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 Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Canon EOS M with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens
B&H has the Canon EOS M with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens (review) available for $311.00 with free expedited shipping.
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Post Date: 10/1/2014 2:18:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $549.99 with free shipping. Compare at $699.00.
 
Note: This is likey a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 10/1/2014 11:00:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
PocketWizard Cashback Promo Vouchers
From JP Distribution:
 
Starting on Wednesday 1st October 2014 customers purchasing any of the following PocketWizard products, from authorised UK and Republic of Ireland resellers, will be entitled to claim up to £100.00 cash back by redemption of a voucher and valid proof of purchase.
 
  • £20 CASH BACK - PocketWizard MiniTT1 for Canon or Nikon
  • £25 CASH BACK - PocketWizard FlexTT5 for Canon or Nikon
  • £100 CASH BACK - PocketWizard Mini & Flex Kit for Canon or Nikon (1 x MiniTT1, 2 x FlexTT5 & 1 x AC3 ZoneController)
Promotion Ends: Sunday 30th November 2014
 
Download rebate vouchers here.
 
Amazon.co.uk is an authorised retailer of PocketWizard products.
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Post Date: 10/1/2014 8:26:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
I usually really like Canon's promotional videos, especially those produced by Canon Australia (great example here). But this is not one of them.
 
In the video, Canon Master Krystle Wright introduces Canon Ambassador Lisa Wikinson to three different lenses – the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM, EF 50mm f/1.4 USM and EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM.
 
And that brings me to the first thing I don't like about this video – Why in the world is a Canon Ambassador ignorant of the usefulness of these lenses in the first place? Aren't Canon Ambassador's supposed to be somewhat familiar with the Canon lens lineup (or at least the capabilities of various types of lenses)? Canon Professional Network describes Ambassadors as "...some of the world’s greatest photographers." Yet one of them has no idea what wide angle, standard telephoto and telephoto zooms are well-suited for?
 
Ludicrous.
 
But that leads me to the biggest thing I don't like about this video – I feel it goes too far in dumbing-down the usefulness of lenses. In the video, Canon Master Krystle Wright boils down the company's entire lineup to three "types" of lenses – landscape, portrait and sport.
 
I think I would have preferred if Canon had stuck with the more prevalent terminology – wide (or ultra-wide) angle, standard telephoto and telephoto zoom. These terms describe the physical aspects of each lens that make it well-suited for various uses rather than pigeonholing the lens to a specific (and very limited) use.
 
I've shot portraits with wide angle lenses, medium telephoto and telephoto zooms. And I often shoot sports with standard and medium telephoto lenses (wider apertures work especially well for dimly-lit gymnasiums). Why Canon would advertise its lenses in this way is beyond my comprehension. :-/ [Sean]
 
Am I being too hard on Canon Australia? Let me know in the comments section below.
 
B&H carries the following lenses:
 
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Post Date: 10/1/2014 8:13:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Drobo Mini 8TB Storage Array
From Drobo:
 
New Drobo Mini 8TB bundle delivers an industry first for protected storage on-the-go
 
SAN FRANCISCO – September 30, 2014 – Connected Data, the creator of the award-winning Drobo line of smart storage solutions, today announces the immediate availability of its new Drobo Mini 8TB bundle that provides customers with a massive amount of storage space in a small, rugged form factor.
 
The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle features four hot-swappable 2.5” drive bays pre-loaded with four Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB drives. Like all Drobo products, the Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is built on the award-winning BeyondRAID Technology to ensure that data is not lost in the event of one or two simultaneous drive failures. If a drive does fail, the Mini automatically repairs itself and returns to a protected state while providing full access to all data. New drives can be added or swapped on-the-fly with zero downtime.
 
The Drobo Mini connects via Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 providing flexible, high performance access to data while on the road with the confidence to know that data will be safe and protected against loss. All of these features and capabilities come in a sleek-looking package that weighs just three pounds and is small enough to easily fit into any travel bag.
 
