Canon, Nikon, and Sony News for Sep 2017

 Saturday, September 30, 2017
While a 70-200mm lens is seldom my first choice for wildlife photography, it can work quite well if used for tolerant and/or large animals, especially if used on an APS-C format body. In this case, the camera was full frame and the fawn was quite tame.
 
What tame does not directly translate to, however, is still. While the adorable little white-tailed deer fawn had no problem with my presence, it was constantly moving and often moving very fast. I had a fortunate break when it bounded over the small hill above me, stopped and turned its head. I quickly adjusted the AF point selection slightly to the eye and captured a burst in AF-C focus mode.
 
At 200mm f/2.8 with a close subject and relatively distant background, especially on a full frame camera body, the subject pops from the melted background.
 
At 20 fps, I had many images to choose from as this camera can deliver a sometimes-overwhelming number of images. I liked this specific image for a couple of reasons. The first is of course that the eye is in focus, but that wasn't much of an issue while the fawn was stopped. Nice also was the beautifully-blurred, void-of-distractions background with spring colors that attractively contrast the fawn. I also like that that both ears are fully-contained in the frame and that are very few lines of strong contrast leaving the frame is usually an aspect I like. Lines are often an important compositional element and that most lines in this image point in the general direction of the eye (or to another line in that direction) make them "leading".
 
The extremely versatile 70-200mm f/2.8 lens is one of the most important lenses in many kits. Going beyond 200mm with an f/2.8 aperture results in a substantially higher price tag, making the 200mm focal length the longest affordable f/2.8 option for a large number of photographers. Specifically in this case, the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens, though not inexpensive, is currently the best choice for kits based on Sony Alpha cameras.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
200mm  f/2.8  1/1600s
ISO 640
6000 x 4000px
Post Date: 9/30/2017 9:52:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 29, 2017
From Canon USA:
 
Firmware Version 1.0.1.1.00 incorporates the following fix:
 
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the start time code is not correctly displayed when MP4 clips captured at 59.94P/50.00P frame rate are imported into NLE software.
*RAW clips are not affected.
 
Caution:
 
  • You cannot perform the firmware update using CFast 2.0 cards. Please use a commercially available SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card that is 128MB or more for the firmware update.
  • Firmware version 1.0.1.1.00 is for updating Cinema EOS C200 cameras running firmware version 1.0.0.1.00. If your camera's firmware is already version 1.0.1.1.00, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.
Download: Canon EOS C200 Firmware v.1.0.1.1.00
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS C200 Cinema Camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/29/2017 11:58:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens page.
 
Notably (and disappointingly) missing are the image quality results. We captured a full set of ISO 12233 test chart images from this lens using three cameras, processed and loaded them into the image quality comparison tool ... and I had a hard time believing what I was seeing. Unfortunately, not for a good reason. The corner image quality looked very bad, worse than I remember seeing in a long time.
 
Closer analysis of the RAW images indicated that all four corners were performing relatively similarly in terms of image quality, but I still have a hard time believing that the results are indicative to how this lens should perform. Therefore, I have taken the results down and await delivery and testing of another copy of the lens.
 
Assuming that the lens indeed has a problem ... while 100% perfection cannot be expected in lenses, most disturbing to me is that we had a similar problem with this lens' predecessor, the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens. As explained in that review, it took two lenses and two repairs (the second repair appeared to be resolved with a replacement) to get a good version of that lens.
 
Big coincidence? Or quality control problem? It is painful to think of the number of hours we have spent testing these bad lenses.
 
The Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX (preorder).
 
But, you might want to wait for our second set of tests before making your decision to go with the Tamron G2.
Post Date: 9/29/2017 7:29:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the f64 Academy:
 
So what if I told you there was a second dimension of data in your photos that can help you make the most accurate color correction ever? You probably wouldn't believe me because it is a bold statement and you might not be as into Sci-Fi as I am. However, this other dimension is not in a galaxy far far away as it sounds, it is as simple as inverting your photo to access it.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 9/29/2017 5:37:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 28, 2017

 
GoPro has announced its latest action camera, the GoPro HERO6 Black. Highlights include:
 
  • Supports 4K60, 2.7K120, 1080p240 Video
  • Capture 12MP Photos at 30 fps
  • Improved image stabilization
  • Ultra-Wide-Angle Glass Lens
  • Waterproof to 33'
  • Voice Control
  • Rear Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi for Remote Monitoring and Control
  • Interval Capture for Time-Lapse
  • Linear Video Mode Corrects Distortion
  • Flat and Curved Adhesive Mounts Included
B&H has the GoPro HERO6 Black in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Besides the HERO6 Black, GoPro also announced Fusion, an action camera capable of capturing 360-video.
 

While Fusion is arguably the more exciting GoPro announcement today, it isn't available for purchase (or preorder) at authorized retailers just yet.
Category: GoPro News
Post Date: 9/28/2017 12:47:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Vitec Group:
 
Market leaders will work together to produce a range of premium products targeted at the professional market
 
Upper Saddle River, N.J. (September 28, 2017) – Vitec Photographic, world leader in the photography and videography, imaging equipment and accessories industry has announced its collaboration with Sony, a leading manufacturer of audio, video, imaging, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. This agreement will consolidate both companies position as the innovation leaders in their respective sectors. The collaboration is announced on the occasion of the Gitzo 100 years anniversary event in Tokyo, which represents the perfect moment for communicating the common values of innovation and premium quality.
 
