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 Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Hot deal: Use coupon code POTATOES at the Canon Store to get 15% off refurbished gear. Check out what is available here:
 
DSLR Cameras | Lenses | Flashes
 
Gear refurbished by Canon USA is like-new and comes with an as-new warranty. It is a great deal without the discount.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/14/2017 11:21:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Lens Review.
 
Find out how well this big, beautiful lens performs!
 
The Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Lens is in stock at: B&H | Amazon | Adorama
 
BTW, the tripod shown here is a Really Right Stuff TP-243 Ground-Level Tripod. It is a compact, rock solid support that does not flinch at even lenses bigger than this one.
 
The tripod head is a Wimberley Tripod Head II. It is ideal for lenses such as this one.
Post Date: 3/14/2017 8:05:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Irix 11mm f/4 Firefly and Blackstone Lenses are available for preorder at the following retailers: B&H | Adorama
Categories: Preorders, Irix News
Post Date: 3/14/2017 7:18:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the 3DR Solo Quadcopter with 3-Axis Gimbal for GoPro HERO3+ / HERO4 available for $299.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $989.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Capture Aerial Photos/Video with a GoPro
  • Linear Tracking with Cablecam Mode
  • Follow Me: Tracks Your Mobile Device
  • HDMI Output on Transmitter
  • Android and iOS Mobile Apps
  • Video Game-Style Controls
  • Return Home and "Safety Net" Modes
  • One-Button Flying / "Pause" Button
  • Operate GoPro Through App
  • Solo 3-Axis Gimbal Included
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Corel Painter 2017 (Multi-Lingual Retail Edition, Boxed) available for $149.00 with free shipping. Regularly $429.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Texture Painting
  • Dab Stencils
  • Glazing Brushes
  • Interactive Gradient Tool
  • Gradient Express Paint
  • Palette Drawers
  • Artist Layouts
  • Property Bar
  • Brush Selector
  • Windows & Mac Compatible
 Monday, March 13, 2017
B&H has the just-released Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens for Canon EF in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
How will the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens compare to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens? We plan to find out – a full review of this lens is planned. Immediately obvious is the Tamron's attractively lower price.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/13/2017 10:53:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone Lens Review page.
 
A full review of this lens is coming soon. Note that the upper right corner shown in the image quality tool is sharper than the other three corners.
 
Amazon has the Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone Lens in stock. This lens will be arriving at B&H and Adorama soon.
Post Date: 3/13/2017 7:59:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Do your travel photos look like everyone else’s? What makes an impactful travel image beyond the postcard photos? They say (and it’s a myth) that the average person uses only 10% of their brain. Photographers use a very small percentage of their camera’s and computer’s brain.
 
In this seminar Jack Reznicki will show you where we can leverage the functions of our cameras and the richness of post processing, to give your travel photos more impact, beyond the postcard.
 
Topics Include:
 
  • Auto ISO
  • Auto Focus
  • Focusing Modes
  • Metering Modes
  • Cropping and composition
  • Scale
  • GPS and Why
  • Camera bag choices - Packing your gear for puddle jumper flights
  • Camera model choices
  • Lens choices – why to use what
  • And more
Post Date: 3/13/2017 6:44:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the PNY Technologies 64GB Elite Performance UHS-1 SDXC Memory Card (U3, Class 10) available for $24.99. Regularly $34.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 64GB Capacity
  • Class 10 / UHS-1
  • Max. Read Speed: up to 95 MB/s
  • Water / Shock / Magnet Proof
  • Temperature Extremes
  • Built-in Write-Protect Switch
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the CamRanger Wireless Transmitter available for $199.99 with free shipping. Regularly $299.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Control DSLR Remotely via iOS Device
  • Photo/ Video Capture, Live View, HDR
  • Intervalometer, Bulb, Focus Stacking
  • Control Shutter Speed, Aperture, WB, ISO
  • Metering, Drive/Shooting Mode, and More
  • Creates Ad Hoc Wi-Fi Network
  • Effective Range: 150'
  • Works with iOS 4.3, Android 3.2 or Later
  • Mac and Windows Compatible
  • USB Charging & Ethernet Cables Included
Post Date: 3/13/2017 5:02:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, March 12, 2017
While stalking elk on this ranch, I was focusing on areas with the potential for fall maple tree colors in my backgrounds. The sun had set, but the light, though somewhat dim, was still very nice when I noticed antlers approaching in the distance. I was working in heavy sage a moderate distance out from the maples and this bull's approach was as I would have directed.
 
I captured many images of the bull, but I selected this one to share for a few reasons. One was that I didn't cut off the antlers even at this relatively close distance and that the bull was large in the frame was another. That the bull is alert with a head angle that reflected the sky in his eye, adding some life to the image was another. I also like the body position displayed here. The bull is mostly broadside but approaching and his head and antlers are about 1/3 of the way into the frame facing toward the 2/3 side for good balance. While the animal itself is beautiful, a beautiful background adds greatly to an image.
 
