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 Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Review.
 
This is a very nice little lens, ideally suited for the EOS M-series. I especially like having the 15mm focal length on the wide end of the range relative to the 18mm offered by the Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens. Here is the EF-M 15-45mm vs. EF-M 18-55mm IS STM Lens image qualiy comparison.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/14/2017 8:44:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Santa Rosa, Calif. – The Signature Series from Think Tank is a modernized version of the classic shoulder bag. Whether one is a young urban professional or corporate photographer, the Signature shoulder bag is as fashionable as it is functional. Hand sewn, advanced fabrics blend weather protection and durability with the classic feel of fine wool. Genuine leather detailing and metal hardware adds character and stands up to the rigors of daily use.
 
“The new Signature Series features a modern fabric that is soft to the touch and yet is durable,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “In addition, the zippered flap provides full closure and security to the main compartment, or tucks away when not in use. It is a next generation design for today’s discerning photographer.”
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Dedicated laptop/tablet compartment: Signature 10 fits a 10” tablet; Signature 13 fits a 13” laptop
  • Secure clasps on front flap with one-handed operation
  • Dedicated phone pocket fits up to an iPhone 6s+ or S7 Edge
  • Wide handle pass-through for attaching to rolling luggage
  • Large front pocket for an extra strobe, rain cover or small book
  • Long, cushioned neoprene shoulder pad positions easily when worn cross-body
  • Zippered front pocket provides security for small items and includes a built-in organizer for pens and business cards
  • Quilted velex dividers can be customized to fit gear
  • Shorter dividers can be made into shelves to stack short lenses and primes
  • Dividers and bottom foam can be removed for a completely collapsible bag
  • Although the bag’s outer fabric is treated with water resistant coating, a seam-sealed rain cover is included for downpour conditions
GEAR CAPACITY
 
Signature 10
 
  • 1 standard size DSLR with 3–4 prime lenses and accessories
  • A complete Mirrorless camera system with 3–4 lenses and accessories
  • 10” tablet fits inside a dedicated compartment
Signature 13
 
  • 1 standard-size DSLR with mid-range zoom attached plus 2–3 additional lenses
  • 13” laptop fits inside a dedicated compartment
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: All fabric exterior treated with durable water resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance. The bag also has 240D wool-like 195G nylon/poly blend, full-grain leather, antique-plated metal hardware, highest quality YKK RC-Fuse zippers, 550D polyspun, nylon seatbelt webbing, neoprene, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon lining, polyurethane-backed quilted Velex liner and dividers, high-density closed-cell foam dividers, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, nylon binding, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
 
Signature 10
 
  • Internal Dimensions: 11.8” W x 7.8” H x 5.1” D (30 x 20 x 13 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 13” W x 9.1” H x 5.9” D (33 x 23 x 15 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 11.4” W x 7.8” H x 0.8” D (29 x 20 x 2 cm)
  • Weight: 2.8 lbs. (1.3 kg)
Signature 13
 
  • Internal Dimensions: 13.3” W x 9.1” H x 5.1” D (34 x 23 x 13 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 14.6” W x 10.4” H x 6.3” D (37 x 26.5 x 16 cm)
  • Laptop/Tablet Compartment: 13” W x 9.1” H x 1.2” D (33 x 23 x 3 cm)
  • Weight: 3.1 lbs. (1.4 kg)
B&H has the Think Tank Photo Signature-series Bags available for preorder.
B&H has the Rode iXY Stereo Microphone (Lightning Connector) available for $79.95 with free shipping. Regularly $199.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Dual Condenser Elements in XY Pattern
  • 24-Bit 96 kHz Resolution
  • Integrated iClamp for Securing to Device
  • Works with RØDE Rec App
  • Software 72 Hz High Pass Filter
  • Metal Construction Reduces EMF
  • Includes Foam Windshield
  • Includes Zippered Carrying Case
  • For Music, Field Recording, and More
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Dracast LED500 Silver Series Bi-Color LED Light with Dual NP-F Battery Plate available for $199.95 with free shipping. Regularly $499.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 3200-5600K Variable Color Temperature
  • Works with NP-F Batteries
  • 10 x 10.4 x 1.8", Weighs 2 lb
  • 45-Degree Beam Angle
  • AC or DC Operation
  • 100-0% Dimming
  • CRI: 95
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter Included
  • Carry Case
 Monday, February 13, 2017
From Canon USA:
 
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is excited to announce the addition of Data Recovery to Canon CarePAK PLUS! The cost-effective and easy-to-use CarePAK PLUS accidental coverage plan provides up to four years of service and support from the date of purchase for Canon products including cameras, binoculars, camcorders, printers, and projectors.
 
