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 Thursday, October 11, 2018

 
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Post Date: 10/8/2018 6:52:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
“Get Carried Away” at the Canon Tent with all the Latest Products, Including the New EOS R Camera
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 5, 2018 – The sky is the limit as Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, returns as the presenting sponsor of the 47th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta taking place from October 6-14, 2018. The sponsorship solidifies Canon’s commitment to engaging and educating visitors at the festival through 2020, while also supporting the city of Albuquerque, which Canon calls home to one of its two U.S. customer support centers.
 
"There are certain moments in life that are so vivid and memorable, that they simply must be captured,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is one of those moments. We are honored to continue to assist attendees through our sponsorship in visually capturing, sharing, and printing the wonderment as hundreds of balloons take to the skies."
 
Featuring more than 500 hot air and gas balloons across 78-acres at Balloon Fiesta Park, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is one of the most photographed events in the world.
 
To bring the theme of this year’s Fiesta to life, “Get Carried Away,” Canon will be on site hosting a variety of hands-on activities within their booth located in the center of Main Street. Attendees will have the opportunity to test and try a wide array of Canon products such as the new mirrorless EOS R camera and latest lenses as well as:
 

 
  • Take a photo with the Canon hot air balloon basket photo prop and have the photo printed on a PIXMA TS8220 as well as share socially on-site via their mobile device and preferred social media platforms
  • Engage with Canon street team members who will be walking throughout Balloon Fiesta Park taking photos and printing them on-the-spot with the new IVY mini photo printer
  • Print fiesta photos on the Canon PIXMA TS8220, SELPHY CP1300, and the IVY Mini Photo Printer1 as well as learn how to create a Canon hdAlbum
  • Sign up for photo walks provided by Canon photography experts. To view the schedule please visit: canon.us/aibfphotowalks
  • Speak with Canon experts to get advice on how to capture once-in-a-lifetime photos and videos
  • Receive free camera and lens clean and checks from Canon’s expert Service and Support team ensuring they are ready to help you capture breathtaking images
For Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta video highlights, gear recommendations, photo tips and more, please visit: https://www.usa.canon.com/balloonfiesta
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Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/8/2018 6:40:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 5, 2018
by Sean Setters
 
I was reading an article yesterday that stated the Canon EOS R had a "1.83x crop factor" when recording 4K video. However, while the EOS R certainly has a crop factor in 4K recording, it's actually a slightly lower crop factor of 1.75x.
 
I can understand the source of the confusion and, as such, I thought we'd take a minute to go over the math involved in determining a camera's sensor or video recording crop factor.
 
Before we dive into the crop factor calculations, it's important to understand why a crop factor is relevant. The crop factor determines the field of view we see in a given situation. For more information on the root of this phenomena and how it relates to sensor size, check out our Field of View Crop Factor explanation.
 
At the heart of it, the formula for determining crop factor is easy: you determine the ratio of the larger area's hypotenuse (diagonal) to the smaller area's hypotenuse measurement. For that, we'll need to use the tried-and-true Pythagorean theorem (a2+b2=c2). For example, to determine the crop factor of a Canon APS-C sensor, the math looks like this:
 
EOS-1-series Full-Frame Sensor Hypotenuse (mm)
362 + 242 = c2
1,296 + 576 = c2
1,872 = c2
√1,872 = c
43.27 = c
 
EOS 7D Mark II APS-C Sensor Hypotenuse (mm)
22.42 + 152 = c2
501.76 + 225.00 = c2
726.76 = c2
√726.76 = c
26.96 = c
 
Now the crop factor can be calculated by dividing the full-frame hypotenuse by the APS-C one:
 
APS-C Crop Factor
43.27 / 26.96 = 1.605
 
We know that APS-C sensor cameras feature a 1.6x crop factor, so with a little rounding, the calculation proves correct in determining the crop factor. The process for calculating video crop factor (when the video recorded is sampled via a 1-to-1 readout of the pixels in the center of the sensor which creates the video's resolution) is similar, but not exactly the same. The first difference involves our units of measure; we'll be using pixels to determine the hypotenuses for comparison. We can do this because the pixel size is the same (a standard) throughout the comparison. The second difference is that we'll need to normalize the aspect ratios to figure out the appropriate crop factor.
 
As I mentioned the EOS R above, we'll use it as an example of how to calculate the camera's (4K) video crop factor. First we need to determine what part of the sensor would be used if the video recording utilized the entire width of the sensor. To do that, we need to calculate the pixel area of a 16:9 (4K) ratio crop of the camera's 3:2 ratio frame. To do that, we simply divide the sensor's pixel width by 16 and then multiply by 9 to get the area utilized by an uncropped 16:9 video.
 
EOS R Video Pixel Height (Full Sensor WxH = 6720 x 4480 px)
6720 * 16 / 9 = 3780
 
So in a world where the EOS R captures "uncropped" 4K footage, the sensor would utilize an area of the frame that is 6720 x 3780 pixels and then downsample it to the lower 4K resolution. The video is technically cropped from a 3:2 ratio frame, but it's referred to as "uncropped" because the horizontal field of view remains the same (it's cropped at the top and bottom, not the sides).
 
Now that we know the portion of the frame that would be utilized for a 16:9 aspect ratio video, we need to compare it to the video size actually being recorded by the EOS R, or 3840 x 2160 pixels. Because of the rather large numbers, I'll shorten the following equations by eliminating some of the calculation steps.
 
"Uncropped" 16:9 Video Hypotenuse (px)
√(67202 + 37802) = c
7710.175 = c
 
EOS R 4K Video Hypotenuse (px)
√(38402 + 21602) = c
4405.814 = c
 
Crop factor of EOS R
7710.175 / 4405.814 = 1.75
 
So for practical purposes, the EOS R has a 4K crop factor of 1.75x, where a 20mm lens delivers a 16:9 field of view equivalent to a 35mm lens when recording in 4K. From a technical standpoint, saying that the EOS R has a 1.83x crop factor could be accurate if we also labeled the Sony a7 III as having a 1.05x crop factor in video mode. But when you call the a7 III's 4K video "uncropped," you necessitate normalizing the field of view captured in the EOS R's 4K 16:9 aspect ratio frame, resulting in the 1.75x result.
Post Date: 10/5/2018 11:56:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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 discovered issues that some of Tamron Di/Di II series for Nikon mount models may not operate properly on Nikon Z7, which was newly released on September 28, 2018, with Nikon Mount Adapter FTZ.
 
We are investigating the causes and will make further announcement of the compatibility for every single model once we find the solution.
Post Date: 10/5/2018 7:31:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 4, 2018
Skylum's Aurora HDR 2019 is now available for purchase/download. It's $99.00 for first-time users or $59.00 to upgrade (use our coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to get a $10.00 discount).
 
I installed the software earlier this morning and was really impressed with the results I got with the few HDR batches I loaded for testing. Real estate photographers will especially love the realistic results the software can achieve balancing interior ambient light with the exterior window light.
 
From a processing standpoint, this looks to be a worthwhile upgrade for Aurora 2018 users. My one complaint – Skylum hasn't increased the size of the scroll bars. They're ridiculously thin and hard to click (same as they were in the 2018 version of the software), making the scroll bars practically useless. Thankfully, using a mouse scroll wheel mimics the scroll bars' functionality. [Sean]
Categories: Skylum News, Aurora HDR
Post Date: 10/4/2018 10:41:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
The Elements team is excited to announce the release of Photoshop Elements 2019 & Premiere Elements 2019.
 
The 2019 release focuses on:
 
A home screen designed for you
 
The first thing you’ll notice when opening Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 2019 is the brand-new Elements Home Screen that welcomes you every time you open the apps. The new Home Screen offers a personalized experience by surfacing info on what’s new since your last version of Elements and content suited to your level of expertise.
 
Auto creations, made just for you
 
Beautiful photo and video slideshows and collages are automatically created just for you highlighting memorable moments like birthdays and vacations and delivered upon launch in the Home Screen. It’s all thanks to photo and video automation powered by Adobe Sensei AI technology.
 
Beyond the Home Screen, there are a number of exciting new features and enhancements across Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 2019 to help you create stunning photo creations, videos, and movies so that you can then quickly share your memories in print, DVDs, the web and across your social media channels.
 
So, let’s dig in to what’s new and enhanced.
 
Redesigned photo collages
 
In this release we’ve redesigned your photo collage creation experience so that you can create collages with fewer clicks and quickly choose from stylish new templates that look great as Instagram posts and more. You also have the ability to customize your photo collages by adding frames and changing up backgrounds for the perfect finishing touch.
 
Guided edits
 
Photoshop Elements 2019 is introducing four all-new Guided Edits, bringing the total to 53 step-by-step photo editing guides to help you quickly edit and create.
 
  • Create amazing multi-photo text: Now you can design visual text that features a different photo inside each letter to make words or names that look great as wall art, invitation cards or scrapbook pages.
  • Make fun memes: This Guided Edit walks you through the process of typing in text, adding filters, borders and more to turn your photos into memes that are perfect for sharing on social media.
  • Turn part of your photo into a sketch: Make a unique artistic statement by turning part of a favorite photo into a sketch by brushing on the medium of your choice, including colored pencil, old paper, or an aged photo look.
  • Add polish with text and border overlays: This new Guided Edit teaches you how to embellish photos with borders and text that make them stand out – whether you plan to print it out or post it online to social media.
Enjoy better performance and HEIF support
 
The team worked hard to improve your experience with Photoshop Elements, and you’ll notice it right off the bat with a faster download and installation process and improved performance throughout common photo editing tasks. We’ve also added support for importing and editing HEIF images on macOS.
 
Redesigned Quick Edit mode
 
Creating your movies is now easier than ever with our completely redesigned Quick Edit mode. The new, user-friendly, editing interface presents you with two options:
 
  • Smart Trim, which automatically finds your best footage and walks you through a series of steps for trimming a video.
  • A simplified Sceneline for combining clips, photos, titles, music and more into a unique production that you can then share on DVD, the web or social media.
Guided edits
 
Premiere Elements 2019 is introducing two all-new Guided Edits, bringing the total to 20 step-by-step video editing guides in Premiere Elements that help you get started.
 
  • Make glass pane effects: This Guided Edit helps you make the action in your scene appear like its taking place behind the glass. You’ll learn how to add a video overlay to create this sleek look.
  • Create Luma fade transitions: Add a professional looking dramatic scene transition, which walks you through the process of fading in the colors from darkest to lightest in your video creations.
Enjoy better performance plus VFR, HEIC and HEVC support
 
Just like in Photoshop Elements, you’ll experience the same faster download and installation process and improved performance on common video editing tasks. We’ve also added support for variable frame rate (VFR), import and editing of HEIF images on macOS and HEVC video on macOS 10.13 and above.
 
