Canon and Sony News for Apr 2015 (Page 2)

 Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A few days ago I posted the following video from ExpoImaging's YouTube Channel:


The video outlined nearly the exact same technique I had used for many events (banquets, wedding receptions, etc). The only difference was that I had used the large version of the original FlashBender. There were definitely some drawbacks to using the large version. One drawback was that the flash modifier was quite heavy (the new FlashBenders are lighter) and the overall size made it a cumbersome setup. Another drawback was that modifier's large size caused it to reflect just a little too much fill light for my taste. It could be bent in ways to reduce the issue, but that wasn't an ideal solution.

Upon watching the video I realized that the small version of the FlashBender 2 was better suited for my needs, so I ordered one.

But what if you were in a bind and couldn't wait for a FlashBender 2 to land on your doorstep? I figured that a DIY solution would be fairly easy to fabricate. And the best part is you probably have everything you need already in your home (and if not, the tools and materials would be easy to find).

Tools Required:

Directions:

  1. Download and print out the template on an 8.5 x 11" piece of card stock and cut along the lines.
  2. Fold the lower flaps of the modifier around your flash head and tape the modifier and gel in place. Voilà, you're ready to go.
DIY On Camera Flash Modifier

Granted, this DIY solution won't be as good or as durable as the FlashBender 2, but you may be surprised by how well it works for the relatively small amount of effort (and investment) involved.

Post Date: 4/22/2015 9:01:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Image quality results from a second lens have been added to the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens review.

The second lens is at least as awesome as the first.

B&H is taking orders for the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens with stock expected very soon.

Can't wait? Check Adorama (bundle) and Amazon has 1 lens in stock.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 4/22/2015 9:02:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Canon EOS Rebel T6i is now in stock and shipping from B&H.

Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 4/21/2015 3:00:24 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

The official Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube channel just posted a series of videos highlighting various features of their newest version of Lightroom.

Panorama Merge within Lightroom CC

Facial Recognition in Lightroom CC

Improved Slideshows in Lightroom CC

Hidden Gems in Lightroom CC

Lightrom 6 is part of Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop + Lightroom CC for $9.99 per month).

B&H has the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 available for preorder and download.

Post Date: 4/21/2015 12:32:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Adobe:

All-New Photoshop Lightroom CC With Photoshop CC Lets Anyone Perfect Photos Across Desktop and Mobile for $9.99 per Month

SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 21, 2015 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced a major update to its Creative Cloud Photography plan with the release of an all-new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC that delivers lightning-fast performance and new tools to edit, enhance, organize and showcase beautiful photos. With Lightroom CC and the legendary magic of Photoshop CC, Adobe Creative Cloud Photography empowers photographers to transform photos into amazing shots. Creative Cloud Photography also includes unique sophisticated mobile capabilities: automatically syncing photos with Lightroom CC on the desktop, Lightroom on mobile devices lets users access and edit their entire catalog of photos on iPad, iPhone as well as Android smartphones and tablets. At just $USD9.99 per month, Adobe’s photography plan champions photographers of every level -- bringing the tools relied on by photo pros worldwide within reach of anyone who loves photography.

“Photographers at any level are driven by their passion to capture the perfect shot and make it incredible,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of digital imaging products, Adobe. “Whether you shoot with a DSLR or smartphone, the Creative Cloud Photography plan gives everything you need to organize, edit and share amazing photos on mobile, web and desktop – thanks to the imaging power of Lightroom and the magic of Photoshop.”

Photoshop and Lightroom have been fundamental in the evolution of digital photography. Today, Creative Cloud Photography is leading the transition from a traditional desktop-based process to a more mobile, connected workflow for digital images. Anchored by a major update to Lightroom CC, Creative Cloud Photography is the must-have solution, offering powerful editing and photo organization across multiple devices, all powered by Adobe’s industry-defining imaging technologies.