“We are proud to announce the agreement with Sony”– states Marco Pezzana, CEO Vitec Group Photographic Division – “This collaboration sees our brands Manfrotto and Gitzo, leaders in the market of photo and video accessories, working side by side with the prestigious Sony brand, globally renowned for product excellence and superior technology, with the primary intent of collaborating to the development of even more innovative products for professional content creators, thus further increasing customer satisfaction and future business growth.”
 
The collaboration will begin with a brand new line of products developed for α, Sony’s interchangeable lens camera system, that will be launched in 2018. First to be released will be a special version of the Manfrotto Befree tripod, a world class best seller in the traveller segment and the premium lightweight companion solution for compact system camera, unveiling at PhotoPlus in New York on October 26th. The full range will include new Manfrotto and Gitzo tripods, plates, photo and video heads that are targeted at professionals who demand outmost quality and high performance. A customized version of Digital Director will complement the new range of products that will be showcased at events and tradeshows worldwide throughout 2018.
 
B&H carries Gitzo and Manfrotto products.
Post Date: 9/28/2017 11:03:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
When packing up for my exodus from Savannah, GA with the center of hurricane Irma forecasted to hit the city dead on (it later hit farther west), I made sure to pack as much photography equipment as possible (we all have our priorities). One of the things I brought with me was my infrared-converted EOS 7D.
 
Deciding not to brave the flood of traffic heading to Atlanta, we instead headed west to New Orleans to stay with family who resides there. One of the places I visited while in New Orleans was The Fly (or, more precisely, Butterfly Riverview Park), a waterfront area located in southwest Audubon Park along the Mississippi River. The Fly is a popular hangout for college students, who typically enjoy sunbathing and other outdoor activities in the manicured lawns next to the river.
 
While the hordes of college students were certainly interesting, a few isolated trees on the opposite side of the road from the river bank caught my attention. With my IR-converted 7D available, I photographed a few of the trees. My favorite appears at the top of this post, and another image I enjoyed can be seen below.
 
The Fly in New Orleans Tree 2

Photographing isolated trees on flat land set against a bright blue sky with a Super Color IR-converted camera creates a dramatic contrast that helps draw the viewer's eyes directly to your subject. If photographed with a normal camera, the scene would have much less impact.
 
Upgrading DSLRs in the near future? Consider converting your older DSLR to an infrared camera to add an inspiring and creative tool to your kit.
Post Date: 9/28/2017 10:28:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From The Art of Photography YouTube Channel:
 
One of my favorite features in Adobe Lightroom is the mobile syncing function. My favorite use in addition to syncing to the mobile app is the ability to create web galleries that automatically sync to your edits. This is particularly useful in collaboration situations when working with a client. In this tutorial I will show you how to create these.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 9/28/2017 8:50:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sony:
 
Benefits and improvements from the latest update:
 
  • Supports "Eye AF" function for A-mount lenses via the LA-EA3 mount adapter*1
  • Fixes an issue where RAW files may disappear when SDXC or microSDXC memory cards are used in certain smartphones *2
  • Improves the image quality and overall stability of the camera
*1: This function is only for A-mount lenses which can adapt to 8 or 10 fps (maximum) tracking AF-C shooting. See here for details.
*2: Raw data recorded by the ILCE-9 with firmware Ver. 1.00 or 1.01 could disappear. Please backup your raw data files, even if you’re updating the system software to Ver. 1.10.
 
Download: Sony a9 Firmware v.1.10
 
B&H carries the Sony a9 (Sony a9).
Post Date: 9/28/2017 6:38:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 27, 2017
B&H has the Canon EOS C200 EF Cinema Camera in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Super 35mm CMOS Sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology
  • Dual DIGIC DV 6 Processors
  • 4K DCI and UHD, 1920 x 1080
  • 59.94/50/29.97/25/24/23.98p & 120p in HD
  • Canon RAW Light, MP4, MP4 Sub-Recording
  • Rotating 4" LCD Monitor, Camera Grip
  • Integrated EVF, 2 x XLR Audio Inputs
  • 1 x CFast Card, 2 x SD Card Slots
  • SDI, HDMI, Ethernet Connectors
Post Date: 9/27/2017 11:05:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
The German Roamers are a group of 14 photographers who are some of the best German outdoor photographers on Instagram. They love showing their audiences the wonderful nature of Germany but they have also created a place for inspiration, exchange and community.
 
In addition, the quality of photography plays a central role. All members embody a new visual language, which is not found in classical landscape photography. It is about transporting passion and authenticity in the images, building a link to the respective motif and going new ways - in the truest sense of the word.
 
Thus, the German Roamers would like to be perceived as a collective that understands the world around them in first-class, unique images. In Germany as well as all countries of the world.
 
Follow German Roamers: https://www.instagram.com/germanroamers/
Post Date: 9/27/2017 11:04:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Roxio:
 
Powerful CD and DVD burning come together with impressive video editing tools and a redesigned interface, offering an easy-to-use and complete suite for all your digital media needs.
 
OTTAWA, ONTARIO – (Sept. 26, 2017) – Introducing Roxio Creator NXT 6 and Roxio Creator NXT Pro 6, the latest versions of Roxio's complete burning and creativity suite that feature a diverse range of new video editing capabilities to elevate your next video project. With new MultiCam Capture, support for 360 video, Motion Tracking, and Track Transparency, the new Creator offers everything you need to produce great-looking, dynamic, and fun-to-watch videos. Plus, with a redesigned and streamlined interface, it's even easier to achieve all your digital media projects, from making movies to enhancing and managing your photo collections, burning discs, and sharing on the latest devices.
 
