Canon and Sony News for May 2016 (Page 3)

 Friday, May 6, 2016

From Nikon:

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that three of its products are recipients of the prestigious TIPA Awards 2016 sponsored by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), a global authority in the photography and imaging industry. The Nikon D5 digital SLR camera has been selected for the Best DSLR Professional/Action awards, the Nikon D500 for the Best APS-C DSLR Expert award, and the SnapBridge app for the Best Imaging Innovation award.

The best photographic and imaging products released between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016 in a number of categories were selected for the TIPA Awards 2016 through voting by editors of prestigious camera and imaging magazines from around the world.

Reasons the Nikon D5 was selected for the Best DSLR Professional/Action awards (summary of TIPA comments)
The EXPEED 5 image-processing engine built into the D5 delivers low noise, the high-speed processing required for 4K UHD video, and high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 12 fps (with AF and AE tracking). Up to 200 14-bit lossless-compression RAW images can be captured with a single burst of continuous shooting. The new Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module is very densely packed with 153 focus points (99 are cross-type sensors positioned in central and peripheral areas) covering a broad area of the frame. What's more, still JPEG images with a pixel count of roughly 8 megapixels can be extracted from 4K UHD movies, the D5 supports the highest standard sensitivity in Nikon history — ISO 102400, and with an AF detection range beginning at just -4 EV, autofocusing on dimly lit and low-contrast subjects is possible.

Reasons the Nikon D500 was selected for the Best APS-C DSLR Expert award (summary of TIPA comments)
Adoption of the new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine and a new Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor for the D500 has achieved a broad standard sensitivity range — ISO 100–51200, expandable to the equivalent of ISO 1640000 (Hi 5). The D500 delivers high-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 10 fps (with AF and AE tracking) for up to 79 shots of 14-bit uncompressed RAW images in a single burst. Along with stills, the D500 supports recording of 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p, full-HD, and time-lapse movies. It is equipped with a 3.2-inch, approximately 2,360K-dot touch screen monitor for viewing and shooting ease. The camera can record to both XQD and SD card slots at the same time, and is compatible with SnapBridge for seamless connection of the camera to a smart device, allowing users to transfer and share images.

Reasons SnapBridge was selected for the Best Imaging Innovation award (summary of TIPA comments)
SnapBridge enables seamless connection of a camera and smart device with an energy-efficient Bluetooth low energy connection. Once installed, SnapBridge enables immediate transfer of images to a smart device from the camera with which up to five smart devices can be paired. Original JPEG images, or smaller 2-MP (full HD) JPEG copies can be automatically transferred to, and stored on, smart devices during shooting. In addition, two types of embedded information, including copyright, shooting information, comments, and logos, can be included. Further, the app supports remote shooting from the smart device, allowing users to frame and preview shots in real time using the smart device screen and, with certain cameras, to operate features such as the self-timer.

B&H has the Nikon D500 and the Nikon D5 (XQD) available for preorder, while the Nikon D5 (CF) is in stock with free expedited shipping.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon USA News
Post Date: 5/6/2016 5:43:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 5, 2016

I drove to the UPS shipping terminal first thing this morning to pick up my 1D X Mark II body just arriving from B&H. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and, with an under-the-lights soccer game on my schedule for this evening, I chose to not wait for the brown truck to arrive late this afternoon (and risk it not arriving in time). Hearing the sound of this camera is always good for a smile and I put it in front of the mic for a first test.

Canon rates the 1D X Mark II buffer depth at up to 170 RAW images, with the highest number requiring a CFast 2.0 Memory Card. CFast cards were a new requirement for my kit and Transcend was anxious for me to try out one of their CFX650 256GB CFast 2.0 Memory Cards (Max. Read/Write Speed: 510/370 MB/s) in this camera. I didn't have to think too long to accept that offer and, while I have yet to use another card in this camera, I can tell you that this one and the 1D X Mark II perform very impressively together.

