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 Monday, December 01, 2014
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
How the Canon EOS 7D Mark II Performs when Shooting Birds in Flight
"How well does the Canon EOS 7D Mark II perform when shooting birds in flight?" has quickly become a frequently asked question. The Canon EOS 7D Mark II, especially because of its high performance AF system, high density imaging sensor, fast frame rate and modest-for-what-you-get price, is quickly finding favor with bird photographers. And, one of the biggest challenges faced by bird photographers is maintaining focus on birds in flight. Thus, the question is getting asked.
 
I had the privilege of spending the larger part of a day shooting bald eagles below the Conowingo Dam in northern Maryland with the 7D II this week. My goal was to discern how well this AF system could track the often-erratic movement of these beautiful birds in flight (and to hopefully come away with some nice images).
 
The day's moderate-to-heavy cloud cover eliminated any harsh shadow issues, but made the sky a white canvas (white sky is OK, but is not my favorite) and provided low light to further challenge the AF system. The bottom line is that I'm really impressed with my success rate from this day.
 
I was using the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens with and without a Canon EF 1.4x III Extender behind it. Tracking these fast and erratic-moving birds with such a narrow angle of view was quite challenging, but when I kept the selected center AF point or one of the 4 neighboring AF points (based on the AF area I was using) on or even close to the bird I was tracking, most of the images were properly focused. Especially impressive was the ability of this camera to maintain focus on the birds even with backgrounds that the birds visually blended into and even more impressive was this camera's ability to maintain focus on the birds even with high contrasting backgrounds including electrical line towers and bare tree branches against a bright sky. I was using the AF Case 2 to instruct the camera to be slow to leave a tracked subject due to obstacles.
 
This camera is a great choice for bird photography. The consensus that I'm hearing from the other photographers frequenting Conowingo Dam is that their 7D Mark II experiences mirror my own.
 
After catching its dinner, this eagle in the above picture flew directly toward the camera. I began tracking and shooting at 10 fps. I have numerous good images of this eagle, but this was the most-frame-filling that did not cut off any significant amount of the bird. This image is essentially right out of the camera. I extended the canvas slightly to the bottom, added the extreme tip of the two bottom-most feathers and removed imperfections from a couple of other feathers. I changed the Picture Style to Standard (in DPP), changed saturation to "1", white balance to "Cloudy" and added a touch of noise reduction.
 
I have added a 10 fps burst example of flying eagles (a juvenile chasing an adult with a fish) to the Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review. The wing positioning shown in this series of images will assure you that 10 fps is definitely not too fast and at times, I needed a frame between the neighboring frames – such as at the moment the eagles grabbed a fish in the water.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Facebook and Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/5.6  1/1250s  ISO 1000  5472 x 3732px
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Post Date: 12/1/2014 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
There are a ton of deals that are still live from Black Friday. I'll be updating this post throughout the day as I find more Cyber Monday deals.
 
Note: eBay deals are likely grey market/import items and therefore would not technically qualify for USA warranties. [Sean]
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L - $2,699.99 Shipped (Compare at $3,699.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate)
 
WD 4TB External Desktop Hard Drive - $109.00 Shipped (Reg. $149.00)
 
FreeFly MoVI with Spektrum Transmitter & Case - $3,995.00 Shipped (Reg. $4,790.00)
 
Glidecam HD 4000 Stabilizer - $499.00 Shipped (Reg. $599.00)
 
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera - $2,299.99 Shipped (Compare at $3,296.95)
 
Canon Full-Frame + PIXMA PRO 10 Printer Bundles at B&H
 
Canon PowerShot S110 Digital Camera - $159.99 (Compare at $299.00)
 
Canon EOS 6D + EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens - $1,799.99 Shipped (Compare at $2,199.00 AR)
 
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens - $199.99 (Compare at $299.99)
 
Canon EOS 70D DSLR + EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens - $999.00 Shipped (Compare at $1,349.00)
 
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 for Mac and Windows - $39.99 Shipped (Reg. $99.99)
 
Hoya 82mm Variable Density Filter - $99.99 Shipped (Reg. $199.99)
 
Sennheiser MKE 600 Shotgun Mic & DR-100mkII Handheld Digital Recorder Kit - $349.99 Shipped (Reg. $579.99)
 
Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens - $199.00 Shipped (Reg. $249.00)
 
Canon EOS 1DX DSLR Camera - $4,699.99 Shipped (Compare at $5,999.00 AR)
 
Select Refurb. Canon DSLR cameras, lenses & flashes at 10-40% off
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera - $2,559.99 Shipped (Compare at $3,099.00 AR)
 
Save 25% on LensRentals Rentals (expires today)
 
Google Chromecast - $23.99 Shipped (Reg. $34.99)
 
