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 Monday, October 14, 2013
Although I haven't seen an official announcement by Sigma just yet, a 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM "Art" lens is already featured on Sigma's website.
 
Lens Specifications:

Lens Construction19 elements in 14 groups
Minimum apertureF/22
Filter size82mm
Angle of view (35mm equivalent)84.1°-23.3°
Minimum focusing distance45cm / 17.7in
Dimensions (Diameter x Length)88.6mm x 109.4mm / 3.5in x 4.3in
Number of diaphragm blades9 (rounded diaphragm)
Maximum magnification ratio1:4.6
Weight885g / 31.2oz

Update: It looks like Sigma removed the webpage from their server. However, an official announcement is surely not far off.

Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/14/2013 12:15:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, October 13, 2013

 

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending October 12th, 2013.
 
In the news...
 
On Monday, Zeiss introduced the Otus 55mm f/1.4 lens. Zeiss promises that this premium lens was designed without compromise, producing excellently sharp images free of color fringing and distortion. The Otus 55mm f/1.4 will hit the shelves at the end of this month for suggested retail price of $3,999.00.
 
Also on Monday, Canon announced their plans for a new Customer Support Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 33,000 square-foot facility will house Support Specialists dedicated to small office and consumer imaging products including digital cameras, camcorders, and printers. The center will also support professional printing and cinema customers once operations begin in April of next year.
 
Canon also issued a Service Advisory on Monday for their LP-E6 rechargeable battery packs. The product advisory warns that in certain cases, an LP-E6 may fail to charge when inserted into the LC-E6 battery charger. If the LED blinks orange rapidly after inserting your LP-E6 battery, follow the steps on our post to reset the charger.
 
On Tuesday, Nikon announced an incremental update to their D600 DSLR camera – the D610. Compared to the D600, the D610 features a new shutter mechanism that allows for faster continuous shooting and a new quiet continuous mode. The D610 also features an improved white balance system. Check out our post for more details.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Monday, Bryan posted his full review of the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX lens. In short, the lens performs quite well at 16mm – but gets moderately soft at the longer focal lengths. The lens features good build quality, but a somewhat quirky focus ring clutch for manual focusing. See Bryan’s full review for more details.
 
On Wednesday, Bryan posted his full review of the Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX lens. Bryan found the Tokina 17-35mm lens produced image quality slightly worse than its wider aperture cousin, the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 – but the f/4’s lower price, lower weight, and lower cost will certainly be enough to sway some consumer purchases. Check out Bryan’s full review for all the important details.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Wednesday, we posted a deal from BuyDig.com where you could get a Canon EOS 6D, PIXMA PRO-100 Printer, and Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 11 for only $1,599.00 after a $400.00 mail-in rebate. That’s almost a $300.00 savings off of the normal 6D – without bundled accessories – price.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 10/13/2013 6:11:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 11, 2013
Camera technology is ever-evolving - Dual Pixel AF, WiFi, GPS and HDR mode are just some of the newest features that have been introduced into recent DSLR bodies. So we want to know...
 
What feature do you want in your DSLR camera that isn't currently available?
 
What do you think the next big feature addition should be? What capability do you want that you simply don't have an option for now?
 
Let us know on our Facebook page.
Post Date: 10/11/2013 8:55:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Professional Network has posted a few Tips and Tricks regarding the EOS 6D's WiFi function.
 
EOS 6D WiFi Tips and Tricks Available

  • EOS 6D WiFi: MAC Address
  • EOS 6D WiFi: Reviewing images via EOS Remote app
  • EOS 6D: WiFi and EOS Remote app
  • EOS 6D: WiFi preparation

Adorama carries the Canon EOS 6D DSLR camera (review).

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/11/2013 7:29:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Professional Network has just published part two of its five part "Inside Lightroom 5" series.
 
"Inside Lightroom 5 (Part 2): Ranking and Selecting Images" will guide you in how to use Lightroom's flag and rating systems to prepare your images for post-processing.
 
Adorama carries Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/11/2013 6:50:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 10, 2013
From Nikon:
 
Modifications enabled with Ver. 2.8.1

  1. Support for the D610, and the Nikon 1 AW1 has been added.

Additional modifications to the Macintosh version

  1. Frame rate settings of 50fps and 60fps have been added for Size settings of 1280 x 720(16:9) and 1920 × 1080(16:9) in the Create movie dialog when File > Create Movie... is selected in Nikon Movie Editor.
    However, the following two conditions must be met to select a Frame rate of 50fps or 60fps.
    - Movies added to the storyboard must have been recorded at a frame rate of 50p or 60p, and they must be originals (unedited by any movie editing software).
    - File type must be set to a type other than MOV (MotionJPEG/Linear PCM).

