Canon, Nikon, and Sony News for Oct 2019

 Thursday, October 31, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Rokinon SP 85mm f/1.2 Lens page.
 
Here is the Rokinon SP 85mm f/1.2 Lens vs. Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens comparison. Of course, the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens is Canon's best 85mm lens (it's awesome). Here is that comparison.
 
Try all of the other 85mm comparisons available.
 
Save $200 instantly on this lens! The Rokinon SP 85mm f/1.2 Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA
 
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Post Date: 10/31/2019 8:41:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Europe has made firmware Version 1.4.0 for the EOS RP available for download.
 
Firmware Version 1.4.0 incorporates the following enhancements:
 
1. The option to capture Full HD movies in the frame rate of 23.98p has been newly added.
 
2. Support for the RF85mm F1.2 L USM DS lens has been added.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 10/31/2019 7:40:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the DJI YouTube Channel:
 
Introducing DJI’s most compact and portable drone yet. At just 249 grams, the ultralight Mavic Mini delivers a 30-minute max. flight time, 4km HD video transmission, and powerful safety features. Capture every vivid detail in 2.7K Quad HD video and enjoy simplified recording and editing with the new, hyper-intuitive DJI Fly app. Whether you’re trekking through the mountains, enjoying a day at the beach, or just lounging in your own backyard, Mavic Mini was made to elevate the experience.
 
B&H has the DJI Mavic Mini available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DJI News
Post Date: 10/31/2019 5:11:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Rokinon (Samyang) 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC Lens page.
 
Create your own comparisons.
 
This lens currently has an instant rebate of, depending on the mount version, up to $160.00.
 
The Rokinon (Samyang) 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Rokinon (Samyang) 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 10/30/2019 9:58:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Rokinon:
 
New AF 14mm F2.8 Full Frame
Compact and Weather Sealed
The World’s First Autofocus 14mm RF Mount Prime

 
(New York, New York) October 25, 2019 – ROKINON has announced its new AF 14mm F2.8 Full Frame Ultra-Wide Lens specifically designed for Canon RF mount. Its 113.9 degree ultra-wide angle view, is currently the widest available for any autofocus prime lens available for Canon R series mirrorless cameras. ROKINON’s array of wide angle lenses are highly regarded for their high performance, value and affordability, and this AF 14mm is no exception.
 
Currently, Canon R series camera users have to utilize an EF/EFS type lens plus an expensive mount adapter to enjoy the performance of an autofocusing ultra-wide angle prime lens. The resulting size and weight is not ideal for a mirrorless camera. The new AF ROKINON is designed exclusively to prioritize the user experience of mirrorless cameras. By reducing the length of the flange back, its overall length and weight were also reduced to enhance balance and usability. A reduction in the weight of the focusing lens also allows for faster and quieter AF performance.
 
Optically, this AF ROKINON 14mm RF mount lens offers a bright f2.8 aperture and a rounded seven blade aperture for pleasing bokeh and star effects. Its 14 element/10 group design utilizes UMC anti-reflective coatings plus six special elements (3 Aspherical, 1 High Refractive Index, and 2 Extra-low Dispersion) to provide minimum distortion and outstanding full frame image quality from corner to corner.
 
Rokinon AF 14mm f/2.8 Lens for Canon RF Charts
 
Additional features include a Manual / Auto Focus switch, dust and moisture resistant weather sealing, a built in lens hood, high strength aluminium alloy housing, and a rear filter holder to allow use of gel filters without vignetting.
 
The AF Rokinon 14mm F2.8 Full Frame ultra-wide for Canon RF mount will be available from authorized Rokinon dealers in December with a MSRP of $799.00.
 
Rokinon AF 14mm f/2.8 Lens for Canon RF Specs
 
Preorder the Rokinon AF 14mm f/2.8 Lens for Canon RF at B&H.
 
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Rokinon News
Post Date: 10/30/2019 9:47:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From DJI:
 
Take To The Skies With Mavic Mini, DJI’s Lightest And Smallest Foldable Drone
 
The ultra-light Mavic Mini makes drone flight easier and safer than ever
 
October 30, 2019 – DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today opens a new frontier in drone possibilities with the DJI Mavic Mini, an ultra-light folding drone designed to be the everyday FlyCam. Weighing just 249 grams, Mavic Mini is portable, easy to fly, designed for safety and perfect for everyone who wants to experience the fun of flying.
 
Mavic Mini builds on the technological innovations in DJI’s renowned series of folding Mavic drones, from the original Mavic Pro through Mavic Air and Mavic 2, to pack professional-quality drone features into the lightest possible frame. That puts Mavic Mini in the safest drone category, which in many areas exempts it from regulations that apply to other, heavier drones. Drone pilots must always understand and follow local laws and regulations.
 
Mavic Mini’s high-grade camera captures compelling footage in high definition, and its new DJI Fly app’s suite of creative features seamlessly transforms photos and videos into professional-quality productions. Its enhanced, stable flight performance provides more opportunities to explore using one of the longest flight times for a drone of its size. Users can unleash their imagination with Mavic Mini’s exciting accessories, including a DIY Creative Kit and a 360° Propeller Guard for added safety.
 
