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 Monday, September 23, 2019

 
From the Nikon USA YouTube Channel:
 
What happens when two internationally acclaimed photographers and Nikon Ambassadors go on assignment to create portraits of each other? Watch to see how Jerry Ghionis and Joe McNally execute their vision during this portrait assignment. Video shot with the Nikon Z 6 and NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/23/2019 5:26:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 20, 2019

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Sometimes despite your best efforts, you just aren't able to capture audio at the quality you would like. Whether it's background noise, unwanted dialogue sounds, inconsistent audio levels, or you just want to improve the overall quality of your video, this video will show you how to fix your audio in post.
Post Date: 9/20/2019 5:29:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 19, 2019

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
The Profoto C1 product range are the studio lights for smartphones that deliver great light in your images, anytime and anywhere. Connect it to the Profoto camera app and you hold the secret of professional-looking images. All you have to do is press the button.
 
B&H carries the Profoto C1 and C1 Plus.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 9/19/2019 6:09:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
With Lens-Shift Image Stabilization, Compact, Lightweight Bodies and Affordable Pricing, the Canon 8x20 IS and 10x20 IS Binoculars are the Triple-Threat Tools Necessary for all Viewing Endeavors
 
MELVILLE, NY, September 19, 2019 – What do birdwatching, hiking, camping and sports watching all have in common? They all need a trusted and high-quality set of binoculars to view and bask in the full experience. Continuing to elevate viewing through impressive optics, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new, lightweight entry-level Image-Stabilized Binoculars with an 8x20 IS and 10x20 IS. Specifically, the 8x20 IS binoculars are the world’s lightest binoculars with image stabilization. These new entry-level models also feature Lens Shift Image Stabilization (IS) technology, a technology that allows users to see an even sharper image by moving the IS lens to help correct shaking from handholding.
 
“One of the secrets to Canon’s success is the company’s dedication to its strong legacy of optical brilliance and imaging technologies that match the various needs of our customers for today and into the future,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “These new binoculars embody those same principles, enhancing the viewing experiences for our customers, while offering the familiarity and quality they trust in Canon optics.”
 
The new binocular models both feature Shift Image Stabilization, a feature frequently found in Canon digital cameras and camcorders. This technology incorporates a microcomputer and improved gyro performance that assists in canceling out the effects of user-shake or movement, resulting in an enhanced detailed view of objects. Reducing shake also lessens fatigue when viewing for long periods of time, making them comfortable to use at concerts and events. Canon is offering two models with different zoom powers (8x and 10x) which can handle various situations for a wide range of users.
 
Additional features in both models include:
 
  • Compact and Lightweight Binoculars with Image Stabilization
  • High-Magnification Ratio of 8x to 10x, respectively
  • High Efficiency Shift-System Image Stabilizer
  • Powered IS Mode
  • Field Flattener Lens
  • Super-Spectra Coating
  • Minimum focusing distance of up to 6.6 feet (2m)
  • Ergonomic design and comfortable grip
Pricing and Availability
 
Canon’s new 8x20 IS and 10x20 IS binocular models are scheduled to be available in early November 2019 for an estimated retail price of $499.99 and $549.99 respectively.
 
B&H carries Canon Binoculars.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/19/2019 5:08:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.01 to 1.02
 
  • Fixed an issue that in rare cases slowed autofocus tracking or prevented the camera focusing.
Download: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR Firmware v.1.02
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/19/2019 4:57:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Solution will Enable Remote Operation of Canon’s Interchangeable Lens Cameras in Inaccessible Locations for Photographers
 
MELVILLE, NY, September 19, 2019 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing a remote-control solution that will allow for operation of the company’s interchangeable-lens cameras. Remote operation of cameras has been growing in popularity among photo agencies and media outlets, as seen in today’s coverage of global sporting and news events. With that growth in mind, Canon is excited to develop a powerful solution that reflects years of testing and feedback from the organizations that will benefit the most from this device.
 
Canon Remote Control Pan Tilt System Video Console

The solution, currently under development, utilizes a system that enables the camera’s optical axis to be perpendicular to the device’s axis of revolution. This intuitive alignment will provide users with operation capabilities that feel similar to handheld or tripod shooting. The hardware and software solution allows a photographer to control multiple cameras at once, with the ability to control multiple remote-control or static remote systems from a single computer. Photographers will be able to operate each device to pan, tilt or rotate the camera and zoom the lens, and images can transmit via a network connection to a centralized location, a feature that will prove to be very useful for news outlets and agencies.
 
The new solution will allow for image capture from a variety of angles and viewpoints that might not have not been possible through conventional shooting methods. Moving forward, Canon’s goal is to create a system suited for a wide range of shooting needs that go beyond live sporting and news events, including e-commerce, product photography and more. By developing these types of innovative image-capture solutions, Canon is helping to provide new perspectives to the events that shape the world around us.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/19/2019 4:46:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens page.
 
Warning: You are going to want this lens.
 
Act fast: The Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens is in stock at Amazon USA.
 
Preorder this lens at B&H | Adorama | WEX
 
Rent the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Reminder: share these results with your friends!
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 9/17/2019 5:28:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From DJI:
 
What’s New
 
  • Added video recording, autofocus, and focus pull support for Sony A9 and A6400 cameras with supported E-mount lenses using a Multi-Camera Control Cable (Micro-USB). To use autofocus on the Sony A9 and A6400, press halfway down on the camera control button of the gimbal
  • Added photo capture, video recording, autofocus, and focus pull support for Canon EOS RP cameras with supported RF mount lenses using a Multi-Camera Control Cable (Type-C). To use autofocus on the Canon EOS RP, press halfway down on the camera control button of the gimbal.
  • Added photo capture, video recording, autofocus, and focus pull support for Canon M50 cameras with supported EF-M mount lenses using a Multi-Camera Control Cable (Micro-USB). To use autofocus on the Canon M50, press halfway down on the camera control button on the gimbal.
  • Added photo capture, video recording, autofocus, and focus pull support for Canon EOS 6D and EOS 80D cameras with supported EF mount lenses using a Multi-Camera Control Cable (Mini USB). To use autofocus on the Canon EOS 6D and EOS 80D, press halfway down on the camera control button of the gimbal.
  • Added photo capture, video recording, autofocus, and focus pull support for Panasonic G9 cameras with supported Macro 4/3 mount lenses using a Multi-Camera Control Cable (Micro USB). To use autofocus on the Panasonic G9, press halfway down on the camera control button of the gimbal.
  • Added photo capture, autofocus, video recording, and focus pull support for Panasonic S1 cameras with supported L mount lenses using a Multi-Camera Control Cable (Type-C). To use autofocus on the Panasonic S1, press halfway down on the camera control button of the gimbal.
  • Added photo capture and autofocus for Fujifilm XT2 cameras using a Multi-Camera Control Cable (Micro USB). To use autofocus on the Fujifilm XT2, press halfway down on the camera control button of the gimbal.
  • Added photo capture and autofocus for Fujifilm XT3 camera using a Multi-Camera Control Cable (Type-C). To use autofocus on the Fujifilm XT3, press halfway down on the camera control button of the gimbal.
  • Added support for Ronin 2 Remote Controller. The DJI Pro Wireless Receiver and Ronin-MX/S CAN Cable are required to use the Ronin 2 Remote Controller with Ronin-S. Note that the mode switch feature is not currently available (requires Ronin 2 Remote Controller firmware v1.4.0.30 and DJI Pro Wireless Receiver firmware v1.2.0.10).
  • Optimized autofocus for Sony cameras. When the camera is in AF mode, press halfway on the camera control button to focus and release to stop focus.
  • Optimized focus for Canon, Sony, Nikon, and Panasonic cameras. The focus speed can be set from 1 to 100, replacing the previous settings of Slow, Medium, and Fast (requires DJI Ronin v1.2.2 app or later).
  • When using Canon, Nikon, and Fujifilm cameras, press the Ronin-S power button twice to disable the USB connection so that playback can be viewed and camera parameters can be set. Press twiceagain to enable the USB connection.
  • When using a Nikon D850, press the power button twice to enable camera view instead of pressing the trigger twice.
  • Fixed issue: when recording video on a Nikon Z6 camera, footage could not be displayed on an HDMI monitor.
Notes:
 
