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 Wednesday, June 12, 2019

In this video, photographer Daniel Norton demonstrates how using subtle color filters can take your beauty portraits to the next level.
Adorama carries the Rosco 12x12" Beauty Filter Kit.
Post Date: 6/12/2019 5:30:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 10, 2019
From Sigma:
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
With the SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports and the SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports, we have found a phenomenon whereby when pressing the shutter button on the camera body, it may occasionally stop operating and not respond to the reoperation. In this circumstance, we would like to provide a lens firmware update free of charge to the customers using the applicable products with the serial numbers mentioned below.
We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.
  • When pressing the shutter button on the camera body, it may occasionally stop operating and not respond to the reoperation.
Applicable products and Serial No.
  • SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports for SIGMA, CANON EF, NIKON F mount
    • Serial No.53824160 or earlier
  • SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports for SIGMA, CANON EF, NIKON F mount
    • Serial No.53846990 or earlier
Corresponding method
For customers using the applicable products with the mentioned serial numbers, we are going to provide a lens firmware update free of charge.
* The SIGMA USB DOCK cannot be used for this firmware update as it requires an adjustment to optimize each lens individually.
How to identify already supported products
Among the applicable products with the mentioned serial numbers, those that had their firmware updated have a black sticker on the lower right corner of the product gift box, as shown in the image below.
Sigma 60 600 and 70 200 Sports Lens Product Advisory Image

For further information, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary / distributor.
Post Date: 6/10/2019 5:48:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

In this video, National Geographic photographer Bob Holmes provides a few tips for getting magazine-worthy travel/documentary imagery.
Post Date: 6/10/2019 5:12:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 7, 2019
From Canon USA:
Providing Wireless Connectivity, Now is the Time to Upgrade Your Printer to a Continuous Ink Supply System
MELVILLE, NY, June 6, 2019 – In a time where it seems like digital is king, we cannot forget that 69% of Americans feel overwhelmed about the constant barrage of digital information. It’s time to bring it back to basics and embrace the benefits of print. In that spirit, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the new PIXMA G6020 All-In-One Printer and the PIXMA G5020 MegaTank Single-Function Printer. These new PIXMA G-series MegaTank printers are further extending the current lineup and are ideal for high-print volume printing with low maintenance.
The magic of PIXMA G-series MegaTank printers lies with the continuous ink supply system. Boasting ink bottles with spill-resistant tops, the printer system is designed to provide seamless and clean usability at home and in the office. With black ink providing up to 6,000 pages per bottle and total color ink combination providing up to 7,700 pages, the printers provide a high-page yield, making them cost-effective and convenient for the consumer. Further adding to the flexibility and convenience of the two new MegaTank models is automatic two-sided printing along with a 350 page paper capacity when using both the front and rear trays. In addition, these two new printers feature faster print speeds than the previous generation of MegaTank printers, producing 13 impressions per minute (“IPM”) for black and white4 and 6.8 IPM for color.
“Listening to our customer’s printing needs is a top priority for our company as we continue to bring new innovations to our products and the marketplace, ” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “I am confident that today’s product introductions will deliver upon the needs for a continuous ink system and easier wireless technology.”
The PIXMA G6020 and PIXMA G5020 printers both feature wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi® and, for users of compatible mobile devices, the added benefit of access to the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app, allowing for easy setup and basic operations on compatible smartphone devices. Through the Canon PRINT app, users can easily access PIXMA Cloud Link to print photos and documents from popular online social platforms and services, such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Photobucket, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive and Microsoft® OneDrive®.
The PIXMA G6020 printer also supports the Apple AirPrint software feature and the Google Cloud Print web printing service for printing from the Gmail email service and the Google Docs web-based word processing program on a compatible mobile device and from the Google Chrome browser for Mac, Windows, Linux and Chrome OS operating systems.
The new PIXMA G-series printers are available today, with the PIXMA G6020 All-In-One Printer available for $299.99and the PIXMA G5020 MegaTank Single Function Printer for $249.99.
B&H has the Canon PIXMA G6020 All-In-One Printer and PIXMA G5020 MegaTank Single Function Printer available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/7/2019 5:59:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Godox V1 Flash available for preorder.
When preordering, you may want to pick up the Godox AK-R1 Accessory Kit as well.
Product Highlights
  • Compatible with TTL
  • Output: 76Ws
  • Auto Zoom Control, Zoom Range: 28-105mm
  • 2.4 GHz Wireless X-System Transmitter
  • Built-In LED Modeling Lamp
  • Tilts -7 to 120°, Rotates 330°
  • Round Flash Head Design
  • Magnetic Light Modifier Attachment
  • 1.5 sec Recycle Time, HSS Support
  • Removable, Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 6/7/2019 5:24:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 6, 2019
From Tamron:
Fast fixed focal SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD (Model F045) boldly demonstrates Tamron’s lens-making expertise
June 6, 2019, Commack, NY— Tamron announces the launch of a new fixed focal lens, the SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD (Model F045), for full-frame DSLR cameras. The lens, announced as under-development this February, will be available at Tamron USA authorized retailers at approximately $899 on June 26th in Nikon mount and July 25th in Canon mount.
Tamron’s SP (Superior Performance) lens series was born in 1979, based on the concept of delivering lenses for taking the perfect picture for those who love photography. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the series. In celebration, Tamron has developed the Model F045, the distillation of Tamron’s accumulated lens-making expertise and craftsmanship. This orthodox fixed focal lens, which some consider the most basic of all interchangeable lenses, is the embodiment of all optical technology and manufacturing knowhow Tamron has developed to date. The Model F045’s unprecedented high-resolution image quality and beautiful, appealing background bokeh lets photographers capture any scene down to the finest details. The external lens barrel was developed through the tireless pursuit of operability and durability, focusing constantly on the needs of photographers. This lens is equipped with a large F/1.4 aperture and high-speed, high-precision AF functionality offering exceptional reliability, plus various other features for increased convenience, making it the perfect everyday lens for your creative pursuits. It is ideally suited for nearly every photographic genre, including photojournalism, landscape, sports, street life, wedding groups and family snapshots.
Product Development Background
“To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Tamron’s renowned SP series lenses that are designed and constructed to deliver the highest levels of performance, we drew upon our accumulated expertise and technologies to create the ‘ultimate lens’ — the Model F045,” said the person responsible for product planning. “Our goal was to achieve high resolution, fidelity of point light source and beautiful bokeh,” he continued. “We deployed existing skills, like our highly regarded knowhow for producing bokeh, and combined them with new innovations like BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) Coating for anti-reflection performance. Today we announce with sincere pride that the Model F045 embodies Tamron’s philosophy for manufacturing and is the finest lens in Tamron’s history.”
1. Consummate image quality across the entire frame from edge-to-edge The optical construction (14 elements in 10 groups) leverages the best of Tamron technology and features a generous arrangement of special glass materials including four LD (Low Dispersion) and three GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) lens elements.
This combination of components successfully eliminates the effects of chromatic aberrations (which are particularly perilous for high-speed lenses) as well as other optical aberrations to the greatest extent possible. Even at its maximum aperture of F/1.4, high resolution performance is achieved from the center of the frame to the edges, providing superior aberration correction to maintain perfect fidelity of point shapes. The result is ultimate ultra-high image quality. This exceptional optical performance extends to the quality of defocused bokeh areas. With this lens, photographers can capture dramatic images that neatly sculpt their subjects against large and beautifully appealing background bokeh.
2. Next-generation BBAR-G2 Coating To maximize the optical performance and ultra-high image quality of this lens, special measures are in place for optimal correction against ghosting and flare.
Tamron has developed BBAR-G2 Coating through continued research into the coating technologies they have developed over many years. This new BBAR-G2 Coating vastly exceeds the performance of the original BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating that enjoys a long and well-established reputation in its own right. In addition to minimizing ghosting and flare, BBAR-G2 Coating enables clear images with stunning, unprecedented contrast.
3. Exceptionally reliable, fast and accurate AF
The AF drive is equipped with Tamron’s proprietary USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive). This technology affords an autofocusing system with high speed, precision and quiet operation—even in a large aperture lens, which is typically bigger and heavier. Additionally, thanks to the Dynamic Rolling-cam mechanism that has been newly developed specifically for this lens, Tamron has succeeded in minimizing the drive load placed on the focus lens component. This breakthrough ensures stable AF operating performance and improves reliability even under the harsh shooting conditions of professional use, including high and low temperature extremes. This exceptional lens is also equipped with a Full-Time Manual Focus override system so photographers can instantly make fine adjustments to the point of focus, even when using the AF mode.
4. Vastly improved highly durable Fluorine Coating
The front surface of the lens element is coated with a Fluorine Coating based on a newly developed fluorine compound with high water- and oil-repellent properties. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture, and fingerprints, and enabling your important lenses to be continually protected on a long-term basis.
5. 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.
6. Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory
The Model F045 is compatible with the TAMRON TAP-in Console, an optional accessory product that provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling users to easily update a lens’s firmware as well as customize features including fine adjustments to the AF.
7. Locking lens hood for precise positioning
The included lens hood is equipped with a locking mechanism. Being able to reliably attach the hood prevents it from unintentionally shifting position or coming off at the wrong time.
8. Consistent with Tamron’s sophisticated design concepts
The smoothly contoured body and the texture of fine details reinforce simple operation and ensure intuitive use. The shape boasts a high-grade feel worthy of a next-generation model that’s packed with advanced technologies. The form snugly houses the internal components, while the carefully finished Luminous Gold brand ring and painstakingly precise construction speak loudly of the extreme high quality of the lens. Combined with the ergonomic switch box shape, highly legible distance-scale window and sturdy metal mount, the lens boasts a finely-finished rugged and functional design.
Focal Length35mm
Maximum ApertureF/1.4
Angle of View (diagonal)63°26' (for full-frame DSLR cameras)
Optical Construction14 elements in 10 groups
Minimum Object Distance0.3m (11.8 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio1:5
Filter SizeØ72mm
Maximum DiameterØ80.9mm
Length*for Canon 4.1 in (104.8mm)
for Nikon 4 in (102.3mm)
Weightfor Canon 28.7 oz (815g)
for Nikon 28.4 oz. (805g)
Aperture Blades9 (circular diaphragm)**
Minimum ApertureF/16
Standard AccessoriesFlower-shaped hood, Lens caps, Lens pouch
Compatible MountsCanon EF mount, Nikon F mount

* Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
** The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.
Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.
All DSLR camera functions are possible when the Model F045 is attached to a mirrorless camera via the manufacture’s adapter.

Tamron SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD Lens Preorders: B&H | Adorama
 Wednesday, June 5, 2019
From Profoto:
With the B10 Plus, shooting on location isn't about problems, it's about opportunities.
Because shooting on location forces you to make choices.
For the most part, those choices inevitably come down to how much gear to bring and how much gear to leave behind.
Because if you’re shooting a wedding, for example, you can’t afford for your gear to slow you down. And if the location is remote there’s only so much you can realistically carry. Ultimately, there’s always a compromise.
Here at Profoto, we’re not big on compromise. That’s what drove us to create the Profoto B10 and now, it’s ever so slightly bigger brother, the Profoto B10 Plus.
“Like the Profoto B10, the B10 Plus is a seriously small flash.” Commented Göran Marén, Product Manager at Profoto.
“It’s around the size of a large lens. That means you can fit it in your bag with the rest of your gear and because it's cordless and lightweight, it's easy to bring and set up anywhere.”
Despite its small and lightweight appearance, the Profoto B10 Plus packs a considerable punch. Twice as powerful as the B10 the B10 Plus gives you ten times more light than a speedlight. And the quality of that light is exactly what you’d expect from a Profoto flash; completely natural with a beautifully soft fall off.
The B10 Plus is also a powerful light that you can use for both stills and video. And lt’s easy to use. A separate dial on the sleek B10 interface allows you to adjust both brightness and color temperature until it blends perfectly with the ambient light.
"The B10 Plus uses the same stand adapter and battery as the B10” Göran adds, “the stand adapter can be quickly removed allowing you to mount the B10 Plus on any camera tripod.
The battery too is just as swiftly replaced, and you can charge it while you’re using it.”
The ‘no compromise’ approach continues with the huge range of compatible Profoto light-shaping tools. Profoto´s compact and lightweight OCF series is the perfect choice for light shaping on location. If they´re not enough, there are 120 more to choose from in the full Profoto range.
Controlling the B10 Plus off-camera is, again, easy. You can trigger and control the B10 Plus from any Profoto Air Remote, or from the Profoto A1 or A1X. Remotes are available for all major camera brands.
And you’ll also benefit from smart connectivity with the Profoto app. With the B10 Plus connected to the Profoto app you can view and control all the settings from your smartphone screen, experience creative capture with your smartphone, and download all the latest updates.
Ultimately, like it’s slightly smaller brother the B10, the B10 Plus is a big light in a small package. And the extra power means the possibilities are enormous.
Göran concluded. “we call it ‘more power of small.’ Because there are more possibilities to be creative with light in so many more ways. The opportunity to let your imagination run riot on any location.”
The Profoto B10 Plus; now, there’s no need to compromise.
B&H will carry the Profoto B10 Plus.
Post Date: 6/5/2019 5:40:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 3, 2019
Canon Europe has shared an interview with the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens developers.
This should be an amazing lens. B&H expects it to start shipping on June 19th, Amazon USA says June 20th.
The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens is available for preorder at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/3/2019 10:12:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Post Date: 6/3/2019 7:53:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, June 1, 2019
When the fog is present, contrast is significantly decreased and heavy fog can reduce visibility to very short distances. While in Shenandoah National Park for two days in the spring, heavy fog was the only visibility I had. The dozens of turnouts and trails designed to show off spectacular views of the mountains and valleys far below all had the same view. White fog.
When this happens, one option is to find close subjects. With close subjects resulting in less light-scattering fog between the camera and subject, good color and contrast is retained. The large patches of bright green ferns were one such subject that always catches my attention in the spring in Shenandoah National Park. Fog scatters light in all directions, creating very even lighting even deep in the woods.
The one problem remaining was a light breeze. Some of the ferns I was photographing were waist high. With a big sail and a small stem, these ferns moved in even the lightest breeze. I would rather the slight motion blur in the lower left fern blade not be there.
Options for dealing with the subject motion were limited. Embracing the movement and allowing the subject to become blurred is an easy one. Results vary when using this technique.
Waiting for short breaks in the breeze was option I worked on. Taking many shots was another, trying to catch a fern at the end of its motion.
Making shorter shutter speeds available by increasing the ISO setting is another good option. This option results in increased noise in the image, but sometimes a scene can be captured at a low ISO for the stationary subject and then at a higher ISO setting to keep the moving parts stabilized. The two (or more) image can then be stacked during post processing with only the in-motion portion of the frame being shown for the high ISO capture.
Using a narrower aperture offers the same shutter speed advantage with reduction of DOF being the penalty.
A last method I was working with involved placing small temporary Y-shaped twigs at the base of the closest ferns (the ones moving across the most pixels) to help stabilize them. A Wimberley Plamp is a good tool for this purpose.
Moving farther away from the moving branch and/or using a wider focal length make the moving subject smaller in the frame which means they cross over imaging sensor pixels less rapidly which means they are sharper in the final image.
Remove the light-cutting circular polarizer filter can help establish faster shutter speeds, though this is not often a good choice for landscape photography. While on the fog topic, note that CPL filters very significantly cut through fog. The difference can be very noticeable. Rotate the filter to turn on or off the fog effect, obtaining the look you want.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Camera and Lens Settings
16mm  f/11.0  1/4s
ISO 400
5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 6/1/2019 11:20:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 31, 2019
The Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens has a rattle?
A couple of months ago, I helped a friend source a Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens. Oddly, a day or two later he found that his order had been canceled. Another day later, the retailer contacted him with an explaination for canceling his order. While packing the lens for shipping, they heard a rattle inside the box, determined that the lens was damaged, and instead of risking a damaged lens being sent to a customer, they returned the lens to Canon.
After a brief conversation with my contacts at Canon USA, it was expected that the image stabilization unit not being parked was the source of the rattle sound. It was not thought that the unparked state was a damage risk to the lens and it was thought that mounting the lens on a camera would resolve the problem.
I just took delivery of a new 600mm f/4L IS III lens and upon removing the lens from the packaging, an obvious rattle could be heard. It sounded like this:
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens Rattle Sound
After the lens was mounted to a camera, the power cycled (parking the IS unit), and the lens removed, the sound was dramatically diminished.
