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Jason Lanier details 10 Reasons why he, a Professional Photographer, left Nikon and started shooting with Sony Mirrorless cameras


Jason Lanier a world renown Wedding Photographer and a lifelong Nikon shooter, details why he now shoots with Sony Mirrorless cameras.


He touches on price, 4K video capability, 409,000 (not a typo) ISO capability, being able to shoot at over 10 frames per second using a $650 Sony A6000. 

I loved his take on moveable rear LCD panels (something which made my life easier when shooting exotic cars for example)


This video was not sponsored by Sony. Pro Photogs will possibly get miffed viewing this video, especially if they are Nikon Fanboys. BTW, not once does Jason Lanier bash Nikon. He still owns his D4S, his D3S and D800 and lots of Nikon glass. He just states that his Sony gear is remarkably better and then details exactly why. He also makes a heck of a lot of sense.

 

Video is courtesy of the Jason Lanier YouTube channel.

 

 

Posted by: Vincent Banial

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Jason Lanier, a Pro Wedding Photographer switched from using a Nikon D800 to a Sony A6000, in the middle of a Disneyland Wedding shoot


Jason Lanier is a “really good” Wedding Photog. Up until, about the middle of Oct 2014, he would shoot Wedding using a Nikon kit including a D4S, a D3S and a D800 DSLR.


During the summer of 2014 Jason Lanier purchased a Sony A6000 camera, out curiosity about Sony’s mirrorless system.


About a week later, he was booked to shoot a wedding at Disneyland and so along came the Sony A6000.


He shot the couple’s First Look with the Nikon D800. Then he tried out the Sony A6000. He was so blown away by the ease of use, functionality, and image quality that he ended up using it for the entire wedding. His Nikon D800 was always there just in case he felt a need for it. Guess what, he didn’t.


Jason Lanier also films his all Wedding Shoots, as they happen. So his transition to the Sony A6000 was recorded.


This video shows what transpired as Jason started to shoot with the Sony A6000, along with Jason’s comments as it was happening.


Really nice of Jason Lanier to share this insightful video.

 

Video is courtesy of the Jason Lanier YouTube channel

 

 

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Toshiba Launches World’s First SDHC Memory Card with NFC (Near Field Communications) built-in

Near Field Communications has allowed users of assorted Apple and Android Smartphone to send files to be printed,  to a printer (which has NFC built-in) just by standing near the printer. It works sort of like Bluetooth or very low power WiFi but at a different frequency band. NFC can be a very handy feature to look for when buying a new printer.


Now Toshiba is taking Near Field Communications into the world of photography.


By February 2015, you should be able to buy new Toshiba SD Memory cards which have NFC built-in. The rollout will start in Japan.

Photo of new Toshiba SD card with NFC built-in

Photo courtesy of Toshiba


From the official Toshiba  News Release:


“The new product utilizes the features of NFC technology to exchange data simply with a touch. By holding an NFC-enabled AndroidTM smartphone, with the app “Memory Card Preview[3] installed, over the memory cards lets you preview the available storage space, as well as 16 thumbnails (max.) of the photos stored in the card.”


It looks like the “Memory Preview App” will be first released on the Google Play Store for Android based smartphones running the Android 4.0 to 4.4 Operating System.

You will be able to download the Memory Preview App from the Google Play Store, free of any charges.

Photo of Android based Smartphone running the new Toshiba Memory Preview App

Photo courtesy of Toshiba


There was no mention of the new Toshiba SD cards working with Apple’s version of NFC, called Air Print found on Ink Jet and Laser printers.


Card size range will include 8GB, 16GB and 32GB.


All cards will work at” Class 10″ speeds. Higher transfer rates are possible, if the camera supports it, since the new Toshiba SD cards will feature a UHS-1 interface.


This will be a cool way to preview your shots on your smartphone…

 

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Nikon D800 video of Disneyland Christmas Lights Display

Kevin used a Nikon D800 with a 50mm F1.4 Nikkor lens to capture this great video of the Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle Christmas Lights Display.

