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 Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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Through Jan 31, use coupon code BLDOW at BorrowLenses to get 25% off your rental of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM II Lens (review).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/27/2015 9:03:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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ESPN Films has created a great documentary about one of photography's most exclusive clubs – those photographers that have photographed every Super Bowl. The film features John Biever, Walter Iooss, Mickey Palmer and Tony Tomsic as they recount their experiences and most memorable moments as history unfolded before their eyes year after year.
 

 
If you enjoy sports and photography, don't miss seeing this film. For DirectTV subscribers, set your DVR for Channel 209 (ESPN2HD) Thu, 1/29, 7:00 - 8:00 PM ET.
Category: ESPN News
Post Date: 1/27/2015 8:15:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Nikon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Nikon Ambassador Andrew Hancock talks about the fundamentals of sports photography and how to capture sharp images in the low light of an indoor gymnasium.
 
B&H carries the Nikon D4s and the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/27/2015 7:55:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (review) available for $859.99 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and technically not eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/27/2015 6:33:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 26, 2015
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via AllNewShop - 99.4% Positive feedback) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,299.95 with free shipping. Compare at $1,499.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/26/2015 12:59:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens (review) available for $644.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,149.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/26/2015 12:55:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D3300 with 18-55mm VR II Lens
eBay (via BeachCamera) has a Refurbished Nikon D3300 with 18-55mm VR II Lens and Adobe Lightroom 5 Bundle available for $399.99 with free shipping. Compare at $496.95 without Adobe Lightroom software.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/26/2015 11:57:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Hot Deal: eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens available for $2,699.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,399.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Thyme with Frost Macro
Lingering bitter cold with grey overcast skies can really put a damper on photographic aspirations (especially if you enjoy shooting lush, vivid landscapes). The solution? Try shooting macros!
 
If you can stand the cold, then there are lots of wonderful outdoor subjects that are likely very close by and just begging to have your camera pointed at them – icicles, frost and snowflakes, just to name a few. The image at the top of this post is from an herb garden on my front porch.
 
Black Peppercorns Macro
 
If you'd rather avoid the cold entirely, setting up a small indoor macro studio doesn't require much space. In fact, you could easily use your dining room table or similar [even smaller] surface. And there are tons of things in your home that would work well as macro subjects – spices (like sea salt, peppercorns, etc.), toys and flowers are only a few examples. And as Bryan has noted before, buying flowers will likely make your wife or significant other very happy. By the way, an off-camera flash paired with a small softbox makes an excellent tool for macro photography.
 
Dollar Coins Macro
 
Want a real challenge? Try your hand at shooting jewelry. With gemstones and curved, metallic, mirrored surfaces, jewelry can be an especially challenging subject to illuminate attractively (Hint: using several well-placed white (or other colored) reflectors can help accentuate jewelry's appearance).
 
Want to take your macros a step further? Try focus stacking (my technique can be found midway down the post).
 
Recommended Gear
 
  • DSLR Camera – Just about any modern DSLR will work just fine. One feature that can be especially useful for macro photography is 10x Live View as it can really help you achieve critical focus when your depth of field is very small.
  • Macro Lens (or Extension Tubes at the very least) – Check out Bryan's Canon Macro Lens Recommendations to figure out which macro lens is right for you (if you don't already have one). If you're on a tight budget, or you'd like to expand your macro capabilities, you might want to try using extension tubes to increase the magnification of your current lens collection (we recommend the budget-conscious Kenko extension tubes).
  • Tripod – A good, solid support system is essential for many types of macro shooting. A tripod will allow you to use longer shutter speeds while maintaining a sharp image. It will also allow you to lock down your framing of static subjects so that you can achieve the ideal composition.
  • Flash and Small Softbox (optional) – It's true that with a stable platform you can capture [static] macro images with just about any light source. However, a flash with a small softbox will open up many creative possibilities while also allowing for faster and easier image capture.
Shooting macros can be a fun and fulfilling activity when other types of photography are less enjoyable or satisfying. So be creative and have fun with small, everyday things!
Post Date: 1/26/2015 8:24:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Review.
 
