Shenyang China, Dec 19, 2016 – Zhongyi Optics (ZY Optics) has released a new compact Super Macro Lens for full frame cameras, the Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5x Super Macro Lens and it features a high reproduction ratio up to 4.5:1.
Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro Lens is very compact in its class which allows photographers to capture extremely fine details or patterns with ease. The lens is capable of creating unbelievable macro images ranging from 4x to 4.5x magnification. Users no longer need to DIY or use any extension tubes to reach high magnification shooting. It incorporates a 6pcs of elements in 4 groups structure which delivers impressive resolution from corners to corners. Weighing merely 0.5 lbs (230g) and 6cm long, it is a perfect companion for wildlife and outdoor shooting. The wide angle of view and close focusing distance allows you to compose creative images with more information included into the frame. Greater magnification (up to 13:1) can also be achieved by stacking extension tubes or bellows. The high magnification is also extremely useful for scientific purposes.
The enclosure of the lens is made of metal to strengthen its durability. Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony FE, Sony Alpha, Pentax K, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Fuji X mounts are available.
Pricing & Availability
Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro Lens is now available to ship and purchase at ZY Optics authorized resellers and at our official website (http://www.zyoptics.net/). The Recommended Retail price is USD 199.
Note: The sample image posted above as well as the sample images published on Zhongyi's website have been [rather heavily] edited in Photoshop Lightroom 6.5. For more details, check out the full EXIF information for the fingerprint sample image.
Most of the time, images of wildlife approaching are better than those of wildlife going away. The problem is, where the wildlife is going to go is not always predictable. It is much easier to follow wildlife than to stay ahead of it.
These incredibly-cute twin white-tailed deer fawns were with their mother and she was meandering through the woods, feeding in a seemingly random manner. I was constantly adjusting my position, trying to be in the right place as they passed through a potentially good scene.
When I saw the adorable little fawns headed for a fern-bordered clearing, I immediately saw the potential image and moved into position. I couldn't have requested a better direction, though they came through very fast. With the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II in high speed burst mode, I was able to capture a string of images as they came through. The fast frame rate afforded me the opportunity to be quite selective, choosing my favorite body positions. This one stood out to me for the symmetry in the fawns' stride along with their head positions.
Photographing in the woods with direct sunlight reaching through the canopy makes lighting very challenging. The giant overhead softbox that a cloudy day creates resolves that problem and this day had been perfect. There was direct sunlight in the early morning, providing great warm lighting in the fields of Big Meadows. As the sun rose and the lighting cooled, cloud cover rolled in and provided great light for photographing in and near the woods all day long. This image was captured at 2:39 PM on a late spring day.
But, just because the lighting is good does not mean that the animals will be there. Deer typically feed early and late in the day and finding them mid-day can be challenging. Many photographers don't feel that mid-day is worth their time. Perhaps I'm not that smart, but ... this mother had two hungry little ones to feed and was in need of additional meals. I was out hunting for subjects and our paths crossed.
As I've mentioned before, a monopod is faster to setup and adjust than a tripod and the monopod was a key part of my kit on this encounter. Being able to set up fast enabled me to position myself closer to where the fawns currently were, making the ideal position prediction more accurate.
Another fawn photography tip I'll share is the timing for fawn photography. You will probably agree that fawns are their cutest just after birth, before they grow very rapidly. But, newborn fawns are not as active as those a week or two old. The newborns stay hidden in their beds a significant percentage of the time, making them harder to photograph. If your time is short and you want your encounter rate increased, consider timing your photography trip for a week or two later than you would for just-born fawns.
Santa Rosa, Calif. – Think Tank Photo has just enhanced its popular and critically-acclaimed Mirrorless Mover camera bag collection by offering three new color ways: Pewter, Dark Blue, and Deep Red. Scaled to fit today’s smaller mirrorless cameras, the Mirrorless Mover collection is available in five sizes; from the smallest case, the Mirrorless Mover 5, designed for one mirrorless camera, on up to the largest, the Mirrorless Mover 30i, which will accommodate a camera, lenses, accessories and an iPad.
