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 Monday, August 15, 2016
Those looking to add a Canon wide-angle zoom to their full-frame kits will likely be considering between the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lenses. At first glance, choosing between them may not seem easy.
 
The first thing to keep in mind when purchasing a wide-angle zoom lens is, "What is my intended use for this lens?" If the answer involves capturing action – like dancing at a wedding reception – then your decision is an easy one.
 
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens' one-stop aperture advantage will allow you to use a shutter speed that's twice as fast as the other lenses at identical ISOs. Another way to look at it is that using an f/4 aperture to stop action would require doubling the ISO to achieve the same shutter speed obtained using an f/2.8 aperture. Considering that many wedding receptions are held in low light venues, using an f/2.8 aperture is the only way to freeze action and keep high ISO noise at bay without compromising the image quality with detail-robbing noise removal.
 
There are three drawbacks to the 16-35mm f/2.8L II, though – price, lack of image stabilization and an 82mm front filter thread. Of course, that last "drawback" may not be an issue if you have other lenses requiring 82mm filters (allowing for the ease of filter sharing), but the 77mm filter size is certainly more common and more likely already part of one's kit.
 
If shooting architecture, real estate, landscapes, cityscapes (or anything else with a "scapes" on the end), the other two wide-angle zoom options can be easily employed while minimizing the investment required to create such imagery.
 
If you don't require an f/2.8 maximum aperture and price is not a primary factor, get the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens. Benefits of the 16-35 f/4L IS include a slightly wider focal length, 77mm filter threads, image stabilization and enhanced fluorine lens coatings for top notch image quality. The 16-35 f/4L IS will allow you to use shutter speeds 4-stops slower to capture sharp images of static subjects while hand-holding the camera, thereby making tripod use less of a necessity (great for backpacking adventures).
 
So why would you choose the EF 17-40mm f/4L USM over the other two options? The primary reason is price. However, rebate can affect the price comparison significantly. With the current instant rebates in place, the 17-40mm f/4L is only $250.00 less expensive than its 16-35 f/4L IS counterpart. Many will appreciate the 16-35 f/4L IS's benefits for the difference in price.
 
But again, if money is really tight, the 17-40mm f/4L is still an excellent option. One can easily give up image stabilization if using a tripod, and if shooting at f/8, you won't likely notice a sharpness difference between the two lenses at their widest focal lengths (though the 17-40L does exhibit more CA). Another benefit of the 17-40L is a slightly longer focal range, sacrificing 1mm on the wide end but gaining 5mm on the long end.
 
If size/weight is the ultimate deciding factor, the EF 17-40mm f/4L USM is the smallest and lightest with the 16-35mm lenses being very similar to one another in those regards. However, the EF 17-40 f/4L's lens hood is so big that it will take up significantly more space when affixed to the lens (reversed) compared to the EF 16-35 f/4L with its hood.
 
If image quality wide open is the ultimate deciding factor, the oldest lens of the bunch – the EF 17-40 f/4L USM – easily falls short of the other options. Take a look at the corner results of the 17-40 f/4L vs. 16-35 f/4L IS tested on the EOS 5Ds R at f/4 with the lenses set to their widest focal lengths. Of course a wide zoom lens isn't always used at its widest focal length and the IQ difference lessens at longer focal lengths, but... I feel that a wide-angle zooms are primarily purchased for their widest focal length capability, thereby making the widest focal length comparison most significant.
 
When comparing the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM to the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM, differences in sharpness become much more nuanced when the lenses are compared at their widest common aperture of f/4 at 16mm. The 16-35 f/4L IS is definitely better in the corners, but not by a huge degree. When both lenses are compared wide open, the IQ chasm is greater as the f/2.8's stopped-down advantage disappears (the same is true for the 35mm results as well).
 
Of course, there are other factors that can impact image quality besides sharpness including distortion, flare and vignetting. Use the site's Comparison Tools to fully compare these lenses.
 
B&H carries the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and EF 17-40mm f/4L IS USM lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/15/2016 8:24:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Tamrac Anvil Super 25 Review.
 
