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 Wednesday, June 29, 2016
eBay (via RedTagCamera) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens (review) available for $619.95 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/29/2016 11:00:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Looking for great access to photograph a car race? Your local dirt track may hold that key for you. Sprint car racing and other dirt track events provide great photography experiences with typically easy access and lots of freedom. Check out the Dirt Track Racing Photography Tips page to learn much more about this topic.
 
The 1D X Mark II and EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II make a great combo for this event.
 
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Camera and Lens Settings
70mm  f/4.5  1/250s
ISO 2000
4716 x 3144px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/29/2016 8:16:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Learn out to create a photo booth with Raspberry Pi!
 
Full Instructions
 
Learn more about Raspberry Pi components here.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/29/2016 8:48:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Version 1.2.1 to 1.2.2
 
  • Upload of MP4 files to NIKON IMAGE SPACE is now supported.
  • Fixed the following issue:
    • The Convert Files option in ViewNX-i would produce solid gray images when applied to photos shot with the D500 and later processed using the Fisheye option in Capture NX-D.
Download: ViewNX-i v.1.2.2
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/29/2016 8:36:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Western Digital:
 
IRVINE, Calif., June 28, 2016 – Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced the launch of its My Passport Ultra, and upcoming My Passport for Mac and My Passport Ultra Metal portable hard drives, with up to 4TB capacity, filling the need for people to physically carry massive personal collections of videos, photos and other content with them, in a device roughly the size of a smartphone. The perfect blend of style and functionality, these My Passport portable hard drives meet the needs of today’s consumers with features people love like easy-to-use backup software, password protection and portable style in multiple colors, coupled with USB 3.0 connectivity.
 
Perfect for students, business people and general consumers on-the-go who prefer to carry their device with them, these My Passport portable hard drives are dependable, with easy-to-use WD Backup automatic backup software1 with cloud-ready Dropbox integration and 256-bit AES hardware encryption with password protection to help safeguard against unauthorized drive access. With these My Passport drives, it's now easier than ever to have a content protection plan that fits everyone’s busy life.
 
“The increasingly mobile lifestyle has consumers capturing their lives with smartphones and high-resolution cameras, growing their personal content collections and creating demand for even more storage capacity,” says Sven Rathjen, vice president of marketing, content solutions, Western Digital. “At WD, we’re committed to providing our consumers with space to take their digital lives with them through high-capacity and high-quality devices.”
 
Pricing and Availability
 
My Passport Ultra 4TB portable hard drives have a 3-year limited warranty and are available now at select retailers and distributors. The My Passport Ultra 4TB hard drive has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $159.99. The My Passport for Mac and My Passport Ultra Metal 4TB hard drives will be available next quarter.
 
B&H carries the My Passport Ultra 4TB hard drives.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/29/2016 7:11:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 28, 2016
From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., June 28, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that the Canon Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center currently located at 6060 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Calif., will be relocating to 3400 West Olive Ave., Burbank, Calif.
 
In this new central location, Canon will greatly enhance its already award-winning service and support to further assist the growing number of professional filmmakers and broadcast production clients in Southern California. The Burbank facility will also serve as a hub for product training, educational events, expedited repairs and hands-on technical support for Canon's business partners, rental houses and professional clients.
 
"Since our 2011 launch of Cinema EOS, Canon has been steadfastly committed to exceeding the high expectations of our professional clients in the production community. With this new facility, we reinforce that commitment to our professional imaging clients as well as our investment to support film and broadcast production. In Burbank, we will support our clients' productivity through a dynamic mix of product evaluation and testing, training, industry events and expedited repairs," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "Additionally, our new Burbank location will be yet another extension of Canon Professional Services' powerful support network for the region's professional photojournalists, fashion, studio, commercial and sports photographers."
 
The approximate date for completion of the move is early 2017.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 6/28/2016 10:19:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount Kit available for $995.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,317.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Automatically Captures Panoramic Images
  • Gigapixel Panoramas w/Amazing Detail
  • For Camera & Lenses up to 10 lb (4.5kg)
  • Free GigaPan Stitch Software Download
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack & Charger
  • Digital Trigger Cables Included
Kit Includes
 
  • GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount
  • Backpack w/Customizable Divider Panels
  • 3-Section Aluminum Tripod Legs
  • Spare Rechargeable 7.2V NiMH Battery
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/28/2016 8:56:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with Ball Head available for $249.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $349.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 26.4 lb
  • Maximum Height: 67.9"
  • Minimum Height 10.1"
  • Folded Length: 16.9"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 3.9 lb
  • Detachable Leg and Column Form Monopod
  • Rubber Feet & Retractable Metal Spikes
  • Arca-Type Quick-Release Plate
  • 2 x Bubble Levels
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/28/2016 8:19:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R, Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Lens (also branded as Rokinon, Bower, etc.) page.
 
