Manfrotto introduces new lens filter lineup

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Manfrotto has introduced a new line of lens filters, with UV, Circular Polarizer and Protective versions available. Offered in up to three flavors – Essential, Advanced and Professional – each filter offers anti-reflective and water repellent coatings.

Manfrotto’s UV filter comes in two variations, Essential which uses 8 layers of coating, and Advanced which has 12. The CPL filters are offered in Essential, Advanced and Professional. Essential and Advanced both offer 68% light transmission, while the latter provides more layers of coating. The Professional filter offers 90% light transmission and 12 layers of coating. Protective filters are offered only at the Pro level, with dust, moisture and scratch protection.

The filters are only available online with prices ranging from $24.99-169.99.

A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing a Mirrorless Camera

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHave you ever traveled to the shopping mall in search of a product, only to be met by dozens of similar options to choose between? Lowest-price vs best-value, long-lasting vs quick-acting, eco-friendly vs cost-effective: we are drowning in possibilities that years ago didn’t exist. Perhaps nowhere is the epidemic of choice more prevalent than in the digital camera world today. Since I began reviewing mirrorless cameras a couple of years ago with my partner Mathieu Gasquet, I’ve been surprised by just how many models exist for each brand. For instance, in the six years since mirrorless cameras first began to appear on the market, a total of thirty-six Micro Four Thirds system cameras and nineteen Sony E-mount cameras have been released, an astonishing number if you consider that new film cameras would be released only every two or three years. MORE…

Adobe releases Photoshop and Premiere Elements 13 for Mac with new editing tools

10577-2888-140924-Photoshop_Elements-lAdobe on Wednesday unveiled the latest versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, bringing a number of enhancements to its consumer level photo and video editing software including a constantly updated tutorials portal.

Last updated in 2013, Adobe’s Elements software is known for its easy-to-use toolset, powerful features and quick task handling. With the Elements 13 suite, Photoshop and Premier get all-new editing tools and access to Elements Live, an in-app portal to in-depth tips and guidance.

AppleInsider was able to attend a software demonstration last week and came away impressed by the tweaked user interface and added selection of Guided Edits in Photoshop Elements 13, which include black and white photo manipulation that walks users through the art of “popping” color.

With Photoshop Elements’ Photomerge Compose tool, users can make seamless “mashups” by copy-and-pasting subjects into another photo. Further manipulation can be accomplished with the Refine Selection Brush and Match Color Tone tools for easy, high-quality image blending.

Other enhancements include one-click Effects Variations, Intelligent Crop Suggestions and a Video Story mode.

Premiere Elements 13 offers a number of automated tools like Favorite Moments, which assembles a movie built around the best points in a clip as marked by the user. Another tool called Video in Titles adds in video to a title screen, mimicking the latest styles used by Hollywood moviemakers.

The video-centric software also includes an enhanced Shake Stabilizer for software-based shake reduction. This new tool is particularly useful with footage coming out of so-called “action cams” like the GoPro series, which do not have effective onboard hardware stabilizers.

One of the larger feature additions to the Elements 13 package is Elements Live, an educational portal that plays host to tutorials, tips and other content coming direct from Adobe. The tool is available from within Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13.

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Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses

canon_lensUsing the slogan ‘milestone for us! NEW PRICES for you!’ Canon US has confirmed several price drops across its range of lenses, including multiple L-series models.

According to Canon the price reductions are in honor of reaching a milestone – the production of 100 million EF lenses. Price drops range from a modest $40 up to $1000 off the original retail price, depending on the lens. The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM stands out, dropping by $500 from its original (and frankly, very high) MSRP down to a much more reasonable $999.  MORE…

The Mirrorless Revolution

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There is no question times are a changing and in the photographic world we are witnessing these changing times with the migration to mirrorless camera systems. A recent report by CIPA and summarized by mirrorlessrumors.com shows that DSLR shipments are falling and mirrorless camera shipments are steadily climbing.

Recently Michael and Kenen Raber from the Luminous Landscape sat down and made the video below, The Mirrorless Revolution. We discuss the move to mirrorless and why both of us have adopted it and why we enjoy it and what we think of the present offerings in this market. Plus, Michael sends a message to Nikon and Canon.

Manfrotto announces carbon fiber BeFree tripod

jiiHc-laZaWsoyoYjRgLLPRknyAzwb3_SybIvl_CawMManfrotto has announced a carbon fiber version of its BeFree tripod, previously available only in aluminum. The lighter carbon fiber BeFree weighs 1.1 kg/2.4 lbs (as compared to the 1.4 kg/3 lb aluminum version) and features a reverse folding design that allows it shrink to 15.7 inches (~40cm) in length when collapsed and stored. Designed for travel, it can hold up to 4 kg/8.8 lbs and is available now in the US for.. MORE

Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits

Alum_introIt is frequently said that ‘the best camera is the one you have with you,’ and when a stable platform for that camera is needed, the same could be said for tripods. Some leg sets are so large and heavy that they stay in the back of a closet or trunk of a car, despite the best intentions. Others are so small and fragile that using them requires bodily contortions, while a light wind could blow them over, sending your gear crashing down. MORE…

Adobe Camera Raw 8.6 and DNG Converter 8.6 release candidates available

9917-1876-140718-Adobe_CC-lAdobe has made Camera Raw 8.6 and DNG Converter 8.6 release candidates available. This version adds support for the Nikon D810, Panasonic Lumix AG-GH4 (GH4 with interface unit) and Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000. Color profiles are added for the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III, A7S and Alpha SLT-A77 II. Also included are a number of new lens profiles. See below for a full list of lenses and cameras supported by ACR and DNG Converter 8.6 release candidates. MORE…

Nikon AF-S 35mm f1.8G ED review

35f1-8GNik_450The Nikkor 35mm f1.8G ED fills the last gap in Nikon’s 35mm line-up: a lens designed for full-frame DSLRs, but pitched at a more affordable price-point than the flagship model. Nikon already offers the gold-ringed AF-S 35/1.4G for professional use and the AF-S DX Nikkor 35/1.8G for owners of its DX-format APS-C models. MORE…