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 Friday, January 19, 2018
The Canon EOS M10 has been officially discontinued by Canon Japan. Announced in October 2015, the M10 represented the lowest tier of Canon's EOS M series. In August 2017, the EOS M100 was introduced to fill the same role, making the M10's discontinuation inevitable.
 
B&H still has the Canon EOS M10 in stock, but the M100 is newer and, with the current instant rebates, less expensive.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/19/2018 7:54:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 17, 2018
I'm starting the new year with a fundraising sale.
 
Items available include:
 
  • A mint Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS II Lens
  • Four other Canon lenses
  • A mint Sony a7R II
  • A couple of excellent Gitzo tripods
  • A Gitzo ball head
  • Nikon extension tubes
  • Much more!
Take a look at the list!
Post Date: 1/17/2018 8:54:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Rating and Investment Information, Inc. (R&I) has rated Canon's stock as ""AA+ (stable)" based on the company's high profitability and diversified investment portfolio.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/17/2018 7:12:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Western Digital:
 
Ultra-Transportable 4-Bay G-Technology G-SPEED Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3 and ev Series Bay Adapters Provides the Speed and Capacity Content Creators Need On-Location and In-Studio
 
SAN JOSE, CA – Jan. 16, 2018 – Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) today introduced two new ultra-transportable solutions in its high-powered G-Technology G-SPEED Shuttle product family. The new solutions are designed to meet the demands of professional content creators who need lightning-fast transfer speed and high-capacity storage solution that can easily be moved from the studio to wherever your project takes you, and back.
 
The rise of streaming video on demand (SVoD) services are providing many new opportunities for studios, production houses and independent film makers. To capitalize on these opportunities, the right tools are crucial. When working in-the-field, production teams need a fast solution that can handle demanding workflows of 4K and 8K content with the ability to collect that precious footage and quickly move the content from location to location.
 
The new 4-bay G-SPEED Shuttle solution seamlessly integrates into the Thunderbolt 3 ecosystem* and delivers the capacity and performance needed for professionals to thrive in creative media and entertainment workflow environments, yet is designed with transportability in mind to quickly and safely get the data in the hands of the post-production teams. For example, with the G-SPEED Shuttle, a professional can transfer one hour of 4K footage at 30 frames per second (fps) in just minutes at up to 1,000 MB/s.
 
"The value of captured video content is immeasurable as it can’t be easily reshot or recovered if lost. One of the biggest pain points facing film makers is not having the ability to move the massive amounts of footage quickly and reliably to the next stage of the workflow – both physically and virtually. If you’re looking for a fast, high-capacity solution that’s also easily transportable, your options are limited. With the power of Thunderbolt 3, the flexibility to integrate with our ev Series, and a design optimized for mobility, the G-SPEED Shuttle is the perfect solution for any on-the-go project team," said Scott Vouri, vice president strategy and business development, G-Technology, Western Digital.
 
G-SPEED Shuttle Features and Availability
 
  • G-SPEED Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3: Able to handle demanding multi-stream workflows of 4K and beyond, both on location and in the studio, the G-SPEED Shuttle solution with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports offers content creators up to 48TB and hardware RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 in a 4-bay transportable design. Equipped with transfer rates up to 1000MB/s** and removable 7200RPM enterprise class drives, creative professionals have the ultimate storage solution for demanding video and photography workflows and high-capacity storage. The G-SPEED Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3 is available in the U.S. now in 16TB ($1,799.95), 24TB ($2,299.95), 32TB ($2,799.95) and 48TB ($3,799.95).
  • G-SPEED Shuttle with ev Series Bay Adapters: While similar in features with the G-SPEED Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3, this model’s integrated ev Series bay adapters improve workflow options and productivity by enabling cross-functionality with all ev Series drives and readers. Users can experience enhanced reliability coupled with fast transfer rates up to 500MB/s and up to 24TB. The G-SPEED Shuttle solution with ev Series bay adapters is available in the U.S. now in 20TB ($1,999.95) and 24TB ($2,299.95).
The above G-Technology solutions use the HGST-branded Ultrastar enterprise-class drives and are backed by an industry-leading 5-year limited warranty. G-Technology brand storage solutions come pre-formatted for Mac computers and can be easily reformatted for Windows computers with the G-Technology Windows Format Wizard.
 
B&H has the G-Technology 4-Bay G-SPEED Shuttle Arrays in stock with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 1/17/2018 5:39:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 16, 2018

 
At 10:00am Eastern Time on January 23, DJI will hold a live announcement event where it will introduce at least one new drone. Many are speculating that an update to the ultra-popular Mavic Pro will be the prime subject for the event.
Category: DJI News
Post Date: 1/16/2018 12:55:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality test results have been added to the Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens page.
 
Clear is that this is the longest focal length range available in a DSLR lens. Is this the first superzoom to break the image quality barrier? That answer is not so "clear".
 
The Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 1/16/2018 8:00:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
Being a Profoto Legend of Light is just one of Ana Brandt’s many accolades. This is on top of creating her own legacy - an experience she wants to share with the next generation. Using the power of the Profoto B1X lights has changed the way Ana uses studio strobes. “I know without a doubt that photos are what we will always need, what we will look back to and what we must have going forward,” she reflects. “I am just glad that I can be a part of that.”
 
B&H carries the Profoto B1X 500 AirTTL OCF.
Post Date: 1/16/2018 7:13:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Japan's BCN Awards measure annual unit sales based on point of sale data collected at major partnering retailers. Based on the data collected the previous year, Canon ranked #1 in compact digital cameras, #1 in DSLRs (by a wide margin) and #2 in MILCs (behind Olympus).
 
Digital camera (integrated with lens) category
#1) Canon – 27.9%
#2) Nikon – 25.5%
#3) Casio – 17.2%
 
Digital camera (single lens reflex) division
#1) Canon – 61.1%
#2) Nikon – 34.4%
#3) Ricoh – 4.2%
 
Digital Camera (Mirror-less SLR) Category
#1) Olympus – 27.7%
#2) Canon – 21.3%
#3) Sony – 20.2%
 
Interchangeable lens division
#1) Canon – 21.9%
#2) Sigma – 16.2%
#3) Tamron – 13.7%
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/16/2018 6:59:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.00 to 1.01
 
Fixed the following issues:
 
  • Users exiting Clean image sensor after adding it to and entering via MY MENU would be returned not to MY MENU but to the SETUP MENU.
  • Photos taken with On selected for Long exposure NR would sometimes have increased noise or shadows with a greenish cast.
  • Slight aperture reset lag would sometimes occur after shooting at shutter speeds under 1/10 s (type E and PC-E lenses excluded).
Downlad: Nikon D850 Firmware v.1.01
 
B&H carries the Nikon D850 DSLR Camera.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/16/2018 5:18:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 15, 2018
Adorama has the Sony a7R III Mirrorless Camera (review) in stock with free overnight shipping.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 1/15/2018 2:15:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Joe McNally YouTube Channel:
 
This photo shoot represented a series of challenges. We had to light the whole forest environment, and light the runners effectively, and manage a huge bonfire, and flood a narrow ravine to create a muddy stream. We used a combination of large flash, and an array of gelled SB-5000 Speedlights to provide rim lighting to complement the runners’ explosive action. And then, we had to rely on the accurate auto-focus of the Nikon D850 to key on the lead runner, using a Nikkor 200-400mm f4 lens. Lots of moving parts! The aim was to create something dynamic, roughly akin in feel to an action movie poster. Fun to do, and as always, kudos to our wonderful team out there in the field, and these amazing athletes!
 
Nikon Gear Used
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/15/2018 10:47:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Really Right Stuff TQC-14 Carbon Fiber Tripod Review.
 
I'm always looking for a better tripod and this one qualifies.
 
The Really Right Stuff TQC-14 Carbon Fiber Tripod is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 1/15/2018 8:10:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
The Company Will Showcase Its Latest Digital Imaging Solutions for Professional Photographers and Feature Educational Presentations by Canon Explorers of Light
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., January 12, 2018 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce that the company will launch a special pricing promotion for new and existing Canon Professional Service (CPS) members at the Imaging USA EXPO 2018 hosted by Professional Photographers of America (PPA). This exclusive promotion, offers 20 percent off new, renewed or upgraded CPS gold or platinum memberships for active PPA members. Imaging USA EXPO 2018 will take place through January 16th at theGaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN.
 
“CPS members are among the most loyal and dedicated customers of Canon. Their passion, experience and knowledge are invaluable assets to the photo and video imaging community,” Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Offering this special promotion to both new and existing CPS members is an exciting initiative for us. We want these photographers to continue to grow and succeed with Canon’s world-class service and support right alongside them.”
 
Beginning at Imaging USA and effective throughout 2018, active PPA members will have the opportunity to renew or upgrade their current CPS membership, while non-CPS members can open a new membership – both at a 20 percent discount off current prices. Attendees who sign up for a CPS membership at the show will also qualify for a free gift. PPA members who do not sign up at Imaging USA can call 1-844-58-CANON to also receive the 20 percent exclusive offer.
 
“PPA is always looking to provide our members with savings on their essential needs,” says Kristen Hartman, PPA’s Director of Member Value & Experience. “We are excited that Canon is offering this exclusive discount to our members and we look forward to working with Canon in the future.”
 
Canon Professional Services will also host the CPS Lounge where Gold, Platinum, Enterprise and Cinema CPS members can have their Canon equipment (up-to-two current Professional DSLR bodies or lenses) cleaned and checked. CPS members can also enter the CPS member photo contest for a chance to win a PIXMA PRO-10 printer. Restrictions apply. Stop by the lounge for more information.
 
The hours of operation for the CPS Lounge are:
 
Saturday, Jan 13: 12:00pm – 5:00pm (Pre-show day)
Sunday, Jan. 14: 10:30am – 5:00 pm
Monday, Jan. 15: 10:30am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Jan. 16: 11:00am – 1:30pm (Equipment pickup only)
 
At the booth, Canon will also showcase its latest digital imaging solutions for professional photographers, including its full line of cameras and lenses.
 
