From Spider Holster:
SPIDER HOLSTER LAUNCHES BLACK WIDOW CAMERA HOLSTER KITS
Ideal for Holiday Gift Giving, the Spider Holster Black Widow Kit Combines the Fast-Access Camera Holster with the Black Widow Belt and a New and Improved Black Widow Pad for Added All-Day Comfort
Ithaca, NY – December 19, 2011 – Spider Holster, (http://www.spiderholster.com) a company specializing in unique holster-style carrying solutions for photographers, today announced it has started shipping its Spider Holster Black Widow Kit which offers a comfortable and secure carrying solution for entry-level DSLRs and other small-body cameras such as point-and-shoot, micro four thirds, and compact system camera models. Packaging the heavy-duty resin and stainless steel Black Widow Holster unit with all the basic accessories, such as the Black Widow Belt and just updated Black Widow Pad, ensures the optimal carrying comfort for consumer and prosumer photographers. The new and improved Black Widow Pad now includes an additional stabilizing feature to snug the camera’s lens to the Pad for added stability.
The Black Widow Camera Holster secures the camera firmly to the photographer’s hip and eliminates the neck, shoulder and back strain caused by cameras dangling from traditional neck straps or shoulder bags, and is perfect for shooters who want to keep their hands free at all times. The Black Widow easily threads onto any standard leather belt or can be worn on the included Black Widow Belt, which complements the holster’s light-weight design to sit comfortably on the hips, and is perfect for use with slightly heavier cameras or when shooting for extended periods of time. Also included in the Kit is the latest evolution of the Black Widow Pad, a comfortable, cushioned extension of the belt that provides a resting place for the camera against the user’s body. This latest version of the Pad also includes an elastic and Velcro lens strap that, when locked in place, prevents the camera from jostling on the hip.
“Our Black Widow is rated for cameras up to 4 pounds, and while with smaller cameras most users are comfortable using just the Holster on their own belt, once they break into the DSLR ranges, those extra pounds can become uncomfortable after long days. With the comfort-adding accessories in this kit, users can easily carry their mid-sized DSLR for an entire day with the kids, at a day-long event or throughout an entire vacation,” said Shai Eynav, President of Spider Holster. “For photography enthusiasts that like to have their favorite camera always at the ready, our Black Widow Camera Holster Kit and the latest evolution of our Black Widow Pad provide them with all of the components they will need to comfortably carry their camera to places they never would have thought possible before.”
The Spider Holster Black Widow Kit will retail at $65.99. The Kit is available for direct purchase and can be found in major retail outlets throughout the world. For current Black Widow users, the latest version of the Spider Holster Pad featuring the added lens strap, is also available for individual purchase for $15.99. To find a local retail outlet or to learn more about how to stock Spider Holster products, please visit the Spider Holster Black Widow website at: http://www.spiderholster.com/blackwidow/.
About Spider Holster
Founded by professional photographer Shai Eynav, Spider Holster designs and builds unique camera carrying solutions for photographers. The company’s namesake SpiderPro holster system has quickly become a trusted tool for photographers looking to protect themselves against the neck, shoulder and back strain which often accompany traditional camera straps and shoulder bags while providing quick-draw access and a secure attachment point for even the heaviest pro-DSLRs. More information about Spider Holster and its latest offerings can be found at: http://www.spiderholster.com.
Just posted: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS Lens Review
My family and I wish you a warm and merry Christmas!
Check out Sean Setters' Magic Lantern: HDR video on 50D post in the forums to see what the Magic Lantern crew has been up to.
ILFORD INTRODUCES GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS TO USA
Metallic media alternative promises exhibition standard prints for a wide range of professional applications
Marly, Switzerland & Avon, CT – December 12, 2011 – ILFORD (http://www.ilford.com), a leading developer and manufacturer of professional quality media for both inkjet printing and color photographic processes, today announced that it is furthering its commitment to developing contemporary inkjet media with the introduction of GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS in the USA. The new film-based media promises exhibition standard prints to the growing number of photo professionals choosing to work with inkjet printing, including artists, photographers and museum exhibitors.
Available in the USA beginning January 2012, GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS is a metallic media alternative offering enhanced definition and extended tonal range for the highest quality professional photo look. Developed by the team of ILFORD photo experts in Switzerland, the media features an instant dry, universally compatible layer for superior results with both dye and pigment printers. Created for a wide range of professional applications, GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS is available in 8.5 x 11”, A4, A3+ and 24” roll formats.
ILFORD introduces GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS as the photographic market continues to evolve from chemical photographic processes towards the use of inkjet media. This worldwide trend has brought with it the decline of products such as ILFOCHROME CLASSIC, which is to be discontinued following the deadline for final orders on 19 December 2011. ILFORD is pleased to recommend GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS as an inkjet alternative to ILFOCHROME, with the media’s metallic surface offering comparable results.
