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 Wednesday, June 20, 2018
From Sigma:
Authorized U.S. Sigma dealers host hands-on workshops covering travel, portrait, editorial and urban photography with photo shoots at hotspot locations and guidance from established pros
Ronkonkoma, NY – June 19, 2018 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced its Sigma Lens Workshops initiative. Designed in collaboration with Sigma dealers around the country, the program will engage photographers eager to learn new techniques and refine their photography skills through a series of classroom lectures and hands-on workshops. Led by Sigma technical representatives and photography experts, each workshop session hones in on a specific genre of photography such as portraiture, landscape, astrophotography and more. Normally a two-day workshop event, day one will focus on theory and educational best practices such as lighting, gear setup, camera settings, lens focal length and more. On day two, attendees put their newly acquired knowledge to the test with immersive hands-on, real world photoshoots and photo walks. Photographers of all skill levels, from novice to professional, are welcome to join in. The upcoming workshops schedule and details, including registration, cost, special promotions and agenda, can be found on the Sigma Events webpage.
“The Sigma Lens Workshops provide a valuable education vehicle for the local photography community. Lenses are an investment and these workshops aim at making sure you are getting the most out of your Sigma lens investment. The workshops also give you a chance to learn about specific genres of photography and hone your skills while practicing during real-world photo shoots,” comments Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The initial workshop feedback has been extremely positive. Customers appreciate the opportunity to up their photography game and test-drive some of the newest lens models. We are confident the positive experience will continue with the rest of the tour.”
Rahul Tuteja, founder of Pixel Connection in Avon, OH and host of a recent Sigma Lens Workshop, welcomed the initiative by saying, “More than just offering our customers the best gear for their photography needs, we strive to engage with them in a non-sales environment to bring them education, inspiration and opportunities to practice their skills. Sigma Workshops are a great platform to do that. These events help our customers get inspired and learn from the pros who show them what's in front of them so they can make educated gear choices and ultimately become better photographers. Sigma has been instrumental in helping us show our customers what a good product can do and elevate the photo community.”
Sigma Lens Workshops June Lineup:
Portrait Workshops at Bedford Camera & Video (Tulsa & Oklahoma City, OK)
Sigma technical representative Brian Linhoff is leading two two-day workshops on how to shoot stunning portraits at Bedford Camera & Video on June 20-21, 2018 in Tulsa, OK and June 22-23, 2018 in Oklahoma City, OK.
Portrait Photography Class – Wednesday, June 20th 5-6pm
Harley Davidson Photo Shoot – Thursday, June 21st 5-7pm
@ Bedford Camera & Video – 8172 East 68th St. Tulsa, OK 72223
FREE; Register Here
The first day of the Tulsa workshop will cover basics of portrait photography, including various lighting setups for indoor and outdoor shooting, how to work with your subject on posing and best lenses for portrait photography. During the second day, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an exciting Harley Davidson photo shoot with guidance from Brian and the Bedford Camera & Video staff. Participants will practice what they’ve learned as they photograph models and motorcycles. Lighting equipment will be provided and Sigma’s latest lenses will be on hand to test-drive during the shoot. Those participating in the photo shoot need to bring their own cameras.
Photo Model Walk – Friday, June 22nd 7-9pm
Portrait Photography Class – Saturday, June 23rd 10-11am
@ Bedford Camera & Video – 3110 North May Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73112
FREE; Register Here
Join Brian and the Bedford Camera & Video staff during a Myriad Botanical Gardens photo walk in Oklahoma City during the first day of the Oklahoma workshop. Sigma lenses will be available on loan to capture the beautiful flora. During the second day, Brian will cover the basics of portrait photography, including lighting, lenses, posing and more. Attendees will receive a professional print of their favorite image from the photo walk the day before, courtesy of Bedford Camera & Video.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 6/20/2018 6:13:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 19, 2018
From Adobe:
Lightroom Classic CC v7.4 | June 2018
This release of Lightroom Classic CC rolls out new features and enhancements, support for new cameras and lenses, and bug fixes.
Manage Presets and Profiles You can now choose to show or hide various preset/profile groups that are displayed in the Presets panel/Profile Browser, allowing you to scan through the profiles and presets you use the most.
Color label for folders and faster folder search
In the Folders panel (Library module), you can now organize your images by adding a color label to the folders. You can also filter all the folders that have been assigned a color label.
HEIC image files support on macOS High Sierra
Beginning with this release, Lightroom Classic CC now supports Apple's HEIC image file format on macOS High Sierra v10.13 or later.
Auto stack HDR and panorama
You can now prevent the HDR and Panorama stacks from cluttering the grid view by selecting the new Create Stack option in the HDR/Panorama Merge Preview dialog.
Support for new cameras and lenses
For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles, see these resources:
Fixed customer issues
Issues fixed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.4 (June 2018 release)
  • Keyboard shortcuts not working for rotate left and right in French, Swedish, Spanish, and Italian
  • Crop overlay is hard to see
  • Tone curve enabled not copied by sync, auto sync, presets, or snapshots
  • Settings are reset when develop preset is applied via script
  • (macOS-only) When backing up catalogs on macOS, Lightroom Classic doesn't compress (zip) catalogs that have a file size less than 4 GB.
  • Lightroom unresponsive after Eject SD Card/USB Drive
  • Presets no longer record and apply the turn on/off settings in the Develop Module
  • Hitting “Previous” and/or Copy/Paste is triggering an bad error message
  • Not saving new saving new presets if they contain special characters
  • iPhone video play in wrong orientation

Lightroom CC v1.4 | June 2018
This release of Lightroom CC desktop rolls out new features and enhancements, support for new cameras and lenses, and bug fixes.
Presets and Profiles syncing
Beginning with this release, your Presets and Profiles (including third-party, custom user presets and profiles) now automatically sync across Lightroom CC desktop and mobile.
However, the custom user presets and profiles that you add in Lightroom CC do not sync with Lightroom Classic CC desktop.
Manage Presets and Profiles
You can now choose to show or hide various preset/profile groups that are displayed in the Presets panel/Profile Browser, allowing you to scan through the profiles and presets you use the most.
Copy and paste edits across multiple photos
Enhanced in this release of Lightroom CC on desktop You can now copy the edits from a photo and paste across multiple photos.
You can also choose which edit settings to copy from a photo using the new Choose Edit Settings To Copy option. To access this option, select a photo and then choose Photo > Choose Edit Settings To Copy from the menu bar. Alternatively, press Control + Shift + C (Win) or Shift + Command + C (Mac) keys.
HEIC image files support on macOS High Sierra
Beginning with this release, Lightroom CC now supports Apple's HEIC image file format on macOS High Sierra v10.13 or later.
Reset photo edits to the last opened state
You can now restore your photo edits to the state when last opened it Lightroom CC using the new Reset To Open option in the Photo menu. To reset your photo edits, you must be in Detail view.
Specify share settings for a web gallery
While sharing a Lightroom CC album as a web gallery, you now control the following preferences:
  • Allow Downloads: Select this preference to allow others to download the shared album photos.
  • Show Metadata: Select this preference to allow others to view metadata of the shared album photos.
  • Show Location Info: Select this preference to allow others to view location info of the shared album photos. Deselect it to hide location info.
To modify the sharing preferences of an album that is already public, right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac) the album and choose Share Settings from the context-menu.
