Rotating Banners

Press Release: Canon Announces the EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR, 16-35 III, 24-105 II and W-E1 WIFI Adaptor

Yes, I'm late to the game of posting this but this just so happen to be announced while I was on vacation. The Canon 5D Mark III was released in 2012 and four years later, Canon has officially announced the EOS 5D Mark IV, the fourth generation of its full-frame DSLR for photographers. The new camera features a 30MP Dual Pixel CMOS sensor allows for fast phase-detection autofocus in video and—for the first time in a Canon full-frame body—continuous focus for stills shooting in live view. Video can be captured in the DCI (4096 x 2160) 4K format at up to 30p (and up to 60p in 1080, and 120p in 720). 4K video is captured in the high quality but inefficient Motion JPEG format.

The camera's AF coverage, sensitivity and lens compatibility has been expanded in-line with the EOS-1D X Mark II and the maximum frame rate boosted to seven frames per second.

Canon 5D Mark IV Key Specifications
  • New 30.4MP CMOS full-frame sensor with Dual Pixel AF
  • DCI 4K 30/24p video using Motion JPEG + 4K Frame Grab
  • 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type sensors (center point sensitive to -3 EV)
  • Dual Pixel AF (sensitive to -4EV) for continuous Servo AF in stills (first for a full-frame Canon camera) and video
  • ISO 100-32000 (expandable to 102400)
  • 7 fps continuous shooting
  • Dual Pixel Raw (image microadjustment, bokeh shift, ghosting reduction)
  • 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
  • 1.62M-dot 3.2" full-time touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi w/ NFC + GPS
  • Built-in bulb timer interval timers
  • Improved weather-sealing
The EOS 5D Mark IV will go on sale in early September with an MSRP of $3499. Kits with the 24-70mm F4L IS will ship at around the same time for $4399, while a 24-105mm F4L IS II USM kit follows in late October for $4599.

Currently, I have the Canon 5D Mark III and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the Canon 5D Mark IV. Anyone else looking forward to the Canon 5D Mark IV?

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Body
Shipping in early September, 2016
USA $3499: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV w/24-70mm f/4L IS
Shipping in early September, 2016
USA $4399: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV w/24-105mm f/4L IS II
Shipping in late October, 2016
USA $4599: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

Canon BG-E20 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark IV
Shipping in early September, 2016
USA $349: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
Shipping in late October, 2016
USA $2199: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM
Shipping in late October, 2016
USA $1099: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

Canon W-E1 Wifi Adaptor
USA $39: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

Continue for full press release.

It’s Finally here: Canon U.S.A. announces the highly anticipated EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera and new L-Series Lenses

Developed for Professional Wedding, Portrait, and Nature/Wildlife Photographers as well as Filmmakers, the EOS 5D Mark IV Delivers Excellent Image Quality and 4K Video Recording

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 25, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce the EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera, the next generation of the popular and versatile 5D series of Canon professional DSLR cameras. Building on this legendary legacy, the EOS 5D Mark IV propels the series forward with a fusion of features and enhancements targeted to please even the most discerning creative eyes. The camera’s 30.4 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor offers stunning image quality while the DIGIC 6+ Image Processor delivers 4K 30P video and up to and seven frames per second (fps) continuous shooting. To make video shooting even easier, the camera also features Canon’s propriety Dual Pixel CMOS AF, even when shooting 4K to help ensure sharp focus and subject tracking.

“Canon’s EOS 5D series of DSLR cameras has a history of being at the forefront of still and video innovation. And today, we add to this family of cameras the EOS 5D Mark IV– the first in our 5D series to offer 4K video and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In developing this new DSLR camera, we listened to the requests of current EOS users to create for them a modern, versatile camera designed to help them create and share beautiful still and video imagery.”

“Outdoor photographers will really appreciate the new EOS 5D Mark IV, as it offers more resolution, better detail in the shadows, and improved speeds in autofocus and frame rate,” reported acclaimed nature photographer and Canon Explorer of Light George Lepp. “With the fabulous resolution of 4K video and the ability to make beautiful prints from a frame of that video as an added bonus, this camera sets a new mid-range standard for nature photography.”

In addition, Canon is also introducing two new L-series EF lenses – the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Standard Zoom Lens– offering fantastic edge-to-edge sharpness across the imaging plane, as well as improved durability and performance.

EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera Specifications:
  • New 30.4 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor for versatile shooting in nearly any light, with ISO range 100–32,000; expandable up to 50–102,400.
  • 4K Motion JPEG video (DCI cinema-type 4096 x 2160) at 30p or 24p; in-camera still frame grab* of 4K 8.8-Megapixel images; multiple video options include Full HD up to 60p, and HD up to 120p.
  • Superb Dual Pixel CMOS AF for responsive and smooth AF during video or Live View shooting; LCD monitor has full touch-screen interface, including selection of AF area.
  • Excellent performance — up to 7.0 fps** continuous shooting speed with high performance DIGIC 6+ Image Processor for improved speed and excellent image quality.
  • 61 AF points with expanded vertical coverage with 41 cross-points, and AF possible at all 61 AF points with many lens + extender combinations effective at f/8.
  • 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor helps provide precise exposure metering, helps detect flickering lights and allows for enhanced scene recognition and face detection capabilities.
  • Dual Pixel RAW***, in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer during JPEG shooting and Diffraction Correction technologies.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®1 and NFC2 connectivity provide easy sharing to compatible smart devices, select social media sites and the Canon Connect Station CS100 device.
  • Built-in GPS3 provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code (UTC) via satellites.
“I have owned every camera in the 5D line, so the new EOS 5D Mark IV feels like an old friend in my hands, only better” exclaimed renowned wedding photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Clay Blackmore. “It has everything a professional photographer needs to create outstanding, quality images every time. Between its ability with still images and video capture, it is the complete package and—in my opinion—the best wedding camera on the planet.”

“When working with macro beauty photography, I need fast and precise autofocus. With each breath of the subject I need to be able to check the exact placement of focus, whether on the tips of the eyelashes, the pupils or other detail of her face. The EOS 5D Mark IV gave me exactly the speed and precision required to capture the detail and stunning color that is a signature of my beauty work,” remarked celebrated fashion and beauty photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Lindsay Adler. “I’m always looking for ways to create visuals that help me stand out from the competition. Cinemagraphs, also known as ‘living images,’ allow me to combine still frames and video to create captivating images. Because of the EOS 5D Mark IV’s 4K and slow motion capabilities, I now have the ability to create high quality and visually compelling cinemagraphs without having to invest in an expensive cinema camera!”

The Next Generation of EOS 5D Cameras
In addition to the new Full Frame sensor, the new EOS 5D Mark IV includes a 61-point High-Density Reticular AF II system, similar to the one found in the flagship EOS-1D X Mark II, with all AF points selectable by the user (and up to 41 cross-type points depending on the lens in use). The AF system, improved over previous Canon 5D series models, includes expanded coverage across the frame that supports AF at maximum apertures up to f/8 with all 61 points for high-precision autofocus even when using EF super-telephoto lenses with an EF extender. Standard ISO range for the EOS 5D Mark IV is ISO 100-32,000 and is expandable to 50-102,400.

The EOS 5D Mark IV also introduces a new 150,000 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with enhanced precision and performance compared to its predecessor, improving upon facial recognition and tracking as well as nature and sports scenes with fast-moving action. AF sensitivity in low light is EV-3 and EV-4 when in Live View mode. The EOS Scene Detection System can detect and compensate for flickering light sources that are often used in gymnasiums and swimming pools. When enabled, this anti-flicker system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and color especially during continuous burst shooting.

Following the groundbreaking video recording capabilities introduced in the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 5D Mark III, the EOS 5D Mark IV takes the next leap forward offering DCI 4K video recording. Adding to the versatility of capturing 4K video, is Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This proven autofocus system allows for continuous focus tracking of subjects, and can be customized by the user for optimal performance. Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology not only enhances 4K video recording, but also helps create crisp focus for 4K Frame Grab extraction of 8.8 megapixel still JPEG images, all done in camera.

