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 Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Canon has no more than two L lenses sharing any same focal length or focal length range with one exception – they currently offer 4 different versions of the EF 70-200mm L lens. More choices are great, but more choices of course lead to more difficult decisions. While some may desire to have all 4 of these lenses in their kits, most do not need or want to afford all of them and one or two need to be selected. However, there is enough difference between the f/2.8 and f/4 models to make having two of these lenses in a kit make sense.
 
The No-Brainer Choice
 
The bottom line is that, if size, weight and price are not issues for you, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens is definitely the lens to get. This lens offers the best of everything and it is the most versatile among the 4 options.
 
The Rest of the Options
 
The decision becomes harder if the f/2.8L IS II lens is not affordable or if size/weight concessions are necessary. The 4 lens models are separated, in specs at least, by having or not having IS and by having an f/2.8 or f/4 max aperture. Fortunately, the remaining three options do not sacrifice performance as they all reliably deliver great image quality.
 
If size and weight are concerns, the f/4 models are the direction to go. At roughly half the weight of the f/2.8 models, your arms, shoulders, etc. are going to clearly know the difference after hours of carry and use. At roughly half of the cost of the respective f/2.8 model, your wallet will understand the weight difference as well.
 
Image stabilization adds to the cost, but it also adds greatly to the value of the lens, adding a great amount of versatility. If handholding in low light with still subjects, the f/4L IS model is the right choice between the f/4 models and possibly the better choice over the f/2.8 non-IS. This lens features weather sealing like it's f/2.8 counterpart (filter required) and delivers better image quality than the older, non-IS model and it is arguably better than the f/2.8 non-IS also.
 
The f/4L non-IS has the most attractive price tag and has been the introduction to Canon's L-series lenses for a huge number of photographers. If your budget is a primary limiting factor, the 70-200mm f/4L USM is a very capable lens with inherent benefits far exceeding its cost. It’s small, easy to pack, solidly built and a great introduction into Canon’s highest-tier lenses. However, caution should be exercised as weather sealing does not come with the budget price tag.
 
If stopping action in low light is important, the f/2.8 non-IS lens likely has your name on it at this stage of the selection process. The 1-stop wider max aperture can stop action in 1/2 as much light as the f/4 options at the same ISO setting. The wider aperture can also create a stronger background blur. Note that the f/2.8 non-IS version is only partially weather sealed.
 
As mentioned, the difference in features between the f/4 and f/2.8 lenses is significant and I currently have both the f/4L IS and the f/2.8L IS II in my kit. Both see frequent use.
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Post Date: 9/13/2016 10:21:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Oben AT-3471 Aluminum Travel Tripod with BA-126T Ball Head available for $134.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $179.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 22 lb
  • Max Height: 67.1"
  • Min Height 10.4"
  • Folded Length: 18.9"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 4.7 lb
  • Detachable Leg and Column Form Monopod
  • Rubber Feet & Retractable Metal Spikes
  • Single-Lever Locking Ball Head
  • Quick-Release System with Safety Lock
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Post Date: 9/13/2016 9:38:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM (Open Box) available for $2,499.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,999.00 new.
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Post Date: 9/13/2016 6:24:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Store has a refurbished Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM in stock for $10,399.20. Compare at $12,999.00 new.
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Post Date: 9/13/2016 5:49:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For today only, B&H has the Lensbaby Composer Pro with Sweet 35 Optic available for $219.95 with free shipping. Regularly $349.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 35mm Selective Focus Optic
  • Enhanced Ball & Socket Selective Focus
  • 12-Blade Diaphragm Adjustable Aperture
  • 4 Multi-Coated Elements in 3 Groups
  • 46mm Front Threads
  • Precise Control for Selective Focus
  • Interchangeable Optics System
  • Manual Focus
  • Pre-Installed Sweet 35 Optic
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Post Date: 9/13/2016 5:27:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 12, 2016
The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted an EOS AF Microadjustment Guidebook which can be downloaded via PDF.
 
