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 Thursday, December 15, 2016
From the Canon Digital Learning Center.
By Michael Joseph
 
Earlier this year, Canon published my two-part series of articles geared toward photographers that are either working pros or aspiring to eventually make a living in photography, “Photographing People & Pets for the Advanced Amateur or Aspiring Pet Photographer” and “MJ's List of Top 10 Professional Tips on Photographing People and Their Pets.”
 
This article is geared to help an even larger segment of the population… sharing some practical tips with anyone that would love to do a better job at photographing their four-legged members of the family!
 
Let's say you have a camera or two and you obviously love your pets just as if they were members of the family. And try though you may, you have the toughest time getting the results you would ultimately like to have. You try and try and your patience runs short… so, you throw in the towel and just give up. Or, maybe you haven't completely given up but you would admit that you are not totally satisfied with your results and realize that there is plenty of room for improvement. If you fall into either one of these two categories or even somewhere in between, please read on and you just might eventually find yourself doing a much better job at photographing your four-legged members of the family... and creating better images without having to accumulate a bundle of equipment, attend classes or apprentice with an expert! Sort of a no fuss-no muss, approach… here we go!
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/15/2016 2:29:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
It has come to our attention that there are instances of counterfeit EF 50mm f/1.8 II lenses for digital SLR cameras being brought into Canon service centers for repair. These counterfeit products have neither been designed nor manufactured by Canon, yet they fraudulently display the Canon logo and other Canon trademarks, and, as illegal products, they infringe on Canon Inc.'s trademark rights. Canon has taken a strong stance in eradicating these counterfeit products which infringe on the intellectual property rights of our company.
 
While the exterior of the counterfeit EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens elaborately imitates the exterior of the genuine lens, the parts and electric circuits used inside the counterfeit lens are different from the those used inside the genuine lens. As such, these counterfeit products do not satisfy the safety standards of various countries and the safety/quality standards of Canon. Please note that Canon cannot be held liable for any malfunction, phenomena, damage or injury that occurs due to the use of these counterfeit products, so please exercise caution when making your purchase.
 
We truly appreciate your continued patronage of Canon products.
 
Exterior differences
 
See below for the differences between genuine and counterfeit products that have been confirmed as of now and that can be identified by customers.
 
Please review the location of the Company Name on the mount with the lens cap removed as indicated in the image below.
 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Counterfeit Identification Location



Genuine Lens
 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Genuine Lens

There is a space between “CANON” and “INC.”
 
The company name is shown in either printed or molded letters (two types exist).
 


Counterfeit Lens
 
Canon EF 50mm f 1.8 II Counterfeit Lens

There is no space between “CANON” and “INC.”
 


If you have not already done so, please register your Canon Product. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future announcements.
 
This information is for residents of the United States and its five territories only. If you do not reside in the USA or its five territories, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/15/2016 11:48:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Firmware Version 1.0.4 is incorporated with the following correction.
 
  • Enhances the effects of image stabilization when using the EF24-105mm F4L IS II USM with the EOS 5D Mark IV at a shutter speed between 1/100 sec. and 1/160 sec.
Firmware Version 1.0.4 is for lenses with Firmware Version 1.0.3 or earlier.
 
Lenses whose third digit in the serial number is "0". (xx0xxxxxxx)
 
If the lens' firmware is already Version 1.0.4, it is not necessary to update the firmware. The lens firmware can be checked through the menu on the EOS 5D Mark IV.
 
Preparations for the Firmware Update:
 
In the folder you downloaded are the firmware (file name: EF012104.lfu / file size: 1,441,844 bytes), and instructions on the firmware update procedures (a PDF file in five languages: Japanese, English, French, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese).
 
Before starting the firmware update operations, please be sure to carefully confirm your understanding of these instructions.
 
