January 31, 2014 – CamRanger LLC is pleased to announce a firmware update for the award winning CamRanger. The newest update allows the photographer or videographer to simultaneously broadcast images or live feed to multiple iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Mac or Windows computers. The CamRanger allows advanced wireless camera control of over three dozen Canon DSLR and Nikon DSLR cameras and wireless tethering to an iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac or Windows computer, including the option of wireless shooting into Lightroom. The CamRanger provides advanced remote control of the Canon or Nikon DSLR camera including changing settings, touch focus, remote live view, setting up advanced bracketing, intervalometer (time-lapse), automatic focus stacking, movie recording, as well as rating, comparing and viewing images.
The firmware update for the CamRanger allows the photographer to take photos from either the camera or from an iPad (or iPhone, Android device, Mac or Windows computer) and have clients, directors, colleagues, or students view the images or live feed from their own device using the “CamRanger Share” application which is specific for each platform. If the photographer or videographer has watermarks turned on then the person using the CamRanger Share app will see watermarks as well on their own device. Dave Pawlowski, lead developer, states, “We are pleased to provide the sharing feature to our customers as it will be a great help to photographers in the studio and classroom.”
In addition to adding the ability to share images the firmware update allows the photographer to bridge into an existing WiFi network. The CamRanger creates its own WiFi network, but if the photographer wants to bridge into a network to extend the WiFi range, or post images to the Internet or FTP server immediately, then this feature gives the photographer this option.
The CamRanger firmware update is available for no additional charge at CamRanger.com. The associated software is found at CamRanger.com. The CamRanger retails for $299.99 and is designed, developed and supported in the USA.
From the Flag Kickstarter Page:
Flag is a phone and tablet app that prints your photos and mails them to you, your family or friends, for free.
Ad Supported Photo Printing
You can’t hang an iPad on a wall, you can’t mail an iPhone in a birthday card, and not every friend and relative uses the same social networks you do. That's why we love to print photos.
Unfortunately printing is expensive, often of poor quality, and not as flexible or fun as finishing photos with apps and filters. Flag is an app for iPhone that will change that.
Flag will be beautiful, clean and simple.
Flag’s ‘peekable thumbs’ view addresses the challenge of displaying photos on phones and tablets without compromise or waste. You can see the whole of a portrait or landscape image, without tapping to open it up, by tilting your device. (NB: unlike this animation our test code is buttery smooth).
Flag allows anyone (within the US to start) to print and mail a pack of 20 photos each month for free. You can keep the prints yourself, or send them to the people you love. If you want more than 20 a month you can buy as many as you need.
To make photo printing fun – for the first time by our reckoning – we’ve designed a photo finishing system ready for the 21st century. Museum quality (Giclée) printers, German 220 gram photo paper from sustainable sources, laser cutters, and robots with carbon fiber arms will allow Flag to deliver prints, for free, that are better than any you can pay for today. We want to turn your memories into mementos you can be proud of.
Read more Flag on the project's Kickstarter Page.
The Canon Professional Network has an Infobank article called "Exposure settings: ISO speed in the digital age" which explains the history and develpment of our photographic light-sensitivity standard.
I found the article both interesting and informative, so I thought I'd share it. [Sean]
Just posted: Canon Speedlite 90EX Flash Review
With the just posted Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash and Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT reviews, I guess that I could deem this Canon Speedlite week. Today's review covers Canon's smallest, lightest and least expensive flash – the 90EX.
While it was introduced and advertised with the Canon EOS M, the 90EX flash is compatible with all Canon EOS DSLRs. The 90EX has very low power output, but its optical wireless remote control capabilities are a huge value.
Read the full review to learn more about this great little device.
