This is a very good tutorial by Serge Ramelli on YouTube about how to create impressive black and white photos with Adobe Lightroom. Ramelli starts with the basic adjustments for B&W images. After that you will see how to use gradient filters and how to break the gradient by using radial gradient filters. All the tricks shown can then be saved as a preset for future editing tasks. The tutorial is for both experienced Lightroom users as well as for beginners.[via Fstoppers via ISO1200]
Canon patent for a EF 24-300mm f/3.5-5.6 USM lens for full-frame sensors. The patent description doesn’t mention image stabilisation (IS), so it’s unlikely this will be the replacement for the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS (announced 2001).
As usual, a filed patent doesn’t mean the described gear will necessarily hit the market. On the other hand, this may just be a patent on the way to the replacement for the 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6, and we could soon see another patent for a similar optical formula and with added IS.
- Patent Publication No. 2015-215438
- Published 2015.12.3
- Filing date 2014.5.9
- Focal length 24.70 101.33 292.01
- Fno 3.50 4.59 5.87
- ω (degrees) 41.22 12.05 4.24
- Image height 21.64 21.64 21.64
- Overall length of the lens 202.71 232.50 288.71
- BF 38.78 43.69 75.66
Adorama notified me that they have new rebates on Tamron and Sigma lenses. The Tamron lenses have mail-in rebates (info) and all lenses eligible for rebate are listed here, plus you get 4% in Adorama Rewards.
Sigma lenses have instant rebates up to $300. All eligible Sigma lenses with instant discount are listed here.
Both the Canon EOS C100 and the Canon EOS C100 Mark II saw huge price drops.
- Canon EOS C100 (EF Mount) is on sale at $2,499, was $3,999
- Canon EOS C100 with Dual Pixel AF is on sale at $2,999, was $4,499
- Canon EOS C100 Mark II with Dual Pixel AF is on sale at $4,499, was $5,499
I’ve been told (thanks) that Canon is working on the development of a camera that has similar features as the Ricoh Theta S camera (announced September 2015).
The Ricoh Theta S is a camera device with two lenses (one on each side) that allows to capture full 360-degree spherical imagery with different levels of exposure on each side. The Ricoh Theta S has the following features:
- Record 360° Spherical Photos/Videos
- 2 x 12MP 1/2.3″ Sensors, 14.4MP Output
- Twin Lens System, f/2 Maximum Aperture
- Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
- Live Streaming via USB or HDMI
- Auto, Shutter Speed & ISO Priority Modes
- ISO 1600 & Manual Exposure up to 1 Min.
- Built-In Wi-Fi for Live View and Control
- 8GB Internal Memory
- Google Maps/Street View Compatible
While this might sound a bit gadget-like to someone, it is also a cool camera concept that will appeal to many people, and that maybe will play a big role in the future of photography (think GoPro and the huge commercial success it had). Camera concepts like the Ricoh Theta may well become a best seller and who wouldn’t want to have a best-selling camera in their catalog? These are also times when DSLR sales figures are going down and I am sure all the big manufacturers are looking out for new ideas.
It’s not surprising to me to hear that Canon might work on such a camera. Canon is the biggest camera and lens manufacturer out there but camera concepts like the Ricoh Theta are not on offer by Canon. To get a better idea what such a camera can do have a look at the video below, released by Ricoh for the announcement of the Ricoh Theta S.
I rate the rumor CW3 because of the source. However, a grain of salt is appropriate here.
The Canon Direct Store stocked up again their listing of refurbished gear. And there are some pretty good deals. Just to make three examples: you can grab the Canon EOS 6D for just $999, the EOS 7D Mark II for $1,099, the EOS 5D Mark III for $1,899.
There really a lot of excellent deals, look out for your favorite camera or lens or other Canon gear following the links below: