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 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.”
 
IVY CLIQ+
 
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.
 
IVY CLIQ
 
‘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.
 
Preorders:
Canon IVY CLIQ+/ CLIQ - B&H | Adorama
 
1 https://www.businessinsider.com/12-trillion-photos-to-be-taken-in-2017-thanks-to-smartphones-chart-2017-8
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:
 
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.
Fixes
 
  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
Posted to: Canon News
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
 Wednesday, March 20, 2019
The rut is the perfect time to get great bull elk poses. This bull was without a harem but staying close to a larger bull that has one. These satellite bulls are constantly watching for their opportunities to move in.
 
What is the best technique for composing an image of an entire animal? While this answer can quickly become complicated and is situationally dependent, a simple strategy that often works is to center the entire animal in the frame and open up to the side it is looking toward. In this example, the elk is looking almost straight at me, but with its head angled slightly toward the right of the frame, adding weight to that side, I positioned the elk slightly to the left of center to create an overall balance.
 
Picture yourself here! As recently shared, I have added a second week for the Rocky Mountain National Park workshop. Photographers at all skill levels are invited to join!
 
"Bull Elk in Rut and Much More", Rocky Mountain National Park
 
  • 2 openings: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21
  • Possibly 1 opening: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28
  • Wait List or Sign Up for next year
Contact me to sign up!
 
Photographers at all skill levels are also invited to join me for these tours:
 
"Whitetail Fawns and Much More", Shenandoah National Park
 
Sun, June 9 to Wed, June 12, 2019 and/or Wed, June 12 - Sat, June 15, 2019
 
"Whitetail Buck in Rut and Much More", Shenandoah National Park
 
Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019
 
Contact me to sign up!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 3/20/2019 7:56:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Tamron has released firmware updates for its 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD and 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD lenses with the following noted change:
 
  • Enable general operations on Canon EOS R. [NOTE] Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R is required to attach the lens to Canon EOS R.
The lenses' firmware can be updated via the Tamron TAP-in Console.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/20/2019 6:08:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Newsday has reported that 60 employees – formerly of Canon USA's Melville, NY location and primarily in the camera division – have been laid off.
 
The site goes on to say:
Canon employed 1,569 people in Melville in 2017, according to the most recent state records. It must report its local employment annually to the state and to Suffolk County, both of which aided in the construction of Canon’s $500 million headquarters near Exit 49 of the Long Island Expressway.
 
The company moved from Lake Success to Melville in 2013 after a 25-year search for a new home. It has exceeded the employment promises made to the state and Suffolk so far. State records show Canon's employment cannot fall below 1,360 people or it would have to pay back some of the grant money and tax-break aid it has received.
Read the entire article at Newsday.
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 3/20/2019 5:58:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 19, 2019

 
LEE Filters has introduced its new LEE100 Filter Holder system and it looks very interesting (check out the video for more details).
 
B&H has the LEE Filters LEE100 Filter Holder available for special order.
Post Date: 3/19/2019 11:00:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Santa Rosa, Calif. – Studio photographers know that lighting stands are heavy, cumbersome and hard to transport. In fact, transporting light stands is as much about protecting your car and your fingers as it is easily moving them. The Stand Manager 52 rolling case is an ideal solution for storing and transporting stands of any kind.
 
With a truly innovative design – the Stand Manager 52 has both internal tiedowns and exterior compression straps to secure your stands. With four padded handles, wheels and rear skid rails, the case is also easy to load while transporting to and from your location shoot. The Stand Manager 52 is one of the most durable and protective cases you can own.
 
“C-stands are heavy, oddly shaped and difficult to transport,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s President and lead designer.
 
“With the Stand Manager 52, you can fit up to 4 Cstands in a highly durable rolling case, making them much easier to transport.”
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Crush resistant ABS twin-wall provides end-to-end reinforcement
  • Oversized, shock-absorbing wheels roll smoothly and hold up under the toughest conditions
  • 52” of internal height for those extra-large modifiers or gel rolls
  • Multiple tie-down straps secure your stands on the inside of the bag
  • Expands and contracts to fit your gear
  • Four exterior handles for easier lifting and loading
  • Built tough with highest quality materials (#10 YKK RC Fuse zippers, 1680D ballistic nylon and ABS Twinwall reinforcement) and proven high-quality construction
  • Large interior pocket for umbrellas or small modifiers
  • Roomy interior for a few sandbags
  • Rear skid rails and tall wheel housings allow you to load and unload from a vehicle with ease
  • Reinforced bottom panel holds up to heavy stand abuse
  • Clam shell opening gives unencumbered access to gear
  • Lockable zippers (lock not included)
  • User replaceable wheels and hardware
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: All fabric exterior treated with DWR while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance, 1680D ballistic nylon, YKK RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, replaceable shock-absorbing wheels, antique plated metal hardware, nylon seatbelt webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
 
