Canon and Sony News for May 2013 (Page 3)

 Monday, May 13, 2013

B&H has the Redrock Micro One Man Crew Motorized Parabolic Slider available for preorder.

Below is the video Red Rock Micro published with the announcement of the One Man Crew.

Post Date: 5/13/2013 12:03:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From AdoramaTV:

How do you prevent a white background from showing up grey when you light it for portrait photography? Mark Wallace explains.

In this episode of Exploring Photography, shot exclusively for AdoramaTV, Mark Wallace answers one of his most popular questions: How do I get a white background? Mark demonstrates how to get that crisp, shadowless background with speedlights, as well as with only one light. The key to this technique is understanding the Inverse Square Law and where to position both the light and your subject.

Gear Used:

If you're on a budget, you may want to consider a few alternatives:

Post Date: 5/13/2013 9:51:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From B&H:

Our SuperStore and Offices will be closing early on Tuesday, May 14th at 2:00PM EDT and remain closed on Wednesday & Thursday, May 15th & 16th. We will reopen on Friday, May 17th at 9:00AM EDT.

To ship your package before we close :

  • Standard/Super Saver Shipping - Place your order by Monday, May 13th at Midnight.
  • UPS Ground & Rush Orders - Place your order by Tuesday, May 14th by 12:00 Noon EDT

All orders after these times will be processed after we reopen on Friday, May 17th. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patronage.

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Post Date: 5/13/2013 8:00:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, May 12, 2013
"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending May 11th, 2013

In the news...

On Wednesday, Canon made their EOS Solutions Disk available for download. The Solutions Disk download contains Canon’s Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility, and Picture Style Editor. The software, which comes packaged with Canon digital SLR cameras, should prove useful for those who need to reinstall their software but have managed to misplace their original OEM disk.

On Thursday, we posted a link to a LensRentals Blog post where Roger warns photographers to leave their camera gear at home when attending Color Run races. The powered dye thrown at such races can severely damage even weather-sealed DSLR lenses.

On Friday, Think Tank Photo released their Mirrorless Mover camera bags. The new collection was designed specifically for mirrorless cameras and includes the Mirrorless Mover 5, 10, 20, and 30i. Use the links from our site and receive a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more.

Throughout the week, though, Adobe made the biggest headlines with its various Creative Cloud announcements. In particular, Adobe announced new Photoshop CC goodies such as Camera Shake Reduction, Smart sharpen with reduced noise and halos, intelligent upsampling, and Camera Raw 8.

However, Adobe’s focus on Creative Cloud, and its shift away from perpetual licensing, has left many photographers concerned about the future of their software editing. It should be interesting to see if, and how, Adobe addresses those concerns.

In site news and reviews...

On Monday, Bryan posted the image quality test results for the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM lens. Bryan noted that while the build quality has significantly improved compared to its predecessor, image quality remains relatively unchanged.

On Wednesday, Bryan posted the image quality results for the highly-anticipated Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift lens. In short, the significantly cheaper lens doesn’t compete with the sharpness delivered by the venerable Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt Shift lens. However, at half the price, it performs well enough at narrow apertures to garner consideration.

And, for our deal of the week…

On Tuesday, we posted a deal from B&H where you could get a Canon PIXMA PRO-100 with free photo paper for $89.00 after a $300.00 mail-in rebate. The rebate offer ends soon, so if you need a high-quality printer, don’t wait to take advantage of this exceptional deal.

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

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Post Date: 5/12/2013 8:06:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 10, 2013

From Think Tank Photo:

Think Tank Photo’s New Mirrorless Mover™ Camera Bag Collection Features Highest Quality Design and Materials

Santa Rosa, Calif. – Think Tank Photo has just released a new camera bag collection scaled to fit today’s smaller mirrorless cameras, the Mirrorless Mover™. The Mirrorless Mover collection offers photographers the same top quality materials and craftsmanship for which Think Tank is renowned.

Four sizes of bags offer a wide choice to consumers; from the smallest case, the Mirrorless Mover 5, designed for one mirrorless camera, on up to the largest, the Mirrorless Mover 30i, which will accommodate a camera, lenses, accessories and an iPad.

“Unlike many other bags in this class, our Mirrorless Mover collection does not cut corners in materials or craftsmanship,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s president and lead designer. “We utilize metal hardware instead of plastic buckles, high quality fabrics, YKK zippers and a new, magnetic closure. The Mirrorless Movers offer photographers quality in their camera bags worthy of their investment in these sophisticated, expensive camera systems.”

Gear Profiles

  • The Mirrorless Mover 5 fits one small size mirrorless body with a small telephoto or pancake lens attached. It is sized for the Canon EOS–M, Leica D–Lux, Nikon 1 series, Olympus E–PM2, E–PL5, EP–3, Panasonic GF3, Sony NEX–C3, or similar sized bodies.
  • The Mirrorless Mover 10 fits one medium size mirrorless body plus one to two lenses and additional accessories. It is sized for the Leica V–Lux, Olympus OM–D E–M5, Panasonic G3, GF5, GH2, Samsung NX5, NX11, NX210, Sony NEX–5, NEX–6, NEX–7, or similar sized/smaller bodies.
  • The Mirrorless Mover 20 fits one medium size mirrorless body plus two to three lenses and additional accessories. It is sized for the Leica V–Lux, Olympus OM–D E–M5, Panasonic G3, GF5, GH2, Samsung NX5, NX11, NX210, Sony NEX–5, NEX–6, NEX–7, or similar sized/smaller bodies.
  • The Mirrorless Mover 30i fits one medium to large size mirrorless body plus two to four lenses, iPad, and additional accessories or a small–size DSLR and one to three small telephoto lenses or primes. It is sized for the Fuji X–Pro 1, Leica M8, Panasonic GH3 or similar sized/smaller bodies. Small DSLRs: Canon Rebel, Nikon D3200/D5200, Sony SLT–A55/A37 or similar sized bodies.

