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 Friday, March 27, 2015
Urban Approach 15 Backpack and Urban Approach 10 Shoulder Bag
Looking for a shoulder bag or backpack for your EOS M or compact DSLR camera system, one that can also hold a tablet or laptop?
 
Think Tank Photo has just released the Urban Approach 15 backpack, the first backpack designed specifically to hold a complete mirrorless or compact DSLR camera, as well as a 15” laptop, up to a 10” tablet, smart phone, and extra space for gear and personal items. The Urban Approach 5 shoulder bag holds one medium to large mirrorless or compact DSLR body with lens attached, one to three additional lenses, and an 8” tablet. The Urban Approach 10 shoulder bag holds one medium to large Mirrorless body or compact DSLR with lens attached, two to four additional lenses, and up to a 10” tablet.
 
And don’t forget that with our special arrangement with Think Tank, when you place an order for $50 or more you will automatically be able to receive a Think Tank item for free!
 
New Products
 
Post Date: 3/27/2015 6:21:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 26, 2015
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Image quality results from the 1Ds III and 7D II have been added to the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens review page.
 
I am a member of the waiting-for-the-24-Art-Lens club. I have been very anxious to see what level of performance this lens would turn in. Though the chart used in the image quality test is tough on a lens' performance, it mirrors what I am seeing in real world results. While I am not amazed by this lens' wide open performance, it is at least as good as the FAR-more-expensive Canon 24mm f/1.4L II and it is razor sharp when stopped down slightly.
 
Here are some comparisons:
 
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art vs. Canon 24mm f/1.4L II Lens
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art vs. Canon 24mm f/2.8 IS Lens
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art vs. EF-S Canon 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art vs. Nikon 24mm f/1.4G Lens (different camera systems)
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art vs. Sigma 24mm f/1.4 EX Lens
 
I hope to have this full review completed in the next week or so. Stay tuned.
 
Initial inventory of the 24mm Art lens did not satisfy preorders. B&H has the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens available for preorder with "coming soon" as the expected arrival date.
Post Date: 3/26/2015 10:04:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera
Through Mar 28th (or while inventory lasts), the Canon Store has great sale prices on select refurbished camera models including:
 
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 w/ EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens – $349.99 (save $210.00 or $150.00 over new after $200 IR)
 
Canon EOS Rebel T5i w/ EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens – $499.99 (save $180.00 or $200.00 over new after $150 IR)
 
Canon EOS Rebel T5 w/ EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens – $329.99 (save $110.00 or $70.00 over new after $150.00 IR)
 
Expect Canon refurbished gear to arrive in like-new condition.
Canon 7D II and 100-400 L II Get Close to a Royal Tern
There was a small flock of royal terns on the Captiva, Florida beach just north of Blind Pass and Sanibel Island. It would have been easy to stand and capture distant photos of the flock resting in the sand, but I was looking for something better. By lying down in the sand and moving forward slowly, the beautiful birds allowed me to get quite close without showing any signs of stress. So close that I had to zoom out somewhat to get the framing I selected for the bird in this photo.
 
That the 100-400 L II focuses so closely is a big benefit when the subject is small and you want to fill the frame with it or a portion of it. The close focusing is also useful in situations such as this one – when I got too close. As I said, there was a flock of birds and I was photographing various birds as their positions and behaviors warranted my attention.
 
A low shooting position often has the benefit of a clean background (the sky in this case) and provides a nice angle on most small birds and animals located on the ground. To make shooting while lying flat in the sand easier, I utilized a NatureScapes Skimmer Ground Pod II. To help darken the sky in the background, I used a circular polarizer filter.
 
Early and late in the day sunlight often provides the best lighting for bird photography, but nice images can be made at other times of the day. This royal tern photo was taken at 11:44 AM. At this time of the day, the sun is near its highest point, making shadows harsh and the color temperature of the light cool. By carefully timing the shutter release, I was able to catch bird positions that minimized shadows (especially on its head) and that included a catchlight in the eye. Sunlight reflecting on sand also helps minimize shadows (though not as well as the snow that was on the ground at home on that date does).
 
With a white bird in full sunlight and under a cloudless sky, the exposure decision was easy. Lock in manual mode settings that included a shutter speed fast enough to stop any movement present (there was lots of action happening), an aperture that provided adequate depth of field and an ISO setting that caused the brightest areas of the photo to be *just* below blown (pure white) in brightness.
 
