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 Friday, May 10, 2019

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:

Most photography has with one thing in common... all the photos are taken at eye height. But if you want to give your portraits a new look consider mixing up your shooting height.

In this video Gavin Hoey shows you how getting down low or higher up then your model can radically change the look and emphasis of a portrait. Low level shots can change the background and emphasize the foreground and high shots can be framed to completely remove the background that you see when shooting at eye height.

After Gavin has shared his shooting tips he goes on to try out all three shooting heights while taking portraits in a field of flowers.

Post Date: 5/10/2019 6:59:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon Europe:

Watch wedding photographer and Canon ambassador Félicia Sisco, as she talks about shooting bridal portraits with the newly-released Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM lens. What does she look for in the perfect prime for portraits? One of Félicia’s secrets to getting a flattering look in her images is shooting at her favourite focal length, 85mm. "With an 85mm lens, I can do everything, close-up portraits and full-length shots". She enjoys the versatility to shoot both unposed, spontaneous images and editorial style setups make her appealing to brides-to-be. Félicia likes to shoot with fast shutter speeds, ideally around 1/2000 sec, so in lower light increases the ISO setting to compensate. “Every little girl looks in the mirror and wants to look beautiful, and on the wedding day, in her bridal dress, her dreams come true..."

Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens Preorders: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Wex

Post Date: 5/10/2019 6:32:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 9, 2019
Post Date: 5/9/2019 8:35:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

In this video, photographer Daniel Norton goes over a traditional three point lighting setup as well as a variation on that setup.

Gear Used

Post Date: 5/9/2019 6:59:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 7, 2019

A whitetail deer's ears are extremely perceptive. So good is their hearing that they have the practical equivalent of eyes in the back of their heads. The buck in the foreground, with ears turned back and raised high, is essentially "watching" the buck in the background while looking the other direction.

The buck in the background is using his ears for another purpose, to communicate threat. While his ears are also turned back, the big difference is that they are laid low. The threatening laid-back-and-low ear position is not unique among deer and should serve as a warning to wildlife photographers if the warning is being directed toward them. Buck in rut frequently use this communication technique with other deer.

Another communication strategy deer and other animals use is the raising of their hair. In a moment, a buck can go from having a sleek, normal-appearing coat to appearing huge and fuzzy with every hair (thousands per square inch) standing straight out (imagine what humans could look like if we possessed that skill).

Always be looking for that something extra in your images and when photographing wildlife, communication is one such extra that can take an image to the next level. Another extra illustrated in this image is the incoming buck's raised front leg. This shows action.

This scenario pictured here unfolded quickly and capturing the action was the first priority. The image that showed the best juxtaposition of the two bucks was not as well-balanced in the frame as I wished, cutting off some of the trees on the right side. Fortunately, another image in the sequence included more of the right side of the scene and stitching the two images together allowed the full set of trees to be included, creating a natural frame.

There is still room to join me this fall for the "Whitetail Buck in Rut and Much More", Shenandoah National Park Instructional Photo Tour. Stay for the entire time and I'll pick you up at/near the Dulles International Airport.

Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019

Contact me to sign up!

Photographers at all skill levels are also invited to join me for these tours:

"Whitetail Fawns and Much More", Shenandoah National Park

Sun, June 9 to Wed, June 12, 2019 and/or Wed, June 12 - Sat, June 15, 2019

Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour

Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019

"Bull Elk in Rut and Much More", Rocky Mountain National Park

1 opening: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21, 2019
Filled: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28, 2019
Wait List or Sign Up for 2020.

Contact me to sign up!


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/500s
ISO 2200
8910 x 5476px
Post Date: 5/7/2019 10:29:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

In this video, photographer Ab Sesay explains his technique for getting maximum saturation from using gels. If you want to skip the needlessly lengthy video (not all of the meter readings taken were necessary to explain the concept or arrive at the preferred settings, but I'm sure Sekonic appreciated how many times the photographer used one of their meters), I'll cut to the chase for you – set your gelled lights to underexpose the areas they hit, and keep other light sources (such as an ungelled main light) from spilling onto that area. Voilà, instant saturation. The more underexposed the gelled light is in your image (as long as it is still perceptible), the more saturated it is.

And don't misunderstand me; a light meter is a very handy device for studio and on-location photography and videography work. However, in this particular instance, I question the value of metering your ungelled lights just to see how much light each gel is blocking. You can likely skip that step, attach the gels and meter them to achieve the desired underexposure (as Sesay mentions, about 1.5 stops under the main light), knowing that different gels will require different flash power levels to achieve the precise exposure you're going for.

B&H carries Sekonic light meters.

Post Date: 5/7/2019 7:30:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Launching today, B&H's Payboo card comes with a very unique cost savings benefit – it will pay you back for all state sales taxes charged on B&H purchases shipped to eligible states.

Need to make a large photography gear or tech purchase? Using the Payboo card will allow you to save significantly on that purchase. Shop regularly at B&H? The sales tax savings will certainly add up over time.

Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions about the Payboo Credit Card:

What is the B&H Payboo Credit Card?
B&H offers customers the Payboo Card credit card through Synchrony Bank with a revolving credit limit for any B&H purchases made online, in-store, or by phone.

How does the Payboo Card benefit really work?
When you pay for B&H purchases with the Payboo Credit Card, B&H will charge the total of merchandise plus applicable fees and taxes; but we instantly issue and apply a reward on orders made in our SuperStore or shipped to eligible states right in checkout as a form of customer payment. Then, the amount charged to the Payboo Card is net of the benefit applied.

Am I paying sales tax on my purchase? Do I need to submit anything in my tax filings?
B&H will collect and remit state sales tax in accordance with state sales tax laws and regulations. So, customers do pay required sales tax and do not need to keep track or file anything separately.

Is there any limit or cap on the total amount of Payboo Card savings?
No. B&H will issue Payboo Card Savings rewards without any upper limit.

Where can I use the Payboo Card?
The card may be used to pay on our websites, on our mobile app, in our NYC SuperStore, or by phone. Payboo is only available for use at B&H (i.e. it is not a Visa, MC, Amex, DC, etc)

Click Here to Sign Up for the B&H Payboo Card

Notes:
The tax-equivalent loyalty reward offer is not valid in Alabama, District of Columbia, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
The tax-equivalent loyalty reward offer is not available on orders shipped to any jurisdiction that does not require B&H to collect and remit state and/or local sales or use tax.
See all fine print details at the bottom of this page.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: B&H News
Post Date: 5/7/2019 6:52:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 6, 2019

When considering the addition of a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera to the kit, one of the concerns is the grip size. When reducing the size of a camera, the grip is an easy target. However, when the grip is made too small, the camera becomes harder to use.

I used calipers to very precisely measure the grip height from the bottom of the camera to the top edge of the useful grip area on the front of each camera, but note that there was a tiny amount of judgment to be made in the latter determination. The depth measurement was made at the thickest part of the grip that included the finger swell area on the front. Use the EOS 5D-series DSLR camera as a baseline to compare against.

ModelHeightDepth
Canon EOS 5Ds R2.73"(69.3mm)2.79"(70.9mm)
Canon EOS R2.53"(64.3mm)2.65"(67.3mm)
Nikon Z 6, Nikon Z 72.33"(59.0mm)2.63"(66.7mm)
Sony a7 III, Sony a7R III, Sony a92.08"(52.8mm)2.40"(60.8mm)

My hand size falls between medium and large. The Sony grip design requires that I use a pinky-under strategy. My pinky just fits on the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 grip and my pinky comfortably fits on the Canon EOS R grip.