Now, with every purchase of a CarePAK PLUS plan for cameras and camcorders that utilize a removable memory card, Data Recovery is also included – designed to retrieve irreplaceable images or videos otherwise lost or corrupted. And, as always, all CarePAK PLUS plans offer protection from accidental damage as well as additional hardware coverage for excessive wear and tear.
 
The addition of Data Recovery to CarePAK PLUS provides Canon customers with a unique coverage plan not available from other providers. With CarePAK PLUS, Canon customers also enjoy service performed by Canon factory technicians using only genuine Canon parts, which no other service plan can offer.
 
The additional value of Canon CarePAK PLUS provides peace of mind, so life can go right on being picture-perfect. You can find additional details about Canon CarePAK PLUS here.
 
CarePAK PLUS Benefits Include
 
  • Protection from Accidental Damage
  • Additional Hardware Coverage
  • Data Recovery
  • Priority Service and Free Returns
  • Service & Support Directly from Canon
  • $0 Deductible
  • Transferable
Eligible Canon Products
 
B&H is an authorized Canon retailer.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 2/13/2017 2:08:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
Over the Valentine's day holiday this year, the National Retail Federation estimates that consumers in the US will spend roughly $2 billion on floral arrangements. As such, I think it's safe to say that many of our site visitors will be purchasing flowers very soon (or have already done so) to show appreciation for a special loved one on this special occasion.
 
Unfortunately, unless a potted plant is gifted, the floral arrangement will not likely look as pristine and beautiful in the days/weeks following February 14th as the effects of time takes its toll on each once-vibrant petal. Yes, you may put a preservative in the water to stretch the life of your floral gift as long as possible, but ... that solution is not nearly as long-lasting as another available to you.
 
Your camera holds the easy solution for extending the practical life of your floral gift. By using your camera, you can capture the fleeting beauty of your loved one's flower arrangements and immortalize your thoughtfulness in the form of a print. A print represents the physical manifestation of a memory – in this case, a very good one – that can pay heartwarming dividends year-round.
 
You can employ your DSLR and a general purpose lens, a large window (or strobes) and a collapsible/muslin background to create a traditional still life photo of your bouquet. Otherwise, you can attach your macro lens to commemorate the beauty of a single flower. The possibilities are endless, and your loved one will likely enjoy displaying their new sentimental print on a prominent wall.
 
Make plans now to photograph the flowers you are going to give (if they will not remain available to you) or have already given. Pick out your favorite (or a few of them) and get those prints on order for the second wave of gifting.
Post Date: 2/13/2017 12:25:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Joe Papeo
 
When am I am on assignment to cover a concert, I am generally photographing two bands, the opener and headliner, and usually get to shoot the first three songs of each act. Photographers tend to wait inside venues longer than they are taking photos, unless they are shooting directly for the band. We are usually anticipating the start of the show, trying to do things to pass the time. Sometimes we know other photographers there on assignment, but not always. And that gives you a chance to meet new people. Usually, it’s the fans standing against the rail waiting for their favorite band to start who strike up a conversation with you. They have waited for hours outside on the entrance line, sometimes in extreme heat, or extreme cold, to get the best spot up front. But then about 15 minutes before show time someone like me walks in, and gets right in front of them. And they want to know how…why…who they are.
 
So we strike up a conversation. These die-hard fans love music, and they, lots of times, have some type of camera on them, taking photos to keep as memories and to share with their friends on social media. And the question I always get from these fans is “How do I do what you do? How did you get started?” So today I am here to tell you the best way to be on my side of the rail.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/13/2017 11:41:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
What sets a professional photographer apart from everyone else is the ability to create the perfect light. Los Angeles-based portrait photographer Sue Bryce has spent decades creating contemporary fashion-inspired portraiture that makes everyday women look like Vanity Fair fashion models. And she built an international reputation using natural light almost exclusively. Recently, though, she has fallen in love with the Profoto B1.
 
