Canon and Sony News for Feb 2014 (Page 4)

 Thursday, February 6, 2014

From Canon:

Canon Congratulates the Team of Imaging Professionals Who Captured the Iconic Moments of the Big Game

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 6, 2014 – On February 2nd imaging professionals from across the country gathered in New Jersey to cover the big game between teams from Seattle and Denver. Prepared to battle the potential elements, these professionals provided football fans with images documenting monumental moments and plays that can be watched, enjoyed and relived for years to come.

"We are honored to have seen so many photographers using our equipment to capture images of the big game this past weekend. Canon is committed to ensuring our products and support live up to the needs and expectations of our customers, and it is always humbling to see Canon equipment being used in such high profile events," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. was on site in New Jersey with its Canon Professional Services (CPS) team to provide these professionals with convenient access to support personnel, equipment maintenance, and product loans. "I have personally been impressed with Canon's proactive, prompt and thoughtful support for professionals," said Tom Hauck, freelance sports photographer who photographed the game and has shot over 350 professional football games in his career. "Before the game, I sent all my gear to Canon's Irvine service facility to be cleaned and checked and I got everything back in about two days. And at the game, Canon's CPS staff was on site providing information on how to better understand and get the most from my equipment as well as peace of mind."

The sidelines of the big game were lined with photographers using Canon EOS Digital SLR cameras and iconic white lenses. Canon is honored that more than 75 percent* of professional photographers covering the game utilized Canon DSLR cameras and EF lenses to capture and share the memorable moments of the gridiron matchup. Canon broadcast lenses were also used extensively to deliver the game to more than 111 million television viewers.

Currently, CPS is on-site in Sochi, Russia providing support to photographers and broadcasters throughout the month of February.

*Based on Canon U.S.A., Inc. survey and data, as of February 4, 2014

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 2/6/2014 3:29:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

In commemoration of Canon's 70-million EOS ILC's, check out this interesting video timeline of the evolution of the Canon EOS system.

Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 2/6/2014 12:09:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon USA:

This article was originally published on October 11, 2013 and has been updated to include current product information.

"As digital cinema camera technologies continue to evolve, one pattern has clearly emerged as the new flavor of our time: recording RAW camera sensor data. With the emergence of powerful post-production workstations, it makes theoretical sense that one would want to record all the unprocessed data the camera sensor has to offer and deliver it to post-production to process that data and create the final images we seek. Yet, in reality, the methodologies of implementing these steps seem as varied as the cameras themselves, suggesting that there are other factors at play that influence this seemingly straightforward concept.

In my daily dealings as a director, cinematographer and educator, I am astounded at the amount of confusion I see amongst producers, studio executives, clients and even my advanced graduate students at UCLA Film School when it comes to the topics of RAW, Uncompressed and Log recordings. These terms seem to be used interchangeably and often in the wrong contexts. The goal of this paper is to help demystify some of these terms by specifically analyzing Canon's implementation of Cinema RAW recording in its flagship camera, the EOS C500. By identifying and explaining all of the tenants that make up this novel approach to RAW recording, the hope is to empower creative storytellers to use this new technology to its fullest potential by capturing and delivering images of stunning depth and quality."

Read the rest of the article at learn.usa.canon.com.

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Post Date: 2/6/2014 7:48:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Kingston:

Fountain Valley, CA – February 4, 2014 – Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced its fastest addition to the Secure Digital product line. The new SDHC/SDXC UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) card (Kingston part #: SDA3/xxGB) allows professionals and consumers to capture 4K and other Ultra-HD video resolutions. The new card is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities.

The SD Association’s latest specification, UHS-I U3 (Ultra High-Speed Bus, Speed Class 3), guarantees performance of at least 30MB/s read and write, enough bandwidth to record and playback 4K video without interruption. Kingston’s SDHC/SDXC UHS-I Speed Class 3 card provides speeds of 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write, which is up to 9x faster (read) and up to 8x faster (write) than standard Class 10 SD cards. The faster speeds ensure the best video and photo integrity by reducing stutter as well as faster PC upload time especially when using USB 3.0 card readers.

The SDHC/SDXC UHS-I Speed Class 3 is compatible with all SDHC and SDXC host devices. It allows users to capture cinema quality Full HD (1080p), Ultra HD (2160p), 3D, and 4K2K videos on high-performance cameras such as Digital Single Lens Reflex (D-SLR), Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (D- SLM), camcorders and video cameras. In addition to 4K video capture, it can also be used for high-density photograph capture in burst or continuous capture mode, television recording, and live broadcasts. Users can capture up to 60 minutes of 4K HD video or shoot high-density image files in RAW or JPEG (up to 8,000 24MP images) on a 64GB card.