“To design a drone as lightweight, compact yet capable as Mavic Mini was one of the most challenging projects we’ve ever tackled at DJI,” said Roger Luo, President, DJI. “Distilling top-of-the-line features into a palm-of-your-hand drone is the culmination of years of work, and we are ecstatic to bring a new class of drone to the DJI lineup. Mavic Mini’s long flight time, ultra-light weight and high-quality camera makes it DJI’s everyday drone – and most importantly, it’s easy to fly, no matter your experience level with drones.”
 
DJI Mavic Mini in Hand
 
Portable and Safe
 
Mavic Mini is the smallest and lightest DJI drone ever made, and is the perfect creative tool for life’s daily adventures, whether seeing your everyday world from a new perspective or capturing incredible views of your getaways with friends and family. Mavic Mini incorporates DJI’s renowned safety technology, including geofencing to help drone pilots avoid restricted areas; AeroScope remote identification to help protect sensitive locations; built-in altitude limits; and automatic return to the launch point if the drone loses connection to the controller or reaches critically low battery level.
 
Mavic Mini is the first DJI drone to weigh below 250 grams, which aviation regulators around the world consider to be safest category for drone flight. In many countries, drones below 250 grams are considered safe enough that they can be used in new and exciting ways. Users should consult their country’s drone laws and regulations to learn more about what they can do there with Mavic Mini.
 
An Optimal Flight Experience
 
Created to be the drone for everyone, even those new to drones, Mavic Mini is simple to operate and fly using the dedicated remote controller. The ultra-light design and high-grade motors provide Mavic Mini with up to 30 minutes of flight time, giving users with more time to explore and capture content. A Wi-Fi transmission signal[1] delivers stable control and an HD live feed for a clear, confident flying experience. GPS receivers and downward visual sensors detect the ground below Mavic Mini, enabling precise hovering, stable flying and accurate landing both indoors and out.
 
Quality Content Captured with Ease
 
Mavic Mini offers pilots the ability to capture high-quality footage including 2.7K video at 30 frames per second, 1080p at 60 frames per second, or 12-megapixel photographs using the 1/2.3-inch sensor. A three-axis motorized gimbal supports and stabilizes the camera, ensuring the footage is smooth and cinematic, making it perfect for sharing on social media.
 
Advanced Features Created to Inspire
 
The new DJI Fly app is intuitively designed, simplifying the flying and content capturing experience so that pilots of all skill levels can make the most of Mavic Mini. Dedicated tutorials are included to help new pilots learn about flying, and pre-set editing templates add a new level of creativity to the footage. New pilots can choose to fly in Position (P) mode for basic operation, more experienced pilots can unlock more capabilities in Sport (S) mode, and content creators can choose CineSmooth (C) mode to lengthen braking time for smoother shots and more cinematic footage. Pilots can also choose from several pre-programmed flight maneuvers known as QuickShots. Simply tap the desired mode and Mavic Mini will automatically create stunning, cinematic content:

  • Rocket - Mavic Mini flies straight up into the air with the camera pointing downward following your subject. Set a height limit of 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120 feet.
  • Circle - Mavic Mini will circle around your subject at a constant altitude and distance.
  • Dronie - Mavic Mini flies backward and upward, with the camera tracking your subject. Set a height limit of 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120 feet.
  • Helix - Mavic Mini flies upward and away, spiraling around your subject. Set a height limit of 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120 feet.

Get Creative with New Accessories
 
Exciting and unique accessories allows pilots to get the most out of their Mavic Mini. Customers can choose from options including:

  • 360° Propeller Guard: Provides a 360° guard for added safety.
  • Charging Base: Charge and display Mavic Mini with this unique, illuminated station.
  • Propeller Holder: Travel easier with Mavic Mini with the propeller holder that locks the props into place.
  • DIY Creative Kit: Personalize your Mavic Mini with custom stickers or draw your own design.
  • Snap Adapter: Attach a toy building brick or a mini LED display to Mavic Mini to write custom messages.
  • Mini Travel Bag: Bring Mavic Mini everywhere with the custom bag that fits Mavic Mini and the controller perfectly.
  • Two Way Charging Hub: Charge up to three Mavic Mini batteries or use the charging hub as a power bank.

Detailed information on these accessories can be found here: www.dji.com/mavic-mini
 
Price and Availability
 
Mavic Mini will be available for pre-order beginning October 30 at store.dji.com, flagship stores and authorized retailers and partners. Mavic Mini will come in two purchase options, the standard version which includes Mavic Mini, remote controller, one battery, extra propellers and all necessary tools and wires for $399 USD. Or the Mavic Mini Fly More Combo which includes all of the components from the standard version with the addition of the 360° Propeller Cage, Two-Way charging Hub, three batteries in total, three sets of extra propellers and a carrying case for the price of $499 USD. Mavic Mini will begin shipping on November 11. Accessories for Mavic Mini will be available for pre-order beginning October 30. For additional information on both Mavic Mini and its accessories, please visit: www.dji.com/mavic-mini
 
DJI Care Refresh
 
DJI Care Refresh is now available for Mavic Mini. For an additional $39 USD. DJI Care Refresh offers comprehensive coverage as well as up to two replacement units within one year. Receive your replacement even sooner with DJI Care Refresh Express. DJI Care Refresh also includes VIP after-sales support and free two-way shipping. For a full list of details, please visit: https://www.dji.com/service/djicare-refresh
 
[1]Mavic Mini Wi-Fi system has a maximum range of 4 km when unobstructed, free of interference, and FCC compliant. Maximum flight range specification is a proxy for radio link strength and resilience. Always fly your drone within visual line of sight unless otherwise permitted and check local laws and regulations in the region being operated.
 
