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 Friday, December 9, 2016
The Canon Store has some awesome discounts on refurbished DSLR cameras and kits right now. See below for more information.
Factory refurbished items from the Canon Store come with a retail-matching 1-year warranty.
Canon Store In Stock and Reduced DSLR Cameras
Refurbished ItemOrig. PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 1D X Body4,239.20340.003,899.20
Canon EOS 5DS R Body3,119.20320.202,799.00
Canon EOS 5Ds Body2,959.20360.202,599.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body2,239.20240.201,999.00
Canon EOS 7D II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,959.19500.191,459.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,719.20270.201,449.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II1,439.20190.201,249.00
Canon EOS 80D + EF-S 18-135 IS USM1,439.20290.001,149.20
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,199.19369.20829.99
Canon EOS 80D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM1,079.20230.00849.20
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM959.98419.99539.99
Canon EOS 80D Body959.20160.00799.20
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM959.20209.21749.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + 18-55 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM879.98469.99409.99
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM879.20230.00649.20
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM & 55-250 IS II839.98439.99399.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM799.99200.00599.99
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM719.99240.00479.99
Canon EOS M3 + EF-M 18-55 IS STM639.99290.01349.98
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM639.99290.00349.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5 + EF-S 18-55 IS II & 75-300 III USM627.98297.99329.99
Canon EOS Rebel T6i Body599.9950.00549.99
Canon EOS M3 Body543.99244.01299.98
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Body519.99120.00399.99
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + EF-S 18-155 IS II439.99140.00299.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Body439.99160.00279.99
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/9/2016 8:16:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has filed a patent for the design of an electronically curved sensor.
Canon Electronically Curved Sensor Patent

Patent Details
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-201425
  • Release date 2016.12.1
  • Application date 2015.4.8
  • Coupling the imaging element and the expansion / contraction section
  • As the stretchable portion expands, the amount of curvature of the imaging surface increases
  • The expansion and contraction section is electrically controlled
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/9/2016 6:15:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through 4:00pm Eastern Time today, B&H has the Ruggard DSLR Parka Cold and Rain Protector for Cameras and Camcorders (Black) available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $79.95.
Product Highlights
  • Fits DSLR/Lens/Camera Shoe-mounted Flash
  • Protects DSLR from Rain, Dust, Mud
  • See-Through Portal for LCD Screen/Finder
  • Full Access to DSLR Controls/Viewfinder
  • Can Be Used with Lens Hood
  • Zipper Closure
  • Tripod Mountable
  • Water-Resistant Nylon Outer Shell
  • Fleece Lined for Scratch Protection
  • Drawstring, Storage Pouch Included
From Nikon:
KeyMission 170 Firmware v.1.1
Changes from Firmware Version 1.0 to 1.1
  • Fixed an issue that in rare cases caused the camera to display a message stating that certain memory cards could not be used.
  • Fixed as issue that in rare cases caused the camera to stop responding when HDMI cables were connected or disconnected.
Download: KeyMission 170 Firmware v.1.1

KeyMission 360 Firmware v.1.1
Changes from Firmware Version 1.0 to 1.1
  • Added support for iOS 10. Users of iOS 10 will also need to upgrade the SnapBridge 360/170 app to the latest version, which supports iOS 10.
  • Improved connectivity when pairing with the SnapBridge 360/170 app.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in spherical 360° images not displaying as spherical 360° images when uploaded to Facebook.
  • Files recorded using Loop recording are now divided into a maximum of 6 parts rather than 5.
Download: KeyMission 360 Firmware v.1.1
B&H carries Nikon Keymission action cams.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/9/2016 5:29:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 8, 2016
Want the ultimate digital photo frame? Or possibly just a TV upgrade for the upcoming Super Bowl? Then this deal might be for you.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Samsung JU7100 Series 65" Class 4K Smart LED TV available for $1,199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $2,999.00.
