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 Monday, October 29, 2018
B&H has the Profoto B10 OCF Flash Head in stock with free next day delivery.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 250Ws, 10-Stop Power Range
  • 7" Length, 3.9" Diameter
  • Full TTL Auto Exposure Control Plus HSS
  • 0.05-2.2 Second Recycling
  • Duration t0.5 Freeze Mode: 1/50,000 Sec.
  • Li-Ion Battery: 400 Full-Power Flashes
  • 3000-6500 LED Modeling Lamp, CRI 90-96
  • 300' Wireless Triggering with Air TTL
  • Smartphone Connectivity with Profoto App
Post Date: 10/29/2018 8:52:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, October 28, 2018
Landscapes, weddings, architecture, real estate, photojournalism – all are great reasons to have a wide angle zoom in your kit. Now the big question becomes, "Which one?" For Sony shooters, the FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM and FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS will likely be at the top of the wide angle zoom considerations list.
 
Before we dig deeper into this comparison, regular site visitors may notice that text below sounds a lot like our Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM vs. Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens comparison. Well, there's a good reason for that – the 16-35mm lenses listed above share many of the same benefits and drawbacks as their 24-70mm counterparts when compared against one another. Therefore, much of the content of the 24-70mm comparison applies equally to the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM and Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS lenses.
 
So, without further ado, let's take a look at these two 16-35mm lenses to see which one proves to be the best investment for your needs.
 
Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM and Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Shared Primary Features
 
  • Mount: Sony E (full frame)
  • Focal Length Range: 16-35mm
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22
  • Max Magnification: 0.19x
  • Dust and moisture resistant construction
Primary Advantages of the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens
 
  • Wider Max Aperture: f/2.8 vs. f/4
  • More Aperture Blades: 11 vs. 7
  • AF/MF Switch vs. N/A
  • AF Hold Button vs. N/A
Primary Advantages of the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
 
  • Built-in Optical SteadyShot Stabilization vs. N/A
  • Smaller: 3.07 x 3.88” (78 x 98.5mm) vs. 3.48 x 4.79” (88.5 x 121.6mm)
  • Lighter: 18.3 oz (518g) vs. 24 oz (680g)
  • Costs significantly less
Other Differences: Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM vs. Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS
 
  • Elements/Groups: 16/13 vs. 12/10
  • AF Motor: Dual Direct Drive SSM vs. Linear
  • Front Filter Size: 82mm vs. 72
Image Quality Differences: Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM vs. Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS
 
The FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM lens is slightly sharper in the center at 16mm and 20mm f/4 and the FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS lens is slightly sharper in the corners. The f/2.8 lens center of the frame advantage grows slightly at 24mm and more than slightly at 28mm. At 35mm f/4, the f/2.8 lens turns in a far better performance. These differences are minimalized at f/5.6, but the f/2.8 remains a much better choice at 35mm.
 
As one would expect, the f/2.8 lens shows less vignetting at f/4. By f/8, the differences are minor. The f/2.8 lens has more barrel distortion at 16mm, but less pincushion distortion in some of the mid focal length comparisons.
 
Who should opt for the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM?
 
There are many drawbacks to an f/2.8 constant max aperture lens compared to an f/4 constant max aperture lens, including increased size, weight and cost. However, the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM's twice-as-wide max aperture will allow you to freeze motion in half as much light at the same ISO setting compared to the FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS. If you're a wedding/event photographer, or prefer not to pack a tripod for nighttime cityscape/street photography adventures, the increased size/weight/cost associated with the f/2.8 lens will prove more than worthwhile.
 
Who should opt for the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS?
 
If you don't often need to capture moving subjects in low-light situations, and can tolerate higher ISO use when the need arises, then the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS offers many of the benefits of the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM at less than half the price. For static subjects, when combined with Sony alpha-series cameras' IBIS (In-Body Image Stabilization), the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA's Optical SteadyShot should provide even more effective stabilization compared to a lens without built-in IS.
 
As you can see by the product pictures and specs listed above, the size and weight differences between these lenses are not insignificant. Photographers who will benefit from the FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS's smaller size/lighter weight include anyone carrying their gear for long periods of time (for backpacking, vacations, long events, etc.) and those wanting to pack more gear in a similar amount of space.
 
Summary
 
With many full frame Sony a-series cameras having built-in sensor stabilization, one of the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens's major benefits – optical stabilization – is diminished. However, it does have a few advantages remaining over the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM that will make it desirable for many photographers – smaller size, lighter weight and a much lower cost. In addition to the 1-stop wider max aperture, most photographers will prefer the FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM's image quality over the f/4 lens. For those photographing moving subjects and/or utilizing the entire focal length range on a regular basis, such as wedding/event photographers, will find the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM to be a worthy investment. Otherwise, the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS is available for significantly less.
 
Relevant Info
 
Post Date: 10/28/2018 7:31:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, October 27, 2018
I was in Aspen, Colorado for two nights and the primary goal was to capture another set of classic Maroon Bells lake reflection images that included the amazing fall aspen color. After arriving at the hotel late in the evening on the first night, I set the alarm for 2:40 AM and went to bed. Probably no one thinks getting up at 2:40 AM is fun and ... that I was dragging my wife and youngest daughter with me ... raised questions about my sanity. Still, this is one of the most beautiful locations in the country and I calculated that it was going to be worth the sleep deprivation (and potential grief from the family) to get the perfect position along Maroon Lake.
 
Upon stepping outside, the heavy cloud cover was obvious and occasional light rain followed us. Landscape photographers live for the openings in breaking storm clouds and I stayed with the plan. I was one of the first photographers to arrive at the side of the lake, but I immediately encountered disruption of the plan. The first issue was that a rope now lines the path around the lake, preventing close access to the water. The second issue was that the lake level was extremely low. The restricted access and now-distant, very shallow lake combined to provide a dirt/stone former lake bottom as the image foreground and the lake was now small enough that the reflections were rather unexciting at the proximity available. In addition, the aspen leaves had changed (and many dropped) about a week early this year, courtesy of the drought that also accounted for the drained lake.
 
I continued to stay with the plan, remaining standing in my spot, alongside a large number of other photographers, from about 3:30 AM until close to 9:00 AM, waiting for a break in the clouds. That never happened and I finally decided that a decent photo was not likely to happen. The hike I promised the girls was looking like a great option and that became the plan.
 
After all of the early AM effort, the best scene of the day showed up in front of us while hiking near the far side of the lake. An opening in the clouds allowed sunlight to penetrate, brightly lighting a grove of aspens that were still holding their brilliantly-colored leaves. The key to getting my favorite Maroon Bells image on this trip was just being out in a great location, watching for something good to happen.
 
The Canon EOS R and RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens were perfect hiking companions.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 10/27/2018 9:32:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 26, 2018
From Tamron:
 
Tamron 70-210m F/4 Di VC USD Firmware v.2
 
This update improves the following:
 
  • AF follow-up performance
A separately sold TAP-in Console is needed for an update.
Post Date: 10/26/2018 7:13:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens in stock with free next day delivery.
 
The Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM is easily one of the best 50mm lenses we've ever tested; compared to its EF predecessor, the RF's image quality is astounding at f/1.2.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • One UD Element, One Aspherical Element
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 10-Blade Diaphragm
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/26/2018 12:44:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
After a casual portrait session with the R and the RF 50mm f/1.2L Lens I thought I'd share a quick update on the Canon EOS R's Eye AF performance.
 
This indoor, ambient window light session netted 157 images. Of these images, 10 were 2/3 body portraits, 82 included head and shoulders (or were framed slightly wider) and 64 were headshots with a significant number of those being close to minimum focus distance. All images were captured at f/1.2 for the shallowest, most-AF-challenging depth of field possible and eye detection AF was exclusively in use.
 
Of the 157 images, ten were focused on eyelashes (usually acceptable, mostly close to the iris), two were focused a similarly-short distance behind the iris and only two images misfocused beyond iris-to-eyelash distance. The other 143 were optimally focused on the iris.
 
That the camera was being handheld with me in a somewhat squatted position and the subject standing (sometimes leaning against a wall) meant that our movement could easily have caused any of the less-than-perfect results. I remain very pleased with the EOS R's portrait AF capabilities and the RF 50mm f/1.2L is a very impressive lens, perfect for portraits.
 
The Canon EOS R is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon EOS R from Lensrentals.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
50mm  f/1.2  1/400s
ISO 200
4480 x 6720px
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/26/2018 9:52:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Tamron:
 
Dear users and potential purchasers of Tamron interchangeable lenses.
 
