The IMAGING RESOURCE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
NEWSLETTER


Volume 13, Number 23 18 November 2011

Copyright 2011, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.

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P E N T A X

Capture More, Carry Less
With the PENTAX Q!

The new PENTAX Q is the worlds smallest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera, with a rugged white or black magnesium-alloy body, a range of available lenses, and an advanced 12.4 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor for low noise, amazing detail, and full 1080p HD video.

The Camera. Evolved. Learn more about the amazing PENTAX Q at: http://www.imaging-resource.com/cgi-bin/nl/pl.cgi?pxq

N I K O N

The amazing Nikon 1: Small is now huge

Huge is unbelievably fast
Huge is incredibly intuitive
Huge is remarkably versatile
Huge is delightfully stylish
Huge is surprisingly small
Small is now Huge

Introducing the Nikon 1 (click for the rest of this huge story): http://www.imaging-resource.com/cgi-bin/nl/pl.cgi?n1s

S I G M A

Go Splash Proof and Stabilized
With Sigma Lenses!

Sigma introduces three new compact and splash-proof lenses:

  • The 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM in wide angle lenses (an arena pioneered by Sigma),
  • The 120-300mm F2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM featuring Sigma's own FLD glassin the telephoto zoom category, and
  • The powerful 150mm F2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM in the prime macro category.

All have been enhanced to include optical stabilization and Sigma's new splash proof design. Coming very soon. Get ready!

Visit http://www.imaging-resource.com/cgi-bin/nl/pl.cgi?sgm for more information.

S O N Y

The New Sony NEX-5N Camera

"Incredible! It's like a DSLR camera that fits in my pocket."

  • Up to 10 fps shooting to capture fast action
  • Exmor™ APS-C HD CMOS image sensor for 16.1-Mp resolution
  • The performance of a DSLR in about half the size and weight

Learn more about the incredible new Sony NEX-5N at: http://www.imaging-resource.com/cgi-bin/nl/pl.cgi?sn5

T A M R O N

Save $100 on Tamron's Ultra Compact 15x All-In-One Zoom Lens

Tamron's 18-270mm Di II VC PZD 15X all-in-one zoom reaches an astonishing new level of compactness, performance, and speed with the addition of PZD (Piezo Drive), an innovative ultrasonic AF motor based on an advanced piezoelectric design providing faster, quieter auto-focusing and a new VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism for blur-free hand-held shots.

Designed exclusively for Canon, Nikon and Sony crop-sensor DSLRs. Winner of EISA 2011-2012 Best Zoom Lens of the Year! $100 Mail-in Rebate 11/18/11 thru 12/31/11.

For further info: http://www.imaging-resource.com/cgi-bin/nl/pl.cgi?ta3


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Feature: Camera Gift Guide

Not everything listed here has been reviewed yet (lucky you) but a few models have stood the test of time. The average prices cover quite a range too from under $150 to over $7,000.

POCKET DIGICAMS

MEGAZOOMS

TRAVEL COMPANIONS

BUDGET BABIES

COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERAS

VALUE SLR

MIDRANGE SLR

ENTHUSIAST SLR

TAX DEDUCTIONS

WATERBUG DIVISION

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Feature: Grab Bag Gift Guide

While we stand by our previous recommendations, we couldn't fit them all in. We did sneak in a few perennial favorites after our latest discoveries, some of whose reviews are still to be published.

BOOKS & DVDS

SUBSCRIPTIONS

OPTICS

MEMORY CARDS

A stocking stuffer memory card of the right type (a high speed card for video fans) is always welcomed:

BAGS & STRAPS

FILTERS

We buy our digital filters from 2filter (http://www.2filter.com), which discounts high quality, multi-coated filters from Hoya and Tiffen and provides some bundles, too. Prices vary on the size of the filter.

LIGHTING

EXPOSURE AIDS

SOFTWARE

PRINTERS

SCANNERS

MORE!

GAGS

GODSENDS

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New on the Site

At http://www.imaging-resource.com/NEW1.HTM you can keep track of what's new on our main site. Among the highlights since the last issue:

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In the Forums

Visit the Imaging Resource discussion forums at http://www.photo-forums.com to find out what people are saying about the latest digicams, hard-to-find accessories, friendly suppliers, clever techniques, you name it! Recent hot topics include:

Read about the Canon Pro-1 printer at http://www.photo-forums.com/WebX?50@@.eeb680a/0

Visit the Digital Cameras Forum at http://www.photo-forums.com/WebX?14@@.ee6b2a8

Readers ask about camera manuals at http://www.photo-forums.com/WebX?14@@.eeafb4b/0

Read about Nikon lenses at http://forums.slrgear.com/index.php?showforum=5

Visit the Beginners Forum at http://www.photo-forums.com/WebX?14@@.ee6b2b2

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We Have Mail

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RE: Canon Pro-1

I'm going to get a new printer, deciding between Pro9000 Mark II and this new Pro-1. I'm printing on glossy media (in color) most of the time, storing the prints in A4 albums mostly.

  1. Is the "older" dye-ink Pro9000 Mark II print quality (color) on glossy papers even better than the Pro-1 (with the gloss optimizer)?

  2. I'm a bit worried about the longevity and color stability (permanence) of the dye-ink-based Pro9000 Mark II prints compared to those of Lucia pigment-ink-based Pro-1 despite the fact that I will store most of my print in dark in A4 album (but not covered with the reflexive plastic foil slides). I would really like to have my kids' prints unfaded in the album after 50 years. Do you think the PPro9000 Mark II inks can guarantee that?

