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 Tuesday, June 7, 2016
eBay (via ElectronicsValley) has the Canon EOS 80D DSLR (Body) available for $899.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,199.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 6/7/2016 8:31:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
I've always wanted to photograph butterflies, but my lack of patience and my general inability to find them meant that butterflies were never a subject featured in my portfolio.
 
However, while traveling through New England last week, I stopped by the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens in South Deerfield, MA. I quickly realized that visiting a butterfly conservatory was the perfect way to quickly gain experience with butterfly photography and bolster my portfolio with images of the beautifully-winged creatures.
 
The Magic Wings Conservatory is an 8,000 square foot facility housing roughly 4,000 butterflies featuring several dozen individual species (the exact number of species depends on the season). The admission fee for visiting the conservatory is $14.00 and is good for an entire day of re-entry (the admission fee for children is less). Note that this particular facility does not allow tripods or monopods to be used in its conservatory.
 
It's actually quite difficult to aptly describe the experience of walking into a beautiful garden inhabited by thousands of butterflies of all shapes and sizes, as words like "amazing" and "dream-like" don't seem to really do it justice. But if you have the chance to experience it, as a photographer or simply a curious visitor, don't miss out on the opportunity.
 
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory Image 2

From a photography perspective, a butterfly conservatory gives you ample opportunities to create beautiful and inspiring butterfly images. The experience and images gained from photographing butterflies in a conservatory would likely require years to garner in the wild, allowing you to easily bolstering your portfolio in a single afternoon.
 
You might think that photographing butterflies in captivity is much like photographing wildlife in zoos (which can be difficult if trying to eliminate man-made elements in your frame), but because butterflies are so small and backgrounds (and any man-made elements within those backgrounds) can easily be thrown well out of focus, images captured in a conservatory will likely be indistinguishable from those captured in the wild.
 
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory Image 3

For my trip to the Magic Wings Conservatory, I used a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with an EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro. In this case, I chose the 7D Mark II over the 5D Mark III because I had forgotten to pack my BlackRapid Strap (which can be conveniently switched between bodies) and the neck strap that Bryan had loaned me was already attached to the 7D II. The EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM would have been a better lens for this particular endeavor, but... I originally invested in the non-L version of the macro because I rarely shoot macros handheld (and IS would have certainly come in handy here). Another item I wish I had packed for my trip was the RoundFlash Magnetic Ringflash Adapter, but when packing I did not envision needing the rather highly-specialized light modifier for the trip. Other lighting options well-suited for this type of photography include the Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX and MR-14EX II Macro Ring Lite.
 
The conservatory I visited featured nicely diffused light thanks to the water vapor adorned the inside of the large windows. But "nicely diffused" doesn't necessarily mean "plentiful," even when bright sunlight is hitting the building. One particular issue with lighting is that butterflies often like to attach themselves to the underside of leaves or to the top of leaves with additional leaves shading them. The great thing about a conservatory is that your chances of catching a butterfly in great light is extremely high, so a small amount of patience goes a long way.
 
For the photos accompanying this afticle, I was using an f/3.2 or f/3.5 aperture in Av mode with an ISO of 1000 or 1250 to obtain shutter speeds that were fast enough to counteract camera shake and freeze movement. Images were post-processed in Lightroom CC.
 
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory Image 4

Word of warning: If you open your camera bag to change lenses or retrieve gear, be sure that there are no stowaways when you exit the facility. I checked myself thoroughly before leaving the facility to make sure that there were no butterflies attached to my clothing. However, as I proceeded to detach the lens from my camera and put both items in my camera bag, a butterfly flew out of my Lowepro NovaSport 35L AW. I had to [sheepishly] alert the staff to the butterfly escapee.
 
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory Image 5

Are you excited to gain lots of experience in butterfly photography? There are plenty of butterfly conservatories in North America. Here are just a few I found:
 
Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory
2565 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L0S 1J0, Canada
 
Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
1316 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040
 
The American Museum of Natural History Butterfly Exhibit
(Open September 5, 2015 - May 30, 2016)
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192
 
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory
281 Greenfield Rd, South Deerfield, MA 01373
 
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Pavilion of Wings Exhibit
900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007
 
There are many others, of course. You can find a more extensive list organized by state here. Be sure to research in advance to ensure the exhibit will be open during your planned visit.
 
Do you have a favorite butterfly conservatory? If so, share your location experience in the comments!
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Post Date: 6/7/2016 8:10:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H:
 
When creating video content, it’s important to know some rules to make your shoot goes smoothly and looks great. Fundamentals such as the rule of thirds, and the 180° rule are essential to understanding how to shoot better looking video. As you grow, you can always look back at these ideas and build from there.
 
B&H carries all the gear you need to create high quality videos.
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Post Date: 6/7/2016 7:32:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Westcott:
 
NEW Flex LED light panels
The Flex lighting system is at the cutting­edge of LED light technology. Pliable, weather­resistant and dimmable the Flex LED panels produce an outstanding, consistent and flicker­free light that is ideal for filmmakers and photographers. Their lightweight and 1/4” thin moldable framework allows you to shape the light in unique ways, delivering up to a 360-degree spread of light. Flex LED panels can also be paired with the Scrim Jim Cine modular frame system to provide a powerful, adaptable and professional lighting set­up for any situation. Available in Daylight (5600K) and Bi­Colour (2800K ­ 6000K) options, and in a range of sizes from 10”x3” to 2’ x2’, Westcott has the widest range of sizes. As the Flex LED light panels can be rolled or folded they are highly portable for easy and lightweight travel.
 