Thank you for using Tamron products and for your continuous support.
 
We would like to announce that we have clarified compatibility in general operations(*1) of following Tamron Di & Di II lenses on Canon EOS R, which was newly released on October 25, 2018, with Canon Mount Adapter(*2).
 
Compatible models in general operations(*3)
 
  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041) for Canon
  • SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032) for Canon
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025) for Canon
  • SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) for Canon
  • SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013) for Canon
  • SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016) for Canon
  • SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F017) for Canon
  • 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) for Canon
  • 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD (Model A034) for Canon
(*1) Defined to work on existing DSLR cameras
(*2) Canon "Mount Adapter EF-EOS R"
(*3) With the latest version of lens firmware
 
About other Tamron models, we will make a further announcement of the compatibility at our support web page once the operation tests are completed.
 
Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/26/2018 7:43:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Learn Meredith Stotzner’s trick for switching between the Dodge and Burn Tools in Photoshop without disrupting your workflow.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 10/26/2018 7:39:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce that, as of this moment SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for Canon mount in the current lineup do not have any issues with general operation when they are used on the “EOS R”, released by Canon Inc., via their “Mount Adapter EF-EOS R”.
 
In addition, please note the information below when using our lenses.
 
1. With SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses, the Digital Lens Optimizer located within the in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function cannot be used. Therefore, please set the Digital Lens Optimizer to [OFF] before shooting.
 
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. This is applicable to lenses listed below which were released after March, 2018, or those of which firmware has been updated to Ver.2.0 or later.
 
Contemporary line
 
  • SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary *
  • SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary *
  • SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary *
  • SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary
  • SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary
Art Line
 
  • SIGMA 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art *
  • SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC HSM | Art *
  • SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art
  • SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
Sports Line
 
  • SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports
  • SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports *
  • SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports
  • SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports *
* These lenses will be compatible with the in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function by a firmware update to Ver.2.0 which will be announced in the future.
 
When lenses other than those listed above are used, “Peripheral illumination correction”, “Chromatic aberration correction” and “Distortion correction”, located within the in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function, may cause images to appear abnormal. Therefore please set these correction functions to [OFF] before shooting.
 
2. When SIGMA’s DC lenses are used, “1.6x (Crop)” will not be set automatically. Please select “1.6x (Crop)” manually.
 
We will continue verification and provide updates on the operating condition at a later date.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/26/2018 6:44:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Halloween is right around the corner, and what a great holiday for photographic inspiration: From cute kids in costumes to spooky haunted houses; eerie glowing jack-o’-lanterns to pastoral pumpkin patches – Halloween offers an endless variety of unique subjects.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Post Date: 10/26/2018 5:45:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 25, 2018

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Join Daniel Norton OnSet as he shows you how to create images with the feel of window light but the control of flash. This technique will allow you to shoot any time of day or night and create stunning window light portraits.
 
Adorama carries the Profoto B1X.
Post Date: 10/25/2018 10:13:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
When the Canon EOS R was announced, many of us were wondering how accurately and consistently Sigma and other third party lenses would autofocus when used on this mirrorless body. As the dust settled on the initial EOS R review tasks, I brought in a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens to spend some time with. The results from just over 400 AF test images were excellent. The image shared here, a 100% resolution crop, is one from a set of ten and I added all 10 to the autofocus section of the R review, but ... they all look identical. The results from numerous scenarios, including lighting conditions ranging from very low to very bright using AF points from center to corner (80% x 80% coverage for this lens on the adapter), all appeared similarly consistent. While the test results from one lens model does not mean that all lens models will perform identically, this is one of the lenses I've had AF consistency problems with in the past and these results put a very positive outlook on other lens models performing similarly.
 
The Canon EOS R is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon EOS R from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/25/2018 6:45:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 24, 2018 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will be showcasing its latest in high-quality digital imaging products, including the Company’s first full-frame mirrorless camera, the EOS R, at PhotoPlus Expo 2018. The brand-new EOS R is the latest revolution in the company’s long history of innovative and award-winning camera systems, featuring the newly designed RF mount, which uses groundbreaking RF lenses and has full compatibility with the existing range of EF lenses. Canon will also have its complete line of digital imaging solutions on display, including EOS DSLRs, EF Lenses, PowerShot Digital Cameras, Digital Camcorders and imagePROGRAF PRO Professional Inkjet Printers. Additionally, Canon will host educational seminars and will have its Canon Professional Services team on-site in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, October 25 – 27, 2018 in booth #121.
 
“The unique and interactive setting of PhotoPlus Expo serves as an opportunity for the photography community to come together to experience firsthand the newest technology in the industry,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon is excited to welcome attendees into our booth and provide hands-on time with the products that help to capture and commemorate cherished memories, as well as exhibit the many ways Canon supports photographers through educational workshops and our world-class service and support.”
 
For many visitors to the Canon booth, PhotoPlus Expo will serve as their first opportunity to experience the EOS R camera and RF lenses. Attendees will be able to test the new camera system through various shooting opportunities, mini workshops and educational sessions with Canon technical specialists and trainers in the Canon Live Learning studio. Canon trainers are also leading five Midtown-area Photo Walks throughout the Expo; spots are limited (register here).
 
Canon Explorers of Light and other imaging professionals will be on the Canon stage for live-shoots and lectures featuring the best Canon digital imaging solutions. There will also be an in-booth gallery featuring images by Explorers of Light printed on the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000. In addition, Explorers of Light Lindsay Adler, Jimmy Chin and Joel Grimes will each sign 100 custom printed photographs for attendees, which will be available on a first come, first served basis.
 
New to the Canon booth, the state-of-the-art aRchive gallery will feature work from cultural influencers and storytellers like Nicole Issacs, Jake Guzman and Katie Goldie, using augmented reality technology to add to the experience. In order to view the gallery, visitors will need to download the aRchive app from the Google Play or Apple App stores.
 
Visitors to the Canon Professional Services counter will have the opportunity to learn more about the industry-leading program and offerings supporting photographers, including repair discounts, expedited service and evaluation loaners for CPS Gold, Platinum and Cinema members. Guests who renew or sign up for a paid CPS membership during the show will receive a 10 percent discount and free show-exclusive gift. To learn more about Canon Professional Services, please visit www.usa.canon.com/aboutcps..
 
The CPS Lounge will be open again this year, where Platinum, Gold, Cinema and Enterprise CPS members can have their Canon equipment (up-to-two current Professional DSLR bodies or lenses) cleaned and checked during Expo hours on Thursday, Oct. 25, and Friday, Oct. 26, in Room 2D12.
 
CPS Lounge Hours during PhotoPlus Expo 2018:
 
Oct. 25: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Oct. 26: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Oct. 27: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM (equipment pickup only, no new items accepted)
 
Visit the CarePAK PLUS counter to learn more about the current promotion for free 13 months of accidental damage protection with the purchase and registration of select Canon cameras and lenses through January 5, 2019. Exclusive for PhotoPlus Expo, visitors can get their badge scanned to enter for the chance to win a free upgrade to 49 months coverage plus Image Recovery.
 
Follow Canon throughout the PhotoPlus Expo show @CanonUSApro. To see the full details of Canon’s presence at PhotoPlus Expo, including the Canon stage speaker schedule, please visit: usa.canon.com/photoplus2018
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/25/2018 6:06:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 24, 2018
There are a few features that make a camera especially well-suited for capturing sports and other challenging action.
 
A fast frame rate is one such feature. A camera that can capture images in rapid succession is more likely to capture the perfect subject position than a camera that captures images at low frequency. For this feature, the EOS R has a relatively fast frame rate, but only when not tracking and adjusting the focus distance. Not all action involves changing focus distances (such as the wave crashing example in the Canon EOS R review), but if your subject is moving enough to leave the camera's initially-focused depth of field, as is typical for many sports, continuous focusing is required and in that focus mode, the EOS R's 5 fps frame rate is on the slow side of the spectrum.
 
Another feature required for photographing subjects in motion is maintaining a continuous view of that subject in the viewfinder. Optical viewfinders have a short blackout period for each image captured (while the mirror is raised) and cameras with short blackout specs are more-highly desired than those with long ones. Electronic viewfinders, with few exceptions, have a pause in the EVF video feed as each image is captured and the duration of this pause can hinder a photographer from keeping a subject properly framed. This pause is only a minor issue for subjects moving directly toward or away from the camera, but keeping subjects properly-framed as they are moving from side-to-side or moving erratically becomes a challenge with most EVFs, including the EOS R's.
 