The SDHC/SDXC UHS-I Speed Class 3 is backed by a lifetime warranty and free technical support.

Kingston SDHC/SDXC UHS-I U3 Flash Card Features & Specifications:

  • Versatile: Class 10 performance when used in a non-UHS-I capable device
  • Compliant: with the SD Card Association specification
  • Secure: built-in write-protect switch prevents accidental data loss
  • Compatible: with SDHC & SDXC host devices; SDXC cards are not compatible with SDHC-enabled devices/readers
  • File format: FAT32 (SDHC 16GB–32GB), exFAT (SDXC 64GB)
  • Guaranteed: lifetime warranty, free technical support
  • Capacities: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
  • Dimensions: 24mm x 32mm x 2.1mm
  • Operating Temperatures: -25°C to 85°C
  • Storage Temperatures: -40°C to 85°C
  • Voltage: 3.3v
  • Performance: up to 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write, UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3)

DescriptionPart Number
16GB SDHC UHS-I Speed Class 3 Flash CardSDA3/16GB
32GB SDHC UHS-I Speed Class 3 Flash CardSDA3/32GB
64GB SDHC UHS-I Speed Class 3 Flash CardSDA3/64GB

B&H carries Kingston memory products.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Kingston News
Post Date: 2/6/2014 7:16:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Nikon has posted their Q3 for the year ending March 2014 Financial Results [February 6, 2014].

Financial Results (PDF:248KB)

Financial and Business Data (PDF:77KB)

Presentation Material (PDF:1,019KB)

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Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Financial Results
Post Date: 2/6/2014 7:00:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Tamron:

A high-performance, high-power zoom lens that delivers focal lengths extending from an unprecedented 16mm at the wide-angle end up to a long-range telephoto 300mm! Incorporates PZD (Piezo Drive) and Tamron’s exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation) system to further enhance the real-world performance of this next-generation “all-round lens”, which makes taking photographs more convenient and enjoyable.

February 6, 2014, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the development of an advanced new all-in-one zoom lens exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors that provides an amazing 18.8X zoom ratio. The lens sample will be on display at the Tamron booth at the CP+ 2014, which will be held from February 13 to 16 in Yokohama, Japan.

Since the launch in 1992 of the 28-200mm (Model 71D) high-power zoom lens – which featured a revolutionary compact, lightweight design – Tamron has been continually expanding its portfolio of world-class optics to benefit consumers.

Tamron previously launched an 18-270mm (Model B008) all-in-onezoom lens exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors that features a 15X zoom ratio, superior image quality, swift, quiet AF, and Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, in an ultra-compact package. This ground-breaking lens has been winning plaudits throughout the world.

Responding to consumers’ demand for expanded focal lengths both at the wide-angle end of the zoom range and the telephoto end, Tamron has begun developing a completely new all-in-one zoom lens design that provides an impressive focal length range extending from 16mm true wide-angle to 300mm super-telephoto.

