Canon and Sony News for Jun 2018 (Page 2)

 Thursday, June 21, 2018

From Skylum:

Aurora HDR 2018 now up to 2x and 4x faster on MacOS and Windows computers, respectively, and compatible with the brand-new Loupedeck+ photo editing console

Skylum Software has released the latest update to its award-winning photo editing software, Aurora HDR, bringing improved performance, new features, and updated tools to both MacOS and Windows versions.

What's New and Improved in Aurora HDR 2018 1.2.0:

Here are the most essential changes:

  • Speed boost for editing and adjusting. We’ve dramatically increased performance across all areas of Aurora HDR 2018 1.2.0 on Windows and Mac.
  • Fast single-file opening. With an improved image processing engine, Aurora HDR is now much faster when opening single files.
  • Loupedeck integration (for Mac & Windows). Now, users can quickly process photos in Aurora HDR using physical dials, knobs, and keys.
  • Batch processing (for Windows). Aurora HDR 2018 1.2.0 will allow Windows users to edit a large number of photos simultaneously.
  • Better memory management. Aurora HDR 2018 1.2.0 is also optimized to make better use of memory, with more intelligent memory management and improved stability.
  • Windows version catches up to Mac version. Windows users will receive a flip/rotate tool, bringing Aurora HDR for Windows more in line with its macOS counterpart.
  • Aurora HDR now supports more cameras than before. The full list across both Windows and MacOS includes: Canon EOS 3000D / Rebel T100 / 4000D, FujiFilm X-H1, FujiFilm X-A20, FujiFilm X-A5, FujiFilm X-E3, Olympus E-PL9, Panasonic DC-GF10 / Panasonic DC-GF90, Panasonic DC-GX9 / DC-GX7MK3, Panasonic DC-TZ200 / DC-ZS200 / DC-TZ202 / DC-TZ220 / DC-ZS220 / DC-TX2, PhaseOne IQ3 100MP Trichromatic, Sony A7 III.

Here’s a full list of the new features and improvements:

MAC:

  • Performance boost when editing and opening single files
  • Faster export
  • Loupedeck integration
  • Better brackets sorting during Batch processing
  • Better memory management
  • Plugin stability improved
  • New camera support
  • Better export performance
  • Fixed brush drawing
  • Improved opening of .DNG image

WINDOWS:

  • Performance boost when editing and adjusting
  • Faster export
  • Better stability and memory management
  • Batch processing added
  • Added layers menu and layer options menu
  • Ability to rename layers
  • UX improvements
  • Quick loading of single RAW files
  • Hover on blends
  • Added white balance color picker
  • Localisation fixes
  • Changed order of preset categories
  • UI fixes and improvements
  • Added histogram to tone curve filter
  • Improved stability of Dodge & Burn filter
  • Added context menu in the filters menu
  • New camera support
  • Better Windows document support
  • Added flip/rotate
  • Exif saving to document fixed
  • Loupedeck integration
  • Improved opening of .DNG image

Aurora HDR 2018 1.2.0 Offer Information:

Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade for $59 ($49 with coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE).
New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 1.2.0 for $99 ($89 with coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE).

Bonuses included in the offer:

  • 119 Dramatic & Romantic Sky overlays ($29 value) – The ultimate collection of 119 dramatic high-res sky overlays to turn photos with boring skies into eye-catching works of art.
  • Complete HDR Tutorial by Trey Ratcliff ($99 value) – This entirely new HDR tutorial is perfect for beginners to mega-advanced professionals who want to see all of the latest post-processing techniques. Lisa and Trey discuss their artistic inspirations and challenges, how they compose a shot, their camera settings, and much more. You’re then transported back to Trey’s studio where he slowly takes you step-by-step through his latest techniques.
  • Deep Dive into Aurora HDR 2018 video by Trey Ratcliff ($20 value) – Trey Ratcliff, the most famous HDR photographer, shares his editing process in the new Aurora HDR 2018.

Download: Aurora HDR 2018 1.2.0

Post Date: 6/21/2018 5:32:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 20, 2018

From Tokina:

Thank you for Your constant support to Tokina brand. We here by announce the availability of a firmware update for Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF lens.

Benefits of this firmware update

With this firmware update the auto-focus performance of Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF in AF-C mode at high-speed shooting (Hi+/Hi/Mid) when used with Sony a7III, Sony a7RIII, Sony a9 cameras will be improved (when used with Sony a9 auto-focus tracking will work only in Mechanical Shutter type AF-C mode).

Product

Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF for Sony E-mount (EAN code: 4961607634509)

For the firmware update procedures and further instructions please contact the shop where the lens has been purchased. For more information please contact your local official Tokina Distributor or contact us.

Posted to: Sony News   Categories: Tokina News, Tokina Firmware Updates
Post Date: 6/20/2018 4:50:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Westcott:

Make the Switch to Westcott’s new Switch light modifier series! These ingenious modifiers give photographers the ability to quickly interchange off-camera flashes while maintaining the original Rapid Box’s convenient collapsible design. The quick-release thumb-lock on these softboxes ensures that the modifier stays securely affixed to the light while allowing users to quickly switch mounting inserts without additional tools or accessories.

