Canon, Nikon, and Sony News for Aug 2012

 Friday, August 31, 2012
From LPA Design/PocketWizard:
 
MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 Beta Firmware for Canon 5D Mark III
 
So. Burlington, VT – August 31, 2012: LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces today the release of MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Canon 6.153 beta firmware with 5D Mark III compatibility.
 
The beta firmware release notes and instructions on how to download the beta firmware can be found here.
 
Please note that this beta firmware release for Canon does not include compatibility with the Canon EOS-1D X or the Rebel T4i.
 
Learn more about our firmware development plan here.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/31/2012 4:29:27 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 30, 2012
From Adobe:
 
Adobe Photoshop 13.0.1 update for Adobe Photoshop CS6
 
For convenience and reliability, we highly recommend that you apply this update directly from within Photoshop. To do so, choose Help > Updates in Photoshop CS6 and apply all of the updates listed under Adobe Photoshop CS6 in the Adobe Application Manager.
 
This update applies to all languages of Adobe Photoshop CS6.
 
The Adobe Photoshop 13.0.1 update includes many critical fixes improving security, stability and performance while also addressing a number of high priority bugs with 3D, Crop, Type, Painting, Paths, and Shapes.
 
Multiple Languages: Windows | Macintosh
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 8/30/2012 4:14:15 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon Europe:
 
Canon offers two-year warranties for EOS pro camera bodies
 
Canon is reinforcing its commitment to high levels of service with the announcement of an additional one-year warranty for its EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS C100, EOS C300, EOS C300 PL, EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL camera bodies, providing photographers and filmmakers with two years of warranty coverage in total, free of charge.
 
The offer consists of a one-year extension on top of the one-year Standard European Warranty System (EWS), under identical terms and conditions, for a total warranty period of two years from the date of purchase (a proof of purchase and the one-year Standard European Warranty System will be required).
 
The two-year warranty is valid on products originally distributed by Canon within the EU countries plus Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. To be able to claim the additional year of warranty you must have purchased the product in one of these countries.
 
For full details and terms and conditions you can download the warranty leaflet.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/30/2012 1:17:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Zeiss:
 
Carl Zeiss presents new Compact Zoom CZ.2 lens at IBC 2012 in Amsterdam
 
Zeiss CZ.2 28-80mm T2.9 Compact Zoom Lens
 
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 30.08.2012.
 
Carl Zeiss will display the new cine zoom lens Compact Zoom CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 at the IBC in Amsterdam, the leading international trade show for film, radio and television, from September 7 to 11, 2012 in hall 11 booth G64. The new Compact Zoom CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 by Carl Zeiss is a cine zoom lens ideally suited to a wide variety of shooting situations. It is easy to handle, compact and versatile. It takes pictures in 4K resolution — in full format. This is the second Compact Zoom CZ.2 lens from Carl Zeiss, complementing the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 presented in April at the NAB Show 2012 in Las Vegas for the longer focal length range. For color rendition, contrast and other parameters such as great flare suppression, calibrated focus scales, consistent aperture over the zoom range, round iris the new CZ.2 family is closely aligned to one another, making these lenses ideal for attaining a con- sistent optical performance when changing lenses.
 
With a length of 196 millimeters and weighing in at 2.5 kg (5.5lbs), the Compact Zoom CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 is sleek and lean. Thanks to the five different mounts (PL, EF, F, MFT and E), this new zoom lens from Carl Zeiss can be easily adapted to numerous camera systems both now and in the future, as well as on HDSLR cameras, HD video cameras and professional cine cameras.
 
“Thanks to the interchangeable mount and the 36 x 24mm image-circle illumination, the new Com- pact Zoom CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 is highly versatile and a future proof investment,” says Michael Schieh- len, Director of Sales of the Camera Lens Division of Carl Zeiss AG. “With focal lengths from 28 to 80mm and outstanding image performance, it offers professionals as well as ambitious cinema- tographers a lot of room to explore their creativity in many types of shooting situations. The Com- pact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 has already proven that there is no comparable zoom family on the market with full frame coverage and interchangeable mount.”
 
With its slim build, the Compact Zoom family follows the current market trend towards smaller and lighter lenses that are perfect for handheld cameras, Steadicam systems, or for shooting in tight spaces. The Compact Zoom CZ.2 is espe- cially comfortable to use thanks to its ergonomi- cally designed and partly rubber-coated surface, which allows both precise manual focusing as well as mechanical focusing via follow-focus systems. The Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating ensures maximum contrast and color rendition by minimizing stray light and ghosting within the lens. The Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses delivers flare- free results and has no focus shift over the whole zoom range.
 
During the IBC, Carl Zeiss will display in a huge glass case all of its camera lenses that are currently available on the market — lenses that guarantee images of the highest quality, whether used on Hollywood movie cameras, HDSLR or HD video cameras.
 
The Compact Zoom CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 will be delivered in the second quarter of 2013. The recommended retail price is €14,900 or US$19,900 (excluding VAT)*.
 
