Canon, Nikon, and Sony News for Jul 2014

 Thursday, July 31, 2014
From Canon USA:
 
Updates to Hardware and Software, Can Help Lead to Seamless Productivity and High-Quality Images
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., July 31, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today unveiled six new models in its imagePROGRAF lineup: four new five-color, large-format inkjet printers - the 36-inch iPF785 and iPF780 models, and the 24-inch iPF685 and iPF680 models - and two new large-format imaging systems - the iPF785 MFP M40 and iPF780 MFP M40. These devices offer faster printing speeds and lower operation costs as compared to their predecessors, as well as upgraded software for an enhanced user experience particularly in mobile and cloud based printing applications.
 
Designed for a variety of industries that print maps, technical drawings, renderings, site and facilities management plans, signs and posters, the 36-inch devices boast print speeds of up to 21 seconds for an Arch D (24" x 36") print and now support 300 ml ink tanks, helping to lower the cost-per-print. A sub-ink tank system allows users to deplete all of the ink in the tank before replacing them, as well as to replace empty ink tanks without needing to stop the printer, increasing productivity during continuous print runs. In addition, the iPF785 and iPF685 models come equipped with a 320GB internal hard drive for enhanced file processing, personal mailbox space and job storage for up to 500 print jobs.
 
The iPF785 MFP M40 and iPF780 MFP M40 models now have the ability to scan documents up to 315" in length as a PDF or JPEG file, and up to 590" in length as a TIFF file. The M40 scanner has a maximum optical resolution of 1200 dpi, scan speeds of up to 13" per second for monochrome, 3" per second for color and also the capability to scan documents up to 2mm thick. The system features a stand-alone computer and multi-touch-screen monitor, and come with SmartWorks MFP software V 3.55 to simplify Scan-to-print, File and Share processes.
 
"In addition to some welcome feature set enhancements such as hard drive capacity and increased scan length, the standout aspect of Canon's new-generation models is their productivity," said David Sweetnam, head of Research and Lab Services for BLI. "For example, the iPF680/780 and iPF685/785 MFP models all showed significant productivity gains over their predecessor models, notably in Fast and High Quality modes, so users can remain highly productive without compromising image quality. The models also deliver higher color gamut, richer color saturation, more distinct fine lines and more natural-looking skin tones. The models further deliver excellent GIS/CAD/AEC graphics with an improved depth of field in GIS graphics, even on plain paper, delivering a more realistic 3D rendering of topographical features. And the SmartWorks MFP software on the iPF785 MFP is even easier to use than previous versions, with flexible options for batch scanning that are not currently available with some leading rivals."
 
"The new imagePROGRAF models introduce powerful new features that can help save time, cut costs and ensure that print jobs move along seamlessly for outstanding productivity," said Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc., Canon U.S.A. "These versatile devices lend themselves to numerous applications, including computer-aided design, architecture, engineering and construction, as well as signs and posters and are excellent companions for industries ranging from manufacturing and government to education."
 
Bolstered Productivity
Ideal for businesses that need to print documents quickly while retaining high image quality, these new imagePROGRAF models are designed for maximum versatility and performance. In their fastest modes, the iPF785 and iPF780 printers can produce an Arch D sized print (24" x 36") in approximately 21 seconds and Arch E sized print (33.1" x 46.8") in approximately 41 seconds, while the iPF685 and iPF680 printers have output speeds of up to 25 seconds for Arch D prints and 48 seconds for Arch E prints. The 24-inch printers now also come standard with a Flat Stacker/Basket that provides the capability to neatly stack up to 20, 24 x 36 inch plain paper prints.
 
Simple, Intuitive Software
Addressing the needs of a diverse range of users, Canon's Direct Print & Share 2.0 software is a downloadable cloud portal solution for expanding printing workflows. This software empowers users to view, share and print a variety of files, including PDF, TIFF, JPEG and HP-GL/2 formats, from virtually anywhere. Users can utilize the new "Shortcut Print" feature to drag and drop files they wish to print into hot folders on their desktops helping to streamline their workflow process.
 