The 7D Mark II and 100-400 L II performed extremely well on this trip. The alert among you will notice that the reported full size pixel dimensions for this image are larger than those native from the 7D Mark II. I framed this bird tight to the top of the frame and used Photoshop's content aware fill to extend the canvas, creating more sky in the final image. This tactic created a modestly higher resolution image overall. Another option for increasing resolution would have been to capture a similarly-focused second frame with more upward angle, taking in much more sky for later stitching to the bird image.
 
I spent hours focusing on these birds and will try to share some additional images when I get time.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+ and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 3/26/2015 8:38:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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TOKYO, March 26, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company's interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras) have maintained the No.1 share worldwide in terms of volume within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market for the 12-year period spanning 2003 to 2014.1
 
Canon develops the key components, namely the CMOS image sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses, employed in its interchangeable-lens cameras. The most advanced of these technologies are incorporated across the Company's entire product lineup, spanning from professional-use flagship cameras to entry-level models, enabling the Company to maintain the top global share by offering a robust product lineup that effectively responds to the needs of a wide range of users.
 
In 2003, the dawn of digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D Digital in other regions). This groundbreaking camera, which featured a compact, lightweight design and was offered at a competitive price, set the stage for growth in the digital SLR market and enabled the Company to capture the top share of the global market. Since that time, Canon has continued to launch epoch-making new products, including the EOS-1D series of digital SLR cameras targeting professional users, and the EOS 5D series, which paved the way for digital SLR video recording thanks to its full-frame sensor employing a video-capture function.
 
In October 2014, targeting advanced-amateur users, Canon launched the EOS 7D Mark II, which has garnered high acclaim from the market for its fast continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second and superior autofocus performance. It is thanks to Canon's impressive camera lineup, including the EOS 7D Mark II, that the Company has maintained the No. 1 share in the market for 12 years running. Furthermore, in April 2014, Canon celebrated an impressive lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of its 100 millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras. The Company's extensive EF lens-series lineup, which currently comprises a total of 97 models,2 is one of Canon's biggest strengths, helping the EOS series to realize a wide spectrum of imaging possibilities and rich visual expression.
 
Aiming to further strengthen its wide product lineup, Canon introduced five new camera models in February of this year. The new lineup comprises the EOS 5DS and 5DS R, which achieve the world's highest pixel count among 35 mm full-frame sensor digital SLR cameras,3 the EOS 8000D (EOS Rebel T6s or 760D) and EOS Kiss X8i (EOS Rebel T6i or 750D in other regions) entry-level digital SLR cameras, and the EOS M3 digital compact-system camera, which achieves greatly enhanced AF performance.
 
B&H carries Canon DSLR cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/26/2015 6:49:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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From AdoramaPix:
 
This March marks a year since we moved AdoramaPix to our new home in Brooklyn, New York. The motto on the Brooklyn flag is, "in unity, there is strength." It has been a year of growth and we remain dedicated to working with our clients to bring you the best printing and products at the best value in the industry.
 
Take this opportunity to celebrate our first year in Brooklyn!
 
Promo Code: PXEVSP30
Expires: 03/29/15
Post Date: 3/25/2015 6:49:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
Just 12 steps to better SEO!
 
When it comes to Search Engine Optimization, the most important question you can ask yourself is: how can I improve my SEO so my photography business is easily found online? The SEO Guide for Photographers, re-released with the newest, most relevant information answers this question and gives a lay person’s low down on the oft-misunderstood world of search engines. This Guide will help you gain a better understanding of Google Analytics, become familiar with SEO lingo, and help you understand why you’re not topping the search list on Google.
 
Inside the Guide you’ll find:
 
  • How Google’s search engine works to find and rank results
  • The factors that directly influence your SEO
  • How PhotoShelter can help with your SEO
  • How to perform backlink analysis
  • How long it will take to see results
Plus, dive in and start improving your SEO today with 12 actionable steps you can take - from “basic” to “expert” we’ve got you covered.
 
Download your copy of The SEO Guide for Photographers today!
Post Date: 3/25/2015 6:44:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2 Lens
B&H has the Lomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2 Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/25/2015 6:29:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
Just posted: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review.
 
I was looking forward to giving this lens a try and it didn't disappoint in most areas including image quality.
 
The early popularity of this lens has kept it out of stock at most retailers. B&H has just received a shipment of the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens and is showing in stock at the moment. I doubt that this stock will last very long – don't wait to order if you want this lens.
 