Sort photos by Modified Date
In this release of Lightroom CC, a new option to sort the grid photos by Modified Date has been added.
Get Lightroom CC mobile by texting a download link to your phone
From Lightroom CC desktop, you can now text a link on your phone number to download Lightroom CC for mobile from Google Play/App Store.
Support for new cameras and lenses
For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles, see these resources:
Fixed customer issues
Issues fixed in Lightroom CC v1.4 on desktop (June 2018 release)
  • iPhone videos play in wrong orientation
  • Incorrect translation of the UI strings 'Portrait' and 'Landscape' in Adobe Raw profiles and Camera Matching profiles
  • Preset and Profile import fails when there are illegal characters in the filenames
  • Dehaze tool causing lag in the edit operations
  • Pressing the G key toggles Guided Upright instead of Grid mode
  • Hovering over a preset doesn't display its effect when Edit panels are toggled to the off position
  • When trying to edit a raw file in Lightroom CC mobile, the app starts downloading the image and then freezes
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 6/19/2018 2:32:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

B&H has uploaded 20 presentations from its OPTIC 2018 event to YouTube channel. The presentations last anywhere from [roughly] half an hour to and hour and a half and cover a wide range of subjects.
B&H OPTIC 2018 Presentations
  • Myth, Magic, and Mojo | Keith Carter
  • Photographing Cuba | Vincent Versace
  • Seeing Color and Enhancing Creativity | Seth Resnick
  • Decisive Moments with Fujifilm | Xyza Cruz Bacani
  • Doors Off Over Baja California’s Wild Coast | Ralph Lee Hopkins
  • A Portrait Photographer's Guide to Street and Travel Photography
  • Time Lapse Photography | Rich Reid
  • iPhone Photography | Rich Reid
  • Out of This World - In the Footsteps of Lowell Thomas | David Wright
  • Photographing in Extreme Environments | Ira Block
  • Step into the Frame: How to Approach Travel & Cultural Photography | Adam Marelli
  • How to Approach Travel & Cultural Photography (Advanced) | Adam Marelli
  • Beyond the Milky Way | National Parks at Night
  • Travel Photography and the Self Assignment | Liz Groeschen
  • Photographing Nature with a Fine Art Eye | Joyce Tenneson
  • Following the Light at National Geographic | Mark Thiessen
  • Bears, Bears, Bears - Making the Most of Your Bear Trip | Charles Glatzer
  • Capturing the Wonders of Wildlife | Ron Magill
  • Imagining Spaces: Interior & Architecture Photography | Simon Lewis
  • Coincidental Portraits, Travel and Street Photography | Sissie Brimberg
Post Date: 6/19/2018 8:57:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported strong financial results for its second quarter fiscal year 2018 ended June 1, 2018.
Financial Highlights
  • Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $2.20 billion in its second quarter of fiscal year 2018, which represents 24 percent year-over-year revenue growth.
  • Diluted earnings per share was $1.33 on a GAAP-basis, and $1.66 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Digital Media segment revenue was $1.55 billion, with Creative revenue growing to $1.30 billion and Document Cloud achieving record revenue of $243 million, which represents 22 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) grew to $6.06 billion exiting the quarter, a quarter-over-quarter increase of $343 million. Creative ARR grew to $5.37 billion, and Document Cloud ARR grew to $694 million.
  • Digital Experience segment revenue was $586 million, which represents 18 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Operating income grew 39 percent and net income grew 77 percent year-over-year on a GAAP-basis; operating income grew 33 percent and net income grew 62 percent year-over-year on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $976 million, and deferred revenue grew 27 percent year-over-year to approximately $2.63 billion.
  • Adobe repurchased approximately 2.6 million shares during the quarter, returning $589 million of cash to stockholders.
A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release and on Adobe’s website.
Executive Quotes
"Adobe delivers all the capabilities to enable transformative digital experiences, including content creation and management, predictive analytics and commerce," said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO, Adobe. "Our record results in Q2 reflect continued execution against this significant opportunity where Adobe is the clear market leader."
“Adobe delivered record revenue with strong earnings and cash flow, and we expect our momentum to continue in the second half of fiscal 2018," said John Murphy, executive vice president and CFO, Adobe.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/19/2018 7:36:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 18, 2018
I advised my daughter and then-future son-in-law that something would go wrong with the wedding and that they should be ready to adjust plans as necessary.
What went wrong started with my youngest daughter waking up at 3:00 AM with a fever of 101.7° F (38.7° C) on the day before the wedding. I was so sad for her and expected the virus to have her in its grasp through the wedding day and beyond. Fortunately, after many prayers and sleeping much of the morning, she was feeling much better the same evening and was able to enjoy the wedding rehearsal and dinner afterwards.
That rehearsal dinner afterwards (at our house) became the next issue. The food was all out and everyone was ready to eat (and hungry), but ... the rolls needed to hold the main course were missing. Apparently an assignment was missed and a 40-minute round trip to the grocery store ensued, resolving this relatively minor issue.
As I mentioned, I was (mostly) not photographing this wedding, but received a request to "just" set up a video camera. I assembled the gear I intended to use (multiple cameras, tripods, mic, sound recorder, Pelican cases, extra batteries, etc.) the day before (amidst plenty of other chaos) and ran a gear check late in the day. I planned to use the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II as the primary camera, recording the entire ceremony in 4k. Strangely, when attempting to record video with this body, all I saw was black. After checking for an installed lens cap multiple times and verifying that live view worked in the still photo modes, I resolved to call Canon CPS in the morning, hoping that there was some obscure setting I had missed. Unfortunately, the phone call determined that the camera had a failure of some sort (I was not surprised by that news) that was preventing the shutter from opening in video mode.
So, it was wedding day for my daughter and the primary camera I intended to record video with had failed. This is the perfect example of why a backup camera is mandatory when photographing weddings and other important events.
I had a 4k-capable Sony a7 III with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens, the focal length range I needed, sitting on my desk. That setup was untested, so I opted to double-record using a Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens. I set up the two cameras immediately next to each other, one on a Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Carbon Fiber Tripod and BH-40 Ball Head and the other on a ProMediaGear TR344L Tripod with a UniqBall UBH 45X Ball Head.
A relative captured other video angles handheld using a Canon EOS 80D and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens. Audio was recorded with a Tascam digital audio recorder positioned under the flowers near the pastor, on a Rode Stereo Video Mic mounted on the 5Ds R in the back (closer to some of the musicians) and in-camera on the other two cameras. The setups appear to have all worked great and there is plenty of audio and video available to assemble a nice edited movie.
While I had time to put together a revised camera setup prior to leaving for the wedding, that is not always the case with equipment failures. I had an additional camera and various accessories (including batteries) along to cover any on-site failures (OK, I had enough to cover any of the contracted photographer's equipment failures as well).
Then there was the tomahawk injury that required a trip to the medical center and 8 stitches on the groom's ankle on the morning of the wedding. Don't ask – but it involved fruit. I'll just say that there was little spring in the groom's step as he walked his bride down the aisle, but the wedding worked and I now officially have a son.
As I said, I was mostly not photographing the wedding, but ... the girls happened to be ready just before the official photographers arrived and I happened to have rolled paper on a background stand and two lights in softboxes (one large octagonal overhead, a medium-sized rectangle on the back/left) ready. I needed time to set up and dial in two more lights, including one on a boom, but with a very rushed schedule, I accepted a compromise.
