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 Thursday, December 11, 2014
Canon PowerShot N (Black)
For a limited time, B&H has the Canon PowerShot N (Black) available for $129.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.99.
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Post Date: 12/11/2014 9:52:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Vello Ringbox
B&H has the Vello Ringbox available for $59.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $89.95.
The Vello Ringbox seems to be a clone of the Roundflash Ringflash Adapter which retails for $113.00. I purchased the RoundFlash around Christmas of last year and have enjoyed playing around with it. It makes an especially useful tool for macro subjects.
In fact, I just walked out onto my front porch to capture this image of a Rosemary bush using the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, 580EX Speedlite and the RoundFlash Ringflash Adapter.
RoundFlash Rosemary Macro Shot
EXIF: f/7.1, 1/100 sec, ISO 100 (exposure reduced by 1/2 stop in DPP)
The exposure settings meant that the shaded fence behind the plant fell into darkness making this outdoor shot look like it was captured in a studio. The soft, even light of the RoundFlash allowed for every detail in the subject to be visible. [Sean]
Post Date: 12/11/2014 9:38:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through 12/14, use coupon code PXHDEAL7 at AdoramaPix to get 40% off your order of 8x8 Calendars.
Post Date: 12/11/2014 8:10:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
B&H is featuring the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport as its Deal Zone Deal of the Day for only $49.00 after $10 rebate with free shipping. Regularly $99.00.
Post Date: 12/11/2014 7:39:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens
In another surprise move, Canon MSRPs have dropped on several sought after items. We don't know how long these price reductions will last, so take advantage of them while you can! See below for more info.
Price Drops
ItemOrig. PricePrice DropMIRFinal Price
Canon 5D Mark III Body$3,499.00$300.00$300.00$2,799.00
Canon 5D Mark III + EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM$3,999.00$300.00$300.00$3,399.00
Canon 5D Mark III + EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM$4,149.00$300.00$300.00$3,549.00
Canon 6D Body$1,899.00$100.00$300.00$1,499.00
Canon 6D + EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM$2,499.00$100.00$300.00$2,099.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM$2,099.00$100.00$150.00$1,849.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM$2,299.00$100.00$150.00$2,049.00
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Post Date: 12/11/2014 6:34:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens
B&H is expecting to ship Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens preorders beginning this Friday, December 12. We have received reports that the lens is already showing up in the European market (Netherlands). (thanks Rob)
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Post Date: 12/10/2014 2:03:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Laser Light Beam, Upper Antelope Canyon
A laser-like beam of sunlight reaches 130' below the ground to the floor of Upper Antelope Canyon. I highly recommend a wide angle zoom lens when shooting at this popular location. There is a lot of sand blowing into this slot canyon (and the 4 other slot canyons I was in during this trip), so any lens changing should be done inside a protective bag. A towel or other protection for the camera and lens would also be a good idea.
I captured this image back in 2010, but it remains one of my favorites. I took advantage of a recent Canvas On Demand 50% off deal (ends today) to have a 56x37" canvas print of it created. The canvas looks great and is leaning against the wall in my studio awaiting me to hang it.
Apparently, photos of light beams in slot canyons are quite valuable right now. I'm taking offers. :)
See this image larger on Google+, Flickr and Facebook.
Camera and Lens Settings
16mm  f/8.0  5s  ISO 100  3744 x 5616px
Post Date: 12/10/2014 1:20:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
eBay (via Deals-All-Year) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens (review) available for $649.49 with free shipping. Compare at $1,149.00.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 12/10/2014 12:23:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Mode Dial
What is a Custom Mode?
A Custom mode is a camera setting that allows the photographer to instantly recall a pre-saved camera setup configuration by simply turning the top dial (or via a button press and dial turn on the 1-Series models) to one of the designated "C" modes.
Canon's mid and high-end EOS DSLR cameras have between one and three Custom ("C") modes available. The current EOS **D models (the EOS 70D and EOS 60D) have one Custom mode and the EOS 6D has two. Canon's high end models, including the EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 1D X, have three "C" modes. The lower-end Rebel (***D and ****D) series cameras do not have custom modes available.
How to Configure a Custom Shooting Mode
Configuring a "C" mode is very easy. Simply adjust all of your camera settings as desired for the "C" mode being programmed and then find and select the "Custom shooting mode" menu option in the "Tools" tab. Next, select "Register settings". If more than one "C" mode is available on your camera, the mode number desired must then be selected. Done. That's it. That "C" mode is programmed.
Two other "Custom shooting mode" menu options are available. The first is "Clear settings". I don't recall ever using this one. I simply program over the top of an already configured "C" mode if I want to make a change. I haven't felt a need to clean up any no-longer-needed "C" mode.
The other available option is "Change Auto update set". While a "C" mode is being used, camera settings can be changed. When "Change Auto update set" is set to "Enabled", any camera setting changes made while in a "C" mode are saved to the respective "C" mode. The camera will retain the new settings even after being powered off. When this option is set to "Disabled", the camera will revert back to the originally programmed settings when the camera powers off. My cameras are all set to "Enabled". "Enabled" requires a little more attention to the as-last-configured settings when beginning to shoot, but ... I found "Disabled" to be somewhat maddening and requiring even more constant attention.
Bryan's Custom Mode Settings
I am generally using camera models with three Custom modes and I have a standard configuration that I use on all of my cameras. Being configured identically means that it doesn't matter which camera I am using, I know which Custom mode to use when the configured-for situation presents itself. That configuration and my thought process behind it as follows:
Custom Mode 1: Action Photography
The action photography I do has general overarching camera settings requirements that lend themselves perfectly to a "C" mode.
