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 Friday, February 27, 2015
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Roger Cicala over at LensRentals has just completed optical benchmark testing of the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM. You can read the entire article for detailed information, but the final few sentences sum up his findings quite well:
"This is a remarkable lens. Canon made the widest full-frame rectilinear lens available, and made it with superb image quality throughout the zoom range. Once again, hat's off to Canon's lens designers."
B&H has the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/27/2015 2:59:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Tokyo – February 27, 2015 – TOKYO – Today, Nikon Corporation has announced an update to the mobile application for its photo sharing service, Nikon Image Space, featuring a new and improved intuitive design and overall usability improvements. Launched in January 2013, Nikon Image Space is a free photo sharing service designed not only for Nikon digital camera users, but anyone who enjoys capturing still photos or recording videos.
 
With this update, an improved flat design has been incorporated for iOS (including iPad) and Android apps, optimized for operability in each operating system. In addition to being able to view images in Grid and Map views, a new Flow view has been introduced that displays images larger and enables smooth vertical scrolling when using a smart device, even when scrolling through images stored on a smartphone or tablet. When using on an iPad specifically, a new function is now available for comparing images as well. Overall improved utility and operability, including the ability to background download and upload, cap an impressive upgrade for Nikon Image Space.
 
Primary Updates to Nikon Image Space
 
  1. Adoption of a flat design and optimization for both iOS and Android devices
  2. Improved image browsing function
    In addition to Grid and Map views, with which images are displayed larger for easier viewing, a new Flow view that enables smooth image browsing by flicking up or down has been added. This browser function allows users to view images stored on their smart device as soon as the app is installed. In addition, the app supports display of a list of albums that have been shared, as well as browsing of images in the albums. It also allows users to "unshare", or cancel sharing of albums.
  3. New Function (exclusively for iPad) that enables image comparison
    App operation has been improved with new features designed exclusively for iPads. In addition to the new function that displays two images at a time for comparison, a new two-pane structure has been adopted for some screen layouts.
  4. Support for uploading/downloading in the background
    The app can now be used while images are being uploaded or downloaded. In addition, multiple uploads and downloads can be scheduled beforehand, and then performed one after the other.
Availability
 
The renewed Nikon Image Space will be available as a free download February 26, 2015 for iOS (including iPads) devices that support iOS 8 or later and Android devices that support Android 4.0 or later.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon USA News
Post Date: 2/27/2015 12:57:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens
The wait is almost over...
 
B&H has enough Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lenses in the warehouse to cover roughly half of the preorders and will be shipping imminently.
 
A second shipment will arrive early next week and will cover roughly the balance of the preorders.
 
This is a very highly anticipated lens. If it is on your wish list and you haven't preordered, now would be a good time to do so.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 2/27/2015 10:37:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the ZEISS Blog:
 
Over the course of time ZEISS has published a lot of interesting technical articles about the physical basics of camera lenses. However, after some years not every article can be found that easily. That’s why we decided to publish them all in one blog post to give you easy access.
 
Relevant Camera and Lens Technical Articles (PDFs)
 
Check out Bryan's ZEISS lens reviews for more information on these high quality lenses.
 
B&H carries Zeiss lenses.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 2/27/2015 9:59:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: Use coupon code CLC10OFF ($50.00 off) on eBay (via GetItDigital) to get the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera for $1,399.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,799.00.
 
You may also qualify for $28.98 in eBay Bucks with this purchase.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty. However, the auction advertises that the item comes with a 1-year warranty provided by the seller.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/27/2015 9:26:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
The Canon Digital Learning Center has just posted several videos offering walkthroughs of DPP 4 and EOS Utility 3.
 
Recently Added Quick Start Videos
 
DPP 4 and EOS Utility 3 is compatible with the following cameras:
 
  • EOS-1D C
  • EOS-1D X
  • EOS-1D Mark IV
  • EOS 5D Mark III
  • EOS 6D
  • EOS 7D Mark II
  • EOS 70D
  • EOS 7D
  • EOS 5D Mark II
  • EOS Kiss X7i / EOS Rebel T5i / EOS 700D
  • EOS Kiss X7 / EOS Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/27/2015 8:26:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Sigma:
 
SIGMA 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art F/CANON and SIGMA fittings are scheduled to start the shipment towards the middle of March.
 
SIGMA 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary F/CANON fittings are scheduled to start the shipment towards the middle to end of March.
 
B&H lists an expected availability date of March 20 for the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art Lens and 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 2/27/2015 7:08:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 26, 2015
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
Through February 28, B&H has the Refurbished Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $399.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $499.00 new after $200.00 instant savings.
 
Relevant Reviews
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/26/2015 8:52:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens review.
 
