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 Tuesday, February 19, 2019
The EOS 6D Mark II is the smallest, lightest and least expensive latest-model Canon full frame DSLR and the EOS RP enters the market as the smallest, lightest and least expensive Canon full frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (MILC). With the EOS RP using a slightly-modified EOS 6D Mark II sensor, these two cameras produce nearly identical image quality. However, the difference between DSLRs and MILCs is rather big with the difference between electronic viewfinders and optical viewfinders being a primary difference. That page discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each design and I'll forgo most additional discussion in that regard in this comparison. Let's dive into the advantages of each camera model:
Canon EOS RP Advantages
  • DIGIC 8 vs. 7
  • More AF points (via viewfinder): 4,779 vs. 45
  • Eye AF vs. no
  • 100% viewfinder coverage vs. 98%
  • Lower light AF working range: EV -5 vs. EV -3
  • Lower light exposure metering: EV -3 vs. EV 1
  • .CR3 RAW file type with C-RAW vs .CR2 with M-RAW, S-RAW
  • 4k video
  • Headphone jack vs. no
  • Supports SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-II vs. UHS-I
  • Smaller size: 5.22 x 3.35 x 2.76" vs. 5.67 x 4.35 x 2.94"
    (132.5 x 85.0 x 70.0mm vs. 144.0 x 110.5 x 74.8mm)
  • Lighter weight: 17.1 oz vs. 26.98 oz (485 vs. 765g)
  • Lower price
  • Can utilize RF lenses
Canon EOS 6D Mark II Advantages
  • Cross-type AF points vs. single-line-sensitive
  • Has greater auto exposure compensation range: +/-5 EV vs. +/-3 EV
  • Faster continuous shooting rate: 6.5 fps vs. 5 fps (4 fps with Servo AF)
  • Shorter viewfinder blackout during continuous shooting
  • Has built-in GPS vs. optional accessory
  • Has much longer battery life: Approx. 1200 vs. 250
  • Uses N3 type remote controls vs. E3
  • Has top LCD and more buttons

Canon EOS RP Size Comparison with 6D Mark II
With these two cameras having the same heart, the imaging sensor, producing similar image quality, it is especially interesting to compare these two models. If photographing action is on your to-do list, the 6D Mark II is probably better-suited for your needs and some of the other 6D II advantages are important for certain uses. The travel-friendly smaller size and lighter weight along with the wallet-friendly lower cost are going to win the RP a lot of hearts as will some of its other features including the larger, full-coverage viewfinder and 4k video. The purchase of either of these models over the other can be justified, but I expect the RP to quickly become the more popular option.
More Information: Canon EOS RP | Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Specifications: Canon EOS RP compared to the Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Get your EOS RP or 6D Mark II Here:
Canon EOS RP: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
Canon EOS 6D Mark II: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/19/2019 10:15:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
by Sean Setters
Holidays offer great opportunities for gift giving and flowers, although possibly a bit cliché, are still very often appreciated, which is why a bouquet of flowers has been sitting on our living room hutch since Valentine's Day. But while flowers are intended to be enjoyed by the recipient, there's no reason why we as photographers can't take advantage of the beautiful subjects at hand to add some colorful floral images to our portfolios.
A few evenings ago after my wife had retired for the evening, I took her bouquet into the studio to try one of my favorite techniques for photographing flowers – focus stacking. After perusing the options available in the bouquet, I settled on a type of flower that I've photographed before, a type of Peruvian lily. The colorful, elongated spots found on the leaves as well as the easily visible inner structures of these flowers make them ideal candidates for photographing.
I set up my Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM + 36mm extension tube on a sturdy tripod and Arca-Swiss Z1 ball head set to f/9, 1/160 sec, ISO 100 and tried several compositions with the Peruvian lily that caught my eye. A studio flash on each side of the bouquet provided the light required for a proper exposure at those settings, and Magic Lantern's Focus Stacking feature was used to increment focus for the focus bracketed images. After capturing all of the variations, I brought the images into Canon's Digital Photo Professional to see which one (or ones) might work well for further processing. Finding a series that I really liked, I opened the relevant RAW files in Helicon Focus (my preferred focus stacking software), compiled the images and output the result as a DNG.
Looking closer at the result in Photoshop CC, I realized that I hadn't captured enough depth-of-field in my focus bracket to fully cover the parts of the plant I wanted in focus. As such, instead of having crisp lines in places where I wanted to emphasize details, I had soft transitions that didn't seem to meld with the rest of the focus stacked image.
From a photographic standpoint, my attempt at a pleasing focus stack image was a failure. But then I had a moment of inspiration.
My wife is a huge fan of impressionist paintings. In fact, not more than a couple of weeks ago she insisted we see (aka, dragged me to) the impressionist art exhibit that was showing at the Jepson Center for the Arts ("Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism"). The nice thing about impressionism is that crisp details are not a notable quality of the creative movement; in the case of my image, I could use impressionism to hide the major flaw in my image. Keep in mind, rarely is an image made visually palatable if you have to "save it in post." But in this case, it seemed to work just fine.
After searching for several years for a Photoshop plug-in that could convincingly turn an image into a painting, I finally found Topaz Impression and never looked back. It's been an excellent find and has opened up a new door for monetizing my images. Or in this case, just saving one.
Post Date: 2/19/2019 9:16:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron:
Products to be sent to and updated by Tamron
For details about the service, please contact your nearest Tamron dealer. For the list of Tamron dealers, please click here.
Service for compatibility with Canon EOS R
New firmware version makes the model compatible with Canon "EOS R" and Canon "Mount Adapter EF-EOS R" for general operations(*).
Camera Models
A011SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USDCanonEOS RFirmware released on Feb. 19, 2019