These devices are compatible with Canon's new imagePROGRAF Print Utility mobile app, which helps facilitate wireless printing from a compatible iPad device. The app allows users to perform a number of actions, including previewing their PDF file, number of copies, orientation, and quality before sending the job to any of the compatible imagePROGRAF printers sharing the same network.
 
Increased Color Range and Precision
These imagePROGRAF devices come with a five-color dye/pigment reactive ink system, including a newly formulated magenta ink that helps produce more vivid reds and yellows. Canon inks provide outstanding adhesion to media, are scratch- and marker-resistant, and help produce crisp and legible text. These devices include Canon's high-density PF-04 print head, which uses 15,360 nozzles to lay down ink.
 
SmartWorks MFP Software
SmartWorks MFP software provides tools needed to help you quickly and easily scan to print/file/share large format technical documents. New features include:

  • Ability to add custom presets with one-touch retrieval for those frequently used settings
  • Full integration with Canon Digital Print & Share cloud software

Users have more control over their workflow with access to editing functions such as invert, mirror, and black and white point adjustments. Custom presets help users control the scanner and increase control over printer settings.
 
Optional Software
SmartWorks V3.5 Plus gives users the ability to scan and print multi-page PDF documents on the fly. This allows users to take multiple drawings or documents, scan them in using the M40 scanner and either save or print the set as one multi-page document. In addition to this added feature, users can now perform color corrections and automatically crop the borders on their files using the preview mode and large touch-screen monitor, to ensure that they will be obtaining the desired output. The Plus version also supports PDF/archiving functionality.
 
PosterArtist with a new low MSRP of $395, includes essential features customers need to easily create posters, signs and banners. To make sharing simple PosterArtist now offers the ability to save posters including custom images, clipart, and fonts, to a new file format. This complete file can be exported directly from PosterArtist to Canon's Direct Print & Share cloud portal software for sharing between users.
 
In addition, there are a host of independent software vendors that have made software available for use with these new imagePROGRAF printers. Cloud4MPS allows users to web enable compatible imagePROGRAF printers for Remote Device management, Status & Usage Readings, Consumable Management and more. Other companies include SA International, Technesis, Sepialine, EFI, Shiraz, Caldera, ColorGate, DEV Studio, SCP and PosterJET.
 
Availability
These new imagePROGRAF models are scheduled to be available on July 31, 2014 at manufacturer's suggested retail prices of $4,995 (iPF785), $4,495 (iPF780), $3,195 (iPF685), $2,495 (iPF680), $8,995 (iPF785 MFP M40), $8,495 (iPF780 MFP M40 and $395, for PosterArtist. And ($595) SmartWorks MFP Plus software.
 
B&H carries Canon imagePROGRAF large format pritners.

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 7/31/2014 10:05:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Professional Network:

"We’ve all heard the line: 'Oh, I must get an agent.' But what do you actually need an agent for? The person representing you is not, according to respected manager Mark George, someone who’s going to be working the phone getting you bookings. The role is much wider and far-reaching, as CPN Editor David Corfield discovers...
 
Note the noun: ‘manager’. Mark George is not an agent. He hates the word, and shuts me up in a puff of cigar smoke as I sit down and sip my coffee. 'An agent to me sounds like someone who just gets you bookings, like a rep. I hate that term. I might represent somebody in a managerial way but there is a difference. I look after people who are too focused on what they do to understand that the world around them needs looking at as well. And that’s where I come in.'"

Read the entire article at the Canon Professional Network.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/31/2014 9:50:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Karl Taylor has posted a three-part video intereview series where he explains the lighting setups for several of his images. He does a good job of explaining the motivation behind his light modifier choices and placement.
 
Even though the series was sponsored by Broncolor to promote their specific lighting products, you can apply many of these lighting techniques using whatever flash gear you're currently using (assuming you have similar modifiers).
 
B&H carries Broncolor gear.
 
