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 Thursday, April 2, 2015
Canon Digital Learning Center EOS C100 Mark II Menu Simulator
The crew over at the Canon Digital Learning Center has created a virtual EOS C100 Cinema Camera menu system. It's actually kind of neat.
 
Curious? Want to see what the C100 is capable of? Try it out!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/2/2015 11:47:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Slate on the iPad
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) today launched Slate, a new free iPad app that makes it easier than ever to turn words and images into a story that can be published as beautifully laid-out Web content, in minutes. Bringing Adobe’s unrivaled creative software expertise--across digital imagery, page-layout, typography, and Web design--to a mass audience, Slate is made for anyone who wants to communicate with impact. Students, teachers, non-profit organizations, small business owners or corporate communicators can now turn their next report, newsletter or travel adventure into a document that captures attention. Through professionally designed magazine-style layouts with elegant fonts, beautiful colors and eye-catching motion, Slate content automatically adapts to any device for a high-impact reading experience on tablets, smartphones or computers. Slate creations are links that can be shared easily via text message, email, embedded in websites, or posted on social media channels.
 
Adobe Slate builds on the success of Adobe Voice, an app for creating animated videos that was named one of the Apple App Store’s Best New Apps of 2014. Like Voice, Slate features a collection of themes that set the tone for any story – with a single tap. The interface makes it simple to add text, choose the right photo layout and apply carefully curated looks and motion. Leveraging an advanced Adobe animation engine, Adobe Slate makes words and images move with automatically applied scrolling transitions, making it a much more engaging and exciting read. Key features include:
 

 
  • Stunning professionally designed themes allow users to simply tap to select from multiple font combinations, fun colors and motion to ensure stories stand out from the crowd.
  • Arresting photo layouts and covers deliver options that help photos pop, making them the highlight of the story, including grid or window view. Users can also add a caption overlay on images, ensuring photos are more integral to the narrative.
  • Adaptable design that looks great on any device, ranging from a phone to large desktop monitor.
  • Call-to-Action buttons link to online sites and other relevant information to encourage readers to take action, like: “Donate Now”, “Volunteer” or “Learn More”.
  • Sharing options automatically publish the finished content and help spread the word via a simple Web link that can be easily posted to social channels, sent via text message, email or embedded in personal blogs and websites. Readers can easily view the content in their PC, tablet or mobile phone browser.
Paul Gubbay, vice president of product development noted, “In today’s digital world, everyone wants to share engaging Web-based stories that stand out, but often people don’t have the right tools to easily create something impactful. With our move to Creative Cloud we’re able to tap into our pro-level creative software expertise and bring it to a much wider audience with new tools—first with Adobe Voice and now Slate. Stay tuned for more innovation like this from our teams at Adobe.”
 
Availability
 
Adobe Slate is available immediately as a free download in the App Store. The app requires iPad 2 or higher and iOS 8. To learn more about Adobe Slate, visit adobe.com/slate.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 4/2/2015 11:43:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
My Girls are Growing Up
My kids are amazing. Yes, I am of course heavily biased, but I sincerely hope that you feel the same way about your own kids.
 
Many of you comment about having watched my kids grow from tiny to what they are today, so I thought I would share a current group photo of them. Having the three girls together while they are dressed up and not having to run out the door because they are late for wherever they need to go has become a rare situation, so I jumped on this one.
 
Setup for this 5 minute portrait session involved grabbing a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens mounted to a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and positioning the girls just behind direct light streaming in a wall of windows. There is not a bad portrait focal length in this lens and the 100mm end gave me an ideal angle of view for this tight group photo even in tight quarters. I avoided background distractions the best I could while including enough to give the photo a homey feel.
 
My kids are growing up and so are yours. Growing up is of course what is supposed to happen to kids, but ... the growing up happens too fast – in a flash it seems from hindsight. So, I'll leave you with a parenting tip: You cannot take too many pictures of your kids (and grandkids I'm sure). Load them on a digital picture frame or computer in your home's living area to regularly relive those great times of life.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+ and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
100mm  f/4.5  1/80s
ISO 100
5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 4/2/2015 10:11:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Photoflex Closing its Doors after 30 Years in the Photo Industry
Yesterday we posted the news that Photoflex was closing its doors after 30 years in the photo lighting/accessory industry. As it was April Fool's day, we weren't 100% sure if the information listed on Photoflex's website was legitimate or just a prank.
 