Video is courtesy of the Kevin NguyenTu YouTube Channel

 

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Watermark Software free giveaway

If you post photos on internet sites, like Facebook for ex, you should watermark each image.

I have recently seen a local Toronto free newspaper feature a Facebook posted image on it’s front page and again on the article page. It was all about someone doing a highlining stunt – walking on a rope between two highrise towers being constructed. The photo credit below the article photo stated “Facebook photo”. They did specify the actual photog’s name in the text about the highlining stunt. The way the photo was printed looked like it was computer screen capture.

Sure you can add watermarks using Photoshop.

Another way would be to use software specifically built to add watermarks. The benefit of such software is that all sorts of special effects can easily be applied and you can do a batch run to apply watermarks to many photos in one shot.

Click on this line to visit the giveaway page, for a free download of Watermark Software for Business. On that page just click on the “Get it Free box”. Their offer is stated to be valid till Dec 31 2014.

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Disclaimer: always make sure that your computer has been backed up, before adding any new software. Also make sure that your antivirus and anti-malware software is active and updated before installing any new software. It also would not hurt to create a recovery point, before installing any new software. Do your own due diligence. You download and install software from the internet “at your own risk”. Also a good idea to have your computer connected to a UPS system in case the power goes off during the software install. This post may contain unintentional errors. Any Trademarks mentioned in this post are the property of the Trademark owners. Any offers mentioned in this post are subject to change without notice, This post is also subject to change without notice.

Sony A7S Seminar by Philip Bloom, renown DSLR Filmmaker

Philip Bloom is a renown for his DSLR filmmaking.

B&H filmed a seminar on the Sony A7S camera, which they held in their store. B&H Photo is a Photo & Video superstore in New York, which is known around the world. In the 41 minute long seminar, Philip Bloom details the menus and features of the Sony A7S Mirrorless Camera, with tons of tips on how to get better quality results.

Video is courtesy of the B and H YouTube Channel

 

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Metz, the German Electronic Flash Lighting and TV manufacturer, filed for Insolvency


Paul Metz founded Metz on Nov 28 1938..

Around mid November 2014 Metz filed for insolvency, which apparently provides German court protection for the business to continue while it reorganizes.


Along with Electronic Flash units, Metz also produces TVs in Germany.


Rather sad that a company which had played such a historic role in photography, to file for insolvency.


It also hits close to home for me. The Metz 202 Potato Masher Electronic Flash was the very first flash that I owned. I’ve pretty much owned/used every Potato Masher that Metz produced since the 202 model. Looks like the units that I still have in storage will be kept as Collector Items.


Click on this line to read the Reuter News post about the Metz insolvency.


Click on the following link to read the German Photscala International Magazine for Photography which detailed the Metz insolvency in an article titled:
Metz stellt Insolvenzantrag, will aber weitermachen

Note that you can use a web translator to translate the German into English.


One suggestion comes to mind. If you have any Metz gear that you need a manual for, now is the time to search the Internet for a pdf copy. If Metz does not survive after it’s reorganization, then finding manuals could become much harder.

 

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How NOT to clean a Digital Camera Sensor like a professional

Video is courtesy of the Camerahoarders YouTube Channel


Just in case you missed it in the “Title” of this post, this is “NOT” the way to clean the sensor in any Digital Camera. This video was posted for your comedic viewing pleasure only.


You will destroy your Digital Camera (and possibly any attached lens) if you follow the procedure used in the above video. I cannot be held responsible if you destroy your Digital camera by following the process used in the above video. Again, do not follow the procedure used in the above video.

 

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Disclaimer: Any Trademarks mentioned in this post are owned by the respective Trademark owner. There could be unintentional errors or omissions in this post. Always refer to the official sites to confirm details and any ongoing changes or updates. This post is subject to change without notice. I will not be held responsible for anything posted on linked to sites.  Do not follow the procedure used in the above video. You will destroy your Digital Camera (and possibly any attached lens) if you follow the procedure used in the above video.

