SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II Memory Card Provides the Fastest Memory Card Shot Speed and the Highest Video Performance Available
ILPITAS, Calif., Feb. 12, 2014 — SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card. It is the world’s fastest SD memory card, and is based on the latest high performance SD specification. The new SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II card offers up to 250MB/s write speeds for continuous burst mode shooting and transfer speeds of up to 280MB/s for maximum workflow efficiency. The SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II card is UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) enabled, a new specification allowing for high-quality 4K video recording.
“Camera manufacturers are rapidly introducing camera models for both consumers and professionals that are capable of higher burst rates and 4K video capture. Accordingly, memory card technology must move at a similar pace to provide users with the substantial performance required to take full advantage of these features,” said Christopher Chute, research director, Worldwide Digital Imaging, IDC. “The higher levels of performance delivered by the new SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II card will help ensure that photographers, videographers and filmmakers are able to take advantage of the full capabilities of new professional-grade cameras.”
Optimized for the next generation of high-end DSLRs and pro video cameras that support the UHS-II standard, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II card delivers the uncompromising results that professional photographers demand. Fast write speeds of up to 250MB/s allows users to take high-resolution images, such as RAW and JPEG, in succession. In addition to industry-leading read and write speeds, the card offers the highest video performance available for sustained video capture of 30MB/s (U3), allowing capture of cinema-quality 4K, 3D and Full HD videos.
“The new SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II card shatters the existing barrier of UHS-I limitations, delivering speeds up to three times faster than current cards,” said Susan Park, director, product marketing, SanDisk. “As leaders in the flash storage industry, our goal is to deliver the fastest memory cards on the market, enabling next generation cameras to take advantage of new levels of performance. This is another example of our legacy of innovation and technology leadership in the digital imaging and video industries.”
“FUJIFILM has announced the world’s first UHS-II compatible digital camera, the X-T1,” said Toshihisa Iida, senior manager, Optical Device and Electronic Imaging Products Division, FUJIFILM Corporation. “The performance delivered by the new SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II card will ensure that photographers can take full advantage of the FUJIFILM X-T1, which provides an advanced photographic experience including the highest-standard image quality, as well as fast shooting speed and response.”
SanDisk Extreme PRO memory cards are tested for durability under extreme temperature conditions and backed by a lifetime limited warranty. The cards also include a one-year downloadable offer for RescuePRO Deluxe media recovery software, which helps photographers recover their images in case of accidental deletion.
SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II Card Reader/Writer
SanDisk is also announcing the SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II Card Reader/Writer, the world’s first SDHC/SDXC UHS-II memory card reader/writer, designed to increase workflow efficiency. Small enough for fieldwork, the compact reader is built to handle the high-performance demands of UHS-II card technology. This reader/writer features a USB 3.0 interface, which is capable of transferring card content up to 500MB/s, 10 times faster than a USB 2.0 interface.
Pricing and Availability
SanDisk Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards are scheduled for worldwide availability in April in 16GB to 64GB capacities carrying MSRPs of $119.99 to $299.99.
Canon's crown jewel of compacts, the PowerShot G1X Mark II boasts the best imaging performance ever seen in a Canon compact camera, making it the perfect addition to your photography bag.
Without a doubt, a true photographer's point and shoot, the Canon developed 12.8 MP High Sensitivity large format CMOS sensor and fast f/2.0 zoom lens makes the PowerShot G1X Mark II the latest, most advanced and highest quality high performance compact camera yet!
Plus, with Wi-Fi, NFC and remote shooting, the G1X Mark II easily connects to other devices so you can share your images with ease.
Discover the perfect entry into the world of SLR photography with the EOS Rebel T5 digital camera.
B&H has the Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens available for preorder.
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Few concrete details of Nikon's next generation flagship DSLR – the D4s – have emerged. However, the product listing over at Adorama may provide some insight:
"Nikon D4S 24 Megapixel HD-SLR Camera with 36.0x23.9mm CMOS Sensor, 11 FPS, 51 Point AF System"
There's still no official word on when the Nikon D4s will hit the shelves or what its MSRP will be.
Update: The listing has been removed by Adorama.
There was only a small mention of the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II buried in the Rebel T5 announcement last night. Thankfully, Canon Professional Network has published a little more information on the new ring light.
"Canon has expanded the EOS System with the launch of the new Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II. Designed for enthusiast and professional DSLR photographers who are passionate about macro photography, the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II provides incredible flexibility to light and shoot a diverse range of subjects, and features independent flash heads, increased responsiveness and enhanced Custom Functions."
See more information at Canon Professional Network.
From Canon USA:
Ideal for Entry-level Digital SLR Users, the New EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera Helps Users Confidently Capture Outstanding Still and Video Images
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 11, 2014– Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera - the latest model in the company's popular EOS Rebel lineup. The new camera provides entry-level photographers with an affordable way to take their imaging skills to the next level. Incorporating an 18.0 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and a high-performance DIGIC 4 image processor, the EOS Rebel T5 camera delivers improved functionality with the speed and high quality needed to create impressive images - even in low light.
