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 Friday, May 8, 2015
Canon Professional Network
From the Canon Professional Network:
"Photographer and filmmaker Vincent Laforet has flown over some of America’s most iconic cities at night with a camera – with breathtaking results. He is now winging his way to Europe and wants you to be a part of 'Project AIR', as he explains to CPN Editor David Corfield..."
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/8/2015 8:00:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T6s
Resolution samples have been added to the Canon EOS Rebel T6s and T6i review pages. These two cameras share the same imaging sensor, so the same set of results are shared by the two.
 
Remember that the T6i/T6s results are processed in Canon Digital Photo Pro version 4 as these RAW images are not supported in version 3. I talked about the Canon DPP 4 vs. 3 differences recently.
 
The 7D Mark II and 70D were the previous Canon APS-C resolution record holders. The T6s/T6i adds 4 megapixels of resolution to these bodies. Here is the Canon EOS T6s vs. 7D Mark II comparison.
 
The T6i and T6s imaging sensors also surpass the previous Canon full frame resolution record holder, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Here is the Canon EOS T6s vs. 5D Mark III comparison.
 
B&H has the Rebel T6i (body and kit) and Rebel T6s (kit) in stock. The T6s body-only remains a preorder item.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/8/2015 7:27:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 7, 2015
by Sean Setters
 
When a friend of mine posted on Facebook, "Does anyone have any use for a TON of expired coffee beans?," I quickly replied, "I'll take 'em."
 
As others expressed interest in the coffee beans for gardening purposes, and I didn't need much for the macro shots I thought I might use them for, I only ended up getting a couple of bags out of the seventeen pounds she was offering (though I'm sure I could have found an interesting use for that many coffee beans).
 
As I was picking up the graciously free props I asked my friend if there was anything specific she wanted me to shoot with them. Much to my surprise she had a very quick answer. "Amanda. Something with her hair, maybe?"
 
While it certainly wasn't what I had in mind, it sounded right down my alley. I nodded my head and replied, "Okie dokie. I'll see what I can do."
 
With a vague idea in my head, Amanda and I took the opportunity of some free time yesterday afternoon to bring it to fruition. I laid a standard sized (32x40") white foam-core white poster board on my living room floor. I then extended the legs of my Induro CT314 to their fullest extent, reversed the center column, attached my 5D Mark III + Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art and positioned the tripod directly above the board. After that, I set up one light stand with a Canon 580EX and an 24" Glow softbox and another light stand with a 580EX and a Westcott RapidBox Octa (both triggered via radio slaves).
 
I asked Amanda to lay on the white board so that her head was basically centered in the board. We then spread out her hair so that it filled a majority of the space after which I began taking test exposures while fiddling with the position of the lights. I settled on f/6.3, 1/160 second at ISO 160 for the exposure with the lights set to between 1/8 and 1/4 power.
 
Getting the light just right proved a little challenging because of the orientation of the subject and the background and the fact that both were on the ground. I positioned the RapidBox Octa toward the top of Amanda's head, camera left, feathered a little downward. I positioned the 24" softbox camera right but feathered slightly toward the top of the frame. This lighting position and close power ratio provided a relatively flat lighting from a highlight to shadow perspective, yet there was still a direction to the light which helped to sculpt and highlight Amanda's features.
 
Then the coffee beans. If I had thought through this setup a little more, I would have laid down a garbage bag or two beneath the white board in order to catch stray coffee beans before they hit the carpet – but I didn't. When I opened the bag and started pouring the beans onto the background, the beans bounced much more than I had imagined. While most of the coffee beans stayed within the confines of the white board, more than a few landed on the carpet. Tip: If a coffee bean lands on your carpet, be careful not to step on it. It can make the mess infinitely more difficult to clean up.
 
We tried several different poses throughout the session including several with Amanda holding a coffee mug. But in the end, this was the keeper from the shoot. And while I typically see the world in a 2x3 (and increasingly, 16x9) frame, I ended up liking the square crop best and knew it would work well as a profile picture.
 
Since updating her Facebook profile picture yesterday afternoon, the picture has amassed 95 likes with several nice comments as well. It's amazing what you can do with a little space on your floor, a white board, a tripod, a couple of lights, a pretty girl and a bag of magic [coffee] beans. ;-)
 
Click on the image atop this post to see a larger sized version on Flickr.
Post Date: 5/7/2015 10:02:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Triggertrap App on Pebble Smartwatch
From Triggertrap:
 
Pebble support from day one; Apple Watch coming very soon!
 
