As is normal for this time of year, B&H will be closed several days this month in observance of Labor Day, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur & Succos. If you need your gear to arrive in a timely manner, be sure to keep the upcoming holiday schedule in mind.
Through September (from August 30 to October 3, technically), Canon has implemented a new round of instant rebates. Unfortunately, some of the items that qualified for rebates last period have been dropped in the new program and other rebates have lowered slightly. Fortunately, a few new items qualify for rebates in September.
As usual, some of the DSLR rebates vary depending on whether you purchase the body only or whether you purchase a lens with the body. In a new twist, the EOS Rebel T6i qualifies for a rebate when purchased with the EF-S 18-55 IS STM and Connect Station C100. Unfortunately, the C100 isn't scheduled to be available in the US until after this particular rebate period ends, so that doesn't seem terribly useful.
DSLR Instant Rebate Breakdown:
The EOS 1D X qualifies for a $700.00 rebate.
The EOS 5D III qualifies for a $300.00 rebate when purchased as a body-only or with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM or EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM.
The EOS 6D qualifies for a $300.00 rebate when purchased as a body-only or with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM or EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. The EOS 6D qualifies for a $550.00 rebate if purchased with an EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM.
The EOS 7D Mark II qualifies for a $300.00 rebate when purchased as a body-only or with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. The EOS 7D Mark II qualifies for a $550.00 rebate if purchased with an EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM.
The EOS 70D qualifies for a $200.00 rebate when purchased as a body-only. The rebate increases to $250.00 if purchased with the EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM or EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. The EOS 70D rebate varies from $400.00 - $550.00 when purchased as a lens (or Video Creator) kit in addition to the EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM or EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM.
The EOS Rebel T6s qualifies for a $100.00 rebate when purchased with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, with an additional $150.00 rebate ($250.00 total) when purchased with the EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM.
The EOS Rebel T6i qualifies for a $100.00 rebate when purchased with a standard kit lens and $150.00 rebate when the Video Creator kit is purchased. Rebates go on to vary from $200.00 - $300.00 depending on the purchase of the EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM, Video Creator Kit and/or Connect Station C100.
The EOS Rebel T5i qualifies for a $150.00 rebate when purchased with a standard kit lens and $200.00 rebate when the Video Creator kit is purchased. Grabbing an EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM with a lens kit will earn a $300.00 rebate or $350.00 rebate when combined with a Video Creator kit.
The EOS Rebel SL1 qualifies for a $150.00 body-only rebate and a $200.00 rebate when purchased with a standard kit lens. The rebate jumps to$300.00 when the EF 75–300mm f/4–5.6 III is bundled with a lens kit and purchasing a kit including the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM will qualify for a $350.00 rebate.
The EOS Rebel T5 qualifies for a $150.00 rebate when purchased with the standard EF-S 18-55mm kit lens. Adding the EF 75–300mm f/4–5.6 III increases the rebate to $250.00 while the bundling the EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM with the kit lens will qualify for a $300.00 rebate.
First to debut: two fast, fixed focal standard lenses packed with exceptional features that deliver ultimate performance
SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012)
SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013)
September 2, 2015, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces launch of a new series of SP lenses that are optimized to make the most of the superior imaging performance delivered by the latest advancements in digital photography. Sporting a totally revamped external appearance, the new lenses provide the ultimate in functionality and operation. The first two lenses in the series are compatible with full-frame DSLR cameras and offer fast apertures and versatile, fixed focal lengths. The pair consists of the SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) and SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013), and both can be used with APS-C format cameras as well.
Features of fast-aperture fixed focal lenses: 35mm and 45mm, the first of new SP Series
To develop these two standard fixed focal lenses, goals were established to provide exquisite characteristics certain to set them distinctively apart from ordinary, conventional models. This required a new approach. All of the key performance criteria were redefined to achieve the ultimate in optical performance. VC (Vibration Compensation) was incorporated as an integral part of the opto-electronics design to expand shooting freedom. Priority was set to allow dramatically closer focusing capability to remove what would otherwise be a barrier to the subject. Yet with all this innovation, the overall mechanical package had to be kept within practical size limits with an elegantly sophisticated external design as a human interface.