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens with Less Rattle Sound
So, the expected cause of the rattle proved to be correct and you probably need not worry about the rattle your new super telephoto lens makes.
The hard-to-get Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens is available for order at B&H ("More on the Way" — coming soon) (save the tax, use the B&H Payboo card), on backorder at Adorama, "Temporarily out of stock" at Amazon, and available for preorder at WEX.
Lensrentals has the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens available for rental.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/31/2019 7:51:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
Hands-on Demonstrations of Canon’s Latest Digital Imaging Products Including the EOS C700 FF, EOS C200 and EOS R
MELVILLE, NY, May 30, 2019 – At the 2019 Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its latest cinema offerings in Booth #12. Visitors to the Canon booth will have the opportunity to experience the recently announced Sumire Prime Lenses, Canon’s first PL-Mount cinema prime lenses. Additional cinema solutions in the booth will include the EOS C700 FF and EOS C200 cinema cameras, CINE-SERVO lenses and 4K Reference Displays. Also on display in the booth will be Canon’s groundbreaking EOS R series of full-frame mirrorless cameras and complementary RF series of lenses.
“Each year, Cine Gear Expo provides Canon with a unique opportunity to interact with one of our most vital customer bases – working cinema professionals, right in their backyard of Hollywood,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Similar to past Cine Gear shows, we are not only excited to showcase our latest products, but also to listen and engage with this audience in order to best serve them not just today, but in the future.”
In addition to showcasing professional products and service offerings, Canon will host a series of educational seminars and panel discussions. On Friday, May 31st from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. in Screening Room 5, Canon Senior Trainer Charles Zablan will provide attendees with a technical overview and in-depth, hands-on opportunities with the Sumire Prime Cinema Lensesi. Canon will also host two panels during the expo as follows:
Friday, May 31st
Opening Up About Canon’s New Sumire Prime Lenses
Paramount Theater
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Announced earlier this year, Canon’s new Sumire Prime lenses are full frame, PL-mount cinema lenses that offer a unique, artistically pleasing look with gentle and beautiful skin tones and smooth bokeh. In this panel discussion, cinematographers discuss their first impressions after their recent experiences shooting with the lenses.
Saturday, June 1st
Canon Conversations
Paramount Theater
Canon’s cinema cameras and lenses have had a substantial impact throughout TV and film since the company first entered the market in 2011. In this panel, leading cinematographers will discuss the Canon gear that they’ve used on their recent projects, and how it has helped them capture their vision.
Cine Gear attendees will also be able to learn more about Canon’s CarePAK PRO Accidental Damage Protection Plan, which covers professional cinema and video products. Canon CarePAK PRO offers coverage from accidental damage such as drops, spills and power surges, protecting customer investments from unforeseen repair costs and excessive downtime.
Follow Canon’s Cine Gear activities on Twitter at @CanonUSApro or on Instagram at @CanonUSAprovideo.
B&H carries Canon Sumire lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/31/2019 5:41:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 30, 2019
5DayDeal has just launched a $10,000 prize giveaway. Signing up is simple — just do it now!
5DayDeal's next video education bundle, Complete Video Creators Bundle 2019, launches on June 6th. Stay tuned for the details!
Post Date: 5/30/2019 2:00:00 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality, vignetting, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, and standard product images Image quality test results have been added to the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens page.
While these image quality results may appear simple, they have a background. Keeping the story short, my first copy of this lens took forever to arrive and when it did, the performance was not as expected with damage sustained in transit being strongly suspected. The second lens also took a long time to acquire and the results being shared here are from this lens.
Before announcing these results, I did some sanity checking including with my Canon USA technical rep. My concern (always) is ensuring that this lens' performance is representative of what buyers should expect from their own lens. The MTF charts suggest that the version III lens should perform nearly equally to the version II lens. While I'm not absolutely 100% confident that a better copy of this lens is not available (and will likely test at least one more copy of this lens to be sure), I have enough confidence that this lens is representative of the model, showing what we should expect, to share these results.
That said, let's jump right into the comparison that most will be interested in, the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III vs. II Lens image quality comparison. The version III lens produces very impressive image quality wide open. My only cause for concern about this lens copy was that the version II lens is very slightly sharper in the center of the frame with the difference primarily noticeable when extenders are being used. With less lateral CA, the version III lens produces better peripheral image quality, even with the 2x extender in place.
Unmistakably better is the version III's weight. As I was creating this post, I grabbed the lens from my desk and ran to attempt to catch a pileated woodpecker on a tree just outside the studio. That effort reminded me how amazingly light this lens is for its specs.
Here is another relevant comparison: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III vs. Nikon 600mm f/4E AF-S FL ED VR Lens.
The hard-to-get Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens is available for order at B&H ("More on the Way" — coming soon) (save the tax, use the B&H Payboo card), on backorder at Adorama, "Temporarily out of stock" at Amazon, and available for preorder at WEX.
Want this lens in your hands tomorrow? Lensrentals has the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens available for rental.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/30/2019 8:49:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Meredith Stotzner dives into the Layers Panel and shares her tips for making layer thumbnails easier to see in Photoshop.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 5/30/2019 5:35:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the IDX System Technology CUE-D150 147Wh V-Mount 2-Battery Kit with Dual-Battery Charger available for $449.00 with free shipping. Regularly $629.00.
Product Highlights
  • 2 x 16.8V 147Wh Li-Ion V-Mount Batteries
  • Dual-Bay, Fanless, Sequential Charger
  • Supports up to 10A Draw
  • 4-LED Power Gauge
  • XLR DC Output on Charger
  • D-Tap Output on Battery
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Credentialed access to a 4 hour concert in a 15,000-seat indoor stadium seemed like the perfect opportunity to give the Canon EOS R and Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens a workout while the mostly high-energy performers also got a workout.
When photographing low light action, one historically had to choose between a moderately wide aperture (f/2.8) in a zoom lens and an ultra-wide aperture (f/1.4 for example) in a prime lens. With the RF 28-70, you can have both a wide aperture and a zoom focal length range. While some prime lenses still have the wide aperture advantage, the RF 28-70 f/2 L lens bridges the divide and, especially from an image quality perspective, is an outstanding option for low light needs including concert photography.
The spot lights happened to be on the singer (Ledger) in this image, allowing a very clean ISO 800 with a shutter speed adequate to stop most of the motion at f/2. Other images were captured at ISO settings as high as 6400 where the 1-stop advantage this zoom lens has over most other zooms makes a considerably bigger difference in image quality.
At concerts, the location of the action is often unpredictable and changing fast and that means focal length changes are required, ideally fitting for a zoom lens. Yes, some prime lenses could have given me another 1-stop lower ISO setting, but I would have minimally needed multiple cameras to cover the same range and often the performers were moving so fast that the shot would have been long gone by the time the cameras were swapped. Shooting wider and cropping later is an option, but lower resolution images are the result.
Also great for fast moving subjects was the R's touch and drag AF. With the left hand adjusting the focal length and the right thumb moving the focus point as needed for ideal framing, the EOS R was an ideal choice.
Every shoot teaches new lessons and here are a few concert photography tips from that night.
First, if photographing with a media pass, know without a doubt which gate you are supposed to enter through and be ready to politely ask for a additional opinions when the first person(s) thinks they know the different gate you are required to enter through. This saves walking half way around a stadium to the shipping and receiving area and waiting for a security guard to make a series of phone calls to figure out what you already knew and send you back to the other side of the stadium. If opting to ignore this advice, strongly consider arriving at least 1 hour early.
Also if photographing with a media pass, make sure that you have a signed copy of that pass (minimally on your phone) with you because the media reps for some reason may not have your name on the list. If offered a label with your name handwritten on it, request a lanyard because your camera strap is going to peel the label off within 10 minutes of your arrival, leaving you without the pass. Minimally attach the label to something that avoids the peel-off risk.
While your media pass may specify where you are supposed to photograph from, the media pass may not have been updated since the 360° stage was implemented. The specified locations may not exist and those working the show may have no clue about the topic or even how to get to the floor from the entrance level. Arrive early enough that if the instructions do not align with reality there is time to figure out where you are permitted to go without negatively impacting the show (it is probably not being performed for you).
