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 Friday, April 3, 2020
A cow elk gives her calf a bath while standing in a lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Long telephoto lenses were meant for times like these. This was a scenario where I couldn't get any closer – wetter was not an option I was willing to accept. Not only did this lens's 600mm focal length make the animals substantial in the frame but the f/4 aperture created a blurred background even at this long distance, making the subject stand out.

I am considering a return to Rocky Mountain National Park in September. Let me know if you want to be part of this trip!

Post Date: 4/3/2020 12:08:06 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Image quality test results from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
Awesome lens. Create some comparisons.
 
The Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Henry's | WEX
 
Save up to over $2,000: check out the used EF 500mm lenses in stock at B&H.
 
Rent the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/1/2020 8:09:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS M6 Mark II Firmware Update Version 1.1.0 is now available for download.
 
Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following enhancement and fixes:

  • The option to capture movies in the frame rate of 23.98p has been added.
  • Fixes the phenomenon where the focus position of the lens returns to the home position if the camera powers off due to the "Auto Power Off" setting during Interval Timing shooting.
  • Fixes the phenomenon in which, in rare cases, the camera may not autofocus at the edges of the image area.

The latest version of the instruction manual is available.
 
Check out our Canon EOS M6 Mark II Review.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/1/2020 7:28:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Just posted: Oben ASPTA-20 Smartphone Tripod Adapter Review.
 
This is a really handy accessory and a great value.
 
The Oben ASPTA-20 Smartphone Tripod Adapter is in stock at B&H
 
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Post Date: 3/31/2020 10:34:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The most difficult aspect of capturing this sunset image was being there. Once in location, wait until the sun is nearly set behind a distant mountain, use an f/16 aperture to create a sunstar (but not lose too much sharpness to diffraction), select a shutter speed that nearly blows the red channel at ISO 400 (I had been running and did not have a tripod), compose for the foreground, sun, and clouds, focus roughly 1/3 into the frame, press the shutter release, and get that great feeling of knowing that a beautiful scene was part of the evening's take-home.
 
On this mid-July evening, I timed a trail run with the sunset and the clouds and slightly hazy summer sky cooperated to provide great color. The Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens, small and light enough to not pose a physical limitation, was also getting a workout. This lens has the core general-purpose focal length range needed and it handled this scene nicely.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr (and the foreground appears brighter in the larger size).
 
Camera and Lens Settings
24mm  f/16.0  1/40s
ISO 400
7952 x 5304px
Post Date: 3/31/2020 8:52:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 30, 2020
Post Date: 3/30/2020 10:03:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens Review.
 
How does Sony's inexpensive general-purpose zoom lens perform?
 
The Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
For a much lower price, buy a used model at B&H.
 
Rent the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 3/30/2020 7:35:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 26, 2020
Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens Review.
 
Find out what I think of this super-zoom lens.
 
The Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Henry's | WEX
 
Rent the Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/26/2020 8:46:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
Printing Simplified with the New Canon PIXMA TR150 Printer
 
Wireless1 Printer Provides Exceptional Quality Prints, While Small Size and Optional Battery Allow Portability for Out Of the Office Business Professionals
 
MELVILLE, NY, March 26, 2020 – Millions of people across the United States routinely work from home. It’s helpful if they, along with people who work from other remote locations, have transportable equipment that can fit into a variety of work-related circumstances. In the spirit of working wherever the business takes you, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, unveils today the new Canon PIXMA TR150 Wireless1 Printer, as well as its optional battery for portability . The Canon PIXMA TR150 printer, when paired with the optional battery (sold separately), provides a lightweight portable option for quality printing needs for the out of the office business professional.
 
“With their time-consuming schedules, today’s business professionals require products that are easy to use and produce high-quality documents,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The new Canon PIXMA TR150 printer can help business professionals in and out of the office to conduct business efficiently, leveraging Canon print technologies and features, including an OLED screen and Wi-Fi®1 connectivity.”
 
Printing Where and When Needed
 
If your office is the kitchen table or the living room sofa, bulky and clunky office equipment would not be feasible. Powered by USB charging or the optional battery, the Canon PIXMA TR150 printer can be your “whenever and wherever business calls” printer. Coming in at 4.5 pounds2 and approximately 12.7 inches x 7.3 inches x 2.6 inches, the Canon PIXMA TR150 printer features a 1.44 inch OLED display to help users easily install, set-up and connect the printer to compatible mobile devices. The screen also alerts the user to any troubleshooting issues such as paper needing to be refilled or low ink, helping to alleviate certain additional stresses that could occur during crunchtime moments.
 
The new Canon PIXMA TR150 printer features wireless connectivity via built-in 2.4GHz Wi-Fi®1 and if available, 5GHz Wi-Fi®1and, for users of compatible mobile devices, the added benefit of access to the Canon PRINT app3, allowing for easy setup and basic operations on compatible smartphone devices. Through the Canon PRINT app, users can easily access PIXMA Cloud Link3 to print documents from popular online social platforms and services, such as Box®, Facebook®, Dropbox®, Evernote®, Google Photos™, Google Drive™ and Microsoft® OneDrive®.
 
The new printer also features two black inks: a pigment-based black ink that delivers laser-like sharp text and a dye-based black ink that works to improve color contrast and image stabilization when printing photographs. With print speeds, of up to 9.0 ipm for black4 and 5.5 ipm for color4 – which stay consistent when using the optional battery, this small, lightweight printer can help you deliver client-ready projects quickly and professionally.
 
Pricing and Availability of the PIXMA TR150 Printer
 
Planned to be available in late March 2020, the Canon PIXMA TR150 printer will have an estimated retail price of $199.995 and the optional battery will have an estimated retail price of $99.995 For more information and the full list of product specifications, visit http://shop.usa.canon.com
 
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Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
 
Availability and specifications are subject to change without notice.
 
