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 Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Canon EOS 1D X AF Settings Guidebook Cover
The Canon Digital Learning Center (CDLC) has updated its EOS 1D X AF Setting Guidebook (PDF, 12.2MB) to reflect changes implemented in the 1D X's newest firmware (v2.0.3).
 
Before the firmware update, nearly all of the information in the 1D X Settings Guidebook applied to the 5D Mark III as well as the 1DX. After the update, the 1D X AF system differs from the 5D Mark III in the following ways:
 
From CDLC:

  • Improved low-light AF performance, with AI Servo AF
    EOS-1D X now offers even better AF performance at the start of focus-tracking and for the first shot in a sequence; no special menu settings need to be activated for this once Firmware V. 2.0 is installed in the EOS-1D X.
  • Expanded range of Accel./Decel. Tracking settings for steadily moving subjects
    EOS-1D X adds new “-1” and “-2” settings to extend AF stability with subjects moving at continuous, steady speeds. These also help AF not be slightly thrown-off by sudden but minor changes when focus-tracking a distant subject.
  • Wider range of “priority” choices — faster shooting speeds or more time for AF
    AI Servo 2nd Image Priority expands its range of choices with new “-2” (maintain fastest possible fps speed during a shooting sequence) and “+2” (slow down or even stop continuous shooting until sharpness is confirmed) settings.
  • Orientation Linked AF: option to link same AF Area type to pre-selected AF points
    EOS-1D X now offers the option to have memorized horizontal and vertical AF points with AF Area type linked — if one is changed, the other changes automatically.
  • Instantly change AF settings, or jump to 14 fps shooting, with a back-button
    New option to select an entirely new AF “Case,” change AF mode (One Shot AF to AI Servo or vice versa) or instantly switch from standard 12 fps hi-speed to 14 fps super hi-speed shooting by pressing either AF-ON or AE Lock button. Another option for these buttons: toggle from One Shot AF to AI Servo (or vice versa) only, while one of these back-buttons is pressed.
  • Register/Recall shooting function: instantly change major settings with a back-button
    EOS-1D X users can memorize an entirely different range of exposure, White Balance, AF Area type and AI Servo AF settings — and apply them to the AF-ON or AE Lock button. Without even removing the camera from the eye, a moving subject can continue to be tracked, even if (for instance) it moves from sunlight into shade or from steady, continuous movement to erratic, stop/start type movement.
  • Automatic AF point selection can start from last manually-selected AF point
    New EOS-1D X option to maintain same starting point for Automatic AF point selection, in AI Servo AF, as was being used during manual AF point selection.
  • Auto ISO enhancements
    Pre-select a faster minimum shutter speed (all the way up to 1/8000th second), under which Auto ISO will automatically be raised, and new EOS-1D X ability to intentionally apply Exposure Compensation when Auto ISO is used in Manual exposure mode.
  • Automatic exposure adjustment if Manual lens aperture suddenly changes
    EOS-1D X now has the option to shift either shutter speed or ISO (user’s choice) if a preset lens aperture in Manual exposure mode suddenly changes — for instance, if shooting wide-open with a lens alone and then adding an EF 1.4x or 2x Extender or if shooting wide-open with an f/2.8 lens and then changing to a slower f/4 or f/5.6 lens.

Even considering the recent changes reflected in the text, most 5D Mark III owners will find most of the information in the 1DX AF Settings Guidebook to be illuminating, relevant and useful.
 
Download the EOS 1D X AF Setting Guidebook (PDF, 12.2MB) for more information.

Post Date: 2/11/2014 8:14:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Check out filmmaker August Bradley's “Zoetrope Optika" which was filmed using the Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 OTUS Lens.
 
See behind the scenes information and production images over at planet5D.
Post Date: 2/11/2014 2:50:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the Canon Digital Learning Center Blog (post by Dan Carr):

"When winter rolls around, many landscapes go through dramatic changes that open up new possibilities for great photos. Snow-laden trees, icicles, frost patterns on foliage and winter sports are just a few of the many options. While many cameras are designed to work flawlessly at even down to 32 °F (0 °C), most will operate beyond this with a few simple precautions.
 
If you take a camera into a cold environment, the first thing you might notice is that battery life begins to drop. By 32 °F (0 °C), you might only lose 10% of the battery’s potential, but if it grows colder then it starts to become more noticeable. The first step to combat this is to keep your spare batteries inside your clothing, as close to your body as possible. In moderately cold conditions, this will be more than enough to keep the batteries within a normal operating range. It might be tempting to keep smaller point-and-shoot cameras inside your layers as well, but even in cold temperatures, we sweat when exerting energy like when you’re walking through deep snow or skiing. This sweating will cause condensation on your lens and potentially inside your camera, so it’s best to keep smaller cameras in a backpack or outer pocket."

