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 Wednesday, December 7, 2016
From Photoshelter:
 
The 2017 Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests
 
We’ve partnered with the World Photography Organization for The 2017 Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests, one of our biggest guides of the year. Inside, get a rundown of 42 photo contests worldwide. We give each a verdict based on entry fees, promised exposure and prizes, submission rights, and direct feedback from past winners. Let this guide help you determine which contests are your best bet.
 
Download the Free Guide
Post Date: 12/7/2016 10:49:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art Lens Review
 
This is a very fun-to-use lens.
 
B&H has the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art Lens in stock.
Post Date: 12/7/2016 9:10:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
As promised yesterday, image quality results from the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review page. This addition makes many more direct comparisons available. I'll get you started.
 
Sigma's previous 85mm f/1.4 was a good performer, but the Art model takes the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 lens comparison.
 
Zeiss also has a pair of excellent 85mm lenses. In the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens vs. Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 lens comparison, the Sigma has the advantage. Even the venerable Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 is strongly challenged by the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens.
 
At a 2/3 stop wider aperture, the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens is sharper than the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 VC lens. The Sigma of course gives up image stabilization in this comparison.
 
Put one of these lenses in your kit: B&H has this lens in stock (Nikon) and "coming soon" (Canon mount available for preorder).
 
Adorama only has the Sigma mount lens in stock, but at this moment is offering a free Sigma Dock with preorders.
Post Date: 12/7/2016 8:00:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EOS M3 with EF-M 18-55 IS STM Lens available for $349.98 with free shipping. Compare at $549.00 new.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/7/2016 7:45:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has filed the optical formula patent for a EF 600mm f/4 DO IS USM.
 
This would be an awesome addition to Canon's super telephoto lens lineup. I think professional sports and wildlife photographers will be lining up for this lens. [Sean]
 
Canon EF 600mm f 4 DO IS USM Design Patent

Patent Details (Google Translated)
 
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-200685
  • Published 2016.12.1
  • Filing Date 2015.4.9
  • Focus distance 585.00
  • F-number 4.12
  • Angle of View (degrees) 2.12
  • Like high 21.64
  • Overall length of the lens 335.32
  • BF 66.92
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/7/2016 6:18:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD 27" Creative Pen & Touch Display (Refurbished) available for $1,999.95 with free shipping. Compare at $2,549.95 new after $250.00 instant savings.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 23.5 x 13.2" Active Area
  • 27" AHVA LCD Pen & Touch Display
  • QHD 2560 x 1440 Native Resolution
  • 330 cd/m² Brightness
  • 178°/178° Viewing Angles
  • 97% Adobe RGB, 1.07 Billion Colors
  • 2,048 Levels of Pressure Sensitivity
  • ExpressKey Remote
  • Included Pro Pen & Pen Stand
  • Mac & Windows Compatible
Amazon has the LimoStudio Photo Video Studio (2) x 4PC Backdrop Background Multifunctional Holder Set available for $8.40. Regularly $10.50.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Easy Adjustment - To remove wrinkles and unevenness shown on the muslin
  • Multi-functional - In the active position, the user can slide the muslin holder up and down the stand to their best interest
  • Superior Quality and lightweight (Only 1/13th the weight of the conventional muslin clamps)
  • Fast Installation / Disassembly
  • Can eliminate most wrinkles and allow the muslin top to be near parallel with the floor
Note While this may not be a huge discount, I thought the product was a novel solution for fixing the age-old wrinkled background problem. [Sean]
 Tuesday, December 6, 2016
B&H has the Gitzo Series 3 Quick Release Adapter D Profile available for $29.95 with free shipping. Regularly $129.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 33.1 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible
  • Adapts Select Heads to D Profile System
  • Magnesium Construction
  • Bubble Levels
Compatible with the following Center Ball and Traveler Center Ball Heads:
 
  • GH1780
  • GH1780QR
  • GH1780TQR
  • GH2780
  • GH2780QR
  • GH2780TQR
  • GH2781TQR
  • GH3780
  • GH3780QR
Post Date: 12/6/2016 2:13:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vello Wireless ShutterBoss II Remote Switch with Digital Timer available for $49.50 with free shipping. Regularly $99.50.
 
Note: Scroll down the page to see eligible Canon/Nikon/Sony/Fujifilm/Panasonic models. If you don't see a Remote Switch model for your particular camera on sale, you can always purchase one of the discounted remote & cable kits linked above and buy a compatible cable separately to realize a still-significant discount over the normal price.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Frequency: 2.4 GHz
  • Range: 250'
  • Channels: 99
  • Number of Shots from 1-999 or Infinite
  • Long Exposures up to 99 H 59 Min 59 Sec
  • Delay Setting and Multi-Exposure Mode
  • Dual-Function Release
  • Interval Control
  • Backlit LCD and LED Indicators
  • Functions Wired or Wirelessly
Post Date: 12/6/2016 1:39:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From LensRentals:
 
Now through December 31st, when you purchase a LensRentals gift card you will receive a bonus 10% gift card to be applied to a future rental. For example, if you buy a $250 gift card for someone you'll automatically receive a $25 gift card for yourself. The more you give, the more you get!
 
