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 Sunday, July 23, 2017
Canon released new versions of its freely included software at the end of last month primarily to add compatibility with its newly released cameras. However, Canon EOS 5Ds R owners will likely appreciate the "...function for reducing color moiré" added to DPP.
 
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.6.30:
 
  • Supports EOS 6D Mark II, EOS Kiss X9 / EOS REBEL SL2 / EOS 200D, EOS-1D, EOS-1Ds.
  • Adds a function for reducing color moiré.
  • Supports the EOS 5D Mark IV Canon Log specification.
EOS MOVIE Utility 1.7:
 
  • Supports EOS 6D Mark II.
  • Supports the EOS 5D Mark IV Canon Log specification.
Changes to EOS Utility 3.6.30, Picture Style Editor 1.18.30:
 
  • Supports EOS 6D Mark II, EOS Kiss X9 / EOS REBEL SL2 / EOS 200D.
Download: Digital Photo Professional 4.6.30, EOS MOVIE Utility 1.7, EOS Utility 3.6.30 & Picture Style Editor 1.18.30
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/23/2017 4:36:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, July 22, 2017
Through this weekend, Adorama has the 3 Legged Thing Albert Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod System with AirHed 360 Ball Head available for $339.99 with free shipping. Regularly $499.99.
Use coupon code AMTMF50J17 at BuyDig.com to get a $200.00 discount on top of the $250.00 mail-in rebate for the following gear bundled with the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Inkjet Printer:
 
Note: The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM deal requires a different promo code, AMTMF207K17.
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/22/2017 8:16:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
On August 21st, 2017, over much of North America, the moon is going to cover the big fireball, creating a spectacular sight (weather conditions permitting of course). Start preparing now – photographing the sun is not difficult and likely is affordable to you.
 
Read through the Solar Eclipse Photography Tips posts and don't miss the Meade Glass White Light Solar Filter review to learn how this image was created.
 
This image is moderately cropped from a 1200mm full frame capture.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px.
Post Date: 7/22/2017 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 21, 2017
For a limited time, Adorama has the G-Technology G-Drive Pro 2TB External Hard Drive available for $199.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $269.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds 2TB
  • Ultra-fast, high-performance Thunderbolt interface technology
  • Faster than USB 3.0 FireWire and eSATA
  • 480MB/s sustained transfer rates, 7200 RPM
  • Dual Thunderbolt ports
  • Time Machine Compatible, plug-and-play setup on Mac OS
  • All-aluminum case for ultimate durability
  • Kensington Slot for added security
Along with the image quality test results I shared previously, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM Lens page.
 
This inexpensive lens is still looking good, from both an image quality perspective and a stylish one. From a size standpoint, let's put things in perspective.
 
The Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/21/2017 7:25:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Tokina AT-X 14-20mm f/2 PRO DX Lens for Canon/Nikon available for $599.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $799.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • One Plastic-Molded Aspherical Element
  • Two Glass-Molded Aspherical SD Elements
  • Two Super Low Dispersion Elements
  • Multi-Layer Anti-Reflection Coating
  • Internal Focus; One-Touch Focus Clutch
  • Nine-Blade Diaphragm
Post Date: 7/21/2017 6:23:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Genaray LED-7100T 312 LED Variable-Color On-Camera Light available for $151.20 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $189.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Genaray Professional Series LED Light
  • 3200-5600K Adjustable Color Temperature
  • Up to 1400 Lux Brightness at 3 ft
  • 100-10% Flicker Free Brightness Dimmer
  • Smooth, Stepless Color/Brightness Dials
  • Dual Sony L Series Battery Mount
  • Hot-Swappable
  • Batteries, Charger, AC Adapter Included
  • Magnetic, Snap-On Diffuser Included
  • Ball Head and Carry Case Included
 Thursday, July 20, 2017
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Glidecam Ultra-Shot available for $299.00 with free shipping. Regularly $499.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 20 lb
  • Maximum Height: 63.6"
  • Closed Length: 23"
  • Sections: 5
  • Weight: 6 lb
  • T6-6061 Aluminum Monopod with Flip Locks
  • Tilting Back-and-Forth Head
  • 6" Offset Quick Release Plate
  • Positionable Motocross Grips
  • Two 1/4"-20 Screws
Post Date: 7/20/2017 5:35:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
As I mentioned earlier this week, I recently renovated an old workshop to serve as my new photography studio. Above you can see a 360-degree view of the studio. Note that the middle of the panorama shows the back wall of the studio while the edges show the curtain-covered french doors opposite the back wall.
 
Below are some organizational tools and techniques I used for optimizing the space.
 
