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 Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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Envision celebrating Memorial Day weekend with some awesome photo gear. LensRentals.com is making that vision easier to become reality with their "Save 15% On Rentals Arriving May 18-19" deal.
 
To take advantage of the offer:
 
  1. Select a May 18th or May 19th arrival date.
  2. Enter the code MDAY15 in the Special Instructions box during checkout.
To support this site through you rental, click on the appropriate product review and then click the Rent button beside the camera/lens you want to rent.
Post Date: 5/12/2015 10:52:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS Rebel T6s
Noise test results have been added to the Canon EOS Rebel T6s and T6i review pages. As these two cameras share identical imaging sensors and processing pipelines, the same test results are shown for both cameras.
 
Here are some comparisons that you might find interesting (select ISO settings to compare):
 
Rebel T6i/T6s compared to the EOS 7D Mark II
Rebel T6i/T6s compared to the EOS Rebel T5i/T4i
Rebel T6i/T6s compared to the EOS 5D Mark III
Rebel T6i/T6s compared to the EOS 70D
 
B&H has the Canon EOS Rebel T6i (body and kit) and Rebel T6s (kit) in stock. The T6s body-only remains available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/12/2015 9:52:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sigma Logo
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
Regarding the Live View mode of Canon “EOS 8000D (Rebel T6s / 760D)” and “EOS Kiss X8i (Rebel T6i / 750D)” cameras that we announced on April 21st, 2015, we have now started providing a firmware update and can confirm that deliveries of these products now include the new firmware.
 
If you own one of the lenses listed below, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary or distributor to receive a firmware update free of charge.
 
[Update]
The new firmware will ensure the lens is compatible with the Live View mode of EOS 8000D (Rebel T6s / 760D) and EOS Kiss X8i (Rebel T6i / 750D) cameras.
 
Products and Serial Numbers that require the firmware update
 
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, the firmware update is necessary.
 
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 updated firmware. This can be recognized by the white sticker on lower left side of the gift box as shown below.
 
Sigma Live View Fix Mark
 
For further information, please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary / distributor of SIGMA.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 5/12/2015 7:27:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 11, 2015
Canon EOS 5D
Canon U.S.A has just posted a new product advisory for the original Canon EOS 5D. This is not regarding a new problem, but is a reminder that the end of service life for the 5D is scheduled for later this year:
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
Please note that the after-sales service period (service reception period) for this product will end on September 30, 2015. The free repairs are also scheduled to end on the same day.
 
We have discovered that, in rare instances, the main mirror of some EOS 5D Digital SLR cameras may detach due to deterioration in the strength of the adhesive. Accordingly, we would like to convey the details and our service policy concerning this phenomenon.
 
We offer our sincerest apologies to those customers who have been inconvenienced by this issue. Canon always strives to provide the highest quality products to our customers and we will spare no effort in our quality management to make sure our customers can use our products with confidence. We hope our efforts will earn your understanding.
 
Phenomenon
 
The main mirror of the camera detaches and images cannot be viewed through the viewfinder.
 
Affected products
 
EOS 5D Digital SLR cameras whose main mirror has detached.
 
User Support
 
We will repair and reinforce the mirror portion of the affected products free of charge. If you own one of the affected products, please contact our Customer Support Center.
 
Canon EOS 5D Mirror Detach
 
We appreciate your patience, and we offer our sincerest apologies to the customers using these products who have been inconvenienced by this issue.
 
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON (toll free)
1-800-652-2666
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com
Support options and hours of operation: www.usa.canon.com/support
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/11/2015 8:46:13 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Camera Noise Comparison Tool
You've seen the color block noise test comparisons in the DSLR camera reviews. Creating each of those comparisons was time consuming, the comparables were limited and the test results were buried in the review pages. With the new Camera Noise Comparison Tool, any tested camera can be quickly and easily compared with any other tested camera. Links to the new tool are found throughout the site including on the Tools menu and at the top of most camera reviews.
 
All cameras included in the tool have "Standard" test results available. A key to remember is that the "Standard" test results have no noise reduction included. Since noise reduction can be applied to images from any camera, the without noise reduction results become the best option for comparing camera models. These results aim to best show the camera's capabilities without software algorithm assistance. Some cameras include multiple sets of test results that may include noise reduction, Multi-Shot Noise Reduction and resolution changes to match other DSLR models.
 