Product Highlights

  1. A further expansion of the imaging range. With a minimum focal length of 16mm (35mm film equivalent: 24.8mm) at the wide-angle end of the zoom range, and a maximum focal length of 300mm (35mm film equivalent: 465mm), this remarkable new lens provides a zoom ratio of approximately 18.8X.
  2. Responding to requests from consumers who wanted to be able to photograph subjects with a wider viewing angle than is possible with conventional high-power zoom lenses, Tamron has begun developing a unique lens with a minimum focal length of 16mm. At the telephoto end, the maximum focal length has been increased to an impressive 300mm. Users of this new lens can enjoy unprecedented framing flexibility by easily adjusting the angle of view using the convenient zoom ring.
  3. Superior, reliable image quality with a universal lens.
  4. The lens construction features 16 elements in 12 groups. This includes three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one Hybrid Aspherical element, two LD (Low Dispersion) elements, one XR (Extra Refractive Index) glass element, and one element of UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass, which has greater refractive index than XR. The full use of specialized glass elements in the design contributes to thorough compensation of optical aberrations. In addition, the use of the latest coating technology for suppressing reflections on lens element surfaces minimizes unwanted flare and ghosting and assures sharp, crisp, high-contrast images.
  5. Using a new design approach to create an ultra-compact lens.
  6. The latest optical technology has been used to provide an expanded zoom range (compared to the B008) at both the wide-angle and telephoto ends, without necessitating the use of an oversized lens body. By employing UXR glass (which helps to reduce the size of the front lens diameter), an optimized layout of the Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, and adopting a 5-lens-group zoom system approach to provide enhanced design flexibility, the new lens embodies the fusion of state-of-the-art optical design, sophisticated mechanical design, and high-precision lens manufacturing technology, thereby attaining a compact size, an unprecedented zoom range, and superior image quality.
  7. A minimum focusing distance of just 0.39 meters supports an extensive range of macro photography capabilities.
  8. The new lens provides a minimum focus distance of 0.39 m over the entire zoom range, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9. This makes it possible to get right up close to the subject of the photo to enjoy easy, stress-free macro photography.
  9. PZD (Piezo Drive) delivers faster, quieter autofocus action.
  10. The PZD (Piezo Drive), an advanced standing-wave ultrasonic motor system, delivers faster, quieter, more precise AF action when the autofocus is engaged. There is enhanced support for contrast-detection AF capabilities, and focusing when in live-view mode has been made smoother. The new lens also features full-time manual focus, a function that was not provided by B008, making manual focusing more convenient.
  11. Sharper images with VC (Vibration Compensation).
  12. Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism is incorporated into the new lens. VC reduces image blur caused by camera shake to deliver significantly sharper images even when shooting handheld at long telephoto settings
  13. Moisture-resistant construction for worry-free outdoor shooting.
  14. Upgraded cosmetic design.
  15. Tamron has upgraded the cosmetic design and finish of this lens to create a more sophisticated, high-end look in keeping with the demands of discerning DSLR users. Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the zoom and focus rings, and an elegant tungsten-silver name-brand ring, etc., this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.

Specifications

ModelB016
Focal Length16-300mm
Maximum ApertureF/ 3.5-6.3
Angle of View (diagonal)82°12' - 5°20'
Lens Construction16 elements in 12 groups
Minimum Focus Distance0.39m (15.3 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio1:2.9 (at f=300mm: MFD 0.39m)
Filter Size67mm
Maximum Diameter75mm
Length99.5mm (3.9 in)
Weight540g (19 oz)
Diaphragm Blade Number7 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum ApertureF/22-40
Standard AccessoriesFlower-shaped lens hood
Compatible MountsCanon, Nikon, Sony

Release date for the Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO lens has not been determined.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 2/6/2014 6:37:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Tamron:

Innovative all-in-onezoom integrates state-of-the-art optical design, PZD (Piezo Drive) and Tamron’s exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation) system to achieve superb image quality in a remarkably compact, lightweight package.

February 6, 2014, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the development of 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (Model A010), an advanced new all-in-one zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. The lens sample will be on display at the Tamron booth at the CP+ 2014, which will be held from February 13 to 16 in Yokohama, Japan.

Since the launch in 1992 of the 28-200mm (Model 71D) high-power zoom lens – which featured a revolutionary compact, lightweight design – Tamron has been continually expanding its portfolio of world class optics to benefit consumers.

Having revolutionized the optical design of the previous 28-300mm (Model A20), Tamron is developing a powerful new, high-power zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras that enhances image quality and incorporates the PZD (Piezo Drive)—a standing-wave ultrasonic motor system optimized for swift, quiet AF—and the acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism in an amazingly compact configuration.

Featuring a new, sophisticated external finish, this lens complements the performance and style of full-frame DSLRs, while delivering the practical advantages of an all-in-onezoom lens.

