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 Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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


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


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

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

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

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

EXIF: f/10, 1/160 sec, ISO 200
 
Later that evening, the real show began. Around 10:00pm ET, we noticed that the flowers were starting to open up. I quickly grabbed the same tripod-mounted camera and lens and got to work. This time, I used a shoe-mount flash diffused by a 24" collapsible softbox with grid positioned behind the flowing plant (rather high) to create a diffused backlit glow and rim light. I used the same white foam core board that I had used for the bud shot positioned below the flower for fill. EXIF for the end result seen atop this post: f/8, 160 sec, ISO 400.
 
My mother-in-law questioned why I didn't shoot the flower from the front to show off its interesting structure, and many of you may be wondering the same thing. Truth is, I captured many shots of the blooming flower from the front but didn't like them nearly as much. Here were the challenges that made photographing the flowers from the front less ideal:
 
  1. The position of the bloom (sticking through the railing) limited where I could place off-camera flashes and modifiers (no rim/back lighting possible), leading to a rather dull image.
  2. Night-blooming cereus flowers are very deep. Front lighting the flower from anywhere except the camera's axis results in dark shadows in the deepest part of the blooms.
  3. Getting the entire flower in focus from the front of the petals to the back (within the depth-of-field) is very challenging. As I was photographing the flower while still attached to the plant, small movements made focus stacking an impractical solution.
Sometimes you just have to accept the limitations of a given situation and figure out a solution that works best.
Post Date: 9/19/2018 10:11:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Loupedeck:
 
New integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC makes video editing faster, intuitive and more affordable; decision made based on community feedback
 
HELSINKI, Finland – September 19, 2018 –Loupedeck, the custom photo editing console built with an intuitive design that makes editing faster and more creative, has announced its first foray into video editing, beginning with its integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
 
Following a year of success and innovation, the decision to include video editing functionalities is exclusively based on feedback from Loupedeck’s invested community. The Loupedeck+ will make the video editing process faster, more intuitive and more affordable than the industry norm, offering a native integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, with all Premiere Pro functions available on the device.
 
New video editing functionalities of the Loupedeck+ include:
 
  • Faster and more intuitive video editing and color correction. All basic tools for color grading are simply labeled on the console
  • Total flexibility with Premiere Pro CC, allowing editors to make their own configurations to fit their workflow
  • Ability to export/import a editors’ personal Loupedeck configuration setups and easily transfer them to another computer
  • Lumetri Color workspace compatibility for color grading
  • Ability to toggle between your favorite LUTs, serving as a significant time saver
  • Flexible timeline navigation, content trimming and clip adjustment
  • Option to customize console buttons to preferred Adobe Premiere shortcut demands or use preinstalled functions
“Our mission is to keep on improving the editing workflow, so it’s only fitting our next step is in the video editing space,” said Mikko Kesti, Founder and CEO of Loupedeck. “Just like we developed the Loupedeck+ exclusively from community feedback, we felt it was imperative to listen to what our users had to say and make the device’s functionality even more well-rounded, providing all the same editing functions that photographers have at their fingertips to videographers. Users can now count on Loupedeck+’s intuitive design and user-friendly approach to enhance their video editing quality and increase their output. Our ongoing partnership with Adobe made introducing these new capabilities with its Premiere Pro CC suite an easy decision.”
 
Additional video software integrations will be announced later this year. On the photo editing side, the Loupedeck+ will include future integrations with Skylum’s other products, including Skylum Luminar. It is also currently in beta with Capture One, with full integration on the way, as well as additional photography software integrations to follow later this year.
 
The device is available for purchase at B&H Photo and Amazon.com for $229.00.
Category: Loupedeck News
Post Date: 9/19/2018 8:24:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Wes Brewer, CEO ProGrade Digital has published a comparison between two emerging memory standards: SD Express and CFexpress.
Recently, the SD Association (governing body for SD card development and standardization) announced finalization of revision 7.0 for the card SD specification. This revision now includes a section 8.0, which adds an NVMe compliant, PCIe interface option. Like the announcement of CFexpress 1.0 made by the CompactFlash Association in August of 2016, the PCIe interface with NVMe provides a scalable path for improved performance in flash-based storage devices, and conforms to industry standards in use for devices such as SSDs.
 
This white paper provides an objective look at variances between the two standards SD Express and CFexpress.
See the ProGrade Digital SD Express vs. CFexpress White Paper for more information.
 
B&H carries ProGrade Digital memory products.
Post Date: 9/19/2018 6:23:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Santa Rosa, Calif. – With Think Tank Photo’s new Emergency Rain Covers, photographers need no longer be caught off guard by bad weather. The Emergency Rain Covers are a simple, compact solution for protecting photo gear from sudden downpours or dusty conditions. These seam-sealed rain covers can be quickly and easily deployed when outdoor conditions change.
 
The covers are designed to fit both DSLR and Mirrorless cameras and are available in two sizes to accommodate a range of full-frame lenses. The Emergency Rain Cover – Small protects a 16–35mm f/2.8, a 14–24mm f/2.8, a 24–105mm f/4, or a 24–70mm f/2.8 lens. The Emergency Rain Cover – Medium protects a 24–70mm f/2.8 or a 70–200mm f/2.8 lens.
 
“When compressed, the Emergency Rain Cover fits into a small pouch, so it’s easy to bring along even if rain is a distant concern,” said Think Tank’s President and Lead Designer Doug Murdoch. “It takes up so little room in your bag, yet could save your gear when a sudden downpour or dust storm hits. Every photographer who shoots outdoors should keep one tucked one away in their camera bag.”
 
Features include:
 
  • Seam-sealed for extreme protection in downpour or dusty conditions
  • Compresses into an included compact carrying pouch
  • Oversize window to view your LCD and controls
  • Ability to access your camera through one cinchable sleeve
  • Mountable to tripod or monopod
  • Dual viewing configurations for varying conditions
  • Hot-shoe mount keeps cover secured to camera during use
  • Non-slip, adjustable strap attaches directly to the lens hood
  • DWR coating for an extra layer of protection
Think Tank Photo has the Emergency Camera Rain Covers in stock with free shipping. Note: Use of the preceding links will get you a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more.
Post Date: 9/19/2018 6:10:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Santa Rosa, Calif. – With Think Tank Photo’s upgraded Hydrophobia rain covers, stormy weather will never again prevent photographers from getting “The Shot.” These popular rain covers feature waterproof construction that protects camera gear from downpours and dusty conditions. The Hydrophobia V3.0 rain covers are available in five sizes to fit DSLR cameras and the Sony full-frame mirrorless systems, and a variety of lenses.
 
The Hydrophobia D 24–70 V3.0 Rain Cover for DSLR camera bodies and the Hydrophobia M 24–70 V3.0 Rain Cover for Sony full-frame mirrorless camera bodies fit a 24–70mm f/2.8, a 24–105mm f/4, a 16–35mm f/2.8, or a 14–24mm f/2.8 lens. The Hydrophobia D 70–200 V3.0 Rain Cover for DSLR camera bodies and the Hydrophobia M 70–200 V3.0 Rain Cover for Sony full- frame mirrorless camera bodies fit a 24–70mm f/2.8, a 70–200mm f/2.8, a 80–400mm f/5–6.3, or a 100–400mm f/5–6.3 lens. The Hydrophobia DM 300–600 V3.0 Rain Cover for DSLR and Sony full-frame mirrorless camera bodies protects a 150–600mm f/5.6–6.3, a 300mm f/2.8, a 400mm f/2.8, a 500mm f/4, a 600mm f/4, a 200–500 f/5.6, or a 200–400 f/4 lens.
 
The Hydrophobia V3.0 rain covers are constructed with a durable 3-layer material comprised of 210T seam-sealed rip-stop, polyurethane film and 70D nylon tricot, and are Polyurethane seam-sealed for downpour or dusty conditions. The covers feature weather resistant zippers, nylon webbing, and a rubberized laminate. The eyepieces (sold separately for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus) allow full access to the viewfinder while protecting the camera. Other key features include:
 
Other key features include:
 
  • Oversize window to view LCD and controls
  • Ability to get hands directly on the camera through two cinchable sleeves gives you easy access to all camera functions
  • Integrated shoulder strap (excluding 300–600) allows the camera to be worn on the shoulder while cover is attached. Can be replaced with a favorite strap, if desired
  • Mountable to tripod or monopod
  • Eyepiece flap folds into a visor or, when not in use, shields viewfinder from rain or dust
  • DWR coating for an extra layer of protection
  • An eyepiece pocket is built into the bottom of the Hydrophobia rain cover (eyepiece sold separately)
  • Rainproof front element cover is included for additional protection
  • Non-slip, adjustable strap attaches directly to the lens hood
  • Camera strap can be secured inside the cover
  • Carrying pouch included for transportation and storage
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
 
Hydrophobia D 24-70 V3.0 Rain Cover
Hydrophobia M 24-70 V3.0 Rain Cover

Dimensions: 13.8” long x 3.9”–5.5” Diameter (35 x 10–14 cm)
Weight: 9.5 oz (275 g) rain cover only
 
Hydrophobia D 70-200 V3.0 Rain Cover
Hydrophobia M 70-200 V3.0 Rain Cover

Dimensions: 18.1” long x 3.9”–5.5” Diameter (46 x 10–14 cm)
Weight: 10.5 oz (300 g) rain cover only
 
Hydrophobia DM 300-600 V3.0 Rain Cover
Dimensions: 27.1” L x 5.1–7.9” Diameter (69 x 13–20 cm)
600mm Lens Extension Sleeve Dimensions:
Weight: 14.9 oz (424g) rain cover only
 
Think Tank Photo has the new Hydrophobia 3.0 Rain Covers in stock with free shipping. Note: Use of the preceding links will get you a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more.
 Tuesday, September 18, 2018
With the announcement of the EOS R, many may be wondering if diving into Canon's new mirrorless system is the right step forward in regards to their next camera upgrade or if the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is the better choice. Therefore, we're going to take a closer look at these two cameras to see which might be the better choice for your needs.
 
