* Any orders placed now at B&H will be processed after they reopen at 10am on Sun May 1.
Note: This is an extremely useful, lightweight and compact telephoto zoom capable of impressive image quality; it is a great buy for anyone using a Canon DSLR with an APS-C sensor. I own one and use it regularly. [Sean]
TOKYO, April 22, 2016 — Canon Inc. announced today that 231 of the Company's offices and operating sites across 26 countries and regions participated in Earth Hour 2016, which was held in each locale from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. (local time) on March 19.
Earth Hour is a global environmental initiative organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) that began in 2007. The event encourages individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a statement to stop global warming and protect the global environment.
Across various locations, Canon Group companies turned off lights at offices and operating sites as well as neon signs. This year's event started in Oceania, which is closest to the International Date Line, and moved around the world through Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. In addition to Earth Hour, various regions carried out their own energy-saving activities. A dedicated page within the Canon Global website provides an overview of the Company's global Earth Hour 2016 activities.
Through technological innovation and improved management efficiency, Canon aims to realize its "Action for Green" environmental vision: a society that promotes both enriched lifestyles and the global environment. Canon strives to reduce the environmental burden throughout the entire product lifecycle — Produce, Use, Recycle — thereby creating environmental frontrunner products.
Note: Any orders placed now at B&H will be processed after they reopen at 10am on Sun May 1.
I keep a couple of similar products (of different sizes) stashed away in my lighting bag which are typically used for outdoor macro shots. Using the pop-up flash controller on a tripod-mounted 7D II (or the ST-E2 mounted on the 5D III), I can simply hold the off-camera flash with a small softbox attached with one hand and fire the camera with the other. [Sean]
Sydney, Australia, 20 April 2016 – Canon Australia is today announcing its return as an official Supporter of Vivid Sydney for a third consecutive year. Encouraging Australians to “Be Light Curious” by interacting, capturing and sharing the unique experiences surrounding the immersive program of light, music and ideas, Canon is thrilled to support one of Sydney’s landmark events.
Canon is announcing a range of experiences designed to inspire thousands of visitors to capture what they see, provide opportunities to develop their skills and celebrate their unique stories of Vivid Sydney.
“We’re excited to return as a Vivid Sydney supporter for the third year,” said Jason McLean, Director – Canon Consumer Imaging, Canon Australia. “This year we will continue to build on what we have done in the last two years, with some old favourites and amazing new experiences.”
Visitors can immerse themselves in an atmosphere of imaging inspiration and celebration at Canon HQ. Canon will once again transform the Foundation Hall at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia into the ultimate hub for anyone who is curious to explore new ways to capture and tell visual stories of their Vivid Sydney experience.
Families, individuals, beginner photographers and seasoned professionals alike will encounter a range of free and ticketed experiences designed to help visitors capture better photos and videos of the spectacular installations. Experiences range from Low-Light Studio Workshops hosted by Canon Master photographers to guided photo walking tours and Helicopter Night Flights with the Canon Collective photography ambassadors. To capture these experiences, Vivid Sydney attendees will have the opportunity to try or rent the latest Canon gear. This year Canon will extend into Vivid Ideas, showcasing Canon’s popular Lab series as a creative workshop.
Experiences at Canon HQ:
Studio 8 – Always wanted to learn how to shoot in low-light conditions? Studio 8, an extension of iconic SUNSTUDIOS, will feature studio workshops hosted by Canon Masters Ryan Schembri, Daniel Linnet and Graham Monro. Workshops will be created around a range of live performances designed to stretch your imagination as well as your photography skills. (free)
Try or rent the latest Canon gear – Attendees who fancy a new camera or simply want to test out new photography tech are in luck. Some of the latest Canon cameras and lenses will be available for hire and Canon staff will be on hand to answer any questions or work out which camera is the best for you.
