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 Wednesday, January 4, 2017
The newly announced Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II is available for preorder at the following retailers:
B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Canon USA Store
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Category: Preorders
Post Date: 1/4/2017 9:22:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Obviously, there is one less tree on the ranch.
 
While I mostly used the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens on this elk photo trip, there were times when I was really glad to have the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens readily available. In this case, thanks to the zoom range afforded by this lens, I was able to capture both full-body images and close-ups in rapid succession.
 
This huge rutting bull rocky mountain elk was in the bottom of a valley that had long been in the shade from the setting sun. He was intently tearing up this tree, which meant that I needed a fast shutter speed to stop the motion. My choice of 1/1000 was certainly not overkill, but I wanted to keep the noise levels down as much as possible. The 5D IV's ISO 5000 looks good enough that choosing an even faster shutter speed would have been a non-issue.
 
With the upward head angle, it was almost as if I was lighting the 8x7 bull with a huge softbox in the studio.
 
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
371mm  f/5.6  1/1000s
ISO 5000
6720 x 4480px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/4/2017 8:41:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., January 3, 2016 – At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV, January 5-8, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to debut its Visionaries Welcome” themed booth (Booth #16206 in the Central Hall), demonstrating the Company’s continued path of innovation and helping others “See Impossible.” Canon is also announcing a host of new travel-friendly imaging products. Included in this announcement is the slim and lightweight, carry-anywhere PowerShot G9 X Mark II digital camera, the PowerShot G7 X Mark II Video Creator Kit, ideal for the vlogger on-the-go, and three updated models to the line of family-friendly VIXIA HF R-series personal camcorders.
 
“Beyond product introductions, this year we’re taking things at CES to a new level, declaring ‘Visionaries Welcome’ – inviting potential companies to learn what can be possible by incorporating Canon technologies and innovations into their designs,” said Eliott Peck, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. and chairman & CEO, Canon Information Technology Services, Inc. “We are always looking to bring to market products designed to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers. Whether someone is looking for the latest and greatest in a compact premium camera to document precious family moments or taking the plunge into vlogging with a creative, professional look, we have the right solution for them.”
 
Canon Proclaims “Visionaries Welcome”
The Canon booth at CES 2017 will look quite different this year – designed to invite future-thinkers; visitors will learn about a broader vision of what is possible with Canon innovations. On display will be products developed by current Canon customers such as Solidiphy, FoxTales, StyleShoots and Card Isle, that incorporate Canon technology and innovation to create products that are not just commercially successful but also cultivate a larger vision of what is possible when integrating Canon products. Offering our depth of 80 years of experience and leadership, a reputation for world-class U.S.-based customer service and support, and R&D capabilities, Canon is looking to expand collaborations with manufacturing companies as well as entrepreneurs to deliver visionary ideas and solutions well into the future.
 
Also on display will be Canon’s current imaging products across the EOS, PowerShot, VIXIA, PIXMA, imagePROGRAF and imageCLASS product lines.
 
PowerShot G9 X Mark II Digital Camera
For those looking to make a step up to a premium point-and-shoot camera, the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II features a 1.0- inch 20.2 Megapixel sensor and packs a lot of punch in a very small package. It also features the latest image processor, DIGIC 7, providing users with improved subject tracking and scene detection, and more. For added social network-sharing convenience the PowerShot G9 X Mark II is the first Canon PowerShot digital camera equipped with Bluetooth1 Smart for easy pairing with a compatible smartphone or tablet. Photographers of all skill levels looking for more “pro-like” features will appreciate the in-camera RAW conversion feature and improved Time-Lapse Movie Mode to help capture images at preset intervals and combine them to create a short movie clip.
 
PowerShot G9 X Mark II Camera Features include:
 
  • 1.0-inch, 20.2 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC and Bluetooth Smart capability
  • Bright f/2.0 (W) - f/4.9 (T), 3x Optical Zoom Lens (28-84mm)
  • 3.0” Touch Panel LCD
  • Full HD, Dynamic IS and Time-Lapse Movie video functions
  • Continuous shooting speeds of up to 8.2 fps (In JPEG and RAW)
The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II digital camera is scheduled to be available February 2017 for an estimated retail price of $529.99.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/4/2017 8:23:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
With the holidays in the rear-view mirror, it is time to start concentrating on winter photography and the opportunities this season holds.
 
Snowcapped mountains, frozen lakes and the crisp, clean air lend themselves to serene, wide angle landscape imagery. Frost on perennial plants beg for macro lens use while wintery wildlife photography can make good use of your long telephoto lens(es).
 
Need some inspiration? Check out our Winter Photography Tips to jumpstart your creativity. If venturing out into the extreme cold (especially for extended periods of time), be sure to check out our "Cold Weather Photography Tips" article by Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photography of the Year winner Jonathan Huyer.
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Post Date: 1/4/2017 7:59:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From LensRentals:
 
We've rounded up "The Best and Most Rented Photography Gear of 2016" including staff reviewed favorites. Want to get your hands on some of the latest equipment? We'll help you get started with 15% off all items listed in the article. Just place your order, make sure it's set to arrive by January 31st and use code TOPGEAR at checkout for 15% off!
 