The first comparison I wanted to see was the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 vs. the Canon 14mm f/2.8 L II Lens. The second was the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 vs. the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Lens. While the Samyang comes up short of these other two lenses from an images quality standpoint, it is a FAR lower-priced lens. Stopped down modestly, many are going to find the lower price to more than offset the modestly lower image quality. Especially those who only infrequently need a focal length this wide will find the Samyang a very attractive option.
 
A full review of the Samyang 14 is planned for the near future.
 
B&H has the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Lens in stock. Note that the Nikon mount version of this lens is $50 more expensive than the Canon mount version, apparently due to the addition of a focus confirmation chip. Prices for other mounts vary.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/28/2016 7:53:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon:
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
It has been confirmed that when shooting still images with the EOS-1D X Mark II digital SLR camera launched in April 2016 with SanDisk CFast cards, the following phenomenon will occur. We would like to offer our sincere apologies to users who have been inconvenienced by this issue.
 
Phenomenon
 
If a SanDisk CFast card is inserted into the camera or a card reader, the bottom part of still images recorded may be corrupted. This phenomenon is confirmed in images recorded in both the RAW and JPEG formats.
 
  • In the RAW file, the image corruption may appear in the bottom right corner of the image.
  • In the JPEG file, the image corruption may appear in the lower third area of the image.
Please Note:
 
  • Movie recording is not affected by this phenomenon.
  • Still images or movies recorded to CF cards are not affected by this phenomenon.
Cause
 
This phenomenon is caused by SanDisk CFast cards. The camera does not cause this phenomenon.
 
Affected Products
 
Image corruption may be experienced with the cards listed below*:
 
  • SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast2.0 64GB (SDCFSP-064G-xxx)
  • SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast2.0 128GB (SDCFSP-128G-xxx)
  • SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast2.0 64GB (SDCFSP-064G-xxxA)
  • SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast2.0 128GB (SDCFSP-128G-xxxA)
  • SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast2.0 64GB (SDCFSP-064G-xxxB)
  • SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast2.0 128GB (SDCFSP-128G-xxxB)
* The “xxx” at the end of the product number varies depending on the sales region.
 
Market Support
 
Although it has been confirmed that this phenomenon is caused by SanDisk CFast cards, to prevent the occurrence of this phenomenon, Canon is considering releasing camera firmware on the Web for a download service in early July.
 
We would like to apologize for the inconvenience, but we would like to ask our customers to refrain from using SanDisk CFast cards when shooting still images until the new camera firmware becomes available.
 
Workaround
 
It is our understanding that image files of 16MB or larger recorded immediately before the camera’s power is turned off may become corrupted. Below are the methods available to help avoid image corruption when powering off the camera:
 
The Camera can be powered off in four ways:
 
  1. When the power switch is set to OFF
  2. When the card slot cover is opened
  3. When the power is turned off due to the Auto Power Off setting
  4. When the battery is removed
The phenomenon can be prevented by performing the procedure below:
 
Before powering the camera off, please take extra shots because the extra shots taken immediately before the camera is powered off may experience the corruption and not the images taken before the extra shots were taken.
 
The table below shows the most popular file types used and how many extra shots are recommended.
 
File Size (Approx.)How many extra shots
do I need to take in
order to meet the 16MB
or larger requirement?
[RAW] 23.2MB1
[JPEG] L:6.2MB3
[JPEG] M1:4.3MB4
[JPEG] M2:3.4MB5
[JPEG] S:2.2MB8

Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
B&H has the Miops Camera Trigger with Cable available for $167.49 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $207.49.
 
The device itself is universal, but you'll need to choose the kit that contains the correct cable for connecting to your camera.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Trigger Camera and/or Flash
  • Lightning, Laser, & Sound Trigger Modes
  • Smartphone App / Bluetooth Compatible
  • Time Lapse Function
  • HDR Function
  • External Port
  • Adjustable Sensitivity
  • Color LCD Screen
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • Includes Canon 3-Pin and PC Sync Cables
Note from Sean: If the Vello FreeWave Stryker left you unsatisfied with of its inability to capture lightning strikes under brighter conditions, you may want to give this Miops trigger a try.
 
The Miops trigger has been my go-to triggering device since February. While I have not been fortunate enough to capture a lightning strike atop the Savannah City Hall dome, the Miops trigger has proven very reliable in both dark and moderately bright conditions even with small bursts of lightning.
 
