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 Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Rokinon 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens
eBay (via bestpriceoptics, 99.8% Positive feedback) has the Rokinon 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens for Canon (review) available for $699.00 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00.
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Post Date: 1/29/2014 7:39:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Canon has released its FY 2013 financial results:

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Post Date: 1/29/2014 7:15:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Sony A7R Camera
Fred Miranda has posted an interesting review of the Sony A7R utilizing Canon lenses.
 
You can learn more about the Sony A7R at B&H.
Post Date: 1/28/2014 12:56:50 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 6D and EF 24-105mm Lens
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/4 L 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.

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Post Date: 1/28/2014 12:25:04 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
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.
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Post Date: 1/28/2014 11:50:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sunwayfoto-Panoramic-Setup
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.

Manfrotto 303plus vs Sunwayfoto Pano Setup

Components of the new setup:

  1. Sunwayfoto DP-60 60mm QR Plate [$23.00]
  2. Sunwayfoto DDP-64M Indexing Rotator [$119.00]
  3. Kirk QRC-1.75 Quick Release Clamp [$55.00]
  4. Sunwayfoto DPG-210 Multi-Purpose Rail [$49.00]
  5. 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):

The Lamp and Lighthouse Panoramic Image

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.

Post Date: 1/28/2014 7:39:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
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.
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Post Date: 1/28/2014 7:33:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D3200 DSLR with 18-55mm VR Lens
eBay (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.
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Post Date: 1/28/2014 7:03:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
B&H 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)
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Post Date: 1/28/2014 6:36:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 27, 2014
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Lens available for $275.00 with free shipping. Compare at $399.00.
 
This is a lens I own and use very often. You get a lot of distortion with the lens, but it's correctable with good image editing software.
Post Date: 1/27/2014 10:23:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
Adorama has the Refurbished Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens (review) available for $774.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,079.00 new. (thanks Martin)
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Post Date: 1/27/2014 9:26:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Transcend 32GB Class 10 UHS SDHC Flash Memory Card
Unfortunately, I got to this post rather late today. However, Amazon is featuring Select Transcend Memory Products as its Gold Box Deal of the Day.
Post Date: 1/27/2014 6:33:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
Adorama has another "Buy Together and Save" deal where you can get a Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Kit for $3,203.12 when you add the Professor Kobre's Lightscoop.
 
Just click the link under "Buy Together and Save," choose the radio button beside the Lightscoop and click "Add to Cart." The deal comes with free shipping and 2% Rewards. Compare at $3,633.00.
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Post Date: 1/27/2014 4:20:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
Adorama has excellent "Buy Together and Save" deals on select Canon products right now. Simply click the "Buy Together and Save" link and add the Professor Kobre's Lightscoop to activate special pricing on the products. All deals come with free shipping and 2% Rewards
 

ItemReg. PriceBuy Together
Pricing
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash$549.00$423.29
Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash$299.00$231.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens$419.00$310.44

Update: It looks like the 600EX-RT deal has expired. The 430EX II and 85mm f/1.8 deals are still active.
 
Adorama also has two Canon EOS 6D deals when using the "Buy Together and Save" option. Simply add the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens to activate special pricing. These deals also ship for free and qualify for 2% Rewards.

ItemReg. PriceBuy Together
Pricing
Canon EOS 6D Body$2,548.00$1,797.00
Canon EOS 6D + EF 24-105mm Kit$3,148.00$2,399.00

Note: The "Reg. Price" shown in the 6D deals includes the price of the lens being added with the "Buy Together and Save" option.

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Post Date: 1/27/2014 1:30:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera Body
eBay (via BuyDig) has a Canon EOS 70D DSLR & PIXMA-PRO 100 Printer Bundle available for $929.99 with free shipping after $400.00 mail-in rebate.
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Post Date: 1/27/2014 12:17:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Selfie (Self Lit)
Just posted: Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Review
 
I've been using Canon's newest flash system for over a year and can easily say that it is their best ever. The radio wireless control along with other improvements make the 600EX-RT a very solid upgrade from any EX flash kit including those utilizing the Canon Speedlite 580EX II.
 
B&H has the Speedlite 600EX-RT in stock. Buy the two flash plus transmitter kit and save over $100.00.
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Post Date: 1/27/2014 10:43:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens available for $369.00. Compare at $449.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 1/27/2014 7:48:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens
Adorama has a Canon EOS 70D with 3 Lenses & 600EX-RT Bundle available for an in-cart price of $2,449.00 with free shipping and 2% Rewards. Regularly $3,035.94.
 
Bundle Includes:

  • Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera
  • Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
  • Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens
  • Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
  • SanDisk 32GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Card
  • Lowepro Adventura 170 Shoulder Case

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Post Date: 1/27/2014 6:54:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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