Canon and Sony News for Sep 2016 (Page 3)

 Thursday, September 15, 2016

From Profoto:

With the ability to freeze action at up to 1/63,000 of a second, to shoot bursts of 20 images per second and sync with camera shutter speeds as fast as 1/8,000 of a second the D2 is redefining the definition of speed in monolights.


“For a photographer, every new day is a new challenge. So for them, speed isn’t one thing – it’s many. That’s why we created the D2 to be remarkably fast in every way” says Johan Wiberg, Product Manager at Profoto.

A photographer might need to freeze action with absolute sharpness. The D2 brings pin sharp clarity with a flash duration of up to 1/63,000 of a second, which makes it faster than most high-end studio packs on the market. Better still, it offers super short flash duration across the full energy range.

If flash duration is exceptionally fast, recycling time is equal to it. With the D2 you can shoot up to 20 flashes per second. That allows you to catch 20 versions of the same moment, and quite often that's the difference between capturing a good image and a great image.

Bringing yet another dimension to speed is Profoto’s High-Speed Sync technology (HSS). This allows the D2 to sync with the fastest shutter speeds available. An advantage when you need to catch a deep blue sky or take full control of ambient light.

The D2 can also help to speed up workflow because it’s equipped with patented TTL technology. You can point and shoot and the D2 will automatically adjust its output for perfect exposure. But manual mode is available at a click of a button, so switching between both modes with settings intact just makes everything move faster.

In terms of output, the D2 is available in 500Ws and 1000Ws versions. At full power you’ll easily overpower the sun, or fully illuminate a larger Light Shaping Tool. Both versions come with a super wide 10 f-stop energy range and superior color consistency over the entire range. So leave the ND filters at home and add just a hint of light if needed.

Above all, this is Profoto Light Shaping equipment. So the design is smooth and minimal, it’s intuitive to use, the build quality as you’d expect, is rugged and sturdy, and it can be used with more than 120 different Light Shaping Tools.

“We designed the Profoto D2 to be the world’s fastest monolight,” says Johan Wiberg, Product Manager at Profoto.

“But the speed is not a gimmick. We truly believe that more speed allows you to be more creative and consistently take better images regardless of what challenge you face – with the D2, you’re always up to speed.”

For high volume production when you shoot thousands of images per day, like packshot photography, there is an optional Quartz flashtube available.

The D2 is released Sept 15, 2016. Both the 500Ws and 1000Ws versions are available in different kit configurations.

B&H has the Profoto D2 AirTTL Monolight available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 9/15/2016 6:17:48 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

Preorder links for the newly announced Canon products are now live.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Preorders
Post Date: 9/15/2016 12:48:19 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Canon:

Affordable Lens Features NANO USM Technology, Enhanced Image Stabilizer and Information Display

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 15, 2016 – Having the right tool for the job has long been the mantra for professional photographers and hobbyists alike. Canon’s wide array of lenses provide users with a variety of creative options to help capture dynamic photos and videos with their DSLR cameras. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the new Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens featuring NANO USM technology for high-speed and near-silent focusing in both still and video modes. The lens also features a new LCD information display and four-stop* image stabilization.

“To help photographers that are striving to create the most amazing pictures and videos possible, Canon is dedicated to developing the best tools to help them with their goal,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Having this new EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens in a photographer’s camera bag will surely help them achieve their creative vision.”

Designed with the user in mind, this affordable new lens includes technology to spark creativity and deliver excellent image and video quality from afar. This is the second Canon lens equipped with NANO USM technology, a focusing motor that combines the benefits of a ring USM (ultrasonic motor) for high-speed AF during still photo shooting and lead-screw type STM (stepping motor) for smooth and quiet video autofocusing (AF)

Features for the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens include:

  • High-speed autofocus for shooting stills and smooth, near-silent autofocus when shooting video is achieved by incorporating NANO USM technology.
  • New Lens Information Display shows focusing distance, focal length and shake amount.
  • One UD Lens helps reduce chromatic aberration and delivers outstanding high resolution and high-contrast results.
  • Image Stabilizer effect at up-to-4* stops of shake correction helps capture sharp images.
  • Circular aperture (9 blades) helps deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in AF Mode.

The Canon EF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS II USM lens is scheduled to be available in November 2016, for an estimated retail price of $549.99

Preorders

Canon EF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens – B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 9/15/2016 12:13:41 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Canon:

EOS M5 Camera Provides The Fastest Autofocus (AF) speed of EOS M-Series and a built-in Electronic Viewfinder

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 15, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the latest additions to its EOS M series system - the new Canon EOS M5 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera and compact EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens. The EOS M5 camera features a 24.2 Megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor, DIGIC 7 Image Processor and the fastest AF speed in the EOS M-series , enabling photographers to capture clear, sharp, high-resolution images and Full HD videos. It is also the first in the EOS camera line to include the low energy Bluetooth Smart feature that can maintain a constant connection with your compatible smartphone or tablet when you use the Canon camera connect application and both applications are active. The versatile EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens is compatible with all Canon EOS M series digital cameras, and is a great option for photographers looking to capture scenic landscapes while traveling to close-up shots from afar.

“The new capabilities found in the Canon EOS M5 Camera and EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens set a new standard for our EOS M series of cameras and lenses, showing that Canon is constantly incorporating performance enhancements desired by our customers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “When paired together, the new EOS M5 camera and EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens provide image-makers of all levels with powerful tools that enable them to capture a variety of remarkable images and videos.”

In addition, advanced photographers will appreciate the improved operability of the EOS M5 camera. It has a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) and Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF for capturing stills and shooting video with smooth and precise autofocus. This allows for Touch and Drag AF so users can easily switch the subject of their focus by dragging the AF frame directly on the LCD panel, even while looking through the camera’s EVF. Focus peaking allows users to highlight the area of the image that is in focus from within the EVF or LCD monitor. In addition to its touchscreen operability, the EOS M5 camera also has easily accessible dials that allow you to quickly adjust your settings on-the-go.