If the subject focusing distance is changing, especially if it is changing rapidly, autofocus tracking and prediction performance becomes critically important. If the subject is out of focus, the image, regardless of the frame rate it was captured at, is likely going to be deleted.
 
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens and its just-introduced replacement, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens are ultra-popular sports lenses and I mounted one on the EOS R to photograph a cross country meet with. While this lens is not going to create the focus challenge that, for example, the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens will when compared at the same distance, focusing on a very close and fast-approaching runner at 200mm f/2.8 is quite challenging to an AF system. I thought the EOS R did a great job on this cloudy day that included some light rain earlier in the meet. A high percentage of my images were sharp (when I kept the subject properly framed).
 
Note that, while the image shared here appears very sharp at this resolution, my 1/1250 shutter speed was not quite fast enough to stop the lateral motion at this distance. Though the image is properly focused, the motion blur degraded image sharpness slightly at full resolution. I was starting a burst capture when the subjects came close to being ideally framed and continued to photograph until they passed by.
 
Another feature that is often helpful for action photography is the ability to sustain the frame rate for a large number of images. The EOS R's buffer depth, when using a fast memory card, is very good, allowing a relatively long period of action to be captured. While usually not as desirable as a fast frame rate, a large buffer can increase the number of great shots captured in a burst and I can credit the image shared here to that feature.
 
For those using the shutter release to time their captures or to time the first capture in a high speed frame rate sequence, a short shutter lag is important. The EOS R checks that box and the fast AF makes timing single shots quite successful.
 
Overall, the EOS R is lacking a few key features to make it the ideal sports and action camera. It is not that camera, but it can certainly do that job if needed. I don't recommend purchasing an EOS R for dedicated sports and action photography, but the EOS R stands ready to fill in for the occasional action needs it encounters. Of course, if your action is not leaving the established depth of field, the EOS R can do 8 frames per second and that rate is quite fast, making it suitable for such needs.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
200mm  f/2.8  1/1250s
ISO 250
4480 x 6720px
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/24/2018 8:34:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 23, 2018
From Tiffen:
 
Filter Kits created for the DJI Mavic Air, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom, Inspire 2 are available now
 
HAUPPAUGE, NY- October 23, 2018 - Tiffen Filters, a division of The Tiffen Company for optical photographic filters and lens accessories, introduces their new collection of drone filter kits. Filter kits will be available for the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom, DJI Mavic 2 Pro, DJI Mavic Air, and DJI Inspire 2. Established filter kits for the DJI Phantom 4 Pro already exist and are available for purchase.
 
The filters have a multilayer and hydrophobic coating. Its surface is waterproof and contains scratch prevention technology. The filters guarantee ultra-low reflection rates and they have unmatched color fidelity. Its 4K high definition optical glass has a ten-year warranty.
 
With Tiffen’s exclusive kit of aerial filters for DJI, drone operators will have the opportunity to capture in flight content like never before. When used in conjunction with the award winning filter technology engineered by Tiffen, the high quality performance of the DJI 4K camera system is taken to the next level, broadening the horizons for content creation.
 
B&H carries Tiffen filters for DJI drones.
Category: Tiffen News
Post Date: 10/23/2018 11:53:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From SIGMA:
 
Places Sigma lenses plus unparalleled service and technical support in the heart of the TV & film production community
 
Burbank, CA – October 23, 2018 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, is pleased to announce the opening of its brand new west coast showcase in Burbank, California. A modern space for its world-class products, services and support, visitors can experience first-hand the popular Sigma Cine and Global Vision lenses through product demonstrations, seminars and special events. “Having a physical presence in the greater Los Angeles area has long been a vision of ours. The new west coast Sigma center has been years in the making and to finally open it to the public is very exciting,” said Kazuto Yamaki, CEO of Sigma Corporation. “We are thrilled to be a part of this creative community, and we look forward to the new relationships Sigma will develop with filmmakers and cinematographers, right in their backyard.”
 
Join Sigma at Its Grand Opening Event!
 
To celebrate the opening of the Sigma west coast office, Los Angeles area cinematographers and filmmakers are invited to attend the special reception hosted by Sigma Corporation of America on Saturday, November 3rd from 5-8pm PDT. In addition to the open bar with rare sake tasting, scrumptious food from local food trucks, Sigma swag and giveaways, attendees will have a chance to see product demos and a special work showcase by DP Timur Civan as the first official Sigma Cine Pro. As a Sigma Cine Pro, Timur will become a valuable resource to filmmakers, presenting informative lectures, seminars and workshops to cinematographers across the US. He has worked with clients as diverse as Louis Vuitton, Pepsi, Samsung, Toyota, Home Shopping Network, Vox Media and many more. His unique approach and technique are at the cutting edge of visual storytelling, and Sigma Cine lenses are always there to help bring his creative vision to life. Timur will be in attendance and available to answer any questions about Sigma lenses and how they facilitate his creative expression.
 
B&H carries Sigma lenses.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/23/2018 11:31:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Laszlo Pusztai, creator of Shuttercount and Kuuvik Capture:
 
Shuttercount 3.4
 
We did it again! Canon introduced a new shutter actuation counter method for its mirrorless cameras, starting with the M50. The just released version of ShutterCount supports this new method, as you can see on the following screen shot.
 
ShutterCount is the first and only app that can do it.
 
Instead of giving a shot-by-shot counter, the M50 (Kiss M in some markets) and the EOS R will give a value measured in thousands. ShutterCount displays it similar to the 1-series cameras do it in their menu: <= 2000 means the counter is between 1000 and 2000, <= 15000 means the counter is between 14000 and 15000, etc.
 
The Distribution Chart and live view counters are not available for mirrorless cameras, since all photos are taken in live view mode.
 
Being Wi-Fi capable, both the EOR R and the M50 are also supported in the iOS version of the app.
 
Speaking of mirrorless, we also certified the app with the Nikon Z 7. Just like all other Nikons, the Mac version supports this camera via image files.
 
The Mac version adapts to Dark Mode in macOS 10.14, and the iOS version supports the large screen size of iPhone XS Max and XR.
 
Version 3.4 is a free update for existing users on both operating systems. New users can purchase the app in the respective App Store. Live View Pack and Plus Pack are available as in-app purchases.
 
Download: Shuttercount v.3.4 (MacOS | iOS)
 


Kuuvik Capture 4.1
 
I’m happy to announce that Kuuvik Capture 4.1 is available on the Mac App Store with full Canon EOS R support.
 
The EOS R is a special camera – having the fastest multi-point live view among the whole Canon repertoire, it is eminently suitable for use with tilt/shift lenses or view cameras.
 
It’s not just the speedy multi-point live view that makes the R a great companion to the Cambo Actus-G digital view camera, but the RF mount’s reduced flange focal distance (20mm instead of 44mm for the EF mount) allows you to use shorter lenses. A Rodenstock HR Digaron-S 60mm f/4 for example. Well, it will once Cambo starts selling an RF bayonet holder.
 
For those of you who aren’t aware of multi-point live view in Kuuvik Capture: it’s a unique feature (that is, no other app offers such a thing) allowing you to select up to three points on the live image and display them simultaneously in 5x magnification. An indispensable tool for product photographers.
 
You can learn more about the multi-point live view in my free eBook, Kuuvik Capture Inside Out.
 
Besides EOS R support, there are a few fixes and support for macOS Mojave’s Dark Mode in this release.
 
Kuuvik Capture 4.1 is available on the Mac App Store. It is a free update for users who purchased the app earlier from there. You can see the complete list of new features and changes in the release notes.
 
Download Kuuvik Capture 4.1 for MacOS
Post Date: 10/23/2018 9:01:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The wildly popular and typically out-of-stock BackLight-series Backpacks are back in stock at the MindShift Gear website with free ground shipping.
 
The BackLight-series backpacks feature a rear-panel compartment for photo gear, allowing you to access your gear without taking off the backpack.
 
You can change lenses or just snap a quick photo by simply by spinning the bag to the front of your body while the waist belt is still secured.
 
