Canon’s EOS 70D revolutionary Dual Pixel CMOS AF and landmark ISO for APS-C cameras

by JamesNYCJune 30. 2013 14:45

Canon has just added the Canon EOS 70D to the APS-C crop sensor line up. It looks to be very capable mid-range DSLR. They’ve added the WiFi that was introduced in the Canon EOS 6D, but did not include the GPS that was added to the 6D.

The biggest feature they’re touting on this release is a “revolutionary autofocus technology that unlocks the potential of Live View: Dual Pixel CMOS AF” (yes, they even used the phrase “game changing!”) – canonrumors.com says it is up to 5 times faster in live view.

I’m personally excited to see the Articulating Touch Screen make it to a new higher end camera than the Canon Rebel T5i(it was initially put in the Canon line on the Canon Rebel T4i)

I think it is also cool that the Canon EOS 70D uses the same LP-E6 battery as the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and others. Good to see some unification there!

Canon EOS 70D Specifications

  • 20.2mp CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5+
  • 19pt AF System (All Cross Type)
  • 7fps
  • Built-in WiFi
  • 3″ Vari-Angle Touch Screen LCD
  • ISO 12,800 Maximum
  • Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus
  • Full HD Video
  • HDR
  • Multiexposure Mode
  • LP-E6 Battery

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Canon C500 Slow Motion video Test - By: Magnanimous Media

by JamesNYCJune 28. 2013 03:05

Our friends Magnanimous Media in my home town of Chicago have posted to great series of videos: Canon C500 Slow Motion Test.

A few months ago we teamed up with fashion photographer Billy Rood to shoot a slow-motion test with the Canon C500. Billy was planning a beauty shoot for his magazine Fifty8, so we joined forces and pulled together this little test. Canon USA graciously loaned us one Convergent Designs Gemini 444 Recorder, we also utilized the one we have in-house. With these two devices we were able to activate the 120 fps functionally of the Canon EOS C500. The results are these beautiful videos.

Palladium from Magnanimous Media on Vimeo.

 

Palladium was captured to two Gemini 444 recorders at 120fps in 4K Half Raw (RMF) 4096×1080 in a 59.94p timebase. The 4K Half Raw was then transcoded to 4K DPX 10-bit in Canon Raw Development software, which debayered it to 4096×2160 in a 59.94p timebase. Pomfort DPX Header Editor was used to edit the DPX file header to a 23.976p timebase. Proxies were then generated from Da Vinci Resolve for an offline edit. The footage was conformed in Da Vinci Resolve for final color and delivery.

Juvenilia from Magnanimous Media on Vimeo.

 

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Canon EOS C100 firmware 1.0.1.1 released with continuous focus tracking

by JamesNYCJune 28. 2013 01:10

Canon EOS C100 firmware 1.0.1.1

 

Details
Firmware Version 1.0.1.1.00 incorporates the following additional functions and modifications:

  1. A function has been added which allows automatic continuous focusing and iris setting on a subject in the center of the screen when using the EF-S18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.
  2. The polarity of the XLR terminal has been modified to improve compatibility with external audio devices. The pin configuration has been modified to be consistent with the Instruction Manual.

For details about the new functions, please download the latest version of the C100 User Manual (PDF) .

Firmware Version 1.0.1.1.00 is for EOS C100 cameras with Firmware Version 1.0.0.1.00. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.0.1.1.00, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.

Support
The new Firmware Version 1.0.1.1.00 can be downloaded by clicking here.

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The last time I worked with Bert Stern

by JamesNYCJune 27. 2013 02:04

When I moved to NYC. in 1994 Bert Stern was on my list of the top 20 photographers I wanted to work with.
I had the privilege of working with Bert Stern a few times with my friend and Bert's long time first assistant Carl Sulit.
The last time we worked together was an Advertising Shoot for REEBOK - Classic photographing Samuel L. Jackson just days after the release of the Quentin Tarantino film: 'Jacky Brown'.

