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 Monday, November 17, 2014
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera wit h AF-S 24-120mm Lens
Through 9/22, Nikon has significant camera & lens bundle rebates available in addition to a few instant rebates on their DSLR lineup.
 
Nikon DSLR Cameras Eligible for Bundle Rebates and Body/Kit Instant Rebates
 
Lens Rebates with DSLR Purchase*
 
ModelRebate Amount
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S Lens Buy$300.00
Nikon 16-35mm f/4G AF-S VR Lens Buy$260.00
Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens Buy$200.00
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR II Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens Buy$200.00
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S Lens Buy$300.00
Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S VR Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 70-200mm f/4G AF-S VR Lens Buy$400.00
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR II Lens Buy$400.00
Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens Buy$200.00
Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens Buy$300.00
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S ED Lens Buy$80.00
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$85.00
Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$20.00
Nikon 58mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$200.00
Nikon 60mm f/2.8G AF-S ED Micro Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$200.00
Nikon 85mm f/3.5G AF-S DX VR Micro Lens Buy$100.00

 
* Note: Lens rebates are body-specific, meaning each lens's eligibility varies with the various DSLRs. Use the category link from the first paragraph to view details on lens bundle rebates. If using the DSLR body links, you'll need to click on "View All Savings" link under the Savings Available heading to see qualifying lens rebates.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/17/2014 7:47:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II lens (Canon/Nikon) available for $409.00. Compare at $499.00.
Post Date: 11/17/2014 6:46:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, November 16, 2014
Apple Aperture Logo
From Apple:
 
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
 
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Fujifilm X30
  • Nikon D750
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100
For more information on supported RAW formats, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6476.
 
Download
Apple Digital Camera RAW 6.01
Category: Apple News
Post Date: 11/16/2014 8:04:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, November 15, 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via Deals-All-Year) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,499.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,199.00 after $200.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market/import item and therefore not eligible for a Canon USA warranty. The auction advertises a 1-year warranty through the seller.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/15/2014 9:55:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 14, 2014
Canon EOS C300-Cinema-Camera
MELVILLE, N.Y., November 14, 2014 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that Academy Award-Nominated director Sebastian Junger (Restrepo, Korengal) and cinematographer Rudy Valdez chose Canon EOS Digital Cinema cameras and lenses for their new documentary The Last Patrol, the third installment of Junger's trilogy of war documentaries. The pair of filmmakers relied on the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema camera to capture The Last Patrol, which premiered on HBO on November 10, 2014 and is currently airing on HBO.
 
The Last Patrol follows Junger, photojournalist Guillermo Cervera, and combat veterans Brendan O'Byrne and Dave Roels as they hike the 300-mile stretch of railroad lines from Washington, D.C. to New York City - a trek Junger originally planned with his close friend and acclaimed war photographer Tim Hetherington before Hetherington was killed in 2011 while covering the Libyan civil war. The goal of the journey was to get to know America again after a decade of war and discuss why combat is so incredibly hard to give up. Because hiking along the tracks is illegal, they moved with a purposeful invisibility designed to echo the isolation felt by many who return from war.
 
"The Last Patrol is a compelling example of the kind of storytelling that the Cinema EOS system was designed to support," said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We are honored that the filmmakers selected Canon professional cameras and lenses for their epic project."
 
The men lived outdoors and carried all of their own supplies, which presented an unusual challenge for the filmmakers.
 
"What I needed was, basically, the ultimate camera," said Junger. "Not too heavy, easy to use with numb fingers, good in low light, rugged if you throw yourself in a ditch, and something that delivers absolutely gorgeous cinematography."
 
After searching for a camera that would produce a consistent, top-of-the-line image under rough conditions, Junger and Valdez determined the Cinema EOS C300 digital cinema camera was the best camera for the job.
 
"The EOS C300 camera seemed like it was designed specifically for this project," said Valdez. "It's a lightweight camera with a large sensor that works really well in low light. With the added bonus of being able to shoot in Canon Log, it ended up being a pretty easy decision."
 
