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 Thursday, November 26, 2020
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 11/26/2020 6:41:20 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the ProGrade Digital 128GB CFexpress 2.0 Gold Memory Card (1700 MB/s) priced at $148.49. Compare at $179.99. (thanks Perry)

Adorama has the ProGrade Digital 128GB CFexpress 2.0 Gold Memory Card 1750 MB/s version for $159.99 in their Deals of the Day.

Amazon has the Lexar Professional CFexpress 128GB Type-B Card 1750 MB/s version for $159.99.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/26/2020 9:55:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Size and the features directly related to size aside, these cameras are nearly the same. This sameness includes the imaging sensor and the resulting image quality. While the similarities reflect very positively on the a7C, the differences must be understood.

Let's look at the a7C vs. a7 III differences, starting with some visual comparisons.

Sony a7C Beside Sony a7 III Top View

Sony a7C Over Sony a7 III

Sony a7C Over Sony a7 III Top View 2

  • Headlining the a7C advantage list is a considerably smaller size. Essentially, slice the a7 III off at the top plate, and you get the a7C. Additionally, the a7C's lighter weight is welcomed:
    • 4.88 x 2.80 x 2.35" vs. 5.0 x 3.9 x 3.0"
    • 124.0 x 71.1 x 59.7mm vs. 126.9 x 95.6 x 73.7mm
    • The a7C's grip is considerably smaller with a finer-textured grip surface.
    • CIPA Weight: 18.0 vs. 23.0 oz (509 vs. 650g)
  • The EVF included on this little camera is a very positive feature, but directly impacted by the camera's reduced size is the a7C's viewfinder size. While both cameras feature approximately 2.35 megadot XGA OLED viewfinders with 100% coverage, there are significant differences:
    • Size: 0.39 vs. 0.50" (1.0 vs. 1.3cm) (little vs. huge)
    • Magnification: Approx. 0.59x vs. 0.78x
    • Eyepoint: Approx. 20mm vs. 23mm
    • The a7C has a minimalistic eyecup.
  • Notably improved is the a7C's AF system, now including support for Real-time Tracking and Eye AF (human) while recording video.
  • The a7C has no joystick. While some will find the "joy" missing, the touch and drag AF feature works well.
  • The a7C has no front dial.
  • The a7C has an increased buffer size (115 vs. 40 RAW).
  • The a7C lacks the light flicker avoidance feature.
  • The a7C has a working range down to EV -4 vs. EV -3.
  • The a7C's max shutter speed is 1/4000 vs. 1/8000.
  • The a7C can X-Sync at 1/160 vs. 1/250 sec.
  • The a7C features a side-opening vari-angle LCD monitor (necessary for self-recording) vs. tilt.
  • The a7C has a movie button on the top where it is easier to reach from the front vs. the back-positioned button.
  • Battery Life: approx. 680 vs. 610 shots (Viewfinder, CIPA)
  • The a7C has upgraded 5-axis in-body stabilization and shutter units.
  • The a7C has one custom button vs. 4.
  • The a7C has 3 custom modes vs. 2.
  • The a7C has a silver shutter release button *with a click* vs. black with no haptic feedback.
  • The a7C features wireless support for 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands vs. 2.4Ghz.
  • "A digital audio interface has been added to the camera’s Multi Interface (MI) Shoe, allowing the ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone or XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Kit to be connected to input digital audio signals directly to the MI shoe for cleaner, clearer audio recordings." [Sony]
  • Vertical video support has been added.
  • Single SD memory card slot vs. dual.
  • Memory cards are more challenging to insert into and remove from the a7C.
  • The a7C arrives with a $100.00 lower list price, but the 2-year-older a7 III's street price is $100.00 lower than the a7C's — a difference not likely to be found differentiating to most.

The Sony a7 III is a very popular camera, and those already familiar with it now have a very good understanding of the a7C.
 
More Information
 
Sony a7C
 
Order the Sony a7C at B&H | Adorama | Amazon | WEX.
 
Rent the Sony a7C from Lensrentals.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 11/24/2020 8:45:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 23, 2020
From Canon USA:

To Our Valued RAISE Members,

Thank you for being a member of RAISE, our online photo community platform for photographers.

The purpose of this email is to inform you that the RAISE Photo Community Platform (“RAISE”) will be shut down on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, 11:59AM PST. Canon will continue to assess the needs of the photography community and seek ways to provide industry-leading education and inspiration in the future.

It is important to note that after Wednesday, December 30, 2020, 11:59AM PST, you will no longer be able to access your RAISE account at https://raise.usa.canon.com/ and any images you uploaded onto RAISE will no longer be available. We encourage you to download your images that are currently on RAISE before that date.

For those photographers with Image Connect accounts, Canon is planning to re-launch Image Connect in 2021, and Canon will migrate your Image Connect account to the new Image Connect platform located at https://imageconnect.usa.canon.com/. Therefore, if you have an Image Connect account, please do not delete your RAISE account before the shutdown date.

We hope you have enjoyed the RAISE experience and we look forward to engaging with you more in the future. For any questions, please visit here.

Sincerely,

Team Canon

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 11/23/2020 11:09:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, November 22, 2020
As long as the correct exposure and basic compositional skills are applied, it is hard to take a bad picture of the milky way.

Here is a list of steps for photographing the milky way.

  1. You need to be able to see the milky way, and it is not always visible. Find that schedule. The Photographer's Ephemeris and similar apps are useful for this. Mid-late summer is ideal.
  2. You need a dark sky. Dark as in no city lights, even in the distance, is most important, and no moon or a small moon is also helpful. Plan for the dark sky location and moon schedule.
  3. You need a clear sky. Heavy cloud cover is a milky way photography show-stopper.
  4. A camera is required. Most modern interchangeable lens cameras will work fine, but with equivalent lenses, the full-frame models have an advantage.
  5. The camera requires a lens, and lens selection is critical. The lens needs a wide aperture to create a bright enough image in an exposure short enough that star trails do not appear within the acceptable ISO range of the camera. Think f/2.8 as a minimum, and f/1.4 is awesome. A wide-angle focal length is needed to get enough of the milky way in the frame. While 35mm can work, go with 28mm and wider (full-frame equivalent). Stars are pin-sharp and you want a lens that renders them pin-sharp fully into the corners at the wide-open aperture. That lens does not exist, but some lenses are considerably better than others for this purpose.
  6. Mount the camera and lens on a solid tripod and head.
  7. While the milky way looks great without any other supporting environment, an attractive foreground can make such an image stand out, as illustrated in this image.
  8. Focus the camera. If the moon or another very distant light is visible, autofocus on it, and then switch to MF. Otherwise, or alternatively, use manual focus (pick a bright star and fully zoom in to focus manually).
  9. Set the camera to manual exposure, and remember that your LCD is going to appear very bright in the dark.
  10. Use a wide-open aperture.
  11. Set the shutter speed. Basically, use the longest possible shutter speed that does not create offensive star trails. Consider starting at 20 seconds for a 24mm lens on a medium resolution imaging sensor. Higher resolution imaging sensors more readily show star trails and require shorter exposures for equivalent pixel-level results. Review the shot until the ideal duration is established.
  12. Set the ISO. Too high is the setting most often needed. At f/2.8, ISO 12800 is probably needed. At f/1.4, try ISO 3200 or 6400.
  13. Set the drive mode to 2-second self-timer.
  14. Frame the scene as well as possible (it will be very dark), capture an image, adjust the camera, and repeat that process until perfection is achieved.
  15. When the composition is just right, cue the meteorite to streak through an ideal area of the composition. Want a meteorite in the frame? The odds for any given frame to have a meteorite in it is low, but selecting a date within a known annual meteor shower, such as the Leonids, greatly increases the odds. After establishing the perfect shot, set the camera's drive mode to high speed, plug in a remote release with a locking button, lock the remote's shutter release down, and walk away. Tending a second camera setup is a good use of this time. If available, a bowl of ice cream is also entertaining. Come back to adjust the composition for the milky way's movement across the sky (I know, the earth is what moves).

Amazingly, and out of the norm for me, was seeing a meteorite streak by while the shutter was OPEN, without using the continuous drive mode technique. While I welcome meteorites, I do not fancy satellites. They get removed (this is easy with Photoshop's healing brush and clone tools).

As mentioned, the earth rotates, causing the milky way to move across the sky like everything else up there. On this evening, I followed the heart of the milky way around Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park until Hallett Peak was a foundational element in the composition. Despite the 4:30 AM alarm, it was well after midnight before exhaustion overcame excitement.

What is my favorite milky way lens? Currently, the Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM Lens holds that title for me. The 24mm focal length fills a significant portion of the frame with the heart of the milky way. The f/1.4 aperture is extremely wide, permitting lower ISO settings for less noise. This lens's image quality at f/1.4 is excellent. The size is compact enough that I can take it along as a lens dedicated to this purpose.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 11/22/2020 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, November 21, 2020
From Sigma:

Firmware update for SIGMA Global Vision lenses in Canon EF mount

We would like to announce that a new firmware update is now available for SIGMA Global Vision lens in Canon EF mount listed below.