Topaz Photography Collection of 15 Plugins is discounted to $249.99, until Dec 01 2014

The Topaz Labs Plugins were the first plugins that I had purchased. Literally, some of the best money that I had spent on photo editing software.

Topaz Labs is doing the Black Friday – Cyber Monday sales thing.

You can purchase all 15 of their plugins, as one Topaz Photography Collection for only $249.99.

Their support has been fast, on the rare occasion when I asked for help. Check their upgrade policy, which is also great.

Oh, yes if you have not tried the Topaz Plugins you can get a Free Trial. You will find the Topaz Plugins to be easy to learn and surprisingly powerful.

To get the special discount, which again is only available until Dec 01 2014, please use the Discount Code of “BLACKFRIDAY2014“.

Click on this line to visit the Topaz Labs site to acquire your own copy of their Photography Collection.

 

Video is courtesy of the Topaz Labs YouTube Channel

 

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New Sony A7M2 camera now available for per-order in the USA. To ship in early December

The Sony Store in the USA is taking perorders for the new Sony A7-2 camera. Interestingly one has to do a search on the Sony Store website for “Sony A7 2”  or “Sony A7M2” to find it.

The A7-2 camera is still “not” showing up on the Sony Store Canada website.

The estimated ship date posted on the Sony Store USA is Dec 08 2014. As I had stated in my prior post on the new Sony A7-2, it was possibly held back in North America until after the Black Friday hoopla has subsided.

Amazon in the US has the camera listed at $1,698.00 for the body only. Preorders are being taken. Shipping is only available to 50 US States. No international shipment.

The official Sony model name is ILCE7M2

Amazon is stating that the camera will be released on Dec 09 2014. That could imply that they might already have stock which has been quarantined until the agreed upon release date.

Amazon in the US also lists the Sony A7-2 complete with a Sony 28-70mm lens for $1,998.00. No details about the 28-70mm lens were posted. Only preorders are being taken, with the same “Release Date” of Dec 09 2014.

Tony Northrop has always posted informative reviews on YouTube. He recently added a Sony A7 2 Preview on Youtube which you can view below.

Video is courtesy of the Tony Northrup YouTube Channel

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New Sony A7-2 camera coming soon to North America ?

The new Sony A7-2 is already featured on a number of Sony websites around the globe. 

Video is courtesy of the Sony YouTube Channel

 The Sony Store in Japan features it.

Sony France has a link to the Sony A7-2 which then goes to the Sony.Net web pages.

Sony UK also shows the new Sony A7-2 with links to the Sony.Net pages for the A7-2.

Sony Australia again features the new Sony A7-2 camera on a scrolling banner. That banner links to the Sony.net pages.

The Sony Asia site also features the new Sony A7-2 camera with a side scrolling banner. That banner also links to the Sony.net pages.

I posted the above links to prove that the Sony A7-2 camera does in fact exist.

Huh?

Well, if one checks the Sony sites in Canada and the USA, there is “no” mention of the new Sony A7-2

In Canada and the USA there is something called Black Friday shopping. That will occur on Nov 28 this year. Possibly Sony is delaying the announcement in Canada and the USA of the Sony A7-2 camera, until after Black Friday. After Nov 28. North America consumers will not be focused on Black Friday shopping. This is only my speculation.

It would also make sense to release the new Sony A7-2 camera to North America in early December, to catch Christmas 2014 sales. Again, only my speculation.

So what is the big deal about the new Sony A7-2?

It is the first Full Frame camera to have 5 axis image stabilization. It has x and y axis shift stabilization. It also has X-Y axis roll stabilization. Added to that, it also can compensate for Pitch and Yaw.

Click on this line to visit the main Sony.net pages which have full details about the new Sony A7-2

.Video is courtesy of the Versus YouTube Channel

 

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Fake ice cubes for shooting liquids

We’ve all seen liquor ads which featured a superbly lit glass full of liquor, splashing over amazing ice cubes.

Grants Whiskey, behind the scenes from David Lund on Vimeo.

