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 Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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If you're like me and have a Chromecast device, use Chrome as your browser and load our News page, then you may have experienced something very strange this morning – like all the embedded YouTube videos playing simultaneously.
 
After a lengthy search, I finally figured out what the culprit was. It seems that the Chromecast extension for Chrome (Google Cast) is now causing all embedded YouTube videos to play automatically. The issue is relatively new and we're hoping it gets resolved very soon. In the meantime, you may want to disable the Google Cast extension in Chrome.
 
Please note that the issue isn't just with our site – it's on all sites with embedded YouTube videos. A Google Cast update seems to have created the issue. [Sean]
Post Date: 8/19/2014 8:48:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera Kit
From Nikon:
 
Thank you for choosing Nikon for your imaging needs.
 
We have received a few reports from some users of the Nikon D810 digital SLR camera indicating that noise (bright spots) are sometimes noticeable in long exposures, and in some images captured at an Image area setting of 1.2× (30×20).
 
After looking into the matter, we have determined that some noise (bright spots) may on occasion be noticeable when shooting long exposures, and in images captured at an Image area setting of 1.2× (30×20).
 
Nikon service centers will service these cameras that have already been purchased as needed free of charge to the customer. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.
 
Identifying affected products
 
To check whether or not your camera is one of those affected by this issue, please click the Affected Product Serial Numbers link below and enter your D810’s serial number as instructed. Your camera’s serial number will be checked against those of affected products. If your camera is one of those affected, you will be forwarded to additional instructions. If your camera is not one of those affected, you may continue using your camera without concern for this issue.
 
Check Your Serial Number
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Post Date: 8/19/2014 8:22:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PIXMA MG7550 Printer
From Canon UK:
 
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 19 August 2014 – Canon today announces a refresh to its PIXMA home printer range with the launch of four multifunction inkjet printers – the PIXMA MG2950, MG5650, MG6650, MG7550 – and a portable printer, the PIXMA iP110. Built with convenience in mind, the new devices have connectivity at their core and include a range of new features that enhance the printing experience between connected devices, from easy access to photos and documents stored on the cloud to printing via NFC (near field connectivity), ensuring the PIXMA series continues to lead the way in printing innovation. Two new scanners also join Canon’s CanoScan range today – LiDE 120 and LiDE 220, with cloud scanning, and reliable, high resolution capabilities.
 
Introducing new ways to connect and print
New to Canon’s latest PIXMA devices is the integration of NFC technology. Making it even easier to print from connected smartphones, PIXMA Touch & Print allows users to print and scan using NFC smart devices by simply touching them against compatible printers.
 
Canon has also updated PIXMA Cloud Link to provide even greater access to photos and documents stored on the cloud. Accessible either via the PIXMA Printing Solutions app or via compatible printer TFT screens, PIXMA Cloud Link now provides access to Google Drive and OneDrive, as well as existing services such as Facebook, Evernote, Drop Box and Twitter. Users of the PIXMA MG5650, MG6650 and MG7550 can also scan JPGs and PDFs directly to cloud services such as DropBox, Google Drive and more, either directly from the printer screen or via smartphones and tablets using the PIXMA Printing Solutions app.
 
In addition, Canon is also introducing a scan to email function for PIXMA MG5650, MG6650 and MG7550, which will allow users to save time and send scanned documents and images as email attachments directly from the printer.
 
To further enhance the printing experience on tablets, Canon has also updated the PIXMA Printing Solutions app with a link to a new service; Easy Photo Print+. The new service allows saved photos stored on the device or in the cloud to be edited and easily printed, from a tablet. It also helps users to get creative with their photos, providing a range of templates to create personalised cards, calendars and collages.
 
Smart and powerful: the PIXMA MG7550
Replacing the current MG7150 is the new PIXMA MG7550, a premium all-in-one six-ink photo printer with an 8.8cm touch screen and a touch panel display. Canon’s unique Intelligent Touch System and Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity allow for complete cloud and NFC printing / scanning capabilities using smart devices.
 
Thanks to its six-ink system, which includes Pigment Black and Dye Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Grey inks, the PIXMA MG7550 can produce images with smooth gradations, even in monochrome prints, delivering professional photo lab quality borderless prints at the touch of a button. Producing print resolution at 9600dpi and full photo lab quality colour prints, the PIXMA MG7550 is ideal for enthusiasts wanting professional quality results in a compact design.
 
High performance home printing: MG6650 and MG5650
Replacing the PIXMA MG6450 and MG5550 respectively, the MG6650 and MG5650 feature five separate ink tanks and have been designed for those looking to print a mix of high quality documents and photos at home. With Wi-Fi connectivity, both printers support a range of wireless printing features, from compatibility with Canon’s PIXMA Printing Solutions app for iOS & Android devices, to printing from Wi-Fi enabled cameras. Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print are also supported.
 
The PIXMA MG6650 includes a 7.5cm TFT touch screen and the MG5650 a 6.2cm TFT screen display, both of which are built into the devices and allow access to all of the printer menus and functions, making it easy to print and scan directly from the device. The MG6650 also supports NFC connectivity with smartphones and tablets.
 
