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 Thursday, August 31, 2017
We have added a very-interesting MTF chart comparison to the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens page (scroll down to the image quality section).
 
These charts give us some indication as to how the new 85 f/1.4L IS lens' image quality stacks up to several other lenses, including the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens, Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens, Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens and more.
 
Update: Please note that I have corrected a mistake in the Sigma chart interpretation.
 
The demand for this Canon lens is very high - preorder early to be assured of the earliest acquisition (perhaps it could be an early Christmas present to yourself)!
 
The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens is available for preorder at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/31/2017 12:39:09 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From DJI:
 
August 31, 2017 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, has introduced two new drones, the Mavic Pro Platinum and Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian and announces the ‘Sphere’mode for the Spark at IFA 2017 in Berlin.
 
“DJI continuously look for ways to improve its products and introduce new features, many of which are the result of the positive feedback and requests we received from customers around the world,” said Paul Pan, DJI Senior Product Manager. “Starting with our Osmo Mobile Silver handheld stabilizer, DJI has been expanding its product variations to meet the different lifestyles and needs of consumers. Similarly, we’ve done the same with two of the most iconic DJI drone products, the Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro. The Spark’s newly added ‘Sphere’mode will also introduce a new way for people to experience the fun of aerial photography.”
 
The New and Improved Mavic Pro Platinum
 
The DJI Mavic Pro Platinum takes all of the advanced features of the Mavic Pro which revolutionised personal flight and builds on them. It is ideal for travellers, amateur photographers and outdoor sports enthusiasts.
 
With an 11 percent gain in flight time taking it up 30 minutes coupled with a 60% noise power reduction, the Mavic Pro Platinum provides the best portable drone experience yet. Additionally, the drone’s compact and powerful body has also been created with an attractive platinum coloured shell.
 
The increased flight time and quieter operation has been achieved by integrating new electronic speed controllers (ESC’s) and freshly designed propellers which are also compatible with the current Mavic Pro.
 
Furthermore, pilots of the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum benefit from a portable, powerful and easy-to-use camera drone that features a 4K stabilised camera, 4.3 mile (7km) range, innovative FlightAutonomy technology to sense obstacles up to 49ft (15m) away and a range of intelligent flight modes that make it extremely fun and easy to fly.
 
DJI Spark: Capture Stunning ‘Sphere’ Panorama Images
 
Spark is an easy-to-use, fun-to-fly mini camera drone that lifts off from the palm of your hand to capture and share those special moments on the go. Spark is the first consumer drone that users can control by hand gestures alone, whether it's sending it up and away, taking a selfie or shooting a video, or calling it back.
 
With the newly introduced Sphere mode in the Panorama photo feature, users now have more ways to enjoy the Spark and can easily produce a panoramic photo with a fisheye lense effect. This ‘Sphere’can then be shared directly to social media sites, some of which already support interactive images. The new feature will be included soon in the forthcoming DJI GO 4 mobile app and Spark firmware updates.
 
This mode joins the following recently announced firmware updates which allow Spark users to get the best flying experience with easy to use photo and video functions:
 
  • A new gesture to start and stop video recording
  • Enhanced QuickShot video features for more cinematic control
  • A 180-degree photo shooting mode and improved photo image resolution
  • Full integration with the DJI Goggles
  • Optimization of the PalmLaunch function for better stability after takeoff
  • Improved control accuracy under the QuickShot Dronie mode
DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian: The professional drone photographer’s perfect tool
 
The iconic Phantom 4 Pro drone which made professional aerial imaging easier for everyone is back with a new professional appearance; a sleek matte-gray Obsidian colour shell featuring a magnesium, electroplated and anti-fingerprint coated gimbal which requires a higher standard manufacturing technique.
 
For professionals who demand excellence while capturing images and video for a commercial client or documenting a wedding, the Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian has a large 1” CMOS sensor and a 4K 60fps recording capability to ensure a professional outcome in any situation.
 
The Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian offers intelligent performance and a powerful imaging system for any serious drone photographer.
 