Eye-Fi Labs Gives Mobi Customers Early Access to Upcoming Offerings
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., January 30, 2014 — Eye-Fi (www.eyefi.com), the global leader in wireless memory cards, is offering all Eye-Fi Mobi users a sneak peek of its new mobile apps and cloud service designed to blend the best of digital camera photography with the full benefits of mobile Internet access. Users of the Eye-Fi Mobi card, the first SD card that automatically transfers photos from digital cameras to smartphones or tablets, can preview the new applications and services for iOS, Android or Kindle devices through Eye-fi Labs. In addition, Eye-Fi is offering a limited number of free Eye-Fi Mobi cards to qualified new users who wish to experience these products.
"The new capabilities we are previewing are a natural extension of the current Eye-Fi Mobi card and mobile apps and provide a unique and compelling way to link digital cameras with the power of the cloud," said Sam Hui, VP of product management of Eye-Fi. "We will work closely with customers to gain insights that we will use to refine the products with the goal of delivering a delightful end-to-end experience when the products are generally available."
Eye-Fi Labs is a customer engagement platform that permits Eye-Fi to directly engage consumers and partners as part of an agile product development process. Eye-Fi Labs provides consumers early access to preview and evaluate new Eye-Fi technology in order to refine and enhance products prior to their commercial release.
To participate in Eye-Fi Labs, customers must possess an Eye-Fi Mobi card. Eye-Fi is offering a limited number of Eye-Fi Mobi cards to qualified new users. To register for the preview or to view qualification criteria see: http://www.eye.fi/labs/beta
Since its launch in late 2013, Eye-Fi Labs has made several beta software releases available, including the Mobi Desktop Receivers for Windows PCs and Apple Mac platforms. Eye-Fi reserves the right to alter any of capabilities provided in Eye-Fi Labs and may or may not make them available commercially to the general public.
From SmugMugFilms Youtube Channel:
A behind-the-scenes look at how photographer Jessica Ambats captures the beauty of flight. Jessica specializes in air-to-air photography, a high-stakes type of aerial photography that involves shooting from an airplane with the doors removed while the plane being photographed flies as close as 20 feet away*.
* Do not try this at home. ;-)
Just posted: Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Review
If you read the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Review, you are already familiar with the ST-E3-RT. Basically, extract the 600EX-RT's radio wireless system, LCD, switch panel and foot, and put them in a housing just large enough to hold those parts and two AA batteries. What you have is an ST-E3-RT.
The ST-E3-RT is a great addition to a radio wireless flash kit. For an instant kit, get the Canon ST-E3-RT Transmitter & 2 Speedlite 600EX-RT Kit at B&H for $1,119.95 with free shipping. Basically, you are buying an ST-E3-RT and getting two 600EX-RT Speedlites for $416.48 each.
From Canon UK:
Canon is continuing its support for budding filmmakers with the second year of its partnership with Berlinale Talents – a creative networking event for emerging film industry talent that is part of the Berlin International Film Festival. As Principal Partner of Berlinale Talents, Canon will present a number of master classes for over 300 promising talents in the film industry, featuring world-class workshops with cinematographers and the latest Canon equipment.
Taking place from February 8th-13th 2014, a series of workshops presented in partnership with Canon will offer filmmakers and industry professionals invaluable hints and tips that will help them tell their own stories. The workshops – entitled ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’ - will also provide insight into the latest developments in camera technology, with hands-on demonstrations that show how Canon products can assist production. Speakers involved in the workshops this year include distinguished cinematographers Franz Lustig (How I Live Now), Stefan Ciupek (Slumdog Millionaire), and Christopher Doyle (In The Mood For Love).
Canon will also be supporting various master classes which will see renowned Directors of Photography, including Agnès Godard, talk about their experiences and discuss how camera techniques can enhance filmmaking. The ‘Post-Production Studio’, created by Berlinale Talents collaboratively with Canon, will focus on digital workflows, from shooting and editing to colour correction and mastering for the final stages of production. Selected participants will have the opportunity to get hands on with Canon’s latest equipment, including the EOS C300, EOS C500 and EOS 5D Mark III.
For the first time, Canon will also commission a selection of short films from the Talents, to be shot on Canon’s products. The short films will be showcased by Canon, both at industry events throughout Europe and on the Canon Professional Network.
