Canon and Sony News for Apr 2014 (Page 4)

 Tuesday, April 8, 2014

From Adobe:

Photoshop Lightroom 5.4

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 update includes these enhancements:

  • Support for Lightroom mobile, a new service to access, organize, edit and share your images from mobile devices
  • Fixes for bugs introduced in earlier versions of Lightroom 5
  • Camera support for many new cameras, including the Fujifilm X-T1, Nikon D4s, and DJI Phantom quadcopter

Download:
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 - Windows | Macintosh

DNG Converter 8.4

This update contains the Adobe DNG Converter 8.4.

The Adobe DNG Converter is a free utility that enables you to easily convert camera-specific raw files from more than 350 cameras to the more universal DNG raw format.

Digital Negative was developed to address the lack of an open standard for the proprietary and unique raw files created by each digital camera. DNG allows photographers to archive their raw camera files in a single format for easy cataloging and access in the future. With the format specification freely available, any developer can build software that supports and takes advantage of DNG. For more information, visit the Digital Negative page.

Support for the following cameras has been added. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.

  • Canon EOS 1200D (REBEL T5, KISS X70)
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II (*)
  • Nikon 1 V3 (*)
  • Nikon COOLPIX P340
  • Nikon D3300
  • Nikon D4S
  • Casio EX-100
  • DJI Phantom
  • Fujifilm X-T1
  • Hasselblad H5D-50c
  • Hasselblad HV
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 (*)
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40 (DMC-TZ60, DMC-TZ61)
  • Phase One IQ250
  • Samsung NX mini (*)
  • Samsung NX30
  • Sony Alpha a5000 (ILCE-5000)
  • Sony Alpha a6000 (ILCE-6000)

(*) Preliminary support

Download:
Adobe DNG Converter 8.4 - Windows | Macintosh

B&H carries Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.

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Post Date: 4/8/2014 7:53:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Adobe:

Creative Cloud Photography Program Now Includes Photoshop, Lightroom and Lightroom Mobile for $9.99 per Month; Seamlessly Syncs Edits Between Mobile and Desktop

April 08, 2014 – SAN JOSE, Calif. Adobe today announced the availability of Lightroom mobile, a companion app to Lightroom desktop software, only available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud. The new Lightroom mobile app brings powerful Lightroom tools to the iPad, delivering photography essentials – such as non-destructive processing of files – and utilizing new Smart Preview technologies to free professional-class photo editing from the confines of the desktop. Lightroom mobile is built on a powerful synchronization architecture, designed specifically for photos, and provides the most efficient way to manage and edit images across desktops, mobile devices and the Web.

Lightroom mobile is available as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photoshop Photography Program. For USD$9.99 per month, photographers have access to Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC on the desktop as well as Lightroom mobile on iPad.

“With the launch of Lightroom mobile, we’ve unlocked professional-class photographic workflows from the confines of the desktop,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “Lightroom and Photoshop redefined digital photography on the desktop and now, photographers can perfect images, wherever they are and, via Creative Cloud, seamlessly synchronize them back to their desktop catalog.”

Lightroom mobile and the photography optimized synchronization architecture puts the powerful tools from Lightroom 5 at photographer’s fingertips, including:

  • Sync mobile edits, metadata and collection changes back to the Lightroom catalog on a Mac or Windows computer
  • Automatically import images captured on an iPad and sync back to a Lightroom catalog on the desktop
  • Work on images, even when your iPad is offline, for a truly portable experience
  • Sync photos between Lightroom 5 and Lightroom mobile; synced photos can also be viewed from any Web browser

“Adobe Lightroom mobile transforms the way I am able to work with my photographs because now I can review and process photos when I’m comfortable and creative, and not just when I’m at my computer,” said Jeff Carlson, educator and author of The iPad for Photographers and Adobe Lightroom mobile: Your Lightroom on the Go. “It also works as a malleable photo portfolio on my iPad. As I add or remove images from a collection in Lightroom mobile or on the computer, the changes stay synchronized. When I need to show my work those photos are already set up to be viewed.”

Pricing and Availability

The Photoshop Photography Program (USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC, Lightroom mobile and a public portfolio site through Behance. Any members of Creative Cloud complete plan or Photoshop Photography Program automatically receive access to Adobe Lightroom mobile. Lightroom mobile is immediately available for iPad 2 or later running iOS 7, from the Apple App Store and requires Lightroom 5.4 for Mac or Windows.