“ILFORD has long been a technological leader in the print media industry, and with many of our users and labs adopting a purely digital workflow we are proud to possess the technological capabilities necessary to offer customers professional quality inkjet alternatives to traditional photographic media.” Says Jane Dixon, Director of Global Marketing at ILFORD. “Some of our customers may remember the previous incarnation of GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS which was very popular with photography professionals, and we are now pleased to introduce it as an alternative to metallic media following modifications by our team of experts in Switzerland.”
GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS joins the already diverse array of GALERIE products designed for use in the professional inkjet market place, including the traditional baryta fibre based media GALERIE GOLD FIBRE SILK, also favored amongst photographers wishing to explore inkjet alternatives to traditional media.
About ILFORD GALERIE
GALERIE Professional Inkjet range is designed specifically to meet the demanding needs of today’s professional inkjet marketplace. ILFORD is dedicated to developing products that deliver superior images and with GALERIE combines state-of-the-art inkjet technology with more than a century of experience in the craft of image making.
Founded in 1879, ILFORD is a leading player in the development and manufacture of photo quality media and other consumables for both inkjet printing and color photographic processes. The worldwide digital imaging and color photographic businesses, which include R&D and manufacturing operations in Switzerland, are owned by Paradigm Global Partners LLP.
The ILFORD name is well established in the history of imaging and today continues to be associated with cutting edge technology thanks to its strong links to the photo imaging marketplace, research and development, technical know-how and manufacturing capabilities.
For more information on ILFORD, please visit http://www.ilford.com/
I added a few location-specific galleries to the site:
These were short-duration trips.
Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions
Additional modifications to the Windows version
Additional modifications to the Macintosh version
Modifications enabled with version 2.2.5:
Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions
Additional modifications to the Macintosh version
Additional modifications to the Windows version
A production 1D X body has not become available to me yet, but based on information provided by Canon and a short time with a preproduction camera, I have the Canon EOS-1D X Review started.
SanDisk Press release:
PANASONIC, SAMSUNG, SANDISK, SONY AND TOSHIBA JOIN FORCES TO COLLABORATE ON NEXT GENERATION SECURE MEMORY SOLUTION
Five Companies plan to jointly form 'Next Generation Secure Memory Initiative'
December 19th, 2011-Panasonic Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SanDisk Corporation, Sony Corporation and Toshiba Corporation today announced that they have reached an agreement in principle to collaborate on a new content protection technology for flash memory cards such as SD Cards and various storage devices. Under the "Next Generation Secure Memory Initiative"*1
The five companies will start preparing for licensing and promotion of HD (high-definition)-capable security for SD Cards and embedded memory for use in advanced consumer applications such as tablets and smartphones.
This content protection solution will be robust enough to protect HD content. A high level of content security will be realized through the use of the initiative's technologies, including unique ID (identification) technology for flash memory and robust copy protection based on public key infrastructure.
The five companies believe this technology will enable various HD content applications such as HD network download, broadcast content to go and HD Digital Copy/Managed Copy from Blu-ray Disc™*2 media.With these applications, users can enjoy HD content on a wide range of devices, including Android™*3-based smartphones and tablets, TVs and Blu-ray™*4 products.
The five companies believe that they each can make substantial contributions that, when combined, will enable them to start licensing the new secure memory technology early next year. The five companies expect to see adoption of flash memory products and various embedded flash memory solutions using this technology in the market in 2012.
"Panasonic has always been an innovator in providing the best possible content viewing experience in the living room through development of Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D™ technologies and products" said Yoshiyuki Miyabe, Corporate CTO, Panasonic Corporation. "With our new secure memory solution, we are excited to create a strong link between the living room experience and the mobile experience. Now consumers can enjoy watching premier content, such as movies, on the go with their smartphones and tablets".
"Samsung believes that the time is ripe for an advanced security solution and welcomes the opportunity to deliver a highly viable solution using flash memory chips. Samsung's ongoing commitment to technology excellence will now further extend to early market availability of high-performance NAND technologies implementing the new advanced security solution," said Young-Hyun Jun, Executive Vice President, Memory Business, Samsung Electronics. Co., Ltd.
"Consumers are ready for a solution that enables the effortless consumption of online and offline content across multiple device platforms," said Sumit Sadana, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for SanDisk. "SanDisk looks forward to building on its history of innovation in the Flash industry by delivering optimized memory solutions to enable this new usage model with robust security technologies that can protect premium content."
"We believe the secure solution created by this initiative will enable customers to enjoy high quality experiences anytime, anywhere. Sony has always been focused on bringing amazing experiences to people through highly-advanced technologies in content creation, content distribution and picture display," said Hiroshi Yoshioka, Corporate Executive Officer and Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation.
