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


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


SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for NIKON F Mount Update
 
  • It has improved the stability of the image in the viewfinder, making it easier to confirm composition, thanks to the updated control algorithm of the Optical Stabilizer.
Download: SIGMA Optimization Pro
 
B&H carries the Sigma USB Dock.
Post Date: 3/14/2019 7:06:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

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

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

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

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

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

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Professional photographer Andy Marcus shares 5 quick tips on how to prepare for a wedding shoot. From bringing all the right equipment to backing up your photos, these practices are a must for running your wedding-photography business.
Post Date: 3/1/2019 7:27:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Rokinon SP 10mm f/3.5 Lens for Canon available for preorder with free expedited shipping.
 
Note: The image above shows the Samyang version of the lens, but the Rokinon version should look identical except for the name badge.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
  • 3 Aspherical, 1 HR, 3 ED Elements
  • Ultra Multi-Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Aluminum-Alloy Lens Housing
  • Seven-Blade Diaphragm
  • Built-In Petal-Shaped Lens Hood
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 3/1/2019 6:17:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 28, 2019
Topaz Labs provided us with a pre-release copy of Sharpen AI a while back so we could try it out. Loading a slightly blurry portrait into the software and seeing the results left me extremely impressed. In fact, Topaz is using the exact portrait I tested the software with as a sample image on Sharpen AI's product page.
 
Because of downsizing, the image above doesn't really showcase what Sharpen AI can do. Here's a closer look at the difference.
 
Topaz Sharpen AI Sample Image Larger Sample

To get an even better idea of the difference, download the rull resolution original image here and then run it through the trial version of the software. Pay special attention to the subject's face/glasses and necklace pendant after adjusting Sharpen AI's parameters.
 
The great thing about machine learning algorithms is that they get better over time. I'm excited to see how far this type of technology will take us considering how well it works right now. [Sean]
 
From Topaz Labs:
 
We've all had the disappointing moment where your "perfect photo" is blurry, out-of-focus, or just not quite sharp enough. You viewed the image in your camera and thought you had captured the perfect moment, only to be disappointed once you see the photo on your computer screen. Now there's a solution.
 
Introducing Sharpen AI
 
Sharpen AI is the only sharpening tool to understand the difference between detail and noise by learning through millions of images. This means it will focus on sharpening the things you actually want to sharpen, rather than artifacts or noise. Use it to create beautifully sharp images from even handheld, low-light, and fast-moving photos - try Sharpen AI today!
 
Get Sharpen AI today for the special introductory price of $59.99, originally $79.99, available until March 15th.
 
Sharpens and Defines
 
Most commercial sharpening tools will sharpen everything in your image - including noise. Sharpen AI only sharpens the things you want and brings out the detail and definition in your shot. It only sharpens the good stuff.
 
Stabilizes
 
When shooting a moving object or in a low-light scenario, motion blur is a common problem. Sharpen AI uses machine learning to stabilize motion blur in your images for a crisp clear result.
 
Improves Focus
 
Theoretically, there is no way to recover lens blur in your photos. Sharpen AI remembers patterns in your image and can rescue a blur within ten pixels. When your image is just slightly out of focus, Sharpen AI provides the solution.
 
How does this compare to other products?
 
Unlike other sharpening products, like Photoshop Shake Reduction, Sharpen AI is the first product to use machine learning to fill in the details that other sharpening tools leave out. The AI technology delivers a crisp, clear image that is full of detail.
 
Download a free trial of Topaz Sharpen AI to see the results for yourself.
Category: Topaz Labs News
Post Date: 2/28/2019 1:01:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 2/28/2019 9:10:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Samyang Optics:
 
On February 28, 2019, Samyang Optics, a global optics brand, launches its first two lenses in Canon RF mount: : MF 14mm F2.8 RF MF 85mm F1.4 RF, as part of the ‘Spring Collection’.
 
Responding quickly to the latest camera market with advanced technology
As there are currently no Canon EOS R EOS RP camera lenses from brands other than Canon itself, Samyang’s new RF mount launch announcement is a fast response to customer demmarket trends. It also proves the competitiveness of Samyang as a leading optical manufacturer.
 