1 Wireless printing requires a working network with wireless 802.11b/g/n/ac or ad capability, operating at 2.4/5.0GHz. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.
 
2 Weight without optional battery.
 
3 Requires an Internet connection and the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app, available for free on the App Store and at Google Play. Compatible with Apple devices running iOS® 11 or later, and AndroidTM mobile devices running Android 4.4 or later. Your device must be connected to the same working network with wireless 802.11 b/g/n/ac/ad capability as your printer.
 
4 Document print speeds are the averages of ESAT in Office Category Test for the default simplex mode, ISO/IEC 24734. Print speed may vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, page coverage, type of paper used etc. See www.usa.canon.com/ipm for additional details.
 
5 Price is subject to change without notice. Actual price is set by individual dealers and may vary.
 
The Canon PIXMA TR150 Wireless Portable Printer is available for order at B&H.
Post Date: 3/26/2020 8:42:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
Canon Celebrates 17th Consecutive Year as Number One Shareholder of Global Interchangeable-Lens Digital Camera Market
 
MELVILLE, NY, March 26, 2020 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc. has maintained the number one share of the global market for interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and mirrorless cameras) for 17 consecutive years1 from 2003 to 2019.
 
Canon develops the key imaging system components featured in its EOS series of interchangeable-lens cameras—CMOS image sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses—under the core concept of, “Speed, Comfort and High Image Quality.” Offering a wide-ranging product lineup—from high-performance flagship models that are highly trusted by professionals to entry-level models that allow users to enjoy high-image-quality shooting with easy operation—Canon continues to support the diverse needs of customers.
 
During the dawn of digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS Digital Rebel (EOS Kiss Digital or EOS 300D in other regions) in September 2003. This groundbreaking camera, which was competitively priced and featured a compact, lightweight design, captured the top share of the global market and set the stage for growth in the digital SLR market. Since that time, Canon has continued to launch a range of groundbreaking products, including the professional-model EOS 1D series and the EOS 5D series, which paved the way for digital SLR video recording.
 
Canon introduced new possibilities for photographic expression with the launch of the EOS R System in October 2018. Including such products as the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera and RF lenses that fully leverage the company’s optical technologies, the new products helped further expand the Canon EOS System. In 2019, Canon launched a wide range of products2 including the EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera in March and EOS 90D DSLR in September. In striving to further expand its lineup, Canon managed to secure the number one share of the global market for the 17th consecutive year.
 
Canon is also currently developing the EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera, equipped with a newly developed full-frame CMOS sensor and featuring high-speed continuous shooting for still images and 8K video recording. The company is also currently developing seven RF lenses and two RF lens extenders, including the RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM, and plans to release them throughout the course of 2020. Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technology, to expand and create a stronger EOS System for both DSLR and mirrorless cameras. These innovations open up new avenues of image capture to meet the needs of increasingly diverse users and to promote the spread of photo and video culture.
 
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Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
 
1 Based on a Canon survey.
 
2 Canon released six interchangeable-lens camera models in 2019: EOS RP (March), EOS Kiss X10 (April), EOS 90D (September), EOS M6 Mark II (September), EOS M200 (October), EOS Ra (December).
 Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Image quality test results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
Awesome lens. Create some comparisons.
 
The Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Henry's | WEX
 
Save up to over $2,000: check out the used EF 500mm lenses in stock at B&H.
 
Rent the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Post Date: 3/25/2020 10:31:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
Future Firmware: EOS-1D X Mark III
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
We have confirmed that the following phenomenon may occur during use of the EOS-1D X Mark III digital SLR camera. A new firmware release is planned for early April; once the new firmware is ready, we will make an announcement on our website.
 
We would like to offer our sincere apologies to users of these products who may have been inconvenienced by this issue
 
Phenomenon
 
When the camera is used with the electronic level set to “Show” in the viewfinder display, in rare cases, the camera may not perform normally when operating the AF-ON button or shutter button.
 
Affected Product
 
EOS-1D X Mark III (Firmware version 1.0.0)
 
Workaround
 
Use the “Hide” setting for the “Electronic level” in the “Viewfinder display”.
 
Setting procedure:
 
Menu / Set-up 2 tab / Viewfinder display / Electronic level* [Hide]
 
*Default setting: [Hide]
 
Support
 
In early-April 2020, we plan to release a firmware update to address the phenomenon listed above. Once the new firmware is ready, we will make an announcement on the Canon U.S.A website.
 
In the interim, please follow the steps provided in the workaround.
 
If you have not already done so, please register the EOS-1D X Mark III. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future announcements.
 
Check out our full Canon EOS-1D X Mark III review and order yours now.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/25/2020 8:46:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
Notice to our Customers regarding closure of California, New Jersey, Illinois, and Hawaii Service Facilities
 
Due to the “stay at home” directives from authorities in California, New Jersey, Illinois, and Hawaii, as well as local “Shelter in Place” orders, our Canon service facilities in those states are temporarily closed until further notice. Products needing repair can be directed to our Factory Service Center in Newport News, Virginia. Please note that walk-in service is not available at this location. We apologize for any inconvenience and delays that may occur during this time. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding.
 
We encourage you to use our online system to set up the service of your product at: https://www.usa.canon.com/repair.
 
The spread of COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation that is of great concern to everyone. Canon’s commitment is to take proactive and proportional steps in accordance with all recommended procedures and protocols as advised by the CDC, the United States Government, and state, regional and local public health agencies.
 
