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 Friday, November 29, 2013
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Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/29/2013 7:00:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, November 28, 2013
From Canon:
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
Please note that we suspended download services for Firmware Version 1.1.0.1.00 that was posted Tuesday November 12, 2013 due to a discrepancy in color balance. We would like to apologize for the inconvenience. Firmware Version 1.1.1.1.00 corrects this color balance discrepancy. Any cameras that are running firmware version 1.1.0.1.00 should be updated to firmware version 1.1.1.1.00.
 
Firmware Version 1.1.1.1.00 incorporates all the functions and modifications listed below:
 
EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camera & EOS C300 PL Cinema EOS Camera

  1. Fixes a phenomenon where the previous firmware version 1.1.0.1.00 offered incorrect color balance.
  2. Ability to move the magnification viewing area around the LCD using the MAGN Function has been added.
  3. Support for a 1440×1080/35Mbps recording mode has been added.
  4. ISO up to 80,000 has been added.
  5. Functionality to support the optional Canon GPS Receiver GP-E1 has been added.
  6. A Key Lock menu setting has been added which now makes it possible to lock all operations, including the START/STOP button.
  7. Using the optional Canon WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter, the camera’s remote-control application allows two users to access the same unit via a Wi-Fi link providing simultaneous camera operation and control and metadata input.
  8. [Lens Exchange] and [ND+]/[ND-] have been added as functions that can be allocated to any assignable button.
  9. A new Wide DR Gamma setting provides an expanded dynamic range of 800%.
  10. Flicker Reduction has been improved.

EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camera only

  1. Provides Push Auto Iris and One-Shot AF operation.
  2. A new AE Shift function and the selection of various light-metering modes are now available when used with some Canon Cinema lenses (EF mount) and Canon EF Lenses.
  3. Ability to assign the two control dials to operate either Iris or ISO sensitivity independently has been added.
  4. Peripheral Illumination Correction Data has been added for seven (7) Canon Cinema lenses (EF mount) and fifteen (15) Canon EF Lenses.
  5. A function has been added to enable continuous focus and iris setting on a subject in the middle of the screen when one of the two EF STM lenses** is attached.

**[EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM], [EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM].
 
*Note: Gamma information will not be shown correctly in the metadata of clips filmed on the Wide DR Gamma setting included in Firmware Version 1.1.0.1.00 and above when using the bundled software application Canon XF Utility Ver.1.3.1 or earlier. Therefore, we recommend our customers install Canon XF Utility Ver.1.3.2. The installer for this application has already been released.
 
Please download the Canon XF Utility 1.3.2 for Windows or Mac OS X from the EOS C300 page.
Please download the Canon XF Utility 1.3.2 for Windows or Mac OS X from the EOS C300 PL page.
 
Adorama carries the Canon EOS C300 Cinema Camera.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/28/2013 9:11:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Those of us in the USA are celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday today. This holiday is set aside as a time to reflect and give thanks for the great blessings we have. If you are reading this post, you have at least something to be thankful for – minimally electricity, use of an electronic device and access to the greatest source of information ever developed (the internet). And you likely have FAR more reasons to be thankful.
 
Regardless of the country you are in right now, take time out to reflect on what your blessings are and to give thanks. You are a blessing to my family and we wish you and yours a very blessed Thanksgiving!
 
Thanksgiving is typically celebrated with family and friends – and a very large meal that often features a turkey and a lot of courses. Feel free to take an extra helping of desert for me.
 
While I don't like that the big start of the Christmas shopping season coincides with this great holiday, I do love deals and deals typically come in abundance at this time of the year. Keep in mind that just because something is advertised in print at this time of year does not mean that it is a good deal.
 
We will filter out the best DSLR photography-related deals to share with you. For the other deals you see, definitely check the price at Adorama and Amazon first.
 
