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 Thursday, September 15, 2016
From Canon:
 
Affordable Lens Features NANO USM Technology, Enhanced Image Stabilizer and Information Display
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 15, 2016 – Having the right tool for the job has long been the mantra for professional photographers and hobbyists alike. Canon’s wide array of lenses provide users with a variety of creative options to help capture dynamic photos and videos with their DSLR cameras. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the new Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens featuring NANO USM technology for high-speed and near-silent focusing in both still and video modes. The lens also features a new LCD information display and four-stop* image stabilization.
 
“To help photographers that are striving to create the most amazing pictures and videos possible, Canon is dedicated to developing the best tools to help them with their goal,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Having this new EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens in a photographer’s camera bag will surely help them achieve their creative vision.”
 
Designed with the user in mind, this affordable new lens includes technology to spark creativity and deliver excellent image and video quality from afar. This is the second Canon lens equipped with NANO USM technology, a focusing motor that combines the benefits of a ring USM (ultrasonic motor) for high-speed AF during still photo shooting and lead-screw type STM (stepping motor) for smooth and quiet video autofocusing (AF)
 
Features for the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens include:
 
  • High-speed autofocus for shooting stills and smooth, near-silent autofocus when shooting video is achieved by incorporating NANO USM technology.
  • New Lens Information Display shows focusing distance, focal length and shake amount.
  • One UD Lens helps reduce chromatic aberration and delivers outstanding high resolution and high-contrast results.
  • Image Stabilizer effect at up-to-4* stops of shake correction helps capture sharp images.
  • Circular aperture (9 blades) helps deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in AF Mode.
The Canon EF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS II USM lens is scheduled to be available in November 2016, for an estimated retail price of $549.99
 
Preorders
 
Canon EF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens – B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/15/2016 12:13:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
EOS M5 Camera Provides The Fastest Autofocus (AF) speed of EOS M-Series and a built-in Electronic Viewfinder
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 15, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the latest additions to its EOS M series system - the new Canon EOS M5 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera and compact EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens. The EOS M5 camera features a 24.2 Megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor, DIGIC 7 Image Processor and the fastest AF speed in the EOS M-series , enabling photographers to capture clear, sharp, high-resolution images and Full HD videos. It is also the first in the EOS camera line to include the low energy Bluetooth Smart feature that can maintain a constant connection with your compatible smartphone or tablet when you use the Canon camera connect application and both applications are active. The versatile EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens is compatible with all Canon EOS M series digital cameras, and is a great option for photographers looking to capture scenic landscapes while traveling to close-up shots from afar.
 
“The new capabilities found in the Canon EOS M5 Camera and EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens set a new standard for our EOS M series of cameras and lenses, showing that Canon is constantly incorporating performance enhancements desired by our customers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “When paired together, the new EOS M5 camera and EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens provide image-makers of all levels with powerful tools that enable them to capture a variety of remarkable images and videos.”
 
In addition, advanced photographers will appreciate the improved operability of the EOS M5 camera. It has a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) and Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF for capturing stills and shooting video with smooth and precise autofocus. This allows for Touch and Drag AF so users can easily switch the subject of their focus by dragging the AF frame directly on the LCD panel, even while looking through the camera’s EVF. Focus peaking allows users to highlight the area of the image that is in focus from within the EVF or LCD monitor. In addition to its touchscreen operability, the EOS M5 camera also has easily accessible dials that allow you to quickly adjust your settings on-the-go.
 
Key Features of the Canon EOS M5 Camera Include:
 