Adorama has Adobe Photoshop 2019 and Premiere Elements 2019 in stock.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/4/2018 10:02:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Canon USA has Digital Photo Professional v.4.9.20 available for download. [thanks Scott]
 
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.9.20 for Windows :
 
  • Supports EOS R, PowerShot SX70 HS.
  • Added support for HDR PQ of EOS R RAW/CRAW/DPRAW files, and EOS 5D Mark IV RAW/DPRAW files. (64-bit version only)
  • The following new lenses are now supported.
    • RF24-105mm f/4 L IS USM, RF28-70mm f/2 L USM, RF50mm f/1.2 L USM, RF35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM, EF600mm f/4L IS III USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS III USM, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM, EF-M32mm f/1.4 STM
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/3/2018 3:13:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
You've got the space, but do you have the gear necessary to make it a functional photography studio? Watch as photographer Daniel Norton goes over the must-have gear for any studio.
 
Product Links:
 
Sandbag 25 Pound - Adorama (Full) | Amazon (Empty)
 
Sandbag 15 Pound - Adorama (Full) | Amazon (Empty)
 
Shot Bag - Adorama | Amazon
 
Apple Box - Adorama | Amazon
 
C-Stand - Adorama | Amazon
 
650 Pin - Adorama | Amazon
 
Cable Cuffs - Amazon
 
Black Flags - Adorama | Amazon
 
Step Ladder - Amazon
Post Date: 10/3/2018 7:23:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 2, 2018
From Benro:
 
Today, Benro announced the availability of Tripster, a reverse folding travel tripod that also converts to a monopod. Currently available in three sizes, three colors (Black, Blue and Titanium) in your choice of aluminum or carbon fiber, this travel friendly tripod is well suited for smaller mirrorless and action cameras up through full frame DSLRs.
 
Tripster easily converts from a tripod to a full size monopod by combining one of the legs with the center column. The Arca-Swiss style ballhead is attached via a 3/8"-16 stud which can easily be removed. A 1/4"-20 mount on the tripod shoulder is ideal for attaching additional accessories. A Carrying bag is included.
 
"Whether you’re heading to your closest hiking trail or traveling overseas, there’s really no better option than a compact travel tripod. And for capturing the night sky or long exposures, the end results are worth it. We designed the Benro Tripster to be the go-to travel tripod with usability in mind," says Brian Hynes, Benro USA Brand Manager.
 
Features & Benefits:
 
  • Reverse folding legs – Allows for maximum compactness when traveling
  • Converts to Monopod - The center column connects to the tripod leg to form a full size monopod.
  • Removable Ballhead - The ballhead is attached via a 3/8"-16 stud and can easily be removed.
  • Telescoping 2-Section Center Column - The column can be extended for additional height.
  • Accessory Mount - A 1/4"-20 accessory mount is located on the shoulder for attaching additional accessories.
  • Arca-Swiss style camera plate - This camera plate will work with most other Arca-Swiss style heads.
Benro Tripster is currently available online and through camera stores nationwide from $99.00 up to $279.00.
 
B&H carries Benro Tripster tripods.
Category: Benro News
Post Date: 10/2/2018 1:28:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We are pleased to announce that a new firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E and EF-E is now available.
 
This firmware makes the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 compatible with the latest firmware of SIGMA interchangeable lenses. For customers who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / 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 SA-E / EF-E
Benefits of the update
 
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art (For SIGMA: Ver.1.03, For Canon: Ver.2.02).
Post Date: 10/2/2018 1:04:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma: Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce that a new firmware update for the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art for SIGMA, Canon and Nikon is now available
 
This firmware update improves the stability of the image in the viewfinder, making it easier to confirm composition.
 
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 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art for SIGMA, Canon and Nikon
Benefit of the 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.
Post Date: 10/2/2018 8:51:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 1, 2018
A new Canon RF Lens Information page has been added to the Canon Lenses section of the site.
 
The new RF lens mount is a key feature of the new Canon EOS R mirroress camera and RF lenses. To reduce overlap in the various upcoming EOS R-series camera and RF lens reviews, I opted to create the Canon RF Lens Information reference page to explain why the RF mount was developed and the benefits it brings to the Canon EOS system.
 
Please let us know if you have suggestions for additional information appropriate for the page.
 
Preorders
 
Canon EOS R Camera
 
Canon EOS R (Body) - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon EOS R with RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon RF Lenses & Adapters
 
Canon BG-E22 Battery Grip for EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon Drop-in Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R** - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/1/2018 6:45:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 28, 2018
The Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM User Manual is available for download.
 
Preorders:
Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens – B&H | Adorama
Post Date: 9/28/2018 10:51:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Gitzo Mini Traveler is especially dedicated to professional photographers and promising amateurs who use mirrorless cameras or DSLR cameras with small lenses. This mini tripod provides great stability on a tabletop as well as on the ground and many other surfaces, unleashing photographers’ creativity without the hindrance of cumbersome equipment. It is the perfect photographic travel companion for those who want to travel light and fully equipped with reliable accessories, as it fits any photographic bag without taking up space needed for the main imaging gear.
 
The Gitzo Mini Traveler provides convenience and functionality during every outdoor photographic project. Thanks to its state-of-the-art carbon eXact tubes and aluminium head, it weighs only 265g (117g legs only) enabling photographers to always take the best performance with them wherever they go. It is built of premium materials from the plate to the feet, ensuring always the best reliability. The machined aluminium spider and head are strong and dependable, supporting up to 3 kg in fully splayed configuration. Moreover, when an even lighter solution is required, the detachable head is easily removed and the legs provide standalone support for up to 25 kg of gear. Its performance is the highest in terms of minimum footprint, for low angle shots, when taking backstage pictures and when placing secondary cameras. Engineered with a brand new (patent pending) Pull & Fix leg angle selector system, it features two leg angles for maximum flexibility and long-lasting rubber feet designed to increase grip on most surfaces. The ergonomic rubberised gear easily locks and controls the strong stainless steel sphere of the aluminium ball head, which is also perfectly compatible with the Gitzo Traveler Tripod, and the Mini Traveler legs can be matched with the smallest Gitzo Traveler ball head.
 
Available in two attractively refined colour combinations, full black and classic Gitzo noir décor, the Mini Traveler boasts Gitzo’s unique, unmistakable finish and design reminiscent of the exquisite shape of the successful Gitzo Ball Heads. The precision machining accentuates the shapes and ensures the strongest aluminium structure and, together with the hard anodic oxidation treatments that protect the tripod surface, makes the Mini Traveler a durable and reliable support for every occasion.
 
Like for all the Gitzo products, each detail of the Mini Traveler revolves around lightweight and high-quality materials, with accurate assembling and fine manual control. The uncompromising attitude of Gitzo crafters is always in harmony with the uncompromising expectations of Gitzo fanciers.
 
B&H has the Gitzo Mini Traveler Tripod available for preorder.
Category: Gitzo News
Post Date: 9/28/2018 6:23:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 27, 2018
Standard product images along with vignetting, distortion and specs/measurements for the Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM have been added to the site.
 
Here are a couple of product image comparisons to get you started:
 
Canon RF 24-105L | Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II | Sigma 24-105mm f/4 Art
Canon RF 50L | Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L | Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art
 
The Canon EOS R has also been added to the site's Camera Top View and Camera Back View comparison tools. Click on your current camera's link at the bottom of the tool and then on the "R" to see the size/available features difference between the two cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/27/2018 8:36:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Sekonic:
 
The new C-800-U Spectromaster offers ultra-precise color measuring performance designed specifically for the cine and photographic industries. Developed with the input from leading lighting manufacturers, filmmakers, photographers, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science and Technology Council, the C-800-U solves the problems image makers have when understanding color properties of light, and how lights will reproduce colors on camera.
 
WHAT MAKES THIS METER DIFFERENT?
 
The C-800-U has more Color Rendering Standards than any other field meter in the industry.
 
It is the first and only meter to include SSI (Spectral Similarity Index) developed by the Sci-Tech Council of the Academy. SSI gives the user the ability to set any light as a standard, or use predefined standards (such as CIE D55), and then gives other lights an SSI score based upon how well they will match. The C-800-U also includes TLCI (Television Lighting Consistency Index), TLMF (Television Lighting Matching Factor), TM-30-15 (Technical Memorandum) in addition to CRI (Color Rendering Index), which can be measured singularly or in two light comparison mode.
 
DESIGNED TO BE USED ON SET
 
CRI The new Spectromaster C-800-U takes the great features of the C-700 with the same bold 4.3” touchscreen, and same ability to read LED, HMI, Florescent, Tungsten, Natural Light and Flash from 1,600 to 40,000 Kelvin. Built on its CMOS linear image sensor, the C-800-U is capable of measuring in 1 nanometer (nm) increments to detect spikes using fluorescent or LED lighting. With the same ergonomic button layout, swivel head, and built-in dark slide that enables easy use on set and expands on the C-700-U’s color rendering standards, units of measure and memory.
 
MATCHING YOUR LIGHTS JUST GOT EASIER.
 
The C-800-U now has more color control parameters specifically designed to help match lights to one another. CIE1931 (x, y) has been added, giving users the ability to measure and dial-in specific chromaticity coordinates into lights of some major brands. Hue and Saturation units of measure have also been added to better match RGB LEDs to any light source. In addition, new display screens provide easy interpretation and understanding of the new data fields, making this the best meter for all applications.
 
