Canon, Nikon, and Sony News for Aug 2017 (Page 3)

 Friday, August 11, 2017
Sigma has discounted their telephoto zooms, but... with many solar filters now out of stock, a telephoto zoom without a solar filter (or some type of solar protection) will do you no good for the upcoming eclipse.
 
However, all is not lost. Amazon still has some Thousand Oaks Solar Filter Sheets that you can use to fashion your own lens filter.
 
If you already own a square filter holder, you can sandwich a square piece of film between two piece of stiff cardboard with a holes cut out that match the size of the end of your lens. Otherwise, if you don't own a square filter holder, you can make a cardboard filter holder that slides onto the end of your lens that is held in place by gaffers tape or a rubber band.
 
If you go the DIY approach, safety first! Be sure to guard against light leaks and ensure that your filter will stay in place throughout the event.
Post Date: 8/11/2017 11:53:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Ronkonkoma, NY – August 10, 2017 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced its “Total Solar Eclipse” promotion that features instant rebates for the following sought-after Sigma Global Vision telephoto lenses and mount converter: the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary and Sports lens models, the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens, and the Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter for Sony E-mount camera systems. The new Sigma instant rebate program, which pays homage to the rare total solar eclipse phenomenon taking place on August 21st, 2017, provides photo professionals and enthusiasts outstanding deals on three fantastic Sigma Global Vision telephoto lens models and Sony E-mount converter.
 
Sigma customers will receive a $200 instant rebate off the purchase of a Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens (normally $1,999 USD) and a $100 instant rebate off the purchase of a Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens (normally $1,089 USD). Sigma customers will also receive a $50 instant rebate off the purchase of a Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens (normally $799 USD). The promotion features an additional $100 instant rebate off the purchase of a Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter for Sony E-mount, full-frame and APS-C sensor cameras (normally $249 USD) when purchased with either of the 150-600mm F5-6.3 or the 100-400mm F5-6.3 lens models.
 
The “Total Solar Eclipse” promotion ends on August 21st, 2017. Instant rebates are offered off the manufacturer suggested retail price.
 
B&H carries the following lenses:
 
Category: Sigma Deals
Post Date: 8/11/2017 10:06:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Venus Optics:
 
Featuring a 110° Angle of View, Ultra-fast f/2 aperture, 72mm filter thread, Super light & compact & close-to-zero distortion
 
Anhui China, Aug 11, 2017 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, is proud to announce the world’s widest rectilinear f/2 native lens for Sony Full Frame E-mount cameras, Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D.
 
Super Light & Compact
The Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D is currently the widest f/2 rectilinear lens in the market which comes with a native E mount (i.e. Does not require additional adapters). It is an ultra-wide & ultra-fast prime lens which covers both 35mm full-frame & APS-C sensors. Despite the extreme specifications, Venus Optics has successfully minimized the weight of the lens to around 500g (~1.1 pounds) and 8cm long. This compact and light lens comprises of 12 elements in 9 groups with 2 pcs of aspherical elements and 3 pcs of Extra-low dispersion elements. The patented optical design successfully minimizes the distortion and chromatic aberrations to its lowest but at the same time, delivers a superb optical performance from corners to corners.
 
72mm Filter Thread
Ultra-wide & fast lenses in the market tend to be huge and have a dome-shaped front element. It is a headache for landscape photographers who need to use filters very often. Venus Optics understand their needs and manage to design a flat front surface and include a 72mm filter thread into the lens. 72mm screw-on filters can be used and no more investment on bulky filter holder is required.
 
Ultra Wide & Fast
The extreme 110° angle of view and ultra-fast f/2 aperture allow photographers to create impressive astro-photography shots with ease. It also gives photographers a fast and wide-angle option for landscape photography and low-light shooting.
 
Close Focusing Distance
Photographers can take advantage of the super close focusing distance (i.e. 15cm) and the f/2 aperture to create some bokeh shots and wide angle close-up shots.
 
Close-to-Zero Distortion
The Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D is the second member of the Close-to-Zero distortion line-up from Venus Optics, followed the launch of 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D last year. The lens is specially designed to remove the optical distortion commonly exist in wide angle lenses at infinity focus. Any straight lines will be retained.
 
