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Highlights in this release include the following:Phocus 2.7.4 Improvements & Fixes
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Improvements & Fixes
For full information about added features and included fixes, please consult the Phocus read-me file. Phocus is currently available in 9 various languages including English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Korean, Japanese and Chinese. System Requirements Mac OS X 10.6, or later is required and at least 2GB of memory where 4GB or more is recommended. If working with the H4D-60 or any multi-shot cameras we recommend 8GB of RAM. Phocus is optimized for Intel processors, G4 or G5 PPC is not supported. 512MB of graphics card memory is recommended as a minimum. For further information about system requirements, please consult the read-me file. If you are running 10.5.x or using an older 32bit based machine you are required to use Phocus 2.6.6 which can be found in the software archive section. Compatibility All Hasselblad FireWire based digital camera products are supported by Phocus. 3F files generated by Phocus are not backward compatible with FlexColor. Flextight scanner 3F files are not compatible with Phocus.
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Following the launch of its new flagship H5D System cameras Hasselblad has introduced two new angled FireWire cable accessories, a new and more powerful battery grip and a new battery charger.
Announcing the move Ove Bengtson, Hasselblad's Product Manager said: "The H5D System is the next step in the evolution of our medium format cameras and these three latest upgrades ensure our capture device accessories continue to evolve at the same pace."
"The new angled FireWire cables are shipped in two colours. The black connectors, complete with new 'click-lock' features have been developed exclusively for the H5D. The upgraded cables with grey connectors are primarily for HxD/CFV ranges."
"The new connectors are designed to completely eliminate any problems caused by loose fitting cables and possible consequential damage to the internal connection."
He added: "We have also introduced a new, more powerful battery grip which now boasts 50% extra capacity. The new battery product features a more durable surface to provide better grip. It is also a few millimetres longer than its predecessor, enabling greater stability on the tripod shoe. A new charger is also available."
The new FireWire cables will have the same recommended selling price as the older versions but the launch of the new products means the older FireWire cable (1006025) and the old battery grip (3043348) are obsolete and no longer available.
The older battery charger product (3053568) 7.2V will remain available while stocks last.
Please note that the new battery will also work on the following cameras: H2D, H3D, H3D-II, H4D and H4X, provided that the latest firmware for these models has been installed.
Live in Brooklyn and have to truck all the way to Manhattan just to rent out high-end equipment from CSI Rentals? Well, truck no more: CSI is coming to Brooklyn. On June 3, they will open their new shop at 1138 Flushing Ave. in the East Williamsburg/Bushwick area. The store will have ground level loading, parking spaces and truck drive in—all that just a block away from the L train. They will also offer delivery and pickup in both Brooklyn and Manhattan. Ease and everything a professional photographer or videographer needs. Visit CSI online for more information: csirentals.com
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An instructional video about how to fix a broken Manfrotto Magic Arm by opening it up and repositioning the bearings inside.
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A great response to the Adobe CS Cloud subscription model.
It doesn't belong to them from Digital Skye Media Development on Vimeo.
The CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 as seen at the NAB Show in Las Vegas
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, April 5, 2013 Carl Zeiss presents its new zoom lenses from the Compact Family at the NAB Show 2013 (8-11 April) in Las Vegas at its booth C9043.Versatile, flexible and yet small and manageable – these are the characteristics that describe the Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses. For the first time, the new CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 will be presented in the US. The Compact Zoom Family currently comprises the CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and the CZ.2 70-200/T2.9; the latter won the prestigious iF product design award in February 2013.
The ZEISS Compact Zoom lenses weigh just 2.5 to 2.8 kilograms (5.5 to 6.2 pounds). “For cinema zoom lenses, that is very little. The light and compact design is ideal for hand-held and steadicam shooting,” explains Helmut Lenhof, Product Manager for the Compact Family in the Carl Zeiss Camera Lens Division. The lenses are suited for owner operators as well as episodic television series, documentary films, features and big-screen productions. Especially for shooting projects on a tight budget and time schedule, a ZEISS Compact Zoom lens is an extremely flexible solution. The zoom lens enables faster work and minimizes long set-up times.
Unlike zoom lenses for still photography, the Compact Zoom cinema lenses each have three independently moveable zoom groups. This complex design prevents undesired focus shift and ensures optimal image quality. The lenses have a continuous high aperture of T2.9 over the entire zoom range.
Filmmakers can also look forward to a new shorter super wide-angle zoom lens designed for the owner-operator when the Compact Zoom series will expand to a family of three at the end of 2014. This new zoom lens will replace the Lightweight Zoom LWZ.2.
