Canon News (Page 8) RSS Feed for Canon News Report News & Deals  ►

 Thursday, November 12, 2015
Fall Photography Tips: Regional Timing Matters
While most of the world bases the fall season on the calendar, a photographer's fall season starts when the foliage changes color and ends soon after the leaves "fall" from the trees. "Photographer's fall" is generally a subset of everyone else's fall, but ... not always. For example, in Alaska, photographer's fall starts and, in some locations, ends in what everyone else considers summer.
As you may have noticed in my September 11th-captured Denali National Park image, the landscape has some good color in it, but a significant percentage of the leaves are beyond peak and many have fallen already. And, as illustrated in this picture, very few leaves were left on the brush and snow was on the ground this September 12th morning. From a photographer's perspective, this was winter, but per the calendar, "fall" was still over a week away.
Planning the timing of "fall" foliage photography has never been easier. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
First, consult fall foliage maps. These maps will show you when to expect peak leaf color in the location you want to photograph in.
Note that I was intentional with the plural of "maps". If you have one watch, you think you know what time it is. If you have more than one watch, you might not be so sure. But, if you average the times of all of the watches, you are more likely to have the correct time. Not all maps are identical in their forecast timing and granularity. Averaging the forecasts together helps provide a better understanding of what normally happens.
There is good reason that these maps are not identical and that is because the fall foliage colors do not come at exactly the same time each year. Leaf color change can be influenced by a variety of factors including temperatures and ground moisture levels. If you know what the various forecasts say, you can plan your photography for the heart of what is typically fall foliage season for that region.
Want a chance for snow and colorful leaves in the same frame? Go late in the typical peak foliage timeframe.
Another good way to determine the right timing for your fall photography is to look for fall photo tours occurring in your target location. Quality tours will be held during the window of highest likelihood for peak color. Even if not joining such a tour, note the date range for planning purposes.
As I write this tip, photographer's fall is coming to an end across the northern hemisphere. But, there have been a lot of fall landscape photos posted to the web in the last two months and those pictures are a gold mine for trip planning. Find out when the best pictures were taken in your target location and take notes. Also, take notes from your own photos.
At minimum, I photograph the fall foliage around home and usually at Ricketts Glen State Park, an amazing location less than 2 hours from my home. Each year, I record the leaf condition for the dates I photograph in those locations along with others I visit. As the next fall comes around, I have a very good idea of when I should be photographing in those locations.
Start now. Wherever it is that you keep notes, record your fall experience along with the information gleaned from research. Make plans for next fall's photos to be your best ever!
Post Date: 11/12/2015 10:05:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 70D DSLR with EF-S 18-55 IS STM Lens
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 70D DSLR with EF-S 18-55 IS STM Lens available for $799.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,099.00 after $250.00 instant savings.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/12/2015 10:20:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the ExpoImaging YouTube Channel:
Erik Valind demonstrates how to create a quick, easy setup for on-location or in-studio senior portraits with two speedlights, a couple FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting Systems and a reflector. Flash photography lighting video tutorial, techniques and tips.
B&H carries ExpoImaging Rogue products.
Post Date: 11/12/2015 10:11:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 Lens
The MTF Chart Comparison Tool has some fresh data from the following lenses:
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E AF-S VR Nikkor Lens
Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Lens
Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 Lens
Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M Lens
There are many comparisons waiting to be made with these lenses. I'll get you started:
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 VR vs. Non-VR Lens
Zeiss Milvus 50mm f1.4 vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens
Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 vs. Canon 85mm f/1.2L (at f/1.2)
Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/1.4 vs. Canon 100mm f/2.8L (at f/2.8)
Also be sure to compare the new Zeiss lenses against their former models and to the Otus options.
Post Date: 11/12/2015 7:52:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
For a limited time, B&H has the Sennheiser AVX Camera-Mountable Lavalier Digital Wireless Set available for $749.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $899.95.
Product Highlights
  • EKP XLR Receiver
  • SK Bodypack Transmitter
  • ME2 Lavalier Microphone
  • Plug and Record Functionality
  • Automatic Sensitivity Adjustment
  • Receiver Switches On/Off Via 48V
  • AES 256-bit Encryption
  • Metal Housing
Eyefi Logo
From Eyefi:
Photo management leader adds photo-enthusiast community app to its suite of products and services; challenges photographers to push the envelope of their creative style, and engage with and inspire other photographers.
