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 Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Canon has released the following software updates:
Digital Photo Professional 4.6.10 & EOS Utility 3.6.0
  • Supports EOS Kiss X9i / EOS REBEL T7i / EOS 800D, EOS 9000D / EOS 77D, EOS M6.
  • Supports EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM.

Picture Style Editor 1.18.10
  • Supports EOS Kiss X9i / EOS REBEL T7i / EOS 800D, EOS 9000D / EOS 77D, EOS M6.

Download: Updated DPP, EOS Utility & Picture Style Editor
Canon USA has the EOS M6 User's Manual available for download.
B&H has the Canon EOS M6 available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/22/2017 8:24:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, standard product images and eye candy have been added to the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Milvus Lens Review page.
I'm not surprised by the image quality results – this lens has the heart of the Zeiss 135mm f/2.0 Classic Lens and that lens was similarly impressive.
Here is the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Milvus Lens compared to the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens.
B&H has the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Milvus Lens in stock.
Looking for a bargain? The Zeiss 135mm f/2 Classic Lens is just that after a $623.00 instant savings at B&H (plus get a 4% B&H reward).
Post Date: 3/22/2017 8:04:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Just posted: Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone Lens Review.
Learn how this great looking lens from a market newcomer performs.
B&H has the Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone Lens in stock.
Post Date: 3/21/2017 8:06:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma:
Thank you for purchasing and using our products. We would like to announce the firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E. This firmware update allows it to be compatible with the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art (Release: April), SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary (TBD), Cine Lens 50mm T1.5 FF EF mount from FF High Speed Prime Line (TBD) and so on.
For customers who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro by connecting it to a computer using a supplied USB Cable.
Before updating the MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh from the following download page.
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
For SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E, firmware update announced on March 10th, 2017 allows it to be compatible with SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art and SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary.
Applicable product
Benefits of this firmware update
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art and SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary.
  • It has become compatible with the Cine Lenses; SIGMA 20 mm T1.5 FF EF mount, 24 mm T1.5 FF EF mount, 35mm T1.5 FF EF mount, 50 mm T1.5 FF EF mount, 85 mm T1.5 FF EF mount from FF High Speed Prime Line, and 24-35mm T2.2 FF EF mount from FF Zoom Line.
For further information, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary / distributor.
B&H carries the Sigma Mount Converter MC-11.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/21/2017 6:49:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 20, 2017
From Nikon:
Kicking off with “Love Letters from the N Line,” Nikon’s Newest Campaign Celebrates the Things We Love About New York City Through Amazing Images and Invites Others to Share the Love Using #NikonLoveNY
NEW YORK, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. unveiled its new “Love Letters” campaign which features open letters to the residents of New York City, highlighting some of the reasons why we love New York and inspiring people to share their love for the city that never sleeps. Evoking the traditional concept of the love letter but on a grander scale, the campaign will feature a variety of stunning images and curated love notes that highlight the city’s diversity, showcase its exhilarating energy and celebrate the sights and sounds that are distinctly New York City. The campaign creative includes vibrant images, taken with Nikon cameras, that truly capture the city and those that call it home in incredible image quality, vivid colors and stunning detail that Nikon cameras and NIKKOR lenses are known for. Nikon’s “Love Letters” will also encourage New Yorkers to share their own beautiful images and affection for their city through social media, using #NikonLoveNY. Participants’ images dedicated website:
“Whether it’s a secret spot for the best slice, the way the dusk light hits an iconic landmark or a favorite park bench with the perfect view, the things we love most about our cities deserve to be captured with a quality that reflects the pride and personal connection we have to these places,” said Lisa Baxt, Associate General Manager of Communications, Nikon Inc. “Through these Love Letters we hope to encourage consumers to pick up a camera and share the love they have for their city through stunning imagery. We are excited to kick off the campaign in New York, and see New Yorkers’ perspectives of all of the extraordinary things that make the city they love so special.”
