Canon and Sony News for Feb 2016 (Page 2)

 Friday, February 19, 2016

From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube channel:

Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.

The Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC) is an excellent value at only $9.99/month.

Post Date: 2/19/2016 2:26:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 18th February 2016 – Canon today announces that the EOS C300 Mark II digital cinema camera has been independently tested in accordance with European Broadcast Union (EBU) recommendations for both HD and UHD content acquisition¹. The report recognises image capture of up to 15 stops of dynamic range using Canon Log2 and qualifies the EOS C300 Mark II for R.118 Tier 1 in HD and Tier 2 in UHD².

The new gamma Canon Log2 has been designed specifically for the C300 MKII’s new 8.85MP Super 35mm CMOS sensor. Having access to this high dynamic range gives users the creative freedom to produce more compelling visuals. Combined with the EOS C300 Mark II’s built-in noise reduction functionality, filmmakers have the ability to shoot almost anywhere, capturing low-noise footage in many challenging shooting scenarios.

The EBU exists to serve 73 broadcasters across 56 countries in understanding which technology is best suited to certain tasks. The UK's Digital Production Partnership (DPP) broadcasters use these recommendations to ensure their content meets a minimum threshold. This is especially important when a compressed image needs to survive editing, grading, encoding and transmission before it reaches audiences in its final pictures.

“Testing our cameras using the European Broadcast Union’s methodology is a very important step for us,” said Austin Freshwater, Director, Professional Imaging at Canon UK. “With the EOS C300 Mark II, we aimed to design a camera that lets both filmmakers and broadcast producers realise their creative vision. It’s because of this commitment that the EOS C300 Mark II offers users the very best image quality and we’re incredibly pleased that these test results back that up.”

The EOS C300 Mark II follows Canon’s XC10 video camera that also qualifies for R.118 Tier 1 HD as tested in September last year. Alongside this, the EOS C300 Mark II joins several of Canon’s high-end professional broadcast cameras that meet the criteria defined by the EBU, including its predecessor the Canon EOS C300, the Canon XF305 and the Canon EOS-1D C.

To download the full report please visit: https://tech.ebu.ch/docs/tech/tech3335_s18.pdf

B&H and Wex Photographic carry the Canon EOS C300 Mark II.

Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 2/19/2016 1:19:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Sigma:

Thank you for your patronage to SIGMA products.

We would like to announce that we are planning to release a firmware update for the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon and Nikon mount, as well as the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary in Canon and Nikon mount on Friday, March 11th, 2016.

The latest firmware update improves the AF algorithm of 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM lenses and further enhances AF speed by optimizing HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) drive control.

It is expected to increase autofocus speed by approximately 20%, to a maximum of 50%, during normal shooting as well as when using “Speed Priority” set through SIGMA Optimization Pro.

The firmware update requires the installation of the latest version of SIGMA Optimization Pro on your personal computer and the SIGMA USB DOCK accessory (sold separately).

Further details on this firmware update will be announced at a later date.

We appreciate your continued support for our company and products.

B&H carries the Sigma 150-600mm lenses and the USB Dock.

Post Date: 2/19/2016 6:29:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 18, 2016
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Professional Network
Post Date: 2/18/2016 10:40:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

by Sean Setters

Back when the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM was announced in September 2014, my immediate thought was – "Well, Canon obviously has a full-frame Dual Pixel sensor in the works. We'll probably see more full-frame compatible STM lenses (in addition to the 40mm STM, that is)."

Then early 2015 rolled around and I was a little baffled when the EOS 5Ds/5Ds R were announced without a Dual Pixel sensor. It would take more than a year for Canon to announce a full-frame camera featuring a Dual Pixel sensor – the [still unavailable] EOS 1D X Mark II.

"Finally," I thought, "we'll start seeing more STM lenses designed for full-frame sensors." As it turns out, I was wrong – what we'll be getting is even better.

Canon's new NANO USM combines the best of both worlds – the speed of Ring USM and the quietness/smoothness of STM. That's a win/win and it's hard to imagine Canon not implementing this technology in a slew of upcoming lenses.

So how much faster is NANO USM compared to a similar lens with STM? Check out the video below.