Key Features of the Canon EOS M5 Camera Include:

  • 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, ISO 100–25600.
  • Fast and smooth Dual Pixel CMOS AF helps you capture stills and shoot video with quick and precise autofocus.
  • High-speed continuous shooting at up to 7.0 fps (up to 9.0 fps with AF Lock) and new DIGIC 7 Image Processor with improved AF tracking performance.
  • Full HD 60p helps capture fast-moving subjects and brilliant results in MP4 format.
  • Digital IS with 5-axis image stabilization when shooting movies plus increased image stabilization with both lens optical IS and in-camera digital IS when shooting with an IS lens.
  • Built-in high-resolution EVF (approx. 2,360,000 dots) with new Touch and Drag AF lets you manually move the AF frame displayed for more precise focusing in different shooting situations.
  • Intuitive touch screen 3.2 tilt-type (85° up/180° down) LCD monitor (approx. 1,620,000 dots) enables flexible positioning and clear viewing.
  • Easily customize functions while shooting using the Main Dial, Quick Control Dial, Dial Function Button and Exposure Compensation Dial.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC allows for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos.
  • Equipped with Bluetoothiii Smart for smooth pairing with a compatible smartphone by powering on both devices for easy photo sharing and remote control possibilities.
  • Shorter camera startup time and interval time between each image capture for a more efficient shooting experience.
  • Compatible with EF-M lenses as well as the full line of EF and EF-Sviii lenses and Speedlites for expanded creativity.

The Canon EOS M5 also features Combination IS with in-camera 5-axis image stabilization, while capturing video, a first in the Canon EOS series. With a compatible lens attachediv, Combination IS leverages optical IS and in-camera digital IS to help create tremendously smooth videos. The DIGIC 7 Image Processor makes the 5-axis IS possible even with lenses that do not contain IS, because the in-camera image stabilization functions independently to help reduce camera shake when shooting videos.

Additionally, the EOS M5 camera shoots impressive time-lapse videos. The EOS M5 camera also allows for easy panning by setting the optimal shutter speed after analyzing the camera's panning speed and how fast the subject is moving.

The new Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens offers a high-zoom ratio, expanding the range of photographic possibilities for EOS M digital cameras. Its image stabilizer helps with reducing image blur and making image and video shooting easier at longer focal lengths. Along with the enhanced performance, the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens is compact and lightweight, making it a versatile and convenient lens to carry.

Key Features of the Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Include:

  • Canon’s first EF-M high-zoom power lens covering a broad range of shooting scenes with a high-zoom ratio of up to 8.3x (29–240mm equivalent).
  • Compact and lightweight design allows for easy portability.
  • Optical design helps provide excellent image quality across a broad zoom range comparable to the EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM lens.
  • Maximum magnification of 0.31x at focal length 150mm.
  • Image Stabilizer effect at up to 4 stops of shake correction helps capture sharp images.

Pricing and Availability

The new Canon EOS M5 camera is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in November 2016, for an estimated retail price of $979.99 for the body only. It will also be sold as part of body-and-lens kits with EF-M 15-45mm/F3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom kit lens (estimated retail price of $1,099.00, scheduled to be available early November 2016 ), and with the new EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for an (estimated retail price of $1,479.00, scheduled to be available early December 2016)

In addition, the new Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, available in graphite and silver colors, is scheduled to be available in December 2016 for an estimated retail price of $499.99.

Additional optional EOS accessories include a Body Jacket (EM-E2) and Neck Strap (EH29-CJ) that come in black or brown.

Preorders:

Canon EOS M5 – B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic
Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM – B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 9/15/2016 12:09:40 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 14, 2016

From Adobe:

Adobe DNG is now standard format for mobile photography across both iOS and Android

SAN JOSE, Calif – Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced an update to Lightroom for mobile, making it one of the first apps for capturing Adobe DNG photos on iOS 10 devices. Adobe DNG is the only raw file format directly integrated into iOS and delivers the highest possible image quality and the greatest amount of editing flexibility and control for capturing and editing photos.

With the release of iOS 10, DNG – a raw photography format created by Adobe – is now the go-to, high-quality capture format for mobile photography across both iOS and Android, a strong validation of the decades of leadership and innovation that Adobe has in digital photography. Lightroom for mobile 2.5 delivers an end-to-end Adobe DNG raw mobile photography workflow while also adding support for the new wide gamut P3 color space found in the iPad Pro 9.7 and the soon-to-be-released iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Download: Adobe Lightroom Mobile (iPhone | iPad)

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 9/14/2016 7:09:36 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Think Tank Photo:

Think Tank Photo’s New Lightweight Airport Helipak for 3DR Solo Offers Maximum Capacity, Comfort and Portability

Santa Rosa, Calif. – Drone users can now carry their 3DR Solo, 15” laptop, controller, GoPros, charger, spare rotors, extra batteries, jacket, tools, and more in a robust and yet lightweight new backpack, the Airport Helipak for 3DR Solo from Think Tank Photo. Unlike rigid hard cases that lack extra carrying capacity and comfort, this new backpack is designed for 3DR drone enthusiasts who want to be able to carry all of their gear with them all the time.

“The number one complaint of drone users about their bags is that, after just a few hours, their bodies are rebelling from the pain,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank’s CEO and lead designer. “For a decade we’ve released photography and outdoor backpacks designed to hold expensive and extremely heavy photographic equipment. The very same principles we used for them have been integrated into the Airport Helipak for 3DR Solo backpack. Now they can venture deep afield with all of their gear and no concerns about comfort.”