Product Highlights
  • 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 LED Panel
  • Clear Motion Rate (CMR) 240
  • Contrast Enhancer Technology
  • UHD Dimming and Upscaling
  • Built-In Wi-Fi & Screen Mirroring
  • Access Samsung Smart Hub & Apps
  • 4 x HDMI / 3 x USB
  • Built-In Quad-Core Processor
  • 3D-Ready with Optional 3D Glasses
  • Includes One Connect Mini & Smart Remote
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/8/2016 6:36:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
Lightroom CC 2015.8
Introducing Reference View
Reference View is a new view mode available in the Develop Module that allows you to compare 2 different images in order to make them visually consistent. This is helpful when making a group of images from a single event look similar or setting the white balance appropriately in mixed lighting conditions.
To get started,
  1. Go to the Develop Module
  2. Click on Reference View. Its on the Toolbar, and you may need to show the Toolbar if hidden
  3. Drag and Drop your Reference Photo onto the left pane. You can change your Reference Photo by either dragging a different image onto the left pane or using the “Set as Reference Photo” context menu in the Library Module.
  4. Edit the active photo. Use the Reference Photo to guide your editing decisions.
Click here for more information on Reference View.
Performance Improvements
Lightroom CC (2015.8) / 6.8 includes ‘under-the-hood’ changes designed to improve the responsiveness of your Lightroom experience. You should notice improvements in image editing responsiveness when background tasks (such as Preview Generation) are running, moving files between folders, running catalog backups.
Fit/Fill Improvements
You can now zoom to fit and zoom to fill. Particularly when using ultra high-resolution (i.e. 4K and 5K) monitors, prior versions of Lightroom would not completely fill the Loupe window.
Additional Features
  • Ability to filter or create a Smart Collection for images that have Snapshots associated with them.
  • Export a Collection Set as a new catalog.
New Camera and Lens Profile Support in Lightroom CC (2015.8) / 6.8
See here.
New Tethered Shooting Support in Lightroom CC (2015.8) / 6.8
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Customer reported issues resolved
  • Released a new set of Camera Matching Profiles for Canon 5D Mark IV.
  • Improved support for Canon 5D Mark IV dual pixel raw images. Please see this note for further details.
  • Lightroom would show an error dialog when attempting to open an image in Photoshop. Please note that this only occurred on Windows and only when selecting “Open in Photoshop” as a Post-Processing item in the Export dialog.
  • Fixed issues relating to the Point Curve as reported here and here
  • Fixed some memory leaks.
  • Library collection panel scrolled unexpectedly when you duplicate/rename/delete a collection set
  • Problem with watermark opacity in export slideshow
  • Will not export both portrait and landscape oriented pictures as a slideshow video in 720 or 1080
  • Slideshow not working, only getting black screen
  • Selected Published Folder or Collection is not deselected if a folder is selected
  • Background images in Slideshow sometimes appeared pixelated.
  • Allow image panning by holding down space bar and then swipe with two fingers when local correction tool (such as the Local Adjustment Brush or Radial Filter) is activated.
  • Resolved inconsistent preset sorting issue.
  • Resolved issues when importing from an Apple iPhone or iPad using USB.
  • Video files from Sony cameras were not being imported into Lightroom.
  • Opening photos in Photoshop from Lightroom using Edit In does not work correctly for some operations
  • Map and Web modules do not work correctly with 4K UHD monitor
  • Sort by capture time doesn’t always work on 2015.7 / 6.7
Installation Instructions
Please select Help > Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.

Lightroom Mobile Updates
Lightroom for iPhones includes a new edit experience, a new info section, a new capture interface with a brand new professional mode, support for all of the latest cameras and lenses provided in today’s Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom releases, as well as bug fixes and improvements. Lightroom for iPads adds in the new capture interface, camera and lens support, and bug fixes, and Lightroom for Android provides support for new cameras and lenses as well as bug fixes. To download Lightroom for iOS and Android, tap here.
The teams for both Lightroom for iPads as well as Lightroom for Android are also working on adding in the new edit and info experiences and we hope to release those updates soon.
Check out the new series of videos our very own Julieanne Kost has made covering Lightroom Mobile from end-to-end, including these new features, by clicking here.
