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 Tuesday, July 23, 2019

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

At B&H’s Optic 2019, photojournalist and New York attorney Richard P. Liebowitz discusses the ownership of intellectual property, and he emphasizes that, as a photographer you need to iron out details—in writing—of who owns the copyright to your work before you sign a contract. If you’re a photographer interested in the best ways to protect your photos, this is a video you need to watch.

Richard P. Liebowitz, Esq., is a New York attorney who focuses on intellectual property law related to copyrights at Liebowitz Law Firm, PLLC. A 17-year member of the New York Press Photographers Association (NYPPA), he has produced award-winning photojournalism. Richard now helps his fellow NYPPA members and other artists around the world resolve intellectual-property infringements and protect their work, on a contingency basis. As a fellow photographer, he understands where artists are coming from and is passionate about helping the creative community.

Post Date: 7/23/2019 5:25:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 22, 2019

From the Matt Kloskowski YouTube Channel:

This is a great tip for landscape and outdoor photos when you want to add color to a certain part of the photo inside of Lightroom.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 7/22/2019 5:24:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Aurora Aperture YouTube Channel:

One Set of Filters for Every Lens

Aurora Aperture Adapter Mount Format Filter (AMF) filter is a revolutionary filter format that works for all DSLR lenses on popular mirrorless mount adapters. You will only need one set of filters for all your adapted lenses, no more multiple sets of filters or step-up rings, or complicated and bulky square filter systems.

The AMF drop-in filters work extremely well with ultra wide-angle lenses, especially those that have a protruding front element and are without front filter threads. Those types of lenses require a bulky filter adapter paired with very large filters. They are inconvenient to carry around and are unfriendly to your wallet. The AMF Filters is currently available through a kickstarter.com crowdfunding campaign.

Post Date: 7/22/2019 5:11:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, July 20, 2019

It started out innocently. After verifying firsthand that Mount Evans was closed due to snow and ice, despite it being summer, we decided to explore Guenella Pass. Traveling the entire previous day gave Brittany a strong desire to go for a hike and she didn't have to expend much energy convincing me to take that option.

The plan was to explore the nearby alpine tundra from trails leading from a parking area near the top of the pass. We grabbed a backpack, some water, snacks, and rain shells and set off on what we thought would be a mini-adventure. Carrying the Canon EOS 5Ds R with a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens mounted (primarily for wildlife) and a Nikon Z 7 with a Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Lens mounted (primarily for landscape) seemed to be an ideal set of gear for the planned short hike.

While hiking, Brittany continuously wanted to see what was over the next ridge. In this location, deception reigned and the answer to the what is over the next ridge question is always another ridge. Still, we kept asking the question until having climbed mostly rock and snowfield over 2,400' (730m) up in roughly 3.5 mi (5.6km). Unintentionally, we found ourselves on top of a very high mountain.

The view at the top of the 13,800' Table Top Mountain was spectacular. What Brit was feeling from the altitude ... was not nearly as pleasant.

Unfortunately, we needed to promptly go back down and couldn't spend much time on top. Fortunately, Brit found the mental fortitude to get some great photos despite the altitude sickness but she didn't feel good until after a nap back in town.

While I was not as strongly affected by the high elevation, I definitely should have left the 100-400 in the SUV as it gained a lot of weight on this hike.

See the distant thunderhead cloud looming over Brittany's head in the image? That was another reason to go down quickly. That storm brought us near white-out snow conditions for a short period of time during our descent, adding to the day's story.

While photography is great for storytelling, going on photo adventures is a great option for creating stories.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
24mm  f/11.0  1/200s
ISO 100
8256 x 5504px
Post Date: 7/20/2019 7:29:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 19, 2019

From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:

Today we show you how to change a subject's pose with the Puppet Warp Tool in Photoshop! Whether you're trying to get the perfect composition or trying to nail a particular effect, the Puppet Warp Tool can help you reshape and reposition any body part–for the perfect pose, every time.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 7/19/2019 5:40:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:

Shooting on location gives you an instant backdrop which will immediately tell a story about what you're shooting. However having a great location is only the start of the process however, so in this video photographer Gavin Hoey has some simple tips for maximizing the character in your location portraits shoots.

It's all about forward planning. Gavin starts by hiring the right model and outfit for the look he's after. In this case he combines a grimy urbex location with a beautiful red dress. Then he works on adding controlled flash to the existing ambient light to create some drama in his images. Finally he adds some simple props which when used on their own or combined together, create a variety of different looks within the same location.

Post Date: 7/19/2019 5:24:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 18, 2019

The just-announced Sony a7R IV becomes available for preorder at 10:00 ET today. I like what I see. Many of the feature updates of the a7R IV show that Sony is listening and this model promises to be quite impressive.

Here is the Sony a7R IV compared to the Sony a7R III from a specifications perspective.

Highlight Sony a7R IV Features

  • 61MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • 567-Point Phase-Detection AF System
  • UHD 4K30p Video with HLG & S-Log3 Gammas
  • 5.76m-Dot Tru-Finder OLED EVF
  • 3.0" 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Up to 10 fps Shooting, ISO 100-32000
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 240MP Pixel Shift Multi Shooting
  • Bluetooth & Wi-Fi, Dual UHS-II SD Slots

Here is Sony a7R IV visual comparison to the Sony a7R III. Notice the changed controls?

Be sure to support this site by using our links to place your preorder.

Sony Alpha a7R IV Mirrorless Digital Camera: B&H | Adorama | WEX

Sony VG-C4EM Vertical Grip: B&H | Adorama | WEX

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Preorders
Post Date: 7/18/2019 9:00:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Thank you for purchasing and using our products. We are pleased to announce that a new firmware update for SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for Sony E-mount is now available.

Applicable Products

  • SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Sony E-mount
  • SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for Sony E-mount
  • SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for Sony E-mount
  • SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for Sony E-mount
  • SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for Sony E-mount
  • SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for Sony E-mount
  • SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Sony E-mount

Benefits of the update

  • It has improved the AF speed.
  • It has improved the AF accuracy when the Face Detection setting is turned on, while using AF.
  • With the Sony a9 or Sony a6400, it has corrected the phenomenon whereby the AF stopping position occasionally had a variation when shutter was half pressed repeatedly during auto focusing on the same subject.

* For customers who have Sony a9, please update the camera’s firmware to Ver.5.00 or later.

Applicable product

  • SIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for Sony E-mount

Benefits of the update

  • It has improved the AF accuracy when the Face Detection setting is turned on, while using AF.
  • With the Sony a9 or Sony a6400, it has corrected the phenomenon whereby the AF stopping position occasionally had a variation when shutter was half pressed repeatedly during auto focusing on the same subject.

* For customers who have Sony a9, please update the camera’s firmware to Ver.5.00 or later.

Applicable product

  • SIGMA 40mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for Sony E-mount

Benefits of the update

  • With cameras which incorporate DMF mode, when using the AF while the MF assist function is turned on, it has corrected the phenomenon whereby it automatically displays a magnified view as it gets in focus.

* For customers who have Sony a9, please update the camera’s firmware to Ver.5.00 or later.

To update the firmware, please refer to this link.

Posted to: Sony News   Categories: Sigma News, Sigma Firmware Updates
Post Date: 7/18/2019 5:44:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:

Join Daniel Norton OnSet as he walks you through the process of creating natural looking flash photography by working and balancing the strobe with the natural available window light coming into the location. When people claim flash photography does not look natural, often times they are not mixing it well with the environment. By working with the natural light in the space, your flash photography will be elevated to the next level.

Related Product - Profoto B10 Plus

Post Date: 7/18/2019 5:10:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 17, 2019

From DJI:

Capture Smooth Footage With The New Compact, Lightweight Ronin-SC, A Single-Handed Stabilizer For Mirrorless Cameras

Updated design offers excellent portability and the latest intelligent features including subject tracking

July 17, 2019 - DJI, the world’s leader in creative camera technology, today announced the latest addition to the renowned Ronin series, the Ronin-S Compact (SC), a single-handed 3-axis gimbal designed for popular mirrorless cameras. Using over a decade of experience creating aerial and handheld gimbals, the Ronin-SC offers a highly compact design, high-grade materials and advanced technology to open the world of creative possibilities for users capturing videos and photographs.

“The Ronin-SC took the powerful technology from the Ronin-S and put it in a lighter and smaller form factor,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager. “Now users can pair their mirrorless system with a stabilizer that is easier to transport, easier to set up, easier to use yet still equipped with high-performance features and technology.”

Compact, lightweight for ease of use

The Ronin-SC was created to be portable and travel friendly, weighing only 2.4 lbs., 41% lighter than the Ronin-S and can be taken apart to easily fit into backpacks and cases. The reduced weight makes the Ronin-SC not only easily transportable but aids in reducing fatigue when using it on extended photo and video shoots.

Robust and intuitive design

Using high quality materials including magnesium, steel, aluminum and composite plastic, the Ronin-SC’s durable construction is built to last and endure everyday use. Its powerful high-grade motors are capable of supporting up to 4.4 lbs and its dedicated battery offers users up to 11 hours of operation. Taking feedback from the Ronin-S, the Ronin-SC offers new design features including 3 axis locks on the pan, tilt and roll axis which makes balancing the camera simplified as well as helping during transportation. Additionally, the Ronin-SC features a new position lock system. Once the gimbal is balanced, the time it takes to remount the camera and start working is mere seconds, saving precious time during shoots. Similar to the Ronin-S, users can control the gimbal movement with the responsive joystick and easily access different modes and gimbal settings with the use of the Mode (M) button and the front trigger button.