“The enhancements to the new C-800-U show our commitment to leading the category with regards to new and emerging trends in the color control industry, while also responding to the changing needs of our end users. The new Spectromaster C-800-U was developed to provide increased confidence to filmmakers and photographers working with a range of lights; with a focus on rendering true to life skin tones, realistic color, and matching lights better than any other meter on the market. The Sekonic C-800-U empower everyone focused on color control to light better.” - Mr. Kenji Sawai Executive Officer and General Manager, Sekonic Japan
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Measures LED, HMI, Fluorescent, Tungsten, Natural Light and Flash, from 380 to 780 nm
  • Expanded Color Rendering Properties (CRI, SSI, TLCI, TLMF, TM-30-15)
  • Extended Color Control Parameters (Hue/Saturation, CIE 1931 x, y chromaticity coordinate)
  • Wide measurement range of Color Temperature (1,600 to 40,000K) and illumination (1 to 200,000lx in ambient light, 20 to 20,500lx©s in flash light)
  • User-friendly design: 270 degrees swivel head, dark calibration without a cap, large 4.3” color touch panel LCD and Customize function
  • Various displays (Text, Spectrum Graph, Spectrum Comparison, CRI, CRI Comparison, SSI, TLCI/TLMF, TM-30-15, Lighting Filter for Rosco© and LEE©, Camera Filter for Kodak Wratten© , LEE© and Fuji©, Multiple Lights Comparison, White Balance Correction)
  • Measurements of Kelvin (K), Illuminance (lux/fc), LB/CC Filters (for Camera Lens or Lighting Filters), LB/CC Index, CRI (Ra, R1 thru. R15), ?uv, SSI, TLCI, TM-30-15(Rf, Rg), CIE1931(x, y), Hue, Saturation
  • Up to 99 data measurements can be stored in memory
B&H carries Sekonic devices.
Category: Sekonic News
Post Date: 9/27/2018 8:35:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the PiXimperfect YouTube Channel:
 
Make Your Images Pop, FAST! Learn how to add beautiful Radiance to your images in Photoshop using a special Blend Mode. With this Quick and Easy Technique, we'll learn how to add depth and punch to flat boring images.
 
To make this technique even quicker, we'll also provide a downloadable Action. Besides, to enhance the look, even more, Gradient Maps, Curves, and Color Lookup would be of great use.
 
PiXimperfect Radiance Action
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 9/27/2018 6:06:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe PhotoShop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Learn how to export Documents, Layers, and Layer Groups in Photoshop.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 9/27/2018 5:48:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 26, 2018
by Sean Setters
 
By now, she's actually a couple of weeks old. But at the time this image above was taken, Olivia Jane had been breathing air for only about an hour. My life has change a lot since September 11 at 4:50pm, but one thing remains the same – the importance of photography in documenting the world around me. Specific endeavors require specific gear, and lately I've been leaning heavily on certain lenses more than others. Specifically, I've been relying on wide-aperture prime lenses, with their ability to create subject isolation and freeze motion (using moderate ISOs) when second-chance opportunities are fleeting or non-existent.
 
A couple of years ago, I posted an article urging site visitors to prepare a Go-Bag packed with the photography gear necessary to accomplish a certain goal. With my wife nearing her due date, I took my own advice and packed a Lowepro backpack with the following:
 
Sharp-eyed site visitors have likely noticed two aspects regarding the kit listed above. The first is that all the lenses I packed were prime lenses. I chose to pack a large assortment of wide aperture prime lenses because I wasn't sure how well lit the hospital would be and the max aperture of my general purpose lens, a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, seemed too narrow to rely on for the indoor event. As it turns out, the room where my wife gave birth was "softly lit for patient comfort" (hospital terminology for "relatively dark") with a couple of bright spot lights illuminating the delivery zone. The wide aperture primes proved essential for maximizing image quality while documenting the life-changing event. When packing the bag, I suspected the longest and shortest focal length primes would be too long/short for effective use in the areas I'd be shooting in during our 2-day hospital stay, and that largely proved to be true.
 
The second thing you might have noticed is the lack of a backup camera. Knowing the importance of the situation ahead, I packed a second very small shoulder bag with the following items:
 
This kit in this bag had two purposes. One, it provided me with a backup camera should something happen to the primary camera in the other bag. Second, it gave me a couple of STM lenses that I could pair with the 7D II should I decided to capture video. Not knowing how much room I'd have to store things in the delivery and post-partum rooms, my plan was to leave this backup camera bag in our car parked in the parking lot and simply run out to the car if I wanted/needed it. Of course, a primary camera failure at a critical time would have left me without an easy-to-access backup, but... thankfully, that didn't happen. In fact, the backup camera bag never made it out of the car. Note: I don't recommend leaving your camera gear in an automobile for long periods of time because of prolonged heat/humidity and chance of theft. In this case, however, I prioritized a less-cluttered hospital room over my gear's safety (the bag was well hidden/out of view in the vehicle).
 
So which lenses did I utilize most during the big event?
 
LensShots
Captured
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro157
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM156
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art42
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art31
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM17
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM2
Rokinon 14mm f/2.82
Total407

Olivia Grasps Finger September 11, 2018

Unfortunately, the data is a bit misleading. I used the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro to capture lots of close-ups of Olivia's feet, hands, ears, etc. However, without stabilization (and not wanting to push ISOs too high), a lot of those images came out blurry. However, I was shooting the macros when I wasn't pressed for time and the baby was relatively content, so I often shot a large number of images for each framing I wanted. In other words, the macro lens was only used for a limited number of compositions, but I recorded many shots of each composition to ensure I got what I wanted.
 
Alexis Going Into Labor

The lens that was mounted to my camera for most of our hospital stay (and just before leaving for the hospital) was the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. The moderately wide focal length paired with image stabilization made it an extremely versatile lens, able to capture enough slightly-blurry background with the subject to tell a story while remaining easy to work with in relatively tight spaces. The lens' IS system meant that I could use even-slower-than-usual shutter speed when subject movement was minimal, while the wide f/2 aperture allowed me to freeze action even in dimly lit conditions.
 
Olivia Moments After Birth

The next most-used lens was the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art. It was the lens I chose to mount as soon as Olivia saw light for the first time. At that point, I wanted to limit distractions in the composition by using a narrower field of view to focus on my wife and baby seeing each other for the first time. A wide-aperture 50mm prime lens gave me the composition I desired along with action-stopping shutter speeds and a relatively low ISO setting.
 
In the Waiting Room

The rest of the lenses I brought were used sporadically, but looking back, I could have sufficed without them. That said, different hospitals may present different opportunities for various focal lengths, so having several available is nearly always a good idea. Could I have gotten away with using only a 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens? Maybe, but the max f/2.8 aperture would have required a 2-4x higher ISO to be used to achieve the same action-stopping shutter speeds compared to most of the primes I brought. Also, considering the amount of background distractions found in a typical hospital room, an f/2.8 aperture would not have allowed me to blur those elements quite as much. The downside to primes, of course, is the need to change lenses when a new focal length is desired for the optimal composition.
 
My Father Holding Olivia

My backpack full of prime lenses proved equally useful after returning home from the hospital. I left it sitting just inside our dining room and would quickly grab the camera for capturing the various "awwww" moments that occurred in our home over following week.
 
It's been two weeks now, and that day is a bit of a blur in my memory. But thankfully, I have a wonderful set of images to look back on to remind me of the way during my child's first few days outside the womb. My photographic style is typically very deliberate, with lighting and/or tripod setups that slow down the capture process. While prime lenses fit well into that kind of workflow, they aren't absolutely necessary as lighting (either added to the scene or recorded via a slower shutter speed) isn't really a problem. But when documenting life as it happens, what a wide aperture prime lacks in focal length range, it more than makes up for in the versatility and aesthetic afforded by its max aperture.
Post Date: 9/26/2018 11:52:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From SIGMA:
 
The SIGMA Corporation announce the opening of a new state-of-the-art building at the Aizu factory located in Fukushima, Japan which is now fully operational and dedicated to the processing of magnesium alloy, a useful component that provides toughness and durability for SIGMA Global Vision products while being lightweight.
 
Stable procurement of magnesium parts indispensable to achieving both lightweight and toughness
Lightweight is a desirable characteristic for interchangeable lenses and provides an advantage over other manufacturer’s products especially with relatively large mass telephoto lenses. These lenses often use metal parts with high strength and rigidity for exterior parts to securely hold optical elements with a large diameter together as well as to protect the internal parts. Generally the use of metals such as aluminum for this purpose poses a challenge as it makes the product too heavy and therefore difficult to handle.
 
SIGMA has taken this into consideration and adopted the use of magnesium parts processed in-house for the first time with the development of the new 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM|Sports, due for release in October. The lens achieves lightweight, an attribute which is increasingly sought-after by users, while being tough and durable to ensure lens performance.
 
Further promotion of ultra-highly efficient “mass production” by in-house integrated production
SIGMA believes it is important to be flexible and act quickly enabling the delivery of unique, surprising, and pleasing products. Its own integrated production system with a high in-house production ratio is essential to meet the demand for small-lot production of diverse products, the demand for which will be likely to grow even more in the future. To intentionally incorporate magnesium alloy processing, which requires rigid safety control, in the in-house manufacturing process, SIGMA constructed a building dedicated to magnesium alloy processing and started operations for mass production, contributing to the stable production of high quality and high accuracy parts at reasonable costs.
 
The magnesium parts produced in the dedicated building will be used for many products in the future including the 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM|Sports and the 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports announced at Photokina 2018.
 
Outline
Magnesium Building, SIGMA Aizu Factory
6594 Aza-Nitchizaka, Ohaza-Ohtani,
Bandai-Machi, Yama-gun,
Fukushima prefecture, Japan 969-3395
Total floor space: 1,995 m2 (3 stories)
Completion of construction: January 2018
Start of operations: February 2018
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 9/26/2018 5:44:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 25, 2018
From Skylum:
 
We made some important decisions this week concerning Luminar, and we think you’ll like them.
 
We’re always working hard to take our products to new heights, but this last year has been special. We’ve been intensely working on new tools that will elevate Luminar from a supercharged photo editor to THE home for editing, organizing and enjoying your images. It’s been a long time coming, but it will completely change the way everyone uses Luminar. I’d like to give a preview of the big things that are coming… Starting with Luminar Libraries in December, we've got a series of huge updates coming over the next year. A much anticipated addition to Luminar, Libraries will allow photographers to organize, browse and edit images the fly. Libraries will be powerful right out of the gate, but it represents the first of many photo organization and management updates launching over the following months.
 
From Libraries to other killer features, these updates are so powerful, that we want them in the hands of as many photographers as possible. To this end, we're going to do something unprecedented. Through late 2019 (at least), we're making every new feature available to all Luminar 2018 users - at no cost! While software companies typically roll out paid updates every year, there will be no paid updates for Luminar until late 2019 at the earliest. From Libraries to innovative new editing tools, every monumental advance and every new feature will be provided as free updates for Luminar 2018 users. This is a reflection of how much we value our customers, and how confident we are in the incredible value of the features we've got coming! With so much on the horizon, communication is key! Check the blog regularly for updates on all the exciting upcoming features. We look forward to your feedback and support. Thanks for taking this journey with us!
 
Luminar with Libraries.
 
As mentioned last week, the new version will be released later this year. Anyone who owns Luminar will get the new update for free in December, if not earlier. This new version is now in a closed beta testing, and the feedback we have been getting so far has been overwhelming.
 
