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 Thursday, February 20, 2014
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Roger Cicala over at LensRentals has written two very information blog posts explaining how you can optically evaluate lenses at home. The posts should allow you to detect a "...decentered or optically maladjusted lens in 10 minutes or so."
 
Part three of the series (expected in the next few days) will provide several examples of "problem lenses."
 
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Post Date: 2/20/2014 7:55:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon UK:
 
London UK, 20th February 2014 – Canon will be demonstrating its imaging solutions for the broadcast industry at BVE 2014. A full cine and broadcast camera range, shooting studio, DSLR bar and EF lens line up will be available at the event, allowing visitors to get a real hands-on experience (Stand G05).
 
Canon’s shooting studio will feature a kitchen set up, with chefs baking and decorating cakes during six live sessions throughout the day. Nine cameras from the cine and broadcast range will be positioned around the action studio to demonstrate the camera capabilities in a broadcast environment.
 
At the DSLR bar, visitors will be able to test shooting video using Canon’s range of DSLR cameras, which have already revolutionised the way that professional video is shot. A low light area will also feature on-stand to demonstrate how the EOS range performs when light levels fall.
 
Canon’s EF lens line up will be available to enable visitors to experiment with Canon’s wide selection of studio, field and portable lenses.
 
Austin Freshwater, Director – Professional Imaging Group at Canon UK and Ireland, said: “Canon is constantly updating the way it develops and manufactures its products to keep pace with the rapid changes taking place in the broadcast industry. By showcasing our offering at an event like BVE we can show first-hand how we are supporting videographers in capturing the highest quality footage in a huge range of environments.”
 
Visit Canon at BVE from 25th – 27th February 2014 at Stand G05 at ExCel London.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/20/2014 6:59:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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From Photoshelter:
 
Learn from one of the world’s foremost authorities on Digital Asset Management, Peter Krogh.
 
In this webinar, Peter Krogh will answer the photographer's plea “Just tell me what to do!” when it comes to storing, organizing, and optimizing your workflow within Adobe Lightroom.
 
Peter will focus on how to maximize your use of Lightroom as an image cataloging tool. This is for those looking to tame their out-of-control, unorganized file system and truly understand Lightroom’s organization power.
 
In this webinar you’ll learn:

  • How to approach image file storage in a simple and safe way
  • The advantages of the DNG file format
  • What to do when you’ve outgrown your photo library
  • How to organize your photos with metadata tags, apply them to entire shoots, and when to use custom tags
  • Finding images quickly using filters
  • How to use Lightroom Projects to create photobooks, slideshows, web galleries, videos and more
  • About the publishing service within Lightroom

Peter will also be giving away free copies of his book, Digital Asset Management for Photographers, to 10 lucky attendees!
 
Register Here

Post Date: 2/19/2014 3:38:05 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Custom SLR Hand Strap
From Custom SLR:
 
First introduced in an exclusive pre-release opportunity during Custom SLR's Air Strap Kickstarter campaign, the Hand Strap brings a new way for photographers to carry their camera with added flexibility and security.
 
February 19, 2014 – Custom SLR, a photography accessories company in Silicon Valley, today launched its latest product, the Hand Strap, providing a new way for photographers to carry their camera without putting stress on their neck and shoulders.
 
“We are excited to expand our strap line beyond camera sling straps and continue to create products that improve the shooting experience,” said Ivan Wong, chief operating officer of Custom SLR. “The hand strap is a highly requested product from photographers who want the added security of a strap without having to wear anything on their shoulders.”
 
The Hand Strap allows photographers to carry their camera in their palm with a comfortable and secure grip. By keeping their finger close to the shutter button, photographers have easy access and instant engagement. With its added flexibility and security, the Hand Strap is perfect for those who are constantly on the move. Some other features include:

  • Ergonomic fit and design
  • Silicone prints on the back for better grip
  • Made from a comfortable neoprene material
  • Works with most SLR cameras with hand strap mount or battery grip
  • Compatible with the Custom SLR C-Loop Strap Mount
  • Easily transitions to a tripod with the M-Plate Pro + Hand Strap Attachment

The Hand Strap was first introduced through an exclusive pre-release opportunity during Custom SLR’s successfully-funded Air Strap Kickstarter campaign. The Hand Strap is now available to the general public for purchase on CustomSLR.com for $14.95.
 
