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 Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Just posted: Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens Review.
 
When a newly introduced lens has no equal on the market, it is probably exciting.
 
B&H has the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/8/2016 9:06:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Think Tank Photo:
 
We have released the most well thought-out, comfortable, and protective backpack for users of DJI Inspire or other similarly sized quadcopters. The Helipak for DJI Inspire easily holds a DJI Inspire (parked with gimbal and rotors detached), Zenmuse gimbal with 3 lenses, 6x batteries, 2x controllers, 2 x 8” tablets, lots of extra propellers, and a 17” laptop and charger
 
Movable dividers allow users to customize the fit of their gear in this fully featured backpack. The contoured tuck-away harness with lumbar support, cut-away air-channel, the adjustable sternum strap, and the removable padded waistbelt allow for extreme comfort while trekking into remote areas or simply pulling it from the car.
 
ADDITIONAL KEY FEATURES
 
  • Large front pocket fits auxiliary items for the day’s outing: light jacket, 17” laptop pocket or a large tablet
  • Lockable zippers
  • Internal see-through mesh pockets for small accessories: propellers, screwdriver, cables, etc.
  • Deluxe organizer for smart phone, wallet, pens, keys, business cards, etc.
  • Water bottle pocket on side
  • Height adjustable sternum strap
  • Elastic pockets on shoulder straps for phone, energy bar, etc.
  • Robust handles on three sides ensure rapid and easy retrieval from airline overhead bins, car trunks, etc.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover helps to protect gear and stows away inside backpack when not in use
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has YKK RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, 1680D ballistic nylon bottom panel, 600D polyester, 420D velocity nylon, 3D air mesh, ultra-stretch pockets, Y-buckles, antique finish metal hardware, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 6mm ABS twinwall, removable closed cell foam dividers with PE board reinforcement, 200D polyester, polyurethane-backed 3-layer velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover, Belly-O mesh pockets, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
 
Exterior Dimensions: 19.3” W x 24” H x 9.4” D (49 × 61 × 24cm)
Interior Dimensions: 17.3” W x 21.7” H x 7.9” D (44 × 55 × 20cm)
Laptop Compartment: 12.6” W x 16.9” H x 1.2” D (32 × 43 × 3cm)
Weight (with all accessories): 8.5 lbs. (3.9 kg)
 
B&H has the Think Tank Photo Helipak Backpack for DJI Inspire 1 available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/8/2016 7:48:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon UK:
 
London, UK, 6th June 2016: Nikon UK today announces the appointment of two new photographers to its Ambassador line-up, Richard Peters and Helen Sloan.
 
Richard Peters is an award winning wildlife photographer with a wealth of experience in his field. Richard recently completed and published an e-book documenting his back garden safari project, an inspiring series of wildlife imagery captured in his back garden.
 
Helen Sloan is a film and TV stills photographer who most notably works on the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, capturing character stills from the set and plenty of behind the scenes action.
 
The Nikon Ambassador initiative was introduced in 2013 to celebrate class-leading photographers working in specific fields of photography, whilst inspiring people to pick up their camera and reach their creative potential. The Ambassadors work with Nikon on a range of activities, from seminars at key events to social media and PR campaigns.
 
Richard and Helen join current Nikon Ambassadors to complete this year’s line-up: David Yarrow – fine art wildlife photographer known for capturing the beauty of the planet’s remote landscapes and endangered animals, Jeremy Walker - award-winning professional photographer specialising in landscape and location photography and Leon Neal - news photographer with a wealth of experience and a staff photographer for AFP News.
 
Nikon would like to thank photographers Bob Martin and Kate Hopewell-Smith for their excellent work and support over the past two years as we continue to work with them as part of Nikon’s prestigious Ambassador Alumni.
 
Jeremy Gilbert, Group Marketing Manager, at Nikon UK says: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Peters and Helen Sloan to our Ambassador scheme. Since the launch of the Ambassador scheme in 2013 we have seen some amazing talent in our line-up and it continues to go from strength to strength. Through the ambassadors we are able to engage with our customers but most importantly, encourage enthusiasts to take a step up with their photography.”
 
He adds: “The scheme has allowed us to formally acknowledge some of the country’s leading photographers in their fields and collaborate with them creatively to inspire and engage budding photographers.”
 
For more information about the Nikon UK Ambassadors please visit: https://nikoninframe.co.uk/ambassadors/
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/8/2016 7:38:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
IMPORTANT: Firmware updates cannot be performed if Enable is currently selected for Network > Network connection in the SETUP MENU. Select Disable for Network connection before proceeding.
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.30 to 1.31
 
Fixed an issue that occurred with WR-R10 wireless remote controller firmware version 3.00. In rare cases, the camera would fail to display the number of exposures remaining or would take about a minute to power down when the WR-R10 was connected.
 
