Photography Equipment News

New Canon Tilt Shift Lenses

I have played with Tilt shift lenses and love the images that you can make, but I have yet to invest in the lenses. Seeing these new lenses made me think about it again. Do you use a tilt/shift?

New Tilt-Shift Lenses
Tilt-Shift lenses have several applications for suitable photographers because of their ability to provide enhanced creative control over depth-of-field through the tilt function and perspective through the shift function in their images. This ability can be optimal when photographing landscapes, portraits, and architecture.

The image quality derived from Canon Tilt-Shift lenses has evolved considerably since their first inception several years ago. Enhanced optical elements like molded aspherical glass and UD lenses are at the core of the new Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro lens, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lens and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lens. These features provide users with edge-to-edge resolution, improved image quality over previous Canon TS-E lenses and minimum distortion. Canon also included two anti-reflective coatings, SubWaveLength Structure Coating (SWC) in the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lenses and Air-Sphere Coating (ASC), into the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L and TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lenses. SWC helps to reduce flare and ghosting, while ASC is a new technology that provides amazingly high, anti-reflective performance, particularly when alleviating incidental light that can enter a lens.

The new Canon Tilt-Shift lenses also offer improved operability over previous models, including larger tilt, shift-and-lock knobs, lock-release button and a new tilt-locking mechanism that firmly locks the lens in the zero-tilt position to help prevent unintended tilting to increase more precise shooting capabilities. The rotation of the tilt-shift lenses also allows users to freely change the axis of tilt movement and shift from right angles to parallel to better adapt to various shooting conditions and situations.

The new Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro lens, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lens and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lenses are scheduled to be available November 2017 for an estimated retail price of $2199.00††.

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Sony Announces RX0 Camera

What a unique product from Sony, basically a camera that is 2x2x1 and packed with high end features.

This ultra-compact camera is a brilliant marriage of highly sophisticated imaging technology, including a 1.0-type Exmor RS CMOS sensor and wide-angle 24mm9 ZEISS lens, and a tough, rigid body that is waterproof down to 10m/33ft, shockproof when dropped up to 2.0m/6.5ft above ground, and crushproof under up to 200kgf/440lbf/2000N. High-speed continuous shooting, super slow motion and other features uniquely integrated in such smart form make for more creative production of images.

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Western Digital Announces My Cloud Pro Series

I’ve been thinking of updating my backup storage and this new networked drive has my attention. It’s an actual server rather than just a dumb hard drive box.

With space to keep virtually everything, the My Cloud Pro Series offers your creative team the network storage to edit, save and share production files from anywhere with an internet connection. Compatible with both Mac and PC, you’re able to keep your media protected and organized in one place to streamline your creative workflow.

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Photography Software News

Adobe Releases New Versions of Photoshop and Lightroom

After 3 yrs Adobe has updated Lightroom not once but twice today. They have launched 2 versions for your editing pleasure. The first is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC, their marketing department should be fired for that name! This is a new way way faster version of the Lightroom you have been using. The second is a cloud based version that is also fast, but also lets you start editing an image on one device and finish on another. Very cool.

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Topaz Labs Updates Clarity Filters

Topaz Clarity is now a part of Topaz Studio! With improvements to the Precision Contrast and HSL Adjustments, combined with selective masking, blending, and other tools available for free within Topaz Studio, now you can access the power of Topaz, faster than ever!

Included as Studio Adjustments – Going forward, you can access Topaz Clarity from the Studio application directly. That means Clarity can now be accessed without a paid host editor!

Faster Processing and Startup Speed – New GPU processing utilizes the powerful rendering capabilities of your graphics card to exponentially increase your workflow speed. More creating and less waiting.

Improved contrast separation algorithm for unique independent control of targeted contrast, lighting and color manipulation.

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New Photography Workshop

Neotropical Birds in Panama

White-whiskered Puffbird (Male) singing in Panama during Wildlife Workshops - Neotropical Birds Photography Workshop

White-whiskered Puffbird (Male) singing in Panama

Panama is where North America and South America meet and is one of the few places where you can see both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Panama is most famous for the Panama Canal, but the biodiversity is even more remarkable. There are 987 species of birds (7 Endemics) packed into a very compact and accessible location. Panama will provide a whole flock of new birds to satisfy your bird photography itch. On my first scouting trip, I managed to photograph over 100 bird species in 7 days. In addition to my help with your photography, we will also be traveling with a professional bird guide. Our guide will put us on the birds and of course help with bird IDs!

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