The new EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR camera offers users an extensive ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 12800) to accommodate shooting situations from bright, natural outdoor lighting to dimly lit indoor settings. The camera can also automatically lock-in on moving subjects with ease using the EOS Rebel T5 camera's nine-point AF system (including one center cross-type AF point). With help from the AI Servo AF, users can benefit from the camera's outstanding autofocus capabilities. The new EOS Rebel T5 camera also offers a continuous shooting mode of up-to three frames per second (fps) to help photographers capture the action at children's activities, sporting events and more. Images can then be easily viewed on the camera's large three-inch LCD monitor.
"The EOS Rebel T5 camera is designed for entry-level DSLR photographers looking to expand their creative options and advance their photography skills," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "The improved functionality of this new EOS Rebel camera will help them do just that as it intelligently guides users on how to pinpoint their perfect shot and capture high-quality images and videos worth sharing."
Detailed, High-Quality Images
Photo enthusiasts can capture high-quality images that are true-to-life in color, sharpness and contrast with the EOS Rebel T5 camera's 18.0 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor. Shooting is also made easy thanks to the EOS Rebel T5 camera's Intelligent Auto mode that helps deliver expertly optimized photos and offers improved scene detection, especially useful for shooting at night.
The Canon Rebel EOS Rebel T5 camera is also compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses as well as other accessories like the new Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II. Ideal for close-up photography with EF Macro lenses, the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II supports E-TTL wireless autoflash in conjunction with one or more Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash units.
Full HD Video Capture
The camera's Full HD Movie mode helps make shooting high-quality 1080p movies simple. Capable of shooting in a number of recording sizes and frame rates, the EOS Rebel T5 enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features, as well as in-camera editing.
Intuitive Design and Full Creative Control
The new EOS Rebel T5 camera offers a full creative feature set - providing a variety of effects and settings to enhance photographs and video. Whether adding contrast for a more dramatic effect or boosting exposure for additional brightness, Canon's EOS Rebel T5 camera will guide users on how to hone their photo editing skills and view their original photographs from a new visual perspective. The camera features fun, creative filters including Toy Camera, Fisheye and Miniature Effect enabling photographers to expand their creativity.
The EOS lineup is known for its easy-to-operate, intuitive camera models that deliver high-quality images. Canon's latest DSLR camera offers advanced imaging features such as Basic+ and Creative Auto to direct entry-level photo enthusiasts through making camera setting adjustments. The camera's built-in Feature Guide offers short descriptions of shooting modes, setting and effects for easy operation no matter what the shooting situation. This function is designed to guide and educate first-time users on the EOS camera settings, and will also intelligently provide recommendations while shooting in certain settings.
The Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera bundled with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens is scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $549.99.
B&H has the Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens and MR-14EX II Macro Ring Light available for preorder.
From Canon USA:
Canon's Latest G-series Digital Camera Features a New Type of 1.5-Inch CMOS Sensor, 5x Zoom Lens, Wi-Fi and NFC Capabilities, Full HD and A Three-Inch Touch Tilt LCD Screen
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 11, 2014 – Building upon the success of the PowerShot G1 X digital camera, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today unveiled its new flagship PowerShot G1 X Mark II, a digital camera designed to meet the evolving needs of today's professional and advanced amateur photographers.
Boasting a sensor that is 4.5x larger than a 1/1.7" sensor found in professional level point-and-shoot cameras, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera can produce high-quality images with a wide dynamic range. It features a new type of 1.5-inch, 12.8 megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, made by Canon, allowing for optimum performance with an ISO range of 100-12800. This sensor, combined with the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, comprises the Canon HS SYSTEM resulting in faster autofocusing speeds over the PowerShot G1 X camera, allowing photographers to capture detailed, vivid images even in low-light conditions.
Featuring a newly-developed f/2.0 - f/3.9, 5x optical zoom lens (equivalent 24-120mm zoom range) with Dual Control Rings, this new camera provides customized zooming and focus-functionality similar to a DSLR camera. With this wide of an aperture, photographers have the ability to isolate their subjects by separating them from a background that is blurred. This gives more control and creative possibilities when using a PowerShot camera. The Dual Control Rings include a Step Ring to adjust various customizable settings and a Continuous Ring to make focusing adjustments during manual focus, as well as additional customizable settings for manual shooting. The new lens also features a nine-blade aperture to provide beautiful, blurred backgrounds even at full-zoom range.
"The new high-end PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera delivers incredible, professional-level shooting capabilities in a compact camera body making it the ideal second camera for DSLR shooters," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "In addition, with the introduction of advanced wireless capabilities such as NFC and enhanced low-light shooting and autofocusing, the G1 X Mark II is a well-rounded professional-level camera that allows photographers to get creative."
