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 Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Canon EOS 1D-X DSLR Camera
Firmware Version 2.0.8 incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes:
  • Fixes a phenomenon which occurs when the “Shutter button half-press” menu item, configured in “C.Fn5: Operation”>”Custom Controls Menu”, is set to metering start only; depending on when the shutter button is half-pressed, it may initiate AutoFocus.
Firmware Version 2.0.8 is for cameras with Firmware Version 2.0.7 or earlier. If your camera's firmware is already Version 2.0.8, it is not necessary to update the firmware. The firmware update takes approximately seven minutes.
  • Once the EOS-1D X camera is updated to Version 2.0.7, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version (Versions 1.0.2 through 2.0.3).
  • Once the EOS-1D X camera is updated to firmware Version 2.0.7 from previous firmware version (Versions 1.0.2 through 1.2.4 and 2.0.3), it is recommended that the latest application software*1 be used. Certain previous versions of this application software do not support functions which are added by the new firmware. You can download the latest application software from our Web site.
  • The instruction manual has been revised to accommodate the improvements and fixes provided as of firmware Version 2.0.3 or later.
  • Please download the most recent firmware and instruction manual from our website.
  • As a result of this fix, cameras with Firmware Version 2.0.7 (or later) will not be able to read the “camera settings file” created with cameras running Firmware Version 2.0.3 (or earlier). If you require the “camera settings file”, please create it after updating to firmware version 2.0.7 (or later).
*1: EOS Utility version 2.14.10a or later (Supported OSes: Windows 8/ 7 / 7 SP1/ VistaSP2 / XP SP3, Mac OS X v10.9 / 10.8 / 10.7 / 10.6)
*1: Digital Photo Professional version 3.14.46 or later (Supported OSes: Windows 8/ 7 / 7 SP1 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3, Mac OS X v10.6 / 10.7/ 10.8/ 10.9)
Download Firmware Version 2.0.8 for the EOS-1D X.
If you have not already done so, please register your Canon EOS-1D X. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when service updates are available.
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.
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
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Post Date: 9/15/2015 8:25:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
MindShift Gear BackLight 26L Backpack
MindShift Gear’s New BackLight 26L Photo Daypack Provides Rapid Access to Outdoor Photography Gear
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – With the October release of the BackLight 26L photo daypack, MindShift Gear continues its commitment to providing outdoor photographers with rapid access to gear. The BackLight’s back panel opening allows quick gear access, especially when taking the pack off is not an option. The zippered rear opening reduces the amount of dust, mud, ice or other elements coming in contact with gear or the pack while keeping the shoulder harness clean.
The BackLight 26L has nine liters of daypack capacity providing plenty of space for personal gear, including separate dedicated compartments for a 10” tablet and 15” laptop. It comes in two colors, Charcoal and Greenfield.
“The BackLight was designed to address the needs of traveling outdoor photographers,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer. “It holds a standard-size DSLR and four to six standard zoom lenses plus a flash, or two large mirrorless cameras and five to seven lenses plus a flash.”
Features and Benefits
  • Daisy chain, ice axe loops and additional lash points for expanding your carry capacity
  • Includes tripod/monopod mounting system on front or side
  • Padded waist belt for all day comfort on the trail with webbing rail for attachment of additional MindShift accessories
  • Quick fit waist belt adjustment for rapid and convenient fitting
  • Adjustable neck strap keeps the back panel against your chest providing unencumbered access to your gear
  • Integrated insert with customizable dividers allows you to maximize the space for photo gear, personal gear, or a combination of the two
  • 2 large water bottle pockets with cinch cord fit a 32 oz. Nalgene
  • Side compression straps with locking SR buckles for additional lash points
  • Air channel and lumbar support on rear-panel for all-day comfort
  • Ergonomic zipper pulls are easily gripped with gloves or chilled fingers
  • Highest quality YKK RC Fuse zippers, 420D Velocity and 420D high-density nylon for long lasting durability and strength
  • Front stuff pockets for trail essentials: headlamp, gloves, and chargers
  • Top zippered pocket for quick access to essentials
  • Interior mesh pockets for storing filters, batteries, cables, etc.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included, folds flat for use as a ground cover
  • Compatible with MindShift’s Tripod Suspension Kit, Filter Nest, Filter Hive and Switch Case
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. Features the highest-quality abrasion-resistant YKK RC-Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 320G UltraStretch mesh, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon lining, hexa-mesh pockets, high-density closed-cell foam, PE board reinforcement, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Exterior Dimensions: 11.4” W x 20.3” H x 7.9” D (29 x 51.5 x 20 cm)
Interior Camera Compartment: 10.2” W x 19.3” H x 5.9” D (26 x 49 x 15 cm)
Laptop Pocket: 10” W x 15.3” H x 1”D (25.5 x 38.8 x 2.5 cm)
Tablet Pocket: 9.3” W x 10.2” H x 0.6” D (23.5 x 26 x 1.5 cm)
Total Volume: 26L
Weight: 3.9 lbs (1.8 kg)
The MindShift Gear BackLight 26L is scheduled to be available in October.
