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 Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Distortion test results have been added to the Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens page (a full review is planned).
 
I don't often dedicate an entire post to just distortion results for a single lens, but ... I thought the results for this one were remarkable enough to highlight for you. If you are looking for an ultra-wide angle full frame lens that keeps your lines straight (attention architecture photographers), this one should have your attention. Here are some comparisons:
 
Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 compared to Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Lens
Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 compared to Sigma 12-24mm f/4 Art Lens
 
The Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 4/26/2017 7:53:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has released their finanicial results for 1Q 2017. See below for more information.
 
Related Articles
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/26/2017 6:27:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon Australia:
 
Sydney, Australia, 26 April 2017 – Canon Australia has announced that Season 2 of the brand’s locally produced Tales by Light photography adventure series will stream globally on Netflix from 21 April, following the successful launch of the Season 1 in November 2016.
 
A stunning cinematic experience, Tales by Light Season 2 builds on the concept established in the first series, following the journeys of acclaimed photographers as they pursue their personal projects. Comprising three in-depth episodes, Season 2 shows the endeavours of the photographers to challenge people’s perceptions through their art.
 
“The reaction to Tales by Light since it launched on Netflix in November has been amazing and an indication of the appetite for a photography-based series around the world,” says Director of Canon Australia’s consumer imaging business and Executive Producer for the series Jason McLean. “We know that people ultimately want help to unlock their potential with photography regardless of their level and this starts with inspiration, which is ultimately what Tales by Light is about.”
 
Prior to joining the Netflix documentary content line-up, Tales by Light Seasons 1 and 2 screened initially on the National Geographic Channel subscription network in Australia and New Zealand.
 
A brand in transition
 
Canon Australia has been on its own journey for the past several years, moving from the traditional focus on products and features into content and experiences that entertain, educate and inspire with the focus firmly on the photographer and their needs and ambitions.
 
“We’re now an experience brand dedicated to helping people achieve more with our products,” continues McLean. “Tales by Light is a great example of the value that we can offer and we continue that journey on our local brand site where we provide resources to nurture skills and creativity and celebrate people’s achievements more broadly. Our social media pages are almost entirely user-generated and are thriving communities of creative inspiration.”
 
Canon Australia was recently nominated in the top-five global sites in the Webby Awards “Best Social - Photography and Graphics” category alongside Red Bull, National Geographic and Nike’s Jordan Brand worldwide.”
 
WHERE TO VIEW
 
To watch Tales by Light: www.netflix.com
For additional content: www.canon.com.au/talesbylight
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/26/2017 6:16:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 25, 2017

 
From the DJI YouTube Channel:
 
We give casual drone users the changes to fly using the DJI Goggles for the first time anywhere. Experience this incredible new way to fly along side them.
 
B&H has the DJI Goggles available for preorder.
 
Note: My understading of the current drone regulations would make use of this device outdoors by the drone operator illegal in the U.S. unless a) flying under the Part 107 rule (requiring a remote pilot certificate) and b) a waiver for first-person view goggles is obtained. [Sean]
Category: DJI News
Post Date: 4/25/2017 1:00:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.00 to 1.01
 
  • Fixed an issue that prevented additional deletions after multiple shots had been deleted in succession from a single burst of pictures.
Download: Nikon 1 J5 Firmware v.1.01
 
B&H carries the Nikon 1 J5 Mirrorless Digital Camera.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/25/2017 10:28:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Canon EOS 77D Review.
 
It's a great little camera. The biggest surprise to me? A significantly deeper grip that allows me to hold the camera and up to a medium-sized lens with only the three fingers.
 
