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 Thursday, October 02, 2014

 
From Sigma's YouTube Channel:
 
The SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports incorporates our best features ever. We created this movie to explain more about the great features of this superior tele-photo zoom lens.
 
Other Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens Videos
 
B&H has the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 10/2/2014 8:48:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 01, 2014
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From Nikon:
 
Nikon Latin America, S.A., A New Sales Subsidiary for Imaging Products, is Established to Enhance Nikon's Sales and Marketing Organization in Latin America
 
September 30, 2014 – TOKYO – Nikon Corporation (Kazuo Ushida, President) is pleased to announce the establishment of Nikon Latin America, S.A. in Panama City, Republic of Panama. This new sales and service subsidiary has been established to fortify sales of imaging products, mainly digital cameras, and to enhance after-sales service in Latin America. Operations will commence on October 1, 2014.
 
A number of countries in Latin America have shown increasing economic growths in recent years, and this is one region in which the growth of the digital camera business is expected to continue. To date, Nikon has established sales and service subsidiaries in Mexico and Brazil. Sales and service activities have been performed in other Latin American countries by Nikon Inc., the marketing base in the United States through local distributors. We have established this new subsidiary in order to fortify business and marketing activities in these countries.
 
With the establishment of this new subsidiary, Nikon believes that more strategic and effective marketing, advertising, and promotional activities will lead to increased sales and greater permeation of the Nikon brand, as well as better service for its customers, further increasing Nikon's presence in these regions.
 
Company Overview
 
Name: Nikon Latin America, S.A.
Address: P.H. Oceania Business Plaza, Torre 1000, 42nd Floor, Office 42B, Punta Pacifica, Panama City, Republic of Panama
Capital: US $1 million (approximately ¥ 100 million)
Representative Director: Naoki Onozato, President
No. of employees: 9 at start of operations
Primary activities: Sales of, as well as sales support and after-sales service for imaging products in Latin America (excluding Mexico and Brazil)
Start of operations: October 1, 2014
Annual sales target: Approximately ¥ 3 billion in the first fiscal year
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/1/2014 8:58:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
I usually really like Canon's promotional videos, especially those produced by Canon Australia (great example here). But this is not one of them.
 
In the video, Canon Master Krystle Wright introduces Canon Ambassador Lisa Wikinson to three different lenses – the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM, EF 50mm f/1.4 USM and EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM.
 
And that brings me to the first thing I don't like about this video – Why in the world is a Canon Ambassador ignorant of the usefulness of these lenses in the first place? Aren't Canon Ambassador's supposed to be somewhat familiar with the Canon lens lineup (or at least the capabilities of various types of lenses)? Canon Professional Network describes Ambassadors as "...some of the world’s greatest photographers." Yet one of them has no idea what wide angle, standard telephoto and telephoto zooms are well-suited for?
 
Ludicrous.
 
But that leads me to the biggest thing I don't like about this video – I feel it goes too far in dumbing-down the usefulness of lenses. In the video, Canon Master Krystle Wright boils down the company's entire lineup to three "types" of lenses – landscape, portrait and sport.
 
I think I would have preferred if Canon had stuck with the more prevalent terminology – wide (or ultra-wide) angle, standard telephoto and telephoto zoom. These terms describe the physical aspects of each lens that make it well-suited for various uses rather than pigeonholing the lens to a specific (and very limited) use.
 
I've shot portraits with wide angle lenses, medium telephoto and telephoto zooms. And I often shoot sports with standard and medium telephoto lenses (wider apertures work especially well for dimly-lit gymnasiums). Why Canon would advertise its lenses in this way is beyond my comprehension. :-/ [Sean]
 
Am I being too hard on Canon Australia? Let me know in the comments section below.
 
B&H carries the following lenses:
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/1/2014 8:13:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Drobo Mini 8TB Storage Array
From Drobo:
 
New Drobo Mini 8TB bundle delivers an industry first for protected storage on-the-go
 
SAN FRANCISCO – September 30, 2014 – Connected Data, the creator of the award-winning Drobo line of smart storage solutions, today announces the immediate availability of its new Drobo Mini 8TB bundle that provides customers with a massive amount of storage space in a small, rugged form factor.
 
