I tend to not get overly excited about new releases. The last few years have seen a lot of incremental upgrades that rarely blow me away. Usually, I end up thinking the new version of whatever is better than the last version. Not “rush out to the store and buy it” better, but “consider upgrading if you use it a lot” better.
Canon, though, (and Sigma) have hit some real home runs with optics lately, so I was a bit excited when Canon decided to upgrade one of their weaker lenses, the 16-35mm f/2.8, to a Mark III version. And if you don’t want to read the article I’ll summarize: rush out to the store and buy it.
You can read the entire article on the LensRentals Blog. For a more thorough look at the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM, check out this handy resource.
Use the KeyMission 360/170 Utility to copy to your computer, view, and edit beautiful spherical 360° panoramas and 170° wide-angle shots taken with Nikon’s KeyMission cameras. You can choose the angle when viewing spherical 360° content shot with the KeyMission 360 and export the footage to create new movies, export cropped images, add simple effects and background tracks, and create movies for upload to YouTube. You can also change settings for cameras connected via USB.
In yet another ambitious project, photographer Benjamin Von Wong and his team trek miles through a wasteland to find active lava surface flows for his shaman shoot bringing awareness to climate change.
Cine High Speed Zoom 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2 lenses begin shipping on December 9 for a retail price of $3999.00 USD
New York, NY – October 20, 2016 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, announced today that the Cine High Speed Zoom 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2 lenses will begin shipping on December 9, 2016 for a retail price of $3999.00 USD. Born from the new Sigma Cine family of products, the High Speed Zoom lenses leverage the outstanding optical design of the company’s world-renowned Global Vision still photography lenses. Combined with the 100% new mechanical lens body design, the Cine lenses meet needs of advanced 6k and 8k cinema production with the core optical quality DNA that has defined the Sigma benchmark of imaging excellence.
See the Sigma Cine Family of Products at PDN/PPE 2016 Expo Demonstrated for the first time to the public in the United States, attendees to the 2016 PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo (PPE), held at the Javits Convention Center in New York City from October 20-22, 2016, can see first-hand the new Sigma Cine family of lenses:
Cine High Speed Zoom Line - 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2 The high speed zoom line, which is compatible with the Super35 image size standard, offers the constant aperture of T2 throughout the zoom range with superior optical performance that is capable of high-resolution 6K-8K shooting. Delivering the highest image quality in its class, the High Speed Zoom is ergonomically compact and designed for E, EF and PL camera system mounts.
Cine FF Zoom Line - 24-35mm T2.2 FF Compatible with a full-frame image sensor, the FF Zoom’s outstanding optical performance also supports 6K-8K shooting. Because so few lenses cater to the requirements of the latest digital cinema cameras’ image sensors, this line provides a rare option for cinematographers. The FF Zoom is designed for E and EF camera system mounts.
Cine FF High Speed Prime Line - 20mm T1.5 FF, 24mm T1.5 FF, 35mm T1.5 FF, 50mm T1.5 FF and 85mm T1.5 FF The Cine High Speed Prime lineup features lenses ranging from 20mm to 85mm, with all five touting an aperture of T1.5. Highly compact and compatible with full-frame sensors, these lenses offer superior resolution. They bring a consistent level of light to the production, offering greater consistency to any film’s color, contrast and overall look before it enters post-production. The FF High Speed Prime line is designed for E, EF and PL camera system mounts.
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 19, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is proud to announce the addition of two new photographers to its renowned Explorers of Light program, Stephanie Sinclair and Jeremy Cowart. These new members add to the already impressive ranks of Canon’s program, expanding to align with a wide range of talented professionals that impact imaging culture and influence the way their audiences see the world. These new Explorers of Light will be on hand at the Canon Booth (#121) at PhotoPlus Expo 2016, October 20-22 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. For a full schedule of events in the Canon booth, please visit usa.canon.com/photoplus2016.
