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Having a selection of RRS parts is a bit like having a pile of Legos. Once you get started, you just want to keep building (and you find yourself "needing" more parts).
During an evaluation, I decided to put most of the items I was working with together into one setup. And, thought I'd share it with you. Supported in the Radical Rig are:
Used for support in the Radical Rig are:
While the rig looks cool, it is surprisingly usable. And, the gear is truly impressive.
Here is the back view:
Really Right Stuff Radical Rig Back View
Based on what you see here and knowing what I've already reviewed, you can likely figure out what the next review subject is.
Crazy rigs of course need a name. I decided to call this one the RRS Radical Rig with "Extravahead" in the running. Sean had some other good ideas – please share your own alternative name suggestions with us.
#MYRRS #RRS #ReallyRightStuff
Post Date: 4/28/2018 6:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 27, 2018
Canon has released a new version of Digital Photo Professional which supports earlier camera models, including the EOS 10D and the original Digital Rebel. (thanks Scott)
From Canon USA:
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.8.30 for Windows :
  • Newly supported EOS D2000 *, EOS D6000 *, EOS D30, EOS D60, EOS 10D, EOS Kiss Digital / EOS Digital REBEL / EOS 300D Digital.
  • Added Partial adjustments functions (to only 64bit OS).
* Can now handle CR2 files converted with the CR2 Converter.
Download: Canon Digital Photo Professional 4.8.30
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/27/2018 4:58:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality test results from a third lens have been added to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review.
I finally made this lens part of my kit.
Great deal: the Canon USA Store has the Refurbished Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens available for only $779.20 with free shipping. Compare at $1,099.00 new. Refurbished items from the Canon USA Store are like new and come with a retail-matching 1-year warranty.
The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/27/2018 9:17:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Tamron:
Tamron announces the launch of a high-performance, high-speed zoom lens for full-frame Sony mirrorless cameras
April 27, 2018, Commack, New York - Tamron announces the launch of the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036)- a high-speed standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. This new zoom lens delivers superb optical performance, including both outstanding image quality and beautiful background blur effects (bokeh) only possible with a fast aperture, thanks to a new optical system designed specifically for mirrorless cameras. The lens will be available at Tamron's authorized USA retailers on May 24th at $799.
The usefulness and versatility inherent in compact full-frame mirrorless cameras are enhanced by this new Tamron lens' compact size and lightweight-it measures only 4.6 in. and weighs just 19.4 oz. The Model A036 incorporates an all-new high-speed and precise AF driving system. The RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) strikes a balance between speed and silent operation, making it perfect for both video and still image capture. In addition to shooting portraits with creative, defocused backgrounds, photographers can enjoy dynamic wide-angle expressions like never before thanks to a Minimum Object Distance (MOD) of 7.5 in. at the wide-angle zoom setting. The lens also features Moisture-Resistant Construction that is useful in outdoor photography, plus hydrophobic Fluorine Coating that is highly resistant to fingerprints and dirt. In addition, the Model A036 will fully match with various camera-specific features including the in-camera lens correction and Direct Manual Focus (DMF) system features of Sony cameras, enabling this new zoom to take full advantage of the advanced functions that ensure comfortable user experiences.
Superb optical performance, including both outstanding image quality and beautiful background blur effects (bokeh), provided by fast F/2.8 aperture.
The Model A036 features a new design that leverages the advanced image quality of the latest full-frame mirrorless cameras. To balance beautiful bokeh with high image quality, the optical formula (15 elements in 12 groups) includes a special XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) element, LD (Low Dispersion) element, GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) element and two hybrid aspherical lens elements in the optimal arrangement to correct aberrations and reduce the overall lens size. The lens also employs Tamron’s BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating that boasts exceptional anti-reflection performance throughout the entire zoom range, even when shooting in backlit conditions. In addition, incorporating the nine-blade circular diaphragm design, the lens will perform in versatile situation, providing beautiful soft portrayal at wide open aperture to a clear and sharp image when stopped down.
Comfortably lightweight (19.4 oz.) and compact (4.6 in).
Extra emphasis was placed on creating a high speed, fast aperture zoom lens in a compact and lightweight design because standard-range zooms are generally the most frequently used. Weighing only 19.4 oz. with a total length of just 4.6 in., the A036 enables photographers to enjoy the mobility provided by a compact, lightweight, full-frame mirrorless camera in all situations from casual snapshots to stunning portraits and dramatic landscape photography.
Minimum Object Distance of 7.5 in.; Working Distance 2.24 in.
The Model A036 breaks from the convention that the MOD of a zoom lens must be fixed throughout the focal range and achieves a MOD of 7.5 in. at the 28mm wide-angle end which delivers a maximum image magnification of 1:2.9. The working distance of just 2.24 in. from the front element allows photographers to enjoy close-up shooting that emphasizes the sense of perspective unique to wide angles. At the 75mm telephoto end, the 15.3 in. MOD provides an image magnification of 1:4, thereby enabling close-up shooting with a pleasantly blurred background similar to a macro lens.