Intelligent modes for endless creative possibilities

A staple in the Ronin series, the Ronin-SC features a host of intelligent modes to inspire all levels of content creators. Using the redesigned Ronin app, users can set up to 3 different custom profiles, adjust various settings such as motor output and even run balance tests to ensure that the camera system is properly setup. The popular 360-degree roll movement can be saved in one of the custom profiles by simply selecting it in the app and for fast paced scenes, Sport mode, which increases the response speed of the gimbal, is easily accessed by holding the Mode (M) button. The Ronin-SC offers the same modes as Ronin-S but with several exciting new additions, including Force Mobile and ActiveTrack 3.0:

  • New Force Mobile: The new Force Mobile, similar to Force Pro, conveniently synchronizes the movement of your connected mobile device* with the Ronin-SC gimbal, offering an immersive filming experience. Users can now operate gimbal movements at a max distance of 82 feet** using the new Bluetooth 5.0 connection.
  • New ActiveTrack 3.0: Using a mobile device, Ronin-SC users can select a subject for the gimbal to accurately follow. The new algorithms include deep learning and optimized calculations for human figures. Similar to the technology found in some DJI drones and the Osmo Series, ActiveTrack 3.0 uses the mobile phone’s camera view and sends this information to the Ronin-SC. Users can mount the mobile phone to the top of the camera’s hotshoe with the included phone holder mount, open the Ronin app and select the subject to follow automatically.
  • Virtual Joystick: Control gimbal movement remotely using the virtual joystick, ideal for when Ronin-SC is on a tripod or monopod.
  • TimeLapse: Create compelling TimeLapse content, adjusting settings including interval, clips and frames per second.
  • Motionlapse: Add the element of motion to your TimeLapse.
  • Motion Control: Set unique movement paths with Motion Control by selecting up to 10 different points.
  • Panorama: Automatically capture panoramas in multiple rows or columns.

Wide array of camera compatibility and accessories

Ronin-SC was created to work seamlessly with popular mirrorless camera systems on the market. A full list of compatibility can be found https://www.dji.com/ronin-sc. Additionally, the Ronin-SC is compatible with a variety of DJI accessories including a new, lighter external focus motor, Command Unit, DJI Force Pro, DJI Master Wheels, and some third-party accessories. Detailed information on compatible accessories can be found at https://store.dji.com/category/ronin-sc-and-accessories.

Pricing and availability

The Ronin-SC will be available for purchase at www.dji.com, flagship stores and retail partners today. Customers can choose between Ronin-SC Standard, which includes the essentials to get you up and running for $439 USD or the Ronin-SC Pro Combo, which adds the focus wheel along with the external focus motor and the Remote Start Stop (RSS) Splitter for $539 USD.

DJI Care Refresh

DJI Care Refresh is now available for Ronin-SC. For an additional $49 USD, DJI Care Refresh offers comprehensive coverage as well as up to two replacement units within one year. Receive your replacement even sooner with DJI Care Refresh Express. DJI Care Refresh also includes VIP after-sales support and free two-way shipping. For a full list of details, please visit https://www.dji.com/service/djicare-refresh.

* Currently Force Mobile functionality will only work with iOS devices.
** Distance is tested in an open unobstructed environment.

B&H has the new DJI Ronin SC Gimbal Stabilizer in stock. Adorama is accepting preorders.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DJI News
Post Date: 7/17/2019 8:52:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:

Kyle T. Webster shares one of his favorite brush tricks in Photoshop. Watch to learn how he achieves this realistic, painted look.

Other videos by Kyle T. Webster:

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

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Post Date: 7/17/2019 6:49:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The wildy-successful (nearly $10 million raised) KickStarter for the Peak Design ultra-compactable travel tripod ends tomorrow, Thu, July 18 2019 8:00 PM EDT. This is your last chance to get this tripod at the reduced KickStarter price.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Peak Design News
Post Date: 7/16/2019 12:28:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sony:

Sony Electronics Introduces High-resolution Alpha 7R IV Camera with World’s First 61.0 MP Back-illuminated, Full-frame Image Sensor

Unprecedented Highest Resolution and Widest Dynamic Range for a - Alpha System, Combined with High-speed Performance and a Lightweight, Compact Body

Sony Electronics Introduces High-resolution Alpha 7R IV Camera with World’s First 61.0 MP Back-illuminated, Full-frame Image Sensor

  • Unprecedented Highest Resolution and Widest Dynamic Range for a - Alpha System, Combined with High-speed Performance and a Lightweight, Compact Body
  • World’s first[i] 35mm full-frame 61.0 MP[ii] back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor with latest-generation BIONZ X™ image processor
  • 15-stop[iii] dynamic range at low sensitivities, resulting in smooth, natural gradations ranging from deep shadows to highlights
  • High-speed continuous shooting at up to 10 fps[iv] with full AF / AE tracking for approximately seven seconds [v] in full-frame mode with an increased buffer memory, and approximately three times as long in APS-C mode
  • 567 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering 74% of image area and 425 contrast AF points
  • Debut of Real-time Eye AF for movie recording[vi] and advanced Real-time Tracking[vii] plus Real-time Eye AF for still image recording
  • Features an APS-C crop mode delivering stunning high resolution images of 26.2MP[ii]
  • 5.76 million dot UXGA (Ultra-XGA) OLED Tru-Finder™ electronic viewfinder with outstanding detail, brightness and contrast
  • Upgraded connectivity and operability including high-speed Wi-Fi support, wireless PC remote connectivity[viii], FTP wireless transfer, faster data transfer via USB and more
  • Professional 4K movie recording functionality including full pixel readout with no pixel binning in Super 35mm mode[ix], S-Log3, HDR workflow support
  • Multi Interface Shoe™ with digital audio interface delivers the high-quality sound recording with Sony’s new microphone and XLR microphone adaptor
  • Additional enhancements to the body design include an improved grip and button layout for improved control with compact, lightweight body

NEW YORK — July 16, 2019 — Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the latest addition to its acclaimed Alpha 7R series full-frame mirrorless camera line-up: the extremely versatile, powerful Alpha 7R IV (model ILCE-7RM4).

Sony’s highest resolution full-frame camera ever, the new Alpha 7R IV delivers stunning image quality with high resolution and wide dynamic range while maintaining outstanding focusing performance, high-speed continuous shooting and much, much more.

“We are continuing to drive innovation, break boundaries and redefine the expectations of digital camera performance,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Product and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics. “The new Alpha 7R IV combines medium format-level image quality with high-speed shooting, extremely fast focusing and an extensive list of upgrades to design, connectivity and usability. This will allow professional photographers, videographers and all other types of creators to capture content in ways that were simply not possible before.”

A New Level of Image Quality

The new Alpha 7R IV features a newly developed 35mm full-frame, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with a resolution of 61.0 MP[ii], the world’s first[i] of its kind. The new sensor’s back-illuminated structure and effective noise reduction techniques combine to deliver extremely low-noise and high-sensitivity performance, ensuring the absolute maximum image quality. The camera also boasts an impressive 15-stopiii dynamic range at low sensitivities, resulting in smooth natural gradations ranging from deep shadows to highlights, and utilizes algorithms from many of the latest Alpha cameras to maintain outstanding color reproduction.

This new full-frame model is equipped with an innovative 5-axis, optical in-body image stabilization system that has been fine-tuned to support its high-resolution shooting capacity, resulting in a shutter speed advantage of 5.5-steps[x]. Additionally, the shutter unit assembly has been carefully redesigned to reduce even the slightest movement that may cause blur.

The Alpha 7R IV also includes Sony’s highest resolution viewfinder ever, a 5.76 million dot UXGA OLED Tru-finder EVF. About 1.6x the resolution of the EVF in the Alpha 7R III, this new viewfinder provides an extremely accurate, true-to-life depiction of the scene being framed. The display quality can be set to ‘Standard’ or ‘High’ mode, and to either 60 fps or 120 fps refresh rate to best match the subject and shooting conditions.

Additionally, the new camera features an evolved Pixel Shift Multi Shooting[xi] mode that composites up to 16 full-resolution images. In this mode, the camera precisely shifts the sensor in one pixel or half-pixel increments to capture 16 separate pixel-shifted images containing a total of 963.2 million pixels of data, which are then composited into a 240.8 million pixel (19008 x 12672 pixels) image using Sony’s “Imaging Edge™” desktop application[xii]. Ideal for photographing architecture, art or any other still life subject, this enhanced mode produces photographs with a level of detail and color accuracy that is simply stunning.

Shooting and Focusing Speed

The innovative new Alpha 7R IV full-frame mirrorless camera can shoot full resolution images at up to 10 fps[iv] with continuous, accurate AF/AE tracking for up to approximately seven seconds[v] in full-frame, full-resolution mode (JPEG / RAW), and approx. three times as long in APS-C crop mode delivering 26.2MP[ii] images. These high-speed options ensure that fast moving subjects can be captured with extreme accuracy and incredible image detail.