Price and Availability
 
With a retail price of 1,119 GBP (1,299 EUR), the Mavic Pro Platinum will begin shipping in September. The Mavic Pro Fly More Combo will be available at a later date with a retail price of 1,459 GBP (1,599 EUR). Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian will retail for 1,589 GBP (1,699 EUR) and will be available in September at authorized dealers worldwide.
Category: DJI News
Post Date: 8/31/2017 11:27:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
Aside from the Rebel T6, all of Canon DSLRs currently produced feature Multi-Shot Noise Reduction (MSNR). With the feature enabled, your camera takes a burst of 4 images which are combined and output to a JPEG file with less visible noise compared to a single exposure.
 
Unfortunately, there are many downsides to using MSNR. For a good overview of those downsides, let's take a look at a couple of paragraphs from Bryan's review of the 5D Mark IV:
Multi Shot Noise Reduction (MSNR) is one of the additional in-camera options available in many of the latest EOS models including the 5D IV. MSNR merges information from multiple (four) exposures taken in a full-frame-rate burst into a reduced noise image. The concept makes a lot of sense. MSNR generally provides a remarkable one stop or more of noise reduction, but ... I still have not found a compelling use for this feature.
 
The downsides to Multi Shot Noise Reduction include: MSNR is currently available only with JPG output (I would like to see this feature added to Canon's Digital Photo Pro software for RAW capture processing – perhaps as another HDR preset). Multi-Shot Noise Reduction is not so useful with moving subjects (or with a moving camera). Long exposure NR, Dust Delete Data, Multiple Exposure and HDR Mode must be set to off to enable MSNR. The 5D IV reverts back to Standard NR in Auto/Basic zone modes, during video recording, in Bulb mode and when the camera is powered off. Flash is not supported in MSNR mode. After the 4 shot burst is captured, the camera remains "busy" for a noticeable period of time while processing the merged image. So, while this feature is a nice idea, its limitations make it less useful in real-world applications. I am far more likely to use a low ISO setting with a longer exposure when shooting stationary subjects from a tripod.
Fortunately, with several of Canon's upper-level DSLRS, there's a slightly better way to accomplish the same goal. It involves many of the same compromises as Multi Shot Noise Reduction, but instead of being limited to JPEG output, you can output a RAW file instead.
 
Before I go any further, it's important to know exactly which of Canon's DSLRs this information applies to:
 
  • EOS-1D X Mark II
  • EOS-1D X
  • EOS 5D Mark IV
  • EOS 5Ds R
  • EOS 5Ds
  • EOS 5D Mark III
  • EOS 6D
  • EOS 6D Mark II
  • EOS 7D Mark II
  • EOS 80D
The secret is to use your camera's Multiple Exposures feature and set the Multiple Exposure Control Method to "Average." By setting the desired number of shots to 9 (the max), noise in the combined image will be greatly reduced.
 
The best part about using this technique is that it enables reduced noise to be captured in a RAW file rather than JPEG. However, drawbacks of using this method include:
 
  • Tripod use is required, especially as there is no option to align the images in-camera.
  • Any subject that moves during the 9-image capture duration will be blurred.
  • You must first shoot a base image before selecting the Multiple Exposure options, as designating a base image is required. Therefore, there will be delay between the first image and the following 8 images.
  • In-camera lens profile corrections are not supported.
With the drawbacks listed above in mind, you may be wondering what situations would benefit from using the Noise Reduction through Multiple Exposure technique. Here are a few ideas I came up with.
 
  • If photographing a lighted sign that lights up sequentially (as if being handwritten), and there is only a small portion of time when the sign is completely illuminated. If you were to use a longer shutter speed, the illumination of the sign may not be even. However, if you time your 9 shots when the sign is completely illuminated, you can avoid the uneven brightness.
  • If photographing a moderately busy street scene, but you do not want pedestrians or traffic in the image. You can easily time your images so as not to include pedestrians or traffic in the final image.
To get a better understanding of just how significant the noise in your RAW images can be reduced using this technique, download the full resolution 7D Mark II ISO 12800 single exposure and 7D Mark II ISO 12800 multiple exposure files and compare the noise for yourself. The RAW files were processed identically (except for white balance) in Adobe Camera RAW with no noise reduction applied before the JPEG conversion. Note that the sample images were not taken under circumstances where this technique would be especially beneficial, as a longer shutter speed could easily have been used (they are only used for noise reduction demonstration purposes).
 