Other in stock options: At least one lens is available at Amazon and several are available on eBay right now.
Post Date: 3/25/2015 9:00:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon PowerShot S110 Digital Camera
The Canon Store has the Refurbished PowerShot S110 (Black) available for $129.99. Regularly $254.99.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/25/2015 7:29:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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Through Saturday, use the following coupon codes to save 30% on acrylic, metal and canvas prints at AdoramaPix:
 
Print ProductCoupon Code
AcrylicPXACSP30
MetalPXMTSP30
CanvasPXCNSP30
Post Date: 3/24/2015 9:26:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
X-Rite i1 iSis 2 Automated Chart Reader
From X-Rite:
 
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – March 24, 2015 – X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, today announce an important update to its popular i1iSis Solutions family of automated chart readers for prepress/premedia, photo and pressroom color management and profiling. The new i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL use i1 spectral technology to accommodate M0, M1 and M2 measurement illumination conditions which help manage the complexities of measuring optically brightened substrates now commonly used in grand format, premedia and digital press applications.
 
“For anyone in prepress, digital print or the graphic arts production process that spend time measuring charts, the new i1iSis2 is a must,” said Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Portfolio Manager of X-Rite. “This automated chart reader, is built on our award-winning i1 spectral technology and reads up to 2,500 patches printed on a single A3 page in just minutes, saving valuable operator and production time. Now users have the ability to capture M0, M1 and M2 in a single chart measurement cycle.”
 
The i1iSis 2 integrates seamlessly into a user’s workflow and is available in two models:
 
  • i1iSis 2 XL: Reads up to 2,500 patches on a single A3/Tabloid sheet in just 10 minutes.
  • i1iSis 2: Reads up to 1,500 patches on a single A4/Letter sheet in just 8 minutes.
The X-Rite i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL come with built-in vision systems that offer high tolerance for how charts are aligned as they are fed into the system, automatically correcting for misalignment. Barcode reading for chart identification adds further ease of use and error reduction.
 
With the i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL, users are able to:
 
  • Capture full spectral data for the charts they measure;
  • Use with i1Profiler software to accommodate a variety of inks and substrates in any viewing condition using Optical Brightening Compensation (OBC);
  • Assure compliance with new ISO standards for M-Series measurement illumination conditions; and
  • Spend less time on press profiling and more on taking care of customers.
The i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL are XRGA compliant. The X-Rite Graphic Arts Standard (XRGA), an X-Rite calibration standard for graphic arts instruments, includes new advances in color technology and changes required to meet ISO-13655. As XRGA-compliant instruments, the i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL ensure high quality data exchange and workflows in environments where different instrumentation is used.
 
For more information about the X-Rite i1 Solutions for Color Management, visit http://www.xrite.com/i1isis-2-automated-chart-readers.
 
To upgrade to the latest version of the i1iSis 2 automated chart reader, please visit http://www.xrite.com/i1isis-2-loyalty-promo.
 
B&H carries X-Rite products.
 
Note: I realize this is a second generation product, but I can't help thinking X-rite missed a good opportunity to change the product's name from "iSis" to something less relevant on today's political landscape. [Sean]
Category: X-Rite News
Post Date: 3/24/2015 8:50:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens review.
 
To say that this is an awesome lens seems like an understatement.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2015 8:36:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From the Paul C. Buff Website:
"With great sadness we announce that our founder, Paul C. Buff, passed away this week at the age of 78. He has been living with his beloved wife of 16 years, Deborah, and their extended family in their secondary home in Mobile, Alabama for over a year and passed away in this home with his family around him. Those of us who have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Paul have lost an invaluable mentor, an inspiring leader, and a treasured friend. The world has lost one of its most creative and adventurous pioneers.
 
In the coming weeks, we will celebrate Paul’s unique and extraordinary life, giving customers, employees, and friends the opportunity to share their tributes and memories. But first, we must take time to pause and grieve the loss of a man who had such a great impact on us all. If you wish to offer condolences in the mean time, we invite you to email them to CelebratingPaul@paulcbuff.com.
 
For years, it has been our mission to advance Paul C. Buff, Inc. in the spirit of innovation and originality upon which it was founded. With gratitude for everything that Paul has taught us, we honor his memory by continuing to serve our customers with the outstanding products, support, and Golden Rule standards that he initiated."
We wish to convey our sincerest condolences to the Paul C. Buff family, his coworkers and friends.
Post Date: 3/24/2015 7:23:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $568.12 with free shipping. Compare at $699.00 after $100.00 instant rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2015 6:55:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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