Be sure to use our links for your purchase to get a free gift at checkout.
Post Date: 10/23/2018 5:56:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 22, 2018
by Sean Setters
 
Oatmeal raisin, white chocolate macadamia nut or classic chocolate chip? No, I'm not referring to one of those types of cookies. In lighting terms, a "cookie," or cucalorus, is a "...device for casting shadows or silhouettes to produce patterned illumination." [Wiki]
 
A cookie is placed between your light source and the subject or background and casts a desired pattern of highlight and shadow. What can be used as a cookie? Fabrics with interesting weaves, potted plants, venetian blinds and matte black cinefoil with custom cut-out designs are popular choices. In the example above, I used an old lace curtain suspended between my main flash (camera right) and the subject, producing the interesting effect (a flash positioned camera left/low provided fill light).
 
So the next time you're looking to create a unique portrait, look around your home or antique/fabric stores for items that can be used to cast an interesting pattern of light onto your scene.
Post Date: 10/22/2018 10:09:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
As usual, this gear is being sold to fund new gear for review. Check the updated list to see if anything fits into your kit!
 
Bryan's Used Gear for Sale
Post Date: 10/22/2018 8:21:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nissin:
 
Nissin i400 – For Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm & Olympus/Panasonic Camera Systems
 
The pocket-sized powerful mini
 
The pocket-sized Nissin i400 weighs only 7.2 oz. (1), and is perfect for use as a fill-in flash even on the sunniest of days. Its compact dimensions make the i400 the ideal flash for family outings, indoor/outdoor shootings and is especially suitable for traveling. Professional functionality: Syncs up to 1/8000 sec. (3); flash output GN 40 at 105 mm; simple operation panel with two selector dials to operate the flash; flash head tilts up and rotates to make bounced lighting more versatile by utilizing more angles.
 
Selector dial - simple and innovative
 
The Nissin i400 has two selector dials, a function dial and a power dial. The small lamps indicate the current settings so that even beginners can quickly get started.
 
Professional flash head design
 
The flash head rotates 180° horizontally from left to right, and tilts upwards to 90° making bounce shooting more arbitrary and maximizing the angles that can be used.
 
Metal hotshoe and quick release button(3)
 
The i400 has a durable metal hotshot (not available for the Sony version due to limitation of the Multi Interface Shoe design) and features a quick release button. It is easy to attach to your camera and reduces the risk of damage caused by frequent or quick installation.
 
Automatic mode
 
Use this setting when you use your camera in the automatic mode. The camera and flash will communicate to produce the proper amount of flash output for the scene.
 
TTL flash level compensation
 
The power of the flash can be regulated using the TTL flash level compensation. Whereas the total exposure is controlled by the camera's EV compensation function, the flash can compensate for exposure on the main subject only, with little impact on the exposure of the background scene. The flash power level can be adjusted from -2EV to +2EV in 0.5EV steps.
 
Manual mode
 
This mode allows the user to determine the output of the flash and set it manually from full power, 1/1 , down to 1/256 power.
 
Four AA batteries (not included)
 
The i400 operates with 4 AA batteries. This lessens recycling time and reduces the need to change batteries frequently.
 
Technical Information
 
  • For Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm & Olympus/Panasonic camera systems (4)
  • GN 40 (105 mm) / GN 27 (35 mm) at ISO 100
  • Focal length coverage 24 - 105 mm (35 mm CCD format)
  • Built-in wide angle diffuser
  • Professional flash head design
  • Built-in AF assist light (5)
  • Metal hotshoe (3) and quick release button
  • High-Speed synchronization
  • Operates with only four AA batteries (not included)
(1) Weight excluding batteries.
(2) The maximum synchronization speed depends upon the camera model - High speed sync is available only for compatible cameras. Please refer to the compatibility chart.
(3) Not available for Sony cameras.
(4) Please refer to the compatibility chart.
(5) If camera body emits an AF assist light, it will not activate the AF light on the i400.

 
B&H carries the Nissin i400 Flash.
Category: Nissin News
Post Date: 10/22/2018 8:09:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Purchase an eligible product between now and January 5, 2019 and you'll get 13 months of Canon CarePAK PLUS damage and spill protection at no additional cost.
 
CarePAK PLUS Benefits Include
 
  • Protection from Accidental Damage
  • Coverage from Normal Wear and Tear
  • Free Two-Way Shipping
  • $0 Deductible
  • Service & Support Directly from Canon
  • Priority Service
  • Camera Maintenance with Sensor Cleanings
  • Transferable
Eligible Canon Products
 
EOS REOS 6D Mark IIEF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
EOS-1D X Mark IIEOS 80DEF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EOS 5D Mark IVEOS 77DEF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM
EOS 5D Mark IIIRF 28-70mm F2 L USMEF 50mm f/1.2L USM
EOS 5DsRF 50mm F1.2 L USMEF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
EOS 5Ds REF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USMEF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM
EOS 6DEF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USMEF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
EOS 7D Mark IIEF 17-40mm f/4L USMEF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Post Date: 10/22/2018 6:31:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this video, Joel Grimes suggests ways to keep your strobe from rotating while affixed to the end of a boom pole. While the first technique (grinding the stud) he suggests will work, it's not the ideal method. In fact, of the three methods he suggests, none of them are as good as the simplest answer – get a baby drop-down pin.
 
The drop-down mounts to the end of your boom and allows you to affix your strobe and modifier so that they're hanging vertically, avoiding the stresses that cause your strobe to twist if mounted directly to the boom pole. Plus, since the drop-down pin swings freely, it stays in place (hanging straight down) as you change the angle of the boom. A drop-down pin has been part of my kit for many years now; it has a permanent home in my monolight bag and is utilized any time I pull out the boom. [Sean]
Post Date: 10/22/2018 6:16:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, October 21, 2018
I signed up for an east Maui rainforest waterfall hike and knew that the path could be wet and muddy. What I didn't know was that, thanks to a just-previous hurricane, "wet" meant I would be fording swift rain-swollen streams up to waist-deep with the MindShift Gear Trailscape 18L camera backpack being held overhead. That certainly upped the hike's entertainment value (and provided a new understanding of how well Gore-Tex trail-running shoes hold water).
 
Having both stories and images always makes an adventure better.
 
The Canon EOS R and Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens were used to capture this idyllic Hawaiian rainforest waterfall. Aiding was a Breakthrough Photography circular polarizer filter, cutting reflections and increasing saturation. These filters are nearly a requirement for waterfall photography. An f/8 aperture would have provided adequate depth of field for this 29mm image, but the narrower f/11 opening permitted a longer exposure, creating a more strongly motion-blurred waterfall.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 10/21/2018 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, October 20, 2018
An evening sail was part of the Canon Hawaii 2018 announcement event and I saw a great sunset in the making as the boat was coming ashore, returning to the beach in Lahaina. I hurried down the ladder and ran across the beach to find a clear composition. With a Canon EOS R and Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens in hand, the rest was easy.
 
Photographing the ocean (usually) is a type of action photography as the scene is constantly changing. Water reflects and smooth water provides the best definition of whatever is being reflected. Although they nicely reflect sky color in general, most oceans I've visited are far from smooth. However, the thin layer of water remaining on the sand immediately after a wave recedes is often quite smooth and can provide some definition of the colorful clouds, the subject most often desired to be reflected. Consider timing the capture of some of your beach images for this wave position.
 
Another beach photography consideration is what the leading edge of the waterline looks like. I like the frothy white roll clearly delineating the sand and water as seen in this image, but other options can also work well.
 
I always find a great sunset to be photographically irresistible. Islands often have very long distance views of the setting (or rising) sun, making them ideal locations for watching this time of the day through a viewfinder.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
24mm  f/11.0  1/250s
ISO 400
6655 x 4453px
Post Date: 10/20/2018 9:30:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 19, 2018

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
With this new command in Adobe Camera Raw, you’ll be able to create beautiful, raw, high-dynamic-range panoramas using Merge to HDR Panorama.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 10/19/2018 9:38:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From LensRentals:
by Roger Cicala
 
I’ve wanted to look inside the new Canon and Nikon mirrorless cameras since the moment they were announced, so I’m probably more excited about this than you guys are. I’m really not sure what to expect. Early on, when we took apart a Sony A7R, we were struck by how clean and straightforward mirrorless cameras were compared to DSLRs. Later, we took apart an A7RIII and found that increased capabilities led to increased complexity, although still not as complex inside as a DSLR.
 
So we expected things not to be too complicated – no mirror box, optical prisms, off-sensor AF system, etc. We know Canon cameras to have clean, even elegant, engineering; like the 5D IV teardown shows. We haven’t done a Nikon SLR teardown in quite a while (the D7000 was the last one), but their camera engineering is pretty similar to Canon’s, although being Nikon they still like to leave some soldered-wire connections here and there. So we figured that the new Canon and Nikon mirrorless full-frame cameras would be more straightforward than their SLR cameras, and perhaps Nikon set down the soldering gun and slowly stepped away.
 