Product Highlights

  1. State-of-the-art optical design technology delivers superior image quality
  2. The advanced optical construction of this lens includes four elements of LD (Low Dispersion) glass, three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one Hybrid Aspherical element, one XR (Extra Refractive index) glass element, and one element of UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass, which has greater refractive index than XR. The full use of specialized glass elements in its design contributes to making this outstanding lens as compact and lightweight as possible, while minimizing aberrations, resulting in superior image quality. Particularly impressive is the thorough compensation of chromatic aberrations at the telephoto end, yielding images of enhanced clarity and crispness.
  3. Focus on portability - The lens is now even smaller and lighter
  4. In addition to state-of-the-art optical design that facilitates downsizing of the lens body, the mechanical design, which incorporates a highly sophisticated multi-stack-cam layout that takes up far less space, and PZD (Piezo Drive), an autofocus drive system with a simpler, more compact structure, has made it possible to reduce the overall dimensions of this lens compared to the existing Tamron 28-300mm (Model A20). These technologies are the fruit of Tamron’s more than 20 years of research and development in the high-power zoom lens field.
  5. Advanced anti-reflection coating
  6. The application of BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings for suppressing reflections on lens element surfaces minimizes unwanted flare and ghosting to deliver sharp, crisp, high-contrast images.
  7. Upgraded cosmetic design – Elegant tungsten silver brand ring
  8. Tamron has upgraded the cosmetic design and finish of this lens to create a more sophisticated, high-end look in keeping with the demands of discerning full-frame DSLR users. Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the zoom and focus rings and an elegant tungsten silver name-brand ring, this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.
  9. PZD (Piezo Drive) delivers faster, quieter autofocus action
  10. The PZD (Piezo Drive), a standing-wave ultrasonic motor system, delivers faster, quieter, more precise action when the autofocus is engaged. The full-time manual focus system is easy and intuitive, enabling quick and convenient manual focus at any time.
  11. VC (Vibration Compensation)
  12. Tamron’s acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation)mechanism reduces image blur caused by camera shake to deliver significantly sharper images even when shooting handheld.
  13. Circular diaphragm facilitates achieving spectacular blur effects
  14. Using a circular diaphragm, this lens achieves spectacular background blur effects that enable creative use of depth of field.
  15. Moisture-resistant construction for outdoor shooting
  16. Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.

Specifications

ModelA010
Focal Length28-300mm
Maximum ApertureF/3.5-6.3
Angle of View (diagonal)75°23' - 8° 15'(for full-frame format)
52°58' - 5° 20'(for APS-C format)
Lens Construction19 elements in 15 groups
Minimum Focus Distance0.49m (19.3 in)
Max. Magnification Ratio1:3.5 (at f=300mm: MFD 0.49m)
Filter Size67mm
Maximum Diameter74.4mm
Length96mm (3.8 in)
Weight540g (19 oz)
Diaphragm Blade Number7 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum ApertureF/22-40
Standard AccessoryFlower-shaped lens hood
Compatible MountCanon/ Nikon/ Sony

Release date for the Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens has not been determined.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 2/6/2014 6:28:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 5, 2014

From Canon:

TOKYO, February 6, 2014—Canon Inc. announced today the achievement of a camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of the company's film and digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed the 70-million mark on February 5.

Production of Canon EOS SLR cameras began in 1987 at Canon Inc.'s Fukushima Plant (now Fukushima Canon Inc.) with the EOS 650, later moving to such production bases as Oita Canon Inc. and Canon Inc., Taiwan. Following the spread of digital SLR cameras in the early 2000s, production rapidly increased, surpassing the 60-million-unit mark in October 2012 and now, approximately one year and four months later, reaching the 70-million-unit threshold.

EOS, which stands for "Electro Optical System," also carries the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn. Introduced in March 1987 as a new generation of AF SLR cameras, EOS cameras were the world's first to incorporate an electronic mount system enabling complete electronic control not only between the lens and body, but throughout the entire camera system.

Based on the key concepts of high speed and ease of use, EOS-series cameras, including the top-of-the-line professional-model EOS-1 released in 1989 and the popular compact, lightweight EOS Kiss (EOS Rebel XS or EOS 500 in other regions) introduced in 1993, actively incorporate innovative technologies and have gained acceptance from a wide range of users. As digital SLR cameras gained increasing popularity starting in 2000, Canon developed such advanced technologies as its proprietary CMOS sensors and high-performance DIGIC digital image processors, as well as an extensive lineup of EF lenses, in an effort to fulfill the company's new key concepts of high speed, ease-of-use, and high image quality. Currently, Canon offers a broad product lineup that serves the needs of all levels of users.

Among the new Canon cameras that contributed to the realization of the 70-million-unit production milestone were the EOS 70D, featuring innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus technology, and the entry-level EOS Kiss X7 (EOS Rebel SL1 or EOS 100D in other regions), which combines a ground-breaking compact, lightweight body design with advanced basic performance. Additionally, in September 2012, Canon added the EOS M compact-system camera to its product lineup and, at the end of 2013, launched the EOS M2, featuring significantly enhanced AF performance, which has been warmly received by the market.

EF lenses for Canon EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras are also on track to realize a major milestone as cumulative production is scheduled to pass the 100-million-unit mark in 2014.

Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies, striving to produce exceptional and reliable lenses and cameras that cater to the varying needs of photographers—from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals—while contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.

