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 Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens review.
 
This lens is not performing amazingly at the widest apertures, but stopped down to f/4, it is performing very impressively for the price. B&H has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/2/2015 7:29:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 1, 2015

 
What's the Difference? is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt compares soft light and hard light.
 
The entire series, including all videos, articles and lighting diagrams, is available here.
 
Gear Used:
 
Post Date: 6/1/2015 1:52:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens
Just posted: Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens review.
 
Very nice lens. Hopefully, after reading the in-depth review, you will feel like you have virtually used the 150-600 Sports.
 
B&H has the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 6/1/2015 10:53:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
"What's the Difference?" is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt compares a bareheaded off-camera flash with an umbrella deep.
 
The entire series, including all videos, articles and lighting diagrams, is available here.
 
Gear Used:
 
Post Date: 6/1/2015 9:36:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 29, 2015
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Image quality results have been added to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens review page.
 
We know that this lens has the same optics as the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens. Here is the Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM compared to the 50mm f/1.8 II.
 
Look at this lens' image quality at f/4 and then look at the price tag. Very nice.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/29/2015 8:23:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From X-rite:
 
Webinar – Adobe Lightroom Tricks & Tips
Date – June 9th 2015, 15:30 GMT
Guest Speaker: Richard Curtis – Adobe Principle Solutions Consultant
 
The Session will walkthrough features of Lightroom from version 4 to CC and focus on key points in the workflow that can make a huge difference to your photographs. Of course the Creative Cloud Photography plan is much more than the desktop apps, so we will be looking at integrating Lightroom mobile and Adobe slate into the image making process.
 
Richard Curtis is a Principal Solutions Consultant at Adobe and is focused on the Digital Imaging Solutions in the UK (Lightroom and Photoshop). Richard is also a Photographer with an interest in street, travel and landscape photography, and has been making images for over 20 years.
 
Richard will also be joined by Andrzej Szkorupinski from X-Rite Photo Europe, who will be discussing colour workflow with the ColorChecker Passport.
 
Register Now
Post Date: 5/29/2015 6:57:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 28, 2015
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From Nikon:
 
What’s New with Version 1.27.0
 
  • The codec now supports NEF (RAW) photos shot with the D810A and Nikon 1 J5.
  • Fixed issue in which NEF (RAW) images could no longer be displayed after file info had been edited in the “Details” tab of the Explorer “Properties” window.
Download: Nikon NEF Codec Version 1.27.0
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/28/2015 1:25:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens
From the Lomography Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens Kickstarter Campaign:
 
Swirl to Freedom with the World’s First Petzval Bokeh Control Lens
 
Bokeh Like a Boss
Using the Bokeh Control Ring on the New Petzval 58, you’re totally free to determine the strength of the swirly bokeh in your photos. You can now get the characteristic swirly bokeh effect in ways it has NEVER been possible before. This revolutionary component is the first of its kind on a Petzval lens!
 
58mm Focal Length and Maximum f/1.9 Aperture
The New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens has a maximum aperture of f/1.9 and is a 58mm lens, which is a fantastic all-round focal length for portraits, landscapes and photos of your cat doing jumping jacks. We promise you will love shooting every scene with your New Petzval 58 in hand.
 
Premium Russian Glass Optics in a Beautiful Brass Body
The New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens features the finest quality Russian glass optics. Available in a brass or black finish, it’s designed to perfectly mirror the look of original 19th century Petzval lenses.
 
Look Back to the Future
Joseph Petzval invented his revolutionary Petzval optic in 1840 — a hugely popular portrait lens that changed the world of photography. Now, 175 years later and building on our success with the Lomography New Petzval 85mm Lens in 2013, the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens is here to join the growing Lomography Art Lens Family. The lens has been specially developed to work with modern analogue and digital cameras and is available in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts (it’s also compatible with multitudes of other cameras such as the Sony A7, Fuji X-Pro 1 and Micro 4/3 Cameras using adapter mounts).
 
