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 Friday, July 3, 2015
Canon EOS with EF-S 18-55 IS STM Lens
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM Lens available for $799.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,099.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 7/3/2015 6:38:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 2, 2015
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via RedTagCamera) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,099.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,399.00 after $300.00 instant rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 7/2/2015 12:10:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lowepro Photo Sport 12L Shoulder Bag (Purple/Gray)
Adorama has the Lowepro Photo Sport 12L Shoulder Bag (Purple/Gray) available for $14.95 with free shipping. Regularly $39.95.
 
Product Features
 
  • Multi-use, outdoor-inspired and discreet design fits camera and personal gear offers 40% of interior space for camera gear and 60% of interior space for personal items
  • Customizable and removable camera insert provides padded camera protection and versatile divider system that adjusts to fit a DSLR or CSC kit and includes a storm-flap closure and grab handles; remove insert to convert the shoulder bag into a fully functional day bag
  • Flexible camera box may be positioned at front, middle or back of bag allowing you to distribute and carry weight just where you want it
  • Multiple storage options provide plentiful space for all types of day gear - interior fits lunch, light jacket, 10" tablet with its protective case, sunglasses etc.; roomy exterior pocket; 2 exterior zippered pockets and 1 interior mesh zippered pocket for smartphone
  • Lightweight, weather-resistant fabrics offer a comfortable, all-day carrying solution that provides protection from light moisture, dust and sand
  • Roomy exterior water bottle pocket provides a convenient spot to keep hydration at hand
  • Adjustable, wide-webbing shoulder strap with cam lock buckle offers a comfortable way to wear bag over shoulder or across body, high or low
Post Date: 7/2/2015 10:31:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens on EOS 5Ds R
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens Review page.
 
While testing Canon's cheapest lens on their highest resolution camera may seem to be a pairing of opposites, there is a point to be made here. The 50 STM is not a great performer at f/1.8, showing a "dreamy" look to be kind. If we review a comparison between the 5Ds R and 1Ds III with the 50 STM at its f/1.8 aperture, we see that the 5Ds R can extract more resolution from even a poor performing lens. Look at the white being more clearly delineated between the black lines in the top crop to most easily see this.
 
Stop down to f/4 and be amazed at how well a $125 lens can perform.
 
B&H has the inexpensive Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 7/2/2015 10:19:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Sigma USA:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
As same as the Live View mode of Canon “EOS 8000D (Rebel T6s / 760D)” and “EOS Kiss X8i (Rebel T6i / 750D)”, we have found that similar update is required for our lenses to make them compatible with the Live View mode of “EOS 5Ds” and “EOS 5Ds R” cameras.
 
Please note that those products shipped after May 11th in 2015 or updated the firmware for Canon “EOS 8000D (Rebel T6s / 760D)” and “EOS Kiss X8i (Rebel T6i / 750D)” cameras are already compatible with the “EOS 5Ds” and “EOS 5Ds R” cameras, too.
 
In case your lens belongs to the lens group listed below, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary or distributor to update the firmware free of charge.
 
Phenomena
It does not display images on the rear LCD monitor when Live View Mode button on the camera body is pressed.
 
Products and Serial Numbers to be updated
The new firmware will ensure the lens is compatible with the Live View mode of EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R cameras.
 
Current models
 
17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSMNo. 12651501 or later
18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSMNo. 13044001 or later
APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSMNo. 12713001 or later
APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSMNo. 12902001 or later
120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | SportsNo. 50064494~ 50347793
APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSMNo. 12669751 or later

Discontinued models
 
17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSMNo. 12665001 or later
18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSMNo. 12851001 or later
18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSMNo. 12656101 or later
APO 50-150mmF2.8 EX DC OS HSMNo. 12839001 or later
APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSMNo. 12676440 or later
APO 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG OS HSMNo. 12971601 or later

* For lenses that have been repaired in the past, they may require the firmware update even when the serial number is not listed above.
If the mentioned camera does not display images on the rear LCD monitor when Live View Mode button on the camera body is pressed, it is necessary to update the firmware.
* Our DC lenses are developed for the camera bodies with APS-C image sensor, and it is not designed for the cameras with full-size and 1.3x sensors.
* There is no need to update the firmware of those products shipped after May 11th in 2015 or already updated for Canon “EOS 8000D (Rebel T6s / 760D)” and “EOS Kiss X8i (Rebel T6i / 750D)”cameras.

