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 Thursday, February 4, 2016

 
From the Federal Aviation Administration:
 
The Federal Aviation Administration is launching a new public service announcement to let people know the airspace around Levi’s Stadium is a No Drone Zone during the Super Bowl.
 
Temporary Flight Restrictions will prohibit certain aircraft operations, including unmanned aircraft operations, within a 32-mile radius of the stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on game day. The restrictions will be in effect from 2 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7.
 
The FAA produced a 20-second video that tells people to bring their lucky jerseys, face paint and team spirit to the game–but leave their drones at home because the stadium is a No Drone Zone. The agency is promoting the video on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the FAA website.
 
“With so many drones being sold for recreational use, we want to do everything we can to get the word out that the game is a No Drone Zone,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “We’re working closely with our safety and security partners to spread this message as widely as possible.”
 
The FAA is committed to working closely with its unmanned industry partners to educate people about how to fly safely. Two of our key initiatives are the unmanned aircraft registration requirement and the Know Before You Fly campaign.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 2/4/2016 12:46:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Originally slated to hit retail shelves next month, the Nikon D500's ship date has been delayed until late April.
 
In a press release posted this morning, Nikon Japan stated that it could not produce a sufficient number of cameras (and other accessories) to fill demand for the originally scheduled April release date.
 
Products Delayed
 
  • D500
  • D500 16-80 VR lens kit
  • Wireless Transmitter WT-7
  • Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D17
  • Semi-Soft Case CF-DC8
  • Strap AN-DC17
  • USB cable for the terminal cover UF-7
  • Stereo mini-plug cable for the terminal cover UF-8
B&H has the Nikon D500 available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/4/2016 6:46:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/4/2016 5:44:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 3, 2016
From Photoshelter:
 
Learn how award-winning photographers turn their love for adventure into a career!
 
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Inside, hear from photographers who have won the most exclusive action and adventure sports photography contest - Red Bull Illume - and learn what you can do to impress the 2016 judges.
 
Check out interviews from thrill-seeking photographers including Morgan Maassen, Krystle Wright, Clark Fyans, Jody MacDonald and Chris Burkard who share:
 
  • Tips to tell stories through your adventure photography
  • How to turn your passion into a business
  • When one shot makes all the difference
  • Why mobile photography and Instagram are still game changers
  • Plus more!
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Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 2/3/2016 12:10:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
In one of the oddest major camera brand patents we've seen, it appears Nikon has filed a patent for a smart watch that releases a fragrance.
 
According to the Egami Blog, the watch would contain a fragrance cartridge that emits a fragrance triggered by time of day or face detection, with variables such as age and gender taken into account.
 
Nikon Watch Patent Fragrance Release


Description of Patent
 
Patent Publication No. 2015-228943
 
  • Published 2015.12.21
  • Filing date 2014.6.4
  • Wearable device that houses a fragrance
  • Fragrance cartridge type
  • Automatically and release a fragrance
    • Time, face detection, gender, and age by the face detection
Future Conversation:
 
"Anyone have the time?"
 
"Why yes! It's half past 8 o'clock. Care to smell?"
 
*confused expression*
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/3/2016 7:29:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon Europe:
 
The power of 4K resolution brings your stories to life. Shoot internally in 4K up to 60p or Full HD up to 120p on the EOS-1D X Mark II. Focus with touch panel LCD and Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which provides amazing AF tracking in movies and works with all Canon EF lenses.
 
EOS 1D X Mark II Preorders: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic | DigitalRev
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/3/2016 7:10:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Canon Japan has posted a set of full resolution sample pictures (and movies) from the EOS 1D X Mark II.
 
EOS 1D X Mark II Preorders: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic | DigitalRev
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 2/2/2016 1:14:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon Australia:
 
Canon Master, Abraham Joffe, test the new Canon EOS 1DX Mark II 4K video capabilities in Norway.
 
