Canon and Sony News for Oct 2015 (Page 2)

 Wednesday, October 21, 2015

From Canon USA:

New 17-inch Large Format Printer Can Produce Sharp Images and Astounding Image Clarity for Pro Photographers and Design Professionals

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 21, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 Professional Inkjet Printer, a 17-inch, large format solution packed with significant technological advancements, such as a new print head, new ink set and a new image processing engine, resulting in stunning image quality designed for photographers who are "equally obsessed" with the printed image.

This is the first in a new series of imagePROGRAF printers that are marked by the distinctive Canon red line across the body of the printer, echoing the same red line on Canon's EF L-Series lenses. This feature-rich professional printer complements Canon's professional line of DSLR cameras and lenses for an ideal pairing that can produce high-detail, high-quality images when printed on a variety of media, creating images that look as accurate printed as when they were captured.

"We designed a printer to give our customers incredible large-format image reproduction in a size that fits almost any home, studio, design and production departments, or in a classroom of photography students," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "Knowing how important fine details and precise colors are to professional users, this printer is designed so that the final output is exactly what they envisioned. The launch of the first printer in the new imagePROGRAF PRO Series of printers further illustrates the commitment Canon has to providing the imaging community with solutions that help deliver superb output true to a photographer's obsession."

New Print Head
Improving upon the specifications of the Canon PIXMA PRO-1 printer, the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer features a 50 percent larger print head, which also expands the total number of nozzles to 18,432 for each of the 12 channels. The increased size of the print head helps produce faster print speeds†† while still maintaining high-resolution prints. This new print head design utilizes a sophisticated real-time ink ejection system which helps to maintain a consistent print head temperature allowing for consistent ink droplets to help limit clogs and reduce cleaning cycles and wasted ink. The new print head helps to further reduce the amount of wasted ink through anti-clogging technologies where ink ejection conditions are precisely checked with sensors, and if a clog is detected, another nozzle automatically provides backup.

New Inks
The new LUCIA PRO 11-color plus Chroma Optimizer ink system was designed specifically to meet the demands of the most critical photographer. An optimized resin-coating of each pigment allows for denser droplets to be applied to the media, resulting in an increased color gamut of up to 19 percent over the PIXMA PRO-1 printer. This dense ink-configuration also brings gloss uniformity for viewing conditions and image clarity that helps achieve anti-bronzing. The LUCIA PRO ink system also introduces an improved level of black density not only achieving deep, rich blacks but also helping to bring out incredibly fine shadow detail in the darker areas, creating works of art on fine art media. The imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer is designed to work seamlessly when changing media types, Photo Black and Matte Black inks have their own dedicated nozzles so no switching is necessary. Users can print on glossy media then fine art media with no worries, no changes, and no waste. The new ink system includes matte black, photo black, gray, photo gray, red, blue, magenta, photo magenta, cyan, photo cyan, yellow and Chroma Optimizer. The size of the ink tanks is 80ml per tank, allowing for less frequent refills and reduced cost per print.

New Processing Engine & Printer Architecture
Demonstrating a rich understanding of optimum balance stemming from its expertise in camera technology, Canon offers precise placement of ink droplets ideal for vivid print results. The new processing engine, L-COA PRO, controls the balance of inks and the precise placement of ink droplets, carefully calculating best results for each print mode and media using various factors including color reproduction, tonal gradations, black density, graininess, glossiness, anti-bronzing and elimination of metamerism, all of which contribute to creating an amazing printed image. L-COA PRO, combined with an internal 1GB of memory, enables high-speed processing of massive volumes of image data for demanding workflows. To bring further accuracy to ink ejection and limitation of color unevenness, the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer offers a two-way vacuum paper feeder, which keeps media flat and even, helping with accuracy of ink ejection. The imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer also has a built-in calibration function to help prevent variability of color output by aging changes or printer differences. This feature allows for a consistency in colors from PRO-1000 to PRO-1000 of under a Delta E of 2†††. Reliability and quality are further maintained by the enhanced rigidity in the printer chassis allowing for even more improved dot placement, helping to produce sharper prints, including stunning borderless images.

New Software*
Enhancing the user experience with imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer is the intuitive software solution of Print Studio Pro v 2.0. With a focus on quality and ease of use, Print Studio Pro is a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Canon Digital Photo Professional software that easily exports files directly to the printer.1 With 16-bit processing capabilities, fine details are dramatically improved, gradations are smooth and a highly accurate reproduction of the original captured image can be reproduced. Also set to be included is the Media Configuration Tool (MCT)*, enabling customization of the media in both the driver and printer. Additionally, MCT can make adjustments such as print head height and vacuum strength for each media, offering the flexibility needed in order to help achieve optimal quality across a broad range of media options. Accounting Manager* is set to be included for those looking to keep track of consumable costs such as ink and media, allowing users to manually enter in their costs in order to help determine their overall printing expenses. Whether it is an individual printing in their studio, or an administrator looking to centrally manage a number of users in a multi-unit networked environment, this tool can help you keep track of printing expenses. Device Management Console* is an administrative tool which provides users with the means to manage multiple PRO-1000 printers by helping users monitor activity such as error messages and printer information such as the execution status of calibrations.