Interior: 200D poly, 420HD nylon, 1680D ballistic nylon, honeycomb ABS, high-density closed cell foam, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
 
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
 
Exterior Dimensions: 12.5” W x 54” H x 4.5–8” D (31.8 x 137.1 x 11.4–20.3 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 12” W x 52 H x 4–7.5” D (30.5 x 132 x 10.1–19 cm)
Weight: 12.1 lbs. (5.5 kg)
 
Think Tank Photo has the Stand Manager 52 in stock. Be sure to use our links to get a free gift with your Stand Manager 52 purchase!
Canon has released firmware v.2.0.0 for its RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM lenses. See details below.
 
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Firmware v.2.0.0
 
  • Supports continuous shooting in silent shooting mode with the EOS R running Firwmare Version 1.1.0 or later.
Note: EOS R Firmware Version must be 1.1.0 or later.
 
Download: Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Firmware v.2.0.0
 


Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM Firmware v.2.0.0
 
  • Support for the "panning" scene mode with the EOS RP has been added. The "panning" scene mode reduces subject blurring and blurs the background when the lens is mounted to the EOS RP
Download: Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM Firmware v.2.0.0
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/19/2019 8:29:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon Europe:
 
What is the secrets of great wedding photography? In this video, Canon Ambassador Sanjay Jogia talk about his approach to capturing this landmark event in people's lives, and how he applies a flexible approach, switching between capturing intimate scenes, to small details, to crowds of wedding guests.
 
Sanjay put the Canon EOS R camera through its paces in one of his most challenging shoots: a lavish, four-day Hindu wedding with 700 guests, set in three different marquees over 15 acres of grounds.
 
You can also read about it here and see more of the stunning visuals.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS R.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/19/2019 8:20:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the newly announced Apple iPad Air and iPad Mini Models available for preorder with free expedited shipping. All models are expected to be in stock Tuesday, March 26.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 3/19/2019 6:21:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 18, 2019
Post Date: 3/18/2019 7:40:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon:
 
Thank you very much for using Canon products.
 
We would like to inform you of the firmware for the interchangeable lens “EF 400mm F2.8L IS III USM” and “EF 600 mm F4L IS III USM” for SLR cameras, which will be released soon.
 
Products
 
  • EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM
  • EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM
The following fixes will be incorporated into the firmware (Version 1.0.8), which will be released soon.
 
  • Corrects the phenomenon where the exposure may flicker slightly if recording a movie with the camera shooting mode set to M or Av in combination with select cameras*
* EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark IV (Ver. 1.0.2 or later), EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5Ds, EOS 5Ds R, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS 6D, EOS 80D, EOS 60D, EOS 60D, EOS 60Da, EOS 8000D, EOS Kiss X 90, EOS Kiss X 90, EOS Kiss X 80, EOS Kiss X 50, EOS Kiss X 8i, EOS Kiss X X7i, EOS Kiss X7, EOS Kiss X6i, EOS Kiss X5, EOS Kiss X4, EOS M, EOS M2
 
How to avoid this phenomenon
 
  1. When shooting movies, set the camera's shooting mode to P or Tv mode.
  2. When using the lens alone or with the EXTENDER EF 2x, set the exposure setting step to 1/2 or 1/1 with the camera's custom function, even if the camera shooting mode is M or Av.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/18/2019 6:13:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 14, 2019
From Loupedeck:
 
New integration with Final Cut Pro X Marks First-Ever Apple-Developed Compatibility with Loupedeck+
 
HELSINKI, Finland – March 14, 2019 – Loupedeck, the custom photo and video editing console built with an intuitive design that makes editing faster and more creative, has announced Final Cut Pro is now available integration as the first Apple-developed suite made compatible for Loupedeck+, alongside additional integration with Adobe Audition.
 
Following the successful launch of the Loupedeck+, and its initial integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Audition integrations are the next step in delivering an increasing level of functionality and flexibility the video and audio editing communities require with the Loupedeck+.
 
