Dan Carr

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Born in the UK , Dan took a gap year in Whistler, British Columbia after high-school which planted the seed for a mountain obsession. While his passion for mountain life took a backseat as he finished an Aerospace Engineering degree in England, it wasn't long before he returned to the mountains to start shooting his friends in action. Dan spends 8 months of the year chasing winter around the globe shooting the worlds best skiers and snowboarders for companies like Oakley, Salomon and Columbia. His work has been featured in ski and snowboard magazines from Japan to Canada and everywhere in between as well as innumerable commercial campaigns for an ever widening list of clients. He now lives in the resort town of Whistler when he is not on the road, which provides the perfect backdrop for many other types of adventure, landscape and nature photography. Since starting a blog on his website a few years ago Dan’s interest in all things digital has pushed him to learn, write and teach about many aspects of photography from HDSLR movie making to HDR photography and of course share his knowledge about ski and snowboard photography.


G-Drive ev ATC Review

G-Tech add new Rugged lineup
Written by Dan Carr  |  May 5, 2015

G-Tech's new Rugged hard drive lineup includes several different models to offer varying protection, and integration with their existing Evolution Series drives and dock.  Dan tested out the G-Drive ev ATC to see how it stood up to the elements.


Miller Air Carbon Fiber Tripod System Review

Lightweight, affordable DSLR focused support
Written by Dan Carr  |  February 27, 2015
The Air Tripod System Range is comprised of the Air Alloy and Air Carbon Fiber and both feature the same Air Fluid Head.  The Air Tripod System is billed as a lightweight and affordable option for DSLR users, though a Canon C100 MKII or similar would be quite at home as well with a maximum payload of...

Codex Multi-Camera Recorder

Alexa Mini partner
Written by Dan Carr  |  February 27, 2015
  Alongside the launch of the exciting looking ARRI ALEXA Mini a few days ago, long-time ARRI partner Codex, revealed a new multi-camera recorder.  The recorder features 8 HD-SDI inputs meaning that up to 4 simulatneous ARRIRAW streams can be recorded with a total frame rate of 360fps.  This could mean...

Studio Binder - Call Sheets Simplified

Written by Dan Carr  |  February 26, 2015
  Studio Binder is a new cloud-based production tool that's looking to simplify the call time process for cast and crew.  The service lets you store projects and cast/crew information in the cloud, delivering a simple interface to schedule call times to all members of your team via text message or...

Have I Finally Perfected My Backup Strategy?

Written by Dan Carr  |  January 26, 2015
Like many people, I’ve struggled over the years to find the perfect backup solution for all of my digital content.  As file sizes creep ever upwards, it’s been a permanent upgrade process that’s often caused more than its fair share of headaches.  All drives will fail at some point, it’s an absolute certainty.  The only...

15 Free Logos For Your Production Industry Business

Written by Dan Carr  |  December 31, 2014
So you’ve decided that the freelance lifestyle is for you and you’ve got a website online to show off your skills.  Getting your business branding on point should be one of your next goals but...

WordPress For Video Professionals

5 minute setup + best themes and plugins
Written by Dan Carr  |  November 30, 2014
This article is intended to be great starting point for someone who’s looking to either improve their existing website, or start their first one.  I’ve split it into four distinct sections: -->> Part 1: Introduction - Why...

Automating Your Creative Business

The best part about this stuff? Most of it is absolutely free!
Written by Dan Carr  |  November 1, 2014
In the first couple of posts in this series we took a look at some useful services to help creative professionals with accounting, and then we took an

Email Marketing For Freelancers - Why You Need A Mailing List

Written by Dan Carr  |  October 1, 2014
I started off this series of posts last month with a look at simplified accounting for freelancers, using FreshBooks.  This month I want to talk about an incredibly powerful, yet highly underused marketing...

LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt Review

Written by Dan Carr  |  September 18, 2014
Having robust mobile storage solutions that you can rely on is important, as is the speed of them.  I recently purchased the latest LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt drive and ran it through some tests. Most folks will already be familiar with the concept of the rubberized Rugged drives from LaCie, I’ve been...

9 New Features That Make The EOS 7D Mark II Canon’s Best DSLR For Video

An old workhorse finally gets an update
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 15, 2014
The original EOS 7D was launched in September 2009, a lifetime ago with the pace of change in this industry.  That camera’s lifespan was considerably lengthened by a major 2.0 firmware update in August 2012, so it’s only now that we are finally seeing the 7D Mark II, just announced at...
  Movidiam is a creative network that allows brands, agencies...

