With the ability to freeze action at up to 1/63,000 of a second, to shoot bursts of 20 images per second and sync with camera shutter speeds as fast as 1/8,000 of a second the D2 is redefining the definition of speed in monolights.
“For a photographer, every new day is a new challenge. So for them, speed isn’t one thing – it’s many. That’s why we created the D2 to be remarkably fast in every way” says Johan Wiberg, Product Manager at Profoto.
A photographer might need to freeze action with absolute sharpness. The D2 brings pin sharp clarity with a flash duration of up to 1/63,000 of a second, which makes it faster than most high-end studio packs on the market. Better still, it offers super short flash duration across the full energy range.
If flash duration is exceptionally fast, recycling time is equal to it. With the D2 you can shoot up to 20 flashes per second. That allows you to catch 20 versions of the same moment, and quite often that's the difference between capturing a good image and a great image.
Bringing yet another dimension to speed is Profoto’s High-Speed Sync technology (HSS). This allows the D2 to sync with the fastest shutter speeds available. An advantage when you need to catch a deep blue sky or take full control of ambient light.
The D2 can also help to speed up workflow because it’s equipped with patented TTL technology. You can point and shoot and the D2 will automatically adjust its output for perfect exposure. But manual mode is available at a click of a button, so switching between both modes with settings intact just makes everything move faster.
In terms of output, the D2 is available in 500Ws and 1000Ws versions. At full power you’ll easily overpower the sun, or fully illuminate a larger Light Shaping Tool. Both versions come with a super wide 10 f-stop energy range and superior color consistency over the entire range. So leave the ND filters at home and add just a hint of light if needed.
Above all, this is Profoto Light Shaping equipment. So the design is smooth and minimal, it’s intuitive to use, the build quality as you’d expect, is rugged and sturdy, and it can be used with more than 120 different Light Shaping Tools.
“We designed the Profoto D2 to be the world’s fastest monolight,” says Johan Wiberg, Product Manager at Profoto.
“But the speed is not a gimmick. We truly believe that more speed allows you to be more creative and consistently take better images regardless of what challenge you face – with the D2, you’re always up to speed.”
For high volume production when you shoot thousands of images per day, like packshot photography, there is an optional Quartz flashtube available.
The D2 is released Sept 15, 2016. Both the 500Ws and 1000Ws versions are available in different kit configurations.
Affordable Lens Features NANO USM Technology, Enhanced Image Stabilizer and Information Display
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 15, 2016 – Having the right tool for the job has long been the mantra for professional photographers and hobbyists alike. Canon’s wide array of lenses provide users with a variety of creative options to help capture dynamic photos and videos with their DSLR cameras. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the new Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens featuring NANO USM technology for high-speed and near-silent focusing in both still and video modes. The lens also features a new LCD information display and four-stop* image stabilization.
“To help photographers that are striving to create the most amazing pictures and videos possible, Canon is dedicated to developing the best tools to help them with their goal,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Having this new EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens in a photographer’s camera bag will surely help them achieve their creative vision.”
Designed with the user in mind, this affordable new lens includes technology to spark creativity and deliver excellent image and video quality from afar. This is the second Canon lens equipped with NANO USM technology, a focusing motor that combines the benefits of a ring USM (ultrasonic motor) for high-speed AF during still photo shooting and lead-screw type STM (stepping motor) for smooth and quiet video autofocusing (AF)
Features for the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens include:
High-speed autofocus for shooting stills and smooth, near-silent autofocus when shooting video is achieved by incorporating NANO USM technology.
New Lens Information Display shows focusing distance, focal length and shake amount.
One UD Lens helps reduce chromatic aberration and delivers outstanding high resolution and high-contrast results.
Image Stabilizer effect at up-to-4* stops of shake correction helps capture sharp images.