“I started seeing studio lights the way I see, use and master natural light. I bounce and zig-zag it the same way I do with natural light. The B1 is extraordinary, and it has the ability to dial down to low, soft light with big modifiers so I can create the exact same daylight I have been working with for the last 27 years. I can shoot at any time of the day and still control the light”.
 
B&H carries the Profot B1 Off-Camera Flash.
Post Date: 2/13/2017 8:34:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight, use the following coupon codes to save on canvas prints at Canvas On Demand Pro.
 
Coupon Codes
 
  • HEART65 – Save 65% on Premium Canvas Prints
  • LOVE55 – Save 55% on Traditional Canvas Prints
Post Date: 2/13/2017 7:54:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through the end of today, use coupon code PXLGPRINT1620 at AdoramaPix to get 16x20" prints for only $5.99. Regularly $11.99 - $16.99.
Post Date: 2/13/2017 7:13:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Promise Technology Apollo Cloud 4TB Drive available for $199.95 with free shipping. Regularly $299.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 4TB Storage Capacity
  • Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • USB 3.0 Port for Backup
  • Personal Cloud Storage
  • Apple Time Machine Compatible
  • Works with Apollo Cloud App
  • Supports up to 10 Users
  • Ethernet and Power Cables Included
  • Supports iOS and Android Devices
  • Windows and Mac Compatible
Post Date: 2/13/2017 5:10:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Mackie 402VLZ4 4-Channel Ultra-Compact Mixer available for $69.99 with free shipping. Regularly $99.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Sound Reinforcement Applications
  • 2 x Onyx Microphone Preamps
  • 2 x XLR Microphone Inputs
  • 2 x 1/4" Line Inputs
  • 2 x RCA Tape Inputs and Outputs
  • 2-Band EQ
  • 48V Phantom Power
  • 8-Segment Stereo LED Meters
  • 1/4" Headphone Output
The Mackie 802VLZ4 8-Channel Ultra-Compact Mixer is also discounted today.
 Saturday, February 11, 2017
eBay (via 6ave – 99.2% Positive feedback) has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens (review) available for $646.93 with free shipping. Compare at $899.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a manufacturer warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/11/2017 5:34:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the BlackRapid RS-Sport Extreme Sport Strap (Camo) available for $49.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $73.95.
 
As I've mentioned this several times, this is my favorite camera strap and one that I use on a daily basis. I highly recommend it. And if you want to modify your BlackRapid strap for Arca-style plate compatibility, here's what you'll need. [Sean]
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds SLR Camera with Lens Attached
  • Worn Under Right Arm
  • Under Arm Safety Tether
  • 1/4"-20 Fastener
  • Ballistic Nylon with Cordura Nylon
  • 1.0" Nylon Webbing
  • Lockstar Carabiner Protector Included
 Friday, February 10, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Written by Ken Sklute and Dave Henry
 
North America will experience a wonderful astronomical event on August 21, 2017 - a total eclipse of the sun. This hasn’t happened in the United States in 38 years and is the first one to race across the entire country since 1918! This will be the first total eclipse in North America in the digital photography era, and that means that everyone from novice to professional photographers will be able to photograph it.
 
We are embracing this rare phenomenon and will publish articles, photos and videos between now and August to give you the necessary photographic skills and background information to capture this eclipse.
 
Considering the path of totality and partial eclipse phases, almost a half billion people will have the opportunity to view at least a partial eclipse. Millions will undoubtedly travel to the narrow path of totality stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. It’s estimated that about 225 million people live within a day’s drive of the path of totality.
 
Areas north and south of the totality path will see a partial eclipse. The partial eclipse will be visible as far north as the Arctic, and to the south as far as Ecuador and Brazil.
 
You don’t need to be a seasoned pro. Anybody will be able to shoot this with the proper precautions but if you really want to do it up right, you’ll need to plan ahead.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Post Date: 2/10/2017 1:12:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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