Built with durable framework, long-lasting construction, and color-accurate fabrics, these modifiers are designed to withstand years of use on location or in the studio. The Rapid Box Switch’s taut silver interior provides maximum light output for working in any environment and the Beauty Dish Switch’s white interior provides ultra-soft lighting for portraits. Understanding that output and color accuracy are important to professionals, Westcott has vigorously tested their diffusion panels to create the most color-accurate fabrics in the industry.

Each Rapid Box Switch and Beauty Dish Switch includes a softbox, diffusion panel(s), and durable carry case for convenience and storage. The Rapid Box Switch is available in three octogonal, two rectangular, and three strip variations. The Beauty Dish Switch, a 24-inch collapsible beauty dish, includes a deflector plate and was designed in conjunction with professional photographer, Joel Grimes.

A total of 13 Switch Inserts (sold separately) are available for the industry’s most popular brands, including Balcar/Paul C Buff, Bowens, Broncolor, Dynalite, Elinchrom, Hensel, Norman, Photogenic, and Profoto. Speedlite and Profoto A1 inserts are also available. For precise light control, newly-designed 40-degree egg-crate grids are also available for each and every Switch modifier. All Switch items are backed by a 1-year limited warranty.

B&H carries the Westcott Rapid Box Switch lineup.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Westcott News
Post Date: 6/20/2018 4:46:24 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

Today Only: Adorama has the Gitzo Mountaineer Series 3 GT3532 Carbon Fiber Tripod with GH3382QD Center Ball Head available for $999.88 with free shipping. Compare at $1,249.99.

Product Highlights

  • Maximum Height: 68.9" / 175.01cm
  • Minimum Height: 11.4" / 28.96cm
  • Maximum Height (with center column down): 134cm / 52.76"
  • Closed length: 76.5cm / 30.12"
  • Tripod Material: Carbon fiber
  • Tripod Load Capacity: 46.3lbs / 21.00kg
  • Tripod Maximum Height: 63.4" / 161.04cm
  • Tripod Height without Column Extended: Max. 52.4" / 133.10cm
  • Tripod Minimum Height: 6.3" / 16.00cm
  • Tripod Folded Length: 25.2" / 64.01cm
  • Tripod Leg Sections: 3
  • Tripod Leg Lock Type: Twist
  • Tripod Feet: Rubber, removable
  • Tripod Head Mount Thread Size: 3/8"-16
  • Tripod Leg Tube Diameters: 32.9, 29, 25.3mm
  • Head Height: 5" / 12.70cm
  • Head Quick Release: Yes
  • Head Bubble Level: Yes, bull's eye
  • Head Friction Control: Yes
  • Head Separate Panning Lock: Yes
  • Head Tripod Mount Thread Size: 3/8"-16
  • Head Camera Mount Thread Size: 1/4"-20
  • Kit Weight: 2.650kg / 5.84lbs
  • Tripod: 4.1lbs / 1.86kg
  • Head: 1.7lbs / 0.77kg

Post Date: 6/20/2018 1:08:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Loupedeck:

Next Generation Includes Skylum Aurora HDR Compatibility, Upgraded Build and More Customization Options, All Based on the Photography Community’s Feedback

HELSINKI, Finland – June 20, 2018 – Loupedeck, the custom photo editing console built with an intuitive design that makes editing faster and more creative, has announced the next evolution, Loupedeck+. While the Loupedeck was the only device on the market custom-built to improve the Adobe Lightroom experience, the Loupedeck+ is now also compatible with popular photo editing software Skylum Aurora HDR (in addition to Adobe Lightroom Classic CC), and is designed with more functionalities, control and increased customization options. Following a year of overwhelming success and customer feedback, the Loupedeck+ was designed in Loupedeck’s headquarters in Finland, with all updates solely based on feedback from the invested photography community.


Specifically, upgrades to the Loupedeck+ include:

  • Mechanical keys with a more precise and sturdy feel
  • Improved build quality
  • Two dedicated customizable dials and seventeen buttons
  • “Custom Mode” that allows full user control of all dials
  • Configuration software built from scratch for an even better, faster and more stable photo editing experience

“We know how dedicated both the professional and amateur photography communities are in their work, and we’re committed to making their lives easier and more productive,” said Mikko Kesti, Founder and CEO of Loupedeck. “There’s no better way to create the next evolution of our flagship product than by going straight to the source and taking their feedback to heart. By adding even more control, efficiency and customization options to the editing process, we’re able to help photographers be more successful by increasing their output and artistry, and look forward to continue supporting them in their work.”

Following Loupedeck’s new partnership with Skylum, the Loupedeck+ will include future integrations with Skylum’s other professional photo editing products, including Skylum Luminar. It is also currently in beta integration with Capture One, with full integration on the way, as well as additional software integrations to follow later this year. These options will provide photographers with a more diverse, intuitive experience, helping to expedite the editing process and maximize the photo editing experience.

“Skylum and Loupedeck share the same vision. We want to help photographers create great photos, differently,” said Alex Tsepko, CEO of Sklyum. “When I discovered that the new version of Loupedeck keyboard is coming out, I knew Skylum software should be the first to support it. This is the kind of innovation modern photographers really need.”