My suggestion is to load the higher resolution camera sample using the right drop-down list selection when comparing two cameras.
 
While adding new tests to the tool will remain somewhat time consuming, only the new test images need to be created. Nearly 500 test images are immediately available. The Canon EOS Rebel T6i / T6s results are next in line for inclusion in the tool.
 
Loading test results from old cameras was nostalgic. Remember when the max ISO was 1600? And we thought it was amazing?
 
As with most of the site's other comparison tools, the URL showing in the address bar allows sharing specific noise comparisons with others. The complete set of parameters needed to reproduce the specific comparison being viewed are included.
 
This page is just out of beta testing. Please report any issues and, as always, suggestions are welcome.
 
Resolution Results
 
Also added to most DSLR camera review pages is a link to resolution chart test results in the Image Quality Comparison Tool. These previously existing results were usually mentioned in the reviews, but even more buried than the noise comparisons. Look for the bulleted resolution link near the top of the camera review pages.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/11/2015 9:06:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Speedlite 320EX
B&H has the Canon Speedlite 320EX (review) in refurbished (like new) condition for only $109.95. This flash in refurb condition is regularly $129.95 and is currently $239.00 in new condition.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/11/2015 8:49:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478DR Light Meter
For a limited time, B&H has the Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478DR Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport available for $369.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $499.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Color Touch Screen Interface
  • Incident, Reflected, Flash Exposures
  • Wireless Flash Power Control
  • Custom Exposure Profiles and Calibration
  • Flash Exposure Analyzing Function
  • Adjustable Menu Navigation
  • Retractable and Removable Lumisphere
  • AAA Battery Power Source
  • Includes X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
  • Includes Sekonic Gray Balance Card
Canon EF 50MM F/1.8 STM Lens
From Canon USA:
 
Compact and Lightweight EF Lens Features Stepping Motor (STM) Technology and is Ideal for First time DSLR Users as well as Advanced Amateur Photographers
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., May 11, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce the new lightweight and compact Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM standard lens. Featuring a large maximum aperture of f/1.8, this single focal length lens (which has an effective focal length of 80mm when attached to an EOS camera with an APS-C sensor such as the EOS Rebel T6i) is ideal for creating portraits with beautiful, soft-blurred backgrounds. It's also ideal for low-light photography and night scenes. Now incorporating Canon's proprietary STM stepping motor technology, this new lens supports Canon's EOS Movie Servo AF* (autofocus) function to provide smooth and quiet continuous AF during video recording, as well as when capturing still photos.
 
"Canon's optical heritage of creating high-quality lenses is something we are very proud of ," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. "Regardless of skill level or budget, all photographers and videographers should have access to superb creative tools that enable them to capture not only beautiful images but images that tell the story of their lives.
 
This new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens, will provide photographers and videographers with outstanding images they will want to share for years to come.
 
"The new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8mm STM lens is excellent for entry-level and advanced amateur photographers, as well as users looking to capture video. Featuring an improved exterior design, including a new focus ring placement, it provides photographers with the most compact Canon EF 50mm lens ever, at just 1.5 inches in length. In addition, this new lens uses a metal mount providing additional stability and ruggedness compared to its predecessor.
 
Composed of six elements in five groups, the new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8mm STM lens features an optimized lens placement and Super Spectra Coating (SSC), translating into less ghosting and flaring than the previous model, while at the same time helping to enhance light transmission and optimize color reproduction accuracy. The new lens features a seven blade circular aperture, improved from the predecessor's five blade non-circular aperture, helping to deliver a more visually appealing blurring effect, and producing sharp images of subjects that truly stand out against beautiful, soft backgrounds. The minimum focusing distance for the lens has been shortened to 1.1 feet from 1.5 feet with a maximum magnification of 0.21x, allowing for more creative close-up photos and videos.
 
Pricing and Availability
The new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8mm STM standard prime lens is scheduled to be available by the end of May for an estimated retail price of $125.99.
 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Standard Telephoto Prime Lens Specifications Summary:
 
  • Compact, lightweight, fixed focal length standard lens for EOS cameras
  • Large f/1.8 maximum aperture
  • 80mm effective focal length when attached to EOS cameras with APS-C sensors
  • Canon STM gear type stepping motor technology provides quiet autofocusing to support Canon's EOS Movie Servo AF function
  • Improved exterior design including new focus ring placement makes it the most compact Canon EF 50mm lens ever
  • New metal mount for stability and ruggedness
  • Super Spectra Coating for minimized ghosting and flaring
  • Circular seven blade aperture
  • 14-inch minimum focusing distance
  • 0.21x maximum magnification
B&H has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/11/2015 7:31:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, May 10, 2015
Cotton Carrier Lite Belt System
Ever think you wanted to try a Cotton Carrier? If so, now would be a good time to act on that desire.
 