Mountain View, Calif.—November 12, 2015— Eyefi, the global leader in digital photo-management apps and services, has acquired OKDOTHIS, the app that pioneered idea-sharing for photographers with its unique way of inspiring photographers to stretch their creativity. The acquisition expands Eyefi’s scope into a new area of digital photography: engaging directly with photographers to inspire creativity and the exchange of ideas. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
OKDOTHIS popularized the idea of a daily photography “DO” – an idea or suggestion designed to trigger creative inspiration for photographers. OKDOTHIS was created through a partnership between Nashville, Tennessee based Aloompa and Jeremy Cowart, acclaimed photographer and founder of See University. In 2014 Jeremy was recognized as the most Socially Influential Photographer on the Web. His body of work includes portraits of many familiar names such as Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Tim Tebow, Sting and many others.
“When I meet photographers around the world, one common theme emerges: exploring new ideas to evolve their skills and get more enjoyment and satisfaction from their photography. That was the idea that led to the creation of OKDOTHIS,” said Jeremy Cowart. “Being a part of Eyefi means we can scale this idea and bring OKDTOTHIS to photographers everywhere.”
“We are delighted that the OKDOTHIS team has joined Eyefi,” said Matt DiMaria, CEO of Eyefi. “Eyefi has always focused on helping photographers be more productive so they can focus on creativity. With OKDOTHIS, we’re adding the power of social interaction and engagement among photographers to inspire them to challenge and learn from each other.”
OKDOTHIS Challenges Photographers to be More Creative
OKDOTHIS is an innovative community of photographers who, every day, celebrate the role of creativity in the art of photography. The app is designed to get them out of the rut of taking the same picture over and over again by providing a “DO” — a specific idea of what subjects to shoot and what mood, topic, theme or attribute to highlight. OKDOTHIS encourages photographers to ‘stretch’ beyond their standard shooting styles. There are several categories of DOs, ranging from art & design, sports, work, life highlights, etc. Examples of some thought-provoking DOs include:
  • Defy gravity!
  • Doors that you wish could talk
  • Epitomize a city in one photograph
  • Tenebrism: violent contrasts of light and dark, where darkness dominates the image
Photographers can simply browse, select a DO, and use their phone to take and post the photo on the spot. Alternatively, a photographer might want to plan a day of DOs — select a few on which to focus for the day, head out with a preferred digital camera, and shoot. With the Eyefi Cloud integrated with the OKDOTHIS mobile app, photographers can now use photos from their digital camera (with a Mobi WiFi SD card) or their WiFi camera to submit a photo for one of the challenges.
B&H carries Eyefi Wireless Memory Cards.
Category: Eyefi News
Post Date: 11/12/2015 5:03:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Apple 128GB iPad Pro (Silver)
B&H has the newly announced Apple iPad Pro available for preorder.
Product Highlights
  • 12.9" Multi-Touch Retina Display
  • 2732 x 2048 Screen Resolution (264 ppi)
  • Apple A9X 64-bit SoC with M9 Coprocessor
  • Front 1.2MP FaceTime HD Camera
  • Rear 8MP iSight Camera
  • Four-Speaker Audio Design
  • Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor
  • Lightning Connector, Smart Connector
  • iOS 9
Categories: Apple News, Preorders
Post Date: 11/11/2015 11:49:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
AdoramaPix Logo
Through November 16, use the following coupon codes at AdoramaPix to save up to 35% on select products. See details below.
Eligible Items and Promo Codes
ItemPromo CodeDiscount
Hard Cover Photo BookPXBKHC25% Off
Leather Lux Photo Book*PXBKLL30% Off
Fabric Cover Photo Book**PXBKFAB30% Off
Hudson AlbumPXBKHUD35% Off

 * Excludes genuine leather
** Excludes die cuts
Post Date: 11/11/2015 10:18:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Logo
From Canon USA:
Environmental Sustainability Initiative Achieved Goal of Contributing to the Planting of 50,000 Trees in 2015
MELVILLE, N.Y., — As part of its ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that the Company’s partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation has helped contribute to the planting of 50,000 trees this year. The achievement is the latest result of Canon U.S.A.’s long-lasting support of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery Program, which helps to rebuild communities affected by natural disasters through the planting of trees.
