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 Tuesday, December 8, 2015
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

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
Lin & Jirsa Photography shares their secrets to achieving unique and creative wedding imagery in this behind-the-scenes video series. Learn how they use Profoto Off-Camera Flash to control light to match their creative vision and overcome wedding day challenges.
 
B&H carries Profoto Battery-Powered and Off-Camera Flashes.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/7/2015 8:38:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
I recently had the opportunity to photograph from the top of the Rockefeller Center, from the observatory decks named "Top of the Rock". The view from this location is excellent and the imagery waiting to be captured is eye-catching, but there are some things you should know before you go. I have posted a guide to help you maximize your time at this location along with many tips that can be applied to other similar locations.
 
The Ultimate Guide to Photographing at Top of the Rock (and Tips for No Tripods Allowed Locations)
 
This image was captured at 16mm with the amazing Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens, a great choice for this location. And, the Feisol TT-15 Mini Carbon Fiber Tabletop Tripod made this 2 second shot possible.
 
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.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
16mm  f/5.6  2s
ISO 100
8688 x 5792px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/7/2015 7:45:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, December 6, 2015
Just posted: Feisol TT-15 Mini Carbon Fiber Tabletop Tripod Review
 
This great little and very affordable tripod just arrived in stock at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/6/2015 7:11:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 4, 2015
From Photoshelter:
 
Fashion photographers, this one's for you!
 
We’ve partnered up with Breed, an online community of fashion photographers, for our guide, Breaking Into Fashion Photography. Inside, get tips to market yourself right, establish your brand, approach photo buyers, and find work.
 
In this guide, you’ll also learn:
 
  • Tips to break into the industry and find clients
  • Strategies to establish a lasting fashion photography brand
  • Social media do’s and don’ts to help connect with dream clients online
  • How outlets like New York Magazine’s The Cut want to be pitched
  • The 5 biggest mistakes photographers make when submitting their work
  • Plus more!
Also get advice from experienced fashion photographers like Lindsay Adler, Melissa Rodwell, Jonathan D Pryce, plus experts from the Breed community who share important business lessons they've learned along the way.
 
Get the Free Guide: Breaking Into Fashion Photography
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/4/2015 11:51:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
At least three of these accessories will fit in even a small Christmas stocking and the fourth will likely qualify as a stocking stuffer for a standard-sized sock. Having them in your kit will, for many, be worth the mostly stocking-stuffer-sized prices:
 
Super Clamp
Magic Arm
Double Ball Joint Head
Tripod Head Mounting Plate with Hex Stud
 
These reviews are primarily to highlight what I'm using and find useful, but ... being able to reference these items will be helpful for an article I hope to have ready for you on Monday.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/4/2015 7:44:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Time.com:
"The moment you meet BB-8, you build up some form of weird human connection," says Marco Grob, who photographed the new Star Wars character for this week’s TIME cover. "It has one eye that has this really cute way of looking at you. It’s just incredible."
 
"For me, Star Wars is much more than only a film," Grob says. "Star Wars is hundreds of people who try to push the envelope. People who take enormous risks in creative and in technical aspects. They try to do things we’ve never seen before in a way nobody would have imagined to ever see before. And for me, it’s incredible.”
Is anyone else a little envious of Marco Grob right now? How cool would it have been to get that assignment? [Sean]
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Post Date: 12/4/2015 6:19:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 3, 2015

 
From Karl Taylor Photography:
 
In this video both myself and Urs Recher look at the techniques for combining fast exposures and long exposures to create a beautiful dance portraits where we reveal both the detail frozen and the motion blur recorded. To do this we use flash and HMI lighting.
 
Photography Shoot Technical Details
 
The HMI 400 W from the right with illuminates only the back of the model. In this way, the front and the face are not affected by this light and remain dark. Because of its position the background shouldn’t get any light from the HMI either.
 
The Siros light focused in the Para 133 can therefore guarantee an absolutely sharp picture of the model’s front and face if the flash duration is short enough. Here on the Siros it is set to t0.1 (min) of appox 1/4000 sec.
 
The exposure times were between ¼ and 1/2 a second and the camera is set to rear curtain sync meaning the flash fires at the end of the camera exposure time.
 
B&H carries Broncolor gear.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/3/2015 12:59:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Technically speaking, a new firmware for the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM appeard on Canon USA's website back in July (but we missed it). However, the firmware udpate may be more relevant than ever for the large number of people who likely took advantage of the crazy Black Friday refurb. deal on the lens (I'm included in that group). Then again, this updated firmware update seems to only improve AF performance when the lens is used with the EOS M3 via adapter.[Sean]
 
From Canon USA:
 
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Firmware v.1.0.3
 
Firmware Version 1.0.3 incorporates the following enhancement.
 
