Canon and Sony News for Jun 2013 (Page 3)

 Wednesday, June 12, 2013

From Nikon:

Capture NX 2.4.3 Full Version

This software is offered to those who have purchased Capture NX 2. When this software is run, it may be necessary to enter the product key again to confirm ownership of a previous version of the software.

Modifications enabled in this version

Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions

  • Information for lenses used with the Auto Distortion function under Camera & Lens Corrections in the Develop section has been updated.

Notes

  • When this software is installed on a computer to which ViewNX 2 Ver. 2.2.3 or earlier has been installed, the Picture Control Utility cannot be launched from ViewNX 2. Please upgrade ViewNX 2 to Ver. 2.2.4 or later.
  • RAW images saved with Thumbnail only selected for Embed Preview When Saving NEF/NRW in Capture NX 2 Preferences will appear grainy with display in and printing from ViewNX 2.
  • If either Capture NX 2 or the Picture Control Utility (one or the other) is launched in 32-bit mode on a Macintosh computer, Capture NX 2 may freeze unexpectedly if Save as a new Custom Picture Control or Load Custom Picture Control Settings is selected from the Manage Picture Control menu in Capture NX 2.
  • To use the software in 32-bit mode, be sure that both Capture NX 2 and the Picture Control Utility are running in 32-bit mode.

Download Capture NX 2.4.3: Windows | Macintosh

B&H carries CaptureNX 2.

ViewNX 2.7.6 Full Version

ViewNX 2 is an all-in-one image browsing and editing software application for both still images and movies. Nikon Transfer 2 is incorporated into ViewNX 2 for transferring images to a computer. Smoother collaboration with NIKON IMAGE SPACE, Nikon's image storage and sharing service, has also been achieved.

This is the full version of ViewNX 2.7.6 for Windows and Macintosh computers. If you are currently using ViewNX 2 this download will uninstall your existing version and then install version 2.7.6. This software supports all Nikon D-SLR cameras, Nikon 1, and all COOLPIX cameras with USB support..

Modifications enabled with Ver. 2.7.6

  • Information for lenses used with the Auto Distortion function under File & Camera Information in the Metadata palette has been updated.
  • The destination for the link when the NIKON IMAGE SPACE website is opened from the NIKON IMAGE SPACE area in the Browser palette has been updated from my Picturetown to NIKON IMAGE SPACE.

Notes

  • 32-bit and 64-bit versions of ViewNX 2 and Windows Operating System compatibility
    The 64-bit version of ViewNX 2 Ver. 2.7.6 can be used with the following operating systems.
    - 64-bit versions of Windows 8
    - 64-bit versions of Windows 7
    - 64-bit versions of Windows Vista
    The 32-bit version of ViewNX 2 Ver. 2.7.6 can be used with the following operating systems.
    - 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8
    - 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7
    - 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista
    - 32-bit versions of Windows XP
    Only the 32-bit version will run under a 32-bit operating system.
  • When transferring files using Nikon Transfer 2:
    - Image transfer using Nikon Transfer 2 is not possible with the following cameras. Use a card reader to transfer images to a computer for storage.
    COOLPIX 910/900/600/300/100
    - Image transfer using Nikon Transfer 2 with the camera connected to the computer is not possible with the cameras indicated below. Use a card reader to transfer images.
    - D1, D1X, D1H
    - COOLPIX 990, 950, 880, 800, 700
  • Restrictions on Nikon Movie Editor
    1. Movies up to 60 minutes in length can be edited with the Windows version; movies up to 30 minutes in length can be edited with the Macintosh version.
    2. The following restrictions on the number of movies and still images that can be added to the storyboard apply.
    Windows
    - A project containing up to 10 movies, or a total of 30 movies and still images, can be previewed and exported.
    - When a movie a few seconds in length with transition effects applied is added to the storyboard, the movie file may not be properly exported, even if it does not exceed restrictions on the number of movies and still images.
    Macintosh
    - A project containing 4 H.264 (1920 × 1080) movies and 2 still images can be previewed and exported. However, when H.264 movies recorded at 720p and lower are used, the number of movie files and still images that can be used in a project increases.
    - In addition, when only Motion JPEG (1080p) movies are used, a project containing up to 30 movies can be previewed and exported.
    3. Movies recorded at a setting of 1080/60i are handled as 1080/30p movies.
  • NRW (RAW) images
    When images captured at a white balance setting of Auto and an image quality setting of NRW (RAW) are enhanced using ViewNX 2, the results achieved may differ from those achieved with in-camera NRW (RAW) processing.
  • Ratings applied with a COOLPIX camera
    Ratings applied with a COOLPIX camera in playback mode are not reflected in ViewNX 2 or other applications that support ratings.
  • H.264 movie playback under Macintosh
    Colours will appear lighter in movies played back on a computer running Macintosh.
  • Display of MPO-format images shot in 3D
    MPO-format images shot in 3D can only be viewed with a viewer that supports 3D images.
  • COOLPIX S550, S560, L20 and L19 Smile mode
    Scene mode information is not correctly displayed in the Metadata palette for images captured in Smile mode. However, all other operations function properly.
  • Capture NX 2
    - When this software is installed on a computer to which Capture NX 2 Ver. 2.2.8 or earlier has been installed, the Picture Control Utility will be replaced with a version not supported by Capture NX 2, making it impossible to launch the Picture Control Utility from Capture NX 2. Please upgrade Capture NX 2 to Ver. 2.3.0 or later.
    - RAW images saved with Thumbnail only selected for Embed Preview When Saving NEF/NRW in Capture NX 2 Ver. 2.3.0 or later Preferences will appear grainy with display in and printing from ViewNX 2.
  • Capture NX
    When this software is installed on a computer to which Capture NX has been installed, the Picture Control Utility will be replaced with a version not supported by Capture NX, making it impossible to launch the Picture Control Utility from Capture NX.
  • Windows version of QuickTime Ver. 7.7 (32-bit version of ViewNX 2 only)
    In some rare cases, depending upon the system to which QuickTime Ver. 7.7 is installed, the following features may not function.
    - Slideshow
    - The Convert Motion Snapshot to Movie item in the File menu
    - Uploading of Motion Snapshot files to a Web service other than NIKON IMAGE SPACE using the Web Service item in the File menu
  • Macintosh version’s Synchronize camera date and time to computer when camera is connected (supported cameras only)
    Camera date and time will not be synchronized with the computer’s, even when Synchronize camera date and time to computer when camera is connected (supported cameras only) in the Nikon Transfer 2 Preferences panel is checked, when Calendar is set to any option other than Gregorian in the Language & Text>Formats panel of the computer’s System Preferences.

