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 Friday, October 7, 2016

Shooting a wedding can be a nerve–racking experience. However, photographing under the pressure of enemy fire makes wedding photography seem like casual walk in the park.
Watch as British photographer Rupert Frere switches seemlessly from his Nikon to his combat rifle as enemy fire ensues.
For more information, check out this interview with Rupert Frere and the adrenaline fueled photography on his website.
via Petapixel
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/7/2016 1:24:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
I love to photograph a bit of everything and especially try to use gear in the situations it is best suited for during evaluations. This use also gains me invaluable experience. But, if required to choose what I consider my three primary subjects, landscapes/cityscapes, wildlife and sports would comprise my list. These are subjects that both interest me and are frequently available to me. You likely care less about my photography than the reviews I create and to that purpose, my primary subjects also tend to challenge camera gear. Wildlife is most frequently found in low light, athletes are often moving very fast (and erratically) and landscapes readily show any lens aberrations. That a wide range of weather conditions encountered during these outdoor activities is helpful (for evaluations).
Since evaluating the Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R, the 5Ds R has become my primary camera model. I fell in love with the 50.6 MP resolution along with the rest of the package including the great AF system. I have two of these cameras in my kit and a third spends most of its time in the lab testing lenses.
While the 5Ds R is an incredible camera, its max frame rate is not so impressive. Of the three categories I listed above, "sports" (and sometimes wildlife) imagery can be substantially improved with a fast frame rate and I am blessed to also have a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II in the kit to handle those scenarios.
I'm always looking to improve my kit and a new, great-performing full frame EOS camera model, such as the 5D Mark IV, always garners my attention. So, the "Am I going to keep this camera?" was an ever-present question to myself while reviewing the 5D IV.
The short answer is "No", or at least "Not now", but listen to my reasoning.
First, here are some of my personally-important 5D Mark IV vs. 5Ds differentiators:

  1. 30.4 (6720 x 4480) vs. 50.6 (8688 x 5792) megapixels
  2. 7 fps vs. 5 fps
  3. Built-in GPS, Wi-Fi and NFC vs. optional accessories
  4. Improved AF system with better f/8 max aperture support (61 pts vs. 5 pts)
  5. AF at EV -3 vs. EV -2
  6. ISO 32000 vs ISO 6400 (extended 102400 vs. 12800)
  7. Touch screen 3.2" (8.10cm) Clear View LCD II, approx. 1620K dots vs. non-Touch 3.2" (8.11cm) Clear View II, approx. 1040K dots
  8. Dual Pixel CMOS Live View/Video continuous AF vs. contrast detection AF
  9. 4k, 1080p 60 fps, 720p 120 fps with no 4GB file limit using exFAT CF card plus other advantages vs. 1080p 30fps, 720p 60 fps
  10. 28.2 oz (800g) vs. 32.8 oz (930g)
  11. Requires 2-second self-timer for mirror lockup delay options vs. has 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, one or two second delay optionally selectable