  • 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, ISO 100–25600.
  • Fast and smooth Dual Pixel CMOS AF helps you capture stills and shoot video with quick and precise autofocus.
  • High-speed continuous shooting at up to 7.0 fps (up to 9.0 fps with AF Lock) and new DIGIC 7 Image Processor with improved AF tracking performance.
  • Full HD 60p helps capture fast-moving subjects and brilliant results in MP4 format.
  • Digital IS with 5-axis image stabilization when shooting movies plus increased image stabilization with both lens optical IS and in-camera digital IS when shooting with an IS lens.
  • Built-in high-resolution EVF (approx. 2,360,000 dots) with new Touch and Drag AF lets you manually move the AF frame displayed for more precise focusing in different shooting situations.
  • Intuitive touch screen 3.2 tilt-type (85° up/180° down) LCD monitor (approx. 1,620,000 dots) enables flexible positioning and clear viewing.
  • Easily customize functions while shooting using the Main Dial, Quick Control Dial, Dial Function Button and Exposure Compensation Dial.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC allows for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos.
  • Equipped with Bluetoothiii Smart for smooth pairing with a compatible smartphone by powering on both devices for easy photo sharing and remote control possibilities.
  • Shorter camera startup time and interval time between each image capture for a more efficient shooting experience.
  • Compatible with EF-M lenses as well as the full line of EF and EF-Sviii lenses and Speedlites for expanded creativity.
The Canon EOS M5 also features Combination IS with in-camera 5-axis image stabilization, while capturing video, a first in the Canon EOS series. With a compatible lens attachediv, Combination IS leverages optical IS and in-camera digital IS to help create tremendously smooth videos. The DIGIC 7 Image Processor makes the 5-axis IS possible even with lenses that do not contain IS, because the in-camera image stabilization functions independently to help reduce camera shake when shooting videos.
 
Additionally, the EOS M5 camera shoots impressive time-lapse videos. The EOS M5 camera also allows for easy panning by setting the optimal shutter speed after analyzing the camera's panning speed and how fast the subject is moving.
 
The new Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens offers a high-zoom ratio, expanding the range of photographic possibilities for EOS M digital cameras. Its image stabilizer helps with reducing image blur and making image and video shooting easier at longer focal lengths. Along with the enhanced performance, the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens is compact and lightweight, making it a versatile and convenient lens to carry.
 
Key Features of the Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Include:
 
  • Canon’s first EF-M high-zoom power lens covering a broad range of shooting scenes with a high-zoom ratio of up to 8.3x (29–240mm equivalent).
  • Compact and lightweight design allows for easy portability.
  • Optical design helps provide excellent image quality across a broad zoom range comparable to the EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM lens.
  • Maximum magnification of 0.31x at focal length 150mm.
  • Image Stabilizer effect at up to 4 stops of shake correction helps capture sharp images.
Pricing and Availability
 
The new Canon EOS M5 camera is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in November 2016, for an estimated retail price of $979.99 for the body only. It will also be sold as part of body-and-lens kits with EF-M 15-45mm/F3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom kit lens (estimated retail price of $1,099.00, scheduled to be available early November 2016 ), and with the new EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for an (estimated retail price of $1,479.00, scheduled to be available early December 2016)
 
In addition, the new Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, available in graphite and silver colors, is scheduled to be available in December 2016 for an estimated retail price of $499.99.
 
Additional optional EOS accessories include a Body Jacket (EM-E2) and Neck Strap (EH29-CJ) that come in black or brown.
 
Preorders:
 
Canon EOS M5 – B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic
Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM – B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/15/2016 12:09:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 14, 2016
B&H has the Nikon D3400 DSLR camera in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • Native ISO 100-25600; 5 fps Shooting
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Multi-CAM 1000 11-Point AF System
  • SnapBridge Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Guide Mode and Special Effects
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/14/2016 7:44:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
Adobe DNG is now standard format for mobile photography across both iOS and Android
 
SAN JOSE, Calif – Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced an update to Lightroom for mobile, making it one of the first apps for capturing Adobe DNG photos on iOS 10 devices. Adobe DNG is the only raw file format directly integrated into iOS and delivers the highest possible image quality and the greatest amount of editing flexibility and control for capturing and editing photos.
 
With the release of iOS 10, DNG – a raw photography format created by Adobe – is now the go-to, high-quality capture format for mobile photography across both iOS and Android, a strong validation of the decades of leadership and innovation that Adobe has in digital photography. Lightroom for mobile 2.5 delivers an end-to-end Adobe DNG raw mobile photography workflow while also adding support for the new wide gamut P3 color space found in the iPad Pro 9.7 and the soon-to-be-released iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
 
Download: Adobe Lightroom Mobile (iPhone | iPad)
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 9/14/2016 7:09:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Think Tank Photo’s New Lightweight Airport Helipak for 3DR Solo Offers Maximum Capacity, Comfort and Portability
 
Santa Rosa, Calif. – Drone users can now carry their 3DR Solo, 15” laptop, controller, GoPros, charger, spare rotors, extra batteries, jacket, tools, and more in a robust and yet lightweight new backpack, the Airport Helipak for 3DR Solo from Think Tank Photo. Unlike rigid hard cases that lack extra carrying capacity and comfort, this new backpack is designed for 3DR drone enthusiasts who want to be able to carry all of their gear with them all the time.
 
