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 Thursday, July 20, 2017
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products. We would like to announce a firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E.
 
This firmware update corrects the phenomenon that AF does not operate properly when some lenses that are not compatible with the MC-11 are attached. This firmware update does not guarantee accurate operation with lenses that are not compatible with the MC-11.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro by connecting it to a computer using the supplied USB Cable.
 
* Before updating the MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh from the following download page.
 
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download Page
 
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E
Benefit of this firmware update
 
  • It corrects the phenomenon that AF does not operate properly when some lenses that are not compatible with the MC-11 are attached.
Lenses that are not compatible with the MC-11
 
We will continue to consider ensuring stable operation of lenses that are not compatible with the MC-11. Therefore customers who are using the MC-11 can enjoy photography as much as possible with their own lenses even though there may be some restrictions. However, please note that due to the characteristics of the products, accurate operation, including AF, is not guaranteed with lenses that are not compatible with the MC-11.
Post Date: 7/20/2017 6:07:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Gray with Brown Leather) available for $194.75 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $259.75.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For 1 Pro DSLR/70-200mm f/2.8 Sideways
  • For 1 Pro DSLR Body, 2-4 Lenses
  • Two Expandable Front Pockets for DSLRs
  • Sound Silencers Eliminate Opening Noises
  • Main Flap Covers Bag / Hides Gear
  • Inside Organizer Pocket for Accessories
  • Customizable Interior Dividers
  • Rear Storage Paper Pocket/Side Pockets
  • Rain Cover
  • Web Loops Accept Optional Pouches
Adorama has the PrimaPhoto Big Travel Kit Tripod (Red) available for $89.88 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $149.88.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Frictioned Ball Head with Independent Pan Lock
  • Telescopic Center Column
  • Leg Angle Selectors
  • 5 Leg Sections
  • Made of Aluminum
  • Includes QRBallhead
Post Date: 7/20/2017 5:46:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the ikan Explorer Bag available for $69.95 with free shipping. Regularly $139.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits 1-2 Pro D-SLR Cameras Kit
  • Holds Laptop with a Screen up to 17"
  • Cotton Canvas Exterior
  • Removable Padding in Compartment
  • Removable Tripod Holder
  • Removable Rain Cover
  • Backpack Shoulder Straps
  • Wide Adjustable Waist Belt
Post Date: 7/20/2017 5:40:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is in stock at the following retailers:
B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Beach Camera
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/20/2017 5:18:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 19, 2017
From Adobe:
 
The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.
 
Today, we also released versions of Lr for iOS and Android that provide updated camera support. Check them out here.
 
A few clarifications for this release:
 
What happened to Lightroom CC 2015.11/6.11?
 
Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw releases are tightly coupled as both products share the Camera Raw imaging technology. As a product team, we decided to skip Camera Raw version 9.11 and instead use 9.12 due to the unfortunate events that occurred on that day. In keeping our version naming consistent, Lightroom is releasing CC 2015.12 / 6.12.
 
Will performance enhancements that I requested via the survey here be in this release?
 
Lightroom CC 2015.12 / 6.12 does not include performance improvements based on your survey responses. We appreciate your candid feedback on Lightroom performance, and are working on several projects to address your concerns.
 
New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.12/6.12
 
  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 200D(EOS Kiss X9, EOS Rebel SL2)
  • Leica TL2
  • Nikon D7500
  • Olympus Tough TG-5
New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom CC 2015.12/6.12
 
Mount Name
Canon EF Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero-D
Canon EF-S Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
Fujifilm X Fujifilm WCL-X100 Wide-Angle Conversion Lens
Fujifilm X Fujifilm WCL-X100II Wide-Angle Conversion Lens
Fujifilm X Fujifilm TCL-X100II Tele Conversion Lens
Nikon F Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero-D
Pentax K Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero-D
Pentax K Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f2 (T3.2) Smooth Trans Focus
Sony A TAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012S
Sony A TAMRON SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD F012S
Sony A TAMRON SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD F013S
Sony A TAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD F017S
Sony FE Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G
Sony FE Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM
Sony FE Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero-D
  

This release adds new color matching camera profiles for the following:
 
