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 Thursday, June 7, 2018
Next Generation of EF 70-200mm Lenses Features a Variety of Updates Including Enhanced Optical Image Stabilization in the f/4 and the Inclusion of Air Sphere Coating in the f/2.8
MELVILLE, N.Y., June 7, 2018 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced two new telephoto zoom lenses, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM. The new lenses serve advanced amateur and professional photographers in a variety of applications and solutions including wildlife, landscapes, portrait and sports photography. Canon EF 70-200mm focal-length lenses are a popular option for photographers in need of a long zoom range that maintains a relatively compact design. In addition, these updated lenses inherit the same overall build-quality and ruggedness photographers have come to expect from the Canon EF L-series line of lenses.
“At the core of image capturing, Canon believes the lens is just as important as the camera. A seamless relationship between the two allows photographers to produce emotion-evoking and timeless images,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon is excited to offer photographers two distinct options in the 70-200mm focal-length, continuing to further expand our optics heritage.”
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM
The new Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM features numerous updates over its predecessor, making it an ideal lens for advanced amateur photographers using Canon DSLR cameras such as the EOS 6D Mark II or EOS 80D. Most notably, Optical Image Stabilization is upgraded from three stops to five shutter speed stops1 of correction over the original f/4 lens. The improved IS allows photographers to more easily capture crisp, in-focus images without the use of a tripod. The new lens also features three IS modes, each uniquely designed and suitable for a variety of shooting situations, such as the capture of still subjects, panning or fast moving objects2. Furthermore, the IS operational noise has been reduced, which proves ideal for photographers shooting in a concert hall or on-stage shooting at the theatre.
Additional noteworthy features of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM include:
  • One fluorite lens and two UD lenses helps to provide high-image quality
  • Minimum focusing distance shortened from 1.2m to 1m (3.9ft to 3.3ft)
  • Super Spectra Coating technology and optimized lens element placement helps minimize ghosting and flaring
  • Circular nine blade aperture producing a beautiful bokeh quality, ideal for portrait shooting
  • Lens features 20 lens elements in 15 groups
  • Fluorine coating on front and rear elements helps to reduce smears and fingerprints
  • Inner focusing system with Ring Ultrasonic Motor
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM
The new Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM is an ideal lens for professional photographers who shoot with the Canon 1D and 5D series of DSLR cameras. The inclusion of Air Sphere Coating (ASC) technology helps to reduce flaring and ghosting, and suppresses the reflection of light.
Additional noteworthy features of the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM include:
  • Optical Image Stabilizer up to 3.5 shutter speed stops1 of correction
  • Fluorine coating on front and rear elements helps to reduce smears and fingerprints
  • Inner focusing system with Ring Ultrasonic Motor
  • One fluorite lens and five UD lenses helps to provide high-image quality
  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.2m (3.9ft)
  • Lens features 23 elements in 19 groups
  • Circular eight blade aperture
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II is scheduled to begin shipping in late June 2018 with an estimated retail price of $1,299.00. The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III is scheduled to begin shipping in August 2018 for an estimated retail price of $2,099.00^.
1 According to CIPA standards (focal length 200mm, with EOS-1D X Mark II).
2 When lens is mounted on compatible cameras.
^ Availability, prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
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From Canon UK:
Canon upgrades the keystone of a photographer’s kit bag - the popular 70-200mm L-series lens
London, UK, 7th June 2018 – Canon Europe has today announced an upgrade to two of its most loved and well-regarded L-series lenses, with the launch of the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM. The 70-200mm lens has been instrumental for professional, semi-professional and photography enthusiasts for many years, thanks to the ability to easily change image composition by switching from standard to telephoto. This adaptability means both lenses can capture a wide range of subjects, from portraits to wildlife, reaffirming the pivotal role the 70-200mm lens plays in a photographer’s kit bag.