There's a lot of good information in the guidebook, as in suggested test distances for various focal lengths.
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Post Date: 9/12/2016 3:15:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
What is the first thing you photographed with your 5D IV? Probably not a color chart, but ... that's my job. The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review page now includes a discussion about this camera's image quality, focusing on noise levels and talking about a white balance discovery. Scroll down the review page until the color block image and begin reading at the resolution discussion just above.
 
A huge number of comparisons available including with downsized 5Ds and 5Ds R results and 5D IV images downsized to 5D Mark III dimensions.
 
Get your Canon EOS 5D Mark IV at B&H.
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Post Date: 9/12/2016 1:15:00 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through midnight tomorrow, use coupon code PROSALE60 at Canvas On Demand Pro to get 60% off your entire order.
 
Campaign is valid until September 13th 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. Cannot be combined with other offers or sample orders. Excludes the purchase of gift cards. Discount does not apply to shipping rates.
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Post Date: 9/12/2016 10:47:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
I was not in the habit of sharing my camera setup steps when initially receiving the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR camera, but by request, I'm sharing them with you now. Here are the 37 steps to how I setup my Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. If you have another charged LP-E6/LP-E6N battery available, you can continue to the battery-required steps without a wait. Or, the supplied battery may have enough charge to take you through these steps if you can't wait.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. For me, this is primarily the camera, the eye cup, the neck strap and the Canon Solution Disk.
  3. Download and install the latest Canon EOS Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert a sufficiently charged battery.
  6. Power the camera on.
  7. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  8. Insert one (or two) memory card(s) (format them via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  9. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  10. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the cameras as follows:
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "-"
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec.
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Beep: Disable
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Release without card: Disable/off (I highly recommend this setting)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses - all can be applied to a RAW file in DPP)
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: ISO Speed Settings: ISO Speed range: L(50)-H1(51200), Auto ISO Speed range: 100-25600
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Disabled
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "1" (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Long exposure noise reduction: I usually have this option set to "Auto", but my choice varies for the situation.
  20. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: High ISO speed noise reduction: Off (noise reduction is destructive to image details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  21. AF Menu, Tab 2: AI Servo 1st image priority: Focus priority (I want the images in focus more than I want the time-priority capture)
  22. AF Menu, Tab 2: AI Servo 2nd image priority: Focus priority +2 (same reason)
  23. AF Menu, Tab 3: One-Shot AF release priority: Focus priority (same reason)
  24. AF Menu, Tab 4: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Area + pt
  25. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Highlight alert: Enable (flash portions of images that are overexposed)
  26. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to monitor all three color channels for blown or blocked pixels)
  27. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Magnification (apx): Actual size (from selected AF point)
  28. Setup Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  29. Setup Menu, Tab 2: VF grid display: Enable
  30. Setup Menu, Tab 3: Info button display options: Electronic level only
  31. Setup Menu, Tab 4: Custom shooting mode (C1-C3): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  32. Setup Menu, Tab 4: Copyright information: Type name as desired
  33. Custom Functions, Tab 1: Bracketing auto cancel: [Off] selected
  34. Custom Functions, Tab 2: Custom Controls: Set: Playback; Multicontroller: Direct AF point selection; Default erase option: [Erase] selected
  35. Custom Functions, Tab 3: Default erase option: [Erase] selected
  36. My Menu: Register the following options: Long exposure noise reduction, Mirror lockup, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning, Expo.comp./AEB
  37. Mount a lens, focus on a subject and adjust the viewfinder diopter (if necessary)
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot – including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
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Post Date: 9/12/2016 10:17:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Today's the day. At 1pm (PST) or 4pm (EST), Trey Ratcliff will be revealing the all-new Aurora HDR 2017. HDR expert and pro photographer, Trey, will be demonstrating how to get the best out of the brand new features and answering any questions. Register for the webinar here.
 
Sign up for the webinar here.
 
