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 Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW Backpack
PETALUMA, Calif., Sept. 15, 2014 — Lowepro, the leading maker of photography carrying solutions, unleashes a robust design from the Professional Collection: the ProTactic Series. These packs are built for photojournalists, documentary photographers and urban shooters who rely on mission-critical access and on-the-fly versatility to get them behind the lines and into the action.
 
“From the design table to field testing, ProTactic has generated more energy and excitement internally than any other product I’ve been involved with,” said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro brand director. “We can’t wait to see where photographers take it and how they’ll set it up.”
 
Four access points at the top, sides and back help a photographer capture a shot and organize like no other camera backpack Lowepro has designed. The secure, body-side opening provides wide access to an interior built with the patent-pending MaxFit System for maximum capacity with a snug and protective fit, plus a dedicated laptop compartment and full organization panel on the inside lid.
 
Access gear from the molded, turret-loading top or quickly grab from either side – zippered compartments left and right are positioned to reach gear without removing the pack.
 
Create limitless set-ups with a super-versatile SlipLock attachment strap system built on the exterior of the pack. Five modular accessories are included: a water bottle pouch, accessory case, tripod cup and two cinch straps – all SlipLock compatible.
 
ProTactic features Lowepro’s ActivZone System technology that delivers targeted support at shoulder blades, lumbar and waist for comfort on the move. A removable waistbelt – padded and featuring breathable, mesh-covered support – makes it easy reduce the profile for packing or travel. Wear it for extra support and storage; two zippered hip pockets offer space for quick-grab items.
 
The ProTactic Series also includes these premium features: a patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover; multiple organization pockets inside and out; and Lowepro’s CradleFit laptop pocket that suspends and protects a device within the pack.
 

 
ProTactic 450 AW fits: 1-2 Pro DSLRs, one with up to 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached; 8 lenses/speedlights; 15" laptop; accessories
US MSRP $249.95
 
ProTactic 350 AW fits: 1-2 DSLRs with grip, one with up to 24-70mm f/2.8 lens attached; 6 lenses/speedlights; 13" laptop; accessories
US MSRP $199.95
 
B&H has the Lowepro ProTactic 350 and ProTactic 450 backpacks available for preorder.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 9/17/2014 7:20:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lowepro Pro Trekker 650 Backpack
From Lowepro:
 
PETALUMA, Calif., Sept. 15, 2014 — Lowepro, the leading maker of photography carrying solutions, unveils the newest generation of its beloved expedition backpacks from the Professional Collection: the Trekker Series. Nature, wildlife and landscape professionals that travel to the back-of-beyond to capture amazing imagery will appreciate the improved comfort, superior protection and versatile organization system of the new Pro Trekker 650 AW, Pro Trekker 450 AW and Lens Trekker 600 AW III.
 
“Trekker is our largest capacity backpack line, so our number one goal in refreshing the design was to improve the premium suspension system and offer a best-in-class solution for carrying a heavy load,” said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro brand director.
 
The ActivLift System harness is the result. This purposefully designed system is constructed to mimic the natural “S” curve of the back, transfer more weight from waist to hips, make it easy to adjust the length to the torso, and include airflow channels to improve breathability. Ten adjustment points allow for a custom, fine-tuned fit from the top of the shoulders to the lumbar.
 
The Trekker Series is built to protect and carry big glass and a huge amount of supporting gear. The patent-pending MaxFit System of adjustable dividers is featured in the Pro Trekker 650 AW and 450 AW packs. This easy-to-adjust system allows for a custom, snug and protective fit within the pack and is designed to hold the maximum amount of gear – all while safeguarding valuable glass, pro-sized DSLRs and accessories.
 
The Lens Trekker 600 AW III is built with Lowepro’s classic adjustable divider system with a lens collar– housed within walls of thick, shock-absorbing foam to protect a telephoto lens. This pack is ideal for wildlife and sports shooters who rely on a sturdy, comfortable and protective carry solution to get them from point A to point B.
 
The Trekker Series also includes these premium features: patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover; durable Cordura base; tripod attachments; organization pockets; SlipLock attachment loops for added capacity; plus a hydration-ready pocket and checkpoint-friendly laptop sleeve, and a removable backpack lid/waistbelt in the 650 AW and 450 AW packs.
 

 
Pro Trekker 650 AW fits: 2-3 Pro DSLRs, one with up to 600mm f/4.0 lens attached; 5-7 extra lenses; 2 flashes; tripod or monopod; up to a 15" laptop; accessories and personal gear
US MSRP $429.95
 
Pro Trekker 450 AW fits: 1-2 Pro DSLRs, one with up to 400mm f/2.8 lens attached; 4-6 extra lenses; 2 flashes; tripod or monopod; up to a 15" laptop; accessories and personal gear
US MSRP $379.95
 
Lens Trekker 600 AW III fits: Pro DSLR with telephoto lens attached (such as 600mm f/4L) OR 800mm lens unattached; lens hood; tripod; accessories and small personal gear
US MSRP $299.95
 
B&H has the new Lowepro Pro Trekker series available for preorder.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 9/17/2014 7:12:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,597.82 with free shipping. Compare at $3,199.00 after $200.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey-market camera and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty. 6ave's auction states, "Our products are covered by a warranty of 1-year parts and 90-days for labor. If you need more information, please contact our customer service department for warranty info."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/17/2014 6:55:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lowepro Hardside 400 Waterproof Case
From Lowepro:
 
PETALUMA, Calif., Sept. 15, 2014 — Lowepro, the leading maker of photography carrying solutions, partners with Underwater Kinetics, manufacturer of uncompromising performance products, to launch the most extreme protection solution in Lowepro’s Professional Collection: the Hardside Series of camera cases.
 
Tested to a rating of IP67, which translates to 100% protection against the ingress of dust and sand, and makes it watertight for at least 30 minutes under 15cm to 1m of water, these hardworking cases double up on protection and versatility with a tough outer shell of formed ABS resin and a removable, soft-sided insert with a padded divider system.
 
“We knew it would take a lot of research and development to play in this category,” said Kevin Crandall, Lowepro director of design and development. “To do it right, we chose Underwater Kinetics, the leading manufacturer of ultra-rugged dry cases, to offer a truly airtight solution – and I mean truly airtight. The long-lasting and durable silicone gasket and seal is virtually maintenance free, unlike other hard cases, and restricts all moisture and debris from getting into the camera case.”
 
The Hardside Series is comprised of three cases: Hardside 400 Photo and 300 Photo for DSLR kits, and Hardside 200 Video to house action cam kits such as GoPro. To differentiate among existing, foam-filled and single set-up camera cases in the market today, each Hardside case includes a protective and fully customizable photo/video insert with Lowepro’s padded divider system. Tuck-away backpack straps and zippered pockets provide a versatile, out-of-the-case option for photographers and videographers who like to have a Plan B option on their shoots.
 
Studio, location and traveling professionals will appreciate the stackable form factor of Hardside Series cases. You can store, lock, carry and ship with ease – and Hardside 300 Photo and 200 Video meet standard airline carry-on requirements (less than 45 linear in. / 114.3 cm).
 
The Hardside Series also includes these premium features: integrated release valves in the latches for automatic pressure equalization in low and high altitudes; interior organization pocket on inside lid of insert; sturdy lift handles; plus full-length piano hinge on back, and lockable handles on hard case.
 
Hardside 400 Photo fits: Pro DSLR with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached; 6-8 lenses; accessories
US MSRP $249.95
 
Hardside 300 Photo fits: DSLR with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached; 4-6 lenses or flashes; accessories
US MSRP $199.95
 
Hardside 200 Video fits: 5-10 action cams (such as GoPro); multiple mounts and attachments; accessories
US MSRP $169.95
 
B&H has the Lowepro Hardside Series available for preorder.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 9/17/2014 6:50:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 16, 2014
SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro microSD Memory Card
From SanDisk:
 
PHOTOKINA, COLOGNE, GERMANY, Sept. 16, 2014 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the world’s fastest microSD UHS-I memory card, the 64GB** SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-I card. The company also recently announced the 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card, the world’s highest capacity full-sized SD memory card. These new offerings expand the company’s impressive portfolio of 4K Ultra High Definition (3840x2160p)1 capable products. For more than 25 years, SanDisk has been committed to delivering breakthrough technologies that expand the possibilities of storage.
 