EOS M5 Camera Provides The Fastest Autofocus (AF) speed of EOS M-Series and a built-in Electronic Viewfinder
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 15, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the latest additions to its EOS M series system - the new Canon EOS M5 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera and compact EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens. The EOS M5 camera features a 24.2 Megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor, DIGIC 7 Image Processor and the fastest AF speed in the EOS M-series , enabling photographers to capture clear, sharp, high-resolution images and Full HD videos. It is also the first in the EOS camera line to include the low energy Bluetooth Smart feature that can maintain a constant connection with your compatible smartphone or tablet when you use the Canon camera connect application and both applications are active. The versatile EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens is compatible with all Canon EOS M series digital cameras, and is a great option for photographers looking to capture scenic landscapes while traveling to close-up shots from afar.
“The new capabilities found in the Canon EOS M5 Camera and EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens set a new standard for our EOS M series of cameras and lenses, showing that Canon is constantly incorporating performance enhancements desired by our customers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “When paired together, the new EOS M5 camera and EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens provide image-makers of all levels with powerful tools that enable them to capture a variety of remarkable images and videos.”
In addition, advanced photographers will appreciate the improved operability of the EOS M5 camera. It has a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) and Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF for capturing stills and shooting video with smooth and precise autofocus. This allows for Touch and Drag AF so users can easily switch the subject of their focus by dragging the AF frame directly on the LCD panel, even while looking through the camera’s EVF. Focus peaking allows users to highlight the area of the image that is in focus from within the EVF or LCD monitor. In addition to its touchscreen operability, the EOS M5 camera also has easily accessible dials that allow you to quickly adjust your settings on-the-go.
Key Features of the Canon EOS M5 Camera Include:
24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, ISO 100–25600.
Fast and smooth Dual Pixel CMOS AF helps you capture stills and shoot video with quick and precise autofocus.
High-speed continuous shooting at up to 7.0 fps (up to 9.0 fps with AF Lock) and new DIGIC 7 Image Processor with improved AF tracking performance.
Full HD 60p helps capture fast-moving subjects and brilliant results in MP4 format.
Digital IS with 5-axis image stabilization when shooting movies plus increased image stabilization with both lens optical IS and in-camera digital IS when shooting with an IS lens.
Built-in high-resolution EVF (approx. 2,360,000 dots) with new Touch and Drag AF lets you manually move the AF frame displayed for more precise focusing in different shooting situations.
Easily customize functions while shooting using the Main Dial, Quick Control Dial, Dial Function Button and Exposure Compensation Dial.
Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC allows for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos.
Equipped with Bluetoothiii Smart for smooth pairing with a compatible smartphone by powering on both devices for easy photo sharing and remote control possibilities.
Shorter camera startup time and interval time between each image capture for a more efficient shooting experience.
Compatible with EF-M lenses as well as the full line of EF and EF-Sviii lenses and Speedlites for expanded creativity.
The Canon EOS M5 also features Combination IS with in-camera 5-axis image stabilization, while capturing video, a first in the Canon EOS series. With a compatible lens attachediv, Combination IS leverages optical IS and in-camera digital IS to help create tremendously smooth videos. The DIGIC 7 Image Processor makes the 5-axis IS possible even with lenses that do not contain IS, because the in-camera image stabilization functions independently to help reduce camera shake when shooting videos.
Additionally, the EOS M5 camera shoots impressive time-lapse videos. The EOS M5 camera also allows for easy panning by setting the optimal shutter speed after analyzing the camera's panning speed and how fast the subject is moving.
The new Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens offers a high-zoom ratio, expanding the range of photographic possibilities for EOS M digital cameras. Its image stabilizer helps with reducing image blur and making image and video shooting easier at longer focal lengths. Along with the enhanced performance, the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens is compact and lightweight, making it a versatile and convenient lens to carry.
Key Features of the Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Include:
Canon’s first EF-M high-zoom power lens covering a broad range of shooting scenes with a high-zoom ratio of up to 8.3x (29–240mm equivalent).
Compact and lightweight design allows for easy portability.
Optical design helps provide excellent image quality across a broad zoom range comparable to the EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM lens.