Launching this Spring, the campaign will feature Nikon’s love letters at some of the most notable places along the N Line through billboards, posters and other out of home displays. Images layered with short love letters will be revealed in key locations in and around the transit line throughout the city, including Times Square, Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn and Astoria, Queens, offering commuters visually dynamic messages as captured by Nikon cameras and NIKKOR lenses.
Consumers and campaign participants will also have an opportunity to see the campaign come to life across digital media and mobile platforms. As New York is waking up from the cold, dark winter months, it is a perfect time to get out and capture the vibrant nature of the city. Over the next two months, Nikon will encourage New Yorkers to capture what they love most about the Big Apple and share their personal love letters with the world, tagging #NikonLoveNY.
Travelling through three boroughs, New York City’s beloved “N Line” is the ideal canvas to showcase what makes New York City so exceptional. The line carries more than nine million passengers each month and runs through a diverse and rich cultural and architectural landscape stretching over a 45-station path and running through four of the 10 busiest subway stations in New York City, including stops at Times Square, Union Square, Atlantic Avenue and Coney Island. Already clad in Nikon’s recognizable yellow and black, the N Line will serve as a conduit for Nikon’s “Love Letters” campaign, which provides a picture of New York that’s not often told, featuring some of the intimate details that make living in New York so personal and special.
This campaign builds upon the company’s “Show Your Love Some Love” campaign, launched in March 2016, which empowered passionate people to create better memories with images that do their “loves” justice. The “Love Letters” campaign was created and executed by Nikon’s agency partners, Cramer-Krasselt and MWWPR.
To see all of Nikon’s Love Letters and notes from other New Yorkers, please be sure to visit throughout the campaign.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon USA News
Post Date: 3/20/2017 12:17:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
If upgrading from a Rebel/***D series camera, or even an earlier **D model (like the EOS 60D), the Canon EOS 80D and EOS 5D Mark IV can each provide unique benefits that make them sensible upgrade candidates. So let's break down the differences to see which body provides the right upgrade path for you.
Let's first look at the EOS 80D as it will likely provide an easy, seamless transition for those who are already using a crop-sensor camera such as a Rebel/****D/***D/**D. By "seamless transition," I mean that all of your current lenses should be compatible with the 80D. I say "should" because there's a very small chance that some older third-party lenses may not be fully compatible with bodies released after their manufacture.
And make no mistake, compatibility with EF-S lenses can be a significant benefit. Lenses designed specifically for crop sensor cameras are generally smaller, lighter and less expenisve than their designed-for-full-frame counterparts. Of course, EF-S lenses do have their drawbacks, such as often a lower build quality and a lack of weather sealing.
Now let's look at the 80D's benefits over the 5D Mark IV:
  • Built-in Master Flash: Yes vs. N/A
  • Higher Continuous Shooting Buffer (RAW): 25 RAW vs. 21
  • LCD: Vari-angle Touch Screen vs. Fixed
  • More Custom Functions: 26 vs. 17
  • Higher Battery Life: Approx. 960 shots vs. 900
  • Smaller Size: 5.47 x 4.14 x 3.09" (139.0 x 105.2 x 78.5mm) vs. 5.93 x 4.58 x 2.99" (150.7 x 116.4 x 75.9mm)
  • Lighter Weight: 25.75 oz (730g) vs. 31.4 oz (890g)
  • Compatible Mounts: EF, EF-S, TS-E & MP-E Lenses vs. EF, TS-E & MP-E
  • Significantly Lower Price
Of the benefits listed above, the most compelling for most consumers is the significantly lower price. In fact, you could nearly purchase (3) EOS 80Ds for the price of a single 5D Mark IV at MSRP (without rebates).