Oh, if the tour is promoting a 360° stage, just get a ticket and leave the camera at home. Within seconds, the performer can be a basketball court distance away and even two cameras with complementing zoom lenses are not adequate. Compounding the problem is that you will have backs toward you for at least 270° of the stage.
I'll add these notes to the concert photography tips page.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Camera and Lens Settings
28mm  f/2.0  1/500s
ISO 800
4480 x 6720px
Post Date: 5/29/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, May 28, 2019
The Canon USA Store has the refurbished Canon EOS Rebel T7i with 18-55mm IS STM Lens on sale for $558.99 with free shipping. Compare at $699.00 new after $100 instant rebate.
Still need a graduation gift? This camera would make a great one.
Canon USA refurbished gear is like new and comes with an as-new warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/28/2019 12:29:19 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the B&H YouTube Channel:
AB from B&H introduces a new series on recording audio for video, which is designed to give you all the tools you’ll need to properly record audio for your video projects. This intro gives a basic overview of topics that will be covered in detail in subsequent videos, from choosing the right mic and location to setting recording levels and fixing things in post. If you want a good, basic intro to gear, tips, and techniques, this first video is a great place to start.
B&H has everything you need to record great audio.
Post Date: 5/28/2019 7:23:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 24, 2019
This bull had just lost a fight over a harem of cows and headed for the hills. His rack was larger than that of the opponent, but the opponent's body was larger and that is where the battle strength comes from.
Capturing this image was primarily a matter of repeatedly getting out in front of the bull and properly predicting where it would enter a clearing at the right distance for the big prime lens I was using. As you will notice from the camera settings for this image, it was quite dark when this image was captured. The pursuit started under cloudy weather that deteriorated into light rain.
I still have one opening remaining for the September elk in rut photo tour in Rocky Mountain National Park (or get on the 2020 waiting list). Consider joining a small group of photographers (all skill levels welcome) pursuing these awesome animals and other wildlife and landscape opportunities in this great park!
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 5/24/2019 11:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Adorama YouTube channel:
We often see beams of light created my nature but being at the right place at the right time when you're shooting portraits is tricky. So in this video Gavin Hoey will show you how to use flash to create rays of light on a location shoot, whenever you want them.
Using a single flash fired through a small window, Gavin adds smoke to the scene in order to see the real rays of light. He then adds a second flash to light his model and create a dark and moody urbex style portrait in a disused building.
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Post Date: 5/24/2019 6:58:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 23, 2019
B&H has the Godox X2 2.4G Flash Triggers available for preorder.
The value of a good set of flash triggers is immense. These are very well priced for the features they offer.
Product Highlights
  • Supports TTL, High-Speed Sync, Multiflash
  • User Friendly Design
  • Bluetooth Support
  • Quick Lock Hotshoe
  • Full to 1/256 power levels in 1/10 step adjustments
  • Backlit Buttons
  • Works with Canon E-TTL II, Nikon i-TTL, Sony TTL, Fujifilm Autoflash, Olympus TTL, Petax TTL
Categories: Preorders, Godox News
Post Date: 5/23/2019 7:59:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports for CANON EF
This firmware corrects the phenomenon whereby it does not reflect the changes set by custom mode on SIGMA Optimization Pro.
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable product 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.
Benefit of the update
  • It has corrected the phenomenon whereby it does not reflect the changes set by custom mode on SIGMA Optimization Pro.
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page

This firmware makes the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 compatible with the latest firmware of SIGMA interchangeable lenses, and improves the AF speed when it is used in combination with the SONY a9 or SONY a7 III and the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art.
For customers who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro by connecting it to a computer using the supplied USB Cable. Before updating the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to Ver.1.5.0 or later.
Before attaching the updated SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 to the camera body, please remove the battery pack from the camera and put it back in again.
Benefit of the update
  • It has improved the AF speed when it is used in combination with the SONY a9 or SONY a7 III and the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for SIGMA.
* For customers who own the SONY a9, please update the firmware of the camera to Ver.5.00 or later.
Benefits of the update
  • 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.2.01.
  • It has improved the AF speed when it is used in combination with the SONY a9 or SONY a7 III and the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for CANON EF mount.
* For customers who own the SONY a9, please update the firmware of the camera to Ver.5.00 or later.
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page

This firmware makes the SIGMA ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630 compatible with the full-frame mirrorless cameras released by Canon Inc. and Nikon Inc..
For customers who own the SIGMA FLASH USB DOCK FD-11 for CANON and NIKON and applicable products listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.
Benefits of the update
  • It has become compatible with the EOS R and EOS RP mirrorless cameras.
* To update the firmware, the SIGMA FLASH USB DOCK FD-11 for CANON mount which is updated to Ver.1.01 is required.
Benefits of the update
  • It has become compatible with the Z7 and Z6 mirrorless cameras.
  • It has corrected the phenomenon whereby it shows overexposure on the slave side when it is used for wireless shooting.
* To update the firmware, the SIGMA FLASH USB DOCK FD-11 for NIKON mount which is updated to Ver.1.01 is required.
Before updating the SIGMA ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to Ver.1.5.0 or later from the download page below. The firmware update will take approximately 3 minutes to complete.
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
 Wednesday, May 22, 2019
From Lastolite:
Upper Saddle River, NJ - MAY 21, 2019 - The Lastolite Panoramic Background is a collapsible 13’ (4m) wide, 7’5” (2.3m) high background that folds down neatly into its own carry case and fits easily into a car. Weighing only 19.8lb (9kg), it’s ideal for busy image-makers on the move. The background is completely self-supporting and can be set up in minutes. The structure comprises three individual aluminum framed sections, connected together with a hinge clip to allow the background to be set up flat to lean against a wall or with the side frames folded in to create a wraparound effect. The Chroma Key Blue cover simply clips to the aluminum frame and creates a taught, seamless surface.
The background is ideal for live stream and post-production keying projects. Its impressive 13' width creates enough working area for multiple camera angles and subjects. Although the brushed fabric is incredibly non-reflective, the height and width combined is enough to place the subject(s) at a good working distance from the background eliminating risk of any color spill from the Chroma Key Blue surface.
Whether you are shooting a single person, a larger group or even products, the Lastolite Panoramic Background offers ultimate versatility. The wider format allows the image-maker to introduce props and accommodate animated poses from the likes of dancers or athletes. The Chroma Key Blue now sits alongside the highly successful Chroma Key Green, Black, White, Granite and Limestone versions.
All models are available at select Authorized Lastolite Dealers.
B&H has the Panoramic Background 13' Chroma Key Blue available for preorder and the other Lastolite Panoramic Backgrounds in stock.
Category: Lastolite News
Post Date: 5/22/2019 7:13:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the following [quietly introduced] Lowepro products available for preorder with free expedited shipping:
Lowepro Photo Active BP Backpack Highlights
  • Holds DSLR, Mirrorless, or Video Gear
  • For Travel and Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • Ripstop Nylon & High-Abrasion Polyester
  • 3 Easy-Access Entry Points
  • Top Compartment for Personal Gear
  • Configurable QuickShelf Divider System
  • CradleFit for Laptop/Tablet or Hydration
  • Side Pockets for Bottle & Compact Tripod
  • IP-6/7 Rated DryZone & AW Cover
  • Ventilated ActivZone Back Panel
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 5/22/2019 6:59:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Apple announced new 13.3" and 15.4" MacBook Pro models today. B&H has an overview of the new systems here.
B&H is accepting preorders for the new Macs.
If you don't need the latest models, save up to $800 on the mid-2018 Macbook Pro models.
Post Date: 5/21/2019 9:31:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Via KickStarter, Peak Design has introduced a unique, ultra-compactable travel tripod.
From Peak Design:
Peak Design Unveils The Next Generation of Camera Tripods
New Travel Tripod Promises to Redefine Product Category for Years to Come
San Francisco, CA (May, 2019) – After multiple award-winning bag releases, Peak Design, the worldwide leader in crowdfunding and everyday carry solutions, is proud to disrupt yet another product category—the camera tripod. More than four years in the making, Peak Design’s newest release, Travel Tripod, is a ground-up reexamination of camera tripod design to produce the world’s most portable, packable, and easy-to-setup tripod for professionals and first-time tripod owners alike.
