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 Friday, March 3, 2017
It has been a while since we took a look at the oldest Canon lens list and I was wondering what that list was looking like today. Since I was wondering, I thought perhaps some of you might also want to see the list. So, here it is:
 
Lens ModelYear
1Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens Buy1987
2Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy1991
3Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy1991
4Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy1991
5Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy1992
6Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy1992
7Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy1993
8Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy1993
9Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy1995
10Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy1995
11Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens Buy1996
12Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens Buy1996
13Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy1996
14Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy1997
15Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy1998

 
At 30 years of age, the 50mm macro is older than many in this audience! However, I'm guessing that there is another lens in this list that you would more-prefer to see an update of.
 
We don’t have any specific inside information on what’s coming down Canon’s development pipeline, but I'm guessing the prospect of an updated EF 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8, or 135mm f/2 might seem especially enticing to you. Or, perhaps adding IS to the 400mm f/5.6L or 180mm f/3.5L Macro (or any of the other non-IS lenses) sounds appealing to you.
 
Which lens updates would you most like to see hit the market in the not-so-distant future?
 
Which of these lenses no longer has a purpose and should simply be discontinued without a replacement?
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/3/2017 7:51:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via photovideo4less – 100% Positive Feedback) has the Nikon D500 DSLR Camera available for $1,619.95 with free shipping. Compare at $1,996.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/3/2017 7:45:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
For much of the history of photography, practitioners were limited to black and white. But digital cameras allow you to choose on a frame-by-frame basis whether you are creating a color or black and white image; in fact, this choice is often best made in post-production.
 
In this presentation, acclaimed photographer Harold Davis addresses how to pre-visualize black and white in a color world, how to find subjects that work well monochromatically, how to tell a story or "write" a poem with black and white, and the best-practices workflow for black and white conversion. Along the way, Harold presents his black and white work, shows creative approaches such as digital solarization and LAB inversions, and discusses black and white printmaking.
 
Note: One point that Harold Davis makes about black and white photography mirrors my sentiments on infrared photography. He mentions that landscape photographers typically shoot during the golden and blue hours to capture their best imagery. However, black & white photography benefits from strong shadows, opening up the rest of the day for creative and unique image opportunities. Infrared photography is benefitted by the flip side of the coin (strong sunlight), but with the same result of increased opportunities for great images. [Sean]
Post Date: 3/3/2017 7:30:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the iamNikon Blog:
When it comes to action, photography and taking risks, Marcel Lämmerhirt is your man. Discuss anything related to these areas and it’s hard not to notice the anticipation and enthusiasm building in Marcel. With a particular passion for speed, Marcel has photographed everyone from snowboarders to professional cliff divers, and journeyed everywhere from the Swiss glaciers to Tokyo, seeking his perfect shot.
 
So, in November 2015, it is no surprise that we approached Marcel to see what he could do with the Nikon D500. It didn’t take long for him to come up with an idea: to photograph Alvaro Dal Farra freestyle motocross athletes in the DaBoot Superpark, Lentiai, Italy. It was to be one of the most challenging and exhilarating shoots he’s experienced so far. In this guest blog, he revisits this experience, sharing the unexpected challenges he & his crew came across and how they overcame them.
See the entire article on the iamNikon Blog.
 
Note: While this blog post contains many well-crafted extreme sports images, be sure to check out the shot created by mounting the Nikon D500 and NIKKOR AF DX Fisheye 10.5mm f/2/8G ED to the motorbike's handlebars (it's insanely good). [Sean]
 
B&H carries the Nikon D500 DSLR camera.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/3/2017 6:57:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
March 3, 2017 – Nikon Corporation has decided at the Board of Directors’ Meeting held today to voluntarily adopt the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) for the consolidated financial statements of annual securities report from the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, in place of the Japanese Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (JGAAP) previously adopted.
 
Nikon Corporation has decided to adopt the IFRS to improve international comparability of financial information disclosed to the capital markets and to strengthen the management foundation by unification of accounting standards within its group companies.
 
However, the JGAAP will be applied as before in preparation of the summary of consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017 as well as the consolidated financial statements constructed in accordance with the Companies Act of Japan for the same period.
 
The tentative disclosure schedule for voluntary IFRS adoption is as below:
 
Nikon International Financial Reporting Standards Adoption Schedule
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/3/2017 5:48:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Ruggard Fabric Camera Rain Cover (Black) available for $29.95 with free shipping. Regularly $69.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Canon DSLRs
  • For Nikon DSLRs with Square Viewfinders
  • For Lenses 7 to 14" Long
  • Fits Lenses with 4 to 4.5" Diameter
  • Water-Resistant Protection
  • Camera-Access Control Window
  • Eyepiece Port for Viewfinder
  • Adjustable Lens Barrel Sleeve
  • Three Assorted Eyepieces with Caps
  • Drawstring Case
Post Date: 3/3/2017 5:05:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 2, 2017
The current round of Canon Camera and Lens Rebates is scheduled to end March 4. While rebates are often extended, there's no guarantee that an extension will materialize. Also, new rebate programs (even when extended) often result in changes to product rebate amounts or overall eligibility.
 