Key Features

  • Designed specifically for mirrorless equipment.
  • High quality YKK zippers and metal hardware.
  • Multipurpose divider with smart phone slot and two SD card slots (excluding smallest size).
  • Dedicated iPad pocket (Mirrorless Mover 30i).
  • Easily accessible front organizer pocket.
  • Stretchable side pockets fit accessories.
  • Padded non-slip flexible shoulder strap (Mirrorless Mover 30i).
  • Poly–ballistic fabric ensures durability.
  • Seam–sealed rain cover included in front pocket.
  • Internal mesh pocket on lid for batteries or other accessories.

Materials

Exterior: All fabric exterior treated with a DWR coating while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance, YKK® RC zippers, 1680D ballistic polyester, 600D brushed polyester, Ultra-stretch pocket, antique nickel plated metal hardware, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: removable closed cell foam dividers, 200D polyester, laminated non-woven backed nylex liner, polyester 190T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Specifications

Mirrorless Mover 5

  • Internal Dimensions: 3.5” W x 4.7” H x 3.1” D (9 x 12 x 8 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 4.7” W x 5.9” H x 3.9” D (12 x 15 x 10 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 0.4 lbs (0.2kg)

Mirrorless Mover 10

  • Internal Dimensions: 4.9” W x 5.3” H x 3.7” D (12.5 x 13.5 x 9.5 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 5.3” W x 6.1” H x 4.5” D (13.5 x 15.5 x 11.5 cm)
  • Smart Phone Slot: 2.8” W x 4.8” H x 0.6” D (7 x 12.3 x 1.6 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 0.5 lbs (0.2 kg)

Mirrorless Mover 20

  • Internal Dimensions: 8.5” W x 5.3” H x 3.7” D (21.5 x 13.5 x 9.5 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 8.9” W x 6.1” H x 4.5” D (22.5 x 15.5 x 11.5 cm)
  • Smart Phone Slot: 2.8” W x 4.8” H x 0.6” D (7 x 12.3 x 1.6 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 0.7 lbs (0.3 kg)

Mirrorless Mover 30i

  • Internal Dimensions: 10.6” W x 8” H x 3.9” D (27 x 20.5 x 10 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 11” W x 8.9” H x 5.7” D (28 x 22.5 x 14.5 cm)
  • Smart Phone Slot: 2.8” W x 5” H x 0.6” D (7 x 12.7 x 1.6 cm)
  • iPad pocket: 9.8”W x 8.1”H x 0.9” D (25 x 20.5 x 2.3 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 1.0 lbs (0.5 kg)

Note: Use the links from this site to get a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo!

Post Date: 5/10/2013 12:17:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

Canon Professional Network has recently published two reference guides illustrating the key features and technologies from the Canon CN-E14mm T3.1L F & CN-E135mm T2.2L F cinema lenses.

B&H has the Canon CN-E14mm T3.1L F Cinema Lens in stock and the CN-E135mm T2.2L F Cinema Lens available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Professional Network
Post Date: 5/10/2013 9:12:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon Professional Network:

"Canon Explorer Gary Schmid is one of the world’s leading commercial photographers and he has recently been working from his base in Dubai, as well as on location in Russia, with the 18.1 Megapixel EOS-1D X DSLR and the EF14mm f/2.8L II lens. In an exclusive article for CPN he reveals his thoughts on the performance of the camera and how the super wide-angle lens has helped his interior shoots..."

See the article here.

B&H carries the Canon EOS-1D X DSLR Camera and EF 14mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Professional Network
Post Date: 5/10/2013 7:22:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 9, 2013

Roger Cicala at LensRentals has created an insightful blog post regarding the dangers of photographing Color Run 5ks.

If you're planning on attending one of these events with your camera equipment, be sure to read this cautionary tale first.

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Post Date: 5/9/2013 9:45:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From X-Rite:

Online educational tutorials provide photographers with basic information, insights, and tips to achieve color control, consistency and creativity in their digital imaging and video workflow

North White Plains, NY – May 7, 2013 – X-Rite Photo Marketing announces its schedule of free May 2013 Webinars that have been developed to address specific color management topics and are designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers and videographers.

This month X-Rite offers four free webinars to help photographers and videographers gain new confidence and to learn quick, easy and powerful ways to enhance their color workflow. Webinar attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the live trainers.

“X-Rite remains committed to teaching photographers and videographers how to take control of their color management and digital imaging workflow,” said Joshua Fischer, vice president, X-Rite Photo Marketing. “This month’s webinar schedule includes four helpful topics that focus on photography, travel and presentation tips, post-production workflow and professional level monitor calibration for still-imaging and video applications.”

