Sigma announces US pricing and availability of 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

by JamesNYCOctober 14. 2010 11:25

Ronkonkoma, NY, Oct. 14, 2010 – Sigma Corporation of America (, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is pleased to announce that the company’s 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM lens is now available for purchase in the United States for the MSRP of $1,400 and the estimated street price of $899.

This large aperture, medium telephoto lens is optimized for use with full-frame, DSLR cameras and is especially ideal for portrait and low light photography. When used on digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor, it effectively becomes a 127.5mm F1.4 lens.

“This lens is an excellent addition to our prime lens line-up and is a great performer for a variety of photographers. For the sports or photojournalist photographer, the Hyper Sonic Motor will keep up with fast-paced action sequences; the 1.4 maximum aperture provides the ability to work at high shutter speeds under low existing light conditions,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, general manager of Sigma Corporation of America. “That same high-speed aperture is great for a portrait photographer who is looking to isolate details in their subject, with a pleasant, out-of-focus background. One-touch, full-time manual focus is perfect for the critical, professional photographer.”

The 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM also contains one Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element and a glass mold element to offer excellent correction for all types of aberrations and to ensure superior optical performance. This lens is equipped with a rear focus system that minimizes fluctuation of aberration caused by focusing.

The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghost, even in backlight photography. The lens has a round, nine-blade diaphragm, which creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus images, and comes with a petal-type hood to block out extraneous light. For digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor, Sigma provides a dedicated hood adapter to expand the length of the lens hood and to block out extraneous light more effectively.

To locate an authorized Sigma dealer near you, visit To use Sigma’s Lens Finder Tool to find the best lens to suit your needs, visit For information about Sigma Corporation of America, visit

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Digital Manager Position Available

by JamesNYCJune 18. 2010 22:28
Sent to us by Paul at Noho Productions

Digital Manager Position Available

A rare opportunity to join Noho Productions…

Our new digital manager, like all members of our team, will be involved in many different tasks (digital and non-digital), in pursuit of one common goal – insuring our clients have the most pleasant shooting experience that we are capable of providing. You’ll be joining a small company with a family type atmosphere, in which each team member brings different skills and experience to Noho Productions, but all share a common work ethic of helping our clients and teammates in ways that go far beyond our job titles.

The service that our team provides is unique among rental studio facilities in New York. We have specialized equipment, experience and an understanding of still life photography that draws leading still life photographers here from all over the world - shooting for advertising agencies, design firms and magazines.

As digital manager, you will assume overall responsibility for the quality of our digital services. You will be digital teching on set (studio and location), retouching, printing, processing and organizing files. You will screen, hire and support our roster of freelance techs. You will be responsible to maintain our digital cameras, digital workstations, local network, server, and 28 computers. You’ll be troubleshooting on and off set and ensuring that our clients’ files are delivered on time.

Most importantly - you’ll be part of a team, driven to serve its clients. We each play pivotal and crossover roles. We go out of our way to help each other and in return, our clients.

We offer a generous salary commensurate with experience, a full benefits package, as well as many additional perks.

If Noho Productions sounds like the type of company you would like to join and you:

are an experienced digital manager or have at least 3 years experience as a digital

capture technician with medium and large format camera systems

thoroughly understand digital workflow from capture to asset management

are proficient with all major capture software programs

have a strong understanding of color management

are a proficient retoucher and printer

appreciate the importance of client service and instinctively enjoy helping people

Please contact me, in confidence:

Paul Grand, owner


Mail: 636 Broadway 8th Fl. New York NY 10012

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Phase One, a Digital Photography Leader

by JamesNYCMay 25. 2010 09:47
Phase One has announced its acquisition of Microsoft's Expression Media digital asset management software. The software enables users to import, browse, organize and share images and videos. The company is running a special offer for users of its Capture One 5 image editing software and existing users of Expression Media entitling each to a copy of the other piece of software until June 30th


Press Release:

Phase One, a Digital Photography Leader,
Acquires Microsoft’s Expression Media Product

Agreement focuses on strong customer support throughout transition.

REDMOND, Wash., and COPENHAGEN, Denmark — May 25, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. and Phase One A/S, a leader in digital photography, are announcing that Phase One acquired the Microsoft Expression Media product. This agreement is built on an existing strategic alliance between the companies forged in 2007 to improve digital imaging solutions for professional and enthusiast photographers.


