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 Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens in stock.
 
Several other popular lenses are also in stock.
 
In Stock Refurbished Lenses
 
  • Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
  • Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro
  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro USM
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
  • Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
  • ...and more!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/1/2017 4:03:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via 6ave – 99.2% Positive Feedback) has the Canon EOS M3 with EF-M 18-55 IS STM Lens available for $419.99 with free shipping. Compare at $549.00 after $250.00 instant rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a manufacturer warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/1/2017 1:08:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality, vignetting and distortion test results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Lens page.
 
Definitely follow (minimally) that first link. I think you will like what you see.
 
We do not yet have the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II Lens tested on the 5Ds R but will have the Sigma results from the 1Ds III soon to make this direct comparison possible. However, the Canon 500mm f/4L IS II and the Canon 600mm f/4L IS II perform similarly and the Sigma 500mm f4 Sports vs. Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II Lens comparison is available now.
 
B&H has the Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Lens in stock (Nikon F mount is on backorder).
Post Date: 3/1/2017 7:32:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image via greatamericaneclipse.com
 
In just a few short months, the United States will be treated to a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, an event which hasn't been witnessed by the citizens of the US mainland in 38 years.
 
In other words, mark your calendars and start planning / preparing for your solar eclipse viewing now.
 
On August 21, assuming fair weather and an unobstructed view of the sky, those residing in or traveling to the pathway above will enjoy an experience of a lifetime (click to download a larger image).
 
Due to the fact that the total eclipse pathway will traverse the central part of the US from the Northwest to the Southeast, a large percentage of the US population lives within a day's travel to a total eclipse viewing point.
 
Of course, finding a hotel in one of the larger cities placed along the total eclipse pathway will be more challenging as the August event draws near, so start making your reservations now to avoid accommodation issues.
 
You'll likely also want to stock up on your solar eclipse viewing/photography supplies. With that in mind, B&H has created a special Solar Eclipse 2017 page with gear specific the rare event.
 
The Canon Digital Learning Center has been publishing articles on the upcoming event and will continue add more articles in the months ahead. Here's what they have posted so far:
 
If you miss the opportunity to see and/or photograph the August 21 solar eclipse, you'll have to wait another seven years for the next opportunity to roll around (April 8, 2024). Our advice is to try and view this rare event from a total eclipse vantage point if you can; assuming clear conditions, you will never forget the awe-inspiring scene.
Post Date: 3/1/2017 6:23:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the G-Technology 6TB G-RAID Studio Thunderbolt 2 External Storage System (Windows) available for $249.95 with free shipping. Regularly $399.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 6TB Total Storage Capacity
  • Contains Two 3TB Drives
  • 330 MB/s Transfer Rate
  • 7200 rpm Drive Speed
  • Supports RAID 0, 1, and JBOD
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 2 Ports
  • Supports 2K and Compressed 4K Video
  • Preformatted for Windows
  • Mac Compatible with Reformatting
  • Thunderbolt 2 Cable Included
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Steadicam Solo Stabilizer & Monopod for $149.95 with free shipping after $100.00 mail-in rebate. Regulalry $299.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Converts between Steadicam and Monopod
  • 3-Axis Gimbal
  • 10 lb Weight Capacity
  • Telescopically Extends to Four Sections
  • Includes QR Plate and Counterweights
  • Folds to a Portable 24"
  • Supports Optional Arm and Vest
Post Date: 3/1/2017 4:42:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Use coupon code SPRINGBREAK17 at LensRentals.com for 15% off your entire order when it arrives by March 17th.
Post Date: 2/28/2017 10:21:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Put a large specimen of one of my favorite animals in front of my favorite tree trunks in front of my favorite leaves and ... an image I like is shaping up nicely. The leaves are from Idaho maples in the peak of their fall color. The tree trunks are aspens and their white color makes most images look better. Of course, a large bull elk makes practically any photo look good.
 
What is the easiest way to create panorama image? Crop a wide aspect ratio from a single image. While successfully capturing multiple images and seamlessly stitching them together can create a higher resolution image, it is easier just to use a wider angle lens and crop them to the desired aspect ratio. Using the cropping method also avoids issues with subjects in motion (waves, clouds, people, animals, etc.). Especially if a very resolution camera is used (one of the 5D Mark IV's upgrades was resolution), there can still be plenty of resolution for large output remaining after cropping.
 
