Canon, Nikon, and Sony News for Mar 2013

 Sunday, March 31, 2013

"This is's Weekend Recap for the week ending March 30th, 2013.
In the news...
On Monday, Profoto announced the release of a new product – the AcuteB Two-Head Split Cable. As the product’s name implies, the cable allows you to connect two flash heads to a single battery pack. The product manager at Profoto noted, “This is admittedly an uncomplicated product, but sometimes the simplest solutions are the best.”
On Tuesday, we reported on a 16 Gigapixel panoramic image of Machu Picchu, an Incan-built site nestled in the mountains of Peru. Using a Canon 7D, EF 100-400mm lens, and a Gigapan camera mount, photographer Jeff Cremer captured 1,920 images to create the world’s highest resolution image of the historic landmark. If you’re a fan of the “Where’s Waldo” games, then see if you can find the photographer within the 16 gigapixel image.
On Wednesday, Sigma announced a delay in the release of its 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM lens as well as its USB Dock. Apparently, a delay in procuring manufacturing parts led to release dates being pushed back.
On Thursday, we linked to a Gizmodo article explaining Panasonic’s new filter technology that could revolutionize low-light photography. Instead of using red, green, and blue filters over every pixel, the new technology uses vertically aligned color splitters. Color splitters have proven to be significantly more efficient in allowing light to hit the sensor – and more light hitting the sensor ultimately leads to better image quality in low-light conditions.
In site news and reviews...
On Monday, Bryan added a new gallery to the site containing images from his recent Hawaii trip. The gallery contains 30 images with subjects ranging from bamboo to green sand beaches, and just about everything else in-between. Be sure to check out the captions on each image where Bryan left helpful tips for those planning a photographic paradise getaway.
On Tuesday, Bryan posed a question for site visitors – “Should we complete a full T5i review?” To voice your opinion, check out the site’s Facebook page and leave a comment.
On Wednesday, Bryan recounted the story of his lost Canon T4i – and how it had a happy ending. The bottom line is – be sure to include contact information in your camera bag. If you’re lucky, an honest stranger will contact you if they find your misplaced gear.
On Thursday, Bryan announced that most lenses have now been tested with the Canon 60D and are available on the site’s ISO Resolution Chart Comparison Tool. Bryan also noted that there are now 25,344 crops from 8,448 test images available for review on the site.
And, for our deal of the week…
On Wednesday, we reported that you could get a Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for $319.00 with free shipping. That’s more than a 20% savings off the normal retail price.
This has been the’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 3/31/2013 12:29:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, March 29, 2013
"World Backup Day" is this Sunday. As a photographer, you cherish your photos - but have you done enough to protect them? While we like to think that our devices and hard drives are reliable, they will eventually fail. When it comes to protecting your images (or other important files), redundancy, distance and discipline are your friend.

  • Redundancy - Make several copies of your most important data.
  • Distance - Always store at least one backup in a different geographic location than your original data. For instance, use an online cloud storage backup service. Else, send a backup portable hard drive to a family member who lives a comfortable distance away from you.
  • Discipline - Backup regularly. Backup often.