For more info, check out the Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens Kickstarter Campaign.
Post Date: 5/28/2015 11:49:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
"This year marks the 10th anniversary of the EOS 5D DSLR series cameras and to celebrate the occasion, we've rounded up some helpful tips, tricks and tutorials related to this impressive series that can help you take your imagemaking skills to the next level"
Here is a list of the links in the EOS 5D series 10th anniversary article:
 
EOS 5D Mark II
 
  • John Pope on filming "Blood Brother"
  • EOS 5D Mark II On-Camera Tutorials
  • EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Update
  • EOS 5D Mark II: Movie Mode Basics
  • EOS 5D Mark II: How to Use Manual Video Exposure
  • Shooter's Insight: EOS 5D Mark II, with Tyler Stableford
  • Shooter's Insight: EOS 5D Mark II, with David Leeson
  • EOS 5D Mark II Shoots House M.D. Season Finale
  • EOS 5D Mark II Video: The Last Three Minutes
  • EOS 5D Mark II: The Making of The Last Three Minutes
  • EOS 5D Mark II Video: A Portrait
  • EOS 5D Mark II Video: A Three Act Play
  • EOS 5D Mark II Video: Reverie
  • EOS 5D Mark II Video: Voyage
EOS 5D Mark III
 
  • Multiple-exposure photography with the EOS 5D Mark III
  • EOS 5D Mark III On-Camera Tutorials
  • Rapid Switching Between AF Point Functions
  • Shooting on-location: How to prep for a multi-camera shoot
  • Utilizing the Multi function Lock Switch in the EOS 5D Mark III
  • In-Camera Culling with the EOS 5D Mark III
  • Adding a Magnification Button location on the EOS-1D C and 5D Mark III with Custom Controls
  • Christian Oth: Wedding Photography with the EOS-1D X and 5D Mark III
  • An overview of the Intelligent Viewfinder Display system in the EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III
  • Silent Control during video recording
  • Understanding EOS HD Compression Options
  • EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Update: Clean HDMI Output and AF Improvements Explained
  • Using multiple AF points in the EOS-1D X and 5D Mark III
  • New HD video features in the EOS 5D Mark III
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) in the EOS 5D Mark III
  • Multiple-exposure shooting with the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X
  • EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III AF Menu System
  • User-friendly AF Adjustment with the EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III AF Configuration Tool
EOS 5DS & 5DS R
 
  • Introducing EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R
  • From the EOS 5D Mark III to EOS 5DS/5DS R -- What's New
  • Getting the most out of EOS 5DS and 5DS R files
B&H carries the 5D Mark III and has the 5Ds / 5Ds R available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/28/2015 10:40:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens
Image quality results from a second lens have been added to the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens review page.
 
The results from the first Tamron 28-300 VC we tested were ... not good. The second lens is "clearly" superior to the first and the results from this lens are now shown as the default sample "1". Here is a comparison between the two Tamron 28-300mm VC PZD lenses.
 
Here is an interesting image quality comparison: Tamron 28-300mm VC PZD Lens compared to the Canon 28-300mm L IS Lens.
 
Specifications, measurements and standard product images along with a variety of on-camera imagery are also now available for this lens. Here is an interesting size comparison: Tamron 28-300mm VC PZD Lens vs. Canon 28-300mm L IS Lens.
 
The price differential is nearly as large. B&H has the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens in stock.
Post Date: 5/28/2015 8:46:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Canon USA:
 
One will inspire a short film starring Hutcherson
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., May 27, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, along with Ron Howard (two-time Academy Award Winner) and Josh Hutcherson (star of "The Hunger Games" franchise), have announced the names of 15 finalists in the Project Imagination: The Trailer contest. The contest, which drew a flood of submissions, encouraged people of all skill levels to turn their photos and video footage into movie trailers with titles, Hollywood style voice-overs and epic soundtracks.
 
The public is now able to vote through June 10 on the 15 finalists at imagination.usa.canon.com and then Ron Howard and Josh Hutcherson will select one winning trailer based on its overall impression, inspiration and imagination. The film is set to go into production this summer and will be written and directed by Kat Candler ("Hellion").
 