Check out the full article on the Canon Digital Learning Center Blog.

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Post Date: 2/11/2014 11:56:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DSLR Controller with TP-Link 3G Battery Powered Wireless Router Self-Portrait
In May of last year, we posted William Bennett's guide on how to create a wireless tethering solution for the 1D X for less than $100.00. In the post, we pointed out that a battery-powered wireless router might be better than relying on a traditional router and an external battery source.
 
When I published the wireless tethering post, I purchased the TP-LINK battery-powered wireless router just to play around with. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a way to use it to tether my 5D Mark III because the 5D III doesn't have an ethernet port like the 1D X. That meant I had to use the USB port for communicating with the camera. As it turns out, I was not proficient enough in programming or networking to get wireless tethering to work with the 5D III.
 
Still wanting a wireless tethering solution, I looked for other ways of accomplishing the task. In October, I was able to wirelessly control my Canon EOS 7D using DSLR Controller paired with an Android TV dongle. While the setup worked, it wasn't perfect – the connection was buggy and the Android TV dongle needed an auxiliary power source (which added considerable bulk).
 
Fast forward to last week when I found DSLR Controller's walk-through for converting the TP-Link Portable Router into a wireless remote. The conversion requires that you flash your router with a custom firmware which basically renders it useless for any of its original purposes (see Note below). One quick firmware update later, I was rolling.
 
Ever since my first DSLR, I've used self-portraits to experiement with new gear and new techniques. Self-portraits are great because the subject is always available and amazingly patient as you endlessly play with your new gear. ;-)
 
In standard fashion, I decided to test the DSLR Controller + TP-Link Portable Wireless Router setup by creating a self portrait. I set up the background and lights and connected the router to my tripod mounted 5D III via the USB port and started shooting.

DSLR Controller Self Portrait Lighting Diagram

[Diagram courtesy of LightingDiagrams.com]
 
Lighting Setup:

PositionLight and Modifier
Camera Right, Behind SubjectCanon Speedlite 580EX with 24" Lastolite Ezybox w/ Grid
Camera Left, Behind SubjectCanon Speedlite 580EX with Rogue FlashBender Large (as flag)
Camera Left, Front of SubjectCanon Speedlite 580EX with Impact Collapsible Oval Reflector

Flashes were triggered by PocketWizard PlusX transceivers. The background was a Botero #037 Collapsible Reversible Background (Black/White).
 
Using DSLR Controller + TP-LINK Portable WiFi Router
 
Admittedly, I had some trouble getting DSLR Controller to connect with my Google Nexus 7 (original version) using the TP-Link Portable WiFi Router. However, once connected, everything worked quite well. The refresh rate on my Nexus 7 was very good; Live View video was very smooth. Exposure controls, camera settings and focus were relatively easy to manipulate using DSLR Controller. Being able to see the camera's Live View video made framing the self-portrait incredibly easy (and fun).
 
The DSLR Controller app + Portable WiFi Router combination can be used for so much more than making self-portraits easier. Some of my favorite features include HDR capture, timelapse, and focus stacking.
 
Speaking of focus stacking, I used DSLR Controller with the Portable WiFi Router hooked up to my EOS 7D and EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens (set to f/8) to create the image of the almond seen below. The final image was created by stacking 38 incrementally focused images with CombineZP (free focus-stacking software).

Almond Focus Stack with DSLR Controller

DSLR Controller even has a "Strobe Recharge Delay" setting that enables you to specify a time delay between shots so that any flashes you're using have time to recharge. For the shot above, a strobe delay setting of 3 seconds allowed my PocketWizard PlusX-triggered 580EX with LumiQuest Softbox LTp to recharge and prevent overheating.
 
I had absolutely no issues getting DSLR Controller to connect with my "wireless" EOS 7D. The setup worked flawlessly. After easily and reliably being able to connect the setup with my 7D, I tried trouble shooting the setup with my 5D Mark III. I finally figured out that TP-Link Portable WiFi Router simply takes a while to estabilish a connection with the camera (more than 60 seconds). DSLR Controller has some tips for troubleshooting issues on their FAQs, so you may want to read over those if you have trouble getting DSLR Controller to connect.
 
Update: Regarding the 5D III specifically, I've noticed that DSLR Controller will not want to connect if you are recording images to one card and playing them back using the secondary memory card. Be sure that your "Record func+card/folder sel." setting has "Playback" set to Card 1.
 
