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 Sunday, February 19, 2017
The Canon Store has a huge selection of refurbished lenses in stock and on sale for 10% off (or more). Select DSLRs and flashes have been marked down as well. See below for details.
 
In Stock / Reduced Refurbished Gear
 
Refurbished ItemOrig. PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 1D X Body4,239.20340.003,899.20
Canon EOS 5DS R Body3,119.20320.202,799.00
Canon EOS 5Ds Body2,959.20360.202,599.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body2,239.20140.202,099.00
Canon EOS 80D + EF-S 18-135 IS USM1,439.20290.001,149.20
Canon EOS 6D Body1,359.20160.201,199.00
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,239.20339.21899.99
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,199.19269.20929.99
Canon EOS 80D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM1,079.20230.00849.20
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM959.20110.00849.20
Canon EOS 80D Body959.2060.00899.20
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM879.20230.00649.20
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM799.99170.00629.99
Canon EOS M3 + EF-M 18-55 IS STM639.9960.01579.98
Canon EOS Rebel T6i Body599.9920.00579.99
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + 18-55 IS II & 75-300 III599.98209.99389.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5 + 18-55 IS II & 75-300 III599.98280.00319.98
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Body519.9970.00449.99
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + EF-S 18-155 IS II439.9990.00349.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Body439.99110.00329.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5 + EF-S 18-55 IS II439.99160.00279.99
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM239.9924.00215.99
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.9980.00439.99
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM1,279.20127.921,151.28
Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM639.99100.00539.99
Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM239.9924.00215.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM479.9948.00431.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.9940.00359.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99260.00299.99
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM1,519.20151.921,367.28
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM799.9980.00719.99
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 IS STM479.9948.00431.99
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM1,959.20195.921,763.28
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM1,079.20107.92971.28
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM1,079.20107.92971.28
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.9952.00467.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9918.80169.19
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9916.00143.99
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM1,759.20175.921,583.28
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.9943.20388.79
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM479.9948.00431.99
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM407.9940.80367.19
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM439.9944.00395.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM100.7910.0890.71
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM375.9937.60338.39
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro839.2083.92755.28
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM335.9933.60302.39
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM399.9940.00359.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM479.9948.00431.99
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM5,175.20517.524,657.68
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM999.2099.92899.28
Canon Speedlite 430EX II239.9940.00199.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9920.00179.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9916.00119.99
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/19/2017 7:22:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Crossing Place Trail in Middle Caicos leads along some spectacular coastline. "Trail", however, is a rather generous term for much of what is encountered here, especially west of Blowing Hole. Very sharp rocks (the ironshore formation limestone you see in the foreground in this image) and thick brush (with occasional very-deep holes beneath) take the place of anything resembling a trail.
 
The Turks and Caicos Islands have the world's 3rd largest reef system protecting it, but along this trail, the reef comes close to shore. This means that, on a normal day, waves hit the coast hard. And, on a windy day, things become rather spectacular along this section of the trail.
 
The winds on this day (like the entire 9 days of this trip) were sustained at just over 30 mph and gusts were reaching 50+ mph. The waves were crashing into the cliffs and blowing up in dramatic fashion, easily visible from the causeway over a mile away.
 
Upon arriving at this location, I determined that I could safely approach the cliff and I did so cautiously. I didn't take a rain cover for the camera or a rain coat for me on this trip, but ... after thinking about the situation for a while and watching my daughter figure out how to cover her camera with extra clothes and a hat for a lens flap, I couldn't resist the opportunity. The waves were too beautiful and mesmerizing to leave uncaptured.
 
What I had was the MindShift Gear BackLight 26L's rain cover and the plastic bags I always store in the backpack. The large garbage bag, with three holes torn into it, went over me (it was cool out and with the wind, I was cold) and a 2-gallon clear heavy plastic food storage bag nicely wrapped around the camera with the lens directed through the opening. I held the bag tightly around the lens hood and could see the viewfinder through the bag reasonably well – well enough. The front of the lens was not protected aside of the hood, but holding the camera downward under my body during times when spray was hitting (most of the time), kept it dry. I had a dry microfiber cloth readily available for cleaning the lens when my timing was not stellar.
 