Download: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Firmware Version 1.0.4
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/15/2016 7:57:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Cinema EOS C300 (with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade applied) v.2.1.8.1.00
 
Firmware Version 2.1.8.1.00 incorporates the following enhancements:
 
  1. With the CN7x17 KAS S/E1 *1, CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS, or CN20x50 IAS H/E1 *1 attached, the following functions are available:
    • Autofocus using Dual Pixel CMOS AF is possible (with the exception of CN20x50 IAS H/E1)
    • Metadata, such as the model name and focal distance of the lens attached, can be acquired and displayed on the camera. *2
    • Peripheral illumination correction is supported. *2
    • Aperture can be adjusted manually by operating the camera's Control Dial. *2
    • Settings can be made so that the zoom can be operated using the joystick on the grip unit of the camera.
    • The zoom/focus*2/iris*2 can be operated using the separately-sold RC-V100 Remote Controller.
    • The focus and iris can be operated via Wi-Fi Remote. *2
    • The automatic aperture and Push Auto Iris functions can be used.
  2. Support for the WFT-E8 has been added.
  3. Support for peripheral illumination correction when the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM is attached has been added.
*1 The firmware of the lenses also need to be updated.
*2 For CN7x17 KAS S/E1, support has already been provided in Firmware Version 2.1.7.1.00 or later.
 
Download: Canon EOS C300 Firmware Version 2.1.8.1.00
 


Canon Cinema EOS C300 / EOS C300 PL Firmware v.1.1.8.1.00
 
Firmware Version 1.1.8.1.00 incorporates the following enhancements:
 
For EOS C300 EF only
 
  1. With the CN7x17 KAS S/E1 *1, CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS, or CN20x50 IAS H/E1 *1 attached, the following functions are available:
    • Metadata, such as the model name and focal distance of the lens attached, can be acquired and displayed on the camera. *2
    • Peripheral illumination correction is supported. *2
    • Aperture can be adjusted manually by operating the camera's Control Dial. *2
    • Settings can be made so that the zoom can be operated using the joystick on the grip unit of the camera.
    • The zoom/focus*2/iris*2 can be operated using the separately-sold RC-V100 Remote Controller.
    • The focus and iris can be operated via Wi-Fi Remote.*2
    • The automatic aperture and Push Auto Iris functions can be used.
  2. Support for peripheral illumination correction when the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM is attached has been added.
For EOS C300 EF/PL
 
  1. Support for the WFT-E8 has been added.
*1 The firmware of the lenses also need to be updated.
*2 For CN7x17 KAS S/E1, support has already been provided in Firmware Version 1.1.7.1.00 or later.
 
Download: Canon Cinema EOS C300 / EOS C300 PL Firmware v.1.1.8.1.00
 


Canon EOS C300 Mark II / EOS C300 Mark II PL Firmware Version 1.0.6.1.00
 
Firmware Version 1.0.6.1.00 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:
 
  1. Support for the OLED Electronic Viewfinder EVF-V70 *1 has been added.
  2. Shutter Angle Priority has been added. A constant shutter angle can now be maintained, regardless of any other camera settings being changed.
  3. Support for the WFT-E8 has been added.
  4. Zebra Range Expanded Below 65%.
    • The range of the Zebra 1 setting has been expanded to between 5% (±5%) and 95% (±5%) in steps of 5%.
    • The range of the Zebra 2 setting has been expanded to between 5% and 100% in steps of 5%.
  5. Built-in Mic Audio Off
    • The internal microphone on the camera body can now be turned off.
  6. In Browser Remote, the focus guide frame can now be displayed.
  7. 2K Crop Audio Recording
    • Audio can now be recorded when the camera is set in 2K crop mode.
  8. Support for CFast cards (VPG130) has been added. *2
  9. Support for peripheral illumination & chromatic aberration when the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens is attached, has been added.
  10. Metadata related to the XF-AVC range has been corrected.
    • The range of Canon Log/Log2/Log3 has been corrected to full range.
  11. The quality of autofocus has been enhanced.
  12. The operation reliability after changing the recording mode has been enhanced.
*1 When using the EVF-V70, magnification and the function to display the camera's live view image on the Browser Remote screen cannot be used while recording.
*2 For detailed information about CFast cards that have been verified to work with this camera, please visit Canon's Web site.
 
Download: Canon EOS C300 Mark II / EOS C300 Mark II PL Firmware Version 1.0.6.1.00
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS C300 and C300 Mark II.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/15/2016 6:30:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the ExpoImaging YouTube Channel:
 
Tom Bol demonstrates how to create a creative and unique portrait for a stylized shoot with two speedlights and some Rogue FlashBender 2 Gear. Flash photography lighting video tutorial, techniques and tips.
 