Carrying the EOS C300 digital cinema camera on his back during the entire trek, Valdez shot using only natural light while the former soldiers and combat journalists dodged rail security and hiked terrain as varied as dense wilderness and urban streets.
 
The images Valdez captured exceeded Junger's expectations: "When we watched the material, I was absolutely speechless. It all absolutely glowed with a kind of meaning. That glow came from the machine we were shooting on."
 
Valdez rounded out his kit with a set of Canon Cinema prime lenses, including the CN-E24mm T1.5 L F, CN-E50mm T1.3 L F and CN-E85mm T1.3 L F.
 
"After some days on the trek, I started looking at the camera with a kind of reverence," said Junger. "It was incredible. I can't imagine making this film with any camera that lacked the power and capability of the EOS C300 camera."
 
For more information about Canon Cinema EOS cameras and lenses, please visit the Canon U.S.A. website at http://cinemaeos.usa.canon.com/
 
B&H carries Canon EOS Cinema equipment.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 11/14/2014 9:56:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma WR Circular Polarizing Filter
From Sigma:
 
SIGMA WR PROTECTOR, SIGMA PROTECTOR, SIGMA WR UV FILTER and SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER are scheduled to start the shipment towards the end of this month.
 
SIGMA WR* FILTER
 
  • SIGMA WR PROTECTOR (Water-repellent, Antistatic type)
  • SIGMA WR UV FILTER (UV Water-repellent, Antistatic type)
  • SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER (PL Water-repellent, Antistatic type)
SIGMA FILTER
 
  • SIGMA PROTECTOR (Normal type)
*WR=Water Repellent
 
B&H has the Sigma WR Protector and Sigma Protector filters available for preorder.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 11/14/2014 7:29:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Professional Network Logo
From the Canon Professional Network:
"Adobe now offers a Creative Cloud Photography bundle that includes Lightroom editing software and Photoshop CC for photographers who want to organise, edit, enhance and share their images via desktop or their mobile devices – this package currently comes bundled with Canon’s EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 6D DSLRs (in the UK region), plus the PowerShot G1 X Mark II and G7 X compact cameras. In a four-part CPN series of articles and video tutorials Richard Curtis (a Principal Solutions Consultant in Digital Imaging for Adobe UK) examines the workflow between Lightroom software and Photoshop CC to give you a good understanding of the benefits of working with both in tandem. In Part 3 of this series Richard Curtis focuses on the use of the Camera RAW Filter within the Lightroom and Photoshop CC workflow and, in a special video, he explains how to creatively adjust an image using Smart Objects and the Camera RAW Filter. Please click on the play button in the window above to watch the video…"
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
Full Lightroom & Photoshop CC Workflow Series
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/14/2014 6:23:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Df DSLR with 50mm f/1.8G Lens (Black)
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Nikon Df DSLR with 50mm f/1.8G Lens available for $2,099.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,746.95.
 
This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for Nikon USA service or warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/14/2014 6:12:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, November 13, 2014
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens available for $749.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,296.95.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/13/2014 8:42:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
ShutterCount Updated with 7D Mark II Support
DIRE Studio has informed us that ShutterCount has been updated with support for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.
 
About ShutterCount:
 
ShutterCount displays the number of shutter actuations (the shutter count) of Canon EOS digital cameras and is developed for Mac and Windows users.
 
The shutter count is read directly from a USB-connected camera, and thus provides accurate numbers that are not attainable with simple EXIF-based methods.
 
Using this application you are no longer required to visit a Canon Service Center to read out the exact shutter count, thus saving you time and money. In addition to that, ShutterCount provides unlimited readings for an unlimited number of cameras.
 