Relevant Posts

Portable Hard Drives - B&H | Adorama | Amazon

Post Date: 3/29/2013 10:35:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Gizmodo:
"Researchers at Panasonic's imaging division have found a way to increase the sensitivity of digital camera sensors, which in turn equates to almost double the brightness in photos taken in low light conditions. But the discovery has nothing to do with the sensor itself; instead, the company's improved the color processing filter placed in front of it..."
Read the entire article here.
Post Date: 3/29/2013 9:01:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 28, 2013
Canon EOS 60D ISO 12233 resolution chart test results for most current Canon lenses are now included in the site's camera lens image quality comparison tool.
As you can imagine, this was a big project for us. The 60D will become the standard EF-S Lens test camera and we will continue to test EF Lenses with the 60D as time permits.
Though the 60D results are useful in same-camera comparisons, you will find that results from this camera are not as sharp as results from the 1Ds III and other impressive Canon full frame cameras - even though identical test and processing settings (with a very low sharpness setting) were used. The T4i would deliver sharper results at the same processing settings (comparison), but the T4i has increased high ISO noise visibility as a result. There is a trade-off. The 60D results can also be given a higher sharpness setting. You are welcome to load 60D results into your favorite image processing application to see how increasing sharpness changes the results for the lens you are interested in.
Interesting spec: There are now 25,344 crops from 8,448 ISO 12233 test images available for review on the site.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/28/2013 8:25:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From BBC News:
Dragons' Den star Peter Jones has spoken of his excitement as Jessops re-opens 30 stores across the country.
The entrepreneur now owns the camera retailer after 187 shops closed in January with the loss of 1,500 jobs.
He told the BBC's Steph McGovern he has "never been more excited about re-launching a business".
Category: Jessops News
Post Date: 3/28/2013 12:29:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Transcend:
Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend®), a worldwide leader in storage and multimedia products, today announced the introduction of the 64GB microSDXC Ultra-High Speed Class 1 (UHS-I) memory card. With enough space to carry an entire collection of personal media files, the new 64GB microSDXC card also features high-speed transfer rates of up to 45MB/s (300x); perfect for users aiming to get the best performance results from their mobile device.
Featuring capacities ranging from 8GB to an enormous 64GB, Transcend's Premium Series microSDHC/SDXC UHS-I memory card lineup allows smartphone, tablet, and other portable device users to significantly expand their multimedia storage space. The new 64GB microSDXC card, for instance, can store more than 10,000 high-resolution jpeg images (12 megapixel camera, 6MB file size), a full 16 hours of 1080p High-Definition footage (1920x1080 9Mbps H.264 AVC compression), or over 1,200 media-rich mobile apps (50MB file size).
In addition to large capacity, mobile users consider fast performance to be an equally important factor when choosing the best memory upgrade solution. Equipped with the next-generation UHS-I interface, the 64GB microSDXC UHS-I card offers data transfer speeds of up to 45MB/s (300x) – especially noticeable when running memory-intensive mobile apps and capturing high-quality video. With its impressive combination of high-speed performance and vast storage capacity, the 64GB microSDXC UHS-I memory card will undoubtedly satisfy mobile users for a very long time.
For added value, each Transcend UHS-I memory card includes a free download of Transcend’s own RecoveRx™ software – an extraordinarily effective tool for bringing back accidentally deleted or lost files. Transcend’s new 64GB microSDXC UHS-I card is now available for a suggested price of US$109 and carries Transcend’s renowned Lifetime Warranty.
B&H carries Transcend Memory Cards.
Category: Transcend News
Post Date: 3/28/2013 9:32:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Professional Services has published a D-Movie Setting Guide for the D800, D800E, and D4 DSLR cameras.
Topics Covered in the Guide

  • Workflow
  • Before Recording
  • Live View
  • Menu Options
  • Other Settings
  • Recording
  • After Recording

