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 Monday, February 16, 2015
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From the FAA:
 
Regulations will facilitate integration of small UAS into U.S. aviation system
 
February 15, 2015 – WASHINGTON – The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today proposed a framework of regulations (PDF) that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations.
 
The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits.
 
The proposed rule also includes extensive discussion of the possibility of an additional, more flexible framework for “micro” UAS under 4.4 pounds. The FAA is asking the public to comment on this possible classification to determine whether it should include this option as part of a final rule. The FAA is also asking for comment about how the agency can further leverage the UAS test site program and an upcoming UAS Center of Excellence to further spur innovation at “innovation zones.”
 
The public will be able to comment on the proposed regulation for 60 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register, which can be found at www.regulations.gov. Separate from this proposal, the FAA intends to hold public meetings to discuss innovation and opportunities at the test sites and Center of Excellence. These meetings will be announced in a future Federal Register notice.
 
“Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace and this milestone allows federal regulations and the use of our national airspace to evolve to safely accommodate innovation,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
 
The proposed rule would require an operator to maintain visual line of sight of a small UAS. The rule would allow, but not require, an operator to work with a visual observer who would maintain constant visual contact with the aircraft. The operator would still need to be able to see the UAS with unaided vision (except for glasses). The FAA is asking for comments on whether the rules should permit operations beyond line of sight, and if so, what the appropriate limits should be.
 
“We have tried to be flexible in writing these rules,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “We want to maintain today’s outstanding level of aviation safety without placing an undue regulatory burden on an emerging industry.”
 
Under the proposed rule, the person actually flying a small UAS would be an “operator.” An operator would have to be at least 17 years old, pass an aeronautical knowledge test and obtain an FAA UAS operator certificate. To maintain certification, the operator would have to pass the FAA knowledge tests every 24 months. A small UAS operator would not need any further private pilot certifications (i.e., a private pilot license or medical rating).
 
The new rule also proposes operating limitations designed to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground:
 
  • A small UAS operator must always see and avoid manned aircraft. If there is a risk of collision, the UAS operator must be the first to maneuver away.
  • The operator must discontinue the flight when continuing would pose a hazard to other aircraft, people or property.
  • A small UAS operator must assess weather conditions, airspace restrictions and the location of people to lessen risks if he or she loses control of the UAS.
  • A small UAS may not fly over people, except those directly involved with the flight.
  • Flights should be limited to 500 feet altitude and no faster than 100 mph.
  • Operators must stay out of airport flight paths and restricted airspace areas, and obey any FAA Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs).
The proposed rule maintains the existing prohibition against operating in a careless or reckless manner. It also would bar an operator from allowing any object to be dropped from the UAS.
 
Operators would be responsible for ensuring an aircraft is safe before flying, but the FAA is not proposing that small UAS comply with current agency airworthiness standards or aircraft certification. For example, an operator would have to perform a preflight inspection that includes checking the communications link between the control station and the UAS. Small UAS with FAA-certificated components also could be subject to agency airworthiness directives.
 
The new rules would not apply to model aircraft. However, model aircraft operators must continue to satisfy all of the criteria specified in Sec. 336 of Public Law 112-95, including the stipulation that they be operated only for hobby or recreational purposes. Generally speaking, the new rules would not apply to government aircraft operations, because we expect that these government operations will typically continue to actively operate under the Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) process unless the operator opts to comply with and fly under the new small UAS regulations.
 
In addition to this proposal, earlier today, the White House issued a Presidential Memorandum concerning transparency, accountability, and privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protections for the Federal Government’s use of UAS in the national airspace system which directs the initiation of a multi-stakeholder engagement process to develop a framework for privacy, accountability, and transparency issues concerning commercial and private UAS use.
 