In the example shared here, the "wider angle lens" was due to a focal length limitation at the time of capture. I was stalking the elk, didn't have an extender with me and the bull was walking towards the woods (the moment was not going to last). The cropping technique is often useful in helping to mentally justify the result.
 
I'll save the argument as to whether or not the angle of view from a 600mm lens covers a wide enough view of an area to qualify for the definition of "panorama" for another day, but the wide aspect ratio is at least in the spirit of these images.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/1000s
ISO 800
5772 x 2574px
Post Date: 2/28/2017 7:03:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has issued firmware updates for the D3400 and D5600 to address the following:
 
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in unreliable connections between the camera and the iOS 10.2 version of the SnapBridge app.
Download:
Nikon D3400 Firmware v.1.11
Nikon D5600 Firmware v.1.01
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/28/2017 5:35:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 27, 2017
Through tomorrow, use coupon code PXFLASHFEB at AdoramaPix to receive 25% off sitewide.
Post Date: 2/27/2017 11:02:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Canon EOS M5 Review.
 
Easily the best "M" so far!
 
B&H has the Canon EOS M5 in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/27/2017 7:33:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
LensRentals recently disassembled a Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS and found three aspheric elements (unusual for a telephoto zoom) and uniquely designed AF system.
 
From LensRentals Blog:
As part of that Holy Quest, we wanted to take a look inside the FE 70-200 f/2.8, because, well, that’s what we do. They’ve been in such short supply, though, we just haven’t been able to take one apart. But a customer was kind enough to drop one of ours, jamming the focusing system. We decided the opportunity to do a repair/teardown was too good to pass up.
 
It’s not the first time we’ve made a bad decision, and it probably won’t be the last. It ended up being the longest and most complex (6 hours) teardown we’ve ever done. If you’re interested, read along and come feast your eyes on one of the oddest lenses we’ve ever looked into. But it’s going to be a fairly long read. (Poof! There went 90% of the blog viewers.)
 
I’ll warn you now, I’m going to use words like different, odd, and weird when describing the inside of this lens, especially in the second part of this two-part teardown. Don’t misread that to mean I’m saying ‘bad’ because I’m not. Sony is the one manufacturer these days that’s trying all kinds of new and different things. I love that. Sometimes new things are better, sometimes not. But it does make them different.
See the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Teardown (Part 1) on the LensRentals Blog.
 
Update: Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Teardown (Part 2) was posted this morning.
 
B&H carries the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 2/27/2017 6:31:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the APC BE550G Back-UPS 550 8 Outlet Surge Protector and Battery Backup (120V) available for $42.95 with free shipping. Regularly $69.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Output: 330W / 550VA
  • Input: 120V
  • 4 x Battery-Powered, 4 x Surge Protector
  • 50/60 Hz (+/-3 Hz) Output Frequency
  • Recharge Time 24 Hours
  • Audible Alarm
  • LED Status Display
  • Cold Start / Hot Swap Batteries
  • Delivers Battery-Powered AC
 Saturday, February 25, 2017
Hot deal - act fast if you want one: Amazon has the Canon EOS 80D with EF-S 18-135 IS USM Lens for only $1,168.95 with free shipping (compare at $1,499.00).
 
This deal is not likely to be available for very long – don't hesitate ordering one if you think you might be interested.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/25/2017 7:38:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 24, 2017
Just Posted: RigWheels RigMount X4 Magnetic Camera Platform Review.
 
Several years ago, I [Sean] attached my DSLR to a single high-power suction cup mount and photographed myself driving my 2004 Ford Mustang GT. It was winter, and I neglected to take into consideration how the cold weather would affect the suction cup's holding strength. Once I parked the car to remove the mount, the suction cup fell over in my hand. It had apparently lost suction at the precise moment my car had stopped moving.
 
I never attempted the single suction cup method of attching my DSLR to an automobile again.
 
For years I have been searching for a better alternative for mounting a DSLR to a moving vehicle, and I the RigWheels RigMount X4 Magnetic Camera Platform is the best solution I've found. With four magents capable of holding 50 lbs (22.7 kg) apiece anchoring the RigMount X4 in place, my mind is at ease while creating images like the example shown above.
 
B&H has the RigWheels RigMount X4 Magnetic Camera Platform in stock with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 2/24/2017 9:20:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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