"As a veteran filmmaker, I appreciate the value of edge-of-your seat creativity in filmmaking, and that's what Project Imagination: The Trailer is all about," said Howard. "Josh and Kat are the perfect complements to what's sure to be an exhilarating exploration into the inspirational value of trailers."
 
"What's most exciting about this process is that I don't know what to expect," said Hutcherson.
 
"We were thrilled by the number of truly creative trailers that were submitted," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "And, we know that Ron, Josh and Kat will honor the power of everyday moments to inspire something really fascinating."
 
The 15 chosen finalists are:
 
  • JR Poli of North Lauderdale, Fla., with "Everything is Mean"
  • Anna Fuller of Louisville, Ky., with "A Reader and a Writer"
  • Jan Garcia of Union City, Calif., with "The Life and Times"
  • Ben Alagna of Los Angeles, Calif., with "Siren"
  • Ryan McDowell of Campbell, Calif., with "Borderless"
  • Mina Park of Los Angeles, Calif., with "Calling Card"
  • Rachel Bingham of Sandy, Utah, with "Ninja School"
  • Zack Murray of Odessa, Fla., with "Spin"
  • Jonathan Spencer of Charleston, Mass., with "The 18-Hour Proposal"
  • Matt Sconce of Oakhurst, Calif., with "The Hunt"
  • Ryan Lawson of Chicago, Ill., with "Bubbles"
  • Giordan Moore of Springfield, Mass., with "The Clumsy Shoveler"
  • Marc Geiger of Lancaster, Calif., with "Stuck"
  • Mark Mukherjee of Tampa, Fla., with "Tainted Water"
  • Nic Thorson of Sherman Oaks, Calif., with "Project Six"
For the third iteration of Project Imagination, Francesca Silvestri and Kevin Chinoy of Freestyle Picture Company are once again producing the film, this time with Josh Hutcherson.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 5/28/2015 6:53:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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From Nikon USA:
 
As Part of Nikon’s “I AM Generation Image” Campaign, Nikon Will Offer Free Newlywed Portraits Outside of the NYC Marriage Bureau Captured by Nikon Ambassador Joe McNally
 
MELVILLE, NY – On June 4 and June 5, Nikon will bring the Nikon Wedding Truck Studio to New York City Hall (Office of the City Clerk), offering couples getting married the timeless keepsake of amazing images to help commemorate the start of the next chapter in their story together. Nikon is working with famous photographer and Nikon Ambassador Joe McNally to convert a truck into a fully functional photo studio, where couples getting married at the Office of the City Clerk that week are invited to get a professional portrait session at no cost.
 
“One of the most memorable and marvelous experiences l have had was capturing the wedding of my friends getting married at City Hall. People of all types were there to announce and share with the world that this was their beloved,” said McNally “Working with Nikon to bring this pop-up studio to life gives us a chance to celebrate this real emotion and provide couples with a stunning set of wedding photos to help remember their special day.”
 
The Nikon Wedding Truck Studio is part of Nikon’s “I AM Generation Image” Campaign, which inspires people to make their stories stand out through incredible imagery. Nikon will provide participating couples with high-quality portraits to keep and share with friends and family to remember their wedding day. McNally will be shooting with the Nikon D750 DSLR camera, NIKKOR lenses and Nikon Speedlights, giving couples the highest quality images as wedding-day keepsakes.
 
“A wedding is a joyous occasion and deserves to be documented, so that our children and grandchildren can experience the happiness and true emotions of a couple’s special day. High-quality images help to re-tell the story of that day to later generations, as if they were actually there,” said Lisa Baxt, Associate General Manager of Communications, Nikon Inc. “With the help of amazing images captured by Joe McNally, these newlyweds will receive beautiful images that will stand the test of time.”
 
The event will take place on June 4 and June 5 outside of the Office of the City Clerk, near 141 Worth Street in New York City. The portrait sessions will be free of charge, provided on a first come-first serve basis. Couples will leave with their images so that they can be shared with their loved ones.
 