“The number one complaint of drone users about their bags is that, after just a few hours, their bodies are rebelling from the pain,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank’s CEO and lead designer. “For a decade we’ve released photography and outdoor backpacks designed to hold expensive and extremely heavy photographic equipment. The very same principles we used for them have been integrated into the Airport Helipak for 3DR Solo backpack. Now they can venture deep afield with all of their gear and no concerns about comfort.”
 
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
 
  • Custom divider set specifically designed for the 3DR Solo and allows you to reconfigure your bag depending on what gear you’re carrying
  • International and domestic carry on size compatible
  • Dedicated 15” laptop pocket
  • Protective, lightweight and very portable
  • YKK RC Fuse zippers, 1680D Ballistic nylon bottom panel, metal hardware, and nylon webbing are the most durable, long lasting materials on the market
  • Protective rotor thread caps included
  • Internal see-through mesh pockets for small accessories: rotor blades, screwdriver, cables, etc.
  • Water bottle pocket on side
  • Contoured adjustable harness with lumbar support articulated air-channel and removable padded waistbelt allowing travel into remote areas
  • Height adjustable sternum strap
  • Elastic pockets on shoulder strap for phone, cliff bar, goo pack, etc.
  • Robust handles to ensure rapid and easy retrieval from overhead bins, car trunks, etc.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover helps to protect your gear. Stows away inside backpack when not in use.
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. The backpack also has YKK RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, 1680D ballistic nylon bottom panel, 600D polyester, 420D velocity nylon, 3D air mesh, ultra-stretch pockets, Y-buckles, antique finish metal hardware, big hole air mesh, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane-backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover, Belly-O mesh pockets, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
SPECIFICATIONS
 
Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 20.5” H x 9” D (35.6 × 52.1 × 22.9 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 13” W x 18.8” H x 7.6” D (33 × 47.8 × 19.3 cm)
Laptop: 11.8” W x 17.3” H x 1.4” D (30 × 44 × 3.5 cm)
Weight (with all accessories): 4.6 lbs. (2.1 kg)
 
B&H has the Think Tank Photo Airport Helipak Backpack for 3DR Solo available for preorder. Think Tank Photo has the bag in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/14/2016 6:44:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Think Tank Photo’s New Airport Advantage Carry On Rolling Camera Bag Fits Commuter and Regional Aircraft
 
Santa Rosa, Calif. – One of the truths of air travel with camera gear is that the maximum amount of gear photographers can carry is limited by the smallest plane on which they’ll be traveling. In response, Think Tank Photo has released the Airport Advantage rolling camera bag. Designed for traveling on commuter or regional jets, the bag’s customized interior holds the maximum amount of gear that will fit in overhead bins or under seats. In addition, its ultralight design lets photographers pack more gear while staying under airlines’ increasingly vigilant weight restrictions.
 
“The Airport Advantage has all of the features and quality for which Think Tank’s larger rolling camera bags are renowned,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank’s CEO and lead designer. “With this, our smallest rolling camera bag, we help photographers solve one of their biggest headaches, which is how to keep their very expensive gear near them at all times on regional aircraft, as opposed to it being tossed into the hold.”
 
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
 
  • Meets U.S. and International airline carry on requirements
  • Weighs only 5.9 lbs. (2.7 kg)
  • Dedicated laptop pocket fits up to 15” laptops in a padded sleeve
  • Custom designed retractable handle with inset channel on aluminum tubing for adds strength and durability
  • Tripod mount and water bottle pocket on side (Additional straps included for larger tripods)
  • YKK RC Fuse zippers, and closed-cell PU foam are the highest quality materials in the industry
  • Fit two camera bodies with lenses attached
  • Lockable zipper sliders (lock not included)
  • Interior zippered pockets for batteries, CF cards, filters and accessories
  • User replaceable retractable handle, wheels, wheel housings, and front foot
  • Custom-designed, high-performance, 80 mm super quiet wheels with sealed bearings
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
  • Grab handles on three sides for lifting bag into overhead bins
  • Closed-cell foam dividers support heavy gear and maintain strength over time
  • Business card holder on top for identification
WHAT FITS
 
  • Gripped DSLR with lens attached, one standard size DSLR with lens attached, plus three to four additional lenses, and 15” laptop
  • Or, two gripped DSLRs with lenses detached plus three to four lenses
  • Or, two Mirrorless bodies with lots of lenses
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water repellent (DWR) coating, plus underside of fabric has a polyurethane coating. The Airport Advantage is also constructed with 420D velocity nylon, YKK RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, custom designed extra tall skid plates, high performance 80mm super quiet wheels with sealed bearings, rubberized laminate reinforcement, and 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.
 
