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 Thursday, March 12, 2020

From NAB:

March 11, 2020

Dear NAB Show community,

As you know, we have been carefully monitoring coronavirus developments both domestically and globally over the past few weeks.

In the interest of addressing the health and safety concerns of our stakeholders and in consultation with partners throughout the media and entertainment industry, we have decided not to move forward with NAB Show in April. We are currently considering a number of potential alternatives to create the best possible experience for our community.

This was not an easy decision. Fortunately, we did not have to make this decision alone, and are grateful to our NAB Show community for engaging with us as we grappled with the rapidly-evolving situation. This Show is as much yours as it is ours, and it is important to us that we move forward together.

For nearly 100 years, NAB Show has provided superior value and the best possible experience for exhibitors and attendees. We knew that if we could not deliver on those expectations, we would not move forward. More importantly, keeping the community safe and healthy is NAB’s highest priority; therefore, we are deferring to the developing consensus from public health authorities on the challenges posed by coronavirus.

We are still weighing the best potential path forward, and we ask you for your patience as we do so. We are committed to exploring all possible alternatives so that we can provide a productive setting where the industry can engage with the latest technology, hear from industry thought leaders and make the game-changing connections that drive our industry forward.

I want to stress that despite our disappointment at how this year’s Show has been impacted by global public health concerns, we are more excited than ever about the future of NAB Show and our relationship with you.

We are grateful for each and every member of our Show community. It is your passion for the industry that makes NAB Show a success year after year, and it is that same passion that will drive us into the future as we look ahead to new possibilities later this year and beyond.

Sincerely,
Gordon H. Smith
President and CEO

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: NAB News
Post Date: 3/12/2020 5:25:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 10, 2020

I was there to photograph mountain goat kids but the bighorn sheep also showed up and the lambs were totally adorable.

The Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens combination were perfect for this capture.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
227mm  f/8.0  1/600s
ISO 2000
8688 x 5792px
Post Date: 3/10/2020 8:09:11 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, and standard product images have been added to the Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens page.

I'll get you started with comparisons:

Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens compared to the Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens

The Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Post Date: 3/10/2020 8:06:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 9, 2020

Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens page.

Here is a starter comparison:

Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens compared to the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

The Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens is in stock at B&H ($189.95 used)| Adorama ($309.00 open box) | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 3/9/2020 8:05:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 6, 2020

Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens page.

Note that this lens has very strong geometric distortion that is corrected in-camera. The test images are not corrected for distortion but the required in-camera correction means the chart was framed slightly smaller than correct in the final image.

As always, there are many comparisons available but this was the one I most wanted to see:

The Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens compared to the Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM Lens

Note that the Canon lens requires distortion correction in-camera and in Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP) during processing.

The Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Post Date: 3/6/2020 8:14:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Tokina: Tokina new lenses 2020 line-up development announcement

Mar 6, 2020

This year we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Tokina brand. In May, 1950 Tokyo Koki Manufacturing company (President, Mr. Denkichi KAWAGUCHI) was established in Shinjuku District, Tokyo as an optical products manufacturer and started designing and manufacturing Tokina brand lenses. During this long period Tokina has left a great legacy behind.

We are happy to introduce you our new Tokina 2020 line-up, which was originally planned to be presented at the biggest annual Asian Camera and Imaging photo show CP+2020 (Yokohama, Japan). Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the show was canceled.

Tokina 2020 Show Booth

We couldn't accept the loss of this great chance. Therefore, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary, we officially announce Tokina new lens line-up which we intend to release in 2020 year.

Tokina 2020 Lens Development Announcement

Note: The product images are tentative. Design may be changed without preliminary notification.

B&H carries Tokina lenses.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 3/6/2020 8:01:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Adorama YouTube channel:

In this episode, Mark Wallace explains how and why you should be using collections in Adobe Lightroom Classic. Mark demonstrates how to create normal collections, smart collections, and how to set your target collection. You'll learn how to use collections to publish your photos and sync them with Lightroom.

Adorama carries the Adobe Photography Plan Subscription.

Post Date: 3/6/2020 4:47:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 5, 2020

Just posted: Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Review.

This is an awesome camera (mostly).

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Post Date: 3/5/2020 8:02:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:

Shoot through or translucent umbrellas can be cheap, quick to set up and ultra portable light modifiers. Compared to just the basic flash, an umbrella can radically alter and dramatically improve your lighting and in this video photographer Gavin Hoey shows you exactly how it's done.

Starting with a simple lighting set-up that would work great for moving subjects (such as pet photography or fast moving kids) Gavin refines the position and power of his single umbrella and speedlight to get control over the light on his model and the background in his small home studio. In total Gavin shares four different looks that you can easily achieve using just one flash and a single shoot though umbrella.

Relevant Products Used

Post Date: 3/5/2020 4:37:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Tamron has mixed up the products qualifying for instant rebates this month. From Tamron USA:

Tamron USA Announces Instant Savings for March on Four G2 Zooms and More Tamron Lenses

March 2, 2020, Commack, NY - Tamron USA, Inc. announced Instant Savings on nine lenses including its fast-aperture G2 zoom trio, the popular G2 ultra-telephoto zoom and the world's only 22.2X ultra-tele all-in-one zoom lens. The Instant Savings start Monday, March 2nd.

Instant Savings Details

Tamron's March Instant Savings is effective Monday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 29th. Purchasers save up to $200 on the following Tamron lenses:

ModelRebate Amount 
Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens Buy$20.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon

Lens Hood, Six-Year Warranty & 3-Business Day Repair Turnaround Included

Tamron USA takes confidence in and satisfaction of a user's lens purchase seriously. All Tamron lenses purchased from an authorized retailer include a lens hood that is an integral part of the lens design. Tamron lenses sold in the USA through authorized channels also include Tamron's 6-Year Limited Warranty. Lenses not purchased from an authorized retailer (grey market) will not be serviced in the USA, even for a fee, and are not entitled to Instant Savings. In case service is ever needed, Tamron USA provides 3-Business Day Turnaround for all owners, guaranteed, at no extra charge.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tamron Rebates
Post Date: 3/3/2020 10:12:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, February 27, 2020

I'm evaluating Canon EOS-1D X Mark III images, selecting a few for inclusion in the review, and thought I'd take a moment to share an image of another amazing-looking duck, the American widgeon. The goal of this short trip to the Chesapeake Bay, in addition to testing the 1D X Mark III in the field, was to photograph canvasback ducks. Like most other wildlife photographers, I'm opportunistic and it wasn't hard to be attracted to the beautiful American widgeon. The colors, patterns, and shapes of this bird's feathers are incredible.

