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 Thursday, September 29, 2016
From Nikon:
 
Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.We plan to test Macintosh versions of the following software applications for compatibility with macOS Sierra. We will announce our findings once testing is complete. We cannot guarantee the compatibility of these applications with macOS Sierra until we have completed testing.
 
  • Capture NX-D
  • ViewNX-i (including ViewNX-Movie Editor and Nikon Transfer 2)
  • Picture Control Utility 2
  • Nikon Message Center 2
  • Camera Control Pro 2
  • Wireless Transmitter Utility (previously WT-4 Setup Utility)
  • IPTC Preset Manager
It has become clear that the current version of the Wireless Transmitter Utility is unable to function properly under macOS Sierra. We do plan to update the Utility to provide compatibility with macOS Sierra, so we ask that you refrain from updating to macOS Sierra until the Wireless Transmitter Utility update becomes available.
 
We do not intent to provide compatibility with the following applications.
 
  • ViewNX 2 (including Movie Editor)
  • Capture NX 2
  • Short Movie Creator
  • Capture NX Ver. 1.x
  • Camera Control Pro Ver. 1.x
  • Nikon Capture series
  • ViewNX Ver. 1.x
  • Nikon Transfer Ver. 1.x
  • PictureProject
  • Nikon View series
  • Nikon Scan series
  • PictureProject COOLPIX Remote Control
  • WT-3 Setup Utility
  • Wireless Camera Setup Utility
  • Wireless Connecting Utility
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Select Edition
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition
  • PC-PJ Transfer
  • Thumbnail Selector
In addition, we do not plan to provide compatibility for other software, or SCSI- or serial-connection products. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For more information regarding this matter, please contact Nikon Customer Support.
 
Once again, thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/29/2016 6:42:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon has released five new camera firmwares with the following update:
Corrects a phenomenon in which when using the camera with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM or EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens, even if lens aberration correction is set to "Enable", correction will not be applied.
Note that the EOS 6D's updated firmware does not include correction for the [incompatible] EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM.
 
Canon Firmware Updates
 
Note: Canon EOS 6D users should note the following in the firmware update details:
If the firmware is updated from version 1.1.6 or before, the following setting will be reset to default.
Menu > Custom Function> C.Fn II: Autofocus > AF Microadjustment> 1: All by same amount
Canon is working on additional firmware updates to address the same issue. DSLR firmware updates which have yet to be released include:
 
  • EOS-1D X
  • EOS-1D Mark IV
  • EOS 5D Mark III
  • EOS 7D
  • EOS 60D
  • EOS Rebel T1i
  • EOS Rebel T2i
  • EOS Rebel T3i
  • EOS Rebel T4i
  • EOS Rebel T3
  • EOS Rebel T5
  • EOS M
  • EOS M2
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/29/2016 6:33:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 28, 2016

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Ever found yourself lost in the maze of codec options when shooting, editing, and delivering your video? You're not alone. In this video, Chase from Zacuto explains the basics of choosing and setting up your codecs for every step of your production. Concepts such as interframe vs. intraframe, color depth, and bitrates are explained as they pertain to your workflow.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/28/2016 3:25:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Wildlife is unpredictable – and too often lives up to the "wild" in its name. Getting warm light from a very late day sun to hit an animal directly from behind your back (shadow pointed to the subject) with a good background is challenging. Having the animal be an incredibly-large bull elk and the background be maple trees in peak red fall color definitely increases the image value to me. Having the broadside bull scratch itself with its antlers, aligning the shoulders within a green portion of the background, the antlers within the glowing red section of tree and the head in front of the brightest background (high contrast draws the viewer's eye) was more than I thought to pray for.
 
This huge 9x8 bull elk had been bedded in the sage and grass. The sun was setting rapidly and while I captured many images of the head and antlers rising above the obstructions, I really wanted a full (or nearly full) body image in this setting. Fortunately, that happened. I was in a great position when the elk stood up. However, the bull's head, looking forward, was in the shade of trees on the horizon behind me. The back scratch was precisely what I needed to leave only the legs in the shadows, completing the image.
 
