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 Tuesday, September 6, 2016
From Tamron:
 
Lens design renovated, and lens now equipped with fluorine coating. A light and compact high-power zoom lens with 15x magnification.
 
18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (Model B008TS)
 
Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka; Headquarters: Saitama City), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces launch in the Japanese market of “18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (Model B008TS),” now equipped with fluorine coating and with its external design renovated from “18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (Model B008),” launched in 2010 as a high-power zoom lens exclusively for APS-C format digital SLR cameras.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • External design renovated
    The zoom ring and focus ring using linear-based grid patterns and the brand ring in tungsten silver create an external design with a high-grade feel.
  • Equipped with fluorine coating to improve user-friendliness for the lens
    The front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that is water- and oil-repellant. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture and fingerprints.
Date of Launch: September 8, 2016. The Canon and Nikon mount model will be launched simultaneously (launch only in the Japanese market).
 
Suggeted Retail Price: ¥83,000 (tax excluded)
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 9/6/2016 5:53:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.1 to 1.2
 
  • Fixed an issue that in rare cases caused one of several images after the first to be corrupted after a few hundred photos were taken with On selected for Points of interest (POI) > Display POI.
Download: Nikon COOLPIX S9700 Firmware v.1.2
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/6/2016 5:42:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Firmware Versions “A” 1.00/“B” 1.00 to Versions “A” 1.01/“B” 1.00
 
  • Fixed an issue that caused the camera to stop responding if an ML-L3 remote control was used to take pictures in live view with On selected for Image review in the PLAYBACK MENU after red-eye reduction was selected as the flash mode.
Download: Nikon D5000 Firmware v.1.01
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/6/2016 5:37:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For today only, B&H has the Redrock Micro microMatteBox Deluxe Bundle available for $349.00 with free shipping. Compare at $500.00.
 
Includes Free: Redrock Micro Universal Lens Donut for microMatteBox.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Universal Matte Box (142mm Lens Opening)
  • 15mm Swing-Away Support Arm
  • 360° Rotatable Filter Stages
  • Dual Purpose Filter Trays
  • Supports 15mm Rods & 19mm/15mm Offset
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/6/2016 5:07:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 5, 2016
by Sean Setters
 
Today I'm going to update my "Useful Photography Apps for Android" (circa 2013) to include a few new apps I've come across over the past three years. I'll also be including the apps from my original post so that all of the apps appear in the same post.
 
All of these apps are designed for use on Android devices. However, if you're using an iOS device, don't worry. Many of the apps listed here have iOS versions, too, or else comparable apps can usually be found in the Apple App Store.
 
Lenstag Android

1. Lenstag (Free / $19.00 annually for Lenstag Pro) [iOS version]
 
Lenstag offers "free, easy theft protection for all your cameras and lenses." Here's how it works:
 
  1. Create an account.
  2. Enter the gear you own and their serial numbers.
  3. Take pictures of the items' serial numbers and upload the images to verify ownership.
If your item(s) is/are missing or stolen, Lenstag will create a public webpage with the relevant information (gear/serial numbers) which will be found if anyone searches for the gear online to verify it hasn't been stolen.
 
Granted, the protection is only helpful if a potential buyer does a preventative, online serial number search, but... it's a free service and can't hurt. Plus having a central location for all your serial numbers is a nice resource to have on hand.
 
Lenstag also offers free customers access to a standardized model release and a DMCA takedown notice (*.docx files). For $19.00/year, the Lenstag Pro service allows access to many more customizable documents and enables a $500.00 reward benefit if your gear is stolen.
 
Color Temp Meter Android

2. White Balance Color Temp Meter ($0.99)
 
Spectrometers – devices used to analyze the color of light – are expensive. I often need a ballpark figure for the color of ambient light in a scene in order to properly gel my flashes or otherwise determine the closest setting on my variable color LED lights.
 
While I don't think the app is as precise as the devices I linked to above, it does a good job of giving me the ballpark figure I need to find the right colored gel (or LED light color setting) for a particular scene.
 