Commenting on the launch of the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM, Michael Burnhill, European Product Specialist, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon Europe, said: "Following feedback from our global photography community, we are very proud to be introducing these two lenses. We are committed to delivering the best quality and performance-driven products for today’s visual storytellers to ensure we provide unsurpassable choice for photographers looking to meet their image requirements with confidence. The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM epitomises the very finest in L-series optical technology, whilst being compact in size, robust and lightweight, and the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM offers unbeatable performance, versatility and durability."
Superior quality, robust and compact design – the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM
Built on the high standards of its predecessor, the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM possesses the superior build, durability, and ergonomic design that Canon’s breadth of lenses are renowned for. Weighing just 780g, the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM is great for those on the move. Whether shooting on a beach, or at a wedding, this lens is guaranteed to deliver stunningly crisp images in a range of environments. The Fluorine Coating reduces dirt and water drops clinging to the lens, and Super Spectra coatings eliminate ghosting and flare. The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM’s fluorite lens elements are capable of correcting colour aberrations, guaranteeing high resolution and high contrast images. This excellent and reliable image quality is invaluable in reducing time spent on post-production.
The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM’s f/4 constant aperture provides consistent exposure in a range of varying lighting scenarios. The nine blades on the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM 's circular aperture create a pleasing bokeh effect, blurring the background and helping to accentuate the subject. The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM comprises a new Image Stabilizer unit, based on the design of Canon’s EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, which delivers the equivalent effect of a shutter five-stops faster, compared to the previous lens' three-stopsi. This is beneficial for any shooting scenario where the camera may be jostled, such as at film premieres, or shooting wildlife on safari.
The EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM uses a combination of a Ring USM and a new third generation EF engine, which features a new high-performance control CPU and newly developed firmware, to drive greater speed and accuracy in achieving high-speed autofocus. The silent functioning autofocus can also be tweaked manually and allows a close focusing distance of 1m, compared to the 1.2m on its predecessor. These features make the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM perfect for unobtrusive and precise shooting, characteristics required to successfully capture street photography.
High-performance, versatile and durable – the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM

The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM replaces Canon’s flagship 70-200mm lens, enhancing the experiences of photographers using this industry leading lens. It has been designed with high-performance and robustness at its heart, ideal for a photographer who requires a high-quality telephoto lens for accurate detail. Built to meet the demands of professionals, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM’s protective seals make it an obvious choice for challenging conditions. Resistant to both moisture and dust, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM also comprises fluorine-coated front and rear elements, which are easy to clean. With the functionality photographers love, updates to the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM’s durability means it is excellent for shooting high-quality travel photography.
With its wide f/2.8 maximum aperture and eight-bladed circular diaphragm, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM opens up a world of creative options. It enables the photographer to emphasise pin-sharp subjects against a silky smooth, out-of-focus background. Thanks to its first-class fluorite and UD optics, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM delivers high contrast and excellent resolution. When using this lens, a photographer can be confident that they can achieve the perfect shot. Shooting in low light is also no problem for the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM, thanks to its fast f/2.8 maximum aperture, which is constant throughout the zoom range and lets in twice as much light as an f/4 lens.
Camera shake isn’t something users of the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM should be concerned about as a 3.5-stop Image Stabilizer compensates any blur caused by movement. A ring-type USM motor offers silent autofocus at outstanding speeds, and manual adjustments can be made at any time with a simple twist of the focus ring. These features make the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM an exceptional lens for perfectly, and quietly, capturing animals in their natural habitat.
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM - Key Features
  • Versatile 70-200mm zoom range
  • Constant f/4 max aperture
  • Ring-type USM focusing
  • 5-stop Image Stabilizer
  • Highly portable, weighs just 780g
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM - Key Features
  • Versatile 70-200mm zoom range
  • Constant f/2.8 max aperture
  • Ring-type USM focusing
  • 3.5-stop Image Stabilizer
  • Tough, weather-proof construction
i Measured using the CIPA standard at 200mm.
Preorder the new lenses!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/7/2018 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 6, 2018
From Canon USA:
Thank you for using Canon products.
We have determined that a recording error may occur with the EOS C200 / C200B. The details of the phenomenon and support plan are described below.
