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 Monday, May 22, 2017
From DJI:
 
New Procedure Requires Login After Update; Password Reset Available
 
DJI will soon introduce a new application activation process for international customers. This new step, to take effect at the end of next week, ensures you will use the correct set of geospatial information and flight functions for your aircraft, as determined by your geographical location and user profile. All existing flight safety limitations, such as geofencing boundaries and altitude limits, remain the same.
 
Even if you have registered when activating your aircraft upon purchase, you will have to log in once when you update the new version of DJI GO or GO 4 App. If you have forgotten your password since your initial login, you can reset it using a function within the DJI GO and DJI GO 4 apps.
 
You will need a data connection to the Internet for your smartphone or tablet when you log in, in order to verify the account information and activate the updated software or firmware. If this activation process is not performed, the aircraft will not have access to the correct geospatial information and flight functions for that region, and its operations will be restricted if you update the upcoming firmware: Live camera streaming will be disabled, and flight will be limited to a 50-meter (164-foot) radius up to 30 meters (98 feet) high.
 
The feature applies to all aircraft (except standalone A3 and N3) that have been upgraded to the latest firmware or when using future versions of the DJI GO and GO 4 apps.
 
DJI encourages pilots to always follow applicable laws and regulations in the countries where they operate, and provides information about these regulations on its FlySafe website at flysafe.dji.com.
Category: DJI News
Post Date: 5/22/2017 2:49:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
Off-camera flash and light modifier solutions for studio photography can range from relatively inexpensive to I-need-to-take-out-a-second-mortgage expensive. With more of us able to afford the lower end of that spectrum, it's nice to know that you can get very good studio results with economical gear.
 
A couple of weeks ago I posted an image demonstrating how inexpensive LED lights could be used for creative portraiture. Today we'll be looking at another example of this technique along with an in-depth look at the gear necessary to produce similar images.
 
Let's take a look at the gear I used for a portrait session this weekend aside from the 5D Mark III, 85L II & 580EX speedlite flash (you could easily substitute any camera body, wide aperture telephoto prime and shoe mount flash for similar results) along with some links to gear which will provide comparable results and/or functionality at a fraction of the cost.
 
Lighting & Background Gear Used & Budget Alternatives
 
ItemGear Utilized
Cost
Comparable
Budget Item Cost
Photoflex Umbrella with Adjustable Frame (45")$36.95$14.95
Flash Radio Trigger & Receiver$129.90$29.00
Umbrella Swivel$17.99$21.95
Impact Collapsible Background - 5 x 7' (Black/White)$69.99$69.99
(3) Light Stands$357.00$98.85
Impact 40" Extension Grip Arm$29.95$29.95
Impact Super Clamp with T-Handle$19.95$19.95
Lastolite Magnetic Background Support$82.88$82.88
LED String Lights$19.99$19.99
Total$764.60$387.51

Note that I didn't link to specific versions of some of the gear due to unavailability (some are discontinued or not available at B&H), and I didn't list the white foam core board I used as a reflector (very low cost). Also note that the "budget version" umbrella swivel is slightly more than I paid for my version several years ago and prices are always subject to change.
 
As for the setup, one light stand and the background holder were supporting the collapsible background while another light stand with an extension arm and super clamp were holding the LED string lights in place. As for the main lighting on the subject, the flash was placed camera left and reflected into the white umbrella. The subject's fiancée held a white foam core board camera right to provide a degree of fill light.
 
Hunter Portrait Front Bokeh 2

Now let's consider the equipment I used to support the background and LED lights. Technically speaking, they weren't really necessary (though they certainly did make shooting more convenient). If we were to prop up the collapsible background in another way (maybe lean it against a wall or prop it up by boxes?), we could eliminate one of the light stands and the magnetic background support. And if we simply held the LED lights in front of the lens (or otherwise supported them with a DIY solution), then we could eliminate another light stand, the extension arm and the super clamp from the equation. With the aforementioned gear excluded, the investment cost would drop to $188.83.
 
But how about that background? Is it strictly necessary? While extremely convenient (and highly recommended), you could use a large piece of black fabric, black paper or otherwise shoot in an indoor location with more distance between the subject and the background (leaving the background unlit and, therefore, black at the camera's max flash sync speed). Therefore, if you have a substitute for the background, you can shave off another $69.99, for a total of $118.84.
 
If your DSLR features a master pop-up flash and your off-camera flash features built-in wireless (optical) communication, you can deduct another $29.00 for a ridiculously low final cost of $89.84.
 
