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 Monday, July 07, 2014
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Canon created a new set of rebates after the previous rebates expired on July 5. Unfortunately, the instant rebates of the previous round are gone (aside from the instant savings on the EOS 7D).
 
Saying the previous rebates were "extended" would be a bit of a misnomer. While most of the same items are eligible for rebates, many of the rebate amounts are slightly less than they were just last month. And this round of rebates seems a bit more complicated than they have been in years past.
 
For example, if you buy one of these bodies:

  • EOS 6D
  • EOS 7D
  • EOS 70D
  • EOS 60D

You qualify for a rebate on these specific lenses:

LensRebate Amount
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM$300.00
EF 100mm f/2 USM$100.00
EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM$150.00
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM$100.00

Note that these lenses do not qualify for the other mail-in rebate which covers lens-only purchases.
 
Of course, Canon also has printer rebates. Purchasing one of the following cameras with a PIXMA PRO-1, PRO-10, or PRO-100 qualifies you for a $300.00 mail-in rebate:

  • EOS-1D X
  • EOS 5D Mark III
  • EOS 6D
  • EOS 7D
  • EOS 70D
  • EOS 60D
  • EOS Rebel T5i
  • EOS Rebel SL1
  • EOS Rebel T3i
  • EOS Rebel T5
  • EOR Rebel T3
  • PowerShot G1 X
  • PowerShot G16
  • PowerShot G15
  • PowerShot S120
  • PowerShot S110

Unfortunately, I was told by Canon USA's Marketing Department that the rebates aren't stackable. So if you bought a Canon EOS 6D, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM and PIXMA PRO-100, you would not receive $600.00 in rebates (only $300.00).
 
As usual, DSLR rebates will vary depending on whether you buy a body only or a lens kit.
 
Canon DSLR Cameras & Lenses Eligible for Rebates:

ModelRebate Amount
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Buy$200.00
Canon EOS 6D Buy$100.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS 7D Buy$100.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS 70D Buy$100.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS 60D Buy$100.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D Buy$100.00 - $250.00
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Buy$100.00 - $250.00
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM Fisheye Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$60.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM Lens Buy$80.00
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L Tilt-Shift Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II Tilt-Shift Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$60.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Buy$20.00
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens Buy$30.00
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon MP-E 65mm Macro Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 L USM Macro Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 300mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 1.4x III Extender Buy$50.00
Canon EF 2x III Extender Buy$50.00

The lens rebates are set to expire August 30. Most of the DSLR camera rebates are scheduled to expire August 2.

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Post Date: 7/7/2014 9:49:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Profoto Blog:

"There are days when the whole world seems to smile upon you. But there are also days when the forces of nature seem to conspire against you. This shoot belongs in the latter category…
 
The shoot was done at Långtora Airfield outside Stockholm, which is the airfield where my gliding club is based. The look we were going for was a modern version of the flying ladies of the 1940s. Quite a few of the classic Hollywood stars flew gliders. The particular glider we were borrowing for this shoot was used by the Danish air force during the 1940s to train fighter pilots. Some people at the club claim that the gilder was once flown by Greta Garbo. But that fact is still to be verified…
 
Lighting-wise, we planned to shoot with sunlight and Collapsible Reflectors only. I wanted a subtle and natural backlight in the images, and Collapsible Reflectors are great for that. The fact that Profoto offer ten different Collapsible Reflectors in six fabrics (black, white, silver, sunsilver, gold and translucent) would be helpful, as that allowed us to create different light characters and moods by simply replacing one Collapsible Reflector with another.
 
That was the plan. But as it turned, the forces of nature refused to cooperate."

Read the entire article on the Profoto Blog.
 
B&H carries Profoto Collapsible Reflectors.

Post Date: 7/7/2014 8:20:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Dogwood Park Fountain, Cookeville, TN
Site vistor Mark J. sent us a great tip – Microsoft has a freely downloadable program for producing GIFs, called Microsoft Research Cliplets.
 
After learning about the program, I simply had to try it. I went to the local park to capture a video of its fountain in action (shown above).
 
Check out the video below to see how it works.
 
Post Date: 7/7/2014 6:40:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 04, 2014
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From Sigma:
 
Thank you for your purchasing and using our products.
 
We are pleased to announce the availability of the update of SIGMA Optimization Pro and it is now available for download. Since the version under SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.2.0 does not recognize 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, we have upgraded it to adapt the new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art.
 
Please update your SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.2.0 to latest version.
 
http://www.sigma-global.com/download/en/
 
We appreciate your continuing support for our company and products.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 7/4/2014 8:52:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS M2
Canon Japan has posted an announcement regarding an EOS M2 "double zoom" kit – containing the EOS M2, EF-M18-55mm IS STM & EF-M 55-200mm IS STM Lenses – to be available in August. Canon Japan also announced a new color for the EOS M2, "Beiburu" (Bay Blue) that will join the already familiar white, red and black models around that time.
 
