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 Thursday, March 1, 2018

From Sekonic:

The Flashmate L-308X builds on the popular L-308 series of light meters, combining a familiar blend of compact and intuitive design with the very latest features, making it the ideal light meter for today’s filmmakers and photographers.

The pocket-sized Sekonic L-308X is packed with all of the latest functions, including all of those found in the L308S and L-308DC light meters. Features such as a customised new screen display and LCD backlight, Aperture (F) Priority photo mode and ISO 850, to match the native ISO of Canon cinema cameras like the C300, make the L-308X one of the most versatile and affordable photo/cine light meters available today.

Kenji Sawai, Sekonic Executive Office of Sales and Marketing, commented, “With just one camera, today’s shooters have become multimedia image makers. We have used our expertise and experience as a recognised industry leader in light measuring tools to create the perfect entry-level hybrid light meter for today’s up-and-coming photographers and filmmakers”

Key Features

  • Three meters in one: Photo/HD Cine/CINE modes for all imagemakers
  • Photo Mode: (Ambient) T priority, F priority and EV modes
  • (Flash) Cord and Cordless flash mode
  • HD Cine Mode: (Ambient) T priority, Lux/Fc mode, frame rate setting
  • CINE Mode: (Ambient) Frame rate priority, Lux/Fc mode, shutter angle setting
  • Automatic LCD backlight (activates under EV5 lighting)
  • Switchable Incident/Reflected light measurement and removable lumidisc
  • Calibration compensation from -1.0 to +1.0 in 0.1 step increments
  • Intuitive and compact design that fits into your pocket

Basic Specifications (measuring range at ISO 100)

  • Ambient: EV0 to 19.9
  • Flash: F1.0 to F90.9
  • Lux: 2.5 to 190,000lx
  • Foot-candle: 0.23 to 17,000fc
  • Power source: One AA battery

The Sekonic L-308X will be available from early March.

B&H has the Sekonic L-308X-U Flashmate Light Meter available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Sekonic News
Post Date: 3/1/2018 9:03:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

While this image was created to illustrate one of the unique capabilities of the lens being used, I thought I'd share the process behind creating the wedding ring, Bible, love verse and heart shadow photograph.
 
Obviously, to create an image similar to this, you need a ring and a book. Most large books and round rings can be used, but a wedding ring is the most common type of ring photographed and the Bible then becomes a very appropriate book for holding the ring. Note that if the ring is not round, creating a heart-shaped shadow immediately becomes more difficult, if not impossible. The heart-shaped shadow is not required, but ... it too is very appropriate for a wedding ring photo.
 
Love is the strong theme we are building on here and 1 Corinthians 13:4 is a favorite verse for this theme. While all Bibles will have this verse in them, not all Bibles will have this verse in an appropriate position on the page.
 
Getting the ring to stand up without a form of adhesive is another challenge. Doing so is easiest with some curl toward the inside of the pages, supporting the ring higher on its sides. The amount of curl also influences the heart shadow's shape.
 
This verse is closer to the end of the Bible than the beginning, meaning that there are more pages to the left than the right, creating unbalance. This makes creating the curves needed for the ring to sit in the pages somewhat more challenging, a challenge I met with a pair of A-clamps. My ill-designed-for-photography clamp jaws were red and required some black gaffer tape to eliminate the red showing in reflections on the ring. Reflections such as this are easy to miss when photographing, so be sure to check images of reflective subjects carefully.
 
Creating a shadow with an obvious shape requires hard light. This means the light source must be small in size relative to the source of the shadow. The smaller and farther away the light source is, the harder the shadow will become.
 
The right angle of the back-lighting is necessary to create the heart-shaped shadow in front of the ring. Aligning the flash with the crease between the pages will create a symmetric-shaped heart (if the pages are equally curved). The higher the flash, the shorter the heart. Figure out what works best for your composition.
 
Try handholding the flash and moving it around until you see the results you want. If using E-TTL and the camera's self-timer, the pre-flash will give you a preview of the shadow and give you a moment to adjust it prior to the picture being taken. Simply test-firing the flash will also help accomplish this task. Once you know where you want the flash positioned, fix it in place.
 
There are a million methods of holding a flash in place. I happened to have a lens box the right height at my immediate disposal and ... I simply used it. The box was not an especially secure option, so I had to be careful.
 
I wanted a hard shadow, but I didn't want the image to appear harshly lit. Since my working space was tight, I went high-tech with white copier/printer paper reflectors. I gaffer-taped one piece under the lens and another over the flash. Because rings are reflective, the paper reflectors were especially helpful in illuminating the front of it.
 
Bibles have a lot of pages and the pages are usually made thin for a compact and light overall book size and weight. Thin pages can become somewhat transparent and other print may bleed through the page being photographed. You can put a white paper under the pages, but that does not keep the print on the reverse side of the page being photographed from showing and this strategy potentially increases emphasis on that print. Find a Bible with thicker pages if you feel this issue is negatively impacting your results. The light bleed-through I encountered did not bother me.
 
I was reviewing the Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Tilt-Shift Lens, a superb product photography lens, and was looking for an interesting subject. Especially with its macro capability combined with the tilt movement, this lens can draw a viewer's eye to the intended subject and to illustrate this ability, the ring image concept shared here worked perfectly. Tilting the lens fully upward (10°) permitted the camera to be used at a relatively high position while creating a shallow slice of in-focus area that nicely encompasses the ring and its heart shadow along with the verse intended to be emphasized.
 
When one views this image, their eye is instantly drawn to the in-focus subjects.
 
Here is the setup:
 
Wedding Ring, Bible, Love Verse and Heart Shadow Photograph
 
The Canon wireless flash system made this lighting setup very easy. Hopefully you "love" the result!


While I didn't create this image with the WPPI show in mind, the timing seems appropriate.

A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 3/1/2018 6:45:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Canon has updated select programs in its software suite to provide compatibility with its newest cameras, i.e. EOS M50, Rebel T7 & Rebel T100. [thanks Scott]

Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.8.20, Picture Style Editor 1.20.20 and EOS Utility 3.8.20:

  • Supports EOS Kiss M / EOS M50, EOS REBEL T100 / EOS 4000D / EOS 3000D, EOS Kiss X90 / EOS REBEL T7 / EOS 2000D / EOS 1500D.

Additional Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.8.20:

  • Supported MOV movies and MP4 movies shot with a camera compatible with Digital Photo Professional. (64bit version of Windows 8.1 or later)

Download: Canon DPP, Picture Style Editor and EOS Utility

Post Date: 3/1/2018 6:56:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

Nikon D500 Firmware v.1.14

Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.13 to 1.14

  • Fixed an issue that prevented images being copied using the Copy image(s) item in the PLAYBACK MENU if an exhausted battery or no battery was inserted in the camera, even when a battery with sufficient charge was inserted in the MB-D17 battery pack.

Download: Nikon D500 Firmware v.1.14



Nikon Distortion Control Data v.2.017

Note from T-D-P: Nikon doesn't actually specify what's new in this version of its Distortion Control Data, but it's likely that this new verion includes compatibility for new cameras and/or lenses. For instance, the 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR (announced last month) is listed as a supported lens in this release.

Download: Nikon Distortion Control Data v.2.017

Post Date: 3/1/2018 5:27:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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