Canon and Sony News for Aug 2016 (Page 4)

 Thursday, August 4, 2016

From the Canon Professional Network:

As Laci Perényi prepares for his tenth summer Olympic Games, CPN writer Mark Alexander spoke with the celebrated sports photographer and Canon Explorer about his relationship with one of the greatest shows on earth...

Laci Perényi's boundless energy is matched by seemingly endless experience, giving the German photographer an unbeatable temperament that inspires confidence. He has witnessed Olympic history first-hand, capturing moments of heroic success and failure in stunning detail and beautifully timed observation. He is a staple of the sports photography industry and a character to boot.

Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Professional Network
Post Date: 8/4/2016 11:43:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the DJI YouTube Channel:

The 24 Hour Race in Nürburgring is one of the most challenging endurance tests any racer can experience. Of course, we at DJI were there to capture aerial shots of this high velocity event.

Multicopter operations were conducted by professional pilots in coordination with manned aircraft pilots and authorities. Please always fly responsibly and follow the local regulations.

Note: The DJI Inspire 1 PRO Quadcopter with Zenmuse X5 4K Camera has recently been reduced in price; it's now $3,399.00 (was $3,899.00).

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 8/4/2016 8:32:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Nikon has released its financial results for the first quarter of the year ending March 2017 [August 4, 2016].

From Nikon:

Financial Results (PDF:270KB)
Financial and Business Data (PDF:87KB)
Presentation Material (PDF:992KB)

Want the abridged version? Here's a screenshot from page 7 from the Presentation Material:

Nikon Financial Results Imaging Q1 2017

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Financial Results
Post Date: 8/4/2016 7:42:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 3, 2016

From Canon USA:

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 3, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will be bringing their service and support expertise to Brazil to help maximize the uptime and performance of its users' professional imaging equipment. From pro DSLR cameras and EF lenses to broadcast television lenses, Canon's award-winning service and support staff will be providing preventative maintenance and repairs to help professionals who have put their trust in Canon imaging equipment.

Canon's team of over 70 highly trained technicians and support staff will be in Brazil for nearly a month to support professional photographers and broadcasters, just as they do throughout the year. Canon Professional Services (CPS) is set to provide comprehensive equipment maintenance and repairs, extensive equipment loans and expert technical support.

"Canon is proud to offer professional photographers and broadcasters high quality image-making solutions that are thoughtfully designed and versatile so that they can capture sharp, clear, detailed images and video," said Elizabeth Pratt, director, Professional Client Development and Support, Canon U.S.A. "Knowing that iconic images will be captured, seen and shared by people around the world really drives Canon to provide professionals with not only high quality equipment but the customer support they need to help ensure they never miss a beat if anything happens to their equipment."

Canon EOS DSLR cameras and EF lenses are the camera and lenses of choice of a majority of the top U.S.-based news agencies and professional sports photographers.

The Associated Press will be using Canon cameras and lenses exclusively, including cameras which are integrated with advanced robotics systems. The robotic camera systems can be mounted both in the rafters high above a field of play and underwater in pools, all fully controlled remotely over a network. "High-speed and high-performing digital imaging solutions like the EOS-1D X Mark II camera and L-series EF lenses are key to our team's success," said Santiago Lyon, vice president and director of photography, Associated Press. "Canon provides innovative technology and world-class optics that give us the solutions we need to create compelling images."

A majority of Reuters photographers from around the world will be using Canon DSLR cameras and lenses and trust Canon products and award-winning support team to keep them up and running. "Photographing large sporting events for thousands of news outlets and an audience of billions requires meticulous planning and technical resilience. The staff and engineers from CPS help ensure that the Canon cameras used by the world's top sports photographers receive precision treatment that allows them to take pictures that capture key moments and illustrate the spirit of competition," said Kevin Coombs, editor-in-chief for Thomson Reuters.