Having optimized every prerequisite, remarkably versatile lenses have been developed that boast amazing performance from F/1.8 wide open aperture. These lenses can be enjoyed by users of APS-C cameras as well as full-frame.
F/1.8 fast-aperture, fixed focal lenses aimed at ultimate performance Optimal use of the latest glass materials, coupled with Tamron's world renowned optical design technology, thoroughly compensated for aberrations of all types to achieve higher resolving power, while fine textures of materials and details are reproduced with subtle tonal gradations. The F/1.8 aperture delivers more light to the viewfinder—making it brighter for easier focusing – and more light to the sensor, allowing use even in very dim lighting conditions. In addition, the bokeh (background blur) effect obtained using the F/1.8 fast aperture delivers impressively smooth and soft transition from the main subject to the background.
Dynamic close-focusing capability, unprecedented among standard lenses Both models deliver astonishingly short MOD (Minimum Object Distance) not available from other 35mm or 45mm standard lenses. Photographers can get closer to the subject with ease, unleashing new photo opportunities with an expanded scope of freedom. Superb image capture is ensured throughout the entire range from the closest to normal shooting distances, thanks to Tamron's proprietary Floating System built into both lenses.
VC (Vibration Compensation) system, a feature crucial for high-pixel-density cameras Beneficial under all lighting conditions and especially useful in low light levels, the VC function provides noticeable advantages for handheld shooting by minimizing the adverse effects of camera shake. Cameras with high pixel densities, in particular, are sensitive to minute vibrations which cause unsharpness and degradation of image quality. VC works to ensure the maximum imaging performance even in dim lighting to allow photographers to enjoy the fast F/1.8 maximum aperture to the fullest extent.
User-friendly product design with close attention to all details Opening a new chapter in the SP legend, product design, opto-mechanical construction and engineering processes are totally integrated. Every single detail and operating function has been thoroughly reexamined, explored and matured to a form that has a friendly, human touch.
Product design with maximum emphasis on the human interface in order to achieve the ultimate in functional beauty While the lens is constructed with the absolutely most modern technologies inside, the exterior is articulated to offer the best possible comfort and confidence under a product design philosophy of "Human Touch." Organically composed lines and patterns on the barrel produce subtle changes in its appearance by reflecting ambient light on the surface. Metal-based barrel materials provide a pleasant feeling of comfort, high quality and durability, fitting firmly in the hands of the photographer. Design of the front face of the lens is also taken into consideration so that it is not intimidating.
Brand ring and SP emblem A brand ring that's tinted "Luminous Gold" adorns the lens just above the lens mount. On one side of the lens barrel there is an SP emblem in the same luxurious color.
Design of distance and aperture scales The window over the distance scale has been enlarged by 20% to maximize visibility and legibility. Font style of the characters and numbers has been newly developed to enhance the legibility as a critical element of the overall product design.
Switches with optimized geometric shape and tactile feedback The geometric shape and sliding torque of the AF/MF change-over and VC On/Off switches have been configured and engineered to deliver the utmost comfort with secured operational feedback.
Lens hood and caps To complete the lens product design, accessories such as the lens hood and caps for front and rear have been totally redesigned as well. Attaching and removing the lens hood has been fine-tuned by optimizing the connection interface to render both secure seating and durability.
JP Distribution are pleased to announce a £20/€25 CASH BACK Promotion on the ever popular Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Meter.
The pocket-sized Sekonic L-308S Flashmate is the smallest and lightest digital light meter in the Sekonic line-up. It is designed to read ambient or flash exposures in either reflected or incident modes and it displays accurate exposure readings in full, half, or third-stop increments to mirror the exposure settings of today's DSLR and film cameras.
£20/€25 CASH BACK Sekonic L-308S The promotion is only available from authorised UK and Republic of Ireland resellers for purchases made between 1st September and 31st October 2015. Customers will be entitled to claim £20/€25 cash back by redemption of a voucher and valid proof of purchase. Terms and Conditions apply.
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 1 September 2015 – Canon Europe and Getty Images today reveal a series of iconic images which, shot by some of the world's leading photographers, represent defining moments from the past decade and bring to light the power of photography and the role it plays in helping to affect change around the world.
