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 Friday, December 4, 2015
At least three of these accessories will fit in even a small Christmas stocking and the fourth will likely qualify as a stocking stuffer for a standard-sized sock. Having them in your kit will, for many, be worth the mostly stocking-stuffer-sized prices:
 
Super Clamp
Magic Arm
Double Ball Joint Head
Tripod Head Mounting Plate with Hex Stud
 
These reviews are primarily to highlight what I'm using and find useful, but ... being able to reference these items will be helpful for an article I hope to have ready for you on Monday.
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Post Date: 12/4/2015 7:44:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
In the wake of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, most manufacturers extended their already in-place [before the shopping holidays] rebates with only a few minor changes to a few of the Canon rebates.
 
One particular change worth nothing – the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM's previous $100.00 instant rebate has been doubled to $200.00.
 
As usual, the Canon DSLR rebates vary depending on whether your purchase a specific lens (or set of lenses) or the CS100 with the camera.
 
As far as Nikon is concerned, there are still a good number for instant rebates on their DSLR cameras; however, there aren't any lens rebates available at the moment aside from a $320.00 instant rebate on the Macro & Portrait Two Lens Kit (that I've found, at least).
 
Update: The Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM's rebate is actually $270.00 through Saturday, then it drops back down to $200.00 (by my understanding).
 
Active Instant and Mail-In Rebates
 
ModelRebate Amount
Canon EOS 1D X Buy$700.00
Canon EOS 5Ds Buy$300.00
Canon EOS 5Ds R Buy$300.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Buy$300.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Buy$400.00 / $650.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6s / 760D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D Buy$100.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D Buy$150.00 - $200.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Buy$150.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS M3 Buy$250.00 - $600.00
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM Fisheye Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy$20.00
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$20.00
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS 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 EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy$70.00
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$70.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Buy$80.00
Canon Speedlite 270EX II Flash Buy$30.00
Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX Flash Buy$60.00
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash 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
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy$80.00
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$200.00
Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD 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
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Buy$70.00
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro Lens Buy$150.00
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II Lens Buy$30.00
Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Lens Buy$50.00
Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens Buy$40.00
Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro Macro Lens Buy$40.00
Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens Buy$300.00
Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 Distagon T* ZE Lens Buy$200.00
Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens Buy$300.00
Zeiss 25mm f/2.0 Distagon T* ZE Lens Buy$200.00
Zeiss 28mm f/2.0 Distagon T* ZE Lens Buy$200.00
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZE Lens Buy$300.00
Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T* ZE Lens Buy$100.00
Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens Buy$200.00
Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Planar T* ZE Lens Buy$200.00
Zeiss 100mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens Buy$300.00
Zeiss 135mm f/2.0 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens Buy$300.00
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Post Date: 12/4/2015 7:44:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Time.com:
"The moment you meet BB-8, you build up some form of weird human connection," says Marco Grob, who photographed the new Star Wars character for this week’s TIME cover. "It has one eye that has this really cute way of looking at you. It’s just incredible."
 
"For me, Star Wars is much more than only a film," Grob says. "Star Wars is hundreds of people who try to push the envelope. People who take enormous risks in creative and in technical aspects. They try to do things we’ve never seen before in a way nobody would have imagined to ever see before. And for me, it’s incredible.”
Is anyone else a little envious of Marco Grob right now? How cool would it have been to get that assignment? [Sean]
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Post Date: 12/4/2015 6:19:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Litepanels Croma On-Camera LED Light available for $189.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $584.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Cams / DSLRs / Stands / Handheld Use
  • Flicker-Free Shadowless Soft Light
  • Dial-Adjustable Color Temperatures
  • Smooth 0-100% Dimmer Dial
  • Low-Consumption and 50,000 Hour LED Life
  • Cool to the Touch Operation
  • Soft-Touch Rubber Coating
  • Ergonomic and Intuitive Controls
  • Operates by AA Batteries or AC Power
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Post Date: 12/4/2015 5:15:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 3, 2015

 
From Karl Taylor Photography:
 
In this video both myself and Urs Recher look at the techniques for combining fast exposures and long exposures to create a beautiful dance portraits where we reveal both the detail frozen and the motion blur recorded. To do this we use flash and HMI lighting.
 
