Canon and Sony News for Oct 2015 (Page 3)

 Tuesday, October 13, 2015

From PocketWizard:

Mac OS X El Capitan Note

At this moment, our PocketWizard Utility appears to be incompatible with Mac OS X El Capitan. Something has changed in how they handle USB devices. We're looking into it. In the meantime, you'll either have to refrain from updating to El Capitan to work with the PocketWizard Utility, or find another machine to use it on. We're not the only ones experiencing issues:

Their new System Integrity Protection shifts how things work. It impacts some simple connectivity stuff we've relied upon. We are researching solutions now:



Canon MiniTT1 & FlexTT5

5DS Beta

The current Canon ControlTL beta firmware version is 6.804 and is available through the PocketWizard Utility right now. It adds support for Canon's latest DSLR, the Canon EOS 5DS. [Release Notes]

B&H carries PocketWizard products.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: PocketWizard News
Post Date: 10/13/2015 2:14:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

You are looking at one of the first pictures ever taken of "Denali", the highest mountain peak in North America. While that statement is fun to say (and true in a sense), a tremendous number of photographs have been taken of this mountain long prior to my arrival. However, the mountain's name was "Mt McKinley" from June 1896 until about just before I arrived. On August 28, 2015, Sally Jewell, US Secretary of the Interior, announced that the mountain would be renamed "Denali" (Wikipedia). Two weeks later, my opportunity to photograph this mountain came.
 
With an elevation of 20,310' (6,190.5 m), the peak of Denali can be seen be seen from at least 125 miles away – on a clear day. The last part of that sentence is a key one. Getting close to this mountain (for most) requires a shuttle/tour bus ride deep into Denali National Park's 92 mile mostly-stone road. Even those making the effort to get deep into the park stand only a 30% chance of seeing this mountain's peaks due to the clouds that frequently engulf it.
 
I spent a large amount of time planning and traveling to get to the location for this image and was blessed with a beautiful day for my long-in-advance-scheduled tour (after a morning snowstorm, the sky even cleared enough on my backup day to make the peaks visible once again). With the weather cooperating, taking the actual photograph was easy part.
 
I selected a manual exposure that would make the sunlit snow at the top of the mountains nearly pure white (barely blinking in the camera LCD) while using an f/8 aperture (for ideal sharpness and depth of field) and ISO 100 (for noise-free images). The resulting shutter speed of 1/160 was adequate for resting the awesome combination of the Canon EOS 5Ds R and the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens on my backpack. With the ideal exposure locked in, I was free to quickly capture a variety of compositions of this incredible view during the 15 minute shuttle bus stop, with all being ideally exposed.
 
In the end, I merged two images to add a couple of hundred pixels to the right and left sides of the base images, giving the side-to-side balance that looked right to me.
 
I usually have a circular polarizer filter mounted when I'm photographing landscapes and usually note this use in the notes below relevant image posts. But, I want to make special mention of CPL use here because of the significant difference it made in the deep saturation and contrast of the foreground of this image. Like no other, this filter can add WOW! to your images.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
100mm  f/8.0  1/160s
ISO 100
9080 x 5816px
Post Date: 10/13/2015 9:30:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Canon Japan has posted a series of official sample images taken with the newly announced EOS M10 mirrorless camera.

B&H has the Canon EOS M10 available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 10/13/2015 9:45:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Image quality results have been added to the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens page.

I think that you are going to like what you see from this lens. There are many lenses that could be compared with this one, but I'll start things off with the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 vs. Canon 50mm f/1.4 with both lenses set to f/1.8.

The Tamron 45mm f/1.8 vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens comparison is another interesting one (f/1.8 vs. f/1.6 in this one).

B&H has the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.

Post Date: 10/13/2015 7:56:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Education Videos
Post Date: 10/13/2015 6:59:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon USA:

Compact Addition to the EOS M-Series of Cameras is Flexible, Stylish and Fun with an Emphasis on Connectivity

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 13, 2015 – For capturing and sharing life’s important moments with great clarity, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the EOS M10 interchangeable lens digital camera. A compact and stylish design, the EOS M10 camera has the features and lens options to help photographers expand their creativity and the mobile compatibility and size for social-sharers to stay connected with sharp images that are sure to draw ‘Likes’.

Adding to its compact design, the EOS M10 camera is fitted with a new retractable EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, that shortens and locks into a compact size when not in use. This retractable Canon interchangeable lens provides outstanding image quality that helps the EOS M10 camera remain small and lightweight to go with you anywhere.

