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 Wednesday, August 9, 2017
From PhotoShelter:
 
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  • Different paths to getting published
  • Ideas for selling and marketing your photo book
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Post Date: 8/9/2017 10:14:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We have found that some SIGMA interchangeable lenses for CANON are not fully compatible with CANON EOS 6D Mark II released on August 4th, as well as EOS 9000D (77D), EOS Kiss X9i (Rebel T7i) and EOS Kiss X9 (Rebel SL2).
 
When certain lenses are attached to these cameras and the “Lens aberration correction” function on these cameras is set to “Enable” for Live View shooting, an error would occur.
 
Please set the “Lens aberration correction” function of the cameras to “Disable” when using SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for CANON.
 
In addition, please also refer to other notice below, related to the usage of EOS mount SIGMA lenses on Canon cameras.
 
Phenomenon
 
When the lenses listed below are used on EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 9000D, EOS Kiss X9i, or EOS Kiss X9 and the “Lens aberration correction” function on the camera is set to “Enable” for Live View shooting, an error would occur.
 
Products concerned
 
  • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM
  • SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
  • SIGMA 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
Usage Notice for customers who are using EOS mount SIGMA lenses on CANON cameras
 
When using the SIGMA lenses for CANON, “Peripheral illumination correction”, “Chromatic aberration correction”, “Diffraction correction” as well as “Distortion correction” from the “Lens aberration correction” function of the camera are not supported. Therefore, we recommend you to set them to “Disable”.
 
If those functions are set to “Enable”, the performance of the lenses may not be accurate.
 
For further information, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary / distributor.
 
We appreciate your continued support for our company and products.
 Tuesday, August 8, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
The new full-frame Canon EOS 6D Mark II is really a great platform for single-person video operation — whether video is a big part of what you do, or something you’d like to add to your still-image shooting. Many of the virtues this camera delivers to the still-image shooter are equally appealing for recording HD video, as we’ll discuss in a few moments.
 
As we get into the EOS 6D Mark II and its particular video features, keep the following points in mind:
 
  • This camera records Full HD video (1080p, or 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution). The only 4K capability is an option to generate in-camera Time Lapse Movies, which it can render as 4K files.
  • Full HD and HD (720p) video is recorded using the entire horizontal width of the full-frame sensor. While 16:9 aspect ratio for Full HD or HD defines that some of the top and bottom of the traditional 3:2 sensor be cropped, you do get the full width of the full-frame sensor.
  • Exposure modes available for video recording are full manual exposure (M on the Mode Dial), or totally automatic Program exposure if the dial is set anywhere else. Unlike some higher-end EOS models, there is no true Shutter or Aperture Priority operation during video recording.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 6D Mark II in stock.
Post Date: 8/8/2017 9:10:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon has released firmware v.1.02 for the D3300 and D5300 to fix the following issue:
 
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes resulted in incorrect exposure for the first photo taken in live view.
Download:
Nikon D3300 Firmware v.1.02
Nikon D5300 Firmware v.1.02
Post Date: 8/8/2017 8:41:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens for Canon available for $189.95 with free shipping. Regularly $269.95.
 
Note: The Nikon version is also discounted, but it's $10.00 more.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Ultra Wide-Angle 8mm Fisheye Lens
  • 167º Angle of View
  • High Definition, Aspherical Elements
  • For Use with APS-C Format DSLRs
  • Circular, Vignetted Image on Full Frame
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 12"
  • Removable Petal-Type Lens Hood
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/8/2017 6:00:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 7, 2017
We shared last week that the United States Postal Service has released a special edition stamp featuring a solar eclipse. Unique for a USPS stamp is that it is heat sensitive, revealing a full moon when the heat of a finger is applied to the moon's silhouette.
 
While the opportunity for photographing a spectacular solar eclipse is coming very soon (August 21), the details shown in the heated stamp's moon will not be available to photograph at that time – the back-lit moon will be totally black. However, tonight's full moon, the last before the upcoming total solar eclipse, provides a great opportunity (weather permitting of course) to capture the image needed to composite into your later-captured solar eclipse images (including even partial solar eclipse images). Compositing the full moon into your solar eclipse images should be relatively easy in post processing, and this strategy provides a great way to differentiate your work from that of other photographers, especially considering that this will likely be the most photographed total solar eclipse in history.
 
Compositing options include full opacity or at a reduced opacity to mimic the moon's details being very slightly perceptible in the shadowed area within the corona (think of it as a high dynamic range total solar eclipse image). Another option is to create animated GIFs.
 
Photographing the moon is also great for gaining experience with your solar eclipse gear setup (sans solar ND filter). Testing now means that there is still time to order or rent alternative gear for the big show.
 
If you don't have the opportunity to photograph tonight's full moon, don't fret – there will be more opportunities coming. Your next chance to capture a full moon image will be September 6, 2017.
 
Related Articles:
 
Post Date: 8/7/2017 8:20:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from a second lens copy have been added to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
This latest copy of the 24-105 L II performs slightly better than the first, so I made it the default (sample 1).
 
The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/7/2017 7:53:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Great photographs require beautiful light, a compelling composition, and post-processing precision. In this video, David Marx demonstrates valuable tools and techniques that you can use to take your landscape photography to exciting new places.
 
This video focuses on achieving maximum image quality and efficiency without unnecessary complexity using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 8/7/2017 7:29:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, August 5, 2017
 Friday, August 4, 2017

 
B&H has the Platypod Ultra Camera Support in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Mirror-Less and Mid-Sized Cameras
  • Compact and Portable Tripod
  • Load Capacity: 100 lb
  • 3/8"-16 Male Titanium TA-2 Stud
  • 6061-T6 Aluminum Camera Base
  • Stainless Steel Spiked Feet for Concrete
  • Rubber Feet for Smooth Surfaces
  • Carabiner or Belt Slots for Transport
  • 5 Threaded and 3 Countersunk Holes
  • 20" Cinch Strap Secures to Tree or Pole
B&H also carries the Platypod Max (for larger cameras).
Post Date: 8/4/2017 10:32:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Noise test results have been added to the Canon EOS 6D Mark II page.
 
With over 200 sample crops available, there are many comparisons to be made. I have added a significant amount of commentary to the "Sensor and Image Quality" section of the 6D II page.
 
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/4/2017 9:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce that a firmware update for the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for CANON and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E is now available.
 
This firmware update corrects the phenomenon that the OS mechanism does not operate properly when attached to the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro. For those who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro* by connecting it to a computer using a supplied USB Cable.
 
* Before updating the MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh from the following download page.
 
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for CANON
Benefit of this firmware update
 
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that the OS mechanism does not operate properly when attached to the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E.
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E
Benefit of this firmware update
 
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for CANON (ver. 1.02).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/4/2017 7:27:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Lowepro Slingshot Edge 250 AW (Black) available for $59.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $109.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds Compact DSLR, Two Lenses, & Flash
  • Zippered Front Pocket for Mini Tablet
  • Interior Pockets & Removable Dividers
  • Front & Body-Side Access to Gear
  • Exterior Straps for Accessories
  • Side Water Bottle Pocket
  • Dual-Zipper Opening
  • Quick Grab Handle & Sling Strap
  • Built-In All Weather AW Cover
Post Date: 8/4/2017 6:19:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H is offering a free 1-Year Adobe Photography Plan Membership ($119.88 value) with select Wacom Intuos Pro Tablets.
Post Date: 8/4/2017 6:00:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the Vello Light Bouncer Plus with Cinch Strap Kit available for $14.90 with free shipping. Regularly $24.90.
Post Date: 8/4/2017 5:45:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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