NEW Scrim Jim Cine System
Scrim Jim Cine is an ultralight modular frame system that allows you to shape, block and modify light with more control than ever before. The anodised aluminium framework can be easily assembled mounted and skinned to light any situation. The wide variety of self­locking connecting pieces allows for any number of frame configurations such as booklights, diffusion boxes, floppy cutters and more and the built­in 3/8­16 thread makes mounting the frames quick and easy. Combined with a large variety of Diffusion and Grid cloths and a range of bounce fabrics, plus compatibility with the Westcott Flex LED Panel range, nothing gives you more control over your lighting than the Scrim Jim Cine modular system.
 
Westcott App for Ice Light 2
Remotely control your Ice Light 2 with the new Westcott App. Utilising the integrated Bluetooth capability of the Ice Light 2, you can connect your iOS device to up to 10 individual Ice Lights and control them all via the app. You can assign each of your lights its own custom name and swipe easily between them to adjust their individual brightness, as well as monitor battery life, providing easy wireless light control for your shoots.
 
Watch this video to find out more: Westcott App Promo (embedded above).
 
B&H carries the Westcott Flex LED Light Panelsand Scrim Jim Cine components.
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Post Date: 6/7/2016 6:44:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the DJI Phantom 3 4K available for $599.00 with free shipping. Compare at $799.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Intelligent Flight Modes
  • Easy To Fly
  • More Flying Time
  • EPIC AERIAL Camera
  • Wi-Fi Transmission
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Post Date: 6/7/2016 5:08:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the Elvid SkyVision 7" LCD Monitor available for $149.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $329.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1024 x 600 Resolution LCD
  • Stretches DSLR Signal to Full Screen
  • Supports HD 1920x1080 Video
  • Peaking for Focus Adjustments
  • Color Check Modes for Calibration
  • HDMI Input and Composite Input/Output
  • Built-In Sony L Series Type Batt Plate
  • Built-In 32 Channel 5.8 GHz Receiver
  • Built-In DVR with Micro-SD Card Slot
  • Collapsible Sun Hood Included
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Post Date: 6/7/2016 5:02:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 6, 2016
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Post Date: 6/6/2016 1:45:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Right now, select Ruggard Rain Covers are marked down $20.00 at B&H.
 
Protecting your gear in adverse conditions is certainly advisable, no matter what kind of weather resistance your gear is advertised as featuring. Gear protection can range from Bryan's favorite cheap accessory to the rain covers mentioned above and everywhere in between. I recently used an OP/TECH USA 8" Small Rain Sleeve to protect my EOS 7D Mark II and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM while photographing dirt track racing a little more than a week ago. The relatively inexpensive bags featuring a draw string closure proved invaluable for keeping fine dust from getting all over my camera gear. [Sean]
 
Selinsgrove Speedway Dirt Track Racing 1

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Post Date: 6/6/2016 11:15:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon Europe:
 
Motorsport photographer Frits van Eldik is one of the world’s best at capturing fast moving subjects. His camera needs to perform just as fast as he does. He shares his thoughts on the EOS-1D X Mark II's ability to capture every single moment.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II available for preorder.
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Post Date: 6/6/2016 9:55:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Zoom H4n Pro 4-Channel Handy Recorder in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Adjustable Stereo X/Y Microphone
  • Can Record 4 Tracks Simultaneously
  • 2 x XLR / 1/4" Combination Input Jacks
  • 3.5mm Line Input with 2.5V Plug-In Power
  • 28 & 48V Phantom Power
  • Record & Play WAV & MP3 Formats
  • AD/DA Conversion up to 24-Bit / 96 kHz
  • Built-In Metronome and Chromatic Tuner
  • 2-In/2-Out Interface via USB
  • Rubberized Body with Locking XLR Jacks
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Post Date: 6/6/2016 8:26:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tenba AA-SMP Small Multi Purpose Attache-Style Air Case available for $169.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $316.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Small Photo or Digital Camera Kit
  • 1050D Protek Ballistic Nylon Case
  • Air Channel Plastic on Closed Cell Foam
  • High-impact Styrene Rim
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Post Date: 6/6/2016 7:55:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Review.
 
I'll get your comparisons started.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 6/6/2016 7:28:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Axler 30" Pro Camera Slider with Flywheel available for $449.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $599.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Supports up to 50 lb
  • Belt-Drive System with Weighted Flywheel
  • Flywheel Handle for Hand-Driven Motion
  • Enables Smooth and Precise Slides
  • Lightweight Carbon-Fiber Rails
  • Angle-Adjustable Legs
  • Height-Adjustable Rubber Feet
  • Carry Case Included
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Post Date: 6/6/2016 5:48:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has filed an optical formula patent for an EF 1000mm f/5.6 DO lens.
 
Incorporating diffractive optics into a 1000mm lens sounds like a match made in heaven. The patent details mention Tokyo's Oympic Games in 2020 which seems to indicate Canon's anticipated launch window for the lens.
 
Patent Details
 
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-102852
  • Published 2016.6.2
  • Filing date 2014.11.27
  • Zoom ratio 1.00
  • Focal length 950.00
  • F-number 5.80
  • Angle of view 1.30
  • Image height 21.64
  • Overall length of the lens 485.94
  • BF 0.40
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Post Date: 6/6/2016 5:24:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the Vello FreeWave Stryker Lightning & Motion Trigger Kit available for $59.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Detects Lightning and IR Heat Motion
  • 0.1 ms Post-Detection Triggering
  • Compact, Lightweight
  • Passive Infrared Sensor
  • Optional Cables for Most Other Brands
  • 94 x 82° Field of View
  • Motion Range: 16.4'
  • Locking Cold Shoe or 1/4"-20 Stand Moun
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Post Date: 6/6/2016 5:04:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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