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 Monday, June 29, 2015

 
From the Canon Australia YouTube Channel:
 
Shooting light trails is a great reason to get out of auto mode and start shooting manually. It's also a good way for new photographers to begin to use their creativity.
 
In this tutorial Greg Sullavan, from Canon Collective, talks through how to prepare for, and capture, a night light trails photograph.
 
Use his tips and tricks to win a Canon EOS 750D. All you need to do is watch the tutorial and submit your best light trail shots at canon.com.au/photobootcamp.
 
Greg's Tips
 
  • Use a long exposure of 30 seconds
  • Use aperture f/22
  • Use ISO 100 for less noise
  • Use a sturdy tripod
  • Try using a lens hood
  • Use a cable release or the camera's self-timer
  • Shoot with a friend to look out for one another
B&H carries tripods and Canon shutter remotes.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/29/2015 2:18:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Zacuto Vimeo Channel:
 
Zacuto announces the customizable Gratical X micro-OLED EVF! The Gratical X is perfect for the shooter who wants only a few key features.
 
Users start with the bright and brilliant Gratical electronic viewfinder and then customize to fit their individual needs. The Gratical X will start at an attractive price point of $1650. Upon activation, the unit will have HDMI and SDI inputs, display adjustments, color bars, blue gun.
 
Additional software features like pixel to pixel zoom, peaking, false color, LUTs, zebras, frame store, HDMI and SDI outputs and many more can be purchased a la carte. Zacuto will also offer feature bundles with built in savings.
 
B&H has the Zacuto Gratical X available for preorder with an expected availability later next month. B&H also carries the feature-packed Zacuto Gratical HD and Gratical HD Kits.
Category: Zacuto News
Post Date: 6/29/2015 12:50:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lexar Professional 128GB 1000x UHS-II SDXC
Several Lexar and SanDisk memory cards are currently marked down for Independence Day. See below for more information.
 
Memory Card Deals
 
Memory CardOrig. PriceSale Price
Lexar Professional 128GB 800x CompactFlash UDMA 7$196.69$169.99
Lexar Professional 64GB 800x CompactFlash UDMA 7$83.67$72.99
Lexar Professional 64GB 1066x CompactFlash UDMA 7 (2-Pack)$195.70$160.99
Lexar Professional 128GB 1000x UHS-II SDXC (2-Pack)$133.34$119.99
Lexar Professional 64GB 1000x UHS-II SDXC (2-Pack)$78.12$62.99
SanDisk 128 GB Extreme 120 MB/s CompactFlash$164.99$119.99
SanDisk 64 GB Extreme 120 MB/s CompactFlash$73.49$59.99
SanDisk 32 GB Extreme 120 MB/s CompactFlash$48.95$39.95
Post Date: 6/29/2015 10:33:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM and II Lenses Compared
While the Canon EOS 5Ds review has been my highest priority, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens review has not been derailed and is also approaching completion.
 
One of the biggest differences between the 50mm f/1.8 II and the 50mm f/1.8 STM lenses, as their names imply, is the AF system implementation and the audibility differences of these systems is especially notable. The 50mm f/1.8 STM's focusing sound is greatly improved/reduced over the 50mm f/1.8 II presence-announcing buzz.
 
While much can be discerned from this post's image (the STM lens AF sound is depicted on the left), the difference that really matters will best be determined by your ears (turn up your speaker volume):
 
Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens AF Sound Compared to f/1.8 II
 
The perfect lens AF sound would of course be a flat line, but ... AF moves parts and moving parts tend to make at least some noise. In this case, the STM is audible and audible enough for on-camera mics to pick up. The sounds in this example are from an identical near full extents change in both directions at full speed. As with some other STM lenses, a slow change in focus distance (such as when recording video) results in a noticeably quieter sound.
 
Much more to come.
 
The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens, Canon's least expensive lens, is in stock at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/29/2015 9:10:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Last month, real estate photographer Scott Hargis showed us what kind of gear he takes with him on every shoot. In this video, Scott gives us a behind-the-scenes look at putting that gear to use while photographing a home interior.
Post Date: 6/29/2015 9:05:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens on EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review.
 
This is the lens that Canon shows mounted in the 5Ds and 5Ds R product images. There is a good reason for that choice.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens in stock with a $100.00 MIR available through July 4th.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/29/2015 8:03:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Speedlite 320EX Flash
B&H has the Refurbished Canon Speedlite 320EX (review) available for $109.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $222.00 new.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/29/2015 7:40:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 26, 2015
Tamrac 5588 Expedition 8x Backpack
Adorama has the Tamrac 5588 Expedition 8x Backpack available for $179.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $319.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits Pro Digital or Film SLR Kit
  • Fits 17" Screen Laptop Computer
  • Padded 900D PolyTek Backpack
  • Dual Hinge Divider System
  • Dual "Wing" Pockets
  • Memory & Battery Management System
  • QuickClip Tripod Attachment System
  • LockDown Rain Flap
  • M.A.S. and S.A.S. Compatible
  • Carry Handle and Harness System
For what it's worth, this is my primary, pack-almost-everything bag that I take with me on almost every major shoot. Fully packed with gear it isn't light, but the shoulder straps and waist belt make it comfortable to wear especially over short to moderate distances. Make no mistake, this is a big bag (take a good look at the "packed" photo above). The quality of the bag is excellent and it has held up extremely well over the 3 years I've been using it; I do not regret my decision to purcahse this bag (even at full price). [Sean]
Post Date: 6/26/2015 12:26:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Profoto B2 To-Go Kit
Adorama has a Profoto B2 To-Go Kit + Extra Battery ($229.00 value) available for $1,895.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,195.00.
 
