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 Monday, January 21, 2013
B&H is showing an expected arrival date of January 24th for the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM A1 Lens for Nikon.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/21/2013 3:50:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The National Geographic Society, founded on January 13, 1888, is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Since its first issue in October of that year, National Geographic has played a pivotal role in supporting contemporary adventurers, explorers, and conservationalists - and inspiring countless more.
 
Some of the world's most recognizable photographs came from the pages of National Geographic. Its impact on the world of photography, as well as its contributions, are immeasurable.
 
Visit National Geographic's 125th Anniversary page.
Post Date: 1/21/2013 3:29:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Camera Museum has featured the Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera in its Design Hall series.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/21/2013 10:12:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 1/21/2013 9:58:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon is featuring Sony Secure Digital Memory Cards as its Gold Box Deal of the Day.
 
Deals include:
 
Sony 16GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card (SF16UX/TQ) - $16.99 (Compare at $22.95)

  • 16GB Data Storage Capacity
  • Class 10 Speed
  • Max. Read Speed: 94MB/s
  • Max. Write Speed: 45MB/s
  • Ultra High Speed Class 1

Sony 32GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 (SF32UX/TQ) - $29.99 (Compare at $40.99)

  • 32GB Data Storage Capacity
  • Class 10 Speed
  • Max. Read Speed: 94MB/s
  • Max. Write Speed: 45MB/s
  • Ultra High Speed Class 1

Post Date: 1/21/2013 8:13:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Based in Sweden, the Creative Light company launched in 2009 with the aim of providing moderately priced light modifiers as well as lighting education to professional photographers.
 
From Creative Light's Homepage:
 
Site off-line
The Creative Light is now closed since January 8th 2013 and the brand is discontinued. We would like to thank our clients and followers for all their support. /Creative Light.
 
Below is an educational video from the company's launch:
 

 
B&H still has many Creative Light products in stock (several of which are discounted).
Post Date: 1/21/2013 7:04:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, January 20, 2013
Please enjoy our new, weekly feature - the Weekend Recap.
 
Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 1/20/2013 8:07:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 18, 2013
ISO 12233 resolution chart results for extenders have been added to the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens Review.
 
According to Canon, the EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens is not compatible with extenders. Not fully compatible is correct, but ... extenders can indeed be used with this lens as proven by the 420mm and 600mm ISO 12233 chart results in this review.
 
If the 28-300 L is zoomed out to 50mm or longer, the rear element retracts into the lens far enough for the Canon 1.4x and 2x extenders to physically mount onto the lens. Once installed, zooming in to 50mm will result in physical contact between the front of the extender (likely the rubber ring surrounding the glass lens element) and the rear element of the lens. You obviously want to avoid this.
 
You will also likely want to avoid the image quality that the Canon EF 2x III Extender combo delivers at 600mm. The results are not pretty. At 600mm, this is an f/11 max aperture lens that will not AF even on a 1-Series body (tried it - AF didn't work). Better, but still not impressive are the results with the Canon EF 1.4x III Extender at 420mm where this is an f/8 max aperture lens. Autofocusing with the 1.4x attached is very, very slow and very frequently fails completely on the EOS 1Ds III being used for testing.
 
The extender and lens combo's focal length reported properly in EXIF, but the aperture did not.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/18/2013 9:05:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Excerpt from Calumet (UK) release:
 
Jessops, with many stores and a long heritage had a strong impact in promoting photography to the general public. Although they were a major competitor of Calumet, the fact that they enabled many photographers to handle products within a showroom environment across so many cities in the UK contributed to the incredible increase in the popularity and use of digital SLR cameras in recent years. We of course have the greatest sympathy and respect for the staff, and wish them well in the future. For Jessops’ customers who have been left with unfulfilled orders or issues with manufacturers’ warranty repairs we also sympathise.
 
With regard to the latter, we would like to offer any Jessops customer who needs to return a product to a manufacturer under warranty for repair the opportunity to use one of our eight nationwide showrooms. The store will handle the dispatch and return along with the necessary paperwork. Please contact your closest store if you wish to discuss taking advantage of this service. We guarantee not to charge any administration fee for this facility.
 
Read the entire release here.
Post Date: 1/18/2013 2:54:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Barack Obama 2013 Official Portrait
 
In 2009, official White House photographer Pete Souza made history when he created the first presidential portrait ever created with a digital camera (a Canon EOS 5D Mark II).
 
This time around, Souza used a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and an EF 85mm f/1.2L USM lens set to f/7.1, 1/125 second, ISO 200 for the president's second term official portrait.
Post Date: 1/18/2013 2:31:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
CanvasPeople is featuring special pricing on three sizes of their canvas prints - choose between an 8x10", 11-14", or 16x20" - for only $14.00 plus shipping.
Post Date: 1/18/2013 1:29:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From X-Rite:
 
i1 Professional product owners automatically benefit from i1Profiler v1.4 improvements including new scanner profiling
 
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (January 15, 2013) – X-Rite, Incorporated, the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, announces the latest enhancements to i1Profiler, the next generation professional color management software. i1Profiler offers an unprecedented level of flexibility and features a number of unique color management capabilities. And now with the version 1.4 update, i1Profiler includes scanner profiling, the latest OS support, and several other improvements. Current i1Profiler users will receive this software update for free.
 
