From Canon Professional Services (USA):
Since announcing the changes to the CPS program a few days ago, we have been monitoring feedback from our membership base. Please see below for additional information regarding the upcoming changes to the CPS program.
Effective Date for the New CPS Benefits Structure
The new CPS member benefit structure will become effective for all members on October 1, 2013.
Equipment Evaluation Loan Period
To allow for transit times, the period for equipment evaluation loans will be ten days, starting when the loaned product is shipped to you and ending when we receive the loaned product back.
Handling of Clean and Check Coupons that Have Not Yet Been Used
From October 1, 2013 until the end of your current membership term, the entire annual Canon Maintenance Service (CMS) benefit will be available for you to use (10 pieces of cameras or lenses for Platinum members and 5 pieces for Gold members). Since the number of CMS transactions allowed under the new benefits structure is greater than the previous number of Clean and Check coupons, the coupons will no longer be needed.
Shipping Charges for Canon Maintenance Service (CMS)
Shipping charges for eligible CMS requests will be handled in the same manner as eligible product repair requests. Platinum level members will receive free shipping for both inbound and return. Gold level members will receive free return shipping service.
Annual Repair Limits
From October 1, 2013 until the end of your current membership term, the entire annual repair limit benefit will be available for you to use (15 pieces for Platinum members and 10 pieces for Gold members).
We appreciate your feedback and understanding while we transition to the new program benefits.
Post Date: 9/13/2013 1:09:16 PM CT Posted By: Sean
Today we're going to start something new - a discussion post. We'll post a topic and you're invited to sound off on our Facebook page
. What was the key feature that drove you to upgrade from your previous camera or caused you to choose a higher end model in the lineup?
Was it the AF system? Full-frame sensor? Burst rate? Build quality, weather sealing, electronic level, or something completely different?
Tell us what the catalyst was for your upgrade (and why) on our Facebook page
Post Date: 9/13/2013 7:47:33 AM CT Posted By: Sean
The whole point of having camera gear is to take pictures. And posting pictures is one of those tasks I'm significantly backlogged on right now. To make a tiny dent in the project, I have added a handful of Canon EOS 70D sample pictures
to the review
I usually try to add educational and/or interesting commentary to the photos. Be sure to look AND read.
Post Date: 9/13/2013 8:36:32 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
From Adobe: Sep 12, 2013
– Preview 2 of both plug-ins is now available for download. This release enables installs on 32-bit operating systems. Download DNG Flat Field plug-in
(Preview 2)Download DNG Recover Edge plug-in
The Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw and Lightroom teams will occasionally release pre-production plug-ins that extend existing functionality inside Lightroom.
These plug-ins are provided free of charge, but without an official support program.
Like other technologies on Adobe Labs, these tools are not finished products, but rather beta or prototype utilities that may work in your particular environment. Available Plug-ins for Photoshop Lightroom
The following list comprises all of the resources that are currently available to download. More tools and utilities may be added in the future.
Adorama carries Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
Post Date: 9/13/2013 7:23:42 AM CT Posted By: Sean
From SanDisk: SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash Cards Are Optimized For Cinema-Quality 4K Video Recording PMA, MELBOURNE, Australia, Sept. 12, 2013
– SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK)), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced the availability of the 256GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash memory card, the world’s first high-capacity, high-performance CompactFlash card with the latest Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-65) specification. Also being announced by SanDisk today are faster speeds across all other capacities of the SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash line of memory cards.
"SanDisk has been at the forefront with storage solutions that enable the broader adoption of new video capture technologies. We always design our SanDisk Extreme Pro cards with professional photographers and videographers in mind," said Susan Park, director, mobile and imaging worldwide retail product marketing, SanDisk. "Cinema-quality 4K video capture demands tremendous performance and capacity, which is exactly what we have delivered with the new 256GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card."
The card delivers minimum sustained write speeds of 65MB/s, optimized to capture 4K and Full HD video. The 256GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card has industry-leading transfer speeds of up to 160MB/s, designed to dramatically improve workflow efficiencies, and delivers fast shot speeds of up to 140MB/s for advanced functions such as fast action and continuous burst mode shots.
"The speed and capacity of SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards, as well as the ability to shoot and store 4K video directly to a CompactFlash card, are a major step forward for professional photographers and videographers,” said Sam Nicholson, founder, Stargate Studios. "My work rarely allows for a second chance to capture a big shot or important footage, so when I select SanDisk memory cards, I’m trusting them with assets that are essential to me and my clients."
