07/10/2014 – DxO FilmPack v4.5.2 and DxO ViewPoint v2.1.7 are now available! These two upgrades allow both software products to integrate perfectly with Adobe Photoshop CC (2014 edition).
DxO FilmPack: All the quality and emotion of fine arts photography
Acclaimed by professionals for the fidelity of its analog film renderings, DxO FilmPack lets photographers apply to their digital images all the characteristics of the analog films that have made photographic history, as well as many original looks, filters, tones, and visual effects. All of these renderings and effects can be infinitely combined and customized for unlimited creativity.
Coming in two editions, Essential and Expert, a single DxO FilmPack v4.5.2 license lets the software be used as a standalone application for OS X and Windows, and as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture, and DxO Optics Pro.
DxO ViewPoint: the indispensable companion to wide-angle lenses
DxO ViewPoint fixes even the most complex problems with perspective, and easily restores the natural shapes of subjects located on the edges of images. Taking advantage of all of DxO Labs’ know-how in terms of optical calibrations, the software corrects barrel, pincushion, and fisheye distortions. DxO ViewPoint supports all photographic equipment, much of which also benefits from the automatic corrections provided by DxO Optics Modules.
DxO ViewPoint is available as a standalone application for OS X and Windows, and as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom, and Apple Aperture — all with the same license.
The Essential and Expert editions of DxO FilmPack v4.5.2 and DxO ViewPoint 2.1.7 for Mac and Windows are available at photo resellers.
Upper Saddle River, NJ – July 10, 2014 – Manfrotto, a manufacturer of premium photo and video accessories, unveiled a new travel backpack in its Advanced bag collection: the MB MA-BP-TRV BeFree backpack. Billed as the perfect travel companion to the Manfrotto BeFree tripod, this new backpack features a unique carrying slot in the extendable side-padded pocket that is designed to fit the BeFree and other compact travel tripods.
The interior of the backpack was created to provide durability, flexibility and ease of use for travel-minded photo enthusiasts to carry their photographic gear and personal belongings in one compact bag. As part of the Advanced bag collection, the travel backpack features hard-wearing fabrics and professional features.
The backpack employs the Manfrotto Camera Protection System (CPS), which is designed to provide protection at its most vulnerable spot—the center of the bag, where the lenses are stored. The CPS consists of specially structured 3D foam encasing dividers that reduce shock and absorb and dissipate the force of impact.
It also has a rugged, durable bottom half that’s made of high-density nylon as well as nylon material on the top. It’s carbon detailing ties it in with Manfrotto’s Italian heritage.
The all-in-one carry solution is divided into two main compartments. The upper section is dedicated to personal belongings, while the bottom section has a quick side access. It can fit a DSLR with attached lens, two additional lenses, flash and accessories. Additionally, a 13-inch laptop can be stored in a back compartment. The bag can also be converted into an everyday backpack by removing the main compartment divider. And its extendable side-padded pocket makes it possible to add additional space to the bag by unzipping the pocket to insert a travel tripod.
Manfrotto’s Advanced bag collection includes six basic bag designs, each in various sizes, including active backpacks, tri-backpacks, gear backpacks, active slings, shoulder bags and holsters. Manfrotto’s new BeFree travel backpack is available now at Manfrotto Authorized Resellers.
Update: Manfrotto is offering up to a $100.00 rebate if purchasing the backpack and tripod together - see this form for details. (thanks Yoderz)
From the Toronto Star YouTube Channel:
Toronto Star photographer Randy Risling shows many ways that photographers can ruin the intimate moments of a wedding.
Asana, Canon, Dropbox, Google, Newegg and SAP Announce Formation of New Cooperative Patent-Licensing Agreement
TOKYO, July 10, 2014—Asana, Canon Inc., Dropbox, Google, Newegg and SAP today announced the formation of the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, a cooperative patent-licensing agreement that will cut down on patent troll litigation and the growing practice of patent privateering.
Patent litigation reached an all-time peak last year, with more than 6,000 lawsuits filed. Most of those suits came from non-practicing entities, also known as patent trolls—companies that don’t have a business outside of licensing and litigating patents.
More than 70 percent of the patents used by trolls come from still-operating companies. Indeed, in a growing trend called privateering, companies are selling patents to trolls that then use those patents to attack other companies. In some cases, those companies arrange to get a cut of revenue generated from the trolls’ suits.
