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Il PhotoBLOG chiude e… nasce Videographia.it, il portale dedicato al mondo fotovideo

4 maggio 2012

 

 

Dopo quasi quattro anni ed 845 articoli pubblicati, il PhotoBLOG chiude qui la sua avventura …per continuarla su Videographia.it.

Video e Foto, due mondi molto diversi tra loro che, negli ultimi anni, hanno visto una interazione sempre maggiore fino ad arrivare a fondersi, creando nuovi modelli ibridi in grado di aprire a possibilità creative prima impensabili.

E’ questo il risultato rivoluzionario ed esplosivo dell’evoluzione tecnologica legata all’immagine digitale.

Nexthardware.com ha deciso di affrontare al meglio la vastità degli argomenti trattati, ormai “stretti” nello spazio del PhotoBLOG, differenziandosi e dando vita a Videographia.it.

Nome composto dai termini “video” e “fotografia“, Videographia.it offre una panoramica a 360° sui mondi foto e video, trovandone e mettendone in risalto i punti di contatto nei prodotti e nelle soluzioni software presenti sul mercato.

News, recensioni, speciali, report sui brevetti e anche uno spazio dedicato ai rumors, costituiranno i contenuti principali del sito, ma non mancheranno collaborazioni e contributi con Professionisti dei relativi settori che arricchiranno progressivamente la knowledge-base del nuovo portale.

Grazie al nuovo Forum ed al supporto dello Staff di moderazione, gli Utenti troveranno spazi tematici adatti a discutere sui prodotti fotovideo, a confrontarsi ed a trovare soluzioni alle differenti problematiche in un ambiente sereno e professionale.

Videographia.it è il portale dedicato a due mondi in rapida e continua evoluzione che non finiranno mai di sorprenderci.

 

Arrivederci su Videographia.it!

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NAB 2012 – Il nuovo Atomos Ninja 2 ed il FullHD della Nikon D800

23 aprile 2012
Commenti disabilitati su NAB 2012 – Il nuovo Atomos Ninja 2 ed il FullHD della Nikon D800

Atomos Ninja 2

Atomos presenta la versione 2 del suo bestseller Ninja, periferica di registrazione esterna per lo stream video su SSD e dotata di LCD integrato. Tra gli aggiornamenti, un display touch con risoluzione superiore (800x480pixel) ed angolo visuale più ampio (170°), features come peaking, zebra stripes e false color. Altra innovazione fondamentale è la feature SmartLog (al minuto 4:10 del secondo video sotto-riportato) che promette di rivoluzionare il modo col quale le clip vengono valutate e conseguentemente tagliate: nella pratica reale, in modalità Monitor/PlayBack, si possono determinare, marcandole, le porzioni di filmato ritenute buone e ritrovarsele pronte per l’edit in post-produzione. Un po’ come l’assegnazione della valutazione alle foto appena scattate, solo che qui lo si fa con il video. Prezzo, più o meno sempre lo stesso, circa 795 Euro, IVA escl.,  che, considerando le nuove feature, è praticamente un affare. Sul fronte Nikon D800, reflex digitale il cui stream video FullHD non compresso può essere registrato in output dalla HDMI, l’introduzione del Ninja 2 porta una conferma sulla qualità, molto elevata, ottenibile dalla full-frame giapponese.

Atomos Ninja 2 su D800, consigliato il download per evitare la compressione di Vimeo

Ron Adair ha effettuato un convincente test comparativo tra il registrato interno su CF della D800 e quello catturato dall’N2. Il paragone a favore dell’Atomos, almeno in questo primo video esempio, è evidentissimo, con un dettaglio ed una qualità delle immagini superiori che rendono piena giustizia alle potenzialità della reflex Nikon anche in ambito video. A questo link c’è la gallery con frame grab full-size direttamente messi a confronto. Nel video successivo, Dan Chung incontra Atomos al NAB 2012 per un primo hands-on del Ninja 2 sulla reflex, manco a dirlo, D800.

Link. Atomos Ninja 2, pagina ufficiale

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Adobe rilascia Photoshop, la Suite CS6 e sposta tutto su Creative Cloud

23 aprile 2012

Giornata storica questa di oggi per Adobe e soprattutto per i suoi Utenti, con il rilascio di uno dei più importanti aggiornamenti di sempre alla Suite CS6. Di Photoshop avevamo parlato in occasione della pubblicazione, sugli Adobe Labs, del link download relativo alla versione Public Beta, qui.

Aggiornamenti sostanziali, sul fronte video, per quanto riguarda Premiere ed After Effects, entrambi migliorati sotto il profilo prestazionale, col primo che adesso è in grado di sfruttare, attraverso il Mercury Engine, le librerie OpenCL (Mac); AE vede invece l’implementazione della Global Performance Cache, nuova feature di salvataggio delle anteprime che ne consente una revisione rapida on-demand, abbattendo drasticamente i tempi morti. Interessante la presenza di SpeedGrade, una serie di tools integrati per il color grading & finishing. Non mancano, per entrambi i caposaldi del video editing professionale Adobe, nuovi filtri ed effetti speciali.