For anyone looking to get creative with video, Creator NXT 6 introduces more creative possibilities than ever with the newly enhanced VideoWave editing software. YouTubers and videomakers can use new MultiCam Capture to both record and combine footage from up to two video streams, and seamlessly switch between angles using the Multi-Camera editor. Layer tracks with new Track Transparency to create superimposed effects or custom fade-in, fade-out transitions. Use new Motion Tracking to add text or graphics to label or blur out a moving object. And if you're capturing 360 videos, now it's easy to convert 360 footage to standard video to playback on virtually any video player. With support for more popular video formats, including HEVC, Roxio Creator NXT 6 has you fully covered and ready to edit.
 
"With new updates like MultiCam Capture, support for 360 video, and dynamic features added to VideoWave, Creator offers exciting editing options that are sure to please to anyone looking to do more with video. Whether you want to guide your audience through your latest action cam adventure or deliver a great tutorial video on YouTube, you'll now find everything you need to make engaging movies in one affordable and easy-to-use suite," said Michel Yavercovski, Senior Director of Product Management for Roxio.
 
Roxio Creator NXT 6 offers a complete multimedia suite that now offers impressive video editing power including:
 
  • NEW MultiCam Capture: Simultaneously capture great-looking video footage from two sources at once, like your camera and screen, or a webcam and a separately recorded audio track. There's no post-capture syncing required, making it seamless to quickly create software training, cooking demos, and unboxing videos!
  • NEW 360 Video Support: Be the director and set a path through the action! Convert 360 video for playback on standard devices and control the angle your audience sees.
  • NEW Track Transparency: Adjust the opacity of tracks and see two or more scenes at the same time. Get creative and easily add custom fade-in, fade-out, or superimposed effects.
  • NEW Motion Tracking: Experiment with new looks by tracking, labeling, or blurring out objects in your movies.
Choose Roxio Creator NXT 6 Pro and get all the creativity and versatility of Creator NXT 6, plus even more powerful Multi-Cam editing, advanced photo tools, and secure, encrypted disc burning. Includes more than $200 worth of valuable extras!
 
  • NEW PaintShop Pro X9: Complete photo editing and creative design, now with new enhancements including time-saving project templates, a new Screenshot tool, Gradient Fill controls, enhanced Text tools, and more.
  • NEW WinDVD 12: High-quality DVD, AVCHD, and media player for your computer.
  • Roxio Burn 4 with encryption: Easily burn data on CD, DVD, and Blu-ray Discs just by dragging and dropping files and folders on the desktop. With the added power of encryption, password protect the confidential files you save on discs or USBs.
  • MORE video power: Enjoy support for two additional camera angles in the Multi-Camera Editor (up to four cameras) and 14 nature video effects.
Availability
 
Roxio Creator NXT 6 and Roxio Creator NXT Pro 6 are available now. Suggested retail pricing for Roxio Creator NXT 6 is $99.99 (USD & CAD)/ £79.99/ EUR 69.99. Suggested retail pricing for Roxio Creator NXT Pro 6 is $129.99 (USD & CAD)/ £89.99/ EUR 99.99. Registered owners of previous versions are eligible for upgrade discounts. All UK and European prices are inclusive of VAT.
 
Amazon carries Roxio Creator NXT 6.
Category: Roxio News
Post Date: 9/27/2017 7:56:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 26, 2017
From MindShift Gear:
 
09/26/2017 – The BackLight 36L photo daypack continues MindShift’s commitment to providing outdoor photographers with rapid access to their gear. The new, larger backpack offers 10 more liters of capacity than its predecessor. Like the original BackLight, the back-panel opening allows access to gear when taking the pack off is not an option. The zippered compartment reduces the amount of dust, mud, ice or other elements coming in contact with gear, while keeping the pack and shoulder harness clean.
 
Available in two colors, Charcoal and Woodland Green, the BackLight 36L provides 11 liters of daypack capacity for personal gear, including separate dedicated compartments for a 10” tablet and 15” laptop. Even with its increased size, the backpack meets most International and U.S. carry-on requirements.
 
This new larger backpack holds a variety of camera kits:
 
  • Two gripped DSLRs with lenses attached and four to six standard zoom lenses, plus a flash
  • Two gripped Mirrorless bodies with lenses attached and six to eight lenses, plus a flash
  • Up to a 600mm f/4 lens detached from the camera body
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
 
  • Daisy chain, ice axe loops and additional lash points for expanding carry capacity
  • Includes tripod/monopod mounting system on front or side
  • Padded waist belt for all day comfort with webbing rail for attaching MindShift accessories
  • Quick fit waist belt adjustment for rapid and convenient fitting
  • Side compression straps with locking SR buckles for additional lash points
  • Cable Attic for carrying filters or flash accessories
  • Air channel and lumbar support on rear-panel for all-day comfort
  • Ergonomic zipper pulls are easily gripped with gloves or chilled fingers
  • Highest quality YKK RC Fuse zippers, 420D Velocity and 420D high-density nylon for long lasting durability and strength
  • Front stuff pockets for trail essentials: headlamp, gloves, chargers
  • Adjustable dividers for large telephoto lenses, traditional photo gear, or personal items
  • Top zippered pocket for quick access to essentials
  • Interior mesh pockets for storing filters, batteries, cables, etc.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
  • Compatible with the Tripod Suspension Kit, Filter Nest, Filter Hive and Switch Case
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. Features the highest-quality abrasion-resistant YKK RC-Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 320G UltraStretch mesh, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon lining, hexa-mesh pockets, high-density closed-cell foam, PE board reinforcement, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
SPECIFICATIONS
 
