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 Friday, November 21, 2014
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Canon just sent us a gift guide for the upcoming holiday season. We're working on our own list, so be sure to check back later to see what our recommendations include.
Note: B&H prices may be lower than those listed here (some items are currently eligible for rebates).
Gift Ideas from Canon
EOS Rebel T5i: The perfect gift for someone looking to step-up their photography skills, the EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR camera offers great features that make taking high-quality, creative images a snap. Plus, with built-in HD video functionality, you can create amazing Full HD movies when working in concert with Canon STM lenses for smooth and quiet continuous autofocusing. This camera is a perfectly well-rounded device for capturing any moving or still moment (black, $849.99 with lens kit).
PIXMA iP8720: If there’s an avid DIY-er on your holiday list, the PIXMA iP8720 Crafting printer will become their most beloved crafting tool. Send images or crafting templates directly to the printer from a mobile device via Canon’s PIXMA Printing Solutions (PPS) app. Print stunning photos or documents up to 13-by-19-inches with a 6-color ink system that features a unique gray ink for stunning black-and-white prints (black, $299.99).
PowerShot G7 X : This super sleek and stylish camera is the ultimate accessory with its incredible imaging capabilities – that nearly rival a DSLR – and built-in connectivity features like Wi-Fi and NFC. The sleek, compact body also sports a unique tilt-type touch panel LCD for capturing amazingly creative shots (black, $799.99).
PowerShot SX700 HS: For someone who loves to travel near or far, pick-up this pocket-sized super-zoom camera. Snap and share close-ups from any distance with a high-quality 30x Optical Zoom lens and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC that make posting high-res images online a breeze (black or red, $349.99).
PowerShot ELPH 340 HS: Don't let this compact powerhouse’s slim profile fool you. This fashionable camera won’t only make you stand out from the crowd, but it’ll deliver brilliant still images and stunning 1080p HD videos (purple, black or silver for $199.99).
PIXMA MG7520: This all-in-one wireless photo printer is a perfect pick for photography enthusiasts who are looking to combine their desire to print high quality pictures with their need for a tried-and-true home office solution. With built-in PPS cloud technology that lets anyone in the house easily print documents, stunning images and more right from their tablet or smartphone, this printer will make handling homework, projects and all other print jobs a breeze (black or white, $199.99).
PowerShot N100: This light and uniquely-designed camera is perfect for the social media-savvy guy or gal on your holiday list. The PowerShot N100 is equipped with Wi-Fi and a Dual Capture camera that takes a photo of you while you snap a shot – so you can always be part of the moment (black or white, for $349.99).
PowerShot D30: Rugged and sporty, the PowerShot D30 is the world’s deepest waterproof camera, ideal for those who love adventure. The camera is equipped with a GPS tracker that records where and when pictures were snapped – so every action-packed memory can be captured and documented instantly (bright blue, $329.99).
EOS Rebel SL1: As the world's smallest and lightest digital SLR camera, the new EOS Rebel SL1 is small in size but enormous in performance. Featuring a Canon 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and speedy Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor, it delivers images of extraordinary quality - ideal for those stepping up from a smartphone or compact camera. The EOS Rebel SL1 also makes amazing Full HD movies working in concert with Canon STM lenses for smooth and quiet continuous autofocusing. (black or white, $749.99 with lens kit).
VIXIA mini X: Capture memories and record your own adventures with this tiny personal camcorder that boasts high-quality audio capabilities, built-in Wi-Fi and a unique, flat design for easy handling. At only 8.5 ounces, you can shoot beautiful, high-quality video and stills wherever you go (black, $399.99)
SELPHY CP910: This adorable, budget-friendly printer will create instant prints from your smartphone, tablet or camera – wirelessly! Now, photos can easily live outside of your mobile device on a fridge, in a frame or incorporated into a creative DIY project (white or black, $99.99).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/21/2014 9:48:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon COOLPIX S6900 Digital Camera
Upon reading the modifications listed in the COOLPIX S6900 Firmware v1.1 release, I actually laughed heartily for several seconds (laughing harder with every modificaiton I read). This is definitely the strangest set of bugs I have ever seen in a camera. [Sean]
From Nikon:This service provides software for upgrading COOLPIX S6900 firmware to 1.1
  • This software is provided to those who agree to the terms of the software license at the bottom of this page. When the user selects the I agree - Begin download option outside of the frame, agreement to the terms of the software license is inferred and the user is bound by the terms of the Nikon Corporation (hereafter “Nikon”) License Agreement.
  • Be sure that you have read and understand the terms of the license agreement before initiating download of this software.
Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade
The following issues with display languages selected for Language in the setup menu have been resolved.