Mobile Connectivity
For the first time in an EOS 5D series DSLR camera, the EOS 5D Mark IV features built-in Wi-Fi®1 and Near-Field Communication (NFC)™ 1 providing for the easy transfer of images and MP4 movies to compatible mobile devices, as well remote shooting when using the Canon Camera Connect App2. The EOS 5D Mark IV also includes a built-in GPS3 receiver with compass for precise geo-tagged information of latitude, longitude, and elevation. This is especially valuable to wildlife photographers and photojournalists who need to track their locations, as well as providing sports and wedding photographers the ability to sync a multiple-camera setup with extreme accuracy and precision. The camera’s built-in GPS can also be used to sync the camera’s time to the atomic clock, an invaluable feature when multiple photographers are covering the same event.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR is currently scheduled to be available in early September 2016 for an estimated retail price of $3,499.00 for the body only††. It will also be sold as part of body-and-lens kits with the EF24-70mm f/4L lens ($4,399.00, scheduled to be available early September) †† and the EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens ($4599.00, scheduled to be available late October) ††.

For an exclusive, hands-on preview, the camera will be available at the customer support centers shown below. Visitors can experience the camera firsthand while Canon technical experts demonstrate new product features, answer questions, and spotlight the benefits of Canon products and service.

Canon Customer Care Center, Melville, NY
Monday, August 29, 11am-2pm

Canon Experience Center, Costa Mesa, CA
Tuesday, August 30, 7pm-9pm

Canon Professional Service & Support Center, Itasca, IL
Friday, September 2, 11am-2pm

New Canon EF Lenses and EOS Accessories
In addition to the new EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR, Canon is also introducing two EF-Series L-series lenses as well as a variety of EOS accessories. The new EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens features a large diameter GMO dual surface aspherical lens and ground aspherical lens, f/2.8 aperture throughout the entire zoom range, fluorine coating, improved durability and is dust and water resistant. The new EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Standard Zoom lens features an improved four-stop image stabilization as well as ghosting and flare reduction with air sphere coating. The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens is scheduled to be available late in October for an estimated retail price of $2,199.00†† and the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Standard Zoom Lens is scheduled to be available in late October for an estimated retail price of $1,099.00††.
Additional EOS accessories include the Canon Battery Grip BG-E20, Canon Rain Cover ERC-E5S/E5M/E5L and Canon Protecting Cloth PC-E1.

For more information about all these products and accessories, please visit:

† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
1 Compatible with iOS® versions 7.1/8.4/9.0, AndroidTM smartphone and tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.
2 Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.
3 In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.
* Saving a still image from a single movie frame does not result in the same image quality as a normal still image.
** Continuous shooting speed may vary depending on the shutter speed, the aperture, the lens being used, the battery charge and various camera settings.
*** When lens diaphragm setting is fully open, adjustment volume and compensation effect are emphasized. Sufficient adjustment volume and compensation effect may not be achieved, depending on lens in use and shooting conditions. Adjustment volume and compensation effect vary depending on camera position (landscape or portrait). Sufficient adjustment volume and compensation effect may not be achieved depending on the shooting conditions.
††Availability, prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

Deal: Adobe CC 1-Year Photography Plan for PC / Mac

If you missed the Amazon deal last week, B&H Photo has the Adobe Creative Cloud 12 Month Photography Plan for $89 (Reg $119). To get this deal, just use the coupon code “CCPHOTOPLAN” to see the discounted price. This is a download purchase which can be used for both new subscriptions and to extend current subscriptions.

Deal: Nikon D750 24MP FX DSLR Camera Body

Amazon offers the Nikon D750 24.3-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Body, model no. 1543, for $1,696.95 with free shipping. It features a 24.3-megapixel FX (full-frame) CMOS sensor, tilting 3.2" LCD, WiFi, 1080p video recording, 6.5-fps shooting, 51-point autofocus system, dual SD card slots, and HDMI.

Review: Orangemonkie Foldio2 15" Folding Portable Light Box

Overview : Foldio is the world’s 1st portable studio (Mini studio) with foldable design for a smartphone and DSLR. It is unfolding a whole new level of possibilities in photography.

