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 Wednesday, November 2, 2016
From Canon:
 
TOKYO, November 2, 2016 — Canon Inc. announced today that the Company’s Powershot G5 X premium digital compact camera was recognized for design excellence by the Hong Kong Design Centre,* winning a DFA Design for Asia Awards Bronze Award.
 
The Powershot G5 X is equipped with a 1.0 inch large-format CMOS sensor and a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF). The award-winning compact camera offers intuitive controls afforded by such design features as multiple dials enabling the selection of a range of shooting settings and an electronic dial on the front of the camera.
 
Canon has submitted entries to the DFA Design for Asia Awards since 2013 and, since that time, has been awarded one Silver Award, three Bronze Awards, and one Merit Award for such products as Cinema EOS System professional cinematography equipment, video camcorders, cameras and interchangeable lenses. Encouraged by this latest industry recognition, Canon will continue striving to create products that combine the highest levels of performance and design excellence.
 
B&H carries the Canon Powershot G5 X.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/2/2016 7:46:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Benro S7 Dual Stage Video Tripod Kit available for $349.00 with free shipping. Regularly $449.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 15.4 lb / 7 kg Maximum Capacity
  • Sliding QR Plate with Safety Lock
  • Spring-Loaded Counterbalance System
  • Stepless Adjustable Pan and Tilt Drag
  • 75mm Ball Mount
  • 2-Stage Tripod with Mid Level Spreader
  • 30 to 62" Height Range
  • Independent Twist-Lock Leg Adjustments
  • Removable Rubber Spike Covers
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/2/2016 7:34:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has filed a patent for a variable optical low-pass filter (OLPF) which uses the auto exposure (AE) sensor for determining the strength of the effect.
 
Patent Details
 
  • Published 2016.9.29
  • Submitted 2015.3.17
  • Performing object recognition using an image sensor AE sensor
  • Using a variable OLPF for false color reduction
  • Image quality decreases when focus deviation occurs is generated by the temperature, is detected object recognition is erroneous
  • It suppresses the effect of the variable OLPF according to the temperature, suppressing the influence of the deterioration in image quality
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/2/2016 5:32:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Erik Valind demonstrates how to easily and simply capture bridal details on the wedding day for albums with one speedlight, a FlashBender 2 Large Reflector and a Rogue Collapsible Reflector. Flash photography lighting video tutorial, techniques and tips.
 
B&H carries Rogue Flashbender products and the Rogue collapsible reflector.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/2/2016 5:20:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, November 1, 2016
From Canon USA:
 
Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following enhancement:
 
  • Support for the Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1 has been added.
When updating the firmware of your camera, please review the instructions thoroughly before you update the firmware. The firmware update takes approximately 6 minutes. Please note that the firmware for EOS 5DS R and EOS 5DS is different. Notes:
 
  1. The firmware cannot be updated when the Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1 is inserted into the camera.
  2. Once the camera is updated to Version 1.1.0, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version (Version 1.0.1).
  3. EOS 5DS R cameras with Firmware Version 1.1.0 require the latest version of EOS Utility and Camera Connect.
    • EOS Utility Version 3.5.0 or later can be downloaded from our Web site.
    • Camera Connect 1.3.10 or later can be downloaded from App Store or Google Play.
    • Versions of application software that support Firmware Version 1.1.0 of the camera
    • EOS Utility Version 3.5.0 or later
    • Camera Connect 1.3.10 or later
      * EOS Utility is supported on the following OSes:
      Windows 10 / 8.1 / 7 SP1, Mac OS X v10.9 / 10.10 / 10.11
      * Camera Connect is supported on the following OSes:
      iOS 8.4 / 9.3, Android 4.1-4.4 / 5.0-5.1 / 6.0
  4. Download the latest version of the Instruction Manual which contains information regarding the enhancements provided in this firmware update.
Download:
Canon 5Ds Firmware v1.1.0
Canon 5Ds R Firmware v1.1.0
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R DSLR cameras. They also have the Canon W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/1/2016 11:49:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 Contemporary lens, 20mm F1.4 Art lens, 24-35mm F2 Art lens, 50-100mm F1.8 Art lens and Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 garner top accolades
 
