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 Tuesday, June 19, 2018

 
B&H has uploaded 20 presentations from its OPTIC 2018 event to YouTube channel. The presentations last anywhere from [roughly] half an hour to and hour and a half and cover a wide range of subjects.
 
B&H OPTIC 2018 Presentations
 
  • Myth, Magic, and Mojo | Keith Carter
  • Photographing Cuba | Vincent Versace
  • Seeing Color and Enhancing Creativity | Seth Resnick
  • Decisive Moments with Fujifilm | Xyza Cruz Bacani
  • Doors Off Over Baja California’s Wild Coast | Ralph Lee Hopkins
  • A Portrait Photographer's Guide to Street and Travel Photography
  • Time Lapse Photography | Rich Reid
  • iPhone Photography | Rich Reid
  • Out of This World - In the Footsteps of Lowell Thomas | David Wright
  • Photographing in Extreme Environments | Ira Block
  • Step into the Frame: How to Approach Travel & Cultural Photography | Adam Marelli
  • How to Approach Travel & Cultural Photography (Advanced) | Adam Marelli
  • Beyond the Milky Way | National Parks at Night
  • Travel Photography and the Self Assignment | Liz Groeschen
  • Photographing Nature with a Fine Art Eye | Joyce Tenneson
  • Following the Light at National Geographic | Mark Thiessen
  • Bears, Bears, Bears - Making the Most of Your Bear Trip | Charles Glatzer
  • Capturing the Wonders of Wildlife | Ron Magill
  • Imagining Spaces: Interior & Architecture Photography | Simon Lewis
  • Coincidental Portraits, Travel and Street Photography | Sissie Brimberg
Post Date: 6/19/2018 8:57:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 6/19/2018 7:28:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 18, 2018
I advised my daughter and then-future son-in-law that something would go wrong with the wedding and that they should be ready to adjust plans as necessary.
 
What went wrong started with my youngest daughter waking up at 3:00 AM with a fever of 101.7° F (38.7° C) on the day before the wedding. I was so sad for her and expected the virus to have her in its grasp through the wedding day and beyond. Fortunately, after many prayers and sleeping much of the morning, she was feeling much better the same evening and was able to enjoy the wedding rehearsal and dinner afterwards.
 
That rehearsal dinner afterwards (at our house) became the next issue. The food was all out and everyone was ready to eat (and hungry), but ... the rolls needed to hold the main course were missing. Apparently an assignment was missed and a 40-minute round trip to the grocery store ensued, resolving this relatively minor issue.
 
As I mentioned, I was (mostly) not photographing this wedding, but received a request to "just" set up a video camera. I assembled the gear I intended to use (multiple cameras, tripods, mic, sound recorder, Pelican cases, extra batteries, etc.) the day before (amidst plenty of other chaos) and ran a gear check late in the day. I planned to use the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II as the primary camera, recording the entire ceremony in 4k. Strangely, when attempting to record video with this body, all I saw was black. After checking for an installed lens cap multiple times and verifying that live view worked in the still photo modes, I resolved to call Canon CPS in the morning, hoping that there was some obscure setting I had missed. Unfortunately, the phone call determined that the camera had a failure of some sort (I was not surprised by that news) that was preventing the shutter from opening in video mode.
 
So, it was wedding day for my daughter and the primary camera I intended to record video with had failed. This is the perfect example of why a backup camera is mandatory when photographing weddings and other important events.
 
I had a 4k-capable Sony a7 III with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens, the focal length range I needed, sitting on my desk. That setup was untested, so I opted to double-record using a Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens. I set up the two cameras immediately next to each other, one on a Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Carbon Fiber Tripod and BH-40 Ball Head and the other on a ProMediaGear TR344L Tripod with a UniqBall UBH 45X Ball Head.
 
A relative captured other video angles handheld using a Canon EOS 80D and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens. Audio was recorded with a Tascam digital audio recorder positioned under the flowers near the pastor, on a Rode Stereo Video Mic mounted on the 5Ds R in the back (closer to some of the musicians) and in-camera on the other two cameras. The setups appear to have all worked great and there is plenty of audio and video available to assemble a nice edited movie.
 
While I had time to put together a revised camera setup prior to leaving for the wedding, that is not always the case with equipment failures. I had an additional camera and various accessories (including batteries) along to cover any on-site failures (OK, I had enough to cover any of the contracted photographer's equipment failures as well).
 
Then there was the tomahawk injury that required a trip to the medical center and 8 stitches on the groom's ankle on the morning of the wedding. Don't ask – but it involved fruit. I'll just say that there was little spring in the groom's step as he walked his bride down the aisle, but the wedding worked and I now officially have a son.
 
