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New 24-70mm F2.8 VR, 24mm F1.8 and 200-500 F5.6 FX lenses Aug 04, 2015
New 24-70mm F2.8 VR, 24mm F1.8 and 200-500 F5.6 FX lenses
Nikon has released three new full-frame lenses, including a prime and both standard zoom and super telephoto zooms.

The latest version of the 24-70mm F2.8 adds Vibration Reduction, electromagnetic aperture control, and a new optical construction. Also introduced today is a 24mm F1.8 prime and a super versatile 200-500mm F5.6 super telephoto.

Pre-order from B&H Photo:

AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR $1,396.95

AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR $2,396.95

AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED $749.95

Press Release
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A7RII 12-bit mode. How to avoid it. Aug 03, 2015
A7RII 12-bit mode. How to avoid it.
It's documented on the Sony's A7RII Help guide that resolution is limited to 12 bits when using the following shooting modes:
*My commentary below the modes.
  1. Silent Shooting
    *I would turn this mode OFF for critical work

  2. Long Exposure NR (when the camera automatically captures a black frame after the exposure)
    *I would turn this mode OFF and capture a black frame instead

  3. Bulb (more than 30 sec. exposure)
    *There is no way around this one. Once you pass 30 seconds your files will gain 1-stop more noise and have 1-stop less dynamic rage. If you are doing Nightcapes and need ISO 400 or higher, the noise increase from the bits reduction will be less noticeable according to the article below.
    Update: I just tested this. See this post.

  4. Continuous Shooting. (Including Bracketing continuous shooting)
    *When using Bracketing, do not set the camera to continuous shooting

Jim Kasson put this to test with the A7II and was able to verity something that we had suspected from the initial A7RII online samples. 12 bits will make your shadows worse by about 1 stop and the image will also lose about 1-stop of dynamic range. It's very noticeable when recovering shadows in post-processing.
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Canon EOS-1D X Price drop (USA version) Aug 02, 2015
Canon EOS 1DX Price drop (USA version)
Price Drop Alert! The Canon EOS 1DX DSLR Camera is now $4,599.00

Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera, 18.1 Megapixel, 3.2" LCD Screen

$4,599.00 after $700.00 Instant Rebate (Reg. $5,299.00) with Free Expedited Shipping.

Adorama | B&H Photo
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A7RII S35 4k low light footage looks amazing Aug 02, 2015
The A7RII S35 crop mode high iso performance seems close to a7s in lowlight. That's a big WOW!
I can see a lot of A7S bodies on Ebay after this video.



I believe that the reference to silence shutter resolution not been reduced to 12bits is incorrect though.

Commentary from Davide Roveri
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Monthly Assignment 134 winner: kv9f68 Aug 01, 2015

Congratulations to kv9f68 for winning MA 134, based on the theme: Poverty.

The top five photos displayed below, will also be showcased on our Winners Gallery.

Voting is now open for the MA 135 winners.
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Monthly Assignment 135 just started with theme: "Bubbles"
Deadline: September 1st noon - Participate!
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Jul 31st - Featured Thread Winners! Aug 01, 2015
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Epic Rising + full version (new) by Scott Kroeker

Nature & Wildlife:
Some birds of Bombay Hook (20) by mitesh

People Photography:
Some indoor portraits of Yana by LivingLoud

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Lightroom CC 2015.1.1 and 6.1.1 are now available Jul 29, 2015
Lightroom CC 2015.1.1 and 6.1.1 are now available
Lightroom CC 2015.1.1 and 6.1.1 are now available as a final release on Adobe.com and through the Creative Cloud application. The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.

Release Notes:

New Camera Support in Lightroom 6.1.1
  1. Canon PowerShot G3 X
  2. Casio EX-100F
  3. Casio EX-ZR3000
  4. Leica Q (Typ 116)
  5. Olympus AIR-A01
  6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
  7. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
  8. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ330
  9. Pentax K-3 II
  10. Phase One IQ3 50MP
  11. Phase One IQ3 60MP
  12. Phase One IQ3 80MP
  13. Ricoh GR II
  14. Sony A7R II (ILCE-7RM2)
  15. Sony DSC-RX10M2
  16. Sony DSC-RX100M4

Bug Fixes:
  1. Unable to merge files to HDR. Please note that this only occurred with DNG files taken with a Leica Monochrom camera.
  2. Enterprise customers were unable to access functionality only available in the Creative Cloud version of Lightroom, such as Dehaze.
  3. People keywords export when they shouldn’t if “Write Keywords as Lightroom Hierarchy” is selected.
  4. Preview generation and export was slower in LrCC/Lr6 than Lr5.
  5. Customers reported that they could not exit full screen after invoking it while spot heal tool is selected.
    D810 NEF Files could not select Adobe Standard Profile.
  6. Size adjustment bar moving when clicked but the value listed was not updating accordingly.
  7. Metadata Export setting not working for Track, Square and Grid galleries in the Web Module.
  8. Collection name changes were not properly reflected in other Lightroom clients (such as mobile or web). This only impacted collections enabled for sync.
  9. Incorrect metadata timestamp in a Panorama created in Lr.
  10. Some files in exported batch are Blank with Watermark only.
  11. Lr was not properly exporting all photos. Please note that this typically only occurred when the customer was running Bridge at the same time as the export.
  12. Customers reported seeing a “Waiting for connection” message inside Lightroom when Internet is available.
  13. User reports photos are lost when moving them from one drive to another drive within Lightroom. Please note that this only occurred intermittently on Mac.