Peak Design directly addressed their biggest rub about traditional tripods: spatial inefficiency and unnecessary bulk. Peak Design’s goal was to eliminate the dead space within a tripod, an ever-present inefficiency that often doubles or triples the effective diameter of a packed tripod. Peak Design engineers reworked Travel Tripod’s legs and center column to nest perfectly together in order to achieve a total packed diameter of just 3.25 inches—roughly the diameter of a water bottle. The result is a tripod that deploys to 60 inches tall while taking up less than half the volume of its competitors.
“During my travels in 2008 I began wondering why on Earth my tripod was so big. The thing was full of negative space and knobs, and I felt like something designed for portability could do much better,” commented Peak Design CEO, Peter Dering. “I quickly realized that anything short of a complete design overhaul would fail to meet my criteria of the perfect travel tripod. It took years of development but the outcome is a camera tripod that seamlessly integrates into all aspects of travel and adventure.”
Travel Tripod is among the quickest-to-deploy and most intuitive to use tripods on the market. Peak Design developed a system of non-inverted legs that rapidly deploy along an aligned system of locking cam levers. With three swift hand movements, the legs can be fully extended and ready for action.
Peak Design also optimized the Travel Tripod ball head to operate more fluidly than traditional tripod heads while still prioritizing spatial efficiency. Travel Tripod eliminates bulky and confusing knobs with a single adjustment ring for simple and smooth 360-degree adjustment. Peak Design’s proprietary quick-release plate technology facilitates lightning-fast camera attachment—easily accommodating a full frame DSLR with telephoto lens—and is compatible with Peak Design carrying equipment and with Arca Swiss tripod dimensions. Furthermore, Travel Tripod’s ball head measures just 3.25 inches in diameter, keeping it aligned with the packed profile of the tripod’s legs for exceptionally compact carry.
In addition to a thorough rethinking of a tripod's architecture and user interface, carefully considered material choices and construction techniques provide the stability and vibration dampening demanded by avid photographers. A builtin universal phone mount, bubble-level, hook for counterweights, and included soft case round out a packed feature list that fans of Peak Design have come to expect.
Available both in carbon fiber and aluminum legs (MSRP: $599.95 // $349.95) the Travel Tripod will launch on KickStarter ( for a pre-sale discount beginning May 21, 2019. The tripod will then be available for purchase online at and through major retailers in time for the 2019 holiday season.
Post Date: 5/21/2019 8:42:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In addition to Image quality test results, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, and standard product images are now available on the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens page.
Note that the product images are cropped hard due to my choice to keep them in the smaller lens comparison format where this lens can be compared to the 100-400mm lens class and others.
The Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens is in stock or coming soon at B&H | Adorama | Amazon US | WEX
Rent the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 5/21/2019 7:34:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Watch as Julieanne Kost demonstrates three methods for altering specific colors in Photoshop CC.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 5/21/2019 6:48:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 20, 2019
Canon USA has posted information about the RF lens control ring click stop removal service being offered. Note that the price seems reasonable considering the significant disassembly required for this service.
From Canon USA:
What is the Control Ring's Clicking Sound Modification Service?
Canon’s control ring’s modification service offers RF lenses and Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R owners the opportunity to remove/reapply the control ring's clicking sound.
Why might this be needed?
The click action of the control ring allows the user to have a sense of how much it is being turned. However, if used during video shooting, the sound of the control ring operation may be recorded.
RF Lenses$79.99
Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R$59.99

*Tax and freight fee are NOT included *All pricing is subject to change
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON (toll free) 1-800-652-2666
For additional support options:
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/20/2019 11:47:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens Review.
Do you want an f/2.8 aperture and image stabilization in a full-frame ultra-wide-angle focal length lens? This lens and its predecessor are still your only options.
The Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
Rent the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 5/20/2019 7:14:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, May 18, 2019
In the recent On the Ledge at R. B. Ricketts Falls in Ricketts Glen State Park post, I mentioned that my camera rain cover failed, allowing the camera and lens to get wet. The link associated with the camera rain cover was to the LensCoat RainCoat review. That is the rain cover brand I should have been using, but not the one that failed. The inadequate rain cover was an inexpensive model I was evaluating. Sorry for any confusion!
Post Date: 5/18/2019 1:27:34 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 17, 2019
The timing was perfect for a visit to Ricketts Glen State Park. The new beech tree leaves were coming out with their light spring green color looking great. It had rained a significant amount the prior day and the forecast was for rain all of this day.
Waterfalls, of course, thrive on rain, rain saturates the landscape, rain requires clouds and clouds ensure even lighting, and also helpful is that rain keeps the (smarter?) potential park visitors at home and out of images. On this day, I had the Falls Trails completely to myself until I was hiking out near dark.
Rain also makes photography a bit more challenging. I was wearing Gore-Tex clothing (boots, pants, and jacket) that kept me completely dry. At least dry until I overheated a bit while hiking up out of the canyon at a fast pace with quick-drying clothing resolving that problem quickly after I was back in the car. I carried a large umbrella to work under (awkward but very helpful) and had a microfiber cloth readily available to wipe water drops from the front of the lens. When shooting waterfalls, a microfiber cloth is often needed regardless of the rain situation. Note that nano-coated filters are easy to keep clean and easily worth their additional cost on days like these. The camera and lens were in an inexpensive rain cover that I was evaluating and that is now on the to-replace list as it was not "waterproof", leaving the camera and lens wet enough that a towel was needed (get a LensCoat RainCoat). This is an example of when weather sealing can save the day.
The Canon EOS 5Ds R and the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens were the only camera and lens that came out of my BackLight 26L on this day. It was the perfect combination for this image and all of the others I wanted. Also in the backpack was an EOS R and RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens. The BackLight's rear access meant that cameras could be swapped without setting the backpack down on the very wet ground and without taking the rain cover off.
I've mentioned that I rely on my tripod for personal support at times and this was one of those. Working up onto this ledge over wet rocks was not easy and a Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Carbon Fiber Tripod saved me from a serious fall when my footing broke loose. The ledge position meant that the lower tripod legs were planted rather far below me, making every inch of the "Long" length of this tripod very useful. Saving my images by cutting reflections and increasing saturation was a Breakthrough Photography circular polarizer filter. Had I forgotten this filter, I would probably have just turned around and gone home.
Overall, it was a great day in Ricketts Glenn SP. I'll likely be sharing more of the images captured on this day at some point.
With 24 named waterfalls, including some of the most photogenic falls around, Ricketts Glen State Park is waterfall photography heaven. I spent over 45 minutes capturing a variety of compositions of this falls alone and finally forced myself to move on, leaving some options for another day. If you are interested in photographing with me here, I need to know. This will likely be the destination for an upcoming waterfall photography workshop!
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 5/17/2019 8:20:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 15, 2019
That is a question I struggled with and, based on emails coming in, many of you are also feeling the pull to move to the R-series, or at least bring one into an existing kit.
What We Know
  • The Canon EOS R is a great-performing camera, full-featured with a great price for what it offers.
  • The Canon EOS RP is tiny, well-featured, and extremely-well-priced.
  • Lenses are critically important and the RF Lenses available now are very impressive with extremely high image quality, ultra-wide apertures, and/or compact size and light weight.
  • The RF lenses slated for delivery later this year promise at least equal to the impressiveness of the ones we already have available.
  • More EOS R camera models are promised, including pro models.
You Should Buy a Canon R-Series Mirrorless Camera Now If
  • You want to start taking advantage of the RF lenses and/or want to keep your kit optimized to the best-available lenses. If a lens you want to use now to is available in an RF mount version, this is a good time to consider buying into the R system.
  • You want the advantages of an electronic viewfinder, including clear, focused-to-your-eye image preview and review in bright daylight, and don't mind the EVF disadvantages, including a brief video pause when an image is being captured.
  • You want incredibly-low-light AF capabilities.
  • You want improved AF accuracy with third party lenses.
  • You want to learn how to use the mirrorless models. While the learning curve is not big, the fun of learning something new is.
  • You primarily photograph landscapes, street, still life, family and events.
  • You want the benefit of eye-tracking focus, especially useful with wide aperture lenses.
  • You want to reduce the size and weight of your kit.
  • You want to take advantage of the up-to-$500 rebates currently available.
You Should Wait to Buy a Canon R-Series Mirrorless Camera If
  • You primarily photograph sports and wildlife. The EOS R's frame rate is mediocre and a brief EVF video pause during each image capture makes tracking erratic-moving fast action challenging. The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II or the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV are currently better choices for capturing fast, erratic action.