B&H carries the ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro and Rogue Gels.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/15/2016 6:02:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Great deals, but act fast as these are valid tonight only (EST):
 
Use coupon code AFTMAF11611142053 at BuyDig.com (Canon authorized retailer) to get the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and PRO-100 Printer (and a 50 pack of Canon lustre paper) for only $3,149.00 with free shipping (reg $3,499.00 without printer and paper) after $350.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Also at BuyDig.com, use coupon code AFF717261161189838 to get the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and PRO-100 Printer (and again, a 50 pack of Canon lustre paper) for only $2,099.00 with free shipping (reg $2,499.00 after $300.00 IR without printer) after $350.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Find the mail in rebate form link on the product page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/14/2016 7:31:43 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the full-frame compatible Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 ED AS IF NCS UMC Fisheye Lens for Canon available for $389.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $499.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Canon EF Mount Lens/ Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • Three Extra Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Nano Crystal and UMC Lens Coating
  • Manual Focus & Manual Aperture Lens
  • 180º Angle of View
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 7.9"
  • Included Petal-Shaped Lens Hood
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/14/2016 1:28:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
How fast do you need your memory card order? How about 30 minutes or less? No problem – Amazon's drone is headed your way.
 
It may be just that easy in the not-so-distant future for those customers within range of an Amazon Prime Air facility.
 
From the Amazon YouTube Channel:
 
Amazon Prime Air has begun private trials in England, and the first customer delivery by drone recently took place. Check it out!
 
http://amzn.to/primeair
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Amazon News
Post Date: 12/14/2016 12:03:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the SanDisk 128GB iXpand Flash Drive available for $79.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $109.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 128GB Storage Capacity
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Connector
  • 1 x Lightning Connector
  • Designed for iPhone or iPad
  • Includes iXpand Drive App
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/14/2016 11:36:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Until 6:00pm Eastern Time tonight, B&H has the ASUS ZenPower 10050mAh Portable Battery Pack available for $14.99 with free shipping. Regularly $24.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 10050mAh Battery Capacity
  • 2.4A Power Output
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Compact Size
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/14/2016 11:07:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from a third lens have been added to the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens Review.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/14/2016 8:36:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From Syrp:
 
With 5-10 stops of adjustable exposure control, the Syrp Super Dark Variable ND Filter is a must-have tool for any photographer's gear bag and is available for pre-order from today, with a planned shipping date of the 15th of December. The Super Dark is available in two sizes and includes hard stops at the minimum and maximum ends for reducing X-pattern.
 
Long exposures are fundamental to landscape photography as they capture the effect of time passing, giving your images an expressive and often surreal look. They also add a creative element to your time lapses making them more fluid and giving them a dreamy effect. Silky smooth waterfalls or glassy lakes can be captured in full day light with just a simple twist of the filter to allow you to slow your shutter speed and record long exposures.
 
Both the Small and Large Filter Kits come with a genuine leather carry case to house the filter and ensure it stays protected from dust and scratches. Our Super Dark Variable ND Filter provides exposure reduction of 5 (ND32) to 10 (ND1024) stops using a smooth, adjustable front ring. The filter also has a front thread so you can easily stack filters if needed and will fit your regular lens cap.
 
Included in each Filter Kit are two step up rings for maximum compatibility with the range of lenses in your kit. The Large Kit (82mm) has 77-82mm and 72-82mm rings and the Small Kit has 58-67mm and 52-67mm rings. An invaluable tool for time-lapse, the Super Dark creates a more natural and fluid transition between frames, reducing the appearance of moving elements' flickering and stuttering.
 