  • The German language could not be selected if Date and time under Setup Menu>Time zone and date had not been set.
  • The Hungarian language could not be selected when a locked SD memory card was inserted in the camera.
  • The Portuguese (PT) language could not be selected while the battery was charging while inserted in the camera, or with an active Wi-Fi connection.
  • The Russian, Hungarian, and Romanian languages could not be selected with an active Wi-Fi connection.
  • Depending upon the display position on the Language settings screen, the Persian language sometimes could not be selected.
Download the COOLPIX S6900 Firmware v1.1 Update.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/21/2014 8:46:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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JuicedLink debuted a product at NAB (March) that I was very interested in, the Little DARling (Distributed Audio Recording). The concept was simple – instead of using wireless mics to transmit their audio to a single recording source, each mic would be individually recorded at the point of capture to a small wearable device. While I was sure that distributed audio recording could introduce some issues that I'd need to consider, I thought it was a solution that I could use for several of my video productions (assuming it was cost-effective).
The Little DARling was initially scheduled for release in late summer 2014. As that time came and went, I sent an email to Robert at juicedLink on Wednesday to inquire about the delayed release. He was tight-lipped about the details regarding the delay, but nudged me to subscribe to the blog for updates (the blog hadn't actually been updated since March). Two days later, an updated appeared...
Little DARling Update: Wireless Control
So, everybody wants to know what happened to the Little DARling Distributed Audio Recorder that I showed at NAB this year. Well, I got more ideas of things I wanted to add to it. Specifically, wireless control. It was clear after many conversations at NAB, that the market adoption of the Little DARling would be limited until a couple of problems were first solved:
  • How to sync the audio from the Little DARling with the video, when the Little DARling audio could potentially be very different from the camera audio.
  • How to navigate within potentially very long DARling recordings.
My plan became to introduce both versions of the Little DARling at the same time, so they could share the same printed circuit board. So, this meant pushing out the original DARling, to work on the wireless stuff. I also did not want to go public with this plan until I was far enough along with the design, where I knew I could fit the wireless receiver on the board. Check out this brief introduction v-log:
The entire update is worth reading if you might be interested in the Little DARling. I'm personally looking forward to this release.
We'll keep you updated as more details – like availability and price – roll in. [Sean]
Category: juicedLink News
Post Date: 11/21/2014 7:57:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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The Canon Professional Network: Tips and Tricks has been around for quite some time. It's updated quite regularly with new tidbits of information. Lately, they've been adding items relating to the EOS 7D Mark II and the Speedlite 600EX-RT.
From the Canon Professional Network: Tips and Tricks:
Speedlite 600EX-RT: auto assist beam firing
Within the camera menus of several EOS models, there is an option to enable or disable the AF assist beam when shooting in low light. If you enable the function on the camera menu, but the AF assist beam on your external Speedlite does not fire, check the Speedlite’s custom function settings. If the custom functions in the Speedlite are set to not fire the AF assist beam, this will over-ride any setting made in the camera menu. To re-enable the AF assist beam, simply switch the Speedlite custom function to allow the beam to fire.
Like the flagship EOS-1D X, the EOS 7D Mark II features EOS iTR AF, which improves autofocus tracking by recognising faces and subject colours in addition to looking for subject contrast. When shooting with the EOS iTR AF function enabled, you may find the AF is actually slightly slower and the maximum shooting speed in continuous high speed AF is slower than expected. This is especially likely in low-light shooting and is due to the extra data being processed from the metering system before a subject can be tracked. If you need the fastest AF possible and want to achieve the maximum frame rate and do not need to make use of the colour and face tracking, switch the EOS iTR AF setting to ‘disable’.
I suggest bookmarking the Tips and Tricks page and checking it periodically. Even if you're very familiar with your camera gear, you will likely find a useful gem.
Recent Tips and Tricks
  • EOS 7D Mark II: EOS iTR AF
  • EOS 7D Mark II: AF point orientation
  • EOS 7D Mark II: AF point selection settings
  • EOS 7D Mark II: AF Tracking sensitivity
  • EOS 7D Mark II: viewfinder information
  • EOS 7D Mark II: anti-flicker shooting
  • Speedlite 600EX-RT: auto assist beam firing
  • Speedlite 600EX-RT: memory function
  • Speedlite 600EX-RT: temperature warning
  • Speedlite 600EX-RT: using modelling flash
  • Flash technique: freezing subjects with flash
  • Flash technique: Speedlite 600EX multi-flash
  • EOS 70D: shutter speed display
  • EOS 70D: AF assist beam
  • EOS 70D: AI Focus and Servo function
Want a thorough explanation of the differences between the 7D Mark II, 5D Mark III and 1D X's AF systems? Check out this helpful information that Chuck Westfall gave us.
