RØDE Announces VideoMic Go!
The new VideoMic GO is the latest release in the Australian audio company’s successful range of VideoMic microphones for on-camera usage.
Compact and light weight by design, the VideoMic GO delivers clear, crisp, directional audio with incredible ease of use.
Its tight pickup area focuses directly in front of the microphone and reduces other surrounding sounds, ensuring that the user can isolate their subject from distracting background noise. At only 73gm (2.5oz) it is RØDE’s lightest on-camera microphone and sports an impressively compact form factor.
Designed to be as user-friendly as possible, the VideoMic GO has no switches or settings, and is powered by the camera or recording device’s external microphone input, requiring no batteries to operate.
The microphone features an integrated suspension based on Rycote’s Lyre system, which utilises a single piece of thermoplastic to isolate the microphone from knocks and bumps that could otherwise interfere with performance. In addition to its superior performance the Lyre system is hard-wearing and will never wear out, sag or snap, unlike traditional elastic-based suspension.
“The VideoMic GO is the perfect microphone for consumers wanting to get started shooting high-definition video with their DSLR, ‘point-and-shoot’ or even GoPro cameras.” Commented Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Marketing & Sales Director. “We’ve all experienced how terrible the audio can be using a camera’s built-in microphone, and the VideoMic GO is the answer to getting audio that matches the quality of the images, without the additional EQ and level features that are available on our other VideoMic models.”
“This user-friendly ‘plug and play’ approach, combined with its lightweight, small form factor make it ideal for carrying in small camera bags, ready at any time to capture the moment.” Adorama
carries RØDE microphones
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DateTime: 11/18/2013 11:52:50 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Shenandoah National Park and Canon Super Telephoto Lens Shootout
Field use is incredibly helpful for gear evaluation. As you likely figured out through the newsletter and the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens review
, I was able to spend some time in Shenandoah National Park
last month. While wide angle landscapes were on the to-capture list, wildlife photography was my primary purpose for this trip.
To be more specific, I wanted to know which of three following big white lenses was my favorite for wildlife photography. Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x LensCanon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM LensCanon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens
And my answer, as you may have predicted, is "It depends." Each lens has its strengths.
From an image quality standpoint, all of these lenses deliver very high pro-grade results. It doesn't matter which lens you pick in this regard. From a "look" perspective, I prefer the more-blurred background, more-compressed look of the longest focal lengths. Again, all of these lenses have very long focal lengths available, but the 600 f/4 has the advantage. The 200-400 L's long focal length comes with the built-in 1.4x extender moved into the optical path, which sets it back one stop in the max aperture comparison. The two primes also did less focus hunting in low light, peripheral AF point scenarios.
If you can get closer to your subject and there are obstructions (trees, branches, weeds, etc.) in play, a longer focal length quickly becomes a liability. The farther away you are from the subject, the more likely that these obstructions will factor into your results. The first problem is that obstructions detract from your final image. A branch across your subject's head is not going to be welcomed. And an even bigger problem is that the obstructions can catch the attention of your camera's autofocus system, resulting in a subject that is not even in focus. Such images are throw-aways – if you can even get the photo. In SNP, I had a black bear cub run past me in the thick woods and I was not able to even capture a memory photo as the camera could not lock focus.
Because the white-tailed deer in Shenandoah National Park are relatively tolerant of humans, I was able to get closer to my subjects (at least some of the time) on this trip. And because I was shooting with LOTS of obstructions (often in relatively thick woods), getting closer was typically desirable. The 200-400 L quickly became my go-to lens on this trip and has earned permanence in my kit. Having the very long range of focal lengths immediately available when needed/desired, this lens was the ideal choice for this type of photography.
I had been pursuing a pair of buck for two hours when the larger of the two finally and suddenly walked out into a clearing. And at the perfect moment, it stopped and became alert. I had diffuse sunlight at my back. The deer's head was framed between the closest background trees and the foreground was uninterrupted. In the very short duration of time that the ideal picture remained available, I would have been very fortunate to get one acceptably-framed picture with a prime lens (due to the sneaker zooming required). But with the 200-400 L, I was able to rapidly capture a number of framing variations.