Canon will in addition support a joint initiative between Berlinale Talents and the European Film Market (EFM), which offers filmmakers further insight into the workings of the EFM, as well as allowing them to present themselves to industry professionals and build their individual networks.
“Technology and creativity is only one part of the film-making process, without a suitable network of contacts the task of getting a movie made becomes much harder,” said Kieran Magee, Director of Professional Imaging, Canon Europe. “Berlinale Talents helps filmmakers through every aspect of the process, we are pleased to support this innovative programme.”
As well as a full programme of workshops, acclaimed portrait photographer and Canon Explorer Joerg Kyas will use Canon equipment in his studio set-up to create portraits of each of the 300 Berlinale Talents 2014 participants. Canon equipment will also be used throughout the event to produce promotional reels and trailers.
Berlinale Talents runs over six days during the Berlin International Film Festival, from 8th-13th February, 2014. Eligible attendees include emerging film professionals in the first 10 years of their career, spanning all areas of the industry, including actors, cinematographers, directors, editors, producers, production designers, screen writers, distributors, sound designers and composers.
TOKYO, January 30, 2014 — Canon Inc. announced today that, in a collaborative study on corporate emissions performance conducted by Climate Counts and the Center for Sustainable Organizations, Canon earned a fourth-place ranking, the highest of any Japanese company included in the survey.
The 2013 Climate Counts Science-Based Carbon Study analyzes the operational emissions of 100 global corporations between 2005 and 2012 to determine their performance against science-based targets. The companies included in the study spanned 10 industries, including technology, healthcare, oil & gas, and consumer goods. The study relies on a metric developed by the Center for Sustainable Organizations (CSO) called the Context-Based Carbon Metric. Embedded in CSO's metric for purposes of the Climate Counts study were science-based emissions targets developed by Tellus Institute, an interdisciplinary not-for-profit research and policy organization.
The study evaluates sustainability performance not only in terms of the environment, but also from social and economic perspectives, assessing and ranking each company's performance based on emissions per dollar of contribution to gross domestic product, as well as the amount that the company contributes to GDP.
According to the study, among the 100 companies surveyed, 49, including Canon, were found to be sustainable, on track to reduce carbon emissions in line with scientific targets designed to avert dangerous climate change. Additionally, among the 49 sustainable companies, 25 successfully achieved revenue growth while reducing their emissions.
Canon strives to reduce CO2 emissions throughout the Canon Group at all stages of the product lifecycle, from materials procurement to disposal and recycling. Recognized for these activities, in December 2012, Canon was the first company to acquire certification under Japan’s Carbon Footprint Program for multifunction office systems. The Company believes that it was such corporate initiatives that led to the high assessment it received in the Climate Counts study.
Targeting the realization of its Action for Green environmental vision, Canon aims to achieve highly functional products with minimal environmental burden while providing users with ways to use products that further reduce their impact on the environment.
Two Ways to Win African Safaris!
SAFARI TO BOTSWANA FOR TWO VALUED AT $22,000 USD
Awarded to the the Judges Vote Grand Prize
Our panel of expert judges will select one entry from each of our eight categories to compete for the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize winner will Enjoy a total of six nights' accommodation in Botswana and Round Trip Airfare on South African Airways. Guests will stay in a range of Wilderness Safaris classic camps. Your trip includes all meals, park fees, scheduled daily camp activities and drinks (excluding premium brand imports) for two people on a sharing basis. Visit the "About" page for important airfare restrictions.
The seven runners up will each receive a $500 B&H Gift Card.
|Scott Kelby||Michael Poliza|
|David Cardinal||Martin Benadie|
|Dana Allen||Peter McBride|
|Mike Myers||Ron Magill|
SAFARI TO NAMIBIA FOR TWO VALUED AT $16,400 USD
Awarded to the People's Choice popular vote
Let the people judge their favorite photograph. The entry with the most votes wins a total of six nights' accommodation in Namibia from a range of Wilderness Safaris classic camps (three nights at two different camps) and Round Trip Airfare on South African Airways. Your trip includes all meals, park fees, scheduled daily camp activities and drinks (excluding premium brand imports) for two people on a sharing basis. Photographers are encouraged to invite their family and friends to vote for their image using email or social media. The most popular entry wins! Visit the "About" page for important airfare restrictions.