B&H carries Canon EOS cameras.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 2/5/2014 10:31:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From ExpoImaging:

Watsonville, California – February 05, 2014 ExpoImaging, Inc., distributor of the original Ray Flash Ring Flash Adapter to the United States market, today announced availability of the Ray Flash 2: Universal Ring Flash Adapter.

“We are pleased to be able to introduce the new Ray Flash 2 to U.S. photographers,” said Erik Sowder, ExpoImaging CEO. “When the original Ray Flash was created, location photographers were astonished to find that they could use it to achieve ring flash-style lighting using their speedlights. Now, the Ray Flash 2 accommodates a much wider variety of DSLRs and speedlights with its adjustable and more affordable design.”

The patented Ray Flash 2 creates the characteristic ring flash look, a shadow-wrapped, flat lighting effect valued by photographers for fashion, portrait, and macro photography. To create this effect, the Ray Flash’s acrylic light guides efficiently direct light from a camera mounted speedlight into a circle around the camera’s lens.

The new Ray Flash 2 introduces a universal speedlight mount, adjustable height and a lower profile. A new, universal, adjustable mount with a spring-loaded clamp allows the Ray Flash 2 to quickly and securely attach to different sizes of speedlights. The center column of the Ray Flash 2 slides up and down to accommodate variations in camera and speedlight heights. The Ray Flash 2 is also available in two different versions, long and short, to fit the tallest and shortest DSLR bodies available. Ray Flash 2’s lower profile compared to the original Ray Flash makes it even more portable for location photographers.

Pricing and Availability

The Ray Flash 2: Universal Ring Flash Adapter is now available in the U.S. through photo specialty resellers nationwide. The Ray Flash 2 retails for $139.95.

B&H carries the new ExpoImaging RayFlash 2 Universal Ring Flash Adapter.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: ExpoImaging News
Post Date: 2/5/2014 10:17:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Facebook Stories Vimeo Channel:

Brandon Stanton moved to New York in 2010. As an amateur photographer, he was fascinated by the crowds of characters throughout the city. He began to take street portraits of the people he met and share them in an album on his timeline named, Humans of New York.

As his photos started to gain a following, he created a Facebook Page that started a movement. There are “Humans of …” Facebook Pages for nearly every major city in the world, while the HONY photographer himself is something of a celebrity on the streets of New York.

Brandon’s Facebook community of more than 2.3 million people is more than just an audience. Together, they have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity and have propelled Brandon to become a New York Times bestselling author after he published a book of his work in 2013.

Browse through past Humans of New York photos on Facebook and like the Page to see more in the future: facebook.com/humansofnewyork

This is one of 10 stories celebrating Facebook's 10th anniversary and a decade of connections made possible through the platform. See the rest at facebookstories.com/10

Post Date: 2/5/2014 9:56:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From DxO:

188 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Module library for DxO Optics Pro and DxO ViewPoint, providing support for Canon, Sigma and Sony lenses for Canon and Sony cameras.

To see the combinations supported by DxO Optics Pro and planned combinations, click on the link below then select the second tab.

Supported or planned combinations

New DxO Optics Modules for DxO Optics Pro (also supported by DxO ViewPoint):
Canon | Sony

B&H carries DxO Optics Pro and DxO ViewPoint.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DxO News
Post Date: 2/5/2014 8:26:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From X-Rite:

Online educational tutorials with live trainers provide photographers with basic information, insights, and tips to achieve color control, consistency and creativity in their digital imaging workflow

North White Plains, NY – February 4, 2014 – X-Rite Photo Marketing announces its schedule of free February 2014 webinars that have been developed to address specific photography and color management topics and are designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers. During the month of February, X-Rite is offering 2 free webinars to help photographers gain new confidence and to learn quick, easy and powerful ways to enhance their photography and manage their imaging workflow. The February webinars are designed to be informational as well as inspirational by offering photographers practical ways to improve their images. Webinar attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the live trainers.

“The February X-Rite webinar schedule features 2 sessions, one of which is hosted by photographer and photo-educator Joe Brady, and the second hosted by X-Rite Coloratti and Award-winning photographer and retoucher Jane Conner-Ziser,” said Joshua Fischer, Product Marketing Manager, X-Rite Photo Marketing. “The February webinars focus on creative, award-winning photography, post-production workflow and how-to ensure that photographers obtain consistently great color prints from their Lab.”

February 2014 Webinar Schedule

Date: Wednesday, February 12
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST
Title: Get Consistently Great Color Prints From Your Lab!
Presenter: Joe Brady

This webinar is designed for photographers who have ever been disappointed with the prints they get from their Lab. Attendees will learn about color workflow and consistency. Webinar host Joe Brady will explain and demonstrate to attendees how, with a little bit of hardware and easy-to-use software, they can save both time and money while ensuring that Lab prints will match the photographer’s monitor.