All-new “RXD” stepping motor AF unit is excellently quiet and therefore perfect for video capture.
The AF drive incorporates a sensor that accurately detects the position of the lens and an RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) stepping motor unit optimized for AF control. This achieves quick and precise AF operation, allowing users to maintain pin-sharp focus on continually moving subjects or when filming video. Additionally, the AF motor is exceedingly quiet, virtually eliminating extraneous AF drive sounds during video recording.
Consistent with Tamron’s exciting, ergonomically superb next-generation design.
The Model A036 features a mirrorless-oriented design that adheres to Tamron’s new “human touch” lens design concept. As signified by the Luminous Gold brand ring, careful attention to detail has produced an optimum shape reflecting the characteristic look of a Tamron-branded lens, whether on its own or attached to a camera body. This design emphasizes consistent brand identity combined with ease of operation.
Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating for weather protection.
Environmental seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops and afford Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature provides an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions. Also, the front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that has excellent water- and oil-repellant qualities. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, moisture or oily fingerprints, allowing for much easier maintenance.
Compatible with main camera-specific features and functions.
Tamron’s new 28-75mm zoom is compatible with many of the advanced features that are specific to certain mirrorless cameras. This includes the following*:
  • Fast Hybrid AF
  • Eye AF
  • Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
  • In-camera lens correction (shading, chromatic aberration, distortion)
  • Camera-based lens unit firmware updates
*Features vary by camera. Please consult your camera’s instruction manual for details. As of March 2018.
Model: A036
Focal Length: 28-75mm
Maximum Aperture: F/2.8
Anlge of View (diagonal): 75°23'-32°11' (for full-frame format) | 52°58' -21°05' (for APS-C format)
Optical Construction: 15 elements in 12 groups
Minimum Object Distance: 7.5in (WIDE) | 15.3in (TELE)
Maximum Mag Ratio: 1:2.9 (WIDE) | 1:4 (TELE)
Filter Size: : 67mm
Maximum Diameter: : 73mm
Length**: 4.6in
Weight: 19.4oz
Aperture Blades: 9 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture: F/2.8-22
Standard Accessories: Lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts: Sony E-mount
B&H has the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 4/27/2018 9:06:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Whitetail fawns are cute and curious – and they are bundles of energy (when not sleeping). This one abruptly stopped after leaping around, intently watching something of interest.
Alert poses are one of my favorites for wildlife with the ear position usually being ideal. From a compositional standpoint, the direction of the gaze adds weight to the side of the frame being gazed toward. That means this fawn works well being positioned toward the left side of the frame to provide overall balance. Of course, the beautiful SNP spring green landscape nicely compliments the colors of the fawn.
Fawn photography at this location can make use of all available telephoto focal lengths, from short telephoto to the longest super telephoto focal lengths available. The flexibility offered by a zoom lens has its advantages and, in this case, the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens' built-in 1.4x extender was especially helpful.
I have a unique, limited opportunity for you: I'd love for you to join me for "Whitetail Fawns and More", a Shenandoah National Park Instructional Photo Tour. Our goal is to photograph these beautiful little creatures along with many of the other great subjects found in Shenandoah National Park while actively learning photography skills. Read the just-linked-to detailed description to learn more.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Camera and Lens Settings
560mm  f/5.6  1/1600s
ISO 2000
4308 x 2872px
Post Date: 4/27/2018 7:25:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Post Date: 4/27/2018 7:20:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
By Loren Simons
For years, I’ve been searching for the perfect camera. Now, as a disclaimer, I don’t actually believe such a thing exists. Rather, there is a perfect balance of technology and physical size for my own intended purpose of everyday carry.
I categorize myself more as a cinematographer than a photographer, but I’ve always wanted a camera I could utilize as a director’s viewfinder for location scouting, as well as something that had the capability of capturing stunning candid photos for use in a look book or simply to share on social media. At the end of the day, I firmly believe that the best camera is the camera you have with you. Some may say, just use my trusty smartphone. However, I’ve rarely connected emotionally with an image produced by a small sensor the same way I do with images captured by more traditional cinema or larger format photography sensors. Aesthetically, achieving the shallow depth of field on a small sensor camera is much more difficult with current technology. I’ve used all of the fancy depth mapping and dual lens tricks that very smart people have built to try to simulate the depth of field achieved by a proper camera. However, whether it’s strange edge artifacts or just a much less pleasing focus roll off, those images just never felt right to me.
This same small-sensor aversion is also what kept me away from Canon’s original G Series and other PowerShots. However, with the introduction of the larger 1” sensors in cameras like the G Series, XC10, and XF400 I saw the beginning of a move in the direction I had always been hoping for.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III – B&H | Amazon US | Adorama
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/27/2018 7:02:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 26, 2018
B&H has the Oben GH-30 Gimbal Head in stock with free expedited shipping.
Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 44 lb
  • Height: 9"
  • Weight: 3.2 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible
  • 360° Pan with Independent Lock
  • Ideal for Sports or Wildlife Photography
  • Balance and Maneuver Large Tele Lenses
  • 3/8"-16 Tripod Mounting Socket
  • Plate with Two 1/4"-20 Mounts & Bushings
  • Numbered Scales for Repeated Set Up
Post Date: 4/26/2018 1:41:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Lens is in stock at B&H with free expedited shipping.
Product Highlights
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
  • Ultrasonic Silent Drive Autofocus Motor
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Fluorine-Coated Front Element
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with TAP-in Console
Post Date: 4/26/2018 11:52:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
About 8 years ago, I purchased a 4' x 6' (1.2 x 1.8m) softbox from eBay (they aren't even available anymore) and really liked the soft light it projected onto my subjects. However, the more I used it, the more I realized how impractical it was. The biggest problem was that the softbox's weight was too heavy for my studio strobes' spring loaded mounting fingers. The softbox would mount to a studio strobe under ideal conditions, but any movement of the softbox (repositioning, small gust of wind, etc.) would cause the it to dismount from the strobe and [usually] break the modeling light and/or flash tube in the process.
And even if the softbox stayed connected to the studio strobe, the studio strobes positioning handle couldn't be tightened tight enough to prohibit the softbox from slowly inching its way downward at the pivot point. The problems inherent to the weighty modifier meant that it was rarely ever used. That is, until I recently came across a solution to the problem.
EZ Lightstand 3 8in Mountable Speed Ring

Shown above is a Mountable Speed Ring, and it works with any soft box that features a traditional speed ring and spoke design (it won't work with collapsible/umbrella-like folding ones). The mountable speed ring features a threaded insert that can attach to a 3/8" stud which is mounted in a traditional umbrella swivel. This setup relieves the strobe's mounting fingers from supporting the weight of the modifier; instead, the fingers only have to support the weight of itself.
The mountable speed ring will be especially helpful for anyone suspending a large softbox above a subject or with the modifier pointed downward at a significant angle as gravity will be pusing the strobe into the mounted speed ring instead of pulling the speed ring away from a traditionally mounted strobe. However, if planning to do this, it would likely be best to permanently affix the 3/8" stud to the mountable softbox with epoxy/glue. The mountable speed ring's risk-reducing design may be the most economical insurance you ever buy.
There are three versions of the mountable softbox currently available for compatibility with Paul C. Buff/Alien Bees/White Lightning, Bowens and Profoto. However, while I cannot confirm that this is the case, if you have a similar non-mountable speed ring with interchangeable mounts (most third-party speed rings are designed this way), then you may be able to swap out any of the mounts available to make it compatible with your own strobes.
Post Date: 4/26/2018 8:34:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Now live: Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Review.
A big thanks to John Reilly for his continued efforts in reviewing the EF-M series lenses!
The Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/26/2018 7:49:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Canon has released its financial results for Q1 of 2018.
Financial Information Pack – 1Q 2018 (.zip)
In the Imaging System – Cameras section of the presentation material, Canon notes:
  • 1Q: Unit sales were limited to a slight decline despite one-off factor
  • Full year: Increase market share through sales expansion of new products, including mirrorless models
  • Improve product mix, and new product composition to raise profitability
On the same page Canon displays a picture of the EOS M50 with the label "New Mirrorless Model - M50." It will be interesting to see what Canon has up its sleeve in regards to mirrorless cameras which may further impact its market share in 2018.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/25/2018 8:58:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Fair warning: This isn't the most entertaining or polished "How To" video that Adobe has released, but the narrorator does cover a lot of information in this lengthy walkthrough on creating profiles in Adobe's newly revamped Camera RAW plugin. [Sean]
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
An advanced, step-by-step guide to creating Creative Profiles in Adobe Camera Raw for use in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) 10.3 and later, Lightroom Classic 7.3 and later, and Lightroom CC 1.3 and later. Please keep in mind that profiles are very different from presets, and as such, there's lots of stuff that can go wrong while making them. Experiment, have fun, and go slowly.
For more details and specifics, download the SDK with sample files from this link.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 4/25/2018 7:54:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
Issues fixed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.3.1 (April 2018 release)
  • Some presets are not converting to new format. For more information about the solution, see this tech note
  • With B&W legacy presets, the profile resets to Adobe Standard
  • Develop presets not sorting correctly
  • Translation errors in other languages for some profiles
  • Black and White Mix settings - Unable to Copy/Sync
  • Lightroom backup catalog error issues. To resolve corruption issue in the backed up catalogs, update to Lightroom Classic CC v7.3.1 and then back up your catalogs again. If you're backing up your catalogs on macOS, see this known issue related to catalog compression below.
Known issue
(Only on macOS) When backing up your catalogs on macOS, Lightroom Classic doesn't compress (zip) catalogs that have a file size less than 4 GB. As a workaround to this issue, manually compress the backed up catalog files. Compressed files take up less hard disk space. By default, Lightroom Classic saves backed up catalogs to the following location on macOS:
/Users/[user name]/Pictures/Lightroom/[catalog name]/Backups
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Categories: Adobe News, Lightroom
Post Date: 4/25/2018 5:40:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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