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 Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Sample Picture
A handful of sample pictures have been added to the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens review.
 
This lens continues to see demand exceeding supply. Preorder now at B&H.
Post Date: 3/18/2014 9:10:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 17, 2014
Zeiss Otus 55mm Lens Sample Pictures
A handful of sample pictures have been added to the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T* Lens review. Some sample pictures include small tips to incorporate into your own photography.
Post Date: 3/17/2014 8:29:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 14, 2014
Vanguard BBH-200 Ball Head
Just Posted: Vanguard BBH-200 Ball Head Review
 
This Arca-Swiss quick release plate-compatible ball head has great looks coupled with great functionality including a very smooth and strong ball and locking mechanism. It is one of the best heads I've used and is another contender for your kit.
Post Date: 3/14/2014 9:55:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 13, 2014
Gitzo GT1542T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Tripod
Amazing is how strong and rigid such a small tripod can be: Gitzo GT1542T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Tripod Review
 
B&H recently lowered the price on the GT1542T by about $100.00.
Post Date: 3/13/2014 10:20:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod
There are two significant reasons why you want use a carbon fiber tripod – and one significant reason why you might not want to buy a carbon fiber model.
 
The Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod Review provides the reasons to answer the big "Is carbon fiber worth the extra cost?" question.
Post Date: 3/12/2014 9:08:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Manfrotto MT190XPRO4 Aluminum Tripod
Have you seen Manfrotto's latest 190 Series tripods? The new MT190 tripods sport a sharp, innovative design while retaining the great functionality and value they have long had.
 
Just Posted: Manfrotto MT190XPRO4 Aluminum Tripod Review
Post Date: 3/11/2014 8:10:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 10, 2014
Gitzo GT3542LS Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod
I have been using and loving Gitzo Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripods for a very long time and have finally picked up the latest iteration of my favorite model in this line. What I found was that this release upgrade includes more significant improvements than I expected. Check it out:
 
Just posted: Gitzo GT3542LS Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Review
Post Date: 3/10/2014 9:24:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens
Just Posted: Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Review
 
As I hinted last week, especially for the price, I think that you are going to be very pleased with the image quality this lens delivers.
 
This lens remains in high demand and short supply. If you are interested in adding this lens to your kit, preorder now at B&H.
Post Date: 3/4/2014 12:15:48 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, February 27, 2014
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens
Image quality, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with some product photos have been added to the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Review page.
 
The Tamron 150-600 VC Lens vs. Canon 100-400mm IS Lens comparison is what many of us have been waiting for.
 
Especially for the price, I think that you are going to be very pleased with the image quality this lens delivers. I hope to have a full review of this lens completed in the near future.
 
B&H is taking preorders for the Tamron 150-600mm VC Lens.
Post Date: 2/27/2014 7:32:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T* Lens
Just posted: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T* Lens Review
 
This lens was announced with a LOT of hype. It is definitely worthy of such.
Post Date: 2/25/2014 9:20:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, February 20, 2014
Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod
Just Posted: Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod Review
 
There are a huge number of tripods availabe right now. The Oben CT-2491 is a better choice than most.
Post Date: 2/20/2014 8:09:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash
Canon has not provided an abundance of information on the new flash, but the images now available on the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash Review page will enlighten you at least somewhat. The new LCD control panel is an obvious major improvement.
 
You will also find a link to CPN's MR-14EX II page at the bottom of the review page. This page has perhaps the most MR-14EX II information found anywhere.
 
I have and occasionally use the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX Flash. I did not get a full review of this flash completed, but will try to get the version "II" review done more expediently.
 
B&H is taking preorders for the MR-14EX II.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/19/2014 9:16:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Oben BC-139 Ball Head
Just Posted: Oben BC-139 Ball Head Review
 
Add the Oben BC-139 to your short list. It is a great ball head with a great price.
Post Date: 2/18/2014 10:07:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 17, 2014
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D DSLR Camera
Specifications and product images (including comparisons of both) have been added to the Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D Review page.
 
Perhaps most relevant is the Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs. T3 comparison.
 
And perhaps most interesting, as suggested by commenter "SLClick", is the Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs. T2i comparison. "I loved the T5 from the moment I saw it. When it was called a T2i." [SLClick] These cameras are very similar from a specifications perspective.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/17/2014 8:18:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 10, 2014
ExpoImaging Rogue Flash Gels Universal Lighting Filter Kit
Just posted: ExpoImaging Rogue Flash Gels Universal Lighting Filter Kit Review
 
Learn why you need gel filters for your flash and learn how this kit can take your flash photography to another level.
Post Date: 2/10/2014 8:48:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 07, 2014
A Large Spoonful of Candy
In the Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter review, I included a photo of a large spoonful of tiny balls of candy. I thought you might appreciate knowing more about this image, so I'll share the recipe:
 
1. Clamp a melon-baller (my large "spoon") over a clean black back-painted glass surface using a Delta Clamp and fill it until overflowing with cookie/cake sprinkles (the tiny balls of candy).
 
2. Tripod-mount a Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens attached to a Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR in manual mode with settings of 1/160, f/16 and ISO 100.
 
3. Mount a Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter to the 5D III and configure a Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash as a slave.
 
4. Attach a Rogue FlashBender Softbox XL to the 600EX-RT.
 
5. While handholding the flash and softbox, trigger the image capture using a Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote.
 
The result is this image. While the reflection created by the Rogue Softbox is not as smooth as those delivered by more expensive softboxes, the reflection is not bad. One might think that a cloudy sky was the source the reflection.
 
Overall, I like the bright candy colors in this otherwise monochromatic scene. Images like this are easy to create with the right gear available.
Post Date: 2/7/2014 9:14:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens
Just posted: Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens Review
 
From image quality and build quality perspectives, there are few lenses that compare to the Zeiss 135mm.
Post Date: 2/5/2014 7:34:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 03, 2014
Canon Speedlite Selfie
Well, the flashes did not take their own picture, but they at least self-lit this one. You may recognize the above image from the recently-posted Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash review. I thought you might want to know a little more about the somewhat unusual image.
 
This shows 6 Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash units lighting themselves. The flashes were triggered from a Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR with settings of ISO 100, f/11 and 1/200. I used a Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens set to 57mm.
 
The six flash units are in their included shoe stands and their heads are angled to -7 degrees (slightly downward). The flashes are sitting on a black back-painted glass desk surface. I am standing on a stool with my feet just under the glass table top and leaning forward until the center AF point was centered in the reflection of the lens. Yes, reflections of me in the glass were an issue. I partly resolved this problem by wrapping a black fleece jacket around my legs.
 
You would not believe how well this setup lights up dust and other imperfections in the glass. I microfiber-cloth-dusted immediately before and a couple of times during this shoot. But the strong angled light across the black surface still found lots of dust and made it glow. Photoshop's Dust and Scratches noise filter quickly removed most of the dust problem. I used the history brush to restore details that were removed with the dust (including the flash names).
 
Here is another similar image: Speedlite Art
Post Date: 2/3/2014 8:33:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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