The upgraded focusing system of the Alpha 7R IV is comprised of 567 focal-plane phase-detection AF points that cover approximately 74 percent of the image area. There are also 425 contrast AF points that add extra precision and reliability for low light and other situations that are best served by contrast AF. The higher AF sensor density and refined tracking algorithms of the new camera produce a notable improvement in tracking performance, allowing complex subject motion and sudden subject movements to be reliably tracked with greater precision than ever.

The Alpha 7R IV also supports Real-time Eye AF, which employs artificial intelligence to detect and process eye location data in real-time, locking and maintaining focus on the subject’s eye with extreme precision. This is available for both animal and human subjects, with either animal or human Eye AF mode selectable depending on the shooting situation. Real-time Tracking[vii] is available as well, which utilizes a newly developed subject recognition algorithm to ensure the ultimate subject tracking and persistence of the focusing system. There is also an anti-flicker shooting[xiii] mode, which automatically detects the presence of fluorescent or artificial lighting in a shooting environment to minimize any impact on the final image.

Enhanced Connectivity for Professional Workflow

Sony’s new Alpha 7R IV full-frame camera is equipped with a variety of advanced connectivity features designed to enhance professional workflow. The new model includes wireless LAN functionality to support the conventional 2.4 GHz band, as well as a high-speed 5 GHz[xiv] band for faster, more stable data transfer. Wireless PC remote connectivity (wireless tethering shooting)[viii] is also available on the new Alpha 7R IV, a first for Sony cameras. Requested by many working professionals, this allows for much more freedom in studio and location shoots, letting the photographer move around freely and without restriction.

In addition to high-speed Wi-Fi® and wireless PC connectivity[viii], the new full-frame camera is equipped with a SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.2 Gen 1) USB Type-C™ connector that supports extremely fast wired data transmission, with almost doubled data transfer speed achieved in combination with Sony’s Imaging Edge software (compared to the Alpha 7R III). It also supports FTP data transfer with background transfer capability, allowing photographers to send images to a specified FTP remote server while they are still shooting or reviewing images.

To support an efficient, high-speed, connected professional workflow, Sony has announced version 2.0 of its “Imaging Edge” desktop applications (‘Remote’/’Viewer’/’Edit’)[xiii]. The ’Remote’ application allows users to control cameras and monitor live shooting on their PC screen; the ‘Viewer‘ application is used to quickly preview, rate and select photos from large libraries; and the ’Edit‘ application can develop RAW data into high-quality photos for delivery.

To maximize convenience in image transfer, when utilizing the latest version of Sony’s Imaging Edge Mobile™ application[xv], the camera can now transfer images to a connected smartphone even if the camera’s power is set to OFF[xvi].

High-resolution 4K and Professional Filmmaking Features

In addition to its impressive still image capabilities, the new Alpha 7R IV performs exceptionally well as a serious filmmaking tool, offering 4K (3840x2160 pixels) video recording across the full width of the image sensor, and full pixel readout without pixel binning in Super 35mm mode[ix]. This ensures high-quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth. S-Log 2 and S-Log 3 are also available to maximize color grading flexibility, with S-Log 3 offering a total of 14-stops of dynamic range. Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG)[xvii] is also available on the Alpha 7R IV to support an Instant HDR workflow.

For video autofocus, the versatile new full-frame camera utilizes a refined Fast Hybrid AF system that achieves faster, smoother, more stable autofocus during video shooting – even if an object temporarily moves in front of the intended subject. The camera also includes Touch Tracking functionality during movie shooting, allowing the user to simply touch the screen on their intended subject for instant acquisition.

The new Alpha 7R IV debuts Real-time Eye AF for movie shooting, a first in any of Sony’s cameras. When activated, the eye of a subject is automatically tracked with high precision and reliability, allowing the shooter to focus on the content itself as opposed to what is in focus or not. The aforementioned Touch Tracking functionality will also automatically initiate Eye AF when a human subject is selected.

Another notable video feature is the addition of a digital audio interface to the camera’s Multi Interface Shoe™ (MI Shoe), allowing a direct, digital connection from the new ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone or XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Kit for clear, low-noise and high-quality audio recording. Interval shooting for creating time-lapse videos is available, as well as full HD recording at up to 120 fps, Slow and Quick Motion[xviii] functions and much more.

Enhanced Build, Design and Customizability

The new Alpha 7R IV has several upgrades to its design and usability, with many adjustments being implemented directly from the voice of Sony’s professional community.

To maximize durability, the new Alpha 7R IV features upgraded dust and moisture resistance[xix], with additional sealing provided at all body seams, battery compartment cover and media slots. The camera is built with an extremely lightweight and durable magnesium alloy and also has an upgraded six screw, extra-firm lens mount.

Additional enhancements to the body design include an improved grip for greater comfort and a more sure hold within the hand; an increase in the diameter and feedback for the ‘AF-ON’ button; a new multi-selector joystick design for improvised control; an exposure compensation dial lock button; and a redesigned shape and new position for the rear dial. A strong request from many professional users, the new camera also includes two UHS-II compatible media slots, allowing for higher overall capacity and faster read/write speeds.

For added convenience, camera setting registration is expanded. Now, almost all camera settings can be saved to, and read from, an inserted memory card. Up to 10 combinations can be saved to any individual card and loaded into any camera body of the same model.

Despite its increased pixel count compared to the Alpha 7R III, the battery life has been improved with a CIPA measurement of up to 670 still images per change using LCD monitor, or 530 images with EVF. For even more uninterrupted operating time, the new optional VG-C4EM Vertical Grip holds two NP-FZ100 batteries, and the optional Multi Battery Adaptor (NPA-MQZ1K) can hold up to four Z batteries. The body can also be powered via the USB connector[xx].

New Accessories

Sony has also released a variety of new accessories to compliment the new Alpha 7R IV camera, including:

  • VG-C4EM Vertical Grip – Provides same operation, handling and design as the Alpha 7R IV camera, including upgraded dust and moisture resistance[xx]; doubles battery life and allows USB battery-charging via the camera body
  • ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone[xxi] – Eight high-performance mic capsules and advanced digital signal processing provide three selectable directivity patterns in one compact microphone of approximately 99.3mm (4 inches) in length with Super-directional pick up; when connected to the Alpha 7R IV via its Multi Interface Shoe with digital audio interface support, audio is directly transferred to the camera in digital form so that the highest possible quality is achieved without noise or degradation
  • XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Kit[xxii] – Two XLR/TRS combo connectors and one 3.5mm stereo mini jack for microphone and line input, with extensive control that helps facilitate the post processing workflow; connected to the Alpha 7R IV via its Multi Interface Shoe with digital audio interface support, audio is directly transferred to the camera in digital form so that the highest possible audio quality is achieved without noise or degradation; supplied extension cable for Audio provides extra flexibility for camera attachment with rig, cage or bracket
  • SF-M series TOUGH – Ultra-Tough UHS-II SD card with ultra-fast speed up to 277MB/s (read) is ideal for shooting under severe circumstances, and streamlines the post-shooting workflow; supplied with file recovery software (supports both mac OS and Windows)
  • MRW-S3 – Fast USB for PC hub with UHS-II SD/microSD reader, supporting USB 3.1 Gen 2 and 100W USB Power Delivery (USB PD), contributes to efficient workflow by ultra-fast, stable backup to PC or SSD

Pricing and Availability

The new Alpha 7R IV Full-frame Interchangeable Lens Camera will ship in September 2019 for approximately $3,500 US and $4,500 CA. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.

The new VG-C4EM Vertical Grip will ship in September 2019 for approximately $400 US and $530 CA.

The new ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone will ship in September 2019 for approximately $350 US and $470 CA.

The new XLR-K3M XLR Adapter Kit will ship in October 2019 for approximately $600 US and $800 CA.

Preorders

Be sure to support this site by using our links to place your preorder. Preorders for the Sony Alpha a7R IV Mirrorless Digital Camera will begin at 10am ET, Thu Jul 18: B&H | Adorama | WEX

Sony VG-C4EM Vertical Grip: B&H | Adorama | WEX

 
[i] As of July 2019, based on Sony survey of digital cameras with a full-frame image sensor
[ii] Approximately, effective
[iii] Still images. Sony test conditions
[iv] Up to 10 fps in continuous “Hi+” mode, and up to 8 fps in continuous “Hi” mode Maximum fps will depend on camera settings
[v] In JPEG (Extra fine / Fine) or compressed RAW mode
[vi] This function does not track animal eyes
[vii] “Tracking” in the menu. This function does not track animal eyes
[viii] Image Edge desktop application Ver. 2.0 or later is required
[ix] Super 35mm 4K recording results in a slightly narrower angle of view
[x] CIPA standards. Pitch/yaw shake only. Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens. Long exposure NR off
[xi] The Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit) desktop application Ver. 2.0 or later is required for compositing. Image compositing may not be successful if camera or subject movement causes blur. Some restrictions apply to flash and other device
[xii] ‘Remote’/’Viewer’/’Edit’ version.2.0 will be released in August 2019
[xiii] Only 100 Hz and 120 Hz flicker is detected. Continuous shooting speed may decrease. Flicker-free shooting is not available during silent shooting, BULB exposure, or movie recording.
[xiv] Models sold in some countries/regions support IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz) wireless LAN only. 5 GHz communication may be restricted in some countries and regions
[xv] Imaging Edge Mobile version 7.2 will be released in July 2019
[xvi] Imaging Edge Mobile Ver. 7.2 or later is required. “Cnct. during power off” setting in camera must be turned ON and the camera and smartphone must be paired using Bluetooth® technology via the Imaging Edge Mobile application
[xvii] Connect this product to an HDR (HLG) compatible Sony TV via a USB cable when displaying HDR (HLG) movies
[xviii] Sound not recorded. Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC card required
[xix] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof
[xx] A battery must be installed in the body when power is being supplied via the USB connector
[xxi] Refer to the Sony support page for details and camera compatibility information https://www.sony.net/dics/b1m/
[xxii] Refer to the Sony support page for details and camera compatibility informationhttps://www.sony.net/dics/k3m/

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 7/16/2019 10:20:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

70-200mm f/2.8 lenses from Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Sony, and Tamron are now included in the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.

