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 Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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 $678.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,149.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/21/2014 12:11:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 1 J1 Camera with 10-20mm VR Lens (Red)
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Refurbished Nikon 1 J1 with 10-30mm & 30-110mm VR Lenses (Red/White) available for $199.99 with free shipping.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/21/2014 9:54:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D5200 DSLR with 18-55mm VR Lens
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D5200 DSLR with 18-55mm VR Lens available for $479.99 with free shipping. Compare at $696.95 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/21/2014 9:46:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
Watch Ken from Canon Service & Support as he explains the Canon service process to help you better understand what to expect when you send your camera or video equipment in for repair.
Relevant Links

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/21/2014 9:08:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DxO Logo
From DxO:
DxO Optics Pro v9.5 offers a new image transfer feature that lets users process their RAW photos from Lightroom. Used in tandem with the Adobe software, DxO Optics Pro has definitively become the ideal solution when it comes to image quality.
This upgrade also adds support for 4 new cameras and 165 new DxO Optics Modules. Also available is DxO ViewPoint v2.1.6, which benefits from the addition of new DxO Optics Modules.
The first workflow completely integrated with Lightroom
Up until now, exporting a RAW image from Lightroom to another software application required first converting it to JPEG or TIFF format, which can reduce image quality. DxO Optics Pro v9.5 offers the first non-destructive workflow that is completely integrated with Lightroom.
This very simple process lets users transfer their RAW images in one click from the Lightroom cataloguer to DxO Optics Pro, process them, and then return them to Lightroom in DNG format, which retains the qualities of a RAW file so as to facilitate additional processing.
The dual non-destructive flow gives users optimal flexibility right through to the final adjustments to their photos.
To learn more about the interaction between DxO Optics Pro and Lightroom, go to our dedicated web page.
The power of DxO processing accessible in just one click
Accessible directly from Lightroom, this workflow puts all of DxO’s image quality know-how into the hands of Adobe software users:

  • The quality of its RAW conversion based on prior calibration of each sensor;
  • The efficiency of its exclusive PRIME technology in eliminating noise, even under the most extreme shooting conditions;
  • The power and precision of its optical corrections which, based on the calibration of each camera/lens combination, eliminates distortion, chromatic aberrations, and vignetting, as well as restores image sharpness;
  • The intelligent exposure optimization of its DxO Smart Lighting feature, which among other things allows for perfect recovery of highlights.

DxO Optics Pro automatically adjusts all of these parameters to produce an optimized rendering during batch processing, thus saving users a significant amount of time.
Increased compatibility with XMP standard
With the aim of facilitating its workflow with Lightroom, DxO Optics Pro v9.5 offers greater compatibility with the XMP standard: star or color rankings stored in image metadata are now perfectly preserved during transfer.
More than 18,000 available Optics Modules
DxO Optics Pro supports most current camera models on the market. DxO Optics Pro v9.5 now handles RAW files from 5 additional cameras: the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II, the Nikon 1 V3, the Panasonic Lumix GH-4, and the Sony A6000.
Finally, 165 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the library, which today counts more than 18,000 available DxO Optics Modules.
DxO ViewPoint v2.1.6 now available
DxO ViewPoint v2.1.6 also benefits from the addition of new camera/lens combinations for automatic correction of distortion in JPEG and TIFF images.
Both DxO Optics Pro v9.5 and DxO ViewPoint v2.1.6 are now available at authorized photo resellers.
List of new DxO Optics Modules:
Canon | Nikon | Panasonic | Sony
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro 9 and DxO ViewPoint 2.

Category: DxO News
Post Date: 5/21/2014 8:37:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera
eBay (via RedTagCamera) has the Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera (review) available for $824.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,299.00.
Note: This is likely a grey market camera and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/21/2014 8:07:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Lens
Post Date: 5/21/2014 7:31:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Canon
Use promo code 260SIGMALS at Adorama to get the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Canon for $260.00 with free shipping. Regularly $349.00.
The promo code also works for the nikon version of the lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/21/2014 6:41:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Rokinon Cine Lens Kit
Use promo code TDigitalP150 ($150.00 off) at FocusCamera to get the Rokinon Cine Lens Kit for Canon for $2,049.00 with free shipping. Compare at roughly $2,330.00 if purchased separately.
Kit Includes:

  • Rokinon 8mm T3.8 Fisheye Cine Lens
  • Rokinon 14mm T3.1 Cine Lens
  • Rokinon 24mm T1.5 Cine Lens
  • Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens
  • Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens
  • Protective Hard Case

