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 Monday, May 1, 2017
Just posted: Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D Review.
 
If you read the Canon EOS 77D review, the T7i review is going to sound very similar. These two cameras are nearly identical. What are the differences between the 77D and the Rebel T7i / 800D? Here is the primary feature difference list:
 
  • Top LCD Data Panel vs. none
  • Top mode dial and power switch on left vs. right
  • Rear Control Dial vs. only Cross Keys
  • Multi-function Lock Switch vs. none
  • Auto Display-Off Sensor by the viewfinder vs. none
  • AF On button vs. none
A big additional advantage from my perspective is that all localities get to call the 77D by the same name whereas the Rebel T7i may also be confusingly referred to as the 800D or Kiss X9i depending on the country where you live. Please note that the T7i review was not hands-on, but created based on experience with the 77D.
 
The bottom line is that, like the flagship Rebel models before it, the Rebel T7i is a lot of camera for the price.
 
The Canon EOS Rebel T7i is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/1/2017 8:27:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 28, 2017
I know, you thought that you could avoid math if you pursued photography. But, there is one math test that all photographers must pass.
 
For this test, you need to answer two questions:
 
1. When was the last date you captured an image that you care about? In the equation above, that's value "A".
 
2. When was the last date you backed up all of your images with a copy stored at a trusted off-site location? That's value "B".
 
Subtract your second answer from your first to get "C", a duration in days (or go to hours for a higher precision). I know, date subtraction is not so easy, but ... hopefully the answer involves a small enough number for you to do the math in your head.
 
If the result is a near-zero value, I congratulate you heartily (0 is the perfect score). You are among a minority. If you needed to resort to a date calculator app to solve this math problem, you are in imminent danger of losing something important to you, perhaps an image collection that has taken a decade or longer to create. If your duration-since-last-backup calculation is multiple days, right now is when you need to do something about this problem. It is only a matter of time until you lose the images captured since your last backup – you can be assured that failure will happen.
 
If you don't know where to start, buy a few WD My Passport external hard drives at B&H, Adorama or Amazon. I have dozens of these drives, have used them for roughly a decade and have had no failures ever (I know, I'm due). These drives are very small (great for portability to the referenced off-site location), reasonably-priced and, with the latest models arriving in 4TB capacities, they hold a LOT of high resolution photos. Simply copy all of your images (and any other important files) to two or more drives and move at least one to a safe off-site location. Best is to use a rotation of multiple drives that insures all copies are never in the same location. Being a bit paranoid (AKA experienced in these matters), I use a double redundancy approach.
 
Hopefully you sleep better knowing that your images are safely backed up. If something terrible happens, such as a house fire, you can focus on getting you and your loved ones out of the house instead of making a desperate rescue attempt of a prized image collection.
 
Timely is that after I initially created this post but before I shared it, the SSD (Solid State Drive) in one of our laptops became corrupt.
 
Again, right now is the time to shore up your image preservation strategy.
Category: Image Backup
Post Date: 4/28/2017 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
As I mentioned in the Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone Lens review, a significant March snowstorm simultaneously arrived with this lens, dumping 19" of snow in less than a day. While that snow volume may seem miniscule to those in some locations, the amount was (or nearly was) a 24-hr record for this area. And, after the snow fell, the wind started. Wind of course brings about snow drifting and I knew where I might find some drifting effects to capture.
 
A 1 mile (1.6km) jog/hike in knee-deep snow brought me to a mountaintop field just prior to sunset where I successfully found interesting wind-formed wave-like patterns in the snow. The late-day low sun angle meant the patterns were side-lit, emphasizing their shapes along with some color temperature variance occurring between the sun-lit and shaded areas.
 
One of my favorite uses of wide angle focal lengths is to make close subjects appear large in relation to what is behind them and to keep what is behind them in sharp focus. The 15mm focal length worked great for application of this concept, emphasizing the uneven snow in the field. Note that I had to be careful to keep my shadow out of the frame.
 
A funny story: I took a somewhat different route back to home and unwittingly stepped over the edge of a bank and into a deep snowdrift. After sinking in well over my waist, the angle of the ground (once I finally reached it) caused me to continue sliding at an angle, leaving me strongly tipped and in about shoulder-deep. Any attempt to move caused me to sink deeper and trying to dig out was ... an unusual experience. Fortunately, the camera and lens were in a Lowepro Toploader Pro 70 AW case, so no worries there and after I brushed off, only the humor of the moment was remaining. Remember – photography can be as much about creating stories as it is about telling them.
 
If you do not already have an ultra-wide angle lens in your kit, definitely check out the Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone or Firefly Lens. Either version of this lens can add a lot of capability to your kit for a low cost.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
15mm  f/8.0  1/100s
ISO 100
8688 x 5792px
Post Date: 4/28/2017 9:02:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 4/28/2017 5:51:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 27, 2017
Update: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Firmware v.1.1.1 is no longer unavailable due to a W-E1 communication error bug.
 
