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 Friday, January 30, 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Still Live: eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens available for $2,699.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,399.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens review.
 
This is a very nice, compact lens with image quality that holds up well even with a high density image sensor behind it.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens in stock with a $50 mail in rebate that expires tomorrow (31st).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/30/2015 1:07:27 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens available for $539.00. Compare at $599.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/30/2015 12:53:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Ruggard Memory Card Case
Ever think you would like to try a nice SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card case? You know, something nicer than the basic little plastic SD card cases? If so, B&H has a deal to share with you.
 
Today only, get the Ruggard Memory Card Case (holds up to 8 SD cards) for only $7.95 with free shipping. This case is normally priced at $17.95, making the deal price an approximately 55% discount.
Post Date: 1/30/2015 11:09:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 29, 2015
Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX Lens
B&H has the Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX Lens available for preorder.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 1/29/2015 4:55:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera (review) available for $4,599.99 with free shipping. Compare at $5,999.00 after $800.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and as such would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/29/2015 12:41:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D C Cinema Camera
Canon as released an updated firmware for its EOS 1D C Cinema camera. The new firmware version 1.3.9 incorporates the same improvements and fixes as the recent 1D X firmware update, except the firmware is not downloadable.
 
In order to upgrade the EOS 1D C firmware, you must send the camera to a regional service center.
 
From Canon:
 
Support
Canon USA will perform this firmware update on the EOS-1D C Cinema EOS Camera free of charge. Shipping and handling charges may apply. Please contact the Canon Customer Service and Support Center for details.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/29/2015 11:47:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Irista Front Page
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 29 January 2015 – Canon today goes live with exciting new updates to its cloud-based image management service, irista, making it more user-friendly than ever before. The features going live are part of the next development phase of the platform and include an optimised user experience for tablets, as well as the ability to order high quality photo books directly from irista. Alongside the feature updates, Canon also today unveils new pricing for the irista subscription tiers, giving photography enthusiasts increased storage.
 
Feature upgrades – providing an optimised, user-friendly experience
 
The features going live today are:
 
  • Adobe Lightroom integration: Edit images directly in Lightroom, which stores and synchronises the edited versions on your irista account, maintaining a single place to store all your photos. Lightroom users will also find their photos with XMP data in irista, ensuring images can easily be filtered.
  • Multi-device ready: Compatible with the most popular iOS and Android tablets, the user experience has now been enhanced to make all of irista’s functionality easily accessible on tablet devices.
  • Photo books at the touch of a button: Create and order stunning HD photo books directly from irista. Simply filter your favourite images and create a book within irista, all via your web browser. You’ll receive a beautiful, premium quality photo book, allowing you to enjoy your photos time and time again.
New pricing – increased storage for photography enthusiasts
 
The irista updates are accompanied by a pricing refresh for the subscription tiers, which increases the storage options at all levels. The updated free tier now offers 15GB of cloud storage space - with full irista functionality. Advanced enthusiasts or professional users with larger image libraries can now get 200GB and 500GB tiers available for a monthly or annual cost.
 
Updated irista subscription tiers are as follows:
 
  • Up to 15GB: No cost, full functionality
  • Up to 200GB: £4.49/€4.99 per month, or £45.00/€49.00 per year
  • Up to 500GB: £9.99/€10.99 per month, or £99.00/€109.00 per year
Additional storage can also be purchased at £35.00/€39.00 per year for 100GB, £65.00/€69.00 per year for 500GB and £99.00/€109.00 per year for 1TB.
 
The updated irista service is now live, sign up by visiting: www.irista.com
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon UK News
Post Date: 1/29/2015 10:03:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Winter Photography Tips: Go Shadow Hunting
Normally, the ground is covered in detail including grass, leaves, sticks, stones, etc. and that detail is generally on the dark side of brightness. When it snows, those details are covered over and the ground becomes a smooth bright white palette mostly void of detail except possibly an even snow texture. As all kids know so well, what a blank white palette needs is something on it.
 
Shadows are a great option for that something. Especially helpful in this pursuit is that winter brings a low angle sun that casts long shadows even at mid-day. Additionally helpful is that the deciduous trees are bare in the winter and cast clean shadow lines (instead of complete shadows from a leaf canopy).
 
While trees cast great shadows, there are plenty of other options. Look for shadows beside fences (as shown in this example). Make your own shadows using your body (for a shadow selfie) or anything else your creativity can come up with.
 
