Canon and Sony News for Jun 2022 (Page 2)

 Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Act fast if you want one — the EOS R5 C is in stock at B&H.

Learn More: Canon EOS R5 C Review

Posted to: Canon News   Category: In Stock Notices
Post Date: 6/21/2022 5:07:49 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality test results are now available on the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II Lens page.

This little lens turns in signficantly sharper image quality than its predecessor. Here are some comparisons (minimally compare 70mm also):

Compared to the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM Lens (visualize between the modestly different test camera resolutions)

Compared to the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 Lens

Compared to the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens

Compared to the Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens

Order the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II Lens from B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II Lens from Lensrentals.

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Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/21/2022 8:29:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

I highly recommended that you browse the Mega Deal Zone at B&H.

For 3 days only (or while supply lasts), B&H significantly discounts a huge number of items, with many (most?) getting their lowest price of the year.

The Gradus Brands offer great values every day and many of these items are discounted right now.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/21/2022 7:50:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 20, 2022

Image quality test results are now available on the Canon RF 800mm F5.6 L IS USM Lens page.

The results appear as expected.

Here is the Canon RF 800mm F5.6 L IS USM Lens compared to the:

Canon RF 400mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens + RF 2x

Canon RF 600mm F4 L IS USM Lens + RF 1.4x

RF 800 with 1.4x vs. Canon RF 600mm F4 L IS USM Lens + RF 1.4x

Sorry, I need a larger studio or smaller test chart to capture results from the RF 800 and 2x combination.

Order the Canon RF 800mm F5.6 L IS USM Lens from B&H | Adorama | Canon USA | WEX

Rent the Canon RF 800mm F5.6 L IS USM Lens from Lensrentals.

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Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 6/20/2022 12:01:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, June 19, 2022

Check out today's Adorama Deals of the Day (available until 10:00 AM ET tomorrow) for big savings on:

  • Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 AF Lens for Sony E-Mount – only $499.00 after $200.00 instant savings
  • Flashpoint Zoom Li-ion R2 TTL On-Camera Flash Speedlight For Sony (V860II-S) – only $119.00 after $60.00 instant savings
  • K&F Concept Large DSLR Camera Travel Backpack for Outdoor Photography for 14" Laptop – only $39.99 after $59.01 instant savings

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Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/19/2022 12:31:06 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, June 18, 2022

Be the first to check out when B&H opens at 9:45pm ET tonight to score:

B&H has a pair of Canon EOS R5 C Cameras in stock – save up to $675.00 vs. new.

B&H also has a used Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens in stock.

Save the tax, use the B&H Payboo payment card (at B&H, I use this card exclusively).

Learn more:

Canon EOS R5 C Review
Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens Review

Post Date: 6/18/2022 7:40:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 17, 2022

Canon USA has updated the refurbished gear inventory, with notable inclusion of the RF 100-500 and RF 70-200 F2.8 lenses.

Get one for each of your EF lenses: the refurbished Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R with and without the control ring is in stock at Canon USA for only $127.99 and $63.99.

Expect Canon USA refurbished items to be like new with an as-new warranty and a great price.

Post Date: 6/17/2022 9:01:45 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Sony News   Category: In Stock Notices
Post Date: 6/17/2022 9:33:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Is your workflow more like workslow? Perhaps it is time to upgrade the computer.

B&H and Adorama are accepting preorders for the new Apple MacBook Pro with M2 Chip.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Preorders
Post Date: 6/17/2022 7:51:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The new Canon RF 800mm F5.6 and RF 1200mm F8 lenses are shipping in the USA.

The RF 1200mm lens is in stock at Adorama – only $19,999.00!

Learn more:

Canon RF 800mm F5.6 L IS USM Lens
Canon RF 1200mm F8 L IS USM Lens

Posted to: Canon News   Category: In Stock Notices
Post Date: 6/17/2022 7:35:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Take a moment to browse the Canon USA Store refurbished camera, lens, and flash inventory.

Select items, including the EOS R, EOS RP, EOS 5D Mark IV, and EOS 6D Mark II, are on sale.

Expect Canon USA refurbished gear to be like new with an as-new warranty and a great price.

