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 Friday, September 25, 2015
With the moon as close to Earth as it gets, we'll be treated with a total lunar eclipse, or Blood Moon, this Sunday evening. Those in the mid-to-Eastern United States, South America, Western Africa and Western Europe will be able to see every stage of the total lunar eclipse (about 3 1/2 hours total), with other areas seeing the eclipse during various stages.
This is an especially important event because:
  • A total lunar eclipse occurring during a supermoon is a rare event. The last time it happened was 1982; after Sunday, it'll be 2033 before it happens again.
  • There will not be another opportunity to see (or photograph) a total lunar eclipse anywhere on Earth until 2018.
So charge your batteries, put memory cards in your cameras and get ready to capture this especially rare event.
Key Times for Total Lunar Eclipse, Sept. 27–28, 2015
Penumbra first visible0:408:40 p.m.7:40 p.m.
Partial eclipse begins1:079:07 p.m.8:07 p.m.7:07 p.m.
Total eclipse begins2:1110:11 p.m.9:11 p.m.8:11 p.m.7:11 p.m.
Mid-eclipse2:4710:47 p.m.9:47 p.m.8:47 p.m.7:47 p.m.
Total eclipse ends3:2311:23 p.m.10:23 p.m.9:23 p.m.8:23 p.m.
Partial eclipse ends4:2712:27 a.m.11:27 p.m.10:27 p.m.9:27 p.m.
Penumbra last visible4:5512:55 a.m.11:55 p.m.10:55 p.m.9:55 p.m

You can find more details regarding the eclipse at
For tips on photographing the event, check out Nikon USA's Learn and Explore Article, "How to Photograph a Lunar Eclipse."
Post Date: 9/25/2015 11:40:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
35mm f/1.4 Lens Comparison
The 35 L II has grown physically over the 35 L I, but as illustrated in this comparison image, most will not likely find the new size to be a differentiator when comparing like-specification lenses. The new lens' weight is also higher, but again, not likely higher enough to influence decisions.
ModelWeightDimensions w/o HoodFilterYear 
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens26.8 oz(760g)3.2 x 4.2"(80.4 x 105.5mm)72mm2015
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens20.5 oz(580g)3.1 x 3.4"(79.0 x 86.0mm)72mm1998
Nikon 35mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens21.2 oz(600g)3.3 x 3.5"(83 x 89.5mm)67mm2010
Samyang 35mm f/1.4 US UMC Lens23.3 oz(660g)3.3 x 4.4"(83 x 111mm)77mm2011
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens23.5 oz(665g)3.0 x 3.7"(77 x 94mm)67mm2012
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZE Lens29.7 oz(840g)3.1 x 3.9"(78 x 99.3mm)72mm2010

Distortion and flare results along with standardized product images are now available on the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens page.
On a side note, the complete range of standard results and measurements (sans product images) are now available on the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Lens page.
Post Date: 9/25/2015 8:46:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Amazon Logo
Amazon is offering a 1-year Prime Membership for only $67.00 for new customers, a nice discount from the regular $99.00 annual fee. The sale ends tonight at midnight Pacific time.
To see the deal, go to the link above and follow the link that says:
"Today only, join Amazon Prime for $67 (normally $99) and save $32 on your first year’s membership. Offer valid through 11:59pm PT on Friday, September 25th. To sign up, click here."
I've been an Amazon Prime customer for a couple of years now and I believe the benefits far exceed the cost (even at the normal price). With a prime membership, you get the following benefits:
  • Free 2-Day Shipping
  • Prime Photos
  • Prime Videos
  • Prime Music
  • Kindle Owners' Lending Library
If you shop from Amazon half as much as I do, the free 2-day shipping alone will make the annual membership a good investment. [Sean]
Post Date: 9/25/2015 8:26:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera available for $1,204.55 with free shipping. Compare at $1,499.00 after $300.00 instant rebate.