Post Date: 9/15/2015 2:56:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Sports Shooter Academy Vimeo Channel:
Matt Brown, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim director of photography and Sports Shooter Academy co-founder, gives a behind-the-scenes peek at his remote camera setups for covering baseball.
B&H carries Pocketwizard radios.
Post Date: 9/15/2015 7:45:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Epson Expression Photo XP-960 Small-In-One Inkjet Printer
From Epson:
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Sept. 15, 2015 – Epson America, Inc. today introduced its next generation of ultra-slim, ultra-powerful Expression Small-in-One wireless photo printers. Designed to suit the needs of busy households and creative enthusiasts, the Expression Premium series including the Expression Premium XP-530, XP-630 and XP-830, leverages a Claria Premium five-ink system to deliver superior quality, borderless prints up to 8” x10” and documents with sharp text. The Expression Photo XP-960 Small-in-One printer features six-color Claria Photo HD inks to deliver photo enthusiasts with vivid, professional-quality borderless photos up to 11” x17”.
The Expression Small-in-Ones offer auto two-sided printing to save paper as well as easy to use creative tools for printing lab-quality photos. Designed as complete wireless solutions, the printers feature built-in Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n1 and Wi-Fi Direct for network-free printing, as well as a variety of solutions to easily print from iPhone, iPad, Android, smartphones and tablets2 while at home or on the go. Plus, enjoy PC-free printing3 with built-in memory card slots and USB ports. Each feature-rich Small-in-One also allows users to edit, scan and share photos directly to Facebook or the cloud4. All models are compatible with the Epson Creative Print app to easily print Facebook photos and create custom cards, coloring books, stationary and more.
“We understand that families typically lead hectic, on-the-go lifestyles, and as such require a versatile printing solution – one that is affordable, but packs a punch in terms of features and performance,” said Monika Dees, senior product marketing manager, Consumer Ink Jets, Epson America, Inc. “The latest Expression printers make it easy for busy families and photo enthusiasts to stay connected, creative and productive.”
The Expression Photo and Premium Small-in-Ones offer superior photo quality with a versatile set of features to meet a range of creative printing needs:
  • Expression Photo XP-960 Small-in-One – The newest addition to the Expression Photo family features the Claria Photo HD ink system and a larger 4.3-inch LCD screen to print stunning, professional quality photos up to 11”x17”, with borderless 4”x6” photo printing in as fast as 11 seconds5. The XP-960 comes equipped with an innovative fold-over scan lid that allows documents and photos to stay in place for high quality scans and a rear paper feed for specialty paper such as card stock, envelopes, labels and more.
  • Expression Premium XP-830 Small-in-One – The feature-rich XP-830 delivers superior photo quality and versatility with a 30-page Auto Document Feeder and auto 2-sided printing, copying, scanning, and faxing to save time. Print vivid, borderless 4”x6” photos in as fast as 12 seconds5 using the intuitive 4.3" touchscreen, or print on specialty paper6, a variety of sizes of photo paper and CDs/DVDs with dedicated input trays. The printer also features an auto-extend and retract output tray for added convenience so prints don’t end up on the floor when printing remotely.
  • Expression Premium XP-630 Small-in-One – The ultra-powerful XP-630 delivers superior photo quality and convenient features for fast, easy printing. The XP-630 prints vivid, borderless photos up to 8" x 10", and provides dedicated trays for printing photos and DVDs. Plus, save time with auto two-sided printing. Other features include a 2.7" LCD as well as built-in USB port and memory card slot2 for PC-free printing.
  • Expression Premium XP-530 Small-in-One – Perfect for busy families, the ultra-slim XP-530 delivers superior photo quality for vivid, borderless prints up to 8" x 10”. Use the built-in memory card slot2, plus lined paper and calendar templates, for simple, PC-free printing. Or, easily print Facebook photos, coloring books, stationery and more with Epson's Creative Print App.