Overall, the wedding was awesome. Thanks for sharing in my excitement!
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Camera and Lens Settings
70mm  f/11.0  1/160s
ISO 100
5733 x 8599px
Post Date: 6/18/2018 10:31:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Jennifer Wu
It is 4:00 am and my chirping alarm clock abruptly awakens me. Heading out to photograph the fall colors at sunrise, I notice the car temperature reading 16°F. With a sudden drop in temperature and stormy weather from the previous day, I hope the leaves haven’t turned black from the freezing temperature.
Arriving at the lake, twilight begins and the deep blue sky just starts to get light. I am anxious to discover the fall color conditions. Walking to the lake, I see a beautiful moonlit image before me of fall colors plus the delight of the first dusting of snow for the season! I’m happy that the snow dapples the mountains and doesn’t cover them completely in white.
Seeing the moon shining on the mountain peaks, I quickly set up to capture the moonlit landscape, placing some rocks in the foreground of the icy lake. I press the shutter for my first shot of the day knowing it will be my favorite and sunrise isn’t even for another half-hour. What a wonderful morning!
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/18/2018 11:35:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Rokinon:
New AF 85mm F1.4 Full Frame Prime for Canon EF – Vivid, Sharp and Bright
(New York, New York) June 18, 2018 – Hot on the heels of the new Rokinon AF 24mm F2.8 Full Frame for Sony E, Rokinon has announced its new AF 85mm F1.4 Full Frame Lens for Canon EF mount.
The new 85mm F1.4 AF lens is designed for optimal quality imaging and for the most advanced Canon Full Frame image sensor cameras. The new Rokinon AF 85mm F1.4 also performs with Canon APS-C sensor cameras as a high speed 136mm equivalent AF telephoto lens.
A variety of advanced lens technologies, including a Hybrid Aspherical element, allow for a more compact (< 3 inches long) and lightweight (17oz) design that also minimizes aberrations, controls distortion, and provides excellent resolution. Autofocusing is fast and quiet which is accomplished by two Linear Ultrasonic Motors (LSM’s) that only have to adjust a single inner lens group to achieve precise focus.
Additional notable features of the new Rokinon AF 85mm F1.4 include Weather Sealing, all metal construction, an ergonomically designed size, shape and grip for enhanced comfort and a 9 blade aperture that helps to achieve beautiful bokeh.
The new Rokinon AF 85mm F1.4 Full Frame Lens for Canon EF is expected to be available in August with a street price of only $799.00. It will include a reversible lens hood, lens caps, and a soft pouch case.
OPTICAL CONSTRUCTION9 Glass Elements in 7 Groups
(Including 1 Hybrid Aspherical Lens)
COATINGUltra Multi-Coating (UMC)
ANGLE OF VIEW28.4° 19.0° 2.83”
MIN. FOCUSING DIST.2.95ft (0.90m)
MAX. DIAMETER3.46” 88.0mm
LENGTH2.83” (72.0mm)
WEIGHT17.11oz (485g)
MSRP$799.00 USD

B&H carries Rokinon lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/18/2018 10:16:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
While Bryan and I are fans of Adobe's Creative Cloud offerings, most notably Photoshop CC and Lightroom Classic CC, we know that many are interested in alternatives to Lightroom in particular. The official blog for one of the most popular alternatives, Phase One Capture One Pro, recently posted an article aimed squarely at those looking to make a change.
From the Phase One Capture One Blog:
11 Killer Tips For Switching From Lightroom to Capture One
Getting used to new software is rarely easy – but it doesn’t have to be frustrating. If you are considering switching from Lightroom to Capture One, here are 11 tips for making the transition easy.
1. Interface
There are a few things to take notes of when switching from Lightroom to Capture One:
  • No modules! The interface in Capture One uses one main window, where all tools are organized in Tool Tabs.
  • The default layout has tools to the left and browser to the right of the viewer.
  • To choose a layout more similar to Lightroom, simply select ‘Window > Workspace > Migration’. This will provide a workspace that more closely resembles Lightroom’s layout.
  • Most tools in Capture One can be re-organized, moved freely around and even scaled, by simply clicking the Tool Title and dragging. Parts of the interface can also be hidden. For an easy overview, use the View menu.
To see all of the tips, check out the Phase One Capture One Blog.
B&H carries Phase One Capture One download licenses.
Post Date: 6/18/2018 9:13:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
In this video, Julieanne Kost goes over four very popular blend modes – Multiply, Screen, Overlay and Soft Light – and demonstrates how they can be used when compositing images in Photoshop.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 6/18/2018 7:12:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, June 16, 2018
Mostly, this post is to let you share in our excitement and that sentence probably caught your attention with many thoughts potentially entering your mind.
Perhaps for those of you following this site from the early days, it is hard to believe that she is that old. Yes, the years really do fly by (every year goes by faster). This image was captured in 2003, the year TDP showed up on the web:
Brianna at Age 7
And now, my baby has become a beautiful young lady.
While the girls are taking care of many of the wedding's fine details, I am also involved. One of the requests of me was to assemble a set of pictures suitable for use in a slide show. While gathering those, many great memories were brought back and, as you probably guessed, I had a solid selection to choose from.
While on that topic, heed my advice: now is when you need to spend time with your kids and of course, make them feel special by photographing them constantly (and giving them that reason why). Only photographs (and videos) can keep them that age forever. Capture your times together and all of the special moments. Grandparents, you are included here – you get to photograph the grandkids when that generation shows up (I look forward to that day).
Answering another common question: yes, we love the incoming son and look forward to him being an official part of the family (he's been hanging around for years already). With him and his great family joining our lives, all of the parent wish list boxes are being checked here.
I know, the first question you really wanted answered was "Are you photographing the wedding?" Well, the official answer is no – there are hired photographers for the event. But ... I just might have (a few cases of) gear stashed somewhere handy. You know – just in case!
Then came the "Oh, can you just set up a camera to video the wedding?"
In what seems a blink of an eye, the kid is grown and moving on with her life. Fortunately, she is not moving too far. And, we have plenty of pictures to look back on.
The lead image for this post is a recent one, commemorating college graduation. It was a cloudy day and light green spring colors were still on some of the trees. I positioned Brianna under the shade of a tall tree to gain some direction to the ultra-soft cloud-diffused light and aligned with a distant tree of interest in the background. At 200mm, the f/2 aperture turns the tree into an interesting blur of color and Brianna pops from the background. Due to the color of the background, my eyes struggled to properly recognize the right color balance this image but, in the end, I opted to use the black cap and gown for a custom white balance.
The Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens is a killer portrait lens and it has captured some of my favorite portraits of the kids. This is not an inexpensive lens, but the results can be priceless.
The girls are due home from their hair appointments at any time – gotta go!
Camera and Lens Settings
200mm  f/2.0  1/500s
ISO 100
5398 x 8097px
Post Date: 6/16/2018 11:13:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 14, 2018
Canon has created a new microsite called "Shot on Canon" that lists films, documentaries and TV shows that were captured with Canon equipment.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 6/14/2018 12:02:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Sigma has released firmware updates for the Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 and 8 Lenses as follows:
Mount Converter MC-11
Now compatible with the Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Lens and the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens.
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
Now Compatible with Sigma Mount Converter MC-11.
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens
"It has corrected the phenomenon that the Manual Override (MO) function will be disabled after adjusting the settings of focus mode switch on SIGMA Optimization Pro (Macintosh ver.). "
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Now Compatible with Sigma Mount Converter MC-11.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Now Compatible with Sigma Mount Converter MC-11.