Original Post:
 
Canon EOS 7D Mark II firmware v.1.1.1 has been released. See details below. (thanks Trent)
 
From Canon USA:
 
Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following improvement and fix:
 
  • Enhances reliability of communications when transferring images using Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 (A/B/C/D/E).
  • Corrects the phenomenon of Err70 which occurs with certain combinations of settings.
  • Corrects the phenomenon in which in very rare cases the shutter can no longer be released.
  • Enhances reliability of operations for specific custom function settings.
Download: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Firmware v.1.1.1
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/27/2017 8:15:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon has published Nikon Technical Solutions | Radio-Controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting Tips for owners of the SB-5000 AF Speedlight, Nikon's first (and so far, only) radio-enabled flash.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/27/2017 8:09:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 26, 2017

 
From the Nikon Europe YouTube Channel:
 
A macro lens will help you get up close and personal with your subject, allowing you to capture details that may not even be visible with the naked eye. Enriched detail, together with impressive depth of field separation, also makes these lenses great for more than just macro shots.
 
If you'd like more information on macro lenses, check out our post Photography 101: What Is a Macro Lens?
 
B&H carries macro lenses.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/26/2017 11:09:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Distortion test results have been added to the Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens page (a full review is planned).
 
I don't often dedicate an entire post to just distortion results for a single lens, but ... I thought the results for this one were remarkable enough to highlight for you. If you are looking for an ultra-wide angle full frame lens that keeps your lines straight (attention architecture photographers), this one should have your attention. Here are some comparisons:
 
Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 compared to Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Lens
Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 compared to Sigma 12-24mm f/4 Art Lens
 
The Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 4/26/2017 7:53:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has released their finanicial results for 1Q 2017. See below for more information.
 
Related Articles
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/26/2017 6:27:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon Australia:
 
Sydney, Australia, 26 April 2017 – Canon Australia has announced that Season 2 of the brand’s locally produced Tales by Light photography adventure series will stream globally on Netflix from 21 April, following the successful launch of the Season 1 in November 2016.
 
A stunning cinematic experience, Tales by Light Season 2 builds on the concept established in the first series, following the journeys of acclaimed photographers as they pursue their personal projects. Comprising three in-depth episodes, Season 2 shows the endeavours of the photographers to challenge people’s perceptions through their art.
 
“The reaction to Tales by Light since it launched on Netflix in November has been amazing and an indication of the appetite for a photography-based series around the world,” says Director of Canon Australia’s consumer imaging business and Executive Producer for the series Jason McLean. “We know that people ultimately want help to unlock their potential with photography regardless of their level and this starts with inspiration, which is ultimately what Tales by Light is about.”
 
Prior to joining the Netflix documentary content line-up, Tales by Light Seasons 1 and 2 screened initially on the National Geographic Channel subscription network in Australia and New Zealand.
 
A brand in transition
 
Canon Australia has been on its own journey for the past several years, moving from the traditional focus on products and features into content and experiences that entertain, educate and inspire with the focus firmly on the photographer and their needs and ambitions.
 
“We’re now an experience brand dedicated to helping people achieve more with our products,” continues McLean. “Tales by Light is a great example of the value that we can offer and we continue that journey on our local brand site where we provide resources to nurture skills and creativity and celebrate people’s achievements more broadly. Our social media pages are almost entirely user-generated and are thriving communities of creative inspiration.”
 
Canon Australia was recently nominated in the top-five global sites in the Webby Awards “Best Social - Photography and Graphics” category alongside Red Bull, National Geographic and Nike’s Jordan Brand worldwide.”
 
WHERE TO VIEW
 
To watch Tales by Light: www.netflix.com
For additional content: www.canon.com.au/talesbylight
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/26/2017 6:16:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 25, 2017

 
From the DJI YouTube Channel:
 
We give casual drone users the changes to fly using the DJI Goggles for the first time anywhere. Experience this incredible new way to fly along side them.
 
B&H has the DJI Goggles available for preorder.
 
Note: My understading of the current drone regulations would make use of this device outdoors by the drone operator illegal in the U.S. unless a) flying under the Part 107 rule (requiring a remote pilot certificate) and b) a waiver for first-person view goggles is obtained. [Sean]
Category: DJI News
Post Date: 4/25/2017 1:00:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.00 to 1.01
 
  • Fixed an issue that prevented additional deletions after multiple shots had been deleted in succession from a single burst of pictures.
Download: Nikon 1 J5 Firmware v.1.01
 
B&H carries the Nikon 1 J5 Mirrorless Digital Camera.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/25/2017 10:28:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Canon EOS 77D Review.
 
It's a great little camera. The biggest surprise to me? A significantly deeper grip that allows me to hold the camera and up to a medium-sized lens with only the three fingers.
 