When a wave was timed to hit while there was little or no sea spray in the air, I would quickly move the camera into position and shoot an image (or burst of images) as the wave crashed and violently blew upward. I was learning the Sony a7R II camera's capabilities, but ... this scenario proved challenging and my sharp image percentage was not as strong as I had hoped. Still, I made some nice images.
 
With the quick-shooting tactic, getting the camera perfectly level (or even close to that) proved challenging (it proves challenging to me on a good day) and this shot was a bit tilted. The horizon over an ocean makes any tilt obvious and this one needed repaired. However, simply rotating the image was going to result in more of the scene being cropped out that I was happy with. I could have used a wider focal length to shoot with (the Sony a7R II has plenty of resolution), but ... I was already using that tactic. This wave was simply bigger than I had anticipated.
 
How did I fix the tilt? I used the Lasso Tool in Photoshop to select and area above and below the horizon where the non-splashing water is meeting sky (on the right side of the frame), being careful to draw through areas lacking details. I then copied the selection (CTRL-C) and pasted it into a new layer (CTRL-V). I pressed CTRL-T (Free Transform) and rotated the copied waterline until it was level. Using a layer mask with a soft brush, I hid the borders of the copied layer and smoothed out anything that appeared out of place in the result. The image was effectively leveled and I didn't have to crop off any of the splash.
 
Being in the wave zone of a rough sea is not safe and in addition to watching for photogenic waves approaching, I was constantly watching for trouble. Twice I successfully ran to drier ground when monster waves hit directly in front of me, but twice I had very large waves splash completely over me, sending buckets of water pouring from myself and the bags (enough to make a water cooler dumped over a winning football coach appear like a Dixie cup). The described bag technique, while not optimum, kept the gear (and most of my shirt) dry and allowed me to capture some fun pics.
 
Big waves are fascinating – I could spend hours watching them.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
31mm  f/9.0  1/200s
ISO 200
7952 x 5304px
Post Date: 2/19/2017 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
It appears Sigma is set to announce four new Global Vision lenses at the upcoming CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2017 (Feb 23-26). Two of those lenses – the 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art and 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary – have already shown up on Sigma's website under the News section (the links to the actual press releases do not work).
 
Sigma News on SigmaPhoto

The other two lenses rumored to be part of the 4-lens announcement are the 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art and 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art. If the rumors prove to be true, this will be one of the most exciting round of Sigma Global Vision lens announcements to date.
 Saturday, February 18, 2017
Adorama has the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Hybrid with Lead Acid Battery available for $799.00 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $1,389.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Built-in EL-Skyport radio receiver
  • Compatible with the ELS Transmitter Speed
  • 8 Frequency Channels with 4 Groups
  • EL-Skyport Speed Sync mode
  • Unique control from an iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch
  • Additional features can be found when used
  • Two power outlets
  • Pre-flash detector system to enable the use of Quadra RX
 Friday, February 17, 2017
Canon USA has uploaded a sample movie as well as several videos highlighting the various features of the EOS M6.
 

 
Warning: If you plan on several of the videos below, you may want to turn the sound down. Each short video features the same soundtrack, and it may seem annoyingly repetitive after listening to it multiple times.
 
Videos Highlighting EOS M6 Features
 
Canon Japan has also published its official sample images for the EOS M6.
 
Preorders:
 
Canon EOS M6 – B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Canon USA | Wex (UK)
 
Canon EVC-DC2 Electronic Viewfinder – B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Canon Store | Wex (UK)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/17/2017 10:06:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Originally announced a few months ago, it looks like this free 90-day Adobe Photography Plan offer is still live. And considering the current discounts on Datacolor Spyder products, there's never been a better time to invest in a color calibration system.
 
From Datacolor:
 
Receive a 90 day Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan with the purchase of a qualifying Spyder product!
 
Datacolor and Adobe work hand-in-hand to offer the complete package for your photography workflow. Save time, money and frustration –with an efficient editing process and more accurate viewing, proofing and printing. Don’t miss out on the ultimate photography package from Datacolor and Adobe!
 