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
"It has corrected the phenomenon that the continuous shooting speed of some SIGMA interchangeable lenses with firmware Ver.2.00 decreases in certain combinations with some cameras. "
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens
"It has corrected the phenomenon that the continuous shooting speed of some SIGMA interchangeable lenses with firmware Ver.2.00 decreases in certain combinations with some cameras. "
Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C Lens
"It has corrected the phenomenon that the Manual Override (MO) function will be disabled after adjusting the settings of focus mode switch on SIGMA Optimization Pro (Macintosh ver.)."
Sigma EF-630 Flash
"It has corrected the phenomenon where it occasionally stops communicating after recovering from Auto Power Off."
For the lenses, updating firmware is as easy as plugging in the Sigma Dock, mounting the lens and running the Sigma software.
Post Date: 6/13/2018 9:25:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 12, 2018
From Lowepro:
New QuickShelf technology, premium materials and added features deliver flexibility and superior gear protection in an everyday pack designed for the way today’s content creators work.
Upper Saddle River, NJ – June 12, 2018 – Lowepro, a company with a 50-year reputation in creating protective gear-carrying solutions for image makers, today announced the launch of FreeLine BP 350 AW, a new premium, versatile daypack designed for today’s content creators, photographers, and videographers. The FreeLine BP 350 AW is the first in a collection of innovative bags intended to organize and protect the tools that capture the vision of content creators, wherever they go, leaving them free to focus on the big picture.
Features for the way today’s creators work
  • QuickShelf Divider System – the revolutionary interior divider system that unfolds into a 3-tier shelf or folds flat to remove revealing an open interior space includes pop-in lateral dividers allows for quick, fully customizable and wholly protected array of gear sets including multiple mirrorless bodies and lenses; full-framed DSLR with mounted 70-200mm f2.8 lens and additional lenses, compact drones and more.
  • Constructed of super high-grade Nylon 66 exterior fabric with water and abrasion resistant Carbonite, YKK weather-proof zippers and All Weather AW Cover provide unmatched protection from everyday use and the elements.
  • Dual side-access panels allow for easy access to gear.
  • CradleFit pocket suspends and protects up to a 15” laptop.
  • Integrated Gear Box offers customizable storage for cords, cables, batteries and more.
  • ActiveZone Back Panel provides excellent support and comfort.
“The professional landscape is shifting with this rise of the independent content creator,” explains Tim Grimmer, Senior Director of Product for Lowepro. “In collaboration with our partner brand JOBY, owner of the world famous GorillaPod, we delved deeply into the world of today’s Content Creators, vloggers, YouTubers, and storytellers. We learned more about how their gear kits and shooting locations frequently change as they produce content every day. Our goal became to create a solution that offers the freedom to carry what they need each day. We’re excited to offer FreeLine, a premium daypack that pairs our company’s signature protection with the adaptability content creators crave.”
The FreeLine BP 350 AW is now available for purchase for $259.95 at select Lowepro dealers and will be on display during VidCon June 21 – 23, 2018 in Anaheim, CA.
B&H has the Lowepro FreeLine BP 350 AW Backpack in stock.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 6/12/2018 11:49:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality test results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens Review.
The 400 DO IS II review was completed before the 5Ds R existed. To get these results added to the site, Canon USA loaned us another copy this lens. Under the scrutiny of the ultra-high resolution 5Ds R, the center of the frame is showing a touch of softness in the center at f/4 in this copy of the lens, but this lens performs impressively otherwise.
Here are some comparisons to get you started:
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 400mm f/2.8L IS II Lens
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 300mm f/2.8L IS II Lens with 1.4x
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 400mm f/5.6L Lens
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 200-400mm f/4L IS II Lens
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 200mm f/2L IS Lens with 1.4x
The Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/12/2018 9:23:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
As I said when offering the Whitetail Fawns and More photo tour, meeting more of you is always high on my to-do list, I have wanted to offer photo workshops/tours/experiences for a long time (many of you have requested such) and my Shenandoah National Park commercial use permit is in hand. While I enjoy others enjoying my images, my primary goal is always to help you get great images and I'd love for you to join me for 3 or 6 days of wildlife and outdoor photography in this great location. I have cleared space in the schedule and made it through the logistical issues involved in making this trip happen, including acquiring the necessary SNP permit and having an important-for-wildlife-photography park policy change implemented (again, this will be one of the first tours falling under the new rules).
When and Where: Sun, November 11 to Wed, November 14, 2018 and/or Wed, November 14 - Sat, November 17, 2018 in Shenandoah National Park
Based on recent workshop survey results, this trip is offered in a choice of 3 or 6 full days (other options will be considered). The plan is to meet at the lodge on Sunday and/or Wed mid-day and we will wrap up after a morning shoot on the last day.
Update: The Wed-Sat dates have been filled. Slots for only two people remain open during the Sun-Wed dates. I'd still love to have you along!
Hopefully you, along with 3 others. Large groups are far more profitable from a business perspective, but seriously photographing wildlife in the field is very challenging in large groups. Keeping the group small means better opportunities and more personal attention. It also means that we can travel together throughout the park in one SUV.
The cost for this IPT is $995 per 3 days with a 50% deposit locking in your spot. Email me at to sign up or ask questions!
First-Light Buck, Shenandoah National Park
What are We Photographing?
Our primary photo subject will be wildlife. Wildlife, by definition, is "wild" and that means it is unpredictable and there can be no guarantees. That said, Shenandoah National Park is a very reliable location to photograph whitetail deer and the environment/scenery here is quite photogenic.
During much of the year, whitetail buck in SNP have their heads down feeding. That changes during the rut and whitetail bucks exhibit great behavior at this time of the year. Late fall colors provide our backdrop and very few park visitors are expected at this time of the year, just prior to the last lodge closing for the season.
Deer are not the only wildlife subject found here and there is high likelihood that black bears will avail themselves as subjects along with a variety of birds and other smaller mammals. We will be opportunistic and take advantage of any subjects that we encounter – and discovering those moments are part of the excitement. In addition to the immersive wildlife photography experience, there will certainly be opportunity for some landscape photography.
My time in the field is very limited and I look for locations with a high probability of good opportunities when I make the time investment. Shenandoah National Park rarely lets me down in that regard. Basically, we will work hard to improve your photography skills along with capturing some great images. And, we'll have fun along the way.
There is a Sense of Urgency for this Trip
As I mentioned with the fawn IPT, CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) has been detected within 11 miles of SNP (according to the SNP wildlife biologist I talked to in Mar 2018). This awful disease is always fatal to deer and when it reaches within 5 miles of the park, implementation of an already-established plan will significantly reduce the deer population here. That means this awesome experience is at high risk and that is one of the reasons I chose this park first.
While the implied definitions of these terms varies, I see "workshops" typically laid out with a planned schedule and "tours" typically designed to put you in front of subjects at the right time. I'm calling this trip a "tour" because the primary goal is for you to get great images and we will be opportunistic in that regard, making a firm schedule difficult to implement. That said, we will spend a lot of time together and I will teach, answer questions (bring many), critique images, assist in editing, etc. throughout our time together. Thus, the educational element will also be a primary part of our time together.