For those “selfie” moments that can’t be missed, the EOS M10 camera’s three-inch screen tilts up 180 degrees to help make sure everyone is in the shot. The touch panel LCD screen also lets users browse images and navigate menus with ease. The camera’s Creative Assist mode makes it easy to adjust settings and add effects such as brightness, background blur, vividness of color, contrast, warmth and filter effects to create share-worthy images on the go – letting you stylize your photos and capture the moment just as you want. And, to help everyone look their selfie-best, the Self Portrait mode adjusts camera effects and settings to enhance skin smoothness and brightness.

“This is the camera for the social media generation, including those who love to take and share high-quality photos and video while on the go. It will help them make the transition to a dedicated, high-quality digital camera, because of its mobile compatibility and creative options,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

The built-in Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality of the EOS M10 camera is compatible with most current AndroidTM devices for easy setup of Wi-Fi communication, and the camera’s Mobile Device Connect Button supports wireless connectivity with IOS and AndroidTM devices. The EOS M10 camera also supports wireless remote control featuring live view in compatible Apple and Android devices using Canon’s free Camera Connect app, available through the Apple App Store and Google PlayTM store.

The EOS M10 camera is fully compatible with Canon’s Connect Station CS100, a home hub device that provides a fast and easy way to store photos and videos from the camera as well as view them on the living room TV, transfer them to social media networks and share them with other linked Connect Station CS100 devices, for an added level of sharing.

Pricing and Availability
The EOS M10 camera is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in November 2015, and will be offered in a kit with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $599.99. The camera body is available in black or white, and will also be available in gray exclusively through the Canon Online store.

In addition, the new EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom lens is scheduled to be available in November 2015 at an estimated retail price of $299.99 and a silver version of the current EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM zoom lens also is scheduled to be available in November 2015 at an estimated retail price of $349.99.

Preorder Links

Canon EOS M10 with EF-M 15-45mm IS STM Lens – B&H
Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens – B&H
Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens (Silver) – B&H

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 10/13/2015 12:00:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon USA:

High-Resolution EVF-Equipped PowerShot G5 X and Slim & Stylish PowerShot G9 X Digital Cameras Featuring One-Inch Image Sensors are Ideal for Advanced Amateur Photographers Passionate about Image Quality

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 13, 2015 –Rounding out what is now a family of five powerful large sensor PowerShot G-series cameras, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the PowerShot G5 X equipped with a built-in, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), and the slim, lightweight, carry-anywhere PowerShot G9 X. Featuring high-quality optics and large one-inch image sensors, both new models are ideal for advanced amateur photographers looking for a highly portable, advanced point-and-shoot camera equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capability for easy sharing of images and video to social media networks as well as printing to compatible Canon PIXMA or SELPHY printers with the PIXMA Printing Solutions app†.

Both new models feature a one-inch, 20.2 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor that delivers optimal performance with an ISO range of 125 – 12,800. The sensor, along with a proprietary DIGIC 6 Image processor, creates Canon’s HS System to provide photographers with vivid and detailed still images and video, even in difficult low-light shooting scenarios.

Providing quality still images and video for social sharing, the stunning 1080p Full HD video (at 24p, 30p, and 60p in MP4 format) and still images captured on these cameras can be transferred after capture to compatible smartphones, tablets, or the new Canon Connect Station CS100 photo and video hub device, via built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capability. Both new models are compatible with Canon’s free Camera Connect App†† for wireless image transfer and remote operation featuring Live View when using compatible iOS and Android devices.

In addition, these new cameras feature an enhanced Star Mode to provide more precise focusing sure to delight stargazers and amateur astronomers. The “Star Trails” mode is now enhanced to improve the breaks in light between star trails turning star movement into a luminous still image, while the “Star Time-Lapse Movie” mode makes beautiful video clips that show the movement of the stars against a static background of dark space.

“We continue to strive to provide photographers with a range of imaging equipment options to support each individual shooting style while still providing the features, usability, and performance they expect from a Canon camera,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Our PowerShot G-series cameras offer a range of options designed to satisfy professionals looking for a convenient back-up camera to their DSLR as well as photography enthusiasts looking for maximum image quality in conveniently compact cameras they can take with them anywhere.”

Canon PowerShot G5 X Digital Camera

The PowerShot G5 X

Incorporating a bright, built-in high-resolution EVF that allows photographers to more easily compose and take pictures as well as track moving subjects, the high-performance PowerShot G5 X camera also features a bright f/1.8 - f/2.8 4.2x Canon Optical Zoom Lens (focal length range equivalent to 24-100mm). With the combination of a nine-blade iris diaphragm for beautiful background blur effects and an Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) system that provides virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of shooting conditions, this camera’s optical system enables users to capture the shot as they envisioned it and is ideal for shooting in low-light conditions or when a shallow depth-of-field is preferred for more dramatic, soft backgrounds and beautiful portraits.