Added Feature for Videographers
The new Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D is specially designed with an aperture switch which allows users to quickly switch between click-less and clicked aperture. This added feature will be extremely useful for videographers.
 
Availability
The Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D is currently available to pre-order in the official website of Venus Optics (http://www.venuslens.net/) and their authorized resellers..
 
Recommended Retail Price in US (without tax) is USD $849.00. Pricing may vary in different countries. Shipping will start from late Aug/early Sept.
 
B&H carries Venus Optics lenses.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 8/11/2017 9:23:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 8/11/2017 9:12:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 10, 2017

 
From the Canon Europe YouTube Channel:
 
A behind-the-scenes look at the filming of 'FLOW' by Fergus Kennedy. Take a look at how Canon Log simplifies the post production process. Whether filmed using Canon Log on a drone mounted Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, or a C300 Mark II on land, all footage is seamlessly matched and graded to achieve a perfect finish.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon Log.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/10/2017 8:37:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has two Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Heads with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamps available for purchase in their Used Department. The RRS BH-55 is a favorite of many photographers, and "Right"ly so.
 
The RRS BH-55 with Full Size Lever Release Clamp sells new for $489.00.
 
Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head w/ Full-Size Clamp (Condition: 10) - $399.95
Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head w/ Full-Size Clamp (Condition: +8) - $349.95
Post Date: 8/10/2017 7:58:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review.
 
The 6D Mark II is not positioned as a top-of-the-line model, but it delivers beautiful images and it has a nice price.
 
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/10/2017 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 9, 2017
If you are currently in the process of upgrading DSLRs, or otherwise looking to add a second camera to your kit, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II and EOS 80D could be prime candidates for consideration.
 
Many people may be surprised to know just how similar the full-frame 6D Mark II and APS-C sensor 80D really are. Here's a quick rundown of the features these cameras share:
 
EOS 6D Mark II and 80D Shared Primary Features
 
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF Sensor
  • Compatible with EF, TS-E and MP-E lenses
  • AF System: 45 cross-type AF points (27 f/8 points [9 cross-type], center point is f/2.8 and f/5.6 dual cross-type)
  • AF Working Range: EV -3 - 18 (at 23 °C & ISO 100)
  • Flicker detection and anti-flicker shutter timing
  • Autofocus microadjustment
  • Up to 1920 x 1080 60fps movie recording
  • Movie Servo AF tracking speed and sensitivity adjustment
  • Single SD, SDHC or SDXC (UHS-I) memory card slot
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
Now let's take a look at some of the EOS 6D Mark II's advantages in this comparison.
 
Advantages of the EOS 6D Mark II over the EOS 80D:
 
  • Full-frame sensor
  • Higher resolution: 26.2 MP vs. 24.2
  • DIGIC 7 processor vs. DIGIC 6
  • Spot AF
  • Less noise, especially at higher ISOs
  • Dual-axis electronic level vs. single-axis
  • 4K time-lapse video recording
  • Built-in GPS and Bluetooth
  • Better battery life: Approx. 1200 vs. 960
And below are the primary advantages the EOS 80D has over its full-frame counterpart.
 
Advantages of the EOS 80D over the 6D Mark II:
 
  • Compatible with EF-S lenses
  • Slightly higher dynamic range
  • Slightly faster burst rate / larger buffer: Approx. 7fps, up to 25 images RAW vs. 6.5fps, up to 21 images RAW
  • Pop-up flash featuring master functionality
  • Faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 sec. vs. 1/4000
  • Faster max flash sync speed (x-sync): 1/250 sec vs. 1/180
  • Headphone terminal
  • Slightly smaller size / weight: 5.47 x 4.14 x 3.09" (139.0 x 105.2 x 78.5mm), 25.75 oz (730g) vs. 5.67 x 4.35 x 2.94" (144.0 x 110.5 x 74.8mm), 26.98 oz (765g)
  • Lower cost
Who should opt for the EOS 6D Mark II?
 
If shooting in low light and using relatively high ISOs, the EOS 6D II will give you noticeably cleaner (less noisy) images at the same ISO setting. The full frame sensor will also create a stronger background blur with the same subject framing and aperture in use.
 
