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 Monday, June 20, 2016

Nikon's new YouTube series – Exploring NIKKOR Lenses – highlights specific lenses in Nikon's lineup. The two lenses that have been featured so far (70-200mm f/2.8 VR II & 85mm f/1.4) can be seen below.

Other lenses to be featured include:
  • AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
  • AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G
  • AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
B&H carries Nikon lenses.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/20/2016 6:39:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 17, 2016
According to a study published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, approximately 80% of those in North America live in ares where the Milky Way is no longer visible.
We found that about 83% of the world’s population and more than 99% of the U.S. and European populations live under light-polluted skies (that is, where artificial sky brightness at the zenith is >14 µcd/m2). Due to light pollution, the Milky Way is not visible to more than one-third of humanity, including 60% of Europeans and nearly 80% of North Americans. Moreover, 23% of the world’s land surfaces between 75°N and 60°S, 88% of Europe, and almost half of the United States experience light-polluted nights.
The countries with the populations least affected by light pollution are Chad, Central African Republic, and Madagascar, with more than three-quarters of their inhabitants living under pristine sky conditions. The countries and territories with the largest nonpolluted areas are Greenland (only 0.12% of its area does not have pristine skies), Central African Republic (0.29%), Niue (0.45%), Somalia (1.2%), and Mauritania (1.4%).
On the other side, the most light-polluted country is Singapore, where the entire population lives under skies so bright that the eye cannot fully dark-adapt to night vision. Other populations experiencing this level of light pollution are Kuwait (98%), Qatar (97%), United Arab Emirates (93%), Saudi Arabia (83%), South Korea (66%), Israel (61%), Argentina (58%), Libya (53%), and Trinidad and Tobago (50%); all of these countries have more than half of their inhabitants living under extremely bright skies.
Read the entire study at
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/17/2016 3:47:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Review.
With a TDP popularity rank of 67 among Canon EF and EF-S lenses, the EF 20mm f/2.8 doesn't get a lot of love. Make some comparisons at 20mm and see if you think it deserves better.
B&H has the Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/17/2016 9:07:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
It looks like Canon will soon be offering the new EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM in EOS M3 and M10 kits in Japan (and possibly other regions as well). You can see the kits below.
Canon EOS M3 and M10 Kits with Macro Lens

According to Canon Japan, the EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM is slated for availability at the end of June with the Creative Macro kits following roughly a month later.
B&H carries the EOS M3, M10 and EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM with built-in LED light.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/17/2016 7:49:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/17/2016 5:56:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Cokin:
The dark side has never been so attractive.
Hampstead, MD — June 14, 2016 — Only a few months after having introduced NUANCES Full ND filters – the best Neutral Density filters available, Cokin is proud to announce NUANCES Graduated Neutral Density (GND) filters.
Cokin states that their biggest challenge has been to adapt their coating technology to make it graduated. A nano-metallic alloy is gradually applied on both sides of a highly resistant tempered Schott Glass B270, renowned for its high transmittance and low reflection. The result is stunning neutrality, completely free of infrared pollution. Multiple NUANCES filters (GND or Full) can be stacked without color cast.
NUANCES GND filters are dedicated to landscape photography. When the dynamic range of film or the sensor is too narrow, they allow a balanced brightness between two parts of an image by efficiently keeping details in overly-bright part of a scene. GND filters effect cannot be reproduced in post-processing, where clipping is hard to recover. The transition between the dark and light areas is soft, making it easier to use in most situations.
NUANCES GND filters are designed to fit Cokin’s range of CREATIVE filter-holders, from M to XL sizes. They can be combined with other filters from the CREATIVE Filter System range for unlimited creativity. L and XL sizes to begin shipping in late June with M sizes to ship in late July.
B&H carries the Cokin NUANCES line of ND filters.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Cokin News
Post Date: 6/17/2016 5:23:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 16, 2016
From Canon Professional Services:
British photographer Mark Lloyd works in the specialised world of sailing and over the last 15 years has won himself a reputation for exceptional action images of all manner of watery pursuits. His latest assignment, to photograph the America’s Cup catamarans as they ‘fly’ across the race course, is being made infinitely easier thanks to the EOS-1D X Mark II, as he explains to CPN Editor David Corfield...
See the entire article on CPS website.
Want even more info on the 1D X II? Check out Bryan's full review for all the details.
B&H has the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Premium Kit available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/16/2016 2:15:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review.
The 14 L II was Canon's widest rectilinear lens until the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens came along. Interesting comparison: Canon EF 14mm L II vs. 11-24mm L at 14mm f/4.