Again, I was sitting in very cold water just upriver from the Chesapeake Bay wearing chest waders (and a heavy layer of fleece insulation under them) to enable a low camera position. The Wimberley WH-200-S Sidemount Head held the big lens and mostly submerged under the Wimberley was a Robus RC-8860 Vantage Series 5 Carbon Fiber Tripod.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 2/27/2020 2:24:21 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Do you like your bird images cropped tightly or do you prefer some breathing room around your birds?

I shared a canvasback duck image earlier today and mentioned that I was struggling to decide which of two images I liked better. While that topic is fresh on my mind, I thought I would share the looser-cropped image and get your opinion.

Which image do you like better? The composition with the closer duck filling a greater percentage of the frame or the more-distant duck showing more surroundings?


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 2/25/2020 2:20:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III arrived mid-afternoon and immediately the battery went on the charger. Setting up the camera came next (didn't wait for a full battery charge) and shooting the noise test followed. Late-night packing ensued and the road trip started the next morning.

The goal of this trip was to give the 1D X III a workout and the Chesapeake Bay ducks seemed a good choice.

One of the challenges I frequently encounter when photographing ducks is selecting the correct focus point(s) in time to get an image before the duck changes direction again. Those webbed feet can make 180° turns very fast but the 1D X III's new Smart Controller is a game-changer in DSLR focus point selection. Simply slide a thumb (even with a glove on) across the AF-ON button's Smart Controller feature and the AF point moves in the same direction. Keeping up with the ducks is now considerably easier thanks to the Smart Controller — this feature is awesome. I'm now less-satisfied with my other DSLRs.

When photographing ducks, I seldom appreciate a downward camera angle. This means getting the camera down to the level of the duck which becomes complicated when the duck is swimming. Sitting in the low-40-something-degree-F water just upriver from the Chesapeake Bay wearing chest waders (with a heavy layer of fleece insulation under them) was the option selected. Obviously, the camera cannot go right on the water level, especially with saltwater sometimes having splashing waves, but getting into the water helps reduce elevation.

Another aid to a flatter camera angle is using a long focal length lens. The longer the focal length used, the farther away the subject needs to be for proper framing and to frame a farther-away subject requires the camera angle to be raised, creating a closer-to-level shooting angle.

Prior to leaving for this short trip, I had a number of accessories sent to me for testing.

Holding the camera and lens in the river was a Wimberley WH-200-S Sidemount Head. The Wimberley Tripod Head II (full gimbal head including the cradle) is an awesome choice for holding a big lens. This head is very solid but the Sidemount version is even more rigid, weighs less, consumes less space, and provides a better handle (such as for lifting the tripod out of the river). The only downside to this side-mount head is that some lenses, primarily very large lenses with high-profile tripod feet, may not be perfectly centered over the head. This slight offset didn't seem to matter in my use with a 600mm f4L lens. My cradle will not likely see any future use.

Mostly submerged and holding the Wimberley Sidemount tripod head was a Robus RC-8860 Vantage Series 5 Carbon Fiber Tripod. This solid, heavy-duty tripod was a superb solution for anchoring (literally in this case) a 600mm f/4 lens on a pro body. I continue to be impressed by the quality of the Robus products, especially for the price. They are great values.

I might share another Canvasback photograph with you soon as I struggled to select between this one and a looser-framed shot (and many others). The warm lighting on this duck is from a setting sun and the blue water color is courtesy of a blue sky.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 2/25/2020 10:23:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sony:

Sony Expands Full-frame Lens Line-up with Introduction of New Large-aperture, Ultra-wide-angle Prime Lens

SAN DIEGO – February 25, 2020 – Adding to its extensive range of native mirrorless full-frame lenses, Sony Electronics today announced the launch of the new G Lens™ series FE 20mm F1.8 G (model name SEL20F18G), perfect for a variety of creative needs including portraits, astrophotography, landscape and street photography, as well as capturing impressive video. Ensuring exceptional G Lens resolution and bokeh, the FE 20mm F1.8 G is a compact, lightweight, ultra-wide prime lens – the widest full-frame prime lens in Sony’s E-mount lineup – giving users a new resource for stretching the boundaries of their artistic imaginations.

The impressive lens design features two advanced aspherical (AA) elements and three extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements to suppress chromatic aberration and delivers high corner-to-corner image quality with minimal distortion, even at the maximum F1.8 aperture. It has excellent close-up performance, with a minimum focus distance of 7.5 inches (max. magnification: 0.2 times), and delivers beautifully de-focused backgrounds, or bokeh. For challenging subjects like night scenes or starry skies, the FE 20mm F1.8 G delivers crisp and clear images thanks to its advanced optical design that accurately reproduces point light sources with high contrast and minimum sagittal flare.

The compact design and versatility of the FE 20mm F1.8 G makes it the perfect all-inclusive lens for photographers and videographers. Weighing only 13.2 oz (373g), its small size and light weight make it truly mobile when used with compact E-mount bodies as part of a well-balanced system that is ideal for use on gimbals or accessory grips.

Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens On Camera

In addition, the use of two extreme dynamic (XD) Linear Motors delivers fast, precise and quiet autofocus for both stills and video shooting.

Designed to be dust and moisture resistant and having a fluorine front element coating, the FE 20mm F1.8 G is highly reliable and easy to operate. It also features a customizable focus-hold button and aperture ring with a click on/off switch and is compatible with a variety of 67mm filters for extra creative control.

“We’re driven by the needs of our customers and will continue developing the best tools to meet their creative ambitions,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Products and Solutions Americas, Sony Electronics. “Our 56th E-mount lens, the new FE 20mm F1.8 G, is fast, lightweight and extremely versatile, giving creators yet another compelling tool to help realize their vision.”

Pricing and Availability

The FE 20mm F1.8 G will be available in March 2020 for a suggested retail price of $899.99 USD and $1,199.99 CAD.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 2/25/2020 10:08:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 21, 2020

From the Syrp YouTube Channel:

In the past years, not only have smartphone video capabilities got a lot better, but the way these companies communicate and showcase their products to us has also improved hugely, creating this immediate feeling of “I want that” as soon as you watch one of their ads.

They figured out how to make that emotional connection between the product and you, the consumer. The fear of missing out is a powerful force that all smartphone brands leverage over and over again. But there’s one brand in particular that does it especially well: Apple.

Their marketing campaigns keep getting better and same goes for their storytelling. But there’s something impressively unique about their product shots. They always capture beautifully clean, crisp images and then take it to a whole new level by adding motion. In this video, we replicate from beginning to end three of the most popular product shots used in Apple commercials so you can do the same: the hero shot, the detail shot, and the context shot.

B&H carries Syrp products.