Known for enabling people to tell the stories that need to be told, the Canon EOS 5D series celebrates its 10th anniversary with an initiative that showcases 10 amazing images that tell some of these stories. From exposing the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian army, to uncovering illegal logging of rare and endangered trees in Madagascar, the EOS 5D has been the camera of choice for many professional photographers over the past decade and has captured some of the world’s most significant and important moments.
To view all the images and the amazing stories behind them, visit Canon’s Showcase within the Come and See website. The images will also be available to view as part of a special anniversary exhibition within Canon’s space during the professional week at Visa pour l’Image 2015, the annual festival of photojournalism held in Perpignan, France, from August 31 to September 6 2015.
Canon invites you to share your iconic images To further celebrate 10 years of profound imagery, Canon Europe is also launching a pan-European competition that will offer participants the chance to win limited edition EOS 5D anniversary prizes.
All photographers, from amateurs to professionals, both smartphone and camera users, are invited to share an image that they feel represents a story of change. Winners will be selected by a panel of award winning judges, including Canon Ambassador Brent Stirton and Getty Images photographer Toby Smith.
The Canon Iconic Images competition will run in eighteen European countries (UK, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Russia) from September 1 until October 2 2015.
For more information please visit the ‘Iconic Images’ competition page within the Gallery section of Canon’s ‘Come and See’ website.
“Since the launch of the original EOS 5D in 2005, the series has grown to become one of the most popular camera ranges of all time. 10 years on and now with four iterations under our belts, we’re showcasing today at Visa pour l’image how the EOS 5D series has enabled photographers around the world to tell some of the most important stories throughout the past decade,” said Kieran Magee, Director, Professional Imaging Group, Canon Europe. “We’re incredibly proud of what has been achieved over the past 10 years and want to invite everyone, both amateur and professional photographers, to share their own iconic stories and join us in celebrating the power of photography.”
The 10 iconic Getty Images photographs are:1. John Moore, EOS 5D Mk I; Arlington, USA - May 27, 2007 John’s image of a woman weeping at the foot of her husband’s grave depicts a personal moment of change against a backdrop of simultaneously changing attitudes towards the deployment of troops in conflicts overseas such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Published within many of the world’s leading media titles, his image touched the heart of millions and showed the devastating consequences at home of war.
2. Alvaro Ybarra Zavala, EOS 5D Mk I; Colombia – November 29, 2007 Taken whilst on assignment to document the Colombian civil war, Alvaro’s image of two female guerrilla soldiers caught the attention and imagination of the mainstream media, highlighting the long suffering plight of the Columbian people and bringing the reality of this largely forgotten 50-year conflict to the general public.
3. Veronique de Viguerie, EOS 5D Mk I; Hobyo, Somalia - October 27, 2008 When Veronique de Viguerie and her journalist colleague travelled to Somalia to meet with one of the pirate chiefs it was still an unknown story outside of the region. The resulting report was ground-breaking and was published as the first landmark feature on the subject, just as it was about to enter headlines globally.
4. Toby Smith, EOS 5D Mk II; Masoala National Park, Madagascar - August 21, 2009 Toby’s body of work on illegal logging of endangered species of trees in Madagascar became part of the first prosecution on US soil of international traders using endangered species of timber.
5. Ed Ou, EOS 5D Mk II; Mogadishu, Somalia - April 24, 2010 Ed’s heart-breaking photos of young children armed with powerful weapons were published internationally and later shown in the US Senate which went on to see the US government and UN Security Council apply renewed pressure on the Somali transitional government to stop using child soldiers.
6. Marco Di Lauro, EOS 5D Mk II; Gadabedji, Niger - June 27, 2010 Marco Di Lauro partnered with UNICEF UK to document the serious food crisis gripping the West African nation of Niger. His surreal, striking photograph captured the attention of the public by offering something new, a different side to a widely reported issue. The impact of the work helped raise several million dollars in a few months to help the Nigerien people.
7. Jonathan Torgovnik, EOS 5D Mk II; Port-au-Prince, Haiti – January 10, 2011 Port-au-Prince was one of the most severely damaged places in Haiti during the devastating earthquake in 2010. Published internationally, Jonathan’s image raised refreshed awareness about the extraordinarily poor conditions that people were still living in one year on.
8. Brent Stirton, EOS 5D Mk II; Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya - July 13, 2011 Permanently guarded by four armed sentries, Brent’s image of one of the last northern white rhinos in the world was captured as part of a wider investigation in to the use of animals in black market medicines. Highlighting the fragility of the rhino’s existence, as the world’s most endangered species, the image reached an audience of millions globally.
