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 Tuesday, August 26, 2014

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Canon STM lenses capture great photos and even better videos. They’re named after a new kind of technology called a Stepping Motor, which lets the lenses focus smoothly and quietly.
 
Want more? Check out the "Day in the Life - Behind the Scenes" video.
 
Relevant Reviews:
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/26/2014 12:29:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Following up on Jeff’s “The 15 Features of the DSLR That Every Photographer Should Know”, and “The 15 Features of Photoshop That Every Photographer Should Know”, this presentation discusses 15 of the most common mistakes that people make when taking photos. Jeff will discuss composition, proper use of flash, good focus technique and much more. As always, with Jeff, we know that his stories will be as much fun as his photos. Learn the techniques that pro sports photographers use to get better photos.
Post Date: 8/26/2014 12:09:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D610 DSLR Camera with AF-S 24-85mm Lens
The following Nikon firmware updats are now available:
 
All of the firmware updates contain the following modification:
 
  • Support for distortion control data Ver. L: 2.000 and later has been added.
Note: Camera firmware must be updated before distortion control data can be updated to Ver. L: 2.000 or later.
 
You can download the firmware updates using the links above.
 
B&H carries the Nikon D610 and D7100 DSLR cameras.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/26/2014 10:49:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
IMPORTANT
 
  • If you have a Lexar 400x or 1000x CompactFlash memory card, please click this link for information regarding compatibility with your camera.
  • The firmware cannot be upgraded when Network > Network connection in the Setup menu is set to ON. Be sure to set Network connection to OFF before attempting to upgrade the firmware.
  • Please be sure to use a FULLY charged EN-EL18 battery or EH-6 AC Adapter with EP-6 Power connector to perform this update
Updates included with this release C:1.10 - dated August 26, 2014
 
  • When SPORT VR mode, built into the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, is selected, the same continuous shooting rate available when OFF is selected is now possible.
  • When memory cards with capacities greater than 128 GB were formatted with the camera, they were formatted using the FAT32 file system. They are now formatted using the exFAT file system.
  • Operation has been changed so that when menus are displayed during movie live view and the movie-record button is pressed, the menu display disappears and display returns to movie live view. To begin movie recording, press the movie-record button again.
  • The Zoom on/off option for playback mode with Custom Setting f1: Multi Selector Center Button can now be used to zoom-in on images with zoom display centered on the active focus point, even if they were captured with live view photography. However, the focus point will not be displayed.
  • The Help explanation provided for the Preset focus point option under Custom Setting f19: Lens Focus Function Buttons has been revised.
  • The following issues have been resolved.
  • When NEF (RAW) recording > Image size in the shooting menu was set to RAW S (Small), the number of shots possible with uninterrupted shooting (buffer capacity, C-REM) displayed by the camera differed depending upon the NEF (RAW) recording > NEF (RAW) bit depth setting selected.\
  • When Camera Control Pro 2 was used to take pictures with Record set to PC+CARD, and Secondary slot function in the camera's shooting menu set to Overflow, the shutter could not be released when the memory card in the primary slot became full.
  • When Image review in the playback menu was set to On, images were sometimes not displayed in the monitor when the shutter was released while exposure meters were off.
  • When images were output to an HDMI device, resolution seemed insufficient with display in full-frame playback mode (did not apply to playback zoom display).
  • When images, captured with Image review in the playback menu set to On, and Auto distortion control in the shooting menu set to On, were automatically displayed in the monitor immediately after capture, auto distortion control was sometimes not applied.
  • When the multiple exposure function was used to capture images with Image review in the playback menu set to On, and Auto distortion control in the shooting menu set to On, auto distortion control was not applied to the recorded images.
  • When an image to which an image comment had been added was copied to White balance > Preset manual, only the first 24 characters of the image comment were copied.
  • If log-in to the FTP server failed when network settings were applied with Wired LAN selected for Network > Choose hardware in the camera's setup menu, and FTP upload selected as the connection type and IP address acquisition set to Obtain automatically with the Connection Wizard, the IP address displayed when the camera tried again to obtain it automatically was "000.000.000.000".
  • When a movie recorded at a frame rate of 30p, 25p, or 24p was played back on a TV to which the camera was connected via HDMI with HDMI > Output resolution in the the camera's setup menu set to 1080p (progressive), display on the TV was distorted.
  • When a file containing an IPTC preset (IPTC information) that included double-byte characters in its profile was copied to the camera, the camera froze when attempting to view the contents of the IPTC preset.
  • When Add items was selected for My Menu, OK was displayed even for items that cannot be added.
  • When Language in the setup menu was set to Arabic, text and icons in some menu displays overlapped, and text was positioned too far to the right.
Download:
Nikon D4S Firmware C:1.10 - Windows | Macintosh
 