If the native grip size is not large enough for you, add the respective battery grip. For the Canon EOS R, that grip is the Canon Battery Grip BG-E22. Though not available as I write this, the MB-N10 Multi-Power Battery Pack has been promised for the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 cameras. Sony a7 III, a7R III, and a9 cameras are compatible with the Sony VG-C3EM vertical grip. These Sony cameras are also compatible with the Sony GP-X1EM Grip Extension. While the battery grips add size and weight to cameras having light weight and small size as advantages, the grips are easily removable, offering the best of both worlds. I have used the Canon and Sony grips and like them a lot.

I do not have an EOS RP at this time, but if someone sends me the measurements, I'll add them to this comparison chart. The RP's grip is remarkably nice for the tiny size of this camera, but it has a pinky-under grip height with the Canon EG-E1 Extension Grip adding room for that last finger.

If you were considering the purchase of one of these camera models, now is a very good time to do so. Instant rebates ranging up to $1,000 for Sony, $700 for Nikon, and $500 for Canon are currently available. Please remember to use the links on this site to make all of your purchases! Use the links in the comparison table to navigate to the camera model you are interested in.

Post Date: 5/6/2019 8:22:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality test results have been added to the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens page.

Can a lens with this extreme focal length range, even a Sigma Sports lens, produce good image quality?

The Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens is in stock or coming soon at B&H | Adorama | Amazon US | WEX

Rent the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share these results with your friends!

Post Date: 5/6/2019 7:23:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

Photographer Jide Alakja gives us 5 quick tips to create lightroom presets for your wedding work. Tip number one focuses on the orange channel and using complimentary colors to improve the skin tone you’re trying to create. Another tip suggests using vignettes to draw the viewer’s focus to the center—or focal point—of the photograph. Check out the video for additional useful Lightroom techniques.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 5/6/2019 6:42:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, May 4, 2019

The tips of elk antler tines are polished for a reason. During the rut, bull elk thrash the ground with their antlers and in addition to the tine tips becoming whiter, this practice often results in grasses and other plants hanging on the antlers. Sometimes the haystack is large enough to impede vision.

There is only one opening remaining for the September elk in rut photo tour. Consider joining a small group of passionate wildlife photographers pursuing these awesome animals. Photographers at all skill levels are invited to join!

"Bull Elk in Rut and Much More", Rocky Mountain National Park

  • 1 Opening: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21, 2019
  • Filled/Wait List: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28, 2019
  • Sign Up for September, 2020
Contact me to sign up!

Photographers at all skill levels are also invited to join me for these tours:

"Whitetail Fawns and Much More", Shenandoah National Park

Sun, June 9 to Wed, June 12, 2019 and/or Wed, June 12 - Sat, June 15, 2019

Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour

Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019

"Whitetail Buck in Rut and Much More", Shenandoah National Park

Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019

Contact me to sign up!


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 5/4/2019 10:21:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 3, 2019

When photographing a symmetrical subject, either take the time and effort to make it perfectly aligned in the frame ... or don't come close to doing so.

An image of a symmetrical subject that is perfectly symmetrically framed (or at least nearly so) usually looks great. An image of a symmetrical subject that appears intentionally non-symmetrically framed can also look great. It is when an image of a symmetrical subject is almost symmetrically framed that it appears you have made a mistake.

Some symmetrical subjects are far more forgiving than others. A tile floor is typically symmetrically unforgiving and note that any geometric distortion in a lens increases the in-camera alignment challenge. Another challenge is slight asymmetry in the subject.

This image appeared ideally aligned in-camera, but it still needed to be adjusted slightly in post-production to finish off that task. I thought I had the image ready to go when Sean mentioned that the monument was not quite perfectly straight. Measuring structure positions in Photoshop made it appear straight with some subject asymmetry showing at the bottom of the monument. A tile was lifted by a noticeable amount on the right side and the left side had stone showing on the outside of the perimeter drain that was not showing on the right, both creating optical illusions of asymmetry. I decided those fixes were needed and made some other adjustments (sometimes these small projects take on a life of their own). After revisiting the image a couple of times, I decided that Sean was still right and adjusted rotation slightly to move the image closer to perfection.

In this image, Abe Curland of B&H is carefully aligning his shot of the Empty Sky Memorial in Liberty State Park, NJ. The lines in tile flooring provide valuable assistance for finding center.

In light of the Should I Get the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III or EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens? article just posted, I'll mention that this image could have been equally captured with the less expensive Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens. The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens was my choice for this trip because I was shooting from a tripod and wanted larger-sized stars to be created from the city lights during the blue hour and after dark. I was pulling a Think Tank Photo Airport Security rolling case around the city, so gear weight was not an issue.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 5/3/2019 9:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

As reported by Petapixel, some customers are being shown a Photography Plan pricing of $19.99 per month instead of the up-until-now-normal $9.99 per month subscription fee. The Photography Plan (which includes Adobe Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC/Classic CC) has been the same price since it was introduced in 2015, representing an excellent value to customers (not many goods and services have remained the same price over that same period of time). I think it's safe to say that Adobe will raise its Photography Plan pricing at some point, but doubling its price in one fell swoop will leave most photographers very unhappy, especially those who were uncomfortable with subscription licensing in the first place.

Are Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC/Classic CC worth $19.99/mo? For working professionals and those serious about photography, absolutely. However, a majority of photography hobbyists will find the increased price significantly harder to swallow, leaving them searching for non-subscription based viable alternatives, such as the free and open-source GIMP.

It remains to be seen whether or not Adobe follows through with the price doubling strategy, but if you'd like to lock in the $9.99/mo rate for some time, you can purchase 12-month Photography Plan subscription licenses right now to extend the current plan pricing. In fact, I purchased a 12-month license last night after reading the news, and I'm considering purchasing another one.

Post Date: 5/3/2019 8:31:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Think Tank Photo:

SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – Think Tank Photo announces the Stash Master 13L, a travel cube that enables you to expand the photo gear capacity of any large backpack, or increase personal gear space in the MindShift Backlight Elite 45L for multi-day excursions.

This padded insert is sized to fit the “Trifecta” of pro camera gear including a gripped DSLR body attached to a 70-200mm f/2.8, plus a 24-70mm f/2.8 and 16-35mm f/2.8. Highdensity velex interior and reinforced vertical dividers keep your gear secure and protected, while carry handles make it easy to transport. Made from water resistant fabrics with DWR coating, the Stash Master 13L will keep your gear protected, and is a great solution for pros and photo enthusiasts alike.

“Expanded gear capacity is always an important aspect of photography,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank CEO and Lead Designer. “The Stash Master 13L gives pros and photo enthusiasts alike the freedom and flexibility to design their individualized carry layouts however they like.”

KEY FEATURES

  • Padded insert allows you to use your own bag or fit more gear into compatible MindShift Gear backpacks
  • Water resistant fabric and DWR coating keeps your gear protected
  • Sized to fit pro gear including a gripped body attached to a 70–200mm f/2.8
  • High-density velex interior and reinforced vertical dividers holds up over time to keep your gear secure
  • Multiple dividers allow you to customize the layout depending on your adventure
  • Tuck away front flap with removable foam panel provides better access while in a backpack
  • Carry handles on front and top makes lifting easy
  • Side webbing loops allow you to attach a shoulder strap

WHAT FITS

  • Holds one gripped DSLR with lenses attached up to a 70–200mm f/2.8 plus, 2–3 standard zoom lenses and a flash.
  • Holds two ungripped DSLRs with lenses attached up to a 70–200mm f/2.8 and 1–2 standard zoom lenses.
  • Holds two gripped mirrorless bodies with lenses attached up to a 70–200mm f/2.8 plus 3–5 additional lenses.

MATERIALS

Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has highest quality YKK RC-Fuse zippers, 100D rip-stop nylon, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: 200D polyester, high-density velex, high-density closed-cell foam, PE board reinforcement, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Interior Dimensions: 11.8” W x 11.8” H x 7.1” D (30 x 30 x 18 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 12.2” W x 12.2” H x 7.5” D (31 x 31 x 19 cm)
Total Volume: 13L
Weight: 0.9 lbs. (0.4 kg)

Think Tank Photo has the MindShift Gear Stash Master 13L in stock with free shipping and a free gift when you use our link for your purchase.

Post Date: 5/3/2019 7:25:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 2, 2019

From PiXimperfect YouTube Channel:

PSD Files Taking Too Long to Open? Learn how to open a merged copy of you entire file in 1-2 seconds! In this tutorial, we will learn a Photoshop shortcut to read the composite data and open a flattened version of the image instantly.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 5/2/2019 8:03:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Think Tank Photo:

SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – Get deeper into the backcountry with the MindShift BackLight Elite 45L backpack from Think Tank Photo. Forty-five liters of internal volume provides ample room for a combination of photo/personal gear and dedicated laptop/tablet. External attachment points accommodate adventure equipment such as a static rope, set of axes, snowboard/skis, and of course, a tripod.

Weather-resistant zippers and materials protect your gear when trekking in extreme environments. And like the other BackLight backpacks, rear-panel access adds security when traveling since your camera gear is protected behind your back. Built “Mountain Tuff” for protection against the elements, the BackLight Elite 45L features YKK AquaGuard zippers and waterproof/tearproof sailcloth, robust lumbar padding, and a quick-dry back panel for increased ventilation. Elite outdoor photographer, Dan Carr, rigorously tested the pack claiming, “The Backlight Elite 45 is the rugged companion for every adventure.”

“We paid special attention to the needs of backcountry photographers while designing the Elite 45L,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank CEO and Lead Designer. “In design, fit, protection, and durability, the BackLight Elite 45L stands up to the demands of outdoor photo expeditions like no other bag we have ever released.”

KEY FEATURES

  • Storm-resistant construction with YKK AquaGuard zippers and
  • terproof/tearproof Sailcloth
  • Superior Fit: Robust lumbar padding, hip-hugging waist belt, quick-dry back
  • nel, and foam ridges for increased ventilation
  • Back and top panel access to all of your camera gear, allowing you to work out
  • your bag without getting your harness dirty or wet
  • Aluminum internal frame supports the load and keeps it in place
  • Dedicated compartments fit up to a 17” laptop and a 10” tablet
  • Meets most international and U.S. carry-on requirements*
  • Advanced Airflow: Dual-density, honeycomb mesh shoulder straps
  • Includes tripod/monopod mounting system on front or side
  • Trekking capacity! Front pockets totaling 17L carry personal gear for a day’s outing:
  • tra layers, a jacket, food, etc.
  • Hydration reservoir ready (reservoir not included)
  • 2 large water bottle pockets with cinch cord fit 32 oz. water bottles
  • Snowboard or ski carry with tuck-away, protected edge lash straps
  • Top-lid converts into a belt pack with the removable waist belt
  • Waterproof, heavy-duty Tarpaulin base
  • Seam-sealed, brown colored rain cover blends in with the environment
  • Removable camera compartment with emergency shoulder straps to avoid gate check
  • Removable waist belt for ease when traveling
  • Expandable capacity on all five sides with daisy chain, ice axe loops and additional
  • sh points
  • Compatible with the MindShift Tripod Suspension Kit, Filter Nest/Hive & Switch Case

WHAT FITS - Sample gear packs

  • Nikon D3S attached to 70–200mm f/2.8, SB-910 Speedlight, 105mm f/2.8 Macro,
  • gma 35mm f/1.4 ART, 50 f/1.4, Filter Nest Mini, 24–70mm f/2.8, 14–24mm f/2.8
  • Canon 1DX attached to 70–200mm f/2.8, GoPro Hero 5, DJI Mavic Pro, Mavic
  • ntroller, 24–70mm f/2.8, 16–35mm f/2.8, 90mm f/2.8 TS-E
  • Sony A7R II attached to 24–70mm f/2.8 GM, GoPro Hero 5, DJI Mavic Pro, Mavic
  • ntroller, Filter Nest Mini, A7R II attached to 16–35mm f/4
  • Holds a gripped Nikon DSLR and a 600mm f/4 FL ED VR 70–200mm f/2.8 GM, 90mm
  • 2.8 Macro
  • Canon 1DX attached to 24–70mm f/2.8, GoPro Hero 5, 85mm f/1.8, 90mm f/2.8 TS-E,
  • X attached to 16–35mm f/2.8, 70–200mm f/2.8, 2x Teleconverter
  • Nikon D3S attached to Sigma 150–600mm f/5-6.3 Sport, SB-910 Speedlight

MATERIALS

Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has highestquality weather-resistant YKK AquaGuard zippers, high-performance Sailcloth, 420D rip-stop nylon, 320G UltraStretch mesh, ribbed and perforated dual-density foam, 350G airmesh, honeycomb airmesh, perforated closed-cell foam, heavy-duty nylon tarpaulin, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: 200D polyester, hexa-mesh pockets, high-density closed-cell foam, PE board reinforcement, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Exterior Dimensions (travel mode*): 13” W x 23.5” H x 8” D (33 x 59.7 x 20.3 cm)
Camera Compartment: 11.4” W x 19.3” H x 6.8” D (29 x 49 x 17.3 cm)
Laptop Pocket: 11.2” W x 16.1” H x 1”D (28.5 x 41 x 2.5 cm)
Tablet: 0.6” W x 10.2” H x 0.6” D (27 x 26 x 1.5 cm)
Total Volume: 45L
Weight: 3.9–7.0 lbs. (1.8–3.2 kg)

Think Tank Photo has the BackLight Elite 45L Camera Backpack in stock with free shipping and a free gift when you use our link for your purchase.

Post Date: 5/2/2019 7:00:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 1, 2019

In its latest marketing video, Tamron gives its new 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD the moniker, "The Portrait Zoom." And in focal length regards, there's certainly something to that. The lens contains many of the most popular prime focal lengths for shooting portraiture, including 35, 50, 85, 100/105 and 135mm (and all are conveniently marked on the zoom ring). We don't know what the precise max aperture step-down for this lens is yet, but it's safe to say that the Tamron 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD's max aperture will lag behind popular prime lenses anywhere from 1-3 stops at comparable focal lengths. That said, the Tamron 35-150's total focal length range, moderately-wide max aperture range and price point that's significantly less than a bag full of primes should make it an intriguing option for many [especially budget] photographers' portrait needs.

Preorders: B&H | Adorama

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 5/1/2019 8:02:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Tilt-shift lenses from Canon, Nikon and Rokinon (Samyang) are now included in the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.

The image shared on this post should get your attention!

Post Date: 4/30/2019 9:15:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

In addition to presenting danger, this large Pennsylvania mother black bear was looking for danger, a move that often includes a pause that gives a photographer time to carefully focus, compose, and shoot.

At this distance, the bear was not close to fitting in the 600mm frame. Keeping the bear's head in the frame is the primary compositional goal and shooting vertically with a sideways pose meant that a large portion of the frame was empty. Fortunately, the mamma bear's second-year cub was moving in and added interest to the empty portion of the frame.

As I had no control over either subject, this result depended on situational awareness along with a bit of serendipity. Time spent in the right locations increases the chance of serendipity.

While the bright gray background may appear studio-like, it was courtesy of a heavy morning fog between the subject and the distant background.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/1600s
ISO 2800
5504 x 8256px
Post Date: 4/30/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 29, 2019

Join me for the Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour!

Acadia National Park is considered the "Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast." Consuming about half of Mount Desert Island on the coast of Maine, Acadia National Park has significant photographic appeal in all seasons, but it is especially appealing in my favorite season, fall.