This combination of capacity and extreme durability makes the Drobo Mini ideal for photographers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who can quickly and easily transfer large multimedia files from their devices’ media cards to the Mini while still on location.
 
“Lugging 8TBs of storage to a photo or video shoot was a real challenge before now,” said Rich Harrington, CEO of RHED Pixel and publisher of Photofocus. “While other companies may offer 8TB options, they tend to lack portability and data protection. This makes other solutions impractical for field use by creative pros. The new Drobo Mini 8TB bundle makes it easy to bring a tremendous amount of storage capacity anywhere we need it while still providing the peace-of-mind that comes with Drobo’s unique approach against drive failure.”
 
“The Drobo Mini is the ideal storage array for our new 2TB Samsung Spinpoint M9T hard drives,” said David Frankovich, Director PLM, Samsung HDD division of Seagate Technology. “We’re able to provide Drobo users with the highest-capacity and thinnest storage solution available in today’s market.”
 
Pricing and Availability
The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is available today at an MSRP of $999 USD through select channel partners.
 
B&H carries Drobo products.
Category: Drobo News
Post Date: 10/1/2014 6:46:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Canon EOS 60D with EF-S 18-135mm IS Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 60D with EF-S 18-135mm IS Lens available for $749.99 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 9/30/2014 12:01:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
No guarantees you will come out of this presentation a star. But, you will learn some useful tips on working with them. This presentation takes a look at Deborah’s work from the last 35 years of photographing musicians and other people of notoriety.
Post Date: 9/30/2014 9:55:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
James and Amy's Steam Punk Engagement Shoot
By Sean Setters
 
A photographer friend of mine – James – recently asked me to shoot his engagement pictures. He and his fiancée were planning a steampunk wedding and wanted engagement pictures to match the theme.
 
If you're you've never heard of "steampunk," check out Wikipedia for a good introduction to the science fiction sub-genre.
 
James and Amy had spent countless hours hand crafting or altering Victorian age clothing, accessories and props. They wanted their engagement photos to showcase their passion for the genre. And considering James is a fellow photographer, I really wanted to bring my A-game to this shoot.
 
We planned the shoot for the late afternoon. I arrived at the location about 30 minutes early to scout out the location, determine my shooting angles and set up my gear. This is an important step if you shoot with off-camera flash – arrive early. Setting up light stands, wireless triggers, light modifiers and power options is time consuming. Arriving early allows me to hit the ground running once your clients arrive fresh on the set.
 
While setting up I realized that it was hotter than I thought it would be when I planned the shoot. About 20 minutes into setup I was already sweating through my t-shirt. I knew James and Amy would be wearing multiple layers of clothing (they had sent me a preview of their outfits). If I was already hot, they were going to be much more uncomfortable than I was.
 
I decided to purchase a few cold bottles of water from a nearby food vendor so that my clients could stay hydrated throughout the shoot. It was a small – but certainly appreciated – touch.
 
One big challenge for the location was that the front of the train faced the setting sun. This meant that my subjects would be staring straight into the sun whenever they looked into the direction of the camera. This caused two problems: 1) the subjects would be squinting and 2) the direct sunlight would make them even hotter in their multiple layers of clothing.
 
To combat these issues, I set up large 64" umbrella behind the camera's position so that it shaded my subjects from the sun. The umbrella didn't shade them completely, but it allowed the subjects to pose comfortably while the sun was making its way over the horizon in front of them. The shade umbrella also had another benefit – it provided a blank canvas to work with as far as lighting is concerned. It converted the sun into an ambient base instead of limiting it for use as a main light. That means I could position my main light anywhere to sculpt the scene as I saw fit while simply adjusting my shooting variables to obtain the base exposure I wanted (soft, ambient fill light on my subjects).
 
