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Orders submitted to us during the Sukkos Holiday (Sunday Sept. 23rd after 12:30PM thru Tuesday, Oct. 2nd) will be shipped Wednesday, Oct. 3rd.
From Vitec Imaging Group:
JOBY TelePod series now is complete to support cameras and mobile devices, delivering versatility and stability to today’s content creators.
Upper Saddle River, NJ – September 20, 2018 – JOBY, creator of award-winning mounts, stands and grips designed to elevate the potential of the latest mobile and imaging devices, announces the launch of their full line of TelePod products. The TelePod Mobile, TelePod 325 and TelePod PRO Kit telescoping tripods join the already well-known GripTight PRO TelePod in empowering the next generation of storytellers to elevate their creativity.
Designed for the needs of today’s vloggers, photographers and videographers, the TelePod series delivers maximum versatility with the ability to function as a handgrip, monopod, elevated stand or tripod. With dedicated solutions for both mobile and camera, the TelePod provides users the ability to capture content from new perspectives, taking creativity to the next level.
All Models Feature:
Ability to work in four modes:
Compatible with a variety of JOBY mounts.
Built with lightweight, high strength glass-filled composite, ABS plastic, anodized aluminum, stainless steel and TPE.
“Our design process always begins with listening closely to what today’s image makers are saying; this inspired our redefinition of the traditional selfie stick” explains Tim Grimmer, Senior Director of Product for JOBY. “The TelePod series provides solutions for creators working with a mix of photos and videos, providing an extreme amount of versatility for capturing selfies, overhead shots and much more. Content creators love them and that’s what we love to see.”
TelePod Solutions for Mobile Designed for the next generation of mobile storytellers, the already launched GripTight PRO TelePod and the TelePod Mobile securely grip up to plus-size smartphones with endless attachment options. Both models include Bluetooth Impulse remote shutter device.
TelePod Solutions for Camera Created to support point-and-shoot, 360, action cameras, mirrorless and more, the TelePod 325 and TelePod PRO Kit are great for vlogging, overhead shots and stability on uneven surfaces.
All products will be available early October at select JOBY authorized dealers.
Today, GoPro didn't just announce one new camera, we're debuting THREE all-new HERO7 cameras. Yes, HERO7 Black is amazing, but what if you don't need all the bells and whistles? Well, say hello to HERO7 Silver and HERO7 White.
These are the simpilest GoPro cameras ever, at the best value ever, all while maintaining everything that makes GoPro, GoPro. Both rugged, pocket-size cameras capture high-quality photo and video, are waterproof without a housing, voice commend-enabled, and have WiFi connectivity for seamless pairing to your mobile device The $299 HERO7 Silver and $199 HERO7 White both shoot in three modes: photo, video and time lapse. They also have built-in electronic image stabilization to smooth out playback of experiences that are inherently bumpy/shaky, whether you’re skiing, snorkeling or chasing your kids around the yard.
But what's arguably most impressive is the entirely redesigned user interface. This new UI resembles the feel of a smartphone and delivers epic content with a few taps of your finger. Plus, new tools, such as vertical capture, the pre-set Short Clips video feature and selfie/group-friendly Photo Timer, take the guess work out of video and photo capture.
If you ever find yourself switching out tripod heads (or otherwise using the same head on multiple tripods), then adding a quick release system is definitely worthwhile. I've been using this technique for a while now (example), and it has worked really well for me. [Sean]
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COOLPIX W300 Firmware v.1.3
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Download: Nikon COOLPIX W300 Firmware v.1.3
Lowepro’s worldwide #1 selling professional camera bag series, ProTactic, has been enhanced for better organization, access and protection with expanded modular system and accessories.
Upper Saddle River, NJ – September 19, 2018 – Lowepro, a company with a 50-year reputation in creating protective gear-carrying solutions for image makers, today announced the second generation of their worldwide #1 selling ProTactic Collection. The high-performance, tactical-inspired collection has been redesigned for better organization, access and protection, while staying true to the ProTactic promise of rugged versatility and armored protection. The new line offers the BP 350 AW II and BP 450 AW II enhanced backpacks plus an expanded modular system and accessories.
Featured ProTactic Technology
“In designing carrying solutions, we always listen closely to what our image makers are telling us,” explains Tim Grimmer, Senior Director of Product for Lowepro. “They are seeking increased versatility, organization, and accessibility with the performance and protection ProTactic is known for. We’re excited to offer this enhanced line-up featuring more adaptive interiors, always-ready access and a great collection of exterior attachments and accessories.”
The updated ProTactic collection includes:
Backpacks: The exceptionally adaptive second generation of our high-performance ProTactic backpacks, the BP 350 AW II and BP 450 AW II offer a more adaptive interior, multiple access points, modular exterior attachment capabilities and convertible utility belts. Both models include utility pouch, water bottle holder, tripod cup and two Quick Straps.
Lens Cases: Purpose-built lens cases allow you to change out a lens with one hand. Dual-compartment design expands to temporarily hold 2 lenses during exchange. Cases feature SlipLock compatible attachment tabs, all Weather AW Cover, easy-grip main handle, neoprene side pocket for lens or body caps and removable/adjustable shoulder strap.
Utility Bags: All-purpose bags designed to provide versatile storage space for photo and video gear. Featuring padded removable interior divider, SlipLock compatible tab and All Weather AW Cover.
Additional ProTactic Accessories:
The Lowepro ProTactic BP 350 AW II Backpack and BP 450 AW II are available now at select Authorized Lowepro dealers. Lowepro ProTactic Lens Exchange, Utility Bags, and other accessories will be available early October.
B&H has the Lowepro ProTactic BP 350 AW II Backpack and BP 450 AW II in stock with free shipping. The other announced ProTactic items are also available for preorder and accessible via the links above.
by Sean Setters
My wife has two night-blooming cereus plants which were cut from her mother's decades old plant. In fact, the origin of this night-blooming cereus goes back four generations with mothers passing down cuttings to their daughters. If you're unfamiliar with this type of plant, an apt description can be found on Wikipedia:
Night-blooming cereus is the common name referring to a large number of flowering ceroid cacti that bloom at night. The flowers are short lived, and some of these species, such as Selenicereus grandiflorus, bloom only once a year, for a single night. Other names for one or more cacti with this habit are princess of the night, Honolulu queen (for Hylocereus undatus), Christ in the manger, dama de noche and queen of the night (which is also used for an unrelated plant species).The night-blooming cereuses we have typically bloom once or twice a year, with the flowers appearing well after the sun goes down and wilting sometime around sunrise. Once you see the white petals just poking out of the ends of the nearly enclosed buds, you know the flowers will be blooming later that night.
Having noticed the imminent blooms, I photographed one of the buds earlier in the day. The leaf the bud was attached to was sticking out well beyond the railing of our back porch, giving me plenty of working room and few obstacles to shoot around if shooting from the side. To photograph the bud, I set up a tripod-mounted Canon EOS 5D Mark III and EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro and pointed the camera alongside the railing to get a nice side view. However, the background (a line of trees bordering our backyard) proved too distracting because a) the relatively narrow aperture I wanted to use did not diffuse it sufficiently for good separation and b) the colors of the background were too similar to the bud to create color separation.
To remedy the situation, I clamped a black foam core board behind the bud to eliminate the background. Here's what the setup looked like:
Later that evening, the real show began. Around 10:00pm ET, we noticed that the flowers were starting to open up. I quickly grabbed the same tripod-mounted camera and lens and got to work. This time, I used a shoe-mount flash diffused by a 24" collapsible softbox with grid positioned behind the flowing plant (rather high) to create a diffused backlit glow and rim light. I used the same white foam core board that I had used for the bud shot positioned below the flower for fill. EXIF for the end result seen atop this post: f/8, 160 sec, ISO 400.
My mother-in-law questioned why I didn't shoot the flower from the front to show off its interesting structure, and many of you may be wondering the same thing. Truth is, I captured many shots of the blooming flower from the front but didn't like them nearly as much. Here were the challenges that made photographing the flowers from the front less ideal:
New integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC makes video editing faster, intuitive and more affordable; decision made based on community feedback
HELSINKI, Finland – September 19, 2018 –Loupedeck, the custom photo editing console built with an intuitive design that makes editing faster and more creative, has announced its first foray into video editing, beginning with its integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
Following a year of success and innovation, the decision to include video editing functionalities is exclusively based on feedback from Loupedeck’s invested community. The Loupedeck+ will make the video editing process faster, more intuitive and more affordable than the industry norm, offering a native integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, with all Premiere Pro functions available on the device.