Try a complimentary 90 day trial OR add 90 days to your current plan if you already have a subscription.
 
Qualifying Products
 
How it works:
 
Step 1: Purchase a qualifying Spyder product
Step 2: Install and activate your Spyder product
Step 3: Click the redemption link in the Spyder activation email
Step 4: Your Adobe redemption code will be sent to you by email
Step 5: Visit Adobe to redeem your 90 day trial
Through this weekend, B&H has the Tenba Messenger – Small Photo/Laptop Bag (Plum) available for $37.95 with free shipping. Regularly $104.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits Laptop with Screen up to 15"
  • Fits D- SLR Camera and Three lens Kit
  • Water-repellent Cordura Nylon Bag
  • Removable Photo Insert
  • One Large Zippered Pocket on Flap
  • Two Zippered Pockets on Front Flap
  • Over 20 Assorted Interior Pockets
  • Molded Grip Handle
  • Removable, Adjustable Shoulder Strap
Through this weekend, B&H has the Phottix Odin TCU TTL Flash Trigger Transmitter for Nikon available for $89.99 with free shipping. Regularly $199.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Wireless TTL and Manual Flash Trigger
  • 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency, 328' Range
  • Four Channels, Three Groups
  • Remote Power Control of Groups in TTL
  • Remote Manual Flash Power Control
  • Supports High Speed Sync to 1/8000 Sec.
  • Flash Head Zoom Adjustment
  • Second-Curtain Sync Functions
  • Firmware Upgrade via USB Port
 Thursday, February 16, 2017
B&H has the Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15 (DVD) available for $89.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $149.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Photo and Video Editing Software Bundle
  • Edit & Organize with Touchscreen Devices
  • Frown & Squint Adjustments, Batch Edits
  • Camera Shake Reduction, Haze Removal
  • Supports Editing and Viewing 4K Movies
  • Hollywood Effects and Face Detection
  • Enhanced Search and Smart Tags
  • Guided Edits for Both Photo and Video
  • Built-In Social Media Sharing
  • For Mac OS X 10.10-11 & Windows 7, 8, 10
Note: If you don't need Premiere Elements, Photoshop Elements 15 on its own is currently marked down $30.00.
B&H has the DJI Inspire 1 v2.0 Quadcopter with 4K Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal available for $1,799.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,999.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Capture 4K Video and 12MP Stills
  • 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizes Camera
  • Up to 1.2 Mile Radio Range
  • GPS-Based Flight Control System
  • Vision Positioning for Indoor Flying
  • Live 720p HD Monitoring with Lightbridge
  • Thrust-Boosted Motors / New Propellers
  • Retractable Carbon Fiber Arms
  • Unobstructed 360° Shooting
  • Dual Transmitter Operation Supported
The Canon Store has a huge selection of refurbished lenses in stock and on sale for 10% off (or more). Select DSLRs and flashes have been marked down as well. See below for details.
 
