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 Friday, June 24, 2016
From Nikon:
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation announced delays in the release of new digital cameras and the effects of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes in a press release dated April 20, 2016. The following is an update on the release of the new COOLPIX A900 and B700 compact digital cameras (announced on February 23, 2016).
 
On April 20, we announced that release of the COOLPIX A900 and B700 would be delayed until July as more time was required for software adjustment. However, due to the effects of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes, release of these cameras is now scheduled for October 2016.
 
We sincerely apologize to our customers, business partners, and all those who have expressed interest in these models for the delays.
 
B&H has the Nikon COOLPIX A900 and B700 available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/24/2016 8:31:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Version 2.23.0 to 2.23.1
 
Added support for D5 firmware C version 1.10, including the following features:
 
  • Dynamic-area AF (9 points)
  • Electronic VR
  • Flicker reduction
  • Movies with files sizes over 4 GB
Download: Camera Control Pro 2 v.2.23.1
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/24/2016 8:12:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Photoshelter:
 
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Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/24/2016 6:24:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce the update in the lens firmware of the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Canon and SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art Canon on the SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
The latest firmware update makes it fully functional with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C300 Mark II.
 
For those customers who own the following products, please update the firmware of the lens via the SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
[Applicable products]
SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art– Canon mount
SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art– Canon mount
 
[Benefit of this firmware update]
 
  • It becomes fully functional with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C300 Mark II.
  • For SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Canon, this lens firmware update also corrects the phenomenon that the images show some underexposure when "Evaluative Metering" or "Center-weighted Average Metering" is selected on Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.
Please be sure to update SIGMA Optimization Pro to the latest version before upgrading the lens's firmware.
 
You can download the latest version of the software from the following page:
http://www.sigma-global.com/download/
 
We appreciate your consistent support for our company and products.
 
B&H carries the Sigma USB Dock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/24/2016 5:36:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce the availability of new firmware and support for the applicable lenses regarding the phenomenon that exposure of the image may not be accurate, which was announced on May 27th, 2016. This happens when some SIGMA interchangeable lenses for CANON are used on Canon EOS-1DX Mark II.
 
If you own the following applicable products, please refer to the information below and update the lens firmware accordingly.
 
[Benefit of this firmware update]
The lens firmware update corrects the phenomenon of some underexposure when the lenses listed below are used and either “Evaluative Metering” or “Center-weighted Average Metering” is selected in Metering Mode of the camera.
 
[Applicable products]
SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art – Canon mount
SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art – Canon mount
SIGMA 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM – Canon mount
 
For customers who own the applicable products listed above, the lens firmware update will be provided free of charge. Please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary/distributors of SIGMA.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK, and either the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Canon or the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Canon, please update the lens firmware using SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
We appreciate your continued support for our company and products.
 
B&H carries the Sigma USB Dock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/24/2016 5:28:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 23, 2016

 
From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:
 
In today’s episode, we give you the gift of facial hair! Whether for fun or for professional retouching, creating hair can always come in handy.
 
Creating a custom brush: Step One
 
The first and possibly most important step is to make one single hair with the brush tool. This hair should be as perfect as possible and match the other hairs on the face, because it will become the custom brush. If you want to create stubble, simply make the brush a little smaller to resemble a single spot of stubble.
 
Create a white background around the hair by using the marquee tool. Then, after selecting the boxed hair, go to Edit - Define Brush Preset. After it is saved, you can open it in the brushes panel.
 
Creating a custom brush: Step Two
 
Spend time playing around in the brush menu! Many little adjustments add up to an amazingly realistic look. Make changes such as increasing the angle jitter, roundness jitter, scattering, opacity, spacing, etc.
 
A Hairier Face
 
When you are satisfied with your custom brush, it’s time to paint! All you have to do is paint on the face where you want the hair to be.
 
Remember: hair is not always the same color, so a good mixture of lights and darks is important when making realistic facial hair. Hold ALT/OPT and sample multiple colors as you go. You can also paint with white to create some highlights.
 
B&H carries the Adobe Photography Plan Subscription Cards.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/23/2016 10:38:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Review.
 
Anyone ready for a version II of this lens? Or is it good enough now?
 
