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 Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 
From Syrup:
 
The Magic Carpet is a simple, elegant and durable slider for producing silky smooth professional tracking movements. Beautifully designed and engineered with you in mind, the Magic Carpet is a lightweight solution for manual tracking shots and is motion control ready. With quick release adjustable legs, a counter weight roller for vertical shots, and high precision ball bearing rollers, the Magic Carpet is ready for quick setup and professional film making.
 
The Magic Carpet comes in two sizes. An ultra portable 2.6ft (800mm) track or a longer 5.2ft (1600mm) track. We understand that every filming situation is different so if you're looking for the flexibility of a portable slider as well as longer camera movement then the Magic Carpet combo kit will be right up your alley.
 
Key Features:
 
  • Ajustable quick-release legs
  • Genie - Motion control ready
  • Counter weight wheel for vertical shots
  • Smooth ball bearing roller carriage
  • Toll-less changing between 3/8 UNC and 1/4 UNC threads
  • Tripod mounts
B&H carries the Syrup Magic Carpet slider and Genie Motion Control Device.
Category: Syrup News
Post Date: 8/19/2014 6:07:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 18, 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,699.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,399.00.
 
Note: - This appears to be a grey market item. For warranty questions, please contact the seller.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/18/2014 2:14:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Digital Photo Professional 4.0 Splash Screen
When we received the Digital Photo Professional 4 announcement, we were optimistic that Canon had significantly improved the software that has become a big part of our lives. Based on the sheer volume of significant changes, there's no doubt that this program deserves its new version number. It is not an incremental upgrade.
 
However, after processing thousands of photos with DPP 4.0.0, we feel like early beta testers. From our perspective, the software isn't finished. Here's a few reasons why:
 
  • DPP 4 is very buggy and its perfomance is unbearably slow. We have experienced multiple program crashes. Image adjustments do not update quickly enough. While batch processing images, DPP 4 sometimes becomes unusable in its busy state.
  • DPP 4 does not recognize DPP 3.x recipes. This means that, for backward compatibility, I must retain a DPP v3 install on my laptop forever if I want to retain my previously-made edits.
  • DPP 4 only recognizes a very limited number of camera models and not all of my cameras are included. Who wants to process their images in different software versions depending on the camera being used? Limited support is acceptable to get new features into photographer's hands ASAP, as long as support for the rest of the camera models follows soon after.
  • There are some DPP 4 changes that make going back and forth between software versions difficult. One obvious change is the mouse wheel direction being reversed. I think v4 treats the scroll wheel direction properly, but this direction is opposite of the v3 direction.
  • DPP 4's crop tool is less precise than in previous versions when using the mouse for adjustment. Therefore, one must adjust the values in the text boxes instead of relying on a quick mouse click and rotation.
  • CTRL-Z no longer toggles the last change made in DPP 4. The shortcut still functions as the UNDO command, but now you must use CTRL-Y to REDO the last change. This change would be understandable if Canon used CTRL-Z to implement multi-level UNDO and REDO. But they haven't. So now it's just an unnecessary addition to the keystroke combinations we have to use in our workflow.
  • Moving files takes a VERY long time from within DPP 4. One 15-file move to a remote USB 3.0 drive operation took 10 minutes? The move process often ends in a program crash or non-responsive application.
And to be candid, that's really just the tip of the iceberg. The program also suffers from many user interface issues. For instance, if you type in a new brightness adjustment value into the textbox and press CTRL-S, the new value isn't saved in the file. Instead, you must click away from the textbox (make it lose focus) before the program will allow the change to be saved into the file.
 
Requested Features:
 
  • Many photographers are using computers with large amounts of RAM. Please figure out a way to cache and preload recently used and expected-to-be-viewed-next images. We toggle through many images all the time. Why do we have to wait for those images to be rendered again after every glance?
  • We need hot keys to move between images in the main window regardless of what control has focus (such as the brightness slider).
  • Use the Windows standard for selecting files. Click, shift-click, control-click and shift-control click should work the same in all Windows applications. Same for the Mac standard.
  • The Stamp tool was a great addition to DPP many versions back. Taking away hot key support (alt-click, control-z), the mouse wheel functionality (unless first clicking on the slider) and the spacebar-mouse-drag functionality in this tool makes it far less useful for me.
Complaining aside, DPP 4 is loaded with very positive enhancements. Here are just a few of them:
 