(*) Functions used on DSLR cameras
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/19/2019 5:27:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 18, 2019
As the long-awaited Canon full frame mirrorless camera line is beginning to fill out, the first two models are worth comparing. The Canon EOS R vs. Canon EOS RP comparison using the site's specifications tool shows most of the differences between these cameras. Those and a handful of others are included below.
EOS R Advantages
  • Higher resolution: 30.4 MP vs. 26.2 (6720 x 4480 vs. 6240 x 4160 px)
  • Dual Pixel RAW file format vs. no
  • More dynamic range
  • More AF points: 5,655 vs. 4,779
  • Lower AF working range: EV -6 vs. EV -5
  • Faster shutter speed available: 1/8000 vs. 1/4000
  • Faster X-Sync shutter speed: 1/200 vs. 1/180
  • Larger, higher resolution EVF: 0.5" (1.27cm) OLED color EVF, 3.69M dots (with more nose relief) vs. 0.39" (1.0cm) OLED color EVF, 2.36M dots
  • Larger, higher resolution LCD: 3.15" (8.01cm), approx. 2.10M dots vs. 2.95" (7.50cm) approx. 1.04 million dots
  • Better LCD Coatings: Anti-reflection and anti-smudge vs. anti-smudge only
  • Faster continuous frame rate: 8 fps vs. 5 fps, with AF tracking: 5 fps vs. 4 fps
  • Has a programmable Multi-Function Bar vs. no
  • Has a top LCD vs. dedicated mode dial
  • Better video capabilities including higher frame rate video and more compression options: Up to 10-bit Canon Log vs. 8-bit no log
  • USB 3.0 vs. 2.0
  • Longer battery life rating: approx. 370 shots vs. 250
  • Higher shutter durability rating: 200,000 vs. 100,000
  • Closes shutter on power-off vs. no
  • Has access to a PC Terminal via Battery Grip BG-E22 vs. no
  • Has a battery grip available vs. extension grip
EOS RP Advantages
  • Significantly lower price
  • Smaller size: 5.22 x 3.35 x 2.76" vs. 5.35 x 3.87 x 3.32" (132.5 x 85.0 x 70.0mm vs. 135.8 x 98.3 x 84.4mm)
  • Lighter weight: 17.1 vs. 23.3 oz (485 vs. 660g)
  • Has focus bracketing vs. no
  • Has Eye-tracking Servo AF vs. not until later in 2019
  • More Diopter Correction: -4 to +2 m-1 vs. -4 to +1 m-1
The EOS R is a higher-end model and that shows very strongly in its list of advantages. However, the first three RP advantages are very significant ones. Those on a tight budget are going to be favoring the RP. While the EOS R is itself a relatively small and light camera, the RP easily bests it in these categories and those traveling, hiking, etc. may be willing to forgo the R's benefits to also give up some size and weight.
More Information: Canon EOS R | Canon EOS RP
Get Your EOS R or RP Here:
Canon EOS R: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
Canon EOS RP: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/18/2019 10:28:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