Canon EOS R & Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Shared Primary Features
 
  • Sensor Resolution: 30.4 MP Dual Pixel CMOS AF full-frame sensor
  • Shutter Speed: 30-1/8000 sec
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing: +/-3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
  • Lowest and Highest ISO: L:50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400
  • White Balance Settings (including Ambience/White Priority AWB)
  • Flash x-Sync: 1/200sec
  • No built-in flash
  • Hot Shoe/PC Terminal: Yes / Yes (although EOS R PC terminal only available via BG-E22 accessory)
  • 4K video recording up to 30p with Movie Servo AF
  • 4K screen grab
  • USB 3.0, mic/headphone jacks, HDMI out
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Operating Environment: 32 – 104 °F (0 – 40 °C), 85% or less humidity
Primary Advantages of the Canon EOS R
 
  • RF Mount: Compatible with significantly more lenses via adapter
  • DIGIC 8 processor
  • More AF Points: 5,655 point AF system vs. 61
  • More Sensitive AF: EV -6 – 18 vs. EV -3 – 18
  • Eye Detect AF vs. N/A
  • Built in LED AF assist beam
  • Higher Burst Rate: 8 fps vs. 7
  • Larger RAW Buffer: 47 vs. 21
  • Flexible priority AE vs. N/A
  • Wider Metering Range: EV -3 – 20 vs. EV 0 – 20
  • Larger Auto ISO Range: 100 - 40000 ISO vs. 100 - 32000
  • 5-axis Digital IS vs. N/A
  • Truly Silent Shooting: Absolutely no sound vs. quieter-than-normal "silent" shutter
  • Higher Shutter Durability Rating: 200,000 shots vs. 150,000
  • More Flexible/Higher Resolution LCD: Vari-angle touch screen 3.15" (8.01cm), approx. 2.1 million dots, 60p vs. Touch screen 3.2" (8.10cm), approx. 1620K dots, 30p
  • Built-in Bluetooth vs. N/A
  • Smaller Size: 5.35 x 3.87 x 3.32" (135.8 x 98.3 x 84.4mm) vs. 5.93 x 4.58 x 2.99" (150.7 x 116.4 x 75.9mm)
  • Lighter Weight: 23.3 oz (660g) vs. 31.4 oz (890g)
  • Costs less
Primary Advantages of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
 
  • EF Mount: Compatible with significantly more native-mount lenses
  • Wider Exposure Compensation: +/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments vs. +/-3 EV
  • Higher Burst Rate with AF tracking: Max. approx. 7 fps. vs. 5
  • Larger JPEG Buffer: Unlimited vs. 100
  • Built-in NFC vs. N/A
  • Built-in GPS vs. optional via GP-E2 GPS accessory
  • Dual Memory Card Slots: CF/SD (UHI-I) vs. SD (UHI-II) only
  • Water & Dust Resistant
  • Higher Battery Life: 900 shots vs. 370
Other Differences Between the Canon EOS R and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
 
  • Electronic viewfinder vs. optical
  • 384-zone metering vs. 252-zone, 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor (315-zone in Live View)
  • RAW, C-RAW and Dual Pixel RAW vs. RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW and Dual Pixel RAW
  • MP4 4K (16:9) 3840 x 2160 vs. MOV 4K (17:9) 4096 x 2160 (Motion JPEG)
Who should opt for the Canon EOS R?
 
The EOS R is the first Canon camera to feature an RF [mirrorless] mount. And upon the camera's release, the selection of RF lenses will be relatively small (four, to be exact). While that may seem limiting, the truth is that the EOS R with its RF mount will be even more versatile than the 5D Mark IV with the tried-and-true EF mount if adapted lenses are taken into consideration. With the Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R, Control Ring Mount Adapter and Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter, the EOS R is compatible with EF/TS-E/MP-E and – in a first for Canon full-frame cameras – EF-S lenses as well. So while the selection of RF lenses may be limited for the time being, the unique capabilities afforded by Canon's mount adapters will make the EOS R very attractive for a lot of photographers.
 
Which photographers, precisely? Landscape photographers, portrait photographers and videographers will especially appreciate the benefits of the Drop-In Mount Adapter. How often do landscape photographers want to use CPOLs (circular polarizers) or ND (neutral density) filters with wide angle or ultra-wide angle lenses that are incompatible with front filters? Up until now, using filters with such lenses required the use of cumbersome 3rd-party front filter adapters. With the EOS R, those photographing the great outdoors can enjoy the benefits of a lighter camera body as well as a universal CPOL/vari-ND filter solution for their existing lens collection when traveling to their favorite sunrise location. Landscape photographers often want to stack a circular polarizer with an ND filter on a wide angle lens featuring front filter threads, but the resulting mechanical vignetting (and the increased likelihood of stuck filters) makes using the combo impractical. The Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter with Variable ND filter –with 1.5 - 9 stops of density – can easily be paired with a front-mounted circular polarizer like the B+W XS-Pro CPOL. A B+W XS-Pro CPOL will allow landscape photographers to cut through glare to capture dark blue skies and saturated foliage yet is thin enough not to cause mechanical vignetting on most wide angle lenses. And with a rear-mounted variable ND, a photographer can simultaneously reap the benefits of a long shutter speed to capture the movement of flowing water, clouds, rustling trees, etc.
 
The EOS R will be the better option to capture recitals, dance and theater performances with its absolutely silent shooting mode.
 
Those shooting portraiture will certainly appreciate the EOS R's Eye Detection AF, especially when a wide aperture prime lens is being used either natively or with an adapter. Note that because the EOS R utilizes the sensor for focusing, calibration issues associated with traditional phase-detect AF systems can be avoided, better ensuring focus accuracy. Also, if a photographer's off-camera flashes are not capable of high-speed sync, the Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter with Variable ND can enable use of a shutter speed below the camera's x-sync speed (for the R, 1/200 sec.) while using flash and a wide aperture for great subject/background separation.
 
Videographers will likely make use of the Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter, especially when used with the variable ND to record video at optimal shutter speeds (typically, 2x the frame rate). With filters attached to the back of lenses, lens changes can occur more quickly (no need to unscrew/mount a separate ND filter) and the variable ND could easily replace numerous traditional ND filters in a filmmaker's kit. Both the EOS R and 5D Mark IV sample the center of the sensor for 4K recording which results in a crop factor of 1.75x. However, the EOS R is compatible with EF-S lenses (the 5D Mark IV is not), meaning wide-angle framing does not have to be sacrificed.
 
For those on a limited budget, an EOS R costs significantly less than an EOS 5D Mark IV, even if you add the cost of an EF-EOS R adapter.
 
Who should opt for the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV?
 
The EOS 5D Mark IV has at least one very significant benefit over the EOS R – dual memory card slots. While the EOS R and RF 50mm f/1.2L and RF 28-70mm f/2L USM would seem to be an extremely good kit for wedding coverage, the R's single memory card slot means that a card failure could prove absolutely disastrous. For that reason alone, the 5D Mark IV will be a better option for recording once-in-a-lifetime moments.
 
Sports photographers will certainly appreciate the 5D IV's faster continuous burst rate with autofocus tracking for capturing the peak of action, although the R does have a significant edge in the RAW buffer department allowing for longer shooting at its rated speed.
 
There are benefits and drawbacks to Electronic Viewfinders (EVFs) and Optical Viewfinders (OVFs); neither will be best for/preferred by everyone. If an optical viewfinder is preferred, the EOS 5D Mark IV is, of course, the obvious choice.
 
While the EOS R's battery life is proving to be better in real-world shooting than its official specification would indicate, those shooting long events or in situations where battery changes aren't practical (such as heavy rain) may prefer the 5D Mark IV's higher expected battery life. Some photographers will appreciate the 5D Mark IV's built-in NFC and GPS features while others won't blink an eye at the EOS R's lack of them. Those using super telephoto lenses may also prefer the 5D Mark IV's larger size and increased weight to better balance out the camera/lens combination.
 
The 5D Mark IV also benefits from the refinements and reliability found in a mature product line, resulting in a very user-friendly, familiar interface that can be depended upon to work in even challenging conditions. Being Canon's first professional-grade full-frame mirrorless camera, with never before seen features (like the Mult-Function Bar), may take some getting used to and will ultimately have to prove its worthiness of the "refined camera" label.
 
Summary
 
The Canon EOS R and EOS 5D Mark IV were designed to be jack-of-all-trades and can be used effectively to capture... just about anything. The EOS R's ability to use adapted lenses, and the unique capabilities provided by the adapters, makes Canon's full-frame mirrorless introduction a camera you can effectively use now and well into the future, taking full advantage of all the new RF lenses headed down the pipeline. However, its lack of dual memory card slots (along with a few other differences) mean that the EOS 5D Mark IV will remain the better option for a sizeable number of photography professionals.
 
Relevant Info
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/18/2018 10:31:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Manfrotto:
 
Upper Saddle River, NJ – September 18, 2018 – Manfrotto, world leader in the photography, videography, imaging equipment and accessories industry, has expanded its video tripod range with two new twin-leg video tripods made of carbon fiber.
 
The two brand-new, twin-leg video tripod models are the perfect solution for professional videographers looking for robust, rigid and lightweight support. A 50% increase in rigidity* is achieved thanks to the combination of carbon-fiber tubes and a new patent-pending internal leg lock mechanism.
 
