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 Tuesday, June 16, 2015
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From Adobe:
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 16, 2015 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today launched a milestone release of its flagship Adobe Creative Cloud tools and services. The 2015 release of Creative Cloud includes major updates to Adobe’s industry-defining desktop tools, including Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Premiere Pro CC and InDesign CC; as well as new connected mobile apps for iOS and Android. The company also shipped Adobe Stock, the industry’s first stock content service to be integrated directly into the creative process and the tools creatives use every day (see separate press release). In addition, Adobe announced an expanded Creative Cloud enterprise offering that includes enterprise-grade administration, security, collaboration and publishing services for design-driven brands, businesses and large organizations.
 
“The 2015 release of Creative Cloud is packed with innovation. Adobe Stock, our brand new stock service, makes 40 million photos, vector graphics and illustrations accessible directly within your favorite CC desktop apps. Our CreativeSync technology deepens the connections between desktop apps and mobile apps on iOS and Android; and major updates to Creative Cloud’s infrastructure and administrative capabilities makes this an essential upgrade for enterprise customers,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media, Adobe. “Creative Cloud 2015 is our most powerful and comprehensive release to date.”
 
At the heart of Creative Cloud is Adobe CreativeSync, a signature technology that intelligently syncs creative assets: files, photos, fonts, vector graphics, brushes, colors, settings, metadata and more. With CreativeSync, assets are instantly available, in the right format, wherever designers need them – across desktop, web and mobile apps. Available exclusively in Creative Cloud, CreativeSync means work can be kicked off in any connected Creative Cloud mobile app or CC desktop tool; picked up again later in another; and finished in the designer’s favorite CC desktop software.
 
Desktop Tools Take Giant Leap Forward
With the 2015 release of Creative Cloud, Adobe magic and Mercury performance provide speed and technology breakthroughs across 15 CC desktop applications, including:
 
  • Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Photoshop CC introduces Artboards, the best way to design cross-device user experiences in a single Photoshop document and quickly preview them on a device; and a preview release of Photoshop Design Space, a sleek new work environment focused on the needs of mobile app and web site designers.
  • Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC both gain the new Dehaze feature, which appeared first as a MAX sneak in October 2014. Dehaze, eliminates fog and haze from photos, including underwater shots, for startlingly clear images. Haze can also be added to a photo for artistic effect.
  • Premiere Pro CC furthers its lead in the market with the addition of the Lumetri Color panel for powerful color corrections using intuitive sliders and other simple controls; and Morph Cut, which makes it easier to deliver polished interview content by smoothing out jump cuts in talking-head shots to create a cohesive, polished sequence.
  • After Effects CC now has Uninterrupted Preview to allow artists to adjust a composition’s properties and even resize panels without impacting playback. Also, the groundbreaking Adobe Character Animator brings 2D figures to life using a webcam to track facial movements, record dialog and apply movements in real time onto a pre-configured character.
  • Illustrator CC is now 10 times faster and 10 times more precise than CS6. Powered by dramatic boosts to its Mercury Performance Engine, users can now pan and zoom smoothly without delays. With the new Chart tool (preview), designers can also create beautiful custom charts and share them with others via CC Libraries.
  • InDesign CC gets its own Mercury performance surge with zooming, scrolling, and paging through complex documents now twice as fast. InDesign now also allows users to publish and distribute documents with a single click.
  • Dreamweaver CC has new responsive web design capabilities that let designers quickly lay out and build production-ready sites that adapt to any screen size.
  • Adobe Muse now includes instant access to premium fonts from Typekit.
  • And much, much more. Additional updates to these and other CC desktop applications make this one of the biggest releases in years.
Mobile to Desktop Workflows Enhanced with Android Support, New Mobile Apps
Since Creative Cloud was introduced in 2012, Adobe has championed the idea that mobile devices should be integral to the creative process, with free companion mobile apps working seamlessly with CC desktop tools. Adobe today released Brush CC, Shape CC, Color CC and Photoshop Mix on Android for the first time, bringing connected mobile workflows to millions of creatives worldwide. Adobe has also updated many of its popular Creative Cloud mobile apps for iPhone and iPad, including Adobe Comp CC, Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, Illustrator Draw, Brush CC, Shape CC and Color CC.
 
In addition to these updates Adobe debuted Adobe Hue CC today. Hue CC provides an easy way to capture and share production-quality lighting and color schemes – for video, film and broadcast – by using an iPhone camera and then applying these light and color moods into a Premiere Pro CC or After Effects CC project.
 
Adobe Stock Content Service Launched, With Deep Creative Cloud Integration
Adobe Creative Cloud is evolving into a vibrant global marketplace. Adobe Talent, introduced in 2014, connects the world’s best creatives with work opportunities from major brands and agencies; and today the company launched Adobe Stock, the first stock content service to be integrated directly into the creative process and the tools that creatives use every day (see separate press release). Now creatives can jump-start projects, with access to 40 million images, right within tools such as Photoshop CC, InDesign CC and Illustrator CC. Adobe also announced it will offer industry-leading rates to photographers and designers contributing content to Adobe Stock.
 
