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 Thursday, April 25, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens page.
Here is the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC G2 vs. G1 Lens image quality comparison. Obviously, the camera resolution is quite different in these results, but if you visualize the chart details in the G1 results being enlarged to the G2's detail size, you will likely determine that these two lenses perform very similarly. That they perform similarly is not a surprise.
Here are some more comparisons for your entertainment:
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC G2 vs. Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III Lens
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC G2 vs. Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC G2 vs. Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC G2 vs. Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens (different resolution)
The Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon US | WEX
Rent the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 4/25/2019 9:33:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
While it is always great to photograph a beautiful sunset, better is to find a way to create sunset images that are different from the hordes of others in my archives. A silhouette often makes a good sunset image differentiator, adding a little something to the image, and in this case, a tiki torch hints at the location the image was captured at.
Note that sunsets do not always have to be in focus. To mix things up a bit, I decided that I wanted the tiki torch and its flame to be sharp with the background going out of focus. Thus, a wide aperture was selected. The wide aperture had the secondary purpose of enabling a flame-freezing shutter speed.
The composition decisions for this image were made primarily for overall balance in the frame. The tiki torch is dark and heavy, so placing it near the center was helpful for balance. I wanted the torch flame in the frame along with the other flame, the sun, along and the color surrounding it was another subject of primary interest. With the latter seeming stronger than the prior, moving the tiki torch slightly to the right seemed to make sense. Keeping the perimeter of the frame clear of lines often helps keep the viewer's eye in the frame.
As the flame was changing rapidly, I captured a burst of images and later selected the flame shapes I liked best.
The Canon EOS R and RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens are a perfect walkaround combination. The camera and lens used to capture this image were on loan, but I eventually added this pair to my personal kit.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Camera and Lens Settings
88mm  f/4.0  1/400s
ISO 100
6720 x 4480px
Post Date: 4/25/2019 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Skylum:
We’ve been hard at work on Luminar 3 and we’ve got a significant update to share with you. With Luminar 3.1.0 you’ll find several new improvements for both Mac and Windows. The next generation of Accent AI makes enhancing your images easier than ever before. Plus some performance and usability enhancements will make your editing workflow even faster.
Accent AI 2.0. Reimagined.
The improved Accent AI filter lets you get natural-looking results in less time. New “human-aware” technology recognizes people in your photos and applies adjustments selectively for more realistic images.
With Accent AI 2.0, you can make dozens of adjustments (done quickly) with just one slider. Fix tone, detail, exposure, depth, color, and more thanks to behind-the-scenes AI. In less than a second, your photos can look their absolute best. Make Accent AI 2.0 your go-to filter. (Tip: It can even replace the Develop step for most photographers!) For beautiful photos, rely on Accent AI 2.0 as your starting point.
Follow your style.
Whether you’re working with the Library to organize your images or using the QuickEdit command, it’s now even easier to get the results you want. Take advantage of image-aware filters and professionally designed Luminar Looks to unlock the best image possible. Once you’ve created the perfect style, apply it to all shots in your series with the improved Adjustment Sync. You can now select multiple photos and apply the same adjustments in just one click. Filters and Looks are transferred in just one click, while image-specific changes like cloning and cropping are ignored.
RAW shooters can stay organized.
If you capture RAW and JPEG at the same time, it’s even easier to stay organized in Luminar 3. When you import RAW and JPEG pairs, you can decide which files to see. View just RAW or just JPEG for a less cluttered library, or see both and use the JPEG file as a reference while you edit. Edits to JPEG and RAW files are independent but can be easily synced. Use the View menu to control which images are shown for a clutter-free library.
Better Sorting.
Using the Gallery view to get organized or search for that perfect image? Now when you sort using a method like File Type or Color Label, a second organization is also applied. When you sort your images they are sorted by the new category first and then automatically sorted by date.
Trust your editing to Luminar.
Thanks to our users for reporting different issues. This version of Luminar offers general stability improvements. We’ve made hundreds of under-the-hood performance improvements based on user feedback. Windows users, in particular, will see tons of new features that bring Luminar for Mac and Windows into close alignment. Improved stability and performance along with robust catalog backups help keep your images and edits safe.
Luminar Updates for Windows Users
The Windows version of Luminar receives several updates with version 3.1.0 We hope you enjoy this new release of Luminar and appreciate your feedback and reports.
New features
  • IMPORT IMAGES. You can now import images from a memory card or hard drive and copy them to a folder. You can also choose to include subfolders when importing
  • SMUGMUG SHARING. The ability to post images to SmugMug has now been added to Luminar for Windows.
  • SHORTCUTS. Folders and user albums can be added to the Shortcuts list. Just right-click for a context menu or drag & drop them into the list.
  • IMPROVED SELECTIONS. Want to choose a range of photos in the Gallery view? Try the Shift or Ctrl key to select a range or group of images. You can also deselect images from a multiselection by Ctrl+clicking on an image.
  • ROTATE IN GALLERY. Images selected in the gallery can be quickly rotated left or right by 90 °increments with no need to switch to edit view. Just use the Image > Rotate menu or just right-click.
  • PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS SUPPORT. We’ve added Photoshop Elements support to the Windows platform. Just choose the Install Plugins command if you want to load Luminar as a plugin. For future versions of Luminar, plugin users should switch to Luminar Flex.
Performance Improvements
Get additional speed and performance from the Luminar update
  • IMPROVED HISTORY. Undo a Sync/Copy/Paste adjustments with one step in the History list.
  • HIDDEN FILES. Luminar does a better job of filtering hidden folders and photo. Additionally, unwanted items like Backups, History, Previews, and Caches won’t be shown when opening Luminar Catalogs.
Luminar Updates for Mac Users
Several performance improvements, as well as new features, await Mac users. We hope you enjoy this new release of Luminar and appreciate your feedback and reports.
  • PROGRESS BAR. Keep better track of what’s happening when working with Luminar. You’ll see a progress bar when using tools like Erase or when running Luminar as a third-party filter.
How to Update
Updating your Luminar software is easy. Be sure to also rerun the plugin installer if using Luminar as a plugin for Photoshop or Lightroom Classic.
Mac – Please, launch Luminar 3, then in the Top Menu Bar choose Luminar 3> Check for updates.
Windows – Please, launch Luminar 3, then in the Top Menu Bar choose Help > Check for updates.
We hope you enjoy these improvements. We’re hard at work on more performance updates and features
Use coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to save $10.00 on a Luminar 3 purchase.
Post Date: 4/25/2019 9:01:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