Maximum magnification of 0.31x at focal length 150mm.
Image Stabilizer effect at up to 4 stops of shake correction helps capture sharp images.
Pricing and Availability
The new Canon EOS M5 camera is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in November 2016, for an estimated retail price of $979.99 for the body only. It will also be sold as part of body-and-lens kits with EF-M 15-45mm/F3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom kit lens (estimated retail price of $1,099.00, scheduled to be available early November 2016 ), and with the new EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for an (estimated retail price of $1,479.00, scheduled to be available early December 2016)
In addition, the new Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, available in graphite and silver colors, is scheduled to be available in December 2016 for an estimated retail price of $499.99.
Additional optional EOS accessories include a Body Jacket (EM-E2) and Neck Strap (EH29-CJ) that come in black or brown.
Adobe DNG is now standard format for mobile photography across both iOS and Android
SAN JOSE, Calif – Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced an update to Lightroom for mobile, making it one of the first apps for capturing Adobe DNG photos on iOS 10 devices. Adobe DNG is the only raw file format directly integrated into iOS and delivers the highest possible image quality and the greatest amount of editing flexibility and control for capturing and editing photos.
With the release of iOS 10, DNG – a raw photography format created by Adobe – is now the go-to, high-quality capture format for mobile photography across both iOS and Android, a strong validation of the decades of leadership and innovation that Adobe has in digital photography. Lightroom for mobile 2.5 delivers an end-to-end Adobe DNG raw mobile photography workflow while also adding support for the new wide gamut P3 color space found in the iPad Pro 9.7 and the soon-to-be-released iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
Think Tank Photo’s New Lightweight Airport Helipak for 3DR Solo Offers Maximum Capacity, Comfort and Portability
Santa Rosa, Calif. – Drone users can now carry their 3DR Solo, 15” laptop, controller, GoPros, charger, spare rotors, extra batteries, jacket, tools, and more in a robust and yet lightweight new backpack, the Airport Helipak for 3DR Solo from Think Tank Photo. Unlike rigid hard cases that lack extra carrying capacity and comfort, this new backpack is designed for 3DR drone enthusiasts who want to be able to carry all of their gear with them all the time.
“The number one complaint of drone users about their bags is that, after just a few hours, their bodies are rebelling from the pain,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank’s CEO and lead designer. “For a decade we’ve released photography and outdoor backpacks designed to hold expensive and extremely heavy photographic equipment. The very same principles we used for them have been integrated into the Airport Helipak for 3DR Solo backpack. Now they can venture deep afield with all of their gear and no concerns about comfort.”
Custom divider set specifically designed for the 3DR Solo and allows you to reconfigure your bag depending on what gear you’re carrying
International and domestic carry on size compatible
Dedicated 15” laptop pocket
Protective, lightweight and very portable
YKK RC Fuse zippers, 1680D Ballistic nylon bottom panel, metal hardware, and nylon webbing are the most durable, long lasting materials on the market
Protective rotor thread caps included
Internal see-through mesh pockets for small accessories: rotor blades, screwdriver, cables, etc.
Water bottle pocket on side
Contoured adjustable harness with lumbar support articulated air-channel and removable padded waistbelt allowing travel into remote areas
Height adjustable sternum strap
Elastic pockets on shoulder strap for phone, cliff bar, goo pack, etc.
Robust handles to ensure rapid and easy retrieval from overhead bins, car trunks, etc.
Seam-sealed rain cover helps to protect your gear. Stows away inside backpack when not in use.