DxO ViewPoint 2 - $39.00 Shipped (Reg. $79.00)
 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens - $299.00 Shipped (Reg. $599.00)
 
Oben BC-166 Ball Head - $169.95 Shipped (Reg. $199.95)
 
Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Shotgun Microphone - $99.00 Shipped (Reg. $199.00)
 
SanDisk Ultra II 480GB SSD - $179.00 Shipped (Reg. $212.58)
 
Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR with 18-55mm IS STM Lens - $499.99 Shipped (Compare at $849.00 AR)
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera - $2,399.99 Shipped (Compare at $3,099.00 AR)
 
Refurb. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens - $599.00 Shipped (Compare at $1,149.00 New)
 
DXO OpticsPro 10 Elite Edition (Download) - $129.00 Shipped (Reg. $199.00)
 
Memory Card Deals
 
Also, don't forget to check out The-Digital-Picture.com Christmas Gift Guide.
Post Date: 12/1/2014 7:02:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, November 30, 2014
WD 2TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive
BuyDig.com has a couple of very interesting WD 2TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive deals bundled with Adobe software. See below for details (reduced prices shown in-cart).
 
ItemSale Price
WD 2TB My Passport Ultra + Adobe Lightroom 5$109.99
WD 2TB My Passport Ultra + Adobe Premiere Elements 12$109.99
Post Date: 11/30/2014 3:56:05 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM Lens (review) available for $1,899.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,149.00 after $150.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/30/2014 7:13:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5 with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens
eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon EOS Rebel T5 with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens available for $299.99 with free shipping. Compare at $449.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/30/2014 7:08:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, November 29, 2014
 Friday, November 28, 2014
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: 11/28/2014 3:27:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk 64GB Extreme Plus UHS-I SDXC Memory Card
B&H has the SanDisk 64GB Extreme Plus UHS-I SDXC Memory Card available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $73.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 64GB Capacity
  • Class 10 / UHS-I
  • Max. Read Speed: 80 MB/s
  • Max. Write Speed: 60 MB/s
  • Water / Shock / X-ray Proof
B&H also has the 32GB version on sale for only $19.75 with free shipping. Regularly $36.75.
Post Date: 11/28/2014 11:57:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tascam DR-07 Mark II Digital Audio Recorder
B&H has the Tascam DR-07 Mark II Digital Audio Recorder available for $84.99 with free shipping. Regularly $119.99.
Post Date: 11/28/2014 11:46:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with PIXMA PRO-10 Bundle
When I first came across this, I thought the bundle included the Canon PIXMA PRO-100, which is what I've grown to expect from these bundle deals. However, this bundle features the PIXMA PRO-10, making it an especially sweet deal.
 
B&H has a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with PIXMA PRO-10 Bundle available for $2,749.00 with free expedited shipping after $650.00 in mail-in rebates.
 
Bundle Includes:
 
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-10 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer
  • Photo Paper Pro Luster (13x19" - 50 Sheets)
  • JPEGmini - JPEGmini Pro Photo Optimization Software
Note: B&H has similar bundles with the EOS 5D III + EF 24-105mm f/4L IS and the EOS 5D III + EF 24-70mm f/4L IS.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/28/2014 10:23:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
X-Rite i1 Display Pro Color Calibration System
Amazon is featuring the X-Rite i1 Display Pro and ColorChecker Passport Bundle as a Gold Box Deal and is available for $149.99 after $50.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $197.99 AR.
 
Supply won't last long!
Post Date: 11/28/2014 9:56:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk 64GB Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive
B&H has the SanDisk 64GB Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive available for $27.95 with free shipping. Regularly $82.44.
 
Product Highlights:
 
  • 64GB Data Storage Capacity
  • Max. Read Speed: 190MB/s
  • USB 3.0 Interface
  • Password Protection via SecureAccess
  • 2GB Online Backup - YuuWaa Cloud Storage
Post Date: 11/28/2014 9:41:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
WD My Book Desktop 4TB External Hard Drive
Adorama has the WD My Book Desktop 4TB External Hard Drive available for $114.99 with free shipping. Regularly $169.99.
Post Date: 11/28/2014 9:24:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
WD My Passport Ultra Hard Drive
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has a WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Hard Drive + Lexar Pro 32GB 600x SDHC Memory Card Bundle available for $89.99 with free shipping. Compare at $99.00 without memory card ($28.65 value).
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Post Date: 11/28/2014 8:33:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
We've been inundated with great deals this holiday season, and we've posted several of our favorites over the past few days.
 
Many are still live – including some of the best DSLR prices we've ever seen. So check out the already posted deals if you missed them the first go-around.
 
Deals Still Live:
 
Post Date: 11/28/2014 7:48:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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