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 Tuesday, May 10, 2016
eBay (via CookieElectronics) has the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Quadcopter available for $599.00 with free shipping. Compare at $799.00.
 
Update: This deal is now listed as "Out of Stock."
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 5/10/2016 11:14:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the National Geographic YouTube Channel:
 
German artist Thorsten Brinkmann is a self-proclaimed serial collector. He works primarily with items from resale shops and junkyards, incorporating the found objects into his photography and site-specific installations. Wearing a trash can for a helmet and a fabric scrap for a vest, he is suddenly transformed into a seemingly noble character that mimics the style of paintings done by the old masters. In this short from Walley Films, watch how Brinkmann creates these whimsical self-portraits for his latest show at the Rice University Art Gallery in Houston, Texas.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 5/10/2016 10:38:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Due to a trademark issue (with Foveon), Breakthrough Photography has renamed their "X3" to line "X4". While the change means nothing to the quality of the product, it could cause confusion if you were looking for the older product name as it no longer exists.
 
In regards to the quality of these products, it is very high. Breakthrough Photography X4 ND Filters are what I use. Read the 10 Stop Neutral Density (Black) Filter Review. Then go get creative.
 
B&H has Breakthrough Photography X4 10-Stop ND Filters in stock.
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 10:17:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens for Canon/Nikon available for $299.00 with free shipping. Compare at $419.00 after $250.00 instant savings.
 
From Auction: "Brand new, USA Warranty"
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 6:52:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through tonight, the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens (review) qualifies for a $200.00 instant savings which brings the final price down to $799.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $999.00.
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 5:14:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 9, 2016
Right now, the Canon EOS 5Ds R qualifies for a $300.00 instant savings. But in addition to the instant savings, B&H is throwing in a free WD 4TB Elements External Desktop Hard Drive ($149.00 value) via this special bundle deal.
 
I suppose B&H thought you might need some extra storage for all those 50.6 MP files, huh? [Sean]
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Post Date: 5/9/2016 1:42:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via Tri-State1) has the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF Lens Available for $1,362.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,896.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore ineligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/9/2016 11:52:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through tomorrow, you can save $100.00 on the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens (review) at B&H.
 
This is easily one of my favorite lenses. It's impressively sharp and (from my experience) one of Sigma's best performing Art lenses from an AF perspective.[Sean]
 
Amanda Lights Sigma 50 1.4 Art

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Post Date: 5/9/2016 10:23:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
ISO Noise and resolution test results have been added to the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Review page.
 
Here are some comparisons (initialized at ISO 3200):
 
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II compared to the 1D X
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II compared to the 1D Mark IV
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II compared to the 5D Mark III
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II compared to the 5Ds R downsized
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II compared to the 7D Mark II
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II compared to the 1D Mark III
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II compared to the 1Ds Mark III
 
I'll further explain and add commentary to the entire 15 sets (13 samples each) of results soon.
 
I'm totally loving this camera so far. I have photographed a couple of soccer games (including one under the lights) and a round of prom pictures with the 1D X II and very much look forward to a full sports schedule week ahead of me for further testing.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II available for preorder. Order the Premium Kit ($300 value for no extra cost at the moment).
 
Retailers with 1D X II Premium Kit In Stock
Canon Store | Adorama | Focus Camera
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Post Date: 5/9/2016 9:31:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
For today only, B&H has the Tamrac 5426 Aria 6 Camera Bag (Moss Green or Brown) available for $19.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Designed for a Medium DSLR System
  • Interior Padded iPad Pocket
  • Water-Resistant Nylon Exterior
  • Long Front Flap with Metal Buckle
  • Zippered, Pleated, Expandable Front Pocket
  • Expands to Hold Personals / Keys, Wallet
  • Dual Slim Side Pockets for iPhone, iPod
  • Rear Slash Document Pocket
  • Shoulder Strap / Sliding Pad
  • Stylish, Handbag Design
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Post Date: 5/9/2016 5:08:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, May 8, 2016
For today only, B&H has the Lensbaby Spark Duo available for $64.95 with free shipping. Regularly $139.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Spark 50mm f/5.6 Lens
  • Sweet Spot Selective Focus Lens
  • Multi-Coated Optical Glass Doublet
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 13"
  • Supports Lensbaby's Optic Swap System
  • Compatible with 37mm Accessories
  • Plastic 50mm f/2 Optic for Lo-Fi Look
  • Uncoated Double Convex Plastic Singlet
  • Magnetic Aperture Set
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Post Date: 5/8/2016 8:07:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 6, 2016

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Watch hours become seconds through the power of timelapse! In this video, Chase from Zacuto explains the fundamental techniques along with several important things to consider when shooting timelapses.
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Post Date: 5/6/2016 6:44:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that three of its products are recipients of the prestigious TIPA Awards 2016 sponsored by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), a global authority in the photography and imaging industry. The Nikon D5 digital SLR camera has been selected for the Best DSLR Professional/Action awards, the Nikon D500 for the Best APS-C DSLR Expert award, and the SnapBridge app for the Best Imaging Innovation award.
 
The best photographic and imaging products released between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016 in a number of categories were selected for the TIPA Awards 2016 through voting by editors of prestigious camera and imaging magazines from around the world.
 