The first version of Libraries in Luminar is all about these main points: performance, comfort, and a complete user experience. This means the new version will give you speed to browse & organize images without the extra wait time. This means that you’ll enjoy your photos moments after you start the software.
 
Here’s a short speed test I did last week. Take a look and stay tuned for more videos, webinars, posts and live sessions about other features.
 

Most importantly, with the new version of Luminar, you’ll be able to conveniently group photos into albums, rate pictures, sync edits between hundreds of images, and do more without the need to check back a manual every time.
 
We spent years, studying the needs, workflows, and preferences of different photographers. So in the new Luminar, you get a truly great viewing/browsing experience that draws you in and helps you enjoy and organize your photos without extra distractions.
 
And since Luminar is already packed with dozens of innovative tools to edit, enhance, and share photos, you will soon get the most comprehensive and well-rounded photography experience available in a piece of software.
 
No paid upgrade. You will get all the great stuff for free.
 
Alongside the new Libraries feature, we also poured a lot of hard work, time & research to bring you new editing tools for portraits, landscapes, aerial and other genres of photography; new features powered by Artificial Intelligence, new looks and styles, and more.
 
We have initially planned to release those features in Luminar 2019, as a paid upgrade, just like we usually do. However, this week, we made a decision to forgo any paid upgrades at least until the end of 2019, and add those features to Luminar 2018 for free.
 
We will incorporate the new tools and features in the latest version of Luminar instead of asking you to pay for the upgrade. Expect first updates as soon as this year. And throughout the next year we will be frequently rolling out more free updates to make Luminar Libraries, and its Editing & Sharing tools faster, better and more powerful for you.
 
A new price for a limited time.
 
Skylum's software are priced so that everyone can afford them and designed so that everyone can easily use them. We do this because everyone takes photos, not just experienced and pro photographers. We do this because photos are more than just the captions they come with.
 
We believe that every single person deserves to make his/her photos look their best without the extra hassle and without having to study and master all those photo editing tips the pros use.
 
So for a limited time, Luminar will be available for just $59 for new users who have yet to purchase the software. For this price, you’ll get the current version of the software, the free update to the new version that boasts Libraries, and free updates for the new features we initially developed for Luminar 2019.
 
No subscriptions. No upgrade fees. No extra charges.
Post Date: 9/25/2018 2:15:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Sigma’s 28mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary, 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports, and 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports will make their public debut at Photokina 2018
 
Cologne, Germany – September 25, 2018 – Sigma today announced five new Sigma Global Vision lenses shown for the first time at the 2018 Photokina expo in Cologne, Germany from September 26th-29th in Hall 4.2 on Stands B020, B028I and C029. From wide-angle to hyper-telephoto, the new Sigma Global Vision introductions arrive as some of the most anticipated lenses in the industry, further facilitating artistic expression for photographers.
 
Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
The new Sigma wide-angle model stands out with its thoroughly corrected magnification chromatic aberration and sagittal coma flare, as well as completely minimized distortion thanks to its optical design. It features water- and oil-repellent coating on the front lens element and its overall dust- and splash-proof structure ensures excellent performance even in the most challenging shooting conditions. The high-speed AF, thanks to the HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) with an updated algorithm, captures the perfect moment instantly. Available in Sigma, Nikon, Canon and Sony E camera mounts, this lens is a great contender for street photography, as well as shooting landscapes and night skies.
 
Sigma 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
The 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Art is Sigma’s first lens developed originally to live up to the sought-after angle of view and performance standard for a benchmark cine lens. This lens effectively arranges three FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements and three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements to correct axial chromatic aberration and magnification chromatic aberration. Designed for exceptional sharpness at maximum aperture, this lens excels at available light photography. With less than 1% distortion and near non-existent sagittal coma flare, this lens demonstrates consistent optical results featuring both 8K-compatible resolution and a beautiful bokeh. It is available for Sigma, Nikon, Canon and Sony E mount camera systems.
 
Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary
This lens completes the Sigma large aperture series of portable wide-angle, standard, and telephoto prime lenses in Micro Four Thirds and Sony E mounts. Featuring compact design, light weight and outstanding image quality offered in Sigma’s Contemporary line, this lens stuns with a beautiful bokeh effect and the amount of brightness expected from F1.4 lenses even in the mid-telephoto range for cropped sensor cameras. In addition, this lens is characterized by smooth and quiet autofocus ideal for video shooting. Compatible with the Sony E mount Fast Hybrid AF, it also achieves precise AF tracking. By using the face recognition or eye AF functions of the camera, focus will continuously be on the face or the eye even if the subject moves during the shoot.
 
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports
One of the most anticipated lenses from the Sigma Global Vision line, the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports is the new flagship large-aperture telephoto zoom lens that meets the most stringent needs of professional photographers. Robust yet lightweight, the lens’ magnesium body ensures high mobility and its dust- and splash-proof structure together with the water- and oil-repellent coating on the front element ensure safe use even in the most challenging shooting conditions. It also incorporates Intelligent OS with an acceleration sensor and the latest algorithm capable of panning in all directions. The lens’ optical design, incorporating 10 exclusive low-dispersion glass elements, allows for extremely high resolution, from the center to the corners. By optimizing spherical aberration, a smooth and natural bokeh effect is achieved when using the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports for portrait photography. The versatility of this lens is demonstrated in various customization options via an AF Function button either through the camera body or Sigma USB Dock. The newest F2.8 large-aperture zoom lens from Sigma comes in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts.
 
Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports
The Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports is the world’s first 10x optical zoom telephoto lens with a tele end of 600mm. Incorporating 25 elements in 19 groups, excellent and consistent image quality can be achieved throughout the entire zoom range. This lens’ intelligent OS featuring the latest algorithm delivers an image stabilization effect of 4 stops. Its optical design ensures maximum correction of magnification chromatic aberration encountered in hyper-telephoto shooting. This offers both high resolution and consistent edge-to-edge performance throughout the entire zoom range. In addition, when shooting at the focal length of 200mm, the Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports can also be used for telephoto macro photography, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.3, thanks to its high rendering performance. Its multi-material build, which incorporates magnesium among other components, ensures durability and enhances portability, allowing for comfortable handling of the 10x zoom lens. The zooming mechanism has been engineered to make both smooth rotation and straight zoom possible. Versatile and robust, the new Sigma hyper-telephoto zoom lens is available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts starting in late October 2018 for $1999 USD.
 
Preorders:
 
Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports - B&H | Adorama
Post Date: 9/25/2018 1:45:24 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From ProGrade Digital:
 
Company Adds Two New USB 3.1, Gen. 2 Card Readers: microSD Dual-Slot Card Reader, CompactFlash & SD Dual-Slot Card Reader
 
COLOGNE, Germany – photokina – ProGrade Digital, founded with a mission to provide the highest quality professional grade memory cards and workflow solutions, expands product range with introduction of professional grade microSDXC memory cards, plus two USB 3.1, Gen. 2 dual-slot workflow readers. New ProGrade Digital microSDXC UHS-II, U3, Class 10, V60 card delivers maximum read speed up to 200MB/s and maximum write speed up to 80MB/s. Video Speed Class V60 tested and certified, the card’s sustained write speed will not dip below 60MB/s, which ensures no dropped frames during video recording. Company also announces microSD Dual-Slot Card Reader, plus CompactFlash & SD Dual-Slot Card Reader. Booth readers support USB 3.1, Gen. 2 protocols and offer data transfer rates up to 10Gb/s (1.25GB/s).
 
ProGrade Digital microSDXC UHS-II, V60
 
  • Certified to perform at maximum read up to 200MB/s; maximum write up to 80MB/s
  • V60 tested and certified to perform at minimum sustained write speed of 60MB/s
  • Optimized for 4K, UHD, Full HD, most high bit rate MPEG-4 CODECs
  • Rigorous full card testing, plus component-level testing down to individual memory chips
  • Laser-etched serial number to track key components and manufacturing data for highest quality control
  • 32GB ($49.99); 64GB ($74.99); 128GB ($114.99)
  • 3-year warranty
CompactFlash & SD Dual-Slot Card Reader and microSD Dual-Slot Card Reader
 
  • USB 3.1, Gen. 2 interface provides speed up to 10Gb/s (1.25GB/s)
  • Concurrent maximum speed data transfer from cards in both slots
  • Includes two 18” connection cables: one Type A to Type C and one Type C to Type C
  • Magnetized bottom connects reader to laptop
  • Each reader MSRP $79.99 USD
  • 2-year warranty
Products available Q4 at Amazon.com, B&H Photo and Video websites. ProGrade Digital products now shipping to 27 European countries via Amazon and Amazon Prime.
With fall officially upon us, now would be a good time to check out our Fall Photography Tips to ensure you don't miss the great opportunities this colorful season brings.
 
  • Great fall subjects include:
  • Landscapes with colorful foliage
  • Waterfalls
  • Wildlife
  • Halloween decorations and costumes
  • Thanksgiving festivities
  • and more!
Post Date: 9/25/2018 7:39:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the TamronVids YouTube Channel:
 
Photograher Armando Flores takes his NEW SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2, model A041 to the majestic Glacier National Park in Montana.
 
B&H carries the Tamron SP 15-30 F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens.
Post Date: 9/25/2018 6:14:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 24, 2018
From IRIX:
 
IRIX, a European brand already known for its high-quality wide-angle lenses (Irix 11mm f/4.0, Irix 15mm f/2.4) and photographic filter systems is expanding its portfolio with a new lens – the Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1, designed for full frame cameras with the Nikon F, Canon EF, and Pentax K mount.
 
With its focal length of 150mm and 1:1 scale of reproduction, these are the basic features of the new product that allows comfort working with small objects. Thanks to the possibility of being able to move away from the photographed object, this makes the operation more convenient than using lenses with a shorter focal length. No shadows are cast on the object and it is also possible to use lamps dedicated to this type of photography.
 
The Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 lens is equipped with an aperture mechanism consisting of 11 rounded blades that maintain a circular shape within the entire available working range. Thanks to this, when shooting with a wide open aperture, a pleasant background blur is obtained; when closed right down, the diffraction appears much later. This ensures much greater detail of the image.
 
The focus ring has been equipped with a wide rubber handle with a special convexity pressing. To facilitate precise focusing of the scale, with 270 degree rotation. The whole design is complemented by a functional Focus Lock ring that allows you to lock the focus ring at a convenient position.
 
