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 Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Lensbaby 50mm f/2.5 Sweet Spot Spark Lens (Canon & Nikon) available for $99.95 with free shipping. Regularly $199.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Aperture Range: f/2.5 to f/22
  • Tilting Lens Body for Selective Focus
  • Multi-Coated Glass
  • Doublet Optical Design
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 9"
Post Date: 5/10/2017 5:34:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro APS-C Lens available for $299.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $449.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits Canon APS-C Cameras
  • 19-45mm Equivalency in 35mm Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4-22
  • Silent Drive-Module AF Motor
  • AF/MF Clutch Mechanism
  • Molded Glass Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Ultra-Low Dispersion Glass
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Post Date: 5/10/2017 5:23:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon Imaging Plaza YouTube Channel:
 
Introducing the first half of a tutorial series on filmmaking with Canon EOS (seen above).
 
LESSON 1 : Why shoot video?
LESSON 2 : How to craft a story
LESSON 3 : The importance of frame rate and resolution
LESSON 4 : How to expose for video
LESSON 5 : Camera Movement and stabilization
 
The second half of the Movie Tutorial series can be found here and includes:
 
LESSON 6 : The use of sound and music
LESSON 7 : Choosing lenses
LESSON 8 : Staying in focus
LESSON 9 : Editing video
LESSON 10 : Conclusion
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Post Date: 5/10/2017 5:19:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 9, 2017

 
From the Canon Australia YouTube Channel:
 
If we’re always looking for inspiration in the same places, we’re likely to come up with similar results. But what happens when you start finding ideas outside of your own art form - even outside of visuals altogether? Can our other senses be just as powerful sources of inspiration when it comes to creating unique images?
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Post Date: 5/9/2017 2:48:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 5/9/2017 7:56:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Bolt VS-260 Compact On-Camera Flash available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $69.95.
 
Note: There are several models of this flash discounted (for compatability with a wide range of cameras).
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Guide Number: 72' at ISO 100
  • Coverage: 35mm (Full Frame)
  • Tilts Upward 90° with Five Positions
  • AF Assist Light for Low Light
  • Automatic Power Saving Function
  • Recycle Time: 0.3-10 Seconds
  • 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 2 AA Batteries
Post Date: 5/9/2017 7:18:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Apple 9.7" iPad Pro (32GB, Wi-Fi + 4G LTE, Gold) available for $529.95 with free shipping. Regularly $729.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 9.7" Multi-Touch Retina Display
  • 2048 x 1536 Screen Resolution (264 ppi)
  • Apple A9X 64-bit SoC with M9 Coprocessor
  • 4G LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Front 5MP FaceTime HD Camera
  • Rear 12MP iSight Camera
  • Four-Speaker Audio Design
  • Night Shift, True Tone Display
  • Lightning Connector, Smart Connector
  • iOS 9.3
Post Date: 5/9/2017 7:16:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon UK:
 
Firmware Version 1.0.1 incorporates the following fixes:
 
  • Corrects a phenomenon in which, when the playback grid is set to "6x4", and a vertical image is displayed, or a horizontal image is rotated to be displayed vertically, the grid does not display correctly.
  • In languages other than Japanese, the phrase "no. of shots" has been corrected to "value" in the "Time-lapse movie settings > Interval/Shots" setting screen.
Firmware Version 1.0.1 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.0. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.0.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
 
Download: Canon EOS M5 Firmware v1.0.1
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Post Date: 5/9/2017 7:10:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 8, 2017
With a feature set tailor-made for general purpose use, it's no wonder that there are several Canon-mount 24-105mm lenses available for your consideration. But with so many options available, it can be confusing when trying to determine which 24-105mm zoom lens is the best choice for your particular needs. And considering that most of these lenses share a majority of significant specifications, including focal length range (FLR), max aperture (except for one), and built-in stabilization, it's easy to see why singling out the right lens could be a challenging endeavor.
 