Interview Series

Post Date: 7/31/2014 9:37:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
Lightroom 5.6 Release Notes
 
New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.6

  • Nikon D810
  • Panasonic LUMIX AG-GH4
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom 5.6

MountName
CanonCanon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
CanonCanon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
CanonTamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD A010E
CanonTamron 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 DiIII VC B011EM
NikonNikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5 – 5.6
NikonTamon 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD A010N
PentaxSigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A013
Phase One A/SSchneider Kreuznach LS 40-80mm f/4.0-5.6
Sony AlphaSigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A013
Sony AlphaSony 28mm f/2.8
Sony AlphaSony 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Sony AlphaSony 100mm f/2.8 MACRO
Sony AlphaSony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6
Sony AlphaSony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3
Sony AlphaSony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3
Sony AlphaSony 70-200mm f/2.8G
Sony AlphaSony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM
Sony AlphaSony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM
Sony AlphaSony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II
Sony AlphaSony 135mm f/2.8 [T4.5] STF
Sony AlphaSony 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II
Sony EZeiss Touit 2.8/50M

Please note – the profile for the newly added Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens is not automatically located when applying lens profile corrections. This is a bug and we will fix it in a future release. The workaround is to:

  • Manually select the profile and choose “Save New Lens Profile Defaults” in the Setup menu on the Profile tab. From then on, the lens should automatically select when the profile is enabled.

Bugs Corrected in Lightroom 5.6

  • Collections with a custom sort order would sometimes not properly sync with Lightroom mobile.
  • Updated the “Adobe Standard” color profile for the Nikon D810. Please note that this only impacts customers who used Camera Raw 8.6 or DNG Converter 8.6 to convert NEF raw files from the D810 to DNG
  • Star ratings set in Lightroom mobile did not properly sync to Lightroom desktop. Please note that this only occurred on images that were added to Lightroom mobile from the camera roll
  • Resolved the issues causing the persistent “Syncing … images” state that some of our customers have reported.”
  • Star ratings would sometimes not sync from Lightroom desktop to Lightroom mobile. Please note that this only occurred when attempting to sync a Collection that contained more than 100 photos that already contained star ratings.
  • Added information to the “System Info” dialogue to help designate if the customer installed Lightroom from the Creative Cloud.
  • Unable to open sRaw files from the Nikon D810. Please note that this only impacted customers that converted D810 sRaw files to DNG in either Camera Raw 8.6 RC or DNG Converter 8.6 RC.
  • Images with invalid GPS coordinates would not properly sync with Lightroom mobile
  • Lightroom occasionally crashed when changing image selection on Windows. Please note that this only occurred on the Windows platform.
  • JPEG files exported from Lightroom would not open or be available to edit within Canon Digital Photo Professional application software.
  • Lightroom would run in reduced functionality mode when it should not.

Download
Adobe Lightroom 5.6 - Windows | Macintosh
 



 
Adobe Camera Raw 8.6 and DNG Converter 8.6
 
New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.6

  • Nikon D810
  • Panasonic LUMIX AG-GH4
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000

New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 8.6

MountName
CanonCanon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
CanonCanon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
CanonTamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD A010E
CanonTamron 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 DiIII VC B011EM
NikonNikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5 – 5.6
NikonTamon 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD A010N
PentaxSigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A013
Phase One A/SSchneider Kreuznach LS 40-80mm f/4.0-5.6
Sony AlphaSigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A013
Sony AlphaSony 28mm f/2.8
Sony AlphaSony 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Sony AlphaSony 100mm f/2.8 MACRO
Sony AlphaSony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6
Sony AlphaSony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3
Sony AlphaSony DT 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3
Sony AlphaSony 70-200mm f/2.8G
Sony AlphaSony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM
Sony AlphaSony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM
Sony AlphaSony 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II
Sony AlphaSony 135mm f/2.8 [T4.5] STF
Sony AlphaSony 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II
Sony EZeiss Touit 2.8/50M

Please note – the profile for the newly added Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens is not automatically located when applying lens profile corrections. This is a bug and we will fix it in a future release. The workaround is to:

  • Manually select the profile and choose “Save New Lens Profile Defaults” in the Setup menu on the Profile tab. From then on, the lens should automatically select when the profile is enabled.

