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 Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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From Nikon:
 
Nikon 1 V3 Firmware v.1.10
 
Changes from “C” Version Firmware 1.00
 
Camera Control Pro 2 Version 2.22.0 is now supported, allowing the following operations to be performed:
 
  • The settings for connected cameras can be adjusted from Camera Control Pro 2.
  • The Camera Control Pro 2 live view window can now be used for still photography and movie recording as well as to select the AF-area and adjust camera settings.
  • Camera Control Pro 2 now supports best moment capture.
Download: Nikon 1 V3 Firmware v.1.10
 


UT-1 Communication Unit Firmware Version 2.4
 
Changes from Firmware Version 2.3
 
  • The D810A is now supported.
Cameras That Can Be Used to Update UT-1 FirmwareUT-1 firmware updates can be performed with the following cameras:
 
  • The D810, D810A, D750, D7200, and D7100
  • D800 and D800E firmware versions “A” 1.10/“B” 1.10 or later.
Note: Other cameras can not be used, but updates can be performed for you by a Nikon-authorized service representative.
 
Download: UT-1 Communication Unit Firmware Version 2.4
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Post Date: 5/26/2015 1:24:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samsung 850 EVO 2.5
eBay (via NewEgg) has the Samsung 850 EVO 2.5" 500GB SATA III SSD available for an in-cart price of $149.99 with free shipping. Compare at $177.99 after $20.00 instant savings.
Post Date: 5/26/2015 12:49:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R DSLR Cameras
Canon Asia has posted a two-part developer's interview with the team that designed the EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R cameras. There is a lot of technical information in the articles, but I'm finding the material to be quite fascinating so far (I'm about midway through them right now). [Sean]
 
Canon 5Ds / 5Ds R Developer's Interview Articles
 
[Part 1] Achieving “Speed”, “Comfort” and “Quality”
 
Questions Answered:
 
  • First of all, can you tell us more about the development concept of the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R?
  • Can you describe more on the aim and intention on the naming of the models?
  • So now there are five models in the full-frame EOS lineup. Please tell us how the new models are positioned and the division of roles among them.
  • What are the target subjects respectively for the EOS 5DS and EOS 5 DS R?
  • Can I also use these two models for handheld shots and snapshots?
  • What about the internal structure of the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R? Are they identical except for the availability of a low-pass filter cancellation feature?
  • The price for the EOS 5DS R is slightly higher. Why is this so?
  • When choosing a lens, what are the points that users need to bear in mind?
  • In what ways are the features and performance enhanced by the use of dual DIGIC 6 image processors?
  • Is there any reason behind the common number “5” for the 50-megapixel resolution and the continuous shooting speed of 5 fps? Was it intentional?
  • Can you tell me more about the enhancements made on the new image sensor, including how you were able to achieve a resolution of about 50 megapixels?
  • The pixel count is more than double that of the EOS 5D Mark III. What were the technological breakthroughs that made this possible?
  • Wouldn’t it be possible to increase the speed if parallel processing were performed by multiple digital front-end processing circuits?
  • Is 16-channel readout drastically different from that by eight channels?
  • How different is the depictive power compared to the class of cameras with about 20 megapixels?
  • Can you explain how the low-pass filter cancellation feature cancels the low-pass filter effect?
  • Besides the restoration process being carried out by low-pass filter 2, is the structure of the EOS 5DS R the same as other models?
  • Why is it possible to restore the extraordinary ray?

[Part 2] Technology Behind the “Ultra-High Resolution”
 
Questions Answered:
 
  • What were the enhancements made to the AF system in response to the larger pixel count?
  • What was the reason for not changing the AF sensor? Was it because the performance of the system on the EOS 5D Mark III was good enough?
  • The maximum resolution of about 50 megapixels and the continuous shooting speed of about 5 fps are simply remarkable. Are there any efforts that are worth special mention?
  • What changes were made to the existing firmware following the upgrade of the pixel count to about 50 megapixels?
  • How is the mirror vibration control system different from the existing ones?
  • Am I right to say that both the existing and new vibration control systems make use of cams, but differ fundamentally in the way the cams are used?
  • Wouldn’t it consume a lot of battery power if the mirror is driven only by the motor?
  • Generally, it is said that camera shake becomes more prominent with a higher pixel count. Is it possible to eliminate all shake-related issues simply by raising the shutter speed?
  • Is there an easy-to-understand way to determine the shutter speed based on the focal length?
  • What are the advantages of the new user-selectable shutter release time lag setting?
  • What efforts were devoted to the body structure and material when addressing camera shake?
  • I realised that a new “Fine Detail” Picture Style has been added when I looked at the features in greater detail. How is it different from the existing Picture Style effects?
  • Can you provide a simple explanation for the entry-level users on the [Fineness], [Strength], and [Threshold] parameters in the sharpness setting?
  • Can you tell us how we can make good use of the Crop Shooting feature?
  • What does the Customizable Quick Control feature do?
  • Compared to the EOS 5D Mark III, what advancements were made to the movie feature?
  • What is the biggest reason for inheriting the design of the EOS 5D Mark III?
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds /5Ds R available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/26/2015 10:16:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Len
Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens review page.
 