  • Make sure that the DJI Ronin App is the latest version when updating the firmware.
  • Make sure Ronin-S is powered off and update the firmware through the DJI Pro Assistant for Ronin by connecting the USB-C port on Ronin-S to your computer. Do not disconnect the gimbal from the computer while updating.
  • After the update is complete, unplug the USB-C cable from Ronin-S and proceed to power on the gimbal.
  • If Ronin-S has a camera attached and is turned on while updating the firmware, make sure to protect the camera and lens as the motors will shut off during the update.
  • If the firmware update fails, restart the Ronin-S and retry.
B&H carries the DJI Ronin-S.
Category: DJI News
Post Date: 9/18/2019 5:29:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens page.
 
I think you'll like this one.
 
The Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Please share these results with your friends!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/17/2019 5:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.1 to 1.2
 
Fixed the following issue:
 
  • When the battery was charged using the charging AC adapter, the charge lamp would not stop flashing when charging was complete.
Download: Nikon COOLPIX P1000 Firmware v.1.2
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/17/2019 4:38:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 16, 2019
From PocketWizard:
 
The E Release is an easy and inexpensive upgrade that dramatically extends the range, enhances reliability, and expands the features of your existing PocketWizard radios. Currently available for the PocketWizard Plus III and Plus IV*.
 
*FCC units only
 
Extends Your Range
 
Trigger your flash(es) and/or remote camera(s) from remarkable distances. Our testing in Long Range Mode achieved distances measured in miles.
 
Expands Your Features
 
Double your available Channels
 
  • 32 Quad Zone Channels
  • 80 Long Range Quad Zone Channels.
Enhanced Reliability
 
Our radio frequency is less crowded than others and works great in "noisy" environments. We've made it even more reliable with the E Release. We don't want you to miss a single shot.
 
The E Release Firmware License costs $9.99. An upgrade must be purchased for each radio and will be assigned to the radio's serial number upon installation. Once assigned, it is non-transferable.
 
Currently all PocketWizard radios are being shipped with the Legacy firmware. If you purchased a new PocketWizard Plus III or Plus IV at an authorized PocketWizard dealer in the US or Canada after September 1, 2019, you may be eligible for a free update to the E Release. The updgrade will not be preinstalled. When you connect the radio to the Utility program to update it, the Utility should recognize the serial number and allow you to upgrade at no charge.
 
PocketWizard E Release Firmware Update
 
B&H carries the PocketWizard Plus III and Plus IV Transceivers.
Post Date: 9/16/2019 5:05:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 13, 2019
This update is related to the security advisory regarding to PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) communication functions and firmware update functions. Learn more here.
 
EOS-1D X Mark II Firmware Version 1.1.7
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/13/2019 7:52:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM Lens page.
 
Here is a comparison to get you started:
 
Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS vs. RF 24-105mm F4 L IS Lens
 
The Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/13/2019 6:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Manfrotto:
 
The forward-thinking collection for passionate photographers who are always ready to capture the action
 
Upper Saddle River, NJ – September 12, 2019 - Manfrotto, world leader in the photography, imaging equipment and accessories industry, has rolled out Advanced2, the new photographic bag collection that unites enhanced modern design with comfortable functionality. Passionate urban explorers who experience the world through their lens can now choose between the Advanced2 collection’s 6 backpacks, 5 shoulder bags and 3 holster bags to carry all the equipment they need.
 
Advanced2 is the new, revamped version of the globally successful Advanced collection, and like its predecessor is designed for today’s busiest advanced amateur photographers with urban lifestyles. They’re always on the move and ready to capture the perfect shots. Advanced2 bags are reliable and functional, helping you to never miss a moment and create inspiring images on your commute, between your photographic projects. Manfrotto’s new lineup caters to your everyday needs, according to individual preference, always ensuring maximum functionality and comfort. The new bags accommodate the most popular camera forms, from the latest DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, to drones and handheld camera gimbals. The larger bags are the perfect match for Befree Advanced travel tripods. The more compact solutions are perfect for JOBY GorillaPods.
 
The Advanced2 backpack range includes the Compact, Active, Gear, Fast, Hybrid, and Travel models, which offer a complete choice of configurations for a varying personal preferences. The range features advanced protection systems to keep photo gear safe, and is designed to maximize comfort with sternum straps and padded back panels. The collection is a combination of specially selected premium coated materials, sophisticated urban style, durability and enviable functionality, not to mention new tripod holders, smart storage systems for photography gear, laptops, tablets, and personal items. The bags are water repellent and have a special rain cover for the worst weather conditions.
 
The Advanced2 Compact backpack is great for traveling light with a mirrorless, and one or two extra lenses, and 13” laptop/tablet, personal gear, and compact tripod. Easy top access to photo gear, bottom access to personal items. The Advanced2 Active backpack is great for traveling light with a mirrorless, and one or two extra lenses, a 14” laptop, and has a bottom compartment to keep photo kit safely organized, a top compartment for other items, with a tripod attachment and water bottle pocket on the outside. The Advanced2 Gear backpack offers a full access front compartment for a full frame CSC, three extra lenses, foldable drone, handheld gimbal, as well as a 15” laptop and tablet. Personal items are kept in the front expandable zippered pocket and a full-size travel tripod attaches on the outside.
 
The Advanced2 Fast backpack holds a Pro DSLR, four extra lenses and flash, in a full-access photography gear compartment you can reach from 3 sides, which opens completely for rapid gear changes. Personal items are kept at the top and on the side, there is a special sleeve for a 15” laptop and tablet, and an attachment for a travel tripod on the front.
 
