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 Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R DSLR Cameras
Canon Asia has posted a two-part developer's interview with the team that designed the EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R cameras. There is a lot of technical information in the articles, but I'm finding the material to be quite fascinating so far (I'm about midway through them right now). [Sean]
 
Canon 5Ds / 5Ds R Developer's Interview Articles
 
[Part 1] Achieving “Speed”, “Comfort” and “Quality”
 
Questions Answered:
 
  • First of all, can you tell us more about the development concept of the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R?
  • Can you describe more on the aim and intention on the naming of the models?
  • So now there are five models in the full-frame EOS lineup. Please tell us how the new models are positioned and the division of roles among them.
  • What are the target subjects respectively for the EOS 5DS and EOS 5 DS R?
  • Can I also use these two models for handheld shots and snapshots?
  • What about the internal structure of the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R? Are they identical except for the availability of a low-pass filter cancellation feature?
  • The price for the EOS 5DS R is slightly higher. Why is this so?
  • When choosing a lens, what are the points that users need to bear in mind?
  • In what ways are the features and performance enhanced by the use of dual DIGIC 6 image processors?
  • Is there any reason behind the common number “5” for the 50-megapixel resolution and the continuous shooting speed of 5 fps? Was it intentional?
  • Can you tell me more about the enhancements made on the new image sensor, including how you were able to achieve a resolution of about 50 megapixels?
  • The pixel count is more than double that of the EOS 5D Mark III. What were the technological breakthroughs that made this possible?
  • Wouldn’t it be possible to increase the speed if parallel processing were performed by multiple digital front-end processing circuits?
  • Is 16-channel readout drastically different from that by eight channels?
  • How different is the depictive power compared to the class of cameras with about 20 megapixels?
  • Can you explain how the low-pass filter cancellation feature cancels the low-pass filter effect?
  • Besides the restoration process being carried out by low-pass filter 2, is the structure of the EOS 5DS R the same as other models?
  • Why is it possible to restore the extraordinary ray?

[Part 2] Technology Behind the “Ultra-High Resolution”
 
Questions Answered:
 
  • What were the enhancements made to the AF system in response to the larger pixel count?
  • What was the reason for not changing the AF sensor? Was it because the performance of the system on the EOS 5D Mark III was good enough?
  • The maximum resolution of about 50 megapixels and the continuous shooting speed of about 5 fps are simply remarkable. Are there any efforts that are worth special mention?
  • What changes were made to the existing firmware following the upgrade of the pixel count to about 50 megapixels?
  • How is the mirror vibration control system different from the existing ones?
  • Am I right to say that both the existing and new vibration control systems make use of cams, but differ fundamentally in the way the cams are used?
  • Wouldn’t it consume a lot of battery power if the mirror is driven only by the motor?
  • Generally, it is said that camera shake becomes more prominent with a higher pixel count. Is it possible to eliminate all shake-related issues simply by raising the shutter speed?
  • Is there an easy-to-understand way to determine the shutter speed based on the focal length?
  • What are the advantages of the new user-selectable shutter release time lag setting?
  • What efforts were devoted to the body structure and material when addressing camera shake?
  • I realised that a new “Fine Detail” Picture Style has been added when I looked at the features in greater detail. How is it different from the existing Picture Style effects?
  • Can you provide a simple explanation for the entry-level users on the [Fineness], [Strength], and [Threshold] parameters in the sharpness setting?
  • Can you tell us how we can make good use of the Crop Shooting feature?
  • What does the Customizable Quick Control feature do?
  • Compared to the EOS 5D Mark III, what advancements were made to the movie feature?
  • What is the biggest reason for inheriting the design of the EOS 5D Mark III?
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds /5Ds R available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/26/2015 10:16:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Len
Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens review page.
 
Note that product images for this lens are included both large and small lens comparison tools with some images being cropped in the small lens format. Here is an example comparing the Sigma Sports, Sigma Contemporary and Tamron 150-600mm Lens in the small lens tool. These three lenses are also very interesting to compare in the other tools.
 
B&H has the Sigma 150-600mm OS Contemporary Lens in Canon mount in stock with Nikon and Sigma mount version available for preorder.
Post Date: 5/26/2015 8:51:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I live in a fenced-in property which is situated squarely in the middle of a medium-sized town. I have often used the fence that borders my driveway as a background for various portraits. It's clean, simple, and works well especially when it falls just out of focus.
 
As the winter months transition into spring, however, sections of the fence would become covered in vines. In previous years, I did everything I could to avoid using those sections of fence for my portraits. I considered them a hindrance for tarnishing my clean-looking background during the warm and inviting seasons perfect for portraiture.
 
But as I walked to my mailbox last week, it finally hit me. "Why don't I use the vines for a tightly framed portrait? Hmm..."
 
I must have past that particular section of the fence 500 times over the past three years, but it never occurred to me to actually feature the vines in a portrait. A few days later Amanda and I decided to give it a go.
 
I set up a tripod mounted 7D Mark II with my favorite portrait lens, the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM. So why would I use the 7D Mark II in place of my primary body, the 5D Mark III? For this particular portrait, there was little appreciable difference between the two bodies. I didn't need the full-frame performance gains at high ISOs (I shot this using ISO 100) and I didn't need the shallow DOF advantage either as I would be using a relatively narrow aperture (f/7.1) to keep the details of the background recognizable.
 
Considering the f/7.1 aperture, you might wonder why I chose the EF 85mm f/1.2L II. As I said, it's my favorite portrait lens. The fixed 85mm focal length is a flattering focal length for portraits and the lens is especially sharp when stopped down (although, depending on the subject, extreme sharpness may not necessarily be a beneficial quality when it comes to portrait lenses).
 
For the main light I used a monolight diffused by a Mola Demi beauty dish fitted with a HoneyGrids Universal Grid. The background light was provided by a Canon 580EX Speedlite flash fitted with an Opteka OSG18 1/8-Inch Universal Honeycomb Grid. Using the grid on the main light and positioning it so that it pointed downward limited the amount of light that spilled on the background allowing me to easily control the luminosity of the background with the Speedlite. The grid on the Speedlite kept its light from striking the subject and concentrated its output in a more focused area on the background.
 
This is what the setup and fence looked like:
 
Amanda in front of Vines Setup

I believe similar results could have been achieved with lower cost lights and modifiers (a speedlight with a gridded softbox, possibly?).
 
When post-processing the final image, I actually reduced the luminosity of the background preferring the leaves to be a little darker than what I captured in-camera. I also used a selective color mask to make the shadows appear cooler/more bluish in tone. I was going for a Renaissance painting look for the portrait, and the edits helped push the image in that direction (in my opinion).
 
The takeaway from this shoot is aptly summed up by the title. With spring in full swing, beautiful backgrounds are popping up everywhere. Take a minute to scan your surroundings – even in your own yard – to see if there's something you've been overlooking just like me. :-)
Post Date: 5/26/2015 7:58:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 5/26/2015 7:49:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 25, 2015

Canon has initiated a new ad campaign that offers insight into the ramifications of bringing your DSLR with you versus leaving it at home.
 
As you can imagine, things usually work out well for the protagonist when the Canon DSLR is within arm's reach. ;-)
 

 

 

 
B&H carries Canon DSLR cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/25/2015 2:13:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Canon USA's Rudy Winston has authored an excellent article for CPS which explains the challenges of shooting with an ultra-high megapixel camera and how to deal with them.
 
Think 1/focal length is a fast enough shutter speed to stop camera shake? Think again.
 
This will be an excellent and valuable resource for anyone who has preordered a 5Ds / 5Ds R or anyone considering upgrading to one of these 50.6 megapixel DSLRs.
 
Check out Rudy's tips on the Canon Professional Services.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/25/2015 7:29:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Professional Services
Canon USA's Rudy Winston has authored an article for CPS highlighting the differences between the EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R and the 5D III.
 
From Canon Professional Services:
"Current EOS 5D Mark III shooters, who may be considering moving to the new high-resolution EOS 5DS (or the EOS 5DS R, which removes the effect of low-pass filtration), may wonder if anything changed on these new cameras because the new models look practically identical to the proven Mark III camera. Rest assured, there are some new rewards waiting to greet 5D Mark III owners who step up to the new cameras. We can’t touch on every single one, but we’ll try to give an overview of many of the new details.
 
Obviously, the biggest is the move to a 50.6 million pixel CMOS image sensor – more than doubling the pixel count from the Mark III model. You’ve no doubt seen discussion of this, so we’ll go a bit more beneath the surface. Everything we discuss here applies to both the EOS 5DS and 5DS R models."
Topics Covered
 
  • Shooting Information icons
  • Electronic Viewfinder Dual-axis Level
  • AF point illumination in AI Servo AF
  • Exposure Compensation icon appears any time it’s active
  • 150,000 pixel RGB metering sensor
  • Flicker Detection
  • EOS iTR AF
  • Metering during Live View shooting
  • Auto White Balance (AWB) — White Priority
  • Fineness and Threshold added to each Picture Style setting
  • Fine Detail Picture Style
  • The mirror and mirror lock options
  • Bulb timer; Interval timer
  • Custom Quick Control Menu
  • USB 3.0 connectivity
  • My Menu: Create additional menu screens
  • Movie Servo AF
  • Time-lapse Movie
  • Customize shutter button
Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Services website.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/25/2015 7:17:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 22, 2015
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Todd Vorenkamp was asked to take B&H's most expensive used lens – the Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM – out for a spin. In his Explora article, Vorenkamp touches on the history and mystique of Canon's rarest big white lens and describes the logistics involved in shooting with the 36 pound beast.
 
The B&H used department has the Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM in 9+ Condition available with free expedited shipping!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/22/2015 9:41:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Nikon Professional Services members in the USA are now eligible for a 20% discount on repairs.
 
An excerpt from the NPS Member Discount FAQ reads:
Q: How do I schedule a NPS member repair?
A: Qualifying NPS members schedule repairs via: https://repair.nikonusa.com/ProductEntry
Select NPS member radio button and enter your NPS member # on the contact data step.
 
