There were some comparisons that I wanted to see and with an EOS R now in the kit, it is time to make some of them happen. With the EOS R test chart results from one of my favorite lenses, the EF 24-105 f/4L IS II, now loaded on the site, here is the first one:
You'll likely have an opinion by 105mm f/4. Don't forget to share with friends.
The Profoto Connect trigger's press release hit our email inbox early yesterday, but after looking into the product, I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. Being keenly interested in lighting and lighting gear, a button-free trigger that required your smartphone to manually adjust your flash's power levels seemed a bit ridiculous. Profoto is an industry standard for a reason. They have a knack for developing highly reliable, extremely useful lighting solutions. But I can't help but think this product misses its mark.
Who wants to be constantly pulling out their phone during a photo shoot? I know I don't. So whom exactly is this product for? The video above provides some clues.
Profoto believes that those who have so far been intimidated by off-camera lighting may appreciate a simple, no-fuss sort of trigger. But would somone who is tepid about trying off-camera lighting lay down nearly $1,000.00 for a Profoto A1 and then another $300.00 for the Connect trigger? And from a practical standpoint, if you're going to handhold your flash like the photographer in the video, why not simply use your camera brand's flash and an inexpensive TTL Flash Cord to trigger it?
I think this product could have been so much better. Imagine if it had featured a touch sensitive scroll wheel around the top of the device with a small display in the middle. With something like that, a user could easily change power levels of individual flashes (maybe a double finger tap would allow you to cycle among them?) using the display as a reference, all while maintaining the hook of a "button free" trigger. But then, the Connect would basically be a redesigned Air Remote, so Profoto would have to limit its functionality in some way for differentiation (shorter range, fewer channels, etc.).
If you're seriously considering investing in a Profoto lighting kit, including the excellent B1X and B2 (or even the A1) flashes, I highly suggest you spring for the slightly more expensive Profoto Air Remote instead. [Sean]
Profoto Connect Highlights
From Canon USA:
MELVILLE, NY, March 28, 2019 – Instant gratification – it’s what we crave – so take your pick from the more than one trillion photos taken in 20171 and print and stick ‘em! Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the next generation within the IVY product lineup, the IVY CLIQ+ Instant Camera Printer + App connectivity and IVY CLIQ Instant Camera Printer. The new IVY products are lifestyle products for the everyday photographer who wants to snap and print stick-able memories – in an instant.
“IVY, though tiny in size, has made a big impression this past year among Gen-Z and Millennials who have a passion for taking photos, expressing their individual style and instantly printing and sticking their moments,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We are excited to bring these everyday innovations to younger generations as a medium to channel their creativity and share with family and friends.”
Don’t fret – there is no shame in your picture snapping-and-printing game. Boasting an eight-megapixel2 camera, the CLIQ+ Instant Camera Printer + App connects via Bluetooth4 to the Canon Mini Print app3, which features a variety of photo design options such as filters, photo frames and text to provide a multitude of opportunities to create fierce photos. Through the app, users can also customize their experience by recording their own on/off and shutter sounds. Users can even set up remote shooting for the ever impressive group photo. Adding a pop of color to everyday life, the CLIQ+ is available in colors such as Pearl White, Sapphire Blue, and Ruby Red and includes fresh features such as 2x2 and 2x3 printing options. Don’t forget – momma said, “sharing is caring” and with the CLIQ+’s reprint option, users can print one photo for themselves and one for a friend. For further shooting flexibility a Micro SD card slot is available along with a selfie mirror surrounded by a glowing light ring of either four or eight LEDs, providing the right amount of glow-up to make the user’s photo pop.
‘Cliq’ and print: it’s an easy two-step process with the new five-megapixel2, automatic-flash IVY CLIQ Instant Camera Printer, which is available in colors such as Bumblebee Yellow, Seaside Blue and Lady Bug Red. This new instant camera can print 2x2 or 2x3 stickers and when the ideal moment presents itself, the selfie mirror helps ensure the insta-worthy snap is perfectly positioned. The CLIQ also has a Micro SD slot, allowing users to upload photos to their laptop or PC for future projects.
Additional product features of both the CLIQ+ and CLIQ instant camera printers include:
The Canon IVY CLIQ+ Instant Camera Printer + App and Canon IVY CLIQ Instant Camera Printer are scheduled to be available for in-store purchase in April 2019 at an estimated retail price of $159.99* and $99.99* respectively, and each camera/printer includes a starter pack of 10 sheets of 2x3 photo paper.