New video editing functionalities of the Loupedeck+ include:
“Our mission is to keep on improving the editing workflow, so it’s only fitting our next step is in the video editing space,” said Mikko Kesti, Founder and CEO of Loupedeck. “Just like we developed the Loupedeck+ exclusively from community feedback, we felt it was imperative to listen to what our users had to say and make the device’s functionality even more well-rounded, providing all the same editing functions that photographers have at their fingertips to videographers. Users can now count on Loupedeck+’s intuitive design and user-friendly approach to enhance their video editing quality and increase their output. Our ongoing partnership with Adobe made introducing these new capabilities with its Premiere Pro CC suite an easy decision.”
Additional video software integrations will be announced later this year. On the photo editing side, the Loupedeck+ will include future integrations with Skylum’s other products, including Skylum Luminar. It is also currently in beta with Capture One, with full integration on the way, as well as additional photography software integrations to follow later this year.
Wes Brewer, CEO ProGrade Digital has published a comparison between two emerging memory standards: SD Express and CFexpress.
Recently, the SD Association (governing body for SD card development and standardization) announced finalization of revision 7.0 for the card SD specification. This revision now includes a section 8.0, which adds an NVMe compliant, PCIe interface option. Like the announcement of CFexpress 1.0 made by the CompactFlash Association in August of 2016, the PCIe interface with NVMe provides a scalable path for improved performance in flash-based storage devices, and conforms to industry standards in use for devices such as SSDs.See the ProGrade Digital SD Express vs. CFexpress White Paper for more information.
This white paper provides an objective look at variances between the two standards SD Express and CFexpress.
From Think Tank Photo:
Santa Rosa, Calif. – With Think Tank Photo’s new Emergency Rain Covers, photographers need no longer be caught off guard by bad weather. The Emergency Rain Covers are a simple, compact solution for protecting photo gear from sudden downpours or dusty conditions. These seam-sealed rain covers can be quickly and easily deployed when outdoor conditions change.
The covers are designed to fit both DSLR and Mirrorless cameras and are available in two sizes to accommodate a range of full-frame lenses. The Emergency Rain Cover – Small protects a 16–35mm f/2.8, a 14–24mm f/2.8, a 24–105mm f/4, or a 24–70mm f/2.8 lens. The Emergency Rain Cover – Medium protects a 24–70mm f/2.8 or a 70–200mm f/2.8 lens.
“When compressed, the Emergency Rain Cover fits into a small pouch, so it’s easy to bring along even if rain is a distant concern,” said Think Tank’s President and Lead Designer Doug Murdoch. “It takes up so little room in your bag, yet could save your gear when a sudden downpour or dust storm hits. Every photographer who shoots outdoors should keep one tucked one away in their camera bag.”
From Think Tank Photo:
Santa Rosa, Calif. – With Think Tank Photo’s upgraded Hydrophobia rain covers, stormy weather will never again prevent photographers from getting “The Shot.” These popular rain covers feature waterproof construction that protects camera gear from downpours and dusty conditions. The Hydrophobia V3.0 rain covers are available in five sizes to fit DSLR cameras and the Sony full-frame mirrorless systems, and a variety of lenses.
The Hydrophobia D 24–70 V3.0 Rain Cover for DSLR camera bodies and the Hydrophobia M 24–70 V3.0 Rain Cover for Sony full-frame mirrorless camera bodies fit a 24–70mm f/2.8, a 24–105mm f/4, a 16–35mm f/2.8, or a 14–24mm f/2.8 lens. The Hydrophobia D 70–200 V3.0 Rain Cover for DSLR camera bodies and the Hydrophobia M 70–200 V3.0 Rain Cover for Sony full- frame mirrorless camera bodies fit a 24–70mm f/2.8, a 70–200mm f/2.8, a 80–400mm f/5–6.3, or a 100–400mm f/5–6.3 lens. The Hydrophobia DM 300–600 V3.0 Rain Cover for DSLR and Sony full-frame mirrorless camera bodies protects a 150–600mm f/5.6–6.3, a 300mm f/2.8, a 400mm f/2.8, a 500mm f/4, a 600mm f/4, a 200–500 f/5.6, or a 200–400 f/4 lens.
The Hydrophobia V3.0 rain covers are constructed with a durable 3-layer material comprised of 210T seam-sealed rip-stop, polyurethane film and 70D nylon tricot, and are Polyurethane seam-sealed for downpour or dusty conditions. The covers feature weather resistant zippers, nylon webbing, and a rubberized laminate. The eyepieces (sold separately for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus) allow full access to the viewfinder while protecting the camera. Other key features include:
Other key features include:
Hydrophobia D 24-70 V3.0 Rain Cover
Hydrophobia M 24-70 V3.0 Rain Cover
Dimensions: 13.8” long x 3.9”–5.5” Diameter (35 x 10–14 cm)
Weight: 9.5 oz (275 g) rain cover only
Hydrophobia D 70-200 V3.0 Rain Cover
Hydrophobia M 70-200 V3.0 Rain Cover
Dimensions: 18.1” long x 3.9”–5.5” Diameter (46 x 10–14 cm)
Weight: 10.5 oz (300 g) rain cover only
Hydrophobia DM 300-600 V3.0 Rain Cover
Dimensions: 27.1” L x 5.1–7.9” Diameter (69 x 13–20 cm)
600mm Lens Extension Sleeve Dimensions:
Weight: 14.9 oz (424g) rain cover only
Upper Saddle River, NJ – September 18, 2018 – Manfrotto, world leader in the photography, videography, imaging equipment and accessories industry, has expanded its video tripod range with two new twin-leg video tripods made of carbon fiber.
The two brand-new, twin-leg video tripod models are the perfect solution for professional videographers looking for robust, rigid and lightweight support. A 50% increase in rigidity* is achieved thanks to the combination of carbon-fiber tubes and a new patent-pending internal leg lock mechanism.
Manfrotto’s two new twin-leg carbon-fiber video tripods are available in two models: middle spreader and ground spreader and both feature:
All Manfrotto video tripods are engineered with a focus on quality and dedication to continuous innovation. These products are the perfect solution for all videographers looking for a great support for their video shooting. Both twin-leg carbon-fiber tripods are available in combination with Manfrotto Nitrotech N12, N8 and 504 video heads.
Manfrotto Twin Carbon Fiber Video Tripods and Kits are available now at select Manfrotto Authorized Dealers.
|Carbon Fiber Twin Middle Spreader Tripod 100/75mm||$699.99|
|Carbon Fiber Twin Ground Spreader Tripod 100/75mm||$699.99|
|KIT: Manfrotto 504 Video Head with Carbon Fiber Twin Middle Spreader||$949.99|
|KIT: Manfrotto 504 Video Head with Carbon Fiber Twin Ground Spreader||$949.99|
|KIT: Manfrotto Nitrotech N8 with Carbon Fiber Twin Middle Spreader||$1,059.99|
|KIT: Manfrotto Nitrotech N8 with Carbon Fiber Twin Ground Spreader||$1,059.99|
|KIT: Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 with Carbon Fiber Twin Middle Spreade||$1,199.99|
|KIT: Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 with Carbon Fiber Twin Ground Spreader||$1,199.99|
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
We’re excited to give you a sneak preview of a powerful, brand-new Content-Aware Fill workspace that will give you more control over your images. Coming soon to Photoshop CC.
Here are some comparisons to get you started:
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens vs. Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens vs. Nikon 35mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens vs. Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/2 Lens
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens vs. Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens
Note: You'll need to provide a DPP 4.0 compatible camera's serial number to enable the download.
Watch as Benjamin Warde shows you how to widen your panel on Macs to see extra long folder names or folder hierarchies.
Download: Nikon Capture NX-D v.1.5.0
Digital Experience Subscription Revenue Grows 25 Percent Year-Over-Year in Q3
Thursday, September 13, 2018 4:05 pm EDT – SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported strong financial results for its third quarter fiscal year 2018 ended August 31, 2018.
A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release and on Adobe’s website.
"Adobe continues to inspire creativity and drive business transformation as reflected in our record Q3 results," said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO, Adobe. "Students, creatives, enterprises and governments trust Creative Cloud, Document Cloud and Experience Cloud to create and deliver the transformative digital experiences required to compete today."
“Our strong momentum continued into the second half of fiscal 2018 as Adobe delivered another quarter of sustained revenue growth, strong earnings and cash flow of nearly $1 billion," said John Murphy, executive vice president and CFO, Adobe.
Brand new introductions to the FF High Speed Prime Line – 28mm T1.5 FF, 40mm T1.5 FF and 105mm T1.5 FF – will be debuted at IBC2018
September 11, 2018 – Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the development of three new Sigma Cine lenses in the FF High Speed Prime Line: 28mm T1.5 FF, 40mm T1.5 FF and 105mm T1.5 FF. With these additions, the FF High Speed Prime Line now includes ten lenses covering 14mm to 135mm and T1.5 to T2, giving cinematographers even more options to empower their artistic expression and take their cinematic vision to the next level. Available for test-shooting at the 2018 IBC Show in Amsterdam from September 14-18, 2018, attendees are welcome to visit the Sigma booth 12.D64 to get hands-on with the new cine lenses.