Final Cut Pro users using Loupedeck+ will be able to:
 
  • Utilize faster and more intuitive video editing and color correction; all basic tools for color grading are simply labelled on the console
  • Total flexibility to create their own configurations to fit their workflow
  • Export/import an editor’s personal Loupedeck configuration setups and easily transfer them to another computer
  • Use Color Wheel workspace compatibility for color grading
  • Leverage flexible timeline navigation, content trimming and clip adjustment
  • Have the option to customize console buttons to preferred Final Cut Pro shortcut demands or use preinstalled functions
  • Take advantage of 400+ additional functions available
Adobe Audition users using Loupedeck+ will be able to:
 
  • Create a faster and more intuitive workflow
  • Create analogous use with digital project
  • Create and manage single track and multitrack projects
  • Use more accurate track control and navigation
  • Use all edit tools including trim and nudge
  • Use volume adjustments for all channels
  • Add Fades and Effects to projects
“Our customers have been eager for Apple-integration with the Loupedeck+ since it was launched,” said Mikko Kesti, Founder and CEO of Loupedeck. “Final Cut Pro X was the logical choice given its wide adoption in the editing community and we felt it was an important next step for us as we look to continue our mission of delivering a well-rounded experience for users and helping to improve their workflows. Not only will they get the benefits of Loupdeck+’s intuitive design and approachable tools, they’ll get increased functionality across the range of video editing products they might be using.”
 
The Final Cut Pro and Adobe Audition integrations are available starting today across all regions. Loupedeck is available for purchase from B&H Photo and Amazon.com for $249.
Category: Loupedeck News
Post Date: 3/14/2019 9:45:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality test results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus Lens Review.
 
As with the 55mm Otus, this is the lens upon which the others are compared. We've updated our test results to the highest resolution camera available, making comparisons with other 5Ds R-tested lenses easier.
 
I'll get your comparisons started:
 
Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS Lens
Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens
Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens
Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Tamron 85mm f/1.8 VC Lens
Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 Lens
 
Save nearly $900 on this lens – buy it used with a variety of options available at B&H and at Adorama.
 
The Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
 
Rent the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 3/14/2019 6:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma:
 
Firmware update for SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for CANON EF mount
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products. We would like to announce that a new firmware update for SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for CANON EF mount listed below is now available.
 
This firmware allows compatibility with Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function to enable correction matching the optical characteristics of each lens. It also corrects the phenomenon that abnormal images appear or operation errors occur when the function is enabled. In addition, it improves the functionality. Furthermore, there is an improvement to the phenomena particular to some lenses when they are used in combination with the Canon “EOS R” and their “Mount Adapter EF-EOS R”, or “Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R”. This was previously reported in our announcement of January 16th, 2019.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable products listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro. Before updating the firmware using the SIGMA USB DOCK, please ensure to update SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver. 1.5.0. or later..
 
SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC HSM | Art for CANON EF Mount Update
 
  • It has ensured compatibility with Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function, which enables correction matching the optical characteristics of the attached lens. *
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that abnormal images appear or operation errors occur when Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function is enabled.
  • It has improved the AF accuracy when the lens is used with Live-View mode.
  • 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 become compatible with EOS R’s “1.6x (Crop)” to be set automatically as well as with “Scene Intelligent Auto Mode”.
SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art for CANON EF Mount 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 restarting the camera does not work when the lens is taken off the camera while the lens’s OS function is in operation.
  • 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 stop the focus driving from infinity to closer focus distance while shooting video with AF.
  • 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 F8 while shooting.
SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports for CANON EF Mount 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 restarting the camera does not work when the lens is taken off the camera while the lens’s OS function is in operation.
SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports for CANON EF Mount Update
 
  • It has ensured compatibility with Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function, which enables correction matching the optical characteristics of the attached lens. *
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that abnormal images appear or operation errors occur when Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function is enabled.
  • It has improved the AF accuracy when the lens is used with the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E.
SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for CANON EF Mount 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 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for CANON EF Mount 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 F8 while shooting.
* Compatible Canon camera models:EOS R**, EOS-1DX mark II, EOS 5Ds,EOS 5DsR, EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 6D mark II, EOS 80D, EOS 8000D(EOS Rebel T6s, EOS 760D), EOS 9000D(EOS 77D), EOS Kiss x8i(EOS Rebel T6i, EOS 750D), EOS Kiss x9i(EOS Rebel T7i, EOS 800D), EOS Kiss x9(EOS Rebel SL2, EOS 200D)
 
** When the Digital Lens Optimizer is switched [OFF], but "Peripheral illumination correction", "Chromatic aberration correction" and "Distortion correction", located within the in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function is switched [ON], the appropriate corrections can be achieved in accordance with the optical characteristics of each lens.
 


SIGMA Mount Converter MC-11 EF-E Update
 
  • It has optimized the peripheral illumination correction data when it is used in combination with the SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary for Canon EF mount.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC HSM | Art for CANON EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.2.00.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art for CANON EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.2.03.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports for CANON EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.1.01.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports for CANON EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.2.00.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for CANON EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.2.01.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for CANON EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.2.02.
  • It has improved the compensation effect when it is used in combination with the Sony a9, Sony a7III and specific lenses*, and their in-camera image stabilization adjustment is set to AUTO. It has been set to achieve the same effect as when it is adjusted manually.
  • It has improved the accuracy of exposure when it is used with dedicated flashes manufactured by SONY.


SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for NIKON F Mount 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.
Download: SIGMA Optimization Pro
 
B&H carries the Sigma USB Dock.
Post Date: 3/14/2019 7:06:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Watch as Julieanne Kost demonstrates three color toning methods in Photoshop CC.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 3/14/2019 6:50:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Lensbaby:
 
Portland, OR – Lensbaby – makers of award-winning lenses, optics and accessories announces today the availability of its new wide angle tilt lens. The Composer Pro II with Edge 35mm Optic is available for use on Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Fuji X, and Micro 4/3 interchangeable lens cameras. The Edge 35mm Optic is also available separately for anyone who already owns a Lensbaby Composer Pro or Composer Pro II lens body. Fans of this style of selective focus photography have been requesting a wider option beyond the company's existing 50mm and 80mm lenses.
 
The Composer Pro II with Edge 35 Optic is a 35mm f/3.5 tilting lens designed for those looking for a wider focal length to create unique in-camera shots with a slice of tack-sharp focus and detail. By tilting this lens, users can place a slice of sharp focus through objects in both the foreground and background of an image at the same time, bordered by smooth blur. This in-camera effect helps artists tell their story in an uncommon way.
 
“Over the past 15 years, we’ve made optical tools to help you discover unique ways of seeing your world. A 35mm tilt lens, despite being our most requested new product offering since we introduced the Edge 80 in 2012, has been elusive and the results of our efforts have paid off in a lens that is far better than we thought possible when starting our design process. It was worth the wait,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder.
 
The Composer Pro II swivels and tilts on a smooth metal ball and socket design, providing a fast and intuitive way to switch between traditional straight lens photos and tilt photography. Tilting the lens up or down results in a horizontal slice of focus; left or right a vertical slice; diagonally for a diagonal slice. After setting the tilt, rotating the focus ring moves that slice of focus through the image, from one side of the frame to the other.
 
“The Edge 35 has changed my traveling & portrait sessions for the better. I'm able to get into tight spaces and buildings and still be able to show the whole aspect of the story I'm trying to create,” said renowned portrait, travel and lifestyle photographer Stephanie DeFranco. “I find the wider slice of focus makes it easier to find the area I want to draw the viewer’s eye toward. With its 35mm focal length, this optic lets me create the same dreamy feel as the Edge 50 and Edge 80, but because of the wider slice of focus, also allows me to include more of a scene in the story.”
 
The Composer series of lenses are lenses that tilt to move a spot or slice of focus anywhere in the frame. They feature Lensbaby’s Optic Swap System. Users can simply purchase one lens, made up of a lens body with an included optic, for their camera system, then, swap out the optic that it came with for a new optic to completely change the effect and focal length of their Lensbaby lens.
 
The Composer Pro II with Edge 35 Optic will be available in April for $449.95, and by itself as an Optic for those who already own a Composer series lens, for $249.95.
 
Composer Pro II with Edge 35 Optic Product Specifications
 
  • 35mm focal length
  • f/3.5 - f/22
  • Focuses from 7” from the front element to infinity
  • Compatible with Full Frame; APS-C; and 4/3rds Sensors
  • Manual Focus
  • Internal 8-blade aperture
  • Up to 15 degrees of tilt
  • Dimensions: to come
  • Weight: to come
  • Mounts: Nikon F, Canon EF, Sony E, Fuji X, Micro 4/3
B&H has the Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 35 Optic available for preorder.
Category: Lensbaby News
Post Date: 3/14/2019 6:38:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Adobe has released Photoshop CC (v.20.0.4) which fixes the issues found below. You can initiate the update using the Creative Cloud app management console.
 
Photoshop CC March 2019 (version 20.0.4) Release
 
  • Photoshop crashes when trying to use Perspective Warp
  • Select and Mask workspace freezes while making a selection or painting on an image while zoomed in
  • Program error when pasting over a selection in the Timeline panel
  • When working on a layer with the mask disabled, using Undo enables the mask
  • Photoshop crashing frequently
  • (Windows-only) Content-Aware Fill workspace freezes on releasing a pen stroke with Microsoft Surface Pen or Wacom pen
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 3/13/2019 1:49:24 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
There is plenty of excitement for the new Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens, but ... where is it? The press release stated that it was "... scheduled to begin shipping in December 2018 ..." That date is long past, but this lens remains unavailable.
 