In the field, we will photograph side-by-side. You taking great images home will be the primary goal, but you capturing those images yourself is important and I can best describe what you should do if I am doing it myself at the same time. This also provides the participant opportunity to watch how it is done. Your constant feedback and questions are important and will enable me to provide you with the best experience possible.
An "expedition" is another type of immersive photography experience and this event involves multiple daily mini-expeditions. Certain is that we will have an adventure.
Physical Requirements
This will be a modestly strenuous trip, with much of the strain dependent on the size and weight of the gear you are carrying. There will likely be some easy wildlife photography opportunities encountered, but we will be carrying our gear through the woods, tall grass and light brush over hilly terrain at times, often attempting to keep ahead of moving wildlife. Thus, one needs to be in reasonable physical condition.
What is Included
Transportation during the experience (if staying for the entire 6 days, I am happy to provide free transportation to and/or from the park from anywhere directly on my route from the north - primarily RT 81) along with everything described in the Tour/Workshop/Adventure/Expedition section above is included. By not including the items listed below in the fee, individuals are able choose their level of spending.
What is Not Included
Transportation to/from Skyland Resort including the required National Park entrance fee.
Lodging. We will be staying at the Skyland Resort, a national park lodge. I usually get a basic room, but other options are available including cabins.
Food. Because of the remoteness of this location, our food will primarily consist of what is offered at the Skyland Resort (dining room, take out or tap room) along with any food brought along into the park. We will typically begin photographing before food services are open so I usually pack breakfast to eat in my room prior to the morning shoots. I take a cooler with jugs of ice and ice is available at the lodge (you need bag/bucket to transport it from the ice machine). I suggest packing granola bars and other snacks along to keep energy levels up while photographing (especially in case we find an amazing subject that we don't want to leave). Plan to have water or other drink available to take with you.
At this time of the year, the days are getting shorter and the nights are correspondingly getting longer. Our best opportunities will be found early and late in the day and we will target these times, but sometimes it is worth staying out all day. The sun is relatively low in the sky and the animals often remain active during the day. We will take time to review images, especially back at the lodge in the evening. These plans are all very flexible and we can target any specific interests the group has.
Big Meadows Whitetail Buck
Cancellation Policy
Travel insurance is strongly recommended. If a cancellation notice is received between 90 and 179 days before the workshop start date, a 50% refund of any payments made will be provided. If a cancellation notice is provided within less than 90 days of the workshop, no refund of payments made will be provided. Regardless of the cancellation notice received date, any workshop openings that are re-filled will be refunded payment in full minus a $195 administrative fee.
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10-Point Whitetail Buck
Camera Gear Needed
Aside from a great attitude and a strong interest in learning wildlife photography, you are going to need some gear and while most cameras with a telephoto lens will work, mid-upper-grade gear should be considered for best results from this event.
When photographing bucks in rut, I am not as concerned about a fast frame rate as with some other subjects. There will be times when the fast rate is beneficial, but rut posturing is often done at slower speeds and I usually opt for higher resolution cameras. A DSLR camera or a late-model MILC (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera) should be in your bag.
A telephoto lens or lenses will be needed with a full-frame equivalent of at least 400mm (250mm on an APS-C) suggested and having longer focal lengths available will be appreciated at times. Wildlife activity is greatest early and late, so wide apertures are often an advantage and the wide aperture's ability to blur the background can be useful. Any telephoto lens can work, but there may be times when an f/4 or wider aperture is preferred. This is a great event to break out your big lenses for and it is also a great time to try a new one, perhaps via renting.
My current plan is to take the Canon EOS 5Ds R along with the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens for my primary wildlife kit with the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens (with built-in 1.4x extender) likely seeing some use. In addition, I'll take a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II in case I decide that I want the fast frame rate. I'll bring a variety of other lenses and accessories including a Black Rapid shoulder strap to carry the big lenses with.
I primarily use a monopod while photographing wildlife in this location. It is not as stable as a tripod and requires more effort to use, but it is much faster to set up and adjust. While neither are mandatory, one or both is preferred and I always take both.
We can potentially make use of a full range of landscape photography gear, including ultra-wide to wide angle lenses along with circular polarizer and neutral density filters.
Bringing a laptop is highly recommended, enabling review of your images throughout the time we have together. Bring an external hard drive for an additional level of backup. Bring adequate memory card capacity, enough batteries to last at least a day and enough chargers to restore that capability overnight.
Consider what failure of any piece of gear means for your experience and consider bringing a backup for items identified as critical.
As always, feel free to ask us for gear advice.
Whitetail Buck in Morning Light
Weather / Clothing
The weather in late November is typically very nice, though cool, in Shenandoah National Park. However, the mountain can create its own weather and that can be at least somewhat unpredictable. Rain gear may be very appreciated at times, including rain covers for camera gear while in the field.
Plan for walking in light brush (including mild briars) and woods. The wildlife we are pursuing is acclimated to humans and they do not seem to care what we are wearing (though you might get their attention if you dress in all black like a black bear, a primary deer predator). Camo clothing is not necessary, but it is a good option. I wear mostly camo and part of the reason is to be less obvious to other park visitors, though there are not many at this time of the year.
Insects can be annoying at this location, but they are not typically bothersome in mid-November. Ticks are reportedly present, though I have yet to find one on me.
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Buck in the Brush, Shenandoah National Park
Category: Workshops
Post Date: 6/12/2018 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 8, 2018
Discover the benefits of improvements found in the new EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM lenses as explained by Canon U.S.A.'s Rudy Winston.
Get our coverage here:
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
Preorder the new lenses:
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens: B&H | Adorama | WEX
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens: B&H | Adorama | WEX
Canon Tripod Mount Ring AII(WII) for the f/4L IS II Lens: B&H | Adorama | WEX
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/8/2018 10:50:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 7, 2018
Preordering Canon gear as soon as it is announced is the best way to get it in your hands when it first becomes available.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens: B&H | Adorama | WEX
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens: B&H | Adorama | WEX
Canon Tripod Mount Ring AII(WII) for the f/4L IS II Lens: B&H | Adorama | WEX
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Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 6/7/2018 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The lens pages for just-announced Canon 70-200mm lenses are live on the site, filled with detailed information about what to expect from the new gear.
Are these new lenses minor refreshes of current models or major upgrades? Starting off with a feature upgrade list, these pages will answer that question quickly. Check them out:
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
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Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/7/2018 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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.
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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.
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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
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
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
 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
From Canon USA:
Providing Accidental Damage Protection, CarePAK Plans Now Offer Coverage for Cinema, Video and Professional Printer Equipment
MELVILLE, N.Y., May 30, 2018 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the expansion of its CarePAK PRO and CarePAK PLUS service and support offerings for imaging professionals. The current CarePAK PRO program, which now includes accidental damage protection, has been restructured to meet the needs of the professional cinema, house of worship, and in-house corporate video production industries, among other professional video markets, and now covers Cinema EOS Cameras, Cinema Lenses, and Professional Camcorders. Additionally, the popular CarePAK PLUS plan, which currently includes professional SLR camera systems among other consumer products, has been expanded to cover Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000, PIXMA PRO-100, and PIXMA PRO-10 professional inkjet printers.