No one can predict long in advance when the ideal fall foliage color will occur, but this tour's dates have been within the reported peak foliage color time period for the last many years. Regardless of the foliage, the New England coast does not get better than Mount Desert Island's rocky coast that can provide a different experience even daily, with varying tide schedules and especially with surf conditions that can range from quite calm to very rough.

One of my primary goals is to help you get great images and I'd love for you to join me to photograph the landscape in this great location. Beginners can start with the basics and all, including the most-advanced photographers, will be positioned in ideal locations to build out their portfolios. Unleash your creativity in this field-intensive tour in a world-class outdoor classroom environment — Acadia National Park.

Plan on hanging out in a beautifully scenic location with a small group that shares your passion for photography. Bring your friends, make new friends. Just putting this tour together has made me excited!

When and Where: Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019 in Acadia National Park

The plan is to meet at the inn on Tuesday evening for a short orientation/meet & greet, preparing for an early AM shoot. We will wrap up after an early morning shoot on Sunday.

Get the full details here: Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour

Email me at Bryan@Carnathan.com to sign up or ask questions!

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 4/29/2019 10:37:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, April 28, 2019

An easy way to get a unique photo is to find a unique subject. I have seen a lot of different antler abnormalities, but this buck sported a new one.

Antlers are very strong, but deer frequently break their tines and even main beams, especially when fighting. However, the broken tine or beam nearly always breaks cleanly, detaching immediately, never to be seen again. Or, often due to injury, antlers grow in abnormal directions. This buck's right antler was broken off under the skin, dangling from the skin keeping it attached.

When photographing animals, I like to see separation between the legs and especially like to see one of the front legs stepping forward, showing action. I'll rarely complain about wildlife photography lighting when there is a setting sun behind me with the catchlight in the eye adding life to the animal.

What will this buck's next rack look like? I hope to find out this fall. Want to join me to photograph these great animals in Shenandoah National Park?


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/1600s
ISO 320
8006 x 5338px
Post Date: 4/28/2019 6:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, April 27, 2019

Welcome to Island Pond, located by Red River Camps in Deboullie Public Reserved Land of T15-R9 in the North Maine Woods. That this location is a nearly 1-hour drive from the grid and paved roads should help set the scene. Along with natural beauty, what you get here is a dark sky and at this time in August, a beautiful view of the Milky Way and the annual Perseid Meteor Shower.

Aside from the effort required to get to this location, this was a very easy image to create.
 

  • Mount the camera and lens on a solid tripod
  • Manually focus the lens on a bright star using fully-magnified live view
  • Adjust the composition as desired with the camera leveled for roll
  • Dial in a manual exposure of f/1.8 (use your widest available), ISO 6400 and 30 seconds (a stretch)
  • Set the camera to its high-speed frame rate
  • Plug in a remote release
  • Capture a test image and verify that it looks good
  • Lock the release button down (press down and slide forward)
  • Return later
The camera continuously captures images, hopefully with perfectly-positioned meteors in them. These frames can also be made into a time-lapse.

After setting up the first camera, you have plenty of time, so set up a second camera the same as the first, capturing a different composition.

On this night I had three camera setups with four of what I consider the best night sky lenses available. One of the cameras was a Nikon model and the only Nikon-mount star-capable lens I had along (not a Nikon model) showed a serious image quality problem, leaving two cameras in operation.

I mentioned that the 30-second exposure was a stretch and that is what happens to the stars at this focal length, exposure duration, and imaging sensor pixel density combination. They get stretched.

A blur is created when details in an image move across pixels on the imaging sensor, regardless of the reason why that happens. As we all know, due to the earth's rotation, stars are moving across the frame when the camera is in a fixed position. The longer the exposure, the more they are magnified (longer focal length lens) and the higher pixel density the imaging sensor has, the more that star blur will be visible at the pixel level.

Note that when final images are viewed and compared, the imaging sensor's pixel density-caused blur becomes equalized. For example, if you are printing at 8" x 12", the pixel density factor no longer matters in regards to the star trail blur created by two different resolution, equal-sensor-sized cameras.

Also, note that not all stars move at the same rate relative to the camera position. For example, the North Star (Polaris) does not move at all. If you are primarily including the northern sky in the frame, you might be able to use longer exposures than if your camera was directed west, east or up. There are star blur rules that can be helpful, but photography skills rule. Analyze your results as soon as they are captured and make adjustments as needed.

I mentioned having 4 of my favorite star lenses along with me. They are my favorites, but the perfect star lens, at least from a lens in the realm of affordability for most individuals, does not exist. All lenses have at least some issue keeping them from reaching perfection and corner performance is typically their biggest limiting factor.

This image was captured with the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens. It is a great choice for this purpose.

For star photography, ultra-wide angles are helpful for taking in a greater area of the sky and allowing longer exposures before star trails become visible, though ultra-wide angles produce rather small stars. Ultra-wide apertures (that produce sharp enough image quality to be used) create a brighter image in less time or at a lower ISO setting. The Sigma 14mm Art lens has those two features.

The worst case: even if the entire night's shoot was a failure, just hanging out under a starry sky would be totally worth the time and effort.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 4/27/2019 8:27:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 26, 2019

A handful of Rokinon (Samyang) Lenses have been added to the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.

Go make some comparisons!

Post Date: 4/26/2019 9:44:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

by Sean Setters

As I have gotten older, I have come to appreciate the many benefits of being well organized. Why is that? Far too often, I have experienced the consequences resulting from not being very well organized or thorough in my planning. And that's an ideal segue into the following story.

Our small family was planning on spending the long Easter holiday weekend with some friends and their two kids in Gerton, NC (about 17 miles southeast of Asheville, NC). As I contemplated what photography equipment to bring, my wife advised me that the Honda CRV we would be taking was going to be very full, so I needed to "think carefully" about how much camera equipment I brought along. Typically speaking, I like to bring the kitchen sink, so to speak, when photography is on the agenda. But in this case, there wouldn't be room in the car for the I-maaaaay-use-that type of gear I typically bring along.

Knowing that the gear I packed had to be versatile enough to capture indoor/candid portraiture as well as landscapes/waterfalls didn't make the job any easier, especially since I wanted to also bring some off-camera flash gear to take formal portraits of our hosts' kids (as well as my own, possibly) if given the opportunity. So, here's what I packed into a medium-sized photography backpack the night before we set off:

I knew I wouldn't be shooting enough to exhaust the two camera batteries stored in the camera's battery grip, so there was no need to bring the LC-E6 battery charger. I considered bringing an LCD Loupe and a rocket blower, but there wasn't enough room in the bag and I thought I could make do without them.

In addition to the backpack, I also stowed the following lighting gear in another part of the automobile:

At this point, sharp-eyed observers might have noticed a vital omission from the items I packed if I wanted to use the off-camera lighting gear. However, I didn't notice what I had forgotten until we were all eating dinner the first evening of the trip. For some reason, I was going through the gear I had packed in my head when it hit me. I turned to my wife and said in astonishment, "I forgot to bring my radio trigger and the 5D III doesn't feature a pop-up [master] flash. The off-camera flash gear I brought is completely useless."

Of course, "completely useless" was a bit of an exaggeration, as I could still use the flash on-camera and bounce it off a neutral colored surface if shooting indoors. But in essence, forgetting the tiny radio trigger meant that I had packed several of the items in vain, a frustrating revelation to say the least.

Thankfully, the first floor of the house where we were staying had a large bank of windows that provided ample soft light in the family/dining room and kitchen areas of the house, as evidenced by the picture atop this post and the one below.