Post Date: 2/21/2020 4:56:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 20, 2020

From Adobe:

Today (February 19) is Photoshop’s 30th birthday! For 10,950 days, artists, designers, photographers and many others have inspired the world with their imaginations using the practical magic of Photoshop.

Share the love with #PsILoveYou30 On this milestone day we celebrate the evolution that brought us here, from the first use of Photoshop (before Photoshop 1.0) to create visual effects for James Cameron’s movie, The Abyss … to the invention of the healing brush in Photoshop CS2 … to the wizardry of Content-Aware Fill … and all the amazing innovation in between. In 2016 we introduced Sensei AI and machine learning magic, resulting in many even more fantastic features including Select Subject, with of course much more to come. In 2019, Photoshop won an Academy Award, and we expanded it to new devices like the iPad.

We honor our long-standing collaboration of artists and engineers, where working together and with your feedback and inspiration we have built a tool that enables you to make the world a more beautiful place.

In celebration of this birthday, today we also release many great new features in both versions of Photoshop – on the desktop and on the iPad. Happy birthday, Photoshop! We will keep the magic rolling.

Photoshop on the desktop

Content-Aware Fill Workspace Improvements

Now you can make multiple selections and apply multiple fills without leaving the workspace. Use the new “apply” button to iterate your fills before committing. Click “OK” only when you are finished. In this release we’ve addressed a big customer request to sample all layers in the CAF workspace. These workflow enhancements are designed to reduce clicks, give you more control, and speed you to great results.

The most magical secrets of how Content-Aware Fill works are locked in a vault deep inside Adobe so I can’t tell you a lot about that. But I talked with the research scientists behind the feature to understand their approach to what we added today. A few releases ago we packaged all the CAF capabilities into a workspace. Since then we’ve worked closely with customers to further improve it, using customer-supplied images to ensure we solve your real-world problems. One of your top requests was to stay in the workspace to refine fills that need multiple CAF iterations – imagine removing something from behind many tree branches, or other tricky scenes with visual diversity. To do that, we now enable you to break the fill region into sub-parts to give you more iterative control to achieve a more realistic fill.

Lens Blur improvements

We’ve improved the output quality and performance of Lens Blur and put it on the GPU. This significantly improves the overall realism, including the sharpness and edges when using Lens Blur to synthetically blur the foreground, background or even the middle of an image.

The feature also now delivers more colorful bokeh via the specular highlights. This produces more realistic and pleasing results.

It’s a little boggling to me how we can add such realistic blur to a 2D image after capture. So I talked with one of our research scientists to get an idea of how the new and improved, GPU-driven Lens Blur works. The results are created by an algorithm the team built by studying the first principles of physics and how light interacts with objects in the real world. It is carefully tuned to simulate a 3D environment to create the most realistic results possible, while also consuming the least amount of compute power so you don’t burn up your machine. Lots of research and iteration occurred to make the feature. Several PhDs were involved. And now you can synthetically adjust the depth of field by dynamically manipulating the blur of a 2D image after capture in milliseconds.

Mac OS Dark UI support

Dark UI has been one of the more popular features of the Catalina Mac OS. Photoshop now supports the new dark mode. System dialogs like File>Open and File>Save now match the settings of your Mac OS.

If you have dark UI enabled, system dialogs will also be dark.

Performance improvements

You’ll discover some key performance improvements with a more buttery and seamless mousing experience. Clicking interactions like panning and zooming will feel smoother and more responsive. You’ll notice the biggest boosts on larger documents and when using the hand tool to zip around the canvas.

If you want to geek out, for stylus customers on Windows, you no longer need to use WinTab (you know who you are).

Photoshop on the iPad

Reminder: Photoshop on the iPad is included in all Creative Cloud plans that include Photoshop. If you are already a member, all you have to do to get started is download Photoshop on the iPad and sign in.

We promised you a continuous stream of new features in the iPad version of Photoshop and today we release a fresh batch.

This is a major release for Photoshop on the iPad. With the addition of the Object Selection tool, selections on the iPad takes a huge leap forward beyond anything available in any other apps on the device before today. Check out the video above by our own Russell Preston Brown that shows the power of this new feature. And, give it a try! Photoshop on the iPad is built using the same code base as Photoshop on the desktop. As you can see from the multiple releases we’ve delivered since we shipped the first version just three months ago, we are able to add new features with deep and rich capabilities and high quality output that matches that of the desktop very quickly. We are shipping these new capabilities as soon as the user experience has been adapted to the iPad and reimagined to take advantage of touch and mobility.

Object Selection tool

This feature was just released in Photoshop on the desktop at MAX 2019, three months ago. On the iPad we give you the same functions, with the same options and settings.

We’re hearing from customers that Photoshop on the iPad “helps them get closer to the pixels.” This feature is a great example of that, where the experience really shines in a touch environment when using the Apple Pencil. I encourage you to try it out.

Here’s a primer on how the new Object Selection tool relates to the Select Subject tool (which was released on the iPad in December). Both features are now in Photoshop on desktop and iPad. Both use Sensei AI and machine learning to automatically make a great selection. They each radically reduce the steps to results and each is tuned for common, but different use cases.

Select Subject finds and selects the main subject in your image with one click with no input or guidance from you. This is best used when you have one primary object you want to quickly isolate.

The Object Selection tool is designed to give you speed, but also more control over the selection process on more complex images. For example, it is the right tool if you have images with multiple objects, or when selecting a part of an object, or if you want this part but not that part, or need to isolate more than one object in an image. With the Object Selection tool, you draw a rectangular region or even a crude lasso around the area you want to select, and the tool automatically finds and selects the primary objects inside the defined region. This is demonstrated in the video at the top of the iPad section, where we have a selection that requires getting this part but not that part of the oranges.

Type settings

Type settings in this release brings many of the typographic controls you use in Photoshop on the desktop to the iPad. We added type layer, character and options properties. This includes tracking, leading, scaling, and formatting things like all/small caps, super/subscript. Kerning will ship in a future release.

How to give input on the iPad roadmap

We are so happy to get Photoshop on the iPad into your hands! Your experience, feedback and point of view have always been a critical part of our process, and we take that very seriously as we chart a path forward with the iPad. Please join our community forum to give feedback on what you would like to see in the future: feedback.photoshop.com. We look forward to your thoughts.

Cloud documents

In December we began rolling out major performance improvements to the upload and download experience of cloud documents for PSDs of 75mb and larger. On January 14, we expanded the improvements to apply to PSDs of 10MB or larger. Depending on the size of your file and your network performance, you can see up to 90% faster uploads and downloads with these updates.