B&H carries Custom SLR products.

Category: Custom SLR News
Post Date: 2/19/2014 1:28:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash
Canon has not provided an abundance of information on the new flash, but the images now available on the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash Review page will enlighten you at least somewhat. The new LCD control panel is an obvious major improvement.
 
You will also find a link to CPN's MR-14EX II page at the bottom of the review page. This page has perhaps the most MR-14EX II information found anywhere.
 
I have and occasionally use the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX Flash. I did not get a full review of this flash completed, but will try to get the version "II" review done more expediently.
 
B&H is taking preorders for the MR-14EX II.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/19/2014 9:16:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Check out Devin Graham's latest promo video for Mountain Dew called "Snowlercoaster."
 
It looks like Devin used Canon EOS 5D Mark IIIs, an EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II, an EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II, a Glidecam stabilizer and several GoPro cameras to create the video. Want more information? Check out the behind the scenes video below.
 
Post Date: 2/19/2014 8:04:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Nikon Europe YouTube Channel:
 
In this video, Carli Davidson shares her experiences as a pet photographer and how the Nikon D4 helped her capture the much loved images of dogs shaking in her book entitled 'Shake'.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/19/2014 7:28:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 18, 2014

 
From Nikon:
 
Nikon Master Craftsperson is a title awarded to experts with exceptional techniques and knowledge, who can serve as role models for next-generation technicians. Their high degree of skills and abundant knowledge are still indispensable, even with today's highly automated manufacturing. This video introduces their invaluable techniques as well as the passion they have for their work.
 
Want to learn more? Check out the Nikon's Master Craftspersons site.
 
[via Imaging-Resource]
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/18/2014 1:59:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera
Canon Europe has posted some PowerShot G1 X sample images in addition to those posted by Canon Japan. Canon Europe's selection includes full resolution images taken at ISO 800 - 1600. (thanks Niklas)
 
Note: Images 14 through 20 can be seen in full resolution by using the magnify button below the image.
 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/18/2014 11:22:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Oben BC-139 Ball Head
Just Posted: Oben BC-139 Ball Head Review
 
Add the Oben BC-139 to your short list. It is a great ball head with a great price.
Post Date: 2/18/2014 10:07:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Nikon:
 
This service provides software for upgrading Nikon 1 AW1 firmware to A:1.01 / B:1.00.
 
Updates included with this release

  • An issue that prevented updating of the camera’s A-GPS file using the latest A-GPS file has been resolved.

Download: Windows | Macintosh
 
B&H carries the Nikon 1 AW1 Mirrorless Waterproof ILC.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/18/2014 7:50:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Gitzo GT3542L Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
From Gitzo:
 
We are proud to inform you about the official launch of our new Mountaineer tripods – Gitzo’s most popular, ‘all-purpose’ carbon tripod family.
 
Mountaineer tripods have been developed further to incorporate the latest Gitzo technology which increases rigidity, improves performance and ease of use for professional photographers.
 
Stiffer legs and structure
 
More than ever, our priority is to ensure that Gitzo tripods allow photographers to get sharper images no matter what weight of equipment, length of lens or duration of exposure is being used: that means making them as rigid as possible.
 
New Mountaineer tripods are more rigid than the preceding Carbon 6X models, thanks to the newly developed, innovative Carbon eXact tubes. The new tubing optimises fiber composition for each tube size, including HM (High Modulus) carbon fiber composition (a denser fiber made up of finer individual fibers) in the narrower tubes. Carbon eXact tubes have larger diameters that strengthen the tripods even further, particularly the narrower tubes used for the lower leg sections.
 
The Mountaineer top spider and column lock are also redesigned for greater rigidity.
 

 
Benefits of the new Mountaineer range
 
Stiffer legs and structure

  • Carbon eXact contains High Modulus carbon fiber and has larger tube diameters
  • The top spider and column lock are redesigned for enhanced rigidity
  • New models are significantly stiffer than predecessors and competitors

Enhanced usability and comfort

  • G-lock Ultra: softer to use, protects against dust or grit
  • New Ground Level Set and leg angle selectors are easier and faster to set up

B&H carries Gitzo tripods.