The Canon EOS 77D is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/25/2017 8:50:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 24, 2017
Announced in August 2016 and slated for widespread availability in October of that year, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is finally in stock with free expedited shipping at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/24/2017 3:09:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DJI:
 
Redesigned Three-Axis Stabilized Gimbal System Lets Professionals Capture Smooth, Steady Footage in Every Situation
 
DJI, the world’s leader in creative camera technology, today introduced Ronin 2, the three-axis camera stabilizer redesigned to give filmmakers the freedom to capture any scene they can imagine. Based on DJI’s transformative gimbal technology, Ronin 2 has more power and torque to carry larger cameras, is more versatile to be used in every situation, and has more intelligent features to allow for unprecedented camera moves that help realize every creative vision.
 
“Ronin 2 dramatically improves every aspect of the camera operating experience and is the best stabilizer we have ever made,” said Paul Pan, DJI Senior Product Manager. “Completely redesigned to meet the needs of today’s camera professionals, Ronin 2 makes it easier than ever to capture stunning cinematic footage under the widest variety of situations.”
 
A Powerful Platform For Creative Freedom
 
Ronin 2 gives filmmakers complete freedom to select the right camera for the shot. An enlarged camera cage and 50mm extendable arms support everything from DSLRs to full cinematic cameras and lenses. Powerful gimbal motors ensure sufficient torque to handle payloads up to 30 pounds. Aided by onboard GPS, the powerful encoded motors let Ronin 2 travel at speeds of up to 75 mph while delivering the same 0.02 degrees of sub-pixel level precision that Ronin users have come to expect.
 
Versatile Mounts and Movements
 
With a new design and detachable Grip, Ronin 2 brings custom stabilization to the full range of camera mounts that directors rely on. From basic handheld and jib configurations to Ready Rig, plus cable cams, vehicles and drones, Ronin 2 provides a wide range of creative flexibility. A new two-axis operation mode for mounting to Steadicams offers unique and creative movements that were once impossible to perform. The quick release mount makes it easy to transfer seamlessly from one scene to the next, giving filmmakers new freedom to explore every perspective with stability and control. A redesigned dual band 2.4/5.8 GHz remote allows minimized interference for full control during remote and two-person operation at a range of nearly 1.5 kilometers.
 
Faster To Set Up and Easier To Use
 
Every detail of Ronin 2 has been improved for quick setup and easy operation. New axis locking levers and fine tuning knobs deliver faster and more precise balancing, while the Auto Tune Stability feature intelligently adjusts motor parameters for optimal use in seconds. A new integrated touch screen with 1,000 nits of brightness lets professionals directly configure the gimbal settings for on-the-fly adjustments and for full control of mounted RED cameras.
 
Redesigned Frame with Centralized Power
 
Ronin 2 features a redesigned carbon fiber monocoque style frame, providing the highest quality manufacturing ever in a handheld stabilized camera rig while making the platform durable, lightweight and easy to carry. New fold-away feet enable the operator to set the platform down during handheld filming without the need for a separate stand. A splash-proof enclosed motor design with internally routed power, SDI and data cabling enables worry-free shooting in the most demanding environments.
 
Integrated power and data ports make Ronin 2 a centralized system for cameras and all accessories without the need for multiple power systems. It features four 14.4-volt (8 amps total) ports near the camera cage, two 12.6-volt (4 amps total) ports near the pan motor, and one P-Tap 12.6-volt (4 amps) outlet on the battery mount.
 
Dual hot-swappable batteries provide continuous uptime without ever powering down. They are capable of operating simultaneously and independently to provide 2.5 hours of runtime to power the gimbal and a RED Dragon camera. Ronin 2 uses the same ultra-fast charging, high-capacity, self-heating batteries as the DJI Inspire 2, simplifying battery management and guaranteeing reliable power in extreme cold temperatures down to -4 degrees Fahrenheit. The battery system is fully detachable to provide a portable power supply for any 12-volt P-Tap powered camera or accessory.
 
Enhanced Intelligent Features
 
The completely updated DJI gimbal assistant mobile app provides a more intuitive and easier-to-use interface for bringing a cinematic vision to life. It includes new studio-oriented functions to easily capture complicated camera moves that once required specialized expertise or additional equipment.
 
