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 Thursday, October 11, 2012
Digital Photo Professional 3.12.40 and EOS Utility 2.12.0 Updater are now available for download.
 
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.12.40 Updater for Windows:

  • Supports images taken with EOS M, PowerShot G15, PowerShot S110, PowerShot SX50 HS.
  • Supports new lens (EF40mm F2.8 STM, EF-M18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-M22mm F2 STM).

Changes for EOS Utility 2.12.0 Updater for Windows:

  • Supports EOS M.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/11/2012 9:14:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From EOS Magazine:
 
Whilst much of the buzz at Photokina is always around camera launches, Canon had something different to announce this year. Project 1709 is the working title for a new image management platform from Canon. Currently in beta phase, Canon is inviting photographers to register their interest for Project 1709 prior to the full launch in 2013.
 
The platform is a cloud-based service which promises to bring together and organise all of your images, regardless of their source (social networks, computers, elsewhere in the cloud). You will be able to tag and filter your images, using meaningful personal tags, EXIF data, geotagging, dates and device information. If the same image is stored in several different locations, advanced image matching technology will identify these duplicate images. It promises to be an intelligent and sophisticated image management and sharing service for the digital age.
 
You can register your interest at:
www.project1709.com/
 
Note: It does not look like you can register yet if you live in the United States.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon UK News
Post Date: 10/11/2012 8:49:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lytro Cameras
 
From Lytro:
 
We’re celebrating the launch of three big changes for the Lytro camera: new manual controls, new colors and new accessories.
 
Manual ControlsCreative Tools for Lytro Photographers
 
With new, easy-to-use, and readily accessible manual controls, Lytro camera owners have more creative capabilities with light field photography. “Manual controls give Lytro photographers the opportunity to take control of the exposure in a scene,” said Eric Cheng, Lytro’s director of photography. “We introduced these features as a result of feedback from our most creative camera owners, who are capturing things like subjects in motion or experimenting with artistic styles like light painting. With manual controls, they now have more flexibility as they push the boundaries of the light field.” Check out these examples for inspiration.
 
The new controls are:

  • Shutter Speed- By manually controlling the shutter speed, Lytro photographers can keep the shutter open longer to capture living pictures in dark conditions. The maximum shutter speed is 8 seconds and the minimum is 1/250 second.
  • ISO Sensitivity – Controlling ISO gives Lytro photographers more ways to take creative living pictures in a variety of lighting conditions, from low-light concerts and restaurants to brightly lit soccer fields and amusement parks. The ISO range is 80 (min) to 3200 (max).
  • Neutral Density (ND) Filter – When in full manual mode, Lytro photographers can turn on the ND Filter to adjust the amount of light captured in extremely bright settings.
  • Auto Exposure (AE) Lock – Lytro photographers can lock the auto exposure while changing the composition of a picture in a scene.

These controls are included in all new camera purchases starting today. For existing Lytro camera owners, the free camera update begins rolling out today. To check for the update, just plug your Lytro camera into your computer.
 
New Colors and AccessoriesMore Choices to Customize Your Camera
 
In addition to introducing new creative tools, we’re also offering two new colors (U.S. only), Seaglass and Moxie Pink (available only through Target), and two new accessories, a Camera Case and Camera Sleeve (available at select retailers).
 
Amazon carries Lytro products.

Post Date: 10/11/2012 7:08:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Canon 5D Mark II with Leica Mount
Photo by Robert Benson
 
San Diego-based photographer Robert Benson had a peculiar problem--he owned a very expensive Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/1 lens without a camera to put it on. His solution involved modifying his own Canon 5D Mark II to accept Leica mount lenses. He is now selling his services for the 5D Mark II conversion. The procedure is not for the faint of heart and will most certainly void your warranty.
 
See his blog post for more details and sample images.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/10/2012 5:23:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DxO:
 
400 new DxO Optics Modules available
 
October 10, 2012 - DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v7.5.5 for Mac and Windows, its image processing software of reference for all serious photographers. This update means that DxO Optics Pro 7 now provides supports for the Canon EOS-1D X and the Nikon D600 (Elite edition only), as well as for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 and DMC-LX7.
 
