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 Thursday, October 31, 2013
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 10/31/2013 3:42:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Apparently, many people are finding the auto-updated NIK filters are crashing Photoshop CS6. The issue seems to be a related to a missing "MSVCP110.dll" file.
Several people have reported that installing Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 fixes the issue by reinstalling the missing file. (thanks Leigh)
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/31/2013 2:14:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
On October 21, I was using the Sigma USB Dock to dial in focus adjstments on my 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens. I made several different focus adjustments and tested the lens after each one. After about four cycles of adjusting values and focus testing, I connected the lens to the USB dock and Sigma's Optimization Pro software told me there was a firmware update for the lens. I thought to myself, "What a coincidence that Sigma would release a lens firmware update during the hour I'm adjusting this lens."
Sigma had not just released a firmware update. Even though my lens had been updated with the newest firmware a month earlier, Sigma Optimization Pro was insisting that my lens wasn't up to date. Every time I would connect the lens to the USB Dock, the software would insist on upgrading the lens's firmware. If I chose not to update the firmware, Optimization Pro would make the focus adjustments button inactive. And every time I chose to "update" the firmware, the autofocus adjustments were reset to "0."
For some reason, the lens was reporting that it had the original stock firmware installed. After several failed attempts at getting the firmware update to stick, I called Sigma's technical support.
Sigma's technical support adviced me to send the lens in for repair. On October 22 I packed up the lens (including the appropriate repair forms with contact and warranty information) and shipped it to Sigma's Repair Center in Ronkonkoma, New York. They received it on October 24.
The Issue of Communication (or lack thereof)
Sigma never sent me an email to confirm that they had received my lens (I got the delivery confirmation from FedEx). They never sent me an email to let me know they were processing my repair. There was no way for me to check the status of my repair online (that I could find). Sigma never sent me a return shipment notice.
[queue crickets here]
All's Well that Ends Well
On October 30, I had an entry in my calendar to give Sigma a call and ask for a status on my lens repair. Before I gave them a call, however, a FedEx truck arrived with an unexpected package – my lens. The paperwork with the lens suggested that a circuit board had been replaced and the firmware had been updated by the Service Center.
Thoughts on Sigma Service
On the one hand, Sigma's turnaround time was fast - very fast, in fact. Considering that they received my lens on the 24th and had it back in my hands on the 30th suggests that Sigma has invested a significant amount of resources in making service and repair orders a priority. A recent "rush" repair order to Canon Professional Services took longer.
But Canon's Repair Service trumps Sigma's in a big area - communication. When I send an item into Canon Service, I get an email showing that they received the item. They send me an email when they begin processing my repair. Then they send a shipment notice with tracking information when my item leaves their service facility. And at any time, I can also check the status of my repair on their website.
But with Sigma – crickets.
But when the crickets are chirping, you can rest assured knowing your item is very likely being repaired and returned in a timely manner. ;-)
Adorama carries Sigma Lenses.
Update: Site visitor Don let me know he had a similar experience - a fairly quick turnaround with no formal communication. However, when he called Sigma to inquire about the repair, Sigma gave him very detailed information on what they had done. So if you're curious, you may want to go ahead and give Sigma Service a call.
Post Date: 10/31/2013 10:06:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Somewhere down the road, we all stumbled across photography and became bitten by the bug. But how did it happen for you?
How did you get into photography? What was the catalyst for picking up a camera?
Let us know on our Facebook Page.
Post Date: 10/31/2013 8:46:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron has posted their Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 10/31/2013 8:05:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
We plan to test the Macintosh versions of the following software applications for compatibility with OS X version 10.9 (some older applications will not be tested). We will announce our plans regarding full compatibility once testing is complete.

  • ViewNX 2
  • Capture NX 2
  • Camera Control Pro 2
  • Short Movie Creator
  • Nikon Message Center 2
  • Wireless Transmitter Utility (WT-4 Setup Utility)
  • IPTC Preset Manager
  • GP-N100 Utility

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
  • PC-PJ Transfer
  • Thumbnail Selector
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Select Edition
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition

We do not plan to provide compatibility for other software, or for products utilizing a SCSI or serial connection. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For further information regarding this matter, please contact Nikon Customer Support.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/31/2013 7:13:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Canon will start selling 5D Mark III with EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens kits next month with an MSRP of $4,299.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/30/2013 4:44:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Reuters:

"Adobe Systems Inc said on Tuesday that the scope of a cyber-security breach disclosed nearly a month ago was far bigger than initially reported, with attackers obtaining data on more than 38 million customer accounts.The software maker also said that hackers had stolen part of the source code to Photoshop editing software that is widely used by professional photographers.
The company disclosed the breach on Oct. 3, saying attackers took credit card information and other data from nearly 3 million customers' accounts.
Adobe also said that the hackers accessed an undisclosed number of Adobe IDs and encrypted passwords that were stored in a separate database. On Tuesday, it revealed that about 38 million records from that database were stolen."