Exterior Dimensions: 13.8” W x 22.4” H x 10.2” D (35 x 57 x 26 cm)
Interior Camera Compartment: 12.6” W x 21” H x 7.1” D (32 x 53.5 x 18 cm)
Laptop Pocket: 11.2” W x 16.1” H x 1” D (28.5 x 41 x 2.5 cm)
Tablet Pocket: 10.6” W x 10.2” H x 0.6” D (27 x 26 x 1.5 cm)
Total Volume: 36L
Weight: 4.9 lbs (2.2 kg)
 
MindShift Gear Gear has the BackLight 36L in stock with free shipping.
Post Date: 9/26/2017 2:12:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Polaroid:
 
Super-bright, featherweight LED light that folds and bends into the perfect shape for every shot
 
Edison, NJ – September 26, 2017 – Polaroid today announced the Polaroid flexible LED lighting panel, an incredibly lightweight, bendable light source that is a must-have accessory for any photographer or videographer. Mold the light to the desired form and position, as the pliable flat-mat material can be reshaped to give focused control over the light’s direction and fall-off. Anyone from professional photographers to casual enthusiasts can use the simple wireless remote control to quickly dim the daylight balanced light source, making it perfect as a main light or as a versatile fill light in larger set-ups.
 
The Versatile Light That Fits Any Situation
Perfect for both indoor and outdoor use, the 5600K color temperature light source delivers flicker-free brilliant light wherever you take it. Bright and flexible enough to be part of a larger professional shoot, the Polaroid flexible LED lighting panel is also light enough for use at solo outings, weddings and location shoots. The compact design and bendable material make this the perfect accessory for the photographer on-the-go.
 
Perfect Lighting for Portraits, Products or Macro Photography
Measuring at 12x12” and just 16mm wide, the super slim Polaroid flexible LED panel mat weighs a mere one pound, making it easy to arrange and mold the light into your ideal position. Even at this ultra-portable size, the Polaroid flexible LED lighting panel delivers superb color reproduction similar in comparison to a natural light source; with 256 LEDs it can produce up to 4500 Lumens - nearly the brightness of direct sunlight. For those looking to achieve a softer look, the included special diffusion filter turns the brilliant LED light into a dreamy glow – perfect for portraits and product shots!
 
Photographers and videographers can purchase the Polaroid flexible LED lighting panel from Amazon for 124.99 USD.
by Sean Setters
 
Every DSLR camera I have ever owned either solely utilized CF (CompactFlash) memory cards or, at the very least, supported the format in a dual memory card setup. But the writing on the wall is pretty clear.
 
Canon switched to SD (Secure Digital) memory cards in their consumer-grade, Rebel-series cameras with the introduction of the Rebel XSi/450D in 2008. With the release of the 60D in 2010, Canon switched to the SD format for its enthusiast series cameras. For more than a decade, though, Canon has continued to support CF cards in their EOS-1, 5, and 7-series DSLRs.
 
However, at some point, backwards compatibility must be sacrificed to get the most out of the cameras Canon designs for its professional market. We've already seen Canon migrate toward a faster memory card format with the release of the EOS-1D X Mark II (although a CF slot is provided alongside the new CFast slot). Which begs the question – have we seen the last Canon DSLR to feature a CF memory card slot?
 
With that in mind, let's take a look at some currently available memory card specifications:
 
Memory Type:Fastest Write Speed
(currently available)
Highest Capacity
(currently available)
CompactFlash (UDMA 7) 155 MB/s256GB
SecureDigital (SDXC UHS-III)299 MB/s512GB
XQD400 MB/s128GB
CFast (2.0)495 MB/s256GB

Note that most of the memory cards listed above (all but the CF format) have not reached their theoretical max speed and/or capacity limits, meaning you may expect even higher performance cards in the future. Another memory card format, CFexpress 1.0, has been announced but has yet to see widespread use.
 
With higher resolutions sensors on the market, 4K recording in demand and camera manufacturers looking to maximize continuous shooting specs in their sports-oriented cameras, phasing out the CompactFlash standard makes a lot of sense. And the more I use the ubiquitous SDXC memory card, the less adamant I am that my next camera support the CF card format. The only question that remains is, "What kind of memory card will I need for my next camera?"
 
Weigh in with your thoughts on the future of memory card compatibility in regards to DSLR/mirrorless cameras in the comments.
Post Date: 9/26/2017 8:50:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Wex Photographic website, Calumet Photographic has completed its merger with the former competitor. For details, check out the site's FAQs.
Dear Calumet Customer,
 
Calumet Photographic Limited UK has now merged with Wex Photographic, offering an improved experience and wider range of products to photographers across the country. Rest assured that there will be minimal disruption to your service, and all outstanding orders (including pre-orders, back-orders and vouchers) will be honoured. We would like to thank you for your loyal custom over the years and look forward to serving you at our new online home.
 
Please visit our dedicated FAQ page for more information or call us on 0333 003 5000 with any questions.
 