Photography Shoot Technical Details
 
The HMI 400 W from the right with illuminates only the back of the model. In this way, the front and the face are not affected by this light and remain dark. Because of its position the background shouldn’t get any light from the HMI either.
 
The Siros light focused in the Para 133 can therefore guarantee an absolutely sharp picture of the model’s front and face if the flash duration is short enough. Here on the Siros it is set to t0.1 (min) of appox 1/4000 sec.
 
The exposure times were between ¼ and 1/2 a second and the camera is set to rear curtain sync meaning the flash fires at the end of the camera exposure time.
 
B&H carries Broncolor gear.
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Post Date: 12/3/2015 12:59:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has several lens, flash and radio triggering accessory deals that are set to expire in the next couple of days (Dec 5). See details below.
 
Misc. Deals
 
ItemReg. PriceSale Price
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM$669.00$399.00
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens$600.00$245.00
Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon$299.00$189.00
Canon Speedlite 430EX II$299.00$199.00
Lensbaby Composer Pro with Sweet 50 Optic$299.95$199.95
PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver$149.00$115.00
PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver$219.00$169.00
PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver$99.00$79.95

There are many more deals available than what's listed here. Use the links at the top of the post to see the entire set of deals.
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Post Date: 12/3/2015 10:28:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through Dec. 5, B&H has a Canon PowerShot G16 with PIXMA PRO-100 Bundle available for $269.99 with free shipping after $350.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $934.99.
 
Bundle Includes
 
  • Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer
  • SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss (13 x 19", 50 Sheets)
  • SanDisk - 32GB Ultra UHS-I SDHC Memory Card (Class 10)
  • Lowepro Apex 60 AW All-Weather Camera Pouch
Note: This is $20.00 higher than it was Cyber Monday but still a great deal.
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Post Date: 12/3/2015 8:37:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The balance of the standard test results, including flare, distortion, vignetting and 7D II image quality, along with specs and measurements are now available on the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens page.
 
Go make some comparisons. I'll get you started with one that I find interesting.
 
B&H has the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 12/3/2015 8:28:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From now until the end of this month, use coupon code man152018 at FocusCamera to receive a 20% discount on any Manfrotto item found in these sections of the site.
 
Apparently, the code also works on a selection of Glidecams which can be found under the Handheld Stabilizer section. Note that you must use the link above and browse to your desired item for the promo code to work.
 
Misc. Deals
 
SectionItemReg. PricePrice w/
Discount
TripodsManfrotto MVH500C Carbon Fiber Tripod + Pro Fluid Head$749.88$599.90
TripodsManfrotto 190CXPRO4-M0Q2 054 Ball Carbon Fiber Kit Q2$499.00$399.20
TripodsManfrotto MK294C3-A0RC2 Carbon Fiber Tripod with QR Ball Head$299.95$239.96
TripodsManfrotto 709B Digi-Table Tabletop Tripod with Ball Head$49.88$39.90
HeadsManfrotto 405 Pro Digital Geared Head$499.88$399.90
HeadsManfrotto MH057M0-Q5 057 Mag Ball Head Q5$299.88$239.90
HeadsManfrotto 502HD Pro Fluid Video Head Flat Base MVH502AH$199.88$159.90
HeadsManfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ6 XPRO Ball Head with Top Lock QR$199.88$159.90
HeadsManfrotto 496 Compact Ball Head$79.88$63.90
LegsManfrotto 536 Manfrotto CF 3-STAGE Video Tripod 75/100$799.88$639.90
LegsManfrotto MT057C3-G 057 Carbon Fiber Geared Tripod$799.88$639.90
LegsManfrotto MT055CXPRO4 055 Carbon Fiber with Center Column$499.88$399.90
LegsManfrotto 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with Q90 Column$429.88$343.90
StabilizersGlidecam HD-2000 Stabilizer System w/ Manfrotto 577$479.00$383.20
BagsManfrotto Pro-V-410 PL Light Video Backpack$299.88$239.90
BagsManfrotto Off Road Hiker 30L Backpack$199.88$159.90
Acc.Manfrotto 244 Variable Friction Magic Arm with Camera Bracket$127.88$102.30
Acc.Manfrotto 143A Magic Arm With Camera Bracket$108.88$87.10
Acc.Manfrotto 155BKL Double Ball Joint$44.95$35.96