Availability and Pricing
The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 is scheduled to be available end of October 2015 for a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $1,299.99. MSRP of each color ink is $59.99 and Chroma Optimizer is $54.99.

* Certain software and utilities to be released post launch: Device Management Console for PC estimated to be available December 2015, for MAC 3rd Quarter 2016,Media Configuration Tool for MAC estimated to be available 1st quarter 2016 and Accounting Manager for MAC and PC estimated to be available for 1st Quarter of 2016.

B&H has the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 17" Professional Photographic Inkjet Printer available for preorder.

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Post Date: 10/21/2015 8:27:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Western Digital:

  • New platform creates greater scale and ability to deliver extensive portfolio of innovative products and technology
  • Combined business well-positioned to capture growth and opportunities created by rapidly evolving storage industry
  • JV with Toshiba provides stable NAND supply at scale through a time-tested business model and extends across NVM technologies such as 3D NAND

IRVINE, Calif. and MILPITAS, Calif. — Oct. 21, 2015 — Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) and SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Western Digital will acquire all of the outstanding shares of SanDisk for a combination of cash and stock. The offer values SanDisk common stock at $86.50 per share or a total equity value of approximately $19 billion, using a five-day volume weighted average price ending on October 20, 2015 of $79.60 per share of Western Digital common stock. If the previously announced investment in Western Digital by Unisplendour Corporation Limited closes prior to this acquisition, Western Digital will pay $85.10 per share in cash and 0.0176 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock; and if the Unisplendour transaction has not closed or has been terminated, $67.50 in cash and 0.2387 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

The combination is the next step in the transformation of Western Digital into a storage solutions company with global scale, extensive product and technology assets, and deep expertise in non-volatile memory (NVM). With this transaction, Western Digital will double its addressable market and expand its participation in higher-growth segments. SanDisk brings a 27-year history of innovation and expertise in NVM, systems solutions and manufacturing. The combination also enables Western Digital to vertically integrate into NAND, securing long-term access to solid state technology at lower cost.

The proposed combination creates significant value for both SanDisk and Western Digital shareholders. Western Digital brings a successful track record of M&A with a number of acquisitions over the last several years helping to fuel innovation, create value and strongly position the company to capture higher-growth opportunities. In addition, Western Digital's operational excellence, coupled with the recently announced decision by China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) allowing Western Digital to integrate substantial portions of its WD and HGST businesses, is expected to generate additional cost synergies.

"This transformational acquisition aligns with our long-term strategy to be an innovative leader in the storage industry by providing compelling, high-quality products with leading technology," said Steve Milligan, chief executive officer, Western Digital. "The combined company will be ideally positioned to capture the growth opportunities created by the rapidly evolving storage industry. I'm excited to welcome the SanDisk team as we look to create additional value for all of our stakeholders, including our customers, shareholders and employees."

"Western Digital is globally recognized as a leading provider of storage solutions and has a 45-year legacy of developing and manufacturing cutting-edge solutions, making the company the ideal strategic partner for SanDisk," said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and chief executive officer, SanDisk. "Importantly, this combination also creates an even stronger partner for our customers. Joining forces with Western Digital will enable the combined company to offer the broadest portfolio of industry-leading, innovative storage solutions to customers across a wide range of markets and applications."

Western Digital and SanDisk's complementary product lines, including hard disk drives ("HDDs"), solid-state drives ("SSDs"), cloud datacenter storage solutions and flash storage solutions, will provide the foundation for a broader set of products and technologies from consumer to datacenter. Both companies have strong R&D and engineering capabilities and a rich base of fundamental technologies with over 15,000 combined patents issued or pending worldwide.

Toshiba has been a long-term strategic partner to SanDisk for 15 years. The joint venture (JV) with Toshiba will be ongoing, enabling vertical integration through a technology partnership driven by deep collaboration across design and process capabilities. The JV provides stable NAND supply at scale through a time-tested business model and extends across NVM technologies such as 3D NAND.

Steve Milligan will continue to serve as chief executive officer of the combined company, and the company will remain headquartered in Irvine, California. Upon closing, Sanjay Mehrotra is expected to join the Western Digital Board of Directors.

Led by a seasoned management team, Western Digital has a strong track record of integrating acquisitions to create value. The company expects to achieve full annual run-rate synergies of $500 million within 18 months post-closing. The transaction is expected to be EPS accretive on a non-GAAP basis within 12 months of the transaction close. Pending the closing of the transaction, Western Digital expects to continue paying its quarterly dividend and plans to suspend its share buyback program.