In this video, photographer Lindsay Adler demonstrates three techniques for using V-flats for beauty lighting.
Relevant Gear
Post Date: 4/25/2019 7:01:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron:
April 25, 2019, Commack, NY - Tamron announces the launch of a new zoom lens, the 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (Model A043), for full-frame DSLR cameras. Photographers everywhere, especially those who enjoy photographing people, can add wider range to their creative expression with the new Model A043 that extends from 35mm to 150mm and offers a fast F/2.8 aperture at the wide-angle end while maintaining a bright F/4 at the telephoto end. The lens will be available May 23 in Nikon mount and June 20 in Canon mount at approximately $799 at authorized Tamron USA retailers.
The zoom range incorporates the 85mm focal length (often regarded as optimum for portrait shooting) and covers everything from full-body shots that include the surrounding environment to head-and-shoulders shots that stand out from a natural defocused "bokeh" background for which Tamron is renowned. The compact Model A043 is designed for fast handling and easy transport, measuring only 4.9 in long and perfectly balanced. On the technical side, three optimally placed LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements and three hybrid aspherical lenses quash various optical aberrations. Autofocus is exceptionally quiet with improved precision and speed thanks to the OSD (Optimized Silent Drive) DC motor. Furthermore, the Model A043 incorporates the Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) system, which strikes the perfect balance between AF performance and effective vibration compensation. For close-focusing, the MOD (Minimum Object Distance) is 17.7 in across the entire zoom range. Providing greater flexibility when used outdoors, a Fluorine Coating and Moisture-Resistant Construction deliver extra measures of protection. The new 35-150mm portrait zoom is the most useful and most creative lens a portrait photographer can own.
Superb optical performance meets requirements of high-resolution 50+ megapixel DSLRs
Chromatic aberration and other imperfections that can diminish and degrade resolving power are thoroughly controlled by an optical design that combines three high-performance LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements with three hybrid aspherical lens elements aligned in perfect balance. The result provides the high levels of sharpness and contrast that today's high-resolution digital cameras require. Tamron's exclusive formula is optimized for exceptional performance around the mid-zoom 85mm range because that focal length has long been regarded as the preferred choice for portrait shooting. True to its designation as a "portrait zoom," the Model A043 leverages Tamron's optical technologies across the entire zoom range from wide-angle to telephoto to assure the finest experience at any setting. Making full use of the controlled depth-of-field properties only fast-aperture lenses can provide, Tamron employed proprietary simulation technologies to maximize the soft and natural "bokeh" defocused blur it has cultivated over many years. As a result, in-focus areas are rendered sharp and crisp down to the fine details that makes the subject stand out against a gently and beautifully blurred background. This technique is highly prized by portrait photographers and is potent for virtually every other type of photography.
Outstanding performance even in strongly backlit situations
Tamron's legendary BBAR (Broad-Brand Anti-Reflection) Coating works in harmony with an optical design that suppresses internal lens reflections to significantly reduce all traces of ghosting and flare. Because portraits are often shot under backlight conditions for impact, Tamron uses these advanced technologies to preserve high image quality even when strong sources of light-including the sun-are in frame.
High-speed Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system delivers fast and highly responsive autofocus performance plus outstanding vibration compensation
  • Silent autofocus driven by OSD (Optimized Silent Drive) DC motor - The OSD DC motor debuted in the 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) with favorable response. OSD technology reduces drive noise significantly (compared to previous DC motor-equipped lenses) while boosting autofocusing precision and speed by a wide margin. This eliminates noisy distractions during portrait shooting. Furthermore, the superior AF precision also provides more accurate tracking when locked on moving subjects.
  • Outstanding VC (Vibration Compensation) - Tamron's original VC system is enhanced in the A043 with an independent MPU dedicated to image stabilization without detracting from AF processing functions. Consequently, the VC (Vibration Compensation) achieves 5 stops*, according to CIPA Standards. This is highly beneficial when shooting at the telephoto end where camera movement is magnified. It's also very valuable when shooting at slow shutter speeds in dim lighting conditions.
* CIPA Standard Compliant. For Canon: EOS-5D MKIII is used. For Nikon: D810 is used.
MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 17.7 inches across the entire zoom range
Close focusing, the A043 delivers an MOD of 17.7" at all focal lengths thereby expanding versatility and creative freedom. This allows portrait photographers to get in close to capture expressions and smaller details and allows them to adjust camera-to-subject distance with greater control. Even when shooting indoors where movement is restricted, users can make use of this feature to find the perfect shooting position and angle.
Next-generation design is consistent with brand identity and is ergonomically superb
Tamron has applied magnificent craftsmanship to a beautiful, intuitive design to produce a zoom with superior look and feel. From the outer contours of the lens, to the deftly worked Luminous Gold brand ring, the quality of this lens is second to none. Even details like the shape of the switch box and the precision and stability of the metallic mount reveal a commitment to functionality as well as design.
Moisture-Resistant Construction
Seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain to provide Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature affords an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.
Fluorine Coating
The surface of the front element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that has excellent water- and oil-repellant qualities. The front surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture or oily fingerprints, allowing for much easier maintenance.
Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory
The new Model A043 is compatible with the TAMRON TAP-in Console, an optional accessory product that provides a USB connection to a personal computer for easy updating of the lens's firmware as well as customization of features including fine adjustments to the focus position of AF and VC control.
Covers a broad range of diverse scenarios when combined as a set with the 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) ultra-wide angle zoom
For the discerning travel photographer who wants to pack light while maintaining excellent image quality, the new 35-150mm zoom pairs perfectly with Tamron's 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) wide-angle zoom. The two lenses together cover 17mm to 150mm affording creative and versatile capture of landscape, street scenes, architectural details, food, street portraits and more, at a total weight of just 44.1 oz* with fast F/2.8 at the wide ends and F/4 at the tele end of each.
* Weight applies to the model with the Nikon mount.
B&H has the Tamron 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 4/25/2019 6:14:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 24, 2019
For wildlife photography, timing, in a variety of ways, is critical.
The time of the year is one timing factor. In Shenandoah National Park, spring brings bright green foliage and these adorable whitetail fawns.
Another timing factor is where the animal is at the moment it is photographed. That timing involves determining (guessing) where the animal is going next, determining an ideal photo position in that path, being the right distance away for framing and composition purposes, and being ready when (OK, if) they get there.
This time, the timing worked and this image of a fawn against a bed of green was the reward.
Often, wildlife looks best when photographed with a camera that is level for both tilt and roll. The tilt part means getting the camera at the animal's level and when the animal is small (and not at a higher elevation than you), that means getting down low. Photographing from a low position is not always the most comfortable, but the effort is usually worth it and the images taken with a downward angle are often deemed not good enough after some level captures are on the card.
In this example, the low green foliage permitted a level position, but a compromise is sometimes needed if visual obstructions become an issue.
Fawns are constantly moving and a monopod lets me adjust the height very quickly while trying to photograph them.
There is still room for you on the "Whitetail Fawns and Much More", Shenandoah National Park Instructional Photography Tour. All skill levels are welcome!
Sun, June 9 to Wed, June 12, 2019 and/or Wed, June 12 - Sat, June 15, 2019
Email me at to sign up or ask questions!
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 4/24/2019 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has released its financial results for 1Q 2019. You can download the results, presentation material and speech summary here.
It seems that the camera market decline is occuring at a higher rate than Canon initially projected.
Canon 1 2019 Presentation Material Screenshot

Here's what Canon had to say about the numbers:
In the first quarter, sales of interchangeable-lens cameras were down 19% to 850 thousand units. This reflects the combined impact of accelerated market contraction for DSLRs, in particular entry-level models, and economic slowdown in China, which is a sizeable market for interchangeable-lens cameras.
The habit of capturing images with smartphones with improved cameras has become a part of daily lives of consumers. As a result, the market for entry-level DSLRs is contracting at a pace that exceeds the outlook we had at the beginning of the year. That said, we expect the user base of professionals and advanced-amateur, people who value the image quality and expressive possibilities afforded by cameras with large sensors and an abundance of interchangeable-lenses to remain. For the market overall, however, we expect the trend of market contraction to continue for some time.
In light of these circumstances, we decided to reexamine our full-year projections for the market and our own unit sales. We now expect the market and our own unit sales to decline 17% to 8.6 million units and 4.2 million units, respectively.
Mirrorless cameras, known for being small and lightweight, are increasing their presence in the market. Amid this situation, we will steadily shift our focus from DSLR to mirrorless cameras with the aim of maintaining our overwhelming competitiveness, which we have built upon DSLRs.
In the first quarter as well, we grew our unit sales of mirrorless cameras at a pace far exceeding the overall market, thanks to such new products as the EOS M50 and EOS R. Additionally, at the end of the quarter, we further enhanced our lineup, with the launch of the EOS RP, a smaller and lighter mirrorless camera equipped with a full-frame sensor and the same new mount found on the EOS R. Additionally, we plan to release six new models of RF lenses within the year. Users have not only praised the performance of these bodies and lenses, but also expressed their high expectations for the R system overall having felt our sense of urgency in strengthening our lineup over a short period of time. We will work to maintain sales growth of the EOS RP, which got off to a flying start, while also successively launching new RF lenses as we work to further stimulate sales of our strengthened mirrorless lineup.
From a profit perspective, in the full-frame sensor category where particularly high growth continues, even among mirrorless models, we will work to improve our product mix, actively expanding sales of both R System products. Additionally, for lenses with high profitability, we will not only promote sales of RF lenses, but also continue to promote the appeal of our broad range of EF lenses. Furthermore, we will work to expand automation initiatives not only to other products, but also other processes, raising our cost competitiveness and linking this to a recovery in profitability.
At the very least, it appears that we have six new RF lenses to look forward to before the close of 2019.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/24/2019 7:21:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Zeiss:
The Telephoto Lens.
With its new Otus 1.4/100, ZEISS has expanded the tried and tested Otus family to include a new telephoto focal length. The ZEISS Otus 1.4/100 is one of the best lenses in its class due to its low sample variation, outstanding imaging performance, and superior build quality.
With the same uncompromising performance that makes all Otus lenses stand out, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/100 is a truly exceptional lens. A lens that is a reflection of the comprehensive expertise and extensive experience of ZEISS.
Although developed for 35 mm full-frame cameras, the Otus 1.4/100 gives you the quality and look of a medium-format system.
Whether in the studio or on location, this lens stands out in every situation thanks to its high resolution and excellent sharpness – even at the maximum aperture of f/1.4.
Whether portrait or product photography, the bokeh will impress you. The apochromatic lens design with aspherical lenses and special glass prevents almost all conceivable aberrations. In addition, the high-quality coating keeps the contrast high, even when shooting against the light, and minimizes lens flare.
Because this lens is an apochromat, chromatic aberrations (axial chromatic aberations) are corrected with elements of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion. The chromatic aberrations are therefore significantly below the defined limits. Bright-dark transitions in the image, and especially highlights, are reproduced almost completely free of color artifacts.
The ultimate in image contrast
Aberrations caused by extreme differences between shadows and highlights are particularly obvious in images captured at night. Thanks to the outstanding correction of lateral chromatic aberration, the floodlit facade is reproduced with absolute perfection.
No colour fringing
Sources of light located in front of or behind the plane of focus present particular challenges to every lens. In the case of the ZEISS Otus, longitudinal chromatic aberration is so low that practically no colour fringing occurs.
The medium format look
Thanks to its exceptional sharpness, the ZEISS Otus exploits the full potentials of contemporary high-resolution sensors and rewards photographers with images characterised by breathtaking rendition of even the finest details.
Aspherical design
The aspherical lens design ensures consistent imaging performance throughout the entire focusing range as well as sharpness to the periphery of the image. The asphere's more complex surface profile can reduce or eliminate spherical aberration and also reduce other optical aberrations compared to a simple lens.
Technical Specifications
Focal length100 mm
Aperture rangef/1.4 – f/16
Camera mountCanon EF-Mount* (ZE) | Nikon F-Mount* (ZF.2)
Format compatibilityFull Frame
Focusing range1,0 m (39.4") – 8
Free working distance0,83 m (32.7") – 8
Angular field** (diag. | horiz. | vert.)24° / 20° / 14°
Diameter of image field43 mm (1.69")
Coverage at close range (MOD)**206 x 309 mm (8.11 x 12.17")
Image ratio at minimum object distance01:08.6
Lens elements | groups14 / 11
Flange focal distanceZE: 44 mm (1.73") | ZF.2: 47 mm (1.83")
Entrance pupil position (front of image plane)35 mm (1.38")
Filter threadM86 x 1.00
Rotation angle of focusing ring315°
Diameter max.ZE: 101 mm (3.96") | ZF.2: 101 mm (3.96“)
Diameter of focusing ringZE: 90 mm (3.54?) | ZF.2: 90 mm (3.54?)
Length (with lens caps)ZE: 152 mm (6.00") | ZF.2: 150,1 mm (5.91")
Length (without lens caps)ZE: 129 mm (5.07") | ZF.2: 127 mm (4.98")
WeightZE: 1405 g (3.10 lbs) | ZF.2: 1336 g (2.95 lbs)