The Irix 150mm f / 2.8 Macro 1:1 lens has been sealed in key points (the front element, the Focus Lock ring, the focusing ring and bayonet), making it suitable for use in the harshest of weather conditions such as fog, rain or snow.
 
The optical design consists of twelve elements – three of which are made of super-low dispersion glass (ED), another four of glass with a higher refractive index (HR), and the whole arranged into nine optical groups. Thanks to this construction, we obtain an close to zero distortion (at a level of 0.1%).
 
The Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 lens is equipped with an internal focusing system (IF) so that the lens does not change its dimensions when focusing, thus maintaining a compact size and better sealing.
 
The Irix 150mm f / 2.8 Macro 1:1 lens is the first model available in the new version with the Dragonfly finish, in which the aluminium frame has been enclosed in an external structure made of aluminium-magnesium alloys and composite elements. The combination of Firefly and Blackstone features gave the lens lightness and solidity while maintaining high mechanical strength and resistance in difficult weather conditions.
 
The lens has a CPU that allows control of the lens aperture from camera level, and the AE module allows the use of semi-automatic modes (PASM). This solution allows the user to get confirmation of the focus from the camera. An additional benefit is the recording of exposure data in the EXIT format.
 
A set with the lens will include:
 
  • a practical deep lens hood that isolates the lens from sidelight sources and also protects the front element of the lens from minor damage
  • a rigid lens case for safe transport and storage
  • a detachable tripod collar (Arca Swiss standard), allowing you to transfer the weight that is the centre of gravity to the front and securely place the camera on a tripod.
Pricing and availability have yet to be determined.
 
Specifications
 
Compatible sensor size35mm “Full Frame” and smaller
Focal length150 mm
Maximum aperturef/2.8
Minimum aperturef/32
Field of view16° (diagonal)
Range of focus0.345 m (0.92 ft) – 8
Focus setupManual
Focus ring rotation angle270 degrees
Magnification ratio1.00x
Minimum focusing distance0.345m
Aperture controlvia camera
Number of diaphragm blades11 rounded aperture blades
Lens construction12 elements in 9 groups (4x HR, 3x ED)
Filter size77 mm
Weight840g
Corresponding MountsCanon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K
Dimensions87 x 135 mm (without tripod collar and lens hood)
Lens hoodDetachable
Category: IRIX News
Post Date: 9/24/2018 1:45:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
With the announcement of the EOS R, many may be wondering if diving into Canon's mirrorless system is the right step forward in regards to their next camera upgrade or if the Canon EOS 6D Mark II will fill their needs just fine. Therefore, we're going to take a closer look at these two cameras to see which might be the better choice for your needs.
 
Canon EOS R & Canon EOS 6D Mark II Shared Primary Features
 
  • ISO Range: Auto 100-40000 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments), L:50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400
  • White Balance Settings, including Ambience priority/White priority
  • 5-axis Digital IS during movie recording
  • Single memory card slot
  • Operating Environment: 32–104°F / 0–40°C
Primary Advantages of the Canon EOS R
 
  • RF Mount: Compatible with RF and EF/TS-E/MP-E/EF-S lenses via adapter
  • Higher Resolution: 30.4 MP vs. 26.2
  • Newer Processor: DIGIC 8 vs. DIGIC 7
  • More AF Points: 5,655 point AF system vs. 45
  • More Sensitive AF: EV -6 – 18 vs. EV -3 - 18
  • Eye Detect AF vs. N/A
  • Built in LED AF assist beam
  • Higher Burst Rate without AF Tracking: 8 fps vs. 6.5
  • Larger RAW Buffer: 47 vs. 21
  • Fv (Flexible priority) AE vs. N/A
  • Wider Metering Range: EV -3 – 20 vs. EV 1 - 20
  • Larger Shutter Speed Range: 30 - 1/8000 sec. vs. 30 - 1/4000
  • Faster x-Sync: 1/200 sec. vs. 1/180
  • Truely Silent Shooting: Absolutely no sound vs. quieter-than-normal "silent" shutter
  • Higher Resolution LCD: Vari-angle touch screen 3.15" (8.01cm) Clear View LCD II, approx. 2.10 million dots, 60p vs. Vari-angle touch screen 3.0" (7.7cm) Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040K dots, 30p
  • Higher Resolution Video: Up to 4K at 30p / FHD 1080p at 60p vs. FHD 1080p at 60p
  • RAW, C-RAW and Dual Pixel RAW vs. RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW
  • Compatibility with Faster Memory Cards: UHS-II vs. UHS-I
  • Lighter Weight: 23.3 oz (660g) vs. 26.98 oz (765g)
  • Smaller Size: 5.35 x 3.87 x 3.32" (135.8 x 98.3 x 84.4mm) vs. 5.67 x 4.35 x 2.94" (144.0 x 110.5 x 74.8mm)
Primary Advantages of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II
 
  • EF Mount: Compatible with significantly more native-mount lenses
  • Higher Burst Rate with AF tracking: 6.5 fps vs. 5
  • Longer Battery Life: 1200 vs .370
  • Lower Cost
Other Differences Between the Canon EOS R and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
 
  • Electronic viewfinder vs. optical
  • 384-zone metering vs. 63 zone, 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
Who should opt for the Canon EOS R?
 
If you read our Canon EOS R vs. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV comparison, you'll recognize a lot of the benefits listed below. The reason is simple – many of the EOS R's benefits are unique to Canon's new mirrorless system, especially in regards to the R's use with adapted lenses, and those benefits remain the same when the camera is stacked up against any Canon DSLR.
 
The EOS R features an RF mount. Upon the camera's release, the selection of RF lenses will be relatively small (only four have been announced). While that may seem limiting, the truth is that the EOS R with its RF mount will be even more versatile than the EF-mount 6D mark II if adapted lenses are taken into consideration. With the Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R, Control Ring Mount Adapter and Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter, the EOS R is compatible with EF/TS-E/MP-E and – in a first for Canon full-frame cameras – EF-S lenses as well. So while the selection of RF lenses may be limited for the time being, the unique capabilities afforded by Canon's mount adapters will make the EOS R very attractive for several types of photographers.
 
Which photographers, precisely? Landscape photographers, portrait photographers and videographers will especially appreciate the benefits of the Drop-In Mount Adapter. How often do landscape photographers want to use CPOLs (circular polarizers) or ND (neutral density) filters with wide angle or ultra-wide angle lenses that are incompatible with front filters? Up until now, using filters with such lenses required the use of cumbersome 3rd-party front filter adapters. With the EOS R, those photographing the great outdoors can enjoy the benefits of a lighter camera body as well as a universal CPOL/vari-ND filter solution for their existing lens collection when traveling to their favorite sunrise location. Landscape photographers often want to stack a circular polarizer with an ND filter on a wide angle lens featuring front filter threads, but the resulting mechanical vignetting (and the increased likelihood of stuck filters) makes using the combo impractical. The Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter with Variable ND filter –with 1.5 - 9 stops of density – can easily be paired with a front-mounted circular polarizer like the B+W XS-Pro CPOL. A B+W XS-Pro CPOL will allow landscape photographers to cut through glare to capture dark blue skies and saturated foliage yet is thin enough not to cause mechanical vignetting on most wide angle lenses. And with a rear-mounted variable ND, a photographer can simultaneously reap the benefits of a long shutter speed to capture the movement of flowing water, clouds, rustling trees, etc.
 
The EOS R will be the better option to capture recitals, dance and theater performances with its absolutely silent shooting mode.
 
Those shooting portraiture will certainly appreciate the EOS R's Eye Detection AF, especially when a wide aperture prime lens is being used either natively or with an adapter. The EOS R's AF system is able to lock focus on and track subjects over a significantly larger portion of the frame compared to the 6D II's 45-point phase-detect AF system, allowing for greater flexibility in subject framing without having to focus and recompose. And because the EOS R utilizes the sensor for focusing, calibration issues associated with traditional phase-detect AF systems can be avoided altogether, better ensuring focus accuracy.
 
If a photographer's off-camera flashes are not capable of high-speed sync, the Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter with Variable ND can enable use of a shutter speed below the camera's x-sync speed (for the R, 1/200 sec.) while using flash and a wide aperture for great subject/background separation.
 
The EOS R can record video at 4K resolution while the 6D Mark II tops out at 1080p. Videographers can either use the extra resoltion to create highly detailed movies or otherwise create stabilized 1080p video and/or create panning movements within the 4K frame. Videographers can also make use of the Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter, especially when used with the variable ND to record video at optimal shutter speeds (typically, 2x the frame rate). With filters attached to the back of lenses, lens changes can occur more quickly (no need to unscrew/mount a separate ND filter) and the variable ND could easily replace numerous traditional ND filters in a filmmaker's kit.
 
Who should opt for the Canon EOS 6D Mark II?
 
There are benefits and drawbacks to Electronic Viewfinders (EVFs) and Optical Viewfinders (OVFs); neither will be best for/preferred by everyone. The 6D Mark II's viewfinder blackout time is actually shorter than the EOS R's viewfinder stutter during capture, making tracking laterally moving or erratic subjects easier with the OVF. If an optical viewfinder is preferred for any reason, the 6D II is, of course, the obvious choice. Other than that, the primary reasons to get a 6D Mark II are battery performance, preference for unadapted lenses and price. The EOS 6D Mark II's is rated for significantly more shots per battery charge compared to the EOS R. If you're often forgetting to charge and/or pack extra batteries, the 6D II may be the better camera for you. Those who simply don't like using adapters will also be better served by the 6D II. And finally, those whose budgets do not extend to the EOS R, especially when the cost of adapters are considered, may take advantage of the 6D II's slightly lower price tag (instant rebates may augment that difference from time to time).
 
Summary
 
The EOS R's ability to use adapted lenses, and the unique capabilities provided by the adapters, makes Canon's full-frame mirrorless introduction a camera you can effectively use now and well into the future, taking full advantage of all the new RF lenses headed down the pipeline. If compared to DSLRs, the EOS R's features position it somewhere between the 5D Mark IV and 6D Mark II, but certainly closer to the former than the latter. Without instant rebates in place, the price difference between the EOS R and 6D Mark II isn't all that much, even with a Mount Adapter EF-EOS R thrown into the mix. Therefore, most will find the EOS R's benefits to be well worth its incremental cost over the 6D Mark II's MSRP.
 
Relevant Info
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/24/2018 10:21:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has the Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM Lens in stock.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fixed focal length Lens with high image quality
  • Bright f/1.4 maximum aperture
  • 32mm field of view equivalent to 51mm on 35mm full-frame
  • Close-up shooting with up to 0.25x maximum magnification
  • Circular aperture (7 blades) for beautiful, soft backgrounds
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/24/2018 8:49:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 21, 2018
According to B&H, the Canon EOS R and the other items announced alongside are scheduled to arrive Tuesday, October 9.
 