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/20/2014 12:51:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (review) in stock and available for an in-cart price of $1,394.20. Compare at $1,699.00 new.
Update: The Refurbished 6D is now out of stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/20/2014 10:10:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D Kit
eBay (via BestStopDeals) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera with 24-105mm f/4.0L IS USM Lens available for $1,899.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,299.00.
Check out Bryan's full review of the EOS 6D.
Note: This is likely a grey market camera/lens and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/20/2014 9:37:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
An Orchestra of Light – Ode to the Strobist
By Sean Setters
A few days ago I wrote an article about the importance of self-portraits. Today, I'm going to tell you about a self-portrait years in the making...
I can still remember when my coworker, fellow photographer and friend James Evins first mentioned the Strobist blog to me in late 2007. He suggested that I start looking into off-camera flash and said that David Hobby's Strobist blog was the best resource to learn how.
After a couple of months of digging through Hobby's Lighting 101 and monitoring the discussion threads on the Strobist Flickr Group, I bought my first off-camera flash gear – a Vivitar 285HV and a set of Cactus V2s triggers.
I became fascinated by the entire process of lighting. Where should the light(s) be positioned? Which modifier(s) should I use? What power level(s) should the flash(es) be set to? Should I gel the flash(es) for color correction or simply for the sake of creativity?
As the years flew by, I collected more lighting gear and refined the techniques I used to express my own photographic vision. Most of my lighting gear was purchased used on eBay to reduce the investment required to fill out my kit.
The popularity of David Hobby's blog led to the rise of an industry – lighting modifiers, inexpensive radio triggers and tools designed specifically for off-camera [shoe-mount] flash use. His impact on the industry is, in my opinion, immeasurable.
Almost three years ago I had an idea – to use all of my lighting equipment in a self-portrait dedicated to David Hobby, a man who had influenced my photography more than any other. It would also be a way to demonstrate to my local client base why my portraiture differed from those natural-light shooters around me. I plotted a rough lighting setup on my white board and left it there.
The lighting setup diagram stayed on my white board for almost a year before I had to erase it to use the space for something else. But the idea stuck. It was burned into the back of my mind. All I needed to do was find an appropriate location that I could use for several hours while completing the rather arduous setup and shooting. I planned on shooting the image in three sections (left, middle, right) because I didn't have enough light stands to hold every modifier I owned. I would then combine the exposures in post.
Almost two more years went by before I found a suitable location – the Backdoor Playhouse at Tennessee Technological University – and made the right connections to gain access to it. I was granted an entire evening with the venue.
When setting up for the shoot, I realized that the stage was smaller than I had anticipated. That meant I couldn't reasonably fit all the equipment that I actually owned on the stage. So I made a game-time decision to limit my lighting setup to the number of lights that I could trigger at one time. The ultimate limitation was the number of monolights and flashes that I brought – 7 monolights and 5 shoe-mount flashes. One of the shoe-mount flashes was used in the back to trigger various lights via optical slaves.
Below is a timelapse video of the whole shoot. I used a tripod mounted Canon EOS 7D + Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art set to capture images every 13 seconds. The 4-hour shoot is nicely condensed into 50 seconds.

Here's a list of the gear I used to create the image:



Triggers and Receivers

All in all, I'm happy with how the image turned out. While I did leave some gear on the table (several umbrellas, gridded strip boxes, another beauty dish, etc), I think the image serves its purpose – to honor the man that inspired me light the world in front of my camera.
You can find the full-resolution image here.

Post Date: 5/20/2014 7:35:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 19, 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via allnewshop - 99.3% Positive feedback) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,559.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,399.00. (thanks Felix)
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/19/2014 4:28:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Kit (White)
The White Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Kit hasn't hit the shelves yet, but it is already eligible for a $150.00 instant rebate. This is unusual because Canon usually excludes its newest releases from its instant rebate programs.
Then again, the camera itself isn't really new (announced more than a year ago) – but the fresh coat of paint is! :-) [Sean]
B&H has the White Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens kit available for preorder – only $599.00 with free shipping after instant savings.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/19/2014 1:12:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Jonathan Huyer – Train in Snow
A fresh layer of snow adds a beautiful element to any landscape shot
By Jonathan Huyer
Winter – call me crazy – is my favourite time of year for photography. This is fortunate, because in my mountain home of Canmore, Canada, winter can last for half the year. The snow and ice make for terrific landscape shots, and the short winter days also mean that you can sleep in and still catch a nice sunrise shot. Wildlife photography is also readily available in the mountain parks, with the exception of the hibernating bears. But winter photography brings with it a host of challenges that don’t exist at all in the warmer months, and being properly prepared can make all the difference. This article is an attempt to summarize the things I’ve learned over the years, mostly by trial and error, that have allowed me to survive and even thrive in the harsh weather.
It’s fairly obvious that the most important item for successful winter photography is your choice of outerwear. The goal is to find clothing that protects you from the wind and cold, and yet also allows you to move around freely and operate the camera. I work on a layer system, and adjust according to the conditions of the day. Here is the complete kit:

  • Boots: NEOS overshoes (for temperatures above -15 C), or thermal lined winter boots for colder days. In areas where I will need extra traction (on ice, for example), I add traction spikes to the boots. I have found that Kahtoola Microspikes work very well for this.
  • Pants: Long underwear, lined blue jeans, waterproof shell pants, or insulated ski pants for colder days
  • Top: Merino wool layers (two or three), plus a big fleece hoodie
  • Jacket: Canada Goose Expedition Parka
  • Head: Wool toque (that’s a Canadian word, eh)
  • Hands: Thin windproof gloves inside big insulated overmitts
  • Face: For the coldest days, I add a face mask and ski goggles

On top of this, I always make use of chemical heat packs. They are easily the best solution for cold fingers, which is the greatest challenge in winter photography. I use four at a time and stuff them inside my thin gloves as well as the overmitts. If I’m only going to use them for a short period of time, then I will seal them in a zip top bag to stop the reaction and enable them to be reused later.
If you are standing outdoors in extreme wind or cold and need to use ski goggles, then your biggest difficulty will be keeping them free of fog and ice. I have heard that Smith goggles with a battery-powered fan are excellent at this, and I’m going to try them out next season.

