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 Thursday, July 7, 2016
From Canon USA:
 
Changes:
Firmware Version 1.0.2 incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes.
 
  1. Incorporates countermeasures for a phenomenon in which the bottom part of still images recorded to SanDisk CFast cards become corrupted.
  2. Enhances communication reliability between the camera and CFast cards.
If you are using the affected CFast cards, after having updated the camera firmware to Firmware Version 1.0.2, please make sure to use the camera to format the CFast card.
 
The Version 1.0.2 firmware being released at this time is for cameras with Firmware Version 1.0.0. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.0.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware. When updating the firmware of your camera, please first go over the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware. The firmware update takes approximately six minutes.
 
Download: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Firmware v.1.02
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Post Date: 7/7/2016 3:49:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Mixing brilliant turquoise-colored water with a dramatic sunset is not so easy. The ideal light to bring out the water color is from a high overhead sun and that is of course not available at sunset. However, the water in some locations is amazingly colored enough to still show turquoise even at sunset. Three Mary Cays in North Caicos is one such location.
 
Most of the west side of North and Middle Caicos islands is inaccessible without a boat, leaving few good locations for mid-winter sunset photography (with the sun setting farther north mid-summer, more northern locations can work well at this time of the year). Of those remaining locations, the shoreline by Three Mary Cays presents very nice winter sunset views. And, the shoreline and islands all have the character I was looking for.
 
Three Mary Cays is amazingly beautiful and also amazing is how seldom it is photographed by serious photographers. Online scouting revealed very few images and I spent two evenings watching the blazing ball drop into the Atlantic Ocean at this location with no one else as far as the eye could see.
 
While the cloud moving over the sun helped significantly with the brightness balance in this image, I still opted to use an HDR technique to balance the overall exposure.
 
It has become rare for me to photograph landscapes without the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens in the pack. This lens delivers amazing results every time. Well, at least every time I do my part of the job correctly. It is hard to believe that my other primary piece of landscape kit, the 5Ds R, is now over 1-year-old. #lovingthiscamera.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px.
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Post Date: 7/7/2016 11:33:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From the Canon Professional Network:
Photographer John Dibbs has a passion for classic aircraft and turned a boyhood dream of flying with iconic warbirds into an incredible career. He reveals to CPN Editor David Corfield the challenges involved in capturing those mighty legends of the skies and how his Canon DSLR system gives him that all-important creative and technical edge...
 
“I never take this job for granted. Never.” John Dibbs is at pains to point out that while his day job is up there on most people’s bucket lists, it’s a job he takes extremely seriously. “It’s because of the amount of preparation, paperwork and co-ordination that goes into every flight of a classic aircraft,” he says. “People might say that I have the easy part, just taking the picture; but let me tell you, the pressure to photograph these aircraft from another aircraft, just a wingtip away, is immense because you know you’re not just facing your own set of technical challenges, but you’re also representing everybody else on the ground who worked so hard to make these shoots happen.”
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
Gear Used by Dibbs
 
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Post Date: 7/7/2016 11:43:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Feast Films Vimeo channel:
 
The Foley Artist sees a master of sound at work on a fashion film. If you’ve ever wanted to see the chasm between the finished product and the extraordinary lengths taken to produce it, this short is for you.
 
B&H carries tools for sound recording.
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Post Date: 7/7/2016 7:19:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Joe McNally YouTube channel:
 
A quick, lighthearted video describing our adventures in the beautiful environs of Peru. From the desert of Paracas, to the bustling, colorful nexus of Peruvian life that is Lima, we spent two weeks on location with hair, makeup, styling, RV's, motorcycles, and, of course, gorgeous models!
 
Want lighting descriptions? See here.
 
Nikon Gear Used
 
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Post Date: 7/7/2016 6:24:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 6, 2016
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Author: Jim Rose
 
Normally I would write this blog in the winter months when it is cold and rainy outside. However, since I like shooting in the rain and it’s going to be 102 degrees outside today there is no better time to set up my home macro studio and create some great pictures.
 
First, what do you need to set up a home macro studio? Let’s start with the lighting equipment. I used two table lamps purchased at a local department store. The best ones to get are the ones with adjustable necks so you can get the light where it needs to be. Also, make sure you get lamps with LED lights. LED lights are smaller and lighter than regular bulbs, and they produce very little heat.
 