As always, we are very thankful for you and the support you give us here at The-Digital-Picture.com. We are especially thankful for the financial support provided by the use of the links on this site for your shopping. Start all of your Christmas shopping here!
Post Date: 11/28/2013 8:10:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 27, 2013
From DxO:
 
348 new lens / camera combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing support for Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Pentax, Samyang, Sigma, Sony, Tamron and Zeiss lenses for Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung 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 | Olympus| Panasonic| Pentax| Samsung| Sony
 
Adorama carries DxO Optics Pro.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 11/27/2013 12:25:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, November 26, 2013
For today, we have an "off topic" discussion for our Facebook fans...
 
What do you anticipate most when it comes to the holiday season?
 
The food, the family, the fun, the gifts, the spirit?
 
As for me, I love the varied and ample food that inevitably fills my grandmother's kitchen whenever my extended family gets into town. But there's something my family does that I enjoy above everything else - we play Rook (a card game) while catching up, snacking and laughing late into the night.
 
So that's what I enjoy most about the holidays – playing cards with my family. It almost seems silly, but that's when I feel closest to them – when we're sitting around my grandmother's dining room table, ten cards in hand, trying to catch the unanticipated trick that saves the hand for me and my game partner. [Sean]
 
Let us know what you anticipate most about the holiday season on our Facebook Page.
Post Date: 11/26/2013 1:40:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
These are the results I've been anxiously awaiting: the ISO 12233 resolution chart crops from the Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens.
 
I used the lens a good amount over this past weekend and am really liking it so far.
Post Date: 11/26/2013 7:42:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 25, 2013
From LensRentals:
 
t’s time for our 4th Annual Black Friday Sale. This year, we are getting the party started early, 11 AM ET on Wednesday. You can get 25% off any rental placed at Lensrentals.com during the sale.
 
To get your 25% off rentals at Lensrentals.com, simply use the promo code: BLACKFRIDAY
 
Details:

  • Discount begins at 10:00 AM CT on Wednesday, November 27th and ends at 11:59 PM CT on December 2nd.
  • Orders must be placed during the sale period to be eligible to receive the discount
  • Orders can be placed for any arrival date, as long as you actually place the order during the sale. Feel free to reserve the gear you’ll need in 2014 now, and take advantage of this deal.
  • Must use promo code BLACKFRIDAY to receive the 25% discount
  • Limit – 2 unique rentals per person

To support this site, click on the appropriate product review and then click the Rent button beside the camera/lens you want to rent.

Post Date: 11/25/2013 1:44:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From AdoramaPix:
 
Natascha Lee of Natascha Lee Studios will share her proven approach to Fabulous and Fun Family Photos.
 
Including:

  • How to have your clients how up prepared
  • How to make the entire family comfortable in their first 10 minutes
  • How to make sure you get the important shots
  • How to make the experience fun, easy and profitable

Join us for one of our most popular webinars:
 
Date: December 1, 2013
Time: 9:00pm EST
 
Sign Up Now

Post Date: 11/25/2013 1:04:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Western Digital:
 
Innovative 2.5-inch Drive Pairs 120 GB SSD with 1 TB Hard Drive to Deliver Maximum Performance, Data Control in Ultimate Upgrade for Notebook, AIO, Single-Drive Bay Systems
 
IRVINE, Calif. – Nov. 25, 2013 – WD, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and storage industry leader, today announced the release of the WD Black2 dual drive, a unique storage innovation that fuses a 2.5-inch 120 GB solid state drive (SSD) with a 1 TB hard disk drive (HDD) to offer a powerful dual drive solution. Perfect for consumers and service providers looking to upgrade notebooks, small form factor desktops, and single-slot and all-in-one (AIO) systems with both SSD level performance and HDD capacity, the WD Black2 dual drive connects through a single cable and fits into a conventional 9.5 mm slot.
 
“Our customers told us they like our Solid State Hybrid Drive technology, but our tech savvy users asked for more control of where they store their data,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of WD’s Storage Technology business unit. “The WD Black2 dual drives empower our customers to enjoy SSD performance and access high capacity storage in a no-compromise package. The WD Black2 dual drive is a direct result of our interaction with our customer base through WD Labs initiatives. WD devised its beta labs program to provide an exclusive testing arena for key customers and technology influencers of existing and emerging WD storage products."
 