“The new color ways are about personal expression and quality,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “These bags use metal hardware instead of plastic buckles, high quality fabrics, YKK zippers and a new, magnetic closure. The Mirrorless Movers offer photographers quality in their camera bags worthy of their investment in these sophisticated camera systems.”
The Mirrorless Mover 10 fits one medium size mirrorless body plus one to two lenses and additional accessories. It is sized for the Leica V–Lux, Olympus OM–D E–M5, Panasonic G3, GF5, GH2, Samsung NX5, NX11, NX210, Sony NEX–5, NEX–6, NEX–7, or similar sized/smaller bodies.
The Mirrorless Mover 20 fits one medium size mirrorless body plus two to three lenses and additional accessories. The bag is sized for the Leica V–Lux, Olympus OM–D E–M5, Panasonic G3, GF5, GH2, Samsung NX5, NX11, NX210, Sony NEX–5, NEX–6, NEX–7, or similar sized/smaller bodies.
The Mirrorless Mover 25i fits a Sony A7 with 55mm f/1.8 ZA attached (hood reversed), 24-70mm f/4 ZA (hood in position), 35mm f/2.8 ZA (hood in position), plus an iPad mini, or a Fuji X-T1 with 18-55mm f/2.8-4 attached (hood reversed), 14mm f/2.8 (hood in position), 60mm f/2.8 (hood in position), plus an iPad mini.
The Mirrorless Mover 30i fits one medium to large size mirrorless body plus two to four lenses, iPad, and additional accessories or a small size DSLR and one to three small telephoto lenses or primes. It is sized for the Fuji X–Pro 1, Leica M8, Panasonic GH3 or similar sized/smaller bodies. Small DSLRs: Canon Rebel, Nikon D3200/D5200, Sony SLT–A55/A37 or similar sized bodies.
Designed specifically for mirrorless equipment
High quality YKK zippers and metal hardware
Multipurpose divider with smart phone slot and two SD card slots (excluding smallest size)
Internal mesh pocket on lid for batteries or other accessories
Exterior: All fabric exterior treated with a DWR coating while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance, YKK RC zippers, 1680D ballistic polyester, 600D brushed polyester, Ultra-stretch pocket, antique nickel plated metal hardware, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
This article is geared to help an even larger segment of the population… sharing some practical tips with anyone that would love to do a better job at photographing their four-legged members of the family!
Let's say you have a camera or two and you obviously love your pets just as if they were members of the family. And try though you may, you have the toughest time getting the results you would ultimately like to have. You try and try and your patience runs short… so, you throw in the towel and just give up. Or, maybe you haven't completely given up but you would admit that you are not totally satisfied with your results and realize that there is plenty of room for improvement. If you fall into either one of these two categories or even somewhere in between, please read on and you just might eventually find yourself doing a much better job at photographing your four-legged members of the family... and creating better images without having to accumulate a bundle of equipment, attend classes or apprentice with an expert! Sort of a no fuss-no muss, approach… here we go!
MELVILLE, N.Y., December 15, 2016 – Proof that good things do come in small packages, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today four new PIXMA TS-series Wireless1 Inkjet All-In-One (AIO) printers. The PIXMA TS5020, PIXMA TS6020, PIXMA TS8020 and PIXMA TS9020 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printers are more compact than their predecessors, but pack a big, high-quality punch for users. Perfect for tech savvy gadget lovers, creative crafters, passionate image makers, family projects and household printing needs; these small, sleek and sophisticated printers can fit in with any home décor.
“Canon U.S.A. is excited to bring a new series of PIXMA printers into families’ lives, helping to make their day to day more productive than ever” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “By decreasing the size, but increasing efficiencies and delivering crisp and clear results, we’ve made the printers in this series must-haves for every home.”