Again, we sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice and guidance of federal and state authorities. The health and well-being of our customers, clients, and employees remain our top priority during this difficult time. As conditions change, we will take recommended and appropriate steps to restore and continue the excellent service that you have come to expect from Canon USA, Inc. For updates and other information regarding COVID-19 measures, please visit our web site: https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/about/to-our-customers
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Post Date: 3/25/2020 8:16:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Meredith Stotzner shows you how to get rid of tools that don’t spark joy. Do some spring-cleaning in your Photoshop Toolbar to make it simple and more efficient.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 3/25/2020 5:25:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Life has become crazy for a vast number of people as I create this post and the fragility of life has become more real. Know that the time we are in is a temporary one. As always, hold onto Faith and make the most of the situation.

If temporarily unemployed, you suddenly find yourself with a huge amount of time available. Even if still working but from home, you no longer have commute time in your schedule. While relaxation has some value (I keep telling myself that), I challenge you to stay motivated and make good use of your extra time.

Kid Portrait

Shoot the Kids

If you have kids, they are extremely important to you but finding time in overlapping schedules is often a major obstacle for photographing them. Your schedule and their schedule have likely been cleared, green-lighting this project. I promise that you will not regret having the images and your kids might find it of value to share the pics on their social media (market that usage to get their buy-in).

Shoot formal portraits ranging from full-body (slightly wide-angle to normal focal lengths) to tight headshots (telephoto lens), find brightly-colored clothing and props, go wild with lighting, photograph them doing something they are passionate about, make them go out and get some exercise while you work a run and gun approach to catch them in action, etc.

When the kids lose patience, move to the pets — or consider including the pets to extend the kids' patience.

Bryan Carnathan

Shoot yourself

Perhaps your Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media profile pictures are lacking in quality? No need to hire someone for this — go into full selfie mode. Consider photographing yourself doing something you frequently do such as exercise (which should always be part of your routine) and consider using an exposure long enough to create some motion blur as motion is a minimum requirement for exercise.

Canvasback Duck

Shoot Something Different

If birds and wildlife are your thing, try shooting architecture. If you are a portrait photographer, try wildlife. Browse Instagram, Flickr, etc. for ideas. Now is a great time to learn to shoot video. Perhaps the portfolio you build from this experience will open new doors.

Love Is Patient

Shoot with Something Different

A lot of the fun of photography is using new gear and that is a valid reason to try another brand camera. This is a great time to try a mirrorless camera model. Tilt-shift lenses are very educational (and useful).

A new season is coming and now is a great time to research the gear you need to capture it. If unsure about your future with that gear or you can't afford to buy it, go big for a small cost by renting something. It is super easy to order a camera, a lens, lighting gear, etc. from Lensrentals and have it show up on your doorstep.

Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens Number 1 Sample Picture

Shoot from New Heights and Angles

Shoot from positions that require you, your tripod, and/or minimally your camera to go into positions they are not normally used in. This may be from up high, down low, very close, very far, etc. Go for a walk with your camera with a self-imposed limitation such as "All images must be captured within 6" (150mm) of the ground.

I know, that electronic viewfinder level not showing all green makes us perfectionists hesitate to press the shutter release but sometimes it is OK to take a not-gravity-level photo. Consider imposing a limitation on the angle of the camera such as angled 45° downward, tilted 45° sideways, or both.

Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens Architecture Sample Picture

Shoot Your House

Think like a real estate photographer and photograph your house. Shoot the exterior during the blue hour. Stage and photograph the interior with an ultra-wide-angle lens, timing the shooting with exterior light levels if relevant for your space. Then market yourself to the local real estate companies.

Moth

Shoot Something Small

Especially for a macro lens, there are unending subjects available.

Rose

Bring a flower in from your garden. If your garden is bare, perhaps a neighbor would trade one of their flowers for a much-longer-lasting print. Or, perhaps you can buy a subject.

Candy

Go through your cabinets and drawers looking for interesting subjects that could include noodles, candy, utensils, etc. Find colorful art supplies such as crayons and pencils.

Hint: if it comes in a box or bag and is in your cupboards, it might make a great pattern subject. Consider photographing one unique small subject among a significant amount of similar subjects.

Hint 2: Avoid eating too much of your subject until the project is finished.

Hint 3: This is a great time to learn lighting including with flash.

Hint 4: Try focus stacking.

Condensation

Hint 5: Try strong white balance adjustments.

Blurred Pansies

Shoot Blur

Everyone loves a lens blur and an easy way to get artistic is to intentionally blur a scene by making it out of focus. I often shoot intentional focus blurs when testing lenses and sometimes I like the results enough to keep them. Shooting these blurs will teach you how to approach a scene differently with the structure created by color and contrast taking over the frame.

Consider going really crazy with zoom blurs. Use an exposure long enough to allow you to turn the zoom ring a noticeable amount while the exposure is being captured. A tripod will usually improve these results.

Attach your camera to something moving. Use an exposure duration that is long enough to make the scene blurred with, ideally, whatever the camera is attached to remaining sharp. If lacking a good mounting platorm, simply hold the camera in front of a colorful scene and, while using a long exposure, pan the camera left and right to create a sea of color. Note that a Neutral Density Filter may prove vital for achieving exposure durations necessary for optimal results.

Include something very close in the foreground that adds blur to an otherwise-common-appearing subject such as a person (please do not block their face).

Tilt-Shift Lens Blur

Consider using a tilt-shift lens to create interesting blurs.

Bear Cub Picture

Shoot Sharp

Focus calibrating cameras and lenses can be time-consuming but the adjustments can be worthwhile to make. Go through your kit, shooting a Datacolor SpyderLensCal or other focus calibration aid and fine-tune your combinations to perfection.