Tips for Using Multiple Exposures (Average) for Noise Reduction
 
  • As previously mentioned, the best noise reduction will result from the combining highest possible number of shots (max 9)
  • With Multiple Exposures set to Function and Control Priority (On:Func/Ctrl), the source files will be saved along with the final combined result. However, if using continuous shooting, the burst rate will be significantly reduced.
  • With Multiple Exposures set to Continuous Shooting Priority (On:ContShtng), the source files will not be saved (only the final result) but continuous shooting will operate at a normal-for-the-circumstances rate.
  • You can get similar results in post processing by combining separate exposures in Photoshop CC by using File/Scripts/Statistics and stacking your images using "Mean."
While the technique may not be feasible under a wide variety of situations, the noise reduction benefits will certainly be worthwhile in the specific situations where this technique can be employed.
 
Can you think of more situations where this technique might be useful and advantageous? Let us know in the comments.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/31/2017 9:10:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DJI:
 
Threat Identification Reward Program Will Address Software Concerns
 
August 28, 2017 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, is establishing a “bug bounty” program to reward people who discover security issues with DJI software. The DJI Threat Identification Reward Program is part of an expanded commitment to work with researchers and others to responsibly discover, disclose and remediate issues that could affect the security of DJI’s software.
 
“Security researchers, academic scholars and independent experts often provide a valuable service by analyzing the code in DJI’s apps and other software products and bringing concerns to public attention,” said DJI Director of Technical Standards Walter Stockwell. “DJI wants to learn from their experiences as we constantly strive to improve our products, and we are willing to pay rewards for the discoveries they make.”
 
The DJI Threat Identification Reward Program aims to gather insights from researchers and others who discover issues that may create threats to the integrity of our users’ private data, such as their personal information or details of the photos, videos and flight logs they create. The program is also seeking issues that may cause app crashes or affect flight safety, such as DJI’s geofencing restrictions, flight altitude limits and power warnings.
 
Rewards for qualifying bugs will range from $100 to $30,000, depending on the potential impact of the threat. DJI is developing a website with full program terms and a standardized form for reporting potential threats related to DJI’s servers, apps or hardware. Starting today, bug reports can be sent to bugbounty@dji.com for review by technical experts.
 
The DJI Threat Identification Reward Program is part of a renewed focus on addressing concerns about DJI product security, including new efforts to partner with security researchers and academics who have a common goal of trying to improve the security and stability of DJI products. DJI is also implementing a new multi-step internal approval process to review and evaluate new app software before it is released to ensure its security, reliability and stability.
 
DJI has not previously offered formal lines of communication about software issues to security researchers, many of whom have raised their concerns on social media or other forums when they could not determine how best to bring these issues to DJI’s attention.
 
“We want to engage with the research community and respond to their reasonable concerns with a common goal of cooperation and improvement,” Stockwell said. “We value input from researchers into our products who believe in our mission to enable customers to use DJI products that are stable, reliable and trustworthy.”
Category: DJI News
Post Date: 8/31/2017 7:04:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Nikkei Asian Review:
Automation makes manufacturing at home more competitive
 
TOKYO -- Canon plans to have a new camera plant in Japan up and running by 2019 as it moves more production back home, relying on factory automation to lower the cost of domestic operations.
 
The Japanese electronics maker will acquire 300,000 sq. meters of land for a digital camera factory in southern Japan's Miyazaki Prefecture as early as September. The plant will be Canon's first new camera factory in this country since 2010, and will feature labor-saving assembly lines of the sort Canon is installing across its Japanese facilities to make domestic production cost-competitive. Total costs are projected to be around 20 billion yen ($181 million).
 