While I prefer to use completely manual settings, the light falling on the subjects was changing frequently and the shots were often being captured in haste. So, I opted to use manual mode with Auto ISO for much of my elk photography on this trip. The color of the elk bodies and their environment was neutral enough in brightness that, at most, only a small amount of exposure compensation was needed. In this case, I exposed this image 1/2 stop brighter than needed. The 5Ds R did not have any trouble recovering the red channel pixels that exceeded a 255 RGB value. This brightness adjustment left just a tiny patch of red pixels retaining 255 values, though even more headroom is available.
 
Based on the movement of the elk at the time of capture, ranging from standing (often looking at me) to running away, this exposure method meant that I could simply roll the top dial to select the shutter speed I needed for the scenario (to keep the image sharp) while keeping the ISO as low as possible. If only one elk was in the frame, the aperture was nearly always intended to be set at f/4, so don't read anything into my f/4.5 actually used aperture for this image. I must have inadvertently (sounds much better than "user error") adjusted the rear control dial at some point during the action. Bull elk are huge and at the distance required to keep the entire elk in the frame, f/4 was still not shallow enough to completely erase the background in most scenarios encountered.
 
The 600 f/4 is a large and heavy lens. Using it without support is asking for a shoulder injury. While a tripod with a gimbal head is the ideal support for this lens, I find a strong monopod (with twist-locks for quietness) to be much faster to setup and adjust. This speed is very important for positioning in wildlife photography as the subject seldom stays in place for very long. Setting up fast and quietly can mean the difference between getting a great shot and getting no shot.
 
As you may have guessed, I have recently returned from a photography trip. This one was a 10-day wildlife and landscape adventure to Idaho and Wyoming. As usual, the trip was exhausting but amazing. The in-the-field experience is not only great fun, but also extremely important in fully understanding how gear works in the situations it is designed to be used in.
 
This trip featured the new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera that arrived just prior to my leaving. I rotated the 5D IV and a pair of Canon EOS 5Ds R bodies between the primary lenses I was using at the time, namely the EF 100-400mm L IS II and EF 600mm L IS II for elk and other wildlife. The 5Ds R happened to be behind the 600 on this day and the resulting image is incredibly detailed, but I would not have been disappointed to have had the 5D IV behind this lens at this time. It too is a great camera. My 5D IV is quickly approaching 10k frames and completion of its review remains a very high priority.
 
Question: Would you like this image better in a square/1:1 aspect ratio?
 
A larger version of this image is available on SmugMug, Flickr, Google+, Facebook, 500px and Instagram. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.5  1/1600s
ISO 640
8688 x 5792px
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/28/2016 11:42:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Westcott Flex X-Bracket Daylight LED Mat Set (1 x 1') available for $389.95 with free shipping. Compare at $699.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Flexible, Moldable LED Panel
  • Daylight 5600K Color Temperature
  • Beam Angle: 140-360°
  • CRI: 95
  • Splash and Dustproof, IP 64 Rating
  • Thin Profile Measures 0.25" Thick
  • External Dimmer, 0-100% Control
  • Compatible with Scrim Jim Cine Frames
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/28/2016 5:17:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via Deals-All-Year) has the Nikon D5 DSLR Camera (Dual CF) available for $5,099.99 with free shipping. Compare at $6,496.95.
 
Note: This is a grey market item and would not qualify for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/28/2016 5:13:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 27, 2016
From DJI:
 
Small Size And Folding Design Make Mavic Pro Perfect For Wherever You Go
 
NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2016 – DJI, the world leader in unmanned aerial technology, Tuesday revolutionized personal flight by introducing Mavic Pro - a portable, powerful and easy-to-use drone featuring DJI's most innovative flight technology in a sleek, foldable package that enables creative fun wherever you go.
 
DJI Revolutionizes Personal Flight With New Mavic Pro Drone Mavic Pro is DJI's first personal drone designed to be taken just about anywhere. Small enough to toss in a bag and easy enough to launch quickly whenever the time and place are right, its unique folding design compresses the entire drone to practically the size of a water bottle.
 