In Lightroom for iPhones, you’ll find the following updates:
New Edit Interface
Lightroom mobile 2.6 represents a significant evolution of editing on mobile devices. We wanted to improve the ability to quickly find and access tools and ensure the fastest way to enhance and edit images on a phone. Our design team reached out to photographers of all skill levels to help us figure out how people edit with Lightroom mobile, what’s missing, and how we could make it even better. This update represents our first release taking advantage of this research.
Finally, we built ways of expanding the interface so that additional groups of functionality could be added in, like the often requested ability to add in titles, captions, and copyright from mobile devices. This new interface extensibility means we can continue to deliver on the features that photographers have been asking for, turning their mobile devices into more and more capable image processing devices.
New Capture Interface and Professional Mode
Version 2.6 also adds in a brand new capture interface (the same that Android users received earlier this year) that provides access to a new professional mode that provides control over all aspects of your camera’s exposure and focus. This new mode makes it easy to dial in exactly the exposure you need to capture the shot you want.
These updates are all available now, tap here to download.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/8/2016 11:49:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The obvious reason to use high speed burst mode to photograph wildlife is because wildlife moves and you want to capture the ideal body position and behavior. Use your fastest frame rate to capture the frame with the perfect body/angle/leg/wing positions against the best possible background. When the wildlife is in fast action, that motion is obvious and further discussion is probably not warranted. But, the motion can be more subtle – I'll call it "micro-motion" – and micro-position differences matter.
One of the most frequent subtle wildlife motion issues I encounter is blinking and birds especially cause me grief in this regard. The bird may appear completely motionless, allowing you to take your time to set up for and capture the perfect shot. The image looks great on the LCD, but when you get home and load the images, you realize that the nictitating membrane is covering half of the eye (this is not technically "blinking", but the problem is similar). While this issue can sometimes be remedied in post processing, correction is challenging and time consuming even on the easiest repairs. If 5 or 10 images of the same scene had been captured in rapid succession, the odds are very good that at least one of them would have had a clear eye.
Another issue I find problematic is animals chewing their cud. Even when I'm aware that this is happening, it can be quite challenging to capture a single frame without the animal's fast-moving lower jaw in a strange and usually detracting position. Ear position is a similar issue. Certain ear positions are often preferred and since these features are often moving, a burst can help capture the optimal positions.
Sometimes it only takes a subtle movement to make a big difference in the desired catchlight in the subject's eye. One of the frames captured in a burst may have this key difference, giving that particular image the extra sparkle needed for greatness.
Did you ever have an image degraded by something passing through the frame? This is often a photobombing insect or bird that shows up at just the wrong time. While these can sometimes be removed in post processing, that is not always the case and even if removal is possible, the process may prove time consuming. Grasses blow in light wind, passing into out of ideal positions. Leaves on trees do the same. A frame burst may contain an image void of the undesired objects.
Speaking of the blowing, most wildlife photography takes place outdoors and there are many factors out here trying to reduce your image sharpness, including wind. Not every frame may be sharp, but an increased number of images brings an increased chance that sharp images are in the mix.
On occasion, I find that I need to merge two or more images from a burst to get the ideal subject framing. Especially when using a long telephoto lens not locked down on a tripod, I often get a modest variety of subject framing in a burst set. While the differences may not be big, I sometimes find it optimal to add a side of one frame to another image to provide the ideal framing or to expand the frame. This is an especially good option to use if the focal length is too long and the scene is being cropped too tightly.
Even when not moving fast, wildlife is often moving. Capturing just the right point in time can make a big difference in wildlife imagery and using the camera's burst mode may be all that is necessary to bump your image quality up a notch.
In this regard, a camera with a faster frame rate has an advantage over those with a slower rate. The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV used for this capture has a faster frame rate than any 5-Series predecessor, but the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and Canon EOS 7D Mark II make the 5D IV seem slow.
Using a high frame rate-capable camera in high speed burst mode greatly increases the volume of photos captured. Be ready for this and be heavy handed when selecting down the keepers. It is OK to delete good images (and far better to have too many good images than missing the optimal one). You probably can't use them all – keep only the best.