Connectivity at every level: PIXMA MG2950
Delivering Wi-Fi connectivity at a competitive price, the PIXMA MG2950 features print, scan and copy functionality in a compact device. Designed for personal home use, the MG2950 allows users to connect , print and scan directly to a range of connected devices, and even print from the cloud using PIXMA Cloud Link. The MG2950 also comes with Access Point Mode, providing a direct link to wireless devices without the need for an internet connection.
 
Printing on the move: PIXMA iP110
Designed to deliver the ultimate in portable printing, the lightweight PIXMA iP110 is a slim, single function printer that produces quality prints, from clear crisp documents to vibrant photos, fast. The iP110 replaces the current iP100 and comes with a range of new connectivity features, including Wi-Fi and cloud printing and is compatible with Google Cloud Print and Apple Air Print, and supports Canon’s PIXMA Printing Solutions app.
 
The iP110 prints at up to 9600dpi resolution, with print speeds of 5.8 ipm for colour and 9.0ipm for mono prints, and produces a 4x6 borderless photo in approximately 53 seconds.
 
High-quality scanning: CanoScan LiDE 120 and LiDE 220
As well as introducing new innovations to the PIXMA printing range, Canon has also announced a refresh to its CanoScan range with two new devices, LiDE 120 and LiDE 220.
 
The CanoScan LiDE 120 is a stylish LiDE scanner that replaces the current LiDE 110. Thanks to a CIS sensor, it delivers a scan resolution of 2400x4800dpi and produces an A4 300dpi scan in 16 seconds.
 
Replacing the LiDE 210, the CanoScan LiDE 220 includes an additional fifth EZ button, which provides users with the ability to create a multipage PDF document without returning to their PC. LiDE 220 also frees up valuable desk space by incorporating a neat stand enabling it to be used in an upright position. The device delivers scans with a resolution of 4800x4800dpi, thanks to the CIS sensor, and can produce an A4 300dpi scan in 10 seconds. Both scanners are USB powered, and feature rich software, such as as Auto Document Fix and Auto Photo Fix II, and an easy-to-use interface, which includes an Auto Scan button to help users achieve the scanning results they desire with ease. Both scanners can also scan to the cloud via a PC.
 
Pricing and availability
 
  • PIXMA MG7550 will be available from October 2014 with an RRP of £189.99/€229.99
  • PIXMA MG6650 will be available from September 2014 with an RRP of £139.99/€169.99
  • PIXMA MG5650 will be available from September 2014 with an RRP of £99.99/€119.99
  • PIXMA MG2950 will be available from September 2014 with an RRP of MG2950 €59.99/€69.99
  • PIXMA iP110 will be available from October 2014 with an RRP of £279.99/€329.99
  • CanoScan LiDE will be available from September 2014 with an RRP of 120 £69.99/€79.99
  • CanoScan LiDE 220 will be available from September 2014 with an RRP of £89.99/€109.99
Note: Canon USA made its own announcement after this UK Press Release was posted; it looks like the model numbers are slightly different in the USA.
 
Amazon.co.uk carries Canon PIXMA printers.
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Post Date: 8/19/2014 7:12:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
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
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

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
In this video, learn more about highlight tone priority and how it helps the exposure in your photos.
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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

 
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
 Friday, August 15, 2014
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/1.2 L 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/4 L 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
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From Adobe creativeLIVE:
 
The challenge of senior photography is taking portraits that capture the one-of-a-kind energy and spark of high schoolers.
 
Join Leslie Kerrigan right now to learn the marketing, communication, artistic, and business skills that will help you connect with your clients and stand out as a senior portrait photographer. Over the next three days, you’ll learn how to:

  • Design shoots that are unique experiences, not just portrait settings
  • Effortlessly connect with, and sell to, teens
  • Create a style closet and build wardrobe consultation skills
  • Market to teens through social media and more!

Don’t miss this opportunity to become the dynamic, must-have senior photographer for every teen in your area.
 
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Post Date: 8/14/2014 11:42:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Ubertronix Strike Finder Touch
B&H has the Ubertronix Strike Finder Touch in stock and available with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights

  • Five-in-One Camera Trigger
  • Programmable Touch Screen Interface
  • Less than 1 ms Triggering Time
  • Event-Driven Time Lapse Capabilities
  • Detects Lightning Strikes
  • Laser Trigger Mode
  • Can be Triggered by Sound
  • Infrared Motion Sensor with 30' Range
  • Runs on 4 AAA Batteries
  • Optional AC Power Adapter

Post Date: 8/14/2014 10:56:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Flying By the Morning Moon
As I stood on my front porch this morning, I noticed the conditions looked optimal for using a circular polarizing filter. But what could I use as a subject in my uninspiring front yard? A glance to the left provided the answer – the moon set against a nearby tree.
 
I quickly set up a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, an EF 300mm f/4 L USM, a Kenko 1.4x teleconverter on a tripod positioned on the corner of my front porch. After snapping about five frames I noticed something odd on the LCD screen. It seems I had inadvertantly captured a commuter jet flying just past the moon. It immediately reminded me Bryan's Airplane Over Harvest Moon at 1680mm posted last fall.
 
