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 Monday, November 20, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Liza Gershman
 
On a professional commercial or editorial shoot, food stylists prepare food to make it look “real,” or better than real, which requires quite a few tricks. Setting the scene and telling a story is also the job of the stylist team, and once that has been created then the photographer and photo assistant handle the lighting, composition, and framing. If you are photographing for a blog, magazine, or cookbook, working with a great food stylist isn’t always possible, but using these helpful tips when photographing food will enhance your imagery.
 
Think of the food before you even begin to photograph and plan the steps that it takes to create a successful food image.
 
Ask yourself, what is the size, shape, height and dimension of the food? What makes the subject special or unique?
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Post Date: 11/20/2017 10:29:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens page.
 
I've been anxiously awaiting these results. Check them out and let us know what you think!
 
Here is an 85mm lens image quality comparison to get you started.
 
I think I might know what you want under the Christmas tree this year. The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens is available for preorder at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/20/2017 7:44:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, November 19, 2017
Standard product images, ideal for visually comparing lenses, along with some on-camera images have been added to the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens page.
 
Here are some comparisons you might be interested in:
 
Current Canon 85mm Lenses
Canon 85mm f/1.4 between the equivalent Nikon and Sony lenses
Canon 85mm f/1.4 between the Sigma and Tamron options
Canon 85mm f/1.4 between the Zeiss Otus and Milvus
 
Did I miss a comparison you wanted to see? Click on any of the above links and build your own.
 
The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens is available for preorder at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Of course, if you preordered this lens early, you are probably out using it right now and will already know how this lens sizes up. I expect to have the 85 f/1.4L IS image quality results available tomorrow morning.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/19/2017 7:30:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, November 18, 2017
Canon has filed a patent for a camera "...employing a viewfinder device allowing [for] switching between an optical viewfinder (OVF) and an electronic viewfinder (EVF)."
 
Canon Hybrid Viewfinder Patent Image

Want the benefits of both an optical an electronic viewfinder? Canon may already have your camera in development. We reported on another hybrid viewfinder patent last year, so this technology may show up in a consumer product sooner rather than later (if at all, of course).
 
Patent Details
 
  • Publication number: 2017-146322
  • Date of publication: 24.08.2017
  • Application number: 2016-025399
  • Date of filing: 15.02.2016
  • Applicant: CANON INC
  • Inventor: KARASAWA AKIRA
Post Date: 11/18/2017 10:39:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 17, 2017
Today, Sony Japan issued an apology to consumers for expected delays in its a7R III availability due to orders "exceeding expectations." According to the notice, preorders will be shipped in the order they are received by "early December."
 
B&H has the Sony a7R III available for preorder.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 11/17/2017 10:14:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon USA:
 
For the Second Time, Nikon Names Michigan America’s Best Destination for Fall Foliage
 
November 16, 2017 – MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon announced Michigan (#NikonFallMI) as the top spot for capturing stunning images of beautiful fall foliage through the brand’s annual campaign. Now in its third year, the Top Spots for Fall Foliage campaign encourages and inspires participants to share their vibrant, colorful and unique fall images from their respective states to take home bragging rights as America’s best destination for autumn photography.
 
This year, Nikon received nearly 10,000 entries from participants coast to coast, showcasing beautiful autumn landscapes. Images included vividly colored leaves scattered across a calm eastern lake and vibrant forests of the west. The results are tabulated by the number of entries from a given state, which Nikon received through the brand’s Facebook channel and designated campaign hashtags on Instagram and Twitter.
 
“After an overwhelming response to our previous campaigns, we have made it our mission to encourage participants all over the country to get outside and capture all the beauty that this time of year has to offer,” said Lisa Baxt, Associate General Manager of Communications, Nikon Inc. “The vibrant colors of fall offer photographers of all levels an opportunity to capture this season’s magnificence.”
 
Michigan earned top honors for the second year, with more than 1,240 gorgeous photos submitted across social media. Notable images showcased gorgeous photos of the Great Lakes surrounded by warm tones, wildlife, and serene landscapes blanketed with vibrant foliage. Michigan took top honors for 2017 by beating former champion New York by more than 160 entries, while third place honors went to Colorado with 600 entries.
 
To view all of this year’s submissions on Instagram and Twitter, search the hashtag #NikonFall followed by the state’s abbreviation (e.g. #NikonFallMI). On Facebook visit www.facebook.com/NikonUSA to view the fall foliage submissions. For tips on photographing fantastic seasonal landscapes, check out Nikon’s Learn and Explore website.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon USA News
Post Date: 11/17/2017 7:05:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, November 16, 2017
Adobe recently released Lightroom Downloader, a Windows 10 & macOS v10.13 application that allows you to download all synced Lightroom photos to a folder on your hard drive.
 