Creative Cloud Enabling the Digital Transformation of Enterprises
Major enhancements to Creative Cloud for enterprise were also announced today: a solution for large commercial, education and government customers who must radically speed the development and publishing of customer experiences, as part of their digital transformation strategies. This edition includes all the product features from today’s Creative Cloud 2015 release, plus expanded security options and deep connections with Adobe Digital Publishing Solution (DPS) and Adobe Marketing Cloud. Two new security capabilities ensure protection of corporate assets, including customer-managed encryption keys and a new managed service hosting option, which offers dedicated storage behind a customer’s firewall. Creative Cloud for enterprise also supports an upcoming release of DPS, empowering existing teams in organizations to rapidly design and publish mobile apps without writing code. A public beta of this major update to DPS is available this week, with more information available at http://adobe.ly/dpsnextgen. Content from Creative Cloud for enterprise also syncs with Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), a key component of Adobe Marketing cloud, to accelerate marketing campaigns by streamlining creative-to-marketing workflows.
 
Pricing and Availability
Today’s updates to CC desktop and mobile apps are immediately available for download by Creative Cloud members as part of their membership at no additional cost. Membership plans are available for individuals, students, teams, educational institutions, government agencies and enterprises. When adding Adobe Stock to any paid yearly Creative Cloud membership plan, creatives can save up to 40 percent over purchasing stock content separately. For pricing details, visit: https://creative.adobe.com/plans. An innovative web experience for customers, showcases the new features and capabilities launched today, at http://makeit.adobe.com.
 
Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan is only USD$9.99 per month and includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad). The Photography Plan is an excellent value and easily the most productive $10.00 that I spend each month. [Sean]
Post Date: 6/16/2015 6:46:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 15, 2015
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From the LensRentals Blog:
"Like everybody else, we're pretty excited to get our hands on Canon's new 5DS and 5DS R. There are already a lot of hands-on articles about the cameras that probably have told you more than you need to know to make your purchase decision. Of course, for most of the Canon shooters who read this blog, the purchase decision was just which place you want to buy it from.
 
For me, I want some lab data to see just how much of a difference those megapixels make. More particularly, I want to see how much of a difference they make when shot through a reasonably good lens, an excellent lens, and an adequate lens. Some people want to simplify things too much and claim certain lenses are 'good enough' for the new cameras and others aren't. It's not that simple.
 
So we begged and threw temper tantrums until Drew agreed to let us have a couple of the new cameras for a couple of days testing in our Imatest lab. That was enough time for us to get a quick overview using several different sample lenses, but it will be months before we have a good database of which lenses are most capable on the new cameras."
Resolution tests included use of the Canon 300 f/2.8L IS II USM, Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus, Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE & the Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM. To find out how each lens performed when paired with the 5D III, 5Ds and 5Ds R, check out the full LensRentals Blog article.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds in stock with free next day delivery. The 5Ds R model is available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/15/2015 7:46:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From LensProToGo:
 
June 15, 2015 - At 8 AM on Monday June 15, 2015, LensProToGo employees arrived to work to find a smashed window; we had been robbed. We hope they at least got to wear cool Mission Impossible outfits, but we sadly aren’t sure of that detail.
 
For those who have current orders placed with us, rest easy. We will be working with our partners to fulfill all orders. Our customers are our top priority and we understand the importance of getting gear for your shoot. We WILL be in contact if we are unable to fulfill an order. Because we are all hands on deck responding to the matter, we kindly ask that you allow us the day to take stock of the situation. If you have an emergency, we are more than happy to assist you, as always. Starting Tuesday June 16, 2015 at 10AM ET we will be resuming normal operations.
 
So what exactly happened? An unknown amount of gear mostly Nikon, Canon and Sony equipment was taken out through the new "hole in the wall" and smashed window.
 
Though this may seem like a large hit to our still growing company, we are in tremendous spirits as a very large amount of our total inventory was out of the building on rentals. We are also truly lucky to have our good friends at LensRentals.com at our side during this time, they're ready to step in and help us fulfill orders as well if need be.
 
We are now contacting our customers and letting them know about our situation. We will be posting a list of gear that was stolen, along with serial numbers, as we expect whomever committed this crime will be attempting to sell the gear. As a rental company, it’s crucial that we retain all the serial numbers of absolutely every single product that we own, right down to HDMI cables and memory cards. This information will be given to the officials as well as shared through a network used to track gear being sold online.
 
The good news for our company is no one was hurt during this. Though this is a big blow, our LensProToGo family and our customers are much more important to us than physical cameras and lenses. We are working extremely hard, as always, to make sure that our customers remain our number one priority.
 
An update will be posted later in the day. We ask that when we post the list of gear and serial numbers you please help us share the story to make sure whoever did this is caught.
 