The Loupedeck+ is available for purchase at B&H Photo and Amazon.com for $229. Loupedeck is also offering a cashback opportunity of $50 for current Loupedeck owners.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Loupedeck News
Post Date: 6/20/2018 9:12:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon:

Canon EOS C200/C200B

Firmware Version 1.0.4.1.00 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  • Fixes image quality degradation, such as color misalignment or edge distortion, may occur in the recorded footage when using the following combination of settings:
    • recording format XF-AVC
    • frame rate 59.94i / 50.00i
    • 1920x1080 resolution

  • Optimizes the [Black Gamma] compensation when [Normal 1] to [Normal 4] is set for [Gamma] in the Custom Picture settings.
  • Optimizes color accuracy in areas of high brightness when [Normal 1] to [Normal 4] is set for [Gamma] in the Custom Picture settings.

Caution:

  • You cannot perform the firmware update using CFast 2.0 cards. Please use a commercially available SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card that is 128MB or more for the firmware update.
  • Firmware version 1.0.4.1.00 is for updating Cinema EOS C200 cameras running firmware version 1.0.0.1.00 - 1.0.3.1.00. If your camera's firmware is already version 1.0.4.1.00, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.

Download: Canon EOS C200/C200B Firmware v.1.0.4.1.00

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 6/20/2018 7:49:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/20/2018 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sigma:

Authorized U.S. Sigma dealers host hands-on workshops covering travel, portrait, editorial and urban photography with photo shoots at hotspot locations and guidance from established pros

Ronkonkoma, NY – June 19, 2018 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced its Sigma Lens Workshops initiative. Designed in collaboration with Sigma dealers around the country, the program will engage photographers eager to learn new techniques and refine their photography skills through a series of classroom lectures and hands-on workshops. Led by Sigma technical representatives and photography experts, each workshop session hones in on a specific genre of photography such as portraiture, landscape, astrophotography and more. Normally a two-day workshop event, day one will focus on theory and educational best practices such as lighting, gear setup, camera settings, lens focal length and more. On day two, attendees put their newly acquired knowledge to the test with immersive hands-on, real world photoshoots and photo walks. Photographers of all skill levels, from novice to professional, are welcome to join in. The upcoming workshops schedule and details, including registration, cost, special promotions and agenda, can be found on the Sigma Events webpage.

“The Sigma Lens Workshops provide a valuable education vehicle for the local photography community. Lenses are an investment and these workshops aim at making sure you are getting the most out of your Sigma lens investment. The workshops also give you a chance to learn about specific genres of photography and hone your skills while practicing during real-world photo shoots,” comments Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The initial workshop feedback has been extremely positive. Customers appreciate the opportunity to up their photography game and test-drive some of the newest lens models. We are confident the positive experience will continue with the rest of the tour.”

Rahul Tuteja, founder of Pixel Connection in Avon, OH and host of a recent Sigma Lens Workshop, welcomed the initiative by saying, “More than just offering our customers the best gear for their photography needs, we strive to engage with them in a non-sales environment to bring them education, inspiration and opportunities to practice their skills. Sigma Workshops are a great platform to do that. These events help our customers get inspired and learn from the pros who show them what's in front of them so they can make educated gear choices and ultimately become better photographers. Sigma has been instrumental in helping us show our customers what a good product can do and elevate the photo community.”

Sigma Lens Workshops June Lineup:
Portrait Workshops at Bedford Camera & Video (Tulsa & Oklahoma City, OK)
Sigma technical representative Brian Linhoff is leading two two-day workshops on how to shoot stunning portraits at Bedford Camera & Video on June 20-21, 2018 in Tulsa, OK and June 22-23, 2018 in Oklahoma City, OK.

Portrait Photography Class – Wednesday, June 20th 5-6pm
Harley Davidson Photo Shoot – Thursday, June 21st 5-7pm
@ Bedford Camera & Video – 8172 East 68th St. Tulsa, OK 72223
FREE; Register Here
The first day of the Tulsa workshop will cover basics of portrait photography, including various lighting setups for indoor and outdoor shooting, how to work with your subject on posing and best lenses for portrait photography. During the second day, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an exciting Harley Davidson photo shoot with guidance from Brian and the Bedford Camera & Video staff. Participants will practice what they’ve learned as they photograph models and motorcycles. Lighting equipment will be provided and Sigma’s latest lenses will be on hand to test-drive during the shoot. Those participating in the photo shoot need to bring their own cameras.
Photo Model Walk – Friday, June 22nd 7-9pm
Portrait Photography Class – Saturday, June 23rd 10-11am
@ Bedford Camera & Video – 3110 North May Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73112
FREE; Register Here
Join Brian and the Bedford Camera & Video staff during a Myriad Botanical Gardens photo walk in Oklahoma City during the first day of the Oklahoma workshop. Sigma lenses will be available on loan to capture the beautiful flora. During the second day, Brian will cover the basics of portrait photography, including lighting, lenses, posing and more. Attendees will receive a professional print of their favorite image from the photo walk the day before, courtesy of Bedford Camera & Video.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 6/20/2018 6:13:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 19, 2018

From Adobe:

Lightroom Classic CC v7.4 | June 2018

This release of Lightroom Classic CC rolls out new features and enhancements, support for new cameras and lenses, and bug fixes.