*Status: August 30, 2012
 
Get your Zeiss Lenses at Adorama.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 8/30/2012 10:09:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Zeiss:
 
Carl Zeiss presents new Compact Prime CP.2 25/T2.1 lens at IBC 2012 in Amsterdam
 
Zeiss CP.2 25mm T2.1 Compact Prime Lens
 
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 30.08.2012.
 
Carl Zeiss will present a new cine lens from the Compact Prime CP.2 lens family during the IBC 2012 in Amsterdam, the leading international trade show for film, radio and television, from September 7 to 11, 2012, in hall 11 booth G64. With an even larger aperture, the new Compact Prime CP.2 25/T2.1 lens from Carl Zeiss achieves outstanding images in challenging lighting conditions.
 
The Compact Prime CP.2 25/T2.1 succeeds the Compact Prime CP.2 25/T2.9, which will continue to be available as long as supplies last. “We are responding to the wish of many cinematographers and video producers who would like a high-speed CP.2 lens with a maximum aperture of T2.1 for the 25mm focal length range as well,” says Anna Rausch, Product Manager Cine Lenses in the Camera Lens Division of Carl Zeiss AG. “Our optical experts have virtually eliminated the chromatic aberrations on these lenses through a special design and selection of materials. We can now offer a constant max T-Stop of 2.1 for all of our CP.2 lenses in the focal length range of 25-135mm.” This gives users even more possibi- lities to compose their images and requires less effort with the lighting. The biggest advantage on set is that the light does not have to be adapted when switching lenses because they all have the same F-Stop. The lens speed is ideal for playing with the depth-of-field.
 
The Compact Prime CP.2 lens series, extremely popular among ambitious cinematographers thanks to its 14 fixed focal lengths from 15 to 135mm, will again be the center of attention during Carl Zeiss's presence at the IBC 2012. By using the interchangeable mounts for PL, EF, F, MFT and E, the lenses can be easily adapted to numerous camera systems, ensuring compati- bility with future cameras as technology changes. Thanks to the interchangeable mounts and the 36 x 24mm image-circle illumination the Compact Prime CP.2 lens family is versatile to use — on HDSLR and HD video cameras as well as on professional cine cameras. The lenses are characterized by their robustness, a standard focus rotation angle of 300 degrees and uniform measurements. This combination makes the lenses ideally suited for every demand on the film set. All Compact Prime CP.2 lenses have a standard cine-style housing with gearing that allows the attachment of any standard follow-focus system.
 
All the new features that Carl Zeiss presented at the NAB Show in Las Vegas in April will now enjoy a European debut at the IBC 2012: two Compact Prime CP.2 lenses (CP.2 15/T2.9 and CP.2 135/T2.1), three Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed lenses as well as the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9. The new focal lengths 15mm and 135mm expand the offering of the Compact Prime CP.2 family and open up many new creative possi- bilities, from super wide angle to tele. The three Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed lenses have an aperture of T1.5 and are available in focal lengths 35mm, 50mm and 85mm. These high- lights as well as other cine and camera lenses can be experienced and tried out on the spot during the IBC.
 
Alongside the new features, Carl Zeiss will display behind a huge glass case all of its cine and camera lenses that are currently available on the market — lenses that guarantee images of the highest quality, regardless of whether they are used on cameras to shoot Hollywood movies, on HDSLR cameras or HD video cameras. The dis- play will include the well-known Master Prime, Ultra Prime, Compact Prime CP.2 and Compact Zoom CZ.2, DigiPrime, Lightweight Zoom LWZ.2 lenses, as well as SLR camera lenses, which are ideal for getting started in the HD video segment.
 
In addition, Carl Zeiss and its partner ARRI will present the long-awaited anamorphic lens to public. Visitors to the Carl Zeiss stand will have an opportunity to try out a prototype of the lens that is currently in the final design phase on an ARRI Alexa Studio camera.
 
Carl Zeiss will start shipping the new Compact Prime CP.2 25/T2.1 on October 1st, 2012. The expected retail price is EUR 3,300 (excl. VAT) or US$ 4,500 (excl. VAT)*.
 
*Status: August 30, 2012
 
Get your Zeiss Lenses at Adorama.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 8/30/2012 10:05:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Profoto:
 
Next generation ProHead Plus, Pro-B Head Plus, ProRing Plus and ProRing 2 Plus products feature several upgrades
 
North White Plains, NY (August 27, 2012) – Profoto, the world's leading manufacturer of lighting solutions for still and motion photography, announces today the new Pro Plus line of flash heads.
 
“Profoto’s new line of Pro Plus heads feature upgrades that improve upon even our most reliable classic – the ProHead,” said Mark Rezzonico, VP Product Group. “This new and improved product lineup has been designed to better complement Profoto’s entire line of products for professional photographers.”
 