Loon Picture

Shoot for the Background

Find a background that works superbly with the focal length you are using and then find an attractive subject to place in the foreground for a sure win. Sometimes different lighting on the subject and background can create a look that stands out.

New York City Tribute Lights Sample Picture

Research Your Next Shoot

Determine what subject you want to photograph, determine where and when is optimal for that subject, and make plans to be there with the right gear. Utilize apps such as The Photographer's Ephemeris and Photo Pills to determine the alignment of the celestial attractions.

Milky Way, Rocky Mountain National Park

Sign up for a workshop going to a location that interests you. Enjoy the anticipation of capturing your planned image(s).

Kure Beach Fishing Pier

Improve an Image You Already Shot

Re-post-processing is a thing. Hopefully your photo editing skills are improving and likely you captured some great images in the past that could now be re-processed for better results. Perhaps some challenging images you didn't attempt processing are now within your capabilities.

Now is a great time to learn a new software application. Consider adding Photoshop & Lightroom, Capture One, and/or Luminar (use coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to get a $10.00 discount) to your kit and skill set.

SmugMug

Share What You Shot

If you are not already maintaining a portfolio site, now is a great time to set one up. I use SmugMug and highly recommend their service which optionally includes selling. Plans start at only $48 per year and a 14-day trial is available.

Consider taking your marketing/professionalism to the next step by purchasing a personal domain name and hosting for it. Through experience, I can tell you that there are a lot of bad web hosts out there. There are also some very good ones and an inexpensive host I have grown to trust is InMotionHosting. SmugMug can also utilize your custom domain name with their hosting.

If you already maintain a portfolio site, this is a good time to remove the lower-grade images still there. Your skills are surely improving and some of those old images are no longer reflecting your abilities.

Printique

Print What You Shot

You now have time to create that family or trip photo book you have been putting off. Perhaps it is time to put some of your prints on your walls. Consider metal prints — they are awesome and you don't have to select or buy a frame. Also not requiring a frame and loved by most are canvas prints. Printique (formerly AdoramaPix) is one of my favorites.

Backup What You Shot

You have a backup plan that includes secure, remote off-site storage, right? If so, make sure that those backups are current. If not, fix that problem ASAP. WD My Passport external drives are a great option.

Scan What You Shot

Still have prints and slides hanging around? Don't wait any longer to digitize them. I used the predecessor to the Epson Perfection V550 Photo Film and Document Scanner to digitize my old prints and the kid's artwork and still use it to eliminate most of my paper receipts.

Ricketts Glen State Park

Learn to Shoot Better

Learning is worth intentionally interrupting work for and the decision to spend time learning during a forced interruption is a no-brainer. Our Photography Tips page is a good place to start. Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has made a huge set of free online classes available.

Laptop

Upgrade your Computer and Home Office

You have been tolerating that old, slow computer for long enough. It is time for a change and you have time to set up a new system, migrating your images and workflow. A faster system will save you valuable time later and a more reliable system will save more than time. I have been using Dell XPS computers for about 20 years.

While at it, if kids are involved, upgrade all of the systems. Education is extremely important and making learning easier will encourage that practice.

Is your printer adequate? A wireless printer makes life much easier in our house.

If spending a significant amount of time sitting, the ergonomics of your chair become very important. Check out the full range of home computing necessities at B&H and Amazon.

Do you enjoy music while at your desk? A quality sound system can make a big difference.

During a time of change is a good time to drop bad habits and start new ones. Hopefully something just said has stirred your creativity and motivation. Move in positive new directions. This world is a better place with you in it — carpe diem.

Post Date: 3/24/2020 10:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 23, 2020
Just posted: Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens Review.
 
You are going to want this lens.
 
The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens is in stock or available for preorder at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Henry's | WEX
 
Rent the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 3/23/2020 7:46:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, March 21, 2020
It is so hard to get kids to smile nicely but apparently, even animal kids have this problem. What was this black bear cub thinking? What induced it to bend its nose sideways? I have no idea, but I love humor in wildlife images and am always looking for it.
 
A second cub is facing the opposite direction in the background and the side of the mother bear can be seen along the left edge of the frame.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 3/21/2020 1:42:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 20, 2020
From the LensRentals Blog:
By Roger Cicala
 
I’m qualified to talk about this subject to some degree; I take care of a ton of camera equipment, and I was a physician in my past life. And I’ve had so many requests for information about this that it seems logical to put something out, so everyone has access to it.
 
Disinfecting Equipment and People – What you can and can’t accomplish.
 
If you are going out amongst people, you’re taking some risk. You can reduce it, but you can’t eliminate it. Masks protect others from you a bit; they don’t protect you from others. Beards increase your risk of both giving and receiving a bit and negate any benefit of a mask. Gloves keep stuff from getting on your fingers, but otherwise, virus transfers from gloves-to-face and gloves-to-anything else just fine.
 
This virus transmits by aerosol, so if you breathe an infected person’s air, bad things happen. That’s what the 6-foot rule is about, although 6 feet probably isn’t quite enough. The virus also settles on surfaces, and if you touch the surface and then your face, bad things happen. How long the virus can live on surfaces isn’t clear and depends a lot on the surface and ambient conditions. At least 8 hours is a reasonable rule for encapsulated virions (virus particles), but under ideal (for the virus) conditions 24 hours seems likely. There have been some reports of 72 hours in lab conditions, but that seems unlikely in real-life conditions.
 
So there’s one thought for you; if the gear hasn’t been touched or breathed on in 24 hours, it’s almost certainly safe; at 72 hours, you can take off the almost.
Read the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
 
Read that.
 
Then go rent something.
Post Date: 3/20/2020 1:48:32 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Really Right Stuff Tripod Bag Review.
 
