Canon and Sony News for Mar 2016 (Page 2)

 Wednesday, March 23, 2016

If you are a Netflix subscriber, you can't miss seeing Finding Vivian Maier.

The 2013 documentary attempts to shed light on the unknown-in-her-lifetime, but completely brilliant street photographer Vivian Maier. From

Finding Vivian Maier is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

Maier’s massive body of work would come to light when in 2007 her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, it would eventually impact the world over and change the life of the man who championed her work and brought it to the public eye, John Maloof.

Currently, Vivian Maier’s body of work is being archived and cataloged for the enjoyment of others and for future generations. John Maloof is at the core of this project after reconstructing most of the archive, having been previously dispersed to the various buyers attending that auction. Now, with roughly 90% of her archive reconstructed, Vivian’s work is part of a renaissance in interest in the art of Street Photography.

Watch Finding Vivian Maier on Netflix.

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Post Date: 3/23/2016 7:27:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

ViewNX-i 1.2.0

Changes from Version 1.1.0 to 1.2.0

  • Added support for the D5.
  • Added an Auto0 white balance option (available with the D5 only).
  • Image adjustment sliders in Adjustments now always show scales and default values.
  • Added an NEF (RAW) Processing menu to Options.
  • The following items are available in the NEF (RAW) Processing menu in Options:
    • Color Space for Color Reproduction
    • Sizes Medium/Small for NEF (RAW) Images
    • Color Reproduction Process

Download: ViewNX-i 1.2.0

Capture NX-D 1.4.0

Changes from Version 1.3.0 to 1.4.0

  • Added support for the D5.
  • Added an Auto 0 white balance option (available with the D5 only).
  • Added an Auto Retouch Brush Tool to the toolbar.
  • The effects of noise reduction are now visible at all zoom ratios.
  • Added an Include areas where there is no image data option to the Camera and Lens Corrections > Fisheye tool in the edit list.
  • The default image quality for files converted to JPEG using Convert Files has been changed from 60 to 85.
  • Added the following preferences:
    • Sizes Medium/Small for NEF (RAW) Images
    • D1X RAW Default
    • Color Space for Color Reproduction

  • Fixed the following issues:
    • The Open with button and menu option were not available with images created in Capture NX 2.
    • Floppy disk drives (FDD) would sometimes be accessed during batch processing.
    • The application would sometimes quit unexpectedly if a folder containing images created with non-Nikon cameras was selected.
    • The clarity value for Custom Picture Controls would sometimes not be reflected.
    • NEF (RAW) photos shot with Df or D4 cameras at low ISO sensitivities (Lo 0.3-Lo 1) would brighten if saved using the Convert File option after white balance was adjusted using the gray point sample tool.
    • Some security software would interfere with batch processing.

  • The 64-bit edition of Camera Control Pro 2 can now be accessed using the Open with Camera Control Pro 2 option in the File menu.

Download: Capture NX-D 1.4.0

Wireless Transmitter Utility 1.6.1

Changes from Versions 1.5.5 to 1.6.1

  • The D5 and D500 are now supported.
  • The WT-7 and WT-6 wireless transmitters are now supported.
  • Turkish is now supported.
  • Windows 10 is now supported.

Cautions for Users of the UT-1

  • When a UT-1 is connected to a D4 or D7000 camera, the software will in addition to the Transfer mode and PC mode options display Thumbnail select mode and Print mode options, but latter-named two options cannot be used.
  • When using the Wireless Transmitter Utility to configure connection settings for a D4S, D4, or D7000, be sure to select WT-4/UT-1 (functions as WT-4) when prompted to select hardware.
  • When using the Wireless Transmitter Utility to configure connection settings for a D7100 or D800/D800E (firmware versions A 1.10/B 1.10), be sure to select Wired LAN when prompted to select hardware. If you are using a UT-1 with a WT-5 wireless transmitter, select WT-5 (wireless LAN).
  • When using a D4S or D4 with the UT-1, select WT-4 for Network > Choose hardware in the camera SETUP MENU.

