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 Monday, September 26, 2016
From Arca-Swiss:
 
ARCA-SWISS Monoball Z1+
 
The ARCA-SWISS Monoball Z1+ is the latest tripod head in the Monoball Z-Family. Following the introduction of the Z2+ and Z1g+, the new Z1+ will benefit equally from the further refined “Motion Related Gravity Control” system.
 
MRGC is a variable bi-directional drag system which operates independently on both axes but is stabilized in all directions.
 
With horizontal movements, the friction setting of the ball head remains the same, whereas vertical movements take advantage of the aspherical ball which leads to a progressive increase of the friction as the camera/lens is tipped forward or back.
 
This increase makes our ball head the safest available. No flopping around! Intelligent engineering and precise manufacturing guarantee well distributed radial forces to provide a strong hold, while simultaneously allowing smooth and accurate positioning of the camera.
 
The new Monoball Z1+ is available with a single or double pan. The double pan allows perfectly horizontal panning, irrespective of the tripod placement.
 
ARCA-SWISS p0
 
ARCA-SWISS is offering a new version of our compact and lightweight p0 tripod heads. All p0 tripod heads are fitted with an aspherical ball and a patented locking mechanism based on three planetary locking elements.
 
These locking elements apply uniform force around the ball ensuring smooth movements of the camera in any axis.
 
Above the head’s locking mechanism, ARCA-SWISS has now integrated two self-locking, geared segments, each of which can precisely adjust up to a range of ± 10° in the X or Y axes.
 
This allows the Photographer to adjust or level the camera coarsely with the ballhead using the p0 locking ring, and then be able to fine tune his camera position precisely in both axes, using the MicroMetric gear driven knobs. These mechanisms have been designed so the camera moves within a circular arc over the center. Additionally, if the nodal point is adjusted for, there will be virtually no change in the distance to the subject that can be seen in the viewfinder or dis - play. After the alignment and lev - eling of the camera, a panoramic swivel device placed above the two axes, allows for a completely level rotation of 360°, with no further adjustment of the camera required. It’s the perfect solution in applications requiring fast but precise adjustments, such as for architectural, table top, macro and panoramic photography.
 
ARCA-SWISS C1 and D4 gp
 
The patented ARCA-SWISS C1 cube and ARCA-SWISS D4 with their unique design and innovative construction have been further developed and are now available with a gear driven self-locking panning device situated underneath the camera quick release, for secure and precise positioning. The new versions of our heads will be designated “gp” for geared panning control.
 
The photographer now has a choice when using pan for an image — gear driven or free movements. When the gp knob is pulled out, the pan movement is free for coarse and quick panning adjustments. When the gp knob is pushed in, the gears inside the panning device are re-engaged and will offer precision geared rotation of the camera.
 
Using the new geared panning device, cameras and lenses can be moved micro-metrically in three axes. Due to its position, panoramic movements will maintain the central axis.
 
Additionally, ARCA-SWISS C1 cube gp and ARCA-SWISS D4 gp are equipped with a second manual panning control at the base of the head for aligning the head on the tripod.
 
The new C1 cube gp and D4 gp will be offered separately and are not replacing the current versions.
 
B&H carries Arca-Swiss heads.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Arca-Swiss News
Post Date: 9/26/2016 6:17:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, September 25, 2016

 
In the video above, photographer Karl Taylor tours the Lee Filters manufacturing plant to discover how graduated NDs are made. Fast forward to the 4:10 minute mark to see Lee's surprising low-tech solution for achieving filter graduation.
 
B&H carries Lee graduated ND filters and the new Super Stopper 15-stop ND filter.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/25/2016 9:58:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 23, 2016
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
With the launch of the EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon introduces its first camera with the ability to input IPTC metadata directly into each image file, as it’s taken by the photographer. For many years, digital cameras have been able to add numerous details of shooting data — date, time, file numbers, and even some user-defined information such as the user’s name and fields for copyright information.
 
But IPTC data is different, and completely in addition to the EXIF shooting data we’re accustomed to seeing in our image files. Far from simply displaying camera settings, IPTC data allows the user to input very specific types of detailed information, which can be used for numerous purposes once images are downloaded from the camera to a storage area. In this article, we’ll introduce this feature, and describe how it’s implemented in the EOS 5D Mark IV camera.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
Adorama has the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV in stock with free 2-day shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/23/2016 1:57:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From PhotoPlus:
 
We have an all-day Drone+ experience planned for Saturday, October 22 that will bring you the latest in creativity, technology and policy to make your drone-based business successful.
 
Start your Saturday with Early Bird Flight Fest (8:00a-10:00a), an opportunity to fly drones with industry professionals and try out the latest gear in our indoor netted flight area.
 
