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 Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit
eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM available for $2,699.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,699.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and, as such, would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2014 2:11:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro OS HSM Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro OS HSM Lens for Canon available for $529.00. Compare at $669.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2014 1:44:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP AF 60mm f/2 Di II LD Macro Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Tamron SP AF 60mm f/2 Di II LD Macro Lens available for $359.00. Compare at $524.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 12/3/2014 1:36:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Professional Network
From the Canon Professional Network:
"In an in-depth interview with CPN, Oscar-winning cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle took time out of the post-production of his latest film with director Ron Howard, In the Heart of the Sea, to explain how he came to the moving image and how Canon's cameras have played a recurring role in his creative development throughout his illustrious career…"
The video interview spans almost half an hour and has been pretty interesting thus far (I'm about 10 minutes into it). [Sean]
Post Date: 12/3/2014 12:23:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lightroom 5 with The-Digital-Picture.com Splash Screen
Did you know you can change the standard Lightroom 5.x splash screen to make it completely your own? And it's easier than you think!
 
Directions:
 
1) Create a JPEG or a PNG image no larger than 900 x 600 pixels (WxH). If you'd like, you can our sample splash screen.
 
The Digital Picture.com Splash Screen in PS CC
 
2) Place the image in the Lightroom 5 Spash Screen folder (if the folder does not already exist, create it):
 
  • Windows – Users/[username]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Lightroom/Splash Screen
  • Mac – Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Splash Screen
3) Start the Lightroom 5 application and enjoy your new custom splash screen!
 
Before:
 
Lightroom 5 Splash Screen
 
After:
 
Lightroom 5 with The-Digital-Picture.com Splash Screen
 
This is a great idea for anyone who shows photos to clients in Lightroom. It's also a great tip for anyone who wants to impress their photography friends. :-)
 
Adobe offers Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 for $9.99 per month.
Post Date: 12/3/2014 11:52:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,299.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,599.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2014 10:32:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera
Adorama has a Canon EOS 7D Mark II + PIXMA PRO-100 Bundle available for $1,699.00 with free shipping after $350.00 mail-in rebate. The camera alone retails for $1,799.00, so this is an excellent deal on a newly released camera.
 
Bundle Includes
 
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II (review)
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets
  • Transcend 32GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-I 300X Memory Card, 45MB/s Transfer Rate
  • Slinger Photo Video Bag - Black
  • New Leaf PLUS - 1 Year Digital Camera Service Plan with Accidental Damage Coverage (for Drops & Spills)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2014 8:28:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens
B&H has updated the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM's availability status with, "Item available for preorder and will ship beginning Fri, Dec 12." (thanks Emory)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2014 6:50:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Logo
From Canon:
 
Rugby World Cup Limited (RWCL) has announced that Canon, a world-leader in imaging solutions, has joined the family of Rugby World Cup 2015 official sponsors. The deal represents the first time that Canon has partnered with rugby’s showcase event, underscoring the strength and appeal of the Rugby World Cup brand in the global sponsorship marketplace.
 
RWCL Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Canon to the Rugby World Cup family as an official sponsor for the first time. This exciting deal with a global leader in imaging further underscores the prestige of the Rugby World Cup brand in the global marketplace as we look forward to what promises to be a very special and record-breaking England 2015 tournament (held between September 18 and October 31, 2015).”
 
James Leipnik, Chief of Communication, Canon Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “We are thrilled to extend our long history of involvement in the world’s best sporting events by supporting the Rugby World Cup for the first time. Images play a vital role in bringing the emotions and action of global sports to fans that are not able to experience the events in person.”
 
Leipnik added: “Our participation presents us with exciting opportunities to support professional photographers and fans with our imaging expertise, as they capture and share world class rugby moments throughout the tournament.”
 
During Rugby World Cup 2015, Canon will be undertaking a range of activities as an official sponsor, including providing print and copying solutions used by the tournament organisers.
 
Canon will also be working with Rugby World Cup Limited to deliver a range of image-related initiatives to enhance the spectator experience during the tournament. The Canon Professional Services (CPS) team will be on-site sharing their imaging expertise and helping professional photographers to get the perfect shot throughout the tournament. The dedicated team of CPS technicians at Rugby World Cup 2015 will provide accredited professional photographers with advice, essential maintenance services, equipment loans and help with minor equipment repairs.
 