Reasons the Nikon D5 was selected for the Best DSLR Professional/Action awards (summary of TIPA comments)
The EXPEED 5 image-processing engine built into the D5 delivers low noise, the high-speed processing required for 4K UHD video, and high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 12 fps (with AF and AE tracking). Up to 200 14-bit lossless-compression RAW images can be captured with a single burst of continuous shooting. The new Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module is very densely packed with 153 focus points (99 are cross-type sensors positioned in central and peripheral areas) covering a broad area of the frame. What's more, still JPEG images with a pixel count of roughly 8 megapixels can be extracted from 4K UHD movies, the D5 supports the highest standard sensitivity in Nikon history — ISO 102400, and with an AF detection range beginning at just -4 EV, autofocusing on dimly lit and low-contrast subjects is possible.
 
Reasons the Nikon D500 was selected for the Best APS-C DSLR Expert award (summary of TIPA comments)
Adoption of the new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine and a new Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor for the D500 has achieved a broad standard sensitivity range — ISO 100–51200, expandable to the equivalent of ISO 1640000 (Hi 5). The D500 delivers high-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 10 fps (with AF and AE tracking) for up to 79 shots of 14-bit uncompressed RAW images in a single burst. Along with stills, the D500 supports recording of 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p, full-HD, and time-lapse movies. It is equipped with a 3.2-inch, approximately 2,360K-dot touch screen monitor for viewing and shooting ease. The camera can record to both XQD and SD card slots at the same time, and is compatible with SnapBridge for seamless connection of the camera to a smart device, allowing users to transfer and share images.
 
Reasons SnapBridge was selected for the Best Imaging Innovation award (summary of TIPA comments)
SnapBridge enables seamless connection of a camera and smart device with an energy-efficient Bluetooth low energy connection. Once installed, SnapBridge enables immediate transfer of images to a smart device from the camera with which up to five smart devices can be paired. Original JPEG images, or smaller 2-MP (full HD) JPEG copies can be automatically transferred to, and stored on, smart devices during shooting. In addition, two types of embedded information, including copyright, shooting information, comments, and logos, can be included. Further, the app supports remote shooting from the smart device, allowing users to frame and preview shots in real time using the smart device screen and, with certain cameras, to operate features such as the self-timer.
 
B&H has the Nikon D500 and the Nikon D5 (XQD) available for preorder, while the Nikon D5 (CF) is in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon USA News
Post Date: 5/6/2016 5:43:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes available for $149.95 with free shipping. Regularly $349.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Li-Ion Battery, 5-Pin Connector
  • 1 Sec. Recycle Time with Most Flashes
  • Up to 500 Full Power Flashes
  • LED Charge Level Indicators
  • 100-240VAC Charger
  • Charges in 2 Hours
  • Removable Belt Clip
  • Quick Release Shoulder Strap
  • Lightweight: 14.1 oz
Note: You'll also need to purchase a compatible cable (Canon | Nikon) to connect the power pack to your flash.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 5/6/2016 5:21:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 5, 2016
I drove to the UPS shipping terminal first thing this morning to pick up my 1D X Mark II body just arriving from B&H. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and, with an under-the-lights soccer game on my schedule for this evening, I chose to not wait for the brown truck to arrive late this afternoon (and risk it not arriving in time). Hearing the sound of this camera is always good for a smile and I put it in front of the mic for a first test.

Canon rates the 1D X Mark II buffer depth at up to 170 RAW images, with the highest number requiring a CFast 2.0 Memory Card. CFast cards were a new requirement for my kit and Transcend was anxious for me to try out one of their CFX650 256GB CFast 2.0 Memory Cards (Max. Read/Write Speed: 510/370 MB/s) in this camera. I didn't have to think too long to accept that offer and, while I have yet to use another card in this camera, I can tell you that this one and the 1D X Mark II perform very impressively together.

With the Transcend card installed, the 1D X Mark II captured an incredible 14 frames per second until I got bored holding the shutter release down over 6 minutes later. The 14 fps converts to 840 fpm and, in 6:01.35, I had a VERY impressive 5,068 RAW images on the CFast card. With this card installed, the camera never filled its buffer. And, the sound is, as expected, awesome:

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Burst Mode
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Burst Mode Extended Version (the full 6 minutes)

Here is a burst rate comparison between the 1D X Mark II and several other current or recent models:

Burst Comparison: 80D, 7D Mark II, 1D X Mark II and 1D X

The fine print: the test camera was configured to use ISO 100, a 1/8000 shutter speed (no waiting for the shutter operation), a wide open aperture (no time lost due to aperture blades closing) and manual focus (no focus lock delay). The lens cap remained on (insuring a black file and the smallest file size) and a freshly-formatted fast memory card was loaded. Camera sounds were recorded using a Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder with record levels set to 50% at -12db gain and positioned 1" behind the rear LCD.

Completing the full 1D X review is of course a high priority for me – I'll have much more to share in the near future. Check out the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II page for more information.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II available for preorder.
 
Retailers with 1D X II Premium Kit In Stock
Adorama | Focus Camera

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Post Date: 5/5/2016 11:24:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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