  • Improves the autofocus speed when the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM is attached to the EOS M3..
*To mount the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM to the EOS M3, the mount adapter EF-EOS M is required.
*The enhancement in the autofocus speed only applies when the lens is used with the EOS M3.
 
Firmware Version 1.0.3 is for lenses with firmware Version 1.0.2. If the lens firmware is already Version 1.0.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
 
Identification procedure
If the 3rd digit in the serial number of your lens is either 0, 1, or 2, then it is equipped with firmware Version 1.0.2 e.g.
 
xx0xxxxxxx, xx1xxxxxxx, xx2xxxxxxx
 
Lenses with serial numbers other than those listed above are equipped with firmware Version 1.0.3 or later.
 
Cautions:
 
  • To update the firmware of the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, the EOS M3 and the mount adapter EF-EOS M are required.
  • If an extension tube is attached, the firmware update may not be carried out successfully, so please make sure to detach the extension tube before performing the firmware update.
  • For this firmware update to be effective, you need to update the firmware of the EOS M3 to the latest version (Version 1.0.1 or later).
Note: Canon doesn't mention it, but the lens firmware can also be upgraded via select DSLR bodies like the EOS 7D Mark II.
 
Download the EF-S 55-250mm IS STM Firmware v.1.0.3
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2015 11:34:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Professional Network:
The launch of the PowerShot G5 X – with its electronic viewfinder (EVF) plus classic DSLR handling in a compact body – was a significant moment for Canon. In an in-depth interview, CPN discovers the technical challenges faced by the PowerShot development team – Takashi Yoshida, Ryuji Fukute, Kenji Ito, Koki Kitaya, Atsushi Fujita and Yoshikazu Sakagami from the Image Communication Products Operations Department and Yoshihiro Miyazawa from the Design Centre. Together they discuss the technical and design challenges they faced when turning concept into reality...
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
B&H carries the Canon PowerShot G5 X.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2015 9:25:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
We originally posted about Canon USA's Website Refresh back in early November. At the time, site visitors experienced several issues with the new site including missing account information and the inability to register for Canon's CarePAK Plus.
 
We're hoping that this official announcement means that Canon USA has worked out most of the bugs.
 
From Canon USA:
 
Dec 3, 2015 – MELVILLE, N.Y. — A company's website is an important tool customers utilize to research products and services in order to make educated purchasing decisions. Canon U.S.A., Inc., has recently launched a new design for its company website, www.usa.canon.com, with a responsive design that offers an inviting and enjoyable experience for its customers. This new design features beautiful, vivid imagery befitting of Canon’s position as a leader in the imaging industry. The website homepage provides an attractive, easy-to-navigate interface with featured content focused on the company’s mission to provide customers with up-to-date product information and knowledgeable insights in the area of digital imaging solutions.
 
“One of the main goals we wanted to achieve when designing the new website was to help our customers and business partners get to know us better and get a feel for who we are as a company,” states Ellen Pitchford, vice president and general manager, Digital Marketing Services Division of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “This new website enhances the power of the Canon brand and further demonstrates our commitment to our customers and business partners.”
 
Seamlessly viewable from any compatible device, customers will have access to engaging stories, informative video content and in-depth product details. The new website is optimized to be viewed across a variety of platforms – desktop, tablet or mobile – and makes it easier for visitors to get the information they need no matter what type of compatible device they are using to connect to the Internet.
 
Built with bringing a fun, intuitive, user-friendly customer experience in mind, features include:
 
  • The ‘Product Showcase’ section shows visitors the full breadth of product offerings.
  • The ‘Explore’ section demonstrates how Canon products can be used in daily life, workplace and industry settings.
  • The ‘Learning Center’ features tips, tricks and tutorials on how to make the most of Canon’s products.
Visitors also have the option of creating a ‘My Canon’ account, in order to manage their product library, expedite product registration and quickly gain access to order status.
 
Visit the new website at www.usa.canon.com.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 12/3/2015 9:07:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The balance of the standard test results, including flare, distortion, vignetting and 7D II image quality, along with specs and measurements are now available on the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens page.
 
Go make some comparisons. I'll get you started with one that I find interesting.
 
B&H has the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/3/2015 8:28:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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