SanDisk Extreme Pro memory cards are designed for professionals and are backed by a lifetime limited warranty. The cards are durability tested, include RTV silicone coating inside for added protection against shock and vibration, and perform in extreme temperatures from minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit to 185 degrees Fahrenheit. The cards also include a one year downloadable offer for RescuePRO media recovery software, which lets photographers recover their images in case of accidental deletion. Increased Speeds Across the Product Line
To coincide with the launch of the 256GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card, SanDisk is increasing the speed across each capacity of the SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash line. The other SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards, available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, will now feature read speeds of up to 160MB/s4 and write speeds of up to 150MB/s, as well as the same VPG as the 256GB card. Pricing and Availability
SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards are available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB, and are shipping worldwide now with MSRPs of $219.99 to $1,809.99. Adorama
carries SanDisk Extreme Pro (160mb/s) CompactFlash memory cards
Post Date: 9/12/2013 1:22:10 PM CT Posted By: Sean
I frequently use the HDR imaging technique, but my processing of the multiple exposures omits the use of standard HDR software. In the latest tips article, I provide instruction on how to quickly and easily create natural-looking HDR images
Post Date: 9/12/2013 9:53:49 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Watsonville, California – September 11, 2013 – ExpoImaging, Inc., designers of innovative camera accessories for the photographic market, today introduced the patent pending Rogue Safari Pop-Up Flash Booster, a unique attachment for DSLR cameras that concentrates light from the pop-up flash for photographing subjects at a distance. Optimized for use with telephoto zoom lenses that are 100mm and longer, the Rogue Safari focuses up to 8x more light (an improvement of up to 3 f/stops) on a subject than a DSLR’s unassisted pop-up flash, and up to 12x more than ambient light.
“Every photographer can think of a time when there just wasn’t enough light to get the shot they wanted, particularly at distances greater than 20-30 feet where the pop-up flash by itself simply isn’t powerful enough,” said Erik Sowder, CEO of ExpoImaging, Inc. “Using the Rogue Safari Pop-Up Flash Booster, it’s possible to light a subject at significantly greater distances, in some cases as far as 60-70 feet away. That extra light can make the difference between a sharp image with good color, and a dark, underexposed missed opportunity.”
The Rogue Safari is optimized to work with telephoto zoom lenses (100mm and longer) on most modern Canon APS-C or Nikon DX sensor cameras. The optically engineered lens captures light from the pop-up flash and narrowly focuses it for lighting more distant subjects, providing photographers of every skill level with increased flexibility to shoot in the most challenging lighting conditions.
“If you’re an avid weekend photographer shooting your kids’ soccer games, or you want to make sure to capture those vacation memories, you’ll be amazed at the amount of light you get from your pop-up flash with the Rogue Safari,” said Sowder. “The Rogue Safari puts out nearly as much light as a $500 accessory flash, except the Safari sells for just $35. At just 2 ounces (55 grams) the Rogue Safari is lightweight and simple to use, and it doesn’t require any batteries,” said Sowder.
With a flowing design aesthetic, the Rogue Safari looks like part of the camera. It is built to withstand the rigors of travel photography with the lens and body molded from rugged, impact resistant polycarbonate materials. Pricing and Availability
The Rogue Safari Pop-Up Flash Booster is available now through ExpoImaging’s distribution partners worldwide. Rogue Safari retails for $34.95.
While the Rogue Safari Pop-Up Flash Booster is compatible with the vast majority of modern DSLR cameras, some older model DSLRs will not accommodate the Safari; owners of models launched before 2007 are encouraged to check the product compatibility chart here: http://www.RogueSafari.com
carries the Rogue Safari
Post Date: 9/12/2013 6:58:23 AM CT Posted By: Sean
I recently received the following email from CPS regarding upcoming program changes. If you're currently a CPS member, you might want to check out the changes scheduled for the near future.
From Canon Professional Services
Thank you for your continued Canon Professional Services membership, Canon loyalty and for trusting Canon products for use in your business.
The staff of CPS strives to provide imaging professionals like you with comprehensive service and support benefits. And we are always looking for opportunities to make the CPS program even better. After careful study and consideration, and with your valuable feedback, we are planning to roll out a number of enhancements and updates to the CPS program. The purpose of this email is to give you a summary of these enhancements and updates, which we anticipate will be effective for all members in two phases: the 4th quarter of 2013 and early 2014 with the introduction of a new CPS Cinema level. Details will be available on the CPS website as these enhancements and updates become available.
The program updates and enhancements are as follows:
We are renaming the Clean & Check process to Canon Maintenance Service (CMS) and eliminating the paper voucher. The number of items that may be sent in for CMS is being increased for eligible CPS members. Platinum members will be able to send 10 eligible items, and Gold members will be able to send 5 eligible items, during each membership year. The number of items sent in for CMS will be tracked by Canon internally.
Based on your feedback, we are shortening the period for each evaluation loan from two weeks to one week. This will also have the effect of increasing the total amount of equipment available for evaluation loans to eligible members.
In an effort to concentrate our efforts on our core professional members, we will no longer include the EOS 60D camera, and future successor model cameras, as qualifying equipment for any level. However, owners of such equipment will still be eligible to receive repair benefits covered by the program.
In early 2014, the Cinema EOS C100 camera and all Cinema Prime Lenses will be added as qualifying equipment to the CPS Gold and Platinum membership levels. And we are planning to launch a new CPS Cinema level tailored to owners of other Cinema EOS cameras and lenses.
In an effort to balance program benefits, we are adjusting the repair discounts from their current levels. Therefore, repair discounts are being changed to 30% for Platinum level members and 20% for Gold level members. Also, there will be a cap on the number of annual repairs to which the discount can be applied, Gold level members can receive the repair discount on a maximum of 10 eligible items and Platinum level members can receive the repair discount on a maximum of 15 eligible items.
The annual fee for Platinum membership will be reduced from $500 to $300. The annual fee for the Gold membership level will remain at $100, and the Silver membership level will remain free to qualified professionals.
