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Articles written by Jaron Schneider
Well, at least for a couple weeks. Adobe initially launched the Photoshop Photography Program in September to support the needs and workflow of photographers who use CS3 or later. This small stipulation, however, limited quite a few photographers and several of you weren't too happy about it. But valid from Nov. 20 (9:00 a.m. PST) through Dec. 2, 2013 (11:59 p.m. PST), everyone qualifies, not just those who owned prior Adobe products.
If you're like me and shoot a lot of video, you use both an on-camera shotgun as well as lav mics interchangeably, depending on the situation. The shotgun I use is the Rode DSLR video mic, and it rocks except for the need for a 9 volt battery. Seriously, who has those kicking around anymore? It seems Rode is listening to bitter complaints like mine, and their latest microphone, the VideoMic GO, requires no dedicated battery.
Sigma reached out this morning to let us know that they have put out a free firmware upgrade for photographers using Nikon mount Sigma lenses on their Nikon D5300 cameras. Sigma had discovered that, when paired with the D5300 camera, its Nikon mount lenses containing internal motors do not properly operate the optical stabilization (OS) and Live View AF functionality.
When a movie or video aims to make the viewer truly feel, it can be a tough mountain to climb. Emotion is difficult to compress into a visual and auditory experience but when it's done right, it can really make viewers think and share in a cohesive moment. This short video about the soul of Leica is one of those short films that excels at that experience, and now I'm going to shut up so you can enjoy it.
Last week Tamron announced a new lens that sported a new design, a move that I argued made it even more urgent that Tamron show consistent image quality and amazing results from their glass. I've spoken to Tamron corporate a couple times since then, and they seem quite confident in the new glass and if these new images from Naver.com are any indication of quality, I'm a believer.
Blackmagic Design, makers of the line of cinema cameras that are growing in popularity, today released the Blackmagic Camera 1.5 software which adds new 12-bit Log CinemaDNG RAW recording to the Pocket Cinema Camera. This update is free from Blackmagic's website and can be downloaded today.
Yesterday Tamron announced the development of a new lens, but what caught my attention more than specs and the PR-speak that comes with a product launch was the way the new lens looked... strikingly like what Sigma is going for. I’m excited and happy to see Tamron pushing with a new design, but they have a lot to prove with the change and, arguably, a lot to lose if it doesn’t stack up.
When it comes to bags, I’ve come close to seeing it all. I have a bag for basically any situation plus spares in each category. Over the years I’ve seen different designs from a broad range of manufacturers, and that means I’ve seen both good and bad ideas. Bags are seen as a commodity, and I won’t argue they aren’t. But in their attempt to reinvent themselves and grow out of that box, sometimes we end up with bag designs we never needed or asked for. That’s why it’s such a relief when a bag company just makes a no gimmicks bag that just works.
This morning Tamron announced the development of a new lens to replace their current 200-500mm model on the market. It has "cutting-edge eBAND Coating and three LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements, [it] delivers superior imaging performance while the latest built-in VC (Vibration Compensation) system broadens users' horizons in achieving sharper handheld photographs." The new SP 150-600MM F/5-6.3 DI VC USD also sports an all-black, classier design.
With the growth of powerful and reliable small cameras, it’s only natural that photographers look for bag options that fit the new compact lifestyle. That said, if you’re like me, even if you plan on “downsizing,” you don’t want to give up too much, you just want a more compact version of what you already have. I took the Think Tank TurnStyle with me overseas and used it as my primary bag to see if it could act as my go-to travel satchel.
What ever happened to loving a camera for the camera? Why does everything we buy have to fill a utilitarian hole? What happened to a love for the craft and as much as for the tool? There has been a lot of chatter around the Nikon Df and if we as photographers need it. It's gone so far as to suggest that it represents all that is wrong with photography these days. I want to argue the opposite. I want to argue it represents what many of us have lost as photographers: joy in the craft.
The Nikon Df is finally official, after a full day of leaked information and a the past week with information basically already out there. That said, it's all technically speculation until the official release happens. Nikon has finally pulled the curtain back and revealed their latest full frame DSLR.
I'm not used to so many leaks/mistakes the day of a release, but it looks like someone at Amazon got a little trigger happy. Though the page is no longer active, we screen captured the entire upcoming product release for the hotly anticipated Nikon DF, including price, sensor size, and all the rest of the nitty gritty.
November 5: will the day live in glory or infamy? We're going to find out, as that looks to be the day Nikon will release their new retro compact full frame. Rumors are everywhere, so we'll just try and stick to what we know. There are five videos, giving you five chances to sneak a peak at this new camera.
For those of you who don't know what Movember is, Movember (the month formerly known as November) is a mustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises awareness and funds for men's health. Fstoppers like Lee Morris, Blair Bunting, Mike Wilkinson, Dave Geffin and I are part of team Mo'Rice Lacroix Team USA. Will you lend your support?
Well, I guess Hasselblad is continuing on their path of form-over-function despite critics and general malaise from actual photographers the world over, adding more to their previously announced Stellar line. "The latest Stellar models offer photographers the choice of three new camera body colurs: black, white and orange - and ship with bespoke camera cases in black or white leather with signature stitching and shoulder and wrist straps."
A couple weeks ago we reviewed a book by Carli Davidson that was a culmination of a long-term project called "SHAKE." Not long after, we came across Ty Foster's project that focuses on another aspect of something many of us love about dogs. His project is called "Lick" and it's gosh darned adorable.
We like to keep you all informed of the best time to make your larger purchases to save your hard-earned money, and now is one of those times. Sigma has 25 lenses on up to $200 off some of their top selling glass. They also have three flashes on sale, including a macro ring flash.