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Phase One releases Capture One Pro V.5.1.1

by JamesNYCMarch 25. 2010 22:41
Phase One has released the latest upgrade to Capture One Pro V.5.1.1


Highlighted new features
This new release of Capture One comes in three versions: 5.1.1, 5.1.1 PRO and 5.1.1 DB.
Capture One 5.1.1 is a free service release to existing Capture One 5.x owners.
Capture One 5.1.1 is a paid upgrade to customers with Capture One 4.x and 4.x PRO and a free
upgrade to customers with Capture One 4.x DB.
Capture One 5.1.1 PRO/DB is a major upgrade to the respective versions of Capture One 3.x. Existing
customers with Capture One 3.x PRO/DB can upgrade to a similar version of Capture One 5.1.1 at no
extra cost.
• Improved default film curves for Leaf backs.
• Support of develop-curves from Leaf MOS files.
• White balance can now be set when shooting tethered with Leaf backs.
• Orientation can now be set when shooting tethered with Leaf backs.
• More accurate color profiles for Sony A900, A850, A700, A550 and A500.
• Improved noise behavior for Sony A900, A850, A550 and A500.
• Base characteristics gains presets.
• A number of bug fixes.
Additional camera tethered support:
• Leaf Aptus II 8
• Mamiya DM40
• Canon 550D/Rebel T2i
Additional camera file support:
• Leaf Aptus II 8
• Mamiya DM40
• Canon 550D/Rebel T2i
You can learn more about the new release at:


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How To Quit Assisting and Be a Photographer

by JamesNYCMarch 25. 2010 09:07
I rarely promote articles from other web sites but I just read this over at PDN and think its a must read.

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Easy Release - model and property releases made easy

by JamesNYCMarch 11. 2010 07:56
Professional-grade releases, created and signed, right on your iPhone.
Wizard style interface guides you step-by-step.
12 language translations.
Same format and legal language used by the world's leading photo agencies!
PDF format (and optional JPEG) – emailed right to you!
Includes a picture of the model or property right on the release.
Sign on the touch screen using your finger or optionally using a special stylus


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PDN is conducting a survey of photo assistants

by JamesNYCMarch 2. 2010 07:47
PDN is conducting a survey of photo assistants: what they earn, what skills are in demand, how they find work, what skills they would like to learn.  We need your input if you have assisted in the past 18 months. And we need your help spreading the word about the survey to other assistants and digital techs that you may know. The survey results will be published on PDNOnline in March.
It’s a totally anonymous survey, and takes about 10 minutes to fill out. Here’s the link:

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Canon USA announces the image PROGRAF iPF6300, iPF6350 and iPF8300 wide format photo printers

by JamesNYCFebruary 25. 2010 07:51
Canon USA announces the imagePROGRAF iPF6300, iPF6350 and iPF8300 wide format photo printers.

The trio utilize a newly formulated 12-colour Lucia EX inkset for promised wider colour gamut and ship with improved drivers and plug-ins.
The 24 inch iPF6300 has a manufacturers suggested list price (MSRP) of US$3695 in the U.S. The 24 inch iPF6350 includes a 80GB hard drive (but is otherwise identical to the iPF6300) and has a MSRP of US$3995 in the U.S. The 44 inch iPF8300 has an MSRP of US$5995 in the U.S. All three models are to commence shipping in the U.S. in March 2010.


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Phase One releases the new Capture One Pro V.5.1.x

by JamesNYCFebruary 22. 2010 21:23
The new Capture One 5.1. now supports tethered shooting for Leaf Aptus/Aptus-II backs.

Download it here

This release extends tethered and RAW image support to a wide range of Leaf digital backs.

Leaf tethered support
Leaf Aptus-II 10, Aptus-II 7, Aptus-II 6, Aptus-II 5, AFi-II 10, AFi-II 7, AFi-II 6

Capture One 5.1 PRO adds tethered support for:
Leaf Aptus 75S, Aptus 65S, Aptus 54S, AFi 7, AFi 6, AFi 5, Aptus 75, Aptus 65, Aptus 22, Aptus 17More...

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In the future the iPad will replace the traditional print portfolio.

by JamesNYCJanuary 27. 2010 08:19
In the future photographers, and other graphic and media artists will be will delivering iPads to art directors, photo editors and clients rather than traditional portfolios for the following reasons.

It will cost less than a traditional print portfolio.

it will weight less than a traditional print portfolio.

it will be in a universal format that will make it easy for viewers to navigate. (unless the photographer gets crazy and creates some goofy Nav system. Not that that could ever happen...)

No more spending money on new prints for the book.

No more spending money to repleace acetate pages.

Faster turn around time for adding new images to portfolio.

iPad will allow you to display both images and video in 1 easy to use presentation.

A lost or stolen iPad will cost less to replace than a new portfolio.

Everyone picking it up will know how to use it.

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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


Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work. - Booker T. Washington


"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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