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 Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
Just posted: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review.
 
I was looking forward to giving this lens a try and it didn't disappoint in most areas including image quality.
 
The early popularity of this lens has kept it out of stock at most retailers. B&H has just received a shipment of the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens and is showing in stock at the moment. I doubt that this stock will last very long – don't wait to order if you want this lens.
 
Other in stock options: At least one lens is available at Amazon and several are available on eBay right now.
Post Date: 3/25/2015 9:00:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon PowerShot S110 Digital Camera
The Canon Store has the Refurbished PowerShot S110 (Black) available for $129.99. Regularly $254.99.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/25/2015 7:29:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 24, 2015
AdoramaPix Logo
Through Saturday, use the following coupon codes to save 30% on acrylic, metal and canvas prints at AdoramaPix:
 
Print ProductCoupon Code
AcrylicPXACSP30
MetalPXMTSP30
CanvasPXCNSP30
Post Date: 3/24/2015 9:26:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
X-Rite i1 iSis 2 Automated Chart Reader
From X-Rite:
 
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – March 24, 2015 – X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, today announce an important update to its popular i1iSis Solutions family of automated chart readers for prepress/premedia, photo and pressroom color management and profiling. The new i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL use i1 spectral technology to accommodate M0, M1 and M2 measurement illumination conditions which help manage the complexities of measuring optically brightened substrates now commonly used in grand format, premedia and digital press applications.
 
“For anyone in prepress, digital print or the graphic arts production process that spend time measuring charts, the new i1iSis2 is a must,” said Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Portfolio Manager of X-Rite. “This automated chart reader, is built on our award-winning i1 spectral technology and reads up to 2,500 patches printed on a single A3 page in just minutes, saving valuable operator and production time. Now users have the ability to capture M0, M1 and M2 in a single chart measurement cycle.”
 
The i1iSis 2 integrates seamlessly into a user’s workflow and is available in two models:
 
  • i1iSis 2 XL: Reads up to 2,500 patches on a single A3/Tabloid sheet in just 10 minutes.
  • i1iSis 2: Reads up to 1,500 patches on a single A4/Letter sheet in just 8 minutes.
The X-Rite i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL come with built-in vision systems that offer high tolerance for how charts are aligned as they are fed into the system, automatically correcting for misalignment. Barcode reading for chart identification adds further ease of use and error reduction.
 
With the i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL, users are able to:
 
  • Capture full spectral data for the charts they measure;
  • Use with i1Profiler software to accommodate a variety of inks and substrates in any viewing condition using Optical Brightening Compensation (OBC);
  • Assure compliance with new ISO standards for M-Series measurement illumination conditions; and
  • Spend less time on press profiling and more on taking care of customers.
The i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL are XRGA compliant. The X-Rite Graphic Arts Standard (XRGA), an X-Rite calibration standard for graphic arts instruments, includes new advances in color technology and changes required to meet ISO-13655. As XRGA-compliant instruments, the i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL ensure high quality data exchange and workflows in environments where different instrumentation is used.
 
For more information about the X-Rite i1 Solutions for Color Management, visit http://www.xrite.com/i1isis-2-automated-chart-readers.
 
To upgrade to the latest version of the i1iSis 2 automated chart reader, please visit http://www.xrite.com/i1isis-2-loyalty-promo.
 
B&H carries X-Rite products.
 
Note: I realize this is a second generation product, but I can't help thinking X-rite missed a good opportunity to change the product's name from "iSis" to something less relevant on today's political landscape. [Sean]
Category: X-Rite News
Post Date: 3/24/2015 8:50:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens review.
 
To say that this is an awesome lens seems like an understatement.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2015 8:36:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From the Paul C. Buff Website:
"With great sadness we announce that our founder, Paul C. Buff, passed away this week at the age of 78. He has been living with his beloved wife of 16 years, Deborah, and their extended family in their secondary home in Mobile, Alabama for over a year and passed away in this home with his family around him. Those of us who have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Paul have lost an invaluable mentor, an inspiring leader, and a treasured friend. The world has lost one of its most creative and adventurous pioneers.
 
In the coming weeks, we will celebrate Paul’s unique and extraordinary life, giving customers, employees, and friends the opportunity to share their tributes and memories. But first, we must take time to pause and grieve the loss of a man who had such a great impact on us all. If you wish to offer condolences in the mean time, we invite you to email them to CelebratingPaul@paulcbuff.com.
 
For years, it has been our mission to advance Paul C. Buff, Inc. in the spirit of innovation and originality upon which it was founded. With gratitude for everything that Paul has taught us, we honor his memory by continuing to serve our customers with the outstanding products, support, and Golden Rule standards that he initiated."
We wish to convey our sincerest condolences to the Paul C. Buff family, his coworkers and friends.
Post Date: 3/24/2015 7:23:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $568.12 with free shipping. Compare at $699.00 after $100.00 instant rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2015 6:55:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 23, 2015
Macro Rose at 1.0x Magnification and Magnified by Extension Tubes and 1.4x Teleconverter
When it comes to macros, I generally like to get as much magnification as possible. This means I'm usually shooting at minimum focus distance so my tiny subjects fill the frame.
 