New Models in the Sigma Cine FF High Speed Prime Line
All the lenses in the FF High Speed Prime Line, including the brand new 28mm T1.5 FF, 40mm T1.5 FF and 105mm T1.5 FF, are compatible with full-frame image sensors and optimized for ultra-high-resolution 6K-8K shooting. All three lenses come in PL, EF and E mounts with lens support foot and cap included. The 105mm T1.5 FF is expected to start shipping in October 2018, the 40mm T1.5 FF in the end of 2018, and the 28mm T1.5 FF in early 2019. Pricing for each new model will be announced at the time of availability.
Development of LPL Mount
In the future, the Sigma Cine lens series will include an LPL mount, the new lens mount optimized for the large format sensor released by ARRI in 2018. The planned release date for the Sigma Cine lenses in LPL mount is 2019 or later.
From the ZoomSoundLab YouTube Channel:
With a built-in Ambisonic mic, recorder and decoder, the Zoom H3-VR is the complete solution for capturing & processing spatial audio for VR, AR and mixed-reality content.
B&H has the Zoom H3-VR Handy Audio Recorder with Built-In Ambisonics Mic Array available for preorder.
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
Photographer Daniel Norton shoots a campaign with the new Profoto B10. Tune in to learn all about the light, the new Profoto App as well as how Daniel comes up with the shots.
New Befree tripod to monopod solution and an additional option for their Befree Live expand the traveler segment.
Upper Saddle River, NJ – September 13, 2018 – Manfrotto, world leader in the photography, videography and imaging equipment and accessories industry, has expanded its travel tripod range with new additions to the Befree Collection.
The Manfrotto Befree 2N1 is the most versatile model in the Befree range, with an all-in-one solution that allows the tripod to be converted into a monopod in just a few steps. It offers a secure, easy and fast solution to convert the tripod into a monopod, while retaining the same exceptional stability afforded throughout the Befree collection.
The technology behind the safety and stability of the Befree 2N1 is a dedicated locking system that ensures the total absence of play when working both as a tripod and as a monopod. Furthermore, the conjunction cap on the center column of the Befree 2N1 firmly connects the tripod leg to the tripod column, giving shape to a solid travel monopod.
The Befree 2N1 is made to enable quick and easy switching from a tripod to a monopod. After a half-turn anticlockwise, a red rubber ring will appear on the tripod leg, providing the user with visual feedback that the tube can be safely removed for use as a monopod.
The Befree 2N1 is available in two versions: the Quick Power Lock version with levers, and the M-Lock twist option.
Additionally, following the great success of the Befree Live in both aluminum and carbon versions, Manfrotto is releasing the Befree Live with Quick Power Lock, dedicated to independent content creators who prefer the lever lock system.
All three models will be available late September at select Authorized Manfrotto Dealers
B&H has the Manfrotto Befree 2N1 tripods and Manfrotto Befree Live Aluminum Lever-Lock Tripod Kit available for preorder.
About Skylum Aurora HDR 2019:
Skylum’s Quantum HDR Engine harnesses the power of AI for a more streamlined editing experience than ever before. It reduces burned-out colors, loss of contrast, noise and unnatural lighting caused by halos and unstable deghosting.
The Quantum HDR Engine has taken three years to create within Skylum’s AI lab, and contains the vast knowledge of the development team paired with artificial intelligence to bring you seamless HDR editing, be it with a single image or multiple bracketed shots.
Skylum’s developers tested thousands of bracketed shots through a neural network, and used the results to develop the technology needed for creating incredible HDR photographs - whether it’s real estate, landscape, cityscape or any other type of HDR photography.
Here are the most essential changes:
Aurora HDR 2019 is available for pre-order now and will be released on October, 4.
Preorder: Skylum Aurora HDR 2019
Size matters, it does. Because how much gear you have to carry matters. How much space you have to set up and work in matters. Being able to move fast, getting in, getting out and nailing the shot matters.
Something else matters too; knowing that the equipment you have will push you forward rather than hold you back - that you'll be inspired to grow and to express yourself creatively. To be you, at your best.
That's why when Profoto set out to create the Profoto B10, their brand new cordless off-camera flash, the company first considered size. Or rather, a lack of it. “We designed the B10 to be small,” said Göran Marén, Product Manager at Profoto. “Just a little bigger than a medium-sized zoom lens. That means you can fit it in your bag with the rest of your gear and because it’s cordless and lightweight, it’s easy to bring and set up anywhere. That said, this is in every way a Profoto light, so the power and quality of light is essential.”
And while the B10 is small, it’s small without compromise. The B10 gives you five times more light than a speedlight; it’s a light that has a natural and beautiful soft fall off.
But this is more than just a flash; it’s also a highly effective continuous light that you can use for both stills and video. And like all Profoto lights, it’s easy to use. A separate dial on the sleek B10 interface allows you to adjust both brightness and color temperature until it blends perfectly with the ambient light. The continuous light is just one example of the extreme flexibility contained within the B10. The stand mount and the battery are prime examples. The stand mount can be swiftly removed. As a result, you can mount the B10 on any camera tripod. It is just as quick to replace the battery too, and you can charge it while you’re using it.
Göran Marén continues: “every part of the B10 has been designed to help the photographer to be more creative with light on location. We felt that the more flexibility we built in, the more an image creator can adapt to any issues or opportunities that a location might offer.”
Better still, the possibilities don’t end there since your creativity can run riot with an enormous range of Profoto light shaping tools that are as flexible as the B10. There are a dozen light shapers in Profoto’s compact and lightweight OCF series to start with, and if they’re not enough, there are 120 more light shaping tools in the full Profoto range.
Controlling the B10 off-camera is also easy. You can trigger and control the B10 wirelessly from any Profoto AirTTL remote or the Profoto A1. From up to 300 m/1000 ft you can point and shoot with TTL or switch to manual control at any time. AirTTL Remotes are available for all major camera brands.
To further capture the imagination, Profoto has added smart connectivity in the form of a unique and innovative smartphone app. With the B10 connected to the Profoto app you always have the latest B10 updates available at your fingertips. The app also gives you an ingenious remote control that lets you view and control all B10 settings from your smartphone screen.
The most inspiring part of the app might the beta version of creative capture that brings smartphone photography and the creative use of light closer together than ever before. Göran adds: “we wanted to inspire new ways of being creative with light, and to give photographers a glimpse into the future of photography.” Ultimately the B10 is a big light in a small package. And that means the possibilities are enormous.
The final words belong to Göran. “It’s what we like to call, ‘the power of small.’ It’s the power to be creative with light in so many more ways. It's the ability to take all those incredible images that live in your imagination – and make them real.”
The Profoto B10 is light unleashed. Actually, it’s more than that – it’s you unleashed.
by Sean Setters
My wife and I would like to introduce the newest member of the The-Digital-Picture.com family. Pictured above is Olivia Jane, born yesterday at 4:50pm. She was 7 lb 13 oz (3.54 kg) and 20" (50.8 cm) long. She's healthy and, contrary to what last night's seemingly constant crying might indicate, probably very happy to be here. I'm running on very little sleep, so... I'll make this post short and sweet. I'm a father now, and it's a whole new world. :-)
From Think Tank Photo:
Santa Rosa, Calif. – Being a photographer is about getting to the right location at the right time — which can often be challenging. To help photographers protect their lenses from the rigors of travel, Think Tank Photo has just released the Lens Case Duo series of six quick-access, dual-opening padded lens cases. A zippered lid and side opening is a unique feature compared to other lens cases.
With the Lens Case Duo, photographers can protect their delicate lenses while transporting them in rolling cases, backpacks or shoulder bags. These cases can then be converted into a modular system for quick access in a bag or on a belt. A shoulder strap is included for the six larger sizes: Lens Case Duo 5, Lens Case Duo 10, Lens Case Duo 15, and Lens Case Duo 20, Lens Case Duo 30, and Lens Case Duo 40. Two exterior stretch pockets provide space for a lens cap or a cleaning cloth. Soft zipper protectors and a plush lining protect sensitive and expensive lenses from scratches. All sizes come in black and green.
“The Lens Case Duo should be used by every photographer concerned about protecting their lenses, especially while in transit,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s President and lead designer. “While our roller and backpack dividers provide ample protection, the Lens Case Duo provides just that extra protection layer that could help prevent damage in unforeseen circumstances.”