Then, sit in on our discussion panels and talks moderated by Drone User Group Network President, Steven Cohen. Learn from industry luminaries about how their businesses have flourished thanks to the advent of drone technology, participate in Q&A's with those that have been shaping the policy and legal landscape, and be inspired by the breathtaking work being done by those that have already adopted drones in their personal and commercial work.
 
Use Promo Code EXPLORE to Get a FREE 3-Day Expo Pass
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: PhotoPlus News
Post Date: 9/23/2016 11:39:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Reikan:
 
New Features
 
  • Full Canon EOS 5D Mark IV support added – calibrate this camera automatically with FoCal (more details below)
Improvements:
 
The following enhancements and fixes are included with FoCal 2.3
 
  • Reinstate Raw support for Canon cameras.
  • Improvements to speed and reliability of image downloading on all Canon cameras.
  • Fix issue with selection of certain focus points on the D5 and D500 (affected MultiPoint Focus Test in some cases).
  • Shutter count functionality restored for all mid-age cameras except Canon 1DX Mark II, 5DS/R, 5D Mark IV and 80D.
  • Ensure FoCal Comparison Data is shown (where available) for Nikon cameras in File Mode.
  • Ensure mirror lockup is used correctly during Aperture Sharpness tests.
  • More informative message to indicate Distortion Correction should be disabled on Canon cameras where necessary.
  • Opening Canon Cameras is now up to 3 times faster.
  • Fully Automatic Calibration range, step size and shot count control hidden by default as they are more applicable for advanced users (enable from the Pro tab in Preferences)
  • Fixed issue where communications with Canon cameras could be unreliable on Mac when camera connection had been closed and re-opened.
  • Fix to ensure correct operation with certain Nikon zoom lenses when testing at the wide end of the focal length range.
  • Improvement in Camera Info tool to provide more information.
  • Fixed an issue for some users with the review of Dust Analysis setup on Windows.
  • Fixed an issue where liveview zoom state would sometimes not be restored after focusing in Target Setup.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause FoCal to hang on the splash screen.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Support Added
 
This release brings full support for this new Canon camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and FoCal automates as much as possible during calibration.
 
The 5D Mark IV runs in User Assisted mode, it’s automatic, and users will be prompted a few times to change the AF Microadjustment during a calibration.
 
5D Mark IV HotKey
 
The User Assisted Mode HotKey is the same as similar Canon cameras. Once the AF Microadjustment has been input on the camera screen, while half pressing the shutter button click the aperture dial once to change the aperture. This will notify FoCal to continue with the calibration (no need to go back to the computer!).
 
We are continuing to investigate what might be possible to make use of the Dual Pixel Raw functionality within this camera, so far we think there’s scope to make use of this extra data, blog post at 5D Mark IV “Dual Pixel Raw” provides further details.
 
macOS Sierra Support Status
 
macOS Sierra (OS X 10.12) is now officially released. We had already been working with beta releases of macOS Sierra and will finalise support for this new operating system in the next FoCal release. One of the factors is waiting for Canon to update their interface libraries, which at the moment will stop FoCal from initialising on Sierra (see also Canon’s OS compatibility page)
 
As it stands, FoCal 2.3 will not control any cameras when running on Sierra based systems.
 
There will be a fully working version of FoCal for Sierra, exact timescale is hard to predict but we expect this to happen soon.
 
Software Support Status
 
Mac
 
The following table shows the support for FoCal for Mac:
 
Operating SystemCamera ManufacturerStatus
OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)Canon & NikonFully functional
OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)Canon & NikonFully functional
OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)Canon & NikonFully functional
OS X 10.12 (Sierra)Canon & NikonNo Support in 2.3
or earlier versions of FoCal

Windows
 
The following table shows the support for FoCal for Windows:
 
Operating SystemCamera ManufacturerStatus
Windows 7Canon & NikonFully functional
Windows 8/8.1Canon & NikonFully functional
Windows 10Canon & NikonFully functional

How do I get FoCal 2.3?
 
Download FoCal 2.3 by logging in to the LMS at lms.fo-cal.co.uk. Once logged in, you will see a download link to the software.
 
FoCal 2.3 is available for Windows (Windows 7 and newer) and Mac (OS X 10.9 – 10.11) operating systems, for users who are still within their Included Updates Period today (22nd September 2016). If your Included Updates Period has expired, you can purchase another 12 months by logging in to the LMS at lms.fo-cal.co.uk.
 