Post Date: 6/17/2022 7:26:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 16, 2022
Post Date: 6/16/2022 12:13:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From DxO:

Nik Collection 5: Major upgrades to Color Efex and Analog Efex, improved local adjustment technology, and a smoother user experience

The latest version of the Lightroom Classic ® renowned suite of eight plugins for Adobe Photoshop® and also features a brand new tool to reduce haze and 29 faithfully reproduced color film grains. Powerful and diverse, the eight plugins of Nik Collection 5 also function as stand alone apps and offer unlimited creative potential. More than 300 presets give instant results, while intuitive sliders and DxO’s exclusive UPoint technology for local adjustments bring endless creative opportunities and the ability to refine every detail.

Revamped user interface for a more refined editing experience

The user interfaces of Nik Color Efex and Nik Analog Efex have been rebuilt from the ground up, bringing them into line with the recently updated Nik Silver Efex and Nik Viveza. Nik Color Efex is a powerful means of enhancing and manipulating color and continues to be Nik Collection users’ most popular plugin, while Nik Analog Efex is unique in its potential to recreate vintage photographic effects. Thanks to the newly refined and function al user experience in both of these plugins, presets are now more accessible with improved options for saving and editing favorite settings.

Local adjustments just got even smarter thanks to U Point™ technology

U Point™ technology, the pioneering local adjustment tools that make targeted changes feel intuitive and efficient without using masks, continues to evolve in Nik Color Efex and Nik Analog Efex. Control Points can now be renamed, making them easier to manage, and users can also save them as part two Color Selectivity sliders — of a preset, speeding up workflows. The addition of Luminance and Chrominance — gives users greater control over the impact of local adjustments, and the interface has been updated so that creating and editing a Control Poin t is a clean and distractionfree experience.

Two more major boosts to Color Efex: ClearView technology to remove haze and 29 authentic color film grains

Haze in photographs is simple to remove when using Nik Color Efex thanks to the addition of ClearView, technology borrowed from DxO PhotoLab 5. Fog, mist, smoke, and pollution are intelligently reduced using a simple slider, returning contrast and color to photographs. Color Efex also benefits from 29 new, authentic color film grains created in DxO’s purpose-built laboratories, giving analog era enthusiasts a host of new creative options.

Nik Perspective Efex adds more than 4,300 new camera and lens combinations

Nik Perspective Efex benefits from the ongoing research conducted in DxO’s exclusive labs with more than 20 new cameras and 60 lenses added to its database of supported equipment. The plugin can now automatically correct the geometric distortions of more than 70,000 camera and lens combinations.

DxO PhotoLab 5 ESSENTIAL joins the party

Those shooting RAW get to experience the power of DxO PhotoLab 5 ESSENTIAL, the featurerich photoediting software that contains DxO’s renowned Optics Modules and U Point™ technology for precise local adjustments.

About Nik Collection

First created more t han 25 years ago, Nik Collection is a suite of eight innovative plugeach quickly launched from within Adobe Photoshop®, Adobe Lightroom Classic®, or DxO PhotoLab, or as standalone software. Plugins, ins are packed full of innovative filters, tools, and p resets that give photographers endless creative potential. The latest updates build on the success of Nik Collection 4 which brought interface improvements and the option to save local adjustments using U Point™ technology as part of presets. It also intro duced Meta Presets which allow users to combine changes from multiple plug and apply them to an image in Adobe Photoshop ® with a single click, and fresh ins functionality in Adobe Lightroom® to copy and paste settings and quickly apply recent edits for a smoother workflow.

Price and availability

Nik Collection 5 (Windows and macOS) is now available for download on the DxO website for $149. Photographers who already own Nik Collection 4 can upgrade their software by signing into their customer accounts for $79. A fully functional, one-month trial version of Nik Collection 5 is available on the DxO website.

Order the Nik Collection from DxO.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DxO News
Post Date: 6/16/2022 1:35:55 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone for big savings on Lexar 64GB and 128GB Professional CFexpress Type-B Memory Card 2-Packs.

See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for additional opportunities.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/16/2022 7:58:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Post Date: 6/16/2022 7:29:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Check your Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app for the latest Lightroom Classic updates. Included in this update are:

Automatic Al Mask

Updates Pasting and synchronizing masks across photos automatically updates subject and sky masks.