Thank You

The new decade is off to a great start. Thank you to all our customers throughout all the years for your partnership and inspiration.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 2/20/2020 5:13:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 19, 2020

From Tamron:

Model: A046
Product: 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD
Mount: Sony
Latest Version: Ver.2

This update improves the following issues which may rarely occur with certain settings.

  • The back monitor of camera instantly flashes when the shutter button is pressed halfway.
  • AF doesn’t work properly after the camera recovers from the sleep mode or power off.

Download: Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD Firrmware Ver.2

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Tamron Firmware Updates
Post Date: 2/19/2020 5:18:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

Nikon Z7 / Z6

Changes from “C” Firmware Version 2.20 to 3.00

  • Added support for ProGrade and Lexar CFexpress memory cards (Type B). For more information, see the Nikon website for your country or region.
  • Custom Setting a4 (Auto-area AF face/eye detection) now offers an Animal detection option that adds dogs and cats to the subjects supported by face- and eye-detection autofocus. As a result, the camera can now detect and focus on the faces and eyes of dogs and cats. Animal face detection (but not eye detection) is also available in movie mode.
  • Improved the functionality of subject-tracking AF (available when Auto-area AF is selected for AF-area mode) as follows:
    - Subject-tracking AF can now be initiated via the Fn1 or Fn2 button on the camera or the Fn1 or Fn2 button on the lens. Subject-tracking AF must first be assigned to the control using Custom Setting f2 (Custom control assignment) in Group f (Controls) of the CUSTOM SETTING MENU or Custom Setting g2 (Custom control assignment).
    - The behavior of the camera when tracking is end by pressing the AF-ON button or by pressing the shutter-release button halfway with AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) and subject-tracking AF enabled in photo mode has been changed to more closely resemble that of the 3D-tracking option for digital SLR cameras.
  • Custom Setting f2 (Custom control assignment) in Group f (Controls) of the CUSTOM SETTING MENU now offers a Lens Fn2 button option, which can be used to choose the role played by the L-Fn2 button available on certain Z mount lenses (as of February 12, 2020, only the NIKKOR Z 70–200mm f/2.8 VR S).
  • Added support for the focus limit switch available on certain Z mount lenses (as of February 12, 2020, only the NIKKOR Z 70–200mm f/2.8 VR S).
  • Optimized the responsiveness of the switch to manual focus when the focus or control ring on a Z mount lens is rotated during autofocus. Note that the control ring only functions in this capacity when assigned the Focus (M/A) role.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    - When Viewfinder brightness was adjusted manually, brightness would sometimes change when the standby timer was restarted.
    - iOS devices running iOS 13 would sometimes display a Bluetooth pairing request when pairing was complete.
    - Horizontal lines would sometimes appear in photographs. (Nikon Z7 only)

Note: For information on the license for the open-source software included in the camera’s NVM Express driver, see “BSD License (NVM Express Driver)”.

Download: Nikon Z7 Firmware v.2.20 | Nikon Z6 Firmware v.2.20



Nikon Z50

Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.00 to 1.10

  • Added support for the focus limit switch available on certain Z mount lenses (as of February 12, 2020, only the NIKKOR Z 70–200mm f/2.8 VR S). The lens Fn2 button is not supported.
  • Movie footage shot in self-portrait mode is now filmed using AF-F (full-time autofocus), regardless of the option selected for autofocus mode.

Download: Nikon Z 50 Firmware v1.10

Post Date: 2/19/2020 5:08:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

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See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.

Post Date: 2/19/2020 4:51:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 18, 2020

From Tokina:

About compatibility of Tokina interchangeable lenses with Canon EOS R and Canon EOS RP mirrorless cameras (updated)

Thank you for using Tokina lenses.

We have thoroughly tested all current Tokina interchangeable lenses (Canon EF mount) with the Canon EOS R/Canon EOS RP mirrorless cameras and the Canon EF-EOS R mount adapter.

The results confirm that the current Tokina lens models showed no issues in general operation.

Currently, Tokina lenses are manufactured to show the best performance with the cameras updated with the latest firmware. There might be issues caused by the old firmware of the camera. If there are issues with the lens performance even if the camera firmware is updated to the latest one, please contact our official Distributors to require diagnostics service.

Furthermore, when using Tokina APS-C format lenses (Tokina DX lenses), in case the Cropping/Aspect ratio is set otherwise, it is necessary to reset it on "1.6x (Crop)" manually. When shooting with a different Cropping/Aspect ratio setting, vignetting is likely to occur.

About compatibility of Tokina interchangeable lenses with Nikon Z 6, Z 7 and Z 50 cameras (updated)

Thank you for using Tokina products.

We have thoroughly tested all current Tokina interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount) with the Nikon Z 6, Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 50 mirrorless camera using the Nikon mount adapter FTZ.

The results confirm that current Tokina lens models showed no issues in general operations with the following exceptions:

Tokina opera 50mm F1.4 FF
Issue: Compared with general conditions depending on aperture value AF speed might be slower.

Tokina AT-X 70-200 F4 FX VCM-S (70-200mm f/4)
Issue: AF communication error. However, the lens will operate normally in manual focus mode.

Please, note that due to mount adapter FTZ specifications, the following Tokina lenses do not AF but will operate in manual focus mode:

Tokina atx-i 100mm F2.8 FF MACRO
Tokina AT-X M100 PRO D Macro (100mm f/2.8)
Tokina AT-X 107 f/3.5-4.5 DX NH Fisheye (10-17mm)
Tokina AT-X 107 f/3.5-4.5 DX Fisheye (10-17mm)

For any question about compatibility of Tokina interchangeable lenses with Nikon Z 6, Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 50 mirrorless camera contact us via contact form.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 2/18/2020 8:06:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 17, 2020

Just posted: Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens Review.

Especially the optical quality of this lens is outstanding.

Save the tax, use the B&H Payboo payment card (I use it exclusively at B&H)

Get in line ASAP: The Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens is available for preorder at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 2/17/2020 7:33:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

(New York, New York) February 14, 2020 – ROKINON has announced two new wide angle XEEN CF Professional Cine Lenses for PL, Canon EF and Sony E mount. With this new addition of the 16mm T2.6 and 35mm T1.5 models, the ROKINON XEEN CF lineup has grown to a core set of five primes: 16mm T2.6, 24mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5 and 85mm T1.5.

“CF” stands for both “Carbon Fiber” and “Compact and Flexible”, which reflects the compact size and versatility of the lenses. For example, the ROKINON XEEN CF 16mm weighs just 2.0lbs (0.9kg ) and measures 3.24in (82.3mm) in length while the fast aperture 35mm T1.5 still weighs only 2.4lbs (82.3mm) and measures 3.24in (113.7mm) in length. Along with ROKINON’s other CF lenses, these new lenses offer exceptional compatibility with gimbals, drones, and compact and lightweight cameras. This was accomplished utilizing carbon fiber construction rather than metal for a sturdier, lighter, durable and more future oriented design and appearance.