Easter 2019 Gerton NC Trip 2

Next door to our weekend home was an old abandoned house. It was the kind of location that made me miss having the ability to use off-camera flash, but we found a few areas to utilize the light that was available.

Easter 2019 Gerton NC Trip Abandoned House 1

Easter 2019 Gerton NC Trip Abandoned House 2

So while my lack of proper planning certainly left some photo opportunities on the table (or at least impove on what could be captured with available light), it certainly wasn't a devastating mistake (this time).

However, the mistake did get me thinking about how I could avoid a similar issue in future photography outings. The simplest solution – a checklist system – seemed to be an adequate solution to the problem. Of course, there are many types of photography, with different subjects requiring different types of gear. With that in mind, I've put together a few sample checklists that you may want to use as starting point when packing for your next photo adventure.

Always Bring

  • DSLR/Mirrorless Camera(s) with at least (1) lens, memory card(s) and a sufficiently charged battery (or batteries)
  • Color calibration target (i.e., ColorChecker Passport)

Portraiture, Natural Light Checklist

  • General purpose or prime lens
  • Circular Polarizer
  • Filter wrenches
  • Reflector
  • LCD loupe
  • Camera strap

Portraiture, Flash Checklist

  • General purpose and/or prime lens(es)
  • Flash(es)
  • Extra flash batteries
  • Proprietary flash trigger (for flash units with built-in receivers)
  • Radio Trigger (or Transceiver)
  • Radio Receiver (or Transceiver) for every flash + backup
  • Triggering cables
  • Hot shoe/cold shoe adapters
  • Extra batteries for trigger/receiver
  • Light Meter
  • Flash gels
  • Light stands
  • Super Clamp and Justin Clamp (for attaching the flash to different surfaces)
  • Umbrella swivels
  • Modifiers - soft box, umbrella, beauty dish, grid
  • Sand bags
  • Neutral Density filters (useful if flashes are not capable of high-speed sync)
  • Circular Polarizer
  • Filter wrenches
  • Gaffer tape

Landscape/Cityscape Checklist

  • General purpose and wide-angle lenses
  • Tripod with head (ensure the camera has the appropriate plate/means for attaching to the head)
  • Neutral Density filters – variable, 10-stop and/or graduated
  • Circular Polarizer
  • Filter wrenches
  • Rain cover (for both the camera and the camera bag)
  • Intervalometer (if not a built-in feature of the camera)
  • LCD loupe

Architecture/Real Estate Checklist

  • Camera with high-end exposure bracketing
  • Ultra-wide, wide angle and/or tilt-shift lens
  • Tripod
  • Possibly off-camera lighting gear (see "Portraiture, Flash")

Sports Checklist

  • Camera with advanced AF, light flicker detection, fast continuous burst rate and a large buffer
  • General purpose and telephoto/telephoto zoom lens
  • Monopod and/or camera strap
  • Circular Polarizer
  • Filter wrenches
  • Rain cover (for both the camera and the camera bag)
  • LCD loupe

Make your checklists now so that they're ready when you need them, and keep your lists updated as you find additional items necessary for your particular endeavors. Doing so will help you avoid forgetting a vital piece of gear and the resulting embarrassment/frustration caused by the slip-up.

Post Date: 4/26/2019 9:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 25, 2019

Image quality test results have been added to the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens page.

Here is the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC G2 vs. G1 Lens image quality comparison. Obviously, the camera resolution is quite different in these results, but if you visualize the chart details in the G1 results being enlarged to the G2's detail size, you will likely determine that these two lenses perform very similarly. That they perform similarly is not a surprise.

Here are some more comparisons for your entertainment:

Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC G2 vs. Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III Lens
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC G2 vs. Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC G2 vs. Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC G2 vs. Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens (different resolution)

The Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon US | WEX

Rent the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens from Lensrentals.

Post Date: 4/25/2019 9:33:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

While it is always great to photograph a beautiful sunset, better is to find a way to create sunset images that are different from the hordes of others in my archives. A silhouette often makes a good sunset image differentiator, adding a little something to the image, and in this case, a tiki torch hints at the location the image was captured at.

Note that sunsets do not always have to be in focus. To mix things up a bit, I decided that I wanted the tiki torch and its flame to be sharp with the background going out of focus. Thus, a wide aperture was selected. The wide aperture had the secondary purpose of enabling a flame-freezing shutter speed.

The composition decisions for this image were made primarily for overall balance in the frame. The tiki torch is dark and heavy, so placing it near the center was helpful for balance. I wanted the torch flame in the frame along with the other flame, the sun, along and the color surrounding it was another subject of primary interest. With the latter seeming stronger than the prior, moving the tiki torch slightly to the right seemed to make sense. Keeping the perimeter of the frame clear of lines often helps keep the viewer's eye in the frame.

As the flame was changing rapidly, I captured a burst of images and later selected the flame shapes I liked best.

The Canon EOS R and RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens are a perfect walkaround combination. The camera and lens used to capture this image were on loan, but I eventually added this pair to my personal kit.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
88mm  f/4.0  1/400s
ISO 100
6720 x 4480px
Post Date: 4/25/2019 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Skylum:

We’ve been hard at work on Luminar 3 and we’ve got a significant update to share with you. With Luminar 3.1.0 you’ll find several new improvements for both Mac and Windows. The next generation of Accent AI makes enhancing your images easier than ever before. Plus some performance and usability enhancements will make your editing workflow even faster.

Accent AI 2.0. Reimagined.

The improved Accent AI filter lets you get natural-looking results in less time. New “human-aware” technology recognizes people in your photos and applies adjustments selectively for more realistic images.

With Accent AI 2.0, you can make dozens of adjustments (done quickly) with just one slider. Fix tone, detail, exposure, depth, color, and more thanks to behind-the-scenes AI. In less than a second, your photos can look their absolute best. Make Accent AI 2.0 your go-to filter. (Tip: It can even replace the Develop step for most photographers!) For beautiful photos, rely on Accent AI 2.0 as your starting point.

Follow your style.

Whether you’re working with the Library to organize your images or using the QuickEdit command, it’s now even easier to get the results you want. Take advantage of image-aware filters and professionally designed Luminar Looks to unlock the best image possible. Once you’ve created the perfect style, apply it to all shots in your series with the improved Adjustment Sync. You can now select multiple photos and apply the same adjustments in just one click. Filters and Looks are transferred in just one click, while image-specific changes like cloning and cropping are ignored.

RAW shooters can stay organized.

If you capture RAW and JPEG at the same time, it’s even easier to stay organized in Luminar 3. When you import RAW and JPEG pairs, you can decide which files to see. View just RAW or just JPEG for a less cluttered library, or see both and use the JPEG file as a reference while you edit. Edits to JPEG and RAW files are independent but can be easily synced. Use the View menu to control which images are shown for a clutter-free library.

Better Sorting.

Using the Gallery view to get organized or search for that perfect image? Now when you sort using a method like File Type or Color Label, a second organization is also applied. When you sort your images they are sorted by the new category first and then automatically sorted by date.

Trust your editing to Luminar.

Thanks to our users for reporting different issues. This version of Luminar offers general stability improvements. We’ve made hundreds of under-the-hood performance improvements based on user feedback. Windows users, in particular, will see tons of new features that bring Luminar for Mac and Windows into close alignment. Improved stability and performance along with robust catalog backups help keep your images and edits safe.

Luminar Updates for Windows Users

The Windows version of Luminar receives several updates with version 3.1.0 We hope you enjoy this new release of Luminar and appreciate your feedback and reports.