SPECIFICATIONS
 
Interior Dimensions: 12” W x 18” H x 4.9 – 6.4” D (30.5 x 45.7 x 12.4–16.3 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 12.7” W x 19.5” H x 7.3” D (32.3 x 49.5 x 18.5 cm)
Laptop Compartment: 11.6” x 16.4” x 2.9” (29.5 x 41.6 x 7.4 cm)
Weight: 5.9 - 6.2 lbs. (2.7-2.8 kg)
 
B&H and Think Tank Photo Airport Advantage available for preorder. Think Tank Photo has the roller bag in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/14/2016 5:45:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Canon has no more than two L lenses sharing any same focal length or focal length range with one exception – they currently offer 4 different versions of the EF 70-200mm L lens. More choices are great, but more choices of course lead to more difficult decisions. While some may desire to have all 4 of these lenses in their kits, most do not need or want to afford all of them and one or two need to be selected. However, there is enough difference between the f/2.8 and f/4 models to make having two of these lenses in a kit make sense.
 
The No-Brainer Choice
 
The bottom line is that, if size, weight and price are not issues for you, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens is definitely the lens to get. This lens offers the best of everything and it is the most versatile among the 4 options.
 
The Rest of the Options
 
The decision becomes harder if the f/2.8L IS II lens is not affordable or if size/weight concessions are necessary. The 4 lens models are separated, in specs at least, by having or not having IS and by having an f/2.8 or f/4 max aperture. Fortunately, the remaining three options do not sacrifice performance as they all reliably deliver great image quality.
 
If size and weight are concerns, the f/4 models are the direction to go. At roughly half the weight of the f/2.8 models, your arms, shoulders, etc. are going to clearly know the difference after hours of carry and use. At roughly half of the cost of the respective f/2.8 model, your wallet will understand the weight difference as well.
 
Image stabilization adds to the cost, but it also adds greatly to the value of the lens, adding a great amount of versatility. If handholding in low light with still subjects, the f/4L IS model is the right choice between the f/4 models and possibly the better choice over the f/2.8 non-IS. This lens features weather sealing like it's f/2.8 counterpart (filter required) and delivers better image quality than the older, non-IS model and it is arguably better than the f/2.8 non-IS also.
 
The f/4L non-IS has the most attractive price tag and has been the introduction to Canon's L-series lenses for a huge number of photographers. If your budget is a primary limiting factor, the 70-200mm f/4L USM is a very capable lens with inherent benefits far exceeding its cost. It’s small, easy to pack, solidly built and a great introduction into Canon’s highest-tier lenses. However, caution should be exercised as weather sealing does not come with the budget price tag.
 
If stopping action in low light is important, the f/2.8 non-IS lens likely has your name on it at this stage of the selection process. The 1-stop wider max aperture can stop action in 1/2 as much light as the f/4 options at the same ISO setting. The wider aperture can also create a stronger background blur. Note that the f/2.8 non-IS version is only partially weather sealed.
 
As mentioned, the difference in features between the f/4 and f/2.8 lenses is significant and I currently have both the f/4L IS and the f/2.8L IS II in my kit. Both see frequent use.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/13/2016 10:21:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, September 12, 2016
The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted an EOS AF Microadjustment Guidebook which can be downloaded via PDF.
 
There's a lot of good information in the guidebook, as in suggested test distances for various focal lengths.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/12/2016 3:15:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
What is the first thing you photographed with your 5D IV? Probably not a color chart, but ... that's my job. The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review page now includes a discussion about this camera's image quality, focusing on noise levels and talking about a white balance discovery. Scroll down the review page until the color block image and begin reading at the resolution discussion just above.
 
A huge number of comparisons available including with downsized 5Ds and 5Ds R results and 5D IV images downsized to 5D Mark III dimensions.
 