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

  • Custom divider set specifically designed for the 3DR Solo and allows you to reconfigure your bag depending on what gear you’re carrying
  • International and domestic carry on size compatible
  • Dedicated 15” laptop pocket
  • Protective, lightweight and very portable
  • YKK RC Fuse zippers, 1680D Ballistic nylon bottom panel, metal hardware, and nylon webbing are the most durable, long lasting materials on the market
  • Protective rotor thread caps included
  • Internal see-through mesh pockets for small accessories: rotor blades, screwdriver, cables, etc.
  • Water bottle pocket on side
  • Contoured adjustable harness with lumbar support articulated air-channel and removable padded waistbelt allowing travel into remote areas
  • Height adjustable sternum strap
  • Elastic pockets on shoulder strap for phone, cliff bar, goo pack, etc.
  • Robust handles to ensure rapid and easy retrieval from overhead bins, car trunks, etc.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover helps to protect your gear. Stows away inside backpack when not in use.

MATERIALS

Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. The backpack also has YKK RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, 1680D ballistic nylon bottom panel, 600D polyester, 420D velocity nylon, 3D air mesh, ultra-stretch pockets, Y-buckles, antique finish metal hardware, big hole air mesh, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane-backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover, Belly-O mesh pockets, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

SPECIFICATIONS

Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 20.5” H x 9” D (35.6 × 52.1 × 22.9 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 13” W x 18.8” H x 7.6” D (33 × 47.8 × 19.3 cm)
Laptop: 11.8” W x 17.3” H x 1.4” D (30 × 44 × 3.5 cm)
Weight (with all accessories): 4.6 lbs. (2.1 kg)

B&H has the Think Tank Photo Airport Helipak Backpack for 3DR Solo available for preorder. Think Tank Photo has the bag in stock.

Post Date: 9/14/2016 6:44:22 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Think Tank Photo:

Think Tank Photo’s New Airport Advantage Carry On Rolling Camera Bag Fits Commuter and Regional Aircraft

Santa Rosa, Calif. – One of the truths of air travel with camera gear is that the maximum amount of gear photographers can carry is limited by the smallest plane on which they’ll be traveling. In response, Think Tank Photo has released the Airport Advantage rolling camera bag. Designed for traveling on commuter or regional jets, the bag’s customized interior holds the maximum amount of gear that will fit in overhead bins or under seats. In addition, its ultralight design lets photographers pack more gear while staying under airlines’ increasingly vigilant weight restrictions.

“The Airport Advantage has all of the features and quality for which Think Tank’s larger rolling camera bags are renowned,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank’s CEO and lead designer. “With this, our smallest rolling camera bag, we help photographers solve one of their biggest headaches, which is how to keep their very expensive gear near them at all times on regional aircraft, as opposed to it being tossed into the hold.”

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

  • Meets U.S. and International airline carry on requirements
  • Weighs only 5.9 lbs. (2.7 kg)
  • Dedicated laptop pocket fits up to 15” laptops in a padded sleeve
  • Custom designed retractable handle with inset channel on aluminum tubing for adds strength and durability
  • Tripod mount and water bottle pocket on side (Additional straps included for larger tripods)
  • YKK RC Fuse zippers, and closed-cell PU foam are the highest quality materials in the industry
  • Fit two camera bodies with lenses attached
  • Lockable zipper sliders (lock not included)
  • Interior zippered pockets for batteries, CF cards, filters and accessories
  • User replaceable retractable handle, wheels, wheel housings, and front foot
  • Custom-designed, high-performance, 80 mm super quiet wheels with sealed bearings
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
  • Grab handles on three sides for lifting bag into overhead bins
  • Closed-cell foam dividers support heavy gear and maintain strength over time
  • Business card holder on top for identification

WHAT FITS

  • Gripped DSLR with lens attached, one standard size DSLR with lens attached, plus three to four additional lenses, and 15” laptop
  • Or, two gripped DSLRs with lenses detached plus three to four lenses
  • Or, two Mirrorless bodies with lots of lenses

MATERIALS

Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water repellent (DWR) coating, plus underside of fabric has a polyurethane coating. The Airport Advantage is also constructed with 420D velocity nylon, YKK RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, custom designed extra tall skid plates, high performance 80mm super quiet wheels with sealed bearings, rubberized laminate reinforcement, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane-backed Velex liner and dividers; closed-cell foam and reinforced PE board dividers; 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover; nylon binding; 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

SPECIFICATIONS

Interior Dimensions: 12” W x 18” H x 4.9 – 6.4” D (30.5 x 45.7 x 12.4–16.3 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 12.7” W x 19.5” H x 7.3” D (32.3 x 49.5 x 18.5 cm)
Laptop Compartment: 11.6” x 16.4” x 2.9” (29.5 x 41.6 x 7.4 cm)
Weight: 5.9 - 6.2 lbs. (2.7-2.8 kg)

B&H and Think Tank Photo Airport Advantage available for preorder. Think Tank Photo has the roller bag in stock.

Post Date: 9/14/2016 5:45:16 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Canon has no more than two L lenses sharing any same focal length or focal length range with one exception – they currently offer 4 different versions of the EF 70-200mm L lens. More choices are great, but more choices of course lead to more difficult decisions. While some may desire to have all 4 of these lenses in their kits, most do not need or want to afford all of them and one or two need to be selected. However, there is enough difference between the f/2.8 and f/4 models to make having two of these lenses in a kit make sense.

The No-Brainer Choice

The bottom line is that, if size, weight and price are not issues for you, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens is definitely the lens to get. This lens offers the best of everything and it is the most versatile among the 4 options.

The Rest of the Options

The decision becomes harder if the f/2.8L IS II lens is not affordable or if size/weight concessions are necessary. The 4 lens models are separated, in specs at least, by having or not having IS and by having an f/2.8 or f/4 max aperture. Fortunately, the remaining three options do not sacrifice performance as they all reliably deliver great image quality.