 
The rather affordable DJI Mavic Mini is available for preorder at B&H.
 

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DJI News
Post Date: 10/30/2019 8:39:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From an email I received from Canon Europe yesterday:
 
IT'S TIME TO SAY FAREWELL TO IRISTA
 
Sadly, we’ve decided to close down Irista. We would like to thank you for using it over the years; we hope that you’ve enjoyed the service. Your account will remain unaffected until 31 January 2020, when it will close. On this date, your details and data will be deleted. Before this happens, you can download your photos and videos by following these three simple steps*:
 
1. Sign in to your Irista Account using your Canon ID,
 
2. Click the link next to “Download All Photos & Videos”,
 
3. Download ZIP files to your computer**.
 
Safely store your downloaded images with Adobe Lightroom (1TB) and enjoy a complimentary 2-month membership***. You can use up to 1 terabyte of storage, as well as edit, organise and share your photos from anywhere. To redeem, click here, and use your unique code: [provided in email]
 
*You can download your photos and videos on a computer or laptop, not through the app.
 
**There may be multiple ZIP files depending on the number of photos and videos you have.
 
***Offer ends 29 October 2020.
Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 10/30/2019 8:13:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Inc. has posted their third quarter results for this year.
 
Presentation Material
3rd Quarter 2019 Results
Supplementary Data
 
Relevant information from the presentation material:
 
"In the third quarter, our sales of interchangeable-lens cameras decreased 7% to 980 thousand units due to the impact of market contraction, mainly for entry-level DSLRs. Amid market contraction, price competition surrounding higher-end full-frame models intensified due to the energy that each manufacturer is putting into this segment. In this kind of environment, and due to our stance to prioritize profitability, we posted third-quarter unit sales of higher-end models that were below our plan. However, we did expand sales, mainly for a popularly priced mirrorless camera that has secured the number one market share position, both in and outside of Japan. Furthermore, thanks to positive feedback we have also received for new mid-range cameras, we decided to maintain our full-year unit sales projection."
 
"As for the full-frame mirrorless camera that we introduced last year, up to and including the third quarter, we have broadened our lineup of dedicated lenses by four in 2019. As a result, we have seen a steady rise in our lens-attach ratio. In the fourth quarter, through the launch of two new lenses, we will solidify the base from which we will expand sales of higher-end mirrorless cameras and use this opportunity to further strengthen activities aimed at accelerating sales."
 
"Specifically, we will actively expand kit sales, which include higher-end cameras with the new lenses that were launched. Among them, we are seeing strong orders, particularly in North America, for the kit that includes a high-magnification zoom lens which covers a wide-range of image capturing situations from wide-angle to telephoto. On top of this, we are raising the appeal of our products, continuously making improvements to software which has a significant impact on performance, such as making available firmware upgrades that further improves the accuracy of autofocus. On top of these measures, we will work to encourage potential customers to purchase our products with a focus on digital marketing, through such activities as partnering with professional photographers using social media, and distributing videos that highlight the strengths of our optical technology."
 
"For the professional market, we are steadily enhancing our support system for sporting events, both in Japan and in other markets. And on this front, we are already earning high praise from professional photographers. Additionally, we will respond to the needs of professionals by launching a new flagship model as part of our EOS-1 series at the beginning of next year."
 
"As for the full-year, although we kept our projection for unit sales unchanged, we expect sales and profit to be below our previous outlook due to changes in product mix and additional investments to expand sales in the fourth quarter."
 
"As for compact cameras, we kept our previous full-year unit sales projection as our results have been in line with expectations. Even in the shrinking market, we exceeded the third quarter unit sales of last year of premium G series models that offer advanced video features, bringing new young people into our ecosystem. We will continue efforts to expand sales of our G series, which has relatively higher margins, and link this to improved profitability."
Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 10/30/2019 8:01:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
Camera Control Pro 2 v.2.29.1
 
Changes from Version 2.28.2 to 2.29.1
 
  • Added support for the Z 50.
Download: Camera Control Pro 2 v.2.29.1
 


Capture NX-D v.1.6.0
 
Changes from Version 1.5.3 to 1.6.0
 
  • Added support for the Z 50.
  • Pictures can now be protected.
  • Text can now be entered in text boxes even when multiple color control points are selected.
  • The mouse wheel can now be used to position control point sliders in the preview display, allowing fine adjustments to be made a click at a time.
  • Users can now prioritize speed or quality via Preferences > View > View Images.
  • The drop in thumbnail display speed for cropped images can now be addressed by selecting speed priority.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in changes in hue when NEF images edited using Capture NX2 were saved in other formats.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the focus point to move if images were cropped or straightened with the focus point hidden.
Download: Capture NX-D v.1.6.0
 