The Advanced2 Travel backpack holds a DSLR, four extra lenses, or full frame mirrorless with two additional lenses and a foldable drone, 15” laptop and tablet – safely organized in two quick-access side compartments, with other items at the top. The side compartments open fully, and for effortless use on the go, slip the straps off your shoulders, rotate the pack to one side to access gear. There is a dedicated pocket for a gimbal or tripod, and a travel tripod attaches to the front of the pack.
 
The Advanced2 Hybrid backpack is a new form factor in the Advanced2 collection, created to maximize versatility, to cater the different needs of amateur photographers. It is designed to easily transform from backpack to shoulder bag to top handle carry bag. This model has a removable camera protection unit, and dedicated pockets to organize personal gear. The Advanced2 Messenger organizes and protects gear and offers a handy quick access feature, and a chest stabilizer strap for easy carrying comfort.
 
If you’re looking for smaller bags, check out the Advanced2 Shoulder Bags in 4 sizes and 3 Holster bags to cater to a wide array of personal needs.
 
All models in the Advanced2 collection are made of high-quality materials which are durable and lightweight. The detailing and aesthetic impact perfectly embody Manfrotto carrying solutions’ urban style. All models are available at select authorized Manfrotto Dealers.
 
B&H carries the Manfrotto Advanced2 series of bags.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 9/13/2019 5:12:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 12, 2019
These updates are related to the security advisory regarding to PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) communication functions and firmware update functions. Learn more here.
 
EOS-1D C Firmware Version 1.4.2
 
EOS-1D X Firmware Version 2.1.1
 
EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Version 1.3.6
 
EOS 5D Mark IV Firmware Version 1.2.1
 
EOS 5DS Firmware Version 1.1.3
 
EOS 5DS R Firmware Version 1.1.3
Save 20% (in-cart) on Lenscoat Lens Covers at B&H. Protective Lenscoat Lens Covers are ultra-popular and with 362 models to choose from, they probably have all of your lenses covered.
Post Date: 9/12/2019 12:22:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Manfrotto:
 
Boundless creative freedom for travel-ready professionals and macro photographers on-the-go
 
  • The Befree GT XPRO is the first Manfrotto travel tripod with built-in 90° column for enhanced creative versatility
  • Completes the Befree range of high-performance travel tripods
  • Lightweight, sturdy aluminum and carbon fiber versions in an impressive compact size
Upper Saddle River, NJ – September 10, 2019 - Manfrotto, world leader in the photography, imaging equipment and accessories industry, introduces the Befree GT XPRO Travel Tripod Kit. Dedicated to professional travel photographers who are always ready to set off on challenging creative adventures, this new addition to the Befree family enables photographers to unleash their creativity. By combining the sturdiness and reliability of the Befree GT series with the versatility of Manfrotto's celebrated 90° column, this compact professional tripod is unique to the market. The new Befree GT XPRO is a premium travel tripod kit, 100% engineered, designed and manufactured in Italy. This groundbreaking support solution, with its premium quality materials, precision machining and meticulous design, completes the Manfrotto Befree range, further solidifying its position as the premier reference for travel photography support solutions. The Befree GT XPRO comes in the same folded compact size as the successful Befree GT family, measuring only 16.9 inches. It is the first Manfrotto travel tripod developed for on-the-go photographers who shoot macro or low-angle shots and need more versatility. The new Befree GT XPRO travel tripod comes in both aluminum and carbon fiber versions and features intuitive and ergonomic design. This is the first travel tripod to feature both Manfrotto’s innovative 180° foldable legs and its iconic built-in 90° column mechanism, housed in the tripod’s top casting. The 90° column is stored out of the photographer’s way until it is time to create epic visuals with a challenging overhead macro shot or a low-to-the-ground capture. Photographers can keep their new Befree GT XPRO safe and travel-ready in the supplied Befree bag.
 
When it’s time to capture the decisive moment, setting up the Befree GT XPRO is a breeze. Simply twist the legs to securely set it up with the intuitive M-lock system and choose one of the three independent tripod’s ergonomic side-pull selectors. This lightweight tripod provides impeccable performance and impressive stability to assist photographers in capturing their best shots in a solution weighing only 3.88 pounds in carbon fiber or 4.41 pounds in aluminum. The Befree GT XPRO features the Manfrotto 496 Center Ball Head with independent panoramic and friction knobs for smooth movement and remarkable locking power to support an impressive 22.05 pounds of photography gear, including DSLRs or CSCs with zoom lenses. The included 200PL-PRO rubberized plate increases camera grip and makes it fully compatible with Manfrotto's RC2 and Arca-type head attachments. In addition to the new Befree GT XPRO, Manfrotto introduces the Top Lock Traveler Quick Release Adaptor. The new Top Lock Traveler Quick Release Adaptor is the first Arca-Swiss adaptor on the market that is fully compatible with the Befree tripod kit range as well as Manfrotto's 494, 496, and 498 ball heads. Specifically, the MSQ6T is compatible with the MH490-BH, MH494-BHUS, MH496-BHUS, 494RC2 and 498RC2 ball head. Adaptor is compatible with all Arca-type camera plates and L-brackets as well as Manfrotto's 200PL-PRO.
 
The new Befree GT XPRO Travel Tripod Kit and Top Lock Traveler Quick Release Adaptor are the natural choice for professionals with wanderlust whose creativity knows no bounds.
 
B&H carries the Manfrotto Befree GT XPRO Travel Tripod.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 9/12/2019 6:23:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 9/12/2019 5:24:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Yesterday, Profoto released a short teaser video for its newest product which features the bold statement, "Soon, the world of photography will change forever..."
 
As September 18 rolls around, we'll see if their lofty statement holds any merit.
Post Date: 9/12/2019 5:17:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 11, 2019
When selecting a camera, one usually wants to compare it to the closest alternatives and to get started, I'll compare the Canon EOS M6 Mark II to the Canon EOS M6. That link along with the visual comparison reveal most of the differences.
 
Here is a summary:

  • 32.5 MP vs. 24.2 MP (6960 x 4640 px vs. 6000 x 4000 px)
  • Pixel Size of 3.20µm vs 3.72µm (DLA of f/5.2 vs. f/6.0
  • 14 fps continuous shooting with AF vs. 7 fps (9fps w/o AF), 54/23 JPG/RAW frames vs. 26/17
  • DIGIC 8 vs. DIGIC 7 processor
  • Eye AF
  • Maximum of 143/99 auto selected AF points (depending on the lens) vs. 49
  • Still image metering range of EV -2–20 vs. EV 1 - 20
  • Movie recording metering range of EV 0–20 vs. EV 2 - 20
  • 1/16000 sec. shutter speed with electronic shutter
  • Has C-RAW
  • 4k, Full HD at 119.88
  • Has Flicker Mode, adjusting shutter release timing to avoid flickering light issues
  • Does not have NFC
  • Has a Wireless menu tab
  • Supports UHS-II memory card standard vs. UHS-I
  • Slightly larger: 4.71 x 2.76 x 1.94" vs. 4.4 x 2.7 x 1.8" (119.6 x 70.0 x 49.2mm vs. 112.0 x 68.0 x 44.5mm)
  • Slightly lighter: 12.73 oz vs. 13.8 oz (361g vs. 390g)
  • Has a dedicated rear AF/MF switch and AF-ON button
  • Has a multi-function top dial and button vs. stacked dials

Numerous of those bullets could alone justify an upgrade from the M6 Mark I. For example, the twice-as-fast (with AF) continuous shooting frame rate. Eye AF is alone worth the price of the camera to those photographing people with any frequency. Do much video work? The 4k feature is noteworthy. Want higher resolution or more reach with the lenses you currently have? The increased sensor resolution is going to be noticeable.
 