As you can see, the NANO USM version of the EF-S 18-135 IS locks focus very quickly (significantly faster than the equivalent STM lens).

But just how quiet is the new technology? While STM lenses were designed to be quiet with smooth focus transitions, the level of quietness varied substantially across the STM lineup (Hey 40mm pancake, I'm looking at you!). However, turn up the volume and listen to how well the EF-S 18-135 IS's NANO USM performs during focus changes:


Did you hear it? The sound is there, but it's very low considering the high gain recording. Throw in some ambient sound and the AF will likely be inaudible.

It seems to me that NANO USM (or another variant of it) will begin taking the place of standard Ring USM in the not-so-distant future. And this would be an important move if, for instance, the next iteration of the 5D-series featured a Dual Pixel sensor (a high probability, in my opinion). In a way, the introduction of NANO USM is laying the ground work for a much-more-widely-used-than-the-1D-X-II full-frame camera featuring a Dual Pixel sensor.

Assuming a 5D-iteration with a Dual Pixel sensor is on the horizon, which lenses might ultimately be introduced with a NANO USM upgrade? How about a EF 24-105mm f/4L NANO USM to serve as a kit lens for starters? Or possibly the EF 50mm f/1.4 and EF 85mm f/1.8?

Of course this is all simply conjecture, but it's fun to imagine where this technological pathway is headed.

Want to know more about Canon's NANO USM technology? Check out this special feature on the Canon Professional Network.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Education Videos
Post Date: 2/18/2016 8:54:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

The newly announced Canon EOS 80D offers some definite advantages over its predecessor. The following is a list of notable differences between the two cameras:

  • 24.2 megapixel sensor vs 20.2
  • 45 cross-type AF points vs 19
  • Up to 27 AF points available at f/8 max. aperture vs none
  • AF working range of EV -3 - 18 vs EV -0.5 -18 (Center Point)
  • 100% viewfinder coverage vs 98%
  • DIGIC 6 vs DIGIC 5+
  • Max buffer up to 110 JPEG/ 25 RAW (UHS-I) vs 65 JPEG/ 16 RAW (UHS-I)
  • 60ms shutter lag vs 65ms
  • Ambience priority / white priority AWB vs ambience only
  • Flicker detection and timing vs none
  • .MOV and .MP4 encoding vs .MOV only
  • 1080p 60fps video recording vs 1080p 30fps
  • Time lapse and HDR movie modes vs none
  • Headphone jack vs none
  • Wi-Fi and NFC vs Wi-Fi only
  • 26 custom functions vs 23

For a more detailed look at the comparison, check out our Camera Specifications Comparison Tool.

B&H has the Canon EOS 80D available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 2/18/2016 7:31:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:

The EOS 80D is the latest in Canon’s midrange DSLR line, improving on its predecessor the EOS 70D. Join Canon U.S.A.’s Technical Product Trainer Jon Lorentz as he introduces the EOS 80D camera.

B&H has the Canon EOS 80D, EF-S 18-135 IS USM & Power Zoom Adapter available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Education Videos
Post Date: 2/18/2016 7:06:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Canon Japan has posted the official sample images from the EOS 80D.

B&H has the Canon EOS 80D available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 2/18/2016 6:52:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Preorders are now live for the newly announced Canon EOS 80D, EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 and Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1.

Preorders:

Canon EOS 80D: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic

Canon PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic

Canon DM-E1 Directional Microphone: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Preorders
Post Date: 2/18/2016 12:01:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 17, 2016

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 17, 2015 – Artists looking to turn their passion into popular online videos or to show the world their unique perspective through social networks now have a new tool available to them that helps them tear down creative barriers and produce dynamic visual content for both still and video. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce the new Canon EOS 80D Digital SLR camera, featuring an new 45-point AF system, 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor for crisp images with fine detail. For the budding videographer or online video star, the camera features Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus (DAF) technology coupled with an intuitive touchscreen capability for easy focusing when shooting video.

Canon is also introducing a new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens optimized for high-speed autofocusing when shooting stills and quiet and smooth zoom when shooting video. The lens is also compatible with Canon’s new Power Zoom Adapter for smooth cinematic ‘pulls’ when changing focal length on a subject, and responsive adjustments at the push of a button for stills or video.