The 70-200mm f/2.8 image stabilized lens is a staple to many kits. Start comparing! Then share the results with your friends.

Post Date: 7/16/2019 8:20:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

B&H just added a significant number of items, many in "10" condition, to their used Really Right Stuff inventory.

RRS gear is extremely well made but not inexpensive. The 9+ rated gear should barely appear used and the 10-rated gear is like new. The discounts are significant.

Used Really Right Stuff gear currently available includes:

  • Many tripods (TVC-34L Mk2, TVC 24L Mk2, TQC-14 Mk2, and more)
  • Ball heads (BH-55, PG-01)
  • Gimbal heads (PG-02, PG-01)
  • Monopod head
  • Ultra Pocket Pod
  • L-brackets for some of the latest cameras (Canon 5D IV, Sony a7III & a7R III, Nikon D850 & D5)
  • Leveling bases
  • Clamps, rails, feet, and more

Post Date: 7/16/2019 7:30:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the B&H YouTube Channel: In this fifth video in the Audio for Video series, AB discusses tips and techniques for how to best capture audio with lavalier and boom mics. From ways to conceal lavs on talent to proper operation of a boompole, you’ll see real-world examples of the types of methods that are used to enable great audio capture, regardless of environment or application. Check it out.

B&H has all you need to capture audio.

Post Date: 7/16/2019 5:54:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 15, 2019

Just posted: Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS Lens Review.

Along with much other information, learn why this lens' f/2.8 is equal T 5.6.

The Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS Lens from Lensrentals.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 7/15/2019 8:17:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, July 14, 2019

I spotted this lone bristlecone pine tree on my first drive up Mount Evans. The uniquely shaped tree alone on the side of the mountain begged to be in an image and on the last day of this trip, I made that pine my sunrise subject.

A clear sky does not hold promise for an amazing sunrise or sunset, but what can be counted on is the opportunity to incorporate a great sunstar into the image.

To create a sunstar from a point light source requires a narrow aperture. The narrower the aperture, the bigger the sunstar is the rule. I often select f/16 for these types of images as the effects of diffraction are usually tolerable at this aperture, even on the highest resolution cameras. A downside to using a narrow aperture with the sun in the frame is that flare effects are increased, especially from lenses with high element counts. Whether or not the flare shapes are attractive and desired may be a personal preference. Also note that, in general, wide aperture lenses create the largest sunstars.

Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S Lens' f/4 aperture isn't terribly wide and in this case, I opted for f/22 to get a larger and more attractive (including stronger points) star. I don't like the softness that diffraction creates at f/22 so the portion of the frame without the sunstar in it was merged from an f/11-captured frame. I captured a 5-shot bracket (varying by 1 stop) at each aperture setting and opted to use a brighter f/11 image for the foreground.

The other property a clear sky can promise is a very warm light immediately after the sun rises or immediately before the sun sets and the warm first or last light of the day raking over a scene is often welcomed from a landscape photography perspective.

The small crescent moon included in the frame just above the left side of the pine tree was a bonus for this image.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 7/14/2019 3:12:02 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 12, 2019

Just posted: ProMediaGear PLX3x Universal L-Bracket Review.

I've wanted a universal L-bracket for a long time and this is the one I picked.

The ProMediaGear PLX3x Universal L-Bracket is in stock at Adorama

Post Date: 7/12/2019 8:32:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Watch as Adobe's Julieanne Kost explains five feature of the crop tool, some of which you may not have known.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 7/12/2019 5:22:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Anhui China, Jul 8, 2019 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, are proud to introduce the the Nikon Z & Canon RF mount to the world’s widest rectilinear f/2 lens (Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D) and the world’s widest zoom lens (Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6).

Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D (Both Nikon Z & Canon RF mounts)

Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D (Both Nikon Z & Canon RF mounts)The Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D is currently the widest f/2 rectilinear native lens for full frame mirrorless cameras. The lens falls into the Laowa ‘Zero-D’ products line-up and the patented optical design successfully minimizes the optical distortion to the lowest. This compact and lightweight lens comprises of 12 elements in 9 groups with 2 pcs of aspherical elements and 3 pcs of Extra-low dispersion elements. Photographers can also take advantage of the super close focusing distance (less than 6” from the sensor) and the f/2 aperture to create some wide angle close-up shots with pleasing bokeh.

Despite the extreme specifications, Venus Optics have successfully minimized the size of the lens to only 1.1 lbs and 3” long. The flat front surface design allows photographers to use 72mm circular filter with ease. Unlike the Sony E variant, the new Nikon Z / Canon RF variants feature a design of 5 straight aperture blades which produce a clean and sharp 10-point sunstar rendering.

Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom (Nikon Z mount only)

Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom lens is currently the widest full frame zoom lens in the market.

The 102° (18mm) to 130° (10mm) FoV provides a great deal of flexibility for photographers to compose landscape or architecture photos with ease. The one-of-a-kind 130° FoV also helps photographers to realize many formerly impossible shots.

Similar to the Sony E-mount variant (released a few months ago), Venus Optics have managed to compress the size of this new Nikon Z variant to the smallest in its class, measuring approximately 3.5 inches (~9cm) long and weighing only 1.1 lbs (<500g) with a lens diameter of 70mm. It also incorporates a 5 straight blade aperture to deliver a sharp, clean, well-defined 10- point sunstars. The lens houses with 14 elements in 10 groups with 2 aspherical elements & 1 extra-low dispersion element. It comes with an excellent close up performance and is able to focus as close as 6” from the sensor. A rear 37mm filter thread is included to fit with 37mm UV/ND filter.

Venus Optics have NO plans to launch Canon R mount for Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6.

Availability

The new variants of Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D & Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 are currently available to order and from authorized resellers. Recommended Retail Price in US (without tax) is USD 849 for each lens. Pricing may vary in different countries.

Adorama has the following available for preorder:

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Venus Optics News
Post Date: 7/12/2019 4:59:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 11, 2019

From Sigma:

Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art

Ultimate large-diameter, wide-angle zoom lens optimized for full-frame mirrorless cameras -“The definitive lens for astrophotography” with astonishing resolution.

Many photographers like to use low sensitivity shooting to minimize noise as much as they can. Particularly in the photography of starry skies, bright wide-angle lenses are often selected because they can efficiently collect weak light. The 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art has been developed as the ultimate large-diameter, wide-angle zoom lens by optimizing the standard specifications for photographing starry skies for full-frame mirrorless cameras. The uniform rendering performance and outstanding resolution to the edge of the frame make it the “definitive lens for astrophotography.” By utilizing the characteristics of the short flange focal length, this new-generation large-diameter zoom lens combines both compact body and unprecedented high-resolution image quality.

About Product Name: Product name includes “DG” when the lens is designed to deliver the ultimate in performance on cameras with full-frame sensors, and “DN” when the lens design is optimized for mirrorless cameras with the short flange focal length.

Key features

  1. Newly developed high-performance lens series for full-frame mirrorless cameras - With mirrorless cameras emerging at an accelerated pace, expectations towards lenses suited for high-performance full-frame mirrorless cameras are growing.Unfortunately, many photographers may feel that they have little choices for mirrorless lens systems in terms of performance, size, extensive lineup, and due to the burden of having to use multiple systems.SIGMA has thus developed and proposes this new full-frame mirrorless lens series as the optimal solution to this challenge. SIGMA will develop interchangeable lenses with unprecedented specifications and performance by designs that benefit from the short flange focal length feature of mirrorless cameras while retaining the concepts of “Contemporary,” “Art,” and “Sports.”We will announce three models as the first lenses from this series.
    • 45mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary - Compact size is realized while maintaining high image quality and is compatible with full-frame mirrorless cameras. This prime lens refines the concept of the Contemporary line.
    • 35mm F1.2 DG DN | Art - The world’s first 35mm F1.2 as L-Mount and Sony E-mount autofocus lens for full-frame mirrorless system. The high image quality of the Art line that pursues ultimate performance is realized by F1.2 maximum aperture.
    • 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art - Large-diameter, ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. While pursuing the ultimate image quality of the Art line, the size is reduced thanks to the exclusive design for mirrorless cameras.