That kind of price differential brings the 5D Mark IV's numerous benefits into perspective. And while we're on the subject, let's take a look at the 5D Mark IV's benefits over the 80D:
  • Higher Resolution: 30.4 MP vs. 24.2
  • Image Processor: DIGIC 6+ vs. DIGIC 6
  • Better High ISO Results (example: comparison @ ISO 6400)
  • More AF Points: 61 Point / 41 cross-type AF points inc. 5 dual cross type at f/2.8 and 61 points / 21 cross-type AF points at f/8 vs. 45 cross-type AF points inc. center dual cross type at f/2.8 and 27 points / 9 cross-type at f/8
  • Metering Sensor: Approx. 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, 252-zone metering vs. 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, metering with the area divided into 63 segments (9×7)
  • Lower Light Metering Range: EV 0 – 20 vs. EV 1 – 20
  • Larger ISO Range: 100-32000, L:50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400 vs. 100-16000, H: 25600
  • More Durable Shutter: 150,000 shots vs. 100,000
  • Higher Continuous Buffer (JPEG): Unlimited JPEGS vs. 110
  • Higher Max. Video Resolution: 4K (17:9) 4096 x 2160 vs. Full HD (16:9) 1920 x 1080
  • GPS: Built-in vs. optional accessory
  • Mult-controller (Joystick): Yes vs. N/A
  • Faster USB: Super-speed 3.0 vs. High-speed 2.0
  • Memory Cards: CompactFlash Type I (UDMA 7 compatible) & SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) cards vs. SD, SDHC or SDXC (UHS-I)
  • Body Materials: Magnesium Alloy vs. Polycarbonate resin with glass fiber
One benefit I did not list for the 80D is the FOVCF (Field of View Crop Factor). Because the 80D's sensor is smaller than the full frame sensor found in the 5D Mark IV, it captures a narrower angle of view at the same focal length compared to the 5D Mark IV. A good description of the effect can be found in our Field of View Crop Factor page:
Although the physical focal length of a lens is not actually changed on a FOVCF camera, the subject framing certainly is. By multiplying the lens focal length (or focal length range) by the FOVCF, you get the full-frame focal length lens subject framing equivalent when used at the same distance. For example, if you are looking for similar framing that a 50mm lens (the classic "normal" lens) provides on a full-frame (1.0x crop factor) SLR body, you probably want a 35mm lens on your 1.6x FOVCF body. 35mm x 1.6 = similar framing to a 56mm lens on a full-frame camera body. This focal length is often referred to as the "Effective Focal Length". The lens is still a 35mm lens, but your final image will only include a crop of the lens' complete image.
However, the FOVCF is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it provides a more narrow angle of view which can provide [seemingly] more reach to your telephoto lenses. But with the 5D Mark IV's extra resolution, you could argue that framing a subject more loosely with the same lens would provide better cropped-to-the-80D's-resolution image quality with the ability to optimally frame the subject post capture.
Where the 80D's FOVCF becomes especially problematic is wide angle photography. Because crop sensor cameras provide a narrower angle of view at the same focal length compared to full frame cameras, wide angle views are sacraficed when using full frame compatible lenses on the 80D.
A big advantage of the larger full frame sensor camera is the ability to create a stronger background blur. Because a longer focal length is required for the 5D IV to create the same subject framing as the APS-C format 80D, the background can be more diffusely blurred in comparison.
So which DSLR should you get between the two bodies compared above? As usual, one's personal preferences, specific needs and budget will provide the answer. That the 5D Mark IV is the more capable, better spec'd body is an easy conclusion. However, the price difference between the 80D and 5D Mark IV is substantial, and one must be able to justify the 5D IV's superset of features to justify the higher investment.
Those who may be easily able to justify the 5D IV's higher investment include photographers who primarily appreciate the camera's better image quality including cleaner high ISO results and higher resolution, increased shutter durability, dual memory card slots, wider angles of view and 4K recording capability. And for those photographers who don't feel that the 5D IV's benefits are worth the incremental price difference over the 80D can enjoy the wealth of features afforded by the crop sensor camera at roughly 1/3 the cost.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/20/2017 8:54:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Feel like photographing history in the making? Well, here's your chance.
