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 Wednesday, May 17, 2017
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce the availability of a new firmware update for the following Canon mount lenses. The lens firmware updates improve the AF accuracy when it is mounted on the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E, and offers the improved usability for video shooting.For customers who own the following applicable products and the SIGMA USB DOCK, please update the lens firmware using SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
Applicable products
 
  • SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art CANON
  • SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary CANON
  • SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary CANON
  • SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary CANON
Benefits of this firmware update
 
  • It has improved the AF accuracy when the lens is attached with the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11.
    * It is necessary to use the SIGMA USB DOCK for Canon ver.1.02 or later to update the firmware.
    *For customers who own SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E, it is necessary to update this to the latest firmware ver. 1.05.
  • It has reduced the operating sound of the lens diaphragm blades when attached with the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E and used for video shooting.
  • It has improved the AF accuracy when the lens is used for video shooting as well as with Live View mode of EOS DIGITAL SLR cameras.*1
  • It has reduced the operating sound of the lens diaphragm blades when the lens is used for video shooting on EOS DIGITAL SLR cameras. *1
  • It has become compatible with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C300 Mark II.
*1 The degree of improvement may differ depending on the camera used.
 
Before updating the lens 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
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/17/2017 6:55:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.3 to 1.4
 
  • Fixed an issue that could result in rapid depletion of the battery if the camera was left unused after being fully charged using the supplied charging AC adapter and USB cable.
Download: Nikon COOLPIX W100 Firmware v.1.4
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/17/2017 6:50:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Dell 15.6" XPS 15 9550 Multi-Touch Notebook available for $1,399.00 with free shipping. Regularly $2,099.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM | 1TB PCIe SSD
  • 15.6" 3840 x 2160 Infinity Edge Display
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (2GB GDDR5)
  • SD Media Card Reader
  • 802.11ac Dual-Band Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.1
  • USB 3.0 | HDMI | Thunderbolt 3
  • Windows 10 Home (64-Bit)
Post Date: 5/17/2017 5:15:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 16, 2017
B&H has the GoPro HERO4 Black available for $299.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $449.00.
 
Free Included Accessories (Total Value: $128.99)
 
  • GoPro LCD Touch BacPac
  • GoPro Dual Battery Charger with Battery for HERO4
GoPro HERO4 Black Highlights
 
  • Supports 4K30, 2.7K60, and 1080p Video
  • Capture 12MP Photos at 30 fps
  • Ultra Wide Angle Glass Lens + SuperView
  • Camera Housing Waterproof to 131'
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Video and Photo Time-Lapse
  • Protune Mode for Video and Photo
  • One-Button Operation with QuikCapture
  • Auto Low Light and Night Photo Modes
  • Flat and Curved Adhesive Mounts Included
Post Date: 5/16/2017 2:48:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Greg Benz YouTube Channel:
 
Images of the ocean are some of my favorites, but often some of the most difficult to capture. In this Photoshop tutorial, you'll learn how to blend multiple exposures of waves into an epic seascape.
Post Date: 5/16/2017 12:29:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Use coupon code EXTRADAY at LensRentals to get 1 free rental day when your gear arrives 5/22 - 5/26 and is kept through 5/29.
Post Date: 5/16/2017 10:37:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
If you currently have a Rebel/***D or **D series camera, the Canon EOS 6D and EOS 80D are logical upgrade candidates you may be considering. Or, if you already own a 1D-series or 5D-series camera, the 6D or 80D may be considered for backup purposes. Either way, while they share a similar size and weight, they are very different cameras from a features standpoint. Let's take a look at these two DSLR bodies to see which upgrade/backup option may be right for your needs.
 
