Color Workflow for the Photographer

by JamesNYCJuly 7. 2009 09:04
Join Joe Brady of MAC group for an hour-long presentation on color workflow for photographers

“Magic Lantern” – firmware hack for Canon EOS 5D Mark II released as open platform

by JamesNYCJuly 6. 2009 08:04
There is a Lot-O-Love for teh Canon 5D MKII so mauch so that peopel have gone so far as to hack the firmware and create new features for teh camera by hacking the firmware.

“Magic Lantern is an open platform for developing enhancements to the amazing Canon 5D Mark II full frame digital SLR.” Though it also has some pretty significant warnings about possible dangers with the pre-release version. So, don’t download and install unless you read the entire wiki! Progress to date features these key components:
  • Onscreen stereo audio meters
  • Full-time cropmarks
  • Zebra stripes for overexposed regions
  • Fixed audio gain (+10 dB analog, +12 dB digital) with -NO AGC-
  • Live headphone monitoring on A/V jack (without disabling LCD)
  • printf() to the bitmap display
  • GUI event viewer (press Picture Style button)

Follow this link to check out the latest firmware hach by Trammell Hudson on his Planet blog

Magic Lantern firmware introduction from Trammell Hudson on Vimeo.

Phase One buys Leaf Imageing

by JamesNYCJune 25. 2009 18:05
In a press release today it was announced that Phase One will be buying Leaf Imaging. (see the press release link below.)

Phase One has been the dominant player in the high end digital capture market for the past 5 years due in no small part to the versatility of it's Capture One Pro software which allows tethered digital capture from Phase One medium format digital backs and also high end consumer grade DSLR's. Capture One Pro has also been the most feature rich digital capture program available to professional users and is considered by many to be the best software to use when it comes to processing RAW files.

Phase One and Leaf medium format digital backs have consistently dominated the professional digital capture market; with Hasselblad and Sinar combined only accounting for somewhere around 10% (based on our surveys in the NYC and LA markets.).

Certainly the current debate about which digital back produces the best digital file will now become mute. And by the release of Capture One Pro V.6.0 we could probably expect to see the best of both worlds creating a medium format capture system that is second to none.

Probably the best thing in my opinion that could come out of this would be the possibility of being able to use a Phase One back on an AFi body. As I have stated previously; I believe that the Leaf AFi camera is currently the best functioning and most versitile (in terms of lens options) medium format camera currently on the market. Those that follow this site may have noticed the conspcuious absense of any commentary by me regarding the Phase One 645 Camera since its release more than a year ago.

Imagine the possibilities:
Phase One digital Back LEAF AFi body   Carl Zeiss Lens = Unbeatable combination

COPENHAGEN and TEL AVIV, June 25, 2009 -- Phase One A/S, in conjunction with senior management employees of Leaf, today announced that they have created a new entity, Leaf Imaging Ltd., to purchase certain assets of the Leaf camera business. The assets include the "Leaf" brand product names, engineering design and production tools. The new entity will also enter into an intellectual property license with Eastman Kodak Company that is royalty-bearing to Kodak. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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PocketWizard Introduces the ZoneController

by JamesNYCJune 17. 2009 22:37
To make multiple light set-ups easy to adjust when using the ControlTL™ system, PocketWizard introduces the ZoneController. The ZoneController gives the photographer control over three independent zones of light whether working in E-TTL or manual mode. The PocketWizard ZoneController will be available late summer.


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Leaf Releases Leaf Capture 11.2.7 Software

by JamesNYCJune 5. 2009 08:31
Leaf is pleased to announce the release of an update to its highly acclaimed Leaf Capture software. Leaf Capture 11.2.7 delivers improvements for Leaf’s latest digital back and camera models, the AFi-II 10 and Aptus-II 10, offering an extended ISO range and improved shooting burst speeds.