Lens Case Duo 5
Interior Dimensions: 3” Diameter x 4.6” Height (7.5 x 11.5 cm) Exterior Dimensions: 3.7” Diameter x 4.9” Height (9.5 x 12.5 cm) Weight: 0.2 lbs. (0.1 kg)
Lens Case Duo 10
Interior Dimensions: 3” Diameter x 5.7” Height (7.5 x 14.5 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 3.7” Diameter x 6.1” Height (9.5 x 15.5 cm)
Weight: 0.2 lbs. (0.1 kg)
Lens Case Duo 15
Interior Dimensions: 3.4” Diameter x 6.7” Height (8.5 x 17 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 4.1” Diameter x 7.1” Height (10.5 x 18 cm)
Weight: 0.2 lbs. (0.1 kg)
Lens Case Duo 20
Interior Dimensions: 4.3” Diameter x 6.5” Height (10.8 x 16.5 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 5.0” Diameter x 6.9” Height (12.8 x 17.5 cm)
Weight: 0.3 lbs. (0.1 kg)
Lens Case Duo 30
Interior Dimensions: 4.8” Diameter x 6.8” Height (12.2 x 17.2 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 5.6” Diameter x 7.2” Height (14.2 x 18.2 cm)
Weight: 0.3 lbs. (0.1 kg)
Lens Case Duo 40
Interior Dimensions: 4.5” Diameter x 9.9” Height (11.4 x 25 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 5.3” Diameter x 10.2” Height (13.4 x 26 cm)
Weight: 0.4 lbs. (0.2 kg)
An extra-large reference target to speed up color correction and save hours in post-production for filmmakers, DITs, editors and colorists.
X-Rite Incorporated, the world leader in color management and measurement technologies, today announces the addition of the new ColorChecker Video XL to the ColorChecker family. For longer and wider shots, this extra-large format color reference target speeds up video production for more consistent and accurate color from capture to edit.
Given the popularity of the X-Rite ColorChecker Video and Video Passport targets among filmmakers and editors, adding a larger target for longer, wider and aerial shots was a logical addition to the family. Often the distance between the camera and the subject is too great, or the angle is too wide, to effectively capture a smaller target. With ColorChecker Video XL, users can increase capture resolution for post, maintain the same lighting conditions falling on their subject, eliminate the need to move the camera closer or adjust focal length, and minimize color casting from surrounding light.
Perfect for large production sets, event filmmaking, and aerial filmmaking, the ColorChecker Video XL allows users to accurately check highlights, shadows and mid-tones, match multiple cameras and achieve accurate color balance.
It provides the same chromatic colors, skin tones and gray reference chips of the standard size ColorChecker Video, but is twice as large, measuring 23” x 19.5” x 0.12’”(53.3 x 37.5 x 0.3 cm). All X-Rite ColorChecker Video targets work with popular filmmaking tools like waveforms, vectorscopes, and zebras.
“Filmmakers and photographers tell stories with their images. Along with light, color plays an essential role in these stories. We want to make sure they tell their story as perfectly as possible, which means starting from an ideal neutral place,” said Liz Quinlisk, Marketing Director Photo & Video, X-Rite. “Time is money, and the new ColorChecker Video XL helps filmmakers get to their creative look faster with less wasted time. No matter how big their story is we now have the right target size for every situation.”
X-Rite ColorChecker Video XL is available as a stand-alone color reference target or combined with two forms of added protection – a choice of a simple carry sleeve or a more robust, fully configurable carrying case.
X-Rite’s ColorChecker Video XL and protective accessories are now available through the global photo and video reseller network.
Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
Some users of the COOLPIX W300 and the COOLPIX W300s digital camera have indicated that while shooting a series of images with their COOLPIX W300 or W300s camera to create a time-lapse movie, the focus position, which should lock when the first image is taken, may shift. Nikon’s review of this matter has confirmed that this issue may occur with some subjects under certain lighting conditions.
To address this issue Nikon is currently developing a firmware update that will resolve this issue. Please continue to check this website for further updates on this issue.
Once again, thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
Bellevue, WA – September 6, 2018 — Photolemur, a leader in AI technology in the photography industry and a winner of the 2018 Red Dot Award for High Design Quality, has released pre-order details for the latest product launch: Photolemur 3 With Photolemur, Skylum has taken the concept of photo enhancement back down to Earth, bringing the complex process of photo editing to the hands of mass consumers all over the world. The software has been developed with regular folks in mind, camera users who might not have the time for or a good grasp of editing, from amateur and beginner photographers to moms, bloggers, and occasional shooters.
Designed as an intelligent automated photo assistant that enhances images in the same way a professional photographer would, but much quicker than any standard editing software, Photolemur only requires its users to drag and drop an image. It takes care of the rest by automatically making pro-level enhancements and adjustments to the image within minutes. Photolemur uses 14 different AI technologies to think for itself, analyzing what aspects of a photo need to be tweaked to bring the image to its best. It saves its users from going through the long editing process or relying on unintelligent filters that aren’t exactly tailor-made for that particular image. The software is proving to be a gamechanger in the photography space, allowing everyone from basic social media users and amateur bloggers to the more seasoned pros to create the perfect photo. Photolemur is transforming the photography industry, benefitting both casual photographers and professionals, reducing an hour of complex photo editing to mere minutes.
At the heart of Photolemur is a smart engine with powerful technology that has analyzed millions of photos to find editing patterns. It enhances each photo accordingly based on those patterns. It utilizes similar technology used in manual editing software, from color recovery and noise reduction to auto color temperature and exposure compensation. Both pro photographers and casual shooters can trust its AI technology to recognize the differences in objects and make smart decisions when choosing the correct adjustments.
The software also allows users to batch enhance up to 200 photos at a time, making it a real time saver for users who don’t have a lot of hours to invest in photo editing. With this new update, Photolemur now fixes skin imperfections, whitens teeth, smoothes skin and hair, and sharpens and widens eyes, making it an ideal tool for casual photographers and social media enthusiasts.
By simplifying the editing process, seamlessly creating pro-level adjustments to any photo without any effort from its users, Photolemur is sweeping not only the photography community, but also the mass market. Photolemur is ahead of the trends in the photography industry, using its intuitive AI technology to make photo editing more accessible and to bring photography back to where it matters most, the millions of camera shooters who use it to capture memories and record important moments in their lives.
Photolemur 3 includes several updates across the software, from technology to user interface.
Until September 13 Photolemur 3 is available at a special pre-order price for $49 for a family license (5 activations) with a collection of bonuses. The product will be released on 14 September 2018.
Photolemur 3.0 Regular Pricing (starting on September 14):
Preorder: Photolemur 3
Changes from Version 1.2.11 to Version 1.3.0
Download: Nikon ViewNX-i 1.3.0
What’s New with Version 1.8.0
Download: Nikon NRW Codec 1.8.0
Changes from Version 2.3.1 to 2.4.0
Download: Nikon Picture Control Utility 2.4.0
Summer is over and now it’s up to you to bring the heat. For the next 30 days, we’ll be providing you with prompts on the @AdobeStudents Instagram that are designed to ignite your creative spark and teach you some new skills along the way. We’ll also be giving out some incredible prizes at the end of the month, including a 13-inch MacBook Pro.
A new prompt will be shared every day of September on the @AdobeStudents Instagram and we are challenging you to complete as many as possible using tools from Adobe Creative Cloud. Don’t worry if you haven’t used them before, you can download a free 7-day trial here and complete any of the prompts for a chance to win. See below for further details on prizes and sweepstakes eligibility.
We can’t wait to see the amazing work you create, so be sure to share all of your work on Instagram by October 1, 2018 by tagging @AdobeStudents and using hashtags #AdobeStudents30 #Sweepstakes.
This challenge is all about building a creative routine, not about creating perfect work. All of these prompts are designed to be completed within 30-minutes. Whether you consider yourself a beginner or an expert, all we ask is you give your best effort! It’s time to get creative, get excited and most of all, enjoy 30 days of sharing your creativity with the world.
No purchase necessary. All entries must be submitted by October 1, 2018. Must be 18+ and a current or recently graduated student (2018 onwards). For complete details, eligible countries, and promotional item descriptions, see official rules. Void where prohibited. Winners will be announced by November 1st, 2018.
Crom the COOPH YouTube Channel:
On 27.07.18, the century’s longest lunar eclipse occurred, forming a blood moon that was visible across South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. We went behind the scenes with astrophotographer Michi Rust on his mission to photograph it. In this video, Michi shows us his gear set up and the steps he follows to get shots that are truly out of this world!
Tamron's recently released SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 press release is, quite frankly, painful to read. It looks like Tamron outsourced its marketing for the lens to the LensRentals' Random Photo Marketing Generator.