Manfrotto’s two new twin-leg carbon-fiber video tripods are available in two models: middle spreader and ground spreader and both feature:
 
  • 100mm bowl with a 75mm aluminum adapter for compatibility with a wide range of video heads.
  • Fully adjustable & removable spreader allowing for precise positioning based upon the creators needs.
  • Rubber feet with spiked option making them adaptable based on location.
All Manfrotto video tripods are engineered with a focus on quality and dedication to continuous innovation. These products are the perfect solution for all videographers looking for a great support for their video shooting. Both twin-leg carbon-fiber tripods are available in combination with Manfrotto Nitrotech N12, N8 and 504 video heads.
 
Manfrotto Twin Carbon Fiber Video Tripods and Kits are available now at select Manfrotto Authorized Dealers.
 
DescriptionPrice
Carbon Fiber Twin Middle Spreader Tripod 100/75mm$699.99
Carbon Fiber Twin Ground Spreader Tripod 100/75mm$699.99
KIT: Manfrotto 504 Video Head with Carbon Fiber Twin Middle Spreader$949.99
KIT: Manfrotto 504 Video Head with Carbon Fiber Twin Ground Spreader$949.99
KIT: Manfrotto Nitrotech N8 with Carbon Fiber Twin Middle Spreader$1,059.99
KIT: Manfrotto Nitrotech N8 with Carbon Fiber Twin Ground Spreader$1,059.99
KIT: Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 with Carbon Fiber Twin Middle Spreade$1,199.99
KIT: Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 with Carbon Fiber Twin Ground Spreader$1,199.99

B&H has the Twin Carbon Fiber Video Tripods and Kits available for preorder (links above).
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 9/18/2018 7:53:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
We’re excited to give you a sneak preview of a powerful, brand-new Content-Aware Fill workspace that will give you more control over your images. Coming soon to Photoshop CC.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 9/18/2018 5:49:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 17, 2018
Post Date: 9/17/2018 6:38:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Hong Kong's Digital Solutions Disk (Windows | Mac) has updated versions of Digital Photo Professional and EOS Utility with EOS R support.
 
Note: You'll need to provide a DPP 4.0 compatible camera's serial number to enable the download.
Post Date: 9/17/2018 6:24:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Watch as Benjamin Warde shows you how to widen your panel on Macs to see extra long folder names or folder hierarchies.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 9/17/2018 6:16:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Four Cinema EOS Cameras Selected as Netflix Post Technology Alliance Products
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 15, 2018 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce the company will be joining Netflix’s brand-new Post Technology Alliance, which brings together industry leaders committed to working closely with Netflix to innovate production workflows and support creatives globally.
 
As a part of the Post Technology Alliance program, products to receive the Post Technology Alliance designation logo – a mark of quality, service, and support. The logo signals that a product meets Netflix technical and delivery specifications and will continue to do so in the future.
 
Four Canon Cinema EOS cameras have been selected for the program, including Canon’s first full frame cinema camera, the EOS C700 FF, along with the EOS C700, EOS C300 Mark II, and EOS C500. These cameras have been chosen by the filmmakers behind many Netflix Originals, including the Academy Award-winning documentary Icarus, feature film Our Souls at Night, and Emmy-nominated series Grace and Frankie. Other Netflix Originals shot on Canon include Afflicted, Abstract: The Art of Design, Chelsea, Hot Girls Wanted, Strong Island, The Confession Tapes, The Mars Generation, and The Ritual, with more currently in production.
 
“Netflix’s Post Technology Alliance program aligns perfectly with Canon’s steadfast commitment to providing state-of-the-art, high-quality products and service and support programs,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We are delighted to continue working closely with Netflix to support filmmakers and their dedication to storytelling and creativity.”
 
“At Netflix, empowering our creative partners is incredibly important, and the Post Technology Alliance will build a more seamless experience from production through post-production,” said Chris Fetner, director of post partnerships & integrations at Netflix. “Products that bear the logo are committed to better interoperability and faster innovation cycles, which will allow artists to focus their energy on what matters most—the storytelling.”
 
With the shared goal of supporting filmmakers through the Post Technology Alliance, Canon and Netflix will continue to serve the evolving needs of the production and post-production community.
 
B&H carries Canon Cinema Cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 9/17/2018 5:55:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 14, 2018
Noise test results have been added to the Canon EOS R Review page.
 
Unsurprisingly, the Canon EOS R vs. 5D Mark IV comparison shows the two cameras about equal.
 
I'll describe the results in more depth in the full review, but the processing standard uses Canon Digital Photo Professional with the Standard Picture Style and a sharpness setting of "1" (on a 1-10 scale). The Camera default uses the Standard Picture Style with an unsharp mask (USM) strength setting of "4" (too high). NR represents noise reduction and MSNR is multi shot noise reduction.
 
With 250 test images with each needing many processing steps (thousands total), there is a possibility that I have an error (or two) somewhere in these results. Please point them out if you find any. Note that the ISO 40000 results are not showing due to a software bug in the tool. I'll fix that, but ... you don't want to use ISO 40000 anyway.
 
The Canon EOS R is available for preorder at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/14/2018 9:30:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Adobe:
 
Digital Experience Subscription Revenue Grows 25 Percent Year-Over-Year in Q3
 
Thursday, September 13, 2018 4:05 pm EDT – SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported strong financial results for its third quarter fiscal year 2018 ended August 31, 2018.
 
Financial Highlights
 
  • Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $2.29 billion in its third quarter of fiscal year 2018, which represents 24 percent year-over-year revenue growth.
  • Diluted earnings per share was $1.34 on a GAAP-basis, and $1.73 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Digital Media segment revenue was $1.61 billion, with Creative revenue growing to $1.36 billion and Document Cloud achieving record revenue of $249 million, which represents 21 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) grew to $6.40 billion exiting the quarter, a quarter-over-quarter increase of $339 million. Creative ARR grew to $5.66 billion, and Document Cloud ARR grew to $744 million.
  • Digital Experience segment revenue was $614 million, which represents 21 percent year-over-year growth. Digital Experience subscription revenue grew 25 percent year-over-year in the quarter.
  • Operating income grew 32 percent and net income grew 59 percent year-over-year on a GAAP-basis; operating income grew 32 percent and net income grew 57 percent year-over-year on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $955 million, and deferred revenue grew 23 percent year-over-year to approximately $2.71 billion.
  • Adobe repurchased approximately 2.9 million shares during the quarter, returning $714 million of cash to stockholders.
A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release and on Adobe’s website.
 
Executive Quotes
 
"Adobe continues to inspire creativity and drive business transformation as reflected in our record Q3 results," said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO, Adobe. "Students, creatives, enterprises and governments trust Creative Cloud, Document Cloud and Experience Cloud to create and deliver the transformative digital experiences required to compete today."
 
“Our strong momentum continued into the second half of fiscal 2018 as Adobe delivered another quarter of sustained revenue growth, strong earnings and cash flow of nearly $1 billion," said John Murphy, executive vice president and CFO, Adobe.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 9/14/2018 6:45:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Singapore has the Canon EOS R User Manual available for download.
 
Preorder the Canon EOS R and RF-mount lenses here.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/14/2018 6:15:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Brand new introductions to the FF High Speed Prime Line – 28mm T1.5 FF, 40mm T1.5 FF and 105mm T1.5 FF – will be debuted at IBC2018
 
September 11, 2018 – Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the development of three new Sigma Cine lenses in the FF High Speed Prime Line: 28mm T1.5 FF, 40mm T1.5 FF and 105mm T1.5 FF. With these additions, the FF High Speed Prime Line now includes ten lenses covering 14mm to 135mm and T1.5 to T2, giving cinematographers even more options to empower their artistic expression and take their cinematic vision to the next level. Available for test-shooting at the 2018 IBC Show in Amsterdam from September 14-18, 2018, attendees are welcome to visit the Sigma booth 12.D64 to get hands-on with the new cine lenses.
 
New Models in the Sigma Cine FF High Speed Prime Line
All the lenses in the FF High Speed Prime Line, including the brand new 28mm T1.5 FF, 40mm T1.5 FF and 105mm T1.5 FF, are compatible with full-frame image sensors and optimized for ultra-high-resolution 6K-8K shooting. All three lenses come in PL, EF and E mounts with lens support foot and cap included. The 105mm T1.5 FF is expected to start shipping in October 2018, the 40mm T1.5 FF in the end of 2018, and the 28mm T1.5 FF in early 2019. Pricing for each new model will be announced at the time of availability.
 
Development of LPL Mount
In the future, the Sigma Cine lens series will include an LPL mount, the new lens mount optimized for the large format sensor released by ARRI in 2018. The planned release date for the Sigma Cine lenses in LPL mount is 2019 or later.
Post Date: 9/14/2018 6:08:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 13, 2018

 
From the ZoomSoundLab YouTube Channel:
 
With a built-in Ambisonic mic, recorder and decoder, the Zoom H3-VR is the complete solution for capturing & processing spatial audio for VR, AR and mixed-reality content.
 
B&H has the Zoom H3-VR Handy Audio Recorder with Built-In Ambisonics Mic Array available for preorder.
Category: Zoom News
Post Date: 9/13/2018 12:42:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Photographer Daniel Norton shoots a campaign with the new Profoto B10. Tune in to learn all about the light, the new Profoto App as well as how Daniel comes up with the shots.
 
Preorder: Profoto B10 - B&H | Adorama
Post Date: 9/13/2018 12:34:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Manfrotto:
 
New Befree tripod to monopod solution and an additional option for their Befree Live expand the traveler segment.
 
Upper Saddle River, NJ – September 13, 2018 – Manfrotto, world leader in the photography, videography and imaging equipment and accessories industry, has expanded its travel tripod range with new additions to the Befree Collection.
 
