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 Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens
Image quality results have been added to the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens page.
I think that you are going to like what you see from this lens. There are many lenses that could be compared with this one, but I'll start things off with the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 vs. Canon 50mm f/1.4 with both lenses set to f/1.8.
The Tamron 45mm f/1.8 vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens comparison is another interesting one (f/1.8 vs. f/1.6 in this one).
B&H has the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
Post Date: 10/13/2015 7:56:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Induro 8M AT114 Alloy Tripod
B&H has the Induro 8M AT114 Alloy Tripod available for $76.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $126.00.
Post Date: 10/13/2015 7:54:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/13/2015 6:59:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS M10 Mirrorless Camera with EF-M 15-45mm IS STM Lens
From Canon USA:
Compact Addition to the EOS M-Series of Cameras is Flexible, Stylish and Fun with an Emphasis on Connectivity
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 13, 2015 – For capturing and sharing life’s important moments with great clarity, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the EOS M10 interchangeable lens digital camera. A compact and stylish design, the EOS M10 camera has the features and lens options to help photographers expand their creativity and the mobile compatibility and size for social-sharers to stay connected with sharp images that are sure to draw ‘Likes’.
Adding to its compact design, the EOS M10 camera is fitted with a new retractable EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, that shortens and locks into a compact size when not in use. This retractable Canon interchangeable lens provides outstanding image quality that helps the EOS M10 camera remain small and lightweight to go with you anywhere.
For those “selfie” moments that can’t be missed, the EOS M10 camera’s three-inch screen tilts up 180 degrees to help make sure everyone is in the shot. The touch panel LCD screen also lets users browse images and navigate menus with ease. The camera’s Creative Assist mode makes it easy to adjust settings and add effects such as brightness, background blur, vividness of color, contrast, warmth and filter effects to create share-worthy images on the go – letting you stylize your photos and capture the moment just as you want. And, to help everyone look their selfie-best, the Self Portrait mode adjusts camera effects and settings to enhance skin smoothness and brightness.
“This is the camera for the social media generation, including those who love to take and share high-quality photos and video while on the go. It will help them make the transition to a dedicated, high-quality digital camera, because of its mobile compatibility and creative options,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
The built-in Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality of the EOS M10 camera is compatible with most current AndroidTM devices for easy setup of Wi-Fi communication, and the camera’s Mobile Device Connect Button supports wireless connectivity with IOS and AndroidTM devices. The EOS M10 camera also supports wireless remote control featuring live view in compatible Apple and Android devices using Canon’s free Camera Connect app, available through the Apple App Store and Google PlayTM store.
The EOS M10 camera is fully compatible with Canon’s Connect Station CS100, a home hub device that provides a fast and easy way to store photos and videos from the camera as well as view them on the living room TV, transfer them to social media networks and share them with other linked Connect Station CS100 devices, for an added level of sharing.
Pricing and Availability
The EOS M10 camera is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in November 2015, and will be offered in a kit with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $599.99. The camera body is available in black or white, and will also be available in gray exclusively through the Canon Online store.
In addition, the new EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom lens is scheduled to be available in November 2015 at an estimated retail price of $299.99 and a silver version of the current EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM zoom lens also is scheduled to be available in November 2015 at an estimated retail price of $349.99.
Preorder Links
Canon EOS M10 with EF-M 15-45mm IS STM Lens – B&H
Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens – B&H
Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens (Silver) – B&H
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/13/2015 12:00:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot G5 X and G9 X Digital Cameras
From Canon USA:
High-Resolution EVF-Equipped PowerShot G5 X and Slim & Stylish PowerShot G9 X Digital Cameras Featuring One-Inch Image Sensors are Ideal for Advanced Amateur Photographers Passionate about Image Quality
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 13, 2015 –Rounding out what is now a family of five powerful large sensor PowerShot G-series cameras, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the PowerShot G5 X equipped with a built-in, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), and the slim, lightweight, carry-anywhere PowerShot G9 X. Featuring high-quality optics and large one-inch image sensors, both new models are ideal for advanced amateur photographers looking for a highly portable, advanced point-and-shoot camera equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capability for easy sharing of images and video to social media networks as well as printing to compatible Canon PIXMA or SELPHY printers with the PIXMA Printing Solutions app†.
