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 Friday, July 3, 2015

 
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.
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
 Thursday, July 2, 2015
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via RedTagCamera) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,099.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,399.00 after $300.00 instant rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/2/2015 12:10:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lowepro Photo Sport 12L Shoulder Bag (Purple/Gray)
Adorama has the Lowepro Photo Sport 12L Shoulder Bag (Purple/Gray) available for $14.95 with free shipping. Regularly $39.95.
 
Product Features
 
  • Multi-use, outdoor-inspired and discreet design fits camera and personal gear offers 40% of interior space for camera gear and 60% of interior space for personal items
  • Customizable and removable camera insert provides padded camera protection and versatile divider system that adjusts to fit a DSLR or CSC kit and includes a storm-flap closure and grab handles; remove insert to convert the shoulder bag into a fully functional day bag
  • Flexible camera box may be positioned at front, middle or back of bag allowing you to distribute and carry weight just where you want it
  • Multiple storage options provide plentiful space for all types of day gear - interior fits lunch, light jacket, 10" tablet with its protective case, sunglasses etc.; roomy exterior pocket; 2 exterior zippered pockets and 1 interior mesh zippered pocket for smartphone
  • Lightweight, weather-resistant fabrics offer a comfortable, all-day carrying solution that provides protection from light moisture, dust and sand
  • Roomy exterior water bottle pocket provides a convenient spot to keep hydration at hand
  • Adjustable, wide-webbing shoulder strap with cam lock buckle offers a comfortable way to wear bag over shoulder or across body, high or low
Post Date: 7/2/2015 10:31:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens on EOS 5Ds R
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens Review page.
 
While testing Canon's cheapest lens on their highest resolution camera may seem to be a pairing of opposites, there is a point to be made here. The 50 STM is not a great performer at f/1.8, showing a "dreamy" look to be kind. If we review a comparison between the 5Ds R and 1Ds III with the 50 STM at its f/1.8 aperture, we see that the 5Ds R can extract more resolution from even a poor performing lens. Look at the white being more clearly delineated between the black lines in the top crop to most easily see this.
 
Stop down to f/4 and be amazed at how well a $125 lens can perform.
 
B&H has the inexpensive Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/2/2015 10:19:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sigma Logo
From Sigma USA:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
As same as the Live View mode of Canon “EOS 8000D (Rebel T6s / 760D)” and “EOS Kiss X8i (Rebel T6i / 750D)”, we have found that similar update is required for our lenses to make them compatible with the Live View mode of “EOS 5Ds” and “EOS 5Ds R” cameras.
 
Please note that those products shipped after May 11th in 2015 or updated the firmware for Canon “EOS 8000D (Rebel T6s / 760D)” and “EOS Kiss X8i (Rebel T6i / 750D)” cameras are already compatible with the “EOS 5Ds” and “EOS 5Ds R” cameras, too.
 
In case your lens belongs to the lens group listed below, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary or distributor to update the firmware free of charge.
 
Phenomena
It does not display images on the rear LCD monitor when Live View Mode button on the camera body is pressed.
 
Products and Serial Numbers to be updated
The new firmware will ensure the lens is compatible with the Live View mode of EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R cameras.
 
Current models
 
17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSMNo. 12651501 or later
18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSMNo. 13044001 or later
APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSMNo. 12713001 or later
APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSMNo. 12902001 or later
120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | SportsNo. 50064494~ 50347793
APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSMNo. 12669751 or later

Discontinued models
 
17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSMNo. 12665001 or later
18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSMNo. 12851001 or later
18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSMNo. 12656101 or later
APO 50-150mmF2.8 EX DC OS HSMNo. 12839001 or later
APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSMNo. 12676440 or later
APO 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG OS HSMNo. 12971601 or later

* For lenses that have been repaired in the past, they may require the firmware update even when the serial number is not listed above.
If the mentioned camera does not display images on the rear LCD monitor when Live View Mode button on the camera body is pressed, it is necessary to update the firmware.
* Our DC lenses are developed for the camera bodies with APS-C image sensor, and it is not designed for the cameras with full-size and 1.3x sensors.
* There is no need to update the firmware of those products shipped after May 11th in 2015 or already updated for Canon “EOS 8000D (Rebel T6s / 760D)” and “EOS Kiss X8i (Rebel T6i / 750D)”cameras.

 
For those who own the SIGMA USB DOCK, it will be possible to update the firmware of 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports through SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
* If you use the SIGMA USB DOCK with 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports, even when the lens does not require the update, its firmware will be updated to the new version.
* For those who use APO TELE CONVERTER 1.4x EX DG or APO TELE CONVERTER 2x EX DG with the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports, please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary / distributor of SIGMA for further support.

 
How to identify updated products
Products that we will be shipping from now on already have the updated firmware. This can be recognized by the white sticker on lower left side of the gift box as shown below.
 
Updated Sigma Products Show White Sticker

For further information, please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary / distributor of SIGMA.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/2/2015 8:50:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through 7/6, Adorama has the Panasonic Eneloop "AA" 2000 mAh Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery (8-Pack) available for $14.99 with free super saver shipping after $8.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $22.99.
 
Product Features
 
  • Recharge up to 2,100 times
  • Ready to use after five years in storage
  • Suitable for temperatures as low as -20°C
  • Pre-charged by solar energy
  • Nominal voltage of 1,2 V
  • Rating Capacity: 2000 mAh
Through July 5, B&H has the following Sekonic LiteMaster Pro kits available with an $80.00 instant rebate and free expedited shipping:
 
Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478DR Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card - $399.00 shipped after instant savings (Reg. $479.00)
 
Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card - $359.00 shipped after instant savings (Reg. $439.00)
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens
The previous round of Sigma rebates ended June 30. The good news is that some of the lens rebates have been extended (and in a couple of cases, actually increased).
 
I'm not quite sure when this new rebate period will end, but they won't likely end before the end of this month.
 
Sigma Lens Rebates
 
ModelRebate Amount
Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Fisheye Lens Buy$50.00
Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM Lens Buy$200.00
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens Buy$200.00
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Buy$200.00
Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens Buy$150.00
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens Buy$200.00
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Buy$200.00
Post Date: 7/2/2015 7:35:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Lenses
From Nikon:
 
The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR Lenses Dominate the Sidelines With Superior Optical and AF Tracking Performance, While New Design Reduces Weight
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced two new super telephoto lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR. These two NIKKOR lenses use the latest Nikon lens technologies to enhance autofocus (AF) tracking and optical performance, while benefitting photographers with a significant reduction in weight. Ideal for sports, action, wildlife and press events, these lenses offer photographers the ability to capture striking images from afar with brilliant clarity and sharpness.
 
“The new NIKKOR 500mm and 600mm f/4 lenses were developed to give photographers the advantage on the sidelines or in the field, with a lens that can keep up with the action and get the decisive shot,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “By the fourth quarter or final period, users will sincerely appreciate the weight reduction of these lenses which allow for extended shooting, even into overtime.”
 
Increased Performance, Reduced Weight
These new super telephoto NIKKOR lenses have been optimized for today's high-resolution image sensors and fast-shooting Nikon DSLR cameras. The new lens designs significantly improve AF tracking performance, helping photographers to capture images of dynamic wildlife or athletes in precise clarity, even when subjects are moving erratically, at random speeds or at the camera. Both lenses also utilize Nikon’s Electromagnetic Diaphragm, helping to maintain consistent exposure during high-speed burst shooting of fast action.
 
The addition of fluorite lens elements to the optical formula helps to reduce chromatic aberration, as well as decrease the overall weight of the lenses, saving nearly two pounds (lbs.) for the 500mm f/4E FL ED VR, and nearly three lbs. for the 600mm f/4E FL ED VR. For extended shooting days in the field, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm and 600mm lenses also employ magnesium alloy construction for enhanced durability and further weight reduction.
 
Because the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR weighs in at just 6.8 lbs./3090 grams (vs. 8.5 lbs./3880g of its predecessor), super telephoto performance has never been so light. This premium NIKKOR lens is ideal for nature and sports photographers who are always traveling on assignment and are looking for a fast, constant aperture lens to capture photos and HD video from a distance. The combination of nimble agility, low-light capability and superior optical performance makes this lens an obvious choice for tack-sharp images of birds in flight, aircraft or other fast moving subjects when a tripod is not always an option. The optical formula of this lens combines two fluorite elements and three Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements to further reduce chromatic aberration while providing superior sharpness and color accuracy.
 