Black Light Portrait July 2017

Always Available 12' Background Support Crossbar
 
If you look closely at the panorama atop this post, you'll notice a 12' 4-section background support bar held up by the side walls. I purchased the support bar several years ago and it has served me well for larger backdrop needs. I had originally intended on hanging hooks from the rafters to hang the background support, but upon measuring the space, I realized that wasn't necessary. The walls of the studio are slightly less than 12' (3.66m), so it was relatively easy to add a couple of nails to the top of the walls to keep the background pole in place, while still being able to take the pole down when it's needed for on-location work.
 
Having the 12' background support semi-permanently installed has the benefits of freeing up storage space that would otherwise have been required for the collapsed set of poles while reducing setup time when the background support bar is actually needed.
 
For the shot above, I used (6) black lights to photograph Alexis in front of an 84x52" tapestry.
 


Snowboard Rack for Lightstands

Surfboard/Snowboard Rack for Light Stands/Tripods/Monopods
 
Want a great way store your light stands, tripods and monopods? Get a surfboard/snowboard rack! With 16" arms and a support rating of 100 lbs. (45.4kg), the surfboard rack can store a lot of gear neatly and efficiently.
 
Just how much lighting and photography gear can you support with a surfboard/snowboard rack? Well, right now, mine is holding:
 
(9) Light stands (of various sizes and weights)
(2) 40" Extension Arms
(2) Monopods (1 alloy, 1 carbon fiber)
(1) Avenger D600 Mini Boom
(1) Alloy Tripod
(1) Manfrotto 173B Mini Boom Arm
 
The above gear totals approximately 93 lbs (42.2kg).
 


Pegboard Organizer for Photography Gear

Pegboard for Misc. Supplies
 
I tried to make use of previously installed organizational items when possible, and the pegboard installed by the previous owner worked great for storing miscellaneous items such as the following:
 
A pegboard hooks variety pack was all I needed to transform this otherwise unutilized area behind my post-processing computer's monitors into a convenient storage solution for often-used gear.
 


Bungee Straps Securing Shelf

Ball Bungees Keep Gear In Check
 
After placing a few soft boxes/octa boxes on one shelf and umbrellas on another, I quickly realized I needed something to contain the items while leaving them quickly accessible. My solution was to wrap a ball bungee around the top portion of shelf section and a no-damage hair elastic band to the bottom portion of the shelf. With the two fitted together, the gear stays in place yet can be accessed very easily.
 
Parting Thoughts
 
Optimizing your gear storage will help you get the most out of your studio space, whether it's a small room, a garage or a large commercial workspace. By utilizing techniques similar to the ones outlined above, you can maximize floor space while simultaneously allowing for quick access to often-needed tools and supplies.
Post Date: 7/20/2017 12:40:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens for Nikon in stock with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 7/20/2017 9:09:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., July 20, 2017 – For professionals who want sharp, brilliant and obsessively beautiful prints that they can share with the world, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced its latest professional large-format inkjet printer - the imagePROGRAF PRO-6000. At 60-inches wide, the imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 printer is the largest 12-ink printer on the market today.
 
The PRO-6000 expands the PRO Series models offered from 17-inches to 60-inches wide, giving users the ability to own multiple sized printers all with the same print head, ink and image processor, helping to ensure the same high quality across the line. As with previous models, the PRO-6000 device’s sleek design emphasizes the link with Canon’s EOS digital cameras and red-line “L-series lens.” Highlights that set this model apart from the crowd include its 60-inch print width, the ability to feed from the only standard Multifunction Roll System in its class and a 12-channel system including Chroma Optimizer that offers spectacular image quality for the fine art and photographic markets.
 
“With the introduction of our largest model, the imagePROGRAF PRO-6000, we round out our full line of high quality PRO Series printers,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Our PRO Series now offers an expansive lineup of large-format inkjet solutions and sizes for a broad range of applications in the photo, fine art, proofing and graphics market segments.”
 
Designed to meet the needs of photo professionals and graphic artists, the imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 printer provides users with Canon’s input-to-output photo printing support, known as Crystal-fidelity. This solution allows users to obtain a print quality that accurately expresses the structure, clarity and texture of photos shot using Canon EOS DSLR cameras. Fine art professionals and graphic artists will welcome the versatility that the PRO-6000 offers, including the ability to print on various media types, such as glossy paper, matte paper and fine art textured paper.
 
"I prefer Canon large-format printers because of their amazing quality, as well as their outstanding reliability. With the new PRO-6000 printer, the singular print head further improves the quality of nozzle alignment for cleaner, sharper images. I can launch an entire roll’s worth of prints and be confident that I won’t find banding half way through the batch - a huge advantage over the competition,” said Cody Ranaldo, Technical Director for Griffin Editions NYC, a full-service fine art photographic printing, imaging and mounting studio. “The dual-roll loading system greatly reduces the amount of handling damage incurred when switching back and forth between rolls. Finally, there is an aqueous inkjet printer designed for a true production environment."
 