New features

  • IMPORT IMAGES. You can now import images from a memory card or hard drive and copy them to a folder. You can also choose to include subfolders when importing
  • SMUGMUG SHARING. The ability to post images to SmugMug has now been added to Luminar for Windows.
  • SHORTCUTS. Folders and user albums can be added to the Shortcuts list. Just right-click for a context menu or drag & drop them into the list.
  • IMPROVED SELECTIONS. Want to choose a range of photos in the Gallery view? Try the Shift or Ctrl key to select a range or group of images. You can also deselect images from a multiselection by Ctrl+clicking on an image.
  • ROTATE IN GALLERY. Images selected in the gallery can be quickly rotated left or right by 90 °increments with no need to switch to edit view. Just use the Image > Rotate menu or just right-click.
  • PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS SUPPORT. We’ve added Photoshop Elements support to the Windows platform. Just choose the Install Plugins command if you want to load Luminar as a plugin. For future versions of Luminar, plugin users should switch to Luminar Flex.

Performance Improvements

Get additional speed and performance from the Luminar update

  • IMPROVED HISTORY. Undo a Sync/Copy/Paste adjustments with one step in the History list.
  • HIDDEN FILES. Luminar does a better job of filtering hidden folders and photo. Additionally, unwanted items like Backups, History, Previews, and Caches won’t be shown when opening Luminar Catalogs.

Luminar Updates for Mac Users

Several performance improvements, as well as new features, await Mac users. We hope you enjoy this new release of Luminar and appreciate your feedback and reports.

  • PROGRESS BAR. Keep better track of what’s happening when working with Luminar. You’ll see a progress bar when using tools like Erase or when running Luminar as a third-party filter.

How to Update

Updating your Luminar software is easy. Be sure to also rerun the plugin installer if using Luminar as a plugin for Photoshop or Lightroom Classic.

Mac – Please, launch Luminar 3, then in the Top Menu Bar choose Luminar 3> Check for updates.

Windows – Please, launch Luminar 3, then in the Top Menu Bar choose Help > Check for updates.

We hope you enjoy these improvements. We’re hard at work on more performance updates and features

Use coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to save $10.00 on a Luminar 3 purchase.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Categories: Skylum News, Luminar News
Post Date: 4/25/2019 9:01:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Sigma:

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We would like to share results of our investigations regarding the operating conditions of the Sony “a6400 (ILCE-6400),” released by Sony Corporation on February 22nd, 2019, and SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for Sony E-mount.

With the SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for Sony E-mount, both the AF and the AE work inter-connectedly, and they are compatible with the in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function:“Lens Correction” (“Peripheral illumination correction”, “Chromatic aberration of magnification correction”, “Distortion correction”). *SIGMA 19mm F2.8 DN | Art, SIGMA 19mm F2.8 EX DN, SIGMA 30mm F2.8 DN | Art, SIGMA 30mm F2.8 EX DN, and SIGMA 60mm F2.8 DN | Art are not compatible with the Fast Hybrid AF.

In addition, we found some phenomena particular to some products listed below. Regarding these phenomena, we are going to release a firmware update for improvement. The availability of the firmware will be announced on a later date.

Furthermore, the operating conditions of SIGMA’s SIGMA GLOVAL VISION (SGV) lenses via the MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 are currently under investigation. After completing it, we are going to make an announcement.

Applicable products

  • SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art ??for Sony E-mount
  • SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art ??for Sony E-mount
  • SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art ??for Sony E-mount
  • SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art ??for Sony E-mount
  • SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art ??for Sony E-mount
  • SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art ??for Sony E-mount
  • SIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art ??for Sony E-mount
  • SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art ??for Sony E-mount

Confirmed phenomenon

The stop position may vary when the shutter button is repeatedly half-pressed on the AF toward the same subject.

Applicable product

  • SIGMA 40mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art ??for Sony E-mount

Confirmed phenomenon

With a6400 and cameras incorporating DMF mode, it automatically displays a magnified view as it gets in focus, when using the AF while the MF assist function is turned on.

Post Date: 4/25/2019 7:11:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

In this video, photographer Lindsay Adler demonstrates three techniques for using V-flats for beauty lighting.

Relevant Gear

Post Date: 4/25/2019 7:01:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Tamron:

April 25, 2019, Commack, NY - Tamron announces the launch of a new zoom lens, the 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (Model A043), for full-frame DSLR cameras. Photographers everywhere, especially those who enjoy photographing people, can add wider range to their creative expression with the new Model A043 that extends from 35mm to 150mm and offers a fast F/2.8 aperture at the wide-angle end while maintaining a bright F/4 at the telephoto end. The lens will be available May 23 in Nikon mount and June 20 in Canon mount at approximately $799 at authorized Tamron USA retailers.

The zoom range incorporates the 85mm focal length (often regarded as optimum for portrait shooting) and covers everything from full-body shots that include the surrounding environment to head-and-shoulders shots that stand out from a natural defocused "bokeh" background for which Tamron is renowned. The compact Model A043 is designed for fast handling and easy transport, measuring only 4.9 in long and perfectly balanced. On the technical side, three optimally placed LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements and three hybrid aspherical lenses quash various optical aberrations. Autofocus is exceptionally quiet with improved precision and speed thanks to the OSD (Optimized Silent Drive) DC motor. Furthermore, the Model A043 incorporates the Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) system, which strikes the perfect balance between AF performance and effective vibration compensation. For close-focusing, the MOD (Minimum Object Distance) is 17.7 in across the entire zoom range. Providing greater flexibility when used outdoors, a Fluorine Coating and Moisture-Resistant Construction deliver extra measures of protection. The new 35-150mm portrait zoom is the most useful and most creative lens a portrait photographer can own.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

Superb optical performance meets requirements of high-resolution 50+ megapixel DSLRs
Chromatic aberration and other imperfections that can diminish and degrade resolving power are thoroughly controlled by an optical design that combines three high-performance LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements with three hybrid aspherical lens elements aligned in perfect balance. The result provides the high levels of sharpness and contrast that today's high-resolution digital cameras require. Tamron's exclusive formula is optimized for exceptional performance around the mid-zoom 85mm range because that focal length has long been regarded as the preferred choice for portrait shooting. True to its designation as a "portrait zoom," the Model A043 leverages Tamron's optical technologies across the entire zoom range from wide-angle to telephoto to assure the finest experience at any setting. Making full use of the controlled depth-of-field properties only fast-aperture lenses can provide, Tamron employed proprietary simulation technologies to maximize the soft and natural "bokeh" defocused blur it has cultivated over many years. As a result, in-focus areas are rendered sharp and crisp down to the fine details that makes the subject stand out against a gently and beautifully blurred background. This technique is highly prized by portrait photographers and is potent for virtually every other type of photography.

Outstanding performance even in strongly backlit situations
Tamron's legendary BBAR (Broad-Brand Anti-Reflection) Coating works in harmony with an optical design that suppresses internal lens reflections to significantly reduce all traces of ghosting and flare. Because portraits are often shot under backlight conditions for impact, Tamron uses these advanced technologies to preserve high image quality even when strong sources of light-including the sun-are in frame.

High-speed Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system delivers fast and highly responsive autofocus performance plus outstanding vibration compensation

  • Silent autofocus driven by OSD (Optimized Silent Drive) DC motor - The OSD DC motor debuted in the 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) with favorable response. OSD technology reduces drive noise significantly (compared to previous DC motor-equipped lenses) while boosting autofocusing precision and speed by a wide margin. This eliminates noisy distractions during portrait shooting. Furthermore, the superior AF precision also provides more accurate tracking when locked on moving subjects.
  • Outstanding VC (Vibration Compensation) - Tamron's original VC system is enhanced in the A043 with an independent MPU dedicated to image stabilization without detracting from AF processing functions. Consequently, the VC (Vibration Compensation) achieves 5 stops*, according to CIPA Standards. This is highly beneficial when shooting at the telephoto end where camera movement is magnified. It's also very valuable when shooting at slow shutter speeds in dim lighting conditions.

