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 Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G DX Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G DX Lens available for $149.99 with free shipping. Compare at $196.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore ineligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
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Post Date: 1/13/2015 11:24:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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  • Use coupon code PXRNGPOS to save 25% on all Metal, Canvas and Poster Prints
  • Use coupon code PXRNGYBK to save 30% on all Photo Books
  • Use coupon code PXRNGCAL to save 40% on all Photo Calendars
Post Date: 1/13/2015 10:13:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II GIF Example (Traffic, 700px)
I previously outlined how to use Microsoft Cliplets to turn video clips into animated GIFs. This time around, I'm going to show you how to use the 7D II's awesome burst rate capability and Adobe Photoshop to do the same thing (I like this way better, actually).
 
First, let's set up the 7D II for optimal capture of GIFs.
 
  • This may be the only time you'll ever hear me say this – set your camera to JPEG (Large, or better yet – S1 or S2).
    There are several good reasons for setting your camera to capture JPEGs in this scenario. First, you'll want to be able to capture a consistent 10 fps burst for an extended period of time which would exceed the camera's buffer if shooting RAW. Second, shooting in JPEG will lessen the post-processing burden. The GIF at the top of this post was created using 60 images that were captured in a single burst, meaning my Photoshop file had 60 different layers right from the get-go. Unless your post-processing machine is a beast (mine isn't), your computer may slow to a crawl if you try working with a Photoshop PSD that has 60 (or more) 20+MP layers. As your end goal is to create a rather small GIF (that utilizes 256 colors at the most), you just don't need the benefits of RAW or even the camera's full resolution (unless you plan on cropping heavily). Shooting in JPEG S1 (2736 x 1824 pixels) or S2 (1920 x 1280 pixels) should provide plenty of resolution for most GIF applications.
  • Use a tripod and a remote release.
    Most of the best GIFs have a large percentage of static imagery in the scene with a little bit of movement to capture your attention. As such, using a tripod ensures that the static parts of your scene stay just that [static] allowing for the moving parts of your scene to have a good frame of reference. Also, a remote shutter release (either corded or wireless) will help make the capture process easier.
  • Set your camera to Manual Mode with High Speed Burst, Manual Focus and a relatively low ISO.
    These settings (along with recording images as JPEGS) will allow the camera to maintain its maximum burst rate for as long as you need to record the action you're looking to capture while the locked down exposure settings and focus ensures your scene remains static in composition and exposure (except for your moving subject, of course).
  • Choose your scene and fire away.
It may take several tries (and several hundred frames) to get the action you're looking for. Regarding the traffic GIF above, I probably shot 400-500 images because I couldn't actually see what or how much traffic was coming (the buildings blocked my view). Timing my burst to start just before the cars appeared was challenging, but after a few attempts (and a lot of long bursts) I had the images I wanted.
 
Now for the post processing...
 
1. If you shot in S1 or S2, you can probably move on to Step 2. Otherwise, you'll likely want to resize (and possibly crop) your images to reduce your post-processing workload. In my opinion, most photo GIFs work best in the 640-800 pixel range. You might also consider changing the aspect ratio of your images here (16x9, maybe?). For resizing my images, I generally use CoolTweak if I don't need to do any cropping. Once you've resized and/or cropped your images, you're ready to load the resized images into Photoshop.
 
2. In Photoshop (I'm using Photoshop CC), go to File --> Scripts --> Load Files Into Stack. In the following pop-up window, browse to and select your reduced sized images and click "OK." Wait for Photoshop to load the images.
 
Photoshop Load Images Into Stack
 
3. Go to Window --> Timeline. The Timeline Window should appear at the bottom. Click "Create Frame Animation."
 
Photoshop CC Timeline Window
 
4. In the top right corner of the Timeline Window, click the options button and select "Make Frames from Layers." You may also need to choose "Reverse Frames" in the same menu if your frames are playing in the wrong order (which is likely).
 
Photoshop CC Timeline Window Make Frames From Layers
 
5. Now you can press the Play button in the Timeline Window to see a preview of what your GIF will look like. At this point, here are some things you may want to do...
 