Download: Wireless Transmitter Utility 1.6.1

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Software Updates
Post Date: 3/23/2016 6:23:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

B&H has the DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter available for preorder with free shipping. The Phantom 4 is expected to hit shelves (but hopefully not tree branches) the first week of April.

Product Highlights

  • Gimbal-Stabilized 4K / 12MP Camera
  • Visual Sensor for Obstacle Avoidance
  • Streamlined Shell / Magnesium Unibody
  • Top Speed of 44.7mph in Sport Mode
  • Maximum Control Range of 3.1 Miles
  • Visual Tracking of Moving Subject
  • Up to 32.8' Vision Positioning Altitude
  • TapFly - Fly With a Tap of the Finger
  • Avoids Obstacles When Returning Home
  • Up to 28 Minutes Flying Time

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Post Date: 3/23/2016 5:46:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 22, 2016

From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:

Join Canon USA Technical Advisor Brent Ramsey as he gives an overview of the ME20F-SH multi-purpose camera. He goes over camera features and also shows a live demo showing the low light capability of the camera.

B&H carries the Canon ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Education Videos
Post Date: 3/22/2016 2:08:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

WR-1 Firmware v.1.01

Changes from Firmware Version 1.00 to 1.01:

  • The D5 and D500 ISO sensitivity displays are now supported. If you are using two WR-1 units, one as a receiver and the other as a transmitter, update both to firmware version 1.01. If you are using the WR-1 with a WR-R10, have a Nikon-authorized service representative update the WR-R10 to firmware version 3.00.
  • When used as a transmitter to change ISO sensitivity for a receiving camera, the WR-1 no longer cycles continuously through the available values.

Cameras That Can Be Used to Update WR-1 Firmware
D5, D4S, D4 (*), Df, D810A, D810, D800 (*), D800E (*), D750, D500, D7200, and D7100 cameras
* Firmware versions “A” 1.10/“B” 1.10 or later. Firmware upgrades can also be performed for you by a Nikon-authorized service representative.

Download: Nikon WR-1 Firmware v.1.01

Wireless Remote Controller WR-R10 Firmware v.3.00

Firmware Ver. 3.00 upgrade details

Shooting using radio-controlled advanced wireless lighting (hereafter "radio AWL") requires a digital SLR camera and Speedlight that support radio AWL, as well as a WR-R10. However, WR-R10s running a version of firmware prior to Ver. 3.00 do not support radio AWL. The modifications indicated below, including support for radio AWL, will be enabled with this firmware upgrade.

Modifications enabled with firmware Ver. 3.00

  • Support for radio AWL has been added.
  • Support for the D5 and D500 function that enables Link Mode (Pairing or PIN) for radio AWL has been added.
  • Support for the D5 and D500 function that enables or disables the status LEDs on the WR-R10 has been added.
  • The maximum number of devices with which the WR-R10 can be paired has been changed from 64 devices to 32.

Requesting firmware upgrade
Those who would like to have their WR-R10 firmware upgraded to enable support for radio AWL may take or send their WR-R10 to a Nikon authorized Service Center where the firmware will be upgraded free of charge.

Please direct inquiries regarding this matter to your nearest Image Nikon Service Center or create a Free Service Returns Request.

B&H carries the Nikon WR-1 and WR-R10 remote controllers.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 3/22/2016 5:59:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 21, 2016

From Tamron USA:

February 22, 2016, Commack, New York - Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of the SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016), the world's firs fast-aperture lens with VC (Vibration Compensation). Tamron's acclaimed VC makes it possible to take handheld photographs in dim light or at night. The 85mm SP lens uses LD (Low Dispersion) and XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements in the optical design to minimize color fringing and to achieve sharp and clear image quality with high-fidelity color. It also achieves attractive bokeh that draws attention to the image foreground subject. In addition, Moisture-Resistant Construction has been added to prevent intrusion of moisture, and a highly durable Fluorine Coating has been applied to the top element surface to prevent condensation and repel smudge-causing substances. This new lens joins the 35mm F/1.8, 45mm F/1.8 and 90mm Macro in a lineup of SP series prime lenses that has been expanding since 2015.

The lens will be on sale on March 24th in Canon and Nikon at $749.00.