  • Nikon 1 V3: 5 Color profiles + Monochrome + Green, Orange, Red, Yellow Monochrome filter effects
  • Nikon D3400: Green, Orange, Red, Yellow filter Monochrome filter effects
  • Nikon D5: Green, Orange, Red, Yellow filter Monochrome filter effects
  • Nikon D500: Green, Orange, Red, Yellow filter Monochrome filter effects
  • Nikon D5600: Green, Orange, Red, Yellow filter Monochrome filter effects
  • Nikon D610: Monochrome + Green, Orange, Red, Yellow Monochrome filter effects
  • Nikon D7200: Green, Orange, Red, Yellow filter Monochrome filter effects
  • Nikon D750: Green, Orange, Red, Yellow filter Monochrome filter effects
  • Nikon D810: Green, Orange, Red, Yellow filter Monochrome filter effects
  • Nikon D810A: Green, Orange, Red, Yellow filter Monochrome filter effects
  • Nikon Df : Monochrome + Green, Orange, Red, Yellow Monochrome filter effect
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-FZ80: Color and Monochrome profiles
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-GF9: Color and Monochrome profiles
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7: Color and Monochrome profiles
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G8: Color and Monochrome profiles
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8: Color and Monochrome profiles
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX85: Color and Monochrome profiles
Customer reported issues resolved
 
  • Restriction on exporting a catalog with dots in the filename
  • HSL Target Adjustment Tool erratic behavior
  • Issue adding more than one line of text using identity plate in Print module
  • Navigator preview pane shows wrong photo
  • The inability to use larger sample sizes with the White Balance eyedropper tool
  • Image “blinks” when toggling between “Before Only” and “After only” views in Develop module
  • SDK LrDevelopController no longer works with ToneCurve PV 2012 Settings
  • Export from DNG to JPG for Flickr results in an error
  • GPS data from iPhone video not captured
  • iPhone video capture time is shifted upon import
  • Moving files causing erratic deletion of files
  • Filmstrip covers/overlaps filter and breadcrumb bar
  • Map module flashing “map offline”
An update on GPU Issues
 
Customers may still be experiencing crashing with earlier versions of AMD GPU drivers. Please update to the AMD Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.1 to resolve this issue.
 
Installation Instructions
 
Please select Help > Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.
 
Give us feedback
 
Once you’ve updated to the latest version of Lightroom, don’t forget to leave us feedback about your experiences.
 
Here are a few ways that you can send us feedback:
 
Report bugs and suggest features
Discuss workflow and get help with how-to questions or basic troubleshooting
 
Adobe Camera RAW 9.12
 
The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Camera Raw. This release contains GPU related performance improvements in several areas including panning, zooming and the local adjustment brush.
 
New cameras, lenses and color matching profile supported can be found above in the Lightroom 9.12 Press Release.
 
Customer reported issues resolved
 
  • Fixed an issue where images taken with extended ISO on the Fujifilm GFX-50S were too bright.
  • In the Lens Correction panel, we will now display the message “Built-in” in the Make, Model, and Profile popup menus for raw files that contain built-in (automatic, opcode-based) lens corrections. Previously the Lens Correction panel would display “None”.
Installation Instructions
 
Please select Help > Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 7/19/2017 7:48:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/19/2017 6:23:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Carrying lots of gear for your wedding or event photography? This utility cart may be good solution for transporting all of your gear from the car to your on-site storage/shooting location in a single trip.
 
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the On-Stage UTC2200 Utility Cart available for $74.95 with free shipping. Regularly $119.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Compact & Expandable for Audio Equipment
  • Adjustable from 28.5 to 42.5" in Length
  • Holds up to 485 lb
  • 8" Solid, Wear-Resistant Rear Wheels
  • 4" Front Casters with Brakes
  • 10.5" Platform Bed Height
  • 31" Handle Height
  • Foldable for Transport/Storage
Post Date: 7/19/2017 6:19:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results have been added to the Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM Lens page.
 
As always, there are many comparisons that can be made, but I'll get you started with a comparison against a known good lens:
 
Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM vs. EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens
 
The Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/19/2017 3:40:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
You are planning to photograph the eclipse, right? This rare opportunity is coming to most of North America with the path of totality running coast-to-coast through the heart of the USA. The moon is going to cause the sun to disappear and that event is causing solar filters to disappear from retailer inventories. Don't wait to get yours!
 
Which solar filter should I get for my super telephoto lens? I just posted a review of that answer: The Meade Glass White Light Solar Filter.
 