  • Add adjustment layers above the top-most layer in the Layers Palette. These adjustments will be applied to all the frames.
  • If there are long pauses in your sequence that you'd like to get rid of, you can simply delete the unnecessary frames from the Layers Palette.
  • If you notice distracting elements in some of the frames, you can use a base frame and mask out areas in it that you do not want to change over the animated sequence. Find the frame that you want to use as the base frame in your Layers Palette and Right Click --> Duplicate Layer. Now move that duplicated layer above all the other layers, apply a white layer mask and paint black over the areas of your frame where the movement occurs that you want to capture throughout the sequence. You can see my base layer below.
Traffic GIF Base Layer Mask 
6. Once you have your GIF sequence edited, hold down CTRL + SHIFT +ALT + S (on Windows) to bring up the Save for Web window. Choose GIF from the drop-down menu, select "Forever" from the Looping Options menu and tailor the other settings to suit your needs (you can see which settings I used below).
 
Photoshop CC Save for Web GIF
 
7. And now you have your GIF! For easy sharing on social networks, you can upload your creation to Giphy and they will provide the embed code that you can use to share your GIF.
 
Check out Bryan's full review of the EOS 7D Mark II for more information on this full-featured (and fun) camera.
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Post Date: 1/13/2015 9:14:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS Lens Takes on Ricketts Glen Falls
Ricketts Glen State Park, near Benton, PA, has 28 named falls including the namesake Ricketts Glen Falls. If you don't mind climbing down from the trail and don't mind placing your tripod in the water, Ricketts Glen Falls is an easy location to get a keeper. Pick a cloudy day and use a circular polarizer filter.
 
What is the ideal exposure duration for motion-blurred water? That answer is both situational and personal preference. In this location, my personal preference is around half a second. Experiment to learn what works well and what doesn't. Watch the details in the water (typically air bubbles) go from sharp to smeared to an indistinguishably smooth color as exposure times increase. When the right amount of blur is obtained, that is the right shutter speed.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Flickr and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 1/13/2015 9:04:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Switches
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
"Most Canon super telephoto lenses have a cool feature called Focus Preset, which allows for quick focusing to a predetermined distance. It is an ideal tool when shooting sports or wildlife, where you might be rapidly changing focus from two vastly different distances. At a basketball game, for example, you can preset the focus on a basketball rim. Then, follow-focus the action using AI Servo AF mode via either the shutter button or the back button. When the action shifts to under or around the rim you’ve preset focus on, a slight twist of the serrated Focus Preset Ring brings that preset distance immediately into focus. The ring, located just in front of the manual focus ring, falls readily to my hand, whether I am hand-holding the lens or shooting from a monopod."
Current Canon Lenses with Focus Presets
 
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/13/2015 7:13:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sennheiser EW100ENGG3* Wireless Microphone System with Tascam DR-44WL Recorder
Adorama has the Sennheiser EW100ENGG3* Wireless Microphone System with Tascam DR-44WL Recorder Bundle available for $799.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $729.95 without Tascam DR-44WL Audio Recorder ($299.99 value).
 
Bundle Includes
 
  • Sennheiser EK 100 G3 Diversity Receiver
  • 1 x SK 100 G3 Bodypack Transmitter
  • 1 x ME 2 Clip-On Microphone (Omnidirectional Pick-Up Pattern)
  • 1 x SKP 100 G3 Plug-On Transmitter
  • 1 x CL 1 Jack Cable
  • 1 x CL 100 XLR Cable
  • 1 x CA 2 Camera Adaptor
  • 6 x AA Batteries
  • Operating Instructions
  • Sennheiser 2 Years Limited Warranty
  • Tascam DR-44WL 4-Channels Handheld Audio Recorder
  • 32GB Class 10 SDHC Card
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From Canon:
 
TOKYO, January 13, 2015—Canon Inc. again ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2014, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services on January 12, 2015.
 
Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.
 