Launching two RF mount lenses from the viewpoint of end users
Samyang’s existing line-up includes a wide variety of lenses, from ultra-wide angle to telephoto. Their first two RF mount lenses reflect key models in the existing wide-angle telephoto lens line-up, which shows Samyang’s commitment development strategy, based on consumer demconvenience.
 
The Samyang MF 14mm F2.8 RF is an ultra-wide-angle, manual-focus lens with excellent sharpness, even at its maximum aperture. The 115.7° wide angle of view is suitable fshooting landscapes, interiors, etc. the lens hood effectively blocks unwanted light so you can shoot freely. The Samyang MF 85mm F1.4 is a cherished lens design, loved by photographers fits beautiful bokeh. The new MF 85mm F1.4 RF is ideal ftop quality portraiture still images with its vivid colours smooth out-focus quality.
 
Both lenses minimise aberration unnecessary light dispersion through the use of Samyang’s exceptional optical technology Ultra Multi Coating (UMC). In addition, a new exteridesign weather sealing provide a contemporary simple look that matches well with mirrorless cameras, along with protection from light rain snow.
 
Available Soon
The first two RF lenses from Samyang will be displayed at CP+ 2019 (an international comprehensive camera photo imaging show in Japan / Feb 28th – Mar 3rd) Samyang will provide hands-on experience to visitors during the show.
 
B&H has the Rokinon/Samyang MF 14mm F2.8 and MF 85mm F1.4 lenses available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 2/28/2019 9:04:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
New AI-Integrated Platform Can Help Photographers Advance Their Craft, Save Time with an Improved Workflow as well as Easily Organize and Share Their Photos
 
MELVILLE, NY, February 27, 2019 – In 2017, approximately 1.2 trillion photos were taken; turning millions of people into prolific photographers1, who are spending a tremendous amount of time arranging and searching through their library of photos. To help photographers streamline their workflow and continually improve their craft, Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the company’s first online photo-community platform – RAISE. This new platform utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) to help photographers organize and categorize their photos through auto-tagging.
 
Features and benefits of RAISE include:
 
  • Organize – Through the use of Canon’s AI engine, photos uploaded to the platform can be auto-tagged through category and subject tags, as well as photo-centric tags such as the composition, style, emotion and color. Users can upload high-resolution JPEG images to the platform and all photographers retain ownership of all images uploaded to RAISE.
  • Explore – Photographers can receive insights from the RAISE community to learn and help improve their skills to step-up their photography. They can also draw inspiration from the platform with a feed personalized for them based on their own uploaded photos, tags and preferences.
  • Share – Photographers can create Collections within RAISE to privately share with current and prospective clients as well as loved ones, who may not be a part of the RAISE community. A photographer’s work can also be shared publically within the community to receive recognition as well as photo-centric compliments from other photographers, like “great lighting,” beautiful composition,” etc.
An Adobe Lightroom plugin version of RAISE, which is compatible with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, is currently scheduled to be released next month. This will further enhance the usability of the RAISE features such as auto-tagging images within a user’s Lightroom library through RAISE collections in the platform.
 
“Creativity is born from community – from collaboration with like-minded individuals,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With RAISE, we are building that community for photographers. Through this new platform, photographers from all different professional backgrounds and skill sets can come together to share their talents and connect with others in the community. Simply put, we hope RAISE will inspire the next generation of photographers to RAISE the bar and propel their creativity to new heights.”
 
The new platform along with Canon’s latest solutions will be showcased at this year’s Wedding Portrait & Photography Show (WPPI) in Las Vegas from February 27 - March 1 in the Canon booth #121.
 
For more information about RAISE and/or to join the community, please stop by the Canon booth at WPPI or visit, raise.usa.canon.com.
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 2/28/2019 6:52:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Three major US retailers now have most of Manfrotto's new Pro Light Reloader Series bags and cases in stock with B&H and Adorama offering free expedited shipping.
 