Participating couples must have a valid New York State marriage certificate validating that they were married at City Hall during the week of June 1 to June 5 2015.
 
B&H carries Nikon DSLR camera equipment.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon USA News
Post Date: 5/27/2015 12:21:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon USA:
 
Highlights Include New EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera, XC10 4K Camcorder, and DP-V2410 4K Reference Monitor
 
MELVILLE, N.Y, MAY 27, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its latest 4K digital cinema products for professionals in the motion picture, television production, and video content creation industries in Booth #12 at Cine Gear Expo Los Angeles 2015 from Friday, June 5 through Saturday, June 6.
 
Located at the Studios at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, CA, visitors to the Canon booth will have an opportunity to receive hands-on experience with the latest cinema equipment offerings including the new EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera, XC10 4K Digital Camcorder, and DP-V2410 4K Reference Display introduced in April. Canon will also have its new CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 ultra-telephoto 4K zoom lens on display, the only lens of its kind in the industry. In addition, the new 50.6 megapixel, high-resolution EOS 5DS and 5DS R Digital SLR cameras will be shown.
 
In the Paramount Theatre during the Expo will be three Canon-hosted educational panel discussions, featuring industry professionals discussing their craft, and how Canon products have helped power their work. The panel discussion schedule is as follows:
 
  • Friday, June 5, 5:30 - 6:30 pm - Amazon Studios' Transparent: Capturing Intimate Scenes in 4K with the EOS C500 Camera featuring Jim Frohna (DP), Corinne Bogdanowicz (Colorist), and Zoe Van Brunt (2nd AC).
  • Saturday June 6, 12:45 - 1:45 pm - A First Look at the EOS C300 Mark II Camera with Gale Tattersall featuring Gale Tattersall (DP), Tony Gutierrez (1st AC) and Ari Robbins (Steadicam Operator).
  • Saturday June 6, 4:30 - 5:30 pm - Documentary Panel Discussion featuring Jenna Rosher (DP, "An Open Secret", "Janis: Little Girl Blue"), Svetlana Cvetko (DP, "Brand: A Second Coming", "Inequality for All") and Jerry Henry (DP, "City of Gold").
For more information about Canon at Cine Gear Expo LA 2015 please visit: pro.usa.canon.com/cinegear2015.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 5/27/2015 11:43:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
WD My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive with New Design
From WD:
 
New My Passport Drives Now Feature Up to 3 TB Capacity, Easier Backup Software and Personalization Options
 
IRVINE, Calif. – May 27, 2015 – WD, a Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC) company, and world leader in storage solutions, today introduced the new, redesigned My Passport Ultra portable hard drives and My Passport for Mac drives. With the My Passport line now in its 7th generation, the My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac portable hard drives are now available in capacities up to 3 TB1 and in four stylish colors2 - Classic Black, Brilliant White, Wild Berry and Noble Blue. WD is also introducing a new optional accessory – WD Grip Pack – a soft band, available in a variety of colors, which encircles the drive, offering consumers an easy way to personalize their My Passport drives.
 
“With more photos being taken than ever before, it’s critical to have a high capacity, reliable external storage solution that you can carry everywhere,” said Tony Tate, general manager and vice president of Content Storage Solutions at WD. “The latest generation My Passport drives deliver an easier automatic back-up experience, hardware-based encryption for security and higher capacities than ever before. Consumers can keep all their content in their pockets, while expressing their personal styles with the colors and WD Grip Pack.”
 
My Passport Ultra portable drives come in 3 TB, 2 TB, 1 TB and 500 GB capacities and feature 256-bit AES hardware encryption3 – delivering a high level of security with no impact to write-speed or CPU activity. If your My Passport Ultra falls into the wrong hands, the 256-bit AES hardware encryption protects users’ files, folders, photos, videos and music with a password known only to them. USB 3.0 compatibility provides fast data transfer rates of up to 5 gigabits per second, while being backwardly compatible with USB 2.0. My Passport for Mac portable drives are available in capacities of 3 TB, 2 TB, 1 TB and also feature 256-bit AES hardware encryption with USB 3.0 connectivity.
 