This camera backpack is definitely worth considering for your long lens carry, transport and storage needs.
 
B&H has the Tamrac Anvil Super 25 in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/15/2016 7:37:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Reikan:
 
Reikan has released FoCal 2.2, an update to its automated focus tuning software for Canon and Nikon dSLRs.
 
FoCal 2.2 adds support for Canon 80D and 1DX Mark II cameras as well as new features to allow more direct comparison of camera and lens performance with other FoCal users.
 
Directly compare “Peak” quality values. FoCal users have been uploading their results for over 4 years and FoCal 2.2 makes it easier to compare this data. For example during a Focus Calibration the peak sharpness figure can be directly compared against that same figure from other users. There will always be some variation of lens sharpness between different copies but this feature provides a clear indication if something is really amiss.
 
Other enhancements include faster image processing with a speed up of more than 40 times! This reduces the overall time for a complete calibration as a significant part of the process now takes very little time.
 
FoCal 2.2 builds upon last months 2.1 release for the Nikon D5/D500 cameras and means FoCal is fully up to date with the very latest Canon and Nikon dSLRs.
 
You can purchase FoCal 2.2 from Reikan's website.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Reikan News
Post Date: 8/15/2016 7:22:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has filed the patent for an EF 28-560mm f/2.8-5.6L USM optical formula. Considering the specs of the lens, "IS" would likely be included (though not precisely specified).
 
Patent Details
 
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-142795
  • Published 2016.8.8
  • Submitted 2015.1.30
  • Zoom ratio 18.86
  • Focus distance 28.80 119.57 543.20
  • F-number 2.88 4.56 5.88
  • Angle of view (degrees) 36.91 10.26 2.28
  • Length 281.07 331.07 385.01
  • BF 53.05 61.31 40.00
  • The effective diameter of the front lens 120.00
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/15/2016 5:55:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
While some of these tips may seem a little obvious, they're all worth considering if interested in investing in a gimbal stabilizer system. Note that the video author's tip for using a quick release doesn't mention that a completely enclosed QR system – like the Manfrotto RC2 – would be best to ensure quick setup/breakdown without the need for rebalancing. With an Arca-style QR system, it's difficult to get the plate identically positioned when mounting. And when it comes to stabilizers, "close" won't usually cut it. [Sean]
 
B&H carries gimbal stabilizers.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/15/2016 5:30:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 12, 2016
Plane rides are often a means to an end, but this one was so much more. Flying in a float plane over the Shelikof Strait and along the remote southeast coast of Katmai National Park was ... breathtaking. And those breathtaking sights were very photo-worthy, but not without complications.
 
Airplane windows are not designed with photography in mind and there is some non-optical glass between the camera and the subject. Reflections, uneven contrast reduction and color toning (mostly in the sky in this frame) were among the complications. After an initial attempt at cleaning up the image, I revisited it a number of times over the nearly 1 year that has passed since this flight. The incredible scene was worth the extra effort that went into post processing, but ... I'm still not sure I have this right.
 
What do you think?
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
70mm  f/8.0  1/1600s
ISO 500
8688 x 5792px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/12/2016 10:12:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Having an idea is one thing. Having the tools to make it happen is amazing. Watch YouTuber, ScottDW, unlock his creativity on the set of ‘High School Dance Battle –Gym Class Disaster!’ with the help of his Canon EOS 80D video creator kit.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 80D and has the 80D Video Creator Kit available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/12/2016 9:00:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through August 19, you can enter to win an LG 34" 21:9 UltraWide Thunderbolt Curved LED Monitor at B&H. Simply click the "Enter Now" button beside "Win a Free 21:9 Monitor of Your Own," fill out the information and submit your entry.
 
If looking for a new monitor, you may want to consider the non-curved LG 34" UltraWide LED which is currently only $348.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $598.00.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/12/2016 6:27:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 11, 2016
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
You’ve planned your family vacation for weeks, months or even longer. You’ve put in a lot of work deciding where you’re staying, what you’re going to eat, and what you’ll do for entertainment. Now you want to make sure you capture the special moments you’ve worked so hard to create.
 
