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 Monday, March 21, 2016
From Tamron USA:
 
February 22, 2016, Commack, New York - Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of the SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016), the world's firs fast-aperture lens with VC (Vibration Compensation). Tamron's acclaimed VC makes it possible to take handheld photographs in dim light or at night. The 85mm SP lens uses LD (Low Dispersion) and XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements in the optical design to minimize color fringing and to achieve sharp and clear image quality with high-fidelity color. It also achieves attractive bokeh that draws attention to the image foreground subject. In addition, Moisture-Resistant Construction has been added to prevent intrusion of moisture, and a highly durable Fluorine Coating has been applied to the top element surface to prevent condensation and repel smudge-causing substances. This new lens joins the 35mm F/1.8, 45mm F/1.8 and 90mm Macro in a lineup of SP series prime lenses that has been expanding since 2015.
 
The lens will be on sale on March 24th in Canon and Nikon at $749.00.
 
B&H has the Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 3/21/2016 3:04:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has DxO FilmPack 5 Essential Edition (DVD) available for $49.00 with free shipping. Regularly $79.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Simulate Appearance of Film with Digital
  • Contains 44 Distinct Film Looks
  • Color Slide, Negative, & B&W Renderings
  • 8 Color Filters, Vignetting, and Toning
  • Plug-In or Standalone Application
Note from Sean: I'm not generally a big fan of film/camera simulation plug-ins, but every now and then the plug-ins can help you craft a specific type of look that would be very difficult (or simply very time-consuming) to create otherwise. For example, I created the photo below with a similar product, Google NIK's Analog Efex Pro 2:
 
Google NIK Analog Efex Pro 2 Processed Image

I don't usually create images that feature such obvious post-processing, but... at times I think it's not only appropriate, but warranted for specific needs (and creating such images can be fun if nothing else). The fact that DxO FilmPack 5 can work as a standalone application or as a plug-in is a nice bonus.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/21/2016 2:40:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a Sigma f/1.8 Art Zoom Bundle available for preorder with a $160.00 savings and free expedited shipping.
 
Bundle Includes
 
  • Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
  • Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
  • Sigma USB Dock
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 3/21/2016 2:19:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
With a Canon EOS 80D in my hands, the first task is to setup the camera for my use. Following are the 32 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box 80D ready for use.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. If you have another charged LP-E6/LP-E6N battery available, you can continue to the battery-required steps without a wait.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. This is also a good time to grip the camera, taking in the new-camera grippyness that is right up there with new car smell.
  3. Download and install the latest Canon EOS Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert the battery (after charging completes).
  6. Power the camera on.
  7. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  8. Insert a memory card (don't forget to format the card via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  9. Set the camera's mode to one other than fully auto (the GreenSquare A+ mode only provides a small subset of available menu options), C1, C2 or C3 (Custom modes do not retain settings for use in other modes).
  10. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the cameras as follows:
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "–"
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec.
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Beep: Disable
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Release without card: Disable/off
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses – all can be applied in DPP)
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: ISO Speed Settings: ISO Speed range: 100-H(25600), Auto ISO Speed range: 100-6400
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Off
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: White balance: AWB-W (Auto: White priority)
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "1" (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  20. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Long exposure noise reduction: I usually have this option set to "Auto", but my choice varies for the situation.
  21. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: High ISO speed noise reduction: Off (noise reduction is destructive to images details – I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  22. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: Grid display: 3x3
  23. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Highlight alert: Enable (flash portions of images that are overexposed)
  24. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Playback grid: 3x3
  25. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to monitor all three color channels for blown or blocked pixels)
  26. Tools Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  27. Tools Menu, Tab 2: Viewfinder display: Viewfinder level: Show, VF grid display: Show, Flicker detection: Show
  28. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Custom shooting mode (C1-C3): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  29. Custom Functions: C.Fn II:Autofocus: AI servo 1st image priority: Focus
  30. Custom Functions: C.Fn II:Autofocus: AI servo 2nd image priority: Focus
  31. Custom Functions: C.Fn II:Autofocus: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Pt only
  32. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Long exposure noise reduction, Mirror lockup, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning, Expo.comp./AEB (back up near the top of the list)
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot – including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). Your list will insure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS 80D
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/21/2016 9:19:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Store is running a "Buy 1, Get 4 Free" special on Canon Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte 8.5x11 (50 Sheets), meaning you can get 250 sheets of 8.5 x 11" Premium Matte Photo Paper for only $29.99 + tax/shipping.
 
About the Paper
 
The Ultimate in Matte Photo Paper brightness & Quality. Beautiful, bright, non-reflective matte finish gives you breathtaking prints that look great under varied lighting conditions. Enjoy 50, 8.5" x 11" size sheets in this package.
 