Download ViewNX 2.7.6: Windows 32bit | Windows 64bit | Macintosh

Posted to: Nikon News   Categories: Nikon Capture NX, Nikon ViewNX
Post Date: 6/12/2013 9:35:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

After four years of trying, photographer Mike Olbinski finally accomplished is goal – photographing one of natures most beautiful and awesome events, a rotating supercell storm. The pieces finally fell into place near Booker, Texas on June 3.

Olbinski used a Canon 5D Mark II with a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC lens to capture the dramatic timelapse.

Read more about Oblinski's supercell quest on his blog.

Post Date: 6/12/2013 7:17:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Do you know how many custom functions the Canon EOS 6D has? Want to compare that answer to the Rebel SL1's answer to the same question?

What is your DSLR's AF light level working range? And how does that value compare to the DSLR you have your eye on? What is the GN spec for your DSLR's built-in flash? What is the viewfinder coverage?

In addition to the site's popular Lens Specifications Tool, we have just added a Camera Specifications Tool that allows you to compare (side-by-side) well over 100 features and specifications from Canon DSLR cameras introduced over the past few years. Like the current lens spec tool, this tool is designed to be your go-to reference for answers to spec-related questions.

Check out our latest tool and then send feedback and suggestions our way via the site's Facebook page or via the Contact Us page.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 6/11/2013 12:06:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Waukegan, IL - June 11, 2013 – Fotodiox, a leading manufacturer and distributor of photography and videography accessories and equipment, today announces a line of LED Fresnel lights for film, television, and studio photography work. The compact DY-200 LED Fresnel lights offer focusable, dimmable light that remains cool-to-the-touch while providing powerful light.

Available in 5600 Daylight and 3200 Tungsten color temperatures, the DY-200 and DY-200w LED Fresnel lights feature accurate flicker-free light, low power draw, simple cool-to-the-touch operation, and remote controlled power and focus. A separate ballast unit and an adjustable yoke mounts on either a floor stand or hangs from a lighting grid for many mounting options.

“Until now, photographers and videographers often shoot under hot lights in order to get the powerful light they need, creating uncomfortable working conditions,” said Drew Strickland, vice president of Fotodiox. “LED lighting gives users a cool option that still emits powerful light and the DY-200 LED Fresnel lights provide even more control for professionals to get the exact effect wanted.”

The Fotodiox DY-200 LED Fresnel lights feature on-board controls which offer a full range of light levels, as well as control over the motorized focus to create a wide floodlight or a powerful spotlight. The light’s intensity and focus can be adjusted in one of three ways: ballast control box with an integrated LED display, a wireless remote, or by connecting it to any DMX-compatible lighting control system.

Other features include:

  • Daylight 5600 ± 300, Color Index Rating > 85
  • Tungsten 3200 ± 200, Color Index Rating > 85
  • 9,100 – 60,000 Lux/m Luminance
  • Dimmable: 0-100% Power Output
  • Focusable Beam Spread of 12 – 75 degrees
  • Removable collapsible Barndoor with Gel Holder Clips
  • U-Shape Light Stand and Hanging Bracket
  • Included fan is whisper silent and flicker free

The DY-200 and DY-200w Fresnel lights include either the Daylight or Tungsten light unit, power supply ballast with cables, DMX cables, handheld wireless remote control and safety cable wire. The lights are available now for $1,199.95 at Amazon (DY-200 Daylight / DY-200w Tungsten).

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Fotodiox News
Post Date: 6/11/2013 2:32:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

Nikon has published firmware updates for the Nikon 1 J1, J2, J3, V1 and S1 mirrorless cameras in addition to a firmware update for the Mount Adapter FT1.

Nikon 1 J1

This service provides software for upgrading Nikon 1 J1 firmware to A:1.30 / B:1.30.

Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • Support for AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode when the Mount Adapter FT1 is used with AF-S lenses has been added.
  • To use this function, the Mount Adapter FT1 firmware must be version 1.10, which supports this function.
  • Support for the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2, equipped with a focusing ring, has been added.
  • The following changes to playback zoom for images captured in MF (manual focus) focus mode have been applied.
  • 1× magnification has been added.
  • The amount of time allowed to pass before normal display is restored when no operations are performed after playback zoom is applied has been reduced.
  • When shooting in Electronic (Hi) release mode at 10 fps using the Mount Adapter FT1, the shutter speed displayed with a half press of the shutter-release button and that displayed when the shutter-release button was fully pressed differed. This issue has been resolved.

Download: Windows | Macintosh

Nikon 1 J2

This service provides software for upgrading Nikon 1 J2 firmware to A:1.10 / B:1.10.

Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • Support for AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode when the Mount Adapter FT1 is used with AF-S lenses has been added.
  • To use this function, the Mount Adapter FT1 firmware must be version 1.10, which supports this function.
  • Support for the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2, equipped with a focusing ring, has been added.
  • The following changes to playback zoom for images captured in MF (manual focus) focus mode have been applied.
  • 1× magnification has been added.
  • The amount of time allowed to pass before normal display is restored when no operations are performed after playback zoom is applied has been reduced.
Download: Windows | Macintosh

Nikon 1 J3

This service provides software for upgrading Nikon 1 J3 firmware to A:1.10 / B:1.10.

Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • Support for AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode when the Mount Adapter FT1 is used with AF-S lenses has been added.
  • To use this function, the Mount Adapter FT1 must be firmware version 1.10, which supports this function.
  • Support for the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2, equipped with a focusing ring, has been added.
  • 1× magnification has been added to playback zoom ratios for images captured in MF (manual focus) focus mode.

Download: Windows | Macintosh

Nikon 1 V1

This service provides software for upgrading Nikon 1 V1 firmware to A:1.30 / B:1.30.

Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • Support for AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode when the Mount Adapter FT1 is used with AF-S lenses has been added.
  • To use this function, the Mount Adapter FT1 firmware must be version 1.10, which supports this function.
  • Support for the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2, equipped with a focusing ring, has been added.
  • The following changes to playback zoom for images captured in MF (manual focus) focus mode have been applied.
  • 1× magnification has been added.
  • The amount of time allowed to pass before normal display is restored when no operations are performed after playback zoom is applied has been reduced.
  • When shooting in Electronic (Hi) release mode at 10 fps using the Mount Adapter FT1, the shutter speed displayed with a half press of the shutter-release button and that displayed when the shutter-release button was fully pressed differed. This issue has been resolved.
  • The precision of time synchronization when the GPS Unit GP-N100 is attached to the camera and the Use GPS to set clock option is set to Yes has been increased. However, errors in time synchronization using GPS cannot be completely eliminated. Please update GP-N100 firmware to Ver. 1.02 , which supports this improvement.

Download: Windows | Macintosh

Nikon 1 S1

This service provides software for upgrading Nikon 1 S1 firmware to A:1.10 / B:1.10.

Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • Support for AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode when the Mount Adapter FT1 is used with AF-S lenses has been added.
    To use this function, the Mount Adapter FT1 must be Ver. 1.10, which supports this function.
  • Support for the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2, equipped with a focusing ring, has been added.
  • 1× magnification has been added to playback zoom ratios for images captured in MF (manual focus) focus mode.

Download: Windows | Macintosh

Mount Adapter FT1

This service provides software for upgrading Mount Adapter FT1 firmware to 1.10.

IMPORTANT: To update 1 NIKKOR lens or Mount Adapter firmware using the Nikon 1 V2, please be sure to update Nikon 1 V2 firmware to A: and B: 1.10 or later FIRST. Do Not use a Nikon 1 V2 with A: and B: 1.00 firmware to update a 1NIKKOR lens or the Mount Adapter FT1 as they will not be accurately upgraded and doing so may prevent their use. If you have already upgraded either a 1 NIKKOR lens or the Mount Adapter FT1 using a Nikon 1 V2 firmware version 1.00, then please consult the Nikon Service Department.

Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • Support for AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode when the Mount Adapter FT1 is used with AF-S lenses has been added.
  • Camera firmware versions that support this function are as follows.
  • When updating both the camera and FT1's firmware, be sure to update the camera's firmware before updating the FT1 firmware.
  • Nikon 1 V2 A/B firmware Ver. 1.10
  • Nikon 1 V1 A/B firmware Ver. 1.30
  • Nikon 1 J3 A/B firmware Ver. 1.10
  • Nikon 1 J2 A/B firmware Ver. 1.10
  • Nikon 1 J1 A/B firmware Ver. 1.30
  • Nikon 1 S1 A/B firmware Ver. 1.10

Download: Windows | Macintosh

FT1 Firmware Update Instructions: English | Spanish

B&H carries Nikon 1 Mirrorless Cameras and the FT1 Mount Adapter.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 6/11/2013 12:55:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

Here's a simple, yet brilliant tool for organizing a crowded camera bag - LenzBuddy Caps.

While the LenzBuddy body caps are more novel than [in my opinion] terribly useful (but who doesn't like bling?), I can see where their lens end caps could help you easily distinguish which lens is in which pocket at a glance.

Of course, a roll of duct tape and a magic marker could accomplish the same thing, but it wouldn't look nearly as nice. ;-)

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 6/11/2013 7:39:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 10, 2013

You can cross bad image quality off of your list of potential reasons to not get the new Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens. Because this lens totally rocks in that regard. Image quality results from the 200-400mm f/4L IS Lens are now available on the site. These are among the best results I've ever seen from a zoom lens - or from any lens.

I'll let you decide if the 200-400 L bests the previous zoom lens image quality title holder, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens. Here is the 200mm comparison (use the mouseover or toggle buttons feature). Note that you are going to see some distortion differences in these results as the 70-200 is at its longest focal length and the 200-400 is set to its widest focal length. Also note that the 70-200 has a 1-stop wider aperture in this comparison. I'll let you decide if they would be more-fairly compared at equivalent (f/4) apertures (you can change the comparison tool settings if you vote this way).

There are some things you need to know about the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens image quality test results. The built-in extender with external extender compatibility complicates complete image quality presentation of this lens in our tool. So, here is what we are showing.

The first tested copy of this lens (we have two right now) is presented as two lens samples – sample "1" and "2". Sample "1" is tested at all focal lengths (including those with extenders) with the built-in extender switch set to 1.0x (not being used) with the only exception being the first of the two 560mm focal length tests – the one that indicates "1.4x Extender Int". Sample "2" results were all captured with the built-in extender in place – the switch was set to 1.4x with no exceptions. Sample "2" results showing one of the "III" extenders in use also had the built-in 1.4x in use. You will notice the ultra-high focal lengths in these results.