Get your Canon EOS 5D Mark IV at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/12/2016 1:15:00 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I was not in the habit of sharing my camera setup steps when initially receiving the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR camera, but by request, I'm sharing them with you now. Here are the 37 steps to how I setup my Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. If you have another charged LP-E6/LP-E6N battery available, you can continue to the battery-required steps without a wait. Or, the supplied battery may have enough charge to take you through these steps if you can't wait.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. For me, this is primarily the camera, the eye cup, the neck strap and the Canon Solution Disk.
  3. Download and install the latest Canon EOS Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert a sufficiently charged battery.
  6. Power the camera on.
  7. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  8. Insert one (or two) memory card(s) (format them via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  9. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  10. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the cameras as follows:
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "-"
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec.
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Beep: Disable
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Release without card: Disable/off (I highly recommend this setting)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses - all can be applied to a RAW file in DPP)
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: ISO Speed Settings: ISO Speed range: L(50)-H1(51200), Auto ISO Speed range: 100-25600
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Disabled
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "1" (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Long exposure noise reduction: I usually have this option set to "Auto", but my choice varies for the situation.
  20. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: High ISO speed noise reduction: Off (noise reduction is destructive to image details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  21. AF Menu, Tab 2: AI Servo 1st image priority: Focus priority (I want the images in focus more than I want the time-priority capture)
  22. AF Menu, Tab 2: AI Servo 2nd image priority: Focus priority +2 (same reason)
  23. AF Menu, Tab 3: One-Shot AF release priority: Focus priority (same reason)
  24. AF Menu, Tab 4: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Area + pt
  25. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Highlight alert: Enable (flash portions of images that are overexposed)
  26. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to monitor all three color channels for blown or blocked pixels)
  27. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Magnification (apx): Actual size (from selected AF point)
  28. Setup Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  29. Setup Menu, Tab 2: VF grid display: Enable
  30. Setup Menu, Tab 3: Info button display options: Electronic level only
  31. Setup Menu, Tab 4: Custom shooting mode (C1-C3): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  32. Setup Menu, Tab 4: Copyright information: Type name as desired
  33. Custom Functions, Tab 1: Bracketing auto cancel: [Off] selected
  34. Custom Functions, Tab 2: Custom Controls: Set: Playback; Multicontroller: Direct AF point selection; Default erase option: [Erase] selected
  35. Custom Functions, Tab 3: Default erase option: [Erase] selected
  36. My Menu: Register the following options: Long exposure noise reduction, Mirror lockup, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning, Expo.comp./AEB
  37. Mount a lens, focus on a subject and adjust the viewfinder diopter (if necessary)
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot – including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/12/2016 10:17:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Today's the day. At 1pm (PST) or 4pm (EST), Trey Ratcliff will be revealing the all-new Aurora HDR 2017. HDR expert and pro photographer, Trey, will be demonstrating how to get the best out of the brand new features and answering any questions. Register for the webinar here.
 
Sign up for the webinar here.
 
Learn more about Aurora HDR 2017.
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Post Date: 9/12/2016 8:48:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Samyang:
 
PREMIUM MF 85mm F1.2
 
Faster than eyes can capture
 
Samyang 85mm F1.2 is a premium manual focus photo lens designed for high resolution photoshoots. In pursuit of image quality itself, this new lens is equipped with the most advanced optical technology among Samyang Lenses. With over 40 years of research and development in optics, Samyang integrates the essence of history and introduces a signature lens line-up.
 
It has the unprecedented resolving power, matched with 50 megapixels photo and 8K video productions. The resolving power contains abundant pixel information, allowing photographers the freedom in post-production to create unique image of own. It enables you to capture life-long memories in everlasting image quality. Bokeh, out-focusing, starburst effect creates unforgettable image.
 
The F1.2 of 85mm is, by far, the brightest lens in existing full frame DSLR lenses, securing the fast shutter speed. It has ten elements in seven groups, applying one aspherical lens and two high refractive lenses. The aspherical lens minimises the aberration and unnecessary light dispersion. Two high refractive lenses effectively adjust the path of light and deliver maximum amount to the sensor for clear and vibrant image. This optimal performance creates impressive image quality from centre to corner of image. Also, the minimised aberration enhance the clarity of image, creating more impressive image than your eyes can see.
 
Aluminium alloy metal is adopted for maximum durability. With a sleek yet unprecedented design with flowing curves, this signature line-up is a one-of-a-kind lens. The usability is maximized with considerate diameter in 95mm.
 