Make sure you watch this video in all its 4K glory
 
EOS 1D X Mark II Preorders: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic | DigitalRev
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/2/2016 11:03:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 2/2/2016 10:24:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Join us for this special interview with Wasim and Brent from Canon on the just-announced 1D X Mark II. They explain what makes this camera so powerful, and how professionals benefit from its new features. The 1DX Mark II is capable of shooting up to 16fps in burst mode, and beautiful 4K video, but it also has an updated auto-focus system, and comes equipped a brand new 20.2MP sensor.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/2/2016 8:23:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Canon USA has released two videos explaining the still photo features [above] and video features [below] of the newly announced EOS 1D X Mark II.
 

EOS 1D X Mark II Preorders: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic | DigitalRev
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/2/2016 6:18:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 1, 2016
Product images (including comparisons) and charts have been loaded on the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II page and much more information will be coming soon.
 
Links to the specifications, press release and preorder opportunities are also available on this page. Here is a comparison between the 1D X Mark II and the 1D X.
 
EOS 1D X Mark II Preorders: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic | DigitalRev
 
WFT-E8A Preorders: B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 2/1/2016 10:12:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
FAST, FORMIDABLE, AND 4K, ALL-IN-ONE CAMERA CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES THE EOS-1D X MARK II PROFESSIONAL DIGITAL CAMERA
 
Delivering Precise and Reliable Performance with Versatility for Any Photo or Video Professional
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 1, 2016 – Rising to meet the rigorous and evolving demands of professional photographers and videographers, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is proud to announce the new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera. With a new 20.2 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors, the EOS-1D X Mark II professional digital camera delivers stunning image quality and speed. Combining the ability to capture high-resolution still images at speeds up to 14 frames per second as well as stunning high-definition video up-to-4K 60P featuring Canon’s proprietary Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus (AF) technology, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera becomes the ideal camera for any professional image creator.
 
The new flagship Canon EOS-1D X Mark II features several firsts for EOS cameras including:
 
  • Newly developed 20.2 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor;
  • Continuous shooting speeds of up-to-14 frames per second (fps) with Auto Exposure (AE) and predictive AF for viewfinder shooting and up to 16 fps in Live View mode;
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors that transfer image data at extremely high speed for extended bursts during continuous shooting – up-to-170 consecutive RAW images at 14 fps. When shooting JPEG images you’re only limited by memory card capacity;
  • Capable of shooting 4K 60P and Full HD 120P video with Dual Pixel CMOS AF;
  • Enhanced wireless functionality (with the optional accessory Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8) that supports the new high-speed IEEE 802.11ac standard and the ability to easily transfer photos and videos to compatible smartphones using Canon’s Camera Connect app*;
  • Digital Lens Optimizer to help correct aberrations in-camera (a feature that previously required post-processing on an external computer);
  • Improved 61-point viewfinder AF with expanded coverage and all AF-points selectable and supported to a maximum aperture of f/8;
  • Improved AI Servo III+ predictive AF algorithm for better accuracy;
  • Continuous red illumination of all AF points within the camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder II.
  • Compatibility with both CF and CFast memory cards for optimal performance and versatility.
The Ultimate EOS Camera: Continuing a Legacy of High Speed and Performance
Building on the success of the Canon EOS-1D X professional digital camera, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera is designed to deliver high-performance, speed, and image quality, with improved comfort for professional photographers. In addition to the new 20.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors, the new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera includes an improved 61-point High-Density Reticular AF II system with all AF points selectable by the user (and up to 41 cross-type points depending on the lens in use). The improved AF system includes expanded coverage that supports AF at maximum apertures up to f/8 with all 61 points for high precision autofocus even when using EF super-telephoto lenses with an EF extender. The camera also boasts excellent dynamic range and reduced color noise compared to its predecessor throughout its standard ISO speed range of 100 - 51,200. Expansion ISO speeds of 50, 102,400, 204,800 and 409,600 are also available. A first for the Canon EOS-1D series, this camera also features a 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with enhanced precision and performance compared to its predecessor, improving facial recognition and tracking, as well as nature scenes. Additionally, the advanced AE system can detect and compensate for flickering light sources such as sodium vapor lamps that are often used in gymnasiums and swimming pools. When enabled, this anti-flicker system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and color especially during continuous burst shooting.
 