Check out the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV vs. 5Ds specification comparison to fully compare these cameras.
The first option on the above list represents one of only two 5Ds R advantages listed. But, it is a major one. All other things being equal, a 50.6 MP image has significantly higher resolution than a 30.4 MP image. Here is a resolution test chart comparison between the 5D IV and the 5Ds R. The 5Ds R, with it low-pass cancellation filter, delivers incredible detail, bringing fur, feathers, hair, foliage, eye lashes, etc. to life. With APS-C-level pixel density, this imaging sensor provides plenty of headroom for cropping when needed, adding "reach" to inadequately-long focal lengths, with adequate-for-many-purposes resolution remaining.
The second difference listed above is very tempting to me as the difference between 5 and 7 fps is quite noticeable. But, that is where my 1D X Mark II takes over. The 1D X II's 14 fps is twice as good as 7 fps, though I give up resolution in this trade-off.
List item #3, GPS and Wi-Fi, was only a minor differentiator for me. The Canon W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter will give my 5Ds R the Wi-Fi capability and I've not yet found a strong need for the GPS coordinates in my EXIF.
An improved AF system, including lower light performance, is always important to me (an out of focus image usually heads straight to the recycle/trash bin) and the expanded AF point coverage area is definitely a 5D IV benefit for my wildlife and sports photography. While the 5D IV's f/8 AF advantages are really nice, I do not frequently use the lens plus extender combinations that make use of this feature.
Having higher ISO settings available is definitely an advantage, but only if the noise levels are acceptable for the intended purpose of the image. As hinted to by the higher standard max ISO setting, the 5D IV delivers lower high ISO noise levels than the 5Ds R. In general, you can have low noise or high resolution. Technology continues to bring us improvements in this compromise and the the 5D IV performs better than the 5Ds in this regard at the pixel level. Better, but not close to as much better as the max available ISO settings may indicate. Downsize the 5Ds image to 5D IV dimensions and the comparison becomes considerably closer. The 5D IV is still the better performer, but the equivalent resolution comparison shows this attribute being less of a decision factor.
While I continue to make increasing use of Canon's touch screen LCDs, they are not yet a must-have feature for me. That the 5D IV has this feature is an advantage, but ... this is not yet a decision maker for me.
The Dual Pixel AF feature is an important advantage for the IV, but ... my 1D X II has this feature when I need it. Same with the 4k video feature.
The 5D IV's weight is an advantage, but the amount of difference was not enough to "weigh" in on my personal decision.
While the last option on this list, mirror lockup delay, may seem minor, I use it constantly and it saves me time in the field.
While price is often a differentiator between camera models, there is a relatively small difference between these two. That I already owned the 5Ds R was a disadvantage to the 5D IV in this scenario and the budget wasn't open to an additional camera joining the kit at this time.
In the end, it was the resolution that compelled me to stay the course with the 5Ds R bodies. I love reviewing images with incredible detail, especially when I work really hard to get something special. I love to be able to print huge. I love to be able to crop when I fine tune (change my mind) later, when I was focal length limited or when I needed to choose less-than-ideal framing to hold a focus point on a subject in motion. Perhaps most important is that when evaluating lenses, I want to see any aberrations present as clearly as possible and I want to know if the lenses are up to use on a camera of this resolution.
Everyone's criteria for camera selection is not the same. You must make the decision that is right for you. If the resolution advantage is unimportant to you, the answer is easy – get the 5D IV. It is an incredible camera and a great upgrade from most other models in many respects.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is available at B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | Wex Photographic
You may also be interested in:
Should I get the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV or the 5D Mark III?
Should I get the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV or the 5Ds/5Ds R?