The transaction will be financed by a mix of cash, new debt financing and Western Digital stock. In connection with the transaction, Western Digital expects to enter into new debt facilities totaling $18.4 billion, including a $1.0 billion revolving credit facility. The proceeds from the new debt facilities are expected to be used to pay part of the purchase price, refinance existing debt of Western Digital and SanDisk and pay transaction related fees and expenses. If SanDisk's cash balance falls below certain thresholds at the time of transaction close, the merger agreement provides for an adjustment to the mix of cash and stock consideration.

The transaction is subject to approval by SanDisk shareholders and, in the event that the Unisplendor transaction does not close, Western Digital shareholders, receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2016.

BofA Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan are acting as lead financial advisors to Western Digital and will provide committed financing for the transaction. Also, Credit Suisse is acting as a financial advisor and providing committed financing, and RBC Capital Markets is providing committed financing. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Baker & McKenzie are acting as legal advisors to Western Digital.

Goldman Sachs is acting as the exclusive financial advisor to SanDisk. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is acting as the exclusive legal advisor to SanDisk.

B&H carries Sandisk memory cards.

Post Date: 10/21/2015 8:02:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Lensbaby:

Latest product in Lensbaby’s Optic Swap System offers high-quality, versatile 50mm tilt lens

Portland, OR and New York, New York (PhotoPlus Expo 2015)—October 21, 2015 – Lensbaby, providing creative effects lenses to photographers that ignite their creativity and expand their unique visions of the world, today announced the new Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic, adding another powerful and creative tool to their Optic Swap System. The product will make its public debut during PhotoPlus Expo 2015, being held October 21-24 at the Javits Convention Center, New York City. Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic is designed for shooters ranging from avid enthusiasts and serious hobbyists to semiprofessional DSLR and mirrorless photographers.

Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic is a high-quality, 50mm f/3.2 upgraded metal-bodied tilt lens that lets you control depth of field in-camera for an authentic, immersive shooting experience. Photographers can use the lens to create images with a sharp slice of focus bordered by silky, smooth blur. The lens body swivels and tilts on a smooth metal ball and socket design, providing a fast and intuitive way to switch between traditional straight lens photos and tilt photography. Using selective focus, shooters can lead the viewers’ eyes on a unique journey through landscapes, close-ups, miniature effects, street photography and food photos.

Lensbaby Edge 50 Optic Sample Photo 1

"Since the beginning, Lensbaby’s products have inspired new levels of creativity where the limits of traditional lenses have been reached," said Craig Strong, Lensbaby Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer. “Composer Pro II with Edge 50 builds on the history and success of the original Composer Pro with a look and feel equal to the industrial design of Velvet 56, our high-end classic portrait lens. Lensbaby provides the most unique and creative camera lenses anywhere.”

Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic provides a gateway to an endless supply of creativity tools. Compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System, it provides limitless options for photographers to swap optics in an out of the Composer Pro II lens body to change effect and focal length.

Lensbaby Edge 50 Optic Sample Photo 2

Visitors to PhotoPlus Expo 2015 can view a demo of the Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic at the exhibit hall, booth #372.

Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic specs:

  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Aperture range: f/3.2 through f/22
  • 9-blade internal aperture
  • Flat field optic (creates a slice of sharp focus)
  • Minimum focusing distance: 8” from the front of the lens
  • Maximum focusing distance: Infinity
  • Focus Type: Manual
  • Size/Weight: 3.25” (8.25 cm) high x 2.5” (6.35cm) wide / 10 oz (283.49 g)
  • Tilt: up to 15 degrees
  • Compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System
  • 8 multi-coated glass elements in 6 groups
  • 46mm filter threads

Availability

Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic retails for $424.95 and is available for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha A, Pentax K, Fuji X, Sony Alpha E, Micro 4/3rds, and Samsung NX. Lensbaby products are available at lensbaby.com, B&H, Adorama, and from select specialty photo stores worldwide.

Note - Edge 80 Optic, Sweet 35 and Sweet 50 are currently available with the original Composer Pro only.

B&H carries the Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic.

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Post Date: 10/21/2015 6:15:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 20, 2015

From Photoshelter:

Ready to take your food photography to the next level?

From foodies to top chefs, the culinary culture is a trend that's here to stay. And, riding on its tails has been a massive opportunity for professional photographers. Unlike ever before, magazines, restaurants, bars, bloggers, artisanal producers, and recipe sites are craving top notch food imagery from skilled creatives.

That’s why it’s time to set yourself apart from the snap-happy diners once and for all. In The Professional’s Guide to Food Photography, a partnership with the International Association of Culinary Professionals, you’ll learn how to hone your talent and find new business opportunities in all things gastronomic.

