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 Monday, May 19, 2014
David's Canon Christmas Wish (Drool) List
I received an email from friend-of-the-site David G. this weekend. David has started his Christmas shopping list early this year:
 
"I hope you don't mind... I've "adapted" an Image from your website and put it to good use.
 
I did a bit of "window shopping" on the B&H website and got current prices for all the lenses in your Canon "drool" image.
 
I added the prices to the image with a none-too-subtle headline at the top [David's original title was "Davo's Christmas Wish List"] and set it as my desktop wallpaper.
 
[The key strategy:] Hopefully my wife sees it and takes the hint (we can all live in hope).
 
For the record, if I could only have one, it would have to be the 200-400mm with built-in teleconverter... magic lens! (but then, they all are).
 
Great website... keep up the good work!
 
David G."
 
Thanks for sharing, David! We're all grabbing tissues right now (and checking eBay's terms of service relating to kidney sales).
 
You can download David's full resolution image here.
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Post Date: 5/19/2014 9:40:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Manual Lens
eBay (via BestPriceOptics) has the Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Manual Lens for Canon/Nikon available for $249.00 with free shipping. Compare at $299.00.
Post Date: 5/19/2014 6:45:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, May 18, 2014
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
The Canon Store has a tierd discount promotion going on now. Here are the details:
 
Note: The Refurbished Canon EOS 5D Mark III is excluded from this promotion.
 
Promotion Details

  • Spend $100.00 – Save $10.00
  • Spend $250.00 – Save $50.00
  • Spend $500.00 – Save $125.00

In Stock Items

Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 18-135 IS1,439.20125.001,314.20
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 28-135 IS1,359.20125.001,234.20
Canon EOS 7D Body1,199.20125.001,074.20
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM839.20125.00714.20
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM679.99125.00554.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM599.99125.00474.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i + EF-S 18-55 IS479.9950.00429.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1479.9950.00429.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3 + EF-S 18-55 IS359.9950.00309.99
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM1,199.20125.001,074.20
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM919.20125.00794.20
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.9950.00333.99
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99125.00394.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9910.00177.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9910.00149.99
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9910.00149.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II100.7910.0090.79
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.99125.00394.99
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM639.99125.00514.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM 439.9950.00389.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.9950.00349.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99125.00434.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II239.9910.00229.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM279.9950.00229.99
Canon Speedlite 430EX II239.9910.00229.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9910.00189.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9910.00125.99
Canon Speedlite 90EX119.9910.00109.99

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Post Date: 5/18/2014 7:59:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, May 17, 2014
Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens for Canon/Nikon available for $724.99 with free shipping. Compare at $899.00.
Post Date: 5/17/2014 11:00:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From The Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Telephoto lenses let you get close in on a subject. Photographer and educator Matt Kloskowski shows you how to get the most out of your Canon telephoto Lenses.
 
Check out the other videos in the EF 101 video series:

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Post Date: 5/17/2014 9:39:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Elinchrom ELC Pro-HD Flash Heads
From Elinchrom
 
Elinchrom Inspires With Two New High End Compact Flash Units
 
The ELC Pro HD Compacts 500 and 1000 are the world's most complete, feature rich compact studio flash units. The result of over 50 years experience at the forefront of studio lighting technology. Designed and assembled at Elinchrom’s HQ in Switzerland the ELC benefits from the highest Swiss specification.
 
Elinchrom President Chris Whittle says, ”We set out to make a unit that would not only change the way a photographer works but also the way that they think. We believe the ELC combines everything a photographer needs with everything a photographer wants, plus the consistency and reliability that you expect from Elinchrom.”
 
Recycling times are lightning fast (0.6s / 1.2s to full power, ELC 500w / ELC 1000w) while Swiss precision guarantees consistency of power output and colour temperature, shot after shot. Furthermore the super fast flash durations (up to 1/5000s / 1/5260s, t0.5, ELC 500 / ELC 1000) enable you to freeze motion like never before.
 
The ELC is the first unit to incorporate an OLED screen that displays every control for the most professional user experience. As well as Elinchrom’s stop based power scale, you will now be able to see the power in Joules, flash durations and many other settings. A jog wheel provides easy navigation of the new menu.
 
New Shooting Modes
 
The ELC features three exciting new shooting modes that will literally change the way you create. Sequence Mode - Allows you to sequentially trigger up to 20 ELC’s, in bursts or as a continuous cycle, to utilise the high frame rate of your camera.
 
Delayed Mode - Provides the option of first or second curtain sync and everything in-between, plus predictive syncronisation within a short sequence.
 
