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 Thursday, February 11, 2016

 
Nikon has released two more installments in its "Philosophy of Nikkor" video series. These videos are quite interesting because they are narrorated from the perspective of design, engineering and manufacturing specialists.
 

B&H carries the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/11/2016 12:11:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
When shooting track sports with multiple laps involved, the participants will often get into a line and, especially at the beginning of the race, will be bunched tightly together. If the participant in first place is your primary subject, you can generally get a clear front-on shot from anywhere on the track. But, if you are shooting a second place participant or beyond and want a front-on shot, minimally the person in first place has great potential to block that shot.
 
That is unless you are in the corner. As the racers break into the corner, visibility of the next person in line becomes momentarily clear for a front-on shot or shots. Yes, you can often get a clear side view on the straights, but the corners are better for a clear front-on shot. Also, passing happens most frequently on the straights, meaning that even the side view is more likely to be obstructed.
 
While this advice applies to multiple sports (including motorsports if safety permits), I most frequently use this strategy for shooting distance running on the track. I most frequently choose the first corner, just past the start/finish line (so that I can photograph the finish of the race as well), on condition that the background and lighting are good. In this indoor venue, access to turn 1 was not available and a wall of windows would have created a blown white background or silhouetted subjects, so I opted for turn 3. In this corner, a second wall of windows provided a great broad, shaded light source.
 
Taking a very low-to-the-ground position helps keep the runners looking large/grand and often aids in keeping the background relatively clear of distractions by positioning ground-based distractions below the subject's head. Using a wide aperture telephoto lens at max aperture on a full frame body also helps create a strong distraction-eliminating background blur.
 
Those of us in the northern hemisphere are in the dead of winter as I post this photo. Motorsports are mostly in hibernation and track and field events are indoors. Indoors usually means very low and potentially spectrum-starved light and, in the case for this track venue, mixed light sources were present.
 
Mixed light sources often mean white balance trouble. By positioning near the wall of windows, the outdoor shade light source became primary on the subject. While auto white balance keeps getting better in-camera and I nearly always use this setting while shooting, the key to easy white balance for this image was the neutral colored number label on the runner. Selecting the custom white balance eyedropper and clicking on the white part of this label brought the subject into nearly ideal color balance with a very slight warming being the only additional post processing color change I made.
 
It is a race and that means participants are going fast. This means that the duration of the into-the-corner visibility is going to be very short and this is where a great sports camera and lens combination is going to make a big difference in your results. A great AF system is needed to quickly lock onto the just-exposed subject and track them into the corner and a fast frame rate increases the odds of catching the perfect subject position. In this case, I was anticipating the shot. I positioned the camera (on a monopod), leveled using the electronic level in the viewfinder, pre-focused the lens to the expected need and then tracked the runner. As soon as the view opened, I pressed the shutter release and relied on AI Servo AF tracking and the fast frame rate to capture the ideal shot.
 
The Canon EOS 1D X is an awesome sports camera choice and the EF 200mm f/2L IS is an equally impressive lens for the task. This combination rocks for indoor sports action and that the 1D X Mark II promises to bring us a significant upgrade ... I can't wait!
 
Hopefully you were not told to "Stand in the corner!" very often during childhood, but ... I'm telling you to do this today. Take your great sports camera and lens and go find a corner to stand in!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
200mm  f/2.0  1/1250s
ISO 2000
3379 x 5068px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 2/11/2016 8:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has filed a patent for a CN-E 24-70mm f/2.8 L S lens.
 
The curious thing about this patent is that Canon already makes a CN-E 30-105 T2.8 L S lens. With so little to differentiate the lenses, one wonders whether the extra 5mm on the short end will be a huge selling point compared to the 30-105's extra 30mm of focal length range on the long end. [Sean]
 
Patent Details
 
Patent Publication No. 2016-14816
 
  • Published 2016.1.28
  • Filing date 2014.7.3
  • Zoom ratio 3.00
  • Focal length 24.00 48.00 72.00
  • F-number 2.80 2.80 2.80
  • Half angle of 32.94 17.95 12.19
  • Image height 15.55 15.55 15.55
  • The total lens length 241.06 241.06 241.06
  • BF 49.16 49.16 49.16
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/11/2016 5:58:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Ruggard Red Series Ruby 33 Tech Backpack available for $49.95 with free shipping. Regularly $139.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds 15.6" Laptop and 10.0" Tablet
  • Spacious Main Compartment
  • Adjustable Dividers for Camera Gear
  • Holds Medium DSLR, 2 Lenses, and Flash
  • 3D Mesh Padding for Comfort
  • Multiple Organizational Pockets
  • Twin Open-Top Pockets
  • Hip Belt with Zip Pockets
  • Adjustable Sternum Strap
  • Interior Lining Keeps Contents Visible
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 2/11/2016 5:36:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens available with a 10% discount for $9,359.28. Compare at $12,999.00 new.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/10/2016 1:24:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Still Live: eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,899.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00 after $300.00 instant savigs.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market camera and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/10/2016 11:52:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
I'm not focused on me, can be accused of under-marketing myself and until very recently, I had never taken a selfie (at least not one shared beyond the immediate family). Of course, when the request for a portrait came in, I didn't want to under-deliver on the effort and set out to have some fun, creating my first selfie. Since the task turned into a major project, I thought I would share some of the undertaking.
 
