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 Monday, July 27, 2015
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Canon has released its financial results for the second quarter of 2015. We suggest checking out the easy-to-understand, graphically-enhanced Presentation Material.
 
Relevant Article:
Canon cuts outlook as weak camera sales hit second-quarter profit
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/27/2015 7:34:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 24, 2015
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24th Jul 2015 – RØDE Microphones is extremely proud to announce its acquisition of legendary audio technology manufacturer, Aphex.
 
RØDE founder and Managing Director, Peter Freedman, today announced the purchase of the US based company, well known for its range of audio signal processing equipment that features various proprietary technologies including the iconic “Aural Exciter”.
 
Founded in the mid-1970s, Aphex (then known as Aphex Systems) has since become one of the music and broadcast industries’ most revered brands, contributing to nearly every commercially successful record for decades. Today, Aphex products and technologies are used in a wide range of applications for music, film, video, theatre, gaming and communications.
 
The company’s legendary “Exciter” technology was inducted into the TEC “TECnology” Hall of Fame in 2013, in recognition of its contribution to improving decades of music and voice for countless artists, albums, movies, TV and radio shows around the world.
 
Aphex is regarded as an innovation leader, holding numerous patents, and licensing to a wide range of brands around the world. With its expertise in manufacturing, RØDE Microphones’ acquisition of Aphex heralds a giant leap for both companies.
 
“Growing up in professional audio as I did, I have always had incredible respect for Aphex.” commented Mr Freedman. “They’ve always been the best in the business at enhancing the recorded audio experience, and that is as true today as it was when the company was founded forty years ago”.
 
“I am so excited about creating the next chapter in the Aphex story, bringing the company’s game-changing technology to a wider audience, and improving the audio of hundreds of thousands of artists, engineers and content creators around the globe”.
 
Aphex will continue to trade as usual.
 
B&H carries Rode microphones.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 7/24/2015 8:16:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 23, 2015
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From Canon USA:
 
Hunger Games Co-star to Join Hutcherson's Short Film, "The Rusted," Inspired by a Consumer Trailer
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., July 23, 2015 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging, announced today that "The Hunger Games" actress Jena Malone has signed on to co-star with Josh Hutcherson in a short film for Canon's Project Imagination: The Trailer, a consumer contest helmed by Ron Howard. Josh Hutcherson and Ron Howard have selected the winning trailer, "Tainted Water" created by Mark Mukherje, a college student from South Florida, to act as the inspiration for the film, "The Rusted," which will go into production this week.
 
"The Rusted" is a psychological thriller, a new genre for Josh Hutcherson, written and directed by Kat Candler ("Hellion") and tells the story of a brother and sister who begin renovating their childhood home into a recording studio, when strange happenings force them to face memories of the past.
 
"Being part of Canon's Project Imagination and working with Ron, Kat and now Jena have really allowed me to express my passion for storytelling," said Josh Hutcherson. "I'm excited to bring the vision to life as a producer on the project and acting opposite a dear friend."
 
"When Josh presented me with the script, I thought it would be fun to do something different together like a psychological thriller and it's hard to pass up a project with Ron Howard behind it," said Jena Malone. "I also love that the film is part of this very cool, creative experiment tapping into consumers to inspire and elevate our imaginations."
 