One of this month’s webinars is co-sponsored with Gura Gear and it focuses on the work of travel and landscape photographer Scott MacQuarrie. In a webinar co-sponsored by PhotoShelter, noted photographer and educator Eduardo Angel will offer insight and advice about editing a portfolio, developing a vision and utilizing digital workflow techniques. Two other webinars, taught by X-Rite’s own Brenda Hipsher feature tips for color workflow, the first of which focuses on Professional Monitor calibration. The second, co-sponsored by The Hallmark Institute of Photography, discusses and demonstrates overall color management, from camera to monitor to projector to prints.

These informative webinars are designed to be informational as well as inspirational by offering photographers practical ways to improve their photography.

May 2013 Webinar Schedule

Date: May 14th
Time: 4:00 pm EDT
Title: Editing a Portfolio and Developing your Vision
Presenter: Eduardo Angel
Registration Link
*Co-sponsored by PhotoShelter

Date: May 22nd
Time: 6:00 pm EDT
Title: Travel and Landscape Photography: Working in the Field with Scott MacQuarrie
Presenter: Scott MacQuarrie
Registration Link
*Co-sponsored by Gura Gear

Date: May 30th
Time: 12:00 pm EDT
Title: Professional Monitor Calibration for Still & Video
Presenter: Brenda Hipsher
Registration Link

Date: May 30th
Time: 3:00 pm EDT
Title: Simply Amazing Color. Take control of your monitor, projector, printer and camera!
Presenter: Brenda Hipsher
Registration Link
*Co-sponosored by Hallmark Institute of Photography

For more information on the webinars, visit X-Rite's webinars page.

B&H carries X-Rite Color Management Products.

Post Date: 5/9/2013 9:25:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Nikon has posted their financial results for the year ending March 31, 2013.

Financial Results (PDF:897KB)

Financial and Business Data (PDF:88KB)

Presentation Material (PDF:633KB)

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Financial Results
Post Date: 5/9/2013 7:31:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Adobe Lightroom Journal:

May 6, 2013 - Today’s Photoshop CC announcement requires a modest change in our camera raw support policy. Because Adobe is still selling Photoshop CS6, those customers will continue to receive updated camera raw file format compatibility via Adobe Camera Raw 8. When we update ACR8 with new camera support, Photoshop CS6 customers can work with the new version of the Camera Raw plug-in. No new features or functionality will be available in ACR to Photoshop CS6 customers as part of those updates. (No Upright, advanced healing brush or radial filter, etc.) I don’t have a timeline for how long this camera raw support will continue for Photoshop CS6 but I want to be consistent with our past policy of providing raw support for currently shipping products.

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Post Date: 5/9/2013 6:54:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 8, 2013

With the highly-anticipated Samyang Tilt Shift Lens now in hand, it is time to see what it can do. This lens is currently going through our full range of lab tests, but the image quality results from the ISO 12233 resolution chart are now available on the Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens Review page. Shifted test results are additionally available.

Also, with a clear morning on Saturday, I spent some time shooting outdoor comparisons between this lens and the 2x more expensive Canon TS-E 24mm L II Tilt-Shift Lens. I am sharing one of these comparisons on the Samyang review page.

Update: Vignetting and distortion results are now also available.

Post Date: 5/8/2013 7:26:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Through June 25, Adobe is offering Creative Cloud for students and teachers for 60% off, or $19.99 per month with an annual subscription.

Through July 31, customers of CS3 or higher can upgrade to Creative Cloud for 40% off, or $29.99 per month with an annual subscription.

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Post Date: 5/8/2013 9:49:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Canon USA has the complete EOS Digital Solution Disk Software Disk available for download.

Note: You need to enter the serial number for your camera in order to download the software. Be sure to enter any leading zeros – else your serial number will not be recognized.

From Canon:

"EOS Digital Solution Disk Software" is a software suite containing the applications "Digital Photo Professional", "EOS Utility" and "Picture Style Editor", dedicated for users who cannot use the bundled CD to install the suite to the PC.

Digital Photo Professional: This software is recommended for users who mainly shoot RAW images. You can quickly view, edit, process and print RAW images. You can also edit JPEG images while retaining the original images.

EOS Utility: With the camera connected to a computer, EOS Utility enables you to transfer still photos and movies shot with the camera to the computer. You can also use this software to set various camera settings and shoot remotely with the computer connected to the camera.

Picture Style Editor: You can edit Picture Styles and create and save original Picture Style files.

This package contains the following version applications:

  • Digital Photo Professional 3.13.10
  • EOS Utility 2.13.10
  • Picture Style Editor 1.13.10

Download:

EOS Digital Solution Disk Software Disk v28.1A

Post Date: 5/8/2013 9:06:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Adobe:Top technology explorations spotlighted, including “Perspective Warp” in Photoshop and “Video Color Grading” in After Effects

SAN JOSE, Calif. — May 7, 2013 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today presented a behind-the-scenes look at cutting-edge design and interactive technologies at Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference. Focused on creativity and expressiveness, MAX brings together over 5,000 creative industry leaders, visionaries and professionals to exchange ideas and inspiration and explore how creativity is changing the world.