We shot in Studios #4 & #5 at at Pier 59 Studios in NYC.; just a little over kill for a simple 1 person day light shoot. But the Client and the Ad agency thought it a good idea to rent the whole 5100 SQFT so that they could bring staff and have a party and see a "Movie Star".  There were about 40 people sitting in the back of the studio with champagne flowing and catering for close to 50.

Those that knew Bert Stern know that this type of circus atmosphere did not go over well, and he kept himself well away from the fray and had his rep. act as the go between when questions arose.

Bert's setup was simple as it always was. Hasselblad camera and a couple of lenses, 120 black and white and color transparency film, and 6 film backs, and strobes on hand in case the daylight when down.
By the time Samuel L. Jackson showed up and he was changed into the clothes and shoes for the shoot, the circus in the back had gotten pretty well out of hand and were talking so loud that Samuel L. Jackson couldn't Hear Bert's direction even though they were standing only 12 feet apart. At which point Samuel L. Jackson started getting pissed off and told the people in the back of the studio to: "Shut the fuck up!" which produced a moment of glee because they had been cursed out by Samuel L. Jackson. " Go figure"
This only pissed of Samuel L. Jackson more and and a few frames later he asked Bert how many more images he needed to take.
Moments later Samuel L. Jackson said he was done thanked Bert Stern, called for his PR person and left the studio.
We managed to shoot 8 rolls of film during that short time and not long after Samuel L. Jackson had left, and after making the requisite goodbyes Bert also left; rather than hanging around with what had now evolved into the cast of a Fellini film.
I went on to work with others whom I'd moved to NYC. to work with, and my friend Carl had continued to work with Bert. Recently they had been scheduled to work together again for a Loreal shoot in June, but that shoot was changed to August due to Bert's recent illness.


Bert Stern died on Wednesday June 24 at his home in Manhattan at the age of 83.
He is survived by two daughters, Trista and Susannah; a son, Bret; a sister, Diane Schlanger; and three grandchildren.
His death was announced by Shannah Laumeister, a longtime friend, who said she and Bert had been secretly married in Las Vegas in 2009.
Which many people found rather strange when you consider the well known fact that Bert Stern hated Las Vegas.
Shannah Laumeister is also the director of the recent documentary:   “Bert Stern: The Original Madman

 

 

 

 

 

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LEICA CAMERA ANNOUNCES LIMITED SPECIAL EDITION: LEICA D-LUX 6 ‘Edition by G-Star RAW’

by JamesNYCJune 24. 2013 04:28

PRESS RELEASE

LEICA CAMERA ANNOUNCES LIMITED SPECIAL EDITION: LEICA D-LUX 6 ‘Edition by G-Star RAW’

June 26, 2013—Leica Camera, in collaboration with G-Star—the Dutch jeans and fashion label—presents a limited special edition of the Leica D-Lux 6 compact camera for fashion and photography enthusiasts. Inspired by the successful G-Star RAW collection, the new Leica D-Lux 6 ‘Edition by G-Star RAW’ features an unusual color concept. Its distinctive look, equally unique and timeless, makes it a stylish accessory for fashion aficionados who appreciate extraordinary products with a special edge.

The body of the Leica D-Lux 6 ‘Edition by G-Star RAW’ is finished in the signature RAW design, and features the script ‘LEICA BY G-STAR RAW … JUST THE PRODUCT’. The special edition’s leather trim and the distinctive dot structure define the outstanding style of the Leica D-Lux 6 ‘Edition by G-Star RAW.’ The collaboration allowed G-Star to playfully work with design values and materials of the denim industry. The Leica D-Lux 6 ‘Edition by G-Star RAW’ comes as a set that includes both a camera case in brown leather branded with the G-Star logo with matching exclusive carrying strap and hand strap. The Leica D-Lux 6 ‘Edition by G-Star RAW’ is a worldwide collectible and is exclusively available for $1,150 at  Leica Stores and Boutiques as well as selected Leica Dealers.