 
For those who own the SIGMA USB DOCK, it will be possible to update the firmware of 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports through SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
* If you use the SIGMA USB DOCK with 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports, even when the lens does not require the update, its firmware will be updated to the new version.
* For those who use APO TELE CONVERTER 1.4x EX DG or APO TELE CONVERTER 2x EX DG with the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports, please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary / distributor of SIGMA for further support.

 
How to identify updated products
Products that we will be shipping from now on already have the updated firmware. This can be recognized by the white sticker on lower left side of the gift box as shown below.
 
Updated Sigma Products Show White Sticker

For further information, please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary / distributor of SIGMA.
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Post Date: 7/2/2015 8:50:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through 7/6, Adorama has the Panasonic Eneloop "AA" 2000 mAh Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery (8-Pack) available for $14.99 with free super saver shipping after $8.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $22.99.
 
Product Features
 
  • Recharge up to 2,100 times
  • Ready to use after five years in storage
  • Suitable for temperatures as low as -20°C
  • Pre-charged by solar energy
  • Nominal voltage of 1,2 V
  • Rating Capacity: 2000 mAh
Through July 5, B&H has the following Sekonic LiteMaster Pro kits available with an $80.00 instant rebate and free expedited shipping:
 
Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478DR Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card - $399.00 shipped after instant savings (Reg. $479.00)
 
Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card - $359.00 shipped after instant savings (Reg. $439.00)
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens
The previous round of Sigma rebates ended June 30. The good news is that some of the lens rebates have been extended (and in a couple of cases, actually increased).
 
I'm not quite sure when this new rebate period will end, but they won't likely end before the end of this month.
 
Sigma Lens Rebates
 
ModelRebate Amount
Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Fisheye Lens Buy$50.00
Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM Lens Buy$200.00
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens Buy$200.00
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Buy$200.00
Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens Buy$150.00
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens Buy$200.00
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Buy$200.00
Post Date: 7/2/2015 7:35:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Vello Ringbox available for $49.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $89.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Diffuses Flash into Ring-Shaped Light
  • Compatible with Most DSLRs and Flashes
  • Attaches to Lens and Flash Head
  • Collapses Down to 8"
  • Magnetic Rod Setup
  • Weighs 1 lb
  • Zippered Carrying Bag Included
Post Date: 7/2/2015 6:40:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 1DX DSLR Camera (review) available for $3,999.99 with free shipping. Compare at $5,299.00 after $700.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 7/1/2015 2:22:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
MindShift Gear FirstLight Backpacks
From MindShift Gear:
 
MindShift Gear’s First Light Outdoor Photography Backpacks Feature Extreme Comfort, Airline Compatibility, and Big Glass Capacity
 
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – MindShift Gear’s First Light backpack series addresses the most pressing needs of outdoor photographers who travel and trek, especially those who carry their 200mm to 600mm “Big Glass” lenses. These high capacity backpacks come in three sizes and feature contoured, adjustable torso harnesses with 11 adjustment points for extreme comfort whether running through an airport or traversing a mountain. Designed to comply with airline carryon size requirements, First Light backpacks are built with ballistic nylon bottoms for durability, room for a laptop and personal gear, and in the two larger sizes, a dedicated pocket for hydration reservoirs.
 