  2. High-resolution image quality developed with exclusive low dispersion glass elements and NPC (Nano Porous Coating) - One FLD glass and five SLD glass elements are appropriately arranged to suppress chromatic aberration to the edge of the frame. Three aspherical lenses, including a large-diameter aspherical lens at the foremost surface, are used to effectively minimize coma flare, etc., thereby achieving mind-blowing resolution. The super multi-layer coating is combined with a newly developed NPC (Nano Porous Coating). The lens has been designed to be less susceptible to strong incident light such as backlight.
  3. Substantial functions enable user confidence, even in tough environments - Incorporating a stepping motor enables the high speed, quiet AF drive. Shooting is comfortable even in target AF such as Face/Eye Detection AF and during video shooting. The AFL button which can be assigned with various functions widens the range of operations available on the lens. Furthermore, the lens features a dust- and splash-proof structure, along with a water- and oil-repellent coating on the frontmost surface of the lens, which further supports shooting in various environments.
  4. Rear filter holder as a standard accessory - The lens comes with a rear filter holder equipped with a fall prevention lock for attaching sheet type rear filters for shooting starry skies.
Other features

  • Full-time manual mode
  • Available Mount Conversion Service
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system: A1
  • 11-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High-precision, rugged brass bayonet mount
  • “Made in Japan” craftsmanship


Sigma 35mm f 1.2 DG DN Art Lens

SIGMA 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art

Bringing the “pursuit of ultimate image quality” to the next level with an F1.2 Art line lens for mirrorless cameras

First wide-angle AF lens with F1.2 maximum aperture for the full-frame Sony E-mount and L-Mount system. This lens enables a creation of artwork with astounding resolution and large bokeh effects, such as portraits that make use of a shallow depth of field. It brings the development concept of the Art line “pursuit of ultimate image quality” to the next level. While utilizing optical correction function inside the camera, aberrations that are difficult to post-process are thoroughly corrected thanks to the optical design and it thereby enhances resolution.

Key features

  1. Large-diameter, ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. - While pursuing the ultimate image quality of the Art line, the size is reduced thanks to the exclusive design for mirrorless cameras.
  2. SIGMA’s First F1.2 maximum aperture, large-diameter prime lens - The "Art line in the age of mirrorless cameras" pursues ultimate performance as a large-diameter lens with a focal length of 35mm and also achieves a maximum aperture of F1.2. Three SLD glass elements and three aspherical lenses including a double-sided aspherical lens are optimally arranged in a lens construction of 17 elements in 12 groups. In addition to the optical design that makes use of the characteristic of the short flange focal length, it effectively takes advantage of the correction function inside the camera to correct distortion and peripheral illumination. Various aberrations that are difficult to correct by post-processing, such as sagittal coma flare, are thoroughly corrected by the compilation of the optical design technologies that SIGMA has cultivated, achieving an overwhelming resolution that can resolve over 50 million pixels.
  3. High operability that supports various shooting situations in both still and video - In autofocus photography, comfortable shooting for a F1.2 large-diameter lens is achieved by the large Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) that gets desired torque required to drive the focus lens group. In manual focus photography, the focus ring driven by the focus-by-wire system with the optimized torque setting responds to fine operations of the photographer. The aperture ring is also mounted with a de-click function for removing clicks, enabling seamless operations that are especially useful during video shooting.
  4. Substantial functions enable user confidence, even in tough environments - The AFL button which can be assigned with various functions widens the range of operations available on the lens. Furthermore, the lens features a dust- and splash-proof structure, along with a water- and oil-repellent coating on the frontmost surface of the lens, which further supports shooting in various environments.
Other features

  • Full-time manual mode
  • Hood with lock
  • Available Mount Conversion Service
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system: A1
  • 11-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High-precision, rugged brass bayonet mount
  • “Made in Japan” craftsmanship

B&H has the following available for preorder:

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens for Sony E
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens for Leica L
Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens for Sony E
Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens for Leica L

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sigma Announcements
Post Date: 7/11/2019 5:21:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 10, 2019

From B&H:

Apple has updated the MacBook Air and the entry-level 13" MacBook Pro. The MacBook Air gets a True Tone display, while the entry-level 13" MacBook Pro gets fully kitted out with an 8th-Gen Intel® Core™ quad-core processor, Touch Bar, True Tone, and more. The MacBook Air now has True Tone on its Retina Display. True Tone automatically adjusts the white balance to the color temperature of the light around you, providing a much more natural viewing experience. Learn more here.

Preorder the new Macs at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Apple News
Post Date: 7/10/2019 7:18:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

by Sean Setters

If you're like me, after having purchased the 5DayDeal Complete Video Creators Bundle (especially over multiple years), you may have a ton of LUTs (Look Up Tables) that can be used to color grade your videos and images. For instance, the last time I counted, I had over 600 LUTs sitting in a folder on my hard drive. Unfortunately, sifting through my LUTs to find one that's appropiate for a specific video/photo project has has been a painfully slow and tedius process, requiring the of application of each LUT individually within the software editor for preview purposes.

Thankfully, there's a better way. A Swedish software designer has created an excellent (and free) program – Bulk LUTs Previewer – that allows for fast and easy previewing of your locally stored LUTs.

How Does Bulk LUTs Previewer Work?

It's really simple.

  1. Open the program and click "Import" to point Bulk LUTs Previewer to the image you'd like to use as the sample. I'd suggest using a small resolution image as a full-resolution image will make the previews load significantly slower.
  2. Click the "3D Luts" button and navigate to your folder containing the LUTs.
  3. Click "Generate" to generate the LUT previews.
Bulk LUTs Previewer Screenshot

How to Apply a LUT in Photoshop

Once you've found the LUT you'd like to use, here are the steps for applying the LUT to an image in Photoshop.

  • Open your image and add a Color Lookup Table adjustment layer.
  • In the Properties panel of the adjustment layer, click "Load 3D LUT..."
  • Click the "Load 3D LUT..." option and navigate to the appropriate LUT.

While the sofware is free, I highly suggest donating to the author (using the "About" menu option) to encourage the software's further development (I did).

Download: Bulk LUTs Previewer

Post Date: 7/10/2019 5:55:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

As a photographer, you've probably run into a situation where your camera's sensor couldn't capture the full range of brightness levels in a scene, necessitating techniques – such as bracketing – to obtain a higher dynamic range image. Well, those recording audio often face a similar issue capturing the full range of sounds available without clipping and/or distortion.

However, the new Zoom F6 uilizes 32-bit floating recording and dual analog to digital converters (one tuned to capture loud sounds, one tuned to capture low sounds) which the unit combines to create a full range of clean audio. The processing is so good, in fact, that it's almost impossible to clip audio when the device is set to 32-bit recording (the limiter isn't even available at this setting).

B&H has the Zoom F6 6-Input / 14-Track Multi-Track Field Recorder available for preorder.

Post Date: 7/10/2019 5:17:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Please visit the Photography Workshops page for the latest openings.

If you are you interested in photographing brown bears chasing salmon (among other things) in a remote section of Katmai National Park, I need to hear from you very soon.

I have the opportunity to charter a boat with an extremely-experienced operator, one very familiar with coastal Katmai NP and the brown bears. Photographing brown bears chasing and catching salmon is the anticipated highlight of this trip which would take place at the typical peak of the salmon run, at end of August or early September in 2020.

I've had the privilege of going on this trip and highly recommend having it on your bucket list.

The scenery in this area is amazing. The float plane flight to and from the boat is amazing. The animals are amazing. Every day is a new adventure.

I do not have much time to lock in this opportunity. I need 8 participants to make this affordable with the cost being very approximately $8,500 for 6 nights. This rough estimate cost is all-inclusive from Kodiak (and possibly Homer) (aside from crew tips).

Again, the window on this opportunity will close quickly, so I need to hear from you soon if this is a trip you are interested in joining me on. Email me now to reserve your spot or ask questions!

Post Date: 7/9/2019 11:11:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sony:

Sony Electronics Boosts Full-frame Lens Line-up with Introduction of FE 35mm F1.8 Lightweight Prime

SAN DIEGO —July 9, 2019 —Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the latest addition to its E-mount full-frame lens line-up with the introduction of the FE 35mm F1.8 wide-angle prime lens, model SEL35F18F.

The compact dimensions and lightweight of this full-frame, large-aperture lens provide mobility and convenience for shooting a wide range of subjects, such as everyday snapshots, food photography, landscapes, night scenes and more. The new lens provides outstanding corner-to-corner image quality, while its quiet autofocus and tenacious tracking performance make it a great choice for both stills and movie shooting. Additionally, its compact form makes it an appealing choice for both APS-C body users, offering a 52.5mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras.

“Our E-mount lens lineup now includes 34 full-frame models and 52 lenses in total,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Products and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics. “The new 35mm prime combines outstanding corner-to-corner sharpness with a compact design, making it an ideal choice for a wide range of shooters. Sony will continue to develop and expand its imaging lineup, giving creators more options than ever before to realize their vision.”

Product Highlights

High-resolution and large-aperture, full-frame performance in compact and lightweight lens

  • Large F1.8 maximum aperture, weighing in at just 280 grams and measuring 65.6 mm (diameter) by 73.0mm (length); this new lens sets a new standard for portability
  • Advanced optical construction, including an aspherical element to suppress aberration and deliver high resolution throughout the entire image frame; 9-blade circular aperture enhances beautiful bokeh
  • Minimum focus distance of 0.22m and maximum magnification of 0.24x offer easy access to the world of close-up photography

Versatile control and handling for a wide range of imaging needs

  • Conveniently placed, customizable focus hold button and a focus mode switch for instantaneous switching between auto and manual focus
  • Linear Response Manual Focus for fine, responsive manual focus control
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant design add to the versatility and reliability of this new lens and invoke a feeling of confidence in the user

Quiet AF with excellent tracking for movies as well as stills

  • Fast, precise and quiet linear-motor AF drive system for both stills and continuous focus control

Pricing and Availability

The FE 35mm F1.8 will ship in August 2019 for approximately $750 US and $800 CA and will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.

