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 Friday, April 28, 2017

 
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
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
 Wednesday, April 26, 2017
B&H has the ASUS 13.3" ZenBook UX301LA Multi-Touch Ultrabook available for $699.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $999.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7-5500U Dual-Core
  • 8GB DDR3L RAM | 256GB M.2 SSD
  • 13.3" WQHD 2560 x 1440 Touchscreen
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • SD Media Card Reader
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB 3.0 | Micro-HDMI | Webcam
  • Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
Post Date: 4/26/2017 2:01:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Nikon Europe YouTube Channel:
 
A macro lens will help you get up close and personal with your subject, allowing you to capture details that may not even be visible with the naked eye. Enriched detail, together with impressive depth of field separation, also makes these lenses great for more than just macro shots.
 
If you'd like more information on macro lenses, check out our post Photography 101: What Is a Macro Lens?
 
B&H carries macro lenses.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/26/2017 11:09:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Distortion test results have been added to the Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens page (a full review is planned).
 
I don't often dedicate an entire post to just distortion results for a single lens, but ... I thought the results for this one were remarkable enough to highlight for you. If you are looking for an ultra-wide angle full frame lens that keeps your lines straight (attention architecture photographers), this one should have your attention. Here are some comparisons:
 
Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 compared to Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Lens
Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 compared to Sigma 12-24mm f/4 Art Lens
 
The Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 4/26/2017 7:53:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via 6ave - 99.1% Positive Feedback) has the Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR Camera available for $2,598.81 with free shipping. Compare at $3,499.00 after $200.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a manufacturer warranty. A 1-year seller warranty is provided.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/26/2017 7:12:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon has released their finanicial results for 1Q 2017. See below for more information.
 
Related Articles
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/26/2017 6:27:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon Australia:
 
Sydney, Australia, 26 April 2017 – Canon Australia has announced that Season 2 of the brand’s locally produced Tales by Light photography adventure series will stream globally on Netflix from 21 April, following the successful launch of the Season 1 in November 2016.
 
A stunning cinematic experience, Tales by Light Season 2 builds on the concept established in the first series, following the journeys of acclaimed photographers as they pursue their personal projects. Comprising three in-depth episodes, Season 2 shows the endeavours of the photographers to challenge people’s perceptions through their art.
 
“The reaction to Tales by Light since it launched on Netflix in November has been amazing and an indication of the appetite for a photography-based series around the world,” says Director of Canon Australia’s consumer imaging business and Executive Producer for the series Jason McLean. “We know that people ultimately want help to unlock their potential with photography regardless of their level and this starts with inspiration, which is ultimately what Tales by Light is about.”
 
Prior to joining the Netflix documentary content line-up, Tales by Light Seasons 1 and 2 screened initially on the National Geographic Channel subscription network in Australia and New Zealand.
 
A brand in transition
 
Canon Australia has been on its own journey for the past several years, moving from the traditional focus on products and features into content and experiences that entertain, educate and inspire with the focus firmly on the photographer and their needs and ambitions.
 
“We’re now an experience brand dedicated to helping people achieve more with our products,” continues McLean. “Tales by Light is a great example of the value that we can offer and we continue that journey on our local brand site where we provide resources to nurture skills and creativity and celebrate people’s achievements more broadly. Our social media pages are almost entirely user-generated and are thriving communities of creative inspiration.”
 
Canon Australia was recently nominated in the top-five global sites in the Webby Awards “Best Social - Photography and Graphics” category alongside Red Bull, National Geographic and Nike’s Jordan Brand worldwide.”
 
WHERE TO VIEW
 
To watch Tales by Light: www.netflix.com
For additional content: www.canon.com.au/talesbylight
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/26/2017 6:16:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 25, 2017

 
From the DJI YouTube Channel:
 
We give casual drone users the changes to fly using the DJI Goggles for the first time anywhere. Experience this incredible new way to fly along side them.
 
B&H has the DJI Goggles available for preorder.
 
Note: My understading of the current drone regulations would make use of this device outdoors by the drone operator illegal in the U.S. unless a) flying under the Part 107 rule (requiring a remote pilot certificate) and b) a waiver for first-person view goggles is obtained. [Sean]
Category: DJI News
Post Date: 4/25/2017 1:00:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Rokinon 24, 35, 50, 85mm T1.5 Cine DS Lens Bundle for Canon available for $1,749.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,326.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 24, 35, 50, 85mm Cine-Style Lenses
  • Canon EF Mount
  • Covers Full-Frame Sensors
  • T1.5 to T22 Exposure Range
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Dual Side Focus and T-Stop Scales
  • De-Clicked Aperture Ring
  • Manual Focus and Aperture
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Rokinon Deals
Post Date: 4/25/2017 12:34:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.00 to 1.01
 
  • Fixed an issue that prevented additional deletions after multiple shots had been deleted in succession from a single burst of pictures.
Download: Nikon 1 J5 Firmware v.1.01
 
B&H carries the Nikon 1 J5 Mirrorless Digital Camera.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/25/2017 10:28:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Canon EOS 77D Review.
 
It's a great little camera. The biggest surprise to me? A significantly deeper grip that allows me to hold the camera and up to a medium-sized lens with only the three fingers.
 
The Canon EOS 77D is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/25/2017 8:50:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Rokinon 20mm T1.9 Cine DS Lens available for $599.00 with free shipping. Regularly $799.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 20mm Lens
  • 94.8° AOV, Full-Frame Coverage
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Standard Gearing for Focus and Iris
  • Dual-Side Focus and T-Stop Scales
  • Clickless Aperture Ring
  • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses
  • Manual Focus and Aperture
  • Removable Petal-Type Lens Hood
  • Accepts 77mm Threaded Filter Rings
Post Date: 4/25/2017 5:10:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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