Through 3/27/2017, you can apply to be the United States Supreme Court photographer. The annual salary range is from $54,972.00 to $86,460.00 annually (based on experience) and requirements include:
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background Check
  • A bachelor's degree and three to five years of experience in photography (at least four years of experience can be substituted for the degree requirement)
  • Proficient with Nikon & Hasselblad digital cameras, film/video equipment and lighting
  • Proficient with MS Word, Access, Excel and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Strong customer service attributes and comfort working with visiting dignitaries and the general public
If interested, the full job announcement can be found below.

USAJOBS - Job Announcement on Scribd

Post Date: 3/20/2017 5:24:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, March 18, 2017
Introduced in 1976 and discontinued in 1998, the Nikon 13mm f/5.6 is often dubbed "The Holy Grail" because of its ultra-wide angle of view with minimal distortion. It was only available via special order during its production run making it one of Nikon's rarest lenses.
However, eBay (via UniquePhoto – 100% Positive Feedback) has a Nikon 13mm f/5.6 AI-S Lens available for $24,999.99 with free shipping.
Yes, you read that right – shipping is FREE!
The serial number of this particular lens translates to a production year after 1982.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/18/2017 1:40:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
This was a situation where a fast frame rate was extremely helpful for wildlife photography. While I had intended to use a Canon EOS 5Ds R as my primary camera for this trip, the 5 fps frame rate quickly proved too slow for the fast-moving fawns. Switching to the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II immediately solved the frame rate problem and significantly increased the ideal body position captures. However, I remained challenged to keep the adorable little animals in the viewfinder.
Another challenge presented by the fast-moving fawns was anticipating where they were going to be before they got there. The fawns would sometimes run right up to me in curious fashion, and then turn around and run far away in next moment. I used the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens almost exclusively on this several-day trip. Having the zoom lens meant that I could (mostly) frame the fawns as desired and often I included the mother and/or siblings in the same frame. I had the built-in extender switched into the optical path for this capture.
Another reason that a zoom lens is a great option for this location is that Big Meadows has many line of sight obstructions. This makes it difficult to get a clear view of the subject and getting closer is sometimes what is needed to avoid such.
I wasn't totally happy with this image due to the fact the fawn was leaping just slightly away from me – I usually prefer an approaching position. But, my daughter walked by as I was selecting one of the fawn pictures to share and was immediately drawn to this one. While the late-day sunlight was ideally-warm, what she loved was that namesake tail raised and an approaching angle would not do that part justice. Sometimes it takes another set of eyes to see things in a different way.
A larger version of this image is available on, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Camera and Lens Settings
533mm  f/800  1/1600s
ISO 1600
3707 x 2471px
Post Date: 3/18/2017 8:09:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 17, 2017
From X-Rite:
Tips, insight and technique on capturing the stunning colors of Cuban street life.
Vincent Versace - Master B&W fine art photographer & printer, Photoshop expert and X-Rite Coloratti Master, demonstrates his highly refined digital print workflow for professional grade prints. Learn how to optimize your images and create custom print profiles for exceptional prints, using the techniques and tools that Vincent has perfected throughout his career.
Webinar Details
Title: Fine Art Printing Workflow for the Advanced Photographer with Vincent Versace
Presenter: Vincent Versace
Bio: Natural Light, Fine Art Photographer, USA
Date: Thuesday, March 23nd, 2017
Time: 1:00PM EST
Created For: Intermediate/Advanced Photographers
Register Now
B&H carries X-Rite Color Calibration tools.
Post Date: 3/17/2017 10:33:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
New on the site is the Canon Extreme Lens Recommendations page.
Because ... sometimes your portfolio needs a boost and an extreme lens can make that happen.
Let me know what I got wrong? And, what extremes did I miss?
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/17/2017 8:14:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Adobe:
SAN JOSE, Calif.--Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its first quarter fiscal year 2017 ended March 3, 2017.
Financial Highlights
  • Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $1.68 billion in its first quarter of fiscal year 2017.
  • Diluted earnings per share was $0.80 on a GAAP-basis, and $0.94 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Digital Media segment revenue was $1.14 billion, with record Creative revenue growing to $942 million.