Sold separately, the WD Grip Pack accessory for My Passport Ultra is available in five colors (smoke, slate, grape, sky and fuchsia) and, when wrapped around one of the four colors of My Passport Ultra drives, enables consumers to create a total of twenty possible color combinations. The WD Grip Pack comes with a color-matched 18-inch flat USB 3.0 cable, creating a stylish complete solution.
 
My Passport Ultra’s built-in WD Backup software is a simple-to-use application with focus on reducing frustration when setting up a backup plan to preserve data. Since 31% of devices have had malware at some point, having your data safely backed up onto a secondary device like a My Passport drive is critical to preserving precious data.
 
Pricing and Availability
 
My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac portable drives are available today at select retailers, including Amazon (My Passport Ultra) and distributors. My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac have a Manufacturer’s Suggest Retail Price (MSRP) ranging from $79.99 up to $199.99 depending on capacity (3 TB capacity available next month). Both the My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac will offer a 3-year limited warranty. Terms and conditions of WD’s limited warranty may be found at support.wdc.com/warranty. WD Grip Pack accessories will be available in June and will have an MSRP of $12.99.
 
B&H carries the new WD My Passport Ultra drives.
Post Date: 5/27/2015 10:51:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 150-600mm Sports Lens Compared to the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary Lens
I'm deep into reviews of the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports and Contemporary lenses. While their names differ by only one word and their image quality appears very similar, these two lenses are dissimilar in many ways. Here is my list so far:
 
  • Sports lens is nearly 2x more expensive
  • Sports lens is significantly more-ruggedly constructed
  • Sports lens is significantly heavier – including the hood, measured in-use weights are 6.96 lbs (3.16kg) compared to 4.49 lbs (2.04kg)
  • Sports lens is moderately larger in both length and diameter (especially with the hoods in place) and the zoom extension is a bit longer
  • Contemporary lens has a 1/3 stop wider aperture over a small subset of the focal length range
  • Contemporary lens has a larger zoom ring with no contour in diameter mid-ring
  • Sports lens has a more-serious manual focus ring that is significantly larger with much more grip surface
  • Contemporary lens utilizes smaller (but still large) 95mm filters vs. 105mm
  • Contemporary zoom ring rotates 146° vs. the Sport's 126°
  • Sports lens has very rigid aluminum hood with rubberized end and thumbscrew lockdown vs. bayonet mount lightweight plastic hood
  • Both lenses feature a rubberized push/pull zoom grip surface, but the Sports has a ridge for a more-sure pull-back grip
  • Sports model has a smoother and stronger non-removable tripod mount ring and foot with a better-positioned lock knob, click detents at 90°, a much larger (and removable) foot with 3 threaded inserts (vs. 1) and dual neck strap attachment points
  • Contemporary model has a removable tripod mount ring with a rubber-like replacement ring
  • Sports model has a classier look
  • Contemporary lens has a lower profile switch bank
  • Based on side-by-side testing at multiple times, my perception is that the Contemporary focuses slightly faster, but the Sports has been more consistently accurate at the wide end
  • Sports lens has integrated shoulder strap on the back of its case while Contemporary lens has removable neck strap that attaches to opposite sides of its case
  • Sports lens has dust & splash proof "construction" while the Contemporary has a dust & splash proof "mount"
  • Sports lens has two FLD (“F” Low Dispersion with performance similar to flourite) and three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements vs. one FLD and three SLD glass elements
  • Sports lens has 24 elements in 16 groups while the Contemporary has 20 in 14
  • Sports lens gets water & oil repellent coating on both front & rear elements while the Contemporary gets this coating on the rear element only
I hope to have these full reviews completed soon.
 
B&H has the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens available for preorder (Sigma mount is in stock).
 
B&H has the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens in Canon mount in stock with other mounts available for preorder.
Post Date: 5/27/2015 9:32:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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