Inside, get in-depth interviews from established food photographers succeeding in their endeavors, including their tips to:

  • Break into the industry and attract the clients you want
  • Lock in editorial clients
  • Think outside the box for creative food projects
  • Shoot in-house for a publication like Bon Appétit

Also learn tips for shooting great food photos, the benefits of entering contests, plus how to build a portfolio to showcase your unique style and appeal to an audience.

Download the free guide today!

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Post Date: 10/20/2015 12:11:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

B&H's Deal Zone has been active since this past holiday season. Ever since its introduction I've been continuously amazed at just how great the daily deals can be.

Case in point: I purchased a Lensbaby Spark 50mm f/2 Special Edition Lens with Creative Aperture Set (seen above) for $59.95 in late July via a Deal Zone Daily Deal. The deal was great; the fixed f/5.6 version of the Lensbaby Spark (featured as yesterday's Deal Zone Deal) normally goes for $89.95, is 3-stops slower and is incompatible with the creative aperture kit. The Special Edition lens originally sold for $129.95.

The Lensbaby Spark Special Edition Lens was released in the holiday season of 2014 and B&H used its Deal Zone to clear out unsold inventory as the lens was out of production. The deal sold out relatively quickly.

So why would I want to purchase a lens that's been discontinued? Because the Deal Zone price made the Lensbaby Spark Special Edition purchase infinitely more attractive. At less than $60.00, it's not something I necessarily had to budget for and it looked like a fun item to try out.

The results? The Lensbaby Spark is not the easiest lens to work with. You focus the lens by physically squeezing the lens toward the camera with your fingers and then you have to hold your fingers in place through the shutter's release. It's definitely challenging. But thankfully, the lens even more fun than it is challenging to use. A couple of my favorite shots over the past two months have been captured using the Lensbaby Spark, undoubtedly the cheapest lens I have ever purchased.

Frogs in Grass by Sean Setters

Tall Grass Birds Aperture in Super Color IR

Unfortunately (for us, at least), the B&H Deal Zone isn't limited to photography/DSLR videography equipment; many other types of products get featured as well (today's deal is a prime example – binoculars, anyone?). However, that's why we check the Deal Zone Daily Deal early each morning so that we can let you know when the featured deal looks especially interesting for our site visitors.

By checking our News Feed each morning, you can ensure that you don't miss a great deal before it gets sold out (or expires). And by clicking on the links from the News Feed, you'll be helping to support the site while you take advantage of the savings. I think that's a win-win. [Sean]

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Post Date: 10/20/2015 11:51:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

I had somewhat unusual circumstances at a cross country meet I photographed recently. It is not uncommon to find an insect in an outdoor photo, but the gnats were so thick at this event that I was making keep/delete decisions based on the location of the little insects in front of the competitors. A backlit gnat in front of the eye? Trash the image. Surprisingly, in the end, I found the gnats to be a welcome addition to my photos (though not so welcome was that they were biting me).
 
When photographing typically-late-afternoon cross country events under full sunlight, my preference is to photograph with the sun at my back. I don't have control over the finish line location (where I usually go prior to the first competitor finishing) and this finish line meant that the sun would be in my face. This is my second most-preferred lighting position as I don't have to deal with the partial harsh shadows that side-lighting creates, shading parts of faces and bodies. Back lighting also creates a rim light that adds a positive dimension to the images, sharply separating the subject from the background.
 
The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens is an incredible lens and is often my first choice for sports. This lens mounted on a Canon EOS-1D X creates a venerable combination, with the ability to create a diffusely-blurred background that make the subject pop.
 
In this case, also blurred to varying extents were the gnats. Combine backlighting with thick clouds of blurred gnats and the air becomes sparkly, with a slightly magical look. I'm guessing that re-creating this effect artificially would be challenging and ... most will not appreciate a huge release of gnats into the air at public events. So, I'll take the effect when I can get it.


 
Camera and Lens Settings
400mm  f/2.8  1/1600s
ISO 400
3195 x 4793px
Post Date: 10/20/2015 9:45:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality results have been added to the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Review.

Perhaps the most in-demand comparison is the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC vs. Canon 35mm f/2 IS Lens, this one showing both lenses placed under the microscope of the Canon EOS 5Ds R. The comparison is initialized at f/2, but any apertures can be compared. EOS 1Ds Mark III results are also available, allowing direct comparison with most other lenses in our database including the Sigma 35 Art Lens.

B&H has the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.

Also just added are standardized product images for the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens.

Lots of great comparisons can be made with these images. I'll get you started.

Post Date: 10/20/2015 9:29:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Reuters:

"The Obama administration said on Monday that it would require drone owners to register their unmanned aircraft as part of an effort to curtail rogue drone flights that pose a danger to commercial aircraft and crowded public venues.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the creation of a task force of private sector and government representatives to craft recommendations for establishing the first ever federal drone registry.

