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 Monday, April 24, 2017
Live Again: You can get a Canon EOS-1D C with 4K Canon Log recording for less than the price of an EOS-1D X.
 
Use coupon code BHNAB17 at B&H to get the Canon EOS-1D C Camera for $3,999.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $4,999.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 4K 4096x2160 8-Bit 4:2:2 Cinematic Video
  • Canon Log with 12 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • Continuous Recording, No 29:59 Min Limit
  • Full HD 1080p Recording at up to 60fps
  • 18.1MP CMOS Sensor
  • Dual CF Card Recording Media
  • Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors
  • 3.2" LCD Screen
  • 61-Point High Density Auto Focus
  • EF Lens Mount; Magnesium Alloy Body
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/24/2017 10:23:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce that the ultra-wide-angle zoom lens "SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art" and the ultimate lens for portraits and more "SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art" have won TIPA Awards 2017.
 
BEST DSLR WIDE ANGLE ZOOM LENS: SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art
 
Constructed with 16 elements in 11 groups, with FLD glass elements, an updated Hyper Sonic Motor with 1.3X torque for fast AF, and use of “the largest aspherical element in the industry”, this constant aperture wide angle zoom is designed for full-frame DSLRs but can also be used with APS-C sensor cameras to deliver a still impressive 18-36mm field of view (approximate, depending on camera model). With a minimum aperture of f/22 and close-focusing capability of 9.4 inches (24cm) at the 24mm focal length range, photographers can create unique images with startling depth of field, while the constant f/4 aperture and 9-bladed rounded diaphragm allows for outstanding bokeh effects.
 
BEST DSLR PRIME LENS: SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
 
Aimed at portrait photographers and those who want to create dramatic shallow depth of field effects, this full-frame 85mm lens in SIGMA’s Art series employs SLD (Special Low Dispersion Glass) and one element with a high rate of anomalous partial dispersion and a high index of refraction. The lens contains a 9-bladed electronically controlled diaphragm, a hypersonic (HSM) motor for rapid and silent AF, and an AF system with 1.3X torque boost. Quality build features include a durable brass mount and a composite TSC barrel, a material known to provide consistent performance at extreme temperatures and is considerable lighter than other materials that would yield similar benefits.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art and Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lenses.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 4/24/2017 9:25:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results have been added to the Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD Lens review page.
 
While the Vibration Control feature alone is going to be upgrade-worthy to anyone using the previous Tamron 10-22mm Lens, the dramatically improved image quality over the copy we previously tested sends an even much stronger signal.
 
Following are a number of additional comparisons. Not all testing utilized the same camera, but visually accounting for the differences provides relevant comparisons nonetheless.
 
Tamron 10-24mm VC vs. Canon EF-S 10-22mm Lens
Tamron 10-24mm VC vs. Canon EF-S 10-18mm Lens
Tamron 10-24mm VC vs. Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 Lens
Tamron 10-24mm VC vs. Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 Lens
Tamron 10-24mm VC vs. Nikon 10-24mm Lens
 
The Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 4/24/2017 7:51:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From Nikon Europe:
 
'One telephone call changed the history of optics in Japan for sure.' Celebrated photographer, David Douglas Duncan, who turned 100 on Jan. 23, 2016, is one of the first photographers we've approached to share his experience with Nikon. Here, he shares how he first came across Nikon and this encounter played a crucial role in establishing Nikon's cameras and lenses worldwide.
 
'From his coverage of the Korean War, which gave birth to the celebrated book "This Is War!", to his intimate documentation of Pablo Picasso, Duncan has influenced generations of photographers.' (source)
Post Date: 4/24/2017 7:55:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, April 22, 2017
When planning for a big photo daytrip, I usually have a packed-full itinerary carefully planned out and select the day based on the desired weather matching the forecast along with various other factors. But, sometimes even very careful planning does not work out.
 
This particular day had set up perfectly and I executed the plan, making the roughly 6-hour round trip drive to Philadelphia.
 
Upon arrival, I immediately discovered that preparations for the NFL Draft ceremonies, including installation of multiple enormous covered stages, had completely taken over the art museum, including the parking area I was planning to use. The backup plan was implemented for parking and the art museum, one of my intended subjects, quickly hit the questionable list.
 
The morning and early afternoon were forecasted to be cloudy and I drove in rain during much of the trip into the city. While that might not sound like the ideal forecast for city photography, the cloudy skies were going to provide ideal light for interior photography at a large church. Soft light coming in the windows would add life to the interior, but direct sunlight burning highlights into an image would be avoided.
 