First, let's consider the EOS 6D's benefits over the 80D:
 
  • Full frame sensor capable of cleaner imagery at higher ISOs and stronger a background blur
  • Larger ISO range: Auto (100-25600), 100-25600, L: 50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400 vs. Auto (100-16000), 100-16000, H1: 25600
  • Built-in GPS vs. optional accessory
  • Slightly higher battery life: Approx. 1090 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%) vs. 960
And here are the EOS 80D's advantages over the 6D:
 
  • Higher resolution: 24.2 MP vs. 20.2
  • Compatability with EF-S lenses
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF Sensor
  • Pop-up master flash vs. No flash
  • Ambience priority / White priority AWB vs. Ambience only
  • Touch screen Vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0") 3:2 Clear View II TFT LCD vs. fixed LCD
  • Headphone socket vs. None
  • More powerful image processing: DIGIC 6 vs. DIGIC 5+
  • More advanced AF system: 45-point all cross-type AF (f/2.8 dual cross-type AF point at center, 27 active AF points at f/8) vs. 11 points (f/5.6 cross type at center, extra sensitivity at f/2.8)
  • Newer/more advanced metering system: 7560-pixel RGB+IR 63 zone vs. 63 zone Dual Layer SPC
  • Faster continuous shooting and larger RAW buffer: Max 7 fps (110 JPEG, 25 RAW) vs. 4.5 fps (1250 JPEG, 17 RAW)
  • Faster max. shutter speed: 1/8000 sec. vs. 1/4000
  • Larger viewfinder coverage: 100% vs. 97%
  • More movie encoding options: .MOV & .MP4 (max. 1920 x 1080 [59.94, 50 fps] inter-frame) vs. .MOV (max. 1920 x 1080 [29.97, 25 fps] intra or inter frame), no .MP4 option
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC vs. Wi-Fi only
  • Lower price
Essentially, you're looking at a comparison between Canon's low-end, budget conscious full-frame camera and their mid-range APS-C model. As evidenced by the above lists of advantages, the 80D provides a notable superset of features over 6D.
 
Who should opt for the EOS 6D?
 
If you are looking for the absolute best image quality, especially at higher ISOs, you will certainly benefit from the 6D's full frame sensor. If who want a true 35mm angle of view from Canon's EF, TS-E & MP-E lenses, the choice is easy – get the 6D. The 6D makes for an excellent dedicated studio/portraiture/landscape body.
 
Who should opt for the EOS 80D?
 
With many features not included in the EOS 6D, the 80D could be considered a more general purpose camera in this comparison. And if you're upgrading from another APS-C body, the 80D allows for a seamless transition because of its compatibility with designed-for-crop-sensor, EF-S lenses, while still being compatible with EF, TS-E & MP-E lenses.
 
If you shoot sports or wildlife, the 80D's advanced AF system, faster 7 fps burst rate, larger RAW continuous shooting buffer and 27 active AF points at f/8 will prove advantageous. And with the 80D's more pixel dense sensor, you'll have much more resolution when compared to taking the same image at the same shooting location with the 6D and cropping to the equivalent 1.6x focal length. If you're interested in filmmaking with your DSLR, the 80D's expanded movie options, headphone socket and excellent Dual Pixel CMOS AF – allowing for superb focus tracking in movie mode – are huge benefits.
 
Summary
 
As is typical of Canon DSLRs, either one of these cameras can be employed to create stunning imagery. Your personal priorities and intended subject matter will ultimately determine which of these bodies is the best investment for capitalizing on your photographic opportunities. Hopefully, the comparison above has provided some insight into which of these bodies is the right addition for your camera kit. If not, check out our full reviews for more in-depth information on these (and many more) cameras.
 
Shopping Links
 
Canon EOS 6D – B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic
Canon EOS 80D – B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/16/2017 9:58:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For those who are unaware, GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a free and open source Photoshop-like program for image editing. The recent update includes bug fixes and performance enhancements. [Sean]
 
From GIMP:
 
We are releasing GIMP 2.8.22 with various bug fixes.
 
All platforms will benefit from a change to the image window hierarchy in single window mode, which improves painting performance when certain GTK+ themes are used.
 
This version fixes an ancient CVE bug, CVE-2007-3126. Due to this bug, the ICO file import plug-in could be crashed by specially crafted image files. Our attempts to reproduce the bug failed with 2.8 and thus the impact had likely been minimal for years, but now it is gone for good.
 
Users on the Apple macOS platforms will benefit from fixes for crashes during drag&drop and copy&paste operations. On the Microsoft Windows platforms, crashes encountered when using the color picker with special multi-screen setups are gone, and picking the actual color instead of black from anywhere on the screen should finally be possible.
 