The facility will take over production of single-lens reflex cameras formerly manufactured at another Miyazaki plant. Canon will eventually consider bringing production of some compact digital cameras now made overseas back to Japan as well. The company produced 56% of its cameras and other offerings in this country in the year 2016, and plans to raise that figure to 60%.
Read the entire article on the Nikkei Asian Review.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/31/2017 6:58:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Pelican:
 
Up To 40% Lighter and 45% Deeper for the Perfect Fit
 
Torrance, CA— August 15, 2017 - Pelican Products, Inc. (Pelican), the global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance cases, today set another benchmark for the segment with the launch of three new deeper cases in the re-engineered, up to 40% lighter, Pelican Air Case line.
 
Since 1976, the classic Pelican Protector Case has been the go-to protective case solution for millions of professionals and consumers worldwide. As a part of the innovative and lighter Pelican Air case line, the three new cases, 1557, 1607 and 1637, continue Pelican’s relentless quest to offer users more versatility, portability and durability.
 
“Our engineering team consistently explores how to deliver innovative and meaningful new solutions,” said Stephan Corti, President, Pelican Products Commercial and Government Division. “The Pelican Air case line is a major transformation, designed to maintain Pelican’s signature concept of high-performance durability while cutting the weight out.”
 
The entire Pelican Air case line, constructed of lightweight HPX2 resin, is available in nine travel-ready sizes, in both long and, now, deep options. With over 13” of depth available, the new cases provide room for fragile and valuable equipment, such as drones and cinema-grade cameras. Pelican Air cases continue to be the gold-standard of premium equipment protection while remaining 40% lighter and now 45% deeper. All Pelican Air cases are available in black, yellow, orange, and gray.
 
Available configurations offer the choice of four unique interior options to meet almost any performance needs
 
  • The TrekPak Divider system (not available with 1607 or 1637), feature durable, waterproof, closed-cell foam laminated to corrugated panels to provide a fully customizable and precise protection grid without wasting space.
  • The Classic Pick N’ Pluck Foam offers a manually customizable solution for fast and simple protection with pre-scored foam to fit almost any equipment.
  • The Padded Divider configuration includes infinitely customizable, protective, padded dividers with Velcro so users can change their equipment organization scheme on a moment’s notice.
  • The No Foam configuration allows a blank slate for custom interior solutions.
“I couldn't wait to customize my Pelican Air case with the TrekPak system,” said Roy Pena, fire photographer, Bakersfield, CA. “I was able to fit all my camera gear in its own tailored compartment. When you're shooting action shots, like a fire in the heat of the moment, you have to rush in to get the shot. If you don't know exactly where the right gear is, you miss it".
 
The new 1607 and 1637 cases have wheels, roll tested over 914 meters. The line’s newest products boast classic Pelican case features including a watertight O-ring gasket, a crushproof and dustproof exterior, stainless steel hasp protectors, rubberized, over-molded handles and proven tough double-throw latches. Each Pelican Air Case meets the same performance tests (impact, drop, submersion and high and low temperatures). Pelican Air cases are also backed by the company’s legendary lifetime guarantee of excellence.
 
B&H carries the following:
 
Category: Pelican News
Post Date: 8/31/2017 6:53:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has the TOMTOP 24-Inch 60cm 5 in 1 Collapsible Reflector available for $7.49. Regularly $19.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 24" 60CM 5 in 1 Collapsible Multi Disc Light Reflector.
  • The reflector with five different reflective surfaces can be used to fill in, reflect, diffuse, absorb or soften light.
  • Comes with a zippered carrying case for convenient to carry.
  • Durable and flexible steel frame, it can be easily folded into small size.
  • This reflector fits any standard reflector holders.
Post Date: 8/31/2017 6:32:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, the Canon Store has most of their refurbished DSLR cameras and lenses on sale for 10% off or more.
 
Refurbished items from the Canon Store are typically indistinguishable from new/retail items (aside from the generic box) and come with a full 1-year warranty.
 