Retailer Links
 
Manfrotto Pro Light Reloader Series – B&H | Adorama | Amazon US
Post Date: 2/27/2019 1:57:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
Being a surfer enthusiast in Savannah, GA is a rough life; the waves found along Tybee Island (the nearest beach) are rarely conducive to "hanging ten." Such is the story of Dagny, someone who loves to surf but rarely finds conditions here favorable for her pursuit. On this day, however, the waves were "ok" and Dagny had just finished about an hour of surfing along a nearby shoreline. She had obviously been having fun. I, on the other hand, had been plagued by one issue after another since arriving at the beach at 9:00am. Let me explain.
 
When I arrived at the south end of Tybee Island to meet Dagny at 9:00am, there was a fairly dense fog along the shoreline. Dagny wanted to do some surfing but also wanted a picture, so the first question to answer was, "Which do we do first?" Since the waves were looking good to Dagny and the fog was looking questionable from a photographic standpoint, I told her to go ahead and surf and I would signal to her when I was ready to start shooting. This would allow me time to scout out a suitable location, set up my lighting gear and hopefully give the fog some time to clear. In hindsight, telling Dagny to hit the waves ahead of our shoot had another great benefit; it allowed me time to methodically work through the problems I was destined to face without having an increasingly impatient subject stare on with resentment for stealing her away from the best waves of the day.
 
When shooting at the beach, I generally prefer to transport only the items I intend on actually using to the sandy location. This approach lessens the amount of cleanup necessary once the shoot is finished. However, a downside of this technique is that if technical issues are experienced, one is required to go all the way back to the car to retrieve backup items. As I would come to realize, that's a pretty major downside.
 
After scouting out a good location on the beach, I went back to my car in a [relatively] nearby parking lot to plan out my gear needs. At that time, it was still quite foggy and I was unsure if it would clear completely before we started shooting. I decided that limiting the amount of space between the subject and me would be a good idea for optimal contrast. Therefore, I opted for a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens on my Canon 5D Mark III instead of the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens I had originally planned on using.
 
Backup #1 [Lens]: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens (for Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM)
 
To allow me to shoot at my max flash sync speed (for these studio strobes, that's 1/160 sec), I put a 4-stop neutral density filter on the lens knowing that it wouldn't be enough density to allow me to use a wide-open aperture at my base ISO (100), but it would allow me to use a wider aperture than I would have been able to without the ND filter in place.
 
I'm always leery about using a softbox and/or umbrella on the beach because, even with sand bags in use, the large surface area of those modifiers can cause significant problems when wind is added to the equation. However, I love the soft light I get with softboxes and umbrellas, so they are generally my first choices if the weather allows for their safe use. The beach wasn't as windy as it has been in the past, but... I still didn't think it was a good idea to attach what amounts to a sail to my light stand. Therefore, I opted to mount a Mola Demi Beauty Dish (with Opal Diffuser) to my White Lightning X3200 studio strobe, powered by a battery pack. The 22" diameter, sturdy metal modifier has proven to be a solid choice in the past in windy conditions, so I was glad I brought it.
 
Backup #2 [Modifier]: Mola Demi Beauty Dish (for Medium/Large Soft Box or Parabolic Umbrella)
 
After transporting my light stand, studio strobe, beauty dish, battery pack, power cord, radio trigger with cord and two sand bags to the beach, I plugged everything in, turned on the battery pack/strobe/radio trigger and pushed the "Test" button on my trigger to fire the strobe.
 
Nothing.
 
Ok Sean, let's work the problem. Are the trigger and receiver on the same frequency? Yes. Am I sure I turned on the trigger? It doesn't appear to be blinking (a sign that it's on). I pressed the receiver button again (which should trigger the strobe in addition to turning the unit on), but nothing happens.
 
"Ahh, the batteries in my receiver are dead."
 
So, off to the car I went. While I did have some extra batteries in the car, I chose instead to grab a different radio receiver as the batteries are somewhat difficult to replace in these things. And, back to the beach.
 
Backup #3: Radio Receiver #2 (for Radio Receiver #1)
 
With the new radio receiver plugged into the studio strobe (and blinking), and everything powered on again, I hit the test button on my trigger and... again, nothing. However, a quiet moment between the waves and various beach sounds reveals a barely audible beeping coming from my battery pack. It doesn't usually beep, so my guess is that it's trying to tell me something (later tests would reveal that my battery pack's battery had just failed). Once again, it's time to go back to the car with a nearly 20 lb battery pack so that I can return with its replacement (an identical unit).
 
