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 Tuesday, June 2, 2015
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Roger Cicala of LensRentals has posted a partial teardown of the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens.
 
His takeaway? Tamron's latest wide-angle zoom is well built but isn't nearly as modular as most of Canon's newest lenses; fixing one at home is not necessarily recommended because of the complex nature of the lens's construction.
 
Check out the LensRentals Blog for the well-illustrated (and equally entertaining) partial teardown.
 
B&H carries the Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens (review).
Post Date: 6/2/2015 4:15:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR + EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
eBay (via ElectronicsValley – 98.5 Positive Feedback) has the Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR + EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $479.00 with free shipping. Compare at $649.00 after $150.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
 
Related Reviews
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/2/2015 11:06:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon 1D X, 600mm f/4L II, 1.4x III and a Wing-Drying Double-Crested Cormorant
It is not unusual to find double-crested cormorants drying their wings. Images of these birds doing so are often entertaining, but I am always looking for positive additional elements in my images.
 
The first positive additional element in this image is the still, shallow, reflective water the bird is standing in. The reflection doubles the primary subject of interest and brings in the blue sky color.
 
The reflection also pulls in the white and orange color of a flock of white pelicans standing in the water behind the cormorant. White pelicans are not so common in the places I frequent, so having a large flock of them behind my wing-drying bird provides me a positive additional element. That the light-colored reflection provides higher contrast on the cormorant's dark head, where the viewer's eye is to be drawn, is also positive.
 
The location for this photo was Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida. The choice of the 600 f/4 L IS II Lens with a 1.4x III behind it was made for maximum reach for the 1D X (along with the superb image quality the combo provides).
 
I love tightly framed bird portraits, but in this case, my 1D X was focal length constrained, limited to the angle of view provided by the 840mm lens combo (unless I cropped and that option still remains). Composing good environmental bird photos is often more challenging tightly-framed portraits, but when done well, they can look great. In this example, I chose to have a clean bottom border of water and a mostly-white top border. If you follow my work, you know that I like how borders free of contrasting lines keep the viewer's eye within the frame. Beyond that strategy, I was trying to balance the elements remaining in the frame.
 
While that last sentence may sound easy, the cormorant was constantly changing its head angle. If the bird was looking to my right, I needed to frame farther to my right. And, vice versa. That meant that I had to either change the selected AF point very quickly or that I had to recompose after focusing. My choice here was to quickly select the AF point to one that landed on the bird's head. I made this choice over the recomposing options because I was counting on capturing more than one image before the head moved to another position.
 
I ended up with many keepers from this short session, but ... I think that this image is my favorite.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 6/2/2015 10:48:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Through 6/3, use coupon code SHOP50 at CanvasOnDemand.com to save 50% on your custom canvas print order.
 
Canvas prints make excellent gifts for loved ones and can turn a blank space of wall into something quite eye catching. They are an excellent way to display your best – and/or most cherished – images.
Post Date: 6/2/2015 10:15:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Nikon D3200 Firmware v1.04
 
Changes from “C” Version Firmware 1.03
 
  • Addressed an issue that caused the memory card access lamp to light longer than normal or the message “This memory card cannot be used. Card may be damaged. Insert another card” to be displayed while the memory card was accessed.
Download: Nikon D3200 Firmware v1.04
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/2/2015 9:28:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens
Woot.com has a few decent Canon discounts available. See below for more info.
 
Active Canon Deals
 
ItemCompare atWoot Price
Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens$399.00$349.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens$299.00$199.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens$199.00$109.99

Update: The coupon code for $10.00 off that was mentioned when first posted didn't sem to work so that information has been removed from the post.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/2/2015 9:18:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Hot Deal: Induro CT314 Carbon 8X Tripod
Hot Deal: FocusCamera has the Induro CT314 Carbon 8X Tripod available for $399.95 with free shipping. Compare at $550.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Height - 24.2" Folded / 74.2" Extended
  • Load Capacity - 39.6 lbs
  • Ultra Lightweight Carbon Fiber
  • Dust & Moisture Resistant Leg Locks
  • Half-Turn Leg Lock Mechanisms
  • 3-Position Adjustable Angle Leg Locks
  • Interchangeable Rubber Feet and Stainless Steel Spikes
  • Closed Cell Foam Grip on all 3 Legs
  • Weight - 5 lbs
Note from Sean: I love this tripod. It's been my primary tripod for almost 18 months now and I couldn't be happier with it (I use it very often). It's not necessarily the best tripod for hiking as it's a bit heavy, but for everyday use, it's an excellent, solidly built choice.
 
I'm 6'2" tall, and I usually use the tripod without the smallest leg sections extended. However, I love the that this tripod can extend over my head if necessary (and I have used it that way on a few occasions). Paired with an amazing ball head – like the Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 – this a tripod that will work well for many photographers.
 
In fact, I was just using the tripod yesterday while testing out some new equipment. You can see the top part of the tripod in the left part of the image below.
 