Manage Presets and Profiles You can now choose to show or hide various preset/profile groups that are displayed in the Presets panel/Profile Browser, allowing you to scan through the profiles and presets you use the most.

Color label for folders and faster folder search

In the Folders panel (Library module), you can now organize your images by adding a color label to the folders. You can also filter all the folders that have been assigned a color label.

HEIC image files support on macOS High Sierra

Beginning with this release, Lightroom Classic CC now supports Apple's HEIC image file format on macOS High Sierra v10.13 or later.

Auto stack HDR and panorama

You can now prevent the HDR and Panorama stacks from cluttering the grid view by selecting the new Create Stack option in the HDR/Panorama Merge Preview dialog.

Support for new cameras and lenses

For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles, see these resources:

Fixed customer issues

Issues fixed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.4 (June 2018 release)

  • Keyboard shortcuts not working for rotate left and right in French, Swedish, Spanish, and Italian
  • Crop overlay is hard to see
  • Tone curve enabled not copied by sync, auto sync, presets, or snapshots
  • Settings are reset when develop preset is applied via script
  • (macOS-only) When backing up catalogs on macOS, Lightroom Classic doesn't compress (zip) catalogs that have a file size less than 4 GB.
  • Lightroom unresponsive after Eject SD Card/USB Drive
  • Presets no longer record and apply the turn on/off settings in the Develop Module
  • Hitting “Previous” and/or Copy/Paste is triggering an bad error message
  • Not saving new saving new presets if they contain special characters
  • iPhone video play in wrong orientation



Lightroom CC v1.4 | June 2018

This release of Lightroom CC desktop rolls out new features and enhancements, support for new cameras and lenses, and bug fixes.

Presets and Profiles syncing

Beginning with this release, your Presets and Profiles (including third-party, custom user presets and profiles) now automatically sync across Lightroom CC desktop and mobile.

However, the custom user presets and profiles that you add in Lightroom CC do not sync with Lightroom Classic CC desktop.

Manage Presets and Profiles

You can now choose to show or hide various preset/profile groups that are displayed in the Presets panel/Profile Browser, allowing you to scan through the profiles and presets you use the most.

Copy and paste edits across multiple photos

Enhanced in this release of Lightroom CC on desktop You can now copy the edits from a photo and paste across multiple photos.

You can also choose which edit settings to copy from a photo using the new Choose Edit Settings To Copy option. To access this option, select a photo and then choose Photo > Choose Edit Settings To Copy from the menu bar. Alternatively, press Control + Shift + C (Win) or Shift + Command + C (Mac) keys.

HEIC image files support on macOS High Sierra

Beginning with this release, Lightroom CC now supports Apple's HEIC image file format on macOS High Sierra v10.13 or later.

Reset photo edits to the last opened state

You can now restore your photo edits to the state when last opened it Lightroom CC using the new Reset To Open option in the Photo menu. To reset your photo edits, you must be in Detail view.

Specify share settings for a web gallery

While sharing a Lightroom CC album as a web gallery, you now control the following preferences:

  • Allow Downloads: Select this preference to allow others to download the shared album photos.
  • Show Metadata: Select this preference to allow others to view metadata of the shared album photos.
  • Show Location Info: Select this preference to allow others to view location info of the shared album photos. Deselect it to hide location info.

To modify the sharing preferences of an album that is already public, right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac) the album and choose Share Settings from the context-menu.

Sort photos by Modified Date

In this release of Lightroom CC, a new option to sort the grid photos by Modified Date has been added.

Get Lightroom CC mobile by texting a download link to your phone

From Lightroom CC desktop, you can now text a link on your phone number to download Lightroom CC for mobile from Google Play/App Store.

Support for new cameras and lenses

For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles, see these resources:

Fixed customer issues

Issues fixed in Lightroom CC v1.4 on desktop (June 2018 release)

  • iPhone videos play in wrong orientation
  • Incorrect translation of the UI strings 'Portrait' and 'Landscape' in Adobe Raw profiles and Camera Matching profiles
  • Preset and Profile import fails when there are illegal characters in the filenames
  • Dehaze tool causing lag in the edit operations
  • Pressing the G key toggles Guided Upright instead of Grid mode
  • Hovering over a preset doesn't display its effect when Edit panels are toggled to the off position
  • When trying to edit a raw file in Lightroom CC mobile, the app starts downloading the image and then freezes

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 6/19/2018 2:32:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Sigma:

Ronkonkoma, NY – June 19, 2018 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced availability of five of its interchangeable Art prime lenses for Sony E-mount camera systems – Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM ($899 USD), Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM ($849 USD), Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM ($899 USD), Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM ($949 USD) and Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM ($1199 USD).

