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 Friday, January 24, 2020

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
In this lighting tutorial, David Flores shows you indoor and outdoor studio lighting setups for portrait photography. You'll also learn strobist photography techniques, such as camera settings to balance studio strobe light with ambient light.
 
Gear Used:
 
Post Date: 1/24/2020 5:52:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
In this episode of #PHOMO, Paul Trani explores the new Capture from Image functionality in Photoshop. Watch how Photoshop automatically creates patterns, shapes, color themes and gradients from your images using the Capture functionality. Watch this video for helpful tips and tricks to end those feelings of #PHOMO when it comes to design.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 1/24/2020 5:10:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From SIGMA:
 
SIGMA announces the shipment schedule for SIGMA CINE LENS /i Technology-compatible PL mount lens in the FF High Speed Prime Line.
 
  • Shipment schedule:February, 2020
Optimized for large-format camera systems and 8K shooting, the FF High Speed Prime Line lenses deliver stunning image quality in compact construction. A new addition to this prime lens lineup comes with electronic contacts that supports Cooke’s /i Technology communication protocol for Art Prime PL mount lenses. By using an /i Technology-compatible cine lens with a cine camera that supports the same protocol, users can see and record lens metadata such as focus distance, focal length, and aperture. This helps streamline compositing in the post production process. This is particularly suitable for the latest forms of filmmaking, such as VFX, that call for detailed shooting data. Prototypes of this /i Technology-compatible FF High Speed Prime lens were used for shooting “Top Gun: Maverick”, scheduled to be released in 2020, showing that the new lens is already in commercial applications.
 
For SIGMA customers who has already purchased a SIGMA PL mount lens, Mount Conversion Service is available to convert the lenses to /i Technology-compatible PL mount. In order to apply for the service, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary or distributor.
 
B&H has the SIGMA CINE LENS /i Technology-compatible PL mount Lenses available for special order.
Category: SIGMA News
Post Date: 1/24/2020 4:51:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 23, 2020
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens page.
 
We were told that this lens could be slightly sharper than the excellent Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens and it is that.
 
Check out the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens vs. Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens comparison to see that impressive performance.
 
The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA (1 in stock!) | WEX
 
Rent the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/23/2020 8:10:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Tokina:
 
Thank you for using Tokina products.
 
We have thoroughly tested all current Tokina interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount) with the Nikon Z 6, Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 50 mirrorless camera using the Nikon mount adapter FTZ.
 
The results confirm that current Tokina lens models showed no issues in general operations with the following exceptions:
 
  • Tokina opera 50mm F1.4 FF
    Issue: Compared with general conditions depending on aperture value AF speed might be slower.
  • Tokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 FX VCM-S
    Issue: AF communication error. However, the lens will operate normally in manual focus mode.
Please, note that due to mount adapter FTZ specifications, the following Tokina lenses do not AF but will operate in manual focus mode:
 
  • Tokina AT-X M100 AF PRO D
  • Tokina AT-X 107 AF DX NH Fisheye
  • Tokina AT-X 107 AF DX Fisheye
For any question about compatibility of Tokina interchangeable lenses with Nikon Z 6, Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 50 mirrorless camera contact us via contact form.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 1/23/2020 5:19:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From SIGMA:
 
Firmware update for SIGMA 45mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary for Sony E-mount (v02)
 
Benefit of the update:
 
  • It has corrected the phenomenon whereby the image rarely blurs when using the in-body image stabilization.
To update the firmware, please refer to this link.
 
* After the update, please remove the battery pack from the camera and put it back in again.
 


Firmware update for SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for CANON EF mount (v1.04)
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable products listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
Benefits of the update:
 
  • It has optimized the operation of Mode 2 in Optical Stabilizer when used in combination with the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21 EF-L.
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
 


Firmware update for SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E (v1.29)
 
Benefits of the update:
 
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art for SIGMA SA mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.1.01.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for SIGMA SA mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.1.04.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for SIGMA SA mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.1.03.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports for SIGMA SA mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.1.02.
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
Post Date: 1/23/2020 5:11:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Just posted: Really Right Stuff MC-34 Monopod Review.
 
The leg locks are awesome and contribute heavily to making this the best monopod I've used.
 
The Really Right Stuff MC-34 Monopod is available for order (in stock soon) at B&H.
 
Please share!
Post Date: 1/21/2020 7:58:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
Nikon WT-7 Firmware 1.4
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.3 to 1.4
 
  • Added support for the D780.
Download: Nikon WT-7 Firmware 1.4
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/21/2020 4:51:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 20, 2020
Just posted: MindShift Gear BackLight 18L Review.
 
This is a great little backpack for a mirrorless or a small DSLR kit.
 
The MindShift Gear BackLight 18L is in stock at B&H | Think Tank Photo / MindShit Gear | Adorama | Amazon USA
 
Please share!
Post Date: 1/20/2020 7:41:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Ready to be impressed?
 
Roger Cicala of LensRentals has shared a teardown of the Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Lens. Below is from the conclusion section:
As you can probably tell from our struggles doing this disassembly, the Nikon Z lenses are very different than their legacy lenses. They’re also different than what we’ve seen from other manufacturers. That suggests Nikon Z lenses, like Canon R lenses, are a completely new optomechanical design, probably done entirely in-house.
 
The engineering itself is incredible in most ways. The neatly laid out and solidly adhered flexes reflect the careful design. The taping of every possible point that Loctite or anything else could get in the lens does, too. The design is logical and clean; the difficulties in the tear-down were ours. Now that we know our way around, disassembly won’t be bad at all.
Check out the full Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Lens Teardown.
Post Date: 1/20/2020 5:17:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron:
 
SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD Firmware v.4
 
  • This update improves the stability of control signal communication in continuous shooting.
Lens firmware can be updated using TAP-in Console.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/20/2020 5:01:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, January 19, 2020
It had been two years since I photographed this bull elk and he was #1 on my list of subjects to find on this trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. He didn't let us down.
 
This year, Mr. Incredibull was a 7x7 (referencing 7 points on each antler) with remarkably long G3s (the third point on each side) and long swords (G4s, the fourth point on each side). This morning found the huge elk in my favorite meadow, with short grass and a clean background ideal for photographing in.
 
While the Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens is not the ultimate choice for blurring the background (compared to the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens for example), it's zoom range has very strong benefits. The 600mm prime does not do 500mm, the focal length needed for this image.
 
This bull was not moving fast and permitted a large number of images to be captured. I chose this one as a favorite in part due to the leg position, showing nice separation and a bent front leg conveying a sense of action.
 
I like as many tines as possible to show in antlered animal images. With this bull's head tilted up, the tail of the left antler is hidden by the body. However, I'd rather capture the desirable bugling pose and there is not much that can be done about partial missing antler in this situation. One tine is hidden on the right antler but the shadow brings that one to light. Antler shadows are great.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 1/19/2020 11:23:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 17, 2020
From Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd.:
 
Tokina atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE worldwide sales date announcement
 
Jan 17, 2020
 
The Tokina atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE is the first lens debuting in atx-m series designed to fit Sony E-mount full frame cameras. It is a completely newly designed medium tele photo prime lens in Tokina line-up featuring popular 85mm focal length and fast f/1.8 aperture that is excellent spec combination for shooting portraits, landscapes, street snaps and close up shots.
 