Pricing and Availability
The Expression Photo and Premium Small-in-Ones are now available through photo specialty, major e-tail and retail stores nationwide:
Expression Printer EditionsPrice
Epson Expression Photo XP-960 Small-in-One$299
Epson Expression Premium XP-830 Small-in-One$199
Epson Expression Premium XP-630 Small-in-One$149
Epson Expression Premium XP-530 Small-in-One$129

B&H carries the following:
Category: Epson News
Post Date: 9/15/2015 6:40:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From NIkon:
Nikon D7100
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.02 to 1.03
  • Reduced noise (horizontal lines) in movies shot with 1280×720; 60p or 1280×720; 50p selected for Frame size/frame rate.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the display to darken when images were viewed by pressing the (playback) button.
  • Fixed an issue with the menus for some languages where continued scrolling would cause the camera to freeze.
  • Fixed issues with the virtual horizon displayed using the Viewfinder virtual horizon option.
  • Fixed an issue with the camera freezing when the Clean image sensor option was used.
Download Nikon D7100 Firmware v.1.03

Nikon D5200
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.02 to 1.03
  • Reduced noise (horizontal lines) in movies shot with 1280×720; 60p or 1280×720; 50p selected for Frame size/frame rate.
  • Fixed an issue with the camera freezing when the Clean image sensor option was used.
Download Nikon D5200 Firmware v.1.03
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/15/2015 5:37:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 14, 2015
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Roger Cicala of LensRentals has posted a very informative article detailing the history of glass and covers naturally occuring varieties, the Middle East around 2000 B.C., Roman-era glass, the glassmakers of Venice and even advancements through the 1700s.
It's definitely worth a read if you're interesteed in glass (or simply interested in history) and have a few minutes to spare.
Post Date: 9/14/2015 11:40:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The opportunity in the photo industry continues to grow, as more and more pictures are taken. Blogger Benedict Evans reports, in 1999, the peak of the film-camera industry, consumers took around 80 billion photos, according to Kodak. We’re taking far more now, but how many more? At least 2 trillion, maybe double that, maybe more.
According to Evans, no-one can know this exactly, but there are some points of triangulation:
  • Facebook said in May 2015 that two billion photos are shared on its systems every day, by 1.4bn users - a 730bn/year run-rate.
  • This does not include WhatsApp, which in April 2014 it said it was seeing 700m photos a day from 500m users (255bn a year) - it seems pretty likely that that number has risen since.
  • Snapchat gave a number of 700m a day, back in May 2014 - again, that will have risen (a lot) since.
Evans said, just rounding WhatsApp and Snapchat up to 1 billion a day to account for growth in the last year and presuming no growth at Facebook this year gets us to a figure of 1.5 trillion photos shared this year. Growth in usage in the year across these could easily take that to over 2 trillion. That presumes no duplication between these three networks, which is not certain but might not be enormous.
For more information, check out or the original post on Ben Evans Blog.
Note: To put that number into perspective, if two trillion one-dollar bills were place on top of each other, the stack would be 135,732 miles tall, or a little over halfway to the moon. [Sean]
Post Date: 9/14/2015 8:36:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Epson SureColor P-series Large Format Printer
Eight-Color and 10-Color Printers Set New Standards for Color Gamut, Color Matching Accuracy and Black Density
September 14, 2015 – Epson is once again redefining large format commercial ink jet printing with the announcement of the SureColor P-Series line-up. Incorporating the latest imaging technologies, including Epson’s PrecisionCore TFP printhead, the new P-Series printers deliver extraordinary performance for the professional printing industry along with unparalleled color matching capabilities. Leveraging Epson’s UltraChrome HD eight-color ink set, the 24-inch SureColor P6000 and 44-inch SureColor P8000 are designed for graphic designers, commercial printers and photographers. Successors to the award-winning Epson Stylus Pro 900-Series, the 24-inch SureColor P7000 and 44-inch SureColor P9000 incorporate a reformulated Epson UltraChrome HDX 10-color ink set for both commercial and flexographic printers, as well as graphic designers, photographers, and fine art reproduction houses.
Poised to set new industry standards for commercial and flexographic proofing applications, the SC-P7000 and SC-P9000 are available in a Commercial Edition featuring an all-new Violet ink for expanded color gamut delivering output matching 99-percent of the PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE Solid Coated. In addition, the printers are configurable with an optional Epson SpectroProofer UVS in-line spectrophotometer designed to provide automated color management and verification-related tasks for a range of proofing applications.
“Epson is committed to bringing the most advanced printing and proofing solutions to market for creative, graphic arts and printing professionals,” said Larry Kaufman, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “The new SureColor P-Series family brings together the most sophisticated printing technologies available to deliver extraordinary results, whether for graphic design, contract proofing for commercial and flexographic printing, fine art, or photography.”