ViewNX-i v.1.4.0
 
Changes from Version 1.3.3 to Version 1.4.0
 
  • Added support for the Z 50.
  • Added keyword-entry assist for XMP/IPTC Information > Tags > Keywords.
  • Folder and file names can now be up to 110 characters long.
  • Larger font sizes are now available via Options > View > Size of Text and Icon.
Download: ViewNX-i v.1.4.0
 


Wireless Transmitter Utility v.1.9.0
 
Changes from Versions 1.8.1 to 1.9.0
 
  • Added support for the Z 50.
  • The Z 7 and Z 6 can now be paired with the computer even if the Wireless Transmitter Utility is launched before a Wi-Fi connection has been established. The same is true of the Z 50.
  • On completing pairing, users can now choose a destination folder and the application used to display transferred images.
  • Added support for online help.
Download: Wireless Transmitter Utility v.1.9.0
 


Picture Control Utility 2 v.2.4.3
 
Changes from Version 2.4.2 to 2.4.3
 
  • Added support for the Z 50.
Download: Picture Control Utility 2 v.2.4.3
Post Date: 10/30/2019 5:22:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 29, 2019
After getting to the Vessel, located in Hudson Yards near the Jacob Javits convention center in Manhattan, New York City, getting in is the next step (though photographing the exterior of this structure is also fun) and getting in requires a ticket. Vessel Tickets are free, but they must be sourced for a particular entry time slot. Tickets are available online, beginning 14 days in advance, and on site (though they can sell out). Reasonably-priced Flex Pass tickets are available up to 6 months in advance and permit one-time entry at any time on that day. If making a big effort to get to this location, it might be worth spending a bit to get this ticket.
 
Once inside, plan on walking a LOT of steps with 2,500 of them available in 154 flights connected to 80 landings. Even when circling the Vessel at the same level, one must go down and up stairs almost continuously.
 
From a compositional perspective, the higher the shooting position (the more stairs you climb), the more that stairs and landings are seen in the compositions (as you are inclined to shoot more downward at higher levels). The lower the shooting position, the more that the copper color and reflections tend to be seen. The hexagonal shapes created by the flights of stairs and landings appear largest when photographed with a level camera. A wide range of focal lengths can be used, but ultra-wide-angle focal lengths are really fun to use here. The 15mm focal length was not too wide and I would have used wider if I had it available (the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens would be especially fun here).
 
Note that this is a "Tripods and selfie sticks are not permitted" location. I didn't have a problem with the selfie stick limitation but would have much appreciated having a tripod to work from. A small amount of (sloped) space available on hand rails enabled use of a Really Right Stuff TFA-01 Ultra Pocket Pod and that along with a BC-18 Microball worked very well, though very close attention was required to ensure the rig did not tip over the edge. There is a conventional round handrail throughout the structure, but it is lower than the sloped edge rail, making the RRS clamp I had along unworkable due to the obstructed view.
 
I love symmetry in compositions and while this structure makes symmetry available, it is a challenging pursuit. My advice is to frame the scene as symmetrically as possible or make it look like you didn't try to do so. Either can look great, but a nearly symmetrical image can appear sloppy. Centering the camera on a landing (watch the floor and railing tiles for centering clues) and ensuring that it is level is a good start to obtaining symmetry. Fine-tuning may still be required and even if great care is taken in the field, fine-tuning may still be required during post production.
 
This location can be photographed at any time of the day. However, the later the night got, the more I liked the results. The black sky allowed reflections on the structure to pop. Aircraft (a police helicopter is landing in this image) and vehicle lights can be streaked through the frame after dark. Fewer people were visiting and the longer exposures permitted by the darkness allowed the people still there to be erased via their movement. Using strong ND filters is a good mid-day option for obtaining long exposures. Especially on the higher levels, there are vibrations from people walking, especially when going up and down stairs. Long exposures can be surprisingly sharp when the vibrations are a short percentage of the overall exposure.
 
Another strategy for removing people from the composition is to capture multiple images, later blending them to show portions of the frame without people. Perhaps visiting on a bad weather (think cold, rain, etc.) weekday might gain solitude. Additional options include embracing the naturally occurring people and taking someone along that you want in your photo (environmental portraits).
 
If the sun is visible, capture it peeking through the structure using a narrow aperture to create a star effect (wide aperture lenses often work best for this). I planned to capture the sunset in the background on this afternoon but ... heavy clouds canceled that show.
 
The elevator rails will likely end up in your wide-angle images, so use them compositionally. Try centering the rails and also angling them through the side of the frame. Observe the buildings in the background varying as the structure is circled. Give consideration to what they look like in the composition. The blue lights shining upward from the bottom of the structure can be utilized in the frame. In this case, a narrow aperture turned them into a rather wild-looking bright blue star.
 
I managed to spend 4 hours at the Vessel before a phone call pulled me away from the fun. The take-home from this shoot was very good and it was difficult to select one image to share.
 