“Providing yet another solution to our customers, the CarePAK program expansion allows us to extend our services to more of Canon’s professional customers, implementing a worry-free ownership experience to help visual story-tellers focus and bring forth their creative visions,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
With CarePAK, customers can feel confident that their investment is covered by Canon’s world-class service and support. In addition to accidental damage protection from drops, spills, power surges, and other unforeseen events, CarePAK PLUS and CarePAK PRO provide normal wear and tear coverage for hardware and include Image Recovery*, designed to retrieve lost or corrupted images or videos from cameras, camcorders and printers with a memory card slot (only for use with a removable memory card).
Additional CarePAK benefits include:
  • Priority service for fast, reliable repairs and minimal downtime
  • Service and support direct from Canon using only genuine Canon parts
  • $0 deductible for any repair or replacement
  • Free shipping to and from Canon for all service and repairs
  • Dedicated phone and email support at 1-833-CAREPAK (1-833-227-3725) and or
  • Ability to transfer the plans during the coverage period to a new owner
Under a CarePAK plan, a damaged product will be repaired to good working condition or replaced with the same or an equivalent product, a feature that is unique to Canon and currently not available from other providers. CarePAK PRO and CarePAK PLUS will be available for Canon Cinema Cameras, Cinema Lenses, Professional Camcorders, and Professional Inkjet Printers beginning June 1 and can be purchased at the time of product purchase, or for up to 90 days thereafter.
For more information, please visit For those in attendance at this year’s Cine Gear Expo, stop by the Canon booth (number 12) to learn more about Canon’s service and support offerings, including CarePAK PRO.
CarePAK PLUS Eligible Items
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 5/30/2018 8:59:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
Thank you for using Canon products.
We would like to offer our sincere apologies to users who have been inconvenienced by the phenomenon described below. We value the trust our customers have placed in us, and we are dedicated to continuously improving product quality as well as delivering industry-leading service and support.
In rare cases, error 70 or error 80 may repeatedly display on some EOS 70D digital SLR cameras due to an internal communication failure resulting from the structure of the electrical printed circuit board. If use of the camera is subsequently continued, a state may occur in which the camera’s power does not turn on. In most cases, this phenomenon occurs in conjunction with continuous use of the camera while the camera’s internal temperature is high, such as when shooting movies continuously.
“Err 70” or “Err 80” will appear on the LCD monitor at the back of the camera or on the LCD panel at the top of the camera.
Canon EOS 70D Product Advisory for Error 70 or Error 80

*There may be rare occurrences of error 70 or error 80, after which the camera functions can be recovered by turning the power off and on again, or by re-installing and reinserting the battery. The phenomenon described here refers to the frequent reoccurrence of error 70 or error 80.
Possibly Affected Cameras
Only some EOS 70D digital SLR cameras are affected by this phenomenon.
The phenomenon may occur only in cameras whose first two digits in its serial number are within the range of “00” to “22”.
Canon EOS 70D Product Advisory for Error 70 or Error 80 Serial Number Example

EOS 70D digital SLR cameras on which error 70 or error 80 occurs repeatedly and that have a serial number within the range specified above will be inspected/repaired free of charge. Please note that inspection/repairs for any other issue will be handled as normal repairs.
If you wish to make a request for the free inspection/repairs, please bring the camera body only with the body cap attached to a Canon Service Center.
If you have not already done so, please register your EOS 70D so that we will be able to notify you via email about any future service upgrades.
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: 5/30/2018 6:48:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 29, 2018
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Rudy Winston
There’s no question that the completely electronic viewfinder in some recent interchangeable-lens cameras — think of “mirrorless” cameras, like Canon’s EOS M-series models — brings some cool features to their users. Some of these include the ability to see the effect of changes in camera settings, like exposure or white balance, and to see additional information like histograms and so on, before a picture is taken.
But there’s a lot of benefit to the traditional “optical” viewfinder, used in EOS digital SLRs like the EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D. We’ll look at those benefits in this article.
Check out the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center. Also, check out our own article, "Comparing Electronic Viewfinders to Optical Viewfinders."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/29/2018 10:30:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
We often post Canon USA refurbished camera, lens and Speedlite flash deals to our news feed because a) the items are priced very nicely and b) they come with a retail matching 1-year warranty. I've purchased several refurbished items over the years and the only difference I've noticed between the refurbished gear and a new/retail one is that the refurbished gear comes in a nondescript (usually white) box.
However, we were curious to learn more about Canon's refurbishment process, so they kindly granted us a brief interview.
Please tell us a little about yourself. What’s your position at Canon and how long have you been with the company?
Jason Fligman, Director of Service Operations, centric to ITCG product quality assurance/control, business development, refurbishing operations, service parts management, technical training, and field event support. Employed at Canon for 10 years.
What typical circumstances lead to an item being processed by Canon’s refurbished department?
When items are returned to Canon, primarily through customer stock balance returns, they are inspected and if they meet specific criteria, directed into our refurbishing operations.
Which Canon facility handles refurbishment of its EOS cameras, EF/EF-S/TS-E/MP-E/EF-M lenses and Speedlite flashes?
Canon Virginia (CVI)Technology Center
Can you describe how the refurbishment process works, from the time that the item arrives at the service facility to the time it is sold as a refurbished item?
Canon products returned to Canon USA, and judged by Canon USA to be eligible for refurbishing, undergo a rigorous refurbishment process. Our trained Canon technicians perform comprehensive quality assurance inspections, replacing any needed components with genuine Canon parts. Before being offered for sale by Canon USA, the refurbished product is subjected to a comprehensive technical evaluation, which includes functional testing and assessments against quality control standards by Canon USA’s trained technical staff. Refurbished products are then packaged with the appropriate manuals, cables, and accessories. All refurbished products are backed by our standard 1-Year limited warranty.
When asked if Canon could go into even more detail, we were told that several of the steps in the refurbishment process involve proprietary information which could not be disclosed.
As mentioned above, the biggest benefit of buying a refurbished item is its lower cost compared to a retail model, with the savings potentially augmented during one of Canon's refurbished gear sales. That the refurbished item comes with an identical-to-retail warranty is certainly reassuring that your gear will perform as expected. The only downside to buying a refurbished item is that refurbished gear may have a slightly lower resale value compared to an item acquired new from an authorized retailer (the resale difference is largely due to the stigma associated with refurbished products and the lack of a retail box).
Want to know what Canon USA refurbished items are currently in stock? Check out the links below.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/29/2018 7:08:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From B&H:
DJI has just revealed final details for its highly-anticipated single-handed gimbal stabilizer—the Ronin-S. This exceptionally capable device will help smooth footage when working with DSLRs and mirrorless cameras up to 7.9 lb. For now, the Ronin-S will be exclusive to B&H
NEW YORK, May 29, 2018 – B&H Photo would like to share the official announcement of the DJI Ronin-S 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer, a lithe, single-handed tool used to smooth movement when shooting video with a DSLR or mirrorless camera. DJI is daring us to move, and the Ronin-S makes that dare easy to accomplish with its clean and high performance, for camera systems weighing up to 7.9 lb. It also offers one-handed design, enabling simple, intuitive operation, and a slimmer profile for working in confined spaces with ease.
Among the major advantages provided by the Ronin-S is a design that moves the roll axis to a 45-degree angle, ensuring there is a clean line of sight to the camera’s rear screen for monitoring purposes. Also, it is a part of DJI’s constantly growing ecosystem, and will offer immediate support for plenty of their accessories, including the Master Wheels and Master Force. It has a dual handle system, multiple types of wireless receivers, a focus control setup, and more. Also included are standard mounting points for attaching useful tools like microphones and lights.