Work Seamlessly Across Desktop, Mobile and Web With New Lightroom CC
The standard for photo enthusiasts and professionals, Lightroom CC is essential for perfecting and organizing photos. New features in this release include:

  • HDR Merge – Create natural-looking or surreal images from extremely high-contrast scenes by easily combining multiple shots taken with different exposure settings into a single raw high dynamic range image
  • Panorama Merge - Capture super wide fields of view and amazing detail by stitching together multiple images to create stunning raw panorama shots
  • Performance Improvement & GPU Enhancements - Perfect photos up to 10 times faster than ever
  • Facial Recognition - Quickly find and categorize images of family and friends.
  • Video Slideshows - Create beautiful, polished slideshows using still images, video, and music along with professional effects like pan and zoom

Bring Out The Best In Your Photography - Anywhere
For anyone who loves photography, it’s essential they can organize, edit, and share photos from mobile devices. Automatically synced with Lightroom CC on the desktop, Lightroom on mobile devices lets users access and edit their catalog of photos across a full range of iOS and Android devices. This release includes a major enhancement for Android with DNG raw file support on compatible Lollipop-enabled devices, providing customers the full power of raw file post-processing on their Android smartphones and tablets.

Take It To The Next Level With Photoshop CC
In addition to Lightroom CC, Creative Cloud Photography plan includes Photoshop CC, the imaging software that continues to redefine creativity in the digital age. Celebrating its 25th birthday this year Photoshop’s legendary magic touches virtually all the inspirational imagery that surrounds us. Now, thanks to Creative Cloud Photography, photographers have a powerful round-trip editing workflow from Lightroom to Photoshop CC. Even cut out and combine photos on your iPhone and iPad with Photoshop Mix, connect to Creative Cloud, then refine your work in Photoshop CC.

Share Compelling Stories in Exciting New Ways
In addition to sharing instantly with social networks such as Facebook, Flickr and Instagram, new to Lightroom is the ability to create beautiful, polished video slideshows using still images, video, and music, featuring professional effects like pan and zoom. After using Creative Cloud Photography to produce stunning images, anyone can craft amazing stories that place photos at the center of the narrative, using two groundbreaking storytelling apps from Adobe: Slate and Voice. [Link to app pages on Adobe.com.]

New Lightroom CC Available to Creative Cloud Members Worldwide
Adobe Creative Cloud has approximately 4 million paid memberships worldwide and all Photography and complete plan members are able to access the new version of Lightroom CC today – at no extra charge – showing, once again, the incredible ongoing value of Creative Cloud. Creative Cloud features the world’s leading creative desktop apps; a growing family of mobile apps that are seamlessly integrate with the desktop apps and creative assets; expert training; and access to a dynamic creative community, where creatives can discover inspiration and opportunity. A free 30-day trial version of Lightroom CC is also available.

Getting Started Is Easy:
Creative Cloud Photography plan is designed to make onboarding easy whether you’re a beginner or pro, or have previously used Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements or Apple Aperture. Available now is an easy-to-learn library of photography tutorials aimed at all levels. [Link to tutorial page]

Pricing and Availability
Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad). All products are also available as part of Creative Cloud complete plan.

B&H has the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 DVD available for preorder. However, you can purchase the download version for even faster delivery.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 4/21/2015 11:29:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

By request, I have added two smaller lenses to the big lens comparison tool. Allowing a smaller lens to be placed beside one classified by the site's product image tool as "big" allows a better visualization of the size of the larger lenses.

The two selected "small" (relatively speaking) lenses are the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens and the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens. These were selected because they are among the most likely lenses found in one's kit prior to stepping up to one of the big guns (and I have them in my own kit, meaning they were immediately available). Those looking at Nikon lenses can still use the smaller Canon lenses for comparison purposes as these are very similar to their closest Nikon equivalents in size.

Also now available are the standard images for the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens. Here is a comparison placing the DO II between the two just-added smaller lenses:

Canon 70-200 vs. 400 DO II vs. 100-400 L II

Because of its size, the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens does not fit in the frame of the standard product image comparison and I must declare it "big". This lens now has product images available in the big lens image comparison tool.

Responsive Design

As I mentioned before, I have implemented "responsive design" on the site. Browsing the site on smaller devices including phones and tablets should be easier since the initial update. Many additional improvements are now implemented including most of the tools now being mobile-ready. One exception that remains is the Lens Image Quality Comparison Tool. Since looking at 100% resolution crops is the primary purpose of this tool, letting images resize to a smaller browser viewport is defeating to its purpose. Until I come up with the right solution, I'll let this one break out of the browser window size.

