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 Tuesday, April 7, 2015

 
Headshot artist Peter Hurley got to spend some quality time with the upcoming Canon EOS 5Ds and provided his thoughts on the camera and how it compares to the medium format cameras he typically uses in studio.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds (and 5Ds R) available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/7/2015 11:30:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens
Image quality results have been added to the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens review page.
 
You are going to like what you see – this lens does not disappoint in this test. Here are some comparisons:
 
Canon 400mm DO IS II compared to the 400mm DO IS (version I)
 
Note the significant contrast improvement over the original 400 DO. The blacks are obviously darker. The difference in sharpness remains clear even at f/5.6. The II's reduction in CA is also worth mentioning as is the with-extender performance.
 
Canon 400mm DO IS II compared to the 400mm f/2.8L IS II
 
Both lenses in this comparison are initially set to wide open apertures. I give the f/2.8 version a slight advantage in this comparison, but keeping perspective, we are comparing the DO II to an amazing lens. At f/4, the f/2.8 L IS II, assisted by some vignetting clearing, shows a slightly bigger advantage. Good luck finding a sharpness difference at f/5.6.
 
Canon 400mm DO IS II compared to the 400mm f/5.6L (initially set to both lenses wide open)
 
Canon 400mm DO IS II compared to the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II (initially set to both lenses wide open)
 
B&H has the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/7/2015 9:52:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Nikon:
 
Modifications enabled with firmware COOLPIX S9700 Ver. 1.1
 
  • In some rare cases, the camera would freeze when it was turned on after USB charging completed. This issue has been resolved.
  • In some rare cases, the lens would automatically zoom in and the camera would freeze when it was turned on. This issue has been resolved.
Download the Nikon COOLPIX S9700 Firmware v1.1
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/7/2015 8:58:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Our Velvet 56 classic portrait lens gives you a velvety, ethereal start with a smooth finish, from the big picture to the smallest details. Bringing modern-day simplicity to the carefully crafted build and look of mid-20th century portrait lenses, this 56mm f/1.6 manual portrait and macro lens evokes an experience like no other. Embrace the moment as you easily go from capturing gorgeous, radiant environments to intimate details in the same scene.
 
B&H has the Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens available with shipping beginning April 13.
Category: Lensbaby News
Post Date: 4/7/2015 7:47:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From RØDE:
 
RØDE Microphones is once again partnering with Red Giant to offer an incredible dual-system audio solution to its customers for 2015.
 
Customers who purchase an eligible RØDE microphone from an authorised dealer worldwide and register online for their free extended warranty will also receive a free copy of Red Giant’s audio syncing software, PluralEyes Express. Valued at US$99, PluralEyes Express is an exclusive version of the award winning PluralEyes that has been specially tailored for RØDE users.
 
Revolutionising the dual-system audio workflow, PluralEyes analyses the audio from multiple cameras and other audio devices and syncs them up in seconds, eliminating the need for clapboards, time code, or manually syncing audio to video in post-production. With an ever-expanding range of broadcast microphones applicable for dual-system setups, RØDE recognizes PluralEyes as a vital tool in post-production for enthusiasts and professionals alike.
 
“We’re extremely thrilled to collaborate with Red Giant once again and offer this amazing software which compliments our range of microphones perfectly.” Commented RØDE’s Global Marketing Manager, Scott Emerton. “We had such an overwhelming response to our first partnership with Red Giant back in 2012 that we knew we had to provide a similar offer. We’ve listened to our customers and expanded the range of eligible microphones this time, so more people will get to experience the incredible workflow of PluralEyes.”
 
“Red Giant is honored to be partnering with RØDE. This collaboration once again combines the best of breed products in the pro audio and filmmaking software industries and ultimately benefits our shared customers” says Robert Sharp, Vice President of Global Sales for Red Giant.
 
For the full microphone eligibility list, more information on PluralEyes Express or to register your microphone for your FREE software download please visit www.rode.com/pluraleyes.
 
B&H carries RØDE microphones.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 4/7/2015 6:14:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 6, 2015

 
From the Defrozo Kickstarter Campaign:
 
Defrozo is a free, all-in-one platform that helps photographers better display and market their work online.
 