The recommendations are due by Nov. 20, and administration officials hope to have the registry in place before Christmas, when they say that more than 1 million new drones could be given as gifts to new untrained operators. The registration requirements would also apply to drones already in use."

Read the entire article on reuters.com.

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Post Date: 10/20/2015 7:41:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 19, 2015

When presented with clear blue skies, I often avoid having significant sky coverage in my frame. But sometimes, blue is beautiful.
 
With a bright, evenly-colored background, the top of the mountains being hit by the morning sunlight creates a strong, eye-catching line. The strong contrast of the mountain shadow creates a second strong line. Take a great scene and reflect it to get symmetry with the result often being greater than twice as good as the image without a reflection.
 
The choice of focal length is always very important for composing an image. In this case, the twin peaks of the Maroon Bells were of primary interest to me. A focal length that makes these peaks large in the frame will best emphasize their over 14,000' size. I captured many frames using longer focal lengths, but I also liked seeing the bigger picture. With a mirror-calm water surface large enough to reflect the entire scene, I took advantage of the wider angle focal lengths available in the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens on this morning.
 
When not to use a circular polarizer filter: at sunrise or sunset, with a wide angle focal length being used and large amounts of blue sky in the frame, it is unlikely that I have a CPL filter mounted on my lens. A CPL filter used with a low sun angle and lots of evenly-toned blue sky in the frame is a perfect recipe for very uneven darkening of the sky, a look that is generally not appreciated.
 
This is a complicated HDR image based on three differently-exposed source images. Removed from this image was a line of other like-minded photographers.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
22mm  f/11.0  1/8s
ISO 100
5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 10/19/2015 9:37:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:

In today's episode, we show you how to stylize a magazine cover in Photoshop!

Note: I tried something very similar to this a few years ago. It was a fun personal project and a great way to help hone my Photoshop skills. [Sean]

Suburban Rapper Magazine February 2012 by Sean Setters

Post Date: 10/19/2015 9:07:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens page.

I hope to have a full review of this lens completed by midweek or early next week at the latest. Stay tuned!

B&H has the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.

Post Date: 10/19/2015 8:08:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Elinchrom YouTube Channel:

After 10 years and over 400,000 Skyport units sold, Elinchrom decided to not only raise the bar but also leap way over it with the launch of the EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS, (or Skyport HS for short).

The most advanced Skyport ever, it gives Elinchrom users the ability to control and visualize power settings across all their lights directly from the Skyport transmitter plus the ability to shoot at speeds up to 1/8000s in Hi-Sync mode.

EL-Skyport Plus HS Features:

  • Large LCD with unique, real-time display of remote flash power settings
  • Easy access buttons and Digital Dial for fast setup and control
  • 20 Channels*, 4 Groups for Normal and Speed Sync Modes
  • Hi-Sync, up to 1/8000sec with Canon and Nikon cameras
  • Extended working range up to 656ft (200m)
  • AF Illuminator and sure-lock mounting foot
  • USB port for future-proof upgrades

B&H carries Elinchrom products.

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Post Date: 10/19/2015 6:18:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 16, 2015

From the Adobe Lightroom Journal:

Lightroom 6.2 Import Update

I’d like to thank our customers for their patience while the team reviewed several options for restoring import workflows and addressing quality in Lightroom. We can now confirm that, in our next dot release, we will restore the previous import experience. We are still working on details and timing. In the meantime, if you need to restore previous import functionality prior to the next update, please refer to this document on how to roll back to Lightroom 6.1.1.

We will continue to investigate ways to improve the ease of use of our photography products and will do so via an open dialog, with both existing and new customers.

Regards,
Tom Hogarty

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Post Date: 10/16/2015 8:12:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

There is a lot of advice to be found regarding photography during the autumn season, but the primary visual difference of fall is the color of the foliage and to capture that color, one must go outside.
 
While that tip might sound simple, it is easy to sit in front of a computer or TV instead of making the effort to go out. You can DVR the football game to be watched later. Darkness comes earlier in the fall, so you have some time to catch up on the game or what is going on in the photography world after the light is gone. You can catch up on your post-processing backlog in the winter (what I'm telling myself).
 
A great fall location is Ricketts Glen State Park, near Benton, PA. With 22 named waterfalls in this park, along with many other photogenic woods and stream scenes, it is not hard to find wall-grade compositions. Located just below Waters Meet on the Falls Trails, Harrison Wright Falls, shown here, is one of my favorites.
 
Don't let the weather keep you inside. My favorite weather condition for shooting in RGSP is a light rain or immediately after any rain. The rain provides more flow in the stream, but it serves a couple of other important purposes. It keeps the other hikers and less-serious photographers out of the image (they stay home). It also makes everything in the scene wet, giving the surroundings a deep, rich color when photographed through a circular polarizer filters.
 