B&H has the Syrp Super Dark Variable ND Filter available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Syrp News
Post Date: 12/14/2016 8:53:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the National Geographic YouTube Channel:
 
Of the many ways Earth is polluted, light pollution may be the least talked about. It's not an illusion; astronomers measure it from one to nine on the Bortle scale, and earlier this year, one study suggested that light pollution may be causing spring to come earlier. This short film, shot mainly in California by Sriram Murali, goes through all the levels of the scale, showing how the view of the cosmos gets better in less light-polluted areas.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/14/2016 8:35:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The girls were my support staff on this trip and we rolled into Whistler late in the afternoon after a challenging 10 hour drive through western Canada. We checked into the hotel, unloaded, drove to the other end of the village to park in the free lot and began walking back through the village to find dinner. The girls were a bit vague about what we were doing on this end of our trip ("Whistler" wasn't a location they knew much about) and they were quite awestruck as we came into the beautiful and impressively-designed Olympic village. Fitting were the Olympics rings being one of the first sights seen in the village as the 2016 summer Olympics were scheduled to begin a few days later. To be at one of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics venues was very fun to them.
 
I knew that our schedule was tight (and I was really tired and hungry), so I tried to keep moving them along (vs. stopping at every shop we were walking past). We finally found a restaurant (with reasonable prices and still open), ate and went back to the hotel. It was nearly midnight until we got to bed and that meant the morning was not going to be an early one as I needed enough sleep to drive to Vancouver the next night.
 
By the time we packed in the AM, finished breakfast and waited in line for lift tickets, it was afternoon and we arrived near the top of Whistler at about 2:00 PM. As we got off of the gondola, we noticed a sign stating that the last lift ride down was at 5:00 PM. While it would have been nice to know that piece of information before heading up the mountain (and even better to know it the night before), the 6 mile (9.5km) High Note Trail was a high priority and we were determined to make loop trail hike happen. We had another line and chair lift to go before hitting the trail head and we proceeded. So, we were left with about 2.5 hours to do the moderately difficult hike with photos of course being the primary goal.
 
Although I had the MindShift Gear BackLight 26L loaded with several lens options, I mounted the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS and left the pack on my back for the duration of the hike, due to the time constraints. That lens mounted to the Canon EOS 5Ds R worked great for the scenery encountered on this hike. I hadn't brought a tripod along and, with image stabilization doing its job, I didn't need one.
 
If photographing landscapes during the middle of a sunny day, I nearly always have a circular polarizer filter installed and did on this day. By cutting reflections, these filters significantly increase saturation, making colors "pop".
 
The hike ended up being mostly a run with stops for photos while trying to resist some of the constant photo temptations along the way (for time reasons). At about 7,000' (2,133m) in elevation, the view over the valley 5,000' (1,524m) below (including the turquoise-colored Cheakamus Lake seen in this image) was continuously spectacular. The timing of this trip, to coincide with wildflower season, was also perfect. I captured numerous images I liked and, though exhausted, made it back to the lift in time to ride down. That was a very good thing as hiking the 3 mi (5 km) down the steep mountain would have been rough at this point.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
24mm  f/11.0  1/50s
ISO 100
8688 x 5792px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/14/2016 7:54:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From the LensRentals Blog:
By Chase Reynolds
 
If you’re at all like me, you’re the designated photographer for your family and friends. If there’s a family photo, you take it. At some point on New Year’s Eve, you’ll have 4 or 5 random iPhone in your hands at once, taking the group shot for everyone to post on social media. Have you ever been invited to an event, or even a wedding, and it’s casually suggested that you bring a camera along? If they ever refer to you as the one with the “nice” camera, it can be a little annoying. Most of the time, though, people are asking because you know stuff and they trust you to do a good job. You are the photographer. This means that eventually you will get asked to build a photo booth.
 
One of the popular questions we get asked from customers that call and email us, is that they need to build a photo booth for an event they’re either working or hosting, and want our expertise on how to create an effective booth using some of the gear we have available. It’s a tough question because there is no right answer, but we wanted to give you a headstart on how to go about it, for any upcoming holiday parties you may have planned.
 
I’ll pretense, and tell you that I’ve never made the same exact photo booth twice. There are a hundred ways of doing it and I’m constantly changing my mind based on the location, type of event, gear at hand, or maybe a fleeting creative inspiration. At the core, however, all photo booths have the same basic requirements. It’s a camera, locked off on tripod or stand, taking photos of people standing in front of a backdrop. So I’d like to start by describing the different areas of setup you should think about.
Read the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/14/2016 7:47:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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