For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 and applicable products listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.

[Applicable product]

  • SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art in Canon EF mount

[Benefits of the update]

  • It has optimized exposure during viewfinder shooting when used in combination with Canon EOS 90D and EOS-1D X Mark III.
  • It has fixed a rarely-occurring communication problem during Live View shooting when mounted on the EOS-1D X Mark III.

[Applicable product]

  • SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art in Canon EF mount

[Benefits of the update]

  • It has optimized exposure during viewfinder shooting when used in combination with Canon EOS 90D and EOS-1D X Mark III.
  • It has fixed a rarely-occurring communication problem during Live View shooting when mounted on the EOS-1D X Mark III.
  • It has reduced the operating sound of the lens diaphragm blades when attached with the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E and used for shooting movies.
  • It has reduced the operating sound of the lens diaphragm blades when used for shooting movies on Canon cameras. *
    *The degree of improvement differs depending on the camera used.

[Applicable product]

  • SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art in Canon EF mount

[Benefits of the update]

  • It has optimized exposure during viewfinder shooting when used in combination with Canon EOS 90D and EOS-1D X Mark III.
  • It has reduced the operating sound of the lens diaphragm blades when attached with the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E and used for shooting movies.
  • It has reduced the operating sound of the lens diaphragm blades when used for shooting movies on Canon cameras. *
    *The degree of improvement differs depending on the camera used.

[Applicable product]

  • SIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art in Canon EF mount

[Benefits of the update]

  • It has optimized exposure during viewfinder shooting when used in combination with Canon EOS 90D.

[Applicable product]

  • SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon EF mount
  • SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art in Canon EF mount

[Benefits of the update]

  • It has optimized exposure during viewfinder shooting when used in combination with Canon EOS 90D and EOS-1D X Mark III.

[How to update]

Connect the lens to a computer via the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately), then open SIGMA Optimization Pro*. If the lens firmware isn’t the latest version, the following message will appear: ‘The latest lens firmware is available’. Click ‘Yes’ to update.

* Before updating lens firmware using the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11, please ensure you update SIGMA Optimization Pro to the latest version.

SIGMA Optimization Pro download page: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/download/lenses/sigma-optimization-pro/

 

Firmware update for SIGMA 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary in Sony E-mount

[Benefits of the update]

To update the firmware, please refer to the following link: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/download/lenses/firmware/

* After the update is complete, be sure to remove the battery pack of the camera and reinsert it.

 

Firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E

[Benefits of the update]

  • It makes the converter compatible with the SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art in Canon EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.2.01
  • It makes the converter compatible with the SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art in Canon EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.2.01
  • It makes the converter compatible with the SIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art in Canon EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.2.03
  • It makes the converter compatible with the SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.1.03
  • It makes the converter compatible with the SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art in Canon EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.2.02
  • It makes the converter compatible with the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art in Canon EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.2.02

[How to update]

Connect the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 to a computer with the included USB cable, then open SIGMA Optimization Pro*. If there is a newer firmware version available than the one currently installed on your converter, you will see the message ‘There is the latest firmware for the converter’. Click ‘Yes’ to update.

Before attaching the updated SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 to the camera body, please remove the battery pack from the camera then reinsert.

*Please be sure to update SIGMA Optimization Pro to the latest version when updating the MC-11 firmware.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 11/21/2020 8:33:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, November 20, 2020
From Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd.:

Tokina atx-i 17-35mm F4 FF sales date announcement

Nov 20, 2020

Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce the sales release of Tokina atx-i 17-35mm F4 FF lens.

Sales will commence on December 11, 2020.

Tokina atx-i 17-35mm F4 FF is designed to fit Full Frame DSLR cameras and supports Nikon F and Canon EF mounts. With its wide angle properties this lens is a perfect gear for shooting landscapes, street snap, architecture and time-lapse. Constant f/4 aperture, robust design while maintaining a reasonable size and weight provide a new option for professional photographers who are especially active in travel.

Highlighted Features

  • Compact lightweight and robust design - perfect for landscape, architecture, street snap and travel photography.
  • Precise AF actuated by combination of Tokina GMR sensor and SD-M (Silent Drive-Module).
  • Low vignetting, extremely low distortion and good sharpness throughout the image.
  • Moisture protection.
  • One-Touch Focus Clutch system.

B&H carries Tokina lenses.

Roadmap (November 2020 update)

Tokina Lens Roadmap

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 11/20/2020 8:04:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 19, 2020
Canon has made Canon EOS R5 firmware update version 1.2.0 available for download.

Firmware Version 1.2.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. When using high-speed or low-speed continuous shooting modes, in Drive Mode with [High Speed Display: OFF], the visibility of the subject within the frame has been improved when shooting moving objects.*
    *During continuous shooting black frames will be inserted between frames in the viewfinder and live view. This will improve the visibility of moving subjects in live view and in the viewfinder.
  2. Adds the [Auto] setting to the [Viewfinder brightness] menu that will brighten and dim based on ambient light conditions.
  3. Enables 2nd curtain shooting sync during radio transmission wireless flash shooting when the Speedlite EL-1 flash is attached to the camera.
  4. Enables manual flash output (excluding high-speed sync and optical transmission wireless flash shooting) to be selected and set up to 1/8192 from the camera menu screen when the Speedlite EL-1 flash is attached to the camera.
  5. Improves compatibility of HEIF images recorded in the camera with MIAF (Multi-Image Application Format) standards.
  6. Adds support for AF and release during zoom operations for some RF and EF lenses.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 11/19/2020 8:22:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has made Canon EOS R6 firmware update version 1.2.0 available for download.

Firmware Version 1.2.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. When using high-speed or low-speed continuous shooting modes, in Drive Mode with [High Speed Display: OFF], the visibility of the subject within the frame has been improved when shooting moving objects.*
    *During continuous shooting black frames will be inserted between frames in the viewfinder and live view. This will improve the visibility of moving subjects in live view and in the viewfinder.
  2. Adds the [Auto] setting to the [Viewfinder brightness] menu that will brighten and dim based on ambient light conditions.
  3. Enables 2nd curtain shooting sync during radio transmission wireless flash shooting when the Speedlite EL-1 flash is attached to the camera.
  4. Enables manual flash output (excluding high-speed sync and optical transmission wireless flash shooting) to be selected and set up to 1/8192 from the camera menu screen when the Speedlite EL-1 flash is attached to the camera.
  5. Improves compatibility of HEIF images recorded in the camera with MIAF (Multi-Image Application Format) standards.
  6. Adds support for AF and release during zoom operations for some RF and EF lenses.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 11/19/2020 8:16:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has made Canon EOS-1D X Mark III firmware update version 1.3.0 available for download.

Firmware Version 1.3.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Enables 2nd curtain shooting sync during radio transmission wireless flash shooting when the Speedlite EL-1 flash is attached to the camera.
  2. Enables manual flash output (excluding high-speed sync and optical transmission wireless flash shooting) to be selected and set up to 1/8192 from the camera menu screen when the Speedlite EL-1 flash is attached to the camera.
  3. Improves compatibility of HEIF images recorded in the camera with MIAF (Multi-Image Application Format) standards.
  4. Fixes the phenomenon that may result in the occurrence of time-out under certain conditions during FTP transfer.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 11/19/2020 8:12:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has made Canon EOS R firmware update version 1.8.0 available for download.

Firmware Version 1.8.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Improves color balance when the RF50mm F1.8 STM lens is attached to the EOS R camera.
  2. Support has been added for the following lenses*:
    - RF70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM
    - RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
    *With Firmware Version 1.7.0 and later.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 11/19/2020 8:07:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has made Canon EOS RP firmware update version 1.6.0 available for download.

Firmware Version 1.6.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Improves color balance when the RF50mm F1.8 STM lens is attached to the EOS RP camera.
  2. Support has been added for the following lenses*:
    - RF70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM
    - RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
    *With Firmware Version 1.7.0 and later.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 11/19/2020 8:05:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has made Canon EOS Ra firmware update version 1.8.0 available for download.

Firmware Version 1.8.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Improves color balance when the RF50mm F1.8 STM lens is attached to the EOS Ra camera.
  2. Support has been added for the following lenses*:
    - RF70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM
    - RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
    *With Firmware Version 1.7.0 and later.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 11/19/2020 8:02:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has made Canon RF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens firmware update version 1.0.5 available for download.

Firmware Version 1.0.5 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Reduces image noise when performing high sensitivity shooting with the RF50mm F1.2 L USM lens attached to the EOS C70 camera.

How does a lens firmware update reduce image noise? Scratching my head on that one.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 11/19/2020 7:58:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 18, 2020
"The Camera Battery Re-invented"

This looks like a great idea: check out the X-tra Battery on Kickstarter.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/18/2020 11:33:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Sony FE 28-60mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens Review is mostly completed. This time the lab test results are following the field testing. Stay tuned for those.

This tiny, affordable lens is a good performer.