As always, your use of these links for your preorders or any other purchase supports this site!
 
Preorders
 
Canon EOS R Camera
 
Canon EOS R (Body) - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon EOS R with RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon RF Lenses & Adapters
 
Canon BG-E22 Battery Grip for EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon Drop-in Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R** - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon EF Super Telephoto Lenses
 
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon EF-M Lens
 
Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
** Variable ND version scheduled to arrive October 9. Circular Polarizer version scheduled to arrive in February 2019.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/21/2018 12:44:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Anhui China, Sept 21, 2018 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, is proud to unveil 8 new and unique lenses in Photokina.
 
  • Laowa OOOM 25-100mm t/2.9 Cine Lightweight Zoom
  • Laowa 17mm f/1.8 MFT
  • Laowa 12mm f/1.8 MFT
  • Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D (DJI DL)
  • Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D MFT
  • Laowa 9mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine
  • Laowa 7.5mm t/2.1 Cine
  • Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine
  • Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom
  • Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO
  • Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D
  • Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MFT
Laowa OOOM 25-100 t/2.9 Cine Lightweight Zoom
 
Laowa OOOM Cine lightweight zoom is the first professional cinema style zoom lens offered by Venus Optics. The lens features a wide 25-100mm zoom range, making it a one-size-fits-all lens for different types of productions.
 
Unlike some cine lens in the market which were re-engineered from a photo zoom lens, Laowa OOOM Cine lens is designed for digital cinematography in the first place. It is truly parfocal, meaning the focus will never shift when you zoom in or zoom back out. It is designed to have nearly zero focus breathing throughout the whole zoom range. The aperture remains fixed at t/2.9 at all focal lengths.
 
It is built with the true cinema level mechanics. It comes with a stepless, t-stop independent aperture ring with an industry standard 0.8 mod /32 pitch gears. The 270° rotation flow provides room or precise focus pulls and the iris is clickless, enabling smooth iris pulls. The lens weighs only 2.16 pounds, which is fairly light for a cinema zoom that holds focus and aperture throughout the focal length range.
 
Laowa 17mm f/1.8 MFT
 
Laowa 17mm f/1.8 is a new compact, standard prime designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras and it gives a 35mm-equivalent field of view. The lens houses 9 elements in 7 groups and have a 5-blade aperture for the best sunstar rendering. The lens is extremely compact and lightweight, weighs only 160g (0.36lbs) and is 5cm (2”) long. A 46cm filter thread is included and the 15cm minimal focus distance make it a perfect lens for videography.
 
Laowa 12mm f/1.8 MFT
 
Laowa 12mm f/1.8 is a new compact, wide-angle prime for Micro Four Thirds cameras and it gives a 24mm-equivalent field of view. The ultra-fast f/1.8 aperture allows photographers to take astro photos with ease. The lens houses 13 elements in 10 groups and a 5-blade aperture. The lens can focus as close as 14cm (5.5”) and takes 46mm screw-in filters which gives extra convenience to videographers. It weighs only 165g (0.4 lbs) and its 5cm long (2”).
 
Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D (DJI DL)
 
Following the successful launch of the super compact and lightweight 7.5mm f/2 MFT lens for DJI Inspire drones (X5 gimbals) during 2017, Venus Optics is proud to introduce another ultra-wide option, Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D DL, to use on DJI Inspire 2 (X7 gimbals).
 
Featuring an effective 118° angle of view, the Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D DJI DL is currently the widest available option for DJI Inspire 2 drones with Zenmuse X7 gimbals. The bigger image circle can cover the size of Super35 sensors and the native DL mount allows an easy lens switching. The lens weighs only 215g and it is super tiny and compact. It comes with a 49mm filter thread and features a close-to-zero optical distortion.
 
Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D MFT
 
Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D (Micro Four Thirds mount) is the 4th variant added to the existing Fuji X, Sony E and EOS-M mounts. The 9mm lens provides a 18mm equivalent angle of view on the Micro Four Thirds sensor. It also has a better vignetting control over the other variants of the same lens. The close-to-zero distortion will remain unchanged.
 
Laowa 7.5mm t/2.1 Cine / Laowa 9mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine
 
The new Laowa 7.5mm and 9mm Cine lenses are the cine-mod version of the existing photo version of Venus Optics best-selling models. Both lenses were re-housed with a step-less aperture rings and focus rings with standard 0.8 mod gears which give videographers extra convenience to use with follow-focus systems. Both of the lenses are the widest available in the market in its class and only weigh 180g (0.4lbs) & 250g (0.55lbs) respectively. Closest focusing distance is both 12cm (0.4 feet). The wide perspective and lightweight makes them the perfect companion for gimbal shooting. MFT mount is available for 7.5mm t/2.1 Cine and Sony E mount is available for 9mm t/2.9 Cine.
 
Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine (PL)
 
The new Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine in PL mount is the cine-mod version of the existing 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens. The lens was rehoused with a step-less, t-stop aperture rings and focus rings with standard 0.8 mod gears for iris and focus pulls. It successfully covers the 35mm Vista Vision sensor size and offers an ultra-wide 122° angle of view, making it one of the world’s widest and fastest available option for shooting with large sensors. Despite the ultra-wide field of view, it is perfectly rectilinear and features a close-to-zero distortion rate. The focus flow is extended to 270° for cinematographers to also take advantage of the 0.6 feet (18cm) closest focusing distance. The super lightweight (650g, 1.4lbs) is also an added benefit for cinematographers.
 
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom
 
This lens is currently the widest zoom lens available for Sony full frame E-mount cameras. Designed primarily for travel photography, Venus optics have managed to compress the size to smallest in its class, less than 4 inch (<10cm) and only 1.1 pounds (<500g). The 102? (18mm) to 130? (10mm) angle of view provides flexibility for photographers to compose landscape or architecture photos with ease. The lens houses with 14 elements in 10 groups with 2 aspherical elements & 1 extra-low dispersion element to deliver exceptional performance. It can focus as close as 15cm for some mini-macro shooting. A rear filter slot is included to fit with 37mm filter. A dedicated filter holder is being developed to fit 100mm-wide filters. Click/clickless aperture can be toggled by the switch on the lens barrel. A 5-blade aperture design ensures a pleasing and clean sunstar rendering.
 
Multiple samples will be available for free rental during Photokina period.
 
Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO
 
Followed by the success of the Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro, the 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro is the 2nd member of Laowa 2:1 macro line-up. This new 100mm lens can cover full frame sensor size and focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity. The wide magnification range allows macro photographers to capture subject at any sizes. This 100mm portrait lens also features an apochromatic (APO) characteristic that no chromatic aberration can be found. The 12 elements in 10 groups optics design delivers a crystal sharpness image in both macro and tele distances. Automatic aperture control feature is available for Canon EF version and Aperture coupling is available for Nikon F mount version.
 
Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D
 
This is currently the widest available native lens option for Fujifilm G-mount cameras. The new Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX has a field of view equivalent to 13mm in 35mm format (113?). Featuring a close-to-zero distortion and 86mm filter thread, this lens is ideally suited for landscape, architecture & interior photography. The 21 elements in 14 groups design with 2pcs of aspherical & 3pcs of Extra-low dispersion elements successfully help to control the distortion & chromatic aberrations to the minimal.
 
Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MFT
 
Featuring a 210? angle of view, this lens delivers unique circular fisheye field of view on Micro four thirds cameras. The ultra-wide angle view allows photographers to create 360? panorama with ease. Despite the unique & ultra-wide perspective, the lens only weighs 0.3 pounds (135g).
 
Free Rental Program
 
Venus Optics have prepared some copies of the Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom and Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe lens (Canon) for free rental during Photokina period. For reservations, please contact Venus Optics via contact@venuslens.net.
 
Availability
 
All 12 new lenses will make its Europe debut in Venus Optics’ booth (Hall 2.1, D-040) in Photokina, Cologne during 26th-29th Sept. Pricing and ship date are to be confirmed.
Post Date: 9/21/2018 10:48:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Tokina opera 50mm f/1.4 FF Lens is now available for preorder at B&H and Adorama.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Maximum Aperture: f/1.4
  • Ring-Shaped Ultrasonic AF Motor
  • Electric Diaphragm Mechanism
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 9/21/2018 6:21:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H and Adorama will be closed during the Succos holiday. If you need/want gear sooner rather than later, order now to avoid more than a week-long delay.
 


B&H Succos Holiday Closing Schedule
 
SuperStore & Offices
 
B&H will be closed starting at 1pm ET Sun Sep 23 through Tue Oct 2. We will reopen at 9am Wed Oct 3.
 
Online Orders
 
Checkout will only be available during the following periods:
 
  • 8:15pm ET Tue Sep 25 until 6:30pm Fri Sep 28
  • 8pm Sat Sep 29 until 6:30pm Sun Sep 30
Regular checkout will resume starting at 8pm Tue Oct 2.
 
Shipping
 
Any orders placed after 6:30pm ET Fri Sep 21 will be processed when we reopen on Wed Oct 3.
 
Store Pickup
 
Store Pickup orders placed up to 1 hour before store closing time will be available for same-day pickup until store closing time. Store Pickup orders placed less than 1 hour from store closing, or while the store is closed, will be ready for pickup 30 minutes after the store reopens.
 


Adorama Succos Holiday Closing Schedule
 
Orders submitted to us during the Sukkos Holiday (Sunday Sept. 23rd after 12:30PM thru Tuesday, Oct. 2nd) will be shipped Wednesday, Oct. 3rd.
Post Date: 9/21/2018 6:08:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 20, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens page.
 
Acquisition of a general purpose zoom should be a top priority for any photographer. For those with an Canon EOS R, the RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM represents a great balance between focal length range, max aperture, size/weight, image quality and price.
 
Below are a couple of image quality comparisons to get you started:
 
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L USM vs. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L USM vs. Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
 
The Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens is available for preorder at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX | Henry's.
 
Rent the Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/20/2018 8:06:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Latest Edition Provides 65x Optical Zoom, High-Resolution Electronic Viewfinder and 4K Video
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 20, 2018 – It’s a common saying that good things come in small packages and today, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, demonstrates this with the introduction of the new PowerShot SX70 HS compact digital camera. Featuring a 65x Optical Zoom Lens (equivalent to 21-1365mm), 20.3 Megapixel CMOS imaging sensor and 4K video capabilities, the PowerShot SX70 HS camera is an ideal fit for anyone who wants powerful optical performance in a compact package. With a minimum focusing distance of 0cm and a zoom up to 2730mm (with ZoomPlus), the PowerShot SX70 HS allows users to create beautiful close-ups and stunning wide shots without changing lenses.
 