If you don’t own FoCal, you can purchase the software as a download or boxed product, as well as Focal Hard Targets from the store.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Reikan News
Post Date: 9/23/2016 11:14:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Phottix:
 
Another Phottix First!
Anything Goes
 
Phottix presents the first studio light system compatible with Canon’s radio flash system. The Indra TTL was the next generation of Phottix’s innovative TTL products–the Indra500LC takes that one step further – incorporating the radio control and triggering the Canon RT and the Phottix Laso triggering systems. The Indra500LC gives photographers 500W/s of TTL power, opening up new possibilities and allowing photographers to shoot in shutter and aperture priority modes with incredible power.
 
High Speed Sync
With the Phottix Indra500LC TTL’s High Speed Sync function photographers can shoot at higher sync speeds* allowing wider apertures while still being able to control ambient light. In manual mode the Indra500LC offers 8 stops of power adjustments - from full power to 1/128 in 1/3rd stop increments. With Stroboscopic Mode, the Phottix Indra can be used for special effect and creative shooting with flash frequency of 1-100HZ and flash counts of 1-100 times.
 
Built-in Triggering
The Phottix Indra500LC TTL has the power and control of the Canon RT and Phottix Laso triggering systems built-in. Switchbetween TTL and Manual modes, adjust EV and manual power levels and use high speed sync, all from the Canon ST-E3, compatible Canon RT Speedlites and the Phottix Laso Transmitter - no extra hardware is needed
 
Supports older Canon non-RT flashes
One of the best things of the Phottix Laso Triggering system is it’s ability to incorporate older non-radio Canon flashes into your workflow. There’s no need to set aside your 580 EXII – add a Phottix Laso Receiver and have the ability to control and trigger it, and add it your other Canon RT-enabled flashes – and the Phottix Indra500 LC.
 
The Indra500 LC comes with a Li-Ion battery, cables, charger, carrying bag and a new, smaller 5” reflector to make the Indra500 LC easier to pack and take on location.
 
*On compatible cameras.
 
A 500W Studio Light Compatible with Canon’s RT flash system
 
Phottix Laso System launched a year ago to much industry buzz and acclaim. It provided something sorely lacking in the Canon RT flash system – backwards compatibility with legacy non-RT-flashes.
 
Phottix’s is continuously developing new user-friendly products that provide efficient and innovative solutions to photographers and is proud to announce another industry first – a Phottix Laso and Canon RT compatible version of the award-winning Phottix Indra500. The Indra500LC offers Phottix Laso and Canon RT system users another tool in their lighting arsenal.
 
INDRA500LC - THE POWER-UP FOR YOUR LIGHTING!
 
Fully compatible with the Phottix Laso and Canon RT ETTL System
 
  • Control and trigger the Indra500LC directly from the Phottix Laso Transmitter, Canon ST-E3, compatible Canon RT-enabled Speedlites.Empower Canon Speedlites with a more powerful Big Brother: Take lighting to the next level.
  • Augment the power of Canon Speedlites with the Indra500LC, featuring 500W/s of power, high speed sync up to 1/8000s and remote control and triggering.
Improved Accessories and functions
 
  • 5” Reflector: Smaller and easier to take on location with a reflective angle of 135 Degrees.
  • Smaller Gear Bag: More convenient for photographers that want to travel light-weight.
  • Real-Time Control Details: Changes made on the Laso or other control device are displayed on the Indra500LC display.
Pricing and availability to be announced.
 
B&H carries the Phottix Laso TTL Flash Trigger Transmitter & Receiver.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Phottix News
Post Date: 9/23/2016 7:44:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon KeyMission 360 and Keymission 170 action camera preorders currently qualify for a free accessory pack valued at $149.95.
 
Free Accessory Pack Includes
 
  • Tabletop Tripod
  • Extension Arm
  • Extra EN-EL12 Battery
  • Zippered Carrying Case
Nikon KeyMission 360 Product Highlights
 
  • Capture Spherical Video in UHD 4K at 24p
  • Dual-Lens Capture and Internal Stitching
  • Also Record 1080p24 and 1440x960p25/30
  • 100 ft Waterproof Without Housing
  • Built-In Vibration Reduction (1080p)
  • 29MP Still-Image Capture
  • Nikon Nikkor Glass Lens
  • Control & Playback App for iOS/Android
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Shockproof, Freezeproof, and Dustproof
Nikon KeyMission 170 Product Highlights
 
  • Capture UHD 4K 25/30p with 170° View
  • 1080p at up to 120 fps; Hi-Res Stills
  • 720p at Super-Slow-Motion 200/240 fps
  • 33ft Waterproof without Housing Required
  • Built-In Vibration Reduction (1080/720p)
  • Nikon Nikkor Glass Lens
  • 1.5" Real-Time Monitoring & Playback LCD
  • Control & Playback App for iOS/Android
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Shockproof, Freezeproof, and Dustproof
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/23/2016 6:42:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
Please find the following notes on the usage of SIGMA interchangeable lenses for EOS, when attached to Canon EOS 5D Mark IV that is released on September 8th.
 