Mask Invert

Invert, or Duplicate and Invert, any mask to swap which area it affects.

Push and Pull Presets and Masks

Amplify or soften preset adjustments as you apply them in the Preset panel. Turn-up or turn-down Mask adjustments in the Mask adjustment panel.

Better Preview Management

Automatic clean-up of inactive and obsolete previews which helps avoid unnecessary disk space bloating.

GPU Acceleration for Image Export

Experience more performant export workflows with newly added GPU support for image export.

Adaptive Presets

Apply unique, one-click edits to the sky or subject using the power of AI.

Premium Presets

More Premium Presets are now available directly in Lightroom Classic, designed to help you achieve your creative vision more quickly.

Info Overlay

Ability to set the info overlay (hotkey: '1') to be different when switching between Library Loupe view and Develop view.

New Crop Overlay

New Crop overlay of Fifths.

Bug fixes and support for newly released cameras and lenses

Free $20 B&H Gift Card with Adobe CC Photography Plan + 20GB

If you are going to subscribe to Lightroom, you need the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. Why not subscribe (or extend your subscription for another year) when you can get a $20.00 B&H e-gift card included for the same price?

Right now, the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (20GB Cloud Storage, 12 Month Subscription, Download Card) comes with a $20 B&H e-gift card at B&H.

Post Date: 6/15/2022 1:33:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's Adorama Deals of the Day (available until 10:00 AM ET tomorrow) for big savings on:

  • Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens for Sony E-Mount – only $249.00 after $300.00 instant savings (55% savings)
  • Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART Lens for Sony E-mount – only $549.00 after $250.00 instant savings
  • Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART Lens for Sony E-mount – only $549.00 after $250.00 instant savings
  • & more!

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Learn more:

Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens Review
Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review
Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/15/2022 10:06:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From DJI:

DJI PRO’s Newest Products Give Creators Bold New Tools That Set Up Faster, Operate More Easily, Connect Seamlessly and Transmit for Miles

DJI RS 3, DJI RS 3 Pro, And DJI Transmission Incorporate Professional User Feedback to Offer Highly Effective, Reliable, and Efficient Next-Generation Video Tools

June 15, 2022 – DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, today unveils three new tools that will enable filmmakers and the content creation community to easily, seamlessly, and intuitively bring their visions to life. The DJI RS 3 and DJI RS 3 Pro stabilizers bring landmark improvements to the classic and reliable Ronin series, while DJI Transmission – DJI’s first independent wireless video solution – combines reception, monitoring, control, and recording in one. This new generation of the Ronin ecosystem allows creators to focus on what’s in front of their camera by simplifying everything connected to it.

The Ronin product line is a key part of DJI, supporting content creators from keen hobbyists to professionals around the globe. Last October’s launch of Ronin 4D cemented DJI’s presence in the professional filmmaking world, giving cinematographers an entirely new way to create. Whether it’s the new automated axis lock system, 3rd-Gen RS stabilization algorithm improving performance by 20%, or the one-tap calibration, RS 3 and RS 3 Pro have been optimized for user efficiency and reliability.

“The needs and requirements of the content community are extremely important to us,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Line Manager at DJI. “Ever since the introduction of the first Ronin back in 2014, we’ve continually gained feedback from industry professionals on how we can enhance our products to cater to their evolving needs. Implementing this feedback, we’ve optimized the design, stabilization, and gimbal control to create next-generation, highly effective, and reliable stabilizers designed for unparalleled efficiency. Furthermore, we don’t just stop at stabilization. We understand the importance of video transmission and the various pain points faced in large, complex venues. Whether it’s dealing with range, lagging images, or lost signals, the new DJI Transmission addresses these issues and offers an incredible 20,000-foot on-ground transmission distance.”

DJI RS 3: Ready When You Are

Every Second Counts

DJI RS 3 incorporates a range of new features to get filmmakers up and running as quickly as possible. A redesigned axes-locking system means that the process is now automated. By simply turning on the gimbal, the automated axis locks release and unfold the gimbal, allowing the operator to get started in seconds. Tapping the power button once will send the device into sleep mode, which makes powering on the device, stowing it away, and relocating much faster. There’s also no need for repetitive balancing with position memory via quick-release plates, enabling fast mounting with the perfect balance of the payload. Furthermore, the addition of a Bluetooth Shutter Button supports automatic connection without the need to connect a camera control cable.

