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 Sunday, December 25, 2016
An 85mm lens is usually not my first choice for bird photography, but ... I can be an opportunist. When this shot presented itself, I saw the opportunity for demonstrating this lens' minimum focus distance combined with the look of the 85mm focal length and f/1.4 aperture. The shallow depth of field makes the tufted titmouse stand out in an image containing many potentially distracting details.
 
Aligning the edge of the bird within the gold ribbon also aids in isolating the subject and the Christmas-decorated basket "ties" the image into the season.
 
My family and I wish you a warm, joy-filled and very merry Christmas! We consider you part of our family and hope that your Christmas is filled with great meaning, great memories and, as always, great images And, may all of your camera cases be overflowing.
 
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
85mm  f/1.4  1/200s
ISO 200
8688 x 5792px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/25/2016 7:20:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 23, 2016
What would a Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens review be without a sample portrait? The problem was that the schedules of my most-potential subjects were crazy and the weather had been mostly not very nice since the lens arrived.
 
When I saw my best opportunity, time was short, it was raining lightly and with the associated heavy cloud cover, outdoor lighting from the massive overhead softbox was very flat. Fortunately, the giant softbox makes lighting easy (and the f/1.4 aperture means that the low light levels were a non-issue). All that was needed was a form of shade to give some direction/shape to the light. I simply had my subject stand at the edge of a porch roof. The white columns and white window trim background was able to be melted away with the aid of the shallow depth of field this lens can produce.
 
The diffusely-blurred and neutrally-colored background does not compete for attention with the primary subject and the red scarf adds just a touch of Christmas color.
 
When capturing portraits with a very shallow depth of field, the closer eye minimally needs to be in focus. If the subject is looking directly at the camera, both eyes can be in focus, but if there is any other head angle, a decision needs to be made and the closer eye should get priority. At this lens' minimum focus distance with the maximum aperture in use, even the eyelashes will not be sharp when ideal eye focus is achieved. Pushing the plane of sharp focus to the closer iris or very slightly farther away will give the best look to the image (shifting focus slightly closer makes the eyelashes sharper, but the more-distant eye becomes even more blurred).
 
The camera height for this portrait was slightly higher than the subject's head angle. This camera angle keeps the subject's mouth (mostly) in focus (another desirable goal) and usually provides an ideal portrait look. Having the subject shift their head toward the camera slightly helps tighten the skin around the jaw line and un-squishes the neck area. At least for female subjects, I often ask for a slight head tip as also seen here.
 
The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art lens is an awesome choice for portraiture. It makes a great look easy to capture.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
85mm  f/1.4  1/250s
ISO 100
8688 x 5792px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/23/2016 10:51:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, December 22, 2016

 
From Redbull:
Hopefully by now you've seen the incredible imagery created when Mick Fanning went to Norway and surfed beneath the spectacular Northern Lights. The shoot took place in Lofoten, a far flung speck of a town on Norway's smashed plate of a coastlne. The surf is consistent, the aurora borealis is anything but.
 
Fanning teamed up with Norwegian photographers Emil Sollie and Mats Grimsæth as they sought to capture that one elusive moment of surfer and natural phenomenon squaring off, and no one ever said that was going to be easy.
See the entire article on the Redbull website.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/22/2016 9:05:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Westcott 43" Apollo Orb with Removable Front Diffusion Panel and Free 40-Degree Egg Crate Grid available for $99.90 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.80.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Simulates a round catch light in the eyes
  • Fiberglass frame for added durability
  • Deeper profile evenly projects light
  • Built on an umbrella frame
  • Fits virtually any studio ligh
  • tMade For Strobe Lights
  • 43" Octagon Softbox
Note: The Westcott 16x30" Apollo Strip Box and Westcott 28" Soft Box with Recessed Front are both available for the same price and include free egg crate grids.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/22/2016 2:40:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H is offering free next day delivery on many of its most popular items up through 4:00pm today Eastern Time.
 
Need some ideas? Here are some resources you may find useful (not all of the products mentioned below will qualify for free next day delivery).
 
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 12/22/2016 10:30:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From SIGMA:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
Today, the SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the availability of “SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.4.1 for Windows”, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK, SIGMA FLASH USB DOCK FD-11 and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11.
 
This download service is for users of the SIGMA USB DOCK, SIGMA FLASH USB DOCK FD-11 and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 who are using our interchangeable lenses from our Art, Contemporary and Sports product lines or SIGMA ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630 SA-STTL.
 
