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 Friday, February 27, 2015
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From Nikon:
 
Tokyo – February 27, 2015 – TOKYO – Today, Nikon Corporation has announced an update to the mobile application for its photo sharing service, Nikon Image Space, featuring a new and improved intuitive design and overall usability improvements. Launched in January 2013, Nikon Image Space is a free photo sharing service designed not only for Nikon digital camera users, but anyone who enjoys capturing still photos or recording videos.
 
With this update, an improved flat design has been incorporated for iOS (including iPad) and Android apps, optimized for operability in each operating system. In addition to being able to view images in Grid and Map views, a new Flow view has been introduced that displays images larger and enables smooth vertical scrolling when using a smart device, even when scrolling through images stored on a smartphone or tablet. When using on an iPad specifically, a new function is now available for comparing images as well. Overall improved utility and operability, including the ability to background download and upload, cap an impressive upgrade for Nikon Image Space.
 
Primary Updates to Nikon Image Space
 
  1. Adoption of a flat design and optimization for both iOS and Android devices
  2. Improved image browsing function
    In addition to Grid and Map views, with which images are displayed larger for easier viewing, a new Flow view that enables smooth image browsing by flicking up or down has been added. This browser function allows users to view images stored on their smart device as soon as the app is installed. In addition, the app supports display of a list of albums that have been shared, as well as browsing of images in the albums. It also allows users to "unshare", or cancel sharing of albums.
  3. New Function (exclusively for iPad) that enables image comparison
    App operation has been improved with new features designed exclusively for iPads. In addition to the new function that displays two images at a time for comparison, a new two-pane structure has been adopted for some screen layouts.
  4. Support for uploading/downloading in the background
    The app can now be used while images are being uploaded or downloaded. In addition, multiple uploads and downloads can be scheduled beforehand, and then performed one after the other.
Availability
 
The renewed Nikon Image Space will be available as a free download February 26, 2015 for iOS (including iPads) devices that support iOS 8 or later and Android devices that support Android 4.0 or later.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon USA News
Post Date: 2/27/2015 12:57:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens
The wait is almost over...
 
B&H has enough Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lenses in the warehouse to cover roughly half of the preorders and will be shipping imminently.
 
A second shipment will arrive early next week and will cover roughly the balance of the preorders.
 
This is a very highly anticipated lens. If it is on your wish list and you haven't preordered, now would be a good time to do so.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 2/27/2015 10:37:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the ZEISS Blog:
 
Over the course of time ZEISS has published a lot of interesting technical articles about the physical basics of camera lenses. However, after some years not every article can be found that easily. That’s why we decided to publish them all in one blog post to give you easy access.
 
Relevant Camera and Lens Technical Articles (PDFs)
 
Check out Bryan's ZEISS lens reviews for more information on these high quality lenses.
 
B&H carries Zeiss lenses.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 2/27/2015 9:59:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
The Canon Digital Learning Center has just posted several videos offering walkthroughs of DPP 4 and EOS Utility 3.
 
Recently Added Quick Start Videos
 
DPP 4 and EOS Utility 3 is compatible with the following cameras:
 
  • EOS-1D C
  • EOS-1D X
  • EOS-1D Mark IV
  • EOS 5D Mark III
  • EOS 6D
  • EOS 7D Mark II
  • EOS 70D
  • EOS 7D
  • EOS 5D Mark II
  • EOS Kiss X7i / EOS Rebel T5i / EOS 700D
  • EOS Kiss X7 / EOS Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/27/2015 8:26:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Sigma:
 
SIGMA 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art F/CANON and SIGMA fittings are scheduled to start the shipment towards the middle of March.
 
SIGMA 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary F/CANON fittings are scheduled to start the shipment towards the middle to end of March.
 
B&H lists an expected availability date of March 20 for the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art Lens and 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 2/27/2015 7:08:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 26, 2015
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens review.
 
My preference between this lens and the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens remains a toss-up. I have had each individually and the two together. I currently own both.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/26/2015 8:28:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens review.
 
Probably the most notable difference between the 7D II and the 1Ds Mark III is the crop sensor camera's reduced vignetting as a result of utilizing the center-most part of the image circle. Otherwise, image quality is impressively close wide open between the two bodies.
 
