Canon and Sony News for Apr 2019 (Page 2)

 Wednesday, April 24, 2019

From Zeiss:

The Telephoto Lens.

With its new Otus 1.4/100, ZEISS has expanded the tried and tested Otus family to include a new telephoto focal length. The ZEISS Otus 1.4/100 is one of the best lenses in its class due to its low sample variation, outstanding imaging performance, and superior build quality.

With the same uncompromising performance that makes all Otus lenses stand out, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/100 is a truly exceptional lens. A lens that is a reflection of the comprehensive expertise and extensive experience of ZEISS.

Although developed for 35 mm full-frame cameras, the Otus 1.4/100 gives you the quality and look of a medium-format system.

Whether in the studio or on location, this lens stands out in every situation thanks to its high resolution and excellent sharpness – even at the maximum aperture of f/1.4.

Whether portrait or product photography, the bokeh will impress you. The apochromatic lens design with aspherical lenses and special glass prevents almost all conceivable aberrations. In addition, the high-quality coating keeps the contrast high, even when shooting against the light, and minimizes lens flare.

Apochromat
Because this lens is an apochromat, chromatic aberrations (axial chromatic aberations) are corrected with elements of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion. The chromatic aberrations are therefore significantly below the defined limits. Bright-dark transitions in the image, and especially highlights, are reproduced almost completely free of color artifacts.

The ultimate in image contrast
Aberrations caused by extreme differences between shadows and highlights are particularly obvious in images captured at night. Thanks to the outstanding correction of lateral chromatic aberration, the floodlit facade is reproduced with absolute perfection.

No colour fringing
Sources of light located in front of or behind the plane of focus present particular challenges to every lens. In the case of the ZEISS Otus, longitudinal chromatic aberration is so low that practically no colour fringing occurs.

The medium format look
Thanks to its exceptional sharpness, the ZEISS Otus exploits the full potentials of contemporary high-resolution sensors and rewards photographers with images characterised by breathtaking rendition of even the finest details.

Aspherical design
The aspherical lens design ensures consistent imaging performance throughout the entire focusing range as well as sharpness to the periphery of the image. The asphere's more complex surface profile can reduce or eliminate spherical aberration and also reduce other optical aberrations compared to a simple lens.

Technical Specifications

Focal length100 mm
Aperture rangef/1.4 – f/16
Camera mountCanon EF-Mount* (ZE) | Nikon F-Mount* (ZF.2)
Format compatibilityFull Frame
Focusing range1,0 m (39.4") – 8
Free working distance0,83 m (32.7") – 8
Angular field** (diag. | horiz. | vert.)24° / 20° / 14°
Diameter of image field43 mm (1.69")
Coverage at close range (MOD)**206 x 309 mm (8.11 x 12.17")
Image ratio at minimum object distance01:08.6
Lens elements | groups14 / 11
Flange focal distanceZE: 44 mm (1.73") | ZF.2: 47 mm (1.83")
Entrance pupil position (front of image plane)35 mm (1.38")
Filter threadM86 x 1.00
Rotation angle of focusing ring315°
Diameter max.ZE: 101 mm (3.96") | ZF.2: 101 mm (3.96“)
Diameter of focusing ringZE: 90 mm (3.54?) | ZF.2: 90 mm (3.54?)
Length (with lens caps)ZE: 152 mm (6.00") | ZF.2: 150,1 mm (5.91")
Length (without lens caps)ZE: 129 mm (5.07") | ZF.2: 127 mm (4.98")
WeightZE: 1405 g (3.10 lbs) | ZF.2: 1336 g (2.95 lbs)

The lens is expected to be available for preorder at B&H and Adorama.

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Post Date: 4/24/2019 6:55:48 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:

In this Photoshop Magic Minute, Meredith Stotzner uses the Refine Edge Brush to pull in edge details like fur and hair.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

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Post Date: 4/24/2019 6:18:21 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Unless you are a local, Bowers Beach in Bowers, DE, referred to as sleepy fishing village (population about 335), is probably not on your radar. That this town and beach border the Murderkill River, north of Slaughter Beach, surely does not help spur interest.

Exploring with a camera is one of my favorite things to do and late on this day, I ended up on the very peaceful Bowers Beach at low tide. With the Delaware Bay drawn back, the low angle light emphasized the ripples left in the sand. Those ripples consumed my attention for the last hour of direct sunlight.

The Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens mounted on a Sony a7R III were perfect for walking around the beach. For each image, I selected an aperture that would keep all details in the frame sharp (commonly f/11) and focused roughly 1/3 into the depth of the image. I varied the focal length, the camera height, and the camera's up/down angle while trying out a variety of ripple locations on the beach.

When the right set of ripples are found, there seems to be endless compositions available. That of course creates a selection challenge during post processing. For this set, I simply picked one image I liked and archived the rest of the RAW files.