Parallelamente all’aggiornamento alla versione CS6, Adobe introduce Creative Cloud che combina la possibilità di salvare e sincronizzare i propri lavori photovideo sul Cloud (20GByte di spazio per utente) a quella di accedere a tutti gli applicativi della Suite nonché di pubblicare i propri lavori sulle piattaforme mobile Android/iPad/iPhone sfruttando gli strumenti di publishing  integrati nel servizio. Tutto questo attraverso una forma di affitto annuale per un costo di 50USD (61,49 Euro IVA incl. qui da noi) mensili. ACC, Adobe Creative Cloud, è forse la maggiore delle tre novità annunciate oggi poiché introduce una strategia volta a stabilire con l’utenza un legame ancor più profondo rispetto a quello del solo software licensing.

Anche per quanto riguarda Lightroom, ora arrivato alla versione 4, Adobe prevede, nel futuro prossimo, una sua integrazione tra i servizi previsti nella CC.

 

Link. Adobe Italia

 

Press Release Ufficiale Photoshop CS6

Adobe Unveils Fast, Feature-Packed Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended software, major releases of the undisputed standard for professional digital imaging. Packed with new features and enhancements, the software includes groundbreaking innovations and unparalleled performance breakthroughs that expand the frontiers of imaging science, and deliver new levels of creativity and increased efficiency. Photoshop CS6 Extended integrates the state-of-the-art editing, compositing, and graphic design capabilities of Photoshop CS6, as well as advanced tools for 3D design*, image and video editing, and quantitative analysis which address the unique needs of the graphic design, video, Web, architecture, medical, manufacturing and engineering industries.

“Creativity is at the very center of our efforts – both in developing exceptional tools, and enabling our users to create beautiful imagery that stands out from the visual clutter around us,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “Photoshop CS6 is unrivaled in capabilities and power and – as we have seen from the astonishing reception of our recent public beta – has once again captured the imagination of the worldwide creative community. ‘Photoshop magic’ is alive and well with CS6.”

Since Photoshop CS6 was released as a public beta on March 22 for Mac OS and Microsoft® Windows® platforms, there have been nearly one million downloads of the software worldwide – surpassing any public beta in Adobe’s history. With this launch, Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended can be purchased as stand-alone applications, key components of the Adobe Creative Suite 6 family (see separate press release), and now as part of Adobe’s revolutionary Creative Cloud™ offering, also announced today (see separate release).

Create with Imaging Innovation and Peak Performance

Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended deliver unparalleled speed and power combined with the creative tools necessary to perform advanced image manipulation, design, motion‐based content editing, and compositing. The software helps users to patch images with control for exceptional results; edit with real-time interactions and a fluid feel powered by the new Mercury Graphics Engine; easily edit video; perform automatic tone mapping and sharpening; and use improved design tools for better results with fewer steps. Creative customers will be able to take advantage of an efficient, modern UI that puts all focus on images, and sync settings and preferences for consistent workflows across multiple devices via Adobe Creative Cloud.

“Adobe Photoshop CS6 gives Trek powerful design tools to help bring our creative vision to a reality faster and with greater control than ever before. The responsiveness of the new Mercury Graphics Engine is simply breathtaking and being able to see the results instantaneously helps us keep to our extremely tight timelines,” said Eric Lynn, creative director, Trek Bicycle. “We often work with large files that include more than 500 layers and being able to search them all – and continue working while saving a large document – is invaluable to our workflow and a huge time saver for us.”

Photoshop CS6 features include:

  • Content-Aware Patch – Allows greater control by letting users choose the sample area used to create a patch.
  • Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine – Takes advantage of the graphics processing unit in modern hardware to speed up imaging and editing tasks, and process large images faster.
  • New and Re-engineered Design Tools – Type styles enable consistent formatting; vector layers apply strokes and add gradients to vector objects; custom strokes and dashed lines are easily created; quick layers search and more.
  • Intuitive Video Creation – The full range of familiar Photoshop tools and an intuitive set of new video tools to create and enhance any video clip.
  • Blur Gallery – A simple new interface with on-image and in-context controls allows users to quickly create photographic blur effects including tilt-shift effects, blur everything with one focal point, or vary the blurriness between multiple focal points.

Photoshop CS6 Extended includes all Photoshop CS6 features and:

  • Mercury Graphics Engine for 3D – Increased power and speed via engine optimized for 3D imaging.
  • New 3D Controls – UI improvements for more efficient 3D workflows.
  • New 3D Effects – Reflections and “drag-able” shadows to enhance images.

Adobe Creative Cloud and Digital Imaging

Adobe Creative Cloud gives creative customers a new option for purchasing and experiencing Adobe software innovation, including Adobe Photoshop CS6:

  • Creative Cloud membership provides designers with access to download and install every new Adobe CS6 application announced today and two new HTML5 products, Adobe Muse™ and Adobe Edge preview.
  • Creative Cloud powers the integration of creative tablet applications, such as Photoshop Touch, into everyday work – seamlessly synchronizing and storing files in the cloud, for sharing and access on any device.
  • Creative Cloud members will be able to easily deliver mobile apps to iOS and Android marketplaces and publish, manage and host websites.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud members will receive access to application upgrades, including new Photoshop features – before they are launched as part of a major update, as well as inventive new products and services, as they emerge. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® 4 will be offered as part of Creative Cloud membership in the future.