For filmmakers and photographers looking to do more than still photography alone with a DSLR camera and EF lenses, the EOS-1D X Mark II camera offers high resolution DCI 4K video at frame rates up-to-60p, with smooth movie recording to an in-camera CFast 2.0 memory card. An additional card slot supports standard CF memory cards up to UDMA 7. The built-in headphone jack supports real-time audio monitoring. Two additional EOS ‘firsts’ include 4K Frame Grab and 120p Full HD recording. The camera’s 4K Frame Grab function allows users to isolate a frame from recorded 4K video and create an 8.8 megapixel still JPEG image in-camera. When combined with the EOS-1D X Mark II’s high-sensitivity full-frame CMOS sensor, the new camera’s ability to record Full HD video at frame rates up to 120p will allow videographers to produce high quality slow motion video even in extremely low light. To make video shooting even more intuitive, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera’s touch-screen LCD allows videographers to select the camera’s AF point before and during video recording with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which provides responsive, accurate and quiet camcorder-like video autofocus to DSLRs.
 
“The innovations within Canon’s new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera clearly set a new standard for professional cameras,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In developing the EOS-1D X Mark II camera, we looked to incorporate user-requested performance enhancements to bring professional photographers the ultimate EOS camera, a camera that has matured and been developed to meet their evolving needs.”
 
“Having f/8 capability on all 61 AF points is a tremendous benefit to wildlife photographers," noted nature photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Charles Glatzer. “In order to capture tight shots of animals without disturbing them, I frequently have to use very long lenses—sometimes with an extender attached, which further diminishes the aperture. The improved AF allows me to frame the shot exactly the way I envision it, without having to compromise.”
 
“This camera is a huge step forward,” remarked acclaimed photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Damian Strohmeyer. “Shooting sports in a gym at 8,000 ISO, it looked as good as 800 ISO from a generation or two ago. The images are tack-sharp, and the autofocus just doesn't miss. I've been amazed by what I've seen so far.”
 
“The autofocus was awesome,” agreed Peter Read Miller, sports photographer and Canon Explorer of Light. “The higher frame rate coupled with the speed of the CFast card was a definite advantage. It just never buffered out, even shooting RAW.”
 
The new EOS-1D X Mark II camera also offers a built-in GPS receiver with compass for precise geo-tagged information of latitude, longitude, elevation and direction. This is especially valuable to wildlife photographers and photojournalists who need to track their locations, as well as providing sports photographers the ability to sync a multiple-camera setup with extreme accuracy and precision. It is also possible to use the camera’s built-in GPS to automatically sync the camera’s time to the atomic clock, an invaluable feature to professionals. An improved grip also makes the camera easier for photographers to hold and maneuver while shooting. In response to feedback from professional EOS users, the AF points in the EOS-1D X Mark II camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder II can be illuminated in red for improved visibility, especially when shooting in dark locations. AF sensitivity in low light has been doubled from EV -2 to EV -3 at the center AF point when the camera is set to One-Shot AF, enabling the camera to autofocus in extremely dark shooting conditions such as a moonlit nightscape. Viewfinder AF coverage has also been increased for greater compositional flexibility.
 
As with all EOS-1D series cameras, the EOS-1D X Mark II’s rugged construction and magnesium alloy body is weather resistant. The camera also features improved controls and more in-camera image quality enhancements than ever before, including a Digital Lens Optimizer function offering high quality aberration correction which can now be achieved without an external computer. This feature makes it easier for professional photographers to deliver finished files to their clients, especially in situations when access to a personal computer is impractical or inconvenient.
 
The estimated retail price for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is $5,999 (MSRP) for the body or $6,299 for the Premium Kit which includes a 64 GB CFast memory card and card reader. The new camera is scheduled to begin shipping to authorized Canon USA dealers in April 2016. For more information and the full list of product specifications, visit: usa.canon.com/EOS1DXMarkII
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II available for preorder.
 