Up Next

Look for the 400 DO II review to be completed early next week. I have a second copy of the Sigma 150-600 Sports Lens coming in this week. That lens will be the next priority on the to-do list. The Sigma 150-600 Contemporary Lens should also be arriving any day now. There is a lot of interest in telephoto zoom lenses right now and I'm anxious to see how these new lenses compare to the previously available Canon 100-400 L IS II and the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens.

Post Date: 4/21/2015 8:18:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sigma:

Notice to our Canon mount lens users:

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We have found that Live View Mode cannot be used on the EOS 8000D (Rebel T6s / 760D) and EOS Kiss X8i (Rebel T6i / 750D) released on April 17th 2015 by Canon Inc. with some of SIGMA’s Canon mount interchangeable lenses. For those who own the lenses, we are going to provide a firmware update free of charge.

PhenomenonWhen the Live View Mode button on the camera body is pressed, the operation stops without displaying images on the rear LCD monitor.

Products and Serial Numbers that require the firmware update

Current models

17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSMNo. 12651501 or later
18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSMNo. 13044001 or later
APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSMNo. 12713001 or later
APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSMNo. 12902001 or later
120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | SportsNo. 50064494~ 50347793
APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSMNo. 12669751 or later

Discontinued models

17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSMNo. 12665001 or later
18-200mm F3.5-6.3?DC OS HSMNo. 12851001 or later
18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSMNo. 12656101 or later
APO 50-150mmF2.8 EX DC OS HSMNo. 12839001 or later
APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSMNo. 12676440 or later
APO 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG OS HSMNo. 12971601 or later

* For lenses that have been repaired in the past, they may require the firmware update even when the serial number is not listed above. In case the mentioned camera does not display images on the rear LCD monitor when Live View Mode button on the camera body is pressed, the firmware update is necessary.

We will make a further announcement when the firmware update becomes available.

For those who own the SIGMA USB DOCK, it will be possible to update the firmware of 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports through SIGMA Optimization Pro. We will also announce its availability when the update is available.

* If you use the SIGMA USB DOCK with 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports, even when the lens does not require the update, its firmware will be updated to the new version.

* For those who use APO TELE CONVERTER 1.4x EX DG or APO TELE CONVERTER 2x EX DG with the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports, please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary / distributor of SIGMA for further support.

Post Date: 4/21/2015 6:47:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

This service supplies software that can be used to update the D4S camera “C” firmware to version 1.20.

Before proceeding, select Firmware version in the camera setup menu and check the camera firmware version. You will not need to download or install this update if the firmware listed above is already installed.

Modifications in firmware v1.10

  • Commander mode can now be selected for Custom Setting e3 (Optional flash) when an optional SB-500 flash unit is attached. *
  • The Auto and Flash white-balance options can now be used with the LED light on the optional SB-500 flash unit.
  • Auto white balance is now more consistent.
  • There is no longer a limit on the number of shots that can be taken in a single burst at shutter speeds of 4 s or faster when a continuous-release mode is selected in exposure mode S or M. *
  • There is no longer a limit on how long the shutter can remain open when “Time” is selected for shutter speed. *
  • We have changed how focus points are displayed in the viewfinder if the camera is rotated between “wide” (landscape) and “tall” (portrait) orientations with Focus point and AF-area mode selected for Custom Setting a10 (Store by orientation) and different focus points chosen in each orientation. We have also changed how focus points are displayed in the viewfinder if a lens focus function button is pressed with AF-area mode selected for Custom Setting f19 (Lens focus function buttons).
  • Some help text has been changed.
  • The following issues have been resolved:
  • If the user focused using the AF-ON button before shooting in continuous-release mode, the frame rate would drop under the following conditions: AF-S selected for focus mode, Single-point AF selected for AF-area mode, Focus selected for Custom Setting a2 (AF-S priority selection), and AF-ON only selected for Custom Setting a4 (AF activation).
  • When an AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E lens was attached, “Err” would be displayed in the top control panel and pictures could not be taken under some exposure conditions.
  • Images would sometimes fail to display correctly during image review if playback zoom was used while the memory-card access lamp was lit.
  • Images would not clear from the display if an optional WR-1 wireless remote controller was used with On selected for Image review in the playback menu.
  • The camera photo info display would not show the correct range for pictures taken with an optional flash unit in distance-priority manual flash mode (GN).
  • When pictures taken using a PC-E lens were viewed in Capture NX-D and other Nikon software, the Metadata would list the lens as type E rather than type D.
  • The photo information display for movies, movie stills, and photos taken with the Silent shutter-release option would sometimes list incorrect values for shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity.
  • If the camera was connected via HDMI to 4K a compatible TV, neither the camera nor the television would display menus correctly.
  • Volume sometimes could not be adjusted if indicators were hidden during movie playback.
  • If both XQD and CompactFlash cards were inserted in the camera when it was connected to a computer, the computer would not recognize the XQD card.

