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 Friday, September 4, 2015
For a limited time, B&H has the Manfrotto Advanced Shoulder Bag VII available for $19.95 with free shipping. Regularly $49.95.
Product Highlights
  • Holds DSLR with Grip, 4 Lenses, Flash
  • Padded Interior Dividers
  • Dual Exterior Side Zip Pockets
  • Front Interior Pocket
  • Three Interior Memory Card Pockets
  • Water-Repellent Materials
  • Detachable Shoulder Strap
  • Removable Rain Cover
Post Date: 9/4/2015 5:30:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 3, 2015
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Body
eBay (via RedTagCamera) has the Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (review) available for $749.95 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00 after $200.00 instant savings.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/3/2015 2:32:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lee Filters SW150 Lens Adapter for EF 11-24L
From the LEE Filters Facebook Page:
You've asked, we listened! Announcing the newest addition to our SW150 Filter System... The Canon 11-24mm Adaptor Ring for the Mark II!
*Please note that due to the physical size of this lens, and the extremely wide angle of view, the SW150 filter holder will vignette at the widest angles. To avoid this we recommend using a minimum focal length of 13.5mm when using the filter holder with two filter slots and 12.5mm when using the holder with one filter slot.
B&H carries LEE Filters and accessories, though the product page for the 11-24mm Lens Adapter has not been created yet.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Lee News
Post Date: 9/3/2015 8:05:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Impact Luxbanx Duo Deep Small Octagonal Softbox (39") available for $129.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $309.95.
This modifier comes with a free fabric grid ($69.99 value). You'll need the appropriate speed ring to attach to your flash or strobe.
Product Highlights
  • For Strobe, Fluorescent and LED Lights
  • Compatible with Hot Lights up to 1,000W
  • Textured Silver Interior
  • Removable Inner Baffle, Front Diffuser
  • Fits Speed Rings for Most Popular Brands
  • Optional Fabric Grids
Post Date: 9/3/2015 5:04:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Lensbaby Composer Pro with Sweet 35 Optic available for $50.00 off – now only $329.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $379.95.
Product Highlights
  • 35mm Selective Focus Optic
  • Enhanced Ball & Socket Selective Focus
  • 12-Blade Diaphragm Adjustable Aperture
  • 4 Multi-Coated Elements in 3 Groups
  • 46mm Front Threads
  • Precise Control for Selective Focus
  • Interchangeable Optics System
  • Manual Focus
  • Pre-Installed Sweet 35 Optic
Post Date: 9/3/2015 4:49:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD
Tamron has extended the mail-in rebates that ended August 31 while increasing the rebates on a couple of the lenses and adding the very popular SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD to the mix.
The new rebate period is live September 1 through October 31.
Tamron Lens Rebates
ModelRebate Amount
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy$30.00
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy$50.00
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$200.00
Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Buy$70.00
Post Date: 9/2/2015 3:17:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H Photo & Video Superstore
As is normal for this time of year, B&H will be closed several days this month in observance of Labor Day, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur & Succos. If you need your gear to arrive in a timely manner, be sure to keep the upcoming holiday schedule in mind.
Labor Day Monday, September 7 Open 10AM - 7PM
Rosh Hashana Eve Sunday, September 13 Close at 1PM
Rosh Hashana Monday, September 14 - Tuesday, September 15 Closed
Yom Kippur Eve Tuesday, September 22 Closed
Yom Kippur Wednesday, September 23 Closed
Succos Eve Sunday, September 27 Close at 1PM
Succos Monday, September 28 - Tuesday, October 6 Closed
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 9/2/2015 10:36:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Through September (from August 30 to October 3, technically), Canon has implemented a new round of instant rebates. Unfortunately, some of the items that qualified for rebates last period have been dropped in the new program and other rebates have lowered slightly. Fortunately, a few new items qualify for rebates in September.
As usual, some of the DSLR rebates vary depending on whether you purchase the body only or whether you purchase a lens with the body. In a new twist, the EOS Rebel T6i qualifies for a rebate when purchased with the EF-S 18-55 IS STM and Connect Station C100. Unfortunately, the C100 isn't scheduled to be available in the US until after this particular rebate period ends, so that doesn't seem terribly useful.
DSLR Instant Rebate Breakdown:
  • The EOS 1D X qualifies for a $700.00 rebate.
  • The EOS 5D III qualifies for a $300.00 rebate when purchased as a body-only or with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM or EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM.
  • The EOS 6D qualifies for a $300.00 rebate when purchased as a body-only or with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM or EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. The EOS 6D qualifies for a $550.00 rebate if purchased with an EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM.