Three operational modes are available for added versatility—underslung, upright, and flashlight. Each of these is determined by the desired grip and angle of the shot, and make it more comfortable to operate for longer periods of time. The gimbal can even be removed from the handle and mounted on other supports, such as a jib or RC car, for which there is a dedicated mode to ensure silky smooth motion. A Sport Mode can be enabled for moments of fast-paced action.
Product Highlights
  • Three-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer
  • Holds DSLR or Mirrorless Cameras
  • Offset Roll Motor for Screen Visibility
  • One-Handed Operation
  • Interchangeable Parts Ecosystem
  • Accessory Dock
  • Customizable Parameter Groups
To provide an excellent operating experience, the Ronin-S offers multiple control options, including a precise joystick located on the handle, with multiple customizable parameters. Users will enjoy support for camera control as well, with the ability to connect to select Canon, Sony, Nikon, and other systems where they can adjust focus settings, initiate recording and more without taking their hands off the Ronin-S. Other settings include a Virtual Joystick option, Time-Lapse, Track, and Panorama modes.
A wide range of movement is possible with this gimbal, including continuous 360 degrees of rotation, tilt from -95 to 185 degrees, and a complete 360 degrees of roll in a Roll 360 mode that will come in handy for rapid movement and repositioning of your camera. Additionally, it is powered by a rechargeable 18650 2400mAh Li-ion polymer battery pack that will operate for hours on a single charge, while Bluetooth 4.0 and USB Type-C connections permit the stabilizer to be connected directly to mobile devices and computers.
The DJI Ronin-S will be exclusive to B&H Photo for a limited time. It is already open for pre-order, and will soon be available.
Post Date: 5/29/2018 5:40:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 28, 2018
I was in coastal Katmai National Park primarily to photograph brown bears feasting on salmon, but the landscape was also very impressive. As the light faded on the bears, clouds settled into the mountaintops and the setting sun brightly lit the clouds not shaded by the mountain. Direct sunlight just before sunset (or just after sunrise) is warm in color and very significantly warmer than the light in shaded areas. I often like that difference in color.
While I carried a wide angle zoom lens along with me on the bear treks, primarily to use for landscape photography, it was not the right lens choice for this scene. My subjects were mountain tops and I wanted them large in the frame. Meeting this goal calls for telephoto focal lengths and the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens I primarily intended for wildlife use worked perfectly here.
Sometimes capturing a great landscape image with a telephoto lens seems too easy. While the 100-400 L II is not a small or light lens, it is usually with me when photographing landscape exclusively. This is an extremely versatile lens that delivers very impressive image quality.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Camera and Lens Settings
182mm  f/8.0  1/80s
ISO 100
8688 x 5792px
Post Date: 5/28/2018 8:34:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 25, 2018

From the We Eat Together YouTube Channel:
Ever wondered how to create levitation photography? Quickly learn how to make flying food photos and freeze time and space.
Post Date: 5/25/2018 10:16:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens available for preorder with free expedited shipping.
Product Highlights
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Three FLD Elements, Two SLD Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Weather-Sealed, Protective Front Coating
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Removable Rotating Arca-Type Tripod Foot
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 5/25/2018 10:11:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art and SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for Sony E-mount are scheduled to start shipping in June, 2018.
While offering the same high-performance optical design as other lenses in the Art line, the new Sony E-mount models will feature a newly developed control algorithm that optimizes the autofocus drive and maximizes the data transmission speed. In addition, these lenses will be compatible with Sony’s Continuous AF (AF-C), which is not addressed by SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11. Like the converter MC-11, the lenses will be compatible with in-camera image stabilization and in-camera lens aberration correction, which includes corrections for peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations, and distortion.
B&H lists the lenses' expected availability as "mid June."
SIGMA 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E – B&H | Adorama
SIGMA 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E – B&H | Adorama
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 5/25/2018 8:38:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
The “Bokeh Master” will begin shipping in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts in late June for a retail price of $1,599.00 USD
Ronkonkoma, NY – May 25, 2018 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced that its 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma camera mounts in late June for $1,599.00 USD through authorized US dealers. The Sony E-mount availability will be announced later.
The “Bokeh Master” with Longest Focal Length Among Sigma Wide-Aperture F1.4 Art Lenses
The Sigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Art is the ninth lens in the Sigma F1.4 line-up designed for full-frame cameras. To combine outstanding wide-aperture, mid-telephoto performance with F1.4 brightness at maximum aperture, this lens incorporates 17 optical elements in 12 groups, including three FLD glass elements, two SLD glass elements and one aspherical lens element. This optical setup minimizes axial chromatic aberration to deliver ultra high resolution along with ample peripheral light volume, which minimizes vignetting. As a result, the area in focus is extremely sharp, while the out-of-focus area features a beautiful bokeh effect with highly natural colors, making this a desired lens for portrait photography. The optical design also minimizes sagittal coma flare, making it an excellent choice for capturing starry skies.
Featuring the Sports line level dust- and splash-proof design, this lens can be used in varying weather conditions. The high-speed, high-accuracy autofocus helps photographers react in an instant to capture those special moments. Other lens highlights include carbon fiber reinforced plastic hood for durability and compatibility of the Canon mount lens with the Canon Lens Aberration Correction function.
Preorders will be available at the following retailers: B&H | Adorama
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 5/25/2018 7:46:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 24, 2018

Best known for her role in Game of Thrones, actress Emilia Clarke can be seen taking a starring role in several classic business stock photos. Do you have a business meeting coming up in the near future? You'll probably be seeing her face in the next slide show you're forced to sit through.
Post Date: 5/24/2018 5:15:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

In this video, Dr Andrew Steele uses an infrared-converted DSLR to demonstrate the hidden world of IR that resides all around us.
Interested in converting a camera to infrared (or full-spectrum)? I highly recommend checking out LifePixel's vast assortment of conversion options.
Post Date: 5/24/2018 2:04:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
A few new interesting gear protection items are now in stock at B&H. Note that each of the dry boxes comes in a padded insert and sans padded insert version.
Ruggard Portable Dry Case (Black, 22.4L)
  • Holds Photo, Electronic, and Other Gear
  • Renewable Desiccant Humidity Protection
  • Hygrometer Displays Relative Humidity
  • Silent Operation
  • Weatherproof Rubber Gasket Seal
  • Manual Pressure Release Valve
  • Latches with Hasps for Optional Padlocks
  • Ergonomic Top Handle
Ruggard Portable Dry Case (Clear/Yellow, 8.5L)
  • Holds Photo, Electronic, and Other Gear
  • Renewable Desiccant Humidity Protection
  • Hygrometer Displays Relative Humidity
  • Silent Operation
  • Weatherproof Rubber Gasket Seal
  • Manual Pressure Release Valve
  • Latches with Hasps for Optional Padlocks
Ruggard Renewable Dehumidifier for Portable Dry Case
  • Use with Portable Dry Cases or Alone
  • Rechargeable in an AC Wall Outlet
  • Space-Saving Retractable Outlet Prongs
  • Silent Operation
  • Status Display Window
  • Silica Gel Works Without Power
Post Date: 5/24/2018 1:16:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
With its 13 high-speed, full-frame, prime lenses for high-quality film productions, ZEISS is focusing on maximum quality, low weight, and significant versatility when it comes to creating superb visual imagery.