With the Transcend card installed, the 1D X Mark II captured an incredible 14 frames per second until I got bored holding the shutter release down over 6 minutes later. The 14 fps converts to 840 fpm and, in 6:01.35, I had a VERY impressive 5,068 RAW images on the CFast card. With this card installed, the camera never filled its buffer. And, the sound is, as expected, awesome:

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Burst Mode
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Burst Mode Extended Version (the full 6 minutes)

Here is a burst rate comparison between the 1D X Mark II and several other current or recent models:

Burst Comparison: 80D, 7D Mark II, 1D X Mark II and 1D X

The fine print: the test camera was configured to use ISO 100, a 1/8000 shutter speed (no waiting for the shutter operation), a wide open aperture (no time lost due to aperture blades closing) and manual focus (no focus lock delay). The lens cap remained on (insuring a black file and the smallest file size) and a freshly-formatted fast memory card was loaded. Camera sounds were recorded using a Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder with record levels set to 50% at -12db gain and positioned 1" behind the rear LCD.

Completing the full 1D X review is of course a high priority for me – I'll have much more to share in the near future. Check out the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II page for more information.

B&H has the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II available for preorder.

Retailers with 1D X II Premium Kit In Stock
Adorama | Focus Camera

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 5/5/2016 11:24:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

by Sean Setters

While recently planning a trip to Wichita, KS to visit friends, my goal was to pack as light as possible to avoid checked baggage fees. The trip was not planned with photography being a high priority, however, I wanted to take a decently capable kit with me in case photographic opportunities arose.

On that note, Delta allows one personal item and one carry-on bag for free. My work laptop bag filled the "personal item" allotment. As such, my Lowepro Nova Sport 35L AW became a dual service bag in that it not only carried my camera gear but my clothes as well.

Unfortunately, that led to compromises as I couldn't take as much camera gear as I'm used to having available and I had to be very selective in the clothes that I packed.

Having never been to Wichita, I wasn't quite sure what kinds of photographic opportunities to expect. Therefore, I decided to structure my kit to be as versatile as possible while remaining [relatively] small in footprint.

Clothes aside, here's the gear I packed into the Lowepro Nova Sport 35L AW:

I choose to bring the 7D II instead of my 5D III because the crop sensor camera allowed me to pack a wide range of focal lengths in a smaller amount of space compared to a full-frame compatible set of lenses (not to mention the weight savings over similarly-capable full-frame lenses). As this wasn't a photo-centric trip, I decided not to pack an LC-E6 battery charger (assuming I wouldn't exhaust two LP-E6s in three days).

Here were my thoughts behind the gear choices:

  • The EF-S 10-18 IS STM would fulfill my wide-angle lens needs; the EF-S 55-250 IS STM would cover telephoto needs.
  • The EF-S 24 STM and 40 STM pancakes would be perfect for shooting video while adding very little weight/bulk to the kit. The 40mm lens would also fill a gap in my uncovered focal range and could serve as a decent, loosely framed portrait lens with a 64mm full-frame equivalent focal length.
  • The Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art would serve as my indoor, low-light lens. I anticipated that we would be spending a decent amount of time in our friends' apartment hanging out and catching up (we don't see them often).
  • The 580EX flash would allow me to augment the light in a scene if needed. Bounce flash can produce very flattering light in indoor settings (assuming you have neutral-colored walls/ceilings to work with). And with the 7D II's pop-up flash acting as a master flash, I could even use the flash off-camera if needed. Including flash gels would also allow me to change the color of the flash's light to more closely match the ambient.
  • I opted to bring the tiny Feisol Mini Tripod so that I'd have some type of support solution in the kit. I envisioned using it for group photos or possibly lightning shots (when combined with the Miops Camera Trigger).

The Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS STM proved especially useful on a visit to the Sedgwick County Zoo because of its small size, long focal range and effective IS.

Giraffe Mane at Sedgwick County Zoo

Bird at Sedgwick County Zoo

Galapagos Tortoise at Sedgwick County Zoo

The EF-S 55-250 IS STM also proved useful in another way. Having not anticipated the need for a macro lens, I hadn't packed one. However, as our friends were recently engaged, I was asked to capture a shot of the engagement ring. Being engaged to a railroad rail quality engineer, the happy bride-to-be wanted to incorporate the railroad into the shot.