To register for the free 1:00 pm (EST) webinar on February 12, visit:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/772605434
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Date: Monday, February 24
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST
Title: Planning and Creating Award Winning Images with Jane Conner-Ziser
Presenter: X-Rite Coloratti Jane Conner-Ziser

Award-winning photographer/retoucher and X-Rite Coloratti Jane Conner-Ziser will share her creative experience and broad professional knowledge, which allows her to take an image from camera concept through post-production work in Photoshop. Attendees will learn how top photographers conceptualize their images, refine them during the photography session and select the best image for competition.

Additionally, Jane will discuss cropping and adjusting an image for the best composition plus retouching, enhancing and presenting an image for maximum impact. Webinar attendees interested in applying what they learn on their own images will hear about common judging criteria and how to avoid common mistakes that many photographers make when choosing images for exhibition or competition.

To register for the free 1:00 pm (EST) webinar on February 24, visit:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/857763026

B&H carries X-Rite color calibration products.

Post Date: 2/5/2014 8:11:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Just posted: Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens Review

From image quality and build quality perspectives, there are few lenses that compare to the Zeiss 135mm.

Post Date: 2/5/2014 7:34:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Canon USA's YouTube Cannel:

Share images and videos, print direct from a wireless certified printer, and remotely control your Canon EOS DSLR camera with built-in Wi-Fi.

B&H carries the WiFi capable Canon EOS 70D and EOS 6D.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Education Videos
Post Date: 2/5/2014 7:07:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 4, 2014

From Canon Pro Vimeo Channel:

Around the world, noted filmmakers choose Canon Cine and EF lenses to bring their work to light. In this compilation of interviews and behind the scenes footage, these directors, cinematographers, documentary and commercial shooters share their experiences with Canon glass, from EFs, high-end zooms, zooms, compact zooms, and now the complete family of prime lenses.

B&H carries Canon Cinema Lenses.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Education Videos
Post Date: 2/4/2014 11:09:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

Updates included with 2.4.6

Updates that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions:

  • Support for RAW images captured with the D3300 has been added.
  • Advanced settings, such as Sharpening, under Camera Settings > Picture Control in the Develop section of the Edit List palette can now be adjusted, even when Unchanged is selected for Picture Control when RAW images are opened.
  • The following modifications and additions have been applied to White Balance > New WB in the Camera Settings portion of the Develop section in the Edit List palette.
  • An Auto 1 option has been added to White Balance > New WB options. Capture NX 2 adjusts white balance for colors similar to those achieved in images captured with a camera's Auto 1 (Normal) * white balance setting.
  • However, only RAW images captured with the following cameras are supported.
  • The D7000 and later digital SLR cameras
  • Advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses
  • The COOLPIX A as well as the COOLPIX P7100 and later COOLPIX cameras that support recording in the NRW format
  • *Auto white balance setting with cameras that do not offer an Auto 2 (Keep warm lighting colors) option
  • Adjustment units available with the Tint option have been changed from 1 to 0.01 for more precise specification.
  • The adjustment range for Fine Adjustment when Direct sunlight is selected for Daylight has been expanded from 4132–7042k to 2500–7042k.
  • Adjustment using Fine Adjustment and Tint is now possible when Recorded Value, Auto 1, Auto 2, or Underwater is selected.

The following issues have been resolved:

Windows version only

  • An error occurred when XMP/IPTC files created with Capture NX 2.4.3 or earlier were opened:
  • Details specified in the Print layout dialog and page setup dialog displayed with selection of Page Setup... in the File menu were not applied.

Macintosh version only

  • When image files saved to a disk formatted using the FAT32 architecture were edited and saved, editing details were not applied.
  • Support for Mac OS X version 10.6 has been eliminated

Download:
Capture NX 2.4.6 - Windows | Macintosh

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Capture NX
Post Date: 2/4/2014 6:35:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 3, 2014

From Promote Systems:

Major Firmware Update 3.0 for Promote Control Brings Video Control, Improvements in Time-Lapse and Bulb Ramping Support

HOUSTON, Texas — February 3, 2014 — Promote Systems, designer and manufacturer of electronic accessories for DSLR cameras, announced today a major firmware upgrade for the company’s flagship DSLR remote control, the Promote Control. The Promote Control has long enriched photographers’ creative arsenal with advanced techniques including high-speed HDR bracketing, Focus Stacking, Time-Lapse, high-precision Bulb Ramping with ISO control. Firmware Version 3.0 now adds an exciting video mode, support for Sigma SD1/SD1 Merrill cameras and significant improvements in Time-Lapse and Bulb Ramping modes, making a great device even better.

