Canon and Sony News for Dec 2019 (Page 2)

 Wednesday, December 11, 2019

From Adobe:

Feature summary | Lightroom (December 2019 release)

Easily contribute photos and videos to a Lightroom shared album

New in Lightroom desktop and mobile

View and contribute photos to any shared group album, using Lightroom desktop and mobile (iOS and Android), in addition to Lightroom on the web. First, click the 'View album' button in the email invite that is sent by the album owner. Then, open the app and click the icon. Under section Shared with You, you can view the album(s) that are shared with you.

If the album owner has provided contribution rights, you can add photos by doing the following: (On desktop) Right-click (Windows)/Control-click (macOS) the album under Shared with You and select Set "" as the Target Album. Then, select photos within Lightroom from My Photos or Albums and press the T key. Click Add Photo(s) in the confirmation dialog box.

Alternatively, select one or more photos in All Photos or one of your own albums. Then, in the left panel, navigate to the desired Shared with You album and drag and drop the photos into the desired shared album in the left panel.

(On mobile) With a Lightroom shared album selected, tap Add photos from the options menu or tap the import icon in the lower-right corner of the screen, and select photos to contribute.

To learn more, see:

Directly import photos from a camera or SD card

New in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)

You can directly import photos and videos from an SD card or other attached media into Lightroom for mobile (iOS). Your iOS device should be running on iOS 13.2 or later to support this feature.

For more details, see Import photos and videos from a camera or SD card in PTP mode.

Export photos in the format of your choice

New in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)

Select the photos you want to export and click the Share icon to quickly access the Export screen. You can export edited photos as JPEG, TIF, DNG, or as the original photo with applied settings. Moreover, you can access export setting options such as JPG Quality, Output Sharpening, Color Space, and File Naming.

For more details, see Export photos from iOS.

Support for new cameras and lenses

New in Lightroom/Camera RAW

Newly Supported Cameras

CameraRaw image filename extensionMinimum Camera Raw plug-in version requiredMinimum Lightroom version requiredMinimum Lightroom Classic version required
Canon EOS M200CR312.13.19.1
Canon EOS RaCR312.13.19.1
Google Pixel 4DNG12.13.19.1
Google Pixel 4 XLDNG12.13.19.1
Leica SL2DNG12.13.19.1
Nikon Z 50NEF12.13.19.1
Sigma fpDNG12.13.19.1
Sony a9 II (ILCE-9M2)ARW12.13.19.1
Zeiss ZX1DNG12.13.19.1

Newly Supported Lens Profiles

ManufacturerLensLens mountMinimum Camera Raw plug-in version requiredMinimum Lightroom version requiredMinimum Lightroom Classic version required
CanonCanon RF 15-35mm f/2.8 L IS USMCanon RF12.13.19.1
CanonCanon RF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USMCanon RF12.13.19.1
CanonCanon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USMCanon RF12.13.19.1
CanonCanon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DSCanon RF12.13.19.1
SigmaSIGMA 16mm F1.4 DC DN C017Canon M12.13.19.1
SigmaSIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN C016Canon M12.13.19.1
SigmaSIGMA 56mm F1.4 DC DN C018Canon M12.13.19.1
SigmaSIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM A018Sony FE12.13.19.1
ZeissZEISS ZX1 (DNG + JPEG)Zeiss12.13.19.1

Other enhancements

Lightroom for mobile (Android)

View profiles of people who have authored interactive tutorials. In the Home view, tap an author's name from a tutorial's thumbnail to access their profile where you can find a collated list of their tutorials. For more information, see Find tutorials and posts from author's profiles.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 12/11/2019 5:00:14 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 9, 2019

On this day's schedule was giving some great gear a workout and the Sony a7R IV and Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens combination were chosen. These were packed in MindShift Gear BackLight 18L along with a Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod with a BH-40 Ball Head mounted and the very early AM hike to Dream Lake ensued.

I don't like to be the second person at a popular location and some may say that I arrived too early for this one. The extra time ensures adequate setup time with some starry sky photography included. The extra time also means that very warm clothes were needed, especially with the wind often encountered here.

I love perfectly still water surfaces in the shade and the mirror reflections those surfaces create. This morning did not provide such and the mentioned wind was relentless.