What other 14 L II comparisons do you like?
B&H has the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/16/2016 10:10:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
I used to consider myself a “natural light” photographer and I got really good at controlling the light that was provided to me to make beautiful portraits. Speedlites were somewhat of a mystery to me for some reason because while using TTL (through-the-lens flash metering), I never knew exactly how much light I was putting on my subject. For some reason, that was important to me, most likely because I learned on manual flash units that had three settings . . . 50 watt seconds, 100 watt seconds and 200 watt seconds. Anyway, once the 600EX-RT was released back in early 2012, a whole new world of lighting control opened up to me. I love these Speedlites for a few reasons:
  1. I have the reliability of radio transmission from camera to off camera Speedlites.
  2. TTL automatic flash is very accurate, more so than it’s ever been.
  3. With this system I had complete control over all units in up to five different groups with the ability of having some flashes in E-TTL and others in manual.
I’m absolutely a Speedlite guy because they are so darned reliable and portable.
While on a recent trip to ShutterFest, a terrific photography conference in St. Louis each Spring, I taught a class entitled Great light Anywhere, Anytime with Speedlites. The goal of the class was to give students more confidence, something I didn’t have until 2012 when this Speedlite made its debut!
During the class we made some terrific images of our model, Anna Elizabeth Truett, and I’d like to share some of them by walking you through the progression of how the final portrait was created . . . all with Speedlites.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
B&H carries the Canon 600EX-RT, Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa and MagMod products.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/16/2016 6:05:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the FJ Westcott YouTube Channel:
Go on location and behind the scenes with Joel Grimes in Phoenix, AZ as he discusses the best setups for lighting outdoor portraits with a beauty dish and strobe.
B&H carries the Westcott Rapid Box Beauty Dish.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/16/2016 5:49:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the I AM NIKON Blog:
“It’s all a big mess,” that’s how Nikon Europe Ambassador, Joel Marklund, described covering each adrenaline-fuelled moment of the recent nail-biting UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
Setting up on the sidelines, handling his remote cameras, the pressure to send images ‘live’ & using the ethernet, the importance of position and a little creative thinking: Joel shares what it takes to really deliver the signature shots everyone wants.
See the entire post on the I AM NIKON Blog.
B&H carries the Nikon D5, AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/16/2016 5:46:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
MELVILLE, N.Y., June 15, 2016 – Expanding upon the excitement of the imagePROGRAF PRO Series, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of four new large format media options, including three media for the fine arts and photography market, as well as a signage media that can be used outdoors. The Photo Paper Pro Platinum, Photo Paper Pro Luster, and Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte media, previously available in cut sheet for the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer users, are now available in 100-foot rolls for those images that were meant to be printed in large format. The first of its kind to be added to the imagePROGRAF media lineup, the Water Resistant Matte Polypropylene paper expands the applications available for imagePROGRAF large format printers.
Fine Arts and Photography Media
Providing photographers with an outstanding medium for their images, the Photo Paper ProPlatinum, Photo Paper Pro Luster and Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte media are available in widths of 17, 24, 36 and 42-inch rolls, all 100 feet in length. Leveraging the image performance of the newly developed LUCIA PRO pigment ink, these newmedia are great for customers with 12-channel models, including the new imagePROGRAF PRO-2000 and PRO-4000 printers.
For prints with vivid color and deep blacks, the durable Photo Paper Pro Platinum (300gsm) provides excellent color fastness, to help minimize fading or running. Another medium offering ample fade-resistance, the Photo Paper Pro Luster paper (260gsm), features a calm texture that is resistant to the effects of lighting, making it suitable for exhibition and gallery settings. This photo paper also dries quickly for easy handling. The Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte (210gsm) offers professionals and skilled amateurs a media with smooth surface quality for outstanding color performance. Great for printing black-and-white photography, this paper provides a natural whiteness, thickness and smooth texture while also offering superb gradations.
Outdoor Media
With this newly developed, Water Resistant Matte Polypropylene media, posters can now be displayed outdoors for up to six months without lamination.* The durable, synthetic medium uses a binder for water and light resistance, helping to prevent the ink-receiving layer from peeling. The addition of a UV absorber limits density reduction on printed areas to help keep output vibrant over time while exposed to sunlight.
Best-suited for the production signage and poster printing markets, this new media is compatible with existing imagePROGRAF pigment printers, including the new PRO Series and the imagePROGRAF branded 12-color, eight-color and six-color devices. At 115gsm, this paper is available in widths of 24, 36, 42 and 54-inch rolls, all 100 feet in length.