Lightning Over Savannah GA Miops Trigger

Aside from assiting in the capturing of lightning, the Miops trigger allows for many other triggering opportunities as well. For instance, I also used the device in the following image to remotely trigger my EOS 5D Mark III in continuous burst mode from a vantage point where spectators were not allowed (with prior permission, of course).
 
Cannon Firing at Fort Pulaski Miops Trigger

Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/28/2016 6:52:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Lensbaby Spark Duo available for $89.95 with free expedited 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
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/28/2016 6:16:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 27, 2016
From Cactus:
 
Go high-speed sync! Cactus launches the V6 II, a newest version of its popular Wireless Flash Transceiver to add cross-brand HSS and the V6 IIs, a dedicated Sony version.
 
Hong Kong, June Hong Kong, June 24, 2016 – After two years in the making, Cactus V6 II & IIs - the second generation of the World’s First cross-brand wireless flash transceiver, NOW supports high-speed synchronisation (HSS)! Besides the revolutionary remote power control of Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and Pentax flashes all at the same time, the new models now support HSS / FP mode in the same cross-brand environment.1 This unique function gives photographers flexibility undreamed of. Matching flashes with same camera system for off-camera flash photography is over.
 
Two High-Speed Sync Modes
 
  1. 1. Normal HSS: Supports shutter speed up to 1/8000s.
  2. 2. Power Sync: Boosts flash contribution above camera’s x-sync speed, perfect
  3. for extreme conditions where Normal HSS is not powerful enough.
Cactus also extends HSS capabilities to Fujifilm cameras despite them not yet supporting high-speed sync at the time of writing.
 
AF-assist
 
Both the V6 II and IIs now has an automatic LED AF-assist light that makes autofocusing in dark environments possible – even in pitched-black! Besides the cameramounted V6 II/IIs, off-camera units will also activate the AF-assist light, which helps focusing even when camera is far from the subject.
 
V6 IIs for Sony
 
The dedicated Sony version – V6 IIs, embodies all the desirable functions of its sibling V6 II but with a Sony compatible hot shoe on the transceiver body, ensuring a seamless and secured connection with Sony cameras and flashes. Mounting the V6 IIs on a Sony Alpha camera allows the photographer to shoot above camera’s maximum x-sync speed and control power and zoom of Sony, including those with a Minolta/Sony hot shoe via an adapter, and other V6 II compatible flashes. 4 It is the perfect wireless flash trigger for existing and new users of Sony Alpha cameras, especially those who may still have non-Sony system flashes in their camera bags.
 
Highly Intelligent
 
V6 II and IIs can now auto-detect the on-camera portable flashes at device start-up by selecting the system the flash belongs to and assigning an Auto flash profile.
 
Similarly, the V6 II will auto-detect the camera and selects the system accordingly. This simple plug-and-play makes the setting up extremely quick and easy that both amateurs and professionals appreciate.
 
Expands Flash Compatibility
 
Remote zoom control now applies to all compatible TTL flashes, gives the photographer much quicker controls. Better still, previously unsupported digital TTL flash models on the V6 are now being supported.
 
Features at a Glance
 
  1. Cross-brand wireless manual power and zoom control with HSS support of Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and Sony flashes;
  2. Two cross-brand high-speed sync modes:
    • Normal HSS supports shutter speeds up to 1/8000s;
    • Power Sync boosts flash contribution above camera’s Power Sync x-sync speed;
  3. Multi-master supports up to 20 photographers firing the same set of flashes at their own power settings;
  4. AF-assist light assist light assist light assists focusing in low light environment;
  5. Flash profile customization ensures accurate power Flash profile customization output;
  6. Work seamlessly with the RF60 series to support HSS Work seamlessly with the RF60 series and Power Sync;
  7. Other useful features inherited from the V6 useful features inherited from the V6 useful features inherited from the V6 including:
    • Low Power
    • Absolute Power
    • TTL Pass-through
    • Group Sequence
    • Sport Shutter
    • Remote Shutter
    • Relay Mode
    • Delay Mode
    • Firmware Update support
Price and Availability
 
Cactus V6 II and IIs are currently scheduled to be available in 2016 July and August respectively and both are priced at US$95.00 (ex VAT).
 
B&H carries the original Cactus V6 Flash Transceivers.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Cactus News
Post Date: 6/27/2016 3:13:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From LensRentals:
 
Happy 4th of July!
 
Renting gear for the long weekend? Save 15% on all orders arriving this week with code HAPPY4TH.*
 
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
 
* Order must have arrival date between 6/27/16-7/1/16. Must use code HAPPY4TH.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/27/2016 12:17:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/27/2016 8:31:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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