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 Tuesday, August 25, 2015

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
In this class, Sal talks about the basics of speedlites, how and when to use them, and setting up for on-location work. He shows before and after images and talks about how to incorporate dramatic shots into your portfolio.
Post Date: 8/25/2015 9:03:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon CJ12ex4.3B 4K Zoom Lens
From Canon UK:
 
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 25 August 2015 – Canon today unveils the CJ12ex4.3B, a new 2/3” portable 4K zoom lens with the world’s widest focal length – an incredible 4.3mm, designed for professionals shooting interviews or live broadcast, including sport and news. Canon also today announces that it is developing a new compact 2/3” 4K all-purpose-zoom lens. Further bolstering Canon’s 4K broadcast lens range for cameras employing 2/3” sensors, the versatile new lens will be optimised for both indoor and outdoor shooting, across a variety of applications including, sporting events, live broadcasts, as well as television dramas and commercials.
 
Outstanding 4K optical performance
Leveraging Canon’s renowned heritage in optical design and advanced technologies, the CJ12ex4.3B delivers outstanding 4K image quality throughout the entire 12x optical zoom range. Providing the freedom to quickly adapt to different shooting environments, the new lens enables shooters to swiftly move from an ultra-wide 4.3mm angle shot to close ups, whilst ensuring first-class image quality from the very centre to the edge. A built-in 2x extender also helps provides even greater focal reach, whilst still maintaining 4K optical performance.
 
To further provide sharp, high contrast images, the CJ12ex4.3B includes an increased use of fluorite and UD glass combined with Canon’s expert coatings, resulting in exceptional control over ghosting and flare. A new three group internal focus system also reduces focus breathing.
 
Exceptional portability and flexible operation
Boasting a brand new design, the CJ12ex4.3B is compact and lightweight, weighing just 2.1kg, making it similar in size and weight to a comparable 2/3” HD lens. Ideal for on-shoulder shooting traditionally adopted by news gatherers, the lens can easily be used on-the-go, and with an ergonomic design and grip, it is comfortable to hold for longer periods of time. The lens also incorporates three 20-pin connectors for easy integration with existing HD zoom/focus controllers and can be directly connected to an external virtual operation system at the same time.
 
Featuring a Digital Drive Unit, the CJ12ex4.3B offers advanced operability giving users the freedom to select repeatable zoom positions and speeds, in addition to focus and iris settings. A 16-bit absolute value encoder integrated into the Digital Drive Unit allows operators to start shooting with the camera’s aberration compensation function in an instant, without the need for any initialization. This is perfect for news and wildlife environments where action can disappear as quickly as it started. A digital display, built into the Digital Drive Unit, also makes it easy to set, review and adjust vital functions in a way similar to 2/3” HD lenses.
 
Key features CJ12ex4.3B:
 
  • 4K resolution 2/3” portable wide angle lens with 12x zoom
  • Exceptional 4.3mm focal length at the wide end extends to 52mm (104mm using the built-in 2x extender)
  • Stunning optical performance right to the edge of the image when paired with a 2/3” 4K compatible camera
  • Combines 4K quality with lightweight design and compact size comparable to HD lenses for comfortable on-shoulder shooting
  • Sustained 4K performance even when using the built-in 2x extender
  • Proven, high-quality 16-bit encoder captures precise information on zoom, focus and iris and allows support for aberration correction immediately on start-up
  • 3 20-pin connectors make for effortless use with existing Canon HD lens accessories and virtual systems
Post Date: 8/25/2015 5:08:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 24, 2015
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From the Canon Professional Network:
 
Canon today announces its annual programme of activities for Visa pour l’Image 2015, the international festival of photojournalism held in Perpignan, France, taking place from 31 August until 6 September (pro week) with the exhibitions continuing until 13 September...
 
In its 26th year of partnership, Canon will run an inspiring and interactive series of events throughout the seven-day festival that champions the very best in photojournalism and reflects Canon’s passion for powerful images. This year the Canon programme will include:
 
CANON EXPERIENCE ZONE
 
For the very first time the Canon experience zone, located in the Palais des Congrès, will be open to the general public. Visitors will be able to get hands-on with Canon’s latest range of products and solutions; from image capture through to printing. Accredited photographers will be able to book in for a free portfolio review with Getty Images Creative Director, Anthony Holland Parkin, on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th September, and can also visit the CPS desk where they will have the opportunity to get their equipment checked, cleaned and have small repairs carried out, free of charge.
 
CREATIVE INSPIRATION
 
A Canon experience bus will be stationed by the Couvent des Minimes, where members of the public will be able to come on board and speak with Canon experts to gain advice on everything from how to take better holiday pictures, to capturing the perfect portrait of your child.
 