Thanks again for your continued support,
 
The Calumet Team.
To support The-Digital-Picture.com, use this link to make your purchases at Wex Photographic.
Post Date: 9/26/2017 7:11:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Nikon COOLPIX W100 Firmware v.1.5
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.4 to 1.5
 
  • Improved an issue that interfered with pairing or resulted in unreliable connections when the camera was used with the Android edition of the SnapBridge app.
Download: Nikon COOLPIX W100 Firmware v.1.5
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/26/2017 5:46:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 25, 2017
From the Vitec Group:
 
The Vitec Group plc ("Vitec" or the "Group"), the international provider of products and solutions to the Broadcast and Photographic markets, announces that on 22 September 2017 it acquired certain assets and liabilities, primarily comprising the JOBY and Lowepro brands, from the DayMen Group S.a.r.l. ("DayMen"), for a cash consideration of $10.3 million (£7.6 million), on a debt/cash free basis, with an expected total investment of $32.0 million (£23.7 million), including deal costs.
 
Vitec also announces that on 20 September 2017 it acquired RT Motion Systems Ltd ("RTMotion") for up to £3.4 million in cash, including deal costs. RTMotion provides wireless motor lens control systems for broadcast, cine and video cameras.
 
Stephen Bird, Group Chief Executive of Vitec, commented:
Vitec is the natural home for JOBY and Lowepro and we know the business well. This is an opportune time to buy these high profile, high quality brands: JOBY has been growing rapidly, reflecting its success in developing innovative new products for the camera accessories market, while Lowepro represents an opportunity to improve margins through cost reductions and integration with Manfrotto, along with the potential for additional benefits as its markets improve.
 
RTMotion is a high technology business which complements our existing activities and gives the Group additional high quality camera accessories for the expanding independent content creator market.
 
Both of these acquisitions are an excellent strategic and technological fit, have great prospects, and the two acquisitions together are expected to materially enhance earnings per share in 2018 and beyond.
 
This is an exciting time for Vitec as we continue to expand our range of innovative, new products for the fast growing image capture and sharing market, and I am delighted to welcome both teams to Vitec.
Acquisition of JOBY and Lowepro
 
This acquisition is an excellent strategic fit with Vitec's existing core activities. It gives the Group greater access to the fast growing iPhoneography and vlogging consumer accessories market, and expands its presence in the US market by adding high quality, complementary, leading brands to enhance its Photographic Division.
 
JOBY and Lowepro products are designed and developed in Hong Kong and California respectively. In 2006, JOBY introduced the patented GorillaPod which has transformed the camera accessories market and, like Manfrotto, JOBY has a strong presence in Apple stores. Lowepro has been a market leader in bags designed to protect electronic and photographic devices since its inception in 1967.
 
In addition to leading brands, the acquisition brings product marketing resources located in California and expert engineering teams based in the Far East. Dedicated supply chain teams are located in Hong Kong and China where all products are manufactured by third parties and sold globally via independent distributors.
 
Vitec plans to integrate JOBY and Lowepro into its Photographic Division's existing organisational structure, under the leadership of Marco Pezzana, Photographic Divisional Chief Executive.
 
Strategic rationale for the acquisition:
 
This acquisition gives the Group:
 
  • A leading global position in the new and fast growing iPhoneography and vlogging accessories markets, as well as the photographic bags market;
  • Increased visibility in the US market to become a leading distributor of premium imaging accessories;
  • The potential to continue to improve the core business in the consolidated Photographic Division by
    • Leveraging the combined brand portfolio and distributor network
    • Consolidating and augmenting procurement capabilities
    • Enriching the technical capability of the expanded team;
  • An expanded product development team and technical capabilities with access to new intellectual property facilitating Vitec's growth in the higher technology areas of iPhoneography and vlogging accessories with JOBY's GorillaPod;
  • The opportunity to get closer to customers by consolidating the strategic relationships with Apple and online retailers such as Amazon, the leading consumer electronics retailers, B&H and other photo speciality retailers; and
  • A platform to expand further in APAC and strengthen the Group's presence in China and Hong Kong through the JOBY and Lowepro supply chain teams who are based there.
Financial aspects of the acquisition:
 
  • DayMen reported unaudited results for the year to 31 March 2017 of $73.2 million (£56.3 million) revenue with operating profit* of $1.4 million (£1.1 million). EBITDA was $2.1 million (£1.6 million). Net assets were c. $11.0 million (c. £8.8 million) at 31 March 2017 and gross assets were c. $19.7 million (c. £15.8 million) at this date. Net assets acquired are expected to be c. $1.2 million (c. £0.9 million);
  • Vitec has acquired certain assets and liabilities of the DayMen Group S.a.r.l. including subsidiary companies in Hong Kong and China for a cash consideration of $10.3 million (£7.6 million). This is subject to certain post-completion adjustments for changes in net assets;
  • The one-off cash costs to implement the integration and deliver cost savings are expected to be approximately $7.0 million (£5.2 million), including deal costs, and will be incurred by the end of 2018. The P&L impact of integration costs will be taken above the line;
  • As we transition from a third party distribution model to utilising Vitec-owned distribution there will be an expected $14.7 million (£10.9 million) investment in working capital;
  • Pre-tax cost savings of at least $5.0 million (£3.7 million) per annum are expected to be realised by year ending 2018, and at least $7.0 million (£5.2 million) per annum by year ending 2019, through consolidating and simplifying the business, improving procurement and supply chain management, and leveraging Vitec's distribution platform;
  • The acquisition is expected to enhance Vitec's adjusted earnings per share in FY 2018 and to be materially enhancing to Vitec's adjusted earnings per share in FY 2019. Excluding integration costs, we expect it to be neutral to adjusted earnings per share in 2017;
  • ROCE is expected to be in excess of the Group's average by year ending 2018; and
  • The consideration payable to DayMen will be funded from Vitec's available committed bank facilities. Proforma 30 June 2017 net debt to EBITDA would have been 0.9x following the disposal of Bexel and the acquisition of the JOBY and Lowepro brands.
Acquisition of RTMotion
 
The acquisition of RTMotion is in line with Vitec's strategy of offering innovative and highly technical solutions to the Group's established independent content creator ("ICC") customer base, and will facilitate Vitec's growth in the higher technology area of camera accessories.
 