 Homemade “real” ice cubes straight out of your freezer, never look like the ice cubes in ads. They also melt.

One source of superb fake ice cubes is the Ice Prop Shop.

Their premier line is made up of “handmade” ice cubes. They come in small, medium and large sizes. Shapes include Freeform, Rectangular and Wedges. The prices for the handmade freeform ice cubes is between $40 to $50.

Their more cost effective line are the machine made Display Ice Cubes. Single cubes cost under $2 each and are available in small, medium and large groups for under $20 for each size.

They also have packets of small fake ice granules for realistic crushed ice effects.

Also check out their unique ice cubes. These are large 4 inch cubes and may be sold out by the time you read this.

The Ice Prop Shop solves the problem of finding really high quality fake ice cubes. Hope that this post helps out our readers wanting to try shooting some liquids and ice pics…

 

Posted by: Vincent Banial

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WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe software Giveaway. Get and activate the Free License Key by Dec 04 2014

Digiarty, the creators of the WINX DVD Video Converter Deluxe are having special Holiday Offer.

You can get a Free single user License Key. You will not be able to get any future updates with this free version.

Note that the version which includes Updates, usually costs $59.95. That Full version is also available for a special price of $29.95.

This offer is time limited. You need to D/L and activate the Free License Key by Dec 04 2014

The following is a description (from the digiarty web page) of some of the capabilities of the WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe software: “All-in-one video converter, video editor and YouTube downloader. Support 320+ output formats. Convert AVI, MP4, H.264, 4K, 1080p multi-track HD video, etc. Built with 410+ profiles. Convert video to iPhone, iPad, Android. Edit, merge, crop video and add subtitle”.

Other “Combo” packs of Digiarty software, are also available at greatly discounted prices.

Click on this line to visit the Digiarty Holiday Specials web page.

 

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Always ensure that your Antivirus and Firewall software are updated.

Before installing any new software it might be a good idea to create a Windows Restore Point, should something go awry. Since you have free will and act independently, you should always do your own due diligence before you do anything.

Photoshop on Chromebooks ? Photoshop on Linux ?

Adobe is developing a streaming version of Photoshop which will run on Chromebooks.

Adobe calls this new version: “Project Photoshop Streaming”.

Since Streaming Photoshop will reside on remote Adobe Servers, your typical Chromebook will be able to use it.

Photoshop will stream from the Adobe’s Cloud Service and will “not” take up any space on your Chromebook. Processing Power will also be provided by Adobe’s Servers, again allowing your (comparatively low powered) Chromebook to run Photoshop.

As a bonus, all Photoshop updates will be automatic.

What about the actual photo files, which you will edit? They will “not” be stored on your Chromebook, taking up tons of storage space.  Your photo files will reside on Google Drive. The edited versions will also be stored to Google Drive.

So processing power will n0t be an issue. Theoretically you could also have unlimited storage space on your comparatively low powered, light and very portable  Chromebook. Running Photoshop Streaming will also “not dramatically drain” your Chromebook’s battery, because all processing will be performed on Adobe’s Servers.

Since Project Photoshop Streaming  will be streamed to the Chrome Web Browser on your Chromebook, guess what, it possibly could also stream to your Chrome Web Browser running under Linux. Once out of BETA, this could become the first version of Photoshop to run in a native Linux environment!!!

Oh, this Streamed version of Photoshop will also work on any Windows based laptop (or desktop) which is running Google’s Chrome Web Browser.

So are you interested yet???

As I stated earlier, this Streamed version of Photoshop is still in BETA. To gain access to this BETA you will need to meet Adobe’s “eligibility requirements” which include being in North America and having both a paid Creative Cloud subscription and also being a Adobe Education Customer.

Click on this line to view the full Individual Eligibility and Institutional Eligibility and Application Process details.

 

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Smart Deblur 2.0 beta windows program – free trial download

Sometimes small developers can help solve a problem. Trying to recover blurred photos is something which is not often tackled by developers of photo editing software. I suspect that is because it requires specialized math knowledge and an understanding of deconvolution theory.