Images of patterns are seldom among my most-liked social shares, but ... I love them. They are great for interior decorating and they work very well as backgrounds for various media.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
28mm  f/11.0  1/50s
ISO 100
7952 x 5304px
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Post Date: 4/23/2019 7:30:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Nikon:

Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.15 to 1.20

  • The camera can now connect via Wi-Fi to devices running SnapBridge. For more information, see the “Addendum to the User’s Manual” in which this feature is described. Before using this feature, upgrade to the following version of the app:
    • SnapBridge version 2.5.4 or later

  • Fixed the following issues:
    • The camera sometimes had trouble focusing on subjects in the focus points at the edges of the frame.
    • The camera would sometimes stop responding during shooting in continuous high-speed (CH) release mode.
    • The camera would sometimes not turn off after the power switch was rotated to “OFF”.

Download: Nikon D500 Firmware v.1.20

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Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 4/23/2019 6:09:46 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 22, 2019

Just posted: Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens (for Sony) Review.

There is a reason (or many of them) why this is the best-selling lens at B&H right now.

The Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens is expected in stock soon at B&H | Adorama | Amazon US | WEX

Rent the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens from Lensrentals.

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Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 4/22/2019 8:14:55 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

In this video, photographer Vanessa Joy demonstrates her techniques for editing bright and colorful photos.

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Post Date: 4/22/2019 8:03:07 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, April 21, 2019

It was an early morning in Crested Butte, Colorado and the sky was dark, heavily overcast and quite uninspiring. Then the clouds rolled away and suddenly there was bright light bringing life to the fall-colored aspens.

I was primarily shooting with the Canon EOS R and RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens this morning. As there was adequate light, shooting this combination handheld permitted rapid and significant location and composition changes as dictated by the rapidly changing light.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
58mm  f/8.0  1/100s
ISO 100
6720 x 4480px
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Post Date: 4/21/2019 6:05:51 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 19, 2019

If you have used Canon's Map Utility lately, you've likely seen the following warning message (thanks Henri):

"Map displaying service of Map Utility will be terminated by the end of Oct. 2019."
We reached out to Canon Technical Advisor Rudy Winston to ask what prompted the change. While the reason behind the change remains unclear, Rudy did let us know that Canon's Map Utility is reaching the end of its product life cycle and another Canon-developed program has taken its place, albeit without some of Map Utility's functionality (specifically, the mapping feature utilizing Google Earth imagery).

From Rudy Winston:

"Basically, the current Canon Map Utility software is in the process of being discontinued. We don’t know the reasons, so there’s little point in my speculating about possible causes of this. However, the good news is that there is a replacement Canon software available, to work with GPS Log files – it’s called Canon GPS [Log File] Utility, and it was posted on the Canon USA web site as a free download in February.

It's not literally the same as the previous Canon Map Utility – it’s basically a *retrieval* and conversion software, and does NOT have “mapping” functionality itself. What it does do is convert Canon GPS Log files into Google Earth-compatible .KMZ files – which can then be used and read by numerous third-party mapping software programs. So it loses the display portion of the previous Map Utility, but again, that should pose little problem for most users, since various 3rd-party solutions to display the Canon-generated .KMZ files on a map are readily available.

There’s reportedly no change in GPS tagging capability either (that is, creation of specific spots where a given image was taken) ... again, you just need a compatible 3rd-party mapping software to display them."

Is the Google Maps API price increase the root cause of this change? I know that one of my favorite dark sky map websites has gone ... dark, popping a "This page can't load Google Maps correctly." message.

Download: GPS Log File Utility

B&H carries the GPS Receiver GP-E2.

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Posted to: Canon News   Categories: Canon USA News, Canon Software Updates
Post Date: 4/19/2019 6:10:02 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Tokina:

Apr 19, 2019 – Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce the worldwide sales date for the new Tokina FíRIN 100mm F2.8 FE MACRO (SONY E-mount) for digital mirrorless cameras.

Sales will commence on April 26th, 2019.

Tokina FíRIN 100mm F2.8 FE MACRO is the second lens in FíRIN series designed to help shooting artistic photos of people, landscape or things at a very close distance, allowing to see the details that human eyes would hardly see.

It is a moderate tele macro lens with incorporated optics designed for Sony full frame E-mount mirrorless cameras. The lens is capable of life-sized (1:1) reproduction at 30cm. Due to its macro specifications the lens has extremely high resolution, low distortion and low falloff. Fast aperture f/2.8 provides excellent performance in low light conditions. Beautiful soft bokeh makes this lens an extremely attractive tool for macro, portraits, landscapes, art reproduction, commercial and general purpose shooting.

B&H will have the Tokina FíRIN 100mm F2.8 FE MACRO for Sony E available for preorder.