ARRI Alexa Firmware To Enable 3.2K ProRes For Up-Scaling To 4K

Written by Dan Carr  |  September 6, 2014
Not wanting to leave Alexa owners out in the cold after last week’s 4k Amira announcement, Arri have unveiled plans for an Alexa firmware update in early 2015 that will enable 3.2k ProRes recording. This...

Set Scouter Aims To Help You Find The Perfect Location

Written by Dan Carr  |  August 27, 2014
Currently in beta, Set Scouter is a new service that aims to make the location hunting process much easier by connecting filmmakers directly with property owners who are actively looking to rent places for production use. The process of finding the right location and negotiating...

ARRI To Enable 4k Recording On The AMIRA

Written by Dan Carr  |  August 26, 2014
In a surprise (maybe even a shock) announcement today, ARRI released a statement outlining their intention to enable 4K recording in the recently released AMIRA. I don't often use the term "droolworthy" with regards to a camera, but for me the AMIRA does fall into this category, along with cameras like...

Sony's Latest Budget A5100 Mirrorless Camera Delivers Surprising Video Features

XAVC S, Clean HDMI & more....
Written by Dan Carr  |  August 26, 2014
The A5100 is the latest edition to Sony’s increasingly popular mirrorless system and for the price point they’re hitting, this camera comes with a few surprising video features. The A5100 falls into the budget end of the Alpha mirrorless family, sitting below the A6000 and the A7...

GoPro Launches New Field Guide Video Series

Learn from GoPro's in-house media team
Written by Dan Carr  |  August 26, 2014
GoPro's in-house production crew are the guys responsible for creating things like the Hero 3+ launch video, currently sitting at over 16 million view on YouTube.  If there's ever anything you wanted to learn about shooting with a GoPro, these are the guys to teach...

Internal 4K Recording Coming To The Sony F5...For Free??

Written by Dan Carr  |  August 25, 2014
One of the main differentiators between Sony's F5 and F55 cameras is the ability for the latter to record 4k XAVC footage internally to its SxS cards, but this might all be about to change..... Filmmaker Paul Ream has uploaded a test video to Vimeo that appears to show 4k footage recorded internally to the...

Simplified Accounting For Freelancers With FreshBooks

Get on top of your invoicing, estimates and expense tracking.
Written by Dan Carr  |  August 19, 2014
A recent survey of PVC readers really underlined just how many of you are freelancers, so I thought it would be a great time to kick off a series of articles that tackle some of the business aspects of freelance creative work. We’re going to start today with a very dirty word for many of us;...

Canon Unveils XF200 & XF205 Professional Camcorders

Popular HD camera gets an upgrade with wireless and ethernet capabilities
Written by Dan Carr  |  April 2, 2014
The XF100 and XF105 get a spec bump and some ergonomic changes for NAB this year, adding wi-fi and ethernet connectivity to both the new XF200 and XF205, as well a few extra connection options on the 205 model.  The right side of the camera now also features a rotating grip with zoom rocker and...

Best WordPress Plugins For Photographers

Written by Dan Carr  |  April 2, 2014
WordPress is the world’s most popular web platform with over 77 million installs running right now.  Many photographers use WordPress to host their portfolios and blogs but out of the box WordPress is a mere skeleton of the powerhouse it can become with the use of a few simple plugins. ...

Canon Launches New 17-120 Cine-Servo Lens

Cine lens lineup expansion for ENG shooting
Written by Dan Carr  |  April 2, 2014
With NAB starting in just a few days, Canon has today unveiled several new products including the very interesting looking CN 7x17 , or Cine-Servo 17-120.  The red ring around the lens tells the main story here, this is not a B4 mount 2/3" lens, but a PL (or EF) mount cine lens with a removable...

Google Drive Drasticly Drops Pricing - Now Viable For Photo Storage?

Automated off site backup just got cheaper
Written by Dan Carr  |  March 24, 2014
Google recently slashed the prices of it's Drive cloud storage solution.  I don't use the word 'slashed' lightly, but since 1TB of cloud storage used to cost you $50 and now only costs $9.99 I think it's usage is deserved!  I'm forever trying to simplify my backup...

LinkedIn For Photographers

Unlock the hidden potential for your photography business
Written by Dan Carr  |  March 20, 2014
Whilst LinkedIn doesn't get the media attention of many of the other faster growing social sites it's been slowly gathering pace since its launch in 2003 and now they have 277 million users. Most photographers concentrate on Facebook, Twitter and Google+...
An interesting product from Zacuto for those using Canon Cine Primes and Zeiss Compact Primes.  Clever design!  