Sales will commence on February 7, 2020.
 
High-Lighted Features

  • Simple and sophisticated design and high build quality based on anodized semi-satin finish metal and optical glass materials.
  • Smooth and beautiful bokeh, comparatively round light points in out of focus area thanks to fast aperture f/1.8, large diameter of front glass element and low light fall-off performance.
  • Outstanding resolving ability from corner to corner thanks to 10 glass elements including 1 SD element.
  • Effective ghost and flares care thanks to Tokina's exclusive Super Low Reflection Coating with water, oil&dust repellent abilities.
  • Quiet, speedy and accurate focusing realized by ST-M focus motor actuation.
  • Smooth and precise manual focusing thanks to all-metal made unit and high standard grease materials.
  • Complete data correspondence with camera body that provides full advantage of the latest features of the Sony A7 series such as 5-axis image stabilization, MF assist, Face/Eye Priority AF, Real-time Eye AF and the electronic distance scale.
  • Developed and manufactured in accordance with Sony-licensed specifications.

B&H is taking preorders for the Tokina atx-m 85mm f/1.8 FE Lens for Sony E.

Posted to: Sony News
Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 1/17/2020 1:59:23 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
A textured wall in your studio could well be the perfect background for your portrait photos. Even a slight texture can add the feeling of depth and interest to a portrait that a plain wall often can't. Of course not many photographers have the space of a permanently textured wall, so in this video Gavin Hoey walks you through a shoot in his small home studio, where he plans to replace a simple, smooth fabric background with some texture.
 
After the shoot, Gavin takes you into Photoshop where he passes on some simple tricks to add a gentle texture over the original portrait. He then goes on to blend everything togther by means of a quick color toning technique.
 
If you're looking to enhance a smooth background with a small amount of texture, this technique opens up a whole new world of background styles.
Post Date: 1/17/2020 5:19:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
ViewNX-i v.1.4.1
 
Changes from Version 1.4.0/1.4.0a to 1.4.1
 
  • Added support for the D780 and COOLPIX P950.
  • Ended support for Windows 7.
Download: ViewNX-i v.1.4.1
 


Capture NX-D v.1.6.1
 
Changes from Version 1.6.0/1.6.0a to 1.6.1
 
  • Added support for the D780 and COOLPIX P950.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Capture NX-D to crash when opening pictures edited in Capture NX2.
  • Ended support for Windows 7.
Download: Capture NX-D v.1.6.1
 


IPTC Preset Manager (Mac) v.1.1.1
 
Changes from Version 1.1.0 to 1.1.1
 
  • Added support for macOS Catalina version 10.15.
  • Ended support for macOS Sierra version 10.12.
Download: IPTC Preset Manager (Mac) v.1.1.1
 


Distortion Control Data Version v.2.018
 
Unfortunately, detailed information regaring this update was unavailable, but it's likely that new camera or lens profiles were added.
 
Download: Distortion Control Data Version v.2.018
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/17/2020 5:10:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
The Only Company in the World to be Ranked in Top Five for 34 Years
 
MELVILLE, NY, January 15, 2020 – Aligning with its mission of empowering innovations, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that its parent company, Canon Inc., was granted 3,548 patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office and maintained its third place ranking for patents granted in 2019 according to IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, a leading producer of global patent databases. With this year’s ranking, Canon has become the only company in the world to have ranked in the top five for number of patents granted for 34 consecutive years. Additionally, Canon has once again ranked first in patents among Japanese companies for the 15th consecutive year.
 
These patents continue to demonstrate Canon’s contribution to science and technology which are used to develop fundamental technologies designed to drive innovation and support customer and business needs.
 
“As technology continues to evolve, we too will continue exploring new areas and future innovation opportunities,” said Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, Canon U.S.A. Inc. “Canon is proud to be in the top three patent holders as it reflects our dedication and commitment to delivering innovative ideas and solutions to meet market and customer demands.”
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/17/2020 4:48:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 16, 2020
I know — we just posted the B&H deal for this Sigma lens earlier today but the price dropped another $50.00 since then and we want to make sure you see this hot deal.
 
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens available for $1,199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,599.00.
 
Discounted mounts include Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sony E.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Three FLD Elements, Four SLD Elements
  • Four Aspherical Elements
Post Date: 1/16/2020 12:04:33 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens Review.
 
This lens is a great addition to Sony's lineup.
 
The Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 1/16/2020 8:42:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Like most wildlife photographers, I'm opportunistic. Photographing moose wasn't the primary plan for this trip but when this bull showed up, our group didn't question what we were going to photograph next.
 
I most often encounter moose just before dark and the wide aperture of the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens was very welcomed this evening. The working distance this lens provides is another benefit for photographing moose. Moose are one of my least-trusted North American animals and this one had just locked focus on me.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 1/15/2020 10:01:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
One of my jobs is to make sure that this site, a free resource that hopefully you depend on, remains adequately funded. The costs, in both time and money, of maintaining and developing this site are substantial. You are likely aware that we receive no financial support from Canon, Sony, or any other manufacturer and it is no secret that camera and lens sales are down significantly. That last issue makes acquiring adequate funding significantly more challenging.
 
Basically, there are five ways you can help support us. The first is my favorite (and it costs you nothing additional), but hopefully you can use at least two or three of these options regularly:
 
  1. Use the Retailer Links on the Site for Your Purchase of Anything
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The support page clarifies the above options.
 
We thank you for your support and look forward to serving you long into the future!
Post Date: 1/15/2020 8:33:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Schneider Kreuznach:
 
B+W Filter introduces new T-Pro filter range
 
The filters in the new T-Pro range from B+W are designed with a thinner profile in response to the trend towards ever-compacter camera equipment. The filters are suitable for all focal lengths, including wide-angle and telephoto. The titanium-colored finish gives the T-Pro filters a unique appearance. They are manufactured to the highest standards with minimal tolerances. Brass is used as the base material for the filter ring for high stability and a long service life.
 
T-Pro filters have a precision glass contact surface; the filter is bonded flat, without any tension, using state-of-the-art adhesive technology. The special functional coating has good sliding properties to make it easier to screw the filter on and off.
 
The T-Pro filter range starts with the high transmission protection filters 007 Clear and 010 UV Haze. Both are excellently suited to providing mechanical protection and helping prevent any damage to the expensive front lens. The filters also protect the lens against dust, sand, water, fingerprints and scratches. The UV Haze filter additionally reduces unwanted UV effects and tones down the associated blue haze.
 