Upon arrival at the church, I found the doors ... locked. The church's website said it would be open. The city employees watching over the area contacted their superiors and were told that the church was supposed to be open. Some church employees were even trying unsuccessfully to get in. About two hours later, the church was still locked and I gave up the wait, moving on to scout for later opportunities.
 
A blue hour ultra-wide angle view of the art museum entrance was on my to-photograph list for the day, so this was the next shot to be scouted/planned for. Because this view faces somewhat into the setting sun, the ideal blue hour timing was slightly later than another blue hour photo I had planned. I worked through the NFL Draft construction project and a security worker permitted me to go to the top of the art museum steps (the ones "Rocky" climbed) behind the main NFL Draft stage. Unfortunately, upon arriving at the top of the steps, I discovered more large tents covering most of the main entrance. Scratch primary photo #2 from the list.
 
Scouting the view from the Spring Garden Street Bridge was next on the list. The goal was to photograph the downtown skyscrapers bathed in the warm late day light and a clear sky to the west was needed for that. The skies were forecasted to clear in the afternoon but I was not optimistic of the clearing happening in time. Finally, in late afternoon, the heavy clouds quickly moved past, showing a beautiful blue sky.
 
I arrived at this location quite early and set up two tripods with a pair of Canon EOS 5Ds R cameras with Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lenses mounted. I waited, watching the perfectly clear sky with highly anticipated success, but alas, just minutes before the sweet light happened, a cloud bank rolled in and shut down the light, erasing major photo goal #3.
 
With three of five planned image series already failed, the day was not shaping up well, but two photo goals remained. Fortunately, the cloud bank that shut down the city-in-sweet-light image did not make it past the city before darkness and photo opportunity #4, the image shared here, was a home run.
 
The ideal blue hour light only lasts a few minutes and the ideal time is often easier to best-determine when reviewing the images on a computer at home, so I simply shoot constantly through that short time window. However, a clue to when the time is ideal is when proper f/16 exposures are between 15 and 30 seconds.
 
Why f/16? Live View with DOF preview showed that I had enough depth of field at f/8 and the images would have been sharper if captured at that aperture, but ... I like the star effect that a narrow aperture creates from the city lights. The straight lines from the city buildings sharpen nicely even at f/16 and I seldom regret this aperture choice for this purpose.
 
Because I was shooting from an elevated bridge, the camera was able to be leveled (for both pitch and roll), a requirement if keeping the edges of the buildings vertically straight is desired. Another takeaway from this image is that telephoto lenses are great for cityscape photography. Telephoto focal lengths keep distant subjects large in the frame and the city skyscrapers were a primary subject, so keeping them large was desirable.
 
With the blue hour past and a good set of images captured on two cameras, it was time to make photo #5 happen. The goal was a nighttime photo of City Hall from the center of S. Broad St. and getting there required a 1.6 mi (2.6km) walk. I had been carrying a heavily-loaded MindShift Gear BackLight 26L (including two tripods) all day, but ... whatever it takes is the motto of many photographers. I could rest on the drive back home.
 
Upon arriving at City Hall, I discovered huge – you guessed it – NFL Draft banners adorning each side of City Hall. While a photo with the banner may have been good for memories of the event happening in this city, it was not what I wanted. I was tired and opted to simply walk back to car.
 
So, out of 5 potentially great series of photos, I brought only one home with me. While that batting average is not very good, I'm happy with the images I did get and another positive spin is that ... I will not need to do much research to make another day-filled photo itinerary for this city with a hopefully-more-productive result. Alas, the NFL Draft will forever be a memory as there it is, advertised on the large blue billboard near the center of every frame I captured here.
 
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.
Post Date: 4/22/2017 4:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 21, 2017
Sony's a9 Mirrorless Camera aimed at sports photographers is now available for preorder. The Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens is now also available for preorder.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 24.2MP Full-Frame Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • 693-Point AF System & 20 fps Shooting
  • Blackout-Free Quad-VGA 3.7m-Dot OLED EVF
  • Internal UHD 4K Video Recording
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 3.0" 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • ISO 204,800, Silent Electronic Shutter
  • Built-In Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, Dual SD Slots
  • Integrated LAN and PC Sync Terminals
Preorders
Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex Photographic
Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex Photographic
Posted to: Sony News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 4/21/2017 9:20:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Noise and resolution test results have been added to the Canon EOS 77D, Rebel T7i and M6 review pages.
 
