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 Friday, September 11, 2015
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
 Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Canon EXPO 2015 New York
From Canon USA:
Once-Every-Five-Year Exhibition Brings Together Powerful Products, Cutting-Edge Technology and Inspirational Ideas
NEW YORK, September 9, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today commences its Canon EXPO 2015 New York, an imaging showcase galvanized by the visionary experience of New York and inspiring visitors to see impossible by providing a peek into the Company's vision for the future. This once-every-five-year event offers attendees the rare chance to see and experience the incredible breadth of Canon's imaging technology, as well as a glimpse into future products, solutions and services that will transform the way customers live, work and share experiences.
"Throughout history, from roll film to digital cameras, wooden printing presses to inkjet technology, creators have relied on technology to discover new worlds and further the progress of mankind. When we embark on new adventures, we explore uncharted territories, choosing to see what's never been seen, and doing what has never been done," said Joe Adachi, chairman and CEO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "As today's creators explore their world, continuing to dream and discover, Canon will be there for the journey, ready at the helm to provide the right technology to see impossible."
Capturing the vibrant energy of New York City, Canon EXPO 2015 is an invitation-only event featuring more than 100,000 square feet of exhibition space at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan with stops in Paris and Tokyo in 2015 and Shanghai in 2016. Leading industry experts, award-winning photographers and film directors and business trailblazers will provide insight on the ways technology is changing the landscape and what innovations they see on the horizon.
New for 2015, Canon EXPO website will offer remote and ongoing access to those not attending the event in-person. Additionally, news, updates and video content will continue to be added after the exhibition, delivering an expanded inside look at Canon EXPO 2015 New York for people across the globe.
The exhibition will be divided into zones demonstrating the theme of Canon See Impossible and modeled after notable New York City landmarks and scenery, each highlighting a different portion of the Canon experience, beginning with a central hub: Modeled after a National Historic Landmark, this area will provide guests with a better understanding of the Company's corporate philosophy, Kyosei, a pledge to work towards harmonizing environmental commitment and economic interests in all business activities. Encapsulating the picturesque landscape of a famous New York City park, visitors will see how this mission drives Canon's active sustainability programs, incorporating recyclable materials into products and promoting cleaner processes throughout the Company.
Continuing this innovation journey, visitors can enter EXPO Zones including:
Imaging Journey - See Progressive Technology
New York is a top tourist destination, and this area offers a captivating museum of New York scenery, beginning with an airport gate overlooking a jet on a tarmac. Guests will climb a ramp that puts them at the top of a skyscraper before going to a room that offers a 360-degree display that thrusts them into a pulsating experience with a unique sense of movement while standing still. From immersive experiences to security solutions and surveillance technologies, this zone will impress even the most seasoned tourists.
Stadium - See Winning Imagery
Upon stepping into Canon's own baseball stadium, visitors become professional sports broadcasters. Entering through the stadium tunnel and onto the field, attendees will have the opportunity to capture in-action photos from the dugout and up on the mezzanine through a variety of camera bodies and lenses. Guests will have the opportunity to jump in a production truck, get behind the broadcast cameras and capture the game live for fans at home.
University - See Canon's Future
Canon helps drive innovation through powerful university, hospital and industry partnerships. In the center of the space, Canon will demonstrate medical innovations that help healthcare professionals diagnose patients. In another section, visitors will experience new sensor technologies in addition to a pioneering telescope project* that will allow astronomers to see further into the galaxy than ever before.
Film Production - See Creative Storytelling
In this zone, visitors will step into a replica of a soundstage in Red Hook, Brooklyn, where filmmakers and producers use Canon products to bring their visions to life as motion picture masterpieces. Entering through the soundstage doors, visitors will be immersed in a true film production experience, featuring numerous cameras and lenses in action, including the new 8K camera system* - the definition of high-image quality. As visitors walk through the zone, they will witness the advancement of picture quality over the last few decades and experience the powerful storytelling tools used by professional cinematographers, videographers, photographers, broadcasters and networks.