Nikon Df Leaks - Retro design gone too far?

Nikon Launches A New Retro Full Frame Camera
Written by Dan Carr  |  November 4, 2013
No you're not looking at an old film camera...... this is Nikon's latest full frame 16mp digital SLR; the Nikon Df. Styled to pay homage to the old Nikon FM2 it's covered in physical dials on the top instead of the usual buttons, and the LCD display is best described as 'minimalist'.  Now I'll...
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fotoBiz & fotoQuote Review

An in-depth look at software to manage your business workflow
Written by Dan Carr  |  October 9, 2013
“How much should I charge?” is a common question amongst new photo business owners and fofoBiz helps you answer this question with bespoke software that also assists with the day to day operations of your business. 10% Discount! You can get 10% discount on all Cradoc software using the coupon...

Zeiss Launches the $4000 55mm Otus Lens

Is this the ultimate standard lens?
Written by Dan Carr  |  October 7, 2013
Cameras like the Nikon D800 have pushed the resolution of current lens designs right to the limits and in many cases beyond.  Start testing a collection of Nikon lenses on the D800 and you quickly realize that you really need to pair it with A-grade optics in order to tap into the power of the...

When Should You Convert To Black & White?

To convert or not to convert.... that is the question.
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 24, 2013
I have just got back from a few weeks traveling and shooting in S.E Asia and much of my time was spent in Cambodia exploring the incredible ancient runins around Siem Reap, and then heading out on a 4X4 trip around the northern part of the country to access some more remote, less frequented places.  I had certain self imposed goals for...

ARRI Unveils New AMIRA Camera At IBC

2k, 200fps one-man documentary camera
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 13, 2013
ARRI have surprised many people at IBC this year by unveiling a a new 2k camera called the AMIRA, aimed at the documentary and corporate one-man-band market.  While most people expected a 4K solution, that camera would seem to still be in the lab and instead ARRI have chosen to service a market that hasn't quite...

Micro Four Thirds & Mirrorless - Here To Stay or Gone Tomorrow ?

Declining sales and greener pastures
Written by Dan Carr  |  August 6, 2013
I've been wanting to write something along these lines for a while now because these thought have been running through my head over and over again.  The question I have pondered on more than one occasion is whether I should invest more heavily in some sort of mirrorless camera system or whether these types of cameras as simply an...

A Look At Canon's New 200-400 F4 L IS Lens

Canon's $12,000 Monster Lens
Written by Dan Carr  |  July 16, 2013
Canon announced development of this lens a couple of years ago but it only recently began shipping to dealers in small quantities.  I was lucky enough to take delivery of one of the first to land in Canada and I've since sold my Canon 300mm f2.8 L IS and replaced it with the new...

Canon Looks To Revolutionize DSLR Video AF

New Dual Pixel CMOS AF System
Written by Dan Carr  |  July 3, 2013
This week Canon launched the latest in their lineup of of XXD cameras, the EOS 70D.  It features a 20.2MP APS-C sensor, environmental sealing and 7fps continuous shooting speed with built in WiFi connectivity.  What's particularly interesting about this launch though is that the headline feature of the whole launch...

Canon Launches New EOS 70D

Big steps in APS-C DSLR range
Written by Dan Carr  |  July 2, 2013
Lonndon, UK, 2 July 2013 – Canon today unveils an outstanding new addition to its world-famous EOS series – the EOS 70D. Designed for aspiring enthusiast photographers, the EOS 70D is the ideal camera for anyone looking to take their photography to the next level. It combines completely new, world-first Canon...

Adobe Moves Creative Suite To The Cloud - What You Need To Know

No more updates to Creative Suite as Adobe switches focus to new subscription service
Written by Dan Carr  |  May 9, 2013
Adobe announced this week at the MAX conference that Creative Suite will no longer be upgraded with new features, the future of all their creative software now lies firmly with the subscription service Creative Cloud.  Alongside this announcement they unveiled new versions of all their Creative Suite programs which will now carry the CC...

Canon Releases Major Firmware Update for 5D MK3

Written by Dan Carr  |  April 30, 2013
Canon have released firmware update 1.2.1 today for the 5DMK3 which is one of...

