Canon and Sony News for Nov 2018 (Page 2)

 Friday, November 16, 2018

From Sony:

Benefits and Improvements over the previous update

  • Allows you to transfer still images during record and playback operations
  • Adds the following new FTP transfer functions:
    • Allows you to narrow the transfer target, such as protected images or non-transferred images, and transfer the applicable images together as a batch
    • Allows you to transfer the image being viewed by pressing the assigned custom key
    • Allows you to transfer all images automatically while recording
    • Allows you to select the transfer target file formats when transferring images records in RAW+JPEG format to an FTP server

  • Updates the destination folder configuration with the following options:
    • Allows you to register up to nine FTP servers
    • Allows you to change the destination folder configuration flexibly on the FTP server
    • Allows you to save image data in the folder that you choice
    • Allows you to register [media card slot number] in the folder configuration
    • Allows you to make the folder configuration the same as on your camera

  • Improves the overall stability of the camera

Notes:

  • When updating to this version, the FTP transfer feature and Wired LAN settings are initialized. You will have to configure the two items again.
  • The names of FTP server 1, FTP server 2, and FTP server 3 will be kept, but other items will be initialized.
  • If you have set Wired LAN Setting to Manual, each of the manually configured settings will be initialized and the Wired LAN Setting will reset to Auto.
  • When the camera is updated from Ver. 3.00 to this version, the registered settings for Fn (function) menu may not be kept.In that event, please customize the menu to your preferred settings again: Setting: [MENU]-[Camera Settings2]-[Function Menu Set.].
  • Refer to the HelpGuide for more information on how to update functions.

Download: Sony a9 Firmware v.4.00

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Firmware Updates
Post Date: 11/16/2018 6:05:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, November 15, 2018

From Nikon:

Changes to ViewNX-i, Picture Control Utility 2 & Capture NX-D

  • Added support for the Z 6.

Additional changes from Capture NX-D version 1.5.0 to 1.5.1

Fixed the following issues:

  • NEF (RAW) photos taken with the Z 7 using HDR (high dynamic range) would sometimes not display.
  • NEF (RAW) photos taken using Silent photography with the Z 7 in burst mode could sometimes not be opened.
  • Color control points could not be placed on some rotated images.

Download:

ViewNX-i v.1.3.1
Picture Control Utility 2 v.2.4.1
Capture NX-D 1.5.1

Post Date: 11/15/2018 1:10:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.01 to 1.02

  • Fixed an issue that caused the display to flicker if pictures were scrolled during playback zoom after the user had taken pictures using the viewfinder with Prioritize viewfinder selected for monitor mode and then removed his or her eye from the viewfinder before starting playback.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Capture NX-D or ViewNX-i to crash when displaying NEF (RAW) pictures taken with the following options selected for HDR (high dynamic range) in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU:
    • HDR mode: On (series) or On (single photo)
    • Save individual images (NEF): On

  • Fixed an issue that allowed the camera to exceed the value chosen for ISO sensitivity settings > Maximum sensitivity in the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU if it was from ISO 200 to 20,000 and On was selected for MOVIE SHOOTING MENU > Electronic VR.
  • Updated some help displays.

Download: Nikon Z 7 Firmware v.1.02

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 11/15/2018 11:47:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

Nikon Will Also Offer an Array of Special Promotions, Instant Savings and Discount Programs for their Latest Products this Holiday Season

MELVILLE, NY – With the holiday season just around the corner, Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the retail availability of the new Nikon Z 6 camera, which was announced alongside the Nikon Z 7, Mount Adapter FTZ, and the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S, 35mm f/1.8 S, and 50mm f/1.8 S lenses in late August of this year. In addition to announcing retail availability for this product, Nikon will be offering an array of holiday promotions, instant savings programs and special discounts for a variety of Nikon products.

Nikon Z 6 Availability

The Nikon Z 6 offers an incredible value for photographers and content creators, striking the perfect balance of speed, optical performance and powerfully cinematic video features while maintaining the advantages of a lightweight mirrorless design, all at an incredibly compelling price point. The versatile Nikon Z 6 includes a 24.5-megapixel-BSI CMOS sensor, wide ISO sensitivity range of 100–51,200, 12fps continuous shooting at full resolution, 5-axis in-camera vibration reduction technology, crystal clear 3.6m-Dot Quad VGA viewfinder and full-frame 4K UHD video capture with full pixel readout.

The Nikon Z 6 will be available nationwide starting this Friday, November 16 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,599.95 with the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens and $1,999.95 for the body only configuration.

