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 Monday, October 06, 2014
Profoto Small Yet Deep Parabolic Umbrellas
From Profoto:
 
October 6, 2014 – Profoto expands its assortment of umbrellas with six new models. The new models are unique on the market in that they are small and lightweight yet deep and parabolic.
 
Last year, Profoto introduced a new line of umbrellas, comprising twelve models in two shapes (deep and shallow) and three fabrics (white, silver and translucent).
 
Today, Profoto’s line of umbrellas is extended with six new models. The new models are unique on the market in that they are small and lightweight yet deep and parabolically shaped. This combination of size and shape creates a more focused and directed light than what you might expect from an umbrella of this size.
 

 
The smallest new Profoto umbrella is called Profoto Umbrella Deep S. It has a diameter of 85 cm (33 in) and is available in three fabrics (white, silver and translucent). The medium version is called Profoto Umbrella Deep M. It has a diameter of 105 cm (41 in) and is also available in three fabrics (white, silver and translucent).
 
The deeper and round shape is achieved by using as many as 16 umbrella rods. Like all other Profoto umbrellas, the fabrics have been selected to provide a superior quality of light over years of heavy-duty use, and the metallic elements have been surface treated to prevent rust and discoloration.
 
The silver versions create a very crisp and direct light with high light output, comparable with that of a hard reflector. The white versions create a softer yet direct light, perfect for portrait and beauty shots. The translucent versions create an even softer light and have a very wide light spread.
 
Optional diffusers are available for the silver and the white versions. An optional backpanel is available for the translucent version, which practically converts the umbrella into a softbox.
 
B&H carries Profoto Umbrellas.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 10/6/2014 7:58:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Carl Zeiss Lenses YouTube Channel:
 
Watch our time-lapse video on how to change the mount of a Compact Prime CP.2 lens shot at IBC 2014 in Amsterdam at our booth. In the video you can see how easy it is to exchange the lens's mount of an EF lens to PL mount.
 
The-Digital-Picture.com's Take:
Sigma made headlines last year when it announced its lens conversion service that allowed users to change brands without having to buy brand new lenses. Now Zeiss is highlighting similar functionality (although it looks like this quick-change mount design was built into its Compact Lens series long before Sigma announced their service).
 
Considering that two brands have the ability to change mounts, it got me thinking – how easy can 3rd party lens manufacturers make it? Will either one be developing a quick release system to make mount changes as simple as installing an extender? Then a user could easily buy different mounts for their lenses and simply replace them at home with no tools required.
 
And if that kind of feature could be implemented, would the incremental costs of development and manufacturing make it a worthwhile marketing ploy? [Sean]
 
B&H carries Zeiss Compact Cinema lenses.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 10/6/2014 7:16:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lexar Platinum 64GB SDXC 200x Memory Card
Post Date: 10/6/2014 7:12:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes shows us how to use filters in Photoshop (and which not to use) in this episode of the Photoshop Playbook.
 
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is a great value at only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/6/2014 6:43:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, October 05, 2014
Canon See Impossible Teaser
From seeimpossible.usa.canon.com:
THIS MESSAGE GOES OUT TO FEAR, DOUBT, LOGIC AND REASON.
 
To excuses, distractions, procrastination, inertia, critics, cynics, realists, pessimists, resistance, conventional wisdom.
 
To the peanut gallery, the so-called experts, the good enoughs, the urges to pass the buck, the easy way out, the snooze button, the panic button, and to that little voice in the back of your head that says,
 
“It can't be done.”
 
To all of it, we apologize.
 
Because we don’t see what you see.
 
AT CANON, WE SEE IMPOSSIBLE.
And there's a countdown timer...counting down to Tuesday, 10:00am Eastern Time.
 
So what in the world is Canon up to? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/5/2014 5:43:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, October 04, 2014
Canon EF-M Lens Adapter
Amazon (via Cyan Digital) has the Canon EF-M Lens Adapter available for $58.25. Compare at $99.00.
 
If you recently picked up one of the EOS M + 22mm STM kits at a great price (B&H, Amazon), this deal could make your new gear even more useful.
 
Read Bryan's full review of the Canon EOS M for more details on this pocket-sized camera with DSLR-like image quality.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/4/2014 5:06:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 03, 2014
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Through 10/6, use promo code LENS6 at Jessops to receive 6% off any lens purchase.
Post Date: 10/3/2014 7:03:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
"This month, I [photographer Tyler Stableford] undertook a longstanding personal project: an attempt to create underwater fine art images of a beautiful swimmer arcing alongside enormous whale sharks. After a busy year of shooting, I’ve had a welling desire to create imagery that speaks to my deepest soul; and to forge a large-format print for my house.
 
The project is a co-creation with the swimmer model Ashley Mosher. I chose Ashley for the project as she is a former competitive swimmer (she competed in the U.S. Olympic trials) and has a beautiful grace that is only enhanced when she enters the water."
Read the entire article and see the amazing images at the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/3/2014 2:21:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Asus Google Nexus 7 FHD Android Tablet
eBay (via Newegg) has the Refurbished Asus Google Nexus 7 FHD 16GB Tablet available for $129.99 with free shipping. Compare at $199.00 new.
Post Date: 10/3/2014 12:37:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,599.99 with free shipping. Compare at 3,199.00 after MIR.
 