With that in mind, let's dig into the differences between these very popular lenses to see which one might make the best addition to your kit.
 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
 
Announced in August 2016, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM is the newest lens in this comparison. As such, you may expect this lens to outperform the rest of the pack in just about every measureable way, having benefitted from the latest and greatest technological advancements. However, this lens' superiority is not so clear-cut.
 
From a sharpness perspective, the 24-105L IS II is very similar to its predecessor, a lens that was released 11 years prior to version II's introduction.
 
While that may sound a bit disappointing, keep in mind that the 24-104L IS USM was no slouch when it came to sharpness and version II brought forth other advancements – leading to reduced vignetting, distortion and flare – which adds up to an overall better image quality. IQ aside, version II also benefitted from build quality and design refinements as well as an upgraded Image Stabilization system capable of 4-stops of compensation (compared to version I's 3-stops). The 24-105L IS II is weather sealed, making it a great option for those who intend on photographing in inclement weather.
 
In other words, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM may not be significantly better than its predecessor, but with all things considered, it is indeed better. And considering that it debuted sporting an only slightly higher price than its predecessor, this lens provides an excellent standard (from performance and value standpoints) by which all other lenses in this category can be compared.
 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
 
Released in 2005, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM was the default full frame kit lens for more than a decade. As such, there are likely more 24-105Ls in the marketplace than any other L-series lens. Its versatility, reasonable price (especially if purchased via a white box sale) and solid performance made this an ideal general purpose lens for many photographers.
 
As mentioned above, the original 24-105L competes quite well from a sharpness perspective in regards to its predecessor. However, it does show more vignetting, distortion and flare compared to the same lens. Of course the 24-105L features a more classic design, but a more significant difference between it and its predecessor, as noted, is its 3-stop IS system compared to version II's upgraded 4-stop IS system. Like its successor, the 24-105L is also weather sealed (though a front filter is required for optimal sealing).
 
With version II becoming more widely available, though, you can expect the original version of the lens to be phased out in the not-so-distant future. This lens represents an excellent deal – especially when white box and grey market versions are considered – while it remains available.
 
Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens
 
Announced in 2013, the 24-105 Art lens became Sigma's first stabilized full-format general purpose zoom lens. With a sleek design, high build quality, good image quality and a reasonable price, the 24-105 Art epitomizes the hallmarks of Sigma's Global Vision series of lenses.
 
With major features like focal length range, maximum aperture and built-in stabilization similar to the Canon L-series lenses, the Sigma represents an excellent value relative to its peers.
 
Compared to the 24-105 L II, the Sigma is slightly heavier, similar in size and lower priced. The Sigma has a higher MM (0.30x vs 0.24) to its advantage.
 
In the image quality comparison between the Art-series lens and the 24-105L II, we see the Sigma turning in slightly sharper results at the wide end, the two being very similar over most of the focal length range and the Canon taking the advantage at the long end. At 24mm, the Sigma has less CA and slightly more barrel distortion. The Sigma has slightly more vignetting at 24mm and modestly more at the long end. The Sigma is slightly more prone to flare.
 
We were pleased to find the Sigma 24-105 Art's AF performance to be quite good (often an issue with third-party lenses). It's not as fast as the Canon L-series lenses, but AF accuracy proved to be – for the most part – reliable in One Shot and AI Servo mode.
 
One drawback of the Sigma 24-105 Art – a lack of weather sealing – means that those photographers intending on photographing in adverse weather conditions may be better served by one of the Canon L-series options.
 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
 
The Canon EF 24-105mm IS STM lens was announced in 2014 and, being a full-frame compatible lens with STM, foreshadowed the introduction Dual Pixel AF in Canon's future full-frame camera lineup (although it would be another 16 months before the EOS-1D X Mark II was announced).
 
Without the Luxury branding of a red ring around the end of the lens, it would be reasonable to expect the 24-105 IS STM to feature a lower build quality, inferior image quality and a lower price. In this case, however, only two out of three expectations would come to turn out to be definitively accurate.
 