I used the 500 L IS II and 600 L IS II during the trip and they performed excellently, but when the shot really counted, I found myself going with the 200-400 L IS in this location.
Check out some images in the Shenandoah National Park gallery
Since many of these images were captured with the big white zoom lens, Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens sample pictures
are also now available.
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DateTime: 11/18/2013 9:47:22 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with PIXMA PRO-100 Printer Bundle - $2,999.00 Shipped AR (Compare at $3,399.00)
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DateTime: 11/18/2013 8:17:38 AM CT Posted By: Sean
PNY Unveils 80MB/s SDHC/XC Memory Card
From PNY: Bordeaux – 18 November 2013
– PNY Technologies, a leading manufacturer and supplier of memory, imaging and graphics solutions, is pleased to unveil its new SDHC/XC High Performance memory card. The high-speed, high-capacity card is the latest solution in PNY’s imaging range to meet the demands of the high-end digital imaging market.
Offering exceptional speeds of 80MB per second, these cards are specifically designed for professional and semi-professional photographers who want to maximize the number of shots in continuous (burst) mode.
Certified Class 10 UHS-1 (Ultra High Speed), this card is ideal for photographing or filming any subject in Full HD in the most extreme conditions. Features include:
- Operating Temperature: 0 ° C to 60 ° C
- Storage Temperature: -40 ° C to 85 ° C
- Storage Humidity: 95% max, non-condensing
- Shockproof: 1.000G max use
Price & Availability
The High Performance SDHC/XC 80M/s cards are now available from PNY’s usual distribution network in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. The super high capacity allows the most enthusiastic photographers to shoot without limit in high definition.
|Product Details ||MSRP|
|SDHC 16GB High Performance ||£17.99|
|SDHC 32GB High Performance ||£25.74|
|SDXC 64GB High Performance ||£52.63|
|SDXC 128GB High Performance||£98.99|
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Photoshelter Hosts Turning Your Passion Into A Lasting Career Webinar
Action photographer David Bergman has made a name for himself for everything from his iconic shots of Bon Jovi on tour to his GigaPan image of President Obama’s first inauguration. He’s shot for Sports Illustrated, MLB.com, CBS, The Travel Channel, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, numerous musicians and record labels, and has even started a series of workshops.
But, this self-professed “band geek” didn’t set out to be a photographer at the beginning. In this webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 19th at 4pm EST, learn directly from David as he tells his story about making the move from music production major to full-time staff photographer to freelancer. During this webinar you'll learn from David's own experience:
- What the transition from going to full-time to freelance can be like
- How to leverage professional relationships to get more work
- Why learning new techniques keeps your work relevant
- What it’s really like to hang around and photograph a stadium packed show with Bon Jovi
Date: Tuesday, November 19
Time: 4:00pm EST
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DateTime: 11/15/2013 8:14:43 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Kenny Rogers Highlights Imaging USA in Phoenix
From Imaging USA
: Annual International Photography Convention and Expo Heads to Phoenix Phoenix, AZ – November 15, 2013
– Imaging USA, the annual get together for professional photographers, is bringing photography education, networking and inspiration to Phoenix this winter.
Just two months away, the 2014 edition of Imaging USA is set for Jan. 12 to14 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. More than 10,000 industry professionals will descend upon the Valley of the Sun for the three day convention.
Imaging USA is organized by Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the world’s largest non-profit photography association. The event features a three-day Imaging EXPO tradeshow with more than 600 booths, several all-inclusive parties and more than 100 speeches, presentations and hands-on demonstrations by some of the most respected names in the photographic industry.
This year, Imaging USA will feature a man more known for music than his photography, the legendary singer songwriter Kenny Rogers. Rogers, who was just inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame with a stirring tribute at the Country Music Awards, will be on-hand at Imaging USA to be recognized by PPA for his imagery with an honorary master of photography degree. He will also present his new photography book, give an hour-long Q&A to discuss his life and photography and an exhibit of his work will be display throughout the convention.
“We could see in his work that Mr. Rogers is an accomplished photographer, but when we approached him about the honorary master’s degree, we were immediately impressed with his enthusiasm for photography,” said PPA president, Ralph Romaguera Sr., M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API, F-ASP. “He’s obviously well-known as an entertainer, but he truly is a remarkably talented photographer. PPA is excited to honor Kenny and have him share his passion with us all in Phoenix.”