For organizations with large amounts of eligible Canon equipment and/or large photography staff, we are launching Enterprise CPS, which is designed to suit the needs of medium to large size organizations like newspapers, photo studios, rental houses, etc. In addition to some of the traditional CPS benefits, Enterprise CPS clients can receive benefits like on-site equipment maintenance, higher repair caps and streamlined billing. The details of this new program will be provided at a later date.
We have also increased our support of the professional imaging market in less direct, but significant, ways. For example, you may have noticed that, during 2013, CPS increased the number of major sporting events, training workshops, and trade shows where on-site support is provided to eligible CPS members. These events are an important way for us to support and communicate with our members.
We recently opened two new service facilities, one in Hollywood, CA and another in Ridgefield Park, NJ just outside of New York City. These two new facilities are available to CPS Gold and Platinum level members (as well as our broadcast/cinema professionals). An advance reservation is required for all service and support requests handled by the Hollywood and Ridgefield Park facilities. CPS Gold and Platinum members requesting support should call the CPS hotline at 1 (888) CPS-4540 to make a reservation. And we are currently planning to open a third service facility that will support the Chicago market later this year. All with the goal of bringing Canon's award-winning repair and maintenance services closer to our CPS members.
Although the CPS program is changing in some significant ways, some aspects of CPS member support are not going to change: our unwavering commitment to speed and quality, as well as acting on your repair and maintenance requests with repair turnaround times of two business days for Platinum members and three business days for Gold members, as more fully described in the program terms and conditions. Temporary loaners while products are in for repair will continue to be available per the terms and conditions of the various membership levels. And dedicated, priority support will still be available for CPS members via phone or email, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
These enhancements will be rolled out via e-mail communications to our members, detailing the specific changes by membership level, effective date and describing new programs like Enterprise CPS and CPS Cinema. Ensuring your smooth transition to these new benefits is very important, so we want to hear from you if you have any questions.
We are honored to have the opportunity to help you achieve success in your imaging pursuits and to support your passion for image-making. Thank you again for trusting Canon with supporting your business.
Post Date: 9/10/2013 2:24:36 PM CT Posted By: Sean
The full review of the Canon EOS 70D
, what is now arguably Canon's best all-purpose APS-C format camera choice, is now live on the site.
Post Date: 9/10/2013 8:39:50 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
From JP Distribution:
We are pleased to announce that all BlackRapid Straps and SnapR Cases* distributed by JP Distribution will now carry a 5 Year Warranty. This is an exclusive upgrade authorised by BlackRapid for UK and Ireland customers only and only when purchased from an Authorised UK Reseller (Only stock distributed via JP Distribution will carry this warranty).
This warranty will be back dated to 1st January 2013 so all of this year’s BlackRapid customers will be covered. Note: This warranty covers any BlackRapid products that develop an issue due to manufactures fault or malfunction but does not cover accidental damage, wear and tear or misuse. If action is required the customer should simply return the BlackRapid product to JP Distribution with proof of purchase and a description of the fault encountered. Amazon.co.uk
is an authorized retailer of BlackRapid products
Post Date: 9/10/2013 7:24:27 AM CT Posted By: Sean
From JOBY: Introducing the JOBY UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate™ that will Fit any Tripod and JOBY DSLR Wrist Strap that Automatically Cinches to Protect Your Camera
SAN FRANCISCO, September 10, 2013 – JOBY introduces two new versatile and adaptable camera straps to its line of functional, ergonomic and stylish products. JOBY’s UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate allows photographers to seamlessly transition from comfortable, handheld shooting to capturing composed shots on a tripod. The DSLR Wrist Strap from JOBY protects DSLRs or mirrorless/CSCs (compact system cameras) from accidental drops with an innovative cinching design.
"As we always aim to achieve with all JOBY products, our new UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate and DSLR Wrist Strap enable professional and enthusiast photographers to utilize their gear in an even greater way," said Michael Jue, director of product design and management. "The products’ ergonomic designs provide lightweight comfort without compromising camera security," he added. Introducing the JOBY UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate
The UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate is a useful combination of a streamlined hand strap and universal quick-release plate. Photographers can keep the hand strap attached to their camera while mounting it to a tripod or even using another camera strap. The hand strap is compatible with standard and pro DSLRs with or without a battery grip.
A comfortable hand strap that offers ultimate ease for shooting in hand, the UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate is also ideal for shooting with a tripod. The UltraPlate features a universal tripod quick-release plate with built-in Arca-Swiss compatibility. Unlike most baseplates on the market, the UltraPlate has two additional 1/4"-20 screw mounts.
Photographers can attach all types of accessories to the UltraPlate without removing the hand strap (unlike other camera straps). Types of accessories that may be added while the hand strap remains attached include JOBY’s Ultra Fit Sling Strap or other camera straps, flash brackets, and other tripod quick-release plates found on all leading tripod brands. This innovative baseplate design makes the JOBY UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate compatible with all camera tripods and camera straps.
The hand strap features JOBY’s UltraFit Layered-Pad Technology™, which provides lightweight support without the bulk. The thin strap pad conforms to the shape of one’s hand and will not interfere with use of the camera’s controls. The UltraPlate’s practical design also provides easy access to a camera’s battery door for changes on the fly.
The UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate from JOBY is an ideal accessory for today’s photographers who like to quickly alternate between shooting modes without hassle. Introducing the JOBY DSLR Wrist Strap
The DSLR Wrist Strap is a simple cinching wrist strap designed for DSLRs or mirrorless/CSCs. Lightweight and comfortable – weighing less than a half ounce – it is JOBY’s minimalist solution to keeping your camera safe and secure. Featuring a strongly braided cord with a smooth, soft-to-touch finish, the strap is designed to automatically tighten around the wrist if the camera is dropped. The DSLR Wrist Strap was designed for users who do not want a camera strap that gets in their way but crave the security a camera strap provides.
A minimal wrist strap solution with a fail-safe hold, the DSLR Wrist Strap connects to a DSLR or mirrorless/CSC via universal shoulder lug attachment. The DSLR Wrist Strap comes in one adjustable size to fit most wrists and in two colors: charcoal and neon green. Adorama
carries the Joby UltraFit Hand Strap
and other JOBY products.
Post Date: 9/10/2013 6:48:42 AM CT Posted By: Sean
We are happy to announce the opening of our satellite location in the Nashville area. Our Nashville office will serve as a pick-up center beginning on September 12th. There is no charge to pick-up from the Nashville location. Initially, all Nashville orders will be available the next day, although we hope to soon offer same-day pickup for our most popular items.
214 Ward Circle, Suite #900
Brentwood, TN 37027 LensRentals Nashville FAQs How do I put in an order for Nashville pick-up?
It’s simple. Just select “Pick-up at Lensrentals’ Office” when selecting a shipping address during checkout. Then, select Nashville as the pick-up location you’d like to use. If an item in your cart will not be available on the selected pick-up date in Nashville, you will not be able to select a Nashville pick-up. Is there any cost to pick-up in Nashville?
Absolutely not. There is no shipping or pick-up fee when you pick up in our Nashville location. When you arrive, we’ll have your order waiting on you and be able to answer any questions you may have. Why can’t orders be picked up the same day?
Lensrentals stocks thousands of unique items. Unfortunately, we just can’t keep that many items on hand in a satellite location that is only catering to local customers. As soon as we get a feel for which items are the most popular in Nashville, we will begin stocking some items, available the same day, in our Nashville location. We will update everyone once that begins. What if I need to pick-up my order early in the morning or drop-off outside of your normal hours?
We can’t guarantee your order will be ready for pick-up before 11:00 AM, without advanced notice. If you reserve your order at least 2 days in advance and let us know you need to pick it up early, we’ll have it ready for you as soon as we open. Likewise, if you need to drop-off your order earlier or later than our operating hours, just let us know. We will work with you to make sure your order goes as smoothly as possible.
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Post Date: 9/9/2013 4:12:29 PM CT Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo
9/9/2013 - It is because Apple devices do things humans cannot that fans of Apple laptops are emotionally and physically connected to their laptops, as though their laptops are their “second brains.” Ourselves die-hard fans of Apple devices, we just released the ultra thin My 2nd Brain
bag collection. The four bags were created with pockets specifically sized for Apple computers and accessories and all the tools needed to support a digital lifestyle. And inside each bag is silkscreened a question for our modern lives: “where would I be without you?”
Each case is built for a specific Mac or iPad computer with pouches and pockets matched to that product’s accessories. The accessory compartments include clear zippered pockets and mesh pouches sized for Apple chargers, cables, adapters and so much more. Even iPhone mobile digital devices or sunglasses have special plush pockets placed for easy access.
Each My 2nd Brain bag is built with high quality fabrics and metal hardware that complements the aluminum unibody finish of Apple computers. The front pocket unzips to expose a padded plush pouch sized for an iPad or iPad Mini mobile digital device, as well as an organizer for pens and small accessories. At the top of the bag is a plush pocket for an iPhone mobile digital device that includes a pouch for earbuds or a Bluetooth headset.
The main zippered storage area is lined on one side with several mesh pouches sized for Apple chargers and accessories. The other side of this storage area is lined with clear zippered pockets to safely hold Apple adapters and smaller items. The rear padded pocket is fitted to hold an iPad mobile digital device or 11”, 13” or 15” Mac laptop. On the rear of the bag is an easy access pouch for documents. Even the removable padded shoulder strap provides storage with a buckle and strap to secure full-size headphones. All of this storage capacity is held in a bag that measures just 1.9” to 2.6” thick, depending on the Apple product for which it was designed. PRODUCT DETAILS
- My 2nd Brain Tablet: fits iPad and iPhone mobile digital devices with their accessories: power adapter, USB connection cable, camera connection kit, earbuds, stylus, monitor adapters, USB drives, SD/CF cards, pens, business cards, and other personal items.
- My 2nd Brain 11: fits 11” MacBook Air laptop plus iPad Mini and iPhone mobile digital devices with their accessories: power adapter, super drive, portable hard drives, Ethernet adapter, USB hub, USB connection cable, earbuds, monitor adapters, USB drives, SD/CF cards, pens, business cards, and other personal items.
- My 2nd Brain 13: fits 13” MacBook Pro (or 13” MacBook Air) laptop plus iPad (Mini or original) and iPhone mobile digital devices with accessories: power adapter, portable hard drives, USB hub, USB connection cable, earbuds, monitor adapters, Ethernet cable, USB drives, SD/CF cards, pens, business cards, and other personal items.