Adobe has extended their Photoshop Photography Program deal. That's Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5 and the newly announced Lightroom Mobile App for only $9.99 per month with no previous ownership requirements (offer valid through May 31).

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Post Date: 4/8/2014 7:19:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From B&H:

Our NYC SuperStore and Offices will close in observance of the Passover Holiday from Monday, April 14 through Tuesday, April 22. We will reopen on Wednesday, April 23 at 9:00 am EDT.

Place your order by Sunday, April 13 by 12:00 pm Noon EDT in order to ship before the Holiday. Orders placed after this time will be processed when we reopen.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patronage.

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Post Date: 4/8/2014 6:46:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 7, 2014

I really enjoy Profoto's "Light Shaping with Andrea Belluso" series. In this video, Belluso demonstrates different ways for using the Profoto WideZoom Reflector for portraiture.

I don't typically use such hard lighting for shooting portraits, but Belluso's work has me reconsidering my techniques. [Sean]

B&H carries the Profoto WideZoom Reflector.

Post Date: 4/7/2014 8:08:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Nikon Europe YouTube Channel:

Never lose a moment of summer fun with the Nikon 1 AW1. Life doesn't have a replay button, so the AW1 can go with you everywhere.

Waterproof to 15 m, shockproof from heights up to 2 m, freeze-proof and dustproof, the amazingly resilient Nikon 1 AW1 is the one for you. From epic adventures to everyday action, this versatile camera means you can unleash your summer fun without any worrying.

B&H carries the Nikon 1 AW1.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Photography Education Videos
Post Date: 4/7/2014 7:28:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Datacolor:

Integrated color management tools for imaging professionals seeking an all-in-one solution

Lawrenceville, NJ – April 7, 2014 – Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, today announced SpyderHD, the premiere color calibration suite for advanced and professional photographers and videographers. SpyderHD is designed to color manage photo and video workflows, from scene, camera and editing, to final output.

SpyderHD includes the new Spyder4ELITE HD integrated display calibration application; the first of its kind, with calibration functions for computer displays, video reference displays, and TVs, all within a single application. SpyderHD also includes the innovative SpyderWEB, a universal mounting system that securely mounts the Spyder for calibration of most screens up to 70”.

“As a photographer who has been calibrating for a long time, I understand the value of color calibration. SpyderHD is my preferred solution for tonal linearity in computer display calibration, and beats my personal calibration technique for video reference display calibration,” says Lee Varis, renowned Hollywood photographer.

In addition to display calibration offerings, SpyderHD includes two important camera solutions: the SpyderCHECKR, a powerful color reference and gray card system, and the portable SpyderCUBE, which provides white balance, exposure, black level and highlight references in any lighting condition. Combined, these tools enable photographers and videographers to capture consistent color day-to-day and camera-to-camera, enhancing their entire digital workflow.

“There is nothing else like the SpyderCUBE; the value of it is hard to over-emphasize for defining the light sources in a shot,” continued Varis. “Also, I find the SpyderCHECKR to provide all the camera color correction I need, for both photo and video.”

SpyderHD is available immediately for $349.00 USD at photo and video retailers. For more information, visit www.datacolor.com/spyder-hd-pr.

B&H carries the new Datacolor SpyderHD Color Calibration Bundle.

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Post Date: 4/7/2014 6:41:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 4, 2014

April 3, 2014 (Oldsmar, Fla.) – KelbyOne and Adobe are teaming up again to bring Photoshop World to Atlanta, GA. This three day creative conference and expo offers more than 100 classes in eight different learning tracks taught by world renowned Photoshop, photography and lighting experts. Photoshop World will take place at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta on April 8-10, 2014.

Designed to bring creative people together for a collective, hands-on learning experience, Photoshop World boasts an incredible line-up of training coursesin photography techniques, graphic design, business, lighting, Lightroom, and Photoshop. From beginners to seasoned professionals, attendees can customize their learning experience to match individual skill level and interests. New this year, CEU/Graduate Level courses are also available.

Attendees will also gain access to insight and training from more than 35 of the world’s best instructors like Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, Dave Black, Joel Grimes, Matt Kloskowski, Jay Maisel, Bryan Hughes, Julieanne Kost and more.

In addition, Photoshop World will offer ten unique, in-depth workshops on April 7, 2014 to help attendees maximize their experience at the conference. These exclusive sessions will provide students with detailed training in various specialized areas such as light painting photography, aerial photography, live studio model shooting, Lightroom from start to finish, a Hollywood movie poster course and more! (In-depth workshops require separate registry and fee.)

