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Adobe puts more distance between Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6 with more new cloud-only features

Generator-screen-shot-2-1024x752Adobe is determined to herd its customers to the cloud – specifically its Creative Cloud subscription service. This weekend Adobe added to the pressure with a version 14.1 update to Photoshop CC. It adds a cool new technology – Generator for asset creation and other low-level image content scripting – as well as a bunch of bug fixes and updates that I’m sure all Photoshop users would welcome. But if you want the goodies, you’ll need to be subscribed to the Cloud version. You can get the full details on the update from Adobe, and of course updating is simply a matter of using Help->Update from your copy of Photoshop CC. Read more »

Sony QX100 and QX10: Bridging smartphone cameras to high-end point and shoots

Sony has finally launched its rumored “lens-style” cameras – that feature relatively large sensors and high-quality lenses that clip to your smartphone. The idea behind the new high-end Sony Cybershot DSC-QX100 and budget-priced Sony Cybershot DSC-QX10 is to give smartphone photographers access to “DSLR quality” without sacrificing convenience. You can read my full writeup on Extremetech, and if you decide you want one, you can head over to B&H to get your pre-order in for the $500 20.2MP QX100 or the $250 10x zoom 18MP QX10 now (They expect these to be popular, so the first run is likely to sell out). Read more »

Nikon D7100 and Nikon 70-200mm f4 Lens: Action-friendly DSLR and lens combo for under $2500

For those looking to photograph wildlife, sports or other action without breaking the bank, you can’t do better than the Nikon D7100 DSLR coupled with the new Nikon 70-200mm f/4 lens. After shooting with them for two weeks in Alaska (as my second body & flight lens) I was thoroughly happy with both their performance and the resulting images. Sure, they are not going to deliver the same results as a Nikon D4 coupled with the new Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 OS HSM Lens or Nikon 200-400mm f/4 Lens, but they are a fraction of the cost and much smaller and lighter. Read more »

Think Tank Sling-O-Matic Bags: The ultimate field packs

I've spent the last two weeks in the field everyday with the new Think Tank Sling-O-Matic 20 Sling Camera Bag. Moving through marshes and meadows, as well as across streams, the bag was put through its paces as the home for my second camera body and lenses as I led two photo trips in Alaska's Lake Clark Park. My need for something like the Sling Bag was the need to switch cameras and lenses coupled with the impossibility of setting a traditional backpack down in the water and mud we were often dealing with. Read more »

New Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 lens: Nikon and Canon 200-400mm killer?

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for NikonThe original Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 was a favorite safari lens for many pros. It fell behind with the introduction of the Nikon 200-400mm f/4 lens with built-in Vibration Reduction. It's subsequent model -- including Optical Stabilization -- regained it respect, but left it a bit behind the Nikon in usability and build quality. That has changed dramatically with the new version – the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 OS HSM Lens. Every bit the equal of the Nikon in both optical and build quality at a fraction of the cost, the Sigma is again likely to become the favorite safari lens of many pros and enthusiastic amateurs alike. Read more »

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