“In this day and age, cameras are becoming smaller while the desired list of features continues to grow,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon continues to be committed to incorporating the latest features in our compact cameras and the new PowerShot SX70 HS is our very latest version, providing the dynamic combination of a compact body, powerful zoom and robust features that photo and video enthusiasts alike will love.”
 
The PowerShot SX70 HS features a 0.39-inch, approximately 2.36-million dot, high-definition OLED Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) for clear, crisp representation of what the lens is seeing. This camera also features 4K video shooting and frame grabbing, and is the first Canon point-and-shoot camera compatible with the latest RAW format (.CR3). With the addition of a new eye sensor, the camera automatically switches to the EVF display simply by bringing the camera up to the eye. Additionally, the inclusion of built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology offers quick and easy sharing, making the switch from smartphone photography to the PowerShot SX70 HS camera simple and fun.
 
The DIGIC 8 processor enables the PowerShot SX70 HS camera to achieve five stops of IS with dual-sensing image stabilization (IS). Even during handheld shooting, IS allows users to take pictures with minimal worry about camera shake. The camera also features high-speed continuous shooting at up to 10 fps. A Zoom Framing Assist button on the side of the lens barrel enables quick adjustments of the view angle, which is especially useful during telephoto shooting. With a large grip for comfortable, stable shooting and an EOS-like user interface, the PowerShot SX70 HS will make it easy for artistic vision to come to life in the hands of photographers at any level.
 
Availability and Pricing
 
The PowerShot SX70 HS will be available for purchase in November 2018 for an estimated retail price of $549.99.
 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS Digital Camera available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/20/2018 9:53:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Vitec Imaging Group:
 
JOBY TelePod series now is complete to support cameras and mobile devices, delivering versatility and stability to today’s content creators.
 
Upper Saddle River, NJ – September 20, 2018 – JOBY, creator of award-winning mounts, stands and grips designed to elevate the potential of the latest mobile and imaging devices, announces the launch of their full line of TelePod products. The TelePod Mobile, TelePod 325 and TelePod PRO Kit telescoping tripods join the already well-known GripTight PRO TelePod in empowering the next generation of storytellers to elevate their creativity.
 
Designed for the needs of today’s vloggers, photographers and videographers, the TelePod series delivers maximum versatility with the ability to function as a handgrip, monopod, elevated stand or tripod. With dedicated solutions for both mobile and camera, the TelePod provides users the ability to capture content from new perspectives, taking creativity to the next level.
 
All Models Feature:
 
Ability to work in four modes:
 
  • Hand Grip: Close legs and hold to get a grip on your content
  • Extended Grip: Close legs and extend mount to create selfie stick for overhead or 360 shots
  • Elevated Tripod: Extend mount and legs for elevated camera/360 stand
  • Tabletop Tripod: Expand legs and retract mount for a compact tripod stand
Compatible with a variety of JOBY mounts.
 
Built with lightweight, high strength glass-filled composite, ABS plastic, anodized aluminum, stainless steel and TPE.
 
“Our design process always begins with listening closely to what today’s image makers are saying; this inspired our redefinition of the traditional selfie stick” explains Tim Grimmer, Senior Director of Product for JOBY. “The TelePod series provides solutions for creators working with a mix of photos and videos, providing an extreme amount of versatility for capturing selfies, overhead shots and much more. Content creators love them and that’s what we love to see.”
 
TelePod Solutions for Mobile Designed for the next generation of mobile storytellers, the already launched GripTight PRO TelePod and the TelePod Mobile securely grip up to plus-size smartphones with endless attachment options. Both models include Bluetooth Impulse remote shutter device.
 
  • TelePod Mobile – This all-in-one selfie stick tripod is designed for mobile and is perfect for vlogging, selfies and more. Securely holds smartphones using the included GripTight ONE mount or small 360 cameras. Locking ball head provides precise composition control for unique angles. Works with multiple JOBY mounts including GripTight mount series, GoPro mount, Flash mount or any ¼”-20 device under 325g.
  • GripTight PRO TelePod –The most recent addition to JOBY’s line-up of pro-content creation tools, easily adjusts to landscape or portrait mode for live streaming, vlogging, SnapChat and Instagram stories. Perfect for smartphones, mirrorless, 360 and action cameras or video light. Includes GripTight Pro 2, Cold Shoe Pro, Pin Joint mount and long thumbscrew for versatile setup options.
TelePod Solutions for Camera Created to support point-and-shoot, 360, action cameras, mirrorless and more, the TelePod 325 and TelePod PRO Kit are great for vlogging, overhead shots and stability on uneven surfaces.
 
  • TelePod 325v – The TelePod 325 is designed to meet the needs of creative photographers. A more compact version of our TelePod PRO, this entry-level handheld tripod/vlogging stick is perfect for compact point-and-shoots, 360 and action cameras (additional pin joint mount required) and great for mounting a lightweight microphone or small LED light. Locking ball head provides precise composition control for unique angles. Works with multiple JOBY mounts like GripTight mount series, GoPro Mount, Flash mount or any ¼”-20 device under 325g.
  • TelePod PRO Kit – We’ve customized our original GripTight PRO TelePod for photographers. The TelePod PRO kit has maximum versatility due to the inclusion of the JOBY BallHead 1K that offers 360 degree panning and 90 tilt for unlimited angles. The 1kg (2.2 lb) weight capacity is perfect for mirrorless, point-and-shoot, 360, action cams or video light. Expand your attachment options via ¼”-20 mount plus included Pin Joint.
All products will be available early October at select JOBY authorized dealers.
 
B&H has the JOBY TelePod products available for preorder.
Category: Joby News
Post Date: 9/20/2018 9:25:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From GoPro:
 
Today, GoPro didn't just announce one new camera, we're debuting THREE all-new HERO7 cameras. Yes, HERO7 Black is amazing, but what if you don't need all the bells and whistles? Well, say hello to HERO7 Silver and HERO7 White.
 
These are the simpilest GoPro cameras ever, at the best value ever, all while maintaining everything that makes GoPro, GoPro. Both rugged, pocket-size cameras capture high-quality photo and video, are waterproof without a housing, voice commend-enabled, and have WiFi connectivity for seamless pairing to your mobile device The $299 HERO7 Silver and $199 HERO7 White both shoot in three modes: photo, video and time lapse. They also have built-in electronic image stabilization to smooth out playback of experiences that are inherently bumpy/shaky, whether you’re skiing, snorkeling or chasing your kids around the yard.
 
But what's arguably most impressive is the entirely redesigned user interface. This new UI resembles the feel of a smartphone and delivers epic content with a few taps of your finger. Plus, new tools, such as vertical capture, the pre-set Short Clips video feature and selfie/group-friendly Photo Timer, take the guess work out of video and photo capture.
 
GoPro HERO7 Preorders: B&H | Adorama
 
GoPro Hero 7 Series Comparison

Category: GoPro News
Post Date: 9/20/2018 9:03:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
In a sign of the times, I was posting an image to Facebook when something in my news feed caught my eye. It was a post from the Canon USA FB account announcing its newest compact camera, the PowerShot SX70 HS. Here was the text that went along with the image shown above:
With its combination of impressive 65x optical zoom along with an outstanding minimum shooting distance, 4K UHD video capability, and a high-definition electronic viewfinder, see how the new PowerShot SX70 HS can help you capture incredible moments in any situation, and more.
The Canon PowerShot SX70 HS is available for preorder at B&H, and the retailer lists the product highlights as follows:
 
  • 20.3MP CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • 65x Zoom Lens
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • UHD 4K Video Recording, 4K Time-Lapse
  • Image Stabilization
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Continuous Shooting up to 10 fps
  • Zoom Framing Assist
There will likely be an official press release with more information available soon. [Sean]
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/20/2018 8:36:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
If you ever find yourself switching out tripod heads (or otherwise using the same head on multiple tripods), then adding a quick release system is definitely worthwhile. I've been using this technique for a while now (example), and it has worked really well for me. [Sean]
 
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Post Date: 9/20/2018 8:00:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 19, 2018
From Lowepro:
 
Lowepro’s worldwide #1 selling professional camera bag series, ProTactic, has been enhanced for better organization, access and protection with expanded modular system and accessories.
 
Upper Saddle River, NJ – September 19, 2018 – Lowepro, a company with a 50-year reputation in creating protective gear-carrying solutions for image makers, today announced the second generation of their worldwide #1 selling ProTactic Collection. The high-performance, tactical-inspired collection has been redesigned for better organization, access and protection, while staying true to the ProTactic promise of rugged versatility and armored protection. The new line offers the BP 350 AW II and BP 450 AW II enhanced backpacks plus an expanded modular system and accessories.
 
Featured ProTactic Technology
 
  • 4-Point Access: Molded, turret-loading top, quick-grab from both sides, and full, back entry for set-up and security.
  • FormShell: Lightweight yet sturdy, composite-shell construction delivers superior impact protection.
  • SlipLock: System of compatible loops and tabs make it easy to add pouches and cases to larger bags so you can easily bring along water bottles, memory cards and more.
  • CradleFit Laptop Storage: Cleverly constructed compartment suspends and safeguards laptop in backpacks.
  • ActivZone: Delivers targeted support at shoulder blades, lumbar and waist for comfort on the move. Structured back panel allows for ventilation with integrated trolley strap.
  • All Weather AW Cover: a raincoat for your gear, our patented cover fits snugly over a bag and can be folded away when not needed. An innovative way to protect against rain, snow, dust and sand.
“In designing carrying solutions, we always listen closely to what our image makers are telling us,” explains Tim Grimmer, Senior Director of Product for Lowepro. “They are seeking increased versatility, organization, and accessibility with the performance and protection ProTactic is known for. We’re excited to offer this enhanced line-up featuring more adaptive interiors, always-ready access and a great collection of exterior attachments and accessories.”
 
The updated ProTactic collection includes:
 
Backpacks: The exceptionally adaptive second generation of our high-performance ProTactic backpacks, the BP 350 AW II and BP 450 AW II offer a more adaptive interior, multiple access points, modular exterior attachment capabilities and convertible utility belts. Both models include utility pouch, water bottle holder, tripod cup and two Quick Straps.
 