Light Pollution Map Dark Sky Android

3. Light Pollution Map - Dark Sky (Free / $7.99 Pro version)
 
For anyone planning to do night sky photography, this app is for you. The app displays which areas have the least light pollution so you can make the most of your starry night captures. The Pro version gets rid of the ads, features higher resolution maps, cloud overlays and the ability to save your favorite locations. While certainly more expensive than the typical app, I thought it was worth the cost of the Pro upgrade.
 
Exposure Calculator Android

4. Exposure Calculator (Free)
 
Even though I'm a huge fan of Swiss Army knives with their ability to tackle a huge variety of needs, I also enjoy it when a something does just one thing extremely well. And that's exactly how I would describe Exposure Calculator. The app is useful for calculating exposures when ND filters are used. While calculating the exposure required when a 2-stop ND filter is used, the calculation gets more complicated as the filter density goes up. Of course, you could do the calculation in your head as you mount your 10-stop ND, but... why bother?
 
Note that development on this app has ceased. It may not work with newer devices.
 
Lightroom Mobile Android

5. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom - (Free w/ CC subscription) [iPhone / iPad versions]
 
While I have yet to fully utilize the capabilities of the Lightroom app (like editing on-the-go), I usually keep the last wedding I shot synced with Lightroom Mobile so that I can show potential clients the kinds of results they can expect if they wish to hire me.
 
If you're an Adobe Photography Plan subscriber, this app is an easy recommendation.
 
DOF Calculator for Android

6. Depth of Field Calculator (Free / $1.91 for No Ads)
 
If you've ever used DOFMaster online, then you will immediately understand the usefulness of this app. Plug in your variables such as camera sensor size, focal length, aperture and subject distance and the app will calculate how much depth-of-field you can expect (total / in front of and behind the subject) and the hyperfocal distance when using those specific variables.
 
gps4cam Android

7. gps4cam ($2.99) [iOS version $3.99]
 
gps4cam allows you to geotag your images using your phone or tablet's GPS. Just start the app, put the mobile device in your pocket (or bag) and head off for your photography adventure. The neat thing about gps4cam is that your phone and your camera's dates and times don't have to be synchronized in order for it to work. The program uses a QR code (the last image captured should be the QR code) to properly synchronize the track log with the times that the images were captured. Download the free gps4cam Desktop Client on the gps4cam website.
 
While this app's relevance has diminished recently with many newly released Canon DSLRs featuring built-in GPS, there are still quite a few that do not and this app can provide GPS-tagging functionality at a very fair price.
 
The Photographer's Ephemeris Android

8. The Photographer's Ephemeris ($4.99) [iOS version $8.99]
 
The Photographer's Ephemeris is a fantastic app that can show you where the sun and moon will be in the sky for any specified date, time and location. I often use the app when planning potrait sessions to determine the optimal session time according to the position of the sun in the desired location. It's also incredibly handy for planning landscape photography trips, too.
 
Be sure to also check out the free web app for easy desktop viewing.
 
Easy Release Model Releases Android

9. Easy Release - Model Releases ($9.99) [iOS version]
 
Easy Release - Model Releases is an app I have used many, many times. The app generates model or property releases on your phone. You simply fill in the details (Shoot Name, Location, Date, Subject Info, etc) and a release is automatically generated. Once generated, signatures using the phone's touchscreen are required to complete the process. Once complete, a PDF of the release can be emailed to the Photographer and/or the model/property owner. The releases generated by Easy Release are approved for use by Getty Images, iStockPhoto and Alamy (among others).
 
Canon Camera Connect Android

10. Canon Camera Connect App (Free) [iOS version]
 
There is a good reason why I've listed the Canon Camera Connect app last in this list and why the screenshot above wasn't taken directly from my phone (like the others above). I don't actually have the Canon Camera Connect app installed because none of the Canon DSLRs I use feature built-in Wi-Fi, so I cannot attest to how well it works first-hand. With my W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter on preorder I look forward to adding the capabilities of the Canon Camera Connect app very soon. The two ways I currently control my camera using a mobile device – CamFi and my own DIY battery-operated Wi-Fi router paired with DSLR Controller – require me to have the camera's compatible USB cord on hand as well as requiring another battery to be kept charged.
 