Download:
Nikon ViewNX 2.8.1 - Windows 64bit | Windows 32bit | Macintosh

Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon ViewNX
Post Date: 10/10/2013 11:43:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
RONKONKOMA, N.Y., — October 10, 2013 — 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, is thrilled to announce today that Sigma Pro and renowned fashion and editorial photographer, Lindsay Adler, will be featured in the Framed Networks’ newest online series, “The Concept.”
 
“The Concept” is a 6-episode series that will document Adler and fine art and conceptual photographer Brook Shaden as they take on the challenge of executing a surprised concept by the Framed Producers. Equipped with the same Sigma lenses, both photographers will be expected to shoot the same models in the same location, giving viewers the opportunity to see them plan a shoot from start to finish.
 
“We are proud and excited to be able to sponsor a program such as 'The Concept' that promotes and inspires photography while highlighting the talent and strategies of two amazing photographers,” said Christine Moossmann, Director of Marketing for Sigma Corporation of America. “Lindsay’s dedication to Sigma products has been steadfast, so we knew this would be a great opportunity to showcase the ability of our products. We hadn’t had the opportunity to work with Brooke before, but her works speaks volumes and we were excited to get our products in her hands.”
 
During each episode, a different individual will be selected to accompany Adler and Shaden as an assistant producer. These assistant producers then get to be a part of the entire production, seeing things uncut and learning new techniques.
 
“Sigma is an incredible company for so many reasons. Not only do they produce great quality lenses that photographers can afford, but they also actively support photographic education. They help make beautiful imagery accessible to everyone,” said Lindsay Adler. “I was happy to be able to put these lenses to work for “The Concept” so people could see the lenses in action making amazing images.”
 
To show its commitment to students and professors of photography, Sigma University was created, which offers participants not only special savings on Sigma lenses, cameras, and accessories, but also seminars, training, and special events on Sigma products hosted at participating dealers.
 
“Sigma is passionate about photography, and nothing is more important to us than nurturing photographers of all skill levels and interests. Sponsoring programs like 'The Concept' is crucial in helping to develop a photographer’s skill, such as choosing the right equipment for their needs and ambitions, inspiring them and overall, providing photographic education,” said Christine Moossmann, Director of Marketing for Sigma Corporation of America.
 
The first episode will air on October 22. To catch a sneak peek of the upcoming series, click this link.
 
Adorama carries Sigma lenses.
Post Date: 10/10/2013 10:12:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
A sample picture gallery is now included in the Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX Lens Review.
 
Included are some images of the Hickory Run State Park Boulder Field near White Haven, PA.
Post Date: 10/10/2013 8:13:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Adorama:
 
Stop by the Adorama booth for a chance to win a Canon EOS-5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Body Kit; learn more about Adorama’s top-notch services from pro imaging experts at the PhotoPlus Expo, held from October 24-26 in New York City.
 
October 10, 2013 - Adorama, the leading supplier of pro video, photographic and consumer electronics products, will be exhibiting at this year’s PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo. Visit Adorama at booth 1037 for speaker presentations and special appearances from some of the hottest photographers in the industry, including Joe McNally and Chase Jarvis. Adorama will also be raffling a Canon EOS-5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Body Kit with Canon EF 24-105L Image Stabilized Lens. Visit the booth for a chance to win. No purchase necessary to be entered into the drawing. Running from October 24-26 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, the PhotoPlus Expo is the largest photography and imaging show in North America, attended by over 24,000 professional photographers and enthusiasts.
 
Adorama’s expert Pro Sales team will be on site to provide attendees with an overview of the best photography gear to help bring their creative visions to life. Representatives from Flashpoint, Adorama’s house brand of professional photography equipment, will be showcasing monolights and HDSLR shooters as well as products from Glow, Flashpoint’s brand new line of lighting accessories, and the recently launched 3Pod line of tripods and monopods. Visitors can also visit the booth to learn more about Adorama’s various programs and service offerings, including:
 
Adorama Rental Company – the largest inventory of the latest digital cinema and HD video cameras, DSLR and digital backs, lenses, lighting, computers and grips at the lowest rates in the industry
 
Trade & Upgrade – Adorama buys all models of photo and video equipment, lighting, lenses and accessories
 
Rent-to-Buy – Get up to 50% of one week’s rental price back when you make an Adorama purchase
 
Visit Adorama for the following speaker presentations*:
 
Thursday, October 24th:
11:00 a.m.: Sal Cincotta, “Five Ways to Make Facebook Work For Your Wedding and Portrait Business”
12:00 p.m.: Doug Gordon, “The Posing Project”
1:00 p.m.: Tamara Lackey, “Quick Tips for Better Portrait Photography”
2:00 p.m.: Corey Rich, “Paralleling Still and Motion with Nikon HDSLRs”
3:00 p.m.: Rick Sammon, “Travel Photography”
4:00 p.m.: Joe McNally, “The Location and the Light"
 
Friday, October 25th:
11:00 a.m.: Rick Sammon, “Travel Photography”
12:00 p.m.: Doug Gordon, “The Posing Project”
1:00 p.m.: Sal Cincotta, “Five Ways to Make Facebook Work For Your Wedding and Portrait Business”
2:00 p.m.: Mark Wallace, “Photography and the Meaning of Life”; Talk followed by Q&A with Mark
3:00 p.m.: Corey Rich, “Paralleling Still and Motion with Nikon HDSLRs”
4:00 p.m.: Rich Harrington, “Timelapse in Photoshop"
 
*Presentations will run up to 30 minutes each.
 