Check out the rest of the article on Reuters.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/30/2013 2:35:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From DxO:
Free download through November 3, exclusively in the Mac App Store
October 30, 2013 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Perspective for Mac OS X, its exclusive application designed to correct perspective and horizon problems. Thanks to its system of applying anchor points directly on images, DxO Perspective offers a simple and innovative solution that puts its powerful geometric corrections into the hands of all photographers, even beginners. Indispensable for architectural and landscape photography!
DxO Perspective is available exclusively in the Mac App Store as a free download through November 3, 2013.
Easy yet powerful perspective corrections
In architectural or urban photography, depending on the position of the photographer with respect to the scene, buildings? vertical and horizontal lines can lose their parallelism. With DxO Perspective, making buildings plumb again has never been easier: users simply place the anchor points directly on the image along the lines they want to correct, and unnatural façades instantly return to their original appearance.
DxO Perspective corrects all kinds of perspective problems, even the most complex. Using its Rectangle tool, when a photo contains two perspective flaws, DxO Perspective?s Rectangle tool immediately reestablishes a full-frontal view of the object ? essential when shooting a photo of a poster or painting! In 8-point correction mode, DxO Perspective handles even more complex perspectives: the independent placing of horizontal and vertical guidelines provides highly precise corrections on multiple planes.
With just one line, DxO Perspective also restores balance and authenticity to landscape photos by perfectly straightening a slanted horizon.
Full-frame photos
Regardless of the corrections applied, DxO Perspective keeps photos full-frame, thanks to its automatic cropping feature that optimizes the visible field. Users can also customize the framing to highlight a particular element. A composition grid facilitates precise adjustments.
Advanced settings
Serious photographers can also adjust the intensity of the correction and the horizontal/vertical ratio according to their own tastes.
Availability and special introductory offer
DxO Perspective for Mac OS X is immediately and exclusively available in the Mac App Store. To access the application, click here. The software is free through November 3, 2013, instead of priced at $19.99?.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 10/30/2013 10:05:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

The teaser videos from Nikon are getting progressively less subtle. In the fourth installment, the video ends with a pretty revealing shot and states, "Savor photography all over again 5 November, 2013."
Previous Teaser Videos Released

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/30/2013 8:28:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 29, 2013
From Canon:
Firmware Version 1.2.3 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which the flash may not fire depending on the timing of when the shutter button is pressed.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which the AF microadjustment value may change.*
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the LCD monitor may show a line of false color along boundaries of high contrast.
  4. Fixes a phenomenon in which the histogram of a LiveView image is incorrectly displayed when an HDMI cable is connected.
  5. Enables the brightness of the camera’s LCD monitor to be adjusted even when an HDMI cable is connected.

* The phenomenon listed in 2 was addressed with Firmware Version 1.2.1, and has been further improved with Firmware Version 1.2.3.
Firmware Version 1.2.3 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.2.1. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.2.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
When updating the firmware of your camera, please first review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Version 1.2.3
Adorama carries the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/29/2013 10:16:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
It looks like Google has added something new to its Nik Collection. (thanks Pete)
Note: The image above is the Analog Efex logo with the new "Vintage Camera 6" preset applied. ;-)
From Google:
Today we’re excited to welcome Analog Efex Pro to the Nik Collection by Google. Our latest plug-in lets you reproduce the look and feel of classic cameras and processing methods without having to buy all that vintage equipment.
Analog Efex Pro is more than just vintage presets. Advanced tools let you precisely adjust bokeh, textures, lens distortion and lots more. You can even use on-image controls to choose the centerpoint of any effects you add.
If you’ve already purchased the Nik Collection by Google you’ll get Analog Efex Pro automatically, for free. Your copy of the collection will automatically update and you’ll see the new plug-in alongside SIlver Efex Pro, Viveza, and the rest of the Nik tools you use.
If you’re not a customer yet, you can buy the entire Nik Collection (still just $149) or download a free trial at
This is just the beginning for Analog Efex Pro. We hope you enjoy this first version, and be sure to stay tuned -- we’ll be adding more cameras, more controls, and more creativity in the months ahead.
Category: Google News
Post Date: 10/29/2013 3:21:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Site visitor Laurence had a very specific problem – when converting videos taken with his DSLR from .MOV to AVI file format, the EXIF data never got stored in the AVI's metadata. He wanted a (free) software solution that allowed him to embed the EXIF information for future reference.
The answer – abcAVI Tag Editor by software developer Alexander Sorkin.
abcAVI Tag Editor allows you to embed tag information in the header of AVI files using the "Comments" and "Additional Information" fields.
From site visitor Laurence:

  1. Open Canon's Digital Photo Professional (software bundled with the camera) and navigate to the source MOV file.
  2. In DPP, right click the MOV file and select INFO from the pulldown menu or just hit CTRL-I. This pulls up a dialog box with the Shooting Information and Metadata.
  3. Click any line in the Shooting Information section to highlight it, then CTRL-A to Select All, then CTRL-C to copy everything to the clipboard.
  4. Open the target AVI file in abcAVI Tag Editor. You will see four tabs labelled 'Primary Tags', 'Movie Credits', 'Additional Tags' and 'Other Tags'. Select 'Primary Tags', and you will see a field called 'Comments'. Right click anywhere in the field and hit CTRL-V. You will see the Shooting Info from the MOV pasted in. The same procedure can be done under the 'Additional Tags' tab to paste the Shooting Info into the 'Additional Information' field if you wanted to.
  5. Up at the top of the abcAVI Tag Editor window is an icon of a floppy disk. Click this and it saves the metadata changes (i.e., it writes the Shooting Info into the Header area of the AVI file). Now close abcavi Tag Editor.
To verify that the EXIF data was saved, you can open the AVI file with a Hex editor or Notepad++ and you will see the Shooting Info right up at the top following the second 'LIST' entry.
NOTE: For photographers who are into Geotagging or Geocaching, abcavi Tag Editor lets you easily add Lat/Long or Geocaching data to the rest of the shooting info (get lat/long from Google Earth if you don't have a GPS tracklog for your video location) and embed that into the AVI along with the rest of the Canon EXIF data. Just type it in manually anywhere you like with the other EXIF data you copied in from the MOV."

Thanks Laurence for sending that in!

Post Date: 10/29/2013 1:57:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has eneloop 2000 mAh Pre-Charged AA Batteries (8-Pack) available for $16.98. Regularly $26.99.
Category: eneloop Deals
Post Date: 10/29/2013 6:52:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tether Tools:
October 18, 2013 – SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Tether Tools is excited to announce two wireless tethering kits designed to meet the diverse needs of photographers integrating tablets in their tethered workflow. Each kit contains the gear necessary to wirelessly transfer images to an iPad/Tablet for instant image viewing and sharing.
Starter Wireless Tethering Kit
Tether Tools’ Starter Wireless Kit provides a great combination of product ideal for wireless image transfer and camera control from an iPad. Complete with a CamRanger Wireless transmitter, Wallee iPad/Tablet Case in black and a Connect Lite bracket for iPad mounting, this kit is designed for wireless tethered photo shoots in any location. The Connect Lite Bracket has dual 1/4”-20 receiving threads enabling photographers to mount the tablet on a tripod, arm/clamp, camera strap or stand for safe and easy access during a shoot.
Pro Wireless Tethering Kit
Tether Tools’ Pro Wireless Tethering Kit offers all the benefits of DSLR wireless image transfer and camera control from an iPad, plus external power source and optimal mounting solutions for both CamRanger and iPad/Tablet. Complete with a CamRanger Wireless transmitter, Mighty Mount + ¼-20” Cold Shoe Adapter for the CamRanger, Rock Solid External Power Bank, and Connect Lite Bracket with a Tether Tools/BlackRapid TabStrap Kit, and Wallee iPad/Tablet Case. The Wireless Pro Kit makes wireless mobile tethering simple. This kit is ideal for architectural, wildlife, landscape, sports, portrait, street and many other photo scenarios. The Pro Wireless Tethering Kit enables a photographer to be completely mobile, yet still experience most of the benefits of traditional tethered photography. “Consumer demand for wireless solutions and incorporating the iPad into the photo workflow have led to the creation of this offering. Most customers shooting wireless want a simple solution to secure their camera, transmitter and iPad or tablet. With the Pro Kit they have the option of wearing the iPad hands free or mounting it on their tripod or stands,” said Tether Tools President, Josh Simons. “The Mighty Mount and Connect Lite Bracket are small but incredibly versatile solutions that solve so many mounting needs.”
Adorama carries Tether Tools products.
Post Date: 10/29/2013 6:22:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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