Preparations are underway to incorporate improvements/revisions for the phenomenon into the latest Firmware for the EOS C200 / C200B. Once this Firmware is available for download, we will make an announcement on our website.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to customers, and we ask for your ongoing patience.
Image quality degradation, such as color misalignment or edge distortion, may occur in the recorded footage when using the following combination of settings:
  • recording format XF-AVC
  • frame rate 59.94i / 50.00i
  • 1920x1080 resolution
Users should use a configuration that does not include the settings listed above, although we acknowledge that this may not be possible for all users.
Note: This Phenomenon only affects internally recorded footage. Output signals from the output terminals are not affected.
Affected Products
  • EOS C200 / C200B Digital Cinema Cameras equipped with Firmware Version are affected.
Firmware Version has been removed from Canon’s Web site. The new Firmware is scheduled to be released mid-June 2018.
If you have not already done so, please register the EOS C200/C200B. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future announcements.
This information is for residents of the United States and its five territories only. If you do not reside in the USA or its five territories, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/6/2018 11:25:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
I was positioned between this red fox's den (and her two kits) and her feeding grounds with a good sun angle for an approach. She had recently brought home dinner and would always go right back out to hunt again and that was the case this time. I knew that she was coming, but I was not able to see her as her distance closed due to the thick brush.
Suddenly, she hopped up on this log, in plain view at a close distance, stopped and looked back while being lit by a late afternoon sun. I couldn't have orchestrated her behavior any better.
I grabbed a quick burst of insurance shots and quickly moved the selected focus point for a better composition. Being able to quickly change focus points is a key skill for wildlife photography. The fox being close, made the framing tight, but in the seconds it paused, I was able to capture enough images to build this panorama, adding a small amount of border to the top and left side of the primary frame.
This particular fox's mottled coat and head angle along with the bright sun causing her to squint produces an especially sly look.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/1600s
ISO 125
9165 x 6160px
Post Date: 6/6/2018 9:05:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 5, 2018
From Manfrotto:
Three premium models are being added to the award winning traveler collection including: Befree Advanced Carbon Fiber, Befree Live Carbon Fiber and the brand new Befree GT.
Upper Saddle River, NJ, June 5, 2018 - Manfrotto, the world leader in the photography, imaging equipment, and accessories adds three new solutions for travel photography and videography. With the release of the carbon fiber versions of the Befree Advanced, the Befree Live, and the new Befree GT family, Manfrotto continues to create for professionals on the go, blending maximum portability and stability.
Manfrotto’s Befree Advanced Carbon Fiber travel tripod features carbon fiber legs that ensure best-in-class performance, support, and rigidity. When trekking for miles to get that unique shot, every ounce in your pack matters and the Befree Advanced Carbon delivers top-notch stability while weighing just 2.75lbs. Like the aluminum version, this new model features Manfrotto’s updated 494 Center Ball Head with friction control. Manfrotto’s brand new Befree GT travel tripod, available in aluminum and carbon fiber, meets the highest expectations of professional photographers who want maximum performance even when they are traveling. The ergonomic design, inherited from the Befree Advanced, is the perfect combination of portability and impressive stability, folding down to 17 inches yet ensures flawless operation with up to 22 lbs of equipment. The Befree GT mounts the new Manfrotto 496 Center Ball Head with fiction control providing higher performance in terms of capacity and precision. Both the Befree Advanced Carbon and the Befree GT models feature the M-lock, the new twist lock developed by Manfrotto that enhances compactness and speed of use, making them the perfect solution to carry in a backpack and quickly set up. Moreover, both tripods feature the ergonomic leg-angle selectors, which can be set to three independent angles and are designed to operate easily with either left or right hand. The lightweight, solid spider features the Easy Link like Manfrotto’s professional 190 & 055 tripods, allowing photographers to boost their creativity by adding accessories such as lights, reflectors, or monitors. These new models mount a unique plate, the 200PL-PRO, which makes them fully compatible with the world’s most widespread standard head attachments: Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-swiss style.
Manfrotto’s Befree Live Carbon Fiber completes the range with a solution independent content creators have been eagerly waiting for: a lightweight, ergonomic video travel tripod, built to record amazing video footage using DSLRs, compact system cameras or small camcorders. This model’s small size and minimal weight, just 3lbs, does not compromise sturdiness or image quality. The Befree Live Carbon has the same new tripod legs as the photographic Befree Advanced Carbon with an added feature of a leveling column allowing for a horizontal set up on uneven surfaces. This model features the Befree Live Fluid Head, which has a fluid drag system on pan and tilt and keeps the camera perfectly balanced thanks to its sliding video plate. Easy to use and set up, the Befree Live Fluid Head has two intuitive knobs that lock and unlock the head’s pan and tilt movements separately. This outstanding kit allows videographers to express their creative nature with the confidence of a professional solution they can rely on.
Befree Advanced Carbon Fiber, Befree GT Aluminum and Befree GT Carbon Fiber are available at authorized Manfrotto Dealers. The Befree Live Carbon Fiber will be available late June.
B&H has the following Manfrotto Tripods in stock:
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 6/5/2018 11:16:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 4, 2018
We recently interviewed Mikko Kesti, Founder & CEO of Loupedeck to find out more about the custom Lightroom console and how he brought it to the marketplace.
Q: First of all, what is the Loupedeck and what are its benefits for photographers, especially when compared with other console options, such as using MIDI controllers with the MIDI2LR or LrControl plugins?
Loupedeck is the only photo editing console custom-built solely for the purposes of improving the Adobe Lightroom experience. Its intuitive design – featuring buttons, dials and knobs corresponding with that of Lightroom’s – makes editing more creative and more efficient when working on large quantities of photos at once by allowing photographers to produce a greater quality output in less time.
Q: After doing quite a bit of research, a $50.00 midi console and a free (or $60.00) plug-in offer compelling options to speeding up a Lightroom workflow. I think it’d be interesting to hear from the developer what makes Loupedeck a better choice by comparison. What specifically does Loupedeck and its software offer that justify its price over less expensive, not-tailor-made options?
For the Loupedeck, Lightroom customization is key and its exact parallel to the Lightroom software sets it apart. I find other consoles to be less intuitive and not as comfortable to use. MIDI controllers are not designed for photo editing. In fact, the Loupedeck is more affordable than most modular solutions that enable photographers to build their own consoles, which might be difficult for some. Our setup process is much simpler and doesn’t require photographers to assemble the tool themselves.
Q: You graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tampere University of Technology (Finland) and later worked as a mechanical engineer while enjoying photography as a hobby. What was the watershed moment that was the genesis for the Loupedeck console?
Photography has been a hobby of mine for the past 20 years and it’s something I’ve really developed a love for. I used Adobe Lightroom to edit more than 1,000 photos at one point but found relying on my mouse and keyboard to be time-consuming, impractical and ergonomically-poor. I couldn’t find a console on the market specifically intended to expedite this process, so I decided to build my own!
Q: You presented your idea to former senior Nokia developers in February 2016 and then initial research and development costs for the Loupedeck were funded by a Finnish Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) grant. How were you introduced to the Nokia team, and meeting them shape your business plan, product design and marketing strategy? How important was the RDI grant for developing a working prototype?
I heard from a friend of mine that there were three senior level Nokia employees let go a few months prior and they were building up a company with the goal to bring product ideas to life in just a few weeks. I contacted them with my idea, and they presented me a prototype in just a few weeks like they promised. It was an amazing opportunity to find, as I was looking for the right people with the right skill-set for three years to work with.
I knew that without a proper prototype no one would take the idea seriously. The design had to be perfect: sleek and Scandinavian.
The RDI grant was essential to me because I was a young father and had to feed my family. I couldn’t risk everything in starting a company just on an idea. With the help of that grant we built a fully working prototype which we presented to investors and on Indiegogo. After Indiegogo’s huge success, it was easy to talk to investors.
Q: How did photographers’ feedback influence the final design?
The design itself was taken very well. Photographers just love it!
We promised to listen to our customers and bring new features to the service software and we’ve been constantly improving it.
Q: You used an Indiegogo campaign to help fund Loupedeck’s initial production run. What advantages did crowd funding bring and what were its downsides?
Indiegogo successfully introduced our proof-of-concept to the consumers and other people who instantly understood its value. They responded so well to the unique value proposition and we exceeded our funding goals by 488 percent after just four weeks.
As far as downsides are concerned, once we exceeded the funding goals the pressure was on to produce and deliver the device! But we hit that goal too.
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about the Loupedeck’s construction, especially in regard to its durability?
We constructed the Loupedeck with functionality and comfort in mind. After multiple ergonomic assessments and tests, from the knob placement to the length of the slides, we made sure that every part of the console was the most user-friendly and efficient as possible. In regard to durability, we didn’t want to create a bulky, heavy piece of equipment that users would have to lug around and worry about fitting on a desk. The Loupedeck is lightweight and the size of any standard keyboard. Its knobs and buttons are very durable, and we rarely experience damaged or broken products.
Q: What features have been added since the console’s introduction via software updates and what features do you hope to incorporate soon?
We are always working on new ways to improve the Loupedeck software and do implement software updates frequently, especially when new enhancements come through from Lightroom. From new features, customizable options and bug fixes (like the recent Lightroom 7.3).
Q: What advice would you give to other photographers who may have a product idea but are unsure how to get it off the ground?
To any photographer with a product idea who doesn’t know how to get it off the ground, it’s likely that you aren’t the only photographer who has the need for that product. The first step is sourcing feedback from peers to get a comprehensive understanding of the problem you are trying to solve. Then, leverage your network to partner with engineers and developers able to develop a proof-of-concept for your idea, in addition to any business or entrepreneurial advisors able to support the business plan for your launch. I personally reaped the benefits of crowdfunding, but there are many other ways to get your vision in front of distributors or directly in front of the consumers themselves.
Now that you know the story behind the Loupedeck editing console, check out this device at B&H!
Category: Interviews
Post Date: 6/4/2018 2:15:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, June 2, 2018
I had a backpack full of new gear that needed an in-the-field workout and the right timing for waterfall photography happened – a forecast for very cloudy skies with a strong percentage chance of rain combined with recently prior rains (to provide waterflow). So, I took advantage of the opportunity, photographing in Watkins Glen State Park.
While I knew this could be a busy park, I thought that going on a mid-spring weekday with a weather forecast that most would consider dismal would solve that problem. I was wrong. While I don't know what a normal day is like in this park, the gorge trail had plenty of people on it.
Watkins Glen is a beautiful park but being limited to the trail (mostly stone and concrete) makes it especially challenging to photograph the best scenes without random people in the composition. I spent well over an hour trying to capture this Cavern Cascade and Spiral Tunnel image. Apparently tour bus groups were being dropped off at the gorge trail's upper parking lot and being picked up at the lower lot as hundreds of people were going in the downhill direction.
At one point, I decided to leave and come back later. That approach worked especially well because, in the evening, the path light in the tunnel (very dark) better-balanced with the ambient daylight. I noticed that the tunnel walls were dark in some areas and opted to use my phone light to paint the walls slightly brighter.
I bracketed this exposure to ensure that I had the right brightness options available for HDR processing. The final image is mostly two captures with the longer exposure providing the brighter tunnel.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 6/2/2018 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 1, 2018
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
Product Highlights
  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/5.6 - 32
  • Two Fluorite and Two ED Lens Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor and MF Override
  • Vibration Reduction Image Stabilization
  • Electromagnetic Aperture Mechanism
  • Magnesium Alloy; Dust & Water Resistant
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Included Dedicated 1.25x Teleconverter
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/1/2018 1:13:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Jeff Swinger
There are few places I’d rather be than sitting on an end line or kneeling on a sideline, as long as I have a camera in my hand.
Some of my favorite moments have been on the sidelines of a football field, in the dugout for a baseball game or with my toes in the sand at a beach volleyball match. But that doesn’t mean it has always been a major league game or an Olympics. Sports come in all shapes and sizes and there is speed, impact and drama at all levels. Some of my most memorable photos were from high school games, which I have shot hundreds of over my newspaper career. I started when I was just 14 years old with a Canon AE-1 Program and a 70-210mm lens, taking pictures at soccer games and of BMX riders in the woods behind my house. I realized then that I wanted to be a photojournalist and really wanted to shoot sports. I got my first job at a small newspaper and shot a ton of high school athletics.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center and be sure to check out our following resources:
Post Date: 6/1/2018 1:01:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
MELVILLE, N.Y., May 31, 2018 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its newest digital cinema products in Booth #12 at Cine Gear Expo 2018 in Los Angeles.
Visitors to the Canon booth will have the opportunity to experience the full range of Canon Cinema cameras and lenses, 4K reference displays, and DSLR cameras and lenses, including the recently announced EOS C700 FF Cinema Camera. Available in EF or PL mount, the EOS C700 FF features a 5.9K full-frame sensor with built-in anamorphic de-squeeze capabilities and RAW capture. The camera will be on display paired with the CN-E20mm T1.5 LF F lens, the latest addition to Canon’s line of CN-E prime lenses. Canon’s newest 4K HDR reference display, the 24-inch DP-V2421, will also be available for hands-on demonstrations, showcasing on-set HDR functionality.
Cine Gear attendees will be able to learn more about Canon’s CarePAK PRO Extended Service Plan, which recently expanded to include professional video and cinema products. Canon CarePAK PRO offers coverage from accidental damage such as drops, spills and power surges, protecting customer investments from unforeseen repair costs and excessive downtime. Conditions and restrictions apply*.
In addition to showcasing products and professional service and support offerings, Canon will host a series of panel discussions and educational seminars. On Saturday, attendees** will have the opportunity to see the new EOS C700 FF in action with a screening of Dishful of Dollars, a short film directed by Nigel Dick and shot by Nancy Schreiber, ASC.
The full panel schedule can be found here.
* See terms and conditions for details located at:
** Space is limited. Available to Cine Expo 2018 attendees on a first come, first served basis.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 6/1/2018 7:23:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 31, 2018
From Tamron:
Dear Tamron product users and potential purchasers.
Thank you for your interest in Tamron products.
We would like to announce that we discovered some issues with the auto focus of our new lens, 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036) for Sony E-mount, 35mm full-frame mirrorless cameras, released on May 24, 2018. The issues occur primarily when using the camera in video recording mode.
Rest assured, we are evaluating the cause of the error and for the solution to this matter. We expect this issue to be resolved very shortly and we will release a firmware update at that time.
Regarding the firmware updating process, please be assured that the process is accomplished directly through the Sony camera and supported by the Sony firmware updating function. As soon as the process is finalized, we will explain the process in detail on our website.
We sincerely apologize to all users and potential purchasers for any inconvenience this issue may cause.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 5/31/2018 12:25:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
I took a shot yesterday that I thought looked interesting, so I thought we'd have a little fun with it today.
Can you guess what the subject of the photo is? You can click on the image above to download a higher resolution version for analysis. Then scroll down for the answer.



Answer: It's the seed head of a grass plant.
I really wanted to create a macro focus stack image, but I was having a difficulty coming up with an idea for an interesting subject. As I often do when I'm experiencing a mental block for a macro subject, I strolled around my lawn to see what I could find. It had been raining off and on in Savannah, GA for several days, so I hadn't been able to mow the lawn in quite some time. Some of the grass had gotten very tall, and one such plant drew my attention. I marveled at the plant's seed head as I inspected it closely, and decided my search for a macro subject was complete. Now onto the photography bit.
I attached stacked Kenko extension tubes and a Kenko 1.4x Teleconverter to my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM and mounted it all onto my EOS 5D Mark III (tripod mounted, of course). Two studio strobes were already set up in my studio with one firing through a 4 x 6' (1.2 x 1.8 m) and a 3' x 8" (0.9 x 0.2 m) gridded stripbox, so I simply used those for lighting. A bottle provided a nice stand for the stem the grass plant.
