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 Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Adobe just posted a sneak peek at their latest development in image processing - a camera shake reduction tool. While the new technology looks promising, I believe proper stabilization (tripod, monopod, appropriate hand-holding technique, and/or built-in IS) will prove the surest way to create sharp, high quality images. ;-) [Sean]
Use coupon code S5698745 ($150.00 off) during checkout at Adorama to get Adobe Photoshop CS6 for $449.95 with free shipping.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 4/17/2013 2:32:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/17/2013 1:31:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Want to try your FD-mount lens on a new Canon DSLR body? You're in luck! B&H has a wide variety of Vello Lens Adapters available - including the FD to Canon EOS model.
Be sure to read the italics portion of the Overview tab for limitations involved with using each adapter.
Post Date: 4/17/2013 12:04:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens review page now has links to ISO 12233 resolution chart image quality samples, distortion & vignetting test results and measurements.
Post Date: 4/16/2013 9:16:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I wanted to spend a few minutes wrapping up our Canon Lens Recommendations Week. We have just spent over a week looking at the best Canon lenses for a variety of needs. I hope that you have learned something useful - Please share these recommendation pages when the opportunity presents itself.
You can find all of these recommendations on the site's Canon Lens Information and Recommendations page.
Is there a significant lens recommendations category that you want to see added to the list? Go over to Facebook or Google+ and let us know!
Sorry Donovan, the "Indoor Chess Tournament Lens" category is not likely going to be popular enough to warrant its own page. :)
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Recommendations
Post Date: 4/16/2013 9:14:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/16/2013 3:38:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Marly, Switzerland, 16th April, 2013 - ILFORD Group AG, the parent company of ILFORD Imaging Switzerland GmbH has acquired German-based TECCO GmbH. In line with its strategic business plan, ILFORD Group AG, identified the need to further strengthen key elements of its offering as it expands its customer base. Responding to the growing market demand for greater flexibility and improved service levels, the company identified TECCO GmbH as a strategic partner. Its reputation for offering a broad product portfolio, flexible converting capability and unparalleled approach to servicing its global customer base, dovetail with the capabilities of ILFORD Imaging.
ILFORD Imaging Switzerland, a highly specialised R&D and coating facility based in Switzerland provides services to a range of customers on a global basis including Original Equipment Manufacturers, private and neutral label customers, and also owns the world-renowned ILFORD brand. Based in Germany, TECCO has excellent product sourcing capabilities, an extensive converting facility that services a range of complementary customers, a solid product portfolio and the TECCO brand, which has an excellent reputation in the imaging market.
Commenting on the acquisition, Paul Willems, CEO of ILFORD Group AG stated: "ILFORD Imaging Switzerland is known for its state-of-the-art product development and as a manufacturer of high quality products. With the company’s goal of expanding its customer base, it was important to align our business with a company that specialises in offering a total customer service. TECCO adds an important and strategic dimension to our business that will immediately benefit our customer base today and also in the future."
Markus Frings, Joint Managing Director of TECCO added: "TECCO GmbH is an independent company with a long history of consistently delivering a service level that meets the growing demands of our customers. With the added strength of the ILFORD research & development team and its leading edge manufacturing capabilities, we are now in a position to provide our customers an unrivalled offering in the market." Thomas Dyckerhoff, Joint Managing Director concurred: "The entire TECCO team is convinced that our customers will strongly benefit from this new alliance with ILFORD."
In summary Willems concludes: "Given today’s challenging market conditions, it was important to ensure that we put our business in a position of strength and create a customer oriented competitive edge. Both the TECCO and ILFORD brands are very well established in their markets and both will continue to operate individually. Customers will benefit from the strengths the alliance now brings to the market. The combination of the outstanding and complementary capabilities of both companies creates a unique offering in terms of product development, breadth of product portfolio and global customer service levels."
ILFORD Group AG, the parent company of ILFORD Imaging Switzerland GmbH, ILFORD Property Switzerland GmbH and TECCO GmbH, is a worldwide leader in the development of coated products for the imaging industry as well as innovative and ground breaking applications outside of this core sector. Utilising proprietary coating technologies, and thanks to its world-class manufacturing, converting, finishing and distribution capabilities, ILFORD Group AG offers a leading product portfolio backed by strong and globally renowned brands. With the Group's dynamic customer service, converting and distribution capabilities, backed by an excellent and customer oriented product development, ILFORD Group AG is ideally positioned as one of the world's premiere providers of coated products.
Founded in 1879, ILFORD is a leading player in the development and manufacture of consumables for both inkjet printing and colour photographic processes as well as other coated products. The worldwide businesses include R&D and manufacturing operations in Switzerland, with sales operations in the USA, Belgium and Japan.
Founded in 1980, TECCO GmbH is a converter and supplier of coated and uncoated media for the proofing, photographic, production & laser markets. With an extensive product range and flexible logistics services for channel and OEM partners, TECCO has been a pioneering force in the industry, winning accolades and setting standards along the way. TECCO is a member of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and holds a variety of international certifications for their papers including: Fogra, SWOP, GraCol, Wilhelm Research Institute as well as environmental certifications, FSC and PEFC. TECCO GmbH is owned by ILFORD Group AG and is based in Germany.
B&H carries Ilford products.
Category: Ilford News
Post Date: 4/16/2013 3:09:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
Support Article
My COOLPIX camera battery will not charge - Firmware Updates available
How to identify the camera battery not charging
The cameras listed below are all designed to charge the battery in-camera by connecting an AC adapter to the cameras USB connector. If the battery is fully exhausted due to a long period of inactivity, sometimes the battery can fail to charge. With the AC adapter connected to the cameras USB connector the battery charge lamp will flash green if charging is in progress. If charging is not possible the battery charge lamp will not light at all.
The battery charge lamp is usually located on the back of the camera indicated with a charge/flash symbol.
Camera Firmware Updates available
Nikon have released camera Firmware Updates for the following affected COOLPIX cameras. We recommend performing the update as soon as possible to avoid this problem should your camera not be used for long periods.