It is all-in one portable studio (mini studio) which enables everyone to take awesome, studio-quality pictures using a simple setup. Don’t worry about taking high quality pictures for your online shop products anymore. Foldio mini studio will help you to solve the problem.

Features :
  • Magnetic structure. Simple assembly.
  • Foldable design. Carry it anywhere.
  • All-in-one portable studio (mini studio) easy to use.
  • Share your pictures with worldwide Foldio users on Instagram
  • Foldio application which is suitable for the Foldio mini studio (iOS available now)
  • Compatible with other digital camera device
Specifications :
  • All-in one portable studio (Mini studio)
  • Size(opened) : 15” x 15” x 15” (38 x 38 x 38 cm)
  • Size(folded) : 15” x 15” x 1” (38 x 38 x 2.5 cm)
  • Material : White color plastic sheet
  • Device : Smart phone / Tablet PC / DSLR & Compact camera
  • Dual LED strips [54 chips, 162 cells], Daylight 5700k, white
  • Brightness control with dimmer devices
  • Input: 100-240Vac 50/60Hz
  • Voltage: 9.5V / 12W
  • Output cable: 1.2m

Quality/Usability : If you're a reviewer like us or a seller whether it's on Amazon, eBay, Etsy or other sites, product images are just as important as the text or description you write. Here at 1KIND Photography, we don't have an elaborate or fancy studio or the space but we do our best. We try and take every angle we possibly can to show you the items since not everyone has the ability to hold one in their hands. We are your eyes.

At the end of 2014, Orangemonkie released their first folding light box called the Foldio on Kickstarter. It measured 10.2". Fast forward one year to the end of 2015 and Orangemonkie released their second Foldio on Kickstarter. This time a 15" called Foldio2 with better LED light setup.

Now that we have the Foldio2 in our hands not only to review, but hopefully we can give a nice background. We'll do our best considering majority of the photography gear we review are huge. I wonder if there's any plans for an even bigger portable light box? JK

The Foldio2 comes in a nice box. Inside this box is the Foldio2, backdrops, (2) LED light strips, AC adapter with Y-cable and international adapter sets and a pouch to hold them.

Inside the cardbox are the LED strips in bubble wrap, AC adapter with Y-cable and international adapters. The Foldio will work in all countries without a problem.

The Foldio2 is made of thin flexible plastic. It reminds of the bins that the USPS Post Offices uses to carry and transport our mail in. However, Orangemonkie warns not to fold it back and forth or you'll damage it.

There's also a plastic handle to make it easier to carry around.

There are magnets on the side of the light box that make it very easy to set up. I also like that when you fold the Foldio back, the magnets attach to prevent the flaps from flapping around.

There is also a strip of plastic with a magnet on each end that helps hold your backdrop in place.

When the Kickstarter campaign started the original plan was for 24 LED chips for a total of 72 LEDs per light strip. A stretch goal was added and if it was surpassed, additional LEDs would be added to the strip. The stretch goal was met and there are a total of 27 chips which means there are 81 LEDs per light strip. The LED put out a daylight 5700K.

The diffuser was also a stretch goal that was added later on in the campaign. That stretch goal was also met and all Foldio2's come with not only the additional LEDs but the diffuser as well.

The dimmer dial that lets you adjust the LED brightness level. With the dial turned all the way down, the LED is turned off.

There are four backdrops that are included: white, black, chroma green and gray. The paper has a soft velvet feel but is not noticeable in the pictures. It also helps reduce glare from the lighting.

If you have your own paper backdrop or fabric, you can use those. You don't have to use the ones they provided but it is nice that they included them.

Before you can start using the Foldio, you first need to attach the included LED light strips. The LED strips has a double-sided tape on the back which makes it easy to stick them onto the Foldio. There's no indicator as to where to exactly place the lights, so its pretty much a guessing game. When installing, make sure you have the AC adapter ports on the same side. There's no right or wrong on which side the ports should be on. It's purely preference. I personally prefer the dial wheels on the right side since I'm right handed.