The lens is expected to be available for preorder at B&H and Adorama.
Post Date: 4/24/2019 6:55:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
In this Photoshop Magic Minute, Meredith Stotzner uses the Refine Edge Brush to pull in edge details like fur and hair.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 4/24/2019 6:18:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Unless you are a local, Bowers Beach in Bowers, DE, referred to as sleepy fishing village (population about 335), is probably not on your radar. That this town and beach border the Murderkill River, north of Slaughter Beach, surely does not help spur interest.
Exploring with a camera is one of my favorite things to do and late on this day, I ended up on the very peaceful Bowers Beach at low tide. With the Delaware Bay drawn back, the low angle light emphasized the ripples left in the sand. Those ripples consumed my attention for the last hour of direct sunlight.
The Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens mounted on a Sony a7R III were perfect for walking around the beach. For each image, I selected an aperture that would keep all details in the frame sharp (commonly f/11) and focused roughly 1/3 into the depth of the image. I varied the focal length, the camera height, and the camera's up/down angle while trying out a variety of ripple locations on the beach.
When the right set of ripples are found, there seems to be endless compositions available. That of course creates a selection challenge during post processing. For this set, I simply picked one image I liked and archived the rest of the RAW files.
Images of patterns are seldom among my most-liked social shares, but ... I love them. They are great for interior decorating and they work very well as backgrounds for various media.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Camera and Lens Settings
28mm  f/11.0  1/50s
ISO 100
7952 x 5304px
Post Date: 4/23/2019 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 22, 2019

In this video, photographer Vanessa Joy demonstrates her techniques for editing bright and colorful photos.
Post Date: 4/22/2019 8:03:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, April 21, 2019
It was an early morning in Crested Butte, Colorado and the sky was dark, heavily overcast and quite uninspiring. Then the clouds rolled away and suddenly there was bright light bringing life to the fall-colored aspens.
I was primarily shooting with the Canon EOS R and RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens this morning. As there was adequate light, shooting this combination handheld permitted rapid and significant location and composition changes as dictated by the rapidly changing light.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Camera and Lens Settings
58mm  f/8.0  1/100s
ISO 100
6720 x 4480px
Post Date: 4/21/2019 6:05:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 19, 2019
If you have used Canon's Map Utility lately, you've likely seen the following warning message (thanks Henri):
"Map displaying service of Map Utility will be terminated by the end of Oct. 2019."
We reached out to Canon Technical Advisor Rudy Winston to ask what prompted the change. While the reason behind the change remains unclear, Rudy did let us know that Canon's Map Utility is reaching the end of its product life cycle and another Canon-developed program has taken its place, albeit without some of Map Utility's functionality (specifically, the mapping feature utilizing Google Earth imagery).
From Rudy Winston:
"Basically, the current Canon Map Utility software is in the process of being discontinued. We don’t know the reasons, so there’s little point in my speculating about possible causes of this. However, the good news is that there is a replacement Canon software available, to work with GPS Log files – it’s called Canon GPS [Log File] Utility, and it was posted on the Canon USA web site as a free download in February.
It's not literally the same as the previous Canon Map Utility – it’s basically a *retrieval* and conversion software, and does NOT have “mapping” functionality itself. What it does do is convert Canon GPS Log files into Google Earth-compatible .KMZ files – which can then be used and read by numerous third-party mapping software programs. So it loses the display portion of the previous Map Utility, but again, that should pose little problem for most users, since various 3rd-party solutions to display the Canon-generated .KMZ files on a map are readily available.
There’s reportedly no change in GPS tagging capability either (that is, creation of specific spots where a given image was taken) ... again, you just need a compatible 3rd-party mapping software to display them."
Is the Google Maps API price increase the root cause of this change? I know that one of my favorite dark sky map websites has gone ... dark, popping a "This page can't load Google Maps correctly." message.
Download: GPS Log File Utility
B&H carries the GPS Receiver GP-E2.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/19/2019 6:10:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the B&H YouTube Channel:
Wedding photographer JB Salle gives tips on off-camera lighting and how to use strobes effectively. He discusses lighting techniques that mimic the sun when there isn’t enough natural light, as well as how to use a reflector to separate the subject from the backdrop. There are a lot of useful nuggets of information in this video, so check it out!
Post Date: 4/19/2019 6:07:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 18, 2019
From Sigma:
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable product listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.

SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for CANON EF mount
Benefit of the update
  • It has improved the stability of the image in the viewfinder, making it easier to confirm composition, thanks to the updated control algorithm of the Optical Stabilizer.

SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for CANON EF mount
Benefit of the update
  • When the lens is used in combination with the Canon “EOS R” and their “Mount Adapter EF-EOS R”, or “Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R”, it has corrected the phenomenon whereby it may occasionally show overexposure when narrowing down the aperture from F3.5 while shooting.

B&H carries the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary and SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/18/2019 6:40:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Canon Canada has made Canon EOS R Firmware Version 1.2.0 available (Windows | Mac).
Firmware Version 1.2.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:
  1. Eye-detection AF
    • Supports Servo AF when shooting still images.
    • Now available when shooting movies regardless of "Movie Servo AF" setting.
  2. Small AF Frame Size
    • Supports Servo AF when shooting still images.
    • Now available when shooting movies regardless of "Movie Servo AF" setting.
  3. Under certain conditions the electronic level displayed in the electronic viewfinder did not display properly.
  4. Under certain conditions information displayed in the electronic viewfinder was not properly rotated.
  5. Under certain conditions updating the firmware for the wireless file transmitter WFT-E7 was not possible.
More Information: Canon EOS R Review
Canon EOS RB&H | Adorama | Amazon US
Thanks Marco!
As usual, B&H and Adorama will be closing in observance of the upcoming Passover holiday. If you need something in the near future, get it now to ensure it is delivered on time. Below are the details:

B&H Passover 2019 Holiday Closing Schedule

B&H will be closed starting at 7pm ET Thu April 18.
We will reopen at 10am Sun April 28.
Online Orders
Online ordering will pause during the following holiday observance periods:
  • 7:30pm Fri April 19 until 9pm Sun April 21
  • 7:45pm Thu April 25 until 9:15pm Sat April 27
Orders placed before 6pm ET Thu April 18 will be processed prior to the holiday closing.
Orders placed after this time will be processed when we reopen on Sun April 28.
Store Pickup
Store Pickup orders placed up to 1 hour before store closing will be available for same-day pickup until store closing.
Store Pickup orders placed within 1 hour of store closing, or while the store is closed, will be available for pickup 30 minutes after the store reopens.