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Posted to: Sony News   Categories: Tokina News, Availability Notices
Post Date: 4/19/2019 7:14:24 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

Wedding photographer JB Salle gives tips on off-camera lighting and how to use strobes effectively. He discusses lighting techniques that mimic the sun when there isn’t enough natural light, as well as how to use a reflector to separate the subject from the backdrop. There are a lot of useful nuggets of information in this video, so check it out!

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Post Date: 4/19/2019 6:07:26 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 18, 2019

(New York, New York) April 17, 2019 – Rokinon has announced the new AF 85mm F1.4 Full Frame Lens for for Nikon F mount which is the 10th lens of its autofocus series of lenses for Sony, Canon and Nikon cameras.

This ideal portrait-length prime is designed for optimal quality imaging with the most advanced Nikon Full Frame image sensor cameras. It also performs with Nikon APS-C sensor cameras as a high speed 127.5mm 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. Ultra Multi-Coating is applied to all optical surfaces to suppress flare and ghosting while increasing contrast and color accuracy. Autofocusing is fast, quiet and 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 rounded 9 blade aperture that helps to achieve beautiful bokeh.

The new Rokinon AF 85mm F1.4 Full Frame Lens for Nikon F will be available in early May with a street price of only $799.00. It will include a reversible lens hood, lens caps, and a soft pouch case.

B&H carries Rokinon lenses.

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Posted to: Nikon News   Categories: Rokinon News, Samyang News
Post Date: 4/18/2019 11:22:41 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Sigma:

For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable product listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.



SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for CANON EF mount

Benefit of the update

  • It has improved the stability of the image in the viewfinder, making it easier to confirm composition, thanks to the updated control algorithm of the Optical Stabilizer.



SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for CANON EF mount

Benefit of the update

  • When the lens is used in combination with the Canon “EOS R” and their “Mount Adapter EF-EOS R”, or “Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R”, it has corrected the phenomenon whereby it may occasionally show overexposure when narrowing down the aperture from F3.5 while shooting.



B&H carries the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary and SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM lenses.

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Posted to: Canon News   Categories: Sigma News, Sigma Firmware Updates
Post Date: 4/18/2019 6:40:52 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Sigma:

For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable product listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.

Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Nikon F mount

Benefit of the update (v.1.03)

  • It has improved the stability of the image in the viewfinder, making it easier to confirm composition, thanks to the updated control algorithm of the Optical Stabilizer.

B&H carries the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary Lens.

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Posted to: Nikon News   Categories: Sigma News, Sigma Firmware Updates
Post Date: 4/18/2019 6:33:24 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Canon Canada has made Canon EOS R Firmware Version 1.2.0 available (Windows | Mac).

Firmware Version 1.2.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Eye-detection AF
    • Supports Servo AF when shooting still images.
    • Now available when shooting movies regardless of "Movie Servo AF" setting.
  2. Small AF Frame Size
    • Supports Servo AF when shooting still images.
    • Now available when shooting movies regardless of "Movie Servo AF" setting.
  3. Under certain conditions the electronic level displayed in the electronic viewfinder did not display properly.
  4. Under certain conditions information displayed in the electronic viewfinder was not properly rotated.
  5. Under certain conditions updating the firmware for the wireless file transmitter WFT-E7 was not possible.
More Information: Canon EOS R Review

Canon EOS RB&H | Adorama | Amazon US

Thanks Marco!

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Post Date: 4/17/2019 12:07:30 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

As usual, B&H and Adorama will be closing in observance of the upcoming Passover holiday. If you need something in the near future, get it now to ensure it is delivered on time. Below are the details:



B&H Passover 2019 Holiday Closing Schedule

B&H will be closed starting at 7pm ET Thu April 18.
We will reopen at 10am Sun April 28.

Online Orders

Online ordering will pause during the following holiday observance periods:

  • 7:30pm Fri April 19 until 9pm Sun April 21
  • 7:45pm Thu April 25 until 9:15pm Sat April 27

Shipping

Orders placed before 6pm ET Thu April 18 will be processed prior to the holiday closing.
Orders placed after this time will be processed when we reopen on Sun April 28.

Store Pickup

Store Pickup orders placed up to 1 hour before store closing will be available for same-day pickup until store closing.
Store Pickup orders placed within 1 hour of store closing, or while the store is closed, will be available for pickup 30 minutes after the store reopens.



Adorama Passover 2019 Holiday Closing Schedule

Orders submitted before our holiday closing time (4/19/2019 12:30PM) will be processed on the day submitted - subject to our verification process.

Orders submitted to us during the Passover Holiday (Friday, April 19th thru Sunday April 28th) will be shipped Monday April 29th.

Thank You for your understanding, and for your business.

Store Hours:

Friday April 19th – 9:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday April 28th – 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Post Date: 4/17/2019 7:04:53 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
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