Note: Coincidentally enough, I have one of these and have been playing around with it over the last couple of days (it's actually mounted to my 5D III right now). It's a fun little device. It's a good, relatively low-cost tool for aiding in the capture of lightning strikes. [Sean]
"Most of you know I've been very impressed with Sigma's new Art lenses. Their 35mm f/1.4 Art I still think is the sharpest 35mm prime lens made. The 50mm f/1.4 Art is also superb.
When I heard about the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art lens, I had some mixed emotions. I was excited that we might get a 24mm lens of similar quality to their 35mm. But the logical side of me thought that perhaps Sigma had bitten off a bit more than they could chew this time. Designing a wide-aperture 24mm lens is much more difficult than designing a fast 35mm lens. Even the best 24mm f/1.4 lenses (I consider the Canon 24mm f/1.4 L to be the best current offering, although that's arguable) still have distortion, aberrations, and some edge softness.
But when our first five copies of the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 arrived, I swiped them from intake and took them over to the testing lab for a quick look and MTF testing on our optical bench. We already had results from the Canon 24mm f/1.4 L, the Nikon 24mm f/1.4 ED AF-S, and the Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 lenses in our database to compare them to."
You may also qualify for $29.54 in eBay Bucks with this purchase.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty. However, the auction advertises that the item comes with a 1-year warranty provided by the seller.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) today launched Slate, a new free iPad app that makes it easier than ever to turn words and images into a story that can be published as beautifully laid-out Web content, in minutes. Bringing Adobe’s unrivaled creative software expertise--across digital imagery, page-layout, typography, and Web design--to a mass audience, Slate is made for anyone who wants to communicate with impact. Students, teachers, non-profit organizations, small business owners or corporate communicators can now turn their next report, newsletter or travel adventure into a document that captures attention. Through professionally designed magazine-style layouts with elegant fonts, beautiful colors and eye-catching motion, Slate content automatically adapts to any device for a high-impact reading experience on tablets, smartphones or computers. Slate creations are links that can be shared easily via text message, email, embedded in websites, or posted on social media channels.
Adobe Slate builds on the success of Adobe Voice, an app for creating animated videos that was named one of the Apple App Store’s Best New Apps of 2014. Like Voice, Slate features a collection of themes that set the tone for any story – with a single tap. The interface makes it simple to add text, choose the right photo layout and apply carefully curated looks and motion. Leveraging an advanced Adobe animation engine, Adobe Slate makes words and images move with automatically applied scrolling transitions, making it a much more engaging and exciting read. Key features include:
Stunning professionally designed themes allow users to simply tap to select from multiple font combinations, fun colors and motion to ensure stories stand out from the crowd.
Arresting photo layouts and covers deliver options that help photos pop, making them the highlight of the story, including grid or window view. Users can also add a caption overlay on images, ensuring photos are more integral to the narrative.
Adaptable design that looks great on any device, ranging from a phone to large desktop monitor.
Call-to-Action buttons link to online sites and other relevant information to encourage readers to take action, like: “Donate Now”, “Volunteer” or “Learn More”.
Sharing options automatically publish the finished content and help spread the word via a simple Web link that can be easily posted to social channels, sent via text message, email or embedded in personal blogs and websites. Readers can easily view the content in their PC, tablet or mobile phone browser.
Paul Gubbay, vice president of product development noted, “In today’s digital world, everyone wants to share engaging Web-based stories that stand out, but often people don’t have the right tools to easily create something impactful. With our move to Creative Cloud we’re able to tap into our pro-level creative software expertise and bring it to a much wider audience with new tools—first with Adobe Voice and now Slate. Stay tuned for more innovation like this from our teams at Adobe.”
My kids are amazing. Yes, I am of course heavily biased, but I sincerely hope that you feel the same way about your own kids.
Many of you comment about having watched my kids grow from tiny to what they are today, so I thought I would share a current group photo of them. Having the three girls together while they are dressed up and not having to run out the door because they are late for wherever they need to go has become a rare situation, so I jumped on this one.
Setup for this 5 minute portrait session involved grabbing a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens mounted to a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and positioning the girls just behind direct light streaming in a wall of windows. There is not a bad portrait focal length in this lens and the 100mm end gave me an ideal angle of view for this tight group photo even in tight quarters. I avoided background distractions the best I could while including enough to give the photo a homey feel.