Download: Nikon D4s Firmware v.1.31
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/8/2016 7:24:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Canon Online Learning Courses Designed to Support and Develop Imaging Skills for Passionate Photographers of All Levels
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., June 7, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is launching Canon Online Learning, a new program of immersive digital courses designed to help photo and video enthusiasts of all levels develop their skills at their own pace. The program, which expands upon Canon’s robust mix of existing free and paid educational offerings, looks to educate parents, travelers, imaging hobbyists and working professionals with proven techniques from recognizable industry talents.
 
Available now are these initial seven courses, suitable for all skill levels:
 
  • Understanding EOS Camera Operations
  • Photo 101: How to Take Great Pictures
  • Printing Basics & Beyond
  • Great Landscapes Made Easy
  • Child’s Play: Simple Tips for Photographing Children
  • Getting Started with Flash Photography
  • Canon Insider Guide: EOS Rebel Series
These first seven courses, and subsequent classes to follow, will include video guides unique to each course with the option to download or print PDF materials. With the exception of Canon Insider Guide: EOS Rebel Series, courses will also include complementary resources such as bonus video content, lighting/shooting diagrams, shot lists, resource guides and interviews with course instructors. Additional interactive materials may include quizzes, assignments, interactive images and diagrams.
 
“Canon has always provided industry leading educational resources for our customers. Over the years, we have expanded our offerings to include live workshops, one-on-one in-person sessions and countless free lectures across the country. Now, for those passionate customers looking to take a deeper dive into photography or videography, we have developed a curriculum of content that addresses the various ways our customers use our products today, and it’s available at their convenience online, day or night,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “This new program also helps familiarize the imaging community with our wide range of educational tools, allowing them to learn valuable tips from our technical experts, as well as our Explorers of Light professional photographers.”
 
Initial course offerings range from $19.99-$59.99. To learn more about Canon Online Learning please visit: http://usa.canon.com/onlinelearningor email learning@cusa.canon.com.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 6/8/2016 5:10:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 7, 2016

 
From DxO:
 
DxO PRIME 2016 noise reduction technology and automated spot weighted corrections are indispensable tools for photographers
 
PARIS & SAN FRANCISCO—June 1, 2016—DxO, a world leader in digital imaging technologies, announces the immediate availability of DxO OpticsPro 11, a major update to its award-winning photo software for Mac and PC. DxO OpticsPro 11 introduces important enhancements to DxO PRIME, the industry-standard for noise reduction, and new automated tools, such as spot weighted correction, auto microcontrast and auto red-eye that leverage face detection to help bring out the subtle nuances in images — all in just a few clicks and regardless of the original shooting
 
DxO PRIME 2016, better and faster
DxO OpticsPro 11 features DxO’s proprietary DxO PRIME 2016 noise reduction, which enables photographers to salvage noisy photos thought previously unusable. With DxO OpticsPro 11, photographers can capture new images at an even higher ISO by using a new version of PRIME that is better and faster than ever. DxO PRIME 2016 better preserves bokehs and smooth transitions, retains more details, and more faithfully preserves colors in dark areas, and it does this all automatically by reading each camera’s precise calibration data. And through an intense effort to adapt and optimize this technology, DxO PRIME 2016 is now able to process RAW files up to 4x faster than before — in fact, the higher the ISO, the bigger the benefit of processing time.
 
“The new DxO PRIME noise reduction is nothing short of amazing,” said professional photographer Mike Mezeul, “it gives me the ability to capture images at incredibly high ISOs and still render out incredibly rich, detailed, and noise-free images.”
 
Automated Spot Weighted Corrections
The image scientists at DxO have designed a new enhancement to DxO OpticsPro’s Smart Lighting tool that uses face detection to apply an intelligent tone map on the entire image, to better extend the dynamic range, add fill light, and improve contrast while optimizing illumination on faces. The result is genuine spot processing—after capture—with the very same results as spot metering typically provides in camera, but with the added benefit of fine-tuning flexibility.
 
“The image scientists at DxO have done it again,” said Camilla Ferrari, professional photographer and DxO ambassador, “by using face detection, the new spot weighted correction is able to apply even a very strong level of Smart Lighting, while keeping the people in my images looking much more natural and pleasing to my eye.”
 
Other enhanced tools, including new full screen mode
DxO OpticsPro 11 also adds a number of other useful tools for photographers, including an auto microcontrast mode that enhances image content while taking care to preserve faces and keep noise under control. The selective tone control produces more natural results, efficiently recovering information in shadows and highlights while avoiding flattening midtones, and there’s also a new tool that uses face and eye detection to automatically apply red eye correction, even as a batch process on multiple photos. In addition, a brand new full screen viewer removes distracting clutter so you can focus more on selecting, rejecting and rating your images, while using new shortcuts designed to help speed up the culling process.
 
