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 Thursday, June 16, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review.
 
The 14 L II was Canon's widest rectilinear lens until the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens came along. Interesting comparison: Canon EF 14mm L II vs. 11-24mm L at 14mm f/4.
 
What other 14 L II comparisons do you like?
 
B&H has the Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/16/2016 10:10:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 13, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens Review.
 
The 135mm f/2 lens is notably absent from the third party lens lineup, leaving the Nikon 135 f/2 as the only directly comparable lens. Zeiss has an amazing MF-only alternative – here is that comparison (1Ds III tests).
 
If 100mm f/2 can get the job done for you, the Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens could be considered a close-comparable with a more-affordable price. If shooting at f/2, the 135L will make you happier.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/13/2016 7:59:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 9, 2016
 Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Just posted: Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens Review.
 
When a newly introduced lens has no equal on the market, it is probably exciting.
 
B&H has the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/8/2016 9:06:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 6, 2016
 Friday, June 3, 2016
While providing a review of the Transcend CFast 2.0 Memory Card, I share my memory card selection thought process. The RCSP acronym is what you need to consider.
 
B&H has the Transcend CFast 2.0 Memory Card in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/3/2016 7:40:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 1, 2016
 Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review.
 
Did the arrival of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II bring this lens purpose?
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/31/2016 9:52:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 26, 2016
The balance of the standard test results (vignetting, flare and distortion) along with specs, measurements and standard product images are now available on the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens and Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro F017 Lens pages.
 
Full reviews of both lenses are planned for the near future.
 
B&H has the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens and Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro F017 Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 5/26/2016 8:46:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Just posted: Canon EOS Rebel T6 Review
 
Obvious is that this is a low-priced DSLR. But, does it have any professional purposes? Read the review (at least the pro use section near the end) and leave your thoughts in the comments here.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS Rebel T6 in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/25/2016 7:37:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 23, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS Lens Review.
 
While an f/2.8 max aperture for a prime lens may not grab your attention, this lens' image quality might. The 28 f/2.8 IS is regularly a decent value and the $100.00 instant reward makes it a great value.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/23/2016 8:07:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 19, 2016
Just posted: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Review.
 
This is a very impressive-performing camera. The AF system is perhaps my favorite improvement, but ... there are so many other great things about this camera.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II available for preorder with 13 months of Canon CarePAK coverage free (upon camera registration). Get the premium kit which also offers a free CFast 2.0 card and reader.
 
Retailers with 1D X II Premium Kit In Stock: Canon Store | Adorama | Focus Camera
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/19/2016 9:42:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens Review.
 
The Canon 180 L doesn't get a lot of love, but ... it has given me some great images over the years.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/17/2016 8:03:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 16, 2016
As has become my routine, I recorded my initial Canon EOS-1D X Mark II configuration process upon receiving the camera. Following are the 42 steps I took to make the out-of-the-box Canon EOS-1D X Mark II ready for my use. I know, 42 is a big number. But, this camera is extremely configurable.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. If you have another charged Canon LP-E19 (or LP-E4N) battery available, you can continue to the battery-required steps without a wait.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. For me, this is primarily the camera, the eye cup, the neck strap and the Canon Solution Disk (still included in this box). I always take a moment to grip the camera, taking in the new-camera grippyness that is right up there with new car smell.
  3. Find the Canon EOS Solution Disk software (included on a DVD) and install it on your computer. Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap (unless I am planning to use very large lenses)
  5. Record the camera's serial number and ensure that proper insurance coverage is in place.
  6. Important: Turn the vertical grip on (switch near top of vertical grip – why is this off by default?).
  7. Insert the battery (ideally, after charging completes).
  8. Power the camera on.
  9. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  10. Insert one (or two) memory card(s) (format them via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  11. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the cameras as follows:
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "1" (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows – I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: White balance: AWB-W (Auto: White priority)
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses - all can be applied in DPP)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Img type/size: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "-"
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: ISO Speed Settings: ISO Speed range: L(50)-H3(409600), Auto ISO Speed range: 100-512000
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Off
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Long exposure noise reduction: I usually have this option set to "Auto", but my choice varies for the situation.
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: High ISO speed noise reduction: Off (noise reduction is destructive to images details – I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  20. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Image review: 4 sec.
  21. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Disable
  22. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Release without card: Disable/off (I highly recommend this setting change – it should be Canon's default)
  23. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Grid display: 3x3
  24. AF Menu, Tab 2: AI Servo 1st image priority: Focus (I want the images in focus more than I want the time-priority capture)
  25. AF Menu, Tab 2: AI Servo 2nd image priority: Focus +2 (same reason)
  26. AF Menu, Tab 4: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Area + pt
  27. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Highlight alert: Enable (enable the "blinkies", flash portions of image that are overexposed during image review)
  28. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Playback grid: 3x3
  29. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to monitor all three color channels for blown or blocked details)
  30. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Magnification (apx): 1X
  31. Tools Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the always-largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  32. Tools Menu, Tab 2: Viewfinder display: Viewfinder level: Show, VF grid display: Enable, Show/hide in viewfinder: Flicker! only
  33. Tools Menu, Tab 2: Info button display options: Electronic level only
  34. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Custom shooting mode (C1-C3): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  35. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Copyright information: Enter author's name: [enter name]
  36. Custom Functions, Tab 3: Restrict shooting modes: Enable all (adds C2 and C3)
  37. Custom Functions, Tab 4: Restrict drive modes: Disable: low speed continuous, Silent HS continuous, Silent LS continuous (I seldom use theses modes)
  38. Custom Functions, Tab 5: Rec card, img size setting: Off (I don't use this button. being able to turn it off prevents inadvertent changes)
  39. Custom Functions, Tab 6: Av setting without lens: On (allows me to prepare the camera for a specific, not-yet-mounted lens)
  40. Custom Functions, Tab 6: Custom Controls: AF-ON: One shot AI Servo; Set: Mag/Reduce; Multicontroller: Direct AF point selection; M-Fn2: One Shot/AI Servo
  41. Custom Functions, Tab 7: Default erase option: [Erase] selected
  42. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Long exposure noise reduction, Mirror lockup, Anti-flicker shoot, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot - including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). Your list will insure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
 
More Information and To Order Your 1D X Mark II
 
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/16/2016 10:44:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens page.
 
I'll leave the comparison lens selection up to you, but ... certain is that there is no directly comparable lens available.
 
B&H has the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 5/11/2016 10:07:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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