Compatible with over 120 different Profoto Light Shaping Tools and accessories, Pro Head Plus and Pro-B Head Plus have the following four upgrades:
 
1. New safety lamp head connector
 
The new safety lamp head connector is the most visible upgrade. The safety lamp head connector helps prevent dust and moisture from penetrating the generator. Note that the safety lamp head connector is 100% backward compatible.
 
2. New improved stand adapter
 
The stand adaptor has been upgraded with a fixed screw. Unlike the previous version, it cannot be unintentionally screwed off. In addition, the stand adaptor is now equipped with an additional hole, which creates improved mounting options.
 
3. New patent pending “Perfect Arc” flashtube
 
The “Perfect Arc” flashtube has a new design that vastly improves the triggering capabilities on low power settings. This also provides better color and energy stability from flash to flash on all power settings. Note that the new flash tube is compatible with all previous generations of ProHead and Pro-7 Head.
 
4. New improved protective glass cover
 
The glass cover has been made thicker, which makes it even more robust and safe to work with. ProRing Plus and ProRing 2 Plus have been updated with the new safety lamp head connector.
 
Get your Profoto gear at Adorama.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 8/30/2012 9:48:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Profoto:
 
Profoto Introduces New Pro-B4 1000 Air
 
Durable new battery generator sets a new standard for on-location lighting
 
North White Plains, NY (August 27, 2012) – Profoto, the world's leading manufacturer of lighting solutions for still and motion photography, announces today the sturdy new Pro-B4 1000 Air featuring ground-breaking flash duration.
 
Thanks to the new, patent pending Hybrid Capacitor Technology, the Pro-B4 delivers flash durations down to 1/25,000 of a second – making it not only the shortest flash duration of any battery generator in the world, but also of any flash pack.
 
“Profoto’s new Pro-B4 1000 Air is the fastest, toughest and most versatile battery generator on the market today,” said Mark Rezzonico, VP Product Group. “With its unprecedented flash duration and world’s fastest recycling time, this new portable unit provides a world of creative possibilities for today’s fast-paced professional digital photographers.”
 
In addition to its short flash duration, the Pro-B4 is also the world’s fastest recycling battery generator. At lower power settings it is capable of firing up to 30 flashes per second, while the longest wait on full power is less than a second.
 
Featuring two independent outlets with individual controls and displays, the new Pro-B4 makes it as easy as possible for photographers to take full advantage of all features. The unit’s energy setting can be adjusted quickly with precise control in 1/10 f-stop increments. The unit’s display can be set to show the output in f-stops or watt seconds, and information about the flash duration on each head is easily accessible.
 
The Pro-B4’s powerful Li-Ion battery can fully recharge in less than 45 minutes and can be recharged while in use. This means that if the modeling light is used moderately, the pack can be used continuously while connected to a main outlet. In addition, the battery can be recharged just as fast with Profoto’s portable power source, the Profoto BatPac.
 
Finally, the Pro-B4 is the most durable battery generator on the market. The solid-cast aluminum chassis and the sturdy rubber frame ensure that it can take rough handling. All connections have protective lids and the pack has no air vents to help prevent water or dust from getting inside.
 
Get your Profoto gear at Adorama.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 8/30/2012 9:45:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 29, 2012
With the release of version 7.5.4, DxO Optics Pro now supports the Pentax K-30 and Sony DSC-RX100 and adds more than 400 new camera/lens combinations since the prior version - surpassing the 8,000 Optics Module mark.
 
Find DxO Optics Pro at Adorama.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 8/29/2012 12:49:29 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has announced that it plans to introduce the EF 14mm T3.1 and 135mm T2.2 Cinema Prime Lenses in the first half of 2013.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/29/2012 9:38:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/29/2012 9:23:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/29/2012 8:47:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 28, 2012
ISO 12233 Chart results have been added to the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review page.
 
This lens is sharper than its predecessor at the wide end. Here is a direct comparison between the Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens and the older Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS Lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/28/2012 8:26:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Pinnacle:
 
New Pinnacle Studio 16 Revolutionizes the Art of Video Editing
 
Award winning technology, unique 3D capabilities & free cloud storage make Pinnacle Studio 16 the most innovative version to date
 
Ottawa, ON - August 28, 2012
 
Today, Corel announced the release of the new Pinnacle Studio software family, which includes: Pinnacle Studio™ 16, Pinnacle Studio 16 Plus, Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate and Pinnacle Studio for iPad. Based on award winning technology and inspired by the ease-of-use of previous versions, the new line offers a solution for every level of video editor. And with optimization for the latest CUDA GPUs, exclusive NVIDIA 3D Vision support, free cloud file sharing and storage with Box, and a fresh user interface, Pinnacle Studio 16 is the most innovative version to date. Modern, fast, and easy, Pinnacle Studio 16 helps everyone tell their story with style.
 
“The new Pinnacle Studio family is the first consumer video editing application lineup that offers users the ability to edit professional quality projects on their PC or on the go with their iPad thanks to cloud storage and seamless integration with Pinnacle Studio for the PC and iPad. No other solution on the market delivers this capability,” said Matt DiMaria, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media at Corel. “What’s more, with its robust yet intuitive feature set there’s a version that is perfectly suited to any level of user,” added DiMaria. “We are confident that our users will love the creative freedom and flexibility the new line offers.”
 