As with most model upgrades, price remains the primary feature advantage of the previous camera version.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS M6 Mark II
 
Order the Canon EOS M6 Mark II at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/11/2019 10:29:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
With a forward head tilt and relaxed ears, this bedded whitetail buck looks cute and cuddly, presenting an image perhaps ready for a child's storybook. But, make no mistake, this is a huge ball of muscle ready to violently fight anything it thinks poses a threat to its interests (that right-side G4 tine required significant force to break off). This buck knows exactly what the doe bedded nearby behind it is doing and if another buck moves in or the doe moves away, this big bad boy will be up in a flash.
 
Very positive was that this bedded buck provided a wide range of poses for us, including head rested solidly on the ground, a large yawn, and ears perked in attention.
 
I'm not often a fan of a downward camera angle when photographing wildlife and in this case, getting down to the buck's eye level using a fully-retracted monopod made complete sense. This low/level angle provides a more distant background that can be strongly blurred with a 600mm f/4 lens, allowing the subject to clearly stand out against an even very distracting background. With the subject being stationary, the distance and alignment could be selected and varied. In this case, the leaves on the ground provide a solid base for the image. The large tree trunk on the left and the small tree trunk on the right provide a frame for the subject.
 
Wildlife photography is a great source of stories and this situation brought back a memory from the year before. I was in Shenandoah National Park photographing a different bedded buck from a reasonable distance when it suddenly bolted straight toward me. I jumped behind a tree just as it went past a short distance away. Fortunately, it was not racing after me but instead after a doe. I just happened to be in its path.
 
The shot of adrenaline took a little time to wear off, but the memory is a fun one.
 
Want to photograph these awesome animals and create some stories this fall? Sign up for the "Whitetail Buck in Rut and Much More", Shenandoah National Park instructional photo tour.
 
Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019
 
Contact me to sign up!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/400s
ISO 900
7791 x 5194px
Post Date: 9/11/2019 9:06:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:
 
Today we show you how to use the powerful features of a Wacom Tablet for a beautiful and subtle dodge and burn effect! Learn the benefits of using a pressure-sensitive tablet, how to create a custom brush to take advantage of those benefits, and how to use that custom brush to softly enhance the highlights and shadows in an image. Best of all, you can download our Wacom Tablet custom brush for free! NOTE: This is not an ad! We've been Wacom Tablet users for years and they're a big part of our editing workflow here at PHLEARN. We genuinely feel that they can help take your Photoshop skills to the next level (and you can still create beautiful, professional images with a mouse.)
 
Download Sample Image & Custom Brush
Post Date: 9/11/2019 5:38:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
2019.09.11 - SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Art Prime PL mount lens that supports Cooke Optics’ /i Technology communication protocol in a latest addition to the SIGMA CINE LENS family for filmmaking in the FF High Speed Prime Line.
 
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, a new service to turn their lenses /i Technology-compatible is under consideration.
 
A production version of this new product will be on display at IBC 2019, scheduled to take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from September 13 to 17, 2019.
 
Launch: From the end of 2019
Price: TBD
* /i is a registered trademark of Cooke Optics Limited used with permission.
 
Common specifications
 
  • PL mount (Cooke /i Technology compatible)
  • Image circle diameter: FF 43.3mm
  • Illumination circle diameter: over 46.3mm
  • Focus ring: Marked in feet / meters
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 9 (circular aperture)
  • Luminous option for focus ring / iris ring markings
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 9/11/2019 5:13:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Not long ago, the headline above would have seemed ideal for use on April 1st. Today, however, it's real news. [Sean]
 
From Sigma:
 
2019.09.11 - The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of “FF Classic Prime Line” as a new series in the SIGMA CINE LENS.
 
FF High Speed Prime Line has been offering the highest resolving power in its class, that is compatible with 8K shooting with large format sensors, while achieving outstanding compact design. Based on this product line, the FF Classic Prime Line incorporates more non-coated optical elements to achieve unrivaled expression. It retains the high resolution capability that SIGMA CINE LENS is well known for, and offers a unique combination of low contrast and artistic flare/ghost in the image. As with all other lenses from the FF High Speed Prime Line, it creates beautiful bokeh effects to improve creativity.
 
FF Classic Prime Line has implemented newly developed coatings on the glass elements and offers consistent T value across the lineup (14mm and 135mm at T3.2 and the rest of the lenses at T2.5). This will greatly contribute to the effective workflow in postproduction. Furthermore, it is compatible with the communication protocol of Cooke “/i Technology”, thus an ideal tool for shooting and editing with the latest technology, such as VFX. A special coating is implemented on the front and rear elements so that the lens durability is ensured as with all other cine lenses from SIGMA.
 
“Classic Art Prime” is a new solution from SIGMA that is required for the most advanced technology for classical expression. The “look” that FF Classic Prime Line can offer will enable cinematographers to explore new possibilities in movie creation.
 
From September 13th to 17th, SIGMA is going to display this new product at the IBC 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
 Tuesday, September 10, 2019
The Canon EOS 90D vs. Canon EOS 80D Comparison is a highly relevant one, comparing the new and previous versions of this camera model. Here is a list of the differences between the 90D and 80D:

  • 32.5 MP vs. 24.2 MP (6960 x 4640 px vs. 6000 x 4000 px)
  • Pixel Size of 3.20µm vs 3.72µm (DLA of f/5.2 vs. f/6.0
  • Has a joystick multi-controller
  • DIGIC 8 vs. DIGIC 6 processor
  • Has FV Mode
  • 220,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor vs 7560-pixel RGB+IR, 216-zone (18 x 12) vs. 63-zone (9×7)
  • EV -3 – 18 metering range vs. EV 1 – 20
  • ISO 100–25600 (1/3-stop), Expanded 51200 vs. ISO 100–12800 (1/3-stop), Expanded 25600
  • Anti smudge LCD coating vs. Anti-reflection and Anti smudge (80D advantage)
  • 10 fps (11 fps in live view continuous shooting vs. 7 fps
  • Has Eye AF in live view
  • 59.94 fps live view frame rate vs. 30 fps
  • 1/16000 electronic shutter available vs. no
  • C-RAW vs. M-RAW, S-RAW
  • MP4 movie file format vs. MP4, MOV
  • 4k, Full HD at 119.88, HD at 59.94
  • Dedicated wireless menu tab
  • Approx: 1300 frame battery life rating vs. 960 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
  • 120,000 actuation shutter durability rating vs. 100,000
  • Bluetooth vs. NFC

Few are going to find a reason (other than price) to go with the 80D over the 90D.
 