For those interested in movie shooting, the 6D II offers the benefit of in-camera 4K time-lapse recording, although it does not feature a true Tv/Av mode during video recording like most higher-end models (instead, the camera defaults to P mode where both the shutter and aperture are adjusted to maintain exposure) and a headphone socket for audio monitoring is unavailable.
 
If built-in GPS and Bluetooth are high on your priority list, the 6D II has those features while the 80D does not.
 
Who should opt for the EOS 80D?
 
If you are upgrading from an APS-C (crop) sensor camera and currently have several APS-C lenses in your kit, the EOS 80D offers a seamless transition without the need to upgrade your EF-S lenses to full-frame compatible EF lenses, a transition that could prove significantly more costly than a simple camera body upgrade. And the benefits of EF-S lenses include [typically] lower cost and smaller size/weight compared to their full-frame counterparts.
 
Those shooting fast action may not notice an appreciable difference in the burst rate between the two cameras; however, the larger buffer of the 80D could prove to be a differentiating factor in some situations. The 80D's higher pixel density offering more reach to those requiring longer focal lengths will be especially welcomed by photographers covering long field sports.
 
The AF point spread of the 80D covers a higher percentage of the viewfinder for optimal framing using traditional phase detect AF, although the use of Live View AF can mitigate the difference between the two bodies.
 
If you are interested in shooting using off-camera lighting, the 80D's pop-up flash with master functionality means that you may not need a costly accessory to control your off-camera flashes, with the reduced size and weight of your sans-accessory camera being another benefit.
 
If in-camera 4K time-lapse video is not important to you (you can always create 4K time-lapses in post), the 80D features the same video recording capabilities as the 6D II yet also features a headphone terminal for audio monitoring. Unless filming in low light using high ISOs is necessary for a bulk of your filmmaking, the 80D should work just as well for most with video production aspirations.
 
Summary
 
These cameras are actually more similar than they are different, with the sensor size probably being the most significant differentiating factor between the two cameras. If you're eager to enjoy the image quality benefits provided by a full-frame sensor, the 80D's benefits over the 6D Mark II won't likely tip the scales in the smaller sensor camera's direction.
 
However, if your budget is limited and/or you enjoy the benefits of EF-S lenses, or you otherwise want a body which offers a more versatile sports or video capture platform, the 80D's benefits may make it the logical choice for adding to your kit.
 
More Information
 
See our full list of Camera Gear Comparisons to aid in other purchasing decisions.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/9/2017 12:01:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From PhotoShelter:
 
To dig into the world of book publishing, we’ve partnered with Blurb for The Photographer’s Guide to Publishing Photo Books.
 
Get interviews with photographers who have completed book projects through self-publishing and also traditional publishing — and have lots of tips to share.
 
Inside, you'll learn:
 
  • A list of reasons to consider book publishing
  • Different paths to getting published
  • Ideas for selling and marketing your photo book
  • Tips to finding a publisher
Get the Free Guide
 
Successful book projects take a clear vision, thorough research, smart decisions, and a lot of work. This guide will inspire you to give your images a whole new life.
Post Date: 8/9/2017 10:14:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We have found that some SIGMA interchangeable lenses for CANON are not fully compatible with CANON EOS 6D Mark II released on August 4th, as well as EOS 9000D (77D), EOS Kiss X9i (Rebel T7i) and EOS Kiss X9 (Rebel SL2).
 
When certain lenses are attached to these cameras and the “Lens aberration correction” function on these cameras is set to “Enable” for Live View shooting, an error would occur.
 
Please set the “Lens aberration correction” function of the cameras to “Disable” when using SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for CANON.
 
In addition, please also refer to other notice below, related to the usage of EOS mount SIGMA lenses on Canon cameras.
 
Phenomenon
 
When the lenses listed below are used on EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 9000D, EOS Kiss X9i, or EOS Kiss X9 and the “Lens aberration correction” function on the camera is set to “Enable” for Live View shooting, an error would occur.
 