The New Era of 4K Ultra HD Video
4K Ultra HD video resolution is the next generation of video quality ushering a new era of consumer devices that require fast, reliable storage as a core enabling component. The exceptional resolution that 4K Ultra HD video delivers comes at the expense of very large files that can reach up to four times the size of a Full HD (1080p) video file. The SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-I card, the fastest microSD UHS-I memory card in the world, now comes with up to 64GB of storage to address consumers’ desire to generate high quality 4K Ultra HD content. With transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s*, users can shoot like a pro and still experience world-class responsiveness from their smartphone, tablet or action camera. The card also features Class 10 and UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) ratings, which are recommended by the SD Association for 4K Ultra HD video capture.
 
“4K video capture is being implemented in smartphones and ‘prosumer’ cameras and camcorders much more quickly than was the case when HD was launched. SanDisk understands where the market is headed and has the foresight to create solutions that enable optimal video capture and sharing across multiple host devices," said Chris Chute, vice president, SMB Cloud & Mobility, IDC.
 
“Features like 4K Ultra HD video recording, which were once only available on high-end devices, have quickly gained popularity and adoption,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “There is no doubt 4K Ultra HD is a game-changer and we are committed to enabling the next generation of video capture and sharing.”
 
SanDisk has also upgraded its range of memory cards and SSDs to enable consumers to take full advantage of 4K Ultra HD:
 
  • The SanDisk Extreme, SanDisk Extreme PLUS and SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDHC/microSDXC memory card families have been upgraded to the U3 standard to deliver 4K Ultra HD.
  • The new 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card, the world’s highest capacity SD card, will allow users to capture more video and photos on an SD card than ever before.
  • The SanDisk Extreme PRO SSDs deliver 24/7 consistent pro-level performance for the most demanding and graphics-intensive applications, and are now qualified by Atomos and Blackmagic Design, two industry pioneers, for 4K RAW and 4K ProRes capture.
SanDisk will be showcasing its newest offerings at Photokina, Hall 2.1 Stand: A014.
 
Pricing and Availability
The SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDHC/microSDXC UHS-I cards are available worldwide in capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and range in pricing from $79.99 to $299.99 MSRP.
 
B&H carries SanDisk Memory Cards.
Category: SanDisk News
Post Date: 9/16/2014 3:26:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photo Special Edition Urban Disguise and Airport International Bags
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Urban Disguise Classic
 
Think Tank Releases 10th Anniversary Limited Edition Urban Disguise Classic Shoulder Bag and Limited Edition Airport International LE Classic Premium Quality Rolling Camera Bag
 
As part of its 10th Anniversary celebration, Think Tank Photo will be releasing releasing a classic edition of its flagship camera shoulder bag, the Urban Disguise. The Urban Disguise Classic is crafted with genuine full-grain leather accents and panels. This traveler’s quick access bag is available in four sizes to suit a variety of gear carrying needs. They are built to protect photographic equipment with enduring materials, including a padded compartment for a laptop.
 
The UD Classic features the professional good looks of a briefcase without calling attention to it obviously being a camera shoulder bag carrying expensive photographic equipment. The Classic features new design elements over its predecessors, including the wide-mouth camera compartment for unencumbered access. For greater convenience, the Urban Disguise Classic’s pass-through strap fits any Airport International roller’s handle for easy transport. When paired with the Airport International LE Classic, they work together as a high-end, coordinated set.
 
Key Features
 
  • Professional appearance with full-grain leather accents.
  • Separate padded compartment for carrying a laptop and tablet (tablet fits in front pocket on UD35).
  • Wide-mouth opening for unencumbered access to gear.
Additional Features
 
  • Expansion zipper increases depth to fit a gripped DSLR with standard zoom lens attached, in main compartment (50 & 60 only).
  • Ingenious pass-through shoulder strap aids in placing the shoulder bag at the base of a rolling suitcase, making it easier to transport.
  • Wide pocket under lid is large enough for gripped camera bodies, documents or a tablet.
  • Lockable zippers on the camera and laptop compartment.
  • Reinforced dividers ensure gear is held at the top of the bag.
  • Sound silencers enable user to silence the hook/loop closure on the front flap.
  • Wide roller handle pass-through secures bag on the handle of a rolling suitcase.
  • Stretchable side pockets for a water bottle, strobe unit or compact umbrella.
  • Front pocket organizer gives quick access to pens, business cards and keys.
  • Leather wrapped dual handle system for carrying comfortably.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included.
  • UD Classic converts into a backpack with “Backpack Conversion Straps” (sold separately).
What Fits
 