Even more cameras supported
Without any user intervention (apart from simply viewing your image) DxO OpticsPro will read the metadata in your photo, and prompt you to download the appropriate camera/lens module. With that module, OpticsPro automatically and intelligently applies corrections such as distortion, chromatic aberration, vignetting, and lens softness. And with this latest release, DxO OpticsPro 11 adds support for a number of new cameras, including Nikon’s new flagship D5, bringing the total number of supported camera/lens combinations to well over 28,000!
 
Pricing & Availability
The ESSENTIAL and ELITE editions of DxO OpticsPro 11 for Mac and Windows are immediately available at photo resellers at a special discount through June 30, 2016.
 
B&H has DxO OpticsPro 11 available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 6/7/2016 12:55:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens is now listed as discontinued at B&H. It is also unavailable at Adorama and is not in stock at the Canon USA store.
 
Does this mean a replacement is on the horizon? Or was this option in Canon's lineup deemed unworthy of replacement?
 
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/7/2016 11:29:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
I've always wanted to photograph butterflies, but my lack of patience and my general inability to find them meant that butterflies were never a subject featured in my portfolio.
 
However, while traveling through New England last week, I stopped by the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens in South Deerfield, MA. I quickly realized that visiting a butterfly conservatory was the perfect way to quickly gain experience with butterfly photography and bolster my portfolio with images of the beautifully-winged creatures.
 
The Magic Wings Conservatory is an 8,000 square foot facility housing roughly 4,000 butterflies featuring several dozen individual species (the exact number of species depends on the season). The admission fee for visiting the conservatory is $14.00 and is good for an entire day of re-entry (the admission fee for children is less). Note that this particular facility does not allow tripods or monopods to be used in its conservatory.
 
It's actually quite difficult to aptly describe the experience of walking into a beautiful garden inhabited by thousands of butterflies of all shapes and sizes, as words like "amazing" and "dream-like" don't seem to really do it justice. But if you have the chance to experience it, as a photographer or simply a curious visitor, don't miss out on the opportunity.
 
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory Image 2

From a photography perspective, a butterfly conservatory gives you ample opportunities to create beautiful and inspiring butterfly images. The experience and images gained from photographing butterflies in a conservatory would likely require years to garner in the wild, allowing you to easily bolstering your portfolio in a single afternoon.
 
You might think that photographing butterflies in captivity is much like photographing wildlife in zoos (which can be difficult if trying to eliminate man-made elements in your frame), but because butterflies are so small and backgrounds (and any man-made elements within those backgrounds) can easily be thrown well out of focus, images captured in a conservatory will likely be indistinguishable from those captured in the wild.
 
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory Image 3

For my trip to the Magic Wings Conservatory, I used a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with an EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro. In this case, I chose the 7D Mark II over the 5D Mark III because I had forgotten to pack my BlackRapid Strap (which can be conveniently switched between bodies) and the neck strap that Bryan had loaned me was already attached to the 7D II. The EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM would have been a better lens for this particular endeavor, but... I originally invested in the non-L version of the macro because I rarely shoot macros handheld (and IS would have certainly come in handy here). Another item I wish I had packed for my trip was the RoundFlash Magnetic Ringflash Adapter, but when packing I did not envision needing the rather highly-specialized light modifier for the trip. Other lighting options well-suited for this type of photography include the Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX and MR-14EX II Macro Ring Lite.
 
The conservatory I visited featured nicely diffused light thanks to the water vapor adorned the inside of the large windows. But "nicely diffused" doesn't necessarily mean "plentiful," even when bright sunlight is hitting the building. One particular issue with lighting is that butterflies often like to attach themselves to the underside of leaves or to the top of leaves with additional leaves shading them. The great thing about a conservatory is that your chances of catching a butterfly in great light is extremely high, so a small amount of patience goes a long way.
 
For the photos accompanying this afticle, I was using an f/3.2 or f/3.5 aperture in Av mode with an ISO of 1000 or 1250 to obtain shutter speeds that were fast enough to counteract camera shake and freeze movement. Images were post-processed in Lightroom CC.
 
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory Image 4

Word of warning: If you open your camera bag to change lenses or retrieve gear, be sure that there are no stowaways when you exit the facility. I checked myself thoroughly before leaving the facility to make sure that there were no butterflies attached to my clothing. However, as I proceeded to detach the lens from my camera and put both items in my camera bag, a butterfly flew out of my Lowepro NovaSport 35L AW. I had to [sheepishly] alert the staff to the butterfly escapee.
 