As I said, I was mostly not photographing the wedding, but ... the girls happened to be ready just before the official photographers arrived and I happened to have rolled paper on a background stand and two lights in softboxes (one large octagonal overhead, a medium-sized rectangle on the back/left) ready. I needed time to set up and dial in two more lights, including one on a boom, but with a very rushed schedule, I accepted a compromise.
 
Overall, the wedding was awesome. Thanks for sharing in my excitement!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
70mm  f/11.0  1/160s
ISO 100
5733 x 8599px
Post Date: 6/18/2018 10:31:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Jennifer Wu
 
It is 4:00 am and my chirping alarm clock abruptly awakens me. Heading out to photograph the fall colors at sunrise, I notice the car temperature reading 16°F. With a sudden drop in temperature and stormy weather from the previous day, I hope the leaves haven’t turned black from the freezing temperature.
 
Arriving at the lake, twilight begins and the deep blue sky just starts to get light. I am anxious to discover the fall color conditions. Walking to the lake, I see a beautiful moonlit image before me of fall colors plus the delight of the first dusting of snow for the season! I’m happy that the snow dapples the mountains and doesn’t cover them completely in white.
 
Seeing the moon shining on the mountain peaks, I quickly set up to capture the moonlit landscape, placing some rocks in the foreground of the icy lake. I press the shutter for my first shot of the day knowing it will be my favorite and sunrise isn’t even for another half-hour. What a wonderful morning!
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/18/2018 11:35:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Rokinon:
 
New AF 85mm F1.4 Full Frame Prime for Canon EF – Vivid, Sharp and Bright
 
(New York, New York) June 18, 2018 – Hot on the heels of the new Rokinon AF 24mm F2.8 Full Frame for Sony E, Rokinon has announced its new AF 85mm F1.4 Full Frame Lens for Canon EF mount.
 
The new 85mm F1.4 AF lens is designed for optimal quality imaging and for the most advanced Canon Full Frame image sensor cameras. The new Rokinon AF 85mm F1.4 also performs with Canon APS-C sensor cameras as a high speed 136mm equivalent AF telephoto lens.
 
A variety of advanced lens technologies, including a Hybrid Aspherical element, allow for a more compact (< 3 inches long) and lightweight (17oz) design that also minimizes aberrations, controls distortion, and provides excellent resolution. Autofocusing is fast and quiet which is accomplished by two Linear Ultrasonic Motors (LSM’s) that only have to adjust a single inner lens group to achieve precise focus.
 
Additional notable features of the new Rokinon AF 85mm F1.4 include Weather Sealing, all metal construction, an ergonomically designed size, shape and grip for enhanced comfort and a 9 blade aperture that helps to achieve beautiful bokeh.
 
The new Rokinon AF 85mm F1.4 Full Frame Lens for Canon EF is expected to be available in August with a street price of only $799.00. It will include a reversible lens hood, lens caps, and a soft pouch case.
 
Specifications
 
APERTURE RANGEF1.4 - 16
OPTICAL CONSTRUCTION9 Glass Elements in 7 Groups
(Including 1 Hybrid Aspherical Lens)
COATINGUltra Multi-Coating (UMC)
ANGLE OF VIEW28.4° 19.0° 2.83”
MIN. FOCUSING DIST.2.95ft (0.90m)
MAGNIFICATION RATIO0.11x
FILTER SIZE77mm
DIAPHRAGM BLADES9
MAX. DIAMETER3.46” 88.0mm
LENGTH2.83” (72.0mm)
WEIGHT17.11oz (485g)
COVERAGEFull Frame
MSRP$799.00 USD

B&H carries Rokinon lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/18/2018 10:16:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
While Bryan and I are fans of Adobe's Creative Cloud offerings, most notably Photoshop CC and Lightroom Classic CC, we know that many are interested in alternatives to Lightroom in particular. The official blog for one of the most popular alternatives, Phase One Capture One Pro, recently posted an article aimed squarely at those looking to make a change.
 
From the Phase One Capture One Blog:
11 Killer Tips For Switching From Lightroom to Capture One
 
Getting used to new software is rarely easy – but it doesn’t have to be frustrating. If you are considering switching from Lightroom to Capture One, here are 11 tips for making the transition easy.
 
1. Interface
 
There are a few things to take notes of when switching from Lightroom to Capture One:
 
  • No modules! The interface in Capture One uses one main window, where all tools are organized in Tool Tabs.
  • The default layout has tools to the left and browser to the right of the viewer.
  • To choose a layout more similar to Lightroom, simply select ‘Window > Workspace > Migration’. This will provide a workspace that more closely resembles Lightroom’s layout.
  • Most tools in Capture One can be re-organized, moved freely around and even scaled, by simply clicking the Tool Title and dragging. Parts of the interface can also be hidden. For an easy overview, use the View menu.
To see all of the tips, check out the Phase One Capture One Blog.
 
