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 Friday, April 28, 2017
Through April 30, use promo code PXMOM25 to get 25% off sitewide at AdoramaPix. Mother's Day (Sunday, May 14) is right around the corner, and family photo products make excellent gifts.
 
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Post Date: 4/28/2017 11:31:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The current round of Canon camera and lens rebates is set to expire tomorrow, April 29. While rebates are often extended, there's never a guarantee that will happen. As such, it's best to take advantage of the money-saving rebates while they are a certainty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/28/2017 11:04:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Aurora Aperture:
 
Press Release: Aurora Aperture Introduces PowerND Family and an Industry First Rear Mount Glass Filter for Canon EF 11-24mm F4L USM Posted on April 21, 2017 Irvine, California, April 21, 2017 – Aurora Aperture Inc., a Southern California startup, today has introduced the PowerND family of high quality fixed neutral density (ND) filters.
 
The PowerND family consists of three ratings of light reduction capability: ND64 (6 stops),ND4000 (12 stops), and ND65000 (16 stops). Four different formats are available: circular filters from 37mm to 95mm, 100 x 100mm square filters compatible with popular square filter adapters, 150mm circular filters with an adapter for the Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens, and the Aurora CR format, an industry first, a rear mount glass filter for the Canon EF 11-24mm F4L USM lens.
 
The 6 stop filter is typically used in low light conditions such as during sunrise or sunset for sub-second shutter speed. The 12 stop filter can slow down shutter speed to minutes in dusk and dawn conditions. The 16 stop filter can do magic on a bright day, allowing photographers to expose up to several minutes or more.
 
The ND4000 and ND65000 have distinct advantages in having more stops than the typical ND1000 or ND32000. They allow users to avoid diffraction softening by enabling users to avoid very small aperture settings or alternatively allowing for longer exposures. In the case of the PowerND 4000 that means two more stops than the typical ND1000 and for the Power ND65000 there’s one additional stop.
 
“We introduced a variable ND family last year and it was embraced by photographers and videographers worldwide,” said Jinfu Chen, founder and CEO of Aurora Aperture Inc. “the fixed ND family we introduce today is much more powerful in terms of light reduction capability and offers even better optical performance, along with more formats for different camera lenses.”
 
A small rear mount filter using Gorilla Glass for the Canon EF 11-24mm F4L USM is an industry first. Prior to this users would have to use extremely large filters with diameters up to 186mm with a bulky front lens shade adapter. The Aurora CR format filter mounts in the rear of the lens, making it much easier to carry and lower in cost. Other Canon lenses that Aurora CR format filter can be used in* are the EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye, EF 11-24mm F4L USM, EF 14mm f/2.8L US, EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM, and EF 17-40mm f/4L USM.
 
Designed in California by Aurora Aperture, the Aurora PowerND filters employ up to 128 layers of double sided nano coating** in order to achieve color accuracy and powerful light reduction capability. Hydrophobic and oleophobic coating is applied to filter surface with PFPE coating. The end result is that water droplet on the filter surface can maintain a static contact angle of 110 degrees, one of the best in the industry.
 
Availability and Pricing
 
The Aurora PowerND family will be available through Kickstarter starting in April 2017 and to dealers and direct orders in August 2017. List price starts at US$42 and varies depending on filter format and size.
As I mentioned in the Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone Lens review, a significant March snowstorm simultaneously arrived with this lens, dumping 19" of snow in less than a day. While that snow volume may seem miniscule to those in some locations, the amount was (or nearly was) a 24-hr record for this area. And, after the snow fell, the wind started. Wind of course brings about snow drifting and I knew where I might find some drifting effects to capture.
 
A 1 mile (1.6km) jog/hike in knee-deep snow brought me to a mountaintop field just prior to sunset where I successfully found interesting wind-formed wave-like patterns in the snow. The late-day low sun angle meant the patterns were side-lit, emphasizing their shapes along with some color temperature variance occurring between the sun-lit and shaded areas.
 
One of my favorite uses of wide angle focal lengths is to make close subjects appear large in relation to what is behind them and to keep what is behind them in sharp focus. The 15mm focal length worked great for application of this concept, emphasizing the uneven snow in the field. Note that I had to be careful to keep my shadow out of the frame.
 
A funny story: I took a somewhat different route back to home and unwittingly stepped over the edge of a bank and into a deep snowdrift. After sinking in well over my waist, the angle of the ground (once I finally reached it) caused me to continue sliding at an angle, leaving me strongly tipped and in about shoulder-deep. Any attempt to move caused me to sink deeper and trying to dig out was ... an unusual experience. Fortunately, the camera and lens were in a Lowepro Toploader Pro 70 AW case, so no worries there and after I brushed off, only the humor of the moment was remaining. Remember – photography can be as much about creating stories as it is about telling them.
 