This is a quick review of an excellent tripod accessory.
 
Available in a range of sizes, the Really Right Stuff Tripod Bag is in stock at B&H.
 
Please share!
Post Date: 3/20/2020 7:56:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
A university administration building had caught my eye. It seemed a perfect subject for the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens I was reviewing and photographing it was on this evening's to-do list. During the blue hour is a great time to photograph architecture and starting with a shooting direction away from the sunset provides the earliest brightness balance between the building lights and the sky. As the sky darkened, the light balance on the other side of the building, looking toward the sunset (brighter sky), improved and that was the direction the camera was facing for this image capture.
 
To get a level camera for this perspective required fully extending the Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod legs and positioning the feet as close together as possible without risking stability. The camera was well above head height but the tilt LCD enabled proper leveling and composition. The low geometric distortion of this lens makes it a great option for photographing subjects with straight lines along the edges of the frame.
 
This was a single RAW image (not an HDR) captured with the brightest areas of the image somewhat too bright. In post, utilizing the Sony a7R IV's excellent dynamic range, the highlights were pulled back and the shadows were boosted for a balanced appearance.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 3/20/2020 7:46:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the TamronVids YouTube Channel:
 
Mountain Biker Mitchell Bryan. Shot with Tamron's SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 on Canon mirrorless R camera.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS R and Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2.
Post Date: 3/20/2020 5:24:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
MELVILLE, NY, March 18, 2020 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that Mr. Eliott Peck, the company’s executive vice president and general manager of the Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, will retire effective March 31, 2020. Canon U.S.A. credits Mr. Peck’s 45 years of strong leadership, dedication and achievements shaping the success of Canon’s consumer and professional imaging products, which include camera, lens, video, inkjet printer, projector, display, broadcast lenses and new business innovation.
 
“Over the past 45 years, I have been fortunate to assume different roles at Canon and to have been part of the growth that saw the company become one of the premier brands in the world, said Mr. Peck. “It has been a true honor for me to have worked with some amazingly bright and supportive people that have helped define and revitalize our industry through the years and created a brand that has emerged, adapted and grown to be the digital imaging solutions leader it is today.”
 
Mr. Peck is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, a non-profit association dedicated to advancing the art and practice of filmmaking. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Industry Leaders for the Consumer Technology Association. He is also on the Executive Steering Committee of the Canon Americas Board of Group Management.
 
“Eliott is a respected leader within our organization as well as within the imaging and consumer technology industry, said Joe Adachi, chairman and chief executive officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “On behalf of Canon U.S.A., we share our immense gratitude for his service as well as his innovative contributions to our company.”
Post Date: 3/20/2020 5:02:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 19, 2020
The "Which software should I use for image editing?" question hit the inbox so I thought I'd share the software I am using with you.
 
If processing Canon RAW images, I use Canon's Digital Photo Professional (DPP). While this software is not as feature-filled as other options, it is easy to use and more important is that it produces very good image quality, including very good color. That this software is free is a strong positive feature.
 
The huge industry favorite is feature-packed Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop is included in the Adobe CC Photography Plan required to acquire this software. I process Nikon images with Lightroom and finish most web-bound images with Photoshop.
 
I use Capture One for editing Sony RAW images. This is well-designed software and when I last compared results, Capture One produced noticeably-better-looking noise patterns in Sony images than Lightroom. The Sony Express version is free.
 
Another app growing rapidly in popularity is Skylum Luminar.
 
Nikon and Sony both offer free image processing software but I find both challenging to use.
Post Date: 3/19/2020 1:31:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
No, post-processing was not used to create that perfectly-placed shadow. Outdoor photography is often about being at the right place at the right time. On this day, my timing was about perfect for the shadow of a large university field house to fall across the lanes of the outdoor track next to it, shading all but the first lane.
 
Also aiding in emphasizing the "1" was the perspective. With the 20mm lens positioned closer to the "1" than the other numbers, the "1" becomes the largest in the frame and therefore the most prominent. Everyone loves number "1" and there are far more uses for an emphasized "1" than any other number.
 
The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens is very fun to walk around with, letting your creativity take over. The results from this lens are quite impressive.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
20mm  f/11.0  1/80s
ISO 100
9504 x 6336px
Post Date: 3/19/2020 8:13:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
In this episode of #PHOMO, you’ll learn how to match the color, brightness, and tone of your photo composites using Photoshop. Follow along with Paul Trani to see how.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 3/19/2020 5:13:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens page.
 
You are going to like these results. The full review for this lens should be available soon.
 
The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens is in stock (or available for order) at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Henry's | WEX
 
Rent the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 3/18/2020 7:49:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Really Right Stuff TQC-14/TFC-14 Mk2 Tripod Review.
 
This tripod is very impressive, outperforming many significantly larger, heavier models.
 
The Really Right Stuff TQC-14/TFC-14 Mk2 Tripod is in stock at B&H
 
Please share!
Post Date: 3/18/2020 7:45:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
What is focus stacking, and how does it work? In this product photography tutorial, Jake and Bobby show you how taking and processing multiple images at different focus distances can produce a greater depth of field than a single image is capable of. The final effect being the full image in sharp focus.
 
Note from Sean: I often use focus stacking when photographing flowers and highly recommend giving the technique a try when photographing small [motionless] objects.
 
Dalmatian Orchid
Post Date: 3/18/2020 5:18:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 16, 2020
As usual, this gear is being sold to raise funds. Check the rather-long list to see if anything fits into your kit. Most items are like new.
 
Bryan's Used Gear for Sale
 
Brands available include Canon, Nikon, Sony, Really Right Stuff, and more.
 