If size and weight are concerns, the f/4 models are the direction to go. At roughly half the weight of the f/2.8 models, your arms, shoulders, etc. are going to clearly know the difference after hours of carry and use. At roughly half of the cost of the respective f/2.8 model, your wallet will understand the weight difference as well.

Image stabilization adds to the cost, but it also adds greatly to the value of the lens, adding a great amount of versatility. If handholding in low light with still subjects, the f/4L IS model is the right choice between the f/4 models and possibly the better choice over the f/2.8 non-IS. This lens features weather sealing like it's f/2.8 counterpart (filter required) and delivers better image quality than the older, non-IS model and it is arguably better than the f/2.8 non-IS also.

The f/4L non-IS has the most attractive price tag and has been the introduction to Canon's L-series lenses for a huge number of photographers. If your budget is a primary limiting factor, the 70-200mm f/4L USM is a very capable lens with inherent benefits far exceeding its cost. It’s small, easy to pack, solidly built and a great introduction into Canon’s highest-tier lenses. However, caution should be exercised as weather sealing does not come with the budget price tag.

If stopping action in low light is important, the f/2.8 non-IS lens likely has your name on it at this stage of the selection process. The 1-stop wider max aperture can stop action in 1/2 as much light as the f/4 options at the same ISO setting. The wider aperture can also create a stronger background blur. Note that the f/2.8 non-IS version is only partially weather sealed.

As mentioned, the difference in features between the f/4 and f/2.8 lenses is significant and I currently have both the f/4L IS and the f/2.8L IS II in my kit. Both see frequent use.

Post Date: 9/13/2016 10:21:30 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, September 12, 2016

The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted an EOS AF Microadjustment Guidebook which can be downloaded via PDF.

There's a lot of good information in the guidebook, as in suggested test distances for various focal lengths.

Post Date: 9/12/2016 3:15:09 PM ET   Posted By: Sean

What is the first thing you photographed with your 5D IV? Probably not a color chart, but ... that's my job. The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review page now includes a discussion about this camera's image quality, focusing on noise levels and talking about a white balance discovery. Scroll down the review page until the color block image and begin reading at the resolution discussion just above.

A huge number of comparisons available including with downsized 5Ds and 5Ds R results and 5D IV images downsized to 5D Mark III dimensions.

Get your Canon EOS 5D Mark IV at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 9/12/2016 1:15:00 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

I was not in the habit of sharing my camera setup steps when initially receiving the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR camera, but by request, I'm sharing them with you now. Here are the 37 steps to how I setup my Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. If you have another charged LP-E6/LP-E6N battery available, you can continue to the battery-required steps without a wait. Or, the supplied battery may have enough charge to take you through these steps if you can't wait.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. For me, this is primarily the camera, the eye cup, the neck strap and the Canon Solution Disk.
  3. Download and install the latest Canon EOS Solution Disk software 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 a sufficiently charged battery.
  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 one (or two) memory card(s) (format them 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: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "-"
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec.
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Beep: Disable
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Release without card: Disable/off (I highly recommend this setting)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses - all can be applied to a RAW file in DPP)
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: ISO Speed Settings: ISO Speed range: L(50)-H1(51200), Auto ISO Speed range: 100-25600
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Disabled
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: 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.)
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Long exposure noise reduction: I usually have this option set to "Auto", but my choice varies for the situation.
  20. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: High ISO speed noise reduction: Off (noise reduction is destructive to image details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  21. AF Menu, Tab 2: AI Servo 1st image priority: Focus priority (I want the images in focus more than I want the time-priority capture)
  22. AF Menu, Tab 2: AI Servo 2nd image priority: Focus priority +2 (same reason)
  23. AF Menu, Tab 3: One-Shot AF release priority: Focus priority (same reason)
  24. AF Menu, Tab 4: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Area + pt
  25. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Highlight alert: Enable (flash portions of images that are overexposed)
  26. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to monitor all three color channels for blown or blocked pixels)
  27. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Magnification (apx): Actual size (from selected AF point)
  28. Setup Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  29. Setup Menu, Tab 2: VF grid display: Enable
  30. Setup Menu, Tab 3: Info button display options: Electronic level only
  31. Setup Menu, Tab 4: Custom shooting mode (C1-C3): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  32. Setup Menu, Tab 4: Copyright information: Type name as desired
  33. Custom Functions, Tab 1: Bracketing auto cancel: [Off] selected
  34. Custom Functions, Tab 2: Custom Controls: Set: Playback; Multicontroller: Direct AF point selection; Default erase option: [Erase] selected
  35. Custom Functions, Tab 3: Default erase option: [Erase] selected
  36. My Menu: Register the following options: Long exposure noise reduction, Mirror lockup, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning, Expo.comp./AEB
  37. Mount a lens, focus on a subject and adjust the viewfinder diopter (if necessary)
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 5D Mark III

Post Date: 9/12/2016 10:17:32 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Today's the day. At 1pm (PST) or 4pm (EST), Trey Ratcliff will be revealing the all-new Aurora HDR 2017. HDR expert and pro photographer, Trey, will be demonstrating how to get the best out of the brand new features and answering any questions. Register for the webinar here.

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Post Date: 9/12/2016 8:48:31 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Samyang:

PREMIUM MF 85mm F1.2

Faster than eyes can capture

Samyang 85mm F1.2 is a premium manual focus photo lens designed for high resolution photoshoots. In pursuit of image quality itself, this new lens is equipped with the most advanced optical technology among Samyang Lenses. With over 40 years of research and development in optics, Samyang integrates the essence of history and introduces a signature lens line-up.

It has the unprecedented resolving power, matched with 50 megapixels photo and 8K video productions. The resolving power contains abundant pixel information, allowing photographers the freedom in post-production to create unique image of own. It enables you to capture life-long memories in everlasting image quality. Bokeh, out-focusing, starburst effect creates unforgettable image.

The F1.2 of 85mm is, by far, the brightest lens in existing full frame DSLR lenses, securing the fast shutter speed. It has ten elements in seven groups, applying one aspherical lens and two high refractive lenses. The aspherical lens minimises the aberration and unnecessary light dispersion. Two high refractive lenses effectively adjust the path of light and deliver maximum amount to the sensor for clear and vibrant image. This optimal performance creates impressive image quality from centre to corner of image. Also, the minimised aberration enhance the clarity of image, creating more impressive image than your eyes can see.

Aluminium alloy metal is adopted for maximum durability. With a sleek yet unprecedented design with flowing curves, this signature line-up is a one-of-a-kind lens. The usability is maximized with considerate diameter in 95mm.

Specifications

Aperture Rangef/1.2 - 16
Optical Construction10 elements in 7 groups
Minimum Focus Distance0.8m
Maximum Magnification0.13
Filter Size86mm
Aperture Blades9
Angle of View28.52° (APS-C: 18.98°)
Dimensions (D x L)93 x 98.4mm
Weight1,050g
MountCanon EF
MTF Chart

Samyang 85mm f 1.2 MTF Chart



PREMIUM MF 14mm F2.4

Wider than eyes can capture

Samyang 14mm F2.4 is a premium manual focus photo lens designed for high resolution photoshoots. In pursuit of image quality itself, this new lens is equipped with the most advanced optical technology among Samyang Lenses. With over 40 years of research and development in optics, Samyang integrates the essence of history and introduces a signature lens line-up.

It has the unprecedented resolving power, matched with 50 megapixels photo and 8K video productions. The resolving power contains abundant pixel information, allowing photographers the freedom in post-production to create unique image of own. It enables you to capture life-long memories in everlasting image quality. Bokeh, out-focusing, starburst effect creates unforgettable image.

14mm F2.4 takes no compromise for the image quality. It is consisted of 18 glasses in 14 groups including four different special optics: two aspherical lenses, one hybrid aspherical lens, two extra-low dispersion lenses and one high refractive lens. This optimal performance creates impressive image quality from centre to corner of image. Also, the minimised aberration enhance the clarity of image, creating more impressive image than your eyes can see.

Aluminium alloy metal is adopted for maximum durability. With a sleek yet unprecedented design with flowing curves, this signature line-up is a one-of-a-kind lens. The usability is maximized with considerate diameter in 95mm.

Specifications

Aperture Rangef/2.4 - 22
Optical Construction18 elements in 14 groups
Minimum Focus Distance0.28m
Maximum Magnification0.08
Filter SizeN/A
Aperture Blades9
Angle of View114.12° (APS-C: 89.2°)
Dimensions (D x L)95 x 109.4mm
Weight791g
MountCanon EF, Nikon F, Sony E
MTF Chart

Samyang 14mm f 2.4 MTF Chart


Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.

B&H carries Samyang lenses.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 9/12/2016 7:53:24 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From the B&H YouTube channel:

Street photography has seen an incredible surge in popularity in recent years, and what better location than New York City to produce stunning street photos? From trendy SoHo corners to South Bronx housing projects, street photographer Derek Fahsbender has made a name for himself through his vivid photographs of life as it happens in the streets. In this highlight video, you will get a brief overview of the full video that includes the following: create dynamic images, from candid moments to intimate street portraits, as Derek takes you through his thought process and approach.

Hitting the Pavement: Street Photography: Full Version

Post Date: 9/12/2016 5:27:54 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, September 10, 2016

Firmware Version 1.1.2 incorporates the following improvements to enhance functions.

  1. The addition of a selectable color-tone option for the LCD monitor.
  2. The addition of a function to append IPTC data.
  3. The addition of a function to transfer only protected images.
  4. The addition of a function to set the GPS positional data retention period.
  5. An increase in the number of network connection settings that can be saved to a memory card from 20 to 40.
  6. When retrying FTP transfer, extension of the minimum auto power off time to 10 minutes.
  7. Improvement of wireless transmission when using Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6.
The Version 1.1.2 firmware being released at this time is for cameras with Firmware Version 1.0.2 or earlier. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.1.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware.When updating the firmware of your camera, please first go over the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.The firmware update takes approximately six minutes.

Notes:

  1. Once the camera is updated to Version 1.1.2, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version (Version 1.0.0 / 1.0.2).
  2. "Camera setting files" generated on a camera with Firmware Version 1.0.2 or earlier cannot be used on a camera with Firmware Version 1.1.2 or later.
  3. EOS-1D X Mark II cameras with Firmware Version 1.1.2 require the latest version of EOS Utility. EOS Utility Version 3.5.0 or later can be downloaded from our Web site.
    *EOS Utility Version 3.5.0 is supported on the following OSes:
    Windows 10 / 8.1 / 7 SP1, Mac OS X v10.9 / 10.10 / 10.11
  4. Download the latest version of the Instruction Manual which contains information regarding the enhancements provided through this firmware update.
Download: Canon EOS 1D X II Firmware v.1.1.2

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 9/10/2016 2:26:51 PM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 9, 2016

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has arrived and one of the first tasks was to evaluate the frame rate and buffer depth performance. I thought I would share these results with you today.

To test the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV's 7 fps drive mode and 17/21 (21 with UDMA 7 CF card) frame RAW file buffer specs, the 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. The tested rates and capacities are about best-obtainable for the camera and card combination being used.