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera and ultra-wide zoom EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens were selected to be used for Getty Images' new high-tech, remote-controlled underwater robotic system. The camera provides Getty Images with a fully networkable solution that features precise white balance, a blazing fast frame rate and impressive low-light capabilities, which make the camera ideal for capturing fast action. When combined with the durable and rugged EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens, the system will allow Getty Images to capture images at extremely wide perspectives with incredible sharpness and minimal distortion from the center of the image to the periphery, all across the entire zoom range. "As the world's leading visual communications company, we believe that our world class sports photographers must have the most up-to-date photographic technology that empowers them to do their job, and to do it exceptionally well. Getty Images is using Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II cameras and EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lenses in a unique, remotely-controlled underwater camera system that gives us the flexibility to follow and capture action from beneath," said Ken Mainardis, vice president of Sport at Getty Images. "We recently used the new underwater system and the images were remarkable. We're looking forward to using our Canon gear to capture more fantastic underwater imagery."

"The European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) will have a photographic team of 40 capturing incredible moments. Months ago, EPA's entire U.S. contingent switched over to the Canon EOS System," explained Gernot Hensel, EPA's long-standing head of sports and deputy editor-in-chief. "The EPA team is comprised of colleagues from all over the world, and the majority of them will be using Canon equipment, including robotic systems, to capture the action."

Simon Bruty, an award-winning sports photographer and Canon Explorer of Light is one of the best sports photographers in the world. "As a professional photographer, I have to be able to capture every moment of the action because a hundredth of a second can mean the difference between capturing or missing the winning moment or race finish, and Canon cameras, like the new EOS-1D X Mark II, deliver the stunning image quality and speed I need while working," said Mr. Bruty. "The 14 frames per second that the EOS-1D X Mark II camera can capture, which enables over 12 seconds of continuous RAW shooting without buffering, means that I could shoot an entire 100 meter dash without taking my finger off of the shutter release. If I shot in JPEG mode and have a large enough memory card, I could do it for the entire 2+ hours of a marathon race!"

For more information about CPS:

Post Date: 8/3/2016 9:02:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Just in case there wasn't enough evidence that the Pokémon craze is taking the world by storm, the video title says it all. [Sean]

From the Caters Clips YouTube Channel:

This press photographer will go to any length to catch them all, even using downtime during a football match to play Pokémon Go.

During the first half of New York Cosmos versus Jacksonville Armada there was a stoppage in play allowing the snapper to play the hit mobile game.

After one wild Pokémon appeared on the pitch the photographer takes four attempts until successfully landing his pitch-invading prey.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 8/3/2016 7:28:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Aperture YouTube Channel:

In this week's episode, we discuss the practical ways to shoot and light a car scene. Most scenarios require actors in a car to focus on the scene, not the road, so the safest way is to shoot the car scene inside a stationary vehicle. See Hollywood examples and learn from our guest expert Julia Swain on how you can light a car scene without ever leaving the garage.

B&H carries video lighting equipment.

Post Date: 8/3/2016 6:23:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 2, 2016

From PocketWizard:

Intro: Beta Firmware Version 3.818 addresses compatibility with newer Nikon gear introduced since the launch of ControlTL Firmware version 3.800, and includes some minor improvements.

New Key Feature:

The following Nikon gear is now supported in this beta firmware release:

  • Nikon D5
  • Nikon D500
  • Nikon D7200
  • Nikon D5500
  • Nikon SB-5000 (remote only – see operational consideration)

These cameras will work in the ControlTL system with normal operational considerations. Read more about the general Nikon Operational Considerations on the PocketWizard Wiki.

SB-5000 Operational Consideration: The Nikon SB-5000 should only be used as a remote Speedlight on a FlexTT5 (set to TTL, not REMOTE per normal ControlTL operation). We do not recommend using the SB-5000 as a MASTER Speedlight on your camera’s ControlTL radio at this time. It might work as a MASTER on select cameras, but not others. If you use it as MASTER in your setup and it only emits a tiny burst of light at trigger time, it is not compatible. We hope to address this consideration in a future firmware release.