Most Rented Gear
 
  1. Canon 5D Mark IV
  2. Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM
  3. Sony PXW-FS5 XDCAM w/ FS RAW Upgrade
  4. Sony Alpha a6300
  5. Canon 1DX Mark II
  6. Nikon D500
  7. Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM A1 Art for Canon
  8. Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT
  9. Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM A1 Art for Canon
  10. Canon 80D
  11. Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4K (EF)
  12. Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM
  13. Fuji X-Pro2
  14. Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 III
  15. DJI Focus Wireless Follow Focus System
  16. Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K (PL)
  17. Nikon D5
  18. Manfrotto LYKOS Bi-Color LED
  19. Fuji X-T2
  20. DJI Osmo Pro Gimbal w/ Zenmuse X5 Camera
Staff Picks for 2016
 
  • Nikon D5
  • Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
  • DJI Osmo Pro
  • Fuji X-Pro2
  • Canon 1DX Mark II
  • GoPro Hero 5
  • Atomos Digital Recorders
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
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Post Date: 1/4/2017 7:36:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Atlona AT-HDVS-TX HDBaseT Extender with AT-HDRX Receiver Kit available for $299.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $628.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Atlona AT-HDVS-TX HDMI/VGA Transmitter
  • Atlona AT-HDRX HDMI Receiver
  • Atlona 24V Power Supply
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/4/2017 6:30:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Learn what essential equipment professional adventure photographer Keith Ladzinski brings to the field to get the perfect shot.
 
B&H carries graduated neutral density filters, handheld gimbals and off-camera lighting (flashes/studio lights).
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/4/2017 6:10:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Professional Network:
World-renowned photographer Don McCullin was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours list this month. CPN spoke exclusively to Sir Don and discovered more about what this award means to him...
 
Sir Don, one of the most influential photojournalists in the history of photography, has a career that spans over half a century. His knighthood, which recognises his services to photography, is particularly special for him. “It’s one of those things that you can’t really come to terms with right away,” he remarks. “There I am at 80 years of age and then suddenly this thing is bestowed upon me. I don’t think for a second that it’s going to make the slightest difference to the last few years of my life but it’s a warm and comfortable feeling knowing that my life’s work has been appreciated. I’m very happy about it, of course.”
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/4/2017 5:54:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vidpro LED-330X Variable-Color On-Camera LED Video Light Kit available for $59.00 with free shipping. Regularly $89.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 180W Equivalent Light Output
  • 3200-5600K Variable Color Temperature
  • 70° Beam Angle
  • 10-100% Stepless Dimming
  • Accepts Sony L-Series Batteries
  • NP-F550 Type Battery & Charger Included
  • Soft Diffuser Filter
  • Adjustable Shoe Mount
  • Slim, Lightweight, and Portable Design
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/4/2017 5:43:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Manfrotto Off road Aluminum Walking Sticks available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $79.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 5.5 lb
  • Max Height: 52.1"
  • Min Height: 23.4"
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weight: 12.8 oz
  • One Stick Doubles as Monopod
  • Spikes, Rubber Feet, and Baskets
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/4/2017 5:32:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 3, 2017
by Sean Setters
 
Some photography and general purpose accessories are so useful, so vital and/or so inexpensive that they're worth having in every single camera bag you own.
 
The first thing you're probably thinking is, "Why wouldn't I simply remove all the items in one bag and put them in another?" And while this practice does work in theory, unfortunately it does not work as well in practice. That's because the purpose of having different camera bags is because they serve different functions. As such, we may not (or simply cannot) put the exact same items in similar places in another bag. That means that it's too easy to miss something when transferring items unless you are diligent enough to use a checklist every time you switch bags. However, using a checklist and transferring items also takes time which may leave you rushed if the perfect photo opportunity is fleeting.
 
For these reasons, I prefer to keep duplicates of the most useful accessories in each of my main camera bags (2 backpacks and 2 messenger bags). To be considered for this list, the gear must meet the guidelines outlined in the first sentence of this post.
 
1. Memory Card(s)
 
It's a pretty simple concept – without a way to store images, the best camera & lens in the world are not going to help you capture the moment. Memory cards are an essential part of the digital imaging process (unless you are tethering, and even then, many DSLRs require a memory card).
 
Memory card capacities have increased substantially over the years with the result of the previous high-to-mid-range capacity cards dropping in price. And when it comes to a backup memory card, you don't necessarily need the highest capacity, highest performance card on the planet. You just need something that will cover your temporary needs in case of an emergency.
 
2. Microfiber Cloth
 
Few tools in the photography arsenal are as inexpensive as they are invaluable, but that would be an apt description of microfiber cloths. They're so inexpensive that they're often given away for free with various purchases, yet I can never seem to have enough of them. Be sure to keep at least one in every camera bag and/or lens case; you'll be glad you did.
 