Deadline: Extended to February 28, 2014
From Think Tank Photo:
Our newest About A Photograph video features the story behind noted adventure photographer and cinematographer Tyler Stableford’s breathtaking image inside a rare cave in lceland's Langjökull Glacier. In the video, Tyler relates how potentially dangerous it was to shoot inside a moving glacier.
Said Tyler about shooting in nature, “It’s almost never as I envision it. It’s always close to that. But there’s some moving element that makes it a struggle. Most photographers in nature continue to strive because they never know when that beautiful graphic moment is going to happen. That’s the magic of photography for me.”
Based in Aspen, CO, Tyler has earned a worldwide clientele for his work. Men's Journal named him "One of the Seven World's Greatest Adventure Photographers,” and he is one of Canon’s prestigious Explorers of Light. Tyler has won numerous photo and filmmaking awards from The Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, PDN, American Photo and The International Photography Awards, among others.
Note: Use the links from this site to get a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo!
Updates included in this download
You better get a tissue and, if you are in public, rest your chin on your hand to avoid the embarrassment of being seen with your mouth wide open, because the image quality of the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens is jaw-dropping and drool-worthy.
You will now find image quality, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with specs, measurements and eye candy available on the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens review page. Results in all of the tests are best-in-class.
Canon has released its FY 2013 financial results:
Fred Miranda has posted an interesting review of the Sony A7R utilizing Canon lenses.
by Sean Setters
Those of you who have been following the site will know that I recently upgraded everything relating to support – new tripod (Induro 8X CT314), ballhead (Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1), and Arca-Swiss style plates and clamps. But doing so left me with a bit of a problem.
For the past few months I had been thoroughly enjoying shooting panoramic images with my Manfrotto 303plus Panoramic Head and Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens. However, shooting panos was cumbersome (at best). Using the panoramic head meant changing out my regular ballhead every time I wanted to shoot panos. If I wanted to be able to shoot normal images and panos in the same outing, I had to bring tools to do the replacement in the field. And the 303plus was no picnic travel with; it was heavy, bulky, and just plain awkward to lug around because of its shape.
But now let me step back just a bit. Why do you need a specialized head just to capture panoramic images? Couldn't you just rotate the camera on the tripod and get the same results?
Well, not exactly. The issue with trying to create panoramic images with a standard head is that the images don't stitch together very well. Because you aren't rotating the camera & lens around its nodal point, you get parallax errors which make stitching significantly more challenging and time consuming. Basically, things simply don't line up.
A panoramic head allows you to move the camera so that the pivoting occurs over the lens's nodal point thereby elminiating parallax errors and leading to easier (and less time consuming) stitching. If time is money, then a panoramic setup is worth its weight in gold.
After some research, I found a few products that, once assembled, would replicate the functionality of the 303plus head while giving me several other benefits:
The new pano rig...
If you're keeping score, that's a win-win-win-win.
Components of the new setup:
Thats a solid panoramic setup for $305.00 (and significantly cheaper than many pre-made pano rigs). If you don't already have an L-bracket, then you'll only be able to shoot in landscape orientation. The L-bracket gives you the option to use a portrait orientation for more vertical real estate in your pano. One limitation of this setup is that you can't shoot 360-degree spherical panoramas with it; but for standard panoramas, it works very well.
Keep in mind that there are options for swapping several of the components above. I originally purchased the Kirk QRC-1.75 Quick Release Clamp to use in my BlackRapid to Arca-Swiss Plate conversion, but found that the longer tension screw handle allowed the clamp to fit perfectly on the Sunwayfoto DDP-64M Indexing Rotator. If I were buying the compenents again, I'd probably pick up a Sunwayfoto Discal Clamp 64mm With Long Handle instead. You can also purchase a longer rail if you want to shoot with a larger lens. However, make sure that your ballhead can support the weight of a moderately heavy camera/lens combination in an offset position. You can even forgo getting the Indexing Rotator & QR plate and simply rotate the rail/bi-directional clamp via your ballhead's panning base for an especially inexpensive setup. That said, I prefer using the Indexing Rotator for easy, consistent capture.