Carbon fiber is rarely used for precision machinery due its diffculty in molding. Credit must be given to the R&D designers who developed a technique for molding the material into the shape and size suitable for use in precise lens construction. The cost premium of carbon fiber was another challenge that was overcome to allow the CF cine lenses to remain within the reach of both renowned and aspiring cinematographers.

ROKINON’s XEEN CF lenses provide smooth, soft and dreamy bokeh when wide open and become crystal sharp when stopped down. With 8K support and unique X-coating technology, internal light reflections are effectively controlled to create a distinctive look and dramatic effects. And, they are all covered by an industry exclusive three year warranty! "the new XEEN CF lenses show faces in a most beautiful way, with smooth and subtle transitions" Bill Bennett ASC VP

Main Features

  • Fast T1.5 and T2.6 apertures
  • Dual left and right side scales
  • Available in PL, Canon EF and Sony E mount
  • Carbon Fiber enables a lighter and stronger design
  • Eleven blade apertures create smooth circular bokeh
  • Covered by an industry exclusive three year warranty
  • Compatible with large image sensors (43.3mm image circle)
  • Luminous markings allows effortless use in low-light environments
  • Standard 95mm front diameters for easy compatibility with matte boxes
  • XEEN X-Coating controls internal reflection for dramatic images and a distinctive look
  • Uniform focus and aperture ring locations enable quick lens changes when using follow focus devices
  • Uniform 200-degree silky smooth and damped focus throw across all models enables precise focus adjustment

B&H carries Rokinon XEEN lenses.

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Post Date: 2/17/2020 4:51:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, February 16, 2020

There are not many animals that are pure white but those that are often have beautiful sharp black accents

This was an easy shot for the Canon EOS 5Ds R that, despite 50 MP of resolution, does seems not to seriously challenge the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens. The combination was perfect for Mount Evans.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
400mm  f/8.0  1/2000s
ISO 400
9492 x 5792px
Post Date: 2/16/2020 4:02:13 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, February 13, 2020

From Canon USA:

Your World is Customizeable with New Canon SELPHY Square Printer

New Compact Photo Printer Produces High-Quality Square Prints Leveraging Dye-Sub Technology

MELVILLE, NY, February 12, 2020 – A square by definition is “a plane figure with four equal straight sides and four right angles” 1 but what fits inside those straight sides and right angles can be powerful and unique. From decorating a work/living space or crafting, recipes or photo albums, you can create your own square with the new compact and portable SELPHY Square printer. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions unveils today the latest printer that tangibly showcases high-quality square prints.

Creativity On-the-Go

Who knows when the spark of creativity will ignite, and with the dye-sub technology included within the Canon SELPHY Square printer, you’ll be prepared. Set-up is a breeze thanks to the newly updated Canon Print app SELPHY PHOTO LAYOUT ver. 2.02, which allows you to scan a QR code directly featured on the printer and instantly pairs your compatible handheld device to the Canon SELPHY Square printer via Wi-Fi®3. In addition, the app allows users to add a personal touch to their images – inclusive of stickers, borders and text – each print will have your individual stamp of expression. The square format framed sticker type paper4 provides boundless opportunities to leave your creative mark wherever you see fit. Compact in size, the Canon SELPHY Square printer is battery operated – no plug in required.

“Quality, ease of use and convenience are imperative attributes our company relies on when bringing forth new imaging products to an ever changing landscape,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The new Canon SELPHY Square printer continues our heritage of offering multiple, creative and unique ways consumers can experiment with imagery and be true to themselves with their conduit of expression.”

Pricing

Available in black, white, pink and green, the Canon SELPHY Square printer has an estimated retail price of $149.99*. Additional 20 pack of paper is also available for $14.99.

 
Preorder the Canon SELPHY Square Printer from B&H

 
1 Source, Google Dictionary.

2 To print from your compatible mobile device, download Canon's SELPHY Photo Layout application, available for free on the App Store and at Google Play. Compatible with iOS versions 11.4.1, 12.4.3, 13, iPad OS 13. Android™ smartphone and tablet versions 5.0-5.1, 6, 7.0-7.1, 8.0-8.1, 9, 10.

3 Wireless printing and scanning requires a working network with wireless 802.11 b/g/n capability, operating at 2.4GHz. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.

4 The printer’s XS-20L paper has a very light adhesiveness that allows you to reposition or reapply your photos.

*Availability, prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

Post Date: 2/13/2020 9:39:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Image quality test results have been added to the Tokina 50mm f/1.4 FF Opera Lens page.

Create some comparisons!

The Tokina 50mm f/1.4 FF Opera Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Please share!

Post Date: 2/12/2020 8:34:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Adobe:

As fellow photographers and creatives, we care about the impact all Lightroom products have on our customers. We’ve been listening to your feedback and requests and we’re excited to share what’s coming out today and a preview of what we are actively working on for 2020.

For Lightroom Classic, performance, quality, and stability have all been a primary focus for our team. Since October 2018, we’ve released significant performance updates like GPU (graphics processing unit) accelerated editing, faster and more stable tethering, Library improvements, and more. But we’re not done. The team is constantly testing and re-evaluating the speed and quality of new and existing features, and in 2020 we are working to deliver more GPU-enabled functionality to get you to your “done” point smoother and faster.

Image editing, organizing, and workflow efficiency are also important functions to Lightroom Classic that we want to continually improve for both new and long-time customers. Within the last year and a half, we’ve added key updates like the Texture slider, Flat Field Correction, HDR and Panorama Merge, collection color labels, PNG support, AI-empowered features such as Enhance Details and Panorama Fill Edge, and much more.

Adobe is dedicated to developing the best in class tools and experiences to help all photographers find and express their visions. That’s why we’re actively investing in more Develop tools (including AI/ML features), workflow optimization, as well as refining the interface and experience to empower photographers of all levels to achieve desired results faster and easier than ever before. As customers of our own product, we’re personally excited to share these upcoming updates with you in 2020 and the years to come.

Check out the new feature updates and customer requests for Lightroom Classic, as well as bug fixes and feature polishing for Lightroom for Mac, Windows, iOS, iPadOS, Android, and ChromeOS below. Support for new cameras and lenses is also included in the update.

Updates to Lightroom Classic and ACR

Improved raw default settings

Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw

Streamline your edit workflow with more control over the default develop settings of your raw images. Prior to this version, all raw images used Adobe Color as the default upon import and could only be changed if you knew about the hidden shortcut. Now, you can easily configure default develop settings within Preferences -> Presets to use either Camera Settings, Adobe Color, or a preset of your choice. Defaults can be applied universally (Master), or customized by camera model and even by serial number. If no specific default is specified, then the “Master” settings will be used.