  • Urban Disguise 35 Classic: 1 standard or gripped DSLR with lens attached, one additional lens, flash, tablet and up to a 13.3” laptop (with standard camera body only).
  • Urban Disguise 40 Classic: 1–2 standard DSLRs with lenses attached, plus 1–3 additional lenses, a tablet and up to a 13.3” laptop.
  • Urban Disguise 50 Classic: 1–2 gripped or standard DSLRs with lenses attached, plus 1–4 additional lenses, a tablet and up to a 15.4” widescreen laptop.
  • Urban Disguise 60 Classic: 1–2 gripped or standard DSLRs with lenses attached, plus 1–5 additional lenses, a tablet, and up to a 17” widescreen laptop.
Airport International LE Classic
 
In celebration of its 10th Anniversary, Think Tank Photo will be releasing a limited edition version of its most popular rolling carry-on camera case, the Airport International LE Classic. Crafted with genuine, full-grain leather accents and panels, this classic version represents everything the Think Tank brand is known for: premium quality, innovative design and long-lasting durability. Designed to complement Think Tank’s all-new Urban Disguise Classic shoulder bags series, together, these two bags make a beautiful set of matching cases that meet international airline carry-on standards.
 
The Airport International LE Classic carry-on roller lets photographers legally store their bodies, lenses, and accessories in overhead bins or under the seats of international carriers. For added security, it features front-pocket and main compartment combination locks and a cable from a secret rear hatch that allow it to be secured to posts, trees, and other immovable objects.
 
Airport International accommodates up to a 500mm f/4 lens unattached, additional smaller lenses and up to two gripped DSLR camera bodies, and other photography accessories. TSA approved combination locks secure the main compartment zipper sliders.
 
“The Airport International LE Classic is most definitely a limited edition bag. In celebration of our founding 10 years ago in my garage, we have added such one-time highlights as full-grain leather accents and panels,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s founder and lead designer. “The Airport International LE Classic is extremely useful for wedding and commercial photographers who need quick access to their gear and who are concerned about gear security while shooting remotely.”
 
Key Features
 
  • Limited Edition with full-grain leather accents and panels.
  • International and US carry-on size for most carriers.
  • TSA-approved combination zipper locks secure main compartment.
  • Two lock and cable systems: one to secure a laptop, keys, etc., one to secure the entire bag to a fixed object.
What Fits
 
  • Up to a 500mm f/4 lens unattached, additional smaller lenses and up to two gripped DSLR camera bodies.
  • A standard professional kit consisting of two standard or gripped camera bodies, multiple professional lenses, flashes and accessories.
Think Tank Photo has the Urban Disguise Classic and Airport International LE Classic available for order.
 
As a reader of our site, receive a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo!
Think Tank Photo Production Manager 40 Rolling Case
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Think Tank Releases the Production Manager 40 High-capacity Rolling Photography Gear Case
 
SANTA ROSA, CALIF. – Think Tank Photo’s newly released Production Manager 40 is a professional-strength, high-capacity rolling gear case designed for professional photographers. It is the most convenient way to safely transport a large amount of lighting equipment. Creative professionals will appreciate the superior design of this large roller with room for multiple flash heads, power packs, monoblocks, softboxes, and light-stands.
 
Many configurations can be set up with the removable no-scratch Velex divider system. The Production Manager 40 features a spacious gusseted front pocket that fits reflectors, umbrellas, cables and more. Photographers can roll into their next production fully equipped and secure with added features like the integrated cable and lock, lockable zippers, and wide set wheels that minimize tipping. It also has reinforced honeycomb panels wrapped in ballistic nylon with full-length exterior slide rails for protection in transport.
 
Key Features
 
  • Stores and transports all types of gear on location with wide set wheel base.
  • Lock and cable secures the main compartment and the bag.
  • Attachments for light-stands or tripods on both sides (straps included).
  • Large front zippered pocket for reflectors, umbrellas, cables, and more.
Additional Features
 
  • Multiple sizes of Velex wrapped dividers for endless configuration options.
  • Rigid shell and reinforced Velex dividers ensure optimum gear protection.
  • Robust handles on three sides, rear slide rails, and custom-wheel housings for easy loading and unloading.
  • Replaceable, roller bearing wheels roll smoothly and quietly while holding up under the toughest conditions.
  • Large interior mesh pockets for organizing small accessories.
  • Adjustable, standing lid straps keep bag open and accessible.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included.
Materials
 
  • External: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellent (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It's also constructed with 1680D ballistic nylon, YKK RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, custom-designed extra tall skid plates, replaceable custom-designed wheels, antique nickel-plated metal hardware, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
  • Internal: 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane-backed Velex liner and dividers, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover, closed cell foam and reinforced PE board dividers, Belly-O mesh pockets, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Technical Specifications
 
  • Exterior Dimensions: 15.7” W x 40” H x 12.6” D (40 x 101.6 x 32 cm)
  • Interior Dimensions: 13.7” W x 38” H x 10” D (35 x 96.5 x 25 cm)
  • Weight depending on accessories used: 17.8–22.2 lbs (8.1–10 kg)
Think Tank Photo has the Production Manager 40 Rolling Case available for order.
 
As a reader of our site, receive a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/16/2014 1:42:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Red Giant Deals
Through tomorrow, use promo code REDSALE20R at Adorama to save 20% on all Red Giant software.
Post Date: 9/16/2014 11:23:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lexar Professional 64GB 2000x SDXC Memory Card
From Lexar:
 
Milpitas, CA, September 16, 2014 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the new Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards, the fastest UHS-II memory cards available on the market today. To complement the new line and create a full portfolio of SD UHS-II products, Lexar also announced new Professional 1000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards and the new Professional Workflow SR2, a SD UHS-II USB 3.0 reader.
 
The new Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II memory cards leverage the new Ultra High Speed II, UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) specification, to quickly capture and transfer high-quality photos and 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video. Available in 32GB and 64GB capacities, the cards offer transfer speeds up to 300MB per second and write speeds up to 260MB per second.* Additionally, every 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card includes a SD UHS-II reader for high-speed file transfer of photos and videos from the card to any PC or Mac, offering users immediate performance right out of the package.
 
Rounding out the new SD UHS-II card line up, the Lexar Professional 1000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards provide read transfer speeds up to 150MB per second and write transfer speeds up to 95MB per second.** The cards are available in a full range of capacities, from 16GB to 256GB. The Professional 1000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II line of memory cards offer professional photographers, videographers, and enthusiasts great performance at a more affordable price.
 
“UHS-II technology really raises the bar in terms of performance. The latest UHS-II additions to our Lexar Professional product portfolio provide users the ability to capture and offload work even faster, so they can get back to what’s important--capturing great images and video,” said Adam Kaufman, director of card product marketing, Lexar. “Our multi-line UHS-II product offering gets performance into the hands of any user at a great value and with the Professional 2000x card, it comes right out of the box.”
 
To complete the new UHS-II product portfolio, the Lexar Professional Workflow line has expanded to include the Professional Workflow SR2 reader, a SD UHS-II USB 3.0 reader. The Professional Workflow SR2 reader is compatible with both the new 2000x and 1000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards, as well as the Professional Workflow HR2 (Thunderbolt 2/USB 3.0 reader and storage drive hub) and Professional Workflow HR1 (USB 3.0 reader and storage drive hub). The readers are sold separately so users can configure a hub into an ideal solution that meets their unique workflow needs, or can use the readers individually while on the go.
 
The Professional 2000x and 1000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards are backwards compatible with older cameras and readers, performing at UHS-I and Class 10 speeds. The cards also include the latest version of Image Rescue software and come with a limited lifetime warranty.*** The Lexar Professional 2000x card will be available in Q4 with MSRPs of $184.99 (64GB) and $105.99 (32GB). The Lexar Professional 1000x card will also be available in Q4 and has MSRPs of $546.99 (256GB), $174.99 (128GB), $97.99 (64GB), $55.99 (32GB), and $31.99 (16GB), while the Lexar Professional Workflow SR2 reader has an MRSP of $29.99 and will be available in Q4.
 
B&H carries Lexar memory cards.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 9/16/2014 10:02:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
By Sean Setters
 
If you're a Canon shooter, then there's a lot to like about the newly announced EOS 7D Mark II. We were especially excited about a few features – but somewhat disappointed with others [or by the lack thereof].
 