The PowerShot G5 X camera’s 2.36-million-dot high-definition OLED electronic viewfinder provides high-quality viewing from edge-to-edge, especially useful when composing an image or shooting in bright sunlight. Additionally, a three-inch, 1.04 million dot touch panel LCD screen provides a bright, clear display that enables one-touch control of many camera settings and features a Vari-Angle design that enables easy viewing from various shooting angles while protecting the screen from inadvertent scratching when the camera is stored.

Housed in a classic black body, the enhanced controls include top-mounted mode and exposure compensation dials, front and rear control dials, and a control ring around the lens, which can all be customized to best suit different shooting styles. The PowerShot G5 X camera also features a built-in flash plus a dedicated hot shoe providing full compatibility with Canon’s powerful range of EX-series Speedlites and related accessories. There is also a 3.5mm mini-jack for compatibility with Canon’s Remote Switch RS-60E3.

Canon PowerShot G9 X Digital Camera

The PowerShot G9 X

Slim and lightweight, the PowerShot G9 X is the camera photographers will want to show off to their friends as much as they shoot with it. The camera features a bright f/2.0 - f/4.9, 3x Canon Optical Zoom Lens (focal length range equivalent to 28-84mm) along with Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) system for virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of shooting conditions.

The camera’s intuitive three-inch LCD touch panel with a new user interface allows for quick and easy changes to camera settings even while taking pictures. In addition to the touch panel, a lens-mounted control ring can be utilized to adjust several functions, including customizable manual focus. For shooting fast-moving subjects from kids at birthday parties to athletic events, the PowerShot G9 X camera has continuous shooting speeds up to six frames per second (fps) so none of the action is missed. It is available in classic black, or in a retro-style, silver-gray body with brown stitched leather accents.

Shared Features

The PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X models both feature three convenient ways to charge the NB-13L lithium-ion battery pack: (1) via an optional USB cable connected to a powered USB socket to charge the battery while it is still in the camera body, (2) via an optional USB-connected AC Adapter to charge the battery while it is still in the camera body, and (3) via the standalone external battery charger that is supplied with both cameras as standard equipment.

Both new PowerShot models incorporate a broad range of exposure modes from fully automatic to full manual, and both offer users the choice of RAW as well as JPEG recording modes for still photos. Additionally, both new models incorporate a built-in ND filter for enhanced exposure control in bright shooting conditions.

Price and Availability

The PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X camera kits are scheduled to begin shipping in November 2015 at suggested retail prices of $799.99 and $529.99, respectively.

B&H has the Canon PowerShot G5 X and G9 X available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 10/13/2015 12:00:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 12, 2015

You've probably seen many of the product images I create on this site, but ... did you ever wonder what lens I used to capture them? No, it was not with the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens shown in this photo.
 
I take a lot of photographs of products and, somewhat uniquely, my most-frequently photographed products are cameras and lenses. Taking pictures of a camera and lens of course requires a ... camera and lens.
 
The standardized product images found in the site's comparison tool have been captured by a Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens. Off topic, but in case you were also wondering, this lens is semi-permanently locked onto a Manfrotto 400 Deluxe Geared Head on a slightly customized (wheels removed) Manfrotto O800 Static Camera Stand. The head is great and the stand is sturdy and compact, though it permits a significant amount of vibration. As long as I use mirror lockup along with the self-timer to release the shutter, vibrations stabilize and, they wouldn't matter anyway as my studio lights have a very short duration that would freeze any movement.
 
While I use this setup for a significant percentage of the product images I create, The 180 L is not my most-used product photography lens. That honor goes to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens. Why use this telephoto zoom for camera and lens product photography?
 
The focal lengths in the 70-200mm range create a reasonable (slightly compressed) perspective that works well on camera gear. The focal length range of this lens also makes it easy to keep the white shooting table background completely in the frame. Wider angle lenses must be closer to the shooting table to avoid extraneous subject matter. While that closer distance can work, there is some flexibility lost (and a closer perspective results with parts closer to the camera appearing larger than those farther away).
 
This lens is very sharp, corner to corner, even on a full frame body. Ticking the CA removal check box seals the deal.
 
While I also have the f/2.8 version of this lens, I don't need an aperture that wide when I'm shooting with studio strobes (f/11 is the aperture I most-often use). The narrower max aperture allows for the f/4L IS to be a relatively lightweight lens, inducing less fatigue (along with less wear and tear on my body).
 