  • Strong Creative Cloud and Document Cloud adoption and retention drove Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) to $4.25 billion exiting the quarter, a quarter-over-quarter increase of $265 million.
  • Adobe Marketing Cloud achieved record revenue of $477 million.
  • Operating income grew 52 percent and net income grew 57 percent year-over-year on a GAAP-basis; operating income grew 40 percent and net income grew 42 percent year-over-year on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was a record $730 million, and deferred revenue grew to approximately $2.1 billion.
  • The company repurchased approximately 2.2 million shares during the quarter, returning $238 million of cash to stockholders.
A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release and on Adobe’s website.
Executive Quotes
“Whether you’re a designer, student, enterprise or government agency, reimagining your customer experience has become a critical part of every digital transformation strategy,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO of Adobe. “Adobe’s mission to help our customers design and deliver great experiences has never been more relevant as is reflected in our outstanding Q1 results.”
“Adobe achieved record revenue, profit and cash flow in Q1," said Mark Garrett, Adobe executive vice president and chief financial officer. “Our solid execution and business momentum combined with strong market tailwinds give us confidence in our ability to continue to deliver strong financial results. We remain bullish about our prospects for the rest of 2017 and beyond.”
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 3/17/2017 8:05:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
NORTH WHITE PLAINS, NY – Sekonic Corporation, the leader in design and engineering of Professional Photographic and Filmmaking Light Meters, announced their latest advancement in metering, the NEW Sekonic SPEEDMASTER L-858D. With it’s 2.7” color touch screen and truly innovative and sophisticated features, the L-858D leads the way to the next generation of light measurement control.
Sekonic has combined over 60 years of experience in the image-making world with cutting edge technology to create the SPEEDMASTER L-858D. The meter has undergone a significant design change and was built with a comprehensive feature set sure to meet and exceed the demands of today’s image-makers.
A pioneer in the space, the L-858D now offers flash duration measurement, providing critical flash data needed to calculate proper ambient-flash exposure. Also, as it’s name implies, the SPEEDMASTER L-858D has the capability to measure the brief flash bursts of High Speed Sync (HSS) for precision flash exposure control, making it an essential tool for photographers utilizing this game changing technology.
Break Through Boundaries The L-858D builds off the popular L-478D series features and function sets that enable photographers to break through the boundaries of ISO sensitivity, flash and ambient shutter speeds, as well as frame rates (f/s) and shutter angles for cinematographers.
Filmmakers and landscape photographers will appreciate the L-858D’s increased sensitivity for both incident and reflected-spot measurements giving them the ability to obtain extreme low light level readings. The L-858D also offers optional wireless triggering modules for Elinchrom and Phottix in addition to PocketWizard brand radio triggering devices, giving photographers utilizing strobes ultimate control over their lighting workflow.
“The Sekonic SPEEDMASTER L-858D is a perfect example of a great brand being responsive to its fans and responding to how popular high speed sync is. The Sekonic engineers have developed an incredible tool that combines flash duration measurement, an intuitive touchscreen interface and many other advances to address the needs of the most demanding photographers and filmmakers.” — Jan Lederman, MAC Group President
Note: Apparently, the Sekonic Speedmaster L-858D Light Meter was announced in September 2016, but I missed seeing the press release at the time. The light meter has just now started showing up at retailers. [Sean]
B&H has the Sekonic Speedmaster L-858D-U Light Meter in stock with free expedited shipping.
Category: Sekonic News
Post Date: 3/17/2017 6:47:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter in stock with free expedited shipping.
Product Highlights
  • Gimbal-Stabilized 12MP / 4K Camera
  • OcuSync Transmission Technology
  • Up to 4.3 Mile Control Range
  • Up to 27 Minutes Flight Time
  • GPS- & Vision Position-Based Navigation
  • FlightAutonomy with Obstacle Detection
  • DJI GO App-Based Control and Monitoring
  • Top Speed of 40 mph in Sport Mode
  • ActiveTrack Subject Tracking Modes
  • Tap- and Gesture-Based Commands
Post Date: 3/17/2017 6:35:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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