You will not capture images like this one indoors. Get out and find the colorful fall foliage. Get some exercise and breathe in the crisp air while doing so. Your body and mind will be rewarded along with your portfolio.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.

Post Date: 10/16/2015 8:49:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Our friends at MindShift Gear have just announced a unique opportunity for you to take one of their FirstLight 20L or 30L (press release) outdoor photography backpacks on a 30-day, risk-free “test drive.”

Call them toll free at 866-558-4465 x1, 8:30 AM - 5 PM PST Mon - Fri and they'll process your free test drive trial. Ask for FedEx Ground shipping and they'll include it at no charge. And, be sure to mention The-Digital-Picture.com when ordering.

The FirstLight backpacks are designed for the traveling outdoor photographer. The two packs are carry on compatible on virtually any regional and large commercial flight, making getting to your destination with your gear a worry free experience. The FirstLights' contoured, 11-point adjustable torso harness fits most men and women. A shaped aluminum torso stay provides additional support. The packs also utilize ballistic nylon bottoms for long lasting durability.

They have dedicated water bottle pockets on both sizes, while the 30L also accommodates up to a 3L hydration reservoir. Both have long lens capacity, big stuff pockets, sternum strap whistles, with extra room for your 15" laptop and personal gear. Use the accessory straps to carry a tripod, monopod or hiking poles. They've also included a seam-sealed rain cover. When attached, rain cover allows small to medium tripods to be carried on front or side positions.

The FirstLight 30L is sized for gripped DSLRs and larger gear and will hold up to a 500mm f/4 lens detached or 400 f/2.8 attached. The FirstLight 20L is sized for standard size DSLRs and robust mirrorless kits and will hold up to a 200–400mm f/4 attached or 300 f/2.8 attached.

Product Links
MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L
MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L

Post Date: 10/16/2015 7:06:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

RONKONKOMA, NY — October 16, 2015 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens and camera manufacturer, is setting new benchmarks for wide-angle image quality with the announcement of the newest Global Vision and market’s first full-frame 20mm F1.4 lens, the Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens. The lens will be on display at PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo in New York City from October 22-24. The lens will become available late November for the street price of $899.

This revolutionary prime lens is designed to bring out the full potential of ultra-high-megapixel DSLR cameras. With a focal length of 20mm and F1.4 aperture, this lens delivers outstanding large-aperture brightness and bokeh. Through decades of experience in lens design and Sigma Global Vision lens craftsmanship, the 20mm incorporates both “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass, and five Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass in a design of 15 elements in 11 groups. The combination of advanced optics and optimized lens power distribution minimizes spherical aberration, axial chromatic aberration and field curvature, producing outstanding image quality. The wide angle and outstanding image quality make this lens great for seascape, cityscape, and astrophotography, as well as for photos in low light, indoor photography, portraits, and event and wedding photography.

“While many saw the development of a 20mm lens for today’s super-resolution DSLRs as challenging, Sigma approached it head-on utilizing our advanced manufacturing technologies to create the world’s first 20mm F1.4 ultra-wide-angle lens,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “This new lens is a result of years of experience by the company’s optical engineers in developing state-of-the-art lens designs and proven production knowledge, and high-precision craftsmanship by our factory team in Aizu, Japan.”

From the start of the design process, Sigma took steps to minimize flare and ghosting, and established an optical design that is resistant to strong incidental light sources such as backlight with its Super Multi-Layer Coating. As with all Sigma Global Vision lenses, the 20mm F1.4 lens incorporates the latest Sigma technology, including an optimized autofocus (AF) algorithm for smooth, fast, and accurate focusing. In addition, Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) compound material is used, which has a high affinity to metal parts, consistently performs well at extreme temperatures, and reduces the size and weight of the lens.

This lens is compatible with Sigma’s USB Dock, (sold separately) which allows photographers to update the lens’ firmware, adjust focus points and customize full-time manual focus over-ride function settings using Sigma’s Optimization Pro software. A new metal lens cap (LC907-02) is also available as a separate accessory for $23.

The Sigma 20mm F1.4 Art lens will also feature:

  • A Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) that ensures a silent, high-speed AF function. Smoother AF is achieved when the this AF algorithm is optimized
  • A nine-blade, rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image
  • A brass bayonet mount of highly precise and durable construction to enhance mount’s strength and long-term wear resistance
  • Specifications: Weight of 33.5 ounces; a diameter and length of 3.6 inches by 5.1 inches; a minimum aperture of F16; and angle of view (35mm) of 94.5°; minimum focusing distance of 10.9 inches; and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:7.1

Sigma fans can feel confident knowing that every 20mm lens that leaves Japan’s factory has been tested using Sigma’s own modulation transfer function (MTF) measuring system, “A1.” Other prime lenses in the Art line include: 24mm F1.4 DG HSM, 30mm F1.4 DC HSM, 35mm F1.4 DG HSM, and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM.