Any Canon EOS DSLR will give you great results. For this project, I chose the Canon EOS 80D. One of the reasons for choosing the 80D is the articulated LCD screen. Since I use Live View for most of these images, the articulated screen can be very handy when the camera is in low or high positions. You can rotate the screen so it is easy to view without having to kneel down or get on a stool to see the screen. An EF-S 60mm macro lens was used for most of the shots because it allows you to get in really close. If you don’t have a macro lens, a standard kit lens like the EF-S 18-55mm or a similar lens will do the job although you won’t be able to get in as close as you would with a macro lens. You can add a close up lens or an extension tube to your standard lens to allow you to get in close if you don’t want to invest in a macro lens at this time.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
If you don't already own a macro lens but are interested in picking one up, check out Bryan's Macro Lens Recommendations.
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 2:46:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Roger Cicala over at LensRentals has posted an open letter thanking rental customers for making the rental company he founded the great success it is today.
 
If you've ever rented from LensRentals, you've likely appreciated their excellent customer service. They are an excellent company and, as such, an easy recommendation when rental services are needed.
 
From the LensRentals Blog:
To Our Customers:
 
Ten years ago, if you wanted to try out some photography equipment, if you lived in a large market, your local camera store would have a few beat up copies of popular lenses for rent (with a 100% deposit). For the rest of us, we didn’t even have that option. I had this great idea to start an online rental offering, no deposits necessary and shared my idea with people I knew. Almost everyone said I would get robbed blind and lose every dime I had. Almost everyone said you’d get junky, beat-up rental equipment and were wasting your money renting online. Almost everyone said that my idea would be a massive failure.
 
I say ‘almost everyone’ because a few other people thought it was a good idea, too. You guys, our customers, thought it was a good idea. We’d never met each other unless emails count as a meeting. But we trusted each other because we all wanted this to work. Because we few thought that getting to use equipment for a few days or weeks at a reasonable price just made sense.
 
Almost everyone turned out to be dead wrong and we few turned out to be right. Lensrentals thrived beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Sure, I took risks, and the people who joined me here worked their butts off. But you guys, our customers, were our partners in proving ‘almost everyone’ wrong. Without you, it never would have happened.
 
Ten years later, saying thank you just isn’t adequate. There are no words that would possibly express my gratitude for all of you who supported Lensrentals and created our success; you folks who shared in proving ‘almost everyone’ wrong.
 
There are no words, but I believe actions are more important than words. Everyone who works here tries to show our gratitude in our actions. Whether it’s making all of our testing data public, making sure your rental arrives in better condition than you expected, drawing a dinosaur on your shipping box because you requested it, or just talking you through a difficult set-up on the phone, we want to show you our gratitude with every rental. We want you to know it’s more than just business. It’s a partnership between you and us. You’ve helped us achieve our goals; we want to make certain we help you achieve yours.
 
We wouldn’t be doing what we love to do every day without you. We want our actions, our attitude, and our service let you know, every time you rent from us, that we are grateful that you have partnered with us along this journey.
 
Roger Cicala
Founder
In celebration of its 10 year anniversary, LensRentals invites you to use promo code LR10YEAR to save on orders arriving before July 31st.
 
The code allows you to save $15.00 on orders of $100.00 - $249.00, $50.00 on orders of $250.00 - $999.00 and $250.00 on orders of $1000.00 or more.
 
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 10:25:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
David Segal of the Financial Review has written a very interesting article on the success of fine art photographer Peter Lik and the market on which he thrives. [Sean]
 
From the Financial Review:
He's the creator of the world's most expensive photograph – it sold for $US6.5 million – but the success of Australian fine art photographer Peter Lik raises questions about his empire, and his art.
 
Peter Lik is in awe of himself. When he describes his career as a fine art photographer, he speaks with the satisfaction of a guy who has performed miracles, at the pace of a bystander who has just caught a glimpse of Superman.
 
The words tumble forth in self-exalting, run-on sentences, most of them laced with profanity, all of them in his sunny, chummy Australian accent.
 
"I'm the world's most famous photographer, most sought-after photographer, most awarded photographer," he said one recent afternoon, sipping a can of Red Bull in a conference room at Peter Lik USA, a 100,000-square-foot headquarters in Las Vegas devoted solely to the production and sale of Peter Lik photography.
 
"So I said" – and what Lik said next is an unprintable version of "the heck with it," and then – "I want to make something special, special, special, special."
 