Initially, the Sony FE 28-60mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens is only available in a kit with the Sony a7C. This kit is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Eventually, the Sony FE 28-60mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens will be individually available. B&H says preorders start Feb 15th. Adorama is not saying. Amazon USA is taking preorders now with Feb 1st listed as the release date. WEX is taking preorders.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 11/18/2020 9:22:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 17, 2020
I like frogs, and I know that I'm not the only photographer who does. If one owns a big, expensive supertelephoto lens, it is easy to use it for any subject that comes along, including skitish frogs. However, most of us will not find photographing frogs high enough on the justification list for the purchase of such a lenses.

Fortunately, there are two very affordable long focal length frog photography lens options available. Canon's RF 600mm F11 IS STM and RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lenses are able to nicely capture these subjects from non-threatening distances.

These lenses are simple to use — F/11 and be there simple. Having a single aperture setting available simplifies exposure settings, and the relatively deep depth of field makes keeping the subject in focus easy. These are aspects that casual photographers and beginners, including kids, can appreciate.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/11.0  1/30s
ISO 160
5472 x 3648px
Post Date: 11/17/2020 8:10:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
As always, we can expect some great Christmas shopping season deals this year. However, the supply of popular photography gear appears to be an overarching concern. Thus, consider applying this rule to your 2020 shopping.

If you want an item before Christmas, buy it now.

The large manufacturers already have solid instant savings programs in place. If that item is in stock, you know that you have secured it in time – it may be out of stock tomorrow.

If the item you want is not in stock now, ordering immediately gives you the best opportunity to get that item in time. If the item is in short supply (such as Canon RF Lenses), little or no discount is likely coming.

As a fall-back plan, if the item you purchased goes on sale for a lower price, contact the retailer to find out if they can make a price adjustment.

Dont forget that we rely on you to keep this site going, and your support is needed more than ever. Using our links before any purchase provides that required revenue. We are grateful for your support!

Get started at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/17/2020 7:48:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 16, 2020
I've wanted to see the Canon RF 70-200mm F4 L IS USM Lens beside the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens, so I got around to creating a mockup today.

While both of these lenses are considerably smaller than their EF counterparts, the RF f/4 lens is considerably smaller (and lighter) than the RF f/2.8 version. Most of us prefer the smaller and lighter (and less expensive) aspects of f/4, the f/2.8 aperture's ability to transmit twice as much light to the imaging sensor and create a stronger background blur should not be overlooked.

Here are the specifications: Canon RF 70-200mm F4 L IS and RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Comparison.

Order the Canon RF 70-200mm F4 L IS USM Lens from B&H | Adorama | Amazon | WEX

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 11/16/2020 12:34:46 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 12, 2020
When Canon introduced the RF 600mm F11 IS STM and RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lenses, a primary shortcoming was recognized. The F11 in the name gave many of us reason to pause – who would want a lens that only opens to f/11?

When shooting birds at relatively close distance with a long focal length, it is challenging to keep the entire head and bill in focus, and a narrow aperture is the solution. This lens is built for that specific solution, and bird photography is a good use for this lens.

The f/11 fixed aperture brings significant benefits, including light weight, compact size, and low price, and these features meet a range of other needs. Those not able to (or do not want to) carry heavy gear around, those not able to afford the expensive glass, beginners, kids, etc. are loving this lens and its 600mm sibling. These new RF lenses fill that niche.

The Canon EOS R5's animal eye AF performs incredibly well with this and other bird subjects. While the f/11 max aperture reduces the camera's AF area (and pushes ISO settings up), there was no need to select a specific AF point to keep this little green heron's eye in focus within that area. Simply frame and shoot. The bird turned its head? Frame and shoot. It's game-changing.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
800mm  f/11.0  1/250s
ISO 5000
8192 x 5464px
Post Date: 11/12/2020 9:13:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 11, 2020
From Canon USA:

Canon Announces the macOS Full Production Version of EOS Webcam Utility Software

With over 1 million downloads across the globe with 300,000 of them in the United States alone, the next chapter in the EOS Webcam Utility software story has been written. Continuing to fulfill the very apparent need of our customers, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the full production version 1.0 of the EOS Webcam Utility Software for macOS as well as version 1.1 for Windows. Now officially out of beta, macOS users, as well as Windows users, have access to the software, which converts compatible Canon EOS Interchangeable Lens (ILC) and PowerShot cameras into high-quality webcams for video conferencing and streaming.

Rooted with ease and convenience at its core, the EOS Webcam Utility software is a direct result of the market shift that Canon identified; and, adhering to the needs of our customer base, Canon designed a software that produces high-quality video streaming. Now compatible with 43 Canon EOS ILC and PowerShot cameras, including the new EOS M50 Mark II, the complete list of compatible Canon cameras includes:

Canon EOS Webcam Utility Compatible Cameras

Another common conversation theme within the beta software forums was compatibility with third-party applications. As of announcement day, the new production version of the software has been tested* with various video conferencing applications as well as streaming applications** including:

Canon EOS Webcam Utility Compatible Software

Moreover, customers have desired to record a high-quality video file onto the memory card in their camera while video conferencing or streaming, and we listened. This can now be achieved*** by simply pressing the record button on the camera and not through the software.

Without customers sharing their points of view, experiences and preferences via the EOS Webcam Utility software user forums, the software would not have reached this level of success. Moving forward, Canon will continue to lean on customers, listen to the market and create innovative solutions that fulfill customer’s needs – while continuing to offer high quality, digital imaging equipment and solutions.

To download the full production version of the EOS Webcam Utility software version 1.0 for macOS and version 1.1 for Windows and learn how to use it, visit https://www.usa.canon.com/support/eoswebcamutility.

The new software will be available worldwide and available for download directly from the Canon website in each region.

If you’d like to ask questions or provide feedback pertaining to the production version of EOS Webcam Utility software for macOS, please visit our newly created forum https://Canon.us/forum-eoswebcamutility.

*Tested to confirm the EOS Webcam Utility is selectable as a video source and the video feed is displayed properly with macOS 10.15(Catalina), 10.14(Mojave), and 10.13 (High Sierra). The macOS version may affect the usability of the application(s). For more detail, please visit our https://www.usa.canon.com/support/eoswebcamutility

**Subscription to a third party service required. Subject to third party service provider’s terms and conditions.

***Restrictions may apply depending on camera specifications, such as maximum video recording time

Neither Canon Inc. nor Canon U.S.A., Inc. represents or warrants any third-party product or feature referenced hereunder. All referenced product names and marks are trademarks of their owners and are hereby acknowledged.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 11/11/2020 2:40:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
When the conditions at a destination are not as we expected or as we hoped they would be, we tend to get discouraged. However, when those circumstances are unusual, we can capture images that look different. With the extreme number of images being captured today, different is very positive.

The massive wildfires in the western USA were timed with the elk rut in Colorado this year, and the resulting smoke was not a welcome aspect of this Rocky Mountain National Park trip. While the smoke eliminated sky and sunlight color at sunrise and sunset and prevented clear viewing of the milky way and stars, the look of wildlife images captured under a late morning sun was different — and improved. As seen here, the harsh shadows were strongly reduced, and the background has an interesting low contrast appearance that makes the closer subject stand out in the image.

This image is an 86MP panorama captured with the Canon EOS R5 and Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens. At this moment, the bull came in too close for a 600mm lens to capture the composition I wanted.

When over-focal-lengthed for a situation, attempt to capture the composition's in-motion portion in a single frame. For wildlife and portrait photography, the in-motion part usually includes the head and may include the entire body. For landscape, the in-motion subjects may be a stream or an ocean. After capturing the in-motion portion of the composition, quickly capture the desired additional pieces of the frame in subsequent images, ideally using the same focal length (easy with a prime lens), the same focus distance (switching the lens to MF after the first capture makes this easy), and, preferably, the same exposure settings (manual exposure makes this easy but brightness differences can be resolved when editing the individual RAW files). If there is potential subject motion not contained in the first frame (the back legs of the bull in this example), the immediate second frame should capture that potential motion.

Later, stitch the images together using your favorite image processor. The image shared here was manually merged in Photoshop. The images were stacked, and the hard edges between the frames were removed using a layer mask with a soft-edged brush painting black over the edge of the top image mask.

Another teaching point from this image is the camera position. By photographing from down low, more of the elk is shown against the mountain vs. the meadow and the already-large animal is made to appear even larger.

An exceptional subject always helps overcome any shortcomings in an image. Shown here is, among the animals I've photographed, my all-time favorite set of antlers. The overall size is huge with good mass, the points are long, and the symmetry is impressive. I can't wait to see what this bull grows next year.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 11/11/2020 10:12:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sony:

Sony Opens Registration for “Creative Space” Online Creator Event

Free Event for Visual Creators will be hosted December 5th – 6th

SAN DIEGO – November 10, 2020 – Sony Electronics Inc. today opens registration for the second annual “Creative Space” — a digital event open to all levels of photographers, videographers and all other forms of imaging enthusiasts. Taking place throughout the day on December 5th – 6th, the digital event will bring together an extraordinary community of visual creators eager to learn, get inspired and connect with like-minded creators from all over the world.