Adorama Passover 2019 Holiday Closing Schedule

Orders submitted before our holiday closing time (4/19/2019 12:30PM) will be processed on the day submitted - subject to our verification process.
Orders submitted to us during the Passover Holiday (Friday, April 19th thru Sunday April 28th) will be shipped Monday April 29th.
Thank You for your understanding, and for your business.
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Post Date: 4/17/2019 7:04:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 16, 2019
From Think Tank Photo:
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – Adventure photographers need a camera bag that’s as tough as they are. With its rugged materials and faceted design, the MindShift PhotoCross 15 backpack by Think Tank Photo will protect your gear from another punishing trip into the wild. The PhotoCross 15 is built to withstand the elements, yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field. An extra-large side panel provides quick access to your gear when you’re ready to take the shot — without taking off the backpack.
The PhotoCross 15 comes in two colors, Orange Ember and Carbon Grey. The backpack fits an ungripped DSLR, three to five lenses, including a 70-200mm f/2.8 attached, and up to a 15” laptop. Constructed with durable, abrasion-proof materials and weatherproof zippers, the PhotoCross 15 is the ideal backpack for your next adventure.
“The PhotoCross 15 backpack delivers uncompromising protection and comfort, while offering fast and intuitive gear access,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank CEO and Lead Designer. “The incorporation of a waterproof, tarpaulin base and weatherproof zippers and materials demonstrate how Think Tank continues to offer the protection, comfort, and innovation that are customers require.”
  • Weatherproof zippers and materials
  • Durable materials provide abrasion resistance
  • Extra-large side panel gives you complete access to all your gear
  • Tripod or jacket carry with included straps
  • Dedicated, padded pocket fits 15” laptop
  • Waist belt is wide and removable providing comfort and flexibility
  • Waterproof, heavy-duty Tarpaulin base
  • Wide, body forming shoulder straps provide superior comfort
  • Water bottle pocket locks in most 1 liter bottles
  • Back panel with breathable 320G air-mesh keeps your back cool during long days
  • Internal zippered pockets for batteries, memory cards or other small accessories
  • Easily accessible front pockets for filters, snacks, or a light layer
  • T-pulls are easily gripped with or without gloves
  • Top and side carry-handles
  • Fully-customizable interior dividers for photo or personal gear
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included for downpour conditions
Exterior: All fabric exterior is treated with a durable water-resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance, YKK weatherresistant zippers, 420D high-density nylon, heavy-duty nylon Tarpaulin, 350g air mesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, P210D liner, polyurethane backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, nylon binding tape, 3- ply bonded nylon thread.
Internal Dimensions: 10.6” W x 17.3” H x 5.5” D (27 x 44 x 14 cm)
External Dimensions: 13” W x 19.7” H x 7.5” D (33 x 50 x 19 cm)
Laptop Compartment: 10.2” x 15” x 1” (26 x 38 x 2.5 cm)
Maximum Weight (with all accessories): 3.0 lbs. (1.4 kg)
Shoulder Strap Length: 42.5–62.2” (108–158 cm) (includes length of product)
Waist Belt Length: up to 60.6” (154 cm) (includes length of product)
Volume: 20 liters
Think Tank Photo has the MindShift Gear PhotoCross 15 Backpack in stock with free shipping and a free gift when you use our link for your purchase.
Post Date: 4/16/2019 8:48:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron has released updated software for use with its TAP-in Console, TAP-in Utility v.1.4.0 (download here).
So what's new with this version of TAP-in Utility? Unfortunately, Tamron doesn't think we need to know such trivial information, as no indication has been made on the reference page. However, an interesting thing to note is that the Mac version of the software ballooned from 10 MB for v.1.3.0 to 36 MB for the new version (the Windows application size stayed the same at 1.5 MB).
Download: Tamron TAP-in Utility v.1.4.0
Post Date: 4/16/2019 7:09:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron:
Dear users and potential purchasers of Tamron interchangeable lenses.
Thank you for using Tamron products and for your continuous support.
We would like to announce that we have clarified compatibility in general operations(*1) of following Tamron Di & Di II lenses on Canon EOS RP, which was newly released on March 14, 2019, with Canon "Mount Adapter EF-EOS R".
(*1) Defined to work on existing DSLR cameras
Compatible models (for Canon) for general operations (*2)
  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041) for Canon
  • SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032) for Canon
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025) for Canon
  • SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022) for Canon
  • SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) for Canon
  • SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013) for Canon
  • SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016) for Canon
  • SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F017) for Canon
  • 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) for Canon
  • 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD (Model A034) for Canon
  • 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A035) for Canon
  • 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (Model B023) for Canon
  • 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028) for Canon
  • SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011) for Canon (*3)
(*2) With the latest F/W version. Regarding the F/W update, please visit here.
(*3) Regarding the update service, please visit here.
Lens Update Service Information
How to Update
For other models, once we confirm the compatibility with Canon EOS R series and Canon adapter, we will announce the models sequentially at our support website. We are sorry to keep you waiting, and also ask for your understanding of the situation.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/16/2019 6:56:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 15, 2019