Since 2009, Canon U.S.A.’s contributions to Arbor Day’s reforestation efforts and the Community Tree Recovery Program have helped in the planting of over 360,000 trees across national forests and communities that have been impacted by natural disasters.
“As a cornerstone of our corporate philosophy of Kyosei, Canon is a strong believer in community involvement,” said Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Through our partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, we are proud to have achieved this goal in helping communities where natural disasters have struck.”
This year, the Community Tree Recovery Program has provided recovery support to 11 states across the nation, including New Jersey, Kentucky, Texas and Washington. Through the Canon Forest Program, which supports the Community Tree Recovery Program, Canon supported the planting of one tree for every eligible imageRUNNER ADVANCE multifunction system sold from April 1, 2015, up to the now-achieved goal of 50,000 trees planted. Various imageRUNNER ADVANCE multifunction systems have achieved outstanding Total Energy Consumption (TEC) ratings, received ENERGY STAR certifications, and have also received various EPEATi ratings, which is the global registry for greener electronics.
"We are thankful for the partnership with Canon as they help in the rebuild of communities across the country," said Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation, president. "Planting trees is a powerfully inspiring experience that will help to bring hope and healing back to the good people affected by these natural disasters."
For more information about the Canon Forest Program and Canon's other environmental initiatives, visit:
For more information on the communities supported by the Community Tree Recovery Program, visit:
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 11/11/2015 10:16:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
I've been a photographer for many years but somehow never got around to adding a set of Christmas lights to my kit – until now. On a recent trip to CVS Pharmacy, I wondered down the newly stocked holiday seasonal aisle to find dozens of sets of Christmas lights.
When my eyes landed on a set of "icicle" lights, I immediately thought about how great they'd look as a background for a shallow depth-of-field portrait. After a quick checkout I was ready to set up a portrait session with Amanda.
I used an Avenger D600 Mini Boom attached to a light stand to suspend the lights in front of an Impact 5x7 Black/White Collapsible Background. For lighting the subject, I used a Canon 580EX Speedlite in a 24" collapsible softbox (similar product) above camera and a 580EX diffused by a 43" Westcott Optical White Collapsible Umbrella below the camera to complete the clamshell lighting setup. I used an Avenger F600 Baby Offset Arm to allow me to position the softbox above the camera while remaining unencumbered by its light stand.
I gelled both flashes with a full CTO so that the light hitting the subject would closely match the light emanating from the warm, tungsten Christmas lights. Gelling the flashes with a full CTO helped to create the illusion that the light hitting the subject's face might have been caused by another string of Christmas lights just behind the camera. I know that's a bit of a stretch, but at least the color of the light hitting the subject is at least somewhat motivated by the components within the scene. And with the color of light closely matching, I could use a global color correction to dial in just the amount of warmth I wanted in the image.
For the camera and lens, I used a tripod mounted Canon EOS 5D Mark III and an EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM. The 85L II worked perfectly in the relatively small amount of space, providing a field of view narrow enough to fill the frame with the collapsible background and an aperture wide enough to throw the background out of focus.
Here's a shot of the setup that I took this morning:
Amanda Icicle Lights Setup

The EXIF details for the final portrait were f/1.6, 1/60 sec, ISO 200. While I could have used an even wider aperture to further accentuate the bokeh, I thought f/1.6 was a good compromise between DOF and the effect in the background that I was going for (Amanda's nose is still a touch out of focus at f/1.6).
At the end of the evening, I was really glad I had finally added a set of Christmas lights to my kit. They're fun, relatively inexpensive and a great source of creative inspiration – be sure to pick some up this holiday season for enjoyment year round!
You can click on the image atop this post to see a larger version on Flickr.
Post Date: 11/11/2015 9:31:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Use coupon code PXMFREE810 at AdoramaPix to get a free 8x10 metal print (shipping not included).
Post Date: 11/11/2015 7:52:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens
Just posted: Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Review.
