Canon, Nikon, and Sony News for Jul 2012

 Tuesday, July 31, 2012
 Monday, July 30, 2012
The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted 14 Canon EOS 5D Mark III on-camera (or on your computer/tablet/phone) tutorials.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/30/2012 2:22:44 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In addition to the distortion, flare and vignetting results already found on the Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera Review page, resolution results using the ISO 12233 chart are now available. These results need some explanation.
 
As I have said before, I do not feel that Canon's current version of Digital Photo Pro, version 3.11.31.0, is properly converting the G1 X RAW images when the "Viewing and saving RAW images" preference is set to "High quality". The problem appears identical to the problem we saw with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III when it first hit the streets. Canon fixed the 5D III issue quickly, but ... either disagrees with me that a problem exists - or has chosen to not make the G1 X fix a priority.
 
The G1 X ISO 12233 results show two samples being tested. In this case, both samples are from the same lens (and camera of course). Sample 1 images were processed at the "High speed" setting while sample 2 images were processed at the "High quality" setting (what I normally use). I feel that the sample 1 results best represent the sharpness of this camera, but have not processed any of my G1 X RAW images with hopes that Canon would give me the sharper results along the better-cleaned-up image quality that I expect "High quality" to deliver - in a DPP update.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/30/2012 1:36:31 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Red Bull Stratos project will feature Canon cameras and lenses (watch for the Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens and Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens) capturing Felix Baumgartner attempt a new world record 120,000 ft (36,600m) free-fall skydive. The video below provides insight into the project and the challenges involved with it.
 

 
(via PP)
Post Date: 7/30/2012 12:41:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Great news - Spider Holster has announced a big missing piece in their great camera holster solution (from my perspective of course) - the Arca-Swiss clamp attachment.
 
From Spider:
 
SPIDER HOLSTER LAUNCHES SPIDER ARCA-SWISS CLAMP
 
The Spider Arca-Swiss Clamp Ensures Universal Compatibility With Any Arca-Swiss Style Camera Brackets Allowing Photographers To Take Advantage of the Back-Saving Carrying Solutions of Spider Camera Holster Systems
 
Spider Holster Arca-Swiss Clamp
 
Ithaca, NY – July 30, 2012 – Spider Holster, (www.spiderholster.com) a company specializing in unique holster-style carrying solutions for photographers, today announced the addition of the Spider Arca-Swiss Clamp to its full range of camera accessories. Designed for photographers who shoot with the popular Arca-Swiss-style L-brackets, the easy-to-attach Spider Arca-Swiss Clamp provides a mechanism for all shooters to take advantage of Spider Holster’s secure, back-saving carrying solutions while keeping their Arca-Swiss camera setup clear of any attachment when connecting to their tripod.
 
When using the Spider Holster system on its own, users simply attach the Spider Plate and Pin directly to the 1/4-20” tripod mount on their camera. When photographers add accessory brackets or plates to the body, these brackets occupy the sole attachment point on their camera. With the Spider Arca- Swiss Clamp, Arca-Swiss plate users now can easily carry their gear with Spider Holster to reduce the stresses on their upper body. Compatible with any bracket or plate that features the Arca-Swiss geometry, including those from Wimberley, Really Right Stuff, Kirk, etc., users simply twist the pressure screw allowing the Spider Arca-Swiss Clamp’s sliding jaws to release and are free to connect the camera to their tripod.
 
“Our customers have been telling us for some time that they are forced to choose between their L-bracket and Spider Holster, and we don’t want them having to make such painful decisions,” said Shai Eynav, President of Spider Holster. “With our new Spider Arca-Swiss Clamp they now have a solution that allows them to take advantage of the superior carrying afforded by Spider Holster while providing a seamless workflow with any Arca-Swiss style L-bracket or plate.”
 
Compatible with both the Spider Holster SpiderPro and Black Widow, the Spider Arca-Swiss Clamp carries an MSRP of $95.00.
 
Get your Spider Holster gear at Adorama.
 
Spider Holster Arca-Swiss Clamp on Camera
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/30/2012 11:00:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Inc. has once again announced that it plans to acquire shares of its own stock (announcement PDF). This time, up to 21.0 million shares (up to 50 billion yen worth) of common stock is planned to be acquired between July 31, 2012 to September 10, 2012.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/30/2012 10:25:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
What would you shoot with a Gigapan?
 
David Bergman chose the Olympics Opening Ceremonies.
 
"Photographer David Bergman created this Gigapan during the 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Park in London, UK. He made the composite photo by shooting 425 individual photos in a grid pattern (25 across by 17 down) during a one-hour time period as the athletes entered the stadium. The final high-resolution image is 81,992 X 37,520 -- more than three billion pixels."
 