T-Pro filters have an exclusive, premium MRC nano coating, B+W’s highest quality broadband coating. This is applied on both sides to enhance the optical imaging properties. As a result, the filters achieve uniform, increased transmission properties across the light spectrum with only a physical minimum of residual reflection (Ø 0.5%). With all-around nano protection on the glass, the filter has a long service life. T-Pro filters have high scratch resistance for good durability, and effective dirt-, water, and oil-repellant properties for simple and fast cleaning. The T-Pro Filter line will be available as of January 15th 2020. The list price starts at 64,90 Euro.
 
B&H is taking preorders for the B+W T-PRO Filters.
Category: B+W News
Post Date: 1/15/2020 7:54:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Venus Optics:
 
Anhui China, Jan 9, 2020 – Venus Optics, the manufacturer who specializes in making wide angle and macro photo lenses under the brand name of Laowa, announce the Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine lens. The new 12mm lens is currently the widest t/2.9 lens that can cover sensor up to both full frame & vista vision size (wider than full frame), making it one of the ideal wide angle option for both professional cinema cameras and mirrorless cameras.
 
Suitable for both Large format & Super35 cameras
 
While most cinema camera manufacturers are coming out with large format cameras, the industry is gradually transiting from the common super35 format into bigger format. Taking advantage of this, Venus Optics has re-engineered the optics of their 12mm photo lens and convert it into a filmmaking friendly version for cinematographers to experience a 122 degrees ultra-wide and distortion- free field of view. The 47mm image circle allows cinematographers to use not only on full frame sensors (Size = 43.14mm), but also able to fill the Vista Vision sensors on RED Monstro and the sensor on Arri Alexa LF (Size @ open-gate = 44.7mm) fully.
 
The lens is also ideal for Super35-sized camera owners with the ultra-wide 17mm equivalent field of view and its future-proof decision when cinematographers need to upgrade to large format cameras. It is also a good companion with the compact cinema cameras like Blackmagic Pocket6k, Z-Cam or Sony A7.
 
Close-to-zero distortion (Zero-D)
 
The optical distortion of ultra-wide angle lens is usually a nightmare for DoP. The distortion rate of good wide angle lenses in the market ranges from 2-4%. Venus Optics, however, are able to compress the distortion to a close-to-zero level. In fact, the ‘Zero-D’ claim had been validated by many existing Laowa lenses owners from all around the world. It is proven to be extremely useful for shooting with architecture, indoor, real estate and even vlogging.
 
Super compact & lightweight
 
This 12mm lens is extremely compact and lightweight despite of the extreme specifications.
 
It measures 3.4” (87mm) long and weighs less than 1.5 lb (675g). It can be easily fitted onto any sorts of stabilizations system including handheld gimbals.
 
The lens is composed of 16 elements in 10 groups with 2pcs of large aspherical glasses. The patented optical design provides an edge-to-edge sharpness and supports up to 8k resolution. Chromatic aberration is also controlled to the minimal.
 
Focus super close
 
Venus Optics have also managed to incorporate an extremely close focusing distance. The lens can focus anywhere from 7” away from sensor (<4” from front element) all the way to infinity.
 
No diopter will be needed in this case. Wide angle lenses usually create a ‘flat’ image with very deep DOF but with this close focusing ability and a fast t-stop, Laowa 12mm is able to create some unique wide & shallow DOF look with pleasing bokeh.
 
Robust and professional cinema housing
 
The lens is designed with standard 0.8 mod gears on both aperture and focusing rings for easy installation of follow-focus system. An extended 270° smooth focus throw is designed for accruate focus pulling. The entire enclosure of the lens is made up of aluminum alloy. A 114mm step-ring is included in the package to expand the front diameter to fit with industry sized matte box. Venus Optics have tested with a number of matte boxes in the market and it is still free of vignetting on VV sensor with the matte box installed.
 
Complete package and 3 different bayonets to choose
 
The lens comes with three different variants, PL, EF and E mount. The mount is not interchangeable.
 
Shims with different thickness is also included for users to do flange calibration. The complimentary watertight and crushproof Pelican hard case protects the the lenses from damage during travel.
 
Specifications
 
Format CompatibilityFull Frame / Vista Vision
Focal Length 12mm
Angle of view122°
t-stopt/2.9 - 22
Lens Structure16 elements in 10 group
Aperture Blades7
Min. Focusing Distance(from subject to sensor) 7.09” (18 cm)
Max. Magnification1:5
Outer Diameter102mm, Can step up to 114mm
Dimensions87mm×102mm
Weight1.5lb (675g)

B&H has the Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 1/15/2020 5:27:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 14, 2020
From Sony:
 
Sony Introduces New GP-VPT2BT Wireless Shooting Grip
 
Versatile, Reliable and Cable-free Grip for Improved Mobility and Creativity
 
Building on the growing lineup of cameras and accessories developed for modern creators, Sony today has announced the new GP-VPT2BT shooting grip with wireless remote commander. Ideal for many different types of content creation ranging from vlogs to travel photography / videography to simple everyday use, the new grip offers optimum stability and comfort combined with cable-free connectivity and a reliable dust and moisture resistant designi.
 
Compatible with a variety of Sony’s latest digital camerasii,the GP-VPT2BT connects easily via Bluetooth® wireless technology, allowing creators to simply aim and shoot without interfering cables or exposed inputs. The new grip includes a useful tilt feature that allows for flexible vertical angle adjustment as well as the ability to switch from normal to self-shooting mode with ease. Additionally, it has an adjustment wheel that can be loosened or tightened to allow for seamless operation with cameras of different sizes and weights. The grip also includes a flip button, indicator light and lock switch, and can be quickly changed into a tripod by simply expanding the bottom portion, enabling easy stable, hands-free shooting.
 
Sony GP-VPT2BT Wireless Shooting Grip in Hand
 
The new GP-VPT2BT Shooting Grip With Wireless Remote Commander will ship this month in North America, priced approximately $140 U.S. or $180 CA.
 
i Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.
 
ii Compatible with a9 II, a9, a7R IV, a7R III, a7 III, a6600, a6400, a6100, and RX100 VII. Firmware must be updated on cameras to ensure compatibility.
 
 
The Sony GP-VPT2BT will be available for order at B&H and Adorama (these links will work when ordering opens).
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 1/14/2020 9:36:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality test results have been added to the Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens page.
 
The image quality to price ratio of this lens is attention grabbing. Here are some comparisons:
 
Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens compared to Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens
 
Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens compared to Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens
 
Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens compared to Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens
 
The Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Share these results with your friends!
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 1/14/2020 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 13, 2020
Just posted: Sony a7R IV Review.
 
It's an awesome little camera.
 
The Sony a7R IV is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Sony a7R IV from Lensrentals.
 
Please share this review!
Post Date: 1/13/2020 7:28:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 10, 2020

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Flash duration is an important concept to understand. The duration of your flash can vary widely based on the gear you use and the power settings you're using. In this episode, Mark Wallace explains flash duration, how to measure it, and why it's essential to understand. Mark explains the difference between T5 and T1 flash duration measurements.
 
Gear Used
 
Post Date: 1/10/2020 6:10:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 8, 2020
From Canon USA:
 
Introducing Canon’s First Photographer Matching Service, Plus a Photo Culling Plug-in for Adobe Lightroom Classic
 
MELVILLE, NY, January 7, 2020 – Helping photographers boost their business and productivity, while helping to build trust and customer confidence, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the beta version of the Company’s first photographer matching service Image Connect, making the process of finding and hiring a photographer that you can trust that much simpler. The company also launched a Photo Culling plug-in for Adobe Lightroom Classic to support the workflow needs of photographers.
 
“With a deep rooted heritage in imaging expertise, our company has built a trusted reputation in providing tools and services to professional photographers that help better their craft and support them in building their business with confidence,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Services, such as Image Connect, will provide professional photographers with a great value proposition, offering reliability and peace of mind for their customers that can in turn increase their business opportunities as well as their productivity.”
 
Image Connect
 
Image Connect is a new photographer matching service, offered through the RAISE photo community platform, that connects customers with professional photographers, so that the customer can focus on the moment while the photographer captures it. The beta version of the service will be available in a limited number of markets in Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Image Connect will initially focus on family events like newborn portraits, birthday parties, family portraits, religious events, and engagements.
 
Here is how Image Connect will work:
 
  • Through the platform, customers can provide basic details for the job, such as event type, location, and date
  • Once photographers are matched with the customer through the platform, customers review photographer profiles and invite those they like to bid on the job
  • Photographers create an offer which allows them to set their own price (rather than adhering to standardized pricing) and allows them to communicate their rates and value to customers
  • Once an offer is accepted, the job is booked through the platform
  • Following the event, images are delivered electronically to the customers through a Canon customer portal
This service will also be brand agnostic, opening up the portal for all photographers to use no matter the brand of equipment.
 
Photo Culling Plug-in
 
Powered by the Canon Computer Vision AI engine, the new Photo Culling Plugin for Adobe Lightroom Classic can save photographers countless hours in post-production by using technical models to cull for image sharpness, noise, exposure, contrast, closed eyes, and red eyes. Analyzed images will be flagged with different colored flags to remain true to the native Adobe Lightroom Classic experience*. The photographer also has the ability to customize the settings within each technical model to remain in complete control. The Photo Culling plug-in will be available exclusively on the Adobe Exchange App Marketplace for a monthly subscription.
 
Both services are currently scheduled to be available in Q1 2020.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 1/8/2020 5:19:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Canon Europe has RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens firmware version 1.0.6 now available for download.
 
This firmware incorporates the following fix:
 
Fixed a phenomenon when performing AF shooting to capture a subject at close-range with the focus distance approximately set to the Tele-end (200mm), the image may become slightly front-focused.
 
Check out the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens review for more information on this awesome lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/7/2020 9:21:09 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has made white papers available for the new EOS-1D X Mark III:
 
EOS-1D X Mark III – Still Imaging
 
EOS-1D X Mark III – Video Recording
 
EOS-1D X Mark III – Networking: Coming Soon
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Post Date: 1/7/2020 8:14:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 6, 2020
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Review page is filled with details about this awesome new camera.
 
Please share this page with your friends!
 
Get in the preorder line now!
 
If you change your mind later, it is far easier to step out of line than it is to get back to the front. Another reason to preorder now is that, for a limited time and while supplies last, a free CF Express Card and card reader are included.
 
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III is available for preorder at: B&H | Adorama | Canon USA Store | Amazon USA | WEX
 
You might also find the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III compared to the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II interesting.
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Post Date: 1/6/2020 2:14:06 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon U.S.A:
 
A MASTERPIECE IN ENGINEERING AND DESIGN: CANON ANNOUNCES THE EOS-1D X MARK III CAMERA
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., January 6, 2020 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the highly anticipated Canon EOS-1D X Mark III camera – the successor to the world-renowned and award-winning EOS-1D X Mark II. The Company’s new flagship DSLR has been engineered and designed using extensive feedback from the professional sports, photojournalist, wildlife and wedding photographers.
 
This new groundbreaking workhorse EOS-1D X Mark III DLSR Camera features:

  • New 20.1 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor combined with newly designed High Detail Low-Pass Filter
  • New DIGIC X Image Processor with an ISO range of 100-102400; Expandable to 50-819200i
  • New 191-point optical viewfinder AF system capable of tracking the subject’s head, and face using Deep Learning Technology
  • New Smart Controller built into the AF-On button for fast control of the AF Point selection
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast and accurate autofocus in Live View covering 90%x100% of the image area at an EV of -6 ~ 18
  • The lightning-fast camera features the ability to shoot up to 16 frames-per-second in optical viewfinder shooting and up to 20 fps while in Live View shooting with mechanical or silent shutter
  • Maximum buffer in continuous shooting (RAW+JPEG) of 1000 images or more with dual CFexpress card slots
  • 12-bit 5.5K RAW video internal recording and oversampling 4K 60p video recording using the full width of the sensor in Canon Log with 10-bit 4:2:2

“When engineering and designing the new flagship camera, Canon’s top priority was collecting and implementing extensive user-feedback from a variety of professionals,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In the end, the outcome is at first glance a familiar tool, but in reality, so much more; a camera unlike anything the company has introduced before. Canon is eagerly waiting to see what timeless memories professional image makers capture with this new camera.”
 
At the camera’s core is Canon’s newly developed 20.1 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, a High Detail Low-Pass Filter and the DIGIC X image processor. These features will help to provide professional photographers with a fast and powerful tool to capture images with a greater level of resolution, higher sensitivity, reduced moiré and improved image quality in higher ISO ranges with reduced noise. Utilizing a single DIGIC X image processor and a DIGIC 8 dedicated for AF/AE the camera's image processing performance far exceeds and surpasses that of its predecessor, all while reducing power consumption. The DIGIC X is capable of up to approximately 3.1 times the image processing and 380 times Dual CMOS AF processing performance compared to the dual DIGIC 6+ found in the EOS-1D X Mark II. The new powerful image processor also allows for an ISO range of 100-102,400 (expandable up to 50-819,200), providing users with higher clarity images and quality in various shooting situations. The EOS-1D X Mark III camera also provides users with equally impressive video features, with the ability to internally record 5.5K RAW video and uncropped 4K 60p derived from the original 5.5K readout in Canon Log with 10-bit 4:2:2. Canon Log allows users to record 4K and 1080p video files with up to 12 stops of High Dynamic Range and wide exposure latitude, making it simple to coordinate color settings with other Canon cameras in multi-camera set-ups. It’s ideally suited to help streamline and provide greater creative freedom during the extensive post-production processing. In addition, the camera’s HDMI terminal can be used to transmit 4K 60p data to another device for display or external recording.
 