Project Imagination: The Trailer is the third iteration of Project Imagination, Canon's ongoing initiative to empower creativity in everyone. The program, which launched in February 2015, also marked Ron Howard's third time partnering with Canon, a brand that aligns with his conviction that people's everyday lives are visually and cinematically worth recording, bringing high quality and ease to photo and video capture with Canon cameras and lenses. Consumers of all skill levels were invited to create and submit 60-second trailers and entry level participants could utilize Canon's Trailer Editor tool which is still available for consumer's use at imagination.usa.canon.com.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 7/23/2015 12:30:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot G3 X Digital Camera
B&H has the Canon PowerShot G3 X Digital Camera in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/23/2015 10:29:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Video Creator Kits Introduced to Help Vloggers Jumpstart Great Online Video Shooting Right Out of the Box
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., July 23, 2015 - Two stars in a universe of online talent, YouTube content creators iJustine (www.youtube.com/iJustine) and DevinSuperTramp, have helped define a new method of storytelling through online video. With so many young vloggers following their example and creating their own innovative content, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, unveils new, specialized Video Creator Kits including a Canon DSLR camera and lens, an external microphone, and a 32GB SD card. These specially-packaged Video Creator Kits provide the vlogging superstars of tomorrow with the tools they need to shoot and share high-quality, compelling stories.
 
Special guest appearances by iJustine and DevinSuperTramp will take place during VidCon 2015 in booth #1311 on the Main floor of Hall B at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, July 23-25, 2015.
 
The Video Creator Kits are available for pre-order and are currently scheduled to start shipping in early August in three options:
 
  • EOS 70D Video Creator Kit: includes EOS 70D camera & EF-S 18-135mm IS STM lens, an external microphone and 32GB SD card
  • EOS Rebel T6i Video Creator Kit: includes EOS Rebel T6i camera & EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens, an external microphone and 32GB SD card
  • EOS Rebel T5i Video Creator Kit: includes EOS Rebel T5i camera & EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens, an external microphone and 32GB SD card
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the EOS Rebel 70D Video Creator Kit, the EOS Rebel T6i Video Creator Kit, and EOS Rebel T5i Video Creator Kit are $1,649.00*, $999.99* and $899.99*, respectively.
 
To arm tomorrow's video storytellers with tips and tricks that can help develop their talent, Canon will host special sessions in its booth. iJustine (Justine Ezarik), author and vlogger, will speak on how she started vlogging and offer advice to those looking to create video content. iJustine's sessions will be held:
 
  • Thursday, July 23 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM PDT
  • Friday, July 24 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM PDT
  • Saturday, July 25 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT
Also, DevinSuperTramp (Devin Graham), filmmaker and vlogger, will premiere his "Life in a Bubble in 4K" video created with the Canon XC10 4K Camcorder on Thursday, July 23 from 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM PDT, and share his inspiration, challenges, and creative process for making the film.
 
All sessions at the Canon booth will be open to all VidCon show attendees.
 
Visitors to the Canon booth will also have a chance to create their own 15-second "One Take" video entitled, "Why I Want to Be a YouTube Star" using Canon products.
 
For those with a Creator or Industry Badge for the show, the Canon Creator Working Lounge in room #203 of the convention center will feature DevinSuperTramp along with other filmmakers and Canon technical experts. Devin will be speaking from 4:15 PM to - 5:00 PM PDT on Thursday about his new film, "Life in a Bubble in 4K" and talk about shooting in 4K for posting to YouTube. Canon will also have a "Touch & Try" counter in booth # 2001.
 
For additional information on Canon's participation at the show visit Canon's Vidcon page at: usa.canon.com/vidcon2015
 
* Prices, specifications, and availability are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
 
B&H has the Canon Video Creator Kits available for preorder.
 
Note from Sean: Unfortunately, you don't really get a discount when purchasing these kits (although the box does look fancy). Let's take a look at the 70D Video Kit, specifically.
 
The Canon 70D Video Kit costs $1,649.00 and contains:
 
  • Canon EOS 70D DSLR with Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM ($1,299.00 after $250.00 mail-in rebate)
  • Rode VideoMic Go ($81.47)
  • SanDisk 32GB SDHC ($14.49)
In other words, with the current rebates in place, the components of the 70D Video Creator Kit can be purchased for $1,394.96. Even if the Video Creator Kit was eligible for the same $250.00 rebate (which does not appear to be the case), the kit would still be a little more than $4.00 more expensive than buying the components individually.
 
