Most EOS digital cameras offer Custom Functions. These allow you to alter the way the camera operates to suit your own personal needs. Exposure, focusing and flash are just some of the areas covered by the functions. Each function has a factory-defined default setting, plus one or more alternative settings.
Custom Functions are set through the camera menu system. Find and select ‘Custom Functions’ and you will bring up a screen with each Custom Function number displayed. Select the appropriate number and you will be taken to a screen where you can select from the various options for that custom function.
|Custom Functions options on EOS DSLRs|
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3||Group 4||Total|
|EOS-1Ds Mark III||Exposure||15||Image / |
Flash exposure /
|EOS-1D Mark IV||Exposure||17||Image / |
Flash exposure /
|EOS 5D Mark II||Exposure||7||Image||4||Autofocus/Drive||8||Operation/Others||6||25|
|Custom Functions options on the EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III|
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3||Group 4||Group 5||Group 6||Total|
|EOS-1D X||Image||7||Image||7||Drive||3||Display/ |
|EOS 5D Mark III||Exposure||6||Display/ |
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SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM F/SIGMA and F/NIKON are scheduled to start the shipment towards the end of this month.
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that four of its products—the Nikon D4S, Df, and D3300 digital SLR cameras, and the Nikon 1 AW1 advanced camera with interchangeable lenses—are recipients of the globally prestigious TIPA Awards 2014 for photographic and imaging products.
At four, Nikon received more awards for its digital cameras than did any other camera manufacturer. This is proof of just how well received the advanced technological capabilities, superior basic performance and convenient operation shared by Nikon digital cameras are. In addition, the innovation and superior functionality of the Nikon 1 AW1, the world's first (at the time it was released) waterproof, shockproof digital camera with interchangeable lenses, has also been recognized.
The best photographic and imaging products released over the past year in a number of categories were selected for the TIPA Awards 2014 through voting by editors of prestigious camera and imaging magazines from around the world.
See the following website for further information on the TIPA Awards 2014.
Reasons the Nikon D4S was selected for the Best Digital SLR Professional Award
The new EXPEED 4 image-processing engine, new Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor, and an effective pixel count of 16.2-million pixels enable capture of images that exhibit stunning sharpness, and enhanced depth. Recording of full-HD movies at a variety of frame rates is also possible. The D4S supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 100 to 25600, as well as expansion up to the equivalent of ISO 409600. In addition, the new Group-area AF brings the number of AF-area mode options to five, and collaboration with the high-speed continuous shooting function, which supports shooting at approximately 11 fps with AF and AE tracking, enables a faster photographic workflow.
Reasons the Nikon Df was selected for the Best Premium Camera Award
The Df is a digital SLR camera with a subtle design reminiscent of traditional Nikon film SLR cameras, and offers intuitive dial operation. A magnesium alloy was adopted for the elegant body, and the combination of FX-format CMOS sensor, EXPEED 3 image-processing engine, and an effective pixel count of 16.25-million pixels ensure superior image quality. What's more, the camera is also equipped with a 2016-pixel RGB sensor, a 39-point AF system, a high-speed continuous shooting function capable of approximately 5.5 fps, and an optical viewfinder utilizing a glass pentaprism. The Df supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 100 to12800, with maximum expansion to the equivalent of ISO 204800. The Df allows users to enjoy expressing themselves in a variety of ways with the combination of support for older non-AI NIKKOR lenses and cutting-edge technologies.
Reasons the Nikon D3300 was selected for the Best Digital SLR Entry Level Award
The Nikon D3300 is an entry-level model offering an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels and equipped with a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter. It supports a range of standard sensitivities from ISO 100 to 12800, and is capable of high-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 5 fps. Measuring approximately 124 mm wide, approximately 98 mm high, and approximately 75.5 mm deep (body only), the D3300 is nearly as small as a compact digital camera. This makes it easy for users to take the camera with them wherever they go. For those new to digital SLR cameras, the built-in Guide Mode provides step-by-step instructions for achieving the intended results, and the ability to attach and use the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a (sold separately) enables wireless transfer of images to a smart device.
Reasons the Nikon 1 AW1 was selected for the Best Rugged Camera Award
In addition to offering the unique characteristics of all Nikon 1 cameras, including a compact size and high-speed performance, the Nikon 1 AW1 is the world's first digital camera with interchangeable lenses to be waterproof to a depth of 15 m and strong enough to withstand the shock of falls from up to 2 m. It is equipped with a number of functions convenient for use in outdoor situations, including GPS functions, altimeter, depth gauge, electronic compass, and virtual horizon. What's more, the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1b (sold separately) can also be attached and used with the camera. The AW1 has a built-in flash that can also be used underwater, is equipped with a super high-speed AF CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 3A image-processing engine, and offers an effective pixel count of 14.25-million pixels. The camera supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 160 to ISO 6400, for crisp, clear imaging with very little noise at high sensitivities, whether shooting still images or recording movies. All 1 NIKKOR lenses can be used with the camera, including the 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8, the world's first water- and shock-proof lenses, released at the same time as the Nikon 1 AW1.