- My 2nd Brain 15: fits 15” MacBook Pro laptop plus iPad (Mini or original) and iPhone mobile digital devices with accessories: power adapter, portable hard drives, USB hub, USB connection cable, earbuds, monitor adapters, Ethernet cable, USB drives, SD/CF cards, pens, business cards, and other personal items
- Available in Black, Harbor Blue, and Mist Green.
- Easily accessible iPhone mobile digital device pocket with plush lining and earbud pouch.
- Front pocket with plush pouch for iPad or iPad Mini™ mobile digital device (product specific).
- Organizer for pens, business cards, keys or other personal items.
- Padded protection for your most valuable electronics.
- Large rear pocket for documents or papers.
- Removable shoulder strap with adjustable, non-slip pad.
- Grab handle on top for quick pick-up.
- Poly Ballistic fabric ensures durability while silver-toned liner provides a technical appearance.
- Think Tank Photo’s “No Rhetoric” warranty.
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: 9/9/2013 3:25:32 PM CT Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo
9/9/2013 - Now you can keep the bottom of your bags from becoming a tangled mess of cables and accessories with our new PowerHouse clear cases. These practical cases keep chargers organized with divided space for the power adapter and the power cable inside clear zippered pockets. The back of the case features zippered organizer pockets to hold small adapters and cables.
organizer case comes in three sizes, each matched to an iPad or MacBook computer’s power adapter and cable.
- PowerHouse Tablet: Fits an iPad or iPad Mini mobile digital device’s power adapter and USB charger cable plus a stylus, camera connection kit, pens, small cables, USB drives, and other small accessories.
- PowerHouse Air: Fits an 11” or 13” MacBook Air laptop’s power adapter and AC cable plus pens, small cables, USB drives, and other small accessories.
- PowerHouse Pro: Fits a 13” or 15” MacBook Pro laptop’s power adapter and AC cable plus pens, small cables, USB drives, and other small accessories.
- The all-fabric exterior is treated with a durable water resistant coating; the fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance.
- YKK zippers
- 210D silver-toned nylon, clear phthalate-free PVC (meets REACH standard) window, 150D hexa mesh, nylon binding, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
- External Dimensions: 6.1” W x 3.3” H x 1.6” D (15.5 x 8.5 x 4 cm)
- Weight (with all accessories): 0.2 lbs (0.1 kg)
- External Dimensions: 7.5” W x 3.9” H x 1.8” D (19 x 10 x 4.5 cm)
- Weight (with all accessories): 0.2 lbs (0.1 kg)
- External Dimensions: 7.9” W x 5.1” H x 2” D (20 x 13 x 5 cm)
- Weight (with all accessories): 0.2 lbs (0.1 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: 9/9/2013 3:24:43 PM CT Posted By: Sean
From Photoshelter: Staying Safe Abroad: Lessons From Ami Vitale & Elizabeth Dalziel
Whether you’re shooting in an unfamiliar location or conflict area, photographers traveling abroad need to smart, vigilant, and prepared for dangerous situations. Many photographers might not receive formal training before going abroad, so it’s more important than ever to do your own research and determine what you need to stay safe. And after visiting more than 100 countries between them, photojournalists Ami Vitale and Elizabeth Dalziel have learned some vital lessons on how to protect themselves in a number of different precarious situations.
In this live webinar on Tuesday, September 10th at 4pm ET, Ami and Elizabeth will draw on their many years of experience to share their recommendations for those who find themselves working in difficult environments. They’ll discuss:
- The importance of finding a trustworthy guide
- The actual cost of staying safe and buying protection
- The value of networking with other photographers
- Lessons learned from personal experience in mobs, unstable areas, and war zones
Join us on Tuesday, September 10th at 4pm ET for this very special webinar with Ami Vitale and Elizabeth Dalziel!
Post Date: 9/9/2013 2:17:42 PM CT Posted By: Sean
From September 16-21 (9:00am - 4:00pm Pacific Time), creativeLIVE is hosting free live workshops to celebrate Photo Week. The week will include workshops by over 50 well-known commercial, outdoor, and wedding photographers.
For more information or to sign up, check out creativeLive's Photo Week
Post Date: 9/9/2013 9:06:33 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Please excuse my delay in posting the Weekend Recap this week!
"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending Sept. 7th, 2013
In the news...
In a time when lens prices seem to go up, up and away, it’s very nice to see some prices drop. On Tuesday, we reported on five lenses that have dropped significantly in price – the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS, the 28mm f/2.8 IS, the 35mm f/2 IS, and two popular EF-S lenses, the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS and ultra wide angle 10-22mm USM lens. We don’t know if these price drops will be permanent, so take advantage of the reduced prices while you can.
This week, both Canon and Zeiss announced new cinema lenses. On Wednesday, Canon announced the CN-E35mm T1.5 L F lens. The 35mm lens is Canon’s sixth prime lens in its cinema series, and should hit the shelves in December for a little north of $5,000.00. On Thursday, Zeiss announced its own cinema lens, the CZ.2 15-30mm T2.9. This cinema zoom is scheduled to be available in April 2014 for a price “under” €20,000.
Also on Thursday, Nikon announced two new COOLPIX cameras – the P7800 and S02 – as well as the LD-1000 LED movie light. For more information on these new products, check out Thursday’s news post.