Creative Space offers the opportunity for participants to learn from and connect with some of the imaging industry’s biggest names, offering many opportunities to expand their own individual network and win any of a host of great prizes provided by Sony and their event partners from the industry. This event is open to all guests, at no cost for attendance.

To register for this event, please visit www.alphauniverse.com/creativespace.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 11/11/2020 9:28:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Apple News
Post Date: 11/10/2020 8:17:21 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Hypothetically speaking: Let's say that you visit your daughter at college. She is on the track and field team but will not be running the time trial event occurring while you are there due to her having overtrained. You, of course, brought a camera kit, but without expectation of your daughter running, you packed light.

Upon arrival, you learn that she is going to do "a few laps." Fortunately, your light kit included the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens, an impressive lens that is sports-capable, and you were able to capture some nice pics of your daughter on the track. Since you were actively photographing, you also captured some nice pics to share with her teammates.

The 20-fps drive mode meant that the perfect body position could be captured in every pass, despite the relatively short optimal framing window the 70-200mm focal length range offers. Perfect body position except that you were positioned near the starting line where your daughter glanced at her watch as each lap was completed. Eye detection AF meant the framing was the photographer's primary remaining job to be concentrated on during the race. Well, their primary job until having to process the over 1,000 in-focus images delivered by the Canon EOS R5's 20 fps drive mode in a short time.

The image quality at 20 fps was superb until the sun began to set. Then the flickering stadium lighting began to show some mild banding in your full electronic shutter images. Fortunately, only the last lap was affected by this condition (which could have been avoiding by using the still-fast mechanical first curtain shutter).

After the time trial ended, cool-down runs were over, and the team meeting was finished, your daughter says, "Hey Dad, can you take a team photo?" Your only valid response to this question is "Sure!" As you care about your images, you are not willing to make this a simple snapshot. That these kids have worked hard for years to make this team makes a good team photo especially important.

Your first assessment is the available lighting. This one is easy. The sun set a long time ago, and the only lights available (you did not bring strobes) are the four large stadium lights, two evenly located on each side of the field.

You know that the image background is very important and decide that the home stadium seating provides a clean, non-distracting background, along with giving the image a relevant location.

To get balanced lighting and a symmetrical background, you move the 19-member team down to the centerline of the soccer field inside the track. As mentioned already, and as is frequently the case, the stadium lighting was the flickering type. The Canon EOS R5 and R6 can avoid that issue for you, but a 1/100 second shutter speed is slow enough for the flicker to not cause a problem without using the flicker avoidance feature.

The team was very cooperative with great attitudes. Upon seeing how the double-cross lighting with the stadium background looked in the image review, the excitement increased, and additional photo requests begin flowing in: individuals, with friends, with boyfriends, with roommates, silly photos, tough and serious poses, etc.

The RF 70-200 was again the perfect lens option. The widest focal length is long enough to force adequate subject distance to eliminate group photo perspective issues, including the people in the front row appearing much larger than those in the back row (keeping the rows close to each other also helps in this regard). The individual and small group images were also easily captured by this focal length range.

Your dinner was late this evening.

After spending many hours processing and uploading the images to a private SmugMug gallery for the teammates to access, you wonder if it was such a good idea to take the camera in the first place.

Of course, it was.

OK, maybe I am not hypothetically speaking in this case. However, this scenario is a quite common one — be ready for it. Consider using the same lens and easy subject-on-night-sports-field strategy for your athlete subjects.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
95mm  f/4.0  1/100s
ISO 1250
5464 x 8192px
Post Date: 11/10/2020 9:10:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
With a Sony a7C in hand, it is time to set up the camera for use. Following are the 28 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box Sony a7C ready for use.
 

  • Charge battery
  • Download and install Capture One (for Sony) and/or Sony Imaging Edge (unless your current favorite RAW image processing software supports this camera)
  • Insert charged battery and power on the camera
  • Set the timezone, date, time, timeformat
  • insert memory card (don't forget to format it)
  • Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 1: Quality: RAW
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 1: RAW File Type: Uncompressed (unless taking advantage of the about-50% smaller RAW file size)
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 2: Long Exposure NR: Off
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 2: Lens Comp.: All Off
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 3: Bracket Settings: ->0>+ (makes selecting images for HDR processing easier)
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 4: Priority Set in AF-S: AF
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 4: Priority Set in AF-C: AF
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 4: Focus Area: Flexible Spot: S
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 4: Swt. V/H AF Area: AF Point Only
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 5: Face/Eye AF Set.: Face Dtct Frame Disp: On
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 8: Spot Metering Point: Focus Point Link
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 11: DRO/Auto HDR: Off
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 11: Creative Style: Neutral, Sharpness = 1 (This provides a lower contrast histogram. I usually process with the Natural creative style in Capture One)
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 5: Release w/o Lens: Disable
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 5: Release w/o Card: Disable (why is this not the default?)
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 7: Grid Line: Rule of 3rds Grid
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 10: Audio signals: Off (How to turn off the loud and usually-annoying AF beep sound)
  • Playback Menu, Tab 3: Display Rotation: Off (use full LCD for image review)
  • Setup Menu, Tab 1: Delete confirm: "Delete" first
  • Setup Menu, Tab 3: Touch Panel/Pad: Touch Panel+Pad
  • Setup Menu, Tab 3: Touch Panel/Pad Settings: Touch Pos. Mode: Relative Position; Operation Area: Whole Screen
  • Setup Menu, Tab 5: Copyright Info: Write Copyright Info: On, Set Photographer: {name}, Set Copyright: {name}
  • My Menu: Format; Silent Shooting; SteadyShot; Face/Eye AF Set; Live View Display

I 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 means you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot - including 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 menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a great idea. Anytime 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 set it up quickly.
 
More Information
 
Sony a7C
 
Order the Sony a7C at B&H | Adorama | Amazon | WEX.
 
Rent the Sony a7C from Lensrentals.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 11/10/2020 8:09:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sony Global:

Sony Launches Drone Project

Tokyo, Japan – Sony Corporation (“Sony”) today announced that it has launched a new project for drones in the field of AI robotics.

The recent proliferation of drones has contributed greatly to the delivery of previously unseen images, as well as to workflow efficiency and energy savings in the industrial sector. Sony has assigned the "Airpeak" brand to reflect its aspiration to contribute to the further evolvement and the creation of the unprecedented value through its imaging and sensing technology as well as 3R technologies (Reality, Real-time and Remote) in the drone area.

Airpeak will support the creativity of video creators to the fullest extent possible, aiming to contribute to the further development of the entertainment industry as well as to improved efficiency and savings in various industries. Airpeak will also promote this project to enable drone-use with the highest level of safety and reliability in the environments where this has been difficult in the past.

Sony will continue to post project-related information and obtain feedback from drone users through co-creation activities to prepare for the launch of the project in the spring of 2021.

The company soon plans to begin seeking for the partners in the professional space who can collaborate on the project.

Post Date: 11/10/2020 8:04:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 9, 2020
Just posted: Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM Lens Review.

This lens is going to be very popular.

I still need to create the standard product images for this lens. Expect them up as soon as I can get the hood.

Get in line now! The Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA (in stock at premium price)| WEX

Save the tax, use the B&H Payboo payment card (at B&H, I use this card exclusively)

Rent the Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM Lens from Lensrentals.

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Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 11/9/2020 7:33:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 5, 2020
Canon has made Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens firmware update version 1.0.7 available for download.

Firmware Version 1.0.7 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon, in rare cases, the IS mechanism may cause the image to jump.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 11/5/2020 11:57:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has made Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens firmware update version 1.0.9 available for download.

Firmware Version 1.0.9 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon, in rare cases, the IS mechanism may cause the image to jump.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 11/5/2020 11:57:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Reikan:

Reikan has released a major update to its automated focus calibration and testing software FoCal for both Nikon and Canon cameras.

Reikan FoCal 2020 Calibration Check

FoCal 2020 includes the unique ability for users to compare lens calibration and focus test results directly with results from other FoCal users around the world, helping to answer the age old question, "Is my camera/lens a good copy?".

Reikan FoCal 2020 Animation

New features in FoCal 2020 include "Calibration Check", a rapid test to quickly determine whether a particular camera/lens combination would benefit from lens calibration and "MultiTest". The MultiTest function is the most comprehensive way to test lens calibration available across the entire aperture range. Looking at all apertures means FoCal is able to calculate the ideal focus adjustment not just when the lens is 'wide open' but also what happens across the most commonly used apertures.