Stephanie Sinclair is a New York-based photojournalist who has gained international acclaim for her attention to human rights issues. Through her photography and her Too Young to Wed foundation, she has shone a spotlight on issues such as child marriage, female circumcision, war and polygamy. “Throughout my career, I’ve used the power of images to tell stories that weren’t being told,” Sinclair remarked. “I’m honored to join Canon’s Explorers of Light program and eager to get more involved in speaking to the next generation of photographers to teach them how to do the same.” Jeremy Cowart is an accomplished portrait photographer who has captured iconic images of some of the world’s biggest celebrities. In addition, his humanitarian work has taken him to places such as Rwanda and Haiti where he has created photo essays that helped tell the stories of those whose lives had been ravaged by war and tragedy. “I’ve always been passionate about teaching, because it is my belief that art can change the world,” said Cowart. “I’m so proud to join the Explorers of Light program and be part of such an amazing team of professional photographers who share my enthusiasm for spreading the joy of imagery.” “For over 20 years, the Explorers of Light program has enabled Canon to align with amazing professional photographers that use the power of the image to educate and inspire, and Jeremy Cowart and Stephanie Sinclair will help us to do both in new and impactful ways,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Since the creation of the program in 1995, Canon’s Explorers of Light have been leaders in their respective fields, garnering awards and accolades for their work. These individuals work with Canon extensively as representatives, ambassadors, educators, and role models for aspiring creative artists. They participate in workshops, seminars, gallery showings and personal appearances throughout the United States.
Bringing valued memories together, Family Vault creates a private, easily-accessible home for photos and videos from multiple family members and devices
U.S. Prime members can now invite up to five people to join their Family Vault and access the benefits of unlimited photo storage, at no additional cost
Quickly find and rediscover your favorite moments across an entire photo collection with smart search technology
SEATTLE – Oct. 18, 2016 – Amazon today introduced new features to the Prime Photos service in the U.S., designed for Prime members and their family. Prime members can now invite up to five family members or friends to join their Family Vault, which includes access to Prime Photos benefits including unlimited storage of photos, plus an additional 5 GB for videos and other files. With the all-new Family Vault, bringing family photos together is as easy as one-click or swipe from a computer or mobile device.
Amazon Prime Photos - Family Vault (Graphic: Business Wire)
“Prime members love the benefit of unlimited photo storage but often struggle to collect and organize photos across multiple devices and accounts into a single, shareable archive,” said David Nenke, Director of Prime Photos, Amazon. “We launched the Family Vault to make it easy for family members to safely store and share all their favorite moments.”
New Prime Photos features include:
Family and friend access to Prime Photos, at no additional cost: To ensure all the great moments and memories are preserved, regardless of who captured them, Prime members can now share their Prime Photos benefit of unlimited photo storage and 5 GB for videos and other files with up to five family members or friends.
Simple, private sharing through the Family Vault: Family Vault members can add their favorite photos and videos individually with a click or swipe, or set their account to automatically add all their photos and videos to the Family Vault.
Smart search technology: Prime Photos’ new search technology makes finding photos based on people, places, or things a snap. Gone are the days of customers wading through thousands of photos to find a specific image. Looking for pictures from a vacation or wedding? Search for “sunset” or “wedding” and relevant photos will show up. Customers can also browse photos of individual family members and friends in the People view as well as search and filter by location or date.
Photo printing with free delivery for Prime Members: Customers can now order photo books, cards, and prints directly on the web from their Prime Photos account. Offering a variety a ways to preserve memories, Amazon Print products start at just nine cents a print, and ships with free delivery for Prime members. Customers can learn more and order prints today by visiting www.amazon.com/printing.
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Extraordinary Next-Generation AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Sets a New Standard for Pro Telephoto Workhorse Lenses, While New PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED is Nikon’s Widest Ever Tilt-Shift NIKKOR Offering
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. has announced two exciting FX-format additions to the storied NIKKOR lens lineup, designed to achieve amazing optical performance for the most demanding professional and enthusiast photographers. An evolution of one of Nikon’s most versatile and popular pro-zoom lenses, the newly redesigned AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR sports an updated optical formula capable of amazing image quality, while optimized for high-speed shooting. Also introduced today is Nikon’s widest perspective control lens to date, the PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED tilt-shift lens, which helps photographers effortlessly control perspective when capturing architecture, interiors, fine art, product photography and landscapes.
