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 Friday, December 11, 2015
December 2015 – Manfrotto, world leader in the photography, imaging equipment and accessories industry, announces the launch of a new compact and foldable Lastolite by Manfrotto EzyBounce Bounce Card. Specially designed for beginner and advanced hobbyists who like to take pictures of people and events, such as a wedding or a party with friends, this bounce card helps to create a softer light towards the subject and thanks to its small size it can be carried in a shirt’s pocket.
 
ADAPTABLE AND IMPACT RESISTANT
The new Lastolite by Manfrotto EzyBounce fits all standard flashguns available on the market. It features a secure fixing system with a silicon strap to securely attach the card to the flashgun and is made from impact resistant ABS (glass re-enforced plastic) to stand up to different types of crashes.
 
SMALL AND PORTABLE
The expandable surfaces allow different configurations and a multiple usage of the Bounce Card: when in use it can create soft light towards the subject and can also redirect the light of your flashgun (for example, on the ceiling when used indoors).
 
With a wide white surface for maximum reflection when opened (18x19cm), the new Lastolite by Manfrotto EzyBounce collapses to a third of its original size when closed (11x7cm). You can bring your card anywhere and store it in a small pocket.
 
Make unique your event pictures with a soft and surprising light thanks to the new Lastolite by Manfrotto EzyBounce.
 
B&H carries the Lastolite EzyBounce Bounce Card.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/11/2015 10:26:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens Review.
 
I think that you are going to like what you see. Provided are an extensive set of results that include 1.4x and 2x extender tests and four shift positions have been tested.
 
B&H has the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/11/2015 9:49:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
Phenomenon
 
Except as described below, the following will occur with the affected units listed below:
 
Linked shooting and wireless flash shooting with radio transmission will not work in some setting modes when 7 or more units are linked. This phenomenon does not occur when 6 or fewer units are linked.
 
Affected Products
 
Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
 
Units with a combination of 3rd and 4th digits in the serial number in the ranges shown below are affected:
 
  • Speedlite 600EX-RT: [xx01xxxxxx] ~ [xx13xxxxxx]
  • Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT: [xx01xxxxxx] ~ [xx03xxxxxx]
Note: If the battery compartment of an affected unit contains the marking illustrated below, the product is NOT affected by the phenomenon described above, even if the serial number is within the ranges mentioned above.
 
Canon Speedlight 600EX RT and Transmitter ST E3 RT Service Advisory Image

Support
 
To arrange to have an affected unit inspected and serviced for this phenomenon at no cost, please contact Canon using the information below.
 
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
 
Contact Information for Inquiries
 
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON (1-800-652-2666)
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/11/2015 7:45:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
This is an Event Space Highlight of ‘Peter Hurley on The Headshot’, in which photographer Peter Hurley demonstrates how to capture successful portraits and headshots using available and studio lighting. Check out the full version in the link below.
 
The video above features highlights from Peter Hurley's demonstration. The full video can be found here.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/11/2015 6:40:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma Global has published a full gallery of sample images for the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens.
 
We have completed our standardized tests with the lens and are still in the process of fully evaluating this uniqely-spec'd imaging tool.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 12/11/2015 5:32:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 10, 2015
Just posted: Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M Lens Review.
 
No surprises here – just a great lens.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/10/2015 11:02:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Roger Cicala over at LensRentals was curious to see how much engineering went into Canon's new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM. So in Roger-like fashion, he tore into one.
 
As it turns out, the lens seems especially well constructed and well thought out. Roger's comments at the bottom of the teardown say it all:
"I'm sure you can tell we're impressed with the Canon 35mm f/1.4 Mk II. The weather resistance appears better than most weather resistant lenses. (As always, I'll add that weather resistance still means water damage voids the warranty.) The mechanical construction is beyond impressive. This lens is massively over-engineered compared to any other prime we've ever disassembled. It's built like a tank where it counts; on the inside. Moving parts are huge and robust. Six big screws are used in locations where 3 smalls screws are common in other lenses. Heavy roller bearings move the focusing group, it doesn't slide on little nylon collars.
 
It's also designed thoughtfully and logically. Things that will inevitably get damaged on any lens, like the front element and filter ring, are designed to be replaced easily. There are some things inside, particularly with the tensioning screws and springs, that I'm not certain I understand the purpose of, but I am certain there is a purpose. If I had to summarize the mechanical design of this lens, I would say simply that no expense was spared, no corner was cut.
 
Sometimes things are expensive because they're worth it. Sometimes they're heavy because they're so solidly constructed. This is one of those times."
Check out the entire post for the full teardown details.
 