Products concerned
 
  • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM
  • SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
  • SIGMA 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
Usage Notice for customers who are using EOS mount SIGMA lenses on CANON cameras
 
When using the SIGMA lenses for CANON, “Peripheral illumination correction”, “Chromatic aberration correction”, “Diffraction correction” as well as “Distortion correction” from the “Lens aberration correction” function of the camera are not supported. Therefore, we recommend you to set them to “Disable”.
 
If those functions are set to “Enable”, the performance of the lenses may not be accurate.
 
For further information, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary / distributor.
 
We appreciate your continued support for our company and products.
 Tuesday, August 8, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
The new full-frame Canon EOS 6D Mark II is really a great platform for single-person video operation — whether video is a big part of what you do, or something you’d like to add to your still-image shooting. Many of the virtues this camera delivers to the still-image shooter are equally appealing for recording HD video, as we’ll discuss in a few moments.
 
As we get into the EOS 6D Mark II and its particular video features, keep the following points in mind:
 
  • This camera records Full HD video (1080p, or 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution). The only 4K capability is an option to generate in-camera Time Lapse Movies, which it can render as 4K files.
  • Full HD and HD (720p) video is recorded using the entire horizontal width of the full-frame sensor. While 16:9 aspect ratio for Full HD or HD defines that some of the top and bottom of the traditional 3:2 sensor be cropped, you do get the full width of the full-frame sensor.
  • Exposure modes available for video recording are full manual exposure (M on the Mode Dial), or totally automatic Program exposure if the dial is set anywhere else. Unlike some higher-end EOS models, there is no true Shutter or Aperture Priority operation during video recording.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 6D Mark II in stock.
Post Date: 8/8/2017 9:10:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon has released firmware v.1.02 for the D3300 and D5300 to fix the following issue:
 
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes resulted in incorrect exposure for the first photo taken in live view.
Download:
Nikon D3300 Firmware v.1.02
Nikon D5300 Firmware v.1.02
Post Date: 8/8/2017 8:41:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 7, 2017
We shared last week that the United States Postal Service has released a special edition stamp featuring a solar eclipse. Unique for a USPS stamp is that it is heat sensitive, revealing a full moon when the heat of a finger is applied to the moon's silhouette.
 
While the opportunity for photographing a spectacular solar eclipse is coming very soon (August 21), the details shown in the heated stamp's moon will not be available to photograph at that time – the back-lit moon will be totally black. However, tonight's full moon, the last before the upcoming total solar eclipse, provides a great opportunity (weather permitting of course) to capture the image needed to composite into your later-captured solar eclipse images (including even partial solar eclipse images). Compositing the full moon into your solar eclipse images should be relatively easy in post processing, and this strategy provides a great way to differentiate your work from that of other photographers, especially considering that this will likely be the most photographed total solar eclipse in history.
 
Compositing options include full opacity or at a reduced opacity to mimic the moon's details being very slightly perceptible in the shadowed area within the corona (think of it as a high dynamic range total solar eclipse image). Another option is to create animated GIFs.
 
Photographing the moon is also great for gaining experience with your solar eclipse gear setup (sans solar ND filter). Testing now means that there is still time to order or rent alternative gear for the big show.
 
If you don't have the opportunity to photograph tonight's full moon, don't fret – there will be more opportunities coming. Your next chance to capture a full moon image will be September 6, 2017.
 
Related Articles:
 
Post Date: 8/7/2017 8:20:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from a second lens copy have been added to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
This latest copy of the 24-105 L II performs slightly better than the first, so I made it the default (sample 1).
 
The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/7/2017 7:53:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Great photographs require beautiful light, a compelling composition, and post-processing precision. In this video, David Marx demonstrates valuable tools and techniques that you can use to take your landscape photography to exciting new places.
 
This video focuses on achieving maximum image quality and efficiency without unnecessary complexity using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 8/7/2017 7:29:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, August 5, 2017
 Friday, August 4, 2017

 
B&H has the Platypod Ultra Camera Support in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Mirror-Less and Mid-Sized Cameras
  • Compact and Portable Tripod
  • Load Capacity: 100 lb
  • 3/8"-16 Male Titanium TA-2 Stud
  • 6061-T6 Aluminum Camera Base
  • Stainless Steel Spiked Feet for Concrete
  • Rubber Feet for Smooth Surfaces
  • Carabiner or Belt Slots for Transport
  • 5 Threaded and 3 Countersunk Holes
  • 20" Cinch Strap Secures to Tree or Pole
B&H also carries the Platypod Max (for larger cameras).
Post Date: 8/4/2017 10:32:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Noise test results have been added to the Canon EOS 6D Mark II page.
 