MOVI - A New Chapter In Camera Stabilization

Written by Dan Carr  |  April 5, 2013
In the scramble to get media attention during the run up to NAB next week an unexpected product has leapt to the top of the charts, MOVI.  MOVI is a hand held gimbal rig developed by Freefly Cinema and unveiled tonight on

Simplify Your Creative Business

Written by Dan Carr  |  April 3, 2013
As a self-employed creative professional I wear many hats on a daily basis.  My virtual hat rack includes photographer, accountant, marketing manager, administrative assistant, video editor, writer, lawyer and business development manager.  You can see why I need a whole rack!  But my situation isn't uncommon at...
Camera Raw 7.4 is now available as a final release through the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6. Lightroom 4.4 is now available as a final release on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 4. The goal of these releases is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in...
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Google Makes Nik's Plugin Suite Available for $149

Written by Dan Carr  |  March 25, 2013
Big news shared by Google this morning on their G+ page.  Instead of having to spend $499 for the whole Nik plugin suite, they will make it avalable for only $149!  Even better, if you've previously purchased one plugin, they will upgrade you to the entire suite for no charge.  Nik's plugins are quite brilliant and this...

Nikon Launches Large Sensor Compact Camera

Written by Dan Carr  |  March 5, 2013
Nikon have today launced their first large sensor fixed lens compact camera, the Coolpix A.  The camera features a 16MP DX (APS-C) sensor with a fixed 18.5mm f2.8 lens, equivalent to a 28mm in 35mm terms.  With a price tag of $1100 Nikon are clearly targeting potential Fuji X100s buyers.  The main differences are that the Nikon...
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Nikon Introduces AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED

Written by Dan Carr  |  March 5, 2013
MELVILLE, N.Y. (March 4, 2013) – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, a versatile FX-format telephoto zoom lens designed to provide top-class performance and a long reach for a variety of shooting scenarios. Sporting a long 5x zoom range, the 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G is capable...
COPENHAGEN, March 4, 2013 — Phase One, the world’s leader in open-platform, medium format camera systems and solutions, today announced the Phase One IQ2 series: three new full-frame 645 format digital camera backs with high-speed wireless connectivity and 13...
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Think Tank Announces 3 New Products

Written by Dan Carr  |  March 3, 2013
Think Tank Photo Releases Photographer Pro DSLR Battery Holder Santa Rosa, Calif. – Think Tank Photo announces the release of the Pro DSLR Battery Holder; a soft, compact case for photographers carrying two pro-size camera batteries for either Canon or Nikon bodies.   It joins Think...

PocketWizard® Announces Easy-to-Use Plus®X Transceiver for Wireless Flash and Camera Triggering

Simplest PocketWizard ever is ideal entry into the PocketWizard wireless system of products
Written by Dan Carr  |  March 3, 2013
  So. Burlington, VT - March 1, 2013 - LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, today announces the immediate availability of its new PlusX Auto-Sensing Transceiver. The high-quality...
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Canon To Provide CPS Support For Pros Working The Oscars

Written by Dan Carr  |  February 14, 2013
CPS provides support at many major sporting events in the USA as well as other events that see a large media turn out.  This year they will be on hand at the 85th Academy Awards, taking place in just over a weeks time.   From Canon:   CPS is pleased to announce that we will...
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Canon To Add 25p To EOS-1DC In Upcoming Firmware

Written by Dan Carr  |  February 13, 2013
Canon has announced this week that they intend to add a 25p mode to the flagship EOS-1DC DSLR.  Currently in 4k recording mode the camera only shoots at 24p which limits its worlwide usability where standards vary.  Quite why it wasn't included from the get go is anyones guess but at least it is coming...
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NIKKOR Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Written by Dan Carr  |  February 7, 2013
  TOKYO - Nikon Corporation celebrates the 80th anniversary of the launch of its NIKKOR photographic lenses this year In commemoration of NIKKOR's 80th anniversary, Nikon hopes to...

First Hands On Video With The Canon 200-400 F4 IS

Joshua Holko posts first impressions
Written by Dan Carr  |  February 6, 2013
  The Canon 200-400 f4 L IS was pre-announced by Canon at CP+ more than two years ago and as such, has probably become the most desired lens for Canon...

Nikon Launches New 800mm Monster Lens

Written by Dan Carr  |  January 30, 2013
MELVILLE, N.Y. (January 28, 2013) – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens and AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, designed to assist FX-format photographers in capturing their subjects with clarity and precision....

The Last Roll Of Kodachrome

National Geographic show now available to watch
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 16, 2013
National Geographic followed Steve McCurry on his journey to shoot the last 36 exposures of Kodachrome.  McCurry took a 6 week trip to a variety of locations to find the subjects for the very last roll.  The video is now available to watch on Youtube and if you have half an hour spare then it's well worth a...

Behind The Image - Through Their Eyes

Written by Dan Carr  |  January 14, 2013
  Another image of mine with a bit of a story behind it was just published this month in Skier magazine.  In March 2012 I headed to Austria to cover an event called Nine Queens.  The event brings together the world's best women freeskiers for a week...
Petersburg, VA, USA, January 14, 2013 - Metabones® and Caldwell Photographic jointly announce a revolutionary accessory called Speed Booster™, which mounts between a mirrorless camera and a SLR lens. It increases maximum aperture by 1 stop (hence its name), increases MTF and has...
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Nikon D5200 Announced at CES

Written by Dan Carr  |  January 8, 2013
  January 7, 2013 The Artists' Modern Muse: The Nikon D5200 Inspires Users to Capture Creatively Soon to be Available in the U.S., The Nikon D5200 Blends D-SLR Performance and Imaginative Features That Make it Simple to Create and Share Amazing Images and Full HD...
Lexar Press Release New Lexar Professional 1100x XQD Card Propels Photographers into the Next Generation of High-Performance Shooting New 32GB and 64GB XQD Cards Leverage the Capabilities of Next-Generation Cameras January 7, 2013 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today introduced the...

New Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM

Written by Dan Carr  |  January 7, 2013
  From SIGMA: Conventionally, large aperture lenses for 300mm F2.8 have been loved by professional users due to their brilliant capability of depiction and bright aperture value. It has established a solid standpoint in the world of photography. Based...

New Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

Written by Dan Carr  |  January 7, 2013
From SIGMA: The most important features for a standard zoom lens for digital single lens reflex camera is to achieve high image quality, to meet the needs in various occasions and to be handy and compact. The SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM will clear away all the general concerns,...

Fuji Launches New X100S and X20

Retro is still the new cool
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 7, 2013
For the opening day of CES 2013 Fuji is grabbing all the photography related headlines with the update of a couple of their most popular cameras. In fact they are making quite a  habbit of this since last years opening was dominated by the X-Pro 1 news.  The X100S and the X20 replace the X100 and X10 respectively, two cameras that...
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Canon Delivers New Printers at CES 2013

Written by Dan Carr  |  January 7, 2013
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 7, 2013 – At the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, unveiled the latest devices in its lineup of PIXMA Office All-In-One (AIO) printers, delivering high-quality solutions to a wide variety of...

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em ! Canon's New Powershot N

Unique new companion to your smartphone
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 7, 2013
We wouldn't normally comment on consumer point and shoot cameras on this site but Canon have caused a stir this moring at CES with an entirely new style of camera that's well worth a look.  It's no secret that worldwide sales of point and shoot cameras have declined sharply in recent years as our cell phones take centre...

Car Photo Retouching Masterclass

Incredible work by GF Williams
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 5, 2013
I just HAD to share this !  Sometimes I'm just browsing Facebook and you find an interesting link that leads to another interesting link and a subject you don't know much about and then BAM ! Incredible photography.  This just happened to me as I discovered GF...

Behind The Image - Racetrack Startrail

Written by Dan Carr  |  January 4, 2013
A few weeks ago I decided at the last minute to head to Death Valley to shoot some images for a book project. I had 5 spare days in my calendar and that was just enough time to get some meaningful work done somewhere.  I jumped on a flight to Vegas the next day and spend the next four days driving...
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Samsung Launches New NX300

SAMSUNG NX300 Combines Speed, Performance and Connectivity for Perfect Shooting in Every Moment
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 4, 2013
LAS VEGAS, USA – January 3, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and convergence technologies, today announced the launch of the NX300, the new flagship model in its successful NX series. The NX300 once again raises the bar for compact system cameras (CSC), delivering an...
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Company Brings to Life “Image Incredible” through Interactive Experiences and Inspired End-User Photographs
Written by Dan Carr  |  January 4, 2013
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 4, 2013 – At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 8th, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, unveils the vision behind its 2013 lineup of connected digital cameras, camcorders and printers. Visitors to Canon’s booth (#13304) will be invited to explore...