Our advice? If you're interested in these kits, buy the individual components now while the instant rebates are live.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 7/23/2015 8:54:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
You probably already guessed this, but the 100-400 L II is another of my favorite lenses.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/23/2015 7:45:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Breakthrough Photography 77mm X3 10-Stop ND Filter
B&H has the Breakthrough Photography 77mm X3 10-Stop ND filter in stock with free expedited shipping. (thanks Paul)
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1,000x Filter Factor, 10 Stop
  • Darkens Entire Image
  • Allows Reduced Shutter Speed
  • Allows Wider Aperture
  • MRC Multi-Resistant Coating
  • Nano Coating
  • Schott Superwhite B270 Glass
  • 77mm Front Filter Threads
  • Thin Brass Filter Ring
  • Knurled Sides
Post Date: 7/23/2015 6:30:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 22, 2015
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From PocketWizard:
 
New distribution channel allows LPA Design a closer connection with the photographer.
 
South Burlington, VT – As the wireless market and the photo industry as a whole continues to become more competitive and challenging, LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, has realized the need to get closer to the photographer and has started selling direct to USA dealers. This change in distribution only affects the US market. LPA Design continues to rely on their network of global distributors and dealers throughout the world. “As we transition to our new sales and marketing approach, we are excited by the possibilities of working more directly with our Dealers and building closer relationships with the community of PocketWizard photographers. We’re exploring the means to hear and respond to our customers in a more direct and informative way. We’ve already heard some comments and suggestions, and are making changes that will offer a range of mutual long term benefits. We’ve had a great partnership with the MAC Group over the past 14 years, as they’ve been integral in building the PocketWizard brand in the US market. We wish them continued success in the future,” commented Heather Ambrose, Marketing Manager at LPA Design.
 
To spearhead our direct to dealer initiative, we have engaged the services of Lorenzo Gasperini of Inovanti, LLC to represent LPA Design / PocketWizard as our National Sales Manager. Lorenzo has a deep history with PocketWizard which started back in 1994 when he encountered PocketWizard and later joined Bogen Photo (Manfrotto USA) and LPA Design as the first US distributor. In 2000 Lorenzo joined the MAC Group and as the National Marketing Manager he inspired new products, markets and partnerships that lead to significant growth and success for the brand. In 2008 Lorenzo was paramount in building the PocketWizard brand internationally as the International Sales and Marketing Manager. In addition to his responsibilities with PocketWizard, Lorenzo (Inovanti) also works with the Sekonic light meter division and Syrp motion and linear control devices. Lorenzo has a tremendous amount of knowledge in the photographic and video market and will be an asset to the PocketWizard Sales and Marketing Team once again. PocketWizard looks forward to continuing toward a closer and stronger alliance with all their US dealers in an effort to strengthen their USA-built brand.
 
B&H carries PocketWizard products.
Post Date: 7/22/2015 12:11:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Summer Photography Tips: Telephoto Lenses are for Flowers Too
Sure, telephoto lenses are great for wildlife, sports and many other uses, but they are also great for flowers! I've had my eye on a small field of wildflowers and, after spending a large number of contiguous hours of work putting the Lens MTF Comparison tool into place, I gave myself the freedom to go after some summer color in the form of flower pics.
 
I knew that making an image worth sharing from this field was going to be a challenge. The location was not well-suited for a grand landscape image incorporating the flower color in the foreground. The flowers were beautiful, but they were intermixed with other vegetation, were very random in position and most were imperfect including a random state of bloom (some were well-beyond peak).
 
I was biking to this location (2 cars - 4 drivers = a problem) and, since I wasn't sure what the best opportunity was going to be, I put lenses ranging from 16 to 300mm in focal length along with a Canon EOS 5Ds R in a Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro backpack and was on my way. After riding past and then walking back along the edge of the field, I found few standout subjects calling for emphasis. Sometimes, flowers look best when blurred out of focus, becoming blobs of color and this was what I determined the case to be for much of this field.
 