All in all, I'm really happy with my new pano setup. The Sunwayfoto products seem well-made and durable. A few days ago I created a 360-degree panorama in a local business, The Lamp & Lighthouse (click image to view a larger version):
I shot the panarama above using a 5D Mark III and the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens. I corrected the lens distortion with PTLens (although some distortion still exists), stitched the pano using Hugin and polished it up in Photoshop CC.
Tip: When leveling your setup, ignore the bubble levels on your gear. Depending on design tolerances, bubble levels can be anywhere from "pretty close" to "completely useless." Use your camera's built-in electronic level for the best results.
Just posted: Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Review
I've been using Canon's newest flash system for over a year and can easily say that it is their best ever. The radio wireless control along with other improvements make the 600EX-RT a very solid upgrade from any EX flash kit including those utilizing the Canon Speedlite 580EX II.
From Gura Gear:
Comfortably take your gear wherever life's adventures take you with the Gura Gear Uinta adventure pack
The Uinta spans the gap between urban and adventure lifestyles. Whether you need a technical day pack for photo/video gear, or a reliable adventure pack that accommodates a single DSLR and living essentials, Uinta adapts with specially-designed modules to fit your needs. Easily access gear through any of the multiple access points and rest assured it is always protected behind tested CORDURA and custom weatherproof ripstop X-Pac.
Available modules allow for pro sized DSLR gear and come with fully customizable dividers. Carrying just the gear you need is easy and accessible.
Uinta features an extremely comfortable yet breathable harness system. , the Uinta is perfect for day trips in the mountains or photo shoots on location. In any situation, accessing gear is easy through any of the multiple access points. In addition, when you need it, stow up to a 17” MacBook Pro in the padded interior compartment.
Available as an accessory, the Tripod & Hydration System (THS) is a unique solution for carrying a water bladder and tripod. The THS attaches to the front of the bag using durable, hard plastic buckles and can hold up to a two liter water bladder and/or tripod.
The Gura Gear Uinta bag and components will be available soon at authorized retailers. The Uinta bag will carry an MSRP of $199.00 while the optional Medium and Small Pro Modules will carry an MSRP of $89.95 and $69.95, respectively. The Tripod & Hydration System (THS) will carry an MSRP of $39.95.
From Gentec International:
Gitzo upgrades heads and tripod kits with a new quick-release system compatible with Arca-Swiss plates.
JANUARY 20, 2014 - Gentec International, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Gitzo products, announces a new quick-release system that is being introduced across many of Gitzo’s heads, Traveler tripod kits, and accessories. Compatible with Arca-Swiss plates and most other manufacturers’ Arca-Swiss style plates, Gitzo’s new system also offers a number of significant advantages over alternative quick-release systems.
Gitzo’s new system is easier to use during set-up and changeovers, and offers failsafe support of camera equipment. The camera/plate can be snapped into the head from above, which is faster and easier than trying to slide it in from the side. When a Gitzo plate is used, the quick-release system’s secondary safety pin will also engage to prevent camera equipment from falling accidentally from the head, even if the plate locking lever is not fully locked.
The plate also features Gitzo’s new camera screw design. To make it as easy as possible to use, no matter where you are and what tools you have on hand, the screw can be tightened by hand, using a coin or with the supplied allen key. The hybrid system, used on many of the new models, will also take traditional Gitzo C-profile plates, making it especially useful for photographers who already own and use Gitzo C-profile plates as their standard equipment. To accept Gitzo C-profile plates, the adaptor is simply removed from the clamp.