Canon U.S. patent ranking among Japanese companies 2005 - 2014
 
YearRanking*No. of patents
20141st (3rd)4,055
20131st (3rd)3,817
20121st (3rd)3,173
20111st (3rd)2,818
20101st (4th)2,551
20091st (4th)2,200
20081st (3rd)2,107
20071st (3rd)1,983
20061st (3rd)2,367
20051st (2nd)1,828

*Number in parenthesis represents Canon's ranking among all companies
 
Canon prizes its corporate DNA of placing a high priority on technology. And with regard to research and development results, the Company actively promotes the acquisition of patent rights in accordance with the management direction of the Canon Group and technology trends while conducting thorough pre-application searches to raise the quality of applications. Through close cooperation between Canon's technology and intellectual property divisions, the Company aims to improve its technological capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/13/2015 6:31:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 12, 2015
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens available for $999.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,349.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 1/12/2015 1:31:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rokinon 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC Lens
B&H has the long rumored and hinted about Rokinon 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 1/12/2015 11:31:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Dealing with Wind During an Independence Pass Sunset
Independence Pass is at 12,095' elevation on the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range in Colorado. The top of a really tall mountain is often a great location choice for photographing (or just watching) a sunset, but the best photo (or view) is not always directly into the sun to the west. Really great sunsets also light up the eastern sky and on this particular evening, a storm to the east provided great color over the stark landscape at this pass.
 
A wide angle landscape photo composed of rock and clouds and captured on a tripod generally would not need ISO increased to 200 to maintain a 1/25 second exposure just to retain sharpness. But, the wind was ripping across the top of this mountain and I was not comfortable even with this 1/25 shutter speed.
 
There are various ways to deal with wind when photographing, but a solid tripod setup is the first key. Without any other protection from the wind available at the location I was shooting from (such as a vehicle or building), I opted for my frequently-used technique of holding my coat open around the camera and much of the tripod. The coat greatly reduces the amount of wind hitting the camera, yielding a potentially much sharper image – though it leaves me quite cold sometimes. The picture lasts far longer than my coldness.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Flickr and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
16mm  f/8.0  1/25s  ISO 200  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 1/12/2015 10:00:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens on 7D Mark II
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens review.
 
As expected, the 7D II results show sharper details and slightly more resolution. The bottom line is that this lens is a bargain.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 1/12/2015 8:12:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
The Canon Store is offering tiered discounts on its large inventory of refurbished DSLR cameras, lenses and Speedlite flashes with free ground shipping. Here are the details:
 
Tiered Savings
 
  • Save $10 when you spend $100
  • Save $40 when you spend $250
  • Save $100 when you spend $500
Also note that the Canon Store has added several new (and very popular) items to its refurbished inventory:
 
In Stock Refurbished Items
 
Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 6D + EF 24-105 L IS USM1,919.20100.001,819.20
Canon EOS 6D Body1,439.20100.001,339.20
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-135mm IS STM1,239.20100.001,139.20
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 18-135 IS1,151.36100.001,051.36
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 28-135 IS1,087.36100.00987.36
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-55mm IS STM1,079.20100.00979.20
Canon EOS 7D Body959.36100.00859.36
Canon EOS 70D Body959.20100.00859.20
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM839.20100.00739.20
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM679.99100.00579.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM599.99100.00499.99
Canon EOS Rebel T4i + EF-S 18-55 IS575.99100.00475.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i + EF-S 18-55 IS479.9940.00439.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1439.9940.00399.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5 + EF-S 18-55 IS II439.9940.00399.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3 + EF-S 18-55 IS359.9940.00319.99
Canon EF 17-40 f/4 L USM671.99100.00571.99
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM799.99100.00699.99
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM919.20100.00819.20
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.9940.00343.99
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM2,039.20100.001,939.20
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM1,159.20100.001,059.20
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM1,039.20100.00939.20
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM567.99100.00467.99
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM1,119.20100.001,019.20
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99100.00419.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9910.00177.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9910.00149.99
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM1,359.20100.001,259.20
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.9940.00391.99
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM407.9940.00367.99
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM439.9940.00399.99
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM1,183.20100.001,083.20
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9910.00149.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM1,239.20100.001,139.20
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.9940.00279.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II100.7910.0090.79
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM399.9940.00359.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM479.9940.00439.99
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 Macro USM1,199.20100.001,099.20
Canon EF 300mm f/4 L IS USM1,159.20100.001,059.20
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM1,071.20100.00971.20
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM239.9910.00229.99
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.99100.00419.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM 439.9940.00399.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.9940.00359.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99100.00459.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II199.9910.00189.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM239.9910.00229.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9910.00189.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9910.00125.99
Canon Speedlite 90EX119.9910.00109.99
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Post Date: 1/12/2015 7:50:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Impact Luxbanx Duo Small Rectangular Softbox (16 x 22
For today only, B&H has the Impact Luxbanx Duo Small Rectangular Softbox (16 x 22") available for $49.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $134.95.
 