The new firmware upgrade is available as a free download at http://promote-control.com/support.

OVERVIEW OF KEY NEW FEATURES

Video mode
The Promote Control’s new Video mode allows you to remotely control Canon digital SLR cameras capable of Live View video recording. You can remotely control aperture, ISO, shutter speed and even perform a rack focus while recording.

Repeated Time-Lapse
You can now automatically repeat a Time-Lapse sequence at pre-defined intervals. This highly requested feature is an invaluable addition to the Promote Control’s Time-Lapse mode allowing easy set-up of long-term projects such as capturing the construction of a building or showing the changing season. The Promote Control gives you the flexibility to set intervals as long as several hours or as short as 1/10 of a second, take an unlimited number of frames and create HDR Time Lapses. In addition, for exceptional results, the device can also be paired with most third-party dollies and motion control heads.

FULL LIST OF NEW FEATURES

Video (NEW!)

  • Perform a rack focus.
  • Remotely start, stop and change exposure (aperture, speed and ISO) both before and while recording.
  • Supported cameras: Canon digital SLR cameras capable of Live View and video recording.

HDR

  • Automatic switch to Bulb exposure in HDR mode - now with more cameras (Canon 5D Mark II, 7D, 1Dx and more).
  • Reverse order for HDR bracketing - take bracketed frames from highlights to shadows (longer to shorter exposures respectively), or vise-versa.
  • Optional HDR bracket shifts (e.g. shoot an HDR sequence not around your Mid exposure, but shifted up or down).

Time-Lapse

  • Repeated Time-Lapse - automatically repeat a Time-Lapse sequence e.g. every 24 hours, ad infinitum.
  • Time-Lapse intervals as short as 1/10 of a second.
  • "Time-Lapse exposure setting mode" Setup Setting - elect to set exposure on camera or with Promote Control.

Bulb Ramping

  • ND filters can now be specified up to 10EV and with 0.1EV precision.
  • Enhanced precision of interval timer.
  • Curve shifting - begin the ramping portion sooner or later than originally programmed
  • Pause ramping - pictures will continue to be taken, but exposures will remain the same while ramping is paused.
  • Intervals can be measured from end of previous exposure to the start of next one. This prevents interval overruns, but may have an effect of your video speeding up or slowing down due to changing the effective interval (when ramping into longer or shorter exposures respectively). Due to this side effect, this interval measuring mode can also be used intentionally for interval ramping.

Other

  • "Save/restore camera settings" Setup Setting. If enabled, exposure will be restored to settings from before sequence began.
  • Mode switching shortcuts - assign keyboard shortcuts for your favorite Promote Control modes.
  • Battery status indicator.
  • Nikon/Canon silent / quiet shutter modes are now supported.

SUPPORTED CAMERAS

All modern Nikon and Canon DSLRs, as well as select Sigma and Sony cameras. For a full list, go to http://www.promote-control.com/compatibility.

B&H carries the Promote Control DSLR Remote Controller.

Post Date: 2/3/2014 5:55:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Sigma:

Sigma Corporation of America to Release Two MTF Charts for Measurement of Lenses

Company releases the data of Geometric and Diffraction MTF charts for Global Vision Lenses

RONKONKOMA, N.Y., — February 3, 2014 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced that the company will now release a Geometrical MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) chart in addition to a Diffraction MTF chart when measuring the performance of all new Global Vision lenses.

MTF charts are important because they help photographers better understand the optical quality of lenses. Sigma has traditionally released Diffraction MTF data because it takes the diffraction quality of light into consideration, which can dramatically affect the data outcome. Diffracted light exists at every aperture, giving photographers a more accurate measurement of how the lens will perform in real life. Although Geometric MTF data is easier to measure and calculate since it does not consider the diffraction quality of light, it tends to show higher values in the graph and less defined results.

“As a family-owned organization, we hold ourselves and the products we design to a very high standard,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Our customer’s expect high quality products and by sharing both MTF charts for all our new lenses, we are able to help guide them in making the most informed purchase decisions based on how our lenses will perform in actual photography situations.”