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/7/2016 9:32:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via photovideo4less) has the Nikon D500 DSLR Camera available for $1,499.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,996.95.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/7/2016 6:46:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Canon EOS C100 Cinema EOS Camera with Dual Pixel CMOS AF available for $2,999.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $4,499.00.
Product Highlights
  • Super 35mm 8.3MP CMOS Sensor
  • 1920x1080 60/50i, 24/25p, PF30, PF24
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF Hardware Upgrade
  • EF Lens Mount
  • ISO 320 to 80,000
  • Uncompressed HDMI Output with Timecode
  • Canon Log and Wide DR Gamma
  • Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slots
  • Two XLR Audio Connectors
  • Built-In ND Filters with Manual Controls
Note: The Canon EOS C100 without DPAF is also marked down $1,500.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/7/2016 5:27:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
Akana Partnered with The Groundlings Comedy Troupe to Build Confidence in Victims of Bullying Through Humor, as Documented on Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Cameras
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 5, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is showcasing YouTube video creator and anti-bullying advocate Anna Akana as its latest Canon Rebel With A Cause. Since first sharing her personal story on YouTube after her sister’s suicide as a result of bullying, Akana has used comedy as her own form of therapy. Her ability to put a unique spin on typically uncomfortable topics led Canon to select her as a Rebel With A Cause, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the first EOS Rebel SLR camera. Anna’s cause focuses on using comedy to build confidence in youth that have been bullied, and the video of her cause, shot entirely on Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR cameras, can be seen here: http://Canon.us/ubcq.
Along with The Groundlings comedy troupe, Anna worked with bullied teenagers ranging in ages from 13 to 17 to teach them how to use the power of comedy to face their fears and confidently use their personal experiences as the basis for their own comedic material.
"I was able to find peace and tackle my own anxieties through comedy, so it was amazing to work with teenagers to show them that humor is far more powerful than words of hate,” said actress and filmmaker, Anna Akana. “I hope the video of our experience will inspire others to consider the impacts of bullying and help those who are bullied feel that they are not alone - and can overcome!” “According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Cyberbullying Research Center, more than 85 percent of students in the United States have been bullied at school, online or via text, so we wanted to give Anna, a modern day rebel, a platform and a camera to socialize the power of her voice,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Jeff Sugar, MD, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, worked with the youth in this video to provide counsel throughout the experience. Tapping into Dr. Sugar’s expertise, Anna was able to help foster a supportive atmosphere while helping the teenagers involved overcome their bullying-focused experiences and come out on top…laughing. Once finished with the workshops, the teenagers got their chance at center stage for a stand-up routine in front of their families and friends.
In late 2015, Canon launched Rebel With A Cause, a campaign designed to profile modern day rebels who challenge convention in their own unique way, shown through the eye of a Canon EOS Rebel DSLR camera. With American Daredevil Nik Wallenda, the first and only person to walk a tightrope across Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon, an unexpected group of people were encouraged to check items off of their personal bucket lists. In February 2016, Canon continued Rebel With A Cause, with its second iteration featuring GRAMMY winning producer Swizz Beatz. Aiming to showcase artistic talent that may have otherwise fallen under the radar of the art community through #TheUnknowns, Swizz worked to curate an art show for the world to see on the facades of museums in New York City, followed by a gallery event at Sotheby’s Auction House and an online auction. The campaign videos, both shot entirely on Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR cameras, can now be viewed here: http://canon.us/bkQln and here: http://canon.us/bsCZ2.
Concluding the year-long Canon "Rebel With A Cause" campaign, one lucky consumer winner was chosen from an online contest searching for the next great inspiration. Photographer Guinnevere Shuster, an advocate for homeless sheltered animals, was selected as the winner and Canon will help bring her cause to life with a documentary production created, similar to those of the previous Rebels with a Cause. Guinnevere has photographed over 7,000 shelter animals and continues to strive to help find animals a loving and lasting home.
 Thursday, October 6, 2016
B&H has the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/6/2016 9:55:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Firmware Version 2.0.2 incorporates the following fixes:
  1. Corrects a phenomenon in which, in rare cases, the digital compass is not displayed and the location information is not updated when using the GP-E2 through the USB connection.
  2. Corrects a phenomenon in which, in rare cases, the GPS log's time information will show the date of the next day.
Firmware Version 2.0.2 is for the GP-E2 with firmware up to Version 2.0.1. If the GP-E2's firmware is already Version 2.0.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
When updating the firmware of the camera, please review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.
Please note: Do not downgrade the firmware of the product to Version 2.0.1 or earlier after updating to Version 2.0.2. To update the firmware of this product, Map Utility that is bundled with the product is required. Furthermore, before updating the firmware, use Map Utility to save the GPS log files in the built-in memory to your computer. After the GPS log files are saved to your computer, make sure to delete the log files from the built-in memory of the GPS receiver before updating the firmware.
Download: Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2 Firmware v.2.02
B&H carries the Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/6/2016 9:30:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Manfrotto Distribution (for Bowens):
Upper Saddle River, N.J. (October 5, 2016) – Manfrotto Distribution, Inc., distributor of Bowens products in the United States, proudly announces the launch of the new Generation X flash range by Bowens. These innovative units will debut in the U.S. at PhotoPlus Expo in New York City later this month and mark a renaissance for the legacy lighting manufacturer.
Generation X comprises two new flash systems: XMT – an all-in-one battery unit for location lighting and XMS – engineered to be the go-to system for photographers who need a function-rich and completely reliable flash in the studio.
Announcing the launch, David Hollingsworth, Marketing Manager, said, “Generation X is just the first step in relaunching Bowens to the imaging world. These barrier-breaking new products combine state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge design and are the result of many months of very intense market research and product development. They will be the vanguard of our plans for ongoing and regular new unit roll-outs in coming months and years.”
Added Hollingsworth, “We believe these are simply the best lights in their class available on the market today. New-look Bowens is creating beautifully designed and engineered products, tailored to our customers’ needs.”
John Gass, Technical Director said, “Generation X is the result of highly-focused analysis of our customers’ feedback through the years. These new units are revolutionary products which we believe are absolutely unbeatable in their class in terms of functionality, aesthetics and cost.”
He added, “For decades, customers have frequently described our products as ‘workhorses’ in the studio and on location. Now the workhorse has been transformed into a stallion; we tested the XMS at full power every five seconds over consecutive days and we couldn’t force this product to overheat.”
Generation X – at a glance
The all-new 500Ws XMT boasts TTL and high speed sync functionality (up to 1/8000s) compatible with Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras: 9-stops of flash power adjustment; flash durations as short as 1/10309s: faster recycle times than ever before (as rapid as 0.01s): easy swap lithium-ion battery provides up to 500 full power flashes per charge: rear curtain sync; sync delay and strobe mode allow creative set-ups on the move.
The XMS, available in 500,750 and 1000Ws models (all fully controllable via the XMSR 2.4 Ghz radio control and trigger) features multi-voltage operation. These units offer outstanding specification with faster recycling times and flash durations. The XMSR model includes groundbreaking Bowens ‘Sync Offset’ functionality, enabling photographers to embrace any brand of camera to shoot at high sync speeds – up to 1/8000s.
The following models will be available this fall:
XMT 500 $1,799.99
XMS 500 $1,099.99
XMS 750 $1,299.99
XMS 1000 $1,499.99
XMSR Trigger $289.99