From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:
If you love Lightroom Classic CC, have we got a trick for you! Today Aaron shows you how to select and change the color of anything in a photo–all in Lightroom. Learn how to use the Adjustment Brush to make rough selections, a Range Mask to refine them, and the HSL/Color panel to dial in the color you want.
Now a fair warning; it’s much easier to change colors in Photoshop. But if your workflow lives in Lightroom Classic, this technique is just another reason to stick with what you love.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 4/15/2019 7:10:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 12, 2019
The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 utilizes the same small LP-E17 Battery Pack found in the Rebel T7i, the Rebel SL2, and many other recent EOS camera models. Having the same battery shared among many cameras is convenient and efficient in many regards, including from manufacturing and inventory perspectives. That multiple cameras can potentially share the same charger and supply of backup batteries is great and especially helpful when traveling.
Small batteries typically produce small shot ratings and I thought I misheard what Canon USA's Drew McCallum said during a phone call prior to the SL3's announcement. A CIPA 1,630 shot battery life rating (at 73°F/23°C, AE 100% — no flash) from the tiny Canon Battery Pack LP-E17? That is a HUGE increase from the already very reasonable 840 shot rating of the SL2. When the official specifications document arrived with Drew's number confirmed, my skepticism turned to enthusiasm. Most could shoot for days or even weeks on a single battery charge and that is super-convenient.
So, my question was then: "How is the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 getting so many shots from the little LP-E17 Battery Pack?" Whenever I have a Canon camera-related question, Canon USA's Rudy Winston can be counted on for an accurate answer.
First, Rudy assured me that no changes have been made to the LP-E17 battery pack, ending any speculation in that regard.
My own first guess at this answer was that the DIGIC 8 processor could be credited for the significant performance improvement. Rudy's response in this regard was that "While the new DIGIC 8 processor most assuredly adds some features and performance, the engineers did not list improved battery life as a benefit of the latest Canon processor." "Obviously, there were some efficiencies achieved in this updated [camera] model, but our engineers haven't shed light on which ones are responsible for its very good battery performance."
Thus, the full secret formula has not been disclosed and though we may never know the complete set of reasons why the performance is so great, we can still enjoy the great performance.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/12/2019 8:53:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Think you've seen everything? Think again. In yesterday's post on the LensRentals Blog, LensRentals' Roger Cicala describes the ramifications of finding a fly deep in the inner workings of a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens.
Of course, if there’s going to be a fly in the lens, it’s going to be way deep inside where it’s really hard to get to. I don’t know why flies do that, but I promise you they do. You never see a fly just under the front or rear element. They get into the deepest groups, leaving little fly parts all over, and usually, get smushed by the zoom or focus element.
Read the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
Post Date: 4/12/2019 6:49:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 11, 2019
From X-Rite:
Now includes 18% gray target and updated software to create custom ICC Camera Profiles for Capture One Pro users; plus, added support for ColorChecker Digital SG target
New York, NY – April 4, 2019 – X-Rite Incorporated, the world leader in color management and measurement technologies ( announces ColorChecker Passport Photo 2, an improved solution that helps professional and enthusiast photographers alike to reduce image processing time and maintain color control and consistency from capture to edit. Quickly and easily set white balance and exposure, create custom DNG or ICC camera profiles, and instantly enhance portraits and landscapes.
X-Rite created the industry-standard ColorChecker Passport 10 years ago which included three photographic targets plus DNG camera calibration software. Passport Photo 2 now combines four photographic targets, featuring a new 18% Gray Balance target, plus upgraded ColorChecker Camera Calibration software that adds ICC camera profile creation, especially useful for Capture One users, or anyone working in an ICC compatible workflow.
“Our original ColorChecker Passport quickly became an industry standard for managing color at capture,” says Liz Quinlisk, Global Business Unit Manager, Photo & Video at X-Rite Incorporated. “Now, with the added functionality of a gray balance target and ICC camera profiling, it’s more powerful than ever. Not only have we broadened our ability to serve Capture One and other ICC workflow users, but every photographer will have all the targets they need in a very portable, protective case.”
ColorChecker Passport Photo 2 includes:
NEW Camera Calibration Software v2.0
Now create a custom DNG or ICC camera profile utilizing an X-Rite ColorChecker Classic or Digital SG target. Camera profiling ensures accurate color at capture based on specific lighting, camera and lens combination during any given shoot, saving valuable time in edit. The newly supported ColorChecker Digital SG target offers an extended gamut to create a more accurate ICC profile.
18% Gray Balance Target
NEW Gray Balance Target Often referred to as middle gray, the 18% Gray Balance target is the de facto industry standard reference. Set proper camera exposure or check lighting ratios and light distribution, which is especially important for portrait photography. It can be used with either a reflective hand-held light meter or in-camera meter for determining exposure and can also be used to set neutral balance and remove color casts.
White Balance Target
Create custom in-camera white balance for a consistent white point across a set of images with no need to correct each individual image later. Setting custom, in-camera white balance allows quick switching between shooting stills and video.
Classic Target
For more than forty years, the Classic 24-patch target has been the industry standard color reference used for visual color assessment and for creating custom camera profiles.
Creative Enhancement Target
Neutralize and create a look with single click enhancement patches; check and evaluate shadow details and highlight clipping; control color shifts.
Lightroom® Plug-In
Create custom DNG camera profiles directly in Adobe® Lightroom® Classic and Lightroom® Classic CC.
Portable Protective Case
Adjusts to accommodate multiple positions to easily incorporate into any scene. Also includes a new handy lanyard.
“Since colors fade with age and light exposure, replacing a target that is several years old ensures complete color accuracy when building camera profiles,” adds Liz Quinlisk.
“Now is the perfect time for photographers to upgrade their toolkit with a Passport Photo 2 and take full advantage of the power and versatility that the updated hardware and software deliver together to save valuable time and achieve the ultimate in color accuracy.”
X-Rite recommends replacement of color reference targets every 18-24 months.
ColorChecker Passport Photo 2 is currently available through X-Rite global authorized resellers. ColorChecker Camera Calibration software is available as a free download at
With more color science experience than anyone in the industry, X-Rite Color Checker Passport Photo 2 was truly created by Color Perfectionists for Color Perfectionists.
Color Perfectionists Unite.
The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo 2 is in stock at B&H and Adorama.
The Sony Prime Lenses have been added to the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.
Once again, I'll share my favorite chart in this post and will this time add a comparison in the above link. The Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens is razor sharp.
Did I pick the best? Go determine out which Sony lens produced your favorite MTF results.
Note that the Zeiss Loxia and Batis prime lens results are coming soon and many additional Lensrentals-sourced test results are promised.
Post Date: 4/11/2019 10:10:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From B&H:
What: OPTIC 2019 Outdoor, Photo/Video, Travel Imaging Conference
When: Sunday, June 2nd – Wednesday, June 5th
Where: The New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001
This year’s keynote speaker is recognized as one of the world’s greatest photographers of our time, Frans Lanting. Frans will be joined by a host of Lindblad National Geographic Photographers and contemporary outdoor photographers such as Erika Skogg, Paul North, Lana MacNaughton, Stephen Wilkes, Ron Magill and many others.
What to expect at OPTIC 2019:
  • Inspirational and Technical Presentations
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • Photo Walks
  • Signature Sunset Cruise
  • Hands-On Photography Stations
  • OPTIC Challenge
  • Camera Cleanings
  • Trade Show
All this free of charge making OPTIC the photo event of the spring for the outdoor, travel, and wildlife photography world.
Learn more and reserve your seat at OPTIC 2019.
Register Now for FREE
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 4/11/2019 7:16:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon has just released Digital Photo Professional 4.10.20, EOS Utility 3.10.20 and Picture Style Editor 1.22.20 – now with EOS SL3 support. (thanks Scott)
Download Canon Software Updates
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/11/2019 6:53:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 10, 2019
The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 page contains a significant amount of information about this soon-arriving little camera. Check it out!
What are the differences between the Canon EOS SL3 and SL2?
Here is the full Canon EOS Rebel SL3 vs. SL2 Comparison.
And, here are the primary differences.
  • 4K video (1.6x crop), 4k movie frame grab, 4k time-lapse capture
  • Increased battery life – approx. 1070 vs. 650 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
  • New .CR3 RAW file format providing improvements including a 40% smaller file size in the new C-RAW (Compressed RAW) format
  • Increased RAW buffer capacity to 10 vs. 6 and to 37 with C-RAW format
  • DIGIC 8 vs. 7
  • Has Smooth Skin mode vs. Panning mode
  • Improved ALO (Auto Lighting Optimizer), retaining gradations in highlights and shadows
  • Guided User Interface and Creative Assist modes available
  • Easier Wi-Fi setup including a new purple menu tab and editable pre-assigned names
  • No dedicated DOF preview button, flash release button changed to a small flange on flash

