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 Monday, November 21, 2016
Just posted: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review
 
This was a highly anticipated lens. Did it meet expectations? Read the review.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens available for preorder and very recently in stock in the 5D Mark IV kit.
 
The 24-105 L II is in stock in the EOS 5D Mark IV kit at: Adorama and The Canon Store.
 
This lens is currently available individually on eBay (for a premium price) and is also available there in the 5D IV kit.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/21/2016 8:20:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, November 19, 2016
Wildlife photographers can spend many days or weeks working with the same subject at the same location and, due to ever-changing behaviors of their subjects, they can continuously capture unique images. Sports photographers have unique action at every game/meet/match/race/etc. at the same field/track/event location. Street photographer are always finding new entertainment at the same locations. Wedding, event and portrait photographers have a steady stream of new subjects coming through the same locations. But you, landscape (and cityscape) photographer, usually find the same subjects in the same positions each time you go back. However, you still have reasons for going back.
 
Basically, you most often go back in hopes that something might be different this time.
 
Perhaps you didn't get it right the first time. You didn't provide adequate depth of field or didn't focus to the right distance to keep everything in the image sharp. Or, perhaps you want to use a wider aperture lens to better define the primary subject. Perhaps the focal choice was not ideal and part of the scene was cropped too tightly. Maybe you were too close or too far away and didn't get the ideal perspective. You want to move up/down, left/right or closer/farther to get it right the next time.
 
You now have better skills. Closely aligned with getting it right this time are your improved photography skills. You are now better at reading a scene and better able to select the composition, perhaps including a foreground element or better aligning the background within the foreground framing.
 
You go back to work on your creativity. The more bored you become with photographing a scene, the more likely you are going to find a creative new way to photograph it.
 
You go back because you have better gear. While we sometimes think that camera and lens technology is not moving forward fast enough, what is available today is far better than what was available not long ago. Taking your new camera(s) and lens(es) to a past-visited favorite location is an easy recipe for bettering your portfolio. Your higher resolution, lower noise camera and sharper lens will create results that look better, especially at high resolution. Taking a circular polarizer filter, a neutral density filter, etc. that you did not originally have can make a huge difference in your repeat visit results.
 
You go back in hopes for better weather conditions. You hope for better skies, a better sunrise, a better sunset, better clouds, more/less fog, less (or possibly more) wind, warmer light, etc. Everyone loves a fiery sunrise or sunset and those don't happen every day – you might need to go back repeatedly to find these. Fog? Some locations have it with some regularity, but many others have it only occasionally.
 
You go back because the timing is different or better. You may have better water flow, creating better waterfalls that give images a completely different look, one well worth the effort of a revisit. The seasons of the year provide a very different look to many locations. Spring brings bright green foliage and (usually) good water flow. Summer brings darker foliage and warmer weather (required for the snow to melt enough to access some areas). Late summer and fall brings amazing color to the trees in many areas. Winter brings snow, completely redecorating the landscape.
 
The timing of the visit also dictates the position of the celestial bodies. Go back when the sun, moon and/or stars (the milky way) are better aligned. Perhaps the sun shines between two mountain peaks at a certain time of the year. Perhaps you want to go back when the milky way is best aligned over a scene. The same applies to the moon with a specific desired phase and position.
 
Perhaps the scene has indeed changed and is no longer physically the same. While there are not usually macro changes occurring to landscape without a significant environmental disaster (such as a tornado, hurricane, fire, etc.), micro changes frequently happen. Trees fall, erosion occurs, sediment moves in streams during strong flows and fields have a different crop in rotation. If the scene is significantly altered, new images will be more current than those taken before the alteration. Before and after photos may be valued in this case.
 
Sometimes, you go back just because things can happen. Wildlife showing up can add a prize-winning element to any image.
 
If you are considering going back, the location is probably amazing and somewhere you love to be. That alone is a great reason to go back as just being there is awesome. There is no reason why the same location cannot be enjoyed time and time again. If you like the location that much, perhaps you want to share it with a friend or friends.
 
