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 Tuesday, April 19, 2016
From LensRentals Blog:
If you’re like me you like to know what’s going on inside your camera or lens to some degree. They are tools, and if I want to get the best use out of my tool I need to know it’s strengths and weaknesses.
 
You may not have noticed, especially if you shoot just Canon or Nikon, but there’s been a quiet change in autofocus motors going on. Or you might have barely noticed marketing-fluff terms like ‘linear focusing’ or ‘electromagnetic focusing’ without really understanding what they meant. Even if you understood the general terms, you probably aren’t really certain how they work, or how they might be better or worse than what we’ve been using.
 
So I thought some of you might like taking a look into what might (or might not) be a big deal: the changes that are being made in autofocus motors. Today I’m going to discuss linear electromagnetic focusing motors. I may do another post about linear-piezo and ring-to-linear piezo motors later, but those are, so far, less common than the electromagnetic motors.
See the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 4/19/2016 6:43:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From DJI:
 
DJI on Sunday introduced the Matrice 600, its next-generation aerial platform, marking a new era for professional aerial photography, filmmaking and industrial applications.
 
The M600 integrates DJI’s brand-new A3 flight controller onboard and features advanced Lightbridge 2 video-transmission technology that offers high frame rates and HD live-streaming capability at distances up to five kilometers.
 
“The M600 is the most-powerful and easiest-to-use professional platform DJI has ever produced,” said Senior Product Manager Paul Pan. “We’ve pre-programmed all M600 platform data and information into the A3 flight controller, remote and transmission system to minimize setup and get you flying as quickly as possible.”
 
The M600 is a six-rotor system with a maximum payload of 6.0 kilograms, making it ideal for the full range of DJI’s Zenmuse gimbals, including the Z15 series and the Zenmuse X series cameras, which are unmatched in providing stabilized aerial imagery. The M600’s carrying weight also allows it to fly the Ronin MX, DJI’s newest handheld and aerial three-axis gimbal. The M600’s propulsion system is dustproof to simplify maintenance and increase durability. It has actively cooled motors for more-reliable flight, and its landing gear is retractable for full 360-degree, unobstructed imaging.
 
The M600 is powered by six DJI Intelligent Batteries. The customized battery-management system and power distribution board allow all six batteries to be turned on and off with the push of one button and keep the system aloft, should a single battery fail. The M600 will fly up to 36 minutes with a Zenmuse X5 camera attached and up to 16 minutes with a larger camera, such as a RED EPIC. Flight time will vary for different cameras, gimbals and a number of other conditions.
 
Integrated A3 Flight Controller
 
Setting the M600 apart is its integrated A3 flight controller. It uses sine-wave-driven, intelligent electronic speed controllers to ensure the M600 performs accurately, safely and efficiently. Meanwhile, self-adaptive flight systems adjust parameters automatically, based on different payloads.
 
It’s upgradable to the A3 PRO system, which features advanced diagnostic algorithms that compare sensor data from three Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) units and three inertial measurement units.
 
The A3’s GNSS system can also be optionally upgraded to DJI Real-Time Kinematic technology, offering centimeter-accurate positioning to allow for complex maneuvers in an industrial setting and so that cinematic shots can be precisely replicated. The RTK technology can also withstand magnetic interference.
 
The M600 supports the DJI GO app, which includes a live video feed, battery and redundancy status, transmission strength and other data to keep the user informed of flight status at all times. The app also provides access to aperture, shutter speed, photo and video capture on any Zenmuse X-series camera, plus remote focus on the Zenmuse X5 and X5R cameras.
 
The M600 is a top-quality development platform, compatible with the DJI Onboard Software Development Kit and Mobile SDK to work with different industrial applications. It has dual parallel CAN and API ports for connecting DJI devices, including the Guidance sensor system, RTK GPS units or third-party components.
 
The M600’s retail price, including the integrated A3 flight controller with Lightbridge 2 and a full set of batteries, is $4,599.
 

Works Seamlessly with Ronin-MX
 
When paired with the new DJI Ronin-MX, the M600 offers best-in-class three-axis aerial video stabilization. The latest in the Ronin line is also the most-versatile, working both on the ground and in the air with minimal setup.
 