Reducing any concerns about the buffer depth: using a Lexar 64GB Professional 1066x UDMA 7 Compact Flash Card (Max. Read/Write Speed: 160/155 MB/s), the 5D Mark IV captured 36 frames in 4.98 seconds to precisely match the rated speed and, great news, far exceed the rated buffer depth. In addition, with this Lexar card installed, additional frames continued to be captured at a 4.4 fps rate. If DPRAW capture is enabled, the frame rate using the same card drops to 4.9 and the buffer wall is hit at only 9 frames. Subsequent frames are captured at a 2.2 fps rate. The larger-sized DPRAW images definitely impact performance in this regard.

Using a Lexar 128GB Professional 1000x UHS-II SDXC U3 Memory Card, the 5D Mark IV captured 21 frames in 2.85 seconds to once again match the rated drive speed and also match the UDMA 7 buffer depth rating. Using this card, the post buffer-filled frame rate was 1.6 fps.

Using a Sony 32GB Class 10 UHS-I (SF32UX) SDHC Card (Max. Read/Write Speed: 94/45 MB/s), the 5D IV captured a respectable 24 frames in 3.28 seconds to again precisely match the rated drive speed and exceed the rated buffer depth by a few frames. Using this card, the post buffer-filled frame rate was 1.6 fps. So, the slower UHS-I card recorded a higher number of frames before filling the buffer than the faster UHS-II (not-supported) card.

These buffer capacities should be considered best-possible for the referenced cards and your in-the-field results will likely vary, but a fast memory card, especially a fast CF card, definitely makes a difference with this camera.

Following are links to MP3 files capturing the sounds of the 5D IV:

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV One Shot Mode
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Burst Mode
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Silent Mode
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Silent Burst Mode
Burst Comparison: Canon EOS 5D Mark III compared to IV

Camera sounds are 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.

The 5D III vs. 5D IV sound comparison illuminates the more-subdued sound of the 5D Mark IV. The silent modes are once again available, but ... with the camera being quieter to begin with, the silent modes don't seem as dramatically quieter in this camera. Live view shooting can be used to further minimalize the 5D Mark IV's audibility.

Learn much more about the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV here.

You can find Canon 5D Mark IV in stock at these retailers

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 9/9/2016 2:16:24 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Canon USA has the following software updates available for download.

Digital Photo Professional 4.5.0

Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.5.0:

  • Supports EOS 5D Mark IV.
  • Supports EF-M28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM.



EOS Utility 3.5.0, EOS MOVIE Utility 1.6 & Picture Style Editor 1.17.0Changes:

  • Supports EOS 5D Mark IV.

You can find Canon 5D Mark IV in stock at these retailers.

Post Date: 9/9/2016 12:41:34 PM ET   Posted By: Sean

by Sean Setters

A few days ago we can across a new kit offered by Canon, the Portrait & Travel 2-Lens Kit. The kit contains the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM and EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lenses.

I immediately asked myself whether or not this kit makes sense from a marketing perspective. I'm not entirely sure one way or another, but I'd like to share some thoughts.

Usefulness and Versatility

There's no doubt that a wide aperture, 50mm prime lens is a versatile tool for photography. The general purpose focal length produces a pleasing angle of view which approximates our own eyesight and the wide f/1.8 aperture can allow for great background separation from in-focus subjects. As such, the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM (with an 80mm full-frame equivalent focal length) can work very well for portraits for those using an APS-C sensor camera (this kit's target market).

And with a full-frame equivalent focal range of 16-28.8mm, the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM makes a very good landscape lens capable of capturing sweeping views in front of the camera. This lens' image stabilization means that you can use significantly lower shutter speeds to obtain sharp images of non-moving subjects while keeping ISOs (and thus, noise) at a tolerable level.

Both lenses feature Canon's STM AF technology which allows for smooth AF transitions in video mode. Budding filmmakers will appreciate that.

I think it's pretty obvious that this may be an attractive kit from a capability standpoint. However, let's look a little deeper.

Price

While Canon does indeed discount the Portrait & Travel 2-Lens kit compared to purchasing the lenses separately, it's the fact that you're bundling two lenses in the first place with a necessary increase in the investment required compared to a single lens purchase.

This kit's target market – largely first-time consumer DSLR owners – may find it difficult investing in two lenses at once. I remember the agony years ago of deciding on a lens to add to my Rebel XTi + general purpose zoom kit. It took everything I had to pull the trigger on an additional lens. Of course, that tension eases with multiple lens purchases and experiencing the value of having new capabilities at your fingertips. But for someone interested in purchasing their first non-kit lens, a 2-lens kit may well be out of consideration unless the discount is substantial. That said, instant rebates and other purchasing options (like refurbished) complicate the savings calculation.

First off, the Portrait & Travel 2-Lens Kit's MSRP is $429.00 but it currently qualifies for an $80.00 instant savings bringing its price down to $349.00.

Now let's look at some other options for purchasing the two lenses saparately. Below you'll find the regular MSRP and refurbished prices along with any current applicable discounts.

LensMSRPMSRP after
Instant Rebate
Reg. Refurb.
Price
Refurb. Sale
Price
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM$299.00$279.00$239.99$215.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM$125.00 $125.00 $100.79$89.79
Total$424.00$404.00$340.78$305.78

As you can see, timing (available sales/discounts) and your own preference for new or refurbished gear will determine the true savings realized by purchasing the 2-lens kit. What's very odd is that the 2-lens kit would actually be $5.00 more expensive than buying the lenses separately with no instant rebates taken into consideration.

So what are the downsides to purchasing refurbished items from Canon USA? First, your lenses won't come in retail boxes. Second, Canon USA will charge you sales tax up front (you are technically responsible for paying sales tax to the proper authorities for purchases made at online retailers when they do not automatically collect it). Otherwise, you can expect refurbished items to arrive in like-new condition with a retail-matching 1-year Canon USA warranty.

At the end of the day, I couldn't help but think that the Portrait & Travel 2-Lens Kit only really makes sense when it's discounted like it is now. With the kit's $80.00 instant rebate, it's $55.00 less than buying the same lenses separately even with their own instant rebates considered.