Check out the full list of fixed issues since 2.8.20.
 
The source code, the Microsoft Windows installer and the Apple Disk Image for GIMP 2.8.22 are available from our downloads page; so yes, this time we made an effort to publish everything in one go.
 
Download: Gimp v.2.8.22
Category: GIMP News
Post Date: 5/16/2017 8:59:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
For EOS C300 Mark II/EOS C300 Mark II PL Digital Cinema Cameras equipped with firmware Version 1.0.6.1.00, we have confirmed a phenomenon in which, depending upon the usage conditions, the camera freezes when a VPG 130 CFast card is used simultaneously with a non VPG130 CFast card.
 
Firmware Version 1.0.7.1.00 (or later) resolves this phenomenon.
 
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to customers, and we ask for your ongoing patience.
 
Phenomenon
 
When a VPG130 CFast card is used simultaneously with a non VPG130 CFast card the camera may freeze. If the camera freezes, even if the live view image is displayed, all buttons and switches, including the POWER switch, will no longer respond, and the footage will not be recorded on the cards. (The time code and the recording indicator may continue to work.)
 
The camera can be released from the freeze condition by detaching it from the power supply (or removing the battery).
 
Affected Products
 
EOS C300 Mark II/EOS C300 Mark II PL Digital Cinema Cameras (with Firmware V1.0.6.1.00).
 
Support
 
Firmware Version 1.0.7.1.00 (or later) resolves this phenomenon.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/16/2017 7:16:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 15, 2017
From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., May 15, 2017 – Former Major League All-Star and New York Yankee, Mark Teixeira, swings back into action with Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, in support of the Canon Little LeaguePhotoContest powered by PIXMA printers. This partnership means Teixeira will be on hand at the Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, PA, on August 27 to meet the winners and unveil the winning photos.
 
“As a former MLB player, there are countless photos of me playing professionally, but as a father, I now appreciate the importance of capturing the early years – there’s nothing like that first Little League photo of your child,” said Teixeira. “I’m very excited to partner with Canon this year because I understand the power of printed images that can be shared of life’s most exciting moments for years to come.”
 
Fans are encouraged to make the season last a lifetime by submitting their favorite photos to the Canon Little League Photo Contest. By visiting www.littleleague.org/canonphotocontest and submitting photos through June 30, 2017 fans will have the chance to win one of three grand prizes (one for each theme) including a trip to join Mark in South Williamsport, PA and see their winning photos on display for up to one year in the World of Little League Museum in the Richard “Hank” Bauer, Jr. Little League Photography Exhibit in the World Series Gallery presented by Easton Foundations. “Canon is proud to partner with the Little League World Series and team up with generations of families hoping to capture the moment where their little leaguer’s hard work and character is put on display,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon PIXMA Printers continue to support those looking to make these memorable action-packed moments sharable for generations to come.”
 
The Canon Little League Photo Contest powered by PIXMA Printers focuses on three themes:
 
  • Stepping Up To The Plate—an in-action game shot
  • Fandemonium—a photo that showcases fandom
  • Team Spirit—a photo that showcases team spirit
All images should capture the spirit of what it is like to be a baseball fan. Entries will be judged on the use of the theme (50 percent) and on the quality of the image (25 percent) and overall impression (25 percent).
 
“The Canon Little League Photo Contest serves as a celebration of treasured Little League memories each year,” said Liz DiLullo Brown, Little League’s vice president, marketing & Communications. “Those special moments, captured and cemented in time through photographs, help us to remember how treasured the Little League program is by families around the world.”

 
From the Photos in Color YouTube Channel:
 
Everything you need to know about photography in one simpler (funny) song. We all know the song the 12 days of christmas right? Well this is the 12 days of photography and yes it gets faster, more crazy and Ed Gregory has a hard time keeping up.
Post Date: 5/15/2017 10:29:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD Lens Review.
 
Is there a new leader of the APS-C wide angle zoom lens class?
 
The Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 5/15/2017 8:57:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Japan has officially discontinued the following lenses:
 
The list of discontinued lenses is unsurprising as the first two have recently been replaced (Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM) and the third has been heavily marked down for several months (though, curiously enough, is not currently discounted). All of the recently discontinued lenses are still availble at B&H.
 
Is the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM scheduled to be replaced or is it simply being phased out? Let us know what you think in the comments.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/15/2017 8:54:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Profoto:
 
Ever since Profoto redefined the on-location flash with the creation of the B1, it has become the benchmark. Now the benchmark is about to be set again with the launch of the Profoto B1X.
 
This is more than an update, it is a significant replacement with improvements in three important areas: power, power and power. A more powerful modelling light, a more powerful battery and extended HSS power range. And when we talk about power in all the right places, we really mean it. Like its predecessor, the B1X is the ultimate on-location flash.
 
The B1X features a new LED modelling light which adds 80% more light output, while increasing color rendering (CRI) beyond 90. The additional power and improved color rendering make it even more useful as an on-location modelling light, while also becoming an extremely efficient main or effect light, helping you to enhance natural light in dull conditions.
 
It’s not unusual for shooting days to go on for longer than expected so you need a battery that can do the same. The new battery pack holds an impressive 50% more energy with no extra size or weight. It also fits existing B1s and B1 chargers. And now, in HSS mode, the B1X has the same power range as in normal flash mode - 9 f-stops for all compatible cameras! That makes it the widest HSS range available on any flash so it’s even easier to shape light with flash in all light conditions including sunrise, broad daylight and sunset (existing B1 owners can download and install this as an upgrade free of charge from the Profoto website).
 
Speaking of power, we’re also launching two new OCF reflectors that add lots of punch and direction to overpower the sun. Adding hard light to the shaping palette of Profoto OCF Light Shaping Tools, the OCF Zoom Reflector and the OCF Magnum Reflector are compact and lightweight, making them ideal for shooting on-location. The OCF Zoom Reflector is so portable it even fits into the B1 case while mounted on the B1 or B1X - a handy timesaver when packing up.
 
The OCF Zoom Reflector doubles the effective light output at a two meter range, while the slightly larger OCF Magnum Reflector adds even more effective power output making it perfect for throwing light over long distances without being overpowered by natural light. Both reflectors also offer a wide beam angle adjustment range that further extends light shaping opportunities.
 
The B1X and the two new reflectors continue our dedication to on-location shooting alongside the B2 and our existing range of OCF Light Shaping Tools. In addition, we’ve recently also extended our camera TTL compatibility to four major brands with AirTTL remotes now available for Canon and Nikon, and official Profoto partners Sony and Olympus.
 
Truth is the only people who can improve on an original are the people who made the original. Born of the B1 come the all new B1X and new Profoto OCF Light Shaping Tools. No matter where you’re shooting, you’ll have power in all the right places.
 
Features B1X
 
  • Shoot with AirTTL or manual mode and connect wirelessly with other AirTTL flashes.
  • Cordless design and wireless controls allow you to shoot without any restraints.
  • 10 times as powerful as the average speedlight, with 500Ws adjustable in 1/10 f-stop increments over a 9 f-stop power range.
  • Quickly exchangeable and rechargeable Li-Ion battery provides up to 325 full-power flashes and tens of thousands at lowest power.
  • Fires up to 20 flashes per second, with flash durations of up to 1/19,000s and fast recycling times of 0.05-1.9s.
  • Control ambient light with HSS and create crisp images without motion blur at shutter speeds up to 1/8,000s.
  • Can be wirelessly controlled from up to a 300 m range with any optional Air Remote.
B&H has the Profoto B1X available for preorder and will have the new reflectors in stock soon.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 5/15/2017 5:33:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through almost midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Lenovo 14" ThinkPad T460s Ultrabook available for $1,099.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,849.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-6600U Dual-Core
  • 8GB of DDR4 RAM | 256GB Opal 2 SSD
  • 14" 2560 x 1440 Anti-Glare IPS Display
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 520
  • 4-in-1 Card Reader
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.1
  • USB 3.0 | Mini DisplayPort | HDMI
  • Windows 7 Pro + Windows 10 Pro License
Post Date: 5/15/2017 5:14:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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