But really we had no idea how things would look inside, if we might see some cool new engineering, what the weather resistance would be like, etc. So we took apart both a Canon EOS-R and a Nikon Z7 just to have a look around. (The Z will get written up as soon as I can get to it.)
See the LensRentals Canon EOS R Teardown for more information.
 
LensRentals has the Canon EOS R and Nikon Z 7 available for rent.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/19/2018 6:21:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 18, 2018
B&H has the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Canon in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to f/32
  • Three FLD Elements, One SLD Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Intelligent OS Image Stabilization
  • Removable Arca-Type Tripod Foot
  • TSC Material, Dust- and Moisture-Sealed
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma Teleconverters
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/18/2018 11:22:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Join AB and Doug as they discuss the different challenges and techniques faced when recording and mixing audio for video. They cover topics such as equipment choice, EQ, compression, room acoustics, and more, and there are in-depth demos with screen captures that show how to go from an initial draft to a completed product.
Post Date: 10/18/2018 8:04:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Just posted: Canon EOS R Review.
 
I have a lot to say about this camera and most of it is very positive.
 
Note that I plan to add more images captured with the R to this review, but won't delay annoucing it for these.
 
The Canon EOS R is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Not sure what you think about this camera? Want to experience the fun without the purchase cost? It probably costs less that you expect to rent the Canon EOS R from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/17/2018 8:25:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 16, 2018
From SIGMA:
 
This firmware update makes the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E compatible with the latest SIGMA interchangeable lenses firmware. For customers who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro* by connecting it to a computer using the supplied USB Cable.
 
*Before updating the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh.
 
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E
Benefits of the update
 
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 105mm T1.5 FF EF mount Cine lens from the FF High Speed Prime Line.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art for Canon which has the latest firmware Ver.2.00.
Post Date: 10/16/2018 6:18:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From SIGMA:
 
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.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable product listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro*.
 
*Before updating the firmware using the SIGMA USB DOCK, please ensure to update SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver.1.4.1 or later for Windows, and Ver.1.4.0 or later for Macintosh.
 
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM | Art for Canon
Benefits of the 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.
**Compatible Canon camera models: EOS-1DX mark II, EOS 5Ds, EOS 5DsR, EOS 5D mark ?, 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)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/16/2018 6:10:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 15, 2018
Some of you may be wondering, "What's New in Lightroom Classic CC, Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC 2019?" If so, here's a quick overview of the changes.
 
Lightroom Classic CC
 
Depth range masking
 
Beginning this release, a new range mask option is added to the local adjustment tools. Make selections based on a range of depth values in supported HEIC photos that contain embedded depth map data.
 
Using the Depth Range Mask, after making an initial selection mask on your photo with Adjustment Brushes or Radial Filter/Graduated Filters, you can refine the mask area based on the depth range of the selection:
 
  1. From the Brush settings area in the Adjustment panel, choose the Range Mask type as Depth from the drop-down list. By default, Range Mask is set as Off.
  2. To sample a depth range within the mask area, do any of the following:
    • Adjust the Range slider to define the endpoints of the selected depth range.
    • Select Depth Range Selector from the Range Mask panel. Click+drag an area on the photo you want to adjust.
  3. Select the Show Depth Mask check box to view the depth of the image in black and white representation and use the Smoothness slider to control the falloff at either ends of the selected depth range.
After refining the mask area, you can now apply selective adjustments from the Effect pop-up menu to create precise photographic edits.
 
For more Help information, see Depth range mask.
 
Single-step HDR Panorama merge
 
Create HDR Panos faster now that you can merge multiple bracketed exposures into multiple HDR photos and then stitch them into a panorama — all in one step.
 
Simply select your exposure-bracketed pano source photos in the grid and select Photo > Photo Merge > HDR Panorama. In the HDR Panorama Merge Preview dialog box, you can adjust other settings using Boundary Warp slider, Auto Crop and Create Stack checkboxes.
 
For detailed information, see Create panoramas and HDR panoramas.
 
Faster tethering for Canon camera
 
Experience greater speed and stability when tethering supported Canon camera models to Lightroom Classic CC.
 
  1. Connect a supported Canon camera to your computer and choose File > Tethered Capture (Canon) > Start Tethered Capture.
  2. In the Tethered Capture Settings dialog box, specify how you want to import the photos using: Session, Naming, Destination, Information, Disable Auto Advance, Save A Copy To Camera.
  3. Click OK to start the photo-capture session.
  4. Use the floating tethered capture bar to adjust the camera controls and develop settings.
For more details, see Import photos from a tethered camera.
 
Additionally, tether support for the following Canon camera models has been provided in this release:
 
  • Canon EOS 2000D (Rebel T7)
  • Canon EOS M50
For a full list of cameras that can be tethered to Lightroom Classic, see Tethered camera support.
 
Process version improvements
 
With Process Version 5 update, Lightroom Classic's raw image processing has been updated to include improvements to image quality for high ISO raw files that reduces purple color cast in your low-light shots and you see less noise when you move the Dehaze slider to the left of zero (negative dehaze).
 
To check the process version in Lightroom Classic, switch to the Develop module. In the Calibration panel, select the Process drop-down list to see a list of available versions.
 
For related information, see Process versions.
 
HEVC file support (macOS)
 
Beginning with this release, Lightroom Classic CC supports Apple's HEVC video format (High Efficiency Video Coding, also known as H.265) on macOS High Sierra v10.13 or later.
 
For related information, see HEIC and HEVC media files support in Lightroom and Camera Raw.
 
Support for new cameras and lenses
 
For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles, see these resources:
 


Lightroom CC
 
People View
 
(Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and ChromeOS)
 
Quickly find the people you care about with Adobe Sensei-powered People View. Lightroom CC automatically tags people in photos and provides you with an easy way to see all the photos the person appears in.
 
Improved Search
 
(Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and ChromeOS)
 
Get better search results with automatic search suggestions provided to you as you type in the search box. Lightroom CC provides suggestions for metadata like cameras, lenses, aperture, ISO, locations, keywords, and more.
 
Share Tab
 
(Mac, Windows, iOS)
 
The new Share tab gives you an easy way to browse and access shared albums and images that you made through lightroom.adobe.com.
 
Connectors
 
(Mac and Windows only)
 
As part of the new Share tab, you can also share albums directly to your portfolio hosted on Adobe Portfolio from within Lightroom CC using the new Connector feature.
 
We’re building out the Connector service to have a full menu of third-party services (like photo labs, photo book printers, and others). Please get in touch if you’re interested in working with us.
 
Apple Photos Migrator
 
(Mac only) Use the new Apple Photos Migrator to easily migrate your Apple Photos library into Lightroom CC on your desktop.
 
Additional Sharing Options
 
(iOS and Android only)
 
When sharing your albums to Lightroom Web you can now choose to only share images that are flagged or that have a certain star rating or higher, while controlling the display theme, directly from Lightroom CC.
 
Display View
 
(lightroom.adobe.com only)
 
The new Display view within lightroom.adobe.com lets you see a preview of the page, exactly how your viewers will see it. While in the Display view, you can control the layout and background color while inserting breaks between images and text to help tell the story that accompanies your photos. When you’re done setting up the layout, you can then share the album using the controls under Sharing.
 


Photoshop CC 2019 v.20.0.0
 
Content-Aware Fill reimagined
 
Choose which pixels to use in your fills using a new, dedicated workspace, and rotate, scale, and mirror your source pixels thanks to Adobe Sensei technology. You can even create fills on separate layers to preserve your original images.
 
Frame tool for easy masking
 
Turn shapes or text into frames that you can use as placeholders or fill with images. Easily replace an image by dropping another one into the frame — it automatically scales to fit.
 
Multiple Undo
 
Use CMD-Z to undo multiple steps, just like in other Creative Cloud apps.
 
Usability improvements
 
Now you can hide your reference point, double-click the canvas to edit text, and efficiently crop, transform, and place and enter text faster with auto-commit. Plus, Photoshop transforms pixel and type layers proportionally by default and makes it harder to move panels by accident.
 
Live blend mode previews
 
No more guessing which blend mode to use. Just scroll over the different options to see how they look on your image.
 
Symmetry mode
 
Paint your brush strokes in a perfectly symmetrical pattern — even on curves. Symmetry mode lets you define an axis or axes and then choose from preset types, including circular, radial, spiral, and mandala.
 