The Manfrotto Befree 2N1 is the most versatile model in the Befree range, with an all-in-one solution that allows the tripod to be converted into a monopod in just a few steps. It offers a secure, easy and fast solution to convert the tripod into a monopod, while retaining the same exceptional stability afforded throughout the Befree collection.
 
The technology behind the safety and stability of the Befree 2N1 is a dedicated locking system that ensures the total absence of play when working both as a tripod and as a monopod. Furthermore, the conjunction cap on the center column of the Befree 2N1 firmly connects the tripod leg to the tripod column, giving shape to a solid travel monopod.
 
The Befree 2N1 is made to enable quick and easy switching from a tripod to a monopod. After a half-turn anticlockwise, a red rubber ring will appear on the tripod leg, providing the user with visual feedback that the tube can be safely removed for use as a monopod.
 
The Befree 2N1 is available in two versions: the Quick Power Lock version with levers, and the M-Lock twist option.
 
Additionally, following the great success of the Befree Live in both aluminum and carbon versions, Manfrotto is releasing the Befree Live with Quick Power Lock, dedicated to independent content creators who prefer the lever lock system.
 
All three models will be available late September at select Authorized Manfrotto Dealers
 
B&H has the Manfrotto Befree 2N1 tripods and Manfrotto Befree Live Aluminum Lever-Lock Tripod Kit available for preorder.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 9/13/2018 8:55:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens page.
 
Canon didn't hold back with the quality level of its initial lens selection for the Canon EOS R and the new RF 50mm f/1.2L warrants attention. This lens is well-built, looks great, focuses quickly and with the R behind it and a little contrast in front of it, this lens focuses in ridiculously dark scenarios even when I cover the focus assist light (it is very impressive).
 
I need to talk about the EOS R image quality a bit to clarify the results we are seeing from this lens. This EOS R vs. 5D Mark IV image quality comparison should be a decent one. These two cameras have the same resolution and the compared lenses, stopped down to f/5.6, are both very sharp with little distortion. What you will immediately see (and I think you are going to see this corroborated in forthcoming test results) is that the 5D Mark IV's image is sharper. While it immediately looks like the 5D IV is delivering better image quality, that is not necessarily the case.
 
We have long been using a low Canon Digital Photo Professional sharpness setting of "1" (on a 1-10 scale) for lens testing as sharpening quickly masks differences between lenses. While it seems that increasing the sharpness of an image is a cheap fix to poor lens quality, that sharpening quickly becomes destructive to details, ruining the fine image quality you were seeking in the first place. Camera manufacturers know that you like sharp images and they crank up the default sharpness in attempt to make you happy. Nearly always, that setting is at a very destructive level. Fortunately, you can adjust the sharpness level to your taste.
 
There is a long pipeline between the imaging sensor and the final image file and not all cameras utilize identical hardware and software (more often, they do not). More specifically to the point, the amount of sharpening showing in a final JPG image processed using the same settings is not always the same. And, that is the case here.
 
If you zoom in your browser while looking at the 5D IV result, you will see some slight over-sharpening halos, slightly brighter colors around the border of the darker ones. I gave strong consideration to using a sharpness setting of "2" as the default for the EOS R, but the halos began showing at that setting. So, we are staying the course with the standard sharpness setting of "1". You of course can increase your sharpness setting as desired. A setting of about "2" approximately matches the 5D IV. Download the crops shared here and apply your preferred sharpening routine.
 
Ready to be impressed? Check out this comparison (visualize the resolution difference):
 
Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L compared to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L Lens
 
This might be the 50mm lens you've been waiting for.
 
The Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens is available for preorder at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Here are all of the EOS R, RF lens and accessory preorder links.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/12/2018 9:18:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The newly announced Canon EOS R, RF lenses, big white super telephotos, and EF-M 32mm f/1.4 are now available for preorder! There's a pent up demand for most of these products, so be sure to preorder early to ensure your gear goes out with the first shipment.
 
As always, your use of these links for any purchase supports this site!
 
Preorders
 
Canon EOS R Camera
 
Canon EOS R (Body) - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon EOS R with RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon RF Lenses & Adapters
 
Canon BG-E22 Battery Grip for EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon Drop-in Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon EF Super Telephoto Lenses
 
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
 
Canon EF-M Lens
 
Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 9/11/2018 7:00:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Skylum:
 
About Skylum Aurora HDR 2019:
 
Skylum’s Quantum HDR Engine harnesses the power of AI for a more streamlined editing experience than ever before. It reduces burned-out colors, loss of contrast, noise and unnatural lighting caused by halos and unstable deghosting.
 
The Quantum HDR Engine has taken three years to create within Skylum’s AI lab, and contains the vast knowledge of the development team paired with artificial intelligence to bring you seamless HDR editing, be it with a single image or multiple bracketed shots.
 
Skylum’s developers tested thousands of bracketed shots through a neural network, and used the results to develop the technology needed for creating incredible HDR photographs - whether it’s real estate, landscape, cityscape or any other type of HDR photography.
 
Here are the most essential changes:
 
  • New Quantum HDR Engine
  • LUTs support with 11 New Integrated LUTs
  • Photoshop plugins support
  • New HDR Smart Structure filter for realistic and artefact-free structure (can be found in the new HDR Enhance filter)
  • Presets are now called ‘Aurora HDR Looks’
  • Improved Adjustable Gradient filter with new sliders for Shadows and Highlights added
  • Improved HDR Details Boost Effect ( the photo is shown in high-resolution while fine-tuning the filter)
Aurora HDR 2019 is available for pre-order now and will be released on October, 4.
 
Pre-Order Pricing:
 
  • Current users may upgrade at a price of $49 USD ($59 USD MSRP)
  • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2019 at a price of $89 USD ($99 MSRP)
Pre-Order Bonuses:
 
  • Video Tutorial: Getting the Most from Aurora HDR 2019 by Trey Ratcliff
  • Landscape Photography Handbook by David Johnston
  • Burning Moods LUTs by Richard Harrington
  • Exclusive interior Aurora Looks by Richard Harrington
  • 3-month 500px Pro membership
  • $300 USD OFF a multi-day Iceland Photo Tours
Preorder: Skylum Aurora HDR 2019
Categories: Preorders, Skylum News
Post Date: 9/12/2018 8:58:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Size matters, it does. Because how much gear you have to carry matters. How much space you have to set up and work in matters. Being able to move fast, getting in, getting out and nailing the shot matters.
 
Something else matters too; knowing that the equipment you have will push you forward rather than hold you back - that you'll be inspired to grow and to express yourself creatively. To be you, at your best.
 
That's why when Profoto set out to create the Profoto B10, their brand new cordless off-camera flash, the company first considered size. Or rather, a lack of it. “We designed the B10 to be small,” said Göran Marén, Product Manager at Profoto. “Just a little bigger than a medium-sized zoom lens. That means you can fit it in your bag with the rest of your gear and because it’s cordless and lightweight, it’s easy to bring and set up anywhere. That said, this is in every way a Profoto light, so the power and quality of light is essential.”
 
And while the B10 is small, it’s small without compromise. The B10 gives you five times more light than a speedlight; it’s a light that has a natural and beautiful soft fall off.
 
But this is more than just a flash; it’s also a highly effective continuous light that you can use for both stills and video. And like all Profoto lights, it’s easy to use. A separate dial on the sleek B10 interface allows you to adjust both brightness and color temperature until it blends perfectly with the ambient light. The continuous light is just one example of the extreme flexibility contained within the B10. The stand mount and the battery are prime examples. The stand mount can be swiftly removed. As a result, you can mount the B10 on any camera tripod. It is just as quick to replace the battery too, and you can charge it while you’re using it.
 
Göran Marén continues: “every part of the B10 has been designed to help the photographer to be more creative with light on location. We felt that the more flexibility we built in, the more an image creator can adapt to any issues or opportunities that a location might offer.”
 
Better still, the possibilities don’t end there since your creativity can run riot with an enormous range of Profoto light shaping tools that are as flexible as the B10. There are a dozen light shapers in Profoto’s compact and lightweight OCF series to start with, and if they’re not enough, there are 120 more light shaping tools in the full Profoto range.
 
Controlling the B10 off-camera is also easy. You can trigger and control the B10 wirelessly from any Profoto AirTTL remote or the Profoto A1. From up to 300 m/1000 ft you can point and shoot with TTL or switch to manual control at any time. AirTTL Remotes are available for all major camera brands.
 
To further capture the imagination, Profoto has added smart connectivity in the form of a unique and innovative smartphone app. With the B10 connected to the Profoto app you always have the latest B10 updates available at your fingertips. The app also gives you an ingenious remote control that lets you view and control all B10 settings from your smartphone screen.
 
The most inspiring part of the app might the beta version of creative capture that brings smartphone photography and the creative use of light closer together than ever before. Göran adds: “we wanted to inspire new ways of being creative with light, and to give photographers a glimpse into the future of photography.” Ultimately the B10 is a big light in a small package. And that means the possibilities are enormous.
 
The final words belong to Göran. “It’s what we like to call, ‘the power of small.’ It’s the power to be creative with light in so many more ways. It's the ability to take all those incredible images that live in your imagination – and make them real.”
 
The Profoto B10 is light unleashed. Actually, it’s more than that – it’s you unleashed.
 
B&H has the Profoto B10 OCF Flash Head available for preorder.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 9/12/2018 7:58:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
My wife and I would like to introduce the newest member of the The-Digital-Picture.com family. Pictured above is Olivia Jane, born yesterday at 4:50pm. She was 7 lb 13 oz (3.54 kg) and 20" (50.8 cm) long. She's healthy and, contrary to what last night's seemingly constant crying might indicate, probably very happy to be here. I'm running on very little sleep, so... I'll make this post short and sweet. I'm a father now, and it's a whole new world. :-)
 
Olivia Jane Grasps Father's Finger – September 11, 2018

Post Date: 9/12/2018 6:40:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 10, 2018
I'm back from the Canon announcement event and suffering from a strong case of information overload. I'll have new information to share for months.
 