Advanced Industry Solutions - See Innovative Manufacturing
Modeled in the shape of a 20th Century Brooklyn factory, this innovation center brings visitors into an integrated workspace for hands-on experiences with Canon's MREAL System for mixed reality, advanced printing and other tools that inspire creative and expand workflow capabilities. Designed to showcase workflow advancements for the production and technical industries, visitors will get a glimpse into how Canon is helping to make business more efficient through intelligent automation, collaborative endeavors and universal precision.
Enterprise - See Empowered Business
Showcasing universal technologies and services to empower businesses large and small, this EXPO zone will highlight innovations to help optimize business processes and drive business growth. Visitors will begin their journey at the Brooklyn Bridge, leading them from Manhattan's bustling Wall Street into the dynamic neighborhood of smaller business across the way in Brooklyn. As they walk the landscape from one end to the other, guests will experience a wide variety of never-before-seen Canon enterprise technology, including Canon's new Rich Collaboration System, an innovative communication platform under development, to empower tomorrow's businesses to work more effectively by connecting offices together virtually to enhance communication. Also, visitors will witness Canon innovations that can provide enhanced document security, business intelligence and workflow solutions.
Home - See Immersive Home Interaction
Demonstrating the future of sharing family moments, this zone will allow visitors to experience modern home solutions for the always-connected generation. This inviting neighborhood apartment will present photos and videos projected via platform technologies and include an activity room with an interactive platform to bring projects to life for both home and office. A can't miss highlight is the new Intelligent Imaging for Life System*, designed to provide an engaging visual experience that lets customers display, interact, organize, and print images directly from cameras and the Connect Station CS100 device.
Professional Printing - See Inspired Printing
Exposing visitors to a bookcase of hard- and soft-cover picture books, this gallery of stunning, detailed prints and lifelike textures will showcase a wide range of innovative printing solutions. From large and small, high-speed to high-quality, production printing to large format and all other variables in between, visitors will experience live printing processes for a variety of uses including commercial printers and book publishers. An anticipated highlight of this zone is the first public debut of the Océ VarioPrint i300, one of the first-of-its-kind digital high-speed, sheetfed inkjet press designed to help accelerate the printing industry's transition from offset to high-volume digital output.
Medical and Wellness Center - See Innovative Healthcare
Demonstrating advanced imaging systems, document management and diagnostic tools, this zone will provide hands-on access to the technology and services Canon provides to a broad range of medical professionals. Following check-in at reception, visitors can view demonstrations of select eye care products. Continuing through the exhibit, visitors will also see a range of medical imaging systems, including radiology and mammography products.
Customer Experience - See Service Excellence
Reflecting the iconography and systematic prowess of a famous New York City train station this zone allows visitors to experience the full breadth of Canon's comprehensive service and support capabilities. Agents will answer real-time customer support questions, including guiding customers through live video calls. This zone will also include a Live Learning stage where training sessions will take place throughout EXPO, offering valuable tutorials and insightful speakers. By walking through the archway of this zone, visitors can also see innovative service from Canon Professional Imaging Services, Healthcare Support Services and Professional Business Services.
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Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 9/9/2015 2:00:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lowepro DroneGuard CS 400 and DroneGuard Kit
From Lowepro:
DroneGuard CS 400
The DroneGuard 400 case fits the depth and form factor of the DJI Phantom, 3DR Solo and similar sized drones, quadcopters and flying cameras with all accessories.
DroneGuard CS 300
The DroneGuard 300 case fits the depth and form factor of the Parrot Bebop, FPV 250 racing drones and similar sized quadcopters and flying cameras with all accessories.

DroneGuard CS 400 & 300 Features:
  • The perfect, out-of-the-box solutions for carrying, organizing, storing and protecting your drone gear and all essentials.
  • Designed by serious quadcopter pilots at Lowepro for serious quadcopter pilots.
  • FormShell technology with lightweight, yet sturdy composite-shell construction offers superior protection for gear without adding weight or bulk.
  • A lightly padded backpad includes attachable backpad straps. Use for treks out to your flying location, or detach and pack away for less bulk or for long-distance travel.
  • Patent-pending DroneGuard system of organization features flexible dividers and compartments for all large and small accessories.
  • DroneGuard system is easy to customize. Change your flight plan; change your set-up!