Rogers will receive his degree along with the 161 other photographers who earned PPA degrees in 2013. Immediately following PPA’s Award and Degree ceremony will be the inaugural presentation of the World Photographic Cup (WPC). Twenty three countries from all over the globe formed teams to participate in the first-ever WPC, an event geared to unite photographers in a spirit of friendship and cooperation, and crown the best photography in the world.
Along with Kenny Rogers are programs from some of the biggest names in photography. Imaging USA’s renowned educational classes are geared to improve a photographer’s business skills, photographic repertoire and use of photography and post-production technologies. The event also features several photographic exhibits, mentoring opportunities, portfolio reviews and much more.
Imaging USA is the longest running international photographic convention, expo and image exhibition in the world, drawing thousands of professionals from across the globe. The event dates back to 1880, when it began as the annual convention and trade show for PPA. It continues to grow and evolve along with industry trends and technology.
Because PPA believes in the value Imaging USA provides, it offers a free full-registration to Imaging USA as a perk for new members. Professional Active PPA memberships are available for $27.92 a month.
For everyone else, there are many different ways to experience Imaging USA, including but not limited to the full conference, a full conference plus pre-conference courses option, tradeshow only, the International Photographic Competition and off-site classes throughout the surrounding areas.
for complete registration information and pricing options. And keep checking back for updates to the event schedule.
Canon Australia Announces Photo5 Winners
Above: Canon Photo5 2013 Winning Images
Row 1, left to right: Kylie Garner, Sally Patterson, Josh Bakkum
Row 2, left to right: Denise McKenzie, Janis Unkovich, Nick Ch’ng
From Canon Australia: Sydney, Australia, 31 October 2013:
Today,Canon Australia announces the six winners of Canon Photo5
, Australia and New Zealand’s most creative and original photography competition.
Each year, Canon Photo5 sparks a creative imaging movement across Australia and New Zealand, bringing out and celebrating people’s originality through the inspiration of five everyday objects in a simple brown box. Bringing together everyday people with a range of photography skill levels and creative backgrounds, the Canon Photo5 competition this year saw over 5260 entries with no one entry looking the same.
“The calibre of entries to this year’s competition was phenomenal. There’s an incredibly enthusiastic photography community across both Australia and New Zealand, and it’s amazing to see the originality that five everyday objects bring out in each person,” said Chris Macleod, Manager Consumer Segments & Digital Communications, Canon Australia. “Our Canon Masters, who are some of Australia and New Zealand’s most innovative image makers, were astounded by the results! Each interpretation of the objects was unique to the photographer, so it was no easy task for them to select the winners.”
Coming from as far as Western Australia and Queensland, the 2013 Canon Photo5 winners
- Josh Bakkum, Brief One – Reflection, Open brief: “As far as reflections go this has it all. The images shows a lot of imagination, creativity and technique all combined to make this stunning picture. I especially like the combination of remote and time exposure. All in all a great picture." – Judge Mark Horsburgh
- Denise McKenzie, Brief Two – Flour, Contrast: “This photo is striking and mysterious with the clash of red, white and black its strength. Compositionally well captured and a good use of the theme with strong sense of beauty and light.” – Judge Stephen DuPont
- Sally Patterson, Brief Three – Eyes, Personify: “A rather simplistic yet brilliant photograph! Really well shot and framed and finished. A whole new way to say Cartoon Eyes.” – Judge Graham Munro
- Kylie Garner, Brief Four – Jelly, Light: “A stand-out-from-the-crowd shot that moves away from a contrived black room and artificial light. Fundamental photography techniques have been applied to give jelly the focus and its intrigue when lit via natural light. Love the short depth of field to control where we look. Good post with colours dropped back in the background and highlight red on the Jelly.” – Judge Eugene Tan
- Janis Unkovich, Brief Five – Shadows, Stencil: “The photographer has taken the brief and created an idea that goes further than the actual stencil. It's a nice concept and well executed.” – Judge Jonas Peterson
- Nick Ch’ng, Portfolio competition, All briefs: “This portfolio stood out because of the use of selective colour. Black and white with the main subject in colour. Great ideas, well balanced compositions that all work well in expressing the individual briefs. Shows creative flair.” – Judge Jackie Rankin
Photo5 starts with everyday items in a simple brown box. This year, the items in the box were flour, cartoon eyes, jelly and a stencil, each designed to inspire people to use new subject matter in different ways and bring out their own unique perspectives. These items each represented one brief, in addition to the People’s Brief, “Reflections,” and the “Portfolio” competition.