  • MO (Manual Override) function is unavailable with this camera (Full-time Manual function can be offered).
  • When using a SIGMA interchangeable lens for EOS, setting the corrections to [Disable] is recommended, as “Lens Correction” functions of the camera, such as Peripheral illumination correction, Chromatic aberration correction, Diffraction correction and Distortion correction are not supported.*
* If those functions are activated, the performance of lenses may not be accurate.
* This is not only for EOS 5D Mark IV, but also for other camera bodies with the same function.
 
We appreciate your continued support for our company and products.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 9/23/2016 5:27:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 22, 2016

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Just out of reach of the longest selfie stick and the lowest hovering helicopter, drones are the hottest technological force of the 21st century. The ancient human desire to take flight and see the world from a towering perspective is now available to the masses. So, how can you communicate a soaring visual story and elevate your artistry to new heights? Join award-winning photographer Chase Guttman, author of the upcoming Handbook of Drone Photography, as he guides you through the airspace of the newest photographic frontier.
 
Note: Shown above is the highlight reel from the event. The full version can be found here.
 
B&H carries aerial imaging platforms, aka drones.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/22/2016 12:50:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Introduced in 2012, the EOS 6D became Canon's affordable, entry-level full frame DSLR with the 5D III sitting right above it in feature set and price. With the release of the Canon 5D Mark IV, the gap between the 5D-series of cameras and the EOS 6D has widened significantly.
 
While we have no knowledge of an EOS 6D Mark II in the works, considering Canon's development history it's relatively safe to assume one is coming in the not-so-distant future. So we want to know – what specifications and features would you like to see in an EOS 6D Mark II?
 
Let us know in the post's comments.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/22/2016 7:55:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Join us at 11:30am EDT on September 27th, 2016 to see how DJI is going to change your world again.
 
Learn more: http://live.dji.com/adventure/
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/22/2016 5:27:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 21, 2016

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Color calibration is an important process when taking and editing photos. With the Spyder5CAPTURE PRO bundle, it only takes a few steps to ensure perfect, consistent color in all your shots. The kit includes, the SpyderCHECKR to give your photos a color reference, the SpyderLENSCAL, to adjust autofocusing, the SpyderCube, to obtain perfect exposure, and the Spyder5Elite, for accurate monitor calibration.
 
B&H carries the Datacolor Spyder5CAPTURE PRO which currently qualifies for a $100.00 instant savings.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/21/2016 2:58:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Use coupon code SPORTS15 at LensRentals.com to save 15% on your Canon / Nikon supertelephoto lens or EOS 1D X II / D5 rental arriving before this month's end.
 
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/21/2016 10:07:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through 9/26, Adorama has the Tascam DR-60D MKII Portable Recorder for DSLR available for $124.99 with free shipping after $30.00 mail-in rebate. Compare at $173.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Four-track WAV or BWAV recording up to 96kHz/24-bit
  • Designed to attach to DSLR camera with top and bottom tripod mounts
  • Easy-to-use interface with switches instead of menus
  • Dual record mode captures a safety track so there's a backup in case of overload
  • High-quality microphone preamps, analog/digital converters, and recording format (BWAV) - much better than the camera audio specs
  • Improved microphone preamp with up to 64dB of gain
  • Camera output pads down to mic level so it doesn't overload the camera
  • Records to SD card media
  • Individual headphone and line outputs
  • Slate function plays a tone for easier syncronization with camera audio
  • Two XLR/1/4" combination jacks plus stereo 1/8" mini jack
  • Powered via AA batteries or USB input
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/21/2016 5:44:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 20, 2016
From Photoshelter:
 
How do you get a rep’s attention and seal the deal?
 
Having a photo rep may mean access to new clients, help with marketing, negotiating, accounting, and an overall support system. But how do you lock this partnership down?
 
To help demystify the world or representation, we’re tackling it head on in our latest guide, Tips to Getting a Photo Rep.
 
Inside, check out interviews from photographers who share:
 
  • How to get you (and your work) ready for pitching agencies
  • How to determine if a rep is a good fit for you
  • Tips to get on a rep’s radar and ink a deal
  • How to work with a rep day-to-day
Also hear from reps at Jed Root, Glasshouse Assignment and NatGeo Creative who talk through how they find new photographers and what it’s like to work with someone for the first time.
 
Download the free guide today!
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/20/2016 2:00:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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