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 Monday, February 17, 2014

 
In this Light Shaping with Andrea Belluso video, Belluso uses Profoto's new B1 500 AirTTL battery powered flashes paired with magnum reflectors, a grid and a smoke machine to create a rugged yet stylish promotional photo for Pall Mall Barbers.
 
See more information on the Profoto Blog.
Post Date: 2/17/2014 9:28:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Nikon Europe YouTube Channel:
 
This video was shot using the brilliant 16-megapixel COOLPIX AW120. Follow the AW120 as it explores the ocean depths in Indonesia and snowy slopes in Japan. The brilliant Wi-Fi enabled AW120 is waterproof to 18m, shockproof to 2m and freeze-proof to -10°C - making it the perfect travel companion.
 
B&H has the Nikon COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof All-Weather Camera available for pre-order.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/17/2014 8:35:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D DSLR Camera
Specifications and product images (including comparisons of both) have been added to the Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D Review page.
 
Perhaps most relevant is the Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs. T3 comparison.
 
And perhaps most interesting, as suggested by commenter "SLClick", is the Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs. T2i comparison. "I loved the T5 from the moment I saw it. When it was called a T2i." [SLClick] These cameras are very similar from a specifications perspective.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/17/2014 8:18:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Nikon has published a compatibility notice regarding the EN-EL14a lithium-ion battery. In short, cameras compatible with the older EN-EL14 battery are compatible with the new EN-EL14a battery (although some require a firmware update).
 
What Nikon fails to mention in the compatibility notice is that upgrading your camera's firmware may cause your camera to be incompatible with third-party batteries.
 
From Nikon:
 
The EN-EL14a rechargeable Li-ion battery can be used in place of the EN-EL14 rechargeable Li-ion battery.
 
The EN-EL14a battery life has been improved by up to 20% compared to an EN-EL14 battery (depending on the camera model and shooting conditions). Both batteries can be charged using the MH-24 battery charger.
 
All cameras that currently use the EN-EL14 can also be used with the EN-EL14a. See the following for further information regarding EN-EL14a compatibility with each camera.
 
D5200, D5100, D3200, D3100, COOLPIX P7700- By upgrading firmware, EN-EL14a performance is maximized and more images can be captured (battery performance) when an EN-EL14a is used than when an EN-EL14 is used.

  • D5200 - Firmware C: 1.01 or later
  • D3200 - Firmware C: 1.02 or later
  • D5100 - Firmware A: 1.02/ B: 1.01 or later
  • D3100 - Firmware A :1.02/ B 1.01 or later
  • COOLPIX P7700 - Firmware version 1.3 or later
  • COOLPIX P7000 or P7100 - Although firmware enabling support for the EN-EL14a will not be released, the battery can be used with these cameras. However, the camera's battery indicator may quickly reach the half-charge point on its display.
  • COOLPIX P7800 - The camera already supports the EN-EL14a from the time it was initially released, so does not require a firmware update.
  • Nikon Df, D5300, D3300 - An EN-EL14a is included with purchase. The EN-EL14 can also be used with these cameras.

B&H carries the Nikon EN-EL14a battery.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/17/2014 8:08:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Commercial photographer Thorsten Ott has created a six part video series explaining the use of various modifiers for indoor and outdoor portraiture.
 
If you're just getting into portrait lighting, this will be an especially good introduction into various lighting tools and techniques.

Post Date: 2/17/2014 7:40:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24-105mm F/4 DG OS HSM Lens
Post Date: 2/17/2014 12:02:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, February 16, 2014
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Development Brochure Image
Canon Europe has published an interesting, informative & graphically illustrated brochure entitled "Story of the PowerShot G1 X Mark II Development" (6.43MB). (thanks Niklas)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/16/2014 10:45:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 14, 2014

 
From the Flickr blog:
 
It’s a real ‘modern-day’ love story: Boy takes a photo and posts it online. Girl randomly finds it and comments on the photo. They talk, meet and fall in love. Four years later, boy asks girl to marry him. And it all happened thanks to Flickr.
Post Date: 2/14/2014 3:25:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 13, 2014

 
A little more than a year ago, Sigma gave us our first glimpse of their Aizu Manufacturing Facility.
 