Category: Gitzo News
Post Date: 2/18/2014 7:17:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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London, 12 February, 2014 – Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions has today released ‘Canon: A Year in Fashion’ a documentary film celebrating the integral relationship between images and fashion. The film launches today to build excitement in the run up to London Fashion Week February 2014, which Canon is the Official Sponsor of for the ninth year.
 
Presented by Andy Torres, the blogger from StyleScrapbook.com, the film tells the story of the relationship between photography and fashion as seen by those working behind the scenes – from photographer, filmmaker and Canon Explorer Clive Booth, photographer Tony Wellington, through to leading designer Henry Holland and Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council. The film also features those who are just about to enter the fashion industry – the young student photographers who shot catwalk shows from the photographers’ pit for the first time in 2013.
 
James Leipnik, Chief of Communication, Canon Europe, Middle East and Africa, commented: “We are very proud to present the ‘Canon: A Year in Fashion’ documentary to those who share our passion for fashion and the power of image. The new film gives great insights into the creative work that goes on behind the scenes of London Fashion Week and shines a bright spotlight on talented professionals whose work we all admire; and through social media, we can now share it with a wider audience than ever before.”
 
As Official Imaging Partner to the British Fashion Council, Canon also has a number of exciting initiatives underway for both London Fashion Week and Vodafone London Fashion Weekend to demonstrate the role of imaging in the fashion industry.
 
Accredited professional photographers will once again be able to receive advice, essential maintenance services, equipment loans and help with minor repairs from a dedicated team of technicians at the Canon Professional Services (CPS) centre at Somerset House. They will also be using Canon-branded buses to travel to and from various locations around London for catwalk shows.
 
As part of its initiative to support fashion designers, Canon has been working with Henry Holland to project his unique designs onto screens during his catwalk show, using Canon projectors. Shoe designer Sophia Webster will be printing a window display at the Mayfair Hotel using an Océ Arizona flatbed printer while Canon also supported Phoebe English in the run up to London Fashion Week by printing her show invites, look book and projecting her film in the Canon Cinema & Presentation Space at Somerset House.
 
During Vodafone London Fashion Weekend, the Canon Fashion 360° Studio will once again provide visitors with the opportunity to strike their best poses and have them captured by 64 Canon EOS 100D cameras. The resulting images will then be integrated into an 8-second 360-degree film clip that can be immediately shared via social media; in September 2013, over 5,000 visitors had their poses captured by Canon in this studio.
 
Further highlights of Canon’s sponsorship activities in London include:

  • As the Digital Showcasing Partner at London Fashion Week, Canon will be providing live screenings of catwalk shows, designer presentations and the ‘Canon: A Year in Fashion’ documentary, in the Canon Cinema & Presentation Space at Somerset House.
  • The Nelson Stairway area at Somerset House will feature four striking print installations including images from fashion pro photographers Clive Booth, Tony Wellington, Jeff Moore and Ki Price, all printed on Canon imagePROGRAF large format printer devices.
  • As part of the ‘Shoot like a Pro’ initiative, students from the Canon Professional Network programme will have the opportunity to shoot the catwalk at Vodafone London Fashion Weekend and enter their images into the ‘Best Shot’ competition to win a Canon kit.
  • A lucky winner of the #CanonFashion competition, chosen by three fashion photographers, will enjoy the full London Fashion Week experience, including a shopping spree at Topshop with blogger Andy Torres from StyleScrapbook.com. Canon will also be giving away twenty pairs of passes to Vodafone London Fashion Weekend for 22nd February via Twitter.

London Fashion Week (14-18 February) is the biggest event on the British fashion calendar, and is closely followed by Vodafone London Fashion Weekend (20-23 February), London’s most exclusive designer shopping event. Canon is also a Principal Sponsor of Milan Fashion Week, a Key Sponsor of Paris Fashion Week, the Main Sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Stockholm and the Professional Photo Partner of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Russia.
 
For the latest information about Canon and fashion, please see Canon’s Facebook and Twitter pages #CanonFashion.
 
The video can be viewed at:
http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/multimedia.do

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/18/2014 6:53:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 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
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