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 Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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From Sigma:
 
Notice to our Canon mount lens users:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We have found that Live View Mode cannot be used on the EOS 8000D (Rebel T6s / 760D) and EOS Kiss X8i (Rebel T6i / 750D) released on April 17th 2015 by Canon Inc. with some of SIGMA’s Canon mount interchangeable lenses. For those who own the lenses, we are going to provide a firmware update free of charge.
 
PhenomenonWhen the Live View Mode button on the camera body is pressed, the operation stops without displaying images on the rear LCD monitor.
 
Products and Serial Numbers that require the firmware update
 
Current models
 
17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSMNo. 12651501 or later
18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSMNo. 13044001 or later
APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSMNo. 12713001 or later
APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSMNo. 12902001 or later
120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | SportsNo. 50064494~ 50347793
APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSMNo. 12669751 or later

Discontinued models
 
17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSMNo. 12665001 or later
18-200mm F3.5-6.3?DC OS HSMNo. 12851001 or later
18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSMNo. 12656101 or later
APO 50-150mmF2.8 EX DC OS HSMNo. 12839001 or later
APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSMNo. 12676440 or later
APO 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG OS HSMNo. 12971601 or later

* For lenses that have been repaired in the past, they may require the firmware update even when the serial number is not listed above. In case the mentioned camera does not display images on the rear LCD monitor when Live View Mode button on the camera body is pressed, the firmware update is necessary.
 
We will make a further announcement when the firmware update becomes available.
 
For those who own the SIGMA USB DOCK, it will be possible to update the firmware of 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports through SIGMA Optimization Pro. We will also announce its availability when the update is available.
 
* If you use the SIGMA USB DOCK with 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports, even when the lens does not require the update, its firmware will be updated to the new version.
 
* For those who use APO TELE CONVERTER 1.4x EX DG or APO TELE CONVERTER 2x EX DG with the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports, please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary / distributor of SIGMA for further support.
Post Date: 4/21/2015 6:47:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D4s DSLR Camera
From Nikon:
 
This service supplies software that can be used to update the D4S camera “C” firmware to version 1.20.
 
Before proceeding, select Firmware version in the camera setup menu and check the camera firmware version. You will not need to download or install this update if the firmware listed above is already installed.
 
Modifications in firmware v1.10
 
  • Commander mode can now be selected for Custom Setting e3 (Optional flash) when an optional SB-500 flash unit is attached. *
  • The Auto and Flash white-balance options can now be used with the LED light on the optional SB-500 flash unit.
  • Auto white balance is now more consistent.
  • There is no longer a limit on the number of shots that can be taken in a single burst at shutter speeds of 4 s or faster when a continuous-release mode is selected in exposure mode S or M. *
  • There is no longer a limit on how long the shutter can remain open when “Time” is selected for shutter speed. *
  • We have changed how focus points are displayed in the viewfinder if the camera is rotated between “wide” (landscape) and “tall” (portrait) orientations with Focus point and AF-area mode selected for Custom Setting a10 (Store by orientation) and different focus points chosen in each orientation. We have also changed how focus points are displayed in the viewfinder if a lens focus function button is pressed with AF-area mode selected for Custom Setting f19 (Lens focus function buttons).
  • Some help text has been changed.
  • The following issues have been resolved:
  • If the user focused using the AF-ON button before shooting in continuous-release mode, the frame rate would drop under the following conditions: AF-S selected for focus mode, Single-point AF selected for AF-area mode, Focus selected for Custom Setting a2 (AF-S priority selection), and AF-ON only selected for Custom Setting a4 (AF activation).
  • When an AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E lens was attached, “Err” would be displayed in the top control panel and pictures could not be taken under some exposure conditions.
  • Images would sometimes fail to display correctly during image review if playback zoom was used while the memory-card access lamp was lit.
  • Images would not clear from the display if an optional WR-1 wireless remote controller was used with On selected for Image review in the playback menu.
  • The camera photo info display would not show the correct range for pictures taken with an optional flash unit in distance-priority manual flash mode (GN).
  • When pictures taken using a PC-E lens were viewed in Capture NX-D and other Nikon software, the Metadata would list the lens as type E rather than type D.
  • The photo information display for movies, movie stills, and photos taken with the Silent shutter-release option would sometimes list incorrect values for shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity.
  • If the camera was connected via HDMI to 4K a compatible TV, neither the camera nor the television would display menus correctly.
  • Volume sometimes could not be adjusted if indicators were hidden during movie playback.
  • If both XQD and CompactFlash cards were inserted in the camera when it was connected to a computer, the computer would not recognize the XQD card.
Download
Nikon D4S Firmare v1.10
 
B&H carries the Nikon D4s DSLR camera.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/21/2015 6:28:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 20, 2015
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From Canon Professional Services:
 
Canon France, in association with Images Evidence, has announced that the 15th annual Canon Female Photojournalist Award is open until 22 May 2015 for submissions from female photojournalists of any age and nationality.
 