Canon’s support of Rugby World Cup 2015 represents a further boost to the commercial programme – the announcement of Canon’s sponsorship follows the appointment of Heineken, Land Rover, Société Générale, DHL, Emirates and MasterCard as Rugby World Cup 2015 Worldwide Partners, Gilbert as Official Ball Supplier, Canterbury of New Zealand as Official Sportswear Supplier, Clifford Chance as Official Law Firm, EY as Business Advisor and Sportfolio as Master Licensee.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2014 6:17:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
It looks like some of the Cyber Monday eBay deals are still live. See information below.
 
eBay Camera Deals
 
The T5i deal advertises that it comes with a USA warranty. The other deals are likely grey market items and therefore would not qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/2/2014 2:03:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
If you use your photography equipment long enough, you will undoubtedly be put into a situation that compromises an upcoming planned shoot. Accidental drops and water submersion are two likely scenarios that can leave you without a camera and/or lens when you may need it most.
 
That's why Canon is highlighting their Canon Professional Services (CPS) in this series of promotional videos, "Support Matters." In each case, CPS stepped up to the plate when a photographer/videographer needed them most.
 
On a personal note, both Bryan and I are CPS members and we have called them on several occasions. In every case, we found a friendly, knowledgeable, helpful person on the other end of the line. CPS has earned a great reputation among professional photographers and this series is a good demonstration as to why.
 
Check out the entire video series on http://supportmatters.pro.usa.canon.com/.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/2/2014 11:46:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt-Shift Lens
By Sean Setters
 
When it comes to Canon lenses, newer is always better. We know that Canon doesn't typically release a lens update unless it can improve upon performance, build quality or features. It's the natural evolution of technology that we all benefit from in the long run.
 
But are there times when buying an older / used lens makes sense? I think so – and that's why I recently purchased a used Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt-Shift Lens. More on that later.
 
Here are some of the reasons why you might consider and older, used lens in place of a new one:
 
  1. Budget Constraints - Canon isn't in the habit of releasing new, better lenses at prices below their predecessors. Sometimes the increase is minimal; in other cases, the difference in price can be substantial. A new lens debuting at a significant premium over its predecessor can actually drive up the price of the older lens on the used market. However, the predecessor can [usually] still be purchased for significantly less than the retail price of a newly released lens.
  2. Limited Intended Use - I consider some lenses to be "special use" lenses, meaning I won't be reaching for them on a regular basis. If I don't plan on using the lens often, I'm more likely to make compromises on the purchase. Slightly lower IQ, more distortion, or lack of "IS" are often tradeoffs that may be tolerable if I won't be using the lens regularly.
  3. New Lens Features Unneeded - A good example of this is when Canon releases a new lens with the addition of built-in image stabilization. A couple of years ago I picked up a used EF 300mm f/4 L USM (non-IS) for around $500.00. As I wanted the lens to photograph sports, I reasoned that the image stabilization would have minimal benefit when using action stopping shutter speeds in broad daylight. I've been using the lens for two years now and it's worked very well for its intended use. If making the same purchase today, assuming you could pick up a used EF 300mm f/4 L USM for the same price, you'd save $850.00 over the after-rebate price of the IS model.
  4. Wide Aperture Performance Not a Priority - Most new lenses released by Canon display a noticeable improvement in wide-open image quality over their predecessor. But when it comes to the image quality at f/5.6 and f/8, the differences are usually much less discernible. If you don't plan on using a lens in low ambient conditions, you might find it easier to compromise wide-open image quality in the older lens.
So why did I choose to purchase a Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L that was originally released in 1991 (although mine was manufactured in 2004) over the undoubtedly better (and significantly newer) TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II? It's a combination of the reasons listed above.
 
First, I don't really plan on using the TS-E very often. Yes, I'll do a few real estate jobs with it, but it's never going to be a lens I'm reaching for on a daily basis. Also, because this lens will be used primarily for architecture, I'll be using narrow apertures more often than not making wide aperture image quality less of a priority. One relatively significant compromise I made by purchasing the older model lens was losing the ability to do tilt and shift adjustments independently of one another. By that, I mean that I can only shift at a perpendicular angle to my shift (whereas you can perform both adjustments independently of one another in the new model). But considering I picked up the lens for $620.00 and in excellent condition, the relatively small concessions I made ended up saving me $1,379.00 over the retail price of the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II. That's no small chunk of change and the extra money in my pocket makes my concessions that much easier to live with.
 