This year a new line-up of Australian and New Zealand photography expert judges was carefully selected from Canon’s Masters program to come on board to guide entrants and determine the most creative images in the competition: Mark Horsburgh, Stephen Dupont, Graham Munro, Eugene Tan, Jonas Peterson and Jackie Rankin.
The winner of each brief and the winner of the Portfolio Competition will win an incredible creative photography workshop with Jackie Ranken and Mike Langford in New Zealand. Accommodation and flights are included with the workshop prize. Plus, each winner will receive an exhibition quality wall hanging of their choice from photoPICO.
Additionally, Rebecca Sullivan was awarded the voters’ prize, winning a Canon PowerShot G15.
To view the entries and winners of this year’s Canon Photo5 competition visit the Photo5 website.
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DateTime: 11/15/2013 7:56:34 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Custom SLR Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Fund the Air Strap
From Custom SLR: San Francisco, CA – November 14, 2013
– With four successfully-funded Kickstarter campaigns under its belt, Custom SLR, a photography accessories company in Silicon Valley, today launched its fifth project: the Air Strap, a camera strap that does more with less. Featuring breathable vents, moisture wicking fabric and a quick-adjust slider, the Air Strap provides more comfort and versatility for any photographer looking to replace the uncomfortable, hard-to-adjust strap that comes with his or her camera.
“Every photographer deserves a comfortable shooting experience,” said Ivan Wong, chief operating officer at Custom SLR. “With the Air Strap, we wanted to create a professional-quality strap that was affordable enough for anyone who uses a camera. We’re excited to deliver a feature-rich strap at a great price point.”
Following the overwhelming success of its patent-pending Split Strap, Custom SLR now has a second camera strap to add to its line of innovative photography solutions. The Air Strap features a convenient quick-adjust slider that allows photographers to shorten the strap to keep the camera secure at their side when maneuvering through crowds and tight spaces; when they need to take a photo, they can easily pull the slider to extend the strap. For maximum comfort and flexibility, the Air Strap has cushy neoprene padding with wicking fabric on the top and bottom, and it has buckles that swivel with each movement. The Air Strap is compatible with most cameras, and with an optional attachment, it can be used with most bags, such as laptop and gym bags.
The Air Strap will be made available first to backers who fund the project during its campaign, which ends on Jan. 9, 2014 at 8 p.m PST. For more details, visit the Custom SLR Air Strap Kickstarter page
Canon Issues C100 and C300 Firmware Update Warning
To Users of the Canon EOS C300 and C300PL Cinema EOS Cameras.
Thank you for using Canon products.
We have suspended download services for Firmware Version 22.214.171.124.00 that was posted Tuesday November 12, 2013 at 8PM EST, because it has been determined that discrepancies in color balance can occur with footage captured by the EOS C300 and EOS C300PL running Firmware Version 126.96.36.199.00.
We are currently preparing new firmware with a fix for this issue and will release it as soon as it is available.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience, but we ask for your patience during this time.
We are preparing new firmware with a fix for this issue. If you have updated your EOS C300 or EOS C300PL firmware to version 188.8.131.52.00, Canon will restore the camera’s firmware version to 184.108.40.206.00 for any EOS C300 or EOS C300PL camera running firmware version 220.127.116.11.00. Please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region for further details. Contact information is provided below.
Canon will restore the camera’s firmware version to 18.104.22.168.00 for any EOS C300 or EOS C300PL camera running firmware version 22.214.171.124.00. Please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
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.
If you have not already done so, please register your Canon EOS C300 or your EOS C300PL Cinema EOS camera. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future service upgrades.
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-855-CINE-EOS (toll free), 1-855-246-3367
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DateTime: 11/15/2013 6:46:48 AM CT Posted By: Sean