This winter, if you are fortunate enough to live or travel to a location where there is snow on the ground, take advantage of that blank white palette. And remember, the clock is ticking after a snow storm. Fresher is better in the case of snow.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
55mm  f/11.0  1/80s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 1/29/2015 9:01:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sony 128GB SDXC Memory Card
Post Date: 1/29/2015 8:15:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rogue FlashBender 2 XL PRO Lighting System
From Rogue:
 
Rogue Photographic Design Updates the XL Pro Lighting Kit with New Attachments and Design Improvements, Including: New Strip Grid, Lighter Weight Materials, Quicker Attachment, and New Travel Bag. The New FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting System Includes the Versatile XL Pro Reflector with Two Quick Change Attachments to Create the Soft Box or Strip Grid.
 
Watsonville, California – January 29, 2015 – ExpoImaging, Inc., creators of Rogue FlashBender light modifiers for event and location photographers, today announced availability of the Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting System.
 
“The idea behind the original FlashBender XL Pro Kit was to create a larger light source with studio-style control while retaining the portability and easy setup fundamental to all the FlashBenders,” said Erik Sowder, CEO of ExpoImaging. “With the FlashBender 2 XL Pro, we worked hard to decrease the weight of the original XL Pro as well as to further refine its attachment design. The new FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector is 20% lighter. We know that every bit of weight reduction is welcome for location shooters.”
 
“We also know that photographers will be excited by the inclusion of the new XL Pro Strip Grid attachment in the XL Pro System. Combining diffusion fabric with a black fabric grid, the XL Pro Strip Grid provides precise rim and edge lighting control. It attaches quickly to the front of the XL Pro Reflector and is compatible with the original XL Pro Reflector design.”
 
The FlashBender 2 incorporates new custom reflective fabric. The new fabric allows the reflector to be more easily shaped to control light. The new FlashBender 2 integrated attachment strap is adjustable to fit all popular brands of accessory flashes with a flash head circumference measuring from 8” to 9 3/4”.
 
“To keep it portable, the FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting System is sized to fit a 15” laptop compartment, or lay flat to allow more room for lenses and other essential equipment in the gear bag. We also include a handy Travel Bag,” said Sowder.
 
The Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting System includes: FlashBender 2 XL Pro White Reflector, XL Pro Strip Grid, XL Pro Soft Box Diffuser, and XL Pro Travel Bag.Pricing and Availability
 
The Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting System retails for $99.95, and is available through ExpoImaging’s distribution partners worldwide.
 
B&H carries Rogue products.
Category: Rogue News
Post Date: 1/29/2015 7:39:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H Photo Video Logo
B&H has rolled out a new incentive program for those who share our northern border – free shipping to Canada on orders over $99.00 or more (some exclusions apply). (thanks Dave)
 
From B&H:
 
Now, in order to better service our Canadian Customers, orders over $99 ship free to Canada! Simply select "B&H customs clearance", and select "Canada Free Shipping" as your Shipping Method.
 
Notes:
 
  • Certain items are excluded from this offer based on the item's characteristics. Look for the following under these items: Shipping Charges Apply
  • The $99 order total is calculated after all rebates and bundle discounts have been applied. Gift Cards, freight charges, duties, and taxes do not count towards the qualifying order total.
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 1/29/2015 7:00:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Dell Inspiron 15 i5547-12500sLV 15.6
For today only, B&H has the Dell Inspiron 15 i5547-12500sLV 15.6" Multi-Touch Notebook Computer available for $699.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,049.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.0 GHz Intel Core i7-4510U (Haswell)
  • 16GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM
  • 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • 15.6" Full HD LED-Backlit Touchscreen
  • 1920 x 1080 Native Resolution
  • 5-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Built-in Webcam, Mic, & Speakers
  • Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
 Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Canon EOS 1D X
From Canon:
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
Details
 
Firmware Version 2.0.7 incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes:
 
  1. Improves the AF controllability when shooting in Live View mode with a wide-angle lens (fixed focal length or zoom).
  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which, when shooting long exposures (several minutes), vertical lines appear on the right edge of captured images (still photos).
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) may not perform as intended when in continuous shooting mode and where the shutter speed is longer than 1 second.
  4. Improves the reliability of the control mechanism for the Picture Style Auto setting.
  5. Fixes a phenomenon in which the electronic level indicator does not work correctly.
  6. Fixes a phenomenon in which, when using the “Save and read camera settings” function, the color space data that is selected in “Custom shooting mode (C1-C3)” is not saved. *1
  7. Corrects some incorrect indications on the “English” and “Russian” menu screens.
*1 As a result of this fix, cameras with Firmware Version 2.0.7 will not be able to read the “camera settings file” created with cameras running Firmware Version 2.0.3 (or earlier). If you require the “camera settings file”, please create it after updating to firmware version 2.0.7.
 