Note that product images for this lens are included both large and small lens comparison tools with some images being cropped in the small lens format. Here is an example comparing the Sigma Sports, Sigma Contemporary and Tamron 150-600mm Lens in the small lens tool. These three lenses are also very interesting to compare in the other tools.
 
B&H has the Sigma 150-600mm OS Contemporary Lens in Canon mount in stock with Nikon and Sigma mount version available for preorder.
Post Date: 5/26/2015 8:51:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I live in a fenced-in property which is situated squarely in the middle of a medium-sized town. I have often used the fence that borders my driveway as a background for various portraits. It's clean, simple, and works well especially when it falls just out of focus.
 
As the winter months transition into spring, however, sections of the fence would become covered in vines. In previous years, I did everything I could to avoid using those sections of fence for my portraits. I considered them a hindrance for tarnishing my clean-looking background during the warm and inviting seasons perfect for portraiture.
 
But as I walked to my mailbox last week, it finally hit me. "Why don't I use the vines for a tightly framed portrait? Hmm..."
 
I must have past that particular section of the fence 500 times over the past three years, but it never occurred to me to actually feature the vines in a portrait. A few days later Amanda and I decided to give it a go.
 
I set up a tripod mounted 7D Mark II with my favorite portrait lens, the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM. So why would I use the 7D Mark II in place of my primary body, the 5D Mark III? For this particular portrait, there was little appreciable difference between the two bodies. I didn't need the full-frame performance gains at high ISOs (I shot this using ISO 100) and I didn't need the shallow DOF advantage either as I would be using a relatively narrow aperture (f/7.1) to keep the details of the background recognizable.
 
Considering the f/7.1 aperture, you might wonder why I chose the EF 85mm f/1.2L II. As I said, it's my favorite portrait lens. The fixed 85mm focal length is a flattering focal length for portraits and the lens is especially sharp when stopped down (although, depending on the subject, extreme sharpness may not necessarily be a beneficial quality when it comes to portrait lenses).
 
For the main light I used a monolight diffused by a Mola Demi beauty dish fitted with a HoneyGrids Universal Grid. The background light was provided by a Canon 580EX Speedlite flash fitted with an Opteka OSG18 1/8-Inch Universal Honeycomb Grid. Using the grid on the main light and positioning it so that it pointed downward limited the amount of light that spilled on the background allowing me to easily control the luminosity of the background with the Speedlite. The grid on the Speedlite kept its light from striking the subject and concentrated its output in a more focused area on the background.
 
This is what the setup and fence looked like:
 
Amanda in front of Vines Setup

I believe similar results could have been achieved with lower cost lights and modifiers (a speedlight with a gridded softbox, possibly?).
 
When post-processing the final image, I actually reduced the luminosity of the background preferring the leaves to be a little darker than what I captured in-camera. I also used a selective color mask to make the shadows appear cooler/more bluish in tone. I was going for a Renaissance painting look for the portrait, and the edits helped push the image in that direction (in my opinion).
 
The takeaway from this shoot is aptly summed up by the title. With spring in full swing, beautiful backgrounds are popping up everywhere. Take a minute to scan your surroundings – even in your own yard – to see if there's something you've been overlooking just like me. :-)
Post Date: 5/26/2015 7:58:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 5/26/2015 7:49:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens available for $674.00. Compare at $799.00 after $100.00 instant savings.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 5/26/2015 6:56:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 25, 2015

Canon has initiated a new ad campaign that offers insight into the ramifications of bringing your DSLR with you versus leaving it at home.
 
As you can imagine, things usually work out well for the protagonist when the Canon DSLR is within arm's reach. ;-)
 

 

 

 
B&H carries Canon DSLR cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/25/2015 2:13:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Canon USA's Rudy Winston has authored an excellent article for CPS which explains the challenges of shooting with an ultra-high megapixel camera and how to deal with them.
 
Think 1/focal length is a fast enough shutter speed to stop camera shake? Think again.
 
This will be an excellent and valuable resource for anyone who has preordered a 5Ds / 5Ds R or anyone considering upgrading to one of these 50.6 megapixel DSLRs.
 
Check out Rudy's tips on the Canon Professional Services.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/25/2015 7:29:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Professional Services
Canon USA's Rudy Winston has authored an article for CPS highlighting the differences between the EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R and the 5D III.
 