Induro CT 314 Tripod with 7D II Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art and Teleprompter
Post Date: 6/2/2015 9:07:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens review.
 
This lens is not performing amazingly at the widest apertures, but stopped down to f/4, it is performing very impressively for the price. B&H has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/2/2015 7:29:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens
The Canon Store's inventory of refurbished DSLR cameras, lenses and Speedlite flashes has been refreshed; the amount of items available now is greater than I've seen in quite some time.
 
And even better news? A large number of items have experienced price drops since the last time I posted about refurbished deals. :-)
 
In Stock Refurbished Gear
 
Refurbished ItemPrice
Canon EOS 5D III + EF 24-105 L IS USM2,719.20
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body2,239.20
Canon EOS 6D + EF 24-105 L IS USM1,839.20
Canon EOS 6D Body1,359.20
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-135mm IS STM1,239.20
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 18-135 IS1,151.36
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 28-135 IS1,087.36
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-55mm IS STM1,079.20
Canon EOS 7D Body959.36
Canon EOS 70D Body959.20
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM799.99
Canon EOS 60D + EF-S 18-135 IS 767.36
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM639.99
Canon EOS 60D Body575.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM559.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Body519.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i + EF-S 18-55 IS479.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1439.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5 + EF-S 18-55 IS II439.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3 + EF-S 18-55 IS359.99
Canon EF 17-40 f/4 L USM639.99
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM1,519.20
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM799.99
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM799.99
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.99
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM2,039.20
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM1,079.20
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM959.20
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM519.99
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM1,119.20
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.99
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM1,359.20
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L1,799.20
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.99
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM479.99
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM407.99
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM439.99
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM479.99
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM1,159.20
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II100.79
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro239.99
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro839.20
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM335.99
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.81,119.20
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM399.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM479.99
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM599.99
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM5,175.20
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM999.20
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM10,399.20
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II199.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM239.99
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM375.99
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash439.99
Canon Speedlite 430EX II239.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.99
Canon Speedlite 90EX119.99
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/2/2015 7:28:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 1, 2015

 
What's the Difference? is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt compares soft light and hard light.
 
The entire series, including all videos, articles and lighting diagrams, is available here.
 
Gear Used:
 
Post Date: 6/1/2015 1:52:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II Lens
eBay (via BestStopDeals) has the Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II Lens (review) available for $86.99 with free shipping. Compare at $125.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
 
For what it's worth, I think the newly released EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is worth the added investment. [Sean]
 
Differences between the STM and "II" versions:
 
  • 7 rounded aperture blades vs. 5 non-rounded (no more pentagonal bokeh)
  • Metal lens mount vs. plastic
  • A much improved manual focus ring
  • STM vs. Micro Motor (should be faster and much quieter)
  • FTM (Full Time Manual) focusing
  • 13.8" (350mm) MFD (Minimum Focus Distance) vs. 17.7" (450mm)
  • 0.21x MM (Maximum Magnification) vs. 0.15x
  • 49mm vs. 52mm filter size (though not really an advantage from my perspective)
  • Narrower f/22 aperture available vs. f/16
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/1/2015 12:38:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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AdoramaPix is celebrating summer with a great deal; just use coupon code PXSSUMMER20 to receive a 20% discount on your order all this month.
Post Date: 6/1/2015 12:11:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens
Just posted: Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens review.
 
Very nice lens. Hopefully, after reading the in-depth review, you will feel like you have virtually used the 150-600 Sports.
 
B&H has the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 6/1/2015 10:53:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
"What's the Difference?" is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt compares a bareheaded off-camera flash with an umbrella deep.
 
The entire series, including all videos, articles and lighting diagrams, is available here.
 
Gear Used:
 
Post Date: 6/1/2015 9:36:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, May 31, 2015
Canon Mail-In Rebates Logo May 31 - July 4, 2015
Canon USA has extended their previous instant rebates through July 4 (with the exception of the EOS 70D rebates which are scheduled to end June 20).
 
In addition to extending the previous rebates, Canon is once again offering mail-in rebates on popular "L" lenses as well as mail-in rebates on the PIXMA PRO-1, PIXMA PRO-10 and PRO-100 professional inkjet printers (rebates are increased with the purchase of a qualifying DSLR & paper).
 
As always, taking advantage of rebate programs is an excellent way to save money on your wish list gear. Rebates are not always extended, so take advantage fo them while you can.
 
Rebates Available
 
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$100.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS 7D Buy$250.00
Canon EOS 70D Buy$250.00 - $550.00
Canon EOS 60D Buy$250.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6s / 760D Buy$50.00 - $200.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D Buy$50.00 - $200.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Buy$150.00 - $350.00
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
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$200.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
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$60.00
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS 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$70.00
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$70.00
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 135mm f/2L USM Lens Buy$50.00
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/31/2015 10:15:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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