Jonathan Huyer Self-Portrait

A self-portrait in my full winter kit, on the frozen tundra of northern Manitoba
Photography Gear

  • Tripod – In cold weather, simple tasks like setting up your tripod can become painstaking and arduous. A tripod with big locking knobs that you can tighten with your mitts on is a huge asset. When you set your tripod down in the snow, test it to be sure that it is stable. The snow may seem steady, but the tripod might still sink when you add the camera. If you are going to be on ice, you can often find spiked points for your tripod legs that can replace the standard rubber pads. I’m a big fan of using the centre hook on the tripod to attach a weighted object (I hang my camera bag from it). The stability improves dramatically with this trick. I’ve seen tripods blow over in winter gales… don’t let that happen to you.
  • Camera – It’s really quite amazing how well digital cameras work in cold temperatures. I have never had a mechanical problem with my SLRs, in temperatures down to -37 C. The battery will always be the weakest link in the system, and you will need to keep a close watch on the power meter. When it gets low, swap the battery for a warm one (I carry two spares inside my jacket). Once you’ve reheated the cold battery, it will regain most of its charge and will be good to use again. In very low temperatures, the LCD screen on the top of the camera will become sluggish and eventually fade out completely. Fortunately the rear display screen is immune to this issue, so you can use it to monitor and adjust your settings (Canon has the ‘Q’ button for this purpose). If you are taking aurora photos at night, use a headlamp with a red filter on it to help navigate your buttons. One of the best tricks I learned is to use a cable release, and stuff it inside my left mitt. That way I can operate the camera shutter with toasty warm fingers. Composing your shot can be very challenging if you are using the viewfinder. If you accidentally breathe on it, your beautiful scene will be replaced with a cloud of fog or ice. I carry some Q-tips in a plastic bag in case I have to deal with that problem.
  • Lenses – Perhaps the biggest challenge with lenses in cold weather is making use of filters. I love using polarizers and neutral density filters, but they are all fiddly and can never be manipulated with mitts on. My only solution is to use the thin gloves and work as quickly as possible. Practicing ahead of time is helpful. I carry a rocket blower in a pocket to remove any snow that might fall on the filters. A blower is also handy for getting rid of snow that might accumulate inside a lens hood.

Jonathan Huyer – Winter Sunrise

A winter sunrise shot, taken with a tilt-shift lens and a graduated neutral-density filter.
After the shoot
When packing up, I remove the lens and attach the caps to both the lens and camera body. Then I seal the camera in a zip-top bag before bringing it indoors. I leave the lenses and other gear inside my camera bag, and when I bring them indoors I am careful not to open the bag for several hours until it has warmed up to room temperature. This will avoid condensation or ice formation on your equipment. The camera will warm up faster in the separate plastic bag. Once it is at room temperature you can remove it from the plastic bag and open the compartments to access the memory card and battery. If you are in a hurry to access your memory card, then remove it from the camera outdoors before you put it in the plastic bag. But seal the card in a case, to warm it up separately and prevent condensation from affecting the contacts.
Milder days
If the temperature outdoors is mild (-10 C or warmer) then the camera will have no trouble being outdoors all day long. If you are photographing from one location (such as on a wildlife shoot), keep the camera outside until the end of the day. The battery should experience very little power loss at that temperature.
Photographing from a vehicle
When taking wildlife photos in the winter, it is often beneficial (and more comfortable) to stay inside the car. Your car is a portable blind, and animals are usually a lot more likely to stick around if you shoot from the window. However an unexpected issue can arise, due to warm air flowing out of the window when you open it. Your backgrounds will appear noticeably mottled, and your subject might also lose some sharpness from the refraction. The solution is to turn off your heater fan, and open all the windows when you are shooting. Yes this will make the inside of the car a lot colder, so be prepared by dressing appropriately and wearing thin gloves. Don’t forget to shut off your car engine as well. You’ll eliminate vibrations, and the silence will enhance the experience you are having with the wild animal.

Jonathan Huyer – Moose

Moose, photographed from my car.
Winter can be a fantastic time for photography, and being properly prepared can make it all the more enjoyable. As always with photography, practice helps immensely, so don’t hesitate to get out there and make the most of a cold-weather day.
You can check out http://www.huyerperspectives.com/ for many more images captured in cold weather!

Post Date: 5/19/2014 10:38:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/19/2014 9:40:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Refurbished Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens available for $189.00 with free shipping. Compare at $396.95.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/19/2014 7:14:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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
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