B&H carries the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and the Speedlite 600EX-RT flash.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/21/2014 6:52:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, November 20, 2014
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens available for $429.99 with free shipping. Compare at $599.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/20/2014 9:28:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens
B&H has the Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens available for $199.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $249.00.
Sean's Note: This is a really fun lens. It's one of the lenses I throw on my 7D/7D II when I just want to be creative. Viewing the world through a fisheye lens enables you to see relatively mundane subjects in a whole new way.
Example Using Rokinon 8mm Fisheye
Rokinon 8mm f 3.5 Fisheye Example Image - Tree
Post Date: 11/20/2014 11:59:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens (review) available for $637.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,149.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon Deals
Post Date: 11/20/2014 11:36:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Image quality results have been added to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review page.
If you are like me, the 24-105mm STM vs. L lens comparison is the one you are most interested in. I'll let you draw your own conclusions.
B&H has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/20/2014 11:27:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Trout Surfacing in Alta Lakes, Telluride, CO
The drive to the abandoned mining camp at Alta Lakes in the Uncompahgre National Forest just south of Telluride is a treat – if you have a high-clearance 4x4 vehicle and you know how to drive off-road. The AWD crossover SUV I had rented was marginal in meeting that first qualification, but I'm apparently at least somewhat qualified for the second requirement as I managed to navigate the vehicle to Alta Lakes. Unquestionable is that the drive to this amazing scenery was worth taking.
When at a high elevation, strong wind is generally what you find. OK, more like always what you find. Even at about 11,000' of elevation, there was no wind on this day and the Alta Lakes (3 of them, Upper is shown here) were absolutely calm.
Give me a mirror-smooth lake with something attractive behind it and I can be entertained for hours. OK, more like days. The snow-covered Wilson Mountain easily qualified as "attractive".
There was one exception to the mirror-smooth water surface and that was the occasional trout feeding on the surface, sending rings of ripples across the lake surface. When this happened, I would pause my shooting until the lake was again smooth. Then the nicely-time trout rise happened.
I was shooting HDR images to insure that I had lots of flexibility in final image brightness. One frame was exposed to hold the highlights, preventing the brightest clouds from becoming blown (pure white with no detail). The second frame was exposed to maintain the shadow details including those in the evergreen trees. The third frame included a trout's jump that synched perfectly with my 2 second self-timer release. I find the trout, though small in the frame, to add a positive element to an image that I already liked.
I generally share images because I like them. It seems that images with clean frame borders very frequently bubble up in my selection process and this image again has this trait. From a compositional perspective, placing the horizon in the middle of the frame with a reflective lake in the foreground virtually guarantees a perfect vertical balance to the image.
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Facebook and Flickr.
Camera and Lens Settings
24mm  f/11.0  1/25s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 11/20/2014 9:55:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Lensbaby Composer Pro with Sweet 50 Optic
B&H has the Lensbaby Composer Pro with Sweet 50 Optic available for an in-cart price of $199.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.95.
Note: Special savings only show up in-cart. If the in-cart price is not discounted, then you may have to apply promo code SHOPEB30.
Post Date: 11/20/2014 10:06:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon USA:
“I AM Generation Image” Will Include Inspiring Content and Encourage Others to Share Their Own Passions Through Authentic Imagery
MELVILLE, NY (November 20, 2014) Today, Nikon Inc. has announced its new “I AM Generation Image” integrated campaign, which is the imaging leader’s new platform to amplify the voices of individuals who want to stand out in a world of visual noise. The brand campaign aims to reinforce confidence in the entry-level and enthusiast DSLR markets, and inspire people to create images far beyond just “good enough,” to have their stories heard. “I AM Generation Image” will officially start today, with the launch of an immersive website featuring the content of a select group of creative individuals representing some of the eyes and voices of this generation.
“Each day we upload tens of thousands of images, making us the first generation to truly embrace pervasive visual communication. Whether it’s love, laughter or a call to act for the greater good, the feeling you get when you look at a photo or watch a video should reflect the intent and emotions of the person behind the lens,” said Lisa Baxt, Associate General Manager of Communications, Nikon Inc. “Generation Image was created to answer this need, and celebrates the stories of our lives and the important role that imagery plays in telling them, while inspiring users to capture more, and capture better using Nikon.”

Defining “I AM Generation Image”
The concept of “Generation Image” was born from a desire to understand people’s relationships with their images. After extensive research, it became clear that the number of images captured and shared every day is significantly increasing, and that quality is critical to celebrate and purposefully represent the motivations of this new generation of image makers. Across the country, people are using their cameras as a tool to share what is important to them and each have the potential for significant impact. From families or hobbies, personal causes to accomplishments, this new segment of creative individuals enjoys expressing and sharing what they are passionate about through photos and videos. On social media channels, the hashtag #IAMGenerationImage is a rallying cry. It echoes the desire to deliver the best images possible, in order to convey emotions and passions that rise above the noise.