Both new models feature a one-inch, 20.2 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor that delivers optimal performance with an ISO range of 125 – 12,800. The sensor, along with a proprietary DIGIC 6 Image processor, creates Canon’s HS System to provide photographers with vivid and detailed still images and video, even in difficult low-light shooting scenarios.
Providing quality still images and video for social sharing, the stunning 1080p Full HD video (at 24p, 30p, and 60p in MP4 format) and still images captured on these cameras can be transferred after capture to compatible smartphones, tablets, or the new Canon Connect Station CS100 photo and video hub device, via built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capability. Both new models are compatible with Canon’s free Camera Connect App†† for wireless image transfer and remote operation featuring Live View when using compatible iOS and Android devices.
In addition, these new cameras feature an enhanced Star Mode to provide more precise focusing sure to delight stargazers and amateur astronomers. The “Star Trails” mode is now enhanced to improve the breaks in light between star trails turning star movement into a luminous still image, while the “Star Time-Lapse Movie” mode makes beautiful video clips that show the movement of the stars against a static background of dark space.
“We continue to strive to provide photographers with a range of imaging equipment options to support each individual shooting style while still providing the features, usability, and performance they expect from a Canon camera,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Our PowerShot G-series cameras offer a range of options designed to satisfy professionals looking for a convenient back-up camera to their DSLR as well as photography enthusiasts looking for maximum image quality in conveniently compact cameras they can take with them anywhere.”
Canon PowerShot G5 X Digital Camera

The PowerShot G5 X
Incorporating a bright, built-in high-resolution EVF that allows photographers to more easily compose and take pictures as well as track moving subjects, the high-performance PowerShot G5 X camera also features a bright f/1.8 - f/2.8 4.2x Canon Optical Zoom Lens (focal length range equivalent to 24-100mm). With the combination of a nine-blade iris diaphragm for beautiful background blur effects and an Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) system that provides virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of shooting conditions, this camera’s optical system enables users to capture the shot as they envisioned it and is ideal for shooting in low-light conditions or when a shallow depth-of-field is preferred for more dramatic, soft backgrounds and beautiful portraits.
The PowerShot G5 X camera’s 2.36-million-dot high-definition OLED electronic viewfinder provides high-quality viewing from edge-to-edge, especially useful when composing an image or shooting in bright sunlight. Additionally, a three-inch, 1.04 million dot touch panel LCD screen provides a bright, clear display that enables one-touch control of many camera settings and features a Vari-Angle design that enables easy viewing from various shooting angles while protecting the screen from inadvertent scratching when the camera is stored.
Housed in a classic black body, the enhanced controls include top-mounted mode and exposure compensation dials, front and rear control dials, and a control ring around the lens, which can all be customized to best suit different shooting styles. The PowerShot G5 X camera also features a built-in flash plus a dedicated hot shoe providing full compatibility with Canon’s powerful range of EX-series Speedlites and related accessories. There is also a 3.5mm mini-jack for compatibility with Canon’s Remote Switch RS-60E3.
Canon PowerShot G9 X Digital Camera

The PowerShot G9 X
Slim and lightweight, the PowerShot G9 X is the camera photographers will want to show off to their friends as much as they shoot with it. The camera features a bright f/2.0 - f/4.9, 3x Canon Optical Zoom Lens (focal length range equivalent to 28-84mm) along with Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) system for virtually shake-free images in a wide variety of shooting conditions.
The camera’s intuitive three-inch LCD touch panel with a new user interface allows for quick and easy changes to camera settings even while taking pictures. In addition to the touch panel, a lens-mounted control ring can be utilized to adjust several functions, including customizable manual focus. For shooting fast-moving subjects from kids at birthday parties to athletic events, the PowerShot G9 X camera has continuous shooting speeds up to six frames per second (fps) so none of the action is missed. It is available in classic black, or in a retro-style, silver-gray body with brown stitched leather accents.