2-in-1
Designed for enthusiasts, creative professionals, gamers and PC builders, the WD Black2 dual drive provides improved overall drive capacity, performance, and reliability, while offering the flexibility to choose how and where their data is stored. Utilizing the benefits of both flash and magnetic disks, WD Black2 dual drives offload data usage from the SSD to the HDD, which increases endurance and life of the SSD. Users maintain greater data control, which can eliminate the need and expense of cloud-based storage.
 
WD Black2 is free of caching algorithms and benefits from SATA 6 Gb/second interface speed. It is neatly packaged in a standard 9.5 mm, 2.5-inch form factor with legacy SATA connector, making the WD Black2 dual drive compatible with popular PC operating systems ranging from Windows XP to Windows 8.1.
 
Price and Availability
Available through authorized retailers, WD Black2 dual drives are covered by a five-year limited warranty. MSRP for the 2.5-inch 120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD WD Black2 dual drive, model #: (WD1001X06XDTL) is $299.00 USD.
 
Adorama is an authorized retailer of Western Digital products.
Post Date: 11/25/2013 12:33:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens Review page is now loaded with eye candy. More information about this lens coming soon.
Post Date: 11/25/2013 9:25:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Post Date: 11/25/2013 8:01:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, November 24, 2013

 

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending November 23rd, 2013.
 
In the news...
 
On Wednesday, Sigma released firmware updates for all of its Global Vision lenses. The updates were necessary to allow Sigma’s Nikon-mount lenses to work properly with the newly announced Nikon D5300 camera. If you have a D5300 on pre-order, be sure to update your Global Vision lens’s firmware for full compatibility.
 
Also on Wednesday, Nikon announced that it was the official camera of Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. The agreement means that there will now be Nikon branded picture spots throughout Disney’s properties.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Monday, Bryan posted his Canon Super Telephoto Lens Shootout from Shenandoah National Park. In the article, Bryan gave his thoughts on using the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS and the 500 and 600mm f/4L IS II lenses for photographing wildlife. Check out his post for more details.
 
On Thursday, Bryan posted the Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S Lens test results to the site. Lens tests added include image quality, flare, light fall-off and distortion. Lens specifications and measurements were also added.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Wednesday, we posted a great deal from Adobe where you can now get the Photoshop Photography Membership Program on Creative Cloud – that’s Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 – for only $9.99 per month with no previous Photoshop ownership required. Previously, a version of Photoshop CS3 or later was required to qualify for this pricing.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 11/24/2013 4:13:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 22, 2013
Roger Cicala of LensRentals has published "The Cynic’s Photography Dictionary" for all of us to enjoy.
 
Sample Definitions:

Bokeh – the look of the picture in the parts where you can’t tell what you’re looking at.
 
Image Stabilization – a technologic triumph consisting of lenses, magnets, position sensors, springs, and electric motors that is nearly as effective as 3 sticks of wood attached to a base plate. See also, Tripod.
 
Lens coating — thin layers of of substances applied to clear glass that makes it clearer. In the 1600s people would be burned at the stake for claiming things like this.
 
Sensor – The device that actually takes an image. Its most important attribute is the number of megapixels unless yours has fewer, in which case dynamic range, high ISO performance, microlens effectiveness, color accuracy, and other characteristics are more notable.

Check out the the LensRentals Blog the full list of humorous definitions.

Post Date: 11/22/2013 5:09:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In one of the most ambitious self-promtion schemes I have ever seen, photographer Jens Lennartsson created 400 action figures of himself to mail to prospective clients.
 
Behind the Scenes:
 

 
Check out the photographer's website for a detailed walk-through of the promotion.
Post Date: 11/22/2013 2:21:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Standard test results, including image quality (ISO 12233 resolution chart sample crops), flare, light fall-off, distortion and measurements & specs, are now available for the Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/22/2013 10:52:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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