  • Far more options for viewing images when checking and editing are now provided.
  • You can now determine which settings are included with the copy and paste recipe (more power, but more complexity) with hot keys now supported.
  • Darker grey background is better for brightness adjustment/determination.
  • A secondary prompt is not required for delete and files can be deleted from directly Quick view.
  • New folders can now be created from within DPP.
  • Allows (optionally) single-click to show full resolution/100% (great feature!)
  • +/- 3 stops of exposure adjustment (was +/- 2 stops) and other options offer finer control (increments of .1 vs. 1)
  • Fine-tune sliders are a great addition for color adjustment
Overall Benefits of DPP
 
  • DPP has always been a very easy-to-use tool that delivers very high quality RAW conversions.
  • DPP is especially good at getting pleasing color.
  • That DPP stores recipes directly in the RAW file means that there is no catalog to maintain and no sidecar files to keep track of and makes file management as easy as drag and drop.
  • A Canon EOS camera has not hit the streets without being supported by DPP (in one form or another).
  • That DPP is free is another great attribute.
We love the direction that Canon is heading with DPP 4, but right now it's just too buggy to be dependable for important work. Bryan and I have reverted back to DPP v3.x for most of our post-processing needs until the v4 bugs are eliminated.
 
What has been your experience with DPP 4.0? Feel free to let us know in the comments.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/18/2014 10:04:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Refurbished Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Refurbished Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera available for $529.99 with free shipping. Compare at $609.95 refurbished.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/18/2014 11:13:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
In this video, learn more about highlight tone priority and how it helps the exposure in your photos.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/18/2014 8:48:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Admittedly, my method of attaching the camera to the BlackRapid Strap makes vertical shooting a bit uncomfortable (but not prohibitively so). This product looks like an interesting solution to the problem. [Sean]
 
From Kickstarter:
 
The CAMS Pro line of a products is a revolutionary way to carry, shoot, and mount your pro bodied or gripped camera and telephoto lens.
 
Carry And Mount System started off with the simple goal of mating a bottom-mounted sling strap to a camera in a way that would not interfere with using a vertical shooting grip. We did not set out to develop a plate that was Arca-compatible and made the vertical grip more comfortable to use, but when we mounted the first machined prototypes, we found that we had surpassed our original intent by far. Fortunately, we did not stop there. Involving other photographers led us to rethinking the strap and strap connection and adding the threaded insert (which seems so obvious now). Using hindsight to our advantage, the lens plate evolved quickly into a natural companion of the camera plate, as essential to the system as the telephoto lens is to the photographer.
 
Each component of CAMS is designed to offer the perfect balance of comfort, convenience, and strength.
 
Read more about the CAMS Pro Sling Strap on Kickstarter.
Post Date: 8/18/2014 8:03:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens
The Canon Store is featuring special pricing on select Refurbished Canon DSLR Cameras. See details below for details.
 
Select Refurbished Cameras on Sale

Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 18-135 IS1,439.20503.72935.48
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 28-135 IS1,359.20475.72883.48
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-135mm IS STM1,239.20123.921,115.28
Canon EOS 7D Body1,199.20419.72779.48
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-55mm IS STM1,079.20107.92971.28
Canon EOS 70D Body959.2095.92863.28
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM679.99170.00509.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM599.99180.00419.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i + EF-S 18-55 IS479.99144.00335.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3 + EF-S 18-55 IS359.99108.00251.99

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/18/2014 7:13:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Think Tank Photo:
 
Think Tank Photo’s newest About A Photograph video features USA Today photographer Robert Hanashiro’s remembrances of shooting images of the late Robin Williams.
 
August 17, 2014 – Think Tank Photo’s newest About A Photograph video features USA Today photographer Robert Hanashiro’s remembrances of shooting images of the late Robin Williams, as well as actor Dustin Hoffman. About A Photograph can be found at blog.thinktankphoto.com/about-a-photograph
 
“Telling Robin Williams to stay still was almost impossible,” said Hanashiro. “I always go into these celebrity shoots a little nervous, even though I’ve been doing this for 25 years. I always appreciated him making me feel relaxed. And when I’m relaxed I can make a whole lot better photography.”
 
Hanashiro continues, “I remember the first time I met him. I knocked on the door of the hotel room and he answered the door, which was very surprising. He just looked at me and asked, ‘Who might you be?’ And he just laughed. Robin Williams was the best of the best.”
 
“It’s sad that he’s gone because he was such a great character, a person who made us all laugh and all cry. I got to admit that when I’d heard he’d passed away, I was, very, very sad. Not only because he was such a great subject, but a great person to be around.”
 
