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 Monday, December 19, 2016
Expired: Through midnight tonight, B&H has the DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter available for $849.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,199.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Gimbal-Stabilized 4K / 12MP Camera
  • Visual Sensor for Obstacle Avoidance
  • Streamlined Shell / Magnesium Unibody
  • Top Speed of 44.7mph in Sport Mode
  • Maximum Control Range of 3.1 Miles
  • Visual Tracking of Moving Subject
  • Up to 32.8' Vision Positioning Altitude
  • TapFly - Fly With a Tap of the Finger
  • Avoids Obstacles When Returning Home
  • Up to 28 Minutes Flying Time
Post Date: 12/19/2016 6:03:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the DigitalRev In-Focus YouTube Channel:
 
Learn the history of Adobe Photoshop in 3 minutes.
 
This video is dedicated to anyone who has ever frantically scrolled through the history menu, tooled around with layer styles for hours on end or been baffled by the pen tool.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 12/19/2016 1:50:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Until noon Eastern Time today, Adorama has the Manfrotto 190Go! 4-Section Aluminum Tripod Black W/Manfrotto MVH502AH Video Head available for $249.88 with free shipping. Regularly $349.88.
Just posted: Canon W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter Review.
 
The Canon W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter arrived on my doorstep about 6-weeks ago, yet it only took a few days to fully appreciate the value this inexpensive (only $39.95) accessory can add to one's kit. If you currently own an EOS 5Ds/5Ds R or 7D Mark II, this easy-to-pack accessory is definitely worth consideration.
 
If you were a bit underwhelmed by the W-E1's announcement, be sure to read our full review to discover a few details that may surprise you. (Sean)
 
The Canon W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter is available for preorder at the following retailers:
B&H | Adorama | Canon Store | Wex Photographic
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/19/2016 8:56:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon's previous rebate period ended this weekend but a new rebate program has taken its place. The good news for us is that several of the rebates increased. Most of the new rebates are live Dec 18 - Dec 31 unless otherwise noted.
 
This rebate program will be especially inticing for those interested in picking up the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM.
 
With many retailers offering free next-day shipping, it's not too late for some nice gear to make its way under the tree.
 
New Instant Rebate
 
  • Rebel T6i w/ 18-55 IS STM Video Creator + 55-250 IS STM qualifies for $400.00 rebate
Instant Rebates Increases
 
Instant Rebate Decreases
 
  • Rebel T6s – highest kit rebate from $350.00 to $300.00
  • Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM – from $100.00 to $70.00
In a rather odd move, Canon ended the 600EX-RT rebate but carried over the 600EX II-RT rebate. That makes the 600EX II-RT $70.00 less expensive than its predecessor.
 
Special Rebate Programs
 
Certain Rebel T5i, SL1 and T6 kits qualify for their own rebate programs. The first period runs from Dec 18 to Dec 24:
 
  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i + lens (or Video Creator) kit qualifies for $350.00 - $400.00 rebate
  • Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + 18-55 STM, 75-300 III qualifies for $350.00 rebate
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6 + 18-55 II, 75-300 III qualifies for $250.00 - $300.00 rebate*
*If purchased separately (Rebel T6 w/ 18-55 + 75-300 III), then the rebate is $250.00. If purchased as part of a two-lens bundle kit, the rebate is $300.00
 
The second rebate period runs from Dec 25 to Dec 31 and features lower rebates than the previous program:
 
  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i + lens (or Video Creator) kit qualifies for $300.00 - $350.00 rebate
  • Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + 18-55 STM, 75-300 III qualifies for $300.00 rebate
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6 + 18-55 II, 75-300 III qualifies for $200.00 rebate
The Rebel T5 still qualifies for $150.00 - $300.00 instant rebate, though it remains unlisted in the official rebate material.
 
Canon Camera and Lens Instant Rebates
 
ModelRebate AmountAuthorized Retailers
Canon EOS 5Ds Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 5Ds R Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 6D Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 80D Buy$100.00 - $700.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 70D Buy$300.00 - $550.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T6s / 760D Buy$150.00 - $300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D Buy$200.00 - $400.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D Buy$200.00 - $400.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Buy$100.00 - $250.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D Buy$150.00 - $300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Buy$150.00 - $350.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS M3 Buy$250.00 - $650.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS M10 Buy$150.00 - $170.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy$20.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$80.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy$250.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$20.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$80.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$70.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy$70.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens Buy$15.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy$70.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$70.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flash Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX Flash Buy$60.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/19/2016 7:55:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Shenyang China, Dec 19, 2016 – Zhongyi Optics (ZY Optics) has released a new compact Super Macro Lens for full frame cameras, the Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5x Super Macro Lens and it features a high reproduction ratio up to 4.5:1.
 
Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro Lens is very compact in its class which allows photographers to capture extremely fine details or patterns with ease. The lens is capable of creating unbelievable macro images ranging from 4x to 4.5x magnification. Users no longer need to DIY or use any extension tubes to reach high magnification shooting. It incorporates a 6pcs of elements in 4 groups structure which delivers impressive resolution from corners to corners. Weighing merely 0.5 lbs (230g) and 6cm long, it is a perfect companion for wildlife and outdoor shooting. The wide angle of view and close focusing distance allows you to compose creative images with more information included into the frame. Greater magnification (up to 13:1) can also be achieved by stacking extension tubes or bellows. The high magnification is also extremely useful for scientific purposes.
 
Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f 2.0 4.5X Super Macro Lens Sample Image

The enclosure of the lens is made of metal to strengthen its durability. Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony FE, Sony Alpha, Pentax K, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Fuji X mounts are available.
 
Pricing & Availability
 
Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro Lens is now available to ship and purchase at ZY Optics authorized resellers and at our official website (http://www.zyoptics.net/). The Recommended Retail price is USD 199.
 
Note: The sample image posted above as well as the sample images published on Zhongyi's website have been [rather heavily] edited in Photoshop Lightroom 6.5. For more details, check out the full EXIF information for the fingerprint sample image.
Category: ZY Optics News
Post Date: 12/19/2016 7:28:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EOS Rebel T6i EF-S 18-55mm IS STM & EF-S 55-250mm IS STM Lenses available for $509.99. Compare at $849.00 new after $350.00 instant savings.
 
Kit Includes
 
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6i with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Kit
  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
Through the end of today Eastern Time, B&H has the Manfrotto PIXI Mini Table Top Tripod (White) available for $11.88 with free shipping. Regularly $24.88.
 
Don't forget, you'll also want to pick up a smartphone tripod mount adapter for attaching your phone to the tripod.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Mini Ball Head with Single Knob
  • Push Button Ball Head Adjustment
  • 1/4"-20 Camera Screw
  • Stainless Steel and Adapto Polymer
  • Rubber Feet
  • 5.3" Maximum Height
  • Supports up to 2.2 lb
  • Weighs Just 6.7 oz
Post Date: 12/19/2016 5:25:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through the end of today Eastern Time, B&H has the Datacolor Spyder5EXPRESS Display Calibration System available for $79.99 with free shipping. Regularly $129.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Calibrate Laptops, Desktop Monitors
  • Includes Color Probe
  • Fixed Calibration Choice
  • Before and After Evaluation
  • Comes in a Reusable Box / Case
 Sunday, December 18, 2016
 Saturday, December 17, 2016
Most of the time, images of wildlife approaching are better than those of wildlife going away. The problem is, where the wildlife is going to go is not always predictable. It is much easier to follow wildlife than to stay ahead of it.
 
These incredibly-cute twin white-tailed deer fawns were with their mother and she was meandering through the woods, feeding in a seemingly random manner. I was constantly adjusting my position, trying to be in the right place as they passed through a potentially good scene.
 
When I saw the adorable little fawns headed for a fern-bordered clearing, I immediately saw the potential image and moved into position. I couldn't have requested a better direction, though they came through very fast. With the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II in high speed burst mode, I was able to capture a string of images as they came through. The fast frame rate afforded me the opportunity to be quite selective, choosing my favorite body positions. This one stood out to me for the symmetry in the fawns' stride along with their head positions.
 
Photographing in the woods with direct sunlight reaching through the canopy makes lighting very challenging. The giant overhead softbox that a cloudy day creates resolves that problem and this day had been perfect. There was direct sunlight in the early morning, providing great warm lighting in the fields of Big Meadows. As the sun rose and the lighting cooled, cloud cover rolled in and provided great light for photographing in and near the woods all day long. This image was captured at 2:39 PM on a late spring day.
 
But, just because the lighting is good does not mean that the animals will be there. Deer typically feed early and late in the day and finding them mid-day can be challenging. Many photographers don't feel that mid-day is worth their time. Perhaps I'm not that smart, but ... this mother had two hungry little ones to feed and was in need of additional meals. I was out hunting for subjects and our paths crossed.
 
As I've mentioned before, a monopod is faster to setup and adjust than a tripod and the monopod was a key part of my kit on this encounter. Being able to set up fast enabled me to position myself closer to where the fawns currently were, making the ideal position prediction more accurate.
 
Another fawn photography tip I'll share is the timing for fawn photography. You will probably agree that fawns are their cutest just after birth, before they grow very rapidly. But, newborn fawns are not as active as those a week or two old. The newborns stay hidden in their beds a significant percentage of the time, making them harder to photograph. If your time is short and you want your encounter rate increased, consider timing your photography trip for a week or two later than you would for just-born fawns.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
400mm  f/5.6  1/500s
ISO 2500
5212 x 3474px
Post Date: 12/17/2016 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 16, 2016
Hot Deal: Adorama has the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens + PIXMA PRO-100 Bundle available for $1,649.00 with free shipping after $300.00 instant savings and $250.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $2,199.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets
  • Pro Optic 77mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit
  • Pro Optic Complete Optics Care and Cleaning Kit
Adorama has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens + PIXMA PRO-100 Bundle available for $1,649.00 with free shipping after $200.00 instant savings and $250.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $2,099.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets
  • Pro Optic 77mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit
  • Pro Optic Complete Optics Care and Cleaning Kit
Until 4:15pm Eastern Time today, B&H is featuring nice discounts on Microsoft Surface Pro Tablets (up to $330.00).
Post Date: 12/16/2016 10:25:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has submitted a patent for an RGBW 12 sensor array.
 
Patent Details
 
  • Release date 2016.12.8
  • Application date 2015.4.15
  • RGBW 12 array
  • Generate resolution data and color data, synthesize resolution data and color data, upconvert, process with mosaic processing (Bayer conversion), demosaic order
Want more information regarding this patent filing? Check out Canon's full US Patent below.
US 20160309130 A1: Apparatus, system, and signal processing method for image pickup using resolution data and color data
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/16/2016 8:25:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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