Canon and Sony News for May 2015 (Page 2)

 Friday, May 22, 2015

Todd Vorenkamp was asked to take B&H's most expensive used lens – the Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM – out for a spin. In his Explora article, Vorenkamp touches on the history and mystique of Canon's rarest big white lens and describes the logistics involved in shooting with the 36 pound beast.

The B&H used department has the Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM in 9+ Condition available with free expedited shipping!

Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 5/22/2015 9:41:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Nikon Professional Services members in the USA are now eligible for a 20% discount on repairs.

An excerpt from the NPS Member Discount FAQ reads:

Q: How do I schedule a NPS member repair?
A: Qualifying NPS members schedule repairs via: https://repair.nikonusa.com/ProductEntry
Select NPS member radio button and enter your NPS member # on the contact data step.

Q: Am I eligible for the NPS member 20% repair discount?
A: 20% repair discount is available only to full status NPS members in good standing who are incompliance with the NPS Member Terms and Conditions at the time the repair is requested.

Discount is taken off the base repair cost before applicable taxes and does not include shipping charges. Valid only for repairs on Nikon products (excluding Nikon 1 and COOLPIX products) made at Nikon Inc. Service Centers in New York and California that were received by Nikon Inc. directly from the NPS Member and not via a Nikon Authorized Repair Station or other third party. Discount offer may bediscontinued at any time at Nikon's sole discretion. Offer is not valid for previous repairs.

Q: When is the discount applied?
A: Once your equipment for repair is received at either Nikon Inc. Service Centers in New York or California and is written up by Nikon Inc., you will receive a Nikon Service Estimate/Acknowledgement email. On the Nikon Service Estimate/Acknowledgement email, download the pdf or select the link to view discount.

Discount reflected on line item—Repair NPS Discount

You will see the final discount listed in the charges breakout section on the Invoice Repair document packed in with the repaired item(s). The discount may not be reflected on the initial schedule a repair self-service process or the product repair packet documents.

To learn more about Nikon Professional Services, check out the official NPS wesite.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Professional Services
Post Date: 5/22/2015 8:58:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Sigma:

SIGMA 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary F/SIGMA and F/NIKON are scheduled to start shipping towards the end of this month.

B&H carries the SIGMA 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 5/22/2015 8:11:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Sometimes, I find images comprised of only reflections more interesting than images containing only the subjects being reflected. To capture such an image requires a reflective surface and something to be reflected in it.
 
Most locations share a similar nearby reflection source: water. When water is the reflective surface and there is at least a small amount of motion on the water surface, no two photos will be the same. You can capture 20 images from a tripod-mounted camera and still have no duplicates. Such images can sometimes work together for a low-effort collection.
 
Water in motion is ... in motion. To stop motion requires an adequately short shutter speed and to achieve stopped motion in this frame, I opted for ISO 400 (vs. the least-noisy ISO 100 option). The final image has very little noticeable noise and the small waves are not showing blur.
 
For this image, I found a brightly colored boat as the reflective subject and adjusted my position until I had what I felt was ideal framing. I especially like how the top and bottom borders of the frame are relatively uninterrupted by lines in this composition.
 
Keep in mind that reflection images often benefit from increased contrast and saturation in post processing.


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
105mm  f/10.0  1/40s
ISO 400
5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 5/22/2015 7:30:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

B&H has the Rode VideoMic Pro with Rycote Lyre Suspension Mount available for preorder with free expedited shipping and an expected availability date of June 15.

Product Highlights

  • Broadcast Quality Condenser Microphone
  • Rycote Lyre Shock-Mount
  • 40 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • Lightweight
  • Lower Noise and Higher Sensitivity
  • 9V Battery Powered
  • 1/8" Mini-Jack Output
  • Two-Step High Pass Filter
  • Three-Position Level Control
  • Includes Camera Shoe Mount

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Preorders
Post Date: 5/22/2015 7:48:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Yesterday we posted a video where Adobe's Bryan O'Neil Hughes was showing off what's in development for mobile platforms, mainly the handling of large resolution files, the healing brush and liquify features. However, I failed to notice the accompanying blog post at the time.