The app supports the following cameras:
 
  • Canon EOS-1D C (requires firmware 1.1.3 or later for correct serial number display)
  • Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS-1D X
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III (requires firmware 1.2.1 or later for correct serial number display)
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 50D
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 / Kiss X7
  • Canon EOS 500D / Rebel T1i / Kiss X3
  • Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i / Kiss X4
  • Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i / Kiss X5
  • Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i / Kiss X6i
  • Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i / Kiss X7i
  • Canon EOS 1000D / Rebel XS / Kiss F
  • Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3 / Kiss X50
  • Canon EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 / Kiss X70
ShutterCount is certified to work with all of the cameras listed above, using their latest firmware revision.
 
Current owners can update their app by opening the program and navigating to HELP/Check for Updates.
 
For more information, please visit the app’s website: http://www.direstudio.com/shuttercount
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/13/2014 2:56:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens
The Canon Store has the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens in stock with free overnight shipping. (thanks Brian)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/13/2014 2:35:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H Photo Video Logo
B&H has just started shipping preorders for the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (currently in stock) and EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM (released in limited quantity).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/13/2014 1:56:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with CompactFlash Memory Card Inserted Incorrectly
If you're currently putting your preordered EOS 7D Mark II through its paces, here's a word of warning – pay close attention while inserting your memory card. If you are not careful, your camera can be damaged by the improperly inserted card. I know as I have proven this fact.
 
I've been shooting with DSLRs for many years now and have never had an issue with inserting a memory card until yesterday. A moment of inattention was my downfall. Notice which way the pin holes are facing in the picture above. Unfortunately, it is possible to insert the card sideways into the slot (trust me, dont try it).
 
I was busy testing out the various features of the EOS 7D Mark II, removing the memory card to review images, re-inserting the memory card, rinsing and repeating.
 
After reviewing one particular set of images, I pulled the card from my card reader and was inserting the card into the camera. Something on my computer caught my eye, so I wasn't looking at the camera while the card was being inserted. Then I noticed something didn't feel right. The card didn't "click" into place.
 
When I looked back at the camera, I realized that the CompactFlash card wasn't oriented correctly in the camera; it was sideways. I immediately wondered, "How far was the card able to go in? Did I bend any of the pins?"
 
I quickly took the camera over to a window where the diffused sunlight offered the best lighting. Upon close inspection, I was dismayed to find I had bent one of the corner pins (the top, left pin when looking into the slot with the lens pointed upward). After a few muttered words, I calmly considered my options.
 
  1. Pack up the camera and send it to Canon Professional Services – As the damage was indeed my fault, I'd be responsible for the repair costs (which would likely be reasonable, but not necessarily cheap). Insured shipping alone for an $1,800.00 camera can run $35.00 - $45.00. If I wanted to delay the repair, the 7D II's secondary card slot would allow me to keep shooting until an optimal time to send the camera in for service.
  2. Try to fix the bent pin myself – If the CF pin board was damaged beyond repair, would it make any difference if I tried fixing it myself? Could I do any more damage than was already done? Maybe, but I thought it was worth a shot...
I scoured my home to find something that was small enough to fit inside the CF card slot yet rigid enough to bend the pin back into place. I have a collection of basic tools, but I didn't have anything perfectly suited for this task. However, after about 10 minutes of searching, I found something I thought would do the trick:
 
Screw with Wall Anchor
 
No, I'm not kidding. I attempted to fix my camera with a screw that I found lying around the house. The wall anchor (also shown in the image) was removed before attempting the repair.
 
First things first – I'm not advocating you attempt this if your camera's CF card pins are bent. Neither myself nor the site is responsible if you attempt to fix your CF card pins and you brick your camera. You have been warned! It's best to avoid the issue all together by paying attention to how you insert your memory card.
 