I have the Canon EOS R, the RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens, the RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens and an adapter for testing and have experience with this gear along with the incredible Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens. If you need not-yet-posted information to make a purchasing decision, please email me!
 
In this post, I'll address the Canon EOS R battery.
 
First, I love that the Canon EOS R uses the same LP-E6N Li-ion Battery utilized by a large number of recent and current Canon EOS Cameras, including the 5D Mark IV, 5Ds R, 5Ds, 6D Mark II, 7D Mark II and 80D. This has been a great battery, in both performance, reliability and size (several fit comfortably in my pocket). Note that the older LP-E6 (no "N") is also supported by the EOS R (the "N" model has increased capacity, 1800 mAh vs. 1865 mAh).
 
That I have accumulated a large supply of these batteries is especially useful. I love the simplicity of being able to share the LP-E6N batteries and chargers across my kit and also appreciate that I can take a single, small, direct-plug charger when traveling, even when I have multiple camera models along. That I am accumulating a large number of these chargers is also convenient for those times I need to quickly charge a large number of batteries (my family loves when I plug 6 of these in the kitchen receptacles).
 
Battery life is a very relevant camera spec and mirrorless cameras typically have disappointingly-low battery life ratings and this one gets the same: approx. 370 shots (at 23°C). However, CIPA battery life ratings and real-world experience can differ significantly and that is especially true with my EOS R experience to date.
 
My first fully-charged LP-E6N battery provided 1510 images with 3% battery charge remaining. That is a very impressive number for any camera, though many short high-speed frame rate bursts surely aided that experience. Still impressive was the second full charge delivering over 1100 images with 9% remainging for an expected life of well over 1300 images. Again, some short bursts were captured, but many slow and carefully-aligned landscape images were also captured. The third charge yielded 560 images at 17% battery life remaining for an expected life of approximately 670 images. This set of images was captured in higher battery drain situations that including waiting for the perfect moments to occur at a low light event.
 
I'm very pleased with all of these results. Those are numbers I can easily live with. Note that scenarios generating a high number of images tend to incorporate high frame rate shooting which results in a correspondingly higher number of images per fully charged battery.
 
The EOS R provides a 6-level battery indicator on the top LCD and a specific percent remaining value in the Battery Information menu. This menu also provides a shutter count and a recharge performance rating for the installed battery.
 
Much more to come!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/10/2018 1:52:23 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
by Sean Setters
 
Few Canon announcements have been as eagerly anticipated as the brand's answer to Sony's high-performing a-series, mirrorless full-frame cameras. Canon was extremely tight-lipped about the features of the soon-to-be-unveiled EOS R, the details of the new RF mount and the corresponding RF lenses – as well as mount adapters – that were coming down the pipeline, until right up to announcement time. Of course, most of those details were floating around the interwebs before the actual announcement was made, but the flood of NDA'd material arrived much later than is typical for a Canon announcement, not to mention one as highly anticipated as this one. It seems that Canon wanted to surprise and impress us. Now the question is, "Did they?"
 
What I like about the EOS R & RF Lenses
 
  • Full compatibility with EF/EF-S/MP-E/TS-E lens, through adapters providing unique capabilities
  • Size & weight, but with a comfortable grip
  • Huge AF coverage, extremely sensitive in low light
  • Eye AF (we'll see how well it works)
  • High resolution EVF
  • 4K combined with DPAF
  • SD memory card compatibility
  • Battery Grip to be available at launch
  • Lenses that demonstrate the advantages of the new mount – an f/2 constant max aperture general purpose zoom with full-frame coverage (a world's first) and a high-performing 50mm f/1.2 lens
Everyone looking at the EOS R will appreciate its highlighted features differently, but the list above represents what I liked most about the camera's available feature set when the camera was announced. The most important of those features, in my opinion, is the first one – [nearly] full compatibility with Canon's existing EF-series lenses, including EF-S lenses, via an adapter. But Canon turned what may otherwise be viewed as an inconvenience (the use of an adapter) into three separate products, two of which have very nice benefits. The Mount Adapter EF-EOS R is the standard adapter. It is very low priced and does exactly what you'd expect. Want to change a setting quickly and conveniently with your left hand without moving your hand off the lens, essentially giving your older lenses the same functionality as Canon's new RF-series lenses? The Control Ring Mount Adapter is there for you. Want to add an easy-to-use, universal variable ND or circular polarizer to your kit? Just get the Drop-in Filter Mount Adapter and either filter can be used with every EF/EF-S/MP-E/TS-E lens in your existing kit.
 
Canon definitely aimed to impress with the EOS R's autofocus capabilities with an AF coverage that spans nearly the entire frame, sensitive down to -6 EV (with ultra wide aperture lenses) and eye tracking AF. Of course, we'll need to test the camera thoroughly to see if Canon's new AF system holds up well against the competition, but on paper, at least, things look promising. Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensors are well regarded for subject tracking in video mode, and good AF tracking is especially necessary when recording in 4K; we expect the EOS R to perform equally well compared to its DSLR predecessors.
 
How annoying is it when your new camera is not compatible with any of your existing memory cards? The EOS R uses the perennial standard – Secure Digital – so you'll likely be ready to start shooting as soon as you open the box and charge the battery. If you already have an LP-E6N/LP-E6 battery charged (very likely), then you won't even have to wait that long. If you're accustomed to shooting with a battery grip, then you'll really appreciate that the EOS R's battery grip, the BG-E22, is scheduled to be available when the camera ships.
 
As far as the lenses go, the R-series kit lens, or RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, seems to be the perfect choice for a full-frame general purpose zoom lens. It will be extremely useful and will easily cover a wide range of situations including portraiture, outdoor weddings, product, architecture and landscape needs. Personally, I don't find general purpose lenses to fill me with inspiration. Like Swiss Army knives, they're great at doing so many things (and get used so often because of their versatility) but don't necessarily inspire me to carve a statue with the tool. I find the RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro lens to be especially interesting as it'll be the first 35mm macro lens from Canon designed for a full-frame sensor camera and it is the widest aperture macro lens in the Canon lineup.
 
The other two lenses, however, were designed to provide the "wow" factor worthy of the new camera mount. The RF 28-70mm f/2L USM is the world's first general purpose zoom for full-frame cameras with an f/2 constant max aperture. Want to freeze motion in low light situations? With a 1-stop wider aperture compared to an f/2.8 max aperture zoom, you can double your shutter speed without resulting in a twice-as-high ISO, resulting in better subject separation and cleaner, less noisy images. Bryan spent hours using this lens including at a very low light event and thinks it is awesome. While the lens is not small or light, it is an ideal event lens and this lens alone is a great reason to buy an “R”.
 
Want to really blur out the background? Try reaching for Canon's newest f/1.2 prime, the RF 50mm f/1.2L USM, and watch the background melt away. This lens takes full advantage of the new RF mount with increased sharpness and contrast over the entire frame and should prove to be a favorite prime for many photographers. This might be the fast 50mm lens you’ve been waiting for.
 
What I don't like about the EOS R and RF Lenses
 
  • No in-body image stabilization (sensor stabilization)
  • No dual memory cards
  • 1.75 crop in 4K recording
  • Incompatibility with EF-M lenses
When looking at where the EOS R falls a bit short, two missing features immediately come to mind – the camera doesn't have dual memory card slots or in-body sensor stabilization. Both of those features would be greatly appreciated by photography pros and amateur shooters alike. Fortunately, memory cards don't fail very often and we've been creating sharp Canon images without sensor stabilization all this time. How? Through good camera techniques (elbows in), camera-shake negating shutter speeds, lens IS and tripods/monopods. Keep in mind, the R-mount's new communications protocols allow much more data to flow between the lens and the camera body. This results in a more effective in-lens stabilization (for those RF lenses that feature IS) because the lens can receive information from the camera itself. So while you may not get the benefits of stabilization for every lens in your kit, you'll see even better performance than you're used to with RF lenses featuring IS.
 
Some will lament the 1.75x crop when recording in 4K. However, keep in mind that the EOS R is compatible with EF-S lenses, and there are a ton of ultra wide-angle EF-S lens options, so that concern is mitigated to some degree.
 
And while we're on the topic of lens compatibility, it's important to note that the RF-mount is incompatible with Canon's APS-C EF-M mirrorless lenses. I think this incompatibility shows Canon's lack of foresight in regards to its development of a full-frame mirrorless system and puts the future of the EOS M-series into question. If someone purchases a Canon APS-C DSLR, the camera is compatible with APS-C specific lenses (EF-S) and those designed to cover full-frame sensors (EF/TS-E/MP-E). If that same person wants to upgrade to a Canon full-frame DSLR, all EF/TS-E/MP-E lenses they had acquired would be compatible with their next camera (of course, the same is not true for EF-S lenses). However, there is no easy upgrade path to a full-frame camera for EOS M-series owners. If transitioning to a full-frame mirrorless setup, no native EF-M lenses will be compatible with the new camera. Ultimately, that means a user must start with a blank slate when making the mirrorless APS-C to full-frame jump, a prospect that far fewer consumers will consider compared to DSLR users.
 