2 Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.
3 Requires mobile device to be connected to the Canon IVY Cliq+ Instant Camera Printer + App via Bluetooth and the Canon Mini Print App, available for free on the App Store and at Google Play. To access, download and/or use the Canon Mini Print App and related services, you must be located in the United States and be at least the age of majority in your jurisdiction; additional terms and conditions apply, see Canon Mini Print App End User License Agreement for full details. The Canon Mini Print App is compatible with mobile devices running iOS 9.0 or later, and Android devices running Android 4.4 or later.
4 Compatible with select smartphone and tablet devices (Android version 5.0 or later and the following iOS devices: iPhone 4s or later, iPad 3rd gen. or later, iPod Touch 5th gen. or later) equipped with Bluetooth version 4.0 or later and the Canon Mini Print App. This application is not guaranteed to operate on all listed devices, even if minimum requirements are met.
Canon is currently developing Firmware Version 1.2.0, which is expected to be available in the middle of April 2019.
Firmware Version 1.2.0 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.1.0. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.2.0, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
If you have not already done so, please register the EOS R. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future announcements.
Firmware Version 1.2.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:
(New York, New York) March 26, 2019 – ROKINON is proud to announce its new 14mm F2.8 and 85mm F1.4 full frame lenses built for the Canon EOS R mirrorless system.
This ultra wide-angle and fast telephoto are the first 14mm and 85mm prime lenses with precision manual focus control to be available in Canon RF mount.
Both lenses sport a new exterior design with a contemporary look that matches and handles well with Canon’s new full frame mirrorless cameras.
Each lens offers a metal chassis, weather sealing, a metal aperture control with a slip resistant matte finish, and Ultra Multi-Coating.
The new ROKINON 14mm F2.8 Canon RF mount ultra wide-angle lens provides a dramatic rectilinear 115.7° view that can focus as close as 11inches and is perfect for astrophotography, landscapes, extreme sports, interiors, and real estate imagery.
Its advanced 14 element-10 group design utilizes four highly specialized element types [High Refractive Index, Hybrid Aspherical, Aspherical and Extra-Low Dispersion] to produce sharply defined images with minimal distortion and chromatic aberrations.
Features include a built-in petal shaped lens hood and a rear gelatin filter holder.
The new ROKINON 85mm F/1.4 Canon RF mount telephoto lens offers a very fast F1.4 maximum aperture for effective low light shooting, fast shutter speed capture, and precise selective focus control.
Its optical design consists of 9 elements in 7 groups including one Hybrid-Aspherical element to reduce chromatic aberrations for increased clarity and sharpness.
Features include a removable lens hood, a curved blade diaphragm for pleasing bokeh, and a non-rotating 72mm filter mount for easy use of polarizing and other filters that require precise positioning.
This ROKINON short telephoto for Canon RF mount makes it a highly effective optic for travel, candid, portrait, and close up photography.
These first two ROKINON full frame lenses designed for Canon RF mount will be available in April from authorized ROKINON dealers.
B&H has the following available for preorder:
Just posted: Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM Lens Review.
This is a remarkable little lens.
As I mentioned in the review, this lens is worth getting an EOS M-series camera just to mount it on. Act fast to get a great deal on one of these cameras during the Canon USA Store Friends and Family Sale!
In this video, Aaron Nace of Phlearn demonstrates how to create custom keyboard shotcuts in Photoshop. For what it's worth, I set up a keyboard shortcut long ago for "Trim" (ALT+F1, Windows) because I use that Photoshop tool daily while working with the site. [Sean]
This update adds functions optimized for the shooting environment and makes changes to the specifications. As a result, some changes have been made to camera operation methods and other items. Check the main changes noted below before executing the update.
IMPORTANT: Note that once the update is installed, you cannot return to the previous version.
Initialization of the camera settings
All setting values of the camera are initialized because of an update that adds functions and makes major changes to the specifications. Even if camera settings for the camera's system software (firmware) Ver.4.10 or earlier have been registered to the memory card using Memory (Camera Settings1 / Camera Settings2), those settings cannot be restored to a camera using system software (firmware) Ver.5.00 or later. We recommend you write down frequently used camera settings and other important information prior to executing the update.
Changes to the MENU configuration
Camera functions have been added and deleted, so the configuration of the setting items displayed when the MENU button is pressed has been changed accordingly. We recommend you check the MENU configuration prior to shooting. For the setting item details, click here.