This time, they bring us the appropriately titled, "Sigma Aizu, Chaper II."
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 2/13/2014 4:28:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Canon Japan has posted the official sample pictures and a video taken with the Rebel T5 / 1200D.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/13/2014 7:37:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Canon Japan has posted sample images from the newly announced PowerShot G1 X Mark II.
 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/13/2014 7:11:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 12, 2014
SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II 64GB Memory Card
From SanDisk:
 
SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II Memory Card Provides the Fastest Memory Card Shot Speed and the Highest Video Performance Available
 
ILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 12, 2014 — SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card. It is the world’s fastest SD memory card, and is based on the latest high performance SD specification. The new SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II card offers up to 250MB/s write speeds for continuous burst mode shooting and transfer speeds of up to 280MB/s for maximum workflow efficiency. The SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II card is UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) enabled, a new specification allowing for high-quality 4K video recording.
 
“Camera manufacturers are rapidly introducing camera models for both consumers and professionals that are capable of higher burst rates and 4K video capture. Accordingly, memory card technology must move at a similar pace to provide users with the substantial performance required to take full advantage of these features,” said Christopher Chute, research director, Worldwide Digital Imaging, IDC. “The higher levels of performance delivered by the new SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II card will help ensure that photographers, videographers and filmmakers are able to take advantage of the full capabilities of new professional-grade cameras.”
 
Optimized for the next generation of high-end DSLRs and pro video cameras that support the UHS-II standard, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II card delivers the uncompromising results that professional photographers demand. Fast write speeds of up to 250MB/s allows users to take high-resolution images, such as RAW and JPEG, in succession. In addition to industry-leading read and write speeds, the card offers the highest video performance available for sustained video capture of 30MB/s (U3), allowing capture of cinema-quality 4K, 3D and Full HD videos.
 
“The new SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II card shatters the existing barrier of UHS-I limitations, delivering speeds up to three times faster than current cards,” said Susan Park, director, product marketing, SanDisk. “As leaders in the flash storage industry, our goal is to deliver the fastest memory cards on the market, enabling next generation cameras to take advantage of new levels of performance. This is another example of our legacy of innovation and technology leadership in the digital imaging and video industries.”
 
“FUJIFILM has announced the world’s first UHS-II compatible digital camera, the X-T1,” said Toshihisa Iida, senior manager, Optical Device and Electronic Imaging Products Division, FUJIFILM Corporation. “The performance delivered by the new SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II card will ensure that photographers can take full advantage of the FUJIFILM X-T1, which provides an advanced photographic experience including the highest-standard image quality, as well as fast shooting speed and response.”
 
SanDisk Extreme PRO memory cards are tested for durability under extreme temperature conditions and backed by a lifetime limited warranty. The cards also include a one-year downloadable offer for RescuePRO Deluxe media recovery software, which helps photographers recover their images in case of accidental deletion.
 
SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II Card Reader/Writer
SanDisk is also announcing the SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II Card Reader/Writer, the world’s first SDHC/SDXC UHS-II memory card reader/writer, designed to increase workflow efficiency. Small enough for fieldwork, the compact reader is built to handle the high-performance demands of UHS-II card technology. This reader/writer features a USB 3.0 interface, which is capable of transferring card content up to 500MB/s, 10 times faster than a USB 2.0 interface.
 
Pricing and Availability
SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards are scheduled for worldwide availability in April in 16GB to 64GB capacities carrying MSRPs of $119.99 to $299.99.
 
B&H carries SanDisk Memory Cards.
Category: SanDisk News
Post Date: 2/12/2014 11:19:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon Australia YouTube Channel:
 
Canon's crown jewel of compacts, the PowerShot G1X Mark II boasts the best imaging performance ever seen in a Canon compact camera, making it the perfect addition to your photography bag.
 
Without a doubt, a true photographer's point and shoot, the Canon developed 12.8 MP High Sensitivity large format CMOS sensor and fast f/2.0 zoom lens makes the PowerShot G1X Mark II the latest, most advanced and highest quality high performance compact camera yet!
 
Plus, with Wi-Fi, NFC and remote shooting, the G1X Mark II easily connects to other devices so you can share your images with ease.
 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/12/2014 10:25:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Discover the perfect entry into the world of SLR photography with the EOS Rebel T5 digital camera.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/12/2014 10:16:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:

In this episode of Adobe Creative Cloud TV, Terry White shows you how to get started with Adobe Photoshop CC and covers the 10 things that beginners want to know how to do. If you're new to Photoshop, this is the video you've been looking for!

The video describes how to:

  1. Remove blemishes with the Spot Healing Brush tool
  2. Work with Layers and Adjustment Layers
  3. Utilize Masks
  4. Crop
  5. Adjust exposure and fix colour-cast problems (Camera RAW filter)
  6. Remove an object from a photo (Content Aware Fill)
  7. Move an object in a photo (Content Aware Move)
  8. Remove a subject from a photo (Smart Select and Refine Edge)
  9. Add text
  10. Save your photos

Hot Deal: Until March 31, Adobe is offering their Photoshop Photography Program to all photographers - no previous version of Photohop is required for registration.
 