Live Streamed Webcast

The launch event for Adobe Creative Cloud and CS6 will be streamed live beginning at 10 a.m. PT, April 23 at www.adobe.com/special/cs6/launch-event.html and will be available there as a continuous rebroadcast from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. PT on April 23. An on-demand version will be available at http://tv.adobe.com beginning April 24.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended, Adobe Creative Suite 6 editions and Adobe Creative Cloud are scheduled to be available within 30 days and can be pre-ordered now. Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS6 Extended will also be available through Adobe Authorized Resellers, the Adobe Store and Adobe Direct Sales; estimated street price for Photoshop CS6 is US$699 and US$999 for Photoshop CS6 Extended. Upgrade pricing is also available to eligible customers. Subscription pricing for Photoshop CS6 Extended is US$19.99 per month for an annual contract and US$29.99 for a month-to-month contract. For more detailed information about features, OS support, system requirements, upgrade policies and pricing, please visit www.adobe.com/photoshop.

 

Press Release Ufficiale Suite CS6

Milestone Adobe CS6 Release Delivers Major Innovations for Design, Web and Video Pros

CS6 Products Anchor New Adobe Creative Cloud Offering

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) today announced the ultimate toolkit for design, Web and video professionals with the unveiling of the Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 product line and Adobe Creative Cloud™ (see separate release). Powerful new releases of 14 CS6 applications and four Creative Suites – Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Standard, Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, and Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection – drive home Adobe’s continued innovation across creative markets. A new subscription-based offering, Adobe Creative Cloud, will provide users with the ability to download and install every Adobe CS6 application* announced today. Creative Cloud also integrates Adobe Touch Apps† into everyday work, introduces cloud-based sync and store capabilities, and powers the publishing of apps and high-impact Web experiences.

“Creatives get a ton of innovation across CS6, with milestone releases of all our flagship products,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media Business, Adobe. “With CS6 and Creative Cloud, we’re also introducing new products, new mobile workflows and advanced publishing capabilities that show we are laser-focused on ensuring design, Web and video pros have everything they need for the delivery of high-impact content and apps.”

Major CS Upgrades and All-New Muse Anchor Landmark Launch for Designers

The performance and workflow enhancements in Adobe Photoshop® CS6 (see separate release), Adobe Illustrator® CS6 and Adobe InDesign® CS6 will result in significant time savings for print, Web and mobile projects.

  • In Photoshop CS6, designers will experience incredible performance, powered by the Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine, enabling near instant results from essential editing tools, including Liquify, Puppet Warp, Transform and Lighting Effects.
  • Adobe has built on Photoshop’s breakthrough Content-Aware capabilities with advanced new Content-Aware Patch and Content-Aware Move features.
  • Illustrator CS6 debuts a revamped modern interface, and features include a new image tracing engine, easy pattern creation and ability to apply gradients to strokes. The Mercury Performance System delivers speed and stability, including 64-bit support for Mac OS and Windows.
  • InDesign CS6 continues to blaze a trail in publishing, streamlining the creation of multiple layouts from a single set of content with new Adaptive Design Tools – Alternate Layout, Liquid Layout, Content Collector Tools and Linked Content.
  • A brand new application, Adobe Muse™, a radical tool that enables designers to create and publish HTML5 web sites without writing code, was also announced today.

Adobe Doubles-Down on HTML5 Tooling for Web Professionals

Innovative new workflows and capabilities across Adobe tools simplify the creative process for today’s Web designers, developers and interactive professionals.

  • Web pros can conveniently integrate HTML5 animations, created with Adobe Edge preview, into their Dreamweaver projects, driving home Adobe’s leadership in tooling for the HTML5 Web standard.
  • Adobe Dreamweaver® CS6 addresses the challenge of responsive Web designs with the ability to build fluid grid layouts replacing the tedious manual process of creating and configuring separate CSS-based interfaces for phone, tablet and desktop.
  • Through direct integration with Adobe’s recently announced PhoneGap Build service, Dreamweaver CS6 helps round out Web professionals’ skillsets and enables them to produce native mobile applications for multiple platforms.
  • Adobe Flash® Professional CS6 users can easily translate and transition their skills to HTML5 using the Flash Professional Toolkit for CreateJS. Flash Professional CS6 also helps designers create exciting and impactful gaming experiences and advancements include the ability to generate sprite sheets that improve workflows and performance.
  • Pre-built native extensions and new packaging options, leveraging the latest Adobe Flash Player and AIR runtimes, help expand and ease app delivery to Android and iOS devices.

Production Premium CS6 Pushes Boundaries of Video Creativity

Redesigned by and for video editors, with major performance enhancements, the tools included in Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium set a new standard in professional video.

  • With dozens of new features, Adobe Premiere® Pro CS6 is the hub of any professional video workflow, featuring a sleek new editing environment. The powerful Adobe Mercury Playback Engine now supports OpenCL on MacBook Pros.
  • The most significant After Effects release in a decade, Adobe After Effects® CS6 is faster and more responsive than ever. With Global Performance Cache, previews are saved and ready to go – cutting the time spent bouncing between projects.
  • New to Production Premium are Adobe Prelude™ CS6, which streamlines logging and ingest workflows in post-production, and Adobe SpeedGrade, which contains powerful finishing tools for film finishing and color grading.
  • Adobe Audition® CS6 accelerates audio post-production: real-time clip stretching makes it simple to stretch clips to fit an edit; and Automatic Speech Alignment introduces a powerful new engine for automated dialogue analysis.
  • A new third party API for hardware integration – Adobe Mercury Transmit – allows broadcast video monitoring to connect directly into the Mercury Playback Engine via third-party cards from AJA, Blackmagic Design and Matrox.