MAX Sneak Peeks offer a unique opportunity to see inside Adobe’s engineering labs and to preview breakthrough applications and features during their early stage of development. For example, the new Camera Shake Reduction tool, that analyzes and corrects blur from camera movement, which was unveiled as part of Adobe® Photoshop® CC yesterday, was actually first shown publicly at MAX Sneak Peeks in October 2011.

Videos of the technology explorations spotlighted during the MAX Sneak Peeks, hosted by Rainn Wilson and special guest Mary Lynn Rajskub, with Ben Forta, director of Evangelism, Adobe, will soon be available on YouTube. Photos will be posted in the Adobe MAX online press room. Projects shown may, or may not, make it into future versions of Adobe products and services.

“The Sneaks embody the spirit and passion for technology innovation that thrives at Adobe,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Media Business, Adobe. “The presentations are always a sensation at Adobe MAX; the energy and enthusiasm from the audience is electric and demonstrate that our creative customers are always ready to embrace the new.”

Adobe MAX Sneak Peeks

  • Drawing Tools Revisited: The opening keynote introduced a hardware project named “Mighty” (and a related short ruler project named “Napoleon”) which aims to marry traditional drawing tools with the mobility and flexibility of tablet devices. Innovative next generation hardware like these need new yet familiar software.
  • Responsive Design with Edge Code (Edge Code): Edge Reflow is the perfect tool for creatives who want to build modern, responsive websites. But what about developers whose workflow is highly code based? Here’s an Edge Reflow-inspired experience available right inside of Edge Code.
  • Creative Cloud™ as a Service (Photoshop): As mentioned in the opening keynote, Creative Cloud makes it possible to host that "Adobe magic" as a service to power all sorts of apps and more. This sneak is an example of just that, a Photoshop feature running in the crowd, and made better over time thanks to crowdsourcing.
  • Playing with Lighting (After Effects® & Photoshop): Photographers will often tell you that “It’s all about the lighting.” This sneak lets you experiment and play with lighting after the fact. Tweak image lighting based on a selected sample and turn your home movies into blockbuster hits (or at least make them look the part) by adjusting lighting modeled on any movie you choose.
  • Code Free Website Special Effects (Muse™): Muse is a proven platform for building powerful and great looking websites without having to write any code, and we’re just getting started. Next up, code-free color transformations, 3D motion, and more!
  • Navigating and Debugging Asynchronous JavaScript in Brackets (Edge Code): Developers, never again find yourself asking "What code runs when I click this button," "What code caused this callback to be called," or "Why didn't this code ever run?" This Edge Code plugin reveals all.
  • “Painting with Bob”: Create a masterpiece painting without, well, painting! These special brushes allow you to paint by copying a picture using a variety of special strokes and textures.
  • Digital Publication Special Effects (DPS): Digital publications shouldn’t merely be copies of their print counterparts. After all, tablets and devices can do so much more. This sneak will wow you with just how easy it can be to add animation, special effects and even accelerometer-based movement to your digital publications.
  • Liquid Search: Stop searching using words to describe what you want. Instead, use a silhouette, then draw it, resize it, drag it, reshape it … and Liquid Search will do the rest.
  • PSD Lens (Edge Code): Most websites start off as Photoshop comps which designers then turn into Web pages (which is why Photoshop includes features that assist creative professionals in quickly and easily converting their creations for Web use). But what about developers who are more comfortable in code and use a very different workflow? This sneak allows Edge Code users to open PSD files right inside their editor, exposing all that Photoshop goodness in real-time as they type.
  • Audio Layers: Separating desired audio from background noise is a painful process. Or rather, it was. Use a visual editor to paint the sounds you want while identifying those you don’t, and this tool will do the rest.
  • Perspective Warp (Photoshop): Ever wished you had gotten closer to take a picture? Perhaps you were not right in front of your subject or took the picture from too high or low? This Photoshop sneak lets you adjust the perspective for parts of your shot while still keeping the rest of the image intact.

B&H carries Adobe software products.

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Post Date: 5/8/2013 7:30:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 7, 2013

From Adobe Systems YouTube channel:

"Our XD team revealed a few projects they're working on at Adobe MAX 2013. The team has been exploring how new form factor displays, new interactions (like touch and gesture), cloud connections and even new hardware might change how you all create and in turn how it might impact what software we need to build. Watch the video to get the full overview."

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Post Date: 5/7/2013 1:48:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

By Sean Setters

I recently picked up an XIT Professional LCD Viewfinder Loupe from B&H. I generally shoot outdoors under bright, sunny skies and thought I might find a viewfinder loupe to be advantageous. As it turns out, "advantageous" is an understatement – I consider a loupe to be an essential tool now that I have used one.

Benefits of using a loupe:

  • A loupe allows you to easily review the images on your LCD by eliminating the sun's glare from the screen. The image is displayed in a dark environment, so a constant brightness can be used on the LCD screen. This consistency allows you to get a better idea of what your images will look like without necessarily having to check the histogram for a questionably exposed image (although that's always a good idea).
  • Some loupes (like the XIT) show a magnified view of your LCD. This allows you to more easily check for critical focus.
  • A viewfinder loupe is great for DSLR video. The loupe not only helps you with focus, but it also helps you gain another point of contact with the camera aiding in stabilization.