In Stock and Reduced Refurbished Gear
 
Refurbished ItemOrig. PriceSavingsSale PriceDiscount
Canon EOS 5Ds Body2,959.20260.202,699.009%
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body2,239.20240.001,999.2011%
Canon EOS 7D II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,959.19450.191,509.0023%
Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,719.20270.001,449.2016%
Canon EOS 80D + EF-S 18-135 IS USM1,439.20340.201,099.0024%
Canon EOS 7D Mark II1,439.20240.001,199.2017%
Canon EOS 6D Body1,359.20260.201,099.0019%
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,239.20389.21849.9931%
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,199.19389.20809.9932%
Canon EOS 80D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM1,079.20280.20799.0026%
Canon EOS 70D Body959.20210.21748.9922%
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM959.20210.00749.2022%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + 18-55 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM879.98419.99459.9948%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM879.20150.00729.2017%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM799.99251.00548.9931%
Canon EOS Rebel T6s Body679.9981.00598.9912%
Canon EOS M3 + EF-M 18-55 IS STM639.99141.00498.9922%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM639.99241.00398.9938%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i Body599.9921.00578.994%
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + 18-55 IS II & 75-300 III599.98269.99329.9945%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Body519.99141.00378.9927%
Canon EOS M10 + EF-M 15-45 IS STM479.9981.00398.9917%
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + EF-S 18-55 IS II439.99141.00298.9932%
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM239.9950.00189.9921%
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.9980.00439.9915%
Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM239.9924.00215.9910%
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM639.9964.00575.9910%
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM1,279.20127.921,151.2810%
Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM639.99100.00539.9916%
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM479.9948.00431.9910%
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM439.99140.00299.9932%
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.99120.00279.9930%
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99210.00349.9938%
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM1,519.20151.921,367.2810%
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM799.99100.00699.9913%
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM479.9980.00399.9917%
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.9938.40345.5910%
Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM279.9980.00199.9929%
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM239.9924.00215.9910%
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1,679.20167.921,511.2810%
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM1,079.20107.92971.2810%
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM959.2095.92863.2810%
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM1,119.20111.921,007.2810%
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99200.00319.9938%
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM439.9944.00395.9910%
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9918.80169.1910%
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9916.00143.9910%
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM1,679.20167.921,511.2810%
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.9943.20388.7910%
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM119.9920.0099.9917%
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM407.9940.80367.1910%
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM439.9944.00395.9910%
Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM239.9924.00215.9910%
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM479.9948.00431.9910%
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9916.00143.9910%
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM1,159.20115.921,043.2810%
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM100.7921.0079.7921%
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM375.9976.00299.9920%
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM335.9976.00259.9923%
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.81,119.20111.921,007.2810%
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM719.9972.00647.9910%
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM599.9960.00539.9910%
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM1,079.20107.92971.2810%
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9921.00178.9911%
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9927.00108.9920%
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Glyph Technologies 4TB Blackbox Pro Enterprise Class 7200 rpm USB 3.1 Type-C External Hard Drive available for $169.95 with free shipping. Regularly $239.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 4TB Storage Capacity
  • USB Type-C 3.1 Interface
  • Enterprise Class Hard Drive
  • 7200 rpm Rotational Speed
  • Up to 220 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
  • Includes External Power Adapter
  • Fanless Design
  • Preformatted for Mac (HFS+)
  • Windows Compatible with Reformatting
 Wednesday, August 30, 2017
For those that want more than just a lens coffee cup, B&H now carries a set of coasters that stack to resemble an 85mm f/1.2L lens.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Set of Five Drink Coasters
  • Pieces Combine to Form a Replica Lens
  • Hidden Magnets Hold Coasters Together
  • Non-Slip Silicone Bottom and Top
Post Date: 8/30/2017 1:40:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon has released firmware updates for the EOS C300 Mark II and C100 Mark II Cinema cameras. See below for details.
 