This pair of cosmos did appear to be a cut above the rest and I focused on them for a period of time. By using a 300mm telephoto focal length with a relatively short focus distance, a nice blur was created, making full use of the imperfect blooms in the background.
 
While simply setting up such a blur is easy and can be good enough, taking the shot to the next level requires some attention to detail. In this case, I oriented the tripod-mounted camera and lens so that the background of the in-focus flower was only green, making the flower pop. This perspective also placed a complementary same-color cosmos just out of focus with a matching pair more-strongly blurred above. An intermittent light breeze made this alignment a bit more challenging, but ... patience was the answer to that issue.
 
I used manual focus aided by the 5Ds R's 16x Live View, allowing precise focusing on the center of the flower (preventing AF from picking the petals just in front). While an f/5.6 aperture would have given an even stronger background blur and would also have created a nice image, I opted for f/8 in this case. F/8 kept more of the flower in focus and reduced vignetting to even out the background brightness. Lighting is courtesy of a bright cloudy sky.
 
Then, right on cue, the bee landed on my primary subject. I was shooting the scene in vertical orientation at that moment (creating a nearly identical image), but I wanted to post the horizontal format picture as it fits better on computer monitors. So, I simply copied the bee out of the vertical photo and pasted it into this one.
 
Go get some summer color (in your photos, not your skin). Mount your telephoto lens and go flower hunting!
 
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.
Post Date: 7/22/2015 11:05:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Watch as Ryan Connolly explains the basics to using a shotgun microphone to get the cleanest audio possible.
 
B&H carries boompoles and the Rode NTG3 microphone.
 
Here are the other videos in this series:
 
Post Date: 7/22/2015 6:46:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Lens MTF
It is with great pleasure that I announce the latest addition to the site's tools: Lens MTF Comparison
 
Required Reading: To get the most out of these beautiful charts and to learn about MTF measurements, please take some time to read through the Lens MTF Help page.
 
Many prime lens results are immediately available in the MTF tool and many additions are planned, including zoom lenses. We'll announce the additions as they become available. Aperture tests in addition to wide open are also expected to be included at some point.
 
These MTF charts are made available under agreement with my friend Roger Cicala and his crew at Olaf Optical Testing with support provided by LensRentals.com. Go rent a lens!
Post Date: 7/21/2015 7:29:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 20, 2015
Lowepro Nova Sport 17L AW Shoulder Bag
If you are looking for a good quality camera case at a great price and "Pepper Red" is your color, then Adorama has a deal for you. While supplies last, get the Lowepro Nova Sport 17L AW Shoulder Bag for only $16.95 (regularly $47.95).
 
Details about the case are sparse on the product page, but the following information is from Lowepro's site:
 
Fits
  • DSLR with lens attached (up to 18-105mm)
  • 1-3 extra lenses (up to 70-300mm)
  • Flash and/or accessories
  • 10" tablet
  • Personal items
Technical Specifications
  • Internal Dimensions: 29 x 17.7 x 21 cm (11.42 x 6.97 x 8.27 in)
  • External Dimensions: 35.5 x 22.5 x 23.7 cm (13.98 x 8.86 x 9.33 in)
  • Camera Compartment: 26 x 15.5 x 20 cm (10.24 x 6.10 x 7.87 in)
  • Weight: 0.8 kg (1.76 lbs)
Post Date: 7/20/2015 9:20:39 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Adobe:
 
Lightroom for mobile Android 1.2 now available
 
Tonight we’re announcing the immediate availability of Lightroom version 1.2 for Android phones and tablets.
 