Here are some interesting comparisons that can be made:

Compare the image quality of the 200-400mm L lens at various focal lengths with and without the built-in extender in place by comparing lens sample "1" to lens sample "2". The with-extender image quality is really good, but there is a modest image quality penalty for using the extender. This is not unexpected from adding 8/4 elements/groups to the light path. Stop down 1 stop to eliminate most of that penalty.

Compare the image quality of the 200-400mm L lens' built in 1.4x extender to the external Canon 1.4x III Extender. The first difference I notice is that the internal extender appears to add pincushion distortion while the external extender adds a touch of barrel distortion. This difference is what would account for the difference in test chart detail sizes. Otherwise, I don't think you will see a difference in image quality between these two extenders used on this lens.

While extended focal lengths up to 1120mm are supported with Canon's blessings, I doubt that many will want to go to this extreme.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/10/2013 1:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Adobe:

Camera Raw 8.1 is now available as a final release through the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6. This release provides support for HiDPI capable displays, new camera and lens support and address bugs that were introduced in previous versions of Camera Raw. Customers of previous versions of Photoshop can utilize DNG Converter 8.1 to receive raw file support for newly added cameras.

Photoshop CS6 customers traditionally have received camera updates through Camera Raw 7.x releases. This is the first time that we are providing camera support through a version of the camera raw plug-in that is a whole version number greater than the version of Camera Raw that shipped with a specific version of Photoshop. (Photoshop CS6 shipped with ACR7 and now we’re providing support to CS6 with ACR8.) As mentioned here, this change allows us to be consistent with our past policy of providing raw support for currently shipping products. However, when ACR8 is hosted by Photoshop CS6, it will not offer any of the new features described in Photoshop CC marketing materials for ACR8.

Bugs Corrected in Camera Raw 8.1

  • Occasionally the Fill Light adjustment introduced artifacts. This only occurred when processing an image using the PV2010 process version.
  • When using the Red Eye removal tool, setting red eye darken to 100% would lighten the adjustment instead of darkening it.
  • Reduced the default amount of sharpening applied to images taken with the Fuji X100s camera.

New Camera Support in the Camera Raw 8.1

  • Hasselblad H5D-60
  • Olympus PEN E-P5
  • Olympus PEN E-PL6
  • Phase One IQ260*
  • Ricoh GR
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G6
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1

* denotes preliminary support

Lens NameLens Mount
Canon PowerShot G1 XCanon
Canon PowerShot G15Canon
Hasselblad HCD 4.8/24Hasselblad
Nikon Coolpix ANikon
Nikon Coolpix P330Nikon
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400 mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VRNikon
HD Pentax-D FA645 Macro 90mm F2.8ED AW SRPentax
HD Pentax-DA 560mm F5.6ED AWPentax
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013Canon, Sigma
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM C013Nikon
Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN A013Olympus, Sony
Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN A013Olympus, Sony
Zeiss Apo Sonna T* 2/135 ZECanon
Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 ZF.2Nikon
Zeiss Touit 1.8/32Sony
Zeiss Touit 2.8/12Sony

Download Links

Camera Raw 8.1 – Please use the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6

DNG Converter 8.1 – Mac | PC

B&H carries Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/10/2013 7:31:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Adobe:

Powerful New Features Advance Photography Workflows

SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 10, 2013 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 5 for Mac OS® and Windows®. The product is available as an individual license or as part of Adobe Creative Cloud™. Designed for both photography enthusiasts and professionals alike, Lightroom 5 adds critical photo editing capabilities and creates groundbreaking workflows. Lightroom 5 was initially released as a free, public beta in April 2013.

“Lightroom was originally conceived through the requests of Adobe customers, and this feedback continues to drive each new iteration,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “As the digital photography landscape advances and evolves, Lightroom is the best solution for photographers and passionate hobbyists who want to get the most out of their digital images.”

New Features in Lightroom 5

Lightroom 5 adds powerful new editing tools to help photographers create better images faster. The Advanced Healing Brush enables customers to fix irregularly shaped imperfections such as dust spots, splotches, and other distractions with the precision and flexibility of a fine brush. The Upright tool analyzes each image to automatically straighten objects such as buildings and level horizons. Radial Gradients offer customers the control to make photo subjects stand out by applying off-center and multiple vignettes in a single image.

Lightroom 5 also brings extended sharing and publishing capabilities. New video slideshows enable customers to combine still images, video clips and music in a creative HD slideshow that can be viewed on almost any device. Updates to the Book module bring the ability to create, personalize and print elegant photo books from a variety of tailored, easy-to-use templates, as well as create customer-specific templates.

Smart Previews, new in Lightroom 5, enable photographers to make edits to their images offline, without bringing their entire library of original files with them. Edits and metadata changes to Smart Preview files are automatically applied to the original images when they are reconnected.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is available now for immediate download for Adobe Creative Cloud members. Standalone software is available at Adobe.com and participating retailers for US$149 or US$79 for upgrades. For more detailed information about product features, upgrade policies, pricing and language versions, please visit www.adobe.com/go/lightroom.

B&H has Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 available for pre-order.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/10/2013 6:27:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, June 9, 2013
This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending June 8th, 2013

In the news...

On Monday, Eye-Fi announced its new Mobi card. The Mobi card allows images taken with a digital camera to be instantly available on a smartphone or tablet using Eye-Fi’s free mobile app.

On Tuesday, we announced the availability of Sigma’s USB Dock for EF mount lenses. We have one in-house and have already used it to update the firmware on a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 using Sigma’s Optimization Pro software. So far, everything has worked just as expected.

On Thursday, Canon announced the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. The new wide-angle lens becomes only the third EF-M lens to be added to Canon’s mirrorless lineup, the others, of course, being the 18-55 and 22mm STM lenses.