That's right; assuming you have a camera, wide aperture telephoto prime and shoe mount flash already in your kit, you could theoretically create shots very similar to the examples above for less than $100.00, or to put it another way, less than the MSRP of Canon's least expensive lens. Of course, more expensive gear typically equates to higher quality and/or added convenience, but... for those on a budget, high quality portraiture is likely well within reach.
Post Date: 5/22/2017 12:11:05 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results have been added to the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens page.
 
I have been anxiously awaiting these results. While Canon already makes a phenomenal 100-400mm lens, the Sigma weighs less and costs FAR less.
 
Especially considering the price differential, I think you will find the Sigma 100-400mm vs. Canon 100-400mm image quality comparison very interesting. Be sure to compare the Sigma to the many other telephoto zoom lenses we've tested.
 
Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 5/22/2017 9:55:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Interfit Strobies Pro-Flash 360 W/s Kit with Battery available for $349.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $499.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Recycle Time @ Full Power: 4.5 Sec.
  • Full to 1/128 Power Flash Variability
  • Guide Number: 262'
  • Color Temperature: 5,600K
  • Vertical and Horizontal Rotating Head
  • Battery Pack: 450 Flashes @ Full Power
  • Flash Cable, Charger, Carry Pouch
  • Shoulder Strap, Mini Flash Stand
Hot Deal: B&H has the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Photo Printer available for $129.99 with free shipping after $250.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $379.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 4800 x 2400 dpi
  • Print 8 x 10" in 51 Seconds
  • Wi-Fi, Ethernet, AirPrint, PictBridge
  • Print Sizes up to 13 x 19"
  • 8 Ink Cartridges Including 3 Monochrome
  • CD, DVD, Blu-ray Printing
  • Print Studio Pro for Photoshop, DPP
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Lenovo 14" ThinkPad X1 Yoga Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Notebook available for $1,149.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,399.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5-6200U Dual-Core
  • 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM | 256GB M.2 SSD
  • 14" 1920 x 1080 IPS Touchscreen
  • Intel HD Graphics 520
  • MicroSD Card Reader
  • USB 3.0 | Mini DP | HDMI
  • 802.11ac | Bluetooth 4.1
  • 360° Hinge | Fingerprint Reader
  • ThinkPad Pen Pro Included
  • Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)
Post Date: 5/22/2017 5:12:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter available for $79.99 with free shipping after $20.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $149.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Provides 2 to 8 Stops of Light Control
  • Rotating Ring to Choose Degree of ND
  • Eliminates Buying Many ND Filters
  • Use to Create Blurs/Special Effects
  • Use with Film or Digital
  • Wide Outer Ring Reduces Vignetting
  • Black Aluminum Filter Ring
  • ColorCore Glass
  • Made in the USA
Post Date: 5/22/2017 5:06:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, May 21, 2017

 
From the Anya Anti YouTube Channel:
 
Today I want to show how to make a creative bokeh background for your indoor photoshoots out of studio paper backdrop. Also a little making of My Universe photo. Let me know if you have any questions!
 
B&H carries black background paper.
Post Date: 5/21/2017 2:10:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, May 20, 2017
What is the best bear photography lens? The best bear photography lens is the one you have immediately available when the bear shows up. I know, that was a trick question, but the point is, an available lens is much better than no lens and I was very happy to have had even the cheap Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM kit lens available when this bear showed up. While this lens is near the bottom of my list of bear photography lens recommendation list, when this bear presented itself, the 18-55 mounted to a Canon EOS 77D was what I had immediately available.
 
I am not going to be the only one finding the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM kit lens most-available and there are a number of reasons for this. My reason was because I was evaluating the lens at the time. I'm a bit unique in that situation, but for some, the EF-S 18-55 will be available because it is what they can afford. For others (children for example), it will be all that they are trusted with. And for others, it will be the most expensive lens able to be risked for a lens-dangerous, perhaps even sacrificial, task. With the extremely small size and weight of this lens, the EF-S 18-55 will sometimes be simply what is acceptable to carry for long periods of time.
 
I had been watching the bridal wreath spirea go into full bloom and feeling the need to incorporate them into an image. While they are beautiful alone, they work even better as a background to another strong element. For example, I was thinking that a cardinal would look great sitting on one of the branches. A mother black bear being that subject never entered my mind, but ... I think it works here.
 
I have been encountering bears at an increased rate and have photographed many of them, but never before have I used a focal length as wide as 55mm. However, with the bear sitting at a stone table amidst the flowers (with some petals also sticking to her), a wide-aspect crop from that focal length worked well. She appears to be waiting for her waiter.
 
Do you keep cameras at-ready for whatever opportunities arise? If not, consider doing so. Having an always-ready camera can more-rapidly increase your portfolio. Having more cameras in your kit makes having a ready-to-use camera nearby easier and adding another capable DSLR to your kit does not cost that much. We are always happy to help you make the camera, lens and accessory selection that is right for you.
 