Lightweight Body, Heavyweight Stabilization

Weighing in at just under 1.3 kg[1] (2.8 lbs), RS 3 can easily be held in one hand, while its just under 3kg (6.6lbs) tested payload capacity is more than enough to support the majority of mainstream devices.

Thanks to the 3rd-Gen RS Stabilization Algorithm, a 20% improved performance over RSC 2 can be seen, making it easy to operate while shooting at low angles, running, or even filming from a moving vehicle. For lenses with focal lengths of up to 100mm, SuperSmooth mode aids stabilization even further.

Parameter Setting at The Touch of a Screen

In addition to its improved stability, RS 3 is also easier to configure with a brand-new 1.8-inch OLED full-color touchscreen, an increase of 80% surface area when compared to the previous RSC 2. Most gimbal setups can be done directly without connecting to the mobile app, while the UI and interface logic have been redesigned to put all controls rights at your fingertips. This includes a physical gimbal mode switch that operators can slide to alternate between pan follow, pan and tilt follow, and FPV modes instantly.

All-Day Battery

With a brand-new battery grip providing up to 12 hours of battery life, creators can concentrate on the action without worrying about power. RS 3 features a quick-release structure and supports PD fast charging at 18 watts. The battery can be charged independently or even during use, allowing users to operate non-stop.

DJI RS 3 Pro: Nothing Out of Reach

For Those Demanding Even More

For users with higher demands, RS 3 Pro is an even more professional version offering a full suite of features as a versatile camera platform.

Arms constructed from one uncut piece of carbon fiber – just like Ronin 2 – makes RS 3 Pro lighter and stronger than the jointed carbon fiber material used on previous stabilizers. They have also been extended to allow for more balancing space for commonly used professional cameras like the Sony FX6, Canon C70, and RED Komodo, and the structure has been optimized to keep its weight at 1.5 kg1 (3.3 lbs) with an impressive 4.5kg (10lbs) tested payload capability. Naturally, the stabilizer also shares the automated axis locks, Bluetooth Shutter Button, 1.8-inch OLED touchscreen, and gimbal mode switch of RS 3.

Manual Lenses, No Problem

Manual lenses can bring focusing challenges for solo shooters involved in professional projects. RS 3 Pro carries Ronin 4D’s advanced LiDAR focusing technology to create the new DJI LiDAR Range Finder (RS), capable of projecting 43,200 ranging points within a 14-meter indoor area. A next-generation focus motor provides torque three times stronger with one-step mounting, enabling autofocus on manual lenses with no need for repetitive calibration. Furthermore, the LiDAR Range Finder carries a DJI-developed chip identical to the one used in Ronin 4D and a built-in 30mm camera, boosting the computing power of ActiveTrack by more than 60 times, creating ActiveTrack Pro. With target identification and tracking more sensitive and accurate than ever before, RS 3 Pro will enable professional cameras to maintain a steady, clear shot in even more dynamic scenarios.

Evolving Product Ecosystem

With its dual RSA/NATO port and battery port, RS 3 Pro can connect to various accessories such as the new Briefcase Handle, Twist Grip Dual Handle, and Tethered Control Handle, opening up a variety of shooting options.

The DJI RS SDK protocol enables third-party manufacturers and individual developers to create customized shooting solutions for RS 3 Pro to build an even richer ecosystem with more developers. Whether filming from a moving vehicle, with a jib or Steadicam, or from a cable cam or slider, RS 3 Pro provides anyone with comprehensive shooting solutions and greater creative possibilities.

DJI Transmission: Vision Beyond Boundaries

Going the Distance with DJI Transmission

DJI Transmission is DJI’s first independent wireless video solution. Developed on the heels of Ronin 4D’s advanced video transmission technology, this system combines reception, monitoring, control, and recording into one, taking your filmmaking experience to a whole new level.

