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 Monday, January 12, 2015
Dealing with Wind During an Independence Pass Sunset
Independence Pass is at 12,095' elevation on the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range in Colorado. The top of a really tall mountain is often a great location choice for photographing (or just watching) a sunset, but the best photo (or view) is not always directly into the sun to the west. Really great sunsets also light up the eastern sky and on this particular evening, a storm to the east provided great color over the stark landscape at this pass.
 
A wide angle landscape photo composed of rock and clouds and captured on a tripod generally would not need ISO increased to 200 to maintain a 1/25 second exposure just to retain sharpness. But, the wind was ripping across the top of this mountain and I was not comfortable even with this 1/25 shutter speed.
 
There are various ways to deal with wind when photographing, but a solid tripod setup is the first key. Without any other protection from the wind available at the location I was shooting from (such as a vehicle or building), I opted for my frequently-used technique of holding my coat open around the camera and much of the tripod. The coat greatly reduces the amount of wind hitting the camera, yielding a potentially much sharper image – though it leaves me quite cold sometimes. The picture lasts far longer than my coldness.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Flickr and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
16mm  f/8.0  1/25s  ISO 200  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 1/12/2015 10:00:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens on 7D Mark II
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens review.
 
As expected, the 7D II results show sharper details and slightly more resolution. The bottom line is that this lens is a bargain.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 1/12/2015 8:12:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
The Canon Store is offering tiered discounts on its large inventory of refurbished DSLR cameras, lenses and Speedlite flashes with free ground shipping. Here are the details:
 
Tiered Savings
 
  • Save $10 when you spend $100
  • Save $40 when you spend $250
  • Save $100 when you spend $500
Also note that the Canon Store has added several new (and very popular) items to its refurbished inventory:
 
In Stock Refurbished Items
 
Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 6D + EF 24-105 L IS USM1,919.20100.001,819.20
Canon EOS 6D Body1,439.20100.001,339.20
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-135mm IS STM1,239.20100.001,139.20
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 18-135 IS1,151.36100.001,051.36
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 28-135 IS1,087.36100.00987.36
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-55mm IS STM1,079.20100.00979.20
Canon EOS 7D Body959.36100.00859.36
Canon EOS 70D Body959.20100.00859.20
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM839.20100.00739.20
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM679.99100.00579.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM599.99100.00499.99
Canon EOS Rebel T4i + EF-S 18-55 IS575.99100.00475.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i + EF-S 18-55 IS479.9940.00439.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1439.9940.00399.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5 + EF-S 18-55 IS II439.9940.00399.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3 + EF-S 18-55 IS359.9940.00319.99
Canon EF 17-40 f/4 L USM671.99100.00571.99
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM799.99100.00699.99
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM919.20100.00819.20
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.9940.00343.99
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM2,039.20100.001,939.20
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM1,159.20100.001,059.20
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM1,039.20100.00939.20
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM567.99100.00467.99
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM1,119.20100.001,019.20
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99100.00419.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9910.00177.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9910.00149.99
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM1,359.20100.001,259.20
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.9940.00391.99
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM407.9940.00367.99
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM439.9940.00399.99
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM1,183.20100.001,083.20
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9910.00149.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM1,239.20100.001,139.20
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.9940.00279.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II100.7910.0090.79
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM399.9940.00359.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM479.9940.00439.99
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 Macro USM1,199.20100.001,099.20
Canon EF 300mm f/4 L IS USM1,159.20100.001,059.20
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM1,071.20100.00971.20
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM239.9910.00229.99
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.99100.00419.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM 439.9940.00399.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.9940.00359.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99100.00459.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II199.9910.00189.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM239.9910.00229.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9910.00189.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9910.00125.99
Canon Speedlite 90EX119.9910.00109.99
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Post Date: 1/12/2015 7:50:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Impact Luxbanx Duo Small Rectangular Softbox (16 x 22
For today only, B&H has the Impact Luxbanx Duo Small Rectangular Softbox (16 x 22") available for $49.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $134.95.
 
Note: You'll also need to pick up the speed ring that's compatible with your lighting gear.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Strobe, LED, Fluorescent Lights
  • Also Compatible with Quartz Lights
  • Maximum Quartz Wattage: 750W
  • Heat-Resistant Textured Silver Interior
  • Removable Inner Baffle, Front Diffuser
  • Fits Speed Rings for Most Popular Brands
  • Optional Fabric Grids
Post Date: 1/12/2015 6:49:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
Category: Tamron Rebates
Post Date: 1/12/2015 6:18:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, January 11, 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,272.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,799.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This camera is likely a grey market item and ineligible for Canon USA's warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/11/2015 1:43:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Christmas Cactus Flower: Background Color by Gel
Once a year (though always well after its namesake Christmas holiday), our Christmas cactus blooms. The plant itself is nothing special to look at, but the flowers are quite beautiful.
 