(thanks Sean)
Category: Gigapan News
Post Date: 7/30/2012 10:05:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 27, 2012
Measurements along with flare, distortion and vignetting test results have been added to the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review and Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review pages.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/27/2012 2:45:08 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
ISO 12233 resolution chart results have been added to the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens Review page.
 
Note that these results are from the Canon EOS 60D. More 60D results are coming.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/27/2012 2:23:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 26, 2012
From the CompactFlash Association:
 
The CompactFlash Association Invites Participation on CFast 2.0
 
CFast 2.0 Format Leverages SATA-3 to Deliver up to 600MB/sec Sequential Transfers
 
Cupertino, California – April 16, 2012 – The CompactFlash Association (CFA) is pleased to announce the development of the CFast 2.0 specification, sponsored by SanDisk. The CFast 2.0 specification will be developed in the CFast workgroup and will leverage the CFast 1.1 specification which was released September 2008. Additional participation in this specification development will be welcomed.
 
CFast1.1 (SATA-2) cards and connectors are already available in the marketplace. CFast 2.0 will leverage the same connector interface as CFast 1.1 and the SATA-3 interface for higher performance. Host manufacturers will be able to leverage their experience and investment in the ATA storage protocol and media manufacturers will be able to leverage high volume solid state disk (SSD) controller technology to serve the high performance requirements of this market. The new format will have VPG (Video Performance Guarantee) capability with profiles capable of supporting digital intermediate formats such as ProResTM, DPXTM, and DNxHD TM.
 
The key features of the CFast 2.0 format will include:

  • Professional form-factor
  • Dimensions : 42.8mm x 36.4mm x 3.6mm
  • Durable & Robust
  • High Performance Interface
  • SATA-3: 6Gbps (up to 600MB/sec)
  • Video Performance Guarantee
  • Support for VPG New Profiles
  • Superior Power Management
  • 5mW standby power

“The CFast 2.0 format will enable hardware and imaging applications to leverage their ATA storage protocol investments. The Video Performance Guarantee Features of CFast 2.0 will widen its appeal to the requirements of higher end video applications,” said Mr. Shigeto Kanda of Canon, chairman of the board, CFA.
 
If you would like to participate in developing the CFast 2.0 specfication, please contact the CFA office to inquire about membership and/or joining the CFast Workgroup or the CFA website http://www.compactflash.org. CFA is targeting for the CFast2.0 specification to be available in the second half of 2012.
 
The CFA (logo), CF (logo), CF+ and CFast are trademarks of the CFA and are licensed royalty free to its members. The CFA is a licensee of the CompactFlash® and XQD trademarks and in turn will license it royalty free to its members.
 
Contacts:
 
Mike Asao
CompactFlash Association
P.O. Box 130
Cupertino, CA 95015-0130
+1-650-843-1220
mikeasao@compactflash.org

Post Date: 7/26/2012 6:19:46 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema Cameras Fly High In First-Ever Movie Filmed Completely on Airplanes
 
The Extreme Mobility and Exceptional Image Quality Make the Canon EOS C300 Camera the Ideal Choice for Filming Inside Confined Areas like the Limited Space of Commercial Airline Cabins
 
Canon Cinema EOS C300 Airplane Movie Behind the Scenes
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., July 26, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that "Departure Date," the first motion picture to be filmed entirely onboard airliners in flight, was shot using Canon EOS C300 digital cinema cameras. The film was shot in nine days on three commercial flights at an altitude of 35,000 feet, spanning across 28,000 miles and three continents. Written and directed by Kat Coiro, "Departure Date" is a film about Jake (Emmy-nominated actor, Ben Feldman), who finds and loses the love of his life (Nicky Whelan) on a Sydney to Los Angeles Virgin Australia flight, meets his depressing future (in characters played by Philip Baker Hall, Janeane Garofalo, and Luis Guzman) on a Virgin America Los Angeles to Dallas flight, and is motivated to go get the girl on a Virgin Atlantic Los Angeles to London flight. "Departure Date" premiered on June 17th at the L.A. Film Festival.
 
"Virgin has a long history of groundbreaking firsts, and shooting the first film at 35,000 feet certainly continues that tradition," said Virgin Produced Head of Commercial Production Huntley Ritter. "We pride ourselves on the quality of the content we deliver in any medium, and the Canon products we utilized on this production and have used in the past have always exceeded expectations. We look forward to working with Canon for years to come."
 
"I knew it would be a challenge to figure out how to get it done just in terms of lighting, mobility, electrical power, and airport security," states director of photography Doug Chamberlain. "I looked at the Canon EOS C300 digital cinema camera and was immediately convinced that it's the perfect tool for shooting 'Departure Date.' The EOS C300 is a very production-friendly camera."
 
