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 Friday, March 9, 2018

 
In this week’s episode of Lightroom Coffee Break, Benjamin Warde categorizes photos using the Metadata Painter.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 3/9/2018 12:34:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: WD My Passport Wireless SSD Review.
 
Among other interesting information in this review is the result of this device repeatedly falling 6' onto concrete.
 
Save up to $100! The WD My Passport Wireless SSD, in a variety of capacities, is in stock and on sale at B&H.
From Irix:
 
If you’re still searching for something more powerful then the ND 1000 filter, then Irix has some great news for you!! This young Swiss company had released a brand new filter for their Irix Edge family.
 
The ND32000, with an optical density of 4.5 and incoming light reduction by 15-stops, allows the user to get an exposure time of up to five minutes on a sunny day! Therefore you can enrich your portfolio with mirror-smooth water and perfectly blurred objects in motion such as the clouds and city traffic, even under bright sunny conditions.
 
Thanks to high quality optical glass equipped with a special waterproof and oil repellent NANO coating, the filter’s surface is protected from stains and fingerprints and enables the use of the filter in extreme weather photo shoots.
 
What’s more, due to the possibility of screwing the filter onto the lens, you can be sure that each shoot made with the Irix Edge 32000 is protected from any light leakage.
 
The retail price for the Irix Edge filter ND32000 is 159 euros. The product will be available on sale in the next few days.
 
Currently the Irix Edge family consists of CPL, ND and UV filters of various diameters & made especially for Irix super thin gel filters sets.
 
Adorama carries IRIX filters.
Category: Irix News
Post Date: 3/9/2018 6:52:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 8, 2018
With all three of the new Canon tilt-shift lenses in house, I thought I'd share the latest Canon L-Series Tilt-Shift Lens family picture.
 
Shown here are the:
 
That is one great-looking family. This set would make a sweet kit for so many uses.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/8/2018 11:43:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
This is one of the most beautifully illustrated CDLC articles I've seen in a long time. [Sean]
 
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Erin Babnik
 
One of the greatest rewards of photographing landscapes is the transformative experience of being outdoors. Regardless of how well the photography goes, spending time in beautiful or invigorating environments is time well spent. Nonetheless, most landscape photographers would prefer to return from an excursion with new additions to the portfolio to show for it, and that desire can make exploring new areas seem like an imprudent expense of time. Focusing on results can lead to a creative cul-de-sac, however, sometimes causing a photographer to privilege scenes that are ‘safe bets’ instead of taking risks with unknown territory. Although playing it safe with familiar locations can bring desirable short-term results, the greatest rewards come from venturing outside one’s comfort zone and into situations that encourage personal discovery. Exploring new terrain is one of the greatest habits that a landscape photographer can form for the purposes of creative growth, not only because exploration is challenging, but also because it is exciting and extremely fun.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/8/2018 11:38:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Association Will Help Elevate the Voices of Female and Non-binary Photographers
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., March 8, 2018 – In conjunction with International Women’s Day (IWD), the global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce their association with Women Photograph, a movement created to promote the representation of female photojournalists. Canon will work with Women Photograph to aid their travel grant program which funds female and non-binary photographers to attend workshops, hostile environment trainings, festivals, and other developmental opportunities.
 
Launched in 2017 and founded by photojournalist Daniella Zalcman, Women Photograph is an initiative to shift the gender makeup of the photojournalism community. A private database that includes more than 700 independent female documentary photographers based in 91 countries, any commissioning editor or organization can utilize the database for their photojournalistic hiring needs.
 
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this year’s IWD than to support an initiative that is enriching the professional advancement of female and non-binary photojournalists,” said Elizabeth Pratt, director of professional client development and support and Canon Professional Services. “Women Photograph has created a home for professional women photojournalists to showcase their work for potential clients and Canon is honored to help continue the momentum of this initiative.”
 
Canon Professional Services will host a Women Photograph Workshop at the Canon Customer Experience Center in Orange County, CA in December. Dates and details will be provided by Women Photograph.
 
