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 Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens
Image quality test results have been added to the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens Review page.
 
More test results for this lens are coming.
Post Date: 6/17/2014 7:16:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 16, 2014

 
From Profoto:
 
Walk Through a Wedding is a year long video series in which we get to follow wedding photographers Justin & Mary as they set out to capture a young couple's most special day.
 
Click here to see other videos in the series.
 
Related Products:

Post Date: 6/16/2014 11:58:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Red Giant:
 
The latest version of Red Giant’s powerhouse audio syncing suite includes lightning-fast speed improvements and an expanded list of supported media types, plus faster and more accurate syncing for the most comprehensive package
 
San Francisco, California—Red Giant, designer of innovative filmmaking and motion graphics software, invites PluralEyes fans to join the public beta and test-drive the upcoming 3.5 release of the celebrated audio and multi-camera video syncing software
 
To become a beta tester, simply follow the link: http://redgiant.com/pluraleyesbeta.
 
What to Expect
In addition to a comprehensive interface update featuring many user requested enhancements, the new PluralEyes 3.5 includes

  • AVCHD playback - new for Windows
  • Support for AVCHD spanned clips on both Windows and OS X
  • An expanded list of supported media types for “Replace Audio” exports
  • Algorithm improvements that deliver faster and more accurate syncing
  • Automatic correction for sync drift for perfect sound matchup in longer videos

The PluralEyes 3.5 open beta software supports the following NLE applications and operating systems:

  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5, CS6, CC
  • Apple Final Cut Pro 6, 7, X
  • Avid Media Composer 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 8
  • Sony Vegas Pro 10, 11, 12, 13
  • Mac OS X 10.8
  • Mac OS X 10.9
  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • Windows 8 64-bit

Pricing & Availability
Beta testing for PluralEyes version 3.5 is free of charge and open to the public. When the product is officially released, existing users can choose to upgrade for 79 USD. Version 3.5 will be available for new users to download at 199 USD.
 
Users who purchased PluralEyes after March 31, 2014 are eligible for a free PluralEyes 3.5 upgrade when released

Category: Red Giant News
Post Date: 6/16/2014 8:30:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H's YouTube Channel:
 
B&H is proud to welcome back Jerry Ghionis who is widely considered to be one of the top five best wedding photographers in the world. As a master at posing, Jerry will share his posing techniques with live demonstrations that will keep you from running out of poses ever again. He will demonstrate how he directs his clients to achieve fun and fashionable images including specific poses for plus size brides, odd height couples and couples who don't want to be posed.
Post Date: 6/16/2014 7:50:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Image quality, distortion and vignetting results have been added to the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review page.
 
B&H has this new inexpensive ultralight ultra-wide angle lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/16/2014 6:23:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Canon:
 
DPP 4.0
Canon developed the upgraded DPP 4.0 software for the editing of RAW images in response to the needs of professional and advanced-amateur users. The software delivers improved workflow efficiency for photographers who edit large numbers of images at an advanced level, helping them to achieve the key concepts of the EOS series of interchangeable-lens cameras: speed, ease of use and high image quality.
 
The new software improves on the previous version in such areas as an expanded adjustment range for highlights and shadows as well as enhanced basic functions. Providing users with more freedom when adjusting images, DPP 4.0 includes such new functions as 8-axis color gamut adjustment and an Auto function that automatically analyses the brightness and darkness balance of a histogram and adjusts the tones, or luminance, of an image accordingly.
 
The new version of Canon’s DPP software delivers greatly enhanced operability and convenience during the image editing process. In addition to featuring an updated graphical user interface (GUI), the software is capable of displaying as many as 10,000 image thumbnails at one time. Further contributing to ease of use, the software lets users not only view selected images for comparison even in the preview window, but also assign ratings to images.
 
EOS Utility 3.0
Canon’s new upgraded EU 3.0 allows users to connect a camera to a computer via a USB connection or Wireless File Transmitter in order to remotely perform camera settings, transfer images and capture images. Delivering even greater workflow efficiency, EU 3.0 easily integrates with DPP 4.0 to allow users to select and compare images, enabling them to more easily choose the best shot, as well as make slight adjustments to camera settings and reshoot scenes.
 