More about the SureColor P-Series
The complete SureColor P-Series printer family – the SC-P6000, SC-P7000, SC-P8000, and SC-P9000 – redefine wide-format, aqueous imaging applications with a vast array of workflow solutions and robust media handling. All models seamlessly integrate with industry leading workflow software solutions to meet the needs of the proofing and graphic arts community. Additional features include:
  • Epson UltraChrome HD and HDX Ink: The SC-P6000/P8000 leverage the eight-color UltraChrome HD ink and the SC-P7000/P9000 use the 10-color UltraChrome HDX ink. Both professional ink sets deliver outstanding color with improved black density; new Black ink is 1.5 times denser than previous ink formulation, providing significant improvements to overall contract ratio and optical clarity, and improved Resin Encapsulation Technology delivers superior gloss uniformity. All SureColor P-Series printers are designed to work exclusively with Epson UltraChrome HD and HDX ink1.
  • Epson PrecisionCore TFP Printhead: The SureColor P-Series delivers consistent, high-performance with variable size ink droplet technology as small as 3.5 picoliters for remarkable print quality. New enhancements include a new wave form, improving dot placement and accuracy. User-scheduled cleaning cycles improve print head health.
  • The Proofing Standard: Ideal for all commercial and flexographic proofing, the SC-P7000/P9000 Commercial Edition printers include an all-new Violet ink for expanded color gamut targeting improved spot color matching accuracy.
  • Robust Media Handling: Supports virtually any media type in roll or cut-sheet, from photographic paper to 1.5 mm thick fine art media and poster board. New roll media handling offers user-selectable 3 mm top and bottom margins and improved guide rollers for reduced media surface impressions. High-speed rotary cutter included.
  • Optional Internal Print Server: Internal 320GB print server boosts workgroup productivity by quickly transferring print jobs to free-up workstations; adds print queue management and print job save and reprint functionality.
  • Optional SpectroProofer UVS: Developed jointly with X-Rite, the in-line spectrophotometer provides automated color management and verification-related tasks for a range of proofing applications. It supports all current illumination standards for UV and UV-Cut measurement and is UV selectable between M0, M1 and M2.
The Epson SureColor P-Series will be on display at Graph Expo, Sept. 13-16, 2015 at McCormick Place in Chicago in Epson’s booth, #841, highlighting graphic design and commercial proofing applications.
Support and Availability
The Epson SureColor P-Series will be available in October 2015 through authorized Epson Professional Imaging resellers:
P-Series Printer EditionsPrice
Epson SureColor P6000 24-inch – Standard Edition$2,995
Epson SureColor P7000 24-inch – Standard Edition (Light Light Black Starter Ink Set)$3,995
Epson SureColor P7000 24-inch – Commercial Edition (Violet Starter Ink Set)$3,995
Epson SureColor P8000 44-inch – Standard Edition$4,995
Epson SureColor P9000 44-inch – Standard Edition (Light Light Black Starter Ink Set)$5,995
Epson SureColor P9000 44-inch – Commercial Edition (Violet Ink Starter Set)$5,995

B&H carries Epson large format printers.
Category: Epson News
Post Date: 9/14/2015 8:00:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon XC10 Compact 4k Video Camera
United Kingdom, 11 SEPTEMBER 2015 – Canon today announces that the XC10 video camera has been independently tested in accordance with European Broadcast Union (EBU) standards for HD content acquisition. The tests found that the large 1.0 inch Canon CMOS sensor coupled with Canon’s DIGIC DV5 image processor provides ‘little or no aliasing’ concluding ‘ its performance meets (HD) Tier 1, and it easily meets (HD) Tier 2L’ allowing its use in a wide array of broadcast and cinematography applications.
The XC10 joins several of Canon’s high-end professional broadcast cameras in meeting the criteria defined by the European Broadcasting Union, including the Canon XF305, the Canon EOS C300 and the Canon EOS 1DC. The XC10 has impressive low light performance and image quality, which, combined with its compact size and remote controllability, makes it an ideal main or secondary camera in HD broadcast acquisition.
The European Broadcasting Union recommendations exist to help broadcasters understand which technology is best suited for certain tasks. The UK's digital production partnership broadcasters use these recommendations to ensure their content meets a minimum threshold.
“Canon strives to understand the needs of film-makers and broadcasters and creates a range of products to help meet their business needs and inspire them to take their work to new levels of creativity and productivity,” said Kieran Magee, Director of Professional Imaging at Canon Europe.
“The XC10 was developed to provide film-makers with a compact but powerful professional 4K camera that will be an asset to their creativity, especially for use in challenging conditions with limited space, or as a secondary camera in a set-up with a limited number of operators. The size of the device and its ease of use make it a perfect tool alongside a Cinema EOS or XF series camera, or as a standalone camera in its own right.”