Get Reikan FoCal at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Reikan News
Post Date: 11/5/2020 10:51:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Already in stock: The affordable DJI Mini 2. From DJI:

Meet DJI Mini 2, The Ultra-Light, Feature-Packed, Easy-To-Fly Drone You’ve Been Waiting For

Weighing Under 249 Grams, DJI Mini 2 Now Has State-Of-The-Art OcuSync Transmission, Robust Motors, and a 4K Camera

November 4, 2020 – Today, DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, launched DJI Mini 2, a high-performance camera drone that packs impressive new features into a small, portable design in the safest drone category weighing less than 249 grams. The successor to DJI’s original Mavic Mini, DJI Mini 2 is easy to fly, with improved imaging capabilities, powerful flight performance, and significantly enhanced transmission technology for longer and more reliable connection. Intelligent, pre-programmed modes have been optimized so that you can capture eye-catching footage with just a few taps while beginner tutorials and learning tools help get new pilots up to speed on how to fly this fun new drone. Supported with a wide array of fun, safe, and creative accessories, DJI Mini 2 users can make the system their own with personalized items or show it off with the illuminated display case.

“Mavic Mini was a monumental breakthrough for DJI and for drone pilots across the world, as its unprecedented combination of weight, safety, performance, and overall value became the entry point for countless new drone pilots and fans,” said DJI President, Roger Luo. “DJI Mini 2 enhances those key aspects, packing larger drone performance in an approachable, small design in the safest drone category that is perfect for beginners and will also impress more experienced pilots.”

Mini Design, Impressive Results

Just like the original Mavic Mini, DJI Mini 2 features the iconic folding design that makes traveling with a drone incredibly easy. The lightweight system adds minimal weight to your bag and can easily be brought with you in case the opportunity to fly arises. Small yet mighty, DJI Mini 2 has impressive upgrades to vital flight performance features compared to the original version. OcuSync 2.0 transmission technology has now been incorporated. OcuSync 2.0 is DJI’s world-renowned transmission technology responsible for ensuring stable, long distance, and reliable connection between the remote controller and the drone. Dual-frequency technology automatically switches between channels to help against interference. DJI Mini 2 has a maximum transmission range of 10 km1, which is a 150% increase in transmission range when compared to the original Mavic Mini. Upgraded motors provide 31 minutes of flight time, faster acceleration and speed, along with the ability to withstand winds up to 24mph.

Surprisingly Easy to Fly, Reassuringly Safe

DJI Mini 2 was made to be fun to fly, simple to operate, and safe for everyday use, whether that is daily life or an exciting adventure. A live feed from the drone’s camera is sent to your mobile phone so that you can see exactly where Mini 2 is and what it sees. Simplified buttons and functions keep things streamlined and easy to understand compared to more advanced drones. Like all DJI drones, high-grade positioning and vision sensors help Mini 2 hover precisely in place. GPS keeps track of where the drone is while the vision sensors on the bottom map out the ground below it and assist automated landing. DJI drones are renowned for their safety features so that both new and experienced pilots can enjoy the flying experience. Some of these features include GEO fencing, which keeps drones out of sensitive areas like airports, Return to Home, a feature that can be activated so the drone returns to the pilot, and Altitude Lock, an adjustable limit on how high the drone can go. Together, these modes and features make DJI Mini 2 not only a thrill to fly but safe for all skill levels.

Vivid Photos, Steady Video Footage All At Your Finger Tips

Capture those moments in detail with the help of the 1/2.3-inch sensor capable of recording 12-megapixel images and a maximum video resolution of 4K/30fps @100 Mbps. Additionally, images can be saved in standard JPEG as well as RAW for advanced users who want to edit footage further. Shake-free, smooth footage is possible because of the class-leading 3-axis gimbal, which compensates for drone movement, wind, and more. While recording in 1080p resolution, pilots can get closer to their subject without actually having to move the drone thanks to the 4X Zoom (2X lossless in quality) option. Pre-programmed intelligent modes mean the drone does the hard work of capturing beautiful footage with set movements and imaging features. Make your content stand out with just a tap thanks to these pre-set modes including:

  • QuickShots: Pre-programmed movements and image capture modes.
    • Dronie: DJI Mini 2 flies backward and upward, with the camera tracking your subject. Set a height limit of 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120 ft.
    • Helix: DJI Mini 2 flies upward and away, spiraling around your subject. Set a height limit of 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120 ft.
    • Rocket: DJI Mini 2 flies straight up into the air with the camera pointing downward following your subject. Set a height limit of 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120 ft.
    • Circle: DJI Mini 2 will circle around your subject at a constant altitude and distance.
    • Boomerang: DJI Mini 2 flies a boomerang-like oval flight path around your subject, starting and stopping video in the same place.
  • Panoramas: Capture a wider perspective with select pano modes.
    • Sphere: DJI Mini 2 automatically captures twenty-six images and stitches them together for a crystal-clear image.
    • 180°: Captures seven photos for sweeping landscape images.
    • Wide-Angle: Captures a wide 3x3 image consisting of nine images.
  • Image modes: Different photo modes for different scenarios.
    • AEB Triple Shot: Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) takes three images of varying exposure and merges them for a vivid image. This can be edited further to bring out a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image in post-processing.
    • Timed Shots: Give yourself a few extra seconds before taking that photo with timed shots.

Easy To Create, Easier To Share With The World

Sharing is caring, and the DJI Fly app and DJI Mini 2 have a ton of enhancements that make sharing immediately on social media easy and intuitive. Now, your cell phone can connect directly to the drone without the remote controller, and after capturing that shareable footage, download images at a high-speed rate of 20 MB/s once landed safely. Once the images are downloaded to your phone, apply your own edits with the dedicated editing tools in the DJI Fly app or use the new Enhanced Photo option, which applies edits automatically to make it pop. Video footage can take up a lot of space so now, pilots can choose to trim it before downloading using Trimmed Download. DJI Mini 2 is not only simple to fly and fun to operate, the footage you record with it can be shared with all your followers in a matter of seconds.

Add-Ons To Make DJI Mini 2 Your Own

New and updated accessories for DJI Mini 2 help get the most out of its size. These accessories include:

  • 360° Propeller Guards: Make the DJI Mini 2 even safer with propeller guards that completely cover the full propellers.
  • DJI Mini Bag +: Colorful and fashionable, the new carrying bag adds flair to your outfit.
  • Charging Display Case: Show off your DJI Mini 2 in an illuminated clear, bell jar.
  • DIY Creative Kit: Personalize your Mini 2 with custom stickers or blank stickers to create your own artwork.
  • Snap Adapter: An adapter that snaps on to the top of the Mini 2 that allows for the attachment of a small LED screen that messages can be written on.

DJI Care Refresh

DJI Care Refresh is now available for DJI Mini 2. For an additional charge, DJI Care Refresh offers comprehensive coverage as well as up to two replacement units within one year. The 2-year plan provides 3 replacement units in 2 years and extends the original warranty period by one more year. Receive your replacement even sooner with DJI Care Refresh Express. DJI Care Refresh also includes VIP after-sales support, and free two-way shipping.

Price and Availability

DJI Mini 2 is available for purchase today from authorized retail partners. DJI Mini can be purchased in two options. The standard package includes DJI Mini 2, remote controller and one battery for the retail price of $449. The Fly More Combo is also available, which includes three batteries, charging hub, DJI Mini 2, a carrying case and remote controller for the retail price of $599.

In Stock – Order Now!

B&H and Adorama have the DJI Mini 2 in stock!

Learn more at B&H Explora.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DJI News
Post Date: 11/4/2020 7:35:30 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Somewhat off-topic, but interesting nonetheless — from Canon USA:

NEW INDUSTRIAL MACHINE VISION CAMERAS FROM CANON UTILIZE NEXT-GEN 19 MICRON SENSOR TECHNOLOGY FOR COLOR LOW-LIGHT IMAGE CAPTURE

Industrial and Modular Camera Design Offers Choice of Lens Mounts and Video Output

MELVILLE N.Y., November 4, 2020 — Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the Company’s next generation of multi-purpose cameras, the ML-100, and the ML-105 , which deliver amazingly high sensitivity to capture Full HD Color video with a minimum subject illumination of less than 0.0005 lux (at maximum 75 dB gain setting, equivalent to an ISO sensitivity of over 4,500,000). With the ability to capture color low-light images, these multi-purpose cameras can be utilized in industrial system design, where seeing color images is critical during day and night.

Canon’s new series of multi-purpose industrial machine vision cameras employ a next-generation 19um, 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor. The modular design of the cameras allows implementation and integration into industrial machine vision environments.

The ML series is available in two models with two different lens mounts and two video output configurations to choose from, for a total of four camera options. The ML-100 camera features a CoaXpress terminal, which allows for the transmission of video, camera-control data and power on a single coaxial cable, ideal for use in industrial systems. The CoaXpress terminal produces 12-bit RAW data output at up to 73 fps and allows for more flexibility during processing. The ML-100 features approximately 2.74 million pixels of maximum video output and supports Region of Interest, which can improve frame rate output up to 164 fps at 720p resolution. The ML-105 camera features a 3G/HD-SDI video terminal and can be suited for standard video environments where Canon image processing, including YCC 4:2:2 10-bit output, is required. The ML-105 features the Canon DIGIC DV4 Image Processor, capable of delivering Full HD resolution at 60fps. Both cameras can be ordered with either an EF or M58 mount for total system design flexibility.

The EF mount gives customers the ability to choose from Canon’s still and cinema lens lineup, while the M58 offers lens customization and design choice to the user.