The new quick-release system includes three standard centre ball heads (GH1780QD, $379.95 MSRP; GH2780QD, $479.95 MSRP; GH3780QD, $549.95 MSRP), two Traveler centre ball heads (GH1781TQD, $319.95 MSRP; GH2781TQD, $359.95 MSRP), a Systematic head (GH5381SQD, $669.95 MSRP), and two Traveler tripod kits (GK1580TQD4, $1,039.95 MSRP; GK2580TQD, $1,149.95 MSRP). Accessories are also available and include quick-release adaptors and plates, plus a panoramic disc.
Modifications enabled with version 2.13.0
* The camera will not focus automatically with the following cameras when Hand-held is selected for Live view mode: D3-series cameras, D700, and D300-series cameras
Additional modifications to the Windows version
Additional modifications to the Macintosh version
by Sean Setters
Last week we posted about Arca-Swiss's change in manufacturing which now makes their ballhead quick-releases non-replaceable (at least by the consumer). According to the Arca-Swiss representative we spoke to, the only way to replace the quick-release clamp on a newly manufactured Arca-Swiss monoball (like my Z1) and keep the warranty intact was to have Precision Camera Works perform the replacement. We were told there was a $30.00 flat fee for the procedure.
However, Precision Camera Works has just updated their Arca-Swiss QR clamp replacement policy. The updated policy means you may qualify for a QR clamp replacement at no charge. Details are as follows:
While on the subject of Arca-Swiss ballheads, Precision Camera Works wanted me to reiterate an important point – never use lubricants, cleaners (like WD-40), acetone or alcohol on your ballhead. Doing so will damage the head and void your warranty. For more information on how to care for your monoball, check out Precision Camera Works's page titled "The Care and Feeding of Your ARCA-SWISS Monoball Head."
Also, if you decide to send in your Arca-Swiss Monoball for a QR clamp replacement or for service, be sure to include your full contact information and return shipping address on the inside the box (I almost forgot to include my own return shipping address). Failing to do so will certainly delay the usually speedy service. ;-)
From Nikon Europe:
It has recently become clear that in some very rare cases, if the camera is subjected to a strong shock such as being dropped or struck, heat may be generated from inside the camera and the top cover of the Nikon COOLPIX L25 may become deformed and a small gap may be visible near the shutter-release button. This may occur regardless of whether the camera is turned on or off. There is no danger of fire.
Area where the camera may be deformed and/or a small gap may appear after a strong shock is shown below.
What to do if your camera is subjected to a strong shock
If your camera has received a strong shock, remove the batteries immediately to prevent further problems. It is possible batteries may become hot, handle them with caution.
Free inspection / modification service
In order to ensure users' peace of mind, we will be offering a free inspection and modification service to prevent the possibility of this problem from occurring. Please contact Nikon customer support (Europe/USA) for further advice on how to return your product to a Nikon Service Center.
How to identify products that have already been inspected / modified
Products that have already been inspected and/or modified have a white identifying mark on the tripod socket on the bottom of the camera. The free inspection / modification service is not necessary or offered for products with the white mark.
Identifying mark for products already checked / modified is shown below.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this matter may cause you.
DxO ViewPoint v2.1.2 is enhanced by the addition of new DxO Optics Modules for automatically correcting distortion in JPEG and TIFF images. DxO FilmPack v4.5.1 brings with it improved stability to provide photographers with an even more comfortable work experience.
DxO ViewPoint v2.1.2, the indispensable companion to wide-angle lenses
Indispensable companion to wide-angle lenses, DxO ViewPoint restores even the most complex perspectives, and easily reestablishes the natural shapes of subjects located on the edges of images.
Benefitting from all of DxO Labs’s optical calibration know-how, the software corrects barrel, pincushion, and fisheye distortion in JPEG and TIF images. DxO ViewPoint works with all equipment, much of which also benefits from automatic correction using DxO Optics Modules. More than 17,000 camera/lens combinations are currently available in its library.
With a single license, DxO ViewPoint can be used as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture, and as a standalone application for OS X and Windows.