I know, I gave away the focal length choice in the title and right away some of you are thinking that I've lost my mind. The 12mm focal length, and anything close to it, is not going to create a pleasing portrait perspective, right? Not necessarily. Perspective is created by distance and, if you are far enough away from the subject, any rectilinear focal length can work (I'll save the fisheye discussion for another day). The 12mm angle of view includes a lot of environment in the frame at that adequate distance, and that was my goal for this shot.
 
I should mention that human subjects tend to look best closer to the center of an ultra-wide angle frame, avoiding the stretched look that can be present in the corners. Keeping the camera level (both pitch and yaw) also helps keep perspectives looking reasonable in this image, though you can still find some stretching closer to the borders. For example, the white lens on the left appears somewhat wide.
 
I stopped short of making this image into an I Spy photo, but there are lots of (hopefully) interesting items in this photo. Some are easy to see and some are more obscure (such as the Multicart R12RT loaded with camera backpacks). Overall, I tried to keep the image borders free of lines, fully containing most items in the frame. I also attempted to position the closest lenses so that the hoods were directly aligned with the camera with the hood lines mostly clear of intersecting lines, making them stand out, including the one in my hand.
 
After "decorating" my workspace (my wife's reference to what I was doing), I positioned the camera for the composition I was envisioning. Then, I started pulling out Speedlites.
 
For the main light, I opted for a Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash with a Photogenic Eclipse 60" Umbrella positioned mostly above the camera. This setup provided a soft light over the entire foreground. To reduce the remaining shadows, a second 600EX-RT, with the wide angle diffuser down, was directed into a 30" umbrella positioned behind the camera. This flash was below the first umbrella and acted as a fill light. Note that it is a good idea to use the camera's eyepiece shade/shutter when firing a flash into the back of the camera (especially if using E-TTL metering).
 
I added a third 600EX-RT on a backlight stand behind me with the unmodified flash firing directly toward the camera. This light provided some rim lighting that helped to separate me from the background and lit up the middle layer of the image including some strong reflections.
 
The last Speedlite, a Canon 430EX III-RT, with its wide angle diffuser down, was placed on the floor deep into the studio. This flash's job was to keep the background from going dark.
 
While I ended up selecting this image for use, I also photographed with other camera positions and lighting variations. One change that I liked was moving the background-most flash under the desk and aimed at the left wall seen in this image. This added a pop of brightness that created some stronger lines in that area of the photo.
 
The Canon EOS 5Ds R was tripod-mounted and the tripod was placed immediately against the edge of the desk and triggered via a Canon RC-6 wireless remote. See it on the desk in front of me? I would press the release button, put the release on the desk and grab the lens in time for the 2 second self-timer trip the shutter.
 
I photographed this image in three exposures. The primary f/11 exposure was selected to keep the cloudy sky properly exposed (this exposure happened to be convenient for the overall image) with the flash output, controlled by a Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT, adjusted to balance the overall image.
 
A second exposure utilized a more-diffraction-softened f/16 aperture for keeping the closest subjects in better focus and the third exposure was 4 seconds, necessary to capture the image on the monitor. The three images were composited in Photoshop.
 
Note that ISO 200 was used to increase battery life in the flashes (18 AA batteries in use, I used two sets).
 
See the ColorChecker in the foreground? It is serving a dual purpose. The first purpose is to add some color pop that balances with the images on the walls and on the monitor. The second purpose is for an easy custom white balance. While the Canon EOS 5Ds R provided a good auto white balance in-camera, it was extremely simple to select the custom white balance eye dropper and click on a gray square for the ideal white balance.
 
So, that is the story of my selfie. If you are interested in capturing a selfie of your own, be sure to check out Sean's guide to self-portraits in the site's photography tips.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 2/10/2016 9:40:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens (review) available for $1,399.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,799.00 after $100.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/10/2016 8:18:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens page.
 
This lens is definitely ultra high resolution sensor ready.
 