When photographing antlered animals, I frequently try to keep the complete antlers in the frame, preferring the legs and sometimes the body to be cropped if desired.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, 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/4.5  1/800s
ISO 1600
8688 x 5792px
Permalink: Alert Bull Elk
Post Date: 3/12/2017 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 10, 2017
Adorama has the Apple MacBook Pro 13" with Touch Bar, Intel i5 2.9GHz 256GB 8GB W/3 YR APPLECARE available for $1,749.00 with free shipping. Regularly $2,049.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • i5 2.9GHz
  • 256GB Flash Storage
  • 8GB RAM
  • 2560 x 1600 Native Resolution
  • Space Gray
From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., March 10, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to congratulate O.J.: Made in America, ESPN Films’ five-part documentary directed by Ezra Edelman and shot by Nick Higgins on winning the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film blends archival video with new footage captured primarily with the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera.
 
Cinematographer Nick Higgins chose the EOS C300 camera for O.J.: Made in America because of the small form factor and ability to capture long takes without stopping. Higgins said, “The EOS C300 was the best camera to shoot this documentary. I really appreciate the small form factor, and was able to roll for hours and hours with just two 64 GB cards and AC power.”
 
The ability to shoot for long periods of time with limited interruption was crucial. “Interviews for this film lasted at least three hours and were typically around five or six hours long; our longest was eight hours long,” Higgins explained. “The topic of conversation was always intense, and the flow would have been completely thrown off if I had to interrupt for the camera. That’s why the EOS C300 was so important to this project.”
 
In terms of lenses, Higgins’ relied on the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens. “I shot the vast majority on the 50mm at an f2,” Higgins said. “That way, I could make the background abstract without fearing that the subject would go in and out of focus as they breathed.”
 
“When our skilled engineers develop cameras and lenses, it is our greatest hope that they end up in the hands of filmmakers like Nick Higgins and the team behind O.J.: Made in America,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We extend our congratulations on the Oscar win, from everyone at Canon.”
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS C300 & C300 Mark II and EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens.

 
From the DJI YouTube Channel:
DJI’s designers and engineers have crafted a whole new type of drone that is the Mavic Pro. Watch and learn all about their creative processes in developing a tool that is exquisite in both form and functionality.
I haven't had an opportunity to use the DJI Mavic Pro, but if I were buying a drone today, this would be at the top of my short list because of its incredibly valuable feature set, including its innovative folding design. [Sean]
 
B&H carries the DJI Mavic Pro.
Post Date: 3/10/2017 9:11:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
With two excellent, similarly-priced general purpose zooms available for Canon users, both of which feature an f/4 maximum aperture, weather sealing, great AF performance and image stabilization, choosing between the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM can be a challenge.
 
The primary and significant advantage held by the 24-105 f/4L IS II is the extra 35mm of focal length range on the long end.
 
The 24-70 f/4L IS is a smaller and slightly lighter lens. It is 0.99" (25mm) shorter when retracted (actual measured length) and 1.25" (31.8mm) shorter with the hood installed. The 24-70 weighs 6.7 oz. (189.9g) less with hood installed (actual measured weight). Are these differences? Yes. Are they significant ones? Possibly.
 
For many, a more significant advantage of the 24-70 is its very impressive macro capability. A 0.70x maximum magnification from a non-prime-macro lens is eye-opening and significantly more impressive than the 24-105L II's 0.24x spec. However, it should be kept in mind that a 12mm extension tube can push the 24-105 to 0.60x maximum magnification. Disclaimer: I have not made an image quality comparison with the extension tube in play.
 
Image quality comparisons I have made show that:
 
The lenses are more similar than they are different in terms of sharpness. The 24-70 has less CA at 24mm, but more at 70mm. The two lenses have a similar amount of vignetting aside from at 24mm where the 24-105 has an advantage even stopped down. The 24-105 shows less flare effects while the 24-70 has less linear distortion.
 
Affecting image quality on a limited basis is the aperture blade count. The 24-70 has 9 blades vs. the 24-105 L's 10. This difference will primarily be noticed when point light sources are photographed at narrow apertures, with the odd blade numbered aperture creating 18-point sun stars vs the even's 10-point stars.
 
On the whole, I would not consider image quality to be a primary differentiating factor between these two lenses.
 
There is a minor difference in these lens' IS systems. The 24-70 features Canon's 4-stop Hybrid Image Stabilization, correcting both angular and shift movement in macro mode. The 24-105 L has 4-stop non-Hybrid Image Stabilization.
 
The Price
 
If price remains a deciding factor for you ... the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM's retail price is slightly lower than the freshly released EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM's, though rebates will likely increase or decrease the price differential from time to time.
 
Get your Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens or Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens from B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/10/2017 6:34:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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