How to create dramatic black & white photos with Lightroom presets

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 EF 24-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens for full-frame DSLR

24-300mm f/3.5-5.6

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
  • Example
    • 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


[via Egami]

New Sigma and Tamron lenses mail-in rebates and instant discounts

New Sigma And Tamron Lenses Mail-in Rebates And Instant Discounts

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.

Huge price drops on Canon EOS C100 and EOS C100 Mark II

Huge Price Drops On Canon EOS C100 And EOS C100 Mark II

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

The price drops are live at B&H Photo and Adorama.


Canon working on a 360-degree spherical imagery camera (Ricoh Theta competitor)? [CW3]

Canon Working On A 360-degree Spherical Imagery Camera (Ricoh Theta Competitor)? [CW3]

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.

Lots of refurbished gear deals at Canon Direct Store (EOS 6D $999, 7D2 $1,099, 5D3 $1,899, and much more)

Lots Of Refurbished Gear Deals At Canon Direct Store (EOS 6D $999, 7D2 $1,099, 5D3 $1,899, And Much More)

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: