Leica announces their new wide-angle lenses Leica Elmarit-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH. and the Central Shutter Version (CS).

by JamesNYCOctober 6. 2013 04:02

LEICA ELMARIT-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH.

 

Natural perspective at the highest level


The angle of view corresponds to that of the classic 35 mm focal length for 35 mm photography and, with its moderate wide-angle and true-to-life perspectives, make it outstanding for landscapes and architectural photography as well as for studio work. Its high speed of f/2.8 makes it optimal for available light photography and the judicious use of selective focus.

The lens portfolio for the Leica S medium format system now comprises nine Leica S lenses (six with CS variants) with focal lengths from 24 mm - 180 mm.

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Kupo - 9″ Super Viser Promotion

by JamesNYCOctober 4. 2013 18:25

October Promotion – Take advantage of this 20% off  hot deal on one of the most useful clamps in Kupo’s grip arsenal, the 9″ Super Viser Clamp (KG600212)

Fashioned after the famous Cardellini Clamp, the Super Viser is an extremely strong and versatile clamp. It can mount securely onto round and square objects, or just about an

y unique shape up to 8″ in diameter. The jaw position remains fixed on one side of the clamp, enabling it to be mounted where limited space is available. The specially formulated grip pad provides a strong grip, yet protects the surface it’s clamped around. Besides the built-in baby pin, another Kupo innovation outfits this clamp with a hexagonal receiver that accepts the full compliment of Convi Clamp accessories. Another advantage of this clamp is has a chamfered slot running down the back of the main bolt. This keeps the jaws from rotating freely, around the threaded central bolt, maintaining their locations so you can easily mount the clamp with one hand. These clamps boasts an impressive load capacity of 66.1 lbs (30 Kg) and comes in a silver aluminum finish.

Purchase any quantity of 9″ Super Viser Clamps (KG600212) and get a 20% discount. $65.00 retail. Only $52.00 with rebate!

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GoPro Gets Smaller, Lighter with Hero3 Plus

by JamesNYCOctober 3. 2013 23:25

Newest Version of Popular Crash Cam Has Improved Lens, Audio Recording.

GoPro has updated its popular Hero3 action cam with the smaller and lighter Hero3+, making it an even more attractive no-budget crash cam for filmmakers. In a recent press release, the company claims that, on a unit basis, more Hero3s have been sold to "professional production companies" than any other camera.

GoPro says the Hero3+ Black Edition is 20 percent smaller and lighter than the previous model, and comes with a 30 percent increase in battery life. The lens has been improved for what GoPro says is a 33 percent increase in sharpness along with a "2x reduction" of artifacts in the image.

Audio is upgraded, too, with the new Hero3+ Black incorporating more sensitive audio recording along with a new wind-noise reduction system. Wi-Fi connectivity to smartphones or tablets for remote-control applications has been increased by four times, the company said, and the included Wi-Fi Remote lets users control up to 50 cameras from up to 600 feet away.

A new "Auto Low Light Mode" is said to improve low-light performance by changing frame rates based on lighting conditions. Judging from specs posted at GoPro's website, the camera essentially halves its shooting speed in low-light environments. For example, if your camera is strapped to a bike cruising down the highway on a sunny day, you'll be able to shoot 1440p video at 48fps. If that bike enters a dark tunnel, your frame rate will automatically drop to 24fps.

Did that reference to "1440p" throw you? The 1920×1440 recording format, with an aspect ratio of 4:3, is just one of many video modes on the Hero3+ Black, from full Ultra HD/4K video (up to 4096×2160) at 12p on the high end to WVGA (848×480) at 240p on the low end. There are plenty of options in between, including two 2.7K options and, of course, 1080p and 720p. And the new SuperView mode enables recording of wider-angle 1080p and 720p footage than was available in the previous version of the camera.

“We have used GoPro cameras in some of our biggest productions, like Survivor and The Bible," said producer Mark Burnett in a prepared statement. "GoPro has allowed us to capture and share fascinating new perspectives that previously weren’t possible or were too costly, which in the end makes for better storytelling."

The Hero3+ Black Edition has a suggested list price of $399.99.

 

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Zacuto USA - Z-Drive and Tornado

by JamesNYCOctober 3. 2013 11:53

The Z-Drive and Tornado are finally here! In 2011, Zacuto product designers set out to create a new device: a mechanical follow focus handgrip for shoulder mounted camera rigs. The first prototype was announced at NAB 2012 and was then overhauled into the sleeker more streamlined model that debuted at NAB 2013. After more than two years of Z-blood, Z-sweat and Z-tears, we are finally ready to announce the release of these amazing new products.

The Z-Drive is a unique direct drive universal follow focus that can be used in an infinite number of positions. It can be used on the operator side in a frontal downward position for shoulder mounted use. It can be used in a angled backward position for use with a whip if you are standing behind the tripod or dolly. It can be used at any angle up, down or in between on the operator or assistant side.

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Adobe Admits to Being Hacked, 2.9M User Accounts Compromised

by JamesNYCOctober 3. 2013 02:54

Adobe users who have purchased a product or signed up for Creative Cloud recently beware. According to Adobe’s website, the company’s servers were hacked “very recently,” and the attackers made away with customer information from 2.9 million Adobe accounts, as well as source code for a few Adobe products.

Adobe isn’t disclosing when exactly this happened, but the company is admitting that the hackers managed to pull “customer IDs, encrypted passwords… names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders” from some 2.9 million users’ accounts — Adobe is in the process of notifying affected customers by email.

The good news (if you can call it that) is that Adobe doesn’t believe the hackers got any decrypted financial information, so even though we suggest Adobe CC subscribers keep a closer eye on their bank and CC accounts over the next few weeks, you should be ok.

Regardless, Adobe still isn’t willing to take any chances where customer info is concerned. In addition to working with financial institutions to protect customers’ accounts, the company is also resetting all Adobe ID passwords affected.

Those whose financial info was compromised will also receive a letter detailing steps they might take to help protect themselves, as well as one year of free credit monitoring so you can be sure nothing fishy is going on.

The source code breach, which Adobe believes might have been related, has less to do with us photographic types. Apparently the cyber thieves stole source code from “Acrobat, ColdFusion, ColdFusion Builder and other Adobe products.”

Thankfully, this particular breach requires no further action as Adobe “[is] not aware of any specific increased risk to customers as a result of this incident.” We’ll call that the silver lining.

For more info on either security breach, head over to the Adobe blog by clicking here (customer info theft) or here (source code theft). As we mentioned above, if you were affected by the hack, you should shortly (if you haven’t already) receive an e-mail from Adobe notifying you.

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New Profoto Speedlight Ring Expands Use of RFi Softboxes

by JamesNYCOctober 2. 2013 01:24

Profoto just announced a new Speedring adapter, which allows photographers to use any brand of speedlight with the entire line of RFi softboxes. The RFi Speedlight Speedring features dual brackets to attach two speed lights, if needed, for use with larger softboxes, providing extra illumination or faster recycling time. For more precise and creative lighting, the new adapter provides several adjustment options. Speedlights can be angled, adjusted vertically and, to obtain the optimal light-to-subject distance, moved forward. Even when using speedlights, softboxes can still be tilted and rotated 360 degrees.

Mounting positions are color-coded to match those of RFi softbox rods, making it easy to figure out what goes where with each different type of light modifier. The Speedring comes with additional hotshoe mounts so users can attach Profoto Air units or any radio sync, regardless of brand.

The RFi Speedlight Speedring is available now for $175, including the bracket and 4 hotshoe mounts.

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Lexar® JumpDrive M10 Secure USB 3.0 Flash Drive - Coming Soon

by JamesNYCSeptember 28. 2013 06:35

Product Features

  • Securely protects files using EncryptStick™ Lite software, an advanced security solution with 256-bit AES encryption 
  • Easy-to-read, always-on capacity meter displays available storage space
  • Speeds up to 4x faster (up to 100MB/s read and 55MB/s write) than standard JumpDrive® USB 2.0 drives*
  • High-capacity options to store more files on the go
  • Compatible with PC and Mac® systems
  • Three-year limited warranty

Capacities

  • 16GB (up to 100MB/s read, 20MB/s write)
  • 32GB (up to 100MB/s read, 30MB/s write)
  • 64GB (up to 100MB/s read, 55MB/s write)
  • 128GB (up to 100MB/s read, 55MB/s write)
 

Secure, High-Speed File Transfer

The Lexar® JumpDrive® M10 Secure USB 3.0 flash drive provides comprehensive data protection and features an easy-to-read, always-on capacity meter. And with speeds up to 4x faster than standard JumpDrive USB 2.0 drives, it allows you to quickly and safely store and transfer files.* JumpDrive M10 Secure is available in 16GB-128GB capacities.