The image I've chosen here simply would not be the same if captured at 16mm. I carried the Canon EOS R and RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens, the only combination I ended up using, along with some other options in a MindShift Gear BackLight 18L. This backpack was perfect for this need.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
15mm  f/16.0  30s
ISO 100
6696 x 4464px
Post Date: 10/29/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
SB-5000 Firmware v.14.004
 
Changes from Firmware Version 14.003 to 14.004
 
  • In support of the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens, the product can now display an aperture of f/0.95.
Download: SB-5000 Firmware v.14.004
 


WR-1 Firmware v.1.03
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.02 to 1.03
 
  • In support of the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens, the product can now be used to set aperture to, and to display an aperture of, f/0.95.
Download: WR-1 Firmware v.1.03
 
Post Date: 10/29/2019 5:15:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 28, 2019
I was able to spend some time with a production Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens last week. All first impressions leave me thinking it is as awesome as we expected it to be.
 
The build quality of this lens feels superb, at least as good as the white telephoto L lenses you've used before.
 
I've seen RF 70-200 mock-ups prior to holding a production model but holding this lens in your hands really drives home how compact and light it is. New for a 70-200 L lens is that this model extends, allowing it to become considerably shorter at 70mm than the previous models. The volume difference noticed especially in a backpack is huge. With a retracted length of 5.75" (146mm), it will fit upright into many lens backpack/case slots. The extending portion of the lens feels solid with very little play.
 
The zoom ring is very smooth with the normal L-grade feel.
 
The lightweight tripod ring is not riding on steel bearings and the friction fit is not especially smooth during rotation. I originally feared that the compact tripod ring would have too much flex, but reality is that it is very solid, impressively so for the size. Replacement lens feet will require the entire ring to be replaced.
 
Image quality will be of utmost importance and to help with that early assessment, I've uploaded some full-size images for you to review. Keep in consideration that the models being photographed in these images were moving constantly. The handheld shutter speed was 1/500 (marginal for the action) and the lighting was not optimal, changing in brightness and often strongly-colored for effect (do not use these images for critique of color rendering). While these are not lab-grade samples, the results are still quite impressive.
 
Be sure to observe the sharp plane of focus for your judgments. Note the faces of the models are considerably off-center, showing performance toward the periphery of the image circle. All images were processed in DPP using the standard picture style with sharpness strength set to "2" (0-10 scale) with all lens corrections disabled. Images were saved as 70-quality JPGs in Photoshop. ISO settings were mid-level (not optimal for image quality discernment, light noise reduction has been applied (2,3 or 3,3) and I opted to brighten all images shared here (see setting and adjustments listed for each image). Still, I think you will like what you see.
 
200mm f/2.8
 
In a 70-200mm lens, I expect the 200mm focal length to deliver the softest results. Thus, I was especially interested to see how 200mm performed in this lens. The first example was captured at ISO 1000 and processed with +0.33 EV. Click on the image to download the full size file.
 
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens 200mm Sample Picture
 
Check out the sharpness of the model's face and follow the sharpness of the dress circles along the plane of sharp focus.
 
The second example was captured at ISO 1200 and processed with +0.67 EV. Again, click on the image to download the full size file.
 
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens 200mm Sample Picture 2
 
Again, check out the sharpness of the model's face and follow the sharpness of the black sweater along the plane of sharp focus. Also, check out the lack of color fringing that would be made apparent in the foreground and background blur of the white hairpiece and the reflective silver pieces on the dress.
 
70mm f/2.8
 
The 70mm focal length is also important and it is the other full extent of the zoom range, potentially another weak point. While the details being rendered smaller in the frame is disadvantageous from an apparent-sharpness perspective, the results still look great. Look at the netting in the hat. This example was captured at ISO 500 and processed with +0.82 EV.
 
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens 70mm Sample Picture
 
Preorder
 
Along with the RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens and RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens, the RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens completes the very impressive Canon RF mount lens trinity. Get your Canon EOS R or EOS RP and get in line.
 
The Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is available for preorder at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
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Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 10/28/2019 10:13:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the TamronVids YouTube Channel:
 
Pro Photographer Teal Garcia uses her Tamron 35mm F/1.8 model F012 to photograph timeless, intimate family photos.
 
B&H carries the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens.
Post Date: 10/28/2019 6:10:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, October 27, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Rokinon SP 10mm f/3.5 Lens page.
 
The 10mm full frame focal length angle of view is extraodinarily wide.
 
Here is the Rokinon SP 10mm f/3.5 Lens in comparison with the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens.
 
The Rokinon SP 10mm f/3.5 Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | WEX
 
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Post Date: 10/27/2019 7:10:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 25, 2019
Along with Image quality test results, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, eye candy, and standard product images are available on the Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM Lens page.
 
That said, note that this lens has distortion correction being mandatorily applied.
 
I've been using this lens on my recent travels and can tell you that having this 10x zoom range mounted is extremely convenient.
 
The Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 10/25/2019 6:06:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From Lensbaby:
 
Portland, OR – Lensbaby – makers of award-winning lenses, optics and accessories for photographers & videographers announces today the availability of the new Color Expansion Pack for its groundbreaking OMNI Creative Filter System by Lensbaby launched in June, 2019.
 