In article, Hughes announces the end of Photoshop Touch:

"Sometimes building for the future means we need to make hard choices and today I am also announcing that we are discontinuing Photoshop Touch. For those of you who have been using Photoshop Touch, thank you and please continue creating amazing work with it; while it will no longer be available in stores as of May 28th and we won’t ship further updates, it will remain completely functional on your devices for the foreseeable future. For further information on how this change could impact your workflow, please visit here.

Photoshop Touch was available across platforms and so I’d like to leave all of you on Android with some good news – we’re actively developing new mobile applications for Android and will share those with you very soon."

For what it's worth, I have Photoshop Touch on my Samsung Galaxy S3 and I've only used it a handful of times. While decently capable as an editing app, it wasn't quite as intuitive as I thought it should be.

Maybe Adobe thought so as well?

For whatever reasons, the app will be removed from app stores on May 28. If you'd like to grab a copy of the app before it's gone, now's the time to snatch it up (Android | iOS). Otherwise, Android users have something to look forward to – we just don't know what or when exactly that will be.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 5/22/2015 7:42:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 21, 2015

From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:

Get a sneak peek of an early prototype of Adobe's mobile retouching from Bryan O'Neil Hughes.

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).

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 5/21/2015 4:26:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

With one of the most vague descriptions I have ever seen in a firmware update, Nikon has released firmware version 1.01 for the D750.

From Nikon:

Changes from “C” Version Firmware 1.01

  • Camera operation is now more reliable.

Download:
Nikon D750 Firmware v.1.01

B&H carries the Nikon D750 DSLR camera – now more reliable than ever. ;-)

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 5/21/2015 2:02:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

A great way to make a good scene better is to add a reflection and water is perhaps the most common reflective surface used in landscape photography. At least relatively still water is needed if what is reflecting is to be recognizable and, when shooting in extremely windy locations (this one qualifies), small bodies of water tend to be most still.
 
Shaded water often provides a better reflective water surface than water under direct sunlight. At the top of Independence Pass, the setting sun shines horizontally across the landscape and casts a shadow evenly across this small alpine meadow pond. The dark water nicely reflects the great clouds overhead
 
This is a manual HDR processed image with a subtle increase in reflection brightness being the result.


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
24mm  f/11.0  1/30s
ISO 125
5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 5/21/2015 10:20:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Canon Professional Network:

“I didn’t know I needed it, until I saw the quality...”

Fashion photographer and Canon Explorer Quentin Caffier is on fashion photography’s fast track. One of Europe’s new breed of busy modern professionals, his recent shoot with a pre-production EOS 5DS has convinced him that – to stay ahead of the curve – he needs every one of those 50.6 Megapixels. CPN caught up with him recently to find out why...

“I am always looking for quality in my pictures,” he states. “But in my work I have to shoot fast. From my previous experience with high megapixel medium-format cameras, the bigger the megapixels meant the slower the camera. And for me, when I use a camera like that, the risk I face when working with models spinning around in dresses, for example, was always that I might lose the shot. That’s why I always preferred to use my EOS-1D X DSLR because I knew it would never let me down. Its reactions were always so much faster.”

But the advantage of speed always came at the expense of ultimate image quality. In Quentin’s business, detail is king and when the EOS 5DS arrived he was keener than most to see how it performed.

“I only had the opportunity to use it twice, because there was only one body to share amongst all the other Canon Explorers,” Quentin explains, “But it was enough. I shot JPEG because the RAW software was still being developed at the time, but I can tell you that I was impressed.”

See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.

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

Post Date: 5/21/2015 10:54:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Vincent Laforet Vimeo Channel:

Our flight over London, May 2015 took in some of the most iconic sites of the city. We were lucky to have great weather and visibility from 6000ft on this 2 hour flight over the city.

You can see more of Laforet's Air Series on laforetair.com.

Post Date: 5/21/2015 8:30:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pizza Hut wants to warn the public about the dangers of using Selfie Sticks.

Keep in mind, Selphie Stick abuse is not limited to smartphone users. Even DLR users are at risk.

DSLR Selphie Stick

Setup: 5D Mark III + EF 17-40mm f/4L USM mounted on a Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod with Desmond DMH-01 Tilt Head. Vignetting added in post.

Post Date: 5/20/2015 12:24:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

by Sean Setters

Kat is a musician and operates a music instruction business that is literally a stone's throw away from my mailbox. I often see her going in and out of her studio when walking to the nearby grocery store.