If you know of a feature difference not included here, please share it with us!
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS 90D
 
Order the Canon EOS 90D at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/10/2019 10:42:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I'll not likely ever repeat a shot similar to this one captured on a fall evening in Rocky Mountain National Park.
 
Photographing multiple animals (vs. a single animal) significantly increases the compositional challenge and especially with a 600mm lens in use, having all of the animals in the plane of sharp focus, especially at f/4, is a big challenge. At this moment, these three subjects aligned themselves nicely for me at this moment. The number 3 is meaningful to this discussion in that an odd (vs. even) number of animals often works best compositionally (note that it also works well in landscape photography and in landscaping).
 
When multiple animals are in the frame, interaction between those animals usually increases the image's appeal. If you look carefully at this photo, you will see a quite humorous interaction occurring. The bull is licking the cow who is showing us her shocked face. The cow's yearling is looking intently at the behavior, seemingly very interested in what is happening. The yearling facing the opposite direction somewhat completes a circle (while a portion of the circle of life plays out). Icing on the cake is that the head shadows of the cow and yearling are showing facing each other on the side of the bull.
 
There are two openings remaining for the September elk in rut photo tour, one for each week. The time is rapidly running out, but it's not too late for you to join a small group of passionate wildlife photographers pursuing these awesome animals and the beauty of RMNP. Photographers at all skill levels are invited to join!
 
"Bull Elk in Rut and Much More", Rocky Mountain National Park
 
  • 1 Opening: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21, 2019
  • 1 Opening: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28, 2019
  • Sign Up for September 2020
Contact me to sign up!
 
Photographers at all skill levels are also invited to join me for these tours:
 
Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour
 
Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019
 
"Whitetail Buck in Rut and Much More", Shenandoah National Park
 
Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019
 
Contact me to sign up!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 9/10/2019 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has published a Technical Solutions | Z7/Z6 TIPS Page informing consumers how to use the newly available N-Log 3D LUT with DaVinci Resolve 15.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/10/2019 5:17:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 9, 2019
If you photograph outdoors, there are few better places to be in the fall than Acadia National Park. Consider joining a small group of enthusiastic photographers in this bucket-list-grade location from Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019. Sign up ASAP – only two spots remain open.
 
Here are the details: Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour
 
Contact me now to sign up!
Post Date: 9/9/2019 12:06:55 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD Lens Review.
 
This is a compact, lightweight ultra-wide-angle lens with image quality the exceeds its price.
 
The Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 9/9/2019 7:32:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, September 7, 2019
Canon has released new versions of its Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility, and Picture Style Editor. (thanks David)
 
Download: Canon DPP 4.10.50, EOS Utility 3.10.30, Image Transfer Utility 2.2.10, & Picture Style Editor 1.22.50
With a Canon EOS M6 Mark II in hand, it was time to set up the camera for use. Following are the 36 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box M6 II ready for use.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. If you have another charged battery available, you can continue to the battery-required steps without a wait. Or, the supplied battery may have enough charge to take you through these steps if you can't wait.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. For me, this is primarily the camera, the eye cup, and the neck strap
  3. Install the latest Canon EOS Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert a sufficiently charged battery.
  6. Power the camera on.
  7. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  8. Insert a memory card (format them via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  9. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  10. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "-"
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: Off
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: ISO Speed Settings: ISO Speed range: 100-H (51200), Auto ISO Speed range: 100-25600
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses - all can be applied to a RAW file in DPP)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: White balance: AWB-W (Auto: White priority)
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "1" (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: High ISO speed noise reduction: Low or Off (noise reduction is destructive to image details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 7: Eye Detection AF: Enable
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 7: Touch & drag AF settings: Touch and drag AF: Enable
  20. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Playback information display: Leave options 1 and 2 (only) checked and press info to change option 2's histogram to RGB
  21. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Highlight alert: Enable (flash portions of images that are overexposed)
  22. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Playback grid: 3x3
  23. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Magnificatn (apx): Actual size
  24. Setup Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  25. Setup Menu, Tab 1: Mode guide: Disable
  26. Setup Menu, Tab 1: Feature guide: Disable
  27. Setup Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Disable
  28. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. display: Screen info. settings: Enable 1, 3, 4
  29. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. display: VF info/toggle setting: Enable 1 and 3
  30. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. display: Grid display: 3x3 (sometimes helpful for alignment checking)
  31. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. display: Histogram disp: RGB, Small (I want to see the brightness levels of each channel separately and don't want the graph to take up much space in the display)
  32. Setup Menu, Tab 5: Custom shooting mode (C1-C3): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  33. Setup Menu, Tab 5: Copyright information: Type name as desired
  34. Custom Functions, Tab 1: C.Fn II :Autofocus: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Pt only
  35. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning, Expo.comp./AEB
  36. Mount a lens, focus on a subject and adjust the viewfinder diopter (if necessary)
I of course make additional menu and other setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot - including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. IF your camera is reset-to-factory state for some reason, such as when being serviced, you will be ready to restore your setup quickly while ensuring that you do not miss an important setting. If you purchase another same or similar camera, you will be able to quickly set it up.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS M6 Mark II
 
Order the Canon EOS M6 Mark II at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/7/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 6, 2019
B&H has shared expected availability dates for the recently announced Canon gear:
 
Canon EOS 90D: Thu Sep 12
 
Preorder: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Canon EOS M6 Mark II: Thu Sep 26
 