Just for fun, I hit the tool's "Generate" button a few times to come up with my own Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 G2 press release:
This is a true advance that will inspire your craft and create new opportunities in your imaging world. Now you can possess a single wide-angle lens that coaxes you to seize images that are both extraordinary and impressive. Its performance is unquestioned with regards to tonal depth yet it provides astounding flare control. Like all of our products, this lens incorporates our extensive expertise. This lens provides a classic focal length, offering a unique opportunity to enhance your natural creativity.Well, that was easy.
We have created a galvanizing new benchmark in photography that will dramatically improve your images. This is a new breakthrough that will revolutionize your craft and create new opportunities in your imaging world. Like all of our products, this lens is in a class of its own. We have combined intuitive control with unsurpassed technology to provide you a singular experience. Catch an instant and make it your revenue photoGenerator forever.
Using advanced technology including multiple floating elements and the industry’s most accurate autofocus system, this lens can take your imaging to new achievements. Discover detail that you never saw was around you. Whatever the subject matter, in any working condition, in all lighting conditions, this lens offers amazing definition while maintaining excellent vignetting control. Designed for the connoisseur, it offers the finest craftsmanship most only wish for, at a price that most can’t afford. Capture images in a way you’ve always wished you could.
The funny thing is, Tamron doesn't mention in their own press release that the G2 model features the exact same optical formula as its predecessor. Want proof? Check out the optical formula diagrams taken from Tamron USA's product pages.
As usual, the improvements listed above come at a cost; the G2 version's MSRP is $100.00 more than the original one's and the price difference is even larger considering the current $100.00 instant savings on the G1 model. Check out our Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review for more information on the G2's predecessor.
August 31, 2018, Commack, New York - Tamron announces the launch of a new high-speed ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, the SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041), for full-frame DSLR cameras. The new model will be available in Nikon mount on September 21st and in Canon mount October 12th at a suggested retail price of $1299.
With a well-established reputation for ultra-high-quality wideangle zoom lenses with its Model A012, Tamron carries on the tradition of high optical performance with the new SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041). By incorporating an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element, as well as multiple LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements, the distortion and lateral chromatic aberrations so common in wideangle shooting have been greatly minimized. Furthermore, a newly developed AX (Anti-reflection eXpand) Coating has been applied to reduce ghosting and flare more thoroughly than ever before. The optical performance in this high-speed F/2.8 ultra-wideangle zoom lens is outstanding. In addition, the built-in Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) enables vastly improved AF speed and precision and image stabilization. This is a next-generation super high-quality, high-speed ultra-wideangle zoom lens with first-rate optics and a wide range of features that serve to revitalize the user's shooting experience. With the release of this model, three of Tamron's high-speed F/2.8 zoom lens with VC (Vibration Compensation) are now G2 (Generation 2).
Super high-quality high-speed ultra-wideangle zoom lens
The Model A041 is an F/2.8 ultra-wideangle lens with a focal length starting at 15mm that offers high resolution even in the peripheral area of the image. By incorporating an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element and multiple LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements to curtail distortion and lateral chromatic aberrations, Tamron has achieved a degree of resolution throughout the range that is just as good as a fixed focal length lens.
Newly developed AX Coating
The AX (Anti-reflection eXpand) Coating, especially effective for wideangle lenses that tend to let in harmful light from peripheral areas, was developed to control rays that affect image quality. It is a revolutionary new proprietary coating developed in-house by Tamron using specialized deposition technology. The new coating keeps the reflection factor for peripheral areas at the same high level as that for the center area, not only overcoming standard curvature issues, but even overcoming the problems of conventionally produced convex surface with large curvatures for which uniform deposition has always proved difficult to achieve. Furthermore, the Model A041, along with eBand (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating utilizing nanotechnology, and BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating, makes effective use of three different types of coatings, thereby enabling unsurpassed curtailment of ghosting and flare and consequently enabling superlative, exceptionally clear image quality edge to edge.
High-speed, high-precision AF
Superb AF speed and precision is delivered by equipping the lens with a Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) system and employing an enhanced AF control algorithm to improve performance. The AF drive uses proprietary Tamron technology, USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive), enabling high torque, high response, and silent operation. And because it comes with a Full-time Manual Focus override system, manual focus adjustments can be made on the fly.
VC promises sharp images for all varieties of shooting
Tamron released the first high-speed F/2.8 ultra-wideangle zoom lens in the world equipped with a VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, the original Model A012. The new Model A041 has been further improved with a newly developed VC mechanism that surpasses former versions and reaches 4.5 stops, according to CIPA standards. This makes it possible to shoot sharp photos over a wide range of photographic scenes, including indoor and outdoor shots as well as handheld shots at stopped-down aperture settings for landscape photography.
Rear filter holder
The Model A041 made for use on Canon (EF-mount) cameras comes with a filter holder as a standard feature that lets you insert gelatin and other sheet filters into the rear side of the lens. This makes photography using filters much easier and simpler by overcoming the problem of the curvature of the front lens elements that made shooting with filters so difficult in the past.
Vastly improved highly durable Fluorine Coating
Abrasion resistance capability has been vastly improved on the new Model A041. The front surface of the lens element is coated with a Fluorine Coating based on a newly developed fluorine compound with high water- and oil-repellent properties. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture, and fingerprints, and enabling your important lenses to be continually protected on a long-term basis.
The new design provides greater operability and design consistency
With the new SP design applied, Model A041 shares the same feel of high quality and operability as the other two models in this series, SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032) and SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025). Tamron has merged beautiful craftsmanship with intuitive design in this new high-speed ultra-wideangle zoom lens. Even details like the shape of the switch box, distance-scale window, and the precision and stability of the metallic mount reveal a commitment to functionality, as well as design. The result is a next-generation lens that's easy to use yet loaded with cutting-edge technology.
Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory
The new Model A041 is compatible with the TAMRON TAP-in Console, an optional accessory product that provides a USB connection to a personal computer for easy updating of the lens's firmware as well as customization of features including fine adjustments to the focus position of AF and VC control.
Seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain to provide Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature affords an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.
Manufacturing innovation with thorough attention to details based on the rigorous quality standards worthy of the SP series
Tamron has enhanced the SP series lenses to fulfill high-level photographic requirements and provide the pleasure of ownership. While introducing a new exterior design, Tamron reviewed the SP series standards. The new SP series has been developed by setting rigorous standards for design, manufacturing and quality that apply to the optical design and mechanical design as well as such wide-ranging areas as the product's robustness and improvements in a variety of individual functions. This has helped to achieve a more consistently superb optical performance, making it a lens that fulfills the demand for higher image quality that is compatible with the latest high-pixel cameras. To maximize the optical performance of the SP series, Tamron will continue to enhance the accuracy of the component parts of each lens element unit and improve the mechanical precision of the entire lens, thereby achieving a high overall performance.
Just posted: Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review.
It is what we've come to expect from the Sigma Art series: an excellent lens.
Photolemur is the world’s first fully automated solution for creating perfect photos.
It works on Mac and PC, automatically analyzes and perfects your images, and doesn’t require any manual involvement.
Photolemur is powered by artificial intelligence that recognizes objects, faces, trees, sky, foliage and more; distinguishes between portraits, landscapes and macro photographs; and applies the appropriate enhancements for each type of image.
Photolemur 3.0 includes the world's first fully automatic processing and retouching of faces: skin smoothing, removing skin defects, smart eye enlargement and hair structure.
The new Photolemur 3.0 version has six new styles along with the ability to impose them on images. The program is also able to enhance a large number of photos simultaneously: more than 200 images at the same time, which will speed up a workflow considerably.
Photolemur 3.0 is possibly the greatest time-saver in the history of photo editing!
Here are the most essential changes in Photolemur 3.0:
Photolemur 3.0 will be available for pre-order on August 28, and released on September 14.
Photolemur 3.0 Regular Pricing:
From Nikon USA:
The Redesigned Nikon D3500 is the Most Portable Entry-Level Nikon DSLR Ever, and the Easiest Way to Capture the Moments that Matter Most
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon unveiled the new Nikon D3500, a compact, entry-level DSLR that makes capturing the world easier and more convenient than ever. The 24.2-megapixel D3500 features an updated CMOS image sensor and Nikon EXPEED image processor to capture sharp details and vivid colors, and is packed with easy-to-use features that help first-time DSLR users start capturing better photos and video right away. With its ergonomic and lightweight body, approximately 1,550 shots on a single charge and convenient features like Nikon SnapBridge and helpful Guide Mode, the Nikon D3500 is a great option for parents, travelers and photo enthusiasts who are eager to take their photography to the next level.