Improved Operation and Performance
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera is equipped with a new type of Canon-made, 1.5-inch CMOS sensor to help achieve optimal performance from low to high ISO speeds. It has a default aspect ratio of 3:2 which is the same ratio the advanced user has come to expect when shooting with a DSLR camera. If the photographer wants to switch to a 4:3 ratio, it can be done without impacting the field of view.
The new PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera uses 31 Auto Focus (AF) points, compared to the PowerShot G1 X camera that uses nine AF points, resulting in improved autofocus capabilities allowing the user to easily compose the image and focus on a specific subject in the frame. Utilizing the bright, capacitive touch, three-inch tilt LCD on the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera helps provide flexibility in shooting by tilting 180 degrees up and 45 degrees down.
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera is also compatible with Canon's new optional electronic viewfinder that mounts to the hot shoe. A new optional grip* will also be available for the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera. These accessories are ideal for photographers looking for the feel of a DSLR camera with the portability of a point-and-shoot camera.
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi technology, so users can share still images and videos online quickly and easily using compatible mobile devices.1 Using the Mobile Device Connect button, users can connect to a smartphone, a tablet or a Wi-Fi enabled computer. Connection to the computer is easily done using Canon iMAGE GATEWAY 2 through the cloud. For even easier connectivity, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera introduces Near Field Communication (NFC)** - a first for Canon's G-series cameras - so transferring photos to a compatible Android device can be simple and intuitive. This digital camera's new remote shooting feature also allows the user to sync the G1 X Mark II with a smartphone or tablet and utilize the shutter, optical zoom and self-timer features from that device.
Extensive Shooting Modes
Ideal for portrait photography, the camera's Background Defocus mode softens the background behind a subject to help users create professional-looking portraits. In addition, simply pressing the camera's dedicated movie button allows photographers to capture 1080p Full HD video with ease. And, as commonly found in most DSLR cameras, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera has a full range of shooting and recording modes, including 14-bit RAW + JPEG, for outstanding creative control.
Unique to Canon PowerShot Digital Cameras, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera features Advanced Star Mode with four options to capture images of starry night skies with impeccable quality. The "Star Portrait" and "Star Nightscape" modes help capture the radiance of stars while still allowing you to capture the subject. The "Star Trails" mode captures video trails of stars to turn trails into a luminous still image, while the "Star Time Lapse Movie" mode will shoot images of star movement and then combine the images to make a film that shows the movement of the stars, creating a truly stunning video.
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II digital camera will be available starting in April for a retail price of $799.99.
From Canon USA:
New Pocket-size PowerShot ELPH 150 IS, PowerShot ELPH 140 IS and PowerShot ELPH 135 Digital Cameras Feature High-Quality Optics, Outstanding Performance and HD Video Capabilities
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 11, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announces the addition of three new versatile and high-performance PowerShot digital cameras to its ELPH lineup. The ultra-compact PowerShot ELPH 150 IS, PowerShot ELPH 140 IS and PowerShot ELPH 135 digital cameras are ideal for capturing sharp, high-quality images and video.
Each new PowerShot ELPH digital camera features a powerful zoom lens and image sensor combined with the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor providing clear, crisp and vivid images. In addition, all three cameras are equipped with a dedicated movie button, allowing users to quickly capture meaningful memories in 720p HD video.
Canon's new PowerShot ELPH digital cameras are designed with ease-of-use in mind, enabling users to enhance their photography through a series of intuitive features. In Smart AUTO mode, each camera will analyze the scene at-hand and select the optimal camera setting. ECO mode can reduce battery consumption by dimming and eventually turning off the LCD screen when not in use, helping to increase the number of shots and time capturing video in-between charging cycles. In addition, the convenient Help Button offers a quick and easy way to uncover the potential of each camera by explaining the functionality of various settings and features.
"These new PowerShot ELPH cameras are ideal for those individuals who realize that their everyday moments are worth capturing on a dedicated digital camera that delivers stunning image quality," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
PowerShot ELPH 150 IS digital camera
The PowerShot ELPH 150 IS digital camera is equipped with an impressive 10x optical zoom lens and 20.0 megapixel sensor, enabling users to capture photos with outstanding image quality. In addition, this digital camera features Intelligent IS - a setting that automatically chooses from eight different modes to help optimize image stabilization based on various shooting conditions.
The PowerShot ELPH 150 IS digital camera will be available starting in February for a retail price of $149.99 in a variety of colors - blue, red, silver and black.
PowerShot ELPH 140 IS digital camera
The PowerShot ELPH 140 IS digital camera also delivers high-quality imaging capabilities with a powerful 8x optical zoom lens and 16.0 megapixel sensor. Like the PowerShot ELPH 150 IS, the PowerShot ELPH 140 IS digital camera features Intelligent IS mode helping to make shooting both simple and intuitive.
The PowerShot ELPH 140 IS digital camera will be available starting in February for a retail price of $129.99 in two colors - gray and red.