Release Notes
 
Camera Raw 8.6 adds camera matching color profiles for the following camera models:

  • Sony DSC-RX100 III
  • Sony A7S (ILCE-7S)
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II (ILCA-77M2)

Camera Raw 8.6 introduces the following new features for Photoshop CC customers:

  • Improved performance when batch processing images via the Save button (in Camera Raw) and when converting images to DNG (in DNG Converter). The performance improvements are available only on 64 bit systems.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed crash on launch in some cases on Hi DPI (Retina) systems.
  • Fixed crash when opening some Sigma SD9 raw files.
  • Fixed issue with JPEG images saved by Camera Raw not readable in some external applications.
  • Fixed automatic lens profile selection for Leica M (Typ 240) when using most recent firmware version.
  • Fixed issue with some Hasselblad H5D-50c and H5D-60 3FR raw images appearing slightly too dark. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings. It is recommended that you (1) purge the Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog, and (2) review previously captured images for unexpected brightness changes.
  • Fixed bug with converting Nikon D810 and Nikon D4S sRaw files to DNG.
  • Tweaked and updated the Adobe Standard color profile for the Nikon D810. Please note that this only impacts customers that used Camera Raw 8.6 RC with the Nikon D810.

Please note – If you have trouble updating to the latest ACR update via the Creative Cloud application, please refer to the following plugin installation:
http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/multi/camera-raw-plug-in-installer.html
 
Download
DNG Converter 8.6 - Windows | Macintosh
 
B&H carries Adobe Lightroom 5.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 7/31/2014 5:46:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Canon India posted a teaser this morning with the message, "Get your camera ready, something BIG is coming."
 
The teaser seems to indicate a new big white lens will soon be announced...but that may not be an accurate interpretation. What do you think it is?
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/30/2014 11:01:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Macro lenses are among the most-fun lenses available and the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash makes getting great images with these lenses very easy.
 
The poppy is an especially big challenge to light from a top-down orientation. There are very few good methods to get light around the end of a macro lens without creating unwanted shadows deep inside this flower. The macro ring lite, with a pair of circular flash tubes positioned at the end of the lens, wraps a light around the flower's significantly-raised pistil while avoiding shadows created by the also-significantly-raised petals.
 
This result is what I was looking for. The lighting is somewhat flat, but there is plenty of color and detail in the poppy to keep me satisfied. This was a very easy picture to capture with the ring lite mounted.
 
Watch for a full review of the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash coming soon.
 
B&H has the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash in stock.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
100mm  f/16.0  1/200s
ISO 100
5760 x 3840px
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/30/2014 8:27:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 
The new Radiopopper Jr2 Transmitter and Receiver are now available for purchase at B&H (with shipping in 3-7 business days).
Post Date: 7/29/2014 3:19:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon USA:
 
In this video you'll learn about handheld and shoulder rigs ideal for use with EOS HD SLR cameras.
 


 

 
In this video you'll learn about a brief explanation on external audio recorders and on-camera 'reference audio' in video production.
 

Current List of HD Video Tutorials

B&H carries DSLR video gear.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/29/2014 12:02:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
This is the Capture NX-D 1.0.1 software download - This is a update installer for Windows systems only.
 
Updates included with 1.0.1

  • When the 64-bit Windows version of the application was used to create JPEG-format files converted from RAW (.NEF/.NRW), TIFF, or JPEG images using the Convert Files... or Run Batch Process... option in the File menu, a gray band was sometimes visible at the bottom of the images when they were opened in the 64-bit Windows version of Capture NX-D. This issue has been resolved.

Download Capture NX-D 1.0.1 for Windows.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/29/2014 10:23:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Professional Review
 
The MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Pro is very high quality-constructed camera backpack with a very usefully-innovative design. It is also the most comfortable pack I've use to date.
 