Backup #4: Battery Pack #2 (for Battery Pack #1)
 
After returning to the beach with the new battery pack, plugging everything back in and turning everything back on, I hit the test fire button on my trigger.
 
Nothing.
 
This is getting old. At this point, everything I've replaced has been a validated problem. The radio receiver's batteries were dead and the unit was replaced with a working one. The battery pack's battery had failed (even though it had been charging all night). Now, even with those issues resolved, my strobe still wouldn't fire. In one last Hail Mary attempt, I dragged my White Lightning x3200 back to the car to replace it with a Whilte Lightning Ultrazap 1600 that I had also brought along.
 
Backup #5 [Studio Strobe]: White Lightning Ultrazap 1600 (for White Lightning x3200)
 
After returning to the beach with the new studio strobe, I once again plugged everything up, turned everything on and hit the test fire button.
 
Success! The flash fired just as Dagny was walking to our shooting location. She needed a break from surfing, and her timing could not have been better.
 
Camera settings for the shot atop this post were f/3.2, 1/160 sec., ISO 100 (with a 4-stop ND filter).
 
The fog had mostly cleared by the time this image was taken, so I wouldn't have technically needed to use the Sigma 50mm Art lens in place of the Canon 135mm f/2L, but I liked the view I was getting at 50mm, so I think it worked out for the best. I performed basic edits in Adobe Camera RAW and changed the color tones of the highlights and shadows and, after importing to Photoshop CC, I used the Content Aware Move Tool to reposition the three birds for better framing (they were originally more spread out and lower/closer to the left edge of the frame). I also used the Content Aware Healing brush to remove a very long zipper pull that was flapping in the wind.
 
If you'd like to see what it was like on the shoot after all the problems had been worked out, check out this behind-the-scenes video.
 

This was one of those shoots where it seemed that everything that could go wrong did go wrong. However, having a backup of everything (I also had a backup camera along) meant that I could deal with the problems that cropped up and ultimately capture an image that I was very proud of. When shooting on-location, do yourself a favor – bring a backup of every vital piece of equipment you're taking. You'll often find yourself falling back on one of your backups. And someday, you may find yourself needing a backup for everything.
 
A larger version of the image can be seen on Flickr.
Post Date: 2/27/2019 10:43:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon EOS RP and RP + RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens Kits are in stock at most Canon authorized retailers.
 
Remember that Canon USA is offering a free Mount Adapter EF-EOS R and Extension Grip EG-E1 if you order your EOS RP by March 30, 2019.
 
Also, if you purchase an EOS RP + lens kit before March 30, you'll get to take advantage of up to $300.00 in instant savings in addition to the free mount adapter and extension grip.
 
Canon EOS RP Promotion Poster Feb Mar 2019

Canon Authorized Retailers
 
Canon EOS RP – B&H | Adorama | Amazon US | Wex
 
Canon EOS RP + RF 24-105 IS USM – B&H | Adorama | Amazon US | Wex
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/27/2019 6:26:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 26, 2019
The Canon EOS RP is scheduled to begin shipping from Canon Authorized Retailers tomorrow, February 27.
 
Remember that Canon USA is offering a free Mount Adapter EF-EOS R and Extension Grip EG-E1 if you order your EOS RP by March 30, 2019.
 
Also, if you purchase an EOS RP + lens kit before March 30, you'll get to take advantage of up to $300.00 in instant savings in addition to the free mount adapter and extension grip.
 
Canon EOS RP Promotion Poster Feb Mar 2019

Canon Authorized Retailers
 
Canon EOS RP – B&H | Adorama | Amazon US | Henry's | Wex
 
Canon EOS RP + EF 24-105 IS STM – B&H | Adorama
 
Canon EOS RP + RF 24-105 IS USM – B&H | Adorama | Amazon US | Henry's | Wex
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/26/2019 7:48:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Long ago, it seemed worthwhile to include camera model product image comparisons in the camera reviews. Eventually, we had enough to-scale camera images available to put together a trio of comparison pages showing front, back, and side views. Today, the available images were overwhelming the simple tools and the next iteration of the comparisons is now live, condensed into a single tool: Camera Images Comparisons Tool. The tool is not perfect (some views are missing images that were not made available to us), but especially with the new "overlay" feature, I think you will find it very useful.
 