Preorder: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens: Thu Sep 26
 
Preorder: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens: Thu Sep 26
 
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Post Date: 9/6/2019 10:31:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
With a Canon EOS 90D in hand, it was time to set up the camera for use. Following are the 36 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box 90D ready for use.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. If you have another charged LP-E6/LP-E6N battery available, you can continue to the battery-required steps without a wait. Or, the supplied battery may have enough charge to take you through these steps if you can't wait.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. For me, this is primarily the camera, the eye cup, and the neck strap
  3. Install the latest Canon EOS Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert a sufficiently charged battery.
  6. Power the camera on.
  7. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  8. Insert a memory card (format them via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  9. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  10. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "-"
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec.
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Release without card: Disable/off (I highly recommend this setting)
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses - all can be applied to a RAW file in DPP)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: ISO Speed Settings: ISO Speed range: 100-H (51200), Auto ISO Speed range: 100-25600
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: White balance: AWB-W (Auto: White priority)
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "1" (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: High ISO speed noise reduction: Low or Off (noise reduction is destructive to image details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  19. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Playback information display: Leave options 1 and 2 (only) checked and press info to change option 2's histogram to RGB
  20. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Highlight alert: Enable (flash portions of images that are overexposed)
  21. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Playback grid: 3x3
  22. Setup Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  23. Setup Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Disable
  24. Setup Menu, Tab 4: Mode guide: Disable
  25. Setup Menu, Tab 4: Feature guide: Disable
  26. Setup Menu, Tab 4: Viewfinder display: Select all options
  27. Setup Menu, Tab 5: Custom shooting mode (C1-C3): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  28. Setup Menu, Tab 5: Copyright information: Type name as desired
  29. Custom Functions, Tab 1: C.Fn I :Exposure: Bracketing auto cancel: Disable
  30. Custom Functions, Tab 1: C.Fn I :Exposure: Bracketing sequence: -, 0, +
  31. Custom Functions, Tab 1: C.Fn II :Autofocus: AI Servo 1st image priority: Focus priority (I want the images in focus more than I want the time-priority capture)
  32. Custom Functions, Tab 1: C.Fn II :Autofocus: Focus priority (same reason)
  33. Custom Functions, Tab 1: C.Fn II :Autofocus: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Area + pt
  34. Custom Functions, Tab 1: C.Fn III : Operation/others: Custom controls: AF-ON: One shot AI Servo; Set: Playback; Multicontroller: Direct AF point selection
  35. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Mirror lockup, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning, Expo.comp./AEB
  36. Mount a lens, focus on a subject and adjust the viewfinder diopter (if necessary)
I of course make additional menu and other setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot - including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. IF your camera is reset-to-factory state for some reason, such as when being serviced, you will be ready to restore your setup quickly while ensuring that you do not miss an important setting. If you purchase another same or similar camera, you will be able to quickly set it up.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS 90D
 
Order the Canon EOS 90D at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/6/2019 10:09:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon U.S.A.:
 
In response to feedback from customers about the recently launched PowerShot G7 X Mark III, Canon U.S.A. plans to issue a firmware update that can help improve video autofocus speed, accuracy and subject detection performance.
 
This update will be free for all customers to download from the Canon U.S.A. website at the end of October 2019.
 
The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III is in stock at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/6/2019 8:18:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Learn a fast and easy way to create interesting art with just some incense and a camera. In this episode, Mark Wallace walks through all the steps for creating smoke photos. Once you know the basics you can expand your editing and create something that is truly yours.
 
Amazon carries incense sticks.
Post Date: 9/6/2019 7:04:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron:
 
SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD for Canon
 
  • New firmware version makes the model compatible with Canon "EOS R/RP" and Canon "Mount Adapter EF-EOS R" for general operations
For details about the service, please contact your nearest Tamron dealer.
 


SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD, 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD, 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD for Nikon
 
  • Enables general operations on Nikon Z7/Z6 with FTZ by the firmware updating. [NOTE] Nikon FTZ mount adapter is required to attach the lens to Nikon Z7/Z6.
A separately sold TAP-in Console is needed for the update.
Post Date: 9/6/2019 6:15:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 5, 2019
I hope to get to some more in-depth comparisons, but for the DIYers, the specifications records for the just-announced Canon EOS 90D and Canon EOS M6 Mark II are mostly populated and make for some interesting comparisons.
 
Here are some suggestions:
 
Canon EOS 90D vs. Canon EOS 80D Comparison
 
Canon EOS 90D vs. Canon EOS 70D Comparison
 
Canon EOS 90D vs. Canon EOS M6 Mark II Comparison
 
Canon EOS 90D vs. Canon EOS 7D Mark II Comparison
 
 
Canon EOS M6 Mark II vs. Canon EOS M6 Comparison
 
Canon EOS M6 Mark II vs. Canon EOS M5 Comparison
 
Canon EOS M6 Mark II vs. Canon EOS 80D Comparison
 
To more fully complete the comparisons, use the Camera Product Images Tool. Click "overlay" after following that link to see an interesting comparison.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/5/2019 9:16:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon Europe:
 
London, UK, 5th September 2019 – Canon Europe today releases its next generation Cinema EOS System camera – the EOS C500 Mark II. Created with the expertise and technical knowledge at the heart of Canon’s innovative products, and built on the foundations of Cinema EOS System, the EOS C500 Mark II is a compact and versatile 5.9K Full Frame camera. The EOS C500 Mark II’s impressive Full Frame sensor, developed and built by Canon, is powered by Canon’s new DIGIC DV 7 processor. Supporting 5.9K internal Cinema RAW Light and 4K 4:2:2 10bit XF-AVC recording, this camera enables professionals to creatively explore Full Frame, cinematic image. It is the first camera in the range with the ability to record 5.9K Cinema RAW Light onto new, faster storage media – CFexpress cards. Providing professionals with greater flexibility and efficiency, simultaneous recording of the same file format is also possible to dual CFexpress card slots.
 
The compact size of the camera provides cinematographers with unparalleled creative freedom. With its flexible, modular design, professionals can configure the camera with different expansion units to suit production requirements. The EOS C500 Mark II is the first Cinema EOS System camera to feature a user interchangeable lens-mount for EF Cinema Lock, and PL, giving professionals a wide variety of lens selection. It is also the first Cinema EOS System camera to support Electronic IS.
 
Breathtaking Full Frame image quality
 
Featuring Canon’s 5.9K Full Frame CMOS sensor, the EOS C500 Mark II provides a cinematic, immersive Full Frame look combined with Canon’s natural, smooth skin-tone and faithful colour reproduction. Thanks to the 5.9K sensor and the newly developed DIGIC DV 7 processor, the EOS C500 Mark II is an ideal choice for professionals looking to produce content in top quality 4K as it uses a high-quality debayering algorithm when over sampling 5.9K into 4K. This suppresses moiré and reduces noise, resulting in exceptional image quality. With its 15+ stop latitude with wide colour space, the EOS C500 Mark II is perfect for High Dynamic Range Productions. In addition to this, the camera is equipped with a built-in motorised Full Frame ND unit (2,4,6, 81 and 102 stops) making it possible to create images with a shallow depth of field – even in the daytime.
 
Efficient recording and workflow
 
The versatile multi-recording format ability of the EOS C500 Mark II provides workflow efficiency to fulfill production requirements. With Canon’s new DIGIC DV 7 image processor, the camera offers Cinema RAW Light internal recording with 5.9K resolution. Cinema RAW Light format has all the benefits of a RAW file in terms of flexibility in post-production yet allows the EOS C500 Mark II to record high quality files in a smaller file size.
 
In addition to the camera’s ability to record internally onto CFexpress cards in Canon XF-AVC format with 4K 4:2:2 10bit, simultaneous recording as well as proxy recording is possible. This provides professionals with ultimate flexibility, allowing them to choose a recording format suited to their filming and workflow needs. The camera features an advanced 12G-SDI interface which has four times higher transmission speeds compared to 3G-SDI. This 12G-SDI interface enables 4K 50/60p output with a single cable – simplifying 4K workflows. Additionally, the HDMI output allows for 4K 50/60p via a single cable.
 
Exceptional expandability and versatility for wide production requirements
 
Cinematographers can configure the camera using two different expansion units – the EU-V1 and EU-V2. Two viewfinders (EVF-V70 and EVF-V50) are also available as optional units. The ability to configure the camera with Expansion Units, along with its compactness and lightweight design, gives cinematographers greater shooting flexibility.
 