Between reviewing long exposure, high ISO image captures and the light becoming bright enough for the foreground rocks to be visible, this composition was settled on. I wanted the closest round rock centered between the mountain peak reflections with a clean border around it and the other foreground rocks. The camera was leveled for both roll and pitch. I seldom want a camera that is not leveled for roll when photographing landscape and in this case, I also chose to avoid an upward or downward camera angle that would have caused the straight tree trunks to tilt inward or outward respectively. The focal length was selected to be inclusive or exclusive of details in the scene and the camera height was selected for the final composition. The color balance disparity of the warm first light of the day hitting the mountain mixed with cool shade in the valley below is natural and I love it.

The final image is the result of combining two images using manual HDR blending. As is often the case, those exposures were different with the sunlit areas captured darker (f/11, 0.4 seconds, ISO 100) and the shaded areas coming from brighter settings (f/11, 30 seconds, ISO 200).

As you likely noticed, the longer exposure is dramatically longer and includes a 2x-brighter ISO setting. This exposure was needed to compensate for a 6-stop Breakthrough Photography X4 ND filter (great gift idea) being used. The longer exposure this filter permitted allowed the water to be smoothed, averaging out the reflection details in the lake surface ripples, giving the mountain reflections some definition. A third image (another darker one) was pulled in because some of the trees were less motion-blurred than in the primary image.

The aforementioned gear all performed excellently. It was a superb choice for this event. Of course, the bottom line is that Dream Lake and its rocks rock!


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 12/9/2019 9:43:45 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From the Adorama Youtube Channel:

If you're looking for a dramatic, low key portrait idea then Gavin Hoey has you covered with this amazing rim light tutorial. Starting with two bare flashes, Gavin walks you through how to improve the photo by softening the light with a stripbox .

Once you've mastered the basic lighting technique, why not give Gavin's advanced lighting tutorial a go. Getting perfect rim lighting on a bubble is the challenge and Gavin has some great tips to help nail the look. He also has some top Photoshop advice to add extra bubbles after the shoot.

Product Used

Post Date: 12/9/2019 5:26:39 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, December 6, 2019

From Canon USA:

Firmware Version 1.6.0 incorporates the following improvements and fixes:

  • Support for the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS lens has been added.
  • Corrects a phenomenon in which the function or setting value assigned to the control ring may change when the control ring is operated in Eco mode.
  • Corrects a phenomenon in which the camera may stop operating properly during “auto transfer” when using Camera Connect with a Wi-Fi connection.
  • Corrects a phenomenon in which high-speed synchronization with use of an external flash may not operate properly depending on the camera’s setting for C.Fn2 “Set shutter speed range”.

Download: Canon EOS R Firmware Version 1.6.0

Post Date: 12/6/2019 4:56:51 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 5, 2019

Smart people told us long in advance that the planet Mercury was going to pass in front of the Sun for many hours on 11/11/2019 and that the transit was going to be visible across a huge swath of the world, including my location on that date, falling during my Shenandoah National Park Workshop.

My first thought regarding photographing this event was that I could take a picture of the Sun anytime and simply use the paint brush tool to drop in Mercury planets wherever desired. While the result would look fine, it wouldn't be nearly as fun or as phsychologically rewarding as experiencing the event firsthand and capturing the real thing. Photographing the Sun is easy and a little black dot in front of it was going to be equally easy to capture so, I packed the required solar filter for the trip.

The Sun was not going to be our primary subject on this day, we didn't have time to shoot throughout the entire many-hour transit, and the cloudy sky made photographing it challenging during the few times we attempted to do so. Still, I wanted to show the entire transit in the final result. To fulfill that goal, I pieced a number of images together and then duplicated a Mercury planet to fill in the entire path across the Sun.

While the Mercury transit does not rise to the level of amazing as the recent solar eclipse, it was still fun to see and photograph.

When photographing the Sun, everything else in the frame is black unless there are clouds being brightly lit while darkening the Sun enough to even out the dynamic range. With black periphery being easy to create during post processing, framing the Sun a tightly as possible becomes the goal. Still, the Sun will not come close to filling the frame even at 1200mm, the longest most photographers will use, on a full frame camera. In a focal length limited scenario, higher pixel density on the imaging sensor means more resolution remaining after cropping and the Sony a7R IV has that. The Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens and FE 2x Teleconverter were used to gain the 1200mm focal length.

Among the many images captured were some with a cloud-caused fiery haze surrounding the Sun. Adding some of these images into the Photoshop stack provided the option of including the haze in the final image as shared here.