“Nikon continues to raise the bar of optical excellence, and our newest FX-format NIKKOR offerings provide experienced photographers with powerful tools to help ensure brilliantly sharp images, whether capturing a high-speed photo finish or creatively framing an architectural marvel,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “While the new AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR builds upon the success of its predecessors to offer a true all-around NIKKOR optic, the PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED will provide fantastic perspective control for a variety of challenging wide-angle applications.”
The Ultimate Workhorse Lens for Seasoned Photographers Long considered an essential lens in the bag of professional photographers, this updated AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR sets a new benchmark for fast telephoto zoom lenses, taking image quality and handling to the next level. An indispensable and powerful tool for nearly any photographic scenario, the NIKKOR 70-200mm remains the professional’s choice with a wide f/2.8 constant aperture that is ideal for capturing sports, weddings, stunning portraits and more, even in low-light.
The next generation design of the lens helps ensure the very best in image quality, speed and low-light performance, while offering balance and handling that is nothing short of superb. Nikon’s new 70-200mm provides up to four stops1 of Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization, an improvement from its predecessor that helps users to eliminate blur and camera shake even when shooting handheld or in challenging light. During burst shooting, the lens takes advantage of an electromagnetic diaphragm for consistent auto-exposure control. Additionally, a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-fast and quiet AF operation with seamless manual focus override. Discerning photographers will also appreciate assignable function buttons on the lens barrel that offer customization, perfect for engaging pre-set autofocus or other focusing options.
A new optical formula consisting of six ED elements, one Fluorite element, a high refractive element and Nano Crystal Coat helps make for a lighter and more versatile lens, while reducing chromatic aberration and helping to all but eliminate distortion, ghosting and flare. Ready for even the most rugged of assignments, the magnesium alloy lens barrel features superior weather-sealing that achieves anti-dust and waterdrop-resistance, while Fluorine coating on both the front and rear glass facilitates easy cleaning. Whether shooting with a camera like the Nikon D5, D810, D750 or D500, capturing sports or weddings, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is a fantastic lens choice for experienced photographers.
Seamlessly Control Perspective with the New Super-Wide PC NIKKOR Lens Also new from Nikon is the latest perspective control lens (designated PC) in the NIKKOR lens lineup, the PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED, a tilt-shift offering that will help photographers master perspective and depth-of-field. For storytellers who yearn to capture optically-challenging subjects like cityscapes and architecture, interiors or unique landscapes, this lens offers 97° of coverage - the widest focal length of any PC lens in the NIKKOR family. Tilt the lens to sharpen focus throughout a scene or create a miniature effect, or shift2 to adjust perspective in-camera, create panoramas or eliminate converging lines. For the first time with a NIKKOR PC lens, the direction of tilt operation can be made parallel or perpendicular to shift, offering users nearly unprecedented ability to control perspective, focus and depth-of-field, without having to lock and unlock to make adjustments.
Sporting a super-wide 19mm focal length, the lens provides a unique perspective ideal for shooting horizontal or vertical panoramas, or even filmmaking. With this ultra-wide angle in mind, the latest FX-format NIKKOR offering was crafted with three ED and two aspherical elements that help combat distortion and glare, while virtually eliminating chromatic aberration and coma, even at the widest aperture settings. The lens also features core NIKKOR technologies such as Nano Crystal Coat to combat ghosting and flare, an electromagnetic diaphragm for fast auto-exposure control, as well as a Fluorine coat that helps resist dirt, water spots and smudges. Ready for a variety of challenging ultra-wide applications, the PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED is a powerful tool for discerning photographers looking for full creative and perspective control. It joins three other Gold Ring Series PC lenses in Nikon’s line-up; the PC-E NIKKOR 24mm F3.5D ED, PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED and the PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D.