Live Streamed Webcast

The launch event for Adobe Creative Cloud and CS6 will be streamed live beginning at 10 a.m. PT, April 23 at www.adobe.com/special/cs6/launch-event.html and will be available there as a continuous rebroadcast from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. PT on April 23. An on-demand version will be available at http://tv.adobe.com beginning April 24.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Creative Suite 6 products and Adobe Creative Cloud are scheduled to be available within 30 days and can be pre-ordered now. Adobe continues to offer 14 CS6 point-products as well as Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium (US$1,899), Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Standard (US$1,299), Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium (US$1,899) and Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection (US$2,599) for purchase. Upgrade pricing is also available to eligible customers. Customers can purchase CS6 products via Adobe.com and through select retail, resellers and online stores. More information on product pricing is available at www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite.html.

Adobe Creative Cloud membership for individuals is US$49.99 per month based on annual membership and US$74.99 per month based on month-to-month membership. A special introductory offer of US$29.99 per month for CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 individual customers is also available. Learn more at www.adobe.com/go/creativecloud.

 

Press Release Ufficiale Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Launches Creative Cloud

Powerful New Adobe CS6 Release at Heart of Transformative Creative Cloud Initiative

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Creative Cloud™, a radical new way of providing tools and services* that will change the game for creatives worldwide. A subscription-based offering, Adobe Creative Cloud is a hub for making, sharing and delivering creative work and it is centered around a powerful release of Adobe Creative Suite® 6 software (see separate release), packed with innovation across its industry-defining design, Web, video and digital imaging tools.

Adobe Creative Cloud Highlights

  • Creative Cloud membership provides users with access to download and install every new Adobe CS6 application announced today and two new HTML5 products, Adobe Muse™ and Adobe Edge preview.
  • Creative Cloud integrates Adobe’s creative tablet applications†, such as Photoshop Touch, into everyday work – seamlessly synchronizing and storing files in the cloud for sharing and access on any device.
  • Creative Cloud members will be able to easily deliver mobile apps to iOS and Android marketplaces and publish, manage and host websites.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud members will have access to application upgrades, including new CS point-product features, before they are launched as part of major CS updates, as well as inventive new products and services as they emerge.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud membership is US$49.99 per month, with an annual contract. A special introductory offer of US$29.99 per month for CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 individual customers is also available.

“The urge to be creative is universal, and harnessing the creative spark – in everyone from school children to creative pros – has never been more important,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer, Adobe. “Wherever and whenever inspiration strikes, Adobe will be there to help capture, refine and publish your ideas.”

Creative Suite 6, Innovative HTML5 Tools Anchor Creative Cloud

  • CS6 includes landmark releases of industry icons such as Adobe Photoshop® CS6 (see separate release), Adobe InDesign® CS6, Adobe Illustrator® CS6, Adobe Dreamweaver® CS6, Adobe Premiere® Pro CS6, Adobe After Effects® CS6, Adobe Flash® Professional CS6 and more. With Creative Cloud membership, creatives can download and install all of the 14 new Adobe Creative Suite 6 applications.
  • Creative Cloud membership also includes access to Adobe Muse and Adobe Edge preview, new tools for HTML5 design and development that demonstrate Adobe’s commitment to the latest Web standards.

Creative Cloud Links Adobe Touch Apps to CS6 Desktop Tools

  • Adobe Creative Cloud integrates Adobe’s line of creative touch tools with CS6 desktop applications.
  • Adobe Touch Apps bring professional-level creativity to tablet devices and address multiple areas of the creative process: image editing, ideation, sketching, mood board creation, website and mobile app prototyping, and the presentation of finished work.
  • Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas have already proved runaway hits on the iPad and Android tablets. Three additional tools, available on Android today, will be coming to iPad soon: Adobe Collage, Adobe Debut and Adobe Proto.
  • A new desktop app, Adobe Creative Cloud Connection, enables the syncing, sharing and storing of files across mobile devices and desktop.
  • Creative Cloud membership includes up to 20GB of cloud storage, with additional storage purchase options coming soon.

Creative Cloud Publishing Services Streamline Website and App Creation

  • Creative Cloud publishing services will include the ability to easily publish apps, magazines and catalogues to iPad, iPhone and Android devices.
  • Members have immediate access to Adobe Typekit, the Web-based font library that pioneered the use of real fonts on websites, delivering more than 700 typefaces from leading foundries.
  • New Web hosting capabilities, integrated as part of Adobe Creative Cloud membership, allow users to easily create and host high-impact websites. The Integration between Adobe Muse, Typekit and the Web hosting capabilities power a new simplified workflow for delivering high-impact websites.