Note that the camera body and with-lens kit already have a $50 and $100 instant rebate respectively available.
The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is available for preorder at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/10/2019 12:05:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
Empowering Users with an Easy Way to Express Themselves, the New Camera Delivers Stunning Photos and 4K Videos in a Lightweight Body
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 10, 2019 – Combining ease-of-use with high-image quality, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today unveiled the EOS Rebel SL3 DSLR camera, the smallest and lightest product within the current EOS lineup. Weighing just 15.84 oz1, the EOS Rebel SL3 offers users a compact system delivering high-resolution images – complete with an APS-C imaging sensor, DIGIC 8 Image Processor and 3.0-inch vari-angle LCD touchscreen as well as 4K video, a first for the EOS Rebel lineup. Compatible with Canon’s full line of interchangeable EF and EF-S lenses, along with the ability to instantly send images to compatible smartphones through Auto Image Transfer via Wi-Fi®connectivity2, the EOS Rebel SL3 is the tool needed to empower aspiring photographers to capture gorgeous shots quickly and easily.
“Since its inception, the EOS Rebel product line has aimed to provide imaging excellence for entry-level visual storytellers,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Therefore, it was imperative that the next step in the EOS Rebel journey include innovative features such as 4K video and DIGIC 8 Image Processor to meet the needs of emerging photographers, while living up to the high-image quality and compact size EOS Rebel DSLRs are known for.”
The EOS Rebel SL3 carries a powerful 24.1 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, enabling users to snap photos and express themselves across a multitude of settings – whether it be a beautiful night scene, stunning family-vacation destination or a picturesque landscape. The camera is equipped with Canon’s DIGIC 8 processor – first introduced in the EOS M50 and later built into the revolutionary EOS R full-frame mirrorless system. DIGIC 8 helps improve autofocus performance and allows for the processing of 4K video and 4K time-lapse movies – helping budding videographers record scenes such as the colorful evening skyline in brilliant detail.
The EOS Rebel SL3 features autofocus (AF) capabilities, delivering nine AF points across the optical viewfinder. This includes a new Spot AF which allows users to focus on a precise area within the subject. The EOS Rebel SL3 is the first DSLR in the Canon EOS line to feature Dual Pixel CMOS AF3 with Eye Detection AF in Live View shooting mode. With its optical viewfinder and Live View LCD monitor, photographers can enjoy two different ways of shooting and customize their experience based on the scene. The system is also the first Canon EOS SLR to incorporate a Smooth Skin setting, which can help render skin tones as well as Creative Assist – an interface by which users can check and seamlessly change shooting conditions in Live View4– such as white balance or brightness – in real time.
Additional key features of the EOS Rebel SL3 camera include:
  • Feature Assistant that guides and offers tips for more effective shooting
  • Continuous shooting mode up to 5.0 fps
  • Digital Lens Optimizer that corrects optical shifting automatically, even without a computer5
The EOS Rebel SL3 will be available toward the end of April for purchase in black and white color options for an estimated retail price of $599.99, for the body only and $749.99 for the body with a EF-S 18-55 f/4-5.6 IS STM lens*.
Canon EOS SL3 Preorders - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | WEX
1 Includes battery and SD memory card (confirms with CIPA standards).
2 Compatible with select smartphone and tablet devices (Android™ version 5.0 or later and the following iOS® devices: iPhone 4s or later, iPad 3rd gen. or later, iPod Touch 5th gen. or later) equipped with Bluetooth® version 4.0 or later and the Camera Connect app.
3 Based on results of AF speed tests in accordance with CIPA guidelines. Results may vary depending on shooting conditions and lens in use.
4 Available AF points may decrease when shooting with AF cropping or in movie mode, or depending on camera settings or lens attached.
5 Up to three lenses can be registered at once within the camera.
*Availability, prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/10/2019 12:01:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 8, 2019
Just Posted: PolarPro Peter McKinnon Edition Variable ND Filter Review.
Definitely check out these just-announced, high-grade and highly-useful filters.
The PolarPro Variable ND Filter will be in stock soon at Amazon.
Post Date: 4/8/2019 10:03:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 5, 2019
The Sigma Art Prime Lenses have been added to the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.
I'll share my favorite chart in this post. The Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens results will get most of us drooling.
Feel free to share which Art lens produced your favorite MTF results.
Post Date: 4/5/2019 8:28:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Benro:
Benro BVX consists of two new professional heavy-duty carbon fiber video tripod and head combinations:
The BVX16CFK provides 8-steps of counterbalance (steps 1-8) and the BVX25CFK has 16 individual steps of counterbalance allowing you to dial in the right amount of counterbalance required for each setup. Each step is repeatable which helps save time when changing lenses or adding accessories. The pan drag and tilt drag mechanisms each provide 6 individual steps (1-6) of drag adjustment to help fine tune the smooth movements. A sliding top plate with a snap-in style quick release can be shifted forward or backward to help properly balance your camera rig.
“After years of our customers requesting a video tripod that could support heavier payloads for things like teleprompters or beefy camera rigs with long lenses, Benro has delivered just that. We’re super pleased with the way the product turned out and so are the pros that have been testing it for months on the road.”
- Brian Hynes, Brand Manager
The carbon fiber tripod is a 2 stage, 3 section tandem style which incorporates a 100mm bowl. The leg locks are oversized levers that can be operated while wearing gloves. The lower stage leg lock lever has an additional lip, which can be opened and closed with your foot. This allows you to hold onto your camera rig while adjusting the height of the tripod. Each tripod includes a floor spreader, a telescoping pan arm and a padded carrying case.
BVX16CFK Features & Benefits:
  • 8-step counterbalance - Dial in the right amount of counterbalance required for each setup. Each step is repeatable which helps save time when changing lenses or adding accessories.
  • Supports Heavy Payloads - The BVX16H video head supports up to 35 lb (16 kg) and the 100mm bowl tripod has a maximum load capacity of 132 lb (60 kg).
  • Sliding Top Plate - The sliding top plate with a snap-in style quick release can be shifted forward or backward to help properly balance your camera rig.
  • Carbon Fiber Legs - The carbon fiber tripod is a 2 stage, 3 section tandem style which incorporates a 100mm bowl.
  • Carry Case & Floor Spreader Included – A floor spreader, a telescoping pan arm and a padded carrying case are included in the box.
BVX25CFK Features & Benefits:
  • 16-step counterbalance - Dial in the right amount of counterbalance required for each setup. Each step is repeatable which helps save time when changing lenses or adding accessories.
  • Supports Heavy Payloads - The BVX25H video head supports up to 55 lb (25 kg) and the 100mm bowl tripod has a maximum load capacity of 132 lb (60 kg).
  • Sliding Top Plate - The sliding top plate with a snap-in style quick release can be shifted forward or backward to help properly balance your camera rig.
  • Carbon Fiber Legs - The carbon fiber tripod is a 2 stage, 3 section tandem style which incorporates a 100mm bowl.
  • Carry Case & Floor Spreader Included – A floor spreader, a telescoping pan arm and a padded carrying case are included in the box.
B&H carries the Benro BVX tripods.
Category: Benro News
Post Date: 4/5/2019 6:20:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 4, 2019
Image quality test results from a second lens copy have been added to the Canon RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM Lens Review.
The Canon RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
Rent the Canon RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM Lens from Lensrentals.
Save $480.00: B&H has a 9+-rated used Canon EOS R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-105mm Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/4/2019 8:14:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The newest version of Adobe Camera Raw adds support for the Canon EOS RP as well as a few Panasonic cameras.
Newly Supported Cameras in Adobe Camera RAW (April 2019)
  • Canon EOS RP
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-FZ1000M2 (DC-FZ10002)
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-S1
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-S1R
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS80 (DC-TZ95, DC-TZ96, DC-TZ97)
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/4/2019 6:51:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Rode Wireless GO Compact Wireless Microphone System available for preorder with free expedited shipping.
This looks to be a very interesting and welcomed addition to the [usually costly] wireless microphone market space.

Product Highlights
  • For Mobile Journalist, Videographer
  • Built-In Omni Mic & 3.5mm Mic Input
  • Miniature Clip-On Transmitter
  • Miniature Clip-On Receiver
  • Easy Setup with No Menus
  • Three Adjustable Gain Settings
  • 7-Hr Rechargeable Batteries + USB Power
  • Bright, Informative LCD Screen
  • Battery Status & Audio Level on Display
  • Up to 8 Mics on Set / 230' Range
Categories: Preorders, Rode News
Post Date: 4/4/2019 6:27:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 3, 2019
From Canon USA:
The Company’s First Set of PL-Mount Cinema Prime Lenses Merge the Art and Science of Cinematography
MELVILLE, NY, April 3, 2019 – Covering the core range of focal lengths that cinema professionals desire, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the company’s first set of seven cinema prime PL-Mount lenses, aptly named Sumire Prime. Pronounced “Soo-mee-ray,” the word is of Japanese origin and is associated with a floral gentleness and beauty. Sumire Prime Lenses offer a unique artistically pleasing look with gentle and beautiful skin tones and smooth bokeh, designed for use with large-sensor cinema cameras, including 35mm full-frame cameras such as the EOS C700FF Cinema Camera.
In addition to bright T-stops and Canon’s renowned warm-color imagery, a unique optical design introduces a nuanced look as the lens aperture approaches its maximum setting - subtly modifying the textural renderings of the human face closeup. It also smooths the transition to the fall-off portions of the scene resulting in a pleasing bokeh. This combination adds emotional expressiveness and provides creative flexibility to create a memorable scene.