Final Thoughts
 
The Canon EOS R was designed to appeal to a very wide market in order to get the EOS R system off to a good start. This is the beginning of a new line of cameras. I have no doubt that we'll see dual memory card slots in a future EOS R system camera, and whatever drawbacks we find in the EOS R will be refined as the series matures. Some will miss the multi-controller joystick for choosing AF points, but using Touch and Drag with the LCD works very well (better in some regards), though it does take some practice. That said, the EOS R is a very capable camera with an excellent feature set, many of those features being completely new to the EOS system.
 
Bryan has just returned from the Canon announcement event with a huge amount of information and experience (over 3,000 images captured) – and with a Canon EOS R, Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens, Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens and an EF-EOS R adapter in hand. He’s excited! Stay tuned for much more information.
 
Preorders
 
Preorders for the Canon EOS R and RF lenses will go live Tuesday night at midnight (12:00am Wednesday, technically). Please keep us in mind when placing your preorders. Using our links doesn't cost you anything extra, but provides the vital support necessary to keep the site going.
 
Canon EOS R (Body) - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Canon EOS R with RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Canon BG-E22 Battery Grip for EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Canon Drop-in Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Editorials
Post Date: 9/10/2018 9:42:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Santa Rosa, Calif. – Being a photographer is about getting to the right location at the right time — which can often be challenging. To help photographers protect their lenses from the rigors of travel, Think Tank Photo has just released the Lens Case Duo series of six quick-access, dual-opening padded lens cases. A zippered lid and side opening is a unique feature compared to other lens cases.
 
With the Lens Case Duo, photographers can protect their delicate lenses while transporting them in rolling cases, backpacks or shoulder bags. These cases can then be converted into a modular system for quick access in a bag or on a belt. A shoulder strap is included for the six larger sizes: Lens Case Duo 5, Lens Case Duo 10, Lens Case Duo 15, and Lens Case Duo 20, Lens Case Duo 30, and Lens Case Duo 40. Two exterior stretch pockets provide space for a lens cap or a cleaning cloth. Soft zipper protectors and a plush lining protect sensitive and expensive lenses from scratches. All sizes come in black and green.
 
“The Lens Case Duo should be used by every photographer concerned about protecting their lenses, especially while in transit,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s President and lead designer. “While our roller and backpack dividers provide ample protection, the Lens Case Duo provides just that extra protection layer that could help prevent damage in unforeseen circumstances.”
 
GEAR CAPACITY
 
  • The Lens Case Duo 5 holds a Canon/Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, Canon: 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6, Canon/Nikon 50mm f/1.4, Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 AF-S, or Olympus: 12-40mm f/2.8, 40-150mm f/4-5.6
  • The Lens Case Duo 10 holds a Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6, Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6, Tamron/Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3, or Sony 16-35mm f/4
  • The Lens Case Duo 15 holds a Canon/Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6, Canon/Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6, Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3, Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6, Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, Canon/Nikon 24mm f/1.4, Canon/Nikon 35mm f/1.4, Canon/Sony 100mm f/2.8, or Nikon 105mm f/2.8
  • The Lens Case Duo 20 holds a Canon/Nikon/Sony 24-70mm f/2.8, Canon 24-105mm f/4, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Sony 85mm f/1.4, Canon/Sony 100mm f/2.8, or Nikon 105mm f/2.8
  • The Lens Case Duo 30 holds a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8, Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8, or Canon 11-24mm f/4
  • The Lens Case Duo 40 holds a Canon/Nikon/Sony 70-200mm f/2.8, Canon/Sony 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6, or Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6
MATERIALS
 
Exterior:
 
  • Durable water-repellant (DWR) coating
  • Polyurethane coating
  • 420D velocity nylon
  • Ultra Stretch front pockets
  • YKK RC zippers
  • Rubberized laminate
  • 3-ply bonded nylon thread
Interior:
 
  • 3-layer nylex liner
  • High-density foam
  • 3-ply bonded nylon thread
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
 
Lens Case Duo 5
Interior Dimensions: 3” Diameter x 4.6” Height (7.5 x 11.5 cm) Exterior Dimensions: 3.7” Diameter x 4.9” Height (9.5 x 12.5 cm) Weight: 0.2 lbs. (0.1 kg)
 
Lens Case Duo 10
Interior Dimensions: 3” Diameter x 5.7” Height (7.5 x 14.5 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 3.7” Diameter x 6.1” Height (9.5 x 15.5 cm)
Weight: 0.2 lbs. (0.1 kg)
 
Lens Case Duo 15
Interior Dimensions: 3.4” Diameter x 6.7” Height (8.5 x 17 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 4.1” Diameter x 7.1” Height (10.5 x 18 cm)
Weight: 0.2 lbs. (0.1 kg)
 
Lens Case Duo 20
Interior Dimensions: 4.3” Diameter x 6.5” Height (10.8 x 16.5 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 5.0” Diameter x 6.9” Height (12.8 x 17.5 cm)
Weight: 0.3 lbs. (0.1 kg)
 
Lens Case Duo 30
Interior Dimensions: 4.8” Diameter x 6.8” Height (12.2 x 17.2 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 5.6” Diameter x 7.2” Height (14.2 x 18.2 cm)
Weight: 0.3 lbs. (0.1 kg)
 
Lens Case Duo 40
Interior Dimensions: 4.5” Diameter x 9.9” Height (11.4 x 25 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 5.3” Diameter x 10.2” Height (13.4 x 26 cm)
Weight: 0.4 lbs. (0.2 kg)
 
Think Tank Photo has the new Lens Case Duo cases in stock with free shipping. FYI: Use of the preceding links will get you a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more.
Post Date: 9/10/2018 10:58:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From X-Right:
 
An extra-large reference target to speed up color correction and save hours in post-production for filmmakers, DITs, editors and colorists.
 
X-Rite Incorporated, the world leader in color management and measurement technologies, today announces the addition of the new ColorChecker Video XL to the ColorChecker family. For longer and wider shots, this extra-large format color reference target speeds up video production for more consistent and accurate color from capture to edit.
 
Given the popularity of the X-Rite ColorChecker Video and Video Passport targets among filmmakers and editors, adding a larger target for longer, wider and aerial shots was a logical addition to the family. Often the distance between the camera and the subject is too great, or the angle is too wide, to effectively capture a smaller target. With ColorChecker Video XL, users can increase capture resolution for post, maintain the same lighting conditions falling on their subject, eliminate the need to move the camera closer or adjust focal length, and minimize color casting from surrounding light.
 
Perfect for large production sets, event filmmaking, and aerial filmmaking, the ColorChecker Video XL allows users to accurately check highlights, shadows and mid-tones, match multiple cameras and achieve accurate color balance.
 
It provides the same chromatic colors, skin tones and gray reference chips of the standard size ColorChecker Video, but is twice as large, measuring 23” x 19.5” x 0.12’”(53.3 x 37.5 x 0.3 cm). All X-Rite ColorChecker Video targets work with popular filmmaking tools like waveforms, vectorscopes, and zebras.
 
“Filmmakers and photographers tell stories with their images. Along with light, color plays an essential role in these stories. We want to make sure they tell their story as perfectly as possible, which means starting from an ideal neutral place,” said Liz Quinlisk, Marketing Director Photo & Video, X-Rite. “Time is money, and the new ColorChecker Video XL helps filmmakers get to their creative look faster with less wasted time. No matter how big their story is we now have the right target size for every situation.”
 
X-Rite ColorChecker Video XL is available as a stand-alone color reference target or combined with two forms of added protection – a choice of a simple carry sleeve or a more robust, fully configurable carrying case.
 
X-Rite’s ColorChecker Video XL and protective accessories are now available through the global photo and video reseller network.
 
B&H carries X-Rite ColorChecker products.
Category: X-Rite News
Post Date: 9/10/2018 10:42:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
SIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art for SIGMA (v.1.01) and Canon (v.2.01)
This firmware corrects the phenomenon that the AF performance occasionally becomes unstable when used via SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11.
SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Canon (v.2.03)
This firmware improves the AF speed in certain combinations with some cameras.
Firmware update for SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports (v.2.00) / Contemporary for Canon (v.2.00)
This firmware allows compatibility with Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function to enable correction matching the optical characteristics of each lens*. It also corrects the phenomenon that abnormal images appear or operation errors occur when the function is enabled. This firmware also improves the AF speed in certain combinations with some cameras.
 
* Compatible Canon camera models: EOS-1DX Mark II, EOS 5Ds, EOS 5DsR, EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 6D mark II, EOS 80D, EOS 8000D (EOS Rebel T6s, EOS 760D), EOS 9000D (EOS 77D), EOS Kiss X8i (EOS Rebel T6i, EOS 750D), EOS Kiss X9i (EOS Rebel T7i, EOS 800D), EOS Kiss X9 (EOS Rebel SL2, EOS 200D)
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable products, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
Sigma USB Dock: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/10/2018 7:26:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 6, 2018
From Skylum:
 
Bellevue, WA – September 6, 2018Photolemur, a leader in AI technology in the photography industry and a winner of the 2018 Red Dot Award for High Design Quality, has released pre-order details for the latest product launch: Photolemur 3 With Photolemur, Skylum has taken the concept of photo enhancement back down to Earth, bringing the complex process of photo editing to the hands of mass consumers all over the world. The software has been developed with regular folks in mind, camera users who might not have the time for or a good grasp of editing, from amateur and beginner photographers to moms, bloggers, and occasional shooters.
 
Designed as an intelligent automated photo assistant that enhances images in the same way a professional photographer would, but much quicker than any standard editing software, Photolemur only requires its users to drag and drop an image. It takes care of the rest by automatically making pro-level enhancements and adjustments to the image within minutes. Photolemur uses 14 different AI technologies to think for itself, analyzing what aspects of a photo need to be tweaked to bring the image to its best. It saves its users from going through the long editing process or relying on unintelligent filters that aren’t exactly tailor-made for that particular image. The software is proving to be a gamechanger in the photography space, allowing everyone from basic social media users and amateur bloggers to the more seasoned pros to create the perfect photo. Photolemur is transforming the photography industry, benefitting both casual photographers and professionals, reducing an hour of complex photo editing to mere minutes.
 