Is this lens as similar to the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens as expected? Read the review to find out how one similarity caused me trouble.
B&H has the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
Post Date: 11/11/2015 7:22:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Lowepro Rover Pro 45L AW Backpack
B&H has the Lowepro Rover Pro 45L AW Backpack available for $179.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $329.95
Product Highlights
  • For Pro DSLR,Grip,Attached 24-70mm f/2.8
  • Holds up to a 15" Laptop
  • Holds 3-4 Extra Lenses or Flash / Tripod
  • Holds Sleeping Pad,Small Tent,Axe,Poles
  • Two Removable Camera Cases
  • Many Storage Options / Front/Side Access
  • Shoulder Straps
  • Two Liter Hydration Compartment
  • Water-Resistant Exterior
  • All-Weather Cover
Post Date: 11/11/2015 5:28:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the Manfrotto MVK502AQ Spreaderless Video Tripod with MVH502A Fluid Head $549.00 available for $229.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $549.00.
Product Highlights
  • 15.4 Pound Weight Capacity
  • Wide Platform for HDSLRs
  • Side Lock System for Safer Mounting
  • Aluminum Alloy Construction
  • Spring-Loaded Counterbalance
  • Includes Long Quick-release Plate
  • 1/4" and 3/8" Camera Attachment
  • Legs Feature Spreaderless Design
  • 75mm Bowl with 60mm Adapter
  • Included Carry Bag

Breakthrough Photography, makers of our favorite 10-stop neutral density filter, have introduced a Kickstarter campaign to jumpstart production of their X3 circular polarizer, billed as the world's sharpest and most color-neutral CPL filter.
Considering the quality of their ND filters we have no reason to doubt the claims regarding their X3 circular polarizing filter. Supporting the Kickstarter campaign will allow you to get an X3 CPL filter at a nice discount vs. retail pricing.
From the Breakthrough Photography:
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – Breakthrough Photography, a San Francisco-based research and manufacturing startup, has announced a new circular polarizer called the X3 CPL. They claim the X3 CPL to be “the world’s sharpest and most color neutral circular polarizer.”
Aimed at professional outdoor photographers, the X3 CPL features SCHOTT B270 optical glass, MRC16, nanotec nano coatings and an all-new internally developed circular polarizing film, called CrystalVision, manufactured in California.
Coming off the success of the X3 Neutral Density filter launched on Kickstarter last year, the X3 CPL adapts the same proven weather-sealed “traction frame” design as the company’s X3 ND, which is CNC machined from brass.
“We took all that we learned from the success of the X3 ND and adapted it to a circular polarizer. At the core of the X3 CPL lies our internally developed, American-made CPL film, and it sets the X3 CPL apart from all other competing circular polarizers. And we’ve even designed a X3 CPL specifically for Leica shooters, and for Canon’s CINE Lens Lineup, too.” said founder and photographer Graham Clark.
The X3 CPL is immediately available for pre-order on Kickstarter in limited quantities with a December 2015 delivery schedule. Pre-ordering and product information can be found by visiting the company’s website at
“We’re really excited to bring the X3 CPL to the photography community on Kickstarter first. We’ll be offering a one-time launch sale price of up to $50 off, in limited quantities, just in time for the holiday season.”says founder and photographer Graham Clark. “If this Kickstarter campaign proves successful, the X3 CPL will be available for purchase on Amazon Prime, B&H and Adorama directly following the Kickstarter campaign.”
X3 CPL Key Features:
  • Critically sharp SCHOTT B270 Optical Glass
  • American-made CrystalVision CPL film
  • MRC16 reduces flaring and ghosting
  • nanotec nano coating layers repels elements
  • Rugged Ultra-slim Weather-sealed Traction Frame
  • 25 Year Support
X3 CPL Size & Retail Pricing:
  • 39mm, 46mm, 49mm, 52mm, 58mm, 62mm for $129
  • 67mm and 72mm for $139
  • 77mm for $149
  • 82mm for $159
  • 95mm for $189
  • 105mm for $199
    1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 |    
Canon News, Nikon News Archives
Help  |  © 2015 The Digital Picture, LLC  |  Bryan CarnathanPowered By Christ!