PowerShot ELPH 135
Also featuring an 8x optical zoom lens and 16.0 megapixel sensor, the PowerShot ELPH 135 digital camera offers stunning imaging capabilities at a budget-friendly price.
The PowerShot ELPH 135 digital camera will be available starting February for a retail price of $119.99 in black, silver, red and purple.
From Canon USA:
The New, Super-Zoom PowerShot SX700 HS and Waterproof PowerShot D30 Digital Cameras Deliver Outstanding Performance and Versatility
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 11, 2014– Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of the new super-zoom PowerShot SX700 HS and the adventure-ready, waterproof PowerShot D30 to the PowerShot line of compact digital cameras.
The stylish and pocket-sized PowerShot SX700 HS camera features an impressive 30x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 25-750mm zoom range), built-in Wi-Fi, and Near Field Communication (NFC)1 capabilities helping to ensure high-quality images can be captured and easily shared. This focal range will allow a user to be able to photograph a flower that is close but also have the zoom to capture an image of wildlife that is in the distance - all in a compact camera. The new PowerShot D30 camera is the world's deepest waterproof camera*, allowing for shooting up to 82 feet below sea level. This ready-for-adventure camera is also shockproof and cold and heat resistant. Both cameras produce breathtaking low-light images and offer 1080p full high-definition video so moving and still images can be clearly captured in many different environments.
"With the PowerShot SX700 HS camera's incredible long-zoom capabilities and the PowerShot D30 camera's ability to shoot underwater at a world-record depth of 82 feet, these cameras are capable of inspiring creativity when photographing wildlife, marine-life or everyday adventures," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "In addition, consumers now have two excellent new digital camera options that allow them to create images and video that are not only high in quality, but easy and fun to use."
The PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera
The 30x optical zoom PowerShot SX700 HS camera combines a 16.1 megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 6 Image Processor to create the Canon HS SYSTEM -allowing for excellent low-light performance. With Canon's Intelligent IS, the PowerShot SX700 HS camera automatically chooses from various settings to help optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition.
The Wi-Fi connectivity options in the PowerShot SX700 HS camera allows users to easily share beautiful images online with family and friends. Using the Mobile Device Connect Button, users can connect to a compatible smartphone, a compatible tablet or a Wi-Fi enabled computer. Connection to the computer is easily done using Canon iMAGE GATEWAY through the cloud2. For easy Wi-Fi connectivity, built-in NFC allows quick and simple pairing to compatible Android devices. With NFC, users press the Mobile Device Connect Button and tap their NFC-enabled Android device to the PowerShot SX700 HS camera to send images from the camera to their compatible smartphone with ease. For even more convenience, photographers can control the camera remotely via the free Canon Camera Window app3 from virtually anywhere with their compatible iOS or Android device3. After composing the image, the photographer controls the shutter from their compatible smartphone, so that the photographer can be included in the shot.
Zoom Framing Assist Auto has been enhanced to make it easier to keep a subject that is at a far distance in the frame of view. The camera also records high-quality 1080p/60p Full HD video through a dedicated movie button. The Hybrid AUTO mode allows users to record up-to four seconds of video every time a still image is taken, and then automatically joins the clips and pictures into a video that captures the essence of a vacation, an important event, or any time you are shooting many shots in a day. Hybrid Auto automatically recognizes the scene and optimizes camera settings to capture the highest possible image quality to create a great looking highlight reel in 720p HD video.
The PowerShot SX700 HS camera also features Creative Shot mode. Creative Shot mode is an easy yet powerful tool to add artistic effects to photos. In Creative Shot mode, users compose a shot and the camera analyzes the photo to apply a series of artistic elements. Creative Shot mode includes four categories with 46 filters total. The four filter categories are: Retro, Monochrome, Special, and Natural. Before an image is captured, users choose one of the four filter types and Creative Shot will automatically render five different variations of the shot in different composition, color and lighting styles, delivering creative, new perspectives automatically while still maintaining the original image.
The PowerShot D30 Digital Camera
The PowerShot D30, Canon's latest waterproof camera, provides an ideal solution for those in need of a durable digital camera that can handle different adventures. The PowerShot D30 camera is waterproof to a record-breaking 82-feet below sea level, giving the open water diver 23 more feet of depth to explore in their underwater environment. The PowerShot D30 camera is also temperature-resistant from 14 degrees to 104 degrees Fahrenheit and shockproof to 6.5 feet. A great travel companion, the PowerShot D30 camera's built-in GPS** tracker remembers where and when photos were taken so images can be captured along with the date, time and location of each moment.
With its sleek design and comfortable grip, the PowerShot D30 camera can quickly adapt from under-to-above-water shooting environments through the camera's new Sunlight LCD mode. This feature reduces glare when shooting above water so capturing and sharing outdoor photos is easier than ever before. While in the water, however, the PowerShot D30 camera screen is bright and intuitive for easy, hassle free use. Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on 32 predefined shooting situations giving users the best possible shot composition - while Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to help image stabilization for the shooting condition.