Offering the same high-performance optical design as other lenses in the Art line, the new Sony E-mount models feature a newly developed control algorithm that optimizes the autofocus drive and maximizes the data transmission speed. In addition, these lenses are compatible with Sony’s Continuous AF (AF-C) and high-speed autofocus, which are not addressed by Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. Like MC-11, the lenses are compatible with in-camera image stabilization and in-camera lens aberration correction, which includes corrections for peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations and distortion.

Sigma Art Lenses for Sony E at B&H

Posted to: Sony News   Categories: Sigma News, In Stock Notices
Post Date: 6/19/2018 9:45:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

B&H has uploaded 20 presentations from its OPTIC 2018 event to YouTube channel. The presentations last anywhere from [roughly] half an hour to and hour and a half and cover a wide range of subjects.

B&H OPTIC 2018 Presentations

  • Myth, Magic, and Mojo | Keith Carter
  • Photographing Cuba | Vincent Versace
  • Seeing Color and Enhancing Creativity | Seth Resnick
  • Decisive Moments with Fujifilm | Xyza Cruz Bacani
  • Doors Off Over Baja California’s Wild Coast | Ralph Lee Hopkins
  • A Portrait Photographer's Guide to Street and Travel Photography
  • Time Lapse Photography | Rich Reid
  • iPhone Photography | Rich Reid
  • Out of This World - In the Footsteps of Lowell Thomas | David Wright
  • Photographing in Extreme Environments | Ira Block
  • Step into the Frame: How to Approach Travel & Cultural Photography | Adam Marelli
  • How to Approach Travel & Cultural Photography (Advanced) | Adam Marelli
  • Beyond the Milky Way | National Parks at Night
  • Travel Photography and the Self Assignment | Liz Groeschen
  • Photographing Nature with a Fine Art Eye | Joyce Tenneson
  • Following the Light at National Geographic | Mark Thiessen
  • Bears, Bears, Bears - Making the Most of Your Bear Trip | Charles Glatzer
  • Capturing the Wonders of Wildlife | Ron Magill
  • Imagining Spaces: Interior & Architecture Photography | Simon Lewis
  • Coincidental Portraits, Travel and Street Photography | Sissie Brimberg

Post Date: 6/19/2018 8:57:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Adobe:

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported strong financial results for its second quarter fiscal year 2018 ended June 1, 2018.

Financial Highlights

  • Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $2.20 billion in its second quarter of fiscal year 2018, which represents 24 percent year-over-year revenue growth.
  • Diluted earnings per share was $1.33 on a GAAP-basis, and $1.66 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Digital Media segment revenue was $1.55 billion, with Creative revenue growing to $1.30 billion and Document Cloud achieving record revenue of $243 million, which represents 22 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) grew to $6.06 billion exiting the quarter, a quarter-over-quarter increase of $343 million. Creative ARR grew to $5.37 billion, and Document Cloud ARR grew to $694 million.
  • Digital Experience segment revenue was $586 million, which represents 18 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Operating income grew 39 percent and net income grew 77 percent year-over-year on a GAAP-basis; operating income grew 33 percent and net income grew 62 percent year-over-year on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $976 million, and deferred revenue grew 27 percent year-over-year to approximately $2.63 billion.
  • Adobe repurchased approximately 2.6 million shares during the quarter, returning $589 million of cash to stockholders.

A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release and on Adobe’s website.

Executive Quotes

"Adobe delivers all the capabilities to enable transformative digital experiences, including content creation and management, predictive analytics and commerce," said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO, Adobe. "Our record results in Q2 reflect continued execution against this significant opportunity where Adobe is the clear market leader."

“Adobe delivered record revenue with strong earnings and cash flow, and we expect our momentum to continue in the second half of fiscal 2018," said John Murphy, executive vice president and CFO, Adobe.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/19/2018 7:36:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 6/19/2018 7:28:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 18, 2018

I advised my daughter and then-future son-in-law that something would go wrong with the wedding and that they should be ready to adjust plans as necessary.

What went wrong started with my youngest daughter waking up at 3:00 AM with a fever of 101.7° F (38.7° C) on the day before the wedding. I was so sad for her and expected the virus to have her in its grasp through the wedding day and beyond. Fortunately, after many prayers and sleeping much of the morning, she was feeling much better the same evening and was able to enjoy the wedding rehearsal and dinner afterwards.

That rehearsal dinner afterwards (at our house) became the next issue. The food was all out and everyone was ready to eat (and hungry), but ... the rolls needed to hold the main course were missing. Apparently an assignment was missed and a 40-minute round trip to the grocery store ensued, resolving this relatively minor issue.

As I mentioned, I was (mostly) not photographing this wedding, but received a request to "just" set up a video camera. I assembled the gear I intended to use (multiple cameras, tripods, mic, sound recorder, Pelican cases, extra batteries, etc.) the day before (amidst plenty of other chaos) and ran a gear check late in the day. I planned to use the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II as the primary camera, recording the entire ceremony in 4k. Strangely, when attempting to record video with this body, all I saw was black. After checking for an installed lens cap multiple times and verifying that live view worked in the still photo modes, I resolved to call Canon CPS in the morning, hoping that there was some obscure setting I had missed. Unfortunately, the phone call determined that the camera had a failure of some sort (I was not surprised by that news) that was preventing the shutter from opening in video mode.