Q: Am I eligible for the NPS member 20% repair discount?
A: 20% repair discount is available only to full status NPS members in good standing who are incompliance with the NPS Member Terms and Conditions at the time the repair is requested.
 
Discount is taken off the base repair cost before applicable taxes and does not include shipping charges. Valid only for repairs on Nikon products (excluding Nikon 1 and COOLPIX products) made at Nikon Inc. Service Centers in New York and California that were received by Nikon Inc. directly from the NPS Member and not via a Nikon Authorized Repair Station or other third party. Discount offer may bediscontinued at any time at Nikon's sole discretion. Offer is not valid for previous repairs.
 
Q: When is the discount applied?
A: Once your equipment for repair is received at either Nikon Inc. Service Centers in New York or California and is written up by Nikon Inc., you will receive a Nikon Service Estimate/Acknowledgement email. On the Nikon Service Estimate/Acknowledgement email, download the pdf or select the link to view discount.
 
Discount reflected on line item—Repair NPS Discount
 
You will see the final discount listed in the charges breakout section on the Invoice Repair document packed in with the repaired item(s). The discount may not be reflected on the initial schedule a repair self-service process or the product repair packet documents.
To learn more about Nikon Professional Services, check out the official NPS wesite.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/22/2015 8:58:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary
From Sigma:
 
SIGMA 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary F/SIGMA and F/NIKON are scheduled to start shipping towards the end of this month.
 
B&H carries the SIGMA 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 5/22/2015 8:11:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just Reflections by the Canon 24-105mm IS STM Lens
Sometimes, I find images comprised of only reflections more interesting than images containing only the subjects being reflected. To capture such an image requires a reflective surface and something to be reflected in it.
 
Most locations share a similar nearby reflection source: water. When water is the reflective surface and there is at least a small amount of motion on the water surface, no two photos will be the same. You can capture 20 images from a tripod-mounted camera and still have no duplicates. Such images can sometimes work together for a low-effort collection.
 
Water in motion is ... in motion. To stop motion requires an adequately short shutter speed and to achieve stopped motion in this frame, I opted for ISO 400 (vs. the least-noisy ISO 100 option). The final image has very little noticeable noise and the small waves are not showing blur.
 
For this image, I found a brightly colored boat as the reflective subject and adjusted my position until I had what I felt was ideal framing. I especially like how the top and bottom borders of the frame are relatively uninterrupted by lines in this composition.
 
Keep in mind that reflection images often benefit from increased contrast and saturation in post processing.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
105mm  f/10.0  1/40s
ISO 400
5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 5/22/2015 7:30:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Rode VideoMic Pro with Rycote Lyre Suspension Mount
B&H has the Rode VideoMic Pro with Rycote Lyre Suspension Mount available for preorder with free expedited shipping and an expected availability date of June 15.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Broadcast Quality Condenser Microphone
  • Rycote Lyre Shock-Mount
  • 40 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • Lightweight
  • Lower Noise and Higher Sensitivity
  • 9V Battery Powered
  • 1/8" Mini-Jack Output
  • Two-Step High Pass Filter
  • Three-Position Level Control
  • Includes Camera Shoe Mount
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 5/22/2015 7:48:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Photoshop Touch App Icon
Yesterday we posted a video where Adobe's Bryan O'Neil Hughes was showing off what's in development for mobile platforms, mainly the handling of large resolution files, the healing brush and liquify features. However, I failed to notice the accompanying blog post at the time.
 
In article, Hughes announces the end of Photoshop Touch:
"Sometimes building for the future means we need to make hard choices and today I am also announcing that we are discontinuing Photoshop Touch. For those of you who have been using Photoshop Touch, thank you and please continue creating amazing work with it; while it will no longer be available in stores as of May 28th and we won’t ship further updates, it will remain completely functional on your devices for the foreseeable future. For further information on how this change could impact your workflow, please visit here.
 
Photoshop Touch was available across platforms and so I’d like to leave all of you on Android with some good news – we’re actively developing new mobile applications for Android and will share those with you very soon."
For what it's worth, I have Photoshop Touch on my Samsung Galaxy S3 and I've only used it a handful of times. While decently capable as an editing app, it wasn't quite as intuitive as I thought it should be.
 
Maybe Adobe thought so as well?
 
For whatever reasons, the app will be removed from app stores on May 28. If you'd like to grab a copy of the app before it's gone, now's the time to snatch it up (Android | iOS). Otherwise, Android users have something to look forward to – we just don't know what or when exactly that will be.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 5/22/2015 7:42:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 21, 2015

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Get a sneak peek of an early prototype of Adobe's mobile retouching from Bryan O'Neil Hughes.
 
Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad).
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 5/21/2015 4:26:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera
With one of the most vague descriptions I have ever seen in a firmware update, Nikon has released firmware version 1.01 for the D750.
 
From Nikon:
 
Changes from “C” Version Firmware 1.01
 
  • Camera operation is now more reliable.
Download:
Nikon D750 Firmware v.1.01
 
B&H carries the Nikon D750 DSLR camera – now more reliable than ever. ;-)
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/21/2015 2:02:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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