Compact, lightweight, and designed to deliver exceptional full 1920 x 1080 HD images, the Canon EOS C300 digital cinema camera is the product of decades of Canon's expertise designing advanced image sensors, lenses, and digital imaging processors. Engineered for filmmakers at all levels, the Canon EOS C300 features a unique Super 35mm Canon CMOS sensor, revolutionary Canon DIGIC DV III image processor, for superb cinematic image quality, and a 50 Mbps 4:2:2 MPEG-2 codec for faithful image capture. It records to two CF (Compact Flash) cards through dual slots, with a choice of serial or parallel (for backup) recording, providing up to 80 minutes of recording time on each 32GB card.
 
Simple to operate, the camera is available in two models: the EOS C300 equipped with an EF lens mount for compatibility with Canon's extensive line-up of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS digital SLR cameras and EF Cinema lenses; and the EOS C300 PL with a PL lens mount for use with industry-standard PL lenses including Canon's EF Cinema lenses with PL mounts. Both C300 models employ the industry-standard MXF (Material eXchange Format) for smooth workflow compatibility and include features such as Canon-Log that ensures capture of the full 12 T-stop exposure latitude of which the camera is capable.
 
Chamberlain used PL-mount compact prime lenses with his Canon EOS C300 camera to shoot "Departure Date." The compact size and long recording times provided by the Canon EOS C300 digital cinema camera proved essential for shooting in the tight confines of airline cabins, according to Chamberlain.
 
"Fortunately, at under four pounds, the C300 is actually quite light," he said. "It proved to be everything we needed in terms of the extreme mobility required to shoot in such a small space. I was able to move quickly and efficiently, and back the camera right up against the bulkhead or the window and still get my shots. I don't think I could have done that with many other cameras."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/26/2012 11:22:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has made the EOS Rebel T4i owner's manual is available for download (it has been available for a few weeks, but not posted here prior to this).
 
The download link will remain available at the top of the Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D Review page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/26/2012 11:10:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has created a WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter setup video:
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/26/2012 10:23:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Canon has released 2Q 2012 Financial Results (PDF).
 
The Presentation Material is usually a preferred read (PDF).
 
 
On a related note, Tamron has posted a Revision of Forecast on Earnings and Dividends (PDF 45KB)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/25/2012 2:53:14 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) has made a model and property release app available for iOS: ASMP Releases.
 
"A must have app for professional photographers working in all genres of the business. Photographer can customize a Model or Property release using the ASMP standard releases. The app allows you to create templates, take a photograph of the subject, specify the uses for the images, including any sensitive or digital manipulation issues, and images of minors, the models can then sign the release and a PDF is emailed to the photographer, agent, model and client as needed. In addition to the ASMP forms, the app includes the industry standard releases for stock photography produced by Getty Images, Inc., for photographers planning to license images through a stock photography distributor or portal. Also included is a special release for promotional use by the photographer. This FREE app is provided by ASMP, the trusted industry resource for photography business answers."
Category: ASMP News
Post Date: 7/24/2012 10:25:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Here is another Canon EOS M MILC advertising video:
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/24/2012 10:02:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Here is some encouraging information on the availability of two impossible-to-find new Canon products:
 
J&R is stating that the Canon EOS-1D X is "Expected to Ship Fri, 7/27 ". Order fast if you are still waiting for your 1D X.
 
Amazon is now saying "Usually ships within 2 to 4 weeks" on the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens page. Previously, no shipping estimate was provided.
 
While on this topic, more information about the availability of the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens is expected this summer.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/24/2012 9:41:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 23, 2012
From Tamron:
 
Notice Regarding Lenses with Altered Serial Numbers
 
Tamron products with erased or altered laser etched serial number have been found in the USA, Europe, China and elsewhere. These products had no or forged warranty cards.
 
Tamron cannot offer any warranty for products without a genuine warranty card, such as the ones noted above. In this case, all repairs are subject to charges.
 
Interchangeable lenses are precision optical products and defects or malfunctions may occur due to inadequate handling. Products with erased or altered serial numbers are exposed to vibrations when the original markings are scraped off. Tamron cannot guarantee the quality of such products.
 
Tamron products are sold through our local subsidiaries and authorized distributors worldwide. Tamron cannot guarantee the quality of products that are not supplied by our local subsidiaries or authorized distributors, as these are not under Tamron's control.
 
There is a possibility that lenses bought from other suppliers may be second hand or stolen.
 
Therefore when purchasing a Tamron product, please make sure it is from a local subsidiary or authorized distributor. Check if a local warranty card of the country of purchase that contains the product's serial number is attached to confirm that it is a product supplied by a local subsidiary or authorized distributor.
 
If you find anything suspicious with your purchased Tamron product such as no warranty card, please inquire with the dealer where it was purchased or contact Tamron directly.
 