One day we struck up a conversation and, naturally, I mentioned that I was a photographer. With a look of surprise she said, "Really? What a coincidence! My music partner and I were just talking about doing some promotional shots for our business."

Kat would go on to explain that she had teamed up with Laura, a cello player, and they were doing side gigs playing wedding receptions and various events. They wanted a few images to promote their own music (single portraits) and to promote their instrumental duo.

When I asked what Kat what kind of look or feel she wanted for the images, she replied, "Something with nature."

I told her I'd come up with something.

One evening a few days later, I was visiting a friend when I noticed a home in his neighborhood that featured a beautifully landscaped yard. The yard had fantastic rock formations, a stream and several trees that all screamed "nature." Another benefit of the location was its proximity to the road and a small area off to the side for parking. In short, the location was close to town, easily accessible and could be framed in a way to make it look like we were out in the middle of nowhere. Perfect.

I immediately knocked on the home's front door with the intent of asking the homeowner if I could use his yard for a shoot (a bit bold, yes). The homeowner wasn't home. I took a few pictures of the yard using my cell phone to document the location with a mental note to return again to introduce myself to the home owner.

I returned the following day with a typed, signed letter introducing myself to leave for the home owner just in case he/she was once again not home. When I pulled up to the home, the homeowner – a very nice gentleman by the name of Danny – was blowing the leaves and grass off his driveway obviously having just finished mowing. He looked a bit standoffish as I approached, likely because I looked like a traveling salesman or an evangelist walking down the driveway.

The first words out of my mouth set him at ease. "Don't worry, I'm not selling anything. I simply have a favor to ask. My name is Sean and I'm a local photographer..."

I continued to explain about my clients, their desire for a natural setting, and how the images were intended to be used. I complimented his yard and landscaping several times in the conversation (sincere flattery) and noted that I thought it would be absolutely perfect for their needs. A little to my surprise, Danny didn't even hesitate. "Sure, come over anytime. It doesn't matter whether I'm here or not. No need to tell me you're coming. Just be careful around the rocks."

I love the South. :-)

I emailed Kat the location images I had snapped with my phone and she thought the scene looked great. With the "go-ahead," we scheduled the shoot.

On the day of the shoot I arrived a little early to set up the lighting gear. Using the Photographer's Ephemeris web app, I knew that the sun would be positioned behind the spot I wanted to use around 4pm. This would have been ideal. Unfortunately, Kat and Laura were only available in the morning, meaning I would have to fight the sun which was positioned in front of them.

I tackled the direct sunlight problem by shading the duo with two umbrellas camera left (boomed above). I originally intended on shooting my tripod-based images with the umbrellas in the scene and then shooting a reference image without the umbrellas so that I could remove the umbrellas from all of the images in post. When the cloud cover arrived later in the shoot, I simply removed the umbrellas. All the example shots in this post occurred after we removed the umbrellas from the scene.

Here's how I lit the scene:

  • White Lightning x1600<, camera right, diffused by a 43" octabox
  • White Lightning x3200, camera left, diffused by an extreme silver parabolic umbrella (with diffusion cover in place)
  • Canon 580EX, camera left (behind subjects), 1/2 CTO gelled

You can see the setup below.

Kat and Laura Setup

For my camera and lens, I used a tripod mounted 5D Mark III and one of my favorite lenses, the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM with a Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo. The 85mm focal length was a good fit considering that I had to position the camera on the other side of a ditch between the subjects and myself. Being pretty far back from the scene, the 85mm focal length also allowed for a not-too-tight / more loosely framed composition which would give Kat and Laura more ways to crop the image for a wide range marketing materials (letter, postcard, brochure, web, etc). The variable ND filter (mounted via a step-up ring) allowed me to utilize the lens's wider apertures (f/1.8 in this case) while keeping the shutter speed at or below the flash sync speed for a more blurred background.

While the setup was a lot of work, the results proved worth the effort (I think). Here were some of the individual promotional images we shot.