This is how the Foldio looks when folded down and with the LED light strips installed. There is just enough room for the lights to be tucked inside without causing it to make the Foldio bulge. I'm wondering is there a reason why Orangemonkie does not preinstall the LED strips. Couldn't it be the preference of which side is the dial?

The image on the left shows the brightness with just one LED light strip on at full power. The light that is one is closest to the edge. The image on the right is with both LED light strips on at full power.

Here is a more detailed video on the setup process:

Once everything is installed and connected, it's now time to start taking pictures. Do remember that the size of the light box is 15". Anything that comes near the sides of the light box will be in the image. You would need to use Photoshop or any image editing software and edit the image so that your final image would look seamless. So if you're taking a horizontal (landscape) picture, you may need to crop the edges.

For smaller items, you can take a vertical (portrait) picture and not have to worry so as long the product and backdrop fills in your image without the light box.

Above are a few sample shots that was taken with the Canon G1 X Mark II with the backgrounds that is included. You can use a DSLR, compact camera, tablet or a smartphone.

If you're an Apple user, you can download the Foldio app from the iTunes App Store. Unfortunately, if you're an Android user, there is no app available. From what I have read online from other users was that the Android version has been "coming soon" for a while now but nothing is available.

The app provides a real time Chroma key that will let you change the background on an image, control brightness and color temperature, editing tool (eraser, crop, zoom) and letting you share on Instagram, Facebook and various other channels. I'm an Android user myself, so I am unable to use this app. I know some people use their smartphone as their main camera.

Conclusion : Overall, the Orangemonkie Foldio2 15" Folding Portable Light Box is a must own if you take a lot of photos of products. However, if you're like us who take pictures of large items, the Foldio2 would still be too small. Hopefully, they come out with something a little bigger since the Foldio is compact when folded.

The lack of an Android app is a big bummer.

Manufacturer: Orangemonkie
Site: Buy from Amazon

Deal: Adobe CC 1-Year Photography Plan for PC / Mac

Amazon offers the Adobe Creative Cloud 1-Year Photography Plan for Windows and Mac for $94.99 with free shipping. It will arrive as a prepaid card with a license key. It includes a 1-year subscription to Photoshop CC and Lightroom. Deal ends today.

Indiegogo: Omnicharge Smart & Compact Portable Power Bank

[update headline="QI Wireless, USB-C and EU Plug - 8.12.2016:"]Omnicharge has no added QI wireless charging ($16 extra). You also have the option of USB-C charging instead of using the barrel plug style. And if you haven't been following, they have now added the option of EU socket plug for international backers.[/update]

While browsing the web, we happened to stumble upon a portable power bank called Omnicharge on Indiegogo. Not only does it let you charge your portable devices such as smartphones, tablets and other USB devices but you can also charge AC items as well. If your camera battery is low, you can plug the wall unit charger into the Omnicharge. Have a laptop that needs to be charged? Plug in the AC adapter into the power bank. You can even power lights, fans, curling irons, power tools, portable speakers and more.

Omnicharge is the world's smallest power bank with (1) AC/DC Power Outlet and (2) USB Fast-Charging ports for charging or powering nearly any device. With intelligent charging, it knows what is connected and the optimal charge for each device, so it won't fry your electronics, no matter what type of device you are powering. It comes in two different sizes, 13600mAh (Standard) and 20400mAh (PRO).

Every electronic device requires a different power voltage to charge, and their battery life and efficiency reaches optimal levels when they are charged using the designated voltage.

Omnicharge actively manages outflow and inflow to ensure that both your device and omnicharge are operating safely while displaying power-flow and estimated charge time remaining for each device.

This process is controlled and protected by our patented power management system, making Omnicharge the first Smart Power Bank on the market – a battery with a brain.

The Smart Power Management System also makes it possible for Omnicharge to recharge using "Universal Inputs" (details below), meaning nearly any cable.

Early bird starts at $99 for the Standard and $129 for the PRO. $189 for (2) Standard and $219 for (1) Standard and (1) PRO. And for you power hungry users, you can get (2) PRO for $249. It will begin shipping out in October. You can place your order at Indiegogo.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...