For what it's worth, the EF 24-105mm L is the lens I use to fill my general purpose needs. I bought the lens via one of the eBay deals posted to the site and now I don't know how I ever lived without it. I use it much more often than I ever thought I would. At this price, it's an especially great deal. [Sean]
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
I took my own advice and left the crazy cold N 40° latitude (-4° F/-20° C) for the warmer weather of Florida and just over a week of (primarily) bird photography. Although I had a 5D Mark III and 1D X along, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II was glued to my hand for most of this trip and the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens was glued to the camera most of that time. As noted in the title, this combination rocked and with relatively-cooperative birds, my take-home is a bit voluminous.
The subject shown here is a Great Blue Heron in breeding plumage. To capture this image, my first priority was to get in line between the sun and the bird with the low, late-day sun creating good subject lighting. By maneuvering to a slightly lower vantage point than the bird, I was able to create a background composed completely of blue sky. No distractions there.
A big challenge remaining was to get the bird properly aligned for a pleasing composition. A side-on angle to the bird with the head straight or turned slightly towards the camera usually works great. The challenge in getting that angle was that the bird, especially its head and neck, was constantly moving. I selected the top-right AF point in the center block of AF points (closely aligned with the bird's eye) and when the bird was in a position that worked for me, I quickly captured the image.
I was shooting handheld for maneuverability and setup speed reasons. The 7D II and 100-400 L II combo's size and weight are especially nice for this type of shooting.
Some are asking if the 7D II images are sharp enough for serious work and I can assure you that the answer is "Yes." EOS 7D II images are very sharp. Because ultimate image sharpness capabilities are not completely discernible from reduced-size images, I have made the full-size version of this image available for download here. You are granted a license to use this image for personal gear evaluation purposes including further processing of the image. This is a 10.2 MB .JPG file that was sharpened very lightly. Sharpen to your taste (perhaps add a little saturation) and then follow the plane of sharp focus through this image to see what the 7D II and 100-400 L II can do.
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Adding to our Spider Monkey line, we're pleased to introduce our Rain Cover and Water Bottle Holder!
Protection from the elements Our Rain Cover is designed to cover your camera body (with vertical grip) and lens (up to 70-200mm) while it sits in your SpiderPro or Black Widow holster.
It’s super-compact and lightweight, but unfolds nice and big to easily cover your pro gear. And it has an adjustable elastic outer-band so you can cinch it around your camera for maximum protection from the elements!
Hydration at your hip Simply attach the Spider Monkey base to your belt (or ours), insert your water bottle into the Holder, then slide the Holder into the base.
Quick-draw your water bottle (using one hand!), by pressing the release tab at the top of the Spider Monkey base to unlock your Water Bottle Holder and lift it out. Instant refreshment on any shoot.
Note from Sean: I got to see the Westcott Flex series at Imaging USA 2015. The flexible LED-powered lights are impressively bright at full power. I remember having to squint when walking by the booth featuring the lights.
MELVILLE, N.Y., March 2, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that its parent company, Canon Inc., has been named to the 2015 FORTUNE magazine World's Most Admired Companies list in the computers category. Considered by FORTUNE magazine as the "definitive report card on corporate reputations," Canon received its highest ranks in innovation, social responsibility and long-term investment value.
"We are honored to be recognized as one of the World's Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE magazine and well-respected industry leaders," said Kotaro Fukushima, senior director and general manager, Corporate Communications, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "The results of this year's rankings are a testament to Canon's commitment to investing in our customers and technology, and our core belief of being a good corporate citizen in the communities we serve."
The 2015 list was separated into 55 industries from a variety of business areas. Over 600 companies from 29 countries around the world were analyzed and ranked by executives, directors and analysts in their respective industries based on nine reputation drivers, including financial soundness, long-term investment value, people management, social responsibility, use of corporate assets, quality of management, quality of products/services, innovation and global competitiveness.
March 2, 2015 – Profoto releases a new system of compact off-camera flashes and Light Shaping Tools, designed for fast and easy on-location photography.
Since its release in 2013, the Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash has taken the photographic community by storm. Combining the portability and ease-of-use of a speedlight with the performance of a professional monolight, the B1 is considered by many to be a game changer in the industry.
Now Profoto is moving forward by releasing an entire new system of compact off-camera flashes and Light Shaping Tools, designed for fast and easy on-location photography.
The most attention-grabbing item in the Off-Camera Flash system is the new B2. The B2 is a lighter, more portable counterpart to the B1. The B2 consists of a battery pack and a head. The battery pack can be put on the shoulder or hip, while the head is small and light enough to be mounted onto a monopod or a bracket on the camera. This will allow the photographer to stay moving. If that is not necessary, both the pack and head can be put on a stand and the B2 can be wirelessly controlled from the camera. This makes the B2 the world’s first off-camera flash that can be used both on and off-camera.
In addition, the B2 has all the benefits that made the B1 an outstanding success. It has TTL. It has HSS. It is fast enough to keep up with your camera and five times as powerful as the average speedlight. It can be used with the entire range of Profoto Light Shaping Tools. All this in a head with the same size and weight as a speedlight.
The Profoto Off-Camera Flash system also includes the new OCF Light Shaping Tools. The OCF Light Shaping Tools are smaller and more lightweight. They also consist of fewer parts and use smart, patent-pending solutions that make them fast and easy to mount and use. The assortment includes four new softboxes, a new Grid Kit, a new Snoot and a new Barndoor.
Included in the Off-Camera Flash system is also the renowned B1 and the patented AirTTL system. Everything works with everything.
“Our ambition when we first started designing the Profoto Off-Camera Flash system was to create a solution that pushes the boundaries of what can be achieved on a fast and hectic on-location shoot,” says Product Manager Johan Wiberg. “We closely observed the needs of wedding and portrait photographers and decided to try to make their jobs a little easier. Now, looking at what we are offering, I dare say we’ve succeeded.”