Price and Availability Both the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR and PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED will be available starting in November 2016 for suggested retail prices (SRP) of $2,799.95* and $3,399.95*, respectively.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR – B&H | Amazon Nikon PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED – B&H | Amazon
Upper Saddle River, N.J. (October 18, 2016) – Manfrotto, a leading global innovator and manufacturer of premium photo, video and lighting support products and accessories, will debut their newest line of products at the PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo in Booth No. 555 from Oct. 20-22, 2016 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.
Also on display will be the latest products from their affiliated brands: Gitzo, Lastolite by Manfrotto, Avenger, Xume Adapters, Bowens, Gossen, Metz and National Geographic Bags.
New products that will be featured include:
Manfrotto XPRO Monopod+ family for Photo & Video: first-of-its-kind Full Fluid Base bringing fluidity to all three axes for the ultimate smoothness in an extremely compact solution, allowing hybrid functionality for still pictures and video footage.
Manfrotto Befree Live: the smallest, most versatile on-the-go video head & kits in the Manfrotto range to date.
Manfrotto Befree Colors: Four new colors with larger feet and a center column hook for added stability.
Manfrotto Advanced & Street Compact System Camera (CSC) Bags: five highly functional, lightweight and stylish bags designed to comfortably carry CSCs, compact DSLRs, lenses and equipment.
Manfrotto Pro Light Reloader-55 Roller Bag: a highly protective, stylish international carry-on bag perfect for traveling photographers and videographers.
Manfrotto Pro Light 3N1 Backpacks: three-in-one comfortable carrying solutions dedicated to commercial photographers & videographers on the go.
Manfrotto Lifestyle Windsor Collection: four stylish photography carrying solutions featuring genuine leather trim, premium fabric and metal details.
Manfrotto TwistGrip for Smartphones: the new, game-changing accessory for taking awesome smartphone images and videos.
Gitzo Systematic Tripods & Monopods: featuring new ultra-stable feet, this is the high-end choice for photographers who use long lenses and heavy cameras.
Xume Adapters: with a patented magnetic system, Xume Quick Release Adapters enable photographers to quickly and safely lock the required filter on a lens, exactly when they need it.
Metz: M400 Flash, announced at Photokina, is 30 percent smaller than traditional flashes and includes continuous adjustable LED and new easy-to-use interface.
Bowens Generation X: two new flash systems: XMT – an all-in-one battery unit for location lighting and XMS – engineered to be the go-to system for photographers who need a function-rich and completely reliable flash in the studio.
Live studio demonstrations of Manfrotto, Lastolite by Manfrotto, Bowens, Metz and Gossen will be happening each day by Manfrotto Ambassadors Tony Gale and Michel Leroy.
This year the PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo will host the Lucie Technical Awards. The Manfrotto Pro Light RedBee-210 Backpack and Lastolite by Manfrotto Ezybounce Bounce Card have both been selected as 2016 finalists for the Camera Bag and Light Modifier categories, respectfully.
“Manfrotto continues to be the true innovator in the imaging accessory business,” said Adam Mirabella, President, Manfrotto Distribution USA. “At PhotoPlus, we’ll showcase products that professionals everywhere can count on like our XPRO series. You will also see products from us that speak to the CSC user, for professionals and hobbyists alike. In fact, we have a whole line of bags designed in Italy for the CSC photographer. In addition, we are shattering perceptions people have about smartphone photography by introducing cutting-edge support accessories like TwistGrip that take everyday images to new heights. And, we are announcing Manfrotto’s first travel video tripod kit – the Befree Live. Visit us in Booth No. 555 to see the future of imaging accessories!”
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 18, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that their service operation in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey has relocated to 125 Chubb Ave., Suite 100N, Lyndhurst, New Jersey. The new Professional Service & Support Center is geared toward industry professionals and photo enthusiasts and is designed to support the imaging community in the New York metropolitan area. This facility will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM on a walk-in basis with no appointments needed.
At this new location, Canon will showcase many of its latest imaging products in the professional products showroom with a Canon technical expert on-site to demonstrate product features and answer questions. The state-of-the-art facility also offers repair and maintenance operations for Canon’s extensive lineup of professional Cinema and Broadcast lenses, EF series photography lenses, Cinema EOS and EOS Digital SLR cameras, and high-definition camcorders. Repair operations at the facility include six state-of-the-art lens and camera adjustment rooms, Canon’s most advanced adjustment and calibration equipment, spare parts inventory, and experienced repair staff.