Notes (from Adobe):
 
  • The app downloads all your Lightroom photos and videos from the cloud as original files and writes them into a date-based folder hierarchy at the hard-drive location that you specify.
  • The edits made to the raw images are written into the XMP sidecar files that accompany the downloaded raw files.
  • For the photos originally uploaded from the Lightroom Classic CC desktop app that only have a Smart Preview synced to the cloud, the app downloads DNG Smart Previews only for such photos.
Download: Lightroom Downloader
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 11/16/2017 11:25:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Store now has a Miniature Canon IV SB Rangefinder USB drive (8GB) available for purchase.
 
While the price may be a bit hefty for an 8GB flash drive, there's no denying that this thing looks pretty cool. [Sean]
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/16/2017 10:42:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
While washing dishes a few days ago, I noticed that the camellia bush just outside the window was blooming. Having never photographed camellia blooms, and with several freely available, I clipped my favorite from the bush, placed it in a small cup of water and brought it into the studio.
 
As luck would have it, I already had a couple of monolights with gridded strip boxes set up from a previous flower shot (a tulip), so I simply placed the camellia cutting on a posing stool between them. I grabbed my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens, affixed it to my tripod-mounted 5D Mark III and framed the scene to include the entire stamen group set against the petals.
 
As with many of my flower shots, I opted for a focus stacking technique which would allow me to capture a precise DOF (depth-of-field) which included the entire group of stamens. The focus stacking technique works especially well in situations such as these because the closer you get to an object (to increase magnification), the shallower the DOF at a given aperture. By shooting many incrementally focused images, you can later choose exactly which images to include in your focus stack, thereby selecting the precise DOF you want after the fact. When capturing images for a focus stack, the aperture you choose doesn't necessarily increase (or decrease) the DOF in your final image (the number of shots used for the focus stack ); however, the aperture you choose will affect your margin for error when incrementing focus (with wider apertures allowing for less room for error) and will affect the transition to out-of-focus elements (blur) at the beginning and end of your focus stack.
 
Camera settings for the individual shots were f/8, 1/160 sec and ISO 100, and I manually rotated the focus ring (very slightly) for each exposure. The image you see above was compiled from 22 individual images using Helicon Focus with final edits made in Adobe Photoshop CC.
 
A larger version of the image can be seen on Flickr.
Post Date: 11/16/2017 10:20:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has already sent shipping notices to many preorder customers of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens. We expect this lens to be in stock at most retailers very soon, assuming their initial shipments weren't exceeded by preorders.
 
Note: Through Jan. 6, 2018, this lens qualifies 13 Months of Free Accidental Damage Protection from Canon (CarePak Plus).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/16/2017 5:44:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, November 15, 2017
A site visitor recently reached out to us with concerns regarding a few B+W filters he purchased on Amazon (via third-party). While shooting test images with the filters, he noticed a significant drop in image quality and suspected they may have been counterfeit.
 
B+W filters are a favorite of ours here at The-Digital-Picture.com, and we're especially fond of their XS-Pro line. When people write into the site asking for advice on filters, B+W is the brand we most often recommend. As such, the image quality degradation the site visitor experienced using the "B+W" filters led us to believe that the filters were indeed fake.
 
Before the site visitor returned the filters, he noticed a trend in the reviews left on the Amazon product listing:
"... a bunch of people are saying they think they got counterfeits - some appear uncoated, some have different fonts on the filter ring, and others are missing the B+W seal on the box."
Instead of sending the filters back ASAP, he purchased a replacement set of filters (from a different Amazon vendor) and compared the second set to the first set he received.
"In comparing the filters from the first order with the second, it is clear the first order's filters are counterfeit. The counterfeits have aluminum filter rings, and the box has a shiny little green sticker that says, "Genuine Product" on it. The genuine filters (2nd order) have heavier brass rings and a larger, silver Schneider hologram sticker on them."
Not long after receiving confirmation that the site visitor's first set of filters were counterfeit, I reached out to Schneider Optics to inquire how consumers can distinguish genuine products from counterfeit ones. This was their reply:
I hope the following is of benefit to you and your readers:
 
  • Genuine F-Pro and XS-Pro mounts have the filter type and size on the front, not the side.
  • Boxes and holograms have been updated. NOTE: the latest packaging has a new QR Code that allows you to confirm authenticity with Schneider Germany.
  • In general, photographs of boxes and the text on the filter will not confirm a legitimate B+W product.
  • Alloy rings are not authorized, with two exceptions: Slim circular polarizers (discontinued) and Vario ND's, which are made of aluminum for manufacturing reasons.
  • Brass vs Alloy: if the dealer does not confirm it, ask. Once you hold it, the brass version is obviously heavier.
Note: Amazon co-mingles our [Schneider Optics, Inc., Hauppauge, NY] inventory with all of the third party resellers, so there is no way to know where the filter came from, or if it is even genuine. We have no control over product sold in Europe and Asia, as we are the authorized U.S. distributor for B+W.
 
If you are not sure whether a filter is genuine or fake, you have the choice to decide where you are going to buy it. We recommend you purchase it from an authorized B+W dealer to ensure [a genuine] product and warranty.
The best advice for avoiding counterfeit filters (B+W or otherwise) appears in the final sentence above. To ensure you get a genuine product, purchase your filters from an authorized retailer such as B&H and Adorama.
 
