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 Thursday, July 10, 2014
From Canon:
Asana, Canon, Dropbox, Google, Newegg and SAP Announce Formation of New Cooperative Patent-Licensing Agreement
TOKYO, July 10, 2014—Asana, Canon Inc., Dropbox, Google, Newegg and SAP today announced the formation of the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, a cooperative patent-licensing agreement that will cut down on patent troll litigation and the growing practice of patent privateering.
Patent litigation reached an all-time peak last year, with more than 6,000 lawsuits filed. Most of those suits came from non-practicing entities, also known as patent trolls—companies that don’t have a business outside of licensing and litigating patents.
More than 70 percent of the patents used by trolls come from still-operating companies. Indeed, in a growing trend called privateering, companies are selling patents to trolls that then use those patents to attack other companies. In some cases, those companies arrange to get a cut of revenue generated from the trolls’ suits.
The LOT agreement is a new kind of royalty-free cross-license meant to address these growing systemic problems. Member companies receive a license when the patents are transferred out of the LOT group. That means that companies retain their right to enforce a patent so long as they retain ownership of it. However, as soon as it is sold, a license to the other members becomes effective, protecting them from attacks by the troll to which the patent was sold.
The agreement includes several other provisions that preserve a patent portfolio’s value, including carve-outs for certain M&A transactions and change of control.
The initial members of the LOT Network range from early-stage startups to established technology companies. Together they own almost 300,000 patent assets, generate more than $117 billion in revenue and employ more than 310,000 people.
"The LOT Network is a sort of arms control for the patent world," said Allen Lo, deputy general counsel for patents at Google. "By working together, we can cut down on patent litigation, allowing us to focus instead on building great products."
"Startups need to overcome many risks before they can become mature, thriving companies. The LOT Network is a powerful and creative new idea that will help ensure that patent abuse need not be one of them," said Dustin Moskovitz, cofounder of teamwork software provider Asana.
"The LOT Network provides a unique mechanism for reducing patent troll threats while maintaining a portfolio’s primary significance and value," said Kenichi Nagasawa, director and group executive of Canon Inc.’s Corporate Intellectual Property & Legal Headquarters. "Through the further expansion of the LOT Network, I look forward to the patent system restoring its sound functionality."
"We believe that patents should never be used to stifle innovation," said Brett Alten, IP counsel at Dropbox, "The LOT network is a creative solution to fight patent abuse that becomes more effective with each company that joins. The more participants there are, the better off we’ll all be."
"Newegg has a very strong history of successfully battling patent trolls, and the License on Transfer Network is another valuable tool that helps protect participants from frivolous patent litigation," said Soren Mills, chief marketing officer of Newegg North America. "We’re very happy to join forces with Google and other leading technology companies to preserve the spirit of innovation that’s so vital to our collective well-being."
"The structure of the LOT Network helps protect innovative patent owners from unwarranted litigation, without stifling valid, beneficial uses of patents, such as cross-licensing," said Anthony DiBartolomeo, senior vice president and chief IP counsel at SAP. "As long as a company owns their patent they retain all their rights to it."
More information is available at
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 7/10/2014 6:42:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 9, 2014
B&H has the new Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System in stock and available for purchase with free expedited shippping.
Product Highlights

  • Modular Mic and Input System
  • Includes XY Microphone Module
  • Four Simultaneous Inputs
  • Uses SD Memory Cards
  • Compatible with H6 Mic Modules
  • Optional Shotgun Mic and XLR/TRS Inputs

Post Date: 7/9/2014 12:31:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The complete set of standard test results along with specs/measurements and product images are now available on the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens Review page.
Post Date: 7/9/2014 9:19:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out the Von Wong blog for the behind-the-scenes and final images.
Post Date: 7/9/2014 7:14:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens is availble for purchase at DigitalRev. Stock is ordered at the time of purchase with a delivery estimate of two weeks.
They also have the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens in stock.
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/8/2014 1:45:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality, vignetting and distortion test results along with product images have been added to the Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro Lens Review page. Flare results will be available soon.
Post Date: 7/8/2014 8:49:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
Picture Control Utility 2.0
Updates included in this 2.0 download
Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions

  • Not only can the application be used from ViewNX 2 and Capture NX-D, but it can now also be installed and launched as a separate, stand-alone application.
  • Support for the D810 has been added.
  • Users can now choose to save Custom Picture Control files in "NP2" format, compatible with the new Picture Control System, or in "NCP" format for use with all cameras that support Custom Picture Controls.
  • The following are possible when "NP2" is selected.
  • Flat can now be selected from the list of Stored Picture Controls.
  • When Manual Adjust is selected, each of the adjustment items can now be adjusted in units of 0.25 for more precise adjustment.
  • A new Clarity item has been added to adjustment items.
  • The adjustment range for Brightness has been expanded to -1.50 to +1.50.
  • The Custom Curve is larger, making it easier to adjust tone curves.
  • The size of the application window can now be adjusted, allowing the area in which the preview image is display to be enlarged.
  • A new Adjustments for Preview function enables adjustment of Exposure Comp. and White Balance. However, adjustments to these settings are not reflected in the Custom Picture Control being created.
  • A Reflect changes on preview check box has been added for before-and-after comparison of the Custom Picture Control on the preview image.

Download Picture Control Utility 2.0
View NX 2.10.0
Updates included in this 2.10.0 download

  • Support for the D810 has been added.
  • Picture Control Utility has been replaced by Picture Control Utility 2.

Download View NX 2.10.0.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/8/2014 8:07:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 7, 2014
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/7/2014 1:26:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results for a second lens have been added to the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens review.
It is hard to distinguish the results between the two lenses with a minor exception of the latest lens showing very slightly better wide open performance at 35mm. The latest tested lens is sample "1".
Also added to this review were:

  • Standard flare test results
  • Coma discussion and example
  • Image illustrating AI Servo AF testing

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/7/2014 10:31:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Profoto Blog:

"There are days when the whole world seems to smile upon you. But there are also days when the forces of nature seem to conspire against you. This shoot belongs in the latter category…
The shoot was done at Långtora Airfield outside Stockholm, which is the airfield where my gliding club is based. The look we were going for was a modern version of the flying ladies of the 1940s. Quite a few of the classic Hollywood stars flew gliders. The particular glider we were borrowing for this shoot was used by the Danish air force during the 1940s to train fighter pilots. Some people at the club claim that the gilder was once flown by Greta Garbo. But that fact is still to be verified…
Lighting-wise, we planned to shoot with sunlight and Collapsible Reflectors only. I wanted a subtle and natural backlight in the images, and Collapsible Reflectors are great for that. The fact that Profoto offer ten different Collapsible Reflectors in six fabrics (black, white, silver, sunsilver, gold and translucent) would be helpful, as that allowed us to create different light characters and moods by simply replacing one Collapsible Reflector with another.
That was the plan. But as it turned, the forces of nature refused to cooperate."

Read the entire article on the Profoto Blog.
B&H carries Profoto Collapsible Reflectors.

Post Date: 7/7/2014 8:20:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Site vistor Mark J. sent us a great tip – Microsoft has a freely downloadable program for producing GIFs, called Microsoft Research Cliplets.
After learning about the program, I simply had to try it. I went to the local park to capture a video of its fountain in action (shown above).
Check out the video below to see how it works.
Post Date: 7/7/2014 6:40:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 4, 2014
From Sigma:
Thank you for your purchasing and using our products.
We are pleased to announce the availability of the update of SIGMA Optimization Pro and it is now available for download. Since the version under SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.2.0 does not recognize 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, we have upgraded it to adapt the new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art.
Please update your SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.2.0 to latest version.
We appreciate your continuing support for our company and products.
B&H carries the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 7/4/2014 8:52:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Japan has posted an announcement regarding an EOS M2 "double zoom" kit – containing the EOS M2, EF-M18-55mm IS STM & EF-M 55-200mm IS STM Lenses – to be available in August. Canon Japan also announced a new color for the EOS M2, "Beiburu" (Bay Blue) that will join the already familiar white, red and black models around that time.
Note: The Bay Blue version of the EOS M has been around quite some time. Apparently, the color is new to the EOS M2.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/4/2014 8:23:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 3, 2014

From the Nikon USA YouTube Channel:
Nikon Ambassador, Corey Rich shows us how he sets up a great time-lapse while capturing a beautiful landscape photo at the same time, using his camera's built-in intervalometer. For more information on your Nikon D-SLR's intervalometer, please refer to your camera's instruction manual.
B&H carries the Nikon D800, D800E and has the new D810 available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/3/2014 1:43:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Finally: B&H has a limited quantity of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens (review) in stock (Canon mount).
This lens has taken forever to show up and it was emphasized to me that stock was limited, so act quickly if this lens is on your to-buy list. I have a second copy of this lens on its way for additional testing.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/3/2014 10:42:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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