When developing the EOS-1D X Mark III, Canon put a heavy emphasis on designing and installing a completely overhauled and comprehensive Auto Focus system for the user with the need for speed. The new 191-point AF system with 155-point all cross-type points helps users to quickly and smoothly track a subject and maintain a level of focusing accuracy during a variety of shooting situations such as tracking a motorcar circling around the race track or a leopard bolting across the plains. Canon has redesigned the AF sensor incorporating a new square pixel design based on an image sensor, essentially making the AF sensor 28x higher resolution at the center area.
 
Canon’s revolutionary Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology provides users with fast and accurate AF using 3869 manually selectable AF positions and 525 automatic areasii. In Live View shooting, the EOS-1D X Mark III’s AF system supports face, head and, most noteworthy, eye detection AF tracking. Eye detection AF provides high-precision tracking by locking in on and following the eye of a moving subject. When in Live View AF/AE tracking is supported during high-speed burst shooting with the ability to capture up to 20 fps in both RAW and RAW + JPEG file format.
 
Using the traditional optical viewfinder, the camera has the ability to capture up to an extraordinary 16 fps with reduced time lag and image blackout. Reducing lag and image blackout greatly increases a photographer's ability to track moving subjects and never miss a shot. Regardless of the method of shooting through the OVF or LCD, the EOS-1D X Mark III can shoot over 1000 images in a burst using the dual CFexpress cards.
 
To support the needs of top professionals, the camera’s communications functions have been greatly enhanced. Incorporating a dedicated Network tab in the menu, the photographer can much more easily set up network functions such as connections via built-in gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi® connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity and destinations such as FTP servers, EOS Utility, or Browser Remoteiii functions. It will even support encrypted network authentication for advanced network users.
 
Thoughts from the First Users
 
“I can't say enough good things about how well the EOS-1D X Mark III camera performed on so many levels. The new AF system is a game-changer for me, I was totally blown away by how well it performed in various situations, including very low-light levels,” said wildlife photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Adam Jones. “The ability to move the AF point quickly with the new sensor-based AF button was simply amazing; the focus followed the subject like nothing before. As a wildlife photographer, I never dreamed we would have a camera that could follow focus on fast-flying snow geese using a super-telephoto lens with 1.4x and 2x converters - but with the new camera here we are!”
 
“My job is to travel the world to photograph automobile racing and car culture in the harshest conditions imaginable. Racetracks, salt flats, sand dunes, frozen lakes, you name it, I photograph all things four wheels. That is why I need a camera that works as hard as we do,” said automotive photographer Larry Chen. “I started my professional career on the EOS-1D series of bodies, and I’ve had several over the years with over one million images captured. The EOS-1D X Mark III really is the next generation of professional cameras in a familiar package, the first words out of my mouth after shooting with it were ‘There are no more excuses, to miss a shot!’ I can't wait to use it for the 2020 racing season!”
 
Additional Features of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR Camera Include:

  • Enhanced operational controls including button illumination, Touch AF and a multi-controller allowing users to select the desired AF point more easily
  • Face-Priority E-TTL II metering enables the camera to automatically adjust to provide the appropriate output of an external flash when it detects a face
  • Digital Lens Optimizer helps to correct against any potential lens diffraction or aberration based on the design of each individual lens. DLO also improves the overall resolution of an image.
  • Ability to capture stills in 10-bit using the HEIF (High-Efficiency Image File) file format. HEIF produces a wider dynamic range and greater color representation compared to 8-bit JPEG
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®iv, Bluetooth®v, and GPSvi Technology
  • Faster speed and improved user interface for networking with optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E9 or with the built-in gigabit ethernet port
  • Canon EOS-1D series level of durability including dust-and-weather- resistance

Price and Availability
 
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR camera body and WFT-E9 wireless file transmitter are both scheduled to be available in mid-February 2020 for an estimated retail price of $6,499.00 and $649.99, respectively*.
 
* Pricing, availability and specifications are subject to change without notice.
 
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III is available for order at: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Canon USA Store | WEX
 
i Camera’s ISO range expandable for still image shooting only.
 
ii Available AF positions may decrease when shooting with AF cropping or in movie mode, or depending on camera settings or lens attached.
 
iii Browser Remote will be supported through firmware update after shipping.
 
iv Compatible with iOS® versions 9.3/10.3/11.2-11.4/12.2/13.2, Android™ smartphone and tablet versions 5.0/5.1/6.0/7.0/7.1/8.0/8.1/9.0/10.0. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.
 
v Compatible with select smartphone and tablet devices (Android™ version 5.0 or later and the following iOS® devices: iPhone 4s or later, Pod Touch 5th gen. or later) equipped with Bluetooth® version 4.1 or later and the Camera Connect App Ver. 2.5.10. This application is not guaranteed to operate on all listed devices, even if minimum requirements are met.
 
vi in certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measure when using in locations where the use of electronics are regulated.

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Post Date: 1/6/2020 2:12:43 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 30, 2019
 Thursday, December 26, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8G S Lens page.
 
I think you are going to like this lens. Go make some comparisons.
 
The Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8G S Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8G S Lens from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 12/26/2019 8:29:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 25, 2019
For many households, Christmas brings with it many decorations with a tree being the primary one. Installing the tree is often a large job, the result is generally beautiful, and capturing memories of the annual tree is worth the small amount of effort required to do so.
 
Help the Christmas tree photo from the start by selecting a great looking tree that fits nicely in your space. "Great" is as seen in your eyes. We have a tall ceiling over our tree's location and our tree height is limited to what I can haul home and make stay upright in the tree stand. Another limitation is that the top of the tree must be reachable using only a step ladder (scaffolding is not an option) and with our space not being large in width, it is nice to have enough space to be able to walk around the tree. The kids always want taller and the parents always want shorter. The parents can better tolerate taller if narrower enters the equation. With a narrow tree, height becomes easier to manage (except for the road clearance issue faced when hauling it home across the back of the SUV's Hitch Haul).
 
When decorating the tree, ensure that the strands of lights are all the same brand and model, or at least that all of the strands share the same bulb color and brightness. I learned that lesson a few years back when I needed to combine multiple exposures to balance out the brightness differences of our dual-brightness tree.
 
Do you have windows in the frame with your tree? If so, consider photographing during the blue hour which is really the blue minutes as there will likely be only a couple of minutes of ideal exterior brightness to balance with the indoor light levels, giving your images that extra wow factor. Shooting through that ideal time period will ensure the perfect minute is captured. You likely photographed a tree in the same location at the same time a year ago. Reviewing the EXIF information from a prior year's perfect photo will provide a close estimate of the perfect time for the blue minute shot this year. Then ensure you are set up and ready for that minute to arrive.
 
While reviewing images from prior years, look at the angles you captured to learn what works well and what doesn't. Repeat and avoid those compositions as makes sense. Also, check the camera settings used for the previous images for guidance on this year's camera settings. Note that changing out strands of lights can change the needed settings due to differing brightness.
 