“Color is a key element to establishing mood. These multi-color crystals, films and gels allow you to inject a vast range of different tones to dramatically or subtly change the mood in your scene,” says Craig Strong, Lensbaby Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder. “Color Expansion Pack tools let you paint in a wide range of colors and reflections, channeling the look of expired film, light leaks and more. The same scene and framing can have a completely new feel and mood depending on which Color Pack tools you mount to the front of your OMNI Filter.”
 
The OMNI System is the simple, unique and elegant solution to shooting through handheld objects. It offers control and repeatability when shooting through crystals and other objects engineered by Lensbaby to create distinct and compelling in-camera effects. The unique, professional-grade system is unlike anything currently on the market and geared to work on existing manual and autofocus prime and zoom lenses. This is the second expansion pack offered for the OMNI system. More will be offered in 2020.
 
The Color Expansion Pack includes a vast array of tools to organically introduce color and mood into imagery. It includes two multi-color crystals, two sets of multi-color films, one set of color gels and a diffraction film that creates crisscross rainbows.
 
The Color Expansion Pack will be available for pre-order on October 24, 2019 and will be available for demonstration at PHOTOPLUS 2019 in New York City through October 26. The OMNI Color Expansion Pack retails for $59.95. The OMNI Creative Filter System retails for $99.95 and the Crystal Expansion Pack retails for $49.95.
 
Color Expansion Pack Details
 
The Color Expansion Pack includes the following Effect Wands and Filters in a custom-designed pouch:
 
  • A Crystal Multicolor Teardrop and Crescent wand, each with a unique spectral coating resulting in constantly changing prismatic colors on top of the crystals’ multi-faceted fractal effects
  • Set of five smooth-surface Lumi Films in a range of colors and hues which add color, light leaks, expired film effects & more
  • Set of four textured Lumi Films which create flare effects from the texture, also in a range of colors and hues which add color, light leaks and expired film effects
  • Set of five Color Gels, each of which adds a single swath of color overlay
  • Crisscross Rainbow film that creates a patterned rainbow effect
  • Two Effect Wand handles to hold the gels & films
B&H has the Lensbaby OMNI Color Expansion Pack available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Lensbaby News
Post Date: 10/25/2019 4:50:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 24, 2019

 
From the RØDE Microphones YouTube Channel:
 
ntroducing the NTG5 location sound shotgun microphone, a new addition to the best-selling RØDE shotgun microphone range.
 
Featuring a groundbreaking acoustic port design providing a superior progressive wave interference, ultra-lightweight construction and crystal clear, broadcast-grade sound, the NTG5 is a revolution in shotgun microphone design aimed at the professional user.
 
Key features of the RØDE NTG5 include:
 
  • Revolutionary acoustic design, delivering a natural, uncoloured sound.
  • Extremely lightweight (just 76g) short shotgun microphone (just 203mm), making it far easier to handle on set than other shotgun mics, especially when used on a boom pole.
  • Tailored frequency response and very low self-noise of just 10dbA, making it ideal for location recording, professional filmmaking, and other critical recording situations.
  • Highly directional supercardioid polar pattern and smooth off-axis response.
  • RF-bias technology and conformal coating ensure superior performance in adverse weather conditions.
  • Comes in a complete location recording kit with windshield, pistol grip and other accessories – the NTG5 is ready to take into the field right out of the box.
The RØDE NTG5, the perfect location recording mic.
 
B&H has the RØDE NTG5 available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Rode News
Post Date: 10/24/2019 5:16:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Below you can find the B&H EOS-1D X Mark III First Look video as well as Canon's own product introductions hosted by Rudy Winston.
 



Preorders
 
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens: B&H | Adorama | WEX
 
Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens: B&H | Adorama | WEX
 
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Education Videos
Post Date: 10/24/2019 5:00:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Preorders just opened for two more extremely promising RF lenses – Reserve your place in line!
 
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Preproders for the Canon EOS 90D DSLR Camera Video Creator Kit are also live:
B&H | Adorama
Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 10/23/2019 11:30:18 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon U.S.A.:
 
THE RF FAMILY GROWS BY TWO: CANON RF 70-200MM F2.8L IS USM LENS IS THE WORLD’S SHORTEST AND LIGHTEST LENS IN ITS CLASS [i] AND RF 85MM F1.2L USM DS IS THE FIRST LENS TO FEATURE DEFOCUS SMOOTHING
 
New RF L-Series Lenses Aim to Provide Impeccable Performance, Handling and Unique Features to Photographers Shooting with EOS R and EOS RP Cameras
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 24, 2019 – Completing the “trinity” of RF lenses for the EOS R Full-Frame mirrorless camera system, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM telephoto lens. Additionally, the company also announced its first lens to feature Defocus Smoothing lens coating, the Canon RF 85 F1.2L DS. The ninth and tenth lenses in the RF family are both powerful tools for photographers using the EOS R or EOS RP cameras, in particular, those shooting sports or wildlife photography with the RF 70-200mm F2.8L or portrait photography with the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS.
 
Short and Light With All The Might: Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM
 
The new lens features a large and bright f/2.8 aperture, which, along with the 70-200mm focal zoom ranges, presents an ideal workhorse lens for professional and amateur photographers shooting sports, wildlife, wedding and event action. The new RF lens is 27 percent shorter and 28 percent lighter than its EF counterpart [ii] with a large portion of the lens element arrangement closer to the camera body. This arrangement is designed to provide photographers with a more balanced feel and experience even at telephoto end of the zoom range. Additionally, the shorter and lighter design allows the lens to be more easily stowed away in a camera bag when not in-use.
 