So, it was wedding day for my daughter and the primary camera I intended to record video with had failed. This is the perfect example of why a backup camera is mandatory when photographing weddings and other important events.

I had a 4k-capable Sony a7 III with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens, the focal length range I needed, sitting on my desk. That setup was untested, so I opted to double-record using a Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens. I set up the two cameras immediately next to each other, one on a Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Carbon Fiber Tripod and BH-40 Ball Head and the other on a ProMediaGear TR344L Tripod with a UniqBall UBH 45X Ball Head.

A relative captured other video angles handheld using a Canon EOS 80D and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens. Audio was recorded with a Tascam digital audio recorder positioned under the flowers near the pastor, on a Rode Stereo Video Mic mounted on the 5Ds R in the back (closer to some of the musicians) and in-camera on the other two cameras. The setups appear to have all worked great and there is plenty of audio and video available to assemble a nice edited movie.

While I had time to put together a revised camera setup prior to leaving for the wedding, that is not always the case with equipment failures. I had an additional camera and various accessories (including batteries) along to cover any on-site failures (OK, I had enough to cover any of the contracted photographer's equipment failures as well).

Then there was the tomahawk injury that required a trip to the medical center and 8 stitches on the groom's ankle on the morning of the wedding. Don't ask – but it involved fruit. I'll just say that there was little spring in the groom's step as he walked his bride down the aisle, but the wedding worked and I now officially have a son.

As I said, I was mostly not photographing the wedding, but ... the girls happened to be ready just before the official photographers arrived and I happened to have rolled paper on a background stand and two lights in softboxes (one large octagonal overhead, a medium-sized rectangle on the back/left) ready. I needed time to set up and dial in two more lights, including one on a boom, but with a very rushed schedule, I accepted a compromise.

Overall, the wedding was awesome. Thanks for sharing in my excitement!


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
70mm  f/11.0  1/160s
ISO 100
5733 x 8599px
Post Date: 6/18/2018 10:31:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Canon Digital Learning Center:

by Jennifer Wu

It is 4:00 am and my chirping alarm clock abruptly awakens me. Heading out to photograph the fall colors at sunrise, I notice the car temperature reading 16°F. With a sudden drop in temperature and stormy weather from the previous day, I hope the leaves haven’t turned black from the freezing temperature.

Arriving at the lake, twilight begins and the deep blue sky just starts to get light. I am anxious to discover the fall color conditions. Walking to the lake, I see a beautiful moonlit image before me of fall colors plus the delight of the first dusting of snow for the season! I’m happy that the snow dapples the mountains and doesn’t cover them completely in white.

Seeing the moon shining on the mountain peaks, I quickly set up to capture the moonlit landscape, placing some rocks in the foreground of the icy lake. I press the shutter for my first shot of the day knowing it will be my favorite and sunrise isn’t even for another half-hour. What a wonderful morning!

See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.

Post Date: 6/18/2018 11:35:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Rokinon:

New AF 85mm F1.4 Full Frame Prime for Canon EF – Vivid, Sharp and Bright

(New York, New York) June 18, 2018 – Hot on the heels of the new Rokinon AF 24mm F2.8 Full Frame for Sony E, Rokinon has announced its new AF 85mm F1.4 Full Frame Lens for Canon EF mount.

The new 85mm F1.4 AF lens is designed for optimal quality imaging and for the most advanced Canon Full Frame image sensor cameras. The new Rokinon AF 85mm F1.4 also performs with Canon APS-C sensor cameras as a high speed 136mm equivalent AF telephoto lens.

A variety of advanced lens technologies, including a Hybrid Aspherical element, allow for a more compact (< 3 inches long) and lightweight (17oz) design that also minimizes aberrations, controls distortion, and provides excellent resolution. Autofocusing is fast and quiet which is accomplished by two Linear Ultrasonic Motors (LSM’s) that only have to adjust a single inner lens group to achieve precise focus.

Additional notable features of the new Rokinon AF 85mm F1.4 include Weather Sealing, all metal construction, an ergonomically designed size, shape and grip for enhanced comfort and a 9 blade aperture that helps to achieve beautiful bokeh.

The new Rokinon AF 85mm F1.4 Full Frame Lens for Canon EF is expected to be available in August with a street price of only $799.00. It will include a reversible lens hood, lens caps, and a soft pouch case.

Specifications

APERTURE RANGEF1.4 - 16
OPTICAL CONSTRUCTION9 Glass Elements in 7 Groups
(Including 1 Hybrid Aspherical Lens)
COATINGUltra Multi-Coating (UMC)
ANGLE OF VIEW28.4° 19.0° 2.83”
MIN. FOCUSING DIST.2.95ft (0.90m)
MAGNIFICATION RATIO0.11x
FILTER SIZE77mm
DIAPHRAGM BLADES9
MAX. DIAMETER3.46” 88.0mm
LENGTH2.83” (72.0mm)
WEIGHT17.11oz (485g)
COVERAGEFull Frame
MSRP$799.00 USD

B&H carries Rokinon lenses.