For long reach with superior optical performance, professional photographers should consider the AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR, which provides the ultimate in fast-aperture and focal distance for challenging subjects. With a constant aperture of f/4, the new 600mm lens gives the photographer the ability to fill the frame and create dramatic separation between subject and background. With a weight of merely 8.3 lbs. /3810g (vs. 11.5 lbs./5060g of its predecessor), the lens features two fluorite lens elements and four ED elements to provide discerning photographers with unrivaled sharpness.
 
NIKKOR Lens Technologies
Adding to a long legacy of renowned optical excellence, both lenses feature the most advanced NIKKOR lens technologies, including the addition of Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to further reduce instances of ghosting and flare; an essential feature for capturing outdoor sports or action under the lights. Both lenses also incorporate Nikon Vibration Reduction (VR) technology, affording up to four stops of image stabilization*, with automatic tripod detection to counteract vibrations when mounted on a tripod. For pros shooting fast and erratic moving sports or subjects, using the SPORT VR mode will yield a more stable viewfinder image whether handholding the lens, using a monopod or even when panning.
 
For enhanced durability, both lenses are sealed and gasketed against the elements and have a fluorine coating on a front protective meniscus element to make it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. For shooting from extreme distances, the new lenses are also compatible with select Nikon teleconverters** that provide photographers with the ability to autofocus up to f/8 with many Nikon professional DSLR bodies.
 
Price and Availability
The new AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR will be available in mid-July for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $10,299.95. The AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR will be available in mid-July for the SRP $12,299.95.
 
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR Lenses available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/2/2015 7:00:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR
From Nikon:
 
An Everyday Lens That's Anything But Ordinary: The AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Lens Offers Advanced Photographers Powerful Versatility
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens – an amazingly versatile DX-format lens that is well suited for advanced and enthusiast photographers. The NIKKOR 16-80mm features a combination of the best Nikon lens technologies, some never before seen in a Nikon DX-format lens, including Nikon’s legendary Nano Crystal Coat. The resulting lens gives a wide variety of photographers an all-purpose optic to help take their photography further and tell their story with clarity and precision.
 
“The NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4 is a very exciting addition to the NIKKOR DX-format lens lineup, and a new milestone in the NIKKOR legacy – it combines the most advanced optical technologies with an extremely useful focal range to capture photos and HD video,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “This new lens is a great companion for Nikon’s high-performance, lightweight series of DX-format DSLR cameras.”
 
DX-Format Versatility
Make no mistake, the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is premium glass for those who desire a fast and highly capable wide-angle zoom lens. The lens features a popular, wide 24-120mm (FX-format equivalent) focal range, which makes it ideally suited for a variety of shooting disciplines. From wide-angle landscapes, tight portraits or for those looking for an all-in-one tool for travel, this lens does it all. The large f/2.8 - f/4 aperture lets photographers shoot in challenging light with ease, with the creative flexibility afforded by a shallow depth-of-field. Whether photographing friends’ faces or a festive plate full of local flavor, the 16-80mm’s fast aperture lets users blur the background to create that dramatic separation between subject and background that emphasizes and flatters a subject. For creative close-ups of everything from passion-projects to flowers, the lens has a very useful minimum focusing distance of merely 1.2 feet throughout the entire 5x zoom range.
 
To further enhance its low-light capability, the new NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4 lens also features Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization technology, which provides up to 4 stops of image stabilization*, helping to create sharp images while shooting handheld or in challenging light. As an added benefit to landscape and wildlife photographers, this lens features VR with automatic tripod detection, to counteract vibration when mounted on a tripod.
 
Latest Optical Technologies
The new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm F/2.8-4E ED VR boasts some of the best optical innovations from Nikon, and is the first Nikon DX-format lens to wear the gold “N” emblem, to indicate the presence of Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat. This advanced optical coating significantly reduces instances of ghosting and flare for the highest quality images. The front and rear elements also integrate a fluorine coating to make it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. This is also the first Nikon DX lens to feature an electromagnetic diaphragm; this innovation electronically adjusts the aperture within the lens, resulting in consistent exposure during high speed shooting.
 
The new NIKKOR 16-80mm lens features robust construction while retaining a lightweight and compact body. The lens features four Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) elements and three aspheric elements to further combat instances of ghost, flare and chromatic aberration. The lens is constructed of 17 elements in 13 groups, and features a seven-blade diaphragm to create a circular, natural bokeh for a pleasing out of focus area of the image. For fast, accurate and quiet AF performance, the 16-80mm also features Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology.
 
Price and Availability
The new Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR will be available in July for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,069.95.
 
B&H has the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/2/2015 6:50:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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