My kids are growing up and so are yours. Growing up is of course what is supposed to happen to kids, but ... the growing up happens too fast – in a flash it seems from hindsight. So, I'll leave you with a parenting tip: You cannot take too many pictures of your kids (and grandkids I'm sure). Load them on a digital picture frame or computer in your home's living area to regularly relive those great times of life.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+ and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Yesterday we posted the news that Photoflex was closing its doors after 30 years in the photo lighting/accessory industry. As it was April Fool's day, we weren't 100% sure if the information listed on Photoflex's website was legitimate or just a prank.
Why were we not sure? Primarily because Photoflex had rented a booth at the Photography Show which ended March 24. Why would a business bother marketing at an event if the business was just about to go under? Another reason to question the closing was that Photoflex had announced a new partnership with distributor Flaghead Photographic Ltd at the beginning of last month.
Today we can confirm that Photoflex is indeed out of business. Yesterday evening I talked with Nan Corber, a paralegal with Binder & Malter LLP (a lawfirm specializing in bankruptcies) who confirmed that Photoflex – a client of theirs – is no longer in business.
However, all hope is not lost. After talking with Nan I received an email from Photoflex that read:
"Yes we are closed however hopeful that the brand will live on with a new owner. Stay tuned as there will likely be a post on the website should that occur."
Explore the inspiration, technique and equipment for imaging the great outdoors at OPTIC 2015, a FREE three day conference and trade show featuring the world's top outdoor photographers.
Sponsored by B&H and Lindblad Expeditions, the conference will take place in three locations, all conveniently situated within one block of B&H Photo's legendary NYC Superstore.
Ralph Lee Hopkins
John Paul Caponigro
If you're planning to participate in person, please RSVP to the sessions you wish to attend.
DAY - 1 / Sunday - May 3 The Wyndham New Yorker Hotel Grand Ballroom and Crystal Ballroom 481 8th Ave between 35th and 34th St New York, NY
The first day of OPTIC will be streamed live at 10 am EDT from the New Yorker Hotel in NYC, so you may watch at home or be part of the event in NYC. Special guest Outdoor Photography Legend, Art Wolfe and host of award-winning National Geographic photographers and instructors including Ralph Lee Hopkins, Michael Melford, Bob Krist, Susan Seubert, and Dan Westergren.
DAY - 2 / Monday - May 4 AMC Loews 34th St. Theater 4th Floor 312 W. 34th St between 8th and 9th Ave. New York, NY
The second day features over 18 photographers in three theaters presenting topics vital to travel, landscape and wildlife photography.
Days One and Two: visit the Explorer’s Tradeshow with vendors sharing the latest in imaging technology, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Sigma, Tamron, Lexar, & more.
Nikon Dinner party at the B&H SuperStore.
DAY - 3 / Tuesday - May 5 B&H Super Store AM, Circle Line Cruise PM
The third day features Imaging Critiques, and a Sunset Canon Circle Line Cruise.
TOKYO, April 2, 2015 — Canon Inc. announced today that the Company is currently developing a high-zoom-ratio, long-focal-length field zoom lens that realizes exceptional imaging performance for use with 4K-capable broadcast cameras employing 2/3-inch sensors. Canon will exhibit a prototype of the 4K field zoom lens at the 2015 NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show, to be held from April 13 to 16 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
As 4K-resolution content, which traces its beginnings to the movie-production industry, continues to gain ground in the broadcasting industry, initiatives are currently underway to implement 4K broadcasting in countries around the world with an increasing number of professionals making use of equipment supporting 4K production.
The new 4K field zoom lens is being developed as a new model in Canon’s DIGISUPER series of studio and field broadcasting lenses, which have garnered high acclaim from professionals in the industry. In addition to realizing a high level of imaging performance supporting the capture of 4K-resolution video, the new lens will feature specifications and a body size that ensure a high level of operability and ease of use that are on a par with Canon’s HD broadcast lens models, making it ideal for a wide range of applications, including sports and live concert telecasts.
Although details regarding product specifications and pricing are yet to be decided, Canon is aiming to commercialize the 4K field zoom lens in late 2015, positioning it as the first model in the Company’s new UHD-DIGISUPER series of lenses that brings together Canon’s latest optical technologies for use with 4K-capable and other next-generation broadcast cameras. In this way, Canon will continue responding to the needs of a wide range of users by further strengthening its broadcast lens lineup.