EXIF: f/8, 1/125 sec, ISO 160
 
I post-processed the image in Photoshop CS6 using Nik Viveza 2 and Topaz Labs Clarity plug-ins.
 
Sometimes a little luck is a wonderful thing! [Sean]
Post Date: 8/14/2014 8:51:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
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Post Date: 8/13/2014 4:29:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Lens for Canon EF-M
Want the widest aperture lens for your EOS M? Look no further!
 
B&H has the Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Manual Lens for EF-M Mount in stock and ready to ship.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/13/2014 10:48:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., August 13, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of a multi-year partnership with the Little League International, which kicks off with the "Print to the Little League Baseball World Series" event in South Williamsport, PA. From today through the end of the tournament on August 24, baseball fans from around the world can utilize Canon PIXMA Printing Solutions and cloud technology to share photos and words of encouragement printed on-site to create "The Great Wall of Fandom." With the new partnership, Canon becomes the official camera and printer sponsor of Little League Baseball and Softball, the world's largest youth sports organization.
 
To celebrate the tournament and cheer on all of the competing teams, fans from around the world can submit their supportive comments and images via a custom microsite, thegreatwalloffandom.com. Canon will then print high-quality versions of the photos and messages on a Canon PIXMA MG7120 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One printer, made possible via cloud connectivity, and the Canon team in Williamsport will add them to "The Great Wall of Fandom." Series attendees will see the photos and messages posted throughout the tournament, and images of how the exhibition evolves will also be shared online daily for the enjoyment of supporters worldwide.
 
Brand ambassadors will also be available at the World Series sites using Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR and Wi-Fi equipped PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Cameras to take photos of attendees and post the content directly to "The Great Wall of Fandom." In addition, Best Buy has partnered with Canon to lend on-site support at the batting cage installation to answer any PIXMA printer or PPS questions.
 
"From input to output with Canon cameras and printers, the multi-year partnership with the Little League Organization will allow Canon to connect with a new generation of young families who want to capture and share quality memories of this exciting sporting event," said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We are thrilled that the 'Print to the Little League Baseball World Series' initiative allows us to demonstrate the ability to print from virtually anywhere to anywhere via PIXMA Printing Solutions (PPS). Moreover, we're connecting with fans who can't be there in person, but want to show their support and encouragement for the players."
 
While anyone can submit photos to "The Great Wall of Fandom" from virtually anywhere during each game, Canon will also produce keepsakes for on-site spectators and attendees of the Little League Baseball World Series by inviting them to pose in a Canon-branded batting cage located in the Family Fun Zone area, where on-site brand ambassadors will take photos using Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR cameras and then print the captured images directly on Canon PIXMA MG7120 printers as tokens of the attendees' experience.
 
This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Little League, and part of its longtime success in providing a healthy, safe environment for 2.4 million children in more than 80 countries can be attributed to the assistance provided by sponsorships. Canon joins Little League as its 20th National Sponsor, which help Little League maintain low team affiliation fees and provide valuable training and educational resources to coaches, parents, umpires, and volunteers. Many of Little League's national sponsors also participate in enhancing the fan experience at the Little League Baseball World Series Family Fun Zone.
 
"We are excited to welcome Canon as Little League's newest national sponsor and to the Little League Baseball World Series this August," said Liz DiLullo Brown, Little League Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. "Little League is more than a youth sports organization, it is a youth leadership organization, and thanks to the support of our national sponsors, Little League is able to provide parents a healthy, affordable recreational outlet for their children."
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 8/13/2014 9:47:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon YouTube Channel:
 
Canon is continuing to make efforts to help protect our customers from potentially dangerous counterfeits. How can you tell if your Canon battery is genuine? Select Canon products communicate with their battery to identify if the battery is genuine Canon. Watch this video to learn more. For more information, please visit:
http://usa.canon.com/cusa/about_canon/standard_display/aboutcounterfeits
 
Sean's Take: Canon has been on a crusade against counterfeit batteries and other accessories:

However, I think this latest video does a poor job of differentiating between third-party batteries and counterfeit batteries. It lumps both types of batteries into the same, scary "non-genuine battery" category.
 
Personally, I'd be much more concerned about using a conterfeit battery than a third-party battery. If a company is dishonest enough to slap a Canon logo on its battery, then there's a good chance the company doesn't care about the performance and safety of the product. And why would they? The dishonest comany's reputation is not at stake.
 
However, when a company puts their own name on a battery intended to be used in a Canon product, I'm more willing to believe that the company has taken sufficient precautions to ensure the battery will work as advertised and won't damage my camera. And if it does damage my camera, I know that Canon isn't responsible for the repair bill.
 
I understand that Canon wants to protect and educate its customers. There's nothing wrong with that. However, I think labeling third-party batteries and counterfeit batteries in the same way goes a bit too far, and I start questioning whether the movie's motive is really about public safety or the bottom line.
 
Share your thoughts in the comments.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/13/2014 8:17:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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