Nikon Holiday Promotions

Nikon Inc. is also unveiling several new holiday promotions to encourage consumers to share the gift of photography with their friends and loved ones.

For consumers in the market for a new mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z system is an ideal entry-point. Now, for a limited time, Nikon Inc. will be offering $100-savings on the Mount Adapter FTZ when purchased alongside the new Nikon Z 7 or Nikon Z 6.

Additionally, Nikon will be offering numerous special promotions on the extensive lineup of Nikon DSLR cameras, camera kits and NIKKOR lenses, which are great gift options for those looking to take their photography and video capture to the next level this holiday season.

The list below outlines the instant savings available starting on November 22, 2018

Entry-Level DSLR Savings:

Enthusiast and Professional-Level DSLR Savings:

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Availability Notices
Post Date: 11/15/2018 9:47:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Lowepro's new Whistler AW II Backpacks are now in stock at B&H and Adorama.


Also, through December 31, Lowepro Whistler AW II backpack purchases from authorized retailers qualify for a free Gorillapod 3K Stand.

Lowepro Whistler AW II Product Highlights

  • Holds DSLR and 10 Lenses (450 AW II) / 8 Lenses (350 AW II)
  • Padded Touch-Fastened Interior Dividers
  • Dedicated, Padded 15" (450 AW II) / 13" (350 AW II) Laptop Pocket
  • Insert Pads for Drone Kits
  • Organizational Pockets
  • Heavy-Duty Side and Front Straps
  • Straps Hold Tripods, Mountain Equipment
  • Front Pocket with Drain Hole
  • Waist Belt with Pocket, Sternum Strap
  • Weather-Resistant Exterior, Rain Cover

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 11/15/2018 7:56:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, November 14, 2018

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

There is nothing better than turning your passion of photography into a money making profession. Whether it is a part time proposition or a full time effort, Jeff Cable will give you advice on making the transition from hobbyist to professional. To be successful in the photography business, it is much more than taking great photos. Even though Jeff will talk about his equipment recommendations, he will really focus on the business aspects and what can help you get started and grow your business.

Post Date: 11/14/2018 10:29:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Nikon Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens page.

With a general purpose focal length range, moderately wide max aperture, small size and light weight, this lens is sure to be a popular favorite for Nikon Z-series camera owners.

The Nikon Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.

Rent the Nikon Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens from Lensrentals.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 11/14/2018 10:11:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From 5DayDeal:

As stated on the sales page, your email receipt, the pre-purchase FAQs, and the Terms & Conditions agreed to at checkout, you have until November 30, 2018 to download all your digital products and access/register for all online products. Log into your customer account to complete your downloads and access/register for products.

The clock is ticking, as all the links provided to you as a part of the bundled product will expire November 30, 2018.

Some of the products you received require a discount code/license in order to claim the item. Check your e-mail receipt for those unique codes. You can also access your 5DayDeal Customer Account to get your unique code - just click 'orders' and then the order number.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: 5DayDeals
Post Date: 11/14/2018 8:50:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the New York Times:

It takes time, passion and obsession to make great work. But you also need the opportunity to have your work seen in the first place. And since we at Lens believe only the quality of work should matter — not your connections or bank account — we are again bringing together 160 talented photographers with 75 top photo editors, publishers, curators, gallery owners and video producers, for the 7th annual New York Portfolio Review on March 30 and 31 in New York City.

Applications are now open for the free (as always) review, which is produced by The New York Times Lens column, the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York and United Photo Industries. Participation is open to anyone over 18 years old, and all types of photography will be considered. But remember, the deadline is Dec. 10 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Now a mainstay of photo events in the United States, the review convenes the photographic community to meet, trade ideas, help each other — and have fun.

The first session, on Saturday, March 30, will be for photographers 21 and older. Each participant will receive six private critiques. The second session, on Sunday, March 31, will be solely for photographers 18 to 27 and will consist of at least four private critiques for each participant, as well as free workshops on how to best present, promote and publish photographs. We will screen all applicants and choose 100 participants for Saturday and 60 for Sunday.

Please note: Photographers who attended last year’s review are not eligible to apply. Those who attended once in previous years can apply for this year’s review, but they must submit new work. Those who have already attended the review twice cannot apply.

Once photographers are selected, they will submit their top choices for reviewers of their work. We will match participants with as many of those reviewers as possible.

To enter, send no more than 20 photos total, from one or two projects, using the form here. The files should be JPEGS, 1,200 pixels across and 72 D.P.I. We will inform those who are accepted by Jan. 15, 2019. Be sure to triple-check the email address you submit, because in past years some people were accepted into the review, but couldn’t be contacted with the good news because of a typo in their address. Don’t be that person.