Free Photo Printing at Canon HQ – Visit the Canon Memory Frame positioned opposite Bennelong Point at the end of the overseas passenger Terminal or have your picture taken at a roaming Canon Pop-up Light Portrait station and enjoy free photo printing back at Canon HQ. And for those who’ve taken some great photos of Vivid Sydney on their own camera, just bring along your SD card and get your photos printed up to A3 size. (free)
Make the most of all Vivid has to offer:
Canon Collective Walking Tours – While enjoying the use of the new Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera, visitors will discover some of the best Vivid Sydney photo opportunities. The Canon Collective will provide visitors with photography tips and advice as they walk through Circular Quay and The Rocks. Finishing at Canon HQ, attendees can select their best shots and receive a free A3-sized print. (ticketed)
The Canon Memory Frame will be positioned opposite Bennelong Point at the end of the overseas passenger Terminal, offering visitors a stunning portrait of their Vivid Sydney 2016 experience. The photo will be free to print at Canon HQ. (free)
Canon Collective Helicopter Tours – For those looking to capture Sydney from a unique perspective, the Canon Collective in collaboration with Sydney HeliTours, is offering Vivid Sydney helicopter photography tours. During the 20-minute helicopter ride, visitors will be armed with Canon’s new EOS 1D- X Mark II professional DSLR camera and high-performance lens, all pre-set to ensure that you capture incredible images of the Sydney Harbour and light festival. To recap your experience, you will also receive two A3-sized professional prints of your choice. (ticketed)
Pop-up Light portraits – Be a part of this year’s Vivid Sydney light instillation by choosing your own light portrait to project over your face, print the image or share it across your social media. Travelling on purpose-built bicycles, these amazing light portraits will pop-up all over Sydney CBD and other Vivid Sydney precincts. (free)
Vivid Ideas – Unfocussed: Looking Past Your Assumptions to Find New Creative Possibilities. Part of Canon’s popular content series The Lab, this is a special workshop featuring an expert panel of photographers and image makers. Join in the exploration and discuss what happens when we challenge the assumption that a 'good' image is pin sharp and perfect, and explore how we can find and face these unwritten rules in own creative lives. (ticketed)
Vivid Sydney runs from 27 May – 18 June and is owned and managed by Destination NSW.
New Color Designated Line Features up to 8TB Capacity with Optimal Performance, High Capacity and Enhanced Reliability for Datacenter Applications
IRVINE, Calif. – Apr. 19, 2016 – Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), a world leader in storage solutions, today announced the expansion of its award-winning color portfolio with a new line; WD Gold datacenter hard drives. WD Gold datacenter hard drives are designed for a broad range of applications – including small- to medium-scale enterprise servers and storage, and rack-mount datacenter servers and storage enclosures. WD Gold drives are currently available at select U.S. distributors, resellers and through the WD Store.
With purpose-driven designs for the datacenter, WD Gold datacenter hard drives are launching with a new, high-capacity configuration of up to 8TB that offers HelioSeal helium-technology for performance, ideal capacity per square foot, power efficiency and low power consumption for datacenter environments. WD Gold datacenter hard drives feature an optimized design with an 8TB option that helps reduce the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) of servers and storage systems, benefiting IT administrators challenged with growing storage capacity needs on limited budgets. WD Gold hard drives will also include a premium dedicated support line for customers worldwide.
"Western Digital has a proven history of providing award-winning purpose-driven products for unique requirements of each application environment, like WD Red, WD Purple and WD Blue drives," said Brendan Collins vice president of product marketing, Western Digital Corporation. "WD Gold is a pinnacle part of the color portfolio strategy and another step in creating optimized drives for the markets we serve. Our continued goal is to deliver the most competitive and reliable solutions on the market."
WD Gold datacenter hard drives include:
Improved power efficiency – New electronics enhance power efficiency up to 15 percent. HelioSeal technology enables up to 26 percent lower power consumption
Better performance – Up to 18 percent sequential performance improvement over previous generation WD Re 4TB datacenter drives, and up to 30 percent improvement in random write performance over previous generation WD Re 6TB datacenter drives through media-based cache, and up to 3x improvement over competitive offerings
High reliability – WD Gold incorporates best-of-breed design, manufacturing and test processes to achieve one of the highest reliability ratings in the industry – 2.5 million hours MTBF (8TB offering)
Dedicated Premium Support Line and WD Gold Model Numbers – Western Digital offers a 24/7 premium support line for WD Gold customers and can be reached at U.S.: (855) 559-3733; International: +80055593733. WD Gold model numbers:
While the Canon EOS 5Ds R is not marketed as the ideal sports camera, it is what I've been using for my spring sports photography so far this year. The reason? I sold my Canon EOS 1D X to fund the purchase of a Canon EOS 1D X Mark II. At the time of the sale, the 1D X Mark II was " ... scheduled to begin shipping to authorized Canon USA dealers in April 2016." [Canon Press Release] My spring sports photography starts in mid-April, so I thought the odds were good that I would have a 1D X II in time or just into this season.
B&H currently lists the expected 1D X II availability as May 1st. While this is only 1 day past "April", it is also 1 day past worst case from the press release's expectation.
So, I have been using a 5Ds R with a BG-E11 Battery Grip for spring sports photography. For this purpose, the 5Ds R has only one limitation. As we know, this camera has a great AF system and it has no problem tracking fast action. The image quality this camera delivers is likewise excellent and, with extreme resolution, high resolution images remain even after heavy cropping. This means that a focal length or focal length range can effectively be used to cover a much greater percentage of the field than the 1D X II will be able to.
That one limitation I referred to is the frame rate. Capturing frames at 5 fps is not fast enough to catch the ideal moments happening during a play, including providing the ideal capture of stride position for a running athlete. The workaround is to time the shutter press with what is expected to be the ideal point of the play. Using this tactic, anything happening prior to the initial shutter press will of course be missed. The first shot timing takes more skill than simply holding the shutter release down, but can be effectively used and once practiced, can be used very effectively.
