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 Wednesday, August 17, 2016
eBay (via 6ave – 99.1% Positive Feedback) has the Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR Camera available for $2,617.81 with free shipping. Compare at $3,499.00 USA retail after $200.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 8/17/2016 2:59:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Santa Rosa, Calif. – A revolution in backpack design when it first released, Think Tank’s Shape Shifter expanded and contracted to hold gripped camera bodies and a laptop. In response to input from professional photographers, Think Tank has released the Shape Shifter in three new configurations. The Shape Shifter 15 V2.0 is designed to hold a 15” laptop and the Shape Shifter 17 is designed to hold a 17” laptop. The Naked Shape Shifter allows photographers to attach Skin Pouches or Lens Changers inside to create a totally customized modular backpack.
 
“While traveling or on location, the Shape Shifter V2.0 lets photographers adjust their backpack to fit their workflow,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank’s CEO and lead designer. “The Shape Shifters compress to three inches in depth when gear is removed, allowing photographers to have their gear at the ready while maintaining a slimmer profile when maneuvering through crowds.”
 
Key Features
 
Shape Shifter 15 & 17 V2.0
 
  • A great travel bag with extra space to fit a jacket, food, or additional gear
  • Tripod attachment on front of bag keeps tripod weight centered and allows access to gear without detaching the tripod
  • Easily accessible, plush pocket fits smartphones with displays up to 5.5”
  • Roller handle pass-through sleeve to attach to rolling luggage
  • Detachable water bottle pouch
  • Pro Speed Belt or Thin Skin Belt (sold separately) can be attached
  • Contoured shoulder harness with air channel for all body types
  • YKK RC-Fuse zippers with lockable sliders (lock not included)
  • Upper front pocket with organizer for accessories
  • Lower front pocket with zippered pocket for accessories
  • Removable waist belt
  • Shoulder harness pockets, D-Rings, and sternum strap
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
Gear Capacity
 
Shape Shifter 15 V2.0 Gear Capacity
 
  • Holds a 15” laptop, tablet up to a 12” or 13”, plus one DSLR (gripped or un-gripped) and three lenses (detached) and personal items
Shape Shifter 17 V2.0 Gear Capacity
 
  • Holds a 17” laptop, tablet up to a 12” or 13”, plus one to two DSLRs (gripped or un-gripped) and three to four lenses (detached) and personal items
Naked Shape Shifter 17 V2.0 Gear Capacity
 
  • Holds a 17” laptop, tablet up to a 12” or 13”, plus four to seven modular pouches or lens changers and personal items
Materials
 
Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. The bag also has 600D twill, YKK RC zippers, 320g dry-flow airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, polyurethane backed liner and dividers, 200D polyester, laminated non-woven backed nylex liner, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 190T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Specifications
 
Shape Shifter 15 V2.0
 
  • Exterior Dimensions When Expanded: 18.9” H x 12” W x 7” D” (48 x 30.5 x 18 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions When Compressed: 18.9” H x 12” W x 3” D (48 x 30.5 x 8 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment Dimensions: 16.8” H x 11.4” W x 1.5” D (42.7 x 29 x 4 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 9.4” W x 12.2” H x 0.6” D (24 x 31 x 1.5 cm)
  • Smart Phone/Glasses Pocket: 6.7” W x 4.5” H x 1.6” D (17 x 11.5 x 2 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 4.3 lbs. (2 kg)
Shape Shifter 17 V2.0
 
  • Exterior Dimensions When Expanded: 20” H x 12.5” W x 7” D” (51 x 32 x 18 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions When Compressed: 20” H x 12.5 W” x 3” D (51 x 32 x 8 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment Dimensions: 19” H x 12” W x 1.5” D (48 x 30.5 x 4 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 10.2” W x 12.2” H x 0.6” D (26 x 31 x 1.5 cm)
  • Smart Phone/Glasses Pocket: 7.1” W x 4.7” H x 1.6” D (18 x 12 x 2 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 4.6 lbs. (2.1kg)
Naked Shape Shifter 17 V2.0
 
  • Exterior Dimensions When Expanded: 20” H x 12.5” W x 7” D” (51 x 32 x 18 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions When Compressed: 20” H x 12.5 W” x 3” D (51 x 32 x 8 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment Dimensions: 19” H x 12” W x 1.5” D (48 x 30.5 x 4 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 10.2” W x 12.2” H x 0.6” D (26 x 31 x 1.5 cm)
  • Smart Phone/Glasses Pocket: 7.1” W x 4.7” H x 1.6” D (18 x 12 x 2 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 3.8 lbs. (1.7 kg)
Think Tank Photo has the newly announced bags in stock.
 
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Post Date: 8/17/2016 2:43:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Roger Cicala of LensRentals recently tested the following lenses on their Olaf Optical Testing bench to see how they compare to one another at 400mm:
 
  • Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
  • Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 1.4x Extender III (actual focal length = 420mm)
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
  • Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD
  • Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary
Want to know which lens(es) came out on top? Check out the LensRentals Blog post to find out.
 