Why were we not sure? Primarily because Photoflex had rented a booth at the Photography Show which ended March 24. Why would a business bother marketing at an event if the business was just about to go under? Another reason to question the closing was that Photoflex had announced a new partnership with distributor Flaghead Photographic Ltd at the beginning of last month.
 
Today we can confirm that Photoflex is indeed out of business. Yesterday evening I talked with Nan Corber, a paralegal with Binder & Malter LLP (a lawfirm specializing in bankruptcies) who confirmed that Photoflex – a client of theirs – is no longer in business.
 
However, all hope is not lost. After talking with Nan I received an email from Photoflex that read:
"Yes we are closed however hopeful that the brand will live on with a new owner. Stay tuned as there will likely be a post on the website should that occur."
We'll just have to wait and see...
Category: Photoflex News
Post Date: 4/2/2015 10:34:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H presents OPTIC: Outdoor, Photo/Video, Travel Imaging Conference
From B&H:
 
Explore the inspiration, technique and equipment for imaging the great outdoors at OPTIC 2015, a FREE three day conference and trade show featuring the world's top outdoor photographers.
 
Sponsored by B&H and Lindblad Expeditions, the conference will take place in three locations, all conveniently situated within one block of B&H Photo's legendary NYC Superstore.
 
Featured Presenters
 
Michael MelfordRoman Kurywczak
Clay TaylorDavid Middleton
Tony SweetLucas Gilman
Cristina MittermeierRalph Lee Hopkins
Dan WestergrenSusan Seubert
Art WolfeAshok Sinha
Bob KristIan Plant
Moose PetersonChris Nicholson
John Paul CaponigroRobert O'Toole
Laurie Klein 

If you're planning to participate in person, please RSVP to the sessions you wish to attend.
 
DAY - 1 / Sunday - May 3
The Wyndham New Yorker Hotel Grand Ballroom and Crystal Ballroom
481 8th Ave between 35th and 34th St New York, NY
 
The first day of OPTIC will be streamed live at 10 am EDT from the New Yorker Hotel in NYC, so you may watch at home or be part of the event in NYC. Special guest Outdoor Photography Legend, Art Wolfe and host of award-winning National Geographic photographers and instructors including Ralph Lee Hopkins, Michael Melford, Bob Krist, Susan Seubert, and Dan Westergren.
 
DAY - 2 / Monday - May 4
AMC Loews 34th St. Theater 4th Floor
312 W. 34th St between 8th and 9th Ave. New York, NY
 
The second day features over 18 photographers in three theaters presenting topics vital to travel, landscape and wildlife photography.
 
Days One and Two: visit the Explorer’s Tradeshow with vendors sharing the latest in imaging technology, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Sigma, Tamron, Lexar, & more.
 
Nikon Dinner party at the B&H SuperStore.
 
DAY - 3 / Tuesday - May 5
B&H Super Store AM, Circle Line Cruise PM
 
The third day features Imaging Critiques, and a Sunset Canon Circle Line Cruise.
 
For more information and to register, check out the official OPTIC page.
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 4/2/2015 7:35:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon 4K Broadcast Zoom Under Development
TOKYO, April 2, 2015 — Canon Inc. announced today that the Company is currently developing a high-zoom-ratio, long-focal-length field zoom lens that realizes exceptional imaging performance for use with 4K-capable broadcast cameras employing 2/3-inch sensors. Canon will exhibit a prototype of the 4K field zoom lens at the 2015 NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show, to be held from April 13 to 16 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
 
As 4K-resolution content, which traces its beginnings to the movie-production industry, continues to gain ground in the broadcasting industry, initiatives are currently underway to implement 4K broadcasting in countries around the world with an increasing number of professionals making use of equipment supporting 4K production.
 
