As a photographer, you've probably run into a situation where your camera's sensor couldn't capture the full range of brightness levels in a scene, necessitating techniques – such as bracketing – to obtain a higher dynamic range image.
Well, those recording audio often face a similar issue capturing the full range of sounds available without clipping and/or distortion.
However, the new Zoom F6 uilizes 32-bit floating recording and dual analog to digital converters (one tuned to capture loud sounds, one tuned to capture low sounds) which the unit combines to create a full range of clean audio.
The processing is so good, in fact, that it's almost impossible to clip audio when the device is set to 32-bit recording (the limiter isn't even available at this setting).
If you are you interested in photographing brown bears chasing salmon (among other things) in a remote section of Katmai National Park, I need to hear from you very soon.
I have the opportunity to charter a boat with an extremely-experienced operator, one very familiar with coastal Katmai NP and the brown bears.
Photographing brown bears chasing and catching salmon is the anticipated highlight of this trip which would take place at the typical peak of the salmon run, at end of August or early September in 2020.
I've had the privilege of going on this trip and highly recommend having it on your bucket list.
The scenery in this area is amazing.
The float plane flight to and from the boat is amazing.
The animals are amazing.
Every day is a new adventure.
I do not have much time to lock in this opportunity.
I need 8 participants to make this affordable with the cost being very approximately $8,500 for 6 nights.
This rough estimate cost is all-inclusive from Kodiak (and possibly Homer) (aside from crew tips).
Again, the window on this opportunity will close quickly, so I need to hear from you soon if this is a trip you are interested in joining me on.
Email me now to reserve your spot or ask questions!
Sony Electronics Boosts Full-frame Lens Line-up with Introduction of FE 35mm F1.8 Lightweight Prime
SAN DIEGO —July 9, 2019 —Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the latest addition to its E-mount full-frame lens line-up with the introduction of the FE 35mm F1.8 wide-angle prime lens, model SEL35F18F.
The compact dimensions and lightweight of this full-frame, large-aperture lens provide mobility and convenience for shooting a wide range of subjects, such as everyday snapshots, food photography, landscapes, night scenes and more.
The new lens provides outstanding corner-to-corner image quality, while its quiet autofocus and tenacious tracking performance make it a great choice for both stills and movie shooting.
Additionally, its compact form makes it an appealing choice for both APS-C body users, offering a 52.5mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras.
“Our E-mount lens lineup now includes 34 full-frame models and 52 lenses in total,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Products and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics.
“The new 35mm prime combines outstanding corner-to-corner sharpness with a compact design, making it an ideal choice for a wide range of shooters.
Sony will continue to develop and expand its imaging lineup, giving creators more options than ever before to realize their vision.”
High-resolution and large-aperture, full-frame performance in compact and lightweight lens
Large F1.8 maximum aperture, weighing in at just 280 grams and measuring 65.6 mm (diameter) by 73.0mm (length); this new lens sets a new standard for portability
Advanced optical construction, including an aspherical element to suppress aberration and deliver high resolution throughout the entire image frame; 9-blade circular aperture enhances beautiful bokeh
Minimum focus distance of 0.22m and maximum magnification of 0.24x offer easy access to the world of close-up photography
Versatile control and handling for a wide range of imaging needs
Conveniently placed, customizable focus hold button and a focus mode switch for instantaneous switching between auto and manual focus
Linear Response Manual Focus for fine, responsive manual focus control
Dust- and moisture-resistant design add to the versatility and reliability of this new lens and invoke a feeling of confidence in the user
Quiet AF with excellent tracking for movies as well as stills
Fast, precise and quiet linear-motor AF drive system for both stills and continuous focus control
Pricing and Availability
The FE 35mm F1.8 will ship in August 2019 for approximately $750 US and $800 CA and will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.
Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens preorders start at 11am ET on Thu, Jul 11th (be sure to preorder using our links): B&H |
ALERTING ALL WANDERLUST PHOTOGRAPHERS, CANON ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST RF TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS, THE RF 24-240MM F4-6.3 IS USM
The All-in-One RF Travel Lens Provides High-End Features Such as Nano USM at an Entry-Level Price Tag
MELVILLE, N.Y., July 8, 2019 –Introducing the next travel companion for photographers, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the sixth lens in the RF family, the RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM telephoto zoom lens.