Posted to: Canon News   Categories: Rokinon News, Samyang News
Post Date: 6/18/2018 10:16:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

While Bryan and I are fans of Adobe's Creative Cloud offerings, most notably Photoshop CC and Lightroom Classic CC, we know that many are interested in alternatives to Lightroom in particular. The official blog for one of the most popular alternatives, Phase One Capture One Pro, recently posted an article aimed squarely at those looking to make a change.

From the Phase One Capture One Blog:

11 Killer Tips For Switching From Lightroom to Capture One

Getting used to new software is rarely easy – but it doesn’t have to be frustrating. If you are considering switching from Lightroom to Capture One, here are 11 tips for making the transition easy.

1. Interface

There are a few things to take notes of when switching from Lightroom to Capture One:

  • No modules! The interface in Capture One uses one main window, where all tools are organized in Tool Tabs.
  • The default layout has tools to the left and browser to the right of the viewer.
  • To choose a layout more similar to Lightroom, simply select ‘Window > Workspace > Migration’. This will provide a workspace that more closely resembles Lightroom’s layout.
  • Most tools in Capture One can be re-organized, moved freely around and even scaled, by simply clicking the Tool Title and dragging. Parts of the interface can also be hidden. For an easy overview, use the View menu.

To see all of the tips, check out the Phase One Capture One Blog.

B&H carries Phase One Capture One download licenses.

Post Date: 6/18/2018 9:13:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:

In this video, Julieanne Kost goes over four very popular blend modes – Multiply, Screen, Overlay and Soft Light – and demonstrates how they can be used when compositing images in Photoshop.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 6/18/2018 7:12:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, June 16, 2018

Mostly, this post is to let you share in our excitement and that sentence probably caught your attention with many thoughts potentially entering your mind.
 
Perhaps for those of you following this site from the early days, it is hard to believe that she is that old. Yes, the years really do fly by (every year goes by faster). This image was captured in 2003, the year TDP showed up on the web:
 
Brianna at Age 7
 
And now, my baby has become a beautiful young lady.
 
While the girls are taking care of many of the wedding's fine details, I am also involved. One of the requests of me was to assemble a set of pictures suitable for use in a slide show. While gathering those, many great memories were brought back and, as you probably guessed, I had a solid selection to choose from.
 
While on that topic, heed my advice: now is when you need to spend time with your kids and of course, make them feel special by photographing them constantly (and giving them that reason why). Only photographs (and videos) can keep them that age forever. Capture your times together and all of the special moments. Grandparents, you are included here – you get to photograph the grandkids when that generation shows up (I look forward to that day).
 
Answering another common question: yes, we love the incoming son and look forward to him being an official part of the family (he's been hanging around for years already). With him and his great family joining our lives, all of the parent wish list boxes are being checked here.
 
I know, the first question you really wanted answered was "Are you photographing the wedding?" Well, the official answer is no – there are hired photographers for the event. But ... I just might have (a few cases of) gear stashed somewhere handy. You know – just in case!
 
Then came the "Oh, can you just set up a camera to video the wedding?"
 
In what seems a blink of an eye, the kid is grown and moving on with her life. Fortunately, she is not moving too far. And, we have plenty of pictures to look back on.
 
The lead image for this post is a recent one, commemorating college graduation. It was a cloudy day and light green spring colors were still on some of the trees. I positioned Brianna under the shade of a tall tree to gain some direction to the ultra-soft cloud-diffused light and aligned with a distant tree of interest in the background. At 200mm, the f/2 aperture turns the tree into an interesting blur of color and Brianna pops from the background. Due to the color of the background, my eyes struggled to properly recognize the right color balance this image but, in the end, I opted to use the black cap and gown for a custom white balance.
 
The Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens is a killer portrait lens and it has captured some of my favorite portraits of the kids. This is not an inexpensive lens, but the results can be priceless.
 
The girls are due home from their hair appointments at any time – gotta go!


 
Camera and Lens Settings
200mm  f/2.0  1/500s
ISO 100
5398 x 8097px
Post Date: 6/16/2018 11:13:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 15, 2018

From Nikon:

Offers superior agility and optical performance

June 14, 2018 – TOKYO – Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the development of the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, a fixed focal length super-telephoto lens compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras.

The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR will be a high-performance super-telephoto lens that is significantly smaller and lighter than comparable predecessors due to the adoption of the same type of Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element used in the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR, released in January 2015. This lens makes hand-held photography easy, despite it being a fixed focal length super-telephoto lens that supports 500 mm focal length. The portability of the lens allows it to be used in a wider variety of situations, and for capturing fast-moving and unpredictable subjects in scenes such as sporting events.

Details, including the release date and suggested retail price for this product, will be shared at a later date.

Nikon continues to encourage the pursuit of imaging expression possibilities through its innovative products and solutions, built on its 100 years of heritage and advanced technical capabilities.

PF (Phase Fresnel) Lens Elements

The PF (Phase Fresnel) lens, developed by Nikon, effectively compensates chromatic aberration utilizing the photo diffraction phenomenon*. It provides superior chromatic aberration compensation performance when combined with a normal glass lens. Compared to many general camera lenses that employ an optical system using the photorefractive phenomenon, a remarkably compact and lightweight body can be attained with less number of lens elements.