B&H has the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/16/2015 5:27:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

We're still waiting for the official press release, but in the meantime, B&H has the first ever 20mm f/1.4 lens for full-frame cameras – the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art – available for preorder.

Can't wait for the press release? B&H has a brief preview of the lens on Explora.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Preorders
Post Date: 10/16/2015 5:23:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 15, 2015

It seems that most of us photographers are intrigued by the circles created by motion blur. I don't know exactly what it is about spinning subjects, but ... when blurred, they frequently make good compositions. Amusement parks, fairs and other events featuring rides are great locations to find circular motion.
 
Creating the blur simply requires a tripod and the exposure duration long enough to get the desired amount of blur effect. Since long exposures generally require low light levels, dawn and dusk (as seen in this example) are good times for this type of photography. Alternatively, use a neutral density filter under brighter lighting conditions.


Do you have a favorite spinning subject? Share it with us in the comments!

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Post Date: 10/15/2015 10:43:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Carl Zeiss Lenses YouTube Channel:

The world's best wide-angle lens - ZEISS Otus 1.4/28

Uncompromising performance across the entire image field makes this full-frame lens unique and sets new standards among wide-angle focal lengths. Raise your photos to a totally new dimension by capturing even the tiniest details of your subject.

Note: Retail price of the lens has yet to be determined.

Post Date: 10/15/2015 7:46:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:

This year at #AdobeMAX, we traveled through time to showcase 25 years of Photoshop and get you feeling all tingly again. Watch the video and walk through the last 25 years with us.

Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan is only USD$9.99 per month and includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad).

Post Date: 10/15/2015 7:00:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon:

Notice Regarding the Phenomenon of Skipped Frames in Footage Recorded in Slow Motion on the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera

Thank you for using Canon products.

We have become aware that there may be cases of skipped frames in footage recorded in slow motion on the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera. Customer support for this phenomenon is described below.

We would like to offer our sincere apologies to users for the inconvenience caused by this phenomenon. Going forward, we will spare no effort in our quality management to make sure our customers can use our products with confidence.

Phenomenon
Except as provided below, footage recorded in slow motion in Slow & Fast Motion Recording Mode, in 4K and 2K/HD, and at all frame rates, may have skipped frames.

This phenomenon does not occur for slow motion recording at the following settings:
2K/HD recording at 59.94P & 50.00P frame rates

Affected Product
EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera. Cameras with firmware version 1.0.0.1.00 are affected.

The camera’s firmware version can be checked from [System Setup] on the menu.

Press the MENU button, then select [System Setup] ? [Firmware] ? [Camera].

Support
We are planning to release new firmware that incorporates a fix for this phenomenon in early November.

Once the new firmware is ready, we will make an announcement on our website. If you wish to use the slow motion recording function before that time, please contact the Canon Service Center.

This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

If you have not already done so, please register your Canon C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future service upgrades.

Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Service Advisories
Post Date: 10/15/2015 5:23:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 14, 2015

From Lexar:

New High-Capacity Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II Card Leverages UHS-II Speed Class 3 Technology for High-Speed Performance

Milpitas, CA, October 13, 2015 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the 128GB capacity of the Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II memory card. Available for purchase later this year, the 128GB Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card will be the fastest UHS-II memory card available at this capacity on the market.

Leveraging the Ultra High Speed II, UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) specification, the Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC card quickly captures and transfers extended lengths of 4K, 1080p full-HD, and 3D video, as well as high-quality images. The new 128GB capacity card offers read transfer speeds up to 300MB per second and write speeds up to 260MB per second.* Additionally, the Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card includes an SD UHS-II reader for high-speed file transfer of photos and videos from the card to any PC or Mac system, dramatically accelerating workflow and offering users immediate performance right out of the package.**

“By delivering the fastest SDXC memory card with the highest capacity available on the market, Lexar is focused on providing professional videographers and photographers with the necessary tools to perform at new levels,” said Steffi Ho, product marketing manager, Lexar. “Demand for cinematography-grade video and images requires the ability to shoot, store, and transfer more content than ever on a single card, and the 128GB Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC empowers professionals to meet those demands.”

The Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card is backwards compatible with older cameras and readers, performing at UHS-I and Class 10 speeds. Additionally, all Lexar product designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs to validate performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability with more than 1,100 digital devices. The card comes with a limited lifetime warranty*** and includes a lifetime copy of Image Rescue software.**** The Lexar 128GB Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card will be available in October with an MSRP of $289.99.

B&H carries Lexar Professional SDXC memory cards.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 10/14/2015 10:58:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Manfrotto has released two new sliders aimed squarely at the DSLR video market.