Adorama is a Proud Sponsor of Shoot NYC 2013
Adorama is a Proud Sponsor of Shoot NYC 2013 Join Adorama at Shoot NYC during the PhotoPlus Expo! Shoot NYC is an exciting and informative professional photographic forum based on the premise of sharing knowledge through educational seminars from top industry professionals and hands-on demonstrations of the latest photographic technology on the market today. Top industry professionals will host workshops and hands-on seminars in an array of subjects, whether you’re interested in fashion, portraiture, commercial, stock or repro. Register now.
Post Date: 10/10/2013 7:26:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tiffen:
 
Tiffen Photo fx v5.03 and Tiffen Photo fx Ultra v5.02 provide iOS 7 users with enhanced creative tools to edit and share images with the world
 
Hauppauge, NY – October 9, 2013 – The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer of award-winning accessories for the still imaging, video, motion picture and broadcast markets, is pleased to announce newly available updates to its award-winning apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Tiffen Photo fx version 5.03 (more info) and Tiffen Photo fx Ultra version 5.02 (more info) are now compatible with and fully optimized for Apple iOS 7. The new iOS 7 boasts more vibrant graphics and icons as well as intuitive image capabilities such as photo grouping. Taking full advantage of the iOS 7 advancements, Tiffen Photo fx and Tiffen Photo fx Ultra let users add stunning photographic effects and color treatments and share Photo fx’d images on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, the Sincerely Ship & Print service as well as via Email, Print, Copy, and Open In.
 
What’s New – Tiffen Photo fx and Tiffen Photo fx Ultra

  • iOS 7 compatibility, improved with an HTML help page
  • Optimized performance on iOS 7
  • Improved “Help” menu functions, including new icon images

Tiffen Photo fx Ultra recently won the “Best Mobile Photo App of 2013” award from the prestigious Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). This award is given to products on the basis of “innovation, the use of leading-edge technology, design and ergonomics, ease-of-use, as well as price/performance ratio.” It is a highly coveted award, as eligibility is based purely on a product’s value in the marketplace rather than on a submission basis.
 
One of the first image editing apps to hit the market in 2009, the Photo fx family of apps is the definitive set of digital filters for Apple mobile devices and tablets. Each app offers simulations of many popular award-winning Tiffen glass filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction, natural light, and photographic effects, plus a clever paint system with a variety of brushes for those using the Photo fx Ultra app.
 
Tiffen Photo fx and Photo fx Ultra Pricing and Availability
 
The award-winning Tiffen Photo fx v5.03 and Tiffen Photo fx Ultra v5.02 apps are available today for $2.99 and $4.99 USD respectively through the Apple App Store and priced in local currency outside the United States.

Category: Tiffen News
Post Date: 10/10/2013 6:09:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 9, 2013
I will be sharing the results of the recent How many DSLR cameras do you currently have? poll with you soon. That poll will remain open for a short period of time to give you a last chance to share your count. A big thanks to the over 12,000 of you that participated!
 
I'm sure that you are not surprised that, as with DSLR cameras, I am of the opinion that one cannot have too many lenses. In our next poll, I will be taking a look at the lenses in your kit. More specifically, how many lenses are in that kit.
 
I will trust your discretion on what the definition of a "lens" is, but you have my permission to count extenders. Filters (I know, they have glass in them) should not be included in your count. Also omit "Close-up Lenses" from your count.
 

 
Note: If you are reading this post in a feed reader and the poll is not displaying properly, please click through to the site to answer the question. Thanks!
Post Date: 10/9/2013 9:55:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX Lens Review
 
This time the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens is up on the competition block. Find out how these two lenses compare.
Post Date: 10/9/2013 8:08:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Nikon 1 AW1 User Manual is now availabel for download.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/9/2013 6:04:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 8, 2013
A handful of sample pictures have been added to the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens Review.
Post Date: 10/8/2013 11:14:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In astronomical terms, the difference between 14mm and 800mm is basically nothing. But in photography, the difference is huge. So we want to know...
 
What's your favorite focal length and why?
 
Be sure to clarify whether you're shooting with a full-frame or APS-C sensor camera.
 
Let us know on our Facebook Page.
Post Date: 10/8/2013 9:26:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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