Curious to see how well the Canon 35mm f/1.4L II USM performs in your kit? You can rent a copy at LensRentals or otherwise pick up your own at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/10/2015 5:41:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 9, 2015
If you have not already done so, leave your wish list / entry below the post:
 
What do You want from Canon/Nikon/Etc. for Christmas? Giving Away a $50 B&H eGift Card!
 
I'll include submissions made through at least 5:00 PM EST tomorrow, Thu 12/10 in the prize drawing.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/9/2015 10:28:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
We all know that it has been needed for a long time, but someone had to take the courage to reveal our problems. Today, I'm stepping up to the plate with the first publication of the Photographer's Medical Dictionary.
 
I do realize that other photographers have ailments that I have not yet recognized or, bracing myself, I have additional ailments that you have recognized. Help us make this resource complete by sending your photography diseases along with the associated symptoms and recovery prognosis for inclusion in the photographer's medical dictionary. Or add information to one of the conditions already discussed. Send your info to Info@The-Digital-Picture.com.
 
Together, we can find the cure. Or, at least provide ourselves with a support group and the stress-reducing knowledge that we are not alone in this.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/9/2015 9:15:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens Review.
 
Provided are an extensive set of results that include 1.4x and 2x extender tests and four shift positions have been tested.
 
B&H has the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/9/2015 8:40:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 8, 2015
From the Lightroom Journal:
 
Camera Raw 9.3.1 is now available through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and the Creative Cloud application. This version fixes a bug that resulted in inaccurate tiles, such as black or white squares when not expected, when opening images in Photoshop. Please note that this bug typically only appeared when using both the Camera Raw plug-in and Photoshop for long running sessions.
 
Thank you for all your assistance in helping us find and fix this issue! Thanks!
 
Download Links
 
Camera Raw 9 – Please select Help>Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.
 
Direct Download: Mac | Win
 
Please note – If you have trouble updating to the latest ACR update via the Creative Cloud application, please refer to the following plugin installation:
http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/multi/camera-raw-plug-in-installer.html
 
The Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC) is an excellent value at only $9.99/mo.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/8/2015 3:57:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Fresh from OLAF Optical Testing is another batch of MTF charts, now available in the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens and Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens reviews.
 
As always, there are many interesting comparisons to be made. I'll get you started. Keep in mind that wide open apertures are being compared and these are not equal in most cases.
 
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Canon 35mm f/2 Lens
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Canon 35mm f/1.4L II Lens
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S Lens
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF-S Lens
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens
 
Don't forget to view the variance charts – that of the Tamron 45 VC is very impressive.
 
The Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC and Tamron 45mm f/1.8 VC are in stock at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/8/2015 8:47:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From the Lightroom Journal:
 
In October, we released Lightroom 2.0 for iOS which made it possible to use Lightroom on iPhones and iPads without a paid subscription, and the response has been phenomenal. Today we’re excited to announce Lightroom for Android version 1.4, which adds the same free offering for Android users. The ability to use Lightroom for mobile without a paid subscription means that anyone can take advantage of the organizational, editing, and sharing abilities that Lightroom for mobile offers. Signing up for a free trial or logging in with a Creative Cloud subscription adds the ability to synchronize files and edits with Lightroom on a desktop or laptop, as well as with Lightroom Web.
 
We’re really excited to continue our focus on Android and pleased that Lightroom for mobile was recently listed by Google as one of the top apps of 2015. We’ve seen Android grow as a platform over the years, with billions of users around the world. As a photography platform, Android is making huge leaps and strides. New devices are being launched all the time with better and better cameras, and with the launch of Lollipop and the ability to shoot raw DNG files, Android provides one of the most powerful photography platforms available. Lightroom for Android supports raw DNG workflows making it possible to enhance images and take full advantage of all of the quality and details found in images captured on Android devices. If you’d like to read more about the exciting abilities that DNG can offer, check out this awesome blog post by our friend, Martin Evening.
 
We’re committed to making Lightroom Mobile for Android better and better and can’t wait to share some of the improvements we’re working on. Keep checking back with us, but for now, download Lightroom Mobile for Android 1.4 today!
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 12/8/2015 7:17:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Photographer Martin Evening has written a thorough and informative article on the open standard DNG file format.
 
From the Photoshop Blog:
Is it wise to convert your raw files to the Adobe DNG format? If you are using Lightroom or Photoshop with Camera Raw, you have the option to convert your master files to DNG. In this article I want to focus on the benefits of converting, the reasons why converting to DNG may not always be ideal or necessary, as well as tackle some of the misinformation about DNG.
Read the entire article on the Photoshop Blog.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 12/8/2015 5:28:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 7, 2015
Want to see all the big players of the photography industry under one roof? Look no further than ImagingUSA 2016, January 10-12 in Atlanta, GA!
 
Through tomorrow, use promo code TSC2016 for a free expo-only pass.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Imaging USA
Post Date: 12/7/2015 11:09:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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