The Ronin-MX works perfectly with the M600, as a fully integrated system that includes the A3 flight controller, Lightbridge 2 transmission system and gimbal in the air. It’s the first universal aerial gimbal DJI has made that communicates with the onboard DJI flight controller.
 
It’s fully compatible with a rich selection of DJI accessories for long-distance focus and aperture control and features remote start/stop controls and video transmission. The Ronin-MX is built for convenient, handheld use, but it also has multiple operation modes, including underslung, upright and briefcase. Apart from the M600, it’s also compatible with video cranes.
 
“For film directors, the M600 is a game-changer. There are other options out there, but none that integrate a top-class flight controller, video-transmission system like Lightbridge 2 and support for a wide range of cameras and gimbals,” said DJI Executive Creative Director Sheldon Schwartz. “If you go with the new Ronin-MX on the M600, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to get unparalleled stability and cinematic-quality shots.”
 
The Ronin-MX has a built-in, independent IMU module, a Bluetooth module and a 2.4GHz receiver. It operates through the DJI GO app and has settings for SmoothTrack and gimbal-tuning for various cameras, including some of the RED series, DSLRs and other professional camera. It also operates in multiple modes, including aerial and car mount.
 
Mounted on the M600, the Ronin-MX’s CANBUS port allows all flight controller data to pass through to the Ronin-MX, meaning the gimbal is positionally aware and able to keep the horizon level. The Ronin-MX can pan 360 degrees, tilt +45 to -135 degrees and has redundant slip rings, offering enhanced reliability for operators. With an optional accessory, the Ronin-MX can transmit video real-time from a mounted camera, making full use of the M600’s Lightbridge 2 capabilities. It will also be compatible with the DJI Focus, through a wireless adapter mounted to the Focus remote.
 
The Ronin-MX is powered by a 4S Ronin-M battery. Third-party cameras mounted on the Ronin MX can be powered by an optional onboard DJI battery.
 
The Ronin MX is compatible with a wide range of cameras from Arri, Black Magic, Canon, Panasonic, RED, Sony and Nikon. Its maximum load weight is around 4.5 kilograms.
 
The Ronin MX retails for $1,599. Bundled with the M600 and integrated A3 flight controller and Lightbridge 2, it will sell for $5,999.
 
B&H has the DJI Matrice 600 and Ronin-MX available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: DJI News
Post Date: 4/19/2016 5:30:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron:
 
Tamron lenses awarded with two prestigious TIPA awards in 2016
 
April 18, 2016, Commack, New York - Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced that its SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) and 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B018) have both been presented awards with the "TIPA Awards 2016" hosted by the TIPA (Technical Image Press Association).
 
BEST DSLR PRIME LENS: SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012)
Excerpt from the Award Citation of the TIPA Jury:
At approximately 80mm long and between 450 and 480g in weight (depending on camera system), the full-frame Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 is constructed with 10 elements in 9 groups. It utilizes two molded glass aspherical elements with one LD (low dispersion) and one XLD (extra low dispersion) element, which greatly reduces chromatic aberration. The lens has excellent resolution from corner to corner, no vignetting even at full aperture, a minimum focusing distance of 0.2 meters and Tamron's VC (vibration compensation) system (except on the Sony mount version). Full time manual focus override is always available, a great aid when doing close-ups.
 
BEST ENTRY LEVEL DSLR LENS: 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B018)
Excerpt from the Award Citation of the TIPA Jury:
When entry-level photographers start to look beyond their kit lens, or purchase a lens with their camera body, they will be excited to own a lens that offers a wide range of focal length options, and the Tamron 18-200mm fits the bill. Constructed with 16 elements in 14 groups, this lens for APS-C format cameras yields a 35mm equivalent of 28-310mm. It is compact: an average of 95mm (3.8 inches) in its various mounts and is said to be the world's lightest (400g, 14.1 oz) in its class. Vibration reduction helps users get steady pictures, particularly at the longer focal length ranges.
 
B&H carries the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 4/19/2016 5:03:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
 
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – For videographers seeking reduced weight, increased capacity, more features, and ease of use, Think Tank will release seven incredibly strong soft-sided video cases. In addition to being lighter weight and having more features than traditional hard cases, Think Tank’s new video cases let videographers to hit the ground running by allowing them to leave their cameras fully assembled between shoots. No longer will they need to build-out their cameras while the client impatiently waits or the shot disappears.
 