* Diffraction phenomenon: Light has characteristics as a waveform. When a waveform faces an obstacle, it attempts to go around and behind it, and this characteristic is referred to as diffraction. Diffraction causes chromatic dispersion in the reverse order of refraction.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Announcements
Post Date: 6/15/2018 12:47:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens page.

Looking for a bargain Sony lens? This best-seller qualifies.

Captured with different cameras, the following comparisons require a bit judgement and visualization skills.

Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 compared to Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 compared to Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor Lens
Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 compared to Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens

As always, many other comparisons are available.

The Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/15/2018 9:00:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 14, 2018

Canon has created a new microsite called "Shot on Canon" that lists films, documentaries and TV shows that were captured with Canon equipment.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 6/14/2018 12:02:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sigma has released firmware updates for the Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 and 8 Lenses as follows:

Mount Converter MC-11
Now compatible with the Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Lens and the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens.

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
Now Compatible with Sigma Mount Converter MC-11.

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens
"It has corrected the phenomenon that the Manual Override (MO) function will be disabled after adjusting the settings of focus mode switch on SIGMA Optimization Pro (Macintosh ver.). "

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Now Compatible with Sigma Mount Converter MC-11.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Now Compatible with Sigma Mount Converter MC-11.

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
"It has corrected the phenomenon that the continuous shooting speed of some SIGMA interchangeable lenses with firmware Ver.2.00 decreases in certain combinations with some cameras. "

Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens
"It has corrected the phenomenon that the continuous shooting speed of some SIGMA interchangeable lenses with firmware Ver.2.00 decreases in certain combinations with some cameras. "

Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C Lens
"It has corrected the phenomenon that the Manual Override (MO) function will be disabled after adjusting the settings of focus mode switch on SIGMA Optimization Pro (Macintosh ver.)."

Sigma EF-630 Flash
"It has corrected the phenomenon where it occasionally stops communicating after recovering from Auto Power Off."

 
For the lenses, updating firmware is as easy as plugging in the Sigma Dock, mounting the lens and running the Sigma software.

Post Date: 6/13/2018 9:25:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 12, 2018

From Lowepro:

New QuickShelf technology, premium materials and added features deliver flexibility and superior gear protection in an everyday pack designed for the way today’s content creators work.

Upper Saddle River, NJ – June 12, 2018 – Lowepro, a company with a 50-year reputation in creating protective gear-carrying solutions for image makers, today announced the launch of FreeLine BP 350 AW, a new premium, versatile daypack designed for today’s content creators, photographers, and videographers. The FreeLine BP 350 AW is the first in a collection of innovative bags intended to organize and protect the tools that capture the vision of content creators, wherever they go, leaving them free to focus on the big picture.

Features for the way today’s creators work

  • QuickShelf Divider System – the revolutionary interior divider system that unfolds into a 3-tier shelf or folds flat to remove revealing an open interior space includes pop-in lateral dividers allows for quick, fully customizable and wholly protected array of gear sets including multiple mirrorless bodies and lenses; full-framed DSLR with mounted 70-200mm f2.8 lens and additional lenses, compact drones and more.
  • Constructed of super high-grade Nylon 66 exterior fabric with water and abrasion resistant Carbonite, YKK weather-proof zippers and All Weather AW Cover provide unmatched protection from everyday use and the elements.
  • Dual side-access panels allow for easy access to gear.
  • CradleFit pocket suspends and protects up to a 15” laptop.
  • Integrated Gear Box offers customizable storage for cords, cables, batteries and more.
  • ActiveZone Back Panel provides excellent support and comfort.

“The professional landscape is shifting with this rise of the independent content creator,” explains Tim Grimmer, Senior Director of Product for Lowepro. “In collaboration with our partner brand JOBY, owner of the world famous GorillaPod, we delved deeply into the world of today’s Content Creators, vloggers, YouTubers, and storytellers. We learned more about how their gear kits and shooting locations frequently change as they produce content every day. Our goal became to create a solution that offers the freedom to carry what they need each day. We’re excited to offer FreeLine, a premium daypack that pairs our company’s signature protection with the adaptability content creators crave.”

The FreeLine BP 350 AW is now available for purchase for $259.95 at select Lowepro dealers and will be on display during VidCon June 21 – 23, 2018 in Anaheim, CA.

B&H has the Lowepro FreeLine BP 350 AW Backpack in stock.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 6/12/2018 11:49:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Image quality test results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens Review.

The 400 DO IS II review was completed before the 5Ds R existed. To get these results added to the site, Canon USA loaned us another copy this lens. Under the scrutiny of the ultra-high resolution 5Ds R, the center of the frame is showing a touch of softness in the center at f/4 in this copy of the lens, but this lens performs impressively otherwise.

Here are some comparisons to get you started:

Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 400mm f/2.8L IS II Lens
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 300mm f/2.8L IS II Lens with 1.4x
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 400mm f/5.6L Lens
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 200-400mm f/4L IS II Lens
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 200mm f/2L IS Lens with 1.4x

The Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/12/2018 9:23:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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