The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle features four hot-swappable 2.5” drive bays pre-loaded with four Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB drives. Like all Drobo products, the Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is built on the award-winning BeyondRAID Technology to ensure that data is not lost in the event of one or two simultaneous drive failures. If a drive does fail, the Mini automatically repairs itself and returns to a protected state while providing full access to all data. New drives can be added or swapped on-the-fly with zero downtime.
 
The Drobo Mini connects via Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 providing flexible, high performance access to data while on the road with the confidence to know that data will be safe and protected against loss. All of these features and capabilities come in a sleek-looking package that weighs just three pounds and is small enough to easily fit into any travel bag.
 
This combination of capacity and extreme durability makes the Drobo Mini ideal for photographers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who can quickly and easily transfer large multimedia files from their devices’ media cards to the Mini while still on location.
 
“Lugging 8TBs of storage to a photo or video shoot was a real challenge before now,” said Rich Harrington, CEO of RHED Pixel and publisher of Photofocus. “While other companies may offer 8TB options, they tend to lack portability and data protection. This makes other solutions impractical for field use by creative pros. The new Drobo Mini 8TB bundle makes it easy to bring a tremendous amount of storage capacity anywhere we need it while still providing the peace-of-mind that comes with Drobo’s unique approach against drive failure.”
 
“The Drobo Mini is the ideal storage array for our new 2TB Samsung Spinpoint M9T hard drives,” said David Frankovich, Director PLM, Samsung HDD division of Seagate Technology. “We’re able to provide Drobo users with the highest-capacity and thinnest storage solution available in today’s market.”
 
Pricing and Availability
The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is available today at an MSRP of $999 USD through select channel partners.
 
B&H carries Drobo products.
Category: Drobo News
Post Date: 10/1/2014 6:46:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 30, 2014

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
No guarantees you will come out of this presentation a star. But, you will learn some useful tips on working with them. This presentation takes a look at Deborah’s work from the last 35 years of photographing musicians and other people of notoriety.
Post Date: 9/30/2014 9:55:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
James and Amy's Steam Punk Engagement Shoot
By Sean Setters
 
A photographer friend of mine – James – recently asked me to shoot his engagement pictures. He and his fiancée were planning a steampunk wedding and wanted engagement pictures to match the theme.
 
If you're you've never heard of "steampunk," check out Wikipedia for a good introduction to the science fiction sub-genre.
 
James and Amy had spent countless hours hand crafting or altering Victorian age clothing, accessories and props. They wanted their engagement photos to showcase their passion for the genre. And considering James is a fellow photographer, I really wanted to bring my A-game to this shoot.
 
We planned the shoot for the late afternoon. I arrived at the location about 30 minutes early to scout out the location, determine my shooting angles and set up my gear. This is an important step if you shoot with off-camera flash – arrive early. Setting up light stands, wireless triggers, light modifiers and power options is time consuming. Arriving early allows me to hit the ground running once your clients arrive fresh on the set.
 
While setting up I realized that it was hotter than I thought it would be when I planned the shoot. About 20 minutes into setup I was already sweating through my t-shirt. I knew James and Amy would be wearing multiple layers of clothing (they had sent me a preview of their outfits). If I was already hot, they were going to be much more uncomfortable than I was.
 
I decided to purchase a few cold bottles of water from a nearby food vendor so that my clients could stay hydrated throughout the shoot. It was a small – but certainly appreciated – touch.
 
One big challenge for the location was that the front of the train faced the setting sun. This meant that my subjects would be staring straight into the sun whenever they looked into the direction of the camera. This caused two problems: 1) the subjects would be squinting and 2) the direct sunlight would make them even hotter in their multiple layers of clothing.
 
To combat these issues, I set up large 64" umbrella behind the camera's position so that it shaded my subjects from the sun. The umbrella didn't shade them completely, but it allowed the subjects to pose comfortably while the sun was making its way over the horizon in front of them. The shade umbrella also had another benefit – it provided a blank canvas to work with as far as lighting is concerned. It converted the sun into an ambient base instead of limiting it for use as a main light. That means I could position my main light anywhere to sculpt the scene as I saw fit while simply adjusting my shooting variables to obtain the base exposure I wanted (soft, ambient fill light on my subjects).
 