  • Includes dedicated storage for blades, props, GoPro or other action video camera, batteries, cables, chargers, mounts, manuals, etc.
  • Handled and removable storage panel with accessory straps helps to keep small and fragile parts secure and neatly organized. Easy to grab, go and fly.
  • Exclusive, tactical "fractal camo" print on top of case for a rugged and unique aesthetic.
  • Sturdy grab handle.
  • Ideal for storing in a trunk of car for transport or in garage, closet or workshop for an organized storage option.

DroneGuard Kit
The DroneGuard Kit is more than a simple carrying case for drones, The DroneGuard Kit is an inventive system of dividers that helps manage all quadcopter and action video camera gear. It's designed to complement the X-shape of today's most popular drones and safely organize all accessories. Unique and highly functional, this kit goes beyond the “pick-and-pluck” systems of the competition and offers users a perfect, out-of-the-box solution.
DroneGuard Kit Features:
  • Keep all parts of a drone kit organized, neat and within easy reach
  • The modular design may be configured for multiple uses and scenarios
  • Protective and supporting dividers keep all parts tightly arranged and provide extra security for fragile gimbal-and-drone set-up
  • Rigid and protective tray with honeycomb interior, plus comfortable carry straps
  • Detachable Battery Box includes 4 padded and removable dividers
  • Hook/loop attachment system with Velex for easy configuration
  • Built to fit and organize all your drone/quad components, including cameras, transmitters, cords, tools, spare parts, manuals, etc.
  • Lightweight and portable design keeps all equipment safe and within each for storage, transport, set-up and use on location – place it in car or larger bag for travel
  • Includes modular components for flexible use and easy customization: Battery Box with 4 dividers and outer loops, Sidewalls with pockets, plus Transmitter Divider
  • Built to secure and protect gear with retention straps, elastic loop system, rigid base, padded and adjustable dividers and durable materials that resist moisture and abrasion
B&H carries the Lowepro DroneGuard series.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 9/9/2015 1:06:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photo Leather Retrospective Shoulder Bags
From Think Tank Photo:
Think Tank Photo Releases Leather-Accented Versions of Its Popular Retrospective Photography Shoulder Bags
Expanding on the success of our renowned Retrospective photography shoulder bag line, we have released the Retrospective 5 Leather, Retrospective 7 Leather, and Retrospective 30 Leather. These upscale, rugged shoulder bags maintain the Retrospective’s casual, form-fitting design. A new Dual Cross buckle on the front flap provides an extra measure of security.
The new shoulder bags are designed to hold tablets and laptops in dedicated zipper pockets. The Retrospective Leather 5 holds an 8” tablet; the Retrospective Leather 7 holds a 10” tablet or 11” laptop; and, the Retrospective Leather 30 holds a 10” tablet or 11” laptop.
  • Hook-and-loop “Sound Silencers” eliminate the noise of front flap hook and loop
  • High quality YKK zippers, metal hardware, leather accents, premium build
  • Adjustable cushioned nonslip shoulder strap for all day comfort
  • Easily accessible front organizer with key tether
  • Stiffened, padded removable dividers
  • Inner zippered pocket for important documents
  • Removable carrying handle for grab and go convenience
  • Business card slot under the front flap for identification
  • Webbing attachment points to accommodate modular pouches or a carabineer
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
Retrospective Leather 5
  • 1 standard size DSLR with 1–3 lenses and accessories
  • A complete mirrorless camera system with 3–6 lenses and accessories
  • 8” tablet fits in rear zippered pocket
  • Examples: 5DMIII with 50mm f/1.8 attached, 24-70mm f.2.8, iPad Mini Sony a7MII with 24–70mm f/4 attached, 16-35mm f/4, 55mm f/1.8, iPad Mini
Retrospective Leather 7
  • 1 standard-size DSLR with 2-3 lenses and accessories
  • 10” tablet /11” laptop fits in rear zippered pocket
  • Examples: Accommodates a Nikon D700 w/ 24-70 f/2.8 attached, 70-200 f/2.8 detached + SB-900 Speedlight 5D MIII, 24–70 attached, 70–200 unattached, flash, iPad or 11” MacBook Air
Retrospective Leather 30
  • 1 gripped DSLR with standard zoom lens attached and 1-3 additional lenses, including a 70–200mm f/2.8
  • 2 gripped DSLRs (bodies only) in front pockets and 2-4 lenses in main compartment, including a 70–200mm f/2.8
  • 10” tablet /11” laptop fits in rear zippered pocket