More info and update information
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Weekly Assignment 667 winner: Klaus Priebe Jul 29, 2015

Congratulations to Klaus Priebe for winning WA 667, based on the theme: Travel.

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Weekly Assignment 668 just started with theme: "Black and white"
Deadline: August 5th noon - Participate!
10 posts  |  614 views
Canon EOS 5DS for $2,999! Jul 28, 2015
Canon EOS 5DS for $2,999!

Ebay's GetItDigital has the Canon EOS 5DS body for $2,999. The regular price is $3699.

That is a tremendous deal for those looking for a 50MP body.

Canon EOS 5DS for $2,999 at Ebay
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Jul 24th - Featured Thread Winners! Jul 25, 2015
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
40,000 Posts and a 40,000 Year Old Tree by JimFox

Nature & Wildlife:
Mom's got crabs......again!!! by DonGut

People Photography:
You better duck – It is flying super fast and close --- (8) by BeeBalm

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Weekly Assignment 666 winner: kentwaller Jul 22, 2015

Congratulations to kentwaller for winning WA 666, based on the theme: The street where I live.

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Voting is now open for the WA 667 winners.
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Weekly Assignment 667 just started with theme: "Backyard"
Deadline: July 29th noon - Participate!
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DXOMark posted EF 11-24mm f/4L results: Ultra-wide champ Jul 22, 2015
DXOMark posted EF 11-24mm f/4L results
DXOMark.com posted their results for Canon's ultra wide EF 11-24mm f/4L lens.

Here is an excerpt:

"Canon has proved it can compete with its long-term rival Nikon as well as with new challengers, such as Sigma, who offer some very specialized models at accessible prices. Sure, the EF 11-24mm f4L USM lacks the fast f2.8 aperture of the Nikon, but Canon traded that for wider coverage and didn’t make any concessions with image quality."

Read full review
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Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens $2,999
B&H Photo | Adorama

24 posts  |  1972 views
Jul 17th - Featured Thread Winners! Jul 18, 2015
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
A Different Yellowstone by EdwinM

Nature & Wildlife:
Some white headed brown birds (4) by Tim Kuhn

People Photography:
Desert Maternity (in the 115 heat) by Lisa_Holloway

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Photozone reviews EF 11-24mm f/4L on 5DS R Jul 17, 2015
Protozoon reviews EF 11-24mm f/4L on 5DS R
Photozone just finished its review on the super wide Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens. The new 50MP Canon EOS 5DS R was used making the MTF (resolution) test very interesting.

Here is an excerpt from the Verdict section:

"Canon's latest additions to the ultra-wide arena have been impressive. The Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L is awesome and the EF 16-35mm f/4 USM L IS is best in class. So is Canon's mojo sufficient to deliver greatness with the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4 USM L once more ... even on the EOS 5Ds R ? Well, they succeeded ... only partially. Now that's a bit of a harsh statement for a unique lens, of course. " - Read Full Review

  1. Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens $2,999
    B&H Photo | Adorama

  2. Canon EOS 5DS DSLR Camera (Body Only) $3,699
    B&H Photo | Adorama

  3. Canon EOS 5DS R DSLR Camera (Body Only) $3,899
    B&H Photo | Adorama
57 posts  |  4788 views
Pre-order: Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens for $999 Jul 17, 2015
Pre-order: Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens for $999
Pre-order the New Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens
Market’s first F2 full-frame zoom available in late July for $999

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
  1. Full Frame Format
  2. Aperture Range: f/2 to 16
  3. FLD & Special Low Dispersion Elements
  4. Two Aspherical Elements
  5. Super Multi-Layer Coating
  6. Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  7. Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  8. Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  9. Thermally Stable Composite Material
  10. Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
___________________________

Preorder: Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art $999: B&H Photo | Adorama
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Weekly Assignment 665 winner: eth3rton Jul 15, 2015

Congratulations to eth3rton for winning WA 665, based on the theme: Technology.

The top five photos displayed below, will also be showcased on our Winners Gallery.

Voting is now open for the WA 666 winners.
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Weekly Assignment 666 just started with theme: "Travel"
Deadline: July 22nd noon - Participate!
7 posts  |  1583 views
Jul 10th - Featured Thread Winners! Jul 11, 2015
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Beam me up, scotty :) by snooked123

Nature & Wildlife:
Just taking a nap by Shasoc

People Photography:
Submersion Season Has Begun [5 imgs] by Adam_A

583 views
Canon 5DS/R DxOMark Results and TDP Review Jul 08, 2015
Canon 5DS/R DxOMark Results and Review
DXOMark has completed their sensor review for the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R camera bodies. The new 50.6Mp resolution cameras have the best-performing Canon sensor to date.

5DSR DxOMark Results
5DS DxOMark Results
5DSR vs 5DM3 vs 6D DxOMark Results

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Bryan at TDP has posted his review on the EOS 5DS.

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The Canon 5DS/R is now in stock from B&H Photo and Adorama.

  1. Canon EOS 5DS DSLR Camera (Body Only) $3,699
    B&H Photo | Adorama

  2. Canon EOS 5DS R DSLR Camera (Body Only) $3,899
    B&H Photo | Adorama
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