Want more information? We have full reviews of all the Canon-compatible lenses Roger tested.
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Post Date: 8/17/2016 9:00:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Today Only: B&H has the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Lens (Canon/Nikon) available for $599.00 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $749.00 after $150.00 instant rebate.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • One ELD and Two SLD Elements
  • Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) AF System
  • Internal Focus
  • Front Filter Thread: 82mm
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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Post Date: 8/17/2016 8:13:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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Post Date: 8/16/2016 10:36:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack available for $169.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $259.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits D-SLR Camera, 6-7 Lens Kit
  • Holds Notebook with Screen up to 15.4"
  • Weather-resistant 600D Ripstop PU
  • Padded Interior
  • Padded Inserts and Adjustable Dividers
  • All Weather AW Cover and Rain Flaps
  • Hideaway Tripod Mount
  • SlipLock Attachment Loops
  • Exterior and Interior Pockets
  • Backpack Harness
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Post Date: 8/16/2016 10:11:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Dracast LED500 Pro Bi-Color LED Light with V-Mount Battery Plate available for $484.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $694.95.
 
Free Included Items (Total Value: $223.53)
 
  • Dracast Barndoors for LED500
  • Dracast DLS-805 Air-Cushioned Light Stand (7.2')
  • Dracast 360-Degree Swivel Mount
  • Dracast 60-Degree Honeycomb Grid for LED500 Panel
Product Highlights
 
  • 3,200-5,600K Variable Color Temperature
  • Works with V-Mount Batteries
  • 12 x 6 x 2" Panel, Weighs 4 lb
  • 45-Degree Beam Angle
  • AC or DC Operation
  • 100-0% Dimming
  • CRI: 95
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter Included
  • Carry Case
B&H has the Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder available for $159.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $179.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Compact Design
  • Adjustable Condenser Mics
  • Records to SD/SDHC Media
  • WAV/BWF and MP3 Recording
  • XLR and 1/4" Combo Inputs
  • Phantom Power
  • USB 2.0 Connector
  • Integrated Speaker
  • 3.5mm Headphone/Line Output
  • Battery, AC, or USB Power
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Post Date: 8/16/2016 8:44:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (12-Month Prepaid Card) available for $94.99 (today only). Regularly $119.88.
 
Already have a subscription? No problem! Just provide Adobe with the activation code on the card and you'll get a year's worth of credit added to your account. With this deal, you'll be getting Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC for only $7.92/month.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • The Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan features the world's best photography tools, including Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom desktop, mobile and web at an amazing price
  • Everything you need to organize, edit, enhance and share stunning photos on any device, anywhere
  • Always stay up to date. Automatically get access to the latest features and product updates including support for new cameras, hardware and operating systems
  • Access an extensive library of video tutorials to get you up to speed quickly and master new skills
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Post Date: 8/16/2016 5:57:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Domke F-7 Double AF Canvas Shoulder Bag (Sand or Black) available for $159.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $224.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Cotton canvas shoulder bag with over sized weather flap
  • Open cell foam liner sewn into bottom.
  • Removable padded floor support
  • Two large padded inserts for cameras and accessories
  • A two compartment insert holds extra lenses or pro flash
  • Fourteen compartments and pockets
  • Three see-through mesh accessory pockets sewn into oversized weather flap.
  • Adjustable non-slip Gripper Strap runs completely around the bag, double-tracked on bottom for added strength and support.
  • Removable, adjustable belt features side-release buckle and accessory/key clip.
  • Four point suspension carrying handle included.
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Post Date: 8/16/2016 5:44:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, high quality Singh-Ray filters are now 20% off at B&H. Considering the premium price of these filters, a 20% off discount can add up to a lot of savings.
 
Want one of the best variable ND filters available? Look no further.
 
I personally use the Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo, a combination neutral ND and circular polarizing filter, shown above. The filter can help you get unique and beautiful portraits when combined with strobes. [Sean]
 
Singh Ray Vari N Duo Example

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Post Date: 8/16/2016 5:18:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 15, 2016
For a limited time, B&H has the Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14 (Download or DVD) available for $79.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $149.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Photo and Video Editing Software Bundle
  • Camera Shake Reduction, Haze Removal
  • Refined Hair and Pet Fur Selections
  • Application-Based Resizing Guides
  • Supports Editing and Viewing 4K Movies
  • Video Story and Favorite Moments Modes
  • Hollywood Effects, Motion Effects
  • Guided Edits for Both Photo and Video
  • Built-In Social Media Sharing
  • For Mac OS X 10.9-11 & Windows 7, 8, 10
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Post Date: 8/15/2016 10:13:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Those looking to add a Canon wide-angle zoom to their full-frame kits will likely be considering between the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lenses. At first glance, choosing between them may not seem easy.
 
The first thing to keep in mind when purchasing a wide-angle zoom lens is, "What is my intended use for this lens?" If the answer involves capturing action – like dancing at a wedding reception – then your decision is an easy one.
 