* CIPA Standard Compliant. For Canon: EOS-5D MKIII is used. For Nikon: D810 is used.

MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 17.7 inches across the entire zoom range
Close focusing, the A043 delivers an MOD of 17.7" at all focal lengths thereby expanding versatility and creative freedom. This allows portrait photographers to get in close to capture expressions and smaller details and allows them to adjust camera-to-subject distance with greater control. Even when shooting indoors where movement is restricted, users can make use of this feature to find the perfect shooting position and angle.

Next-generation design is consistent with brand identity and is ergonomically superb
Tamron has applied magnificent craftsmanship to a beautiful, intuitive design to produce a zoom with superior look and feel. From the outer contours of the lens, to the deftly worked Luminous Gold brand ring, the quality of this lens is second to none. Even details like the shape of the switch box and the precision and stability of the metallic mount reveal a commitment to functionality as well as design.

Moisture-Resistant Construction
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.

Fluorine Coating
The surface of the front element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that has excellent water- and oil-repellant qualities. The front surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture or oily fingerprints, allowing for much easier maintenance.

Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory
The new Model A043 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.

Covers a broad range of diverse scenarios when combined as a set with the 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) ultra-wide angle zoom
For the discerning travel photographer who wants to pack light while maintaining excellent image quality, the new 35-150mm zoom pairs perfectly with Tamron's 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) wide-angle zoom. The two lenses together cover 17mm to 150mm affording creative and versatile capture of landscape, street scenes, architectural details, food, street portraits and more, at a total weight of just 44.1 oz* with fast F/2.8 at the wide ends and F/4 at the tele end of each.

* Weight applies to the model with the Nikon mount.

B&H has the Tamron 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens available for preorder.

Post Date: 4/25/2019 6:14:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 24, 2019

For wildlife photography, timing, in a variety of ways, is critical.

The time of the year is one timing factor. In Shenandoah National Park, spring brings bright green foliage and these adorable whitetail fawns.

Another timing factor is where the animal is at the moment it is photographed. That timing involves determining (guessing) where the animal is going next, determining an ideal photo position in that path, being the right distance away for framing and composition purposes, and being ready when (OK, if) they get there.

This time, the timing worked and this image of a fawn against a bed of green was the reward.

Often, wildlife looks best when photographed with a camera that is level for both tilt and roll. The tilt part means getting the camera at the animal's level and when the animal is small (and not at a higher elevation than you), that means getting down low. Photographing from a low position is not always the most comfortable, but the effort is usually worth it and the images taken with a downward angle are often deemed not good enough after some level captures are on the card.

In this example, the low green foliage permitted a level position, but a compromise is sometimes needed if visual obstructions become an issue.

Fawns are constantly moving and a monopod lets me adjust the height very quickly while trying to photograph them.

There is still room for you on the "Whitetail Fawns and Much More", Shenandoah National Park Instructional Photography Tour. All skill levels are welcome!

Sun, June 9 to Wed, June 12, 2019 and/or Wed, June 12 - Sat, June 15, 2019

Email me at Bryan@Carnathan.com to sign up or ask questions!


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 4/24/2019 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Zeiss:

The Telephoto Lens.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technical Specifications

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

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

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

From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:

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

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

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

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

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

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

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

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


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
28mm  f/11.0  1/50s
ISO 100
7952 x 5304px
Post Date: 4/23/2019 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

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

From Tokina:

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

Sales will commence on April 26th, 2019.

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

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

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

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

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

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

Post Date: 4/19/2019 6:07:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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



B&H Passover 2019 Holiday Closing Schedule

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

Online Orders

Online ordering will pause during the following holiday observance periods:

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

Shipping

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

Store Pickup

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



Adorama Passover 2019 Holiday Closing Schedule

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

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

Thank You for your understanding, and for your business.

Store Hours:

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

Post Date: 4/17/2019 7:04:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 16, 2019

From Think Tank Photo:

SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – Adventure photographers need a camera bag that’s as tough as they are. With its rugged materials and faceted design, the MindShift PhotoCross 15 backpack by Think Tank Photo will protect your gear from another punishing trip into the wild. The PhotoCross 15 is built to withstand the elements, yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field. An extra-large side panel provides quick access to your gear when you’re ready to take the shot — without taking off the backpack.

The PhotoCross 15 comes in two colors, Orange Ember and Carbon Grey. The backpack fits an ungripped DSLR, three to five lenses, including a 70-200mm f/2.8 attached, and up to a 15” laptop. Constructed with durable, abrasion-proof materials and weatherproof zippers, the PhotoCross 15 is the ideal backpack for your next adventure.

“The PhotoCross 15 backpack delivers uncompromising protection and comfort, while offering fast and intuitive gear access,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank CEO and Lead Designer. “The incorporation of a waterproof, tarpaulin base and weatherproof zippers and materials demonstrate how Think Tank continues to offer the protection, comfort, and innovation that are customers require.”

KEY FEATURES

  • Weatherproof zippers and materials
  • Durable materials provide abrasion resistance
  • Extra-large side panel gives you complete access to all your gear
  • Tripod or jacket carry with included straps
  • Dedicated, padded pocket fits 15” laptop
  • Waist belt is wide and removable providing comfort and flexibility
  • Waterproof, heavy-duty Tarpaulin base
  • Wide, body forming shoulder straps provide superior comfort
  • Water bottle pocket locks in most 1 liter bottles
  • Back panel with breathable 320G air-mesh keeps your back cool during long days
  • Internal zippered pockets for batteries, memory cards or other small accessories
  • Easily accessible front pockets for filters, snacks, or a light layer
  • T-pulls are easily gripped with or without gloves
  • Top and side carry-handles
  • Fully-customizable interior dividers for photo or personal gear
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included for downpour conditions

MATERIALS

Exterior: All fabric exterior is treated with a durable water-resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance, YKK weatherresistant zippers, 420D high-density nylon, heavy-duty nylon Tarpaulin, 350g air mesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, P210D liner, polyurethane backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, nylon binding tape, 3- ply bonded nylon thread.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Internal Dimensions: 10.6” W x 17.3” H x 5.5” D (27 x 44 x 14 cm)
External Dimensions: 13” W x 19.7” H x 7.5” D (33 x 50 x 19 cm)
Laptop Compartment: 10.2” x 15” x 1” (26 x 38 x 2.5 cm)
Maximum Weight (with all accessories): 3.0 lbs. (1.4 kg)
Shoulder Strap Length: 42.5–62.2” (108–158 cm) (includes length of product)
Waist Belt Length: up to 60.6” (154 cm) (includes length of product)
Volume: 20 liters

Think Tank Photo has the MindShift Gear PhotoCross 15 Backpack in stock with free shipping and a free gift when you use our link for your purchase.

Post Date: 4/16/2019 8:48:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Tamron has released updated software for use with its TAP-in Console, TAP-in Utility v.1.4.0 (download here).

So what's new with this version of TAP-in Utility? Unfortunately, Tamron doesn't think we need to know such trivial information, as no indication has been made on the reference page. However, an interesting thing to note is that the Mac version of the software ballooned from 10 MB for v.1.3.0 to 36 MB for the new version (the Windows application size stayed the same at 1.5 MB).

Download: Tamron TAP-in Utility v.1.4.0

Post Date: 4/16/2019 7:09:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 15, 2019

From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:

If you love Lightroom Classic CC, have we got a trick for you! Today Aaron shows you how to select and change the color of anything in a photo–all in Lightroom. Learn how to use the Adjustment Brush to make rough selections, a Range Mask to refine them, and the HSL/Color panel to dial in the color you want.