B&H has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens in stock with $100.00 instant savings, 4% B&H reward and 13 months of coverage.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/23/2016 8:19:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
See how you can alter the color, contrast and sharpness of your images using any of the five predefined Picture Style settings in any EOS DSLR.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/23/2016 7:20:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Phase One:
 
Unprecedented Power, Precision and Quality
 
COPENHAGEN, June 23, 2016 – Phase One, creator of the world’s finest open-platform high-end camera systems and professional imaging software, today released Capture One Pro 9.2. Known for its outstanding tethered capture capability, high-quality raw conversion, and precision image editing tools, Capture One Pro is already considered by many to be the only image capture application for the serious professional photographer. The release of version 9.2 aims at a better culling workflow from selections and metadata sources to accelerate editing workflow to new levels.
 
New camera support includes:
  • Pentax K-1
  • Nikon D500
  • Canon EOS M10
  • Canon G5x
  • Canon G7x MkII
  • Canon G9x
Powerful new workflow features include:
  • Access assets quickly and precisely: Select from file list, select by variant position and create album from selection form a large group of improvements under targeted selections;
  • New rate and cull workflow using “Select Set”: Select a number of images for viewer preview, then advance through the browser by the same number. Navigating within the selection to rate and cull makes editing and comparing fast and efficient;
  • Capture One 9.2’s new color management module for Tiffs gives users more accurate preview returned from retouching/round trip applications – making Tiff handling in Capture One better than ever before;
  • Phase One XF camera users can turbocharge focus stacking workflow with a multi-image round trip to the Helicon Focus application. Shoot, organize, group, process and stack -- all in a few clicks;
  • New Shortcut Engine: More functions can be shortcut than ever before! All cursors can now be shortcut, users can navigate the library collections (even when hidden) and shortcut support for the new 9.2 selection methods all help to make the workflow sing.
Pro photographers deserve a strong ally to vanquish workflow issues and give them the most reliable, efficient workflow and performance,” said James Johnson, Software Product manager, “Capture One Pro 9.2 is about workflow, not work!”
 
For more details on all the new and improved features in Capture One Pro 9.2, including new cameras and lenses supported, please go to: www.phaseone.com/ninetwo
 
Availability and Pricing
 
Capture One Pro 9 is available now for the Mac and Windows operating systems from Phase One authorized partners worldwide.
 
B&H carries Phase One Capture One Pro.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Phase One News
Post Date: 6/23/2016 7:08:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Further advance of Nikon D5 digital SLR camera performance through expanded functions
 
Tokyo - Nikon Corporation has released new firmware, C: Ver. 1.10, that expands the functions of its flagship Nikon FX-format digital SLR camera, the D5.
 
The D5 has been extremely well received on all fronts, winning such globally prestigious photo and imaging awards as the TIPA Awards 2016, and the Camera GP (Grand Prix) 2016 Readers Award (sponsored by Japan's Camera Journal Press Club), which is selected through voting by users.
 
Nikon has released new firmware for the D5, C: Ver. 1.10, that enhances D5 performance even further. The new firmware offers a major upgrade to the camera's shooting capabilities, delivering four key improvements. First, the maximum recording time of movies, including for 4K UHD movies, is extended, and three functions — Flicker reduction for still images, 9-point dynamic-area AF AF-area mode, and Electronic VR for movies — are added. In addition to these four major changes, some additional updates* have been applied to the new firmware.
 
Details regarding "additional updates" are provided on the firmware's free download page (Nikon Download Center).
 
Release overview
 
The new firmware is available for download from June 23, 2016. It can be downloaded free of charge from the following URL.
 
New firmware for the D5, C: Ver.1.10
 
Four major improvements
 
1. Maximum movie recording time, including for 4K UHD movies, extended to 29 min. 59 s
 
Movies up to 29 minutes 59 seconds in length can now be recorded at all Movie quality and Frame size/frame rate settings. The new firmware increases the maximum recording time of even 4K UHD (3840x2160) movies from 3 minutes to 29 minutes 59 seconds. In addition, movies are recorded to up to eight separate files, each of which has a file size of up to 4 GB. Separate movie files can be combined to create a single movie using ViewNX-Movie Editor.
 
The maximum recording time for 4K UHD time-lapse movies is 3 minutes.
 
2. Flicker reduction for still images added for more stable exposure under lighting that flickers
 
When shooting under fluorescent and some other types of artificial lighting, flickering may cause uneven exposure in parts of images and/or variations in exposure and color reproduction characteristics between individual images captured continuously or in quick succession. We have equipped the new firmware with a Flicker reduction function for still images*1 that reduces these effects. When Flicker reduction is enabled, the camera detects peak brightness as light flickers and automatically times shutter release with these peaks in brightness for stable exposure and color reproduction characteristics. This function is effective when continuous shooting is used for indoor sporting events or similar situations captured at fast shutter speeds*2
 
*1 Still images captured during viewfinder photography (not available with mirror up mode).
*2 The continuous shooting rate may decrease.