The current unmanned aircraft rules remain in place until the FAA implements a final new rule. The FAA encourages new operators to visit:
http://www.knowbeforeyoufly.org
 
You can view the FAA’s Small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking later today at:
http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/rulemaking/recently_published/
 
An overview of the Small UAS rule can be viewed at:http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/rulemaking/media/021515_sUAS_Summary.pdf
 
You can view the fact sheet at:http://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=18297
 
Press Conference audio is available here.
Post Date: 2/16/2015 10:34:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Restrap Shoot Camera Strap via Kickstarter
From the Restrap Shoot Camera Straps Kickstarter UK Campaign:
 
Less than a second. That’s the time it takes for a camera to be attached to the Shoot strap. No extra pulling or tightening, just one single action, with one single hand - all through the power of magnets.
 
The Shoot’s magnetic connection system (“SNAPS”), capable of bearing 100kg, allows any camera to be carried with unfailing security. The SNAPS are a pair: one side attaches to the camera, the other to the strap. The result is a seamless connection. Cameras are fastened, removed, swapped and fine tuned with unbeatable ease.
 
Shoot is the brainchild of Restrap, a well-established, British brand with expertise in producing innovative products, totally hand-made in Yorkshire.
 
There are two versions of the strap: The Shoot (£35) secures the camera around the photographer’s neck or in a sling style, whilst the Shoot Mini (£20) attaches around the wrist – either right or left – to keep the camera closer to hand.
 
In addition to the powerful forces of the magnets, the straps themselves are designed to withstand anything. Made from recycled, automotive-grade seatbelt webbing in 50mm (Shoot) and 25mm (Shoot Mini), they are secured with custom laser-cut tri-glide buckles and are stylishly finished with genuine, hard-wearing suede. Both models are available in red or black.
 
Nathan Hughes, founder and director of Restrap, says: “We set out to design a strap that would offer unparalleled strength without compromising the flexibility photographers want when shooting on the streets. The Shoot range gives them the security they need, whilst letting them play around with the camera quickly and easily.”
 
For more information, check out the Restrap Shoot Camera Straps UK Kickstarter Campaign.
Post Date: 2/16/2015 8:47:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
Image quality results have been added to the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens review page.
 
I think that you are going to like what you see from this lens. You will notice strong barrel distortion at 15mm (details in the top crop sample get enlarged) and some chromatic aberration to be corrected, but overall this lens is looking good including at f/2.8.
 
Here are some comparisons:
 
Tamron 15-30mm VC vs. Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II
Tamron 15-30mm VC vs. Canon 16-35mm f/4 L IS
Tamron 15-30mm VC vs. Tokina 16-35mm f/2.8
Tamron 15-30mm VC vs. Zeiss 15mm f/2.8
 
B&H has the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 2/16/2015 7:54:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Canon YouTube Channel:
 
Here at Canon, we strive to empower people to spark their creativity. Whether you’re an A-list director or a mom in Tulsa, we want you to be inspired by your everyday moments and capture them in new and amazing ways. That’s why we’re so proud to debut Bryce Dallas Howard’s trailer as we ramp up for Project Imagination: The Trailer. We fell head over heels for ‘solemates,’ and know you will too.
 
See a special message from Bryce below:
 
"Creativity is all around us, and some of the funniest, most beautiful, and touching moments happen when you least expect it. This year, I'm joining forces with Project Imagination to invite all of you to get creative and turn your favorite moments into a 60 second trailer.
 
Check out 'solemates,' a love story. I want to share the love with all of our collaborators, who have inspired me in countless ways, during the 'solemates' process and beyond.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/16/2015 7:56:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 13, 2015
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From Canon UK:
 
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 13 February 2015 – Canon will be showcasing its industry leading Cinema EOS range at BVE 2015 (Stand G12), giving visitors the chance of a hands-on demonstration in a live shooting set up.
 
Following a highly successful demonstration at BVE 2014, Canon will once again be recreating a live shooting environment allowing visitors to experience the company’s iconic Cinema EOS range, including the C100 MKII and C500 camera models.
 
Visitors to the Canon stand will be greeted with an immersive experience that also features Canon’s 4K monitor, cine servo and cine prime lenses as well as a DSLR counter for testing Canon’s range of DSLR cameras.
 