The Canon XC10 is a compact 4K digital video and stills camera combining a large 1” (12.8mm x 9.6mm) sensor and a high quality optically stabilised 10x zoom lens offering a 35mm equivalent range of 24mm-240mm.
B&H carries the Canon XC10 4K Professional Camcorder.
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Category: Canon UK News
Post Date: 9/14/2015 5:33:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 11, 2015
Canon EOS C300 Mark II
From the Canon Professional Network:
Owners and purchasers of the Canon EOS C300 Mark II will soon be able to benefit from a new lens mount service option which offers the capability to change the 4K Digital Cinema Camera’s original EF mount to EF with Cinema Lock or to a PL mount and back again.
After purchasing the C300 Mark II, service mount options will soon be available from Canon Regional Competence Centres (RCC) in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden or the UK. These services are expected to be available in October 2015; further details of how you can purchase the lens mount options will be communicated shortly.
Canon has also revealed that from early 2016 a PL mount version of the C300 Mark II will be available to purchase in all EMEA territories. Up until now the camera has only been available in an EF mount but by January 2016 customers can choose whether to purchase an EF mount or a PL mount version. The upcoming PL mount version of the camera will provide support for all of Canon’s PL mount Cinema lenses and other industry-standard PL lenses (Cooke/i not supported), thus allowing for even greater shooting possibilities.
Users and potential users of the EOS C300 Mark II can also now discover much more about the capabilities of the camera thanks to three, new downloadable white papers written by Larry Thorpe (Senior Fellow, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Professional Engineering & Solutions Division, Canon USA). The white papers are titled ‘Image Performance Enhancements in the EOS C300 Mark II’, ‘Extended Recording Capabilities in the EOS C300 Mark II’ and ‘Ergonomic and Operational Enhancements to the EOS C300 Mark II’.
If you want to find out more and download these and other white papers just click here to visit the Canon USA Digital Learning Centre (DLC) or click the links on right hand side of this page to download the specific EOS C300 Mark II white papers. The Canon USA DLC also offers additional, downloadable white papers on the Canon Cinema EOS System via the link above.
Note: The article above doesn't go into much detail, but the EF Cinema Lock Mount first appeared in the ultra-high ISO ME20F-SH announced July 30th 2015. From my understanding, the EF with Cinema Lock mount eliminates the slight "wiggle" that can occur when EF lenses are attached to a traditional EF mount (especially problematic if a follow focus is being used).
Below you can see a close-up of the new EF with Cinema Lock featured on the ME20F-SH.
ME20F SH EF with Cinema Lock

B&H carries the Canon C300 Mark II.
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Post Date: 9/11/2015 8:07:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
RØDE Announces Six new Products at IBC
From RØDE:
Sep 11th, 2015 – In its largest-ever simultaneous product release RØDE has announced six new products today at the IBC show in Amsterdam, including two new microphones, a pair of carbon fibre boompoles, an XLR interface for Apple iOS devices and an XLR adaptor for the company’s popular RØDELink 2.4GHz digital wireless system.
RØDE’s VideoMic family is the world’s favourite on-camera microphone, and the company is proud to announce two new models in the range – the VideoMicro, and the VideoMic Me.
Measuring only 80mm long, the VideoMicro is a small, lightweight on-camera microphone designed for use on compact cameras. A directional microphone, it reduces distracting peripheral sounds and focuses on the audio in front of the camera. Its pickup is more forgiving than RØDE’s other on-camera microphones providing a more natural sound when recording indoors. Perfect for capturing incredible audio to accompany inspiring vision.
Included with the VideoMicro is a camera shoe mount with Rycote Lyre shock mount. Featuring a suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic, the Lyre is far more effective at minimising unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than traditional elastic suspensions. Virtually indestructible, it will never sag, snap, wear out or require rethreading to maintain its effectiveness.
The VideoMic Me is a high-quality directional microphone designed for Apple iPhone and iPad. Featuring a TRRS connector and adjustable mount it is compatible with a range of Apple devices and can even accommodate some cases. It features a headphone jack conveniently located at the rear, to allow for monitoring and playback without removing the microphone.
Both microphones include a deluxe furry windshield and feature bodies made from aluminum, giving them a high level of RF rejection. The microphones are finished in RØDE’s high-grade ceramic anti-glare black coating.
Continuing its innovation in the mobile audio space, RØDE has announced the i-XLR, a digital XLR interface for Apple iOS devices. Used to connect professional XLR microphones to an iPhone or iPad to record audio in the field, the i-XLR allows reporters, correspondents and audio professionals to quickly and easily capture professional interview dialogue to a smartphone or tablet.