As a leader in technology and innovation, Sigma Corporation is committed to showing the true value and quality standards of all Sigma Global Vision lenses. Every lens is tested with Sigma’s proprietary modulation transfer function (MTF) “A1” measuring system before being shipped from the factory in Japan. By making both MTF charts available, Sigma is providing its customers with accurate measurements of its lenses and giving photographers a chance to see the full potential of Sigma’s lenses.

B&H carries Sigma lenses.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 2/3/2014 1:44:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon UK:

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 3rd February 2014 – Canon, world-leader in imaging solutions, will be attending The Photography Show 2014 with an aim to excite everybody with a passion for photography. With talks from special guests, access to Canon experts and a vast interactive display of innovative products, Canon is set to bring photography to life (Stand B10).

Hear first-hand and delve into the journeys of seasoned professionals that have been operating in the industry for years. Learn of their experiences and tips with talks from Canon photographers across different areas of the show, including:

  • Jeff Ascough, Wedding Photographer & Canon Ambassador, at The Student Conference
  • Clive Booth, Fashion Photographer & Canon Explorer, at The Catwalk
  • David Noton, Landscape Photographer & Canon Explorer, at The Studio
  • Danny Green, Wildlife Photographer & Canon Explorer, at The Studio

Canon is also supporting those looking to take their first big step in photography with hands on experience at Mollie Takes, a brand new workshop from the team at Mollie Makes. This explores a range of shooting techniques and essential skills when it comes to photographing the things you love.

Canon’s team of experts will be on hand to advise how to make to most of your kit to deliver excellence in everything you capture.

Visitors to the Canon stand will be able to experience a broad range of products that meet the modern and evolving needs of photographers. A full DSLR product line up will be showcased alongside an elevated lens bar showing Canon’s wide selection of EF lenses highlighting new standards of performance and reliability. Visitors to the Canon stand can have hands-on experience with the products and see how each lens can give a new perspective.

To complete the plethora of imaging solutions, Canon will be demonstrating how the PIXMA group of printers can take your shots from digital to physical. Take creative control and be the master of your image journey with Canon’s range of PIXMA professional photo printers, the perfect match for exceptional photography.

Susie Donaldson, Consumer Imaging Marketing Director of Canon UK and Ireland, said: “We’re thrilled to be exhibiting the power of image at The Photography Show 2014. By showcasing our offering at an event like this we show how our products can help photographers to consistently deliver the finest results. We’re looking forward to bringing photography to life.”

Birmingham’s NEC is the setting of this inaugural event taking place between Saturday 1st and Tuesday 4th March 2014. Through the highly interactive features, product displays and variety of exhibitions it is set to entertain and engage attendees.

Visit Canon at The Photography Show 2014 from 1st – 4th March at Stand B10.

Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 2/3/2014 8:54:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Well, the flashes did not take their own picture, but they at least self-lit this one. You may recognize the above image from the recently-posted Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash review. I thought you might want to know a little more about the somewhat unusual image.

This shows 6 Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash units lighting themselves. The flashes were triggered from a Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR with settings of ISO 100, f/11 and 1/200. I used a Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens set to 57mm.

The six flash units are in their included shoe stands and their heads are angled to -7 degrees (slightly downward). The flashes are sitting on a black back-painted glass desk surface. I am standing on a stool with my feet just under the glass table top and leaning forward until the center AF point was centered in the reflection of the lens. Yes, reflections of me in the glass were an issue. I partly resolved this problem by wrapping a black fleece jacket around my legs.

You would not believe how well this setup lights up dust and other imperfections in the glass. I microfiber-cloth-dusted immediately before and a couple of times during this shoot. But the strong angled light across the black surface still found lots of dust and made it glow. Photoshop's Dust and Scratches noise filter quickly removed most of the dust problem. I used the history brush to restore details that were removed with the dust (including the flash names).

Here is another similar image: Speedlite Art

Post Date: 2/3/2014 8:33:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From RØDE:

The RØDE invisiLav is designed to aid the concealing of the Lavalier and smartLav microphones.

Its soft construction absorbs noise and vibration, while the wide, flat profile provides coverage from the elements and allows for versatile mounting. There's two mounting points in scenarios where a redundant mic is required, and cable management on the side.

Available in either a pack of three or a bulk pack of ten, the invisiLav comes with pre-cut, skinsafe adhesive that can be used to stick the invisiLav to either the body or to fabric. The invisiLav itself is also made from a medical grade skin safe material so it can be mounted on the body without fear of irritation.

B&H carries the RØDE invisaLav.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Roade News
Post Date: 2/3/2014 7:04:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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