Canon C100 Short PULSE Debuts Online

Written by Dan Carr  |  December 17, 2012
One of the first projects to be shot on the Canon C100 is now online.  Commissioned by Canon and directed by Emmy-award winner Patrick Moreau of stillmotion, the docu-short PULSE profiles the making of the BioBeats app, a new technology that utilizes cameras to generate custom music based on a...
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Nikon Produces 75 Millionth Nikkor Lens

Written by Dan Carr  |  December 17, 2012
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that total production of NIKKOR lenses* for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras reached seventy-five million at the beginning of November 2012. Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released its first NIKKOR lens for Nikon SLR cameras, the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2, in 1959 along...
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Adobe Announces Updates To Creative Cloud Services

Written by Dan Carr  |  December 13, 2012
SAN JOSE, Calif. - December 11, 2012 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today is revealing a major update to its Adobe Creative Cloud offering. During Create Now, an online event this morning, the company is announcing that Creative Cloud members will now have access to over a dozen exclusive new features for Adobe...
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Adobe Announces Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3 Final Releases

Written by Dan Carr  |  December 13, 2012
Adobe today announced the availability of Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3 final releases on Adobe.com. The update adds HiDPI support within the Lightroom Library and Develop modules and includes additional raw file format support for 20 new cameras including the Canon EOS 6D, Nikon D5200 and Sony DSC-RX1. A comprehensive list of newly...
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Leica Camera Celebrates 99 Years

Written by Dan Carr  |  December 12, 2012
Allendale, NJ (December 6, 2012) – For nearly a century, Leica cameras have captured fleeting moments and transformed them into stories brimming with the lifeblood of true human experience. The iconic image of the end of WWII as displayed by the sailor and nurse in Times Square embodies the excitement and relief felt in...

New Documentary With Joey L Online

Written by Dan Carr  |  December 11, 2012
I'm a huge fan of the work of New York based photographer Joey L.  He's just released a new book about lighting and simultaneously a 45 minute...

10 Holiday Gift Ideas For Photographers

Photog friendly Christmas gifts
Written by Dan Carr  |  November 18, 2012
Yes that time of year is here where you have to think of a gift for your photography loving friend or loved one, the one who seemingly has everything! I've compiled a list of 10 of my favorite gift priced goodies in no particular order and various price points so you're sure to find something suitable and easily...

Interview With David McLain & Jerome Thelia About The Calling And Sony's A99

New short shows off Sony flagship
Written by Dan Carr  |  November 15, 2012
Whilst attending PhotoPlus Expo recently I had the chance to sit down with National Geographic photographer David McLain and his business partner and New York based colorist Jerome Thelia to talk about their recent short The Calling which was shot entirely with Sony's new full frame DSLR, the A99.{C} Canon's...

Schneider Optics - Tilt Shift Lenses

Written by Dan Carr  |  November 2, 2012
My usual plan when visiting trade shows is to get some hands on time with the new big announcements and then spend a day poking around every other little thing I can find at the show. Occasionally I stumble across something that I have no prior knowledge of and when that also happens to be something amazingly cool then it's...

Leica's New M - Hands On

Ground up redesign for Leica's flagship
Written by Dan Carr  |  November 2, 2012
Leica unveiled the new M camera last month and it's no small iteration, becoming the first Leica camera to feature a CMOS sensor and the very first to shoot video. I spent some time with it this week and PhotoPlus Expo along with the new 50mm Summicron ASPH lens. {C} In the hand I found it to be...

Carl Zeiss Preparing New Premium Lens Range For DSLRs Starting with 55mm f1.4 Distagon

New extreme quality primes for high MP cameras
Written by Dan Carr  |  October 29, 2012
Carl Zeiss recently announced that they would be producing a new DSLR lens range that would take a no-holds-barred approach to lens building. "We simply removed the limitation of price" one Zeiss representative told me on their booth at PhotoPlus Expo this week. The result is a first lens that look...

Hands On With The Canon 200-400 f4 L IS 1.4x

Canon's latest super telephoto monster
Written by Dan Carr  |  October 29, 2012
Canon's 200-400 was announced as an in-development lens more than 12 months ago. This means that it hasn't yet become an official lens and that we don't know when it will ship and how much it will cost. Canon is still staying tight-lipped about this unfortunately, despite the lens being heavily tested during the summer...

Hands On With New Canon 6D

Canon latest full frame contender
Written by Dan Carr  |  October 26, 2012
Here at PhotoPlus Expo I was able to get my first hands on time with Canon's latest full frame DSLR, the EOS-6D which was officially launched a few weeks ago at...