Along with the announcement of the 11-22mm lens, Canon also announced an upcoming firmware update for the EOS-M Mirrorless camera. The new firmware update, expected at the end of this month, is purported to more than double autofocus performance.

In site news and reviews...

On Monday, Bryan posted his full review of the Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens. Overall, Bryan was dissatisfied with the lens’s image quality performance compared to its Canon counterpart which is sharper wide open than the Samyang is at any aperture. Read Bryan’s full review for more information.

On Friday, Bryan published the Spring 2013 Canon Big White L Lens Family Picture. Just a word of caution – staring at this image too long may result in an increased investment in “L” glass. Beautiful, aren’t they?

In other news, we received two Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lenses this week. So far, the results have been very impressive. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.

And, for our deal of the week…

On Saturday, we posted a deal from Adorama where you could get a Nikon D90 DSLR Camera Kit for only $599.00 with free shipping and 2% rewards. That’s a $350.00 off the normal going rate. [Note: Deal has expired.]

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

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 6/9/2013 3:25:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 7, 2013

With the new arrival now home, the Canon Big White L Lenses just had to have their spring 2013 family picture created (download larger images below).

Canon Big White Lenses with Hoods Spring 2013 Family Picture

Featured in these pictures, from left to right, are the following lenses:

Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens

Download Larger Images

Download larger images for your wallpaper, physical wall – or just to get a closer look (grab a tissue to catch the drool):

No Hood | Hood

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/7/2013 12:31:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Lensbaby:

Those watching the anticipated “Much Ado About Nothing,” out in theatres today, will see the magic of Lensbaby at work

Portland, OR - June 7, 2013 – Lensbaby, creator of award-winning Creative Effects SLR, mirrorless and PL mount camera lenses, is extremely excited to announce that its products were used to captivate audiences in the film “Much Ado About Nothing,” directed by the renowned Joss Whedon.

Shot in just 12 days, this new film puts a contemporary spin on Shakespeare’s classic comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.” The Director of Photography on “Much Ado About Nothing,” Jay Hunter, recently sat down with Lensbaby and gave some insight into how and why he used Lensbaby lenses during filming.

"We shot the flashback scenes on a Canon 7D with a Lensbaby Composer with Double Glass. I really love how the Lensbaby sends you into an abstract world, by defocusing and warping the frame while leaving other portions of the frame sharp. It helps directs your eye to certain moments, but also creates a dream state right out of the box," explained Hunter.

"The first time we used Lensbaby was in a flashback scene. I framed it up and told [director Joss Whedon] we could use a straight lens if the Lensbaby didn't work for him. However, Joss looked at it and said it was perfect — it just clicked for him. There was no discussion after that; it just became the way we were going to shoot all of the flashbacks in the film. There’s just something organic about doing things in camera, the way all of the elements come together. You get this end product that is so much more satisfying and higher quality in the end than spending a ton of time and money trying to replicate it in post-production."

See the “Much Ado About Nothing” trailer.

B&H carries Lensbaby products.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Lensbaby News
Post Date: 6/7/2013 9:36:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 6, 2013

From Canon:

New to shooting photos or just looking to brush up on your photography skills? Canon U.S.A. has launched a new tutorial video series that will show photographers how to improve their photographic abilities, perfect for capturing the memorable moments of the upcoming summer months and beyond.

The Canon EOS 101 tutorial video series, available 24/7 on the Canon Digital Learning Center and Canon’s YouTube channel, provides entry-level Canon EOS users, photography students and anyone new to using a digital SLR camera the guidance needed to help enhance their imaging skills.

Providing tips on how to utilize and maximize the features of a Canon EOS Digital camera system, the comprehensive 13-video series helps users to understand a range of topics such as basic exposure concepts, white balance, autofocusing, shooting modes, flash use, downloading images, EOS HD Video and more.

The Canon EOS 101 Tutorial Video Series can be found on the Canon Digital Learning Center or Canon USA YouTube Channel.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 6/6/2013 8:32:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon New Zealand:

Firmware Upgrade Boosts AF Speed by up to 2.3x

Further enhancing the performance and utility of the EOS M, Canon also announces today [June 6] a firmware upgrade that boosts the AF shutter speed, making One Shot AF up to 2.3x faster*. The new firmware delivers improved performance as a result of a reworked AF Drive Control System and Canon encourages all existing users of the EOS M to download the new firmware version 2 once it becomes available at the end of June 2013**.

"The EOS M is designed for people who want to spontaneously capture the great moments in life, in the highest quality, without missing a beat." says Robert de Jeu, Senior Product Manager – Technical Imaging Specialist, Consumer Imaging at Canon New Zealand. "With this firmware upgrade, Canon has responded to the feedback from the community by providing them with an increase in AF speed, enabling users to capture high-quality images quickly. What’s more, with the introduction of the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens, they are able to get even more of the fun around them into the frame."

Footnotes

* When using FlexiZone Multi AF and the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens. Speed improvement is dependent upon shooting conditions and lens
** The firmware upgrade also corrects a rare phenomenon that causes the EOS M controls to become unresponsive when the new EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens is used

B&H carries the Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 6/6/2013 8:11:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon UK:

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland 6 June 2013 – Canon today expands its range of EF-M lenses with the introduction of the new EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. Designed for Canon’s Compact System Camera, the EOS M, this is Canon’s first ultra wide-angle EF lens to feature an Optical Image Stabilizer. Offering a versatile wide-angle zoom range, first-class optical performance, and a new retractable design, the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM is the perfect addition for EOS M users who wish to capture their passion for landscapes and architecture.

Shoot the city, shoot the world
Designed to expand the range of creative possibilities and shooting subjects, the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM has an 11-22mm focal range which provides an incredibly wide field of view. This allows users to capture the environment around them whilst remaining close to the subject – ideal for adding drama and atmosphere to each shot.