B&H has the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens in stock (note: The Nikon mount lens is now in stock also).
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 2/10/2016 7:52:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
DigitalRev has the Canon EOS 760D (Rebel T6s) DSLR available for $639.00. Compare at $849.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/10/2016 6:41:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through February 13, B&H has the Canon EOS M3 with EF-M 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $549.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $799.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0" 1,040k-Dot Touchscreen Tilting LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 24/25/30 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • Hybrid CMOS AF System with 49 AF Points
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
  • Hot Shoe and Built-In Flash
  • 3.5mm Stereo Mic Input
  • EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/10/2016 5:42:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Version 1.0.1 to 1.1.0a (Windows)
 
  • Picture Control Utility 2 is now installed with ViewNX-i.
  • Added an Edit workspace and an Adjustments palette for retouch features similar to those in ViewNX 2.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the ViewNX-i Show Focus Point option to display the focus point in a position that differed from that shown in the D750 viewfinder focus point display.
  • Fixed an issue that caused installation of ViewNX i to fail with the message, “This action is only valid for products that are currently installed.”
  • Added support for Turkish.
  • Added support for Windows 10.
Download: Nikon ViewNX-i for Windows v.1.1.0a
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/10/2016 5:33:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a selection of Oben tripods, monopods and ball heads available at discounted prices.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 2/10/2016 5:12:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 9, 2016
The Canon Store has a 10% discount (or more) on all refurbished lenses.
 
Note that some rarely in-stock gear is currently available and some of the lens' prices have recently been reduced to make the refurbished deals even better. For example, recently reduced lenses include the EF 85mm f/1.2L II & EF 16-35mm f/4L IS.
 
In Stock Refurbished Lenses
 
Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.9952.00467.99
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM1,279.20127.921,151.28
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM879.2087.92791.28
Canon EF 17-40 f/4 L USM639.9964.00575.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM439.9944.00395.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.9940.00359.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.9956.00503.99
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM799.9980.00719.99
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM799.99200.00599.99
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.9938.40345.59
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM1,959.20195.921,763.28
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II199.9920.00179.99
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM959.2095.92863.28
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.9952.00467.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9998.0089.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9990.0069.99
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM1,359.20135.921,223.28
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM1,679.20167.921,511.28
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM1,239.20123.921,115.28
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM407.9940.80367.19
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift1,119.20111.921,007.28
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM1,159.20115.921,043.28
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.9932.00287.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM100.7910.0890.71
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II100.7910.0890.71
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM375.9937.60338.39
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM1,599.20159.921,439.28
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM335.9933.60302.39
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 Macro USM1,119.20111.921,007.28
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x8,799.20879.927,919.28
Canon EF 200mm f/2 L IS USM4,799.20479.924,319.28
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM599.9960.00539.99
Canon EF 300mm f/4 L IS USM1,079.20107.92971.28
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM5,175.20517.524,657.68
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM999.2099.92899.28
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/9/2016 2:13:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Feb 9, 2016 – MELVILLE, N.Y. – On February 7th, the top sports photographers from across the country gathered in the San Francisco Bay Area to cover the Big Game between the teams from Carolina and Denver. With more than 70 percent of the photographers in the San Francisco stadium using Canon EOS DSLR cameras and EF lenses, Canon’s iconic white lenses filled the sidelines from the opening kickoff to the final whistle.
 
“Seeing such a large number of the country’s most talented sports photographers choosing Canon equipment to photograph the country’s biggest sporting event of the year is always such a humbling honor for Canon. Their iconic images of the game will be seen by millions of people around the world for years to come, and this drives Canon to ensure both our products and support live up to the requirements and expectations of our loyal customers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
 
Veteran sports photographers and Canon Explorers of Light Peter Read Miller and Damian Strohmeyer were on the sidelines using the brand-new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR Camera, the first public use of the camera in the U.S. since being announced to the public on February 1. "The EOS-1D X Mark II is a marked improvement in file quality, and the performance was huge at higher ISO," said Strohmeyer. "This camera is a big step up!"
 
A full complement of friendly and knowledgeable staff from Canon Professional Services (CPS), a fixture at major sporting events throughout the year, were on site at the stadium for the entire weekend providing comprehensive equipment maintenance, extensive equipment loans and expert technical support to the major photo agencies and individual photographers covering the game. "The equipment loan from CPS really gave us some opportunities for our coverage we wouldn't have otherwise," said Carlos Avila Gonzalez, photo/video journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle. "When an event as large and globally renowned as this is in your area, you have to step up to deliver the kind of work that keeps readers and viewers engaged and constantly seeing your publication as the go-to source for visual content. Canon's help with equipment allowed us to provide that kind of coverage."
 
Canon Professional Services will be proudly attending to photographers at over 32 events this year including major sporting, auto racing, Hollywood, and political events throughout the year.
 
In addition to the lenses on the sideline, Canon’s line of HD broadcast lenses were also used extensively to help deliver the game to more than 110 million television viewers.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 2/9/2016 1:52:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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