Updated features in Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera include:

  • New 45-point all cross-type AF system
  • Intelligent Viewfinder with approximately 100% viewfinder coverage
  • Newly Developed 24.2 Megapixel (APS-C) CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 6 image processor for enhanced image quality
  • Improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF for smooth, fast and accurate autofocus with video and stills
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capability for easy transfer of images and movies to compatible mobile devices
  • 1080/60p Full HD video to capture brilliant results in MP4 format for easy movie sharing on select social networking sites
  • Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD II monitor enables flexible positioning and clear viewing even outdoors

“In today’s world, where everyone is a photographer or videographer, we at Canon are looking to provide the tools and features that help creative-minded people stand out from the pack and get noticed. The right technology cannot make someone creative, but it will help bring a creative vision to life,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The right combination of camera and lens helps those with a vision stand out and be recognized. We look forward to seeing what this new generation of passionate artists will create with these new tools.”

Canon EOS 80D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens

New AF System and Dual Pixel CMOS AF
The 45-point all cross-type viewfinder AF system in the new Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera, compared to 19-points in the Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera, is now wider both horizontally and vertically for easier compositions with off-center subjects. Low light AF performance has been improved all the way down to EV-3 at the center point to achieve sharp results even in extreme low-light situations. The camera’s AI (Artificial Intelligence) Servo AF II autofocusing system utilizes color tracking with a 7,560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor that automatically detects skin tone and colors to enhance tracking sensitivity, even with moving subjects that are rapidly changing pace or direction. Enhancing the ease-of-use of the new AF system is the Canon EOS 80D’s new Intelligent Viewfinder which features approximately 100% viewfinder coverage. The full coverage helps prevent photographers from missing objects that are in the corners of the scene, which can reduce the need to crop images later on.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs a new Canon CMOS sensor with which all of the effective pixels are able to perform both still imaging and phase-detection AF simultaneously to achieve dramatically improved AF performance during Live View and video shooting. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology in the Canon EOS 80D camera features enhanced tracking sensitivity and is compatible with the full line of Canon EF Series lenses, including the new Canon EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM standard zoom lens.

High-Quality Still and Video Image Performance
Featuring a new 24.2 megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor and Canon’s superb DIGIC 6 Image Processor, as well as an improved still image ISO range of 100–16000 (Video ISO range 100–12800, both expandable to 25600), the Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera is capable of producing sharp, detailed images and videos even in low-light conditions. High-speed continuous shooting up to seven frames per second (fps) combined with the 45-point all cross-type AF allows photographers to capture fast moving subjects easily and accurately, while the camera’s Scene Intelligent Auto Mode delivers optimized photos and offers outstanding scene detection for amazing results even when shooting in low light. HDR mode provides creative filter effects, such as natural, art standard, art bold, art vivid and art embossed. For added convenience, the Canon EOS 80D camera features Anti-Flicker shooting, similar to that found in the EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera. Anti-Flicker shooting produces consistently high-quality results even when shooting in areas with fluorescent lighting or other flickering light sources by detecting the flicker cycle of the light source and shooting when brightness is near its peak.

When users select the EOS Movie mode, the Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera offers the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD video up to 60 fps, compared to 30 fps in the Canon EOS 70D, in MP4 format and in either ALL-I or IPB compression modes with optional embedded time code. For expanded creativity the Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera features HDR movie and Time-Lapse movie modes and Movie creative filters like fantasy, old movie, memory, dramatic monochrome and miniature. Movie Servo AF custom settings allow users to speed up or slow down focusing speeds, enhancing creativity and artistic expression. For added flexibility, the Canon EOS 80D digital SLR camera also features a built-in headphone jack, a built-in stereo microphone with manual audio level adjustment, and an additional stereo microphone jack.

News Lens, Power Zoom Adapter, and Directional Stereo Microphone Enhance Video Quality
In addition to the new Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera, Canon U.S.A., Inc., is also introducing the Canon EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens, a newly designed lens with a premium exterior design that will serve as the kit lens for the new Canon EOS 80D camera.