Class-leading optics deliver incredible results
Engineered using the latest optical technologies, the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM enables users to capture images with incredible levels of detail and quality. Manufactured using Canon’s professional quality standards, the lens uses Super Spectra Coatings designed to minimise ghosting and flare, providing beautiful results with every shot. Images are crisp and clear thanks to Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer, which works to keep image blur to a minimum by correcting camera shake. A 3-stop shutter speed advantage ensures high quality stills, even when light levels start to fade.

Shooting smooth Full HD movies is easy using the advanced Dynamic IS mode which combats more exaggerated forms of camera shake that occur when shooting video on the move. Canon’s near-silent STM technology also ensures focus noise is supressed during movie capture, so the audience can enjoy crystal clear sound to match the visual quality of the footage captured.

Designed for performance and style
Incredibly compact and lightweight, the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM has been designed to fit easily into the smallest of spaces so it can be carried everywhere. A new retractable lens design – a first for the EF lens range – locked in place by a switch, allows users to retract the lens back into the barrel when not in use. This keeps the body slim and compact, reducing the lens length by 13mm. An integrated full time manual focus ring also provides the freedom to make precise adjustments to focus as needed.

Designed to complement the EOS M’s chic styling, the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM features a graphite silver, metal exterior, while the knurled focus and zoom rings are comfortable in the hand and provide easy operation.

EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM – key features:

  • Ultra-wide 11-22mm EF-M zoom lens
  • Compact, retractable lens design
  • Smooth, quiet STM focusing in movies
  • Dynamic IS for steady movies
  • 3-stop optical Image Stabilizer
  • High image quality
  • 0.15m minimum focusing distance
  • Manual focus ring

Adorama carries the Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 6/6/2013 7:44:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon:

Details
Firmware Version 1.0.2.0 [for the Canon PowerShot SX280] incorporates the following fixes and improvements:

  1. Increases the duration of movie shooting by 20%* in cases where the optical zoom is used compared to cameras running Firmware Version 1.0.0.0 or Firmware Version 1.0.1.0 through a reduction in the power consumption of the optical zoom.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon with cameras running firmware version 1.0.0.0, in which the low battery level warning is prematurely displayed while shooting in movie mode.

* Time under default camera settings, when normal operations are performed, such as shooting, pausing, turning the camera on and off, and zooming. (based on conditions established by Canon).
- Under some shooting conditions, the recording time may be shorter than mentioned above.
- Recording time with a fully charged battery.

Firmware Version 1.0.2.0 is for cameras with firmware Version 1.0.1.0 or Version 1.0.0.0. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.0.2.0, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Please note that, once the camera is updated to the latest version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.

How to Identify Cameras that are eligible for the Firmware Update:
Please check the serial number on the bottom of the camera. This firmware update is for products with the following serial numbers.

  • Products whose sixth digit from the left is “2” or less

Support
The new Firmware Version 1.0.2.0 can be downloaded by clicking here.

B&H carries the Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Digital Camera.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 6/6/2013 7:34:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 5, 2013

B&H has the Samyang 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS Lens available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Samyang Preorders
Post Date: 6/5/2013 2:40:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From DxO:

Support for the Canon EOS Rebel SL1, the Sony SLT-A58, and the Ricoh GR

June 5, 2013 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v8.2, the new version of its image processing software of reference for all demanding photographers, which was recently awarded the coveted 2013 TIPA Prize in the category of Best Photo Software. This update for Mac and Windows allows DxO Optics Pro 8 to support the Canon EOS Rebel SL1, the Sony SLT-A58, and the Ricoh GR, as well as to incorporate all of the new features of DxO FilmPack 4 as a plugin.

DxO Optics Pro v8.2 is able to combine the power of its corrections with the creativity of all the new tools in DxO FilmPack 4 (Expert Edition) in an entirely non-destructive workflow that handles RAW images as well as JPEG.

With DxO FilmPack 4, photographers can apply to their digital photos all the characteristic color, contrast, and grain of analog films that made photographic history, along with many original looks, filters, tonings, and visual effects — all of which can be infinitely combined and customized.

The new tools in DxO FilmPack 4 (Expert Edition) in plugin mode include a new range of effects that can give RAW and JPEG images an even more personal signature. In particular, such new effects as texture, light leaks, and special frames take users even further into the world of analog film photography.

Using DxO FilmPack 4 as a plugin for DxO Optics Pro 8 requires the purchase of a DxO FilmPack 4 license.

New DxO Optics Modules

DxO Optics Pro v8.2 benefits from the continuous development of DxO Optics Modules. 439 new camera/lens combinations now reside in the library, providing support for additional Canon, Carl Zeiss, Konica, Nikkor, Panasonic, Olympus, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, and Tokina lenses for Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Ricoh, and Sony cameras.

DxO Optics Modules contain tens of thousands of data points about the intrinsic characteristics and flaws of each camera and lens. This database allows DxO Optics Pro to automatically correct all the optical flaws in RAW and JPEG images – distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, lens softness – with an unrivaled level of quality.

Availability and prices

The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro v8.2 for Mac and Windows are available at authorized photo resellers at a special discount through June 30, 2013:

  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: $99 instead of $169
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: $199 instead of $299

This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 8, as well as for photographers who purchased a DxO Optics Pro 7 license on or after September 1, 2012. Other users can go through their customer account to benefit from a special discount on their upgrade through June 30, 2013.

B&H carries DxO Optics Pro.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DxO News
Post Date: 6/5/2013 11:22:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

June 5, 2013 - Nikon Corporation (KIMURA, Makoto, President, Tokyo Japan) establishes Nikon Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. as the financial headquarters in the Asia and Oceania region on June 3, 2013.

Nikon has continued to promote the integrated system of full authority and responsibilities for each product business unit on a global basis since the introduction of its in-house company structure in October 1999. As business opportunities in the Asia and Oceania region are expanding, it has become more important for the group companies in the region to manage finance, accounting, legal affairs and tax effectively under the integrated direction. This led to establishment of the new company.