Color wheel
 
Visualize the color spectrum to choose complementary colors more easily.
 
Home screen
 
Get started quickly with the Photoshop home screen. Access it at any time to find out about new features, connect to learning content, and jump right to your open documents.
 
Improved in-app learning
 
Use your own assets while working through tutorials to get the looks you want in less time.
 
Top customer requests
 
You asked, we delivered. Now you can distribute the spacing between objects, type simple math operations into fields that require numeric values, see the end of long layer names, and find Japanese fonts with Match Font and Font Similarity.
 
UI size preference
 
Get more control when scaling the Photoshop UI, and adjust it independent of your other apps to get the UI size just right.
 
Better “Export As” experience
 
The “Export As” menu loads faster and offers a streamlined UI to make things easier. And you can preview multiple artboards at one time.
 
And so much more
 
Also includes: A Flip Document view that lets you flip your canvas horizontally, a Lorem Ipsum text mode for quickly placing sample text, and customizable keyboard shortcuts for the Select and Mask workspace.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/15/2018 2:28:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
Major Updates to Flagship Apps, Launch of Premiere Rush CC for Social Video and Previews of Photoshop CC and Project Gemini on iPad Accelerate Creative Cloud Innovation and Value
 
LOS ANGELES – Today at Adobe MAX, the Creativity Conference, Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced major updates to Creative Cloud applications including Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Premiere Pro CC and Adobe XD. Adobe also introduced Adobe Premiere Rush CC, the first all-in-one, easy-to-use video editing app for social media creators, simplifying video creation and sharing on platforms including YouTube and Instagram. Adobe previewed new iPad versions of Adobe Photoshop CC and Project Gemini, a drawing app, reinforcing the company’s commitment to delivering high-performance apps that work seamlessly across surfaces.
 
“Today, we unveiled a portfolio of next-generation creative apps that deliver meaningful value to our community by transforming creative workflows across devices and platforms,” said Scott Belsky, chief product officer and executive vice president, Creative Cloud, Adobe. “By continuing to innovate in our flagship apps, extending into exploding segments such as experience design and social video creation, and pioneering in emerging mediums like touch, voice, 3D and augmented reality, Adobe Creative Cloud has truly become the creativity platform for all.”
 
Expanding Innovation Across Creative Cloud Applications and Services
 
Adobe introduced major updates to its desktop applications, including: a new Content-Aware Fill workspace in Photoshop CC; performance and workflow improvements across Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic; the ability to design with photorealistic, Freeform gradients in Illustrator CC; a powerful Content-Aware Fit in InDesign CC; the power to instantly create and animate unique, stylized puppets using a webcam and reference artwork with Character Animator’s new Characterizer; a new rendering engine for improved render preview performance in Dimension CC; and new Sensei powered search features and exclusive content in Adobe Stock, including a new library of clips from GoPro. In addition, Adobe announced it is addressing the needs of the video animation industry with new workflows and integrations across apps, including Animate to After Effects, Animate to Character Animator and Adobe XD to After Effects.
 
Adobe XD, the all-in-one UX/UI solution for designing websites and mobile apps, now features new capabilities leveraging recently acquired Sayspring technology to empower designers to prototype experiences and apps for voice-powered devices, such as Amazon Echo. New voice capabilities, including voice triggers and speech playback, enable designers to create powerful experiences with screen and voice prototyping now in one application. In addition, developers can now leverage Adobe XD APIs to build plug-ins and app integrations that add new features, automate workflows and connect XD to the tools and services designers use every day.
 
Unleashing Social Video Content Creators with Premiere Rush CC
 
Designed specifically for online video creators, Premiere Rush CC integrates capture, intuitive editing, simplified color, audio and motion graphics with seamless publishing to leading social platforms, such as YouTube and Instagram, all together in one easy-to-use solution. With Premiere Rush CC, content creators do not have to be video, color or audio experts to publish professional-quality videos. Premiere Rush CC harnesses the power of Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC, offers built-in access to professionally designed Motion Graphics templates in Adobe Stock to get started quickly and features a Sensei-powered, one-click auto-duck feature to adjust music and normalize sound. It also allows access anywhere, enabling users to create compelling video projects – optimized for social distribution – on one device and publish from another with a consistent user experience across desktop and mobile.
 
Previewing High-Performance Creative Imaging and Drawing Apps Across Devices
 
Adobe previewed two future mobile apps designed to usher in a new era of multi-surface creation while complementing workflows across Adobe’s existing flagship desktop applications:
 
  • Photoshop CC on iPad: Redesigned for a modern touch experience, Photoshop CC on iPad will deliver the power and precision of its desktop counterpart. Photoshop CC on iPad will let users open and edit native PSD files using Photoshop’s industry-standard image-editing tools and will feature the familiar Photoshop layers panel. With Photoshop CC across devices, coming first to iPad in 2019, you will be able to start your work on an iPad and seamlessly roundtrip all of your edits with Photoshop CC on the desktop via Creative Cloud.
  • Project Gemini: A new app designed to accelerate drawing and painting workflows across devices, Project Gemini, coming first to iPad in 2019, combines raster, vector and new dynamic brushes into a single app experience built for drawing. Project Gemini enables artists to use and sync their favorite Photoshop brushes and works seamlessly with Photoshop CC.
Unparalleled Productivity Enhancements with Adobe Sensei
 
The 2019 release of Creative Cloud delivers more than a dozen new Adobe Sensei-powered features and productivity enhancements – building on dozens of existing Sensei-powered features already available to Adobe Creative Cloud, Document Cloud and Experience Cloud customers. Sensei-powered features in the 2019 release include:
 
  • An expanded Content-Aware Fill workspace in Photoshop CC that offers greater precision and control to save editors valuable time when working with their images.
  • A new Content-Aware Fit feature in InDesign CC that intelligently detects an image and crops or fits it to an image frame automatically.
  • New Freeform Gradients in Illustrator CC that enable the creation of natural gradients.
  • A new tool in Character Animator CC, Characterizer, that transforms any style of portrait into a vivid, animated character.
Designed to make creatives more successful and supercharge their productivity, the 2019 Creative Cloud release delivers significant performance and usability improvements, greater cross-application integration, intuitive collaboration features and faster access to file assets and services. Among the new capabilities, Adobe is optimizing the in-app Start experience to accelerate customer on-boarding with new apps and improve discoverability of new features and product capabilities.
 
Additional workflow improvements include a contextually-aware Properties Panel in InDesign CC to display options based on the object selected, expanded Undo and auto-resizing in Photoshop CC, a customizable toolbar in Illustrator CC and a modern UI in Bridge CC with support for bulk uploads of libraries. Creative Cloud members also get the all new Adobe Acrobat DC, which provides a completely reimagined way to share work and get it reviewed and approved without sending email attachments or managing version control.
 
Previewing the Future of Immersive Design
 
Adobe previewed Project Aero, a new cross-device AR authoring tool that enables creators to design augmented reality experiences. Project Aero is the first AR app built for designers and artists and was first sneaked on-stage at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this year. Project Aero enables optimal delivery of AR experiences, empowering creatives to place digital content in the real world. At Adobe MAX, Adobe showcased an AR-powered retail store of the future, revealing the exciting possibilities of immersive design experiences.
 
Empowering Enterprise Customers
 
Adobe announced deeper integrations between Creative Cloud and Adobe Experience Cloud that unify creative and marketer workflows. With these integrations, brands can now easily access assets in Experience Manager within Creative Cloud apps, Adobe Stock images can be leveraged in Experience Manager, and 3D content designed with Dimension CC can be adjusted in Experience Manager and published as marketing assets.
 
For a comprehensive feature summary and overview of Creative Cloud innovation and new features visit:
 
  • Digital and Creative Imaging: including Photoshop CC, Photoshop CC on iPad, Dimension CC, Project Aero and Project Gemini
  • Photography: including Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic
  • Digital Video and Audio: including Premiere Rush CC, Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Audition CC and Character Animator
  • Design and Visual Storytelling: including Adobe XD, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC and Adobe Spark
  • Services: including Adobe Stock, Adobe Portfolio and Adobe Fonts
Pricing and Availability
 
Updates to Creative Cloud desktop software are now available to all Creative Cloud subscribers, including membership plans for individuals, students, teams, educational institutions, government agencies and enterprises. Adobe’s mobile apps are available for download from the iOS App Store and Google Play.
 
Photoshop CC on iPad, Project Aero and Project Gemini on iPad will be available in 2019. Spark Post on Android, previously available as a public beta, is now available as a 1.0 app in the Google Play store.
 