“The new facility in Lyndhurst will provide an inviting location for Canon’s existing customers as well as new customers looking to learn more about our products,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “This move also continues the expansion and improvements of our 100 percent U.S.-based service and support network.” The Lyndhurst facility is one of three service facilities that Canon has made available to professional clients, joining the Canon Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center, located in Hollywood, California, and the Chicago Professional Service & Support Center, located in Itasca, Illinois. These facilities provide local support to key markets and deliver an average repair process time of less than two days for CPS customers.
Additional camera and lens service facilities for both professional and consumer clients are located in Jamesburg, NJ, Costa Mesa, CA and Newport News, VA.
Ecologist and adventurer David Sutherland’s haunting photographs of natural landscapes are about to get a boost from his Nikon D-SLR. Here he talks about his relationship with pictures, and what the Nikon D5300 will mean for him and his work.
Follow David’s story as she discovers how the Nikon D5300 D-SLR camera can transform his images and take his photography to the next level – all as part of Nikon and Shortlist Magazine’s ‘I AM CREATIVE’ campaign http://specials.shortlist.com/nikon-shortlist/.
TOKYO, October 18, 2016—Canon Inc. announced today the successful development of the world’s first indium phosphide (InP) immersion grating. Strengthening its lineup of immersion gratings, which includes gratings made from germanium (Ge) and cadmium zinc telluride (CdZnTe), Canon is contributing to even greater progress in cosmological observation by expanding the range of observable infrared frequencies.
In order to retrieve information contained within light emitted from space, astronomical telescopes and man-made satellites are equipped with spectroscopes—devices that incrementally divide light by its different frequencies—that play a vital role in cosmological observation. Compared with typical reflective elements, immersion gratings enable spectrometers that are smaller in size and realize higher levels of performance. With the addition of an InP immersion grating to Canon’s lineup, spectrometers could be reduced to approximately 1/27th the volume of those equipped with typical reflective elements that cover the same frequencies. Overcoming restrictions on size and weight, which, until now, made it difficult to launch man-made satellites equipped with high-performance spectrometers, is expected to further expand the possibilities of cosmological observation. What’s more, the application of this grating to next-generation large ground-based telescopes, which face the problem of ever-increasing sizes, could lead to reductions in size without sacrificing performance.
With the addition of an InP immersion grating, Canon’s immersion grating lineup now covers light from near infrared to far infrared, enabling observation of almost the entire spectrum of infrared frequencies used in the field of astronomy (from 1 to 20 µm). Infrared light can be captured from much farther distances than visible light, making detection of matter in space possible on a molecular, and even atomic, level. As such, the new InP immersion grating could facilitate research into not only the origin of life and planets, but also the origin of the universe itself, contributing to even greater developments in space science.
While the benefits of fabricating immersion diffractive gratings were realized long ago, because the transmissive semiconductor materials suited to the infrared frequencies used in the field of astronomy (from 1 to 20 µm) are particularly brittle, achieving a surface of virtually perfect regularity with grooves measuring only a few nanometers proved difficult. Canon applied its own ultra-precision processing technology, cultivated through the manufacture of precision components, using only machining processes to successfully develop immersion gratings even with such brittle semiconductor materials. The resulting InP immersion grating realizes an arrangement of 990 steps at 47 µm intervals.
Diffractive elements for use with high-dispersion infrared spectra ordinarily have an absolute diffraction efficiency of 50–60%. Canon’s InP immersion grating, however, achieves an absolute diffraction efficiency of approximately 75%. With its high-efficiency performance, enabling superior light capture even amid low light intensity, it will enable small telescopes to achieve high precision measurement, and large telescopes to measure infrared light from much farther distances in space.
Canon will host a presentation on its indium phosphide immersion grating at the International Conference on Space Optics 2016, to be held from October 18 to 21, 2016, in Barritz, France.