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 Saturday, June 28, 2014
The Arcade, Cookeville, TN HDR
By Sean Setters
 
First off, let me admit something up front – I'm not a big fan of most of the HDR images I see. Most of the HDR images I come across look too unrealistic or simply too over post-processed for my taste. But there are times when creating an HDR image makes a lot of sense. Indoor architecture is probably one of my favorite uses of HDR imagery.
 
A few months ago my friend told me about a location in town that I was completely unaware of. Last week I finally made a point to go see it. I brought my EOS 5D Mark III, Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 and a tripod.
 
The location, "The Arcade," turned out to be a building right in the middle of my hometown with a foyer that seems as if it were transplanted from a bygone era. As I would later find out, the building is now over 100 years old and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
 
The bottom floor was beautiful, but the second floor view seemed to provide an even better vantage point for a picture. Stained glass skylights allowed some of the midday sun to peek through the ceiling, but overall the light was pretty dim on the second floor. The extremely bright light coming from the 1st floor doors at the end of the foyer also presented a problem when using longer shutter speeds to expose the scene.
 
The extreme difference between highlight and shadow in the scene made it a good candidate for HDR photography. I set my tripod-mounted 5D Mark III to record a bracketed exposure (5 shots) and later post-processed the image with Google's HDR Efex Pro 2 plugin for Photoshop CS6.
 
In post-processing, I left the front doors fairly blown out because the brightness tended to draw the my eye to the center of the image (although I did dim its reflection on the floor). In my opinion, the blown out area also makes the exposure seem a bit more believable overall. And while it's an HDR image, it doesn't scream "HDR!!!" to me. And I think that's why I like it...
Post Date: 6/28/2014 8:45:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,559.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,199.00 after $200.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 6/28/2014 8:45:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 27, 2014
Refurbished Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM Lens
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM Lens (review) available for an in-cart price of $746.20. Compare at $989.00 after $100.00 mail-in rebate. (thanks Matt)
Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer
Adorama has the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer available for $34.00 with free shipping after $300.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $389.00.
 
Note: Printer comes with a pack of free photo paper. You must go through checkout to see the reduced pricing of $334.00. After $300.00 mail-in rebate, your final price is only $34.00.
 
Update: B&H has the same deal available by phone only (1.800.622.4987).
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Post Date: 6/27/2014 9:07:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rokinon 14mm T3.1 Cine Lens
Amazon is featuring the Rokinon 14mm t3.1 Cine Lens for Canon as a Lightning Deal for $309.00. Compare at $373.00.
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Post Date: 6/27/2014 8:33:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sony 32GB SD Memory Card 94MB/s
Post Date: 6/27/2014 8:27:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Professional Network Logo
From Canon Professional Network:
 
"When using your EOS camera you may occasionally get an error code or message appearing on the camera’s LCD screen. Most of these errors can be quickly and easily resolved – the various EOS error codes and messages are described below with information that should assist you in resolving your issue."
 
Check out all the Error Codes and Tips on the Canon Professional Network.
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Post Date: 6/27/2014 7:59:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
X-Rite i1Display Pro Color Calibration
B&H has the X-Rite i1Display Pro Color Calibration System on sale for $139.95. Regularly $249.95.
 
This is a one day sale. If interested, do not hesitate to take advantage of this offer.
Post Date: 6/27/2014 12:01:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 26, 2014
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens (review) available for $394.99. Compare at $599.00 new.
 
Note: You must add the item to your cart to see the discounted price.
Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Refurbished Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera (review) available for $824.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,299.00 after $200.00 instant savings.
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Post Date: 6/26/2014 12:47:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens
Through June 30, Adorama has a Canon EOS Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM and PIXMA PRO-100 Printer Bundle available for $760.00 with free shipping and 2% Rewards after $400.00 mail-in rebate. Compare at $947.00 after rebate.
 
Note: You must add the bundle to your cart in order to see the discounted price of $1,160.00. The $400.00 MIR brings the final price down to $760.00.
 
Bundle Includes

  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera (review)
  • Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens (review)
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens on EOS 5D Mark III
Image quality and distortion test results along with standard product images have been added to the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens review page.
 