Firmware Version 2.0.7 is for cameras with Firmware Version 2.0.3 or earlier. If your camera's firmware is already Version 2.0.7, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
The firmware update takes approximately seven minutes.
 
Notes:
Once the EOS-1D X camera is updated to Version 2.0.7, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version (Versions 1.0.2 through 2.0.3).
 
Once the EOS-1D X camera is updated to firmware Version 2.0.7 from previous firmware version (Versions 1.0.2 through 1.2.4 and 2.0.3), it is recommended that the latest application software *1 be used. Certain previous versions of this application software do not support functions which are added by the new firmware.
You can download the latest application software from our Web site.
*1: EOS Utility version 2.14.10a or later (Supported OSes: Windows 8/ 7 / 7 SP1 / VistaSP2 / XP SP3, Mac OS X v10.9 / 10.8 / 10.7 / 10.6)
*1: Digital Photo Professional version 3.14.46 or later (Supported OSes: Windows 8 / 7 / 7 SP1 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3, Mac OS X v10.6 / 10.7/ 10.8/ 10.9)
 
The instruction manual has been revised to accommodate the improvements and fixes provided as of firmware Version 2.0.3 or later.
 
Support
 
Download Firmware Version 2.0.7 for the EOS 1DX.
 
Download the latest instruction manual from our Website.
 
Download the latest application software from our Website.
 
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
 
Canon EOS 1D X Review | Buy at B&H
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Post Date: 1/28/2015 7:42:23 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
From Canon:
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
Details
 
Firmware Version 1.3.3 incorporates the following improvement and fix:
 
  1. Improves the AF controllability when shooting in Live View mode with a wide-angle lens (fixed focal length or zoom).
  2. Corrects some incorrect indications on the “English” and “Russian” menu screens.
Firmware Version 1.3.3 is for cameras with Firmware Version 1.2.3 or earlier. If your camera's firmware is already Version 1.3.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
 
When updating the firmware of your camera, please first review the instructions thoroughly before downloading.
 
Note:
Once the EOS 5D Mark III camera is updated to Version 1.3.3, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version (Versions 1.0.7 through 1.2.3).
 
Support
 
Download Firmware Version 1.3.3 for the EOS 5D Mark III Camera
 
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review | Buy at B&H
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Post Date: 1/28/2015 7:28:15 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
WD My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
eBay (via Buy) has the WD My Passport Ultra 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive available for $79.99 with free shipping. Compare at $99.00.
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The Canon Store has select refurbished DSLR cameras and lenses on sale for 20 - 50% off. (thanks Scott)
 
In Stock Deals
 
Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-55mm IS STM1,079.20215.84863.36
Canon EOS 7D Body959.36279.37679.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9980.0079.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM239.9948.00191.99
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/28/2015 1:11:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Winter Photography Tips: Get Out of Your Comfort
Yes, it is winter and your comfort "mode" is likely staying in your warm house. While I do encourage you to get out of that "mode", I'm referring to a different "mode". Your camera's Auto mode to be more specific.
 
Today's DSLR cameras have a wide range of fully or semi-automatic modes available, but I still shoot in manual exposure mode at least 95% of the time (as do a significant percentage of other professional and enthusiast photographers). There are many reasons for choosing manual mode, but having full control over image brightness in a snowy environment is the base reason directly related to winter photography. The camera's exposure meter is confused by the bright color of snow and attempts to make it mid-gray in brightness. Yes, you can use exposure compensation to adjust the brightness of the various auto exposure modes, but if the lighting is not changing frequently, I highly recommend using the manual exposure mode alternative. And, winter is a perfect time to perfect your manual exposure skills.
 
Have no fear: Using Manual Exposure Mode is Not Difficult.
 
In manual mode, there are three settings that work together to affect the brightness of an image. These three settings are fundamental to photography and learning them is going to be worth your effort. These are shutter speed (the exposure duration), aperture (how wide the lens opens) and ISO (the amplification of the image received by the imaging sensor).
 
Working backwards, I can't think of a time when I wanted a higher ISO setting for image quality purposes. I want ISO 100 if the other two parameters allow it and adjust upwards as required with noise as the penalty.
 
My aperture setting is usually selected to control the amount of depth of field in the image. The higher the number, the narrower the lens aperture opens and the greater near-to-far distance that remains in focus. So, if everything in the image needs to be in focus, select a high aperture setting number. There is a caveat with going to a very high number and that is diffraction causing the image to become soft. My compromise is usually to shoot at f/8 on an 18-20 MP APS-C body and f/11 on a 20-22 MP full frame body (I go higher/narrower at times). If I want a maximum background blur, I select a wide open aperture (the smallest number available – such as f/1.4).
 