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens

This the first Canon lens equipped with Nano USM, a new type of focusing motor that combines the benefits of a ring USM (ultrasonic motor) for high-speed AF during still photo shooting and lead-screw type STM (stepping motor) for smooth and quiet movie AF, and improved the driving speed of the focusing lens up to 4.3x (Tele) and 2.5x (Wide) faster than the previous model. The Canon EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens also provides up to four stops of optical image stabilization. A new lens hood, the EW-73D, is included with the new lens.

To further enhance the ease-of-use when shootings movies with a Canon DLSR or Cinema EOS cameras, Canon is introducing the Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1, specifically constructed to be compatible with the design of the new Canon EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens.

Canon EF S18 135mm f 3.5 5.6 IS USM Lens and Power Zoom Adapter PZ E1

The Canon Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 is the world’s first detachable zoom adapter that provides silent and smooth zoom and can adjusted incrementally to 10 different levels of zoom speed. Additionally, the PZ-E1 can be controlled remotely using the Canon Camera Connect app.

In addition to the new lens and power zoom adapter, Canon is introducing the first Canon-branded external microphone for the EOS system, the Canon Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1. This new accessory microphone will help improve sound quality while shooting video, allowing users to rotate the direction of the microphone up and down from 90 to 120 degrees depending on the shooting situation.

Canon Directional Stereo Microphone DM E1

The DM-E1’s durable shock mount construction helps to reduce camera operation noise and lens drive sounds and is built to withstand the rigors of a variety of shooting situations. Featuring a frequency response range of 50Hz to 16kHz, the DM-E1 comes with a wind screen to help limit peripheral sound from wind and other outside factors, allowing shooters to utilize the microphone in a broad amount of shooting situations. Featuring a built-in power supply from a single “button-type” lithium cell battery, the DM-E1 also has a power indicator lamp allowing users to easily check its battery level.

Availability
The Canon EOS 80D Digital SLR camera and EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens are currently scheduled to be available in March 2016 for an estimated retail price of $1,199.00 for the body only, $1,799.00 with the new EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens and $599.99 respectively.

The Canon Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 and Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1 are currently scheduled to be available in June 2016, for estimated retail prices of $149.99 and $249.99 respectively.

Preorders:

Canon EOS 80D: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic

Canon PZ-E1 Power Zoom Adapter: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic

Canon DM-E1 Directional Microphone: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 2/17/2016 10:01:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon USA:

Feb 17, 2016 – MELVILLE, N.Y. – MELVILLE, N.Y. – Ideal for both advanced amateur and pro photographers looking for a convenient, high performance compact camera with the ability to connect to compatible digital devices, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, proudly introduces the compact PowerShot G7 X Mark II1 and lightweight PowerShot SX720 HS digital cameras.

Canon’s new PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera pairs a 1.0-inch, 20.1 Megapixel* CMOS sensor with Canon’s new DIGIC 7 Image Processor to help reduce noise and deliver outstanding image quality, even in low light shooting situations. The PowerShot SX720HS digital camera boasts a new 40x Optical Zoom lens (equivalent to 24-960mm), providing outstanding performance, reach and resolution for everyday use and when shooting memorable family events, while easily slipping into a pocket or purse.

“In today’s world, compact cameras must work well with other devices and still offer superb quality. The PowerShot G7 X Mark II and PowerShot SX720 HS cameras both provide outstanding image quality with amazing optical zoom lenses and they easily connect with compatible phones, tablets and other smart devices so great images can be shared and enjoyed” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Sleek and Sophisticated
The first Canon camera to feature Canon’s new high—speed DIGIC 7 Image Processor,the PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera is a model of compact sophistication and speed with a high-quality sleek body and optimum comfort grip. Building on the success of Canon’s PowerShot G7 X digital camera, the PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera features a fast startup and improved RAW continuous shooting speed of up to eight frames per second (fps) with short intervals between shots. Additional features include:

  • Bright f/1.8 (W) – f/2.8 (T), 4.2x (24–100mm equivalent) optical zoom lens with Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilizer (IS) and a 9-blade iris diaphragm;
  • Multi-angle 3.0-inch capacitive touch panel LCD with a screen resolution of 1.04 million dots and tilt options of 180° up and 45° down;
  • Ability to capture 1080p Full HD video in MP4 format with stereo sound;
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communications (NFC) capability with a dedicated Wi-Fi button for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos;
  • Picture Style function that offers superb command of in-camera color, contrast, and sharpness;
  • In-camera RAW conversion, making it possible to preview customized image processing modifications on the camera, without the use of a computer;
  • Convenient control ring lever that enables users to quickly switch between stepped and continuous ring movement;
  • Time-Lapse Movie feature to help capture images at preset intervals and combine them to create a short movie clip;
  • Panning feature that allows the camera to lock onto the main subject using Canon’s Intelligent IS technology to automatically adjust the shutter speed for beautiful background blur.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II digital camera is currently scheduled to be available in May 2016 for an estimated retail price of $699.99.

Powerful Zoom Delivers Virtually Shake-Free Images
The Canon PowerShot SX720 HS digital camera is equipped with a new powerful zoom lens and is the ideal choice for amateur photographers looking to take a step up from a smartphone or entry-level digital camera to a lightweight, compact camera. The PowerShot SX720 HS digital camera’s new 40x Optical Zoom lens (24-960mm equivalent focal length range) uses one Hi-UD, three UD and three aspheric lens elements to help achieve high image quality and high magnification, while also utilizing Canon’s Intelligent Imaging Stabilizing (IS) technology for greater optical performance.

  • As the successor to Canon’s PowerShot SX710 HS digital compact camera, the PowerShot SX720 HS digital camera features increases its zoom range while maintaining compact size for maximum convenience. Additional features include:
  • A dedicated Wi-Fi button for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos utilizing the camera’s built-in WiFi and NFCtechnology;
  • 20.3 Megapixel* CMOS sensor with Canon’s DIGIC 6 Image Processor to help deliver outstanding image quality, even in low light;
  • 1080p/60 Full HD video capture with stereo sound;
  • 3.0-inch LCD (approx. 922,000 dots) to allow for easy viewing, even from a wide angle;
  • Zoom Framing Assist that allows the lens to automatically zoom in or out while the camera follows subject movement and helps keep it in focus;
  • Story Highlight feature that enables the camera to automatically compile images and videos from a certain day or event into a mini-highlight reel with music and effects;
  • Creative Shot mode that uses composition, color and lighting from an original image to create artistic images.

Canon’s PowerShot SX720 HS digital camera is currently scheduled to be available in March 2016 for an estimated retail price of $379.99.

B&H has the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II and PowerShot SX720 HS available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 2/17/2016 10:35:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:

A quick primer on the differences between traditional optical-based wireless E-TTL, the exciting radio-based system in the 600EX-RT and how to control the 600EX-RT in a multi-flash set-up.

B&H carries the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash which currently qualifies for an $80.00 instant savings.

Post Date: 2/17/2016 9:27:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I have significantly updated the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II page, sharing Canon-provided information and my expectations for this highly anticipated new model.

B&H is accepting Canon EOS-1D X Mark II preorders and I highly recommend preordering ASAP if you want to capture your spring sports with this model. Note the $300.00 instant savings on the kit with the CFast card included, making it the no-brainer choice.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 2/16/2016 10:41:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Red Giant:

PluralEyes v4.0 audio/video syncing software for any Non-Linear Editor. Sync directly in Premiere Pro without leaving the host-app. More automation than ever before. Red Giant Offload integration with PluralEyes, and much more.

Portland, OR – February 10, 2016 – Red Giant today announced the release of Shooter Suite v13.0, which features the brand new PluralEyes v4.0, the fastest, most accurate audio/video sync tool available, compatible with any Non-Linear Editor. Topping the list of new features in PluralEyes 4.0 is the ability to sync with PluralEyes directly in Premiere Pro, without having to leave the host app, Smart Start capabilities, automatic drift correction, vertical track scaling, integration with Red Giant Offload, and more simplicity and automation than ever before.