The world awaits the comparison between this lens and the just-announced Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens. This comparison will be a top priority once Sigma's newest "Art" lens lands in our hands.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/25/2015 9:57:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Angelo and Jennette Volpe Library at Tennessee Technological University
While trees that are full of leaves are quite attractive, they can block the view of many homes and buildings. As the cold weather sets in and deciduous trees lose their leaves, buildings typically blocked by foliage can be seen in their entirety. Use this time to capture views of buildings otherwise unobtainable when greenery dominates the frame.
 
Be sure to take advantage of winter breaks and other periods of desolation to avoid distracting elements in your architecture photos. The shot at the top of this post was taken at a local university during the school's winter break. Otherwise, cars and pedestrians would likely been in the frame when photographing the massive library. The shot below was taken on a Sunday morning when all the pictured and surrounding businesses were closed.
 
Broad Street with Cream City Sign
 
If snow is blanketing the ground, then buildings (or various man-made structures) can provide an excellent subject for your imagery. Snow can make rather mundane, uninspiring places look interesting. Take full advantage of freshly fallen snow by setting out early before the blank canvas has been disturbed by those having snowball fights or making snowmen.
 
Walnut Park Gazebo in Snow
 
And if the frigid conditions make outdoor photography less ideal for you, try photographing architectural interiors in the comfort of climate control. Personally, I like photographing interiors just after sunset so that the cool ambient light outside the windows is prominent.
 
Veterans Barber Shop 360-Degree Panorama
 
Wide angle, ultra-wide angle and tilt-shift lenses will be your best bets when photographing architecture. All of the shots in this post (aside from the panorama) were taken with the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt-Shift lens and a B+W circular polarizer. The panorama was captured using the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC lens and my 360-degree panoramic setup.
 
In short, use the winter months to get a fresh, clean look at architecture – inside and out!
Post Date: 2/25/2015 8:28:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the George Lepp for the Canon Professional Network:
"We’ve had the ability to capture time-lapse images with Canon EOS cameras for some time. What was needed was an interval timer to attach to the camera to fire it at a regulated interval. This interval could be as short as 1 second to as long as days. To do this, you needed to purchase an interval timer (intervolameter) and carry it with you. Canon’s answer for advanced DSLRs is the TC-80N3 Timer/Remote Controller. It has several functions beyond being an interval timer and is usually found in my camera bag. But there have been numerous times that I’ve been out photographing and didn’t have all my tools with me, including the TC-80N3, and I was out of luck when it came to time-lapses.
 
The new Canon EOS 7D Mark II has the interval timer built into the camera. Access the 4th Red Menu on the camera’s LCD and follow the procedure below. You will have the option of setting the number of captures from 1 to 99 or set to “Unlimited.” The time between each exposure can be set from 1 second to 99 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds."
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/25/2015 6:23:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens review.
 
There is a reason that Canon is showing this lens mounted to the new Canon EOS 5Ds. This lens has the resolution needed to take advantage of high density sensors.
 
Canon EOS 5Ds Front with 24 70mm Lens
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/24/2015 7:28:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, February 21, 2015
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From PocketWizard:
 
Latest TTL firmware update further expands extensive list of compatible cameras
 
February 20, 2015 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and flash power control with Sekonic light meters, announces today a new update to its ControlTL firmware for both Nikon and Canon versions of its MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios. Firmware version 3.800 for Nikon includes compatibility with the recently released D750. Additionally, firmware version 6.800 for Canon now provides TTL compatibility with the Canon 7D Mk II. Any current owner of the ControlTL system can easily install this version via USB and update for free using the PocketWizard Utility. PocketWizard Utility version 1.54 or later is required before installing this update.
 
“This firmware release makes us compatible with most current Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras. Once we receive our pre-ordered Canon 5DS and 5DS R, our Engineers are geared up to get a firmware update out for these cameras as fast as possible,” said Heather Ambrose, Marketing Director at LPA Design, the company that manufacturers PocketWizard Photo Products.
 