With the fine print out of the way, here's what I did:
 
  1. Remove the LP-E6/LP-E6N battery. When wondering whether or not I should remove the back-up battery, I realized – there isn't one (at least not a user-replaceable one).
  2. The location of the bent pin worked to my advantage. I could run the screw along the top edge of the CF card slot and fit the end right in between the bent pin and the card slot's wall. Working extremely carefully, I was able to drag the ridges of the screw across the pin so that the screw pulled the pin back into place. It took me several tries – with incremental progress with each attempt – to get the pin back into position.
  3. While I could pull the pin back in the direction of the other pins, I was relatively helpless to adjust the placement of the pin along the perpendicular axis. Fortunately, the pin fell right into place after a few minutes of fiddling with it.
  4. About a hundred test shots post-fix confirms that the camera is working properly. I'm hoping my rudimentary repair job stands the test of time. If not, I'll be falling back on Option #1.
Keep in mind, this issue isn't isolated to the 7D Mark II; I could have easily done this with my original 7D (but simply never did). The 5D III's CF card slot seems to be thinner and does not allow the memory card to be inserted incorrectly (at least, not easily). Please learn from my mistake – pay attention to how you insert a Compact Flash memory card! :-) [Sean]
 
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Memory Card Inserted Correctly
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/13/2014 12:13:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
What to Look for When Selecting a Mountain
I love mountains, but not all mountains are created equally. Height is great, but a flat or round-top mountain, even if extremely high, is difficult to make photogenic. Give me a craggy, jagged-topped mountain with character and I can entertain myself for days. Add some color for an over-the-top mountain.
 
The Maroon Bells Scenic Area has mountains with character and Sievers Mountain, just north of Maroon Lake, is one of my favorites. Along with having character in its shape, this mountain has color character including the namesake "Maroon" with bands of light-colored rock running through it. While the top of this mountain alone can make a good photo, I worked a set of colorful aspens into the foreground so that the tops of the trees somewhat matched the craggy-ness of the mountaintop and added strong contrasting color. With some room to significantly change my shooting position, I adjusted the perspective so that the amount of trees showing in the frame was balanced relative to the amount of mountain showing. Said another way, the closer I approached the trees, the higher the percentage of the frame consumed by those trees and the larger the trees would appear relative to the mountain.
 
With the perspective I wanted, I then made use of a zoom lens to retain only what I wanted in the frame. In this case, that meant zooming to 57mm.
 
With a partly cloudy sky, good timing (note that the odds of good timing are greatly increased by patiently waiting) was required to get a dark foreground base, bright trees, shade on the mountain directly behind the tree tops and some direct sunlight on the mountain above. Blue skies are beautiful, but I often prefer that they remain a small part of my landscape images. In this case, the blue adds another color to the image and forms a solid, uninterrupted top margin to this scene that keeps the viewer's eye from leaving via the top of the frame.
 
I made strong use of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens on this trip. Nearly every shot I captured with this lens was tack sharp. It is an awesome choice for tripod-mounted landscape photography.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Facebook and Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
57mm  f/11.0  1/40s  ISO 125  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 11/13/2014 9:46:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 7D Mark II's Wide Area AF
The large percentage of the viewfinder covered by Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF system is a big deal, at least when shooting in AI Servo AF mode and when there is no time to recompose after focusing. The image shared with this post shows such an example.
 
The horse gallops toward the camera at perhaps 35-40 mph (56-64 kph). I want the rider to be in focus, but the horse's ears and mane strongly compete for the top AF point's attention as the animal quickly moves up and down. Having an AF point so close to the border of the frame allows me to (better) avoid the AF point's attention moving from the rider to the horse.
 
Good examples of situations requiring a wide-positioned AF point include any sports that involve running (track, baseball, soccer, football, field hockey, etc.). When a person is running fast, they lean forward and the head leads the lean. If the subject's eyes are not in focus, the shot is likely a throw-away. To keep the runner's eyes in focus requires an AF point placed on them and at the oft-desired near-frame-filling distances, an AF point positioned close to the frame edge is required. The 7D II has you covered here.
 