  • Examples: 2 Canon 1DXs, 70-200mm f/2.8 unattached, 24–70mm f/2.8 attached, 16–35mm f/2.8 or wide angle, iPad, 2 Nikon D4s, 70-200mm f/2.8 unattached, 24–70mm f/2.8 attached, 14-24mm f/2.8 or wide angle, 11” MacBook Air
Exterior: All fabric exterior treated with durable water resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for water resistance, full-grain Dakota leather, sand-washed 100% cotton canvas, antique plated metal hardware, high quality YKK zippers, polyspun & nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane-backed Velex liner and dividers, closed-cell foam and reinforced PE board dividers, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, nylon binding, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Retrospective Leather 5
Internal Dimensions: 9.5” W x 7.8” H x 4.5” D (24 x 19.5 x 11.5 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 10” W x 8.5” H x 6.3” D (25.5 x 21.5 x 16 cm)
8” tablet compartment: 8.9” W x 6.5” H x 0.7” D (22.5 x 16.5 x 1.8 cm)
Weight: 2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
Retrospective Leather 7
Internal Dimensions: 12.5” W x 8.8” H x 5” D (31.8 × 22.4 × 12.7 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 13.5” W x 9.5” H x 7” D (34.3 × 24.1 × 17.8 cm)
Laptop compartment: 11.8” W x 8.2” H x 0.7” D (30 × 20.8 × 1.8 cm)
Weight: 3.0 lbs (1.4 kg)
Retrospective Leather 30
Internal Dimensions: 15” W x 9.5” H x 6” D (38 x 24 x 15.2 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 16” W x 10.5” H x 7.5” D (40.6 x 26.7 x 19 cm)
Laptop compartment: 13.4” W x 8.7” H x 0.7” D (34 x 22 x 1.8 cm)
Weight: 3.8 lbs (1.7 kg)
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Post Date: 9/9/2015 12:34:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon:
Thank you for using Canon products.
Firmware Version 1.0.5 incorporates the following fixes:
  • Improves AF accuracy when used in combination with the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM lens or EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which, in very rare cases, the “Peripheral illumination correction” is applied inconsistently.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which, while performing an EF lens firmware update, the progress bar displayed on the LCD monitor may freeze at 100% even though the update has been completed.
  • Fixes a processing error in relation to the leap second for the “Geotag information appended to image” and “Log data” GPS functions.
  • Fixes a phenomenon, where at the time of shooting in very rare cases “Err 70” occurs, or the shutter does not release.
Firmware Version 1.0.5 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.4 If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.0.5, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
Download Firmware Version 1.0.5 for the EOS 7D Mark II.
If you have not already done so, please register your Canon EOS 7D Mark II. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future announcements.
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
Update: As of this morning, firmware version 1.0.5 isn't yet available on Canon USA's website. However, it can be found on Canon UK's 7D II Product Page.
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Post Date: 9/9/2015 5:17:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 8, 2015
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From Canon UK:
Canon developing next-generation imaging devices to expand the possibilities of visual expression
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 8 September 2015 – Canon Europe, a leader in imaging solutions, today announces that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing a Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display that will support the production of next-generation 8K video content, along with a still-image single-lens reflex camera equipped with a CMOS sensor featuring approximately 120 million effective pixels. Through the Company’s proprietary imaging technologies, Canon provides still and video input and output devices that will contribute to the development of imaging culture.
Canon, as a leading company in the field of imaging technology, conducts research and development into devices designed to support cinema and video production with the aim of expanding the boundaries of visual expression. Through the further enhancement of the Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display under development, Canon aims to contribute to smooth production workflows, facilitating not only the input and output of 8K video content, but also such processes as 8K to 4K down-conversion and 4K cropping.