  • The EOS 7D Mark II qualifies for a $300.00 rebate when purchased as a body-only or with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. The EOS 7D Mark II qualifies for a $550.00 rebate if purchased with an EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM.
  • The EOS 70D qualifies for a $200.00 rebate when purchased as a body-only. The rebate increases to $250.00 if purchased with the EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM or EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. The EOS 70D rebate varies from $400.00 - $550.00 when purchased as a lens (or Video Creator) kit in addition to the EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM or EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM.
  • The EOS Rebel T6s qualifies for a $100.00 rebate when purchased with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, with an additional $150.00 rebate ($250.00 total) when purchased with the EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM.
  • The EOS Rebel T6i qualifies for a $100.00 rebate when purchased with a standard kit lens and $150.00 rebate when the Video Creator kit is purchased. Rebates go on to vary from $200.00 - $300.00 depending on the purchase of the EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM, Video Creator Kit and/or Connect Station C100.
  • The EOS Rebel T5i qualifies for a $150.00 rebate when purchased with a standard kit lens and $200.00 rebate when the Video Creator kit is purchased. Grabbing an EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM with a lens kit will earn a $300.00 rebate or $350.00 rebate when combined with a Video Creator kit.
  • The EOS Rebel SL1 qualifies for a $150.00 body-only rebate and a $200.00 rebate when purchased with a standard kit lens. The rebate jumps to$300.00 when the EF 75–300mm f/4–5.6 III is bundled with a lens kit and purchasing a kit including the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM will qualify for a $350.00 rebate.
  • The EOS Rebel T5 qualifies for a $150.00 rebate when purchased with the standard EF-S 18-55mm kit lens. Adding the EF 75–300mm f/4–5.6 III increases the rebate to $250.00 while the bundling the EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM with the kit lens will qualify for a $300.00 rebate.
Canon Camera and Lens Instant Rebates
ModelRebate Amount
Canon EOS 1D X Buy$700.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Buy$300.00
Canon EOS 6D Buy$300.00 / $550.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Buy$300.00 / $550.00
Canon EOS 70D Buy$200.00 - $550.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6s / 760D Buy$100.00 - $250.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D Buy$100.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D Buy$150.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Buy$150.00 - $350.00
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
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$50.00
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$80.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Buy$15.00
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy$50.00
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/2/2015 9:19:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through 9/6, use coupon code PXLDAY2015 at AdoramaPix to save 20%* on your order of photo books, prints, calendars, canvases, albums, metal prints, cards, acrylic prints, framed prints and collages.
* excludes prepaids, gift cards and pro memberships
Post Date: 9/2/2015 6:43:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD & SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lenses
From Tamron:
First to debut: two fast, fixed focal standard lenses packed with exceptional features that deliver ultimate performance
  • SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012)
  • SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013)
September 2, 2015, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces launch of a new series of SP lenses that are optimized to make the most of the superior imaging performance delivered by the latest advancements in digital photography. Sporting a totally revamped external appearance, the new lenses provide the ultimate in functionality and operation. The first two lenses in the series are compatible with full-frame DSLR cameras and offer fast apertures and versatile, fixed focal lengths. The pair consists of the SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) and SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013), and both can be used with APS-C format cameras as well.
Features of fast-aperture fixed focal lenses: 35mm and 45mm, the first of new SP Series
To develop these two standard fixed focal lenses, goals were established to provide exquisite characteristics certain to set them distinctively apart from ordinary, conventional models. This required a new approach. All of the key performance criteria were redefined to achieve the ultimate in optical performance. VC (Vibration Compensation) was incorporated as an integral part of the opto-electronics design to expand shooting freedom. Priority was set to allow dramatically closer focusing capability to remove what would otherwise be a barrier to the subject. Yet with all this innovation, the overall mechanical package had to be kept within practical size limits with an elegantly sophisticated external design as a human interface.

Having optimized every prerequisite, remarkably versatile lenses have been developed that boast amazing performance from F/1.8 wide open aperture. These lenses can be enjoyed by users of APS-C cameras as well as full-frame.
  1. F/1.8 fast-aperture, fixed focal lenses aimed at ultimate performance
    Optimal use of the latest glass materials, coupled with Tamron's world renowned optical design technology, thoroughly compensated for aberrations of all types to achieve higher resolving power, while fine textures of materials and details are reproduced with subtle tonal gradations. The F/1.8 aperture delivers more light to the viewfinder—making it brighter for easier focusing – and more light to the sensor, allowing use even in very dim lighting conditions. In addition, the bokeh (background blur) effect obtained using the F/1.8 fast aperture delivers impressively smooth and soft transition from the main subject to the background.