What’s New in PluralEyes 4.0
Syncing audio and video clips in PluralEyes is now easier than ever, with flawlessly synced media just a click away thanks to under the hood enhancements that allow PluralEyes to analyze footage and automatically choose the the best possible options, so the user doesn’t have to. Sporting a completely updated look, additional new features include:

Adobe Premiere Pro Panel
All the power and simplicity of syncing in PluralEyes without ever leaving Adobe Premiere Pro – just hit the sync button in the Premiere Pro Panel and PluralEyes takes care of the rest. Giving users ease of mind, PluralEyes in Premiere Pro offers the same color coding capabilities as it does in the standalone version, so editors will know which clips, if any, require attention.

Smart Start
Importing media is easier than ever with PluralEyes’ Smart Start feature. Drag and drop an entire folder of media into PluralEyes, and during a sync it will automatically detect which device the media came from. Your files will be sorted so that media from the same device are on the same track.

Automatic Drift Correction
When syncing long clips, sound and video can tend to stop matching up perfectly. PluralEyes can account for this and export a perfect sync with Automatic Drift Correction, announced in version 3.5. New in version 4, when drift is detected, PluralEyes will automatically fix it, then give editors the option to toggle between the drift-corrected sync and the original audio for comparison.

Color Coding for Unsynced Clips
An essential feature from the PluralEyes beginnings, color coded visuals show editors the progress of the sync, making it easy to make adjustments. Now, export from PluralEyes to Premiere Pro features a color coding option for clips that don’t sync properly.

Red Giant Offload Integration
Red Giant Offload performs a checksum during media transfer from camera card to hard drive, giving filmmakers the peace of mind that footage was backed up with no loss. PluralEyes 4.0 is able to detect Offload events and bring footage over, for a seamless workflow from Offload to PluralEyes to the host-app.

And more

  • PluralEyes now has the same keyboard shortcuts as Premiere Pro for a more intuitive, familiar timeline and playback experience.
  • Vertical Track Scaling in PluralEyes 4.0 allows users to see more detail in the waveform when inspecting media.
  • Users can easily compare tracks and verify the sync by selecting which audio waveform is shown next to the video track
  • A brand new look that modernizes the application, keeping in line with the entire line of Red Giant tools.

PluralEyes 4.0 is available for Red Giant.com.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Red Giant News
Post Date: 2/16/2016 9:33:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon Australia:

In her first role as a Canon Ambassador, pro-surfer Sally Fitzgibbons launches the Canon Dream Squad mentorship program to help one young Australian turn their passion into a career

Sydney, Australia, 16 February 2016 – Canon Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of Australian surfing World Champion and Managing Director of Fitzgibbons International, Sally Fitzgibbons, as an official brand ambassador. To kick off this new role, Sally and Canon are launching the Canon Dream Squad - a mentorship-based competition that will inspire young Australians to turn their passion into a career.

Now open and available for submissions, the Canon Dream Squad will enable one lucky Australian to learn the ropes of business strategy, content creation and social media from some of the most talented and inspirational creatives and entrepreneurs from the start-up and imaging sectors.

“To be successful in today’s world, young Australians need courage, creativity and the ability to collaborate with people from all backgrounds who can inspire them, no matter what they want to achieve from life. My dream to be a world-class athlete, a philanthropist and an entrepreneur came as the result of a lot of hard work and support from all those around me. That’s why I’m thrilled to launch the Canon Dream Squad, which gives me the opportunity to support and encourage another young Australian and help them fulfil their passion,” said Sally.

According to Sally, digital and social media give young people unrivalled opportunity to quickly establish and nurture their business to passionate fans and customers through authentic and meaningful content.

“Imagery is really important to my business because it captures my unique view of the world and connects the people who are important to me - friends, fans and consumers of my products,” says Sally. “Today, almost 50% of consumers access social media each day and this brings them closer to my world with content that inspires and resonates, which is fundamental to the success of my business.”

The Canon Dream Squad competition is open for submissions from 16th February until 11:59pm (AEST) on 31st May 2016. A Canon panel will select three finalists who will then meet Sally and the Fitzgibbons International team where the final winner will be chosen. The eventual winner will then join Sally and the Canon Dream Squad team for a series of workshops and masterclasses from 30th June, 2016, for what will be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“During judging, I won’t be looking for the highest-quality production or a video with all the trimmings. Instead, I will be looking for a young person who has a vision and passion for their business idea and a hunger to grow, learn and back themselves no matter what,” says Sally.