-- Martin Dobias

(Dye inks are absorbed into the surface of a glossy sheet, which actually swells to incorporate them before settling back down in a day. Pigments lay on top of the sheet and are not encapsulated like dyes. And because they are larger, they tend to create an uneven surface. Canon claims that isn't true of the new pigments used for the Pro-1. They lie flatter for two reasons: the new pigment chemistry and a screen pattern that optimizes dot size and layout to avoid clumping. We're still printing comparison prints, so stay tuned.... On the longevity issue, our rule of thumb is if it outlasts the expected life of the photographer, it's a go. We've been there with dyes for a long time now. And Canon's dyes are in the 300 year range for dark storage. -- Editor)

I noticed in the Pro-1's on-screen manual that the printer allows custom paper lengths of up to 26.61 inches and custom widths of up to 16.54 inches. Is the carriage that wide? It would be awesome to be able to run a 16-inch sheet through the printer, even if it required a one-inch border on each side.

-- T. Linn

(We can't find that reference in our manual. The Rear Tray can take 13x19-inch sheets while the Manual Feed Tray can take that and 14x17-inch sheets as well. -- Editor)

RE: Old Scanner, New OS

I have been holding off getting Lion because my suspicions (which came true) are that the older peripherals I own (all Epson) won't work. So I bit the bullet, put Lion on and am now without a scanner. I have an Expression 1640XL as a big paperweight now. I have been in constant email communication with them and followed every direction in multiple emails to the letter without success. It first appears in Image Capture, but after I press the Scan button I hear some action, but eventually Image Capture tells me there is no Scanner present. :-(

Would there be a third party scanning software available that would work? Obviously Epson won't tell me and Apple says it rests on Epson's shoulders to fix this. Many of their scanner drivers need to be updated (according to Epson) and there is no timeline on any release. I have so much work backing up now. Any clue?

-- Pete Crosta

(Both Apple (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3669) and Epson (http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/support/supAdvice.jsp?type=highlights&noteoid=187318) list the 1640XL among the scanners supported under Lion, Peter. Note that updating from the 10.6 install is different from installing from scratch on 10.7, apparently just requiring the Epson download from Apple (which is how this usually gets handled).... If that doesn't work, however, VueScan does support the 1640XL without requiring the Epson driver on Lion: http://www.hamrick.com/vuescan/epson_expression_1640xl.html -- Editor)
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Editor's Notes

Apple has released Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.9 (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1473), with Aperture and iPhoto '11 support for Canon PowerShot S100, Nikon 1 J1/V1, Nikon Coolpix P7100, Olympus E-PL1s/E-PL3/E-PM1, Panasonic FZ150 and Sony NEX-5N/SLT-A65/SLT-A77.


The Condition ONE app (http://vimeo.com/31608796) lets you "look in any direction while viewing footage. By pivoting and tilting the iPad, one literally manipulates the corresponding field of view. The highly sensitive motion controls produce the illusion of looking through a window into another reality."


Seim Effects (http://seimeffects.com) has released its $45 Silver Shadows 2 set of 100 Lightroom presets for black-and-white images.


Light Blue Software (http://www.lightbluesoftware.com) has released its $455 Light Blue 3.3 [MW] with support for iCal and iCloud publishing in Lion, a checkbox option to exclude certain quote and order lines from percentage discounts, updates for tax calculations, new mail merge tags, a Quick Query and more.


DxO Labs (http://www.dxo.com) has released its FilmPack 3.1 [MW] with 25 new creative renderings and an improved user interface. We're working on a review, too.


Cerios Software (http://www.cerious.com) has updated its venerable $59.95 ThumbsPlus [W] to v8 with numerous enhancements.


Lemkesoft (http://www.lemkesoft.com) has released its $39.95 GraphicConverter 7.4.1 [M] with reverse geocoding, conversion of HPGL to vector PDF, an AppleScript position property, improved HPGL and MPO import and more.


Neatberry (http://neatberry.com) has released its $29.99 PhotoStyler 6.0 [M] with new filters, a revised Tilt-Shift filter, a Before/After function, a redesigned photo editor and libraries, new exports and more.


Aperture has published The New York Times Magazine Photographs edited by Kathy Ryan. The title is available via the Imaging Resource Amazon affiliate program at a 39 percent discount (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1597111465/?tag=theimagingres-20).


Marc Rochkind (http://www.basepath.com) has released his $19.99 Ingestamatic [M], a simpler way (at the half the price of his ImageIngester) to ingest images from your card to your computer.


Rocky Nook has published Plateaus and Canyons by Bruce Barnbaum featuring 95 images (and essays) of the American Southwest. The title is available via the Imaging Resource Amazon affiliate program at a 35 percent discount (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1933952911/?tag=theimagingres-20).


The $6.95 BosTail (http://www.bosstrap.com) attaches to the left side eyelet or left strap lug for use with any sling style camera strap.


PhoozL.com (http://www.phoozl.com) has released PhoozL IQ: A Photo IQ Quiz as a mobile app available on the App Store. The free version "has fewer questions, easier questions and longer time clock," Harald Johnson told us. And the paid version is just 99 cents.

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Signoff

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Mike Pasini, Editor
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