“We heard loudly and clearly from outdoor photographers that they wanted dual-purpose backpacks they could use to transport their gear safely on airlines and also for carrying their largest lenses comfortably for hours while deep into their treks,” said MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer Doug Murdoch. “We were able to design backpacks sized to fit three different camera gear configurations that are the best made, most durable, most comfortable, and most reasonably priced in the market.”
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Dedicated 3L hydration pocket on side (30L & 40L only)
  • Tablet or laptop fits into front pocket (20L & 30L = up to 15” laptop; 40L = up to 17” laptop)
  • Includes tripod/monopod mounting system on front or side
  • Better weight distribution for a more comfortable load enables easier all day use on the trail
  • Seamless rain cover (included) doubles as a ground cloth
  • When attached, rain cover allows small to medium tripods to be carried on front or side positions
  • 2 front stuff pockets for travel or trail essentials; extra layers, a light jacket, headlamp, gloves, chargers
  • Adjustable high-density closed-cell foam dividers for large telephoto lenses, traditional photo gear, or personal items
  • Large water bottle or accessory pocket with drains and cinch cord for security
  • Top zippered pocket for quick access to essentials
  • Ballistic nylon bottom panel for durability in harsh environments
  • Shaped aluminum torso stay for additional support
  • Grab handles on 3 sides make it easy to hoist into an overhead bin, car, or trunk (2 handles on 20L)
  • Interior mesh pockets for storing filters, batteries, cables, etc.
  • Side compression straps with locking SR buckles for additional lash points
  • Shoulder straps and waist belt wrap to front for compact storage in overhead compartment
  • Whistle integrated into sternum strap buckle
  • Compatible with MindShift Tripod Suspension Kit, Lens Switch Case, and the filter cases
GEAR PROFILE
 
  • FirstLight 20L: Holds 1 standard-size DSLR and 4–6 standard zoom lenses. Holds 2 large Mirrorless DSLRs and 5–7 lenses plus a flash. Maximum lens size: 200–400mm f/4 detached or 300 f/2.8 attached.
  • FirstLight 30L: Holds 1 gripped DSLR and 4–6 standard zoom lenses, and 1 flash. Maximum lens size: 500mm f/4 lens detached or 400 f/2.8 attached.
  • FirstLight 40L: Holds 2 gripped DSLRs with 6–8 standard zoom lenses and 1–2 flashes. Maximum lens size: 600mm f/4 lens detached or a 500mm f/4 attached.
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating; the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has the highest quality abrasion-resistant YKK RC-Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 1680D ballistic nylon, 210D nylon, 320G DuraStretch mesh, nylon webbing, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon lining, belly-o mesh pockets, high-density closed-cell foam, PE board reinforcement, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
SPECIFICATIONS
 
FirstLight 20L:
Exterior Dimensions: 11.4” W x 18.7” H x 7” D (29 x 47.5 x 17.8 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 10.8” W x 17.5”H x 5.3” D (27.5 x 44.5 x 13.5 cm)
Front Pocket: fits up to 15” laptop
Weight: 4.4lb (1.9kg)
 
FirstLight 30L:
Exterior Dimensions: 12” W x 19” H x 8.7” D (30.5 x 48.3 x 22 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 11.2” W x 18.1”H x 7.1” D (28.5 x 46 x 18 cm)
Front Pocket: fits up to 15” laptop
Weight: 5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
 
FirstLight 40L:
Exterior Dimensions: 13.8” W x 21.7” H x 9” D (35 x 55 x 22.9 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 13.4” W x 20” H x 7.3” D (34 x 51 x 18.5 cm)
Front Pocket: fits up to 17” laptop
Weight: 6.0 lbs (2.7 kg)
 
MindShift Gear has the FirstLight 20L, FirstLight 30L and FirstLight 40L in stock and ready for delivery.
Post Date: 7/1/2015 12:49:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera
eBay (via Deals-All-Year, 100% Positive Feedback) has the Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (review) available for $805.60 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00 after $200.00 instant rebate.
 
You may also be eligible for $16.11 in eBay Bucks with this purchase.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty. However, the auction advertises that a 1-year warranty is provided by the seller and is "...same as manufacturer warranty."
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Post Date: 7/1/2015 12:19:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Want to try out a Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R to see if the benefits of a 50 MP sensor are worth the investment for your photography needs? Renting one is a good way to find out...
 
LensRentals now has the EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R in stock and available for rent.
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Post Date: 7/1/2015 12:01:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Prolost Logo
Adobe's new Dehaze feature announced with the release of Photoshop CC 2015 and Lightroom CC 2015 will not be available to Lightroom 6 users. However, those Lightroom 6 users are not out of luck.
 