New York, New York – November 1, 2016 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, has been honored with 10 prestigious industry awards in 2016, including two Lucie Technical Awards presented at the recent 2016 PhotoPlus Expo. The Sigma Global Vision 20mm F1.4 Art took home a Lucie for “Best Wide Angle Prime Lens,” and the brand new Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 Art received the “Best Standard Zoom Lens” award for its outstanding technical innovation
 
Sigma Global Vision lenses and the brand new Mount Converter MC-11 have earned high marks throughout 2016, receiving numerous awards and accolades including:
 
  • The world renowned TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) judging panel named Sigma’s 50-100mm F1.8 Art as “Best DSLR Telephoto Zoom Lens”; the 24-35mm F2 Art as “Best DSLR Wide Angle Zoom Lens”; and the 20mm F1.4 Art as “Best Professional DSLR Lens.”
  • Madavor Media’s Digital Photo magazine put the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 Art on its Editor’s Choice Awards list for “Best Professional APS-C Lens.”
  • Professional Photographer honored the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 Art lens and Mount Converter MC-11 with highly sought after Hot One Awards, citing the newcomers as the year’s best and most noteworthy technology products for professional photographers.
  • The 50-100mm F1.8 Art proved to be the top zoom lens choice again in August, when Sigma was presented with the “European DSLR Zoom Lens 2016-2017” award from EISA (the European Imaging and Sound Association).
  • Rounding out the list is the 2016 TWICE VIP Award for the Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 Contemporary lens, which took honors in the “Best Camera Accessories” category.
“It’s a true honor and privilege to be recognized by these highly respected industry organizations,” states Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Sigma is incredibly passionate about creating innovative lenses and accessories for everyone from amateur photographers to seasoned professionals. A special thank you goes to EISA, Madavor Media, Professional Photographer, The Lucie Awards, TIPA and TWICE for recognizing that innovation and passion.”
 
Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC HSM OS Macro Contemporary Lens
Designed for APS-C cameras (equates to a 27-450mm), the Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 lens features a 16.6x zoom ratio covering focal lengths from wide to telephoto. It also boasts a 1:3 macro ratio. An enhanced optical stabilizer compensates for camera shake, while an optimized hyper-sonic motor ensures quiet and fast autofocus. Four FLD (performance equal to fluorite) paired with one SLD glass element capture incredibly sharp and contrasted images all the way through the focal length. Top quality glass mitigates aberration to produce outstanding results.
 
Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Ideal for videography, astrophotography, landscape, low-light/indoor and event photography, the state-of-the-art 20mm F1.4 Art is a wide-angle prime lens that supports both full-frame and APS-C sensor cameras. Designed with careful attention to the lens’ edge-to-edge performance, the 20mm F1.4 is Sigma’s widest prime Art lens to date. It features premium FLD glass and five SLD glass elements in a 15-element, 11-group design. The advanced lens structure minimizes spherical aberration, axial chromatic aberration and field curvature to deliver incredible image quality. Tested using the proprietary “A1” measuring system, the 20mm F1.4 Art delivers the highest standard of operation for professionals.
 
Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens
The 24-35mm F2 Art lens is the world’s first full-frame F2 zoom lens, marrying the versatility of a zoom with outstanding optics performance. Featuring premium FLD glass and seven SLD glass elements, the 24-35mm F2 creates sharp and beautiful images. Its large diameter, aspherical lens also provides a stunning level of brightness, which is ideal even at the widest of apertures.
 
Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
Building on the core capabilities of the Sigma 1
8-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens, the five-time award-winning Sigma 50-100 F1.8 Art lens covers three popular short tele prime focal lengths (85mm, 105mm and 135mm), offering a mid-range zoom that is ideal for both photographers and videographers. Key features include three FLD glass elements and one high-refractive index, high-dispersion glass element to minimize aberrations; a redesigned, enhanced Hyper Sonic Motor; a durable polycarbonate diaphragm and a versatile inner focusing and zoom design.
 
