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 Monday, July 6, 2015
Canon EOS 5Ds
Just posted: Canon EOS 5Ds Review.
 
The Canon 5Ds promised to perform amazingly and it has delivered on that promise.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds in stock and the 5Ds R available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/6/2015 8:47:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Every month we update our Most Popular Gear lists with the cameras and lenses – as evidenced by your page views – are indicative of the most popular gear. I decided to take a look at the most popular gear last month to see if I could discern the reasons behind the popularity of each camera. And speaking of the most popular gear list, you can find the list on the bottom-right side of the homepage.
 
Last month the most popular cameras were (in order):
 
  1. Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  2. Canon EOS 5Ds
  3. Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  4. Canon EOS 6D
  5. Canon EOS 5Ds R
Looking at the list, it makes sense that the EOS 7D Mark II sits at its apex despite the hype surrounding Canon's ultra-high resolution cameras. The 7D II features 10 frames-per-second, a 1D-X-like AF system and dual memory card slots at a great price (especially with the current rebates).
 
Canon's groundbreaking, ultra-high resolution DSLR featuring a traditional low-pass filter takes the #2 spot – the EOS 5Ds. Announced in February, the 5Ds preorders were finally being sent out late last month. The interest regarding this camera was huge as people wondered, "How could I use the extra resolution?" Keep in mind, though, "interest" does not necessarily mean "purchased." The 5Ds (and the 5Ds R) represents a significant investment for most [if not all] photographers, meaning curiosity regarding the 50.6MP sensor – as opposed to preorder intent – likely drove much of that traffic.
 
Sitting at number #3 is the workhorse camera of professionals everywhere (and the camera that Bryan and I have used most since its introduction), the EOS 5D Mark III. Sitting below the 1D-X and now more afforadable than ever, the 5D Mark III is an excellent, well-rounded full-framer. It may be slightly long in the tooth (relatively speaking), but its excellent feature set makes it a highly relevant camera for a wide range of photographers over 3 years after its introduction.
 
The 7D II sits within reach of far more budgets than the 5Ds/5Ds R, a feature it has in shares with the #4 camera in our list – the EOS 6D. Even though the EOS 6D was announced in late 2012, the fact that it's Canon's least expensive entryway into the world of full-frame photography makes it an especially attractive upgrade for those who started out with a Rebel/xxD camera.
 
Rounding out the top 5, the EOS 5Ds R – Canon's highest-resolution, sharpest full-frame camera – appeals to those looking to capture the finest details in their scene (we think landscape photographers are a big portion of this group). The increased risk of moiré and false color makes this 5D variant a little less popular than its nearly identical twin featuring the traditional low-pass filter.
 
So there you have it, the top 5 most popular cameras as indicated by your page views. We hope the site's resources, including the DSLR Camera Reviews and Camera Specifications Tool, have proven useful in determining the camera that best fits your photography needs.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/6/2015 8:36:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
Two excellent grey-market, full-frame DSLR deals are still live on eBay:
 
Note: These are likely grey market items and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/6/2015 8:33:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Many factors go into creating a good portrait image: depth of field, sharpness, suitable lighting, but most importantly emotion.
 
In this tutorial Steve Huddy, from Canon Collective, shows you how to get them right.
 
Use his tips and tricks to win an EOS 750D. All you need to do is watch the tutorial and submit your best light trail shots at canon.com.au/photobootcamp.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/6/2015 6:47:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the Senal SCS-98 DSLR/Video Stereo Microphone available for $79.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Designed for Video & DSLR Cameras
  • XY Stereo Capsules for Accurate Imaging
  • Integrated Shock Mount with Shoe Mount
  • Dual Shock Mount Design
  • Adjustable Gain (-10 dB, 0 dB, +10 dB)
  • High-Pass Filter at 80 Hz
  • Durable Coiled Cable
  • 3.5mm Stereo Output Connector
  • Runs on Single AAA Battery
  • Power LED
Post Date: 7/6/2015 6:39:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, July 5, 2015
LumiQuest 80-20 Pocket Bouncer Kit with Cinch Strap
For a limited time, B&H has the LumiQuest 80-20 Pocket Bouncer Kit with Cinch Strap available for $14.90 with free shipping. Regularly $31.90.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For On-Camera Flashes
  • 80-20 Pocket Bouncer
  • Passes Through 80% of Light
  • Bounces 20% of Light Forward
  • Cinch Strap
Post Date: 7/5/2015 7:50:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 3, 2015