Note: The headline photo shows a genuine B+W XS-Pro filter. The original Amazon product listing for the counterfeit B+W filters referenced in this article shows a status of "No Longer Available," but there are likely more counterfeit filters being sold via other third-party listings.
Post Date: 11/15/2017 8:34:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon USA:
 
November 14, 2017 – MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Inc. has formally announced the appointment of Bo Kajiwara as the new President of Nikon Inc, the subsidiary of Nikon Corporation for the Americas. Kajiwara transitions from his role as the Senior General Manager, Sales and Marketing for Nikon Europe.
 
During his 29-year tenure with Nikon, Kajiwara has overseen many major product and marketing efforts including the launches of industry changing DSLR cameras, multiple NIKKOR lenses and compact camera options. Previous to his position at Nikon Europe, Kajiwara held the role at Nikon Corp. in Japan of General Manager for the Communications Department, with the responsibility for International Sales Strategy and Communications. Kajiwara is no stranger to the US, having worked in Nikon Inc. from 2004 to 2013, rising to the role of Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience from head of the Imaging Division.
 
“I am very eager to help lead the charge in the Americas; It’s an exciting time in the imaging industry, and as Nikon celebrates our 100th anniversary, the company’s outlook for innovation is positive, which is great news for our customers, partners and retailers,” said Kajiwara. “We just announced Nikon’s most powerful DSLR ever, and the highly acclaimed D850 DSLR is just the start of great things to come. Nikon is leveraging its legacy and experience to create exceptional products and solutions for a wide range of applications.”
 
In his new position as President and CEO of Nikon Inc., Kajiwara will oversee markets in the Americas, including the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central Latin America, with a concentrated effort on marketing, product development and customer satisfaction. Kajiwara will continue to promote the drive to optimize “focus and efficiency,” which has become a core pillar of Nikon Corp’s. worldwide plan for restructuring to drive profitability.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/15/2017 7:36:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tenba/MAC Group:
 
To celebrate their 40th Anniversary, Tenba is introducing two SPECIAL EDITION DNA Messenger Bags with upgraded features, including a TPU-coated super-water-repellent exterior, carbon fiber-pattern zipper pulls and a rich blue interior.
 
NORTH WHITE PLAINS, NY – NOVEMBER 13, 2017 – Since 1977, Tenba has been making uncompromising carrying solutions for professional photographers and filmmakers. To celebrate their 40th Anniversary, Tenba is introducing two SPECIAL EDITION DNA Messenger Bags with upgraded features, including a TPU-coated super-water-repellent exterior, carbon fiber-pattern zipper pulls and a rich blue interior. Since its original introduction, the DNA Messenger has been a popular workhorse camera bag and everyday carry solution for imagemakers around the world. The SPECIAL EDITION bags will be available in two of Tenba’s best-selling sizes: DNA 8 and DNA 15 Slim.
 
Hydrophobic TPU-Coated Fabric
Available only on the Special Edition DNA bags, this TPU-coated fabric is extremely durable and water repellent, with a cool matte-black finish.
 
Secure Equipment Access
The Quick Access top zipper allows the secure exchange of cameras and lenses without opening the front flap, which allows for much quicker lens changes, and keeps the camera gear hidden from prying eyes.
 
Removable Camera Insert for Mirrorless and DSLR Cameras
The padded insert in each DNA is bag is removable to convert the bag for everyday carry. The DNA 8 is built to accommodate a mirrorless or rangefinder camera with 2-3 lenses and an iPad Mini or other 8-inch tablet. The DNA 15 Slim will fit a mirrorless or DSLR camera with 4-6 lenses (up to an attached 70-200mm f/2.8), plus a full-size iPad and a laptop up to 15 inches.
 
Quick & Secure Magnetic Clips
Fidlock magnetic clips allow easy drop-on attachment and fast slide release. This is the quickest clip in the world. It can be opened and closed with one hand, even when wearing gloves or when the bag is worn at the back.
 
Messenger Strap
Adjustable security strap connects to D-rings on the back of bag, anchoring it in position and preventing the bag from sliding forward while riding a bicycle or scooter. (available on DNA 15 Slim)
 
WeatherWrap Rain Cover
Included WeatherWrap rain cover is removable and reversible, with silver on one side to reflect the sun, and black on the other side for stealth.
 
Trolley Strap
Rear trolley strap slides over the extending handle of rolling luggage or an equipment case for secure piggyback travel. (available on DNA 15 Slim)
 
Pricing and Availability:
The DNA 8 and 15 Slim SPECIAL EDITION Messenger Bags are available to purchase immediately through Tenba Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $99.95 and $159.95 respectively.
 
Adorama carries the Tenba DNA Specail Edition Messenger Bags.
Category: Tenba News
Post Date: 11/15/2017 5:41:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, November 14, 2017
 Monday, November 13, 2017
B&H has the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens in Canon and Nikon mounts in stock with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 11/13/2017 1:50:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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