Preorders

Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens preorders start at 11am ET on Thu, Jul 11th (be sure to preorder using our links): B&H | Adorama | WEX

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 7/9/2019 10:07:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Just posted: Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens Review.

This is an outstanding lens.

The Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX (in stock – act fast)

Rent the Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens from Lensrentals.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 7/9/2019 8:02:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

A new round of Tamron instant rebates began July 7 and will run through September 1, 2019. See below for details.

Tamron July/August Rebates

ModelRebate AmountAuthorized Retailers
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Buy$170.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon

Post Date: 7/9/2019 5:33:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 8, 2019

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:

Every studio needs a mirror but to avoid accidental light bounce it's usually kept well away from the shooting area . However if used carefully, a mirror can make a great prop. In this video Gavin Hoey shows you how to use a regular household mirror in a small home studio and create a stunning reflection portrait.

Gavin covers all the essential information you need to recreate this photo including, what type of mirror, how to light a pure white background and some simple Photoshop tricks that help give the final mirror image some polish.

Related Products

Post Date: 7/8/2019 5:12:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, July 7, 2019

Untimely was that Mount Evans and the other high peaks in the Colorado Rockies were the recipients of a summer snowstorm that dumped up-to-2' (that's right, feet, not inches — 0.6m) of snow the weekend just prior to my Monday afternoon arrival, closing the mountain for the first two days of my trip. Weather is one of the many reasons for planning more time at a location than seems necessary and for this trip, 4 days was definitely not too long.

There is often a photographic upside to bad weather and in this case, that upside was snow available for inclusion in both the foreground and often the distant background of images. Adorable baby mountain goats in snow works for me.

Bonus points are awarded for images having all of a wildlife subject's feet visible. Very often subjects are in an environment that does not allow the feet to be completely visible (grass in a meadow for example). This little kid (what a baby goat is called) was racing around and conveniently opted to run over this rock (it's what all kids do, right?).

I have a tendency to frame my wildlife images too tight and the base image used for this shot was vertically tighter than I liked. Fortunately, I had another image in the burst sequence that permitted a vertical panorama to be created, giving my kid some breathing room.

While I would like the Canon EOS 5Ds R to have a higher frame rate for wildlife photography, the images it creates are simply awesome, especially when a lens like the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens is in front of it. I lugged a 600mm f/4 with me for the duration of this trip but used it very infrequently due to extremely high winds at the over-14,000' (4,267m) elevation making subject framing too difficult. That issue along with 400mm being often sufficient at the top of this mountain meant the 600 spent most of the week in the SUV. The 100-400 allowed capture of environmental wildlife portraits as desired and that technique was definitely desirable at the top of this mountain.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
400mm  f/8.0  1/2000s
ISO 400
8688 x 6312px
Post Date: 7/7/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 4, 2019

From Tamron:

We appreciate your continuous patronage for supporting Tamron products.

In regards our new introduction, 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046), which is scheduled to be released on Thursday, July 25, 2019, we are receiving orders more than anticipated. We regret to inform that production planned for the launch are falling short to fulfill all the inquiries received. Please be informed that there is a chance not all inquiries can be fulfilled after the launch date.

We sincerely apologize for all the inconvenience that this may cause to our customers, including our stakeholders, as well.

It is anticipated that delivery to some customers who have already ordered the product might be made some time after the release date. In addition, for those who are planning to place an order soon, because we deliver sequentially, it may take time for the product to be delivered.

We are making our every effort to deliver the products at the earliest possible stage. Your understanding and patience will be greatly appreciated.

B&H has the Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD Lens available for preorder.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 7/4/2019 4:42:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 3, 2019

For those residing in the USA, Independence Day (aka, the 4th of July) is often celebrated with freinds, family, grilled food and fireworks. With so many fireworks displays occurring this evening (either in a city center or in your own backyard), you may want to brush up on your fireworks photography techniques before the colorful bursts paint the night sky.

Fireworks Photography Tips

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 7/3/2019 8:50:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:

Join Daniel Norton OnSet as he creates a dynamic portrait using the qualities of hard light. While soft light hides texture, hard light brings it out, casting shadows and patterns as well as helps with color saturation and contrast.

Related Products at Adorama

Post Date: 7/3/2019 5:07:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Advancing Your Photography:

John Todd is a dynamic sports photographer who's managed to capture some of the biggest sporting events from surfing, to golf, to soccer. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, ESPN, the New York Times, and the list just goes on. I sat down with him and asked him for his inside tips for outstanding sports photography that you can go right out and use.

Be sure to check out more of John Todd's work on Instagram.

Post Date: 7/3/2019 4:37:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 2, 2019

If you are a bull elk, there comes a time in life when you are mostly alone during the rut. The other bulls your size have become your enemies and the larger bulls are going to beat you up if you get too close to the herd. You become referred to as a satellite bull.

While this bull is relatively large, he is no match for those having the cows. Bigger is usually better in terms of bull elk subjects, but I cannot resist photographing the smaller bulls in the right scenarios.

While I often seek sunlight from my back when photographing wildlife, the animal looking directly into the sun often works well from a lighting perspective. In this case, I was aligning a non-distracting background (that happened to be in the shade of a cloud) to help the elk prominently stand out in the frame.

There is only one opening remaining for the September elk in rut photo tour!

Consider joining a small group of passionate wildlife photographers pursuing these awesome animals. Photographers at all skill levels are invited to join!

"Bull Elk in Rut and Much More", Rocky Mountain National Park

  • 1 Opening: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21, 2019
  • Filled/Wait List: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28, 2019
  • Sign Up for September 2020
Contact me to sign up!

Photographers at all skill levels are also invited to join me for these tours:

Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour

Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019

"Whitetail Buck in Rut and Much More", Shenandoah National Park

Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019

Contact me to sign up!


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 7/2/2019 12:46:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:

Join Canon Advisor Eric Stoner in the Ghost Town in Nelson, Nevada as he shows you how to get creative with your images by combining CTO, or Color Temperature Orange, gels with your flash to achieve moody night skies during the day.

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B&H carries the Canon EOS RP and colored gels.

Post Date: 7/2/2019 5:23:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 1, 2019
Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 7/1/2019 9:26:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Skylum Software:

Relive your best memories with Luminar 3.1.2

This morning, we released Luminar 3.1.2, the latest update to our award-winning photo editing and management software. One of the big things we’re excited to introduce is a brand-new feature, called “On this day.”

“On this day” will let you relive your photography memories. Available for both Mac and Windows, this new feature gives you the opportunity to look back on what pictures you took on this day exactly one or more years ago. To get started with this, simply click the “On this day” shortcut in the menu.

Please note that the “On This Day” feature will only show up if you have photos in your Library taken on the current month and day in previous years.

It’s a great way to look back on how you’ve grown as a photographer, and provide you with some inspiration to get your day started!

On the Mac side of things, we’ve also added a faster import from your memory card, giving you less time waiting and more time to spend creating amazing images.

You can also now easily add plugins from Nik Collection to your workflow, and enjoy what they offer in cooperation with Luminar 3.

As for the Windows side, you’ll see a faster scroll on Single Image view. You can now scroll more quickly and more effectively. Additionally, you’ll see speed improvements to the switching process between Single Image view and Gallery view.

We’ve also fixed a bug with the Japanese calendar that caused crashes.

Finally, both Mac and Windows users will see overall performance and stability improvements. As Luminar continues to develop into a groundbreaking management and processing platform, it’s important to our team to make sure that Luminar’s performance is up to par. With every update, we try our best to make it work faster and more seamless than before, giving you a more reliable and quicker way to express your creativity through photography.

Mac users can update to version 3.1.2 by choosing Luminar 3 in the top menu bar, and then clicking “Check for updates.” Windows users can choose Help > Check for updates on the top toolbar.

Use coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to save $10.00 on a Luminar 3 purchase.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Categories: Skylum News, Luminar News
Post Date: 7/1/2019 9:05:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Roger Cicala and the LensRentals team recenlty opened up a Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM and came away quite impressed (even though the lens was returned with a serious issue).

This is a very well made lens. It IS built like a tank with robust magnesium alloy barrels, lots of long thick screws holding things together and nothing flimsy to be seen. The electromagnetic focusing motors, which were a weakness a few years ago, are now built like you could pull trucks out of ditches with them.

The more subtle stuff, things like the neatly laid out flexes and reassembly markers, indicate to me that a lot of care was taken in designing this lens. Nothing has that ‘we can stuff that in this nook over here’ look.

It’s a great lens optically that is very well built.

LensRentals takes great care in ensuring your rental arrives in tip-top condition. Be sure to keep them in mind for your rental needs.

Posted to: Sony News   Categories: LensRentals News, LensRentals Teardowns
Post Date: 7/1/2019 5:46:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Think Tank Photo:

SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – Think Tank Photo announces the Digital Holster 150, a camera holster designed to offer quick access and transport for your super telephoto zoom lenses. With the versatility of a 150–600mm, you don’t need a backpack full of lenses to shoot wildlife or sports photography. Instead, a camera holster dedicated to a single DSLR body with a 150–600mm attached is an ideal solution.