You go back because the location is a known entity. You know that it is repeatedly good for a quality image – an image worth sharing is sure to come out of the effort.
 
You go back for practice. If the location is relatively close to home, visiting the location to practice skills and technique prior to a big photo trip is a great idea. Unlike riding a bike, more like distance running, photography requires practice to stay in top shape. It also affords the opportunity to test the camera gear that will accompany you on the trip.
 
Again, a primary reason to go back is that something might be different this time and the reason that different is desirable is for, minimally, variation and, ideally, for bettering. Photographers are constantly striving to better what we have already done, to raise the bar, to take another step forward in our passion/profession.
 
The previous time I visited Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park, was convenient, but not so well-timed for photography. It was mid-summer (not bad in itself). The sun was high and the leaves were green. The sky was forest fire-hazy. While my cameras and lenses were the best-available at the time, they were not as good as those I'm using today. While I was happy with my results at the time, they do not hold nearly as much value to me from a photographical perspective now.
 
Late this past year, I was blessed with a revisit to this very photogenic location. And, the results from my revisit were much higher grade in many accounts. Though I'm missing the moose that was in my first set of images (it was so small in the frame that I didn't know it was even there until reviewing the images back at home), but my late summer (photographer's fall in this location), early morning timing for the second visit to Oxbow Bend combined with my now-current camera gear and 9-year-upgraded skillset turned in much better results this time around. I'm sharing one of my favorites with you today.
 
What about you? Where do you want to revisit and why?
 
A larger version of this image is available on SmugMug, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/19/2016 6:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, November 18, 2016
Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review page.
 
You are going to see some improvements here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts in the comments section.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens available for preorder and in stock in the 5D Mark IV kit.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/18/2016 8:11:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Tamron:
 
Dear users and potential purchasers of Tamron interchangeable lenses.
 
Thank you for using Tamron products.
 
We wish to notify you that we will perform updating of the firmware for our SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO1:1 VC USD (Model F017) for Canon.
 
Affected Models
 
  • SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F017) for Canon
Serial number
 
Firmware update will not be required for lenses with these serial numbers.
 
Firmware Improvements
 
  • When used in combination with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, behavior where the camera takes several seconds to start up when first switched on after mounting the lens has been improved.
  • When used in combination with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, behavior where power consumption was high with the lens mounted and where the camera’s battery charge would continue to drain even when the camera was switched off and stowed with the lenses mounted has been improved.
How to update the firmware
 
  1. The firmware can be updated using the TAP-in Console (sold separately.) Using the TAP-in Console accessory, customers can update the firmware themselves.
  2. For those who require firmware update service, please contact your local Tamron distributor for more details.
B&H carries the Tamron TAP-in Console.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/18/2016 8:05:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog Canon has filed a patent for an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM Extender Lens.
 
If I'm reading the patent details correctly, this lens would feature user selectable extender settings of 1.4x and 1.7x. This could be a really interesting addition to Canon's super telephoto lens lineup. [Sean]
 
Patent Details
 
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-191761
  • Published 2016.11.10
  • Filing date 2015.3.31
  • The main lens
    • Focal length 392.57
    • F-number 2.90
    • Angle of view 3.15
    • Image height 21.64
    • Overall length 371.15
    • BF 44.00
  • Example 1
    • The first state magnification 1.40
    • The second state magnification 1.70
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/18/2016 5:21:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, November 17, 2016
B&H has the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/17/2016 4:48:05 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Manfrotto:
 
Four stylish models suitable for different equipment configurations
 
Upper Saddle River, N.J. (November 17, 2016) – Manfrotto, a leading global innovator and manufacturer of premium photo, video and lighting support products and accessories, announces the launch of the Manfrotto Windsor Collection, a stylish addition to their Lifestyle camera bag offering. The Windsor Collection features genuine leather trim, premium water-repellent fabric and metal details. The interior of each model is enhanced with a tartan pattern lining. This collection was designed for photographers who enjoy traveling in comfort while having their equipment within easy reach.
 