Update Instructions (English) - Windows | Macintosh
 
B&H carries the Nikon D4s DSLR Camera.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/26/2014 9:21:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
This video was apparently uploaded to the Canon YouTube Channel back in July. However, it's an unlisted video – meaning it doesn't show up in the channel content or in searches. I stumbled across it on the CDLC this morning.
 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Join Canon Digital Learning Center contributor Jem Schofield as he shows how to use the various AF Modes built into the Canon EOS 70D when recording video.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 70D.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/26/2014 7:17:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang 50mm T1.5 AS UMC Lens
B&H has the Samyang 50mm T1.5 AS UMC Cine Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 8/26/2014 6:50:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 25, 2014
Samyang 50mm T1.5 AS UMC Lens
From Samyang (translated):
 
The Samyang 50 mm T1.5 AS UMC has been designed for cameras with full-frame sensors or smaller. The lens offers a field of view of 46.2 degree, and due to the wide T1.5 (f / 1.4) aperture, it allows users to shoot in low light while providing excellent image quality and a shallow depth of field. The optical lens design consists of nine lenses arranged in six groups (including one aspherical and one hybrid aspherical). To ensure high contrast and faithful color reproduction, lenses are covered with anti-reflex multilayer coatings UMC.
 
Strengths
The Samyang 50 mm T1.5 features a beautifully smooth bokeh. With an eight-bladed aperture, objects outside the depth of field are extremely soft, which professional filmmakers and photographers specializing in portrait photography will especially appreciate.
 
The new Samyang 50 mm T1.5 AS UMC Cine Lens will be first unveiled at Photokina 2014. Samyang cordially invites you to visit its booth No. A-025 in hall 2.1 at the fair in Cologne on 16 - 21.09.2014.
 
B&H carries Samyang Cinema Lenses.
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 8/25/2014 7:56:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Stingray on Caribbean Ocean Floor
Underwater photography is very challenging, but with some tips, that challenge is minimized. Check out the just-posted Underwater Photography Tips for Snorkeling to jump start your learning.
Post Date: 8/25/2014 7:34:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, August 24, 2014
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From Canon Professional Network:
"It’s that time of year again, when millions of children leave the comforts of home to start a new school year. For parents with children going to school for the first time, this is an important milestone they will want to remember for years to come. Even for an older child, documenting them at the start of each year, or when they start new legs of their education (such as entering Junior High, and High School) is a rewarding project.
 
Luckily, great back-to-school photos are easy to take – with little more than a basic digital SLR (for greater imaging control) and some attention to details.
 
Here are a few tips that will elevate what may have been just a quick snapshot into a truly meaningful portrait:"
Check out CPN's Tips for helpful information on School Portraits.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/24/2014 10:07:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 22, 2014
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
From Sigma:
 
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Firmware v1.02
 
Autofocus is supported at any aperture value when used with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C100.
 
Note: Before upgrading the firmware of 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A013, please first update your SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver1.2.0.
 
Download the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Firmware v1.02.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 8/22/2014 7:17:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 21, 2014
CPN EOS-1 History
Want to know the story behind the first EOS-1 series camera?
 