“Sumire in Japan is the name of a flower, and like the petals of a flower, our lenses are most beautiful when fully opened. This is the inspiration behind the Sumire look,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The feedback from cinematographers is crucial and their voices have been heard loud and clear – they asked Canon to introduce a set of PL-mount cinema prime lenses. We went a step further and our new Sumire Prime Lenses produce the beautifully cinematic and unique images professionals desire. We can’t wait to see how the lenses will contribute to the art of filmmaking.”
The new set of seven Canon Sumire Prime Cinema Lenses include the following:
  • CN-E14mm T3.1 FP X
  • CN-E20mm T1.5 FP X
  • CN-E24mm T1.5 FP X
  • CN-E35mm T1.5 FP X
  • CN-E50mm T1.3 FP X
  • CN-E85mm T1.3 FP X
  • CN-E135mm T2.2 FP X
All Sumire Prime lenses feature an 11-bladed iris and bright T-stops that allow users to capture images that feature a more natural circular-like bokeh from both maximum to minimum aperture. The use of an odd number of iris blades also helps to diffuse light rays and produce what is generally considered a more sought after, artistically pleasing and cinematic look with warmer colors. The lenses also achieve uniform color balance throughout the lineup, helping to reduce the need for post grading, even when a production is frequently changing lenses.
The highly durable Sumire Prime lenses feature the same outstanding operability and reduced focus breathing as Canon’s well-established EF-Mount Cinema Prime Lenses. Manual operation provides users with the resistance they desire to make precise changes in focus. A 300-degree focus rotation angle and gear position is consistent across the entire Sumire Prime series of lenses - eliminating the need to adjust gear positions when changing lenses.
“The new Sumire Prime lenses are the perfect blend of science and art,” says cinematographer Matt Porwoll, who shot the first U.S. footage with the lenses. “The bokeh comes alive in ways that weren’t occurring with other lenses I’ve used. Lens flares have a dynamic feel to them, rather than behaving in a formulaic manner. I wish I had these on my last project!”
The Sumire Prime Lenses are compatible with the complete lineup of Canon Cinema EOS full-frame and Super 35mm 4K cameras, including the EOS C700 FF, EOS C300 Mark II and EOS C200. In addition to Canon cameras, the new lenses are also compatible with the latest full-frame and Super 35mm PL-mount cameras from leading manufacturers. Additionally, the mount on the Sumire Prime Lenses is interchangeable and can be converted from PL-Mount to EF-Mount at a Canon Factory Service & Repair center. A Canon representative will be able to perform the service or even revert back to original PL-mount upon request at an additional cost*.
The Canon CN-E24mm T1.5 FP X, CN-E35mm T1.5 FP X, CN-E50mm T1.3 FP X and CN-E85mm T1.3 FP X lenses are scheduled to be available in Summer 2019. The Canon CN-E14mm T3.1 FP X lens is scheduled to be available in Fall 2019. The Canon CN-E20mm T1.5 FP X and CN-E135mm T2.2 FP X lenses are scheduled to be available in Winter 2019/Spring 2020.
B&H has the Canon Sumire Cinema Prime Lenses available for preorder.
* Specifications and availability are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/3/2019 9:27:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Phottix Juno TTL Flash for Canon available for preorder with an expected availability date of Apr 18, 2019.
Product Highlights
  • Built-In Multi-Camera TTL Protocols
  • Commander Mode Fires Other Phottix Gear
  • Guide Number: 197' at ISO 100 and 200mm
  • Recycle Time: 0.1-3 Seconds
  • Zoom Range: 20-200mm (14mm with Panel)
  • PC Sync Port; 1/4"-20 Mounting Thread
  • Uses 4 AA Batteries or Canon CP-E4 Pack
Posted to: Canon News
Categories: Preorders, Phottix News
Post Date: 4/3/2019 8:11:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
My wife, Alexis, rarely asks me to take a photo for her. She is generally satisfied with documenting everyday life with her smartphone, so when she asks me to photograph a particular subject, I usually take notice and fulfill the request as soon as possible. But I admit to dragging my feet a bit when my wife noticed one of her aloe plants blooming and said, "You should take a picture of that."
Personally speaking, I didn't find the aloe plant's bloom to be very intriguing, which is probably why I didn't immediately rush to photograph it. It doesn't feature colorful petals or otherwise interesting elements that typically make blooms ideal photographic subjects. To my eye, the aloe bloom's shape reminds me of a tall, thin pine tree, a not-very-compelling subject, especially considering the background context provided by my back yard (again, not very photogenic). However, when my wife sent me a reminder the following morning, "You should take a pic of that aloe bloom!," her use of an exclamation point was a clear sign that she was very serious about the suggestion. So, I dropped what I was doing to satisfy her request.
To photograph the bloom, I moved the aloe plant's pot from the back porch to a spot in the yard where sunlight would be hitting the bloom but not the background, allowing me to use the difference in luminosity to make the subject stand out. With the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro mounted to my Canon EOS 5D Mark III, I also used a wide f/2.8 aperture and a distant background to further accentuate the subject/background separation. Other than moving the plant (which was actually quite cumbersome and somewhat heavy), the image was relatively simple to capture. I proudly sent her the result of my efforts, having precisely fulfilled her request.
Aloe Plant Bloom Sean Setters March 2019

Her reaction, "Where's the rest of the plant?," left me a bit perplexed.
First, she hadn't asked for a photo of the plant with the bloom. She had twice asked for a picture of the bloom. Plus, from my perspective, the plant doesn't change very much day-to-day. If she wants to see the plant, she can just open back door and walk the 10 paces to its home on the porch. The bloom was what made the plant different from its typical appearance, that is what she asked me to photograph and that is indeed what I documented.
But that's not what she – in this case, the client – wanted. And if I had been more inquisitive from the get-go, I would have had more context and could have discerned exactly what she desired in the image. As it turns out, this particular aloe plant used to be her grandmother's who passed away a couple of years ago. And in all the years her grandmother owned the plant, the family had never known it to bloom. So while the bloom was indeed special, the plant itself garnered feelings of great sentiment, giving the bloom much more important context.
After realizing exactly what my wife wanted, I dragged the plant into my studio for a formal portrait session involving three studio lights, two shoe-mount flashes and my favorite mottled gray collapsible background. So why not photograph the plant outside? Because the increased camera-to-subject distance would require an increased subject-to-background distance to achieve a similar background blur, and the background distance, in this case, wasn't variable. I was already using nearly the full width of my backyard when I photographed the isolated bloom; photographing the whole plant would have left the backyard – including my neighbor's house and fence – too recognizable.
The resulting studio image can be seen below.
Aloe Plant with Bloom Sean Setters March 2019

She was much happier with my second attempt at capturing "the bloom."
Of course, the initial failure to capture what my wife really wanted did not have devastating consequences as I was able to rectify the situation with another (more complex) photo shoot the following day. However, the lesson learned from this ordeal is quite clear, and it will surely pay more tangible dividends down the line. Don't take seemingly simple requests at face value; always dig deeper to ascertain the precise needs of your client, potentially avoiding the wasted time, effort, frustration – and dissatisfaction – resulting from not fulfilling those needs the first time around.
Post Date: 4/3/2019 7:30:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the B&H YouTube Channel:
Photographer Tim Grey gives us some HDR photography tips & tricks and discusses how to use Adobe Lightroom to combine multiple images into a single, more detailed high-dynamic-range photo. Tim also demonstrates the use of Auto Align and de-ghost features to best process your HDR images in post.
Want to create an HDR panoramic image? If so, Adobe released a Lightroom CC update a few months ago that made the process significantly easier.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions. Another great option for HDR photo editing is Skylum's Aurora HDR 2019.
Post Date: 4/3/2019 6:55:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Roger Cicala over at Lensrentals has spent years perfecting his lens MTF testing procedures and has begun sharing the results of his work with us.'s Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool has been refreshed with the latest results, currently including Canon and Zeiss prime lenses with many more results coming soon.
Note that only wide-open aperture results will be shared. Zoom lenses will have results for multiple focal lengths.
Please share!
Post Date: 4/2/2019 8:02:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 1, 2019
Image quality test results from the Canon EOS R have been added to the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review.
As I said before, there were some comparisons that I wanted to see and with an EOS R now in the kit, it is time to make some of them happen. With the EOS R test chart results from another of my favorite lenses, the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II, now loaded on the site, here is the next one:
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens compared to Canon RF 28-70mm F2 L USM Lens.
I think you'll be impressed with the RF lens' wide open performance in this comparison.
The 28-70mm f/2 RF lens mounted to an EOS R was my primary combination for photographing a large-arena concert on Saturday night (with media access). The large size and relatively heavy weight of the lens were not issues for the 5-hour event, especially with a BlackRapid Sport Breathe Camera Strap taking the weight during breaks. Having the f/2 aperture available in a solid focal length range made a huge difference in capturing fast-moving performers in low light. And, the image quality of the results is excellent.
I should also mention that I love the EOS R's Touch & Drag AF feature. I find it much faster than using a joystick and going back and forth between the R and my secondary camera made this difference especially obvious.
The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
Rent the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens from Lensrentals.
The Canon RF 28-70mm F2 L USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
Rent the Canon RF 28-70mm F2 L USM Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/1/2019 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, March 31, 2019
Image quality test results from the Canon EOS R have been added to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review.
There were some comparisons that I wanted to see and with an EOS R now in the kit, it is time to make some of them happen. With the EOS R test chart results from one of my favorite lenses, the EF 24-105 f/4L IS II, now loaded on the site, here is the first one:
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens compared to Canon RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM Lens.
You'll likely have an opinion by 105mm f/4. Don't forget to share with friends.
The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
Rent the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens from Lensrentals.
The Canon RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
Rent the Canon RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM Lens from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 3/31/2019 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 29, 2019