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory Image 5

Are you excited to gain lots of experience in butterfly photography? There are plenty of butterfly conservatories in North America. Here are just a few I found:
 
Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory
2565 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L0S 1J0, Canada
 
Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
1316 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040
 
The American Museum of Natural History Butterfly Exhibit
(Open September 5, 2015 - May 30, 2016)
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192
 
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory
281 Greenfield Rd, South Deerfield, MA 01373
 
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Pavilion of Wings Exhibit
900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007
 
There are many others, of course. You can find a more extensive list organized by state here. Be sure to research in advance to ensure the exhibit will be open during your planned visit.
 
Do you have a favorite butterfly conservatory? If so, share your location experience in the comments!
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/7/2016 8:10:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H:
 
When creating video content, it’s important to know some rules to make your shoot goes smoothly and looks great. Fundamentals such as the rule of thirds, and the 180° rule are essential to understanding how to shoot better looking video. As you grow, you can always look back at these ideas and build from there.
 
B&H carries all the gear you need to create high quality videos.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/7/2016 7:32:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Westcott:
 
NEW Flex LED light panels
The Flex lighting system is at the cutting­edge of LED light technology. Pliable, weather­resistant and dimmable the Flex LED panels produce an outstanding, consistent and flicker­free light that is ideal for filmmakers and photographers. Their lightweight and 1/4” thin moldable framework allows you to shape the light in unique ways, delivering up to a 360-degree spread of light. Flex LED panels can also be paired with the Scrim Jim Cine modular frame system to provide a powerful, adaptable and professional lighting set­up for any situation. Available in Daylight (5600K) and Bi­Colour (2800K ­ 6000K) options, and in a range of sizes from 10”x3” to 2’ x2’, Westcott has the widest range of sizes. As the Flex LED light panels can be rolled or folded they are highly portable for easy and lightweight travel.
 
NEW Scrim Jim Cine System
Scrim Jim Cine is an ultralight modular frame system that allows you to shape, block and modify light with more control than ever before. The anodised aluminium framework can be easily assembled mounted and skinned to light any situation. The wide variety of self­locking connecting pieces allows for any number of frame configurations such as booklights, diffusion boxes, floppy cutters and more and the built­in 3/8­16 thread makes mounting the frames quick and easy. Combined with a large variety of Diffusion and Grid cloths and a range of bounce fabrics, plus compatibility with the Westcott Flex LED Panel range, nothing gives you more control over your lighting than the Scrim Jim Cine modular system.
 
Westcott App for Ice Light 2
Remotely control your Ice Light 2 with the new Westcott App. Utilising the integrated Bluetooth capability of the Ice Light 2, you can connect your iOS device to up to 10 individual Ice Lights and control them all via the app. You can assign each of your lights its own custom name and swipe easily between them to adjust their individual brightness, as well as monitor battery life, providing easy wireless light control for your shoots.
 
Watch this video to find out more: Westcott App Promo (embedded above).
 
B&H carries the Westcott Flex LED Light Panelsand Scrim Jim Cine components.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Westcott News
Post Date: 6/7/2016 6:44:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 6, 2016
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/6/2016 1:45:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon Europe:
 
Motorsport photographer Frits van Eldik is one of the world’s best at capturing fast moving subjects. His camera needs to perform just as fast as he does. He shares his thoughts on the EOS-1D X Mark II's ability to capture every single moment.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/6/2016 9:55:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Zoom H4n Pro 4-Channel Handy Recorder in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Adjustable Stereo X/Y Microphone
  • Can Record 4 Tracks Simultaneously
  • 2 x XLR / 1/4" Combination Input Jacks
  • 3.5mm Line Input with 2.5V Plug-In Power
  • 28 & 48V Phantom Power
  • Record & Play WAV & MP3 Formats
  • AD/DA Conversion up to 24-Bit / 96 kHz
  • Built-In Metronome and Chromatic Tuner
  • 2-In/2-Out Interface via USB
  • Rubberized Body with Locking XLR Jacks
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/6/2016 8:26:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Review.
 
I'll get your comparisons started.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/6/2016 7:28:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has filed an optical formula patent for an EF 1000mm f/5.6 DO lens.
 
Incorporating diffractive optics into a 1000mm lens sounds like a match made in heaven. The patent details mention Tokyo's Oympic Games in 2020 which seems to indicate Canon's anticipated launch window for the lens.
 
Patent Details
 
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-102852
  • Published 2016.6.2
  • Filing date 2014.11.27
  • Zoom ratio 1.00
  • Focal length 950.00
  • F-number 5.80
  • Angle of view 1.30
  • Image height 21.64
  • Overall length of the lens 485.94
  • BF 0.40
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/6/2016 5:24:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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