Nikon Launches New 70-200 F4 VR - Hands On At PhotoPlus Expo

New Lightweight Pro Zoom
Written by Dan Carr  |  October 26, 2012
For PhotoPlus Expo this year Nikon has unveiled a much wanted lens, a 70-200 f4 VR which features new stabilization technology to provide up to 5-stops of Vibration Reduction (VR). I had the opportunity to take a look at the new lens and compare it alongside the 70-200 f2.8 VR. Canon users...

Photokina Wrap Up - Part 2 - Lenses & Accessories

Written by Dan Carr  |  September 19, 2012
As well as all of the official camera announcements that we already covered there was an innumerable number of other interesting new products from all of the big manufacturers. New high end printers from Canon , new lenses from Panasonic, Schneider and Sigma and new camera bags from Think Tank, Gura Gear and Lowepro. There's...

Photokina Wrap Up - Part 1 - Cameras

Every major manufacturer bought something new to the show
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 18, 2012
Photokina 2012 will go down as one of the biggest shows of its kind with every major photographic manufacturer launching extremely significant in their respective marketplaces. In this article I'll attempt to wrap up these camera announcements as succinctly as I can.{C}   Canon EOS...

Hassleblad Launches $6500 Mirrorless System

Redesigned Sony NEX-7 given Italian design and hefty price bump
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 18, 2012
Hasselblad has today announced a partnership with Sony to produce the Lunar mirrorless camera, with a full blown DSLR on the horizon as well. The cameras appear to take Sony's recent proven designs and add a 'luxury' design by using materials like carbon fiber and wood to change the ergonomics....

Phase One Launches New 645DF+ Medium Format Platform

Written by Dan Carr  |  September 17, 2012
COPENHAGEN, September 17, 2012- Phase One, the world's leader in open-platform, high-end camera systems and solutions, today announced the world's most versatile camera platform for high-end photography. With support for more than 50 different digital medium format digital...

Panasonic Unveils Their New Flagship HDSLR - The GH3

Pro build and features come to the M4/3 family
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 17, 2012
At Photokina today Panasonic have unveiled their new flagship Micro Fourthirds camera, the GH3, which is beginning to look more and more like a full sized DSLR with every passing iteration. With the previous GH2 Panasonic won a lot of fans in the indie film making world with remarkable video quality is with this new GH3 they have...

Canon Unveils Lower Priced Full Frame Camera - EOS 6D

Written by Dan Carr  |  September 17, 2012
Just a few days after Nikon announced the D600, Canon has unveiled their mid-level full frame DSLR, the EOS 6D. With a 20MP sensor, built in GPS and WiFi and a new super low light AF system, the lower priced full frame market just materialized this week.   CANON ANNOUNCES ITS SMALLEST AND...

Nikon Launches More Affordable Full Frame Camera - The D600

Written by Dan Carr  |  September 14, 2012
Nikon has just taken the wraps off their new camera, the D600. It packs a 24MP full frame sensor into a more consumer friendly priced package, due to hit shelves at $2100. This is by far the cheapest full frame camera on the market and should be shipping as soon as September 19th according to one of the biggest stores. Now begins a...

Sony's New DSC-RX1 Breaks New Ground - Mirrorless Full Frame Camera

24MP and a fixed 35mm f2.0 Sonnar lens
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 12, 2012
Sony are pushing incredibly hard in the photography sector this year and nothing demonstrates it more clearly than the new RX1. While some companies are just learning how to fit APS-C sensors in mirrorless cameras , Sony have squeezed a full frame 35mm, 24MP sensor into a camera the size of their current smallest competitors. The...

Sony Announces NEX-6 To Further Expand Their Mirrorless Lineup

Written by Dan Carr  |  September 12, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Sept 12, 2012 - With a brand new, sleek design and enhanced control capabilities, the new Sony NEX-6 camera packs all the imaging power, shooting responsiveness, handling and operability of a DSLR into a pocket-sized mirrorless camera. The newest addition to Sony's acclaimed E-mount...

Sony Unveils Flagship SLT-A99 Full Frame DSLR

24MP camera launched to top the Alpha lineup
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 12, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Sept 12, 2012 - Sony's long awaited ?99 digital camera sets a new performance standard for professional-class DSLRs, combining all of the benefits of full-frame imaging with the responsiveness and speed of Translucent Mirror Technology.The successor to Sony's flagship ?900 DSLR, the ?99 camera features...

