Deal: Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid – $39 (reg. $69, today only)

SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid

Only for today (10/23/20) B&H Photo has a 43% discount on the Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid.

Get the Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid on sale at $39. Compare at $69. While $39 will likely not break your bank, there is an even less expensive way to calibrate autofocus on your lens.

Datacolor SpyderLensCal key features:

  • Fast, easy solution for your interchangeable lenses and recent DSLR bodies provides razor-sharp auto-focusing, using modern DSLR autofocus micro-adjustment technology
  • Compact, lightweight and durable, with integrated level and tripod mount, making this the most convenient way to adjust your own camera gear
  • Save time and hassle of sending your equipment in for service. Now you can check or calibrate your own lenses
  • Accurate and repeatable calibration of your lenses and recent DSLR bodies
  • Worthwhile investment to ensure your camera is focusing your lenses as precisely as possible

The SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid from Datacolor is a focus test chart, designed for use with select DSLRs that support autofocus adjustment. The chart allows you to test the autofocus accuracy of your camera, making it easy to fine-tune it for optimum performance.

The SpyderLensCal features a built-in level and tripod mount, allowing you to create precise testing environments. Cameras that support autofocus adjustments such as the Canon 5D Mk II, 5D Mk III, 1D Mk III, 1D Mk IV, and 1Ds Mk III, as are supported. Please consult your owner’s manual to confirm that your camera supports autofocus adjustment.


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Canon ME20F-SH Ultra-Low Light Camera Impressive Performance Shown In New Footage

ME20F-SH

We often featured the Canon ME20F-SH specialized camera, and wrote about the impressing low light capabilities. New footage adds to the set.

The Canon ME20F-SH does ISO 4,500,000, and that definitely opens some possibilities. The ME20F-SH was used for the Awavena documentary by Emmy awarding-winning artist and director Lynette Wallworth.

For the Amazonian Yawanawá, “medicine” has the power to transport you in a vision to a place you have never been. Hushuhu, the first woman shaman of the Yawanawá, uses VR as medicine to open a portal to another way of knowing. Awavena is a collaboration between a community and an artist, melding cutting edge technology and transcendent experience so that a vision can be shared, and a story can be told of a people ascending from the edge of extinction.

Awavena contains some night scenes with fluorescent luminance of plants and insects in the Amazon.

The challenge of shooting documentary footage at night in the jungle is that any lighting you may use will disrupt the activity of the creatures you’re trying to capture. In the award-winning documentary Awavena, Director of Photography Greg Downing used Canon’s ME20F-SH camera to showcase the remarkable fluorescent luminance of plants and insects in the Amazon. The project, which chronicles the Yawanawa tribe and its first ever female shaman, utilizes mixed reality to give viewers the experience of a vision quest. In this video, Downing describes how the incredible 4,500,000 ISO of the ME20 helped to create the stunning visuals to simulate a vision quest.

The Canon ME20F-SH does a pretty well job, as explained and shown in the video below. All our Canon ME20F-SH coverage is listed here.

Awavena trailer:

Canon EOS R5 Review (one of the best cameras on the market, DPReview)

Canon EOS R5 Review

Photographic authority DPReview posted their full Canon EOS R5 review. And they like it, it seems.

To be honest the line in the title goes “one of the best cameras on the market, so long as you have the cash and desire this level of image quality and performance“. From DPReview‘s conclusion (emphasis mine):

[the EOS R5 is] fast, has an excellent autofocus system, offers high resolution, excellent video quality with plentiful video features, and you take control over it with finely honed ergonomics.

[…] As a true photographers’ workhorse, the Canon EOS R5 gets out of your way and lets you accomplish what you need to. That could include photographing sports, action, portraits in the studio, fast-fleeting family moments, and so on, and your images will most-likely be accurately focused at 45 megapixels.

[…] In the end, is the EOS R5 the true mirrorless successor to the EOS 5D series of DSLR cameras? Yes. Absolutely. It’s not necessarily the default choice of today’s high-end mirrorless market, but if that’s a market you find yourself in, this camera is absolutely worth a close look.

Read the review at DPReview…

The EOS R5 is highly regarded as a stills camera. In particular, the EOS R5 autofocus system seems to be huge leap forwards. More Canon EOS R5 review stuff is listed here, for EOS R6 review stuff see here. User manual are available for download for the EOS R5 and the EOS R6. My opinion about the EOS R5 overheating hysteria is listed here.

Canon EOS R5:

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DxO Released PhotoLab 4 With AI Powered DeepPRIME Demosaicing & Denoising Technology

PhotoLab 4

DxO released PhotoLab 4. The main new feature is an artificial intelligence technology capable of simultaneously denoising and demosaicing images.

DxO PhotoLab 4 new features at a glance:

  • DxO DeepPrime: a revolutionary demosaicing and denoising technology based on artificial intelligence and trained with deep learning. 
  • DxO Smart Workspace: a new dynamic interface with a simpler workflow with batch renaming.
  • DxO Advanced History: a new and exclusive editing history tool to scroll back to different moments in the editing process.
  • Selective Copy Paste: to synchronise the settings of several similar images by applying individual edits from one photo to another.
  • Instant Watermaking: to add watermarks directly to your photos.

