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 Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Resolution chart results have been added to the Canon EOS 80D page.
 
With a higher pixel count on its sensor, the 80D is expected to outresolve the 70D, and it does. Here is the comparison: 70D vs. 80D. Sharpness remains similar.
 
While the EOS Rebel T6i and T6s share the same megapixel count, these two bodies do not have Dual Pixel AF, so there is likely a difference in their sensors. Still, the results appear the same to me: 80D vs. Rebel T6i.
 
Many more comparisons are available – build your own!
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 80D available for preorder with shipments expected to commence on Fri, Mar 25th.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/23/2016 6:20:36 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 21, 2016
With a Canon EOS 80D in my hands, the first task is to setup the camera for my use. Following are the 32 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box 80D ready for use.
 
  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.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. This is also a good time to grip the camera, taking in the new-camera grippyness that is right up there with new car smell.
  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 the battery (after charging completes).
  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 a memory card (don't forget to format the card via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  9. Set the camera's mode to one other than fully auto (the GreenSquare A+ mode only provides a small subset of available menu options), C1, C2 or C3 (Custom modes do not retain settings for use in other modes).
  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
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses – all can be applied in DPP)
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: ISO Speed Settings: ISO Speed range: 100-H(25600), Auto ISO Speed range: 100-6400
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Off
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: White balance: AWB-W (Auto: White priority)
  19. 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.)
  20. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Long exposure noise reduction: I usually have this option set to "Auto", but my choice varies for the situation.
  21. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: High ISO speed noise reduction: Off (noise reduction is destructive to images details – I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  22. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: Grid display: 3x3
  23. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Highlight alert: Enable (flash portions of images that are overexposed)
  24. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Playback grid: 3x3
  25. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to monitor all three color channels for blown or blocked pixels)
  26. Tools Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  27. Tools Menu, Tab 2: Viewfinder display: Viewfinder level: Show, VF grid display: Show, Flicker detection: Show
  28. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Custom shooting mode (C1-C3): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  29. Custom Functions: C.Fn II:Autofocus: AI servo 1st image priority: Focus
  30. Custom Functions: C.Fn II:Autofocus: AI servo 2nd image priority: Focus
  31. Custom Functions: C.Fn II:Autofocus: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Pt only
  32. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Long exposure noise reduction, Mirror lockup, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning, Expo.comp./AEB (back up near the top of the list)
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 80D
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/21/2016 9:19:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 17, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Review.
 
The lens that overshadows this one in optical performance and versatility (and price) is the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens. Here is the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L vs. f/2.8L IS II Lens comparison.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens in stock with a $100 instant rebate and 4% B&H rewards.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in stock with a $150 instant rebate and 4% B&H rewards.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/17/2016 9:24:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Tokina 14-20mm f/2 AT-X Pro DX Lens page.
 
If you are shooting APS-C format and have been wanting an aperture wider than f/2.8 in focal lengths wider than 18mm, your only option has just arrived.
 
B&H has the Tokina 14-20mm f/2 AT-X Pro DX Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/16/2016 8:42:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Just posted: UniqBall UBH 45X Ball Head Review.
 
You may have noticed the UniqBall UBH 45X Ball Head showing up on the gear list for the Philadelphia Skyline picture I posted yesterday. I have been using this head for a couple of months now and ... it is truly "unique" – in a good way.
 
B&H carries the UniqBall UBH 45X Ball Head, expected in stock soon.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/15/2016 9:17:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 14, 2016
Just posted: Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens Review.
 
You don't want surprises from a Zeiss Otus lens. Hopefully you will find none in this review.
 
B&H has the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/14/2016 8:27:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 11, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Review.
 
I have long recommended the 70-200 f/4L as a good value lens. For a relatively low price, it has L-grade build and good image quality.
 
The bargain-priced Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens (on sale for $129.99 in refurbished condition at the Canon Store) is not the same grade lens and is APS-C-only, but it has image stabilization and has cast some shadow over this L lens in terms of bargain-ness. Here is the image quality comparison at 200mm f/5.6.
 
The other lens that has reduced interest in the 70-200mm f/4L is the IS variant, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens. In addition to adding the versatility of image stabilization, this lens has better image quality. Here is the 200mm image quality comparison. The IS version costs significantly more.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens in stock with a $50.00 instant rebate.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/11/2016 9:08:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Just posted: Induro GIT304L Grand Series 3 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod Review
 
The Induro GIT304L Grand Series Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod offers significantly high quality and functionality for a value price.
 
B&H has the Induro GIT304L Grand Series 3 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/9/2016 8:07:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Just posted: Gitzo GH3382QD Series 3 Center Ball Head Review.
 
This is easily among the best tripod heads I've used.
 
B&H has the Gitzo GH3382QD Series 3 Center Ball Head in stock. Alternatively, choose one of the smaller Gitzo Center Series Ball Heads.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/8/2016 7:28:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 7, 2016
Just posted: Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash Review.
 
The smaller brother to the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash, the 430EX III-RT is a great-performing and very capable flash. This is a significant upgrade from the Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash.
 
B&H has the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash in stock with a $40 instant rebate.
 
Note that the 600EX-RT currently has an $80.00 instant rebate available. This is a great time to upgrade your flash kit.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/7/2016 7:23:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 3, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Review.
 
This lens has been in Canon's lineup since 2003, but still represents a decent value. The comparison needed to be made is the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L vs. 16-35mm f/4L IS lens. The 16-35 is more expensive, but ... worth the difference for most.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens in stock with a $100.00 instant rebate.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens in stock, also with a $100.00 instant rebate. Now would be a great time to add this excellent lens to your kit.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/3/2016 10:44:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Standard test results, including specs and measurements, have been added to the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G AF-S DX VR II Lens page.
 
B&H has the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G AF-S DX VR II Lens in stock.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/2/2016 11:20:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Review.
 
The first comparison that comes to my mind is the EF-S 10-22mm USM vs. 10-18mm IS STM Lens comparison.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens in stock (a 9-rated used lens is also available for $399.95).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/2/2016 9:50:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Standard test results, including specs and measurements, have been added to the Nikon 24mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens page.
 
The price of the Nikon 24mm f/1.8G is only about $100.00 less than the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art with both performing similarly at their widest apertures. The Sigma has a 2/3-stop wider aperture to its advantage; however, the Nikon 24mm's AF is likely more accurate.
 
B&H has the Nikon 24mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens in stock.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/1/2016 8:26:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 29, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review.
 
Lots of comparisons are able to be made using this lens.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens in stock with a $150.00 instant rebate and 4% reward.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/29/2016 8:13:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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