A first for Canon lenses, the new RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM features two Nano USM motors providing an even greater level of high-speed autofocus for still image shooting and quiet and smooth autofocus for video shooting. The lens also incorporates a floating focus control, another Canon first, that drives the two lens groups individually while using the two aforementioned Nano USM motors. The floating focus lens element shortens focusing distance and help reduce breathing, providing users with fast, consistent and reliable performance.
 
Additional Features of The Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Include:

  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO
  • 17 lens elements in 13 groups including two aspherical lenses, one super UD lens and four UD lenses, that help to reduce chromatic aberration
  • CIPA standard five stops of image stabilization (IS) including three IS modes with dual-sensing and combination IS
  • 12-pin communication system
  • L-Series dust and weather resistant build with fluorine coating
  • Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) helps minimize lens flare and ghosting

Teaching an Old Dog a New Trick: Canon 85mm F1.2L USM DS
 
Canon has a rich history spanning over 40 years of producing 85mm lenses with f/1.2 apertures, and the new Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS is no different, or is it? The lens ushers in a new lens coating from Canon, Defocus Smoothing [iii], designed to enhance the appearance of bokeh in the images captured with the lens. DS coating is a vapor-deposited coating technology that is applied to the front and rear surfaces of a specific lens element inside the lens. The coating allows off-axis flux to pass through the periphery of the lens that gradually decreases the transmittance of light, which results in images with beautifully blurred backgrounds.
 
In addition, the new lens features a bright f/1.2 aperture which, along with the 85mm focal length, encompasses an ideal lens for portrait photographers. 85mm is often the preferred focal length selected by photographers when shooting portraits because it provides an appropriate depth and perspective of the subject relative to the background, helping to capture high-quality imagery with beautiful and desirable bokeh. The focal length also allows for the photographer and subject to maintain optimum distance apart to support strong communication, while not being too close.
 
Additional Features of The Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS Include:

  • Minimum focusing distance of 2.79 feet/0.85 meters
  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO
  • One Aspheric lens and one UD Lens, along with BR optics that help to reduce chromatic aberration
  • 12-pin communication system
  • L-Series dust and weather resistant build with fluorine coating
  • Air Sphere Coating (ASC) that helps minimize lens flare and ghosting

Pricing and Availability
 
The Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM and RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS lenses are scheduled to be available late November 2019 and December 2019, respectively for an estimated retail price of $2,699.00 and $2,999.00 respectively [iv].
 
[i] Among 70-200mm lenses, as of October 24th, 2019, based on Canon’s research.
[ii] When compared to Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM III
[iii] Due to Defocus Smoothing, transmittance of the lens periphery decreases due to the DS coating. Brightness of the lens at maximum aperture is about 1 1/3 stops darker than f/1.2
[iv] Specifications, availability and prices are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
 
Specifiations and Product Images
 
Specs and product images have been uploaded to the respective product pages:
 
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens
 
Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens
 
Check out this amazing comparison:
 
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Compared to Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 10/23/2019 11:00:02 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon U.S.A.:
 
POWERFUL, FASTER AND RUGGED: CANON ANNOUNCES THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE EOS-1D X MARK III CAMERA
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 24, 2019 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc. is developing the highly anticipated Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Camera – the successor to the world-renowned and award-winning EOS-1D X Mark II. Ideal for sports and wildlife, the flagship DSLR is being engineered and designed using feedback from the worldwide community of EOS-1D X and EOS-1D X Mark II photographers. Continuing Canon’s rich heritage of creating first-rate optical products, the EOS-1D X Mark III offers an enhanced autofocus system, with dramatically improved still and video image quality and communication. When using this camera, professionals will have the confidence they will get ‘the shot’ and can deliver it at a competitive speed – faster than ever before – ideal for the increasingly fast-paced industry.
 
“The innovations put forth by the new EOS-1D X Mark III will set the new standard for professional DSLR cameras and further cement Canon’s commitment to its professional photographers,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In developing the new camera, Canon listened to extensive user-feedback from professionals out in the field. The result is a camera that has evolved from its predecessor and maintained the overall quality that professional photographers have come to expect from the Canon EOS-1D series.”
 
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR Camera
 
Need for Speed
 
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III will be blisteringly fast - offering exceptional precision, reliability, high-performance autofocus and subject tracking – providing photographers with a tool that will help to capture the shot they are chasing. The camera’s new autofocus algorithm will improve stability and tracking when using both the Optical Viewfinder and in Live View shooting mode, using Deep Learning Technology and adapting to help facilitate accurate focus tracking for every shot. When using the optical viewfinder the camera will use a new autofocus sensor, with approximately 28 times the resolution in the center of the EOS-1D X Mark II. Offering the ability to autofocus in even brighter and darker situations than before and with greater precision, the camera will have a range of autofocus capabilities, which will enable the photographer to get their shot. In Live View mode, users will be able to make use of 525 AF areas using the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system will cover approximately 90x100 percent of the image sensor. The camera will support significantly faster frame rates with full AF and AE, using either the optical viewfinder (up to approximately 16fps mechanical shutter) or Live View (up to approximately 20fps mechanical or electronic shutter). Additionally, the camera’s dual CFexpress card slots will enable more than five times the RAW burst depth of its predecessor.
 