As the first telephoto zoom lens designed for EOS R and EOS RP full-frame mirrorless cameras, the compact and lightweight 10x zoom RF 24-240mm provides photographers high-quality images and video capture at a budget-friendly price point.
“Providing photographers of all skill levels with the invaluable tools to help capture and create the images they desire has been and will continue to be a paramount goal for Canon,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
“The new RF 24-240mm is an excellent option as an all-around travel lens that provides attractive features for a wide variety of image capture.”
The RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM lens is equipped with Nano USM, providing users quick, high-speed and precision auto focus (AF) when shooting video and capturing still images.
With the powerful Nano USM, this lens allows photographers and videographers full time manual focusing making possible the fine tuning and adjusting of focus while in AF mode. This is the first Canon lens designed for full-frame cameras to feature Dynamic IS and
utilizes a CIPA-standard, five-stop image stabilization system.
The five-stop IS allows photographers to capture images and record videos with minimal shake, even during nighttime sightseeing or in dimly lit indoor events, without the need of a tripod.
When paired with the recently announced EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera, the compact and lightweight portability of the RF 24-240mm rivals that of a Canon APS-C camera system with a comparable EF-S lens.
The RF 24-240mm and EOS RP kitted together are only slightly heavier and longer than the EOS Rebel T7i when it is kitted with the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS.
The diminished form factor of the new lens and EOS RP together, as compared to other full-frame mirrorless camera systems using a similar focal-length telephoto zoom lens, make the lens and camera the ideal kit for travelers who are constantly on the go.
Additional features of the Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM include:
Minimum focusing distance of 1.64 feet/0.50 meters at wide angle and 2.56 feet/0.78 meters at telephoto
Maximum magnification of 0.26x at telephoto
Approximate weight of 750 grams/26.4 ounces
Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO
21 lens elements in 15 groups including one Aspheric and Two UD Lens
12-pin communication system
Pricing and Availability
The Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3mm IS USM lens is scheduled to be available September 2019 for an estimated retail price of $899.99*.
In addition, Canon will offer a new EOS RP kit that includes the RF-24-240mm for an estimated retail price of $2199.00*.
†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
*Specifications, availability and prices are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
UPGRADE YOUR VISUAL STORYTELLING TOOLS WITH TWO NEWLY ENHANCED POWERSHOT G-SERIES CAMERAS FROM CANON
The PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II are the New Powerhouse Cameras for Visual Creators and Advanced Amateurs
MELVILLE, N.Y., July 8, 2019 – Ansel Adams, one of the greatest landscape photographers once said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
Never have truer words been spoken as digital photography has evolved and storytelling is shared through multiple mediums.
Providing visual storytellers more options to bring their imaginative visions to life, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduces the PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II cameras.
Successors to the PowerShot G7 X II and PowerShot G5 X respectively, these new cameras usher in a plethora of new and innovative functionalities.
Depending on the model, new innovative features include live-streaming available with YouTube* (via wireless connection), a pop-up electrical viewfinder (EVF) and 4K video shooting.
“Creators and photographers of all levels are reinventing the way stories are told and, as technology has progressed, so have the diverse needs of our customers,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
“With features such as live-stream to YouTube* and a pop-up EVF, the PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II are true testaments to the company’s commitment to integrate the latest advancements for those who choose to digitally stream their journeys with the world or
seek to scale and capture the highest peaks.”
Even though the PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II have many individualized, unique qualities, both include many core features that are true to Canon’s imaging excellence.
These features include:
DIGIC 8 Imaging Processor
20.1 Megapixel** 1.0-inch stacked CMOS sensor to achieve high image quality, high functionality and fast speeds
4K up to 30p, Full HD up to 60p, FHD up to 120p, HDR, high frame rate movie with no crop
High-speed continuous shooting at a maximum of 20 FPS
Highest ISO speed in the PowerShot category with a maximum of 12,800
Wi-Fi®1 and Bluetooth®2 connectivity
USB-C charge power supply
Craft Your Own Unique Visual Voice with the PowerShot G7 X III
Calling all YouTube creators, the PowerShot G7 X III is primed to be the next-generation vlogging camera.