Pricing and availability

ModelAvailabilityRelease DateSupport
DPP 4.0 / EU 3.0FreeLate June 2014EOS 1D C, 1D X, 5D III, 6D

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/16/2014 6:08:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 12, 2014

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Watch Holly from the Canon Call Center as she shares her recommendations on how to properly take care of your camera batteries.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/12/2014 7:14:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon:
 
Firmware Version 1.0.5.1.00 for EOS C500 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
 
For EOS C500

  1. Compatibility with the Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller (expected to be available in June 2014) has been added.
  2. Peripheral illumination correction data has been added for the [CN-E35mm T1.5 L F] EF Cinema lens and the [EF-S55-250mm f4-5.6 IS STM] EF lens.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the EF Cinema lens’ F number was incorrectly displayed.

For EOS C500 PL

  1. Compatibility with the Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller (expected to be available in June 2014) has been added.

Support
Download Firmware Version 1.0.5.1.00 for the EOS C500 / C500 PL.
 
Firmware Version 1.0.4.1.00 for the EOS C100 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

  1. Compatibility with the Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller (expected to be available in June 2014) has been added.
  2. Peripheral illumination correction data has been added for the [CN-E35mm T1.5 L F] EF Cinema lens and the [EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS STM] EF lens.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the EF Cinema lens’ F number was incorrectly displayed.

Note: Firmware Version 1.0.4.1.00 is only for EOS C100 cameras without the Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade. If the EOS C100 camera has had the DAF Feature Upgrade applied, please download Firmware Version 2.0.4.1.00.
 
Support
Download the new version of the Instruction Manual for the EOS C100 which provides more information on the new features and benefits available in this firmware update.
 
Download Firmware Version 1.0.4.1.00 for the EOS C100.
 
Firmware Version 2.0.4.1.00 for the EOS C100 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
 

  1. Compatibility with the Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller (expected to be available in June 2014) has been added.
  2. Peripheral illumination correction data has been added for the [CN-E35mm T1.5 L F] EF Cinema lens and the [EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS STM] EF lens.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the EF Cinema lens’ F number was incorrectly displayed.

Note: Firmware Version 2.0.4.1.00 is only for EOS C100 cameras with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade applied. If the EOS C100 camera does not have DAF Feature Upgrade applied, please download Firmware Version 1.0.4.1.00.
 
Support
Download the new version of the Instruction Manual for the EOS C100 which provides more information on the new features and benefits available in this firmware update.
 
Download Firmware Version 2.0.4.1.00 for the EOS C100.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS C100 and C500 Cinema Cameras.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/12/2014 7:01:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Oak Island Pier, North Carolina
by Sean Setters
 
Even though I gravitate toward portraiture, I purchased a Hoya 77mm R72 Infrared Filter late last year. After several months of use, I can honestly say – I love shooting in IR.
 
Why?
 
1. Shooting in IR forces you to be much more deliberate with your image capture.
Digital photography tends to make shutter-bugs out of us all. When shooting with film, there were significant financial consequences involved with every roll of film you used. Today, the incremental cost of each shutter click is low – so low as to be negligible in the scheme of things.
 
The result? We tend to think less about each individual shot and instead rely on the multitude of framings and exposures until we find a shot that plucks that "Hey, I like that!" chord. In short, it's really easy, inexpensive and not very time consuming to shoot a lot of different images.
 
But when shooting with an infrared filter, each shot takes minutes to capture. Even in bright sunlight, I used a shutter speed of 4 1/2 minutes for the image above (f/10, ISO 100). When each click of your shutter takes almost 5 minutes to complete, you spend a lot more time thinking about the image you want before you snap away.
 
2. Bright sunlight (at nearly any time of day) becomes your friend.
As photographers, we know that the best sunlight comes during the golden hour – shortly after sunrise or just before sunset. While the old adage is true in a general sense, it bears less weight when it comes to IR filter photography. That's because in IR filter photography, bright sunlight is your friend.
 
Images taken even in midday sun tend to look very good in IR. In a sense, an IR filter expands your opportunity for capturing eye-catching images during times when a normal daytime view may be less than ideal.
 
3. Long shutter speeds allow you to create unique daytime views.
When there's an abundance of ambient light, it's pretty difficult to use extremely long shutter speeds to blur movement. Even with a 9 or 10-stop filter, you may only be able to achieve a 10-20 second exposure in bright conditions before your scene becomes over-exposed. This means that any movement in your scene may still be captured as ghostly trails. Sometimes that's exactly what you want; many times it's not.
 