A family vacation is one of those special events throughout the year that you’ll want to remember. It’s a good idea to plan ahead, so you’re prepared to photograph the moments you want to cherish. Here are a few things to think about from packing to unpacking.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/11/2016 1:46:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Photoshelter:
 
Get creative lighting ideas and prep for a great next shoot
 
You might be a lighting master, just starting out, or maybe somewhere in between. Either way, our latest guide, The Photographer’s Lighting Handbook, in partnership with Profoto, will have you conjuring up ways to improve your next shoot.
 
Inside, we’ve got tips on both the creative and the business side of lighting. So, you’ll learn:
 
  • How to plan for a well lit shoot, including questions to ask your clients
  • Tips to bill your clients for location lighting
  • Lighting modifiers you should own (and why)
  • Advancements in lighting that may not be on your radar
Also hear from photographers Tommy Shih, Brian Smith, Lindsay Adler and Vanessa Joy on lighting the perfect portrait, environmental lighting, and more.
 
Up your lighting game; download the free guide today!
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/11/2016 11:38:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Nikon D810 have been added to the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR II Nikkor Lens page.
 
The 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II is a core piece of kit for Nikon users.
 
B&H has the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR II Nikkor Lens in stock.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/11/2016 10:55:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 10, 2016
From Eyefi:
 
UPDATE: Information Regarding "End of Life" (EOL) of X2 and Prior Generation Products
 
We have started work on a new desktop software utility designed to enable impacted cards to continue operating beyond the previously announced EOL date of September 15, 2016. The new software is called the "Eye-Fi X2 Utility" (X2U) and will be provided free of charge as a download.
 
The X2U will enable cards impacted by the EOL to transfer images to a desktop computer via an Infrastructure or Direct network connection. The utility will be made available in early August on the Mac (OS X) platform. We are also exploring the feasibility of offering the X2U on the Windows platform but are unable to commit to availability at this time. We will provide updates should this situation change.
 
X2U will be a one-time release provided to enabled continued use of an EOL impacted card for desktop transfer only on a transitional basis. The utility will not have the full capabilities of Eye-Fi Center and/or Eye-Fi View. ALL other Eye-Fi provided software will have to be uninstalled prior to installing the X2U on a supported device. The company will provided X2U documentation and knowledge base but no help desk support, no warranty and restrictive terms of service.
 
More information about this project will be available in this Community section the week of August 8th.
 
B&H carries Eyefi Mobi Pro wireless SDHC memory cards.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Eyefi News
Post Date: 8/10/2016 10:28:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens, Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens and Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens reviews.
 
These same lenses were recently tested on the Canon EOS 5Ds R (in case you missed those announcements).
 
B&H has the 200mm f/2.8L II, 300mm f/4L IS and 400mm f/5.6L lenses in stock with 4% rewards (the 400 also has a $70 instant rebate).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/10/2016 8:54:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Cinecom.net YouTube Channel:
 
A camera slider is a wonderful tool to add cinematic movement to your shots. In this video you'll learn 5 creative tricks with your DSLR camera slider.
 
Exactly 3 years ago we published a tutorial video about different ways you could use a camera slider. We got so many great reactions on it that we had to create another video! This time we share 5 more creative tricks and tips with a camera slider.
 
See the Original 10 Slider Tricks Video here.
 
B&H carries camera sliders.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/10/2016 6:32:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Genustech 77mm Solar Eclipse Variable ND and Circular Polarizing Filter in stock.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Variable 0.6-2.4 Neutral Density Element
  • Reduce Exposure by 2 to 8 Stops
  • Darkens Entire Image
  • Greater Control Over Exposure Settings
  • Allows Reduced Shutter Speed
  • Allows Wider Aperture
  • Circular Polarizer Element
  • Helps to Eliminate Reflections and Glare
  • Greater Color and Tonal Saturation
  • Aluminum-Alloy Rings, 82mm Front Threads
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/10/2016 5:47:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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