Strobo Mode - Enables you to take a picture with stroboscopic effects within a single frame.
 
The new Elinchrom ELC 500 and 1000 Compact Flash units will be available soon with an MSRP of $1,049.99 and $1,449.99, respectively.
 
B&H has the Elinchrom ELC Pro HD Flash Heads available for preorder.
Category: Elinchrom News
Post Date: 5/17/2014 8:57:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Sample Picture
Canon China has posted a few sample pictures for the EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM lens.
 
Be sure to use the "Click here to view larger image" (google translated) link to see the full resolution images. Notice how well the lens performs in the periphery.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM lens available for preorder.
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Post Date: 5/17/2014 8:11:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 16, 2014
CanvasPeople Logo
Looking for a Father's Day present? CanvasPeople is offering their gallery wrap canvas prints at 80% off + shipping.
 
Canvas Print Sale Prices

SizeStandard
Gallery Wrap
Thick
Gallery Wrap
8x10$10.00 -
11x11$13.80 -
11x14$14.00 $18.00
16x16$16.60 -
9x27$17.40 -
16x20$18.80 $22.80
18x24$21.00 $25.00
20x30$22.40 -
24x36-$27.80
20x48-$28.80

Post Date: 5/16/2014 2:12:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Profoto recently announced its B1 Location Kit. Watch as Karolina Henke uses the Profoto B1 kit to photograph a fashion model on Fårö, a small but beautiful Baltic Sea island off Sweden's southeastern coast.
Post Date: 5/16/2014 8:32:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
EDIUS Pro 7 Editing Software
From Canon Professional Services:
 
Canon has announced that purchasers of its EOS C100 Digital Cinema Camera are now eligible to take advantage of a special promotion that offers a free copy of Grass Valley’s EDIUS Pro 7 editing software.
 
The promotion applies to all purchases of a new Canon EOS C100 (including lens kit) between April 1 and December 31, 2014 (promotion ends August 31st 2014 in North America). Simply claim a free copy of EDIUS Pro 7 by registering via the dedicated Grass Valley EOS C100/EDIUS Pro 7 promotion website, where you will also find details of the eligible countries and applicable dates in order to take advantage this promotion.
 
Grass Valley’s EDIUS Pro 7 is the only editing software package that currently supports the new Continuous Recording function of the EOS C100. Introduced as part of a free firmware update, Version 1.0.3.1.00, in February 2014, Continuous Recording enables videographers to insert metadata markers to identify crucial moments in their footage without stopping and starting the camera. When ‘Continuous Rec’ is on these ‘IN’ and ‘OUT’ markers are set by pressing the START/STOP button of the EOS C100 and do not interrupt the recording process. Recording can continue without a break until your memory card is full. The markers are then identified in metadata as separate shots which can be individually imported into the EDIUS timeline. If the marked shots are not exactly what is required, the complete original video recording is also available.
 
Continuous Recording is ideal for applications in which you don’t get a second chance to capture the crucial moment – wedding or wildlife videography, for example. It provides the security of a complete recording, with the convenience of a pre-selected shot list for the edit.
 
EDIUS Pro 7 is a fully featured professional video editing package that is widely used within the broadcast industry and is a superb finishing tool for broadcast news, news magazine content, studio programmes, documentaries, corporate films and 4K theatrical productions. It’s a fast and extremely versatile editing software that can deal with almost any format – from 24x24 to 4Kx2K – all on the same timeline, even in nested sequences, and all in real time.
 
Go to the EDIUS Pro 7 Editing Software Promotion Page
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS C100 Cinema Camera.
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Post Date: 5/16/2014 8:02:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 15, 2014

 
From B&H's YouTube Channel:
 
Noted architectural and interiors photographer, Thomas H. Kieren, will show and discuss some of his project images from a variety of work that he has completed. This will include a combination of artistic and operational factors that drive the success of a photography project that he incorporates into his work for clients.
 
Thomas H. Kieren Photography
Post Date: 5/15/2014 3:04:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon China EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Sample Image
Canon China has posted some sample images from the newly announced Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens available for preorder.
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Post Date: 5/15/2014 12:43:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Summer Cashbaack Program (UK)
From Canon UK:
 
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 15th May 2014 – Canon today launches its summer cashback giving you the chance to take perfect pictures this summer.
 
Whatever happens this summer, rain or shine, you can capture it all with Canon and get up to £100/€120 cashback on a range of selected Canon products across DSLRs, compact cameras, lenses, video cameras and printers. There’s something for every kind of holiday and every style of picture, whether you want great functionality or something light and compact.
 