Smart Deblur is the result of the collaboration between Vladimir Yuzhikov and Chengxi Ye. Source files are available under a GPL v3 license.

You can download the v2 beta by clicking the following link to visit their site: Smart Deblur beta for Windows

The sample photos which they show on their site seem to indicate that their approach to removing blur from photos, leaves fewer artifacts than other such pgms which I had tried in the past.

This will be one site which I will try to follow as they continue their work on Smart Deblur.

UPDATE Sept 22 2013: It’s been a while since I visited that page. Seems that the program is out of Beta. They do have a Free Trial version which can be downloaded. You can purchase the release version for $49.95 Canadian Dollars. I also changed the title of this post to now read: free trial download instead of free download.

UPDATE Jan 21 2014:  Smart Deblur v2.2 is out, with a new User Interface. So is a version for Apple Macs running OSX 10.4 (Tiger) or higher. Free trials of both versions, are available for download from the Smart Deblur website.

Disclaimer: Always make sure that your antivirus and firewall software has been updated and is running, before visiting any website on the internet. Always run a virus scan on all software which you download. Downloading and using software from the internet is done at your own risk. Vladimir Yuzhikov and Chengxi Ye are not affiliated with this blog, nor do they endorse it. I am not being paid to mentioned Smart Deblur on this blog. Everything in this post is subject to change without notice.

DPReview users voted the Pentax K3 as the best DSLR of 2013

DPReview is running a poll of it’s users, to vote on what they feel are the best cameras of 2013.
The Pentax K3 is voted as being the best DSLR of 2013The really surprising thing about the Pentax K3 voting is that out of the people who voted for the K3, twice the number of people want one but do not own one, when compared to the number of actual K3 owners who had voted for it.The Olympus OM-D E-M1 was voted as the best Mirrorless camera of 2013.

Click on this line to get to the DPReview page, where it looks like voting is still taking place

Prediction – only Canon and Sony will survive. Smartphones killing the Japanese Camera Makers. Just like Digital killed film in the past

My prediction is that in a few years, only Canon and Sony will still be in the Camera business.

Do you remember some of the great Film SLR manufacturers? Manufacturers such as Konica, Yashica, Mamiya, Contax and Bronica come to mind.

Even Minolta, who had the first cameras with Auto Focus, is out of the cameras making business.

Canon produces a lot more stuff than just digital cameras. They also produce Digital Camera Sensors.

Sony makes some great cameras, but more importantly they make Digital Camera Sensors and lots of other consumer goods.

Pentax has focused on the APS-C DSLR market. A full frame DSLR from Pentax may arrive later in 2014.

The Japanese Mirrorless Camera group includes FujiFilm, Panasonic and Olympus. Olympus has Sony backing it. Panasonic produces lots of consumer goods, but I’m not sure how profitable it is.

Mirrorless Camera sales outside of Japan have never caught on and are starting to drop.

Compact Camera sales worldwide have tanked.

Camera makers, IMHO, have stayed afloat thanks to the large number of compact cameras sold. Yes they made far less money (per camera sold) when compared to their DSLR sales, but Compact Cameras had huge sales volume.

Smartphones have cameras. Tablet computers of all sorts have digital cameras. They also make it easy for the consumer to share their photos with so called Social Media sites, like Facebook.

The quality of smartphone cameras is more than good enough for consumers. Posting a file on Facebook does not require the same file quality as a 16×20 inch physical print would. The quality benefit of DSLRs and their larger sensors is mute.

I suspect that the micro four thirds mirrorless market could disappear. APS-C cameras from Sony showed that you can put a larger sensor in a small body, with their NEX line.

Sadly I also suspect that more grande names will join the dust bin of history. My feeling is that Canon and Sony will survive. They produce a broad range of other products. They also produce their own camera sensors.

Sony in particular has spent massive amounts of money, over the last couple of years, to vastly increase the output capability of their Digital Sensor Fabs.

Sony was way ahead of the game, as they were heavily investing in Digital Camera Sensor fabs since at least 2010.

