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 Sunday, July 28, 2013

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending July 27th, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Tuesday, Corel announced Painter X3. With the newest version of Painter, Corel introduced new tools such as Jitter Brushes, Crosshair Cloning, Perspective Guides, Smart Brush Controls, and Multi-Layer Transformations. Painter X3 will start shipping in early August.
 
Also on Tuesday, NASA released images taken by the Cassini spacecraft as it passed near Saturn’s rings on the previous Friday. The images show a small, pale-blue Earth set against the vastness of space below Saturn’s brilliantly illuminated rings. It is truly a humbling sight. Check out NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory page for more information.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Thursday, Bryan published his full review of the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM “Sports” lens. In short, the lens proved to be a significant upgrade over its predecessor - in both image quality and overall versatility. Bryan was so impressed with the lens that it now has a permanent home in his lens arsenal. For more information, check out Bryan’s full review.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Monday, we posted a deal from DigitalRev where you could get a Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera for $1,629.00. That’s more than a $350.00 off the normal retail price.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 7/28/2013 4:24:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, July 21, 2013

 

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending July 20th, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Monday, we reported on Canon USA’s updated warranty policy regarding refurbished gear. The warranty on refurbished DSLR cameras, lenses, flashes and camcorders increased from 90 days to a full year. According to a representative I spoke with at Canon USA, the 1-year warranty applies to all eligible refurbished gear purchases made after June 24th.
 
On Tuesday, we posted a news piece on LensTag - a new website devoted to protecting photographers from purchasing stolen gear and aiding in recovery. The service is free and highly recommended. Check out the news post for more details.
 
On Friday, Canon celebrated the official grand opening for its new Canon USA headquarters in Melville, NY. The 500 million dollar, five-story facility covers 700,000 square feet and will house well over 2,000 employees once operating at full capacity. And one more interesting fact - it’s located only about a mile from Nikon’s own USA headquarters.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Monday, Bryan posted his full review of the Sigma USB Dock and asked, “Why wasn’t this product introduced a long time ago?” For owners of Sigma’s new global vision lenses, the dock proves to be a valuable tool in ensuring your lenses works optimally now and provides insurance that the lenses will play well with future bodies.
 
On Wednesday, Bryan posted his review of the Canon EOS Rebel T5i - but it came with a caveat. As the T5i shares so many similarities with its predecessor, Bryan simply adapted the T4i’s review to cover the essential changes between the two cameras. Check out Bryan’s review for more details.
 
On Thursday, Bryan posed the question, “What is going on with the EOS M camera and EF-M lens line?” First, the new EF-M 11-22mm lens was never announced by Canon USA - meaning it’s not scheduled to be available in the US market (at least not yet). Then the price of the EOS M camera plummeted. As inventory was depleted, the camera was listed as “discontinued” by several retailers. However, a Canon representative told us adamantly, “The EOS M is not a discontinued product…”
 
Does this strange line of events mean a new EOS M camera is on the horizon? We don’t know - but it’s fun to speculate. I mean, a new EOS M with the 70D’s Dual Pixal AF system sounds like a match made in mirrorless heaven. Just a thought…
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Friday, we posted a deal from Adorama where you could get a Refurbished Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera for $1,599.95 with free shipping. That’s nearly a $400.00 savings off the normal, new retail price.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 7/21/2013 12:30:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, July 14, 2013

 

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending July 13th, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Thursday, Nikon introduced its interactive Facebook experience called “My Nikon World,” a photographic community with features such as photo challenges, leader boards, and competition badges. Check out Nikon’s Facebook page for more information.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Monday, Bryan posted the image quality comparison tests for the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM “Sports” Lens. In short, the new lens is proving to be a little bit better than its predecessor. Check the image quality tests for more comparisons.
 
On Thursday, Bryan posted his full review for the Canon EOS Rebel SL1. The tiny camera (in DSLR terms, at least), provides pro-grade image quality that stacks up well against all of Canon’s recent APS-C sensor cameras. Its small size and intuitive controls make it an excellent travel camera. Check out Bryan’s full-review for more details.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Monday, we posted a deal from BuyDig.com where you could get a Canon Rebel T5i with 18-55mm IS STM lens, Adobe Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 11, 32GB SD card, Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer, a pack of Canon photo paper, and two 4GB flash drives for $749.00 with free shipping (after $400.00 mail-in rebate). When you consider that the body alone retails for the same price, the package provides one heck of a deal.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 7/14/2013 5:49:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, July 7, 2013

 

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending July 6th, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Monday, Nikon published an updated “Lens Vibration Reduction Performance Chart” to coincide with newly introduced CIPA standards. The new standards established by the CIPA mean that Vibration Reduction performance values advertised before July 1, 2013 may be inaccurate.
 