O3 Pro transmission technology enables the transmission system to offer an incredible 20,000-foot on-ground transmission distance with end-to-end ultra-low latency, a massive upgrade from traditional Wi-Fi transmission. Video is transmitted in 1080p/60fps and provides live audio monitoring at 16-bit 48 kHz, offering crews an excellent remote visual and audio monitoring experience.

To cope with the demands of complicated signal and structural environments, a DFS band has been added on top of the traditional 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz settings, offering up to 23 channel options that provide crews with more compliant and interference-free transmission channels. A built-in frequency sweeper automatically scans the current electromagnetic environment for the best wireless channel, instantly switching channels when needed. When necessary, users can also manually select an appropriate channel to avoid interference between devices.

Wireless Monitoring

DJI’s 7-inch, 1500-nit High-Bright Remote Monitor includes an integrated receiver, eliminating the need for video cables running into a monitor. The device supports one transmitter with multiple receivers, as well as two transmission modes to address different transmission needs. In Control mode, monitoring can be carried out from two receivers at the same time, while the gimbal and camera can also be controlled remotely. For a large crew with various units such as lighting, art department, and props, Broadcast mode can also be enabled on top of Control mode, which will allow an unlimited number of receivers and elevate shooting efficiency to a new level.

On large sets like reality shows, DJI Transmission can work simultaneously with ten or more transmitters sending signals to transmit to ten devices, creating a completely synchronized experience that is hard to achieve with traditional transmission.

It’s All Under Control

DJI Transmission isn't just a powerful video transmission tool; it’s also a comprehensive control system. When used with RS 3 Pro, it can work as a gimbal and camera controller, unlocking more functions and fully integrating the ground-based Ronin ecosystem.

The High-Bright Remote Monitor has a built-in gyroscopic sensor that acts as a standalone motion controller for RS 3 Pro. And when combined with the Ronin 4D Hand Grips, the operator of an RS 3 Pro stabilizer can control the gimbal, focus, exposure, and start/stop a recording with both hands.

As well as simultaneous access to video time codes, the High-Bright Remote Monitor allows for independent recording and playback of 1080p/60fps H.264 footage, making it easy to edit sample footage on set.

Expanding on the Ronin ecosystem, DJI Transmission works seamlessly with DJI Master Wheel and Force Pro, giving operators a variety of ways to control camera movement in the whatever way the shot demands.

Apple ProRes 4444 XQ Codec, Zenmuse X9 Extension Cable & L-Mount Alliance

DJI PRO continues to collaborate with industry professionals while enhancing our products to cater to their evolving needs. As of August this year, Ronin 4D will support the Apple ProRes 4444 XQ codec, which is the highest-quality version of Apple ProRes for 4:4:4:4 image sources.

For these users, we are also introducing the Zenmuse X9 Extension Cable. With this addition, the Zenmuse X9 gimbal camera can be used separately from the body of Ronin 4D, helping cinematographers navigate more complex and diverse scenes while reducing approximately 80% of the weight they need to carry around, allowing for a more versatile and flexible filming experience.

As of today, DJI is officially a member of the L-Mount Alliance and has partnered with Leica to introduce the exclusive Zenmuse X9 L-Mount Unit, enabling Ronin 4D users to fit Leica, Panasonic, and Sigma L-Mount lenses onto their cameras.

Price and Availability

DJI RS 3 will be available for purchase today from authorized retailers and at www.store.dji.com with two purchase options available for the stabilizers. The standalone DJI RS 3 retails for $549 and includes one Gimbal, BG21 Grip, USB-C Charging Cable, Lens-Fastening Support, Extended Grip/Tripod (Plastic), Quick-Release Plates, Multi-Camera Control Cable, and Screw Kit. The DJI RS 3 Combo retails for $719 and additionally includes one Briefcase Handle, Focus Motor (2022), Focus Motor Rod Kit, Focus Gear Strip, a second Multi-Camera Control Cable, and one Carrying Case. Full details can be found at www.dji.com/rs-3