 
3. 9-point dynamic-area AF AF-area mode added for focusing on a limited portion of a moving subject
 
With dynamic-area AF, the camera focuses based on information from surrounding focus points* if the subject briefly leaves the focus point selected by the photographer. The D5 originally supported 25-point, 72-point and 153-point dynamic-area AF. A 9-point dynamic-area AF option has been added with the new firmware. This new option is effective for focusing on a more specific portion of a moving subject.
 
* In dynamic-area AF with 9, 25 or 72 points, the number of focus points actually used may be fewer than 9, 25 or 72, depending on the selected primary focus point.
 
4. Electronic vibration reduction function, effective with hand-held recording, added (for HD and full-HD*1 movie recording)
 
The new firmware has been equipped with an Electronic VR function that reduces the effects of camera shake with hand-held recording of movies in the FX- or DX-based movie formats (image areas)*2. The effects of camera shake in three directions — vertical (up and down), horizontal (left and right), and rotational (around the center of the lens) — are reduced. This function is effective when recording movies in places or situations in which use of a tripod is prohibited or inconvenient, or when there simply isn't time to set one up. In addition, electronic VR can be used in combination with the optical vibration reduction (VR) built into a NIKKOR lens for more effective reduction of the effects of camera shake.
 
*1 Not available with 1920 x 1080 crop settings.
*2 The angle of view will be reduced slightly.
 
The effects of electronic VR are also reflected when photos are captured during movie recording (Live frame grab).
When Electronic VR is enabled, the maximum sensitivity allowed is ISO 102400, even if ISO sensitivity is set to Hi 0.3 or higher.

 
B&H carries the Nikon D5.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/23/2016 5:58:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.00 to 1.10
 
  • The camera can now record movies up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds long. Movies are recorded across up to 8 files, each up to 4 GB size, which can be joined together using the ViewNX-Movie Editor option in ViewNX-i version 1.2.0 or later. *
  • An Electronic VR option has been added to the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU. Note that electronic vibration reduction is not available at frame sizes of 3840×2160 or 1920×1080 crop, and that the angle of view is slightly reduced when electronic vibration reduction is in effect. *
  • A Flicker reduction option has been added to the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU. *
  • Dynamic-area AF (9 points) has been added to the AF-area mode options available during viewfinder photography. *
  • The chief changes to viewfinder photography autofocus are:
    • Improved camera response when the button assigned Auto-area AF using Custom Setting f1 (Custom control assignment) > AF-area mode or AF-area mode + AF-ON is pressed to temporarily select auto-area AF.
    • Improved tracking when Wide is selected for Custom Setting a5 (3D-tracking watch area) and 3D-tracking is selected for AF-area mode.
  • The following changes have been made to the shooting display in the web browser when Silent photography is selected in HTTP server mode:
    • An “SL” (“silent”) icon has been added to the release mode button.
    • The “number of shots remaining” display for continuous release modes now shows the time remaining.
    • Exposure compensation can now be adjusted by up to ±3.
  • The file name (extension “.NDF”) is now displayed in HTTP server mode when Image Dust Off data are displayed in a web browser either full frame or in the image viewer.
  • The web browser displays for computers, iPads, and Android OS now identify white balance presets 1 through 6 by number when preset manual white balance is selected in HTTP server mode.
  • If movie recording is started while the camera is focusing in movie live view, the camera will now stop focusing before beginning recording.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • The camera would sometimes record the date of recording incorrectly during leap years and the like.
    • The Save/load settings option in the SETUP MENU would only load up to 10 of the up to 20 items that could be stored in “My Menu”.
    • The camera would display the encryption key for Direct (access point) connections when searching for wireless networks using Search for wireless network with Direct (access point) selected in the SETUP MENU > Network connection wizard.
    • The device would sometimes be unable to connect to the D5 when Connect and exit wizard was chosen with Direct (access point) selected in the SETUP MENU > Network connection wizard.
    • The OS X edition of the Wireless Transmitter Utility would not function as expected when used to edit or add profiles for a camera connected via USB if Password protection was enabled for wireless or Ethernet LANs in the Network > Network settings menu.
    • The camera would sometimes not correctly display pictures created using the Trim option in the RETOUCH MENU.
    • If playback zoom was activated while the memory card access lamp was lit, the picture would sometimes not display correctly or the camera would zoom in on a point other than the active focus point if:
      • RAW Slot 1 - JPEG Slot 2 was selected for Role played by card in Slot 2 in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU,
      • On was selected for Image review in the PLAYBACK MENU,
      • Memory cards were inserted in Slots both 1 and 2, and
      • The NEF (RAW) and JPEG images were different sizes
* Details can be found in an updated edition of the camera manual.
 