To see the current rebate information, check out our February rebate announcement here.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/2/2017 10:44:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has Sony's SF-G SD memory cards – with read write speeds up to 299MB/s – available for preorder.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 3/2/2017 9:57:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
We recently spoke with a high-level Canon representative about the benefits of using image stabilization when high shutter speeds are being utilized to stop fast action. While the information below should not be considered official Canon guidelines, they do represent the experiences of a person who has had a substantial amount of experience with Canon lenses and their IS systems.
 
Question: Is there a shutter speed above which image stabilization should be turned off? Should IS be turned off when shooting action under bright light with short shutter speeds, perhaps 1/1600 – 1/2500 using a 400 f/2.8L IS II or 600 f/4L IS II, as the benefits of stabilization may be reduced substantially?
 
Answer:
It's definitely true that there's a point, as shutter speeds get progressively faster, that the shake-prevention qualities of Image Stabilization really have little or no added effect. In other words, if you take a 600mm f/4L IS lens, mount it on a monopod (definitely NOT a totally stable platform, obviously!), and shoot at 1/8000th of a second, it's absolutely arguable that I.S. has no direct benefit in terms of minimizing camera shake. I think we can agree that with or without I.S., most users could get consistently shake-free pictures with that monopod-mounted 600 at 1/8000th of a second.
 
Turning I.S. off in situations like that (maybe not at 1/8000th, but perhaps at 1/2000th or thereabouts) will save a small amount of camera battery power... probably a minor consideration to most users, but perhaps a bit more relevant to someone working with a camera like an EOS Rebel or the new EOS 77D, which have smaller batteries with less capacity than, say, an EOS-1D X Mark II. Definitely a potential consideration for anyone shooting with a mirrorless camera like an EOS M5, which *always* have less battery life per charge, since they use more power-hungry LCD monitors or electronic viewfinders.
 
For sports, action, wildlife and so on, keep in mind the potential benefits of a more stable image in your viewfinder. Even if your shutter speed pretty much precludes any problems with camera shake, if I.S. is active and set to Mode 1 or Mode 2, you see a steadier, more stable view in your finder when working on a monopod or a gimbal-type tripod mount. This can be beneficial in a number of ways, from subtle benefits in frame-to-frame composition when following moving subjects, to being able to keep an AF point solidly upon a detailed area of a moving subject.
 
For those who consider the effect of visible stabilization during shooting to be an annoyance (for instance, it may seem to delay rapid lens movements to follow a moving subject), there is Mode 3 on lenses like the 400/2.8 II or 600/4 II. This is a specialized I.S. mode that does provide the shake-prevention effects, but ONLY when the shutter button is **fully** depressed, and a shot is actually being taken. Otherwise, at all other times, the effect of I.S. is disabled, although stabilization detection is continually taking place between shots, and the lens's moveable stabilization optical elements are held in a non-locked, "ready" position. In other words, in Mode 3, you don't SEE the effect of stabilization, but it still is there when you actually shoot each picture.
 
Here's one that never gets discussed among sports, action and wildlife shooters, but which our engineers HAVE said is a benefit of Image Stabilization, even at the fastest shutter speeds. Because Canon's I.S. is optical, if you do have your stabilization set to Mode 1 or 2, where it's continually active, the viewfinder isn't the only place where a steady, stabilized image is seen. The FOCUSING SYSTEM also gets the same benefit of a clean, steady and stabilized look at the subject, too. This matters, especially during fast, high-speed sequences, and even more so if/when you're shooting subjects that are (a) moving aggressively, and (b) may not have tons of detail, contrast and texture to them. The AF point or points being used must see some detail, and during a fast, AI Servo AF sequence, have less than 1/10th of a second in cameras like an EOS 7D Mark II, or certainly an EOS-1D X model, to read the subject between each frame. By using I.S., regardless of how fast the actual shutter speed is, the AF system gets a cleaner, steadier look at the subject during that interval between each frame, and is more likely to be able to read subject detail and provide continuous AF where most or all frames in a sequence are sharp (in terms of FOCUS).
 
I know there's a body of thought out there among some sports shooters that since they're already at fast shutter speeds, I.S. isn't needed, but they should contemplate what I just said. And, there's a body of thought that I.S. being active can slow down AF... I've directly asked our leading engineers that, and been told emphatically that this is NOT true, regardless of anecdotal "evidence" some shooters may feel they've experienced.
 
Bottom line, my basic suggestion would be to leave it on, unless you absolutely have deliberate reasons for not doing so. Consider the above points; remember the potential impact of Mode 2 (panning mode, so to speak) and Mode 3 (stabilization, but without visible effects in the viewfinder); and we do still suggest turning I.S. off if you know you'll be mounted to a completely rigid, locked-down position.
Question: Extending your engineering discussion … I understand the benefit of IS to the AF system. What about when the subject is moving rapidly and IS is trying to hold the image still? It seems to me that the AF system would be better having the exact subject framing present at the moment it is making its decision. And, isn’t the addition of Mode 3 supporting this concept?
 
