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 Tuesday, April 30, 2013
From Canon Australia:
 
Firmware Version 1.2.1 incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes.

  • Uncompressed HDMI output is now enabled.
  • Enables the center AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with Canon EF lens/extender combinations whose combined maximum aperture is f/8.
  • Improves the speed of the camera's acquisition of focus when using a Canon Speedlite's AF-assist beam.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the LCD monitor may freeze and display Err 70 or Err 80 when a still photo is taken during Live View or in movie shooting mode.
  • Fixes a phenomenon that may occur when the continuous shooting priority setting is enabled for multiple exposures, such that, after the sixth image is taken, there is a slight pause before the remainder of the sequence is completed.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the viewfinder display shows incorrect information during AEB shooting.
  • Communication with the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter has been improved.
  • When images have been successfully transferred with the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter through the FTP protocol, an "O" will be displayed. When images have not been successfully transferred with the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter through the FTP protocol, an "X" will be displayed.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera may not function properly when an Eye-Fi card is used.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the focal length value listed in the Exif information is not displayed correctly for images shot with the EF 24-70mm F4L IS USM lens.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the lens firmware cannot be updated properly.
  • Corrects errors in the Arabic language menu.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera changes the AF microadjustment value to -8.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the on-screen guidance cannot be fully displayed when setting the maximum limit value for the "Setting the ISO Speed Range for Auto ISO" option.

* Items No.1 through 12 have been incorporated into firmware version 1.2.0.
* Items No.1 through 14 have been incorporated into firmware version 1.2.1.
 
Firmware Version 1.2.1 is for cameras with firmware version 1.2.0 or earlier. If the camera's firmware is already version 1.2.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
 
Notes:

  • Once the EOS 5D Mark III camera is updated to version 1.2.1, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version (Version 1.0.7 through 1.1.3).
  • It is recommended that the latest application software*1 be used, once the EOS 5D Mark III is updated to the new firmware version 1.2.1 from older firmware (versions 1.0.7 through 1.1.3). Certain previous versions of these applications do not support functions which are added by the new firmware.
  • In order to use EOS Utility software with the updated EOS 5D Mark III, the EOS Utility software must be updated to the latest version.

When cameras, or images taken with cameras, have been updated to the new Firmware Version 1.2.1 (or 1.2.0), and are used with the old version application software, the following phenomena will occur.
 
EOS Utility

  • The "HDMI output" function, "HDMI output setting" or "HDMI output frame rate setting" cannot be registered to My Menu of the camera.
  • The lens aberration compensation data cannot be registered to the camera.

Digital Photo Professional

  • If the Lens Aberration Correction Window is chosen when working with a RAW image taken with a camera running Firmware Version 1.2.1 or 1.2.0, the adjustment window will automatically shut down and the adjustment (correction) cannot be made.
  • Due to the differences in the camera firmware versions, the following phenomena will occur.
    • RAW images taken with a Firmware Version 1.2.1 (or 1.2.0) camera cannot be processed on cameras with Firmware Version 1.1.3 or before.
    • When images taken with a camera running Firmware Version 1.2.1 (or 1.2.0), are read by a camera running Firmware Version 1.1.3 or older, Direct print is not possible.

RAW images taken with a Firmware Version 1.2.1 (or 1.2.0) camera cannot be processed on cameras with Firmware Version 1.1.3 or before.
When images taken with a camera running Firmware Version 1.2.1 (or 1.2.0), are read by a camera running Firmware Version 1.1.3 or older, Direct print is not possible.

  • Accompanying the enhancements to the functions, the instruction manual has also been revised. Users are asked to download both the latest firmware and the instruction manual. You can download the latest instruction manual from our Web site.

Download the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware 1.2.1 Update (.zip). (thanks Ben)

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/30/2013 12:00:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Autralia has published an updated Canon EOS 5D Mark III Owner's Manual that addresses the changes in firmware version 1.2.x. (thanks Gus)
 
Manual Notes:
 
This manual is for the EOS 5D Mark III installed with firmware version 1.2.0 or later. Please refer to the pages below for further information about the new functions added by firmware version 1.2.x.