Unique 3D Support & Optimization
 
Pinnacle’s partnership with NVIDIA allows exclusive NVIDIA 3D Vision support on Quadro graphics cards and on NVIDIA’s GeForce consumer line as well. Users can now edit and preview their 3D work in both full-screen and window modes - something no other editing application can do! In addition, Pinnacle Studio takes full advantage of the latest NVIDIA CUDA enabled graphics cards for an incredibly fast editing and rendering experience.
 
Access, Edit and Share Anywhere, Anytime With iPad and the Cloud
 
The Pinnacle Studio 16 family includes up to 50GB of free in-app cloud storage and file-sharing via Box, making media files and projects readily available to send and edit from any browser. Users can even start editing their projects on the go thanks to the seamless integration with Pinnacle Studio for iPad
 
“The Box and Pinnacle Studio 16 integration makes it incredibly simple for digital artists to access, edit and share their video content wherever the studio may take them,” said Chris Yeh, VP of Platform at Box. “Box’s open platform and the Pinnacle Studio software family will unlock new levels of innovation for creatives across the media and entertainment markets."
 
About Pinnacle Studio 16
 
Creating incredible movie memories in HD or 3D has never been faster and easier, thanks to Pinnacle Studio 16.

  • Learn to make great videos on the fly with built-in video tutorials produced by Class on Demand
  • Quickly import video and photos from any digital device
  • Import and polish projects from Pinnacle Studio for iPad
  • Create stereoscopic 3D movies as easily as HD movies
  • Storyboard quick first drafts - even create movies automatically
  • Enhance and fix video clips, photos, and audio on 6 timeline tracks
  • Use 1500+ 2D/3D effects, menus, animations, and more
  • Create custom-fit soundtracks with Scorefitter®
  • Share instantly via Facebook, YouTube, iPad, Apple TV, XBox, DVD, and more

About Pinnacle Studio 16 Plus
 
In addition to all the amazing features available in Pinnacle Studio 16, Pinnacle Studio 16 Plus also includes:

  • Advanced HD/3D editing features
  • 24-track frame-accurate editing
  • 1800+ 2D/3D effects, menus, animation and more with keyframed effects control
  • Simultaneous source and timeline viewing
  • Blu-ray disc authoring
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound mixing

About Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate
 
Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate is the easy-to-use power tool for creating professional-looking HD and 3D videos. It includes all the powerful features of Pinnacles Studio 16 Plus, as well as:

  • 2000+ effects
  • Seven premium Red Giant plug-ins within the Filmmaker’s and Motion Graphics Toolkits
  • Classic green screen sheet

About Pinnacle Studio for iPad
 
Easily create amazing videos on the go with Pinnacle Studio for iPad. Users can start editing project on their iPad, then import into any Pinnacle Studio product on their PC for additional polishing.

  • Users can work with any media on their device (video, audio, and photos), even in HD 1080p
  • Organize media by Albums, Events, Faces, and more
  • Make precise edits and trim individual frames in the Timeline and Precision Trimmer
  • Quickly create multi-layer 3D animations with included Montage templates
  • Generate professional-looking motion titles with full control over text, font, color, size, position, and rotation
  • Record voice overs directly to the timeline
  • 1080p output support for sharing movies via YouTube, Facebook, Box email, and more

Availability
 
Pinnacle Studio 16, Pinnacle Studio 16 Plus and Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate are available in 17 languages and can be purchased immediately as an electronic download (ESD) from www.pinnaclesys.com or from Corel's global resellers.
 
North American suggested retail pricing (SRP) of Pinnacle Studio 16 is $59.95, Pinnacle Studio 16 Plus $99.95 and Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate $129.95 (both US and CDN). Users of Pinnacle Studio 9 or higher, Avid Studio and Pinnacle/Avid Liquid 6 or higher are eligible for the following upgrade pricing: Upgrade to Pinnacle Studio 16 Plus: $69.95,upgrade to Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate: $89.95. For more information please visit www.pinnaclesys.com.
 
The Pinnacle Studio 16 app for the iPad is available worldwide today from the App Store in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Dutch, and Simplified Chinese. For more information, please visit www.pinnaclesys.com/studioapp.
 
Order Pinnacle Studio at Adorama.

Category: Pinnacle News
Post Date: 8/28/2012 1:15:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, August 27, 2012
Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Version 1.0.6 is now available for download.
 
Firmware Version 1.0.6 incorporates the following fixes.