Below the submission form is a partial list of reviewers who will be at the New York Portfolio Review.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 11/14/2018 7:48:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, November 13, 2018

From Canon USA:

Bringing DIY to the Fingertips of Consumers with New Photo Paper Options, Including Restickable and Magnetic Photo Paper

MELVILLE, N.Y., November 13, 2018 – Coco Chanel once said, “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different” and to encourage the spirit of originality, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today three new consumables for select PIXMA series printers. Restickable Photo Paper, Magnetic Photo Paper and Photo Paper Plus Glossy II 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches, provide a myriad of opportunities for users to create and decorate their personal space.

"The art of expression is a person's most valuable asset in life," said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "Therefore, we felt it was imperative to provide consumers with the opportunity to bring their own imaging creations to life, ones that feel authentically unique to their individual personalities with the new line of consumables.”

Ideal for decorating personal gadgets, labeling items throughout the home or adding a little decorating “zhuzh” to a classroom or college dorm, Restickable Photo Paper is that extra detail that can stick and re-stick. Available in 4 inches x 6 inches, the restickable photo paper is compatible with Canon’s inkjet printers released from June 2013, including the new PIXMA TS9521C, PIXMA TS9520, PIXMA TR4520, PIXMA TS9220 and PIXMA TS6220 Printers, allowing users to print their own photos, graphics or text to fit their restickable needs.

The force is strong with Magnetic Photo Paper. Available in 4 inches x 6 inches size, users can stick their creative prints onto any magnetic surface throughout the home, in the office or even a school locker. Compatible with Canon inkjet printer models manufactured from June 2013 through today, magnetic photo paper provides users the ability to step away from the traditional picture frame and create imaginative ways to display their memories.

The Photo Paper Plus Glossy II makes it hip to be square and perfectly mimics your social media pages, bringing them to life. The square photo paper is 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches – eliminating the need to cut down traditional photo paper to fit square spaces – making it ideal to decorate throughout the home, attach to notebooks and even to your personal gadgets – which is #nifty. The Photo Paper Plus Glossy paper is compatible with the Canon PIXMA TS8220, TS6220, TS9520 and TS9521C Printers.

The new consumables are currently available for purchase at an estimated retail price of $5.99 for the Restickable Photo Paper, $7.49 for the Magnetic Photo Paper and $7.99 for the Photo Paper Plus Glossy II.

B&H has the following products available for preorder:

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 11/13/2018 9:26:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Image quality test results have been added to the Nikon Z 35mm f/1.8 S Lens page.

The moderately wide angle 35mm focal length is a favorite of many photographers, making the Z 35mm f/1.8 S an ideal candidate for the Z-mount's prime lens debut.

As these are the first results posted using the Z 7, Z 7 image quality is also under the microscope here. The f/5.6 test nicely shows off Z 7 image quality. Looks very good. The Nikon Z 7 vs. D850 comparison shows the two essentially the same.

The Nikon Z 35mm f/1.8 S Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.

Rent the Nikon Z 35mm f/1.8 S Lens from Lensrentals.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 11/13/2018 8:19:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 12, 2018

Whenever you do commercial work (product or art photography), accurate color balancing is essential. I highly recommend incorporating an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport into your workflow whenever accurate color is a priority. [Sean]

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:

Welcome to Ep 141, in this episode David Bergman shows you how to use a gray card and a color checker to get accurate color in your images.

Related Products at Adorama:

Post Date: 11/12/2018 1:08:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

In this video, Benjamin Warde demonstrates how to use Lightroom Classic CC's soft proofing option to [help] ensure prints look like they do on your screen.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 11/12/2018 9:58:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Just posted: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens Review.

When you know which lens you should use, it will quite often be this one. When you are not sure which lens you need, this one will often get the job done.

The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.

Rent the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens from Lensrentals.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 11/12/2018 7:54:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Tokina:

Thank you for using Tokina lenses.

We have thoroughly tested all current Tokina interchangeable lenses (Canon EF mount) with the Canon EOS R mirrorless camera and the Canon EF-EOS R mount adapter.

The results confirm that the current Tokina lens models showed no issues in general operations, with the following exception:

Issue: the image Cropping/Aspect ratio would be fixed at "1.6x (Crop)" and cannot be set at "Full (3:2)".

We are currently preparing a firmware to fix the issue, which will be specifically notified about in due time.