Risks of Buying Used
 
There are always risks involved with buying used products. You may not be able to obtain satisfactory answers to questions such as, "How well was the item cared for by its previous owner(s)?" or "Is there a deficiency in the lens that is undiscernible by the product pictures shown?"
 
eBay is a great venue for purchasing used gear. However, dealing with personal sales on eBay can be challenging when/if you are unsatisfied with purchase. It's best to only bid on items from sellers with high positive feedback ratings. If the seller has a liberal return policy, that's certainly a plus. While most of my dealings on eBay have been very positive, be warned – there will always be more risk in purchasing used products on eBay compared to buying new/retail ones.
 
You can also check out B&H's Used Department. You may not save as much as you would bidding on eBay, but B&H does offer a 90-day warranty on most of their used products, meaning there is significantly less risk involved with the purchase.
 
Another risk to consider when purchasing older lenses is that Canon may not be able to service your lens if it breaks. And even if they can fix it, how much will the out-of-warranty service repair bill eat into your initial purchase savings?
 
With all things considered, though, purchasing an older model /used lens can make a lot of sense under the right circumstances – and may end up saving you a bundle in the process.
Post Date: 12/2/2014 10:06:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lowepro Pro Roller x200 Case
B&H is featuring the Lowepro Pro Roller x200 Case as a Deal Zone special and is available for $199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $369.00.
Post Date: 12/2/2014 7:44:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Andy Mann's presentation covers his crooked path to professional photography, examining how digital storytelling is evolving, and sharing stories and images from some of his recent assignments to Fiji, Greenland, Russia, & Africa.
 
His show is part misadventure and part miracle. It’s a self-evaluation and a unique window into the modern age of storytelling. For more info on Andy's work check our his website: http://www.andymann.com
Post Date: 12/2/2014 6:59:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
Are you famous? If so, you probably had your portrait taken by Mark Seliger. If not, you have most definitely seen his iconic portraits. Perhaps it was the one of Kurt Cobain, Barack Obama, Angelina Jolie or P Diddy, to name just a few examples.
 
We recently had the privilege of meeting this master of portrait photography. The meeting resulted in five unique videos, in which Seliger shares his thoughts on lighting and portrait photography.
 
This particular video was shot during a shoot with rockstar Lenny Kravitz. In this, Seliger talks about the friendship between a photographer and a musician, and how the two hit the streets for some classy on-location portraits.
 
B&H carries Profoto gear.
Post Date: 12/2/2014 6:39:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 01, 2014
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens
B&H has the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens available for $299.00 with free shipping. Regularly $479.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/1/2014 5:34:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
Hot Deal: eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens available for $2,699.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,699.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Capturing the Spirit of Baltimore's Inner Harbor with the Canon 24-105mm STM IS Lens
The historic Inner Harbor seaport is a showcase of the city of Baltimore, Maryland. While I was looking for interesting and creative photos in general on a day trip to this location, my ultimate goal for was to come away with a picture that captured the spirit of Inner Harbor in a single frame. Since I had only the latter part of the day to shoot, I was targeting sunset and the blue hour for that photo.
 
My afternoon scouting showed that the west side of the harbor offered my favorite view, one that included the most photogenic landmark buildings including the National Aquarium and Baltimore's World Trade Center. From the selected vantage point, the Hard Rock Cafe and Phillips signs also stood out and all of the colorful lights reflected in the water.
 
Not all waterfront is harbor, so the Lightship Chesapeake and the USS Torsk submarine docked in the background helped depict this waterfront properly as such. Of course, what finishes off the capture of the spirit of Baltimore's Inner Harbor better than a boat aptly named Inner Harbor Spirit docked in the foreground?
 
After selecting the specific location I wanted for my key photo, I captured a variety of photos using various lenses and focal lengths (there was no getting closer happening here). The scene shown in this sample picture was my favorite and I have it captured at various times during sunset including some with nicely pink clouds in the sky. The image shown here was captured just before total darkness. At that time, a 30 second exposure allowed a smooth motion blur of the very calm harbor, an f/16 aperture caused the lights to show a starburst effect without imparting a too-severe amount of softening of the image (due to diffraction) and the combination of 30 seconds and f/16 allowed a deep blue sky color to be retained.
 
The Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens is a nice lens and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is of course an awesome camera. This photo is basically as-shot. Based on the Standard Picture Style (in DPP), I cloned out a few paint tiny imperfections on the ship and reduced the brightness of the Hard Rock Cafe sign, Phillips sign and the side of the aquarium using an HDR technique that utilized a darker exposure showing through the primary exposure at those positions in the frame.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Facebook and Flickr.
Post Date: 12/1/2014 10:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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