Canon will also be promoting its Rugby World Cup partnership during the festival and inviting visitors to have their photograph taken with rugby players from the local famous team, Union Sportive des Arlequins Perpignanais. A variety of other exciting rugby-themed experiential activities will also be on offer for attendees to get involved with and the best photographs taken will be put into a prize draw where three lucky winners will be given World Cup tickets.
 
CELEBRATING THE POWER OF IMAGES
 
Canon has sponsored two exhibitions at Visa pour l’image 2015; the first showcasing photographs from the Democratic Republic of Congo by Canon Ambassador Pascal Maître, alongside last year’s Female Photojournalist of the Year Award winner, Viviane Dalles. The second celebrates a body of work from a range of internationally acclaimed photographers to mark the 10th anniversary of Canon’s iconic EOS 5D-series DSLR in collaboration with Getty Images. All of the stunning images have been printed on Canon’s professional large format printer, the imagePROGRAF iPF9100.
 
CANON FEMALE PHOTOJOURNALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD
 
For the 15th consecutive year, Canon has sponsored the Female Photojournalist of the Year Award, which will be presented at Visa pour l’Image 2015. Also supported by ELLE magazine for the second year in a row, this year’s award is given to Anastasia Rudenko, for her project on mental illness in Russia. Rudenko will receive a grant at the ceremony on 5th September 2015, to support her portfolio of work. All entrants have been judged on both previous works and plans for future projects. In addition, the 2014 winner, Viviane Dalles, will be exhibiting her work on teenage mothers in the north of France at the festival.
 
To find out more about the latest updates and plans for the 27th Visa pour l’Image international festival of photojournalism, please visit the Visa pour l’Image website.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/24/2015 6:44:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 21, 2015

 
From the Nikon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Nikon Ambassador and naturalist Ron Magill shares his advice on wildlife photography from Zoo Miami.
 
B&H carries Nikon cameras and lenses.
Post Date: 8/21/2015 12:08:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 20, 2015
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens
An official notice has appeared on Nikon Japan stating that the release date for the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, initially scheduled for August 27, 2015, will be pushed back to "October, 2015."
 
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/ 2.8E ED VR available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/20/2015 3:10:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Mars InSight Boarding Pass
This may be a little off-topic for our target audience, but it seemed too cool not to post it.
 
Through September 8, NASA is offering to send your name written to a microchip bound for Mars. That's right – your name can be immortalized on the red planet, and it's absolutely free.
 
Simply obtain a "Boarding Pass" for the Mars InSight launch by entering your first and last name, postal code and [optionally] your email address (to track your Frequent Flyer points).
 
And as an added bonus, the Boarding Pass you get looks pretty nice! :-) [Sean]
Category: Nasa News
Post Date: 8/20/2015 11:08:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens
Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens Review page.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens in Canon mount in stock. Nikon mount version is available for preorder (expected in stock Aug 24th).
Post Date: 8/20/2015 8:59:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce the update in the lens firmware of the 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports CANON and 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary CANON on the SIGMA Optimization Pro, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK.
 
The latest firmware update enables the lens to improve the AF accuracy when attached to the TELE CONVERTER TC-1401.
 
For those customers who own the following products, please update the firmware of the lens via the SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
Applicable products
 
  • 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports CANON
  • 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary CANON
Benefit of this firmware update
It has improved the AF accuracy when attached to the TELE CONVERTER TC-1401.
 
You can download the latest version of the software from the following page:
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
 
B&H carries the Sigma USB Dock.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 8/20/2015 8:19:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lowepro Slingshot Edge 150 AW and 250 AW Bags
From Lowepro:Lightweight Daypack Provides Ideal Protection and Quick Access for Compact Cameras and TabletsPetaluma, Calif. – August 19, 2015 – Lowepro, the leading maker of photography carrying solutions, today announced the latest generation of its urban daypack series, Slingshot Edge. The redesigned series caters to the urban photographer by combining protective compartments and easy access with added storage for tablets, slim design and a stylish exterior.
 
“Ease of use is paramount for photographers on the move,” said Tim Grimmer, vice president of brand and product at Lowepro. “There are few things more disappointing in photography than missing a great shot because you couldn’t get to your gear in time. The new Slingshot Edge series rethinks the sling design for fast, optimized access to a compact DSLR or compact system camera, while putting an added emphasis on trusted gear protection and style.”
 