And for probably the biggest news of the week (for most of our audience, at least), Adobe announced a Photoshop Photography Program for Creative Cloud. The new program offers Photoshop CC and Adobe Lightroom 5 for an affordable $9.99 per month, but there’s a catch. In order to qualify for the program, you must already own Adobe Photoshop CS3 or later. We’re quite saddened by that stipulation as it will preclude many anxious customers from taking advantage of this seemingly fair offer. The Photoshop Photography Membership Program will start September 17th.
In site news and reviews...
On Wednesday, Bryan published the ISO noise comparisons for the Canon EOS 70D. Judging by the results, it looks like Canon was able to increase resolution – from 18 to 20 megapixels – without increasing ISO noise. It looks like Canon did a good job designing their Dual-Pixel sensors.
And, for our deal of the week…
On Thursday, we posted an eBay deal from RytherCamera where you could get a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens for $650.00 with free shipping. Unfortunately, the price rose to $679.99 shortly after posting. However, that’s still a very good deal compared to the normal, retail price of $1,149.00.
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"
Post Date: 9/9/2013 8:55:25 AM CT Posted By: Sean
From Lexar: Berlin, Germany, September 5, 2013
- Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the 64GB Lexar® High-Performance microSDXC™ UHS-I card with read transfer speeds up to 600x (90MB per second).* Designed to enhance the mobile video capabilities of smartphones, tablets, and sports camcorders, the Class 10 microSDXC UHS-I card allows users to capture, store, play back, and transfer up to eight hours of 1080p full-HD video and thousands of photos and songs.**
“Over the past decade, mobile technologies including smartphones, tablets, and action video cameras have become an integral part of everyday life – and new capabilities are continually being added to enhance these technologies. Mobile devices offer convenience for business and personal needs, as well as the ability to capture those special, every day moments,” said Adam Kaufman, product marketing manager, Lexar. “The Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card provides users with a premium mobile solution that allows them to spend less time offloading their increasingly large files and more time capturing those important moments while they’re on the go.”
The Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card comes with a USB 3.0 reader to enable high-speed file transfer rates from card to a computer. Lexar memory card designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability with more than 1,100 digital devices. The 64GB High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card comes with a limited lifetime warranty. The reader is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports and comes with a one-year limited warranty.
Available for purchase from Lexar.com and leading e-tail outlets worldwide, the 64GB Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card will be available with an MSRP of $99.99. Adorama
carries Lexar products
Post Date: 9/5/2013 2:06:41 PM CT Posted By: Sean
From Lexar: Berlin, Germany, September 5, 2013
- Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the Lexar® Professional Workflow Reader Solution, the only solution that transfers video and images from up to four memory cards at once using just one USB port. The solution includes a four-bay reader hub compatible with popular card formats, such as XQD™, UDMA 7 CompactFlash® (CF), Secure Digital Extended Capacity™ (SDXC) Ultra High Speed-I (UHS-I), and Secure Digital High Capacity™ (SDHC) UHS-I.
The Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution allows users to mix and match readers in the hub. The readers are sold separately so users can configure the hub into an ideal solution that meets their individual workflow needs:
- Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 (Four-Bay USB 3.0 Reader Hub)
- Lexar Professional Workflow SR1 (SDHC UHS-I and SDXC UHS-I USB 3.0 Reader)
- Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 (UDMA 7 CompactFlash USB 3.0 Reader)
- Lexar Professional Workflow XR1 (XQD USB 3.0 Reader)
“The new Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution is a game changer, and will surpass many expectations as to what a card reader can add to a photographer’s workflow process," said Lexar Elite Photographer Scott Kelby, the leading voice in photo editing and processing. "In today's digital imaging industry, speed is the major factor that impacts all photographers and videographers. This product has been cleverly designed with a wonderful fit and finish, and once again demonstrates how Lexar is listening to its customers and delivering the kind of innovative products photographers need to stay on top in this highly competitive business."
The Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution transfers RAW images, high-res photos, and HD, 3D, and 4K video files at USB 3.0 speeds when using a USB 3.0 port. The modular design of the Professional Workflow Reader Solution makes it adaptable to changing technologies for future use, including new and emerging memory card formats.
“Photographers and videographers constantly struggle with improving and adjusting the efficiency of their personal workflows, and the growing number of memory card formats make this even more challenging,” said Adam Kaufman, product marketing manager, Lexar. “We designed the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution to allow users to build a completely unique system that suits their needs so they can get to editing and shooting sooner. Whether photographers or videographers are shooting on four cards of the same format, or four different types of cards, the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution lets them offload work faster, greatly reducing the time spent moving content from a card to a computer.”
The Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution comes with a two-year limited warranty, is compatible with both PC and Mac systems, and is available for purchase from Lexar.com and leading retail and e-tail outlets worldwide. The Four-Bay USB 3.0 Reader Hub has an MSRP of $79.99 and the readers have MSRPs of $29.99 (CFR1 and SR1) and $44.99 (XR1).
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Post Date: 9/5/2013 1:58:14 PM CT Posted By: Sean
From Western Digital: Exclusive WD SmartWare Pro Data Protection with Local and Cloud Storage Backup via Dropbox Provides 'Ultimate Mobile Storage Solution'
IRVINE, Calif. – Sept. 5, 2013 – WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company, today announced the availability of its My Passport Slim line of portable hard drives, the first thin drives to offer up to 2 TB capacity, a metal enclosure, and 256-bit hardware-based encryption. The included WD SmartWare Pro data protection software allows users to back up their data to their My Passport Slim and keep an extra copy in their Dropbox account for peace-of-mind. The software also lets users back up their Dropbox1 account to the My Passport Slim. These features make the My Passport Slim an ideal choice for protecting, storing, and enjoying digital content on the go.