Very helpful is that this is an image stabilized lens. While the studio strobes are fast enough to stop any camera motion, image stabilization greatly aids in subject framing.
 
The 70-200 f/4L IS is a very useful lens for other purposes, including landscape photography. The additional versatility makes having this lens in the kit a better business proposition.
 
The weakest aspect of this lens for product photography use? It does not focus close enough to frame smaller subjects tightly. If I need to more maximum magnification, I'll most often use the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens, though extension tubes can remedy this issue to some extent.
 
Products come in all sizes and most lenses can be used for product photography of some kind. The range of sizes covered by a telephoto zoom, especially if you have plenty of working space, are great.


What is your most-used lens for product photography and what are your typical subjects?

 
Camera and Lens Settings
111mm  f/11.0  1/160s
ISO 100
3008 x 3503px
Post Date: 10/12/2015 9:08:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Between October 11, 2015 and January 9, 2016, Canon is offering a full-featured accidental damage protection program – called CarePAK PLUS – on select items purchased at authorized retailers (like B&H, Amazon, Adorama, etc).

The details of the extended accidental damage protection program are really pretty amazing, especially considering manufacturers' warranties around the industry.

CarePAK PLUS Benefits

Protection from Accidental Damage
Protection from kids, pets, and life including accidental damage such as drops, spills, power surges and other unforeseen events.

Priority Service and Free Returns
No additional cost, free return shipping,* and minimal downtime with fast and reliable service direct from Canon. We’ve got you covered!

$0 Deductible
No Deductible for any repair or replacement, ever.

Additional Hardware Coverage
No more worries! Receive additional hardware coverage from excessive wear and tear on all mechanical and electrical issues.

Service & Support Directly from Canon
With hassle free service and support direct from Canon, you will never deal with a 3rd party. Feel confident your product will be serviced by Canon factory trained technicians using only Genuine Canon parts.*

Transferable
CarePAK PLUS is transferable. Purchase a product as a gift for someone else or sell it during the covered period and transfer the benefits to someone else.

Always Genuine Canon Products
If your product cannot be fixed and needs to be replaced you will receive the exact same model, or better, always!

No Lemon Guarantee
If the product needs to be repaired for the same problem three times you will receive a new product.

* Offer valid October 10, 2015 12:00 a.m. through November 15, 2015 11:59 p.m. ET. Offer valid in U.S.A. only, and void where prohibited, taxed or restricted. Availability of certain items may be limited. Limit of ten of any one item per order, subject to availability. Order will be shipped to a street address in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia only. Dealers, distributors and other resellers are not eligible for this offer. Offer subject to Canon Online Store Terms of Sale.

Please see the EOS CAMERA/EF LENS LIMITED WARRANTY terms and conditions for your specific Canon model or visit us at usa.canon.com/carepak-plus for complete details. Additional benefits provided by CarePAK PLUS are listed below. Valid for purchases between Oct. 11, 2015 – Jan. 9, 2016.

  • An extension of the LIMITED WARRANTY term from one (1) year to thirteen (13) months from the date of original purchase.
  • ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE FROM HANDLING (ADH): labor and /or parts required to repair the Product, or at our sole discretion, replacement of your original Product in lieu of repair in consideration of sudden and unforeseen ADH; such as damage resulting from dropping the Product or in association with screen breakage or liquid damage.


Eligible Camera Bodies/Kits

Eligible Lenses

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/12/2015 6:18:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, October 11, 2015

From the Adobe Lightroom Journal:

I’d like to personally apologize for the quality of the Lightroom 6.2 release we shipped on Monday. The team cares passionately about our product and our customers and we failed on multiple fronts with this release. In our efforts to simplify the import experience we introduced instability that resulted in a significant crashing bug. The scope of that bug was unclear and we made the incorrect decision to ship with the bug while we continued to search for a reproducible case(Reproducible cases are essential for allowing an engineer to solve a problem). The bug has been fixed and today’s update addresses the stability of Lightroom 6.

The simplification of the import experience was also handled poorly. Our customers, educators and research team have been clear on this topic: The import experience in Lightroom is daunting. It’s a step that every customer must successfully take in order to use the product and overwhelming customers with every option in a single screen was not a tenable path forward. We made decisions on sensible defaults and placed many of the controls behind a settings panel. At the same time we removed some of our very low usage features to further reduce complexity and improve quality. These changes were not communicated properly or openly before launch. Lightroom was created in 2006 via a 14 month public beta in a dialog with the photography community. In making these changes without a broader dialog I’ve failed the original core values of the product and the team.

The team will continue to work hard to earn your trust back in subsequent releases and I look forward to reigniting the type of dialog we started in 2006.