Look for the "Gift Certificates" link at the bottom of the page linked above. No code is required for this promotion, it is automatically applied.
Post Date: 12/6/2016 11:26:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through tomorrow, AdoramaPix has 8 different promo codes to help you save money on great gift ideas for friends, family and loved ones.
 
Promo Code Deals
 
DealPromo Code
8x8 Photo Book, 10-page Hardcover for $9.99 (Reg. $19.99)GIFTBOOK
7x8 Hexagon Metal Print for $10.00 (Reg. $27.00)[N/A]
8x10 Photo Prints for $0.99 (Reg. $1.59)GIFTBOOK
10x10 Calendars – 20% OffGIFTCAL10
Canvas Prints – 20% OffGIFTCANVAS
Hudson Albums – 20% OffGIFTHUDSON
16x20 Poster Print for $5.99 (Reg. $11.99)GIFTPOST
Custom Cards – 30% OffGIFTCARD
Post Date: 12/6/2016 11:11:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
You are going to like this: Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review page.
 
I'm guessing that you are impressed with what you see, but the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens vs. Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II Lens comparison should fully convince you.
 
Results from the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and Canon EOS 7D Mark II are coming and will make many additional comparisons possible. But, this lens is certainly looking impressive from an image quality perspective!
 
Make the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens your Christmas present! B&H has this lens in stock (Nikon) and "coming soon" (Canon mount available for preorder).
 
Adorama only has the Sigma mount lens in stock, but at this moment is offering a free Sigma Dock with preorders.
Post Date: 12/6/2016 9:18:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Did I ever tell you that the Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS Lens is really sharp? My daughter and I had one evening and one morning to photograph deer in Shenandoah National Park. The evening presented us with primarily darkness including dense fog and light rain (and wind), but the morning proved much nicer.
 
This decent-sized 7pt buck tending a doe amidst the short red saplings in Big Meadows was a grand find on this morning. We worked around the deer to get the morning sun at our backs and, as best as we could, stayed within ideal photo range of it for over an hour. The buck was very attentive to the doe and gave us some nice behavior images. In this image, the buck had been cleaning its back (see the ruffled fur?) and stopped to look at the doe.
 
I used the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Lens for this image. While my preference for wildlife photography is the look that the EF 600mm f/4L IS II Lens provides, the 200-400mm focal length range has proven more useful to me in this park, primarily because of the need to work in front of obstructions. Fortunately, image sharpness is something this zoom lens does not sacrifice. Take a look at this 100% crop from the ultra-high resolution EOS 5Ds R:
 
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens Crop Sample
 
This image was captured at 400mm with a wide open f/4 aperture (to create as much background blur as possible). The RAW image was processed in DPP 4 using the Standard Picture Style with sharpness reduced to only "1". While the camera is extremely sharp, its resolution is unforgiving to lens quality. The 200-400 L is definitely 5Ds R-ready. It is simply a very impressive lens.
 
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
400mm  f/4.0  1/800s
ISO 100
8688 x 5792px
Post Date: 12/6/2016 8:18:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Datacolor:
 
Lawrenceville, NJ – Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, today announced the release of Spyder5+, the next generation software expertly designed to build upon its popular color calibration tools for photographers, designers, videographers and imaging professionals.
 
“Spyder5 is already an amazing tool for getting the best color out of your display. With the Spyder5+ upgrade, Datacolor has added several really nice features that are an absolute no-brainer for the price,” said David Cardinal, professional photographer and Datacolor Friend with Vision. “I’ve been using the new capabilities and am really pleased with how much time they’ve saved me, as well as the additional productivity they’ve provided.”
 