The all-new Premiere Rush CC, available now on Windows and macOS and via the iOS App Store (Google Play store availability coming in 2019), is offered across a series of plans tailored for customers’ unique needs.
 
  • Premiere Rush CC is available for $9.99/month to individuals, $19.99/month to teams and $29.99/month to enterprise customers. Premiere Rush CC is also included as part of All Apps, Student and Premiere Pro CC single app plans and comes with 100 GB of CC storage. Additional storage options, up to 10 TB, are also available for purchase.
  • Premiere Rush CC Starter Plan: Available for free, the Starter Plan gives customers access to all Premiere Rush CC features, use of desktop and mobile apps and the ability to create an unlimited number of projects and export up to three projects for free.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan and Creative Cloud subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/15/2018 11:13:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens Review.
 
A high quality 70-200mm f/2.8 image stabilized lens is one of the most important and most frequently used lenses in many photographers' kits. Canon's 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lenses have long been some of my own most-used lenses and have tradtionally been my first choice for a great variety of needs.
 
Here are a few comparisons you may find interesting:
 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens vs. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens vs. Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens vs. Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens
 
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/15/2018 8:47:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, October 13, 2018
by Sean Setters
 
I've been shooting a moderate amount of indoor studio portraits over the last couple of years and I am consistently impressed by the impact a fan has on the quality of my images. Take the shot above, for example. In it, I'm using six flashes to illuminate the subject and background (with various modifiers). Good lighting is a key to producing a high quality studio portrait. But the finishing touch, the element that makes this photo really interesting, is the hair movement provided by the fan placed just in front of the subject.
 
In this case, the fan is a oscillating, variable height/variable speed pedestal model that my dad gave me when he was moving [downsizing] a few years ago. He used it to minimize his home cooling expenses; I use it to get shots like this:
 
Brittney Headshot 1

And this:
 
Hope G Black Light - Oct 2018

Note that a fan doesn't have to be motorized for it to be useful for portraiture. Anything that's flat and somewhat rigid will do the job if you have a photo assistant available (or the ability to operate the camera remotely). Things like collapsible reflectors and foam core boards can easily be used in place of a dedicated electric fan, again, assuming someone is available to operate the device. A nice thing about non-motorized fanning tools is that they can very easily be used outdoors to create a wind effect on an otherwise calm day.
 
Of course, for a fan to have an impact on portraiture, it must influence at least a part of the composed scene in some way. You can use the fan to introduce movement in hair, fabric/clothing or props (such as leaves). The opportunities for capturing dynamic, fan-induced movement in your portraits are too numerous to list.
 
If shopping for a fan for studio use, from my personal experience, a pedestal model with an adjustable height is ideal as you can easily set it to an optimal height for your subject. However, a pedestal-style fan certainly isn't a requirement. If you already have a floor model or tabletop fan, you can simply place it on a higher surface (table, apple boxes, etc.) if needed. While some may appreciate an oscillating feature (especially if the fan is doing double duty as a cooling device), I typically lock my fan into a static position so that it's always blowing air in the desired direction.
 
Note that constantly blowing air at a subject's face can cause uncomfortable dry eyes. To prevent this, tell your subject to keep his/her eyes closed right up until the moment a photo is taken and use an audible countdown to alert the subject of an impending shutter release.
 
A fan is an inexpensive tool that can have a big impact on the quality of images delivered to your clients, making it a must-have item for any studio photographer.
Post Date: 10/13/2018 12:50:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 12, 2018
It has been raining and mostly cloudy here on the USA east coast practically all summer. The funny saying goes something like this: "It rained twice here this summer, once for 6 weeks and once for 7 weeks." Those dark weather conditions greatly challenge outdoor camera and lens testing as any clouds in the sky can mean unequal shot-to-shot lighting.
 
At the other end of the spectrum is Colorado, currently experiencing an extreme drought with reservoirs at historic lows (Crater Lake in the Maroons Bells Scenic Area was empty). So, it would make sense that clear skies could be found there.
 
Amazingly, the day I flew out to Colorado, it was clear here and I arrived to heavy clouds, rain and snow that lasted practically my entire time there (note: I'm available to hire for rain-making). Thankfully, the night before I left was clear and I was able to do some night sky camera and lens testing.
 
Focusing on stars at night is always a challenge and the Canon EOS R's EVF proved up to that task. I have been very impressed by the R's low light AF capabilities, especially with the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens mounted and when that lens took its night sky turn, I decided to try autofocusing on a bright star. Under my local modestly-dark sky (this light pollution map shows this location as between yellow and green and some town glow is seen in the bottom of the included image), the EOS R with the center AF point selected successfully and repeatedly autofocused on bright stars. This task does not get easier.
 
Before you ask me about specific EOS R and lens combinations being able to do this, know that I returned back east to heavily clouded skies and it has been raining heavily all morning.
 
The Canon EOS R is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon EOS R from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/12/2018 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Kenko Tokina:
 
Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce the worldwide sales date for the new Tokina opera 50mm F1.4 FF lens (Canon EF/Nikon F mount) for full frame DSLR cameras.
 
Sales will commence on October 26th, 2018.
 
50mm F1.4 FF is the debut lens in the new Tokina opera series released on September 21st and presented at Photokina 2018, marking the launch of the new generation premium full frame line for high-end DSLR cameras.
 
Preorders:
Tokina opera 50mm f/1.4 FF Lens - B&H | Adorama
Post Date: 10/12/2018 7:09:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Watch as Benjamin Warde demonstrates how to use the Compare View to narrow down your selects in Lightroom.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 10/12/2018 6:16:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 11, 2018
Want to give Canon’s new mirrorless system a try? Here's your chance!
 
LensRentals has the following gear available for rent:
 

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/11/2018 11:57:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon Europe YouTube Channel:
 
Discover how Audun Rikardsen faces snow, sleet and the Arctic sea with his L-series lenses, creating world-leading wildlife photography
 
During the polar nights when the sun never rises, it is just 4°C in the tumultuous, frigid Norwegian Sea. The city of Tromsø is further north than many people ever venture – 350km above the Arctic Circle. These are facts that don't deter Canon Ambassador Audun Rikardsen. In pursuit of photographs of Nordic wildlife, he uses his Canon bodies and trusted L-series lenses in punishing conditions: left for days, weeks and months in snow, sleet, hail and wind.
 
You can read more here.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/11/2018 8:45:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
Support for the following cameras has been added. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.
 
  • Canon EOS R
  • Fujifilm X-T3
  • Nikon COOLPIX P1000 (*)
  • Nikon Z 7
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-LX100 II
Download: Adobe DNG Converter 11.0 - Windows | Mac OS
Post Date: 10/11/2018 8:29:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the PHLEARN YouTube Channel:
 
Today we show you how to realistically match lighting between two photos in Photoshop! Learn how to use a Threshold Adjustment Layer in combination with a Levels Adjustment Layer to adjust the highlights and shadows and help your subject to blend in seamlessly to a new background.
 
If you’re just learning how to composite, make sure that any photos you blend together were taken in somewhat similar lighting conditions!
 
Download the Sample Image (PSD) here.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 10/11/2018 8:18:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 10, 2018

 
Watch as Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to modify the edge of a Layer Mask or Vector Mask in Photoshop.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 10/10/2018 9:50:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Canon EF/EF-S Lens to EOS R Camera
  • Maintains AF and Image Stabilization
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/10/2018 5:46:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 9, 2018
From Canon USA:
 
RAW PROCESSING ON THE GO
 
RAW PROCESSING ON THE GO For portable and wireless digital photography workflows, Canon's Digital Photo Professional Express (DPP Express) brings the powerful features of Canon's DPP software to your compatible iPad. Working with Canon's Camera Connect app*, DPP Express streamlines the processing of JPEGs and .CR3 RAW files with an intuitive and powerful interface. View images and adjust settings right on your mobile device, and save files to the cloud, a computer or your camera. With DPP Express, it's incredibly easy to maintain a wireless RAW workflow on the go.
 
CONNECT YOUR CAMERA
 
With the Camera Connect app* installed on your compatible iPad, it's simple to connect wirelessly to your camera to download images, operate remotely and more. Images stored on the camera's memory card can be downloaded instantly and automatically for review, sharing or use in DPP Express. The Camera Connect app* also makes it easy to change camera settings, take pictures and video and even apply GPS data.
 