The 24-105 IS STM indeed features a lower build quality and a lower price tag compared to its red-ringed counterparts, but... it performs competitively in regards to sharpness, vignetting, distortion and flare. Depending on which focal length and aperture you choose in the comparison between the 24-105 IS STM and 24-105L IS II, either could be slightly better than the other. As such, image quality alone should not be considered a primary differentiating factor.
 
Comparing the lenses further, the STM has less CA at 24mm and has slightly less pincushion distortion at mid and long focal lengths compared to the 24-105L IS II. The L lens has a wider aperture over the 42-105mm range, but the STM has a 1/3 stop advantage for a few mms (24-27mm) and has a higher MM (0.30x vs 0.24). The 24-105 IS STM is not a weather sealed lens and does not have a focus distance window.
 
Now would be a good time to address the elephant in the room – the 24-105 IS STM's variable max aperture with a 1-stop narrower max aperture (from 67-105mm) compared to the rest of the lenses mentioned above. This means that you'll need twice as much light using the same ISO and shutter speed with the 24-105 IS STM compared to using one of the f/4 max aperture lenses above (or to put it another way, you'll need a shutter speed twice as long or a 1-stop higher ISO to achieve the same exposure). The 1-stop narrower aperture can be especially detrimental if photographing in dimly-lit conditions.
 
On the plus side, the 24-105 IS STM includes Canon's stepping motor-driven AF system which allows for smooth and nearly silent autofocusing in video mode, a valuable feature for DSLR filmmakers.
 
Size and Weight
 
As is evident by the image atop this post, the Canon 24-105L IS II is the longest lens in this comparison, the Sigma 24-105 Art is the widest and the 24-105 IS STM is the shortest. Indiscernible by the picture, the Sigma Art lens is also the heaviest.
 
ModelWeightDimensions w/o HoodFilterYear 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens28.1 oz(795g)3.3 x 4.6"(83.5 x 118mm)77mm2016
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens23.7 oz(670g)3.3 x 4.2"(83.5 x 107mm)77mm2005
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens18.5 oz(525g)3.3 x 4.1"(83.4 x 104mm)77mm2014
Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens31.2 oz(885g)3.5 x 4.3"(88.6 x 109.4mm)82mm2013

Summary
 
While there are minor differences, as reiterated throughout this comparison, image quality is not likely a determining factor when deciding among these lenses. As such, other factors – such as max aperture, image stabilization performance, weather sealing and price – become more prominent factors.
 
With all things considered, most will find the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM to be the best fit for their needs as long as the budget stretches to its (very reasonable) price tag. If the budget is limited, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG HSM Art remain very solid options, with the Canon lens being our preference thanks to its weather sealed design. On the other hand, if DSLR filmmaking is a high priority, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM will likely be the best choice, forgoing the f/4 constant maximum aperture in favor of a smooth and quiet AF system.
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Post Date: 5/8/2017 8:51:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens Review.
 
This is a great little option to keep in the bag.
 
Get the Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens at B&H | Amazon | Adorama. Note that this lens has been difficult to keep in stock. Simply place your order to reserve your place in line.
Post Date: 5/8/2017 8:00:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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If you are not familiar with the MindShift Gear BackLight 26L, check out this review.
 
Don't want to wait for the drawing? The MindShift Gear BackLight 26L is in stock at MindShift Gear | B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
 
The Details
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Post Date: 5/8/2017 8:14:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through the end of today Eastern Time, B&H has the Manfrotto Clamp-On Remote Control for Canon DSLRs available for $59.95 with free shipping. Regularly $349.95. (thanks Stewart)
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Remotely Controls Focus/Camera Functions
  • For Canon DSLRs
  • Interfaces with Camera / Lens by USB
  • Clamps onto SYMPLA Spacer or 12-23mm Bar
  • Achieves Automated Follow-Focusing
  • Allows 1-Person Crew
  • Focus / Live View / Capture
  • Customizable Focus Direction / Speed
  • Focus Memory Settings
  • LED Indicators
Post Date: 5/8/2017 6:37:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, May 7, 2017
The Canon Store has most of their refurbished lenses on sale for 10% off or more. Many Canon refurbished DSLR cameras are also discounted significantly more than 10%.
 