The M58 mount version of the Canon ML-100 multi-purpose camera is scheduled to be available at the end of December 2020. The other three models are scheduled to be available in April 2021

Post Date: 11/4/2020 1:11:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 3, 2020
The Canon RF 70-200mm F4 L IS USM Lens and Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM Lens pages have product images, preorder links, and specifications now included. The full reviews will, of course, come when the lenses arrive.

The mockup image shared with this post shows the RF 70-200mm F4 L IS next to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens. Like its sibling, the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens, the F4 lens has a retracting design, enabling it to have a significantly more compact size. The RF F4 will be much easier to include in the case than the EF variant. Also like the RF F2.8 lens, the RF F4 lens is not compatible with Canon RF Extenders. Unlike the RF F2.8 lens, a tripod mount ring is not available. Expect overall performance of the RF 70-200 F4 to be impressive – Canon told us to expect extremely high image quality. B&H expects this lens to be available on Dec 11th.

Here is the specifications comparison between those lenses:

Canon RF 70-200mm F4 L IS USM Lens compared to Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens

Below is the RF 50mm F1.8 STM compared to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens.

Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM Lens compared to Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

Not much changed from a size standpoint (without an adapter factored in), but the RF 50 utilizes a new optical design. Note that this STM AF system will not be completely silent, similar to other RF STM AF systems such as that in the Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM Lens. B&H expects this lens to be available on Dec 4th.

Here is the specifications comparison between these two lenses:

Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM Lens compared to Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

Orders

Order the Canon RF 70-200mm F4 L IS USM Lens from B&H | Adorama | Amazon | WEX

Order the Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM Lens from B&H | Adorama | Amazon | WEX

Order the Canon PIXMA PRO-200 Printer from B&H | Adorama | Amazon | WEX

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 11/3/2020 9:04:32 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Two more highly attractive RF lenses and a significantly upgraded printer from Canon:

CANON ADDS TWO RF LENSES AND PIXMA PRO PRINTER IDEAL FOR THE ENTHUSIAST PHOTOGRAPHER

MELVILLE, N.Y., November 3, 2020 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to introduce the compact and lightweight RF70-200mm F4 L IS USM and the RF50mm F1.8 STM, two completely re-designed RF mount lenses with bloodlines to immensely popular EF models that feature new lens formulas and enhanced elements. Canon is also introducing the PIXMA PRO-200 printer, which is ideal for photography students and graphic designers.

“As Canon began to further build out the company’s RF lens portfolio, the goal in mind was to create advanced lenses, for a variety of experience levels, that also featured a sense of familiarity for longtime Canon users,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “Canon prides itself on being able to uniquely offer both input and output solutions to our customers. We are equally excited to see the images captured with the new lenses, and the prints that are to be created with the new PIXMA PRO-200 printer.”

Canon RF70-200mm F4 L IS USM Lens

The Canon RF70-200mm F4 L IS USM lens is ideal for photography enthusiasts ranging from advanced amateur to professional skill levels. The compact and lightweight nature of the lens makes it Canon’s shortest and lightest 70-200mm F4 zoom lens to date. This RF lens is approximately 32 percent shorter and 11 percent lighter than its EF counterpart with a large portion of the lens element arrangement closer to the camera body. This arrangement is designed to provide photographers with a more balanced feel and experience even at the zoom range’s telephoto end. Additionally, the shorter and lighter design allows the lens to more easily be stowed away in a camera bag when not in use.

The RF70-200mm F4 L IS USM features two independent Nano USM motors, providing an even greater level of high-speed autofocus for still image shooting as well as quiet and smooth autofocus for video shooting. The lens also incorporates a floating focus control that drives the two lens groups individually while using the two aforementioned Nano USM motors. The floating focus lens element shortens the focusing distance and helps reduce breathing, providing users with fast, consistent and reliable performance.

Additional Features of The Canon RF70-200mm F4 L IS USM Lens Include:

  • 16 lens elements in 11 groups, including four UD lenses, that help to reduce chromatic aberration
  • Optical Image Stabilizer with up to 5 Stopsi of shake correction
  • Up to 7.5 stopsii of shake correction with coordinated control of Optical Image Stabilizer and In-Body Image Stabilizer
  • Three stabilizer modes
  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture, or ISO
  • 12-pin communication system
  • L-Series dust and weather-resistant build with a fluorine coating
  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.97 feet and a maximum magnification of 0.28x
  • Air Sphere Coating (ASC) that helps minimize lens flare and ghosting

Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM Lens

Canon RF50mm F1.8 STM Lens

Creatives love using a 50mm lens because that focal length is similar to the natural viewpoint of the human field of vision. This perspective allows for the lens to be used in a wide variety of shooting situations, including portraits, landscapes and food photography. What’s more, Canon 50mm f/1.8 lenses have long been a popular tool for both photographers and creators due to their budget-friendly price point, extremely compact and lightweight form factor, and versatility.

The tradition continues with the RF50mm F1.8 STM that, in many ways, is improved over its EF counterpart. The first visually noticeable improvement is the customizable control ring that has become synonymous with RF lenses. The control ring allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture, or ISO and with a flip of the side switch can adjust focus. The inclusion of a PMo aspherical lens helps to reduce chromatic aberration and provides high-image quality even at the periphery of the image. Additionally, the combination of the lens shape and Super Spectra Coating (SSC) helps to minimize ghosting and flaring.

Additional Features of The Canon RF50mm F1.8 STM Lens Include:

  • Six lens elements in five groups
  • 12-pin communication system
  • Minimum focusing distance of 0.98ft and a maximum magnification of 0.25x
  • Up to 7 stopsiii of Shake Correction with EOS R Series cameras with In-Body Image Stabilizer

Canon PIXMA PRO-200 Printer

Canon PIXMA PRO-200 Printer

Continuing a long history of high-quality input to output digital imaging equipment, the PIXMA PRO-200 printer is 15% smaller than its predecessor, the PIXMA PRO-100. With the ability to print up to 13 inches x 19 inches and featuring improved ChromaLife 100+ dye-based ink, the latest PRO printer helps to create prints that are more representative of the original digital file. A helpful tool of the trade for photographers who print work for themselves and graphic artists or photography students working on their portfolios from their homes, the PIXMA PRO-200 printer also features:

  • A new 3-inch LCD screen to help users set up the printer, connect to WiFi, monitor ink and paper levels for an improved user experience
  • New Skew Correction feature, which automatically corrects shifts the paper may encounter during printing
  • Professional print and layout software, which can work as a stand-alone program, or integrated into Adobe® Lightroom® or Photoshop® as a plugin to work within a photographer’s workflow, to help take the guesswork out of making great prints
  • Vast media support to print on a variety of surfaces such as Canon Photo Paper Pro Luster and Premium Fine Art Rough, as well as the ability to print longer panoramic images in comparison to previous models

Pricing and Availability

The Canon RF70-200mm F4 L IS USM, and RF50mm F1.8 STM lenses are scheduled to be available in early and mid-December 2020 for a suggested retail price of $1,599.00 and $199.99, respectively*.

The PIXMA PRO-200 printer is scheduled to be available later in November for a suggested retail price of $599.99*.

Orders

Order the Canon RF 70-200mm F4 L IS USM Lens from B&H | Adorama | Amazon | WEX

Order the Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM Lens from B&H | Adorama | Amazon | WEX

Order the Canon PIXMA PRO-200 Printer from B&H | Adorama | Amazon | WEX

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* Specifications, availability and prices are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

i Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards. Testing performed at a focal length of 200mm using the EOS R camera.
ii Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards. Testing performed at a focal length of 200mm using the EOS R5 camera.
iii Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards. Testing performed at a focal length of 50mm using the EOS R5 camera.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 11/3/2020 9:00:00 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 2, 2020
Do adapted EF lenses work well with the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6? Yes! Adapted EF lenses will continue working as well on a Canon EOS R-series camera as they always did on your favorite DSLR. With the improved AF performance of the latest mirrorless models, you might find your EF lenses performing even better than before. A significant EF lens kit should not be a hindrance to a mirrorless migration.

I love clean wildlife portraits with beautiful frame-filling subjects. Our workshop crew referred to this bull elk as "Incredibull". For 2020, this elk was sporting a huge, symmetrical 6x6 rack – easily one of the best-looking racks I've seen. I look forward to seeing what 2021 brings for this beast.

The soft portrait lighting seen here is courtesy of a lenticular cloud hovering over the meadow. With the edge of the cloud covering the sun, soft, bright light was provided for most of the over 7 hours I spent with this bull and his cows.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 11/2/2020 8:48:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, October 31, 2020
Canon has made Canon EOS-1D X Mark III firmware update version 1.2.1 available for download.

Firmware Version 1.2.1 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon, in which, after updating the camera’s firmware to version 1.2.0, the Smart Controller may respond slowly or not at all on some cameras. The phenomenon described above may occur in cameras whose first two digits of the serial number are "01" "02" "03" or "04".