According to Jason McLean, Director – Consumer Imaging, Canon Australia, “Sally is an incredible young Australian who has turned her passion of living a healthy and happy life into a flourishing career. She credits a lot of her achievements to the support of the people around her and the different tools she uses. Canon is proud to be working with Sally as an ambassador and to enable her to share her experiences and passion with her young audience, often through creative content and stunning imagery.”

“My role as an ambassador with Canon is unique in that I’m not often behind the lens of a camera. Instead, I’m a professional content creator who uses imagery to engage, collaborate and connect with people looking for inspiration on how to live healthy and happy lives,” says Sally.

As a Canon ambassador, Sally joins a diverse group of high profile Australian personalities including Dr Chris Brown, Steve Waugh, Lisa Wilkinson and Guy Sebastian.

“To live your passion and be successful you have to embrace the belief that no one sees it like you and be confident in yourself. I’m excited to show others how photography can be the enabler of their passions and careers, no matter the dream,” Sally concludes.

To get involved, follow the conversation at #squadgoals and #canonaustralia and visit the Canon Dream Squad at www.canon.com.au/dreamsquad.

How to enter Canon Dream Academy

  1. Think about what you are most passionate about and why you want to turn this passion into your career
  2. Use your creativity to film your response in a short video (the video should be no more than 5 minutes in length)
  3. Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo and link to this video supplied in the entry form via www.canon.com.au/dreamsquad
Prizes:

The winner’s prize:
The winner of Canon Dream Squad will spend time with Canon Masters including videographer, Abraham Joffe and surf photographer, Eugene Tan, as well as shadow Sally’s team at Fitzgibbons International and learn from Canon Australia’s Marketing & Sales as well as Sun Studios teams. This will consist of a series of workshops and masterclasses across a 6 month period. The winner will also receive a trip for two to the Target Maui Pro surfing competition in November or December 2016 to capture Sally in action and put their new skills to the test.

Finalist prizes:
Three Canon Dream Squad finalists will receive Canon equipment including an EOS 70D DSLR, accessories including a tripod, microphone and SD cards, as well as a 12 month Adobe Creative cloud subscription ($49.95 per month) to help kick start their content creation journey.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Australia News
Post Date: 2/16/2016 6:49:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 15, 2016

From Google:

Moving on from Picasa

Friday, February 12, 2016 – Since the launch of Google Photos, we’ve had a lot of questions around what this means for the future of Picasa. After much thought and consideration, we’ve decided to retire Picasa over the coming months in order to focus entirely on a single photo service in Google Photos. We believe we can create a much better experience by focusing on one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our efforts across two different products.

We know for many of you, a great deal of care has gone into managing your photos and videos using Picasa—including the hours you’ve invested and the most precious moments you’ve trusted us with. So we will take some time in order to do this right and provide you with options and easy ways to access your content. We’ve outlined below some of the changes you can expect.

The transition to Google Photos starts on May 1, 2016. See the full Google post for more information.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Google News
Post Date: 2/15/2016 12:52:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

Both Tamron and Sigma seem to be set to announce new lenses very soon.

Tamron is teasing at least two lenses on its website with an ETA a week from today. Sigma Austria is teasing on its Facebook page that another "world's first" will be added to their lens lineup on February 23.

It looks like next week will be an interesting one as far as lens announcements are concerned. We'll keep you posted.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Categories: Sigma News, Tamron News
Post Date: 2/15/2016 12:16:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Motherboard:

A piece of legislation that would exempt small drones from almost all upcoming Federal Aviation Administration regulations has been attached to an FAA funding bill in Congress, a version of which must pass before the end of March.

The "Micro UAS" or "Micro Drone" amendment has been added to the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Authorization (AIRR) Act, a bill that funds the FAA and must be passed by March 31 in order to keep the agency that oversees all aviation in the country functioning as normal.

The rule would exempt drones under 4.4 pounds from upcoming FAA commercial drone regulations, meaning anyone could fly a drone for any purpose, so long as it’s under the weight limit. The drones would still have to be operated under 400 feet, at speeds of less than 46 MPH, within line of sight of the operator, during daylight, and at least 5 miles away from any airport.