The new 4K field zoom lens is being developed as a new model in Canon’s DIGISUPER series of studio and field broadcasting lenses, which have garnered high acclaim from professionals in the industry. In addition to realizing a high level of imaging performance supporting the capture of 4K-resolution video, the new lens will feature specifications and a body size that ensure a high level of operability and ease of use that are on a par with Canon’s HD broadcast lens models, making it ideal for a wide range of applications, including sports and live concert telecasts.
 
Although details regarding product specifications and pricing are yet to be decided, Canon is aiming to commercialize the 4K field zoom lens in late 2015, positioning it as the first model in the Company’s new UHD-DIGISUPER series of lenses that brings together Canon’s latest optical technologies for use with 4K-capable and other next-generation broadcast cameras. In this way, Canon will continue responding to the needs of a wide range of users by further strengthening its broadcast lens lineup.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 4/2/2015 7:10:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 1 J5 Mirrorless Camera
From Nikon USA:
 
The Ultimate Combination of Portability, Versatility and Performance, The Nikon 1 J5 Offers Users Commanding Speed and Powerful Imaging Technology
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced a portable yet powerful addition to the Nikon 1 System of compact interchangeable lens cameras, the incredibly fast Nikon 1 J5, designed for photographers ready to creatively capture and share their passions. Featuring a blazing fast continuous full-resolution shooting frame rate at 20 frames-per-second (fps) with full Autofocus, a new 20.8-megapixel Backside-illuminated (BSI) 1-inch CX-format CMOS sensor, EXPEED 5A image processing and a slew of creative modes, the J5 packs advanced performance into an intuitively designed and compact body. Users can also utilize the experience of Nikon Snapbridge, whereby users seamlessly shoot and share stunning photos from the camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet via built-in Wi-Fi(1) and Near Field Communication (NFC[2]) technology.
 
“Consumers are constantly looking for the right balance of portability and imaging prowess to ensure they are ready to capture each and every special moment,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “With speeds that not even a pro DSLR camera can match, engineered into a compact camera body, the Nikon 1 J5 is a versatile and formidable addition to the Nikon 1 System whether shooting a Friday night football game or for the family constantly on-the-go.”
 
Breathtaking Speed Ready to Capture Life’s Moments
Capable of incredible speeds, the Nikon 1 J5 features a myriad of advanced features that help make it simple to capture fast moving subjects in brilliant image quality or Full HD video. Capable of shooting at an amazing 20 fps at full resolution with Autofocus (AF), even high-speed action can be captured with clarity and precision, while even reaching up to 60 fps with AF fixed on the first frame. This amazing speed is made possible in part by the addition of the new EXPEED 5A image processing engine, resulting in faster shooting and enhanced performance and efficiency. The Nikon 1 J5 also gives users an impressively fast hybrid AF system featuring 171 Contrast-Detect and 105 Phase Detect AF points to further achieve and maintain focus on tough-to-photograph subjects. Nikon has also introduced a new Sports Mode in the J5, offering intuitive preset settings to help optimize focus when capturing the “photo-finish” at the racetrack or last second “buzzer-beater.” When catching the right moment matters, the camera also utilizes the world’s shortest release time lag(3) to practically eliminate shutter delay for those moments when time is of the essence.
 
Amazing Detail in Every Shot
Whether shooting athletes in action or a flawless flattering portrait, the Nikon 1 J5 utilizes the latest Nikon technologies and an impressive imaging feature set designed to capture incredible detail, even in low-light. At the heart of the newest addition to the Nikon 1 System is a new 1-inch CX-format 20.8-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor that renders finer detail than ever before to the J-series, while allowing for cleaner images at higher ISOs. When the light is challenging, the J5 features a built-in flash and sports a wide ISO range from 160-12,800 that will help preserve precious memories even in the absence of available light. For extreme low-light situations, High ISO Noise Reduction captures and stacks four frames simultaneously to help reduce noise when shooting at 6400 and 12,800 (with noise reduction enabled).
 