Sigma Mount Converter MC-11
The high-performance Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 is engineered for Sony E-mount, full frame and APS-C sensor cameras. It allows users to access 17 high-performance Sigma Canon Mount (EF) and Sigma Mount (SA) Global Vision lenses. It features an internal control data system that ensures perfect optimization of AF drive, aperture control and additional supported functions including continuous autofocus and eye detection. Utilizing the latest technology, the MC-11 supports fast and accurate autofocus and will work in conjunction with in-camera and in-lens stabilization functions. With added integrated flocking, lens performance is assured to have no internal reflections and reduction. As new compatible lenses are released, the MC-11 can be updated via a personal computer using the Sigma Optimization Pro software and Sigma USB Dock (sold separately).
 
B&H carries the following products:
 
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 11/1/2016 11:24:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From 3 Legged Thing:
 
Introducing the 2016 PUNKS
 
The all-new tripod range, PUNKS by 3 Legged Thing are out now! Travis, the everyday use tripod, and Corey, our ultra lightweight micro travel tripod are packed full of 3LT innovation, including a detachable monopod, the patented Tri-Mount Plate for multiple accessory attachments, plus much, much more. All that is left for you to do is, choose your weapon.
 
Corey is a new generation of micro traveller tripods. Packed full of features, with extraordinary functionality and capability, the new Corey tripod is a culmination of 2 years of design and development.
 
With 5 section legs and a 2 section column, and an AirHed Neo, Corey extends to a good working height, whilst retaining the ability to fold down to an incredibly compact size for stowage. With a load capability of 14kg / 30lbs, Corey is the perfect combination of weight, size and capability for photographers of all genres and abilities.
 
Travis is the first Punks tripod designed for every day use. Packed full of features, with extraordinary functionality and capability, Travis will appeal to any photographer looking for a great all-round tripod.
 
With 4 section legs and a single column, and an AirHed Neo, Travis provides exceptional stability and rigidity, and a load capability of 18kg / 40lbs. Perfect for photographers of multiple genres, and adaptable to almost any situation, the new Punks Travis is an excellent multi-purpose tripod for general use.
 
B&H carries the 3 Legged Thing Travis and Corey tripods.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/1/2016 10:31:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In a move that I'm sure doesn't involve any patent violations *cough*, Chinese photo gear manufacturer Yongnuo is planning to release a EF mount 100mm f/2 lens that looks strikingly similar to Canon's EF 100mm f/2 USM.
 
We're uncertain just how Yongnuo traverses this slipperly slope, but... it wouldn't be the first time. Maybe since the focus distance scale turns in the opposite direction as the focus ring, Yongnuo can claim a completely different design?
 
Update: Ah, it looks like the EF 100mm f/2 USM was designed and patented long enough ago that the patent has run out.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Yongnuo News
Post Date: 11/1/2016 8:37:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the new Apple MacBook Pros with Touch Bar available for preorder.
 
The Touch Bar looks to be a very interesting feature and one that photographers will likely find useful once developers introduce support for custom function bars in their software offerings.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 11/1/2016 6:27:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 350 AW (Black) available for $89.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $149.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For DSLR/70-200 Lens, 2 Lenses, Flash
  • Or LED Light, Headphones, Mic,17" Laptop
  • Tripod or DSLR Video Rig
  • Fast-Access, Side Entry Pocket
  • Tripod/DSLR Video Rig Attachment
  • Hidden ID Pocket / Audio Compartment
  • Stow-Away Waist Belt
  • Top Grab Handle
  • Removable Custom Audio Utility Pouch
  • All-Weather Cover
Note: For more storage needs, you may also consider the Lowepro Pro Runner 300 AW Backpack, currently available for $109.95 shipped. Regularly $179.99.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/1/2016 5:49:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro available for $159.95 with free shipping. Regularly $249.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Ideal for Video & DSLR Cameras
  • Integrated Shoemount/Shockmount
  • Level Switch: -10 dB / 0 dB / +20 dB
  • High-Pass Filter Switch: 75 Hz
  • Durable Multi-Strand Cable
  • 1/8" (3.5mm) Output Connector
  • 9V Battery Powered
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/1/2016 5:37:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 31, 2016

 
This week, we discuss public speaking, mispronunciation of words, and the new show Atlanta. Adam also tells the story of how he recently fixed Norm's broken camera lens (an EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM on a 5D Mark IV) with some unorthodox problem solving. Plus, a new book recommendation!
 
From Sean: For less severe stuck filter problems, we suggest keeping some of these in all your camera gear bags.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/31/2016 1:55:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Canon's CarePAK PLUS promotion has been extended for eligible purchases made through the end of the year.
 
CarePAK PLUS Benefits Include
 
  • Protection from Accidental Damage
  • Additional Hardware Coverage
  • Priority Service and Free Returns
  • Service & Support Directly from Canon
  • $0 Deductible
  • Transferable
Eligible Canon Products
 
Considering that most of the items listed above also qualify for instant and/or mail-in rebates, now seems like a great time to fill out one's photography kit.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/31/2016 8:47:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon has once again extended their instant rebate program with the current one in effect from October 30 through November 19. Here are some of the changes I noticed this time around:
 
  • EOS 1D X II, 1D X rebates expired
  • EOS Rebel T5i rebates went from $150.00-$300.00 to $200.00-$400.00
  • EOS Rebel T5 no longer technically listed, but rebates are still available for it
  • EOS M3 rebates increased from $150.00-$550.00 to $250.00-$650.00
  • EF 50mm f/1.4 USM / EF 85mm f/1.8 USM rebates increased by $20.00
Newly Qualifying Gear & Rebate
 
  • EF-S 10-22mm - $50.00
  • EF 35mm f/2 IS USM - $50.00
  • EF 45mm f/2.8 STM - $20.00
  • Speedlite 600EX II-RT - $50.00
Also note that many lenses qualify for an additional mail-in rebate if two eligible lenses are purchased at the same time. See more details on that program here.
 
Update: Canon's CarePAK PLUS program (providing accidental damage protection & other benefits) has been extended through the end of the year for qualifying purchases (details here).
 
Canon Camera and Lens Rebates (Oct 30 - Nov 19)
 
ModelRebate Amount
Canon EOS 5Ds Buy$200.00
Canon EOS 5Ds R Buy$200.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Buy$300.00
Canon EOS 6D Buy$200.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Buy$300.00
Canon EOS 80D Buy$100.00 - $500.00
Canon EOS 70D Buy$200.00 - $450.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6s / 760D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D Buy$150.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D Buy$200.00 - $400.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Buy$50.00 - $200.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Buy$150.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS M3 Buy$250.00 - $650.00
Canon EOS M10 Buy$150.00 - $170.00
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy$20.00
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$20.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy$70.00
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy$70.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$70.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy$70.00
Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flash Buy$50.00
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Buy$50.00
Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash Buy$50.00
Canon Speedlite 270EX II Flash Buy$30.00
Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX Flash Buy$60.00
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash Buy$50.00
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/31/2016 8:43:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Creative Cloud YouTube Channel:
 
Photographer Andrew Scrivani shares his top 5 tips on how to improve your food photography.
 
Note from Sean: In Andrew's second tip, "Soften light with a diffuser," I would call the tool he uses a "diffusion panel," "scrim" or "diffuser," but not a "flag." A flag is typically used to entirely block light from an area, while the other terms are used for tools that modify the light that actually hits a scene. Also, the "light cutter" tool Andrew uses is typically referred to as a "black card" used for negative fill.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/31/2016 7:36:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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