The Digital Holster 150 is a top-loading solution that minimizes the weight and bulk of bigger bags so you can focus on the action. Wear the holster comfortably on a belt or over the shoulder, so you’re ready to shoot at a moment’s notice.

“Sports and Wildlife photography requires rapid reaction times and quick gear access,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank CEO and Lead Designer. “The Digital Holster 150 delivers on both fronts, ensuring that your 150-600mm-attached camera is at-the-ready when you see your shot.”

KEY FEATURES

  • Designed to form fit a 150–600mm or equivalent sized lens with body attached
  • Quick access top opening
  • Carry with the included robust shoulder strap or belt mount
  • Fits a 105mm filter in its case in a zippered front pocket
  • Attachment for a monopod, a small tripod or a modular component
  • Rotate or Lock attachment on a Think Tank belt like the Pro Speed Belt V3.0
  • Front stretch pocket for lens caps, back caps, and other items
  • Removable screen protector separates your camera strap from the LCD
  • Metal hardware and YKK RC Fuse zippers for long lasting durability
  • Additional divider allows you to stack smaller lenses
  • Zippered side pocket for larger accessories or rain cover
  • Inner lid pocket for SD cards or lens cloth
  • Top grab handle for quick carry
  • Business card holder on top of lid
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included

WHAT FITS

Holds a gripped or un-gripped camera body with up to a 12” (30.5cm) lens attached

Example:

  • Nikon D5 with 200–500mm f/5.6 VR II attached
  • Canon 7D MII with Sigma 150–600mm f/5–6.3 Sport attached

Compatible Lenses:

  • Sigma 150–600mm f/5–6.3 Sport or Contemporary
  • Sigma 60–600mm f/4.5–6.3 Sport or Contemporary
  • Tamron 150–600mm f/5–6.3
  • 3
  • Nikon 200–500mm f/5.6 VR
  • Nikon 500mm f/5.6 VR
  • Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR
  • Sigma 300mm f/2.8
  • Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS II
  • Canon 24–70mm f/2.8 + 16–35mm f/2.8
  • Nikon 24–70mm f/2.8 + 14–24mm f/2.8

MATERIALS

Exterior: All fabric exterior treated with DWR while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance, 600D polyester, 420D high-density nylon, YKK RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, Ultra Stretch front pocket, 3-ply bonded nylon thread

Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon, high-density extruded nylon, polyurethane backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover, high-density closed cell foam, 3-ply bonded nylon thread

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Exterior Dimensions: 8” W x 16” H x 8” D (20.3 x 40.6 x 20.3 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 7.3” W x 15.3” H x 7.3” D (18.4 x 39 x 18.4 cm)
Weight (with all accessories): 1.7 lbs. (0.8 kg)

Think Tank Photo has the Digital Holster 150 in stock with free shipping and a free gift when you use our links to make your purchase.

Post Date: 7/1/2019 5:21:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, June 29, 2019

If it is similar to the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens, the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens is going to be a huge hit.

From Tamron:

Tamron Announces Launch of Large Aperture, Ultra Wide-Angle Zoom Lens for Sony E-Mount Cameras that is Extremely Compact and Lightweight with a Filter Diameter of 67mm

June 28, 2019, Commack, NY - Tamron announces the launch of the 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046), a large aperture, ultra-wide-angle lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. The Model A046 features a filter diameter of Ø67mm (astonishingly small for a full-frame, large aperture, ultra-wide-angle zoom lens) as well as an unprecedented light weight of 14.8 oz. and diminutive length of 3.9 in. The compact size provides excellent balance on the small profile mirrorless cameras and is easy to carry. The lens will be available July 25 at approximately $899 at authorized Tamron USA retailers.

The Model A046 offers a large F/2.8 aperture throughout the entire zoom range and delivers high-resolution and contrast edge-to-edge. The combination of ultra-wide-angle focal length, large constant F/2.8 aperture and an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 7.5 in. at the wide-angle end encourages richly expressive and creative photography in a multitude of scenarios.

The new 17-28mm zoom's AF drive system is powered by the RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) stepping motor unit that enables it to deliver high-speed, high-precision and superbly quiet operation, making it suitable for shooting virtually noise-free video as well as still photographs.

In addition, the new zoom lens features Moisture-Resistant Construction and a hydrophobic Fluorine Coating that repels fingerprints and dirt. Plus, the Model A046 is fully compatible with various camera-specific features including Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF. High performance, combined with exceptional portability, make the 17-28mm zoom ideal for daily use.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

1. Companion model to the compact, popular Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036) zoom

Sharing the same development concept as the highly esteemed Model A036 that launched in May 2018, the 17-28mm zoom (Model A046) was designed with the top priority of high optical performance in a form factor that is light and compact. Tamron engineers have achieved an unrivalled small size (3.9 in) and light weight (14.8 oz) for a zoom range of 17-28mm. The overall length does not change when zoomed or during focus, thereby creating stable, well balanced operation and excellent mobility. In addition, Model A046 features a filter diameter of just 67mm, very small for an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens. It has the same filter size as its sister lens the Model A036 allowing the use of the same lens cap and filters. The two zooms together create an extremely compact system that covers 17 to 75mm and weighs less than 35.3 oz.

2. Superb high-resolution performance

The 17-28mm zoom's optical design consists of 13 lenses in 11 groups, including three aspherical lens elements, two LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements and one XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) lens element that has properties close to those of fluorite. Together they efficiently suppress chromatic and other aberrations. Additionally, Tamron's legendary BBAR (Broad-Brand Anti-Reflection) Coating effectively reduces ghosting and flare. Leveraging camera functions*, it provides excellent optical performance matching the latest high-resolution image sensors from edge-to-edge throughout the entire zoom range. The combination of compact size and light weight plus high-resolution performance lets users capture a wide variety of genre including landscapes, architecture and casual snapshot photography. *When shooting with the camera's lens correction function enabled.

3. Extreme close-up capability enables versatile creative expression with ultra-wide-angle zoom

The 17-28mm zoom focuses close. The MOD at the 17mm wide position is 7.5 in (same as Model A036) and the maximum magnification ratio is 1:5.2. At the 28mm end, it achieves the maximum magnification ratio of 1:6 while reaching the MOD of 10.2 in This remarkable performance allows users to create compositions that emphasize perspective (the closer subject is larger and the more distant one is smaller) and that are unique to wide-angle lenses.

4. The RXD stepping motor unit is exceptionally quiet

The AF drive incorporates a sensor that accurately detects the position of the lens while the RXD motor unit delivers optimized AF control. This achieves very fast and accurate autofocus operation, allowing users to maintain pin-sharp focus on continually moving subjects or when filming video. The exceedingly quiet operation is an important advantage because it virtually eliminates extraneous sounds during video recording. In addition, the compact configuration of the RXD AF drive system contributes to the unprecedented size and weight reduction.

5. Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating

Environmental seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops and afford Moisture-Resistant construction. This feature provides an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions. Also, the front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that has excellent water- and oil-repellant qualities. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, moisture or oily fingerprints, allowing for much easier maintenance.

6. Consistent design and operation throughout all Tamron lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras

Similar to the 28-75mm (Model A036), the 17-28mm (Model A046) has a zoom ring at the front and a focus ring at the rear. Zooming, focusing and other functions are identical in this series to ensure consistent operation. The design is not only beautiful, it is functional as well and features an outer housing hugging the smooth contours of the lens body, deftly worked Luminous Gold brand ring and the precise, rigid metal lens mount. The Luminous Gold brand ring solidifies the characteristic look of a Tamron-branded lens whether on its own or attached to a camera body.

7. Versatile, exciting combination when paired with the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036)

Two high-performance partners, the 17-28mm combined with the 28-75mm, cover the super-broad range from 17mm ultra wide-angle to 75mm medium telephoto, and maintain excellent speed with an open aperture of F/2.8. The total weight of the two lenses is 34.2 oz, less than 1kg. This compact but potent combo makes the most of the mobility of mirrorless cameras. In addition, both models have a filter diameter of 67mm, so the same filters such as PL (Polarizer) and ND (Neutral Density) may be used with both models, and lens caps are interchangeable.

8. Compatible with main camera-specific features and functions

Tamron's new 17-28mm zoom is compatible with many of the advanced features that are specific to certain mirrorless cameras. This includes the following:

- Fast Hybrid AF
- Eye AF
- Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
- In-camera lens correction (shading, chromatic aberration, distortion)
- Camera-based lens unit firmware updates

* Features vary by camera. Please consult your camera's instruction manual for details.
* As of May, 2019.
* Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
** The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.

Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.

This product is developed, manufactured and sold based on the specifications of E-mount which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation.

Preorder This Lens Now!

Preorder the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens at B&H | Adorama Page | WEX

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 6/29/2019 7:06:45 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 28, 2019

In this video, Aaron Nace demonstrates how to get perfect white balance and colors in Photoshop.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions, and for a limited time, you can get a $25.00 gift card with a 12-month subscription plan.

Post Date: 6/28/2019 5:40:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

Photographer Sam Hurd gives us 5 tips to add creativity to virtually any environment you’re shooting in. From using a smartphone to add reflections to creating a “ring of fire” by shooting through a small copper pipe, these methods can transform a standard photo into something unique and stunning. Check it out.

