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 Thursday, June 12, 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,559.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,399.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market camera and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
 
Update: The original price for this auction has expired – although the new price (currently $2,754.99) is still a good deal. (thanks Thomas)
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Post Date: 6/12/2014 7:31:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Watch Holly from the Canon Call Center as she shares her recommendations on how to properly take care of your camera batteries.
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Post Date: 6/12/2014 7:14:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Logo
From Canon:
 
Firmware Version 1.0.5.1.00 for EOS C500 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
 
For EOS C500

  1. Compatibility with the Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller (expected to be available in June 2014) has been added.
  2. Peripheral illumination correction data has been added for the [CN-E35mm T1.5 L F] EF Cinema lens and the [EF-S55-250mm f4-5.6 IS STM] EF lens.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the EF Cinema lens’ F number was incorrectly displayed.

For EOS C500 PL

  1. Compatibility with the Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller (expected to be available in June 2014) has been added.

Support
Download Firmware Version 1.0.5.1.00 for the EOS C500 / C500 PL.
 
Firmware Version 1.0.4.1.00 for the EOS C100 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

  1. Compatibility with the Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller (expected to be available in June 2014) has been added.
  2. Peripheral illumination correction data has been added for the [CN-E35mm T1.5 L F] EF Cinema lens and the [EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS STM] EF lens.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the EF Cinema lens’ F number was incorrectly displayed.

Note: Firmware Version 1.0.4.1.00 is only for EOS C100 cameras without the Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade. If the EOS C100 camera has had the DAF Feature Upgrade applied, please download Firmware Version 2.0.4.1.00.
 
Support
Download the new version of the Instruction Manual for the EOS C100 which provides more information on the new features and benefits available in this firmware update.
 
Download Firmware Version 1.0.4.1.00 for the EOS C100.
 
Firmware Version 2.0.4.1.00 for the EOS C100 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
 

  1. Compatibility with the Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller (expected to be available in June 2014) has been added.
  2. Peripheral illumination correction data has been added for the [CN-E35mm T1.5 L F] EF Cinema lens and the [EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS STM] EF lens.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the EF Cinema lens’ F number was incorrectly displayed.

Note: Firmware Version 2.0.4.1.00 is only for EOS C100 cameras with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade applied. If the EOS C100 camera does not have DAF Feature Upgrade applied, please download Firmware Version 1.0.4.1.00.
 
Support
Download the new version of the Instruction Manual for the EOS C100 which provides more information on the new features and benefits available in this firmware update.
 
Download Firmware Version 2.0.4.1.00 for the EOS C100.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS C100 and C500 Cinema Cameras.

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Post Date: 6/12/2014 7:01:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM Lens (review) available for $979.00. Compare at $1,199.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
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Post Date: 6/12/2014 6:32:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Oak Island Pier, North Carolina
by Sean Setters
 
Even though I gravitate toward portraiture, I purchased a Hoya 77mm R72 Infrared Filter late last year. After several months of use, I can honestly say – I love shooting in IR.
 
Why?
 
1. Shooting in IR forces you to be much more deliberate with your image capture.
Digital photography tends to make shutter-bugs out of us all. When shooting with film, there were significant financial consequences involved with every roll of film you used. Today, the incremental cost of each shutter click is low – so low as to be negligible in the scheme of things.
 
The result? We tend to think less about each individual shot and instead rely on the multitude of framings and exposures until we find a shot that plucks that "Hey, I like that!" chord. In short, it's really easy, inexpensive and not very time consuming to shoot a lot of different images.
 
But when shooting with an infrared filter, each shot takes minutes to capture. Even in bright sunlight, I used a shutter speed of 4 1/2 minutes for the image above (f/10, ISO 100). When each click of your shutter takes almost 5 minutes to complete, you spend a lot more time thinking about the image you want before you snap away.
 
2. Bright sunlight (at nearly any time of day) becomes your friend.
As photographers, we know that the best sunlight comes during the golden hour – shortly after sunrise or just before sunset. While the old adage is true in a general sense, it bears less weight when it comes to IR filter photography. That's because in IR filter photography, bright sunlight is your friend.
 
Images taken even in midday sun tend to look very good in IR. In a sense, an IR filter expands your opportunity for capturing eye-catching images during times when a normal daytime view may be less than ideal.
 
3. Long shutter speeds allow you to create unique daytime views.
When there's an abundance of ambient light, it's pretty difficult to use extremely long shutter speeds to blur movement. Even with a 9 or 10-stop filter, you may only be able to achieve a 10-20 second exposure in bright conditions before your scene becomes over-exposed. This means that any movement in your scene may still be captured as ghostly trails. Sometimes that's exactly what you want; many times it's not.
 
The extremely long shutter speeds required mean that [generally] only static things get captured in the image. I've photographed several buildings where cars were consistently traveling in front of my camera. But the time the cars are in front of the camera was very short compared to the overall exposure, so they didn't show up in the final image. This means you can capture images void of distracting elements at times when those distracting elements are almost a certainty. And the things that do show movement blur – like clouds – only add to the image.
 
Drawbacks of shooting with an IR filter
 
Shooting with an IR filter does involve a few drawbacks, though. For one, a tripod is a must. With shutter speeds spanning minutes, your camera must stay stock still for a very long time. A remote timer (wired or wireless) is required as your shutter speed is usually more than 30 seconds.
 
You can't compose your scene through the viewfinder with the filter in place. The filter is completely black (it blocks all visible light). As such, my typical workflow is:

  1. Set up the camera mounted tripod and frame your scene.
  2. Set the camera to Bulb Mode, use manual focus and choose your exposure settings (experience helps you get it in the ballpark).
  3. Add the IR filter to the lens
  4. Use a remote timer to set the shutter speed and activate the shutter.