Accessories:
 
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 2/1/2016 10:10:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Products
 
Connection Station CS100
 
Details
 
Firmware Version 1.2.0 incorporates the following fixes:
 
  1. Enables the uploading of images to CS100 via an iOS device running iOS9.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which the CS100 and camera cannot be connected via NFC due to router settings.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which images cannot be uploaded to CS100 via an iOS device running iOS9.
Connection Requirements
 
This firmware is for Connect Station CS100 with Firmware Version 1.1.2. In order to update the firmware, the CS100 device must be connected to the Internet. Please see detailed instructions below.
 
For the full update procedure, see the Canon USA's CS100 Firmware Version 1.1.2 upgrade post.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/1/2016 10:01:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sekonic:
 
Sekonic Corporation, manufacturer of professional photographic light meters, announced today the release of two new versions of their acclaimed LITEMASTER PRO L-478 Series touch-screen operated light meters to their current line-up.
 
Tokyo, Japan and White Plains, NY – February 1, 2016 – ekonic Corporation, manufacturer of professional photographic light meters, announced today the release of two new versions of their acclaimed LITEMASTER PRO L-478 Series touch-screen operated light meters to their current line-up.
 
The new L-478DR-U-EL and L-478DR-U-PX models were developed with cooperation from Elinchrom in Switzerland and Phottix in Hong Kong. The L-478DR-U-EL offers wireless triggering and power control of Elinchrom flash units. The L-478DR-U- PX triggers flashes and radio triggers using the Phottix Strato II protocol.
 
Both use Sekonic’s breakthrough DTS (Data Transfer Software) system that automates meter calibration to the camera in use and has expanded Cine features that put these meters in a class of their own. Each meter features a distinctive, signature-color rubber surround and name badge for the flash brand it controls.
 
The Sekonic LITEMASTER PRO L-478 Series meters are compact in size, instantly familiar and comfortable to use. The large color LCD (2.7”) touchscreen displays ambient, flash, cine and other information in a clear and understandable way. Make your settings by simply touching or sliding a finger over the touch screen.
 
Flash Power Control for Elinchrom EL-Skyport Products
The power screen of the L-478DR-U-EL enables separate selection of any of the four lighting Groups, 1, 2, 3, 4 for flash brightness adjustment in 0.1 increments by simply tapping buttons on the meter’s touch screen. The F-number value for the light being measured appears in a central area on the screen as well as over the respective group selection button. The measured value for each group is maintained as a visual record of the brightness difference of the lights in use so that lighting ratios can be easily determined.
 
Once the flash adjustment is made for each group, all the flashes can be triggered for a total reading for exposure. The L-478DR-U-EL can also be used to measure and adjust the modeling light brightness of Elinchrom flashes for cine/video lighting.
 
The L-478DR-U-EL triggering and power control is compatible with all Elinchrom flashes that use the EL-Skyport triggering system. For more information about compatible Elinchrom flashes see http://www.elinchromus.com.
 
Flash Triggering for Phottix Strato II Protocol products
The L-478DR-U-PX flash control screen allows selection of a single group or a combination of groups for flash brightness measurement. The F-number value for the light being measured appears in a central area on the screen as well as over respective group selection button. The measured value for each group is maintained as a visual record of the brightness-difference of the lights in use so that lighting ratios can be easily determined.
 
The L-478DR-U-PX group selection and triggering is compatible with Phottix flashes and radios that are compatible with the Phottix Strato II protocol. These include flashes connected to the Strato and Strato II receivers and the Atlas II transceivers. Compatible Phottix flashes include the Indra360, Indra500 and Mitros+ series flashes designed for use with Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras.
 
For more information about Phottix products, see http://www.phottixus.com.
 
Sekonic L 478DR U EL and L 478DR U PX Feature Comparison

Additional Improvements to the L-478 Series Meters
Sekonic engineers have been continuously adding operational improvements requested by current owners who are making the L-478 one of the most sought after light meters in Sekonic history.
 
Among them are the inclusion of ISO 850 for Canon video cinema cameras and expanding the filter compensation from 5EV to 12EV to aid landscape photographers who use high-density ND filters. These and other small operational improvements will be available soon as a firmware upgrade for current owners by the latest Data Transfer Software ver. 5.0 available on http://www.sekonic.com.
 
B&H has the new Sekonic L-478DR Light Meters available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Sekonic News
Post Date: 2/1/2016 11:37:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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