The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance even at a frame rate of 60 frames per second with 13 stops of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide colour gamut. Additionally, featuring a body size that realises outstanding mobility and a design that delivers high levels of operability, along with an EF mount that offers compatibility with Canon’s extensive interchangeable EF lens lineup, the camera will support diverse shooting styles and means of visual expression.
Incorporating Canon image-processing technology, the ultra-high-resolution 8K reference display currently under development will achieve high brightness, high contrast (high dynamic range) and a wide colour gamut. Additionally, with a pixel density exceeding 300 pixels per inch, a level approaching the limit of human visibility, the display will make possible ultra-realistic imaging that enables the reproduction of subtle changes in light that were previously not possible. Furthermore, when used in combination with the Cinema EOS System 8K camera, the display will be capable of conveying truly impressive levels of visual expression.
Featuring a resolution of approximately 120 effective megapixels, the SLR camera now being developed will incorporate a Canon-developed high-pixel-density CMOS sensor within the current EOS-series platform, which will realise compatibility with the Company’s diverse interchangeable EF lens lineup. The high-resolution images that the camera will be capable of producing will recreate the three-dimensional texture, feel and presence of subjects, making them appear as if they are really before one’s eyes. The camera will facilitate a level of resolution that is more than sufficient for enlarged poster-sized printout while also enabling images to be cropped and trimmed without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.
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Category: Canon UK News
Post Date: 9/8/2015 7:51:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 7, 2015
Canon Launches Two High Performance Broadcast Lenses in Australia
From Canon Australia:
Sydney, Australia, 7 September 2015 – Canon Australia today introduces two new 2/3” 4K field lenses – the UJ86x9.3B and UJ90x9B. Delivering exceptional optical performance, with the UJ86x9.3B surpassing even 4K resolution, both offer outstanding focal range and are ideal for use within live broadcast production environments.
First class 4K image processing
The UJ86x9.3B and UJ90x9B are part of Canon's evolving 2/3” 4K lens line-up and join the recently launched CJ12ex4.3B in the range. Both provide professionals with the freedom to shoot live broadcast or sport events in stunning 4K quality, and in a first for Canon’s 2/3” lens line-up, the UJ86x9.3B offers resolving power beyond 4K.
The new lenses ensure exceptional resolution from the image centre to the edges, at both telephoto and wide angle, thanks to their advanced optical construction. Additionally, an increased use of fluorite and UD glass, combined with Canon’s expert use of coatings, results in exceptional control over ghosting and flare with sharp, high contrast images supporting a large number of tones.
Outstanding focal range and versatility
The new models provide ultimate flexibility – the UJ86x9.3B has an 86x zoom, with a focal range of 9.3mm – 800mm, and the UJ90x9B goes even further to 90x, with a 9mm – 810mm focal range. To ensure operators can capture a diverse range of scenes, both lenses also feature a built-in 2x extender which doubles the telephoto power, while maintaining exceptional 4K resolution.
4K scenarios such as live sport, do not tolerate even the slightest amount of shake. Thanks to Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer technologies, the UJ86x9.3B and UJ90x9B deliver crisp, clear results, acquiring maximum precision, even during panning. This is essential for tracking moving subjects at sports matches and events, while compensating for swing-back. Additionally, operators are able to keep subjects in focus, even in challenging situations, such as when long focus but shallow depth of field is required.
Built to perform
The UJ86x9.3B and UJ90x9B feature a compact design, comparable in size and weight to current HD 2/3” field lenses, allowing easy integration into operating environments. Both lenses also incorporate a 20-pin connector for integration with virtual systems and are fully compatible with existing Canon accessories designed for 2/3” HD Canon field lenses.
UJ86x9.3B key benefits:
  • Class-leading beyond-4K performance right to the edge of the image and throughout the zoom range for unmatched quality
  • Outstandingly high resolution 2/3” 4K field lens with 86x zoom and 9.3-800mm focal length (up to 1600mm with 2x built-in extender)
  • High contrast and high resolution in all wavelength regions of the B, G and R channels in the 4K and beyond 4K frequency bands
  • Similar size and weight to HD field lenses for seamless integration with existing HDTV technical setups and shooting environments
  • Beyond 4K resolution even with image stabilisation applied
  • Full support for virtual systems thanks to the built-in 16-bit encoder
  • Fully compatible with existing Canon HD field lens accessories
UJ90x9B key benefits:
  • 2/3” 4K field lens with 90x zoom and 9-810mm focal length (up to 1620mm with the 2x built-in extender)
  • Achieve stunning 4K resolution from 2/3” 4K cameras that extends right from the centre of the image
  • Retain stunning 4K resolution even with image stabilisation applied
  • Similar size and weight to HD field lenses mean it seamlessly integrates with existing HDTV technical setups and shooting environments.