If you do not already have an ultra-wide angle lens in your kit, definitely check out the Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone or Firefly Lens. Either version of this lens can add a lot of capability to your kit for a low cost.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
15mm  f/8.0  1/100s
ISO 100
8688 x 5792px
Post Date: 4/28/2017 9:02:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I know, you thought that you could avoid math if you pursued photography. But, there is one math test that all photographers must pass.
 
For this test, you need to answer two questions:
 
1. When was the last date you captured an image that you care about? In the equation above, that's value "A".
 
2. When was the last date you backed up all of your images with a copy stored at a trusted off-site location? That's value "B".
 
Subtract your second answer from your first to get "C", a duration in days (or go to hours for a higher precision). I know, date subtraction is not so easy, but ... hopefully the answer involves a small enough number for you to do the math in your head.
 
If the result is a near-zero value, I congratulate you heartily (0 is the perfect score). You are among a minority. If you needed to resort to a date calculator app to solve this math problem, you are in imminent danger of losing something important to you, perhaps an image collection that has taken a decade or longer to create. If your duration-since-last-backup calculation is multiple days, right now is when you need to do something about this problem. It is only a matter of time until you lose the images captured since your last backup – you can be assured that failure will happen.
 
If you don't know where to start, buy a few WD My Passport external hard drives at B&H, Adorama or Amazon. I have dozens of these drives, have used them for roughly a decade and have had no failures ever (I know, I'm due). These drives are very small (great for portability to the referenced off-site location), reasonably-priced and, with the latest models arriving in 4TB capacities, they hold a LOT of high resolution photos. Simply copy all of your images (and any other important files) to two or more drives and move at least one to a safe off-site location. Best is to use a rotation of multiple drives that insures all copies are never in the same location. Being a bit paranoid (AKA experienced in these matters), I use a double redundancy approach.
 
Hopefully you sleep better knowing that your images are safely backed up. If something terrible happens, such as a house fire, you can focus on getting you and your loved ones out of the house instead of making a desperate rescue attempt of a prized image collection.
 
Timely is that after I initially created this post but before I shared it, the SSD (Solid State Drive) in one of our laptops became corrupt.
 
Again, right now is the time to shore up your image preservation strategy.
Category: Image Backup
Post Date: 4/28/2017 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the f64 Academy YouTube Channel:
 
One of the most common questions I receive is "Blake, how do I color correct my photos". For the longest time, I avoided this question like the plague because color correction can be done in so many ways. There are automated methods like selecting the color temperature and even simpler, pressing auto. However, these prescribed methods don't always produce the most accurate results and can sometimes make your image look worse than it did before you started.
 
I developed a pretty simple three-step method for color correction that is nearly infallible. It uses the vibrance adjustment to find out which color is most dominant, then the principles of color theory to correct for it.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 4/28/2017 7:08:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, use coupon code FRIENDS at the Canon Store to get the Refurbished Canon EOS 80D with EF-S 18-55 IS STM Lens for $829.99 + tax with free shipping. Compare at $1,249.00 new after $100.00 instant savings.
B&H has the IDX System Technology Two DUO-C95 V-Mount Batteries & Charger/Power Supply Kit available for $499.00 with free shipping. Regularly $699.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2 x DUO-C95 14.4V 93Wh V-Mount Batteries
  • 2-Ch Sequential Charger & Power Supply
  • IATA Carry-On Friendly
  • Supports up to 6.3A Loads
  • 1.5" Thick - Suitable for Gimbals, Etc.
  • 2 x D-Tap Outputs; USB Port
  • Charge Battery/Power Camera At Same Time
  • 4-Pin XLR Power Output
  • Fanless, Quiet Operation

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 4/28/2017 5:51:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 27, 2017
Canon EOS 7D Mark II firmware v.1.1.1 has been released. See details below. (thanks Trent)
 
From Canon USA:
 
Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following improvement and fix:
 
  • Enhances reliability of communications when transferring images using Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 (A/B/C/D/E).
  • Corrects the phenomenon of Err70 which occurs with certain combinations of settings.
  • Corrects the phenomenon in which in very rare cases the shutter can no longer be released.
  • Enhances reliability of operations for specific custom function settings.
Download: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Firmware v.1.1.1
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/27/2017 8:15:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Store has most of their refurbished lenses on sale for 10% off or more. Many Canon refurbished DSLR cameras are also discounted significantly more than 10%.
 