The new video bags range in size. The largest, the Video Rig 24 rolling case, holds a fully assembled 24” video rig and features inset channel aluminum tubing for added strength and durability. The mid-sized bag, the Video Transport 20, holds a video camera body, four to six lenses (detached), shotgun mic, small monitor, 4K recorder, audio recorder, additional accessories, and up to a 17” laptop in a padded sleeve. The smallest, the Video Workhorse 19 shoulder bag, holds a professional camcorder or video cameras up to 19” and features striated aluminum and arched twinwall reinforced struts to create a collapse-proof lid. Built tough, with the quality Think Tank is known for, these bags are the perfect blend of protection and functionality.
 
The seven new bags in Think Tank’s video series are, from biggest to smallest in capacity:
 
  • Video Rig 24 – Holds a fully or partially assembled video camera rig up to 24” (61cm), which could include camera body, lens, monitor, viewfinder, 4K recorder, audio recorder, rails, follow-focus, matte-box, shoulder mount, top handle, stabilizer handles, shotgun mic, and counter-weight. The case fits a Canon C-series, Sony FS700, FS5, FS7, F5 or F55, Red Epic/Scarlet, Black Magic Cinema Camera, Ursa or Ursa Mini, Aja Cion, Arri Alexa, as well as many ENG cameras.
  • Video Rig 18 – Fits a fully or partially assembled video camera rig up to 18” (45.7cm), which could include camera body, lens, monitor, viewfinder, 4K recorder, audio recorder, rails, follow-focus, matte-box, shoulder mount, top handle, stabilizer handles, shotgun mic, and counter-weight. The case fits a Canon C-series, Sony FS700, FS5, FS7, F5 or F55, Red Epic/Scarlet, Black Magic Cinema Camera, Ursa or Ursa Mini, Aja Cion, as well as many ENG cameras.
  • Video Transport 20 – Holds a video camera body, four to six lenses (detached), shotgun mic, small monitor, 4K recorder, audio recorder, additional accessories, and up to a 17” laptop in a padded sleeve. The roller bag fits a Canon C-series, Sony FS700, FS5, FS7, F55 or F56, Red Epic/Scarlet, Black Magic Cinema Camera, Ursa or Ursa Mini.
  • Video Transport 18 – Fits a video camera body, three to five lenses (detached), shotgun mic, small monitor, 4K recorder, audio recorder, additional accessories, and up to a 15” laptop in a padded sleeve. The roller bag holds a Canon C-series, Sony FS700, FS5, FS7, F55 or F56, Red Epic/Scarlet, Black Magic Cinema Camera, Ursa or Ursa Mini.
  • Video Workhorse 25 – Holds professional camcorders or video camera rigs up to 25” (63.5cm) long and 9.1” (23cm) tall, which could include a camera body, lens, monitor, viewfinder, 4K recorder, audio recorder, medium LED lightpanel, shotgun mic, lavaliere mics, rails, follow-focus, matte-box, shoulder mount, top handle, and cables. The shoulder bag holds a Canon C-series, Sony FS700, FS5, FS7, F5 or F55, Red Epic/Scarlet, Black Magic Cinema Camera, Ursa or Ursa Mini, or a DSLR/Mirrorless rig such as the Sony a7sII, Panasonic GH4, or Canon 5DMIII.
  • Video Workhorse 21 – Fits a professional camcorder or video camera rig up to 21” (53.3cm) long and 8.7” (22cm) tall, which could include a camera body, lens, monitor, viewfinder, 4K recorder, audio recorder, medium LED lightpanel, shotgun mic, lavaliere mics, rails, follow-focus, matte-box, shoulder mount, top handle, and cables. The shoulder bag holds a Canon C-series, Sony FS700, FS5, FS7, F5 or F55, Red Epic/Scarlet, Black Magic Cinema Camera, Ursa or Ursa Mini, or a DSLR/Mirrorless rig such as the Sony a7sII, Panasonic GH4, or Canon 5DMIII.
  • Video Workhorse 19 – Holds a professional camcorder or video camera rig up to 19” (48.3cm) long and 7.5” (19cm) tall and accessories, which could include a camera body, lens, monitor, viewfinder, 4K recorder, audio recorder, medium LED lightpanel, shotgun mic, lavaliere mics, rails, follow-focus, matte-box, shoulder mount, top handle, and cables. The shoulder bag fits a Panasonic PX270, X1000 or DVX-200, Canon C-series, Sony FS700, FS5, FS7, F5 or F55, Red Epic/Scarlet, Black Magic Cinema Camera, Ursa or Ursa Mini, or a DSLR/Mirrorless rig such as the Sony a7sII, Panasonic GH4, or Canon 5DMIII.
Think Tank Photo will have the Video Bag Lineup available soon.
 Monday, April 18, 2016
From Pelican:
 
