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 Thursday, January 5, 2017
Just posted: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens Review.
 
Does the price:performance ratio make this lens the right choice for many?
 
B&H has the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/5/2017 9:36:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/5/2017 7:41:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
TOKYO, January 5, 2017—Canon Inc. will celebrate in March the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Company's EOS System, which includes EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras and a diverse range of system accessories, beginning with interchangeable EF lenses.
 
Canon's EOS System made its debut in March 1987 with the launch of the EOS 650 single-lens reflex (SLR) camera and EF lenses. An acronym of "Electro Optical System" while also carrying the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn, the EOS series saw first light in 1987 as the world's first fully electronic mount system, representing a new generation of AF SLR cameras.
 
With all the digital camera key devices—the CMOS sensor, image processor and interchangeable lenses—utilized by the EOS System developed in-house, a strong product lineup began to take shape as the basic performance of each product steadily increased. Playing to this strength, Canon released the first entry-level DSLR in September 2003, the EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D in other regions), ushering in a new digital era. With the Kiss Digital highly praised for its compact, lightweight design, user-friendliness and competitive price, Canon seized an overwhelming portion of the interchangeable-lens camera market that year, taking the No.1 share, which it has held for 13 consecutive years through 2015. What's more, thanks to long-term support from customers, in November 2015, cumulative production of EOS-series cameras reached 80 million units, and in August 2016, the total number of EF lenses produced surpassed the 120 million-unit mark.
 
Since its debut in 1987, the EOS System has consistently aimed to expand the boundaries of photographic expression, and with Canon's optical technology at its core, the Company continues to refine its imaging technology and strengthen and expand the EOS System. In 2008, the Company released the EOS 5D Mark II, the world's first digital SLR camera equipped with a Full HD video function, facilitating the widespread adoption of digital SLR cameras as a tool for capturing video, and in 2012, that video technology was transformed for the B-to-B sphere in the form of the Cinema EOS System, introduced to the world in Hollywood, California. Now, the EOS System, including the Cinema EOS System, comprises 24 models with a selection of 97 EF lens models. With this rich product lineup, the EOS System meets the various needs of different users.
 
Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technology, combining still-image, video and network capabilities to expand and create an even stronger EOS System that meets the needs of increasingly diverse users to promote the spread of photo and video culture. What's more, thanks to advances in imaging technology, Canon is opening up new expressive avenues, where texture, three-dimensionality and a sense of realism can be recreated in both still images and videos, to support appealing imaging experiences.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/5/2017 6:13:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vello ShutterBoss II Timer Remote Switch available for $24.95 with free shipping. Regularly $49.95.
 
Available Models Include:
 
  • Canon N3 3-Pin Connector
  • Canon E3 Sub Mini
  • Nikon DC2
  • Nikon 10-Pin
  • Sony Multi-Terminal
Product Highlights
 
  • Wired Remote Controller
  • Power Off and Reset Options
  • Set Timer Delays & Intervals
  • Set Number of Shots/Unlimited Shooting
  • 4-Line Backlit LED Display
  • Take Photos without Camera Shake
  • Great for Time-Lapse Recording
  • Powered by Two AAA Batteries
Post Date: 1/5/2017 5:34:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Originally announced in early November but unavailable in the North American market, the D5600 will finally hit shelves in the USA very soon.
 
From Nikon:
 
The Nikon D5600 is a Compact Creative Companion that Delivers Stunning Clarity, Impressive Performance and the Ability to Share via Nikon SnapBridge
 
LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the U.S. availability of the compact and lightweight Nikon D5600, a connected DSLR camera for those ready to step up their photography and unleash their inner artist by creating captivating images that deserve to be shared. The 24.2-megapixel D5600 features Nikon SnapBridge1, which allows users to easily and automatically transfer images directly from their camera to a compatible smart device, making it simple to share amazing images with friends and family.
 
"The Nikon D5600 is the latest camera in Nikon’s popular D5000 series -- a camera line that represents a stepping stone for photographers who want to further explore their creative boundaries,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “Now with Nikon SnapBridge, users can easily upload and share images with their friends and family, showcasing what and who they love. With the introduction of Nikon’s D5600, Nikon demonstrates our commitment to providing an attainable and highly capable camera option for photographers of all skill levels.”
 
The Nikon D5600 offers users the creativity and performance benefits of DSLR photography, including amazing image quality, the ability to isolate foreground from background, full manual controls, incredible low-light performance and a class-leading autofocus (AF) system. For those looking to travel the world or capture their child’s birthday party, the Nikon D5600 offers a full suite of creative effects, robust features and controls, a touchscreen Vari-angle LCD monitor and enhanced video features.
 
Seamless Connectivity Through Nikon SnapBridge: Nikon SnapBridge makes it easier than ever to share photos wirelessly through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology2. By establishing a constant connection between the Nikon D5600 and a compatible smart device, images can be sent from the camera automatically, ready to share. SnapBridge also makes it possible to seamlessly upload images to the cloud (Nikon Image Space) via compatible smart device. Additionally, SnapBridge connectivity allow users to shoot remotely or easily transfer movies to a compatible smart device by leveraging the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi3 connectivity.
 