From C&A Marketing Inc:
OAK BROOK, Ill. & RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – C&A Marketing Inc., the New Jersey-based company who recently purchased Calumet Photographic announces the grand reopening of the Oak Brook store on Sunday, May 11. Calumet is an iconic, 75 year-old Chicago-based photo/imaging chain that was forced into bankruptcy in March.
“We realize some people may be surprised at how fast we have moved to reopen this store, however we did due diligence before we stepped in to bid on the brand—and in the process realized the Oak Brook location was the best representation of the thinking Calumet should have deployed chain-wide,” explained Chaim Pikarski, C&A Marketing’s Executive Vice President. “From a business perspective, we know what’s needed, we have the resources to ensure that inventory is in place and the key staff that ‘built” this location is intact and ready to work. Even more important is that our customers want us there, so why wait?”
The Oak Brook store was one of the chain’s newer locations and also the most forward thinking and successful. When it reopens this Sunday, it will be with the inventory Pro’s expect, the staff consumers are used to and the services, including rental, intact.
C&A Marketing views the Calumet acquisition as a key component to expanding their brand profile, with Calumet providing the pro & “prosumer” photography professionals the best in products and services. For 75 years, Calumet defined “photo retailing to professionals” and C&A is determined to rebuild the brand as quickly and efficiently as possible. C&A will make further reopening announcements shortly.
The Oak Brook store is located at 1600 W 16th Street, Oak Brook, IL and can be reached starting on Sunday at 630-860-7458. The store will be open Sunday from 12pm to 5pm and Monday through Friday from 9am to 7pm.
"One of the biggest challenges for photographing any child is getting them to smile naturally! Nikon Ambassador, Tamara Lackey shares her methods for working with children to capture a portrait with beautiful authentic expression."
In this 100+ minute video, Jamie Waller explains what products and techniques are necessary for maintaining color accuracy throughout your workflow.
If you don't have almost two hours to devote to learning all the ins and outs of color management, try sending the YouTube clip to your TV using Chromecast and let it play for good background noise. You just might just pick something up while only half paying attention to it. :-)
From B&H's YouTube Channel:
"In this intermediate to advanced seminar, you'll learn exactly how to create the ideal digital imaging workflow to ensure you're getting the best possible prints."
Devin Graham is a master at creating videos that make you want to be wherever he is and doing whatever he and his friends are doing. His latest video is no exception. Check out this great video called "Aruba: 19 Miles of Happiness." [Sean]
Filmed by Devin Graham using a Canon 1D C, 5D Mark III, Glidecam HD 4000 for stabilizing and various lenses.
Mel DiGiacomo, a versatale photographer whose background ranges from sports to documentary photography, sits with B&H to discuss his journalist approach to shooting weddings.
"What I want out of a wedding is real life. I want some kind of truth: whether it's my truth or their truth." - Mel DiGiacomo
Check out more of Mel's Videos:
Lessons From a Veteran Wedding Photographer
Street Photography with Mel DiGiacomo
Visual Literacy: A Conversation with Mel DiGiacomo
From Canon Professional Network:
Until fairly recently, the ability to send and receive data wirelessly was the stuff of science fiction. Now it is widely available and being used by a growing number of photographers in various fields to change the way they capture and communicate their work. CPN writer Mark Alexander looks at ways to make your workflow wireless in a special technical guide...
"A wide-angle lens lets you capture a broader field of view than most lenses and brings in everything around you. Photographer and educator Matt Kloskowski takes you through the best uses of wide-angle lenses and gives some tips on getting great photos with them."
So which wide-angle lens is best for you? Take a look at Bryan's Wide-Angle Lens Recommendations to find out which wide-angle lenses stand out from the rest.
Check out the other videos in the EF 101 video series:
The crisp lighting from Bowens, plus PocketWizard wireless freedom, and Sekonic's precision metering have joined forces and are issuing a call to action. Are you recruits ready for action, adventure, and the ability to capture images, taking your photography to a new level?
PocketWizard Bowens GEM Reciever Module
For a limited time, with the purchase of any new Bowens R or Pro series monolight or kit, you new recruits are automatically enlisted into the Bowens, PocketWizard, and Sekonic Technology Alliance, and for each purchased monolight, you will be issued from our armory, one free PocketWizard Bowens GEM receiver module. This PocketWizard module enhancement allows you to embrace the sovereignty of reliable and cable-free flash triggering in your studio or in the field.