Tickets for Photoshop World may be purchased online at www.photoshopworld.com. One day passes begin at $249 each. Special discounts and scholarships for students and teachers are also available.

Open all three days of the convention and free to the public, the Photoshop World Expo showcases the latest & greatest technology, products and services in the industry. Attendees will be given the chance to get up close and personal with the coolest Photography and Photoshop-related gadgets and gear all in one place with great promotions and bargains running throughout the expo. Discounts are also offered on the most recent books and DVDs by conference instructors at the Official Photoshop World/Peachpit Bookstore.

Note: In related news, Adobe has extended their Photoshop Photography Program deal. That's Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for only $9.99 per month with no previous ownership requirements (offer now valid through May 31).

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Post Date: 4/4/2014 8:16:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon Professional Network:

Canon Europe has expanded its Ambassadors Programme with the addition of a new, third tier - the ‘Masters’. Launching with four world-renowned experts, including photographer and conservationist Yann Arthus-Bertrand and the Imperial War Museum’s Curator of Photography, Hilary Roberts, the Masters come from not just the world of photography, but a far wider visual perspective, bringing vision and experience to the already well-proven Ambassadors Programme.

Joining the new Masters are photographers Gary Knight and Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols who move up from their previous roles as Canon Ambassadors. With their new appointments come the arrival of one new ‘Ambassador’ and eight new ‘Explorers’ from the worlds of photography and filmmaking. These new additional members now bring Canon Europe’s tally of experts to an impressive 61 imaging professionals.

Joining as a new Canon Ambassador is award-winning photojournalist Pascal Maitre (France). He joins the programme along with new Canon Explorers, comprising cameraman, director and filmmaker Phil Coates (UK), film director and producer Sébastien Devaud (France), freelance sports photographer Kuba Atys (Poland), award-winning photojournalist Niklas Meltio (Finland), top sports photographer Giancarlo Colombo (Italy), renowned wildlife photographer Andy Rouse (UK), top sports photographer Alessandro Trovati (Italy) and award-winning photojournalist Zalmaï (Switzerland).

Discover the Canon Ambassadors Programme

To learn more about the Ambassadors programme and to find out more on the addition of the new Canon Masters please click here. To catch up on all the latest Ambassadors blogs, featuring all the latest projects from Canon Ambassadors and Explorers around the world, please click here.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Professional Network
Post Date: 4/4/2014 7:02:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 3, 2014

From Red Giant:

AVCHD and Canon XF support. Faster import. PluralEyes integration.

Today, Red Giant announced BulletProof 1.2, an update that brings more camera support and other improvements to its footage backup and preparation tool.

Bruce Sharpe, Shooter Suite business unit manager said, “Last year at NAB, we released BulletProof - a product that we knew had the potential to become an essential tool for shooters. This year, we’ve updated it to support the AVCHD and Canon XF format, two formats that are a mainstay of the industry.”

In addition to the existing support for Canon and Nikon DSLRs and GoPro cameras, BulletProof now includes support for Panasonic and Sony DSLRs, and for the Canon C-series and XF-series cameras.

BulletProof is designed to solve several challenges that, since the DSLR revolution, have plagued shooters, both on set and right before post-production. One of those challenges is the issue of reliable backup.

“Shooters work under extreme time pressure while on set,” said Randon Morford, Shooter Suite product manager. “Reliable file backup is often considered a luxury. At best, most shooters simply copy their footage to a hard drive, blazing on with their shoot and hoping for the best. Too often, however, the data is corrupt and doesn’t make it to the timeline. We designed BulletProof to make sure that never happens.”

BulletProof, which boasts robust automated backup and verification tools, allows shooters to do what they are already doing, but with confidence. Once the camera card is in the card reader, BulletProof creates copies of your footage and verifies them to ensure a perfect duplication. In addition, while the footage is being backed up, the shooter can use BulletProof’s GPU-accelerated playback tools to review the footage and make sure they got the shots they need.

Also new to BulletProof is a highly requested feature called “Add Mode” - a reference mode that speeds up the import process by cataloging media that has already been copied to disk.

While BulletProof's features start with backup and review of footage on set, it also addresses the next area of pain in the shooter’s process - preparing the footage and notes for post-production. BulletProof includes powerful tools for tagging, adding metadata, notes, in-and-out points, and even suggested color correction to the footage - all to help bring the shooter’s intention over to the timeline. These features can be used right on set or once the shooter gets back to the edit suite.