However, buying refurbished will oftentimes get you the best deal.

B&H has the Canon Portrait & Travel 2-Lens Kit available for preorder. Canon USA carries the Refurb. EF 50mm f/1.8 STM and Refurb. EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lenses.

Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 9/9/2016 9:37:40 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

Roger Cicala over at LensRentals has just posted a teardown of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. For those interested in seeing the guts of the their new camera, this is the best way to find out without voiding your warranty. :-)

LensRentals has the 5D Mark IV available for rent.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: LensRentals News
Post Date: 9/9/2016 8:48:58 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

Lake Louise, referred to as the "Jewel of Banff National Park" is high on most of the park visitors' must-see lists. Fortunately, for many at least, is that it is easily accessible including large parking lots just a short walk away. Unfortunately, it is so popular that these lots fill up early and the easy-to-access side of the lake becomes very crowded even early in the day.
 
Photographing this lake wasn't my highest priority, but I did want some decent photos of it. After spending the early morning at Moraine Lake, I headed over to Lake Louise at roughly 8:30 AM. While there were plenty of people here already, the crowd was considerably thinner than later times of the day (the icy boardwalk also helped thin the summer crowd). The crowd was thin enough that I was able to capture a clear view of the foreground rocks and the glacier-fed lake still looked like glass (prior to the lake filling with canoes and the wind picking up). The beautiful mountains reflected where the lake was shaded and a glowing turquoise color showed where the lake was directly illuminated by the sun.
 
While I captured a variety of images, I found the round rocks at the edge of the lake to make a nice foreground and selected a red-toned rock as the standout. Once again, the 11mm field of view proved very useful.
 
Note that this is an HDR image.


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

 
Camera and Lens Settings
11mm  f/8.0  1/250s
ISO 100
8688 x 5792px
Post Date: 9/9/2016 7:51:14 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From the CompactFlash Association:

September 07, 2016 – CUPERTINO, Calif. – he CompactFlash Association (CFA) announces the CFexpress Family of high-performance removable storage based on PCIE and NVM Express.

CFA has developed high-performance removable cards standards for the last 21 years with the popular CompactFlash, CFast, and XQD formats. The CompactFlash Association was formed in 1995 as the initial digital film format and continues to serve professional imaging and industrial markets where high performance and high-quality recording media is essential for high-speed capture and high-speed transfer into the workflow.

CFexpress is the next evolution in an open standard format for a broader set of applications, such as professional imaging, personal computing, servers, IoT and industrial. CFexpress differs from prior CFA standards in that CFexpress is a specification spanning multiple form factors and performance levels to match various market requirements while maintaining the same electrical/physical interface and memory/storage protocol. The new CFexpress specification is under development within the CFA CFexpress Working Group.

CFA’s goals for the CFexpress family are:

  1. Unify the ecosystem around a removable storage specification that has longevity in the market
  2. Provide a platform that scales with performance increases in the PCIE interface
  3. Leverages the technologies and skillsets of the larger volume compute markets
  4. Seamless compatibility with the capture ecosystem and workflow tools.
CFexpress leverages the PCIE physical interface for higher performance based on the high-volume compute industry. PCIE CFA’s objective is to specify multiple removable storage devices that spans from two lanes architecture all the way up to eight lanes. With the current PCIE Gen 3 delivering maximum theoretical interface speeds of 1.0GB/sec per lane, CFexpress would enable theoretical sequential speed of up to 8GB/s.

CFexpress also utilizes the low latency NVM Express memory/storage protocol across all of the form factors. This enables compatibility with a broader set of ecosystem components, such as controllers, OS, capture devices and workflow modules. In imaging, compute and industrial applications, the use of PCIE /NVM Express enables access to wide range of open standard platforms consisting of mature and proven drivers. In addition, the new CFexpress format also enable easy compatibility with the Thunderbolt interface which is also based on PCIE. Actual CFexpress products will vary in performance based on market requirements and protocol overheads.

Professional video data rate requirements are growing at an exponential rate exceeding the capabilities of existing open standard formats. 4K RAW video at 30fps requires 400-500MB/sec of sustained performance not including any overhead to guarantee performance over the entire recording media. 4K RAW video at 120fps requires 1,600-2,000MB/sec. 4K RAW video at 240fps requires 3,200-4,000MB/sec. Even in High-Quality I-Frame compression formats, the data rates quickly exceed 1.0GB/Sec at high frame rates.

Key FeatureBenefit
PCIE Gen 3 InterfaceProvides a max theoretical interface speed of 1.0GB/sec per lane of PCIE. This speed enhancement enables a new generation of higher performance cards to meet requirements for professional video recording.
Family of Form FactorsProvides multiple form factors to address multiple market segments with a unified physical interface and memory/storage protocol. 2 lane and 4 lane form factors will be the initial focus but anything from 1 lane to 8 lanes is possible. This provides a range of up to 8GB/Sec with PCIE Gen3.
NVM ExpressA storage interface designed from the ground up for NVM storage. The NVM Express protocol features fixed length commands, an efficient queuing model, and very low non-cacheable PCIe accesses per command, delivering reduced I/O overhead and performance improvements in comparison to legacy storage device interfaces. NVM Express is gaining popularity across various flash-based storage solutions and has driver support on all leading OSs.

Mr. Tom Ando of Canon and CFA Co-Chairman of the board said; “As the Co-Chairman of the CompactFlash Association I am pleased and excited to introduce CFexpress as CFA’s continues the tradition of performance leadership. The higher performance provided by CFexpress formats will further increase the capabilities and value for photographers, videographers, cinematographers, industrial, and compute applications. I am very pleased and proud to see the CFA creating standards that address new market requirements.”