Likes:
 
  • 65-point AF - It's hard not to like the AF system found in the EOS 1D X and EOS 5D Mark III. It's feature-rich, fast, accurate, and customizable. Including it in Canon's top-of-the-line APS-C sensor camera was a great idea.
  • Fast 10fps Burst - Large Buffer - Until recently, only EOS 1-series cameras had a burst rate this high. But now you can get 10 fps (up to 31 RAW images) at a fraction of the cost of a 1-series camera. This combined with the 7D Mark II's AF should make this a go-to camera sports shooters who can't make the leap to a 1D X.
  • Durable shutter (200,000) - Both Bryan and I do a lot of shooting. We really appreciate Canon's decision to include such a durable shutter in this camera. At 10fps, you'll likely go through shutter clicks faster than you would using another camera. So added durability is important for customers' long-term satisfaction.
  • Dual-Pixel Sensor / Movie Servo AF - First introduced in the EOS 70D, Canon's Dual-Pixel sensor was a perfect mate for the 7D Mark II. As someone who's been shooting a decent amount of video lately, the Movie AF feature is something I'll get a lot of use out of.
  • 1080p at 60fps - While the orig. EOS 7D could capture video at 60fps, it was limited to 720p. I'm really looking forward to shooting the EOS 7D Mark II at 60fps in 1080p and slowing down the video to 30fps (or 24fps) for great visual effects.
  • Anti-flicker technology - Both Bryan and I shoot a fair amount of indoor sports. This feature will help us by eliminating those "dark frames" captured when shooting under flickering lights.
  • Dual Memory Card Slots - This is a feature that I forgot to include when first posting this article, but it's an extremely useful one. I always have my 5D III set to record duplicate RAW images to the CF and SD memory cards. This gives me a great safeguard against a single card failure or the accidental deletion of data. Peace of mind is a very valuable thing – it shouldn't be underestimated.
Not so happy about...
 
  • Built-in intervalometer - On the face of it, this feature belongs in the "Likes" section. It's a feature I've been wanting for years. But Canon did something very strange with this feature - they limited it to 99 shots or less (see update). What!? That's about 3-4 seconds of time lapse video. I typically capture around 400-500 shots when I do a time lapse, so this "feature" becomes so much less useful for me. I'm hoping Canon updates the camera via firmware to enable capturing significantly more images (>1000). Update: The Canon EOS 7D Mark II does allow for an indefinite number of captures if you set the intervalometer to "00." (thanks Mike) However, I'd still like a couple more digits so that I can specify a specific number of captures significantly larger than 99.
  • No Focus Peaking in Video - Magic Lantern has spoiled me – I love focus peaking. At a quick glance at the LCD, I can see what's in focus when shooting video. While the Movie Servo AF makes focus peaking less necessary, I'd still like to have it for things like manual focus pulls and confirming focus even when using Movie Servo AF.
  • No 4K Video - Truth be told, this isn't a feature I would use anytime soon. Processing in 4K takes more time, attention and processing power than I care to devote to it. But considering the last EOS 7D's life cycle spanned 5 years, who's to say I won't be interested in 4K capture before then?
Considering everything, though, I think Canon has developed a great camera in the 7D Mark II. There's so much more to like than to complain about (and the complaints are rather small in comparison). The EOS 7D Mark II's feature set makes it an excellent complement to anyone shooting with a 5D Mark III. And with that in mind, one will be showing up at my door as soon as it becomes available. :-)
 
By the way, Bryan has just uploaded a lot of comparison tables and images to the Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review page.
 
Newly Added
 
  • Sensor Comparison
  • Burst Rate Comparison
  • Shutter Durability Table
  • Back/Top/Side Camera Comparison Images
B&H has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/16/2014 9:02:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
Tamron is offering rebates on select lenses from September 15 through October 31. See below for details.
 
Tamron Fall Rebates
 
ModelRebate Amount
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy$30.00
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy$50.00
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00
Category: Tamron Rebates
Post Date: 9/16/2014 9:40:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
On September 15, 2014, the Profoto B1 became the world’s first off-camera flash to do TTL with both Nikon and Canon cameras.
 
Nikon shooters attach the Air Remote TTL-N (released today) to their camera’s hotshoe, Canon shooters the Air Remote TTL-C (released last year).
 
Both get to shoot with TTL and without any cords, and with plenty of power, speed and light shaping options.
 
To celebrate this, we gave B1 off-camera flashes, an Air Remote TTL-N and some Light Shaping Tools to wedding photographer Brian Marcus and asked him to take them for a spin on the streets of New York City.
 
How did they perform? Click play and see for yourself.
 
Gear Used in the Video
 
Post Date: 9/16/2014 8:22:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Cross Media Station
From Canon:
 
TOKYO, September 16, 2014—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company is developing a new-concept photo-storage device, tentatively called the Cross Media Station, which will enable users to easily enjoy high-image-quality photos and movies captured by digital cameras.
 
In addition to offering the same key concepts as Canon’s digital cameras—high speed, ease of use and high image quality—the Cross Media Station will enable users to save and make use of their photos and movies with ease and peace of mind, allowing them to thoroughly and effortlessly enjoy their high-image-quality photo and movie libraries.
 
Through NFC technology, images and movies can be easily transferred from a camera and saved to the Cross Media Station, after which they can be viewed in high quality on a large-screen television. In addition, when connected to a network, the Cross Media Station will allow users to easily share photos and movies as well as output images from a printer, along with other various functions. At this time, specifications, pricing, launch date and other details are yet to be decided.
 
Canon will continue to contribute to expanding the photographic and video imaging culture through new technologies and products that meet the expectations of a wide range of users.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/16/2014 6:37:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 15, 2014
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Just announced: The long-awaited and heavily-anticipated Canon EOS 7D Mark II (press release) has just been announced.
 
This is a HEAVILY feature-laden camera. You are going to want to make some direct comparisons using the site's camera specification tool:
 
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Compared to the Canon EOS 7D
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Compared to the Canon EOS 70D
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Compared to the Canon EOS 1D X
 
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review page has links to the press release and specifications. This page will soon be updated with additional information and comparisons.
 
This camera is going to be in high demand. Preorder your EOS 7D Mark II from B&H:
 
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Post Date: 9/15/2014 7:15:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens
Canon has announced the addition of 3 new lenses to their lineup:
 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens
 
The 400 DO II promises impressive image quality in a very light package. The 24 f/2.8 is extremely small, light and inexpensive. The 24-105 brings STM technology to a full frame-compatible zoom lens.
 
From Canon:
 
Canon U.S.A. Celebrates 75 Years Of Optics Heritage With The Addition Of Three New Lenses
 
New Lenses Enable Photographers of All Levels to Create Stunning Images
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 15, 2014 - Following on the heels of its milestone of 100 million EF lenses produced worldwide*, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce three new lenses adding to it's rich history of developing and delivering outstanding optics to all types of photographers, cinematographers, online content creators and image makers from budding amateurs to the most seasoned professionals. The three new lenses include two EF series lenses - the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM super telephoto lens and the EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom lens, as well as one EF-S series lens - the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM wide-angle pancake lens. These new lenses will also be the latest addition to Canon's GlassFirst.com online resource, helping image makers explore the Company's vast EF lens portfolio.
 
"Canon's heritage is rich with over 75 years of optical innovation. Our engineers are dedicated to delivering high-quality optics for everyone from the amateur photographer to directors of photography on Hollywood movie sets," said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "And having reached a milestone of 100 million lenses produced earlier this year, Canon launched in celebration its 'Glass First' campaign to assist image makers in realizing the artistic potential offered by our various lenses. These new lenses will fit in well with the ever growing family of Canon optics."
 
EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM - The Portable Super Telephoto Lens
 
Super telephoto lenses are essential whether on a safari or the sidelines to bring the image in tight on a subject, but they often are not the lightest lenses to carry around. Canon's new compact and lightweight EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM super telephoto lens will help lighten the load of professional and advanced amateur photographers. At only 4.6 lbs., it is roughly half the weight of the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens. The new EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens features newly developed gapless dual-layered diffractive optical (DO) elements that help improve optical performance while maintaining virtually the same size and weight as its predecessor. The DO element in the new lens is optimally positioned deeper within the optical formula than in the original EF 400mm DO lens to help reduce flare around backlit subjects. Other optical improvements include the use of a large-diameter ground and polished aspherical element and a UD glass element that work together with the DO elements for thorough correction of spherical, chromatic and other optical aberrations. Canon's original SWC (Sub Wavelength Structure) lens coating is also used internally to help improve resistance to flare. Fluorine coating is applied to the front and rear lens elements to repel dust and make lens cleaning easy. A nine blade curved diaphragm is also incorporated to help produce smooth, natural-looking bokeh in areas outside the depth of field surrounding the main subject.
 