As questions in this regard continued to roll in, it was not hard to understand that I was not the only one wondering what was going on. My first research contact was with a technical rep at Canon USA who assured me that the lens was indeed actively shipping. That a friend received theirs confirms this. Canon USA did indicate that the initial quantities were limited and, based on the number of 600 IIIs shipped to date by a large retailer, I would add "very" to the front of "limited".
 
Those of us who have been around the camera and lens industry remember when one had to preorder newly-released camera gear immediately after the announcement to get the item anytime soon after it hit the streets. Some were ordering the gear immediately and selling it on eBay for a sometimes-significant markup until the demand resolved. Initial supply has been meeting initial demand far more frequently in recent years but obviously the 600 III is taking us back in time.
 
One more data point is that Lensrentals has the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens available for rental on 3/21.
 
While this information may not be terribly enlightening, Canon USA (unsurprisingly) recommends placing your preorder now to get in line and your lens will indeed arrive as the preorder queues are resolved. If you want this amazing lens <subliminal message> you do </subliminal message>, that advice is indeed logical.
 
The Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens is available for preorder at B&H ("Coming Soon") | Amazon ("Currently unavailable") | Adorama ("On Backorder")
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/13/2019 9:38:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality test results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Lens Review.
 
This is the lens upon which the others are compared. We've updated our image quality test results for this lens to the highest resolution camera available, making comparisons with other 5Ds R-tested lenses easier.
 
Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L Lens (different res cameras)
Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Sigma 40mm f/1.4 Art Lens
Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens
Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Tamron 45mm f/1.8 VC Lens
Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Lens
 
The Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
 
Save over $1,000 on this lens – buy it in E+ used condition at Adorama (Canon mount). B&H also has this lens available in their Used Department (Nikon mount).
 
Rent the Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 3/13/2019 8:42:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
by Sean Setters
 
During their visit this past weekend, my wife's parents bought us an orchid that now resides on our dining room table. While we often have an orchid around the house, the intriguing pattern on this particular orchid's blooms along with its conspicuous location meant that it wouldn't take me long before I was motivated to drag it into the studio to see what I could do with it.
 
In terms of difficulty, I'd rank orchids in the medium range as far as flowering subjects go. I find flowers with deeper structures to be more difficult to capture in a captivating way, but the unique shapes found in orchid blooms, along with the blooms close proximity to one another, can make them challenging to photograph.
 
So what trait makes an orchid an excellent subject for the budding (pun intended) flower photographer? In a word – longevity.
 
Typically speaking, an orchid will bloom once or twice a year and those blooms will last anywhere from 2-4 months. To put that into perspective, a rose bloom typically lasts only about a week (to be fair, though, some rose plants bloom repeatedly). Even the low end of an orchid's longevity range provides a busy photographer with ample opportunities to photograph the plant before its blooms disappear. In fact, one of the busiest photographers I know often uses orchids in the sample photos of his reviews.
 
For the image atop this post, I used a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens set to f/8, 1/160 sec, ISO 100. I captured 19 incrementally focused frames using Magic Lantern's Focus Stacking feature (use Magic Lantern at your own risk – the Canon EOS RP has a focus bracketing feature built-in). The lighting was provided by two radio triggered studio lights placed to the left and right of the camera (the right one was behind the subject) with gridded strip boxes.
 
For a larger resolution version of the image, check out my Flickr photostream.
Post Date: 3/13/2019 8:30:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 12, 2019
After putting the Sony 135mm f/1.8 GM through LensRentals MTF tests, Roger Cicala immediately sent a note of congratulations to some of his Sony contacts. Why? As Roger puts it in the LensRentals Blog post:
In the center, that’s the highest MTF I’ve seen on a non-supertelephoto lens. The highest. Let’s put particular emphasis on the purple line, which is 50 lp/mm. That’s a higher frequency than any manufacturer tests (that we know of), appropriate for fine detail on the highest resolution cameras. We would consider an MTF of 0.5 at 50 lp/mm to be very acceptable. This is hugely better, nearly 0.8 in the center. We’ve never seen that kind of resolution before.
 
The MTF drops away from the center, of course, but even at the very edges, the readings are still quite high.
The lens performed so well that Roger decided to test the lens at 100 lp/mm, something they don't usually do unless a lens is designed for 150+ MP sensors.
At 100 lp/mm the Sony 135mm f/1.8 GM has a higher MTF than most excellent primes do at 50 lp / mm. If you don’t speak MTF, basically that means this lens can resolve fine details that would be a blur on excellent lenses.
Roger would go on to say:
...in a couple of years if you are shooting a 90-megapixel camera, this lens will be the one that wrings the most detail out of that sensor. Right now it looks at your 43 megapixels and goes, “that’s cute.”
You can read the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
 
Sony 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens Preorders
B&H | Adorama | Amazon US |Henry's | Wex Photo Video
Post Date: 3/12/2019 9:43:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For easy portrait lighting, simply find a window without direct sunlight shining through it. In this example, the model is holding a sheer curtain over the window to eliminate background distractions that would otherwise be visible behind her.
 