D7200/D5500 Operational Consideration: Rear curtain sync mode with these cameras only works with remote flash, not with on camera flash.

Other Improvements:

  • Nikon FlexTT5 radios can now have Custom IDs installed, regardless of firmware version. Visit this page for more information:
  • As of this date, the latest camera firmware from Nikon has been tested*, including:
    • D5 C:1.10
    • D4S C:1.31
    • D500 C:1.02
    • D7200 C:1.01
    • D5500 C:1.01
    • And others like the Df, D810, D750 etc.

  • Fixed a minor issue regarding the Sekonic RT32-CTL module. You can now use the meter to trigger a remote Speedlight on a FlexTT5 without first having to trigger the remote from a camera.

* Please make sure to update your camera to the latest firmware.

To install PocketWizard ControlTL MiniTT1 / FlexTT5 Nikon Beta Firmware v.3.818, you must enable Beta Firmware access.

Enabling Beta Firmware

How to enable the beta firmware options.

  1. To enable access to beta firmware, open the PocketWizard Utility, and navigate down to the blue gear in the bottom left corner of the window.
  2. Navigate over to the "Firmware Updates" tab.
  3. Navigate down to the bottom and check "Yes, I would like to have access to Optional and Beta Test firmware."
  4. Click OK.
  5. Navigate to the Update Tab.
  6. Click "Check for Updates."
For complete details on updating firmware v.3.818, see here.

B&H carries PocketWizard products.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: PocketWizard News
Post Date: 8/2/2016 5:57:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 1, 2016

Just posted: Samyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS Lens Review

I may be sounding like a broken record here, but Samyang has once again delivered a well-constructed manual lens with good image quality and an enticing price. Those shooting the night sky with an APS-C sensor camera will especially appreciate this lens' class-leading coma results.

B&H has the Samyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS Lens in stock.

Post Date: 8/1/2016 10:12:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Samyang Optics:

Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS is a standard angle manual focus lenses for mirrorless cameras with APS-C sensor size. The flow of light is devised based on the uniqueness of the distance from glass to sensor in mirrorless cameras to create optimal performance.

The bright F1.2 aperture secures a fast shutter speed even under the restricted lighting conditions to offer best quality images. It will brighten up your everyday snapshots. Also it creates an outstanding out-of-focus look by highlighting the main object effectively. The versatility of 35mm angle of view is also a charm. It liberates your daily images including landscapes, streets, portraits and even lunch tables and brings the essence and joy of manual focusing to life.

Based on Samyang Optics’ exceptional optical technology, Ultra Multi Coating and two aspherical lenses have been included among nine glasses in seven groups to minimise aberration and unnecessary light dispersion, delivering high resolution from the centre to the corners of the image. Along with portability of mirrorless lens, the 62mm of wide filter diameter brings the maximum amount of light into the lens to create the best work of light in photography.

Samyang 35mm f 1.2 ED AS UMC CS Lens Specifications

Samyang 35mm F1.2 is compatible with four camera mounts: Sony E, MFT, Fujifilm X and Canon M.

Note: Pricing and availability information is currently unavailable.

Post Date: 8/1/2016 7:29:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Science Channel YouTube Channel:

Video camera lenses are the perfect combo of modern technology and old fashioned craftsmanship. 8 overlapping stainless steel pieces control the amount of light that is let into the camera.

B&H carries Cinema Lenses.

Post Date: 8/1/2016 6:54:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

According to the Egami Blog, Nikon has patented the optical formula for a PC-E 19mm f/4 Tilt-Shift lens.

Patent Details

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-136212
  • Published 2016.7.28
  • Filing date 2015.1.23
  • Focal Length = 19.569
  • f/ no. = 4.1

Post Date: 8/1/2016 5:33:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

Reliable, easy-to-use weatherproof camera with a specially designed menu and additional creative options for every member of the family

TOKYO – August 1, 2016 – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the COOLPIX W100, a tough waterproof and shockproof compact digital camera that offers reliable, worry-free use with leisure activities.