B&H will carry the Bowens XMT and XMS flashes.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Bowens News
Post Date: 10/6/2016 9:20:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Custom Photo Props Faux Flokati Fur Newborn Photo Prop (Blondie, 20 x 32") available for $19.95. Regularly $27.95.
This item qualifies for free shipping on orders of $49.00 or more.
Product Highlights
  • Machine Washable
B&H has the Canon EOS-1D C Camera available for $4,499.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $7,999.00.
Product Highlights
  • 4K 4096x2160 8-Bit 4:2:2 Cinematic Video
  • Canon Log with 12 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • Continuous Recording, No 29:59 Min Limit
  • Full HD 1080p Recording at up to 60fps
  • 18.1MP CMOS Sensor
  • Dual CF Card Recording Media
  • Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors
  • 3.2" LCD Screen
  • 61-Point High Density Auto Focus
  • EF Lens Mount; Magnesium Alloy Body
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/6/2016 5:29:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 5, 2016
From Gitzo:
We are proud to inform you about the official launch of our new Monopod range.
Gitzo monopods continue to set the standard for professionals and advanced amateurs. The ideal monopod needs to be rigid, lightweight, extremely fast to open and close, fast and precise in height adjustments for rapid changes in shooting position. Thanks to Carbon eXact and G-lock Ultra, the new Gitzo monopods have all these features.
Rigid and lightweight – Carbon eXact tubes
Carbon eXact tubes optimise fibre composition for each tube size, to make the narrower tubes stiffer, and the wider tubes lighter compared to the predecessors’ Carbon 6X tubes. Series 4 (top leg diameter 37.0mm) models replace the previous Series 5 models; the slimmer top tube contributes to easier gripping and lighter weight, while ensuring rigidity from the stiff Carbon eXact tubes.
Improved ergonomics – new leg locks
G-lock Ultra has even more comfortable operation and reduced risk of dust entering the locking mechanism.
Smooth movement, solid footing - new big foot
The new big foot (diameter 50mm) realizes solid footing on any surface, while providing smooth movement with its integrated ball. This big foot can be removed and replaced by optional feet and spikes. This big foot is also available as an accessory (GSF50M).
Product range
B&H carries the new Gitzo Monopod range (see above product codes for links).
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Gitzo News
Post Date: 10/5/2016 4:16:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Gitzo:
We are proud to inform you about the official launch of our new Systematic tripods – Gitzo’s top of the range tripod family, the choice of exacting professional photographers who use long lenses and heavy cameras.
Not only are Systematic Gitzo’s strongest and most stable tripods, they’re also modular, with a top casting element that opens and closes to allow each tripod to be configured with a flat disk, geared or sliding center column, video half-ball adaptor, leveling base or other Systematic accessories.
The latest range features Carbon eXact tubes, new ultra-stable feet and the Easy Link attachment, making the Systematic even more stable, versatile, and ergonomic.
Modular system
Gitzo Modular System