Note that the 77D results were copied to create the Rebel T7i results. These two cameras are very similar and the image quality they deliver is the same. Thus, it did not make sense to invest the time needed to test both. Here are some observations:
 
The lighting on the color chart used for the noise level evaluation is measured for consistency using a Sekonic L-478DR Light Meter. Manual exposure mode is used for test image capture with prescribed exposure settings for each ISO setting and all RAW images are identically processed for the standard results. Interesting is that 77D results are identical to the 80D in brightness, but the images from this copy of the M6, captured immediately after the 77D results, are slightly brighter (by about .25 stops). A set of -.25 EV adjusted results are provided for an equalized brightness.
 
For the best image quality, should I get the Canon EOS 80D, Canon EOS 77D, Rebel T7i, M5 or M6? The answer to that question is ... it doesn't matter. While there are many feature differences between these models, it would be hard to argue that one delivers better image quality than the others.
 
The Canon EOS 77D is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
 
Get the Canon EOS Rebel T7i at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
 
Find the Canon EOS M6 at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/21/2017 8:07:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 ED AS IF NCS UMC Fisheye Lens for Canon EF available for $374.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $499.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • EF Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three Extra Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Nano Crystal and UMC Lens Coating
  • Manual Focus & Manual Aperture Lens
  • 180º Angle of View
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 7.9"
  • Included Petal-Shaped Lens Hood
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/21/2017 7:12:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
April 21st, 2017, Seoul, South Korea – Global optics brand, Samyang Optics announce a new 16mm T2.6 cine lens, designed specifically for video shooting with uncoupled gear rings with T numbers. This launch adds one more lens to the existing 18 cine lenses for DSLR and mirrorless cameras.
 
Since 2012, Samyang Optics has released its cine lenses based on the needs of professional videographers. Satisfied with the image quality of Samyang lenses, videographers continuously requested for cine lenses and as an answer, Samyang launched cine lens line up.
 
This new launch expands the cine lens line up to a total of 19 lenses: 13 for DSLR cameras varying from 8mm fisheye to 135mm telephoto and 6 for mirrorless cameras varying from 8mm to 50mm.
 
Inheriting the renowned image quality of Samyang’s wide-angle lenses, the 16mm angle of view is commonly used by directors of photography around the globe for its versatile usage for wide-angled emotional scenes in film and videos. Along with the existing 14mm, 20mm and 24mm, this new lens will realise the delicate changes in the scenes.
 
As a ‘Total Imaging Solution’ optics brand, Samyang Optics now offers 51 lenses: 2 premium XP photo lenses, 2 autofocus lenses, 19 manual focus photo lenses, 19 cine lenses and 9 professional cinema lenses specifically under XEEN brand.
 
Launched to complete the Samyang cine lens line up, this new 16mm T2.6 will be available globally from June and will carry a suggested retail price of EUR 599.00. For more information, visit the Samyang social media channels.
Post Date: 4/21/2017 7:09:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Nikkei Asian Review:
TOKYO -- Canon probably saw its group operating profit roughly double on the year in the January-March quarter to about 80 billion yen ($733 million), thanks to successful acquisitions and strong overseas sales of cameras and printers.
 
Sales apparently grew 20% to just over 950 billion yen. Official quarterly results are due out Wednesday.
 
Toshiba Medical Systems, which Canon bought last year for 665.5 billion yen, is believed to be responsible for about 70% of the profit boost. Past acquisitions, including commercial printer and surveillance camera makers in Europe, probably also posted strong results.
Read the entire article on the Nikkei Asian Review.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/21/2017 6:50:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
New Firmware Delivers Enhanced Digital Cinema Camera Connectivity and Improved Shooting-Assist Functions for HDR Video
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 20, 2017 – Demonstrating Canon’s continued commitment to supporting the digital cinema and television broadcasting industries, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc., will make available free firmware upgrades for three of its professional 4K displays—the DP-V1710, DP-V2410 and DP-V2420 in June 2017.
 
New features include:
 
  • Enhanced connectivity with Canon digital cinema cameras
The new firmware updates permit 4K RAW video captured using the EOS C700 or the EOS C700 GS PL (scheduled to be released July 2017) to be viewed directly on the display using only a 3G-SDI cable, without the need for an external transitional device. The firmware also makes possible the acquisition of all image data from video captured using the EOS C700, EOS C700 GS PL as well as the EOS C300 Mark II, enabling the display of image setting values from the connected camera and metadata.
 