Shared Features
The PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X models both feature three convenient ways to charge the NB-13L lithium-ion battery pack: (1) via an optional USB cable connected to a powered USB socket to charge the battery while it is still in the camera body, (2) via an optional USB-connected AC Adapter to charge the battery while it is still in the camera body, and (3) via the standalone external battery charger that is supplied with both cameras as standard equipment.
Both new PowerShot models incorporate a broad range of exposure modes from fully automatic to full manual, and both offer users the choice of RAW as well as JPEG recording modes for still photos. Additionally, both new models incorporate a built-in ND filter for enhanced exposure control in bright shooting conditions.
Price and Availability
The PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X camera kits are scheduled to begin shipping in November 2015 at suggested retail prices of $799.99 and $529.99, respectively.
B&H has the Canon PowerShot G5 X and G9 X available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/13/2015 12:00:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 12, 2015
My Most-Used Product Photography Lens
You've probably seen many of the product images I create on this site, but ... did you ever wonder what lens I used to capture them? No, it was not with the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens shown in this photo.
I take a lot of photographs of products and, somewhat uniquely, my most-frequently photographed products are cameras and lenses. Taking pictures of a camera and lens of course requires a ... camera and lens.
The standardized product images found in the site's comparison tool have been captured by a Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens. Off topic, but in case you were also wondering, this lens is semi-permanently locked onto a Manfrotto 400 Deluxe Geared Head on a slightly customized (wheels removed) Manfrotto O800 Static Camera Stand. The head is great and the stand is sturdy and compact, though it permits a significant amount of vibration. As long as I use mirror lockup along with the self-timer to release the shutter, vibrations stabilize and, they wouldn't matter anyway as my studio lights have a very short duration that would freeze any movement.
While I use this setup for a significant percentage of the product images I create, The 180 L is not my most-used product photography lens. That honor goes to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens. Why use this telephoto zoom for camera and lens product photography?
The focal lengths in the 70-200mm range create a reasonable (slightly compressed) perspective that works well on camera gear. The focal length range of this lens also makes it easy to keep the white shooting table background completely in the frame. Wider angle lenses must be closer to the shooting table to avoid extraneous subject matter. While that closer distance can work, there is some flexibility lost (and a closer perspective results with parts closer to the camera appearing larger than those farther away).
This lens is very sharp, corner to corner, even on a full frame body. Ticking the CA removal check box seals the deal.
While I also have the f/2.8 version of this lens, I don't need an aperture that wide when I'm shooting with studio strobes (f/11 is the aperture I most-often use). The narrower max aperture allows for the f/4L IS to be a relatively lightweight lens, inducing less fatigue (along with less wear and tear on my body).
Very helpful is that this is an image stabilized lens. While the studio strobes are fast enough to stop any camera motion, image stabilization greatly aids in subject framing.
The 70-200 f/4L IS is a very useful lens for other purposes, including landscape photography. The additional versatility makes having this lens in the kit a better business proposition.
The weakest aspect of this lens for product photography use? It does not focus close enough to frame smaller subjects tightly. If I need to more maximum magnification, I'll most often use the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens, though extension tubes can remedy this issue to some extent.
Products come in all sizes and most lenses can be used for product photography of some kind. The range of sizes covered by a telephoto zoom, especially if you have plenty of working space, are great.
What is your most-used lens for product photography and what are your typical subjects?
Camera and Lens Settings
111mm  f/11.0  1/160s
ISO 100
3008 x 3503px
Post Date: 10/12/2015 9:08:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Crucial MX200 SATA SSD
Post Date: 10/12/2015 7:25:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5Ds R DSLR Camera
Between October 11, 2015 and January 9, 2016, Canon is offering a full-featured accidental damage protection program – called CarePAK PLUS – on select items purchased at authorized retailers (like B&H, Amazon, Adorama, etc).