Create, Capture and Share with Ease
With the Nikon 1 J5, the J-Series welcomes a new, innovative control layout that puts a full array of physical controls and creative modes at the fingertips of the photographer. Manual controls and PSAM exposure modes are now easily accessible via the Mode Dial, while the Command Dial allows settings to be changed quickly and easily. A programmable function button helps access often-used functions including ISO and white balance as well. The J5 features a high-resolution 3-inch 1,037k-dot touch LCD display with a 180-degree tilt to help users seamlessly navigate an enhanced menu system, frame shots and make focus point adjustments. The LCD screen tilts a full 180-degrees upward to help capture easy yet stunning self-portraits, particularly when using the new Self-Portrait Mode, to easily set skin softening, self-timer and exposure compensation using the touchscreen interface.
 
The J5 also offers a variety of Creative Modes and Scene Modes for stills and video designed to expand creativity and optimize settings for any shooting scenario. Seven new effects are now available including Nostalgic Sepia, Pop, Retro, High-contrast Monochrome, Fisheye, Skin softening (stills only) and Cross Screen (stills only). Nikon’s newest J-Series addition also features built-in Wi-Fi(1) and NFC(2) that allow for seamless connectivity via compatible smart devices, allowing for easy sharing with friends and family.
 
Impressive Movie Capabilities
The Nikon 1 J5 sports an impressive set of video features and is capable of effortlessly recording high-quality 1080/60p HD video and shooting at up to 120 fps (at 720p) to create slow motion playback. Users can utilize a variety of fun and innovative creative tools to add their own personal touch to any movie, including Jump-Cut, Fast Motion, 4-second movie and the new Time-Lapse Movie mode that captures up to 300 stills and replays them as a 10-second sequence. An interval timer has been added as well, allowing up to 999 images to be recorded in intervals between 5 seconds and up to nearly 100 minutes (99:59) to create time-lapse movies via external software. Also new with the J5, creative effects including Selective Color and Cross Process are now available for video application. The Nikon 1 J5 can also capture high-resolution 4K video at 15p for those who want to experiment with higher resolution video clips. Users can browse and edit videos using Nikon’s free View NX-i software, downloadable at http://nikonimglib.com/nvnxi.
 
Portability and Versatility
Remarkably lightweight, the Nikon 1 J5 is a versatile and portable companion that users can bring with them wherever they go. As the newest addition to the Nikon 1 System, the compact J5 is compatible with the entire 1 NIKKOR line of lenses and accessories and many DX and FX NIKKOR lenses when using the FT-1 Mount Adapter(4).
 
Price and Availability
The Nikon 1 J5 will be available in Silver and Black, Silver and White and all Black in multiple kit configurations. The J5 alongside the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens will be available for a suggested retail price (SRP*) of $499.95, while a kit with both the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 will be available for $749.95 SRP* in Silver/Black and Silver/White only. Additionally, the Nikon 1 J5 will also be kitted with the 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4-5.6 lens for $1,049.95 SRP* in Silver/Black and Silver/White only. The Nikon 1 J5 will be available soon, with exact timing still to be determined.
 
B&H has the Nikon 1 J5 available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/2/2015 6:11:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang 100mm Macro Photo and Cine Lenses
April 2, 2015, Seoul, Korea – The global optics brand, Samyang Optics today announced macro lenses for full frame sensors with 1:1 life-sized reproduction ratio – Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC MACRO lens and 100mm T3.1 VDSLR ED UMC MACRO cine lens. These new products will be the first macro systems, housed under the 40 years Samyang’s class-leading core optics technologies.
 
Focusing on the Essence of Nature - Samyang 100mm F2.8 Macro Photo
The Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC MACRO photo lens realizes 1:1 life-sized image with superior image quality. It enables to capture the essence of nature with the minimum focusing distance of 0.3m (1 feet). It is a versatile lens which can be used both as macro lens for close-ups and telephoto lens for portraits and landscapes. The bright f/2.8 aperture offers the best level quality images under various exposure conditions.
 
Free Your Action! – Samyang 100mm T3.1 Macro Cine
The Samyang 100mm T3.1 VDSLR ED UMC MACRO cine lens is the ideal lens for close-up videos with greater quality. This lens is optimally designed for professional follow focus system thanks to the quiet and smooth uncoupled focus and aperture gear rings. Also, the distance scale and T numbers are marked on both sides of the lens for convenience when filming. Also, the Samyang 100mm T3.1 lens is one of Samyang Optics VDSLR II Cine Lens Line Up which produces the matched image color and has identical location of aperture and focus gear rings.
 