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2018-05-24 – ZEISS has introduced a new family of high-speed lenses for high-end film production: The ZEISS Supreme Prime family consists of 13 lenses with fixed focal lengths between 15 and 200 millimeters, the majority with a maximum aperture of T1.5. “The lenses are designed for film productions of an extremely high quality,” says Christophe Casenave from ZEISS. “They are perfect for high-budget advertising or feature films, for example.” ZEISS Supreme Primes are designed to cover cinematic large format camera sensors and are compatible with all of the latest camera models, such as the Sony Venice, ARRI Alexa LF, and RED Monstro. According to Casenave, the versatility of the Supreme Prime lenses to create different visual looks is due to the gentle sharpness, the aesthetic focus fall-off and elegant bokeh. The lenses are extremely flexible and can be used equally well for science fiction thrillers as well as for dramas.
Compact and Lightweight
"Weighing an average of 1600 grams (3.5 pounds), ZEISS Supreme Primes are significantly lighter and smaller than comparable lenses on the market,” says Casenave. With these compact and lightweight lenses, ZEISS is responding to many camera operators’ desire for compact equipment that stills meets the highest standards of quality. “ZEISS Supreme Primes are unbelievably rugged and reliable. Regardless of whether filming in the desert or in the Arctic, the lenses perform flawlessly. And in the event that something should ever break, our worldwide service network provides fast and professional help.”
ZEISS eXtended Data Metadata Technology
The ZEISS Supreme Primes are equipped with the ZEISS eXtended Data metadata technology. Introduced in 2017, ZEISS eXtended Data provides frame by frame data on lens vignetting and distortion in addition to the standard lens metadata provided using Cooke's /i technology1 protocol. This greatly speeds up the entire film production’s workflow. When using visual effects for example, with only a few clicks, the lens properties can be removed so that computer-generated effects imagery can be accurately applied to the captured imagery. The lens properties can then be reapplied with the same click of a button and combined with the film material to create a realistic image. Previously, all of the data had to be measured manually so that it could be corrected in post-production. But ZEISS eXtended Data eliminates this time-consuming job.
Price and Availability
The first ZEISS Supreme Primes lenses with focal lengths of 25, 29, 35, 50, and 85 millimeters will be available starting on August 1, 2018. The ZEISS Supreme Prime 100 millimeter will be available in December 2018. The set of six lenses, consisting of the focal lengths mentioned above, is available from ZEISS Cinema lens dealers for $108,000.00 USD. The remaining focal lengths will be released successively until 2020.
B&H carries ZEISS lenses.
Post Date: 5/24/2018 7:57:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Well, it looks like Tamron will be announcing an update to their Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens in the very near future as B&H has the new lens, the similarly named Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens, available for preorder in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts.
Product Highlights
  • 28.8-432mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/40
  • Three Low Dispersion Elements
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • BBAR and Fluorine Coatings
  • PZD Autofocus Motor
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
Categories: Preorders, Tamron News
Post Date: 5/24/2018 6:54:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
05/23/2018 – Digital Imaging Reporter recently asked 85 retail photography dealers to indicate their favorite products in 12 different categories based on product quality, support and ease of selling. According to the magazine’s editors, “For the third year in a row, Think Tank Photo carried the day, winning the bag category with 48% of the votes going to its StreetWalker series.”
The StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0 is so spacious, it will fit two DSLR bodies with lenses attached (including a 200-400mm f/4), and a 15” laptop. The StreetWalker HardDrive V2.0 backpack fits two bodies with lenses attached or a gripped body with a 200–400mm f/4 attached, a 15” laptop and a 13” tablet. The StreetWalker Pro V2.0 backpack fits two bodies with lens attached or a 400mm f/2.8 unattached, and a 10” table. And, the StreetWalker V2.0 backpack fits one gripped DSLR with 70–200mm f/2.8 attached, one standard DSLR with 24–70mm f/2.8 attached, a 16–35mm f/2.8, and a 10” tablet.
StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0
  • Comfortable harness system allows you to roll the bag or carry it on your back
  • Dedicated laptop compartment that holds up to a 15” laptop
  • Fits two bodies with lenses attached including a 200–400mm f/4
  • Specially designed interior to maximize gear for carry-on, meets most U.S. and International airline carry-on requirements
  • Reinforced telescoping handle with rubberized touch points
  • Tripod mount on front panel
  • Dedicated smartphone pocket fits today’s large phones with a 5.5” (14cm) screen size
  • Lockable YKK RC Fuse zipper sliders (lock not included)
  • Two side water bottle pockets and two side zippered pockets
  • YKK RC Fuse zippers, ballistic nylon, high-density velex and closed cell PU foam are the highest quality materials in the industry
  • Custom-designed, high-performance, 80mm wheels with sealed ABEC grade 5 bearings for quiet rolling
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
  • User-replaceable retractable handle, wheels, wheel housings, feet and kick plate extends product life
  • Adjustable dividers allow a customized fit for your DSLR or Mirrorless gear
  • Hypalon reinforced rear panel for increased durability
  • Shoulder harness pockets, D-rings, daisy chain and adjustable sternum strap
StreetWalker Backpacks V2.0
  • Tripod mount on front panel (tripod cup for larger tripods included on Pro and HardDrive versions)
  • Padded shoulder straps comfortable for all day trekking
  • YKK RC Fuse zippers, ballistic nylon, high density velex and closed-cell PU foam are the highest quality materials in the industry
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
  • Adjustable dividers allow you to customize the fit of your DSLR or Mirrorless gear
  • Two side water bottle pockets and two side zippered pockets
  • Dedicated smartphone pocket fits today’s large phones with a 5.5” (14cm) screen size
  • Removable webbing waist belt detaches easily
  • Lockable YKK RC Fuse zipper sliders (lock not included)
  • Interior clear zippered pockets for accessories
  • Organizer pocket
  • Shoulder harness pockets, D-rings, daisy chain and adjustable sternum strap
  • Clear business card holder on top panel for identification
  • Compatible with Camera Support Straps (sold separately)
  • Compatible with our Thin Skin and Pro Speed Camera Belts (sold separately)
Think Tank Photo has the StreetWalker series in stock and you'll get a free gift when using our links for your purchase ($50.00 minimum purchase required).
Post Date: 5/24/2018 5:23:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 23, 2018
From Sigma:
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
We would like to announce that a firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E is now available. This firmware update makes the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E compatible with the new product SIGMA 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art for Canon.
* 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
Benefit of the Update
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art for Canon
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
B&H carries the Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 EF-E.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 5/23/2018 7:43:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Rick Sammon
Having just returned from another photo-successful safari to Africa, where I photographed the handsome lion that opens this article, I thought I’d put together some thoughts on how you can make a photo safari a photo success. After all, a photo safari to Africa is an once-in-a-lifetime experience for many travelers; so coming home with a selection of great photographs that tell the story of the amazing adventure is a top priority – in addition to having fun!
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/23/2018 7:25:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 22, 2018

From the Pond5 YouTube Channel:
The importance of well-mixed audio in a video project can’t be overstated. Dialogue, ambient noise, sound effects, and music all need to be mixed together properly to enhance the viewer’s experience. Here are 5 basic audio mixing techniques for editing video.
Post Date: 5/22/2018 2:31:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

In this video, Julieanne Kost goes over several shortcuts for using Point Type in in Photoshop CC.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 5/22/2018 1:03:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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