Default by camera settings

Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw

Photographers often take advantage of the picture styles or profiles settings within their cameras. When importing into Lightroom Classic with the default set to Adobe Color, the image may look much different from the camera preview and would require time to adjust it back. With the new raw default settings, you can now use Camera Settings as the default to preserve the “as shot” look and reduce your edit time.

PSB file support

Lightroom Classic

Starting today, you can import, catalog, and edit Large Document Format (.psb) files within Lightroom Classic. Many landscape photographers may stitch multi-gigabyte panoramas within Photoshop and export as a PSB file to maintain the highest quality and resolution. Whether to edit or simply catalog your finished panoramas with the rest of your collections, you can now do so with this new release. Like all files within Classic, the maximum dimensions are 65,000 pixels on the long edge or 512 megapixels.

Performance developments

Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw

  • More GPU Accelerated Editing
    Expanding on our GPU support, we’ve added full GPU acceleration for Lens Correction and Transform adjustments.
  • eGPU Empowered Enhanced Details
    Enhance Details now leverages external GPUs on macOS 10.15 (Catalina) for faster processing.

Secondary display selection

Lightroom Classic

Work the way you want with the ability to choose which monitor to use as your secondary display. For many editors using three or more displays, opening a second window will now automatically appear in the designated monitor that may have better resolution, color calibration, etc. for your workflow needs.

Auto-Sync improvements

Lightroom Classic

Easily understand when Auto-Sync is enabled and which batch edits are applied. By adding messages and a more visible button, we hope to prevent unintentional batch edits that may set you back on your work. The notifications can be turned off in Preferences -> Interface.

Photoshop Elements 2020 support

Lightroom Classic

You can now import your Photoshop Elements 2020 catalog into Lightroom Classic.

FAQ link for sync

Lightroom Classic

We’ve created a Frequently Asked Questions document for syncing to the cloud from Lightroom Classic to help you understand how sync enables photographers to edit and share photos from the web or any mobile device. You can find the link under the sync status when you click on the nameplate.

Updates to Lightroom for Mac, Windows, Android, iOS, iPadOS, and ChromeOS

Export improvements

Lightroom for Windows and Mac

In addition to exporting in the JPEG or TIFF format, Lightroom on Windows and Mac now also allows you to export in the DNG format. (This feature was already available in Lightroom on Android and iOS.)

Improvements to shared albums

Lightroom for Windows and Mac

When contributing photos to a shared album which is owned by someone else, you can now choose to include or omit metadata. In addition, as the owner of a shared album you can now export photos which other people have contributed to the album.

Improvements to Photo Merge (HDR and Panorama)

Lightroom for Windows and Mac

You can now bypass the Photo Merge dialog when creating an HDR or Panorama and just merge the photos directly using your previous merge settings. To do this, use the following keyboard shortcuts:

HDR: Ctrl + Shift + H
Panorama: Ctrl + Shift + M

Import presets

Lightroom for Android

Previously, you could only import edit presets and profiles in Lightroom on Windows or Mac, and now in this release you can now import edit presets and profiles directly in Lightroom on Android. (This feature will be coming soon to Lightroom on iOS as well.)

Import improvements

Lightroom for Windows and Mac

When importing via drag-and-drop, you can now import to a specific album by dragging and dropping directly onto an album in the Albums list.

Improvements to learn and discover content

Lightroom for iOS and Android

In the Home view, the Discover content is now presented in a two column view for easier browsing. And the interactive tutorials in the Learn section now include a before/after step so that you can really see the effect of the edits in the tutorial.

Split screen

Lightroom for iPadOS

Lightroom on iPad now supports the split screen view.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 2/12/2020 5:06:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Image quality test results have been added to the Rokinon SP 50mm f/1.2 Lens page.

I'll get you started with a comparison:

Rokinon SP (Samyang XP) 50mm f/1.2 Lens compared to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens

The Rokinon SP 50mm f/1.2 Lens is in stock and on sale now at B&H (save $350.00 instantly)| Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Post Date: 2/11/2020 8:58:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sony:

Sony Electronics Announces New Camera Software Development Kit (SDK) for Third Party Developers and Integrators

New SDK Enables Remote Control of Sony Cameras for a Variety of Professional and Commercial Applications

SAN DIEGO – Feb 11, 2020 – Sony today has announced the release of a new software development kit (SDK) that enables third party developers and integrators to access control of Sony cameras.

Sony, the industry leader in both full-frame and mirrorless cameras, is releasing the SDK based on extensive interest in their camera lineup from commercial customers.

“The customer’s voice is absolutely critical to all aspects of our business,” said Neal Manowitz, Deputy President of Sony Imaging Products and Solutions Americas. “After receiving many requests, we’re excited to finally be able to open our platform in this manner. Companies will now be able to custom develop applications to control our cameras remotely, allowing them to take full advantage of the many innovations in Sony’s lineup including industry-leading autofocus, shooting speeds and much more. Ultimately, this gives professional clients the ability to create new and different imaging experiences unlike anything that’s been done before.”

With the new SDK, key camera controls and still image data captured will be available for remote access, including adjustment of camera settings, shutter release and live view monitoring. These control capabilities are appealing to the workflow of a wide variety of industries including security, entertainment and many others.

One of the companies that have a high expectation of Sony’s SDK is Telemetrics Inc., a company that specializes in robotics and camera control systems, selling complete packages including a weather resistant housing unit on a remotely controlled pan/tilt head compatible with select Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras. Telemetrics, Inc. sells to a wide variety of clients including broadcast, production, sports and education companies.

“Combining our expertise in robotics and camera control with the impressive capabilities of Sony’s Alpha camera technology will allow us to create some especially unique solutions for capturing live sports entertainment, which include the newly introduced PT-CP-S5 Compact Pan/Tilt Head and the WP-HOU-A9 Camera Housing unit,” said Michael Cuomo, Vice President of Telemetrics, Inc. “We’ve been thrilled with the results and are extremely excited at the potential for future integration with our systems.”

Initially, the Camera Remote SDK will support Alpha 7R IV and Alpha 9 II bodies, with plans to gradually expand the lineup of supported cameras hereafteri. The Camera Remote SDK is available now and can be downloaded from here.

The current Camera Remote API’s provision will be closed following this new release of the new Camera Remote SDK and its support will be terminatedii.

i The supported Cameras by current Camera Remote API are not included in compatible cameras’ line-up for Camera Remote SDK

ii Refer to the Camera Remote API site for details – https://developer.sony.com/develop/cameras/get-started

Posted to: Sony News   
Post Date: 2/11/2020 8:42:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 10, 2020

Just posted: Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens Review.