Available in 1 TB and 2 TB capacities, the My Passport Slim measures a scant 4.33 x 3.14 x 0.48-inches*, giving mobile consumers an easy and convenient way to transport their favorite music, movies, photos and documents.
The My Passport Slim also incorporates super-fast USB 3.0 connectivity for quick transfer speeds of high resolution digital files.
“WD's My Passport Slim drives are setting a new industry standard for portability, capacity, and file protection,” explained Scott Steffens, general manager of WD's consumer storage solutions group. “Its beautiful metal exterior, combined with up to 2 TB of storage, hardware encryption, and WD SmartWare Pro backup protection make it the only storage device today's mobile consumers will ever need to bring with them.” Pricing and Availability
My Passport Slim portable hard drives are protected by a 3-year limited warranty and will be available from the WD store at wdstore.com as well as select retailers and distributors. My Passport Slim 1 TB has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $99.99 USD, and the My Passport Slim 2 TB2 is $149.99.
*Measurement for 1TB. 2TB measures 4.33 x 3.14 x 0.7-inches Adorama
carries Western Digital portable hard drives
. T-D-P.com Note:
Hard drive failure isn't just a possibility – given enough time, it's inevitable. Be sure to keep backups of everything that's important you. We use several Western Digital My Passport drives for backup purposes. The drives are small, convenient and quite reliable.
Post Date: 9/5/2013 7:27:28 AM CT Posted By: Sean
From RØDE: 5th Sep 2013
– RØDE Microphones has announced the release of the MiCon-11 adaptor cable, which provides connection between the RØDE HS1 headset, PinMic and Lavalier microphones, and TRRS devices such as the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as a large number of Android phones and tablets.
This now means that users of these microphones are able to take advantage of the RØDE Rec app on Apple iOS devices, recording high-quality audio direct to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. With a large scale update of the app to be released later this month, this functionality will be further enhanced.
“The MiCon system was born out of frustration from working with other manufacturers’ wireless systems.” said Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Marketing & Sales Director. “With MiCon the idea is to allow anyone that invests in our microphones a versatile suite of connectivity options, so if you upgrade your wireless system or want to connect it to another device you don’t have to buy a completely new mic.”
“Today’s release of the MiCon-11 really highlights the benefits of this system.” He continued. “Since the release of the smartLav in January we’ve been overwhelmed by worldwide demand, proving that this convergent technology is exactly what today’s consumers and professionals alike are looking for. Now with the MiCon-11 we can easily enable users of our broadcast-quality compact wearable microphones to take advantage of the many benefits of recording direct to their iOS device with the RØDE Rec app.”
The 1.2m/4’ cable adaptor also includes a MiCon male-to-male interface to allow it to be used as an extension for other MiCon cables from RØDE.
With this announcement RØDE now offers eleven different interface options for customers to connect their microphones, including wireless systems from seven different manufacturers. Adorama
carries RØDE products
Post Date: 9/5/2013 7:11:04 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Elegant Precision, Elite Performance: The Nikon COOLPIX P7800 Helps Effortlessly Capture Stunning Images with Confidence and Control
Nikon’s Newest Advanced Performance Camera Offers Leading Performance and Features for Those Who Want Quality Photos and HD Video
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the COOLPIX P7800, the latest addition to Nikon’s Advanced Performance COOLPIX lineup that offers Nikon’s optical excellence and versatile high-performance features in a portable, compact body. Equipped with both automatic and advanced features, the P7800 presents a high-powered and intuitive option for those who want superior image quality and performance, without sacrificing creative control. Packed with innovative features, including a large 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, a fast maximum aperture f/2.0 lens and new electronic viewfinder, the P7800 captures images and HD video with elegance and precision, even in difficult low-light shooting scenarios.
“This addition to the Advanced Performance COOLPIX series affirms Nikon’s commitment to integrating our storied optical legacy into powerful yet compact cameras,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “The new COOLPIX P7800 will allow photographers of every level to explore their photographic potential while capturing top-class images and Full HD video.”
Elite Performance and Optics
The COOLPIX P7800 sports a large 1/1.7-inch 12.2-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor and a versatile 7.1x zoom range (28-200mm equivalent). This combination ensures the capture of stunning images and Full HD video in a variety of difficult shooting environments. Whether shooting portraits, landscapes or documenting the family vacation, the P7800 is the ideal compact camera for almost any occasion.
Low-light performance is bolstered by a blazing fast f/2.0-4.0 glass lens that lets more light in, allowing the user to shoot with faster shutter speeds, and providing sharper results, even without the flash. Additionally, lens-shift Vibration Reduction (VR) in the lens helps create consistently steady and clear shots when shooting handheld, even while moving. For moments when speed is of the essence, the COOLPIX P7800 also features extremely fast continuous shooting, at 8 frames-per-second (fps) for up to six shots, allowing the user to be ready for every memorable, fleeting moment.