My preference between this lens and the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens remains a toss-up. I have had each individually and the two together. I currently own both.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/26/2015 8:28:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
Use coupon code CLC10OFF ($50.00 off) at eBay (via BigValueInc) to get the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (review) for $1,099.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,499.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
You may also qualify for $22.98 in eBay Bucks with this purchase.
 
Note: The 6D deal listed here is not advertised as coming with a Canon USA warranty and this camera may be a grey market item. The auction indicates that a warranty is included, but that warranty may be a BigValueInc warranty. If such, BVI's warranty only covers parts for 1 year and labor for 90 days. Canon USA has been known to provide warranty service for gray market items, but you are at-your-own-risk with that assumption.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/26/2015 8:17:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: Use coupon code CLC10OFF ($50.00 off) at eBay (via BigValueInc) to get the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Body (review) for $1,949.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,799.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Also, you may qualify for $39.98 in eBay Bucks with this auction.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/26/2015 8:10:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D800 DSLR Camera
Cameta Camera has the Refurbished Nikon D800 DSLR Camera available for $1,779.00 with free shipping.
 
Note: This item includes a 1-year warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/26/2015 7:43:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Body (review) available for $1,999.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,799.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
 
Update: Use coupon code CLC10OFF to take an additional $50.00 off for a final price of $1,949.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/25/2015 8:05:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens (review) available for $277.40 with free shipping. Compare at $549.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/25/2015 2:53:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens review.
 
Probably the most notable difference between the 7D II and the 1Ds Mark III is the crop sensor camera's reduced vignetting as a result of utilizing the center-most part of the image circle. Otherwise, image quality is impressively close wide open between the two bodies.
 
The world awaits the comparison between this lens and the just-announced Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens. This comparison will be a top priority once Sigma's newest "Art" lens lands in our hands.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/25/2015 9:57:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Angelo and Jennette Volpe Library at Tennessee Technological University
While trees that are full of leaves are quite attractive, they can block the view of many homes and buildings. As the cold weather sets in and deciduous trees lose their leaves, buildings typically blocked by foliage can be seen in their entirety. Use this time to capture views of buildings otherwise unobtainable when greenery dominates the frame.
 
Be sure to take advantage of winter breaks and other periods of desolation to avoid distracting elements in your architecture photos. The shot at the top of this post was taken at a local university during the school's winter break. Otherwise, cars and pedestrians would likely been in the frame when photographing the massive library. The shot below was taken on a Sunday morning when all the pictured and surrounding businesses were closed.
 
Broad Street with Cream City Sign
 
If snow is blanketing the ground, then buildings (or various man-made structures) can provide an excellent subject for your imagery. Snow can make rather mundane, uninspiring places look interesting. Take full advantage of freshly fallen snow by setting out early before the blank canvas has been disturbed by those having snowball fights or making snowmen.
 
Walnut Park Gazebo in Snow
 
And if the frigid conditions make outdoor photography less ideal for you, try photographing architectural interiors in the comfort of climate control. Personally, I like photographing interiors just after sunset so that the cool ambient light outside the windows is prominent.
 
Veterans Barber Shop 360-Degree Panorama
 
Wide angle, ultra-wide angle and tilt-shift lenses will be your best bets when photographing architecture. All of the shots in this post (aside from the panorama) were taken with the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt-Shift lens and a B+W circular polarizer. The panorama was captured using the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC lens and my 360-degree panoramic setup.
 
In short, use the winter months to get a fresh, clean look at architecture – inside and out!
Post Date: 2/25/2015 8:28:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,149.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,499.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: The 6D deal listed here is not advertised as coming with a Canon USA warranty and this camera may be a grey market item. The auction indicates that a warranty is included, but that warranty may be a BigValueInc warranty. If such, BVI's warranty only covers parts for 1 year and labor for 90 days. Canon USA has been known to provide warranty service for gray market items, but you are at-your-own-risk with that assumption.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/25/2015 6:35:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the George Lepp for the Canon Professional Network:
"We’ve had the ability to capture time-lapse images with Canon EOS cameras for some time. What was needed was an interval timer to attach to the camera to fire it at a regulated interval. This interval could be as short as 1 second to as long as days. To do this, you needed to purchase an interval timer (intervolameter) and carry it with you. Canon’s answer for advanced DSLRs is the TC-80N3 Timer/Remote Controller. It has several functions beyond being an interval timer and is usually found in my camera bag. But there have been numerous times that I’ve been out photographing and didn’t have all my tools with me, including the TC-80N3, and I was out of luck when it came to time-lapses.
 
The new Canon EOS 7D Mark II has the interval timer built into the camera. Access the 4th Red Menu on the camera’s LCD and follow the procedure below. You will have the option of setting the number of captures from 1 to 99 or set to “Unlimited.” The time between each exposure can be set from 1 second to 99 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds."
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/25/2015 6:23:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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