Members Receive Ongoing Delivery of New Applications, Services and Features

Creative Cloud members will receive ongoing updates to Creative Suite applications as well as other new products and services as they emerge. Coming in the future to Adobe Creative Cloud are:

  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, the desktop software tool that enables photographic perfection from shoot to finish; the first complete release of Adobe Edge, a ground-breaking HTML5 development tool; and Digital Publishing Suite Single Edition, the technology behind the delivery of digital magazines on iPad.
  • Creative Cloud will also include training, support and community features that drive meaningful connections between creatives worldwide.

Live Streamed Webcast

The launch event for Adobe Creative Cloud and CS6 will be streamed live beginning at 10 a.m. PT, April 23 at www.adobe.com/special/cs6/launch-event.html and will be available there as a continuous rebroadcast from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. PT on April 23. An on-demand version will be available at http://tv.adobe.com beginning April 24.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Creative Suite 6 products and Adobe Creative Cloud are scheduled to be available within 30 days and can be pre-ordered now. Adobe Creative Cloud membership will be available to customers in 36 countries and in multiple languages. Pricing for Creative Cloud membership for individuals is US$49.99 per month based on annual membership and US$74.99 per month for month-to-month membership. A special introductory offer of US$29.99 per month for CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 individual customers is also available. Learn more at www.adobe.com/go/creativecloud.

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DxO Labs, il dietro le quinte di Stephen Shankland

21 aprile 2012

Nicolas Touchard, DxO Labs, ©C|NET

Grande idea quella del giornalista in forza a C|NET, Stephen Shankland, di andarsi a vedere e studiare la metodologia di testing dei Laboratori DxO. E che tempismo, anche! Proprio in un periodo come questo, nel quale accesissime sono le discussioni sulla qualità espressa dalla nuova generazione di reflex digitali full-frame e mirrorless m4/3 ed APS-C; senza dire dei risultati, andati oltre ogni più rosea aspettativa ed ottenuti dalla Nikon D800 oppure di quelli, un po’ sotto-tono, della rinnovata generazione, la MarkIII, della Canon EOS 5D.

Insomma, per vederci chiaro (no pun intended), Stephen è andato a trovare, a Boulogne Billancourt vicino Parigi, Frederic Guichard e Nicolas Touchard, rispettivamente CEO e Vice Presidente del marketing DxO per capire più a fondo il modo e la logica col quale vengono determinati i risultati dei vari test. Ebbene, i punti più interessanti dell’articolo di Shankland li abbiamo riportati più sotto ma il consiglio è quello di dedicare qualche minuto alla lettura dell’intero pezzo perché é davvero molto interessante.

 

Link. C|NET, How DxO Labs tests hot cameras like Canon’s latest SLR

 

Breve estratto dell’articolo completo che raccomandiamo di leggere per l’approfondimento.

Attenzione a dire che i MPixel non contano…

Everybody says there is no need for more pixels, and we should reduce the number to a reasonable number so the quality will improve,” Guichard said. However, DxO’s aggregate measurements tell a different story: “If we look at the cameras, there are more and more pixels, and the quality is increasing in the meantime.

Dichiarare valori High-ISO elevati non equivale a direche anche la qualità è aumentata proporzionalmente

Camera makers also have shifted their standards for acceptable noise, so just because this year’s camera goes to a higher ISO than an earlier model, don’t assume that the image quality at the highest ISO setting is on par. Cameras can clean up photos as they’re converted into JPEGs, but DxO’s measurements of the raw image data shows how newer cameras produce more noise at the highest ISO before that processing.

Ah, questi telefoni cellulari!

Phone cameras necessarily have tiny image sensors that can’t capture as much light as the bigger sensors on compact cameras or the even bigger sensors of full-frame SLR cameras. But for a given surface area of image sensor, mobile phone cameras actually do better.

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Nikon D800 vs. D800E su Luminous Landscape

19 aprile 2012

D800E vs. D800, crop 100%, click per ingrandire – © The Luminous Landscape

Finalmente! Ecco la prima cosa che mi è passata per la testa stamane leggendo il titolo dell’ultimo articolo di Michael Reichmann, “Nikon D800 / D800e First Comparison“, su Luminous Landscape. Michael è solito acquistare le attrezzature che testa, soprattutto se decide di utilizzarle per lungo tempo: ordinate entrambe le varianti della nuova reflex digitale Nikon appena annunciate, ha ritirato la sua “E” giusto ieri da Henry’s mentre sono già una decina di giorni che gira (e scatta foto) con la D800. Inutile dire che il metodo impiegato per effettuare il raffronto tra i due corpi è quanto uno si aspetterebbe da un professionista: treppiedi e testa granitici, assenza di vento, MLU, verifica della messa a fuoco eccetera… Gli obiettivi utilizzati sono il Nikkor AF-S 85/1.4G ad F4 ed il SIGMA 150/2.8 APO OS Macro, noto per l’incisione notevolissima.

Il crop 100% in apertura vede la “E” a sinistra e la D800 “liscia” a destra: lascio a voi le considerazioni, soprattutto dopo avere letto il breve articolo di Michael (ne seguiranno altri) al link seguente.