TORRANCE, CA — April, 15, 2016 – Since 1976, the Pelican classic Protector case has been the go-to protective case solution for millions of people worldwide. It has made an impact in industries ranging from military and aerospace to photography and hunting. Today, Pelican is proud to announce the outcome of a relentless quest to offer Pelican users more versatility than ever before: Introducing Pelican Air cases. These new cases have been engineered to maintain the same standard of durability, but reduce the weight of each case by up to 40 percent and offer new size selections not currently available in the Pelican classic or Pelican Storm lines.
 
Available in six long-form, travel-ready sizes, Pelican Air cases are constructed of lightweight HPX2 resin, the next generation of Pelican’s proprietary formula that rebounds to stress without breaking. With the busy traveler in mind, the 1535 Pelican Air case (Wheeled Carry On) complies with overhead bin standards and the 1615 Pelican Air case (Wheeled Check In) complies with current airline check-in size regulations.
 
Additional models are currently in development with more than 20 new sizes making their debut over the next 18 months. Each case passes the same performance tests (impact, drop, submersion, high and low temperature) that Pelican users have come to trust and is backed by the company’s legendary lifetime guarantee of excellence.
 
“The Pelican brand is synonymous with protection and has set the gold-standard in the protective case market for more than 40 years,” said Lyndon Faulkner, President and CEO of Pelican Products. “While using the Pelican classic case design as the basis for the new line, our engineers have spent the past two years reimagining the classic case with a focus on taking out weight while maintaining the same high level of performance customers have come to expect from Pelican. This revolutionary Pelican Air case design underscores Pelican’s continuing commitment to innovation and making a legendary product even better.”
 
To construct a lighter case, Pelican’s engineering team faced the challenge of building lightness into every facet of the design without compromising Pelican’s renowned durability. By working with a team of materials scientists, Pelican was able to construct cases that are the lightest protective cases on the market today.
 
Pelican Air cases are available with several configurations:
 
  • No Foam (empty)
  • Pick N Pluck foam – manually customizable cubed foam
  • Padded Dividers – newly redesigned with a fully-sewn tub, felt exterior and high-visibility yellow interior, making it easier to identify equipment
  • TrekPak – a completely new divider system with rigid, customizable panels and locking pins
Pelican Air cases are available through select dealers, distributors and retailers starting May 1, 2016.
 
B&H has the Pelican Air Cases available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Pelican News
Post Date: 4/18/2016 1:11:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 4/18/2016 12:00:48 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From LensRentals:
 
For the rest of the month save $25 dollars on any rental of $150 or more. Just use code TAX25.
 
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
 
Fine Print:
  • Order must have arrival date on or before April 30th, 2016
  • Must use code TAX25
  • Total must be $150.00 before taxes
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 4/18/2016 10:55:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through April 21, B&H has the Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3.0x for 3.2" Screens available for $249.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $374.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • DSLR Optical Viewfinder
  • Fits 3.2" LCD Screens
  • 3.0x Focusable Magnification
  • -4.75 Diopter Correction
  • For Perfect Vision/Farsighted Shooters
  • Zacuto 40mm Diameter Lens
  • Anti-fog Coating
  • Lightproof Eyecup
  • Gorilla Plate & Mounting Frame
  • Extender Frames
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 4/18/2016 6:55:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Use coupon code BHNAB16 during checkout at B&H to save 15% on select Pelican waterproof cases.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 4/18/2016 6:48:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Cinetics Axis360 Pro Motorized Motion Control System and Slider available for $649.95 with free shipping. Regularly $899.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Motorized Slides, Pans, and Tilts
  • Digital Stepper Motor
  • Supports up to 11 lb
  • Controller Unit with CineMoco Software
  • Speeds up to 110°/s
  • Incremental Steps Down to 0.03°
  • 32" Slider
  • Mini Tripod Kit with Ballhead
  • Two Quick-Release Clamps
  • Arca-Type Quick-Release Plate
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 4/18/2016 6:35:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Polsen CAM-2W - Camera-Mountable VHF Wireless System with Omnidirectional Lavalier Mic available for $99.95 with free shipping. Regularly $139.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Easy-to-Use Lavalier Wireless System
  • Compander-Free for High-Quality Audio
  • Two Switchable Frequency Bands
  • Available in 4 Different Frequency Bands
  • Camera & Belt Clip Mountable Receiver
  • Easily Concealed Lightweight Transmitter
  • Includes Omnidirectional Lavalier Mic
  • 100' Range (300' in Optimal Conditions)
From B&H:
 