In addition, BulletProof is now integrated with PluralEyes, Red Giant’s hugely popular automated audio/video sync tool. One of the editing industry’s most popular tools, PluralEyes literally saves hours or days of audio/video syncing work, with the touch of a button. BulletProof now makes the process even more fluid by sending the footage over to PluralEyes in an organized way, so that you can sync your footage immediately. Once synced, PluralEyes sends the footage directly to the editing timeline, ready for editing.

“Since PluralEyes allows the shooter to work more freely on set by not having to worry about timecode or clapboards,” said Sharpe, who also created the app, “it seemed like a natural progression to have our footage backup and prep tool integrated with the next tool in the production chain.”

“For the last year we have been singularly focused on making BulletProof a better tool for people working on set and in the edit bay,” added Morford. “We’re proud to offer a product that lets the shooter work with the confidence that comes with knowing that their footage will make it home safe, sound and in sync.”

Pricing & Availability

BulletProof 1.2 beta will be available soon, with a release in Q2 for $199. It is a free upgrade for existing users of BulletProof 1.0.

B&H carries Red Giant's BulletProof software.

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Post Date: 4/3/2014 2:17:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,853.81 with free shipping. Compare at $3,399.00.

Note: This is likely a grey-market camera and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty. 6ave's auction states, "Our products are covered by a warranty of 1-year parts and 90-days for labor. If you need more information, please contact our customer service department for warranty info."

Posted to: Canon News   Categories: Photographer Deals, Canon Deals
Post Date: 4/3/2014 7:24:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 2, 2014

This new film by Corey Rich highlights three professional photographers – Dave Black, Robert Beck and George Karbus – and beautifully illustrates what it takes to stand out from the crowd.

Check out the Behind the Scenes video to see how "Dedicated" was made.

Post Date: 4/2/2014 1:39:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 2, 2014 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, shared today that its parent company, Canon Inc., announced a software upgrade for the EOS C500 digital cinema camera (launched in October 2012), part of Canon’s Cinema EOS System lineup of professional digital cinematography products, that will enable users to more efficiently on-set production workflows. The Company plans to offer the free-of-charge Cinema RAW Development software upgrade* starting in October 2014.

The new Cinema RAW Development 1.3 software, currently under development, will deliver enhanced shooting workflows, including the on-set playback and confirmation of 4K RAW video, when using the EOS C500 camera.

Through collaboration with Intel, Cinema RAW Development 1.3 will deliver improved performance using a beta version of the Intel Media SDK 2014 Professional Camera Pack, making possible faster development of 4K Cinema RAW data when using a PC equipped with Intel Iris Pro graphics. Canon’s software upgrade will support greater workflow efficiencies for 4K RAW data by enabling real-time playback with playback speeds of up to 24 frames per second (fps). To date, previewing 4K RAW video footage on a notebook PC and other compact computer devices had been difficult because of the slow fps rate and the need for tremendous processing power, which was only available with a workstation PC. Now, with a combination of upgrades to Canon’s Cinema RAW Development 1.3 software, compatible with the Intel Media SDK 2014 Professional Camera Pack, and a PC with Intel Iris Pro graphics, Canon users will be able to more quickly preview their 4K video footage while on a shoot.

Want to see what else Canon has up their sleeves for NAB 2014? Check out these Canon USA press releases:

  1. XF205 And XF200 Professional Camcorders
  2. Versatile CINE-SERVO Zoom Lens
  3. HJ18ex7.6B Portable HD Eng Lens

B&H carries the Canon EOS C500 cinema camera.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 4/2/2014 11:44:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

B&H has the Canon EOS-1D C VDSLR Camera on sale for $2,000.00 off – now only $9,999.00 with free shipping. The camera comes with a free copy of Sony Vegas Pro 12 ($349.00 value).

Product Highlights:

  • 18.1Mp CMOS Sensor
  • 4K Cinematic Quality Video
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD Video
  • Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors
  • 3.2" LCD Screen
  • Eye-Level Pentaprism Viewfinder
  • Dual CF Card Recording Media
  • Canon EF Lens Mount
  • Magnesium Alloy Body
  • 61-Point High Density Auto Focus

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Deals
Post Date: 4/2/2014 9:30:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon:

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 1, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the appointment of Joe Adachi as the company’s new Chairman and CEO effective today. Since 2005, Mr. Adachi has been serving as President and CEO of Canon U.S.A., overseeing Canon’s operations in the Americas, and will maintain his current responsibilities as CEO. In addition, Yuichi Ishizuka has been named President and COO of Canon U.S.A.