Please ensure you download SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.4.1 for the effective use of the SIGMA USB DOCK, SIGMA FLASH USB DOCK FD-11 and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11.
 
Benefit of SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.4.1
 
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that the information of adjusted value etc. in the [History of Connected Products] may disappear when activation of the software is repeated*.
* this could only happen in the software environment that SIGMA Cine Lenses, SIGMA Mount Converter MC-11 and SIGMA ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630 SA-STTL were connected in the past.
 
SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.4.1 for Windows is available to download here.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/22/2016 9:58:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.1 to 1.2
 
  • Fixed an issue that would in rare circumstances cause parts of photographs to be recorded in black-and-white.
Download: KeyMission 360 Firmware v.1.2
 
B&H carries Nikon KeyMission action cameras.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/22/2016 9:40:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From LensRentals:
 
Give gift cards, get a 10% bonus gift card!
 
Now through December 31st when you purchase a gift card you will receive a bonus gift card for 10% of the value. For example, if you buy a $250 gift card you will automatically receive a $25 gift card for yourself. The more you give, the more you get!
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/22/2016 9:13:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, Adorama has the Tascam DR-70D 4-Channel Audio Recorder available for $169.99 with free shipping after $30.00 mail-in rebate. Compare at $217.90.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder
  • SC35 Cable
  • AA Standard Battery
  • 16GB UHS-1 MicroSDHC
  • SDSDU-016G-A11 Memory Card
  • Ideal for flexible high-performance expansion
  • Linear PCM Recorder
Note: The Tascam DR-60DmkII 4-Channel Portable Recorder also qualifies for the $30.00 mail-in rebate.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/22/2016 7:40:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, use coupon code LENSFRIDAY at Adorama to save $100.00 on select Sigma Art-series lenses. All of these deals come with a free Sigma USB Dock and 4% Rewards. See below for details.
 
Sigma Lens Deals
 
ItemReg.
Price
Promo Code
Price
Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 DC HSM Art$799.00$699.00
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art$899.00$799.00
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art$949.00$849.00

Note: The coupon code applies to a lens + free USB Dock purchase. The coupon code does not apply to lenses with "Accessory Bundles."
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/22/2016 7:24:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 21, 2016
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
By Ted Hesser
 
This article will detail practical lessons learned in the vertical pursuit of rock climbing photography. Special attention will be paid to the task of carrying a DSLR around in the mountains and up on the rock wall.
See the entire artile on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/21/2016 12:25:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results have been added to the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens Review page.
 
The first logical comparison is the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II vs. I. We first tested the version I lens over a decade ago, but the recent copy we acquired for testing on the 5Ds R turned in better results, looking quite impressive for the price of the lens.
 
You will likely find the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II vs. 70-300 L comparison interesting, along with many of the other comparisons available in the tool. We will be sharing results from the 1Ds III (for backward compatibility in the tool) and also from the 7D II for APS-C format comparisons.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens in stock.
 
With a $250.00 instant rebate, the older lens is looking like an especially great bargain right now. B&H has the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens in stock for only $399.00 with free next day delivery (USA) and 4% rewards.
 
Update: Here's an even better deal! For a limited time, the Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM available for $219.99.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/21/2016 8:02:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From LifePixel:
 
Get 10% OFF any camera conversion service with coupon code SAVE10.
 
Don't have a camera to convert? No problem, you can still place your order now, and just send once you acquire one.
 
Coupon only good through the month of December, 2016. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Cannot be applied to existing/previous orders.
 
I personally love shooting with my Super Color Infrared-converted EOS 7D. [Sean]
 
The Talmadge Memorial Bridge and River Street in IR

Want to know more about infrared conversions? Check out our Infrared Camera Conversion by LifePixel Review.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/21/2016 6:28:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens for Canon available for preorder.
 
Other mount versions are either in stock or anticipated to be in stock soon.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/21/2016 6:19:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, use promo code SHOPBH16200 at B&H to get the CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for $249.99 with free next day delivery. Regularly $299.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Control DSLR Remotely via iOS Device
  • Photo/ Video Capture, Live View, HDR
  • Intervalometer, Bulb, Focus Stacking
  • Control Shutter Speed, Aperture, WB, ISO
  • Metering, Drive/Shooting Mode, and More
  • Creates Ad Hoc Wi-Fi Network
  • Effective Range: 150'
  • Works with iOS 4.3, Android 3.2 or Later
  • Mac and Windows Compatible
  • USB Charging & Ethernet Cables Included
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/21/2016 6:05:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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