INTUITIVE AND EASY TO USE
 
DPP Express is designed for fast and intuitive operation on your iPad. With touch-operated controls and a clear, simple user interface, it's easy to adjust settings like tone curves, picture settings, gamma levels and even lens correction right on your iPad and see the changes applied in real time.
 
MULTIPLE EDITING HISTORIES
 
To create and compare different versions of the same image, DPP Express enables Multiple Editing Histories. Helpful in differentiating and comparing effects or setting changes on the same image, this feature creates up to four editing histories to view and save. To apply the same set of corrections to different photographs, Edit Histories can even be copied and pasted among images using the DPP Express Copy and Paste adjustment functions.
 

FUNCTIONAL SPECIFICATION
 
BASIC FEATURES
 
Support formatNew RAW format (CR3)
JPEG
ImportFrom Camera Connect (CR3/JPEG)
From Camera Roll (JPEG)
SelectSelect in thumbnail view
Switch preview image by button / flick gesture
Focus/CompositionFit to screen, pixel by pixel
Zoom in up to 400%
AF Frame display
HistogramRGB, R, G, B, Luminance
ExportJPEG only
Remove PhotoFrom thumbnail view
Edit HistoryRemembers 4 histories for each image
Copy HistoryApplicable for CR3 images
Compare AdjustmentSwitch between before/after adjustment
Switch between Edit History tabs

RAW ADJUSTMENT FUNCTIONS
 
CroppingAspect ratio, Angle
Picture StyleStandard, Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, [Custom PS]
White BalanceAuto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White fluorescent light, Flash, Color temperatures, Gray point, Fine-tune
BrightnessBrightness
Auto Lighting Optimizer
Gamma LevelAuto
Black point, Mid point, White point
Contrast, Highlight, Shadow
SaturationColor tone, Color saturation
Filter effect, Toning effect (monochrome)
Tone CurveRGB, R, G, B, Luminance
Adjustable for each channel
ColorHue, Saturation
Specified color 8 colors palette
Lens CorrectionShooting distance, Diffraction correction, Chromatic aberration, Color blur, Peripheral illumination, Distortion
DetailNoise reduction, Sharpness, Unsharp mask

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
 
OSDevice
iOS 11iPad Pro all model/iPad(6th) /mini4/Air2 (iPad with installed RAM capacity 2 GB or more)

The first generation of iPad mini2/mini3/Air is installable but not supported
Can not install earlier above iPad and iPhone / iPod touch

 
Download: Canon Digital Photo Professional Express
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/9/2018 1:44:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Right now, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II Body-Only is listed as "Discontinued" or is simply unavailable at several major authorized retailers.
 
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II, released in 2014, replaced the original EOS 7D which hit the market in 2009. So, if Canon continues with a 5-year product cycle for its 7-series cameras, we could reasonably expect a replacement some time in the next 12 months or so. But if Canon were planning on releasing an upgraded 7D in the next calendar year, why would they discontinue its predecessor possibly months before the follow-up's announcement?
 
Actually, there's a very logical reason why the Canon EOS 7D Mark II Body-Only has been allowed to vanish from retailer shelves; the product listing has been replaced by the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR with W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter Kit, which remains in stock at all major authorized retailers. And that makes perfect sense. All of Canon's recently released DSLRs and mirrorless cameras feature wireless connectivity, and most of the 7D II's competitors do as well. By including a W-E1 with the 7D II, Canon is basically righting a wrong, i.e., not including built-in Wi-Fi to begin with.
 
Of course, the W-E1 solution was never perfect (it renders one of the two available card slots useless for recording images/videos), but it does provide basic Wi-Fi camera control and image transfer when those features are desired.
 
So has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II officially been discontinued? No, not yet. But the body-only version without the Wi-Fi adapter seems to have been.
 
Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR with W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter Kit - B&H | Adorama
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/9/2018 1:43:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon EOS R (body-only) and EOS R with RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM are now in stock at major retailers. B&H is offering free expedited shipping while Adorama has free overnight shipping.
 
Unfortunately, none of the RF lenses or mount adapters are currently listed as in stock, so if you want to use your EOS R as soon as you get it, you'll need to order the kit with the RF 24-105L lens.
 
The Canon EOS R is in stock at the following retailers:
 
Canon EOS R (Body) - B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS R with RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM - B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/9/2018 5:55:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 8, 2018

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Today in Episode 136 of Two Minute Tips, David Bergman explains the difference between first curtain and second curtain sync.
Post Date: 10/8/2018 9:48:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
After opening the Canon EOS R box, it is time to set up the camera for use. Following are the 40 steps I took to make a new EOS R ready for use.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery, place it in the charger and plug it in.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box.
  3. Download and install the Canon Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert the battery (after charging completes) and power the camera on.
  6. The date, time and timezone setup screen will show at the first startup. Use the rear Cross Keys and Set button to update this information.
  7. Insert a memory card (don't forget to format the card via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  8. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  9. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  10. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Cross Keys to set JPEG to "-" (RAW image files provide the highest quality and are especially valuable for post processing work)
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec. (or sometimes off to increase shooting speed in the field)
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Release shutter without card: Disable (only in a retail store do you want to press the shutter release without saving the image file)
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Lens Aberration Correction: All options "OFF" (though Chromatic Aberration correction is a good option to leave enabled for most)
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Off (I'll make these adjustments in post if needed)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: White balance: AWB W (White) (I seldom use another white balance setting while shooting, though I often adjust modestly during post processing)
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness = 2 (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: Long exp. noise reduction: Auto (when active, LENR captures a dark image that is used to correct the long exposure noise in the primary image)
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: High speed NR: Off (or Low) (noise reduction is destructive to images details – I prefer to add noise reduction sparingly during post processing)
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: High speed display: ON (note that the camera must be set to high speed frame rate to enable this option)
  20. AF Menu, Tab 1: AF frame size: Small (this allows me to precisely select the point of focus – I opt for the larger frame size if contrast is not sufficient (seldom) and Face Tracking with Eye AF is usually optimal for photographing people)
  21. AF Menu, Tab 1: Touch & drag AF settings: Touch & drag AF: Enable (allows a thumb drag across the rear LCD to quickly move the AF point while looking through the electronic viewfinder)
  22. AF Menu, Tab 5: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Pt only (instructs camera to individually save the selected AF points for vertical and horizontal orientation)
  23. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Highlight Alert: Enable (causes overexposed pixels to blink)
  24. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Magnify (approx.): Actual size (allows one button press during playback to zoom deeply into the image)
  25. Tools Menu, Tab 1: Auto Rotate: On computer (images are properly rotated when viewed on a computer, but are always oriented to fill the LCD when viewed on the camera)
  26. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Disable (probably no one wants to hear your focus confirmation beep)
  27. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. display: Screen info. settings: Enable 1 and 3
  28. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. display: VF info/toggle setting: Enable 1 and 3
  29. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. display: Grid display: 3x3 (sometimes helpful for alignment checking)
  30. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Shooting info. display: Histogram disp: RGB, Small (I want to see the brightness levels of each channel separately and don't want the graph to take up much space in the display)
  31. Tools Menu, Tab 6: Custom shooting mode (C1, C2): Auto update set: Enable (see Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  32. Tools Menu, Tab 6: Copyright information: enter as desired
  33. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 1: Bracketing auto cancel: OFF (I want to control when AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) is enabled and disabled)
  34. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 1: Bracketing sequence: -0+ (if images are captured in brightness sequence, they are easier to work with during post processing. Capturing the darkest image first means that I quickly get at least the first frame)
  35. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 3: RF lens MF focus ring sensitivity: Linked to rotation degree (I do not like variable speed AF rings)
  36. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 4: Customize buttons: Up, Down, Left and Right buttons: Direct AF point selection
  37. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 4: Customize M-Fn bar: ISO speed, ISO <, ISO >
  38. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 5: Retract lens on power off: OFF (avoids having a carefully-selected focus distance from resetting when camera auto powers off)
  39. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Expo. simulation, Long exposure noise reduction, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning, Expo.comp./AEB (found back up near the top of the list) (nothing in my My Menu is found on the Quick Control display as those functions are already quickly accessed)
  40. With a lens mounted and a subject focused on, adjust the viewfinder diopter until the scene is sharp
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot – including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). If your camera ever needs reset to factory settings for other reasons, you will be ready to restore your setup quickly while ensuring that you do not miss an important setting. Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service. And, if you purchase another same or similar camera, you will be able to quickly set it up.
 
More Information
 
The Canon EOS R is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/8/2018 6:52:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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