Kat and Violin
Kat and her Violin

Laura and Cello 1
Laura and the Cello 1


Laura and Cello 2
Laura and Cello 2


Takeaways:

  1. Always be on the lookout for good locations. You never know when and where you'll run across something that's just perfect.
  2. Don't be afraid to ask permission to use a location. The worst they can say is "no."
  3. Arrive ahead of your clients if you anticipate needing a decent amount of setup time. Doing so will ensure your clients are ready to shoot fresh upon arrival.
  4. Frame loosely for promotional images that won't be used in a large format. Doing so gives your client much more flexibility to use the images on a wide range of materials with varying aspect ratios and typesetting needs.
In the end, the clients loved the images and even gave me a bonus on top of the agreed-upon fee. It proved to be a great session all-around.

You can find higher resolution images on my Flickr photostream:

Post Date: 5/20/2015 10:16:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Colorado is known for its big ranches and a big ranch calls for a grand entrance. The Last Dollar Ranch on Last Dollar Road near Dallas Divide (and RT 62) has one of my favorite such entrances. The huge mountains behind large golden fields fronted by a rustic wooden fence and of course, a grand entrance create a simply beautiful scene.
 
To make the entrance appear grand in the image, I moved in close and used a wide angle focal length.
 
Just looking at this photo brings back memories of the large heard of elk in the distance and I can still hear the large bull bugling. That is the power of an image.


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
24mm  f/11.0  1/20s
ISO 100
5599 x 3761px
Post Date: 5/20/2015 9:14:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Canon Global:

TOKYO, May 20, 2015—Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. announced today that the Company's EOS 7D Mark II digital SLR camera (launched in October 2014) has been honored with two prestigious Camera Grand Prix (GP) Japan 2015 awards—“Camera of the Year” and “Readers Award”—while the EF11-24mm f/4L USM ultra-wide-angle interchangeable zoom lens (launched in February 2015) was selected for the “Lens of the Year” award. The Camera Grand Prix (GP) Japan awards, considered one of the most sought-after camera and lens product awards in Japan, are organized by the Camera Journal Press Club (CJPC), comprising journalists from major photography and camera magazines in Japan. This year marks the award's 32nd time to be held.

The Camera GP Japan 2015 Camera of the Year title was presented to the most outstanding camera from among the 111 models launched in Japan between March 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015. As further indication of the EOS 7D Mark II's overwhelming popularity, the camera was also honored with the Camera GP Japan 2015 Readers Award, based on an online vote by general users. In addition, the EF11-24mm f/4L USM took home the Lens of the Year award, resulting in Canon taking home three out of the four Camera GP Japan awards presented this year.

The EOS 7D Mark II, the Company's APS-C-size flagship-model digital SLR camera, delivers a fast continuous shooting speed of up to approximately 10 frames per second (fps) and employs a 65-point all cross-type AF system making possible superior AF performance.

The EF11-24mm f/4L USM, in addition to boasting an impressive minimum focal length of 11 mm to achieve the world's widest angle of view, minimizes the occurrence of chromatic aberrations and achieves superior image-quality performance from edge to edge.

Reason for Selection: EOS 7D Mark II

Camera GP Japan 2015 Camera of the Year: Comments from Camera GP Japan 2015 Executive Committee

Selected for the prestigious Camera of the Year award, the EOS 7D Mark II was lauded for its fast continuous shooting speed of 10 fps, 65-point all cross-type AF system, and other advanced features that, according to the committee, befit a flagship-level digital SLR camera. The camera was also recognized for bringing these high-level features together into an easy-to-use design, enabling users to effortlessly capture not only moving subjects, but any type of subject. Furthermore, the jury members highlighted the camera's “revolutionary” anti-flicker function, which ensures optimal exposure when shooting in environments lit by fluorescent or mercury-vapor lighting. The EOS 7D Mark II was said to be the only digital SLR camera equipped with an APS-C-size sensor that made its presence felt and, thanks to its telephoto effect, continuous shooting speed and other features, once again brings new value to the APS-C-size sensor format.

In addition, the committee noted that Canon's promotional efforts in Japan were successful in generating buzz for the camera, lauding the Company's marketing materials, which included seven catalogues that each focused on a different photography genre, as appealing and easy to understand.