The software upgrade is now available for all existing and new Spyder5 customers, with the option to purchase Spyder5PRO+ or Spyder5ELITE+. Spyder5+ adds unique features to the Spyder5 calibration tools by enhancing users’ digital color workflow, including:
 
  • Automatic Room Light Switching ensures users’ monitor profile changes as the room light conditions shift, with no user interaction required
  • 1-Click Calibration streamlines a user’s workflow with a single click to start the calibration without having to re-select saved settings
  • Profile Management Tool gives users the ability to edit, remove, rename, locate, and activate each display profile for ultimate control and flexibility
Users who purchase the Spyder5ELITE+ upgrade will have access to all of the above features, in addition to:
 
  • Spyder SoftProof improves “Screen-to-Output” matching with a new workflow to simulate how photos will look on any printer or device – including home printers, online or retail printers, and certain mobile/tablet devices
  • Enhanced StudioMatch verifies precise monitor matching and takes the guess work out of making all connected displays look the same – including a new visual verification step that assists you by fine tuning your results
“We’re very excited to add this upgrade to our Spyder5 product line. This new software offers unique tools to ensure color management across all devices, so our customers can remain confident in their decision to choose Datacolor for their color calibration needs,” said Stefan Zrenner, Director Global Sales & Marketing Imaging, Datacolor. “With a competitive set of features, Spyder5+ is the perfect tool for creatives that rely on consistency in their work.”
 
New and existing Spyder5 customers wishing to purchase the Spyder5+ software add-on can find out more and buy via the Datacolor website. Upon software purchase, customers will receive a software serial number and a step-by-step guide for easy download.
 
For more information, please visit:
 
B&H carries Datacolor Spyder5 Display Calibration products.
Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 12/6/2016 6:00:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Canon U.S.A. Releases Survey Results Confirming Consumer Perceptions of Faster Service Times and Higher Tech Support Satisfaction Over Major Competitor
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., December 5, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the findings from a nationwide third-party blind survey that compared customer perceptions concerning the speed of service and quality of tech support offered by Canon and Nikon. The survey was conducted among photographers (primarily professional, semi-professional, and advanced amateur) in November 2016 and found that customers perceive Canon’s service times to be faster than Nikon’s and that customer satisfaction with tech support is higher for Canon than it is for Nikon.
 
“Our customers need service they can count on,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We are very proud of our achievements in delivering world-class service and support. By making customer service an integral part of our business model, we are positioned to meet and exceed the changing needs and expectations of our customers.”
 
Key Survey Findings
 
  • Ultra-Fast Service: 76.9 percent of Canon customers who have had a service experience in the last 18 months indicated that the speed of their service was either ultra-fast or fast compared to 64.7 percent for Nikon.
  • Support Matters: 90.4 percent of Canon customers indicated that they were completely satisfied or satisfied with the technical support they received, as compared to 73.7 percent of Nikon's customers.
Canon has made significant investments in service and support programs and operations, starting with the opening of their first call center in Chesapeake, VA in 1995. The Company prides itself on providing 100 percent in-house U.S. technical support. When it comes to call center operations, keeping all tech support calls in-house allows the Company to tightly control the quality and depth of the tech support provided. Canon maintains full control of its customers’ repair transactions, unlike other industry players that may rely on local third-party service providers to augment their service processing. This is a key differentiator for Canon and is one of the factors that allows the brand to control quick turn-around times and quality service.
 
About the Ultra-Fast Canon Service & Support Team
 
  • Support Across the Country: Canon’s Service & Support Network spans from the East to the West Coast (reaching as far as Honolulu, HI) with 10 locations totaling more than 300,000 square feet of space devoted to serving customers. Canon has two call center locations – in Virginia and New Mexico – which boast an average wait time of only 78 seconds to talk to a live tech support representative. There are also three locations in key metropolitan areas that specifically cater to professional customers, in addition to four factory service locations that serve all customers. Canon also has a Customer Care Center, which offers a service drop-off point at its corporate headquarters located in Melville, NY. In the spring of 2017, the Canon Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center will relocate to Burbank, CA. In this new location, Canon service and support will be enhanced even further to assist the growing number of professional filmmakers and broadcast production clients in Southern California.
  • It’s More Than Just Support: The Canon Experience Center located in Costa Mesa, CA, not only offers service, but is also home to Live Learning workshops and seminars that provide opportunities to learn the latest photography, video, and printing techniques. Additionally, both the Costa Mesa and Lyndhurst, NJ, locations house product showrooms where customers can explore the latest Canon products.
  • 100 Percent U.S.-Based Team: Canon provides 100 percent U.S.-based tech support that is completely in-house staffed with over 600 “all Canon” employees. Canon’s combined nationwide service and support network is comprised of over 1,100 expert service and support team members who maintain full control of service quality and speed of repair transactions.
In addition to announcing the results of this survey, Canon has also launched a new digital advertising campaign that highlights the Company’s knowledgeable tech support staff and efficient service times that average 2.82 days (1.59 days for Canon Professional Services (CPS) Platinum members)1.
 
About the Survey
 
A blind survey was conducted between the dates of November 17-22, 2016, resulting in over 2,300 responses from photographers, primarily professional, semi-professional and advanced amateurs. The methodology and results were validated by a third-party expert, Dr. William Bleuel, Ph.D.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 12/6/2016 5:46:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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