  • You don't see any advantages to the EOS R-series camera and RF lens system over what you are using now. If nothing about the new cameras and lenses interests you, stay with a DSLR.
  • You require an economy kit lens with a native RF mount. I expect an inexpensive RF kit lens to show up at some point, but ... an adapted EF lens is currently the best low-cost option for a general-purpose zoom lens.
  • You require ultra-high resolution. We do not yet have a Canon EOS 5Ds R-equivalent resolution option available in the R-series. The EOS R's 30.3 MP resolution is very high, but getting higher resolution in a Canon R-series camera requires waiting.
  • You require dual memory card slots.
  • You require IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization). Of course, most of the RF lenses have either an ultra-wide aperture or image stabilization reducing the need for stabilization in-camera.
  • Current video capabilities are not adequate.
Note that there will always be a new camera model coming. How long it takes to get here is a key component to decision-making and with the manufacturers not sharing their future plans, that component is an unknown and a lot of years of current model usage could potentially be had before an alternative arrives. New models usually bring new features that are useful, at least to some, but they also typically have higher price tags, at least higher than a similar model being replaced or higher than a model positioned lower in the lineup. New models make no difference to how current models perform – a camera owned today will continue to perform the same tomorrow. If you can make use of a current model now, now is a good time to get that model.
The Canon EOS R is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
The Canon EOS RP is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/15/2019 7:57:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
This is the application you've been waiting for! No, it is not April Fools Day. Now you can wear pictures of the grandkids on each finger!
From Canon:
MELVILLE, NY, May 14, 2019 – Look down – how are your nails looking? Is it time for a new set? No problem – Canon has you covered! Eliminating the need to visit your local nail salon, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduces printable nail stickers for select PIXMA series printers. Now, you can refresh your manicure in the comfort of your own home.
With a quick download of the Canon Nail Sticker Creator App*, users of compatible iPad®, iPhone® and Android™ mobile devices, and Canon PIXMA TS9521C, PIXMA TS9520, PIXMA TS8220 and PIXMA TS702 Printers can select from an assortment of 200 designs and have access to newly uploaded designs four times per year, or create their own nail art** within the app. When using the Canon Printable Nail Sticker sheets, the nail sticker design of choice will print onto a precut sheet of stickers placed on the printer’s multipurpose tray, and can be peeled off and adhered to the user’s nails. After a quick filing of the edges and application of a top coat to seal the design(s) – the mani is complete!
"With the launch of printable nail stickers, we are excited to provide our customers with another reason to expand their printing needs and let their creative expression flourish right on their fingertips,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
The new Canon Printable Nail Sticker sheets (twelve stickers per sheet) are available two per pack and initially, will be available exclusively on the Canon Online Store for $12.99 per pack***. For more information and the full list of product specifications, visit
Even if the nail stickers are not your thing, you might find the 1/2-priced Canon Photo Paper interesting.
From Profoto:
We are never fully satisfied with the products we make. We always strive to take steps forward, whether they be baby-steps or strides. That is why we not only will create ground-breaking products, but we'll also continually evaluate and improve those products, as we have done with the launch of Profoto A1X, the A1’s new and improved sibling. It has a little more of everything that made its predecessor a success. An even more powerful battery, faster recycling and Sony compatibility are some of the 30+ updates that we have made to the product. Or put in other words – more when it matters.
Because in photography, there are no second chances. An image might present itself for a second, and then it's gone, so you can't afford to be fiddling with batteries or waiting for the flash to recharge - you've got to be ready. That's why the new Profoto A1X has up to 450 full power pops per charge, and lightning-fast one-second recharge time, so you'll never miss a shot.
The light in the image will always be natural and beautiful thanks to the innovative round head with its soft and gentle fall-off.
Allowing you even more creative freedom, the A1X features a magnetic click-on mount for light shaping tools; there are six tools available that can be used individually or in combination with one another.
And for more flexibility still, there's a flicker-free modelling light built-in to the head, so you can see exactly what you're going to capture before you press the shutter; which is especially useful when operating off-camera or in low light situations.
The Profoto A1X features a 20-channel Air Remote with HSS and AirTTL so you'll always get beautiful and professional images fast. And with the increased number of channels, you can be sure you won’t be interrupted at busy events or important moments.
Use TTL mode, and it's essentially point-and-shoot, the sensor will calculate the correct exposure for you. However, switch it over to manual, and you can then fine-tune that exposure to create exactly the look and feel you want.
Ease of use has always been at the heart of every Profoto product, and the A1X is no exception. The large, high-resolution display is incredibly easy to navigate with big, super-legible numbers. The way we see it, the less time you spend messing about with menu's, the more time you can spend doing what you love – creating images.
And whether you're a Sony, Canon or Nikon shooter, all the light shaping possibilities of the Profoto A1X are yours to enjoy.
Whether it's the natural and beautiful light it provides, the easy to navigate and intuitive display or superior battery life and recycling time - with the Profoto A1X there's more when it matters.
Because let's face it - it always matters.
  • Bespoke versions for Sony, Canon and Nikon
  • 20-channels Air Remote
  • Round head with soft, smooth and natural fall off
  • AirTTL and HSS for a beautiful professional image fast
  • Smart magnetic click-on mount for A1X Light Shaping Tools
  • 6 dedicated A1X Light Shaping Tools available
  • Integrated flicker-free modelling light.
  • Built-in Air Remote TTL.
  • Rechargeable and replaceable Li-Ion battery.
  • 1.0s recycling time.
  • TTL/MAN switch.
  • Built in motor-zoom with hand control.
  • Auto focus (AF) assist.
  • Large Hi-Res display.
  • Height 10.8 cm (4.25 in)
  • Full length: 16.5 cm (6,37 in)
  • Width: 7.5 cm (2,95 in)
  • Weight: 560 g (1.2 Ibs) including battery
The Profoto A1X is in stock at B&H and Adorama.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 5/15/2019 7:00:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
New features and enhancements in the May 2019 (version 8.3) release of Lightroom Classic
Flat-Field Correction
You can now reduce shading, or lens cast, from your digital photos using the Flat-Field Correction feature. Shading can occur from a variety of different lenses and can result in both asymmetrical vignettes as well as color casts introduced by certain lens characteristics.
Flat-Field Correction is available in the Library module. To apply the correction, select all your photos in a natural interleaved order and choose Lightroom > Library > Flat-Field Correction.
For detailed information, see Flat-Field Correction.
New Texture slider
You can now smoothen or accentuate details such as skin, bark, and hair with the new Texture slider. You can adjust the Texture slider negatively to smooth skin and retain fine pore details to ensure natural-looking skin. You can increase the Texture amount to accentuate details such as bark or hair without affecting less detailed areas, like the out of focus areas in a photograph. Adjusting the Texture slider does not change the color or tonality in your photograph.
You can apply texture to your photos both as a global adjustment and to specific parts of the photo as a local adjustment. To apply texture, select a photo and switch to the Develop module.
Support for new cameras and lenses
Latest cameras added in May 2019
  • Canon EOS 250D (EOS Rebel SL3, EOS 200D II, EOS Kiss X10)
  • Google Pixel 3 Front Standard Camera
  • Google Pixel 3 Front Wide Camera
  • Google Pixel 3 XL Front Standard Camera
  • Google Pixel 3 XL Front Wide Camera
  • HMD Global Nokia 9 PureView Front Camera
  • HMD Global Nokia 9 PureView Rear Camera
  • LG V40 ThinQ Front Standard Camera
  • LG V40 ThinQ Rear Main Camera
  • LG V40 ThinQ Rear Wide Camera
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-G99 (DC-G90, DC-G91, DC-G95)
  • Sony RX0 II (DSC-RX0M2)
Latest lenses added in May 2019
ManufacturerLensLens mount
CanonCanon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USMCanon
CanonCanon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM +1.4x IIICanon
CanonCanon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM +2x IIICanon
CanonCanon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USMCanon
CanonCanon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM +1.4x IIICanon
CanonCanon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM +2x IIICanon
CanonCanon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USMCanon
CanonCanon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM +1.4x IIICanon
CanonCanon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM +2x IIICanon
HMDHMD Global Nokia 9 PureView Front CameraHMD
HMDHMD Global Nokia 9 PureView Rear CameraHMD
LGLG V40 ThinQ Front Standard CameraLGE
LGLG V40 ThinQ Front Wide CameraLGE
LGLG V40 ThinQ Rear Main CameraLGE
LGLG V40 ThinQ Rear Telephoto CameraLGE
LGLG V40 ThinQ Rear Wide CameraLGE
RicohRicoh GR III 18.3mm f/2.8Ricoh GR
SIGMASIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM A019Canon, Nikon F, SIGMA, Sony FE
SIGMASIGMA 40mm F1.4 DG HSM A018Nikon F, SIGMA, Sony FE
SIGMASIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM S018Nikon F
SIGMASIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S018Canon, Nikon F, SIGMA
SonySony FE 135mm F1.8 GMSony FE
TokinaTokina FiRIN 20mm F2 FE AFSony FE
TokinaTokina opera 16-28 mm F2.8 FFCanon, Nikon F
TokinaTokina opera 50mm F1.4 FFCanon, Nikon F

Other enhancements
Import photos from devices using the Files section
When you import photos from storage devices, such as SD card and CF card, the photos are now selected from the Import grid’s Files section by default. In previous versions, it used to be from the Device section.