Furthermore, when using Tokina APS-C format lenses (Tokina DX lenses), in case the Cropping/Aspect ratio is set otherwise, it is necessary to reset it on "1.6x (Crop)" manually. When shooting with a different Cropping/Aspect ratio setting, vignetting is likely to occur.

For any questions about compatibility of Tokina interchangeable lenses with Canon EOS R mirrorless cameras, please contact us via contact form.

Posted to: Canon News   Categories: Tokina News, Tokina Product Advisories
Post Date: 11/12/2018 7:11:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 9, 2018

Nikon has released its financial results for Q2 2019 for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. As for the year-over-year results for the imaging side of its business, Nikon says:

"Imaging Products Business decreased its profit because of the initial cost for new products such as full-frame ML cameras and lenses launched in September."
The full details can be found below.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Financial Results
Post Date: 11/9/2018 10:45:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

For those familiar with Photoshop, you'll feel right at home with Photopea, a photo editing solution that has many of the same basic tools as Photoshop but runs in your internet browser window.

Photopea Screenshot

Using Photopea, you can open and edit PSD, XCF, Sketch, XD, CDR as well as popular image file formats and save them as PSD, JPG, PNG or SVG files. And yes, it supports layers and masks.


I must admit to being very skeptical when I was first introduced to this in-browser editor, but it didn't take long for me to be impressed by its functionality and design. Of course, it's not as full-featured as Photoshop CC, but it's still one of the coolest things I've seen in a while. I highly suggest you bookmark the page and keep it handy for those times you need to do some quick editing on a machine where Photoshop isn't (or otherwise can't be) installed. [Sean]

Post Date: 11/9/2018 9:15:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From X-Rite:

X-Rite, the leading brand of color management solutions for the photography and video, announces an exclusive offer in partnership with MZed. Consumers will receive either a free full course ($199 value) with the purchase of an i1Display Pro, i1 Filmmaker Kit or ColorChecker Video XL; or free course module ($79 value) with the purchase of a ColorChecker Passport Video or ColorChecker Video. Both the full course and the modulecan be streamed or downloaded. Offer expires December 31st, 2018.

To claim a free course/module from MZed, just follow these simple steps:

  • Go to http://www.xritephoto.com/mzed-promo.
  • Fill in required info and upload a proof of purchase.
  • Once verified, an email will be sent with a special link.
  • Click the link to get your course or module and download/stream through MZed for free.

The Mastering Colorfull course (or module) will be free to use with no subscription charges. Customers will have 45 days from their purchase date to submit a redemption request. This offer is available in the U.S. and Canada until December 31st, 2018.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: X-Rite News
Post Date: 11/9/2018 8:12:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, November 8, 2018

The EOS R represents Canon's initial foray into the mirrorless camera market and many may be wondering how it stacks up against Sony's feature-packed, budget-priced a7 III. If you fall into that group, read on as we compare these two cameras.

Sony a7 III & Canon EOS R Shared Primary Features

  • Mirrorless camera technologies
  • Metering Range: EV -3 to EV 20
  • Shutter Speed Range: 30-1/8000, Bulb
  • 4K Video Recording: 4K (16:9) 3840 x 2160 at 30p
  • USB 3.0, HDMI mini out (Sony: Type D, Canon: Type C) , External Microphone In / Line In (Stereo mini jack), Headphone socket (Stereo mini jack)
  • Operating Environment: 32–104°F / 0–40°C

Primary Advantages of the Sony a7 III:

  • Compatible with more native-mount lenses
  • Sensor Stabilization: 5-axis Optical In-Body Image Stabilization vs. 5-Axis Movie Digital IS Image Stabilization
  • Tracks eye in Single-Shot and Continuous AF vs. One Shot only *
  • More Metering Zones: 1200-zone vs. 384-zone
  • Higher ISO Setting: 204800 vs. 102400
  • Better Dynamic Range
  • Wider Exposure Compensation: +/- 5 EV vs. +/- 3 EV
  • Faster x-sync: 1/250 sec vs. 1/200
  • Faster Burst Shooting: 10 fps vs. 8 (One Shot mode), 5 with AF Tracking
  • No crop-factor in 4K vs. 1.75x crop
  • Better Slow Motion Video: 1920 x 1080 at 120 fps with sound/AF tracking vs. 720p at 60 fps with no sound/AF tracking
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC vs. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth only
  • Dual Memory Cards: Memory Stick/SD (UHS-I) + SD (UHS-II) vs. SD (UHS-II) only
  • Higher Battery Life: 610 shots vs. 370
  • Slightly Smaller: 5.0 x 3.9 x 3.0" (126.9 x 95.6 x 73.7mm) vs. 5.35 x 3.87 x 3.32" (135.8 x 98.3 x 84.4mm)
  • Lower cost