The details of the extended accidental damage protection program are really pretty amazing, especially considering manufacturers' warranties around the industry.
CarePAK PLUS Benefits
Protection from Accidental Damage
Protection from kids, pets, and life including accidental damage such as drops, spills, power surges and other unforeseen events.
Priority Service and Free Returns
No additional cost, free return shipping,* and minimal downtime with fast and reliable service direct from Canon. We’ve got you covered!
$0 Deductible
No Deductible for any repair or replacement, ever.
Additional Hardware Coverage
No more worries! Receive additional hardware coverage from excessive wear and tear on all mechanical and electrical issues.
Service & Support Directly from Canon
With hassle free service and support direct from Canon, you will never deal with a 3rd party. Feel confident your product will be serviced by Canon factory trained technicians using only Genuine Canon parts.*
CarePAK PLUS is transferable. Purchase a product as a gift for someone else or sell it during the covered period and transfer the benefits to someone else.
Always Genuine Canon Products
If your product cannot be fixed and needs to be replaced you will receive the exact same model, or better, always!
No Lemon Guarantee
If the product needs to be repaired for the same problem three times you will receive a new product.
* Offer valid October 10, 2015 12:00 a.m. through November 15, 2015 11:59 p.m. ET. Offer valid in U.S.A. only, and void where prohibited, taxed or restricted. Availability of certain items may be limited. Limit of ten of any one item per order, subject to availability. Order will be shipped to a street address in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia only. Dealers, distributors and other resellers are not eligible for this offer. Offer subject to Canon Online Store Terms of Sale.
Please see the EOS CAMERA/EF LENS LIMITED WARRANTY terms and conditions for your specific Canon model or visit us at usa.canon.com/carepak-plus for complete details. Additional benefits provided by CarePAK PLUS are listed below. Valid for purchases between Oct. 11, 2015 – Jan. 9, 2016.
  • An extension of the LIMITED WARRANTY term from one (1) year to thirteen (13) months from the date of original purchase.
  • ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE FROM HANDLING (ADH): labor and /or parts required to repair the Product, or at our sole discretion, replacement of your original Product in lieu of repair in consideration of sudden and unforeseen ADH; such as damage resulting from dropping the Product or in association with screen breakage or liquid damage.

Eligible Camera Bodies/Kits
Eligible Lenses
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/12/2015 6:18:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DxO Optics Pro 10
For a limite time, B&H has DxO OpticsPro 10 Elite Edition (DVD) available for $119.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.00.
Product Highlights
  • Powerful Raw and JPEG Processing
  • PRIME Noise Reduction Technology
  • ClearView Haze Reduction
  • Automated Optical Corrections
  • Intelligent Sharpening Control
  • Automated or Manual Smart Lighting
  • Anti-Moiré and Image Editing Tools
  • Supports DNG File Type
  • Collaborative Editing with Lightroom
  • For Mac and Windows Operating Systems
Post Date: 10/12/2015 5:14:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, October 11, 2015
Adobe Apologizes for Lightroom 6.2 Release
From the Adobe Lightroom Journal:
I’d like to personally apologize for the quality of the Lightroom 6.2 release we shipped on Monday. The team cares passionately about our product and our customers and we failed on multiple fronts with this release. In our efforts to simplify the import experience we introduced instability that resulted in a significant crashing bug. The scope of that bug was unclear and we made the incorrect decision to ship with the bug while we continued to search for a reproducible case(Reproducible cases are essential for allowing an engineer to solve a problem). The bug has been fixed and today’s update addresses the stability of Lightroom 6.
The simplification of the import experience was also handled poorly. Our customers, educators and research team have been clear on this topic: The import experience in Lightroom is daunting. It’s a step that every customer must successfully take in order to use the product and overwhelming customers with every option in a single screen was not a tenable path forward. We made decisions on sensible defaults and placed many of the controls behind a settings panel. At the same time we removed some of our very low usage features to further reduce complexity and improve quality. These changes were not communicated properly or openly before launch. Lightroom was created in 2006 via a 14 month public beta in a dialog with the photography community. In making these changes without a broader dialog I’ve failed the original core values of the product and the team.