Added functions and changes to specifications
Functions optimized for the shooting environment have been added. Accordingly, the function names and operation methods have been changed. In addition, some functions have been deleted. Be sure to check the change content details prior to installing the update. For the changes to functions made by this update, click here and scroll to the Changes to functions made by this update section of the page.
Download: Sony a9 Firmware v.5.00
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
Portrait photographer Peter Hurley gives 5 quick tips on taking better headshots. Peter talks about the importance of keeping things simple and making sure your subjects look confident and approachable in their photos. Check out the video for more great advice!
Just posted: Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review.
The rut is the perfect time to get great bull elk poses. This bull was without a harem but staying close to a larger bull that has one. These satellite bulls are constantly watching for their opportunities to move in.
What is the best technique for composing an image of an entire animal? While this answer can quickly become complicated and is situationally dependent, a simple strategy that often works is to center the entire animal in the frame and open up to the side it is looking toward. In this example, the elk is looking almost straight at me, but with its head angled slightly toward the right of the frame, adding weight to that side, I positioned the elk slightly to the left of center to create an overall balance.
Picture yourself here! As recently shared, I have added a second week for the Rocky Mountain National Park workshop. Photographers at all skill levels are invited to join!
Photographers at all skill levels are also invited to join me for these tours:
Sun, June 9 to Wed, June 12, 2019 and/or Wed, June 12 - Sat, June 15, 2019
Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019
Contact me to sign up!
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
The lenses' firmware can be updated via the Tamron TAP-in Console.
Newsday has reported that 60 employees – formerly of Canon USA's Melville, NY location and primarily in the camera division – have been laid off.
The site goes on to say:
Canon employed 1,569 people in Melville in 2017, according to the most recent state records. It must report its local employment annually to the state and to Suffolk County, both of which aided in the construction of Canon’s $500 million headquarters near Exit 49 of the Long Island Expressway.Read the entire article at Newsday.
The company moved from Lake Success to Melville in 2013 after a 25-year search for a new home. It has exceeded the employment promises made to the state and Suffolk so far. State records show Canon's employment cannot fall below 1,360 people or it would have to pay back some of the grant money and tax-break aid it has received.
LEE Filters has introduced its new LEE100 Filter Holder system and it looks very interesting (check out the video for more details).
From Think Tank Photo:
Santa Rosa, Calif. – Studio photographers know that lighting stands are heavy, cumbersome and hard to transport. In fact, transporting light stands is as much about protecting your car and your fingers as it is easily moving them. The Stand Manager 52 rolling case is an ideal solution for storing and transporting stands of any kind.
With a truly innovative design – the Stand Manager 52 has both internal tiedowns and exterior compression straps to secure your stands. With four padded handles, wheels and rear skid rails, the case is also easy to load while transporting to and from your location shoot. The Stand Manager 52 is one of the most durable and protective cases you can own.
“C-stands are heavy, oddly shaped and difficult to transport,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s President and lead designer.
“With the Stand Manager 52, you can fit up to 4 Cstands in a highly durable rolling case, making them much easier to transport.”
Exterior: All fabric exterior treated with DWR while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance, 1680D ballistic nylon, YKK RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, replaceable shock-absorbing wheels, antique plated metal hardware, nylon seatbelt webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
Interior: 200D poly, 420HD nylon, 1680D ballistic nylon, honeycomb ABS, high-density closed cell foam, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
Exterior Dimensions: 12.5” W x 54” H x 4.5–8” D (31.8 x 137.1 x 11.4–20.3 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 12” W x 52 H x 4–7.5” D (30.5 x 132 x 10.1–19 cm)
Weight: 12.1 lbs. (5.5 kg)
What is the current best-selling lens at B&H? This one. This comparison will begin to explain why:
Build your own comparisons. As always, share this with your friends!
Canon has released firmware v.2.0.0 for its RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM lenses. See details below.
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Firmware v.2.0.0
Note: EOS R Firmware Version must be 1.1.0 or later.
From Canon Europe:
What is the secrets of great wedding photography? In this video, Canon Ambassador Sanjay Jogia talk about his approach to capturing this landmark event in people's lives, and how he applies a flexible approach, switching between capturing intimate scenes, to small details, to crowds of wedding guests.
Sanjay put the Canon EOS R camera through its paces in one of his most challenging shoots: a lavish, four-day Hindu wedding with 700 guests, set in three different marquees over 15 acres of grounds.