SectionPage
AF when the maximum aperture is f/8p.85
AF with group H lenses: AF point expansion (surrounding AF points: above, below, left, right)p.84
Simultaneuous display of LCD monitor and HDMI outputp.245
HDMI frame rate settingsp.246
Time code settings for HDMI outputp.241

There are also updated versions of the following manuals available for download:
 
Canon Digital Photo Professional v 3.13 - Windows | Macintosh
EOS Utility v 3.13 - Windows | Macintosh

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/30/2013 2:32:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Professional Services has published some D800/D800E Tips that included a list of lenses ideal for use with the D800E.
 
From NPS D800/D800E Tips:
 
Aperture and Complex Subjects
 
With cameras like the D800E, which are suited to photography of visually complex subjects, maximizing lens resolution is vital. Though results will vary from lens to lens, the greatest contrast all the way to frame peripheries can generally be achieved at an aperture setting two to three stops down from maximum aperture. Some lenses that offer excellent resolution are listed below.

The D800E offers better resolution at aperture settings with which diffraction is not an issue. As the aperture setting has more influence on resolution with the D800E than with the D800, D800E users should always keep the possible effects of diffraction in mind.
 
B&H carries the Nikon D800 and D800E DSLR cameras.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/30/2013 8:07:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 29, 2013
 Sunday, April 28, 2013

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending April 27th, 2013.
 
In the news...
 
On Monday, Canon announced that its EOS line of interchangeable-lens digital cameras had consistently ranked number one in volume sales for the last 10 years running. Canon first gained the leading position after its introduction of the Digital Rebel a decade ago.
 
Also on Monday, we posted a YouTube video featuring Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s tips for photographing from the International Space Station. Chris’s advice? Be patient, look for lines and textures, and use the small “sun glint” angle of reflection window for striking water scenes.
 
On Wednesday, Sigma announced pricing and availability for its 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM lens and USB Dock. The lens will retail for $3,599.00 while the USB dock will retail for $59.00. Note: I forgot to mention - the lens is expected to be available May 15 while the dock is expected to be available May 18.
 
And speaking of the USB Dock, Sigma posted a demo video of its Optimization Pro software. Using the new USB Dock, the software allows you to update a compatible lens’s firmware and perform independent microfocus adjustments based on focal range and focus distance.
 
On Thursday, Canon announced the “Project Imaginat10n” film contest. Canon invites filmmakers of all skill-levels to create films inspired by ten crowdsourced photos and based on ten storytelling themes: Character, Mood, Goal, Backstory, Setting, Obstacle, Relationship, The Unknown, Time and Discovery.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Friday, we posted a deal from Adorama where you could get a Zoom H2N Handy Digital Audio Recorder for $50.00 off – or $129.99 with free shipping. This audio recorder should come in handy when you’re making your “Project Imaginat10n” film.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 4/28/2013 1:07:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 26, 2013
From Toshiba:
 
World's fastest class of CF memory cards with latest Video Performance Guarantee Profile 2 (VPG-65) for high-end DSLR
 
TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced that its new line of high performance CompactFlash® (CF) memory cards1, the EXCERIA PRO™ series2, will go on sale from April 27th in the Japanese market. Sales will also follow in Asia, Europe and North America. The initial line-up of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB cards offers the world's highest level read and write speeds3 and complies with the new Video Performance Guarantee Profile 2 (VPG-65) standard.
 
The EXCERIA PRO™ CF cards integrate Toshiba's high performance NAND flash memory and specially developed dedicated firmware. They achieve a read speed of 160MB/s and write speed of 150MB/s4, the highest level yet reported.
 
The new cards are compliant with the CompactFlash Association (CFA) standard CompactFlash® Specification Revision 6.1 and compatible with the UDMA7 high speed interface, ensuring they can support high performance DSLRs to the full. The cards are also compatible with the latest "Video Performance Guarantee Profile 2" standard, VPG-65. VPG-65 secures Full HD video capture streams at a minimum write speed of 65MB/s for compatible host devices and recording media. VPG-65 enables 4K resolution (a digital movie file format with horizontal resolution of approx. 4,000 pixels and vertical resolution of approx. 2,000 pixels) movie shooting and high quality Full HD video capture at high frame rates with no dropped frames.
 