“Whether printing a photo to be hung in a gallery or outdoor signage subject to the elements, image quality should be consistently vibrant and beautiful from the moment a picture is captured to the time it leaves the printer,” said Toyo Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With these new media, large format customers can expect their prints will be created with the same Canon quality they have come to know and love.”
These new media are now available for purchase through authorized Canon dealers. The new imagePROGRAF PRO Series Large Format printers are now available for ordering and will ship mid-June.
B&H carries Canon Photo Roll Paperproducts.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/16/2016 5:29:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 15, 2016

From the FJ Westcott YouTube Channel:
Go behind-the-scenes with world-renowned photographer Joel Grimes in Phoenix, AZ as he discusses the best techniques and tricks for lighting portraits with a beauty dish and strobe.
Commercial photographer Joel Grimes has nearly thirty years of experience in the field. Throughout his successful career, Joel's assignments have taken him to every state across the USA and to over fifty countries around the globe. Aside from his commercial work, Joel views himself as an ambassador for the photographic creative process, teaching hands-on workshops around the world as a Canon Explorer of Light.
Designed by Joel, the 24" Rapid Box Beauty Dish is a collapsible, travel-friendly softbox for beauty and fashion photography. This ultra-portable beauty dish directs a soft, clean pattern of light. Featuring a soft white interior, 16 durable ribs, and a true parabolic form, this softbox is a must-have modifier for any portrait photographer.
B&H carries the Westcott Rapid Box Beauty Dish.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/15/2016 1:49:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From ExpoImaging:
WATSONVILLE, CA. – JUNE 15, 2016 – ExpoImaging, Inc., creator of the patented Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid, the first stacking honeycomb grid system for off-camera flash speedlights, today announced availability of new accessory White Grid Inserts for the Rogue Flash Grid.
Honeycomb grids attach to flashes in portrait photography help create mood or drama in an image. They are typically used to modify hair light, rim light, background light, or the main light to focus attention on the subject.
The new White Grid Inserts from Rogue Photographic Design were designed to scatter light exiting the product’s honeycomb grid cells. When directed towards a flat surface they produce a light pattern different from traditional black grids, a center spot surrounded by a glowing halo-like aura.
“Portrait photographers looking for a more gradual transition from light to shadow with their grids will be thrilled with our new White Grid Inserts for the Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid,” said Erik Sowder, ExpoImaging CEO. “When used in portrait photography, the edge of the lighting pattern produced by the white grids appears much softer and gentler, compared to the rapid fall-off and more dramatic lighting effect produced by black grids. This provides an advantage for creating smoother background lighting when shooting elegant or feminine styled portraits.”
The White Grid Inserts will not change the color of the flash. “Our experience manufacturing the ExpoDisc White Balance Filter helped us in our search to identify the best material to use in making the white grids,” said Sowder. “The result is consistent color from the center grid spot to the outer edge of the light pattern.”
As an accessory attachment to the popular Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid for speedlights, which offers photographers the versatility to choose between a 16º, 25º and 45º spot of light, the new White Grid Inserts give photographers even more choices to help them create the style of lighting and mood they envision for their subject’s image.
To use Rogue’s new White Grid Inserts, photographers need the attachment Grid Strap included with the Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid (sold separately). The White Grid Inserts cannot be attached to the flash without the Grid Strap. The Grid Strap can be purchased separately online for $14.95 at
Pricing and Availability
The new White Grid Inserts for the Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid are available from ExpoImaging’s distribution partners worldwide. The White Grid Inserts package includes the Grid Bezel, the 25° White Honeycomb Grid insert, and the 45° White Honeycomb Grid insert. The Rogue White Grid Inserts retail for $19.95.
B&H carries the White Grid Inserts for Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grids.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/15/2016 6:28:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has filed an optical design patent for an EF 24-105mm f/4 lens. While the patent does not specifically mention the "L" branding or "IS," the current 24-105L is more than a decade old and may be due for a refresh in the not-so-distant future.
That said, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM is a lens I use very frequently, and right now you can get a Canon USA refurbished model for only $599.99 + tax & shipping.
Patent Details
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-71283
  • Published 2016.5.9
  • Submitted 2014.10.1
  • Zoom ratio 4.13
  • Focus distance 24.70 32.04 102.11
  • F-number 4.10
  • Field of View (degrees) 41.22 34.03 11.96
  • Like high 21.64
  • The total lens length 148.96 152.86 207.64
  • BF 35.80 36.22 53.51
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/15/2016 5:56:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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