The Canon Imaging USA Live Stage in the booth will feature presentations from several Canon Explorers of Light (schedule subject to change without notice), including Lindsay Adler, Peter Hurley and Michele Celentano. For the complete speaking schedule, please click here.
 
Each day of the show, join Canon Live Learning for exciting Photo Walks. Participants will learn about portrait lighting with Speedlites, working with natural light and how to get the best results for nighttime portraits. Photo Walks are free and are available on a first come, first served basis. Each walk is limited to 25 Imaging USA attendees per walk. Pick your walk and register now: canon.us/imaging2018photowalks.
 
Follow Canon throughout the 2018 Imaging USA Expo @CanonUSApro. To see the full details of Canon’s presence at the Expo and details about the promotion, please visit: https://www.ppa.com/membership/
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/15/2018 6:55:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
Firmware Version 1.4.1 incorporates the following improvements and fixes:
 
  • Changes the maximum number of “Release cycles” displayed from 1,000,000 cycles to 9,999,000 cycles. This value can be checked under the “Camera system information” menu.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which a synchronization failure may occur during multiple flash shooting.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which Error 80 occurs depending on the shutter release timing.
Firmware Version 1.4.1 includes all improvements and fixes provided in previous firmware versions.
 
Support
 
Canon USA will perform this Firmware Update on the EOS-1D C Cinema EOS Camera free of charge. Shipping and handling charges may apply. Please contact the Canon Customer Support Center for details.
 
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
Please register the EOS-1D C. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when future Firmware Updates become available for download. If you already registered, please ensure you are opted-in to receive the notification.
 
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/15/2018 6:34:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, January 14, 2018
Former Pennsylvania Gov. William Cameron Sproul built this little hydroelectric plant in 1915 to supply his home with electricity. Sitting above a waterfall on Adams Creek in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, this historic stone water wheel house is individually photogenic and especially-so with its picturesque surroundings. Obviously, this photo was captured in the winter, so I'll share a few thoughts on ice photography.
 
Cold Temperatures Required
 
Obviously, for ice to form, the temperature must be cold. While cold temperatures make us want to stay inside, ice is a great subject to pull us out of our comfortable houses. Note that, even after a long cold spell, a single warm day can degrade the ice formations in some locations. If there has been a period of below-freezing temperatures, don't wait to take advantage of the ice. Check out the Cold Weather Photography Tips page before leaving home.
 
Water is Required
 
Along with cold temperatures, ice requires water to form. Thus, ice is found where there is water. While that also may sound trivially-basic, start thinking about locations that have water, including non-obvious ones. Or, consider creating your own ice.
 
Make Safety Paramount
 
Ice can be extremely slippery and it is a very hard surface to impact upon falling. A thick stocking hat with a thick folded-up rim can keep you warm and add a little protection to what matters most, though a helmet is a better idea in certain scenarios. Other thick clothing can also offer impact protection. Micro-spikes or crampons along with other ice-climbing supplies (and the training to use them) may also be required in the more extreme scenarios. Be careful out there.
 
Snow Changes the Appearance
 
Snow tends to stick to ice. While snow can be at least as beautiful as ice, if photographing ice is your goal, snow may cover your subject, turning everything white. Time your ice photo sessions so water has frozen before the snow falls or after water has sufficiently frozen over a prior snow fall. Also, look for vertical ice that snow cannot cling to. Of course, mounds of snow covered ice surrounded by water are great to have in a scene.
 
Snow Confuses Auto Exposure
 
Bright ice and snow consuming a significant portion of the camera's selected metering area will cause the camera's autoexposure algorithm to underexpose the image. The amount of underexposure can vary, so learn to watch the histogram and compensate the exposure for a brighter result. Enable the camera's blinking overexposure warning and adjust the exposure so that only a small number of the brightest pixels are blinking to get a typically-best exposure.
 
Find Interesting Ice
 
While ponds and lakes can have interesting ice to photograph (and methane bubbles are always calling us landscape photographers), flowing water tends to create more-unique shapes (including bubbles), with falling water creating some of the most-interesting stalactite and stalagmite formations.
 
Back to the safety concern: combine rapidly moving water freezing at angles with the slipperiness of ice and the safety risk factor grows. Also, while non-moving water tends to freeze to an even thickness and safety can often be discerned (permitting ice fishing, ice skating, snowmobiling and other activities), moving water tends to freeze unevenly and can be risky to walk over. Always use caution if traversing over ice.
 
Make Ice Secondary
 
While ice can make an excellent primary subject, it works especially well in a supporting role. Finding a great waterfall is an easy example of this strategy. Consider taking your portrait subject along to photograph in front of or beside the ice formations.
 
The ice photo shown here incorporates many of these tips. While waterfall photography often works best on a cloudy day, this shoot was secondary to another one and I had to accept what the day delivered. Fortunately, I liked the color balance difference provided by the sunlit (warm) and shaded (cool) portions of the image.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 1/14/2018 6:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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