“One of our best clients has been waiting to offer her work in 60-by-60 inches and is excited to now be able to offer fine art prints to a new client base,” said Eric Luden, founder and owner of Digital Silver Imaging, based in Belmont, Massachusetts. “Commercial clients are especially excited to see the larger scale prints for their lobbies and conference rooms. Our new Canon PRO-6000, which includes all the improvements that we’ve come to enjoy on our Canon PRO-4000, will open up new opportunities and markets for our business.”
 
High-level Precision
 
As with previous models in the imagePROGRAF PRO line, the imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 model features the LUCIA PRO 11-color plus Chroma Optimizer ink system to provide exceptional image quality. The printer maintains this high print quality with a multi-sensor that calibrates the printer, helping to ensure color consistency from the first print to the last and across multiple PRO Series printers. It also features a high-precision mechanical platform, providing a uniform, rigid frame to reduce vibrations during printing and more accurate ink ejection as well as effortless media feeding capabilities, allowing users to no longer have to worry about blemished prints due to fingerprints.
 
Extraordinary Productivity
 
The imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 printer features the L-COA PRO processing engine for high-precision image reproduction and high-speed processing of high resolution data. The Sub-Ink Tank feature valued by users of the imagePROGRAF Series has been carried over to this model, helping to reduce downtime and minimize costs by automatically enabling ink tank replacement during printing. With both black ink types active at the same time, there is no need to waste time or ink by swapping out tanks when printing between matte and glossy paper. Right out of the box users will be able to print more as the imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 model comes with 330 ml starter ink tanks.
 
Media Handling
 
Typically an option for smaller sized models, a Multifunction Roll System (MFR) comes standard with this 60-inch model to allow for increased versatility. When used as a second roll, the MFR system enables users to load glossy media in one roll and matte media in the other to seamlessly print to both rolls without needing to manually switch media. The Multifunction Roll unit will intelligently switch to the correct media, automating the process and providing increased ease of use. The roll can also act as a take-up unit with bi-directional rewind, ideal for long, uninterrupted print runs.
 
User-Friendly Software
 
Included with this new imagePROGRAF PRO printer to help enhance user experience is Print Studio Pro, a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom1 and Canon Digital Photo Professional software. The Accounting Manager utility is included to help photographers keep track of consumable costs, such as ink and media, to help users determine their overall printing expenses. Also included is Device Management Console, an administrative tool which provides users with the means to manage up to 50 imagePROGRAF PRO Series printers, all from one location.
 
Availability
 
The imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 printer is expected to be available in August 2017 with an MSRP of $11,995.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/20/2017 9:05:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
B&H has the Loupedeck Photo Editing Console for Lightroom 6 & CC available for preorder.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 & CC
  • Speeds Up Editing Workflow
  • Dedicated Dials, Wheels, and Keys
  • Access to Common Settings and Functions
  • Programmable Preset Buttons
  • USB 2.0 Connectivity
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 7/20/2017 7:48:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Domke Journalist Series Chronicle Cordura Camera Bag available for $99.95 with free shipping. Regularly $259.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Rear slide pocket
  • Expandable zippered side pocket
  • Secure luggage strap
  • Custom antique steel hardware
  • Numbered identity plate
  • Side rain hood
  • Padded zippered tablet sleeve fits up to 11x8
  • "Quiet" system hook and loop silencer
  • Holds DSLR Kit(3 Lenses)
  • Made of Cordura
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products. We would like to announce a firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E.
 
This firmware update corrects the phenomenon that AF does not operate properly when some lenses that are not compatible with the MC-11 are attached. This firmware update does not guarantee accurate operation with lenses that are not compatible with the MC-11.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro by connecting it to a computer using the supplied USB Cable.
 
* Before updating the MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh from the following download page.
 
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download Page
 
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E
Benefit of this firmware update
 
  • It corrects the phenomenon that AF does not operate properly when some lenses that are not compatible with the MC-11 are attached.
Lenses that are not compatible with the MC-11
 
We will continue to consider ensuring stable operation of lenses that are not compatible with the MC-11. Therefore customers who are using the MC-11 can enjoy photography as much as possible with their own lenses even though there may be some restrictions. However, please note that due to the characteristics of the products, accurate operation, including AF, is not guaranteed with lenses that are not compatible with the MC-11.
Post Date: 7/20/2017 6:07:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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