An intuitive record button provides the user with operation without accessing the mobile device, and an LED indicates the recording status (in supporting apps). A headphone jack with variable level is conveniently located on the body to allow the operator to monitor their audio during interviews, and for dynamic microphones the i-XLR features a +20dB level boost, giving these microphones a high level of clean gain.
To accompany the i-XLR RØDE has previewed an updated version of its RØDE Rec app that supports remote record functionality for the new interface device, as well as an innovative set of EQ presets for industry-standard interview microphones, that optimise the audio for consistency across recordings, as well as an optional 'safety track' that can be set at a lower level.
The revolutionary RØDELink digital wireless system has been making waves since its release earlier this year. Currently available as the 'Filmmaker Kit', including a camera mounted receiver (RX-CAM), beltpack transmitter (TX-BELT) and broadcast-grade lavalier microphone, its 2.4GHz digital communication technology allows for robust, secure transmission of audio at ranges up to 100m.
RØDE is excited to announce that it is expanding the RØDELink range, with the launch of the 'Newsshooter Kit', which includes a camera-mounted transmitter and the new XLR transmitter (TX-XLR).
It easily connects to handheld presentation microphones as well as shotgun microphones, with a 3.5mm input and headphone output. Providing one-touch sync with RØDELink receivers and supplying P48 phantom power, the unit can be powered by 2 x AA, a Sony NP-F970 battery or continuously via Micro USB.
RØDE also plans to make each of the RØDELink devices available separately, so customers can mix and match to suit their needs.
Closing out the product announcements, RØDE has introduced two new professional carbon fibre boompoles, complementing the company’s popular range of aluminium poles.
Weighing only 535gm (18oz), the new RØDE Boompole Pro extends to a full 3m (10’) and collapses to 810mm (2’8”). Each of the five pole sections is comprised completely from carbon fibre making it incredibly lightweight while maintaining high levels of strength. The sections are easily extendable with one hand thanks to an intuitive twist-lock mechanism.
Designed for use with professional shotgun microphones such as the RØDE NTG3 as well as the Blimp windshield system, the Boompole Pro joins RØDE’s popular boom pole range which now consists of five models ranging in size, weight, and construction material.
Alongside this RØDE has also announced the Micro Boompole Pro, a very thin version of the full-size carbon fibre model, optimised for use with the new VideoMicro microphone. Using a unique modular design, the Micro Boompole Pro’s three sections combine to a maximum length of 2.2m (7’2”). Using an industry standard 3/8” thread, these sections can also be used to extend the Boompole Pro.
The VideoMicro, Boompole Pro and Micro Boompole Pro are shipping now, and the VideoMic Me, i-XLR and RØDELink Newsshooter Kit will be available Q4 2015.
B&H carries RØDE products.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 9/11/2015 6:01:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 10, 2015

ZEISS has just announced a new series of high quality, weather-sealed, manual focus DSLR lenses called Milvus. The new lineup includes the following lenses with noticeable OTUS design cues:
ZEISS Milvus DSLR Lenses

B&H has the ZEISS Milvus lenses available for preorder.
Note: The composite photo above may not show the lenses perfectly to scale. I tried to make the mounts all the same size, but I may not have gotten them exact. [Sean]
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 9/10/2015 9:14:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Personal Trainer Promo Shot1
When faced with the task of deciding on a new home, I had one requirement – an extra room (or garage) that I could convert into a small studio space. Previously, I would have to clear a portion of a room (usually the living room) and set up my lighting equipment only to tear it down a few hours later in order to conduct a portrait session in my home. Having set up and broken down my equipment many more times than I care to count, I was relieved when we found a new home with a large extra bedroom that I could convert into my dedicated studio space.
But even though the room is a decent size for a bedroom, I worried that it would still be a little cramped for studio use. I needed a real-world portrait session in order to understand the benefits and limitations of the room. That's where Melinda comes in...
Melinda is a personal trainer who wanted some marketing images to promote her business via website and social media. This was the opportunity I had been looking for to give my new studio space a real "workout." We scheduled her session for Labor Day and I immediately started planning for the shoot.
I actually started setting up equipment two days in advance in order to test out a few ideas before settling on the setup you see below.
Personal Trainer Promo Shots Setup

Don't let the [Rokinon] fisheye perspective mislead you – the space is not nearly as roomy as it appears. The width of the room is only 12'. Subtract the amount of space required for the background, subject separation (from the background) and the amount of room the tripod takes up and you're left with a relatively small working space between the camera and the subject.