The new Panorama mode automatically controls Ronin 2 to create still image panoramas that account for the camera sensor type and lens focal length as well as the user-defined overlap rate. Its new Timelapse mode can program multiple movements and camera actions at different points along a route, and view progress in real time. And the new CamAnchor mode lets operators quickly record a preferred gimbal orientation at particular locations, then revisit them with a simple touch as the camera moves from point to point.
 
The intelligent SmoothTrack system that provides stable images while the camera is on the move has been enhanced with an updated algorithm for keeping Ronin 2 in sync with the operator’s movements. For every scenario encountered by a professional camera, Ronin 2 users can fine-tune how their rig responds to new movements along all three axes.
 
Availability
 
Ronin 2 will be available in the second quarter of 2017 from DJI Authorized Retail Stores and DJI Resellers worldwide. Pricing will be announced prior to availability.
From Sigma:
 
The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce that the ultra-wide-angle zoom lens "SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art" and the ultimate lens for portraits and more "SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art" have won TIPA Awards 2017.
 
BEST DSLR WIDE ANGLE ZOOM LENS: SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art
 
Constructed with 16 elements in 11 groups, with FLD glass elements, an updated Hyper Sonic Motor with 1.3X torque for fast AF, and use of “the largest aspherical element in the industry”, this constant aperture wide angle zoom is designed for full-frame DSLRs but can also be used with APS-C sensor cameras to deliver a still impressive 18-36mm field of view (approximate, depending on camera model). With a minimum aperture of f/22 and close-focusing capability of 9.4 inches (24cm) at the 24mm focal length range, photographers can create unique images with startling depth of field, while the constant f/4 aperture and 9-bladed rounded diaphragm allows for outstanding bokeh effects.
 
BEST DSLR PRIME LENS: SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
 
Aimed at portrait photographers and those who want to create dramatic shallow depth of field effects, this full-frame 85mm lens in SIGMA’s Art series employs SLD (Special Low Dispersion Glass) and one element with a high rate of anomalous partial dispersion and a high index of refraction. The lens contains a 9-bladed electronically controlled diaphragm, a hypersonic (HSM) motor for rapid and silent AF, and an AF system with 1.3X torque boost. Quality build features include a durable brass mount and a composite TSC barrel, a material known to provide consistent performance at extreme temperatures and is considerable lighter than other materials that would yield similar benefits.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art and Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lenses.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 4/24/2017 9:25:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results have been added to the Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD Lens review page.
 
While the Vibration Control feature alone is going to be upgrade-worthy to anyone using the previous Tamron 10-22mm Lens, the dramatically improved image quality over the copy we previously tested sends an even much stronger signal.
 
Following are a number of additional comparisons. Not all testing utilized the same camera, but visually accounting for the differences provides relevant comparisons nonetheless.
 
Tamron 10-24mm VC vs. Canon EF-S 10-22mm Lens
Tamron 10-24mm VC vs. Canon EF-S 10-18mm Lens
Tamron 10-24mm VC vs. Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 Lens
Tamron 10-24mm VC vs. Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 Lens
Tamron 10-24mm VC vs. Nikon 10-24mm Lens
 
The Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 4/24/2017 7:51:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From Nikon Europe:
 
'One telephone call changed the history of optics in Japan for sure.' Celebrated photographer, David Douglas Duncan, who turned 100 on Jan. 23, 2016, is one of the first photographers we've approached to share his experience with Nikon. Here, he shares how he first came across Nikon and this encounter played a crucial role in establishing Nikon's cameras and lenses worldwide.
 
'From his coverage of the Korean War, which gave birth to the celebrated book "This Is War!", to his intimate documentation of Pablo Picasso, Duncan has influenced generations of photographers.' (source)
Post Date: 4/24/2017 7:55:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, April 22, 2017
When planning for a big photo daytrip, I usually have a packed-full itinerary carefully planned out and select the day based on the desired weather matching the forecast along with various other factors. But, sometimes even very careful planning does not work out.
 