 
From the Nikon Europe YouTube Channel:
 
Shooting abandoned places can lead to surprising results. You'd never guess David's shot 'The Mothership' is actually Linnahall: a former concert hall in Tallinn, Estonia. Check out what he has to say about it and take a closer look at the shot here http://bit.ly/1LFfGB9
 
From the photographer, David de Rueda:
"Linnahall is a former concert hall in Tallinn, Estonia. With a two minute exposure, I could reveal the architecture of the place, which otherwise sat in darkness. The central framing gives the photograph its power, drawing the eye right to the centre. To me, it almost looks like a spaceship."
To see more of David's work, check out "Project Spotlight: Abandoned spaces."
 
B&H carries the Nikon D810 and AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/3/2015 2:05:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D4s DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D4s DSLR Camera Body available for $3,999.00 with free shipping. Compare at $5,996.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore ineligible for a Nikon USA warranty or service.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/3/2015 12:40:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon UK Free Battery Grip Promotion
Nikon UK is offering free battery grips to those who purchase D7200 and D610 DSLRs. See below for more information.
 
From Nikon Europe:
 
Details:
 
  • The Nikon Battery Grip promotion 2015 runs from the 2nd July 2015 to 2nd September 2015 (inclusive).
  • All claims must be made by 30th September 2015 (inclusive).
  • The free battery grip availability is as stated below:
Camera PurchasedBattery Grip
Entitlement
Nikon D7200 D-SLR (body or Kit)MB-D15
Nikon D610 D-SLR (body or Kit)MB-D14

How to claim
Once you have purchased your new Nikon product/s, you will need to follow the simple claim process below. To enable us to complete your claim, we will need to see supporting documentation. This can be in the form of a hard copy or a digital copy with an online claim.
 
Please follow the steps below to make a claim.
 
  1. Please read the terms and conditions and ensure that you have understood them fully before applying to make a claim.
  2. Find your Nikon Europe Service Warranty document for all products. This will either have already filled in Nikon UK Ltd or Nikon Europe BV (Please see image below).
  3. Fill in your name and address details on the Nikon Europe Service Warranty document for all products (if applicable).
  4. Make a photocopy or a digital copy of the Warranty documents for all products claimed for, and retain the originals for your records. This could be in the form of a scan or photograph.
  5. Please make a digital copy or a photocopy of your receipt/invoice ensuring that the date of purchase is clearly visible. This could be in the form of a scan or photograph. These documents will need to be uploaded during the claim process or sent via post. NB: Original receipts/invoices should not be sent in with your application as Nikon will not return the original documentation.
  6. Complete the online claim form by clicking on the "Claim Now" button or by following other cues to claim throughout the site.
Once completed either upload your digital copies of your invoice and warranty documents, or print the copy of the confirmation and send with the documents above to Nikon Battery Grip Promotion 2015, PO Box 246, Alton, GU34 9BL. If you require a hard copy of the claim form please ring +44 (0)1420 525 506.
 
Please also note the following:
 
  • A maximum of one claim can me made per person on each model included in the promotion.
  • For online purchases an order confirmation is not sufficient for a claim.
If you experience any problems and/or are unable to complete the online claim form, please ring our Claim Line on +44 (0)1420 525 506.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/3/2015 12:32:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Canon officially began celebrating the EOS 5D's 10th anniversary earlier this year and now they've published an introspective video narrated by members of their camera design team.
 
The EOS 5D launched in 2005 and was immediately successful because, up until then, full-frame sensors were limited to elite, expensive pro-grade bodies (Canon 1-series). With each successive iteration, Canon has introduced key advancements that kept the camera line relevant for its target markets (high resolution, video recording, advanced AF, etc).
 
It's interesting to look back and see how the 5D line has grown and matured into what it is today. The original 5D was a relatively stripped down camera with a full-frame sensor, somewhat akin to an EOS 6D today – capable of producing great images, but without many of the features that pros require.
 