Outline of the new company

Name of CompanyNikon Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
Head OfficeRepublic of Singapore
ShareholdersNikon Corporation (100%)
RepresentativeHASHIZUME, Norio, Managing Director
Number of Employee7 people
Principal Business- Finance and accounting as regional HQs
- Support and enhance the group companies in legal and tax management
Start of OperationAugust 1, 2013
Group Companies Affiliated9 subsidiaries in Asia and Oceania including;
Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd
Nikon (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
Nikon Australia Pty Ltd
Nikon India Private Limited

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/5/2013 7:34:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 4, 2013

From Eye-Fi:

Instant, Wireless Transfer from Digital Camera to Smartphones and Tablets

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 3, 2013 — Eye-Fi (www.eye.fi), the global leader in wireless memory cards, today launches Eye-Fi Mobi — the first card designed for the modern photo enthusiast to deliver high-quality digital photography combined with the convenience and connectivity of mobile devices. Mobi users can now share smarter, easier and faster, as their best photos and videos, from their favorite digital cameras, are instantly available on their smartphones or tablets.

"People like smartphones for taking pictures, mostly because of accessibility and instant sharing. Unfortunately, smartphones fall short for life's many moments that require zooming, high-speed shooting, low light and other features that make digital cameras superior," said Matt DiMaria, CEO of Eye-Fi. "Mobi is our simplest card yet, designed to provide photo lovers a no-compromises solution: the great quality pictures and videos of a digital camera and instant access on the smartphone to enjoy and share."

Mobi removes the hassle of transferring images so today's photographer can freely focus on taking beautiful, memorable photos. No more juggling devices, using a camera to capture quality images and then separately, taking similar, but inferior shots from a smartphone just to share. Simply replace any camera's standard SD card with Mobi, and just two quick steps later, the camera's photos instantly appear on the selected iOS or Android™ smartphone or tablet.

"Our research shows that the capabilities of Eye-Fi's Mobi cards are bridging a market gap: a majority of digital camera users are expressing interest in wireless transfer to mobile devices," commented Alan Bullock, associate director of InfoTrends. "Even more compelling is the data that many consumers say they would likely use their digital camera more if it had such a feature."

Editing and sharing photos are just as easy, because the higher quality images become part of the camera roll on the phone — ready for any favorite apps like Facebook, Instagram, Snapseed, Pixlr, and even a quick text or email. Any sharing, editing or display options people love about their phones and tablets are now easily used and enjoyed with their best photos and videos.

"Until now, sharing high-quality camera pictures while traveling meant waiting until the end of the day, or worse, waiting until the end of the trip to get images off my camera," says Francesco Rovetta, an avid Eye-Fi user and founder of Summit Stories, a philanthropic mountaineering project that helps disadvantaged children. "But with the Mobi card, I can take great pictures from places as remote as Mount Kilimanjaro, while still getting the real-time editing, sharing and backup of my phone. This new card connects my phone and camera so I can share my passion for photography in a way that's convenient and fun again."

Most notably, the new Eye-Fi Mobi lets photographers:

  • Set up simply and instantly: The Mobi has the simplest Eye-Fi card setup yet — no computer, no account and no cloud. Just download the free Eye-Fi app for iOS or Android, enter the Mobi card's unique 10-digit code, and the mobile device is paired. Use the same code to pair as many mobile devices as needed.
  • Share in real-time: High-resolution photos and videos instantly transfer from camera to a device's photo roll/gallery. From there, edit and share with any favorite apps.
  • Transfer anywhere: Built-in WiFi means no WiFi network, hotspot or internet connection needed for pairing or transfer; Mobi literally captures photos and then copies them from camera to device anywhere, whenever new content is detected.
  • Works with the devices users already own (and love): As with other Eye-Fi cards, Mobi works with thousands of cameras, including hundreds of Eye-Fi Connected cameras that have integrated Eye-Fi technology for improved usability. And, the Eye-Fi app can be downloaded for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, including the Kindle Fire.
  • Back up automatically: Photos and videos transfer as they're taken, so if anything happens to the camera, content is already safe on the mobile device.
  • Exceptional quality and speed: Mobi reinforces Eye-Fi's commitment to provide state-of-the-art performance in SD memory. HD video, low light and fast action shots are easily captured with this Class 10, high-capacity card.

Eye-Fi will continue to provide wireless solutions for professional and amateur photographers with the Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB card, which has feature-rich capabilities like RAW upload support, wireless transfer to PC/Mac and optional integrated backup in the cloud.

The Mobi card will retail for $49.99 for the 8GB card and $79.99 for the 16GB card and is available now on through www.eye.fi, Amazon and in Best Buy stores nationwide. For more information about the Mobi card or Eye-Fi products and services, please visit www.eye.fi.

Amazon carries the Eye-Fi Mobi (16GB / 8GB) WiFi-enabled memory cards.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Eye-Fi News
Post Date: 6/4/2013 7:24:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Adobe:

Today we released Photoshop update version 13.0.5 (for Macintosh perpetual license customers) and 13.0.1.2 (for Windows perpetual license customers). This release corrects a number of issues.

Note: The new version for Creative Cloud customers, Photoshop CC, will be released on June 17th and will include any fixes that aren’t already in version 13.1.2 along along with all the new features.

Notable bugs fixed (Mac & Win)

  • When a transformed type layer’s point size is changed, the end result should be as if there was no transform (like CS5):
  • When moving a type layer with a free transform active, the size of the font changes to non-integer values.