DxO FilmPack v4.5.1, the reference for creative photography software
Praised by professionals for the fidelity of its analog film renderings, DxO FilmPack lets photographers apply to their digital images all of the characteristics of the analog films that have made photo history, as well as numerous original looks, filters, tonings, and visual effects.
Thanks to DxOLabs’ exclusive calibration technologies, DxO FilmPack 4 provides a palette of analog film renderings whose quality is unrivaled in the field.
Available in two editions, Essential and Expert, DxO FilmPack can be used as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture, DxO Optics Pro, and also as a standalone application for OS X and Windows — all with a single license.
DxO ViewPoint v2.1.2 and DxO FilmPack v4.5.1 are immediately available at photo resellers.
Samyang Europe introduces a new product to its lineup – the SFH-14 filter holder designed specifically for the Samyang 14mm 1:2.8 ED AS IF UMC lens. In addition to the holder, three rectangular filters manufactured by Cokin company will also be released.
Samyang filter holder SFH-14 has been designed from scratch for the Samyang 14mm lens in standard and V-DSLR cine versions. The new filter holder solves the common problem of mounting filters on a lens that has been designed without filter threads. The holder is made of lightweight and durable ABS plastic. In order to eliminate internal reflections, its interior has been flocked giving it a velvety black color. The holder comes with two filter slots so two filters can be used simultaneously. The Samyang filter holder features a rotating mount so that filters can be used in both vertical and horizontal orientation.
Three kinds of rectangular filters will also be made available, each 161 x 139 x 3 mm in size, specially designed and manufactured by the renowned Cokin company. The three filters will include the 154 ND8, 121M ND4 and 123s. Model 154 ND8 is a neutral gray filter of ND8 opacity that will allow for slower shutter speeds thereby enabling the blurring of moving objects (e.g. clouds, water, traffic). It can also be used by filmmakers who want to achieve a shallow depth of field in strong sunlight. The graduated 121M ND4 gray filter is mainly designed for landscape photography and architecture. It allows for a reduction in contrast between light and dark portions of the frame. The third filter available, the Cokin 123S, is a graduated blue filter that can be used to obtain or accentuate a blue sky effect in the landscape photography.
Samyang SFH-14 Holder Specifications:
Cokin Filter Specifications:
Webinars Hosted by Datacolor Color Experts Explore New Photography Techniques, Offer Ideas for Managing Color and Step-by-Step Techniques to Create Stunning Images
Lawrenceville, NJ – January 21, 2014 – Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, announced today its winter 2014 line-up of free color management webinars. Continuing its popular webinar series, Datacolor is partnering with new co-sponsors and offering a variety of webinars to demonstrate new techniques and help photographers enhance their skills. The webinars will cover an assortment of important photography topics for varying skillsets with the help of notable imaging companies including SanDisk, MyPix2, Zenfolio, Red River Paper and Moab.
Hosted by David Saffir, Datacolor expert and noted landscape and fine art photographer, the webinars focus on managing color using tools in both capture and processing stages, and mastering techniques such as high-resolution panorama photography. Each webinar includes step-by-step demonstrations using Datacolor’s line of Spyder color calibration devices, and in-depth discussions on how photographers can effectively use the right tools and techniques to improve upon their existing skills or venture down a new creative path.
“By continuously partnering with the top companies in the photo and video industry, we are able to provide the newest technology and techniques to photographers at every level,” said David Saffir. “Our Winter 2014 webinar series has something for everyone. From capturing breathtaking panoramic landscapes to printing fine art masterpieces, novice and professional photographers alike will learn techniques to take their work to the next level.”
Upcoming topics for the Datacolor color management webinar series to include:
Those interested in attending can register in advance for the free webinars. Attendees will be given discount codes for Spyder products and/or products from co-sponsors and automatically be entered to win a Datacolor Spyder product as well as products from co-sponsors. Guests will have the ability to interact with the speakers in a Q&A format, and get first-hand input about applying color management effectively within their workflow. Register now at spyder.datacolor.com/freewebinars.