  • Weight: 56 lbs.
  • Thickness: 12.2 mil.
  • Brightness: 92% (ISO)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/21/2016 9:44:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 (for PC/Mac) available for $49.99. Regularly $99.00.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/21/2016 9:38:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
"Knowing the rules and then being able to break them,” describes Monica Stevenson’s approach to her photography and creative direction. Curiosity in the concept and passion for her subjects, whether it be horses, the movement of water or the “poof” of powder informs her work and, in this video, we are treated to an insightful chat with her and delightful behind-the-scenes moments of her image creation.
 
Note from Sean: The sample picture showing a high heeled shoe – created from the random formation of paint thrown in front of the camera – is absolutely captivating. Check out the 1:23 mark to see for yourself.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/21/2016 7:55:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Still Live: eBay (via Deals-All-Year) has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens (review) available for $599.00 with free shipping. Compare at $849.00 after $150.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/21/2016 5:25:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Photoflex FlexFlash 200Ws Strobe available for $139.95 with free shipping. Regularly $319.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Multi-Voltage: 90-260 VAC
  • Recycling to Full Power: 2 Sec
  • Large Digital Control Panel
  • 7" Umbrella Reflector
  • Reflector Accepts Optional Grids
  • 120W Modeling Lamp
  • Integral Handle, Protective Lamp Cover
  • 170-Degree Tilting Mount
  • Pre-Flash Recognition
  • Optical and IR Slave
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/21/2016 5:17:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, March 20, 2016
eBay (via ElectronicsValley) has the Nikon D750 DSLR Camera available for $1,299.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,996.95 after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore ineligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/20/2016 9:31:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the LensCoat RainCoat Rain Sleeve (Large, Black) available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $69.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Camera/Lens Combination up to 21"
  • Protects Gear From Rain, Snow,Salt Spray
  • Rear Access to Camera Controls
  • Lens Access Via Hook/Loop Bottom Closure
  • Cinch Straps Adjust Length / Tape Sealed
  • Lightweight, Waterproof Material
  • Tape Sealed for Maximum Protection
  • No Dedicated Eyepiece Required
  • Use with Hoodies,Body/Guards,Lens Covers
  • Made in the USA
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/20/2016 7:21:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, March 18, 2016
Hot Deal: eBay (via Deals-All-Year) has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens (review) available for $599.00 with free shipping. Compare at $849.00 after $150.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/18/2016 1:07:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens (review) available for $1,699.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,099.00 after $100.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/18/2016 1:03:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
Lightroom on the web makes it possible for you to access all of your Lightroom images from nearly any computer around the world, and today we’re announcing the addition of Technology Previews, a series of features that will let you test drive new functionality before it’s officially available. The first Technology Preview we’re making available is Search, which coupled with our new image analysis technology, lets you search through any image you have synchronized online, either with Lightroom for mobile, Lightroom on the web, or with Lightroom desktop through a synchronized collection. We’ll be releasing new Technology Previews as they’re ready, which you’ll be able to use and even provide feedback on the functionality, helping to shape the feature.
 
To access search, launch Lightroom on the web, and log in. Then, click on the Lr menu in the top left to open the menu and select Technology Preview. Toggling Search on will start indexing your photos, which makes it possible for you to search through your photos. Don’t worry, at no time will anyone else be able to search through or find your photos. Searching is only available in English for now, but will be available in other languages once we launch the final feature. The functionality will also grow and improve before we release it, adding in the ability to search through an image’s metadata and more, making the search even more powerful and able to find a specific image precisely. Try searching your library for things like food, temples, flowers, animals, and more.
 
Using Lightroom on the web, you can organize your images, flag and add star ratings, perform basic edits using the same quality found in Lightroom desktop and Lightroom for mobile, and share your photos and collections with your friends, family, and clients.
 
We’re eager to hear what you think about search and look forward to sharing more Technology Previews with you in the near future.
 
The Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC) is an excellent value at only $9.99/month.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/18/2016 12:11:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
With 4K steadily gaining traction, you might wonder what kind of computer hardware you may need to render and edit the higher resolution video and which upgrades will likely be of most benefit. If so, B&H has an Explora post just for you.
"With all the buzz surrounding 4K (dubbed UltraHD in the home theater world) many filmmakers, videographers and digital content creators are anxious to understand just what a switch to 4K will mean in terms of new investments. In this article we will explore what 4K means to the editor and colorist; the kind of hardware that might be required and what to consider when building a fresh system or upgrading and existing setup. As we will show, a lot will depend on the specific application; therefore this article will attempt to provide a general overview of post production hardware as it relates to 4K rather than a comprehensive blueprint for building a system."
See the entire article on B&H's Explora.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: B&H Explora
Post Date: 3/18/2016 11:06:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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