For additional information on the matter, please contact meg@lensprotogo.com.
 
UPDATE: CUSTOMER INFORMATION SAFE
As an update to our above story and to address the small number of you with concerns over customer data, no company computers were stolen and customer data resides offsite. This event seems to clearly be focused on physical gear.
Post Date: 6/15/2015 4:14:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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The B&H Live Panel Discussion on the Canon 5Ds / 5Ds R is live right now!
 
As a reminder, the panel guests include:
 
  • Gregory Heisler - Award winning portrait photographer and educator
  • Rudy Winston - Photographer and technical advisor for Canon
  • Larry Becker - Featured trainer and consultant for Canon USA
You can interact with the panel using the Twitter hashtag #BHPhotoLive.
 
Watch it Live
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds in stock with free next day delivery. The 5Ds R model is available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 6/15/2015 2:00:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera
Still Live: eBay (via ElectronicsValley) has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,249.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,499.00 after $300.00 instant rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
 
Sean's Note: Since upgrading my original 7D to the 7D Mark II, I find myself using my "backup" camera much more often than I did before. The advanced AF is fast and accurate and the 10 frames-per-second burst rate is greatly beneficial for capturing sports action. At this price, the camera is a bargain.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/15/2015 11:11:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon Australia YouTube Channel:
 
Sunset photography is simple when you know how. Steve Huddy, from Canon Collective, explains how to capture great sunset shots in this tutorial.
 
Use his tips and tricks to win a Canon EOS 750D. All you need to do is watch the tutorial and submit your sunset shot at canon.com.au/photobootcamp.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/15/2015 10:21:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this series for Profoto, world renowned photographer Joe McNally explains TTL, lighting ratios and high-speed sync using Profoto off-camera flashes and the Air remote.
 

 

 
B&H carries Profoto B1 off-camera flashes and Air Remotes.
Post Date: 6/15/2015 8:45:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron has created a site dedicated to its implementation of Japanese-style manufacturing – "monozukuri."
 
The site offers two virtual tours (seen above) which provide details on Tamron's lens manufacturing and assembly processes.
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses. For more information on Tamron lenses, check out Bryan's Tamron Lens Reviews.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 6/15/2015 8:13:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R Double-Your-Rebate Promo
Through August 29, Canon is offering double mail-in rebates on select "L" lenses when purchased with the new EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R.
 
If you've been thinking of revamping your kit, double rebates are a great incentive to pick up a new, high quality "L" lens to help you get the most out of your ultra-high resolution camera.
 
Want a good general purpose lens to go with your 5Ds / 5Ds R? The Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM would seem like an ideal choice considering the $400.00 total mail-in rebate.
 
Eligible Lenses for Double Rebate
 
LensReg.
Rebate
w/ 5Ds
or 5Ds R
Canon EF 16–35mm f/2.8L II USM$100 $200
Canon EF 16–35mm f/4L IS USM$100 $200
Canon EF 17–40mm f/4L USM$100 $200
Canon EF 24–70mm f/2.8L II USM$100 $200
Canon EF 24–70mm f/4L IS USM$200 $400
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM$150 $300
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM$50 $100
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM$50 $100
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM$50 $100
Canon EF 70–200mm f/2.8L IS II USM$100 $200
Canon EF 70–200mm f/4L IS USM$100 $200
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM$50$100
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/15/2015 12:03:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, June 14, 2015
Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR Camera Body
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR Camera in stock with free next day delivery.
 
Considering the demand we've already seen for the EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R, I'm surprised that B&H received enough stock to cover all their 5Ds preorders. I'm not sure how much stock they have left over, so be sure to take advantage of the in stock status now if the 5Ds has been on your wish list.
 
Update: Amazon also has the camera listed as in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/14/2015 8:41:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Sony 32GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card available for $9.95 with free shipping. Regularly $15.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 32GB Capacity
  • Class 10 - UHS-1
  • Max. Read Speed: 40 MB/s
  • Min. Write Speed: 10 MB/s
  • Waterproof
  • Withstands Extreme Temperatures
  • Downloadable File Rescue Software
Post Date: 6/14/2015 8:21:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 12, 2015
eBay (via BestStopDeals) has the Canon EOS Rebel T5 with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens available for $319.00 with free shipping. Compare at $399.00 after $150.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This auction advertises that a 1-year Canon USA warranty is included.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/12/2015 2:30:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
"Did you know that, instead of scrolling through a ton of menu options, you could personalize it with your favorite commands? In your EOS camera, go to “MY MENU SETTINGS,” hit “REGISTER TO MY MENU,” and select the settings you want. Then exit and press the “SET” button to quickly access your new custom menu."
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/12/2015 12:02:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
DigitalRev has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens (White Box) available for $339.00. Compare at $599.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/12/2015 10:23:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DigitalRev has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM lens available for $569.00. Compare at $649.00.
 
Check out Bryan's full review of this affordable "L" zoom.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/12/2015 10:18:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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