I originally shot it without a background which caused the background to be completely black. However, while the light colored part of the seed head stood out very well, the black portions (unsure what their name is), understandably, did not. So, I searched my home for something that might provide a suitable background color for the subject (I didn't expect to see recognizable details in the macro shot because of the limited depth-of-field and camera-to-subject and subject-to-background distance). I found my answer donning the wall of our kitchen – a calendar someone had given us for Christmas.
I attached the calendar to a backlight stand via a reflector holder and positioned the calendar so that the pictured flowers were directly behind the seed head. So here's what the setup looked like:
What Is This Subject? - The Setup

And here's a closeup with the flashes illuminating the subject:
What Is This Subject? - The Setup Closeup

I captured 36 images with the Focus Stack feature of Magic Lantern (installed on the 5D III) which were compiled in Helicon Focus. EXIF settings for the individual images were f/6.3, 1/160 sec, ISO 100.
After compiling the images in Helicon Focus and a little bit of editing in Photoshop CC, I arrived at the image below.
What Is This Subject? - Uncropped

At this point, I was pretty happy with the image. But as I as I began to look at it in detail, the black parts of the seed head reminded me of trees. With that in mind, I rotated the image so that the stalk portion of the seed head was horizontal and cropped it so that the other half of the stalk (and the mirrored portion of the seed head) would remain unseen. Unfortunately, I didn't give myself enough leeway in the original framing to allow for the background to cover the entire frame at such an extreme angle of rotation. Therefore, I had to recreate the background (using content aware fill) in the areas where no background existed. But after that, the image you see atop this post was finished.
For what it's worth, I'm consistently amazed by the details found in readily available (very common) subjects that await capture with a macro lens and (sometimes) the higher magnification made possible by extension tubes and teleconverters.
Post Date: 5/31/2018 9:45:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Pelican (thanks Trent):
TORRANCE, CA – May 30, 2018 – Pelican Products, Inc. (Pelican), the global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance protective cases, has assumed exclusive control of the TrekPak brand, along with all production, sales and marketing for this innovative divider system. The TrekPak system provides the ultimate organization and protection as an interior solution for a wide variety of applications for your Pelican cases. The new agreement allows Pelican to extend the TrekPak dividers across a broader range of Pelican’s cases, including the Pelican Air, Protector Case and Storm Case lines.
In 2016, Pelican began distributing TrekPak dividers as a new configuration in 6 of their most popular sizes. Today, Pelican offers TrekPak dividers in 18 case sizes, with plans to extend the divider system to most case models. Additionally, customers are now able to purchase the TrekPak divider system as an accessory, as well as a case configuration, directly and exclusively from Pelican.
TrekPak first introduced the divider system in 2012 as an aftermarket case accessory, recognizing the need for a modular solution that organizes and protects equipment inside Pelican cases. Users across multiple industries soon adopted the design as the premium alternative to foam or padded dividers in their cases. “Pelican continues to set the standard for protection and transportation across a variety of industries,” said Georgia Hoyer, Founder of TrekPak.
“Pelican looks forward to bringing new innovative TrekPak solutions for various applications to market soon and continuing to enhance our customer experience when it comes to protecting all that you value” stated John Luna, Director of Product Management for Pelican.
Pelican case authorized retailers: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Category: Pelican News
Post Date: 5/31/2018 7:28:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a long time, our always-current Canon Lens Recommendations pages have been very popular and long on my to-do list has been to create recommendations pages for Canon cameras. While I still have several recommendation categories to add and refinements will be ongoing, the Canon Camera Recommendations page is now live.
Hopefully you can send your friends to these pages for answering their "Which camera should I get?" questions. To find the link, look under the "Recommendations" main tab.
Let us know if you disagree with any recommendations and also let us know if you think a model should be added to one of the categories.