Often, turning off all of the lights (or at least the brighter ones) in the house, aside from the Christmas lights, will result in the ideal lighting. If there are windows in the image, watch for reflections in those. Block any problematic reflections (such as the numbers on the microwave display) and take advantage of positive ones (such as the Christmas lights). For the image shared here, a couple of Post-It Notes were placed over the thermostat display. Note that double-pane windows may create double reflections.
 
With only the Christmas lights providing illumination, the environment is dark. While I like to use a wide aperture lens, I don't use a wide aperture for the Christmas tree photo. Stopping a wide aperture lens down to f/16 or so makes each light into a little starburst and stopped down wide aperture lenses tend to produce the best stars. The narrow aperture also makes it easy to keep the entire scene in focus.
 
Unless your lights are far brighter than ours, you can expect to need a long exposure at f/16. I usually use 30 seconds and sometimes bump the ISO up modestly to keep from having to wait for even longer exposures. Thus, a tripod is needed along with either a remote release or the self-timer used. I don't mind if the individual lights become slightly blown (pure white), but if an extra-bright decoration is in the frame, I will sometimes exposure bracket with an additional image captures.
 
Long exposures raise another problem for some of us. While most Christmas tree displays will be motionless, they may not always be perfectly so. Unless your Christmas tree is on a concrete floor, there is likely the potential for the floor to vibrate at least slightly when walked on. Hanging ornaments will likely be the first indicators that the floor has vibrated and if swinging, they will be blurred in 30-second exposures. Planning this shoot for when the rest of the family is not home (or is in bed) is a good idea. You might need to stand very still behind the camera for a couple of minutes before capturing the shot.
 
Think about the camera angle. A completely level camera is often desired for interior photography such as this and adjusting the camera height and distance from the tree provides the composition desired.
 
For this year's tree photo, I opted to use the Canon EOS R and RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens. The R's 30 MP resolution was very adequate for my needs and the RF 15-35 delivers impressive image quality. In addition, the 15mm focal length was very attractive for this image capture — and it became even more attractive during post processing. Despite being very careful to level the camera, I still managed to get a slightly tilted (0.6°) image. Straightening an image requires cropping (or creating missing details) and the 15mm angle of view gave me just enough additional angle of view to make that adjustment comfortable. Note how little barrel distortion is showing in this uncorrected image.
 
As soon as the perfect light was captured behind the windows, I pulled the couch and ottoman out of the way and pressed the shutter release of a second camera that was already set up, providing a completely different image.
 
From my family to yours, we wish you the merriest, joy-filled Christmas ever!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 12/25/2019 8:29:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 23, 2019
Sorry - I broke the previous post sometime today - here is the correction
 
Image quality test results have been added to the Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 S Lens page.
 
Go make some comparisons.
 
The Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 S Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 S Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 12/23/2019 5:38:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
When first arriving at a beautiful waterfall, it usually seems obvious to frame it nicely and press the shutter release. After getting that basic (though often important) image on the card, it is time to look for variations and these often incorporate foreground elements.
 
The last image I posted from Ricketts Glen State Park, On the Ledge at R. B. Ricketts Falls in Ricketts Glen State Park, illustrated the use of interesting rock in the foreground of a waterfall image. Another great waterfall composition strategy involves finding an attractive cascade below the primary falls. Moving in close to those lower cascades increases their relative size, balancing their overall weight in the image.
 
With good water flow (it was raining on this day), R. B. Ricketts Falls turns into a double falls with streams converging into the pool at the base of their falls. The camera position utilized for this image combined the white water of twin cascades to create an X-factor.
 
As I've said before, one has to work hard to have a bad day at Rickets Glen State Park but conditions made this an especially great day at this awesome location. The Breakthrough Photography circular polarizer filter was a crucial part of the kit on this day, cutting the reflections left by the wet conditions, leaving richly saturated landscape that provided inviting photo opportunities everywhere I looked. The Canon EOS 5Ds R and the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens were the only camera and lens that came out of my BackLight 26L on this day. They were perfect for the needs encountered on this day.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 12/23/2019 10:03:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
On cold winters day, being in a warm studio is very appealing. In this video photographer Gavin Hoey shows you how to add warmth to a small home studio shoot by making use of a warm tone wooden background, fabric flooring and and orange colored gel. Gavin also balances the brightness of the flash with 200 battery powered Christmas lights to create a festive feeling portrait.
 
After the shoot Gavin takes you into Photoshop to do some fine tuning and covers non-destructive cloning to hide the fairy light battery boxes with extra LED's and adds a creative lens flare effect.
 
Relevant Products Used
 
Post Date: 12/23/2019 6:40:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
It has been confirmed that when using the RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM to perform AF shooting to capture a subject at close-range with the focus distance approximately set to the Tele-end (200mm), the image may become slightly front-focused.
 
New firmware with improved focus accuracy is scheduled for release in the beginning of Jan. 2020, and once the preparations are completed, we will post the information on our Web site.
 
Note: New firmware being released at this time is for lenses equipped with firmware version 1.0.5 or earlier. The lens firmware version can be checked in the camera’s menu.
 
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon US
 Friday, December 20, 2019
From SIGMA:
 
Firmware update for SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for CANON EF mount
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce that a new firmware update for SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for CANON EF mount listed below is now available.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable products listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
* Before updating the firmware using the SIGMA USB DOCK, please ensure to update SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver. 1.5.0. or later for Windows / Ver. 1.5.1. or later for Macintosh
 
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for CANON EF mount
Benefits of the update
 
  • It has optimized the operation of the aperture control when the lens is used in combination with SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21 EF-L.
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art for CANON EF mount
Benefits of the update
 
  • It has improved the AF performance when the lens is used in combination with SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21 EF-L.
Applicable products
 
  • SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports for CANON EF mount
  • SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports for CANON EF mount
Benefits of the update
 
  • It has optimized the operation of Mode 2 in Optical Stabilizer when used in combination with the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21 EF-L.
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
 


Firmware update for interchangeable lens for Sony E-mount
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We are pleased to announce that a new firmware update for interchangeable lens for Sony E-mount is now available.
 
Applicable products
 
  • SIGMA 40mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for SONY E-mount
  • SIGMA 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art for SONY E-mount
Benefits of the update
 
  • It has improved the AF performance.
To update the firmware, please refer to this link.
 
* Before attaching the updated lenses to the camera body, please remove the battery pack from the camera and put it back in again.
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Post Date: 12/20/2019 5:28:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 19, 2019
Just because the skies are white doesn't necessarily mean that they should be kept out of the frame. While cloud-covered white skies are sometimes welcomed, especially for the broad even light they provide, they are not usually my favorite for image backgrounds and I often avoid the inclusion of white skies in image backgrounds. However, they can be used to create a sometimes-desirable pure white high key background.
 
Getting this background is not difficult. Simply find a good subject and align it with the white sky. Note that your camera's meter will want to make a white sky grey (especially if the subject is a white goat) so some positive exposure compensation (or a manual exposure) will likely be needed for such images.
 