In short, here are the three things I did to help keep my subjects comfortable on this shoot:
 
  • Arrived early to set up equipment
  • Provided cold water to the clients to combat the hot afternoon
  • Used an umbrella to shade my subjects so that they weren't staring into the sun
And those small things combined to keep my subjects happy on this shoot. Throughout the shoot, James and Amy stayed fresh, fun and full of ideas. And it really paid off in the end.
 
If you'd like more details on the lighting setup, check out my description below the picture on Flickr.
Post Date: 9/30/2014 8:17:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens available for $3,299.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,799.00 after $200.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty. However, the auction advertises that a third party 3-year warranty is included.
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Post Date: 9/30/2014 7:23:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon UK:
 
LONDON, 24 September 2014 – Canon Europe, leader in imaging solutions, will be capturing the action on and off the course with an exciting crowd view photo initiative at this year’s Ryder Cup, taking place at Gleneagles, Scotland from 23-28 September 2014. During the competition, Canon will also be providing support for professional photographers and supplying printing solutions behind the scenes.
 
As the Official Supplier of Imaging Solutions for The 2014 Ryder Cup, golf’s premiere team contest where teams from Europe and the United States compete against each other every two years, Canon will be bringing a first to the competition to enhance the spectators’ experience, taking deep zoom panorama shots of the first tee and surrounding fans with two Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR cameras. The Canon panorama photographs will be captured throughout the week and will be available to view online at www.canon-europe.com/golf, The Ryder Cup Spectator App and shared via Canon’s social media channels. The photographs will be shot in high resolution gigapixel format, and fans will be able to zoom in to the crowd to find and tag themselves, so they can share the experience with their friends and family on social media.
 
The Canon Professional Services (CPS) team will be on site at the 2014 Ryder Cup Media Centre to provide support for accredited photographers with advice, essential maintenance, equipment loans and help with minor repairs. Canon will supply 70 printers and multifunctional devices to The 2014 Ryder Cup organisers for all printing, copying and faxing needs. Canon print solutions will also be used to create commemorative photobooks for players and team captains at the end of the tournament.
 
Cyprian da Costa, European Brand Communications Director, Canon Europe, Middle East and Africa, commented: “We are delighted to support The 2014 Ryder Cup and the professional sports photographers there to capture the emotions and team spirit of one of the world’s most exciting golf events. We are also inviting fans to experience a new angle on the tournament with the Canon panorama photographs and share their own Ryder Cup moment on social media in a new way.”
 
The Ryder Cup is golf’s premiere team contest, pitting Europe against the United States, and is one of sport’s most prestigious and popular brands. More than 250,000 spectators are expected on site during the six day event, with a further global TV audience of 500 million people across 183 countries.
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Post Date: 9/30/2014 6:33:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 29, 2014
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Canon USA has updated versions of Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility & Picture Style Editor available for download. (thanks Marco)
 
Digital Photo Professional 3.14.41 Changes:
 
  • Supports images taken with EOS 7D Mark II, PowerShot SX60 HS, PowerShot G7 X.
  • Windows Vista and Windows XP are no longer supported.
  • For multi monitors, supports color management for monitors other than the primary monitor.
  • A function to delete the shooting data when executing [Convert and save] has been added.
  • For EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, EF-M22mm f/2 STM, EF-M18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, the latest lens data can be used, of which Digital Lens Optimizer's performance has been improved.
  • Supports new lens (EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM, EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM).

Digital Photo Professional 4.0.2 Changes:
 
  • Supports EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM.

EOS Utility 2.14.10 Changes:
 
  • Supports EOS 7D Mark II.
  • Supports EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM, EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM.
  • Windows Vista and Windows XP are no longer supported.

EOS Utility 3.0.0 R2 Changes
 
  • Supports EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM.

Picture Style Editor 1.14.20 Changes
 
  • Supports EOS 7D Mark II.
  • Windows Vista and Windows XP are no longer supported.