Now a fair warning; it’s much easier to change colors in Photoshop. But if your workflow lives in Lightroom Classic, this technique is just another reason to stick with what you love.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 4/15/2019 7:10:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 12, 2019

Think you've seen everything? Think again. In yesterday's post on the LensRentals Blog, LensRentals' Roger Cicala describes the ramifications of finding a fly deep in the inner workings of a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens.

Of course, if there’s going to be a fly in the lens, it’s going to be way deep inside where it’s really hard to get to. I don’t know why flies do that, but I promise you they do. You never see a fly just under the front or rear element. They get into the deepest groups, leaving little fly parts all over, and usually, get smushed by the zoom or focus element.
Read the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: LensRentals Blog
Post Date: 4/12/2019 6:49:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 11, 2019

From X-Rite:

Now includes 18% gray target and updated software to create custom ICC Camera Profiles for Capture One Pro users; plus, added support for ColorChecker Digital SG target

New York, NY – April 4, 2019 – X-Rite Incorporated, the world leader in color management and measurement technologies (http://xritephoto.com/) announces ColorChecker Passport Photo 2, an improved solution that helps professional and enthusiast photographers alike to reduce image processing time and maintain color control and consistency from capture to edit. Quickly and easily set white balance and exposure, create custom DNG or ICC camera profiles, and instantly enhance portraits and landscapes.

X-Rite created the industry-standard ColorChecker Passport 10 years ago which included three photographic targets plus DNG camera calibration software. Passport Photo 2 now combines four photographic targets, featuring a new 18% Gray Balance target, plus upgraded ColorChecker Camera Calibration software that adds ICC camera profile creation, especially useful for Capture One users, or anyone working in an ICC compatible workflow.

“Our original ColorChecker Passport quickly became an industry standard for managing color at capture,” says Liz Quinlisk, Global Business Unit Manager, Photo & Video at X-Rite Incorporated. “Now, with the added functionality of a gray balance target and ICC camera profiling, it’s more powerful than ever. Not only have we broadened our ability to serve Capture One and other ICC workflow users, but every photographer will have all the targets they need in a very portable, protective case.”

ColorChecker Passport Photo 2 includes:

NEW Camera Calibration Software v2.0

Now create a custom DNG or ICC camera profile utilizing an X-Rite ColorChecker Classic or Digital SG target. Camera profiling ensures accurate color at capture based on specific lighting, camera and lens combination during any given shoot, saving valuable time in edit. The newly supported ColorChecker Digital SG target offers an extended gamut to create a more accurate ICC profile.

18% Gray Balance Target

NEW Gray Balance Target Often referred to as middle gray, the 18% Gray Balance target is the de facto industry standard reference. Set proper camera exposure or check lighting ratios and light distribution, which is especially important for portrait photography. It can be used with either a reflective hand-held light meter or in-camera meter for determining exposure and can also be used to set neutral balance and remove color casts.

White Balance Target

Create custom in-camera white balance for a consistent white point across a set of images with no need to correct each individual image later. Setting custom, in-camera white balance allows quick switching between shooting stills and video.

Classic Target

For more than forty years, the Classic 24-patch target has been the industry standard color reference used for visual color assessment and for creating custom camera profiles.

Creative Enhancement Target

Neutralize and create a look with single click enhancement patches; check and evaluate shadow details and highlight clipping; control color shifts.

Lightroom® Plug-In

Create custom DNG camera profiles directly in Adobe® Lightroom® Classic and Lightroom® Classic CC.

Portable Protective Case

Adjusts to accommodate multiple positions to easily incorporate into any scene. Also includes a new handy lanyard.

“Since colors fade with age and light exposure, replacing a target that is several years old ensures complete color accuracy when building camera profiles,” adds Liz Quinlisk.

“Now is the perfect time for photographers to upgrade their toolkit with a Passport Photo 2 and take full advantage of the power and versatility that the updated hardware and software deliver together to save valuable time and achieve the ultimate in color accuracy.”

X-Rite recommends replacement of color reference targets every 18-24 months.

ColorChecker Passport Photo 2 is currently available through X-Rite global authorized resellers. ColorChecker Camera Calibration software is available as a free download at xrite.com/getCOLORCHECKER.

With more color science experience than anyone in the industry, X-Rite Color Checker Passport Photo 2 was truly created by Color Perfectionists for Color Perfectionists.

Color Perfectionists Unite.

 
The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo 2 is in stock at B&H and Adorama.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: X-Rite News
Post Date: 4/11/2019 11:33:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The Sony Prime Lenses have been added to the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.

Once again, I'll share my favorite chart in this post and will this time add a comparison in the above link. The Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens is razor sharp.

Did I pick the best? Go determine out which Sony lens produced your favorite MTF results.

Note that the Zeiss Loxia and Batis prime lens results are coming soon and many additional Lensrentals-sourced test results are promised.

Post Date: 4/11/2019 10:10:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sony:

Sony a7R III Firmware v.3.00

Benefits and Improvements from the latest update

  • Adds real-time Eye AF for animals
    • It is not possible to detect human and animal eyes simultaneously
    • Eye detection may not be possible and depends on the environment, animal type, and movement of the animal

  • Allows you to operate the real-time EYE AF by half-pressing the shutter button or by pressing the AF-ON button
  • Adds the Interval Shooting function
  • Allows operation with the wireless remote commander RMT-P1BT (sold separately)
  • Allows you to assign the [MENU] to a custom key
  • Allows [MENU] tab operation with the Fn button
  • Improves the overall stability of the camera

Download: Sony a7R III Firmware v.3.00



Sony a7 III Firmware v.3.00

Benefits and Improvements from the latest update

  • Adds real-time Eye AF for animals
    • It is not possible to detect human and animal eyes simultaneously
    • Eye detection may not be possible and depends on the environment, animal type, and movement of the animal

  • Allows you to operate the real-time EYE AF by half-pressing the shutter button or by pressing the AF-ON button
  • Adds the Interval Shooting function
  • Allows operation with the wireless remote commander RMT-P1BT (sold separately)
  • Allows you to assign the [MENU] to a custom key
  • Allows [MENU] tab operation with the Fn button
  • Improves the overall stability of the camera

Download: Sony a7 III Firmware v.3.00

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Firmware Updates
Post Date: 4/11/2019 9:13:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From B&H:

What: OPTIC 2019 Outdoor, Photo/Video, Travel Imaging Conference

When: Sunday, June 2nd – Wednesday, June 5th

Where: The New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001

This year’s keynote speaker is recognized as one of the world’s greatest photographers of our time, Frans Lanting. Frans will be joined by a host of Lindblad National Geographic Photographers and contemporary outdoor photographers such as Erika Skogg, Paul North, Lana MacNaughton, Stephen Wilkes, Ron Magill and many others.

What to expect at OPTIC 2019:

  • Inspirational and Technical Presentations
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • Photo Walks
  • Signature Sunset Cruise
  • Hands-On Photography Stations
  • OPTIC Challenge
  • Camera Cleanings
  • Trade Show

All this free of charge making OPTIC the photo event of the spring for the outdoor, travel, and wildlife photography world.

Learn more and reserve your seat at OPTIC 2019.

Register Now for FREE

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: B&H News
Post Date: 4/11/2019 7:16:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 8, 2019

Just Posted: PolarPro Peter McKinnon Edition Variable ND Filter Review.

Definitely check out these just-announced, high-grade and highly-useful filters.

The PolarPro Variable ND Filter will be in stock soon at Amazon.

Post Date: 4/8/2019 10:03:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 5, 2019

The Sigma Art Prime Lenses have been added to the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.

I'll share my favorite chart in this post. The Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens results will get most of us drooling.

Feel free to share which Art lens produced your favorite MTF results.

Post Date: 4/5/2019 8:28:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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