Primary Advantages of the Canon EOS R:

  • Higher Resolution: 30.4 MP vs. 24.2
  • More AF Points: 5,655 points vs. 693
  • More Sensitive AF: EV -6 to +18 vs. EV -3 to +20
  • Faster AF in One Shot mode
  • Wider Auto ISO Range: ISO 100-40000 vs. 100-12800
  • Higher Resolution Viewfinder: 0.5" (1.27cm) OLED EVF, 3.69m-dots vs. 0.5" (1.3cm) OLED Tru-Finder EVF, 2.36m-dots
  • Larger, Higher Resolution LCD: 3.15" Touch Screen (8.01cm) Clear View LCD II, 2.1m-dots vs. 2.95" (7.49cm) Touch Screen TFT, 921.6K dots
  • Vari-angle LCD vs. tilt only
  • Top LCD vs. none
  • Higher Bit-Rate 4K Video: 480 Mbps (ALL-I) vs. 100 Mbps
  • Larger RAW Buffer: 47 RAW images vs. 40
  • Manual focus guide/focus peaking vs. focus peaking only
  • Better performance with adapted lenses
  • Better/more intuitive menu system
  • Better grip

Who should opt for the Sony a7 III?

If you're looking to upgrade to a full frame camera and don't already have a large collection of Canon lenses, or otherwise want to get more serious about photography and prefer to skip on an APS-C sensor body, the Sony a7 III has a lot to offer, including a very reasonable price tag. Sony's IBIS (In-Body Image Stabilization) technology enables up to 5-stops of camera shake compensation with any lens that's mounted to the camera and represents huge advantage for the a7 III. Those shooting static subjects in low-light situations or when using a narrow aperture to obtain a desired depth of field, especially when a non-stabilized lens is mounted to the camera, will greatly appreciate the a7 III's sensor stabilization.

Are you a wedding photographer? The a7 III's dual memory card slots can protect once-in-a-lifetime images from being lost due to a corrupted memory card, and the camera's higher dynamic range could come in handy for events needing great exposure latitude. Another a7 III features that wedding/event/festival photographers will surely appreciate include is its significantly longer battery life compared to the EOS R.

Fast action shooters will be able to capture a higher percentage of peak-action shots with the a7 III's 10 fps burst rate with AF tracking compared to the EOS R's 5 fps under the same circumstances, while the camera's eye tracking AF will ensure that the subject remains properly focused. Note: The a7 III's continuous burst rate drops to 8 fps with viewfinder Live View (for easier subject tracking) in use.

Videographers who want to shoot slow motion video can utilize the a7 III's 120 fps Full HD frame rate to capture smooth, slow motion video with sound and AF tracking. The EOS R's resolution at 120 fps tops out at 720p and sound recording/AF tracking is not supported. Want to get the most out of your high quality, wide angle lenses when shooting in 4K? The a7 III samples the entire width of the full frame sensor when shooting in 4K, meaning your wide angle lenses produce an uncropped field of view, perfect for capturing expansive views. Recording in 4K on the EOS R, on the other hand, results in a 1.75x crop factor for your lenses. That means that a 16-35mm lens mounted to the EOS R produces a full frame equivalent field of view of 28-61.25mm in 4K mode.

Who should opt for the Canon EOS R?

If you're highly invested in the Canon EOS system but want to give mirrorless a try, getting the Canon EOS R will allow you to gradually build up a mirrorless kit, taking full advantage of the new RF lenses coming down the pipeline, while being able to fully utilize your existing DSLR lenses in the meantime.

Speaking of lenses, at this time, Sony has 43 FE lenses that can natively fit on the Sony a7 III. Of those, 25 cover the entire full-frame sensor. Other lenses (such as Canon EF) can be used on Sony cameras via adapters, but adapted lenses don't perform nearly as well as their native counterparts on Sony alpha-series cameras. However, while the currently announced pool of Canon RF lenses is small by comparison, Canon's EF-EOS R adapters allow nearly full functionality with EF/EF-S/TS-E and MP-E lenses (EF-S lens use results in a cropped recorded image). With Canon EF-series lenses performing similarly to RF lenses on the EOS R, the pool of lenses available for EOS R customers considerably increases. In fact, if you add up all the different EF/EF-S/TS-E and MP-E lenses which have been produced since the EF mount was introduced and add the announced RF lenses, you'd have more than 175 lenses to choose from, 149 of which cover the entire full frame sensor.