If shooting with a normal white balance, the image will be very red. I typically shoot in RAW and change my Picture Style to Monochrome because I prefer my IR images to be black & white. Changing the Picture Style in-camera allows me to get a good idea of what the final image will look like after post-processing.
 
To see a few of the IR images I've created, click the image at the top of this post.

Post Date: 6/11/2014 8:44:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H:
 
Travel offers extensive opportunities and challenges for the photographer. Whether your interests are a casual record of your family trip or a serious visual exploration of a place far from home, this presentation provides practical tips and visual stimulation so that you come home with pictures that make you proud.
 
Renowned photography instructor Lester Lefkowitz discusses pre-trip planning; what to take and how to pack; foreign travel considerations; interacting with and photographing the “natives;” time of day and weather issues; finding the good spots; protecting digital files while on the road; ways to improve your composition; some exposure pointers; cool things you can do with a digital camera (that you could never do with film), and what to do with all those great (and near-great) images when you get home.
Post Date: 6/11/2014 6:28:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon/Nikon available for $379.00 with free shipping. Compare at $549.00.
Post Date: 6/10/2014 7:42:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,559.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,399.00. (thanks Chuck)
 
Note: This is likely a grey market camera and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 6/10/2014 11:51:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
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Post Date: 6/10/2014 8:25:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens
Post Date: 6/10/2014 7:57:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Learn all about Adobe Lightroom 5's Develop Module in B&H's informative, hour-plus video by photographer Robert Rodriguez Jr.
 
B&H carries Adobe Lightroom 5.
Post Date: 6/10/2014 6:44:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D X with EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens
From Canon:
 
TOKYO, June 10, 2014—Canon Inc. today commemorated the 25th anniversary of the EOS-1 series, the flagship-model lineup of the Company’s EOS series of interchangeable-lens cameras, which debuted in 1989.
 
In 1987, Canon launched EOS, the world’s first AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex camera to employ a fully electronic mount system, using electrical signals to control such functions as autofocusing and aperture adjustment. Two years later, in 1989, the Company introduced the top-of-the-line professional-model EOS-1. Created to satisfy the advanced demands of professional photographers, the camera marked the inaugural model of Canon’s EOS-1 series. Based on the EOS concept of delivering automated performance in accordance with the will of the user, the EOS-1 featured cutting-edge technologies, class-leading levels of performance, high durability, robustness and reliability.
 
In 1994, as a growing number of professional photographers were making use of the autofocusing capabilities offered by cameras, Canon launched the EOS-1N, featuring an increased number of focusing points and increased predictive focusing when tracking moving subjects. Additionally, in 2000, the Company introduced the EOS-1V, equipped with 45-point high-density Area AF, which contributed to high-speed predictive AF of up to 9 frames per second. In this way, Canon has consistently launched flagship-model SLR cameras designed to satisfy the demands of professionals in step with the changing times.
 
Upon entering the digital era, Canon launched its first flagship-model professional digital SLR camera—the EOS-1D—in 2001, followed in 2002 by the EOS-1Ds, equipped with a full-frame 35mm sensor. Since then, the Company has reinforced its product lineup through efforts targeting enhanced image quality and continuous shooting performance.
 
In June 2012, Canon released the EOS-1D X, its latest flagship pro-model digital SLR camera, marking the EOS-1 series’ 13th model since the launch of the original EOS-1. The 1D X has garnered strong acclaim from professionals working in a wide range of fields, from photojournalism and sports coverage to commercial and nature photography.
 
Through the introduction of its powerful flagship-model EOS-1 series, incorporating cutting-edge technologies, and the expansion of these technologies and the functions they make possible, even to entry-level models, Canon continues aiming to enhance the value of its product lineup. In addition to its robust camera lineup, Canon contributes to developing the culture of photographic and video imaging though its efforts to fulfill the diverse needs of users.
 
Check out Bryan's review of the latest 1-series camera – the Canon EOS 1D X.
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Post Date: 6/10/2014 6:12:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 09, 2014
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera (review) available for $4,999.99 with free shipping. Compare at $6,799.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 6/9/2014 7:02:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D Kit
eBay (via BestStopDeals) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera with EF 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.
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Post Date: 6/9/2014 11:55:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Silver)
B&H has the Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Silver) available for $149.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.00.
 
The recorder comes with a free copy of Red Giant PluralEyes 3 Audio/Video Sync Software ($179.10 value)
Post Date: 6/9/2014 11:42:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Apollo Orb Duo Kit
B&H has the Westcott Apollo Orb Duo Kit available for $228.90 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $349.90.
 
Items Included

  • 43" Apollo Orb Softbox
  • 28" Medium Apollo Softbox
  • 2x 8.0' Light Stands
  • 2x Adjustable Shoe Mount Brackets
  • Gear Bag

Post Date: 6/9/2014 11:34:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk 32GB Extreme SDHC Memory Card
Amazon is featuring SanDisk Memory products as its Gold Box Deal of the Day. You can save up to 60% with these deals. (thanks Stewart)
Post Date: 6/9/2014 9:19:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
X-Rite Digital Color Checker Passport
B&H is celebrating Father's Day with special Father's Day savings. See below for details.
 
Father's Day Specials

ItemReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
Bolt VM-110 LED Macro Ring Light$79.95$20.00$59.95
X-Rite ColorChecker Passport$99.00$40.00$59.00
Tiffen 77mm Variable Neutral Density Filter$149.00$40.00$109.00
Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter$179.00$50.00$129.00
VariZoom Solo Jib (Aluminum)$479.00$80.00$399.00
VariZoom Solo Jib (Carbon Fiber)$579.00$80.00$499.00

B&H also has Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remotes on sale for $25.00 off.

Post Date: 6/9/2014 8:36:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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