9. Laurent Van der Stockt, EOS 5D Mk II; Jobar, Damascus, Syria - 13 April, 2013 The series of images, video footage and soil samples which Laurent and a fellow journalist took, were published globally and used by French, British and American administrations as evidence of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian army. This lead to pressure by world leaders to stop the use of chemical weapons in this conflict.
10. Dan Kitwood, EOS 5D Mk III; Kos, Greece - June 4, 2015 Dan’s image of four Pakistani migrant men arriving on the beach of the Greek Island of Kos from Turkey captures one of the most important stories to have come out of 2015 so far. His work has been published internationally in many influential media outlets, helping to raise awareness of the issue around the world.
When I travel, I usually try to visit a zoo if there is one nearby. Zoos offer tremendous opportunities to photograph wildlife that would otherwise be economically infeasible (because of travel) or dangerous to photograph otherwise.
After visiting several zoos over the past few years, I've learned a few things that may help you on your next zoo trip.
Plan to start your day early.
Animals are generally more active in the morning before the sweltering sun sets in for good. Plan to arrive at the zoo when it opens. This will not only give you the best opportunity to see animals active and out in the open, but you will also be able to avoid the large crowds that develop as the day wears on (thereby making the best vantage points easier to reach). Doing online research of the zoo before you set off can help you determine which exhibits you want to visit first to increase your chances of capturing the best shots.
Getting to Oatland Wildlife Center as soon as it opened allowed me to photograph the alligators while no one else was around. This gave me the freedom to choose any shooting position I wished for optimal framing.
Pack these: your longest (non-super) telephoto, a general purpose zoom & a standard wide aperture prime lens.
Generally speaking, a telephoto lens in the 300-400mm range will be ideal for many outdoor wildlife exhibits. The long reach and narrow angle of view of these lenses will help allow you fill the frame with your animal subjects while also minimizing the evidence of captivity in your photos. Lenses such as the Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM work very well in this regard.
A long telephoto lens can even aid in minimizing the impact that fences/nets have on your images as long as the barricade is close to the end of your lens and your focus point is well beyond it. This causes the fence/net to become blurred sufficiently enough so that it may not be readily distinguishable in your image (though you will likely notice a loss of contrast).
You may find that your long telephoto lens never leaves your camera while visiting a zoo. However, don't discount the value of having a general purpose lens on hand just in case. My recent trip to Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah, GA proved less than fruitful in regards to animal photography than I had hoped because the early morning heat left most animals hiding in their shaded enclosures. However, one section of the trail proved especially beautiful as the boardwalk ventured out over a large marsh. I quickly affixed the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM to my 5D III and captured the following handheld HDR image.
Another lens you may find particularly useful is a standard wide aperture prime lens in the 50-85mm focal range. These lenses can prove extremely beneficial if the zoo you are visiting features indoor aquariums or exhibits. The wider aperture provided by these lenses can be essential for minimizing motion blur (from animals or the photographer) while maintaining acceptably low ISO levels.
And while on the subject of photographing animals through glass, wearing a dark colored shirt can help you avoid capturing distracting reflections in the glass. Unfortunately, wearing a dark colored shirt may not be ideal if it's a hot summer day, so you may want to simply throw the shirt in your camera bag in case you need it.
Bring sunscreen and water.
While many zoos have done a good job in providing ample shade for visitors, you may find yourself getting a little more sun than you thought you might after a long day of photographing captive wildlife. Be sure to wear sunscreen to the park and keep a small tube of it in your camera bag (inside a zip-top plastic bag) for reapplying when necessary.
Not only can the sun take a toll on your skin, but the heat combined with the exercised involved in toting camera equipment around the park can easily lead to dehydration if you aren't careful. Most zoos have water fountains located throughout the park, but you may want to keep a water bottle on hand for when you need it most. A small snack (like a granola bar) can easily be stowed in your camera bag and can help provide a little energy during a short break.
And that's it. If you have any more tips, please feel free to share them in the comments section!