Furthermore, these updates enable the display of the cinema aspect ratio 2.39:1 for specialized shooting using a digital cinema camera equipped with an anamorphic lens. The addition of these new features delivers enhanced user convenience when confirming images during shooting
 
  • Improved connectivity with ARRI digital cinema cameras
Thanks to these new firmware updates, users can simply connect an ARRI digital cinema camera to the DP-V1710, DP-V2410 or DP-V2420 4K Professional Display Models and view LOG C video in HDR. It is also no longer necessary to add an LUT to confirm video, for improved ease of use.
 
  • Expanded shooting-assist functions for HDR video
The new updates make possible the display of 4K video in both HDR and SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) simultaneously, using a vertical split-screen mode. What’s more, the updates make possible the downscaling and parallel display of 4K video as two separate images, enabling side-by-side comparisons of HDR and SDR images or HDR images and images with HDR shooting-assist functions applied.
 
Additionally, colors can now be overlaid on HDR video, with the color depending on the actual luminance of the video area, allowing for the visual confirmation of luminance distribution.
 
B&H carries the Canon DP-V1710, DP-V2410 and DP-V2420 4K displays.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/21/2017 5:33:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 20, 2017
B&H has the Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 Lens available for $1,999.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,950.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Ultra Wide-Angle Lens
  • Excellent Zeiss Optical/Build Quality
  • Superb Chromatic Aberration Correction
  • Unparalleled Prevention of Color Fringes
  • Two Aspheric Lenses Improve Quality
  • Anti-Reflective Coating Cuts Stray Light
  • Integrated Lens Shade Protects Lens
  • Wide Field Angle of 110 Degrees
  • Focuses to Closer Than 10"
  • Manual Focus
Post Date: 4/20/2017 10:24:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron USA:
 
April 20, 2017, Commack, NY- Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced that its SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022) has been awarded with the "TIPA Awards 2017/ BEST DSLR TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS" hosted by the TIPA (Technical Image Press Association).
 
Award Citation Excerpt
 
This long-range zoom is built for full-frame DSLRs but can also be used on APS-C DSLRs to deliver an incredible 225-900mm focal length range (approximate, depending on camera). Tamron's improved VC (vibration compensation) offers a 4.5 stop advantage with three modes for a variety of shooting scenarios. The lens incorporates three low dispersion elements to aid in the elimination of chromatic aberrations and is constructed with 21 elements in 13 groups, with a minimum focusing distance of 86.6 inches (220cm). Other features include eBAND and BBAR coating to help reduce ghosting and flare, a fast ultrasonic silent drive ring-type motor, and leak-proof seals on the metal barrel.
 
B&H carries the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens (review).
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 4/20/2017 9:04:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 20, 2017 – In a move to help meet the demands of professional filmmakers, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the availability of a feature upgrade for the EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera that will add the ability to record with Canon Log. With this upgrade, the EOS 5D Mark IV can achieve a cinematic look similar to what can be achieved using Cinema EOS cameras, allowing it to serve as a second camera on a Cinema EOS shoot or to stand alone as a cinema camera. Current EOS 5D Mark IV camera owners can have the Canon Log feature upgrade installed for $99 at any of the Canon service centers across the U.S. starting in July. The camera will also be available for sale (body only) with the feature upgrade pre-installed starting in July, with an estimated retail price of $3,599.00*.
 
Canon Log uses the image sensor’s characteristics in a way that allows for a wide dynamic range, minimal loss of detail in shadows and highlight areas and an increased range of choices when color grading. Color grading options available with Canon Log include optimized color saturation, accurate colors with minor color bias, visual continuity and accurate skin tones.
 

Canon Log also works with and complements several EOS 5D Mark IV camera features including 4K shooting, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, high speed 119.9p shooting in HD and 59.94p shooting in Full HD. Additional features include Movie Servo AF allowing the camera to focus on a subject even when the shutter button is not used, the ability to register custom shooting modes in Canon Log and movie shooting in Canon Log on a compatible iOS or Android device using the free Canon Camera Connect app.
 
To learn more about the feature upgrade and how to get it installed, please visit usa.canon.com/canonlog5d4.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/20/2017 8:15:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Corel PaintShop Pro X9 Ultimate (DVD) available for $49.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $79.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Photo Management and Editing Software
  • Includes Bonus Software
  • Non-Destructive Layer-Based Editing
  • Camera RAW Lab
  • HDR and Lens Correction Tools
  • Scripting Engine and XMP Support
  • Support for 3rd-Party Plug-Ins & Brushes
  • Discovery and Learning Center Tutorials
  • Integrated Sharing & Social Media Tools
  • Compatible with Windows 10, 8/8.1, and 7
Post Date: 4/20/2017 7:51:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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