has the Photoflex Transpac Single Kit Case
available for $154.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $193.95.
Post Date: 9/3/2014 1:55:34 PM CT Posted By: Sean
has just received a limited supply of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lenes for Canon
This lens is a fantastic performer (review
). If it is at the top of your wish list, don't hesitate to add it to your cart. [Sean]
Post Date: 9/3/2014 1:26:21 PM CT Posted By: Sean
has the Hoya 82mm Variable Density Filter
available for $119.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $219.00.
Post Date: 9/3/2014 1:14:58 PM CT Posted By: Sean
(via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
available for $1,899.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,299.00 after rebate. Note:
This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty. Relevant Reviews
Post Date: 9/3/2014 10:33:27 AM CT Posted By: Sean
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes explains the different file formats in Photoshop and when to save your image as what.
Keep in mind, the Adobe Photoshop Photography Suite
(Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5) is only $9.99 per month. For photographers, it's $10.00 well spent. [Sean]
Post Date: 9/3/2014 10:22:02 AM CT Posted By: Sean
has the Photoflex LiteDome XS Kit
available for $75.99 with free shipping. Regularly $134.95. Kit Includes:
- LiteDome XS Softbox 12" x 16" x 9"
- Basic Connector
- Adjustable Shoe Mount hardware
- ShoeMount MultiClamp
Post Date: 9/3/2014 9:18:22 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Hot Deal: eBay
(via Deals-All-Year - 99.8% Positive Feedback) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
) available for $619.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,149.00.
Post Date: 9/3/2014 7:59:37 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Hot Deal: eBay
(via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
) available for $2,569.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,199.00 after rebate. Note:
This camera is likely a grey market item and ineligible for Canon USA's warranty.
Post Date: 9/2/2014 12:20:44 PM CT Posted By: Sean
We asked Canon USA what precipitated the recent lens price drops. In response, we were provided the following information:
"Thank you for helping us achieve our production of 100 million EF lenses worldwide*! In recognition of your continued support and the creativity you bring to the captured image, we are offering some of our best EF lenses at new prices. Long Live Imagination."
* Refers to EF Lenses, EF-S Lenses and Cinema Lenses produced worldwide from 1987 to First Half of 2014.
While Canon states that the price drops are in celebration of 100 million EF lenses, we suspect that the increasing US dollar to Yen exchange rate may have been a contributing factor to making lower prices possible from a business perspective. One USD increased in value from 96.59 Yen in Oct 2013 to roughly 105 Yen today. [Sean]
Check out yesterday's post
for full details on the price drops.
Post Date: 9/2/2014 11:35:24 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Hot Deal: eBay
(via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 70D DSLR with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens
available for $1,099.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,449.00. (thanks Chuck) Note:
This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Post Date: 9/2/2014 10:28:36 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Seeing a mother black bear with 4 cubs is a rare opportunity. To get a photo opportunity of the same is even rarer, and to get a decent photo of the same is ... priceless.
The cubs were very fun to watch. They were in non-stop motion, running around, climbing on things (including mom) and playing with each other (rolling over each other). This activity level meant that things happened fast. Getting all four cubs in a single frame was very challenging (an image with less-than-four cubs would be far less remarkable) and a decent composition of the same was nearly impossible. Having the 200-560mm (with built-in extender) zoom focal length range was extremely helpful in this situation.
In this specific scenario (my only 4-cub image worth posting from this encounter), I decided to center the primary subject – the apparently-not-happy momma bear. I generally like to compose animals (and people) with more space on one side frame – so that they are looking into the frame. But, the large bear was positioned straight forward and looking (more like glaring) in the same direction with cubs on either side adding balance. I moved the camera just slightly to the right of perfectly centering the large bear to give the cub on the right a little more room to look into the frame because it was a "stand"-out.
Selecting the ideal aperture was another challenge for this encounter. At f/4, I needed and an ISO setting of 800 to get a barely-adequate-for-the-activity 1/320 shutter speed. At 300mm, at this distance, the under-1' (.3m) depth of field provided by f/4 does not keep more than the primary bear's eyes in focus. Using a narrower aperture of course provides more depth of field, but it also requires raising the ISO setting.
Raising the ISO to 1600 would have been acceptable to me, but ... I didn't want to go to ISO 3200 and the resulting f/8 aperture would have provided a still-not-nearly-deep-enough DOF of about 1.5' (.5m). Yes, the cubs would be less out of focus with the narrower apertures, but the background would also be more-focused, creating less separation from the big bear. As is often the case, there were multiple setting combinations that would have worked for this example and a compromise was required. I'd probably make the same decision the next time.
Camera and Lens Settings
300mm f/4.0 1/320s ISO 800 5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 9/2/2014 7:58:19 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Through 9/8, use promo code CLOSEOUT20
to save an additional 20%
on clearance items
. Notable Deals
Post Date: 9/2/2014 8:02:01 AM CT Posted By: Sean
(via BeachCamera) has the Canon PowerShot N Digital Camera
available for $149.99 with free shipping. Compare at $249.00.
Post Date: 9/2/2014 6:55:06 AM CT Posted By: Sean
TOKYO, September 2, 2014—Canon Inc. commemorated today the 80th anniversary of the birth of Japan’s first 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera, dubbed the Kwanon, which was produced in prototype form in 1934.
The engineers who created the camera decided to name it after Kwannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, hoping the deity would share her benevolence as they pursued their dream to produce the world’s finest camera. The camera’s lens, called Kasyapa—after Mahakasyapa, a disciple of Buddha—also took its name from Buddhism. Additionally, the top portion of the camera body featured an engraving depicting the thousand-armed Kwannon.
In 1936, two years after the birth of the Kwanon and following much trial and error, Canon launched the Hansa Canon,* its first commercial 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera, thus embarking on the Company’s history as a camera manufacturer.
In 1959, Canon introduced its first single-lens reflex (SLR) camera, the Canonflex, followed in 1961 by the Canonet, an immensely popular rangefinder camera that took the market by storm, selling out an entire week’s worth of inventory in a mere two hours. Following these successes, the Company continued to lead the industry with a range of popular camera models, such as the F-1, a top-of-the-line 35mm SLR camera introduced in 1971, and the AE-1, introduced in 1976, which was the world’s first SLR camera equipped with a built-in microcomputer.
In 1987, following continued technological innovation, Canon launched EOS, the world’s first AF (autofocus) SLR camera to employ a fully electronic mount system. In 1995, EOS marked its entry into the digital era and the lineup continues evolving today. In 2012, the Company released the Cinema EOS System, a lineup of professional digital cinematography cameras and lenses realized through the culmination of various technological innovations centered on optical technologies developed since the Company’s founding. Since its introduction, the Cinema EOS System has contributed to expanding the horizons of visual expression.
Over the 80 years since the birth of the Kwanon camera prototype, Canon, supported by its wide user base, has continuously striven to realize camera and lens technologies to fulfill the Company’s never-ending ambition to create the world’s finest cameras. Leveraging the technologies and know-how it has acquired over its history, Canon will continue contributing to the development of the photographic and video imaging culture through its technologies and products designed to satisfy the expectations of a wide range of users.
* Made possible through the cooperation of Nippon Kogaku K.K. (present day Nikon Corporation). “Hansa” was the trademark of Omiya Photo Supply, a wholesaler of cameras and photo products. In accordance with a contractual obligation, it was engraved on the top of the camera.
Post Date: 9/2/2014 6:15:39 AM CT Posted By: Sean