New My Cloud OS 3 Puts Control of Content into the Hands of Consumers with Greater Photo Sharing, Backup and Synchronization
IFA - BERLIN, Germany – Sept. 1, 2015 – WD, a Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC) company, and world leader in storage solutions, today introduced significant enhancements to WD’s family of My Cloud personal storage devices, including a new, redesigned My Cloud OS 3 operating system, Software Developer Kit (SDK) enabling enhanced app integration and a dual-drive My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage offering increased memory and faster processing performance than previous generations.
WD’s My Cloud OS 3 features an intuitive user interface delivering a rich content sharing experience, and back-up and sync capabilities that elevate the personal cloud NAS offering while retaining the privacy and control unique to personal cloud devices physically located in the home or office.
"We know our personal cloud customers place the highest value on their personal content and enjoy the peace of mind from backing up PCs, smart phones and tablets to and centralizing content on their My Cloud systems," said Jim Welsh, senior vice president and general manager of Content Solutions at WD. "They tell us they are confident in the privacy, control and anywhere access we provide them with the My Cloud OS. Now, with My Cloud OS 3, we’ve made users’ management of their digital lives easier than ever before."
My Cloud OS 3 features powerful new photo and video capabilities via two new user experiences: MyCloud.com and My Cloud Albums app. MyCloud.com provides users global access to their My Cloud via an intuitive web browser based user interface and enables file collaboration, comprehensive access management and a photos and videos gallery view. My Cloud Albums, available for download late September on iTunes and Google Play stores, allows a My Cloud OS 3 user to send a link to a common location, or "album", on the My Cloud to all their friends and family.
My Cloud OS 3’s new WD Sync feature syncs data across multiple PCs and notebooks, ensuring that important files are up to date and available to users from almost any device. The new OS also allows users to set up automatic camera-roll backup of photos from smartphones and tablets and offers a new transfer tool that enables users to easily and quickly move their files to My Cloud devices. The OS also includes Chromebook and Chromecast support.
As part of the My Cloud OS 3 launch, WD has introduced My Cloud Device SDK and My Cloud API enabling developers to build new extensions, features and capabilities within the My Cloud ecosystem of personal cloud storage devices. The My Cloud Device SDK, based on the Docker open platform technology, ensures developers can easily access and collaborate to create customized experiences. Partners already developing extensions and new features based on the new SDK include Plex and Milestone.
In addition to new software upgrades, WD has also introduced a new version of My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage devices, featuring two hard drives set to Mirror Mode (RAID 1), ensuring content is stored on one drive and automatically duplicated to a second drive. My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage includes the new features announced for My Cloud OS 3 and an improved processor and 1 GB RAM for faster file transfers and application support
Attendees of the annual IFA Consumer Electronics Unlimited show in Berlin September 4-9, 2015 can visit the WD booth (#103) in Hall 11.2 of the Berlin ExpoCenter for a demo and hands-on experience with the new My Cloud OS 3, My Cloud Device SDK and My Cloud API.
Pricing and Availability
WD My Cloud OS 3 will be available at the end of the month as a free download on current My Cloud personal cloud storage devices. My Cloud devices supporting the new OS 3 include: My Cloud, My Cloud Mirror, My Cloud Expert Series EX2/EX4, My Cloud Expert Series EX2100/EX4100 and My Cloud Business Series DL2100/DL4100. Customers can also download the new WD My Cloud mobile apps, which are now available on the iTunes and Google Play stores. All WD My Cloud devices are available today in the WD store at wdstore.com and at select retailers and distributors. Access to My Cloud Device SDK and My Cloud API will be available to interested developers late September.
My Cloud Mirror will have a Manufactured Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of 4 TB $309.99, 6 TB $379.99, 8 TB $429.99 and is available at select retailers and distributors beginning on September 30th.
To respond to the growing demand from creatives worldwide, Adobe decided to expand its annual Adobe MAX conference, taking place in early October at the Los Angeles Convention Center, to 6,000 attendees this year. Last year, MAX attracted 5,500 attendees from 78 countries.
Adobe MAX is the world’s leading creativity conference bringing together the most creative minds across the creative industries, including inspirational and iconic speakers from graphic design and illustration; photography and creative imaging; video; digital publishing; as well as Web and app design.
Adobe president and CEO Shantanu Narayen and David Wadhwani, senior vice president of Digital Media at Adobe, will kick off the show with a high-impact keynote presentation on Monday, October 5.