RTMotion is an excellent strategic fit with Vitec's Broadcast Division's Creative Solutions Business Unit, complementing Teradek, Wooden Camera, SmallHD, Paralinx and Offhollywood, which also design and produce high quality products mainly for ICCs.
 
Based in the UK, RTMotion designs and assembles wireless motor lens control systems for video cameras, selling them primarily through direct distribution and a growing reseller network, mainly targeting the ICC market.
 
RTMotion will become part of Vitec's Creative Solutions Business Unit. There are significant growth opportunities to sell RTMotion's products through Vitec's global sales and distributor network, and the business will benefit from Vitec's marketing, manufacturing and supply chain capabilities.
 
Under the terms of the acquisition, the initial cash consideration is £2.6 million on a debt/cash free basis, including deal costs and £0.5 million held in escrow. Up to a further £0.8 million cash consideration will be payable dependent on the seller meeting integration and retention targets.
 
B&H carries JOBY and Lowepro products.
Categories: Lowepro News, JOBY News
Post Date: 9/25/2017 10:44:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM lens has been a staple in the manufacturer's lineup for more than 20 years. With the announcement of Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens in early 2017, consumers finally had a comparably spec'd alternative to Canon's popular 135mm wide-aperture prime. If you have been considering the addition of a wide-aperture telephoto prime lens to your Canon-based kit, you may be torn between the two options.
 
To help the decision making process along, we're going to see how these two designed-for-portraiture lenses stack up against one another to see which one might be the better choice for your needs.
 
Advantages of the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM over the Sigma 135mm f/2 DG HSM Art:
 
  • Smaller & lighter: 3.27 x 4.41” (83 x 112mm), 26.5 oz (750g) vs. 3.6 x 4.52” (91.4 x 114.9mm), 39.9 oz (1130g)
  • More consistent AF system
  • Compatible with 1.4x & 2x Extenders
  • Lower price
Advantages of the Sigma 135mm f/2 DG HSM Art over the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM:
 
  • Wider max aperture (1/3-stop advantage): f/1.8 vs. f/2
  • More aperture blades: 9 vs. 8
  • More precise manual focusing: 147° of focus ring rotation vs. 120°
  • Slightly larger maximum magnification: 0.20x vs. 0.19x
  • AF fine tuning via USB dock
Who should opt for the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM?
 
The EF 135mm f/2 USM has been a favorite among portrait photographers since its introduction. Its telephoto focal length combined with an f/2 max aperture makes backgrounds melt away giving more emphasis to your subject. In those ways, it's almost identical to the Sigma offering. However, from an AF perspective, Canon DSLRs tend to work optimally with Canon-designed lenses. While the Sigma 135 Art proved adequate (but not stellar) at consistently nailing focus in our tests, those shooting once-in-a-lifetime moments (weddings, editorial/documentary, etc.) will likely prefer the Canon option.
 
For those wanting to extend the lens's reach, the 135L is compatible with Canon's 1.4x and 2x Extenders with full AF being retained regardless of the body being used. The Sigma is not compatible with teleconverters.
 
If reduced size and weight are high priorities, the Canon's dimensions and weight will make it the preferred choice. Also, those with a limited budget will appreciate the Canon's significantly lower price tag.
 
Who should opt for the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art?
 
With a 1/3-stop wider max aperture, a design that's 20 years newer and better wide-open image quality, there's very little not to like about Sigma's longest focal length Art lens (to date). As I mentioned above, AF consistency is not quite as good as the Canon alternative, but it will likely be sufficient for most photographers' needs.
 
Those shooting with a DSLR that does not feature Autofocus Microadjustment (like the Rebel-series and 77D) will certainly enjoy the Sigma 135 Art's ability to calibrate focus parameters via the Sigma USB dock, as they would need to send both their camera and lens to a Canon Service Center in order to similarly adjust a miscalibrated Canon lens.
 
Summary
 
While these lenses are more similar than they are different, the differences will be enough to tip the scales in one direction or the other based on a photographer's preferences, priorities and budget. Although a bit long in the tooth, the Canon 135 f/2L USM is still highly regarded by portrait specialists (and for good reason). However, the Sigma 135mm Art raised the bar in regards to wide-open image quality, and those wanting to add the latest and greatest to their kits will certainly benefit from Sigma's commitment to one-upping the competition with its Art-series releases.
 
More Information
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/25/2017 10:09:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 22, 2017

 
From the tutvid YouTube Channel:
 
In this Photoshop tutorial, we will break down five different techniques that you can use to change the color of any object in Photoshop. We will look at the simple masked Hue/Sat adjustment layer, the Color and Hue blend modes, converting white (or black) to a color, targeting an individual color channel, and using the LAB mode readout to use Curves and change a color to exactly match what you want. By the end of this tutorial, you’ll have a whole bag of tricks that you will be able to use to change the color of anything while working with Photoshop.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 9/22/2017 12:46:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Site visitor Mark sent an email earlier this week to alert us to a peculiar issue where Adobe Lightroom 6 displays and imports duplicate images when using a USB cable to import photos from the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II when two memory cards are installed in the camera with only one of them having RAW images recorded on it. One of the earliest references to the issue appears on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom forums in a post made more than a year ago.
 