Sincerely,

Tom Hogarty and the Lightroom Management Team

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/11/2015 6:55:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 9, 2015

From Adobe:

Lightroom CC 2015.2.1 and Lightroom 6.2.1 are now available through the Help-> Check for Updates menu item inside Lightroom.

This update provides a performance fix related to Import and also fixes crashing bugs identifying in the Lightroom CC 2015.2 / Lightroom 6.2 release.

Installation Instructions

Please select Help > Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.

Direct download links: Mac | Win

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/9/2015 11:32:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

With Alaska being such a massive state, it is only fitting that many of the Alaskan animals are also large. This huge bull moose looked very impressive walking down off of the mountain, initially with only its antlers rising above the trees.
 
Know what our bear guides were most afraid of? Moose. We spent days sitting among brown bears, some weighing well north of 1,000 lbs, with nothing more than minor issues, but a huge bull moose walking down off the mountain directly toward us definitely got the guide's attention. To reduce the drama, I should also say that part of the attention grab was because the sighting was so unusual in this location – this was the only land mammal other than brown bears that I saw in coastal Katmai National Park.
 
While moose were not my primary photography target at the time, I consider myself an opportunist and didn't hesitate to turn the camera from the bears when this bull showed up.
 
The moose was walking at a steady-but-leisurely pace and I could easily fill the camera buffer whenever I chose to, but that would have given me too many images that were similar to each other. Instead, I timed the frame captures with body positions that I thought would make a good composition with an eye also on the background. The body position I often chose had the far front leg in a forward position.
 
While I did not hold the shutter release down, I did shoot more images than I thought I needed. Aside from having insurance shots, I was trying to use a marginally long shutter speed, allowing a lower ISO setting to be used for less noise. Though a handful of my images were slightly blurred, the tactic proved to be a good one as I still ended up with many good images.
 
When the bull moose came to the edge of the high tidal stream bank, it proceeded to smoothly drop right over the edge. I caught that action nicely and might share it later, as soon as I get over being slightly bothered by the antler covering the eye. What I didn't correctly anticipate was the speed of the moose's decent and the base image for this shot, the one with the far lead leg in the air and sand flying, became cropped slightly too tightly on the bottom of the frame. Capturing some quick additional shots with different framing allowed me to create a panorama in post, correcting the tight crop and resulting in a 76-megapixel image.
 
With that much resolution available, cropping into the bull moose much more tightly remains an option, but I like seeing the environment the moose was in and especially like the fall-colored fireweed in the background.
 
What do you think? Should I have cropped this image tighter?


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/1250s
ISO 2000
11376 x 6719px
Post Date: 10/9/2015 9:24:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Canon Europe YouTube Channel:

Discover how photographer Timm Schneider brought the city of Stockholm, Sweden to life with two eyeballs and a Canon camera. Come and see.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Education Videos
Post Date: 10/9/2015 9:24:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Amateur Photographer:

"Filter giant Kenko Tokina has snapped up Wales-based filter maker Formatt-Hitech in a move designed to expand Hitech's production of Firecrest ND filters for cinema.

Formatt-Hitech, which is based in Aberdare, said it will continue to produce filters in the UK as an independent subsidiary of Kenko Tokina.

In a statement, Formatt-Hitech explained that its Firecrest filters have been on ‘backorder’ with most dealers throughout 2015.

‘The acquisition provides Formatt-Hitech with the financial stability to produce Firecrest in the volumes demanded by the market…

‘Kenko Tokina’s acquisition immediately rectifies the situation and it is expected that the backlog of Firecrest filters will be produced before the holiday season.’"

Read the entire article on AmateurPhotographer.com.

B&H carries Formatt-Hitech products.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Kenko Tokina News
Post Date: 10/9/2015 7:19:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Manfrotto:

Manfrotto, world leader in the photography, imaging equipment and accessories industry, launches the new PIXI EVO, the brand new mini tripod to join the PIXI family. Enthusiast and hobbyist photographers who are deeply engaged in their passion and are looking for a lightweight portable solution will ?nd in this tripod an extremely versatile, sturdy support for larger lenses. PIXI EVO perfectly ?ts their needs thanks to a rich feature set that provides ?exibility of use, robustness and great variety of framing.

Flexibility of Use

PIXI EVO tripod boasts 2 different leg angles with a sliding selector, enabling users to shoot ground level images. Indeed another great innovation is its two-section legs, adjustable in 5 different steps adapting to non-level surface the footprint. Passionate photographers can now take their low light, landscape and architecture pictures with the maximum stability.

