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 Wednesday, August 31, 2016
From Canon:
 
TOKYO, August 31, 2016—Canon Inc. today announced that it has developed a new CMOS sensor equipped with a global shutter function that, because it exposes all of the sensor's pixels at the same time, enables the capture of distortion-free images even when shooting fast-moving objects. Employing a new signal-readout drive system and new pixel structure that significantly expands the full well capacity and reduces noise, the sensor contributes to high-image-quality video capture by making possible the realization of a wide dynamic range.
 
Distortion-free image capture when shooting fast-moving objects
Standard CMOS sensors make use of the rolling shutter method, which sequentially exposes the pixels one row at a time. Because rolling shutters can create slight discrepancies in signal-readout timing depending on the location of the pixel, images of fast-moving objects may appear distorted and flash photography may result in the occurrence of the flash band phenomenon, in which the upper and lower portions of images display different levels of brightness. Because Canon's newly developed CMOS sensor employs a global shutter, when shooting such fast-moving objects as a rotating propeller or a speeding train, subjects are able to retain their proper form to create distortion-free images. Enabling the confirmation of object shapes with a high degree of accuracy, the sensor offers potential benefits in industrial applications, including as a sensor for use in inspection cameras.
 
Wide dynamic range realized through new proprietary drive method and pixel structure
When the newly developed CMOS sensor converts light into electrical signals and stores the signal charge in memory, the new drive system achieves a significant expansion in full well capacity. Also, because it employs a structure that efficiently captures light and each pixel incorporates an optimized internal configuration, the sensor makes possible increased sensitivity with reduced noise. The expanded full well capacity, realized through the sensor’s new drive system, and substantial reduction in noise, enabled by the new pixel structure, combine to deliver a wide dynamic range, facilitating the capture of high-image-quality, high-definition footage even when shooting scenes containing large variances in brightness.
 
Canon will explore various industrial and measurement applications for the newly developed CMOS sensor and consider deploying it in the field of video production for cinema production applications, TV dramas, commercials and more.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/31/2016 9:50:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens page.
 
This lens lives at the bottom of Canon's telephoto zoom lens lineup. It is available in refurbished condition for less than the cost of a good filter. But, it was next in line to go in front of the highest resolution DSLR available. Check out how it fared.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens in stock. This lens is also available in a USM version. Why does the USM version cost $10 less?
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/31/2016 9:40:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The weather on much of this day in Banff National Park ranged from poor to terrible (including wind and strong thunderstorms). I knew that, if the rain at least mostly stopped, this was the perfect time to visit Johnston Canyon. The ground would be wet and colors would appear very saturated with a circular polarizer filter cutting reflections. The lighting would be void of hard shadows and ... would (somewhat) reach into this cave.
 
Johnston Canyon is typically packed during the short summer tourist season, but a late-in-the-day arrival timed just after a heavy thunderstorm (waited in the SUV for it to pass) meant that the trail was nearly void of people. Also, few people venture down the steep, slippery (at least when wet) slope to this cave and very unique land formation at the bottom of the canyon. A downside of the late day start meant that I had to run most of the trail, stopping only long enough to grab the occasional photo.
 
My initial plan (if I could find the cave in the first place) was to include the top of the interesting chunk of land in the frame, but that view included a bit of sky in the background. I went ahead and captured that set of images, but was undecided about the extreme difference in brightness the sky created. To eliminate the sky from the frame, I moved back/up into the large but shallow cave until the top of the cave blocked the sky.
 
As I find so often to be the case, the Canon EOS 5Ds R and the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens were the perfect combination for this landscape situation.
 
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Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/31/2016 9:12:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
Nikon D500 Firmware v.1.10
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.02 to 1.10:
 
  • Added support for the iOS version of SnapBridge.
  • Changed some help text.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • Images would not display correctly if playback zoom was used during image review.
    • The focus point display would not light if the shutter-release button was pressed halfway after the standby timer had expired.
    • The camera would stop responding if a command dial was used in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU > f Controls > f1 Custom control assignment > Movie record button + menu.
    • If an option other than Off was selected for Active D-Lighting in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU, pictures taken with an optional flash unit in auto aperture (AA), non-TTL auto (A), or distance-priority manual (GN) flash mode would be underexposed.
Download Nikon D500 Firmware v.1.10
 


Nikon D3400 Firmware v.1.10
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.00 to 1.10:
 