From the Canon Professional Network:
Canon is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the EOS-1 series, the company’s flagship range of SLR cameras, which began with the launch of the EOS-1 film SLR in 1989. CPN recently got the unique opportunity to talk to two of the key men behind the development of the EOS-1 series and EOS System – Tsunemasa Ohara and Yoshiaki Sugiyama of Canon Inc. in Tokyo. In two exclusive interviews they reveal the secrets behind the historical development of the EOS-1 SLRs
Read the entire article on Canon Professional Network.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/21/2014 9:37:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Ewa-Marine U-B 100 Underwater Housing
Just Posted: Ewa-Marine U-B 100 Underwater Housing Review
 
The very useful Ewa-Marine U-B 100 has been difficult to find in stock this spring and summer, but B&H is showing this item as being in stock at this moment.
 
 
On a side note ... I've been spending a very large number of hours re-architecting the 10-year-old technology this site is built on – to stop the server meltdowns that are happening too frequently. The site's content and functionality should not be changing as I incrementally roll out updates, but please report any errors you find as the changes are very intrusive. The end result will be a better experience for you.
Post Date: 8/21/2014 8:38:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
B&H has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/20/2014 7:28:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Nikon Europe:
 
Go behind the scenes of 'Dream Park': a short-film shot exclusively with the Nikon D810 by award-winning director Sandro Miller. Find out how he made the most of the camera's features such as its dynamic range, low light capabilities and Full HD 1080/60p, Flat Picture Control and Power Aperture.
 
Check out the short film Dream Park on YouTube.
 
B&H has the Nikon D810 available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/20/2014 1:18:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Photographer's Ephemeris Web App
I own the Android version of The Photographer's Ephemeris and have found it quite useful on a number of occasions. It's a great tool for planning landscape photography outings. [Sean]
 
From photoephemeris.com:
 
As previously announced, On 2 September 2014, Google will permanently turn off the Google Maps for Flash API, and TPE for Desktop will be no more – at least the Adobe AIR app will be no more.
 
Its replacement is already available and waiting in the wings: our new Desktop web app. You can find it at: app.photoephemeris.com
 
We’d encourage you to head over there today and get started. You can export your saved locations from the Adobe AIR app and import them straight into the web app and carry on planning your shots without interruption.
 
You’ll need an up-to-date web browser that doesn’t block cookies or use of local storage. We’ve tested with:
 
  • Firefox 30, 31
  • Chrome 36.0.1985.125
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Safari 7.0.5
  • Opera 23.0
So, don’t wait until the last minute: start using the new web app today and let us know what you think via the Support tab on the right hand side of the page. [thanks Mark]
Post Date: 8/20/2014 8:30:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
In this video, understand more about how STM lenses differ from other lenses.
 
Want to know more about STM lenses? Check out Bryan's full reviews below.
 
Relevant Reviews:
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/19/2014 2:13:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon:
 
Instruction by Amina Moreau, Jack Reznicki and Jim Divitale
 
Canon In Action Tour, a brand-new educational experience from Canon, is set to launch Sept. 6th in Denver, CO, featuring instruction by renowned image makers Amina Moreau, Jack Reznicki, and Jim Divitale.
 
The Canon In Action Tour helps advanced amateur DSLR users and filmmaking enthusiasts unleash their creativity and gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to create great images and videos. Those interested can attend a Saturday Imaging Essentials Seminar, or a hands-on Sunday Workshop, or both, for a nominal fee.
 
Each Saturday Imaging Essentials workshop will help teach participants how to take photos like a pro. Topics include understanding light, exposure control, camera settings, lens choices, composition, adding HD video, and utilizing Speedlites. On Sundays, participants will have two hands-on workshops to choose from – a Speedlite Intensive workshop will help teach comprehensive lighting techniques. In addition, the Exploring DSLR Video workshop will teach participants storytelling techniques like camera movement, audio, and lighting tricks to help participants shoot better video with their DSLRs.
 
The Canon In Action Tour will run through Nov. 23rd in several major U.S. cities. A full schedule of dates and locations is available at: www.inactiontour.usa.canon.com.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 8/19/2014 10:14:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Vimeo:
 
Mike Greenberg of Konspiracy Studios joins host and planet5D writer Hugh Brownstone to show you how to balance a MoVI M5 in under three minutes.
 
B&H carries the Freefly MoVI M5 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer.
Post Date: 8/19/2014 9:22:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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