“I AM Generation Image” reminds us that we are all part of this generation, and Nikon will enable our stories to ring loud, true and authentic. The campaign will help to define this generation as the first to overwhelmingly express themselves through images en masse and on a global scale. The successful “I AM” international campaign has acted as a worldwide catalyst for millions of fans to self-identify with the Nikon brand. The new campaign builds upon the “I AM” architecture to make imaging a personal experience for North America.
Campaign Elements
In North America, the campaign begins today in the United States with an experience site that features content from a select group of extraordinary individuals who document their own passions through imagery. This group of visual storytellers will capture content that will be seen through an immersive experiential website that acts as a portal, offering a glimpse into their fascinating worlds. These individuals are a diverse group of personalities who are not professional photographers; they represent a wide range of stories from entrepreneurs, philanthropists, comedians and more. The online portal will also act as a hub for the campaign, offering followers a chance to become personally invested with the lives of this imaginative group as they share content in real-time. Formal participants in the campaign will share imagery under the hashtag “#IAMGenerationImage” and Nikon will encourage widespread consumer participation through its social channels.
The “I AM Generation Image” Campaign will be driven by non-traditional media, including video advertisements, digital media on relevant websites, rich media and social paid promotion. Additionally, a series of videos defining the campaign will drive to the branded microsite. Consumers will see an immersive experience through rich media advertisements, and both mobile and desktop users will enjoy an interactive experience with high production values for video and sound. Users will also be encouraged to interact with the campaign by tagging their own visual stories with #IAmGenerationImage for the chance to be incorporated into the campaign. Advertisements will run through the end of 2014 and the Spring of 2015 to support the various aspects of the campaign. The integrated campaign was created and will be executed by Nikon’s agency partners, McCann Erickson, ID Media, MRM / McCann, Initiative Media and MWW.
B&H carries Nikon DSLR cameras and lenses.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/20/2014 9:33:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
On November 19, Profoto and Jared Platt did a live webinar on how to mix ambient light with strobes. Did you miss it? Don't worry.The webinar was recorded and is now available as a video.
In this webinar, Jared Platt show you how to mix ambient light with strobes in different situations on a trip to Barcelona. You will also get to see what tools Jared is using.
Gear Used
Budget Alternatives
Post Date: 11/20/2014 8:00:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,412.91 with free shipping. Compare at $1,699.00 after $200.00 mail-in rebate.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty. However, the auction advertises a 3-year warranty comes with the camera. Check the aution page for more information.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/19/2014 2:40:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H Holiday Deals 2014
B&H has posted a selection of popular products with special savings this holiday season.
Select Deals
ItemReg. PriceSale Price
Bower 16mm T2.2 Cine Lens for Canon EF-S$479.00$299.00
Toshiba 512GB Q Series Internal SSD (OEM)$329.00$199.00
Toshiba 32GB FlashAir II Wireless SD Card$65.99$31.99
Post Date: 11/19/2014 12:42:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
What are your plans for 2015?
It’s hard to believe 2014 is coming to a close. As PhotoShelter gears up for next year, we’d like to invite you to participate in our third annual survey, The Photographer’s Outlook on 2015.
This survey will help us better understand your goals as a photographer, how you plan to spread the word about your work in 2015, plus any challenges you anticipate in the coming year.
Take the Survey
Post Date: 11/19/2014 12:40:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens - $154.99 Shipped (Compare at $196.95)
eBay (via PhotoVideo4Less) has the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens available for $154.99 with free shipping. Compare at $196.95.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for Nikon USA service or warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/19/2014 12:02:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D610 DSLR Camera
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Nikon D610 DSLR Camera available for $1,199.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,596.95 after $400.00 instant rebate.
Note: This is likely a grey market/import item and therefore would not qualify for Nikon USA service or warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/19/2014 10:34:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
"Blood Brother is one of those films that lingers with you for a long time after the credits roll. In part, of course, this is due to the truly heart-wrenching, soul-searching and thought-provoking content. But also present in the mind’s eye are the images – truthful, sad, scary, and yet uplifting and enlightening.
“The artistry in Blood Brother is one of the things I'm most proud of,” says Blood Brother’s cinematographer John Pope. 'It might not be the most classically beautiful film. From a cinematography standpoint, it’s sloppy at times, it has such a raw edge to it, but I like that. Those moments of rawness are beautiful. They lend themselves perfectly to the character and human element of the film.'"
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/19/2014 10:19:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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