Download the Nikon D-Movie Setting Guide (PDF, 16.9mb).
B&H carries the Nikon D800, D800E, and D800E DSLR cameras.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/28/2013 8:40:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Is every camera bag you own labeled with your name, address and phone number? If not, go label it right now.
Upon arriving at our rental house in Maui, Hawaii, after being up/traveling for nearly 24 hours, my daughter asked me if I had her camera - a Rebel T4i. With a sinking feeling, I replied that I did not.
My mind immediately began plotting the course of action that was to be taken - after I had some sleep. We had been in four airports and on three planes that day. Locating the camera appeared to be a huge challenge - if not an impossibility.
I woke up the next morning to a voice mail from Janet at the United ticket counter in the Vancouver International Airport. The camera had been left on a plane and went at least one stop beyond our time on that particular aircraft. Janet knew how to reach me because: I had a business card in the camera case.
While it may seem normal to have a business card in a travel camera case, the particular case my daughter was using was the tiny Lowepro Rezo TLZ-20 Case. Cases this size are seldom tagged, but as proven on my last trip, they should be.
If you were to lose your camera and the case you are carrying it in, would someone know how to get in touch with you? This does not apply only to airline travel. A lost camera could happen at a restaurant, hotel, wedding, park ... or anywhere.
This story *should* have a happy ending. An intern apparently dropped the ball on shipping the camera back, but that issue appears to have been resolved and the camera is in route. And fortunately, I had an EOS M packed to HI - it became my daughter's camera for the trip.
Following is a relevant (and entertaining) infographic Mike shared with us:
Post Date: 3/27/2013 10:37:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Photoshelter:
The Photographer's Guide to Copyright
by PhotoShelter and the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
Navigating copyright can be a daunting task. So, we’ve partnered with the experts at ASMP to break down this important subject and help you, the photographer, take the necessary steps to protect your work.

  • Discover your 6 exclusive rights under copyright law.
  • Learn how to secure your photos and avoid infringement.
  • Get tips to register your work through the U.S. Copyright Office.
  • Understand steps to take if you are infringed.

Get the guide here.

Post Date: 3/27/2013 1:40:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon Professional Network:
"Canon Ambassador Jeff Ascough has been photographing weddings in his distinctive, award-winning, documentary style with the EOS 5D Mark III DSLR and the EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens: you can find out his opinions about working with the new standard zoom lens in an exclusive CPN interview.
The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens is a smaller, lighter, more optically sophisticated and durable incarnation of a zoom lens that was already much favoured by photojournalists, portrait, landscape and wedding photographers."
See the CPN article here.
B&H carries the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/27/2013 11:48:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 and T5i Owner's Manuals are now available for download:
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (PDF, English)
Basic Instruction Manual | Quick Reference Guide | Full Instruction Manual
Canon EOS Rebel T5i (PDF, English)
Quick Reference Guide | Full Instruction Manual
Preorder Opportunities:
SL1 Body: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
SL1 with 18-55mm IS STM Lens: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
T5i Body: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
T5i with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
T5i with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
[via CanonWatch]
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/27/2013 8:45:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma Japan (paraphrased from Google Translate):
SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, SIGMA USB DOCK Release Postponed
Thank you for your patronage.
The "SIGMA USB DOCK" and "SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM" lens were expected to be released in March 2013 for Canon. Because of a delay in the procurement of [manufacturing] parts, the release date has been postponed.
For now, the revised release date has not been determined. Please check our website for future updates on these products.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
B&H has the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens (Canon/Nikon) available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 3/27/2013 7:04:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Here is a list of changes/upgrades in the Rebel T5i from the Rebel T4i:

  • New Finish
  • 360° Rotation Mode Dial
  • Larger and Raised Icons on the Mode Dial
  • Addition of Scene Mode to the Mode Dial
  • Digital Zoom during Movie Recording
  • Real-time preview of creative filters in Live View
  • New 18-55mm STM Kit Lens
Canon informed me that the entire imaging pipeline is the same. Same AF system as well.
While I would of course rather have the newer model, the above-listed additional benefits will set you back, at announcement time, an additional $100.00 USD for the body-only and $250.00 USD for the 18-55mm lens kit (with the $150 instant rebate in effect).
Am I missing something? Or should the T5i perhaps be better-named the T4iN?
Is anyone going to pay the price for these minor T5i upgrades?
Is a full T5i review worth the significant time and cost required to create?
Let me know what you think over at our Facebook page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/26/2013 7:43:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