B&H has the Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 3/21/2016 3:04:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

B&H has a Sigma f/1.8 Art Zoom Bundle available for preorder with a $160.00 savings and free expedited shipping.

Bundle Includes

  • Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
  • Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
  • Sigma USB Dock

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Post Date: 3/21/2016 2:19:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

With a Canon EOS 80D in my hands, the first task is to setup the camera for my use. Following are the 32 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box 80D ready for use.

  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. If you have another charged LP-E6/LP-E6N battery available, you can continue to the battery-required steps without a wait.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. This is also a good time to grip the camera, taking in the new-camera grippyness that is right up there with new car smell.
  3. Download and install the latest Canon EOS Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert the battery (after charging completes).
  6. Power the camera on.
  7. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  8. Insert a memory card (don't forget to format the card via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  9. Set the camera's mode to one other than fully auto (the GreenSquare A+ mode only provides a small subset of available menu options), C1, C2 or C3 (Custom modes do not retain settings for use in other modes).
  10. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the cameras as follows:
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "–"
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec.
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Beep: Disable
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Release without card: Disable/off
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses – all can be applied in DPP)
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: ISO Speed Settings: ISO Speed range: 100-H(25600), Auto ISO Speed range: 100-6400
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Off
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: White balance: AWB-W (Auto: White priority)
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "1" (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  20. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Long exposure noise reduction: I usually have this option set to "Auto", but my choice varies for the situation.
  21. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: High ISO speed noise reduction: Off (noise reduction is destructive to images details – I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  22. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: Grid display: 3x3
  23. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Highlight alert: Enable (flash portions of images that are overexposed)
  24. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Playback grid: 3x3
  25. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to monitor all three color channels for blown or blocked pixels)
  26. Tools Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  27. Tools Menu, Tab 2: Viewfinder display: Viewfinder level: Show, VF grid display: Show, Flicker detection: Show
  28. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Custom shooting mode (C1-C3): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  29. Custom Functions: C.Fn II:Autofocus: AI servo 1st image priority: Focus
  30. Custom Functions: C.Fn II:Autofocus: AI servo 2nd image priority: Focus
  31. Custom Functions: C.Fn II:Autofocus: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Pt only
  32. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Long exposure noise reduction, Mirror lockup, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning, Expo.comp./AEB (back up near the top of the list)
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.

To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot – including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.

If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.

More Information

Canon EOS 80D

Post Date: 3/21/2016 9:19:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

"Knowing the rules and then being able to break them,” describes Monica Stevenson’s approach to her photography and creative direction. Curiosity in the concept and passion for her subjects, whether it be horses, the movement of water or the “poof” of powder informs her work and, in this video, we are treated to an insightful chat with her and delightful behind-the-scenes moments of her image creation.

Note from Sean: The sample picture showing a high heeled shoe – created from the random formation of paint thrown in front of the camera – is absolutely captivating. Check out the 1:23 mark to see for yourself.

Post Date: 3/21/2016 7:55:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, March 19, 2016

With the EOS 80D soon to be hitting doorsteps across the country, we expected that a new version of Digital Photo Professional and EOS Utility would be released with added support for the new DSLR. Unsurprisingly, we were right.

What was surprising, though, is that the new version of DPP and EOS Utility haven't shown up as individual download links across the DSLR lineup on Canon USA' website. Instead, the updated programs are only available by downloading the EOS Digital Solution Disk Software on the EOS 80D Support Page.

Consequently, there's no indication of what changes were made to each individual program contained within the software package download. As such, we have no idea what changes have been implemented in the new versions of the software besides the most obvious guess (that support for the EOS 80D has been added), but it's likely that support for the 1D X Mark II and Rebel T6 have also been added (the EOS Software Disk is available for download on the T6 page but no software is available for download on the 1D X Mark II page). Update: From our understanding, this version of DPP does not support the 1D X Mark II.

Note that DPP's new version number indicates that it's probably more than a minor upgrade; the previous version released (with the Rebel T6s) was 4.3.31.