Important Note
Make sure the battery is fully charged before perfoming a Firmware Update, alternatively power the camera from an AC adapter unit. If you perform the update with a battery which is not fully charged the camera may stop working during update which will cause further problems.
My camera has no power, I can't update the Firmware!
If your camera will not charge the battery, try the following workarounds which may recover the situation enough to allow the battery to continue charging.

  1. Remove the memory card from the camera and then reconnect the AC adapter to the cameras USB connector. In some cases the battery will now charge correctly.
  2. A Nikon battery charger is available as an optional sales item for most COOLPIX cameras. If you have access to an external Nikon battery charger, remove the battery from the camera and charge it in the battery charger. In some cases this may start to charge the battery correctly. Click here for battery charger compatibility list.

If these measures fail to charge the camera battery, contact the Nikon Support Centre for further advice.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/16/2013 8:15:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 15, 2013
From Adobe:
New tools to enhance and share your digital photograph library
Welcome to the Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 5 public beta. We're excited about the new features and advancements in the new Lightroom 5 beta and we hope you will be, too. This page includes information about Lightroom, details about the beta release of Lightroom 5, and access to Lightroom 5 beta software.
Lightroom Overview
Lightroom software provides a comprehensive set of digital photography tools, from powerfully simple one-click adjustments and features to cutting edge advanced controls. With Lightroom, you can organize, enhance, and showcase your images all from one fast and nimble application that's available on Macintosh and Windows® platforms.

  • Get the highest possible quality from every pixel in your images using state-of-the-art editing tools.
  • Easily showcase your work to friends, family, and clients. Craft elegant photo books and share your photographs on social networks or in web galleries, slideshows, prints, and more.
  • Manage your entire photo collection in a visual library that makes it quick and easy to organize, find, and select your images.