On this day, my daughter and I were chasing mountain goats high in the Rockies and as you have already figured out, the skies were white. The thick cloud cover meant that we could photograph the goats from any angle offered to us without concern for shadows but any sky in the photo was going to be white. Getting into a position that allowed the entire background to be sky and allowing that background to become pure white created a nice portrait.
 
The versatile and optically-impressive Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens was a great lens to have for this trip. It was the only lens I used for photographing the goats.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
124mm  f/8.0  1/1000s
ISO 2000
8688 x 5792px
Post Date: 12/19/2019 10:13:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality test results from the Canon EOS R have been added to the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens Review.
 
This is an awesome lens and these results will not likely surprise you. Create comparisons to see how this lens stacks up against other lenses such as the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens.
 
Save $300.00 instantly! The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens is in stock at B&H (4% rewards) | Adorama | Amazon USA
 
Rent the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 12/19/2019 9:18:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Godox Photo Equipment Co. Ltd YouTube Channel:
 
Volodya Voronin is an action, adventure and sports photographer, mainly focusing on extreme sports. Sometimes he gets to dangerous places like mountains and abandoned buildings and works in some really harsh conditions. For him, easy to use, compact flash units from Godox were a good choice for these condition. In this episode of Godox Photography Class, he will show you how these super cool images full of action were all shoot using the Godox AD200Pro and AD600Pro.
Post Date: 12/19/2019 5:22:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 18, 2019

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Welcome back to 3, 2, 1…Photoshop! In this episode, Adobe Evangelist Julieanne Kost shares how to create a simple stop motion animation using Photoshop. Watch this video to learn how to make your static images come to life.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 12/18/2019 5:16:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Using a new camera often brings acclimation factors and despite having used the Sony a7R IV for a couple of months prior, I was still acclimating to this camera's enormous 120MB uncompressed RAW file size. We were staying ahead of this big old 12-point buck and it finally cooperated perfectly, walking toward us with the sun was at our backs. While capturing images of him approaching, I was greeted by the memory card full message in the viewfinder.
 
I had filled a 256GB memory card just as the perfect scenario was unfolding. While another memory card was immediately available, the pause was just long enough to miss the pinnacle of the action. Ironically, the workshop participant shooting next to me filled his Nikon D850's 256GB card at almost the exact same second. While we missed some images, the humor of it is realized and that memory is at least of some value. The lesson here is to monitor card capacities closely — or buy cards with enough capacity to outlast any use given to the camera.
 
Fortunately I had some good pictures from this buck encounter. When the buck was farther away, I preferred a horizontal camera orientation, keeping more of the grass field in the frame. As the deer approached, the horizontal framing became too tight and switching to the vertical orientation shared here made complete sense for the vertically shaped subject.
 
The vertical vs. horizontal camera orientation is a choice we are always making. Sometimes the choice is easy and sometimes it is not.
 
One consideration is how the image is going to be used and which orientation is required for that use. If your goal is to get the image on a magazine cover, going vertical is a good choice. Another big consideration is the aesthetics of the scene. Some scenes look better in one of the orientations.
 
If the horizontal vs. vertical orientation choice does not have a straightforward answer, shoot both. It is often easier to decide when using a computer display and keeping images shot in both orientations may be the right choice.
 
While the Sony a7R IV's uncompressed RAW file size has required some acclimation, it has not been hard to acclimate to this camera's 61 MP resolution.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 12/17/2019 10:38:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
December 16, 2019 – MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the release of firmware Ver. 2.20 for the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 full-frame mirrorless cameras. This firmware update offers several improvements that make these cameras even more powerful, including the addition of support for the next generation memory card, CFexpress. Additionally, Nikon has announced that beginning today, service to install RAW video output functionality will be available for those wishing to add enhanced professional video capabilities.
 
Support for CFexpress, the New Standard for Speed and Durability
 
Updating Z 7 and Z 6 firmware to Ver. 2.20 enables the use*1 of CFexpress*2 cards. CFexpress cards are robust and reliable, and support even faster data transfer than XQD cards for a smoother and more efficient photographic workflow.
 
CFexpress cards use a similar form factor to XQD, eliminating the need to physically modify the camera's memory card slot. After upgrading, users will be able to use CFexpress as well as XQD cards in their camera interchangeably. In addition to the Z 7 and Z 6, CFexpress memory card support will be added to the Nikon D5 (XQD-Type), Nikon D850 and Nikon D500 digital SLR cameras in the future.
 
Initially, only limited CFexpress card types are fully supported and the number of supported cards will continue to expand as additional cards are tested and certified (Type B CFexpress cards manufactured only by Sony Corp. Availability date for the cards may vary by market).
 
RAW video output function (4K UHD and Full HD)
 
Developed in conjunction with Atomos, this capability enables recording of RAW video, which has greater flexibility for color grading compared to other video formats.
 
With this upgrade, 12-bit 4K UHD or full-HD RAW video can be recorded*3 to select models of Atomos video recorders*4 connected to a Z 7 or Z 6 camera via a HDMI connector. As RAW video is not subjected to in-camera processing, all information that is outputted from the image sensor is preserved. This abundance of information can later be used in post-production.
 
The RAW video output capability upgrade can be installed at a Nikon service center and will incur a fee but will be included free of charge as part of Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s kit bundles. Those customers in the United States who have already purchased a Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s kit (Product #13545) will be eligible to have the fee waived (proof of purchase required). For more details about the Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s kit, please visit here.
 
For additional technical information, equipment requirements and instructions on requesting the RAW video output upgrade, please visit: www.nikonusa.com/RAWvideo.
 
Price and Availability
 
The firmware update Ver. 2.20 which enables CFexpress functionality is available now, free of charge. Please visit The Nikon Z series Firmware update page to download and find more information.
 
The RAW video output upgrade is available starting today and will require installation by a Nikon Service Center. A $199.95* fee will apply.
 
The information contained herein is accurate as of the date of this press release.
 
Specifications, equipment and release dates are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.? Trade names mentioned in this document are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
 
All Nikon products include Nikon Inc. limited warranty. Images are for illustrative purposes only. All Nikon trademarks are trademarks of Nikon Corporation. Nikon Authorized Dealers set their own selling prices, which may vary. Nikon is not responsible for typographical errors.
 
*1 Type B CFexpress cards manufactured by Sony Corp. only. Operation is not guaranteed with cards from other manufacturers (as of December 2019).
 
*2 CFexpress is a trademark of the CompactFlash Association.
 
*3 With the Z 7, full-HD RAW video can be recorded using the FX-based movie format, and 4K UHD RAW video can be recorded using the DX-based movie format.
 
When the Z 6 is used, recording of either 4K UHD or full-HD RAW video is possible with both FX- and DX-based movie formats.
 
See the cameras' Technical Guide, available from the Download Center, for details on differences between Z 7 and Z 6 specifications.
 