The LOT agreement is a new kind of royalty-free cross-license meant to address these growing systemic problems. Member companies receive a license when the patents are transferred out of the LOT group. That means that companies retain their right to enforce a patent so long as they retain ownership of it. However, as soon as it is sold, a license to the other members becomes effective, protecting them from attacks by the troll to which the patent was sold.
The agreement includes several other provisions that preserve a patent portfolio’s value, including carve-outs for certain M&A transactions and change of control.
The initial members of the LOT Network range from early-stage startups to established technology companies. Together they own almost 300,000 patent assets, generate more than $117 billion in revenue and employ more than 310,000 people.
"The LOT Network is a sort of arms control for the patent world," said Allen Lo, deputy general counsel for patents at Google. "By working together, we can cut down on patent litigation, allowing us to focus instead on building great products."
"Startups need to overcome many risks before they can become mature, thriving companies. The LOT Network is a powerful and creative new idea that will help ensure that patent abuse need not be one of them," said Dustin Moskovitz, cofounder of teamwork software provider Asana.
"The LOT Network provides a unique mechanism for reducing patent troll threats while maintaining a portfolio’s primary significance and value," said Kenichi Nagasawa, director and group executive of Canon Inc.’s Corporate Intellectual Property & Legal Headquarters. "Through the further expansion of the LOT Network, I look forward to the patent system restoring its sound functionality."
"We believe that patents should never be used to stifle innovation," said Brett Alten, IP counsel at Dropbox, "The LOT network is a creative solution to fight patent abuse that becomes more effective with each company that joins. The more participants there are, the better off we’ll all be."
"Newegg has a very strong history of successfully battling patent trolls, and the License on Transfer Network is another valuable tool that helps protect participants from frivolous patent litigation," said Soren Mills, chief marketing officer of Newegg North America. "We’re very happy to join forces with Google and other leading technology companies to preserve the spirit of innovation that’s so vital to our collective well-being."
"The structure of the LOT Network helps protect innovative patent owners from unwarranted litigation, without stifling valid, beneficial uses of patents, such as cross-licensing," said Anthony DiBartolomeo, senior vice president and chief IP counsel at SAP. "As long as a company owns their patent they retain all their rights to it."
More information is available at http://www.lotnet.com.
The complete set of standard test results along with specs/measurements and product images are now available on the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens Review page.
Check out the Von Wong blog for the behind-the-scenes and final images.
Image quality, vignetting and distortion test results along with product images have been added to the Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro Lens Review page. Flare results will be available soon.
Picture Control Utility 2.0
Updates included in this 2.0 download
Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions
View NX 2.10.0
Updates included in this 2.10.0 download
Canon EOS 6D On-Camera Tutorial Videos
It is hard to distinguish the results between the two lenses with a minor exception of the latest lens showing very slightly better wide open performance at 35mm. The latest tested lens is sample "1".
Also added to this review were:
From the Profoto Blog:
"There are days when the whole world seems to smile upon you. But there are also days when the forces of nature seem to conspire against you. This shoot belongs in the latter category…
The shoot was done at Långtora Airfield outside Stockholm, which is the airfield where my gliding club is based. The look we were going for was a modern version of the flying ladies of the 1940s. Quite a few of the classic Hollywood stars flew gliders. The particular glider we were borrowing for this shoot was used by the Danish air force during the 1940s to train fighter pilots. Some people at the club claim that the gilder was once flown by Greta Garbo. But that fact is still to be verified…
Lighting-wise, we planned to shoot with sunlight and Collapsible Reflectors only. I wanted a subtle and natural backlight in the images, and Collapsible Reflectors are great for that. The fact that Profoto offer ten different Collapsible Reflectors in six fabrics (black, white, silver, sunsilver, gold and translucent) would be helpful, as that allowed us to create different light characters and moods by simply replacing one Collapsible Reflector with another.
That was the plan. But as it turned, the forces of nature refused to cooperate."
Read the entire article on the Profoto Blog.
Site vistor Mark J. sent us a great tip – Microsoft has a freely downloadable program for producing GIFs, called Microsoft Research Cliplets.
After learning about the program, I simply had to try it. I went to the local park to capture a video of its fountain in action (shown above).
Check out the video below to see how it works.
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We are pleased to announce the availability of the update of SIGMA Optimization Pro and it is now available for download. Since the version under SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.2.0 does not recognize 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, we have upgraded it to adapt the new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art.