With over 200 sample crops available, there are many comparisons to be made. I have added a significant amount of commentary to the "Sensor and Image Quality" section of the 6D II page.
 
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/4/2017 9:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce that a firmware update for the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for CANON and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E is now available.
 
This firmware update corrects the phenomenon that the OS mechanism does not operate properly when attached to the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro. For those who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro* by connecting it to a computer using a supplied USB Cable.
 
* Before updating the MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh from the following download page.
 
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for CANON
Benefit of this firmware update
 
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that the OS mechanism does not operate properly when attached to the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E.
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E
Benefit of this firmware update
 
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for CANON (ver. 1.02).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/4/2017 7:27:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 3, 2017
The United States Postal Service has issued a special edition Forever Stamp which features a total solar eclipse which "...transforms the solar eclipse image into the Moon from the heat of a finger."
 
Segments from the USPS Press Release:
Jim Cochrane, Chief Customer and Marketing Officer of the United States Postal Service dedicates the first-of-its-kind Forever stamp which transforms the solar eclipse image into the Moon from the heat of a finger. The Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever stamp commemorates the upcoming Aug. 21 eclipse.
...
 
“With the release of these amazing stamps using thermochromic ink, we’ve provided an opportunity for people to experience their own personal solar eclipse every time they touch the stamps,” says Cochrane. “As evidenced by this stamp and other amazing innovations, the Postal Service is enabling a new generation to bridge the gap and tighten the connection between physical mail and the digital world.”
...
 
This stamp image is a photograph taken by retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak of Portal, AZ, who is considered by many to be the world’s leading authority on total solar eclipses with 27 under his belt. The photograph shows a total solar eclipse seen from Jalu, Libya, on March 29, 2006.
 
“I’m honored to have my images on this unique stamp. But more importantly, the stamp will spread the news about America’s great eclipse to many more people than I could ever reach,” said Espenak, who began collecting eclipse stamps after witnessing his first as a teenager. “A total eclipse of the Sun is simply the most beautiful, stunning and awe-inspiring astronomical event you can see with the naked eye — but you’ve got to be in the 70-mile-wide path of totality that runs across the nation from Oregon to South Carolina. So where will you be on August 21?”
 
“Having witnessed so many total eclipses myself, I know that two minutes inside the moon’s shadow could have a profound impact on the younger generation,” said Guhathakurta. “The Sun can be viewed safely with the unaided eye only during the few brief seconds or minutes of a total solar eclipse. Partial eclipses or partial phases of total solar eclipses are never safe to watch without solar eclipse glasses.”
The pane of 16 Forever stamps are available now at Post Office facilities nationwide and can be ordered via this link.
Post Date: 8/3/2017 3:12:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
I recently shared my experience making a DIY Automotive Photography Boom Rig and I thought I'd share another example image created using the same setup. My goal in creating the image above was to capture a moving vehicle during the daytime without over exposing the sky. The best method I could come up with was to use a location that blocked out most (if not all) of the sky in the frame.
 
The first location that came to my mind was a parking garage. However, parking garages are generally busy during the day, offer little wiggle room for maneuvering in the aisles and require a [minimal] fee to use them. The second location that came to mind was the nearby Wormsloe Historic Site which features a long avenue flanked by live oaks whose branches are filled with Spanish moss. As I already have an annual pass to Georgia's Historic Sites, and the avenue was wide enough to provide plenty of room for boom rig testing, I decided on the latter option.
 
To get an idea of how dense the tree canopy is, here's a shot of the avenue (with early morning fog) that I took in late 2016:
 
Wormsloe Historic Site Morning Fog

After arriving at the location and setting up the boom rig, I set my Canon EOS 7D Mark II (fitted with the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM + 4-stop ND filter) to interval mode at f/11, 0.8 sec, ISO 125 and drove down the dirt/gravel avenue at 10 mph (16.1 kph) for roughly 3/8 mile (0.6 km) before parking along a small side road. At that point, I removed the camera from the rig and previewed the images.
 
