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 Tuesday, July 11, 2017
From Nikon:
 
Nikon D5 Firmware v.1.20
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.10 to 1.20
 
  • Added two new AF-area modes: group-area AF (HL) and group-area AF (VL). The user selects a row (HL) or column (VL) of focus points; when AF-C is selected for focus mode, the camera will give priority to the point in the selected row or column containing the subject closest to the camera.
  • Updated the photo info display to show the color temperature for photos taken with Auto selected for white balance.
  • Added an Exif tag listing the difference between the local time zone and UTC, part of the Exif 2.31 specification.
  • Added the support for the following features of AF-P lenses:
    • If the standby timer expires after the camera has focused, the focus position will not change when the timer is reactivated.
    • In manual focus mode, the focus indicator in the viewfinder (or in live view, the focus point selected in the monitor) will flash to show that infinity or the minimum focus distance has been reached by rotating the focus ring.
  • Changed the checks performed when Clean image sensor > Clean now is selected in the SETUP MENU. We recommend that you perform image sensor cleaning after updating the firmware.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • The higher the amount of Active D Lighting selected when optional flash units were used with auto aperture (AA), non-TTL auto (A), or distance-priority manual (GN) flash mode, the more the resulting images would be underexposed.
    • Changes to exposure (including exposure compensation) would not be reflected in the photo live view exposure preview while the display was zoomed in.
    • Photo live view display WB could not be selected in the i-button menu while the exposure preview was displayed in photo live view.
    • Taking long bursts of photos with On selected for Network > Options > Auto send would sometimes drastically slow the recording of data to the memory card.
  • Reduced the amount of time needed to connect to hidden SSIDs when WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK is selected for Authentication.
  • Updated some help text.
Notice: Users of the software listed below will need to update to the following versions to support the changes in this firmware update:
 
Download: Nikon D5 Firmware v.1.20
 


Nikon D500 Firmware v.1.13
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.12 to 1.13
 
  • Fixed an issue that interfered with pairing or resulted in unreliable connections when the camera was used with the Android edition of the SnapBridge app.
Download: Nikon D500 Firmware v.1.13
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/11/2017 6:56:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Corel Painter 2017 (Multi-Lingual Retail Edition, Boxed) available for $129.95 with free shipping. Regularly $299.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Texture Painting
  • Dab Stencils
  • Glazing Brushes
  • Interactive Gradient Tool
  • Gradient Express Paint
  • Palette Drawers
  • Artist Layouts
  • Property Bar
  • Brush Selector
  • Windows & Mac Compatible
Post Date: 7/11/2017 6:03:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vello ShutterBoss II Timer Remote Switch available for $27.95 with free shipping. Regularly $49.95.
 
Timer Remote Switch Versions Available
 
  • Canon 3-Pin
  • Canon Sub Mini
  • Nikon 10-Pin
  • Nikon DC2
  • Sony Multi-Terminal
Product Highlights
 
  • Wired Remote Controller
  • Power Off and Reset Options
  • Set Timer Delays & Intervals
  • Set Number of Shots/Unlimited Shooting
  • 4-Line Backlit LED Display
  • Take Photos without Camera Shake
  • Great for Time-Lapse Recording
  • Powered by Two AAA Batteries
Post Date: 7/11/2017 5:57:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 10, 2017
B&H has the FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool available for $49.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $89.00.
 
Note: While many new Canon DSLRs feature Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensors, the FocusMaker (review) can be especially useful for those using older cameras. [Sean]
Post Date: 7/10/2017 3:42:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Rokinon/Samyang SP 14mm f/2.4 Lens Review.
 
Learn about this new premium-grade lens from Rokinon/Samyang, the company that has long been the source of great value lenses.
 
This lens currently has a $200.00 instant savings available. The Rokinon SP 14mm f/2.4 Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 7/10/2017 8:59:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Angler Muslin Background (10 x 12', in either Black, White or Chroma Green) available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $58.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Seamless, Durable 10 x 24' Fabric
  • Absorbs Light & Eliminates Reflections
  • Sewn-In 4" Rod Sleeve for Hanging
  • Machine Wash, Tumble Dry Low
  • Included See-Through Zippered Carry Bag
 Friday, July 7, 2017
The Canon Digital Learning Center has two new articles for those who are interested in photographing the upcoming solar eclipse.
 
Multiple Camera Eclipse Coverage
Written by Dave Henry and Ken Sklute
 
It’s always a good idea to take advantage of technology and labor saving devices and try to multi-task whenever you can.
 
For example, your automatic lawn sprinklers water your yard, while your dishwasher is washing the dishes, while your robotic vacuum cleans your floors and your DVR records your favorite ball game – all while you are having fun editing your vacation photos on your computer. Add to that a self-driving lawn mower and that would be the ultimate in multi-tasking.
 
The same multi-tasking possibilities occur in photography.
 
It is possible to have one camera shooting a time-lapse sequence with an intervalometer automatically clicking the shutter while you’re operating a second camera. You can add to that a video camera documenting your movements and/or that of your friends and family at the same time. It just takes planning, coordination and equipment.

Planning Multiple Exposure Sequences
Written by Dave Henry and Ken Sklute
 
A photograph is all about visual communication and telling a story.
 
Combining multiple images into one composite photograph helps to tell a complete story in one view. The process however, takes some forethought.
 
First you have to visualize the end result. Do you want to produce a sequence of the eclipse at several phases, or a series of images of the entire eclipse crossing the sky with a recognizable foreground? With that decision in mind, you have to put a plan into motion and begin accumulating the hardware you’ll need to make it happen and begin scouting your foreground location.
 