Specifications
 
Aperture Rangef/1.2 - 16
Optical Construction10 elements in 7 groups
Minimum Focus Distance0.8m
Maximum Magnification0.13
Filter Size86mm
Aperture Blades9
Angle of View28.52° (APS-C: 18.98°)
Dimensions (D x L)93 x 98.4mm
Weight1,050g
MountCanon EF
MTF Chart
 
Samyang 85mm f 1.2 MTF Chart



PREMIUM MF 14mm F2.4
 
Wider than eyes can capture
 
Samyang 14mm F2.4 is a premium manual focus photo lens designed for high resolution photoshoots. In pursuit of image quality itself, this new lens is equipped with the most advanced optical technology among Samyang Lenses. With over 40 years of research and development in optics, Samyang integrates the essence of history and introduces a signature lens line-up.
 
It has the unprecedented resolving power, matched with 50 megapixels photo and 8K video productions. The resolving power contains abundant pixel information, allowing photographers the freedom in post-production to create unique image of own. It enables you to capture life-long memories in everlasting image quality. Bokeh, out-focusing, starburst effect creates unforgettable image.
 
14mm F2.4 takes no compromise for the image quality. It is consisted of 18 glasses in 14 groups including four different special optics: two aspherical lenses, one hybrid aspherical lens, two extra-low dispersion lenses and one high refractive lens. This optimal performance creates impressive image quality from centre to corner of image. Also, the minimised aberration enhance the clarity of image, creating more impressive image than your eyes can see.
 
Aluminium alloy metal is adopted for maximum durability. With a sleek yet unprecedented design with flowing curves, this signature line-up is a one-of-a-kind lens. The usability is maximized with considerate diameter in 95mm.
 
Specifications
 
Aperture Rangef/2.4 - 22
Optical Construction18 elements in 14 groups
Minimum Focus Distance0.28m
Maximum Magnification0.08
Filter SizeN/A
Aperture Blades9
Angle of View114.12° (APS-C: 89.2°)
Dimensions (D x L)95 x 109.4mm
Weight791g
MountCanon EF, Nikon F, Sony E
MTF Chart
 
Samyang 14mm f 2.4 MTF Chart


Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.
 
B&H carries Samyang lenses.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 9/12/2016 7:53:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the B&H YouTube channel:
 
Street photography has seen an incredible surge in popularity in recent years, and what better location than New York City to produce stunning street photos? From trendy SoHo corners to South Bronx housing projects, street photographer Derek Fahsbender has made a name for himself through his vivid photographs of life as it happens in the streets. In this highlight video, you will get a brief overview of the full video that includes the following: create dynamic images, from candid moments to intimate street portraits, as Derek takes you through his thought process and approach.
 
Hitting the Pavement: Street Photography: Full Version
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/12/2016 5:27:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Canon BG-E20 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark IV in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/12/2016 5:02:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, September 10, 2016
Firmware Version 1.1.2 incorporates the following improvements to enhance functions.
 
  1. The addition of a selectable color-tone option for the LCD monitor.
  2. The addition of a function to append IPTC data.
  3. The addition of a function to transfer only protected images.
  4. The addition of a function to set the GPS positional data retention period.
  5. An increase in the number of network connection settings that can be saved to a memory card from 20 to 40.
  6. When retrying FTP transfer, extension of the minimum auto power off time to 10 minutes.
  7. Improvement of wireless transmission when using Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6.
The Version 1.1.2 firmware being released at this time is for cameras with Firmware Version 1.0.2 or earlier. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.1.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware.When updating the firmware of your camera, please first go over the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.The firmware update takes approximately six minutes.
 
Notes:
 
  1. Once the camera is updated to Version 1.1.2, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version (Version 1.0.0 / 1.0.2).
  2. "Camera setting files" generated on a camera with Firmware Version 1.0.2 or earlier cannot be used on a camera with Firmware Version 1.1.2 or later.
  3. EOS-1D X Mark II cameras with Firmware Version 1.1.2 require the latest version of EOS Utility. EOS Utility Version 3.5.0 or later can be downloaded from our Web site.
    *EOS Utility Version 3.5.0 is supported on the following OSes:
    Windows 10 / 8.1 / 7 SP1, Mac OS X v10.9 / 10.10 / 10.11
  4. Download the latest version of the Instruction Manual which contains information regarding the enhancements provided through this firmware update.
Download: Canon EOS 1D X II Firmware v.1.1.2
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/10/2016 2:26:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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