Here is a question for you: Since I watched Mercury transit the Sun in an electronic viewfinder, did I really see it?


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 12/5/2019 11:20:19 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Just posted: Canon EOS M6 Mark II Review.

This is a remarkable little camera.

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Canon EOS M6 Mark II from Lensrentals.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 12/5/2019 7:56:02 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:

Join Host Seth Miranda @LastXwitness as we walks through Capture One 20 with a quick over view of some of the new features

Adorama carries Phase One Capture One 20.

Post Date: 12/5/2019 6:16:35 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

In this Quick Look, AB Belinfanti shows us the RODE NTG5, the company's newest high-performing shotgun microphone.

B&H carries the Rode NTG5 Moisture-Resistant Short Shotgun Microphone.

Post Date: 12/5/2019 5:22:16 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 4, 2019

It is generally much easier to photograph deer in a field or meadow than in the forest where tree trunks and branches create obstructions and chaotic backgrounds. However, the forest is where many deer spend large amounts of their lives. Heading into the forest may reduce the odds of getting good images but the increased challenge makes a successful in-the-forest image more rewarding.

While a 600 f/4 lens is an awesome choice for obscuring a distracting foreground and background via blur, the narrow angle of view can be challenging to use in the forest due to the obstructions. A farther away view results in a higher chance of trees and branches being in the way. Despite having a Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens with me in Shenandoah National Park, I mostly used the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens. The images this lens makes are hard to beat and once one acclimates to 600mm f/4 images, it becomes difficult to be satisfied with anything less.

All 600mm f/4 and similar lenses are very expensive but the high price has one advantage: it is a barrier of entry, making it harder for those without such a lens to compete with those having one. In a world with an unimaginable number of images being captured daily, this lens' image quality is a differentiator and those able to make the investment should frequently make use of their advantage.

I was working ahead of this buck (with a somewhat unusual drop tine), looking for openings it might pass through. He came into this opening and cooperated nicely, looking toward the camera. After quickly capturing a few images with the currently-selected focus point, I changed the focus point to a more optimal position in the frame and captured another burst of images before the buck turned its head. I selected the image with the best deer pose (both ears forward and looking toward me) and stitched another of the images captured using the other focus point for a slightly wider overall image.

This image was captured on a bright cloudy day. Clouds act as a giant softbox, eliminating the harsh shadows often encountered in the woods. Images captured in cloudy weather often appear slightly cool and low contrast is also normal for images captured under cloudy skies. Adding a small amount of contrast and saturation and warming the color balance slightly brings the image to life.

The increased challenge, increased reward concept applies to many genres of photography. Welcome ways to increase your challenge!


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 12/4/2019 9:10:41 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Just posted: Canon EOS 90D Review.

The 90D is a nice upgrade from the 80D. This is a solid-performing, well-equipped camera.

Save $50.00 - $150.00 instantly: the Canon EOS 90D is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Canon EOS 90D from Lensrentals.

Please share this review with others!

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 12/4/2019 7:53:57 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Rocky Mountain National Park is very scenic but some locations within the park have better environments for elk photography than others. Elk go where they want to and little will stop them from doing so, but I have some favorite locations and usually will pursue the elk found in these. This elk was in one of my go-to locations, featuring a low, clean foreground and rocky mountain base in the background.

Elk are very large animals and that means relatively long distances are required to fit them in the frame of a long lens (and for personal safety). Longer subject distances mean increased depth of field and that means the background will be less diffusely blurred. The 600mm f/4 focal length and aperture combination creating a three-dimensional effect that makes the subject stand out from the background is especially valuable when photographing large animals such as elk.

After seeing how sharp the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens was (and experiencing how light it was), I opted to use this lens behind the ultra-high-resolution Sony a7R IV for all of my late summer and fall wildlife photography.

The bull in this photo was moving across the meadow in front of us and this great rut-characteristic chin-high pose was my favorite. The other images captured in this sequence provided a small additional amount of background that, with the lack of distracting details, I later decided to merge with the original image, creating a panorama. With the 61 MP resolution provided by the a7R IV, I didn't need the additional pixels. Moving back and cropping would have been easier from a post-processing perspective but moving back would have resulted in a missed opportunity in this instance (and the original framing would have been fine). Note that this capability likely exists in some of your images — be cautious when deleting the lesser images.