Unfortunately, according to Mark, the issue isn't limited to Lightroom 6; it apparently occurs with Apple Aperture 3.6 as well. That the issue appears on multiple software platforms may indicate that a firmware update from Canon will be necessary to correct the issue.
 
Has anyone else run into this duplicate file issue when importing RAW files with the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II? If so, besides taking one of the memory cards out of the camera, did you find a convenient workaround? Let us know in the comments below.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 9/22/2017 11:47:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From AlexOnRAW:
 
Today Phase One released Capture One Pro 10.2. We are used to seeing a number of new features in such major updates, but Capture One 10.2 is developed to support the new Phase One IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital back and Phase One iXG camera. That doesn’t sound pretty exciting; however, there are few additional reasons not to skip the new release.
 
First of all, Capture One 10.2 delivers lots of bug fixes, that’s always nice! Plus there is quite a noticeable improvement to Styles tool, regardless of it not being mentioned in the official release notes. Now it works faster and smoother. You will also find support for new cameras (Canon 6D mkII, Nikon D850, yay!) and new lenses in Capture One 10.2.
 
Phase One iXG camera support
 
If you think that Phase One is a Capture One company, you have missed the lion’s share of their production that prepared a base for a such a fantastic RAW processing app.The point is that besides the software, Phase One are developing medium format cameras, digital backs and professional solutions for industrial and cultural heritage photography.
 
The new iXG camera was built for work in museums and archives, where the quality and accuracy of the image is everything. That’s why the processing in Capture One delivers such a stunning result; it was developed not by the software-only company, but with a strong hardware background as well.
 
New Cameras Support
 
  • Phase One IQ3 100MP Trichromatic
  • Phase One IQ3 100MP Achromatic
  • Phase One iXG 100MP Achro
  • Phase One iXG 50MP
  • Phase One iXU-1000 Achro
  • Phase One iXU-RS1000 Achro
  • Canon 200D
  • Canon 6D mkII
  • Canon 77D
  • Canon 77D support
  • Canon 800D support
  • Canon M6 support
  • Leica M Monochrome
  • Leica M10 (Preliminary)
  • Leica M-P
  • Nikon D7500
  • Nikon D850
  • Olympus TG-5
New Lens Support
 
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f4-5.6 IS STM
  • Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
  • Canon EF-S 24mm f2.8 STM
  • Leica Elmar-M 24mm f/3.8 ASPH
  • Leica Summilux-M 21mm f1.4 ASPH
  • Leica Summilux-M 24mm f/1.4 ASPH
  • Leica Super-Elmar-M 18mm f3.8 ASPH
  • Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH
  • Leica Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm f/4 ASPH
  • Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4 ASPH (H-X012)
  • Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH (H-E08018)
  • Panasonic LUMIX G Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Power OIS (H-NS043)
  • Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4-5.6 II POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA1003004A)
  • Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm f/4-5.6 II POWER O.I.S. (H-FSA45200)
  • Pentax DA 18-50mm f4-5.6 DC WR RE
  • Sony E 18–200 mm F3.5–6.3 OSS LE (SEL18200LE)
  • Sony FE 12-24mm f4 G (SEL1224G)
  • Sony FE 16-35mm f2.8 GM (SEL1635GM)
  • Sony Vario-Sonnar T DT 16–80 mm F3.5-4.5 ZA (SAL1680Z)
Bug fixes Capture One 10.2 Mac
 
  • Fixed an issue where mounted Network shares caused performance issues
  • Various crashes and hangs
  • Various Localization errors
  • Capturing tethered error due to “/” in capture naming
  • ‘Including existing adjustments’ is broken while importing in a catalog
  • Live View with CMOS IQ back behaves strangely between Fit and <100% • If filtering by a keyword then removing that keyword the filter remains active • Lens correction movement tool has no effect • Sub folder path does not work in 10.1 process tokens • Rotation adjustments are not saved in user styles • Event log viewer’s list view flows under the detail panel • Localization errors • Clicking a token in Naming Format gets a black line around it • Default workspace not saved after closing CO • Cursor tool shortcuts are lost when using a custom keyboard shortcut set and switching licenses • Catalog Import imports trashed pictures • Moving all variants to Trash, no warning • Catalog has “Empty Session Trash” in File menu • Duplicated styles do not reflect same adjustments • Saving a Style disables orange tick mark on applied Style • If Recipe text watermark contains /, upon relaunch the / is removed • Before/after slow with masks • Create album from rating does not work in localized versions • Import Counter starts at 2 • Processing a RAW to Tiff 16bit results in no thumbnail and black preview
Bug fixes Capture One 10.2 Windows
 
  • Various crashes and hangs
  • Path Loss when Moving sessions / Moving a session makes images appear on-line
  • Lens correction movement tool has no effect
  • If filtering by a keyword then removing that keyword the filter remains active
  • Customized Workspace tools not remembered on first save
  • Watermark cursor tool does not work initially
  • Dragging & dropping a single style into CO does not work
  • Slow performance when applying a style with a lot of adjustments
  • The video links in the help menu don’t point to the right URLs
  • Unable to empty catalog trash if files are not available / Empty trash fails
  • Mask displaying while drawing a gradient even though “Never display mask” set
  • Saving an User Style collapses all style folders
  • Input and output values not updating correctly in Curves window
  • Save Workspace does not save multiple identical tools in the same tool tab
B&H carries Phase One Capture One Pro 10.
Post Date: 9/22/2017 8:09:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 21, 2017 – Canon Inc. announced today the development of the Free Viewpoint Video System, a new visual solution that incorporates the optical and sensor technologies cultivated by the Company over many years. Using this technology, Canon aims to provide a high-value-added imaging solution for a wide range of applications including sporting events.
 