Camera GP Japan 2015 Readers Award: Selection of comments from general users

  • “I feel that the EOS 7D Mark II stands out from all cameras currently on the market thanks to its ability to capture moving subjects, such as when shooting sports and animals.” (Male, 57 years old)
  • “This is an amazing camera; I can focus on capturing great photographs with no stress at all.” (Female, 29 years old)
  • “Advances made over these past five years were not just for show. Thanks to the EOS 7D Mark II's expanded AF area as well as its improved AF pattern and accuracy, I feel that the camera is exceptionally easy to use.” (Male, 29 years old)
  • “The EOS 7D Mark II achieves a level of performance befitting the true successor to the EOS 7D (released in October 2009), and is offered at a price that is not hard to save for. The camera includes all of the functions and advances that everyone was hoping for, and is quite simply the standout model from these past few years.” (Male, 23 years old)
  • “Offering a 10 fps continuous-shooting speed, an AF system capable of tracking moving subjects, and a metering system, this camera truly is a flagship-level APS-C-size model. Just what you'd expect from Canon—the EOS 7D Mark II really is an amazing camera.” (Male, 42 years old)
  • “You could say that, thanks to its fast continuous shooting speed, the EOS 7D Mark II is the preeminent APS-C-size SLR camera. I feel that this camera is the epitome of Canon truly taking to heart the unique requests of advanced-amateur users.” (Male, 41 years old)
  • “After trying out this camera, you'll realize that it was designed to enable you to capture that most crucial moment. Furthermore, because you can change settings while looking through the viewfinder without having to pull away to look at the monitor or window, the camera delivers a remarkable user experience that drives home the feeling that you are capturing photographs.” (Male, 30 years old)
  • “I feel that the EOS 7D Mark II is the best camera out there; it delivers superior expressiveness regardless of shooting conditions, and a level of AF performance that ensures crucial moments are never lost, and offers an overall balance that makes it stand out above the rest.” (Male, 56 years old)

Reason for Selection: EF11-24mm f/4L USM

Camera GP Japan 2015 Lens of the Year: Comments from Camera GP Japan 2015 Executive Committee

Winner of the 2015 Lens of the Year award, the EF11-24mm f/4L USM ultra-wide-angle zoom lens was recognized by the committee for achieving the world's widest angle of view starting at a minimum focal length of 11 mm, without any of the image distortion unique to fisheye lenses. The committee also noted that, thanks to the generous use of cutting-edge optical technologies and lens-coating technologies, the EF11-24mm f/4L USM effectively corrects for aberrations commonly associated with ultra-wide-angle lenses, delivering a level of image quality capable of supporting use even with cameras with high pixel counts. Concluding, the committee said that the lens offers specifications and a perspective that are “truly unique.”
B&H carries the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (review) and the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM (review).

Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 5/20/2015 7:10:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon USA:

When you travel, time seems to fly by. Don't regret it later because your experiences are too extraordinary to remember with photos that are just "good enough." The places you go, the people you meet and your adventures of a lifetime are worth getting the right shot with a Canon camera.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Education Videos
Post Date: 5/20/2015 6:41:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 19, 2015

From Tamron USA:

Tamron lens users can post and share photos with dedicated hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to earn a spot on the Tamron USA website

May 19, 2015, Commack, N.Y - Tamron USA announces its #WithMyTamron social media initiative, exclusively offered to all Tamron USA lens users. Participants simply capture photos with their favorite Tamron lenses, tag them with the #WithMyTamron, and upload them to their public Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Photographers may also directly upload from their device, computer or Facebook photos for consideration in the #WithMyTamron gallery at www.tamron-usa.com by using the "Submit a Photo" button.

Tamron staff will select their favorite photos tagged with the #WithMyTamron hashtag to appear on the Tamron USA website, where even more viewers-from budding photo enthusiasts to pros-will be inspired by real images taken by real people with Tamron's unmatched lens lineup.

Users will be able to search for and share photos with the #WithMyTamron hashtag on social media, fostering a community of dedicated Tamron aficionados who want to see what others are capturing with their own Tamron lenses.

B&H carries Tamron lenses.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 5/19/2015 3:50:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

B&H has posted a great articlce on their Explora site called "44 Tips to Improve Your Photography."

Yes, it's a fairly lengthy read as each tip is supported with a small 2-4 sentence paragraph, but the author (Todd Vorenkamp) has done a good job compiling the list and concisely explaining why each one is important.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 5/19/2015 9:47:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

After spending a late September day scouting from Crested Butte to Durango and back north to near Telluride with practically no pictures captured, the sun finally broke through an opening in the heavy clouds that had produced rain and the season's first snow for most of the day. This is the breathtaking scene that was presented to me.
 