My most-used standard camera mode is "M" (Manual) and this is what I programmed "C1" for. I use "M" mode for about 95% of my photography with "Av" (Aperture Priority) mode picking up 4.8% of the remaining mode use (most often when shooting under rapidly changing light levels such as a partly-cloudy sky when Auto ISO in "M" mode is not desired). My programmed manual exposure settings include a wide open aperture (usually from whichever lens I used last), an action-stopping 1/1600 shutter speed and Auto ISO. If the light is constant, I change the ISO to a specific setting at the venue.
My "C1" is configured for AI Servo AF with a single AF point selected and the camera's highest speed burst drive mode selected. If shooting under very low light (such as an indoor gym), I select a slower/longer shutter speed to allow reasonable ISO settings to be used.
Having an action mode ready for immediately use has great benefits that include being able to properly photograph a running animal that was calmly feeding just moments before.
Custom Mode 2: Landscape and Still Life Photography
I am very frequently shooting landscape and still life subjects from a tripod and my typical settings for such photography are programmed into "C2". Once again, my selected exposure mode is "M". I generally leave the aperture set to f/11 (full frame) or f/8 (APS-C) to plan for as much depth of field as I can get without compromising sharpness (due to diffraction). The shutter speed I need varies widely when I'm in "C2" mode. It is usually set to whatever shutter speed I last used and usually needs to be set for the current situation. My "C2" ISO is set to 100 for the least noise possible.
I have One Shot AF mode selected along with the single center AF point. Key for ultimate image sharpness is that mirror lockup and the 2-sec self-timer are selected in my "C2". With the mirror automatically raising 2 seconds before the shutter release, all vibrations, including those caused by my shutter release button press, subside before image capture begins.
I usually have Long Exposure Noise Reduction enabled in "C2".
While "C" modes are great for setup speed, my "C2" needs are not usually happening fast. But, having this configuration readily available still saves me a lot of setup time. Convenience has a lot of value.
Custom Mode 3: Situational-Dependent
Basically, I leave "C" mode 3 unprogrammed until needed at each event venue. Technically, my "C3" is programmed to whatever settings I used it for last, but ... those settings are likely irrelevant to the new situation. My use for this mode varies greatly, but the overriding reason I setup "C3" is to be able to recall a venue-specific camera condition the instant I need it. I use "C3" more infrequently than "C1" and "C2" because my needs outside of the regular M and Av mode are primarily captured in my Mode 1 and 2 settings.
How are Your Custom Modes Programmed?
The variation of camera setup needs between photographers can be dramatic. Give thought to your own "C" settings.
Post Date: 12/10/2014 11:15:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the SmugMug Films YouTube Channel:
You've never seen space like this. This short film gives an inside look at how NASA Astronaut Don Pettit captures breathtaking images of Earth's most famous phenomena - aurora, star trails, city lights, and more - from the inside the International Space Station.
Read our interview with Don on our blog. See his photos up close.
Post Date: 12/10/2014 11:29:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Profoto B1 2-Light Location Kit
B&H has a couple of deals on the wildly popular Profoto B1 Battery Powered Flashes. See below for details.
Profoto B1 Deals
ItemReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
Profoto B1 Battery Powered Flash$1,995.00$165.00$1,830.00
Profoto B1 2-Light Location Kit$3,950.00$350.05$3,599.95
Post Date: 12/10/2014 10:29:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera (review) available for $363.99 with free shipping. Compare at $599.00 new.
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Post Date: 12/10/2014 8:11:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon VIXIA Mini Camcorder
B&H is featuring the Canon VIXIA Mini Camcorder as a Deal Zone Deal of the Day and is available for $129.00. Regularly $299.00.
Post Date: 12/10/2014 6:59:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Use coupon code PXHDEAL6 at AdoramaPix to get 11x14 regular prints for only $2.00 + shipping. Regularly $2.99 - $4.99.
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Post Date: 12/10/2014 6:32:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Outdoor Photographer:
Award-Winning Photographer Now Holds Four of the Top 20 Most Expensive Photographs Ever Sold
"LAS VEGAS – Today, LIK USA announced the sale of the most expensive photograph in history by world-renowned fine art photographer, Peter Lik. 'Phantom' sold to a private collector for an unprecedented $6.5 million. The purchase also included Lik’s masterworks 'Illusion' for $2.4 million and 'Eternal Moods' for $1.1 million. With this $10 million sale, Lik now holds four of the top 20 spots for most expensive photographs ever sold. He already has a position in the ranking with a previous $1 million sale of famed image, 'One.'"
See the entire article on Outdoor Photographer's website.
Post Date: 12/10/2014 5:52:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens
B&H has the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens (review) in stock with limited supply. If this lens is on your wish list, act fast!
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Post Date: 12/9/2014 5:12:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the B&H YouTube Channel:
Running a financially sound business can often feel like a fine balancing act between pursuing passion vs. profits. Whether you’re new to the industry or a seasoned photographer, owning and running a full-time photography business requires that know how to make money and be profitable. Binita Patel shares her insights on how to MAKE MONEY as a full-time photographer.
The presentation will cover the following topics:
  • Defining the Value of Your Work
  • Selling: Pitching vs. Catching
  • Pricing and Packages
  • Understanding Your Finances
  • Achieving Profitability
Post Date: 12/9/2014 2:03:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,393.00 with free shipping. Compare at $3,099.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
Note: This camera is likely a grey market item and ineligible for Canon USA's warranty.
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Post Date: 12/9/2014 12:15:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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