The extremely long shutter speeds required mean that [generally] only static things get captured in the image. I've photographed several buildings where cars were consistently traveling in front of my camera. But the time the cars are in front of the camera was very short compared to the overall exposure, so they didn't show up in the final image. This means you can capture images void of distracting elements at times when those distracting elements are almost a certainty. And the things that do show movement blur – like clouds – only add to the image.
 
Drawbacks of shooting with an IR filter
 
Shooting with an IR filter does involve a few drawbacks, though. For one, a tripod is a must. With shutter speeds spanning minutes, your camera must stay stock still for a very long time. A remote timer (wired or wireless) is required as your shutter speed is usually more than 30 seconds.
 
You can't compose your scene through the viewfinder with the filter in place. The filter is completely black (it blocks all visible light). As such, my typical workflow is:

  1. Set up the camera mounted tripod and frame your scene.
  2. Set the camera to Bulb Mode, use manual focus and choose your exposure settings (experience helps you get it in the ballpark).
  3. Add the IR filter to the lens
  4. Use a remote timer to set the shutter speed and activate the shutter.

If shooting with a normal white balance, the image will be very red. I typically shoot in RAW and change my Picture Style to Monochrome because I prefer my IR images to be black & white. Changing the Picture Style in-camera allows me to get a good idea of what the final image will look like after post-processing.
 
To see a few of the IR images I've created, click the image at the top of this post.

Post Date: 6/11/2014 8:44:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H:
 
Travel offers extensive opportunities and challenges for the photographer. Whether your interests are a casual record of your family trip or a serious visual exploration of a place far from home, this presentation provides practical tips and visual stimulation so that you come home with pictures that make you proud.
 
Renowned photography instructor Lester Lefkowitz discusses pre-trip planning; what to take and how to pack; foreign travel considerations; interacting with and photographing the “natives;” time of day and weather issues; finding the good spots; protecting digital files while on the road; ways to improve your composition; some exposure pointers; cool things you can do with a digital camera (that you could never do with film), and what to do with all those great (and near-great) images when you get home.
Post Date: 6/11/2014 6:28:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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From Nikon:
 
This service provides software for upgrading COOLPIX A firmware to C: 1.11
 
Updates provided with this release, C:1.11

  • Focus range with normal autofocus has been changed from approximately 50 cm (1 ft 8 in.)–8 to approximately 30 cm (1 ft)–8 from the center of the front surface of the lens.
  • AF focus-acquisition rate has been improved when the scene contained in the frame exhibits an extremely high level of contrast.
  • The color of the focus area in manual focus mode has been changed to white, making it easier to identify the current focus mode.
  • Less battery power is now consumed with interval timer photography, enabling interval timer shooting for a longer period of time when the camera is powered by the battery.

Download the COOLPIX A Firmware C:1.11.
 
B&H carries the Nikon COOLPIX A.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/10/2014 3:46:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/10/2014 8:25:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens
Post Date: 6/10/2014 7:57:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Learn all about Adobe Lightroom 5's Develop Module in B&H's informative, hour-plus video by photographer Robert Rodriguez Jr.
 
B&H carries Adobe Lightroom 5.
Post Date: 6/10/2014 6:44:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D X with EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens
From Canon:
 
TOKYO, June 10, 2014—Canon Inc. today commemorated the 25th anniversary of the EOS-1 series, the flagship-model lineup of the Company’s EOS series of interchangeable-lens cameras, which debuted in 1989.
 
In 1987, Canon launched EOS, the world’s first AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex camera to employ a fully electronic mount system, using electrical signals to control such functions as autofocusing and aperture adjustment. Two years later, in 1989, the Company introduced the top-of-the-line professional-model EOS-1. Created to satisfy the advanced demands of professional photographers, the camera marked the inaugural model of Canon’s EOS-1 series. Based on the EOS concept of delivering automated performance in accordance with the will of the user, the EOS-1 featured cutting-edge technologies, class-leading levels of performance, high durability, robustness and reliability.
 
In 1994, as a growing number of professional photographers were making use of the autofocusing capabilities offered by cameras, Canon launched the EOS-1N, featuring an increased number of focusing points and increased predictive focusing when tracking moving subjects. Additionally, in 2000, the Company introduced the EOS-1V, equipped with 45-point high-density Area AF, which contributed to high-speed predictive AF of up to 9 frames per second. In this way, Canon has consistently launched flagship-model SLR cameras designed to satisfy the demands of professionals in step with the changing times.
 