In his new position, Mr. Ishizuka will be involved in the management of new business projects while continuing his current responsibilities as executive vice president and general manager for the Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, where he oversees the camera, video and inkjet printer groups.

“I look forward to my new assignment as President and COO of Canon U.S.A.,” said Ishizuka. “Mr. Adachi has a strong vision for our company’s future and I am honored to work together with him to take Canon to the next level.”

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 4/2/2014 9:01:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Ok, here's an April Fool's joke that slipped through my net yesterday. It is simply too good not to post (even if day late).

Custom SLR would like to introduce its innovative new product – The Bigfood Tripod!

B&H carries Custom SLR products.

Post Date: 4/2/2014 8:29:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Adobe:

Major Updates and New Features Turbo-charge Video Workflows, Outpacing the Competition

April 02, 2014 – SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe today announced plans to significantly update all the video apps in Adobe Creative Cloud and will showcase these innovations at the NAB 2014 show in Las Vegas next week. Milestone feature additions, expected to ship in the next coming months, include major updates to Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC, designed to make everyday tasks easier and faster, enabling video professionals to create stunning videos, TV shows, films and commercials more efficiently. At NAB Adobe is also unveiling new features for Adobe Anywhere, the collaborative workflow platform that empowers teams using Adobe professional video apps to work together as they access and manage centralized media and assets across virtually any network.

“We do an immense amount of green screen work and the new Keying effects in Adobe After Effects CC will help us preserve fine details when we’re keying out backgrounds and control the amount of green spill left in an image so we can work faster and more precisely.”

Underscoring the rapid adoption of Adobe Creative Cloud tools in the broadcast and film industries, Adobe is also proud to announce that two-time Academy Award-winning editor Kirk Baxter A.C.E. is cutting David Fincher's upcoming feature film “Gone Girl” exclusively with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Revealing the Future of Adobe Video

At the NAB 2014 show, Adobe will provide a sneak peek of the innovative magic coming soon to the company’s professional video apps. Key updates include:

  • Timesaving editorial features in Premiere Pro CC. New features include Live Text Templates that let users edit text in After Effects CC compositions directly in Premiere Pro CC; Autosave to Creative Cloud for automated backup of projects; and a new Masking and Tracking feature that provides accurate masks that follow subjects and blur out faces and logos, crucial for newsroom editing. In addition, the new Master Clip effect in Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade changes the effects applied to original clips and ripples down through all instances of the clip.
  • Powerful new updates to After Effects CC include Keying effects to provide better keying results with compressed footage; and Typekit integration with Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC provides users with access to a growing library of fonts worth $30,000, that can be used on the desktop.

For more information on the new features coming to the Creative Cloud video apps, please go here.

Collaborating in Real-Time with Adobe Anywhere

Adobe today also announced important updates to Adobe Anywhere, the modern collaborative workflow platform that empowers users of Adobe professional video solutions such as Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC to work together using centralized media and assets across standard networks. Adobe Anywhere complements Creative Cloud applications and enables deep collaboration for large organizations working with video, including broadcasters, educational institutions and government agencies. New features for Adobe Anywhere include: Hot Backup, which provides real-time backup of projects; Rough Cut Support to start editing rough cuts in Prelude CC and finish sequences in Premiere Pro CC; and After Effects CC media processing for direct integration between Anywhere and After Effects CC.

Adobe will demonstrate these new solutions for the first time at NAB at its booth #SL3910, in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 7 – 10. Adobe will also highlight key customer and partner focused initiatives at its booth and will have its professional video and broadcast apps presented in nearly 100 partner booths throughout the NAB exhibition.

Availability

At NAB, Adobe is previewing the next major updates to its professional video and audio products that are not yet publicly available. These updates are expected to ship in the next couple of months, along with other major updates to Creative Cloud. Learn more about the forthcoming video updates here or register for a special webinar on Thursday, April 10 here. To be among the first to know when these and other Creative Cloud updates are available, follow us on Twitter @creativecloud or join us on Facebook.

Note: While it doesn't relate to the new video features listed above, Adobe has extended their Photoshop Photography Program deal. That's Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for only $9.99 per month with no previous ownership requirements (offer now valid through May 31).

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 4/2/2014 7:55:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:

"Macro photography is all about photographing objects that are really close to the lens. Macro lenses not only let you close-in on a subject, but also allow you to zoom in on a subject that you cannot get close to. Photographer and educator Matt Kloskowski gives some tips on the best way to capture images that are up to 5 times normal size with Canon's MPE-65mm."