Here are some thoughts and details regarding the setup:
  • It took me a while to decide on what backdrop I wanted to use. At first I used piece of black felt fabric I had but 1) it was a bit too small for anything more than a headshot and 2) it absorbed so much light that I couldn't effectively use colored gels with it. I then tried a Botero 5x7 Collapsible Background but eventually decided it was too small. Then I remembered that I had something else in the closet – a 6' x 50' roll of weed block fabric that I had purchased for a previous shoot (the weed block fabric was significantly less expensive than a traditional fabric of the same size).
    I had originally cut the weed block fabric into three sections and hung it from a background support crossbar to use as a dark background. I thought it would work well for this type of shoot, too, especially if the sections were doubled over and hung over the crossbar with folds like a curtain.
  • To give the background some color I used two gridded Canon Speedlite 580EX flashes with CTB (blue) gels. The grids helped me limit the background light to specific areas while also keeping the colored light from hitting my subject.
  • I wanted to create a strong rim light on the subject. That's very typical of the athletic/workout image genre and I thought it would work well here. I used two monolights with small gridded strip boxes to keep the light from contaminating the background (light spilling from ungridded modifiers on high-powered lights could easily kill the color in the background).
  • I used a RoundFlash Ringflash Adapter affixed to an on-camera 580EX to provide a touch of fill light to capture details in the shadow areas and trigger every other light in the setup using optical slaves. With this light dialed down, it didn't wash out the background light very much.
  • I used a monolight and gridded 16" beauty dish boomed above the camera as a main light whenever the subject was looking at the camera. The position of the light (above) and the fact that it was gridded helped keep the light off the background. Note that I'm using a drop down pin to suspend the monolight from the boom arm. The drop down pin allows the monolight and its modifier to hang so that the weight is supported by the tensioning knob, not the screw that would usually simply attach the rig to the top of a light stand. That particular screw isn't designed to support a large amount of weight but simply keep your light perched in its place and pointed in the right direction.
  • As for the camera and lens, I was using a Canon 5D Mark III and the ever-so-useful EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. The great focal range of the 24-105L allowed for a lot of flexibility in framing, especially considering the relatively small working space.
The only specific concept that I wanted to try during the shoot was to have Melinda punching her fist into her palm causing a cloud of talcum powder to erupt from the impact. Unfortunately, none of our attempts to capture that particular shot were satisfactory enough to post-process. The rest of concepts/poses we captured were conceived in a collaborative manner as the shoot progressed.
Below are some additional images created during the session. Note that the boomed beauty dish was not used in the last image.
Personal Trainer Promo Shot 2

Personal Trainer Promo Shot 3

Personal Trainer Promo Shot 4

I cooled down the color of the shadows, adjusted brightness/contrast and varied the saturation of the blue channel (mostly affecting the background) in post-processing.
You can see high resolution images on my flickr photostream.
The client was extremely happy with her images, so it was a successful shoot overall. My takeaways from the session:
  1. The studio space is certainly adequate for headshots; not so much for full-body portraits and/or 3/4 portraits in landscape orientation (especially when using a background that isn't the wall).
  2. I probably should have tried different background options but I was happy with the results we were getting and didn't want to risk ruining the flow of the session by taking the time to change the setup. Having another background at hand (rather than in my closet) may have changed that decision and allowed for more variation in the images.
  3. Shooting with a ring light complicated things a bit. I had to adjust my focal length/framing a couple of times to avoid hard vignetting caused by capturing the inside of the ring light in the shot.
  4. Care must be taken when using the strip boxes so that light doesn't leak out the side in between the mount and the speed ring (washing out the background color). Adjusting the flap of the strip box material can usually solve this problem.
  5. Suggesting that the client bring several props can be a real benefit. I don't have much workout gear (my one dumbell was relegated for use as a door stop only a month after its purchase several years ago). The clients dumbells and gloves looked great in the shots and gave the client something to do with her hands.
I hope this session has demonstrated that you can produce professional results in a relatively confined space. I'm sure this isn't the last time you'll see me utilize this space for client work.
Post Date: 9/10/2015 8:10:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Spyder5STUDIO Calibration Suite
From Datacolor:
New suite of color management tools that ensures control of color workflow from capture, to edit, to print
Lawrenceville, NJ – September 10, 2015 – Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, today announced the release of Spyder5STUDIO, the next generation of its popular color calibration solution suite designed to color manage digital photo workflows. Spyder5STUDIO features a collection of tools that ensure photos are captured accurately, monitors display true-to-life colors, and prints are matched precisely.