SuperStore & Offices
B&H will be closed starting at 7pm EDT on Thurs April 21.
We will reopen at 10am on Sun May 1.
 
Online Orders
Online ordering will pause during the following holiday observance periods:
7:30pm Fri April 22 through 9pm Sun April 24
7:45pm Thurs April 28 through 9:15pm Sat April 30
 
Shipping
Orders placed before 4pm on Thurs April 21 will be processed prior to the holiday closing.
Orders placed after this time will be processed after we reopen on Sun May 1.
 
Store Pickup
Store Pickup orders placed up to 1 hour before store closing time will be available for same-day pickup until store closing time.
Store Pickup orders placed within 1 hour of store closing, or while the store is closed, will be available for pickup 45 minutes after the store reopens.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 4/18/2016 5:09:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 15, 2016
eBay (via DroneNerds) has a DJI Phantom 3 4K Bundle available for $599.99 with free shipping. Compare at $649.00 without extra bundled items.
 
DJI Phantom 3 4K Bundle Includes
 
  • DJI Phantom 3 4K Quadcopter
  • DJI Hardshell Backpack ($139.00 value)
  • Extra DJI Intelligent Flight Battery for Phantom 3 ($119.49 value)
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 4/15/2016 12:39:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The balance of the standard test results, including vignetting, flare and distortion, along with specs, measurements and standard product images, are now available on the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens review page.
 
I expect to have the review of this interetsing lens completed very soon.
 
B&H has the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 4/15/2016 8:05:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I was recently privileged to spend over a week photographing in Middle and North Caicos, Turks and Caicos, British West Indies. Landscape photography was the primary pursuit and I packed an arguably best-available kit for this purpose. Seen in the lead image is my primary pack for this trip, a MindShift Gear BackLight 26L.
 
This pack is well under the carry-on size limitation of many flights and holds a substantial amount of gear along with clothes, water bottles and other items. Though nicely-sized, this backpack is not heavy. It has proven comfortable to carry on easy hikes (such as through airports) and very long, difficult ones (such as over the pure-evil rocks on the cliffs along the Mudjin Harbor coast) alike.
 
In this backpack, I took a pair of Canon EOS 5Ds R cameras (sans grips) as shown mounted to an EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens, a frequently carried combination for me.
 
Across the top of this case are the Gitzo GH3382QD Series 3 Center Ball Head (one of the best ball heads I've used), the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens (this was a great opportunity to use this lens while reviewing it) and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens, a great landscape lens, especially when handholding.
 
In the smaller sections across the bottom of the case are numerous circular polarizer and neutral density filters, a pile of batteries and misc. other items.
 
Yes, the Zeiss Otus looks a bit big for this pack, but ... the zippers close, even with a 15" laptop in the lid. I actually carried this lens in my personal item pack, but wanted to feature it among the important gear I took with me.
 
My "personal item" carried onto the plane was again a Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro. While I had a couple of other lenses, a Canon EOS M3 and some other camera gear in this pack, most of the contents were more support-oriented, including power supplies, chargers, external hard drives, etc.
 
This was a very good trip, featuring some of the most beautiful water and emptiest beaches found anywhere. I hope to share more images from this location soon.
 
Feel free to ask questions in the comments section.
 
Get your MindShift Gear BackLight 26L at B&H or direct from MindShift Gear.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 4/15/2016 7:53:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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