That's Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 for $9.99 per month with a 1-year commitment whether you currently own Photoshop or not.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 2/12/2014 9:21:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D4s DSLR Camera
Few concrete details of Nikon's next generation flagship DSLR – the D4s – have emerged. However, the product listing over at Adorama may provide some insight:

"Nikon D4S 24 Megapixel HD-SLR Camera with 36.0x23.9mm CMOS Sensor, 11 FPS, 51 Point AF System"

There's still no official word on when the Nikon D4s will hit the shelves or what its MSRP will be.
 
Update: The listing has been removed by Adorama.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/12/2014 8:09:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II
There was only a small mention of the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II buried in the Rebel T5 announcement last night. Thankfully, Canon Professional Network has published a little more information on the new ring light.
 
From Canon Professional Network:

"Canon has expanded the EOS System with the launch of the new Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II. Designed for enthusiast and professional DSLR photographers who are passionate about macro photography, the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II provides incredible flexibility to light and shoot a diverse range of subjects, and features independent flash heads, increased responsiveness and enhanced Custom Functions."

See more information at Canon Professional Network.
 
B&H has the Canon MR-14EX II Macro Ring Light available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/12/2014 7:19:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens
From Canon USA:
 
Ideal for Entry-level Digital SLR Users, the New EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera Helps Users Confidently Capture Outstanding Still and Video Images
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 11, 2014– Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera - the latest model in the company's popular EOS Rebel lineup. The new camera provides entry-level photographers with an affordable way to take their imaging skills to the next level. Incorporating an 18.0 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and a high-performance DIGIC 4 image processor, the EOS Rebel T5 camera delivers improved functionality with the speed and high quality needed to create impressive images - even in low light.
 
The new EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR camera offers users an extensive ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 12800) to accommodate shooting situations from bright, natural outdoor lighting to dimly lit indoor settings. The camera can also automatically lock-in on moving subjects with ease using the EOS Rebel T5 camera's nine-point AF system (including one center cross-type AF point). With help from the AI Servo AF, users can benefit from the camera's outstanding autofocus capabilities. The new EOS Rebel T5 camera also offers a continuous shooting mode of up-to three frames per second (fps) to help photographers capture the action at children's activities, sporting events and more. Images can then be easily viewed on the camera's large three-inch LCD monitor.
 
"The EOS Rebel T5 camera is designed for entry-level DSLR photographers looking to expand their creative options and advance their photography skills," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "The improved functionality of this new EOS Rebel camera will help them do just that as it intelligently guides users on how to pinpoint their perfect shot and capture high-quality images and videos worth sharing."
 
Detailed, High-Quality Images
Photo enthusiasts can capture high-quality images that are true-to-life in color, sharpness and contrast with the EOS Rebel T5 camera's 18.0 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor. Shooting is also made easy thanks to the EOS Rebel T5 camera's Intelligent Auto mode that helps deliver expertly optimized photos and offers improved scene detection, especially useful for shooting at night.
 
The Canon Rebel EOS Rebel T5 camera is also compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses as well as other accessories like the new Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II. Ideal for close-up photography with EF Macro lenses, the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II supports E-TTL wireless autoflash in conjunction with one or more Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash units.
 
Full HD Video Capture
The camera's Full HD Movie mode helps make shooting high-quality 1080p movies simple. Capable of shooting in a number of recording sizes and frame rates, the EOS Rebel T5 enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features, as well as in-camera editing.
 
Intuitive Design and Full Creative Control
The new EOS Rebel T5 camera offers a full creative feature set - providing a variety of effects and settings to enhance photographs and video. Whether adding contrast for a more dramatic effect or boosting exposure for additional brightness, Canon's EOS Rebel T5 camera will guide users on how to hone their photo editing skills and view their original photographs from a new visual perspective. The camera features fun, creative filters including Toy Camera, Fisheye and Miniature Effect enabling photographers to expand their creativity.
 
The EOS lineup is known for its easy-to-operate, intuitive camera models that deliver high-quality images. Canon's latest DSLR camera offers advanced imaging features such as Basic+ and Creative Auto to direct entry-level photo enthusiasts through making camera setting adjustments. The camera's built-in Feature Guide offers short descriptions of shooting modes, setting and effects for easy operation no matter what the shooting situation. This function is designed to guide and educate first-time users on the EOS camera settings, and will also intelligently provide recommendations while shooting in certain settings.
 
Availability
The Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera bundled with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens is scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $549.99.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens and MR-14EX II Macro Ring Light available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/12/2014 12:20:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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