Link. Nikon D800 / D800e First Comparison

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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm F1.8 G per corpi full-frame

19 aprile 2012

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm F1.8G, click per ingrandire

AGGIORNAMENTO: click QUI per il PDF dettagliato ufficiale Nital

Non è un DX ma un obiettivo di tipo FX dedicato ai corpi full-frame del Produttore Giapponese. Si tratta di un prime 28mm F1,8 caratterizzato da una formula ottica comprensiva di 11 elementi, due dei quali asferici, raccolti in 9 gruppi. Il rivestimento Nano Crystal Coat riduce fenomeni di ghosting e flare. Il nuovo AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G sarà disponibile dalla fine del mese di Maggio ad un prezzo di circa 700USD.

Press Release

NIKON’S NEW AF-S NIKKOR 28MM F/1.8G LENS MAKES WIDE-ANGLE AND FAST APERTURE AN ATTAINABLE REALITY

MELVILLE, N.Y. (April 19, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the wide-angle AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G, a fixed focal length lens with a large maximum aperture to carry on the legacy of superior NIKKOR imaging technology for enthusiasts and professionals. With a large maximum aperture of f/1.8 and Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to reduce ghost and flare, the 28mm FX-format lens offers stunning sharpness and versatility for both photos and HD video.

“This NIKKOR lens is the latest addition to the popular family of f/1.8 primes designed to give HD-SLR shooters the performance and versatility needed to capture images and HD video with outstanding image quality,” said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. “The new AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G is a great way for photographers to discover a high-quality, wide-angle prime lens that provides amazingly crisp focus and natural background blur.”

Professional and enthusiast HD-SLR photographers will appreciate the 28mm f/1.8G’s wide-angle versatility and enjoy the sharp focus and lightweight yet durable construction befitting a NIKKOR lens. The lens’ Nano Crystal Coat prevents ghosting and flare and helps produce spectacular high-resolution photos and HD video in even the most challenging lighting conditions. This 28mm lens also features a large f/1.8 maximum aperture, giving the photographer the ability to effortlessly highlight natural background image blur.

The 28mm f/1.8G’s construction and optical formula is deep-rooted with NIKKOR core technology to ensure the highest level performance and versatility for the most demanding imaging applications. Featuring eleven optical elements in nine groups with two aspherical elements, the 28mm f/1.8G is designed to be a compact and durable lens maximized for versatility. Additionally, the new 28mm lens is able to resolve high resolution images with amazing sharpness and clarity, making it an ideal companion for the new 36.3-megapixel Nikon D800 HD-SLR. Professionals and enthusiasts are offered complete lens control with two focus modes, (M) manual and (M/A) autofocus with manual override that allow the photographer to tailor their focus for any shooting scenario. The 28mm f/1.8G lens is also equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) allowing for smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation essential for capturing pristine HD video.

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Nikon D3200, entry APS-C a 24MPixel e WiFi

19 aprile 2012

Nikon D3200, click per ingrandire

AGGIORNAMENTO: click QUI per il PDF dettagliato ufficiale Nital

Il sensore? Quasi certamente si tratta di una derivazione dell’ottimo 24MPixel made in SONY che equipaggia la mirrorless NEX-7 e le Alpha SLT-A77 e A65, range ISO 100-6400 (12.800 Hi1). Al processing, ovviamente penserà invece l’elettronica Nikon ed, in particolare, la CPU EXPEED 3, 4fps a raffica in RAW 12bit.

Il prezzo? Circa 700USD con l’ottica kit 18-55mm VR.

La novità? Il nuovo modulo opzionale WiFi WU-1a, circa 60USD, che consente di controllare lo scatto remoto (ma non di cambiare i parametri di esposizione), effettuare upload di fotografie e visualizzare su smartphone, App per Android dalla 2.3 in avanti, lo stream video per il liveview fino a 15 metri di distanza. Schermo posteriore aggiornato ad un 3″ con 921Kpunti, video FullHD 1080/30p e peso contenuto in appena 500 grammi (solo corpo, memoria e batteria incluse).

Questi, in sintesi, i punti forza della nuova reflex digitale “entry” Nikon D3200. Disponibilità da da fine Aprile, pronta insomma per l’estate che arriva.

 

Nikon D3200, modulo WiFi WU-1a, click per ingrandire

Press Release

SIMPLY STUNNING: THE NEW NIKON D3200 IS THE SIMPLE WAY TO CHRONICLE MEMORIES WITH SUPERIOR IMAGE AND HD VIDEO QUALITY

MELVILLE, N.Y. (APRIL 19, 2012) – Today, imaging leader Nikon Inc. introduced the new 24.2-megapixel Nikon D3200 HD-SLR; a camera designed for photo enthusiasts ready to step up to a D-SLR or for the busy family memory keeper with an active lifestyle who demands a camera that can keep pace. From low-light to fast action, the D3200 delivers the amazing image quality Nikon is known for, either indoors or outside. Whether new to photography or upgrading from a point-and-shoot, the D3200 features Nikon’s acclaimed instructive Guide Mode to help unleash the photographer in everyone. From candid action shots to staged portraits that flatter, the Nikon D3200 provides the power to capture every moment easily and beautifully with stellar image quality and in stunning Full HD (1080p) video.

Ready to tag along for any outing, the Nikon D3200’s compact, lightweight body makes it easy to pack for a quick day trip or the long haul. A host of advanced features, including a super high resolution 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, Full HD (1080p) video recording with full time autofocus (AF) and 4 frames-per-second (fps) high-speed continuous shooting mode, prepare the D3200 for challenging lighting conditions and fast paced action. Also, Nikon D3200 users will be able to take advantage of the new WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. When connected to the camera, this optional adapter can wirelessly send images to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, preview an image before shooting and control the camera remotely.