Download
Nikon D4S Firmare v1.10

B&H carries the Nikon D4s DSLR camera.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 4/21/2015 6:28:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 20, 2015

From Canon Professional Services:

Canon France, in association with Images Evidence, has announced that the 15th annual Canon Female Photojournalist Award is open until 22 May 2015 for submissions from female photojournalists of any age and nationality.

Once again, the award is supported by Elle magazine and Canon France will grant the winning female photojournalist €8,000 to help her to continue and complete a photojournalistic project on a social, economic, political or cultural subject.

A jury made up of photography and press professionals will select the winner in June. Applicants will be judged by both the presentation of their project and their previous work. Among the selection criteria are the quality of the photographs, as well as the journalistic thoughts and relevance of the chosen subject.

The Award will be presented to the winner at the Visa pour l’Image international festival of photojournalism in Perpignan, France, during the professional week from 31 August – 6 September 2015. The winner will produce an ongoing one year project which will lead to an exhibition or showing at the Festival in 2016.

An exhibition of the work of the 2014 award winner – French photojournalist Viviane Dalles (Signatures) – seen above – showing images from her project on teenage mothers in the North of France will feature as part of the exhibition programme of the 2015 Visa pour l’Image festival.

The other previous winners of the Canon Female Photojournalist Award were:

  • 2014 – Viviane Dalles
  • 2013 – Mary F. Calvert
  • 2012 – Sarah Caron
  • 2011 – Ilvy Njiokiktjien
  • 2010 – Martina Bacigalupo
  • 2009 – Justyna Mielnikiewicz
  • 2008 – Brenda Anne Kenneally
  • 2007 – Axelle de Russé
  • 2006 – Veronique de Viguerie
  • 2005 – Claudia Guadarrama
  • 2004 – Kristen Ashburn
  • 2003 – Ami Vitale
  • 2002 – Sophia Evans
  • 2001 – Magali Delporte

To find out more about the 2014 Canon Female Photojournalist Award and download the rules and an application form to enter, please click here.

Please note: the final deadline for entries is 22 May 2015.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Professional Services
Post Date: 4/20/2015 8:22:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

It is early spring here in the northern hemisphere and flowering trees, if not already in full bloom, will be so very soon.
 
While the spring flowering trees are incredibly beautiful, I find them a challenge to compose into an image I like. Part of the problem is that, when the trees flower, most other trees remain leaf-less and low in their color-rating. Lack of leaves reveal highly detracting power lines in many of the landscapes where these trees are planted. This leaves sky, green grass and man-made objects to provide the other good colors to compose with.
 
So, how does one create a good photo of this subject? A solution that often works well is to fill the frame with only the flowering tree or trees. In this case, I found a very large, densely-flowered tree, moved back to create a compressed perspective and zoomed in to frame only the flowers with a narrow aperture keeping the entire frame remaining in focus. The result is a pattern of complexity that fills the frame. I positioned the larger limbs visible in the picture so that their lines lead the viewer's eye into the frame. The bright color of the flowers becomes the predominant color of the final image.
 
Working with the same concept of filling the frame with the color of the tree, a close perspective with a wide aperture can be used to blur the background flowers as illustrated here.
 
If working with a wider angle focal length, the background is more likely to become part of the image. In this case, consider getting above the tree to use the often-bright-green spring grass as the background. Bright green often complements the color of the tree(s). Another advantage that getting higher sometimes affords is a better angle on the flowers in the image. Dogwood tree flowers, as illustrated in the just-referenced image, typically face upward. Looking downward from a ladder allowed me to see the full flower being isolated with shallow depth of field.
 