Once again, the award is supported by Elle magazine and Canon France will grant the winning female photojournalist €8,000 to help her to continue and complete a photojournalistic project on a social, economic, political or cultural subject.
 
A jury made up of photography and press professionals will select the winner in June. Applicants will be judged by both the presentation of their project and their previous work. Among the selection criteria are the quality of the photographs, as well as the journalistic thoughts and relevance of the chosen subject.
 
The Award will be presented to the winner at the Visa pour l’Image international festival of photojournalism in Perpignan, France, during the professional week from 31 August – 6 September 2015. The winner will produce an ongoing one year project which will lead to an exhibition or showing at the Festival in 2016.
 
An exhibition of the work of the 2014 award winner – French photojournalist Viviane Dalles (Signatures) – seen above – showing images from her project on teenage mothers in the North of France will feature as part of the exhibition programme of the 2015 Visa pour l’Image festival.
 
The other previous winners of the Canon Female Photojournalist Award were:
 
  • 2014 – Viviane Dalles
  • 2013 – Mary F. Calvert
  • 2012 – Sarah Caron
  • 2011 – Ilvy Njiokiktjien
  • 2010 – Martina Bacigalupo
  • 2009 – Justyna Mielnikiewicz
  • 2008 – Brenda Anne Kenneally
  • 2007 – Axelle de Russé
  • 2006 – Veronique de Viguerie
  • 2005 – Claudia Guadarrama
  • 2004 – Kristen Ashburn
  • 2003 – Ami Vitale
  • 2002 – Sophia Evans
  • 2001 – Magali Delporte
To find out more about the 2014 Canon Female Photojournalist Award and download the rules and an application form to enter, please click here.
 
Please note: the final deadline for entries is 22 May 2015.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/20/2015 8:22:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Spring Photography Tips: Photographing Flowering Trees
It is early spring here in the northern hemisphere and flowering trees, if not already in full bloom, will be so very soon.
 
While the spring flowering trees are incredibly beautiful, I find them a challenge to compose into an image I like. Part of the problem is that, when the trees flower, most other trees remain leaf-less and low in their color-rating. Lack of leaves reveal highly detracting power lines in many of the landscapes where these trees are planted. This leaves sky, green grass and man-made objects to provide the other good colors to compose with.
 
So, how does one create a good photo of this subject? A solution that often works well is to fill the frame with only the flowering tree or trees. In this case, I found a very large, densely-flowered tree, moved back to create a compressed perspective and zoomed in to frame only the flowers with a narrow aperture keeping the entire frame remaining in focus. The result is a pattern of complexity that fills the frame. I positioned the larger limbs visible in the picture so that their lines lead the viewer's eye into the frame. The bright color of the flowers becomes the predominant color of the final image.
 
Working with the same concept of filling the frame with the color of the tree, a close perspective with a wide aperture can be used to blur the background flowers as illustrated here.
 
If working with a wider angle focal length, the background is more likely to become part of the image. In this case, consider getting above the tree to use the often-bright-green spring grass as the background. Bright green often complements the color of the tree(s). Another advantage that getting higher sometimes affords is a better angle on the flowers in the image. Dogwood tree flowers, as illustrated in the just-referenced image, typically face upward. Looking downward from a ladder allowed me to see the full flower being isolated with shallow depth of field.
 
Incorporating flowering trees into portrait images is a strategy loved by many. My advice is to make sure that the tree colors do not steel the viewer's focus from the primary subject, your person. Using the fill-the-frame and blur-the-background strategies again work well for portraits. Use a telephoto focal length and wide aperture to isolate the subject against a completely blurred background of flowers.
 
Winter is past and the winter-like landscape is about to awaken, bursting into vibrant color. Go capture it!
Post Date: 4/20/2015 7:54:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Photoflex Back in Business?
Earlier this month the Photoflex announced they were closing their doors after 30 years in the photography industry. An update on the lighting manufacturer's homepage indicates they are actively working on a deal to keep the brand alive.
 
