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 Tuesday, August 26, 2014
B&H Canon Lens Experience
B&H has a new, wonderfully fun and useful page dedicated to learning about Canon lenses. It's called...
 
The Canon Lens Experience:
Stories from the Masters & Interactive Learning Tools

 
On the page you'll find 5 sections:
 
  • Experiences
  • Virtual (Focal Length, Aperture, Tilt-Shift, Image Stabilization & Macro)
  • Lenses (Prime, Special & Zoom)
  • Why Canon
  • Glossary
In the Experiences section, B&H interviews professional photographers in various photographic genres. One of my personal favorites was an interview with Gregory Heisler on portrait photography, but many other well-known photographers are included covering architectural to wildlife photography and everything in between.
 
The Virtual section allows the user to see how various aspects of a lens can make or break a shot. See how scenes change as the focal length, aperture or tilt is varied. You can also see a demonstration of the helpfulness of image stabilization and the benefits of using macro lenses.
 
The Lenses section allows you to scroll through Canon's vast number of lenses and see a short summary of each lens. The product line is organized into three parts – Prime, Special & Zoom lenses.
 
The Why Canon section is simply a link to a previously published B&H Explora article called "Everything You Need to Know about Canon Lenses.". The article does a good job explaining the design elements of a lens and the significance of various things such as coatings, fluorite glass, aspheric lenses and diffractive optics.
 
And as you might have guessed, the Glossary provides a resource for explaining all those obscure sounding words related to photography. Abbe Number, anyone?
 
Overall, the The Canon Lens Experience page is an enjoyable way to learn about Canon lenses. Take a look – I think you'll agree!
 
And for a more in-depth look at specific lenses, you might want to check out this handy resource.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 8/26/2014 2:10:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Captures Monarch Butterfly
Capturing good butterfly pictures can be challenging. Perhaps the biggest two challenges to butterfly photography are constant, significant subject motion and tattered wings.
 
Butterflies are seldom still and often have a mild fear of humans. Add a little wind to their lightweight, wing-dominated bodies and even a stationary butterfly has motion.
 
Tattered wings are often best overcome by finding a new subject. It is hard to get a great butterfly picture without a near perfect wings and butterfly wings seem to deteriorate rapidly in their short lives. Even good quality subjects can require significant post processing to make wing repairs.
 
Raise your own subjects and these two challenges are erased. Well, erased for a short period of time at least. The kids have taken such an interest in monarch butterflies that we now have milkweed (the monarch caterpillar's food source) growing amongst a section of our house landscape. I'm not sure what others think about these "weeds" in our landscape, but ... the girls collected some monarch eggs this summer and raised them indoors, out of the reach of predators. Last week, the monarch metamorphosis moved from the chrysalis stage to the butterfly stage.
 
A bit of warning is given before the butterflies hatch – the color of the chrysalis turns from bright green to transparent, showing the dark butterfly tightly packaged inside. But, it takes a watchful eye to see the chrysalis open as this event occurs very quickly. Once open, the monarch pumps its wings up rather quickly and then appears to remain the same – and motionless – for a long enough period of time to capture many photos.
 
I was ready for this particular hatching. I had the milkweed leaf holding the chrysalis in a Delta Grip-It Clamp that was sitting on the kitchen island. A moderate distance behind the main subject was a cardboard box with a sheet of printer paper taped onto it.
 
A Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash was mounted to a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro Lens and the lens was mounted to a Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR. A Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash was in its shoe stand and configured as an optical remote slave to the ring flash.
 
The perfect-condition butterfly hatched and hung motionless from its chrysalis while I went into action.
 
The lighting I used for the butterfly image series I captured on this day, and a great technique for lighting in general, was separated by layer. The ring lite was providing the main subject layer lighting and the slave 600EX-RT took care of the background light with brightness levels individually controlled from the ring lite. With a white background and a set of Rogue Flash Gels, I was able to create a large variety of background colors for the images, but this particular shot's background was simply a green notebook. A variation I incorporated into some images, to create a less-even background color, was to use a coarsely crinkled sheet of aluminum foil as a reflector beside the printer paper.
 
After nearly two hours of posing, the butterfly became active and was released outdoors. After the forth butterfly hatched in as many days, I had enough willpower to just observe the process without a camera.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
100mm  f/11.0  1/200s  ISO 100  3840 x 5760px
Post Date: 8/26/2014 1:14:53 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Canon STM lenses capture great photos and even better videos. They’re named after a new kind of technology called a Stepping Motor, which lets the lenses focus smoothly and quietly.
 
Want more? Check out the "Day in the Life - Behind the Scenes" video.
 
Relevant Reviews:
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/26/2014 12:29:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Following up on Jeff’s “The 15 Features of the DSLR That Every Photographer Should Know”, and “The 15 Features of Photoshop That Every Photographer Should Know”, this presentation discusses 15 of the most common mistakes that people make when taking photos. Jeff will discuss composition, proper use of flash, good focus technique and much more. As always, with Jeff, we know that his stories will be as much fun as his photos. Learn the techniques that pro sports photographers use to get better photos.
Post Date: 8/26/2014 12:09:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
This video was apparently uploaded to the Canon YouTube Channel back in July. However, it's an unlisted video – meaning it doesn't show up in the channel content or in searches. I stumbled across it on the CDLC this morning.
 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Join Canon Digital Learning Center contributor Jem Schofield as he shows how to use the various AF Modes built into the Canon EOS 70D when recording video.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 70D.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/26/2014 7:17:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang 50mm T1.5 AS UMC Lens
B&H has the Samyang 50mm T1.5 AS UMC Cine Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 8/26/2014 6:50:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 25, 2014
Lexar 32GB Professional 1066x Compact Flash Memory Card (UDMA 7)
Post Date: 8/25/2014 3:01:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon PowerShot S110 Digital Camera
Focus Camera has a Canon PowerShot S110 with PIXMA PRO-100 Printer Bundle available for $165.00 after $400.00 mail-in rebate. Compare at $249.00 without printer bundle.
 