Today, the 5D series sits squarely between the market it used to serve and the highest end, 1-series market (both in price and features) with a notable exception – resolution – where the 5D bests its top-tier big brother. With each feature-packed iteration the 5D has appealed to an even broader market; I think that's a big reason why the cameras have been so popular over the past decade. I think it'll be interesting to see where the lineup goes from here. [Sean]
 
B&H carries the EOS 5D Mark III and the new 5Ds / 5Ds R DSLR cameras.
 
Update: Canon has also published a video interview with developers of the 5D cameras.
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/3/2015 9:07:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DigitalRev has the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon/Nikon (review) available for $699.00. Compare at $799.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 7/3/2015 9:00:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DigitalRev has the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens (Canon/Nikon) available for $829.00. Compare at $1,199.00 after $100.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Check out Bryan's full review of the only 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens with built-in image stabilization.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 7/3/2015 8:56:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5Ds Sample Photo of Black Bear
Obvious is that the Canon EOS 5Ds is a much higher resolution camera than the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Because the 5Ds has more pixels in the same amount of sensor space as the 5D III, camera and subject motion causes subject details to cross over pixels at a faster rate, potentially resulting in blur and a loss of pixel-level sharpness. Because of this, you may find that a faster minimum shutter speed is necessary for handholding this camera (and that image stabilization becomes more important). Similarly, fast-moving subjects may require faster shutter speeds to avoid pixel-level motion blur.
 
This is the 5Ds change with the biggest learning curve. But, get the shutter speed wrong and you may have a fallback option available.
 
The momma black bear showed up and I sprung into action. With the Canon EF 100-400mm L IS II Lens mounted to the 5Ds (the "R" in this case), I quickly estimated the manual exposure needed. Black bears rendered large in the frame tend to be overexposed in auto exposure modes and I was able to dial in the right manual exposure setting just as fast as determining any exposure compensation needed. I made one quick ISO setting change after seeing the first image on the histogram and began rapidly capturing frames.
 
Unfortunately, most of my shots from this 2 minute session were throwaways, primarily due to the bear's constant fast movement creating poor head positions. Some of the better-composed images were not as sharp as desired due to motion blur.
 
Hindsight is usually clear and I know that I should have opted for a higher ISO setting and shorter shutter speed, but I was hoping that the bear would pause occassionally, affording me the opportunity for sharp images at 1/320. When modestly blurred images happen, the fall-back option available is to reduce the final image dimensions until it is the desired sharpness. Reducing the final image dimensions to those of the 5D III (or similar) will give you the about same sharpness results as if the image had been captured on that lower resolution camera.
 
Here is the full resolution crop example showing what I was not satisfied with:
 
Full Resolution 5Ds Sharpness
 
Take this image down to 5D III pixel dimensions and ... I have an image I can be happy with:
 
Reduced to 5D III Size Sharpness
 
In the case of my bear photo, 5D III dimensions result in an acceptably sharp image (the DOF is centered closer to the eyes, leaving the teeth slightly out of focus). While I would rather have the full 50.6 megapixel image be sharp, having this image sharp at 22 megapixels does not leave me with big regrets.
 
I know, the bear is not looking at me. I always recommend taking a tastier (and slower) friend along when photographing bears. The bear was looking at her. I'm kidding of course. :)
Post Date: 7/3/2015 7:25:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Manfrotto Agile-II-Sling-Bag-(Star-White)
For a limited time, B&H has the Manfrotto Agile II Sling Bag (Star White) available for $29.95 with free shipping. Regularly $74.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR with 24-120, 2 Lenses, Flash
  • Holds Tablet or 11" Laptop
  • Roomy Main Compartment
  • Side & Top Access to Gear
  • Interchangeable Dividers
  • Side Tripod Straps
  • Water-Repellant Fabric
  • Fits Standard for Carry-On Luggage
  • Favorite bag of Storm Troopers everywhere*
* I may have added that last product highlight. :-) [Sean]
Post Date: 7/3/2015 6:57:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS with EF-S 18-55 IS STM Lens
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM Lens available for $799.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,099.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/3/2015 6:38:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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