While these printers preserve what is valued from the previous series of PIXMA All-In-One printers, the new models are easy-to-use and cost-effective delivering print reliability and high-quality images. Additional new and exciting features make these printers:
The new user interface (UI) includes a large, simplistic touch LCD screen making it easy to read and select functions such as copy, scan or print.
PIXMA TS9020 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer – 5 inch screen with touch panel and on-screen buttons
PIXMA TS8020 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer – 4.3 inch screen with touch panel and on-screen buttons
PIXMA TS6020 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer – 3 inch screen with touch panel and off-screen buttons
PIXMA TS5020 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer – 3 inch screen with off-screen directional pad and start/stop buttons
The size of each new PIXMA model has been minimized, making the printer easy to store and take up less space on a desk.
Each new PIXMA model in this series will be ready to print six seconds after it is turned on and the command is sent over from your laptop, smartphone or tablet. This is half the time than on select previous models.
Wireless printing means you don’t have to plug in to print. Each printer in this series features cloud printing capabilities through a compatible smartphone or tablet device, so PIXMA owners can print using the Canon PIXMA Cloud Link from virtually anywhere to link with various cloud services they use to print photos and documents. Further adding to the overall wireless capabilities of the PIXMA line of printers is Google Cloud Print, which allows users to send Gmail messages, file attachments and select Google Docs to the printer from any compatible devices.
After scanning a document or photo, the PIXMA TS9020, TS8020, TS6020, and TS5020 printers will show a reminder on the LCD screen to take the document with you to avoid misplacing important information.
The PIXMA TS9020 and TS8020 models are also able to print directly through NFC via Android devices further adding to the overall ease of use of these machines.
Helps foster your creativity!
Through the LCD screen, the PIXMA TS9020 printer allows users to enhance their images with creative filters including options such as Monochrome, Antique, Sepia and Cinema Style. The PIXMA TS5020 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer, PIXMA TS6020 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer and PIXMA TS8020 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer can utilize the same creative filters through the free Easy Photo Print+ web based software.
Through PIXMA Cloud Link on the Canon PRINT app and the LCD screen on select models, Canon users can de-stress with a creative release by printing from over one hundred and twenty coloring pages available.
All of the printers are compatible with the new 5 inch by 5 inch paper option available today which is ideal for square prints and printing images from Instagram.
Along with the coloring pages available through PIXMA Cloud Link on the Canon PRINT app3, all Canon PIXMA wireless inkjet printers come with My Image Garden software. My Image Garden offers a variety of features designed to inspire and enhance creativity while empowering the sharing of images.
The PIXMA TS5020 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer is $99.99 MSRP and the PIXMA TS6020 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer is $149.99 MSRP. Both are available in black, white and gray. The PIXMA TS8020 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer is $179.99 MSRP and is available in black, white, red, and brown and the PIXMA TS9020 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Printer is $199.99 MSRP and is offered in two-tone red/black and white/black.
It has come to our attention that there are instances of counterfeit EF 50mm f/1.8 II lenses for digital SLR cameras being brought into Canon service centers for repair. These counterfeit products have neither been designed nor manufactured by Canon, yet they fraudulently display the Canon logo and other Canon trademarks, and, as illegal products, they infringe on Canon Inc.'s trademark rights. Canon has taken a strong stance in eradicating these counterfeit products which infringe on the intellectual property rights of our company.
While the exterior of the counterfeit EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens elaborately imitates the exterior of the genuine lens, the parts and electric circuits used inside the counterfeit lens are different from the those used inside the genuine lens. As such, these counterfeit products do not satisfy the safety standards of various countries and the safety/quality standards of Canon. Please note that Canon cannot be held liable for any malfunction, phenomena, damage or injury that occurs due to the use of these counterfeit products, so please exercise caution when making your purchase.
We truly appreciate your continued patronage of Canon products.