You can also read about it here and see more of the stunning visuals.
Capture NX-D 1.5.2
Changes from Version 1.5.1 to 1.5.2
Fixed the following issues:
Changes from Version 1.3.1 to Version 1.3.2:
Changes from Version 2.4.1 to 2.4.2:
Just posted: Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review.
Thank you very much for using Canon products.
We would like to inform you of the firmware for the interchangeable lens “EF 400mm F2.8L IS III USM” and “EF 600 mm F4L IS III USM” for SLR cameras, which will be released soon.
The following fixes will be incorporated into the firmware (Version 1.0.8), which will be released soon.
* EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark IV (Ver. 1.0.2 or later), EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5Ds, EOS 5Ds R, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS 6D, EOS 80D, EOS 60D, EOS 60D, EOS 60Da, EOS 8000D, EOS Kiss X 90, EOS Kiss X 90, EOS Kiss X 80, EOS Kiss X 50, EOS Kiss X 8i, EOS Kiss X X7i, EOS Kiss X7, EOS Kiss X6i, EOS Kiss X5, EOS Kiss X4, EOS M, EOS M2
How to avoid this phenomenon
New integration with Final Cut Pro X Marks First-Ever Apple-Developed Compatibility with Loupedeck+
HELSINKI, Finland – March 14, 2019 – Loupedeck, the custom photo and video editing console built with an intuitive design that makes editing faster and more creative, has announced Final Cut Pro is now available integration as the first Apple-developed suite made compatible for Loupedeck+, alongside additional integration with Adobe Audition.
Following the successful launch of the Loupedeck+, and its initial integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Audition integrations are the next step in delivering an increasing level of functionality and flexibility the video and audio editing communities require with the Loupedeck+.
Final Cut Pro users using Loupedeck+ will be able to:
Adobe Audition users using Loupedeck+ will be able to:
“Our customers have been eager for Apple-integration with the Loupedeck+ since it was launched,” said Mikko Kesti, Founder and CEO of Loupedeck. “Final Cut Pro X was the logical choice given its wide adoption in the editing community and we felt it was an important next step for us as we look to continue our mission of delivering a well-rounded experience for users and helping to improve their workflows. Not only will they get the benefits of Loupdeck+’s intuitive design and approachable tools, they’ll get increased functionality across the range of video editing products they might be using.”
As with the 55mm Otus, this is the lens upon which the others are compared. We've updated our test results to the highest resolution camera available, making comparisons with other 5Ds R-tested lenses easier.
I'll get your comparisons started:
Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS Lens
Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens
Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens
Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Tamron 85mm f/1.8 VC Lens
Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus compared to Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 Lens
Firmware update for SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for CANON EF mount
Thank you for purchasing and using our products. We would like to announce that a new firmware update for SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for CANON EF mount listed below is now available.
This firmware allows compatibility with Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function to enable correction matching the optical characteristics of each lens. It also corrects the phenomenon that abnormal images appear or operation errors occur when the function is enabled. In addition, it improves the functionality. Furthermore, there is an improvement to the phenomena particular to some lenses when they are used in combination with the Canon “EOS R” and their “Mount Adapter EF-EOS R”, or “Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R”. This was previously reported in our announcement of January 16th, 2019.
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable products listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro. Before updating the firmware using the SIGMA USB DOCK, please ensure to update SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver. 1.5.0. or later..
SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC HSM | Art for CANON EF Mount Update
SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art for CANON EF Mount Update
SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports for CANON EF Mount Update
SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports for CANON EF Mount Update
SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for CANON EF Mount Update
SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for CANON EF Mount Update
* Compatible Canon camera models:EOS R**, EOS-1DX mark II, EOS 5Ds,EOS 5DsR, EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 6D mark II, EOS 80D, EOS 8000D(EOS Rebel T6s, EOS 760D), EOS 9000D(EOS 77D), EOS Kiss x8i(EOS Rebel T6i, EOS 750D), EOS Kiss x9i(EOS Rebel T7i, EOS 800D), EOS Kiss x9(EOS Rebel SL2, EOS 200D)
** When the Digital Lens Optimizer is switched [OFF], but "Peripheral illumination correction", "Chromatic aberration correction" and "Distortion correction", located within the in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function is switched [ON], the appropriate corrections can be achieved in accordance with the optical characteristics of each lens.
Download: SIGMA Optimization Pro