You may also qualify for $24.09 in eBay Bucks with this purchase.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty. However, the auction advertises that the item comes with a 1-year warranty provided by the seller.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/25/2015 7:45:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5DS R DSLR Camera
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon EOS 5DS R DSLR Camera available for $3,349.00. Compare at $3,899.00.
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/25/2015 6:38:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 14
From the Adobe Blog:
September 24, 2015 – If you’re like most people, there’s a lot going on in your life. In addition to work and other day-to-day activities, you’re busy with back-to-school events, weekend outings, sports, hobbies, holidays and gatherings with friends and family. And since you always have your smartphone or tablet with you, you’re probably taking more photos and videos than ever before.
It’s great that you can easily capture these moments, but since you’re living the moments, too, you don’t want to have to worry about things like lighting, composition and trying to get the perfect shot or video. That’s why the Elements team is excited to announce the release of Photoshop Elements 14 & Premiere Elements 14. We built this version with the goal of helping you stay in the moment, enjoy your memories and make the most of your precious time. Elements 14 software uses content intelligence, automated features and a friendly interface to help you effortlessly turn your quick snapshots and video clips into amazing photos and movies.
We’ve created some great new features and we’ve enhanced existing ones to make them better and easier to use. Here’s a quick look:
What’s new in the Elements Organizer
Find and organize with ease: We’ve revamped the Elements Organizer so you can more quickly find the photos and videos you need. The enhanced People view does an even better job recognizing the faces in your photos, and it stacks them by person during import so it’s easy to find photos of specific people later.
The enhanced Places view makes it easier to assign locations to your photos and videos, and view them right on a map based on where you took them. And in the Events view, your media is clustered by date range making it easy to apply an Events tag to that cluster.
What’s new in Photoshop Elements 14

Bye-bye, camera shake: We call Shake Reduction “your selfies’ best friend,” but it’s great for any photo shot with a handheld camera. Just click to remove the camera shake blurs that come from unsteady hands.
Never a hazy day: Ever notice that, when you take a photo of an outdoor landscape, moisture in the air can cause the background to look hazy? Now you can use Haze Remover to make the background as crisp as what’s up front. De-haze in one click, or use sliders for more control.
Speed Guided Edit for action shots: Whether your photo captures a ball in flight, a bike zipping by, or some other cool moment, now you can get step-by-step help amping up the action by adding cool motion blurs.
Resize in seconds with a new Guided Edit: Want your photo to fit a certain picture frame or spot on a website? With step-by-step help, resizing has never been easier.
Select hair in a snap: It used to be a real chore to select hair, pet fur and other fine details in photos. Now you can just paint loosely over the area you want to select, and Elements detects the edges and does the rest with the Fine Detail Selection option.
Get custom looks to fit any photo: Want to give a photo some extra style, but not sure which effect will look best? Elements analyzes the subject, color and lighting and Smart Looks gives you five effects that fit perfectly.
Quick edits made easier: Quick Edit mode is now even friendlier and easier to use, letting you rotate photos and make quick fixes faster than before.
What’s new in Premiere Elements 14

Tell dazzling stories with motion titles: When you’ve made a great movie, why not start it off right? Grab attention with new, professional-looking motion titles. Premiere Elements makes it easy to animate text and graphics using built-in presets.
Color Pop Guided Edit for instant wow: Color Pop for photos was a big hit last year, so we added a Guided Edit for Premiere Elements this year. Create some visual drama by popping one or more colors in a scene and pushing everything else to black-and-white. You can fine-tune for hue, saturation and luminance, too. Elements walks you through it step by step.
Play with time using Guided Edits: Get step-by-step help creating slow-motion effects that add emphasis, suspense or drama. Or, get guidance with adding fast-motion effects that speed up your story and create energy, excitement or fun.
Go beyond HD with 4K: If you’ve got a 4K Ultra HD video camera and/or TV, you know what all the fuss is about. Now you can use Premiere Elements to edit and view 4K movies for the ultimate cinematic experience.*
Sound your best: Audio sets your movie’s mood, and now it’s easier than ever to fine-tune your sound. We’ve brought all of the audio features together in one place so they’re easy to find, and a new toggle screen lets you focus on just audio or video parts of a clip as needed.
Easily export optimized movies in multiple formats: Now when you’re ready to export your movie, Premiere Elements recommends settings for you. That way you get a movie that looks great on whatever device or screen you choose, from iPads, iPods and other smartphones to big-screen 4K and HD TVs.
B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14 available for preorder.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 9/25/2015 5:28:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 24, 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via ElectronicsValley) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,999.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/24/2015 1:53:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Fracture Logo
Through September 30, use coupon code FALL15 at to save 15% on your Fracture (glass print) order.
Post Date: 9/24/2015 12:04:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lowepro Nova Sport 17L AW Shoulder Bag
Adorama has the Lowepro Nova Sport 17L AW Shoulder Bag available for $19.95 with free shipping. Regularly $47.95.
Post Date: 9/24/2015 11:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens page.
We currently have two copies of the 35mm f/1.4 L II lens going through the lab. Results from both will be posted with at least one of the lenses being tested on the EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, allowing direct comparisons with lenses tested on those bodies.
This is a very sharp lens. The contrast at f/1.4 looks great.
As I noted yesterday, B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens available for preorder (initial inventory sold out quickly).
Can't wait? The Canon Store has the 35 L II in stock and several are available on eBay.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/24/2015 9:08:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
TSA Master Keys Compromised
A story by the Washington Post entitled "The secret life of baggage: Where does your luggage go at the airport?" briefly showed a picture of a TSA agent holding his set of master luggage keys. A France based individual going by the name Xylitol created CAD drawings of the master keys and made them freely available for download. And in the age of 3D printing, that's all it took to bring the TSA lock system to its knees.
Soon after the CAD drawings were made available, Bernard Bolduc of Montreal downloaded the files and 10 minutes later had created a 3D printed master key that opened his TSA lock. The result is staggering – millions of TSA locks are now [practically] useless as anyone with a 3D printer can churn out TSA master keys at will.
Photography is a powerful medium. It has ability to influence public policy or be the catalyst for war. On that note, a camera can be used as an instrument of great intentions or alternately, a dangerous weapon; be careful what you point it at. [Sean]
Post Date: 9/24/2015 7:01:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Lens for Canon EF-M
Want the widest aperture lens available for your Canon EOS M3? Look no further!
B&H has the Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Manual Lens for EF-M Mount availale for $1,199.00 with free expedited shipping after $700.00 instant savings. Regularly $1,899.00.
Product Highlights
  • Canon EF-M Mount/APS-C Format
  • 64mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/0.85 to f/22
  • Concave Front Lens Element
  • 250° Manual Focus Throw
  • Ten-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • Metal Lens Barrel & Integrated Lens Hood
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.5'
  • Filter Thread: 67mm
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/24/2015 5:34:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Steadicam Solo Stabilizer & Monopod
For a limited time, B&H has the Steadicam Solo Stabilizer & Monopod available for $149.00 with free expedited shipping after $100.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $499.00.
Product Highlights
  • Converts between Steadicam and Monopod
  • 3-Axis Gimbal
  • 10 lb Weight Capacity
  • Telescopically Extends to Four Sections
  • Includes QR Plate and Counterweights
  • Folds to a Portable 24"
  • Supports Optional Arm and Vest
Post Date: 9/24/2015 5:05:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens
MTF average and variance charts are now available on the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens page.
You are going to like what you see! The new lens is looking impressive. Here is the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II vs. I lens comparison. There are many more interesting comparisons to be made – use the tool to find them.
Special thanks to Roger at Olaf Optical Testing for the quick delivery of these charts! has the 35mm L II ready to ship today. Simply hit the "Rent" button on the MTF tool page to give this lens a try.
B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens available for preorder (initial inventory sold out quickly).
Can't wait? The Canon Store has the 35 L II in stock and several are available on eBay.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/23/2015 9:39:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review.
Great lens. B&H has the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens in stock with a $300.00 instant rebate available.
Post Date: 9/23/2015 9:12:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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