The Canon macro lens that would give me the highest native magnification – the MP-E 65mm 1-5x Macro lens – is not part of my current kit. As such, I wanted to see just how much magnification I could get out of the gear I already had available to me, namely the EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, a set of Kenko Extension Tubes and a Kenko 1.4x Teleplus PRO 300 DGX Teleconverter.
 
As for the subject, I took Bryan's advice and bought some roses at a local florist. Sure enough, the flowers worked well for my test. But better yet, my girlfriend loved them. So if you're ever looking for a good macro subject, keep this in mind – your significant other will likely appreciate any excuse you have to buy more flowers.
 
For lighting I used one camera-mounted Canon Speedlite 580EX set to ETTL mode and diffused by a RoundFlash Magnetic Ringflash Adapter. While I knew the Roundflash would produce a rather flat look to the image, I was curious to see how the reflections of the ring light would show up in the water droplets. As you can see, it created a relatively interesting and not too unflattering reflection. However, I'm sure it's a matter of taste.
 
The tripod-mounted EOS 5D Mark III's camera settings were f/10, 1/200 sec and ISO 200 - 800 (depending on the shot).
 
This first example shows the central part of the rose using the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro's minimum focus distance.
 
Macro Rose at 100mm Macro Minimum Focus Distance
 
For aesthetic purposes with this particular subject, I would usually just stop right there. I don't believe getting more magnification out of this subject will improve the image, but for the purpose of this test I wanted see just how much magnification I could get out of the equipment I had at hand. Consequently, I added all three Kenko extension tubes (12 + 20 + 36).
 
The extension tubes reduced the minimum focus distance thereby increasing magnification with the consequence of losing infinity focus. That's not a problem, of course, as we're utilizing the opposite focus extreme. The following image shows the difference that the extension tubes make.
 
Macro Rose at 100mm Macro with Kenko Extension Tube Set
 
The central part of the rose is now considerably larger in the frame. Keep in mind, though, as our minimum focus distance decreases, so does our depth-of-field. At this point, depth-of-field is already very limited even at f/10.
 
For the final image, I mounted the Kenko 1.4x teleconverter behind the lens and then mounted lens/teleconverter in front of the extension tubes.
 
Macro Rose at 100mm Macro with Kenko Extension Tube Set and 1.4x Teleconveter
 
As you can see, the addition of extension tubes and the teleconverter have had a huge effect on how much magnification we can get out of the macro lens. The combination is a little cumbersome to work with, so using a tripod is highly recommended (if not completely necessary) if you are wishing to try this for yourself.
Post Date: 3/23/2015 11:26:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Need a perfect project for a weekend crafting session? Create a customized photo candle that will be sure to light up any room in your home!
 
Supplies Needed:
 
Post Date: 3/23/2015 11:54:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/23/2015 10:22:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (review) available for $818.99 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and technically not eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/23/2015 9:11:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
ZEISS Logo
From ZEISS:
"ZEISS has been producing camera lenses for more than a century – and the tradition of creating major innovations has continued to this very day. For example, the current ZEISS Otus SLR lenses are setting new standards in image quality. The first camera lenses left the Jena production facility on 21 March 1890."
Check out the entire article to learn more about the history of ZEISS camera lenses.
 
To find out more about currently produced ZEISS lenses, check out Bryan's ZEISS lens reviews.
 
B&H carries ZEISS lenses.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 3/23/2015 8:55:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X7 Video Editing Software
B&H has Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X7 Video Editing Software for Windows available for $19.99 with free shipping. Regularly $69.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Edit Up to 4K (4096 x 2304) Resolution
  • Import from File-Based Camcorders
  • Capture from Digital Tape Camcorders
  • Upscale HD Video to 4K
  • FastFlick 3-Step Movies and Slideshows
  • Multi-Track and Storyboard Editing Modes
  • Audio Editing Tools
  • DVD and Blu-ray Disc Creation
  • Mobile Device Export Presets
  • Seven 64-Bit Effects Apps Included
Post Date: 3/23/2015 8:37:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R Ultra-High Resolution DSLR Cameras
This is the moment so many of us have been waiting for – the Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R preorders have just gone live!
 
If you want one of these cameras in your hands when June rolls around, preordering now will help ensure you receive one of the first available units.
 
Preorder Links
 
Canon EOS 5Ds – B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 5Ds R – B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 3/23/2015 12:01:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, March 22, 2015
Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR Camera
Reminder: The ultra-high resolution Canon 5Ds and 5Ds R will be available for preorder at midnight tonight. We expect this camera to be in high demand – preordering at midnight will be the best way to ensure your camera arrives ASAP when shipping begins in June.
 
Please keep us in mind tonight. This site depends on support received from purchases you make using the links on our site. Please to navigate to B&H using our links when preordering:
 
Preorder the Canon EOS 5Ds
Preorder the Canon EOS 5Ds R
 
Preorders are also going live at Adorama (5Ds | 5Ds R) and Amazon.
 
UK Preorder Links (already live)
 
Canon EOS 5Ds at Wex Photographic
Canon EOS 5Ds R at Wex Photographic
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 3/22/2015 6:06:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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