Get your MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Pro at B&H or directly from MindShift Gear.
Post Date: 7/29/2014 7:59:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
With an Impressive 42x and 30x Optical Zoom, respectively, Canon's new PowerShot SX520 HS and PowerShot SX400 IS Digital Cameras Provide High-Quality Imaging Tools to Meet Varying User Needs
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., July 29, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new compact, super-zoom cameras: the PowerShot SX520 HS and the PowerShot SX400 IS digital cameras. Designed to give users the versatility and telephoto reach they need to capture subjects from far distances, these new cameras are packed with impressive features. The new PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera includes a high-powered 42x Optical Zoom lens (equivalent to 24-1008mm) and the Canon HS SYSTEM for clear sharp images and Full HD Video. With a 30x Optical Zoom (equivalent to 24-720mm), the PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera allows photographers to capture the moments that mean the most to them quickly and easily, even at long range.
 
"Our goal is to provide people who are passionate about photography with the imaging tools they need to capture the moments that inspire them," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "The PowerShot SX520 HS and PowerShot SX400 IS digital cameras offer users features that help produce high quality-images and video with ease allowing them to capture their most creative shots."
 
The PowerShot SX520 HS Digital Camera
Building on the features of the PowerShot SX510 HS digital camera, the PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera incorporates a 42x Optical Zoom with Canon's Optical Image Stabilization, ideal for active families that want to take high-quality close-up shots of their children's soccer game or dance recitals. In addition to featuring a powerful optical zoom range, the SX520 HS digital camera combines a 16 Megapixeli High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and Canon's DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to create the Canon HS SYSTEM allowing for excellent low-light performance.
 
Giving users the ability to capture life in motion, the camera features a dedicated movie button so users can easily record 1080p Full HD video utilizing the camera's full 42x optical zoom capability. The camera also features an enhanced grip for added handling comfort. Additionally, the camera's Intelligent IS automatically chooses from one of eight modes to help optimize image stabilization for virtually shake-free images in various shooting conditions. The camera's High Speed AF allows users to achieve fast autofocusing speeds to help capture every shot with ease. The PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera's advanced Zoom Framing Assist feature intelligently controls the lens, making it easy to locate the main subject by zooming out, and then zooming back in quickly and automatically for dramatic close-ups with face detection where applicable.
 
Upgraded from its predecessor, the PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera features Canon's Creative Shot mode that uses a combination of lighting, color and composition from the original image to create unique, artistic images. Smart AUTO technology selects 32 different pre-defined scenes for still shots and 21 scenes for video without the need to switch modes, making it possible to take beautiful images and video in a variety of situations. The Hybrid AUTO mode featured in the PowerShot SX520 HS camera creates a beautifully stabilized HD video clip (up to approximately four seconds) every time a user shoots a still image, then compiles the clips into a single movie that forms a "highlighted reel" for the day. This new camera is equipped with a built-in mini-HDMI port that makes it easy to connect to an HD TV set at home or on the road so everyone can comfortably enjoy viewing the footage.
 
The PowerShot SX400 IS Digital Camera
With a compact design and a powerful 30x Optical Zoom range with Optical Image Stabilizer, the PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera is a versatile camera that can be used daily anytime, anywhere. The 16 Megapixeli CCD sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor combine with Canon's Intelligent IS system to provide users with outstanding functionality, while the updated grip design improves handling comfort. With Smart AUTO, the camera identifies an ideal image setting by intelligently selecting from one of 32 pre-defined modes for still shots and 21 scenes for video.
 
The PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera is always ready for action with a dedicated movie button to easily stop and start recording 720p HD video. Additionally, like the PowerShot SX520 HS camera, the PowerShot SX400 IS camera can record even far distances through the use of the camera's full 30x zoom range. The PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera's High Speed AF, upgraded from the previous model, helps to reduce lag time so that the perfect shot can be captured quickly and with ease.
 
Pricing and Availability
The PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera will be available in September 2014 for an estimated retail price of $399.99.
 
The PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera will be available in August 2014 in black or red for an estimated retail price of $249.99.
 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS and PowerShot SX400 IS available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/29/2014 6:40:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 28, 2014
B&H has receive limited stock of the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera. Don't wait to Add to Cart if this item has been on your Wish List.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/28/2014 3:44:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Now is the time that the annual fair rolls into towns across in middle Tennessee. This year I finally remembered to bring my camera and tripod.
 
The beautiful array of colorful lights combined with the predictable motion of the rides creates the perfect opportunity for a long exposure. Here are a few tips:

  • Pack your widest focal length lenses and a tripod.
  • Arrive at the fair well before sunset. Scout out the midway and find the optimal spots for shooting your images.
  • The best opportunity for capturing images will come moments after sunset where the ambient light level and the amusement ride lights are well balanced. Have your gear set up for your first shot as the sun is dropping below the horizon.
  • Work fast. You may only get about 15 -25 minutes of optimal working time if hoping to capture detail in the sky.
  • Although somewhat counter-intuitive for low-light photography, use a narrow aperture and a low ISO allowing for the use of a relatively long shutter speed. The long shutter speed will allow the ride lights to blend together and will also allow people moving directly in front of your camera not to be recognizably recorded.

EXIF for the image above this article:
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC
f/16, 3.2 sec, ISO 50
 
Post processed with Photoshop CC.

Post Date: 7/28/2014 8:07:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, July 26, 2014
Amazon is listing the Canon EOS 7D as "DISCONTINUED." Does this – along with Canon's steep Refurbished discounts – mean that Canon is clearing inventory ahead of a DSLR announcement?
 
Only time will tell...
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 7/26/2014 5:48:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 25, 2014

 
From Canon Australia:
 
Phil Hart, David Malin Astrophotography Awards winner, guides you through the simple star portrait, star nightscape, star trails and star time lapse settings of Canon's ultimate compact camera - the PowerShot G1X Mark II.
 
B&H carries the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/25/2014 10:45:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Cactus V6 Radio Transceiver is now available in the Amazon Marketplace (via Adorama Camera).
 
Key Features

  • Wireless Manual Power Control to a list of current and previous Canon, Pentax, and Nikon compatible flashes.
  • Flash profiles are included for some of the most popular flashes on the market. More can be added later via updates.
  • Full manipulation of power levels to 1/10, 1/3, 1/2 EV stops.
  • LoPower Mode fires flash for extremely short duration of time.
  • Absolute Power Mode benchmarks power output of different flash models to same light intensity.
  • TTL pass-through with Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and Fujifilm viaone single unit.
  • Built-in Optical Trigger enabling pre-flash triggering.
  • Group Control up to 4 groups
  • Relay Mode triggers camera shutter and flash in sync
  • Delay Timer configurable from 1ms to 10 seconds
  • Mini-USB port for optional power supply and firmware update
  • Flash Profiles:** Yes you can mix brands and types in one setup*
  • Pentax Profiles: Cactus AF 45P, AF 50P Metz 36AF-5, 44AF-1, 50AF-1, 58AF-2, Pentax AF360FGZ, AF540FGZ
  • Canon Profiles: Canon: 320EX, 430EX, 540EZ, 580EX2, 600EX Cactus: AF 45C, AF 50CMetz: 36AF-5, 44AF-1, 50AF-1, 52AF-1, 58AF-1, 58AF-2, Nisson Di866, MG8000, Godox 860c, Sigma EF-500, Youngnuo 568EX2 (568EX works also)
  • Nikon i-TTL Profiles: Nikon :SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB900, SB910, Cactus: AF-45N AF-50N, Metz: 36AF-5, 44AF-1, 50AF-1, 58AF-2, Nisson: Di700, Di866, Sigma: EF530
  • Nikon A-TTL Profiles: Nikon: SB-24, SB28

Sean's Note: This is probably one of the most exciting – and economical – flash triggering products that I've ever seen. If I were just getting into off-camera, manually controlled flash right now, this would likely be the device I'd invest in.