Post Date: 3/16/2020 12:28:20 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
In this video Gavin Hoey takes you through his process of using fake walls, made of fabric, for a portrait shoot in his small home studio. Gavin's idea is to create the feeling of depth by lighting his model but letting the far corner drop in to dark shadow. It sounds simple enough but in order for the set-up to work, Gavin will have to compromise on his vision and come up with some creative lighting solutions. Problem solving and compromise, it's all part of the photographic process.
 
Equipment Used
 
Post Date: 3/16/2020 5:19:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, March 13, 2020
From Canon U.S.A:
 
Canon Announces Additional Details of EOS R5 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Currently In Development
 
Following-up on the development announcement of Canon’s most advanced full-frame the mirrorless camera ever, the EOS R5, Canon has additional details to share, including information on the camera’s 8K video recording, Dual Pixel CMOS AF and a new “Animal Detection” auto focus technology.
 
The EOS R5 will record internal 8K video capture up to 29.97fps, using the full width of the image sensor and will feature Canon’s revolutionary Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology in all 8K recording modes. In addition, with newly developed live view AF technologies seen in the EOS-1D X Mark III flagship camera as a basis, EOS R5 will implement “Animal Detection” auto focus technology. The AF technology will help users steadily track animals such as dogs, cats and birds by detecting the body, face, or eye of the subject, helping to ensure fast and accurate capture of quick-moving objects.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/13/2020 8:27:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 12, 2020
From NAB:
 
March 11, 2020
 
Dear NAB Show community,
 
As you know, we have been carefully monitoring coronavirus developments both domestically and globally over the past few weeks.
 
In the interest of addressing the health and safety concerns of our stakeholders and in consultation with partners throughout the media and entertainment industry, we have decided not to move forward with NAB Show in April. We are currently considering a number of potential alternatives to create the best possible experience for our community.
 
This was not an easy decision. Fortunately, we did not have to make this decision alone, and are grateful to our NAB Show community for engaging with us as we grappled with the rapidly-evolving situation. This Show is as much yours as it is ours, and it is important to us that we move forward together.
 
For nearly 100 years, NAB Show has provided superior value and the best possible experience for exhibitors and attendees. We knew that if we could not deliver on those expectations, we would not move forward. More importantly, keeping the community safe and healthy is NAB’s highest priority; therefore, we are deferring to the developing consensus from public health authorities on the challenges posed by coronavirus.
 
We are still weighing the best potential path forward, and we ask you for your patience as we do so. We are committed to exploring all possible alternatives so that we can provide a productive setting where the industry can engage with the latest technology, hear from industry thought leaders and make the game-changing connections that drive our industry forward.
 
I want to stress that despite our disappointment at how this year’s Show has been impacted by global public health concerns, we are more excited than ever about the future of NAB Show and our relationship with you.
 
We are grateful for each and every member of our Show community. It is your passion for the industry that makes NAB Show a success year after year, and it is that same passion that will drive us into the future as we look ahead to new possibilities later this year and beyond.
 
Sincerely,
Gordon H. Smith
President and CEO
Category: NAB News
Post Date: 3/12/2020 5:25:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Just FYI:
 
With the number of different currently-available Canon camera and lens models increasing and with more models on the way, I opted for a little site housekeeping, separating the Canon mirrorless interchangeable lens camera reviews and the Canon RF lens reviews from the Canon DSLR camera reviews, the Canon zoom lens reviews, and the Canon prime lens reviews.
 
While that paragraph looks ugly, the physical separation should especially make the R-series camera model line easier to follow.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/11/2020 6:01:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Canon EOS M200 Review.
 
The M200 is a lot of camera for its size, weight, and price.
 
The Canon EOS M200 is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA (check out the "Renewed" option) | WEX
 
Please share!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/11/2020 7:44:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 10, 2020
I was there to photograph mountain goat kids but the bighorn sheep also showed up and the lambs were totally adorable.
 
The Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens combination were perfect for this capture.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
227mm  f/8.0  1/600s
ISO 2000
8688 x 5792px
Post Date: 3/10/2020 8:09:11 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon U.S.A:
 
Canon U.S.A. Chairman and CEO Yoroku Adachi Retiring
 
Kazuto Ogawa [shown in image] Appointed as President and CEO of Canon U.S.A.
 
MELVILLE, NY, March 10, 2020 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced that Mr. Yoroku Adachi, the company’s chairman and CEO, is retiring. His last day of work will be March 31, 2020. Mr. Adachi, who also is retiring as executive vice president of Canon Inc. in Japan and Chairman and CEO of Canon Solutions America, has enjoyed a distinguished 50-year career with Canon that included leadership roles at Canon companies around the world.
 
Canon U.S.A. has also announced that Mr. Kazuto Ogawa, the company’s president and COO, is being promoted to president and CEO and will succeed Mr. Adachi. Mr. Ogawa, who has almost 40 years of experience with Canon, joined Canon U.S.A in 2018 after serving as executive vice president at Canon China.
 
“I am honored to have the opportunity to succeed a tremendous leader like Mr. Adachi,’’ Mr. Ogawa said. “In many ways, Mr. Adachi was a visionary. His ability to anticipate and understand the needs of our customers and business partners as well as the many complex factors affecting our business was remarkable. He wasn’t afraid to make bold decisions or take risks that helped move Canon U.S.A. forward.’’
 
Mr. Adachi was named president and CEO of Canon U.S.A. in 2005 and was promoted to chairman and CEO in 2014. He was responsible for all of Canon’s operations in North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean.
 
Before leading Canon U.S.A., Mr. Adachi was president of Canon Canada from 1998-2001 and president and CEO of Canon’s Asian Group companies from 2001-2005.
 