EOS MOVIE Utility 1.2 Changes:
 
  • Newly supported EOS 7D Mark II, EOS-1D X, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 6D, and EOS 70D.
  • Operability improved by changing layout of buttons.
  • Marker supported.
  • 200% enlargement supported.
  • Still image cropping function enhanced.
  • Playback of IN point-OUT point supported.
  • "GPS" has been added to the shooting information items for cropped still image.
  • Items added to the shooting information display.

Download the Canon Software Updates at Canon USA.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,598.96 with free shipping. Compare at $3,199.00 after $200.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This may be a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 9/29/2014 10:47:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 1DX DSLR Camera (review) available for $4,799.99 with free shipping. Compare at $6,799.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 9/29/2014 9:20:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Cable Protector
Buried in the press material for the EOS 7D Mark II announcement was an image showing a unique accessory that is being bundled with the camera – a cable protector.
 
Canon says in the EOS 7D Mark II User's Manual:
"When connecting the interface cale, also use the provided cable protector. Using the cable protector prevents the cable from accidental disconnection and the terminal from getting damaged."
You can see the cable protector socket in the following diagram:
 
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Cable Protector Socket
 
And here's how you install and use the cable protector:
 
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Cable Protector Installation
 
The included cable protector means that I won't have to purchase a 3rd party accessory (like the Tether Tools JerkStopper) to protect my 7D II's camera's ports from excess strain when using the interface/HDMI cables. Nice! [Sean]
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II available for preorder.
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Post Date: 9/29/2014 8:25:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
Many of the DSLR Camera rebates that were in effect last month will be continuing through October. However, several new lens rebates were thrown into the mix.
 
Most of the rebates are of the mail-in variety but a few are instant rebates (for example, Speedlite Flashes).
 
Note: Some of the DSLR Camera rebates require an additional lens purchase to qualify.
 
For instance, if you purchase a Canon EOS 6D, 7D, 70D or 60D, you can qualify for the following rebates when also purchasing these lenses with your camera:
 
LensAmount
Canon EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM$250.00
Canon EF 24–70mm f/4 L IS USM$250.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM$100.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM$100.00
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM$100.00

 
Canon October Rebates
 
ModelRebate Amount
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Buy$200.00
Canon EOS 6D Buy$100.00 - $250.00
Canon EOS 7D Buy$100.00 - $600.00
Canon EOS 70D Buy$100.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS 60D Buy$100.00 - $250.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D Buy$50.00 - $200.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D Buy$50.00 - $200.00
Canon EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM Lens Buy$60.00
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$60.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Buy$20.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Buy$50.00
Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash Buy$50.00
Canon Speedlite 270EX II Flash Buy$30.00
Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX Flash Buy$60.00
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash Buy$50.00
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Post Date: 9/29/2014 7:04:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, September 28, 2014
Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera
Canon Singapore has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II User's Manual available for download. (thanks Dana)
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II available for preorder.
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Post Date: 9/28/2014 6:37:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 26, 2014
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From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Autumn begins around late September, bringing with it a seasonal change that inspires photographers across the nation: Fall foliage. Autumn’s dramatic landscapes are stunning to behold and the challenge is how to preserve the impact in a still photograph that captures the unique quality of this season.
 
An autumn-colored tree is a subject unto itself. It is a time where a photograph of a simple tree can stand on its own and, in most cases, break all the rules of composition. There’s just something special about a tree (or landscape full of trees) turning brilliant colors this time of year. However, if you take it a step further — give the tree some dramatic lighting, throw in a compositional aid such as a creek or road, make use of color filter effects, and think carefully about framing and composition — then you’re on the right track to making a great photo that doesn't just rely on pretty colors.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
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Post Date: 9/26/2014 3:54:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
Amazon has the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport featured as a Lightning Deal and is available for $74.99. Compare at $99.00.
 
Note: This deal ends in less than an hour.
Post Date: 9/26/2014 1:07:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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