Triggertrap - creators of the world’s most versatile camera triggering solution - have today unveiled a brand new “Wearables” mode for their popular iOS app, Triggertrap Mobile. The new Wearables mode enables photographers to use a smartwatch to trigger a DSLR camera via an iOS app for the very first time.
 
Photographers everywhere now have the ability to trigger their camera remotely from their wrist. This can be incredibly useful for simple applications, such as taking self-portraits, to more advanced techniques like triggering long exposures for light painting or starting a timelapse sequence. All these possibilities lie within the photographer’s smartwatch.
 
This latest update supports the current range of Pebble smartwatches, as well as the upcoming Pebble Time. Meanwhile, Triggertrap’s development team are working hard to bring Apple Watch support to the app in the coming weeks.
 
As well as being a handy tool, using a smartwatch to take photos is great fun. An early user of the Pebble Smartwatch alongside Triggertrap’s Android app explained that using the watch to trigger the camera “makes me feel a bit like James Bond”.
 
The update is available to download on the iOS app store now and the Triggertrap app for Pebble is available on the Pebble App Store.
 
The Triggertrap Mobile Dongle (review) is available direct from Triggertrap.
Post Date: 5/7/2015 10:21:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Image quality results from a second Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens are now available on the site.
 
The second lens (sample "2") is slightly sharper in the center and slightly less sharp in the corner.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art Lens available for order with "coming soon" the expectation.
Post Date: 5/7/2015 8:47:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 6, 2015
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From Canon USA:
 
Three Lucky Fans Will Win a Trip To The Little League World Series in August
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., MAY 6, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the continuation of their multi-year partnership as the official camera and printer sponsor of Little League Baseball and Softball, the world's largest youth sports organization. As part of the partnership, Canon and Little League are teaming up to present the "Picture Perfect Season," a initiative kicking off this month with the Canon Little League Photo Contest powered by PIXMA Printers. By submitting their photos based on three monthly themes, fans will have the chance to win one of three trips to the Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, PA and see their photos on display in the World of Little League Museum in the Richard "Hank" Bauer, Jr. Little League Photography Exhibit in the World Series Gallery presented by Easton Foundations.
 
"Canon is thrilled to support the Little League World Series, capturing special moments of fans, families and players," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "This year, through the use of our input-to-output solutions, we're taking the Great Wall of Fandom on the road and inviting fans at the regional tournaments to show their support on the ground through Regional Walls of Fandom. Culminating at Williamsport and displayed during the tournament, we're excited to share the power of the printed image with fans across the country and deepen our relationship with Little League."
 
The Canon Little League Photo Contest powered by PIXMA Printers kicks off with "Stepping Up to the Plate," a theme focusing on shots of game play. Whether it's a Little Leaguer sliding into home base or catching a fly ball, these images should capture the essence of what it means to be on the field. Entries will be judged on the use of theme and on the quality of the image and overall impression.
 
The contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents aged 18 and up. To submit your photos and read the official rules, visit littleleague.org/canonphotocontest.
 
Last year, Canon built "The Great Wall of Fandom," a real-time installation showcasing photos and messages from fans around the world, in support of the teams at the Little League Baseball World Series. This year, Canon and the Little League community will be using the Canon PIXMA MG7520 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One printer to bring the photos to life throughout the entire journey, capturing and preserving moments from Opening Day to the Regional Tournaments, both nationally and internationally, and culminating at the Little League Baseball World Series. Canon will also be hosting the PIXMA Play and Print Experience loaded with baseball-themed activities for kids, giving fans in Williamsport another way to make their fandom real during every moment of the action.
 
Beginning in late July and running through the end of the tournament on August 30th, baseball fans around the world can share photos and words of encouragement via thegreatwalloffandom.com. Fans at regional tournaments will also be encouraged to print and show their support on their region's very own Great Wall of Fandom. In both instances, Canon will print high-quality versions of the photos and messages on a Canon PIXMA MG7520 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One printer, made possible via cloud connectivity, and add them to "The Great Wall of Fandom."
 
This year marks the 76th Anniversary of Little League, and part of its longtime success in providing healthy youth sports opportunities for 2.4 million children in more than 80 countries can be attributed to the assistance provided by sponsorships. Canon continues its partnership with Little League as one of 16 national sponsors, which helps Little League maintain low-team affiliation fees and provide valuable training and educational resources to coaches, parents, umpires, and volunteers. Many of Little League's national sponsors also participate in enhancing the fan experience at the Little League Baseball World Series Family Fun Zone.
 