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Capture One Pro 7.1.3 released today

by JamesNYCJune 19. 2013 03:01

This is a major service release providing bug fixes and additional camera and lens support. In initial tests with Capture One Pro 7.1.3, you will find a significant upgrade in processing performance with sessions. 

 Performance

  • Faster CPU based processing and adjustment frame rates in a number of cases.
  • A number of other performance improvements across the board.
  • Progress bars for some blocking potentially long lasting operations.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a number of stability issues when shooting tethered.
  • Fixed a stability issue sometimes occurring if quitting shortly after launch on Mac.
  • Fixed a number of general stability issues.
  • Fixed a number of other bugs.

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Phase One and Profoto Deliver Camera & Lighting Control Breakthrough for Professional Photographers

by JamesNYCJune 17. 2013 08:40

With Capture One PRO/DB version 7.1.2 it is now possible for you to link your Profoto studio light to the aperture or ISO settings of your Phase One 645DF+ or DSLR camera. You have the option to include one, multiple or all groups of lights in this linking. When shooting tethered via Capture One your studio light can automatically be adjusted when you make changes to the aperture or ISO settings of the camera.

With this flexibility adjusting a scene’s lighting is simplified; it will enhance your workflow, save you time, and help you stay focused on photography

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Chimera is now partnering with Hensel to become a distributor.

by JamesNYCJune 17. 2013 06:50

In a some what surprising move Chimera is now partnering with Hensel to become a distributor.

THE CHIMERA COMPANY AND HENSEL ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT

TO DISTRIBUTE THE HENSEL PRODUCT LINE IN THE UNITED STATES, PUERTO RICO AND MEXICO.

BOULDER, COLORADO (June 17, 2013)
The Chimera Company, (www.chimeralighting.com), the U.S. manufacturer of Chimera professional lighting control lightbanks, speed rings, and modifiers, and Hensel-Visit GmbH & Co KG, (www.hensel.de), manufacturer of professional photographic flash and lighting equipment, announced today an agreement through which the two companies will coordinate their operations in the U.S. The newly formed, Chimera Imaging Solutions LLC will act as the exclusive distributor of the Hensel product line in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, effective July 1, 2013.

The distribution relationship will leverage the strengths of two of the professional imaging industry's leading lighting companies to allow the sales, marketing and customer support divisions to provide higher levels of service. The transaction will combine Chimera and Hensel USA distribution channels and sales forces. Additionally, customer support, service operations, marketing and administration will be combined into a single operation. The agreement is an expansion of both companies' relationship with photographic dealers, photographers and customers to increase the development of their brands in the professional imaging market.

Bob Winters, president of the Chimera Company, will lead the Chimera Imaging Solutions LLC as president and chief operating officer. Mark Mather will join Chimera Imaging Solutions LLC as Director of Sales and Marketing. Eileen Healy, Vice President of Sales for Chimera Company will work with Mark to help integrate the personnel and services.

"Our goal is to provide image makers with the best equipment and accessories possible to create inspiring images," said Winters. "Joining forces to create Chimera Imaging Solutions allows us to form a larger customer service organization to accomplish our goal of providing the best level of products and support for our highly valued customers."

"The United States is one of the most important markets for professional lighting equipment. Many American photographers use Hensel products for almost every photographic application, from portrait, fashion to still life. With Chimera, the renowned experts in photo, video and motion picture lighting as our new U.S. distributor, we strengthen our market position in the United States and are able to optimize our support for dealers and users" said Guido Puttkammer, Managing Director/Hensel-Visit GmbH.

Chimera Imaging Solutions LLC will conduct business out of the existing Chimera Company offices in Boulder, Colorado.

The Chimera Company represents the Chimera products ("Perfect Lighting"), and Hensel USA represents the Hensel-Visit ("Performing Light") products manufactured by Hensel-Visit GmbH & Co. KG in Germany.