A Systematic tripod allows a choice between various centre columns, flat plates, video half-bowls and accessories. All Systematic tripods are supplied with a flat plate, but the optional Systematic accessories can be fitted by simply unlocking the lever in the top casting, lifting out the flat plate and fitting in the alternative accessory.
New Easy Link attachment
Gitzo Easy Link Attachment System

An Easy Link attachment (3/8” thread) is added, allowing the user to attach various accessories, expanding the functionalities of the tripod for advanced shooting techniques. For example, a Manfrotto arm can be attached to use lighting accessories or the Manfrotto Digital Director.
New Ultra-stable Feet
Gitzo Ultra Stable Feet

For a solid footing and maximum stability on any surface, Systematic tripods are equipped with new, ultra-stable big feet. The feet can be removed and replaced by standard-sized rubber feet (included), or optional feet and spikes.
Other new features
  • Leg angle selectors – easier and speedier to switch between the 3 leg angles
  • Carbon eXact – improved balance between rigidity and weight
  • G-lock Ultra – more comfortable to operate, reduces dust entering the locks
Product Range
Gitzo Systematic Range 2016

The latest Systematic range covers lightweight Series 3 tripods all the way up to the most rigid Series 5, in various combinations of leg sections and maximum heights.
New Systematic Tripods
B&H carries the new Gitzo Systematic tripod range (see above product codes for links).
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Gitzo News
Post Date: 10/5/2016 4:06:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Hot Deal: Right now, B&H has a Canon EOS M3 + EVF-DC1 Electronic Viewfinder Bundle available for $464.25 after $200.00 instant savings and a $14.75 credit (yes, credit) for adding the EVF-DC1 viewfinder (normally $185.25) to your bundle. Free expedited shipping is included. Regularly $864.25. (thanks Will)
To take advantage of this offer, follow these directions:
  1. Add the Canon EOS M3 body to your cart.
  2. At the bottom of the cart window that pops up, click "See All Accessories."
  3. On the following page, scroll down and add the EVF-DC1 to your purchase. The purchase price will be reduced by $14.75.
Product Highlights
  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0" 1,040k-Dot Touchscreen Tilting LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 24/25/30 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • Hybrid CMOS AF System with 49 AF Points
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
  • Hot Shoe and Built-In Flash
  • 3.5mm Stereo Mic Input
  • Full Manual Control
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/5/2016 2:50:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Use coupon code 15OFF50 at LensRentals.com to receive 15% off your 50mm lens rental.
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
Excludes cinema lenses. Valid on orders with arrival dates set on or before 10/31/16.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/5/2016 12:34:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review.
Let me know if I missed anything important to you.
B&H has the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/5/2016 9:29:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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