The market for DSLR is expected to grow by some 50% from 2012 to 2015 and demand for CF cards will grow with it. Toshiba will be developing high performance memory cards to meet those needs of the market.
 
Main Specifications:

Part numberJapan CF-EX064V CF-EX032VCF-EX016V
Asia CF-064GSR8ACF-032GSR8ACF-016GSR8A
Capacity64GB32GB16GB
PriceOpen
StandardCardCF+™ and CompactFlash® Specification Revision 6.1
VPGVideo Performance Guarantee Profile 2(VPG-65)
Max read speed4160MB/s
Max write speed4 150MB/s95MB/s
InterfaceUDMA 7(Ultra DMA Mode 7 theoretical:167MB/s)
Power Supply Voltage3.3/5.0V
File FormatFAT32
External Dimensions36.4mm (L) × 42.8mm (W) × 3.3mm (T)
Approx. WeightApprox. 10g.

Category: Toshiba News
Post Date: 4/26/2013 12:37:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Canon Camera Museum has published a Technical Report on the PowerShot N digital camera.
 
B&H carries the Canon PowerShot N digital camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/25/2013 1:07:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
Canon U.S.A., Ron Howard And Bryce Dallas Howard Announce "Project Imaginat10n" Film Contest Where Five Consumer-Directed Films Will Premiere At The "Project Imaginat10n" Film Festival In Fall 2013
 
Now the Public Can Select 10 of the Winning Photos from Project Imaginat10n to Inspire Short Films, the same Creative Exercise as Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, James Murphy, Georgina Chapman and Biz Stone
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 24, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the "Project Imaginat10n" Film Contest, which will provide the public with a unique opportunity to showcase their creativity and storytelling abilities by taking a seat in the director's chair.
 
Helmed by Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard, filmmakers of all skill levels will each have the chance to embark on the same creative exercise as five celebrity directors - Eva Longoria (film and TV actress), Jamie Foxx (Academy Award(r) winner), Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter), Georgina Chapman (designer and co-founder of Marchesa) and James Murphy (founder of LCD SOUNDSYSTEM) - all of whom are directing short films inspired from ten Project Imaginat10n winning photographs.
 
Selecting from the same pool of 91 winning photos, the challenge is to create a short film inspired by ten crowdsourced photos and based on ten storytelling themes: Character, Mood, Goal, Backstory, Setting, Obstacle, Relationship, The Unknown, Time and Discovery. The Discovery photo will be the same in each film, "Discovering limits," as selected by Ron Howard as a thematic tie. All 91 photos can be seen at imagination.usa.canon.com.
 
In 2011, Bryce Dallas Howard took part in a similar creative endeavor, "Project Imagin8ion," where she was mentored by her father, Ron Howard, to create a short film inspired by photographs. After selecting eight winning photos, Bryce directed "when you find me," an award-winning film about two sisters whose childhood bond is tested by a tragedy they are too young to understand.
 
As the first "graduating" director of the Project Imagin8ion experiment, Bryce will utilize her experience from "when you find me," to act as a mentor for other filmmakers - speaking at select film schools and revealing her tips in an online webisode series, "Bryce's Project Imaginat10n Film Contest Tutorial."
 
"Directing 'when you find me' was one of the most creatively rewarding endeavors of my career. In addition to the amazing experience of being mentored by my dad, the chance to collaborate with such a vast community of artists and photographers was game changing and challenged the very paradigm of the filmmaking I had grown accustomed to," said Bryce Dallas Howard. "My hope for the Project Imaginat10n film contest is that aspiring filmmakers will feel empowered to showcase their work and explore their own creativity. I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to engage with the filmmakers and support them as they embark on this powerful odyssey into creativity and collaboration."
 
