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 Sunday, August 17, 2014
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,399.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,899.00.
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Post Date: 8/17/2014 10:57:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 15, 2014
Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM Lens
MPB Photographic has an ultra-rare, used Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM available for £99,000.00. (thanks John)
 
If you're curious how much that is in American dollars, the conversion works out to a cool $165,285.45. :-)
 
Want to know more? Bryan got his hands on this massive lens when B&H had one available for purchase.
 
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Post Date: 8/15/2014 3:44:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM Lens
The Canon Store is currently running a very popular sale where you can save 15-50% on its Refurbished DLR Cameras, Lenses and Speedlite Flashes. Take advantage of the savings while you can – the sale ends Sunday.
 
If you have your eye on an item that isn't currently in stock, bookmark the links above and check them periodically to see if Canon receives stock of the item.
 
Refurbished Gear Currently In Stock

Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 18-135 IS1,439.20431.761,007.44
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 28-135 IS1,359.20407.76951.44
Canon EOS 7D Body1,199.20359.76839.44
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM679.99170.00509.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM599.99150.00449.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1479.99120.00359.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i + EF-S 18-55 IS479.99144.00335.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3 + EF-S 18-55 IS359.99108.00251.99
Canon EF 17-40 f/4 L USM671.99100.80571.19
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM1,199.20179.881,019.32
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM919.20137.88781.32
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.99115.20268.79
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM1,159.20173.88985.32
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99156.00363.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9928.20159.79
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9948.00111.99
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.9964.80367.19
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM439.9966.00373.99
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9948.00111.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.9948.00271.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II100.7930.2470.55
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM399.9960.00339.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM479.9972.00407.99
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM1,071.20160.68910.52
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.9978.00441.99
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM639.9996.00543.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.99120.00279.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.9984.00475.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II239.99120.00120.00
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM375.9956.40319.59
Canon Speedlite 430EX II239.9936.00203.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9930.00169.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9920.40115.59
Canon Speedlite 90EX119.9918.00101.99

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Post Date: 8/15/2014 1:04:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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CanvasPeople is having a sale on their square-shaped, standard gallery wrap canvas prints. For a limited time, you can get an 11x11 print for $12.00 or a 16x16 for $17.00 (plus shipping).
 
Canvas prints make great gifts for loved ones. Buy a gift now and keep it on hand for an appropriate occasion!
Post Date: 8/15/2014 12:38:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Upperman High School 2014 Football Program Cover
Bee image courtesy of USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
Edited from original
Creative Commons License
 
The Booster Club from nearby Upperman High School hired me to create their football program cover again this year. Here's how it all came together.
 
Concept
 
Upperman High wanted to feature their eight senior football players on the program cover. The team is celebrating this season with a military tribute theme, so I was asked to somehow incorporate military symbolism or something symbolizing American pride. With those guidelines in mind, I had creative free reign to formulate the shot.
 
Planning and Preparation
 
As luck would have it, the only date we could find to schedule the session left little time between the shooting date and the printing date. The time crunch meant that we couldn't risk a cancellation due to inclement weather, so an outdoor setup was not a possibility. We decided to plan for an indoor setup instead.
 
Knowing I would only have to include eight players in the vertically-oriented image, I looked around the school for a relatively tall stretch of blank wall. My initial idea was to use the gym, but there were no blank wall spaces in there. I ended up finding a decent spot located in the entryway of the school. My only concern about the location was a large metal security shutter which might reflect my front light sources. I asked the booster club to purchase a large piece of fabric to cover the shutter opening, with a shade to contrast with the players' uniforms (light grey fabric with black uniforms, black fabric with grey uniforms).
 
Considering how much space there would be above the players, I decided to use my Light Blaster to project an image of a bee (the school's mascot) just above the players. I knew that if the projection didn't work as well as I wanted that I could always add the same image in using Photoshop. To satisfy the military/American pride theme, I decided to fill the rest of the blank space with an American flag in post-production.
 