Drawbacks of using a loupe:

  • Generally, a viewfinder loupe is either affixed to the camera (via a strap or bracket) or is simply worn by the photographer and placed over the LCD screen when needed (like the well-known Hoodman's HoodLoupes). Many people find it difficult to position the loupe perfectly over the LCD and hold it there for optimal viewing. When using semi-permanently affixed loupe for still photography, you either have to use Live View for shooting or you must remove the loupe until you're ready to review the images. Neither of the scenerios seem ideal to me.
  • The optics can become scratched without careful storage.

The XIT Professional LCD Viewfinder Loupe solves the complexity of positioning, attaching and releasing the loupe by using a thin magnetic mounting plate glued to your camera that allows you to quickly and conveniently attach and release the loupe.

That said, neither Bryan nor I like the idea of gluing something to our cameras – it makes us both cringe just a bit. Bryan doesn't even like to use screen protectors. However, I like having something on my screen to protect it from scratches. That's why I already had a GGS 3rd Generation Optical Glass Screen Protector on my 5D Mark II. The GGS screen protector isn't glued to your screen. Instead, it fits over the eyepiece and extends downward to cover both the eyepiece and the LCD screen. The fit and finish are so good that it looks like a part of the camera; I rarely notice that it's there.

So why is the screen protector important? It allows you to attach the XIT Viewfinder Loup's mounting plate to the screen protector instead of the camera, thus keeping your camera glue-free.

XIT Professional Viewfinder Loupe Review Close-Up Mount

The only downside I have experienced with using the screen protector + mounting plate combo is that if you inadvertently pull on the loupe while it's attached, stray light can get under the screen protector when viewing the LCD. Applying a small amount of pressure (pushing the loupe toward the camera) easily solves this problem.

I love having a loupe when shooting under the bright sun. The inexpensive XIT Professional 3" LCD Viewfinder Loupe has earned a permanent place in my camera bag. I don't have any experience with other viewfinder loupes, but there are others you may want to consider (like the Hoodman Hoodloupe). Keep in mind you'll need to find a viewfinder loupe that is the appropriate size for your camera's LCD screen.

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Post Date: 5/7/2013 8:19:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Nikon has released Capture NX 2.4.2 and ViewNX 2.7.5 software updates – both were updated with the modification listed below.

From Nikon:

Modifications enabled with version

  • When RAW images captured with a D600 running C firmware Ver. 1.01 at an Image area setting of DX (24×16) 1.5x and any Active D-Lighting setting other than Off were opened in Capture NX 2, a bright (whitish) diagonal line was visible. This issue has been resolved.

Downloads

Capture NX 2.4.2 - Windows | Macintosh
ViewNX 2.7.5 - Windows (64bit / 32bit) | Macintosh

B&H carries Nikon Capture NX 2 photo editing software.

Posted to: Nikon News   Categories: Nikon Capture NX, Nikon ViewNX
Post Date: 5/7/2013 6:29:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 6, 2013

Standard test results (ISO 12233 resolution chart/image quality, flare, distortion, vignetting, specs & measurements) have been added to the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Lens review page.

The new Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Lens, the "| A" version, is a significant upgrade from the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Lens, the "EX" version, in terms of build quality. Unfortunately, the image quality has not been so upgraded.

Post Date: 5/6/2013 9:41:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Adobe:Milestone Version of The Industry Standard in Digital Imaging Anchors Major Update to Adobe Creative Cloud

LOS, ANGELES — May 6, 2013 — At Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference, Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® CC as part of a major update to Adobe Creative Cloud™ (see separate press release). Photoshop CC pushes the boundaries of possibility, offering a powerful new creative process, legendary imaging magic, and greater creative freedom with new tools and workflows. Adobe Photoshop CC will be available, exclusively to Creative Cloud members, in June.

Adobe’s desktop apps, including Photoshop, were previously known as Creative Suite® (CS), and will now be branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud and have been reinvented to support a more intuitive, connected way of creating. Photoshop CC includes a wide range of innovative enhancements, including new image deblurring and sharpening features to improve design workflows, and new Camera Raw capabilities. This update combines Photoshop standard and Photoshop Extended features to deliver greater accessibility to 3D tools and image analysis, while Creative Cloud integration offers flexible collaboration and sharing capabilities.

“With the ability to quickly deliver new innovations, we’re empowering photographers and creatives to push the boundaries in digital imaging and design,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “Our customers will no longer have to wait 18 to 24 months to access new Photoshop innovation. When a new Photoshop feature is ready – whether it’s the next Healing Brush or something as mind-blowing as Content Aware Fill – we’ll deliver it via Creative Cloud.”

New Features in Photoshop CC

Photoshop CC brings a wide range of new features and enhancements designed to unleash creativity and boost efficiency whether perfecting photographs, designing for online and offline media, creating 3D artwork or shooting video.