The EOS Digital Solution Disk Software for the 80D contains:

  • Digital Photo Professional 4.4.0
  • EOS Utility 3.4.0
  • EOS Utility 2.14.20
  • EOS Lens Registration Tool 1.4.0
  • EOS Web Service Registration Tool 1.4.0
  • EOS Sample Music
  • Picture Style Editor 1.16.0

Download: EOS Digital Solution Disk Software 31.1A*

Update: Although the EOS 7D RAW files are indeed supported by DPP 4.4.0, the original 7D's serial number will not allow you to download the software. [thanks Bruce]

* A DPP v4 compatible DSLR serial number is required to download the software. Supported models include:
EOS M10, PowerShot G9 X, PowerShot G5 X, EOS Kiss X6i / EOS REBEL T4i / EOS 650D, EOS Kiss X5 / EOS REBEL T3i / EOS 600D, EOS Kiss X50 / EOS REBEL T3 / EOS 1100D, PowerShot SX60 HS, EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 5DS, EOS 5DS R, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 6D, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS 70D, EOS 60D, EOS 60Da, EOS 8000D / EOS REBEL T6s / EOS 760D, EOS Kiss X8i / EOS REBEL T6i / EOS 750D, EOS Kiss X7i / EOS REBEL T5i / EOS 700D, EOS Kiss X7 / EOS REBEL SL1 / EOS 100D, EOS Kiss X70 / EOS REBEL T5 / EOS 1200D / EOS Hi, EOS M3, EOS M2, EOS M, PowerShot G3 X, PowerShot G1 X Mark II, PowerShot G7 X

Post Date: 3/19/2016 8:29:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, March 18, 2016

From Adobe:

Lightroom on the web makes it possible for you to access all of your Lightroom images from nearly any computer around the world, and today we’re announcing the addition of Technology Previews, a series of features that will let you test drive new functionality before it’s officially available. The first Technology Preview we’re making available is Search, which coupled with our new image analysis technology, lets you search through any image you have synchronized online, either with Lightroom for mobile, Lightroom on the web, or with Lightroom desktop through a synchronized collection. We’ll be releasing new Technology Previews as they’re ready, which you’ll be able to use and even provide feedback on the functionality, helping to shape the feature.

To access search, launch Lightroom on the web, and log in. Then, click on the Lr menu in the top left to open the menu and select Technology Preview. Toggling Search on will start indexing your photos, which makes it possible for you to search through your photos. Don’t worry, at no time will anyone else be able to search through or find your photos. Searching is only available in English for now, but will be available in other languages once we launch the final feature. The functionality will also grow and improve before we release it, adding in the ability to search through an image’s metadata and more, making the search even more powerful and able to find a specific image precisely. Try searching your library for things like food, temples, flowers, animals, and more.

Using Lightroom on the web, you can organize your images, flag and add star ratings, perform basic edits using the same quality found in Lightroom desktop and Lightroom for mobile, and share your photos and collections with your friends, family, and clients.

We’re eager to hear what you think about search and look forward to sharing more Technology Previews with you in the near future.

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

Post Date: 3/18/2016 12:11:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

With 4K steadily gaining traction, you might wonder what kind of computer hardware you may need to render and edit the higher resolution video and which upgrades will likely be of most benefit. If so, B&H has an Explora post just for you.

"With all the buzz surrounding 4K (dubbed UltraHD in the home theater world) many filmmakers, videographers and digital content creators are anxious to understand just what a switch to 4K will mean in terms of new investments. In this article we will explore what 4K means to the editor and colorist; the kind of hardware that might be required and what to consider when building a fresh system or upgrading and existing setup. As we will show, a lot will depend on the specific application; therefore this article will attempt to provide a general overview of post production hardware as it relates to 4K rather than a comprehensive blueprint for building a system."
See the entire article on B&H's Explora.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: B&H Explora
Post Date: 3/18/2016 11:06:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Adobe:

Strong Cloud Product Adoption in Q1 FY2016 Fuels 25 Percent Year-over-year Revenue Growth

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Mar. 17, 2016 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its first quarter fiscal year 2016 ended Mar. 4, 2016.

First Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $1.38 billion, representing year-over-year growth of 25 percent.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.50 on a GAAP-basis, and $0.66 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Digital Media segment revenue grew by 33 percent year-over-year to a record $932 million, with Creative revenue growing 44 percent year-over-year to a record $733 million.
  • Strong Creative Cloud adoption drove Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) to $3.13 billion exiting the quarter, an increase of $246 million.
  • Adobe Marketing Cloud achieved strong bookings growth, and record revenue of $377 million that represents year-over-year growth of 21 percent.
  • Year-over-year operating income grew 78 percent and net income grew 200 percent on a GAAP-basis; operating income and net income both grew 48 percent on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $498 million, and deferred revenue grew to $1.61 billion.
  • The company repurchased approximately 1.5 million shares during the quarter, returning $133 million of cash to stockholders.

A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided here.

The Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC) is an excellent value at only $9.99/month and, as shown above, is a big reason for Adobe's success right now.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 3/18/2016 8:05:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Canon Digital Learning Center:

In today’s digital era, where Instagram is king, “likes” are a form of digital currency, and outdoor corporate brands are among the best platforms for content distribution, planning adventure travel is a highly valued skillset for freelance photographers. Whether capturing a tiny person amidst a big mountainous landscape, a selfie next to a Great White, or an exploding volcano in the heart of Africa, the adventure lifestyle brand covers a huge genre and is categorically in high demand. The final output can be magical, alluring, and seemingly effortless. So much so that it often masks the tireless hours of hard work necessary to identify a location, create an expedition, plan the logistics and then quest forth like a modern-day frontiersman into a foreign land.

To fill in the blanks around what’s required to “get the shot,” I’m [Ted Hesser] going to share the details of one of my latest trips to ascend Mt. Nyiragongo, the most active volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.

Post Date: 3/18/2016 6:27:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 17, 2016

From the Canon Professional Network:

Belgian filmmaker Matthew Vandeputte is rapidly emerging as one of the leading exponents of motion timelapse photography. CPN Editor David Corfield caught up with him to find out how technology, social media, and Canon’s high-resolution EOS 5DS R have helped take his work to exciting new heights...
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.

Note: Don't miss seeing the timelapse captured on the observation deck of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. [Sean]

B&H carries the Canon EOS 5Ds R (review) which currently qualifies for a $300.00 instant savings.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Professional Network
Post Date: 3/17/2016 12:03:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

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: 3/17/2016 10:38:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Review.

The lens that overshadows this one in optical performance and versatility (and price) is the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens. Here is the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L vs. f/2.8L IS II Lens comparison.

B&H has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens in stock with a $100 instant rebate and 4% B&H rewards.

B&H has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in stock with a $150 instant rebate and 4% B&H rewards.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 3/17/2016 9:24:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From EPI:

27’’ Monitor Delivers 50 Percent More Color Than Traditional LED Displays

Fremont, California – March 15, 2016 – Today EPI (North America brand license partner for Philips Monitors) announces the world’s first quantum dot-based monitor (E-line 276E6ADSS) is now available in North America. The new 27-inch monitor delivers 99% Adobe RGB color - 50 percent more color than traditional LED displays - thanks to Color IQ technology from QD Vision. The new E6 is ideal for entertainment, gaming, professional photography and design. It combines Color IQ optics with full HD resolution, resulting in a professional quality display at the price of mainstream monitors. The Philips 27-inch Quantum Dot display is now available on Amazon for $299.

QD Vision's Color IQ solution uses an innovative new semiconductor technology called quantum dots to precisely and efficiently convert light, delivering bluer blues, greener greens and redder reds. The result — vibrant, dynamic, “you-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it” color.

Most of today's high-end monitors are capable of displaying only 95% of the Adobe RGB color gamut, while mainstream models are often limited to showing 70% of the Adobe spectrum. Using QD Vision's Color IQ solution, the Philips 27-inch Quantum Dot Display will deliver over 99% of the Adobe RGB spectrum - more than 100% of the standard sRGB color gamut - but at a fraction of the price of commercial displays.