I found an intimidating looking bee image in the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab Flickr photostream. The images in the USGS Bee Inventory account are licensed under Creative Commons and can be used for personal and commercial projects as long as attribution is displayed. I printed the logo onto a transparency using a template provided by Light Blaster. So that covered my mascot logo projection needs. I knew I had a picture of an American flag buried deep in my image archives, so that wouldn't be a problem.
 
The Shoot
 
The cover shoot was scheduled to commence just after the team's practice (about 6pm). I arrived early to unpack my gear and set up my equipment. For lighting I used two monolights in front diffused by silver parabolic umbrellas with white diffusion covers in place and two Canon 580EX Speedlite flashes for rim light in the back (left/right). I set up the Light Blaster with another 580EX flash to project the bee image onto the wall just above the metal shutter. I fitted a Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM on the front of the Light Blaster for two reasons – 1) the focal length worked well for the distance to the background and 2) the huge aperture meant that I could project a reasonably bright image from my Canon Speedlite. I'd need all the power I could get from that flash considering the relatively narrow aperture and low ISO I intended on using.
 
As for the camera gear, I used a tripod-mounted EOS 5D Mark III with an EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM. EXIF for the final image was 35mm, f/10, 1/160 sec at ISO 250.
 
Unfortunately, there was an issue with the background fabric that I had requested. When it arrived on set, it was both too small and the wrong color. It was the same shade as the grey uniforms being used. With no suitable background fabric available I had to concede to leaving the metal shutter in the shot.
 
As the players arrived, I still hadn't decided on how I wanted them to pose for the picture. I had a few ideas but nothing definitive stood out. We tried a few things – like arms folded across the chest in "V" formation – but I still wasn't satisfied. The final pose came about organically when I positioned two of the tackles in front and asked them to get down in their ready position. When those two players were in place, one of the other players suggested that the center get between them as if he were hiking the ball. After that, it was logical to have the center hiking the ball to the quarterback (who was thankfully a senior) with the other players gathered around him in a football-esque formation.
 
Post Processing
 
I used Photoshop CC to edit the image and typeset the text. I desaturated and darkened the background so that the players stood out more. While the Light Blaster did a good job of projecting the bee image, I wasn't 100% happy with it. Therefore, I decided to overlay the same bee image I had used for the Light Blaster slide in the very same place it had been projected. This gave me much more detail in the bee logo and allowed me to make it stand out in the image (using a black stroke and a drop-shadow). I used a flag image that I captured nearly a decade ago for the top graphic.
 
Summary
 
The Booster Club was very happy with the cover they received. It should be heading to the presses very soon. Feedback from Upperman fans has been very positive. Through pre-visualization and careful planning, the shoot went relatively smoothly and the cover was delivered within two days. As happy clients, I'm pretty sure they'll be giving me a call next year.
Post Date: 8/15/2014 10:15:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the My Nikon Life YouTube Channel:
 
Love Is Now – Behind The Scenes Episode 1
 
Production is well underway on Love is Now – the feature film shot entirely on Nikon DSLRs and Nikkor lenses. Watch an exclusive behind the scenes glimpse of where Director Jim Lounsbury of Eponine Films is getting his inspiration and how they’re pushing Nikon technology to its limits.
 


 

 
Love Is Now – Behind The Scenes – Episode 2: Location, Location
 
As Director Jim Lounsbury of Eponine Films puts it, “It’s not often you’re shooting location stills on the same camera you’ll be shooting the film on.” See how the Nikon D810 is rising to the challenges of the Feature Film ‘Love is Now’.
 
B&H has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for preorder.
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Post Date: 8/15/2014 7:20:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 14, 2014
HandeVision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85
From the LensRentals Blog:

"I try to start these articles by putting my preconceptions out there first. Every reviewer or blogger has them, they affect our opinions, and you have a right to know them. So I’m writing this introduction the day before our first copies arrive.
 