The shutter speed is selected to control (show or avoid) motion blur in an image. If avoiding all motion blur, I can't think of a penalty for using a too-high shutter speed (unless flash is being used and that is a topic for another day). If handholding the camera, there will be a point where a too-high percentage of your images become blurred due to camera shake and usually those images will be sent straight to the recycle bin. Motion blur is sometimes desired in an image (such as moving water) and the right exposure duration is needed to capture this effect.
 
In a perfect world, you would simply select the three perfect parameters for your photo. In reality, there are compromises that are often required and the primary example is a lack of light. If there is not enough light, the shutter speed must be reduced, the aperture must be opened and/or the ISO increased with potential penalties for any of the three adjustments.
 
Dialing In Settings for Manual Mode
 
The more experience you gain, the easier it is to set your manual settings. However, it is not hard for even a beginner to get started and with digital technology where it is today, the learning curve is very short. In the old days (when film was popular), this is the time when the light meter would be pulled out. That piece of equipment is no longer needed for most situations and the meter built into the camera is all you need.
 
There are multiple ways to get the proper manual settings established. You can turn the camera to fully automatic mode and use the settings it picks for you as your initial manual mode settings. You can use the Sunny 16 rule: For a subject under a full sun, set the aperture to f/16 and shutter speed to the 1/ISO setting. Or you can take a guess (what the most-experienced can do).
 
After establishing the initial settings, the next step is to take a picture of a typical scene you can expect to be photographing in (ideally with bright whites included). Then check the camera's histogram for adjustments needed. The histogram shows a graph of the relative brightness of the pixels in your image. This chart is your best friend – learn how to use it. Here is the Canon DPP histogram from the title image.
 
Histogram Example
 
Press "Info" while reviewing an image to turn the histogram on in Canon cameras and I recommend using the RGB histogram to allow all three color channels (Red, Green Blue) to be monitored. Dark details are mapped on the left side (RGB=0) and bright are on the right (RGB=255). Usually to be avoided are pixels stacked on either side of the graph, indicating a loss of details due to blown highlights or blocked shadows. If possible, adjust your manual mode settings to bring the details within the limits of the chart, but use discretion. Pay attention to the brightness of the details in your scene and reflect their relative brightness on the chart. You don't often want to make black or white colors into mid gray.
 
I highly recommend shooting in RAW and adjusting the final image brightness to perfection during post processing. Shooting in RAW, I generally like to expose to the right, commonly referred to as ETTR. This means that the brightest pixels in the image are at or very close to 255, the right-most extent of the chart. This method allows the maximum amount of color information (the most photons) to be captured for each pixel with dark areas especially benefitting from this strategy. Image brightness can later be reduced as desired in Lightroom, DPP, etc. ETTR does not work well in all situations and shutter speed is often what is compromised to get a brighter image, so as always, use this technique with discretion.
 
Especially Useful in Snow
 
As I create this tip, this is the New York City weather forecast:
 
New York City Blizzard Forecast
 
As mentioned, if shooting in the auto zones, cameras will usually underexpose snow images (unless adequate exposure compensation is called for). A manual exposure allows you to dial in the ideal settings and, unless the lighting is changing (such as dark clouds moving over), every image will be identically exposed, making batch adjustment (if necessary) a fast post processing task.
 
When shooting in bright snow, you are going to want the histogram to show pixels with very close to 255 brightness values (regardless of your ETTR strategy) and you might even want to allow some very small areas to go completely white (enable Highlight Alert and watch for the blinkies during image review). The brightest pixel in the tile image has a max RGB component value of 253. I know, this image is of ice, but there is enough air in the ice to appear nearly as white as snow and similarly confound an auto metering system.
 
While exploring a small stream deep in the winter, I came across this smooth ice with interesting patterns under it. Capturing this photo and many others like it was very easy. The day was very cloudy, giving me even light without shadows. I setup the tripod with the camera directed straight down, focused on the surface of the ice, determined the manual exposure needed to make the ice as bright as possible without blowing the highlights and took the picture. I then slid the tripod on the ice to the next composition and took that picture. Repeat.
 
With a manual exposure locked in, the biggest photographical challenge presented by this opportunity was finding a composition that I liked. The patterns were completely random and, in the end, I captured a number of images to sort through. This one is my favorite. I think.
 
Your turn. Get the camera out and turn the dial to the "M" mode. Learn to make your own fundamental camera setting decisions and your photography will be improved in all seasons.
Post Date: 1/28/2015 10:48:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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