From an ergonomics perspective, the EOS R features a deeper grip and raised buttons that are easier to find without having to look at the body. The new Multi-Function Bar may take some getting used to (some may not like it), but many photographers will find the Control Ring found on the new RF lenses helpful for changing a preferred setting. For those used to glancing at a top LCD to check camera settings, the EOS R has you covered.

Landscape photographers can enjoy the benefits of the Canon Drop-in Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R with their EOS R to enable a circular polarizer or variable ND filter to be used with any of their EF-series lenses. With most ultra-wide angle lenses being incompatible with front filters, the Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter will prove to be a vital component of many landscape shooters' kits.

If you're a portrait shooter, you'll likely prefer the EOS R's faster AF performance in One-Shot mode compared to the Sony a7 III which defocuses/refocuses with every shot even if your subject hasn't moved. Those shooting portraits will also enjoy the bokeh-accentuating, shallow DOF (Depth of Field) capabilities that Canon's RF and EF mounts offer, including lenses featuring extremely wide f/1.2 apertures.

Vloggers and those shooting self-portraits will find the EOS R's vari-angle LCD much better for self-framing compared to the a7 III's tilt-screen.

* Canon claims a future firmware update will enable Eye AF with AI Servo mode.

Summary

The Canon EOS R and Sony a7 III are both incredible cameras at good-value prices and either can be a great option for most needs.

Relevant Info

Post Date: 11/8/2018 12:10:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Flickr:

On November 1, 2018, we announced how we’d begin bringing Flickr back to its roots: an active, photo-sharing community. This meant upgrading our Pro accounts and changing Free accounts to encourage photographers to use Flickr again for interaction and inspiration and not just for backup storage. A big part of that inspiration comes from those of you who have shared your photography with Creative Commons licensing. And from historical, governmental, and nonprofit organizations that have shared amazing photos via The Flickr Commons. Those photos, and your ability to share them, are important to us. That hasn’t changed.

Those photos aren’t going anywhere. To understand what does change, though, we first need to understand what The Flickr Commons and Creative Commons are.

The Commons Difference

The Flickr Commons is for photos that come from institutions that want to share their digital collections with as many people around the world as they can. These tend to be historical images whose copyright has expired or government images that are automatically in the public domain since taxpayers have technically already paid for them.

Photos from NASA, The Smithsonian, The National Archives UK, and The British Library, for example, have been shared in The Flickr Commons. As part of The Flickr Commons, all these organizations already were Pro or have received a free Pro account from us, so they have unlimited storage.

The Creative Commons (CC) organization has developed a suite of licenses that give individual photographers or groups great tools for licensing their photography for others to freely use. The photographer keeps their copyright and gives the public an easy way to use their images as long as the license terms are followed.

The Flickr Commons and Creative Commons are different, thus our storage changes affect each differently (or not at all).

Are Commons Photos Being Deleted?

No. And once more for good measure: no, Commons photos are not being deleted.

The Flickr Commons photos (those uploaded by the archival, governmental, etc. institutions we are working with) are safe. We are extremely proud of these partnerships. These photos won’t be deleted as a result of any of our announced changes. The only reason they’d disappear is if the organization that uploaded them decided to delete them.

Photos that were Creative Commons licensed before our announcement are also safe. We won’t be deleting anything that was uploaded with a CC license before November 1, 2018. Even if you had more than 1,000 photos or videos with a CC license. However, if you do have more than 1,000 photos or videos uploaded, you’ll be unable to upload additional photos after January 8, 2019, unless you upgrade to a Pro account.

Bottom line: Flickr Commons photos will not be deleted. Anything uploaded with a CC license before November 1, 2018, won’t be deleted, but users will need to upgrade to Pro to upload more than 1,000 photos or videos.

What About Non-Profits?

We know and understand that there are groups out there that work hard to scrape together every nickel and dime to run their organization. And we want to help remove any stress that may come from finding a place to host photos. We’ve worked with 501(c)(3) charitable organizations for years at SmugMug to provide them with unlimited, free storage, and we’ll be doing the same at Flickr.

Organizations such as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 350.org, and Second Harvest are already using Flickr to share photos of the amazing work they do. And now we’ll be working with them to ensure Pro isn’t a cost they need to worry about.

In fact, you can fill out the form from this page with information about your 501(c)(3) organization or international charity, and we’ll work with you to get your free Pro account set up.