Austin Freshwater, Director, Professional Imaging at Canon UK and Ireland, said: “The broadcast industry is evolving constantly and our aim is to ensure that visitors get a real life feel for Canon’s latest innovations. We will exhibit Canon’s rich heritage in lens technology whilst looking to the future with 4K by allowing videographers the opportunity to get hands-on with our offering.”
 
Taking place on 24th-26th February at ExCeL London, BVE (Broadcast Video Expo) is Europe’s premier broadcast and production technology event, showcasing technologies and services for the production, management and broadcast of audio visual content.
 
Visit Canon at BVE on Stand G12.
 
B&H carries Canon EOS Cinema cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon UK News
Post Date: 2/13/2015 12:22:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Single On-Camera Flash Illuminates the Beauty of a Rose (Hint: Valentine's Day is Tomorrow)
Roses are arguably one of the most beautiful flowers on the face of this planet. They don't smell so bad either, which makes working around them even more pleasant. Buy the wife (or yourself) a bouquet of roses and you have days' worth of photo subject for your macro lens (and presumably a happy spouse).
 
For this image, I attached a Rogue FlashBender softbox to a forward-facing Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite. With this setup, I was free to shoot handheld as I worked on finding pleasing compositions – with deep-reaching soft light following me. This turned out to be my favorite image from this shoot. A nearly centered rose's petals curve outward into and subsequently out of the frame in a balanced manner.
 
Later, print one of your rose pictures to gain even more return on your small investment.
 
With tomorrow being Valentine's Day, I thought you might find this subject idea timely.
Post Date: 2/13/2015 7:26:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Roger Cicala performed a teardown of the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM and came away wondering, "Is this the best built lens ever?"
 
From the LensRentals Blog:
"For those two or three of you who don't like a little lens strip-tease I'll give you the quick summary: the build quality on this thing is amazing. I usually laugh when people describe a lens as 'built like a tank' because what I know is the lens they are describing has a thick, heavy outer metal shell filled with tiny delicate pieces that break and wear out with great frequency. But this lens is built like a tank inside and out.
 
...
 
I know I can't really, without showing you dozens of other lenses, do a good job of impressing you with just how robustly engineered this lens is. I will say that the insides look more like what we'd expect to see in a 500mm f/4 or 600mm f/4 lens, rather than a telezoom. It's by far the most heavily engineered zoom lens Aaron and I have ever seen; and we've seen the insides of dozens of lenses in this range.
 
Well done, Canon engineers, well done!"
The fully illustrated article can be found on the LensRentals Blog.
 
B&H carries the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.
Post Date: 2/13/2015 6:42:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron Tripod Ring A011TL for 150-600mm VC Lens
From Tamron:
 
A newly designed optional tripod mount ring for SP 150-600mm VC USD extends the base surface of the tripod mount to improve stability and versatility
 
February 13, 2015, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced that the company will display samples of a tripod mount ring (long type) for SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD(Model A011)at CP+ 2015, which will be held from February 12 to 15, 2015, in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
 
Tamron has designed a new tripod mount ring (long type) for its popular SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011). Compared to the supplied tripod mount, the new long-type design provides an extended base surface. This extra space not only makes it possible to add a second screw hole for secure mounting, thereby enhancing stability and versatility, but also makes it easier for users to hold the base surface and carry it around. The new mount ring will be sold as a separate accessory.
 
The samples will be on display at CP+ 2015, which will be held from February 12 to 15, 2015 (CP+ booth G-28).
 
Product NameDate of Launch
Tripod mount ring (long type), an optional accessory for the A011 (Model A011TL)To be determined
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 2/13/2015 6:27:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Tokina Announces Cinema AT-X 50-135mm T3.0 Lens with PL Mount
From Tokina:
 
February 11, 2015 – Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. is pleased to announce the Tokina Cinema AT-X 50-135mm T3.0 lens. Tokina engineers created a lens of this focal length that is Parfocal, has dramatically reduced breathing and image shift, and has a de-clicked, 9-bladed, curved iris for beautiful bokeh and precise exposure control. With its 1M close-focus capability, the lens allows you the freedom to capture tight close-ups while maintaining a comfortable distance from your subject.
 