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 10/31/2020 10:16:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 30, 2020
In the 2.5 Seconds, 70mm, No Tripod, Cadillac Mountain Moonrise post, I shared that I had locked a Canon EOS R5 and RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens on a Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod and BH-40 Ball Head into a sunrise-ready position. It seemed logical to share the image that setup captured next.

I love photographing when the sun is below me and visible. In this case, a location with significant unshaded area (sloping toward the sun) (and void of people) was selected. Granite rock provides a solid foundation, and the evergreens on the right aid in framing the scene.

When the sun is in the frame, an HDR capture is often the ideal strategy. This capture involved using auto exposure bracketing (AEB) set to 5-shots 1-stop apart with the exposure adjusted so the brightest and darkest images had detail in the shadows and highlights, respectively. With the 2-second self-timer enabled, the shutter release simply needed to be pressed for the bracketed sequence to be captured, followed by shooting a few more frames with the other camera. Repeat until the scene decreased in photogenic value.

I use a variety of HDR software but selected Lightroom for this one. The set of images that seemed optimal (the sun reflecting in the water influenced this choice) were selected and processed.

You likely already noticed that this image is not in the typical out-of-the-camera 3:2 aspect ratio. There are two ways to get the aspect ratio shared here. Ideal from a final resolution perspective is to stitch multiple images together. Capturing and processing an HDR pano adds complications, and with the ultra-high resolution of the R5, the other option, cropping, proved easier with a very sufficient final resolution. The primary reason for this final aspect ratio was that the cropped away sky was not adding value to the image.

Some minor cleanup in Photoshop resulted in the picture shared here.

Why f/16? At 15mm, f/11 would have provided adequate depth of field for this scene and exhibited less softening from diffraction, but f/16 is a compromise that provides a stronger sunstar, a strong element in this image.
 
Go big. A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 10/30/2020 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 29, 2020
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM Lens page.

This lens is a great value. I'll get your comparisons started:

Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM Lens compared to Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens

The Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM Lens is coming soon to B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

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Post Date: 10/29/2020 8:11:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 27, 2020
On the Acadia National Park bucket list is to be the first person (or more accurately, among the first group of people) in the USA to see the sun on that day. Checking off that item requires an early morning drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain. Leading a small workshop on this day meant my priority was to make sure each participant was in their preferred location with their camera set up and ready for the action to start. With that goal accomplished, I moved into the next-best location and locked a Canon EOS R5 and RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens on a Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod and BH-40 Ball Head into a sunrise-ready position.

During this setup, the incredible scene unfolding on the horizon had my attention. A tiny crescent moon is a great supporting element. Combine that feature with a strong, colorful pre-sunrise or post-sunset gradient in the sky and throw in some water and mountains, and images I like are easy to create.

While this scene was in my locked-down composition, even 35mm does not render the moon a substantial size in the frame. Fortunately, the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens and another R5 were in my MindShift Gear BackLight 26L. What was not along was my second tripod, and I did not want to lose the locked-down composition held by the first. So, I sat down on the rocks, rested arms on knees, and began shooting with the settings that would have been used if tripod-mounted. Those settings were ISO 100 for the least noise, f/8 for considerable depth of field and reduced vignetting, and the shutter speed necessary to yield a right-aligned histogram.

That shutter speed was 2.5 seconds, a very long 70mm exposure without a tripod. Amazingly, all of the dozens of images captured at this and, later, faster shutter speeds were sharp. There was no need to use a higher ISO or a wider aperture setting — or a tripod. This is impressive performance from the R5 and RF 70-200 combination.

It is often easy to create nice landscape images with telephoto focal lengths, and the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is a great landscape lens. This image is simple — minimalistic. The dark mountain provides a base to the image, and the waterline is positioned approximately 1/3 into the frame. The position of the 3.2% waning crescent moon and silhouetted evergreen trees work together to create an overall balance to the scene. While many rules can be used for composition, overall balance is what I usually look for first.
 
Go big. A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
70mm  f/8.0  2.5s
ISO 100
8192 x 5464px
Post Date: 10/27/2020 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, October 22, 2020
From Sigma:

Firmware update for SIGMA Global Vision lenses in Canon EF mount

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We would like to announce that a new firmware update is now available for the SIGMA Global Vision lenses in Canon EF mount listed below.

For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-01 and applicable products listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.

[Applicable product]

·SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary in Canon EF mount

[Benefits of the update]

·It has optimized the exposure during viewfinder shooting when used in combination with the EOS 90D.

·It has improved the AF accuracy when using SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21 EF-L.

[Applicable product]

·SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon EF mount

·SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary in Canon EF mount

[Benefits of the update]

·It has optimized the exposure during viewfinder shooting when used in combination with the EOS 90D and the EOS-1D X Mark III.

[Applicable product]

·SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon EF mount.

[Benefits of the update]

·It has optimized the exposure during viewfinder shooting when used in combination with the EOS 90D and the EOS-1D X Mark III.

·It has fixed a rarely-occurring communication problem during Live View shooting when mounted on the EOS-1D X Mark III.

[Applicable product]

·SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art in Canon EF mount

[Benefits of the update]

·It has optimized the exposure during viewfinder shooting when used in combination with the EOS 90D and the EOS-1D X Mark III.

·It has reduced the operating sound of the lens diaphragm blades when attached with the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E and used for shooting movies.

·It has reduced the operating sound of the lens diaphragm blades when used for shooting movies on Canon cameras. *

*The degree of improvement differs depending on the camera used.

[How to update]

Connect the lens to a computer via the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-01 (sold separately), then open SIGMA Optimization Pro*. If the lens firmware isn’t the latest version, the following message will appear: ‘The latest lens firmware is available’. Click ‘Yes’ to update.

* Before updating lens firmware using the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-01, please ensure you update SIGMA Optimization Pro to the latest version.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/22/2020 9:43:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma:

Firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We are pleased to announce that a firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E is now available.

[Applicable product]

·SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E

[Benefits of the update]

·It makes the converter compatible with the SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary in Canon EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.2.03

·It makes the converter compatible with the SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.1.02.

·It makes the converter compatible with the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary in Canon EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.2.07.

·It makes the converter compatible with the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon EF mount, that has the latest firmware 2.02.

·It makes the converter compatible with the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art in Canon EF mount, that has the latest firmware 2.01.

[How to update]

Connect the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 to a computer with the included USB cable, then open SIGMA Optimization Pro*. If there is a newer firmware version available than the one currently installed on your converter, you will see the message ‘There is the latest firmware for the converter’. Click ‘Yes’ to update.

?Before attaching the updated SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 to the camera body, please remove the battery pack from the camera then reinsert.

*Please be sure to update SIGMA Optimization Pro to the latest version when updating the MC-11 firmware.

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Post Date: 10/22/2020 9:49:53 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Manfrotto:

Discover the new Manfrotto Professional Batteries and Chargers

The NEW Manfrotto Professional Batteries and Chargers go above and beyond your average charging solution! With higher quality batteries, and faster, more efficient charging to ensure content creators are never without the power they need.

Professional Batteries

Peak performance, durability & quality! The Manfrotto Professional rechargeable batteries offer an ultra-high capacity of 2000 mAh for a wide range of Canon and Nikon cameras. Using Lithium ion technology, you can recharge the battery at any point.

Injected with silicone for a shock-absorbing construction, Professional batteries are built to withstand extreme tough environments, and are drop proof up to 9ft! Never lose your batteries to the bottom of your bag again, thanks to the signature Manfrotto red coloured housing.

Think all batteries are the same? Think again.

ProCUBE Chargers

The Manfrotto ProCUBE is a DSLR twin charger made for a range of Canon, Nikon or Sony fit batteries. It features quick top up charge, a high-end LCD display, battery health check and can charge 1 or 2 batteries simultaneously! Each ProCUBE comes with a 12V car lead, an integrated 2.4A USB charger, numerous battery plates, and AA tray which charges 4 x AA batteries simultaneously.

The tray can also be used to store AA batteries when not in use, which makes the Manfrotto ProCUBE perfect for travelling, and is supplied with interchangeable US, Euro and UK plug heads.

No matter where your work takes you, you’ll never be without power!

Check out the new Manfrotto Professional Batteries and Chargers at B&H.

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Post Date: 10/22/2020 8:59:31 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sometimes, an ultra-wide-angle lens becomes a requirement to get the shot. Sometimes, a wide aperture is also required. Both were requirements down in Monument Cove, Acadia National Park, on this night. The Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens had the credentials to get the job done.

As I climbed down into the cove, the plan was to capture the monolith in front of the milky way. Upon arrival, I decided that the rock on the other side of the frame also had great character and wanted it included in the image. Even at the extreme 12mm full-frame angle of view, keeping everything seen here in the frame meant my back was against the rock wall.

The milky way is typically photographed against a black sky. However, if the sky is dark and the milky way is in view, it can be photographed at the end of the blue hour. This image was captured about 7 minutes after "nautical end." Despite a bit of light showing in the sky, it was very dark in the cove, and the f/2.8 aperture proved very helpful, keeping the ISO setting down to a still-high 8000.
 