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Body
 
Powered to Dominate
 
The development of EOS-1D X Mark III is a clear example of Canon’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovative imaging products featuring optically excellent technology. The camera will support an all new, Canon-developed, CMOS sensor and DIGIC processor, that will deliver greater image quality, at even higher ISOs, with the ability to capture stills in 10-bit using the HEIF (High Efficiency Image File) file format. HEIF produces wider dynamic range and greater color representation compared to JPEG. The power of 4K resolution brings stories to life – shoot 4K videos including 4K60p with 10-bit 4:2:2 Canon Log internal recording.
 
Conveniently Connected
 
For professionals, content delivery is just as important as image capture – the EOS-1D X Mark III will make it easy, featuring built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® low-energy connectivity in addition to GPS technology. To keep pace with ever-shortening deadlines, the camera will transfer data at more than twice [i] the speed of the EOS-1D X Mark II when using the built-in Ethernet connection, or the new optional wireless file transmitter – the WFT-E9, which is also compatible with Canon’s recently launched Cinema EOS C500 Mark II camera. Coupled with simpler network set-up the camera will greatly enhance the professional workflow.
 
A Familiar Feel with Improved Attributes
 
Existing EOS-1D series users will be familiar and comfortable handling the EOS-1D X Mark III allowing seamless navigation with trusted ergonomics – whilst the magnesium alloy body will offer the durability expected from Canon’s EOS-1D cameras. Professional photographers can trust the same impressive build-quality as the EOS-1D X Mark II – with phenomenal weather-sealing, standing up to harsh conditions, including wind, rain and humidity. With incredible low-light shooting capabilities, the camera will now feature select illuminated buttons that allow for precision operation in challenging, dark and dimly lit conditions. The camera will also offer a new additional control for selecting AF points, built into the AF-ON button, allowing photographers to change AF points on-the-fly for the best composition – further helping to simplify their work. In addition, dramatically improved battery life – with the same LP-E19 – will allow professionals to shoot for longer periods of time, without having to change batteries, helping reduce the chance of missing a shot.
 
[i] Transfer speeds may be adversely affected depending on the usage environment.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 10/23/2019 11:00:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon U.S.A.:
 
CANON SERVES UP NEW CONTENT CREATOR KITS
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 24, 2019 – It’s almost impossible to scroll through your social feeds or visit a website and not encounter a video catching your eye – some online video platforms can see 500 hours of video uploaded every minute [1]. With so many platforms for innovative vloggers and content creators to share their work, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is making it easier for them to produce and distribute quality content with the introduction of creator kits for three of the Company’s newest cameras – EOS 90D, PowerShot G7X Mark III and EOS M200.
 
Included in each creator kit is a new Canon accessory. Small and mighty, the new Stereo Microphone DM-E100 doesn’t require a battery as it is powered when it’s plugged directly into the microphone jack of the EOS 90D. The new Tripod Grip HG-100TBR includes Wireless Remote BR-E1 that snaps directly into the tripod, providing the ability to release the shutter and start/stop recording video remotely. The grip can rotate 360 degrees for selfies as well as 90 degrees making it ideal for vertical video with both the PowerShot G7 X Mark III and EOS M200.
 
Details for each content creator kit are as follows:
 
EOS 90D Video Creator Kit - For the Advanced Video Creator

  • Kit Includes: EOS 90D, EF-S 18-55mm STM lens, Stereo Microphone DM-E100, 32GB SD Card
  • Pricing: $1,449.00*
  • Availability: December 2019

PowerShot G7X Mark III Video Creator Kit – For the Vlogging Enthusiast

  • Kit Includes: PowerShot G7 X Mark III kit, Tripod Grip HG-100TBR, additional NB-13L battery, 32GB SD Card
  • Pricing: $899.99*
  • Availability: Late November 2019

G7 X Mark II Video Creator Kit EOS M200 Content Creator Kit – For the Social Media Maven

  • Kit Includes: EOS M200, EF-M 15-45mm lens kit, Tripod Grip HG-100TBR, 32GB SD Card
  • Pricing: $649.99*
  • Availability: Late November 2019


 
[1] https://www.statista.com/statistics/259477/hours-of-video-uploaded-to-youtube-every-minute/
 
*Availability, prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 10/23/2019 11:00:00 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon EOS M6 Mark II Review.
 
If you reviewed the 90D test results, you have essentially seen M6 Mark II results. They should and do appear the same.
 
The Canon EOS M6 Mark II is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Canon EOS M6 Mark II from Lensrentals.
 
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Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 10/23/2019 8:55:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The PhotoPlus Expo 2019 deals are now live at B&H!
 
Note that certain specials are valid only by using promo code PPEBH19 during checkout.
Post Date: 10/23/2019 8:12:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
In this video, Meredith Stotzner demonstrates a few helpul tips for adding text in Photoshop.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 10/23/2019 6:17:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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