Datacolor Spyder5STUDIO is designed for photographers who demand the highest level of control and accuracy. It includes the new Spyder5ELITE colorimeter, the color calibration solution that adjusts monitors to an industry color reference standard so colors are accurate and shadow and highlight details are preserved, ensuring on-screen images match photo prints. An important tool for all photographers, Spyder5ELITE assures true screen color, reducing editing time and providing better print matching so less ink and paper are wasted.
In addition to its display calibration solution, Spyder5STUDIO includes camera and print solutions: The SpyderCUBE, is a portable device for photographers to set white balance, exposure, black level and highlight references based on lighting conditions when shooting images. SpyderPRINT is a full-featured spectrocolorimeter used to create custom RGB printer profiles, for all of your ink and paper combinations, to provide the most accurate screen-to-print matching. Combined, these tools enable photographers to capture consistent color from scene to camera and monitor-to-monitor, as well as quality printing results, enhancing the entire photo workflow.
“As a leader and longtime developer of color management products, we have seen firsthand the importance of color managing the workflow from start to finish,” said Heath Barber, Imaging Market Manager, Datacolor. “We have designed Spyder5STUDIO for professional and serious photographers seeking ultimate control of their entire workflow from capture, to edit, to print.”
The new Spyder5STUDIO is now available for $499.99 USD (offering a bundled savings of $180!) at photography and consumer electronics retailers nationwide.
B&H has the Datacolor Spyder5STUDIO Color Calibration Bundle available for preorder.
Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 9/10/2015 7:20:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Logo
From Canon:
TOKYO, Japan, September 10—Canon, as an Official Sponsor of Rugby World Cup 2015 in England, will provide support for the event through a range of activities.
At the 2015 Tournament, which will take place from September 18 to October 31, 2015, at 13 stadiums in 11 cities across the U.K., Canon will provide support through its products, technologies and services, as outlined below.
On-site camera service centers for photographers
At numerous sporting competitions both in Japan and overseas, Canon provides behind-the-scenes support to members of the press covering these events through its Canon Professional Services program. This on-site support includes expert advice, camera and lens maintenance services, minor repairs and product loans. To further improve media support at Rugby World Cup 2015, Canon will establish on-site camera service centers at 10 of the 13 venues to help ensure that professional photographers can capture the exhilarating action as world-class teams face off for the top spot.
Canon and Rugby World Cup 2015 special website and Digital Image Gallery
Canon will incorporate within the Company's homepage a dedicated Rugby World Cup 2015 website that provides a range of information, including competition highlights and details regarding Canon initiatives.
Canon has worked closely with Rugby World Cup Ltd. to create a Canon branded digital image gallery. The gallery is hosted on the official Rugby World Cup 2015 website and will also be available via the official Rugby World Cup 2015 app.
Official images, supplied by Getty Images, will be displayed alongside images fans have captured and shared on social networks. Fans will be able to filter images by matches and by teams so that they can quickly access those of most interest to them.
The Digital Image Gallery will showcase 360 degree images from all 48 matches, and gigapixel images from the most important matches, as captured on Canon cameras from within the stadiums. Fans will be able to zoom in and tag themselves in the gigapixel images and can share them with friends via social networks.
Commemorative photo booths at two major Tournament venues
Canon will set up commemorative photo booths at key matches held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and the Twickenham Stadium in London, including the Final. Booth visitors will be able to take part in simulated rugby scenarios and the moment will be captured on Canon cameras. Fans can then remember the experience with free souvenir photos printed out on Canon printers.
Behind the scenes at Rugby World Cup 2015, Canon will provide multifunction devices, printers and other products to be used by the Tournament Organising Committee and at each of the Tournament venues, supporting the management of the event by facilitating the printout of handout materials and the streamlining of document workflows. Furthermore, professional photographers at the Tournament will be provided with branded Canon bibs and pitch-side advertising will be visible at all matches.
Canon will continue contributing to the advancement of sports through the use of Canon products and technologies.
Rugby World Cup 2015 Tournament in England: Related Websites
Rugby World Cup 2015 Schedule
TournamentDatesLocation of venue
Pool stageSep. 18-Oct. 11, 2015London (Twickenham, Wembley, Olympic Stadium), Gloucester, Cardiff, Brighton, Leeds, Birmingham, Exeter, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Manchester, Leicester
Quarter-FinalsOct. 17-18, 2015London (Twickenham), Cardiff
Semi-FinalsOct. 24-25, 2015London (Twickenham), Cardiff
Bronze FinalOct. 30, 2015London (Olympic Stadium)
FinalOct. 31, 2015London (Twickenham)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/10/2015 5:32:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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