“Canon is an ideal strategic partner as we ensure that our industry’s chief storytellers are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent,” said Daniella Zalcman, founder and director of Women Photograph. “So much of breaking into the photojournalism industry relies on networking and professional development events that can be prohibitively expensive and the generous support from Canon will help our photographers access these resources.”
 
For more information about Women Photograph or to learn more about the travel grant program and the upcoming workshop, log onto: https://www.womenphotograph.com/.
 Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Posted to: Sony News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 3/7/2018 5:01:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From BlackRapid:
 
A Public Service Announcement from BLACKRAPID
 
COUNTERFEIT HARDWARE WARNING: USE OF NON-BLACKRAPID HARDWARE VOIDS WARRANTY
 
Protect Your Equipment and Your Warranty -- Check Your Hardware Today! It has recently come to our attention that some retailers are bundling our straps with non-BLACKRAPID branded parts and accessories. Our warranty specifically states that the use of any non-genuine parts or accessories from other brands could cause damage to the ConnectR or FastenR and voids the warranty.
 
However, depending on how these retailers choose to list these products, it may not always be obvious that customers are not receiving genuine BLACKRAPID parts. One of the biggest offenders is the non-genuine fastener, made to look like our patented FR-3 or FR-5 FastenR products. The inferior knock-off fasteners are prone to thread wear and/or breakage, which can cause the camera to drop, or the fastener can snap off and get stuck inside the camera’s tripod mount.
 
Black Rapid Counterfeit FR 3 FR 5 FastenR Warning

Take a Sec, Learn a Spec
A simple comparison will reveal the difference between an authentic BLACKRAPID part and a knock-off part (see below for images). For example, authentic BLACKRAPID parts will always be made of stainless steel and either embossed or laser engraved with the ‘R’ logo. An authentic BLACKRAPID FastenR will not scratch easily and will maintain its well-defined threading pattern with normal use. By contrast, the metal that is used for the knock-off fasteners tends to be cheap and easily scuffed or gouged; the threaded post often becomes worn and won’t screw into the camera body securely.
 
Non-genuine parts can also cause abnormal wear and tear on the strap and other hardware, causing the genuine BLACKRAPID parts to fail due to this abnormal strain. We take the safety integrity of our products very seriously. Our products go through intense design planning and weight / durability testing over an extended period of time. All our parts and materials are designed to work together to properly support your camera under normal conditions.
 
One-Year Warranty
We always want to do the right thing for our customers, and we go out of our way every day to exceed customer service expectations. We guarantee the quality of all BLACKRAPID products with our one-year warranty against craftsmanship defects. However, we cannot be responsible for the performance – or lack thereof – of non-genuine BLACKRAPID parts and accessories, and the use of such parts will necessarily void the warranty.
 
If there is ever any question as to the authenticity of your current hardware or any hardware you may consider purchasing, please contact Customer Relations at customerrelations@blackrapid.com and we would be more than happy to assist.
 
Trade-In Program Also check out our Trade-In Program http://www.blackrapid.com/tradein-program if you have an old, damaged, or worn-out strap that you'd like to trade in for a brand new BLACKRAPID strap at a substantial discount. We'll even allow you to trade in your sling style strap from another brand! ~ The BlackRapid Team ~
 
B&H is an authorized BlackRapid products retailer.
Category: BlackRapid News
Post Date: 3/7/2018 11:08:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
 
We have just released Version 3.0 of our popular Modular Belt System, with improved access speed and ease while accommodating for today’s gear. The Modular Belt System moves weight from your shoulders to your waists for more comfortable all-day carry. Many of the new pouches are expandable to fit pro-sized lenses with hoods in the shooting position.
 
The newly added Camera Clip Adapter V3.0 belt attachment for the Peak Design Capture Clip, SpiderLight and SpiderPro camera clips allows the clip to rotate on any Think Tank belt for better workflow. Using Think Tank’s patented rotate or lock technology, photographers can lock down their pouches or rotate them freely around the belt when kneeling, sitting or running.
 
The Lens Changers V3.0 feature one-hand drawstring closures that secures lenses, wide-mouth opening for quick one-handed access, and outer stretch pocket provides space for a lens cap. In addition to new versions of the existing Lens Pouches, the brand-new Lens Changer 150 V3.0 accommodates a 150–600mm f/5–6.3 lens with hood reversed. The Lens Changers include:
 
  • Lens Changer 15 V3.0
  • Lens Changer 25 V3.0
  • Lens Changer 35 V3.0
  • Lens Changer 50 V3.0
  • LC75 Pop Down V3.0
  • Lens Changer 150 V3.0
Lens Pouches V3.0 offer a wide variety of essential features. The new Flash Mob V3.0 is a belt pouch for DSLR flashes with attached diffuser. The Hubba Hubba Hiney V3.0 beltpack/shoulder bag hybrid includes removable dividers and is a versatile lightweight solution for carrying a small camera kit, lenses or accessories. The new Lens Pouches include:
 
  • Little Stuff It! V3.0
  • Stuff It! V3.0
  • R U Thirsty? V3.0
  • Slim Changer V3.0
  • Speed Changer V3.0
The Skin Lens Changers are lightweight compressible modular pouches that hold a wide variety of lenses. The Skin pouches include:
 
  • Skin 50 V3.0
  • Skin 75 Pop Down V3.0
  • Skin Changer Pop Down V3.0
The new Modular Essentials Set V3.0 includes four of the most popular modular pouches. Photographers get the R U Thirsty? water bottle pouch free compared to buying each component separately. The set includes the Lens Changer 50 V3.0, LC75 Pop-Down V3.0, Speed Changer V3.0, and the R U Thirsty? V3.0.
 
Modular belts and harnesses have also been upgraded. All belt edges are padded for comfort and support and the adjustable buckle prevents the belt from loosening yet is easy to resize. The new belts and harnesses include:
 
  • Thin Skin Belt V3.0 (S-M-L)
  • Pro Speed Belt V3.0 (S-M)
  • Pro Speed Belt V3.0 (M-L)
  • Pro Speed Belt V3.0 (L-XL)
  • Pixel Racing Harness V3.0
The new accessories include:
 
  • Camera Clip Adapter V3.0
Think Tank Photo has the Modular Belt System V3.0 Components in stock and you'll get a free gift when using our links for your purchase ($50.00 minimum purchase required).
Post Date: 3/7/2018 8:35:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Venus Optics:
 
Featuring a small lens barrel, lightweight design and extended working distance, the new Laowa lens provides an extreme macro photography option for DSLR & Mirrorless cameras.
 
Anhui China, Mar 27, 2018 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique macro lenses (60mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro & 15mm f/4 Wide Angle Macro), is proud to add another member to their macro products line, the Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra-Macro Lens.
 
The new Laowa 25mm f/2.8 provides a magnification range from 2.5:1 to 5:1 and offers a flexibility for photographers to capture macro subjects with different sizes. The 8 elements in 6 groups design with 1pc of low-dispersion element, creates an outstanding image sharpness across different magnification and greatly reduces the chromatic aberrations and color fringing. The wide focal length gives a relatively deeper depth of field than lenses with longer focal length. This feature is particular essential for photographers who can then stack less images for achieving even sharpness across the frame.
 
Dedicated solely to macro applications, the lens is carefully designed with an extended working distance (40mm @ 5x) & small lens barrel. This design is aimed to provide sufficient room for lighting reaching the subjects. The lens weigh less than 400g and the compact size make it suitable for shooting both in the field and in the laboratory.
 
An optional rotating tripod collar is also released for photographers to benefit from mounting the lens onto tripods and compose at different angles.
 
Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K & Sony E mounts are available for order through authorized resellers. The suggested retail price (tax excluded) in United States is $399.00 USD. Pricing varies in different countries.
 
The new lens will be available to try in the UK Photography Show Birmingham during 17-20 March 2018.
 