The Slingshot Edge series is designed for urban photographers, day trippers and travelers looking for a slim and versatile camera bag to keep things light and easy. Two sizes are available, each featuring padded, dedicated compartments to keep camera gear, a tablet and other essentials organized and safe. The Slingshot Edge 150 AW is designed to hold a mirrorless/compact system camera with attached lens, a second lens, a small tablet and personal items. The larger Slingshot Edge 250 AW can accommodate a compact DSLR camera with attached lens, an extra lens, flash, full-size tablet and additional personal gear. Both bags come complete with a built-in All Weather AW CoverTM to protect from rain, snow or dust, as well as external bag straps that allow the attachment of a small tripod or other equipment.
 
The Slingshot Edge 150 AW (US MSRP $89.95) and 250 AW (US MSRP $109.95) are now available for purchase at a number of retail locations
 
B&H carries the Lowepro Slingshot Edge 150 AW and 250 AW.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 8/20/2015 6:16:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Summer Photography Tips: Plant for Butterfly and Flower Pictures
Few natural subjects surpass flowers and butterflies in colorfulness. Planting flowers that attract butterflies takes advantage of both and planting them in your yard means fast access to these great subjects.
 
Don't have a garden of your own? Don't want to do the work? Others love gardening. Find someone who has this passion and share your photography passion with them in the form of images and prints. Alternatively, find a public garden.
 
Coneflowers are one of my favorite flowers and a small garden of them behind the house provided hours of distraction (I mean "gear evaluation") for me this summer. The shape of the flower permits full view of the butterfly and the working area keeps the butterfly busy long enough to get the photo. Because these flowers are planted on a bank, I can shoot horizontally across the flower tops (to get blurred blooms in the background) without lying on the ground. A raised planting box offers a similar advantage.
 
Most macro lenses work well for flowers, but butterflies are sometimes not comfortable with a lens close to them. Longer focal lengths permit longer working distances. In this case, the spangled fritillary butterfly was quite tolerant of my presence and I was able to utilize the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro Lens at a close distance.
 
I'm still struggling to retrain my brain to frame slightly wider with the extreme resolution of the Canon EOS 5Ds R available, allowing minor cropping to achieve perfect framing during post processing. The result in this case was that the butterfly's antenna was slightly closer to the right edge of the frame than I wanted. Fortunately, I had taken multiple photos and was able to add a small strip to the right side of this image, with ideal wing position, from one of the others for a 52.9 megapixel final image size.
 
I used a Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash with a camera exposure that balanced the ambient background lighting. Because the coneflower petals were closer to the flash than the butterfly, they were slightly brighter than I wanted. I decreased the brightness of the RAW file and overlaid the darker flower petals on the brighter butterfly and background.
 
What is in your flower bed? If the ideal flowers are not there, add them! Then get ready for your summer color.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
100mm  f/4.0  1/160s
ISO 100
6092 x 8688px
Post Date: 8/19/2015 12:28:16 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The-Digital-Picture.com Flickr Group
We've had The-Digital-Picture.com Community for several years now and it has become a great venue for photographers to socialize, ask questions, share their images and compete in weekly contests.
 
One disadvantage to a forum-based system is that the images shared by the members appear in numerous different (themed) threads, meaning that viewing all the latest images posted is a rather tedious and time consuming process.
 
Therefore, we created The-Digital-Picture.com Flickr Group to serve as a repository of Community (and non-Community) members where site visitors can share their images in a centralized location.
 
So what are you waiting for? Go check it out and feel free to add some of your favorite [family friendly] images (up to 5 per day).
Category: Site News
Post Date: 8/19/2015 12:38:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From SanDisk:
 
SanDisk SSD Concierge Service provides full support during SSD upgrade process
 
MILPITAS, Calif., August 18, 2015 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today introduced the first SSD upgrade service with live video support. The SanDisk SSD Concierge Service offers full support for SanDisk solid state drive (SSD) installations and is designed to simplify upgrades for consumers of all technical backgrounds.
 
“Many customers understand the benefits an SSD can bring to an aging laptop but they also feel anxious about performing an upgrade by themselves,” said Philippe Willams, director of product marketing, SanDisk. “The SanDisk SSD Concierge Service’s step-by-step live support will give consumers the confidence to install an SSD and enjoy the benefits of speed, performance and reliability.”
 
Upgrading an aging laptop with an SSD can greatly improve performance and is more cost effective than purchasing a new one. With advanced flash memory storage and significantly faster speeds, SSDs outpace traditional hard-disk drives (HDDs) in every performance category. In addition, SSDs run cooler, create less noise, and use less power, which helps extend laptop battery life, and reduce the strain on limited system resources.
 