For more information on how to update PocketWizard products via USB connection and to view current release notes for Nikon firmware update version 3.8 and Canon firmware version 6.8 visit: http://www.pocketwizard.com/support/downloads/
 
For a complete compatibility list, please visit:
http://wiki.pocketwizard.com/index.php?title=Canon_Compatibility
http://wiki.pocketwizard.com/index.php?title=Nikon_Compatibility
 
B&H carries PocketWizard products.
Post Date: 2/21/2015 12:19:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 20, 2015
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From Nikon:
 
This service provides software for upgrading Nikon 1 AW1 firmware to A:1.10 / B:1.10:
 
  • This software allows for simultaneous upgrade of both A and B firmware to the latest version. If this latest firmware version is already installed on your camera, you need not proceed with download or installation of this Firmware upgrade.
  • This software is provided to those who agree to the terms of the software license at the bottom of this page. When the user selects the I agree - Begin download option outside of the frame, agreement to the terms of the software license is inferred and the user is bound by the terms of the Nikon Corporation (hereafter “Nikon”) License Agreement.
  • NOTE: The camera's internal clock may be reset when the firmware is upgraded. Should this occur, set the clock to the correct date and time after the firmware has been upgraded using the Time Zone and date itme in the setup menu.
  • Be sure that you have read and understand the terms of the license agreement before initiating download of this software.
Updates included with this release
 
  • Support for the FULL/LIMIT focus limit switch on the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 has been added.
  • When camera firmware is updated to this version, autofocus does not function when an FT1 running L firmware Ver. 1.10 or earlier is used. Users of the FT1 must update FT1 L firmware to Ver. 1.20 at the same time camera firmware is updated.
  • An issue that prevented reading of .MOV data contained in folders numbered 256 or higher on the memory card inserted in the camera by an application such as the Wireless Mobile Utility used to connect a device via PTP/IP has been resolved.
  • An Underwater flash option has been added to the shooting menu to support use of the Underwater Speedlight SB-N10.
  • An issue that caused images captured using a non-CPU lens with the Mount Adapter FT1 to be underexposed has been resolved.
Download: Nikon 1 AW1 Firmware A:1.10 / B:1.10
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/20/2015 9:57:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5Ds R DSLR Camera
From the Canon Professional Network:
"The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R represent a new line of ultra high-resolution EOS DSLR cameras – featuring 50.6 Megapixel sensors – that are ideal for photographers who want to capture an extraordinary amount of detail in their images. The new cameras will be popular with those shooting landscape and architectural photography, as well as those shooting commercial or high-end editorial work in the studio. The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R sit alongside the EOS 5D Mark III in the EOS range, and use new technologies to make the most of both of the cameras’ high-resolution capabilities."
Featured Segments
 
  • Key Specifications
  • Image Quality, Processing and Playback
  • In-camera Creativity
  • Autofocus System
  • Metering and Exposure Control
  • Shutter
  • Shooting
  • Full HD Movies
  • Viewfinder and LCD Screen
  • Operation and Construction
  • Accessories
The article also contains two informational videos:
 
  • How to Use the Custom Control Screen
  • How to Shoot Time-lapse Movies
Check out the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/20/2015 7:49:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 19, 2015
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Through tomorrow night, use coupon code FILM30 at CanvasOnDemand.com to receive a 30% discount on your canvas print order.
Post Date: 2/19/2015 11:09:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/19/2015 8:23:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
Adobe Photoshop Turns Twenty-Five – A Cultural Icon, Photoshop Shapes the Way We View the World
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Feb. 19, 2015 — Adobe Photoshop, the imaging software that continues to redefine creativity in the digital age, turns 25 today. Photoshop touches virtually all the inspirational imagery that surrounds us: the high-impact logo on your morning cup of coffee; the new app you download on your iPhone; the sleek design of your running shoes; the Hollywood blockbuster that you’ll see tonight. Photoshop continues to blaze a trail, with amazing new features added in every release and new mobile apps that extend the power of Photoshop to iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
 
“For 25 years, Photoshop has inspired artists and designers to craft images of stunning beauty and reality-bending creativity,” said Shantanu Narayen, Adobe president and chief executive officer. “From desktop publishing, to fashion photography, movie production, website design, mobile app creation and now 3D Printing, Photoshop continues to redefine industries and creative possibilities. And today that Photoshop magic is available to millions of new users, thanks to Adobe Creative Cloud.”
 