In addition, the PowerShot D30 camera also delivers excellent low-light shooting capabilities through the Canon HS SYSTEM - powered by a 12.1 megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor DIGIC 4 Image Processor. The PowerShot D30 camera also records stunning 1080p full HD videos through an easy-to-access dedicated movie button so moving images can be captured the instant they happen.
Pricing and Availability
The PowerShot SX700 HS digital camera will be available starting in March for a retail price of $349.99 in black or red.
The Canon Digital Learning Center (CDLC) has updated its EOS 1D X AF Setting Guidebook (PDF, 12.2MB) to reflect changes implemented in the 1D X's newest firmware (v2.0.3).
Before the firmware update, nearly all of the information in the 1D X Settings Guidebook applied to the 5D Mark III as well as the 1DX. After the update, the 1D X AF system differs from the 5D Mark III in the following ways:
Even considering the recent changes reflected in the text, most 5D Mark III owners will find most of the information in the 1DX AF Settings Guidebook to be illuminating, relevant and useful.
Download the EOS 1D X AF Setting Guidebook (PDF, 12.2MB) for more information.
See behind the scenes information and production images over at planet5D.
From the Canon Digital Learning Center Blog (post by Dan Carr):
"When winter rolls around, many landscapes go through dramatic changes that open up new possibilities for great photos. Snow-laden trees, icicles, frost patterns on foliage and winter sports are just a few of the many options. While many cameras are designed to work flawlessly at even down to 32 °F (0 °C), most will operate beyond this with a few simple precautions.
If you take a camera into a cold environment, the first thing you might notice is that battery life begins to drop. By 32 °F (0 °C), you might only lose 10% of the battery’s potential, but if it grows colder then it starts to become more noticeable. The first step to combat this is to keep your spare batteries inside your clothing, as close to your body as possible. In moderately cold conditions, this will be more than enough to keep the batteries within a normal operating range. It might be tempting to keep smaller point-and-shoot cameras inside your layers as well, but even in cold temperatures, we sweat when exerting energy like when you’re walking through deep snow or skiing. This sweating will cause condensation on your lens and potentially inside your camera, so it’s best to keep smaller cameras in a backpack or outer pocket."
Check out the full article on the Canon Digital Learning Center Blog.
In May of last year, we posted William Bennett's guide on how to create a wireless tethering solution for the 1D X for less than $100.00. In the post, we pointed out that a battery-powered wireless router might be better than relying on a traditional router and an external battery source.
When I published the wireless tethering post, I purchased the TP-LINK battery-powered wireless router just to play around with. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a way to use it to tether my 5D Mark III because the 5D III doesn't have an ethernet port like the 1D X. That meant I had to use the USB port for communicating with the camera. As it turns out, I was not proficient enough in programming or networking to get wireless tethering to work with the 5D III.
Still wanting a wireless tethering solution, I looked for other ways of accomplishing the task. In October, I was able to wirelessly control my Canon EOS 7D using DSLR Controller paired with an Android TV dongle. While the setup worked, it wasn't perfect – the connection was buggy and the Android TV dongle needed an auxiliary power source (which added considerable bulk).
Fast forward to last week when I found DSLR Controller's walk-through for converting the TP-Link Portable Router into a wireless remote. The conversion requires that you flash your router with a custom firmware
which basically renders it useless for any of its original purposes (see Note below). One quick firmware update later, I was rolling.
Ever since my first DSLR, I've used self-portraits to experiement with new gear and new techniques. Self-portraits are great because the subject is always available and amazingly patient as you endlessly play with your new gear. ;-)
In standard fashion, I decided to test the DSLR Controller + TP-Link Portable Wireless Router setup by creating a self portrait. I set up the background and lights and connected the router to my tripod mounted 5D III via the USB port and started shooting.
[Diagram courtesy of LightingDiagrams.com]
|Position||Light and Modifier|
|Camera Right, Behind Subject||Canon Speedlite 580EX with 24" Lastolite Ezybox w/ Grid|
|Camera Left, Behind Subject||Canon Speedlite 580EX with Rogue FlashBender Large (as flag)|
|Camera Left, Front of Subject||Canon Speedlite 580EX with Impact Collapsible Oval Reflector|
Flashes were triggered by PocketWizard PlusX transceivers. The background was a Botero #037 Collapsible Reversible Background (Black/White).
Using DSLR Controller + TP-LINK Portable WiFi Router
Admittedly, I had some trouble getting DSLR Controller to connect with my Google Nexus 7 (original version) using the TP-Link Portable WiFi Router. However, once connected, everything worked quite well. The refresh rate on my Nexus 7 was very good; Live View video was very smooth. Exposure controls, camera settings and focus were relatively easy to manipulate using DSLR Controller. Being able to see the camera's Live View video made framing the self-portrait incredibly easy (and fun).