In late 2012, travel photographer Jeff Cremer embarked on a mission to create the highest-resolution image of Machu Piccu ever created. Cremer used a Canon EOS 7D, an EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens, and a Gigapan camera mount to capture the 1920 images used for the panoramic image.
Check out the final 16 gigapixel image of Machu Picchu.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/26/2013 8:22:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Nikon COOLPIX A owner's manual is now available for download (PDF): English | Spanish
You can preorder the Nikon COOLPIX A at Adorama and Amazon.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/26/2013 7:17:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 25, 2013
I posted a gallery of Hawaii Pictures with at least a little commentary for each.
This image collection is probably not what most are expecting to see. The Hawaiian Islands have extremely diverse climates and landscapes - within individual islands. Temperatures can change from mid-80s to upper 20s within a 2 hour slow-speed drive. And wind can drive home the particular temperature you are in. The average annual rainfall within these small islands can range from over 460" annually down to 10-12" annually.
The variety of subjects available in Hawaii could occupy my photography interests for a very long time.
Post Date: 3/25/2013 7:13:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through March 27, the Canon Store is featuring 20% Off select Refurbished Consumer Camcorders.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/25/2013 1:23:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Datacolor:
What’s In Your Camera Bag?
A camera, of course! But what else might you want or need to have with you while traveling, shooting on location, or in the studio? Find out which items are needed for Indoor vs. Outdoor portraits, Landscapes vs. Scenic vs. Panorama and Macro vs. Still life. What is the best way to organize these items in your bag to make sure all of the essentials fit?
Join us, Thursday, March 28th from 3PM-4PM EST, as Datacolor Experts David Saffir and C. David Tobie discuss these topics, plus share some important info about lens focus correction, color management tools, setting yourself up for success in post-production and more!
An interactive Q&A will take place throughout the webinar to answer any questions you may have.
One lucky webinar guest will win a free SpyderCUBE and Deuter Freerider Pro Hiking Bag w/ TrekPak insert!
Title: What’s In Your Camera Bag? Co-sponsored by TrekPak
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
Register here.
B&H carries Datacolor products.
Post Date: 3/25/2013 1:15:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Camera Museum has published a Technical Report on the 430EX II and 600EX-RT Speedlites.
B&H carries the Canon 430EX II and 600EX-RT Speedlite flashes.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/25/2013 11:20:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DxO:
DxO Optics Pro v8.1.4: Support for 4 new cameras
DxO Optics Pro v8.1.4 provides support for four additional new cameras: the Nikon Coolpix P7700, the Nikon 1 J3, the Olympus XZ-2 iHS, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3.
DxO Optics Pro v8.1.4 integrates many powerful tools for processing RAW and JPEG images, including the best tool for automatically adjusting contrast and light, along with precise color management. Its unrivaled performance and intuitive interface provide a quick and smooth workflow.
11,000 DxO Optics Modules available
DxO Optics Pro v8.1.4 benefits from the continuous addition of DxO Optics Modules. More than 200 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the library, offering support for additional Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Sigma, Tokina, and Zeiss lenses for numerous Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Pentax cameras..
Among the new lenses supported are the Nikon 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 (a standard lens equivalent to a 50 mm in 24x36 format), and Pentax’s recent trans-standard K-mount, the smc DA18-270mm F3.5-6.3 SDM.
The addition of these new combinations means that DxO Optics Pro 8 now has more than 11,000 DxO Optics Modules at its disposal. Developed in the laboratory using an exclusive calibration process, this unique database automatically corrects optical flaws such as distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness.
To see supported and planned combinations, click on the link below then select the second tab.
Supported and planned combinations
New DxO Optics Modules
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro 8.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 3/25/2013 9:48:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Profoto:
The new AcuteB Two-head Split Cable from Profoto is a cord with one plug in one end and two in the other. Connect it to the output on your AcuteB2 and you have two outputs at your disposal. Very simple, yet very effective.
The AcuteB2 600 AirS is Profoto’s most compact and lightweight battery generator. This makes it perfect for on-location shoots and situations where you need to stay moving. It has only one output, but with the Split Cable that is not an issue.
Connect the Split Cable to the output of the AcuteB2 and suddenly you have two outputs. In other words, you can now work with two light sources – and this without having to bring another generator with you. So, it is either half the baggage or twice the possibilities, depending on what you are used to.
“This is admittedly an uncomplicated product,” says Göran Marén, Product Manager at Profoto. “But sometimes the simplest solutions are the best.”
With the Split Cable connected, the power distribution from the AcuteB2 becomes fully symmetric and each head can be powered with up to 300Ws.
B&H carries Profoto products.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 3/25/2013 8:50:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, March 24, 2013