The COOLPIX W100 combines reliable image quality with a simple, easy-to-use, animated menu option of Variety Menu, and an ergonomic design for everyone in the family to enjoy fun moments effortlessly. Its compact rounded design, large buttons and intelligent features such as Underwater Face Framing, enable users to capture high quality images and full HD videos easily at the press of a button. New creative options including the Add Cartoon Effects and the Stamp function also aid in cultivating an interest amongst younger users. What's more, the COOLPIX W100 supports SnapBridge, which establishes a connection between the camera and a smart device, allowing users to easily share the photos they have taken via SNSs and the like, without removing and reinserting the SD memory card.

COOLPIX W100 primary features

  1. Worry-free performance for use by every member of the family
    The camera is dustproof, waterproof to 10 m, shockproof to withstand falls from as high as 1.8 m, and freezeproof to -10°C. It has a tough body that allows it to be used with a wide variety of leisure activities, whether at the pool or the park sandbox, the beach or the ski slopes.
  2. Functions and a level of performance that make capturing beautiful photos easy
    The camera has an effective pixel count of 13.2 megapixels, and is equipped with a 3x optical zoom NIKKOR lens. It is also equipped with Dynamic Fine Zoom, that can be used to achieve approximately 6x zoom with which resolution is preserved in the digital zoom range. In addition, the camera offers a number of functions that make capturing beautiful photos easy, including Underwater Face Framing, which detects and automatically photographs human faces when the camera is in the water, and Target Finding AF, with which the camera detects and focuses on the primary subject. What's more, the camera is equipped with a new Add Light Trails (Multiple Exp. Lighten) mode for photo recording that enables beautiful recording of once difficult light trails made by stars or airplanes.
  3. Support for SnapBridge, which expands the ways in which photos are enjoyed
    The camera supports SnapBridge, which uses Bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology to establish a connection between the camera and a smart device. Photos taken with the camera can be automatically transferred to a smart device, and if uploaded from SnapBridge, an unlimited number of thumbnail images can be automatically uploaded from the smart device to Nikon's photo sharing service, NIKON IMAGE SPACE. Because photos can be transferred via the Internet or shared using an SNS the moment they are taken, sharing the exciting and dramatic moments that occur at leisure destinations is easy.
  4. A multitude of shooting and retouch functions that make taking pictures more fun
    The camera allows users to express themselves in a variety of ways with effects and frames that can be added with shooting, the ability to change colors and apply effects to images after they are taken, and much more. New creative options such as the Stamp and the Add Cartoon Effects have been introduced. After images are captured, they can be decorated with hearts, stars, or other stamps using the Stamp function, and the Add Cartoon Effects function can be used to make the image look like a panel from a comic by drawing lines. The cameras functions have been greatly enriched to enable greater enjoyment of images.
  5. A function for recording full-HD movies with stereo sound that can be used to preserve high-quality movies of memories
    The camera is equipped with a full-HD movie recording function that enables recording of high-quality movies by simply pressing the movie-record button. The effects of camera shake can be effectively reduced with the electronic vibration reduction (VR) function.
  6. Additional features
    • A Variety Menu setting that allows the user to control camera functions according to the user or situation
    • A welcome screen with which the characters and background change according to the time of day, how often the camera is used, the number of pictures taken with the camera, etc., and to which new characters have been added
    • Easy to hold and use, even for children with small hands, designed with a rounded form for a superior grip, and available in five colors, one of which is a new marine pattern
    • An Exchange Messages function that allows users to communicate by recording voice messages
    • An Image Lock function that allows users to restrict image deletion by simply holding down two of the buttons on the back of the camera at the same time
B&H carries Nikon COOLPIX cameras.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Announcements
Post Date: 8/1/2016 5:19:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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