Learn more about Aurora HDR 2017.
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Post Date: 9/12/2016 8:48:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Samyang:
 
PREMIUM MF 85mm F1.2
 
Faster than eyes can capture
 
Samyang 85mm F1.2 is a premium manual focus photo lens designed for high resolution photoshoots. In pursuit of image quality itself, this new lens is equipped with the most advanced optical technology among Samyang Lenses. With over 40 years of research and development in optics, Samyang integrates the essence of history and introduces a signature lens line-up.
 
It has the unprecedented resolving power, matched with 50 megapixels photo and 8K video productions. The resolving power contains abundant pixel information, allowing photographers the freedom in post-production to create unique image of own. It enables you to capture life-long memories in everlasting image quality. Bokeh, out-focusing, starburst effect creates unforgettable image.
 
The F1.2 of 85mm is, by far, the brightest lens in existing full frame DSLR lenses, securing the fast shutter speed. It has ten elements in seven groups, applying one aspherical lens and two high refractive lenses. The aspherical lens minimises the aberration and unnecessary light dispersion. Two high refractive lenses effectively adjust the path of light and deliver maximum amount to the sensor for clear and vibrant image. This optimal performance creates impressive image quality from centre to corner of image. Also, the minimised aberration enhance the clarity of image, creating more impressive image than your eyes can see.
 
Aluminium alloy metal is adopted for maximum durability. With a sleek yet unprecedented design with flowing curves, this signature line-up is a one-of-a-kind lens. The usability is maximized with considerate diameter in 95mm.
 
Specifications
 
Aperture Rangef/1.2 - 16
Optical Construction10 elements in 7 groups
Minimum Focus Distance0.8m
Maximum Magnification0.13
Filter Size86mm
Aperture Blades9
Angle of View28.52° (APS-C: 18.98°)
Dimensions (D x L)93 x 98.4mm
Weight1,050g
MountCanon EF
MTF Chart
 
Samyang 85mm f 1.2 MTF Chart



PREMIUM MF 14mm F2.4
 
Wider than eyes can capture
 
Samyang 14mm F2.4 is a premium manual focus photo lens designed for high resolution photoshoots. In pursuit of image quality itself, this new lens is equipped with the most advanced optical technology among Samyang Lenses. With over 40 years of research and development in optics, Samyang integrates the essence of history and introduces a signature lens line-up.
 
It has the unprecedented resolving power, matched with 50 megapixels photo and 8K video productions. The resolving power contains abundant pixel information, allowing photographers the freedom in post-production to create unique image of own. It enables you to capture life-long memories in everlasting image quality. Bokeh, out-focusing, starburst effect creates unforgettable image.
 
14mm F2.4 takes no compromise for the image quality. It is consisted of 18 glasses in 14 groups including four different special optics: two aspherical lenses, one hybrid aspherical lens, two extra-low dispersion lenses and one high refractive lens. This optimal performance creates impressive image quality from centre to corner of image. Also, the minimised aberration enhance the clarity of image, creating more impressive image than your eyes can see.
 
Aluminium alloy metal is adopted for maximum durability. With a sleek yet unprecedented design with flowing curves, this signature line-up is a one-of-a-kind lens. The usability is maximized with considerate diameter in 95mm.
 
Specifications
 
Aperture Rangef/2.4 - 22
Optical Construction18 elements in 14 groups
Minimum Focus Distance0.28m
Maximum Magnification0.08
Filter SizeN/A
Aperture Blades9
Angle of View114.12° (APS-C: 89.2°)
Dimensions (D x L)95 x 109.4mm
Weight791g
MountCanon EF, Nikon F, Sony E
MTF Chart
 
Samyang 14mm f 2.4 MTF Chart


Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.
 
B&H carries Samyang lenses.
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Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 9/12/2016 7:53:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the B&H YouTube channel:
 
Street photography has seen an incredible surge in popularity in recent years, and what better location than New York City to produce stunning street photos? From trendy SoHo corners to South Bronx housing projects, street photographer Derek Fahsbender has made a name for himself through his vivid photographs of life as it happens in the streets. In this highlight video, you will get a brief overview of the full video that includes the following: create dynamic images, from candid moments to intimate street portraits, as Derek takes you through his thought process and approach.
 