Key features:
 
  • Superb quality photography carrying solutions
  • Carry gear safely, comfortably and in timeless style on field trips
  • A variety of models to hold different equipment configurations
  • The perfect bags to explore with – even when not taking pictures
The new Collection caters to a variety of photographic styles:
 
  • The Manfrotto Windsor Camera and Laptop Backpack for DSLRs – a perfect choice for field trips, this bag features a removable padded internal compartment which holds a medium DSLR with up to a 70-200 mm lens attached and two additional lenses. Equipment is always at hand through the quick-access side opening, so no shot is missed. All delicate essentials stay safe in the top compartment. The internal photography insert can be removed to turn what is a camera backpack into a traditional one. A padded compartment fits a 15” laptop and two adjustable leather straps on the front of the bag keep a tripod secured.
  • The Manfrotto Windsor Camera Reporter Bag for DSLRs is a shoulder bag designed to keep photography gear safe in flawless style. It fits a medium DSLR with a 24-70 lens attached, an additional 70-200 mm lens and up to two standard lenses. When photography is not on the agenda, it remains a perfect bag for everyday use. With plenty of pockets, it keeps personal items and a 13” laptop securely organized. It also features a hidden side pocket to store a water bottle and two adjustable leather straps on the front of the bag which can keep a tripod secured. An adjustable shoulder strap and shoulder pad provide additional comfort.
  • The Manfrotto Windsor Camera Messenger for Compact System Cameras comes in two sizes, Medium and Small. The Medium size fits a medium DSLR with up to a 70-200 mm lens attached and two to three additional lenses. A 15” laptop is kept safe in its own padded compartment. The Small size holds a Premium Compact System Camera with a 24/70 lens and two additional lenses. It features a safe compartment for a tablet. All personal items can be safely stored on the inside and outside zippered pockets. The adjustable shoulder strap and the shoulder pad provide additional comfort. A zippered top opening gives you the ability to access your gear in the fastest way possible.
All four models are engineered with internal dividers, providing maximum protection for photographic equipment and other electronic devices. Lenses and accessories are kept safe in the special protection areas at the heart of the bags. The dividers can easily be configured to accommodate varying photography equipment requirements.
 
Model #DescriptionMSRP
MB LF-WN-BPLifestyle Windsor Backpack$169.99
MB LF-WN-RPLifestyle Windsor Reporter$129.99
MB LF-WN-MMLifestyle Windsor Messenger M$139.99
MB LF-WN-MSLifestyle Windsor Messenger S$119.99

B&H carries the Manfrotto Windsor Camera Bag series.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 11/17/2016 4:44:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Nikon Europe YouTube Channel:
 
In this 'Behind the Scene's clip of Nikon's 'Moment of Impact' photoshoot, sports photographer Tom Miles and BAMMA world champion mixed martial artist Tom ‘Fire Kid’ Duquesnoy explain how they worked together to create the remarkable set of split-second imagery using the Nikon D500.
 
Check out the images from the photoshoot here.
 
B&H carries the Nikon D500.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/17/2016 9:44:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
In rare cases, the AF function on some PowerShot ELPH 180 compact digital cameras may not operate properly and focus may not be achieved. Customer support for this phenomenon is described below.
 
We take great pride in the quality and performance of our products. We offer our sincerest apologies to any customers who may be inconvenienced.
 
Phenomenon
In rare cases, when shooting still images or movies with the PowerShot ELPH 180 compact digital camera, the AF function on the camera does not operate properly, and focus is not achieved in the captured image or movie, even if the AF frame is displayed.
 
Affected Products
Only some PowerShot ELPH 180 compact digital cameras are affected by this phenomenon.
 
The phenomenon may occur in cameras whose first two digits in its serial number are “11”, “12” ,“21”,“22”,”23” or”24”. Examples of serial numbers for cameras that may be affected: “11xxxxxxxxxx” , “12xxxxxxxxx”, “21xxxxxxxxxx”, “22xxxxxxxxxx”, “23xxxxxxxxxx”, “24xxxxxxxxxxx” (‘x’ can be any number).
 