This lens is very similar to but not the same as the Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens with strong barrel distortion being the most obvious difference aside from the focal length.

The Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 2/10/2020 7:57:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Nissan YouTube Channel:

Mauro Calo, a professional precision driver and automotive video expert known for his work on big-budget blockbuster movies and automotive TV shows, transforms Nissan's sports car into a high-performance camera rig.

Nissan developed the 2020 Nissan GT-R NISMO to be the pinnacle of the iconic nameplate. For maximum performance, the engine was upgraded, its aerodynamics further enhanced, and weight was shed through the meticulous use of exotic materials.

While Nissan helped locate a suitable GT-R to be transformed into a purpose-built camera car, Calo was already working on the design. Once the car arrived, he and his team fitted a bespoke tubular structure that was welded to the chassis and able to hold the weight of the professional carbon-fiber gimbal camera mounting system.

Post Date: 2/10/2020 5:26:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:

In this episode, Pye will teach you 5 important RAW processing tips you might not have known using the popular photo-editing software, Adobe Lightroom.

Adorama carries Adobe Photography Plan Subscriptions.

Post Date: 2/10/2020 5:20:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 6, 2020

From the Profoto YouTube Channel:

Follow Swedish based photographer Emily Dahl on this 1920's inspired beauty shoot where she combines flash and lighting for video using the Profoto B10.

B&H carries the Profoto B10 Plus and related accessories.

Post Date: 2/6/2020 5:11:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens page.

I'll get you started on the comparisons:

Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens compared to the Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens

The economically-priced Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 2/5/2020 8:35:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Canon has released new versions of its Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility Picture Style Editor, and GPS Log File Utility 1.0.0. (thanks Scott)

The noted change for Digital Photo Professional 4.12.0 is support added for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III.

Download: Canon Releases DPP 4.12.00, EOS Utility 3.12.00, and Picture Style Editor 1.24.00

Post Date: 2/4/2020 7:50:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From X-Rite:

The third-generation i1Pro spectrophotometer is twice as fast, more reliable, and more accurate.

Grand Rapids, MI USA, February 3, 2020 – X-Rite Incorporated, global leader in color science and technology announces the third-generation of its popular i1Pro solutions for photographic and imaging professionals who print. The redesigned i1Pro 3 spectrophotometer is more accurate and reliable as well as two times faster than its predecessor. The i1Pro 3 is ideal for demanding imaging professionals who require accurate color across their complete capture through display and print workflow including scanners and projectors. Customers can use the i1Pro 3 to better track and verify monitor and print quality and capture spot color measurements.

“For more than 10 years the i1Pro Family has been the go-to solution for the most demanding photographers who require accurate color profiling,” said Liz Quinlisk, Global Photo and Video Business Unit Manager, X-Rite. “The third-generation i1Pro takes color management to the next level by notably improving on device speed and accuracy, as well as supporting high-brightness displays. With the i1Pro 3, photographers can quickly and easily ensure color accuracy from capture through print for repeatable and predictive color results.”

The new i1Photo Pro 3:

  • Offers a custom, full-spectrum LED light source, which allows for single-pass scanning and improves device reliability and accuracy.
  • Measures M0, M1, and M2 simultaneously in a single pass while accounting for optical brighteners. Photographers can quickly predict how colors printed on optically-brightened photo papers will look under different lighting conditions.
  • Reads smaller patch sizes (6mm x 6mm) twice as fast as the i1Pro 2 with improved accuracy. Users can read more patches per target in both spot and scanning modes for less pages to print and scan.
  • Achieves correct calibration on ultra-bright displays (up to 5K NITs). Matches up to four displays connected to a single computer and unlimited displays connected to different computers.
  • Optimizes automated file creation with the option to include the new i1iO Automated Scanning Table for i1Pro 3. Adding hands-free test chart reading saves operators time and materials during production.

i1Photo Pro 3 combines world-class hardware and software to deliver the ultimate professional level color management for photo professionals who print. i1Photo Pro 3 is ideal for “Color Perfectionist” photographers looking for perfectly accurate color from capture through edit, sharing and printing – the first time and every time. Quickly and easily create custom camera, monitor, projector, scanner and RGB printer profiles, ensuring the colors captured, viewed and printed are true.

Additional i1Pro 3 Plus Solutions:

In addition to i1Photo Pro 3 Plus, X-Rite is now shipping these new i1Pro 3 Plus solutions:

  • i1Basic Pro 3 Plus
    includes monitor calibration and quality control for monitors and printers
  • i1Publish Pro 3 Plus
    includes CMYK+ printer module and all features of i1Photo Pro 3 Plus

Recently announced i1Photo Pro 3 Plus offers advanced capabilities to support more challenging to profile substrates including textured and glossy photo media as well as ceramics, textiles, glass, metal, wood, vinyl, plastics, thin films, cardboard, and more.

All models of the i1Pro 3 come with the latest version of i1Profiler, a professional color profiling software. The i1Photo Pro 3 is now available

B&H carries X-Rite Color Management Products.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: X-Rite News
Post Date: 2/4/2020 6:08:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 3, 2020

Just another stellar Shenandoah National Park sunrise and being there was the hardest part of capturing this image (being there was not hard either).

This is single exposure image (not an HDR) captured with the red channel being nearly blown on the histogram. At that brightness, this just-before-sunrise scene provided adequate detail in the shadows for Capture One to brighten them while darkening the highlights slightly for improved balance. The f/8 aperture maximized sharpness, minimized peripheral shading, and provided very adequate depth of field. ISO 100 was selected for its low noise attributes. Nothing in this scene was in motion except for the very-slow-moving clouds and the 0.4 sec. shutter speed used for the final scene brightness was easily adequate to stop all motion.

Saturation and contrast were added to this image but this sunrise was so dramatic that the amount of both adjustments was only slight. Auto white balance delivered a cool-toned image and warming it slightly proved helpful.

From a composition perspective, the options were limited in this scene. Moving a short distance would not change the scene much and moving a large distance meant the view would be completely obscured. Thus, selecting the right focal length became the primary method for inclusion and exclusion of elements.

Old Rag mountain, the highest peak shown, was my primary subject. I wanted the foreground layer (trees) included as a base for the image and liked the curvature this element showed, partially encircling Old Rag and its trailing mountain range. Keeping this horizon straight seemed obligatory in this case but how high the horizon was in the frame was left for personal preference. The height selected here seemed to create a nice overall balance.

The remaining area of the frame was filled with color in the sky. While most of the color in the sky is in the frame, a significant amount of the frame is filled with color.