Host and card manufacturers will be able to leverage the compute industry’s investment in PCIE and NVM Express. Media manufacturers will be able to leverage high volume solid state disk (SSD) controller technology to serve the high performance requirements of this market. The new format will have VPG (Video Performance Guarantee) capability with new VPG profiles at every increases performance levels. CFA’s goal for CFexpress is the development of a standard that can span many market segments and provide a stable and consistent format to fully leverage the industry’s R&D investments and less churn in the market of standardized and proprietary recording media formats.

Mr. Koichiro Kawamura of Nikon and CFA Co-Chairman of the board said; “As the Co-Chairman of the CompactFlash Association I am also pleased and excited to introduce CFexpress. The specification is a family of form factors that can serve many market segments with a unified physical interface and unified memory/storage protocol. We are excited with the vision that CFexpress will unify the imaging and industrial ecosystems around formats that are easily compatible with the computing markets. CFexpress represents a unique opportunity to unify the market around truly open standard formats.”

Post Date: 9/9/2016 6:43:30 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

Do you need the benefits of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV for a special project? If so, good news! LensRentals has added the 5D Mark IV to their rental fleet.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: LensRentals News
Post Date: 9/9/2016 5:21:53 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 8, 2016

Santa Rosa, Calif. – The best rolling camera bags just got better. Based on input from professional photographers, Think Tank Photo’s newly released Airport International V3.0 and Airport Security V3.0 rolling camera bags feature improved handles, greater durability, and dedicated laptop and tablet compartments. These new features, in addition to their airline carry on compliance, TSA approved zipper locks, tripod mounts, and Lost & Found registration system make them the gold standard for photo transport cases.

The Airport International V3.0 holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached, plus two to four additional lenses, a 15” laptop, and a 10” tablet. The roller fits up to a 500mm f/4 detached or 400mm f/2.8 attached (hood reversed). The Airport Security V3.0 holds two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached plus four to six additional lenses, a 17” laptop, and a 10” tablet. The bag fits up to a 600mm f/4 detached or 500mm f/4 attached (hood reversed)

“Photographers deserve rolling camera bags that are as high in quality as their photo gear,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “Take something as simple as the wheels we use. Ours are custom-designed, high-performance, 80mm wheels with sealed ABEC grade 5 bearings for quiet rolling. If we took so much time perfecting something as simple as wheels, one can sense how much care went into the designs of each roller.”

Key Features

  • Specially designed interior to maximize gear for carry on: the Airport International meets international carry on size requirements; the Airport Security meets U.S. domestic and most international carry on size requirements
  • Dedicated padded laptop and tablet compartments located in a lockable pocket
  • TSA-approved zipper locks for the main compartment, and high-strength coated cable and combination lock for the laptop compartment and securing your bag to an immovable object
  • Custom designed retractable handle with inset channel on aluminum tubing for added strength and durability
  • Quick and easy access to the retractable handle
  • Tripod mount pocket on side (additional straps included for larger tripods)
  • Expansive top compartment cradles large camera bodies for the perfect fit
  • Unique serial number for Lost & Found registration
  • Interior zippered pockets for batteries, memory cards, filters and accessories
  • User-replaceable retractable handle, wheels, wheel housings, feet and kick plate extend product life
  • Extra tall wheel housings protect your bag from scrapes and scratches
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
  • Stretchable front pocket
  • Handles on three sides ensure rapid and easy retrieval from overhead bins, car trunks, etc.
  • Reinforced dividers support heavy gear and maintain strength over time
  • Hypalon reinforced rear corners for increased durability
  • Business card holder on top for easy identification

Materials

Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water repellent (DWR) coating, plus underside of fabric has a polyurethane coating. The roller bags are also constructed with 1680D ballistic nylon, YKK RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, custom designed extra tall skid plates, high performance 80mm super quiet wheels with sealed bearings, SpanKodra front pocket, rubberized laminate reinforcement, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane backed Velex liner and dividers, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover, closed-cell foam and reinforced.

Specifications

Airport International V3.0

  • Interior Dimensions: 13” W x 18.5” H x 6.5–7.5” D (33 x 47 x 16.5–19.1 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 21” H x 8” D (35.6 x 53.3 x 20.3 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 9.4” x 10” x 0.5” (24 x 25.5 x 1.3 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 10.6” x 15” x 1.2” (27 x 38 x 3 cm)
  • Weight: 9.6–11.5 lbs. (4.4–5.2 kg)

Airport Security V3.0

  • Interior Dimensions: 13” W x 21” H x 7–8” D (33 x 53.3 x 17.8–20.3 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 22” H x 9” D (35.6 x 55.9 x 22.9 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 9.4” x 10” x 0.5” (24 x 25.5 x 1.3 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 11.4” x 16.1” x 1.2” (29 x 41 x 3 cm)
  • Weight: 11.1–12.9 lbs. (5–5.8 kg)

B&H has the Think Tank Photo Airport International V3.0 and Airport Security V3.0 available for preorder.

Post Date: 9/8/2016 2:11:19 PM ET   Posted By: Sean

Just posted: Zeiss 50mm f/2M Milvus Lens Review.

No, I didn't try to time this review with the announcement of three new Zeiss Milvus lenses. Instead of being finsihed with the Milvus reviews (6 so far), it looks like I have more Milvus work incoming. I know – you're feeling sorry for me. ;)

B&H has the Zeiss 50mm f/2M Milvus Lens in stock.

Post Date: 9/8/2016 9:55:16 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Zeiss has uploaded official sample photos for their newly announced Milvus lenses to its Flickr account. You can find the album links below.

Note that these images are not necessarily straight out of the camera results. For instance, EXIF information shows that the sample image displayed above for the 18mm f/2.8 Milvus has been edited in Photoshop CS6 with adjustments to specific color channels, contrast, vibrance, sharpness and clarity with chromatic aberrations corrected as well.

Preorders:

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 9/8/2016 9:26:37 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
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