Also on Monday, Canon North America celebrated one million views on YouTube. This milestone came less than 4 months after Canon celebrated a similar milestone – 1 million minutes watched on its YouTube channel.
 
On Tuesday, Canon announced the EOS 70D. The new camera features an all-new 20.2 megapixel sensor, a DIGIC 5 processor, built-in WiFi, intelligent viewfinder and a 7 frames-per-second burst rate. And speaking of the sensor, the 70D is the first camera to feature Canon’s Dual Pixel AF system. The new AF system allows for instant, precise, continuous focusing in live view and movie recording. The new technology is touted as being a “game changer” by Canon; we certainly look forward to putting it through its paces first hand.
 
And, we have a three-way tie for our deal of the week…
 
On Wednesday, we posted two deals from Adorama where you could get a Canon EOS M with 22mm f/2 STM lens for $299.00, or an EOS M with the 18-55mm IS STM lens for $349.00 – both with free shipping and 2% Rewards. For perspective, the EOS M with the 22mm lens originally debuted for $799.00.
 
And on Thursday, we posted another deal from Adorama where you could get the Canon EOS 6D plus EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens kit with the PIXMA PRO-100 Printer and Photo Paper for $1,999.51 after $400.00 mail in rebate. At that price, it’s like buying the camera and getting the lens, printer, and paper – for free.
 
Note: Deals have expired.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 7/7/2013 3:29:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, June 30, 2013

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending June 29th, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Wednesday, Canon released a significant firmware update for the EOS M mirrorless camera. Announced at the beginning of June, the updated firmware significantly increases autofocus performance in One-Shot mode. If you have an EOS M camera, installing the firmware update is highly recommended.
 
On Friday, we reported the availability of Manfrotto’s new Acra-Swiss compatible quick-release mounts and plates. As Bryan noted in the announcement, “Manfrotto makes great gear and gives you a lot for your money. I found the lack of Arca-Swiss compatibility to be a drawback. That drawback has now been erased.”
 
On Saturday, we reported on Carl Zeiss’s rebranding announcement. Joining the likes of Madonna and Bono, “Carl Zeiss” lenses will now be known by the single word – “ZEISS.” The company decided to drop “Carl” from their lens branding because of the strength and global recognition of the ZEISS name and to create greater consistency among its product markets.
 
In site news and reviews…
 
On Monday, Bryan posted his full review of the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens. The best word to describe the lens – impressive. In versatility, image quality, and investment required. Check out Bryan’s full review for all the details.
 
On Thursday, Bryan posted his full review of the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. In short, the lens is a significant upgrade to its predecessor. Canon’s new kit lens features an improved AF motor, better manual focusing ring, and a front element that doesn’t rotate with focusing. The lens is an especially good value when purchased in a camera kit.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Tuesday, we posted a deal from DigitalRev where you could get a Sekonic Lightmaster Pro L-478DR Touch-Screen Light Meter for $359.00. That’s more than a 23% savings off the normal retail price.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"
 

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 6/30/2013 12:31:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, June 23, 2013

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending June 22nd, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Monday, Canon announced a service notice for its 1D X and 1D C DSLR cameras. Canon warns that insufficient lubrication within the cameras’ drive mechanism may lead to its inability to autofocus correctly. Check out the service notice to see if your camera is affected and steps for resolving the issue.
 
Also on Monday, Adobe announced a major update to Creative Cloud. Among other things, the update added new features to Photoshop CC like Camera Shake Reduction and an all-new Smart Sharpen tool. Adobe Creative Cloud is available now through Adobe and authorized retailers.
 
On Wednesday, Spider Holster announced the newest addition to its product lineup – the Large Lens Pouch. The pouch features a built-in solution for tethering a rear lens cap, a removable pouch lid, and the ability to add additional accessories through the Spider Holster clip system.
 
On Thursday, Nikon released an apology regarding “Image Space” account issues. Apparently, a technical glitch led to 43 user accounts being accessible by two people – the original user and one additional person. To remedy the situation, Nikon says they have fixed the technical glitch and emailed affected users with a personal apology and directions on how to proceed with their accounts.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Tuesday, we posted a deal from DigitalRev where you could get a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens for $369.00. That’s a $280.00 savings off the normal retail price.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 6/23/2013 12:51:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, June 16, 2013

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending June 15th, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Monday, Adobe announced the availability of Photoshop Lightroom 5. New features include an advanced healing brush, upright tool, radial gradients, and extended sharing and publishing capabilities.
 