About Chimera
For over 30 years, Chimera has been manufacturing lightbanks, speed rings, and lighting accessories for photographic, video, and cinematography applications. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, Chimera is known for their quality, innovative products, and customer service. Chimera’s products are easy to use, lightweight, portable, and durable. Chimera is dedicated to providing the tools to help the light professional achieve creative lighting excellence that is the standard in today’s visual arts marketplace.

About Hensel
Hensel was founded in 1963 and specializes in light sources for professional photography. The company is located in Würzburg, a university city in southwestern Germany. The product portfolio includes compact flashes, flash generators, flash heads, continuous lights and a wide range of light shaping tools. Hensel was the inventor of the original “Porty” flash generator in the early 90’s and still offers a comprehensive range of battery powered professional flash equipment. With its “Speedmax” monolight, Hensel produces the fastest professional flash unit in terms of flash duration (1/66.600s). Hensel products are available worldwide and have been in the U.S. market for 30 years. They are known for their excellent performance and highest reliability. All Hensel compact flashes, generators, flash heads and continuous light sources are developed and manufactured in Germany.

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CSI Brooklyn - Opening Monday June 3rd.

by JamesNYCMay 29. 2013 03:43

CSI Brooklyn - Opening Monday


Live in Brooklyn and have to truck all the way to Manhattan just to rent out high-end equipment from CSI Rentals? Well, truck no more: CSI is coming to Brooklyn. On June 3, they will open their new shop at 1138 Flushing Ave. in the East Williamsburg/Bushwick area. The store will have ground level loading, parking spaces and truck drive in—all that just a block away from the L train. They will also offer delivery and pickup in both Brooklyn and Manhattan. Ease and everything a professional photographer or videographer needs.

Visit CSI online for more information: csirentals.com

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How to Fix a Broken Manfrotto Magic Arm

by JamesNYCMay 20. 2013 02:00

An instructional video about how to fix a broken Manfrotto Magic Arm by opening it up and repositioning the bearings inside.

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Stuff people say

Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar. - Helmut Newton

 

"The Camera does not lie, Post Production and Publishers do". - James-ism 09/06/2013

 

"Papa, ... Music is your love, but Photography is your Religion." - Joya D. Hall-Sullivan | Age 10

 

"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." - Richard Avedon - 1984

 

 "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Alva Edison

 

"Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar." - Helmut Newton

 

"You don’t have to sort of enhance reality. There is nothing stranger than truth." - Annie Leibovitz

 

"When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the people you photograph, when you laugh and cry with their laughter and tears, you will know you are on the right track." - Weegee

 

" The camera is much more than a recording apparatus. It is a medium via which messages reach us from another world." - Orson Welles

 

"Some people's photography is an art. Not mine. Art is a dirty word in photography. All this fine art crap is killing it already." - Helmut Newton

 

"Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. " - Nikola Tesla

 

"I think all art is about control - the encounter between control and the uncontrollable." - Richard Avedon

 

"The first 10 000 shots are the worst." - Helmut Newton

 

“If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no short cuts in photography.” – Edward Weston

 

"Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning." - Mahatma Gandhi

 

"Ultimately success or failure in photographing people depends on the photographer's ability to understand his fellow man." - Edward Weston

 

"If you want reality take the bus." - David LaChapelle

 

"You don't take a photograph, you make it." - Ansel Adams

 

"When I have sex with someone I forget who I am. For a minute I even forget I’m human. It’s the same thing when I’m behind a camera. I forget I exist." - Robert Mapplethorpe

 

" Great photography is always on the edge of failure." - Garry Winogrand

 

"I don’t think photography has anything remotely to do with the brain. It has to do with eye appeal." - Horst P. Horst

 

"Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work." - William Klein

 

"Avedon claims to have been the best photographer in the '60s - bullshit - Bob Richardson was - despite or because of being insane and strung out on drugs, I managed to do photographs that are considered iconic - being known as the 'photographer's photographer' means I lead and they follow - I'm broke and they are rich." - Bob Richardson

 

"If you're absent during my struggle, don't expect to be present during my success" - Will Smith

 

"Either take the lead or follow behind, just stay the fuck out of my way." - James Sullivan

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