Note: You'll also need to pick up the speed ring that's compatible with your lighting gear.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Strobe, LED, Fluorescent Lights
  • Also Compatible with Quartz Lights
  • Maximum Quartz Wattage: 750W
  • Heat-Resistant Textured Silver Interior
  • Removable Inner Baffle, Front Diffuser
  • Fits Speed Rings for Most Popular Brands
  • Optional Fabric Grids
Post Date: 1/12/2015 6:49:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
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Post Date: 1/12/2015 6:18:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, January 11, 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,272.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,799.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This camera is likely a grey market item and ineligible for Canon USA's warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/11/2015 1:43:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Christmas Cactus Flower: Background Color by Gel
Once a year (though always well after its namesake Christmas holiday), our Christmas cactus blooms. The plant itself is nothing special to look at, but the flowers are quite beautiful.
 
The biggest challenge for this annual photo opportunity is finding a pleasing background to go with the flower. I've done the easy on-white and on-black options many times and I've used various color cards behind the flower. I needed a new option and the Rogue Flash Gels provided just that.
 
I placed the cactus pot on my shooting table (I'm using an Elinchrom model). This table has a white Plexiglas surface with a large sweep up the back. An off camera Canon 600EX-RT with a Rogue FlashBender Softbox installed was placed on the table in front of the selected flower and a second 600EX-RT was positioned to light the back of the table independently. Both flashes were sitting on their shoe stands and the flashes were triggered by an ST-E3-RT Remote Transmitter.
 
By placing a Rogue Flash Gel on the background flash, the white shooting table background became the gel color. The background color could be changed by simply replacing one gel with another and the currently selected color could be made brighter or darker by simply adjusting the flash output (done directly on the ST-E3-RT). I worked through various color options provided in the gel kit and decided that the pink color complemented the Christmas Cactus flowers best. As you see here.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Flickr and Facebook.
Post Date: 1/11/2015 7:27:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, January 10, 2015
Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 ZE Lens and Lines in the Sky are Enough
Sometimes, for me at least, clouds alone are enough for an image. In those situations, I'm usually looking for something dramatic or unique (and sunrises or sunsets most frequently qualify as such). While I wouldn't go as far to say that these clouds are dramatic, they are definitely unique.
 
The lines of clouds were so broad that they completely filled a 15mm full frame format DSLR angle of view. While I captured many images of these clouds, I settled on this one to share. What I like is the larger clouds diminishing to smaller ones (due to perspective) as they angle through the frame into the distance.
 
With unique clouds in the frame, it is unlikely for an image to be repeatable.
 
Sometimes, for me at least, clouds alone are enough for an image. In those situations, I'm usually looking for something dramatic or unique (and sunrises or sunsets most frequently qualify as such). While I wouldn't go as far to say that these clouds are dramatic, they are definitely unique.
 
The lines of clouds were so broad that they completely filled a 15mm full frame format DSLR angle of view. While I captured many images of these clouds, I settled on this one to share. What I like is the larger clouds diminishing to smaller ones (due to perspective) as they angle through the frame into the distance.
 
With unique clouds in the frame, it is unlikely for an image to be repeatable.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
15mm  f/8.0  1/25s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 1/10/2015 8:50:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 9, 2015
Yongnuo YN560 IV Speedlite Flash
You've likely heard about Yongnuo's EF 50mm f/1.8 II clone, but this news is even bigger – B&H now carries Yongnuo products (including the aforementioned lens).
 
Now, instead of purchasing directly from Chinese importers (which can lead to long shipping times), you can now purchase your budget-friendly Yongnuo items from B&H. And better yet, if there is any issue with your Yongnuo product, B&H's customer service can take care of it. If you're wanting to try Yongnuo gear, this is the retailer you want to purchase from.
Categories: B&H News, Yongnuo News
Post Date: 1/9/2015 12:21:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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