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens' one-stop aperture advantage will allow you to use a shutter speed that's twice as fast as the other lenses at identical ISOs. Another way to look at it is that using an f/4 aperture to stop action would require doubling the ISO to achieve the same shutter speed obtained using an f/2.8 aperture. Considering that many wedding receptions are held in low light venues, using an f/2.8 aperture is the only way to freeze action and keep high ISO noise at bay without compromising the image quality with detail-robbing noise removal.
 
There are three drawbacks to the 16-35mm f/2.8L II, though – price, lack of image stabilization and an 82mm front filter thread. Of course, that last "drawback" may not be an issue if you have other lenses requiring 82mm filters (allowing for the ease of filter sharing), but the 77mm filter size is certainly more common and more likely already part of one's kit.
 
If shooting architecture, real estate, landscapes, cityscapes (or anything else with a "scapes" on the end), the other two wide-angle zoom options can be easily employed while minimizing the investment required to create such imagery.
 
If you don't require an f/2.8 maximum aperture and price is not a primary factor, get the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens. Benefits of the 16-35 f/4L IS include a slightly wider focal length, 77mm filter threads, image stabilization and enhanced fluorine lens coatings for top notch image quality. The 16-35 f/4L IS will allow you to use shutter speeds 4-stops slower to capture sharp images of static subjects while hand-holding the camera, thereby making tripod use less of a necessity (great for backpacking adventures).
 
So why would you choose the EF 17-40mm f/4L USM over the other two options? The primary reason is price. However, rebate can affect the price comparison significantly. With the current instant rebates in place, the 17-40mm f/4L is only $250.00 less expensive than its 16-35 f/4L IS counterpart. Many will appreciate the 16-35 f/4L IS's benefits for the difference in price.
 
But again, if money is really tight, the 17-40mm f/4L is still an excellent option. One can easily give up image stabilization if using a tripod, and if shooting at f/8, you won't likely notice a sharpness difference between the two lenses at their widest focal lengths (though the 17-40L does exhibit more CA). Another benefit of the 17-40L is a slightly longer focal range, sacrificing 1mm on the wide end but gaining 5mm on the long end.
 
If size/weight is the ultimate deciding factor, the EF 17-40mm f/4L USM is the smallest and lightest with the 16-35mm lenses being very similar to one another in those regards. However, the EF 17-40 f/4L's lens hood is so big that it will take up significantly more space when affixed to the lens (reversed) compared to the EF 16-35 f/4L with its hood.
 
If image quality wide open is the ultimate deciding factor, the oldest lens of the bunch – the EF 17-40 f/4L USM – easily falls short of the other options. Take a look at the corner results of the 17-40 f/4L vs. 16-35 f/4L IS tested on the EOS 5Ds R at f/4 with the lenses set to their widest focal lengths. Of course a wide zoom lens isn't always used at its widest focal length and the IQ difference lessens at longer focal lengths, but... I feel that a wide-angle zooms are primarily purchased for their widest focal length capability, thereby making the widest focal length comparison most significant.
 
When comparing the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM to the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM, differences in sharpness become much more nuanced when the lenses are compared at their widest common aperture of f/4 at 16mm. The 16-35 f/4L IS is definitely better in the corners, but not by a huge degree. When both lenses are compared wide open, the IQ chasm is greater as the f/2.8's stopped-down advantage disappears (the same is true for the 35mm results as well).
 
Of course, there are other factors that can impact image quality besides sharpness including distortion, flare and vignetting. Use the site's Comparison Tools to fully compare these lenses.
 
B&H carries the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and EF 17-40mm f/4L IS USM lenses.
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Post Date: 8/15/2016 8:24:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Tamrac Anvil Super 25 Review.
 
This camera backpack is definitely worth considering for your long lens carry, transport and storage needs.
 
B&H has the Tamrac Anvil Super 25 in stock.
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Post Date: 8/15/2016 7:37:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Reikan:
 
Reikan has released FoCal 2.2, an update to its automated focus tuning software for Canon and Nikon dSLRs.
 
FoCal 2.2 adds support for Canon 80D and 1DX Mark II cameras as well as new features to allow more direct comparison of camera and lens performance with other FoCal users.
 
Directly compare “Peak” quality values. FoCal users have been uploading their results for over 4 years and FoCal 2.2 makes it easier to compare this data. For example during a Focus Calibration the peak sharpness figure can be directly compared against that same figure from other users. There will always be some variation of lens sharpness between different copies but this feature provides a clear indication if something is really amiss.
 
Other enhancements include faster image processing with a speed up of more than 40 times! This reduces the overall time for a complete calibration as a significant part of the process now takes very little time.
 
FoCal 2.2 builds upon last months 2.1 release for the Nikon D5/D500 cameras and means FoCal is fully up to date with the very latest Canon and Nikon dSLRs.
 
You can purchase FoCal 2.2 from Reikan's website.
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Category: Reikan News
Post Date: 8/15/2016 7:22:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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