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 Monday, January 14, 2013
eBay (via has the SanDisk Extreme 240GB 2.5" SATA III Solid State Drive available for $149.99 with free shipping. Compare at $209.99.
Category: Sandisk Deals
Post Date: 1/14/2013 11:17:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Phase One:
Improves Stability, Adds Support for New Cameras
COPENHAGEN, January 14, 2013 — Phase One has released Capture One Pro 7.0.2 for immediate download. This service release has focused on solving bugs reported by customers, strengthening overall stability, and adding support for new models of Canon, Olympus, Fujifilm and Sony cameras, and includes new tethered support for Canon EOS 6D and Canon EOS M cameras.
New preliminary camera support includes:

  • Fujifilm X-Pro1
  • Fujifilm XE-1
  • Fujifilm XF1
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon EOS M
  • Sony SLT-A57
  • Sony NEX-5R
  • Olympus XZ-2 iHS
  • Canon EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III (sRAW and mRAW)

Numerous bug fixes have improved stability, including support for Canon tethering on Apple OS X 10.8, and improved support for pen tablets on Windows 8.
Other changes in Capture One Pro 7.0.2 include aligning the use of image counts in the library tool: no counts for smart albums on Mac and no image counts shown for Groups and Projects on Windows.
Capture One Pro 7 is a raw converter and workflow software which enables photographers to reduce the time and effort required to deliver stunning ready-to-use images with excellent color and detail. Capture One Pro 7.0.2 is available as a free download for Capture One Pro 7 customers.
B&H carries Capture One Pro products.

Category: Phase One News
Post Date: 1/14/2013 10:22:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Photoshelter:
Mastering The Illusion of Perfection with Photo Retoucher Amy Dresser
Amy Dresser is one of the industry's leading photo retouchers and illustrators. Her clients have ranged from editorial (TIME, Allure) to advertising (Barbie, Pepsi, Target) to individual photographers (Jill Greenberg, Jeremy Cowart).
In this live webinar on Tuesday, January 15th at 4pm EDT Amy will take us behind the Photoshop layered curtain of her work, and discuss her thought process, technique, and end result.
Note: Only the first 1,000 registrants will be able to attend this live webinar. After that, registration will close. We will post a video recording on The PhotoShelter Blog, but sign up if you want to attend on January 15th.
Register here.
Post Date: 1/14/2013 9:54:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From PetaPixel:
In 2009, when Kodak announced that production of Kodachrome film would be coming to an end, legendary photographer Steve McCurry saw an opportunity, and asked if the company would give him the final roll. Given his reputation and the many famed photographs he’s taken on Kodachrome, it’s no surprise Kodak said yes.
As a tribute to this final roll, a crew from National Geographic decided to follow McCurry and document the momentous last 36 frames that would ever be shot on that film — the video above is the result.
The video is much more than just a chronicling of how McCurry spent that last roll of film. As with any great artist, when the NatGeo crew put McCurry on camera he inevitably managed to spout some phenomenal advice. It really makes you appreciate digital (or perhaps miss film) to see McCurry being so careful with his shots, making sure that each one did the Kodachrome roll justice.
In reality, the days already came and went when that roll was shot and developed; the last lab to process Kodachrome stopped at the end of 2010 and you can see the gallery of those final shots on McCurry’s website. But this documentary acts as yet another farewell to a film so loved there are plans for a movie about its demise.
Post Date: 1/14/2013 6:39:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 11, 2013
From Datacolor:
Join us for a webinar on Exploring Photographic Composition
Photographic composition is a key element of photography. To master composition, one must learn the ability to see compositions as shapes, lines, forms, masses, etc., and not just as recognizable objects. You must be able to visualize how objects function as forms in space under light, and how they will relate to a two dimensional composition. This webinar gives an overview of the use of photographic composition in landscape and still life photography, drawing examples from the work of masters of photography, as well as our own Datacolor master photographers.
Join us, Tuesday, January 15th from 3PM-4PM EST, as Datacolor Experts David Saffir and C. David Tobie guide you through the key elements of photographic composition and how they interact to make a unified whole.
An interactive Q&A will take place throughout the webinar to answer any questions you may have.
One lucky webinar guest will win a free Spyder4PRO
Title: Exploring Photographic Composition: Landscape and Still Life
Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
Click here to register.
Post Date: 1/11/2013 5:38:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Early last year, Nikon published a letter directed at all unauthorized repair facilities stating that "...Nikon has decided that it will no longer make repair parts available for purchase by repair facilities that have not been authorized by Nikon Inc. to perform camera repairs."
A backlash enused as once cheap and simple repairs became much more costly for consumers who were forced to ship their cameras to one of Nikon's limited number of authorized repair facilities.
Nikon has since made some consessions - and is now selling a limited number of repair parts directly to the general public.
Parts available for puchase include (but vary depending on camera model):

  • Rubber grips/covers/caps
  • Battery/memory card doors
  • Name plate decals

See the full list of repair parts here.

Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/11/2013 1:34:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From BBC News:
High Street camera retailer Jessops is to shut all of its stores, resulting in the loss of about 1,370 jobs.
Administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), appointed this week, said all 187 stores in the UK would shut at the end of trading on Friday.
More jobs would be lost at the head office in Leicester, it added.
Jessops became the first High Street casualty of 2013, after a raft of firms fell into administration in 2012, including Comet and Clinton Cards.
PwC was appointed administrator on Wednesday, and at the time said there might be some store closures.
It came after talks this week between Jessops and its lender and suppliers broke down after a poor Christmas.
The camera chain was founded in Leicester in 1935 by Frank Jessop.
In recent years, it has been hit by increasing competition from supermarkets and internet retailers.
Rob Hunt, joint administrator at PwC, said it was an "extremely sad day for Jessops and its employees".
Read the entire article here. (thanks Dean)
Post Date: 1/11/2013 12:43:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/11/2013 12:36:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
Mr. Masaya Maeda, Chief Executive, Image Communication Products Operation, Canon Inc., is proud to have Canon acknowledged along with peers, Sony, Red, and Arri in receiving a Technical Emmy award for advancements in CMOS sensor technology for film and television production.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 1/11/2013 12:16:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
Canon tops among Japanese companies in U.S. patent rankings for eighth consecutive year
TOKYO, January 11, 2013 — Canon Inc. ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2012, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services on January 10, 2013.
Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.
Canon U.S. patent ranking among Japanese companies 2005 - 2012

YearRanking*No. of
20121st (3rd)3,174
20111st (3rd)2,813
20101st (4th)2,551
20091st (4th)2,200
20081st (3rd)2,107
20071st (3rd)1,983
20061st (3rd)2,367
20051st (2nd)1,828

* Number in parenthesis represents Canon’s ranking among all companies
Canon prizes its corporate DNA of placing a high priority on technology. And with regard to research and development results, the company actively promotes the acquisition of patent rights in accordance with the management direction of the Canon Group and technology trends while conducting thorough pre-application searches to raise the quality of applications. Through close cooperation between Canon’s technology and intellectual property divisions, the company aims to improve its technological capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 1/11/2013 8:49:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Giottos Silk Road YTL Series Tripods
From Giottos:
Giotto’s launches patented brand new design for its core tripod range
Just when you think you’ve seen it all in the world of tripods – Giotto’s has launched a brand new range of tripods featuring a totally unique, patented design – enabling a 30% space saving while maintaining full strength, stability and weight capacity.
The NEW Giotto’s Silk Road YTL Series replaces the entire range of Giotto’s MTL tripods and features a new Y-shaped centre column, meaning a super slim 30% space saving when the tripod is packed down.
This uniquely shaped centre column brings a totally new dimension to tripod design – allowing legs to be stowed in a much more compact way, without the ‘bulk’ of tripods using traditional design.
Giotto’s is continually challenging the dimensions of photographic tripods – following on from the huge success of its award winning Vitruvian range – which adopted a space saving inverted design when the tripod is folded down.
The new Silk Road range is named after the historical network of interlinking trade routes covering East, South & Western Asia, parts of North & east Africa and Europe. New technologies were often traded along this route too – hence the inspiration for the Giotto’s Silk Road series.
The new Y-Tube column allows a 30% space saving vs the MTL range – while maintaining full strength, stability and weight capacity. The Silk Road Series includes a range of tripods, which support up to 5kg, 8kg and 10kg of camera equipment.
The unique Y-shaped column allows tripod legs to be stowed in a much more compact configuration.
Within the range there are 12 models with options including a 2 way column and a super versatile 3 way centre column, ideal for very low level shooting. The 3D column tripods have an included low-angle adaptor.
The range also includes models with 3-section and 4-section tripod legs – for additional height and compact stowage. The adjustable tripod legs have 3 ‘footprint’ settings – full height, mid height where the legs are slightly wider and an ultra wide setting for low level photography.
The new range also features graduated leg markings and new, patented Quick Easy Leg (QEL) Lock adjustments for fast, accurate adjustment without taking your eye off the subject.
On the models with 2 way centre column, there’s also a bubble spirit level built in and all models feature a swappable tripod thread – so you can easily change between 3/8” and 1/4” – meaning the Giotto’s Silk Road YTL range is compatible with any Giotto’s head and models from other manufacturers too.
For the ultimate grip in wet or uneven conditions, spiked feet are now available as an optional extra. The range is available in both aluminium and carbon fibre made from the finest quality components. Carbon fibre models are manufactured from the highest quality 8x multi layer carbon fibre to increase strength and reduce weight.
Key Features:

  • Brand new patented ‘Y-Tube’ centre column – enabling a 30% space saving
  • 12 models including finest quality aluminium and carbon fibre
  • 3 or 4 section tripod legs
  • Brand new Quick Easy Leg Lock (QEL) and graduated leg markings
  • Fully compatible tripod thread – works with any Giotto’s head or other standard thread tripod heads
  • Range of height settings – and optional extras including short centre column and spiked tripod feet

Guide retail pricing: from £100 for aluminium models and £220 for carbon fibre models. The Giotto’s Silk Road Series will launch at the SWPP Trade Show (11th – 13th January 2013) and ‘first look’ of the entire range will be on show at Focus on Imaging (3rd - 6th March 2013)
Product will be available in store & online from mid-January.
B&H carries the Giottos Tripods.

Category: Giottos News
Post Date: 1/11/2013 8:29:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
01.11.2013 - SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM F/NIKON scheduled to start shipping this month.
The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM for Nikon is available for preorder from B&H, Adorama, and Amazon.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 1/11/2013 7:25:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 10, 2013
B&H has the Zeiss 135mm f/2.0 APO-Sonnar T Lens (Canon | Nikon) available for preorder.
Category: Zeiss Preorders
Post Date: 1/10/2013 1:31:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma has released a beautifully produced video that shows the inner workings of their Aizu, Japan lens manufacturing facility.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 1/10/2013 12:56:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon has released a short video demonstrating how its optical glass is made.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/10/2013 11:29:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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