Their bold "Buy with Confidence" statement is reassuring; it seems as if Photoflex is confident in likelihood of a deal.
Category: Photoflex News
Post Date: 4/20/2015 6:57:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 17, 2015
RedRock Micro Wirless Focus Control with Halo
From Redrock Micro:
 
Ability to track and focus on any subject with tap-to-focus ease wins four best of show awards at NAB introductions
 
Hollywood, CA and Dallas, TX - Redrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable professional cinema accessories, today announced Halo, a system for video production that solves the challenge of accurate focus control by dynamically mapping and tracking subjects, and providing an easy to use interface for manually selecting or automatically tracking subjects for focus.
 

Introduced at NAB 2015, Halo was quickly recognized for its potential to shift the industry, creating intense buzz and earning three Best of Show awards.
 
Focus re-designed from the ground up
Incorporating the same technology cars use for collision detection and avoidance, the Halo Explorer creates a real-time scene map, combining pinpoint accuracy with up to 180 degrees of view. Artificial intelligence precisely identifies all your subjects (people and objects) and tracks their distance and location in real-time. The beautifully crafted user interface shows birds-eye view of all subjects, and enables anyone to tap-to-focus, or drag to follow focus with visual audible and haptic feedback. Halo becomes the technician, handling the intricacies of focus so operators can concentrate on the creative performance.
 
We often refer to this as our Avatar product, says James Hurd, Chief Revolutionary at Redrock Micro. We had to wait five years for technology to catch up so we could deliver a something that solves focus and does it cost-effectively. This quote references Director James Cameron's famous quip that he waited 10 years for technology to evolve before he was able to shoot the groundbreaking feature film Avatar.
 
Designed for today's production environments and creative shots
Production never has time for long setups, extra gear, or constant tweaking. The Halo Explorer is small and lightweight, and lives on your camera. There is virtually no setup or configuration, just power on, and you?re ready to go. Halo also performs brilliantly in a wide range of situations: total darkness or bright light (even heavy backlight), with or without human faces. Halo components can be moved between the camera and your remote AC, wherever it makes the most sense. A light footprint and wide range of usability use make Halo intensely practical.
 
A valuable tool for a crew of one or a crew of one hundred

Productions at any level can benefit from Halo. High-end productions can use Halo for precise reference and focus assist. Solo operators can use Halo for completely autonomous focus tracking. Any amount of assistance or automation is your choice. Whatever your camera and lens, and whatever your level of expertise for focus control, Halo is incredibly effective, easy to use and understand, and profoundly affordable.
 
B&H carries Redrock Micro products.
Post Date: 4/17/2015 9:40:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon irista Front Page
From Canon:
 
Canon's irista continues to evolve and we’d like to share that from today you can enjoy the following new features:
 
  • Google+ integration – as requested by many of you. You can now share directly to your Google+ account and import your Google+ photos.
  • Performance enhancements – various improvements were made to the speed of browsing your photos and use of all features. Also the desktop uploader got updated with enhancements.
Try it all out! Don’t wait any longer and go to irista.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon irista
Post Date: 4/17/2015 8:49:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the ExpoImaging YouTube Channel:
 
Erik Valind demonstrates how to overcome on-location lighting problems by using on-camera flash, Rogue FlashBender 2s, and Rogue Gels.
 
B&H carries ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender products.
Post Date: 4/17/2015 7:01:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR Camera
The user manual for the Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R is now available for download at Canon UK's website.
 
Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R User Manual
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/17/2015 6:56:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 16, 2015
Canon SELPHY CP1000 Printer
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, April 16, 2015 – Canon today unveils the SELPHY CP1000, a new compact photo printer that allows you to print creative, lab-quality photos at home and on the move. Capable of printing your favourite images in just 47 seconds¹ directly from your camera², USB or memory card, with the SELPHY CP1000 now every photo can be treasured. With an elegant, compact design, the SELPHY CP1000 includes 6.8 cm (2.7”) LCD tilting screen and combines an easy-to-use interface with exceptional print quality. Plus, with the inclusion of an optional battery pack accessory, the CP1000 is the ultimate portable photo printer.
 
Print your favourite photos in rich, vibrant colours
With ultra-high quality prints thanks to advanced dye sublimation technology, the SELPHY CP1000 produces high-resolution photos using 16.7 million colours. For even more clarity in prints the CP1000 also includes an Auto Image Optimize feature to further enhance blue skies and sunsets, correct colour cast and contrasts, as well as remove red-eye and noise. Plus, for picture-perfect selfies and group shots, the Smooth Skin mode removes facial imperfections to ensure you get stunning results every time.
 
Full control for creative freedom
With the ability to control the heat applied to the ink ribbon on the print head, the SELPHY CP1000 offers four print finishes without ever having to use a different paper or media type. The options include a glossy finish for a durable print that will last up to 100 years, and three variations of semi-gloss for smudge and fingerprint resistant photos you can hand around.
 