The camera is also capable of pristine Full HD 1080p video recording with stereo sound. While recording, the P7800 allows effortless optical zoom and presents several in-camera special effects as well as manual controls affording incredible video potential.
Controlled Precision for Every User
The Nikon COOLPIX P7800 presents a portable, practical and powerful compact camera option for the casual or advanced shooter looking to capture photos with precision and confidence. For capturing a fast moving soccer match or documenting the family vacation, a variety of useful scene and shooting modes are at the user’s disposal to help custom tailor the camera’s settings for a number of different shooting situations. An intuitive menu and external control system make it easy to navigate and control with ease.
For more advanced users who seek the ultimate in creative freedom, the COOLPIX P7800 offers complete creative controls that afford any photographer the ability to customize every shot. The P7800 is equipped with full manual controls (P,S,A,M) and the ability to capture RAW files, enabling the user to capture and edit uncompressed images. Styled in a classic design with a litany of external analog controls and mode dials for convenient access, this potent compact camera provides the uncompromising control that enthusiasts and professionals covet, clearing the way for the capture of beautiful images and Full HD video. Much like other Advanced Performance COOLPIX offerings, the P7800 is also compatible with many Nikon accessories, including Speedlights and external GPS units.
Capture and Share with Ease
The Nikon COOLPIX P7800 will be available in September 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $549.95**.
The New Nikon COOLPIX S02 is the Ultra-Chic Answer for Capturing Amazing Images
The Perfect Accessory: The COOLPIX S02 is Super Compact, Stylish and Simple to Use
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the tiny COOLPIX S02, a stylish, super-compact camera that proves great image quality can come in small packages. The new COOLPIX camera is ideal for those who seek easy-to-use features and speedy performance whether on-the-go or out on the town with friends. The S02 is a stylish, hip and inexpensive ultra-mini compact camera, and a great gift for the trendy individual.
The new COOLPIX S02 features an easy-navigable home screen and user interface with shortcut menus for quick operation, making it simple to acquire share-worthy images with incredible detail and sharpness. The S02 strikes a balance between style and size, making it a must-have accessory to have on hand at all times.
“The new COOLPIX S02 is Nikon’s latest super sleek offering to give consumers a simple way to achieve exceptional image quality with stylish flair,“ said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “The COOLPIX S02 is user-friendly, making it great for capturing memorable moments in an instant with ease.”
The COOLPIX S02’s ultra-compact design houses a 13.2-megapixel CMOS sensor to help users capture amazing image quality and Full HD 1080p video, even in challenging lighting conditions. The 3x zoom NIKKOR lens of the S02 helps produce truly exceptional images that only a camera with a zoom lens can help capture. Though astoundingly small, the S02 is easy to operate thanks to a highly responsive 2.7-inch touch screen, letting the user focus on capturing every precious moment.
In addition to its fashionable, compact design, the COOLPIX S02 also includes user-friendly features like Scene Auto Selector Mode which helps the user effortlessly capture high quality images. To help the user capture images in almost any scenario or lighting condition with ease and confidence, the ideal scene mode is automatically chosen based on the distinctive shooting situation (portrait, landscape, night portrait, night landscape, close-up and backlighting). The COOLPIX S02 also includes a hand-held night scene mode for improved low-light shots and backlit scene HDR for improved picture quality even in brightly lit situations. Additionally, a group of special effects can be used to give images a new fun, creative twist, including Mirror, Sepia, High Contrast Monochrome, High Key and Low Key.
Price and Availability
The Nikon COOLPIX S02 will be available in September 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $179.95* in a variety of trendy colors including silver, white, pink and blue.
Nikon Introduces the New Nikon LD-1000 LED Movie Light, a Compact LED Light for Nikon 1 System and COOLPIX Cameras
The Nikon LD-1000 LED Movie Light Provides Additional Illumination When Capturing Still Images and HD Movies
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon announced the new LD-1000 LED Movie Light, an optional lighting accessory for Nikon 1 and COOLPIX cameras. The LD-1000 LED Movie Light is compact and lightweight, making it convenient to take anywhere. Additionally, it features a built-in diffusion panel, enabling natural, even exposure and smooth textures with soft light. For further versatility, the bracket can be removed from the movie light, allowing it to be held in the hand for free control over the angle of lighting.
Primary Features of the Nikon LD-1000 LED Movie Light:
Diffusion Panel for Soft Light that Enables Natural Rendering
The built-in diffusion panel evenly diffuses light for clear and consistent soft illumination. It also enables natural rendering of textures with minimal glare. The movie light can be used as an additional light source when capturing close proximity photography of still subjects like food, or as an additional light source for HD video.
Continuous Lighting, The Degree of Which Can be Confirmed During Shooting
As the movie light emits light continuously, rather than momentarily as a conventional camera flash does, the degree and effect of the light can be confirmed in the live view display as it strikes the subject while shooting.
Removable Bracket for Lighting From Any Angle
The movie light can be separated from the camera bracket, allowing users to adjust direction and height, as well as the distance of the light from the subject to achieve an optimal lighting angle regardless of the camera's position. Flexible control over the way a light strikes a subject makes natural rendering possible with a three-dimensional feel.
Price and Availability
The Nikon LD-1000 LED Movie Light will come in Black and White and will be available in October 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $99.95*.
*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.
Post Date: 9/5/2013 6:35:51 AM CT Posted By: Sean