Another One Bites The Dust - My Drobo Has To Go

Hardware and software issues prevalent in popular storage solution
Written by Dan Carr  |  September 11, 2012
I take no pleasure in having to write this, Drobo as a company have always been very good to me, their support has been great and I have never lost any data from their machines. I have however experienced a series of hardware and software issues that have now spanned several years and multiple Drobo models. My experience this past...

Canon Expands Cinema EOS Lineup With New C100

Smaller, lighter Cinema EOS camera with new run-and-gun friendly features
Written by Dan Carr  |  August 30, 2012
Less than a year after the launch of Canon's Cinema EOS system they have announced the third camera in the lineup, the C100. Positioned at the opposite end of the lineup to the new 4k C500, the C100 shrinks the same form factor and adds a few new features designed to make this HD camera the choice for one-man operations such as...

Is A New Era Of Camera Design Upon Us ? Nikon Launches First Android Based Camera

Nikon S800c Unveiled
Written by Dan Carr  |  August 22, 2012
Point and shoot cameras typically don't receive a lot of coverage here but every once in a while a manufacturer will spring a new feature that surely gives a glimpse into the future of the pro market. Today Nikon have launched such a camera and it's called the S800c. The first camera to be based on an Android operating...
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Written by Dan Carr  |  August 21, 2012
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 21, 2012 - Canon Inc. today announced the achievement of a new EF lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of the company's 80-millionth EF lens on August 3, 2012. Production of EF lenses surpassed the 10-million mark in 1995, doubling to 20 million units in 2001. After reaching the 30...

Paul C. Buff Einstein Review

Feature laden flash put to the test
Written by Dan Carr  |  July 26, 2012
The E640 Einstein Light has been around for nearly a couple of years now and I've been using it for a year myself. It quickly became, somewhat surprisingly to myself, my strobe of choice for most jobs so I thought it's about time I told you all why. Before I delve into the finer details of the...
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What Does Canon's Launch Into Mirrorless Mean For The Future Of Their Lineup ?

Could APS-C sensor compact signal a shift for the future ?
Written by Dan Carr  |  July 25, 2012
Canon have finally joined the rest of the major industry players by releasing a mirrorless camera system called EOS-M, along with a new lens system called EF-M. The first camera in the range manages to pack an 18MP APS-C sensor and 3" touchscreen into a camera that is considerably smaller than their high-end G1 X point and shoot...

Canon Creates EOS-1D X On Screen User Guides

No need for the old paper or PDF manual now!
Written by Dan Carr  |  July 18, 2012
There's no denying that Canon's new flagship, the EOS-1D X is a complex beast. It shares a lot of features with the EOS 5D Mark III that I have been using for a few months now and I will tell you that it is the only camera where I've felt like I have to read the manual. There are so many new features and so much...

Nikon Announces Development Of 800mm Lens

In development, an f5.6 800mm super telephoto.
Written by Dan Carr  |  July 12, 2012
Nikon have today announced that they are developing a new 800mm f5.6 VR lens. As has become popular recently with Canon, Nikon are calling this a development announcement which merely means that they confirm it's going to come at some point but detailed specifications, shipping dates and pricing will follow at a later date....
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Lexar Announces Intention To Produce XQD Cards

Written by Dan Carr  |  July 12, 2012
Lexar XQD Memory Cards to be Compatible with Nikon D4 and Future XQD-based Camera Models Fremont, CA, 11 July, 2012 - Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced its support of the XQD™ memory card specification for compatibility with Nikon D4 and future XQD-based...
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Induro Announces New Dual Range Hi-Hat Tripod Set

Written by Dan Carr  |  July 11, 2012
Matching traditional Hi-Hat dimensions, the DR Hi-Hat Tripod Set goes far beyond in terms of operational scope and flexibility. Each leg features a two section extension and three steps of variable angle adjustment, making height adjustments and terrain adjustments a breeze. Specially reinforced pivoting ovoid feet provide a sure grip on...
CANON U.S.A. ENCOURAGES NATIONAL PARKS VISITORS TO UNLEASH THEIR CREATIVITY THIS SUMMER WITH FREE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS Canon's Photography in the Parks Program Equips Visitors with Free Camera and Camcorder Loans, Professional Photography Lessons and a Unique, Hands-On Experience...
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The First User-Generated Photo Contest in History to Inspire a Hollywood Film
Written by Dan Carr  |  May 7, 2012
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., May 7, 2012 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has created a new partnership with two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard for year two of the brand campaign, "Long Live Imagination." The partnership, launching May 7, 2012 with a digital campaign, comes on the heels of Ron Howard and Canon...