In short, here are the three things I did to help keep my subjects comfortable on this shoot:
 
  • Arrived early to set up equipment
  • Provided cold water to the clients to combat the hot afternoon
  • Used an umbrella to shade my subjects so that they weren't staring into the sun
And those small things combined to keep my subjects happy on this shoot. Throughout the shoot, James and Amy stayed fresh, fun and full of ideas. And it really paid off in the end.
 
If you'd like more details on the lighting setup, check out my description below the picture on Flickr.
Post Date: 9/30/2014 8:17:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon UK:
 
LONDON, 24 September 2014 – Canon Europe, leader in imaging solutions, will be capturing the action on and off the course with an exciting crowd view photo initiative at this year’s Ryder Cup, taking place at Gleneagles, Scotland from 23-28 September 2014. During the competition, Canon will also be providing support for professional photographers and supplying printing solutions behind the scenes.
 
As the Official Supplier of Imaging Solutions for The 2014 Ryder Cup, golf’s premiere team contest where teams from Europe and the United States compete against each other every two years, Canon will be bringing a first to the competition to enhance the spectators’ experience, taking deep zoom panorama shots of the first tee and surrounding fans with two Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR cameras. The Canon panorama photographs will be captured throughout the week and will be available to view online at www.canon-europe.com/golf, The Ryder Cup Spectator App and shared via Canon’s social media channels. The photographs will be shot in high resolution gigapixel format, and fans will be able to zoom in to the crowd to find and tag themselves, so they can share the experience with their friends and family on social media.
 
The Canon Professional Services (CPS) team will be on site at the 2014 Ryder Cup Media Centre to provide support for accredited photographers with advice, essential maintenance, equipment loans and help with minor repairs. Canon will supply 70 printers and multifunctional devices to The 2014 Ryder Cup organisers for all printing, copying and faxing needs. Canon print solutions will also be used to create commemorative photobooks for players and team captains at the end of the tournament.
 
Cyprian da Costa, European Brand Communications Director, Canon Europe, Middle East and Africa, commented: “We are delighted to support The 2014 Ryder Cup and the professional sports photographers there to capture the emotions and team spirit of one of the world’s most exciting golf events. We are also inviting fans to experience a new angle on the tournament with the Canon panorama photographs and share their own Ryder Cup moment on social media in a new way.”
 
The Ryder Cup is golf’s premiere team contest, pitting Europe against the United States, and is one of sport’s most prestigious and popular brands. More than 250,000 spectators are expected on site during the six day event, with a further global TV audience of 500 million people across 183 countries.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/30/2014 6:33:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 29, 2014
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Canon USA has updated versions of Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility & Picture Style Editor available for download. (thanks Marco)
 
Digital Photo Professional 3.14.41 Changes:
 
  • Supports images taken with EOS 7D Mark II, PowerShot SX60 HS, PowerShot G7 X.
  • Windows Vista and Windows XP are no longer supported.
  • For multi monitors, supports color management for monitors other than the primary monitor.
  • A function to delete the shooting data when executing [Convert and save] has been added.
  • For EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, EF-M22mm f/2 STM, EF-M18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, the latest lens data can be used, of which Digital Lens Optimizer's performance has been improved.
  • Supports new lens (EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM, EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM).

Digital Photo Professional 4.0.2 Changes:
 
  • Supports EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM.

EOS Utility 2.14.10 Changes:
 
  • Supports EOS 7D Mark II.
  • Supports EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM, EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM.
  • Windows Vista and Windows XP are no longer supported.

EOS Utility 3.0.0 R2 Changes
 
  • Supports EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM.

Picture Style Editor 1.14.20 Changes
 
  • Supports EOS 7D Mark II.
  • Windows Vista and Windows XP are no longer supported.

EOS MOVIE Utility 1.2 Changes:
 
  • Newly supported EOS 7D Mark II, EOS-1D X, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 6D, and EOS 70D.
  • Operability improved by changing layout of buttons.
  • Marker supported.
  • 200% enlargement supported.
  • Still image cropping function enhanced.
  • Playback of IN point-OUT point supported.
  • "GPS" has been added to the shooting information items for cropped still image.
  • Items added to the shooting information display.