Importing from the Files section is more performant. The Files section selects the DCIM folder of the storage device where the camera saves images. If you want to select any other folder, you can do so.
Improved performance of Auto setting
Experience performance improvements when you apply Auto settings. In the Develop module, the Auto option is located next to Tone in the Basic panel.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 5/15/2019 6:27:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 14, 2019

From the COOPH YouTube Channel:
The COOPH team wanted to bring their images to life, so we have created this video to show you exactly how we did it – using some epic Cinemagraph ideas that anyone can try! Cinemagraphs are still essentially photographs in which a small and repetitive movement is shown. They are super cool, easy to make and are sure to make your future social media posts stand out from the crowd! So, take a look at these six tips and try them out for yourself!
Note: For the mirror reflection portrait, I can't help but think the cinemagraph might have been more interesting if the focus had been on the subject rather than the subject's reflection. What do you think? [Sean]
Post Date: 5/14/2019 7:42:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

In this video, Benjamin Warde demonstrates how to reorder the Develop Module's edit controls in Lightroom CC Classic.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 5/14/2019 7:30:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 13, 2019
From the Adobe Blog:
A Creative Cloud subscription offers numerous benefits, including frequent product updates with new features and capabilities, critical bug fixes and important security updates. We recommend all customers use the latest release of Creative Cloud for optimal performance and benefits.
Please note that going forward, Creative Cloud customers will only have direct download access (from the Creative Cloud Desktop app and to the two most recent major versions of Creative Cloud desktop applications.*
Focusing our efforts on the latest two major releases of Creative Cloud applications, which the vast majority of Adobe customers are already using, will further enable us to develop the features and functionality most requested by customers and ensure peak performance and benefits across Windows and Mac operating systems. Business customers in need of an older version of a Creative Cloud application should contact their IT Administrator to see if one is available.
*Exception: Only the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat is available for download.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 5/13/2019 7:52:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
With a Canon EOS Rebel SL3 (EOS 250D, EOS Kiss 10, EOS 200D II) in hand, it is time to set up the camera for use. Following are the 32 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box Canon EOS Rebel SL3 ready for use.
  1. Open the box, find the battery, place it in the charger and plug it in.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box.
  3. Download and install the Canon Solution Disk software on your computer, gaining support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP) and EOS Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert the battery (after charging completes) and power the camera on.
  6. Insert a memory card.
  7. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  8. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  9. Shooting settings, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Cross Keys to set JPEG to "-" (RAW image files provide the highest quality and are especially valuable for post processing work)
  10. Shooting settings, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec. (or sometimes off to increase shooting speed in the field)
  11. Shooting settings, Tab 1: Release shutter without card: Disable (only in a retail store do you want to press the shutter release without saving the image file, leaving this option enabled will burn you someday)
  12. Shooting settings, Tab 1: Lens Aberration Correction: All options "OFF" (though Chromatic Aberration correction is a good option to leave enabled for most)
  13. Shooting settings, Tab 4: White balance: AWB W (White) (I seldom use another white balance setting while shooting, though I often adjust modestly during post processing)
  14. Shooting settings, Tab 4: Picture Style: Neutral with Strength = 1 (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  15. Shooting settings, Tab 5: Long exp. noise reduction: Auto (when active, LENR captures a dark image that is used to correct the long exposure noise in the primary image)
  16. Shooting settings, Tab 5: High ISO speed NR: Off (or Low) (noise reduction is destructive to images details - I prefer to add noise reduction sparingly during post processing)
  17. Playback settings, Tab 1: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to see the graph for individual color channels)
  18. Function settings, Tab 1: Format card (always format memory cards in-camera — after all contained images are stored elsewhere of course)
  19. Function settings, Tab 1: Auto Rotate: On computer (only) (images are properly rotated when viewed on a computer, but are always oriented to fill the LCD when viewed on the camera)
  20. Function settings, Tab 2: Date/Time/Zone: make correct for your location
  21. Function settings, Tab 3: Beep: Disable (no one wants to hear your camera constantly beeping)
  22. Function settings, Tab 5: Copyright information: enter as desired
  23. Function settings, Tab 5: Custom Functions settings(C.Fn): C.Fn I: Exposure: 2: ISO expansion: On (required for setting ISO to 51200)
  24. Shooting settings, Tab 3: Photo ISO speed settings: ISO 51200 (this upper limit is only being used for testing, set to your tolerance)
  25. Function settings, Tab 5: Custom Functions settings(C.Fn): C.Fn I: Exposure: 4: Exposure comp. auto cancel: Disable (I'll decide when exposure compensation should be canceled)
  26. Function settings, Tab 5: Custom Functions settings(C.Fn): C.Fn I: Operation/Others: 11: Retract lens on power off (avoids having a carefully-selected focus distance reset when camera auto powers off)
  27. Display level settings, Tab 1: Shooting screen: Standard (Guided is useful for beginners)
  28. Display level settings, Tab 1: Menu displaye: Standard (Guided is useful for beginners)
  29. Display level settings, Tab 1: Mode guide: Disable (Enabled is useful for beginners)
  30. Display level settings, Tab 1: Feature guide: Disable (Enabled is useful for beginners)
  31. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Format card, Mirror lockup, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Expo.comp./AEB, Long exp. noise reduction, Sensor cleaning (nothing in my My Menu is found on the Quick Control display as those functions are already quickly accessed)
  32. With a lens mounted and a subject focused on, adjust the viewfinder diopter until the scene is sharp
I of course make additional menu and other setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot - including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera is reset-to-factory state for some reason, such as when being serviced, you will be ready to restore your setup quickly while ensuring that you do not miss an important setting. If you purchase another same or similar camera, you will be able to quickly set it up.
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Canon EOS Rebel SL3
The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/13/2019 7:30:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Really Right Stuff TFC/TVC-24/24L Mk2 Tripod Review.
This is my second-most-used tripod with only the Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Mk2 Tripod being used more frequently. These two tripods are practically the same except for a smaller and lighter frame, a lower weight capacity, and a lower price. Thus, a majority of the reviews are shared.
The Really Right Stuff TFC/TVC-24/24L Mk2 Tripod is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 5/13/2019 7:19:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 10, 2019
Canon USA has Digital Photo Professional version 4.10.20 available for download.
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.10.20 for Windows
  • Supports EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS Kiss X10 / EOS 250D / EOS 200D II
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/10/2019 10:04:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In an unusual move earlier this year, Canon showed (some of) their cards in a development announcement. Mock-ups of these new lenses were on display at a press event held just before that announcement and sharing some pictures from that event has been on my to-do list since. Note that all of the images shared in this article can be clicked on to see a significantly larger version.
The lead image shows all of the 2019 RF lenses and R-series cameras. From left to right in this image (new lens quotes are from Canon Europe) are the:
Not surprising is that the RF lenses show many similarities to each other. The black L-zooms all feature an ideally-positioned (toward the rear of the lens, though not as far back as their EF counterparts) zoom ring and all but the RF 24-240mm lens feature a forward-positioned control ring. The two or three rings on each lens have a differing tactile surface and the feel for each ring purpose is similar throughout the lineup with the control ring being knurled. Notice that the RF 24-240 does not have a dedicated focus ring. It is expected that the control ring will optionally be able to serve that function.