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. The backpack 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, big hole air mesh, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 20.5” H x 9” D (35.6 × 52.1 × 22.9 cm) Interior Dimensions: 13” W x 18.8” H x 7.6” D (33 × 47.8 × 19.3 cm) Laptop: 11.8” W x 17.3” H x 1.4” D (30 × 44 × 3.5 cm) Weight (with all accessories): 4.6 lbs. (2.1 kg)
Think Tank Photo’s New Airport Advantage Carry On Rolling Camera Bag Fits Commuter and Regional Aircraft
Santa Rosa, Calif. – One of the truths of air travel with camera gear is that the maximum amount of gear photographers can carry is limited by the smallest plane on which they’ll be traveling. In response, Think Tank Photo has released the Airport Advantage rolling camera bag. Designed for traveling on commuter or regional jets, the bag’s customized interior holds the maximum amount of gear that will fit in overhead bins or under seats. In addition, its ultralight design lets photographers pack more gear while staying under airlines’ increasingly vigilant weight restrictions.
“The Airport Advantage has all of the features and quality for which Think Tank’s larger rolling camera bags are renowned,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank’s CEO and lead designer. “With this, our smallest rolling camera bag, we help photographers solve one of their biggest headaches, which is how to keep their very expensive gear near them at all times on regional aircraft, as opposed to it being tossed into the hold.”
Meets U.S. and International airline carry on requirements
Weighs only 5.9 lbs. (2.7 kg)
Dedicated laptop pocket fits up to 15” laptops in a padded sleeve
Custom designed retractable handle with inset channel on aluminum tubing for adds strength and durability
Tripod mount and water bottle pocket on side (Additional straps included for larger tripods)
YKK RC Fuse zippers, and closed-cell PU foam are the highest quality materials in the industry
Fit two camera bodies with lenses attached
Lockable zipper sliders (lock not included)
Interior zippered pockets for batteries, CF cards, filters and accessories
User replaceable retractable handle, wheels, wheel housings, and front foot
Custom-designed, high-performance, 80 mm super quiet wheels with sealed bearings
Seam-sealed rain cover included
Grab handles on three sides for lifting bag into overhead bins
Closed-cell foam dividers support heavy gear and maintain strength over time
Business card holder on top for identification
Gripped DSLR with lens attached, one standard size DSLR with lens attached, plus three to four additional lenses, and 15” laptop
Or, two gripped DSLRs with lenses detached plus three to four lenses
Or, two Mirrorless bodies with lots of lenses
Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water repellent (DWR) coating, plus underside of fabric has a polyurethane coating. The Airport Advantage is also constructed with 420D velocity nylon, YKK RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, custom designed extra tall skid plates, high performance 80mm super quiet wheels with sealed bearings, rubberized laminate reinforcement, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Interior Dimensions: 12” W x 18” H x 4.9 – 6.4” D (30.5 x 45.7 x 12.4–16.3 cm) Exterior Dimensions: 12.7” W x 19.5” H x 7.3” D (32.3 x 49.5 x 18.5 cm) Laptop Compartment: 11.6” x 16.4” x 2.9” (29.5 x 41.6 x 7.4 cm) Weight: 5.9 - 6.2 lbs. (2.7-2.8 kg)
Canon has no more than two L lenses sharing any same focal length or focal length range with one exception – they currently offer 4 different versions of the EF 70-200mm L lens. More choices are great, but more choices of course lead to more difficult decisions. While some may desire to have all 4 of these lenses in their kits, most do not need or want to afford all of them and one or two need to be selected. However, there is enough difference between the f/2.8 and f/4 models to make having two of these lenses in a kit make sense.
The No-Brainer Choice
The bottom line is that, if size, weight and price are not issues for you, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens is definitely the lens to get. This lens offers the best of everything and it is the most versatile among the 4 options.
The Rest of the Options
The decision becomes harder if the f/2.8L IS II lens is not affordable or if size/weight concessions are necessary. The 4 lens models are separated, in specs at least, by having or not having IS and by having an f/2.8 or f/4 max aperture. Fortunately, the remaining three options do not sacrifice performance as they all reliably deliver great image quality.
If size and weight are concerns, the f/4 models are the direction to go. At roughly half the weight of the f/2.8 models, your arms, shoulders, etc. are going to clearly know the difference after hours of carry and use. At roughly half of the cost of the respective f/2.8 model, your wallet will understand the weight difference as well.