The PowerShot G7 X III features live-streaming to YouTube** capability via a wireless connection, allowing for creators of all levels to easily capture and post content in real time.
The PowerShot G7 X III also offers vertical video support***, 4K up to 30P high-rate movie with no crop, full HD up to 120p, and an optical 4.2x lens, helping to achieve high image quality.
Powered by the company’s DIGIC 8 image processor, a new 20.1 Megapixel** sensor, and wrapped within a compact body with a microphone jack, the PowerShot G7 X III offers innovative technologies, an improved user interface and Creative Assist for both video and still photography needs.
Capture on-the-go with the PowerShot G5 X Mark II
A lighter, compact and premium point and shoot camera that touts a new pop-up EVF, touch and drag AF and new optical 5x lens, the PowerShot G5 X Mark II is perfectly positioned to provide high image quality and valuable functions.
From trekking through various terrains of Patagonia where users can leverage the new panoramic shot feature, to capturing key moments with loved ones, the PowerShot G5 X Mark II will satisfy the needs of advanced amateurs who regularly use and
are familiar with Canon EOS cameras as a second camera or integrate it into their daily lives.
The PowerShot G7 X III and the PowerShot G5 X Mark II have an estimated retail price of $749.99 and $899.99†, respectively and are expected to be available in August 2019. For more information and the full list of product specifications, visit http://shop.usa.canon.com/
†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
1 Compatible with iOS® versions 9.3/10.3, Android™ smartphone and tablet versions 4.4/5.0/5.1/6.0/7.0/7.1. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services.
Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images.
Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.
2 Compatible with select smartphone and tablet devices (Android™ version 5.0 or later and the following iOS® devices: iPhone 4s or later, iPad 3rd gen. or later, iPod Touch 5th gen. or later) equipped with Bluetooth® version 4.0 or later and the Camera Connect.
* The live streaming service available with this product is for live streaming on YouTube only.
To use live streaming, you need to have an active YouTube account and a CANON iMAGE GATEWAY account.
Please be aware that YouTube may change, stop, or terminate its services, including live streaming, at any time without notice.
Canon makes no representations or warranties with respect to any third party product or service, including live streaming.
** Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.
*** Vertical Video Support is not available when utilizing the live streaming service available with this product (on YouTube only).
†Availability, prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
Preorder the new Canon cameras and lens here: B&H |
Every studio needs a mirror but to avoid accidental light bounce it's usually kept well away from the shooting area .
However if used carefully, a mirror can make a great prop.
In this video Gavin Hoey shows you how to use a regular household mirror in a small home studio and create a stunning reflection portrait.
Gavin covers all the essential information you need to recreate this photo including, what type of mirror, how to light a pure white background and some simple Photoshop tricks that help give the final mirror image some polish.
Untimely was that Mount Evans and the other high peaks in the Colorado Rockies were the recipients of a summer snowstorm that dumped up-to-2' (that's right, feet, not inches — 0.6m) of snow the weekend just prior to my Monday afternoon arrival, closing the mountain for the first two days of my trip.
Weather is one of the many reasons for planning more time at a location than seems necessary and for this trip, 4 days was definitely not too long.
There is often a photographic upside to bad weather and in this case, that upside was snow available for inclusion in both the foreground and often the distant background of images.
Adorable baby mountain goats in snow works for me.
Bonus points are awarded for images having all of a wildlife subject's feet visible.
Very often subjects are in an environment that does not allow the feet to be completely visible (grass in a meadow for example).
This little kid (what a baby goat is called) was racing around and conveniently opted to run over this rock (it's what all kids do, right?).
I have a tendency to frame my wildlife images too tight and the base image used for this shot was vertically tighter than I liked.
Fortunately, I had another image in the burst sequence that permitted a vertical panorama to be created, giving my kid some breathing room.
While I would like the Canon EOS 5Ds R to have a higher frame rate for wildlife photography, the images it creates are simply awesome,
especially when a lens like the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens is in front of it.