PocketWizard Plus III Special Edition
As a special commemoration of this new Technology Alliance, gathering some of the greatest veterans in the industry, PocketWizard proudly offers a special edition PocketWizard Plus III draped in Bowens accent yellow, to pair with a new Bowens Gemini R, Gemini Pro, or other PocketWizard compatible lighting and devices from any PocketWizard Flash Partner. So wear your colors on your sleeve or your hotshoe, as you enter the battle for better photography.
Available now, the Bowens-inspired PocketWizard Plus III wirelessly syncs with every PocketWizard ever made, yellow or otherwise, and can remotely trigger flashes and cameras, or in turn, can be triggered by cameras, meters, or other PocketWizards. Look for the PocketWizard Compatible logo throughout the Bowens Lighting range, as well as any other members of the PocketWizard Army.
Furthermore, through June 30th 2014, previously purchased Bowens Gemini R or Gemini Pro units may be sent back to HQ in for servicing, where we will update each unit for PocketWizard compatibility, ensuring additional value to your investment for years to come.
Enter to win a week long, all-inclusive Alaskan photo safari with award-winning nature photographer David Cardinal
Lawrenceville, NJ – May 6, 2014 –– Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, today announced its Great Alaskan Photo Expedition Sweepstakes. The online promotion, beginning today through May 27, 2014, will award one lucky winner an all-expense-paid trip to Cook Inlet, Alaska to spend one week photographing the region’s most remarkable wildlife alongside award-winning nature photographer David Cardinal. To enter to win, visit datacolor.com/safari-sweepstakes-pr.
The grand prize, valued at an estimated $10,000, will include round-trip airfare to and from Anchorage, departing from the winner’s originating city July 8, 2014 and returning July 16, 2014; all meals and lodging, including a 5-night stay at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge; private charter flights to and from Lake Clark National Park and Preserve; one-on-one photo instruction both in the field and in a classroom setting; and a Datacolor SpyderCAPTURE PRO. Sponsored by Sigma, Datacolor’s Great Alaskan Photo Expedition Sweepstakes will also award the winner a 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM telephoto lens to be used while on the safari and long after. Second and Third prizes will include a SpyderCAPTURE PRO and SpyderCHECKR PRO.
Guided by professional photographer David Cardinal, who will be returning to Cook Inlet for his 15th year, the winner, along with an intimate group of photographers, will spend a week shooting some of the best scenery Alaska has to offer including coastal brown bears, or “grizzlies,” tufted and horned puffins, brilliant sunrises, and breathtaking landscapes.
“Photographing some of America’s most spectacular animals in their native and unstressed environment is an experience like no other,” said Cardinal. “Datacolor is not only offering someone the chance to capture world class images, but the opportunity to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.”
For full contest details and official rules and guidelines, visit datacolor.com/safari-sweepstakes-pr
Just posted: Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens Review
Find out what I think of a lens with a focal length range untouched by a competitor.
B&H created a video demonstrating budget-friendly microphone systems for DSLR video production. Each system is demonstrated in the video so that you can buy the system that [literally] sounds best for your needs.
Tilt-shift lenses are most popular for architectural photography because it helps to correct the leaning effect we see in photos of tall objects like buildings and walls. Photographer and educator Matt Kloskowski gives some tips on architectural and landscape use of Canon tilt-shift lenses.
Other videos in the EF 101 video series:
B&H's Explora Explora has a great article titled "Vincent Laforet and the Psychological Impact of Camera Movement." It's a great read for anyone who's interested in using their DSLR to create compelling videos.
I've just started doing more video work with my DSLRs and found this article to be very insightful. [Sean]
Questions Answered by Laforet in the Article
From Canon USA:
Research commissioned by Canon U.S.A. uncovers the counterfeit confidence trap in America
MELVILLE, N.Y., May 1, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will unveil today the results of a 2013 Anti-Counterfeit Study it commissioned on U.S. consumers’ attitudes and perceptions of counterfeit consumer electronics in the U.S. The study reveals that while counterfeit consumer electronics are a significant concern to U.S. consumers, most seem to be unaware of the full impact and risks of their purchase and use. The study revealed that consumers trust their instincts, but seem to lack the understanding of the possible safety risks and the true long-term costs of counterfeit consumer electronics.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, $145 million worth of counterfeit consumer electronics entered the U.S. in 2013. The research commissioned by Canon reveals, however, that while three out of every four consumers surveyed were concerned about counterfeit consumer electronics, only about one in two believed they can accurately identify counterfeit consumer electronics.