"We are excited to continue our partnership with Canon as a national sponsor of Little League and the Little League Baseball World Series," said Liz DiLullo Brown, Little League vice president of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. "Little League is more than a youth sports organization, it is a youth leadership organization, and thanks to the support of our national sponsors, Little League is able to provide parents a healthy, affordable recreational outlet for their children. Canon's involvement with Little League reminds us to capture and preserve the precious moments that children make on Little League fields around the world."
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 5/6/2015 9:51:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens
Image quality results from a second copy of the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens are now available.
 
The second copy tested slightly better in the wide aperture corners and is presented as lens copy "1" in the results. Really impressive lens.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens available for preorder with "coming soon" being the expectation.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/6/2015 9:04:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 6th May 2015 – Today Canon announces the launch of a series of downloadable and app based city guides that offer fresh and unique perspectives of six cities across Europe - London, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Milan and Amsterdam. The curated guides invite consumers to explore the world around, look deeper and seek out the fascinating and beautiful stories that unfold everyday.
 
The introduction of the city guides is part of Canon’s continuing ‘Come and See’ brand campaign, the latest iteration of which features two freeclimbers who explore cities around the world from unique perspectives and breathtaking vantage points. The city guide series offer a more everyday look at cities, inviting people to take a fresh look at familiar landscapes and encouraging the discovery of hidden locations from unexpected angles.
 
To curate each exclusive guide, Canon has collaborated with six sets of influencers, local to each selected city. Each personality brings their passion, creative flair and area of expertise to offer their unique perspective on the tour stops mapped out:
 
  • UK: London - Professional parkour athlete and photographer, Scott Bass
  • Spain: Madrid - Fashion and street style blogging duo, Mike & Gabriel of Cup of Couple
  • Netherlands: Amsterdam - Professional photography duo, Andres & Joyce of On a Hazy Morning
  • Germany: Berlin - Graphic desiger and blogger, Nina of Smaracuja
  • Italy: Milan – Visual street artist, Alice Pasquini
  • France: Paris – Photographer, Saúl Aguilar
Nigel Taylor, Consumer Imaging Marketing Communications Director, Canon Europe, commented, “In a world full of fascinating stories, breath-taking views and hidden gems, it’s natural that in the hustle and bustle of life we overlook and at times take our surroundings for granted. At Canon, we want to help consumers enjoy cities across Europe in all their unique glory. We hope that people will relish the opportunity to seek out new perspectives and in turn capture that beauty on camera or video to cherish forever”.
 
Downloadable City Guides
All six city guides will be available for download via Canon’s dedicated 'Come and See' website from May 1st 2015, inviting consumers to discover European cities as they’ve never experienced them before. In addition, the website provides consumers with insight into the ‘Come and See’ campaign, including videos featuring the influencers, as well as technology stories and product information.
 
City Guides via Canon Companion Apps
Each city guide will also be featured as part of Canon’s new EOS 760D & EOS 750D, and EOS M3 Companion apps, compatible with iOS and Android, consumers can download and use the app regardless of whether they own the product or not. Users will be able to navigate their way through guides and city maps and gain handy photography tips and advice to inspire and support them in their journey of exploration around each city*.
 
Share your travel story with us!
City guide users are encouraged to share their favourite travel photos and experiences with the hashtag #comeandsee.
 
* The Madrid, Amsterdam, London, Berlin and Milan guides are available within the app from today, with Paris to follow in June.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/6/2015 8:20:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 5, 2015

 
From the ExpoImaging YouTube Channel:
 
Erik Valind demonstrates how to capture a portrait with soft light using only one speedlight, one window, and a Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting System.
 
B&H carries the Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro.
Post Date: 5/5/2015 3:29:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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May 5, 2015, Commack, New York – Tamron USA Inc. announces its 2015 eBook series, with the first installation in the series already available for free download at http://www.tamron-usa.com/lenses/ebooks.php. Expansive, breathtaking photographs serve as the visual backdrop for each 12-page-plus eBook, accompanied by descriptive commentary and hands-on techniques and tips for each book's specific photographic theme, genre, or location.
 
First in the 2015 series is "Road Trip Across the Southwest," a gorgeous pictorial journey with photographer Ken Hubbard through the mountains, tufa towers, and slot canyons of the American Southwest. In this edition, Hubbard and fellow Tech Team colleague André Costantini take the Tamron Tailgate Tour van on a side trip to test-drive the new Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC lens, the world's first F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with image stabilization. The second eBook, "Sports Photography: A Guide to Camera Setup and Exposure" with Tamron Pro Photographer, Jillian Bell, was also posted last week. Four more eBooks are in the works and will be posted in May, June, July/August and September.
 