This is only a small subset of the deals available at Focus Camera. Check out the entire inventory on their Manfrotto Holiday Deals page.
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Post Date: 12/3/2015 8:24:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Zacuto Gratical HD Micro OLED EVF available for $2,525.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $3,100.00.
 
This item comes with two free gifts ($61.75 value):
 
  • Zacuto Z-CB LP-E6 Compatible Battery
  • Zacuto Standard HDMI Cable with Swiveling Connectors (3')
Product Highlights
 
  • 0.61" OLED EVF
  • 24-Bit RGB 1280 x 720 Resolution
  • Zebra, Vectorscope, Waveform, Histogram
  • Peaking, False Color, Test Pattern
  • LUT Creation and Import
  • Audio Meters
  • Four Programmable Buttons
  • Built-In -1 to +4 Diopter Adjustment
  • ARRI Rosette & 1/4"-20 Mounting
  • Powers from Included LP-E6 Battery
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Post Date: 12/3/2015 5:17:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Around this time of the year, I often make a What I Want from Canon for Christmas post. Canon still has some work to do on my 2014 list, so this year, I'm turning the 2015 request list creation over to you.
 
Use the comment functionality below this post (click through to the site if using a feed reader or a social media site) to share the non-existing or improved product(s) you want Canon to bring us next. If you are a Nikon, Sony or other camera system user, feel free to make those requests also.
 
Adding to the Fun: The Perfect Christmas Present
 
Since Christmas is a time for giving, I'm going to seed that mood by giving away what I consider the perfect Christmas present for photographers (and everyone really), a B&H eGift Card (and the physical gift cards are just as good).
 
This giveaway is very simple. To sign up, within the next week, add your Christmas wish list below for a chance to win a $50 eGift Card. Don't rush – create a good list, legitimate or humorous. One item or many.
 
Christmas wish list prize drawing entry comments should be left for the primary post, not as replies to other comments. Simply edit your original comment to add new items you think of later. Feel free to reply to other comments, but these will not be considered as entries for the prize drawing.
 
The fine print: This giveaway is void where prohibited. One entry per person. Entries considered valid completely at our discretion. Sorry Sean, you are disqualified. :) One week from today, the winner will be randomly selected via a computer-generated random number. Obviously the winner will need to be contacted, so a comment posted below indicates permission granted for us to contact you via email regarding the prize award. The winner will have 5 days to respond before another winner will be selected under the same guidelines. After verification, a $50 B&H eGift card will be emailed to the winner.
 
So, let's see your Canon/Nikon/Sony/Sigma/Tamron/Zeiss/etc. Christmas list!
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Post Date: 12/2/2015 11:50:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Lens Review.
 
How did this completely new Zeiss lens perform? No secrets revealed here – you'll have to read the review to find out.
 
With 6 lenses released in one announcement and most arriving within a short timeframe, Zeiss has provided a very heavy workload. Much of the testing of these lenses is completed with the review creation remaining. I hope to have the rest of these reviews completed in relatively rapid succession.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Lens in Canon mount in stock with the Nikon mount version available for preorder.
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Post Date: 12/2/2015 9:38:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Full Disclosure: I've been guilty of it. I've conducted a couple of portrait sessions over the years on rarely used tracks. But that's no excuse. Doing so is illegal and it is never safe.
 