Under his leadership, Canon U.S.A. ended a long search for a new headquarters on Long Island. The company constructed a 700,000-square-foot LEED Gold certified building on 52 acres in Melville and moved there from Lake Success in 2013.
 
“Our Melville headquarters will be a huge part of Mr. Adachi’s legacy in the United States,’’ said Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, Canon U.S.A., and senior managing executive officer, Canon Inc. “But those of us who have worked closely with Mr. Adachi will remember him for his sincere concern and care about our employees and his desire to always do the right thing.’’
 
Mr. Ogawa began his career with Canon Inc. in 1981. From 1995-2005, he held positions with Canon Singapore, Canon Hong Kong and Canon China before returning to Canon Singapore as president and CEO. In 2008, Mr. Ogawa was named president and CEO of Canon Canada. He became an executive officer of Canon Inc. in 2011 and was appointed executive vice president of Canon China in 2014. He was elected as a managing executive officer of Canon Inc. in 2016.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/10/2020 11:03:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, and standard product images have been added to the Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens page.
 
I'll get you started with comparisons:
 
Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens compared to the Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens
 
The Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Post Date: 3/10/2020 8:06:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 9, 2020
Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens page.
 
Here is a starter comparison:
 
Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens compared to the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
 
The Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens is in stock at B&H ($189.95 used)| Adorama ($309.00 open box) | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 3/9/2020 8:05:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 6, 2020
Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens page.
 
Note that this lens has very strong geometric distortion that is corrected in-camera. The test images are not corrected for distortion but the required in-camera correction means the chart was framed slightly smaller than correct in the final image.
 
As always, there are many comparisons available but this was the one I most wanted to see:
 
The Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens compared to the Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM Lens
 
Note that the Canon lens requires distortion correction in-camera and in Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP) during processing.
 
The Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Post Date: 3/6/2020 8:14:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Tokina: Tokina new lenses 2020 line-up development announcement
 
Mar 6, 2020
 
This year we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Tokina brand. In May, 1950 Tokyo Koki Manufacturing company (President, Mr. Denkichi KAWAGUCHI) was established in Shinjuku District, Tokyo as an optical products manufacturer and started designing and manufacturing Tokina brand lenses. During this long period Tokina has left a great legacy behind.
 
We are happy to introduce you our new Tokina 2020 line-up, which was originally planned to be presented at the biggest annual Asian Camera and Imaging photo show CP+2020 (Yokohama, Japan). Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the show was canceled.
 
Tokina 2020 Show Booth
 
We couldn't accept the loss of this great chance. Therefore, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary, we officially announce Tokina new lens line-up which we intend to release in 2020 year.
 
Tokina 2020 Lens Development Announcement
 
Note: The product images are tentative. Design may be changed without preliminary notification.
 
B&H carries Tokina lenses.
Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 3/6/2020 8:01:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adorama YouTube channel:
 
In this episode, Mark Wallace explains how and why you should be using collections in Adobe Lightroom Classic. Mark demonstrates how to create normal collections, smart collections, and how to set your target collection. You'll learn how to use collections to publish your photos and sync them with Lightroom.
 
Adorama carries the Adobe Photography Plan Subscription.
Post Date: 3/6/2020 4:47:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 5, 2020
Just posted: Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Review.
 
This is an awesome camera (mostly).
 
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Post Date: 3/5/2020 8:02:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Shoot through or translucent umbrellas can be cheap, quick to set up and ultra portable light modifiers. Compared to just the basic flash, an umbrella can radically alter and dramatically improve your lighting and in this video photographer Gavin Hoey shows you exactly how it's done.
 
Starting with a simple lighting set-up that would work great for moving subjects (such as pet photography or fast moving kids) Gavin refines the position and power of his single umbrella and speedlight to get control over the light on his model and the background in his small home studio. In total Gavin shares four different looks that you can easily achieve using just one flash and a single shoot though umbrella.
 
Relevant Products Used
 
Post Date: 3/5/2020 4:37:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 27, 2020
I'm evaluating Canon EOS-1D X Mark III images, selecting a few for inclusion in the review, and thought I'd take a moment to share an image of another amazing-looking duck, the American widgeon. The goal of this short trip to the Chesapeake Bay, in addition to testing the 1D X Mark III in the field, was to photograph canvasback ducks. Like most other wildlife photographers, I'm opportunistic and it wasn't hard to be attracted to the beautiful American widgeon. The colors, patterns, and shapes of this bird's feathers are incredible.
 
Again, I was sitting in very cold water just upriver from the Chesapeake Bay wearing chest waders (and a heavy layer of fleece insulation under them) to enable a low camera position. The Wimberley WH-200-S Sidemount Head held the big lens and mostly submerged under the Wimberley was a Robus RC-8860 Vantage Series 5 Carbon Fiber Tripod.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 2/27/2020 2:24:21 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Turn up the volume (unless you are at work)!
 
Set the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III to high speed continuous shooting mode and press the shutter release. This is the awesome sound you hear until: A. You release the shutter button. B. Your memory card is full.
 
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Burst Mode
 
Do the extra two frames per second over the 1D X Mark II make a difference? Your ears will say "Yes":
 
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, then Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
 
Get in line: the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Don't want to wait? Rent the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/27/2020 11:36:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Preorders are being taken for the just-announced Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens: B&H | Adorama
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 2/26/2020 9:14:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Resolution test results have now been added to the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Review page.
 
Here is the 1D X III vs. II comparison. The two cameras have similar resolution and appear similarly sharp, but the III is delivering cleaner results (see the fine converging horizontal lines in the top crop).
 