Incorporating flowering trees into portrait images is a strategy loved by many. My advice is to make sure that the tree colors do not steel the viewer's focus from the primary subject, your person. Using the fill-the-frame and blur-the-background strategies again work well for portraits. Use a telephoto focal length and wide aperture to isolate the subject against a completely blurred background of flowers.
 
Winter is past and the winter-like landscape is about to awaken, bursting into vibrant color. Go capture it!


 
Camera and Lens Settings
203mm  f/11.0  1/6s
ISO 200
5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 4/20/2015 7:54:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Earlier this month the Photoflex announced they were closing their doors after 30 years in the photography industry. An update on the lighting manufacturer's homepage indicates they are actively working on a deal to keep the brand alive.

Their bold "Buy with Confidence" statement is reassuring; it seems as if Photoflex is confident in likelihood of a deal.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photoflex News
Post Date: 4/20/2015 6:57:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 17, 2015

From Redrock Micro:

Ability to track and focus on any subject with tap-to-focus ease wins four best of show awards at NAB introductions

Hollywood, CA and Dallas, TX - Redrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable professional cinema accessories, today announced Halo, a system for video production that solves the challenge of accurate focus control by dynamically mapping and tracking subjects, and providing an easy to use interface for manually selecting or automatically tracking subjects for focus.


Introduced at NAB 2015, Halo was quickly recognized for its potential to shift the industry, creating intense buzz and earning three Best of Show awards.

Focus re-designed from the ground up
Incorporating the same technology cars use for collision detection and avoidance, the Halo Explorer creates a real-time scene map, combining pinpoint accuracy with up to 180 degrees of view. Artificial intelligence precisely identifies all your subjects (people and objects) and tracks their distance and location in real-time. The beautifully crafted user interface shows birds-eye view of all subjects, and enables anyone to tap-to-focus, or drag to follow focus with visual audible and haptic feedback. Halo becomes the technician, handling the intricacies of focus so operators can concentrate on the creative performance.

We often refer to this as our Avatar product, says James Hurd, Chief Revolutionary at Redrock Micro. We had to wait five years for technology to catch up so we could deliver a something that solves focus and does it cost-effectively. This quote references Director James Cameron's famous quip that he waited 10 years for technology to evolve before he was able to shoot the groundbreaking feature film Avatar.

Designed for today's production environments and creative shots
Production never has time for long setups, extra gear, or constant tweaking. The Halo Explorer is small and lightweight, and lives on your camera. There is virtually no setup or configuration, just power on, and you?re ready to go. Halo also performs brilliantly in a wide range of situations: total darkness or bright light (even heavy backlight), with or without human faces. Halo components can be moved between the camera and your remote AC, wherever it makes the most sense. A light footprint and wide range of usability use make Halo intensely practical.

A valuable tool for a crew of one or a crew of one hundred

Productions at any level can benefit from Halo. High-end productions can use Halo for precise reference and focus assist. Solo operators can use Halo for completely autonomous focus tracking. Any amount of assistance or automation is your choice. Whatever your camera and lens, and whatever your level of expertise for focus control, Halo is incredibly effective, easy to use and understand, and profoundly affordable.

B&H carries Redrock Micro products.

Post Date: 4/17/2015 9:40:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon:

Canon's irista continues to evolve and we’d like to share that from today you can enjoy the following new features:

  • Google+ integration – as requested by many of you. You can now share directly to your Google+ account and import your Google+ photos.
  • Performance enhancements – various improvements were made to the speed of browsing your photos and use of all features. Also the desktop uploader got updated with enhancements.

Try it all out! Don’t wait any longer and go to irista.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon irista
Post Date: 4/17/2015 8:49:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the ExpoImaging YouTube Channel:

Erik Valind demonstrates how to overcome on-location lighting problems by using on-camera flash, Rogue FlashBender 2s, and Rogue Gels.

B&H carries ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender products.

Post Date: 4/17/2015 7:01:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

The user manual for the Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R is now available for download at Canon UK's website.

Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R User Manual

B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R available for preorder.

Post Date: 4/17/2015 6:56:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 16, 2015

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, April 16, 2015 – Canon today unveils the SELPHY CP1000, a new compact photo printer that allows you to print creative, lab-quality photos at home and on the move. Capable of printing your favourite images in just 47 seconds¹ directly from your camera², USB or memory card, with the SELPHY CP1000 now every photo can be treasured. With an elegant, compact design, the SELPHY CP1000 includes 6.8 cm (2.7”) LCD tilting screen and combines an easy-to-use interface with exceptional print quality. Plus, with the inclusion of an optional battery pack accessory, the CP1000 is the ultimate portable photo printer.