The biggest challenge for this annual photo opportunity is finding a pleasing background to go with the flower. I've done the easy on-white and on-black options many times and I've used various color cards behind the flower. I needed a new option and the Rogue Flash Gels provided just that.
 
I placed the cactus pot on my shooting table (I'm using an Elinchrom model). This table has a white Plexiglas surface with a large sweep up the back. An off camera Canon 600EX-RT with a Rogue FlashBender Softbox installed was placed on the table in front of the selected flower and a second 600EX-RT was positioned to light the back of the table independently. Both flashes were sitting on their shoe stands and the flashes were triggered by an ST-E3-RT Remote Transmitter.
 
By placing a Rogue Flash Gel on the background flash, the white shooting table background became the gel color. The background color could be changed by simply replacing one gel with another and the currently selected color could be made brighter or darker by simply adjusting the flash output (done directly on the ST-E3-RT). I worked through various color options provided in the gel kit and decided that the pink color complemented the Christmas Cactus flowers best. As you see here.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Flickr and Facebook.
Post Date: 1/11/2015 7:27:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, January 10, 2015
Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 ZE Lens and Lines in the Sky are Enough
Sometimes, for me at least, clouds alone are enough for an image. In those situations, I'm usually looking for something dramatic or unique (and sunrises or sunsets most frequently qualify as such). While I wouldn't go as far to say that these clouds are dramatic, they are definitely unique.
 
The lines of clouds were so broad that they completely filled a 15mm full frame format DSLR angle of view. While I captured many images of these clouds, I settled on this one to share. What I like is the larger clouds diminishing to smaller ones (due to perspective) as they angle through the frame into the distance.
 
With unique clouds in the frame, it is unlikely for an image to be repeatable.
 
Sometimes, for me at least, clouds alone are enough for an image. In those situations, I'm usually looking for something dramatic or unique (and sunrises or sunsets most frequently qualify as such). While I wouldn't go as far to say that these clouds are dramatic, they are definitely unique.
 
The lines of clouds were so broad that they completely filled a 15mm full frame format DSLR angle of view. While I captured many images of these clouds, I settled on this one to share. What I like is the larger clouds diminishing to smaller ones (due to perspective) as they angle through the frame into the distance.
 
With unique clouds in the frame, it is unlikely for an image to be repeatable.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
15mm  f/8.0  1/25s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 1/10/2015 8:50:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 9, 2015
Yongnuo YN560 IV Speedlite Flash
You've likely heard about Yongnuo's EF 50mm f/1.8 II clone, but this news is even bigger – B&H now carries Yongnuo products (including the aforementioned lens).
 
Now, instead of purchasing directly from Chinese importers (which can lead to long shipping times), you can now purchase your budget-friendly Yongnuo items from B&H. And better yet, if there is any issue with your Yongnuo product, B&H's customer service can take care of it. If you're wanting to try Yongnuo gear, this is the retailer you want to purchase from.
Categories: B&H News, Yongnuo News
Post Date: 1/9/2015 12:21:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Some Subjects Beg to be Centered in the Frame
Some subjects beg to centered in the frame and one of the first of such subjects that come to my mind are products. Products are often rendered large in the frame, showing as much detail as possible in the space allocated for them on a web page, product catalog, etc. Today's product is a smart phone – an iPhone 5 to be specific.
 
I first shared this iPhone photo in the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash review and obviously, the ring flash is the source of the bright reflection. Ring lite flash reflections in my photos is not usually my preference, it probably does not help sell the product in this case and I typically avoid these, but ... sometimes creatively using the open and close parenthesis reflection can work for at least an artistically creative purpose.
 
This phone and the glass under it is on are both black and highly reflective. To avoid other reflections on the phone and glass, I had a piece of black velour material between me and the subject and the ambient lights were turned off to create a black room. To get the flash reflection perfectly centered, I utilized the reflection of the MR-14EX's focusing lights while working straight overhead.
 