Various types of video production are employed at sporting events to convey a passion for sports and the thrill of competition. With the development of its Free Viewpoint Video System—which creates a realistic, immersive experience that gives the user a sense that they are really there—Canon has achieved a video experience that can be viewed from various angles and viewpoints, expanding the boundaries of visual expression and contributing to the development of video culture.
 
The system comprises several high-resolution cameras set up around the stadium, which are connected to a network and controlled via software to simultaneously capture the game from multiple viewpoints. Afterward, image processing technology renders the videos as high-resolution 3-D spatial data where users can freely move a virtual camera around the 3-D space, resulting in video that can be viewed from various different angles and viewpoints.
 
The Free Viewpoint Video System offers a completely new, totally immersive visual experience that enables viewers to operate a virtual camera in 3-D space to move freely around the stadium and even experience the simulated physical sensation of being among players on the field during a game. Along with providing a new way to enjoy sporting events, Canon plans to explore such potential applications for this system as training teams and athletes.
 
Canon will showcase the Free Viewpoint Video System at the Canon booth during Inter BEE 2017, held from November 15 to 17 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/22/2017 6:17:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 21, 2017
From Canon USA:
 
Canon Will Continue to Engage and Educate Visitors at One of the World’s Most Photographed Events Through 2020
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 21, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce a renewal of its partnership with world-renowned event, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, taking its role as presenting sponsor of the event through 2020. This renewed sponsorship marks Canon’s commitment to the Albuquerque community, an area where Canon calls home to one of the two U.S. support centers that service the Company’s customers. To mark this momentous three-year sponsorship renewal, Canon has and will continue to sponsor the opening Mass Ascension and closing Night Magic™ Glow events.
 
"It’s been a true honor to serve as the presenting sponsor of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta since 2015,” said Eliott Peck, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "It is a place to let your imagination run wild and is truly awe-inspiring as colorful balloons fill the sky – making it the ideal setting for photographers and videographers to capture spectacular images.”
 
As one of the most photographed events in the world, the balloon fiesta offers many photo opportunities to create memories of a lifetime. This year’s 46th annual event will take place Oct. 7-15, 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, featuring over 500 hot air and gas balloons, of which the Fiesta anticipates almost 100 of those to be special shaped balloons.
 
"We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Canon as the Fiesta’s Presenting Sponsor for the next three years,” said Balloon Fiesta board president, Mike Rice. “This event is a crux of the Albuquerque community and Canon’s support over the years has helped our guests create lasting memories.”
 
With this renewal, Canon will continue to host hands-on activities, allowing attendees to try its wide array of products to bring their experience to life. Attendees will have the opportunity to borrow the latest Canon equipment* from the Main Street booth where they can also sign up for photo walks and use Canon’s interactive photo booth. Canon imaging experts will also be on site to provide educational experiences to help attendees capture once-in-a- lifetime photos and videos.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 9/21/2017 11:55:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
With the announcement of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM, many of those previously considering purchase of the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM may be now wondering which of Canon's L-series 85s is right for them. As such, we are going to take a look at how these lenses differ to hopefully make the decision making process a little easier.
 
Advantages of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM over the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
 
  • Better manual focusing experience: traditional MF vs. focus-by-wire
  • More aperture blades: 9 vs. 8
  • Image stabilization: 4-stops vs. none
  • Weather sealed vs. not weather sealed
  • Slightly higher max magnification: 0.12x vs. 0.11x
  • Lighter: 33.5 oz vs. 36.2
  • Slightly smaller diameter: 3.49" (88.6mm) vs. 3.6" (91.4mm)
  • More common filter size: 77mm vs. 72
  • Internal focusing vs. extends during focusing
  • Lower cost
Advantages of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM over the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM:
 
  • Wider max aperture: f/1.2 vs. f/1.4
  • Shorter length: 3.31” (84.1mm) vs. 4.15" (105.4mm)
Who should opt for the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
 
If you need the absolute widest aperture in your 85mm lens, either for action-stopping purposes or for maximizing separation between your subject and your background, then the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM will ultimately be the best choice.
 
Who should opt for the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM
 
In two words – "everyone else."
 
The benefits of the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM over the 85 f/1.2L II are both numerous and substantial. First and foremost, the lens' 4-stop IS system will enable you to shoot static subjects in significantly lower light while maintaining tolerable ISO levels. This is a huge benefit that should not be underestimated.
 
Next, the traditional manual focusing design will be welcomed by nearly every photographer who ever handled the 85mm f/1.2L II USM (or the EF 50mm f/1.2L USM, for that matter). The traditional design promises to be a much more responsive, akin to what we've come to expect from most L-series lenses.
 
The 85 f/1.4L IS's weather sealing further increases its versatility over the f/1.2 model. While we always advise taking precautions when inclement weather is expected, the 85L IS's weather sealing enables you to keep shooting without interruption in moderately wet or dusty conditions.
 
The EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM's lower cost will certainly be a universally-appreciated feature, as will the benefits of an extra aperture blade in creating a smooth background blur.
 
Summary
 
Unless you absolutely need or want an f/1.2 maximum aperture, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM will likely prove the best investment for most photographers because of its overall greater versatility and lower price.
 
More Information
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/21/2017 9:18:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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