Luckily, we found an abandoned pile of railroad spikes about 20 feet away from a portion of track at a long-abandoned railway station. Without a macro lens at hand, I used the 55-250mm lens to create the image below.

Engagement Ring on Railroad Spikes

And here are a few images I captured using other lenses in the kit:

Trees Beginning to Bloom Wichita KS

Buildings Wichita KS

Museum of World Treasures Wichita KS Portrait

Museum of World Treasures Wichita KS

Overall, the gear worked well for the trip and was not a burden to travel with. I used everything except the Miops trigger (no lightning on the trip) and I was able to capture images in a variety of situations. And for what it's worth, my most-used lens on the trip – the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM – is currently on sale at the Canon Refurbished Store for a ridiculously low price.

Post Date: 5/5/2016 9:05:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Photoshelter:

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Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photoshelter News
Post Date: 5/5/2016 9:03:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 4, 2016

As has become my habit when setting up a new DSLR, I recorded my setup steps for the recently-received Canon EOS Rebel T6. Following are the 24 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box Rebel T6 ready for use.

  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. The battery likely comes partially charged, but it is nice to start out with a fully charged battery.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box.
  3. Download the Canon Solution Disk software from Canon's website and install on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert the battery (after charging completes – if you can wait that long).
  6. Power the camera on.
  7. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  8. Insert a memory card (don't forget to format the card via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  9. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  10. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the cameras as follows:
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: "RAW"
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Beep: Disable
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Release without card: Disable/off (I highly recommend this setting)
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec.
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Peripheral illumination correction: disabled
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "1" (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: ISO Auto: 6400
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Grid display: Grid 1 (3x3)
  19. Playback Menu, Tab 2: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to monitor all three color channels for blown or blocked pixels)
  20. Tools Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  21. Tools Menu, Tab 3: C.Fn I: Exposure: ISO Expansion: On
  22. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Long exposure noise reduction: I usually have this option set to "Auto", but my choice varies for the situation.
  23. Tools Menu, Tab 3: High ISO speed noise reduction: Off (noise reduction is destructive to images details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  24. My Menu: Register the following options: Long exposure noise reduction, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning (Clean manually), Expo.comp./AEB (back up near the top of the list)
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.

To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot - including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.

If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.

More Information

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Post Date: 5/4/2016 10:33:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, May 3, 2016

From MindShift Gear:

SANTA ROSA, CALIF – For outdoor photographers who need quick access to their CF and SD memory cards, MindShift Gear has released the Card-Again wallets. These two simple, lightweight memory card wallets fit easily in your pockets, feature clear windows to identify used versus full cards and cutouts for easy access, and an attachment point to tether to a bag or clothing. The CF Card-Again holds four CF cards. The SD Card-Again holds six SD cards.

Materials

Exterior: The wallets are constructed using 420 high-density nylon, 210D nylon, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread. For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating.

Specifications

CF Card-Again
External Dimensions: 4.3” x 2.5” x 0.5” (11 x 6.3 x 1.3 cm)
(W x H x D)
Weight: 1.0 oz. (28 g)

SD Card-Again
External Dimensions: 4.3” x 2.4” x 0.5” (11 x 6 x 1.2 cm)
(W x H x D)
Weight: 0.9 oz. (25 g)

MindShift Gear has the Card-Again Memory Card Holders in stock.

Post Date: 5/3/2016 10:02:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From MindShift Gear:

Carry Your Camera Outdoors Five Ways with MindShift Gear’s Multi-Mount Holster

SANTA ROSA, CALIF – For outdoor photographers seeking one bag to carry a single DSLR camera on everything from a quick outing to a multi-night trek, MindShift Gear introduces four highly versatile Multi-Mount Holsters. Sized to fit a range of cameras and lenses, each holster offers five key mounting configurations: shoulder, pack/front harness, chest, storage, and belt. In a first for the photo industry, the Multi-Mount Holsters feature a unique backpack mount for multi-day comfort. The holsters feature an innovative “Stabilizer Strap System” that secures the bag in your desired position, distributes weight effectively, and is quickly adjustable.

In keeping with MindShift’s design emphasis on providing protection from stormy weather, wind, snow and dust, the new holsters feature a weather-blocking elements barrier under the zippered lid and a seam-sealed rain cover. The Multi-Mount Holster 30 and 50 sizes feature an expandable front pocket for quick access to photography essentials, such as a Speedlight flash or tabletop tripod.

“The Multi-Mount Holsters include all the accessories needed to personalize your camera carrying method,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer. “With just a few adjustments, you can quickly switch from carrying it on your waist, back, chest or shoulder.”

Features and Benefits

  • Designed for today’s DSLRs with attached quick release or L-bracket
  • Integrated multi-mount adjustable strap system tucks away into three dedicated pockets
  • Weight bearing shoulder strap features stretch-free neoprene comfort, slip-resistant shoulder pad, lightweight clips, and two-sided length adjustment including one ladderlock
  • Front harness weight-bearing pack mount straps feature quick-release SR buckles for instant removal and pivoting lightweight clips that attach to any pack’s shoulder harness with daisy chain webbing
  • Lightweight and compact stabilizer waist belt is designed to easily pivot the shoulder bag configuration around over the webbing
  • Stabilizer straps, stored in tuck-away pockets, quickly wrap around any backpack shoulder strap and create triangulated stabilization from low and high points on the front end of the bag
  • New YKK zippers are coated with an anti-corrosion substrate, providing enamel-finish durability. These zippers are less prone to freezing and much lighter than standard slides. They also pass YKK’s industry-renowned production fastening standard with a static pull test at three angles result in smoother zipping in all conditions.
  • Exterior shell is constructed with 420D nylon with Durable Water Resistance finish for long lasting durability and strength
  • Front expandable pocket includes organizer pocket, two separate loops for memory card holder and keys, and double sliders
  • Domed top creates room for attached camera strap storage
  • Comfortable air mesh back panel includes stabilizer waist belt pass-through
  • Internal zippered lid pocket for added protection from the elements
  • Removable LCD screen protector and adjustable divider(s) for different lens configurations
  • Main compartment security loop secures camera to lanyard in exposed environments
  • Top grab handle
  • Ergonomic zipper pulls are easily gripped with gloves
  • Shoulder strap loops double as clip-in point for water bottles, etc.

Gear Capacity

Multi-Mount Holster 10

  • Holds one large (un-gripped) Mirrorless body and one standard zoom lens or prime
  • Holds one compact DSLR (Rebel, 3300 or 5300 series) and one lens
  • Compatible Lenses: Prime lens; Kit Lens; 16-85mm (Canon or Nikon) with hood REVERSED; 16-35mm f/2.8 (Sony)

Multi-Mount Holster 20

  • Holds one standard-size DSLR (5DM3 or D810) and one standard zoom lens or two primes
  • Holds one large (un-gripped) Mirrorless body and one standard zoom lens or two primes
  • 16-35mm f/2.8 with hood EXTENDED (Canon); 16-35mm f/4 VR with hood EXTENDED (Nikon); 24-70mm f/2.8 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon); 17-55mm f/2.8 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon)

Multi-Mount Holster 30

  • Holds one standard-size DSLR (5DM3 or D810) and one standard zoom lens
  • Holds one gripped DSLRs (1Dx or D4s) and one standard zoom lens
  • 24-70mm f/2.8 with hood EXTENDED (Canon or Nikon); 70-200mm f/2.8 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon); 300mm f/4 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon); 80-400mm f/4 AF-S/G with hood REVERSED (Nikon)
  • Front pocket holds SB-910 (Nikon Speedlight); 600 RT (Canon Speedlite)

Multi-Mount Holster 50

  • Holds one gripped Pro DSLR (Nikon D3/D4 series or Canon 1D/1Ds/1DX series) and one standard zoom lens
  • Holds one standard DSLRs with L-bracket (Nikon D800/D700) and one standard zoom lens
  • 24-70mm f/2.8 with hood EXTENDED (Canon or Nikon); 70-200mm f/2.8 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon); 300mm f/4 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon); 80-400mm f/4 AF-S/G with hood REVERSED (Nikon)
  • Front pocket holds SB-910 (Nikon Speedlight); 600 RT (Canon Speedlite)

Materials

Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. The holsters also feature high-quality YKK zippers, 420D high-density nylon, 420D velocity nylon, 320G, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: 200D poly, velex, high-density closed-cell foam, belly-o mesh, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Specifications

Multi-Mount Holster 10
External Dimensions: 8.5” H x 7.25” W x 6.25” D
Camera Compartment: 6.75” H x 6” W x 3.75” D
Weight: 10 oz. (Weight w/ all straps and rain cover: 1 lb. 2.125 oz.)

Multi-Mount Holster 20
External Dimensions: 9.5” H x 8.25” W x 6.5” D
Camera Compartment: 7.5” H x 7.25” W x 4.5” D
Weight: 11.625 oz. (Weight w/ all straps and rain cover: 1 lb. 3.5 oz.)

Multi-Mount Holster 30
External Dimensions: 13.25” H x 8.5” W x 6.5” D
Camera Compartment: 11.25” H x 7.25” W x 4.5” D
Weight: 12.875 oz. (Weight w/ all straps and rain cover: 1 lb. 5.25 oz.)

Multi-Mount Holster 50
External Dimensions: 13.25” H x 8.5” W x 8.75” D
Camera Compartment: 11.25” H x 7.25” W x 6.5” D
Weight: 14.875 oz. (Weight w/ all straps and rain cover: 1 lb. 7.625 oz.)

MindShift Gear has the Multi-Mount Holsters in stock.

Post Date: 5/3/2016 9:41:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro F017 Lens page.

Image quality results from the Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D are now available. A wide range of Canon EOS models can be compared with the Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens (T6-tested) and/or the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens selected (use f/4).

The Rebel T6 is available only in a kit with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens, so while we had this lens in the labs, we captured Image quality results from it mounted to the EOS 7D Mark II.

Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II are available in the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens Review. This is a venerable combination for sports and wildlife.

As usual, all of the above-mentioned items are available at B&H. Your continued support of the site by using the provided B&H and other retailer links to make purchases (of anything) continues to make these tests possible.

Post Date: 5/3/2016 9:15:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The next generation Skyport is here and allows you to take full control of your flashes from the palm of your hands.

North White Plains, NY – May 2, 2016 – The EL-Skyport Plus follows the successful launch of the EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS for Canon and Nikon, for those shooters requiring Hi-Sync. The new EL-Skyport Plus system is compact and robust, using readily available AA batteries. The Skyport Plus offers an extended range of up to 656 feet (200 m) and controls the power of all Skyport enabled Elinchrom flash units. With eight individual frequencies and the choice of standard and speed protocols, there are 16 frequency options, each with four groups. The EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus is compatible with almost every camera. The transmitter head folds down for reduced profile and easier subject viewing while shooting.

Compatible with Most Flash Systems

The EL-Skyport Receiver Plus will trigger almost every flash system and features a built-in hot shoe to trigger speedlights, while enabling them to also be conveniently mounted onto a lighting stand.

When used in conjunction with a Skyport HS Plus Transmitter, most speedlights set at full power can also be incorporated into Hi-Sync applications (using high shutter sync speeds to freeze motion and control ambient light).

“Elinchrom has long prided itself on providing as much control as possible to its photographers. The new Skyport Plus continues that tradition by allowing shooters to take and maintain complete control no matter what they are shooting. When it comes to Living Light, no company does it better than Elinchrom.” said Jan Lederman, MAC Group President.

The Elinchrom Skyport Plus system is retro compatible with the existing Skyport Speed system, and forward compatible to the additional frequencies offered by the latest Elinchrom ELB and ELC units.

B&H carries the Elinchrom Skyport Plus system.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Elinchrom News
Post Date: 5/3/2016 6:59:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Industry acclaimed i1Display Pro Brings a More Accurate Color Viewing Experience to SmallHD Production-Monitors

Grand Rapids, MI – X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, with subsidiary Pantone today announced partnership with SmallHD, the creator of durable production monitors for creative video, filmmaking, and broadcast professionals. SmallHD to bundle and support industry acclaimed X-Rite OEM i1Display Pro to seamlessly manage color calibration for their first-ever line of daylight-viewable, full-HD display with flexible power production-monitor models 1703-HDR, 2403-HDR and 3203-HDR.

As a design, manufacturer and distributor, SmallHD seeks to continue being an innovator, leading the on-camera monitor industry by bringing filmmakers affordable quality, durability and functionality to their professional monitor-displays. Known for outstanding customer support, SmallHD is driven by the needs and requests from their customers and filmmakers alike.

“It’s an exciting time to be a filmmaker, as camera technology evolves more rapidly than ever before. With demand for visual content at an all-time high, so is competition. The modern filmmaker needs confidence in knowing if the shot is in focus and that the color being displayed is accurate. It’s working more efficiently than ever before and having fun in the process. Our production monitors boost the confidence for content creators that find themselves in various indoor/outdoor shooting environments.” states SmallHD CEO, Weston Phillips. “Our partnership supporting X-Rite i1Display Pro for our new line of production displays, including our first-ever line of daylight-viewable HDR production monitors, supports our commitment to give customers a more accurate, professional color viewing experience.”

With a century of color theory science behind the X-Rite brand, the i1Display Pro is the ultimate solution for creative professionals who demand speed and flexibility to attain color accuracy. Accurate color representation on screen is paramount for the video and film industries, the i1Display Pro delivers fast measurement speed and unrivaled color accuracy on all modern display technologies. These benefits are especially important whether capturing or editing footage. i1Display Pro includes video color standards, for a more accurate color workflow.

“We are very excited to have our OEM i1Display Pro bundled across the new line of SmallHD Production-Monitor displays to enhance viewing accuracy. The announcement aligns with SmallHD recently released larger daylight-viewable HDR production monitors,” said X-Rite Vice President of Product Marketing Chris Winczewski. “The partnership with SmallHD demonstrates our focused commitment for the expansion of X-Rite’s photo and video products into the video, filmmaking and broadcast markets.”

B&H carries X-Rite and SmallHD products.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Categories: X-Rite News, SmallHD News
Post Date: 5/3/2016 5:33:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 2, 2016

B&H has a shipment of Canon EOS-1D X DSLRs in its warehouse and is in the early stages of shipping preorders. Because of the long hiatus, preorders may take a few days to ship.

Note that the free 64GB CFast 2.0 memory card and reader deal ($300.00 value) was scheduled to end once the camera came into stock. B&H has yet to change the camera's stock status, so there's still time to take advantage of the great bundle deal.

Update: Adorama has the 1D X II Premium Kit (with free memory card) listed as in stock.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Shipping Notices
Post Date: 5/2/2016 6:03:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

As we originally reported on Friday, Canon's CarePAK Plus program is returning today. Unfortunately, the EOS 80D that we speculated might be covered in the new program did not make the eligibility list. The new program runs from May 1, 2016 through July 30, 2016. See below for full details.

From Canon USA:

Canon CarePAK Plus Special Free Promotion Turns ‘Whoops’ Into Whoopie!

Accidents happen all the time. One minute you’re embracing your creativity and capturing amazing photos and the next minute you’re staring down at what’s left of your Canon camera after its been dropped off a cliff, smashed by an overeager toddler, knocked off the picnic table and into the pool, or had an extra-large latte (no whip) spilled all over its LCD screen. Talk about a creativity buzz kill.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. wants you focused on taking great photos, not on worrying how much it will cost to get your camera repaired. Beginning May 1, 2016 and running through July 30, 2016, Canon U.S.A. is offering a complimentary CarePAK Plus Protection Plan good for a 13-month period from time of purchase, when you purchase an eligible camera or lens product at a Canon Authorized Dealer.

With Canon CarePAK Plus Protection your camera is repaired by Canon factory trained technicians using only Genuine Canon Parts. No third parties. No confusion—just the promise of protection from accidental damages, for a 13-month period— absolutely free. Any camera repaired under this promotion will receive priority service, free return shipping and support direct from Canon. And once the 13-month period is completed, Canon camera and lens owners have the opportunity to purchase an extended CarePAK Plus Plan.