Working in the dark with only the focusing lights made perfectly aligning and centering the subject with the camera perfectly positioned over the phone a big challenge. I'll just say that more than 1 photo was required to get it right. I might have very slightly tweaked the image borders in Photoshop also – when the borders of an image are solid white or black in color, it is easy to manipulate the image boundaries.
 
The overall result in this case is an image that you probably have not seen before (other than in the aforementioned review).
 
Camera and Lens Settings
100mm  f/13.0  1/200s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 1/9/2015 11:37:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM Lens
Through this weekend, DigitalRev has the Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM lens for Canon / Nikon (review) available for $709.00. Compare at $874.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 1/9/2015 10:26:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamrac 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red/Black)
For today only, B&H has the Tamrac 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red/Black) available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
Post Date: 1/9/2015 10:20:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canvas On Demand
For today only, use promo code FIRESIDE45 at Canvas On Demand to get 45% off your entire purchase.
Post Date: 1/9/2015 10:01:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Reuters Logo
From Reuters:
Jan 9 – Reuters (by Reiji Murai) – Canon Inc and other Japanese electronics companies want to bring production of some goods back home, reversing a years-old trend of overseas manufacturing as a rapid decline in the value of the yen makes local goods more competitive.
 
The yen has tumbled some 8 percent since the Bank of Japan last eased monetary policy in October and is now trading near seven-year lows. Since late 2012, it has lost a third of its value due to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reflationary economic policies.
 
The steep slide has raised costs for firms highly dependent on raw material imports as well as those that manufacture abroad.
 
Now, Canon says it wants domestic production to return to 60 percent of overall output in three years, up from around 40 percent. "From now on, new copier, camera and printer products will be built at domestic factories and as they replace older products, the volume of goods made overseas will fall," said company spokesman Hirotomo Fujimori...
Keep in mind, most of Canon's higher end cameras and lenses have always been manufactured in Japan. [Sean]
 
Read the entire article on Reuters.com.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/9/2015 9:42:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Want to know more about Canon lens technologies? Look no further! This Canon promo video does a great job of explaining the benefits of each one in beautifully illustrated detail.
 
From Canon Global:
 
EF lenses surpassed the 100-million-unit mark in April 2014, which is Canon’s first-in-the-world* achievement. This video explains in detail some of the cutting edge technologies that Canon developed over the years, including new optics, actuators and coatings.
 
*Based upon Canon's research, as of April 22, 2014
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Post Date: 1/9/2015 9:09:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
CPN's Inside Canon EOS Utility 3 Software Banner
From the Canon Professional Network:
"The release of Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 4 software in mid-2014 was accompanied by an updated version of its EOS Utility software – version 3. EOS Utility 3 acts in tandem with DPP 4 and enables you to download images from a camera’s memory card to your computer, remotely control the camera to capture new images or edit camera settings, such as the image owner’s name. You can then organise and process the imported images in Digital Photo Professional 4. EOS Utility 3 features improvements to form and function and the increased integration between Canon’s two free apps helps to streamline the shooting, importing and editing process. Indeed, you can now launch EOS Utility 3’s Live View window and remote camera shooting panel from within the Digital Photo Professional workspace, which allows the two packages to work together as a tighter team. CPN writer George Cairns takes a closer look at the capabilities of EOS Utility 3 and how it works alongside DPP 4..."
Canon EOS Utility 3.x is available from Canon USA. You must enter a compatible camera model number to download the software.
 
Compatible Cameras with EOS Utility 3.x:
 
  • EOS-1D X
  • EOS-1D C
  • EOS 5D Mark III
  • EOS 6D
  • EOS 7D Mark II
Check out CPN's Inside EOS Utility 3 for more information.
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Post Date: 1/9/2015 7:34:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 8, 2015
Canon Austria Facebook Image Promoting Connect Station CS100 with Mystery DSLR
Canon Austria posted a very interesting promotional image for Canon's new Connect Station CS100 on its Facebook account yesterday. On the left side of the image you can see a small part of a DSLR sitting on the desk. Look even closer and you'll notice it doesn't match any of Canon's curently available DSLR cameras...
 
Here's a closer look:
 
Glimpse of Unannounced Canon DSLR
 
The camera features an articulated LCD screen, a top LCD panel and a sideways multi-function lock switch. It looks like it could be a successor to the EOS 70D, but who knows?
 
Update: Site visitor David T. makes a good point – the absense of an AF-ON button means this is likely a Rebel / xxxD series camera. The last xxD camera that didn't feature an AF-ON button was the EOS 30D.
 
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
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Post Date: 1/8/2015 3:41:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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