On Thursday, Nikon announced the production of its 80 millionth NIKKOR lens. Nikon has been producing NIKKOR lenses since 1959.
 
Also on Thursday, Adobe addressed various issues regarding its release of Lightroom 5. One thing to note – if you’ve purchased Lightroom 4 recently, you may qualify for a free upgrade to Lightroom 5. Check the press release for more information.
 
On Friday, Tokina announced its AT-X 12-28mm f/4 Pro Lens for crop-sensor cameras. The lens features a new optical design featuring aspherical elements with super-low dispersion glass as well as a quieter autofocus motor. The new lens is expected to hit retailers later this month.
 
Also on Friday, Sigma announced pricing and availability for its 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lens. The big news? The lens will carry an MSRP of only $799.00. That’s an impressive price point for this uniquely wide zoom lens. It’s expected to hit retailers at the end of July.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Monday, Bryan posted the image quality results for the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens and asked, ‘Is This the World's Sharpest DSLR Zoom Lens?’ Take a look for yourself to see how the 200-400 stacks up against the venerable 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II and the 24-70mm f/2.8L II.
 
On Tuesday, we introduced a new feature on the site – the Camera Specifications Tool. The new tool allows you to see cameras side-by-side to compare feature sets within an organized, standard layout. Check out the Camera Specifications Tool for more information.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Saturday, we posted a deal from B&H Photo where you could get a refurbished Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-200mm DX VR II lens for $529.00 with free shipping. The “new-model” retail lens sells $846.95.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 6/16/2013 2:08:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, June 9, 2013

This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending June 8th, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Monday, Eye-Fi announced its new Mobi card. The Mobi card allows images taken with a digital camera to be instantly available on a smartphone or tablet using Eye-Fi’s free mobile app.
 
On Tuesday, we announced the availability of Sigma’s USB Dock for EF mount lenses. We have one in-house and have already used it to update the firmware on a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 using Sigma’s Optimization Pro software. So far, everything has worked just as expected.
 
On Thursday, Canon announced the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. The new wide-angle lens becomes only the third EF-M lens to be added to Canon’s mirrorless lineup, the others, of course, being the 18-55 and 22mm STM lenses.
 
Along with the announcement of the 11-22mm lens, Canon also announced an upcoming firmware update for the EOS-M Mirrorless camera. The new firmware update, expected at the end of this month, is purported to more than double autofocus performance.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Monday, Bryan posted his full review of the Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens. Overall, Bryan was dissatisfied with the lens’s image quality performance compared to its Canon counterpart which is sharper wide open than the Samyang is at any aperture. Read Bryan’s full review for more information.
 
On Friday, Bryan published the Spring 2013 Canon Big White L Lens Family Picture. Just a word of caution – staring at this image too long may result in an increased investment in “L” glass. Beautiful, aren’t they?
 
In other news, we received two Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lenses this week. So far, the results have been very impressive. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Saturday, we posted a deal from Adorama where you could get a Nikon D90 DSLR Camera Kit for only $599.00 with free shipping and 2% rewards. That’s a $350.00 off the normal going rate. [Note: Deal has expired.]
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 6/9/2013 3:25:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, June 2, 2013

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending June 1st, 2013
 
In the news...
 
It was an unprecedented week for Canon firmware updates. First off, Canon released firmware updates for the 1D Mark IV, 1Ds Mark III, and 1D Mark III – all firmware updates enabled the center AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with the EF 200-400mm F4L USM lens when used with the internal Extender and an external 1.4x Extender.
 
Second, Canon released a 1D X firmware update that incorporated several bug fixes including slow autofocus when using a speedlite’s AF assist beam.
 
Third, Canon announced a firmware update for the 1D C. Along with a few bug fixes, the new firmware provides support for 25p (PAL format) video recording in 4K resolution. Owners will have to send their cameras into Canon Service in order to update their 1D C’s firmware.
 
And fourth, Canon released an updated firmware for the WFT-E7A Wireless File Transmitter that corrected a couple of issues from previous versions.
 
On Wednesday, Canon celebrated a manufacturing milestone – the production of its 90-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras. And, just in case you’re curious, the 90-millionth lens produced by Canon was a 24-70mm f/2.8L II.
 
On Friday, B&H and Adorama started shipping the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with built-in Extender. We have one headed our way and look forward to putting it through its paces.
 