This particular day had set up perfectly and I executed the plan, making the roughly 6-hour round trip drive to Philadelphia.
 
Upon arrival, I immediately discovered that preparations for the NFL Draft ceremonies, including installation of multiple enormous covered stages, had completely taken over the art museum, including the parking area I was planning to use. The backup plan was implemented for parking and the art museum, one of my intended subjects, quickly hit the questionable list.
 
The morning and early afternoon were forecasted to be cloudy and I drove in rain during much of the trip into the city. While that might not sound like the ideal forecast for city photography, the cloudy skies were going to provide ideal light for interior photography at a large church. Soft light coming in the windows would add life to the interior, but direct sunlight burning highlights into an image would be avoided.
 
Upon arrival at the church, I found the doors ... locked. The church's website said it would be open. The city employees watching over the area contacted their superiors and were told that the church was supposed to be open. Some church employees were even trying unsuccessfully to get in. About two hours later, the church was still locked and I gave up the wait, moving on to scout for later opportunities.
 
A blue hour ultra-wide angle view of the art museum entrance was on my to-photograph list for the day, so this was the next shot to be scouted/planned for. Because this view faces somewhat into the setting sun, the ideal blue hour timing was slightly later than another blue hour photo I had planned. I worked through the NFL Draft construction project and a security worker permitted me to go to the top of the art museum steps (the ones "Rocky" climbed) behind the main NFL Draft stage. Unfortunately, upon arriving at the top of the steps, I discovered more large tents covering most of the main entrance. Scratch primary photo #2 from the list.
 
Scouting the view from the Spring Garden Street Bridge was next on the list. The goal was to photograph the downtown skyscrapers bathed in the warm late day light and a clear sky to the west was needed for that. The skies were forecasted to clear in the afternoon but I was not optimistic of the clearing happening in time. Finally, in late afternoon, the heavy clouds quickly moved past, showing a beautiful blue sky.
 
I arrived at this location quite early and set up two tripods with a pair of Canon EOS 5Ds R cameras with Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lenses mounted. I waited, watching the perfectly clear sky with highly anticipated success, but alas, just minutes before the sweet light happened, a cloud bank rolled in and shut down the light, erasing major photo goal #3.
 
With three of five planned image series already failed, the day was not shaping up well, but two photo goals remained. Fortunately, the cloud bank that shut down the city-in-sweet-light image did not make it past the city before darkness and photo opportunity #4, the image shared here, was a home run.
 
The ideal blue hour light only lasts a few minutes and the ideal time is often easier to best-determine when reviewing the images on a computer at home, so I simply shoot constantly through that short time window. However, a clue to when the time is ideal is when proper f/16 exposures are between 15 and 30 seconds.
 
Why f/16? Live View with DOF preview showed that I had enough depth of field at f/8 and the images would have been sharper if captured at that aperture, but ... I like the star effect that a narrow aperture creates from the city lights. The straight lines from the city buildings sharpen nicely even at f/16 and I seldom regret this aperture choice for this purpose.
 
Because I was shooting from an elevated bridge, the camera was able to be leveled (for both pitch and roll), a requirement if keeping the edges of the buildings vertically straight is desired. Another takeaway from this image is that telephoto lenses are great for cityscape photography. Telephoto focal lengths keep distant subjects large in the frame and the city skyscrapers were a primary subject, so keeping them large was desirable.
 
With the blue hour past and a good set of images captured on two cameras, it was time to make photo #5 happen. The goal was a nighttime photo of City Hall from the center of S. Broad St. and getting there required a 1.6 mi (2.6km) walk. I had been carrying a heavily-loaded MindShift Gear BackLight 26L (including two tripods) all day, but ... whatever it takes is the motto of many photographers. I could rest on the drive back home.
 