In this episode of Lightroom Coffee Break, Benjamin Warde demonstrates how to create custom photo templates (a relatively new feature) in Lightroom Classic CC.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 2/18/2019 9:19:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Gerald Undone YouTube Channel:
Comparing the 4:2:0 chroma subsampling captured internally on the Sony a7 III vs the 4:2:2 captured via HDMI on external recorders like the Atomos Ninja V.
B&H carries the Sony a7 III.
Post Date: 2/18/2019 6:44:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 15, 2019
Will there be a professional Canon EOS R-series mirrorless full frame camera introduced? Especially based on the grade of RF-mount lenses being introduced, few of us will be surprised to know that answer is "Yes!" The Canon, Inc. quote is: "Have no doubt that a professional model is coming", shown here on a slide presented by Canon USA Senior Tech Specialist Drew MacCallum during the EOS RP introduction in New Orleans in February.
The next question: When is the professional R-series camera model coming? Canon (USA and Inc) will not say. However, conjecturing ... the 2020 Olympics are being held in Tokyo and Canon is a major sponsor. Fitting would be for an incredible new pro camera model to be released in time for professionals to get acquainted with prior to photographing these games.
Canon representatives were quick to say that there are multiple new RF-mount cameras coming. Not said is whether or not there would be multiple professional models coming though it would be logical for Canon to cover all segments as this line fills out.
Also noted by Canon during the New Orleans presentation was that in-body image stabilization is coming to the EOS R family.
These are exciting times and it is great to see the gear we use being enhanced.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/15/2019 8:56:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
A brand new and very useful Canon EOS RP feature is Focus Bracketing. This feature has a lot of details to be understood and the Canon Focus Bracketing page delves into this topic.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/15/2019 8:32:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon USA now has the Canon EOS RP User's Manual available for download.
Canon EOS RP – B&H | Adorama | Amazon US | Henry's | Wex
Canon EOS RP + EF 24-105 IS STM – B&H | Adorama
Canon EOS RP + RF 24-105 IS USM – B&H | Adorama | Amazon US | Henry's | Wex
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/15/2019 8:26:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

In this video, Gavin demonstrates how to create candlelit nighttime images during the daytime and provides some tips for furthering the illusion in Photoshop. In addition to Gavin's tips, I'll add just one more – you may want to lower your flash's position and point it slightly upward to simulate the candle's (or fireplace's) direction of light. As you can see in the video, Gavin has his flash placed a little too high to match the candle's position relative to the subject's face in most of the displayed images, making the shots a little less believable.
Post Date: 2/15/2019 8:06:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Japan has announced that it will be producing 5,000 limited edition Canon EOS RP Gold cameras in mid-March to celebrate Tokyo hosting the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The Canon EOS RP Gold camera will come in a body-only and with-lens (RF35 mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM) kit and will be bundled with a Control Ring Mount Adapter EF - EOS R and an Extension grip EG - E1.
Canon EOS RP Gold Promo Poster

Those who purchase the Canon EOS RP Gold will also receive a free Canon Tokyo 2020 Memorial Leather Camera Bag (with Name Tag) and a Leather Strap as well as qualify for a drawing to receive free tickets to see an Olympic Games event.
Canon EOS RP Gold Free Gifts