I still hold the 5Ds R shutter release down after the initially timed press as additional good shots are often captured subsequently, but capturing at 10, 12 or 14 fps makes a huge difference in getting the ideal shot while reducing the skill needed to do so. While the 5Ds R is delivering great sports images for me, I anxiously await the 1D X II.
Reader Designed for Management of Video and Photo Content from Sports and Aerial Cameras to the Latest iOS Devices
Milpitas, CA – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the Lexar microSD Reader, allowing users to easily offload content from their sports camcorder or aerial camera to an iPhone or iPad. The small, portable reader features a Lightning connector for quick transfer of files on the go, allowing users to view and playback photos and videos on their Apple device*. It also works with an easy-to-use and free file management app on the App Store.**
“Users who are looking to capture more content in real time while on the move can find it challenging to manage that content, especially in an iOS device,” said Steffi Ho, product marketing manager, Lexar. “Shooters can now take advantage of the large screens and connectivity of their iOS devices by editing and uploading content captured on their action sports and aerial cameras wirelessly. Users no longer need to wait until they’re back in front of their main computer at home or in the office to upload content captured on-the-go.”
The new microSD Reader also allows users to offload files and store more on the card, creating more device space to capture content on the go. It also provides an easy way to move files from Android or other microSD-based device to an iPhone or iPad, and swap content between iOS devices. It has a small, portable design that makes it easy to take on the go, and its Lightning connector fits with most iOS cases, providing simple plug-and-play functionality. Furthermore, the microSD reader works with a free file management app on the App Store, allowing users to back up files when connected.
All Lexar product designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs, facilities with more than 1,100 digital devices, to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability. The new microSD Reader is available for purchase in April 18, 2016 with an MSRP of $41.99, and includes a one-year limited warranty.
Today, we are pleased to announce the availability of “SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.3 for Windows” and “SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.3 for Macintosh”, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11.
This download service is for SIGMA USB DOCK users and/or SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 users who are using our interchangeable lenses from our Art, Contemporary and Sports product lines.Please be sure to download SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.3 to use the SIGMA USB DOCK and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 effectively.
Benefit of SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.3:
SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.3 for Windows
It has enabled compatibility with SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11.
It has enabled compatibility with Windows 10.
It has corrected the phenomenon where click-and-drag operation for the Focus Limiter adjustment slider is not possible when the check box to switch the primary mouse button from the left to the right is ticked in Mouse Preferences within the Windows Control Panel.
SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.3 for Macintosh
It has enabled compatibility with SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11.
It has enabled compatibility with OS X El Capitan 10.11, and Condition of Operation has changed to Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10 and 10.11.
When adjusting the timing of the MF switch function, it has corrected the icon which shows the amount of the focus ring rotation.
As close to vertically level as possible is often the ideal camera position for photographing a bird, especially one swimming. Of course, when a bird is swimming, perfectly level would mean a nearly or partially submerged camera. I don't recall seeing an underwater housing for a birding lens and I therefore prefer to be high enough above-water to keep the lens dry.
On this day, I was sitting on the ground at the edge of the creek with two tripod legs and one of my own legs in the water. Though I was bending over uncomfortably hard to get to a low-positioned camera, all was good with the setup. That is, good until I heard two Canada geese getting into a squabble. Two very loud geese were taking flight from mid-stream and headed directly toward me. While that shouldn't be a problem, they were watching each other instead of where they were going.
It didn't take long to realize that I was directly in their trajectory. I raised a foot to block the rapidly incoming fowl and held the camera and lens tightly with both hands. Minimally, the first goose crashed hard into my boot. I say minimally because I turned my head just prior to impact and I'm not sure if the second goose crashed also or was able to correct itself in time (wish I had video of that). There was lots of flapping and ... lots of water covering both me and the gear.
I quickly sacrificed the remaining dry areas of my shirt to dry the camera and lens. Fortunately, both were weather sealed and fine, but ... I still don't like to take chances and like to keep the gear clean – much more than I cared about my shirt.
Capturing interesting behavior is always a goal of photographing wildlife, but this behavior was a bit over the top and ... I was unprepared to capture it. The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Lens would have been ideal for this accident scene. The best I could do was photograph the rude goose after the incident.
While photography is often used to tell a story, very often photographing creates stories. This day gave me a story that I'll long remember. Go photograph frequently and you will likely have many interesting stories to tell.
Disclaimer: No geese were harmed in the making of this image.
If you’re an automotive enthusiast, chances are you’ve always wondered how photographers add a sense of motion to their images. There are many different ways to accomplish this, but today we will focus on what is often called a rolling shot or a roller.
Rolling shots are usually captured by photographers from the passenger seat of a moving car. Below I listed a few things that will help you capture better images before heading out to your shoot.