As the Today Show demonstrates, trains are much quieter than most people realize. And if distracted and looking the other way, a train could easily be on top of you before you realize it. So please, let's all stop doing portrait sessions on or near train tracks. If you want to photograph a train from a safe distance, that's one thing. But putting people's lives in danger – including your own – is simply unncessary. [Sean]
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Post Date: 12/2/2015 9:07:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the X-Rite ColorChecker Classic Card available for $48.00 with free shipping. Regularly $69.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Helps to Ensure Accurate Color Balance
  • Create Color and White Balance Profiles
  • Array of 24 Colored Squares
  • Compatible with ColorChecker Calibration
Update: The deal has expired.
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Post Date: 12/2/2015 8:18:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Nikon D750 Firmware
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.02 to 1.10An External recording control option has been added to the HDMI item in the SETUP MENU. If the camera is connected via HDMI to a third-party recorder that supports the Atomos Open Protocol (the Atomos SHOGUN, NINJA2, or NINJA BLADE), selecting On allows camera controls to be used to start and stop recording. More information is available in a supplementary manual.Note:Choose an option other than 576p (progressive) or 480p (progressive) for HDMI > Output resolution in the SETUP MENU.
 
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • The brightness of the live view photography display would not change when a command dial was rotated to adjust exposure compensation with On (Auto reset) selected for b Metering/exposure > b3 Easy exposure compensation > Easy exposure compensation in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU.
    • Although the preview button would stop the lens down to maximum aperture when assigned the Preview role, the maximum aperture indicator would not appear in the monitor.
    • In rare cases, the shutter would not be released when the user attempted to take photographs in movie live view.
    • About 4 seconds of static could be heard on audio recorded with external HDMI recorders during movie live view.
    • The shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity displayed in the monitor during movie live view would differ from values in the final movie file.
    • Part of the focus point would disappear if the user zoomed in while the framing grid was displayed.
    • Volume could sometimes not be adjusted if movies were played with indicators hidden during full-frame playback (None (image only)).
    • Exposure compensation would fail to produce the desired results if a negative value was selected when NEF (RAW) images were processed using the NEF (RAW) processing option in the RETOUCH MENU.
    • Images would in rare cases fail to record correctly with HDR (high dynamic range) selected in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU.
    • If On was selected for Exposure smoothing during interval timer photography, every frame after the first would be overexposed.
    • File numbers were not assigned in the proper sequence.
    • The focus point would not be displayed in the correct location in the monitor.
    • In some languages, characters or parts of characters would be missing from the SETUP MENU > Location data > Position display.
    • In some languages, characters or parts of characters would be missing from the SETUP MENU > AF fine-tune > List saved values display.
    • In some regions, nothing would be displayed when Conformity marking was selected in the SETUP MENU.
  • Some help text has been changed.
  • Optimal vibration reduction is now available with vibration reduction lenses.
Download Nikon D750 “C” Firmware Version 1.10

D4S Firmware
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.20 to 1.30
 
  • An External recording control option has been added to the HDMI item in the SETUP MENU. If the camera is connected via HDMI to a third-party recorder that supports the Atomos Open Protocol (the Atomos SHOGUN, NINJA2, or NINJA BLADE), selecting On allows camera controls to be used to start and stop recording. More information is available in a supplementary manual.
    Note:
    • Choose an option other than 576p (progressive) or 480p (progressive) for HDMI > Output resolution in the SETUP MENU.
    • Choose an option other than Auto for HDMI > Output resolution in the SETUP MENU when 640x 424; 30p or 640x 424; 25p is selected for Movie settings > Frame size/frame rate in the SHOOTING MENU.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • In rare cases, the shutter would not be released when the user attempted to take photographs in movie live view.
    • About 4 seconds of static could be heard on audio recorded with external HDMI recorders during movie live view.
    • Exposure compensation would fail to produce the desired results if a negative value was selected when NEF (RAW) images were processed using the NEF (RAW) processing option in the RETOUCH MENU.
    • Images would in rare cases fail to record correctly with HDR (high dynamic range) selected in the SHOOTING MENU.
    • In portrait orientation, the monitor would not show the focus point in the correct location if 5:4 (30x24) was selected for Choose image area.
Download Nikon D4S “C” Firmware Version 1.30
 
B&H carries the Nikon D750 and D4s DSLR cameras.
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Post Date: 12/2/2015 6:53:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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