Fred Miranda has posted an interesting review of the Sony A7R
utilizing Canon lenses.
You can learn more about the Sony A7R
Along with $156.40 worth of accessories, get the Canon EOS 6D
or Canon EOS 6D and EF 24-105mm Lens Kit
for an in-cart price
of only $1,749.00 and $2,399.00 respectively – at B&H
. Regular prices are $1,899.00 and $2,499.00.
Here is the list of included accessories:
- SanDisk 16GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
- Canon 200DG Deluxe Gadget Bag
- Watson LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh)
- Oben ACM-2400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod
If you don't already have a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens, the kit is a great value even without the B&H deal.
Make this deal even hotter by adding a Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Printer plus paper to your cart at the same time. The camera and printer combination qualifies for a $400.00 rebate, which completely covers the cost of the printer. The included 50 Sheets of 13 x 19" Canon SG-201 Semi-Gloss Photo Paper Plus has a $44.45 value.
Don't need the printer? Sell it on eBay to take another chunk off of the 6D price tag.
Save $80.00: B&H
has the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
for an in-cart price
of only $469.00 (regularly $549.00).
It is not possible to have too many 600EX-RT flashes. Check out the yesterday-announced review of this flash
for more information.
by Sean Setters
Those of you who have been following the site will know that I recently upgraded everything relating to support – new tripod (Induro 8X CT314
), ballhead (Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1
), and Arca-Swiss style plates and clamps. But doing so left me with a bit of a problem.
For the past few months I had been thoroughly enjoying shooting panoramic images with my Manfrotto 303plus Panoramic Head
and Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens
. However, shooting panos was cumbersome (at best). Using the panoramic head meant changing out my regular ballhead every time I wanted to shoot panos. If I wanted to be able to shoot normal images and panos in the same outing, I had to bring tools to do the replacement in the field. And the 303plus was no picnic travel with; it was heavy, bulky, and just plain awkward to lug around because of its shape.
But now let me step back just a bit. Why do you need a specialized head just to capture panoramic images? Couldn't you just rotate the camera on the tripod and get the same results?
Well, not exactly. The issue with trying to create panoramic images with a standard head is that the images don't stitch together very well. Because you aren't rotating the camera & lens around its nodal point
, you get parallax errors
which make stitching significantly more challenging and time consuming. Basically, things simply don't line up.
A panoramic head allows you to move the camera so that the pivoting occurs over the lens's nodal point thereby elminiating parallax errors and leading to easier (and less time consuming) stitching. If time is money, then a panoramic setup is worth its weight in gold.
After some research, I found a few products that, once assembled, would replicate the functionality of the 303plus head while giving me several other benefits:
The new pano rig...
- Simply clamps into my existing ballhead using an Arca-Style plate. No more changing out heads everytime I want to do a pano.
- Is smaller, lighter and less bulky than the 303plus (largely due to my camera's newly installed L-bracket).
- Is cheaper than most pre-fabricated pano heads.
- Is faster to level through a simple ballhead adjustment. The 303plus required leveling the setup by adjusting tripod's legs.
If you're keeping score, that's a win-win-win-win.
Components of the new setup:
- Sunwayfoto DP-60 60mm QR Plate [$23.00]
- Sunwayfoto DDP-64M Indexing Rotator [$119.00]
- Kirk QRC-1.75 Quick Release Clamp [$55.00]
- Sunwayfoto DPG-210 Multi-Purpose Rail [$49.00]
- Sunwayfoto DDB-53 Bidirectional Clamp [$59.00]
Thats a solid panoramic setup for $305.00 (and significantly cheaper than many pre-made pano rigs). If you don't already have an L-bracket, then you'll only be able to shoot in landscape orientation. The L-bracket gives you the option to use a portrait orientation for more vertical real estate in your pano. One limitation of this setup is that you can't shoot 360-degree spherical panoramas with it; but for standard panoramas, it works very well.
Keep in mind that there are options for swapping several of the components above. I originally purchased the Kirk QRC-1.75 Quick Release Clamp to use in my BlackRapid to Arca-Swiss Plate conversion, but found that the longer tension screw handle allowed the clamp to fit perfectly on the Sunwayfoto DDP-64M Indexing Rotator. If I were buying the compenents again, I'd probably pick up a Sunwayfoto Discal Clamp 64mm With Long Handle instead. You can also purchase a longer rail if you want to shoot with a larger lens. However, make sure that your ballhead can support the weight of a moderately heavy camera/lens combination in an offset position. You can even forgo getting the Indexing Rotator & QR plate and simply rotate the rail/bi-directional clamp via your ballhead's panning base for an especially inexpensive setup. That said, I prefer using the Indexing Rotator for easy, consistent capture.
All in all, I'm really happy with my new pano setup. The Sunwayfoto products seem well-made and durable. A few days ago I created a 360-degree panorama in a local business, The Lamp & Lighthouse (click image to view a larger version):
I shot the panarama above using a 5D Mark III and the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens. I corrected the lens distortion with PTLens (although some distortion still exists), stitched the pano using Hugin and polished it up in Photoshop CC.
Tip: When leveling your setup, ignore the bubble levels on your gear. Depending on design tolerances, bubble levels can be anywhere from "pretty close" to "completely useless." Use your camera's built-in electronic level for the best results.
For a limited time, DigitalRev
has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens
available for $729.00. Compare at $1,079.00. Note:
When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
(via AdoramaCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D3200 DSLR with 18-55mm VR Lens
available for $329.00 with free shipping. Compare at $526.95 new.
has a Canon ST-E3-RT Transmitter & 2 Speedlite 600EX-RT Kit
available for $1,119.95 with free shipping. Compare at $1,225.00 if purchased separately.
Basically, you are buying an ST-E3-RT and getting two 600EX-RT Speedlites for $416.48 each. (thanks Darius)