Using the W-E1 and Canon Camera Connect app with my EOS 7D Mark II should prove to be a simpler, easier-to-pack solution that should provide much (but not all) of the same functionality as the solutions requiring a separate device. If you already own a Wi-Fi enabled Canon DSLR, or else have the W-E1 (when available) and compatible camera, installing the free Canon Camera Connect app is a no-brainer.
 
Well, those are my selections for the most useful apps for photographers. Do you have any suggestions to add to the list?
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/5/2016 7:00:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Chanel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/5/2016 5:37:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, September 4, 2016
The Wilcox Pass Trail is one of the highest-rated trails in Jasper National Park (Alberta, Canada). While I have not hiked most of the trails in this park, I have hiked a lot of trails and can say that this is one of my favorites.
 
The 6.8 mile round trip hike (we stretched it closer to 10 miles) starts just below the tree line and quickly ascends above it into the alpine meadows. From that point on, the views are continuously excellent. The Athabasca Glacier, a significant toe of the Columbia Icefield, is always visible to the west and a multitude of mountain peaks surround the entire area.
 
For this hike, I opted to go light on the gear. I packed a single Canon EOS 5Ds R and a pair of lenses (Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens) into a MindShift Gear BackLight 26L (I'm loving this pack – it goes everywhere with me) along with other essentials including food, water and additional clothing (always recommended when hiking at high altitudes – and needed on this hike).
 
If I hike this trail again, I will have a second camera body along as I spent too much time changing lenses. The primary driver for the lens changes were frequent wildlife encounters and telephoto landscape photo ops interspersed with wide angle landscape opportunities. To take advantage of all situations, I was constantly changing between the two lenses I brought.
 
Yes, another camera body would have added a bit of weight to my kit (the reason I didn't take it), but I probably exerted more energy changing lenses than I would have simply carrying the additional camera body. And, changing lenses at a high altitude often means wind, which often means risk of dust finding its way onto the sensor, leaving spots in the images. Fortunately, the 5Ds R did a great job of avoiding the dust and I had no cloning tasks to add to the post processing of this hike's take home.
 
I selected this image to share with you because I like how the lines in rock and the clouds point (lead the eye) to Wilcox Peak. As you likely already guessed, the 16-35mm f/4L IS was used to capture it.
 
Absent from my short gear list above is a tripod and for weight reasons, I was sans tripod on this hike. While the 1/80 second shutter speed may seem easily hand-holdable at 16mm even on a 5Ds R, that was not the case as the wind was very strong. Image stabilization proved quite valuable to me in this situation.
 
A larger version of this image is available on SmugMug, Flickr, Google+, Facebook, 500px and Instagram. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
16mm  f/11.0  1/80s
ISO 100
8688 x 5792px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/4/2016 7:22:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 2, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/2M Lens page.
 
I'll have more to say about the sharpness of this lens soon.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/2M Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/2/2016 8:15:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Earlier this year, I posted a Ben Franklin Bridge image and talked about running back and forth between two camera setups during the shoot. At that time, it was requested that I share an image captured by the second camera and ... I am crossing that request off of my to-do list with today's post.
 
As is often ideal for cityscapes, the timing for this image was such that just a touch of color remained in the sky and the sky brightness balanced nicely with the city lights. With this camera's closer-to-the-bridge perspective, the closest bridge support was emphasized and the broad dark line from the underside of the bridge leads deep into the frame. The river keeps the bottom of the frame somewhat clean (giving the image a foundation) and many of the city's best-known tall buildings are framed between the two in-the-river supports, adding interest to the frame. (full disclosure in case you go here: I removed a small conduit from the center of the bridge support for a cleaner look.)
 
With good gear and basic skills, this image is not that challenging to capture and as is often the case, being there is the biggest key to success.
 