Cameras with a lower percentage of the viewfinder covered by AF points require similar subjects to be captured from a longer distance and/or with a wider focal length, meaning cropping is required to achieve the same desired frame-filling result. Cropping of course reduces final image resolution. The Canon EOS 7D Mark II's wide area AF system has you covered in these situations, allowing you to fully utilize its 20.2 MP sensor – this capability is a big deal.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/13/2014 8:25:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Logo
From Canon:
 
TOKYO, November 13, 2014 — Canon Inc. announced today that the Company has been entrusted with the responsibility of processing the 30-meter-diameter multi-segment primary mirror to be incorporated in the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) currently under construction near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
 
The creation of the TMT, a next-generation extremely large telescope, is being made possible through the cooperative efforts of Japan and four other countries. Construction of the telescope began in 2014 with completion scheduled for the early 2020s. Japan will handle the processing of approximately 30% of the 492 segments (574 when including replacement segments) that make up the TMT's primary mirror. Of the processing being handled by the team from Japan, Canon is currently responsible for grinding 26 segments and has already begun work.
 
The TMT's primary mirror will comprise an array of 492 hexagonal segments, each of which measures 1.44 meters diagonally with a thickness of 45 millimeters. The segments will be closely arranged, separated by gaps measuring only 2.5 millimeters wide, to create the 30-meter-diameter primary mirror. The primary mirror's construction requires the production of six each (seven when including replacement segments) of the 82 uniquely shaped segments used to create the mirror.
 
The processing work that Canon is responsible for requires that segments be processed at a level of precision measuring less than 2 microns Peak-to-Valley (P-V), a value that indicates differences in surface levels. This degree of precision is comparable to a variation in the surface evenness of the playing field housed in the Tokyo Dome sports stadium of less than 0.2 millimeters. To produce the segments, Canon is drawing on its various optical technologies cultivated through the manufacture of lenses and mirrors, namely grinding and polishing technologies, aspherical surface processing technologies, and measuring technologies. In particular, Canon will make use of its proprietary tools when grinding and polishing the aspherical surfaces to ensure the proper curvature required for each segment.
 
In addition to Canon's involvement in the TMT, the Company provided support for the large-scale optical-infrared Subaru Telescope, also located on Mauna Kea. Canon developed and produced the corrector lens used in the Subaru's Hyper Suprime-Cam ultra-wide-field prime-focus camera. In this way, Canon will continue to use its technologies to contribute to the development of the world's science, technology and natural science fields.
 
Canon will be exhibiting a prototype of a segment from the TMT's primary mirror, which was ground and polished by the Company, at the 2014 International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition (Inter BEE), to be held from November 19 to 21 at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba City, located east of Tokyo.
 
Overview of primary mirror segment production
 
The segments to be used in the TMT's primary mirror are produced by grinding and polishing the front and back surfaces of a circular glass material that is then subjected to spherical and aspherical processing. After cutting the glass into a hexagonal shape and adding holes, it is mounted on a Segment Support Assembly (SSA), a mechanism that enables precise adjustments to ensure the proper positioning of each mirror segment.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/13/2014 5:35:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Apple 15.4
B&H has the Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013 Model) available for $2,799.00 with free expedited shipping. Originally $3,299.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 (Crystalwell)
  • 16GB of Onboard 1600MHz DDR3L RAM
  • 1TB PCIe-Based Flash Storage
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M Graphics (2GB)
  • 15.4" LED-Backlit IPS Retina Display
  • 2880 x 1800 Native Resolution
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, HDMI
  • FaceTime HD Camera, Dual Mics
  • Mac OS X Mavericks
Hoya 82mm Variable Density Filter
Through November 15, B&H has the Hoya 82mm Variable Density Filter available for $119.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $179.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Variable 0.45 - 2.7 Density
  • Reduce Exposure by 1.5 - 9 Stops
  • Greater Control Over Exposure Settings
  • Low Profile, Rigid Aluminum Filter Ring
Post Date: 11/12/2014 2:57:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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