B&H carries Venus Optics lenses.
Post Date: 3/7/2018 7:38:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
My Morning wildlife photography in Shenandoah National Park usually involves being where I expect to see wildlife when there is just enough light to start being able to see wildlife. The goal is to find a subject and be in position, ready to photograph, when there is just enough light to do so. The situation was golden on this particular morning. Very early, I found this nice-sized 9-pt buck tending a doe and worked into ideal position as the sun peaked over the horizon, giving me perfect low and warm light from my back.
 
The buck was looking great and the frost on his back and antlers was a bonus. I went to work, but promptly ran into a full buffer on the Canon EOS 5Ds R I was using. The 5Ds R buffer typically clears fast, but unfortunately, this full buffer took a very long time to clear. I didn't put a timer on it, but ... what seemed like an eternity was probably (rough guess) 10 minutes.
 
In those 10 minutes, I lost a significant number of images. What happened?
 
The problem started the night before. I put the 256GB SDXC card in my laptop and decided to quickly delete images I knew were inferior. The goal was to re-gain some capacity on the cards and to reduce the load on the redundant backups next on the to-do list. It is always risky to delete images directly from the card, but ... I was being careful – and apparently feeling bold.
 
After making a quick pass through the images I had time to review prior to bedtime and completing the backups, I put the card back in the camera. Having run into the buffer issue before, I took a short burst of images to ensure that the camera was working properly. However, in the morning, that burst proved too short.
 
At a high level, when files are deleted directly from the card using another device, the camera performs organizational maintenance before writing new files and, in this case, that maintenance took a very long time to complete. I've encountered this problem before, but with the test capture, I thought I would be OK in this regard. If doing as I did, capturing a burst long enough to trigger the organizational maintenance routine while still at home/in the hotel is very highly advisable. The best plan is to not touch the images written to a memory card and simply format new cards being used in the camera.
 
While I went away with many nice images of this buck, the frost melted quickly and I definitely left some good images in the field.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 3/7/2018 7:25:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma:
 
This firmware update makes the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 compatible with the new product as well as the latest firmware of SIGMA interchangeable lenses for Canon. It improves AF performance in the peripheral areas of the image as well as when the “Eye AF” function is selected. It also improves operation when some lenses that are not compatible with the MC-11 are attached.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro? by connecting it to a computer using the supplied USB Cable. After completing the firmware update, please remove the battery from the camera, re-insert it and turn on the camera before attaching the MC-11.
 
Before updating the MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh from the following download page.
 
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E
Benefits of the update
 
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon.
  • It has become compatible with SIGMA interchangeable lenses for Canon that are updated to firmware ver.2.00.
    * SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art, SIGMA 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art, SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art, SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary
  • With the SGV lenses (Ver.2.00) listed below*, it has improved AF performance in the peripheral areas of the image as well as when the “Eye AF” function is selected.
  • With lenses that are not compatible with the MC-11, it has corrected the release time lag which occurred during flash photography.
    * Please note that this does not guarantee accurate operation with all the lenses that are not compatible with the MC-11.
Downlad: SIGMA Optimization Pro
 
B&H carries the Sigma Mount Converter MC-11.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/7/2018 7:18:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce that a new firmware update for SIGMA interchangeable lenses for Canon is now available.
 
This firmware allows compatibility with Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function to enable correction matching the optical characteristics of each lens. It also corrects the phenomenon that abnormal images appear or operation errors occur when the function is enabled.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable products listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
Before updating the firmware using the SIGMA USB DOCK, please ensure to update SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and Ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh.
 
Downlad: SIGMA Optimization Pro
 
Applicable products
 
  • SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Canon
  • SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Canon
  • SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Canon
  • SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art Canon
  • SIGMA 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art Canon
  • SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art Canon
  • SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary Canon
Benefits of the update
 
  • It ensures compatibility with Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function, which enables correction matching the optical characteristics of the attached lens. ?
  • It corrects the phenomenon that abnormal images appear or operation errors occur when Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function is enabled.
  • It corrects the phenomenon that exposure during shooting through the viewfinder or Live View mode becomes unstable.
  • It improves focus accuracy during Live View mode. (SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art only)
* Compatible Canon camera models:EOS 1DX mark II, EOS 5Ds, EOS 5DsR, EOS 5D mark IV, EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 80D, EOS 8000D, (EOS Rebel T6s, EOS 760D, EOS 9000D), (EOS 77D, EOS Kiss X8i), (EOS Rebel T6i, EOS 750D, EOS Kiss X9i, (EOS Rebel T7i, EOS 800D, EOS Kiss X9), (EOS Rebel SL2, EOS 200D)
 
B&H carries Sigma Art and Contemporary lenses.
 Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Canon USA has released firmware updates for the following lenses to enable support for the Dual Sensing IS function found in the EOS M50.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS M50 available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/6/2018 2:12:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Elinchrom:
 
The new ELB 500 TTL is the most powerful and portable TTL light ever designed for adventurous portrait photographers shooting both in studio and on location.
 
Today, Elinchrom introduces the ELB 500 TTL, an incredibly portable and powerful battery pack combining 500Ws of power with a feature set including TTL, High Speed Sync, Active Charging, Full Asymmetry with built-in Skyport designed to empower the workflow of portrait photographers both in studio and on location.
 

Speed & Simplicity with TTL
The ELB 500 TTL is ideal for photographers who find themselves in time sensitive shooting environments where the inherent speed of TTL lets them capture images at the speed of life or for those who simply prefer the convenience of TTL.
 
The “Manual Lock” functionality allows photographers to get an initial “lock” on their exposure in TTL and then switch to manual mode to further adjust their exposure as they need or to explore different creative effects.
 
500 Ws Power in an Incredibly Portable Package
The ELB 500 TTL is powerful enough to overpower the sun, delivers 400 full power flashes on a single charge and has a fast recycling time of 2 seconds at max power, ensuring you won’t miss an important moment.
 
The ELB 500 TTL head is smaller than speedlites yet delivers 10 times more power. It is lightweight enough to be mounted on a camera bracket or boom arm while on location.
 
The Versatility of HSS, Asymmetry & Active Charging
High Speed Sync lets photographers freeze motion with incredible sharpness, create a narrow depth of field, or darken overly bright backgrounds using a high shutter speed (up to 1/8000sec).
 
With the new ELB 500 TTL, not having to worry about flash sync limitations or the time of day makes for a very liberating creative experience.
 
Full asymmetry across two lamp connections provides a broader range of creative control.
 
Active Charging provides the freedom to charge the battery while actively shooting in studio, making it perfect for an uninterrupted workflow.
 
The ELB 500 TTL’s native Q-Mount (Quadra Mount) is seamlessly compatible with Elinchrom’s super-portable “Portalite” series of softboxes and can work with any of your favorite full-sized Elinchrom light modifiers.
 
Ease & Intuitiveness of a Brilliant User Interface
When the pressure is on to get the shot, no one ever wants to fumble with controls.
 
The large OLED display and intuitive controls of the ELB 500 TTL makes using the pack a pleasure.
 
Convenience & Control with Skyport and Phottix ODIN
The ELB 500 TTL features built-in Skyport, Elinchrom’s reliable and easy to use wireless system as well as Odin II functionality from Phottix. This lets a photographer trigger and control virtually any light or combination of lights in their collection with either Elinchrom or Phottix transmitters right from their camera.
 
The Skyport Plus HS becomes an Elinchrom Transmitter Pro with TTL
Elinchrom is also pleased to announce a firmware update adding TTL control to the Skyport Plus HS for Canon and Nikon, other brands will follow. This new firmware update is available now.
 
The Heritage, Quality & Value of Elinchrom
The ELB 500 TTL is the newest compact flash solution in a long line of innovative and ultra-reliable Elinchrom products that represent a decades-long commitment to crafting the highest quality lighting tools while providing superb value to their customers.
 
The ELB 500 TTL represents an optimal feature set for portrait photographers and is ideal for those looking to trade up to a more powerful option to their speedlights, trading over from less full-featured options or searching for the very best value in the category.
 
B&H has the Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL available for preorder.
Category: Elinchrom News
Post Date: 3/6/2018 10:04:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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