A larger version of this image is available on SmugMug, Flickr, Google+, Facebook, 500px and Instagram. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/2/2016 8:09:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Professional Network has updated its Tips and Tricks section to include dozens of tips relating to the EOS-1D X Mark II.
 
Topics covered include:
 
Live View shootingLive View touch control
Live View Face detection AFHigh-speed shooting in Live View
Flash and Silent Live View shootingSilent shooting
Live View Exposure simulationExposure simulation in low light
Live View on a televisionElectronic Level and Face Tracking
GPS log dataMOV, MP4 and 4K
GPS loggingEOS battery life
Manually updating clockShooting in cold temperatures
GPS and time settingShooting in hot temperatures
GPS signal frequencyAF in low temperatures
GPS and EOS MoviesHot cards
GPS notificationsNew batteries
Movie Servo AF SpeedBattery calibration
Movie servo AF when magnifiedBattery compatibility
Line InputAF point illumination
Movie Servo AF track sensitivityMP4 and MOV
Movie Servo AF focus pull4K video frame grabs
Movie and Custom ControlsCF and CFast 2.0 cards
FlexiZone and Face Tracking4K video
Caring for touchscreenf/8 focusing

B&H carries the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/2/2016 8:05:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Digital Learning Center has added two new articles highlighting the 5D IV's touchscreen and color tone adjustment features. The links can be found below.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/2/2016 7:41:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Get your creative juices flowing in this fun-filled class meant to educate and inspire! Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler breaks down her creative process and explains how she is able to come up with unique and eye-catching photographs time and time again!
 
You'll learn how to get creative in-camera without relying on special tools in Photoshop.
 
Lindsay shows you how to:
 
  • Shoot double exposures in camera
  • How to use mirrors or prisms for abstract effects
  • Unique lighting techniques
  • Creative bokeh effects
Plus several other approaches to ignite your creativity!
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/2/2016 7:32:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 1, 2016
Today Only: Amazon has Adobe Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 14 available for $65.99. Regularly $149.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • The serial code is located on the CD Sleeve and is labeled "Serial Number"; Organize - All your memories at your fingertips. Order, label, find and view your photos and videos your way.
  • Edit - Go from so-so snapshots and video clips to amazing photos and videos. Make quick photo edits, create movies in a snap, add artistic touches like a pro, or transform your photos and videos to wow friends and family.
  • Create - Show your creative side. Make scrapbook pages and cards to share lasting memories. Bring style to your movies with cool effects, transitions, themes, titles and more.
  • Share - Share memories with the people who matter the most the way that works for you - Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, and more.
  • Find - Your stuff, fast. Every memory at your fingertips. Quickly find photos and videos by favorite people, where you were, or what you were doing.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/1/2016 2:39:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The 600mm focal length may not be the best for creating a sense of presence for the viewer, but ... it certainly helped me to distance myself from this bear's presence. And, I think the bear did a nice job of creating a presence all by himself.
 
The bear has apparently experienced trauma in its life as it is missing the bottom of its right front leg and one of his canine teeth is broken. Although such an accident would be enough to make any bear angry, I really don't know for sure if this one was angry or not. But, saying that it is angry sounds more dramatic and people seem to like drama these days. And, almost universally, animals lay their ears back when angry, helping to justify the thought.
 
The EOS-1D X Mark II has been very reliably focusing on the bears' eyes (bear noses often get in the way of this) even in bad weather conditions and this camera and lens combination easily erased the distant background, making the bear the unmistakable subject.
 
A larger version of this image is available on SmugMug, Flickr, Google+, Facebook, 500px and Instagram. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/640s
ISO 1250
3648 x 5472px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 9/1/2016 9:31:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The world's best photographers use Profoto and we are pleased to officially announce our very own Instagram page; Profoto USA. We want to celebrate light and show off the amazing images our Profoto users, including you, put out on social media.
 
Tag your posts with #ProfotoUSA and show us those amazing images and behind the scenes shots of Profoto gear in use and you could be featured on our Instagram page.
 
B&H carries Profoto gear including the very popular B1 Off-camera flashes and Air Remotes.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 9/1/2016 8:30:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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