  • Added support for the iOS version of SnapBridge.
Download: Nikon D3400 Firmware v.1.10
 
B&H carries the Nikon D500 and has the D3400 DSLR available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/31/2016 5:22:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Want a blast from the past? The Boston Public Library has uploaded thousands of old photos and postcards to its Flickr photostream with albums featuring:
 
  • Accidents: Aviation
  • Accidents: Miscellaneous
  • Accidents: Train & Trolley
  • Aerial Photographs
  • Animals: Farm & Domestic
  • Aviation: Charles Lindbergh
  • Alabama Postcards
  • Alaska Postcards
  • Arizona Postcards
  • Arkansas Postcards
Those are just some of the interesting albums I found before getting to the albums starting with "b." Have fun killing an afternoon perusing the seemingly endless supply of interesting images.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/30/2016 10:25:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to inform you of the lens firmware updates which incorporate a new algorithm to improve AF performance even further. Although we announced on April 14th, 2016 that release of the firmware updates is planned around June to August, the development has been delayed and the actual release will start from October onward.
 
For customers waiting for the availability of the lens firmware updates, we apologize for the inconvenience. We appreciate your understanding and will continue the development with our utmost efforts.
 
Release of the firmware updates will be announced as they become available.
 
Products that we are developing its firmware
 
LensMount
SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art Sigma / Canon
SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports Sigma / Canon
SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports Sigma / Canon
SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary Sigma / Canon
SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary Sigma / Canon
SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary Sigma / Canon
SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary Sigma / Canon

B&H carries Sigma lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 8/30/2016 9:29:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens pages have been updated. Updates include MTF chart comparisons (very interesting) and side-by-side new vs. old lens product images.
 
Important: Using this site's links to place your preorders provides the support we need to keep this site maintained. Thanks for that!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/30/2016 8:56:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
My pre-trip research placed Peyto Lake, along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park, high on my to-photograph list. With a strong glacial flour flow in the summer, this lake takes on an amazing turquoise color, with Caldron Peak and Mt Patterson providing exclamation marks behind it.
 
To get the high sun position required to light up the lake color, a late morning or early afternoon-timed shoot was determined to be best. Of course, summer is the peak tourist season for this location and tourists come here in droves (and buses) ... and this time of day seems to be best for many non-photographers as well.
 
Combine this common timing with a relatively small viewing area at Bow Summit and, even though a hike is required, the place was packed. Upon working my way to the front corner of the platform, I took some photos but soon determined that somewhere below deck would work better. Even down there was challenging with people sometimes walking up and sitting right in front of the camera. Patience paid off when a thunderstorm rolled in and created some great drama in the sky and contrast on the lake. No, even the approaching thunderstorm did not chase the crowds away, but patience and my position worked out for the capture of an image that I was happy with. Then, I ran back to the safety of the SUV.
 
The Canon EOS 5Ds R and the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens were the perfect combination for this location. The Gitzo GT1542T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Tripod (now GT1545T) and Acratech GP-s Ball Head were my choice for their light weight, small size and rigid support. As usual for middle-of-the-day landscape photography, I was using a circular polarizer filter for this capture.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, SmugMug, Google+, Facebook, 500px and Instagram. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/30/2016 8:22:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the AXRTEC AXR-A-1040DV Daylight LED Light available for $299.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $749.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.4 GHz Wireless Remote with 164' Range
  • 1040 LEDs with CRI of >95
  • Color Temperature: 5600K
  • Beam Angle: 45°
  • Dimming from 10-100%
  • Physical Dials; Aluminum Chassis
  • DMX512 Support via RJ45 Input & Output
  • V-Mount Battery Plate & AC Adapter
  • RJ45 to 5-Pin XLR DMX Adapter
  • Diffusion Panel; Barndoors; Soft Case
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/30/2016 6:03:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Joe McNally YouTube Channel:
 
Big Lights, Big City! A behind-the-scenes video (shot with Nikon’s D5) about creating a photo portfolio for a beautiful young dancer who just arrived in NYC. Follow Joe as he uses two new additions in Nikon’s line up, the D500 camera and the SB-5000 Speedlight, as he photographs this dynamic subject around town, in the studio and on stage.
 