Though this image is uncomplicated, it was one of my favorite Shenandoah National Park landscape images from last fall.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 2/3/2020 10:56:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, February 1, 2020

All of your cases and backpacks are labeled with your name and contact information, right? If not, correct that problem ASAP.

Shacke's Mini Luggage Tags at Amazon have become my choice. They are available in 4 colors (including black) and $9.99 gets you four durable/bendable rubber tags.

If you are not sure that you need to label your cases, here is a story I shared nearly 7 years ago:

The title was something like "Why My Rebel T4i is in British Columbia — and How I Know That".

Upon arriving at our rental house in Maui, Hawaii, after being up/traveling for nearly 24 hours, my daughter asked me if I had her camera — a relatively new at the time Canon EOS Rebel T4i. With a sinking feeling, I replied that I did not.

My mind immediately began plotting a course of action to take but sleep had to come first. We had been in four airports and on three planes that day. Locating the camera seemed a daunting challenge — if not an impossibility.

I woke up the next morning to a voice mail from Janet at the United ticket counter in the Vancouver International Airport. The camera had been left on a plane and went at least one stop beyond our time on that particular aircraft. Janet knew how to reach me because: my contact information was on the camera case, despite the case being a very small one.

If you were to lose your camera and the case you are carrying it in, would someone know how to get in touch with you? This does not apply only to airline travel — a camera can be lost at a restaurant, hotel, wedding, park ... or anywhere. Labeling counts on the finder to have the integrity to track down the owner and return the lost item, but the odds are good that will happen and my story eventually had a happy ending.

Another option to consider is entering your contact information into the camera's copywrite information. Not all finders may know enough to look for this information, but at least the information is there for discovery — perhaps when someone is reviewing images captured by the camera.

 
Following is a relevant (and entertaining) infographic Mike shared with us at that time:

Post Date: 2/1/2020 11:42:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 31, 2020

From Profoto:

Hi Android users, connect your Profoto B10 and B10 Plus to your smartphone via Profoto Control app available on Google Play Store. You can view and control your B10 and B10 Plus settings, and install new updates in seconds.

Wherever your shoot takes you, Profoto B10 series provides you with the power to create with seamless smartphone connectivity – get your Profoto B10 lights today!

B&H carries the Profoto B10 Plus.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 1/31/2020 4:49:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 30, 2020

Just posted: Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens Review.

Tamron is on a roll with their Di III lenses.

The Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 1/30/2020 7:47:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

I'm pretty sure we've shared this tip before on a video posted to the site, but this tip is valuable enough to warrant reiteration. Years ago I assigned a custom shortcut (ALT+F1) to the Trim tool in Photoshop and it has definitely helped to streamline my typical worklow with the site. Over time, the seconds saved add up nicely. [Sean]

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 1/30/2020 6:07:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The knobs are gone. Check out the innovative Ergo and Elite tripod heads just introduced by Platypod.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Platypod News
Post Date: 1/29/2020 1:33:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Just posted: Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens Review.

Ultra-light and ultra-tiny has big value.

The Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

B&H has this lens available in used condition for an up to $214.00 savings.

Rent the Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 1/29/2020 7:56:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Fish out of water. A female pink salmon races away from a massive brown bear. Just a normal day in Katmai National Park.

This could be an image you captured. Contact me ASAP to sign up for the Brown Bear Chasing Salmon, Remote Katmai National Park, Alaska instructional photo tour!

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Post Date: 1/28/2020 10:31:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Just posted: Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens Review.

This is a very nice little lens.

The Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens from Lensrentals.

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Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 1/28/2020 8:21:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 27, 2020

Just posted: Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens Review.

Find out how this ultra-wide aperture Sony lens stacks up!

The Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

B&H also has multiple copies of this lens available in used condition.

Rent the Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens from Lensrentals.

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Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 1/27/2020 7:42:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:

Last week, Pye taught us the first 5 couples poses every photographer should know. In Part II of his Couples Crash Course, you'll see how you can achieve 20+ couples poses using the Foundation Posing Framework.

Post Date: 1/27/2020 5:13:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

LensRentals' latest podcast – How to Break a Camera with Aaron Closz, Joey Miller & Roger Cicala – is an entertaining and informative discussion on camera life expectancy.

From LensRentals:

Impact damage, sensor scratches, and shutter failure, oh my! Roger, Aaron, and Joey are back and this time they’re talking about all the ways you can break a camera, what can be fixed and what is always a kiss of death. From discussing the most common damage they see on returned gear, to repairs you might be able to tackle at home, Roger, Joey, and Aaron discuss how to take care of your camera bodies, and what do expect when something breaks.
Listen to the podcast on the LensRentals Blog, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or YouTube.

The team at LensRentals is great; we highly recommend utilizing them for all your rental needs.

Post Date: 1/27/2020 5:02:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 24, 2020

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

In this lighting tutorial, David Flores shows you indoor and outdoor studio lighting setups for portrait photography. You'll also learn strobist photography techniques, such as camera settings to balance studio strobe light with ambient light.

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Post Date: 1/24/2020 5:52:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:

In this episode of #PHOMO, Paul Trani explores the new Capture from Image functionality in Photoshop. Watch how Photoshop automatically creates patterns, shapes, color themes and gradients from your images using the Capture functionality. Watch this video for helpful tips and tricks to end those feelings of #PHOMO when it comes to design.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 1/24/2020 5:10:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From SIGMA:

SIGMA announces the shipment schedule for SIGMA CINE LENS /i Technology-compatible PL mount lens in the FF High Speed Prime Line.

  • Shipment schedule:February, 2020

Optimized for large-format camera systems and 8K shooting, the FF High Speed Prime Line lenses deliver stunning image quality in compact construction. A new addition to this prime lens lineup comes with electronic contacts that supports Cooke’s /i Technology communication protocol for Art Prime PL mount lenses. By using an /i Technology-compatible cine lens with a cine camera that supports the same protocol, users can see and record lens metadata such as focus distance, focal length, and aperture. This helps streamline compositing in the post production process. This is particularly suitable for the latest forms of filmmaking, such as VFX, that call for detailed shooting data. Prototypes of this /i Technology-compatible FF High Speed Prime lens were used for shooting “Top Gun: Maverick”, scheduled to be released in 2020, showing that the new lens is already in commercial applications.

For SIGMA customers who has already purchased a SIGMA PL mount lens, Mount Conversion Service is available to convert the lenses to /i Technology-compatible PL mount. In order to apply for the service, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary or distributor.

B&H has the SIGMA CINE LENS /i Technology-compatible PL mount Lenses available for special order.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: SIGMA News
Post Date: 1/24/2020 4:51:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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