The team will continue to work hard to earn your trust back in subsequent releases and I look forward to reigniting the type of dialog we started in 2006.
Tom Hogarty and the Lightroom Management Team
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/11/2015 6:55:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, October 10, 2015
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens
Have you been thinking about getting a longer focal length lens? If so, eBay and BuyDig have a deal for you.
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens (for Canon, Nikon or Sony) as a Daily Deal for only $849 (regularly $1,069 before $70.00 mail-in rebate).
It appears that the "USA Warranty" eBay deal would also qualify for the rebate, making the final price only $779.
Post Date: 10/10/2015 8:41:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS Rebel T6i Kit
Adorama has a Canon EOS Rebel T6i Kit with PIXMA PRO-100 Bundle available for an in-cart price of $799.00 with free expedited shipping after $350.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $1,149.00 after $100.00 instant savings.
Bundle Includes
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Camera
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets
  • Lowepro Nova Sport 17L AW Shoulder Bag, Slate Gray
Note: All bundled items and reduced pricing will be shown in-cart.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/10/2015 7:34:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 9, 2015
Adobe Logo
From Adobe:
Lightroom CC 2015.2.1 and Lightroom 6.2.1 are now available through the Help-> Check for Updates menu item inside Lightroom.
This update provides a performance fix related to Import and also fixes crashing bugs identifying in the Lightroom CC 2015.2 / Lightroom 6.2 release.
Installation Instructions
Please select Help > Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.
Direct download links: Mac | Win
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/9/2015 11:32:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Huge Bull Moose, Katmai National Park, Alaska
With Alaska being such a massive state, it is only fitting that many of the Alaskan animals are also large. This huge bull moose looked very impressive walking down off of the mountain, initially with only its antlers rising above the trees.
Know what our bear guides were most afraid of? Moose. We spent days sitting among brown bears, some weighing well north of 1,000 lbs, with nothing more than minor issues, but a huge bull moose walking down off the mountain directly toward us definitely got the guide's attention. To reduce the drama, I should also say that part of the attention grab was because the sighting was so unusual in this location – this was the only land mammal other than brown bears that I saw in coastal Katmai National Park.
While moose were not my primary photography target at the time, I consider myself an opportunist and didn't hesitate to turn the camera from the bears when this bull showed up.
The moose was walking at a steady-but-leisurely pace and I could easily fill the camera buffer whenever I chose to, but that would have given me too many images that were similar to each other. Instead, I timed the frame captures with body positions that I thought would make a good composition with an eye also on the background. The body position I often chose had the far front leg in a forward position.
While I did not hold the shutter release down, I did shoot more images than I thought I needed. Aside from having insurance shots, I was trying to use a marginally long shutter speed, allowing a lower ISO setting to be used for less noise. Though a handful of my images were slightly blurred, the tactic proved to be a good one as I still ended up with many good images.
When the bull moose came to the edge of the high tidal stream bank, it proceeded to smoothly drop right over the edge. I caught that action nicely and might share it later, as soon as I get over being slightly bothered by the antler covering the eye. What I didn't correctly anticipate was the speed of the moose's decent and the base image for this shot, the one with the far lead leg in the air and sand flying, became cropped slightly too tightly on the bottom of the frame. Capturing some quick additional shots with different framing allowed me to create a panorama in post, correcting the tight crop and resulting in a 76-megapixel image.
With that much resolution available, cropping into the bull moose much more tightly remains an option, but I like seeing the environment the moose was in and especially like the fall-colored fireweed in the background.
What do you think? Should I have cropped this image tighter?
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 10/9/2015 9:24:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Canon Europe YouTube Channel:
Discover how photographer Timm Schneider brought the city of Stockholm, Sweden to life with two eyeballs and a Canon camera. Come and see.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/9/2015 9:24:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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