"This technology will open a new door to flash memory applications. As a flash memory manufacturer, we are pleased that our flash memory technology will contribute to bringing people more convenient and exciting experiences of HD content. We will continue our development efforts to create surprising innovation," said Yasuo Naruke, Corporate Vice President, Vice President, Memory Division, Semiconductor & Storage Products Company, Toshiba Corporation.
About 'Next Generation Secure Memory Initiative'
'Next Generation Secure Memory Initiative' (a tentative name) is a collaboration of Panasonic, Samsung, SanDisk, Sony and Toshiba to license and promote HD (high-definition)-capable security for SD Cards and embedded memory for use in advanced consumer applications such as tablets and smartphones. For the details, please visit http://nextgenerationsecurememory.com/
*1 "Next Generation Secure Memory Initiative" is the tentative name, it will be decided later.
*2 "Blu-ray Disc", "Blu-ray" and "Blu-ray 3D" are trademarks of Blu-ray Disc Association
*3 "Android" is a trademark of Google Inc.
*4 "Blu-ray Disc", "Blu-ray" and "Blu-ray 3D" are trademarks of Blu-ray Disc Association
From DxO Optics:
DxO Optics Pro 7.1 now available!
The new version features enhanced stability and even faster processing speed.
Special 33% discount good through December 24, 2011.
More than 150 DxO Optics Modules have been added in DxO Optics Pro, allowing surpassing the landmark milestone of 5,000 DxO Optics Modules.
Both the Standard and Elite editions of version 7.1 support five additional cameras: the Sony Alpha 65, the Panasonic G3, and the Olympus E-P3, E-PL3, and E-PM1.
Thanks to better system resource management, the use of OpenCL technology with Windows, and the optimization of numerous algorithms, DxO Optics Pro 7 can process batches of photos up to 4 times faster than previous versions. Version 7.1 includes many enhancements to DxO Optics Pro’s image processing engine, making it even faster and more efficient for certain configurations.
For more information, visit the DxO Optics website.
The Canon Professional Network has posted: EOS-1D X on film: Pt. 4 – Mechanics and Controls
Verbatim’s New Card Readers Transfer Digital Photos, Videos and Music Faster and Easier than Ever Before
Sleek USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 universal and pocket card readers support all popular memory card formats, including Secure Digital (SD), MicroSD, Memory Stick and many more
Charlotte, NC – December 14, 2011 – Verbatim, the global leader in data storage technology including portable hard drives, USB flash drives, CDs, Blu-ray discs and memory cards, has announced its new USB 3.0/USB 2.0 Universal Card Readers and USB 2.0 Pocket Card Reader – compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems.
Supporting a wide variety of memory card formats and 100% compatible with all USB ports, these plug-and-play, ultra-portable card readers quickly transfer data, photos, music, videos and more.
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Universal Card Readers
Both Universal Card Readers feature a sleek, modern design. The USB 3.0 device, which delivers transfer speeds of up to 5GB/second, boasts an eye-catching, silver finish while the USB 2.0 version, which transfers data at a rate of up to 480MB/second, comes in classic piano black finish.
Memory cards supported by both the USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Universal Card Reader include: CompactFlash Type I & Type II (CF), Secure Digital (SD), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), miniSD, microSD, Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro (M2), MultiMedia Card (MMC) and xD-Picture Card (xD).
The USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Universal Card Readers are available for $14.99 and $24.99, respectively.
USB 2.0 Pocket Card Reader
The Pocket Card Reader is just as its name suggests. This portable, pocket-sized multi-functional reader supports a wide variety of formats, including compatibility with SD, Memory Stick and MMC interfaces. Plus, the integrated USB cable keeps users conveniently connected for anytime data transfer.
Memory cards supported by the Pocket Card Reader include: Secure Digital (SD), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), miniSD, microSD, Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro (M2), MultiMedia Card (MMC)
The Pocket Card Reader is available for $9.99.
“These Universal Card Readers are the perfect solution for the on-the-go executive or creative professional looking for a hassle-free way to transfer and share data quickly,” said Ron Hanafin, Verbatim Product Manager, Accessories and Peripherals. “Because they are compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems and they support a wide range of memory card formats, we’re able to make sure all of our loyal memory card customers are covered!”
Missy of MWAC Attack (Mothers With A Camera) wants you to know that being a professional photographer is easier than you think:
Watch the rest of Missy's TIC (Tongue In Cheek) MWAC Attack series here. (thanks Sean)
Just to be clear: This post is COMPLETELY meant to be a joke. :)
From THK Photo Products, Inc. / Kenko:
New KENKO LENS2SCOPE Adapter
The new KENKO LENS2SCOPE adapter is an accessory that can change any lens into a spotting scope. The LENS2SCOPE adapter's light-weight composite body houses a high quality roof prism, optics and an eyepiece just like a traditional spotting scope. When the lens is attached it becomes a spotting scope to use for viewing. The lens mount and housing for the optics are made from metal while some external barrels are polycarbonate.