  2. Dynamic close-focusing capability, unprecedented among standard lenses
    Both models deliver astonishingly short MOD (Minimum Object Distance) not available from other 35mm or 45mm standard lenses. Photographers can get closer to the subject with ease, unleashing new photo opportunities with an expanded scope of freedom. Superb image capture is ensured throughout the entire range from the closest to normal shooting distances, thanks to Tamron's proprietary Floating System built into both lenses.
  3. VC (Vibration Compensation) system, a feature crucial for high-pixel-density cameras
    Beneficial under all lighting conditions and especially useful in low light levels, the VC function provides noticeable advantages for handheld shooting by minimizing the adverse effects of camera shake. Cameras with high pixel densities, in particular, are sensitive to minute vibrations which cause unsharpness and degradation of image quality. VC works to ensure the maximum imaging performance even in dim lighting to allow photographers to enjoy the fast F/1.8 maximum aperture to the fullest extent.
  4. User-friendly product design with close attention to all details
    Opening a new chapter in the SP legend, product design, opto-mechanical construction and engineering processes are totally integrated. Every single detail and operating function has been thoroughly reexamined, explored and matured to a form that has a friendly, human touch.
External Design
  1. Product design with maximum emphasis on the human interface in order to achieve the ultimate in functional beauty
    While the lens is constructed with the absolutely most modern technologies inside, the exterior is articulated to offer the best possible comfort and confidence under a product design philosophy of "Human Touch." Organically composed lines and patterns on the barrel produce subtle changes in its appearance by reflecting ambient light on the surface. Metal-based barrel materials provide a pleasant feeling of comfort, high quality and durability, fitting firmly in the hands of the photographer. Design of the front face of the lens is also taken into consideration so that it is not intimidating.
  2. Brand ring and SP emblem
    A brand ring that's tinted "Luminous Gold" adorns the lens just above the lens mount. On one side of the lens barrel there is an SP emblem in the same luxurious color.
  3. Design of distance and aperture scales
    The window over the distance scale has been enlarged by 20% to maximize visibility and legibility. Font style of the characters and numbers has been newly developed to enhance the legibility as a critical element of the overall product design.
  4. Switches with optimized geometric shape and tactile feedback
    The geometric shape and sliding torque of the AF/MF change-over and VC On/Off switches have been configured and engineered to deliver the utmost comfort with secured operational feedback.
  5. Lens hood and caps
    To complete the lens product design, accessories such as the lens hood and caps for front and rear have been totally redesigned as well. Attaching and removing the lens hood has been fine-tuned by optimizing the connection interface to render both secure seating and durability.
Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD
Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD
Post Date: 9/2/2015 5:35:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,999.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00 after $300.00 instant savings.
Note: This camera is likely a grey market item and ineligible for Canon USA's warranty. However, the auction does advertise that a 1-year warranty is provided by the seller.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/1/2015 2:41:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sekonic L-308s Cash Back Promotion
From Sekonic:
JP Distribution are pleased to announce a £20/€25 CASH BACK Promotion on the ever popular Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Meter.
The pocket-sized Sekonic L-308S Flashmate is the smallest and lightest digital light meter in the Sekonic line-up. It is designed to read ambient or flash exposures in either reflected or incident modes and it displays accurate exposure readings in full, half, or third-stop increments to mirror the exposure settings of today's DSLR and film cameras.
£20/€25 CASH BACK Sekonic L-308S
The promotion is only available from authorised UK and Republic of Ireland resellers for purchases made between 1st September and 31st October 2015. Customers will be entitled to claim £20/€25 cash back by redemption of a voucher and valid proof of purchase. Terms and Conditions apply.
Promotion Ends: Tuesday 31st October 2015
Download the Sekonic L-308s Cash Back voucher.
Amazon UK carries the Sekonic L-308S light meter.
Post Date: 9/1/2015 11:56:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Logo
From Canon UK:
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 1 September 2015 – Canon Europe and Getty Images today reveal a series of iconic images which, shot by some of the world's leading photographers, represent defining moments from the past decade and bring to light the power of photography and the role it plays in helping to affect change around the world.
Known for enabling people to tell the stories that need to be told, the Canon EOS 5D series celebrates its 10th anniversary with an initiative that showcases 10 amazing images that tell some of these stories. From exposing the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian army, to uncovering illegal logging of rare and endangered trees in Madagascar, the EOS 5D has been the camera of choice for many professional photographers over the past decade and has captured some of the world’s most significant and important moments.