3. Filter Wrenches
 
I'm a big fan of buying filters which fit my largest diameter lenses and using step-up rings to allow those larger filters to be used on lenses featuring a smaller front filter diameter. However, filters have a way of [seemingly] becoming glued to step up rings. It's difficult for me to imagine how many times I've needed a filter wrench to aid in separating a filter stuck to a step-up ring or a filter stuck to another filter. A circular polarizer stuck to anything can be especially difficult to remove as there is very little gripping surface to work with. In those cases, a set of filter wrenches can really save the day.
 
4. Weather Protection
 
Even if your gear bag is full of L-series lenses and professional bodies which feature a good degree of weather sealing, it's always a good idea keep some type of weather protection on-hand for those times when torrential rain is on the horizon or wind gusts are blanketing your location with fine dust/sand. One of my personal favorite rain sleeves is the OP/TECH USA 8" Small Rain Sleeve. It's perfect for a (gripped or non-gripped) DSLR with small to medium-sized lenses. It's inexpensive and easy to pack insurance that's hard not to justify adding to every camera bag you own.
 
5. Small Rocket Blower
 
Have you ever zoomed in on one of your landscape images only to find a dark spot in the middle of your clear, blue sky? If so, a Small Rocket Blower could have likely saved you the trouble of removing the blemish(es) in post processing. The Rocket Blower is also handy for removing fine dust from cameras, lenses and lens elements.
 
6. Small Flashlight
 
If you photograph any type of nighttime scene (cityscapes, astrophotography, etc), then you'll need some type of light source for finding your gear (or your way) in the dark. While a smartphone can work in a pinch, it's often best to have a small, dedicated AAA flashlight in your camera bag ready for when you need it.
 
7. Camera/Lens Plate & Allen Wrenches
 
Additional tools that you may find useful on occasion include camera/lens plates and the corresponding Allen wrenches. For instance, when using a gimbal stabilizer or otherwise mounting your camera in a way where reduced weight is a priority, you may want to remove the camera's battery grip and L-bracket (if applicable) and substitute a standard camera plate for affixing to your platform. And to do that, you'll also need the corresponding filter wrench(es). I typically keep a Multi Bicycle Tool in my main camera bag and a couple of my most-used Allen wrenches in all of my camera bags. They take up very little room and can definitely come in handy when tripod and/or plate adjustments are required.
 
8. Garbage Bag
 
Bryan eloquently detailed the value of keeping garbage bags in your camera bag in his article, "The 1 Cheap Accessory that should be in All of Your Camera Bags". Garbage bags are cheap, versatile and easily accessible. If you don't add anything else from this list to your camera bag(s), there's simply no excuse for neglecting to one of these.
 
9. Pen and Notepad
 
While a smartphone may be the ultimate Swiss Army knife of gadgets, its need for constant power to make use of the device means that there's still room for tried and true analog tools in your kit, especially when they take up little space and are so easy to stow away in a pocket. A small notepad and pen are perfect examples. I personally prefer the reliability and versatility afforded by the Fisher Space Pen and Rite in the Rain Tactical 3x5 Notebook, a combination that allows for usage in extreme environments (including rain) where I am much less likely to prefer using my smartphone.
 
10. Business Cards
 
Have you ever struck up a conversation with a total stranger just because you were spotted photographing with a "nice camera?" One of the best ways to convert a complete stranger into a photography client is to have a business card at your fingertips when the conversation is initiated.
 
11. Photographers' Rights Reference Material
 
Police, security personnel or even everyday citizens may have the best intentions, but they may also prove a little overzealous if they decide they do not like you photographing a particular scene. A little education goes a long way, and keeping some sort of reference material in your gear bag can be advantageous in any confrontation where the law is clearly on your side. Print out the relevant information and keep a folded copy in a camera bag's pocket; hopefully you'll never need it, but you'll likely appreciate it if and when you do.
 
So that's our 11 small, inexpensive things you should consider adding to all of your camera bags. Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments below.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/3/2017 9:07:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Easetern Time, B&H has the CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra (DVD) available for $39.99 with free shipping. Regularly $99.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Advanced & Intuitive Prosumer NLE
  • Sophisticated & Express Editing Tools
  • New Action Camera Center
  • New 360° Video Toolkit
  • Motion Tracking, Color Correction & More
  • New Vertical Mobile Video Workflow
  • Video Blending Modes
  • Includes 5 Different Effects Packages
  • 25GB CyberLink Cloud Service for 1 Year
  • Windows Compatible
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/3/2017 5:08:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 2, 2017
Just Posted: Gitzo GT3543LS Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod Review.
 
This is the upgrade to my most-loved Gitzo GT3542LS Tripod. The GT3543LS has received some nice upgrades and a lower price, but I found one notable downside.
 
B&H has the Gitzo GT3543LS Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/2/2017 8:22:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, December 31, 2016
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time (12/31), use coupon code PXNYMETAL at AdoramaPix to save 33% on your metallic print order.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/31/2016 4:30:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 50 lb
  • Max Height: 68.8"
  • Min Height: 4"
  • Folded Length: 24.4"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 4.7 lb
  • Twist Locks
  • Bubble Level
  • Rubber Ball Feet
  • Ratcheting Angle Stops
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/31/2016 4:26:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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