Note: The Bay Blue version of the EOS M has been around quite some time. Apparently, the color is new to the EOS M2.
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Post Date: 7/4/2014 8:23:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 03, 2014

 
From the Nikon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Nikon Ambassador, Corey Rich shows us how he sets up a great time-lapse while capturing a beautiful landscape photo at the same time, using his camera's built-in intervalometer. For more information on your Nikon D-SLR's intervalometer, please refer to your camera's instruction manual.
 
B&H carries the Nikon D800, D800E and has the new D810 available for preorder.
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Post Date: 7/3/2014 1:43:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon and Microsoft Logos
From PC Mag:
 
Microsoft said the deal covers patents for digital imaging and mobile consumer products, among other things.
 
Canon is the latest company to ink a patent licensing deal with Microsoft.
 
The deal provides Microsoft and Canon with access to licenses for each other’s patent portfolios. Exact terms were not disclosed, but Microsoft said the agreement covers a broad range of products and services each company offers, including certain digital imaging and mobile consumer products.
 
“This collaborative approach with Canon allows us to deliver inventive technologies that benefit consumers around the world,” Nick Psyhogeos, general manager and associate general counsel of the IP Licensing of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft, said in a statement. “Microsoft believes cooperative licensing is an effective way to accelerate innovation while reducing patent disputes.”
 
The two companies have worked together before. In 2009, Microsoft said that Canon was among the first firms to sign up for a licensing program for its Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) technology.
 
Microsoft said it has now inked more than 1,100 patent licensing deals since its IP licensing program started in Dec. 2003. Many of the headlines surrounding that program have focused on Microsoft’s efforts to license its Android-related patents (Yes, Android).
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Category: Microsoft News
Post Date: 7/3/2014 7:50:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
MindShift Gear Filter Nest
From MindShift Gear:
 
MindShift Gear has just released the first dual-purpose round filter case for outdoor photography. The Filter Nest is two bags in one: a padded, zippered pouch protects delicate filters from dust and scratches in the field and a removable insert allows for compact packing.
 
The Filter Nest is belt-mountable and compatible with MindShift Gear’s rotation180° Panorama and rotation180° Professional backpacks for quickly accessing filters while setting up a shot. Plus, the grab-handle with SR buckle enables photographers to hang the Filter Nest from a tripod to suit workflow for rapid filter changes when speed counts.
 
MindShift Gear has the Filter Nest available for order.
Post Date: 7/3/2014 6:46:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens
From JerseyShooter's Blog:

"Once in a while, when you are ready to resign things to being just the way they are and give up, the planets align, the clouds part, and the gods smile down, making everything right again. Well, perhaps I’m exaggerating a bit. However, my initial testing of the new firmware Version 1.01 for the Canon mount Sigma 120-300 f2.8 “Sports” lens is complete and things are looking good.
 
To briefly recap, my issue with the lens and original Version 1.00 firmware was basically two-fold. First, despite all sixteen adjustable focus points available in the Sigma Optimization Pro software being perfectly calibrated using the USB dock, the lens would badly front-focus in between the 200mm and 300mm settings. Second, the lens required completely different Optimization Pro focus parameter settings for the 1D Mark III and 1D Mark IV compared to Canon’s other bodies like the 7D, 5D Mark II and 50D. This meant my lens was either “set up” to work with my 1D bodies, or my other bodies, but never ALL my camera bodies at once. I began my testing with a very methodical approach. I needed to find out first if the new firmware fixed the issue of the different parameter requirements for the different bodies. I also wanted to get a baseline to see how different my new Optimization Pro setting would be from my old ones, and I wanted to do it for all my different camera models."

From the looks of post, JerseyShooter is quite impressed by the new firmware. Check out his full post for all the details.

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Post Date: 7/2/2014 9:08:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 7/2/2014 7:30:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Canon EF 1300mm f/5.6 L USM Lens
eBay seller "ala2200" has posted an auction for a Canon EF 1200mm F/5.6 L USM lens (review). (thanks Matt)
 
Right now the top bid is only $2,025.00 – and that's especially reasonable considering the used value of the lens is upwards of $100K+.
 
Caveat Emptor: While the seller has a good feedback rating, it's not someone we're familiar with and the listing appears a bit suspect. We suggest proceeding with extreme caution when purchasing expensive gear from unknown sources.
 
Update: The auction listing has been removed.
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Post Date: 7/1/2014 10:44:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
Tamron's previous rebates have [mostly] been extended through July with minor alterations. See below for details.
 
Tamron Rebates July 1 - 31

ModelRebate Amount
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy$50.00
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00

Post Date: 7/1/2014 9:25:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 30, 2014
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
Just posted: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Review
 
Warning: Reading this review may create a very strong desire to add this lens to your kit. Read with caution.
 