Canon is also taking its cashback offer on the road this summer, visiting locations across the UK. To learn more and hear about exclusive offers for you, visit Canon UK’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CanonUKLtd.
 
To see the entire range included in the cashback offer simply visit www.canon.co.uk/summercashback.
 
The offer runs from 15th May 2014 to 13th August 2014 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers.
 
Eligible for Cashback

DSLRsCashback
EOS 6D£150/€175
EOS 70D£100/€120
EOS 100D£30/€38
EOS 1200D£20/€25
Lenses & accessoriesCashback
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM£100/€120
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM£60/€70
EF-S 60mm f2.8 Macro USM£40/€50
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM£40/€50
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM£40/€50
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS£40/€50
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM£25/€30
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM£25/€30
Speedlite 430EX II£25/€30
Speedlite 320EX£25/€30
Compact CamerasCashback
PowerShot SX700£30/€38
PowerShot D30£30/€38
PowerShot SX600£20/€25
IXUS 265£20/€25
Digital video camerasCashback
LEGRIA mini£30/€38
LEGRIA HF R56£30/€38
LEGRIA HF R506£20/€25
PrintersCashback
PIXMA iP8750£30/€38
PIXMA MG7150£20/€25
PIXMA MG6450£15/€18

Amazon.co.uk and Jessops are authorized Canon retailers.
 
Update: If you're living in the Netherlands, Canon has a special Summer Promotion Program for you too! [thanks Hans]

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Post Date: 5/15/2014 11:17:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sean Setters as Walter White Self-Portrait
I was lucky to have existed in a time that allowed me to purchase a DSLR camera long before I ever purchased a smartphone. But saying that, the time of your birth or the circumstances leading to the evolution of your own photographic journey shouldn't prohibit yourself from making a decision right now – to henceforth capture images of yourself that are more meaningful and productive.
 
Nearly all of us have done it. We've extended our arms a little higher than our head and snapped a quick shot of our faces just to prove where we were at a moment in time. Or maybe we snapped it just to show we were happy. There's nothing technically wrong with the now-traditional selfie. Except maybe that it's lazy. And the lighting is all-too-often terrible. And the image quality is typically lacking.
 
"Selfies" have been around in one form or another for hundreds of years. Even before the invention of the camera, artists carved their own likeness in stone, created charcoal renderings or painted themselves. In contrast to today, self-portraits from generations past took many hours (sometimes days or weeks) to complete. But why did artists devote so much time to creating their own self-portrait? Are all creative types just that vain? (I don't think so.)
 
Fast forward to today and the effort that goes into making a typical selfie is shamefully minimal.
 
Why Should You Create More Self-Portraits?
 
Devoting time to taking self-portraits has many benefits. First, taking a self-portrait allows you to test out new techniques or refine existing techniques so that you're better prepared to handle future situations. Most of my self-portraits were taken while I was testing a new camera, lens, or light modifier. After playing around with the new gear, I had a pretty good idea of how the gear would perform when used in a for-profit portrait session.

Sean Setters RoundFlash Self-Portrait

And here's an obvious benefit that is often overlooked – when it comes to testing gear, you're always available to be your own subject. Your subject won't likely get bored or annoyed if things don't go according to plan (especially if the photographer takes an unusually long period of time getting familiar with the new gear).

Sean Setters Living Room Self-Portrait

Need a profile photo for your website? Or business card? Create the image that you're most happy with. Don't rely on someone else's vision to perfectly represent who you are as an artist.

Sean Setters Mustang GT Self-Portrait

In case it's not overwhelmingly obvious, I don't usually like to smile in my self-portraits. I like the "intense" look and can usually pull it off fairly well. The funny thing is that I'm really very friendly, approachable and – dare I say it – possibly even a goof ball. But taking my own self-portrait allows me to be whoever I want to be (even if only in pictures). However, I found out the "intense" look isn't very good for online dating profiles. Smiling picture, check.

Sean Setters Smiling Self-Portrait

Self-portraits can also be inspiring. After taking a self-portrait one day, I thought it might look interesting as a magazine cover. So after a little bit of Photoshop work, I created something fun that I really enjoyed. That image led me to create several more tongue-in-cheek magazine covers in the series.
 
After flipping through the fake magazine covers found on my Facebook page, a client asked me to create one for him. So not only had I honed specific photography and Photoshop skills while creating the personal project (which snowballed from a single self-portrait), but doing so led to business I would not have had otherwise.