The Tokina Cinema 50-135mm T3.0 optic is 4K ready and beyond and delivers a highly versatile zoom range in a compact design. The lens has an industry standard 114mm outer front barrel for matt boxes and a 112mm filter threat for mounting filters or other accessories.
 
Features:
 
  • Parfocal lens design allows you to maintain precise focus while using the zoom control.
  • Constant T3.0 throughout the 50mm to 135mm zoom range
  • Reduced breathing so you can focus on the scene and not the lens
  • Smooth, de-clicked, 9-bladed, curved iris for beautiful out-of-focus areas.
  • Virtually no image shift when using the zoom control during filming
  • Aspherical elements and Super-Low Dispersion glass reduce distortion and increase optical performance
  • 4K Image ready
  • Durable, all-metal cine-style housing with geared manual zoom, focus, and aperture rings for use in follow-focus systems.
  • Common 114mm front diameter for use with a wide variety of matte boxes and accessories.
  • Zoom, focus, and iris markings are on both sides of the lens for easy viewing and more mounting/follow-focus options.
  • LDS (Lens Data System) support is possible
  • Available Mounts: PL and EF
Specifications:
 
MountsPL, Canon EF
Focal Length 50-135mm
Maximum Aperture T3.0 Constant
Zoom Ratio2.7
Optical Structure 14 groups /18 elements
Sensor Size Super 35mm
Minimum Focus Distance 1m ( 3.28 ft)
Magnification Ratio00:00.0
Zoom Mode Rotary Zoom
Aperture/Iris Blades9
Depth of Field T3.0 – T22 (F2.8 – F22)
Filter Size 112 mm
Overall Length PL Mount - 159mm (from 142mm mount surface)
EF Mount - 155.5mm (from 150mm mount surface)
Diameter of Front 114mm
Maximum Diameter 123mm
Weight 1.53kg
Price$4,499.00
Availability April 2015

B&H has the Tokina Cinema 50-135mm T3.0 available for preorder.
 
Note: Image above shows the PL mount version of the lens. The EF mount image was not available at the time of this post.
Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 2/11/2015 8:59:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"CPN recently got the unique opportunity to meet and talk to Tsunemasa Ohara - Senior General Manager of Camera Research and Development at Canon Inc. - who is the key man behind the development of the revolutionary 50.6 Megapixel Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R DSLRs. In an exclusive interview he reveals how he came up with the concept for the cameras and how and why some of the key technologies contained within them were developed..."
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/11/2015 1:06:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens
B&H has the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens available for preorder.
 
Product Highlights:
 
  • Canon EF Lens/Full Frame
  • Aperture Range: f/5-6.3 to 22
  • One FLD and Three SLD Elements
  • Hyper Sonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Stabilizer with Accelerometer
  • Zoom Lock & Manual Override Switches
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 110.2"
  • Splash and Dust Proof Mount
  • Lens Hood & Tripod Collar
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 2/11/2015 11:27:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
B&H has the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens available for preorder. The price is quite reasonable, too – it's less than both the 50mm and 35mm Art lenses!
 
And while we're on the subject of price, try comparing the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art to the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM. I'm still a little stunned.
 
My preorder has been submitted. [Sean]
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 2/11/2015 9:25:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon:
 
Stunning high-quality photos and videos that are easy to share are yours with the Canon EOS Rebel T6i and EOS Rebel T6s DSLR cameras. Stay connected!
 
B&H has the Canon EOS Rebel T6s and T6i available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/11/2015 9:03:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS M3 + EF-M 18-55mm IS STM Kit
Amazon UK has the Canon EOS M3 + EF-M 18-55mm IS STM Kit available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 2/11/2015 8:18:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens
The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens Review page is now loaded with my expectations for this lens including MTF chart comparisons (I think this is going to be another great one).
 
B&H has the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens available for preorder with arrival slated for late this month.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/11/2015 7:11:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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