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
55mm  f/5.6  1/80s
ISO 3200
4940 x 2320px
Post Date: 5/20/2017 6:15:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 19, 2017
Think Tank Photo has the Airport TakeOff V2.0 Rolling Backpack in stock.
 
Key Features
 
  • Integrated backpack straps with comfortable shoulder harness and back panel padding
  • Holds up to a 400mm f/2.8, two standard bodies and other assorted lenses
  • Large front pocket fits up to a 17” laptop* and a 10” table
Post Date: 5/19/2017 9:17:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Nikon Corporation (Kazuo Ushida, President, Tokyo) announced today the reorganization of its corporate structure as outlined below, scheduled for June 29, 2017.
 
The Core Technology Division is to be closed, establishing the Research & Development Division and the Production Technology Division
 
Nikon has decided to close the Core Technology Division and establish the Research & Development Division which dedicates to research and development, and the Production Technology Division which integrates the functions of group production strategy planning and production technology development, etc.
 
With this change, Nikon reorganizes the corporate structure in a way that clarifies functions and responsibilities in order to revitalize the group-wide research and development structure and enhance the efficiency of the production system.
 
Establishing the Healthcare Business Unit
 
Nikon is integrating the Medical Business Development Division and Microscope Solutions Business Unit, to establish a new Healthcare Business Unit. This will enable the company to integrate/optimize organizations and functions rapidly, creating business synergy.
 
Nikon will boost existing businesses and accelerate creation/nurturing of new businesses in the healthcare, medical and biological fields, which are anticipated to grow in the future.
 
Closing the Business Support Division
 
To optimize group-common functions regarding procurement, engineering and logistics, as well as quality- and environmental-management, Nikon has decided to close the Business Support Division and relocate each function formerly handled by it.
 
New organization
 
Nikon New Business Organization

The information is current as of the date of publication. It is subject to change without notice.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/19/2017 8:15:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the newly announced Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM and FE 12-24mm f/4 G lenses available for preorder.
Posted to: Sony News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 5/19/2017 6:53:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the AURAY Pro ID Windshield with Nameplate for Station ID (4 sizes) available for $59.00 with free shipping. Regularly $99.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 360° Protection
  • Open-Cell Foam Matrix Technology
  • 25mm Simulated Rabbit Fur Covering
  • Reduces Wind Noise by up to 40 dB
Through this weekend, B&H has the TAMA MS20 Tabletop Microphone Stand available for $19.99 with free shipping. Regularly $49.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Adjustable Height from 9 to 15"
  • Round Base with Aluminum Pipe
  • Helps Prevent Scattered Reflection
Post Date: 5/19/2017 5:13:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 18, 2017
From Canon USA:
 
Service Notice: Remote shooting with Camera Connect App with camera running Firmware Version 1.1.1
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
A communication error has been discovered when using the EOS 7D Mark II running Firmware Version 1.1.1, which version was released on April 27, 2017, in combination with the Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1.
 
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused to customers, and we ask for your ongoing patience.
 
Phenomenon
 
Remote shooting with the Camera Connect App is not possible after connecting the EOS 7D Mark II to a smartphone via the Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1.
 
Affected Product
 
EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Camera: Units that have been updated from Firmware Version 1.0.5 or earlier to Firmware Version 1.1.1
 
*This phenomenon will not occur if the camera meets either of the two conditions below:
 
  • If the camera has been updated from Firmware Version 1.1.0 to Firmware Version 1.1.1.
  • If the camera was already equipped with Firmware Version 1.1.1 at the time of purchase.
We are currently making preparations to correct this phenomenon with the release of a firmware update in early June. In the meantime, please use the workaround method described below.
 
Workaround
 
  • Firmware Version 1.1.1 will no longer be available for download, and Firmware Version 1.1.0 will be made available for download again.Users whose camera is affected by this phenomenon are asked to download Firmware Version 1.1.0 and install Firmware Version 1.1.0 onto the camera. Download Firmware Version 1.1.0 from the Canon USA website.
  • If you want the improvements and fixes provided in Firmware Version 1.1.1* applied to your camera, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region and make a request for your camera to be re-updated to Firmware Version 1.1.1.
  • *Improvements and fixes provided in Firmware Version 1.1.1:
    • Enhances reliability of communications when transferring images using Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A.
    • Corrects the phenomenon of Err70 which occurs with certain combinations of settings.
    • Corrects the very rare phenomenon in which the shutter can no longer be released.
    • Enhances reliability of operations for specific custom function settings.
Support
 
If you have not already done so, please register the EOS 7D Mark II. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future announcements.
 
This information is for residents of the United States and its five territories only. If you do not reside in the USA or its five territories, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/18/2017 1:13:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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