Want to make sure I have considered a category you want to see? Please share that also!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/31/2018 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From the Harvard Business Review:
by Shigeki Ichii
He [Masashi Oka, CFO] asked one former major investor for a reaction to the company’s prediction (accompanying poor quarterly results): “that the [current] market contraction will bottom out soon and our profits will improve.” The reply he got was like a cold shower: “Management is delusional about their long-term prospects,” said the investor, adding, “Every time we meet … it truly shocks me how far behind it is and how slow they have been to grasp the trends of the industry.”
The company took note and duly committed to reducing costs at a rate exceeding market contraction. Six months later, with Nikon’s prospects looking much brighter, it was time to check in with investors. Their responses, like Nikon’s fortunes, had reversed course. The very same former major investor who had previously described Nikon’s management as “delusional” had now changed its tune. “I am very impressed with the bold actions you have taken thus far, and I look forward to monitoring your progress from here. It sounds like Nikon will be a very different company five years from now—at a minimum a much more profitable one.” The new attitude was reflected in the company’s share price: One year into its transformation, Nikon’s stock price had risen by 35%.
Read the entire article on the Harvard Business Review.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/31/2018 7:12:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 30, 2018
From Really Right Stuff:
Since launching our first carbon fiber tripods in 2009, we have been dedicated to making the world’s finest tripods. With the help of our customers’ invaluable feedback, we continuously make improvements. After years of development, we are excited to present our new Mark 2 tripod line with patent pending features!
New and Improved: Improved ergonomics make operating the tripod more comfortable and seamless. What hasn’t changed is our attention to detail, high-quality craftsmanship and commitment to proudly make and hand-assemble all our tripods in the USA.
Weight Hook: The integrated weight hook (comes installed on all TVC models) gives users an easy option for creating ballast when shooting in high-wind / waves.
Optional QD Strap: The ¼-20 accessory port is designed with subtle recesses for the optional RRS Mk2 Tripod Apex QD Mount or RRS Mk2 ‘Pod QD Strap Set.
Lightweight: Using the RRS Mk2 ‘Pod QD Strap Set creates an easy and secure way to transport your tripod.
Accessory Sockets: We redesigned our tripods to include additional ¼”-20 sockets along the outside of the tripod’s apex. This provides an extremely low-profile option for better placement of accessories like QD attachments or a BC-18 micro ballhead.
Sealed Twist Locks: The new sealed twist lock minimizes the amount of contaminants, such as sand and grit, that gets caught inside the twist locks. In addition to improving the feel and operation of the twist locks, the seals extend their life. This new feature is also important in sub-freezing environments, preventing moisture from entering the assembly and freezing, which inhibits the user from either extending or collapsing the legs.
Easier to Clean: Mark 2 tripods use a 360 degree collet and wiper shield that can be easily removed from the twist locks for cleaning. If you do need to clean out the twist-locks in the field, the process just got a lot easier. Gone are the days of difficult to remove and reinstall split gibs, maintenance is now a breeze!
Interchangeable Feet: RRS manufactures three different kinds of feet; rubber feet, rock claws, and spike feet. The rubber feet (come pre-installed on all Mark 2 tripods) are designed with a tapered silhouette for maximum stability at any angle. The rock claws are designed for maximum grip on rocky terrain and their solid stainless steel designed ensures constant performance. The foot spikes (shown above) bite info soft surfaces to keep your tripod feet from slipping.
Vented Clevis: We designed a discrete air vent to port air out just under our pull-tabs towards the center of the tripod. These air vents prevent pressure gradients from building up, allowing smoother leg extraction and collapse. The inward-facing vents also ensure air flow is directed towards the center of the tripod and away from mounted lens elements. Positioned at the top and inside of each leg, the air vents are also less likely to allow water or other debris enter the leg assembly.
Updated Sure Grip Set Screw: For added convenience, we changed the Sure Grip set-screws to use the same hex key as the one used to attach our L-plates to cameras. This means fewer tools to keep on hand. Also, if you have one of our L-brackets with a hex key storage feature, the requisite tool is at your fingertips. If you ever needed to swap out your Quick Column for a leveling base in the field, life just got easier.
B&H has the new Really Right Stuff Mark II tripods available for preorder.
Post Date: 5/30/2018 12:47:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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