The compact body of Mavic Pro holds a drone built for uncompromising performance. Equipped with a stabilized 4K camera and a visual navigation system, with a 4.3 mile (7 km) range and 27 minute flight time, Mavic Pro sets the new standard for compact drones.
 
"DJI has spent a decade making it easier for anyone to fly, and by rethinking everything about how a drones look, we have created an entirely new type of aerial platform for anyone to explore their creativity," said Frank Wang, DJI's CEO and founder.
 

"Mavic Pro is a technological triumph filled with features that once again show how DJI leads the industry. Most importantly, Mavic Pro allows you to reach the skies easily, see the world with new eyes and tell your stories like never before."
 
Mavic Pro is designed to be ultra portable and quick to launch so it can take to the skies as soon as you need it. With four folding arms and propellers that tuck neatly away against its streamlined body, it can be easily carried in a purse or backpack, saving you the trouble of mounting propellers before a flight. It can be operated by the powerful long range remote controller, or simply by your smartphone at shorter range. When controlled by a smartphone, the whole system can be set up and airborne in less than a minute to capture every key moment.
 
Unparalleled Flight Experience
DJI's commitment to unparalleled stability, maneuverability and safety is clear in Mavic Pro's new FlightAutonomy system. FlightAutonomy is Mavic Pro's brain and nervous system, a complex network of hardware and software consisting of five cameras, GPS and GLONASS navigation systems, a pair of ultrasonic range finders, redundant sensors and 24 powerful computing cores. FlightAutonomy can position, navigate and plan routes for Mavic Pro, enabling it to avoid obstacles in various environments, with or without the help of satellite signals. FlightAutonomy provides a significant boost in working range and can cope with complex 3D environments. For navigation and obstacle avoidance, FlightAutonomy provides a superb speed-range envelope to make Mavic Pro self-navigational in various intelligent flight modes, and will avoid most obstacles at speeds up to 22 mph (36 kph).
 
An ultra light and aerodynamic airframe, together with DJI's state-of-the-art propulsion and battery system, enables Mavic Pro to fly for up to 27 minutes. To experience the pure joy of flying, Mavic Pro can be switched to Sport Mode, which allows speeds of up to 40 mph (64.8 kph), increasing the drone's agility and responsiveness. Mavic Pro flies smoothly and will remain stable in winds of up to 24 mph (38.5 kph), and uses DJI's GEO geofencing system to help identify restricted areas, preventing flight in locations that might raise safety or security concerns automatically, and helping pilots make smarter decisions about when and where to fly.
 
As with all DJI drones, Mavic Pro is set to automatically return to its launch location if it ever loses contact with the controller or reaches critically low battery levels. The new Precision Landing feature records a burst of video with two stereo cameras every time Mavic Pro launches, then uses both video and satellite information when it returns to land within an inch of where it took off. If a pilot lets go of the controls, the drone will simply hover in place.
 
Advanced Stabilized Camera System
Mavic Pro's small size is packed with powerful features. DJI's advanced technology now includes our smallest-ever three-axis gimbal for shake-free photos and video. The autofocus camera features a minimum focusing distance of just 19 in (0.5 m) and can be flipped 90 degrees to portrait mode for vertical selfies and video. Mavic Pro records 4K video at 30fps and full 1080p HD at 96fps. Its 12-megapixel camera with Adobe DNG RAW support has been expertly tuned for aerial images. With the help of the high-precision gimbal, you can confidently shoot 2-second-long exposures in the air to get the most jaw-dropping aerial images.
 
New Remote and Live View Performance
A revolutionary new compact remote controller has been designed to provide a fully ergonomic experience with optimum comfort, and can accommodate a smartphone or control Mavic Pro on its own. Its built-in LCD screen displays essential telemetry data, while dedicated buttons for functions such as Return-to-Home and pausing during Intelligent Flight modes ensure a confident flight every single time. The video link system, OcuSync, represents new heights in DJI's communication technology. It supports a range up to 4.3 miles (7 km) and live view resolutions up to 1080p.
 