The Profoto Connect trigger's press release hit our email inbox early yesterday, but after looking into the product, I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. Being keenly interested in lighting and lighting gear, a button-free trigger that required your smartphone to manually adjust your flash's power levels seemed a bit ridiculous. Profoto is an industry standard for a reason. They have a knack for developing highly reliable, extremely useful lighting solutions. But I can't help but think this product misses its mark.
Who wants to be constantly pulling out their phone during a photo shoot? I know I don't. So whom exactly is this product for? The video above provides some clues.
Profoto believes that those who have so far been intimidated by off-camera lighting may appreciate a simple, no-fuss sort of trigger. But would somone who is tepid about trying off-camera lighting lay down nearly $1,000.00 for a Profoto A1 and then another $300.00 for the Connect trigger? And from a practical standpoint, if you're going to handhold your flash like the photographer in the video, why not simply use your camera brand's flash and an inexpensive TTL Flash Cord to trigger it?
I think this product could have been so much better. Imagine if it had featured a touch sensitive scroll wheel around the top of the device with a small display in the middle. With something like that, a user could easily change power levels of individual flashes (maybe a double finger tap would allow you to cycle among them?) using the display as a reference, all while maintaining the hook of a "button free" trigger. But then, the Connect would basically be a redesigned Air Remote, so Profoto would have to limit its functionality in some way for differentiation (shorter range, fewer channels, etc.).
If you're seriously considering investing in a Profoto lighting kit, including the excellent B1X and B2 (or even the A1) flashes, I highly suggest you spring for the slightly more expensive Profoto Air Remote instead. [Sean]
Profoto Connect Highlights
  • Smartphone control: Yes, via Bluetooth through
  • Profoto app
  • Profoto AirTTL: Yes
  • Operation modes: Auto/Manual
  • Frequency Band: 2.4 GHz
  • No. of frequency channels: 8
  • Range: Up to 300m (1000 ft) (free line of sight in open space)
  • Typical battery lifetime: >30 hours
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 3/29/2019 7:48:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
MELVILLE, NY, March 28, 2019 – Instant gratification – it’s what we crave – so take your pick from the more than one trillion photos taken in 20171 and print and stick ‘em! Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the next generation within the IVY product lineup, the IVY CLIQ+ Instant Camera Printer + App connectivity and IVY CLIQ Instant Camera Printer. The new IVY products are lifestyle products for the everyday photographer who wants to snap and print stick-able memories – in an instant.
“IVY, though tiny in size, has made a big impression this past year among Gen-Z and Millennials who have a passion for taking photos, expressing their individual style and instantly printing and sticking their moments,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We are excited to bring these everyday innovations to younger generations as a medium to channel their creativity and share with family and friends.”
Don’t fret – there is no shame in your picture snapping-and-printing game. Boasting an eight-megapixel2 camera, the CLIQ+ Instant Camera Printer + App connects via Bluetooth4 to the Canon Mini Print app3, which features a variety of photo design options such as filters, photo frames and text to provide a multitude of opportunities to create fierce photos. Through the app, users can also customize their experience by recording their own on/off and shutter sounds. Users can even set up remote shooting for the ever impressive group photo. Adding a pop of color to everyday life, the CLIQ+ is available in colors such as Pearl White, Sapphire Blue, and Ruby Red and includes fresh features such as 2x2 and 2x3 printing options. Don’t forget – momma said, “sharing is caring” and with the CLIQ+’s reprint option, users can print one photo for themselves and one for a friend. For further shooting flexibility a Micro SD card slot is available along with a selfie mirror surrounded by a glowing light ring of either four or eight LEDs, providing the right amount of glow-up to make the user’s photo pop.
‘Cliq’ and print: it’s an easy two-step process with the new five-megapixel2, automatic-flash IVY CLIQ Instant Camera Printer, which is available in colors such as Bumblebee Yellow, Seaside Blue and Lady Bug Red. This new instant camera can print 2x2 or 2x3 stickers and when the ideal moment presents itself, the selfie mirror helps ensure the insta-worthy snap is perfectly positioned. The CLIQ also has a Micro SD slot, allowing users to upload photos to their laptop or PC for future projects.
Additional product features of both the CLIQ+ and CLIQ instant camera printers include:
  • ZINK Zero Ink Technology
  • Ability to hold up to 10 sheets of ZINK paper
  • Optical viewfinder
  • USB cord for battery charging
  • Loops to attach the included camera strap
The Canon IVY CLIQ+ Instant Camera Printer + App and Canon IVY CLIQ Instant Camera Printer are scheduled to be available for in-store purchase in April 2019 at an estimated retail price of $159.99* and $99.99* respectively, and each camera/printer includes a starter pack of 10 sheets of 2x3 photo paper.
Canon IVY CLIQ+/ CLIQ - B&H | Adorama
2 Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.
3 Requires mobile device to be connected to the Canon IVY Cliq+ Instant Camera Printer + App via Bluetooth and the Canon Mini Print App, available for free on the App Store and at Google Play. To access, download and/or use the Canon Mini Print App and related services, you must be located in the United States and be at least the age of majority in your jurisdiction; additional terms and conditions apply, see Canon Mini Print App End User License Agreement for full details. The Canon Mini Print App is compatible with mobile devices running iOS 9.0 or later, and Android devices running Android 4.4 or later.
4 Compatible with select smartphone and tablet devices (Android version 5.0 or later and the following iOS devices: iPhone 4s or later, iPad 3rd gen. or later, iPod Touch 5th gen. or later) equipped with Bluetooth version 4.0 or later and the Canon Mini Print App. This application is not guaranteed to operate on all listed devices, even if minimum requirements are met.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/29/2019 6:13:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 28, 2019
From Canon:
Canon is currently developing Firmware Version 1.2.0, which is expected to be available in the middle of April 2019.
Firmware Version 1.2.0 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.1.0. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.2.0, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
If you have not already done so, please register the EOS R. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future announcements.
Firmware Version 1.2.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:
  1. Eye-detection AF
    • Supports Servo AF when shooting still images.
    • Now available when shooting movies regardless of "Movie Servo AF" setting.
  2. Small AF Frame Size
    • Supports Servo AF when shooting still images.
    • Now available when shooting movies regardless of "Movie Servo AF" setting.
  1. Under certain conditions the electronic level displayed in the electronic viewfinder did not display properly.
  2. Under certain conditions information displayed in the electronic viewfinder was not properly rotated.
  3. Under certain conditions updating the firmware for the wireless file transmitter WFT-E7 was not possible.
Canon EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Amazon US
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Post Date: 3/28/2019 6:26:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 27, 2019
(New York, New York) March 26, 2019 – ROKINON is proud to announce its new 14mm F2.8 and 85mm F1.4 full frame lenses built for the Canon EOS R mirrorless system.
This ultra wide-angle and fast telephoto are the first 14mm and 85mm prime lenses with precision manual focus control to be available in Canon RF mount.
Both lenses sport a new exterior design with a contemporary look that matches and handles well with Canon’s new full frame mirrorless cameras.
Each lens offers a metal chassis, weather sealing, a metal aperture control with a slip resistant matte finish, and Ultra Multi-Coating.
The new ROKINON 14mm F2.8 Canon RF mount ultra wide-angle lens provides a dramatic rectilinear 115.7° view that can focus as close as 11inches and is perfect for astrophotography, landscapes, extreme sports, interiors, and real estate imagery.
Its advanced 14 element-10 group design utilizes four highly specialized element types [High Refractive Index, Hybrid Aspherical, Aspherical and Extra-Low Dispersion] to produce sharply defined images with minimal distortion and chromatic aberrations.
Features include a built-in petal shaped lens hood and a rear gelatin filter holder.
The new ROKINON 85mm F/1.4 Canon RF mount telephoto lens offers a very fast F1.4 maximum aperture for effective low light shooting, fast shutter speed capture, and precise selective focus control.
Its optical design consists of 9 elements in 7 groups including one Hybrid-Aspherical element to reduce chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and sharpness.
Features include a removable lens hood, a curved blade diaphragm for pleasing bokeh, and a non-rotating 72mm filter mount for easy use of polarizing and other filters that require precise positioning.
This ROKINON short telephoto for Canon RF mount makes it a highly effective optic for travel, candid, portrait, and close up photography.
These first two ROKINON full frame lenses designed for Canon RF mount will be available in April from authorized ROKINON dealers.
B&H has the following available for preorder:
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Rokinon News
Post Date: 3/27/2019 8:08:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Just posted: Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM Lens Review.
This is a remarkable little lens.
The Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
Rent the Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM Lens from Lensrentals.
As I mentioned in the review, this lens is worth getting an EOS M-series camera just to mount it on. Act fast to get a great deal on one of these cameras during the Canon USA Store Friends and Family Sale!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/26/2019 7:40:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 25, 2019

In this video, Aaron Nace of Phlearn demonstrates how to create custom keyboard shotcuts in Photoshop. For what it's worth, I set up a keyboard shortcut long ago for "Trim" (ALT+F1, Windows) because I use that Photoshop tool daily while working with the site. [Sean]
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 3/25/2019 7:04:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, March 22, 2019

From the B&H YouTube Channel:
Portrait photographer Peter Hurley gives 5 quick tips on taking better headshots. Peter talks about the importance of keeping things simple and making sure your subjects look confident and approachable in their photos. Check out the video for more great advice!
Additional Resources
Post Date: 3/22/2019 6:05:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 21, 2019
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