The expansion unit EU-V1 adds a Genlock/Sync BNC interface, Remote B interface for the optional RC-V100 Remote Controller, and an Ethernet interface for IP streaming or browser remote control operation. The EU-V2 expansion unit also includes these interfaces but adds a further two XLR inputs, as well as 12-pin Lens interface. In addition to this, it is equipped with a V-Lock battery mount with D-tap and 24V Power Output.
 
Stable filming with Electronic IS and Pioneering Auto Focus technology
 
The EOS C500 Mark II is the first camera to incorporate Electronic Image Stabilization in a Cinema EOS System, providing the camera with 5-axis Image Stabilization. When a lens that supports data transmission is attached, focal length data is automatically received. However, when used with a lens with no lens communication, Electronic IS is possible by manually inputting the focal length. In addition to this, Electronic IS is also compatible with anamorphic lenses.
 
As with other cameras in the range, the EOS C500 Mark II features Canon’s renowned Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus. Offering high-speed One-Push AF and continuous AF, professionals have the reassurance that footage will be focused. They can also benefit from smooth, intuitive touch focus operation with the new LCD monitor LM-V2, as well as the Dual Pixel Focus Guide which notifies professionals where the focus position is, whether it be in front or the back, helping accurate focus control. Additionally, the EOS C500 Mark II has Face Detection AF and Tracking AF, enabling focus control in a variety of filming situations. To further fine tune AF performance, the camera offers the ability to set the AF tracking speed and response.
 
Additional features for ultimate creative freedom
 
The EOS C500 Mark II supports user LUTs, allowing cinematographers to apply or customise their own LUTs. Loading them onto the camera for precise-look monitoring, cinematographers can also apply different LUTs for each terminal. With the added LUT button, professionals have greater operational flexibility. The EOS C500 Mark II also includes high frame rate recording up to 50/60 fps in 5.9K resolution with the Cinema RAW Light codec.
 
Also launching today is the DP-V3120 and CJ15ex4.3B which, along with the EOS C500 Mark II, will be on display, for the first time globally, on the Canon stand (Hall 12, Stand D60) at IBC 2019. The EOS C500 Mark II will be available from December.
 
Preorders
 
Preorder the Canon EOS C500 Mark II from B&H | Adorama
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/5/2019 6:43:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Saramonic Blink Microphone System in stock with free shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Journalists, Vloggers, YouTubers
  • Omni Lavalier Mic & Built-In Omni Mic
  • Ultracompact Clip-On Transmitter
  • Ultracompact Dual-Channel Receiver
  • Connects to 3.5mm Input on Camera
  • Easy to Use, Plug & Play Operation
  • Adjustable Gain via Simple Buttons
  • USB-Rechargeable 5-Hour Batteries
  • 3.5mm Cables for Camera & Mobile Device
  • 18 Systems at Once Max, up to 164' Range
Post Date: 9/5/2019 6:00:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 4, 2019
From Nikon:
 
MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the development of the Nikon D6 professional DSLR camera and the AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR telephoto zoom lens.
 
Nikon released the D1 digital SLR camera in 1999, making 2019 the 20th anniversary of the single-digit D series. Thanks to the imaging know-how cultivated over Nikon's long history in camera development, Nikon's professional DSLR cameras have continued to evolve by introducing some of the industry's most advanced technologies and responding to the strict demands of professional photographers with the ultimate in performance and reliability, even in the most severe conditions. With the D6, Nikon is currently developing its most advanced DSLR to date.
 
This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the Nikon F mount. The new AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR F mount lens that Nikon is developing will provide professional photographers in fields such as sports photography with even greater support.
 
Nikon is striving to expand possibilities for imaging expression and leading the way in imaging culture with both DSLR and mirrorless camera systems, as well as a rich lineup of NIKKOR lenses.
 
Details including release dates, pricing and specifications for these products will be announced at a later date
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/4/2019 6:38:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
The Versatile NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S Delivers Superior Optical Performance, Equipping Nikon Z Series Creators with an Incredibly Sharp, High-Resolution Lens to Explore Wide-Angle Perspectives
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the fast, wide- angle NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S, the latest addition to the ever-expanding NIKKOR Z lineup of lenses. The 24mm f/1.8 S is optimized for capturing everything from cityscapes to environmental portraits and is built to take advantage of Nikon’s large Z-mount, delivering the ultimate combination of fast, bright and sharp performance in nearly all lighting conditions.
 
“The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S continues our commitment to offering exciting prime lenses to Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 users, while also providing exceptional level of quality achieved by the S-Line of NIKKOR Z lenses,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “The combination of wide-angle perspective and a fast f/1.8 aperture is optimal for all types of photography including landscapes, making the NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S a must-have lens to unleash the full potential of the Nikon Z series.”
 
The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S – A Storyteller’s Dream Lens:
 
The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S joins the S-Line of high-performance NIKKOR Z lenses, giving creators an essential focal length to add to their kit of fast prime Z-mount lenses. The lens takes advantage of the most advanced NIKKOR technologies to deliver optical superiority, exceptional sharpness, beautiful bokeh and high-resolution across the entire frame, even at maximum aperture.
 
The new NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S was designed for photographers and videographers looking to capture gorgeous wide-angle landscapes or vivid street photography, a travel adventure or a stunning starscape. For videographers and content creators, this popular focal length is a staple for production due to its natural perspective. Thanks to the advantages of the lens’ bright and fast f/1.8 maximum aperture along with the wider Z-mount, Nikon Z series users can capture exceptionally sharp images in dimly lit settings, with a lens that’s ideal for nighttime shooting and astrophotography.
 
The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S features 9 rounded aperture blades, allowing users to capture beautifully circular bokeh that adds a level of dimensionality to help capture compelling content. Users can confidently explore their creative potential in nearly any landscape thanks to the lens’ reliable dust and drip resistant design, ideal for tough weather conditions. The lens construction also consists of four Aspherical Lens Elements and one Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass element to combat aberration, while Nikon’s patented Nano Crystal Coat helps eliminate ghosting and flare. The 24mm f/1.8 S is further equipped with Nikon’s Multi-Focusing System, which uses two AF drives in tandem to deliver superior resolving power and achieve fast and accurate autofocus, even at minimum focus distance. In addition to achieving the top-notch image quality that storytellers and content creators have come to expect from the S-Line of NIKKOR Z lenses, the NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S is also optimized for video capture. As a popular cinematic focal length, the 24mm f/1.8 S will be a welcome addition to Z series shooters’ arsenals, boasting near-silent stepping motors for ultra-quiet performance, reduced focus breathing, a customizable control ring for smooth control of aperture and exposure compensation and the ability to take advantage of the in-camera 5-axis VR + eVR of the Nikon Z series cameras.
 
Price and Availability
 
The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S will be available in mid to late October 2019 at a suggested retail price (SRP) of $999.95.
 