“These new i1Profiler software improvements bring even more functionality and workflow improvements for X-Rite’s professional i1 color management products,” said Thomas Kunz, X-Rite’s Market Manager, Imaging. “Current i1 professional product owners will benefit from an automatic free software update and new i1 professional customers can be sure they will receive the most up-to-date profiling software that now includes easy scanner profiling.”
 
The latest release of i1Profiler software features basic and advanced modes for professionally calibrated and profiled monitors (including presets for video production workflows), projectors, scanners and printers. Scanner functionality is now available in i1Photo Pro 2, i1Publish Pro 2, i1Publish and all upgrade packages.
 
Key i1Profiler v1.4 improvements include:
 
Scanner Profiling
Users simply scan the target to generate a high quality custom ICC profile. The software will automatically detect and crop the target. It supports the following targets:

  • ColorChecker Classic
  • ColorChecker Digital SG
  • Reflective IT 8.7/2
  • Transmissive 4x5 and 35mm IT 8.7/1

OS Support Update
i1Profiler 1.4 now supports the following Operating Systems:

  • MacOS X 10.6.x, 10.7.x and 10.8x (with the latest updates installed)
  • Microsoft Windows®: XP® 32 bit, Vista® 32 or 64 bit, Windows 7 32 or 64 bit, Windows 8® 32 or 64 bit (with latest service pack installed)

In addition to the above improvements, i1Profiler 1.4 also includes additional CGATS and other minor workflow improvements, plus several maintenance fixes.
 
Availability
i1Profiler 1.4 is available for immediate download from xrite.com and xritephoto.com websites. If a current owner has auto update activated, they will automatically receive the update next time they launch the software.
 
B&H carries X-Rite products.

Category: X Rite News
Post Date: 1/18/2013 12:11:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Professional Services has just published "Following the Call of the Wild," an article featuring professional nature photographer Florian Schulz. Schulz's images have appeared in publications such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, and GEO.
 
Schulz enumerates the challenges of shooting in varied climates and recounts his experiences with the Nikon D600 DSLR camera. Be sure to check out the video (located in the the gallery section) where Schulz describes shooting polar bears for National Geographic.
 
Read the article here.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/18/2013 7:29:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 17, 2013
From Transcend:
 
Safeguard Your Files Against Unauthorized Copying with Transcend’s Copy Protected Memory Cards
 
Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend®), a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, today announced the launch of its SD/microSD memory card copy protection solutions. Partially-protected and partially-free areas, read-only CD emulation, customized device security, excellent compatibility and high capacity are some of the features that make Transcend’s Copy Protection SD/microSD cards ideal for use in OEM applications and distributing multimedia files.
 
Protect Pre-loaded Multimedia Files
For publishers of audio or video files, or educational institutions looking to distribute course material to students, SD and microSD memory cards present a portable and cost effective way to deliver digital content. Transcend’s Copy Protection SD/microSD cards ensure the safety of valuable intellectual property by allowing access to media while preventing end users from making unauthorized copies. For added value, any space not utilized by pre-loaded data can be freely used as a normal SD card. When the protected data is deleted, the previously occupied capacity will be released as free space. Another available option is to make the entire SD/microSD card read-only so that end users cannot write to, modify or delete any part of the card capacity; only executing pre-loaded content is allowed in this optional configuration.
 
Custom Card Reader to Control Access
In view of data protection, Transcend’s SD/microSD cards are available in a bundle pack with Transcend’s USB 3.0 RDF5 card reader that acts as the only key able to unlock the card, and therefore eliminate any potential threat should the data fall into the wrong hands. Data can only be accessed when the SD/microSD card is inserted into the customized RDF5 card reader and connected to a computer. For an extra layer of security, SD/microSD cards can be pre-loaded with copy protected media and combined with the custom RDF5 card reader. As a result, individuals, schools, banks, the government, military and police personnel, software developers, etc. can rest assured that their sensitive data is fully protected against illegal duplication.
 
Host Device Authentication
The compact dimensions and multi-platform compatibility of SD and microSD memory cards provide manufacturers of small form-factor devices with greater design flexibility and cost savings. Perfect for use in OEM applications such as portable multimedia devices and GPS navigation systems, Transcend’s Copy Protection SD/microSD cards can be customized with a card ID that is locked to a vendor’s specific host device. This will restrict use of the card to only the device to which the card is locked.
 
B&H carries Transcend Memory products.
Post Date: 1/17/2013 12:44:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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