The optics in the LENS2SCOPE magnify the image by a factor of 10x so that a 100mm lens would have the same magnification as a 1,000mm lens when viewing. Focus is easily achieved by using the lens' manual focus ring.
There are two versions of the LENS2SCOPE, a straight eyepiece (pictured) and a version where the eyepiece is angled up. They are both available in Canon EOS, Nikon, Pentax and Sony.
The LENS2SCOPE has a removable tripod adapter for mounting onto a tripod for more comfortable viewing for extended periods of time.
This small accessory comes with its own carrying case and takes up about as much room in a camera bag as a normal lens.
Optical Construction: 5 E / 3 G
Prism Type: Roof
Eyepiece Focal Length: 10mm
Magnification: Lens focal length x1/10 (ie a 100mm focal length lens would have a 10x magnification)
Eye Relief: 20mm
Eyepiece Aperture: F/4 (maximum, dependent on lens)
Dimensions: 3.54 in. H x 5.32 in. W (90mmH x 135mmW)
Weight: 6.53 oz. (185g)
Tripod Mount: U1/4-20
List Price: $279.90
Stock Number and Mount Availability:
K-LS10-CEAB Canon Angled
K-LS10-CESB Canon Straight
K-LS10-NFAB Nikon Angled
K-LS10-NFSB Nikon Straight
K-LS10-PKAB Pentax Angled
K-LS10-PKSB Pentax Straight
K-LS10-SAAB Sony Angled
K-LS10-SASB Sony Straight
Nikon has posted version 1.10 firmware for the 1 J1 and 1 V1:
Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade
Support for the Mount Adapter FT1 has been added. The FT1 enables the use of Nikon F-mount NIKKOR lenses with the J1. Primary specifications are as follows:
A Pixel mapping item has been added to the setup menu. Use this feature when unexpected bright spots are recorded in images. Please see the PDF addenda below.
Pixel Mapping Addenda - English - file size: 40.9KB
Pixel Mapping Addenda - Spanish - file size: 40.4KB
Focus Aid Addenda - English - file size: 243KB
Focus Aid Addenda - Spanish - (coming soon)
A group of Canon commandos is sent out on a mission. Their objective: to save an innocent girl who has been taken hostage by Nikon terrorists. Who will ultimately win this battle?
Adobe has released Lightroom 3.6 and Camera Raw 6.6 Updates:
Adobe Camera Raw 6.6 Update
This new version of the Camera Raw plug-in replaces the original one that was installed with Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.
Adobe Lightroom 3.6 update
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.6 update includes these enhancements:
More detailed information is available at Lightroom Journal.
Attention all OCF (Off Camera Flash) enthusiasts: They filmed the Joe McNally & David Hobby Flash Bus Tour 2011!
It is now available on DVD.
I annually receive a barrage of great photography deals to share between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year, and this year the volume and significance of these deals have been unprecedented since this site went online.
Most of the feedback I'm receiving (thank you for it) is that you are thrilled to have been able to take advantage of these deals, but some (especially some outside of the USA and in a country that B&H does not ship to) would rather not see the deals in the news page/feed. I've made some changes to the site in attempt to make everyone happy - here are the additional features available:
Using the category navigation on the right side of the site's main news page, news results can be filtered to include only posts tagged with the referenced keywords. Now, an RSS feed is available for the same filters. Simply click on one of the categories listed in the category navigation to see that category's news page. There will be an RSS feed icon beside the title on that page - use this link for your feed reader.
Selective Filter Examples
If you want to see only posts tagged "Canon Announcements", use the:
If you want to see only posts tagged "Photography Deals", use the:
All filters on the site except one are selective - meaning that only posts tagged with the selected filter will display. The exception is the category "xDeals" (Exclude Photography Deals). Selecting this category will return all news except posts tagged with "Photography Deals". A news feed is available for this exclusionary filter as well.
Exclusionary Filter Example
Most of these deals will evaporate after Christmas, but if you want to see only posts not tagged "Photography Deals", use the:
This was a rather intrusive update to the site - please let me know if any functionality is not working properly.
Thanks for using the site!
This news feed is now available in the Google Currents App (Android, iPhone, iPad).
Download the Google Currents app and search for "The-Digital-Picture.com".
Dear i1Display owner,
X-Rite is pleased to inform you that i1Profiler D2LionEdition software is now available and ready for download. With this update, i1Display LT and i1Display 2 registered users can now operate their device under Mac OSX 10.7 Lion. These devices, which currently run on i1Match software, now have the benefit of utilizing a limited special edition version of the new X-Rite i1Profiler software named i1Profiler D2LionEdition.
Thank you for your continued support of X-Rite color management solutions.
X-Rite Imaging Team
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