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the AF Microadjustment cannot be correctly carried out.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon such that when using the camera with combinations of certain lens *1) and extender *2) the images captured become back-focused.
    *1) EF 70-200m f/2.8L IS II USM or EF200mm f/2L IS USM
    When used with
    *2) Extender EF 1.4x III or Extender EF 2x III
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which, when the camera is powered on in very dark environments (including instances when the lens cap or the body cap is attached), Error 80 appears on the camera.
  4. Fixes the following phenomenon: if two CF cards are inserted into the camera and the "Standard" or "Auto switch card" settings is selected for the recording method for [Record func+card/folder sel.], and then one of the CF cards is removed and then reinserted into the card slot, the card selected for recording and playing back images may be switched to the other CF Card.
  5. Fixes a phenomenon in which the AF microadjustment value is not correctly displayed in the EXIF information of the images captured.
  6. Displays a "O" or "X" result to indicate whether images have been successfully transferred through the FTP protocol when using the FTP protocol when using the WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter.

* The firmware update takes approximately seven minutes.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/27/2012 9:32:11 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adobe has made release candidates available for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.2 and Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 7.2.
 
New cameras supported:

  • Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i
  • Canon EOS M
  • Fuji FinePix F800EXR
  • Leaf Credo 40
  • Leaf Credo 60
  • Nikon 1 J2
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ200
  • Panasonic DMC-G5
  • Panasonic DMC-LX7
  • Pentax K-30
  • Sony DSC-RX100

New lenses supported include:

  • Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
  • Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR
  • Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM
  • Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A007N
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZE
  • Zeiss Distagon T* 2/25 ZE

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Fixed Issues:

  • Folder stacks with virtual copies get unstacked when moving to another folder.
  • Stacked photos get hidden in both the Grid view and Filmstrip. This occurs when photos get unstacked as a result of enabling auto-stacking.
  • Errors encountered when publishing videos to Facebook through the Facebook Publish Service.
  • Users may have occurred problems when trying to enter the Web Module from Library.
  • Unable to edit JPEG photos in Photoshop Elements.
  • Unable to upload files to Flickr if there is a carriage return in either the Title or Caption fields (Win only).
  • Background graphics that are applied to a Book globally may not appear as expected in a Saved PDF.
  • Certain book covers had spine text positioned in a Horizontal manner, not Vertical.
  • Double byte characters are not being exported to PDF in Books.
  • Photos were exported with original GPS coordinates recorded by the camera, not with the GPS coordinates updated in Lightroom.
  • Keyboard shortcuts in the Develop module sometimes do not work when editing an image in Process Version PV2010.
  • Parents and synonyms of "do not export" keywords also do not export.
  • Audio does not play in video files after creating a slideshow containing music (win7 only).
  • Tether support not working for Nikon D4, D800 , and D800E (win only).

Adobe Camera Raw Fixed Issues:

  • Cannot change “Erase” size, feather and flow settings while utilizing the Option key.
  • Cannot write metadata to images previously opened in some 3rd party software.
  • Luminance Noise slider is unresponsive when Clarity is greater than 0.
  • In certain cases, the new Defringe controls can cause vertical streaks to appear.
  • Some images from Canon 5D Mark II exhibited pattern noise in the form of maze/green split artifacts.
  • Adjusting the Blue channel does not affect monochrome images.
  • Certain TIFF files can cause Bridge to become unstable.
  • Defringe settings are not retained when editing the file in Photoshop as a Smart Object and then returning to ACR.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 8/27/2012 9:51:15 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
We all thought that the Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM Lens had a crazy price tag, but ... you could buy 15 or 20 of these lenses for what you would pay for the one-of-a-kind Leica 1600mm Lens.
 
Check out the rest of the story at PopPhoto.com. (thanks Sean)
Post Date: 8/27/2012 6:09:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From PocketWizard:
 
Status of 5D Mark III Compatibility with MiniTT1 and FlexTT5
 
So. Burlington, VT – August 27, 2012 - We have a version of the ControlTL firmware that includes compatibility for the 5D Mark III that is very promising. We are hard at work testing it with both the 5D Mark III and all the other previously compatible Canon cameras, flashes, and transmitters. Please keep in mind, the beta and the official release must be compatible with all currently supported cameras in addition to the 5D Mark III - we cannot separate one version out for just one particular camera.
 
Testing is going well and we are making progress every day. That being said a bug could pop up at any given moment and delay the release of the firmware. To complete our testing as quickly as possible we have dropped all other tasks in our support office to get this testing done. This means we’re not answering the phone, not responding to emails and not answering questions on Facebook for a few days. Although we are hopeful to have a release within the next couple of weeks, we cannot give any definite date on when this firmware will be available.
 
We are just as eager to provide full support for the 5D Mark III as you are to employ it in your photography. We recognize the popularity and importance of this camera and we fully appreciate the impact that this has on your workflow. Our goal is to deliver firmware that you will have confidence in.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/27/2012 5:11:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, August 23, 2012
From Fotodiox:
 
Fotodiox Introduces Two WonderPana Filter Systems, and its own Signature Line of High-Quality Filters for Professional Photographers
 
Leading photography distributor expands offering, manufactures its own line of camera filters for professional photographers and videographers
 
Fotodiox WonderPana Filter System
 
Waukegan, Ill. Aug. 22, 2012 – Fotodiox (www.fotodioxpro.com), a leading lens adapter and accessories manufacturer and distributor, today introduces the WonderPana 145 and WonderPana 66 Filter Systems. Designed to work flawlessly with the WonderPana Systems and compatible with others on the market, Fotodiox also introduces its new PRO line of ten neutral density filters. These ingenious lens filter systems represent the first products in the new “Wonder” line of original products planned for release by Fotodiox in the coming year.
 