Nikon Download Center (https://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.com/en/index.html) *4 The Atomos Ninja V supports Nikon RAW video output, and records videos in ProRes RAW format. Operation is not guaranteed with recorders other than the Ninja V (as of December 2019). RAW video output from a Nikon camera is supported by Ninja V firmware Ver. 10.2 and later.
 
See the Ninja V firmware download site (https://www.atomos.com/firmware/ninja-v).
 
*5 See our website for instructions on requesting the RAW output options activation service (www.nikonusa.com/RAWvideo).
 
*Pricing and availability of the service will vary by region Ninja V® and ATOMOS® are registered trademarks of ATOMOS.
 
Apple® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
 
Final Cut Pro® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
 
ProRes RAW® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
 
Please speak with Nikon customer service for further details.
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Post Date: 12/17/2019 5:23:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 16, 2019
Just posted: Wimberley MH-100 MonoGimbal Gimbal Monopod Head Review.
 
Monopod users can put one of these on their Christmas list. Looking for a gift your photographer friend or family member does not already have? This unique head is just hitting the market and is a great gift option.
 
The Wimberley MH-100 MonoGimbal Gimbal Monopod Head is in stock at: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA
 

 
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Post Date: 12/16/2019 8:34:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
As usual, I plan to include visual size comparison images in the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens review. Having just created the standard product images, such comparisons can now be easily created. Since the small size is such a big deal for this lens, I thought I'd share this comparison early.
 
Shown in this image from left to right are the following Canon lenses:
 
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens
 
To be more correct, it is this lens' retracted size that is dramatically smaller than all of the other lenses in its class. All previous 70-200mm f/2.8 DSLR lenses have utilized fixed-size designs. While the fixed lens size has some advantages, the amount of space consumed in a camera backpack or other case is not one of them.
 
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Compared to Similar Lenses with Hoods
 
Use the site's comparison tool to visually compare this lens to many others.
 
Note that this lens' weight is very significantly lighter regardless of the focal length being used.
 
The Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
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Post Date: 12/16/2019 8:25:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, December 15, 2019

 
by Sean Setters
 
Whether for Christmas/Hanukkah, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, MLK Day, or in this case, Thanksgiving, holiday events offer exciting opportunities for documenting family traditions, personal relationships, physical development, and all the joys togetherness brings.
 
This Thanksgiving, I filmed my family throughout the day, focusing much of the camera's attention on my 14 month-old daughter, Olivia Jane. My hope is that she will enjoy watching videos such as these as she matures, with an eager fascination to see what life was like long before her long-term memory kicked in.
 
Of course, there's a ton of video filming options available, and while my own video kit is continuously evolving, the following items were what I used while filming that day:
 
Having only purchased the Canon EOS R about a month before Thanksgiving, this event was my first experience producing video with the camera. Overall, I came away impressed by the camera's performance. The EOS R was just small enough to allow the battery grip to be used with the DJI Ronin-S Gimbal, a feature I appreciated as I didn't have to continuously watch my battery levels throughout the day. Of course, using the battery grip increased the size/weight of the setup, but I didn't find use of the battery grip to be burdensome, especially as filming was limited to relatively short segments throughout the day.
 
As I don't have any RF mount lenses yet I defaulted to my favorite EF-S/EF-series lenses, the lenses I have historically utilized while filming with a gimbal – the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM and Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM. Why use two of Canon's most inexpensive lenses for filming video? Because 1) they're small and light, 2) can be swapped out for one another with very little need for rebalancing the gimbal, 3) their optical performance is surprisingly good, 4) the f/2.8 aperture is wide enough allow for relatively low ISO use when the shutter speed is set to 1/60 second (twice the frame rate of 30 fps), and 5) the lenses' STM AF systems do a very good job transitioning focus between subjects when the camera is set to a subject (face) tracking mode. Note that because the full-frame camera gives me a 38.4mm full-frame equivalent angle of view while using the EF-S 24mm STM, I set the camera to crop mode while using the EF 40mm STM to provide a noticeably different angle of view.
 
In a previous video, I had used lavalier mics with a couple of Tascam DR-10L Micro Portable Audio Recorders and really enjoyed the results, but this larger family event necessitated the use of a different audio recording solution as I needed to record a number of people. This need motivated my newest audio recording acquisition – the Deity Microphones V-Mic D3 Pro Shotgun Microphone. Looking online, you'll find numerous videos hyping this microphone's performance and value; the hype is well deserved. This is an excellent shotgun microphone, it is reasonably priced, and I'm really glad it's now part of my kit for run-and-gun applications.
 
So, those are the items I'm now relying on to record family videos in addition to the occasional for-hire filming request (the Tascam DR-10Ls also come in handy for the latter) and are certainly worth consideration when documenting your own family's memories.
Post Date: 12/15/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, December 14, 2019
Everyone loves lighthouses and lighthouse images, right? After awaking to a 4-something AM alarm for three days in a row, I was finally treated to some morning sunlight at the Bass Harbor Lighthouse. While some cloud drama would have been welcomed, the white sky created by the solid cloud cover present on the previous two mornings was not as photogenic.
 
When the sky is clear at sunrise/sunset, there are some expected parameters for landscape photography. One is that the first/last light will be very warm in color and another is that pastel colors will show in earth shadow and the Belt of Venus above it low in the sky opposite the rising/setting sun. These two parameters combine very nicely.
 
I don't always require myself to use a completely level camera (tilt and roll) for landscape photography but did so in this case, primarily to keep the sides of the lighthouse from leaning. Adding to that compositional constraint was the desire to have the reflections availed by the foreground tidal pool included in the frame. The lighthouse reflection was the primary interest and it was very tightly framed between the surrounding rocks, further limiting the camera position to within that narrow line. With the rocks being indicative of the Maine coastline, having them close and emphasized seemed logical and led to this final camera position.
 
Should circular polarizer filters be used for all landscape photographs? While CPL filters are easily my most-used filters and I very frequently use them for landscape photography, this was a time when using the effect provided by this filter was a detriment to the final look. Cutting the reflections on the rocks and in the tidal pool created a dark, flat, lifeless look to the foreground rocks and water, detracting significantly from the result. It didn't take long to determine which look was preferable.
 
Wet dark-colored rocks absorb a lot of light even without a CPL filter and two exposures were combined to ensure that details were retained in those rocks in the final image.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 12/14/2019 9:38:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 13, 2019
These two brown bears are having a heart to heart in a salmon stream in remote Katmai National Park, Alaska.
 
Notice the high contrast of the splashing water? Camera AF systems also notice splashes and will often jump to focus on any bright water drops in front of a subject. In this case, the splash was well below the focus point and not an AF issue.
 
The Christmas special offer on the Brown Bear Chasing Salmon, Remote Katmai National Park, Alaska instructional photo tour is still in place. Sign up along with a spouse or friend and save $500 on the second admission price for this bucket list-grade trip.
 
Dates: Thu, September 17 to Fri, September 24, 2020
 
If this trip is calling you, I need to hear from you as soon as possible. Contact me to sign up!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 12/13/2019 2:24:15 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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