Upon arriving at City Hall, I discovered huge – you guessed it – NFL Draft banners adorning each side of City Hall. While a photo with the banner may have been good for memories of the event happening in this city, it was not what I wanted. I was tired and opted to simply walk back to car.
 
So, out of 5 potentially great series of photos, I brought only one home with me. While that batting average is not very good, I'm happy with the images I did get and another positive spin is that ... I will not need to do much research to make another day-filled photo itinerary for this city with a hopefully-more-productive result. Alas, the NFL Draft will forever be a memory as there it is, advertised on the large blue billboard near the center of every frame I captured here.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 4/22/2017 4:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 21, 2017
Sony's a9 Mirrorless Camera aimed at sports photographers is now available for preorder. The Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens is now also available for preorder.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 24.2MP Full-Frame Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • 693-Point AF System & 20 fps Shooting
  • Blackout-Free Quad-VGA 3.7m-Dot OLED EVF
  • Internal UHD 4K Video Recording
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 3.0" 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • ISO 204,800, Silent Electronic Shutter
  • Built-In Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, Dual SD Slots
  • Integrated LAN and PC Sync Terminals
Preorders
Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex Photographic
Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex Photographic
Posted to: Sony News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 4/21/2017 9:20:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Noise and resolution test results have been added to the Canon EOS 77D, Rebel T7i and M6 review pages.
 
Note that the 77D results were copied to create the Rebel T7i results. These two cameras are very similar and the image quality they deliver is the same. Thus, it did not make sense to invest the time needed to test both. Here are some observations:
 
The lighting on the color chart used for the noise level evaluation is measured for consistency using a Sekonic L-478DR Light Meter. Manual exposure mode is used for test image capture with prescribed exposure settings for each ISO setting and all RAW images are identically processed for the standard results. Interesting is that 77D results are identical to the 80D in brightness, but the images from this copy of the M6, captured immediately after the 77D results, are slightly brighter (by about .25 stops). A set of -.25 EV adjusted results are provided for an equalized brightness.
 
For the best image quality, should I get the Canon EOS 80D, Canon EOS 77D, Rebel T7i, M5 or M6? The answer to that question is ... it doesn't matter. While there are many feature differences between these models, it would be hard to argue that one delivers better image quality than the others.
 
The Canon EOS 77D is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
 
Get the Canon EOS Rebel T7i at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
 
Find the Canon EOS M6 at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/21/2017 8:07:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
April 21st, 2017, Seoul, South Korea – Global optics brand, Samyang Optics announce a new 16mm T2.6 cine lens, designed specifically for video shooting with uncoupled gear rings with T numbers. This launch adds one more lens to the existing 18 cine lenses for DSLR and mirrorless cameras.
 
Since 2012, Samyang Optics has released its cine lenses based on the needs of professional videographers. Satisfied with the image quality of Samyang lenses, videographers continuously requested for cine lenses and as an answer, Samyang launched cine lens line up.
 
This new launch expands the cine lens line up to a total of 19 lenses: 13 for DSLR cameras varying from 8mm fisheye to 135mm telephoto and 6 for mirrorless cameras varying from 8mm to 50mm.
 
Inheriting the renowned image quality of Samyang’s wide-angle lenses, the 16mm angle of view is commonly used by directors of photography around the globe for its versatile usage for wide-angled emotional scenes in film and videos. Along with the existing 14mm, 20mm and 24mm, this new lens will realise the delicate changes in the scenes.
 
As a ‘Total Imaging Solution’ optics brand, Samyang Optics now offers 51 lenses: 2 premium XP photo lenses, 2 autofocus lenses, 19 manual focus photo lenses, 19 cine lenses and 9 professional cinema lenses specifically under XEEN brand.
 
Launched to complete the Samyang cine lens line up, this new 16mm T2.6 will be available globally from June and will carry a suggested retail price of EUR 599.00. For more information, visit the Samyang social media channels.
Post Date: 4/21/2017 7:09:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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