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 Friday, July 7, 2017
B&H has the Rokinon SP 14mm f/2.4 Lens for Canon available for $799.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $999.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Canon EF Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.4 to f/22
  • 2 Aspherical, 2 ED, 3 HR Elements
  • Hybrid Aspherical Element
  • Ultra Multi-Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Aluminum Alloy Lens Housing
  • Nine-Blade Diaphragm
  • Built-In Petal-Shaped Lens Hood
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/7/2017 6:20:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the Joby Pro Series Hand Grip with UltraPlate 208 for DSLR Cameras available for $9.99 with free shipping. Regularly $24.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Anodized Aluminum Hand Grip
  • Arca-Type Compatible QR Plate
  • Nine 1/4"-20 Mounting Holes
Post Date: 7/7/2017 6:14:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 6, 2017
Canon Japan has posted official sample photos and videos for the EOS 6D Mark II. (thanks Paul)
 
Preorder the Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/6/2017 9:45:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Asia has made the Canon EOS 6D Mark II Owner's Manual available for download.
 
There are 610 pages for your leisure reading.
 
Get more Canon EOS 6D Mark II information and preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/6/2017 10:10:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Both B&H and Amazon are listing July 27 and the expected availablility date for the Canon EOS 6D Mark II.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/6/2017 7:21:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the DJI Ronin 2 3-Axis Handheld / Aerial Stabilizer available for preorder with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For DSLRs / Cinema Cameras
  • 30-Pound Payload Capacity
  • Enhanced SmoothTrack Algorithm and GPS
  • Upright, Underslung, and Briefcase Modes
  • Easy Underslung/Upright Transitions
  • 2-Axis Mode for Use with Steadicam
  • Retractable Feet/Self-Supporting Design
  • Camera Control for Select Cameras
  • 2.4 / 5.8 GHz Switchable Remote
  • Up to 0.6-Mile Control Range
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 7/6/2017 6:35:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Westcott Strobelite Plus Monolight available for $119.95 with free shipping. Regularly $229.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 200Ws
  • Proportionate Modeling Light
  • 110-240 VAC
  • Includes Reflector and PC Cord
  • 2.5-Sec Full-Power Recycling
  • IR/Optical Slave
  • Widely-Used Bowens S-Mount
  • Removable Power Cord
  • 25-100% Flash Variability
Post Date: 7/6/2017 6:21:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 5, 2017
When an updated camera model is introduced, it's fair to wonder if your needs will be best served by the new model or whether the older model will serve your intended purposes sufficiently with cost savings being the primary benefit.
 
With the Canon EOS 6D Mark II's announcement, I'm sure many people are considering either a camera upgrade or the addition of a second camera to their kit. And since the original 6D is still available (at least for now), it makes sense to look closely at these two cameras to see if the 6D II's updated features are worth its higher price for your specific needs.
 
As the 6D doesn't really have any signifcant advantages over the 6D Mark II aside from a lower price, so we'll simply take a look at the upgraded features of the 6D II to put the current cost differential into context.
 
Advantages of the EOS 6D Mark II over the 6D:
 
  • 26.2 MP CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF vs. 20.2 MP (no DPAF)
  • 45-point AF system (all cross-type) vs. 11 points (f/5.6 cross type at center, extra sensitivity at f/2.8)
  • Up to 21 active AF points with f/8 max aperture vs. no active AF points at f/8
  • 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor affecting 63 segments vs. 63 zone Dual Layer SPC
  • 6.5 fps. (up to 21 images in RAW) vs. 4.5fps. (up to 17 images in RAW)
  • DIGIC 7 vs. DIGIC 5+
  • Customizable, Intelligent Viewfinder with transparent LCD overlay vs. standard viewfinder
  • AWB (Ambience priority/White priority) vs. AWB (Ambience priority only)
  • Vari-angle touchscreen LCD (1.04 million dots) vs. fixed
  • Flicker Light Detection and Shutter Timing vs. none
  • Full HD 1080p 60 fps movies with 5 axis electronic image stabilization vs. 1080p 30 fps (no electronic stabilization)
  • WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth & GPS vs. WiFi and GPS
  • Intervalometer with 4K Timelapse Movie Mode featuring 3840px UHD resolution vs. no intervalometer or in-camera timelapse
Who should opt for the EOS 6D Mark II?
 
If you are a wildlife photographer, the 6D II's significantly better AF system and the ability to utilize lens + extender combinations with an f/8 maximum aperture ultimately make it a much better choice compared to the 6D and its 11-point AF system. Those needing to capture wildlife at the peak of action will also benefit from the 6D II's faster burst rate. If sports photography is on your to-do list, then these same features along with Light Flicker Detection and Shutter Timing will be prove quite advantageous to you as well.
 
Event photographers will especially appreciate the 6D II's upgraded AF system and [almost certain] great image quality at higher ISOs, as both will be very beneficial for documentary style photography in light-starved venues.
 