The DSLR Controller app + Portable WiFi Router combination can be used for so much more than making self-portraits easier. Some of my favorite features include HDR capture, timelapse, and focus stacking.
Speaking of focus stacking, I used DSLR Controller with the Portable WiFi Router hooked up to my EOS 7D and EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens (set to f/8) to create the image of the almond seen below. The final image was created by stacking 38 incrementally focused images with CombineZP (free focus-stacking software).
DSLR Controller even has a "Strobe Recharge Delay" setting that enables you to specify a time delay between shots so that any flashes you're using have time to recharge. For the shot above, a strobe delay setting of 3 seconds allowed my PocketWizard PlusX-triggered 580EX with LumiQuest Softbox LTp to recharge and prevent overheating.
I had absolutely no issues getting DSLR Controller to connect with my "wireless" EOS 7D. The setup worked flawlessly. After easily and reliably being able to connect the setup with my 7D, I tried trouble shooting the setup with my 5D Mark III. I finally figured out that TP-Link Portable WiFi Router simply takes a while to estabilish a connection with the camera (more than 60 seconds). DSLR Controller has some tips for troubleshooting issues on their FAQs, so you may want to read over those if you have trouble getting DSLR Controller to connect.
Update: Regarding the 5D III specifically, I've noticed that DSLR Controller will not want to connect if you are recording images to one card and playing them back using the secondary memory card. Be sure that your "Record func+card/folder sel." setting has "Playback" set to Card 1.
I've also had more success with these steps as opposed to the ones listed on DSLR Controller's website (again, specifically regarding the 5D III). If the connection steps on DSLR Conroller's website don't work for you, try this:
Although I was using an original Google Nexus 7 tablet, DSLR Controller notes that some people have experienced issues with the newer Nexus 7 FHD tablet released in 2013. If you're wanting to purchase a tablet specifically for DSLR Controller use, I'd stick with the original Google Nexus 7 or another device listed as compatible with DSLR Controller.
Despite the connection issues with my 5D III, I'm really happy and excited about this setup. Once everything gets connected the setup works beautifully. I've been having tons of fun with it and I've barely scratched the surface of what DSLR Controller can do. If you already own a compatible Android phone or tablet, then the DSLR Controller App ($7.99) and TP-LINK TL-MR3040 3G/4G Wireless N150 Portable Router ($34.99) combination can be more fun and creatively inspiring than the [small] financial investement would suggest.
Note: Jorrit Jongma, the developer of DSLR Controller, reached out to me and requested I mention a couple of things. The custom firmware loaded on the TP-Link portable router is OpenWRT firmware which should offer many of the same features (and more) of the original firmware (although converting the device back to the original firmware can be tricky). Also, if your camera features built-in Wi-Fi (like the EOS 6D and 70D), DSLR Controller will work directly with your camera (and offers more functionality than Canon's OEM WiFi app).
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From MindShift Gear:
Designed for those who want quick access outdoors to their cameras, binoculars, GPS devices, nature identification books, maps, iPads, and more, the rotation180° Panorama’s beltpack rotates to the front for quick gear access and without first having to take off the backpack or even stop hiking. Its upper compartment has room for a 3 liter hydration bladder, jackets, food, and the like.
In addition, MindShift is making available for order two new products for outdoor photographers:
By placing your order now, you are guaranteed of receiving your gear in this first shipment being received by MindShift Gear. The gear is scheduled to ship in early March.
Learn why you need gel filters for your flash and learn how this kit can take your flash photography to another level.
Nikon has just announced a new round of lens rebates. The savings begin February 9 and will end March 1, so take advantage of the rebates while you can!
Nikon Lenses Eligible for Rebates
|Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S DX Lens||$150.00|
|Nikon 16-35mm f/4G AF-S VR Lens||$300.00|
|Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens||$100.00|
|Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR II Lens||$250.00|
|Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S VR Lens||$100.00|
|Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens||$150.00|
|Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens||$400.00|
|Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens||$100.00|
|Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro Lens||$30.00|
|Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens||$100.00|
|Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens||$20.00|
|Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens||$100.00|
|Nikon 85mm f/3.5G AF-S DX VR Micro Lens||$100.00|
|Nikon 105mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Micro Lens||$185.00|
In the Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter review, I included a photo of a large spoonful of tiny balls of candy. I thought you might appreciate knowing more about this image, so I'll share the recipe:
1. Clamp a melon-baller (my large "spoon") over a clean black back-painted glass surface using a Delta Clamp and fill it until overflowing with cookie/cake sprinkles (the tiny balls of candy).
4. Attach a Rogue FlashBender Softbox XL to the 600EX-RT.
5. While handholding the flash and softbox, trigger the image capture using a Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote.
The result is this image. While the reflection created by the Rogue Softbox is not as smooth as those delivered by more expensive softboxes, the reflection is not bad. One might think that a cloudy sky was the source the reflection.
Overall, I like the bright candy colors in this otherwise monochromatic scene. Images like this are easy to create with the right gear available.
Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM for Sigma, Canon and Nikon fittings are scheduled to start the shipment towards the end of this month.
From Nikon:Waterproof and Shockproof, the Family-Friendly COOLPIX S32 is a Must-Have for Every Family Moment
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the family-friendly COOLPIX S32, a fun and durable compact camera that practically anyone in the household can use. Ready to endure the elements of nearly any family outing, this sturdy point-and-shoot is waterproof (up to 33 feet, 10m) and shockproof*(1) (up to 5 feet, 1.5m). The S32 also includes a 2.7-inch (6.7cm) LCD display with an intuitive graphic user interface that makes photography easy for every family member, and the durable body will help ease worried parents’ minds.
“Every day can seem like an adventure for busy families, so Nikon designed the COOLPIX S32 to be tough and easy-to-use,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “With Nikon’s trusted image quality, capturing memorable photos and HD videos will be one less thing parents have to worry about.”
Users can relive the memories of a family vacation through beautiful photos and Full HD (1080p) videos thanks to the S32’s 13.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and 3x optical zoom that help to deliver clear images and video, rain or shine. The family can enjoy their favorite moments together with unique playback options, including an in-camera slide show. From taking the first photo of an annual vacation to laughing over a short video at the end of a fun day, the COOLPIX S32 makes photography a family affair. The S32 also includes user friendly features like Motion Detection, Smart Portrait System, as well as Scene Modes and Effects, which will help capture and create that special moment with ease, regardless of which family member is behind the camera.
Price and Availability
The COOLPIX S32 will be in available in March 2014 in White and Blue for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $129.95.
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the latest additions to its impressive lineup of COOLPIX cameras that offer incredible optics and great performance. With a myriad of easy-to-use, creative features, the 60x zoom COOLPIX P600 and 42x zoom COOLPIX P530 provide super-long zoom lenses and the versatility needed to capture images and Full HD videos both near and far. Additionally, the ultra-slim, 30x zoom COOLPIX S9700 and the powerful COOLPIX P340 provide exceptional image quality while fitting comfortably in any pocket.
“Incorporating legendary NIKKOR optics, these new COOLPIX cameras provide users with incredible zoom capability and low-light performance that helps produce unrivaled sharpness and detail in their photos and HD videos,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “Users will enjoy capturing amazing photos and Full HD videos from a distance, along with the ability to share unforgettable moments with family and friends instantly.”
New High Power Zooms Allow Users to Get Closer Than Ever Before
COOLPIX P600: Pushing NIKKOR optics to great lengths, the new COOLPIX P600 boasts an impressive 60x optical zoom from a wide-angle 24mm to an unbelievable 1440mm (35mm equivalent) range with the capability to reach even further using 120x Dynamic Fine Zoom. Lens Shift Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization is also incorporated to help reduce the effects of camera shake, allowing users to capture clear photos from incredible distances. With built-in Wi-Fi? connectivity, users can show off these amazing photos with family and friends immediately by transferring images to a compatible smart device and uploading them to their social networks.
In addition to photographing from a distance, the P600 also lets the user compose the ideal photo or video from any angle with help from a high resolution (921k-dot) 3.0-inch (7.5cm) Vari-angle LCD display. Users can shoot above a crowd at a sold-out concert or get low to capture a baby’s first steps. With a 16.1-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, the COOLPIX P600 is capable of capturing detailed photos and Full HD 1080/60i video, even in challenging lighting conditions. The P600 also sports advanced features that appeal to serious photographers including full manual controls (P, S, A, M), an electronic viewfinder and an improved battery life that allows up to approximately 330 shots per charge. What’s more, the new Moon and Bird Watching Scene modes make it easier than ever to enjoy the extreme zoom range.
COOLPIX P530: The new COOLPIX P530 also demonstrates the capabilities of NIKKOR optics through an astounding 42x optical zoom with a 24-1000mm range (35mm equivalent) and 84x Dynamic Fine Zoom that gets the user even closer. This long-zoom offering affords the ability to capture subjects at otherwise unreachable distances in clear detail thanks to Lens Shift VR image stabilization, which helps minimize camera shake. At the core of the P530 is a 16.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor that delivers beautiful photos and Full HD 1080/60i videos. Whether a user is looking to grow their photography skills or wanting more control over every shot, the P530 includes full manual controls (P, S, A, M). To help frame stunning photos and HD videos, the COOLPIX P530 sports a 3.0-inch (7.5cm) LCD monitor and a built-in electronic viewfinder, while users can also share their creations with friends and family when connected to the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter.
COOLPIX S9700: With a 30x optical zoom (25-750mm, 35mm equivalent) and 60x Dynamic Fine Zoom packed into a compact body, the new COOLPIX S9700 is putting the power of NIKKOR optics into the hands of users who demand high quality images from a camera small enough to keep up with their active lifestyle. To help eliminate camera shake when utilizing this impressive zoom range, the S9700 incorporates Lens Shift VR image stabilization for share-worthy portraits or action shots. Sharing can happen immediately with the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi1 capability by transferring images to a compatible smart device and uploading them to social networks. Further enhancing the sharing of memories on an exciting trip, the COOLPIX S9700 also includes built-in GPS technology that lets the user see the exact longitude and latitude of where an image or video was captured.