Eligible Canon DSLR camera bodies include the EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-1D X, EOS 5DS, EOS 5DS R, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 6D, and EOS 7D Mark II. Eligible lenses include the EF 17-40mm f/4L USM, EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, EF 50mm f/1.2L USM, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM, EF 70-20mm f/2.8L IS II USM, and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM. All eligible product(s) must be registered on the Canon website, www.usa.canon.com/protection within 30 days of purchase date to take advantage of this special promotion.

Accidents do happen— but with Canon CarePAK Plus Protection life can go right on being picture-perfect.

Learn more about this promotion at usa.canon.com/carepak-plus.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 5/2/2016 1:43:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

Zeiss has posted a teaser image via Facebook which seems to indicate the announcement of three new lenses next week.

Hmm....looks intriguing, doesn't it? [Sean]

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 5/2/2016 11:05:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 5/2/2016 10:29:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From B&H:

The second year edition bringing you inspiration, technique, and equipment for imaging of travel, wildlife, landscape and adventure photography brought to you by B&H and Lindblad Expeditions.

OPTIC 2016 is four days of presentations, events, live demonstrations, portfolio reviews, gallery exhibitions, cocktail parties, sunset cruises and a Central Park photo expedition along with a giant two day long trade show. Please see each day for a complete schedule of the many activities that OPTIC offers that you can choose from, to customize your experience. The main stage on day one and day two will be live streamed. All lectures will be available to view at a later time, so you can relive OPTIC and not miss a single exciting presentation!

All OPTIC trade show and lectures are open and free to the public, however we request each attendee register to attend either in-person, or for the Livestream (you will receive an email notification with the link at the start of the Livestream).

Click here to see the full 4-day schedule.

Keynote Speaker: Michael Kenna

Other Speakers:

Sven-Olaf LindbladGabriel Biderman
Robert Rodriquez JrMatt Hill
Brenda TharpChris Nicholson
Jay DickmanDavid Brommer
Krista RossowLance Keimig
Katrin EismannRoman Kurywczak
Erika LarsenKevin Gilbert
Flip NicklinIra Block
Ralph Lee HopkinsOmar Z Robles
Vincent VersaceClay Taylor
Charles ChesslerJohn Paul Caponigro
Ron MagilSteve Simon
Sara Cedar MillerStephen Mallon

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: B&H News
Post Date: 5/2/2016 9:21:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Profoto YouTube Channel:

Sometimes the ambient light is just perfect. But usually it’s not. It’s too bright. It’s too dark. It’s the middle of the day when you want a glowing sunset.

That's why we use flash. With flash you’re in full control. If it’s too bright you use it to overpower the sun. If it’s too dark you light up your subject. If it’s the wrong time of day you add an orange color gel and create your own sunset.

The trick is to make it look natural. People shouldn’t be able to notice the flash light. They should pay attention to the image, not the technique behind it.

In this video, commercial photographer Adam Angelides shows you how. He uses color gels to recreate warm sunlight. He uses a large and deep umbrella as fill light. He uses High Speed Sync to control the ambient light. He uses gels to create a flare. All this in under five minutes.

B&H carries the following products:

Note: For a limited time, the Profoto B1 comes with a free Profoto OCF Beauty Dish and Speedring.

Post Date: 5/2/2016 8:25:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

According to the Egami Blog, Canon has filed a patent for a CN-E 30-160mm f/2.8 LS lens designed for Super 35 sensors.

Description of the patent literature

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-57387
  • Published 2016.4.21
  • Filing date 2014.9.8
  • Zoom ratio 5.00
  • Focal length 32.00 100.00 160.00
  • F-number 2.70 2.70 3.00
  • Half angle of view (degrees) 24.82 8.42 5.28
  • Image height 14.80
  • Overall length of the lens 271.71
  • BF 45.83

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera and Lens Patents
Post Date: 5/2/2016 5:16:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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