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 Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS & D30 Digital Cameras
From Canon USA:
 
The New, Super-Zoom PowerShot SX700 HS and Waterproof PowerShot D30 Digital Cameras Deliver Outstanding Performance and Versatility
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 11, 2014– Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of the new super-zoom PowerShot SX700 HS and the adventure-ready, waterproof PowerShot D30 to the PowerShot line of compact digital cameras.
 
The stylish and pocket-sized PowerShot SX700 HS camera features an impressive 30x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 25-750mm zoom range), built-in Wi-Fi, and Near Field Communication (NFC)1 capabilities helping to ensure high-quality images can be captured and easily shared. This focal range will allow a user to be able to photograph a flower that is close but also have the zoom to capture an image of wildlife that is in the distance - all in a compact camera. The new PowerShot D30 camera is the world's deepest waterproof camera*, allowing for shooting up to 82 feet below sea level. This ready-for-adventure camera is also shockproof and cold and heat resistant. Both cameras produce breathtaking low-light images and offer 1080p full high-definition video so moving and still images can be clearly captured in many different environments.
 
"With the PowerShot SX700 HS camera's incredible long-zoom capabilities and the PowerShot D30 camera's ability to shoot underwater at a world-record depth of 82 feet, these cameras are capable of inspiring creativity when photographing wildlife, marine-life or everyday adventures," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "In addition, consumers now have two excellent new digital camera options that allow them to create images and video that are not only high in quality, but easy and fun to use."
 
The PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera
The 30x optical zoom PowerShot SX700 HS camera combines a 16.1 megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 6 Image Processor to create the Canon HS SYSTEM -allowing for excellent low-light performance. With Canon's Intelligent IS, the PowerShot SX700 HS camera automatically chooses from various settings to help optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition.
 
The Wi-Fi connectivity options in the PowerShot SX700 HS camera allows users to easily share beautiful images online with family and friends. Using the Mobile Device Connect Button, users can connect to a compatible smartphone, a compatible tablet or a Wi-Fi enabled computer. Connection to the computer is easily done using Canon iMAGE GATEWAY through the cloud2. For easy Wi-Fi connectivity, built-in NFC allows quick and simple pairing to compatible Android devices. With NFC, users press the Mobile Device Connect Button and tap their NFC-enabled Android device to the PowerShot SX700 HS camera to send images from the camera to their compatible smartphone with ease. For even more convenience, photographers can control the camera remotely via the free Canon Camera Window app3 from virtually anywhere with their compatible iOS or Android device3. After composing the image, the photographer controls the shutter from their compatible smartphone, so that the photographer can be included in the shot.
 
Zoom Framing Assist Auto has been enhanced to make it easier to keep a subject that is at a far distance in the frame of view. The camera also records high-quality 1080p/60p Full HD video through a dedicated movie button. The Hybrid AUTO mode allows users to record up-to four seconds of video every time a still image is taken, and then automatically joins the clips and pictures into a video that captures the essence of a vacation, an important event, or any time you are shooting many shots in a day. Hybrid Auto automatically recognizes the scene and optimizes camera settings to capture the highest possible image quality to create a great looking highlight reel in 720p HD video.
 
The PowerShot SX700 HS camera also features Creative Shot mode. Creative Shot mode is an easy yet powerful tool to add artistic effects to photos. In Creative Shot mode, users compose a shot and the camera analyzes the photo to apply a series of artistic elements. Creative Shot mode includes four categories with 46 filters total. The four filter categories are: Retro, Monochrome, Special, and Natural. Before an image is captured, users choose one of the four filter types and Creative Shot will automatically render five different variations of the shot in different composition, color and lighting styles, delivering creative, new perspectives automatically while still maintaining the original image.
 
The PowerShot D30 Digital Camera
The PowerShot D30, Canon's latest waterproof camera, provides an ideal solution for those in need of a durable digital camera that can handle different adventures. The PowerShot D30 camera is waterproof to a record-breaking 82-feet below sea level, giving the open water diver 23 more feet of depth to explore in their underwater environment. The PowerShot D30 camera is also temperature-resistant from 14 degrees to 104 degrees Fahrenheit and shockproof to 6.5 feet. A great travel companion, the PowerShot D30 camera's built-in GPS** tracker remembers where and when photos were taken so images can be captured along with the date, time and location of each moment.
 
With its sleek design and comfortable grip, the PowerShot D30 camera can quickly adapt from under-to-above-water shooting environments through the camera's new Sunlight LCD mode. This feature reduces glare when shooting above water so capturing and sharing outdoor photos is easier than ever before. While in the water, however, the PowerShot D30 camera screen is bright and intuitive for easy, hassle free use. Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on 32 predefined shooting situations giving users the best possible shot composition - while Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to help image stabilization for the shooting condition.
 
In addition, the PowerShot D30 camera also delivers excellent low-light shooting capabilities through the Canon HS SYSTEM - powered by a 12.1 megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor DIGIC 4 Image Processor. The PowerShot D30 camera also records stunning 1080p full HD videos through an easy-to-access dedicated movie button so moving images can be captured the instant they happen.
 
Pricing and Availability
The PowerShot SX700 HS digital camera will be available starting in March for a retail price of $349.99 in black or red.
 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS and PowerShot D30 digital cameras available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/12/2014 12:00:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 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.

Posted to: Canon News
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
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Lens
B&H has the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Lens available for $339.00 with free shipping and 2% Rewards. Regularly $439.00.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/11/2014 9:49:38 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
Nikon COOLPIX A Digital Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Nikon COOLPIX A Digital Camera available for $659.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,096.95.
 
Note: The camera listed in this auction is likely a grey market item and does not qualify for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/10/2014 4:10:22 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.
Posted to: Canon News
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!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/10/2014 8:19:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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