DxO Optics Pro v7.5.5 also benefits from the continuous development of DxO Optics Modules. Nearly 400 camera/lens combinations have been added to the library, thereby providing support for additional Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, and Zeiss lenses for Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and Sony cameras.
 
Developed in the laboratory and following a scientific calibration process for all combinations of cameras and lenses, DxO Optics Modules contain tens of thousands of data points about the intrinsic limitations of each piece of equipment. This unique database means that DxO Optics Pro automatically corrects all lens optical defects - distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness - with an incomparable level of quality. Watch the video.
 
This update is free of charge for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 7, as well as for photographers who purchased a license for DxO Optics Pro 6 after September 1, 2011.
 
B&H carries DxO products.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 10/10/2012 9:14:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Custom SLR M-Plate Mini
 
From Custom SLR:
 
Custom SLR Launches M-Plate Mini Universal Quick-Release Tripod Plate
 
Crowd-funded Custom SLR announces M-Plate Mini, a versatile quick-release tripod plate for Arca-Swiss and ManfrottoTM RC2-style heads with additional ports for attaching a variety of accessories
 
SAN JOSE, CA, October 9, 2012Custom SLR, a design company creating performance products that improve the shooting experience for photographers, today announced the upcoming availability of the M-Plate Mini, a universal quick-release tripod plate offering compatibility with most Arca-Swiss and ManfrottoTM RC2-style tripod and head systems. The versatile, durable plate includes ¼”- 20 attachment sockets ensuring photographers can still connect an assortment of attachable accessories even if the plate is occupying their camera’s tripod mount.
 
Sharing similar tripod functionality with the popular M-Plate Pro system, which also enables the attachment of a hand strap and sling strap like the company’s C-Loop and Glide Strap, Custom SLR recognized the value the universal mini release plate could provide to photographers seeking an upgrade to the standard quick-release connectors on the market. Durable and sturdy, yet lightweight, the M-Plate Mini provides a stable and a secure connection between camera and tripod head, making for smooth and easy transition to Arca-Swiss and ManfrottoTM RC2-style heads.
 
Designed and developed in the USA from aerospace-grade aluminum, the M-Plate Mini comes in a black anodized finish for a sleek profile when attached to the camera’s tripod socket. The M-Plate Mini can serve as a cost-effective alternative to the mono-tasking tripod plates on the market, and its modular design will allow it to function along with planned Custom SLR attachments currently in development such as video rigs and flash brackets.
 
“Our philosophy with design is to keep our products modular and to give photographers options that truly improve their shooting experience,” said Ivan Wong, Chief Operations Officer, Custom SLR. “Like the M-Plate Pro, the M-Plate Mini expands on this goal, serving as the backbone to a new line of photo and video attachments that we will introduce to the market in the coming months.”
 
The M-Plate Mini carries an MSRP of $49.95 and is targeted for a November release when the product will be available through many authorized dealers worldwide.
 
B&H carries Custom SLR products.
Post Date: 10/10/2012 7:34:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 9, 2012
From Lightroom Journal:
 
Lightroom 4 includes the ability to easily create and publish photo books. While many Lightroom customers have enjoyed creating photo books inside Lightroom, some have reported a disturbing bug about which I’d like to provide additional information.
 
The Issue
 
While working on a page spread that contains a caption with multiple colored text, the book can disappear.
 
To Avoid the Issue

  • Update to Lightroom 4.2 immediately. Lightroom 4.2 contains safeguards that may aid in the recovery of a lost book. To update, please either use the Help-> “Check for Updates” menu option within Lightroom or download the update here [Windows, Mac]
  • Avoid using multiple text colors within the same text box

Recovering a lost book

  • If you are using Lightroom 4.2*, this warning will appear.
    Lightroom Dialogue Box Warning
  • Click “Cancel”.
  • Quit Lightroom 4.2.
  • The warning will appear again. Click “Cancel” again.
  • Restart Lightroom.
  • In the Book module, your book will be there.