  • A fleet of new tools introduce the most advanced deblurring and sharpening technologies to date. The new Camera Shake Reduction tool analyzes and corrects for blur from camera movement to produce a better image. The all-new Smart Sharpen tool uses adaptive sharpening algorithms to minimize noise and halo effects while producing high-quality results. With intelligent upsampling users can increase the size of an image – large enough for a billboard – without pixelating the image.
  • Adobe Camera Raw 8 brings three new photo-editing capabilities to Photoshop CC. The Advanced Healing brush allows photographers to “heal” or “patch” images with a brush stroke instead of a circular area. The new Radial Gradient offers powerful controls to draw attention to the focus of an image without applying a standard vignette, and the Upright tool automatically straightens horizons and applies perspective corrections without distorting the image. Camera Raw edits can also be made to any layer or file within Photoshop CC.
  • For designers, improvements to rounded rectangles add the ability to adjust corner radii at any time. Users can also now select multiple paths, shapes and vectors at once, providing a faster, easier workflow for working with multiple objects.
  • In previous releases, Adobe Photoshop Extended was released as a separate application comprising all Photoshop features as well as 3D and image analysis capabilities. Beginning with Photoshop CC, all Photoshop Extended features will be integrated within one application, providing all users with advanced capabilities for 3D image editing and image analysis.
  • Photoshop CC is the first Adobe desktop app to include the ability to post files directly to Behance from within the application, showcasing work immediately and integrating peer feedback into the creative process. Behance is the world’s leading online creative community, with over 1.4 million members.
  • Photoshop CC includes all the Photoshop feature innovation delivered exclusively to Creative Cloud members over the last year, including: Smart Object support for Blur Gallery and Liquify effects, Conditional Actions, and CSS support for faster web design.
  • Adobe is also previewing a new workflow from Photoshop CC to Edge Reflow CC that will enable creatives to build web designs in Photoshop that can easily be turned into responsive websites, viewable across devices. Adobe expects to update Photoshop CC with this new capability this summer, underscoring the constant steam of innovation delivered to Creative Cloud members.

"I capture thousands of images for my 'Day to Night' projects and am always looking to improve my creative process," said Stephen Wilkes, an award-winning photographer, whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, Time, Life Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. "With Photoshop as part of Adobe's Creative Cloud, I don't have to wait every year for a new set of tools and features, like Smart Sharpen and the new upsampling capabilities, to help achieve my vision. I'm also excited about the integration with Behance. As a photographer, the ability to connect to a global community of artists, art directors, and designers is very inspiring."

To find out more about Photoshop CC, users can connect with the Photoshop team on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Photoshop; YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/photoshop; Photoshop.com blog: http://blogs.adobe.com/photoshopdotcom/; or via Twitter: http://twitter.com/photoshop.

Membership Plans and Availability

By signing up for Creative Cloud today, creatives will be set up to immediately download and use these latest cloud-enabled innovations from Adobe, when they are available next month. Creative Cloud membership for individuals is US$49.99 per month based on annual membership; existing customers who own CS3 to CS5.5 get their first year of Creative Cloud at the discounted rate of US $29.99 per month. Students and teachers can get Creative Cloud for $29.99 per month.

Single application membership plans for customers, who require only Photoshop CC, are available for $19.99 per month. Special promotional pricing is available for some customers, including CS6 users.

A team version of Creative Cloud includes everything individual members receive plus 100GB of storage and centralized deployment and administration capabilities. Creative Cloud for teams is priced at US $69.99 per month per seat. Existing customers, who own a volume license of CS3 or later, get their first year of Creative Cloud for teams at the discounted rate of US $39.99 per month per seat if they sign up before the end of August 2013.

For more details, visit: https://creative.adobe.com/plans.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 5/6/2013 4:11:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Adobe:

Includes Next Generation of “CC” Desktop Applications and Delivers Fully Integrated Cross-Device Collaboration, Community and Publishing Capabilities

LOS, ANGELES — May 6, 2013 — At Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference, Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced a significant update to Adobe® Creative Cloud™, the company’s flagship offering for creatives. Available in June and packed with new features, Creative Cloud reimagines the creative process through a stunning set of “CC” desktop applications and sophisticated cross-device collaboration and publishing capabilities. Creative files can be stored, synced and shared, via Creative Cloud, on Mac OS, Windows, iOS and Android; and Behance, the world’s leading online creative community, is now integrated with Creative Cloud, so customers can showcase work, get feedback on projects and gain global exposure. With Creative Cloud publishing finished work has never been easier, with enhanced services that build and power websites, mobile apps, tablet publications, online portfolios, and content for virtually any medium and device.

By signing up for Creative Cloud today, creatives will be set up to download and use these latest cloud-enabled innovations from Adobe, when they are available next month.

“Creative Cloud brings together everything you need to create your best work. We’re delivering incredible new versions of our desktop tools, services that take publishing content to the next level and we’re making it easier than ever for creatives to collaborate and share their work worldwide,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Media, Adobe. “Creative Cloud is a destination that champions inspiring work and builds lasting connections within a vibrant global creative community.”

Adobe Creative Cloud Powers Frictionless Creative Workflows

This milestone update to Creative Cloud simplifies the entire creative process. Core features include:

  • Desktop, Web and Mobile Access. Creative Cloud allows users to stay connected with workgroups and the creativecommunity via their desktop, website, or mobile device. With Creative Cloud, your entire creative world gets its own centralized hub whereideas, files, fonts, settings, notifications, and team members are connected and organized. Join group folders to work collaboratively; track updates and comments to shared files; stay connected to work on Behance; get notified when app updates are available and download the latest updates; and access favorite colors, fonts and settings, wherever you are.
  • Integration With The World’s Leading Creative Community. With Behance now integrated with Creative Cloud, members will be able to publish their own portfolios, follow other creatives, publish work-in-progress from within a growing number of CC apps and solicit feedback from the worldwide creative community. Over 1.4 million creatives globally are part of the Behance network.
  • Synchronize, Store, Share and Collaborate. All files and assets will be automatically synchronized between the desktop, cloud and mobile devices. A designer can take a photo on their iPad, use Photoshop® Touch to refine the photo while on the go, then access that file, via the cloud, and use Photoshop CC on their Mac or Windows PC to further enhance the image. Designers can designate shared folders and invite others to collaborate on files. Edits are stored with version history so users can share their files with confidence. Individual members receive 20GB of storage.
  • Seamless Publishing. Creative Cloud members have access to the services necessary to publish highly personalized portfolio websites using Behance ProSite, high-impact digital magazines for iPad using Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) Single Edition, and PhoneGap™ Build to create and publish mobile apps for any device. Adobe Typekit features an unmatched library of old-classic to new-favorite fonts for use on websites – and, with this update, creatives can use many of these same fonts directly in their desktop applications.

New Family of CC Desktop Applications Available Exclusively to Creative Cloud MembersThis update to Creative Cloud includes the next generation of Adobe desktop applications -- including Adobe Photoshop CC, InDesign® CC, Illustrator® CC, Dreamweaver® CC and Premiere® Pro CC. Adobe’s desktop tools, previously known as Creative Suite® (CS), are now branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud and have been reinvented to support a more intuitive, connected way of creating. Adobe Creative Cloud includes more than 30 tools and services that enable professional-grade content creation and delivery across print, web, mobile apps, video and photography.

Hundreds of new features are included in these latest versions of Adobe’s industry-defining desktop tools. Innovations include:

  • Photoshop CC will ship with new sharpening technologies and designer workflow enhancements. Camera Shake Reduction deblurs images that would have otherwise been lost due tocamera movement. All-newSmart Sharpen makes texture and detail pop, and Adobe Camera Raw 8 adds even more powerful photographic controls to straighten and perfect images. Photoshop CC is the first Adobe desktop application to include the ability to post files directly to Behance fromwithin the application, showcasing work immediately and integrating peer feedback into the creative process.
  • For designers, the Touch Type tool in Illustrator CC offers a new level of creativity with type. Move, scale, and rotate text characters knowing that it remains editable. This feature works with a mouse, stylus or multi-touch device. Illustrator also enables painting with a brush made from a photo. Art, Pattern, and Scatter brushes can contain raster images, so designers can create complex organic designs quickly, with simple brush strokes. A new, modern architecture for InDesign CC turbocharges performance, and in-browser editing in Adobe Muse™ CC -- a tool for designers to create and publish HTML websites without writing code -- allows clients to make edits to a published website, which can then be reviewed, approved, and updated by the designer.
  • For video customers Adobe Premiere Pro CCincludes dramatic new editing features, customizations and improvements to help editors work efficiently. Premiere Pro CC integrates powerful color workflows, with the addition of the Lumetri™ Deep Color Engine to easily apply rich color grading looks. A high-impact version of Adobe After Effects® CC brings motion graphics and visual effects artists more creative possibilities and allows them to work more easily in 3D with the new Live 3D Pipeline with Maxon Cinema4D integration. There are also all-new versions of Adobe SpeedGrade CC, Audition® CC, Prelude™ CC and Adobe Story CC Plus.
  • Web designers and developers can look forward to significant advances in Adobe’s family of Edge tools and services. The latest Edge Animate CC lets web designers create animated and interactive content with amazing ease and precision, using native HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Adobe is also previewing a new workflow from Photoshop CC to Edge Reflow CC that will enable creatives to build web designs in Photoshop that can easily be turned into responsive web sites. Dreamweaver users can look forward to the most up-to-date CSS and properties via the intuitive visual editing tool, CSS Designer. And Adobe Flash® Pro CC features a modern, modular 64-bit architecture rebuilt from the ground up to be fast and reliable.

Membership Plans and Availability

This major update to Creative Cloud is available in June. By signing up for Creative Cloud today, creatives will be set up to download and use these latest cloud-enabled innovations from Adobe, when they are available next month. Creative Cloud membership for individuals is US$49.99 per month based on annual membership; existing customers who own CS3 to CS5.5 get their first year of Creative Cloud at the discounted rate of US $29.99 per month. Students and teachers can get Creative Cloud for $29.99 per month. Promotional pricing is available for some customers, including CS6 users.

A team version of Creative Cloud includes everything individual members receive plus 100GB of storage and centralized deployment and administration capabilities. Creative Cloud for teams is priced at US $69.99 per month per seat. Existing customers, who own a volume license of CS3 or later, get their first year of Creative Cloud for teams at the discounted rate of US $39.99 per month per seat if they sign up before the end of August 2013.

Adobe also announced Creative Cloud for enterprise today and special licensing programs for educational institutions and government. For more details, visit: https://creative.adobe.com/plans.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 5/6/2013 4:03:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Tenba:

Designed to be the ultimate business backpack

North White Plains, NY, May 06, 2013 - Leading the way in carrying solutions for over 30 years, Tenba announces that it has introduced a new bag to their popular Roadie collection. The Roadie Executive Backpack was designed to be the ultimate briefcase backpack for the traveling professional. It features a handsome and distinctive exterior design that matches the rest of the Roadie collection. It is built with three cascading storage sections: first for laptop, iPad and documents; second for tech accessories; and third for core business tools like pens and business cards. The cascading sections nest together when zipped shut, so the bag always maintains a slim profile.