The Future of the Commons

Freely licensed photos are deeply important to us. After SmugMug acquired Flickr, one of the first meetings we had was with Ryan Merkley, the CEO of Creative Commons. We want to keep that partnership alive and strong, and we are actively working on how to grow it for the future.

“We’ll be working with Flickr to look for ways to continue growing and archiving the commons,” Merkley said. “When Flickr users apply CC licenses to their works, they are inviting everyone to use their works freely and with very few restrictions. That’s an incredible gift to the world, and that generosity should be acknowledged and preserved into perpetuity for everyone to enjoy.”

Whatever changes come in the years going forward, the importance of these photos will always matter to us. We not only want to preserve the photos we have, we want to keep partnering with organizations such as libraries, museums, and government agencies to contribute to The Flickr Commons as well. And we will continue to work hard to keep these photos safe and available for the world to view and enjoy.

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Post Date: 11/8/2018 6:10:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, November 7, 2018

From Benro:

The Benro RedDog R1 is a 3-axis gimbal stabilizer with a unique swivel handle designed for different filming angles and compact for travel.

Unlike other gimbal stabilizers, which allow for straight holding only, the Benro R1 allows for both Upright and Carry handling modes. Upright Mode is suitable for high angle and medium angle filming. Carry Mode is best for low angle filming. Combining these options will help you get the most out of your stabilizer. "The R1 has a great balance to it especially when using the swivel handle for waist height and low to the ground shots. It is much more comfortable to hold and operate for long shoots or multiple takes and we think that today’s filmmakers and content creators will love this unique feature," says Brian Hynes, Benro’s USA Brand Manager.


Ideal for cameras up to 2.9 lbs, the R1 features CNC machining with an innovative design. It’s collapsible handle, makes it perfect for traveling light. The R1's ergonomic silicon grip provides comfortable handling at all times. By turning the button on the handle, you can quickly and easily convert your R1 from high angle to low angle mode, making it simple to track low moving objects, or achieve a low 360°shot comfortably by putting less strain on your wrist, and giving you incredible results.

Universal Follow Mode

With Universal Follow Mode (Pink), it provides smooth camera movements towards the direction your aiming. You would use this mode when circling around a subject, or making several dynamic camera movements following a subject

Locked-down mode

Locked-down mode (Blue) keeps the camera locked on a subject while moving the gimbal. With this mode you can replicate movements similar to a jib or slider.

Horizontal follow mode

Horizontal follow mode (Red) provides smooth movement based on where you move the camera horizontally. You would use this mode when doing a lot of dynamic panning movements around corners.

By using the directional button in conjunction with these modes, you can flawlessly control your movements. The threaded receiver allows for additional attachments, giving you even more flexibility with your shots. The companion smart phone app allows you to calibrate your R1, operate it remotely, adjust parameters, update the firmware create a panorama or create a beautiful time-lapse with dynamic motion.

For advanced camera control you can directly operate the photo shutter/focus, video record, and zoom for Sony and Panasonic cameras making filming more convenient. The underside of the Benro R1 handle has a ¼”-20 threaded hole for mounting the stabilizer to a tripod. This allows you to connect the camera at a particular spot while still using the various modes such as Pan track or Lock mode.

The Benro R1 is ideal for multiple camera types such as: mirrorless, smartphones and action cameras. Boost your production value while traveling light and compact, with the Red Dog R1 Stabilizer.

Features & Benefits

  • Swivel Handle – The unique swivel handle is designed for different filming angles and is compact for travel.
  • Long Battery Life – The R1 will last for 12 hours on a single charge.
  • Smartphone App – Calibrate your R1, remotely control your stabilizer and camera, and upgrade your firmware all via the Benro Red Dog App.
  • Three Shooting Modes – Your R1 has 3 modes: Universal Follow Mode, Locked-Down Mode and Horizontal Follow Mode. Each mode allows you to control how the gimbal functions for different shooting scenarios.
  • Quick Storage Case – The included carrying case allows you to retain the individual axis positions which will save you a lot of setup time at your next location.

The Benro R1 is currently available for $399.00 USD.

B&H has the Benro Red Dog R1 Handheld Stabilizer available for special order.

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Post Date: 11/7/2018 11:12:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

by Sean Setters

Very soon after we learned that we'd be having a baby, Alexis asked me to create a series of images showing her progression over the next 9 months. She doesn't ask me to take pictures of her often, so I took her request very seriously. After she showed me some examples of pregnancy progression photos she liked from Pinterest (no doubt the inspiration for this request), we decided a plain white background and strong rim lighting combined with a dark outfit would work well for the concept.

