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 Friday, April 12, 2013
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Use promotion code S2221112 during checkout at Adorama to get the following deals on Canon lenses:

All deals come with free shipping and 2% Rewards. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II Lens and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II Lens ship with a Red Giant Adorama Production Bundle for free.

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Post Date: 4/12/2013 6:49:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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It is hard to overlook the amazing scenery all around us. And capturing those amazing views is what many of us have cameras for. As with most photogrpahy pursuits, the right lens can make a significant difference in your landscape photography results.
 
Today we are looking at Landscape Lens Recommendations.
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Category: Recommendations
Post Date: 4/12/2013 9:30:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF 85mm L II USM Lens Sample Picture
Since we were discussing the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens yesterday, I thought I would put up some fresh sample pictures for that lens. Hopefully you will find them - or one of the included tips - interesting and helpful.
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Post Date: 4/12/2013 10:44:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens
B&H has the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens (Canon/Nikon) available for preorder.
Post Date: 4/12/2013 4:14:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Lumiquest LQ-114 Speedlite Snoot available for $10.90. Compare at $23.95.
 
Note: From what I have read, this product ships with self-adhesive velcro tabs that enable the snoot to be affixed to your shoe-mount flash. In my opinion, that's a less-than-optimal solution. This will be a much better and more versatile tool if you already own a velcro strap for your flash - like the LumiQuest UltraStrap or, my personal favorite, the Honl Photo Speed Strap. -Sean
Post Date: 4/12/2013 12:43:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tournez C-Clamp Mount with MagConnect for Apple iPad 2 & 3
Adorama has The Joy Factory Tournez C-Clamp Mount with MagConnect for Apple iPad 2 & 3 available for $49.99 with free shipping. Compare at $74.95.
Post Date: 4/12/2013 12:07:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera with 22mm STM Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera w/ 22mm STM Lens available for $399.99 with free shipping. Compare at $529.00.
 
Caveat Emptor: BigValueInc's positive feedback rating is at 98.2%. However, eBay seems to trust them enough to continue listing their auctions as "Daily Deals."
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Post Date: 4/12/2013 11:37:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 1 J2 Mirrorless Camera with 10-30mm Lens
Amazon has the Nikon 1 J2 Mirrorless Camera with 10-30mm VR Lens available for $389.00. Compare at $459.00.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/12/2013 10:18:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon COOLPIX P310 Digital Camera
Best Buy has the Nikon COOLPIX P310 Digital Camera available for $149.99 with free shipping. Compare at $169.00.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/12/2013 8:30:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Mark II Lens Caps
Apparantly, the inventory of side-pinch lens caps is starting to dwindle. Site visitor Ian recently sent us an email noting that his recently unboxed Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens from Amazon came prepackaged with the new 77mm center-pinch lens cap.
 
B&H carries the new Canon Center-Pinch Lens Caps.
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Post Date: 4/12/2013 8:12:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon Professional Network:
 
Great travel photography can evoke a range of emotions and usually ends in that feeling of ‘itchy feet.’ CPN writer Ian Farrell applies the foot powder and talks to Canon Explorer Joel Santos about a recent trip to Patagonia with the EOS 6D DSLR…
 
The urge to travel goes hand in glove with a need to take pictures. A perfect example of this can be found in Joel Santos, a 35-year-old travel photographer from Lisbon, Portugal, who has explored dozens of locations throughout the world, in Europe, South America, and across Asia.
 
Joel, who worked as an economist before he sidestepped into the photographic industry, has enjoyed travelling from an early age. “I was fortunate that my parents loved to travel, so I had the chance to see some amazing places as a child,” he says, explaining that it wasn’t until 2003, after he had qualified with a masters degree in economics, that he thought of working in photography.
 
“I was working for a while in East Timor, near Indonesia, teaching economics at university,” he continues. “My passion for photography grew during this time, and it was only natural that it joined up with the love for travel I’d developed by living abroad.” Now Joel makes a living from his photography, splitting his time between organising workshops and tours, writing about the destinations that he visits and shooting stunning images of people places and culture.
 
See the full CPN article here.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 6D DSLR camera.
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Post Date: 4/12/2013 7:57:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens
From Sigma:
 
SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM & SIGMA USB DOCK
 
2013.04.12 - SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM for Canon and SIGMA USB DOCK for Canon are scheduled to start the shipment from the end of this month.
 
B&H has the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Canon available for preorder.
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Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 4/12/2013 7:31:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sony 32GB SDHC Class 10 SD Memory Card
Adorama has the Sony 32GB SDHC Class 10 SD Memory Card available for $16.95 with free shipping.
Post Date: 4/12/2013 6:43:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 11, 2013
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens
I included the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II Lens in my indoor action sports lens recommendation list. Some, in a politely-constructive way (always very appreciated), are questioning my logic for doing so. The big reason for this questioning is due to the 85mm f/1.2L II's focusing speed. This is not the fastest Canon AF system.
 
So the question: "Can the EF 85mm f/1.2L II Lens be used for sports action photography?" is one that I want to answer today.
 
The short answer is "Yes".
 
Here is a very slightly cropped sample photo I captured with a Canon 1D X:
 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Sample Sports Picture
 
Is it sharp? That is a good question because it is easy to make web-sized images sharp. Even with very light sharpening ("2" in DPP), the eyelashes are sharp as shown in the screen capture below. The screen capture is lower quality than DPP's RAW conversion (the sharpening is not as clean), but I want to show the active AF point placed on the jaw line:
 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Sample Sports Picture AF Point Overlay
 
Close and fast approaching subjects present a challenge to the autofocus systems of both cameras and lenses. This runner was very close and moving fast. She was on the inside lane of the track and I was off of the track *just* far enough to not disturb the race. It is going to be hard to get much closer to any action - and dangerous to get that close to anything faster. The 1D X has proven very impressive to me, making it a great choice for finding the limitations of the lens. This shot and a significant percentage of my other 85 f/1.2 action images are in sharp focus.
 
Adding to the challenge of capturing in-focus action sports images with this lens is the razor-thin depth of field at f/1.2. Maintaining a focus point on the same plane of focus as the in-action subject's eyes is a challenge. Do not expect an in-focus hit rate as high as with some good f/2.8 lenses - though the 85 f/1.2L II bested some other non-Canon f/2.8 lenses I was testing at the same event.
 
You of course do not have to use a wide open aperture, but ... f/1.2 is a leading contributor to the major awesomeness of this lens. It is seldom too dark to stop action with an f/1.2 aperture as the in-action subject's ability to see becomes an issue.
 
Actually, it can be too bright to shoot sports at f/1.2 unless you have the right DSLR camera. Shooting under full sunlight as shown in the sample above? You need a DSLR with 1/8000 shutter speed capability (only higher end models have it) along with ISO 50 to keep images dark enough to avoid blown highlights in some scenarios. These were the settings used in the sample above. Alternatively, a neutral density filter can be used.
 
Returning to the autofocus speed question ... Can other Canon lenses focus faster than the 85 f/1.2L II? Yes. But, this 85mm f/1.2 action sports sample is far from a 1-off autofocus accident. My overall focus hit rate is decent with this lens.
 
Can any other Canon lens produce the same sports image look?
 
No. I love this lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/11/2013 9:32:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
While some wildlife is tolerant of human presence (and some is captive), much of the world's wildlife remains elusive. It would prefer that you were in the next county. Lenses that allow you to remain far from the subject tend to rule the wildlife photography category.
 
Today I introduce the Wildlife Lens Recommendations page.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Recommendations
Post Date: 4/11/2013 8:19:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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