You might be surprised at how inexpensive this filter is. The Meade Glass White Light Solar Filter is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama. At least some sizes are in stock – preorder out of stock items immediately to get them in time for the big event.
 
You can also view the entire selection of solar filters at B&H, Adorama and Amazon.
 
If you don't own a super telephoto lens, this event is a great excuse to get one (some of these are also becoming scarce). If such a lens is not affordable or does not have long-term use, consider renting one.
 
Solar Eclipse Photography Resources
 
Here are some links that you may find useful. The first is NASA’s interactive map (click anywhere on it to get that location’s information). The second is our news feed of useful articles:
 
NASA: Interactive Solar Eclipse Map
Solar Eclipse Photography Tips (TDP posts)
Space.com's Solar Eclipse Guide
Solar Eclipse Exposure Calculator
American Astronomical Society: How to Shoot Solar-Eclipse Images & Videos
MREclipse.com: Solar Eclipse Photography Guide
NASA: Solar Eclipse Maps
NASA: Eclipse Photography
 Tuesday, July 18, 2017
From the Lightroom Journal:
 
Today, we’ve got lots of great updates for Lightroom for iOS and Android.
 
iOS
Available now through the iOS App Store, today’s release includes a new selective brush, a new details tab, and an improved interface for iPads. As always, Lightroom for iOS is free to use and can be downloaded here.
 
Selective Brush
 
One of the most requested features in Lightroom for iOS is now here—the selective brush. Using this tool, you can selectively paint in enhancements to any part of your image. If you’re using an iPhone that supports 3D Touch (such as an iPhone 6s or later), you can even vary the effect by just pressing softer or harder as you paint. And for iPad Pro users working with an Apple Pencil, you get the same capability—press harder to apply more of the effect, or softer to apply less.
 
We’ve also added in the ability to selectively erase both the linear and radial gradients, making them even more powerful than before.
 
Details Tab
 
Another often requested feature has been added in this release—global control over sharpening and noise reduction. These advanced tools are often used to add the finishing touches to photographs by controlling noise and enhancing image details.
 
New iPad Interface
 
With the introduction of the iPad Pro, and now the iPad Pro 2, the iPad has become a serious option as a laptop replacement for any photographer. To that end, we’ve worked hard to make a truly portable and yet powerful version of Lightroom that is designed for the larger touch-based interface of an iPad.
Android
We wanted to provide the best Android experience possible so we redesigned Lightroom for Android from the ground up to be faster, more efficient, and, well, more Android-y. Every screen has been redesigned with the goal of ensuring a natural, native Android experience while providing the highest quality, professional-grade mobile photo editing app ever.
 
Check out some of the new and updated interfaces by downloading this free update now by tapping here.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 7/18/2017 12:10:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Print and Share Photos with the Touch of Your Compatible Smartphone2 at all of your Parties and Get-Togethers
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., July 18, 2017 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the new SELPHY CP1300 Wireless Compact Photo Printer. This lightweight, mobile and Wi-Fi1-enabled printer makes sharing memories in real-time so easy, and is the perfect accessory to add an extra level of fun and entertainment to any party. An update to the popular SELPHY CP1200 printer, the new SELPHY CP1300 is perfect for connected digital camera or smartphone users in search of a portable Wi-Fi enabled printer that can be used virtually anywhere, anytime, thanks to its optional direct-connect battery (no wires), to print the perfect photos.
 
Features include:
 
  • Party Shuffle Print: While previous SELPHY models included a Shuffle Layout function, the SELPHY CP1300’s Party Shuffle Print function is designed to allow Wi-Fi connected users to connect multiple compatible mobile devices2 to the same SELPHY CP1300 unit for everyone to enjoy creating a print layout made of combined images from family and friends.
  • Larger LCD Screen Size: Images are now displayed on a reader-friendly 3.2” tilt-type LCD monitor. By increasing the screen size, users can more easily see printing options, especially when in a busy party setting.
  • Improved User Interface: Category settings have been updated and rearranged to illustrate what a specific function is and what it can do. For example, showcasing a multiple photo layout image to prompt the user to touch that option for multi-photo printing.
  • Date Filter & Multi-Playback Jump: Image searching is improved with the ability to filter by date and browse by page rather than one image at a time.
  • New Photo Booth Friendly Layout Sizing: With DIY party and get together photo booths expediently growing in popularity, users can now print a 2-inch x 6-inch photo strip, helping immortalize anything from a children’s birthday party to a dream wedding. Simply have some props ready and an instant photo booth is ready to go!
“Sharing memories is so important to us all, and with the new SELPHY CP1300 printer, printing photos of friends and family is so simple,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The new improvements made to the SELPHY CP1300 take into account consumer feedback and offer enhanced capabilities and additional versatility that we hope helps users get even more joy out of printing their precious memories and fun times.”
 