Capturing attractive landscape images with a telephoto lens is sometimes so easy that it almost feels like cheating. I safely pulled off the road, setup and quickly shot until the sun went back behind the curtain of heavy clouds.
 
Looking for a fall foliage photography trip? Few locations are better than the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. The aspen trees play a starring role in this spectacular landscape.


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
124mm  f/11.0  1/125s
ISO 100
5860 x 3840px
Post Date: 5/19/2015 8:46:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From RØDE:

RØDE Microphones is announcing an upgrade to its number one selling microphone worldwide, the VideoMic Pro.

Originally released in 2010, the VideoMic Pro quickly became an industry standard on-camera shotgun microphone for professionals and enthusiasts alike. With its small form factor, superior audio quality and industry first +20db level boost, it was the perfect companion for DSLR cameras as they became the go-to device for high definition video capture.

Determined to raise the bar again in 2015, RØDE’s all new VideoMic Pro will feature the acclaimed Rycote Lyre suspension system, along with an upgraded microphone capsule, improving both the physical characteristics and audio performance of the microphone.

Already implemented on the VideoMic and VideoMic GO, the Rycote Lyre suspension system is widely regarded as the best microphone shock mounting solution available. Featuring a suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic, it is far more effective at minimising unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than traditional elastic suspensions. Virtually indestructible, the Rycote Lyre will never sag, snap, wear out or require rethreading to maintain its effectiveness.

Completing the upgrade is an all-new microphone capsule, giving the 2015 VideoMic Pro even higher sensitivity and lower self-noise, ensuring crystal clear audio capture over a wider dynamic range.

“The VideoMic Pro was a revelation for DSLR users the world over, making broadcast quality audio accessible to everyone at an affordable price” comments Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Sales and Marketing Director. “Now we’re taking it to another level. With the Rycote Lyre upgrade, and an upgraded capsule, it’s now even better value for such an amazing broadcast quality product.”

The VideoMic Pro featuring Rycote Lyre suspension is shipping to authorised RØDE dealers now.

B&H carries the RØDE VideoMic Pro.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Rode News
Post Date: 5/19/2015 8:09:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 5/19/2015 7:37:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 18, 2015

From Benro:

May 13, 2015 – North White Plains, NY – Benro announces the addition of SystemMove, which includes camera movement tools such as a travel jib and camera sliders.

Benro’s lightweight travel jib, known as the MoveUp4, features a folding design making it compact and well suited for traveling. It can support up to 8.8 lb and has a vertical reach of 6 feet making it ideal for HDSLR as well as mid-size professional cameras.

The family of camera sliders ranges from an entry-level single rail option up to the fully featured carbon fiber rail MoveOver12, which can support just above 26 lb.

“Its no secret that adding camera movement increases your production value and we’ve made it our priority to make the tools to do so more accessible. Having a jib and slider in your toolkit is a must these days, especially when aiming for that cinematic look,” said Brian Hynes, Benro’s brand manager for marketing.

MoveUp4 Jib features:

  • Folding Design – The MoveUp4 Travel Jib folds up into a small, portable package making this ideal for filmmakers who need travel friendly gear. Its compact design pairs nicely with smaller tripods and lightweight cameras, therefore reducing the overall amount of equipment required to enhance your production value.
  • Vertical reach – With a vertical reach of just over 6 feet, the MoveUp4 Travel Jib can achieve sweeping shots for that cinematic look.
  • Accessory Mounting – Threaded mounting points allow you to attach a monitor arm to view your shot live while operating from the back of the jib.
  • Carrying Case – Each MoveUp4 Travel Jib comes with its own carrying case for easy transportation and protection.

MoveOver4 Slider features:

  • 4 Bearing Carriage – The carriage operates using 4 bearings that run along two stainless steel embedded rods providing smooth movement for your shot.
  • Center mountable – Center mounting the slider is made easy using the included cheese plate.
  • Supports up to 8.8 lb (4 kg) – Supports the weight of HDSLRs and small video cameras as well as a flat base head.
  • Vertical mounting – The threaded end blocks (1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16) make it easy to mount your slider vertically, which helps provide more diverse movements.
  • Articulating rubber feet – Easily adjust and level your slider with the articulating rubber feet.