The illustrations shown below are composites, meaning that each image is composed of numerous individual component photographs. What makes the two composite images different is the concept and the execution.
 
In this article, we're going to discuss using an image-editing program (such as Adobe Photoshop), to stack numerous individual images of the sun into one finished composite image. It's beyond the scope of this article to go into detail about the software process of layering images, working with layer masks, and so on, but this information is readily available online from numerous sources. We won't be using the in-camera multi-exposure feature found in many Canon EOS and other digital cameras, although that's an alternative users can consider. One benefit of the composite approach — using individual images and creating a final image in software — is the creative flexibility it provides, after the eclipse has occurred.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions and solar eclipse gear.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/7/2017 9:54:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Nikon USA YouTube Channel:
 
On August 21, Americans can experience the first total solar eclipse in the US in nearly 40 years! Nikon Ambassador Lucas Gilman shares important safety tips, a list of suggested gear and his favorite camera settings and tips for creatively capturing the solar eclipse.
 

 
B&H carries solar eclipse supplies.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/7/2017 9:43:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Nikon Inc. is asking your cooperation in connection with a voluntary recall of certain lot numbers of its Nikon Model EN-EL15 rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack. The battery pack can experience a short circuit causing it to overheat and possibly causing the outside casing to become deformed, posing a potential hazard to consumers. There have only been seven (7) confirmed reports of incidents of the problem worldwide, and while no injuries have taken place, Nikon Inc. has initiated this recall of the affected lot numbers as a reflection of its commitment to safety and product quality. We are asking that owners of the affected battery pack contact Nikon Inc. to initiate a free product exchange.
 
The Nikon EN-EL15 battery pack is provided as a supplied accessory with the purchase of Nikon’s digital SLR D800, D800E, D810A, D810, D610, D600, D7200, D7100, D7000, D500 cameras and the Nikon 1 V1 advanced camera with interchangeable lens. However, EN-EL15 batteries supplied with D810A, D810, D610, D600, D500, D7200, D7100 are not included in this voluntary recall. It is also sold separately at retail under Nikon’s model number 27011. The EN-EL15 battery pack involved in this recall was first distributed by Nikon in March 2012 and is still being sold at retail.
 
No other Nikon battery packs are involved in this recall. Nikon’s digital SLR D800, D800E, D810A, D810, D610, D600, D7200, D7100, D7000, D500 cameras and the Nikon 1 V1 advanced camera with interchangeable lens as well as any other Nikon cameras are also not subject to this recall.
 
What you should do:
 
1.) Determine if your EN-EL15 battery pack is affected
This voluntary recall is limited to EN-EL15 battery packs in lots E and F. First, please confirm that “EN-EL15” is printed on the label of your battery pack. Then, please locate the 14-digit lot number beside the recycle symbol, as shown on the photo below.
 
  • If the 9th character of the lot number is E or F, your battery is among those being recalled.
  • If the 9th character of the lot number is any other letter, your battery is not affected by this recall.
Click here to use our lot number lookup tool.
 
2.) If your EN-EL15 battery pack is affected
 
  • Immediately remove the battery from your camera or camera bag, but please do not dispose of it.
  • Complete the Nikon's online EN-EL15 battery exchange form by clicking the button below.
  • Once your request is processed Nikon will send a confirmation email.
  • On the day of your battery exchange, UPS will contact you by phone and email notifying you of the delivery.
  • A UPS courier will then deliver your new battery pack(s) AND collect the recalled battery pack(s).
  • Someone needs to be present for this exchange. If you need to make special arrangements, please contact UPS.
Exchange My EN-EL 15 Battery
 
3.) If your EN-EL15 battery pack is not affected
No further action is needed. Please continue using your EN-EL15 battery pack as usual.
 
Nikon is committed to safety and to providing to its customers only the highest quality products. We regret any inconvenience this matter may cause you and appreciate your continued support of Nikon and its products.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/7/2017 9:36:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Reuters:
Canon Inc's stock fell to its lowest levels in more than two months on Friday after EU regulators said they may fine it up to 10 percent of annual revenue for jumping the gun in its acquisition of Toshiba Corp's medical unit.
 
The EU Commission said it had reached a preliminary view that Canon breached rules by using a so-called "warehousing" two-step transaction structure involving an interim buyer to buy the company prior to obtaining relevant approvals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/7/2017 8:32:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Rokinon SP 14mm f/2.4 Lens for Canon available for $799.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $999.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Canon EF Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.4 to f/22
  • 2 Aspherical, 2 ED, 3 HR Elements
  • Hybrid Aspherical Element
  • Ultra Multi-Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Aluminum Alloy Lens Housing
  • Nine-Blade Diaphragm
  • Built-In Petal-Shaped Lens Hood
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/7/2017 6:20:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the Joby Pro Series Hand Grip with UltraPlate 208 for DSLR Cameras available for $9.99 with free shipping. Regularly $24.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Anodized Aluminum Hand Grip
  • Arca-Type Compatible QR Plate
  • Nine 1/4"-20 Mounting Holes
Post Date: 7/7/2017 6:14:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 6, 2017
Canon Japan has posted official sample photos and videos for the EOS 6D Mark II. (thanks Paul)
 
Preorder the Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/6/2017 9:45:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Asia has made the Canon EOS 6D Mark II Owner's Manual available for download.
 
There are 610 pages for your leisure reading.
 
Get more Canon EOS 6D Mark II information and preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/6/2017 10:10:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Both B&H and Amazon are listing July 27 and the expected availablility date for the Canon EOS 6D Mark II.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/6/2017 7:21:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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