Check it out now: Camera Images Comparisons Tool
Post Date: 2/26/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 25, 2019
Post Date: 2/25/2019 7:53:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Samyang:
 
February 25th, 2019, Seoul, South Korea - Global optics brand, Samyang Optics is pleased to unveil the ‘WORLD'S WIDEST PRIME LENS- DISTORTION-FREE’ (except fish-eye lens) – XP 10mm F3.5 Canon full-frame DSLR cameras (XP 10mm F3.5 for Nikon F will be launched within a few months as well).
 
XP 10mm F3.5 lens from Samyang encapsulates the brand's universally respected optical technology, especially in the wide angle lens category. XP 10mm F3.5 provides ultimate ultra-wide-angle coverage up to 130° angle of view with crystal image quality.
 
A Single lens captures it all – Distortion Free
 
As the demo premium lenses high-end cameras increases, XP 10mm F3.5 elevates the quality of images provides a burst of creativity the users with its high resolution of more than 50 megapixels distortion free that you can create an outstanding landscape architecture shots.
 
This lens features a total of 18 lenses in 11 groups. 7 special optic lenses maximizing the image quality from corner to centre in vivid colours. The use of 3 aspherical lenses, 1 high-refractive lens, 3 extra-low dispersion lenses minimizing distortion extremely various aberrations. Flare ghost effects are also well-controlled by ultra-multi-coating technology from Samyang. Now you can capture a wide landscape with 130° angle of view architecture indoors as well in high resolution with distortion-free.
 
The XP 10mm F3.5 is expected to be the perfect lens for a broader range of photographer cinematographer who wishes to create professional photos videos in exceptional high resolution solid body quality made with metal.
 
Available in this spring
 
The absolute resolution XP 10mm F3.5 lens will be available soon at a suggested retail price of EUR 1,099.00.
Post Date: 2/25/2019 7:26:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, February 24, 2019
When photographing non-voice-controllable subjects, the potential of capturing all subjects in the frame with good body positions decreases exponentially with the number of subjects.
 
With a single subject, capturing a good body position is sometimes challenging but often not too difficult to accomplish. Add a second subject and the challenge doubles and it doubles again when a third subject is in the frame. While not every subject in the frame is required to have the ideal pose, it certainly helps when all have one.
 
I had been hanging with these big boys for several minutes. When enough distance separated them, it was not too hard to find individual subject poses worth photographing. When both bulls were in the frame, good opportunities became scarce with the second bull often becoming a distraction to the first.
 
Photographing groups of animals includes increased challenge, but that challenge serves to make the rewards of success higher.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/160s
ISO 640
7667 x 5111px
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Post Date: 2/24/2019 7:19:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 22, 2019
Today, Samyang announced via Facebook that it will be releasing 8 new lenses this spring. Samyang's tagline for the new lenses is "A New Perspective," possibly hinting at lenses with specs not currently seen in the marketplace today.
 
B&H carries Samyang lenses.
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 2/22/2019 9:22:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 2/22/2019 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Kenko-Tokina:
 
Feb 22, 2019 – Inspired by the focal length and aperture of the widely acknowledged Tokina AT-X 16-28mm F2.8 PRO FX lens, Tokina opera 16-28mm F2.8 FF has been developed with the same concept as the already released opera 50mm F1.4 FF, to offer the photographers another contemporary tool for professional photography. Super wide angle, superior resolving ability coupled with high contrast and beautiful bokeh rendering, fast f/2.8 constant aperture throughout the zoom range and accurate AF drive system make this lens attractive for photographers who specialize in landscape, interior architect, documentary, environmental style portrait and night sky/time lapse photography genres.
 
Sales start date worldwide: March 15th, 2019
 
EAN code: 4961607 634660 (for Canon EF mount full frame)
EAN code: 4961607 634677 (for Nikon F mount full frame)
 
Preorders:
B&H | Adorama
Post Date: 2/22/2019 5:58:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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