“Most American consumers are unaware of the full risks associated with these potentially dangerous devices. Four in ten of the U.S. consumers surveyed don’t know counterfeit consumer electronics can harm them, and this lack of awareness leads to what Canon calls a ‘Confidence Trap’,” said Chuck Westfall, Technical Advisor, Professional Engineering & Solutions Division, Canon U.S.A, Inc. “Based on the survey, consumers seem overconfident in their ability to spot a fake, and as a result, are at risk of possible harm.”
The study revealed:
Based on the survey results, 18 percent of U.S. consumer electronic purchasers surveyed say they have unknowingly purchased counterfeit consumer electronics this past year. Further, the study revealed, overconfident in their abilities, a significant proportion of consumers surveyed fell victim to counterfeit purchases, largely unaware that they could be putting themselves at risk of inferior product performance.
When it comes to purchase drivers, according to this, the majority of consumers surveyed overwhelmingly value product performance, quality, and safety when buying an electronic good. 82 percent of respondents cited product performance and 70 percent said product safety is important to them. It seems that purchasing counterfeits is therefore largely driven by a knowledge gap. For instance, close to half (45 percent) of consumers surveyed believe that a counterfeit product does the job just as well as the genuine product.
“One of the most significant revelations of this Anti-Counterfeit Study is our obligation to take action and educate consumers about the potential health and safety risks of counterfeit consumer electronics,” commented Westfall. “This research indicates that education can largely impact perceptions of counterfeit consumer electronics, and steer consumers away from making uninformed and misguided purchases. After learning about the facts, 71 percent of the U.S. consumers surveyed said that they were less likely to buy them.”
Canon is committed to bridging this education gap for the majority of American consumers who believe more can be done to combat the counterfeit consumer electronics market. Contrary to popular consumer belief, it is not exclusively the job of government, law enforcement or retailers to raise awareness. Prevention lies in the collaboration of all stakeholders and Canon is working to promote the continued education of consumers.
Today, Canon and the New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will host a panel discussion about the potential dangers of counterfeit consumer electronics. Event panelists include representatives from Canon U.S.A, City Tech College, Consumerist.com, U.S. Chamber of Commerece Global Intellectual Property Center and Underwriters Laboratories.
On April 23rd, Canon was also recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center at the 2nd Annual IP Champions Conference in Washington D.C. for its Anti-Counterfeit Consumer Awareness Campaign.
For more information visit: http://usa.canon.com/aboutcounterfeits
B&H has select Lexar Professional CompactFlash Memory Card 2-Packs on sale:
Lexar Memory Card Deals
|Item||Orig Price||Sale Price|
|Lexar Professional 16GB CompactFlash Memory Card 800x UDMA (2-Pack)||$69.95|
|Lexar Professional 32GB CompactFlash Memory Card 800x UDMA (2-Pack)||$119.00|
|Lexar Professional 64GB CompactFlash Memory Card 800x UDMA (2-Pack)||$195.72|
For those that submitted their preorders early, good news!
B&H is now shipping the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon (review). From what I've been told, they haven't received a significant supply yet (low quantity shipment) but they are now shipping out what has hit their shelves.
B&H still lists the Sigm 50mm f/1.4 Art lens for Canon's status as being "Pre order. Released in limited qty."
From Canon Professional Network:
Canon has produced a new version of its AF Setting Guidebook for the EOS-1D X DSLR designed for smartphones and tablets, which is now available for download on CPN.
As well as being designed specifically for smartphones and tablets this latest version of the Guidebook has been fully updated in line with the EOS-1D X firmware update Version 2.0.3 that enhanced the camera’s AF, exposure and customisable options.
The 1D X was the first camera to feature menus which described the AF functions in detail, including example uses for each function, thus making the complicated task of setting up the AF easier. The 138-page guidebook explains all of these menu settings and is packed with illustrations, menu screen images, photographs and AF point overlays, so it’s an invaluable guide for photographers who want to get the most out of the sophisticated and customisable autofocus system within the EOS-1D X. Now you can take it everywhere with you on your smartphone or tablet.
The in-depth guidebook offers detailed explanations of how to use the various high performance features of the camera’s 61-point AF system, including introductions to the features of the AF system of the EOS-1D X and AF setting operability.
The guidebook is also separated into dedicated ‘click-through’ chapters (and sub-chapters) for: AF Configuration Tool (Presets), AF Configuration Tool (Parameters), AF area selection modes, EOS-1D X 61-point high-density reticular AF cross-type points, Release property settings during Servo AI, Utilizing the AF point setting and registration and Using ISO Auto.