I've also had more success with these steps as opposed to the ones listed on DSLR Controller's website (again, specifically regarding the 5D III). If the connection steps on DSLR Conroller's website don't work for you, try this:

  1. Make sure your custom settings mimic those recommended on the FAQ tips on DSLR Controller's website.
  2. Power on the 5D III
  3. Power on the TL-MR3040
  4. Wait for the Wi-Fi LED to turn on
  5. Connect your camera to the TL-MR3040 by USB cable
  6. Wait about 60 seconds
  7. Connect your Android phone or tablet to the DSLR Controller Wi-Fi network
  8. Wait for 3rd LED light to appear on WiFi Router (approx. 60 seconds)
  9. Start DSLR Controller on your Android device

Although I was using an original Google Nexus 7 tablet, DSLR Controller notes that some people have experienced issues with the newer Nexus 7 FHD tablet released in 2013. If you're wanting to purchase a tablet specifically for DSLR Controller use, I'd stick with the original Google Nexus 7 or another device listed as compatible with DSLR Controller.
 
Despite the connection issues with my 5D III, I'm really happy and excited about this setup. Once everything gets connected the setup works beautifully. I've been having tons of fun with it and I've barely scratched the surface of what DSLR Controller can do. If you already own a compatible Android phone or tablet, then the DSLR Controller App ($7.99) and TP-LINK TL-MR3040 3G/4G Wireless N150 Portable Router ($34.99) combination can be more fun and creatively inspiring than the [small] financial investement would suggest.
 
Note: Jorrit Jongma, the developer of DSLR Controller, reached out to me and requested I mention a couple of things. The custom firmware loaded on the TP-Link portable router is OpenWRT firmware which should offer many of the same features (and more) of the original firmware (although converting the device back to the original firmware can be tricky). Also, if your camera features built-in Wi-Fi (like the EOS 6D and 70D), DSLR Controller will work directly with your camera (and offers more functionality than Canon's OEM WiFi app).

Post Date: 2/11/2014 10:16:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk Extreme II Solid State Drive (SSD)
Post Date: 2/11/2014 9:08:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
Webinar with PhotoShelter's Co-founder and Chairman Allen Murabayashi
 
No matter your specialty, as a photographer looking to get work you need to be able to answer the two basic questions above. In this webinar Allen will not only guide you through how to answer both questions but will show you how the answers will help you build a better online presence and attract clients to your work.
 
As the battle for attention rages on in all corners of the web, strategies to gain recognition, get clients, and stay top of mind are constantly changing. Here, Allen offers up tips from the presentations he’s given at WPPI, PPE, The Palm Springs Photo Festival and numerous other conferences. He’ll focus on how to find the best recipe for using the web to attract and engage the right audience and turn them into loyal clients.
 
In this webinar you’ll learn about:

  • The “smell test” (hint: it’s what your online brand is emitting)
  • The "search engine lottery" do's and don'ts
  • The “stop doing list” (or, how to make smart decisions with your time)
  • The “boomerang” effect for getting old clients coming back for more

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 12th, 4:00pm Eastern
 
Register Now

Post Date: 2/11/2014 7:47:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 10, 2014
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From LensRentals:
 
Is there a special item that you've been dying to rent but you haven't pulled the trigger yet? For the last two weeks of February you can save 25% on one item on your order. Simply put promo code 25OFF in the special instructions box.
 
The Nuts and Bolts:

  • The 25% applies to the most expensive item on your order.
  • Arrival date for the rental must be between February 17-28th
  • Discount only applies to rentals
  • Cannot be combined with any other promotions or discounts
  • One use per customer

To support this site, click on the appropriate product review and then click the Rent button beside the camera/lens you want to rent.

Post Date: 2/10/2014 5:47:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
MindShift Gear rotation180° Panorama Backpack (Tahoe Blue)
From MindShift Gear:
 
Designed for those who want quick access outdoors to their cameras, binoculars, GPS devices, nature identification books, maps, iPads, and more, the rotation180° Panorama’s beltpack rotates to the front for quick gear access and without first having to take off the backpack or even stop hiking. Its upper compartment has room for a 3 liter hydration bladder, jackets, food, and the like.
 

 
In addition, MindShift is making available for order two new products for outdoor photographers:

  • The Filter Hive is the first case designed for quick access to round, square, and rectangular camera lens filters. The Filter Hive solves organizational and functional problems of conservation, landscape, outdoor action, and wildlife photographers who need quick access to filters of different shapes. The filter case resembles a bee hive with padded, felt-lined slots that protect delicate glass and resin filters.
  • The UltraLight Camera Cover is the lightest, most compact camera cover for outdoor photography. Available in three sizes, this “skin-style” camera pouch/cover is designed for outdoor, nature, and action photographers who wear a normal or pro DSLR camera with small to medium lens out on their chest, ready to shoot. Its adjustable shock-cord on lid allows the cover to fit multiple camera and lens combinations.