Canon EOS C300 Mark II / EOS C300 Mark II PL Firmware Version 1.0.9.1.00
 
Firmware Version 1.0.9.1.00 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:
 
  • When CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S is attached the following features are enabled:
    • Autofocus using the Dual Pixel CMOS AF function.
    • Dual Pixel Focus Guide function.
    • The joystick on the camera's grip unit can be set to operate the zoom.
    • Manual control of the iris with Camera's Control dial.
    • Control of focus, zoom and iris using the separately-sold Remote Controller RC-V100.
    • Automatic aperture and push auto iris functions.
    • Start/stop recording on the lens grip.
    • Retrieval of Lens metadata, such as the model name and the focal distance will display on the camera.
  • Allows the position of waveform monitor to be changed on the display.
  • Adds peripheral illumination/chromatic aberration correction for the following lenses:
    • COMPACT-SERVO Lens [CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S]
    • EF Lens [EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM], [EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM]
  • When [Face Only] is active, the icon will change from gray to white when a face is not detected.
  • When the camera is turned off the IS mechanical lock will be active regardless of the position of the switch.
  • Fixes the list of shutter speed on the display when using Browser Remote.
Download: Canon EOS C300 Mark II Firmware v.1.0.9.1.00
 


Canon EOS C100 Mark II Firmware Version 1.0.5.1.00
 
Firmware Version 1.0.5.1.00 incorporates the following enhancements:
 
  • When CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S is attached the following features are enabled:
    • Autofocus using the Dual Pixel CMOS AF function.
    • The joystick on the camera's grip unit can be set to operate the zoom.
    • Manual control of the iris with Camera's Control dial.
    • Control of focus, zoom and iris using the separately-sold Remote Controller RC-V100.
    • Automatic aperture and push auto iris functions.
    • Start/stop recording on the lens grip.
    • Retrieval of Lens metadata, such as the model name and the focal distance will display on the camera.
  • Adds peripheral illumination correction for the following lenses.
    • COMPACT-SERVO Lens [CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S]
    • EF Lens [EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM], [EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM]
  • When [Face Only] is active, the icon will change from gray to white when a face is not detected.
  • When the camera is turned off the IS mechanical lock will be active regardless of the position of the switch.
Download: Canon EOS C100 Mark II Firmware v.1.0.5.1.00
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS C300 Mark II and C100 Mark II Cinema cameras.
Post Date: 8/30/2017 10:11:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Originally scheduled to end 8/27 but now valid through 8/31, use coupon code PX2FLASH15 at AdoramaPix to save 15% sitewide. Use the code to save on traditional, metal, canvas, wood or acrylic prints, photo books, calendars or greeting cards.
Post Date: 8/30/2017 9:50:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight, B&H has the Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Battery Pack for Portable Flashes (US / Canada / Japan Plug) available for $229.00 with free shipping. Regularly $351.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Shoe- and Handle-Mount Units
  • One Power Port
  • Up to 400 Full-Power Flashes
  • Recycling Time as Low as 1.4 Seconds
  • Compact and Lightweight (15 oz)
  • Rechargeable NiMH Battery
  • Recharge Time: 1.5 Hours
  • Battery Status LED Indicators
  • Charger and Belt Clip Included
eBay (via electroniccityinc - 99.1% Positive Feedback) has the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Canon available for $1,059.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,299.00 after $100.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a manufacturer warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/30/2017 8:15:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
I know, you are trying to decide if it was the 28 hour round trip drive or the celestial body alignment that warped my mind. But, with the solar disk (or a portion of it) imaged against a completely black background, the composite opportunities become endless and are limited only by your own creativity.
 
The site's circular-crescent logo seemed to be a good design fit for the solar eclipse. So, I made a transparency template to overlay a sun image captured during the eclipse.
 
You likely spent a lot of time and effort to photograph the eclipse. While I will treasure some of the solar eclipse images I captured forever, there are a lot of other identically-captured images out there. But, there are not likely any that look like this one (you can be the judge of whether or not this uniqueness is fortunate). Have fun with the rewards of your efforts – spend some time being creative with the results.
Post Date: 8/30/2017 7:15:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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