Both the 2' and 3.3' versions feature eight high-precision steel ball bearings, high quality machined sufaces and high performance polymer wheels to ensure smooth and relable movement. Both sliders can also be purchased in a kit form with the Manfrotto 500 fluid head paired with the 2' slider and the 502 fluid head paired with the 3.3' version.

B&H carries the new Manfrotto sliders and kits.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 10/14/2015 10:09:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From my coastal Katmai National Park trip, I have lots of images of brown bears chasing and carrying salmon, but this one surfaced for several reasons.
 
First, there is significant splashing. The splashing adds drama, showing that fast action is taking place.
 
Second is that the pink (humpback) salmon's tail and head (including eye) are both showing along with the bear's eyes being visible. Having the eyes in an image can make or break a shot.
 
I of course love the ideal timing of those enormous claws about to hook the fish.
 
That the bear's head and the fish are sharply in focus is definitely a positive factor as splashing water along with an erratically moving subject presents a significant challenge to both the camera's AF system and to the photographer's skills (including rapid AF point selection).
 
Put all of those attributes together with the impressive image quality of the Canon EOS 5Ds R and EF 600mm f/4L IS II Lens combination along with the primary subject being the impressive-by-itself brown bear and ... the image rises into my favorites album.


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Post Date: 10/14/2015 9:26:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From ZEISS:

With the new ZEISS Otus 1.4/28, users of shorter focal lengths can now also take advantage of the most powerful image quality of the ZEISS Otus lens family.

Where details count in wide-angle photography, the Otus 1.4/28 for DSLR cameras with F- and EF-mount is the lens of choice.

The Otus 1.4/28 shows off its strengths particularly in landscape and nature photography. Even with a maximum aperture, the corners of the image are completely usable, so there are no limits to composition. In poor light combined with fast-moving objects, the lens also doesn’t break a sweat – thanks to its high speed of f/1.4. While other lenses reveal their shortcomings in correction in night photography, especially when lots of open light sources dominate an image, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 boasts a stellar performance. Finally, the latest member of the ZEISS Otus family is excellent for taking pictures of image elements in the foreground, as they take on a greater feeling of depth to the scene due to the wide background and the open aperture; here, the lens’s harmonious bokeh ensures a 3D effect.

For professional photographers
Inner focusing, a dial window and yellow labeling of the dials for easy legibility designate the Otus 1.4/28 as a lens, developed to meet the high demands of professional photographers. The mechanical quality also impresses: the soft focus operation with the large rotation angle allows for the finest variations when focusing – something that is only possible with a metal construction. In every focusing situation, the user is given freedom to compose – one of the most important creative factors in photography. An artistic tool is literally put in the photographer’s hands. With its robust all-metal barrel and easy-to-grip focus ring, the Otus 1.4/28 is also well suited for a photographer’s demanding everyday work.

With high image contrast all the way into the edges of the image – already at an open aperture of f/1.4 – the Otus 1.4/28 demonstrates its optical brilliance. At all distances it offers consistent performance (minimum working distance of 0.15 m), highly detailed images without any bothersome artifacts, and a neutral bokeh in the background.

Intricate construction for uncompromising imaging performance
A view inside the lens reveals how such optical excellence is achieved: The lens consists of 16 elements in 13 groups. One of the lens elements has an aspheric optical surface and one element is aspheric on both sides. Eight other lens elements are made of special glass. The basis of the optical design is a Distagon. The special glass has anomalous partial dispersion, as is typical for an apochromatic lens. This corrects the longitudinal chromatic aberrations superbly, which therefore lie considerably below the tightly defined boundaries. Bright-dark transitions in the image, in particular highlights, are depicted almost completely free of color artifacts. The floating elements design (the change of distances between certain lens elements when focusing) allows for unrivalled imaging performance along the entire focusing range, from 0.3 m to infinity.

The ZEISS Otus lens family
When ZEISS introduced the ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 in 2013, creating a new family of high-end SLR lenses, the trade press and users alike were enthusiastic. The ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 has exceeded its promises up to this day. The second member of the family, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/85, which was presented at photokina 2014, continued this success story in the short telephoto range. It enables photographers to express their creativity in a unique way – and that with the unsurpassed high imaging performance for which the lenses in the ZEISS Otus family are known.

“The ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 continues the tradition of its lens family. It is the best wide-angle that has ever existed. Now we can offer three outstanding lenses for the widest variety of applications,” added Casenave.

Price and availability
The Otus 1.4/28 ZF.2 and Otus 1.4/28 ZE will be available worldwide starting in the second quarter of 2016. The lens shade is included with delivery. The retail sales price is unknown to date.

For high resolution sample images, check out the Carl Zeiss Lenses Flickr Photostream.

B&H carries ZEISS Otus lenses.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 10/14/2015 6:43:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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