On Saturday, we posted Adobe’s response to questions regarding Creative Cloud. Adobe notes that many photographers desire a more-tailored program specific to their needs. Adobe is currently exploring photography-specific options. They are also formulating solutions that will allow Creative Cloud customers to access their existing files even after their subscription lapses. Expect more announcements from Adobe soon.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Thursday, Bryan posted the image quality results for the Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD Lens and added the lens’s information to the Lens Specifications Tool on the site.
 
On Friday, Bryan tentatively announced a new feature to the site – star ratings for gear reviews. Keep in mind, we realize it’s very difficult to represent all aspects of a lens – image quality, build quality, AF speed, etc. – with a single rating. However, it is a work in progress so please bear with us.
 
On Saturday, Bryan added product images for several lenses to the site’s Lens Product Image Comparison Tool. Check out the tool found in the site’s menu bar for all the site’s lens comparison images.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Saturday, we posted a deal from DigitalRev where you could get a Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens for $369.00 – more than a 32% savings off the normal retail price of $549.00.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 6/2/2013 12:52:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, May 26, 2013

 

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending May 25th, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Tuesday, Nikon published firmware updates for the D700, D300 and D300s DSLR cameras. The firmware updates added support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lens.
 
Also on Tuesday, we commented on the extensive changes to Flickr and asked – is it better than it was before? In a nutshell, Flickr overhauled their photostream layout, restructured their accounts, and released an updated Android app.
 
While some of the changes are certainly good – like 1 terabyte of free storage for free user accounts, we noted some issues with the new photostream layout that we’d like to see addressed to achieve an improved user experience.
 
On Thursday, Canon launched PIXMA Comix, an interactive application found its Canon U.S.A. Facebook page that allows users to create personalized photo comic strips for printing and sharing. While the idea is novel, I found the layout program to be a bit awkward to use when I tested out it out earlier this week. Hopefully your experience will be better than mine…
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Monday, Bryan published the ISO image quality samples and vignetting test results for the Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens. Distortion results were added later that day. Check the lens’s review page for full details and links.
 
On Thursday, Bryan posted an update to the site’s Canon Lens Date Code Chart. Unfortunately, 2013 has been a challenging year for predicting Canon’s lens manufacturing dates. The Date Code Chart is still a work in progress. Site visitors are encouraged to let us know if they suspect any discrepancies in the date code chart when examining serial numbers or date codes on newly acquired lenses by emailing us at info@the-digital-picture.com.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Friday, we posted a deal from DigitalRev where you could get a Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera for $1,679.00 – more than a $300.00 savings off the market’s going-rate.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 5/26/2013 9:42:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, May 19, 2013

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending May 18th, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Tuesday, Nikon announced their fastest mirrorless lens yet – the 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2. The new lens features a silent wave motor (SWM) and a manual focus ring, a first for 1-series mirrorless lens. The lens is scheduled to be available in June.
 
Also on Tuesday, Canon announced the development of a new picture style called “Video Camera X-series Look.” The new picture style is aimed at video shooters and captures video with lower contrast for easier color grading in post.
 
And to wrap up Tuesday’s news, Canon officially announced the long-awaited Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with built-in 1.4x Extender. When the lens hits the shelves later this month, it will carry an MSRP of $11,799.00. We have one on pre-order and are anxious to see how it performs.
 
On Thursday, Think Tank Photo announced the Logistics Manager 30 rolling camera bag. The Logistics Manager 30 features over 3,500 cubic inches of storage, robust carry handles, and lockable security zippers. And, if you’re interested in one of Think Tank Photo’s high-quality camera bags (including the Logistics Manager 30), use the links on our site to receive a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Monday, Bryan posted his review of the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens. The publication of this review was significantly delayed because of the difficulties involved in obtaining an optimal copy of the lens. However, once a good copy was obtained, the lens produced results with impressive image quality. As the Tamron 24-70mm VC is unique in this focal range with built-in stabilization, it will certainly prove useful to those who are successful in obtaining the best of what Tamron has to offer.
 
Also this week, we’ve added drop-down menus to the site’s menu bar to allow for faster access to the site’s most popular content. We hope you enjoy the small change.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Saturday, we posted a deal from DigitalRev where you could get a Canon EF 70-300mm IS USM Lens for $379.00. That’s more than a 40% savings off the normal retail price.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 5/19/2013 1:50:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, May 12, 2013

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending May 11th, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Wednesday, Canon made their EOS Solutions Disk available for download. The Solutions Disk download contains Canon’s Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility, and Picture Style Editor. The software, which comes packaged with Canon digital SLR cameras, should prove useful for those who need to reinstall their software but have managed to misplace their original OEM disk.
 