Other features include:
 
  • Optional Direct Battery Connection: Direct battery attachment makes it more convenient to print on the go, even if power isn’t available.
  • Border Settings: To meet user demand, photos can either be printed without borders or by choosing border colors for single photo or layout settings on the printer itself.
  • Connectivity: With the dedicated Wi-Fi button, it's so easy to get the CP1300 set up on a wireless network. Once that is done, you can use the Canon PRINT App2, AirPrint3, Wireless PictBridge4 and more.
The SELPHY CP1300 printer has a suggested retail price of $129.99 and is offered in black and white models.
 
B&H has the Canon SELPHY CP1300 Wi-Fi enabled printer available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/18/2017 11:38:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/18/2017 11:31:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
I just moved into a new house in Savannah and, unfortunately, this one didn't have a large extra bedroom with high ceilings to use as my studio/office space. Fortunately, it did have a detached building that served as the previous owner's workshop.
 
The floor space available inside the workshop is 17' 5" x 11' 2.5" x 10' 5". The ceiling is 10' 5" at its apex but angles down to create walls which are roughly 7' high. As far as photography studios are concerned, this area is adequate for many needs but few would consider it spacious (especially with the gear that would eventually fill it).
 
After cleaning out the shop, washing the walls, installing insulation in the ceiling and fixing a minor electrical issue, it was time to decide on what color to paint the walls. Traditionally speaking, white is a good option. But I decided that the traditional option wasn't right for this space.
 
My previous studio was very slightly larger than this one. And even in that space, controlling light spill could prove problematic. That's because of the numerous nearby bright (yellow) colored walls for the light to bounce off of. Aside from the wall color making color balancing a pain (an x-rite ColorChecker Passport helped), limiting fill light in the space required using black [negative fill] cards for certain shoots.
 
So while white walls would have helped me avoid color balance issues, it would have compounded my previously-experienced light spill issues in a small (but larger than this) space. After thinking it over, I went to Home Depot and asked the associates in the paint department to mix me "middle gray," or specifically, 18% gray. Apparently, that's not a color that's found in their system. The next day I took a gray card to Home Depot and asked for a color match.
 
The above photo was taken just after the studio was painted. There's substantially less useable space now that my studio gear is all in place.
 
For this relatively small space, the benefits of having 18% gray walls include:
 
  • Less light is reflected compared to white walls, helping to limit light spill for better overall control.
  • For the light that does bounce off the walls, color influence is negligible.
  • A gray background is great for classic portraiture.
  • When gelling the background with flash, gray tends to work better because gelled flashes firing at white walls tend to get washed out relatively easily if any of your ungelled main light contaminates the background.
Unfortunately, there's only one small section of the room where the wall is actually bare and useable for background purposes, and that particular section is located on one of the longer sides of the room (shown above, left side between two power outlets), leaving a relatively small working space that is more appropriate for headshots or head-and-shoulder portraits as opposed to full length portraits. I can of course shoot longways in the studio with many other background options available. Below is recent head-and-shoulders shot I made in the new studio that was used by the subject's parents for a modeling call.
 
Head and Shoulders Modeling Image

So far, I'm pretty happy with how the studio turned out. I'll be making another post later this week about some of my organizational techniques utilized for the space.
Post Date: 7/18/2017 7:30:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the PocketWizard MultiMAX II Transceiver in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Combination Transmitter and Receiver
  • Frequency: 340-354 MHz (FCC)
  • Works with Most PocketWizard Radios
  • Range: 1600' / 3200' (Long Range Mode)
  • 32 Channels; Selective Quad-Triggering
  • 20 ControlTL Channels with Three Zones
  • Infinite Intervalometer; Multi-Pop Mode
  • SpeedCycler; Lag Time Equalizer
  • Rear Curtain Sync; Precision Delay Times
  • Max Sync Speed: 1/125 to 1/1000 Second
Post Date: 7/18/2017 5:32:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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