  • Edit images faster by copying image adjustments and pasting them onto another photo
  • Crop the perfect photo with a re-designed experience on your Android device that enables you to quickly adjust, align and auto-straighten.
  • Easily find your favorite images! The new Segmented view in Collections give you a different way to view and engage with your photos.
  • Raw file support for the Panasonic Lumix CM1 Communication Camera
Version 1.2 also includes fixes for bugs and other issues identified by customers, including:
 
  • Screen occasionally went blank after changing the orientation from landscape to portrait.
  • Lightroom could crash when customers tap the sign-in button.
  • Fixed issue that could cause crashes when scrolling through a large collection and changing the device orientation from portrait to landscape (or vice versa).
  • Hardware back button was not closing any contextual menus.
  • Slow performance when swiping from image to image.
  • Copying or moving an image into a different collection was not working correctly. Please note that this issue only occurred on certain Samsung tablets.
  • Lightroom sometimes caused automated logouts.
  • Edits not visible when sharing photos to certain 3rd party apps and services.
  • Crash occurred when occasionally navigating from grid view to collections view.
Visit the Google Play store and download Lightroom mobile.
 
Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad).
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 7/20/2015 12:32:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
Often we see a location, capture the image, post-process and move on. After that, being in the same location can feel a bit like, "...been there, done that." But shooting the same location multiple times - if given the opportunity - can be very beneficial.
 
Last year was my first experience visiting Oak Island, NC. I brought [what I would consider] a small photography kit and captured many worthwhile images while on vacation. While planning a return trip this year, however, the recent shark attacks in North Carolina (and Oak Island in particular) meant that I was less than eager to enjoy even modestly deep water off the beach this year. In other words, I knew I'd have more time to devote to other endeavors.
 
Therefore, taking advantage of the photographic opportunities the island had to offer became an even higher-than-usual priority for my vacation. I packed substantially more gear this time around and I challenged myself to create at least one image I was proud of each day. On image in particular that I wanted to capture was a long exposure of the Oak Island pier similar to the shot in IR that I took last year, but this time using a traditional (but very strong) ND filter. I purchased a Rocolax 15-stop ND filter in anticipation of shooting the pier again this year.
 
Fast forward to yesterday - my first full day in Oak Island this year - and I was out the door soon after sunrise. Why not before sunrise? Because the position of the rising sun meant that it wouldn't be a subject included in any of the pier compositions I wanted to capture (Oak Island faces south meaning I would have had to have been in the water to capture the pier with the rising sun). What was important, though, was that I shoot early (soon after sunrise) in order to get the low-on-the-horizon sunlight that I wanted for illuminating the pier.
 
My experience shooting the pier the previous year meant that I could plan [almost] everything about the image capture so that my time and attention could be utilized in the most productive way possible. I knew where to park, how to access the area under the pier and exactly how much time would be required traveling from the front door of the beach house to the shooting location. And, using time of optimal illumination was especially important in this instance because my exposures would be measured in minutes, not seconds.
 
For all intents and purposes, I was able to capture the image I wanted (plus another framing) without a hitch. The only thing I didn't take into consideration was the tide level (high tide) which meant that I had to position myself closer to the beach with the end result that the pier was not as tall in the foreground of this image compared to last year's image.
 
After processing the image I realized that being able to shoot the same location, one year apart, was a really great experience. Some of the benefits include:
 
  • Familiarity with a location means that you can better plan your shots, pack the right gear and optimize your time while capturing images.
  • Challenging yourself to capture the same location in different ways is a great creative exercise.
  • Shooting the same location periodically - with a good amount of time between attempts - can help illustrate how your photography is growing/evolving over time.
In the end, I was happy with how the shot turned out. It looks very similar to the shot I had in my head meaning that all my planning and recent experience in long exposure photography paid off. I'm roughly 95% happy with the image; and that nagging 5% should provide ample incentive to shoot the pier yet again with another year of photographic experience under my belt.
Post Date: 7/20/2015 8:11:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens Review.
 
This is another of my favorite lenses. Not ony for the amazingly wide angles it provides, but for the solid image quality at those wide angles.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/20/2015 7:36:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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