Download the Canon Software Updates at Canon USA.
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Cable Protector
Buried in the press material for the EOS 7D Mark II announcement was an image showing a unique accessory that is being bundled with the camera – a cable protector.
 
Canon says in the EOS 7D Mark II User's Manual:
"When connecting the interface cable, also use the provided cable protector. Using the cable protector prevents the cable from accidental disconnection and the terminal from getting damaged."
You can see the cable protector socket in the following diagram:
 
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Cable Protector Socket
 
And here's how you install and use the cable protector:
 
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Cable Protector Installation
 
The included cable protector means that I won't have to purchase a 3rd party accessory (like the Tether Tools JerkStopper) to protect my 7D II's camera's ports from excess strain when using the interface/HDMI cables. Nice! [Sean]
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/29/2014 8:25:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, September 28, 2014
Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera
Canon Singapore has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II User's Manual available for download. (thanks Dana)
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/28/2014 6:37:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 26, 2014
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From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Autumn begins around late September, bringing with it a seasonal change that inspires photographers across the nation: Fall foliage. Autumn’s dramatic landscapes are stunning to behold and the challenge is how to preserve the impact in a still photograph that captures the unique quality of this season.
 
An autumn-colored tree is a subject unto itself. It is a time where a photograph of a simple tree can stand on its own and, in most cases, break all the rules of composition. There’s just something special about a tree (or landscape full of trees) turning brilliant colors this time of year. However, if you take it a step further — give the tree some dramatic lighting, throw in a compositional aid such as a creek or road, make use of color filter effects, and think carefully about framing and composition — then you’re on the right track to making a great photo that doesn't just rely on pretty colors.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/26/2014 3:54:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF-Setting Guidebook
Canon USA has the EOS 7D Mark II AF-Setting Guidebook available for download.
 
Amazon has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/26/2014 7:15:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 25, 2014
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera
From AmateurPhotographer.co.uk:
"Nikon has advised D750 DSLR users to manually activate the security setting on Nikon’s Wi-Fi software app for mobile devices, to avoid the risk of unauthorised access to the camera’s images by a third party.
 
Amateur Photographer (AP)’s technical team has discovered a potential security flaw during their review of a full-production sample of the D750, which went on sale in the UK two days ago.
 
If users do not manually activate the Wi-Fi security settings, via the app, then they could expose the D750’s images to unauthorised access."
AP technical editor Andy Westlake added:
"If you have Wi-Fi turned on, anyone with a smart device and the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility can connect to the camera and download images from the memory card without the owner’s permission."
You can read the entire article on AmateurPhotographer.co.uk.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/25/2014 11:37:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Canon has issued a product advisory for select PIXMA printers because one clever hacker shed light on a security loophole by installing DOOM on his own Canon printer using its unrestricted web interface.
 
From Canon USA:
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
Canon has released a firmware update for the eligible PIXMA printer models listed below to enable access to the security option to set the administrator password.
 
Details
 
This Firmware Update incorporates the following improvement:
The security option to set the administrator password has been added to the Remote UI* menu for eligible models.
 
By setting the administrator password, you can protect your printer settings from being changed by unauthorized persons other than the administrator.
If the printer is connected to a network, we recommend that the printer’s firmware be updated and the security password be configured.
 
*For more information on how to access and use Remote UI please, click here to access the model list. Choose the model. Type “Remote” into the Gooole Customer Search box. Press Enter for a list of results.
 
Eligible models:
 
Model NameCurrent Firmware version
MG7120Ver. 4.030 or later
MG6420Ver. 3.080 or later
MG5520 and
MG5522
Ver. 3.080 or later
MG3520 and
MG3522
Ver. 1.090 or later
MX532Ver. 3.060 or later
MX472 and
MX479
Ver. 3.060 or later
iX6820Ver. 1.050 or later
iP8720Ver. 1.050 or later

How to determine the Firmware Version of your printer
Print the nozzle check pattern to determine the firmware version the printer is running. The Firmware version will be listed on the bottom of the nozzle check pattern sheet. For instructions on how to print the nozzle check pattern sheet, please review the User Manual. Access to the Online Manual is available by clicking here and selecting the printer model.
 