B&H carries Phase One Capture One download licenses.
Post Date: 6/18/2018 9:13:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
In this video, Julieanne Kost goes over four very popular blend modes – Multiply, Screen, Overlay and Soft Light – and demonstrates how they can be used when compositing images in Photoshop.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 6/18/2018 7:12:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, June 16, 2018
Mostly, this post is to let you share in our excitement and that sentence probably caught your attention with many thoughts potentially entering your mind.
 
Perhaps for those of you following this site from the early days, it is hard to believe that she is that old. Yes, the years really do fly by (every year goes by faster). This image was captured in 2003, the year TDP showed up on the web:
 
Brianna at Age 7
 
And now, my baby has become a beautiful young lady.
 
While the girls are taking care of many of the wedding's fine details, I am also involved. One of the requests of me was to assemble a set of pictures suitable for use in a slide show. While gathering those, many great memories were brought back and, as you probably guessed, I had a solid selection to choose from.
 
While on that topic, heed my advice: now is when you need to spend time with your kids and of course, make them feel special by photographing them constantly (and giving them that reason why). Only photographs (and videos) can keep them that age forever. Capture your times together and all of the special moments. Grandparents, you are included here – you get to photograph the grandkids when that generation shows up (I look forward to that day).
 
Answering another common question: yes, we love the incoming son and look forward to him being an official part of the family (he's been hanging around for years already). With him and his great family joining our lives, all of the parent wish list boxes are being checked here.
 
I know, the first question you really wanted answered was "Are you photographing the wedding?" Well, the official answer is no – there are hired photographers for the event. But ... I just might have (a few cases of) gear stashed somewhere handy. You know – just in case!
 
Then came the "Oh, can you just set up a camera to video the wedding?"
 
In what seems a blink of an eye, the kid is grown and moving on with her life. Fortunately, she is not moving too far. And, we have plenty of pictures to look back on.
 
The lead image for this post is a recent one, commemorating college graduation. It was a cloudy day and light green spring colors were still on some of the trees. I positioned Brianna under the shade of a tall tree to gain some direction to the ultra-soft cloud-diffused light and aligned with a distant tree of interest in the background. At 200mm, the f/2 aperture turns the tree into an interesting blur of color and Brianna pops from the background. Due to the color of the background, my eyes struggled to properly recognize the right color balance this image but, in the end, I opted to use the black cap and gown for a custom white balance.
 
The Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens is a killer portrait lens and it has captured some of my favorite portraits of the kids. This is not an inexpensive lens, but the results can be priceless.
 
The girls are due home from their hair appointments at any time – gotta go!
 
Camera and Lens Settings
200mm  f/2.0  1/500s
ISO 100
5398 x 8097px
Post Date: 6/16/2018 11:13:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 15, 2018
From Nikon:
 
Offers superior agility and optical performance
 
June 14, 2018 – TOKYO – Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the development of the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, a fixed focal length super-telephoto lens compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras.
 
The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR will be a high-performance super-telephoto lens that is significantly smaller and lighter than comparable predecessors due to the adoption of the same type of Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element used in the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR, released in January 2015. This lens makes hand-held photography easy, despite it being a fixed focal length super-telephoto lens that supports 500 mm focal length. The portability of the lens allows it to be used in a wider variety of situations, and for capturing fast-moving and unpredictable subjects in scenes such as sporting events.
 
Details, including the release date and suggested retail price for this product, will be shared at a later date.
 
Nikon continues to encourage the pursuit of imaging expression possibilities through its innovative products and solutions, built on its 100 years of heritage and advanced technical capabilities.
 
PF (Phase Fresnel) Lens Elements
 
The PF (Phase Fresnel) lens, developed by Nikon, effectively compensates chromatic aberration utilizing the photo diffraction phenomenon*. It provides superior chromatic aberration compensation performance when combined with a normal glass lens. Compared to many general camera lenses that employ an optical system using the photorefractive phenomenon, a remarkably compact and lightweight body can be attained with less number of lens elements.
 
* Diffraction phenomenon: Light has characteristics as a waveform. When a waveform faces an obstacle, it attempts to go around and behind it, and this characteristic is referred to as diffraction. Diffraction causes chromatic dispersion in the reverse order of refraction.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/15/2018 12:47:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens page.
 
Looking for a bargain Sony lens? This best-seller qualifies.
 
Captured with different cameras, the following comparisons require a bit judgement and visualization skills.
 
Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 compared to Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 compared to Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor Lens
Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 compared to Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens
 
As always, many other comparisons are available.
 
The Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 6/15/2018 9:00:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 14, 2018
Canon has created a new microsite called "Shot on Canon" that lists films, documentaries and TV shows that were captured with Canon equipment.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 6/14/2018 12:02:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 13, 2018
If the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens or the Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens were on your shopping list (or would be a nice addition to your kit), during the Tamron Father's Day Savings promo is a great time to get them. These deals are available through June 17, 2018.
 
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens: B&H | Amazon | Adorama
 
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens: B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Post Date: 6/13/2018 1:17:49 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sigma has released firmware updates for the Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 and 8 Lenses as follows:
 
Mount Converter MC-11
Now compatible with the Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Lens and the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens.
 
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
Now Compatible with Sigma Mount Converter MC-11.
 
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens
"It has corrected the phenomenon that the Manual Override (MO) function will be disabled after adjusting the settings of focus mode switch on SIGMA Optimization Pro (Macintosh ver.). "
 
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Now Compatible with Sigma Mount Converter MC-11.
 
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Now Compatible with Sigma Mount Converter MC-11.
 
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
"It has corrected the phenomenon that the continuous shooting speed of some SIGMA interchangeable lenses with firmware Ver.2.00 decreases in certain combinations with some cameras. "
 
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens
"It has corrected the phenomenon that the continuous shooting speed of some SIGMA interchangeable lenses with firmware Ver.2.00 decreases in certain combinations with some cameras. "
 
Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C Lens
"It has corrected the phenomenon that the Manual Override (MO) function will be disabled after adjusting the settings of focus mode switch on SIGMA Optimization Pro (Macintosh ver.)."
 
Sigma EF-630 Flash
"It has corrected the phenomenon where it occasionally stops communicating after recovering from Auto Power Off."
 
 
For the lenses, updating firmware is as easy as plugging in the Sigma Dock, mounting the lens and running the Sigma software.
Post Date: 6/13/2018 9:25:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 12, 2018
From Lowepro:
 
New QuickShelf technology, premium materials and added features deliver flexibility and superior gear protection in an everyday pack designed for the way today’s content creators work.
 
Upper Saddle River, NJ – June 12, 2018 – Lowepro, a company with a 50-year reputation in creating protective gear-carrying solutions for image makers, today announced the launch of FreeLine BP 350 AW, a new premium, versatile daypack designed for today’s content creators, photographers, and videographers. The FreeLine BP 350 AW is the first in a collection of innovative bags intended to organize and protect the tools that capture the vision of content creators, wherever they go, leaving them free to focus on the big picture.
 
Features for the way today’s creators work
 
  • QuickShelf Divider System – the revolutionary interior divider system that unfolds into a 3-tier shelf or folds flat to remove revealing an open interior space includes pop-in lateral dividers allows for quick, fully customizable and wholly protected array of gear sets including multiple mirrorless bodies and lenses; full-framed DSLR with mounted 70-200mm f2.8 lens and additional lenses, compact drones and more.
  • Constructed of super high-grade Nylon 66 exterior fabric with water and abrasion resistant Carbonite, YKK weather-proof zippers and All Weather AW Cover provide unmatched protection from everyday use and the elements.
  • Dual side-access panels allow for easy access to gear.
  • CradleFit pocket suspends and protects up to a 15” laptop.
  • Integrated Gear Box offers customizable storage for cords, cables, batteries and more.
  • ActiveZone Back Panel provides excellent support and comfort.
“The professional landscape is shifting with this rise of the independent content creator,” explains Tim Grimmer, Senior Director of Product for Lowepro. “In collaboration with our partner brand JOBY, owner of the world famous GorillaPod, we delved deeply into the world of today’s Content Creators, vloggers, YouTubers, and storytellers. We learned more about how their gear kits and shooting locations frequently change as they produce content every day. Our goal became to create a solution that offers the freedom to carry what they need each day. We’re excited to offer FreeLine, a premium daypack that pairs our company’s signature protection with the adaptability content creators crave.”
 
The FreeLine BP 350 AW is now available for purchase for $259.95 at select Lowepro dealers and will be on display during VidCon June 21 – 23, 2018 in Anaheim, CA.
 
B&H has the Lowepro FreeLine BP 350 AW Backpack in stock.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 6/12/2018 11:49:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality test results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens Review.
 
The 400 DO IS II review was completed before the 5Ds R existed. To get these results added to the site, Canon USA loaned us another copy this lens. Under the scrutiny of the ultra-high resolution 5Ds R, the center of the frame is showing a touch of softness in the center at f/4 in this copy of the lens, but this lens performs impressively otherwise.
 
Here are some comparisons to get you started:
 
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 400mm f/2.8L IS II Lens
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 300mm f/2.8L IS II Lens with 1.4x
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 400mm f/5.6L Lens
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 200-400mm f/4L IS II Lens
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II compared to 200mm f/2L IS Lens with 1.4x
 
The Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/12/2018 9:23:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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