Whether you need a standard postcard sized image or a more unusual shape, such as a 50 x 50 Instagram style or a credit card sized print, the SELPHY CP1000 gives you the freedom to make your prints your own. The SELPHY CP1000 also allows for ID Photo Printing at 43 pre-set sizes, perfect for small offices or events where you need to print ID badges in a hurry. Plus, with the ability to print two different ID image sizes on one sheet, and ID framing and cutting guide improving accuracy and precision, every print counts with the minimum of waste.
 
SELPHY CP1000 key benefits:
 
  • Compact and portable photo printer ideal for home or away
  • Quick and easy printing from camera, USB or memory cards
  • Make lasting memories with durable lab quality prints
  • Selectable finishes with standard photo paper
  • Create ID photos to widely accepted standards
Pricing
The SELPHY CP1000 will have an MSRP of £89.99/€109.99.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon UK News
Post Date: 4/16/2015 10:30:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Benro S7 Video Head & Tripod Kits
From Benro:
 
Benro adds new flat base video head and tripod kits to their video lineup
 
North White Plains, NY – April 15, 2015 – Benro today announced the expansion of their S-Series with the S7 Video Head and Tripod Kits at NAB. The S7 is designed for filmmakers and videographers demanding compact and versatile solutions with a full set of features.
 
The S7 Video Head follows the same flat base head design that the S-Series is known for. The flat base provides much needed versatility for mounting on sliders, jibs and half ball adapters.
 
“We’re excited to add the S7 to our S-Series lineup and we think this will be the perfect balance of features and size. Having a fully featured compact system is ideal for the filmmaker on the go,” said Brian Hynes, Benro’s brand manager for marketing. “The S7 is perfect for everyone from the student filmmaker to documentary crews.”
 
S7 Video Head features include:
 
  • 15.4 lb (7kg) payload capacity
  • 65mm flat base
  • 4-step counterbalance (0-3)
  • Continuous pan drag
  • Continuous tilt drag
  • Independent pan lock
  • Independent tilt lock
  • Illuminated bubble level
  • Tilt range +90°/-50°
  • Includes 501 compatible QR6 plate
S7 Tripod Kit features include:
 
  • Available in Carbon Fiber or Aluminum
  • 15.4 lb (7kg) payload capacity
  • 65mm Flat base head paired with 75mm half ball adapter
  • Single leg tripod with 75mm bowl
  • 4-step counterbalance (0-3)
  • Continuous pan drag
  • Continuous tilt drag
  • Independent pan lock
  • Independent tilt lock
  • Illuminated bubble level
  • Tilt range +90°/-50°
  • Includes 501 compatible QR6 plate
  • Max height of 63 in / 161 cm
  • Min height of 11 in / 29 cm
  • Flip leg locks
  • Rubber feet with spiked feet
  • Case included
B&H carries Benro products.
Category: Benro News
Post Date: 4/16/2015 10:06:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
 
Nikon will offer a service for updating AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR firmware. Details of this firmware service are as follows.
 
Firmware update details
We have confirmed that when the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens is used with the D800, D800E, D810 or D810A, images captured at shutter speeds of around 1/125 s with the VR function enabled (NORMAL or SPORT) sometimes exhibit noticeable blur.
 
To address the occurrence of this, we are offering a service for updating your AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR firmware. When cameras other than the D800, D800E, D810, or D810A are used, this firmware update is not needed.
 
Updating lens firmware
Users of the D800, D800E, D810, or D810A who are concerned about this issue may take or send their lens to a Nikon authorized service center, where your lens firmware will be updated free of charge.
 
When sending your AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4 E PF ED VR lens to a Nikon authorized service center, the user must pay the cost of shipping to the service center, and Nikon will pay for return shipping.
 
Identifying lenses with which the firmware has already been updated
Firmware for lenses with a serial number of 205101 or later have already been updated.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/16/2015 9:54:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Jimmy McIntyre YouTube Channel:
 
This very useful technique will give your workflow greater depth. You will be able to make very specific changes based on colour alone, using a Black & White adjustment layer. Sound strange? Watch and find out:
Post Date: 4/16/2015 9:23:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens review.
 
The 24-105 L IS is probably my most-ever-used lens. And the best-ever deal I've ever seen on this lens is available right now at the Canon Store. They have this lens in refurbished (like new) condition for only $530.78.
 
Prefer new? B&H has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/16/2015 9:09:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens
B&H has the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
I'm not sure how many of these B&H has, so jump on one while you can!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/15/2015 7:40:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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