The next battleground I believe will be with Full Frame sensor DSLR cameras. As prices fall, there will be no point to buying APS-C sensor cameras. That will also help absorb Sony’s  Sensor manufacturing capacity.

The Chicago Tribune recently published a Reuters article about the sad state of the Japanese Camera Industry.

A major wild card is the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant with fresh plumes of radioactive steam rising above one of the damaged reactors near the end of December 2013. You have lots of Camera and Lens factories, 1/2 an hour to an hour away from that nuclear plant. Canon and Sony have factories located far away, elsewhere in Japan.

Sony A7 declared Camera of the Year. Pentax K3 declared best cropped sensor DSLR by the guys at The Camera Store


Video is courtesy of TheCameraStoreTV YouTube Channel

The guys at The Camera Store have come out with a video of their choices for the Camera of the Year. They cover both still and video cameras.

The DSLRs of 2013 are covered around the 5 minute mark.

The Sony A7 got the title for the Camera of the Year.

The Pentax K3 was honoured with 2nd place,  and also declared to be the best cropped sensor DSLR.

At about the 8 minute mark they start discussing their choice for the “worst” cameras. This section was rather surprising.

Adobe Camera Raw 8.3 released along with DNG Convertor 8.3

Adobe has released the final 8.3 version of their Camera Raw and also their DNG Convertor 8.3.Support is now included in Camera Raw for the following new cameras:

Canon – Canon EOS M2 and Canon PowerShot S120

Fuji – Fujifilm XQ1 and Fujifilm X-E2

Nikon – Nikon 1 AW1, Coolpix P7800, Nikon Df, Nikon D610, Nikon D5300

Olympus – Olympus OM-D E-M1

Panasonic – Panasonic DMC-GM1

Pentax – Pentax K-3

Phase One – Phase One IQ260 and Phase One IQ280

Sony – Sony A7 (ILCE-7), Sony A7R (ILCE-7R) and  Sony DSC-RX10

The above is just a partial list. Please check Adobe’s site for a complete list of supported cameras.

Click on the following link to visit the Camera Raw 8.3 Download page for Windows based PCs.

Click on the following link to visit the Camera Raw 8.3 Download page for Apple Macs.

Legged Support System. Would make a great Accessory for Landscape, Wildlife and Bird Photographers

A backpack filled with Camera Gear can weigh a ton.

The weight of the equipment is the one common complaint amongst Landscape, Wildlife and Bird photographers.

What if you did not have to carry all that stuff?

Yes you could bring it all (and more), just use the new Legged Support System.

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Remote cameras and Tigers

Earlier this year I crashed my remote controlled Helicopter. I had this insane idea to use it to shoot really expensive exotic cars.

After the crash, the idea of mixing the remote helicopter and exotic cars costing more than your average home, was dismissed. The insurance rates alone could not justify continuing the experiment.

Had that helicopter actually  crashed into and damaged a hyper expensive exotic,  I probably would not be typing this.

I use remote flash triggers to enable older potato masher flash units to work with new DSLR cameras, and so remote camera rigs fascinate me.

The following video demos a great use for a remote control vehicle and a camera rig.

Wonder if the local zoo would allow such an item into the Tiger enclosure?

Much thanks must go out to the good folks at Peta Pixel:

Adobe Camera Raw 8.3 Release Candidate download is now available

Adobe has released the latest Camera Raw 8.3 as a Release candidate.

Adobe Camera Raw now has support for 15 new cameras. The Nikon 610, Sony a7 and Sony a7R and Phase One IQ280 Medium Format digital back among others.

Click on the following for details about which new cameras are now supported by Camera Raw 8.3 RC.

Click on the following to visit Adobe Labs and find the Download link to  Adobe Camera Raw 8.3 Release Candidate for both Windows and Apple Mac operating systems.

Please note that there now two separate versions of Camera Raw for Photoshop CS6 and for Photoshop Creative Cloud. Make sure that you download the correct version.

Nikon Df hands on video review and preview coverage