Submissions will begin on June 4, 2013 at imagination.usa.canon.com (see Official Rules for details). A panel of judges will select twenty finalist films based on overall technical quality, originality, use of imagination and impression. Bryce Dallas Howard and Ron Howard will then select the final five winning films and package them with the five celebrity-directed films as "A Ron Howard Presentation." All ten films will be showcased at Canon's Project Imaginat10n Film Festival in fall 2013.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 4/25/2013 12:59:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Samyang/Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Lens is availabe for preorder at the following retailers:
 
Samyang Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Lens - B&H | Adorama
Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Post Date: 4/25/2013 11:33:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/24/2013 4:49:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Photoshelter:
 
Our new guide, Creating a Successful Photography Portfolio, is packed with tips from top photography consultants to help you build a better online portfolio to attract clients and win more jobs. In this guide, you’ll learn:

  • 11 secrets to a successful photography portfolio website
  • 8 portfolio do’s and don’ts
  • Tips to set the right tone and attract dream clients
  • How you can win jobs by showcasing personal projects
  • And more!

Plus, Be Entered to Win a Free Website Image Edit!
 
Download the guide and also be entered to win a free Website Image Edit* with top photography consultant Amanda Sosa Stone courtesy of our friends at Agency Access. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
 
*The Website Image Edit includes a review of 250-500 images for your website edit. The winner will be notified by PhotoShelter on May 1, 2013 and have until May 1, 2014 to set up a consulting session with Agency Access’ Amanda Sosa Stone.
 
Click here to download the "Creating a Successful Photography Portfolio Guide".

Post Date: 4/24/2013 2:46:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
While this video was mentioned in the previous announcement by Sigma, I wanted to call special attention to it. This is the first time we've been able to see the USB Dock software in action and, in my opinion, it looks very promising. [Sean]
 
B&H has the Sigma USB Dock (Canon/Nikon) available for preorder.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 4/24/2013 10:26:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Global Vision products hit shelves in US early May
 
RONKONKOMA, N.Y., — April 24, 2013 — 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 the pricing and availability of the Sigma USB dock and the company’s newly redesigned 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM from the Global Vision Sport lens category.
 
The updated 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM lens will be available in early May for the street price of $3,599 in Sigma and Canon mounts. The USB dock, which is compatible with lenses from Sigma’s new Global Vision lineup, will also be available in early May for the street price of $59.
 
“As the first lens of our Sports lineup to become available, we’re glad to continue the next round of our Global Vision lenses with the 120-300mm F2.8,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Our USB dock is the first in the industry of its kind, and we’re confident that it will be a ground-breaking product in helping photographers as they work.”
 
With redesigned mechanics and performance, this Sports lens is an update from its predecessor released in February 2011. With a maximum focal length of 300mm and a wide-open aperture of F2.8, this lens eases difficult shooting conditions. It is dust and moisture resistant, and allows users to switch between two custom settings created via the USB dock. The 120-300mm lens has been redesigned and quality-control tested with Sigma’s proprietary modulation transfer function (MTF) “A1” measuring system as part of Sigma’s new Global Vision category restructuring. Under the new Sports category, the lens also has the manufacturing year stamped on the barrel.
 
The Sigma USB dock, an industry first, works in conjunction with Sigma Optimization Pro (SOP) software to connect a photographer’s lens to their personal computer and the internet to update firmware and other parameters. The AF speed, focus limiter and OS function are also customizable for Sports lenses, such as the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM. Upon arrival of the products, SOP will be available via a downloadable copy online here. A video demonstration of SOP software is available here.
 
Preorder Opportunities:
 
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Canon - B&H | Adorama
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon - B&H | Adorama
 
Sigma USB Dock for Canon - B&H
Sigma USB Dock for Nikon - B&H
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 4/24/2013 10:13:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DxO:
 
04/24/2013
 
118 new lens / camera combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing support for Canon, Nikkor, Sigma, Tamron and Tokina lenses for Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras.
 
To see supported and planned combinations, click on the link below then select the second tab.
 
Supported or planned combinations
 
Canon | Fujifilm | Nikon | Sony
 
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 4/24/2013 9:36:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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