MoveOver8 Slider features:

  • Carbon Fiber Rails – Ideal for strength and lightweight support, the MoveOver8 includes two 100% 18mm carbon fiber rails.
  • 4 Bearing Carriage – The carriage operates using 4 quiet operation bearings that run along two carbon fiber rods providing smooth movement for your shot.
  • Center mountable – Center mounting the slider is made easy using the included cheese plate.
  • Supports up to 17.6 lb (8 kg) – Supports the weight of HDSLRs and HD video cameras as well as a flat base head.
  • Stand Adapters – Each end block includes a 3/8"-16 female adapter that when removed becomes a 5/8" port for mounting on C-stands and light stands.
  • All-Terrain Legs – Conquer any terrain and level your slider with the articulating all-terrain legs with adjustable rubber feet.
  • Carrying Case – Deluxe carrying case included for easy transport and protection.

MoveOver12 Slider features:

  • Carbon Fiber Rails – Ideal for strength and lightweight support, the MoveOver12 includes two 100% 22mm carbon fiber rails.
  • Flywheel with Belt Drive – Precise control flywheel with rubber track belt drive.
  • 4 Bearing Carriage – The carriage operates using 4 quiet operation bearings that run along two carbon fiber rods providing smooth movement for your shot.
  • Center mountable – Center mounting the slider is made easy using the included cheese plate.
  • Supports up to 26.5 lb (12 kg) – Supports the weight of HDSLRs and heavier HD video cameras as well as a flat base head.
  • Stand Adapters – Each end block includes a 3/8"-16 female adapter that when removed becomes a 5/8" port for mounting on C-stands and light stands.
  • All-Terrain Legs – Conquer any terrain and level your slider with the articulating all-terrain legs with adjustable rubber feet.
  • Carrying Case – Deluxe carrying case included for easy transport and protection.
  • Available in 600mm and 900mm lengths.

The MoveOver12 is also available in a kit, which comes equipped with two Travel Flat tripods, two Leveling Bases, one S8 flat base video head, one carbon fiber slider, a flywheel with belt drive control and a deluxe rolling case.

B&H carries the Benro MoveUp4 and MoveOver Slider lineup.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Benro News
Post Date: 5/18/2015 12:07:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From CreativeLive:

Follow your dream of becoming a wildly successful wedding photographer! Tune in today at 9 AM Pacific for the live kickoff of The Complete Wedding Photographer Experience.

In this six-week class, Jasmine Star will cover every aspect of both the business and creative sides of wedding photography. Watch Now and tune in every weekday throughout the series for a new lesson.

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Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: CreativeLive News
Post Date: 5/18/2015 11:34:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Nikon has posted their financial results for the year ending March 31, 2015. As usual, the presentation material is our preferred method for obtaining easy-to-understand information.

Note about Imaging Products Business:

"Sales and income declined 15% and 12% respectively, year on year due to delayed market recovery in China and Europe. Operating income ratio posted 9.7%, exceeding the previous year ratio (9.4%) and the revised forecast (9.0%). "

The Year ended March 2015 [May 14, 2015]

Financial Results (PDF:693KB)

Financial and Business Data (PDF:94KB)

Presentation Material (PDF:812KB)

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Financial Results
Post Date: 5/18/2015 10:01:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

For a limited time, you can save up to $300.00 on select Zeiss Lenses at B&H.

Zeiss lenses are not discounted very often; we are unsure how long this sale will last. Be sure to take advantage of the savings while you can.

Update: We just received more information regarding this sale. Apparently, this is a Zeiss 125th Anniversary Promotion and runs from 5/18/2015 through 7/31/2015.

Discounted Zeiss Lenses

ItemInstant
Savings
Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8$300.00
Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5$200.00
Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8$300.00
Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.0$200.00
Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0$200.00
Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T*$300.00
Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T*$100.00
Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar$200.00
Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T*$200.00
Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2$300.00
Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T*$300.00

Check out Bryan's Zeiss Lens Reviews for more information on these high-quality, finely crafted manual lenses.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Zeiss Deals
Post Date: 5/18/2015 9:50:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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