Performance that Keeps Pace with Creativity: The 24.2-megapixel high-resolution CMOS sensor helps deliver excellent image quality and sharp images with color and clarity that blow away images taken with a mobile device, while the EXPEED 4 image processor offers powerful performance and prolongs battery life. Continuous shooting at 5 frames-per-second (fps) and a 39-point autofocus system helps capture fleeting moments and fast moving subjects with ease. The Nikon D5600 is a great companion for those looking to capture and share life’s special moments, especially when combined with the distinct perspective of NIKKOR lenses.
 
Amazing Low-Light Performance: The Nikon D5600 also provides users the capability to shoot in challenging light with an expanded wide 100-25,600 ISO range. The ability to use higher shutter speeds with minimal illumination gives users the tools to capture brighter, sharper images.
 
Creative Features: From down to a child’s perspective to a shot above a crowd, it’s easy to compose from any angle with the 3.2-inch 1.037k-dot touchscreen Vari-angle LCD. Various in-camera shooting and special effects modes, manual controls and a new time-lapse mode allow users to take creativity to a new level and help capture a special moment with ease.
 
Price and Availability
The Nikon D5600 will be available in the U.S. in January 2017 for the suggested retail price (SRP)* of $799.95 with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens. It will also be available in a two-lens kit option, including the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED lenses, for $1,149.95 SRP*. Additionally, the Nikon D5600 will be sold as a body only for $699.95 SRP* or with a AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,199.95 SRP*.
 
B&H has the Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/4/2017 12:34:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
In recent years, Canon has expanded its high-end, G-series compact camera line. What was once a line of a single upper-end, full-featured camera, has grown into a line of five distinct, premium cameras. All take advantage of significantly larger imaging sensors than we typically see in compact digital cameras, as well as extensive user-control features which target the enthusiast user who (at least occasionally) wants control and input over various camera settings.
...
NEW: PowerShot G9 X Mark II
The most compact model in the premium G-series. An expert’s compact camera, with numerous user controls, but in a pocketable size and form-factor. 3x (28–84mm equivalent) zoom lens; still has the large 1-inch sensor size, for superior low-light imagery (compared to majority of slim, compact digital cameras).
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
Preorders
B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Canon USA Store
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/4/2017 12:22:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, you'll receive a $500.00 B&H Gift Card when you purchase a Sony Alpha a7s II from B&H.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 12.2MP Full-Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Internal UHD 4K30 & 1080p120 Recording
  • S-Log3 Gamma and Display Assist Function
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 0.5" 2.36m-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF
  • 3.0" 1,228,800-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • Up to 5 fps Shooting and ISO 409600
  • Fast Intelligent AF, 169 AF Points
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
Post Date: 1/4/2017 11:22:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through 1/5, use coupon code NYBOOK at AdoramaPix to get a 10-page 8x8 Photo Book for $14.98. And while you're there, stock up on other prints or custom merchandise to enjoy free shipping on your order of $49.00 or more.
Post Date: 1/4/2017 11:03:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The newly announced Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II is available for preorder at the following retailers:
B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Canon USA Store
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 1/4/2017 9:22:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Obviously, there is one less tree on the ranch.
 
While I mostly used the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens on this elk photo trip, there were times when I was really glad to have the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens readily available. In this case, thanks to the zoom range afforded by this lens, I was able to capture both full-body images and close-ups in rapid succession.
 
This huge rutting bull rocky mountain elk was in the bottom of a valley that had long been in the shade from the setting sun. He was intently tearing up this tree, which meant that I needed a fast shutter speed to stop the motion. My choice of 1/1000 was certainly not overkill, but I wanted to keep the noise levels down as much as possible. The 5D IV's ISO 5000 looks good enough that choosing an even faster shutter speed would have been a non-issue.
 
With the upward head angle, it was almost as if I was lighting the 8x7 bull with a huge softbox in the studio.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
371mm  f/5.6  1/1000s
ISO 5000
6720 x 4480px
Post Date: 1/4/2017 8:41:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., January 3, 2016 – At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV, January 5-8, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to debut its Visionaries Welcome” themed booth (Booth #16206 in the Central Hall), demonstrating the Company’s continued path of innovation and helping others “See Impossible.” Canon is also announcing a host of new travel-friendly imaging products. Included in this announcement is the slim and lightweight, carry-anywhere PowerShot G9 X Mark II digital camera, the PowerShot G7 X Mark II Video Creator Kit, ideal for the vlogger on-the-go, and three updated models to the line of family-friendly VIXIA HF R-series personal camcorders.
 