Print your favourite photos in rich, vibrant colours
With ultra-high quality prints thanks to advanced dye sublimation technology, the SELPHY CP1000 produces high-resolution photos using 16.7 million colours. For even more clarity in prints the CP1000 also includes an Auto Image Optimize feature to further enhance blue skies and sunsets, correct colour cast and contrasts, as well as remove red-eye and noise. Plus, for picture-perfect selfies and group shots, the Smooth Skin mode removes facial imperfections to ensure you get stunning results every time.

Full control for creative freedom
With the ability to control the heat applied to the ink ribbon on the print head, the SELPHY CP1000 offers four print finishes without ever having to use a different paper or media type. The options include a glossy finish for a durable print that will last up to 100 years, and three variations of semi-gloss for smudge and fingerprint resistant photos you can hand around.

Whether you need a standard postcard sized image or a more unusual shape, such as a 50 x 50 Instagram style or a credit card sized print, the SELPHY CP1000 gives you the freedom to make your prints your own. The SELPHY CP1000 also allows for ID Photo Printing at 43 pre-set sizes, perfect for small offices or events where you need to print ID badges in a hurry. Plus, with the ability to print two different ID image sizes on one sheet, and ID framing and cutting guide improving accuracy and precision, every print counts with the minimum of waste.

SELPHY CP1000 key benefits:

  • Compact and portable photo printer ideal for home or away
  • Quick and easy printing from camera, USB or memory cards
  • Make lasting memories with durable lab quality prints
  • Selectable finishes with standard photo paper
  • Create ID photos to widely accepted standards

Pricing
The SELPHY CP1000 will have an MSRP of £89.99/€109.99.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon UK News
Post Date: 4/16/2015 10:30:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Benro:

Benro adds new flat base video head and tripod kits to their video lineup

North White Plains, NY – April 15, 2015 – Benro today announced the expansion of their S-Series with the S7 Video Head and Tripod Kits at NAB. The S7 is designed for filmmakers and videographers demanding compact and versatile solutions with a full set of features.

The S7 Video Head follows the same flat base head design that the S-Series is known for. The flat base provides much needed versatility for mounting on sliders, jibs and half ball adapters.

“We’re excited to add the S7 to our S-Series lineup and we think this will be the perfect balance of features and size. Having a fully featured compact system is ideal for the filmmaker on the go,” said Brian Hynes, Benro’s brand manager for marketing. “The S7 is perfect for everyone from the student filmmaker to documentary crews.”

S7 Video Head features include:

  • 15.4 lb (7kg) payload capacity
  • 65mm flat base
  • 4-step counterbalance (0-3)
  • Continuous pan drag
  • Continuous tilt drag
  • Independent pan lock
  • Independent tilt lock
  • Illuminated bubble level
  • Tilt range +90°/-50°
  • Includes 501 compatible QR6 plate

S7 Tripod Kit features include:

  • Available in Carbon Fiber or Aluminum
  • 15.4 lb (7kg) payload capacity
  • 65mm Flat base head paired with 75mm half ball adapter
  • Single leg tripod with 75mm bowl
  • 4-step counterbalance (0-3)
  • Continuous pan drag
  • Continuous tilt drag
  • Independent pan lock
  • Independent tilt lock
  • Illuminated bubble level
  • Tilt range +90°/-50°
  • Includes 501 compatible QR6 plate
  • Max height of 63 in / 161 cm
  • Min height of 11 in / 29 cm
  • Flip leg locks
  • Rubber feet with spiked feet
  • Case included

B&H carries Benro products.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Benro News
Post Date: 4/16/2015 10:06:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.

Nikon will offer a service for updating AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR firmware. Details of this firmware service are as follows.

Firmware update details
We have confirmed that when the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens is used with the D800, D800E, D810 or D810A, images captured at shutter speeds of around 1/125 s with the VR function enabled (NORMAL or SPORT) sometimes exhibit noticeable blur.