Prolost is offering a free Dehaze plugin for Lightroom 6.1.
 
From Prolost:
Dehaze for Lightroom 6.1
 
A series of presets that give you intuitive, visual access to the new Dehaze control added in Lightroom 2015.1, without requiring a Creative Cloud subscription.
Download
Prolost Dehaze plugin for Lightroom 6.1
Post Date: 7/1/2015 11:52:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon's Ultimate EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R General Purpose Lenses
Finding the ultimate general purpose lens for the new EOS 5Ds R cameras entering my kit was a high priority for me. With image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R now available in the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens Review, the three primary Canon lens choices are available for comparison.
 
The Ultimate 5Ds General Purpose Lens Candidates
 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
 
The Comparisons
 
To be honest, I thought the 24-70mm f/2.8L II would be easy to declare the winner and optically, it is the best of this list. However, the two f/4 lenses perform better in front of 50.6 megapixels than I expected.
 
The f/2.8L II is slightly sharper over then entire focal length range at f/2.8 than either of the f/4 lenses are at f/4. At the equal f/4 comparison, the f/2.8L II is noticeably sharper and is still sharper at f/5.6. At f/8, the differences are slight and at f/11, diffraction essentially evens the playing field. Choosing an image sharpness winner between the two f/4 lenses is a challenge, but more noticeable is the 24-105's higher CA and distortion levels.
 
The f/2.8 lens has a 1 stop wider aperture, giving it the ability to stop action in 1/2 as much light as the other two lenses and the ability to create a stronger background blur. The 24-70mm f/4L IS rules the maximum Magnification (MM) spec with a 0.70x rating vs. the competition's 0.23x and 0.21x specs. The two f/4 lenses have image stabilization, allowing them to be used handheld in far lower light levels than the f/2.8 lens (as long as the subject is not in motion). The 24-105 L has the benefit of reaching to 105mm on the long end.
 
The f/2.8L II is slightly larger than the 24-105mm f/4L IS, which is slightly larger than the 24-70mm f/4L IS. The f/2.8L II has a modestly more substantial lead in the weight category, weighing in 5 oz (142g) more than the 24-105mm f/4L and 7 oz (198g) heavier than the 24-70mm f/4L. These lenses are similarly well-built.
 
Small differences between these lenses include the 2012-introduced 24-70mm models having 9 blade apertures vs. the 2005-introduced 24-105mm's 8 and the f/2.8 lens having an 82mm filter thread size (vs. 77mm). A not-so-small difference is the f/2.8L II's price relative to the f/4L IS models.
 
The Conclusions
 
All of these lenses are easily good enough for use in front of a 5Ds. The decision differences for many will come down to price, aperture and overall versatility.
 
If your investment in the 5Ds has left you monetarily strained, a good value may be your highest priority. In that case, the 10 year old 24-105mm f/4L IS, purchased in white box or refurbished condition would be a great choice. Canon omitted the 24-105 L from its EOS 5Ds Lens Recommendations List, but ... I think this model is very worthy of consideration.
 
If you need to stop action in low light or want to create the strongest background blur, you need an f/2.8 aperture and the choice is easy. While the 24-70mm f/2.8L II will impact your wallet the greatest and will leave you without IS, this is the most amazing lens choice optically.
 
For overall versatility, I'll give the nod to the 24-70mm f/4L IS. The smallest and lightest lens of the group, the 24-70mm f/4L IS offers great image quality along with the best-performing image stabilization system and a macro-lens-like close-focusing capability. While more expensive than the white box or refurbished 24-105 f/4L IS, the 24-70 f/4L IS has the same regular price as the 24-105 L and is also a good value.
 
The Ultimate 5Ds General Purpose Lens
 
While it would be easy to justify a decision for any of these three lenses, I'm going to declare the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II Lens to be the ultimate EOS 5Ds general purpose lens. Canon apparently agrees with this choice as this is the lens shown mounted in the Canon-supplied EOS 5Ds product images. However, I will not be selling my 24-70 f/4L IS lens anytime soon.
 
Learn More about the Lenses
 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Review
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens Review
 
In Stock at B&H:
 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
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Post Date: 7/1/2015 9:39:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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