The lens is designed by IB/E Optics GmbH in Germany and manufactured by Kipon (aka Shanghai Transvision Photographic Equipment Co. Ltd). IB/E has developed a number of lenses and adapters for the Cinema world and other optics, so I figured the design would be good; probably a telecentric lens with a built-in speedbooster-type element or group. Kipon is known as a lens adapter company, although Shanghai Transvision has also manufactured and distributed video and photo accessories. They are rumored to manufacture lenses for other brand names, so they have some lens manufacturing experience. But, I have to say, my expectations for build quality weren’t great.
 
Okay, so much for what I expected. There are now five new copies sitting on my desk so let’s take a look."

Check out the rest of the article at the LensRentals Blog.
 
B&H carries the Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Manual Lens for EF-M Mount.

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Post Date: 8/14/2014 3:27:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon
eBay (via QuickNDone - 99.8% Positive feedback) has the Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon (review) available for $1,169.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,499.00.
 
Note: International items may be subject to customs processing and additional charges.
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Post Date: 8/14/2014 3:03:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
DigitalRev has the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens (Canon/Nikon) available for $969.00. Compare at $1,299.00.
 
Check out Bryan's full review of the first 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens with built-in image stabilization.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 8/14/2014 1:36:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 8/14/2014 11:42:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Ubertronix Strike Finder Touch
B&H has the Ubertronix Strike Finder Touch in stock and available with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights

  • Five-in-One Camera Trigger
  • Programmable Touch Screen Interface
  • Less than 1 ms Triggering Time
  • Event-Driven Time Lapse Capabilities
  • Detects Lightning Strikes
  • Laser Trigger Mode
  • Can be Triggered by Sound
  • Infrared Motion Sensor with 30' Range
  • Runs on 4 AAA Batteries
  • Optional AC Power Adapter

Post Date: 8/14/2014 10:56:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon EOS Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $549.99 with free shipping. Compare at $749.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
 
Relevant Reviews

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Post Date: 8/14/2014 10:22:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Flying By the Morning Moon
As I stood on my front porch this morning, I noticed the conditions looked optimal for using a circular polarizing filter. But what could I use as a subject in my uninspiring front yard? A glance to the left provided the answer – the moon set against a nearby tree.
 
I quickly set up a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, an EF 300mm f/4 L USM, a Kenko 1.4x teleconverter on a tripod positioned on the corner of my front porch. After snapping about five frames I noticed something odd on the LCD screen. It seems I had inadvertantly captured a commuter jet flying just past the moon. It immediately reminded me Bryan's Airplane Over Harvest Moon at 1680mm posted last fall.
 
EXIF: f/8, 1/125 sec, ISO 160
 
I post-processed the image in Photoshop CS6 using Nik Viveza 2 and Topaz Labs Clarity plug-ins.
 
Sometimes a little luck is a wonderful thing! [Sean]
Post Date: 8/14/2014 8:51:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens
The Canon Store is currently running a very popular sale where you can save 15-50% on its Refurbished DLR Cameras, Lenses and Speedlite Flashes. By "popular," I mean the stock has been fairly well decimated over the course of the sale. Hopefully Canon will refresh the inventory before the sale ends on Sunday.
 
If you have your eye on an item that isn't currently in stock, bookmark the links above and check them periodically to see if Canon receives stock of the item.
 
Refurbished Gear Currently In Stock

Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 18-135 IS1,439.20431.761,007.44
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 28-135 IS1,359.20407.76951.44
Canon EOS 7D Body1,199.20359.76839.44
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM679.99170.00509.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM599.99150.00449.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1479.99119.99359.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3 + EF-S 18-55 IS359.99108.00251.99
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM1,199.20179.881,019.32
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM919.20137.88781.32
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.99115.20268.79
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99156.00363.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9928.20159.79
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9948.00111.99
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.9964.80367.19
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM439.9966.00373.99
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9948.00111.99
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro239.9936.00203.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM399.9960.00339.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM479.9972.00407.99
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.9978.00441.99
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM639.9996.00543.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.99120.00279.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.9984.00475.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II239.99120.00120.00
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM375.9956.40319.59
Canon Speedlite 430EX II239.9936.00203.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9930.00169.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9920.40115.59
Canon Speedlite 90EX119.9918.00101.99

Every now and then, deals come up that are even better than Canon's refurbished pricing. Below are some awesome deals going on right now.
 