Upon entering the digital era, Canon launched its first flagship-model professional digital SLR camera—the EOS-1D—in 2001, followed in 2002 by the EOS-1Ds, equipped with a full-frame 35mm sensor. Since then, the Company has reinforced its product lineup through efforts targeting enhanced image quality and continuous shooting performance.
 
In June 2012, Canon released the EOS-1D X, its latest flagship pro-model digital SLR camera, marking the EOS-1 series’ 13th model since the launch of the original EOS-1. The 1D X has garnered strong acclaim from professionals working in a wide range of fields, from photojournalism and sports coverage to commercial and nature photography.
 
Through the introduction of its powerful flagship-model EOS-1 series, incorporating cutting-edge technologies, and the expansion of these technologies and the functions they make possible, even to entry-level models, Canon continues aiming to enhance the value of its product lineup. In addition to its robust camera lineup, Canon contributes to developing the culture of photographic and video imaging though its efforts to fulfill the diverse needs of users.
 
Check out Bryan's review of the latest 1-series camera – the Canon EOS 1D X.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 6/10/2014 6:12:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 06, 2014
Canon Irista
From Canon UK:
 
irista from Canon – where every image lives
 
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 5 June 2014 – Canon today reveals irista – an advanced, cloud-based image management platform that allows users to access, enjoy and manage their photo libraries like never before.
 
People today take thousands of digital photographs which have become scattered across multiple devices, irista is built to help curate entire image libraries in one central location. Previously known in beta-form as Project1709, irista makes it easy to find any picture or any memory – regardless of which device it was shot on.
 
irista has been created around four consumer needs:

  • Simple to use: Making it quick and easy to find any image in a photo collection
  • Connected: Share images directly on Facebook® and Flickr and keep track of likes and comments
  • Inspired: A single place for people to interact with their images, enhance their photography skills and get the most out of their pictures
  • Puts everybody in control: All images stored securely in one location so they can be accessed anytime, anywhere

Built using Canon’s unrivalled heritage and imaging expertise, irista has been designed for anybody looking to manage their memories. The unrivalled user experience, coupled with its design, puts people back in control of their image collections.
 
The service supports a wide range of file types, has no file size limitations and automatically uploads new additions to image collections. A sleek user-interface is supported by a powerful search index, which allows people to locate an image based on a wide range of criteria. The clean, tiled design features a customisable timeline ribbon and tag-based filtering options that make it easier to find shots using dates, location, custom user tags, lens type and much more. Social integration with Facebook® and Flickr also allows users to publish images on both platforms, as well as track social comments, directly from the irista interface.
 
“People are taking more photos on more devices than ever before, but it can be difficult to enjoy your images when they’re stored in different places,” said Alessandro Stanzani, Head of Consumer Imaging Group, Canon Europe. “With irista, we’ve created a platform that solves that problem. It’s currently the only service of its type and is built entirely around the needs of the user – reflecting a lot of the feedback received during the beta phase. It’s an invaluable resource for those who love their images, and will only get better as we add more and more features over time.”
 
irista is available to everyone, with tiered storage options to suit a range of different needs. The ‘entry’ tier offers 10GB of cloud storage space completely free-of-charge. It offers casual or hobbyist photographers full use and functionality of the irista platform, providing them with an ideal place to manage libraries or specific photography projects. Advanced enthusiasts or professional users, who require larger capacities, can also choose from two further storage options, with 50GB and 100GB tiers available for a monthly or annual cost.
 
irista subscription tiers are as follows:

  • Up to 10GB: No cost, full functionality
  • Up to 50GB: £4.49/€4.99 per month, or £45.00/€49.00 per year
  • Up to 100GB: £9.99/€10.99 per month, or £99.00/€109.00 per year

The full irista service is now live. People can sign up by visiting: www.irista.com

Post Date: 6/6/2014 9:01:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Canon Professional Network:

"In April 2014 Canon announced it had reached the historic production landmark of 100 million EF-series interchangeable lenses manufactured since the launch of its iconic EOS SLR System in March 1987. For decades Canon has been a leader in innovative lens technologies, including the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) and a Multi-Layer Diffractive Optical (DO) Element. To help to celebrate the lens landmark CPN spoke to the Canon Ambassadors about their favourite ever EF lens, their favourite image taken with that lens and their recommended lenses for their genres of photography."

Check out the Canon Ambassadors' favorite lenses on the Canon Professional Network.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/6/2014 6:17:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 05, 2014
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