For this particular series of images, I used 3 studio lights and 1 shoe-mount flash for the lighting. One monolight was in a 4 x 6' (1.2 x 1.8m) softbox that served as the background and the other two were camera left/camera right slightly behind the subject, diffused by gridded strip boxes. The fill light was provided by a Canon Speedlite 580EX flash that was reflected into a white umbrella and boomed above my Canon 5D Mark III & Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens which was mounted on a tripod.

Unfortunately, I was not terribly organized at the beginning of this endeavor. I remember thinking, "This is a pretty simple setup. I can recreate it without any problems." That thought proved to be quite inaccurate. As my mind was quickly bombarded with an overwhelming amount of information on raising a newborn, it apparently left little room for the details of the lighting setup I was certain I'd remember. As such, I found myself analyzing the first month's image on the second month and taking test shots to ensure consistency. After that, I decided to document the entire setup to streamline future sessions in the series.

So, here are a few things to keep in mind when creating a similar pregnancy progression photo:

  • Choose a stretchy outfit that can grow with the subject, or choose plain clothing that can be duplicated in larger sizes as time progresses.
  • Take time creating the first image to ensure it's exactly what you want. Choose a pose/hand placement that can remain consistent as your subject's belly begins to fill out.
  • Choose a background that's plain and evenly lit so that compositing the final image is easier.
  • Use a tripod and lighting equipment that you'll have continuous access to over the next 10 months (use studio lights or flashes; do not rely on window light which can vary).
  • Record the following details after the first shoot:
    • Camera/lens used and camera settings
    • What your subject was looking at/exact direction of the subject's gaze
    • Distance between the camera to the subject and height of the camera on the tripod
    • Distance between the subject and the background
    • Position/types of lights and modifiers in relation to your subject
    • Power level of all lights utilized for the session (use manual power settings, not TTL)

  • Use your records to recreate the photo setup each month.

If recording all the measurements above seems a bit too tedious, you maybe be able to simply mark subject/lighting/camera placement with gaffer tape on the floor (assuming the tape won't need to be removed within the required time period) and/or taking pictures of the setup from several angles with your smartphone for referring back to.

From a business standpoint, a series like this would require 10 separate sessions, generating constant revenue for the photographer over the gestational period. With the all the details well documented after the first session, future sessions could be relatively quick and easy to set up and capture.

My wife loved the final image so much that we had a matted 12x36" version of it printed. It now hangs over the changing table in the nursery.

Alexis's Pregnancy Progression Framed

Of course, a pregnancy progression series requires a long term commitment to achieve optimal results, but I think you'll find the final image created well worth the effort.

A larger version of Alexis's Pregnancy Progression image can be seen on Flickr.

Post Date: 11/7/2018 8:00:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adobe Creative Cloud YouTube Channel:

In this fast-paced, information-packed session for advanced Photoshop users, join Adobe Digital Imaging Evangelist Julieanne Kost as she showcases her favorite Photoshop techniques, little-known features, and hidden gems to empower you to create your best work faster than ever. If you’re a photographer, an illustrator, or a designer looking for serious insights and solid skills that you can put to use immediately, then this is a session you can’t afford to miss!

Julieanne will cover topics that include:

  • Tips for customizing Photoshop for the work you create
  • Layers, masking, and compositing secrets
  • Using Smart Objects, Smart Filters, and libraries to edit nondestructively
  • Vector shapes, layer styles, paths, and type shortcuts
  • Content-Aware, Camera Raw, adjustment layers, and more timesaving features

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 11/7/2018 7:24:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Tokina:

Thank you for Your constant support to Tokina brand.

We found functional issue with Tokina opera 50mm f/1.4 FF (Canon EF mount) and Canon EOS-1D X Mark II combination, that results in exposure problem.

We are asking for your cooperation in contacting the camera shop where the lens was purchased, or your local Tokina official distributor for further firmware upgrade procedure.

Should you have any other questions, contact us via contact form.

Post Date: 11/7/2018 6:08:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, November 6, 2018

B&H has the IRIX 150mm f/2.8 Macro Lens available for preorder with free expedited shipping.

Product Highlights

  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • Neutrino Coating
  • 1:1 Magnification, 1.1' Minimum Focus
  • Manual Focus Design with Focus Lock
  • Depth of Field and Focus Distance Scales
  • Dragonfly Weather-Sealed Constructio

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Categories: Preorders, IRIX News
Post Date: 11/6/2018 1:57:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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