Check out the other videos in the EF 101 video series:

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Education Videos
Post Date: 4/2/2014 7:15:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 1, 2014

We would like to make it clear to all our site visitors – Samyang has NOT been acquired by Sigma. The post was entirely fictional.

No harm meant! We're big fans of Samyang/Rokinon lenses here at The-Digital-Picture.com and don't want anyone to actually think they're going away. ;-) [Sean]

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Post Date: 4/1/2014 4:36:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

I don't live in Kansas City, but this has gotten me looking into real estate options in the area. [Sean]

From Google Fiber YouTube Channel:

Today, we launched our Coffee to the Home (CTTH) program for Kansas City residents. We're delivering made-to-order coffee drinks straight to our users at fiber speeds—through the same fiber jack that delivers 100 times faster Internet.

Post Date: 4/1/2014 3:25:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon USA:

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 1, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the expansion of its service facilities with the opening of a new service and support center in Itasca, Ill. This facility, located just outside of Chicago, will provide comprehensive product repair and maintenance of Canon’s professional products to Cinema, Platinum, and Gold level members of Canon’s Professional Services (CPS) program, and owners of Canon professional broadcast lenses.

The Itasca facility features repair and maintenance operations for Canon’s extensive lineup of professional cameras, including Cinema EOS and EOS Digital SLR cameras, high-definition camcorders, and all of Canon’s lenses, including EF series photography lenses, Cinema lenses and broadcast lenses. Repair operations at the facility include four state-of-the-art camera body and lens adjustment rooms, Canon’s most advanced adjustment and calibration equipment, spare parts inventory, and experienced repair staff.

“The new Itasca Professional Service and Support Center is a testament to the growth and demand of Canon’s professional imaging products and the local support needed for imaging professionals working in or around Chicago,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. “We believe in providing industry-leading support where our professional photography, cinema, broadcast and television production customers work so that we can return their products to the original factory condition and operation as quickly as possible.”

The Itasca facility is Canon’s third service facility exclusively available to professional clients, joining the Canon Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center, located in Hollywood, Calif., and the New York/New Jersey service and support center, located in Ridgefield Park, N.J. These facilities provide local support to key markets and deliver an average in-house repair process time of less than three days.

An advance reservation is required for all service and support requests handled by the Itasca, Hollywood, and Ridgefield Park facilities. Canon Professional Services (CPS) Cinema, Platinum and Gold level members can make a reservation via the CPS hotline by calling 1 (888) CPS-4540. Non-CPS owners of Cinema EOS, professional video cameras and broadcast lenses can also request an appointment by calling 1 (855) CINE EOS.

Additional camera and lens service facilities for both professional and consumer clients are located in Jamesburg, N.J., Irvine, Calif., and Newport News, Va.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 4/1/2014 11:28:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES THE NEW CANON EOS-1D W DIGITAL SLR CAMERA, DESIGNED FOR “WILDLIFE”

Featuring Canon’s proven 61-Point High Density Reticular AF, Extreme Fast Shooting up to 24 fps, 39.9-Megapixel Near-Full-Frame CMOS Sensor, Outstanding ISO Sensitivity up to 204800, Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, Full HD Video Recording, Extreme-Durability Camouflage Finish, Development Announcement of EF 200-600mm f/4L W IS USM/STM Lens

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 1, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc. once again shows its leadership in digital imaging by introducing the Canon EOS-1D W "Wildlife" Digital SLR camera, the EOS-1D W is the world's first professional DSLR designed specifically for the needs of wildlife photographers and videographers. A new addition to Canon’s arsenal of professional DSLRs, the EOS-1D W is a progressive EOS-1D series camera based on the EOS-1D X, but loaded with exciting new features.

According to Sakuichi Ishizukara, Canon’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., “Wildlife photographers make up a large percentage of DSLR camera users. These photographers have specific needs – needs that have long been overlooked.”

“That the new Canon EOS-1D W is going to revolutionize wildlife photography is unquestionable” says Martyn Culbreck after 3 months of field testing the new camera. Mr. Culbreck is the Director of Photography for BBC’s upcoming “Planet Life” series. “We spend weeks waiting for the an animal to be in the right position. When that perfect moment arrives, we cannot risk any camera-related issues causing a missed shot. The EOS-1D W is a game changer. It never misses.”