This is one of my favorite portrait lenses. The look that this lens can deliver is very unique (in a good way). The 7D II's high density sensor is showing the limits of this lens' wide open capabilities.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/26/2015 8:32:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Oben CT-3431 Carbon Tripod With BE-108T Ball Head
For today only, B&H has the Oben CT-3431 Carbon Tripod With BE-108T Ball Head available for $179.95 with free shipping. Regularly $399.95.
Post Date: 1/26/2015 6:59:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 23, 2015
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From the NPPA:
NEW YORK, NY (January 23, 2015) – The remaining six staff photographers at Sports Illustrated magazine were all laid off yesterday.
 
Staff photographers Robert Beck, Simon Bruty, Bill Frakes, David E. Klutho, John W. McDonough, and Al Tielemans were informed of the decision around noon Eastern time on Thursday.
 
Sports Illustrated director of photography Brad Smith confirmed the move this morning to News Photographer magazine.
 
"It's true," Smith said. "There was a decision made through the company to restructure various departments, including at Sports Illustrated. Unfortunately economic circumstances are such that it has cut the six staff photographers."
See the entire article on NPPA's website.
Post Date: 1/23/2015 12:51:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
Still Live: eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,149.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,799.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market camera and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/23/2015 12:30:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Image quality test results from the EOS 7D Mark II and 60D have been added to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens review page.
 
Direct links: 7D II | 60D
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/23/2015 11:01:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"Travel photographer and Canon Explorer Joel Santos has recently been using the newly launched EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM wide-angle zoom. As he reveals to CPN Editor David Corfield, the lens has quickly become a firm favourite...
 
The biggest endorsement any photographer can give a piece of equipment, is to actually go out and buy it. For Joel Santos, the new EF16-35mm wide-angle zoom was a recent purchase that has already been proving its worth."
See the entire article at the Canon Professional Network.
 
For what it's worth, this is also Bryan's favorite wide-angle zoom. Check out his full review for more details on this great lens.
 
B&H carries the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and it qualifies for a $100.00 mail-in rebate through January 31.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/23/2015 9:34:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera available for $1,249.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,499.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/23/2015 9:22:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Epson SureColor T7000 Standard Edition 44
B&H has the Epson SureColor T7000 Standard Edition 44" Wide Format Inkjet Printer available for $2,449.00 with free shipping. Regularly $4,449.00.
 
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Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens
The "Where is the Canon 400mm DO II review?" and "Where is Sigma 150-600mm Sports Lens Review?" questions are becoming more frequent. Those are indeed good questions as these two lenses are sitting at the top of my priority list. Unfortunately and unusually, I have not been able to get my hands on either of these lenses for long enough to adequately evaluate them. That I'm delayed on these reviews is not likely going to delay your acquisition of either lens as they are simply not available right now. High demand has been completely consuming the Sigma 150-600 production and that is likely the same reason the Canon 400 DO II is not available. What the production level of each lens is remains a question.
 
Those of you asking about the new Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens will be happy to know that we have one in house and have standardized testing of this lens as our current top priority. Stay tuned for more information, but ... this is a really tiny lens considering the super zoom focal length range covering a full frame image circle.
 
Contrary to some current rumors, the Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens has not been discontinued. According to Sigma Corporation of America, "The 24-105mm is most definitely not discontinued." This rumor most likely arose from the fact that this lens is very hard to find in stock right now. Sigma assured me that this lens is very much a part of their current line. "We are behind on production but are working on catching up." Sigma is experiencing "... really high demand and fulfilling all the orders across the world has been tough." That is good news to me as I really like the 24-105 OS Art Lens.
 
Find these four lenses at B&H:
 
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens
Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens
Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens
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