The IPS-ADS display offers 1920 x 1080 resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, 1000:1 static contrast, 5ms response time and 178°/178° viewing angles, making it possible to view the display from almost any angle. Unlike standard TN panels, IPS-ADS displays give you remarkably crisp images with vivid colors, making them ideal not only for photos, movies and web browsing, but also for professional applications that demand color accuracy and consistent brightness at all times. Ports include; VGA, DVI-D, HDMI (with MHL) and a 3.5mm audio output jack.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Phillips News
Post Date: 3/17/2016 7:52:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 16, 2016

From Adobe:

Support for the following cameras has been added. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.

  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6, Kiss X80)
  • Nikon D5
  • Nikon D500
  • Olympus PEN-F
  • Olympus SH-3
  • Panasonic DMC-CM10
  • Panasonic DMC-GF8
  • Panasonic DMC-ZS100 (DMC-ZS110, DMC-TZ100, DMC-TZ101, DMC-TZ110, DMC-TX1)
  • Samsung NX3300
  • Sony Alpha a6300 (ILCE-6300)
  • Yuneec CGO4

Download: Windows | Macintosh

Post Date: 3/16/2016 2:38:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Adobe:

Lightroom CC 2015.5 and Lightroom 6.5 are now available on Our focus with this release was to add support for new cameras and lenses, and also fix many bugs that existed in previous versions of Lightroom.

Thank you for all your feedback and passion for Lightroom.

Bugs Fixed in Lightroom CC 2015.5 / 6.5

  • Bug fixes related to Panorama Merge
    • Scared that pesky sensor dust spots will ruin your perfect pano? No problem, remove spots in 1 image and then merge to pano. Lightroom takes care of the rest.
    • Boundary Warp gets better as we fixed a bunch of bugs
    • Removed the ‘auto’ projection option. Turns out, it always picked the same projection mode.

  • Other Bug Fixes
    • Rename failed if raw+jpeg pairs were copied to a second location
    • Shooting tethered, shutter button will not move to top of the screen
    • The video cache was not correctly limited to the size set in Preferences
    • Photomerge fails with virtual copies
    • Droplets no longer work with Export Actions
    • Impromptu slideshow gave error message “video support is disabled”
    • Import didn’t work if you weren’t signed in
    • Certain dates couldn’t be entered in Edit Capture Time dialog (1966, 1969, 1999, etc.)
    • Videos wouldn’t play on some systems
    • Slideshow module wouldn’t work on some systems
    • Fixed a ton of sync errors. Faster sync to the Lightroom iOS and Android apps
    • Scrolling through images in Loupe view with your mouse is back! (sorry that it went away in the first place)
    • Slideshows are back in high-resolution. Fixed a bug that caused them to appear much lower res than expected
    • Books are made for browsing. We’ve reinstated scroll bars so that you can browse faster in the Book module
    • Incorrect value for EXIF:ColorSpace in exported TIFFs
    • After export shortcut CTRL+ALT+S not working in Develop
    • Crashes when tethered to Canon cameras (5dm3, 5ds, 1dsm3)
    • SDK broken edit_field’s validate function, disabling existing plugins
    • Months in non-English configurations show in English
    • Secondary Window blocks mouse clicks even when closed after switching desktop spaces
    • Can’t import DNG files from Parrot Bebop drone
    • Watermark loses setting after Edit dialog opened

New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.5 / 6.5

  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6, Kiss X80)
  • Nikon D5
  • Nikon D500
  • Olympus PEN-F
  • Olympus SH-3
  • Panasonic DMC-CM10
  • Panasonic DMC-GF8
  • Panasonic DMC-ZS100 (DMC-ZS110, DMC-TZ100, DMC-TZ101, DMC-TZ110, DMC-TX1)
  • Samsung NX3300
  • Sony Alpha a6300 (ILCE-6300)
  • Yuneec CGO4

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom CC 2015.5 / 6.5*

Canon EFSIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM A016
Canon EF-MBower 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-MRokinon 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-MRokinon 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-MRokinon 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS
Canon EF-MSamyang 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-MSamyang 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-MSamyang 24mm f1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Canon EF-MSamyang 85mm f1.4 AS IF UMC
Canon EF-MSamyang 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS
Nikon FNikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Nikon FNikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
Nikon FNikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
Nikon FNikon AF-S Zoom-NIKKOR 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED

* Only Canon & Nikon compatible lens profile additions are shown. For a full list of new lens profiles, click here.