Through the SanDisk SSD Concierge Service, consumers will have all of the tools required to upgrade their laptop successfully. This includes the hardware and software necessary to migrate data as well as install the new SSD. Once data has been successfully migrated, consumers will have the ability to schedule a video conference via mobile device with a SanDisk technician, who will walk them through the final steps of removing the existing storage device and installing their new SSD. The SanDisk SSD Concierge Service will support all SanDisk consumer SSDs.
 
Pricing and Availability
The SanDisk SSD Concierge Service is available through Amazon for $39.99*.
* SSD not included; sold separately.
Category: SanDisk News
Post Date: 8/19/2015 8:58:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Hoya 77mm HD3 Circular Polarizer Filter
From Kenko Tokina USA:
 
Kenko Tokina Asks Photographers: Is Your Shot Hoya Tough?
 
Kenko Tokina Debuts New Hoya HD3 Series of Professional Photographic Filters Designed for Extreme Environmental Conditions; 4X Stronger than Standard Optical Glass; 800% Harder Coatings than Previous Generations

 
Huntington Beach, CA – August 18, 2015 – Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. is proud to introduce the new Hoya HD3 series of professional photographic filters. The HD3 UV and Circular Polarizer filters give photographers the ability to capture high-quality images in extreme settings without loss of color balance, contrast, or clarity due to adverse environmental conditions. Additionally, the new filters’ light-weight and rugged design means no scratches, stains or damage to the front of the lens. The Hoya HD3 filters are 4X stronger than standard optical glass and the antireflective coatings are 800% harder than previous generations while offering a stunning 99.7% light transmission rate. To learn more about Hoya’s HD3 UV and Circular Polarizer filters, visit http://HoyaFilter.com/HD3
 
Professionals Agree: Hoya HD3 Filters Are the Amazing
Professional photographers are raving about the optical quality of their pictures using the new Hoya HD3 filters. Award-winning photographer Hudson Henry found the new filters vital for a recent European photo shoot.
 
“The UV filters are amazing. I leave it on while shooting sunburst photos without seeing any noticeable degradation,” says Hudson Henry. “These UV filters are like perfectly clear armor. It's especially handy for conditions with dust, crowds of people, salt spray, and sweat.”
 
Extreme photographer Stan Moniz, a longtime Hoya user, raved about the new filter series.
 
“These filters are so durable and so easy to clean, it allows you to do things other photographers haven’t done and get images that haven’t been captured before,” says Stan Moniz. “These filters are the bomb to use. I can’t understand why a professional photographer wouldn’t always have these on them.”
 
The HD3 Series of Filters
The new HD3 series of filters consists of a UV and Circular Polarizer in common sizes ranging from 37mm to 82mm. Building on the brand’s reputation for producing the toughest filters on the planet, Hoya engineers have developed a new ultra-hard nano-coating formula in addition to a new process for applying layers of antireflective coating to the HD3 glass. These two factors combine to yield a coating that is 800% harder than the optical coating on the previous generation of filters.
 
The HD3 UV professional filter features a new 32-layer proprietary coating system that greatly reduces or eliminates reflections on the surface of the glass and yields a 99.7% light transmission rate. This means the filter has virtually no effect on the color balance, contrast, or clarity of the final image. Additionally, the hardened, antistatic top-layer is water repellent, stain and scratch resistant, and cleans easily when smudges or fingerprints are introduced to the surface.
 
The optical glass in the new HD3 UV professional filter is made in Japan, using Hoya’s exclusive HD hardened glass that is 4x stronger than normal optical glass (UV only).
 
The filters in the new HD3 series utilize a lightweight, one-piece, low-profile aluminum frame to house the glass. This one-piece design allows the filter to maintain perfect parallel alignment to the sensor plane for maximum sharpness, while the low-profile frame eliminates vignetting when used on ultra-wide-angle lenses.
 
Hoya HD3 filters were developed in conjunction with Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. and intended solely for U.S. distribution.
 
B&H carries the Hoya HD3 filters.
Category: Hoya News
Post Date: 8/18/2015 1:31:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Roger over at LensRentals.com has published a full teardown of two cinema primes, the Zeiss 85mm CP.2 T2.1 and more affordable Rokinon Xeen 85mm T1.5. Roger does a good job of explaining the differences between the two lenses and provides us his thoughts on the build quality of each.
Post Date: 8/18/2015 1:21:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the ExpoImaging YouTube Channel:
 
Erik Valind demonstrates how to creatively add color to shadows with 3 flashes and some Rogue FlashBender 2 gear. Flash photography lighting video tutorial, techniques and tips.
 
Gear Used
 
Post Date: 8/18/2015 12:45:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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