A 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor contributes to the amazing image quality by producing breathtaking photos and Full HD 1080/60i videos. The COOLPIX S9700 also implements Hybrid VR image stabilization for stable video recording, even while handheld. From composing the perfect shot to viewing the photo in crisp detail, the COOLPIX S9700’s high resolution (921K-dot) 3.0-inch (7.5cm) bright OLED monitor helps the user do it all accurately.
Powerful Performance in a Compact Camera
COOLPIX P340: With a versatile 5x (24-120mm, 35mm equivalent) wide-angle to telephoto zoom range plus 10x Dynamic Fine Zoom, and a super-fast f/1.8 maximum aperture lens with Lens Shift VR image stabilization, the COOLPIX P340 utilizes the strength of NIKKOR optics to capture super-sharp photos and Full HD 1080/60i videos with low noise and amazing color. The wide and bright f/1.8 lens gives users the ability to control depth of field and shoot in a wide variety of lighting conditions. This powerful compact camera also incorporates a large 1/1.7-inch, 12.2-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor for superior image quality, and a host of advanced features including full manual controls (P, S, A, M) and RAW (NRW) image capture.
Composing and capturing photos, when inspiration strikes, is simple with the P340’s high resolution (921K-dot) 3.0-inch (7.5cm) LCD monitor and sleek, portable design that fits comfortably in any handbag or shirt pocket. Sharing that inspirational image can also happen on the fly with the built-in Wi-Fi connectivity1 where users can transfer images to a compatible smart device and upload them to their social networks. Proving that great things can come in small packages, the new COOLPIX P340 is a sophisticated camera option for demanding photo enthusiasts who seek more power and versatility in a compact camera.
Price and Availability
The COOLPIX P600 will be available in February 2014 in Black and Red for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $499.95, while the COOLPIX P530 will be available in February 2014 in Black for a SRP of $449.95. Additionally, the COOLPIX S9700 will be available in February 2014 in Black and Red for a SRP of $349.95. Lastly, the COOLPIX P340 will be available in March 2014 in Black for a SRP of $379.95.
Beneath Its Durable Exterior, the COOLPIX AW120 Sports Incredible Image Quality and Useful Features Fit for Life’s Adventures
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the rugged COOLPIX AW120 for those who demand as much from their camera as they do from their adventure. Waterproof (up to 59 feet, 18m), shockproof (up to 6.6 feet, 2m) and freezeproof (down to 14°F, -10°C), the AW120 can handle practically any condition above or below sea level. Equipped with GPS technology, the COOLPIX AW120 lets the user track their exploration down to the exact longitude and latitude of where an image was captured. Explorers can also stay connected when they’re “off the grid” with built-in mapping and an Electronic Compass to help navigate the unknown. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity allows the user to seamlessly transfer images or HD video of any adventure to compatible smart devices for easy sharing of quality imagery to their social networks, friends and family.
“The new COOLPIX AW120 is uniquely designed for Nikon’s thrill-seeking consumers who are living life to the fullest, and need a camera to keep up,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. We’ve incorporated useful features and technology while still providing the image quality that Nikon has become synonymous with, so users can spend less time navigating their camera and more time navigating their adventure.”
The COOLPIX AW120 features a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor that helps preserve adventurous moments that are worth reliving in stunning photos and Full HD 1080/60i video. Furthermore, a wide angle 5x (24-120mm) optical zoom lens and 10x Dynamic Fine Zoom with Hybrid Vibration Reduction (VR), a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture and about 6.9 frames per second (fps) continuous shooting ensure that photos and videos are captured in clear detail, despite the distance or tumultuous climate the explorer may be in. Knowing that operating a camera should not stop an excursion, the COOLPIX AW120 sports an intuitive graphic user interface and Nikon’s Action Control function that allows seamless operation with gloved hands. To help frame stunning photos and HD videos, the COOLPIX AW120 sports a bright 3.0-inch (7.5cm) high-resolution OLED monitor as well.
Additionally, the AW120 can be mounted to a new chest harness that allows the user to securely fasten the camera around their chest, which is helpful when capturing exciting stills and videos from a unique in-the-action point of view. The COOLPIX AW120 can also be fitted with optional silicone jackets that provide a second layer of protection as well as a stylish new look. The silicone jackets will be available in several different colors including Black, Orange, Blue and Khaki.
Price and Availability
The COOLPIX AW120 will be available in March 2014 in Orange, Blue, Black and Camouflage for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $349.95.
Our friends over at LensRentals put together a video to show how much they care about their lenses.
Instead of roses, I think I'll just buy all my lenses new microfiber clothes this year. [Sean]
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