flagship B+W's XS-Pro Circular Polarizer Filters (B&H) (Adorama). These top-of-the-line filters are slim, but include front threads that will hold a standard lens cap in place.
Post Date: 2/7/2013 9:49:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has posted their Financial Results for Q3 for the year ending March 2013 [February 6, 2013].
Financial Results (PDF:320KB)
Financial and Business Data (PDF:84KB)
Presentation Material (PDF:628KB)
1. Financial Results for the Third Quarter of the Year Ending March 31, 2013 (PDF:321KB)
2. Estimation for the Year Ending March 31, 2013 (PDF:364KB)
3. Reference Data (PDF:239KB)
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/7/2013 10:34:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From RØDE:
RØDE Microphones is announcing the release of the smartLav, a new lapel microphone that connects directly to the headset jack of Apple iOS devices. Compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, smartLav delivers premium quality audio capture in a compact and accessible form factor.
The smartLav is a professional-grade wearable microphone designed for use in a wide range of film, television and broadcast scenarios, or wherever professional quality audio is required in a discreet, portable format without the complication and expense of additional wireless equipment, particularly where multiple talent is involved. With the smartLav the user simply mounts the microphone on the talent, connects it to the iOS device’s headset jack and records via the RØDE Rec or RØDE Rec LE apps.
By employing a high quality omni-directional condenser capsule the smartLav captures sound in a forgiving 360 degrees, allowing for versatility when mounting and ensuring a high degree of user-friendly operation .
“The smartLav is an exciting solution that makes professional quality audio available to anyone with access to an Apple iOS device,” explained Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Marketing and Sales Director. “For filmmakers or wedding videographers that have struggled to simultaneously record multiple talent this product truly is an incredibly simple and cost effective solution.”
A foam pop shield is included to minimise wind noise and vocal plosives (hard ‘b’, ‘t’ and ‘p’ sounds), as well as a durable mounting clip with in-built cable management. The smartLav has been designed to pair perfectly with the RØDE Rec app for Apple iOS devices, and is also compatible with any iOS audio app that accepts input from the headset connection. RØDE Rec turns the user’s iOS device into a fully-featured field recorder, with a wide range of equalisation pre-sets to suit various recording situations, in addition to professional editing functions and the ability to publish to SoundCloud and Dropbox directly from the app.
“Both the smartLav and the recently announced RØDE iXY stereo microphone showcase the possibilities of the RØDE Rec app as more than an isolated piece of software,” Mr Wilson explained, “but also as a platform and hub for a range of professional grade audio devices. This platform leverages the portability and popularity of Apple’s iOS devices to make content creation easier than ever.”
The smartLav is shipping to authorised RØDE retailers worldwide this month, at a suggested retail price of US$60.
B&H carries RØDE microphones.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 2/6/2013 7:30:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From LPA Design/PocketWizard:
ControlTL MiniTT1 / FlexTT5 Canon Beta Firmware
Beta Firmware Version: 6.201
New Key Features:
Compatibility with Canon EOS-1D X:
The following Canon gear is now supported in this beta firmware release:

  • Canon EOS-1D X

The Canon 1D X will work in the ControlTL® system with some important operational considerations:

  • Manual power control only – No TTL. TTL is not currently available when using the 1D X with a MiniTT1 or FlexTT5. See additional information on the next page.
  • Manual power control operates normally, which includes the following functions:
  • Manual power control for X-sync
  • Manual power control for HSS
  • HyperSync®
  • Rear Curtain Sync
  • AC3 ZoneController with the zone set to “M” for Manual
  • Manual power control of compatible flashes like Einstein E640, AlienBees, White Lightning, and select Elinchrom flashes
  • Improved HyperSync performance. New HyperSync enhancements allow for the 1D X to perform well when shooting with studio flash above X-sync.
  • PowerTracking with the Canon 1D X works with “Full Manual” and the new “Full Manual + FEC” setting. Other PowerTracking settings are not available at this time.

For instructions on downloading the Beta Firmware 6.201, click here.
B&H carries the PocketWizard MiniTT1 radio transmitter and PocketWizard FlexTT5 radio slave.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/6/2013 7:19:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From PocketWizard:
PocketWizard G-Wiz Vault gadget bag perfect for the safe and convenient storage of multiple radios, cameras and accessories
LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces today the new G-Wiz Vault bag. Designed for use with the PocketWizard MultiMAX®, Plus® II or FlexTT5® Transceivers and accessories, this padded gear bag is also the perfect size to protect a full-sized DSLR camera.
“Many photographers own several PocketWizard radios and the new G-Wiz Vault bag offers them a storage solution that keeps them safe when not in use.” said Dave Schmidt, LPA Design’s VP of Marketing. “We’ve also designed the G-Wiz line as a convenient storage solution for other photo gear and the G-Wiz Vault is sized to fit any full size DSLR camera body or other accessories.”
The new PocketWizard G-Wiz Vault bag holds up to six MultiMAX or Plus II radios with connector cables, ten FlexTT5’s, or one full-size DSLR camera body. The Vault features three movable or removable hook-n-loop padded dividers allowing photographers to customize this bag to fit their gear-packing needs. Available in three colors, the G-Wiz Vault opens from the top allowing photographers to ensure at a glance that all their PocketWizard gear is neatly and safely packed away.
Features include: three movable hook-n-loop padded dividers, zippered inside pocket, Super-Snap closure attachment straps with grab handle and durable rip-stop nylon construction.
Dimensions: 6" x 6" x 3.5". Capacity: 126in3
B&H carries PocketWizard G-Wiz storage bags.
Post Date: 2/6/2013 6:51:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Nikon USA has published the GP-1A GPS Unit Manual (PDF).
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/5/2013 3:44:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon has released the Capture NX 2.4.0 software update.
Modifications enabled with Ver. 2.4.0
Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions

  • Support for RAW images captured with the Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1 has been added.
  • The following modifications have been made to White Balance in the Camera Settings portion of the Develop section in the Edit List palette.
  • Underwater can now be selected from New WB. However, Underwater can only be selected for RAW images captured with a camera that supports Underwater white balance.
  • Resulting colors have been corrected when Flash was selected from New WB for RAW images captured with the Nikon 1 V2.
  • An issue that, in some rare cases, prevented display of some JPEG images has been resolved.

Additional modifications to the Windows version

  • Compatibility with 64- and 32-bit Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise has been added.
  • Proper operation has been confirmed with use in desktop mode. Touch screen operations are not supported.

Additional modifications to the Macintosh version

  • Support for high-resolution display on Macintosh computers with a built-in Retina display has been added. However, this applies only to image display in the image window.


  1. Create a new folder with an appropriate name on your computer's hard disk.
  2. Download S-CNX2__-020400WU-___EN-ALL___.exe to the folder created in step 1.
  3. Run S-CNX2__-020400WU-___EN-ALL___.exe to launch the software installer.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to accurately complete the installation.


  1. Download S-CNX2__-020400MU-___EN-ALL___.dmg.
  2. Once S-CNX2__-020400MU-___EN-ALL___.dmg has finished downloading, a Capture NX 2 Setup disk image will be mounted. A file titled Capture NX 2 Setup will be created inside the disk image.
  3. Double-click Capture NX 2 Setup to launch the software installer.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to accurately complete the installation.

Download the Capture NX 2.4.0 software update: Windows | Macintosh
B&H carries Nikon's Capture NX 2 photo editing software.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/5/2013 8:16:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon has released firmware version A:1.21/B:1.21 for Nikon 1 V1 digital cameras.
Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • Immediately after the camera was turned on after attaching a lens, shooting display in the camera monitor or electronic viewfinder (view through the lens) sometimes appeared to move. This issue has been resolved.

Update instructions: Windows | Macintosh
Download the Nikon 1 V1 Firmware A:1.21/B:1.21: Windows | Macintosh
B&H carries the Nikon 1 V1 digital camera.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/5/2013 7:22:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 4, 2013
 Sunday, February 3, 2013


This is's Weekend Recap for the week ending February 2nd, 2013
In the news...
On Tuesday, Nikon announced two new Nikkor full-frame lenses, the AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED and the AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lens. The 800mm lens is especially interesting as it ships with its own teleconverter which will extend the lens’s focal length to 1000mm.
Nikon also announced seven new COOLPIX digital cameras. Notable announcements included the P520 with its 42x optical zoom and built-in GPS and the AW110 that is waterproof to a depth of 59 feet and shoots up to 8 frames per second.
Canon had a few announcements of its own, introducing three new PowerShot cameras: the ELPH 330 HS, ELPH 115 IS, and the A2500. In particular, the ELPH 330 HS gains advanced wireless capabilities such as connectivity with iOS and Android devices, Facebook upload integration, and the ability to comment on uploaded photos directly from the camera.
Sigma announced the redesign of its 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM lens for APS-C sensor cameras. Now a part of the “Art Line,” the updated lens features a new optical configuration of nine elements in eight groups, rounded aperture blades, and design cues taken from its popular full-frame big brother, the 35mm f/1.4.
In reviews…
On Wednesday, Bryan posted his comparison notes regarding the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM and the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens. In short, at f/2 the Sigma lens produced noticeably better center sharpness than the Canon, while the Canon lens performs better in the full frame corner. Past f/2.8, both lenses are excellently sharp in the center while the Canon holds a slight lead in corner sharpness.
On Friday, announced free usage of its product images for personal and non-competing commercial websites, social media, and personal eBay auctions. For full details, click on the “Free Use of Product Images” link in the site’s help menu.
And, for our deal of the week…
We published a deal for our UK visitors – a Canon 7D for less than 690 pounds at DigitalRev. That’s a savings of more than 350 pounds over most UK retailers.
This has been the’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 2/3/2013 11:14:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Nikon Japan has published a movie celebrating the 80th anniversary of its Nikkor lenses.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/3/2013 8:37:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 1, 2013's product images are now available for free use on your website, social network page (Facebook, Google+, etc.), or eBay auction. Just one little catch - a requested link.
You can find all the details on our Free Use of Product Images page found in the site's Help menu.
Post Date: 2/1/2013 6:51:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Paul Nicklen, a photographer shooting for National Geographic, describes his face-to-face encounter with one of Antarctica's most vicious predators, a leopard seal, in this amazing video.
Post Date: 2/1/2013 10:19:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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