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 Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Category: Roade News
Post Date: 2/3/2014 7:04:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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