B&H is featuring the Cotton Carrier Lite Belt System for All Camera Types (Black) as their Deal Zone deal for today. The price is 50% off – $49.99 (regularly $99.99).
Post Date: 5/10/2015 7:34:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 8, 2015
MindShift Gear rotation180° Horizon Backpacks
From Mindshift Gear:
 
Tired of having to take off your backpack to get at your essential gear, our sister outdoor company, MindShift Gear, has released the new, higher volume rotation180° Horizon rotating backpack. The rotation180° Horizon backpack with rotating beltpack allows for instant access to food, binoculars, cameras and lenses, and other essential equipment. Plus, there is now added extra space in the main pack for larger gear, including clothing, climbing gear, and up to a 13” laptop. Daisy chains and ice ax loops provide additional lash points.
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Integrated rotating beltpack for accessing trail essentials: camera, 10” tablet, binoculars, maps, guidebook, and snacks.
  • Dedicated zippered hydration compartment on side fits most 3L reservoirs
  • 2 bags in 1: removable beltpack can be worn separately for shorter outings
  • 13” laptop fits in main compartment
  • Backpack holds jacket, layers, hat, gloves, lunch, etc.
  • Front zippered pocket provides quicker access to smaller items, such as climbing gear, field instruments, first aid kit, and climbing shoes
  • Small trekking tripod, or fly rod/reel carry easily on the front or side panels
  • Load–lifter straps adjust the weight distribution for comfortable fit
  • Side water bottle pocket fits most 32 oz. water bottles
  • Two rows of daisy chains for additional attachment points
  • Beltpack compression straps adjust for custom fit
  • Integrates with MindShift’s Tripod Suspension Kit
  • Webbing rail for attaching additional components to waist belt
  • Breathable padded airmesh shoulder harness with adjustable sternum strap
  • Aluminum stay in frame sheet, provides for custom fit
  • Optional seam–sealed rain cover
OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PROFILES FOR BELTPACK
 
  • Canon 5DMIII with 24-70mm f/2.8 attached + 16–35 mm f/2.8 + tablet
  • Nikon D810 with 70–300 f/4.5–5.6 attached + 18–35 mm f/3.5–4.5 + Flash + tablet
  • 1–3 GoPro bodies, LCD BacPac, remote, batteries, SD cards, various mounts and adaptors + tablet
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water–resistance, all exterior fabric has durable water–repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has high quality YKK zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high–density nylon, 100D shadow Ripstop nylon, 210D velocity nylon, Ultra–Stretch fabric, nylon webbing, 350G airmesh, and 3–ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 200D polyester lining, belly–o mesh pockets, closed–cell antilon foam, 3–ply bonded nylon thread
 
MindShift Gear has the rotation180° Horizon Backpacks available now.
Post Date: 5/8/2015 3:04:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera
Live Again: eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera available for $1,199.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,699.00 after $100.00 instant rebate.
 
You may also qualify for $24.00 in eBay Bucks with this purchase.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty. However, the auction advertises that the item comes with a 1-year warranty provided by the seller.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/8/2015 1:56:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Canon has posted its official Rebel T6s/T6i Service Advisory following Roger Cicala's discovery of sensor spots and posted to the LensRentals Blog at the end of April.
 
From Canon:
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
This notice is to proactively inform our customers of the phenomenon described below along with Canon’s support actions. We value the trust our customers have placed in us, and we are dedicated to continuously improving product quality as well as delivering industry-leading service and support. We offer our sincerest apologies to any customer who may be inconvenienced.
 
Phenomenon
In some units of the models listed below, the following phenomenon may occur due to irregularities on an optical layer located in front of the image sensor:
 
White spots may exist on the optical layer which may result in the appearance of dark circular patterns on the captured image under certain shooting conditions.
 
Affected Products
The phenomenon described above may occur in cameras whose first and second digits of the serial number are as set forth below.
 