Be sure to check out the really good EOS 80D and Rebel deals below; the discounts are quite significant.
 
In Stock Refurbished Gear
 
Refurbished ItemOrig. PriceSavingsSale PriceDiscount
Canon EOS 1D X Body4,239.20340.003,899.208%
Canon EOS 5Ds Body2,959.20260.202,699.009%
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body2,239.20140.202,099.006%
Canon EOS 7D II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,959.19400.191,559.0020%
Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,719.20220.001,499.2013%
Canon EOS 80D + EF-S 18-135 IS USM1,439.20290.001,149.2020%
Canon EOS 7D Mark II1,439.20140.001,299.2010%
Canon EOS 6D Body1,359.20160.201,199.0012%
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,239.20339.21899.9927%
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,199.19289.20909.9924%
Canon EOS 80D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM1,079.20229.21849.9921%
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM1,079.20329.21749.9931%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM959.98399.99559.9942%
Canon EOS 70D Body959.20210.21748.9922%
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM959.20110.00849.2011%
Canon EOS 80D Body959.20160.01799.1917%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + 18-55 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM879.98389.99489.9944%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM879.20180.00699.2020%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM799.99201.00598.9925%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM719.99220.99499.0031%
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + 18-55 IS STM, 75-300 III719.98389.99329.9954%
Canon EOS M3 + EF-M 18-55 IS STM639.9961.00578.9910%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM639.99210.00429.9933%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i Body599.9951.00548.999%
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + 18-55 IS II & 75-300 III599.98239.99359.9940%
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM559.99261.00298.9947%
Canon EOS M3 Body543.99195.00348.9936%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Body519.99121.00398.9923%
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + EF-S 18-155 IS II439.99111.00328.9925%
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Body439.99141.00298.9932%
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM239.9924.00215.9910%
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.9950.00469.9910%
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM1,279.20127.921,151.2810%
Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM639.99100.00539.9916%
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.9940.00359.9910%
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99210.00349.9938%
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM1,519.20151.921,367.2810%
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM719.9972.00647.9910%
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM799.99200.00599.9925%
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM479.9948.00431.9910%
Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM279.9928.00251.9910%
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM239.9924.00215.9910%
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM1,079.20107.92971.2810%
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.9952.00467.9910%
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM1,359.20135.921,223.2810%
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.9943.20388.7910%
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM479.9948.00431.9910%
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM119.9912.00107.9910%
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM407.9940.80367.1910%
Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM239.9924.00215.9910%
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM479.9948.00431.9910%
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9916.00143.9910%
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM1,159.20115.921,043.2810%
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.99100.00219.9931%
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM100.7910.0890.7110%
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM335.9976.00259.9923%
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM719.9972.00647.9910%
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM479.9948.00431.9910%
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM999.2099.92899.2810%
Canon EF 2x III Extender343.9934.40309.5910%
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9920.00179.9910%
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9926.00109.9919%
B&H has the Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack available for $69.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $153.95.
 
Note: Available colors include Burnt Orange (displayed above) and Black.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits SLR Camera 2-3 Lens Kit
  • Fits 15" Laptop or 17" MacBook Pro
  • 1000 Denier Military-grade Nylon
  • Closed-cell Foam Padded Interior
  • 30 Pockets for Accessories
  • Carry Handle
  • Backpack Harness
Post Date: 5/7/2017 7:28:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 75-300mm Lenses available for $449.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $749.00.
 
Product Highlights
  • 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 4+ Image Processor
  • 3.0" 920k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 9-Point AF with Center Cross-Type Point
  • Extended ISO 12800, 3 fps Shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
Kit Includes
 
  • EOS Rebel T6
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens
  • EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens
  • EOS Shoulder Bag 100ES (Black)
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