Image stabilization adds to the cost, but it also adds greatly to the value of the lens, adding a great amount of versatility. If handholding in low light with still subjects, the f/4L IS model is the right choice between the f/4 models and possibly the better choice over the f/2.8 non-IS. This lens features weather sealing like it's f/2.8 counterpart (filter required) and delivers better image quality than the older, non-IS model and it is arguably better than the f/2.8 non-IS also.
The f/4L non-IS has the most attractive price tag and has been the introduction to Canon's L-series lenses for a huge number of photographers. If your budget is a primary limiting factor, the 70-200mm f/4L USM is a very capable lens with inherent benefits far exceeding its cost. It’s small, easy to pack, solidly built and a great introduction into Canon’s highest-tier lenses. However, caution should be exercised as weather sealing does not come with the budget price tag.
If stopping action in low light is important, the f/2.8 non-IS lens likely has your name on it at this stage of the selection process. The 1-stop wider max aperture can stop action in 1/2 as much light as the f/4 options at the same ISO setting. The wider aperture can also create a stronger background blur. Note that the f/2.8 non-IS version is only partially weather sealed.
As mentioned, the difference in features between the f/4 and f/2.8 lenses is significant and I currently have both the f/4L IS and the f/2.8L IS II in my kit. Both see frequent use.
What is the first thing you photographed with your 5D IV? Probably not a color chart, but ... that's my job. The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review page now includes a discussion about this camera's image quality, focusing on noise levels and talking about a white balance discovery. Scroll down the review page until the color block image and begin reading at the resolution discussion just above.
A huge number of comparisons available including with downsized 5Ds and 5Ds R results and 5D IV images downsized to 5D Mark III dimensions.
I was not in the habit of sharing my camera setup steps when initially receiving the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR camera, but by request, I'm sharing them with you now.
Here are the 37 steps to how I setup my Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. If you have another charged LP-E6/LP-E6N battery available, you can continue to the battery-required steps without a wait. Or, the supplied battery may have enough charge to take you through these steps if you can't wait.
While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. For me, this is primarily the camera, the eye cup, the neck strap and the Canon Solution Disk.
Download and install the latest Canon EOS Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options
I manually include in the install.
Attach the neck strap.
Insert a sufficiently charged battery.
Power the camera on.
The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
Insert one (or two) memory card(s) (format them via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the cameras as follows:
Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "-"
Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec.
Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Beep: Disable
Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Release without card: Disable/off (I highly recommend this setting)
Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses - all can be applied to a RAW file in DPP)
Shooting Menu, Tab 2: ISO Speed Settings: ISO Speed range: L(50)-H1(51200), Auto ISO Speed range: 100-25600
Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Disabled
Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "1"
(Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD.
I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Long exposure noise reduction: I usually have this option set to "Auto", but my choice varies for the situation.
Shooting Menu, Tab 3: High ISO speed noise reduction: Off (noise reduction is destructive to image details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
AF Menu, Tab 2: AI Servo 1st image priority: Focus priority (I want the images in focus more than I want the time-priority capture)
AF Menu, Tab 2: AI Servo 2nd image priority: Focus priority +2 (same reason)
AF Menu, Tab 3: One-Shot AF release priority: Focus priority (same reason)
AF Menu, Tab 4: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Area + pt
Playback Menu, Tab 3: Highlight alert: Enable (flash portions of images that are overexposed)
Playback Menu, Tab 3: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to monitor all three color channels for blown or blocked pixels)
Playback Menu, Tab 3: Magnification (apx): Actual size (from selected AF point)
Setup Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
Setup Menu, Tab 2: VF grid display: Enable
Setup Menu, Tab 3: Info button display options: Electronic level only
My Menu: Register the following options: Long exposure noise reduction, Mirror lockup, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning, Expo.comp./AEB
Mount a lens, focus on a subject and adjust the viewfinder diopter (if necessary)
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot – including shooting in RAW-only format.
While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea.
Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise).
Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
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