Please update your SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.2.0 to latest version.
We appreciate your continuing support for our company and products.
Canon Japan has posted an announcement regarding an EOS M2 "double zoom" kit – containing the EOS M2, EF-M18-55mm IS STM & EF-M 55-200mm IS STM Lenses – to be available in August. Canon Japan also announced a new color for the EOS M2, "Beiburu" (Bay Blue) that will join the already familiar white, red and black models around that time.
Note: The Bay Blue version of the EOS M has been around quite some time. Apparently, the color is new to the EOS M2.
From the Nikon USA YouTube Channel:
Nikon Ambassador, Corey Rich shows us how he sets up a great time-lapse while capturing a beautiful landscape photo at the same time, using his camera's built-in intervalometer. For more information on your Nikon D-SLR's intervalometer, please refer to your camera's instruction manual.
From PC Mag:
Microsoft said the deal covers patents for digital imaging and mobile consumer products, among other things.
Canon is the latest company to ink a patent licensing deal with Microsoft.
The deal provides Microsoft and Canon with access to licenses for each other’s patent portfolios. Exact terms were not disclosed, but Microsoft said the agreement covers a broad range of products and services each company offers, including certain digital imaging and mobile consumer products.
“This collaborative approach with Canon allows us to deliver inventive technologies that benefit consumers around the world,” Nick Psyhogeos, general manager and associate general counsel of the IP Licensing of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft, said in a statement. “Microsoft believes cooperative licensing is an effective way to accelerate innovation while reducing patent disputes.”
The two companies have worked together before. In 2009, Microsoft said that Canon was among the first firms to sign up for a licensing program for its Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) technology.
Microsoft said it has now inked more than 1,100 patent licensing deals since its IP licensing program started in Dec. 2003. Many of the headlines surrounding that program have focused on Microsoft’s efforts to license its Android-related patents (Yes, Android).
From MindShift Gear:
MindShift Gear has just released the first dual-purpose round filter case for outdoor photography. The Filter Nest is two bags in one: a padded, zippered pouch protects delicate filters from dust and scratches in the field and a removable insert allows for compact packing.
The Filter Nest is belt-mountable and compatible with MindShift Gear’s rotation180° Panorama and rotation180° Professional backpacks for quickly accessing filters while setting up a shot. Plus, the grab-handle with SR buckle enables photographers to hang the Filter Nest from a tripod to suit workflow for rapid filter changes when speed counts.
From JerseyShooter's Blog:
"Once in a while, when you are ready to resign things to being just the way they are and give up, the planets align, the clouds part, and the gods smile down, making everything right again. Well, perhaps I’m exaggerating a bit. However, my initial testing of the new firmware Version 1.01 for the Canon mount Sigma 120-300 f2.8 “Sports” lens is complete and things are looking good.
To briefly recap, my issue with the lens and original Version 1.00 firmware was basically two-fold. First, despite all sixteen adjustable focus points available in the Sigma Optimization Pro software being perfectly calibrated using the USB dock, the lens would badly front-focus in between the 200mm and 300mm settings. Second, the lens required completely different Optimization Pro focus parameter settings for the 1D Mark III and 1D Mark IV compared to Canon’s other bodies like the 7D, 5D Mark II and 50D. This meant my lens was either “set up” to work with my 1D bodies, or my other bodies, but never ALL my camera bodies at once. I began my testing with a very methodical approach. I needed to find out first if the new firmware fixed the issue of the different parameter requirements for the different bodies. I also wanted to get a baseline to see how different my new Optimization Pro setting would be from my old ones, and I wanted to do it for all my different camera models."
From the looks of post, JerseyShooter is quite impressed by the new firmware. Check out his full post for all the details.
Canon EOS 6D On-Camera Tutorial Videos
Right now the top bid is only $2,025.00 – and that's especially reasonable considering the used value of the lens is upwards of $100K+.
Caveat Emptor: While the seller has a good feedback rating, it's not someone we're familiar with and the listing appears a bit suspect. We suggest proceeding with extreme caution when purchasing expensive gear from unknown sources.
Update: The auction listing has been removed.
Tamron's previous rebates have [mostly] been extended through July with minor alterations. See below for details.
Tamron Rebates July 1 - 31
|Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens||$50.00|
|Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens||$100.00|
|Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens||$100.00|
|Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens||$100.00|