B&H carries the following gear used for the video:
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/30/2016 5:44:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Benro Series 1 iStudio Aluminum Tripod with IH2 Ball Head available for $74.95 with free shipping. Regularly $149.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
  • Max Height: 62.8"
  • Min Height: 15.4"
  • Folded Length: 24"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.7 lb
  • One Leg Converts to a Monopod
  • Arca-Type Compatible QR Plate
  • Foam Grip on Tripod Leg
  • Carrying Case
Note: The same tripod with a 3-way pan/tilt head is also discounted.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/30/2016 5:17:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 29, 2016
From Canon USA:
 
Canon Professional Services (CPS) Supports Professional Photographers Urgently in Need of Replacement Equipment
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., August 29, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that from August 6 to August 20, nearly 70 percent of professional photographers on assignment in Brazil were Canon shooters. In addition, Canon brought a team of more than 70 highly trained technicians and support staff to Brazil this month to help maximize the uptime and performance of its professional broadcast and EOS imaging equipment users. Canon HDTV field lenses were ready on the evening of August 5 bringing viewers worldwide approximately 80 percent and nationwide 100 percent of the images they saw on TV.
 
"It is humbling to know that such a large number of the world's most talented sports photographers relied on Canon equipment to capture this historic sporting event. Their iconic images from so many different events have been and will be seen by millions of people around the world for years to come. To support the needs of our customers and help them accomplish their goals, Canon Professional Services is always set up and ready at major sporting events throughout the year to assist by providing comprehensive equipment maintenance and repairs, extensive equipment loans and expert technical support," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
 
During the events, a photographer that had equipment stolen was quickly assisted by CPS staff so he could get back on assignment. According to Brett Costello, News Corp. Australia photographer, "The CPS team in Brazil was amazing. I was very upset at having my gear stolen on August 4 at a café and thought my ability to cover the coming events were over. When I told the Canon staff there what had happened to me, they didn't hesitate in helping with the loan gear I required. Thanks to Canon I put the event behind me and was able to complete my assignments."
 
The CPS team also:
 
  • Averaged a 12 hour turnaround time for products needing repair
  • Loaned 8,163 products with the EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera and EF 200-400MM F/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X being the most requested product loans
  • Had in stock 950 cameras and 1,500 lenses
  • Communicated with photographers in 12 languages
Canon Professional Services proudly attends to photographers at major sporting, auto racing, Hollywood, and political events throughout each year.
 
For more information about CPS: http://www.cps.usa.canon.com/
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 8/29/2016 9:49:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Last week we compared the newly announced 5D Mark IV to the 5D III. Today we're going to compare the 5D Mark III's successor to the ultra-high resolution 5Ds and 5Ds R models to help determine which DSLR may best serve one's needs.
 
It seems logical to start such a comprison by showing a chart of the specification differences. For the purposes of this post, we'll lumping the 5Ds and 5Ds R models together as they are identical except for the low-pass cancellation feature found in the "R" model.
 
5D Mark IV5Ds/5Ds R
Resolution30.4M50.6M
DLAf/8.6f/6.7
Image ProcessorDIGIC 6+Dual DIGIC 6
Continuous Shooting / Buffer7 fps / 21 RAW5 fps / 14 RAW
AF Working RangeEV -3 - 18EV -2 - 18
AF points @ f/8611
Metering RangeEV 0 - 20EV 1 - 20
Sensor AFDual Pixel CMOS AFContrast AF
ISO SensitivityAuto 100-32000 (L:50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400)Auto 100-6400 (L: 50, H1: 12800)
LCDTouch panel 3.2-inch (3:2) / 1,620K dots3.2-inch (3:2) / 1,040K dots
Video Recording4K (17:9) 4096 x 2160 (29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps) Motion JPEG
Full HD (16:9) 1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 23.98 fps) intra or inter frame
Full HD (16:9) 1920 x 1080 HDR ( 29.97, 25 fps) inter frame
Full HD (16:9) 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25) lite inter frame
HD (16:9) 1280 x 720 (119.9, 100 fps) intra frame
FHD (16:9) 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) intra or inter frame
HD (16:9) 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) intra or inter frame
SD (4:3) 640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps) inter frame
Wi-Fi / NFC / GPSBuilt-inGPS / Wi-Fi via accessories
Battery LifeApprox. 900Approx. 700
Weight28.2 oz (800g)32.8 oz (930g)

Obvious from the table above is that the EOS 5Ds/5Ds R has one notable advantage over the EOS 5D Mark IV – resolution. The 5Ds R model specifically should also have a sharpness advantage on the 5D IV as the latter features a traditional low-pass filter.
 