Note: While the $300.00 instant rebate can be found at all authorized Profoto retailers, the extra battery ($229.00 value) makes this kit an especially good deal.
 
Kit Includes
 
  • B2 250 AirTTL Power Pack - Fast, powerful and easy to use battery pack. Compact and lightweight enough to be carried on your belt or shoulder
  • B2 Head - Small and light enough to put on a stand, a monopod or even on a bracket on your camera
  • Li-Ion Battery x 2 - This powerful and exchangeable battery provides 215-50, 000 flashes in a single charge depending on flash output
  • B2 Carrying Bag - A handy little bag that houses the B2 battery pack. Carry it on your belt, shoulder or hang it on a stand with the stand strap
  • B2 Location Bag - Custom shoulder bag with side pockets. Fits both battery pack and two heads. Stands and umbrellas can be attached outside the bag with a clever strap system
  • Battery Charger - 2.8 A (Recharges the Li-Ion Battery in one hour.)
Post Date: 6/26/2015 10:04:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens review.
 
Many more 5Ds R lens tests are coming.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens in stock with a $200.00 MIR available.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/26/2015 8:44:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Tamron Logo
From Tamron USA:
 
A notice regarding compatibility issues with the EOS 5Ds and the EOS 5DsR, and availability of firmware update service
 
JUNE 2015
 
Dear users and potential purchasers of Tamron interchangeable lenses for Canon:
 
Thank you for being a valued customer of Tamron products. We have learned that the AF functions of the following interchangeable lenses for Canon do not function in Live View mode when used on the EOS 5Ds and EOS 5DsR which went on sale in June 2015. We sincerely apologize to all users and potential purchasers for any inconvenience the issue may cause.
 
Firmware update service is already available as this is the same case when EOS Rebel T6s and the EOS Rebel T6i were released. Also, Model A011 with the latest firmware for panning shot treatment is compatible and functions properly with these new cameras.
 
*Please see below for the previous firmware update service announcement regarding EOS Rebel T6s and EOS Rebel T6i and the firmware update service for SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011) for panning shot.
 
Affected models (for Canon)
 
  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012)
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A00)
  • SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011)
  • SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F004)
  • 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (Model A010)
  • 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (Model B016)
For those who require firmware update service, please contact our service department.
 
Sincerely,
Tamron USA
 
Note: This overwrite service will only apply to authorized Tamron products purchased in the USA. No service will be offered to the “gray-market products”, such products bought from an unauthorized Tamron USA dealer. Please contact retailer if the original purchase was made from an unauthorized dealer.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/26/2015 8:16:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Lens (review) available for $784.00. Compare at $969.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 6/26/2015 8:15:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Logan Graphics 750-1 Simplex Elite Mat Cutter
For a limited time, B&H has the Logan Graphics 750-1 Simplex Elite Mat Cutter (40" Cut Length) available for $229.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $319.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Cutter for Variety of Materials
  • Cuts Mat/Foam Board, Plexi, Acrylic
  • Cuts Paper, Sizes Glass
  • Base Board Mounted
  • Hinging Guide Rail with Production Stops
  • Parallel Mat Guide / Aluminum Channels
  • 27" Squaring Arm with Stop
  • Made in the USA
Post Date: 6/26/2015 7:31:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Watch how San Francisco-based design director Bradley G. Munkowitz uses lazers, smoke, colored filters and falling crystal dust to create what will soon be the ubiquitous Windows 10 hero image.
 
For historical context, Windows XP hero image is generally regarded as one of the most viewed photographs in history. Below you can see photographer Charles O'Rear describe how he captured the familiar image.
 
Post Date: 6/26/2015 7:08:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 25, 2015
Canon EOS 5Ds
Let's make some noise with the EOS 5Ds. We already talked about one important 5Ds noise factor (high ISO noise), but the audible noise a camera makes can be quite important in quiet situations. When the photographer wishes to remain unnoticed, such as at a wedding or when photographing wildlife, a quiet shutter release is greatly appreciated. The good news is that the 5Ds performs at a noticeably lower decibel than its predecessor.
 
Following are links to MP3 files capturing "The Sounds of the Canon EOS 5Ds". Turn up the volume!
 
Canon EOS 5Ds One Shot Mode
Canon EOS 5Ds Burst Mode
Canon EOS 5Ds Slow Burst Mode
Canon EOS 5Ds Silent Mode
Canon EOS 5Ds Silent Burst Mode
Burst Comparison: 5D III, 5Ds, 7D II and 1DX (3.5 second clips of each)
 
It is not hard to figure out which cameras included in the burst comparison will garner the most attention. Notably, you will hear that the 5Ds is quieter than the 5D III with a less-sharp sound response. Designed to reduce vibration, the new mirror mechanism is also responsible for quieter performance.
 
The 5D III's silent mode was very useful and the 5Ds retains the same ability with a similar sound level.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS 5Ds
Canon EOS 5Ds R
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds in stock and the Canon EOS 5Ds R is available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/25/2015 11:38:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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