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 Monday, March 30, 2015
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $379.99. Compare at $499.00 new after $200.00 instant savings.
Relevant Reviews
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/30/2015 7:28:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Digital Learning Center
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
"Ever since the Speedlite 600EX-RT was introduced a couple of years ago, my [author Eric Stoner's] life as a portrait artist changed forever. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my Speedlite 580EXII! But, the amount of additional control and reliability that the Speedlite 600EX-RT offers is, in a word, superior!
'Speedliting,' for many people, can be a scary proposition especially using E-TTL Automatic flash. One reason, and it’s a good one, is that you never really know how much power the flash is outputting. Does one really NEED to know that information? I’m sure for some of you that the answer is 'yes' and I understand it, but I’m a results kind of guy! I know that these Speedlites work very well and I trust them!"
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
B&H carries Canon Speedlite flashes.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/30/2015 7:14:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Fracture Logo
Through April 6, use coupon code BLOOM at FractureMe.com to save 20% on your fracture glass print.
Post Date: 3/30/2015 7:02:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photo Retrospective 10-BL Blue Slate
Limited time only – Adorama has select Think Tank Photo Retrospective Shoulder Bags on sale right now.
Retrospective Bag Sale
ItemReg. PriceSale Price
Think Tank Retrospective 30-BL (Blue Slate)$194.75$109.95
Think Tank Retrospective 20-BL (Blue Slate)$174.75$89.95
Think Tank Retrospective 10-BL (Blue Slate)$165.75$89.95
Post Date: 3/30/2015 6:55:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang Teasing New Lens
From the Samyang Optics Facebook Page:
With immense focus and unparalleled features, #SamyangOptics will introduce the latest product. Stay tuned.
B&H carries Samyang lenses.
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 3/30/2015 6:38:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon:
TOKYO, March 30, 2015 — Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ) today announced that it filed its annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2014, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 27, 2015. The annual report on Form 20-F, which contains the Company's complete audited financial statements, can be accessed from the Company's website at:
The Company will also provide a hard copy of its complete audited financial statements free of charge to all shareholders upon request.
To facilitate this, Canon provides an online request form that can be accessed from the Company's website at:
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/30/2015 6:15:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, March 29, 2015
B+W Circular Polarizer Filter
B&H just made the 52mm circular polarizer filter choice easy! They have the B+W 52mm Kaesemann XS-Pro Circular Polarizer MRC Nano Filter on sale for $42.95 (Reg $82.95). This deal is for today only or while supplies last.
This is one of the best CP filters made (this is what I use) and at this price, I doubt the supply is going to last for long. Act fast!
Post Date: 3/29/2015 7:00:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 27, 2015
Canon and Nikon Rebates
Most of the currently active Canon and Nikon camera, lens and flash rebates are expiring tomorrow. We have been given no indication whether or not these rebates will be extended, so if there is a rebated item on your to-buy list, now is a good time to order it. Get the rebate details here:
Canon Camera and Lens Rebates
Nikon Camera and Lens Rebates
Post Date: 3/27/2015 12:44:39 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
NatureScapes Skimmer Ground Pod II
I mentioned that I used a NatureScapes Skimmer Ground Pod II for the capture of my yesterday-posted royal tern photo. Today I posted a short review of that useful tool.
B&H has the NatureScapes Skimmer Ground Pod II in stock.
Post Date: 3/27/2015 9:28:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"Canon Explorer Fernando Guerra originally qualified as an architect, but went on to combine this training with his love of photography, to become one of the world’s foremost architectural photographers. The new EOS 5DS DSLR – with its extraordinary 50.6 Megapixel sensor – is the perfect tool for people in Fernando’s line of work, as well as for landscape and studio photographers. So when Canon invited him to put a pre-production model of the camera through its paces, he was only too happy to accept. Once his test run was over, CPN caught up with Fernando to get his first impressions..."
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/27/2015 7:39:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Bolt CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Canon
For a limited time, B&H has the Bolt CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Canon available for $44.95 with free shipping. Regularly $74.95.
Product Highlights
  • Extends Portable Flash Capacity
  • Up to 595 Flashes Per Charge
  • Fast Recycle Times Up to 1.24 Sec
  • Thermal Switch Prevents Overheating
  • Option of Using 4 or 8 AA Batteries
  • Alkaline, Lithium or Ni-MH Batteries
Compatible Flashes
Canon: Speedlite 600EX-RT, Speedlite 580EX, Speedlite 580EX II, Speedlite 550EX, Speedlite 540EZ, Speedlite 430EZ, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX
Bolt: VX-710N, VX-710C, VX-760N, VX-760C
Nissin: Di700 for Canon, Di866 for Canon, Di866 Mark II for Canon, MG8000 for Canon
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/27/2015 7:31:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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 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
Canon Logo
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
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