"This is's Weekend Recap for the week ending March 23rd, 2013.
In the news...
On Thursday, Canon announced the EOS Rebel SL1 and T5i DSLR cameras, the EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens and the PowerShot SX280 HS and SX270 HS digital cameras.
Arguably, Canon’s biggest announcement was the Rebel SL1, the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR camera. The new camera weighs less than a pound yet features an 18 megapixel sensor, 3” LCD touchscreen, 9 point center-cross point AF system, a 4 frames per second burst rate, and continuous autofocus in movie recording.
The T5i seems to be an incremental update over its predecessor with new features such as an updated exterior finish, 360 degree mode dial, digital zooming during movie recording, and lighter weight. The biggest update, however, comes in the form of a new kit lens, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. The introduction of Canon’s third STM lens should prove popular for those using their DSLR cameras for video recording.
And lastly, Canon’s announcement of the PowerShot SX280 HS and SX270 HS digital cameras brought a small surprise – the introduction of [Canon’s] new DIGIC 6 image processor. According to Canon, the new DIGIC 6 processor allows for even greater image quality in low light conditions and the encoding of MP4 movie files during video recording.
Along with the DIGIC 6 image processor, the new PowerShot cameras feature a 25mm lens with 20x zoom, full HD video recording, manual, AV and TV modes, an intelligent IS system, and in the SX280’s case, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS.
In other news, Adobe announced on Wednesday that their Creative Cloud subscriber base had hit half a million subscribers in less than a year. Free and trial memberships exceed 2 million over the same period.
On Thursday, Nikon announced the establishment of a manufacturing facility in Laos to reinforce its digital SLR camera manufacturing organization and reduce costs. The new facility is scheduled to commence production in October 2013 and employ 800 people.
In reviews...
On Saturday, Bryan added a camera size comparison tool to the website. Now visitors can compare the size difference for cameras from the top, back or side views.
And, for our deal of the week…
On Friday, we posted a deal where you could get a Refurbished Canon EOS 60D DSLR camera from Adorama for only $599.00. That’s a $150.00 savings off the price of a new item.
This has been the’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 3/24/2013 12:13:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, March 23, 2013
Canon camera size/product image comparison pages are now available from the Camera and Lens Comparison Tools page.
These are the same comparisons you have seen in the Canon Camera Reviews. There are now so many Canon DSLR cameras that the load time for these review pages with all cameras included was getting too long. I will still include these comparisons in the reviews, but will show only a small subset of the cameras.
The Rebel T5i / 700D and Rebel SL1 / 100D images are included. Check out the size difference between these bodies.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/23/2013 8:48:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 22, 2013
B&H has the Nikon COOLPIX A Digital Camera in stock.
B&H also has a couple of Nikon COOLPIX A accessories available for preorder:
UR-E24 Filter Adapter & HN-CP18 Lens Hood
DF-CP1 Optical Viewfinder
Update: Adorama also has the Nikon COOLPIX A Digital Camera in stock.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/22/2013 10:11:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 21, 2013
Introducing the world's smallest and lightest DSLR camera: the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (Press Release).
Product Highlights

  • 18.0MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 3.0" Clear View II Touchscreen LCD
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
  • Full HD 1080 Video with Continuous AF
  • 4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • 9-Point AF System
  • Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
  • Compact and Lightweight; Weighs 0.8lb
  • Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses

SL1 Body: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
SL1 with 18-55mm IS STM Lens: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Visit the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Review placeholder page for more product images and information.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/21/2013 1:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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