DJI RS 3 Pro will be available for purchase today from authorized retailers and at www.store.dji.com with two purchase options available for the stabilizers. The standalone DJI RS 3 Pro retails for $869 and includes one Gimbal, BG30 Grip, USB-C Charging Cable, Lens-Fastening Support (Extended), Extended Grip/Tripod (Metal), Quick-Release Plates, Briefcase Handle, Multi-Camera Control Cable, Screw Kit, and Carrying Case. The DJI RS 3 Pro Combo retails for $1,099 and additionally includes one Extended Quick Release Plate, Phone Holder, Focus Motor (2022), Focus Motor Rod Kit, Focus Gear Strip, Ronin Image Transmitter (previously known as the DJI RavenEye Image Transmission System), two Hook-and-Loop Straps, and additional cables. Full details can be found at www.dji.com/rs-3-pro

DJI Transmission will be available for purchase this September from authorized retailers and at www.store.dji.com. The DJI Transmission Combo retails for $2,499 and includes one DJI Video Transmitter, DJI High-Bright Remote Monitor, Remote Monitor Hood, Installation Toolkit, Protector Case, two WB37 Intelligent Batteries, one WB37 Battery Charging Hub, as well as various cables and battery adapters. The independent Video Transmitter and High-Bright Remote Monitor will also be available for separate purchase and retail for $1,699 and $1,099, respectively. Full details can be found at www.dji.com/transmission

DJI Care Refresh

DJI Care Refresh is a comprehensive protection plan for DJI products and is now available for both DJI RS 3 and DJI RS 3 Pro. Accidental damage is covered by the replacement service, including natural wear, collisions, and water damage. For a small additional charge, you can have your damaged product replaced if an accident occurs.

DJI Care Refresh (1-Year Plan) includes up to 2 replacements in 1 year. DJI Care Refresh (2-Year Plan) includes up to 3 replacements in 2 years and extends the original warranty up to 2 years from the date of purchase. Other services of DJI Care Refresh include rewards for safe use, international warranty service, and free shipping. For a full list of details, please visit https://bit.ly/DJICareRefreshRonin

Footnotes

1. Includes weight of the gimbal, battery grip, and quick-release plates.

Orders

Get the DJI RS 3, DJI RS 3 Pro, and DJI Transmission from B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DJI News
Post Date: 6/15/2022 10:29:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Canon USA:

Canon Honors Legacy Of Pioneering Photographers And Former “Explorers Of Light” With The Canon Legends Program

Number of Inductees Increases to 18 Since 2020 Program Launch

MELVILLE, NY, June 15, 2022 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced it is launching a new website to support Canon Legends, a program first announced in 2020 to honor and preserve the legacy and leadership of some of the most accomplished photographers of our time and former members of Canon’s renowned Explorers of Light program. In addition, Canon has announced it has increased the number of Canon Legends to 18. Through this program, these true industry legends will continue to share a lifetime of knowledge and experience through a variety of public and private events and activities including in-person presentations, workshops, editorial features, tips and techniques, and collaborations with educational venues.

The inaugural class of Canon Legends include:

Sam Abell
Harry Benson
Barbara Bordnick
Lauren Greenfield
Gregory Heisler
Ryszard Horowitz
Walter Iooss, Jr.
Douglas Kirkland
Parish Kohanim
David Kennerly
George Lepp
Duane Michals
Peter Read
Chris Rainier
Denis Reggie
Melvin Sokolsky
Joyce Tenneson
Art Wolfe

To honor their legacy, Canon developed the Canon Legends website, featuring iconic images created by these renowned photographers over their long and illustrious careers.

"Through its Explorers of Light program, Canon has worked with some of the most successful and iconic names in the history of photography and creating the Canon Legends program is one way we can honor and preserve their legacy," said Tatsuro "Tony" Kano, executive vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. "They continue to be relevant members of our industry as mentors, teachers, and as active photographers. They offer a wealth of experience and are excited to share that knowledge with the next generation of creatives. Our hope is that the Canon Legends will provide education and support to the photographic industry, and beyond, for years to come."

All members of the Canon Legends program are former Canon Explorers of Light and were invited to join the program through a nomination committee comprised of Canon management and other photo industry experts. Each year, the committee will review the list of former Explorers of Light and nominate new members at its discretion.

Canon Legends Participate in NFT Collection

Canon announced that several members of its Canon Legends program have partnered with Immutable Image to create NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) from a limited collection of their photographs and publish them as a collective. "The Legends Mint" will drop on OpenSea, one of the largest peer-to-peer NFT marketplaces, on June 30, 2022. The photographers are partnering with Immutable Image, which is dedicated to introducing iconic photographs – past, present, and future – to a new generation of art lovers and collectors.