Convenient, Reliable Portable Storage

Securely Protect Files on the Go. Looking to protect personal information, financial records, or other sensitive files on the go? Lexar JumpDrive M10 Secure includes EncryptStick™ Lite software, an advanced security solution with 256-bit AES encryption to help protect your essential files against corruption, loss, and deletion. Easily create a password-protected vault that automatically encrypts data.

Securely Erase Files After Use. For peace of mind that your data is secure, use the File Shredder feature to thoroughly delete files so they can’t be recovered. 

Check Available Storage Space—at a Glance. Lexar JumpDrive M10 Secure sports an easy-to-read, always-on capacity meter that’s powered by the same technology as today’s popular e-readers. This convenient meter lets you determine your available storage space at a glance, and maintains the reading even when disconnected.

Transfer Content Faster. With a busy life on the go and so much to do, the last thing you want is to spend extra time waiting for your files to transfer. The Lexar JumpDrive M10 Secure offers speeds up to 4x faster (up to 100MB/s read and 55MB/s write) than standard JumpDrive USB 2.0 drives.* Quickly transfer a 3GB HD video clip in less than 90 seconds—that’s 13x faster than the 20 minutes it takes using a standard USB 2.0 drive.**

Store More. The drive is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices. And with a range of high-capacity options from 16GB-128GB, you can securely store more of what matters.

Lexar Performance, Quality, Compatibility, and Reliability. All Lexar memory card, card reader, and USB flash drive product designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs, facilities with more than 1,100 digital devices, to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability. 

 

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PDN's All-Star Assistants Nominate Your Best Assistants

by JamesNYCSeptember 18. 2013 12:35

Nominate Your Best Assistants

In recognition of all the great work that assistants do for photographers across the country, we're launching PDN's All-Star Assistants. We're asking you to nominate a current assistant who you think goes above and beyond in order to make a shoot go smoothly and shows promise for a career in photography. The editors at PDN will be choosing 20 nominated assistants and digital techs, based on their submissions, to feature in an upcoming issue of the magazine as well as the website.

Please fill out the required fields below to nominate an assistant or digital tech. You are also welcome to fill out the additional information, which will help as we create a guide for up-and-coming photographers looking to assist in the future. Once your nomination is received, we will contact your assistant to complete the submission process.

Note: You can nominate more than one assistant by simply filling out the form below for each nominee.

Deadline:

September 26, 2013. All nominations must be received by this date.

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Capture One Pro Alert: 7.1.4 Released

by JamesNYCSeptember 16. 2013 02:00

This is a service release providing bug fixes and additional camera and lens support. One new feature to highlight is the ability to disable default lens correction.

Functionality

  • Option to disable default lens correction.
  • Spot tool introduced in Capture One Express 7

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a number of stability issues.
  • Fixed a number of LCC issues some related to EIP.
  • Fixed some issues related to sorting.
  • Fixed a large number of minor issues across the board.

Camera Support

  • Tethered support for Nikon D7100 and D5200.
  • File support for Fujifilm X-M1.
  • File support for Olympus PEN E-P5.
  • File support for Richo GR
  • File support for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R and DSC-RX100 II.

Lens Support

  • Phase One MF 120mm f/4 Macro.
  • Schneider Kreuznach 2x Teleconverter with Phase One Digital AF 150mm f/2.8 IF.
  • Schneider Kreuznach 2x Teleconverter with Schneider Kreuznach LS 240mm f/4.5 and LS 150mm f/3.5.
  • Schneider Kreuznach 2x Teleconverter with Mamiya Sekor LS 240mm f/4.5, Sekor LS 150mm f/3.5 and Sekor AF 150mm f/2.8 IF D
  • Mamiya Sekor 120mm f/4.0 AF Macro, Sekor 120mm f/4.0 MF Macro, Sekor LS 240mm f/4.5, A 200mm f/2.8 APO, A 300mm f/2.8 APO, A 500mm f/4.5 APO.
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM.
  • Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron-M.
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 17-35mm f/2.8 ED, AF-S NIKKOR 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED, Nikon AF NIKKOR 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 D IF, Nikon AF NIKKOR 35-70mm f/2.8D, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR, Nikon AF NIKKOR 20mm f/2.8D, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED.
  • Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7.
  • Pentax SMC-DA 15mm F4 Al Limited, SMC-DA 21mm F3.2 Al Limited, SMC-FA 43mm F1.9
  • Limited, SMC-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited, SMC-D FA 100mm F2.8 WR.
  • Sigma 19mm f2.8 EX DN (Sony E).
  • Nikon COOLPIX A.
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R, DSC-RX100 II.