  • ProTactic BP 350 AW II – Fits 1-2 standard DSLRs, one with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens attached, up to 8 lenses/speed lights, small drone such as a DJI Mavic, gimbals like DJI Osmo, 360 camera, 13” laptop and small accessories
  • ProTactic BP 450 AW II – Fits 1-2 Pro DSLRs, one with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached, up to 8 lenses/speedlights, small drone such as a DJI Mavic, gimbals like DJI Osmo, 360 camera, 15” laptop and small accessories.
Lens Cases: Purpose-built lens cases allow you to change out a lens with one hand. Dual-compartment design expands to temporarily hold 2 lenses during exchange. Cases feature SlipLock compatible attachment tabs, all Weather AW Cover, easy-grip main handle, neoprene side pocket for lens or body caps and removable/adjustable shoulder strap.
 
Utility Bags: All-purpose bags designed to provide versatile storage space for photo and video gear. Featuring padded removable interior divider, SlipLock compatible tab and All Weather AW Cover.
 
Additional ProTactic Accessories:
 
  • ProTactic Bottle Pouch – Securely holds up to 1L water bottles and canteens while keeping liquids insulated. Features stretchable padded insulated construction, drawstring toggle and closure and SlipLock compatible tab.
  • ProTactic Phone Pouch – Keep your communications handy with this simple and secure zip pouch. Mounts on ProTactic backpack harness, waist belt or on pack body for easy access. Features SlipLock compatible tab. Fits up to Plus size Apple or Android phone.
  • ProTactic Utility Belt – Designed to operate during a variety of missions, this belt is constructed for sturdy utility carry. Reinforced “duty” belt distributes weight evenly and keeps gear close at hand. Adjusts to fit 29” – 40” waists. Holds up to 16 SlipLock compatible accessories when adjusted to 40”.
  • ProTactic Quick Straps – Quick attach, quick release adjustable straps securely clip into any SlipLock attachment point. Includes two 1-inch webbing strap assemblies. Adjusts from 5 to 13.5 inches.
The Lowepro ProTactic BP 350 AW II Backpack and BP 450 AW II are available now at select Authorized Lowepro dealers. Lowepro ProTactic Lens Exchange, Utility Bags, and other accessories will be available early October.
 
B&H has the Lowepro ProTactic BP 350 AW II Backpack and BP 450 AW II in stock with free shipping. The other announced ProTactic items are also available for preorder and accessible via the links above.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 9/19/2018 2:28:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
My wife has two night-blooming cereus plants which were cut from her mother's decades old plant. In fact, the origin of this night-blooming cereus goes back four generations with mothers passing down cuttings to their daughters. If you're unfamiliar with this type of plant, an apt description can be found on Wikipedia:
Night-blooming cereus is the common name referring to a large number of flowering ceroid cacti that bloom at night. The flowers are short lived, and some of these species, such as Selenicereus grandiflorus, bloom only once a year, for a single night. Other names for one or more cacti with this habit are princess of the night, Honolulu queen (for Hylocereus undatus), Christ in the manger, dama de noche and queen of the night (which is also used for an unrelated plant species).
The night-blooming cereuses we have typically bloom once or twice a year, with the flowers appearing well after the sun goes down and wilting sometime around sunrise. Once you see the white petals just poking out of the ends of the nearly enclosed buds, you know the flowers will be blooming later that night.
 
Having noticed the imminent blooms, I photographed one of the buds earlier in the day. The leaf the bud was attached to was sticking out well beyond the railing of our back porch, giving me plenty of working room and few obstacles to shoot around if shooting from the side. To photograph the bud, I set up a tripod-mounted Canon EOS 5D Mark III and EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro and pointed the camera alongside the railing to get a nice side view. However, the background (a line of trees bordering our backyard) proved too distracting because a) the relatively narrow aperture I wanted to use did not diffuse it sufficiently for good separation and b) the colors of the background were too similar to the bud to create color separation.
 
To remedy the situation, I clamped a black foam core board behind the bud to eliminate the background. Here's what the setup looked like:
 
Night-Blooming Cereus Bud Setup September 2018

At this time of the day (approx. 12:30pm Eastern Time), sunlight was filtering through the trees, giving it a soft quality, but the bud was still relatively well lit. Therefore, I used the sunlight as my main light and simply held a white foam core board angled slightly below the bud to fill in the shadows caused by the high sun. Of course, the sunlight was also illuminating the background, making my very dark grey foam core board less dark, but... I liked the effect. Here's what the bud shot looked like after processing:
 
Night-Blooming Cereus Bud September 2018

EXIF: f/10, 1/160 sec, ISO 200
 
Later that evening, the real show began. Around 10:00pm ET, we noticed that the flowers were starting to open up. I quickly grabbed the same tripod-mounted camera and lens and got to work. This time, I used a shoe-mount flash diffused by a 24" collapsible softbox with grid positioned behind the flowing plant (rather high) to create a diffused backlit glow and rim light. I used the same white foam core board that I had used for the bud shot positioned below the flower for fill. EXIF for the end result seen atop this post: f/8, 160 sec, ISO 400.
 
My mother-in-law questioned why I didn't shoot the flower from the front to show off its interesting structure, and many of you may be wondering the same thing. Truth is, I captured many shots of the blooming flower from the front but didn't like them nearly as much. Here were the challenges that made photographing the flowers from the front less ideal:
 
  1. The position of the bloom (sticking through the railing) limited where I could place off-camera flashes and modifiers (no rim/back lighting possible), leading to a rather dull image.
  2. Night-blooming cereus flowers are very deep. Front lighting the flower from anywhere except the camera's axis results in dark shadows in the deepest part of the blooms.
  3. Getting the entire flower in focus from the front of the petals to the back (within the depth-of-field) is very challenging. As I was photographing the flower while still attached to the plant, small movements made focus stacking an impractical solution.
Sometimes you just have to accept the limitations of a given situation and figure out a solution that works best.
Post Date: 9/19/2018 10:11:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Loupedeck:
 
New integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC makes video editing faster, intuitive and more affordable; decision made based on community feedback
 
HELSINKI, Finland – September 19, 2018 –Loupedeck, the custom photo editing console built with an intuitive design that makes editing faster and more creative, has announced its first foray into video editing, beginning with its integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
 
Following a year of success and innovation, the decision to include video editing functionalities is exclusively based on feedback from Loupedeck’s invested community. The Loupedeck+ will make the video editing process faster, more intuitive and more affordable than the industry norm, offering a native integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, with all Premiere Pro functions available on the device.
 
New video editing functionalities of the Loupedeck+ include:
 
  • Faster and more intuitive video editing and color correction. All basic tools for color grading are simply labeled on the console
  • Total flexibility with Premiere Pro CC, allowing editors to make their own configurations to fit their workflow
  • Ability to export/import a editors’ personal Loupedeck configuration setups and easily transfer them to another computer
  • Lumetri Color workspace compatibility for color grading
  • Ability to toggle between your favorite LUTs, serving as a significant time saver
  • Flexible timeline navigation, content trimming and clip adjustment
  • Option to customize console buttons to preferred Adobe Premiere shortcut demands or use preinstalled functions
“Our mission is to keep on improving the editing workflow, so it’s only fitting our next step is in the video editing space,” said Mikko Kesti, Founder and CEO of Loupedeck. “Just like we developed the Loupedeck+ exclusively from community feedback, we felt it was imperative to listen to what our users had to say and make the device’s functionality even more well-rounded, providing all the same editing functions that photographers have at their fingertips to videographers. Users can now count on Loupedeck+’s intuitive design and user-friendly approach to enhance their video editing quality and increase their output. Our ongoing partnership with Adobe made introducing these new capabilities with its Premiere Pro CC suite an easy decision.”
 
Additional video software integrations will be announced later this year. On the photo editing side, the Loupedeck+ will include future integrations with Skylum’s other products, including Skylum Luminar. It is also currently in beta with Capture One, with full integration on the way, as well as additional photography software integrations to follow later this year.
 
The device is available for purchase at B&H Photo and Amazon.com for $229.00.
Category: Loupedeck News
Post Date: 9/19/2018 8:24:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Wes Brewer, CEO ProGrade Digital has published a comparison between two emerging memory standards: SD Express and CFexpress.
Recently, the SD Association (governing body for SD card development and standardization) announced finalization of revision 7.0 for the card SD specification. This revision now includes a section 8.0, which adds an NVMe compliant, PCIe interface option. Like the announcement of CFexpress 1.0 made by the CompactFlash Association in August of 2016, the PCIe interface with NVMe provides a scalable path for improved performance in flash-based storage devices, and conforms to industry standards in use for devices such as SSDs.
 
This white paper provides an objective look at variances between the two standards SD Express and CFexpress.
See the ProGrade Digital SD Express vs. CFexpress White Paper for more information.
 
B&H carries ProGrade Digital memory products.
Post Date: 9/19/2018 6:23:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Santa Rosa, Calif. – With Think Tank Photo’s new Emergency Rain Covers, photographers need no longer be caught off guard by bad weather. The Emergency Rain Covers are a simple, compact solution for protecting photo gear from sudden downpours or dusty conditions. These seam-sealed rain covers can be quickly and easily deployed when outdoor conditions change.
 
The covers are designed to fit both DSLR and Mirrorless cameras and are available in two sizes to accommodate a range of full-frame lenses. The Emergency Rain Cover – Small protects a 16–35mm f/2.8, a 14–24mm f/2.8, a 24–105mm f/4, or a 24–70mm f/2.8 lens. The Emergency Rain Cover – Medium protects a 24–70mm f/2.8 or a 70–200mm f/2.8 lens.
 
“When compressed, the Emergency Rain Cover fits into a small pouch, so it’s easy to bring along even if rain is a distant concern,” said Think Tank’s President and Lead Designer Doug Murdoch. “It takes up so little room in your bag, yet could save your gear when a sudden downpour or dust storm hits. Every photographer who shoots outdoors should keep one tucked one away in their camera bag.”
 
Features include:
 
  • Seam-sealed for extreme protection in downpour or dusty conditions
  • Compresses into an included compact carrying pouch
  • Oversize window to view your LCD and controls
  • Ability to access your camera through one cinchable sleeve
  • Mountable to tripod or monopod
  • Dual viewing configurations for varying conditions
  • Hot-shoe mount keeps cover secured to camera during use
  • Non-slip, adjustable strap attaches directly to the lens hood
  • DWR coating for an extra layer of protection
Think Tank Photo has the Emergency Camera Rain Covers in stock with free shipping. Note: Use of the preceding links will get you a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more.
Post Date: 9/19/2018 6:10:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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