Canon Legends Partner With Immutable Image To Create NFTs From Iconic Photographs

"The Legends Mint" NFT Collection Brings Iconic Photographs to a New Generation and Creates a Parallel Revenue Stream to Traditional Gallery Print Sales for Photographers

MELVILLE, NY, June 15, 2022 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced that several members of its exclusive Canon Legends program have partnered with Immutable Image to create NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) from a limited collection of their photographs and publish them as a collective. "The Legends Mint" will drop on June 30, 2022, using the Solana blockchain on OpenSea, one of the world’s largest peer-to-peer NFT marketplaces. Immutable Image and Canon are dedicated to bringing iconic photography direct from photographers to the NFT community in innovative and accessible ways.

Canon Legends is a program created by Canon to honor and preserve the legacy and leadership of some of the most accomplished photographers of our time and former members of its renowned Explorers of Light program. Legends participating in this first-of-its-kind Canon Legends NFT collection include Sam Abell, Barbara Bordnick, Gregory Heisler, Ryszard Horowitz, Walter Iooss, Jr., Melvin Sokolsky, and Joyce Tenneson.

"Canon understands that advancements in technology can translate to new platforms for sharing iconic works, which is what the world of NFTs is doing for photography," explains Tatsuro "Tony" Kano, executive vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. "Canon wanted to help some of its Legends explore this medium and needed to find an organization familiar with blockchain technology and who, at their core, had an appreciation for photography and the arts. When Immutable Image approached us with their mission and impressive credentials in this space, we knew they were the right partner for these photographers."

"We are honored and very excited to be working with some of the most renowned names in the history of photography and look forward to introducing some of their iconic photos to a new visual platform and a new generation of collectors," said Bjorn Iooss, co-founder of Immutable Image and veteran professional photographer. "Our mission is to support both the photographic and NFT communities by building a new and diverse group of collectors for this culturally vital visual art form and introducing the work of these seven legendary photographers is an incredible start."

The Legends Mint

"Minting," in the world of NFTs, is a term used for publishing tokens (in this case, photographs) on the blockchain to make them available for others to purchase. Immutable Image is curating "The Legends Mint" collection of seven legendary photographers whose works focus on sports, fashion, fine art, portraiture, travel, still life, and pre-digital special effects photography. Each photographer is offering exceptional photographs to "The Legends Mint," with a total supply of editions to be announced. There will be exclusive 1/1 NFTs available from each participating photographer along with multiple edition NFTs.

All participating purchasers of this Mint will receive a randomly selected, unique NFT photograph from "The Legends Mint." Purchases will not include copyright or commercial rights to the image itself. Instead, it will present a unique and limited edition NFT, much like the purchase of a traditional, limited-edition print from a gallery or directly from the artist. The rarity and variance of what purchasers receive will be in the edition size of the image, the artist, and the imagery itself.

"I have to admit that the notion of selling my work in limited editions or as one-of-a-kind art on a digital platform that offered no tangible hard-copy print was a bit foreign to me, but equally intriguing," explained Canon Legend Ryszard Horowitz, who is widely recognized as a pioneer of special effects photography predating digital imaging. "I’ve always been attracted to new ways of creating and sharing my work, so I thought this was an interesting opportunity to explore. I’m also honored and thrilled to be collaborating with these other legendary photographers, most of whom I’ve known my entire career and I’m grateful to Canon for bringing us together."

In addition to creating a truly fair and affordable way to collect iconic photography, NFTs are generating a completely new channel for photographers to generate revenue. "The sale of NFTs and traditional print sales are parallel offerings that can co-exist together," explains Bjorn Iooss. "In fact, NFTs can provide revenue in perpetuity," he said, explaining that photographers will continue to receive commissions on the resale of photographs already on the Blockchain, something they do not receive in the traditional open market. "Photographers traditionally received payment from the initial sale of a print, but nothing from the resale of that same print. This changes everything."