Of course, B&H stands ready to ship a Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens to you, quenching that desire.
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Post Date: 6/30/2014 8:13:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Post Date: 6/30/2014 7:54:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS M with EF-M 22mm STM Lens
By Sean Setters
 
I bought an EOS M back when retailers were slashing prices on Canon's mirrorless kits. Since then, I have really enjoyed having a compact camera capable of capturing high quality images. However, the camera has been relegated to fulfilling the needs of a "vacation camera" in my kit. Last week, that all changed.
 
That's when I installed a Magic Lantern nightly build on my EOS M. With Magic Lantern installed, the EOS M makes a great time-lapse camera. It's small, easy to set up and quiet. You also don't have to worry about the wear and tear of your mirror mechanism (because, coincidentally enough – there isn't one!). These features make time-lapse shooting with an EOS M ideal; unfortunately, time-lapse photography is not possible with an EOS M without a little help.
 
The fact is that no Canon DSLRs or mirrorless APS-C sensor cameras have a built-in intervalometer. Instead, Canon offers a wired controller to fill that roll – the oddly named TC-80N3. Unfortunately, the EOS M doesn't have the E3/N3 port necessary for triggering the camera via a wired controller.
 
But that's where Magic Lantern comes in. It gives you a built-in intervalometer (as well as a boat-load of other features). The intervalometer is fantastic and full of customizable options. On the downside, the nightly build I tried out isn't quite ready for prime time. The Magic Lantern menu sometimes disappears from the screen for no apparent reason while trying to change values or simply navigating the menu. But with a little patience and a little more persistence, the Magic Lantern firmware can really increase the usefulness of Canon's all-but-forgotten entry into the mirrorless market.
 
Using an EOS M loaded with Magic Lantern, an EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM, Viltrox EF-M to EF/EF-S Adapter, B+W Circular Polarizer, B+W .6 ND filter and a tripod / ball head, I was able to create the time-lapse for the following video (watch full screen in HD for best results):
 

 
For post-processing, I compiled the time-lapse in Panolapse and then created the final video in Adobe Premiere Elements 11.
 
Yes, I know the video is cheesy. But it's safe to say that a more significant project could easily be augmented by something so simple as a time-lapse captured by an EOS M. If I had installed Magic Lantern on my EOS M a little sooner, I probably wouldn't have wasted 400 shutter clicks on my EOS 7D shooting this behind-the-scenes time-lapse. So even though it might not be stable enough for a final release, it still might be fun (and useful) to play around with in its current state.
 
Disclaimer: If you install Magic Lantern, you do so at your own risk. The-Digital-Picture.com (or the Magic Lantern team, for that matter) is not responsible for damage due to use of non-OEM firmware.
Post Date: 6/30/2014 6:33:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, June 28, 2014
The Arcade, Cookeville, TN HDR
By Sean Setters
 
First off, let me admit something up front – I'm not a big fan of most of the HDR images I see. Most of the HDR images I come across look too unrealistic or simply too over post-processed for my taste. But there are times when creating an HDR image makes a lot of sense. Indoor architecture is probably one of my favorite uses of HDR imagery.
 
A few months ago my friend told me about a location in town that I was completely unaware of. Last week I finally made a point to go see it. I brought my EOS 5D Mark III, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 and a tripod.
 
The location, "The Arcade," turned out to be a building right in the middle of my hometown with a foyer that seems as if it were transplanted from a bygone era. As I would later find out, the building is now over 100 years old and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
 
The bottom floor was beautiful, but the second floor view seemed to provide an even better vantage point for a picture. Stained glass skylights allowed some of the midday sun to peek through the ceiling, but overall the light was pretty dim on the second floor. The extremely bright light coming from the 1st floor doors at the end of the foyer also presented a problem when using longer shutter speeds to expose the scene.
 
The extreme difference between highlight and shadow in the scene made it a good candidate for HDR photography. I set my tripod-mounted 5D Mark III to record a bracketed exposure (5 shots) and later post-processed the image with Google's HDR Efex Pro 2 plugin for Photoshop CS6.
 
In post-processing, I left the front doors fairly blown out because the brightness tended to draw the my eye to the center of the image (although I did dim its reflection on the floor). In my opinion, the blown out area also makes the exposure seem a bit more believable overall. And while it's an HDR image, it doesn't scream "HDR!!!" to me. And I think that's why I like it...
Post Date: 6/28/2014 8:45:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 27, 2014
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From Canon Professional Network:
 
"When using your EOS camera you may occasionally get an error code or message appearing on the camera’s LCD screen. Most of these errors can be quickly and easily resolved – the various EOS error codes and messages are described below with information that should assist you in resolving your issue."
 
Check out all the Error Codes and Tips on the Canon Professional Network.
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Post Date: 6/27/2014 7:59:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 26, 2014
Nikon D810 Official Sample Image
Nikon France has published a collection of sample images from the newly announced D810 DSLR to their Flickr photostream.
 
Nikon Europe has posted a behind the scenes look at the fashion images shown in the photostream:
 

 
B&H has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for preorder.
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Post Date: 6/26/2014 9:52:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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