Featured eBook authors are members of Tamron's exclusive Tech Team, a highly skilled group of photographers, educators, and experts in Tamron lenses and lens technology. Tamron's eBook authors hone their craft behind the lens every day, then share that photography expertise with beginners, serious amateurs, and professionals across the country through visits to dealers, schools, camera clubs, and photography shows.
 
The 2015 eBooks will be companion pieces to the eBooks already available at http://www.tamron-usa.com/lenses/ebooks.php, including Close-Up Photography by Jillian Bell; Nighttime Photography by Jeff Allen; Sunrise/Sunset Photography by Rob Moody; Travel & Landscape Photography by Ken Hubbard; and Natural-Light Photography by André Costantini.
 
B&H carries the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 5/5/2015 3:18:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Apple:
 
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to OS X Yosemite:
 
  • Canon EOS 5DS
  • Canon EOS 5DS R
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D / Kiss X8i
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6s / 760D / Kiss 8000D
  • Fujifilm X-A2
  • Hasselblad CFV-50c
  • Hasselblad H5D-50c
  • Leica C (Typ 112)
  • Nikon 1 S2
  • Nikon D7200
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
  • Panasonic LUMIX CM1
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF7
  • Pentax MX-1
Download:
Apple Digital Camera RAW 6.04
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Apple News
Post Date: 5/5/2015 12:45:05 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The first time that Sean and I gave Canon's Digital Photo Pro version 4.0.0 a workout, we declared that it wasn't ready for prime time. DPP 4 is now at version 4.2.10.0 and, forced by the lack of Canon EOS Rebel T6s and T6i support in DPP 3.14.48.1 (and presumably the same issue coming for the Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R), I am once again working with the latest version of Canon's image processing software. While I'm not ready to make recommendations on use of the latest version, I want to communicate a change that you might notice in forthcoming image quality results processed using DPP 4.
 
Any time a new RAW image processing engine is used, there is a possibility of the output being different. With each version of DPP we load, a comparison test is done to insure that our results are not impacted by the new engine. It has been a long time since the first digit of DPP's version number has been incremented and ... I was nervous. Primarily, I didn't want to leave the huge inventory of lens tests unavailable for comparison with the latest-tested gear.
 
Based on testing performed on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (supported on both versions of DPP), I'm reporting is that DPP 4 indeed changes the output. However, I think that you are going to view the change as positive and non-harming to comparisons with older tests going forward. Important is that I don't see any change in sharpness based on the same standardized test settings (Neutral Picture Style, Sharpness = "1"). However, there is a clear reduction in the artifacts seen in the resolution lines in the test chart. The lead image in this post was processed in the latest version of DPP 4 and the following image was processed in the latest version of DPP 3.
 
DPP 3 Resolution Example
 
To best compare these images, control-click on each to open them in new browser tabs and toggle between the tabs. Or, download and open the images in your favorite image viewer. Show the images at 200% and then toggle between them. Very little difference other than the artifacts clearing will be seen.
 
From a color standpoint, I am not seeing any changes between the two RAW image processing engines. From a noise standpoint, DPP version 4 has a very slight edge at higher ISO settings. The edge is tiny enough to be meaningless to most and unless toggling instantly between images at 100%, probably few would detect the difference.
 
Testing against all of these small changes is very time consuming, but ... worth it for accurate evaluations.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/5/2015 7:45:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 4, 2015

 
From the Joe McNally YouTube Channel:
 
With the help of two amazing Cirque du Soleil performers, Joe showcases the strength and stability of Gitzo Tripods.
 
B&H carries Gitzo tripods.
Post Date: 5/4/2015 10:19:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Learn more about the Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds r through the experiences of Canon Explorers of Light as they see what 50.6 MP can do while visiting the Valley of Fire in Nevada.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/4/2015 10:01:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Spring 2015 Canon Big White L Lens Family Picture (with Hoods)
With the arrival of the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II, it seemed like a good opportunity for the Canon family to sit down for the Big White Lens spring 2015 family picture (download larger images below).
 
Canon Big White Lens Family Picture Spring 2015 without Hoods Post Resolution

 
Featured in these pictures, from left to right, are the following lenses:
 
Download Larger Images
 
Download larger images for your wallpaper, physical wall – or just to get a closer look (grab a tissue to catch the drool):
 
FHD (1920x1080): No Hood | Hood
Retina (2880x1800): No Hood | Hood
Post Date: 5/4/2015 8:35:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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