I was very anxious to get my hands on this lens. With well over 1000 shots captured with it so far, I am now loving this lens and expect it to become one of my most-used lenses. The 16-35 f/4 L is very sharp across the frame, AF is very fast and extremely accurate and IS works very well.
 
Here are a couple of relevant comparisons:
 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS Lens compared to Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II Lens
 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS Lens compared to Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L Lens
 
Completion of the full review is my current highest priority.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 6/26/2014 8:41:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We are pleased to inform you the SIGMA 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM F/CANON Firmware Update is now available.
 
This firmware update allows you to use the SIGMA USB DOCK with the SIGMA 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM F/CANON. If you have the products mentioned below, please start up SIGMA Optimization Pro and then operate lens firmware update.
 
Applicable products: SIGMA 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM S013 F/CANON
 
Benefits of this firmware update:

  • It has improved the Auto Focus speed of "Standard" and "Speed-priority" modes.
  • It has improved the focus accuracy when it is mounted on Canon EOS-1D Mark III or Canon EOS-1D Mark IV.

Please update to SIGMA Optimization Pro Ver1.2 before operating firmware update of SIGMA 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM S013 F/CANON.
 
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download Page
 
Note: Apparently, blogger/photographer JerseyShooter had a big hand in alerting Sigma to the need for this firmware update. Check out his blog for more info.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM lens and the Sigma USB Dock.

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Post Date: 6/26/2014 7:52:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home Shoulder Bag (Navy/Rust)
Adorama has several camera bags and a Vanguard tripod on sale. Check out the details below.

ItemReg. PriceSale Price
Crumpler 3 Million Dollar Home Shoulder Bag (Navy/Rust)$54.95$29.95
Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home Shoulder Bag (Navy/Rust)$84.95$44.95
Vanguard ABEO Pro 283AGH Aluminum Tripod with GH-300T Grip Head$336.08$249.90

Post Date: 6/26/2014 7:21:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,559.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,199.00 after $200.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 6/25/2014 12:42:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
B&H now has the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens in stock and ready for shipment.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/25/2014 12:04:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
PNY 128GB Elite Performance SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
B&H has the PNY 128GB Elite Performance SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card available for $69.95 with free shipping.
 
Product Highlights

  • 128GB Storage Capacity
  • UHS-1, Class 10, SD 3.0 Rated
  • Read Speed up to 90 MB/s
  • Write Speed up to 60 MB/s
  • Magnet, Temperature, Shock, Water Proof

Post Date: 6/25/2014 11:58:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
100 Megapixel Francis Bay, St John, USVI Sunset
I'm just back from a 10-day photo trip to St John, USVI. St John is an extremely beautiful island and landscape photography was intended to be a major component of my trip, but I found myself highly challenged in this regard. I'll share more about the primary reason for this challenge later, but lack of color in the sky at sunset was another challenge.
 
My St John, USVI photo gallery is predominated by blues and whites. While the Caribbean blue water under full sun is probably my favorite color, one of my goals for the recent trip was to capture some new colors from this island. Nine evenings of chasing sunsets resulted in pics from only one night with color worthy of sharing.
 
It had been a long, hot day of hiking and I was tired. Analyzing the sky, I decided to go light with only the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS Lens and Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS Lens and a single Canon EOS 5D Mark III body. I guessed that these two lenses would cover my entire range of needs for the balance of the evening. What I didn't plan adequately for was the sky completely exploding overhead, leaving me seriously focal length limited on the wide end. While I captured many images of the cropped sky show, I wanted the bigger picture.
 
There was no time to hike back to get the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 ZE Lens from the SUV, so I took the next-best alternative – I captured a few panoramic photos that, when stitched together, frame nearly all of the color in the sky that night. Using completely manual settings, I captured overlapping images (overlapping by at least 1/3) and later stitched them together using Photoshop's Photomerge tool. Containing nearly 100 megapixels, this panoramic image has many good crops available in it. I can decide what a print will look like later.
 
In the end, a colorful sunset helps accomplish the new color for St John goal.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
24mm  f/11.0  1/13s  ISO 100  14022 x 7268px
Post Date: 6/25/2014 9:25:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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