“The Nikon D3500 is ideal for consumers who are looking to easily capture the kinds of images that their smartphone simply cannot match, and share them seamlessly with family and friends,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “The D3500 reaffirms our commitment to releasing convenient DX-format DSLR options for those just discovering photography.”
Capture Stunning Images and Video with Ease
The Nikon D3500 is bursting with high-performance features that help first-time DSLR users capture amazing images in a variety of situations. The camera’s broad ISO range of 100-25,600 makes it easy to capture sharp, clear images in low-light shooting situations with very little noise, while the 11-point autofocus (AF) System locks onto subjects, even fast-moving pets or children to help ensure that fleeting moments aren’t missed. The D3500 also features built-in Effect Modes to help entry-level users discover and express their personal creative vision.
Additionally, the Nikon D3500 is capable of continuous shooting up to five frames-per-second (fps), helping to capture candid moments with ease. The Nikon D3500 is also equipped with Full HD 1080/60p video capability. Users can switch from shooting photos to video at the press of a button, allowing them to capture spur-of-the-moment memories that will last a lifetime with stunning sharpness and clarity.
To further expand creativity, the in-camera Guide Mode gives new DSLR users the tools they need to learn about their new camera’s capabilities and become better, more knowledgeable photographers.
All these amazing features have been incorporated into a new ergonomic and lightweight design featuring a more comfortable, deeper grip and the slim monocoque body design similar to the Nikon D5600. The new design also features a more beginner-friendly and intuitive control layout, with a larger playback button and the most frequently-used controls all relocated to the right side of the camera’s LCD where they are easiest to access.
The redesigned Nikon D3500 is ideal for a fast-paced on-the-go lifestyle, making it the perfect companion for any family event or travel adventure.
Always Connected for Easy Sharing
Sharing photos with the ones you love is easier than ever with the Nikon D3500 and Nikon SnapBridge app. The D3500 uses Bluetooth to create an always-on connection between the camera and a compatible smart device, making it possible to seamlessly share 2MP images to social media as they are captured. Additionally, D3500 users will now be able to trigger their camera remotely via Bluetooth using SnapBridge. Nikon SnapBridge users can also access Nikon Image Space, a free online image sharing and storage service that preserves memories in the cloud.
Pricing and Availability
The Nikon D3500 will be available in a two-lens kit option, including the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED, for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $849.95 in September 2018. A Nikon D3500 single-lens kit with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR will also be available for (SRP) of $499.95 in September 2018.
In this video, Nikon Optical Engineer and Technical Liaison Atsushi Suzuki explains the merits of the new mirrorless Z-mount.
What I found particularly impressive was Suzuki writing backwards on plexiglass so that the text could be read by someone on the other side. As I watched him do this, I was immediately reminded of my father, a 20-year Air Force veteran, who used to write backwards on dry erase boards (as a party trick) as I was growing up. He learned to write backwards quickly and accurately to convey aircraft movements to the "higher ups" on the other side of a glass wall while working as a Control Center Plotter in Okinawa. [Sean]
Preorder the new Nikon mirrorless cameras and lenses here.
Fastest SD Card Completely Sealed One-Piece Molded Structure and Ribless, Switchless Design Keeps Images Safe and Guards against Drops, Bends, Water and Dust
Sony’s new “SF-G series TOUGH specification” UHS-II SD cards are designed to keep images safe in any shooting environment, combining the world’s fastest read and write speeds with an ultra-rugged design that is bend-proof, drop-proof to 5 meters, water-proof and dust-proof. The new cards are 18 times stronger than SD standard (180N compared to 10N rating) to guard against bending and dropping, and use the world’s first monolithic structure with a completely sealed one-piece molding that leaves no empty space in the card and prevents dust or debris from entering. The TOUGH spec. series uses materials of high-grade hardness, unlike conventional SD which uses a thin, 3-part ensemble. They are protected against typical physical damage that can affect conventional SD cards such as a broken plastic casing, broken data protection lock and broken connector ribs.
For photographers fighting the elements to get the perfect shot, the TOUGH spec. SD cards are also waterproof with an IPX8 rating and dustproof with an IP6X rating.
As the world’s first ribless SD card with no write protection switch, the new cards’ design ensures that easy-to-break parts are removed entirely.
Unleash the power of the camera
Continuing an industry trend driven by Sony, full-frame mirrorless cameras such as the a9 and a7 series are packing more and more performance into stills and video performance. These high-end cameras rely on fast memory cards to maximize their performance and with professional photographers now using SD cards more frequently, users are demanding higher levels of reliability and durability associated with other professional card types. With the world’s fastest write speed of up to 299MB/s, buffer clearing time is minimized, allowing photographers to shoot at the highest burst speeds.
The TOUGH spec. SD cards also support V90, the highest standard of video speed class, making it an ideal companion for shooting high-resolution video.
Transferring high-capacity photo and video files is made simple with the TOUGH spec. cards, thanks to a read speed of up to 300MB/s, another world’s fastest, which dramatically streamlines the post-shooting workflow. Addressing the practical needs of photographers, the SF-G series TOUGH specification range feature a bright yellow banding design, making the card easier to spot in dark shooting conditions.
The TOUGH spec. series SD cards include a SD Scan Utility, allowing the user to check that the card is in good condition and File Rescue Software to recover accidentally deleted data and photos. The new cards are also X-ray proof, magnet proof, anti-static, temperature proof and feature UV Guard.
Pricing and Availability
The new SF-G TOUGH series of memory cards are planned to be available in October, at the following suggested prices:
From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:
Today, we show you how to easily color match in Photoshop to create realistic composites. Nothing beats manual color work, but in some cases this automatic trick can make matching colors simpler than ever.
Update: Adobe has clarified its statement below.
Most Creative Cloud applications receiving updates in the next major release will still support Windows 7. It is only Adobe video and audio tools that aren’t supporting Windows 7 – Lightroom and Photoshop will still support [Windows 7].From Adobe:
As we prepare for our next major release of Creative Cloud, we wanted to share some information on updated operating system requirements. To take advantage of the latest operating system features and technologies, the next major release of Creative Cloud will not support Windows 8.1, Windows 10 v1511 and v1607, and Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan). For more detailed information about operating system requirements for the next major release of Adobe video and audio tools, see this post.
If you’re running Windows 8.1, Windows 10 v1511 and v1607 or Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan), you can continue to run and install current and previous versions of Creative Cloud applications. However, you will not be able to install or run the next major release of Creative Cloud unless you’re on a supported version of Windows or MacOS.
Creative Cloud Desktop, which manages application installs, will continue to be supported on Windows 7 or later and Mac OS X v10.9 or later.
Focusing our efforts on more modern versions of Windows and Mac operating systems allows us to concentrate on developing the features and functionality most requested by members, while ensuring peak performance that takes advantage of modern hardware. Visit this site for detailed information on current Creative Cloud app system requirements.
From Think Tank Photo:
Think Tank Photo’s Upgraded Retrospective Shoulder Bags Feature Increased Photography Gear Security and Lighter Weight
Santa Rosa, Calif. – When Think Tank Photo first released the Retrospective shoulder bag series, they took the photo industry by storm. Think Tank has now upped the ante with the Retrospective V2.0. While retaining the soft, form-fitting design, they are lighter than the original. For greater security, the Retrospective shoulder bags now feature a zippered opening under the main flap that tucks away when not in use. Each bag has a dedicated interior tablet or laptop pocket, luggage handle pass-through, and a compressible water bottle pocket. Think Tank also improved its innovative “Sound Silencer” closure, allowing photographers to work more quietly.
The Retrospective V2.0 shoulder bags come in five sizes:
“Reflecting on your past work helps you be more creative in the future,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank’s President and lead designer. “When we designed the original Retrospective shoulder bag series, we looked back on our personal experience for inspiration. We wanted to bring back the classic canvas look that is soft yet durable — but doesn’t look like a camera bag full of expensive gear. The Retrospective V2.0 series combines all our experience as photographers and product designers into a highly functional yet timeless camera bag.”