If the camera has a black marking on the inside of the battery cover, as shown in the image below, this indicates that your camera has been checked and the issue has been corrected.
 

 
Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 Service Advisory Marking

Support
If the camera meets the serial number criteria listed above and does not have a black marking on the inside of the battery cover, and if the phenomenon occurs and is confirmed by CUSA we will repair the unit free of charge. If you own one of the affected cameras, please contact our Customer Support Center.
 
If you have not already done so, please register your PowerShot ELPH 180. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future service upgrades.
 
This information is for residents of the United States and its five territories only. If you do not reside in the USA or its five territories, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
 
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-855-OK-CANON (toll free)
1-855-652-2666
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com
For additional support options: www.usa.canon.com/support
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/17/2016 7:09:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Version 1.0.0 to 1.0.1
 
  • Improved the loading of thumbnail images when folders are selected under Play > Camera.
Download: KeyMission 360/170 Utility v.1.0.1
 
B&H carries Nikon KeyMission action cameras.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/17/2016 6:51:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, November 16, 2016
From SeaLife:
 
Moorestown, NJ – SeaLife will unveil their latest digital underwater camera, the DC2000, at the DEMA (Dive Equipment & Marketing Association) trade show. As SeaLife’s most advanced underwater camera to date, the DC2000 includes a full featured waterproof inner camera and an ergonomic, precisely designed and matched 200ft/60m underwater housing. The DC2000 is equipped with a variety of automatic imaging modes for budding photographers to an abundance of full manual exposure controls for advanced users.
 
Ideal for low light environments, the DC2000 uses a SONY 1” back-illuminated 20MP CMOS image sensor to produce sharp stills and full HD videos with 1080p @ 60 frames per second. There are 4 underwater modes with built-in underwater color corrections are available to select from: dive, snorkel, external light, and external flash, making external color filters unnecessary. Additionally, 25 Land Scene modes are available for shooting topside.
 
With an auto focus of 4” (10cm) to infinity and an ultra-fast shutter response time of 0.1 second, you’ll never miss a fast moving shot. The DC2000 includes a 7-element fully multi-coated optical grade aspheric lens and a focal length of 11.6mm (film equivalent 31mm). To increase field of view, SeaLife offers a Wide Angle Fisheye Lens (SL975) for an approximate diagonal shooting angle of 110°, or a Compact Wide Angle Lens (SL970) for a shooting angle of 90°.
 
The DC2000 includes a continuous burst shooting mode, time lapse, GIF, continuous, and pre-shooting. In addition, the camera utilizes optical image stabilization to reduce unwanted camera shake. Use the intuitive dial to select from 8 shootings modes, including manual shutter and 17 aperture settings from F1.8 to F11. With the option to shoot in JPEG, RAW (Adobe .dng), the DC2000 offers endless photo editing options.
 
The rubber over-molded polycarbonate construction of the DC2000 features an ergonomic design and comfortable handling with the hard-shell exterior housing’s dimensions of 5.9”H x 4”W x 3”D (149mm x 102mm x 81mm). The housing includes a flash link optical cable adapter that easily connects to one or two external flash or strobes. The wide “Piano Keys” control all the cameras essential functions, making it easy to operate with or without dive gloves. The DC2000 inner camera includes a built-in flash, a 3” 920k hi-resolution color LCD screen and an intuitive and user friendly feature navigation menu. The inner camera dimensions are 2.6”H x 4.6”W x 1.4”D (67 x 116 x 36 mm) and is waterproof down to 60ft/18m.
 
The included 1130mAh 3.7V ion removable battery will power the camera for over two hours. Charging the battery is an easy and quick process done by attaching the USB cable into the camera’s USB port and wall charger. The DC2000 offers 80mb of internal memory and is expandable to 128gb of memory with micro-SD, micro-SDHD, micro-SDXC, or UHS-1 memory cards.
 