Deals Even Better than Refurbished Pricing

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Post Date: 8/14/2014 7:23:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
Want the best all-round Canon DSLR for your dollar? Want a 1D X-style AF system without spending $6,700.00? How about dual memory card slots and great, full-frame high-ISO performance?
 
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,559.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,399.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 8/13/2014 9:54:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
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Post Date: 8/13/2014 4:29:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Lens for Canon EF-M
Want the widest aperture lens for your EOS M? Look no further!
 
B&H has the Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Manual Lens for EF-M Mount in stock and ready to ship.
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Post Date: 8/13/2014 10:48:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., August 13, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of a multi-year partnership with the Little League International, which kicks off with the "Print to the Little League Baseball World Series" event in South Williamsport, PA. From today through the end of the tournament on August 24, baseball fans from around the world can utilize Canon PIXMA Printing Solutions and cloud technology to share photos and words of encouragement printed on-site to create "The Great Wall of Fandom." With the new partnership, Canon becomes the official camera and printer sponsor of Little League Baseball and Softball, the world's largest youth sports organization.
 
To celebrate the tournament and cheer on all of the competing teams, fans from around the world can submit their supportive comments and images via a custom microsite, thegreatwalloffandom.com. Canon will then print high-quality versions of the photos and messages on a Canon PIXMA MG7120 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One printer, made possible via cloud connectivity, and the Canon team in Williamsport will add them to "The Great Wall of Fandom." Series attendees will see the photos and messages posted throughout the tournament, and images of how the exhibition evolves will also be shared online daily for the enjoyment of supporters worldwide.
 
Brand ambassadors will also be available at the World Series sites using Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR and Wi-Fi equipped PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Cameras to take photos of attendees and post the content directly to "The Great Wall of Fandom." In addition, Best Buy has partnered with Canon to lend on-site support at the batting cage installation to answer any PIXMA printer or PPS questions.
 
"From input to output with Canon cameras and printers, the multi-year partnership with the Little League Organization will allow Canon to connect with a new generation of young families who want to capture and share quality memories of this exciting sporting event," said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We are thrilled that the 'Print to the Little League Baseball World Series' initiative allows us to demonstrate the ability to print from virtually anywhere to anywhere via PIXMA Printing Solutions (PPS). Moreover, we're connecting with fans who can't be there in person, but want to show their support and encouragement for the players."
 
While anyone can submit photos to "The Great Wall of Fandom" from virtually anywhere during each game, Canon will also produce keepsakes for on-site spectators and attendees of the Little League Baseball World Series by inviting them to pose in a Canon-branded batting cage located in the Family Fun Zone area, where on-site brand ambassadors will take photos using Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR cameras and then print the captured images directly on Canon PIXMA MG7120 printers as tokens of the attendees' experience.
 
This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Little League, and part of its longtime success in providing a healthy, safe environment for 2.4 million children in more than 80 countries can be attributed to the assistance provided by sponsorships. Canon joins Little League as its 20th National Sponsor, which help Little League maintain low team affiliation fees and provide valuable training and educational resources to coaches, parents, umpires, and volunteers. Many of Little League's national sponsors also participate in enhancing the fan experience at the Little League Baseball World Series Family Fun Zone.
 
"We are excited to welcome Canon as Little League's newest national sponsor and to the Little League Baseball World Series this August," said Liz DiLullo Brown, Little League Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. "Little League is more than a youth sports organization, it is a youth leadership organization, and thanks to the support of our national sponsors, Little League is able to provide parents a healthy, affordable recreational outlet for their children."
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Post Date: 8/13/2014 9:47:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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