About the Participating Canon Legends

Sam Abell – National Geographic magazine photographer

Barbara Bordnick – Internationally renowned portrait and fashion photographer

Gregory Heisler – "The eye of an artist, the mind of a scientist, and the heart of a journalist"

Ryszard Horowitz – Pioneer of special effects photography

Walter Iooss Jr – "The Rembrandt of sports photography"

Melvin Sokolsky – One of the great editorial fashion photographers of our time

Joyce Tenneson – A master of the haunting, ethereal, mystical photographic style

For more information about the Canon Legends, please visit: https://canon.us/nft

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 6/15/2022 9:44:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Don't forget to browse the Optic 2022 show specials at B&H.

Note that some specials require coupon code BHOPTIC22

Many favorite brands are participating in this sale. Here is a small subset of the deals available:

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/15/2022 8:35:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

B&H has a used Canon RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens in stock. Save $234.00 vs. the new price.

I recently returned from 2.5 weeks of photographing in Badlands National Park. The RF 24-105 L was, by far, my most used lens during this trip, and its performance was outstanding.

Learn more: Canon RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM Lens Review

Post Date: 6/15/2022 8:04:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone for up to $50.00 savings on Vello Lens Adapters.

Canon EOS R series camera owners:

The Vello Auto Lens Adapter for Canon EF/EF-S Lens to Canon RF-Mount Camera is included (save $30.00). Consider getting an adapter for each of your EF lenses.

See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/15/2022 7:58:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 14, 2022

"Capture One 22 (15.3.0) is a feature release containing new functionality, quality-of-life improvements, performance improvements, new camera and lens support, and important bug fixes."

Get the full details of this update in the release notes.

Capture One Pro is on sale at B&H – save $120.00.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Capture One News
Post Date: 6/14/2022 8:24:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Sony a7S III firmware update version 2.10 is available for download.

"A new v2.1 firmware update for Sony’s acclaimed Alpha 7S III full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera is also available for immediate download. Most notably, this latest update includes the introduction of proxy recording during remote computer connect and improvements to Eye AF (autofocus) performance."

Firmware Version 2.10 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Allows proxy recording during a remote computer connection
  2. Improves the accuracy of the Eye AF feature
  3. Improves the stability of the custom white balance
  4. Improves eye sensor detection performance with strong light sources, such as sunlight
  5. Improves the operational stability of the camera

Get the Sony a7S III at B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Firmware Updates
Post Date: 6/14/2022 8:07:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Sony Alpha 1 firmware update version 1.30 is available for download.

Firmware Version 1.30 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Allows you to select M and S sizes in addition to L when using the RAW recording lossless compression method
  2. Adds the 4:2:2 10bit selection when shooting XAVC HS 8K
  3. Allows proxy recording during a remote computer connection
  4. Improves the accuracy of the Eye AF feature
  5. Fixes an issue where the remote shooting may not work with Imaging Edge Desktop (Remote)
  6. Improves the stability of the custom white balance
  7. Improves the operational stability of the camera

Get the Sony Alpha 1 at B&H.

More from Sony:

New Alpha 1 Firmware Update Enables 8K 4:2:2 10bit Recording and Lossless RAW File Options

SAN DIEGO, CA – June 13, 2022 – Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the v1.3 firmware update for the flagship Alpha 1 full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, adding 8K 4:2:2 10bit recording and Lossless Compressed RAW for still images.

Using newly added 8K[i] 4:2:2 10bit capabilities, filmmakers and cinematographers can more precisely customize the vibrancy and color grading of their recordings. Combined with the Alpha 1’s 8.6K oversampling for extraordinary 8K resolution, the new addition of 4:2:2 10-bit recording lets filmmakers and content creators realize their creative vision with incredible realism and color.

The update also adds Lossless Compressed RAW files in S, M, and L (small, medium, or large) file sizes. Selecting L size preserves the same image quality as an uncompressed RAW format while significantly reducing the file size. The M and S sizes record fewer pixels than the L size, providing more manageable RAW files. With Alpha 1 v1.3, users can freely combine JPEG and their choice of Lossless Compressed RAW sizes based on their use case. This is especially beneficial with a user needs to deliver JPEG files immediately, but also needs RAW files for in-depth editing.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Firmware Updates
Post Date: 6/14/2022 7:53:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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