*We are not aware of any methods to recover a lost book in either Lightroom 4 or Lightroom 4.1. Please update to Lightroom 4.2 through the Help->”Check for Updates” menu option within Lightroom or download the update here [Windows, Mac]
 
Next Steps
 
The Lightroom team is currently researching and evaluating this bug to ensure that there are no other ways that it can be triggered. Our aim is to include a fix in a future update to Lightroom 4. In addition to the feedback we received from the Lightroom community and feedback forums, I’d like to also personally thank two Lightroom customers who played a critical role in helping us isolate and better understand the bug. Alan Shapiro and Marko Nara, thank you for all of your help in getting to the root of this issue.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/9/2012 5:34:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 8, 2012
Eye-Fi has just released an advisory regarding Nikon D800/D800E DSLR cameras:
 
From Eye-Fi:
 
"The Nikon D800 / D800E is not compatible with Eye-Fi X2 Cards.
 
Eye-Fi engineering has found and confirmed a compatibility issue with the Eye-Fi card that impacts the use of Direct Mode in the Nikon D800. We are currently investigating an issue with the D800's SD slot that appears to contribute to a lack of steady signal while the Eye-Fi card is in Direct Mode which makes the Direct Mode feature incompatible with the camera. The Nikon D800/D800e passes all other wireless network tests and is compatible with wireless transfers via a wireless router."
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Eye Fi News
Post Date: 10/8/2012 12:09:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe has created a blog post addressing several questions it received regarding the new enhancements of the Digital Negative 1.4 Specification.
 
The new enhancements include:

  • Default User Crop
  • Transparency
  • Floating Point (HDR)
  • Lossy Compression
  • Proxies

If you would like even more detail, you can download the complete 101 page DNG Specificaiton.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/8/2012 10:55:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 5, 2012
Some image quality comparisons are now available on the Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D Review page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/5/2012 12:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon Professional Network:
 
Canon Explorer Ulla Lohmann pushes her cameras to the limits in some of the most remote areas of the world, often near to the intense heat and ash conditions of erupting volcanoes. CPN writer Mark Alexander spoke to her and found out that the German photographer is finding her match in the EOS 5D Mark III DSLR.
 
Read entire article...
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/5/2012 8:31:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 4, 2012
Benro S Video heads
 
Company’s first series of Video Camera Support Systems provide solid and versatile performance for today’s videographers and photographers
 
North White Plains, NY – October 3, 2012 – Benro, manufacturer of tripods, monopods and heads designed for demanding professional photographers and filmmakers, announces today the availability of new Video Camera Support Systems. Designed exclusively for today’s videographers and photographers, these new systems include both Carbon Fiber and Aluminum Alloy based Tripod Kits and Monopods and S-Series Video Heads.
 
“As first previewed at NAB 2012, these new Video Camera Support Systems are designed to appeal to both the photographer experimenting with video capture as well as experienced videographers who prefer significantly smaller, more portable camera systems,” said Jan Lederman, President of MAC Group. “Videographers and photographers can rest assured that these new Video Camera Support Systems will securely stabilize their video camera equipment.”
 
Offering exceptional rigidity and torque-resistance that’s critical to smooth camera movement, these tripod and monopod kits are available in a variety of sizes, using both durable Carbon Fiber and Aluminum Alloy legs in combination with strategically select cast and machined aluminum and magnesium alloy components.
 
Benro Video Tripod Kits
The lightweight and compact customizable Benro Video Tripod Kits feature S-Series Video Heads available in three weight load capacities, matching Quick-Release (QR) Plate, Panning Handle, aluminum alloy or carbon fiber legs and a padded travel case for added protection. Each Benro Video Tripod Kit is based on an eighth-generation design of single leg tubes and flip-lever leg lock mechanisms for rapid access and tear-down. In addition, a sliding center column with an integral 60mm bowl allows fine camera positioning on vertical and angular axis for properly located and level panning.
 
Multi-angle locks let each leg angle be set independently for further rapid adjustment and to accommodate irregular terrain. Removable rubber feet can be interchanged with a set of included stainless-steel spikes to ensure footing on virtually any surface, and a retractable hook on the bottom of the center column provides a place to hang a camera bag or other weight to provide additional stability. These tripod kits are available now in prices ranging from $200 - $465.
 
For more information on these Benro Video Tripod kits visit: http://www.benrousa.com/products_Video-Tripod-Kits
 
Benro Video Monopod Kits
Also based on an eighth-generation design of single leg tubes and flip lever leg lock mechanisms, each Benro Video Monopod Kit, paired with the proper S-Series Video Head, provides professionals on the go with dependable solid support, flexibility and portability.
 