Based on exceptional optical technology of Samyang Optics, the Samyang 100mm series features 15 glasses in 12 groups, including high refractive lens (HR) and extra low dispersion lens (ED) to minimize the unnecessary light dispersion and deliver high resolution throughout center to corner of image. Ultra Multi Coating (UMC) of Samyang Optics is used to optimize the light penetration and minimize flare and ghost. The Samyang 100mm series comes in 10 camera mounts: Canon EOS, Nikon, Pentax, Sony ?, Sony E, Fujifilm X, Canon M, Samsung NX, Four-Thirds, and MFT.
 
The Samyang 100mm series will be available globally from the end of April 2015. Suggested retail price is 100mm f/2.8 for EUR 549 and 100mm T3.1 for EUR 599.
 
B&H carries Samyang lenses.
 
Note: For what it's worth, the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM (review) sells for $549.00 USD after $50.00 instant savings. [Sean]
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 4/2/2015 6:01:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 1, 2015

 
From the Fotodiox YouTube Channel:
 
For the first time ever, we're pleased to announce the Canon to Nikon adapter.
Category: Fotodiox News
Post Date: 4/1/2015 3:50:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Miz Mooz YouTube Channel:
 
At Miz Mooz, we understand the importance of looking great without giving up the comfort our women on-the-go have come to love about our footwear. Introducing the Selfie Shoes.
 
No matter where you go, you’ll always be camera-ready. Just insert your phone into the port at the front of either your right or left shoe, raise it to the perfect angle and click the internal button with a tap of your toe to take the photo. With the Selfie Shoes, you no longer have to use your arm, so now both hands are free to be in the photo.
 
Amazon carries Miz Mooz shoes.
Post Date: 4/1/2015 3:41:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Google YouTube Channel:
 
We’re excited to introduce Smartbox—a better, smarter mailbox that fuses physical mail with everything you love about the electronic kind.
 
Smartbox is currently in field trial—stuck in the ground, in a field—for Inbox by Gmail customers. If you’re not yet using Inbox, simply email inbox@google.com any time before April 2 to be invited, and to reserve your spot on the Smartbox waitlist.
Category: Google News
Post Date: 4/1/2015 2:37:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Google Maps Pac-Man
Today, Google has a little suprise for you. Open up Google Maps and click on the icon beside the satellite view (bottom left corner) and enjoy your game of Pac-Man. ;-)
Category: Google News
Post Date: 4/1/2015 2:23:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Google Fiber YouTube Channel:
 
The loading bar is a signal to many of us to take care of those little things- like making a cup of coffee, taking that bathroom break or just petting the dog. We have been told that Fiber’s seemingly instant connections have taken away that valuable time. So today we are introducing Dial-Up Mode to slow your Fiber speeds down. Relax to your 56k connection and get those precious moments back.
Post Date: 4/1/2015 2:10:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From ExpoImaging:
 
We are happy to announce the launch of our Rogue Speedlight Video series.
 
Watch leading photographic educators share insightful photography tips and lighting techniques using speedlights in-studio and on-location.
 
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel or follow our Lighting Blog and be the first to watch our new lighting video each week.
 
B&H carries Rogue products.
Post Date: 4/1/2015 1:23:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From PBS.org:
"After two years of extensive upgrades, the Large Hadron Collider was warming up on March 21 for another round of experiments when a circuit controlling one of its massive magnets shorted out. Dismayed, scientists began repairing the equipment, hoping for a short delay. Just yesterday, CERN announced that the LHC could restart within days.
 
Then the unexpected happened. As physicists were testing the repairs by zipping a few spare protons around the 17 mile loop, the CMS detector picked up something unusual. The team feverishly pored over the data, and ultimately came to an unlikely conclusion—in their tests, they had accidentally created a rainbow universe.
 
'Rainbow universes were pure speculation before this happened,' said Jessica Czerniski, the CERN physicist who was overseeing the warm-up procedures. 'We had some solid math backing us up, of course, but none of us ever dreamed we would live to see this day.'"
Read the entire article on PBS.org.
Post Date: 4/1/2015 1:09:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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