Do you plan on photographing your child/children as they play? The 6D II's advanced AF system will ensure you get more in-focus shots compared to its predecessor.
 
Filmmakers will especially appreciate the 6D II's Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor with its ability to track action in movie mode. Other features that filmmakers will enjoy include the vari-angle LCD (with touch-focus), the ability to capture video at 60 fps and in-camera 4K timelapses (though many may still prefer to compile their timelapses in post-processing). Even if not utilizing the in-camera timelapse movie feature, the built-in intervalometer negates the need for an additional accessory to capture timelapses.
 
Even if you're not a serious filmmaker, the 6D II's Movie Servo AF can help you to capture high quality home movies that your family will enjoy for years to come.
 
The customizable Intelligent Viewfinder is a convenient feature that nearly every photographer can appreciate, with the ability to display a single axis level indicator, gridlines or other relevant information. For those who enjoy sharing their images quickly and easily, the 6D II's NFC & low-energy Bluetooth connections may also prove to be a differentiating factor.
 
Who should opt for the EOS 6D?
 
If you don't believe the sum of the value of the benefits listed above justify the incrementally higher cost of the 6D Mark II, then the original 6D may be the perfect camera to add to your kit (or otherwise build your kit around). It features excellent full frame image quality and is great for landscapes, cityscapes, architecture/real estate, vacations, family gatherings, studio portraiture and macros.
 
Summary
 
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II included a lot of feature updates that 6D owners had been asking for, including (but not limited to) a more advanced AF system and a Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor. The 6D II is intended to be the full frame camera for the budget-conscious consumer, just as the 6D was at its introduction. However, this time around, that same consumer group will be getting a much more versatile camera for their very reasonable investment.
 
If your budget doesn't extend to the 6D II's introductory price, the 6D is the lowest-priced full frame Canon DSLR on the market right now, and it's well worth the price. However, for a little more, the 6D II is an even better value considering its overall feature set.
 
Check out our Camera Specifications Tool to fully compare these cameras:
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/5/2017 7:13:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products. We would like to announce a firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E.
 
This firmware update allows compatibility with the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art, SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art, Cine Lens 14mm T2 FF EF mount and 135mm T2 FF EF mount from FF High Speed Prime Line.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro by connecting it to a computer using the supplied USB Cable.
 
* Before updating the MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh from the following download page.
 
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
 
Benefits of this firmware update
 
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art and SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art.
  • It has become compatible with the FF High Speed Prime Line SIGMA 14mm T2 FF (EF) and the SIGMA 135mm T2 FF (EF).
B&H carries the Sigma MC-11 EF-E Mount Converter.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/5/2017 7:02:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 4, 2017
The B&H used department always has a huge inventory, but they currently have a nice selection of high quality Gitzo and Really Right Stuff gear.
 
Here are some items that caught my eye:
 
Gitzo GT3543LS Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long) in "10" condition – $770.00 (new: $869.88)
 
Gitzo GT2542 Mountaineer Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod in "10" condition – $689.95 (new: $804.88)
 
Gitzo GT2542S Systematic Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Short) in "10" condition – $629.95 (new: $929.88)
 
Really Right Stuff TVC-34 Versa Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod in "Open Box" condition – $899.95 (new: $1,045.00)
 
Really Right Stuff TVC-33 Versa Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod in "9+" condition – $749.95 (new: $975.00)
 
Really Right Stuff BH-30 Ball Head with Compact Lever-Release Clamp in "9+" condition – $230.00 (new: $295.00)
 
Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp in "9+" condition – $375.00 (new: $489)
 
Put your preferred brand in the used department search box for a much greater selection.
Post Date: 7/4/2017 2:00:21 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H.
 
This should be a fun, useful addition to an APS-C format kit. Check out our expectations for this lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/4/2017 8:18:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Back in October of 2016, Adam Savage used a band saw to remove a stuck on filter from Norm's Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM. Now Norm's done it again and instead of simply hearing about the band saw solution, we get to see the whole procedure in action.
 
For less severe stuck on filter problems, we suggest keeping some of these in all your camera gear bags.
Post Date: 7/4/2017 6:42:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 3, 2017
For a limited time, B&H has a wide assortment of BlackRapid Straps and accessories on sale, including my favorite, the BlackRapid Sport.
 
If you use Arca-Swiss style clamps and plates in your tripod setup, you'll likely want to adapt your BlackRapid strap for compatibility. If so, check out our post, BlackRapid Stap / Arca-Swiss Style Plate Compatibility on a Budget. [Sean]
Post Date: 7/3/2017 1:08:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Canon in stock with free expedited shipping. (thanks William)
Post Date: 7/3/2017 12:05:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Nikon 28mm f/1.4E ED NIKKOR Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/3/2017 10:27:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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