By placing your order now, you are guaranteed of receiving your gear in this first shipment being received by MindShift Gear. The gear is scheduled to ship in early March.

Post Date: 2/10/2014 4:36:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang 8mm T3.8 UMC Fish-Eye CS II Lens
Post Date: 2/10/2014 2:28:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 700D with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Kit
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon EOS 700D (Rebel T5i) with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Kit available for $879.00. Compare at $949.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/10/2014 9:19:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
B&H has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens (review) available for an in-cart price of $99.00 with free shipping. Regularly $110.00.
 
Note: B&H also has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens [Grey Market] available for an in-cart price of $95.00 with free shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/10/2014 9:06:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
ExpoImaging Rogue Flash Gels Universal Lighting Filter Kit
Just posted: ExpoImaging Rogue Flash Gels Universal Lighting Filter Kit Review
 
Learn why you need gel filters for your flash and learn how this kit can take your flash photography to another level.
Post Date: 2/10/2014 8:48:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Speedlite 320EX Flash
Adorama has the Refurbished Canon Speedlite 320EX Flash (review) available for $167.00. Compare at $199.00 new.
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Post Date: 2/10/2014 8:34:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,577.84 with free shipping. Compare at $1,749.00.
 
Save even more when you buy refurbished – B&H has the Refurbished Canon EOS 6D available for $1,539.95 with free shipping!
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Post Date: 2/10/2014 8:19:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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The Canon Store is running a promotion where you can save 20% on select refurbished lenses and flashes when you buy any refurbished DSLR camera or kit.
 
Refurbished DSLR Cameras In Stock

Refurbished ItemRefurb. Price
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body2,719.20
Canon EOS 6D Body1,519.20
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 18-135 IS1,439.20
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 28-135 IS1,359.20
Canon EOS 7D Body1,199.20
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM839.20
Canon EOS 60D + EF-S 18-135 IS 767.36
Canon EOS Rebel T4i + 18-135 IS STM735.36
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM679.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM599.99
Canon EOS Rebel T4i + EF-S 18-55 IS575.99
Canon EOS 60D Body575.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Body559.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i + EF-S 18-55 IS479.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3 + EF-S 18-55 IS359.99

Refurb. Lenses and Flashes Eligible for 20% Off with Refub. Camera Purchase

Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM919.20183.84735.36
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.9976.80307.19
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99104.00415.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9937.60150.39
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9932.00127.99
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9932.00127.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II100.7920.1680.63
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM639.99128.00511.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.9980.00319.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99112.00447.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9940.00159.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9927.20108.79

 Friday, February 07, 2014
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
Adorama has the Refurbished Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (review) available or $1,499.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,749.00 new.
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Post Date: 2/7/2014 12:19:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM Lens
B&H has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM Lens [Grey Market] (review) available for an in-cart $644.00 with free shipping. Compare at $709.00 for the USA version.
 
B&H Grey Market Warranty Information:
"For IMP items only, B&H provides a warranty identical to the provisions and limitations of the manufacturer's warranty for such items, with the exception of the time period, which is equal to the term of the manufacturer's warranty or one (1) year, whichever is less. Your dated B&H sales receipt is all you need to obtain warranty coverage from B&H for a 'grey market' product purchased from us."
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Post Date: 2/7/2014 9:54:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
A Large Spoonful of Candy
In the Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter review, I included a photo of a large spoonful of tiny balls of candy. I thought you might appreciate knowing more about this image, so I'll share the recipe:
 
1. Clamp a melon-baller (my large "spoon") over a clean black back-painted glass surface using a Delta Clamp and fill it until overflowing with cookie/cake sprinkles (the tiny balls of candy).
 
2. Tripod-mount a Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens attached to a Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR in manual mode with settings of 1/160, f/16 and ISO 100.
 
3. Mount a Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter to the 5D III and configure a Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash as a slave.
 
4. Attach a Rogue FlashBender Softbox XL to the 600EX-RT.
 
5. While handholding the flash and softbox, trigger the image capture using a Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote.
 
The result is this image. While the reflection created by the Rogue Softbox is not as smooth as those delivered by more expensive softboxes, the reflection is not bad. One might think that a cloudy sky was the source the reflection.
 
Overall, I like the bright candy colors in this otherwise monochromatic scene. Images like this are easy to create with the right gear available.
Post Date: 2/7/2014 9:14:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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