Retrospective 5 V2.0
Internal Dimensions: 9.5” W x 7.8” H x 4.9” D (24 x 19.5 x 12.5 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 10” W x 8.5” H x 6” D (25.5 x 21.5 x 15 cm)
Tablet pocket (fits 9” tablet): 9.1” W x 6.3” H x 1.0” D (23 x 16 x 2.5 cm)
Weight: 2.0 lbs. (0.9 kg) including all accessories
Retrospective 7 V2.0
Internal Dimensions: 12.5” W x 8.8” H x 5.4”D (31.8 x 22.4 x 13.8 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 13.5” W x 9.5” H x 7” D (34.3 x 24.1 x 17.8 cm)
Laptop Pocket (fits up to 13” laptop): 12.2” W x 8.7” H x 1.0” D (31 x 22 x 2.5 cm)
Weight: 2.7 lbs. (1.2 kg) including all accessories
Retrospective 10 V2.0
Internal Dimensions: 12” W x 9.5” H x 6.7” D (30.5 x 24 x 17 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 13” W x 10.5” H x 7” D (33 x 26.7 x 17.8 cm)
Laptop Pocket (fits up to 12” laptop): 11.4” W x 9.1” H x 1.0” D (29 x 23 x 2.5 cm)
Weight: 2.7 lbs. (1.2 kg) including all accessories
Retrospective 20 V2.0
Internal Dimensions: 12” W x 11.75” H x 6.7” D (30.5 x 29.8 x 17 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 13” W x 12.5” H x 7” D (33 x 31.7 x 17.8 cm)
Laptop Pocket (fits up to 12” laptop): 11.4” W x 11” H x 1.0” D (29 x 28 x 2.5 cm)
Weight: 2.8 lbs. (1.3 kg) including all accessories
Retrospective 30 V2.0
Internal Dimensions: 15” W x 10.5” H x 6.7” D (38 x 26.7 x 17 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 16” W x 11.2” H x 7” D (40.6 x 28.5 x 17.8 cm)
Laptop Pocket (fits up to 15” laptop): 14.2” W x 9.8” H x 1.0” D (36 x 25 x 2.5 cm)
Weight: 2.8 lbs. (1.3 kg) including all accessories
Use the link above for Think Tank Photo and you'll get a free gift with your purchase ($50.00 minimum purchase required).
Most higher-end image editing programs now feature automated panorama stitching, but if you don't rotate the lens on its nodal point while capturing the individual images for your spherical panorama, even the best image editing programs will find it challenging to stitch all of the images perfectly. Instead, portions of the stitched areas don't precisely line up, a result of parallax errors. Rotating the lens on its nodal point allows you to avoid those parallax errors, ultimately leading to a better panoramic image.
But how do you find the nodal point for your lens? The solution is probably easier than you think. Yesterday I determined the nodal points for eight lenses (one at two different focal lengths) using my pano rig.
To find your lens' nodal point:
1. Set up your camera along with aligned subjects.
Set up your tripod-mounted pano rig so that it is level and pointed at two objects that are perfectly lined up in the center of your viewfinder/frame using Live View at max magnification. For me, that was two light stands set up in my studio about 6' (1.83m) apart. The farthest light stand was extended just a little bit higher than the closest light stand to make aligning the two subjects easier.
2. Rotate the camera left or right and move the camera forward/backward to create an identical view.
Move your magnified live view frame all the way to the left or right, then rotate the camera so that the front object is within the magnified view. Now, move the camera forward or backward using the nodal rail until the two objects are lined up just as they had been in the center of the frame view.
3. Record your results.
Record the position of the nodal rail in your clamp, such as "Clamp centered on 49mm rail mark," the lens being used and (if using a zoom lens) the focal length setting of the lens. If using a zoom lens for your panos, you'll need to determine the nodal points for all focal lengths you intend on using for your panos. Typically speaking, I usually calculate the nodal points for the shortest and longest focal lengths of a zoom lens. I find it handy to record the measurements in a cloud-based document so that they can be accessed from any location where data services can be accessed. Also, keep in mind that your nodal point calculations may be different depending on whether your camera is in portrait orientation or landscape orientation. Typically, you'll want to orient your camera vertically to maximize your panorama's resolution. However, if shooting horizontally, the plates in your L-brackets may be offset from one another. For 5D Mark III L-bracket, the offset is 15.5mm, meaning I have to subtract 15.5mm from my vertical orientation measurement to get the landscape oriented one. If planning to travel to remote areas to capture panoramic images, storing the nodal point measurement values locally on your smartphone in a notepad app (or alternately in a traditional paper notepad) would be best.
My particular pano rig consists of a bidirectional clamp and a multi-purpose rail. Instead of moving the rail in the tripod's head, I move the bidirectional clamp that's connected to the camera. Therefore, I have to ensure that the rail is clamped into the index rotator's clamp at the exact same position each time if I ever entirely break down the setup. While that sounds a bit complicated, it's not in practice. I just make sure the first measurement mark on the rail is lined up with the front edge of the index rotator clamp, and all is well.
After calculating the nodal points for several of my lenses, I got the itch to create another 360-degree panorama. After a short time thinking about the possible locations to photograph, as you can see from above, our renovated second bedroom was the subject I chose. To capture the image, I used a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens a 3-shot exposure bracket at each 20° interval. I then combined the exposure brackets in Lightroom (using identical settings for each HDR blend) and compiled the panoramic image with Hugin.
From the Southwest Airlines YouTube Channel:
Photographer Jon Carmichael captures The Great American Eclipse onboard a Southwest Aircraft at 39,000 feet.
August 27, 2018 – New York, New York – Rokinon has announced its new Digital Photo 85mm F1.8 Compact Prime Lens, the 7th in its compact lens series. The new 85mm is sized and optically designed specifically for mirrorless cameras to deliver high resolution performance from the center of the image to its corners. It is a high speed telephoto lens that delivers equivalent focal lengths of approximately 128mm with APS-C Sony E and Fuji X cameras, 136mm with Canon M cameras, and 170mm with Micro 4/3 cameras.
Optically, the Rokinon 85mm F1.8 is constructed of 9 elements in 7 groups and features a High-Refractive Index element and an Extra-low Dispersion element. Additionally, it uses UMC ultra multi-coating to help minimize chromatic aberrations and unnecessary light dispersion. Intuitive, damped and precise manual focus control combine with its fast 1.8 aperture and rounded 9 blade diaphragm for exceptional low light, bokeh and selective focus capabilities.
The compact and light-weight design of this fast telephoto offers excellent portability and comfort that is perfect for travel, candid, portraits, and close up photography with mirrorless cameras. Additional features include a non-rotating 62mm filter mount, a reversible for storage lens hood and a soft pouch case.
The new Rokinon Digital Photo 85mm F1.8 compact prime lens is expected to be available in September with a street price of only $399.00.
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Mavic 2 Series Features Two Industry First Camera Options With New Intelligent Features And Optimized Flight Performance
August 23, 2018 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today introduced a new era for camera drones with two additions to its iconic Mavic series: Mavic 2 Pro, the world’s first drone with an integrated Hasselblad camera, and Mavic 2 Zoom, the world’s first foldable consumer drone with optical zoom capability.
The Mavic 2 is the most advanced DJI camera drone ever built, designed for professionals, aerial photographers and content creators. Incorporating the iconic folding design of the world’s most popular Mavic Pro, the Mavic 2 is a powerful platform with new gimbal-stabilized cameras and advanced intelligent features like Hyperlapse and ActiveTrack for easier and more dynamic storytelling. With an impressive flight time of up to 31 minutes and a more stable video transmission system, Mavic 2 delivers the optimal flight experience for capturing epic shots.
“When the Mavic Pro was launched two years ago, it redefined the way people looked at a drone and expanded possibilities for creators around the world,” said Roger Luo, President at DJI. “Today, we enter a new era of aerial photography with the introduction of DJI’s new flagship product, the Mavic 2 series. The Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom will enable photographers and videographers to take their inspirations to the air quickly and elevate their creative ideas to new heights.”
Mavic 2 Pro: Superior Image Quality with Hasselblad
Co-engineered in partnership with Hasselblad, the leading manufacturer in medium format photography, the Mavic 2 Pro is the world’s first drone with an integrated Hasselblad camera for outstanding image quality with superior light and color performance. Housing a 1-inch CMOS sensor with a 10-bit Dlog-M color profile, the camera captures four times as many levels of color per channel compared to Mavic Pro to provide maximum flexibility for photo and video editing. The Mavic 2 Pro can capture 20-megapixel aerial shots with utmost color accuracy using Hasselblad’s unique Hasselblad Natural Color Solution (HNCS) technology, while an adjustable aperture from f/2.8-f/11 provides more control across a wide variety of lighting conditions. With 4K 10-bit HDR support, the Mavic 2 Pro can be plugged into a 4K TV with HLG and will play back footage with the right color tones.
Mavic 2 Zoom: A Dynamic Perspective with Optical and Digital Zoom
Powered by a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, the Mavic 2 Zoom is DJI’s first foldable consumer drone with zoom, providing a dynamic perspective that ushers in a new era of creative storytelling. With the Mavic 2 Zoom, you can get closer to your subject at a moment’s notice by combining two-times optical zoom (24-48mm) with two-times digital zoom to simulate a 96mm telephoto lens that captures lossless video in full HD resolution. Hybrid auto-focus on the Mavic 2 Zoom combines phase and contrast detection for higher focus accuracy with an increased focus speed of up to 40% faster than before. Shoot vivid 12-megapixel photos or take advantage of the new Super Resolution feature that uses optical zoom to automatically capture and stitch nine photos together for a highly detailed 48-megapixel image, making it an ideal option for landscape photography.