To address the occurrence of this, we are offering a service for updating your AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR firmware. When cameras other than the D800, D800E, D810, or D810A are used, this firmware update is not needed.

Updating lens firmware
Users of the D800, D800E, D810, or D810A who are concerned about this issue may take or send their lens to a Nikon authorized service center, where your lens firmware will be updated free of charge.

When sending your AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4 E PF ED VR lens to a Nikon authorized service center, the user must pay the cost of shipping to the service center, and Nikon will pay for return shipping.

Identifying lenses with which the firmware has already been updated
Firmware for lenses with a serial number of 205101 or later have already been updated.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Service Advisories
Post Date: 4/16/2015 9:54:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Jimmy McIntyre YouTube Channel:

This very useful technique will give your workflow greater depth. You will be able to make very specific changes based on colour alone, using a Black & White adjustment layer. Sound strange? Watch and find out:

Post Date: 4/16/2015 9:23:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens review.

The 24-105 L IS is probably my most-ever-used lens. And the best-ever deal I've ever seen on this lens is available right now at the Canon Store. They have this lens in refurbished (like new) condition for only $530.78.

Prefer new? B&H has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens in stock.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 4/16/2015 9:09:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Being only a short walk from a small parking lot makes Adams Falls the easiest of the named Ricketts Glen State Park falls to access. Because this falls is not close to the other falls, special effort must be made to capture it on a day with multiple falls on the to-do list. On this rainy day, I spent some time at this falls before heading deep into the park on the falls trails.
 
The beauty of Adams Falls is very apparent on first arrival, but some composition challenge needs to be addressed before capturing your trophy shot here. A composition that works for me is to use an ultra-wide focal length positioned close to the foreground rocks. I oriented the camera so that the upper flow of water was contained within the frame and horizontally positioned approximately 1/3 of the way into the frame. At about 1/3 of the way from the bottom of the frame, the vertical water flow widens and transitions to a horizontal flow that leaves the right side of the frame narrowly visible. This composition leaves the water nearly completely framed within rock, though still consuming a large percentage of the frame.
 
A cloudy day combined with a circular polarizer filter (consider it a requirement for waterfall photography) meant that a long, water-motion-blurring 1.3 second shutter speed could be used at an ideal-for-depth-of-field (and sharpness) f/11 aperture.


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Post Date: 4/15/2015 8:38:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From DxO:

April 15, 2015 – DxO announces the immediate availability of DxO OpticsPro v10.4, DxO FilmPack v5.1.2, and DxO ViewPoint v2.5.4 for Mac and Windows. These upgrades allow the three DxO solutions to process images taken with the new Nikon D7200 and the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. Among other new features, DxO OpticsPro v10.4 now offers a one-click reset function, and includes support for several DxO Optics Modules.

Improved workflow and new DxO Optics Modules

DxO OpticsPro 10 offers many automatic tools for processing RAW and JPEG images. Its library of presets allows photographers to automatically bring out the best in their photos as soon as they open them in the application, or to adapt the processing to their tastes by applying one of many available styles or by making manual adjustments to correction settings. To further improve workflow, the DxO OpticsPro v10.4 interface now offers a new “Reset” button that lets users cancel in just one click all of the manual corrections made to an image and to return to the default preset corrections.

DxO OpticsPro v10.4 also offers support for new camera/lens combinations: XXX additional Optics Modules are available, offering support for Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Tokina, and Zeiss lenses for many Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony cameras. Among these are the new Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A Canon-mount lens, the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM wide-angle zoom, and the much-anticipated AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR.

Availability

DxO OpticsPro v10.4, DxO FilmPack v5.1.2, and DxO ViewPoint v2.5.4 are immediately available at photo resellers.

Photographers who acquired a DxO OpticsPro 9 license on or after September 1, 2014, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 10. Photographers who bought a DxO FilmPack 4 license on or after September 1, 2014, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 5. Upgrades are free for all photographers who acquired a DxO ViewPoint license on or after August 1, 2013.

B&H carries DxO OpticsPro 10.

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Post Date: 4/15/2015 8:57:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Think Tank Photo:

4/14/2015 – The Technical Image Press Association recently named our 10th anniversary edition Airport International LE Classic rolling camera case 2015’s best photo bag. The TIPA awards are given to the best products in their category that have come on the market in the year preceding the election.