We’re a team of web developers keen on photography, and we’re building software to help any photographer fulfill a dream - make money doing what they love most.
 
One login to showcase your photography, organize your workflow, manage your clients, sell prints, and discover growth hacks tailored specifically to photographers? Meet Defrozo.
 
Why do you need Defrozo?
 
Time-consuming website management. Troubles with hosting. Custom equals expensive. Multiple subscriptions to stay in control of. Limited time to devote to the business side of things. No affordable tool to manage your client base. Defrozo is born out of many pains.
 
With Defrozo you get a single login to access all the tools you might need to organize your images, create your portfolio, manage your workflow and client base, and sell your work online. Everything done via a simple, drag-n-drop interface and integrated system, so that you could spend less time clicking the buttons and more time taking photographs.
 
What makes Defrozo stand out?
 
Entering the pond with some big fish like PhotoShelter, Zenfolio, ShootQ in it may seem doomed. But we all remember the David vs Goliath story, right?
 
Defrozo is the first universal platform available for free to include every tool a photographer might need to start their business from scratch or grow their established brand. In other words, Defrozo will have all the features offered by the leading software solutions under one roof, and more. Reinventing the wheel? No. Integrating odd wheels and gears into a sophisticated mechanism to drive your career? Yes.
 
Free forever
 
We’re not here to build a startup and sell it to some big dawg in the business. We believe we have an idea that will be a game change in the world of photography services. When we’re talking about our goal we imagine office workers that will be finally able to become full-time photographers, entrepreneurs that will find new ways to drive referrals to their business, as well as end customers that will receive unmatched service at no additional cost.
 
This is why the free version of Defrozo will always include the full spectrum of features. There will be an opportunity to upgrade for users requiring more customization and storage space in each functional module.
 
To fit photographers’ needs at any stage of their career, there will be three plans available:
 
Defrozo Plans
For more information, check out the Defrozo Kickstarter Campaign.
Post Date: 4/6/2015 11:32:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon 11-24L visits Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn, NY
Jane's Carousel is a standout landmark in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY. While it is hard to miss the carousel house, the highly-styled words in the concrete are not as obvious. Ultra-wide angle lenses are great for emphasizing the foreground and I decided to emphasize the not obvious in this case, the words:
 
"Jane's Carousel made by Philadelphia Toboggan Co in 1922"
 
Jane's Carousel is a very popular location and, while not a necessity, keeping people out of your frame is challenging (an understatement). To start, visiting on a cold winter weekday will reduce the visitor population. Next, taking enough frames to allow all parts of the scene to be captured without people or their shadows in them is key. Fortunately, I had two images that when combined, showed no humans outside of the building. In post, I combined these two exposures to show only the sans-people parts.
 
At 11mm, it is hard to keep your own shadow out of the frame. By using the self-timer, I was able to step back before the shutter released. The camera's own shadow was the remaining problem. With a clean foreground, I was able to remove the shadow in post processing without difficulty.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+ and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 4/6/2015 9:20:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Deadline for Tamron lens users residing in the USA to create their exhibit entry on www.myphotoexhibits.com for a chance to win a Tamron lens is August 31, 2015
 
From Tamron USA:
 
Commack, N.Y., April 3, 2015 - Tamron USA announces its fourth “My Travel Exhibit” photo contest, offered exclusively to Tamron USA lens users. Entrants will create a 3D virtual exhibit showcasing 8-14 of their best images in a travel theme on Tamron’s unique photo-sharing exhibit site, myphotoexhibits.com. Tamron judges will select the winning exhibit based on overall image quality and originality of the collection. The winning exhibit will be featured on the Tamron USA website and in the Tamron eNewsletter. The winner will also receive his/her choice of one of three full-frame, image-stabilized Tamron lenses:
 
  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (model A012, $1199 value)
  • SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (model A007, $1299 value)
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (model A009, $1499 value)
The contest officially launched on April 1, 2015. Entrants without a computer or Internet access may send in entries of 8-14 images up to 8.5×11 by mail. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2015; complete contest rules are available at http://tamron.myphotoexhibits.com/contest.
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 4/6/2015 8:09:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Commercial photographer Jay Morgan of The Slanted Lens provides tips for shooting video in a manufacturing facility.
Post Date: 4/6/2015 6:49:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 3, 2015
Canon Professional Services
From Canon Professional Services:
 
Canon Professional Services will host a CPS Lounge at ShutterFest 2015 featuring complimentary Clean & Check service on current Canon professional gear for all ShutterFest 2015 attendees.
 