The DC2000’s built-in WiFi wirelessly connects the camera to any iOS and Android smart phone or tablet using the free Link123 Plus app. Without using a laptop or computer, you can directly preview and download pictures/videos from the camera to your smart device and instantly share your diving adventure with friends and family.
 
The DC2000 is expandable with SeaLife’s powerful Sea Dragon underwater LED lights, Flash and Flex-Connect arms, grips, trays and accessories. Flex-Connect trays, grips and accessories mount together in seconds for easy set-up and disassemble equally as fast for washing or travel.
 
The DC2000 Auto will be available for shipment approximately on December 1, 2016 at the following prices:
 
ModelDescriptionMSRP
SL740SeaLife DC2000 Digital Underwater Camera$699.95
SL745SeaLife DC2000 Sea Dragon Pro Flash Set$995.95
SL744SeaLife DC2000 Sea Dragon 2500 LED Light Set$1,099.95
SL746SeaLife Pro Duo including Sea Dragon Flash and Sea Dragon 2300 LED Auto Light$1,399.95

B&H has the SeaLife DC2000 Underwater Camera available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: SeaLife News
Post Date: 11/16/2016 4:14:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From X-rite:
 
Colin Smith, Founder of PhotoshopCAFE.com and Best-selling Author takes you through the steps for creating your own custom Look Up Tables for video.
 
Colin Smith is the founder of PhotoshopCAFE, one of the most popular online destinations for learning Photoshop and digital imaging (over 30 million visitors). His passion for digital imaging caused him to rise quickly into Senior Creative positions. He traded his corner office for the entrepreneurs life as a commercial artist with an esteemed client list that includes Satcchi & Satcchi, Proctor & Gamble, Disney, Apple, Adobe, Toyo Tires, Microsoft and several Hollywood entertainment companies.
 
Webinar Details
 
Title: Learn how to create custom LUT's for video with Colin Smith
Presenter: Colin Smith
Bio: Founder of PhotoshopCAFE.com, Educator and Best-selling Author
Date: November 17, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM EST
Created For: Photographers, Filmmakers + Hybrid Shooters
 
Register Now
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/16/2016 11:44:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Rick Sammon
 
As a professional photographer, I am often asked, “Hey Rick, what is your specialty?” I reply, “My specialty is not specializing.” That’s because I like to do it all, which includes taking studio portraits (illustrated by the opening image for this article), outdoor natural light portraits, indoor and outdoor shots, landscapes, scenic images, HDR and so on — all illustrated throughout this article.
 
When novice photographers come to me for advice, I suggest not specializing, because I feel that not specializing makes for a well-rounded photographer — a photographer with pictures that might attract a range of potential sales or clients. Plus, getting good at one specialty can help getting good at another.
 
Lately, I have been photographing with the Canon EOS M5 compact interchangeable lens camera, which I call the lightweight and compact camera for photographers who don’t specialize — because it can do it all.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS M5 available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/16/2016 11:32:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Photoshelter:
 
Get inspired by 10 photographers who pull back the curtain & share how they got the shot
 
We partnered up with Tether Tools - a great source of tethering equipment for photographers - for a brand new guide, How I Got The Shot.
 
Inside, get behind-the-scenes videos, lighting diagrams, and step-by-step lists from editorial and commercial photographers who share how they nail the final photo for their clients
 
You'll see how photographers like Clay Cook, Gabriel Biderman and Lindsay Adler think outside the box to bring their ideas to life. Learn how they play with fire and water, photograph an old castle at night or craft eye-catching beauty shots. Most importantly, you'll walk away with tons of inspiration for your next gig.
 
Get the Free Guide
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/16/2016 10:49:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tokina is offering mail-in rebates on select lenses purchased between November 1 and December 31, 2016. See below for details.
 
Tokina Winter 2016 Mail-In Rebates
 
ModelRebate Amount
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II Lens Buy$30.00
Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Lens Buy$40.00
Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens Buy$30.00
Tokina 24-70mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens Buy$60.00
Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro Macro Lens Buy$20.00
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/16/2016 10:35:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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