From Canon Professional Services:
"Current EOS 5D Mark III shooters, who may be considering moving to the new high-resolution EOS 5DS (or the EOS 5DS R, which removes the effect of low-pass filtration), may wonder if anything changed on these new cameras because the new models look practically identical to the proven Mark III camera. Rest assured, there are some new rewards waiting to greet 5D Mark III owners who step up to the new cameras. We can’t touch on every single one, but we’ll try to give an overview of many of the new details.
 
Obviously, the biggest is the move to a 50.6 million pixel CMOS image sensor – more than doubling the pixel count from the Mark III model. You’ve no doubt seen discussion of this, so we’ll go a bit more beneath the surface. Everything we discuss here applies to both the EOS 5DS and 5DS R models."
Topics Covered
 
  • Shooting Information icons
  • Electronic Viewfinder Dual-axis Level
  • AF point illumination in AI Servo AF
  • Exposure Compensation icon appears any time it’s active
  • 150,000 pixel RGB metering sensor
  • Flicker Detection
  • EOS iTR AF
  • Metering during Live View shooting
  • Auto White Balance (AWB) — White Priority
  • Fineness and Threshold added to each Picture Style setting
  • Fine Detail Picture Style
  • The mirror and mirror lock options
  • Bulb timer; Interval timer
  • Custom Quick Control Menu
  • USB 3.0 connectivity
  • My Menu: Create additional menu screens
  • Movie Servo AF
  • Time-lapse Movie
  • Customize shutter button
Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Services website.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/25/2015 7:17:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 22, 2015
GoPro HERO3 White Edition Camera
eBay (viaGoPro_Certified) has the Refurbished GoPro HERO3 White Edition Camera available for $129.99 with free shipping. Compare at $199.99.
 
Features
 
  • Wearable, mountable design
  • Immersive, wide-angle capture of your favorite experiences
  • Built-in Wi-Fi enables remote control via optional Wi-Fi Remote plus live video preview and playback with the free GoPro App
  • Rugged housing is waterproof to 197’ (60m)
  • Compatible with all GoPro mounts
Post Date: 5/22/2015 12:42:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera with 24-120mm Lens
B&H has the Nikon D810 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens available or $3,696.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $4,596.95.
 
Includes:
 
  • Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens
  • SanDisk - 16GB Ultra UHS-I SDHC Memory Card (Class 10)
  • Ruggard - Commando 36 DSLR Shoulder Bag
  • Watson - EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.0V, 1800mAh)
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Post Date: 5/22/2015 12:30:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM Lens
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM Lens (review) available for $1,299.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,499.00.
 
Note: This is a new item and sold from an authorized Canon resller. Therefore, it includes a Canon USA 1-year warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/22/2015 10:33:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Todd Vorenkamp was asked to take B&H's most expensive used lens – the Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM – out for a spin. In his Explora article, Vorenkamp touches on the history and mystique of Canon's rarest big white lens and describes the logistics involved in shooting with the 36 pound beast.
 
The B&H used department has the Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM in 9+ Condition available with free expedited shipping!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/22/2015 9:41:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Nikon Professional Services members in the USA are now eligible for a 20% discount on repairs.
 
An excerpt from the NPS Member Discount FAQ reads:
Q: How do I schedule a NPS member repair?
A: Qualifying NPS members schedule repairs via: https://repair.nikonusa.com/ProductEntry
Select NPS member radio button and enter your NPS member # on the contact data step.
 
Q: Am I eligible for the NPS member 20% repair discount?
A: 20% repair discount is available only to full status NPS members in good standing who are incompliance with the NPS Member Terms and Conditions at the time the repair is requested.
 
Discount is taken off the base repair cost before applicable taxes and does not include shipping charges. Valid only for repairs on Nikon products (excluding Nikon 1 and COOLPIX products) made at Nikon Inc. Service Centers in New York and California that were received by Nikon Inc. directly from the NPS Member and not via a Nikon Authorized Repair Station or other third party. Discount offer may bediscontinued at any time at Nikon's sole discretion. Offer is not valid for previous repairs.
 
Q: When is the discount applied?
A: Once your equipment for repair is received at either Nikon Inc. Service Centers in New York or California and is written up by Nikon Inc., you will receive a Nikon Service Estimate/Acknowledgement email. On the Nikon Service Estimate/Acknowledgement email, download the pdf or select the link to view discount.
 
Discount reflected on line item—Repair NPS Discount
 
You will see the final discount listed in the charges breakout section on the Invoice Repair document packed in with the repaired item(s). The discount may not be reflected on the initial schedule a repair self-service process or the product repair packet documents.
To learn more about Nikon Professional Services, check out the official NPS wesite.
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Post Date: 5/22/2015 8:58:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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