“Beyond product introductions, this year we’re taking things at CES to a new level, declaring ‘Visionaries Welcome’ – inviting potential companies to learn what can be possible by incorporating Canon technologies and innovations into their designs,” said Eliott Peck, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. and chairman & CEO, Canon Information Technology Services, Inc. “We are always looking to bring to market products designed to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers. Whether someone is looking for the latest and greatest in a compact premium camera to document precious family moments or taking the plunge into vlogging with a creative, professional look, we have the right solution for them.”
 
Canon Proclaims “Visionaries Welcome”
The Canon booth at CES 2017 will look quite different this year – designed to invite future-thinkers; visitors will learn about a broader vision of what is possible with Canon innovations. On display will be products developed by current Canon customers such as Solidiphy, FoxTales, StyleShoots and Card Isle, that incorporate Canon technology and innovation to create products that are not just commercially successful but also cultivate a larger vision of what is possible when integrating Canon products. Offering our depth of 80 years of experience and leadership, a reputation for world-class U.S.-based customer service and support, and R&D capabilities, Canon is looking to expand collaborations with manufacturing companies as well as entrepreneurs to deliver visionary ideas and solutions well into the future.
 
Also on display will be Canon’s current imaging products across the EOS, PowerShot, VIXIA, PIXMA, imagePROGRAF and imageCLASS product lines.
 
PowerShot G9 X Mark II Digital Camera
For those looking to make a step up to a premium point-and-shoot camera, the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II features a 1.0- inch 20.2 Megapixel sensor and packs a lot of punch in a very small package. It also features the latest image processor, DIGIC 7, providing users with improved subject tracking and scene detection, and more. For added social network-sharing convenience the PowerShot G9 X Mark II is the first Canon PowerShot digital camera equipped with Bluetooth1 Smart for easy pairing with a compatible smartphone or tablet. Photographers of all skill levels looking for more “pro-like” features will appreciate the in-camera RAW conversion feature and improved Time-Lapse Movie Mode to help capture images at preset intervals and combine them to create a short movie clip.
 
PowerShot G9 X Mark II Camera Features include:
 
  • 1.0-inch, 20.2 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC and Bluetooth Smart capability
  • Bright f/2.0 (W) - f/4.9 (T), 3x Optical Zoom Lens (28-84mm)
  • 3.0” Touch Panel LCD
  • Full HD, Dynamic IS and Time-Lapse Movie video functions
  • Continuous shooting speeds of up to 8.2 fps (In JPEG and RAW)
The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II digital camera is scheduled to be available February 2017 for an estimated retail price of $529.99.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/4/2017 8:23:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
With the holidays in the rear-view mirror, it is time to start concentrating on winter photography and the opportunities this season holds.
 
Snowcapped mountains, frozen lakes and the crisp, clean air lend themselves to serene, wide angle landscape imagery. Frost on perennial plants beg for macro lens use while wintery wildlife photography can make good use of your long telephoto lens(es).
 
Need some inspiration? Check out our Winter Photography Tips to jumpstart your creativity. If venturing out into the extreme cold (especially for extended periods of time), be sure to check out our "Cold Weather Photography Tips" article by Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photography of the Year winner Jonathan Huyer.
Post Date: 1/4/2017 7:59:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From LensRentals:
 
We've rounded up "The Best and Most Rented Photography Gear of 2016" including staff reviewed favorites. Want to get your hands on some of the latest equipment? We'll help you get started with 15% off all items listed in the article. Just place your order, make sure it's set to arrive by January 31st and use code TOPGEAR at checkout for 15% off!
 
Most Rented Gear
 
  1. Canon 5D Mark IV
  2. Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM
  3. Sony PXW-FS5 XDCAM w/ FS RAW Upgrade
  4. Sony Alpha a6300
  5. Canon 1DX Mark II
  6. Nikon D500
  7. Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM A1 Art for Canon
  8. Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT
  9. Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM A1 Art for Canon
  10. Canon 80D
  11. Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4K (EF)
  12. Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM
  13. Fuji X-Pro2
  14. Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 III
  15. DJI Focus Wireless Follow Focus System
  16. Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K (PL)
  17. Nikon D5
  18. Manfrotto LYKOS Bi-Color LED
  19. Fuji X-T2
  20. DJI Osmo Pro Gimbal w/ Zenmuse X5 Camera
Staff Picks for 2016
 
  • Nikon D5
  • Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
  • DJI Osmo Pro
  • Fuji X-Pro2
  • Canon 1DX Mark II
  • GoPro Hero 5
  • Atomos Digital Recorders
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Post Date: 1/4/2017 7:36:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Atlona AT-HDVS-TX HDBaseT Extender with AT-HDRX Receiver Kit available for $299.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $628.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Atlona AT-HDVS-TX HDMI/VGA Transmitter
  • Atlona AT-HDRX HDMI Receiver
  • Atlona 24V Power Supply

 
Learn what essential equipment professional adventure photographer Keith Ladzinski brings to the field to get the perfect shot.
 
B&H carries graduated neutral density filters, handheld gimbals and off-camera lighting (flashes/studio lights).
Post Date: 1/4/2017 6:10:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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