Answer:
Like I said, if you have distinct reasons for shutting I.S. off, go for it. But, in the VAST majority of action-type situations, especially with human-subjects (football and similar sports), the likelihood the movement would be SO sudden that what I.S. projects into the viewfinder and the subject's actual composition at the same time or an instant later would be extremely different is probably pretty slim. At least, in my experience. Might be a little different for someone photographing small birds in flight with a big lens, from relatively close distances.
 
The addition of Mode 3 *might* bring some benefits if and when you feel this difference in what you see vs. what you shoot is happening, but it's not the sole reason for its existence.
 
Most of the time, I'm very comfortable to suggest using I.S. Mode 1 or 2, even at fast shutter speeds, and with nearly all moving subjects. But I repeat, if for whatever reasons you feel it's hindering your ability to compose in real time, either switching to Mode 3, or turning I.S. off completely, remain options as well.
So, there you have it. Even when using shutter speeds fast enough to negate camera shake, leaving image stabilization "On" is generally a good idea. If nothing else, it's providing a stable viewfinder scene for you and the AF system, allowing for easier tracking of moving subjects.
Post Date: 3/2/2017 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Firmware Version 14.001 to 14.002
 
Fixed the following issues:
 
  • Zoom (angle of illumination) did not function as expected at low temperatures.
  • When AF ONLY (AF assist illumination activated, flash function canceled) was selected for Custom (Custom menu) > AF (AF-assist illumination/canceling flash function), pressing the shutter-release button halfway after restarting the standby timer or after turning on the camera would not activate the AF-assist illuminator.
Updating the Flash Unit Firmware
 
  1. Create a folder on the computer hard disk and name it as desired.
  2. Download F-SB5000-V14002W.exe to the folder created in Step 1.
  3. Run F-SB5000-V14002W.exe to extract the following file to a folder named “SB5000Update”:
    • SB500014002.bin (the flash unit firmware)
  4. Using a card slot or card reader, copy “SB500014002.bin” to a memory card that has been formatted in the camera.
  5. Insert the memory card in the camera. If the camera allows you to select one slot as the primary slot and the other as the secondary slot, insert the card into the slot currently selected as the primary slot. Otherwise insert the card into Slot 1.
  6. Attach the SB-5000 to the camera and turn on the camera and flash unit.
  7. Press the camera MENU button, select Firmware version > Update in the SETUP MENU, and follow the on-screen instructions to perform the firmware update.
  8. Once the update is complete, turn off the camera and flash unit and remove the memory card.
  9. Turn on the camera and flash unit and confirm that the firmware has been updated to the new version.
Download: Nikon SB-5000 Firmware v.14.002
 
B&H carries the Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/2/2017 5:55:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD Lens for Nikon in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
The Canon mount version of the lens is available for preorder and listed as "Coming Soon."
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/2/2017 5:48:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Redrock Micro microMatteBox Deluxe Bundle available for $329.00 with free shipping. Regularly $995.00.
 
Includes Free: Redrock Micro Universal Lens Donut for microMatteBox.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Universal Matte Box (142mm Lens Opening)
  • 15mm Swing-Away Support Arm
  • 360° Rotatable Filter Stages
  • Dual Purpose Filter Trays
  • Supports 15mm Rods & 19mm/15mm Offset
 Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens in stock.
 
Several other popular lenses are also in stock.
 
In Stock Refurbished Lenses
 
  • Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
  • Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro
  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro USM
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
  • Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
  • ...and more!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/1/2017 4:03:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has a huge selection of factory refurbished Nikon DSLRs and lenses available. The like-new gear is nicely discounted and comes with a 90-day manufacturer's warranty.
 
Refurbished Nikon Gear In Stock
 
  • Nikon D810
  • Nikon D750
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D500
  • Nikon Df w/ 50mm f/1.8G
  • Nikon D7200
  • Nikon D7100
  • Nikon D5500 w/18-55G VR II
  • Nikon D5500
  • Nikon D5300
  • Nikon D3400 w/ 18-55G VR
  • Nikon D3000
  • Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-4E AF-S DX ED VR
  • Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR II
  • Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED IF AF-S DX VR
  • Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S VR
  • Nikon 24-120mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S VR
  • Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR
  • Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR
  • Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  • Nikon 14mm f/2.8D ED AF
  • Nikon 24mm f/1.4G AF-S ED
  • Nikon PC-E 24mm f/3.5D ED
  • Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S
  • Nikon 300mm f/4 ED-IF AF-S
  • Nikon 400mm f/2.8G ED AF-S VR II
  • Nikon 500mm f/4G ED AF-S VR II
  • Nikon 600mm f/4G ED AF-S VR II
  • Nikon 600mm f/4D ED-IF II AF-S
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/1/2017 2:06:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via 6ave – 99.2% Positive Feedback) has the Canon EOS M3 with EF-M 18-55 IS STM Lens available for $419.99 with free shipping. Compare at $549.00 after $250.00 instant rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a manufacturer warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/1/2017 1:08:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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