In Stock Refurbished Gear
 
Refurbished ItemOrig. PriceSavingsSale PriceDiscount
Canon EOS 1D X Body4,239.20440.003,799.2010%
Canon EOS 5Ds Body2,959.20360.202,599.0012%
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body2,239.20240.201,999.0011%
Canon EOS 7D II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,959.19450.191,509.0023%
Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,719.20270.001,449.2016%
Canon EOS 80D + EF-S 18-135 IS USM1,439.20190.001,249.2013%
Canon EOS 7D Mark II1,439.20190.001,249.2013%
Canon EOS 6D Body1,359.20260.201,099.0019%
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,239.20339.21899.9927%
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,199.19289.20909.9924%
Canon EOS 80D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM1,079.20129.21949.9912%
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM1,079.20329.21749.9931%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM959.98319.99639.9933%
Canon EOS 70D Body959.20210.21748.9922%
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM959.20110.00849.2011%
Canon EOS 80D Body959.2060.01899.196%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + 18-55 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM879.98339.99539.9939%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM879.20150.00729.2017%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM799.99171.00628.9921%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM719.99140.99579.0020%
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + 18-55 IS STM, 75-300 III719.98359.99359.9950%
Canon EOS M3 + EF-M 18-55 IS STM639.9961.00578.9910%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM639.99160.00479.9925%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i Body599.9921.00578.994%
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + 18-55 IS II & 75-300 III599.98239.99359.9940%
Canon EOS Rebel T5 + 18-55 IS II & 75-300 III599.98289.99309.9948%
Canon EOS M3 Body543.99195.00348.9936%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Body519.9971.00448.9914%
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + EF-S 18-155 IS II439.99111.00328.9925%
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Body439.99111.00328.9925%
Canon EOS Rebel T5 + EF-S 18-55 IS II439.99161.00278.9937%
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.9980.00439.9915%
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM1,279.20127.921,151.2810%
Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM639.99100.00539.9916%
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99210.00349.9938%
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM1,519.20151.921,367.2810%
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM719.9972.00647.9910%
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM799.99200.00599.9925%
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM479.9948.00431.9910%
Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM279.9928.00251.9910%
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM1,079.20107.92971.2810%
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.9952.00467.9910%
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9918.80169.1910%
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9916.00143.9910%
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM119.9912.00107.9910%
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM479.9948.00431.9910%
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM1,159.20115.921,043.2810%
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.99100.00219.9931%
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM100.7910.0890.7110%
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM375.9937.60338.3910%
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM1,599.20159.921,439.2810%
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM335.9976.00259.9923%
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM719.9972.00647.9910%
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM999.2099.92899.2810%
Canon EF 1.4x III Extender343.9934.40309.5910%
Nikon has published Nikon Technical Solutions | Radio-Controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting Tips for owners of the SB-5000 AF Speedlight, Nikon's first (and so far, only) radio-enabled flash.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/27/2017 8:09:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 24/04/2017 - No matter if it is Star Wars, Harry Potter or Avatar: these days, just about every film features special effects. For many small film productions, having visual effects in their movie would be a dream come true. Unfortunately, making the image fit the look of the footage has required expensive tools – until now. At the NAB Show in Las Vegas, ZEISS presented new metadata technology that makes this possible: the company has equipped its new ZEISS CP.3 XD compact lens family with ZEISS eXtended Data.
 
ZEISS eXtended Data supports and enhances /i-Technology
 
What exactly is this? "ZEISS eXtended Data is the first metadata technology which stores the lens distortion and shading – for every single frame," explains Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at ZEISS. "Moreover, all /i-Technology metadata are recorded, including the focus distance, aperture value and depth of field, which is supported by most cameras." This makes the technology ideal for working with visual effects: by using the metadata, it just takes a few clicks to modify the image generated on the computer to fit the lens characteristics, and to then splice it together with the footage to create a realistic image. Distortion and shading can be corrected or even amplified in post-production.
 
"It used to be that only big blockbusters could take this approach," says Casenave. "Cine lenses that provide metadata are relatively expensive and, up until now, distortion and shading had to be manually measured – a time-consuming and expensive process." However, since ZEISS has incorporated the technology into its compact CP.3 XD cine lens family, low-budget productions can now take the same approach to creating their own special effects. "With ZEISS eXtended Data, we are offering Hollywood technology for everyone, providing small film teams with new creative opportunities."
 