Variety of Framing and Robustness

With PIXI EVO photographers can set their inspiration free thanks to the alternative to shoot also in portrait mode, allowing the camera to tilt to 90° to capture incredible images, while ensuring great stability and precision for accurate pictures.

Moreover, PIXI EVO supports a wide range of devices up to 2.5Kg/5.5lbs. So, photographers can easily use longer and larger lenses for their shoots. However, it remains extremely lightweight thanks to its Adapto and aluminium construction and can be easily carried anywhere without ever feeling cumbersome.

PIXI EVO is yet another example of the careful attention Manfrotto pays to photographers’ needs, always looking to provide them with reliable, high-quality tools to support their passion.

Available in three colours: black, white and red-anthracite.

B&H has the Manfrotto PIXI EVO Mini Tripods available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 10/9/2015 6:30:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Eyefi:

Pioneer of digital camera connectivity through its award-winning WiFi SD product line delivers first and only app for instant photo and video transfer from virtually any digital camera; photographers now have an integrated cloud photo-management solution for all their cameras.

Mountain View, Calif. – October 8, 2015 – Eyefi, the global leader in digital photo-management apps and services, just made it possible for photographers to choose a single app and cloud service to manage all the photos and videos they shoot on every single camera they own. Now that Eyefi supports the latest WiFi cameras from the leading manufacturers, there’s no need for photographers to use a mix of camera-specific apps to transfer photos to a computer. Instead, Eyefi’s smart apps automatically download photos from any device and push them to Eyefi Cloud, where they are consolidated and organized with all their other photos and videos — for viewing, editing and sharing.

“Eyefi is the only photo-management solution that works from the moment of capture, automatically transferring and organizing all photos into a unified and organized collection, regardless of which camera they originated,” said Matt DiMaria, Eyefi CEO. “For the first time, photographers now have a single app and cloud service that elegantly manages what they shoot on every camera they use. With Eyefi Cloud as their media hub, photographers can spend more time taking and enjoying photos, and zero time messing with cables and a patchwork quilt of desktop and mobile apps.”

Expanded WiFi camera connectivity for Canon, Casio and Nikon
Original-resolution photos —and now, videos— shot with any of the 50+ WiFi cameras supported by Eyefi are instantly transferred from the camera to a smartphone, tablet or desktop, and then to Eyefi Cloud, Eyefi’s advanced photo-management solution. Eyefi Cloud automatically analyzes, tags, organizes and displays them alongside images captured with all the photographer’s other cameras, including DLSR cameras equipped with an award-winning Eyefi Mobi WiFi SD card, smartphones, and tablets.

Eyefi Cloud now supports video as well as images
Until now, many photographers have had to manage their videos separately from their photos. With support for video now included, Eyefi Cloud makes it possible to see photos and videos on the same timeline, and create vivid stories that combine stills and motion. Videos are automatically synced and secured in the cloud, and made available for streaming to all connected smartphones, tablets and computers.

Eyefi: the only integrated photo-management solution for photographers
Eyefi has deep roots in the photography sector, where its award-winning Mobi Pro WiFi SD cards have led the market by providing cable-free transfer of images to a smartphone or tablet. Eyefi Cloud gives photographers a powerful platform to manage and safeguard all their photos and videos:

  • Wireless photo transfer from any digital camera or smartphone. Eyefi’s smartphone and tablet apps automatically transfer new images and videos captured using any device, including digital cameras equipped with an Eyefi Mobi card, smartphones and tablets, or the latest generation of WiFi-enabled digital cameras. With Eyefi, photographers never have to connect their cameras to their computers.
  • One unified and intelligently organized photo collection. Images from every device (even photos stored on a computer) are consolidated into one collection in the cloud, organized by date and time, and always available. Advanced image analysis automatically classifies and indexes photos by location, device, lens, aperture, speed or any of 10 categories and 80 sub-categories — making it easy to find, enjoy, edit or share images, no matter where you are.
  • Automatic backup to both the cloud and to any local device. The best of both worlds: combined cloud and desktop storage. Eyefi gives photographers complete control over how and where they store and archive their photos. Eyefi desktop apps can be configured to automatically archive locally (for example on network storage) any new image transferred to Eyefi Cloud from an Eyefi mobile app. Users control where their original images are stored: on the WiFi SD card in their camera, on their mobile device, in the cloud, and on their desktop — eliminating any possibility of an image being lost or damaged.
  • Every photo, accessible from any device. Eyefi Cloud optimizes presentation of high-resolution images for each device, ensuring fast display and minimizing local storage requirements. Images on smartphones and tablets are stored in a local, synchronized database that can be viewed even when the device is “airplane mode.” At last, the photographer’s entire photo collection is available for viewing, curating, editing and sharing—anytime, anywhere.
  • Resolution is never compromised. Eyefi transfers original-resolution photos and videos from the camera to the mobile device or desktop to the cloud keeping them safe and secure and always accessible for download at anytime.