Bundle Includes:
 
  • Canon PowerShot S110 Digital Camera
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer
  • 50 Sheets of 13x19 Canon Luster Photo Paper
  • 16GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Card
  • Digital Camera Case
  • Optics Cleaning Kit
  • Memory Card Wallet
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/25/2014 11:36:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,699.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,399.00.
 
Note: - This appears to be a grey market item. For warranty questions, please contact the seller.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/25/2014 11:21:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang 50mm T1.5 AS UMC Lens
From Samyang (translated):
 
The Samyang 50 mm T1.5 AS UMC has been designed for cameras with full-frame sensors or smaller. The lens offers a field of view of 46.2 degree, and due to the wide T1.5 (f / 1.4) aperture, it allows users to shoot in low light while providing excellent image quality and a shallow depth of field. The optical lens design consists of nine lenses arranged in six groups (including one aspherical and one hybrid aspherical). To ensure high contrast and faithful color reproduction, lenses are covered with anti-reflex multilayer coatings UMC.
 
Strengths
The Samyang 50 mm T1.5 features a beautifully smooth bokeh. With an eight-bladed aperture, objects outside the depth of field are extremely soft, which professional filmmakers and photographers specializing in portrait photography will especially appreciate.
 
The new Samyang 50 mm T1.5 AS UMC Cine Lens will be first unveiled at Photokina 2014. Samyang cordially invites you to visit its booth No. A-025 in hall 2.1 at the fair in Cologne on 16 - 21.09.2014.
 
B&H carries Samyang Cinema Lenses.
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 8/25/2014 7:56:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Stingray on Caribbean Ocean Floor
Underwater photography is very challenging, but with some tips, that challenge is minimized. Check out the just-posted Underwater Photography Tips for Snorkeling to jump start your learning.
Post Date: 8/25/2014 7:34:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, August 24, 2014
Canon Professional Network Logo
From Canon Professional Network:
"It’s that time of year again, when millions of children leave the comforts of home to start a new school year. For parents with children going to school for the first time, this is an important milestone they will want to remember for years to come. Even for an older child, documenting them at the start of each year, or when they start new legs of their education (such as entering Junior High, and High School) is a rewarding project.
 
Luckily, great back-to-school photos are easy to take – with little more than a basic digital SLR (for greater imaging control) and some attention to details.
 
Here are a few tips that will elevate what may have been just a quick snapshot into a truly meaningful portrait:"
Check out CPN's Tips for helpful information on School Portraits.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/24/2014 10:07:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 22, 2014
Canon EOS Rebel T5 Kit
Adorama has a Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera Bundle on sale for only $399.00 after $400.00 mail-in rebate. Shipping is free. Compare at $499.00 after $50.00 rebate without the printer.
 
The bundle includes:
 
  • Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens ($499.00 value)
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer ($398.00 Value)
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets ($38.41 Value)

 
This deal expires 8/30/2014.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/22/2014 10:53:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
PhotoShelter
PhotoShelter is offering a free How to Sell Prints Guide via email.
 
From PhotoShelter:
 
Get tips to sell prints & increase your profits
 
In this guide, How to Sell Prints, learn how to sell and market your photography, price your work right, plus get tips to sell everything from products to self-published books.
 
In this guide, you’ll also learn:
 
  • Insights from a master fine art printer on which prints sell best
  • How to identify which audiences are most likely to purchase prints
  • How to calibrate your monitor and manage color profiles to ensure quality printing
  • How to draw in more print sales through incentives, coupons and discounts
  • Plus more!
Also get tips from photographers succeeding with prints sales. Get their insights to market your work better, and learn why having your prints set up for sales online can make all the difference.
Post Date: 8/22/2014 8:53:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Congrats to B&H Photo - Video for recently being named Digital Imaging Reporter’s 2014 E-tailer of the Year. Digital Imaging Reporter, an imaging industry magazine, has a couple of articles about B&H on their site:
 
Digital Imaging Reporter’s 2014 E-tailer of the Year: B&H Photo – Video – Pro Audio
Strategy Session: So What Does B&H Really Stand For?
 
That B&H won the award does not surprise me – B&H is definitely my favorite retailer. You can visit their website here.
Post Date: 8/22/2014 8:20:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Speedlite 90EX Flash
Amazon (via Another Deal Site) has the Canon Speedlite 90EX Flash (White Box) available for $41.42. Compare at $59.49 (White Box).
 
Check out Bryan's full review of the Canon Speedlite 90EX Flash for more information.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/22/2014 7:26:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
From Sigma:
 
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Firmware v1.02
 
Autofocus is supported at any aperture value when used with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C100.
 
Note: Before upgrading the firmware of 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A013, please first update your SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver1.2.0.
 
Download the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Firmware v1.02.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 8/22/2014 7:17:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 21, 2014
CPN EOS-1 History
Want to know the story behind the first EOS-1 series camera?
 
From the Canon Professional Network:
Canon is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the EOS-1 series, the company’s flagship range of SLR cameras, which began with the launch of the EOS-1 film SLR in 1989. CPN recently got the unique opportunity to talk to two of the key men behind the development of the EOS-1 series and EOS System – Tsunemasa Ohara and Yoshiaki Sugiyama of Canon Inc. in Tokyo. In two exclusive interviews they reveal the secrets behind the historical development of the EOS-1 SLRs
Read the entire article on Canon Professional Network.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/21/2014 9:37:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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