Introducing Lightroom 5 Beta
Lightroom 5 beta builds on the vision of the very first Lightroom beta. From day 1, Lightroom was designed for photographers and by photographers to help them focus on what they love—the art and craft of photography. Lightroom provides photographers with an elegant and efficient way to work with their growing digital image collections, bring out the best in their images, and make an impact from raw capture to creative output, all while maintaining the highest possible quality each step of the way.
New Features in Lightroom 5 Beta

  • Advanced Healing Brush – Easily remove objects and fix defects—even those with irregular shapes such as threads or lint—with a single brush stroke. Take precise control over what's being removed as you make unwanted objects just disappear.
  • Upright – Straighten tilted images with a single click. Upright analyzes images and detects skewed horizontal or vertical lines. You choose one of four correction methods, and Upright can even straighten images where the horizon is hidden.
  • Radial Gradient – Lead your viewer's eye through your images with more flexibility and control. The radial gradient tool lets you create off-center vignette effects, or multiple vignette areas within a single image.
  • Offline editing with Smart Previews – Easily work with images without bringing your entire library with you. Just generate smaller stand-in files called Smart Previews. Make adjustments or metadata additions to Smart Previews and your changes will be automatically applied to the full-size originals later.
  • Video slideshow sharing – Easily share your work in elegant video slideshows. Combine still images, video clips, and music in creative HD videos that can be viewed on almost any computer or device.
  • Improved photo book creation – Create beautiful photo books from your images. Lightroom includes a variety of easy-to-use book templates, and now you can edit them to create a customized look. Upload your book for printing with just a few clicks.

The Lightroom 5 beta program is available to the public. Anyone with an Internet connection can download it and start putting it to the test. You do not need to own (or have tried) a previous version of Lightroom. You can download the beta and use it until the product expires on June 30, 2012.
Download the Lightroom 5 Public Beta.
Adobe's Lightroom YouTube channel has several informative videos on Lightroom 5 Beta.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 4/15/2013 2:54:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H now has the Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/15/2013 12:50:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, April 14, 2013

This is's Weekend Recap for the week ending April 13th, 2013
In the news...
On Monday, Canon released a firmware update for the Canon 6D. The new firmware addresses a bug that would cause the 6D to spontaneously request confirmation of the date and time settings even after the settings were already configured.
Also on Monday, Red Rock Micro announced its newest product – the One Mane Crew. The One Man Crew is a slide system that runs automatically keeping the subject in focus thanks to its parabolic track. The device promises to deliver cinematic results with minimal resources.
On Wednesday, PocketWizard announced its beta firmware release plan update. PocketWizard plans to update the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for compatibility with the Nikon D600, D5200, D3200, the Canon 6D and T4i, and provide HyperSync Improvements for both systems.
On Friday, we posted a news announcement about newly purchased Canon lenses arriving with the Mark II center-pinch lens caps. Long-time Canon customers will surely be happy with this change.
In site news and reviews...
Bryan continued to highlight his updated lens recommendation pages this week. Bryan highlighted his lens recommendations for weddings, outdoor sports, indoor sports, macro subjects, wildlife, and landscapes. And on Saturday, Bryan also highlighted what he considers to be “bargain buys” in the lens world.
On Monday, Bryan posted an update regarding his Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC lens standardized testing. In the end, the lens provided very impressive image quality results – but the difficulty in obtaining a trouble-free copy of the lens indicates Tamron may have some quality control issues to address.
On Thursday, Bryan responded to questions as to whether or not the Canon 85 f/1.2 L’s autofocus was acceptable for sports use. In short, when paired with a very capable body like the 1D X, the lens provides decent results even in moderately challenging conditions.
And, for our deal of the week…
On Friday, we posted promotional deals from Adorama where you could get several popular items at significant savings. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM was an especially good deal – only $1,949.00 with free shipping, 2% Rewards, and a free Red Giant Production software bundle.
This has been the’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 4/14/2013 12:34:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, April 13, 2013
Find out what I consider to be the best Canon lens bargains: Bargain Lens Recommendations
Then go over to our Facebook page ("Like" us while there) and let me know which lenses you think I missed!
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Recommendations
Post Date: 4/13/2013 1:01:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 12, 2013
It is hard to overlook the amazing scenery all around us. And capturing those amazing views is what many of us have cameras for. As with most photogrpahy pursuits, the right lens can make a significant difference in your landscape photography results.
Today we are looking at Landscape Lens Recommendations.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Recommendations
Post Date: 4/12/2013 9:30:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Since we were discussing the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens yesterday, I thought I would put up some fresh sample pictures for that lens. Hopefully you will find them - or one of the included tips - interesting and helpful.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/12/2013 10:44:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens (Canon/Nikon) available for preorder.
Post Date: 4/12/2013 4:14:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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