  • Sustained 4K performance with precise focus and high zoom ratio
  • Cover wide spaces like large sports arenas with a single lens thanks to the wide focal range
  • Full support for virtual systems thanks to the built-in 16-bit encoder
  • Fully compatible with existing Canon HD field lens accessories
The UJ90x9B will be available from December 2015 and UJ86x9.3B from May 2016, in Australia only. Prices will be set at dealer discretion.
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Post Date: 9/7/2015 6:07:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Develops 250 Megapixel APS-H CMOS Sensor
From Canon:
TOKYO, September 7, 2015 — Canon Inc. announced today that it has developed an APS-H-size (approx. 29.2 x 20.2 mm) CMOS sensor incorporating approximately 250 million pixels (19,580 x 12,600 pixels), the world's highest number of pixels1 for a CMOS sensor smaller than the size of a 35 mm full-frame sensor.
When installed in a camera, the newly developed sensor was able to capture images enabling the distinguishing of lettering on the side of an airplane flying at a distance of approximately 18 km from the shooting location.2
With CMOS sensors, increases in pixel counts result in increased signal volume, which can cause such problems as signal delays and slight discrepancies in timing. The new Canon-developed CMOS sensor, however, despite its exceptionally high pixel count, achieves an ultra-high signal readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second, made possible through such advancements as circuit miniaturization and enhanced signal-processing technology. Accordingly, the sensor enables the capture of ultra-high-pixel-count video at a speed of five frames per second. Additionally, despite the exceptionally high pixel count, Canon applied its sensor technologies cultivated over many years to realize an architecture adapted for miniaturized pixels that delivers high-sensitivity, low-noise imaging performance.
Video footage captured by the camera outfitted with the approximately 250-megapixel CMOS sensor achieved a level of resolution that was approximately 125 times that of Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) video and approximately 30 times that of 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) video. The exceptionally high definition made possible by the sensor lets users crop and magnify video images without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.
Canon is considering the application of this technology in specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of visual expression.
  1. As of September 7, 2015, based on a Canon survey.
  2. Image capture employed a combination of optical and digital zooming while distinguishing of image content was realized through the magnification of an approximately 1/40,000th-sized area of the captured image.
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Post Date: 9/7/2015 5:53:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 4, 2015

From Canon USA:
Join Canon Explorer of Light George Lepp as he explores Silver Falls State Park in Oregon with the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras.
In this episode, he discusses the proper techniques used to capture landscape and panorama images that can then be printed to large prints with tremendous detail.
For the full series and an article about George’s experience with the camera with final images, please visit:
B&H carries the Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R.
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Post Date: 9/4/2015 12:12:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Nikon USA YouTube Channel:
Nikon Ambassador and naturalist Ron Magill shares tips on how to photograph great animal portraits.
B&H carries the Nikon D750, AF-S Nikkor 200-400 f/4G ED VR II, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR & Nikon SB-910 Speedlight.
Post Date: 9/4/2015 10:31:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Sigma:
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
We would like to announce the update in the lens firmware of the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports Nikon on the SIGMA Optimization Pro, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK.
The latest firmware update improves focusing performance when Continuous servo (AF-C) is in use.
For those customers who own the following products, please update the firmware of the lens via the SIGMA Optimization Pro.
Applicable products:
  • 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports NIKON
Firmware version 1.02:
  • It has improved the focusing performance of Continuous servo (AF-C) mode.
  • Note: Before upgrading the firmware of 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM S014, please first update your SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver1.2.0.
The Sigm USB Dock and Sigma Optimization Pro Software are required to perform the firmware update.
B&H carries the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens.
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Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 9/4/2015 6:56:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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