To view all the images and the amazing stories behind them, visit Canon’s Showcase within the Come and See website. The images will also be available to view as part of a special anniversary exhibition within Canon’s space during the professional week at Visa pour l’Image 2015, the annual festival of photojournalism held in Perpignan, France, from August 31 to September 6 2015.
Canon invites you to share your iconic images
To further celebrate 10 years of profound imagery, Canon Europe is also launching a pan-European competition that will offer participants the chance to win limited edition EOS 5D anniversary prizes.
All photographers, from amateurs to professionals, both smartphone and camera users, are invited to share an image that they feel represents a story of change. Winners will be selected by a panel of award winning judges, including Canon Ambassador Brent Stirton and Getty Images photographer Toby Smith.
The Canon Iconic Images competition will run in eighteen European countries (UK, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Russia) from September 1 until October 2 2015.
For more information please visit the ‘Iconic Images’ competition page within the Gallery section of Canon’s ‘Come and See’ website.
“Since the launch of the original EOS 5D in 2005, the series has grown to become one of the most popular camera ranges of all time. 10 years on and now with four iterations under our belts, we’re showcasing today at Visa pour l’image how the EOS 5D series has enabled photographers around the world to tell some of the most important stories throughout the past decade,” said Kieran Magee, Director, Professional Imaging Group, Canon Europe. “We’re incredibly proud of what has been achieved over the past 10 years and want to invite everyone, both amateur and professional photographers, to share their own iconic stories and join us in celebrating the power of photography.”
The 10 iconic Getty Images photographs are:1. John Moore, EOS 5D Mk I; Arlington, USA - May 27, 2007
John’s image of a woman weeping at the foot of her husband’s grave depicts a personal moment of change against a backdrop of simultaneously changing attitudes towards the deployment of troops in conflicts overseas such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Published within many of the world’s leading media titles, his image touched the heart of millions and showed the devastating consequences at home of war.
2. Alvaro Ybarra Zavala, EOS 5D Mk I; Colombia – November 29, 2007
Taken whilst on assignment to document the Colombian civil war, Alvaro’s image of two female guerrilla soldiers caught the attention and imagination of the mainstream media, highlighting the long suffering plight of the Columbian people and bringing the reality of this largely forgotten 50-year conflict to the general public.
3. Veronique de Viguerie, EOS 5D Mk I; Hobyo, Somalia - October 27, 2008
When Veronique de Viguerie and her journalist colleague travelled to Somalia to meet with one of the pirate chiefs it was still an unknown story outside of the region. The resulting report was ground-breaking and was published as the first landmark feature on the subject, just as it was about to enter headlines globally.
4. Toby Smith, EOS 5D Mk II; Masoala National Park, Madagascar - August 21, 2009
Toby’s body of work on illegal logging of endangered species of trees in Madagascar became part of the first prosecution on US soil of international traders using endangered species of timber.
5. Ed Ou, EOS 5D Mk II; Mogadishu, Somalia - April 24, 2010
Ed’s heart-breaking photos of young children armed with powerful weapons were published internationally and later shown in the US Senate which went on to see the US government and UN Security Council apply renewed pressure on the Somali transitional government to stop using child soldiers.
6. Marco Di Lauro, EOS 5D Mk II; Gadabedji, Niger - June 27, 2010
Marco Di Lauro partnered with UNICEF UK to document the serious food crisis gripping the West African nation of Niger. His surreal, striking photograph captured the attention of the public by offering something new, a different side to a widely reported issue. The impact of the work helped raise several million dollars in a few months to help the Nigerien people.
7. Jonathan Torgovnik, EOS 5D Mk II; Port-au-Prince, Haiti – January 10, 2011
Port-au-Prince was one of the most severely damaged places in Haiti during the devastating earthquake in 2010. Published internationally, Jonathan’s image raised refreshed awareness about the extraordinarily poor conditions that people were still living in one year on.
8. Brent Stirton, EOS 5D Mk II; Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya - July 13, 2011
Permanently guarded by four armed sentries, Brent’s image of one of the last northern white rhinos in the world was captured as part of a wider investigation in to the use of animals in black market medicines. Highlighting the fragility of the rhino’s existence, as the world’s most endangered species, the image reached an audience of millions globally.
9. Laurent Van der Stockt, EOS 5D Mk II; Jobar, Damascus, Syria - 13 April, 2013
The series of images, video footage and soil samples which Laurent and a fellow journalist took, were published globally and used by French, British and American administrations as evidence of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian army. This lead to pressure by world leaders to stop the use of chemical weapons in this conflict.
10. Dan Kitwood, EOS 5D Mk III; Kos, Greece - June 4, 2015
Dan’s image of four Pakistani migrant men arriving on the beach of the Greek Island of Kos from Turkey captures one of the most important stories to have come out of 2015 so far. His work has been published internationally in many influential media outlets, helping to raise awareness of the issue around the world.
Check out the special article on CPN to see the 10 iconic images.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon UK News
Post Date: 9/1/2015 10:28:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Meerkat at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
by Sean Setters
When I travel, I usually try to visit a zoo if there is one nearby. Zoos offer tremendous opportunities to photograph wildlife that would otherwise be economically infeasible (because of travel) or dangerous to photograph otherwise.
After visiting several zoos over the past few years, I've learned a few things that may help you on your next zoo trip.
Plan to start your day early.
Animals are generally more active in the morning before the sweltering sun sets in for good. Plan to arrive at the zoo when it opens. This will not only give you the best opportunity to see animals active and out in the open, but you will also be able to avoid the large crowds that develop as the day wears on (thereby making the best vantage points easier to reach). Doing online research of the zoo before you set off can help you determine which exhibits you want to visit first to increase your chances of capturing the best shots.
Alligator at Oatland Wildlife Center Savannah GA

Getting to Oatland Wildlife Center as soon as it opened allowed me to photograph the alligators while no one else was around. This gave me the freedom to choose any shooting position I wished for optimal framing.
Pack these: your longest (non-super) telephoto, a general purpose zoom & a standard wide aperture prime lens.
Generally speaking, a telephoto lens in the 300-400mm range will be ideal for many outdoor wildlife exhibits. The long reach and narrow angle of view of these lenses will help allow you fill the frame with your animal subjects while also minimizing the evidence of captivity in your photos. Lenses such as the Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM work very well in this regard.
Hyacinth Macaw at Nashville Zoo

A long telephoto lens can even aid in minimizing the impact that fences/nets have on your images as long as the barricade is close to the end of your lens and your focus point is well beyond it. This causes the fence/net to become blurred sufficiently enough so that it may not be readily distinguishable in your image (though you will likely notice a loss of contrast).
You may find that your long telephoto lens never leaves your camera while visiting a zoo. However, don't discount the value of having a general purpose lens on hand just in case. My recent trip to Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah, GA proved less than fruitful in regards to animal photography than I had hoped because the early morning heat left most animals hiding in their shaded enclosures. However, one section of the trail proved especially beautiful as the boardwalk ventured out over a large marsh. I quickly affixed the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM to my 5D III and captured the following handheld HDR image.
Oatland Island Wildlife Center Marsh

Another lens you may find particularly useful is a standard wide aperture prime lens in the 50-85mm focal range. These lenses can prove extremely beneficial if the zoo you are visiting features indoor aquariums or exhibits. The wider aperture provided by these lenses can be essential for minimizing motion blur (from animals or the photographer) while maintaining acceptably low ISO levels.
And while on the subject of photographing animals through glass, wearing a dark colored shirt can help you avoid capturing distracting reflections in the glass. Unfortunately, wearing a dark colored shirt may not be ideal if it's a hot summer day, so you may want to simply throw the shirt in your camera bag in case you need it.
Bring sunscreen and water.
While many zoos have done a good job in providing ample shade for visitors, you may find yourself getting a little more sun than you thought you might after a long day of photographing captive wildlife. Be sure to wear sunscreen to the park and keep a small tube of it in your camera bag (inside a zip-top plastic bag) for reapplying when necessary.
Not only can the sun take a toll on your skin, but the heat combined with the exercised involved in toting camera equipment around the park can easily lead to dehydration if you aren't careful. Most zoos have water fountains located throughout the park, but you may want to keep a water bottle on hand for when you need it most. A small snack (like a granola bar) can easily be stowed in your camera bag and can help provide a little energy during a short break.
And that's it. If you have any more tips, please feel free to share them in the comments section!
Post Date: 9/1/2015 10:10:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 70 V2.0
B&H has the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 70 V2.0 available for $129.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.00.
Product Highlights
  • Holds Pro DSLR,70-200mm f/2.8,5-8 Lenses
  • For 2 DSLRs,24-70mm f/2.8,70-200mm f/2.8
  • Expanding Front for 2 Pro DSLR Bodies
  • Looks Like Luggage and Not a Camera Bag
  • Side Loops for Optional Carry Straps
  • Pee Wee Pixel Pocket for Memory Cards
  • Non-Slip,Contoured Shoulder Strap
  • Rear Trolley Sleeve/Tethered Rain Cover
  • Accepts Optional Urban Disguise Straps
Post Date: 9/1/2015 8:14:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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