Note: - This appears to be a grey market item. For warranty questions, please contact the seller.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/3/2014 10:21:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Carl Zeiss Lenses Youtube Channel:
 
Every two years Cologne hosts photokina, the world’s most important imaging trade fair. And from September 16 to 21, 2014, around 185,000 film and photography fans, from 160 countries, attended this year’s event by the Rhine. Many of them headed straight to ZEISS in hall 2.2, stand C-018, where they could talk with optics experts and experience close-up four new lenses that really whet your appetite for photography.
 
B&H carries Zeiss lenses. Check out Bryan's full review of the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 10/3/2014 8:50:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
Camera Raw 8.7 is now available as a release candidate on Adobe Labs for Photoshop CS6 , Photoshop CC and Photoshop CC 2014 on Adobe Labs. An update of DNG Converter is also available on Adobe Labs.
 
As mentioned here, updates to Camera Raw 8 for Photoshop CS6 only include new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes. The new features listed in the release notes are only available in Photoshop CC.
 
New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.7 Release Candidate
 
  • Casio EX-100PRO
  • Fujifilm X30
  • Leaf Credo 50
  • Leica V-Lux (Typ 114)
  • Nikon D750
  • Panasonic DMC-GM1S
  • Sony ILCE-5100
  • Sony ILCE-QX1
New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 8.7 Release Candidate
 
MountName
CanonTokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8
Fujifilm XHandeVision IBELUX 40mm F0.85
Leica MSLR Magic 50mm T0.95 Hyperprime Cine Lens
Leica SLeica SUMMICRON-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH.
Nikon F (DX)Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8
PENTAX 645HD PENTAX-DA 645 28-45mm F4.5ED AW SR
Sony AlphaSony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
Sony AlphaSony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6
Sony AlphaSony 75-300mm F4.5-5.6
Sony AlphaSony 300mm F2.8 G SSM
Sony AlphaSony 500mm F4 G SSM
Sony EHandeVision IBELUX 40mm F0.85
Sony ESLR Magic 50mm F0.95 Hyperprime Lens
Sony ESony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
Voigtlander VMVoigtlander VM 12mm F5.6 Ultra Wide Heliar
Voigtlander VMVoigtlander VM 75mm F1.8 Heliar

Release Notes
 
  • When Photoshop CC 2014’s option to scale the UI 200% is enabled (Edit > Preferences > Experimental Features), the Camera Raw dialog will also be scaled.
  • Known issues:
  • Sometimes the Camera Raw dialog will not scale after the initial Photoshop relaunch to enable the feature. Workaround: relaunch Photoshop again.
  • Some UI flashing/redrawing during interactive operations such as dragging a local adjustment gradient or toggling fullscreen mode.
Bug Fixes:
 
  • Fix crash when rapidly adding corrections with the Spot Removal tool.
  • Fix bug that prevented the Filter Brush cursor from displaying while changing brush size when the Graduated and Radial Filter overlay is turned off.
  • Improve quality of Camera Matching color profiles for the Nikon D810. Fixes visible banding issues with the Camera Standard, Camera Vivid, Camera Landscape, and Camera Monochrome profiles.
Download
 
Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.7 for CC
Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.7 RC for CS6
 
Note: DNG Converter links are on the Camera Raw 8.7 RC for CS6 download page (must click agreement checkmark to see links). [thanks Jan]
 
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/3/2014 7:29:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Sigma just released firmware updates for the following lenses:
 
  • 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM
  • 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
  • 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM
Firmware Modifications (applicable to all)
 
  • Autofocus is supported at any aperture value when used with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C100.
     
    Note: Before upgrading the firmware of 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013, please first update your SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver1.2.0.
Download the Sigma Firmware Updates.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM, 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM and 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM lenses and the Sigma USB dock.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/3/2014 6:53:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 02, 2014
Official Canon EOS 7D Mark II Sample Pictures
Canon Japan has posted its official EOS 7D Mark II sample pictures. (thanks Paul)
 
For what it's worth, the studio portrait sample looks amazingly good – as do several of the other sample pictures. Right now I'm glad I preordered. ;-) [Sean]
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/2/2014 10:10:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Use coupon codes TRIPODS10 (10% off) and FILTERS15 (15% off) at Jessops to receive discounts on tripods and filters, respectively.
Post Date: 10/2/2014 9:17:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Sigma's YouTube Channel:
 
The SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports incorporates our best features ever. We created this movie to explain more about the great features of this superior tele-photo zoom lens.
 
Other Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens Videos
 
B&H has the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 10/2/2014 8:48:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera
The Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera (review) is eligible for a $100.00 instant rebate and is now available for $549.00 at B&H with free expedited shipping. Regularly $649.00.
 
The camera also comes with a SanDisk Extreme 16GB SDHC memory card and a Lowepro shoulder bag.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/2/2014 7:32:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash available for $435.00. Compare at $499.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/2/2014 6:36:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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