Humor has a value in wildlife imagery and a high speed burst rate is advantageous for capturing humor. I photographed this pronghorn having a sit-down dinner (it was eating the green plant in front of it) in Grand Teton National Park in very heavy wind. This wind was so strong that I was having trouble keeping the animal in the 600mm frame. Yes, I had the hood on the lens, increasing the wind load, but it was raining lightly and rain was hitting the front lens element even with this giant hood in place. By using burst mode, I came away with a very satisfying set of sharp, well-framed keepers from this encounter, including this humorous one.
I can still hear him saying "Is that a Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II Lens?!"
A larger version of this image is available on SmugMug, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/1600s
ISO 1600
5847 x 3898px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/8/2016 9:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Today Only: Through the end of today Eastern Time, B&H has the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon available for $799.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,069.00.
Update: It looks like the Nikon version is also reduced today.
Other Deals
Azden SGM-1X - Professional Shotgun Microphone - $109.99 (Compare at $158.99)
Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool - $29.00 Shipped (Reg. $49.00) [Ends 9:00am ET]
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/8/2016 5:44:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Hot Deal: Starting at midnight tonight Eastern Time and live throughout tomorrow, B&H has the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon available for $799.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,069.00.
Other Midnight Deals
Azden SGM-1X - Professional Shotgun Microphone - $109.99 (Compare at $158.99)
Datacolor SpyderCUBE RAW Calibration Tool - $29.00 Shipped (Reg. $49.00)
From Photoshelter:
The 2017 Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests
We’ve partnered with the World Photography Organization for The 2017 Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests, one of our biggest guides of the year. Inside, get a rundown of 42 photo contests worldwide. We give each a verdict based on entry fees, promised exposure and prizes, submission rights, and direct feedback from past winners. Let this guide help you determine which contests are your best bet.
Download the Free Guide
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/7/2016 10:49:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art Lens Review
This is a very fun-to-use lens.
B&H has the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/7/2016 9:10:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
As promised yesterday, image quality results from the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review page. This addition makes many more direct comparisons available. I'll get you started.
Sigma's previous 85mm f/1.4 was a good performer, but the Art model takes the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 lens comparison.
Zeiss also has a pair of excellent 85mm lenses. In the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens vs. Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 lens comparison, the Sigma has the advantage. Even the venerable Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 is strongly challenged by the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens.
At a 2/3 stop wider aperture, the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens is sharper than the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 VC lens. The Sigma of course gives up image stabilization in this comparison.
Put one of these lenses in your kit: B&H has this lens in stock (Nikon) and "coming soon" (Canon mount available for preorder).
Adorama only has the Sigma mount lens in stock, but at this moment is offering a free Sigma Dock with preorders.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/7/2016 8:00:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EOS M3 with EF-M 18-55 IS STM Lens available for $349.98 with free shipping. Compare at $549.00 new.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/7/2016 7:45:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has filed the optical formula patent for a EF 600mm f/4 DO IS USM.
This would be an awesome addition to Canon's super telephoto lens lineup. I think professional sports and wildlife photographers will be lining up for this lens. [Sean]
Canon EF 600mm f 4 DO IS USM Design Patent

Patent Details (Google Translated)
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-200685
  • Published 2016.12.1
  • Filing Date 2015.4.9
  • Focus distance 585.00
  • F-number 4.12
  • Angle of View (degrees) 2.12
  • Like high 21.64
  • Overall length of the lens 335.32
  • BF 66.92
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/7/2016 6:18:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD 27" Creative Pen & Touch Display (Refurbished) available for $1,999.95 with free shipping. Compare at $2,549.95 new after $250.00 instant savings.
Product Highlights
  • 23.5 x 13.2" Active Area
  • 27" AHVA LCD Pen & Touch Display
  • QHD 2560 x 1440 Native Resolution
  • 330 cd/m² Brightness
  • 178°/178° Viewing Angles
  • 97% Adobe RGB, 1.07 Billion Colors
  • 2,048 Levels of Pressure Sensitivity
  • ExpressKey Remote
  • Included Pro Pen & Pen Stand
  • Mac & Windows Compatible
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/7/2016 5:59:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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