As members of the ZEISS Compact Family, the zoom lenses are the perfect complement to the fixed focal length Compact Prime CP.2 and ARRI/ZEISS Ultra Prime lenses. Thanks to the exact color matching within the ZEISS cinema lens family, all lenses in this series can be combined flexibly with each other, with no visible deviations.
They cover full-frame format (24x36mm) and can therefore be used on HDSLR cameras, as well as professional HD video and cinema cameras. Being designed as full-frame lenses, they create a sweet spot effect and a uniformity of illumination when used on Super 35 sensors and are ‘future-proofed’ for next generation digital cinema cameras utilizing larger sensors.
Moreover, the interchangeable mount system makes it possible to use the lenses of the Compact Family on various camera models. The mounts currently available are for PL, EF, F, MFT and E. “Investing in this lens family is especially attractive for cinematographers and rental companies because the interchangeable mount also ensures the lenses’ long-term compatibility in the rapidly changing camera market. For all relevant future camera models, mounts will be available which the user can exchange very easily,” adds Lenhof.
Cinematographers can also rely on the quality features that ZEISS is known for:
The T* anti-reflective coating and the internal stray light reduction eliminate bothersome light reflections.
All Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses have the same front diameter of 95 mm and the gears of the cine-style housing are always located exactly in the same position. This makes it possible to change lenses fast – without any adjustments to the rig or other accessories. The large focus rotation angle of almost 300 degrees and the calibrated focus scales ensure comfortable handling. All lenses in the Compact Zoom Family correspond to 4K production standards and cover a resolution of 4096 x 2160 with no distortion.
Australian cinematographer Warwick Brown has already used the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 for shooting a television production. “I have just finished shooting a dramatic short film using this lens and the Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed lenses together. They are a real winning combination. The lens is sharp and handles highlights beautifully.”
The delivery of the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 began in early 2013. The Compact Zoom 28-80/T2.9 will be available starting June. Carl Zeiss authorized dealers are now accepting orders on both zoom lenses. The suggested list price of each Compact Zoom CZ.2 lens will be €14,900 or US$19,900 (excluding VAT).
The lead time for the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 is currently six to seven months. A higher demand as expected led to these lead times. Carl Zeiss will increase its production capacities in order to reduce the lead time to three to four months.
Adobe announced the end of their: Adobe Creative Suite at its Adobe MAX conference this morning, stating that it's moving to a subscription model and dropping the existing Creative Suite software products. Begining in June, new versions of Adobe's CS software will be available only online, and only as part of a Creative Cloud subscription.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Version 1.2.1
Changes Firmware Version 1.2.1 incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes. 1. Uncompressed HDMI output is now enabled. 2. Enables the center AF point to auto-focus when the camera is used with Canon EF lens/extender combinations whose combined maximum aperture is f/8. 3. Improves the speed of the camera’s acquisition of focus when using a Canon Speedlite’s AF-assist beam. 4. Fixes a phenomenon in which the LCD monitor may freeze and display Err 70 or Err 80 when a still photo is taken during Live View or in movie shooting mode. 5. Fixes a phenomenon that may occur when the continuous shooting priority setting is enabled for multiple exposures, such that, after the sixth image is taken, there is a slight pause before the remainder of the sequence is completed. 6. Fixes a phenomenon in which the viewfinder display shows incorrect information during AEB shooting. 7. Communication with the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter has been improved. 8. When images have been successfully transferred with the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter through the FTP protocol, an “O” will be displayed. When images have not been successfully transferred with the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter through the FTP protocol, an “X” will be displayed. 9. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera may not function properly when an Eye-Fi card is used. 10. Fixes a phenomenon in which the focal length value listed in the Exif information is not displayed correctly for images shot with the EF 24-70mm F4L IS USM lens. 11. Fixes a phenomenon in which the lens firmware cannot be updated properly. 12. Corrects errors in the Arabic language menu. 13. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera changes the AF micro-adjustment value to -8. 14. Fixes a phenomenon in which the on-screen guidance cannot be fully displayed when setting the maximum limit value for the “Setting the ISO Speed Range for Auto ISO” option.
* Items No.1 through 12 have been incorporated into firmware version 1.2.0. * Items No.1 through 14 have been incorporated into firmware version 1.2.1.
Firmware Version 1.2.1 is for cameras with firmware version 1.2.0 or earlier. If the camera’s firmware is already version 1.2.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
Download page: EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Version 1.2.1 [Mac OS X].
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Lighting Diagrams APP Vol.1
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"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