“When every moment is as precious as the next one, having a camera that takes the guesswork out of photography is important,” said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. “The Nikon D3200 HD-SLR offers effortless functionality and easy-to-use connectivity to mobile devices that answers the call for a capable, entry-level D-SLR that will change how you share amazing images with your friends and family.”

Stunning Images to Last a Lifetime

The new Nikon D3200 delivers outstanding image quality no matter the user’s skill level by leveraging Nikon’s renowned technologies. The new 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor allows for incredibly sharp images with stunning detail and less noise, while Nikon’s EXPEED 3™ image processing engine helps to create clear, lifelike images and video with vivid colors, smooth tonal gradations and low noise.
The Nikon D3200 grants users impressive performance in low-light, affording the ability to shoot with assurance even during night games and school plays. With a native ISO range that extends from ISO 100 to 6400, the D3200 can also be expanded to a high of ISO 12,800 for extreme low-light situations resulting in previously impossible photos. Additionally, Nikon’s Scene Recognition System works in tandem with the camera’s 3D Color Matrix Metering II to recognize factors such as color and brightness for balanced exposures, accurate AF, faithful white balance and beautiful flash photos.

Effortless Operation

Beginner photographers as well as those looking to expand their repertoire of shooting techniques will appreciate the Nikon D3200’s Guide Mode which provides step-by-step photo instructions to capture amazing images. Easily accessible through the Mode Dial found on top of the camera body, the Guide Mode walks beginning D-SLR users through the process of set-up, shooting, viewing and deleting images. Because it asks the user what kind of creative photo technique they would like to learn, the Guide Mode has been widely acclaimed for its ability to build confidence and give users the tools to create amazing images. As more people discover the benefits of replacing their camcorder with a D-SLR, the Guide Mode also walks users through the best video settings to create home movies with blockbuster flair. For those with a more advanced skill level, the Guide Mode features helpful Assist Images that serve as a visual reference to inspire users and illustrate the desired result, while guiding them through easy-to-follow techniques.

Further taking the guesswork out of photography, the D3200 also includes six Scene Modes. Photographers can set the Mode Dial to Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-Up or Night Portrait, and the D3200 will automatically adjust camera settings for optimal results in a variety of conditions.

Beautiful Home Movies in Full HD

When images alone can’t tell the whole story, the Nikon D3200 offers the full HD experience of high quality 1080p video. Users can create memorable, cinematic quality videos at 24 or 30 fps and easily share HD content online with friends and family or on their own HDTV via the HDMI output.

Continuing down the path that its predecessor, the Nikon D3100, started, the D3200 implements full-time AF during video recording to help capture crisp video even during the most action-packed situations. To boost the production value of any home video, the camera offers manual or automatic exposure control, and a stereo microphone input to attach an optional external microphone such as the compact ME-1 Stereo Microphone. Furthermore, the D3200 offers other HD-SLR advantages including the ability to create a shallow depth of field, amazing low-light video performance and NIKKOR lens versatility.

Capturing videos on the D3200 is simple, even when in Live View. With a dedicated video record button and easy access to the Live View switch, users can capture video clips before the moment is gone. Additionally, videos play with astonishing detail and clarity on the D3200’s 3-inch, high resolution 921,000-dot LCD screen.

A Camera to Keep Pace with an Energetic Existence

An active lifestyle requires a capable camera that is ready at a moment’s notice, and the Nikon D3200 packs powerful technology to tackle just about any challenge. Delivering up to 4 fps in high-speed continuous shooting mode, the D3200 helps ensure that important, spontaneous and easy-to-miss memories are captured, from a baby’s first smile to a game winning grand slam. Additionally, the D3200’s advanced 11-point AF system allows the user to find and keep focus while maintaining a clear view of that subject. This advanced focusing system is ideal for capturing tricky subjects like a dancer mid-leap during the big recital or a dive for the line drive in centerfield.

The Nikon D3200’s power is amplified when combined with the versatility of Nikon’s legendary NIKKOR optics and powerful accessories. Compatible with Nikon’s dedicated DX-format lenses and over 50 FX-format lenses as well as Nikon’s Speedlight System, the Nikon D3200 puts creativity at the user’s fingertips. The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter for the D3200 allows the connected user to easily share photos taken on the D3200 to an Android™ platform based smartphone or tablet, so friends and family can enjoy the moment almost as quickly as it happens.1 Android platform users are able to wirelessly transfer images from the camera to a mobile device, preview the image before shooting photos, and even remotely control the camera from up to 49 feet. The Application for use with an Android platform smartphone (2.3 series) and tablet (3.x series) is expected for release in May 2012.2 Additionally, an Application for the iPhone® and iPad® mobile digital device is expected for release in Fall 2012.3

Price and Availability

The Nikon D3200 outfit with the versatile AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens will be available in late April 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $699.95* in either Black or Red. The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter, sold separately, will be available in late May 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $59.95*. For more information on the Nikon D3200, NIKKOR lenses, additional Nikon D-SLR cameras and accessories, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

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NAB 2012 – Blackmagic Cinema Camera, 2,5K RAW a prezzi da saldo

17 aprile 2012

Blackmagic Cinema Camera, click per ingrandire

 

I “grandi” prendano nota: dopo avere iniziato, forse involontariamente, una rivoluzione con la prima full-frame FullHD, s’é messo in funzione un ingranaggio che adesso è impossibile fermare, men che meno controllare. L’impressione, guardando ad alcune novità di recente introduzione, è che si sia voluta limitare di proposito l’evoluzione delle video-reflex a favore di un mercato più specifico ed immancabilmente (molto) più costoso. Basta d’altronde vedere certi ultimi annunci… Specifiche, foto e video dopo il break.