Pricing and availability
Eyefi WiFi camera connectivity is available for free to Eyefi Cloud customers. For a list of supported WiFi cameras, see Eyefi WiFi cameras. Eyefi Cloud memberships are $4.99/month for unlimited photos and up to 300 videos/month with a maximum length of 15 minutes per video. All Eyefi Mobi Pro cards include one year of Eyefi Cloud membership and are available starting at $69.99.

B&H carries Eyefi Wi-Fi Memory Cards.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Eyefi News
Post Date: 10/9/2015 5:32:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 8, 2015

Katmai National Park in Alaska has long been on my destination bucket list and I recently had the privilege of crossing off that line item. Well, that crossing off does not sound quite right as the experience was great and I would jump at the chance to go again. This destination will probably remain on my places to go list forever.
 
Finding the defining image for this location became a huge challenge. The problem was a good one as the gear and techniques used worked very well, yielding a huge number of images with nearly 7,000 of those being dissimilar and keeper-grade. Finding the single best of that take ... is going to take a long time. I'll pick a handful that I especially like and will share those over the next few months (hopefully not years).
 
With the brown bear being symbolic to Katmai National Park, it just seemed right to select an in-your-face, nothing-but-brown-bear image as the lead for my Katmai photo series.


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Post Date: 10/8/2015 9:30:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Cosina Japan is listing the following (Nikon Mount) Zeiss lenses as discontinued:

  • Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 Distagon T* ZF
  • Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZF.2
  • Zeiss 25mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZF
  • Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon T* ZF
  • Zeiss 35mm f/2 Distagon T* ZF, ZF.2
  • Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T* ZF
  • Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar T* ZF, ZF.2
  • Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* ZF
  • Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar T* ZF, ZF.2

With the recent announcement of Zeiss's Milvus line of lenses, it's no surprise that some of their older lenses would be discontinued. However, if the source is accurate, a few of the discontinued lenses have not been incorporated into the Milvus lineup thus far.

Can we expect to see the 18, 25 and 28mm Milvus lenses in the not-so-distant future or are those particular focal lengths falling by the wayside?

What do you think?

Most of these lenses (and their Canon equivalents) currently qualify for instant savings up to $300.00.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 10/8/2015 9:04:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Canon Professional Network:

"Canon's series of Speedlite flashguns range from the professional 600EX-RT and the recently introduced 430EX III-RT to compact units like the 320EX and 270EX II. Lighting expert Syl Arena advises on what to look for when selecting the best Speedlite for your needs..."
Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.

B&H carries Canon Speedlite Flashes.

Post Date: 10/8/2015 8:32:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Tamron:

Lens Case A011 (Model LA011)

A new lens case compatible with SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011)

October 8, 2015, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of optics for a wide range of applications, announces the launch of a lens case compatible with SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011). The new lens case will be sold as a separate accessory.

Tripod mount ring (long type), an optional accessory for A011 (Model A011TL)

A newly-designed optional tripod mount ring for SP 150-600mm VC USD extends the base surface of the tripod mount to improve stability and versatility

In addition to the Model LA011 lens case, Tamron also announces the launch of a tripod mount ring (long type) for SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011).

Tamron has designed a new long-type tripod mount ring for its well-received SP 150-600mm VC USD. By comparison with the supplied tripod mount, the new long-type design provides an extended base surface. This extra space not only makes it possible to add a second screw hole for secure mounting, thereby enhancing stability and versatility, but also makes it easier for users to hold the base surface and carry it around. The new mount ring will be sold as a separate accessory.

Date of Launch: October 15, 2015*
* Both products will be launched first in the Japanese market, with overseas launches to follow.

Note: The long tripod mount ring was originally announced in February but is now finally set to launch next month. [Sean]

B&H carries the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC which currently qualifies for a $70.00 mail-in rebate.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 10/8/2015 7:35:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adobe Lightroom Journal:

The Lightroom team wanted to let the community know that we’re investigating some critical performance and crasher bugs, and will be issuing an update shortly to address them.

If you are experiencing crashing or slowdowns, please try the following:

  1. Go to Lightroom > Preferences.
  2. Click on the General tab
  3. Uncheck “Show ‘Add Photos’ Screen”
  4. Restart Lightroom
I think it’s important to provide some context to why we made changes to Import. Over the years we’ve done extensive studies of customers interested in Lightroom. The studies have been comprised of people passionate about photography and who use their cameras as a creative outlet. In short, their motivations share the same motivations as people who already love Lightroom.