While it may seem that the ultra-light, compact, extremely affordable Canon EOS RP would not make sense behind the large, heavy, ultra-high-end Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens, this combo worked extremely well together. Servo AF with eye-detection was used for this entire shoot with near-perfect results.
 
Save money on the camera to make the lens more affordable? Save weight in the camera to offset some weight of the lens?
 
Camera and Lens Settings
70mm  f/2.0  1/125s
ISO 100
6240 x 4160px
Post Date: 3/12/2019 7:53:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the SanDisk 128GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Memory Card (160MB/s) available for $99.99 with free expedited shipping via the "Clip Coupon" feature. Compare at $116.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 128GB Storage Capacity
  • Optimized for 4K Video Recording
  • Up to 160MB/s Read Speed
  • Up to 150MB/s Write Speed
  • Compatible with RAW & JPEG Formats
  • Includes RTV Silicone Coating
 Monday, March 11, 2019

 
By now, it's common knowledge that a laser shining directly onto your camera's sensor will lead to its demise. However, it seems that some lasers can also damage a sensor when reflected off of even non-mirrored surfaces, such as human skin.
 
Videographer Andy Boyd learned this lesson the hard way when filming a tattoo removal procedure with his Sony a7S II. With each burst of the laser, you can clearly see the sensor sustaining damage.
 
So take heed – if observing any medical procedure using lasers, wear eye protection and leave your camera at home.
Post Date: 3/11/2019 6:56:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
In addition to the Image quality test results, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, and standard product images have been added to the Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens page.
 
The Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
 
Rent the Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 3/11/2019 6:48:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, March 10, 2019
These adorable little fawns were playfully bounding all around and then stopped in an ideal location to check me out. Few animals are cuter than whitetail fawns.
 
With the fawns beyond the idea 400mm range, it was great to have the 1.4x extender available with only a throw of the switch. There would not have been time to mount an external 1.4x extender in this situation.
 
Are you joining me to photograph these beautiful creatures (and likely black bear) in "Shenandoah National Park this June? We'll have a great time looking for these subjects, learning photography, and more than a little gear talk is likely. Also check out my other Instructional Photo Tours.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
560mm  f/5.6  1/1250s
ISO 2000
4057 x 2704px
Post Date: 3/10/2019 7:05:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, March 9, 2019
Resolution test results from the Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens have been added to the Canon EOS RP Review.
 
Here is the Canon EOS RP vs. EOS 6D Mark II comparison.
 
Here is the Canon EOS RP vs. EOS R comparison.
 
This camera is a bargain. Find it in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
 
Rent the Canon EOS RP from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/9/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 8, 2019
From Sigma:
 
March 8, 2019 – The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to release the SIGMA CINE LENS 28mm T1.5 FF.
 
Sigma 28mm T1.5 FF
 
  • Delivery: March, 2019
  • Lens support foot and lens cap included
  • Mounts: PL, EF and E-mount.
Preorder: Sigma 28mm T1.5 FF Lens – B&H
Post Date: 3/8/2019 6:45:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following enhancement:
 
  • Support for Camera Control API (CCAPI)* function, for software developers, has been added.
*HTTP-based API for camera control
 
In order to use this function, additional steps are required. Please visit our website.
 
Download: Canon EOS RP Firmware v.1.1.0
 
Want to know more about the Canon EOS RP? Check out our full review.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/8/2019 5:26:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 7, 2019
by Sean Setters
 
With the sun shining, not a cloud in the sky and the local vegetation finally awakening from its wintry slumber, I thought it would be a good time to venture out with my Super Color IR-converted EOS 7D to see what I could find. Not wanting to stray too far from home, I ended up at a nearby defunct dairy farm where – fun fact – they filmed a couple of scenes from the movie Forrest Gump. One of the greatest things about having a camera in your hands is that it feels like a you have passport for exploration, sparking the impulse for embarking on new adventures.
 
Unfortunately, my exploration on this day revealed that the area is not as scenic as it was at the time the movie was filmed. A nearby dike failed many years ago flooding the low-lying areas with salt water, killing many of the trees such as the one above, the catalyst for my spending a few minutes capturing its curvy branches in isolation against a distant background and rich, blue sky. I had originaly planned on desaturating the yellow tones so that the vegetation would appear white (the more traditional IR look I had in mind when setting off from my studio), but doing so resulted in the tree no longer standing out as well, so I instead opted to leave the grass and shrubs yellow after switching the red and blue color channels (more IR image processing in the IR Conversion Review).
 