Notable Macintosh specific bugs fixed

  • Clicking a Pop-up window in a Flash extension panel does not work and/or cause Photoshop to crash
  • Info panel displays incorrect value for adjustment layers inside groups:
  • Restore View>Print Size menu command and Zoom tool right-click context menu
  • Legacy actions fail due to layer merge naming change:
  • Black & White adjustment layer scrubby slider does not work if in a layer group
  • Arrow keys stop working during text edit using the Type tool:
  • Custom icons for Flash extension panels are not displayed after changing the Interface color theme

Notable Windows specific bugs fixed

  • Photoshop fails to launch on a limited user account system due to locked default scratch disk
  • Pen tool input doesn’t draw correctly
  • Improved Windows 8 tablet support

How to get the UpdateIn Photoshop, choose Help > Updates…

If you need help with installing the update, please post questions on the Photoshop User to User forums.

Adorama has Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Windows available for $70.00 off – only $529.95 with free shipping. Regularly $599.95.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe Updates
Post Date: 6/4/2013 7:03:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 3, 2013

The Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens Review is now available.

Note that this lens, like the other Samyang lenses, is (or likely will be) also sold under Rokinon, Bower, Pro-Optic and Walimex brand names.

Post Date: 6/3/2013 8:32:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, June 2, 2013
"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending June 1st, 2013

In the news...

It was an unprecedented week for Canon firmware updates. First off, Canon released firmware updates for the 1D Mark IV, 1Ds Mark III, and 1D Mark III – all firmware updates enabled the center AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with the EF 200-400mm F4L USM lens when used with the internal Extender and an external 1.4x Extender.

Second, Canon released a 1D X firmware update that incorporated several bug fixes including slow autofocus when using a speedlite’s AF assist beam.

Third, Canon announced a firmware update for the 1D C. Along with a few bug fixes, the new firmware provides support for 25p (PAL format) video recording in 4K resolution. Owners will have to send their cameras into Canon Service in order to update their 1D C’s firmware.

And fourth, Canon released an updated firmware for the WFT-E7A Wireless File Transmitter that corrected a couple of issues from previous versions.

On Wednesday, Canon celebrated a manufacturing milestone – the production of its 90-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras. And, just in case you’re curious, the 90-millionth lens produced by Canon was a 24-70mm f/2.8L II.

On Friday, B&H and Adorama started shipping the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with built-in Extender. We have one headed our way and look forward to putting it through its paces.

On Saturday, we posted Adobe’s response to questions regarding Creative Cloud. Adobe notes that many photographers desire a more-tailored program specific to their needs. Adobe is currently exploring photography-specific options. They are also formulating solutions that will allow Creative Cloud customers to access their existing files even after their subscription lapses. Expect more announcements from Adobe soon.

In site news and reviews...

On Thursday, Bryan posted the image quality results for the Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD Lens and added the lens’s information to the Lens Specifications Tool on the site.

On Friday, Bryan tentatively announced a new feature to the site – star ratings for gear reviews. Keep in mind, we realize it’s very difficult to represent all aspects of a lens – image quality, build quality, AF speed, etc. – with a single rating. However, it is a work in progress so please bear with us.

On Saturday, Bryan added product images for several lenses to the site’s Lens Product Image Comparison Tool. Check out the tool found in the site’s menu bar for all the site’s lens comparison images.

And, for our deal of the week…

On Saturday, we posted a deal from DigitalRev where you could get a Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens for $369.00 – more than a 32% savings off the normal retail price of $549.00.

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

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 6/2/2013 12:52:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, June 1, 2013
Post Date: 6/1/2013 8:13:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Adobe:

We announced a major update to Adobe Creative Cloud at our MAX Creativity Conference on May 6th and as we gear up to ship this release of Creative Cloud in a few weeks, we’d like to update the community on the feedback we’ve been getting.

Our goal with Creative Cloud is to deliver the world’s best creative products and services to customers. On May 6, we announced a new generation 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. In addition, 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.

We will continue to offer new innovation in apps and services on an ongoing basis, which is one of the top reasons members tell us they are subscribing. We were thrilled with customer adoption leading up to the announcement on May 6th, with over 80% of people purchasing on Adobe.com selecting Creative Cloud. That momentum continues today.

That said, through discussions with the community, we have heard some concerns around our move to Creative Cloud. Three main themes are coming through:

  • File access. Customers want to be sure that, if their membership to Creative Cloud lapses, they will still have access to their files.
  • Photographers, particularly photo-enthusiasts, are looking for a more tailored offering that focuses on their particular needs.
  • Some customers are not convinced that Creative Cloud is right for them and would rather continue to purchase desktop applications as before.

We want to start off by reinforcing that we continue to believe that the move to Creative Cloud will benefit the wider creative community because of the constant stream of innovation that we’re able to deliver. Creative Cloud also allows us to explore new areas in mobile apps, helping you collaborate better and build a meaningful worldwide community to share work and find inspiration. Because of this we have no plans to change our focus on Creative Cloud. We understand this is a big change and for customers who are not yet ready to move, we will continue to offer CS6 products through our reseller partners and Adobe.com.

For photographers, we are looking at potential offerings that recognize the photography community – because it is so broad – has some unique needs.

With regards to file access, Adobe completely agrees that customers should have access to their files if they choose to stop their Creative Cloud membership. Our job is to delight our customers with innovation, but there are a number of options open to us here and we expect to have news around this issue shortly.

We sincerely appreciate all the feedback you have given us. We believe that an honest and open dialogue with the community will ensure that, together, we can move the creative process forward.

Thanks again for using Creative Cloud. If you have any questions or comments, please post them in our forums, where we are continuing the conversation.

- The Creative Cloud Team

Adobe is offering Creative Cloud for 60% off for students and CS6 customers; CS3-CS5.5 customers can get Creative Cloud for 40% off.

For a perpetual license option, Adorama has Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Windows available for $70.00 off – only $529.95 with free shipping. Regularly $599.95.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/1/2013 9:44:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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