At the heart of Photolemur is a smart engine with powerful technology that has analyzed millions of photos to find editing patterns. It enhances each photo accordingly based on those patterns. It utilizes similar technology used in manual editing software, from color recovery and noise reduction to auto color temperature and exposure compensation. Both pro photographers and casual shooters can trust its AI technology to recognize the differences in objects and make smart decisions when choosing the correct adjustments.
 
The software also allows users to batch enhance up to 200 photos at a time, making it a real time saver for users who don’t have a lot of hours to invest in photo editing. With this new update, Photolemur now fixes skin imperfections, whitens teeth, smoothes skin and hair, and sharpens and widens eyes, making it an ideal tool for casual photographers and social media enthusiasts.
 
By simplifying the editing process, seamlessly creating pro-level adjustments to any photo without any effort from its users, Photolemur is sweeping not only the photography community, but also the mass market. Photolemur is ahead of the trends in the photography industry, using its intuitive AI technology to make photo editing more accessible and to bring photography back to where it matters most, the millions of camera shooters who use it to capture memories and record important moments in their lives.
 
Photolemur 3 includes several updates across the software, from technology to user interface.
 
  • Automatic face enhancement with skin retouch and teeth whitening. This feature detects and clears skin imperfections as well as whitens teeth for a more glowing portrait.
  • Smart eyes enlarge. This feature analyzes your subjects’ eyes and makes eye enlargements accordingly.
  • Adding styles to photos. Six new, crazily creative styles are now available to really get the look you want.
  • New menu for opacity settings
  • Quick access menu for face enhancement, lens correction, and eyes enlarge
  • Apply settings from one image to all images in a batch, maximum 200 images
  • SmugMug export for Mac
Until September 13 Photolemur 3 is available at a special pre-order price for $49 for a family license (5 activations) with a collection of bonuses. The product will be released on 14 September 2018.
 
Photolemur 3.0 Regular Pricing (starting on September 14):
 
  • Current users may upgrade at a price of $19
  • New users can purchase Photolemur 3.0 Family at a price of $59
  • New users can purchase Photolemur 3.0 Single at a price of $39
Preorder: Photolemur 3
The available/known specs for the following new products are available in the Camera Specs and Lens Specs tools on the site:
 
  • Canon EOS R
  • Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L USM
  • Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM
  • Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 M IS
  • Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM
  • Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM
Here are a few comparisons to get you started:
 
Canon EOS R vs. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EOS R vs. Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L USM vs. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM
Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM vs. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro vs. Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM
Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM vs. Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/6/2018 8:53:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 5, 2018
From Canon USA:
 
Canon Also Introduces Three RF Mount Adapters, Providing EF & EF-S Lenses with Full Compatibility and Enhanced Functionality with the New EOS R Camera
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 5, 2018 – Helping to rewrite the rules of visual expression, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced a variety of new RF lenses and accessories to accompany the newly announced EOS R Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera System. The four new RF lenses are built around Canon’s new RF mount, which features a large 54mm diameter and shorter back focus distance than on current EOS DSLR cameras. The new RF mount enables new possibilities in optical design and lens formulation, allowing for faster and lighter lenses with higher performing optics.
 
The four new lenses, the Canon RF 28-70mm F2 L USM, RF 50mm F1.2 L USM, RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM and RF 35mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM capitalize on the robust optic foundation of Canon’s new EOS R system. The design behind Canon’s new EOS R camera and RF lens system started with the concept of the optimal rear lens element diameter and shorter distance (back focus) for a Full-Frame image sensor.
 
With over 130 million EF lenses in circulation since Canon launched the mount in 1987*, the Company is enhancing the possibilities for its loyal customers who own and love their EF glass. Canon is introducing three RF Lens Mount Adapters that expand the capabilities of existing EF lenses when paired with the EOS R camera. The Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R allows photographers to utilize the full breadth of Canon’s EF, EF-S, TS-E, and MP-E lenses on the newly introduced EOS R camera system. The Control Ring Mount Adapter adds a customizable control ring via the adapter that provides photographers with added functionality to their fingertips. The Drop-in Filter Mount Adapter now easily places circular polarizing or variable neutral density filters behind the lens, opening up new options for lenses such as the EF 11-24mm where using optical filters were previously not an option.
 
“Knowing exceptional optics are a vital tool in shaping the image a photographer captures, Canon designed the EOS R camera system from the ground up with optics as the starting point,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon is very excited about the world-class optics we have developed to marry with the new RF mount. With our rich history and more than 130 million EF lenses being used across the globe, Canon optics will continue to be at the forefront of our digital imaging development now and into the future.”
 
New Canon RF Series Lenses
 
Three of the newly announced Canon RF lenses are counted among Canon’s top-of-the-line L-series optics; incorporating rugged, dust and water-resistant construction. All four new RF lenses feature a customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO.
 
The Canon RF 28—70mm F2 L USM lens, the world’s first standard zoom lens with an f/2 aperturei is excellent for capturing landscapes, weddings and portraits with its large aperture for stunning bokeh. Initial testing within Canon has shown this new lens to produce better optical image quality and sharpness over similar focal length EF-series lenses, including the extremely popular and highly regarded EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM.
 
A portrait photographer’s must-have, the Canon RF 50mm F1.2 L USM lens sports an ultra large-diameter f/1.2 aperture and Canon’s Air Sphere Coating (ASC) technology to dramatically reduce flares and ghosting.
 
Photographers seeking an all-around utility lens for the new EOS R camera system need to look no further than the Canon RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens. Coming in nine percent shorter in length than the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, this compact lens employs a CIPA standard of 5 stops of IS and is equipped with NANO USM technology, the first L-series lens with the technology. This small chip-shaped ultrasonic motor is engineered to help deliver high-speed, smooth, precise and near-silent operation, plus full-time manual focus (when using one-shot AF).
 
A fast, wide-angle single focus lens, the Canon RF 35mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM lens is an excellent option for photographers looking for an affordable compact lens. Featuring a maximum shooting magnification of 0.5x, the lens can easily shoot macro photography of subjects such as flowers, food and even insects. The lens also utilizes a CIPA standard of 5 stops of IS and is compatible with Hybrid IS, compensating for both angular and shift camera shake.
 
Enhanced Capabilities for Canon EF Lenses
 
Thanks to its large lens mount design, Canon’s new EOS R series camera system delivers new capabilities in both design and function, but for existing Canon lens owners it does something incredible. It enhances the capabilities of existing EF and EF-S lenses with full compatibility and in some cases, enhanced functionality when paired with one of three RF mount adapters.
 
Canon lenses are historically top-rated, and the Company is looking to help customers gain even more value in their investment with three new RF mount adapters.
 
  • The Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R is a standard adapter that provides full compatibility with EF lenses. Autofocus, metadata, and Optical Image Stabilization on EF lenses all continue to work seamlessly with the new EOS R camera through this adapter.
  • The Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R continues full EF lens compatibility with the addition of a customizable control ring. Functions that can be assigned and adjusted by the control ring include aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed and exposure compensation.
  • In addition to full EF lens compatibility, the Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R allows for lens filters to be used behind any EF lens and help photographers conveniently utilize variable ND and circular polarizing filters with any EF lens.
New Speedlite Series
 
Canon is also introducing a new compact and lightweight Speedlite, the EL-100. Designed for photographers who are just beginning to use an external flash or are in need of a secondary unit, the new Speedlite delivers both soft and natural lighting reproduction. In addition, the EL-100 can rotate upwards and to the left and right enabling photographers to bounce the flash off of nearby ceilings, walls or surfaces.
 
Additional Features of the Canon Speedlite EL-100 include:
 
  • Maximum Guide Number of Approx. 85 ft./26m at ISO 100
  • 24mm Wide-angle Coverage
  • Optical Wireless Flash Function (Sender and Receiver)
  • Flash Exposure Control Including Support for Stroboscopic Flash and Continuous Shooting Camera-linked Functions Including Interlocked External Flash Power On/Off
  • Mode Dial with AUTO Position
Availability and Pricing
 
The Canon RF 50mm F1.2 L USM will be available in October 2018 for an estimated retail price of $2299. The Canon RF 28-70mm F2 L USM, RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM and RF 35mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM will all be available for purchase in December 2018 for an estimated retail price of $2999, $1099 and $499.99 respectively.
 
The Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R and Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R will be available for purchase in October 2018 for an estimated retail price of $99.99 and $199.99 respectively. The Drop-in Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R will all be available for purchase in February 2019 for an estimated retail price of $399.99 with a variable ND filter or $299.99 with a circular polarizing filter.
 
The Canon Speedlite EL-100 will be available for purchase in October 2018 for an estimated retail price of $199.99.
 
Preorders (when available)
 
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Canon Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Canon Drop-in Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Canon Speedlite EL-100 - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/5/2018 3:35:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Optical Innovation Inspires the Next Leap Forward in Imaging
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 5, 2018 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the next revolution in the company’s long history of innovative and award-winning camera systems, the EOS R system featuring the newly designed RF mount. Recognizing the need to advance optical design, the Company sought to create a versatile and powerful new system that supports all current EF, EF-S, TS-E and MP-E lensesi, and also provides the optical advancements and engineering flexibility to build upon for years to come.
 