You can find a higher resolution sample of this image on my Flickr Photostream.
Post Date: 3/7/2019 9:05:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
In addition to the Image quality test results, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, and standard product images have been added to the Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens page.
 
Still, this is a very impressive-performing lens.
 
The Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
 
Rent the Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 3/7/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
In this video, SLR Lounge teams up with B&H to give you 5 long-exposure tips to maximize creativity. From creating silky smooth water effects to capturing subjects under the Milky Way, you’ll learn a handful of techniques that will raise your photography game.
Post Date: 3/7/2019 6:43:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, and standard product images have been added to the Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM Lens page.
 
As we continue to maintain the site's sharpening standard for Canon images, one needs to keep the differences in the results of this setting between cameras in perspective. Here is a Canon EF-M vs. EF 200mm f/2L lens comparison with the L at f/4, an extremely sharp lens and aperture combination. The little 32 is a remarkably sharp lens.
 
The price is quite attractive. The Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
 
Get a refurbished Canon EOS M5 (or M6) to go behind it for only $448.99.
 
Rent the Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/6/2019 8:15:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Canon Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R with Variable ND Filter in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Canon EF/EF-S Lens to EOS R Camera
  • Maintains AF and Image Stabilization
  • Includes Drop-In Variable ND Filter A
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/6/2019 8:04:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
Years ago, you could expect good reasonable customer service from almost any photography gear manufacturer. Today, however, that isn't necessarily the case. Therefore, we like to draw attention to companies that offer more than just great products, but seem to go above and beyond the competition to support their customers' needs.
 
Today's case in point: Matthews Studio Equipment.
 
Backstory
 
I recently posted an image of a surfer taken at nearby Tybee Island. While I experienced many technical difficulties during that session, one thing I didn't mention was what I noticed as I loading up the car and getting ready to leave. After brushing the sand off the Matthews Maxi Kit Steel Stand I had been using, I placed it in the trunk of my car. As the light stand hit my trunk, sand started pouring out one of the legs. That's when I realized an end cap on one of the light stand's legs was missing. After all of the frustration I had endured throughout the session, I didn't really feel like combing the beach to find my missing end cap. Regardless, back to the beach I went.
 
The rising tide which had been encroaching on our shooting location shortly before packing up had erased the telltale signs of the exact spot where my light stand had been. There was no hope of finding the relatively small plastic end cap, assuming it had been lost on the beach and not somewhere else before I had arrived. I gave up after only a few minutes of aimless searching.
 
Once I arrived home, I immediately put a ring of gaffer tape around the leg that was missing an end cap to alert me of the missing accessory which could result in a scratched surface if the stand were used on certain types of flooring. While doing so prevented me from using the stand on a floor where it may cause damage (wood, tile, etc.), the gaffer tape obviously didn't fix the problem. What I needed was another end cap.
 
My Experience with Matthews Studio Equipment's Customer Service
 
When I called the Matthews Studio Equipment phone number, an operator answered the phone and asked which department I would like to be connected with. First off, an actual operator answering the phone was a refreshing change from the typical automated answering service that I end up screaming at in vain before my call is finished. I told the operator my problem, and she politely said, "You need the parts department. I'll connect you now." Well, that was easy enough. Unfortunately, with Matthews Studio Equipment being in California, it was roughly lunchtime when I called and no one answered. However, the mailbox message requested that I leave my name and phone number and that someone would call me back, which I did.
 
Fast forward to the end of the California workday (5:00pm their time, 8:00pm Eastern Time) and I get a call from Stuart in the Matthews Parts Department. I told him that I needed the end cap for a Matthews Maxi Kit Steel Stand, part #387485 because one of mine was missing. He said, "Ok. I have a few of those right here. What's your email? I'll need you to send me your mailing address."
 
At this point, I'm a bit confused. I realize the plastic end caps for my light stand are probably not an expensive accessory, but I'm wondering when he's going to tell me the price of the items, how much shipping will be and how exactly I will pay for the desired gear. I assume all the details will be in the soon-to-arrive email. A few minutes later, Stuart's email arrived with no subject line and a simple "Hello" in the body, to which I replied with my address and the following:
Just let me know how much I owe you and the preferred method of payment and I'll make it happen.
His reply came the following morning right as the California workday began.
Hello Sean
 
I will mail these out to you today free of charge. No payment needed.
 