How to configure the Security password
 
  1. Update the printer’s firmware.
  2. Configure the Administrator password. Access the Remote UI: With the Remote UI, you can check information about the printer or use the printer utility programs via PC smartphone, or similar device.
  3. Choose the “Security” menu item.
  4. Choose “Administrator password setting”.
  5. “Register the administrator password?” Choose “Yes”.
  6. When you register an administrator password, password authentication will be required upon starting Remove UI.” Choose “OK”.
  7. Admin password registration - Enter an alphanumeric password no longer than 32 characters. The password is case-sensitive. Please save the password in a safe place as you may need it in the future.
Support
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region. Please register your PIXMA printer. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when service updates are available.
 
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
 
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON (1-800-652-2666)
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/25/2014 10:57:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Google Glass Light Meter
Photographer David Young has developed a free app that allows you to use Google Glass as your light meter. You can read more about the developer's inspiration on his site, LeicaLux.com.
 
Download Google Glass Light Meter.
Category: Google News
Post Date: 9/25/2014 9:28:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Fotodiox Flapjack LED Lights
Waukegan, IL – September 24, 2014 – Fotodiox Pro, a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality photography and videography accessories, has announced their newest concept in LED lighting: the FlapJack LED Edgelight series. Designed to be lightweight, portable and easy to set up, the FlapJacks produce soft, even light that is ideal for almost any shooting scenario, like impromptu interviews, capturing beautiful portraits or even shooting tabletop food or product photography. Their interior diffusion materials eliminate the need for additional softboxes, and each of the four models can easily fit into a messenger or camera bag, making them a truly complete lighting solution – right out of the box.
 
Rather than using forward-facing LEDs common in conventional panels, the FlapJacks’ LEDs are mounted around their outer edge, aimed inward at layers of diffusion material. Instead of producing a direct beam, they produce bounced light that creates a soft, even glow with no hotspots. They are the perfect solution for filling in shadows, shooting glamour portraits or expertly lighting small spaces, like car interiors or office cubicles.
 
Furthermore, the FlapJacks feature an elegant form factor – each measuring less than 1/2" at its thinnest point – and can be placed almost anywhere. Their compact design makes it easy to mount them to light stands, tabletop tripods, light clamps or even a camera’s accessory shoe. The FlapJacks are so lightweight that they can even be mounted with Velcro, cord or tape, making it easier than ever before to get creative with light placement.
 

 
Quick Facts About the Flapjack LED Edgelight Series:
 
  • Two circular models: the C-200R (7” diameter) and the C-300R (10” diameter)
  • Two rectangular models: the C-200S (8" x 5") and the C-200L (11" x 4 1/4")
  • Feature edge-mounted LEDs and layers of built-in diffusion to produce soft, even lighting with no hotspots
  • Fully dimmable, with no change in color temperature, from 10-100%
  • Thin, portable design makes each model only 1/2” deep at thinnest point
  • Run on either AC power or a NP-F style rechargeable battery (both are included in each kit)
  • Contain a backlit LCD indicator that displays both light level and battery life status
  • C-200 lights come with ballhead mounting bracket for light stand or accessory shoe mounting
  • C-300 lights come with mounting yoke for light stand
  • Each light comes with a custom fitted hard case and is backed by Fotodiox’s 2-year warranty
Amazon carries the new Fotodiox FlapJack LED lights.
Category: Fotodiox News
Post Date: 9/24/2014 11:08:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From DxO:
 
129 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Module library for DxO Optics Pro and DxO ViewPoint, providing support for Olympus, Pentax, Samyang and Zeiss lenses for Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Panasonic, Pentax and Samsung cameras.
 
To see the combinations supported by DxO Optics Pro and planned combinations, click on the link below then select the second tab.
 
Supported or planned combinations
 
New DxO Optics Modules for DxO Optics Pro (also supported by DxO ViewPoint):
Canon | Fujifilm | Nikon | Panasonic | Pentax | Samsung
 
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro 9 and DxO Viewpoint 2.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 9/24/2014 10:22:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Updates provided with this release, C:1.12
 
  • An issue that sometimes prevented appropriate exposure control with interval timer photography has been resolved.
Download the Nikon COOLPIX A Firmware C:1.12
 
B&H carries the Nikon COOLPIX A digital camera.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/24/2014 10:15:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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