The new EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens features Canon's Optical Image Stabilization with up to four shutter speed steps of correction**. In addition there are three IS modes - standard, panning and during exposure only - that help to provide superb results in a variety of shooting situations. For greater convenience, the Image Stabilizer does not have to be disabled when shooting with a tripod. Four programmable buttons on the front of the lens allow photographers to customize lens and camera operation to fit their unique shooting style, or simply pause autofocus (AF) adjustment at any point to hold focus on a subject in a busy scene. Even in AF mode, full-time manual focus can be employed at any time. The lens also features a Power Focus mode for smooth focus "pulls" ideal for filmmaking. For those mobile shooters and documentarians truly "on-the-go", the lens is also highly resistant to dust and water for durability and reliability when shooting in even the harshest conditions.
 
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens
 
EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM - Smooth Quiet Focus in a Versatile Lens
 
The new EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is the first EF-series zoom lens for full-frame sensor cameras to include a lead screw-type stepping motor (STM) that provides virtually silent AF while shooting video. The 24-105mm is one of the most versatile focal range options in the EF lineup as it can be used as a wide-angle lens while out on the town as well as a portrait-length zoom when trying to get closer to your subjects.
 
The Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to four shutter speed steps of correction,** while two aspheric lenses plus a UD lens combine to provide high-quality results for both still images and video. New to the EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is a seven group zoom optical formula that enables a conveniently compact design while maintaining high-quality optical performance. The lens' lightweight inner focusing system, high-speed CPU, and improved AF algorithm enables high-speed AF. In addition, the seven bladed circular aperture combined with the optimized lens placement and coatings delivers beautiful, soft bokeh, and exceptional color balance, while helping to minimize ghosting and flare. The new EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens provides a lighter and more affordable option with STM focus capabilities to Canon's popular EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens.
 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
 
EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM - The Slim, Compact Lens That Stacks Up to the Competition
 
The affordable EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens is the slimmest and lightest Canon EF-S lens ever produced. This compact, lightweight wide-angle "pancake" style lens features STM technology and was developed for photographers and videographers who are aiming to capture bright, clear images with beautiful softly blurred backgrounds at a fixed focal length. The EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens features an aspheric lens element and the optimized lens arrangement and coating helps to minimize ghosting and flare while delivering excellent image quality. The seven bladed aperture delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds, while the Electro-Magnetic Drive aperture mechanism uses a micro-stepping driver control for quieter operation, especially useful when shooting video.
 
Pricing and Availability
 
The EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM and EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM are both scheduled to be available in November for estimated retail prices of $6,899.00 and $149.99 respectively. The EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is scheduled to be available in December for an estimated retail price of $599.99. For additional information please visit usa.canon.com/consumer
 
In addition to these new announcements, Canon U.S.A. is proud to announce newly reduced prices on a range of EF and EF-S lenses in honor of reaching the EF Lenses 100 Millionth Milestone. For additional information please visit: www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/standard_display/lens_prices
 
 
B&H has the newly announced Canon products available for preorder.
 
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Post Date: 9/15/2014 8:16:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Digital Learning Center Logo
In addition to the Flash and the EOS 7D Mark II article posted earlier, the Canon Digital Learning Center has posted several more informative articles on the newly announced camera.
 
Recently Posted CDLC Articles
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II available for preorder.
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Post Date: 9/15/2014 10:34:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera available for $1,349.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,699.00 after $200.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 9/15/2014 10:21:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"Alessandro Trovati leads a very busy life. As one of Italy’s top sports photographers he is regularly called upon to shoot sporting events for news and advertising agencies. For him, speed is of the essence. A camera that delivers in terms of fast and accurate focusing, as well as superb image quality, is therefore a clear winner in his race for the perfect picture, as he explains to CPN Editor David Corfield..."
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
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Post Date: 9/15/2014 9:37:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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