A New Ultra-High Density Sensor

By utilizing groundbreaking technology first introduced in the EOS 70D, a pair of APS-C format imaging sensors can now be rotated vertically and joined into one very high resolution, near-full frame, 30 x 22.5mm imaging sensor while enjoying the production efficiencies of the smaller sensors. The EOS-1D W natively delivers a 4:3 ratio 7296 x 5472 pixel image for 39.9 megapixels of resolution. Photographers wishing to use the DSLR-conventional 3:2 image ratio can select 7296 x 4864 resolution via an “Aspect Ratio” menu option.

“Wildlife photographers have long had to make a choice between the high pixel density sensor found in the EOS 7D and the better performance of the EOS-1-Series bodies.” Says Akihiro Fumitzu, Director of Professional Imaging, Canon U.S.A. “These photographers now have the highest pixel density Canon DSLR sensor available in the highest performing DSLR camera available.”

Dual Pixel CMOS AF II – The Evolution Continues

Canon's recently-introduced Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a phase-detection autofocus (AF) technology on the camera's image sensor plane, enables users to shoot video with AF capabilities similar to a camcorder. Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs a Canon-patented CMOS sensor technology in which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both still imaging and phase-detection AF simultaneously, resulting in dramatically improved AF performance during Live View and video shooting.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF II extends this technology to allow the EOS-1D W to continuously track subject focus while shooting in high frame rate mode using the viewfinder. By combining information from the conventional phase-detection AF system with information provided by Dual Pixel AF, the EOS 1D-W is able to shoot two frames each time the mirror is raised for a frame rate twice as fast as the EOS-1D X – an eye-opening 24 fps in Extreme-High Speed shooting mode.

New high-quality "L" series lenses incorporating STM are under development to take full advantage of Dual Pixel AF technology for video recording purposes.

Moving the Data Fast

Capturing 39.9 megapixel images at 24 fps requires extreme processing power unavailable until now. In addition to dual DIGIC 5+ image processors and a metering and an AF control-dedicated DIGIC 4 processor, the EOS-1D W incorporates a dedicated DIGIC 6+ image processor. During capture, sensor image data is streamed directly to 32GB of on-processor memory to store up to 220 RAW images before the buffer limit is reached. Upon reaching internal memory capacity, data from the EOS-1D W imaging sensor is optionally streamed directly to a high speed (UHS-1) SDXC memory card for transformation when the processor is idle. By incorporating a user-upgradeable imaging buffer, photographers can choose their own maximum burst rate. A 64GB UHS-1 SDXC buffer memory card extension can store sensor image data for approximately 440 RAW images(1).

Massive Storage Capability

Extreme resolution image files captured at extremely fast rates demand massive storage capabilities. The EOS-1D W provides four SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slots that can be used successively or optionally configured to RAID 1 (mirrored) or RAID 5 (parity bit stored on a single card). Ultra High Speed (UHS-1) cards are supported with currently available cards providing up to 1TB of total storage.

Impressive in Low Light

That wildlife is typically most active in low light levels is not an issue for the EOS-1D W’s new Low Light Mode. Enabling the Dual Pixel technology to be used for noise reduction in all modes (excluding Extreme-High Speed shooting mode, Live View and video recording) means that unprecedented low noise levels are characteristic of EOS-1D W images. Effective doubling the light sampling at the pixel level yields at least 1.5 stops of noise improvements at all ISO settings.

The Eyes are Always in Focus

Wildlife images usually include at least one eye and Canon recognizes that it is critical that your wildlife subjects' eyes are in focus. The EOS 1D W includes two previously unavailable focus modes - Animal Eye Tracking and Zone Animal Eye Tracking. Animal Eye Tracking builds on the EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF technology incorporated into the EOS-1D X. Utilizing the viewfinder light sensor, Canon's newly developed eye recognition technology can recognize the closest animal eye in the frame and automatically assign the correct AF point to obtain a perfectly focused eye every time. Zone Animal Eye Tracking allows restriction of eye selection to one specific AF zone. For even better performance, Dual Pixel CMOS AF II technology is utilized for eye tracking right into frame borders in High and Extreme-High shooting modes.

Eye-Controlled Focus

Wildlife action can move fast and the needed focus point can change in a split second. Your eyes can follow that action and now your focus point selection can too. Just look your subject in the eyes, concentrate on framing and the 1D W will take care of the rest.

Last seen in the EOS Elan 7NE, Canon revived Eye-Controlled Focus to provide wildlife photographers with a simple way to maintain focus on erratically moving subjects. Zone Eye-Controlled Focus mode can be used in conjunction with Animal Eye Tracking mode.