DxO PhotoLab 4 has a launch discount of 30%, that’s $99 for PhotoLab 4 Essential (reg. $129) and $149 for PhotoLab 4 Elite (reg. $199). More about the new features can be found here. A fully-functional, one-month trial version of DxO PhotoLab 4 is available on the DxO website. You do not need a subscription to use DxO PhotoLab 4. You can install the program on two computers with the DxO PhotoLab 4 ESSENTIAL Edition or on three computers with the DxO PhotoLab 4 ELITE Edition.

DxO press release:

DxO PhotoLab 4: revolutionary in every respect

Today, DxO, one of the most innovative companies in the field of photography and image editing, is unveiling DxO PhotoLab 4, a major update of its multiple award-winning photo-editing software. This latest version features DxO DeepPRIME, a revolutionary demosaicing and denoising technology based on artificial intelligence and trained with deep learning. DxO PhotoLab 4 has also added a new dynamic interface system called DxO Smart Workspace, enriched its photo library with a batch renaming feature, and created an even simpler workflow by adding a new and exclusive editing history tool called DxO Advanced History and the ability to selectively copy and paste specific settings. Lastly, the new DxO Instant Watermarking feature lets users sign their photos by adding a watermark directly to the image.

DxO DeepPRIME has revolutionized denoising and RAW conversion technology

Trained using the millions of photos DxO’s laboratories have analyzed for more than 15 years, DxO DeepPRIME employs cutting-edge artificial intelligence and drastically improves digital noise reduction while also delivering more effective demosaicing. The resulting photo quality is nothing short of spectacular, especially for photos taken in low light conditions that require brightening certain areas, photos with small pixels, and photos taken with early-generation cameras.

To reduce noise and demosaic RAW images, DxO DeepPRIME was trained using several billion samples. Since its founding in 2003, DxO has earned an international reputation for calibrating hundreds of cameras and thousands of lenses using a protocol that is more extensive than any other in the industry. DxO has measured the distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, loss of sharpness, and digital noise generated by each equipment combination and in every situation with an extraordinary level of precision.

Using a traditional approach, these two operations are performed separately, with each one introducing artifacts that degrade the quality of the other. With deep learning, DxO DeepPRIME has adopted a holistic approach that combines the two steps into one in order to deliver exceptional performance.

With DxO DeepPRIME, all information in a photo, especially photos taken in low light, is rendered beautifully. Color details are better preserved, and the transitions are more natural and regular. Compared to DxO PRIME, DxO’s previous denoising algorithm and the current standard among photo-editing software programs, DxO DeepPRIME delivers a gain of around two ISO sensitivity values at a comparable level of quality.

“There are a number of applications for DxO DeepPRIME,” explains Jérôme Ménière, CEO of DxO. “DxO DeepPRIME creates new creative opportunities by helping expert photographers overcome digital noise or a lack of light. For amateur photographers, DxO DeepPRIME compensates the drawbacks of the smaller sensors on compact and bridge cameras, which can typically only take high-quality images in bright light. Lastly, it can also be used to revamp photos taken by less advanced cameras from the start of the digital era.”

DxO Smart Workspace: You are unique, your workspace should be too

DxO’s dynamic Smart Workspace is based on a groundbreaking system of filters that can be accessed directly from the toolbar. It allows users to show tool palettes by correction type, only display their pre-selected favorite palettes, or only show palettes with activated corrections. In addition, DxO Smart Workspace can also instantly open the desired palette when users search for a tool in a dedicated search field.

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Firmware Updates For Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS 6D Mark II

Canon Eos 6d Mark Ii Deal

Canon released firmware update for the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon EOS 6D Mark II.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV firmware 1.3.0 (download) incorporates the following enhancements and fixes:

  1. Enables NFC connection with smartphones running Android 10 operating system. *For Android running v6.0 or later, use Camera Connect v2.7.10 or later.
    *For Android running v5.0 or older, use a connection method other than NFC.
  2. Enables support for the .CR2 image file format on image.canon.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which some camera operations may not be possible or an error may occur after an insufficient flash output is produced when shooting with the flash.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II firmware 1.1.0 (download) incorporates the following enhancements:

  1. Enables NFC connection with smartphones running Android 10 operating system.
    *For Android running v6.0 or later, use Camera Connect v2.7.10 or later.
    *For Android running v5.0 or older, use a connection method other than NFC.
  2. Enables support for the .CR2 image file format on image.canon.

A Canon 8K Super 35mm Camera Undergoing Field Testing

Canon EOS R300 Canon 8k

We got an interesting tip (thanks) about a Canon 8K camera with a Super 35mm imaging sensor.

Not sure if the specifications we have been suggested apply to the rumored 8K Cinema cameras, or to another camera, maybe the Canon R300.

A Canon 8K camera with a Super 35mm imaging sensor is “in beta version” (we interpret this as undergoing field testing). These are the specifications:

  • 8K 3.2μm Super 35mm imaging sensor
  • High-Speed 3D
  • Dual Gain Output
  • Dual Pixel AF II
  • Dual Native ISO
  • DIGIC DV X (Faster AF, Faster I/O, Faster UI)
  • DCI 8K 60fps 12b RAW
  • 4K RGB (2-Green-pixel binning on sensor) 90fps 12b RAW Output

The source added that the camera has a “crazy image quality, higher IQ than HELIUM 8K S35 and VENICE 4K S35 mode in dark scenes“.

Ideas and comments welcome.