The Canon EOS 77D is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/25/2017 8:50:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 24, 2017
Announced in August 2016 and slated for widespread availability in October of that year, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is finally in stock with free expedited shipping at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/24/2017 3:09:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DJI:
 
Redesigned Three-Axis Stabilized Gimbal System Lets Professionals Capture Smooth, Steady Footage in Every Situation
 
DJI, the world’s leader in creative camera technology, today introduced Ronin 2, the three-axis camera stabilizer redesigned to give filmmakers the freedom to capture any scene they can imagine. Based on DJI’s transformative gimbal technology, Ronin 2 has more power and torque to carry larger cameras, is more versatile to be used in every situation, and has more intelligent features to allow for unprecedented camera moves that help realize every creative vision.
 
“Ronin 2 dramatically improves every aspect of the camera operating experience and is the best stabilizer we have ever made,” said Paul Pan, DJI Senior Product Manager. “Completely redesigned to meet the needs of today’s camera professionals, Ronin 2 makes it easier than ever to capture stunning cinematic footage under the widest variety of situations.”
 
A Powerful Platform For Creative Freedom
 
Ronin 2 gives filmmakers complete freedom to select the right camera for the shot. An enlarged camera cage and 50mm extendable arms support everything from DSLRs to full cinematic cameras and lenses. Powerful gimbal motors ensure sufficient torque to handle payloads up to 30 pounds. Aided by onboard GPS, the powerful encoded motors let Ronin 2 travel at speeds of up to 75 mph while delivering the same 0.02 degrees of sub-pixel level precision that Ronin users have come to expect.
 
Versatile Mounts and Movements
 
With a new design and detachable Grip, Ronin 2 brings custom stabilization to the full range of camera mounts that directors rely on. From basic handheld and jib configurations to Ready Rig, plus cable cams, vehicles and drones, Ronin 2 provides a wide range of creative flexibility. A new two-axis operation mode for mounting to Steadicams offers unique and creative movements that were once impossible to perform. The quick release mount makes it easy to transfer seamlessly from one scene to the next, giving filmmakers new freedom to explore every perspective with stability and control. A redesigned dual band 2.4/5.8 GHz remote allows minimized interference for full control during remote and two-person operation at a range of nearly 1.5 kilometers.
 
Faster To Set Up and Easier To Use
 
Every detail of Ronin 2 has been improved for quick setup and easy operation. New axis locking levers and fine tuning knobs deliver faster and more precise balancing, while the Auto Tune Stability feature intelligently adjusts motor parameters for optimal use in seconds. A new integrated touch screen with 1,000 nits of brightness lets professionals directly configure the gimbal settings for on-the-fly adjustments and for full control of mounted RED cameras.
 
Redesigned Frame with Centralized Power
 
Ronin 2 features a redesigned carbon fiber monocoque style frame, providing the highest quality manufacturing ever in a handheld stabilized camera rig while making the platform durable, lightweight and easy to carry. New fold-away feet enable the operator to set the platform down during handheld filming without the need for a separate stand. A splash-proof enclosed motor design with internally routed power, SDI and data cabling enables worry-free shooting in the most demanding environments.
 
Integrated power and data ports make Ronin 2 a centralized system for cameras and all accessories without the need for multiple power systems. It features four 14.4-volt (8 amps total) ports near the camera cage, two 12.6-volt (4 amps total) ports near the pan motor, and one P-Tap 12.6-volt (4 amps) outlet on the battery mount.
 
Dual hot-swappable batteries provide continuous uptime without ever powering down. They are capable of operating simultaneously and independently to provide 2.5 hours of runtime to power the gimbal and a RED Dragon camera. Ronin 2 uses the same ultra-fast charging, high-capacity, self-heating batteries as the DJI Inspire 2, simplifying battery management and guaranteeing reliable power in extreme cold temperatures down to -4 degrees Fahrenheit. The battery system is fully detachable to provide a portable power supply for any 12-volt P-Tap powered camera or accessory.
 
Enhanced Intelligent Features
 
The completely updated DJI gimbal assistant mobile app provides a more intuitive and easier-to-use interface for bringing a cinematic vision to life. It includes new studio-oriented functions to easily capture complicated camera moves that once required specialized expertise or additional equipment.
 
The new Panorama mode automatically controls Ronin 2 to create still image panoramas that account for the camera sensor type and lens focal length as well as the user-defined overlap rate. Its new Timelapse mode can program multiple movements and camera actions at different points along a route, and view progress in real time. And the new CamAnchor mode lets operators quickly record a preferred gimbal orientation at particular locations, then revisit them with a simple touch as the camera moves from point to point.
 
The intelligent SmoothTrack system that provides stable images while the camera is on the move has been enhanced with an updated algorithm for keeping Ronin 2 in sync with the operator’s movements. For every scenario encountered by a professional camera, Ronin 2 users can fine-tune how their rig responds to new movements along all three axes.
 
Availability
 
Ronin 2 will be available in the second quarter of 2017 from DJI Authorized Retail Stores and DJI Resellers worldwide. Pricing will be announced prior to availability.
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