The new band management algorithm makes OcuSync more robust in environments with many frequencies in operation. Mavic Pro is equipped with dual-band WiFi as a secondary link, allowing easy control via your smartphone for close range operation or for quick downloading of content from Mavic Pro straight to your device.
 
Most Intelligent Drone Ever
The powerful systems inside Mavic Pro are easy to use, even for beginners. Using just your phone's touchscreen, you can use TapFly to direct Mavic Pro to go wherever you want, avoiding obstacles along the way. When you want to take a hands-free selfie, FlightAutonomy makes it possible to control the drone completely with just your gestures.
 
In Gesture mode, you can use gestures to have Mavic Pro locate you, center you in the frame and take the perfect shot as Mavic Pro's flashing lights count down to the photo. Sharing your best aerial moments has never been easier with live streaming to Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube through the DJI GO app.
 
An updated version of DJI's ActiveTrack recognizes common subjects such as people, bicyclists, cars, boats and animals, which then sends Mavic Pro to follow behind, lead in front, circle above or track alongside the subject, keeping the camera focused on the subject while you concentrate on flight maneuvers. The new Terrain Follow mode means that you can race up a slope behind a subject while remaining at a constant height between 1 ft (0.3 m) and 33 ft (10 m).
 
At the other extreme, the new Tripod Mode is designed for indoor use, slowing and fine-tuning Mavic Pro's position and angle based on controller movement inputs to allowing for precision framing and safe indoor flight.
 
Immerse Yourself
Mavic Pro also pairs with DJI's new immersive DJI Goggles, displaying an 85-degree view from the drone in full 1080p for a true bird's-eye view of the world below. With built-in OcuSync, the goggles receive video directly from Mavic Pro in the air and not through the controller, reducing lag to a minimum - and allowing you to share the in-flight view with a friend.
 
Specially designed for aerial first-person view (FPV) applications, DJI Goggles allows you to flick between third person view and FPV in under a second. You can comfortably wear your glasses while wearing the goggles and quit FPV mode instantly by flipping the mask up.
 
Price and Availability
Mavic Pro's U.S. retail price will be $999 with the remote controller included, and $749 without the remote controller. Additional Mavic Pro Intelligent Flight Batteries will cost $89. A Mavic Pro Fly More Combo, which includes a Mavic Pro, two extra Intelligent Flight Batteries, extra propellers, a charging hub, an adapter, a car charger and a shoulder bag, will be available for $1,299.
 
Mavic Pro is immediately available for pre-order and will begin shipping October 15.
 
B&H has the DJI Mavic Pro available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: DJI News
Post Date: 9/27/2016 3:30:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tomorrow, use coupon code CIDER50 at CanvasOnDemand.com to get 50% off your entire order.
 
Campaign is valid until September 28th 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. Cannot be combined with other offers or sample orders. Excludes the purchase of gift cards. Discount does not apply to shipping rates.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/27/2016 9:29:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
The word on the street is that you simply cannot make sharp images with teleconverters (TCs) especially with the 2X. Nothing could be further from the truth. With some practice and good sharpness techniques you can learn to use TCs effectively to photograph small, distant, or shy subjects.
 
Teleconverters or multipliers come in a variety of strengths, most usually 1.4X and 2X. Nikon also offers a 1.7X TCE. Each will multiply your effective focal length by the factor in its name. A 1.4X TC will make your 400mm lens into a 560mm lens. A doubler, aka a 2X TC, will enable your 600mm lens to give you 1200mm of reach.
 
In this program, Arthur Morris, internationally noted bird photographer and educator, will share the tips and secrets that he has developed and used for more than three decades so that you too can use TCs to improve your photography. This program will be well-illustrated with Artie’s spectacular images of birds, wildlife, flowers, and even a few unexpected subjects.
 