An end-to-end solution: cooperation with Ambient and Pomfort
 
With the ZEISS CP.3 XD, ZEISS not only offers the lenses with metadata, but has also given thought to storage and processing. It has teamed up with partners in the industry: the company Ambient has developed the MasterLockit Plus system together with ZEISS. It records all metadata along with a time code in case the technology is not supported by the camera. "This way truly everyone can work with ZEISS eXtended Data, no matter what equipment they use," says Casenave. Thanks to the cooperation with the software developer Pomfort, distortion and shading can be modified on the set in real-time using the Pomfort tool LiveGrade Pro. The film crew already gets a sense of what the final look will be during the shoot. The film clips and lens data can be consolidated and organized with Silverstack, Pomfort's file manager.
 
ZEISS plans to further expand the new metadata technology in the future. "Our customers will then be able to upgrade to the new version, making the CP.3 XD a long-term investment," says Casenave.
 
Compact and light-weight
 
In addition to the metadata, filmmakers have even more reasons to get excited about the new lens family: the ten prime lenses between 15 and 135 millimeters cover full-frame. As is typical for ZEISS, the image has a clean, crisp look, and ZEISS says the image quality is excellent. "These lenses deliver outstanding results, even in light situations with a large dynamic range, i.e. highlights and shadows within the same scene," says Casenave. The maximum speed of the seven focal lengths between 25 and 135 millimeters is T2.1, the 15, 18 and 21 millimeter lenses have a speed of T2.9. With a front diameter of 95 millimeters, the lenses are light-weight and compact. They are particularly well-suited for hand-held filming or shooting with gimbals, Steadicam or drones. ZEISS has also improved focusing: the manual focus is now noticeably smoother. According to ZEISS, it is comparable with the ZEISS Master Primes and can also be operated with a small motor. The focus rotation angle is 300°. The lenses are equipped with an interchangeable mount so that they can be used on almost any camera. In addition to the ZEISS CP.3 XD, there is also a version available without metadata: the ZEISS CP.3.
 
Price and availability
 
Initially, a limited number of ZEISS CP.3 XD and CP.3 lenses will be available at dealers.
 
ZEISS CP.3 XD
 
Focal lengthRecommended
retail price (EUR/USD)
Available from
15mm/T2.9 XD6,400 Euro / 7,490 USDSeptember
18mm/T2.9 XD5,800 Euro / 6,690 USDSeptember
21mm/T2.9 XD5,000 Euro / 5,790 USDSeptember
25mm/T2.1 XD5,000 Euro / 5,790 USDSeptember
28mm/T2.1 XD5,000 Euro / 5,790 USDOctober
35mm/T2.1 XD5,000 Euro / 5,790 USDSeptember
50mm/T2.1 XD5,000 Euro / 5,790 USDSeptember
85mm/T2.1 XD5,000 Euro / 5,790 USDSeptember
100mm/T2.1 XD5,800 Euro / 6,690 USDSeptember
135mm/T2.1 XD6,400 Euro / 7,490 USDSeptember

ZEISS CP.3
 
Focal lengthRecommended
retail price (EUR/USD)
Available from
15mm/T2.94,900 Euro / 6,090 USDSeptember
18mm/T2.94,300 Euro / 5,290 USDJuly
21mm/T2.93,500 Euro / 4,390 USDJune
25mm/T2,13,500 Euro / 4,390 USDJune
28mm/T2.13,500 Euro / 4,390 USDOctober
35mm/T2.13,500 Euro / 4,390 USDJune
50mm/T2.13,500 Euro / 4,390 USDJune
85mm/T2.13.500 Euro / 4.390 USDJune
100mm/T2.14,300 Euro / 5,290 USDSeptember
135mm/T2.14,900 Euro / 6,090 USDSeptember

B&H will carry the Zeiss Cine lenses.
Post Date: 4/27/2017 6:29:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the WD 4TB My Passport for Mac USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive available for $119.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $149.00.
 
Note: You can get the Windows-formatted version for $109.99 if you use the "Email for a better price" option.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 4TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.0
  • Bus Powered
  • 256-bit AES Encryption
  • Preformatted for Mac
  • Windows Compatible with Reformatting
 Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Use coupon code BHNAB17 at B&H to get the Glide Gear Face-2-Face Interview Periscope & Teleprompter Hybrid Deluxe for $329.00 with free expeditd shipping. Regularly $479.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Eye-Contact Interview Tool + Prompter
  • Includes 2 LED Lights & 2 Friction Arms
  • Allows Interviewee to Look Into Camera
  • Ensures Eye-Contact with Audience
  • Insert Tablet/Phone and Use As Prompter
  • Tripod Mount Holes and 15mm Rod Ports
  • 8.5" Rods and Rod-Mount Camera Riser
  • Riser Can Also Attach On Separate Tripod
  • 1/4"-20 Mounting Holes for Accessories
  • Carry Case Included
How the Glide Gear Face-2-Face Interview Periscope & Teleprompter Hybrid Deluxe works:
 
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