Installation Instructions

Please select Help > Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.

Direct download links: Win | Mac

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

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 3/16/2016 2:29:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Tokina 14-20mm f/2 AT-X Pro DX Lens page.

If you are shooting APS-C format and have been wanting an aperture wider than f/2.8 in focal lengths wider than 18mm, your only option has just arrived.

B&H has the Tokina 14-20mm f/2 AT-X Pro DX Lens in stock.

Post Date: 3/16/2016 8:42:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Just posted: UniqBall UBH 45X Ball Head Review.

You may have noticed the UniqBall UBH 45X Ball Head showing up on the gear list for the Philadelphia Skyline picture I posted yesterday. I have been using this head for a couple of months now and ... it is truly "unique" – in a good way.

B&H carries the UniqBall UBH 45X Ball Head, expected in stock soon.

Post Date: 3/15/2016 9:17:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 14, 2016

B&H just let me know that they are now accepting Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II preorders.

  • 20.1MP 1" CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 4.2x Optical Zoom f/1.8-2.8 Lens
  • 24-100mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Tilting LCD Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • Expanded ISO 25600, Up to 8 fps Shooting
  • Intelligent IS Image Stabilization
  • Manual Control Ring, Time Lapse Movie

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 3/14/2016 3:17:04 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

After researching potential Philadelphia photography locations, I decided to make the sunset and blue hour view of center city from the South Street Bridge my priority. After conveniently parking at the Penn Museum parking garage, I carried a MindShift Gear BackLight 26L full of gear a short distance to the bridge to finalize my scouting. As expected, the bridge piers could be photographed from, eliminating the potentially major mid-span issue of bridge movement caused by vehicle traffic. Satisfied with my plan, I went on to explore the great Philadelphia riverfront and some of the inner city.
I came back to my bridge position about an hour before sunset, setup two tripods and cameras and began taking some long exposures using 6 and 10-stop Breakthrough Photography neutral density filters, capturing the setting sun bathing the city in warm color. Warm color turned into orange in the sky for another nice set of images. But, the best was yet to come.
When the lights in the city became sufficiently bright relative to the sky, the images took on significantly more sparkle – exactly what I was looking for. While I have a very good idea of when this time is happening, I shoot images from before the expected time until the color in the sky is gone. I later select the image captured at the most-ideal time as it is most easily discernable in post.
A 30 second exposure was ideal for eliminating moving people from the image (the riverfront walkway was filled with walkers, joggers, bikers, etc.) and for blurring the water. While a far wider aperture would have provided an adequate depth of field for this image, but f/11 and f/16 create larger starburst effects from the lights. An even narrower aperture will create even larger stars, but I find the detail-softening effects of diffraction to become too strong for this purpose beyond f/16. At this capture time, f/16 at 30 seconds needed ISO 200 for the desired brightness. I could have gone to a 1-minute exposure and ISO 100, but with long exposure noise reduction turned on, that means 2 minutes per image and I wanted a faster capture rate.
Post processing adjustments to this Philadelphia skyline image were primarily adding saturation along with a minor curves adjustment. Often the case when photographing city lights is that some areas of the photo are illuminated more strongly than others, often the photogenic tops of skyscrapers go pure white first. To counter this issue, I captured bracketed exposures and selected a 2-stop shorter variant to put the color and details back into the triangular-shaped gridded roof-top on the BNY Mellon Center building via an HDR process. I usually remove airplane light trails, but ... the up-curving arc, to my eye, seemed to work in this image, so it remains.
I mentioned using two complete camera and tripod setups. I was using a pair of Canon EOS 5Ds R cameras with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens on one (capturing a wider image including the west side of the Schuylkill River) and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens on the other, capturing a more-tightly framed image emphasizing the city's great architecture with the riverwalk providing a strong leading line into the frame. The two cameras in simultaneous use essentially doubled the take-home from the prime time of this day's shoot.

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Post Date: 3/14/2016 10:09:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Just posted: Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens Review.

You don't want surprises from a Zeiss Otus lens. Hopefully you will find none in this review.

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

Post Date: 3/14/2016 8:27:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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