Every single image was blurry. I had underestimated just how bumpy the dirt/gravel road was.
 
Unfortunately, I needed to keep the shutter speed open as long as possible to capture a significantly blurred background at such slow driving speeds. However, driving faster would decrease the interval between bumps in the road. I settled on increasing the shutter speed by 1/3 stop (to 0.6 sec) for my next attempt. I backed out of the side road onto the main avenue, turned my wheels toward the park's entrance and drove back to the parking lot. With the only available spot, I had to swing the wheel pretty hard to park in the open space after passing a sign that marked the beginning of the avenue. It was a shot captured during my turn into the empty parking space that provided the sharpest results while also recording enough movement to significantly blur the background, with every other shot from the second attempt too blurry for practical use.
 
In post processing, I limited the area used by Photoshop when determining how to fill in areas using "Content Aware Fill", and the technique worked very well for removing the boom rig as well as the boom rig's shadow on the ground.
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Post Date: 8/3/2017 10:47:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this behind the scenese video, photographer Markus Hofstaetter shows us how he captured a single exposure image of a wedding couple's embrace in front of a wall of fire.
 
I must admit; when I saw this image, my jaw dropped. The concept and execution are, in my opinion, top-notch. [Sean]
Post Date: 8/3/2017 8:37:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Yesterday, the Adobe YouTube Channel posted 7 videos in a new tutorial series called "3, 2, 1... Photoshop!" in which various features of Photoshop CC are explained.
 
Adobe 3, 2, 1... Photohop! Videos
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 8/3/2017 8:20:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon has posted its first quarter financial results for the year ending March 2018.
 
The Imaging Products Business revenue and operating profit were both down year over year, with Nikon providing the following footnotes:
 
Q1 YoY change:
 
  • Product mix change of new DSLRs decreased the profit (exceeding forecast)
    • Major Products launched prior fiscal year: D5, D500 ; launched current fiscal year: D7500
  • Unit sales of DSLR increased as a result of proactive marketing in the US
Nikon Q1 of the Year Ending March 2018 Financial Results
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/3/2017 7:59:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 2, 2017
From Canon USA:
 
New Binoculars are the Ideal Tools for Outdoor Enthusiasts, Travel, and Sports
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., August 2, 2017 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced three new additions to its portfolio of Canon Image Stabilized Binoculars with the 14x32 IS, 12x32 IS and 10x32 IS. While all current Canon binoculars are equipped with an image stabilization (IS) function, new to these binocular models is Lens Shift Image Stabilization Technology. The IS technology, found in Canon EF lenses, allows users to see an even sharper image by moving the IS lens to correct optical axis. This technology incorporates a vibration gyro mechanism that assists in canceling out the effects of user-shake or movement.
 
In addition, the new binoculars are the first Canon binoculars to feature Powered Image Stabilization, a feature frequently found in Canon digital cameras and camcorders. Even the slightest shake when using high- magnification binoculars could translate into a blurred or unstable image from the binocular. When a user utilizes the Powered IS user-shake and movement can be quickly corrected and image quality remains intact.
 
“Canon is very proud of its imaging heritage and ability to utilize technologies and solutions across a broad spectrum of products, including our line of Canon Image Stabilized Binoculars,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The technology implemented into these new models will enhance users’ experiences while offering the familiarity and quality they trust in Canon optics.”
 
Additional features include:
 
  • Microcomputer Control Technology
  • Improved Design and Comfortable Grip
  • Field Flattener Lens
  • Super Spectra Lens Coating
  • 6.6 ft. (2m) Minimum Focusing Distance
Pricing and Availability
 
Canon’s new 14x32 IS, 12x32 IS and 10x32 IS binocular models are scheduled to be available November 2017 for an estimated retail price of $1,449.00, $1,399.00 and $1,349.00 respectively.
 
B&H has the Canon 14x32 IS, 12x32 IS and 10x32 IS binocular available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/2/2017 10:21:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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