Just as I noted in the 5D IV vs. 5D III post, if you're interested in creating 4K content, or otherwise need the benefits of Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the choice is clear – get the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
 
If you're a landscape, wildlife or studio photographer who requires the ultimate in resolution for making big prints, the 5Ds/5Ds R models offer 40% more resolution compared to the 5D IV. Aside from big prints, the additional pixels allows for more leeway in cropping while maintaining still-manageable resolutions. To put that into point perspective, the 5Ds/5Ds R's 1.6x crop feature (simulating the field of view realized by using an APS-C sensor camera) results in a 19.6 megapixel image. To obtain the same APS-C field of view with a 5D IV base image, the end result would be 11.7 megapixels.
 
Does that make the EOS 5Ds/5Ds R a better camera for those interested in wildlife? Maybe, but not necessarily. There are a lot of factors that go into creating a compelling wildlife image. The ability to crop an image heavily is just one factor.
 
Other factors like burst speed, high ISO noise results and AF capability/performance will also play significant roles. That the 5D IV allows for two additional frames-per-second in burst shooting may not seem like much, but it can definitely help. And while we have yet to test the 5D IV, the fact that Canon raised the standard max ISO setting to 32000 is evidence that the body should perform better in the noise department than the 5D Mark III (of course, it's not conclusive evidence). Noise improvements, including in shadow detail, have been promised. The 5Ds/5Ds R's standard max ISO tops out at 6400.
 
The 5D IV also features a vertically expanded AF point spread. That's surely a feature that wildlife (and many other) photographers will appreciate. If a subject is moving, AI servo is needed and if AI servo is in use, a focus point must be held on the subject (usually their closest eye). Having a larger AF point spread sometimes permits better subject framing in these situations.
 
So, which body is best for you? If you want the most versatile, general purpose DSLR, the 5D Mark IV's feature set will likely make it the best overall choice. At their introduction, the ultra-high resolution 5Ds and 5Ds R were marketed more as specialty cameras rather than a camera for everyman. And their place in Canon's camera lineup hasn't changed; the only difference is that the everyman camera has a "IV" in its name and packs a great new feature set to go with it.
 
B&H has the Canon 5D Mark IV available for preorder and the EOS 5Ds/5Ds R in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/29/2016 9:08:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Accodring to c|net, Adobe is planning to add Dual Pixel RAW support in Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC.
 
While no time table was specified, it's promising news for those who don't want to be limited to using Canon's Digital Photo Professional for taking advantage of the new feature.
 
Read the entire article on c|net.
 
B&H has the 5D Mark IV available for preorder and carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 8/29/2016 9:06:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Professional Network** has published an article featuring fashion and beauty photographer John Swannell. It it, Swannell recounts a story of a bag he purchased from a thrift store for a couple of pounds.
We pause to reflect on Helmut Newton, an abrasive character to many, but to Swannell a bit of a diamond in the rough. “I once spent four days with Helmut on a shoot in the south of France and he took a shine to my camera bag.”
 
“I’d found the bag in a charity shop in London for a couple of quid and really loved it because it had lots of pockets. But Helmut wanted it and wouldn’t take no for an answer. He kept on offering me money for it during the shoot and went up to $500 and still I wouldn’t sell it to him.”
 
Swannell laughs at the recollection: “This made him really grumpy with me and on the last day, as we were walking across the tarmac to board the aircraft, he turned round to me and said ‘there must be something of mine you want, I have to have that bag!’ so I replied ‘OK, sign me a print from the cover of your book White Women’ and you can have it. He said ‘you must be mad, that’s about $3000!’
 
“He was so mean, was Newton, and wouldn’t have it. But I held my ground and said that was the price of the bag. And then suddenly, in front of everybody, he took my bag off me and tipped all my stuff onto the tarmac, and marched off with it. I turned to his wife Alice [Springs] and said ‘you are my witness!’ And a few days later, a signed print arrived. Ten years later I sold that print for £32,000. So that old bag wasn’t a bad investment...”
From Canon Professional Network.
 
** Because the gallery showcase images featured in this article contain nudity, we have chosen not to link directly to the article.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/29/2016 8:51:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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