Fotodiox’s WonderPana Systems are ideal for panorama, nature, architectural, fashion and event photographers, as well as analog and digital filmmakers who are looking to better manage lighting balance. A lens hood filter system designed for Super Wide Angle (SWA) and Ultra Wide Angle (UWA) lenses, they are compatible with the following lenses:

  • Nikon: 14-24mm FX, 14mm FX
  • Canon: 14mm Full Frame, 17mm TS Full Frame
  • Tokina: 16-28mm Full Frame, 10-17mm APS-C
  • Sigma: 12-24mm Full Frame, 12-24mm II Full Frame, 8-16mm APS-C, 14mm
  • Panasonic: Lumix 7-14mm, micro 4/3 format
  • Olympus: 7-14mm, 4/3 format
  • Korea Lens (Samyang and various private label versions): 14mm Full Frame

Both WonderPana Systems allow the use of Fotodiox PRO 145mm round filters including UV, Polarizer and Neutral Density (ND) filters. The large circular filter design prevents the typical glare and unwanted reflection issues often found in other designs.
 
“By introducing the WonderPana Systems, we are offering photographers and cinematographers the ability to capture images with the right lighting balance and skip the HDR software post production process,” said Drew Strickland, vice president of Fotodiox. “With the new Wonder line, we are bringing more innovative, quality products to the market and giving photographers the tools they need to capture amazing shots.”
 
Fotodiox WonderPana Filter System
 
WonderPana 145 Filter System
 
The WonderPana 145 Filter System includes a metal adapter hood that accommodates the Fotodiox PRO 145mm round filter format. It is compatible with all Fotodiox PRO 145mm filters, including the new 145mm PRO filters. It is also easily upgradeable to the WonderPana 66, allowing the use of industry standard 6.6” rectangular filters. The WonderPana 145 System holder is available with several different filter kit options.
 
WonderPana 66 Filter System
 
The WonderPana 66 Filter System will accept all Fotodiox PRO 145 filters, in addition to industry standard rectangular 6.6” filters from Schneider Optics. The WonderPana 66 System can accommodate two filters at the same time: either two rectangular filters, or one circular and one rectangular filter. Similar rectangular filter systems compatible with LEE (150mm) and Cokin X-Pro (130mm) rectangular filters are also slated for release in 2013.
 
PRO Filters
 
Six of the new PRO filters are available in Fotodiox’s exclusive 145mm round format, similar to a traditional round screw-in filter, only much larger in size. These 145mm filters, in concert with the holding system, enable full coverage of the protruding front-lens elements inherent in SWA and UWA lenses in the following filter types: Multi-Coated UV, Circular Polarizer and 4, 8, 16, and 32 ND filters.
 
Fotodiox is also releasing four 6.6” x 8.6” 4mm thick, rectangular-shaped Graduated Neutral Density filters in the following grades: ND .6 Soft and Hard Edges; and ND .9 Soft and Hard Edges. These CR-39 based ND filters can weather almost any environment, as they are practically unbreakable and scratch resistant. Fotodiox’s revolutionary new filter offerings will enable photographers and filmmakers to achieve balanced horizon shots in camera, eliminating the need for tedious post-production editing.
 
Availability & Pricing
 
The WonderPana Systems are available for pre-order starting today on the Fotodiox website and will be released October 15. The WonderPana 66 System starts at $350 and the WonderPana 145 System starts at $200.
 
As a complement to the WonderPana System, Fotodiox is now taking pre-orders on the WonderBurst HSS-8000, a 1/8000 high-speed sync wireless remote flash trigger compatible with any camera flash or strobe. The WonderBurst HSS-8000 kit includes the receiver and transmitter, and is priced at $79.95. A Sony NEX version, without high-speed sync, is also available for pre-order now for $49.95. The WonderBurst NEX allows the Sony NEX 3 & 5 Series cameras, with proprietary NEX hot-shoe, to remotely trigger a flash with a standard hot-shoe. The WonderBurst Systems will also be released October 15.
 
Watch for these products to become available at Amazon on October 15th, 2012.

Category: Fotodiox News
Post Date: 8/23/2012 1:06:06 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon Europe has issued a plan regarding Mac OS X version 10.8 Mountain Lion compatibility testing:
 
We are pleased to announce the following regarding compatibility testing of our Macintosh software product with Mac OS X version 10.8.

  • ViewNX 2 - compatibility available with Ver. 2.5.0 and later. The latest version is available for download.