Identification Procedure
 
  • Serial Number: [XXnnnnnnnnnn]
  • EOS Rebel T6s: If “XX” is “01” or “02”, the phenomenon described above may occur.
  • EOS Rebel T6i: If “XX” is “01” or “02”, the phenomenon described above may occur.
* “n” represents any digit.
 
NOTE: If the battery cover contains the marking illustrated below, the camera is NOT affected by the phenomenon described above even if the first and second digits of the serial number are of the numbers mentioned above.
 
Canon EOS Rebel T6i mark

 
Support
Potentially affected cameras will be inspected and affected units will be repaired free of charge.
We are developing a solution and will inform you as soon as it is available.
 
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6s: tbd
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6i: tbd
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
If you have not already done so, please register your Canon EOS Rebel T6s or your Canon EOS Rebel T6i. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future announcements.
 
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/8/2015 9:32:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sanho HyperDrive iUSBportCAMERA2 Wireless Transmitter
For a limited time, B&H has the Sanho HyperDrive iUSBportCAMERA2 Wireless Transmitter available for $188.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $298.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Control DSLR Remotely via Mobile Device
  • Live View from Smartphone or Tablet
  • Compatible with Canon and Nikon DSLRs
  • Touch AF, Manual Focus & Focus Stacking
  • Wireless Range: Up to 300'
  • Backlit LCD Screen
  • Photo Streaming to 12 Wi-Fi Devices
  • Two USB 2.0 Host Ports & microSD Slot
  • Integrated 3300mAh Battery
Post Date: 5/8/2015 9:20:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
MindShift Gear rotation180° Trail Backpacks
From MindShift Gear:
 
Tired of having to take off your backpack to get at your essential gear, our sister outdoor company, MindShift Gear, has released the new, higher volume rotation180° Horizon rotating backpack. The rotation180° Horizon backpack with rotating beltpack allows for instant access to food, binoculars, cameras and lenses, and other essential equipment. Plus, there is now added extra space in the main pack for larger gear, including clothing, climbing gear, and up to a 13” laptop. Daisy chains and ice ax loops provide additional lash points.
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Integrated rotating beltpack for accessing trail essentials: camera, 10” tablet, binoculars, maps, guidebook, and snacks.
  • Dedicated zippered hydration compartment on side fits most 3L reservoirs
  • 2 bags in 1: removable beltpack can be worn separately for shorter outings
  • 13” laptop fits in main compartment
  • Backpack holds jacket, layers, hat, gloves, lunch, etc.
  • Front zippered pocket provides quicker access to smaller items, such as climbing gear, field instruments, first aid kit, and climbing shoes
  • Small trekking tripod, or fly rod/reel carry easily on the front or side panels
  • Load–lifter straps adjust the weight distribution for comfortable fit
  • Side water bottle pocket fits most 32 oz. water bottles
  • Two rows of daisy chains for additional attachment points
  • Beltpack compression straps adjust for custom fit
  • Integrates with MindShift’s Tripod Suspension Kit
  • Webbing rail for attaching additional components to waist belt
  • Breathable padded airmesh shoulder harness with adjustable sternum strap
  • Aluminum stay in frame sheet, provides for custom fit
  • Optional seam–sealed rain cover
OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PROFILES FOR BELTPACK
 
  • Canon 5DMIII with 24-70mm f/2.8 attached + 16–35 mm f/2.8 + tablet
  • Nikon D810 with 70–300 f/4.5–5.6 attached + 18–35 mm f/3.5–4.5 + Flash + tablet
  • 1–3 GoPro bodies, LCD BacPac, remote, batteries, SD cards, various mounts and adaptors + tablet
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water–resistance, all exterior fabric has durable water–repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has high quality YKK zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high–density nylon, 100D shadow Ripstop nylon, 210D velocity nylon, Ultra–Stretch fabric, nylon webbing, 350G airmesh, and 3–ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 200D polyester lining, belly–o mesh pockets, closed–cell antilon foam, 3–ply bonded nylon thread
 
MindShift Gear has the rotation180° Trail Backpack available for purchase.
Post Date: 5/8/2015 9:01:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Don’t miss what Macworld called one of the best conferences of the year. MAX is the place to get inspired and informed by amazing speakers, empowering workshops and over 5,500 other creatives.
 
Register by July 31 to get Early Bird pricing — a full MAX pass for US$1,295, a savings of US$300.*
 
Register Now
 
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Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 5/8/2015 8:30:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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