For over two decades, Hanashiro has been the West Coast staff photographer for USA TODAY, the country’s largest general interest daily newspaper. He has covered every major sports event imaginable from the Super Bowl to the Final Four to the World Series to the NBA Finals. He has also covered 12 Olympic Games. Hanashiro’s duties for “The Nation’s Newspaper” also include coverage of the entertainment industry, making portraits of many of the world’s leading actors, directors, and musicians. He also covers the major awards shows, including the Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. For the past four years Hanashiro has been one of just four photographers covering the Academy Awards from backstage.
Post Date: 8/18/2014 6:34:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, August 17, 2014
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,399.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,899.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/17/2014 10:57:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 15, 2014
Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM Lens
MPB Photographic has an ultra-rare, used Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM available for £99,000.00. (thanks John)
 
If you're curious how much that is in American dollars, the conversion works out to a cool $165,285.45. :-)
 
Want to know more? Bryan got his hands on this massive lens when B&H had one available for purchase.
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/15/2014 3:44:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens
The Canon Store is currently running a very popular sale where you can save 15-50% on its Refurbished DLR Cameras, Lenses and Speedlite Flashes. Take advantage of the savings while you can – the sale ends Sunday.
 
If you have your eye on an item that isn't currently in stock, bookmark the links above and check them periodically to see if Canon receives stock of the item.
 
Refurbished Gear Currently In Stock

Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 18-135 IS1,439.20431.761,007.44
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 28-135 IS1,359.20407.76951.44
Canon EOS 7D Body1,199.20359.76839.44
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM679.99170.00509.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM599.99150.00449.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1479.99120.00359.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i + EF-S 18-55 IS479.99144.00335.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3 + EF-S 18-55 IS359.99108.00251.99
Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM671.99100.80571.19
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM1,199.20179.881,019.32
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM919.20137.88781.32
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.99115.20268.79
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM1,159.20173.88985.32
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99156.00363.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9928.20159.79
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9948.00111.99
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.9964.80367.19
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM439.9966.00373.99
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9948.00111.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.9948.00271.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II100.7930.2470.55
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM399.9960.00339.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM479.9972.00407.99
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM1,071.20160.68910.52
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.9978.00441.99
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM639.9996.00543.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.99120.00279.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.9984.00475.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II239.99120.00120.00
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM375.9956.40319.59
Canon Speedlite 430EX II239.9936.00203.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9930.00169.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9920.40115.59
Canon Speedlite 90EX119.9918.00101.99

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/15/2014 1:04:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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CanvasPeople is having a sale on their square-shaped, standard gallery wrap canvas prints. For a limited time, you can get an 11x11 print for $12.00 or a 16x16 for $17.00 (plus shipping).
 
Canvas prints make great gifts for loved ones. Buy a gift now and keep it on hand for an appropriate occasion!
Post Date: 8/15/2014 12:38:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Upperman High School 2014 Football Program Cover
Bee image courtesy of USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
Edited from original
Creative Commons License
 
The Booster Club from nearby Upperman High School hired me to create their football program cover again this year. Here's how it all came together.
 
Concept
 
Upperman High wanted to feature their eight senior football players on the program cover. The team is celebrating this season with a military tribute theme, so I was asked to somehow incorporate military symbolism or something symbolizing American pride. With those guidelines in mind, I had creative free reign to formulate the shot.
 
Planning and Preparation
 
As luck would have it, the only date we could find to schedule the session left little time between the shooting date and the printing date. The time crunch meant that we couldn't risk a cancellation due to inclement weather, so an outdoor setup was not a possibility. We decided to plan for an indoor setup instead.
 
Knowing I would only have to include eight players in the vertically-oriented image, I looked around the school for a relatively tall stretch of blank wall. My initial idea was to use the gym, but there were no blank wall spaces in there. I ended up finding a decent spot located in the entryway of the school. My only concern about the location was a large metal security shutter which might reflect my front light sources. I asked the booster club to purchase a large piece of fabric to cover the shutter opening, with a shade to contrast with the players' uniforms (light grey fabric with black uniforms, black fabric with grey uniforms).
 
Considering how much space there would be above the players, I decided to use my Light Blaster to project an image of a bee (the school's mascot) just above the players. I knew that if the projection didn't work as well as I wanted that I could always add the same image in using Photoshop. To satisfy the military/American pride theme, I decided to fill the rest of the blank space with an American flag in post-production.
 
I found an intimidating looking bee image in the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab Flickr photostream. The images in the USGS Bee Inventory account are licensed under Creative Commons and can be used for personal and commercial projects as long as attribution is displayed. I printed the logo onto a transparency using a template provided by Light Blaster. So that covered my mascot logo projection needs. I knew I had a picture of an American flag buried deep in my image archives, so that wouldn't be a problem.
 