I was told to expect RF lens image quality to be as good or better than that of the nearest equivalent EF lens with reduced size being another benefit in some cases.
Note that the lenses shown on display boxes are lens mount-deep in their holders. Still, we can discern some of the sizes. I'll start with the RF 70-200 as I added a sizing prop next to it. Canon USA was very protective of the new lens mockups the Canon Inc. engineers brought with them (we could not touch them and they used white gloves to move them), but with reluctance, I was permitted to place a phone next to the tiny 70-200.
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Size Comparison
The iPhone 7 measures 5.44" (138mm) in length. If the phone were completely upright, it would about match the lens in length. What if your 70-200 f/2.8 was nearly as small as your EF 16-35 f/2.8L III? That is about the size difference we are looking at and here is a visual comparison. I haven't seen a lens that wow'd me as much as the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens in a long time. Where is the rest of the lens? The size is so dramatically smaller that it will have an impact on the case or backpack this lens is carried in.
Interesting is that a tripod ring (hinge-removable) remains included. Is this an indication that weight will be moving forward, justifying the ring for proper balance? Or is the ring included because we expect a lens with these specs to have one, essentially checking the requirements box?
When the dust settles, I'll not likely care for the forward-positioned zoom ring and that this lens extends is not ideal. But, the considerably smaller size (the smallest Canon white L lens ever) should easily make up for those downsides. Note that this lens also has a rear-positioned control ring.
Here is a closer look at the new lenses.
Canon RF Lenses New for 2019
Along with the RF 70-200, the RF 15-35 and RF 24-70 complete the RF f/2.8 lens "trifecta". These two similar-sized lenses appear to be slightly longer than the RF 24-105 (the spec will likely land at around 4.5" or 114mm) and will have a width very similar to the RF 24-105. Here is a current visual comparison with the RF 24-105. The wide-angle lens gets a very-welcomed extra 1mm of focal length on the wide end, making 15mm available with filter threads. It also adds image stabilization, a Canon first for full frame f/2.8 in this range. Additionally welcomed is that this lens appears to be slightly reduced in length and perhaps even more reduced in width.
The standard professional zoom lens does not get a focal length adjustment and the size appears not dramatially reduced, but the long-awaited image stabilization feature has arrived (woo hoo!).
With the RF 85 announced, we can directly compare the Canon RF 85mm to the Canon RF 50mm and see that the 85 is, as expected, a bit larger and heavier.
Only the second RF lens to be missing the red ring, the RF 24-240 relatively-affordably covers a huge range of focal length needs in a single lens, making it ideal for times when lens changes cannot be made, cannot be made quickly enough, or are simply not wanted to be made.
Still glaringly missing in the RF lineup is a value-priced general-purpose zoom lens. The RF 24-240 is positioned to be a great lower-budget option for all-around use, but although thin, it has a length similar to the RF 15-35 and RF 24-70 which does not completely align with the compactness of the EOS RP. Watch for at least one shorter-range option to arrive soon. It makes sense.
Lenses are a critical component of a camera system and the right lens can make a huge difference in the results and also in the ease in which those results are captured. Canon's new RF lens mount has obviously opened up new possibilities for lens designers and they are rolling out some of the best lenses ever. It's a great time to be a photographer.
A great set of rebates (up to $500) makes now an ideal time to add an R-series camera to the kit. The included Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R makes integration into an existing Canon kit easy. While I have access to evaluation cameras, I decided that I wanted my own R and recently added one to the kit.
The Canon EOS R is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
The Canon EOS RP is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/10/2019 7:00:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma:
Shop Mother’s Day savings on an array of Sigma Global Vision Art and Contemporary lenses and its Mount Converter MC-11 for Sony shooters
Ronkonkoma, NY – May 9, 2019 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, is celebrating Mother’s Day with a special promotion, offering incredible savings on 11 Global Vision Art and Contemporary lenses and its Mount Converter. Renowned for its uncompromising performance, Sigma’s Art and Contemporary lenses and Mount Converter help the family storyteller capture the magic moments. Sigma Ambassador, Meg Loeks, comments on the artistry and significance in the every day, “I can't emphasize enough how important it is to document my family's story. The little things really are the big things and capturing these every day moments is easy with my Sigma lenses. My go-to favorite, the Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art lens, captures the emotion and depth of these passing moments in a way smart phones are not capable of. I can effortlessly document our days while being present and close to my children, enjoying moments that unfold before me.” Through May 20th, 2019, shoppers can save up to $150.00 USD on some of Sigma’s magic-making lenses. Shop the Sigma Mother’s Day Sale Now.
Sigma Mother’s Day Promotion Details
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary$150.00
Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary$150.00
Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary$50.00
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary$50.00
Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary$50.00
Sigma Mount Converter MC-11$100.00
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary$150.00
Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary$150.00
Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary$50.00
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary$50.00
Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary$50.00

Post Date: 5/10/2019 7:35:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
Most photography has with one thing in common... all the photos are taken at eye height. But if you want to give your portraits a new look consider mixing up your shooting height.
In this video Gavin Hoey shows you how getting down low or higher up then your model can radically change the look and emphasis of a portrait. Low level shots can change the background and emphasize the foreground and high shots can be framed to completely remove the background that you see when shooting at eye height.
After Gavin has shared his shooting tips he goes on to try out all three shooting heights while taking portraits in a field of flowers.
Post Date: 5/10/2019 6:59:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon Europe:
Watch wedding photographer and Canon ambassador Félicia Sisco, as she talks about shooting bridal portraits with the newly-released Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM lens. What does she look for in the perfect prime for portraits? One of Félicia’s secrets to getting a flattering look in her images is shooting at her favourite focal length, 85mm. "With an 85mm lens, I can do everything, close-up portraits and full-length shots". She enjoys the versatility to shoot both unposed, spontaneous images and editorial style setups make her appealing to brides-to-be. Félicia likes to shoot with fast shutter speeds, ideally around 1/2000 sec, so in lower light increases the ISO setting to compensate. “Every little girl looks in the mirror and wants to look beautiful, and on the wedding day, in her bridal dress, her dreams come true..."
Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens Preorders: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Wex
Post Date: 5/10/2019 6:32:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 9, 2019
Post Date: 5/9/2019 8:35:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

In this video, photographer Daniel Norton goes over a traditional three point lighting setup as well as a variation on that setup.
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Post Date: 5/9/2019 6:59:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 8, 2019
With the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens announced and coming soon and the similarly-purposed Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens not being slated for delivery until the second half of the year, some need to make a buy or wait decision. In his usual clear and accurate style, Canon USA's Rudy Winston has explained the differences between these two lenses.
What are the differences between the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens and the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens?
Per Rudy:
  • Reduced light transmittance:
    The Defocus Smoothing coatings in the 85mm F1.2 L DS lens will reduce actual light transmission by up to 1.5 stops, when the lens is at its widest aperture.
  • Defocus Smoothing effect is aperture-dependent:
    The visual impact of softer-edged, out-of-focus highlights, is at its maximum when the DS lens is shot wide-open. The visual impact of Defocus Smoothing diminishes, vs. the RF 85mm F1.2 L lens, as the DS lens’ aperture is stopped-down, and essentially disappears if the lens is stopped-down several stops from wide-open.
  • Depth-of-field is rendered differently:
    At wider lens apertures where the Defocus Smoothing effect is visible, for technical reasons, depth-of-field will appear deeper in shots taken with the DS lens, vs. identical shots taken with the RF 85mm F1.2 L USM lens.
Rudy provides additional information worth reading, but click on the two sample images that are shared in the article for comparison purposes. They should open in new tabs. Then click back and forth between the two tabs while observing changes.
The first observation to make is that the DS lens produces much smoother blurred lights in the background and this is the key advantage of this lens. While looking at those lights, you will likely notice that the non-DS lens' sample image has larger-sized blurred lights. However, the size difference may not be related to the non-DS vs. DS designs. Next notice the sharpness of the model's shoulders in the two images. That the front shoulder is sharper in the non-DS lens image and that the reverse is also true may indicate that the non-DS lens was focused to a closer distance, causing the blurred lights to be larger on this account.
Portrait photographers are going to love these lenses and Rudy's "Which lens is right for you?" section should be helpful to those selecting between the two.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/8/2019 3:47:04 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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