I lugged a 600mm f/4 with me for the duration of this trip but used it very infrequently due to extremely high winds at the over-14,000' (4,267m) elevation making subject framing too difficult.
That issue along with 400mm being often sufficient at the top of this mountain meant the 600 spent most of the week in the SUV.
The 100-400 allowed capture of environmental wildlife portraits as desired and that technique was definitely desirable at the top of this mountain.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
I switched to using back button focusing about a year ago and now I never want to go back. [Sean]
From the Canon Austalia YouTube Channel:
Learn how to back button focus with this step-by-step video guide by Canon Collective Ambassador, Kass Brumley.
With this video guide, you will learn how back-button focus works, use cases and how to set it up on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and similar models.
These are the key steps to follow in order to set back-button focus:
Step 1: Disable Autofocussing from the Shutter Button - 1:53
Step 2: Select ‘Metering Start’ - 2:13
Step 3: Assign Your AF-ON Button - 2:33
Step 4: Select a Focussing Mode - 2:53
We appreciate your continuous patronage for supporting Tamron products.
In regards our new introduction, 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046), which is scheduled to be released on Thursday, July 25, 2019, we are receiving orders more than anticipated.
We regret to inform that production planned for the launch are falling short to fulfill all the inquiries received.
Please be informed that there is a chance not all inquiries can be fulfilled after the launch date.
We sincerely apologize for all the inconvenience that this may cause to our customers, including our stakeholders, as well.
It is anticipated that delivery to some customers who have already ordered the product might be made some time after the release date.
In addition, for those who are planning to place an order soon, because we deliver sequentially, it may take time for the product to be delivered.
We are making our every effort to deliver the products at the earliest possible stage.
Your understanding and patience will be greatly appreciated.
For those residing in the USA, Independence Day (aka, the 4th of July) is often celebrated with freinds, family, grilled food and fireworks.
With so many fireworks displays occurring this evening (either in a city center or in your own backyard), you may want to brush up on your fireworks photography techniques before the colorful bursts paint the night sky.
Join Daniel Norton OnSet as he creates a dynamic portrait using the qualities of hard light. While soft light hides texture, hard light brings it out, casting shadows and patterns as well as helps with color saturation and contrast.
John Todd is a dynamic sports photographer who's managed to capture some of the biggest sporting events from surfing, to golf, to soccer. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, ESPN, the New York Times, and the list just goes on. I sat down with him and asked him for his inside tips for outstanding sports photography that you can go right out and use.
If you are a bull elk, there comes a time in life when you are mostly alone during the rut.
The other bulls your size have become your enemies and the larger bulls are going to beat you up if you get too close to the herd.
You become referred to as a satellite bull.
While this bull is relatively large, he is no match for those having the cows.
Bigger is usually better in terms of bull elk subjects, but I cannot resist photographing the smaller bulls in the right scenarios.
While I often seek sunlight from my back when photographing wildlife, the animal looking directly into the sun often works well from a lighting perspective.
In this case, I was aligning a non-distracting background (that happened to be in the shade of a cloud) to help the elk prominently stand out in the frame.
There is only one opening remaining for the September elk in rut photo tour!
Consider joining a small group of passionate wildlife photographers pursuing these awesome animals.
Photographers at all skill levels are invited to join!
Join Canon Advisor Eric Stoner in the Ghost Town in Nelson, Nevada as he shows you how to get creative with your images by combining CTO, or Color Temperature Orange, gels with your flash to achieve moody night skies during the day.
This morning, we released Luminar 3.1.2, the latest update to our award-winning photo editing and management software. One of the big things we’re excited to introduce is a brand-new feature, called “On this day.”
“On this day” will let you relive your photography memories. Available for both Mac and Windows, this new feature gives you the opportunity to look back on what pictures you took on this day exactly one or more years ago. To get started with this, simply click the “On this day” shortcut in the menu.
Please note that the “On This Day” feature will only show up if you have photos in your Library taken on the current month and day in previous years.
It’s a great way to look back on how you’ve grown as a photographer, and provide you with some inspiration to get your day started!