The Clean & Check service will be performed on site by our Canon factory trained service technicians and is limited to (2) Canon EOS DSLR bodies or Canon EF/EF-S lenses. All items will be taken on a first come, first served basis and same day service is not guaranteed.
 
Equipment evaluation loans of Canon professional gear will be available for walking tours to all ShutterFest 2015 attendees. All loans are available on a first come, first served basis and must be returned at the completion of the tour and no later than 5:00 pm. Photo ID is required for all loans and CPS will retain your ID for the duration of the loan.
 
Pro Market representatives will be available to answer technical questions and offer product demonstrations.
 
The CPS Lounge is located in Midway Suite #3. Be sure to visit Canon’s booth (in spaces 54-58) on the ShutterFest 2015 show floor.
 
Location:
St. Louis Union Station Doubletree
1820 Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
 
Dates and Hours of CPS Operations:
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/3/2015 2:10:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Canon has updated versions of Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility and Picture Style Editor available now. (thanks Fabio)
 
From Canon USA:
 
Digital Photo Professional 3.14.48
 
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.14.48 Updater:
 
  • Supports EF11-24mm f/4L USM
Digital Photo Professional 4.2.10
 
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.2.10 Updater:
 
  • Supports 32-bit OS (Windows)
  • Supports EOS 8000D / EOS REBEL T6s / EOS 760D, EOS Kiss X8i / EOS REBEL T6i / EOS 750D, EOS M3.
  • Supports EF11-24mm f/4L USM, EF-M22mm f/2 STM, EF-M11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, EF-M18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM.
EOS Utility 2.14.20
 
Changes for EOS Utility 2.14.20 Updater:
 
  • Supports EF11-24mm f/4L USM
EOS Utility 3.2.10
 
Changes for EOS Utility 3.2.10:
 
  • Supports EOS 8000D / EOS REBEL T6s / EOS 760D, EOS Kiss X8i / EOS REBEL T6i / EOS 750D, EOS M3.
  • Supports EF11-24mm f/4L USM.
Picture Style Editor 1.15.10
 
Changes for Picture Style Editor 1.15.10 Updater:
 
  • Supports EOS 8000D / EOS REBEL T6s / EOS 760D, EOS Kiss X8i / EOS REBEL T6i / EOS 750D, EOS M3.
Download the software updates at Canon USA.
Post Date: 4/3/2015 7:18:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rokinon 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
B&H has the newly announced Rokinon 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens available for preorder.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 4/3/2015 6:52:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the LensRentals Blog:
"Most of you know I've been very impressed with Sigma's new Art lenses. Their 35mm f/1.4 Art I still think is the sharpest 35mm prime lens made. The 50mm f/1.4 Art is also superb.
 
When I heard about the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art lens, I had some mixed emotions. I was excited that we might get a 24mm lens of similar quality to their 35mm. But the logical side of me thought that perhaps Sigma had bitten off a bit more than they could chew this time. Designing a wide-aperture 24mm lens is much more difficult than designing a fast 35mm lens. Even the best 24mm f/1.4 lenses (I consider the Canon 24mm f/1.4 L to be the best current offering, although that's arguable) still have distortion, aberrations, and some edge softness.
 
But when our first five copies of the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 arrived, I swiped them from intake and took them over to the testing lab for a quick look and MTF testing on our optical bench. We already had results from the Canon 24mm f/1.4 L, the Nikon 24mm f/1.4 ED AF-S, and the Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 lenses in our database to compare them to."
See the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 4/3/2015 6:31:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 2, 2015
Canon Digital Learning Center EOS C100 Mark II Menu Simulator
The crew over at the Canon Digital Learning Center has created a virtual EOS C100 Cinema Camera menu system. It's actually kind of neat.
 
Curious? Want to see what the C100 is capable of? Try it out!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/2/2015 11:47:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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