We plan to test the Macintosh versions of the following software applications for compatibility with Mac OS X version 10.8 (some older applications will not be tested). We will announce our plans regarding full compatibility once testing is complete.

  • Capture NX 2
  • Camera Control Pro 2
  • Short Movie Creator
  • Nikon Message Center 2
  • Wireless Transmitter Utility (previously WT-4 Setup Utility)
  • Thumbnail Selector
  • GP-N100 Utility
  • IPTC Preset Manager
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0

We do not intend to provide compatibility with the following applications.

  • Capture NX Ver. 1.x
  • Camera Control Pro Ver. 1.x
  • Nikon Capture series
  • ViewNX Ver. 1.x
  • Nikon Transfer Ver. 1.x
  • PictureProject
  • Nikon View series
  • Nikon Scan series
  • PictureProject COOLPIX Remote Control
  • WT-3 Setup Utility
  • Wireless Camera Setup Utility
  • Wireless Connecting Utility
  • nik Color Efex Pro 2.0
  • PC-PJ Transfer

See the announcement regarding Mac OS X version 10.7 “Lion” compatibility.
 
In addition, we do not plan to provide compatibility for other software, or SCSI- or serial-connection products. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/23/2012 10:19:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens was among the pile of gear I hauled up to Northern Maine two weeks ago. I'm sharing a sample picture of Rocky Brook Falls in Northern Maine taken with this lens along with some information about the capture of this photo.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/22/2012 3:17:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Update: The Windows version of this firmware update is now available (formerly only the Mac version was available).
 
Important Update (thanks Andy): "For the following post that you made, I just wanted to make sure you're aware that a lot of people are having issues updating their firmware. It would update and then get stuck at around 66% or sometimes even jumps to close to 3000% and hang. Users have no choice but to remove the battery and then try again but it would constantly fail and brick the lens. The solution to this is to clear all the registered batteries from the camera and to try and update with a full battery. Not sure why this is but it's been working for a lot of people, including me."
 
Here is a forum post discussing the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens firmware update problem.
 
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens firmware v1.2.0 is now available for download.
 
Firmware Version 1.2.0 addresses the following phenomenon
 
1. If pressure is applied to the lens barrel while the lens is mounted to the camera (pressure can be applied even while attaching the lens cap or while carrying the camera with the lens attached in a bag), the autofocusing function of the lens may stop working.
 
A Canon EOS-1D X, 5D III (at v1.1.3 or later) or a Rebel T4i/650D is needed to install the upgrade. Alternatively, the lens can be sent to Canon Service to have the firmware upgrade installed.
 
How to determine if this firmware update is needed:
 
If the third digit in the EF 40mm STM Lens serial number is a 0, 1 or 2, the firmware update is needed:
 
xx0xxxxxxx, xx1xxxxxxx, xx2xxxxxxx
 
Otherwise, firmware version 1.2.0 or later has already been installed in the lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/22/2012 12:28:25 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
FAQ: Is the Canon EOS-1D X affected by the Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS and EF 800mm f/5.6L IS Service Notice Regarding IS Noise?
 
Canon has not released an offical statement regarding this issue, but I can tell you that my 1D X attached to my un-corrected Canon EF 200mm f/2.0L IS USM Lens produces a normal IS sound.
 
Roger at LensRentals.com confirms that the several Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lenses he tested on a 1D X also produce a normal IS sound.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/22/2012 11:45:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
You may not want to admit it, but I know that you were more "focused" on the photographers at the 2012 Olympic Games in London than on the athletes. Unfortunately, the TV cameras did not spend as much time focusing on these professional participants as we might would have liked.
 
The lack of news coverage of the photographers may have left you wondering what vest they were all wearing. Wonder no longer. Via a press release this morning, Domke revealed that they were the “Official vest supplier” to these games.
 
TIFFEN COVERS THE PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT COVER THE LONDON 2012 GAMES
 
The Tiffen Company’s Domke PhoTOGS Vest chosen as the “Photographers’ Vest” for Official Press Photographers covering the London Olympics
 
The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer and distributor of award-winning accessories for the still imaging, video, motion picture and broadcast markets, is pleased to announce that the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) chose to supply the 4,000 Official Press Photographers covering the London 2012 Olympic Games with Tiffen’s highly popular Domke PhoTOGS Vests. When LOCOG was looking for a supplier of photographers' vests, they naturally turned to The Tiffen Company and chose the Domke PhoTOGS Vest, the vest of choice for so many press photographers throughout the world. Put to the test during the world’s most-watched sporting event, the Domke PhoTOGS Vest earned a gold medal of its own, proving through its versatility and durability that it was more than capable of helping photographers catch every action-packed moment of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
 
Domke PhoTOGS Vest at 2012 Olympic Games in London
 
Shown are just a few of the hundreds of Domke Vests supplied to the Olympic media.
 