Hitting the Pavement: Street Photography: Full Version
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Post Date: 9/12/2016 5:27:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Canon BG-E20 Battery Grip for EOS 5D Mark IV in stock with free expedited shipping.
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Post Date: 9/12/2016 5:02:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, September 10, 2016
The Canon Store has select refurbished items on sale for 10% off or more.
 
In Stock and Discounted Refurbished Items
 
Refurbished ItemOrig. PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 5DS R Body3,119.20120.202,999.00
Canon EOS 5Ds Body2,959.20160.202,799.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,719.20270.201,449.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II1,439.20240.201,199.00
Canon EOS 6D Body1,359.20260.201,099.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,199.19320.00879.19
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM959.98350.00609.98
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM959.20159.21799.99
Canon EOS 70D Body959.20259.21699.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM799.99170.00629.99
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM719.99190.00529.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + 18-55 IS STM, 75-300 III719.98350.00369.98
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM639.99160.00479.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5 + EF-S 18-55 IS II & 75-300 III USM627.98368.00259.98
Canon EOS Rebel T5 + 18-55 IS II & 75-300 III599.98310.00289.98
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM559.99230.00329.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Body519.9940.00479.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Body439.99110.00329.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5 + EF-S 18-55 IS II439.99190.00249.99
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM239.9924.00215.99
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.9952.00467.99
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM639.9964.00575.99
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM1,279.20127.921,151.28
Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM639.9970.00569.99
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM703.9970.40633.59
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.9940.00359.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99210.00349.99
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM719.9945.00674.99
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM799.99200.00599.99
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 IS STM479.9948.00431.99
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.9938.40345.59
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM239.99110.00129.99
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM1,079.20107.92971.28
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM959.2095.92863.28
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM519.9952.00467.99
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM1,079.20107.92971.28
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99200.00319.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9998.0089.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9990.0069.99
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM1,359.20135.921,223.28
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.9943.20388.79
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM407.9940.80367.19
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM439.9944.00395.99
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM879.2087.92791.28
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM479.9948.00431.99
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9960.0099.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.99100.00219.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM100.7911.0089.79
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II100.7910.0890.71
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro239.9924.00215.99
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM375.9937.60338.39
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM335.9976.00259.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM399.9940.00359.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM719.9972.00647.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM479.9948.00431.99
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM999.2099.92899.28
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT439.9960.00379.99
Canon Speedlite 430EX II239.9970.00169.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9956.0079.99
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Post Date: 9/10/2016 2:57:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Firmware Version 1.1.2 incorporates the following improvements to enhance functions.
 
  1. The addition of a selectable color-tone option for the LCD monitor.
  2. The addition of a function to append IPTC data.
  3. The addition of a function to transfer only protected images.
  4. The addition of a function to set the GPS positional data retention period.
  5. An increase in the number of network connection settings that can be saved to a memory card from 20 to 40.
  6. When retrying FTP transfer, extension of the minimum auto power off time to 10 minutes.
  7. Improvement of wireless transmission when using Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6.
The Version 1.1.2 firmware being released at this time is for cameras with Firmware Version 1.0.2 or earlier. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.1.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware.When updating the firmware of your camera, please first go over the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.The firmware update takes approximately six minutes.
 
Notes:
 
  1. Once the camera is updated to Version 1.1.2, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version (Version 1.0.0 / 1.0.2).
  2. "Camera setting files" generated on a camera with Firmware Version 1.0.2 or earlier cannot be used on a camera with Firmware Version 1.1.2 or later.
  3. EOS-1D X Mark II cameras with Firmware Version 1.1.2 require the latest version of EOS Utility. EOS Utility Version 3.5.0 or later can be downloaded from our Web site.
    *EOS Utility Version 3.5.0 is supported on the following OSes:
    Windows 10 / 8.1 / 7 SP1, Mac OS X v10.9 / 10.10 / 10.11
  4. Download the latest version of the Instruction Manual which contains information regarding the enhancements provided through this firmware update.
Download: Canon EOS 1D X II Firmware v.1.1.2
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Post Date: 9/10/2016 2:26:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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