Canon EOS RP Gold Olympic Tickets Contest

B&H has the Canon EOS RP available for preorder (standard color only).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/15/2019 7:19:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the newly released 3 Legged Thing Dedicated L-Bracket for Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 Cameras in stock with free expedited shipping.
Product Highlights
  • Single-Piece Magnesium-Alloy L-Bracket
  • Arca-Type Compatible Dovetail Mount
  • Metallic Slate Gray Anodized Surface
  • Vertical and Horizontal Orientations
Note: Also in stock – Really Right Stuff Ultralight L-Bracket for Nikon Z 7 and Z 6. Expected in 7-10 days – ProMediaGear L-Bracket and Kirk BL-Z L-Bracket.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/15/2019 5:41:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
Continuing to Adapt to Changing User Needs with the Addition of New Functions and Improvements of Capabilities
MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce additional details regarding the development of new firmware for its full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6. The firmware in development includes new functions for the Z 7 and Z 6, such as Eye-Detection AF, RAW video output, and support for CFexpress memory cards. In addition, the cameras’ AF/AE functions will be further improved.
The Z series will continue to flexibly respond to changing user needs and offer next-generation features that give users new creative opportunities.
Functions and capabilities to be added and improved with new firmware:
1. Support for Eye-Detection AF for still image shooting (scheduled for release in May 2019)
Eye-Detection AF is convenient for portrait photography. The Eye-Detection AF in development will work not only with the AF-S (Single AF) focus mode that is convenient when photographing still human subjects, but also with the AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode, which is effective when photographing human subjects that frequently adjust or change their pose. What's more, the function is capable of detecting multiple eyes, from which the user can select the eye upon which the camera should focus, allowing the photographer greater flexibility when photographing multiple people to suit their intent.
2. Increased AF/AE performance (scheduled for release in May 2019)
AE (auto exposure) tracking will be newly possible in continuous high-speed (extended) mode, in addition to the AF tracking that existed previously. In addition, low-light AF performance will be improved, enabling faster autofocusing in dark or dimly lit surroundings with both still-image shooting and movie recording.
3. Support for RAW video output
Output of 4K UHD and Full HD RAW data stream from the camera will be supported. The output RAW data stream can then be recorded in the compatible RAW format using an external recorder. This will allow users to utilize rich 12-bit colors to achieve flexible color grading. Release timing for this feature will be announced at a later date.
4. Support for CFexpress memory cards
The new firmware will provide support for CFexpress, a new standard for memory cards. Having passed durability tests in which they were inserted and removed from a camera 12,000 times, these memory cards offer users a greater sense of security. They also offer high-speed performance that will provide users with a more efficient workflow. After upgrading, users will be able to use both CFexpress as well as XQD cards in their camera interchangeably. In addition to the Z 7 and Z 6, in the future, CFexpress memory card support will be added to the Nikon D5 (XQD-Type), Nikon D850, and Nikon D500 digital SLR cameras as well. Release timing for this feature will be announced at a later date.
B&H carries the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 mirrorless cameras.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/15/2019 5:08:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 14, 2019
From Canon:
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.10.0 for Windows:
  • Supports EOS RP.
  • Adds Depth Compositing function for images captured on EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS R, and EOS RP (64-bit version only).
Download: Digital Photo Professional 4.10.0
As you might have expected, the newly announced Canon EOS RP (review) is now available for preorder at the usual authorized retailers. However, what you may not have expected is that Canon USA is offering a free Mount Adapter EF-EOS R and Extension Grip EG-E1 if you order your EOS RP by March 30, 2019.
But that's not all. If you purchase an EOS RP + lens kit before March 30, you'll get to take advantage of up to $300.00 in instant savings in addition to the free gear mentioned above.
Canon EOS RP Promotion Poster Feb Mar 2019

Canon EOS RP – B&H | Adorama | Amazon US | Henry's | Wex
Canon EOS RP + EF 24-105 IS STM – B&H | Adorama
Canon EOS RP + RF 24-105 IS USM – B&H | Adorama | Amazon US | Henry's | Wex
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 2/14/2019 6:23:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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