Unique to the Roadie Executive is a dual-pocket computer compartment that will hold both an iPad and a laptop up to 15 inches. The left side of the bag has a stretchy mesh pocket for a beverage or other items for quick access. On the right side there is one of Tenba's signature zippered side pockets that can be accessed even while wearing both sides of the harness; it fits a wallet and passport for easy retrieval.

“From photographers and filmmakers to our own marketing and sales representatives, we work with many people who spend a large amount of their life traveling,” said Jan Lederman, President of MAC Group. “The new Roadie Executive Backpack was built for the person who occasionally spends days on the road, and the only bag they will have with them most days is their briefcase backpack. You need space for everything, pockets to be organized, and it all needs to fit under the seat of an airplane.”

The exterior of the new Roadie Executive Backpack is made from water-repellant 1680 denier black ballistic nylon, and includes matte black YKK zippers with molded zipper pulls. There is a padded and ventilated shoulder harness at the rear, along with a built-in trolley strap to slide over the extending handle of rolling luggage, and a padded, reinforced handle at the top that is comfortable to carry even when the bag is fully loaded. The interior is made with ripstop nylon, with zippered window mesh pockets to carry loose items, and neoprene pockets for gadgets and larger accessories. Finally, the bag includes the same abrasion and water-resistant tarpaulin bottom panel that is used on other Tenba Roadie, Messenger and Discovery bags.

The slim design of this bag allows it to slide effortlessly beneath the seat on any airplane, and its quick access side pockets put a beverage (on the left) and your passport (in the right pocket) within easy reach.

The Roadie Executive Backpack is available immediately at a suggested retail price of $169.95. To find more information about Roadies, and to see a full video demonstration of all Tenba products, visit http://www.tenba.com.

Adorama carries the Tenba Roadie Executive Backpack.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tenba News
Post Date: 5/6/2013 3:43:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

Adorama has 0% financing for 24 months on select Canon EOS Cinema Cameras/Lenses. If you're ready to start your feature film, now would be a good time to invest in filming equipment.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Deals
Post Date: 5/6/2013 7:37:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, May 5, 2013
This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending May 4th, 2013

In the news...

On Tuesday, Canon released a long anticipated firmware update for the Canon 5D Mark III. Along with various bug fixes, firmware version 1.2.1 enables uncompressed HDMI output and center-point autofocus with lens + extender combinations with an f/8 maximum aperture.

On Friday, Adorama began shipping the 24mm Tilt-Shift lens from Samyang. We have one headed our way and will be running it through our standardized testing in the not-so-distant future – so, stay tuned.

Also on Friday, we posted a news article about photographer William Bennett’s step-by-step guide for creating an inexpensive wireless tethering solution for the Canon 1D X. If you already own an external power source like William, you can enable wireless tethering for substantially less than $100.00. Also check out our tip for possibly avoiding the costly external power source.

In site news and reviews...

Bryan posted a pair of 70-200mm f/2.8 lens reviews this week.

On Monday, Bryan posted his review of the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD Lens. Bryan praised the Tamron for having overall great image quality at a moderate price.

On Wednesday, Bryan posted his review of the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens. Bryan was less enthusiastic about the Sigma’s image quality – especially at f/2.8 – where it trails the Canon and Tamron lenses in sharpness and contrast.

Check Bryan’s reviews for full details on these lenses.

And, for our deal of the week…

On Monday, we posted a deal on from Adorama where you could get a Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens for $439.00 with free shipping and 6% rewards. That’s a $140.00 savings compared to the normal going rate.

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

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Post Date: 5/5/2013 5:15:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, May 4, 2013

From PocketWizard:

MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 for CANON - with 6D, T4i and 1D X Support

Latest Beta Release: May 3, 2013
The current BETA firmware for the MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 for Canon is 6.210. Click here for the release notes for MiniTT1/FlexTT5 Canon beta firmware version 6.210. The current OFFICIAL firmware release for MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 for Canon is 6.200 and instructions for downloading the firmware can be found here. Click here for Canon 6.200 release notes.

MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 for NIKON - with 600D and 3200D Support

Latest Beta Release: May 3, 2013
The current BETA firmware for the MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 for Nikon is 3.172. Click here for the release notes for MiniTT1/FlexTT5 Nikon beta firmware version 3.172. The current OFFICIAL firmware release for MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 for Nikon is 3.150 and instructions for downloading the firmware can be found here. Click here for Nikon 3.150 release notes.

PowerST4 for Elinchrom

Latest Beta Release: May 3, 2013
The current BETA firmware for the PowerST4 is 5.117. Click here for the release notes for the PowerST4 beta firmware version 5.117. Click here to learn more about PowerST4 Official Firmware Upgrade version 5.100.

PowerMC2 for Einstein E640 Flash

Latest Beta Release: May 3, 2013
The current BETA firmware for the PowerMC2 is 2.218. Click here for the release notes for the PowerMC2 beta firmware version 2.218. Click here to learn more about PowerMC2 Official Firmware Upgrade version 2.200

B&H carries the PocketWizard MiniTT1, FlexTT5 and PowerST4 radio triggering units.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: PocketWizard News
Post Date: 5/4/2013 2:22:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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