Images captured under a cloudy sky, including this one, usually readily accept some contrast increase and a modest amount was added to this image.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 12/3/2019 12:28:28 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

The Canon EOS 90D DSLR camera and the Canon EOS M6 Mark II interchangeable lens mirrorless camera are both excellent general-purpose models that many are deciding between. These cameras are identical in some ways yet vastly different in others.

These two cameras were announced simultaneously, sharing a press release. They share the same imaging sensor, the same processor, and the same image quality.

Canon EOS 90D Compare to the Canon EOS M6 Mark II – Top

As can clearly be seen in the overlay comparisons images shared here, the 90D is very considerably larger than the M6 II. The 90D takes up much more space but it provides a considerably larger grip that is comfortable to hold for long periods of time and gives the photographer better control of larger lenses. The optional BG-E14 battery grip provides even more control for the 90D. The M6 II is considerably lighter, weighing just over 1/2 as much as the 90D (12.7 vs. 24.7 / 361 vs. 701g).

The 90D has an optical viewfinder with speed-of-light response time and conventional phase detection AF in addition to the same live view sensor-based AF capabilities found in the M6 Mark II. The 90D requires an LCD loupe for electronic viewfinder (EVF) capabilities while the M6 II has a hot shoe attached accessory EVF, the EVF-DC2, available in addition to an accessory loupe.

Using the optical viewfinder (OVF), the 90D tops out at a 10 fps continuous shooting rate that seems fast until compared to the M6 II's 14 fps capability. Far surpassing that rate is the M6 II's 30 fps burst and preshooting, essentially shooting in the past. When using the optical viewfinder, the 90D has a faster shutter speed available (1/8000 vs. 1/4000 sec.) though both cameras can do 1/16000 sec. when using full electronic shutter. When using the OVF, the 90D has a far higher battery life (1,300 vs 305 shots at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%) with a 6-level battery indicator vs. 4.

The controls featured on these cameras are quite different. The 90D has a higher button and dial count but the M6 II has a solid set of controls. The 90D has a joystick while the M6 II features touch and drag AF when the optional EVF is installed.

The 90D has water and dust resistance specified while the M6 II does not. The 90D has a headphone port to its advantage. The 90D's LCD has anti smudge coating while the M6 II's LCD does not. Neither has anti reflection coating.

The 90D has a more powerful built-in flash of GN 12 vs. 4.6 (ISO 100, meters) with a 1 second faster recycle time (3 vs. 4 seconds) and a faster flash sync rate (1/250 vs. 1/200 second).

The M6 II's EF-M lens compatibility is an advantage. However, this camera requires an adapter for use of EF, EF-S, TS-E, and MP-E lenses.

Canon EOS 90D Compare to the Canon EOS M6 Mark II – Side

Which Camera?

For many people, either of these cameras will be a great choice and some will find that owning both cameras makes perfect sense. It is also likely that there will be one or more significant differentiators in the above list that creates a purchase direction.

Those photographing fast, erratic-moving action will likely prefer the 90D's optical viewfinder yet those same photographers may prefer the M6 II's faster frame rate. Those using large lenses will prefer the 90D's grip size as will those spending large amounts of time with the camera in hand.

That said, those carrying a camera for long periods of time will appreciate the M6 II's lighter weight. Travelers will love the M6 II's small size and light weight as will anyone able to utilize the compact (and excellent performing) EF-M lenses. If one or more EF-M lenses are ideally suited for the subjects, the M6 II is likely the best choice. Those carrying a camera in case an opportunity arises will appreciate the M6 II's compact size.

Again, for many people, either of these cameras will be a great choice and owning both cameras can make perfect sense.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 12/3/2019 9:27:58 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 2, 2019

Not having thumbs makes catching and handling slippery salmon very challenging for bears and very entertaining for those photographing the action. This bear is deploying one of its catching techniques, pinning the fish down for an easier bite.

What caught my attention in this photo is the colorful salmon tail splashing upward.


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Post Date: 12/2/2019 11:44:19 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens page.

Here are some comparisons:

Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens Compared to the Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens

Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens Compared to the Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens

While there are a plethora of other 35mm lenses, few have the matching f/2.8 max aperture. Use the site's tools to create your own comparisons.

This lens has a $50.00 holiday savings in place. The Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens is in stock at B&H | B&H Used | Adorama | WEX

Rent the Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens from Lensrentals.

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Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 12/2/2019 8:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
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