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Firmware Version 1.0.4 is incorporated with the following correction.
Enhances the effects of image stabilization when using the EF24-105mm F4L IS II USM with the EOS 5D Mark IV at a shutter speed between 1/100 sec. and 1/160 sec.
Firmware Version 1.0.4 is for lenses with Firmware Version 1.0.3 or earlier.
Lenses whose third digit in the serial number is "0". (xx0xxxxxxx)
If the lens' firmware is already Version 1.0.4, it is not necessary to update the firmware. The lens firmware can be checked through the menu on the EOS 5D Mark IV.
Preparations for the Firmware Update:
In the folder you downloaded are the firmware (file name: EF012104.lfu / file size: 1,441,844 bytes), and instructions on the firmware update procedures (a PDF file in five languages: Japanese, English, French, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese).
Before starting the firmware update operations, please be sure to carefully confirm your understanding of these instructions.
Canon EOS C300 Mark II / EOS C300 Mark II PL Firmware Version 22.214.171.124.00
Firmware Version 126.96.36.199.00 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:
Support for the OLED Electronic Viewfinder EVF-V70 *1 has been added.
Shutter Angle Priority has been added. A constant shutter angle can now be maintained, regardless of any other camera settings being changed.
Support for the WFT-E8 has been added.
Zebra Range Expanded Below 65%.
The range of the Zebra 1 setting has been expanded to between 5% (±5%) and 95% (±5%) in steps of 5%.
The range of the Zebra 2 setting has been expanded to between 5% and 100% in steps of 5%.
Built-in Mic Audio Off
The internal microphone on the camera body can now be turned off.
In Browser Remote, the focus guide frame can now be displayed.
2K Crop Audio Recording
Audio can now be recorded when the camera is set in 2K crop mode.
Support for CFast cards (VPG130) has been added. *2
Support for peripheral illumination & chromatic aberration when the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens is attached, has been added.
Metadata related to the XF-AVC range has been corrected.
The range of Canon Log/Log2/Log3 has been corrected to full range.
The quality of autofocus has been enhanced.
The operation reliability after changing the recording mode has been enhanced.
*1 When using the EVF-V70, magnification and the function to display the camera's live view image on the Browser Remote screen cannot be used while recording.
*2 For detailed information about CFast cards that have been verified to work with this camera, please visit Canon's Web site.
Tom Bol demonstrates how to create a creative and unique portrait for a stylized shoot with two speedlights and some Rogue FlashBender 2 Gear. Flash photography lighting video tutorial, techniques and tips.
With 5-10 stops of adjustable exposure control, the Syrp Super Dark Variable ND Filter is a must-have tool for any photographer's gear bag and is available for pre-order from today, with a planned shipping date of the 15th of December. The Super Dark is available in two sizes and includes hard stops at the minimum and maximum ends for reducing X-pattern.
Long exposures are fundamental to landscape photography as they capture the effect of time passing, giving your images an expressive and often surreal look. They also add a creative element to your time lapses making them more fluid and giving them a dreamy effect. Silky smooth waterfalls or glassy lakes can be captured in full day light with just a simple twist of the filter to allow you to slow your shutter speed and record long exposures.
Both the Small and Large Filter Kits come with a genuine leather carry case to house the filter and ensure it stays protected from dust and scratches. Our Super Dark Variable ND Filter provides exposure reduction of 5 (ND32) to 10 (ND1024) stops using a smooth, adjustable front ring. The filter also has a front thread so you can easily stack filters if needed and will fit your regular lens cap.
Included in each Filter Kit are two step up rings for maximum compatibility with the range of lenses in your kit. The Large Kit (82mm) has 77-82mm and 72-82mm rings and the Small Kit has 58-67mm and 52-67mm rings. An invaluable tool for time-lapse, the Super Dark creates a more natural and fluid transition between frames, reducing the appearance of moving elements' flickering and stuttering.