 

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Import of Adobe Lightroom catalogs on Mac and Windows (beta)

 

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Inspiration - When Comedy, Music and Photography have a common thread

by JamesNYCSeptember 11. 2013 09:57

In the last two months I've gotten into listening to podcasts specifically:  WTF produced by comedian Marc Maron.
It makes for good listening when your working in front of the computer most of the day. Since finding this audios series I have been alternating between listening to the early days of his podcasts and listening to his new ones; alternating between them.

One of Marc's latest conversations was with Jazz musician Ben Sidran. I've never heard of Ben but being an old-school rocker with a penchant for good Jazz (Monk, Miles, Train, ...) and still trying to keep my connection to the music world no mater how slim that connection is these days, I figured that this would be a good listen.

As those of you that have been following this web site since it's inception in April 1998 are probably well aware, before getting into photography on a full time basis I was a musician for 20 years. A portion of that time included 5 years of classical voice training and a few years studying composition and Music production as well as dozens of late night vocal sessions in the recording studios at Berklee College of Music.

This podcast blew me away. So much of my musical past came flooding back and in listening I found or rather recalled so many of the common threads that can be found in both Music and Photography. Which is why if you ask around you'll find that of the successful working Photographers more than 80 percent started out as or became musicians in one form or another.

having had that personal awakening I felt that it was incumbent upon me to pass along this link to the podcast that dusted off so much of the stuff I have known for years and have kind of set aside as the business of photography has become a millstone that I must keep moving every day.

Check out this podcast and see for yourself.  

-- PLEASE NOTE -- Marc Maron may be acquired taste for some. His comedy and his interviewing style may not be NSFW for some of you.
But if your willing to listen to and get past his opening monologue I'm sure you'll agree that it was worth a listen.

WTF PODCAST Episode 420 - Ben Sidran- Marc & Ben Sidran

Stuff people say

Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar. - Helmut Newton

 

"The Camera does not lie, Post Production and Publishers do". - James-ism 09/06/2013

 

"Papa, ... Music is your love, but Photography is your Religion." - Joya D. Hall-Sullivan | Age 10

 

"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." - Richard Avedon - 1984

 

 "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Alva Edison

 

"Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar." - Helmut Newton

 

"You don’t have to sort of enhance reality. There is nothing stranger than truth." - Annie Leibovitz

 

"When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the people you photograph, when you laugh and cry with their laughter and tears, you will know you are on the right track." - Weegee

 

" The camera is much more than a recording apparatus. It is a medium via which messages reach us from another world." - Orson Welles

 

"Some people's photography is an art. Not mine. Art is a dirty word in photography. All this fine art crap is killing it already." - Helmut Newton

 

"Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. " - Nikola Tesla

 

"I think all art is about control - the encounter between control and the uncontrollable." - Richard Avedon

 

"The first 10 000 shots are the worst." - Helmut Newton

 

“If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no short cuts in photography.” – Edward Weston

 

"Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning." - Mahatma Gandhi

 

"Ultimately success or failure in photographing people depends on the photographer's ability to understand his fellow man." - Edward Weston

 

"If you want reality take the bus." - David LaChapelle

 

"You don't take a photograph, you make it." - Ansel Adams

 

"When I have sex with someone I forget who I am. For a minute I even forget I’m human. It’s the same thing when I’m behind a camera. I forget I exist." - Robert Mapplethorpe

 

" Great photography is always on the edge of failure." - Garry Winogrand

 

"I don’t think photography has anything remotely to do with the brain. It has to do with eye appeal." - Horst P. Horst

 

"Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work." - William Klein

 

"Avedon claims to have been the best photographer in the '60s - bullshit - Bob Richardson was - despite or because of being insane and strung out on drugs, I managed to do photographs that are considered iconic - being known as the 'photographer's photographer' means I lead and they follow - I'm broke and they are rich." - Bob Richardson

 

"If you're absent during my struggle, don't expect to be present during my success" - Will Smith

 

"Either take the lead or follow behind, just stay the fuck out of my way." - James Sullivan

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