In Stock / Reduced Refurbished Gear
 
Refurbished ItemOrig. PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 1D X Body4,239.20340.003,899.20
Canon EOS 5Ds Body2,959.20360.202,599.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body2,239.20140.202,099.00
Canon EOS 7D II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,959.19430.191,529.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,719.20270.201,449.00
Canon EOS 80D + EF-S 18-135 IS USM1,439.20290.001,149.20
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,239.20339.21899.99
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,199.19269.20929.99
Canon EOS 80D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM1,079.20230.00849.20
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM1,079.20329.21749.99
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM959.20110.00849.20
Canon EOS 80D Body959.2060.00899.20
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM879.20230.00649.20
Canon EOS M3 + EF-M 18-55 IS STM639.9960.01579.98
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + 18-55 IS II & 75-300 III599.98209.99389.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Body519.9970.00449.99
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + EF-S 18-155 IS II439.9990.00349.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Body439.99110.00329.99
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM239.9924.00215.99
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.9980.00439.99
Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM239.9924.00215.99
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM1,279.20127.921,151.28
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM879.2087.92791.28
Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM639.99100.00539.99
Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM239.9924.00215.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM479.9948.00431.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM439.9944.00395.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99260.00299.99
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM1,519.20151.921,367.28
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM799.9980.00719.99
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 IS STM479.9948.00431.99
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.99144.00239.99
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM1,959.20195.921,763.28
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1,679.20167.921,511.28
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM1,079.20107.92971.28
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM1,079.20107.92971.28
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.9952.00467.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9918.80169.19
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9916.00143.99
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.9943.20388.79
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM1,239.20123.921,115.28
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM479.9948.00431.99
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM407.9940.80367.19
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM479.9948.00431.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM1,159.20115.921,043.28
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.9932.00287.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM100.7910.0890.71
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM375.9937.60338.39
Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro839.2083.92755.28
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM335.9933.60302.39
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM399.9940.00359.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM719.9972.00647.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM479.9948.00431.99
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM999.2099.92899.28
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9920.00179.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9916.00119.99
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/16/2017 9:43:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
If you're considering picking up what can aptly be described as Canon's beefed-up Rebel with the versatile EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, there's an important piece of information that you should know before adding the EOS 77D kit to your cart – the higher-end EOS 80D kit with the exact same lens is the same price with its current $300.00 instant rebate in effect.
 
Just for good measure, here are a few points of comparison:
 
Canon EOS 77D vs. 80D:
 
  • DIGIC 7 vs. DIGIC 6
  • ISO 100-25600 (H1: 51200) vs. ISO 100-16000 (H1: 25600)
  • 6fps vs. 7fps, 27 frames RAW vs. 25, unlimited frames JPEG Extra Fine L vs. 110
  • 1/4000 sec vs. 1/8000 sec shutter speed
  • Pentamirror (95%, 0.82x) vs. larger Pentaprism (100%, 0.95x) viewfinder
  • Spring-driven mirror vs. motor-driven mirror
  • X-Sync: 1/200 sec. vs. 1/250 sec.
  • Battery life is approx. 600 vs. 960 (AE 50%, FE 50%), though 80D battery is a bit larger
  • Battery indicator shows 4 levels vs. 6 levels plus a percentage capacity reported
  • 15 Custom Functions vs. 26 Custom Functions including AF parameter settings
  • 77D has more creative modes on the mode dial while 80D has a pair of "C" (Custom) modes
  • 77D has Special Scene Group Photo
  • 77D has a Wi-Fi button & built-in Bluetooth
  • 80D has AF Microadjustment
  • 80D has silent shooting drive modes
  • 80D has M-RAW and S-RAW
  • 80D has many more buttons on top
  • 80D has headphone out port
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/16/2017 7:56:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R, Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Zeiss 18mm f/2.8 Milvus Lens Review.
 
While the beauty of this lens is immediately recognizable, the image quality it delivers is looking very nice as well. Here are some comparisons:
 
Zeiss 18mm f/2.8 Milvus vs. Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Classic (15mm Milvus has the same optical formula)
Zeiss 18mm f/2.8 Milvus vs. Zeiss 18mm f/3.5 Classic
Zeiss 18mm f/2.8 Milvus vs. Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Milvus
Zeiss 18mm f/2.8 Milvus vs. Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens
 
B&H has the Zeiss 18mm f/2.8 Milvus Lens in stock.
Post Date: 2/16/2017 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Japan has posted official sample photos taken with the EOS Rebel T7i and 77D DSLR cameras.
 
You can find preorder links for the Canon EOS Rebel T7i & 77D here.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/16/2017 6:05:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vello FreeWave Viewer VL Wireless Live View Remote Kit with AV/Shutter & Infrared Cables for Select Canon Cameras available for $159.95 with free shipping. Regularly $224.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Select Canon Cameras
  • Wireless 3.5" Live View TFT-LCD Monitor
  • Record Video with Select Canon Cameras
  • Wireless Transmitter with Built-In CCTV
  • AV & 3.5 mm Shutter Release Cable
  • FreeWave Viewer VL Infrared Cable
  • 328' Wireless Range
  • Four Radio Channels
  • 2 Li-Ion Rechargeable Batteries Included
  • Brightness and Contrast Adjustments
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