Preorders: B&H | Adorama
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/4/2019 6:30:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 3, 2019

 
Did you notice the Canon EOS R and Canon EOS RP firmware announcement at the bottom of the Canon RF 15-35mm and 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens lens announcement press release?
 
Free Firmware Update
 
In addition, a new, free downloadable firmware update will be released in late September for the EOS R system. Those interested can download the update for their respective system via the EOS R and EOS RP support pages. The update will improve three main functions:

  • Eye detection AF
  • AF frame display delay
  • Subject identification

The firmware update aims to add detection of the subject’s eye when the subject is at a distance, improve overall AF frame tracking for moving subjects, as well as improve initial subject recognition and start tracking when subjects are at a distance.
 
While I already find the R and RP's AF systems to be high performing, this update will take them to an even higher level of performance.
 
The Canon EOS R is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
The Canon EOS RP is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/3/2019 9:52:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
MTF charts for the following lenses have been added to the MTF comparison tool:
 
Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM Lens
 
Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens
 
Tamron 35mm f/1.4 Di USD Lens
 
There are some very nice looking charts here.
Post Date: 9/3/2019 8:08:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
The N-Log 3D LUT is a 3D lookup table developed by Nikon for use when color grading movie footage shot with N-Log gamma.
 
Nikon has tested the product and confirmed that it can be used with the following applications, but note that Nikon neither endorses these applications nor guarantees their operation.
 
  • Adobe: Premiere Pro CC
  • Apple: Final Cut Pro X
  • Blackmagic Design: DaVinci Resolve 15
Download: Nikon N-Log 3D LUT v.1.00
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/3/2019 7:07:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Thailand has both the EOS 90D and EOS M6 Mark II User Manuals available for download. Links below.
 
Preorders
 
Canon EOS 90D - B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Canon EOS M6 Mark II - B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/3/2019 6:34:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 2, 2019
With the announcement of the extremely-feature-filled Canon EOS M6 Mark II and Canon EOS 90D, there have been a lot of questions about the future of the Canon EOS M5 and Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera model lines.
 
The 7D II is now about 5 years old and especially when compared to the 90D, looking a bit long in tooth. With the 90D now having a 2-generation-newer imaging sensor, a joystick, and a 10 fps continuous shooting capability, it seems logical to question if the 90D is the 7D Mark II's successor. In answer to that question, Canon USA specifically informed me that the 90D is not a replacement for the 7D II, noting that the 7D II still has some advantages including dual memory card slots, a stronger build including a magnesium alloy frame, and better weather sealing. With DSLR sales still accounting for about 70% of the overall interchangeable lens camera sales volume, don't look for DSLR development to stop anytime soon. While we don't know anything about plans for a Canon EOS 7D Mark III, such a camera seems quite viable from a business perspective.
 
Similarly, the M6 II seems feature advantaged over the M5, a camera that many of us who prefer a built-in EVF love. In answer to my question, arising in part from the M camera series naming convention initially seeming to lack direction, Canon USA informed me that the "5" in M5 still denotes a higher model line than the "6" in the M6 II. Also noted was that an M5 replacement was not thought to be in the immediate pipeline.
 
Canon typically holds future product information close, instead using formal product announcements to make new products known just prior to their arrival. The PhotoPlus Expo is the next big camera announcement timeframe I see on the calendar. With the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens and Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens expected yet this year, those two lenses are likely be on the PhotoPlus announcement list. What else? Stay tuned!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/2/2019 10:17:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Where there is smoke, there may be drifting! Kinetic friction expert Ryan Litteral leaves a plume of smoke behind his high-powered Formula Drift car while painting new lines on the street.
 
When shooting a fast-moving subject at a relatively long shutter speed (for panning blur), the sharp image rate is typically low. Increasing the number of keepers is the Canon EOS 90D's fast 10 fps continuous shooting speed, a highly-welcomed upgrade from the 80D.
 
In this example, I was evaluating the 90D AF system's ability to select the desired focus point using Auto AF point selection (all 45 AF points active) and ability to select the correct focus distance with a fast-moving subject. The results were very good with the AF point switching nicely while I attempted to track the car in the viewfinder.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
120mm  f/11.0  1/80s
ISO 100
5391 x 3594px
Post Date: 9/2/2019 9:05:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, August 31, 2019
Can the Canon EOS M6 Mark II with the optional EVF-DC2 electronic viewfinder be used to capture fast action moving from side-to-side? While the EVF has a slight display freeze when each image is captured, I was able to keep up with the drift cars while using this one.
 
Highly advantageous for capturing sports action is this camera's 14 fps continuous shooting rate and the latest version of Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF is also very high-performing, up to this task.
 
How does this little camera handle larger lenses such as the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens used for this image? Canon's latest tiny M-series cameras are surprisingly easy to use with larger lenses such as this one and the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens I was using to photograph action on the track. As when using DSLR cameras, the left hand controls the lens and the right grips the camera. There is not as much grip real estate on the M models, but the design provided is adequate for this use.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
90mm  f/10.0  1/50s
ISO 100
6732 x 4488px
Post Date: 8/31/2019 10:48:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The rear tires on a Formula DRIFT (Formula D) car do not last very long and when there are only a few fast-moving cars participating in the action, short photo opportunities followed by long breaks become the schedule. The safe method of photographing this and similar subjects is to use a fast shutter speed, freezing the action for a sharp image. However, frozen action does not (usually) ideally convey motorsports action. Thus, I opted for shutter speeds long enough to result in a low success rate.
 
While I promptly deleted a lot of my images, I only needed a few images from this event and I wanted them to have a very strong panning blur. That plan worked.
 
Using a circular polarizer filter often brings substantial improvements to photos taken mid-day and a Breakthrough X4 CPL was used for this capture. To get a longer shutter speed under bright sunlight without going to an extremely narrow aperture (diffraction being the issue), a 2-stop neutral density filter was stacked behind the CPL to block additional light. Because the gear being introduced and evaluated at this event was unknown prior to arrival, I chose to take a set of large-sized filters along with a stack of step-up filter adapter rings to provide versatility and one was used for this image.
 
This is Dustin Miles turning right to go left and leaving tire on the track. The Canon EOS 90D with its fast 10-fps continuous shooting rate is a great choice for capturing fast action.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 8/31/2019 9:53:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 30, 2019
A Lamborghini Huracan AND a Kelly Moss Porsche 911 in the same garage? Those two cars are worth about as much as all of the camera lenses below the Conowingo Dam on a fall weekend. Yes, this is a dream garage and yes, there was drooling. With a 2.5-mile Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta just outside, my only question was "Where are the keys?!"
 
On this big day of test shooting, the Canon EOS 90D performed superbly, as its heritage leads us to expect. This is a superb general-purpose camera choice and while this particular scene did not challenge it, the subjects outside on the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta track provided a greater challenge, one which the 90D also met.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
24mm  f/5.6  1/80s
ISO 800
6960 x 4640px
Post Date: 8/30/2019 12:24:50 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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