On Thursday, we posted a link to a LensRentals Blog post where Roger warns photographers to leave their camera gear at home when attending Color Run races. The powered dye thrown at such races can severely damage even weather-sealed DSLR lenses.
 
On Friday, Think Tank Photo released their Mirrorless Mover camera bags. The new collection was designed specifically for mirrorless cameras and includes the Mirrorless Mover 5, 10, 20, and 30i. Use the links from our site and receive a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more.
 
Throughout the week, though, Adobe made the biggest headlines with its various Creative Cloud announcements. In particular, Adobe announced new Photoshop CC goodies such as Camera Shake Reduction, Smart sharpen with reduced noise and halos, intelligent upsampling, and Camera Raw 8.
 
However, Adobe’s focus on Creative Cloud, and its shift away from perpetual licensing, has left many photographers concerned about the future of their software editing. It should be interesting to see if, and how, Adobe addresses those concerns.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Monday, Bryan posted the image quality test results for the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM lens. Bryan noted that while the build quality has significantly improved compared to its predecessor, image quality remains relatively unchanged.
 
On Wednesday, Bryan posted the image quality results for the highly-anticipated Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift lens. In short, the significantly cheaper lens doesn’t compete with the sharpness delivered by the venerable Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt Shift lens. However, at half the price, it performs well enough at narrow apertures to garner consideration.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Tuesday, we posted a deal from B&H where you could get a Canon PIXMA PRO-100 with free photo paper for $89.00 after a $300.00 mail-in rebate. The rebate offer ends soon, so if you need a high-quality printer, don’t wait to take advantage of this exceptional deal.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 5/12/2013 8:06:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, May 5, 2013

This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending May 4th, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Tuesday, Canon released a long anticipated firmware update for the Canon 5D Mark III. Along with various bug fixes, firmware version 1.2.1 enables uncompressed HDMI output and center-point autofocus with lens + extender combinations with an f/8 maximum aperture.
 
On Friday, Adorama began shipping the 24mm Tilt-Shift lens from Samyang. We have one headed our way and will be running it through our standardized testing in the not-so-distant future – so, stay tuned.
 
Also on Friday, we posted a news article about photographer William Bennett’s step-by-step guide for creating an inexpensive wireless tethering solution for the Canon 1D X. If you already own an external power source like William, you can enable wireless tethering for substantially less than $100.00. Also check out our tip for possibly avoiding the costly external power source.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
Bryan posted a pair of 70-200mm f/2.8 lens reviews this week.
 
On Monday, Bryan posted his review of the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD Lens. Bryan praised the Tamron for having overall great image quality at a moderate price.
 
On Wednesday, Bryan posted his review of the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens. Bryan was less enthusiastic about the Sigma’s image quality – especially at f/2.8 – where it trails the Canon and Tamron lenses in sharpness and contrast.
 
Check Bryan’s reviews for full details on these lenses.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Monday, we posted a deal on from Adorama where you could get a Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens for $439.00 with free shipping and 6% rewards. That’s a $140.00 savings compared to the normal going rate.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 5/5/2013 5:15:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 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
 Sunday, April 21, 2013

This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending April 20th, 2013.
 
In the news...
 
On Monday, Adobe announced the availability of Photoshop Lightroom 5 Beta. New features include an advanced healing brush, the ability to straighten images with a single click, radial gradient tool, video slideshow editing, and improved photo book creation.
 
On Tuesday, Nikon published several firmware updates all addressing the same battery charging issue. In all, fifteen COOLPIX cameras were affected and require the firmware update to correct the issue.
 
On Thursday, Sigma dropped a bombshell when it announced its 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens – the newest addition to its “Art” lineup. Designed for APS-C sensor digital cameras, the lens features 17 elements in 12 groups, 9 rounded aperture blades, and a constant f/1.8 maximum aperture throughout its zoom range – a unique feature that grabbed a lot of attention this week. Unfortunately, a release date and price has yet to be determined.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
Also on Thursday, Bryan introduced a new, more useful homepage for the site. The new homepage was designed to make it easier to access the site’s reviews, tools, tips, and recommendations. Check out the new homepage at The-Digital-Picture.com and let us know what you think on Facebook, Google +, or Twitter!
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Monday, we posted an eBay deal where you could get the Canon EOS M Mirrorless camera with the 18-55mm IS STM lens for $399.99 with free shipping. That’s nearly a 30% savings off the normal retail price. Note: Price on auction has changed since publication of post.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 4/21/2013 12:37:05 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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