That something special was a photograph called Phantom, an image of an eerily human-shaped swirl of dust in Antelope Canyon in Arizona. In December, his company announced in a news release that an anonymous collector had spent $US6.5 million ($8.4 million) for Phantom. That crushed the previous record, held by Andreas Gursky, whose Rhein II fetched $US4.3 million at an auction in 2011, and Cindy Sherman, whose Untitled #96 brought $US3.9 million at another auction the same year.
 
But Gursky and Sherman are titans, with solo shows in pre-eminent museums.
 
Who is Peter Lik?
The entire article can be read on the Financial Review.
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 10:06:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Wondering what the new Pelican AIR hard cases are like? Check out the just posted Pelican 1535 AIR Hard Case Review.
 
B&H has the Pelican 1535 AIR Hard Case in stock.
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 9:45:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the COOPH YouTube Channel:
 
Watch photographer Markus Berger demonstrate how to get your glow on under blacklight with these UV photography tips & tricks!
 
UV Tools and Products:
 
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/6/2016 6:57:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has submitted a patent for an EF-M 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM.
 
Patent Details
 
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-118658
  • Published 2016.6.30
  • Submission date 2014.12.22
  • Zoom ratio 2.88
  • Focus distance 16.51 21.00 47.49
  • F-number 3.49 3.77 5.80
  • Field of view (degrees) 39.61 33.04 16.05
  • Width 13.66 13.66 13.66
  • Overall length of the lens 82.00 77.35 84.14
  • BF 10.70 10.70 13.31
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 5:28:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 5, 2016

 
Canon Collective Ambassador Colin Baker shows us how to shoot abstract frames using Multiple Exposures mode built in to your camera.
 
Learn more about Canon Australia at #VividSydney and how you can make the most of your time there: https://www.canon.com.au/vivid
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Post Date: 7/5/2016 9:16:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
In addition to image quality results, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Lens and Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens pages. As mentioned before, both of these lenses are scheduled to have full reviews completed in the near future.
 
B&H has the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Lens and Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 7/5/2016 8:05:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I mentioned a couple of lens' TDP rank recently and by request, I'm sharing the full list. Keep in mind that there are a lot of factors that can influence a lens' popularity (including search engine referrals) and popularity can be measured in a variety of ways. But, here is a rough look at the popularity of Canon's current (on retailer shelves) lenses:
 
  1. Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Buy
  2. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy
  3. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy
  4. Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy
  5. Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  6. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  7. Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy
  8. Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy
  9. Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Buy
  10. Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens Buy
  11. Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy
  12. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Buy
  13. Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy
  14. Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  15. Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy
  16. Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy
  17. Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy
  18. Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  19. Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Buy
  20. Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy
  21. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy
  22. Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy
  23. Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Buy
  24. Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  25. Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy
  26. Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Buy
  27. Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Buy
  28. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens Buy
  29. Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy
  30. Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Buy
  31. Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Buy
  32. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens Buy
  33. Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens Buy
  34. Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens Buy
  35. Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy
  36. Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens Buy
  37. Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Buy
  38. Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM Lens Buy
  39. Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy
  40. Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy
  41. Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy
  42. Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy
  43. Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy
  44. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy
  45. Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Buy
  46. Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy
  47. Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  48. Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy
  49. Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy
  50. Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Buy
  51. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Buy
  52. Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens Buy
  53. Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens Buy
  54. Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy
  55. Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy
  56. Canon MP-E 65mm Macro Lens Buy
  57. Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM Fisheye Lens Buy
  58. Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy
  59. Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Buy
  60. Canon EF 2x III Extender Buy
  61. Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens Buy
  62. Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy
  63. Canon EF 1.4x III Extender Buy
  64. Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy
  65. Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy
  66. Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens Buy
  67. Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy
  68. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy
  69. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens Buy
  70. Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy
  71. Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens Buy
  72. Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens Buy
  73. Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy
  74. Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens Buy
  75. Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM Lens Buy
  76. Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens Buy
  77. Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy
Let us know which rankings are surprises to you!
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Post Date: 7/5/2016 6:26:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Canon “Explorer of Light “ Chas Glatzer will share the thought process behind the making of an image, and the techniques used to produce consistently successful images in the field. Learn how to see and understand light, its quality, physical properties, etc., and how they relate to your subject and capture medium will allow you to take control of your imagery.
 
Link to Full Version: https://youtu.be/TT9IAusMs_c
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Post Date: 7/5/2016 5:34:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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