Prosegui la lettura…

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NAB 2012 – Carl Zeiss CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 Compact Tele Zoom

17 aprile 2012

Carl Zeiss CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 Compact Tele Zoom

Appena presentato al NAB, disponibilità fine 2012 a 14.900 Euro esclusa IVA, il nuovo Carl Zeiss Compact Zoom 70-200/T2.9. Si tratta di un obiettivo specifico per il video e caratterizzato da un peso molto contenuto per la tipologia di applicazione, appena 2,8Kg. Il range di focali rende il 70-200 versatile ed adatto alla ripresa di situazioni differenti; specificamente disegnato per sensori full-frame 36x24mm, può essere il complemento ideale alle reflex dell’ultima generazione, 4K incluse. Tra le particolarità, il diaframma a 18 lamelle per uno sfuocato perfettamente circolare e progressivo.

DSLRNewsshooter, anteprima Carl Zeiss al NAB 2012

Press Release Ufficiale

Carl Zeiss Launches Compact Tele Zoom Lens at NAB 2012

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 16.04.2012.
During the NAB Trade Show in Las Vegas from April 16-19, 2012, Carl Zeiss will show its first Compact Zoom CZ.2 lens to complement the Compact Prime CP.2 line of lenses. According to customer requests it is the first compact zoom lens of its kind with interchangeable mount and full frame capturing capability. The Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 gives the filmmaker the choice of a single lens in the short-long telephoto range, perfect for separating the fore- and background areas or for situations when the subject is a distance from the camera.

“The Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 is first in a line of zoom lenses designed for the owner- operator from Carl Zeiss that allows them to be used with a wide variety of current and future cameras, because of their compact design, full- frame coverage and interchangeable mounts”, notes Christian Bannert, Senior Director R&D, Carl Zeiss Camera Lens Division. “There has never been a zoom lens on the market with similar features.”

The Compact Zoom CZ.2 lens is a perfect complement to the smaller, lighter HD video and cine cameras introduced in the last year. Especially when used with Steadicam systems, the weight of the lens and camera becomes a critical factor. Weighing only 2.8kg (6.2lbs), it opens up new creative opportunities for action sequences by allowing the camera to be used hand-held for a greater range of motion.

The Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses feature an 18-blade aperture, which creates a round iris opening and a natural, out of focus rendition. As with the rest of the Compact Prime CP.2 family, the cine-style housing with gearing allows the attachment of any standard follow-focus system. By using the interchangeable mounts for PL, EF, F, MFT and E, the Compact Zoom CZ.2 lens can be easily adapted to numerous camera systems and ensures compatibility with future cameras as technology changes. The Carl Zeiss T* anti- reflection coating ensures the maximum contrast and color rendition by minimizing stray light and ghosting within the lens. The Compact Zoom CZ.2 delivers flare-free results and it has no focus shift over the whole zoom range.

More compact zoom lenses also made in Germany with additional focal lengths will be announced during the course of this year.

The Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 will start shipping in the fourth quarter of 2012 at a recommended retail price of €14,900 or US$19,900 (excluding VAT)*.

* Status: 16 April, 2012

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Virtual Lighting Studio, il potere della luce… virtuale

16 aprile 2012
Commenti disabilitati su Virtual Lighting Studio, il potere della luce… virtuale

Virtual Lighting Studio, click per ingrandire

VLS (Virtual Lighting Studio) è un’applicazione online per Google Chrome in grado di simulare l’effetto dell’illuminazione, su un soggetto statico pre-definito, fino a sei punti luce differentemente posizionati nello spazio. Ad ognuno di essi è possibile associare, oltre che una posizione (distanza, altezza, punto sul piano ad angoli pre-stabiliti), anche la luminosità (in EV) ed una serie di filtri gel in cinque colori primari per 5 F-Stop ciascuno. Inoltre, è possibile scegliere tra luce diretta, ring-light e soft-box come tipologia di fonte luminosa. Le luci possono essere accese e spente a piacimento per valutarne l’effetto combinato oppure, attraverso il tasto “Solo”, mantenere ON solo quella corrispondente disattivando all’istante tutte le altre. Ambient light compresa.

Inutile dire che uno strumento del genere non può simulare con perfetta accuratezza le condizioni di uno studio vero con tutte le sue variabili ma è senz’altro utile sia a scopo didattico / esplorativo (per quanti vogliano effettivamente rendersi conto dell’impatto di una fonte di luce su un soggetto), che ad un fotografo che voglia, in due minuti, verificare un setup elementare. Attualmente in versione Beta, VLS è raggiungibile al seguente link.

Link. Virtual Lighting Studio

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