Have a good day
Again, I realize these end caps (they sent a set of 3) weren't expensive items. In fact, shipping them to me likely cost as much (if not more) than what a company might typically charge for them. But that's not the point. When you purchase high quality products from a well-known and well-respected manufacturer like Matthews Studio Equipment, you get the type of customer service that their reputation is built upon. Yes, their equipment is priced a little higher than its competitor's products, but you'll likely find dealing with Matthews' customer service to be easier/more pleasant than dealing with the customer service department of a competing (cheaper) brand based in different part of the world. And even if those other brands offer similar customer service, it's highly unlikely that a replacement part coming from – for example, Asia – will arrive as quickly as one coming from California (for USA citizens, at least).
 
My replacement feet arrived a few days later. My light stand is now whole again, and I take comfort in knowing that Matthews Studio Equipment's reputation for excellence and commitment to its customers is well earned.
 
For your light stand and other studio equipment needs, Matthews gear should be at the top of your short list. They'll take care of you.
 Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Just posted: Really Right Stuff TFC/TVC-34/34L Mk2 Tripod Review.
 
This is my primary tripod. It's awesome.
 
The Really Right Stuff TFC/TVC-34/34L Mk2 Tripod is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 3/5/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R with Circular Polarizer Filter is now shipping to early B&H preorder customers. It will likely be in stock in the not-so-distant future.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Canon EF/EF-S Lens to EOS R Camera
  • Maintains AF and Image Stabilization
  • Includes Drop-In Circular Polarizer A
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/5/2019 7:39:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 4, 2019
B&H has the DJI Ronin-S Essentials Kit available for preorder wiht free expedited shipping.
 
From the product description:
Whereas the standard DJI Ronin-S comes with a focus wheel, control cables, a power adapter, and other accessories, the Essentials Kit includes the gimbal and the key accessories required to go out and begin shooting. There's a difference of only several accessories, accompanied by a substantially more affordable cost, and you can always add a focus wheel or other accessory at a later point.
DJI Ronin-S Essentials Kit Highlights
 
  • Ronin-S with Key Accessories
  • 8 lb Payload
  • Trigger and Mode Control Buttons
  • Offset Roll Motor for Screen Visibility
  • 12-Hour Operation on Single Charge
  • Additional Functions via Android/iOS App
  • 360° Pan, 280° Tilt, 360° Roll Rotation
  • Time-Lapse and Motion-Lapse
  • Advanced 32-Bit ARM Processor
  • Support for 2.4/5.8 GHz Receivers
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 3/4/2019 11:55:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Christmas cactus that spends most of the year looking rather mundane, essentially green foliage in a pot, finally opened a single bloom. These blooms last only a couple of days, they are irresistibly-beautiful, and I decided that testing the Canon EOS RP's focus stacking feature was a good excuse to photograph this one.
 
The details of this image, including 100% crops, are now included on the Canon Focus Bracketing page.
 
Basically, the RP and DPP make creating a high-quality focus stacked image really simple.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
100mm  f/11.0  0.5s
ISO 100
6240 x 4160px
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/4/2019 8:20:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, March 2, 2019
Just add water, because water usually makes an image better.
 
I was staying ahead of this bull and his harem in a large meadow for perhaps 30 minutes when we arrived at a small pond that I didn't even know existed. At the other side of the pond (my side) was a tall, steep bank down to a stream at the bottom. While determining if this bull's nose-up threatening pose was meant for me or the cows he was tending, I captured a large number of frames with the 600mm focal length quickly becoming too long. Just as I was about to go down the bank, the bull turned back to the cows and the opportunity stayed alive.
 
It was a hot morning and the elk were cooling themselves in the water. Especially fun was that some of the calves were using their hooves to splash water onto their backs. It was an awesome experience.
 
Due to additional interest in the Rocky Mountain National Park Instructional Photo Tour, an additional set of 2019 dates has been added. Can you go from Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21, 2019?! The rut should be going strong. Let me know ASAP!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 3/2/2019 8:38:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 1, 2019

 
B&H has the Spider Camera Holster 861 Tripod Carrier Kit in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Secure to Any Size Monopod or Tripod Leg
  • Carriers Up to 5 lb
  • Angles the Support Comfortably
  • Carry on Either Side of the Hip
  • Polymer and Stainless-Steel Construction
  • No Interference from Pins
  • Holster Leaves Hands & Upper Body Free
  • Two-Position Metal Lock Quick-Release
  • Can Be Used with Your Own Belt
Post Date: 3/1/2019 10:35:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
In this Photoshop Magic Minute, learn Meredith Stotzner’s keyboard shortcut for seeing the Brush Dimensions, Opacity, and Hardness in previews.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 3/1/2019 7:49:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Professional photographer Andy Marcus shares 5 quick tips on how to prepare for a wedding shoot. From bringing all the right equipment to backing up your photos, these practices are a must for running your wedding-photography business.
Post Date: 3/1/2019 7:27:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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