Post Date: 7/25/2014 10:06:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
In this video you'll learn white balance and Kelvin temperatures, and setting a custom white balance
 


 

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
In this video you'll understand how to set frame rates.
 

Current List of HD Video Tutorials

B&H carries DSLR video gear.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/25/2014 9:18:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 24, 2014
That's right. I dropped my Canon EOS 5D Mark III with an EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens attached into the Caribbean Sea. Fortunately, it was in an Ewa-Marine U-B 100 Underwater Housing.
 
As I have mentioned, my landscape photography plans did not work out as well as planned on my recent St John, USVI photo trip, but I had a backup plan. St John has some of the world's best snorkeling locations, and as I am sure that you are aware of by now, I have a problem with seeing something amazing and not being able to capture it photographically. The Ewa-Marine underwater housing is a very cost-effective way to make high quality underwater photography possible using your existing DSLR kit. The UB-100 model fits most DSLR cameras and small to medium-sized lenses with 77mm or 82mm filter threads.
 
Underwater snorkeling photography is both physically demanding and skill-challenging. I have never deleted as many bad pictures as I did on this trip, but I have no regrets and look forward to the next opportunity to shoot underwater as it is great fun and also rewarding.
 
Imagine swimming through a school of little fish so thick that you can't clearly see beyond several feet (with motion sickness becoming a real issue) – until a 3-4' (1m) tarpon shows up, clearing a path around it. As the fish appears, you dive down to attempt a level perspective and attempt to get good framing as the huge fish passes close by. Occasionally, you get it right and have a unique image to add to your portfolio.
 
Watch for an upcoming review of the Ewa-Marine U-B 100 Underwater Housing along with underwater snorkeling photography tips.
 
This housing has been difficult to find in stock, but it is available right now at B&H.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
22mm  f/11.0  1/500s
ISO 1600
5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 7/24/2014 10:48:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
Canon Follows Up on Their Strong Showing at February's Big Game in New Jersey With Widespread Use by Imaging Professionals at the Soccer Tournament in Brazil
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., July 24, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that Canon broadcast lenses were the most widely used broadcast lenses covering the matches of the recent Soccer Tournament in Brazil. Furthermore, the professional photographers tasked with capturing the riveting goals, ravenous fans, colorful scenery and nail-biting moments of the soccer matches utilized Canon DSLR cameras and lenses more than any other brand.
 
This outstanding show of support for Canon equipment in Brazil follows Canon broadcast lenses being used extensively to broadcast The Big Game in New Jersey on February 2, 2014, as well as being the number one camera and lens choice for imaging professionals shooting from the sidelines of the game between Denver and Seattle. In support of professionals on the ground, the Canon Professional Services (CPS) team was on location at each of these sporting events, among countless others, to provide support to photographers, broadcasters and all imaging professionals.
 
"Canon is honored to help broadcast companies and news services bring the action of these high-profile sporting events to devoted fans across the world. It is a testament to our products and professional service and support that so many image makers at the pinnacle of their profession rely on Canon," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
 
Throughout the soccer matches in Brazil, Canon broadcast field lenses were utilized to deliver footage of the thrilling tournament. Canon broadcast field lenses represented approximately 90 percent share of all broadcast lenses used. Additionally, Canon broadcast lenses were used extensively to deliver The Big Game to more than 111 million television viewers.
 
A look to the sidelines in Brazil revealed a familiar sight to many sporting event fans — Canon EOS Digital SLR cameras, equipped with iconic white Canon telephoto EF lenses. Throughout the tournament, approximately 70 percent of imaging professionals chose Canon DSLRs and lenses to capture and share the memorable moments of these passionate and prideful soccer matches. Much like The Big Game, in which 75 percent of imaging professionals on the sideline of that gridiron matchup chose Canon equipment.
 
At each of the 12 stadiums that hosted Soccer matches in Brazil, CPS had teams of technical and professional representatives providing imaging professionals with convenient access to product support, equipment maintenance, and product loans.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 7/24/2014 10:20:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H just received a limited supply of Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lenses in Canon mount into stock. Act promptly if you want one!
 