Photoshop is one of the most recognized software brands in the world with tens of millions of users, and is the go-to application for digital image manipulation across all media: from print, to film, to the Web. Photoshop features — such as Layers, The Healing Brush, Content Aware Fill and Camera Raw — have empowered creatives to produce their best work. Photoshop technology is also at the heart of Adobe Lightroom, essential software for both professional and amateur photographers. And to meet the needs of today's visual artists, Photoshop and Lightroom mobile apps enable creatives to work on image files seamlessly across desktop computers, tablets and smartphones.
 
Photoshop’s success helped Adobe deliver the creative industry’s most comprehensive set of tools. No other company serves the creative industry with such a wide range of products and services. In addition to Photoshop, applications like Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dreamweaver and others have pushed creativity forward, no matter what the media. And today Adobe Creative Cloud services, such as Behance and Creative Talent Search, are helping a new generation of creatives find a global audience and market for their work.
 
The secret of Photoshop’s massive popularity has been its constantly evolving capabilities and an incredible pipeline of deep image science. This pipeline of innovation is now getting to customers faster than ever before, with Photoshop and Lightroom desktop and mobile apps constantly updated, as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.
 
To celebrate this Photoshop milestone, Adobe is showcasing 25 of the most creative visual artists under 25 who use Photoshop. To be considered, artists upload their projects to Behance and use the tag “Ps25Under25.” In the coming months, those selected will take over the Photoshop Instagram handle (@Photoshop) for two weeks and present their work for the world to see. Fredy Santiago, a 24-year old Mexican-American artist and illustrator based in Ventura, California will be the first to display his incredible images, beginning today.
 
The company is also launching an advertising campaign, “Dream On," for The Academy Awards — as a tribute to 25 years of amazing art created in Photoshop. The TV commercial includes incredible work from Photoshop artists and iconic images from major motion pictures that used Photoshop in the making, including Avatar, Gone Girl, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Shrek. The spot can be seen here.
 
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 2/19/2015 7:19:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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From Canon:
 
TOKYO, February 18, 2015—Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. announced today that the Company will support the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) as a Tokyo 2020 Gold Partner in the category of Still Cameras and Desktop Reprographic Hardware which include desktop printers.
 
Canon has entered an agreement with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, making the Company a Tokyo 2020 Gold Partner. In this capacity, Canon will contribute to the delivery of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which will be held in 2020 in Tokyo, and in addition, will provide support to the Japanese national Olympic and Paralympic teams competing from 2016 to 2020.
 
Tokyo 2020 Gold Partners are positioned as the highest tier of the Tokyo 2020 domestic Sponsorship Programme. As a sponsor of Tokyo 2020, Canon products and services in the still cameras and desktop reprographic hardware categories, which include desktop printers, will be designated as Official Products of the Games.
 
Canon will provide behind-the-scenes support to members of the press covering the Games, including camera and lens maintenance services and product loans. Drawing from the Company's experience and know-how cultivated to date, Canon will improve on-site media support for cameras during Tokyo 2020, including on-site camera service and support centers to assist the numerous journalists and sports photographers from various countries and regions across the world.
 
Canon will continue contributing to the advancement of sports through the use of Canon still cameras and desktop reprographic hardware which include desktop printers.
 
For more information, check out the original press release.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/18/2015 10:04:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Winter Photography Tips: Go Where the Temperature is Warm
It was -4° F (-20° C) this morning and the wind was howling. The meteorologist was warning of frostbite occurring to exposed skin within 15 minutes.
 
I can take cold weather, but wind chills approaching -30° F (-34° C) are getting uncomfortable enough to keep me and a large majority of other photographers indoors. What is the answer for someone wanting to photograph outdoors when weather conditions reach this extreme? Wait until warmer weather arrives or go somewhere that is warm. The latter is of course my preference. Where to go? Closer to the equator, of course. Or, cross the equator to find summer.
 
One example of a winter photography location is southwest Florida. This location is renowned for its bird photography and the weather here is very comfortable most of the time including the middle of winter. Take you long lens and migrate with the birds.
 
This Roseate Spoonbill was found at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida in late winter. The spoonbill was standing in place for a long time and I had taken plenty of shots of various standing poses – and insurance shots of the same. I was waiting, looking for a new and hopefully more interesting behavior. A preening session provided just that.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
800mm  f/8.0  1/400s  ISO 100  2623 x 3935px
Post Date: 2/18/2015 8:21:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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