The Shoot
 
The cover shoot was scheduled to commence just after the team's practice (about 6pm). I arrived early to unpack my gear and set up my equipment. For lighting I used two monolights in front diffused by silver parabolic umbrellas with white diffusion covers in place and two Canon 580EX Speedlite flashes for rim light in the back (left/right). I set up the Light Blaster with another 580EX flash to project the bee image onto the wall just above the metal shutter. I fitted a Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM on the front of the Light Blaster for two reasons – 1) the focal length worked well for the distance to the background and 2) the huge aperture meant that I could project a reasonably bright image from my Canon Speedlite. I'd need all the power I could get from that flash considering the relatively narrow aperture and low ISO I intended on using.
 
As for the camera gear, I used a tripod-mounted EOS 5D Mark III with an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM. EXIF for the final image was 35mm, f/10, 1/160 sec at ISO 250.
 
Unfortunately, there was an issue with the background fabric that I had requested. When it arrived on set, it was both too small and the wrong color. It was the same shade as the grey uniforms being used. With no suitable background fabric available I had to concede to leaving the metal shutter in the shot.
 
As the players arrived, I still hadn't decided on how I wanted them to pose for the picture. I had a few ideas but nothing definitive stood out. We tried a few things – like arms folded across the chest in "V" formation – but I still wasn't satisfied. The final pose came about organically when I positioned two of the tackles in front and asked them to get down in their ready position. When those two players were in place, one of the other players suggested that the center get between them as if he were hiking the ball. After that, it was logical to have the center hiking the ball to the quarterback (who was thankfully a senior) with the other players gathered around him in a football-esque formation.
 
Post Processing
 
I used Photoshop CC to edit the image and typeset the text. I desaturated and darkened the background so that the players stood out more. While the Light Blaster did a good job of projecting the bee image, I wasn't 100% happy with it. Therefore, I decided to overlay the same bee image I had used for the Light Blaster slide in the very same place it had been projected. This gave me much more detail in the bee logo and allowed me to make it stand out in the image (using a black stroke and a drop-shadow). I used a flag image that I captured nearly a decade ago for the top graphic.
 
Summary
 
The Booster Club was very happy with the cover they received. It should be heading to the presses very soon. Feedback from Upperman fans has been very positive. Through pre-visualization and careful planning, the shoot went relatively smoothly and the cover was delivered within two days. As happy clients, I'm pretty sure they'll be giving me a call next year.
Post Date: 8/15/2014 10:15:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the My Nikon Life YouTube Channel:
 
Love Is Now – Behind The Scenes Episode 1
 
Production is well underway on Love is Now – the feature film shot entirely on Nikon DSLRs and Nikkor lenses. Watch an exclusive behind the scenes glimpse of where Director Jim Lounsbury of Eponine Films is getting his inspiration and how they’re pushing Nikon technology to its limits.
 


 

 
Love Is Now – Behind The Scenes – Episode 2: Location, Location
 
As Director Jim Lounsbury of Eponine Films puts it, “It’s not often you’re shooting location stills on the same camera you’ll be shooting the film on.” See how the Nikon D810 is rising to the challenges of the Feature Film ‘Love is Now’.
 
B&H has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/15/2014 7:20:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 14, 2014
HandeVision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85
From the LensRentals Blog:

"I try to start these articles by putting my preconceptions out there first. Every reviewer or blogger has them, they affect our opinions, and you have a right to know them. So I’m writing this introduction the day before our first copies arrive.
 
The lens is designed by IB/E Optics GmbH in Germany and manufactured by Kipon (aka Shanghai Transvision Photographic Equipment Co. Ltd). IB/E has developed a number of lenses and adapters for the Cinema world and other optics, so I figured the design would be good; probably a telecentric lens with a built-in speedbooster-type element or group. Kipon is known as a lens adapter company, although Shanghai Transvision has also manufactured and distributed video and photo accessories. They are rumored to manufacture lenses for other brand names, so they have some lens manufacturing experience. But, I have to say, my expectations for build quality weren’t great.
 
Okay, so much for what I expected. There are now five new copies sitting on my desk so let’s take a look."

Check out the rest of the article at the LensRentals Blog.
 
B&H carries the Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Manual Lens for EF-M Mount.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/14/2014 3:27:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon
eBay (via QuickNDone - 99.8% Positive feedback) has the Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon (review) available for $1,169.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,499.00.
 
Note: International items may be subject to customs processing and additional charges.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/14/2014 3:03:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
DigitalRev has the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens (Canon/Nikon) available for $969.00. Compare at $1,299.00.
 
Check out Bryan's full review of the first 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens with built-in image stabilization.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 8/14/2014 1:36:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 8/14/2014 11:42:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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