Please direct inquiries to Tamron at:
 
Tamron Co.,Ltd.
Imaging Products Business Unit Sales Dept.
TEL 03-3251-3856
Business hour / 9:00-17:20 (except Saturday, Sunday, Public holiday)
 
Fake S/N sticker is attached:
 
Tamron Lens Fake Serial Number Sticker
 
When you peal off the fake S/N sticker, the original laser etched S/N has been erased:
 
Tamron Lens Serial Number Removed
 
Original laser etched S/N:
 
Tamron Lens Etched Serial Number
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 7/23/2012 2:15:48 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/23/2012 12:26:11 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Preorder your new Canon EOS M MILC, EF-M Lenses and accessories here:
 
Canon EOS M: Adorama | Amazon | J&R | Beach Camera | Amazon.co.uk | Jessops
 
Canon EF-M 18-55mm IS Lens: Adorama | Amazon | Amazon.co.uk
 
Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens: Adorama | Amazon | Amazon.co.uk
 
Canon Speedlite 90EX Flash: Adorama | Amazon | Amazon.co.uk
 
Canon EF-EOS M Adapter: Adorama | Amazon | Amazon.co.uk
 
Canon LP-E12 Battery Pack: Adorama | Amazon
 
Canon EW-54 Lens Hood for EF-M 18-55mm IS STM Lens: Adorama | Amazon
 
Canon EW-43 Lens Hood for EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens: Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 7/23/2012 10:22:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Japan has posted EOS M Sample Images and Videos.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/23/2012 2:28:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon EOS M Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera, a pair of EF-M Lenses, the 90EX Speedlite and an EF to EF-M lens adapter have been announced:
 
Canon EOS M Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera and Accessories Press Release
 
The review placeholder pages are on the site with product images and will be populated with additional information and preorder opportunties as such becomes available:
 
Canon EOS M Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera Review
Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review
Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens Review
Canon Speedlite 90EX Flash Review
Canon EF-EOS M Adapter Review
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/23/2012 12:11:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, July 22, 2012
From Canon, Inc.:
 
Canon newly establishes Canon Marketing Vietnam, aims to create Vietnam-based import and distribution system for Canon products
 
TOKYO, Japan, SINGAPORE and HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, July 23, 2012—Canon Inc. and Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. announced today the establishment of Canon Marketing Vietnam Company Limited, a new Canon marketing subsidiary in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The new company was established with the aim of creating an import, distribution, sales and service system for Canon products in Vietnam.
 
In recent years, Vietnam, which joined the World Trade Organization in January 2007, has made great strides in transitioning to a market economy and integrating into the international economic system. In particular, through the government's economic open-door policy and domestic-demand expansion policies, Vietnam has achieved economic growth approaching 6% over the past few years with further expansion expected in the future, which has created a pressing need for Canon to establish a strategic marketing system in the country.
 
In response to these circumstances, Canon has newly established Canon Marketing Vietnam Company Limited in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
 
In addition to existing business segments, through the new marketing company, Canon also aims to further expand its market share within such industries as production printing, and motion-picture and broadcasting production.
 
Overview of New Company
 
1. Name: Canon Marketing Vietnam Company Limited
2. Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
3. Representative: Noriji Yoshida (to be appointed President & Legal Representative)
4. Business activities: Import, distribution, sales and service of Canon products in Vietnam
5. No. of employees: Approximately. 40 (as of July 2012)
6. Capital: VND 63 billion (JPY 240 million, calculated at an exchange rate of VND 1=JPY 0.00385)
7. Equity structure: Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd.: 100%
8. Establishment: June 2012
11. Start of operations: August 2012 (tentative) Note: Canon currently operates the following manufacturing subsidiaries in Vietnam: Canon Vietnam Co., Ltd., established in April 2001, which manufactures such products as inkjet printers and laser printers
 
(sorry - I don't know why "9" and "10" were omitted)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/22/2012 10:34:48 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, July 21, 2012
This Canon EOS-1D X AFMA Bug update just in from John:
 
"With AF4 menu option Orientation Linked AF Point set to the default of Same for Both Vert/Horiz, behavior of the AFMA setting is normal. But, when it's set to Select Separate AF Points (which mine was), the AFMA zeroing out occurs."
 
"Simply changing that one setting from default 'breaks' the AFMA behavior ... and resetting that one setting to default restores the correct behavior."
 
"Trowski figured this out, also."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/21/2012 10:05:37 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 20, 2012
Phase One Capture-One ProVersion 6.4.3 is now available for download using your software's update function. The new release features tether support for the Canon EOS-1D X, Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Nikon D400 and Nikon D800/D800E.
 
Get your Phase One Capture-One Pro DSLR Raw Workflow Image Editing Software at Adorama
 
(thanks Steve).
Category: Phase One News
Post Date: 7/20/2012 12:26:43 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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