The “micro UAS” distinction would subdivide the FAA’s “small UAS” distinction, which encompasses all drones between 0 and 55 pounds. Most small hobby drones weigh less than 4.4 pounds.

Check out the full article on Motherboard for more information.

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Post Date: 2/15/2016 11:16:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Standard test results, including specs and measurements, have been added to the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S VR Lens page.

This is an interesting lens from several vantage points, including size, focal length range, max aperture and price.

B&H has the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S VR Lens in stock.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 2/15/2016 8:42:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The balance of our standard test results, including specs and measurements, are now available on the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens page. Still to come are the product images in comparison format.

B&H has the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens in stock.

Post Date: 2/15/2016 9:54:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Zhongyi Optics:

Shenyang China, Feb 14, 2016 – Zhongyi Optics (ZY Optics) has released an improved version of their first f/0.95 lens, Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 Mark II. The mark II verison features a drastic improvement in sharpness, better control of chromatic abberations and a much more compact size. The new version comes with a Fuji X / Sony E / EOS-M mount and is able to cover the image circle of APS-C sized sensors.

Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 Mark II is an ultra-fast prime lens which provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of around 53mm in APS-C cameras. A maximum aperture of f/0.95 makes it extremely convenient to shoot in a low light conditions without flash. The new optical design incorporates a 11 elements in 8 groups structure, including one of extra-low disperson elements, two extra-high refractive index elements and three high refractive index elements. This structure effectively improved the image resolution by 30% compared to the previous version from corner to corner. This also controls the chromatic abberations very well and delivers excellent image sharpness even at f/0.95.

Zhongyi Optics Speedmaster 35mm f 0.95 Comparison

The new Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 is light and compact. Total weight has been reduced from 680g to 460g, making it an ideal companion for the compact mirrorless cameras. Manual focus design and a click-less, silent aperture ring promote smooth handling and are especially well-suited to video applications. The lens features a metallic enclosure with the finest finishing, which gives extra durability and a pleasing aesthetic.

Pricing & AvailabilityMitakon Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 is now available to purchase at authorized resellers. The recommended retail price is $599.00.

The Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 can be found on eBay.

Post Date: 2/15/2016 5:40:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, February 14, 2016

Seemed like the appropriate photo to post on Valentine's day. This is a mother brown bear playing with/training her second year cub. I think they are trying to make a heart shape together.


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

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Post Date: 2/14/2016 6:33:03 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 12, 2016

Robert from JuicedLink illustrates why mounting a shotgun microphone to the DSLR's hotshoe may lead to low-quality audio recordings. The solution? Get the microphone closer to your subject, position it high and point it downward toward the subject's voice.

Doing so reduces the amount of ambient noise captured by the microphone's tail end while simulatenously increasing the volume and quality of the audio recorded from the front.

B&H carries shotgun microphones.

Post Date: 2/12/2016 8:36:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Looking for a way to create professional looking layouts for Facebook posts, marketing flyers, letterheads, event invitations and more? Canva may be what you're looking for.

Canva.com is a free*, online design software platform. It's simple to learn, easy to use and customizable. So why the asterisk? As always, there's a catch.

Canva offers many templates and stock imagery for free. However, they also offer a huge selection of stock images on a pay-per-use basis. The good news? Most (if not all) of the stock images that aren't free are only $1.00. And if you want, you can simply upload and use your own files with no additional fee.

I decided to give the design sofware a try and in 10 minutes created a Facebook cover photo using a free template and one of my own images. It looked good, was easy to create and I was able to download the final layout for free.

Looking through the site, there's also a subscription option, but I'm at a loss as to what the benefits of a subscription model are. I'll update this post if I find out. [Sean]

* Some features require a subscription or a small pay-per-use fee.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 2/12/2016 7:17:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 11, 2016

Nikon has released two more installments in its "Philosophy of Nikkor" video series. These videos are quite interesting because they are narrorated from the perspective of design, engineering and manufacturing specialists.


B&H carries the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Photography Education Videos
Post Date: 2/11/2016 12:11:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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