When Canon set forth to develop a new interchangeable lens camera system, they focused on three core optical principles: high-image quality, high-specification performance, and compact design. Recognizing that optics is the foundation for any camera system, the RF mount was conceived to open new doors in optical design. Canon’s new RF mount features the same size diameter as the EF mount (54mm) and shorter back focus distance. This allows for lenses to sit closer to the sensor (the focal plane) and allowed Canon optical engineers to reimagine lens design utilizing larger rear lens elements to produce an image on the full-frame sensor. This new optical formula has paved the way for higher performing lenses. In addition, the Canon RF mount features a high-speed 12-pin communication system that provides faster and more in-depth communication between the camera and lens over existing Canon mount systems.
 
The EOS R system is designed for full, uninhibited compatibility with all existing EF, EF-S, TS-E and MP-E lenses through the use of mount adaptersii. In addition, through the use of the optional Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter or Control Ring Mount Adapter these lenses, in fact, gain functionality.
 
“There has never been a time in history in which visual expression has been so prolific. Imaging, both still and video, are the communication mediums of today’s society. Much in the same way we learned to type in the past, today’s youth are skilled in shooting, editing, and visual storytelling in ways that only the masters of each craft were decades ago,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Knowing this, we needed to step back and design a system that delivers all the creative expression and functionality today’s youth crave, now and in the years to come.”
 
The First in a New System: The EOS R
 
The new Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera features a 30.3 megapixel CMOS sensor that is powered by the Company’s latest image processor, DIGIC 8, enabling shooting at up to 8.0 frames per secondiii. The new camera inherits a lot from Canon’s legacy in both EOS and Cinema EOS. Video storytellers can capture stunning 4K UHD video up to 30fps and record in 10-bit 4:2:2 (with an external recorder). The EOS R also comes with the ability to shoot Canon Log, providing 12 stops of dynamic range, minimal loss of detail in shadows and highlighted areas and an increased range of choices when color grading. Users with an existing collection of Canon lenses will be excited to know that all EF and EF-S lens are compatible with the camera. In order to do so, photographers and videographers can choose between using one of three new mount adapters, each uniquely designed to meet the individual needs of the user.
 
The new Canon EOS R camera features Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus with 5,655 manually selectable AF pointsiv, supporting AF at up to f/11 with a 384 zone (24x16) real-time metering system. With f/1.2 lenses, the camera astonishingly boasts AF sensitivity in low light in as little as EV-6. When using the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens with the EOS R, the camera can focus in as little as 0.05 seconds with Dual Pixel CMOS AFv, making it the fastest autofocus speed in the worldvi. These features provide photographers and videographers with Canon’s most advanced AF system to date. The EOS R also features a silent shutter setting when shooting in single-shot mode; an important feature for those who need to capture imagery without disrupting the scene. An upcoming free firmware update will enable silent shutter in continuous shooting mode as well.
 
“The EOS R system is not just a new camera or a new lens mount, it is a new design that will allow us to produce visual tools that were previously impossible, and allow our customers to tell their stories with greater depth, richness of color, and creative flexibility, in optically stunning ways.” states Kazuto Ogawa.
 
Thoughts From the First Users
 
“I think every camera system has its place and it’s all about having the right tool for the job,” reported acclaimed outdoor photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Jimmy Chin. “The new EOS R system for me in particular is very useful for the kind of shooting that I do in the mountains, where I need to worry about the size and weight. Having the option to use the new RF lenses or the EF lenses is really great.”
 
“I was instantly impressed with how quickly the EOS R was able to focus,” remarked celebrated fashion photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Lindsay Adler. “Whether my subject was moving or I was shooting in near-complete darkness, I had no problem getting tack-sharp focus in every shot. It was a relief to know my gear wasn’t going to hold me back from executing my vision, but instead it would really help me to execute this vision.”
 
“For us, it's all about getting the shot no one else can get, and a lot of this has to do with the camera,” says Devin Graham, director and filmmaker behind YouTube’s DevinSuperTramp. “The new EOS R will become one of our main cameras. It has a very small footprint, yet is able to create amazing images. As for the lenses, the new RF 28-70mm F2 has just become one of my all-time favorites. I’ll be bringing it on every project.”
 
Conveniently placed just to the right of the EVF, Canon has introduced a new Multi-Function Bar that will allows users to more easily access their customizable settings, such as AF, ISO and White Balance. Users will have the option to either slide or tap the bar to gain access to the settings and adjust on-the-go as they deem necessary depending on each particular shooting situation.
 
Answering the demand for enhanced mobile editing of RAW image files, Canon is also announcing a new application, Digital Photo Professional Express (DPP Express). In combination with an updated Canon Camera Connect App, DPP Express enables users to send, view, edit and process CR3 RAW files on their iPadvii. A free download of the app will be available October 2018.
 
Additional noteworthy features of the EOS R Camera include:
 
  • RF Mount Compatible with RF Lenses and EF/EF-S Lenses
  • Built-in EVF with 3.69 Million Dots, Vari-angle Touchscreen LCD and Dot-matrix LCD Panel
  • ISO range of 100-40,000, expandable to 102,400
  • USB 3.1 in-camera charging support
  • Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi providing easy sharing to compatible smart devices and social media sites
  • Single UHS-II SD card slot
  • CR3(RAW/C-RAW) and Dual Pixel RAW Support
  • Dust and weather resistant
Availability and Pricing
 
The Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera is scheduled to be available in October 2018 for an estimated retail price of $2299 for the body only. It will also be sold as a body-and-lens kit with the new RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens for $3399.
 
Preorders (when available)
 
Canon EOS R (Body) - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Canon EOS R with RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Canon BG-E22 Battery Grip for EOS R - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/5/2018 3:24:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
New Compact and Lightweight EF Super-Telephoto Lenses Are Well Suited for a Variety of Photographers’ Needs
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 5, 2018 – Most professional photographers need to carry multiple lenses in their camera bags. Helping to lighten their load, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduces two new super-telephoto lenses, the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM. Both lenses possess a dramatic weight reduction and high-image quality, making it ideal for shooters to easily transport and capture images during action-driven scenarios, such as sports and wildlife. Both lenses now hold the title of world’s lightest in their respective focal length*. The weight of the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM lenses has been reduced by 2.2 lbs. (more than 25 percent) and 1.9 lbs. (more than 20 percent) respectively.
 
“When developing updates to some of Canon’s most popular legacy lenses, one common question that is asked by photographers was ‘can they be lighter,’” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The significant reduction of weight in these two lenses addresses this customer need and delivers thoughtfully designed, high-quality optics .”
 
The new lenses are must-haves for advanced and professional photographers shooting wildlife, aviation, sports and news with Canon’s new EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera (with use of one of the three new Canon mount adapters), as well the EOS 1D and 5D series of DSLR Cameras. Both lenses feature two of Canon’s most advanced propriety lens technologies - Air Sphere Coating (ASC) and Super Spectra Coating (SSC), helping to reduce flaring and ghosting, and suppressing the reflection of light, leading to vivid images. These updated lenses inherit the excellent overall build-quality and ruggedness photographers have come to expect and admire from the Canon EF L series of lenses. In addition, the minimum focusing distance has been improved for both lenses, from 2.7m to 2.5m (8.8ft to 8.2ft) for the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and 4.5m to 4.2m (14.8ft to 13.8ft) for the EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM.
 
Additional noteworthy features of the lenses include:
 
  • Upgraded Optical Image Stabilization from three-and-a-half stops to five shutter speed stops1 of correction over the previous f/2.8 lens
  • Improved, flexible focus control with a customizable electronic-focus ring
  • Two fluorite lenses and one super UD lens, helping to provide high image quality
  • Circular nine-blade aperture
  • 17 lens elements in 13 groups
  • Heat-shielding paint helps prevent lens temperature from rising during excessive exposure to sun
  • Fluorine coating on front and rear optical elements, helps to reduce smears and fingerprints
  • Inner focusing system with Ring Ultrasonic Motor
Availability and Pricing
 
The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM is scheduled to begin shipping in December 2018 with an estimated retail price of $11,999. The Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM is scheduled to begin shipping in December 2018 for an estimated retail price of $12,999.
 
Preorders (when available)
 
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/5/2018 3:11:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 5, 2018 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced a new EF-M wide angle fixed-focal-length lens, the EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM. The EF-M lens is both compact and lightweight, serving as an ideal addition for any photographer shooting with an EOS-M series camera. Entry and enthusiast-level photographers who are passionately seeking to take their photography skills to the next-level will find this lens to be a great addition for portraiture, landscapes or general travel photography.
 
“As Canon continues to expand the company’s EF-M lineup, it is very important that users are provided the tools they desire for a variety of shooting situations,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The new EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM lens delivers great image quality in a compact and lightweight form factor, allowing photographers to capture the images they envision when they pick up their camera.”
 

The EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM lens is the second EF-M lens to feature a large-aperture, delivering stunning bokeh with a soft blurred background that helps photographers isolate their subjects. In addition, the 32mm focal length converts to approximately 51m in 35mm format, providing an angle-of-view close to the field-of-view of the human eye.
 
Additional noteworthy features of the EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM lens include:
 
  • 14 elements in eight groups, including a glass molded aspherical lens
  • Super Spectra Coating technology and optimized lens element placement helps minimize ghosting and flaring
  • Lead gear-type STM stepping motor to help provide smooth and quiet focus operation when taking photos, and near-silence when shooting video
  • Wide focusing ring with full-time manual focus capabilities
  • Compact and lightweight design: maximum diameter of 60.9mm, total length of 50.5mm and approximate weight of 235g
  • Maximum magnification of 0.25x and minimum focusing distance of 0.23m
Availability and Pricing
 
The EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM will be available for purchase in late September 2018 for an estimated retail price of $479.99*. Included accessories for the new lens are Canon lens cap E-43, lens hood ES-60 and lens case LP-1014.
 
Preorders (when available)
 
Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM Lens - B&H | Adorama | Wex
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/5/2018 3:00:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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