This pic especially looks better big. A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 10/22/2020 8:59:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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Post Date: 10/21/2020 7:38:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Canon has made Canon EOS 5D Mark IV firmware update version 1.3.0 available for download.

Firmware Version 1.3.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Enables NFC connection with smartphones running Android 10 operating system.
    *For Android running v6.0 or later, use Camera Connect v2.7.10 or later.
    *For Android running v5.0 or older, use a connection method other than NFC.
  2. Enables support for the .CR2 image file format on image.canon.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which some camera operations may not be possible or an error may occur after an insufficient flash output is produced when shooting with the flash.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 10/20/2020 9:41:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has made Canon EOS 6D Mark II firmware update version 1.1.0 available for download.

Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Enables NFC connection with smartphones running Android 10 operating system.
    *For Android running v6.0 or later, use Camera Connect v2.7.10 or later.
    *For Android running v5.0 or older, use a connection method other than NFC.
  2. Enables support for the .CR2 image file format on image.canon.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 10/20/2020 9:38:23 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
ProMediaGear has just introduced the BH50 Ball Head. Get more details on ProMediaGear's website.
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Post Date: 10/20/2020 3:38:50 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Think Tank Photo:

Think Tank Photo has just released their new The Essentials Convertible Rolling Backpack. This rolling backpack goes where other rollers can’t. Roll it easily over smooth surfaces, or simply deploy the backpack straps to carry it over rough terrain.

Sized to meet most airline carry-on requirements, the Essentials fits two DSLR or Mirrorless bodies, a mounted 70–200mm, multiple lenses, and a 16-inch laptop. And because it’s from Think Tank, the bag will roll long into the future.

Use our link to get the detail and to receive a free Think Tank product and free U.S. shipping on all orders over $50.00.

Post Date: 10/20/2020 2:27:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 19, 2020
Update: Canon USA has published a press release that does not require translation:

Canon U.S.A. Announces Three New Industrial Imaging Sensors

MELVILLE, NY, October 19, 2020 – As imaging sensors continue to be an essential component of industrial processes, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce three new CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductors) sensors: the ultra-high-resolution LI8020 series, the ultra-high sensitivity LI3030 series, and the LI7050SAC. These sensors help expand the company’s lineup of industrial vision products while offering integrators and end-users additional capabilities when developing solutions for various applications.

LI8020SAC/LI8020SAM

The LI8020SAC (color)/LI8020SAM (monochrome) ultra-high resolution CMOS sensor features a pixel pitch of 1.5 µm (micrometer) and a resolution of approximately 250 million pixels, which provides detailed images in a wide range of applications and situations. The sensor will help meet the needs of manufacturers to inspect flat panel displays, which frequently exhibit 4K and sometimes even 8K content. The sensor can also be a tool for video production, digital archiving, wide-area monitoring, and the medical industry by providing ultra-high resolution and ultra-high-speed signal readouts. Due to the ultra-high pixel count of the sensor, images can be captured that maintain incredible image quality, even if an area of the moving or still image has been cropped and enlarged using an electronic zoom.

The new sensor can capture video at an ultra-high-resolution that is approximately 125 times higher than Full HD (1920 × 1080 pixels) and about 30 times higher than 4K (3840 × 2160 pixels). Still images can be captured at a speed of approximately five frames per second even when reading all the pixels. A fast signal readout of 1.25 billion pixels per second helps to avoid the potential of any signal delay or deviation. The rapid signal readout is achieved by advancing circuit miniaturization and signal processing technology. When the Read Return on Investment (Region of Interest) feature is utilized, the frame rate of the sensor can be increased by selecting an area and reducing the amount of information to be read. If a user doesn’t need the input of every pixel, the ROI readout function allows you to read every pixel at five fps, 8K at 24 fps, 4K at 30 fps, and Full HD at 60 fps. The sensor also features a "thinning-out read function" that enables high-speed readout by reducing the number of vertical pixels to be read out of the full shooting area, allowing selection of an output data format that suits users’ needs.

LI3030SAI/LI3030SAM

The LI3030SAI (RGB-IR)/LI3030SAM (monochrome) sensor is a 35mm full-size ultra-high sensitivity CMOS sensor with a large pixel size of 19 µm that allows for image capturing in low-light environments where it can difficult for the naked eye to identify the subject. The sensor can read 2160 × 1280 pixels, which is wider than Full HD (1920 × 1080 pixels), enabling it to be a suitable solution for astronomical observation applications and the monitoring and industrial applications that require high-resolution images with a specific aspect ratio.

Compared to similar Canon models, the sensitivity of the LI3030SAI and LI3030SAM sensor is approximately 2.3 and 3 times higher in the near-infrared range, respectively. The sensitivity capabilities of the LI3030SAI allow users to see the pupil of a human-eye through sunglasses. The LI3030SAM sensitivity capabilities enable users to capture monochrome moving images and can reduce the appearance of dust, enhancing astronomical observation. By assigning one pixel of the color filter as a pixel for the near-infrared region, it is possible to simultaneously acquire color and near-infrared motion images with a single sensor even under low-light conditions. In addition, since the differences in the reflectance and absorbance of light in the near-infrared region can be detected from weak signals and the state of the inside of a substance can be observed, the sensor can be used in a wide range of industrial and medical fields. Use-case examples include long-distance monitoring at night, observation of crop growth in a wide area, inspection of foreign matter contamination in food factories, and visualization of biological tissues.

LI7050SAC

The LI7050SAC is a high resolution CMOS sensor that is ideal for security camera use because of its high sensitivity and price point. Featuring a pixel pitch of 4.1 µm and a resolution of approximately 2.12 million pixels, the sensor provides a High Dynamic Range (HDR) of equivalent to up to 20 stops with frame rates of 30fps and 60fps. What’s more, the sensor features a 54,000 green sensitivity level and can read 1936 × 1096 pixels, which is slightly higher than HD resolution.

For more information on Canon sensors including how to talk to a sales representative, please visit canon-cmos-sensors.com.

 
Original post:

From Canon Japan via Google Translate:

Released "LI8020SAC / LI8020SAM", an ultra-high resolution CMOS sensor with approximately 250 million pixels

October 19, 2020

Canon Inc.
Canon Marketing Japan Inc.

As a new product of APS-H size (about 29.4 x 18.9 mm) CMOS sensor, Canon will release "LI8020SAC (color) / LI8020SAM (monochrome)" capable of imaging about 250 million pixels (19,568 x 12,588 pixels) in 2020. It will be released in late October of the year.

LI8020SAC / LI8020SAM

Main features

The new product is an ultra-high resolution CMOS sensor with approximately 250 million pixels, which enables you to capture detailed information in an image while shooting a wide range. In addition, by setting the pitch of one pixel to 1.5 µm (micrometer), we have achieved approximately 250 million pixels in APS-H size, making it possible to use it for various purposes. It can be used for various purposes such as FPD (flat panel display) inspection, which has become higher definition due to the development of 4K / 8K video technology, industrial inspection, video production, digital archive, wide area surveillance, microscope, etc. Meet the needs of users.

Get detailed information even in a wide range of shooting with ultra-high resolution of about 250 million pixels

The new product is capable of imaging at ultra-high resolution of about 250 million pixels, which is about 125 times that of full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) and about 30 times that of 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels), and can be taken in any shooting range. Sufficient resolution can be obtained by trimming the area and enlarging it with an electronic zoom.

Achieves ultra-high-speed signal reading of approximately 1.25 billion pixels / second

With CMOS sensors, the amount of signal increases as the number of pixels increases, causing signal delays and slight timing deviations. The new product has an ultra-multi-pixel structure of approximately 250 million pixels, but by refining the circuit and advancing signal processing technology, it has achieved an ultra-high-speed signal readout of approximately 1.25 billion pixels per second. This enables ultra-high resolution imaging at a speed of approximately 5 frames / sec even when all pixels are read out.

Supports data output according to user needs with "ROI read function" etc.

The new product is equipped with a "ROI (Region of Interest) read function" that selectively reads only an arbitrary area. If you want to read only a specific area at high speed, you can use the "ROI read function" at 24 fps for 8K (7,680 x 4,320 pixels), 30 fps for 4K (3,840 x 2,160), and 60 fps for full HD (1,920 x 1,080). Video recording is possible. It also has a "thinning out reading function * " that thins out the entire image area in the vertical direction to read out, so you can select the data output method that suits your needs.

* 4 patterns of thinning are possible. 1/3 is about 15fps, 1/5 is about 25fps, 1/7 is about 35fps, and 1/9 is about 45fps.

CMOS sensor market trends

Digital technologies such as image processing are also undergoing rapid evolution as high-definition technology is advancing for FPD inspection equipment. High resolution is also required for CMOS sensors, which are the eyes of inspection equipment, and manufacturing sites are demanding inspection equipment equipped with ultra-high resolution sensors. In addition, ultra-high resolution sensors are expected to be used in applications such as wide area monitoring. (Research by Canon)

Post Date: 10/19/2020 8:20:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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