In naming the Airport International LE Classic “Best Photo Bag” TIPA wrote: “The roller photo case is specially designed for photographers who need to bring a lot of equipment in the aircraft. The bag has been approved as a carryon and offers space for several cameras, lenses and a 15 or 17 "laptop. The outside of the bag is equipped with water-repellent fabric and protected strips.”

TIPA Awards are independently voted on by TIPA’s General Assembly every year. TIPA membership comprises 28 leading photo and imaging magazines from 15 countries on five continents, and also has a cooperative partnership with the CJPC (Camera Journal Press Club), representing 11 top photography magazines in Japan.

Think Tank Photo developed the Airport International LE Classic in celebration of the 10th anniversary of its founding.

The Airport International LE Classic carry-on roller lets photographers legally store their bodies, lenses, and accessories in overhead bins or under the seats of international carriers. For added security, it features front-pocket and main compartment combination locks and a cable from a secret rear hatch that allow it to be secured to posts, trees, and other immovable objects.

It accommodates up to a 500mm f/4 lens unattached, additional smaller lenses, two gripped DSLR camera bodies, and other photography accessories. TSA approved combination locks secure the main compartment zipper sliders.

Post Date: 4/15/2015 7:11:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Manfrotto:

Manfrotto is making a huge splash at NAB this year with the launch of our newest product, the Digital Director, the first workflow management processor for iPad, Apple Certified. Come check it out at our booth C6025 April 13th - 16th! This is a brand new, one of a kind product that could revolutionize the way photographers and videographers operate their entire workflow; from the setup to taking the shot and all the way to post production and sharing thanks to the Apple Certified Interface. Simply control the key camera parameters such as the exposure, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, manual focus, white balance and more all from the iPad.

Once all of the parameters are set, feel free to use the interactive focus and digital zoom right on the iPad as well to get the precise focus point of your subject. This is taking the weakest part of the camera, the LCD screen, and enlarging it with greater resolution to ensure before taking a shot your focus is spot on. There is also a focus peaking filter which will highlight focused profiles on the image for additional clarity. When you are ready, press the shutter release button on the iPad to take your shots! Then, use the app to take images straight from your camera and instantly download them to view, edit or share via social media or email.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for the Digital Director. Manfrotto is dedicated to continuously improving the app and adding more and more features! Coming soon, accessories will be made available including items such as cases and sun hoods, as well as a version for the iPad mini.

B&H has the Manfrotto Digital Director available for preorder.

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Post Date: 4/15/2015 6:02:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 14, 2015

From Canon USA:

Canon EOS Rebel T5i Firmware v. 1.1.4

Firmware Version 1.1.4 incorporates the following fixes and improvements:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which focus may not be adjusted with specific lenses when shooting remotely with EOS Utility software.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which “LCD brightness” may not be adjusted after pressing the SET button if “Menu Display” is assigned to the SET button in the Custom Functions setting (C.Fn-7).
  3. Enhances the reliability of the built-in flash exposure.
Download:
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Firmware v. 1.1.4



GPS Receiver GP-E2 Firmware v. 2.0.0

Firmware Version 2.0.0 incorporates the following fixes and improvements:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon, in which the signal acquisition indicator on the GPS Receiver GP-E2 display “Slow blinking (Signal acquired)” even if a signal is not yet acquired.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon, where new log files may not be saved correctly if the built-in memory of the GPS Receiver GP-E2 becomes full.
  3. Support for the EOS Rebel T6s/EOS 760D and EOS Rebel T6i/750D cameras has been added.
Firmware Version 2.0.0 is for GPS Receiver GP-E2 with firmware up to Version 1.0.9. If the GPS Receiver GP-E2’s firmware is already Version 2.0.0, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

When updating the firmware of the GPS Receiver GP-E2, please review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.

Please note:
To update the firmware of this product, Canon’s Map Utility software that is bundled with GPS Receiver GP-E2 is required. Furthermore, before updating the firmware, use Map Utility to save any GPS log files in the GP-E2’s built-in memory to your computer. After the GPS log files are saved to your computer, make sure to delete the log files from the built-in memory of the GPS Receiver GP-E2 before updating the firmware.

Download:
GPS Receiver GP-E2 Firmware v. 2.0.0

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Post Date: 4/14/2015 8:22:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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