Read the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review to learn more about this ultra-sharp lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/24/2014 9:54:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From RODE:
 
RØDE is excited to announce its newest microphone, the NT-USB -- a studio-grade microphone with the convenience of a digital USB interface. The NT-USB is fully compatible with MacOS, Windows and iPad.
 

 
While RØDE’s Podcaster USB microphone was released in 2007, its primary focus is to provide broadcast-quality voice recording, with its end-address configuration. The NT-USB on the other hand is a highly versatile side-address microphone that is ideal for recording musical performances in addition to spoken applications such as podcasting and voice-over.
 
The microphone is fully compatible with all mainstream recording applications on both Windows and Mac OS based computers, as well as the Apple iPad using RØDE Rec, GarageBand, or any other recording app that accepts an external microphone. Use on the Apple iPad requires a suitable USB connection adaptor, such as the Apple Camera Connection Kit.
 
The body of the NT-USB features a zero-latency stereo headphone monitoring (3.5mm) jack, which allows users to monitor the microphone input in realtime, along with dials to adjust the monitoring level and mix between the computer/iPad audio and the microphone input.
 
A premium pop-filter is included, which fits onto the base of the mic, positioning the filter the ideal distance from the capsule to minimise plosives (hard ‘B’, ‘T’ or ‘P’ sounds that produce a harsh sound) during singing or speech. Also provided is a high-quality stand mount with industry standard 3/8” thread, desktop tripod stand that allows the NT-USB to sit at a comfortable height on a tabletop, and a pouch for storage of the microphone when not in use.
 
The NT-USB is supplied with an extended 24 month warranty, which is free of charge to customers that register their microphone.
 
B&H has the Rode NT-USB USB Microphone available for preorder.
Category: RODE News
Post Date: 7/24/2014 7:16:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon has released its financial results for the second quarter of 2014. We suggest checking out the easy-to-understand, graphically-enhanced Presentation Material.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/24/2014 6:59:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
In this video you'll see how shutter speed affects various frame rates and the appearance of motion in your footage.
 
Current List of HD Video Tutorials

B&H carries DSLR video gear.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/23/2014 7:00:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 22, 2014
B&H has the Tokina AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S Lens for Nikon in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/22/2014 2:03:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Kingston:
 
Features:

  • New V310 Solid-State Drive Joins SSDNow V Series Family
  • Boosts System Responsiveness and Speed
  • Large 960GB Capacity Allows To Migrate Entire Hard Drive

Fountain Valley, CA – July 21, 2014 – Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced its latest addition to the SSDNow V300 series, the V310. The Kingston SSDNow V310 solid-state drive dramatically boosts system responsiveness while also offering 960GB capacity to store all movies, music, games, files and applications.
 
The new SSDNow V310 is 10x faster than a 7200RPM hard-disk drive1. Powered by a Phison 3108 ccontroller, the drive achieves 450MB/s read and write speeds2. With no moving mechanical parts, SSDNow V310 is shock-proof, uses less energy and stays cool making it more reliable and less likely to fail than standard hard-disk drives. The large capacity of the SSDNow V310 allows enough space for a true HDD replacement so users can migrate their entire hard drive over with storage to spare.
 
“Since 2009, our V ‘Value’ series solid-state drives have delivered the best price to performance ratio as possible to enable consumers on a budget or entry-level users to experience the benefits of SSD technology. Our new V310 continues that along with providing the biggest capacity ever in a Kingston SSD," said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston." SSDNow V310 with its large 960GB capacity is the perfect upgrade to an existing system as it improves boot speeds and application load times helping maximize one’s computer investment.”
 
SSDNow V310 is available in 960GB as a stand-alone drive or as all-in-one kits that include all the accessories needed plus software to clone files and OS to make for an easy install. SSDNow V310 is backed by a three-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.
 
B&H carries Kingston Solid State Drives.

Category: Kingston News
Post Date: 7/22/2014 9:50:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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