Sean Setters Suburban Rapper Self-Portrait

I'm not saying that there's never an appropriate time for a cell phone snapshot. But as photographers, we should take pride in the images we post for people to see. Instead of just capturing where we were at a moment in time, we should take the opportunity to hone our craft through self-portraiture so that we're even better prepared for tackling all of the photographic challenges that we might otherwise be ill-prepared for.
 
Self-Portrait Tips

  • Decide on your motivation for the self-portrait – are you shooting for fun, experience or to create an image to fill a specific role? Set a goal of capturing something worthwhile with your effort no matter what your motivation is.
  • Find a way to push the limits of your own creativity. Get inspired by looking at other photographers' self-portraits.
  • Use a tripod and a wireless remote (Canon RC-6 | Vello FreeWave Plus). A tethered solution with an external monitor/display can really help with framing your shot, as can a wireless tethering solution when used with a tablet (CamRanger | DSLR Controller).
  • Try to make sure that sufficient light is hitting your eyes (or at the very least, one eye) as the eyes are usually what people are most drawn to when looking at a portrait.
  • Be patient and have fun. If you don't find the process enjoyable, you're not likely to do it again.

If you're reading this, you've obviously made a relatively serious investment in (and commitment to) photography. Get the most out of that investment by creating images of yourself that you can enjoy sharing as much as creating.

Post Date: 5/15/2014 9:18:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 1DX DSLR Camera (review) available for $5,555.00 with free shipping. Compare at $6,799.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 5/15/2014 8:07:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Pocketwizard PowerMC2 Receiver
From Pocketwizard:
 
South Burlington, VT - May 14, 2014 - We have identified a potentially hazardous issue with the PocketWizard PowerMC2 receiver when used in combination with the Paul C. Buff Einstein E640 flash units, especially the CE/433 MHz version sold in Europe. You may have received a previous message from Paul C. Buff, Inc. regarding this issue.
 
In rare circumstances, if the PowerMC2 is connected to the Einstein flash and the Einstein flash is connected to a power outlet, exposed metal components like the USB port or antenna spring on the PowerMC2 can become electrified, posing a potentially serious shock hazard. If the PowerMC2’s antenna cover is broken, removed, or in any way damaged, DISCONTINUE USE IMMEDIATELY and contact PocketWizard.
 
Customers in the United States may continue to safely use the Einstein flash and PowerMC2 with the power cord supplied by Paul C. Buff and a properly wired USA-style three-pronged power outlet (NEMA 5) or with the Vagabond battery pack. If a properly wired NEMA 5 power outlet is unavailable in your location, ALWAYS UNPLUG THE FLASH PRIOR TO HANDLING THE POWERMC2.
 
1-877-393-004 The issue has been corrected for all PowerMC2 units sold by PocketWizard’s authorized distributor in the USA after February 15, 2014. Customers owning affected units are advised to immediately contact PocketWizard Technical Support toll free 1-877-393-00451-877-393-0045 or via our inquiry page to arrange for the return of affected units for free servicing to reduce the risk of electrical shock. We urge you to contact us regardless of the condition of your PowerMC2. We greatly apologize for this inconvenience.
 
Affected units:
 
All units with the CE logo on the back, or any serial number beginning M2Cxxxxxxx are affected and correctable.

Pocketwizard Power MC Safety Notice 1

Units with the FCC logo on the back and with a serial number M2U192000 or lower are affected and correctable.

Pocketwizard Power MC Safety Notice 2

Corrected units:

Pocketwizard Power MC Safety Notice 3

Units sold by PocketWizard’s authorized distributor in the USA after February 15th, 2014, or have serial number M2U194000 and higher, already have corrective safety features and warnings installed. Identifying features are “www.pwpatents.com” on the serial number sticker, and a yellow warning label.
 
Thank you,
 
Patrick Clow
Technical Support Manager

Post Date: 5/15/2014 7:27:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Samsung Pro Series 64GB Class 10 UHS-1 SDHC Memory Card (2-Pack)
Adorama has the Samsung Pro Series UHS-1 SDHC, SDXC, microSDHC and microSDXC Memory Cards (2-Pack) on sale at a significant savings.
 
To make the deals even better, a free "Aluminum Card Case & Card Reader" are included ($16.90 value). Here are the individual deals:

These are fast cards. The SD cards are rated at "Upto 80MB/s Read, Upto 40MB/s Write" and the microSD cards are rated at "Up to 70MB/s Read/20MB/s Write". The Samsung 64GB SDXC cards have been working very well for me.

Post Date: 5/14/2014 6:10:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens available for $199.99 with free shipping. Compare at $239.00 - $329.00 (depending on mount).
Post Date: 5/14/2014 2:40:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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