Products Mentioned

Post Date: 6/28/2019 5:47:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 26, 2019

HELSINKI – June 26, 2019 – Loupedeck, the custom photo and video editing console built with an intuitive design that makes editing faster and more creative, has announced its integration with Adobe’s Camera Raw for Photoshop, expanding its compatibility within the Adobe ecosystem. The Camera Raw integration provides more flexibility for Adobe users, allowing them to bring some of the basic features to the Loupedeck+ and increase functionality with Photoshop. Camera Raw is one of several Loupedeck+ integrations announced since launching one year ago, including Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Audition.

Camera Raw and Photoshop users using Loupedeck+ will be able to:

  • Categorize their images with stars and colors
  • Use Loupedeck+ to boost their raw images before editing them fully with Photoshop
  • Manage all basic adjustments (e.g. exposure, contrast, temperature) with Loupedeck+
  • Color correct their images using HSL scrolls that work seamlessly with Adobe’s HSL-adjustments tab
  • Fine tune their image with tone curves, details (sharpening, noise reduction), split toning, lens corrections, effects (vignette, grain) and use camera calibration to fix tones

“We value a customer experience that is always evolving to benefit our users most,” said Mikko Kesti, Founder and CEO of Loupedeck. “We’re looking forward to offering our users new Adobe product compatibility with Camera Raw, as it’s something many of them have been specifically asking for. We’re confident bringing this new integration into the mix will help them further increase their productivity with the Loupedeck+ and provide the flexibility they require on a day-to-day basis.”

The Camera Raw integration is available starting today across all regions. Loupedeck+ is available for purchase at B&H Photo and Amazon US.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Loupedeck News
Post Date: 6/26/2019 5:45:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Metabones:

Vancouver, Canada, June 24, 2019 - Two years ago, Metabones added support for Sony A9 with a maximum continuous autofocus (AF-C) frame rate of 10 fps by firmware to its EF-E Speed Booster and EF-E Smart Adapter lines of fully-electronic adapters. Today, the same feat is extended to A7 Mark III.

How to upgrade:

  • EF-E Speed Booster ULTRA I/II, EF-E CINE Speed Booster ULTRA, EF-E Smart Adapter IV/V and EF-E CINE Smart Adapter are equipped with USB ports and they can be upgraded to firmware v62 by downloading the latest Metabones App. Choose the "Advanced Mode" checkbox before clicking the "Update" button. To encourage new firmware adoption, the user is assured that the upgrade is reversible to any previous version released in the last 2 years.
  • New customers may set the adapter to “Advanced Mode” with Metabones App or by following the procedure in the online user manual.
  • Even the original EF-E Smart Adapter I/II from 2012 and the original EF-E Speed Booster from 2013 can be updated to v62 and benefit from 10 fps AF-C with A9 and A7 Mark III, but without any USB ports, factory service is required to upgrade the firmware of these discontinued products, and they work only in APS-C mode. EF-E Smart Adapter III (2013) can also be factory-serviced to v62 and is the earliest adapter with full-frame camera support. Please contact Metabones customer service for details.

To achieve the highest possible AF-C frame rate on A7 Mark III, the adapter is set to "Advanced Mode". On the camera we recommend setting "Priority Set in AF-C" to "AF" for the best accuracy and the highest hit rate, even though that will decrease the frame rate. 10 fps is the theoretical maximum and just how close we get to that is highly dependent upon the AF speed of the lens used and the speed of subject movement.

The fastest frame rate is achieved when the subject is at or near the center where phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) is used. Unfortunately only the central PDAF points are effective, because using all of the PDAF points of the camera would have required metadata about the optical formula of the specific lens used, which we do not have. All the PDAF points can be used by setting the Speed Booster or Smart Adapter to "Green Mode", although the periphery points will still not be as effective as the central ones. Some older lenses may have reduced accuracy and/or speed in “Advanced Mode”, but they can still be used in "Green Mode" on A7 Mark III at a lower frame rate (3 fps). “Green Mode” is also faster at single autofocus (AF-S).

With Speed Boosters and Smart Adapters breaking down compatibility barriers, Metabones believes that the products themselves need to be continuously updated with new firmware to cope with new technologies, new cameras and new lenses. Patrons see value in Metabones products in the long term for compatibility with the broadest range of cameras and lenses and for the firmware updates. Leverage the 10 fps continuous autofocus feature of the best-selling full-frame mirrorless camera today using 32 years' worth of EF Mount lenses.

Download and support page

B&H carries Metabones Adapters.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Metabones News
Post Date: 6/26/2019 5:43:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:

In this Photoshop tutorial, Meredith Stotzner shows you how to use Adobe Sensei to find the perfect fonts in Adobe Photoshop.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 6/26/2019 5:18:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 25, 2019

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

In Part 4 of our multi-part Audio for Video series, AB walks you through the pros and cons of recording audio to your camera versus using an external audio recorder. Learn about when direct-to-camera recording may be ideal, and when you’ll need to start thinking about additional devices, such as mixer adapters and external multi-track recorders. As usual, AB breaks down many important considerations and helpful tips that you need to know for high-quality audio capture in the field.

Here’s a look at already released and upcoming videos in the “Audio for Video” series:

B&H carries Beachtek mixers for DSLRs as well as other on-camera mixers and off-camera mixers.

Post Date: 6/25/2019 5:23:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 24, 2019

From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:

The Patch Tool is one of the best ways to remove large objects from a photo in Photoshop. Learn how to select distractions and replace them with textures that blend in seamlessly with the rest of an image. Help your portraits by removing background distractions and clean up any landscape for a picture perfect look!

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 6/24/2019 5:26:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Photographers and Filmmakers Can Choose the Ideal Size Target for Any Shot

Grand Rapids, MI USA – June 18, 2019 – X-Rite Incorporated, the world leader in color management and measurement technologies, introduces an extended ColorChecker family with new sizes including Nano, Mini, XL and MEGA. With a range of new sizes for both the ColorChecker Classic and ColorChecker Video targets, now there is a ColorChecker to help every photographer and filmmaker tell their story, no matter the size of their shoot. ColorChecker targets are essential color tools designed to save valuable time from pre-production through post-production.

The ColorChecker Classic target has been a photo industry standard for more than 40 years. It is an array of 24 natural object, chromatic, primary and gray scale colors, arranged in four rows. This iconic color reference target is now available in five sizes – Nano, Mini, Original, XL and MEGA. Simply include your preferred size ColorChecker Classic in your photo or video capture and then when editing, use it to create custom DNG or ICC camera profiles, color grade video footage or visually compare, measure and analyze differences in color reproduction in any color rendition system.

The ColorChecker Video target was first introduced in 2015 and is now available in 3 sizes – Original, XL and MEGA. This target, developed specifically for the filmmaker workflow, has gained wide adoption by filmmakers, DITs, editors and colorists. It includes chromatic color chips, skin tone chips and gray reference chips so filmmakers can easily set exposure, match multiple cameras and speed up color grading for ideal color balance throughout their footage. These targets are great for Cine wide shots – landscapes, cityscapes, custom sets; for Event filmmaking – concerts, churches, sports, stage; and for Aerial filmmaking – drones, booms, planes and helicopters.

The five newest products joining the existing ColorChecker line are:

  • ColorChecker Classic Nano: 1x1.75”/24x40mm – for macro or close up photography
  • ColorChecker Classic Mini: 2.5x4.25”( 63.5x109 mm) – for archival photography or where the protective case of the Passport is too cumbersome
  • ColorChecker Classic XL: 21x14.75” (53.3x37.5 cm) – for photographers working in large studios, doing long distance photography or camera/lighting testing. This target is available in three configurations: Target Only, Target plus Sleeve, Target plus Case
  • ColorChecker Classic Mega: 40x60” (10x152 cm) – for photographers working on large sets and doing extreme distance photography or camera/lighting testing
  • ColorChecker Video Mega: 40x60” (10x152 cm) – for filmmakers working on large sets and doing extreme distance filmmaking or camera/lighting testing

“Over the years, X-Rite has produced custom-sized ColorChecker targets for specific applications across many industries. Bringing these various sized targets to the broader photo and video markets is a natural extension of the line to better meet the needs of all our customers. Now every photographer and filmmaker will have the ability to use an appropriate size target no matter the size of the subject, project or idea.” - Liz Quinlisk, Global Business Unit Manager, Photo & Video at X-Rite Incorporated

ColorChecker Camera Calibration Software – Free Download

ColorChecker Classic targets have been used by color perfectionists for the past decade to create custom DNG profiles for Adobe Lightroom® and Photoshop® workflows. Now photographers can build custom ICC camera profiles for use in Capture One® (or other ICC compatible software) when combining ColorChecker Classic with the latest version of X-Rite ColorChecker Camera Calibration software. Camera profiles provide accurate color at capture based on specific lighting, camera and lens combination during any given shoot, saving valuable time in edit. This software is also compatible with X-Rite ColorChecker Digital SG target for creating even higher quality custom ICC camera profiles.

Scanner Profiling

Pair the ColorChecker Classic with X-Rite i1Studio or i1Profiler software (both sold separately) to create a custom ICC scanner profile.

3rd Party Support

ColorChecker targets are supported by several third-party software developers including:

  • Black Magic DaVinci Resolve – Classic and Video targets
  • Hasselblad Phocus – Classic target
  • 3DLUT Creator – Classic and Video targets

B&H carries the following:

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: X-Rite News
Post Date: 6/24/2019 5:12:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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