On the Mac side of things, we’ve also added a faster import from your memory card, giving you less time waiting and more time to spend creating amazing images.
You can also now easily add plugins from Nik Collection to your workflow, and enjoy what they offer in cooperation with Luminar 3.
As for the Windows side, you’ll see a faster scroll on Single Image view. You can now scroll more quickly and more effectively. Additionally, you’ll see speed improvements to the switching process between Single Image view and Gallery view.
We’ve also fixed a bug with the Japanese calendar that caused crashes.
Finally, both Mac and Windows users will see overall performance and stability improvements. As Luminar continues to develop into a groundbreaking management and processing platform, it’s important to our team to make sure that Luminar’s performance is up to par. With every update, we try our best to make it work faster and more seamless than before, giving you a more reliable and quicker way to express your creativity through photography.
Mac users can update to version 3.1.2 by choosing Luminar 3 in the top menu bar, and then clicking “Check for updates.” Windows users can choose Help > Check for updates on the top toolbar.
Use coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to save $10.00 on a Luminar 3 purchase.
This is a very well made lens. It IS built like a tank with robust magnesium alloy barrels, lots of long thick screws holding things together and nothing flimsy to be seen. The electromagnetic focusing motors, which were a weakness a few years ago, are now built like you could pull trucks out of ditches with them.
The more subtle stuff, things like the neatly laid out flexes and reassembly markers, indicate to me that a lot of care was taken in designing this lens. Nothing has that ‘we can stuff that in this nook over here’ look.
It’s a great lens optically that is very well built.
LensRentals takes great care in ensuring your rental arrives in tip-top condition. Be sure to keep them in mind for your rental needs.
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – Think Tank Photo announces the Digital Holster 150, a camera holster designed to offer quick access and transport for your super telephoto zoom lenses.
With the versatility of a 150–600mm, you don’t need a backpack full of lenses to shoot wildlife or sports photography.
Instead, a camera holster dedicated to a single DSLR body with a 150–600mm attached is an ideal solution.
The Digital Holster 150 is a top-loading solution that minimizes the weight and bulk of bigger bags so you can focus on the action.
Wear the holster comfortably on a belt or over the shoulder, so you’re ready to shoot at a moment’s notice.
“Sports and Wildlife photography requires rapid reaction times and quick gear access,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank CEO and Lead Designer.
“The Digital Holster 150 delivers on both fronts, ensuring that your 150-600mm-attached camera is at-the-ready when you see your shot.”
Designed to form fit a 150–600mm or equivalent sized lens with body attached
Quick access top opening
Carry with the included robust shoulder strap or belt mount
Fits a 105mm filter in its case in a zippered front pocket
Attachment for a monopod, a small tripod or a modular component
Rotate or Lock attachment on a Think Tank belt like the Pro Speed Belt V3.0
Front stretch pocket for lens caps, back caps, and other items
Removable screen protector separates your camera strap from the LCD
Metal hardware and YKK RC Fuse zippers for long lasting durability
Additional divider allows you to stack smaller lenses
Zippered side pocket for larger accessories or rain cover
Inner lid pocket for SD cards or lens cloth
Top grab handle for quick carry
Business card holder on top of lid
Seam-sealed rain cover included
Holds a gripped or un-gripped camera body with up to a 12” (30.5cm) lens attached
Nikon D5 with 200–500mm f/5.6 VR II attached
Canon 7D MII with Sigma 150–600mm f/5–6.3 Sport attached
Sigma 150–600mm f/5–6.3 Sport or Contemporary
Sigma 60–600mm f/4.5–6.3 Sport or Contemporary
Tamron 150–600mm f/5–6.3
Nikon 200–500mm f/5.6 VR
Nikon 500mm f/5.6 VR
Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR
Sigma 300mm f/2.8
Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS II
Canon 24–70mm f/2.8 + 16–35mm f/2.8
Nikon 24–70mm f/2.8 + 14–24mm f/2.8
Exterior: All fabric exterior treated with DWR while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance, 600D polyester, 420D high-density nylon, YKK RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, Ultra Stretch front pocket, 3-ply bonded nylon thread