“The London 2012 Olympic Games were filled with so many memorable moments, from winning Olympic Gold to setting new world records, and capturing these moments is paramount for a photojournalist,” said Steve Tiffen, president and CEO, The Tiffen Company. “We’re thrilled that the Domke PhoTOGS vest was selected as the photographers’ vest supplied by LOCOG for the Games. The flexibility of the vest lends itself to quick, fluid movements, and an array of pockets means camera accessories are readily accessible, making the task of capturing moments that happen in the blink-of-an-eye easier than ever.”
 
The number one choice of the White House News Photographers Association, Domke has carved its path as the go-to source of photo gear and accessories for photojournalists worldwide, officially securing its gold-medal status in the realm of sporting photography. The Domke PhoTOGS Vest is made of 100% machine-washable cotton, with cotton mesh panels at yoke and back to provide cooling ventilation. The vest is full-cut for comfort and practicality, and has 18 pockets in all, consisting of cargo pockets, pockets with weather-tight zipper closures, huge back pockets and pen/pencil pockets. The removable press pass holder ensures photojournalists will never be caught without proper and necessary identification.
 
Domke PhoTOGS Vest Specifications

  • 100% machine washable cotton, pigment-dyed for the popular "stonewashed" look
  • Cotton mesh panels at yoke and back provide cooling ventilation
  • Shoulders are padded and quilted
  • Full-cut for comfort and practicality
  • Raised and padded collar for extra comfort
  • Size adjustment tabs
  • Heavy-duty double-pull zipper provides an adjustable closure for greater comfort
  • Removable press pass/ID holder
  • 18 Pockets
  • Cargo pockets are lined with waterproof nylon
  • Pockets with weather-tight zipper closures
  • Huge back pockets
  • Pen/pencil pockets
  • Roomy hand warmer pockets

Available in six sizes: Small – XXL
 
Find the Domke PhoTOGS Vest at Adorama or Amazon.

Category: Domke News
Post Date: 8/22/2012 9:05:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has today announced new COOLPIX compact digital cameras. Models feature Android OS, Wi-Fi, tiny size, backside illumination CMOS sensor, wide aperture and/or long zoom range.
 
Nikon COOLPIX S6400/S800c/S01 Press Release: Nikon, Inc. | Nikon USA (S800C) | Nikon USA (S01)
Preorder S01: Adorama
 
Nikon COOLPIX P7700 Press Release: Nikon, Inc. | Nikon USA
Preorder 7700: Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/22/2012 8:34:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 21, 2012
John Harrington (Washington DC Photographer) over at the Photo Business News Blog today made a post titled "Protecting the valuable asset of software serial #'s".
 
In this post, John makes an important point - one that I agree with. Your software license keys are important assets that need to be backed up. How much did you pay for Adobe Photoshop? John talks about keeping copies of the license keys stored in paper files or stored digitally.
 
I have made multiple image file backup posts warning you that hard drives are going to fail (they will), and want to expand slightly on John's related backup topic.
 
I maintain an external USB backup hard drive (currenty a Western Digital My Passport 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - I love it) that includes full copies of all the installation CDs/DVDs for all of the software I have purchased or downloaded - including Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium, Microft Office, Microsoft Visual Studio, Canon EOS Solution Disk, laptop device drivers, etc. In the root folder for each software application, I add a text file that includes the installation serial number for that software. This drive along with an OS recovery DVD goes with me everywhere. I can rebuild my laptop hard drive from anywhere I happen to be (or just re-install an application) using the external hard drive.
 
Storing software on a hard drive has other advantages. I include this hard drive in my off-site backup drive rotation - a fire at my primary location will not affect my ability to access my licensed software. Loading a new computer (an enormous and regular task for me) is much faster when the installation software is available on a hard drive. The where to store all of the software installation DVDs becomes a non-issue since, after copying them to the hard drive, you seldom need any of them (definitely still keep them).
 
Check out John's book, Best Business Practices for Photographers, Second Edition - it is a must-read for anyone professionally engaged in photography or considering doing so.
 
 
On topic is that Amazon just introduced Amazon Glacier:
 
Amazon Glacier is an extremely low-cost storage service that provides secure and durable storage for data archiving and backup. In order to keep costs low, Amazon Glacier is optimized for data that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable. With Amazon Glacier, customers can reliably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month, a significant savings compared to on-premises solutions.
 
Companies typically over-pay for data archiving. First, they're forced to make an expensive upfront payment for their archiving solution (which does not include the ongoing cost for operational expenses such as power, facilities, staffing, and maintenance). Second, since companies have to guess what their capacity requirements will be, they understandably over-provision to make sure they have enough capacity for data redundancy and unexpected growth. This set of circumstances results in under-utilized capacity and wasted money. With Amazon Glacier, you pay only for what you use. Amazon Glacier changes the game for data archiving and backup as you pay nothing upfront, pay a very low price for storage, and can scale your usage up or down as needed, while AWS handles all of the operational heavy lifting required to do data retention well. It only takes a few clicks in the AWS Management Console to set up Amazon Glacier and then you can upload any amount of data you choose.
Category: File Backup
Post Date: 8/21/2012 11:08:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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