We visited them in their homes, and asked them to install, launch and use Lightroom. Since this was their first interaction with Lightroom, we were interested in observing specifically where they encountered obstacles, and therefore where we needed to focus our attention.

Customers were universally unable to decipher the Import dialog without getting frustrated. Some people pushed forward, bolstered by spending time searching the web for help. They might have been successful in importing files, but they didn’t feel successful. Others gave up, deciding that Lightroom might not be the right product for them.

The previous Import experience literally made people push back from their computers in frustration. Keeping the existing Import experience isn’t an option, and we needed to evolve the Import experience.

We’ve heard great feedback on the changes, and we’ve always evolved the Lightroom product with feedback from photographers and look forward to continue to evolve the experience going forward with your feedback in mind.

Please keep the feedback coming!

Previous Import

Lightroom Previous Import

Current Import

Lightroom 2015 2 Current Import

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/8/2015 5:20:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon USA:

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 7, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced Canon has been ranked 40 out of 100 on the 2015 Best Global Brands and third among Japanese Best Global Brands. Interbrand's annual 100 Best Global Brands ranking report identifies and evaluates companies that have created and sustained strong global brand performance. The standings are based on publicly available information including the financial performance of the branded products or services, the role of brand in the purchase decision process and the strength of the brand.

"This award is a testament to the Company's efforts to see the impossible, breaking the boundaries of what is possible and shifting the focus from Canon as solely a high-quality digital imaging product manufacturer to a Company that empowers the creative spirit within its people and customers," said Joe Adachi, chairman and chief executive officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

To access Interbrand's 2015 Best Global Brands report, visit: http://interbrand.com/best-brands/best-global-brands/2015/ranking/ and follow Best Global Brands across social media at #BGB2015.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/8/2015 5:06:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Just posted: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Review.

Sorry for being a little slow in getting this review finished. I've been having too much fun ... "testing" ... all aspects of this lens just to be "certain" that it was as good as I thought. ;)

B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens available for preorder (initial inventory sold out quickly).

Can't wait? Amazon has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM in stock. Also, the Canon Store has the 35 L II in stock and several are available on eBay.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 10/7/2015 9:05:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 6, 2015

From Canon USA:

Celebrating the Beginning of a Three-year Sponsorship, the Company Launched the Canon See Impossible Balloon into the Gorgeous New Mexico Sky during the Opening Mass Ascension

NEW YORK, October 6, 2015 - As the Presenting Sponsor and Official Imaging Company of the 44th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, led the spectacularly colorful, world-renowned primary mass ascension of the world's premiere balloon event with the first official flight of the Canon See Impossible Balloon.

On Saturday October 3, 2015, in Albuquerque New Mexico, the Canon See Impossible Balloon led more than 500 colorful hot air and gas balloons operated by pilots from more than 22 countries around the world to take flight in unity. From the event grounds to the vast New Mexico sky, Canon's presence at and in support of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta encourages and empowers attendees from all over the world to capture and print these once in a lifetime moments using tools that authentically represent the fiesta's vibrant glow.

Throughout the event, Canon also offers attendees the chance to experience the wide array of its photographic and printing products and provides educational experiences to help attendees capture the colorful balloons and vivid imagery all around them.

Update: Special thanks to site visitor Henry who sent us this picture from the event!

Balloon Festival 2015 Henry Winokur 1

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/6/2015 9:18:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.

Nikon will implement a service for updating AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR firmware. Details regarding implementation of this firmware service are as follows.

Firmware update details

  • We have confirmed that with autofocus shooting using the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens, autofocus may sometimes become disabled and focus operation switches to manual focus* when the zoom ring on the lens is rotated while the camera's shutter-release button is pressed halfway, or the camera's AF-ON button is held down.

* Autofocus operation can be restored by pressing the camera's shutter-release button halfway again, or pressing the camera's AF-ON button again.

To address the occurrence of this, we will implement a service for updating AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR firmware.

Updating lens firmware

  • Those users who would like to have their AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR firmware updated may take or send their lens to Nikon, where your lens firmware will be updated free of charge. Nikon will cover the cost of shipping the lens to and from Nikon.

Identifying lenses with which the firmware has already been updated

  • To check whether or not your lens is one of those affected by this issue, please click the Check Your Serial Number link below and enter your lens serial number. Your lens serial number will be checked and if affected, instructions for obtaining service will be displayed.
  • Check Your Serial Number to check to see if your lens is affected by this firmware.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Product Advisories
Post Date: 10/6/2015 8:32:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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