B&H carries teleconverters.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/27/2016 7:11:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Konova K2 Slider (47.3") available for $199.00. Regularly $269.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Roller Bearing Sliding System
  • 39.6 lb Load Capacity
  • 47.3" Track Length
  • Tension-Adjustable Ball Bearings
  • Friction Adjustable Knob
  • 3/8"-16 Tie-Down Screw
  • Detachable Legs with Rubber Ball Feet
  • Ruler for Precise & Repeatable Moves
  • Dual Oil Seals for Cleaning Rails
  • Carrying Bag
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/27/2016 6:40:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,249.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,796.95 after $500.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore ineligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/27/2016 5:51:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Three Extra Low-Dispersion Elements
  • Nano Crystal Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism
  • Protective Fluorine Coating
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/27/2016 5:46:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon's September 2016 DSLR and lens rebates are scheduled to expire this coming Saturday (October 1). While Canon has extended recent rebate programs with minor changes, there's never a guarantee that rebate extensions will be made. If planning to add new gear to your kit in the near future, be sure to take advantage of the instant and mail-in rebates while you can.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/27/2016 5:23:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 26, 2016
From the Canon Professional Network:
The advent of 4K DSLR video in Canon’s flagship EOS-1D X Mark II, and now the EOS 5D Mark IV, has revolutionized still photography: this is high-resolution video, so good that each frame has sufficient quality for use in both web and print applications. Imagine what this means, not only for wildlife, sports, and other “action” applications, but also for wedding and event photographers. From a video sequence of, for example, a rodeo cowboy on a bucking bronco, the photographer can select the single frame that conveys the exact moment of peak action; separate, or “grab” that still from the video sequence; improve it in post-capture software such as Canon’s DPP and Adobe Photoshop; and use the resulting file in web applications or prints. An entire event might be captured in video, later yielding stills for promotion or other publication. We’ve known this was coming, and those who’ve embraced and mastered the video capabilities of recent DSLRs are ahead of the game. (I told you so.)
Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the EOS-1D X Mark II.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/26/2016 5:46:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Manfrotto:
 
The new solution for the travelling professional:
 
  • International carry-on size roller bag for photo and video cameras
  • Fits gripped DSLR with attached 400/2.8 or 200-400/4 or 500/4 (detached)
  • Fully customizable dividers also fit Canon C100 w/ light stands inside
  • Manfrotto Camera Protection System absorbs shock and safeguards equipment
  • TSA-approved combination zipper lock
  • Strong, wear-resistant, weather-resistant protection
  • Comfortable handle, high-mileage replaceable wheel system
Manfrotto, world leader in the photography, imaging equipment and accessories industry, presents the Pro Light Reloader – 55 Photo Roller bag, the new carry-on size camera roller designed to give professional photographers and videographers a highly protective, comfortable and stylish bag to travel and work with. The Manfrotto Pro Light Reloader-55 is built to carry typical pro DSLR camera sets (e.g. 3 bodies with 8 lenses), super-tele DSLR sets (e.g. 1 body with 400mm f/2.8 lens attached and 3 more lenses) & camcorder with lighting set (e.g. disassembled Canon C100 with 2 light kits). Fitting the standard for carry-on luggage for most airlines, it gives professionals the peace of mind of having their most valuable possessions near them at all times. When it’s time to shoot, the roller becomes a workstation, with gear and accessories visible and in easy reach.
 
The low profile design handle securely holds the bag, leaving more space for the kit. Inside the fully customizable Manfrotto Camera Protection System dividers provide shock absorption and vibration reduction with all configurations - from full day photo or video shoots to intercontinental assignments – or a personal photography adventure on the go. The outside of the bag is made of high quality, water-repellent Pro Light Rip-Stop nylon fabric, ensuring reliable protection from external shock & extreme weather conditions. The corners & bottom of the bag are carefully designed to resist wear. Large 84mm wheels ensure comfort and extensive mileage, and users can easily replace them when needed. A built-in TSA-approved combination zipper lock ensures a hassle-free travel experience through TSA partner airports.
 
The Pro Light Reloader-55 features independent padded pockets for 17” laptop & 10” tablet outside the equipment compartment, so they can quickly be taken out at security without opening the main zipper. The bag also carries a tripod and comes with a rain cover to keep its contents dry in the rainy season.
 
The Pro Light Reloader 55 is priced at $359.99.
 
B&H has the Manfrotto Pro Light Reloader 55 Camera Roller Bag in stock with free shipping.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 9/26/2016 2:55:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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