Exclusive to the Mavic 2 Zoom, the new Dolly Zoom QuickShot mode opens a new visual language for storytelling that was previously reserved for professional cinematographers. It creates an otherworldly warped perspective by automatically zooming in as it flies away from its subject, keeping the subject the same size while the full background of the scene is revealed.
Mavic 2 Series: DJI’s New Flagship Consumer Drone with Powerful Camera Options
Both cameras capture vivid 4K ultra-high definition video with extreme detail, recording at a maximum bitrate of 100 megabits per second using the H.265 compression codec to give you an exceptional degree of latitude in post-production workflows. For photographers, new Enhanced High Dynamic Range capabilities blend a sequence of photos for ghost-free high dynamic range, giving the Mavic 2 Pro an impressive 14 stops of dynamic range and Mavic 2 Zoom up to 13 stops.
New Intelligent Tools For Epic, Cinematic Shots
The Mavic 2 is the ultimate tool for aerial content creation with new intelligent flight modes that make capturing professional-quality results almost effortless. A new Hyperlapse feature produces establishing shots that show the passing of time, which you can share to social media immediately. JPEG and RAW photos can be simultaneously saved on a Micro SD card or the internal storage, leaving more room for post editing. Choose between Circle, Course Lock, Waypoint or Free mode to create timelapses with a simple tap of a button in the DJI GO 4 Mobile App:
Keeping a moving subject in the frame is now easier than ever with ActiveTrack 2.0. This enhanced auto-track feature delivers a powerful combination of autonomous tracking and obstacle sensing capabilities never before seen in a DJI drone. Using the main camera and the front dual vision cameras, the Mavic 2 creates a three-dimensional map of the area in front of it, and uses new trajectory algorithms to analyze motion and predict the subject’s path up to three seconds in the future. When tracking a target, the Mavic 2 can recognize and avoid obstacles while shooting your target without interruption. It can stay on target, even if your subject momentarily goes behind an obstacle, and can track the subject at higher speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h).
Safer, Smarter and Stable Flight
The Mavic 2 delivers autonomous flight capabilities that help you capture shots with even more confidence in complex environments. A fully upgraded FlightAutonomy system transmits data to a more powerful central processor for more accurate obstacle sensing and safer flight. For the first time ever in a DJI drone, Mavic 2 has 10 sensors on all sides of the aircraft to automatically detect obstacles in its path and help prevent collisions, allowing you to focus on capturing the perfect shot.
An improved Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) allows the aircraft to analyze its surrounding environment and automatically fly around obstacles without stopping. In addition, the Mavic 2 has a Bottom Auxiliary Light that turns on automatically to ensure safe and precise landings in low-light situations.
A newly designed OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system enables a more stable connection between the drone and its remote controller. The system features stronger interference resistance and auto-switching capabilities that support both 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency bands with the capability to use different frequencies for uplink and downlink data streams. It delivers 1080p video transmission feeds at a distance of up to 8 km, allowing you to instantly edit and upload Full HD footage directly from the video cache in the DJI app in a wider variety of situations. Original resolution photos in JPEG can be saved directly to your mobile device, so you can immediately share what you create without the need to transfer files from the drone.
Aerodynamic Design and Extended Flight Time
The Mavic 2’s redesigned, more aerodynamic airframe reduces body drag by up to 19% compared to the Mavic Pro, allowing the Mavic 2 to fly at speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h) in Sport mode. Combined with a more efficient, quieter propulsion system and noise reducing propellers, the Mavic 2 has a maximum flight time of up to 31 minutes.
To ensure crisp photos and smooth, shake-free footage, the Mavic 2 houses an ultra-precise three-axis mechanical gimbal to stabilize its camera even during high-speed motion. Photos and videos can be saved directly to the drone using its 8 GB onboard storage. All DJI users have control over how their data is stored and managed, as part of DJI’s commitment to protecting its customers' data.
A redesigned remote controller features detachable control sticks for ease of storage and portability. The Mavic 2 is compatible with DJI Goggles with the gimbal (yaw) control range up to -75°– +75° in Head Tracking mode, offering users a more immersive FPV flight experience.
Price and Availability
The US retail price of a Mavic 2 Pro, including the drone, battery, remote controller, charger, and four pairs of propellers, is $1,449 USD. The US retail price of a Mavic 2 Zoom, including the drone, battery, charger, remote controller and four pairs of propellers, is $1,249 USD. A Fly More Kit, including two additional batteries, a multi-battery charging hub, a car charger, a battery to power bank adapter, two pairs of propellers and a carrying bag, retails at $319 USD. A gimbal replacement service exclusively for Mavic 2 will be available soon.
Starting today, the Mavic 2 is available for preorder at DJI authorized retailers.
Preorders for the new Nikon mirrorless gear & the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Lens are now live:
MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the release of the full-frame (Nikon FX–format) Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6 mirrorless cameras, as well as NIKKOR Z lenses, featuring a new, larger-diameter mount to enable the next generation of ultimate optical performance.
The new Nikon Z mount system is comprised of mirrorless cameras and compatible NIKKOR Z lenses and accessories. This system has been realized through the pursuit of a new dimension in optical performance. It has inherited Nikon’s tradition of quality, superior imaging technology, intuitive operability and high reliability, all innovated from its digital SLR cameras.
At the heart of the Z mount system is the new, larger-diameter mount, which unlocks further possibilities of lens design. The Z mount system will offer a variety of high-performance lenses, including the fastest lens in Nikon history, with f/0.951. Additionally, the new mount adapter will enable compatibility with NIKKOR F mount lenses, adding to the range of choices for photographers.
The letter “Z” represents the culmination of Nikon’s relentless pursuit of ultimate optical performance, and a bridge to a new chapter. It is about redefining possibilities to provide image makers with tools to pursue greater creativity.
Nikon will expand the value of mirrorless cameras through the pursuit of a new dimension in optical performance, and by upholding Nikon’s tradition of quality while responding to the evolution of imaging technology. By providing image makers with stimulating new products, Nikon will continue to lead imaging culture.
Z 7, Z 6 Product Overview
The Z 7 and Z 6 are equipped with a new backside illumination Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with built-in focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels, and the latest image-processing engine, EXPEED 6.
The high-resolution Z 7 has 45.7 effective megapixels, and supports a standard sensitivity range of ISO 64–25600. In combination with NIKKOR Z lenses, the camera achieves an outstanding level of sharpness and detail, all the way to the edges of the image.
The versatile Z 6 is an all-purpose FX-format camera with 24.5 effective megapixels, and supports the wide sensitivity range of ISO 100–51200. With superior performance at high ISO sensitivities and full-frame 4K UHD video capture with full pixel readout, the Z 6 responds to a variety of needs, such as shooting in dimly lit environments and high-quality movie recording.
These two models combine legendary Nikon reliability and a familiar interface with the benefits of a mirrorless, including rapid FPS, hybrid AF, silent shooting and advanced multimedia capabilities.
Primary Features of the Z 7 and Z 6
Development of the MB-N10 Multi-Power Battery Pack
The MB-N10 Multi-Power Battery Pack that is currently in development will hold two EN-EL15b, effectively increasing the number of shots possible and/or movie recording time by approximately 1.8x. It will provide the same level of dust and drip resistance as the Z 7 and Z 6, and will support USB charging using the EH-7P Charging AC Adapter. Information regarding the release of this product will be announced at a later date.
Price and Availability
The Nikon Z 7 will be available September 27 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $3399.95* for the body-only configuration, or for $3999.95 SRP as a kit with the new NIKKOR Z 24-70 f/4 S lens. The Nikon Z 6 will be available in late November for the $1995.95 SRP for the body only configuration, or for the $2,599.95 SRP with the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens kit.
1 Within interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras and Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lens.
2 With FX (36x24) image area and single-point AF enabled.
3 Mid-range sharpness adjustment is only possible at “High quality” movie setting.
4 DX-based movie format with the Z 7.
5 Simultaneous recording of 4K UHD movies with 10-bit output to the camera's memory card is not possible.
6 Among interchangeable-lens cameras.
7 Measured in accordance with CIPA standards (using the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S, with zoom set at the maximum telephoto position)
8 The level of compensation achieved when a NIKKOR F mount lens is used is not as high as that of a NIKKOR Z lens
9 Can only be confirmed using the camera with which focus shift was performed.
10 Third-party software is required.
11 Continuous H (extended) in 12-bit RAW, JPEG, or TIFF format.
12 With interval timer shooting or time-lapse movie recording with silent photography and exposure smoothing enabled.