Download: Nikon D5 Firmware v1.10
 
B&H carries the Nikon D5.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/23/2016 5:43:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 22, 2016

 
From the DSLR Video Shooter YouTube Channel:
 
Today I upgrade my camera bags and cases with new zipper pulls. Seems simple, but these new zipper pulls make a big difference.
 
Here is the paracord I used for this easy project.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/22/2016 1:20:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
To capture its latest luxery car marketing image, Bently used the same gigapixel image technology that NASA currently uses to compile panoramic images of the Martian landscape to capture a sweeping image of a Mulsanne crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. At its widest (seen above), the bridge appears to the be the main subject of the image.
 
Looking a little closer, we can see a luxery car at the center of the image.
 
Bentley Mulsanne Picture Zoomed In1

The image seen on the Bentley's website is comprised of 697 images and allows you to zoom in all the way to the embroidered logo on the sleek leather seats where you can see every individual thread.
 
Bentley Mulsanne Picture Zoomed In2

Note that I didn't zoom all the way in for the last screenshot shown here. Instead, I opted to keep a bit of the headrest in the shot to provide context for the logo.
 
Want to know more about how photographer Simon Stock (and his team) captured the image? See the behind-the-scenes information here. If you want the Bentley Mulsanne Extended featured in the image, be ready to shell out a little more than $400,000.00.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/22/2016 12:16:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has devloped an algorithm that is designed to determine just how memorable an image is.
 
From the LaMem website
Progress in estimating visual memorability has been limited by the small scale and lack of variety of benchmark data. Here, we introduce a novel experimental procedure to objectively measure human memory, allowing us to build LaMem, the largest annotated image memorability dataset to date (containing 60,000 images from diverse sources). Using Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs), we show that fine-tuned deep features outperform all other features by a large margin, reaching a rank correlation of 0.64, near human consistency (0.68). Analysis of the responses of the high-level CNN layers shows which objects and regions are positively, and negatively, correlated with memorability, allowing us to create memorability maps for each image and provide a concrete method to perform image memorability manipulation. This work demonstrates that one can now robustly estimate the memorability of images from many different classes, positioning memorability and deep memorability features as prime candidates to estimate the utility of information for cognitive systems.
Ready to give it a try? Just click here.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/22/2016 10:59:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
One of the keys to getting good wildlife photos around the house is of course having wildlife around the house. With even small yards able to attract wildlife (especially birds), the next key is having a camera with a good wildlife lens mounted and ready for immediate use when the wildlife shows up.
 
The incredible combination of the 1D X Mark II and EF 200-400mm f/4L IS lens has been taking on this duty for me recently. I have had a very high number of black bear sightings this spring (most frequently after the sun sets), and the range of focal lengths this lens has, including up to 560mm with the built-in extender, along with the f/4 aperture has been valuable.
 
On this rainy Wednesday, it was an ovenbird that made my day. This bird is typically found deep in the forest. While they tend to be low to the ground, the light levels there are dismal. On this day, heavy cloud cover provided reasonably bright and very soft lighting at the edge of the forest where this bird happened to be. The wet conditions provided a saturation boost and some tiny water droplets on the bird. The situation was ideal.
 
I quickly grabbed the camera and lens combo, threw the switch to place the extender in the optical path and went into action. I worked into a position that gave me an attractive background with a clear view of the bird, initially a profile. While I captured some ideal profile images, the bird began hopping into different positions and in this one, the tail wind ruffled its feathers. I'm still undecided between which of the two poses I like best, but decided to share this one as it appears more lively.
 
What is in the ovenbird's mouth? Good question. One item is an insect leg, perhaps from a grasshopper. The other is unknown, but perhaps a piece of moss or similar.
 
On this day, having a camera and lens ready to use for wildlife gave me a nice set of photos out of a very brief encounter with circumstances aligning nicely. The entire session only took a few minutes out of my day. Be ready and when opportunities arise, make the effort to go after them.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
560mm  f/7.1  1/200s
ISO 2500
5472 x 3648px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/22/2016 10:23:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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