Get in line: the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Don't want to wait? Rent the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/26/2020 7:58:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Do you like your bird images cropped tightly or do you prefer some breathing room around your birds?
 
I shared a canvasback duck image earlier today and mentioned that I was struggling to decide which of two images I liked better. While that topic is fresh on my mind, I thought I would share the looser-cropped image and get your opinion.
 
Which image do you like better? The composition with the closer duck filling a greater percentage of the frame or the more-distant duck showing more surroundings?
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 2/25/2020 2:20:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III arrived mid-afternoon and immediately the battery went on the charger. Setting up the camera came next (didn't wait for a full battery charge) and shooting the noise test followed. Late-night packing ensued and the road trip started the next morning.
 
The goal of this trip was to give the 1D X III a workout and the Chesapeake Bay ducks seemed a good choice.
 
One of the challenges I frequently encounter when photographing ducks is selecting the correct focus point(s) in time to get an image before the duck changes direction again. Those webbed feet can make 180° turns very fast but the 1D X III's new Smart Controller is a game-changer in DSLR focus point selection. Simply slide a thumb (even with a glove on) across the AF-ON button's Smart Controller feature and the AF point moves in the same direction. Keeping up with the ducks is now considerably easier thanks to the Smart Controller — this feature is awesome. I'm now less-satisfied with my other DSLRs.
 
When photographing ducks, I seldom appreciate a downward camera angle. This means getting the camera down to the level of the duck which becomes complicated when the duck is swimming. Sitting in the low-40-something-degree-F water just upriver from the Chesapeake Bay wearing chest waders (with a heavy layer of fleece insulation under them) was the option selected. Obviously, the camera cannot go right on the water level, especially with saltwater sometimes having splashing waves, but getting into the water helps reduce elevation.
 
Another aid to a flatter camera angle is using a long focal length lens. The longer the focal length used, the farther away the subject needs to be for proper framing and to frame a farther-away subject requires the camera angle to be raised, creating a closer-to-level shooting angle.
 
Prior to leaving for this short trip, I had a number of accessories sent to me for testing.
 
Holding the camera and lens in the river was a Wimberley WH-200-S Sidemount Head. The Wimberley Tripod Head II (full gimbal head including the cradle) is an awesome choice for holding a big lens. This head is very solid but the Sidemount version is even more rigid, weighs less, consumes less space, and provides a better handle (such as for lifting the tripod out of the river). The only downside to this side-mount head is that some lenses, primarily very large lenses with high-profile tripod feet, may not be perfectly centered over the head. This slight offset didn't seem to matter in my use with a 600mm f4L lens. My cradle will not likely see any future use.
 
Mostly submerged and holding the Wimberley Sidemount tripod head was a Robus RC-8860 Vantage Series 5 Carbon Fiber Tripod. This solid, heavy-duty tripod was a superb solution for anchoring (literally in this case) a 600mm f/4 lens on a pro body. I continue to be impressed by the quality of the Robus products, especially for the price. They are great values.
 
I might share another Canvasback photograph with you soon as I struggled to select between this one and a looser-framed shot (and many others). The warm lighting on this duck is from a setting sun and the blue water color is courtesy of a blue sky.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 2/25/2020 10:23:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sony:
 
Sony Expands Full-frame Lens Line-up with Introduction of New Large-aperture, Ultra-wide-angle Prime Lens
 
SAN DIEGO – February 25, 2020 – Adding to its extensive range of native mirrorless full-frame lenses, Sony Electronics today announced the launch of the new G Lens™ series FE 20mm F1.8 G (model name SEL20F18G), perfect for a variety of creative needs including portraits, astrophotography, landscape and street photography, as well as capturing impressive video. Ensuring exceptional G Lens resolution and bokeh, the FE 20mm F1.8 G is a compact, lightweight, ultra-wide prime lens – the widest full-frame prime lens in Sony’s E-mount lineup – giving users a new resource for stretching the boundaries of their artistic imaginations.
 
The impressive lens design features two advanced aspherical (AA) elements and three extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements to suppress chromatic aberration and delivers high corner-to-corner image quality with minimal distortion, even at the maximum F1.8 aperture. It has excellent close-up performance, with a minimum focus distance of 7.5 inches (max. magnification: 0.2 times), and delivers beautifully de-focused backgrounds, or bokeh. For challenging subjects like night scenes or starry skies, the FE 20mm F1.8 G delivers crisp and clear images thanks to its advanced optical design that accurately reproduces point light sources with high contrast and minimum sagittal flare.
 
The compact design and versatility of the FE 20mm F1.8 G makes it the perfect all-inclusive lens for photographers and videographers. Weighing only 13.2 oz (373g), its small size and light weight make it truly mobile when used with compact E-mount bodies as part of a well-balanced system that is ideal for use on gimbals or accessory grips.
 
Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens On Camera
 
In addition, the use of two extreme dynamic (XD) Linear Motors delivers fast, precise and quiet autofocus for both stills and video shooting.
 
Designed to be dust and moisture resistant and having a fluorine front element coating, the FE 20mm F1.8 G is highly reliable and easy to operate. It also features a customizable focus-hold button and aperture ring with a click on/off switch and is compatible with a variety of 67mm filters for extra creative control.
 
“We’re driven by the needs of our customers and will continue developing the best tools to meet their creative ambitions,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Products and Solutions Americas, Sony Electronics. “Our 56th E-mount lens, the new FE 20mm F1.8 G, is fast, lightweight and extremely versatile, giving creators yet another compelling tool to help realize their vision.”
 
Pricing and Availability
 
The FE 20mm F1.8 G will be available in March 2020 for a suggested retail price of $899.99 USD and $1,199.99 CAD.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 2/25/2020 10:08:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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