Of special note, is Leaf’s new ‘Lens Calibration’ feature, which allows Leaf AFi-II 10 and Aptus-II 10 users to create their own custom lens calibration files for any lens they have.  These calibration files ‘describe’ certain characteristics of the lens so that photographers can obtain the absolute best image quality available. 

For Leaf AFi-II 10 and Aptus-II 10 customers who do not wish to go to the extent of making their own custom lens calibration files, Leaf provides a separate CD, which contains factory defined lens calibration files for some of the most commonly used lenses.  These files are customized and tested individually for each sensor.

Leaf Capture 11.2.7 can be downloaded here:

Hasselblad realeases Phocus V.1.2 for Mac

by JamesNYCJune 4. 2009 08:24
Release of Phocus 1.2 for Mac
Phocus 1.2 for Mac has been released and features a number of major enhancements!
Version 1.2 has been improved dramatically with regards to speed and performance, plus been endowed with several new features and workflow enhancements.

Speed and Performance
  • Improved tethered capture performance
  • Improved export speed
  • Improved viewer performance
  • Grey scale tool
  • Navigator tool
  • Export direct from 3FR raw file
  • Export to PSD 8 & 16 bit
  • Improved viewer sharpness
  • Ejecting of volumes from file browser
  • Custom Date format via name preset
  • Tool bar control for show/hide options of main window
  • Improved print functionality

  • The Vendor Client relationship - in real world situations

    by JamesNYCMay 30. 2009 08:40
    This is why the first word a photographer needs to learn is to say "NO!!

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    Archiving film and old negatives.

    by JamesNYCMarch 3. 2009 09:12
    There have been a few discussions in other photo groups and forums concerning the archiving of film and the possible degradation over time.

    Having worked in photo processing labs for more than 10 years back in the 80's   and 90's I came to find that there is/was a huge difference in the manor that a customer’s film was handled or processed.

    Regardless of whether you took your film to a 1 hour mini lab, a professional photo lab using a dip and dunk system or one of the many bulk film developing companies around the country that would run miles of film through a continues film line; it all comes down to the quality control that each lab implemented

    As some of you may recall back in 1989', Kodak tried to implement a Kodak Certified Processing certification associated with a number of labs.

    This entailed mixing the chemistry to exacting standards and even checking the specific gravity of each batch for process such as Ciba-Chrome and E-6 or color reversal film. In addition each film processing machine would have film test strip run every 4 hours.

    That lasted for all of 12 months before the photo labs decided that the extra expense of following such a stringent model was not cost effective.

    What you could expect from the better photo labs that ran Colenta or Hostert dip and dunk machines was Kodak chemistry that was mixed to specs and added daily to the 50 gallon replenishment reservoir that fed each processors replenishment system, and were triggered as each new rack of film was loaded into the machine.

    When these systems were properly monitored they ran flawlessly and the systems ran a steady line. Meaning that the test strips run 3 times a day never moved more than 5-7 points above or below the recommended base line, resulting in perfectly processed film that was theoretically completely archival and as Kodak claimed; would remain stable for more than 100 years.

    However there was a not so pretty reality.


    Hasselblad - Warning concerning use of 32 GB CF Card

    by JamesNYCFebruary 20. 2009 07:58
    Hasselblad hereby advices you NOT to use 32 GB CF Cards in our products, until further notice.
    At the present time we have verified that images shot on such cards with the H3DII-50 will be corrupted. We have not had this issue reported using any other type of Hasselblad camera, but as a precaution we temporarily recommend all our customers NOT to use 32 GB CF cards.
    The issue is not related to certain makes of 32 GB CF cards, but is universal.
    We will provide further information as soon as we know a time frame for the solution to this issue.
    Please accept our apologies for any inconveniences caused.

    Best regards
    Hasselblad USA

    Leaf Capture

    by JamesNYCDecember 15. 2008 08:16
    Leaf Capture v. resolves the issue of occasional appearance of colored dots in some Leaf Capture v11.2 images taken with Leaf AFi and AFi-II camera systems, and Leaf Aptus-II camera backs.

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