In addition, a swivel rubber pod foot insures positive vertical angular movements and good grip on a wide variety of surfaces and terrain. These monopod kits are available now in prices ranging from $141 - $280.
 
Benro Video Heads
The compact and lightweight new S-Series Video Heads were designed to be the perfect companion and part of every Benro Video Tripod Kit and Video Monopod Kit. Built on a flat base 3/8” threaded mount they are also ideal for virtually any tripod, monopod, ball adapter or other support rig.
 
All Benro Video Heads include a sliding QR camera plate with double safety release to provide simple and safe camera mounting, dismounting and balancing. Simple controls allow adjustment to provide additional tension on the independent pan and tilt drag mechanisms. In addition, integral fluid cartridges produce a balance setting and maximum load capacity of best-in-class for each size category.
 
Double rosettes provide dual mounting points for pan handles and an on-board level assures proper orientation for panning. The top-of-the-line S6 Video Head also features stepped balance control, a rosette safety break-off, adjustable length pan handle and an illuminated bubble level. Benro S-Series Video Heads are available now in prices ranging from $76 - $160.
 
B&H carrries Benro products.
Post Date: 10/4/2012 8:50:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/3/2012 10:29:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Eye-Fi:
 
Improved Class 10 Speed Allows For Faster Performance; Right in Time for Holidays
 
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., October 3, 2012 - Eye-Fi Inc. (www.eye.fi), makers of the world’s first wireless memory card, has announced today a new Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB, Class 10 card that increases both storage and speed capabilities while continuing to deliver convenient, reliable wireless upload of photos and videos from cameras. The new 16GB card provides twice the storage capacity of the prior Pro X2 card, while the Class 10 performance delivers ultra-fast read and write speeds. That means more power and speed for the same retail price of $99.99. And, the new Pro X2, like Eye-Fi’s other X2 series cards, enables you to wirelessly connect a camera to a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, or use an authorized WiFi network to move content directly to a computer.
 
"Cameras have more megapixels, and pictures and videos are more demanding in terms of size. Moving to a 16GB, Class 10 card keeps up with these trends and delivers what our customers have been asking for,” said Yuval Koren, CEO and co-founder of Eye-Fi. “Customers already know and love our Eye-Fi cards for instant wireless uploads, so the added space and faster speeds are a great addition, especially with the highest-volume photo days coming up.”
 
Anyone with the new 16GB, Class 10 card can immediately use Eye-Fi’s popular features to:

  • Upload anywhere: users can instantly upload images to their home computer, smartphone or tablet, either connecting wirelessly to the device with Direct Mode or over an authorized WiFi network
  • Shoot forever with endless memory mode: Cards can be set to automatically free-up space after photos & videos are transferred, so photographers never have to worry about running out of space
  • Transfer RAW files: as with the prior Pro X2, the highest resolution photos can transfer wirelessly
  • Back-up automatically: Pictures are safely stored on a home computer or Eye-Fi’s cloud, Eye-Fi View – a great relief if the camera is lost or stolen
  • Share in real-time: Card can be set to automatically share with selected social networks or photo sharing sites (Facebook, Flickr, etc.)
  • Geotag pictures immediately: Eye-Fi’s auto WPS Geotagging feature tags photos, allowing users to instantly see where memories were made

Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB card is available for pre-orders that ship within the United States for $99.99 USD from Amazon.com. The card will also be available, within the coming weeks, for customers in Australia for $108.00 AUD and Japan for ¥9980. With the launch of the new Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB card, the previous Eye-Fi Pro X2 8GB and the Eye-Fi Mobile X2 8GB will be reduced from $99.99 to $79.99 and $79.99 to $59.99, respectively, starting this month. For more information, visit www.eye.fi.
 
Amazon has the Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB card available for pre-order.

Category: Eye Fi News
Post Date: 10/3/2012 1:10:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DxO:
 
10/03/12 - 200 new lens / camera combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing support for Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, and Tokina lenses and Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, and Sony cameras.
 
The complete list of New DxO Optics Modules is available on DxO's website.
 
B&H carries DxO products.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 10/3/2012 9:25:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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