Eye-Controlled Focus utilizes five strategically placed infrared viewfinder LEDs and advanced tracking algorithms to calculate the corresponding point of focus within the frame. Enabled on the quick control screen, photographers can now activate Eye-Controlled Focus in any AF mode.

Birds-in-Flight Mode

“Capturing birds in flight is a huge challenge to both the photographer and to the camera” claims Canon Explorer of Light Richard Shealing. “Accurate focusing is one of those big challenges.” The EOS-1D W’s new Birds-In-Flight Mode uses a combination of Animal Eye Tracking technology along with Bird Recognition algorithms that prevent the focus from jumping to the background. Also, the shutter release can optionally be programmed to institute a delay to avoid clipped wing tips, ensuring perfect BIF images.

Built for the Outdoors

A camera designed for wildlife photography must be ready to take on the elements. The EOS-1D W incorporates Canon's most extreme weather sealing ever, rated for submersion up to 1M for up to 30 seconds with matched lens mounted(1). The EOS-1D X-inherited magnesium alloy body shell and internal structure has proven its ability to absorb the impacts inevitably encountered in the field.

The Camera that Hides in Plain Sight

Also built for rough use is the EOS-1D W's new exterior finish. In cooperation with Realtree Outdoors and 3M, the EOS-1D W features camouflage patterns such as Hardwood, Waterfowl and Snow. Each pattern has been specifically designed for ultimate concealment while the newly developed nanotechnology finish suppresses glare and provides a sure grip even when wet. The impact and abrasion durability of Canon's new "Wildlife" finish is unprecedented. "There is no reason to cover this camera" says Richard Shealing.

Built-in Wildlife Call

Not only can the EOS-1D W remain hidden, it can bring the wildlife to the camera. By inserting a memory card with your favorite wildlife call recorded on it (MP3 and WAV formats supported), the EOS 1D-W can play back the recording. No longer does the photographer need to carry a duck, turkey, predator, deer or other call with them to attract wildlife. Canon will provide open source MP3 wildlife call audio files at a website to be announced.

Unprecedented Quietness

Sensitive wildlife can be startled by traditional DSLR shutter releases. In Silent mode, the new EOS-1D W incorporates a slightly reduced mirror travel rate to achieve a shutter release that is no louder than the shutter itself. Capture unlimited frames of a strutting gobbler at close range without fear of alarming it.

Always at Work – Introducing the Canon MT-1 Motion Trigger

Never before has it been so easy to get premium-grade wildlife photos. Canon understands that wildlife photography is time consuming. To allow photographers to capture photos while attending to other demands such as work, family and sleep, the Canon MT-1 Motion Trigger is being introduced. Featuring trail cam technology, the hot shoe-mounted MT-1 will trigger the EOS-1D W when wildlife motion is detected within a selected angle of view and focus distance. The MT-1 provides its own hot shoe to support simultaneous flash use.

For remote transmission of images, the EOS 1D W inherits a built-in LAN connection featuring a gigabit Ethernet Jack capable of 1000BASE-T transmission speeds. Optionally supported is the Canon WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter featuring wireless LAN support for 802.11n network transfer rates.

 
Canon EF 200-600mm f/4L W IS USM/STM Lens

Canon Inc. Announces Development of EF 200-600mm f/4L W IS USM/STM Lens

Canon Inc., the parent company of Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced the development of a new super-telephoto zoom lens, the EF 200-600mm f/4L W IS USM/STM. Designed specifically for use with Canon’s EOS-1D W, the EF 200-600mm f/4L (W) IS USM/STM will feature:

  • Massive 400mm focal range
  • 4-stop image stabilization system
  • User selectable AF mechanisms (USM / STM)
  • "Canondrophobic" (Hydrophobic Fluorine) lens coating
  • Extreme Weather sealing
  • Realtree Outdoors Camouflage patterns (Hardwood, Waterfowl and Snow)

Developed as a new category of Canon’s acclaimed L-series professional lenses, the new Wildlife lens will offer an unsurpassed combination of versatility, optical performance, concealment and submersion-climate-proof construction(2).

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS-1D W Digital SLR camera body is scheduled for July 2014 availability and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $8,900.00. The EF 200-600mm f/4L W IS USM/STM is expected to be available in late 2014.

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Preorder Opportunities

B&H has the Canon EOS-1D W available for preorder.

Post Date: 4/1/2014 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean and Bryan
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