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 Monday, December 21, 2015
Just posted: Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/2 Lens Review.
I know, the Zeiss Milvus lens reviews are all starting to sound similar. Fact is, these lenses are very similar to each other outside of their image quality and focal length. Consider jumping directly to the "Image Quality" subheading to get right to the meat.
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/2 Lens in Canon mount in stock (Nikon mount version is available for preorder).
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/21/2015 8:38:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, December 20, 2015
With so many family meetups planned for the near future, we encourage you to take advantage of the personal connections to protect yourself from catastrophic data loss by giving a trustworthy family member an offsite backup in the form of a portable hard drive. Doing so is easy and will provide you a little peace of mind that your images are protected.
And with a price-to-storage-capacity ratio that seems to get better by the day, protecting your data with offsite external hard drives is a more reasonable option than ever. Our personal favorite is the WD My Passport series, but there are certainly a wide range of options to choose from.
Bad things happen; a house fire, flooding, theft or a primary hard drive failure can easily wipe away years of photographic treasures in a matter of seconds. So this year, give your family something that requires no wrapping, no assembly, and batteries – a pre-filled portable hard drive – and help ensure your beautifully crafted 1s and 0s remain safe.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/20/2015 6:21:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, December 18, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Review.
This is another oldie but goodie. The 23 year old EF 85 f/1.8 is another perrenial favorite with a good everyday value price made bargain grade with a $70.00 instant rebate.
B&H has the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens in stock with a 4% B&H reward and "Free Next Day Delivery (USA)".
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/18/2015 8:28:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has filed a patent for a 600mm diffractive optics lens for mirrorless cameras.
Plans to release an EF-M 600mm f/5.6 DO IS may indicate that Canon is planning to take their mirrorless camera system to the next level by making it more attractive to high-end shooters as a primary imaging platform.
You can find more information regarding the patent on the Egami Blog.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/18/2015 6:30:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 17, 2015
Just posted: Acratech GP-s Ball Head Review.
I've been looking for a better ball head for use on small and medium-sized tripods and this one handles that assignment nicely.
B&H has the Acratech GP-s Ball Head in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/17/2015 9:45:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Canon Europe YouTube Channel:
Learn how to do creative bokeh photography and come and see more about Bokeh photography here.
My studio was still set up with Christmas lights after a portrait session yesterday. After seeing this video, I decided to capture some creative aperture shots using my Lensbaby Spark to add to my collection of stock backgrounds and textures.
Creative Bokeh Sample

For what it's worth, here was my favorite from yesterday's session:
Headshot by Sean Setters

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Post Date: 12/17/2015 8:08:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Review.
I love this lens.
B&H has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in stock with a $100.00 instant rebate, 4% B&H rewards and receive 13 months of complimentary damage protection & priority service from Canon.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/17/2015 7:53:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adobe has released an update to Photoshop CC that addresses a few bugs introduced by the previous update released at the beginning of this month, most notably an issue with the Liquify tool which produced improper results with 16-bit files and GPU acceleration enabled.
I'm actually pretty surprised by how quickly Adobe was able to release this update. With record breaking revenue bolstering their bottom line (largely due to the popularity of Creative Cloud), it looks like Adobe is funneling their resources accordingly to address issues quickly and keep customers happy (like me). [Sean]
Simply use the Creative Cloud application to update Photoshop CC to version 2015.1.1.
Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad).
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 12/17/2015 6:02:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 16, 2015
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Post Date: 12/16/2015 2:38:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 Lens Review.
Is this lens as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside? Read the review to find out.
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/16/2015 8:31:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the world's first* Clear Glass Ceramic protective lens filter.
Interchangeable lenses are the most important element of photographic expression, and to the photographer they are a valuable personal asset. To help photographers continue to use for many years the lens systems in which they have invested their time, knowledge, and budgets, SIGMA has developed original lens filters that meet the company’s high standards of excellence. In developing its new protective lens filter, SIGMA has leveraged an unprecedented cooperative relationship with a glass manufacturer, resulting in a completely new type of glass called Clear Glass Ceramic. Featuring this advanced material, the SIGMA WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR is a highly reliable filter with outstanding protective capability.

With many applications in aerospace and other industries, glass ceramic is an extremely tough type of crystallized glass that serves as the foundation for Clear Glass Ceramic. While featuring the high transmittance required of optical devices, this advanced new material combines greater hardness than chemically strengthened glass and greater flexibility than sapphire crystal glass. These qualities make Clear Glass Ceramic the ideal material for protective lens filters.
*Among filters for interchangeable lenses as of December 2015 (SIGMA research)
B&H carries Sigma Protector filters.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 12/16/2015 5:16:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, December 15, 2015
by Sean Setters
Full disclosure: my extended family already celebrated Christmas this past weekend. We generally all make the long drive to my aunt's house to get together a week or two before Christmas so that actual Christmas day can be spent at home with immediate family.
As such, I thought I'd share my "Christmas Day Presents Opening" kit because, after photographing my family's event over the past few years, I've finally settled on a small kit that seems to work very well for the festive day.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III (or EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R / 6D)
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is an extremely versatile body that works well in just about any situation. The AF system is great, the full-frame camera offers a wider angle of view compared to using the same lens with a crop-sensor camera, and its high-ISO image quality allows me to grab ambient only shots when desired. As I'll explain later, a full-frame camera body isn't necessarily required, but it is certainly my preferred choice. I also like that the 5D III (and 5Ds/5Ds R) feature dual memory card slots. While capturing the fleeting moments of bliss and unbridled happiness that the day brings, having a backup set of images means that you're less likely to lose your precious memories because of a memory card malfunction or accidental deletion from the primary card.
Lens: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art (or Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II / EF 35mm f/2 IS USM)
A lot of people prefer a general purpose zoom for these types of celebrations and events, and there are certainly advantages to having a versatile focal range available for use. However, I find a 35mm f/1.4 lens to provide an excellent balance between focal length and maximum aperture. The 35mm focal length is wide enough to you create a story with relatively loose framing, yet it's rarely too wide. It's also not too long so that photographing in smaller spaces/rooms becomes an issue.
The wide f/1.4 aperture allows you to separate your subject from the background while [in most cases] still getting a sense of what's actually taking place in the background. The wide aperture also allows you to utilize the ambient light while helping to freeze action (certainly a benefit when arms and hands are busy opening presents) without having to use your maximum ISO.
But just because you can shoot at f/1.4 doesn't mean that's going to be optimal for your needs (especially with the depth-of-field needs associated with keeping multiple subjects in focus). The next part of my kit allows me much more flexibility in choosing the right aperture/shutter speed/ISO those kinds of shots.
Flash: Canon Speedlite 580EX (or 600EX-RT / 430EX III-RT) with CTO Gel & Flashbender 2 (Small)
No matter how much ambient light there is, I always like to be able to push a little bit more light into the room in order to allow for the use of lower ISOs and/or faster shutter speeds or to simply change the quality of light in the scene.
In a presents-opening situation, I'm typically using a camera-mounted flash with its head pointed straight up toward the ceiling to create flattering, room-filling bounce flash. Attached to the flash I use either a full CTO or a 1/2 CTO gel so that the color of the flash more closely matches that of the room's ambient light (generally created by tungsten lamps and even the glow of Christmas lights).
Another tool I find helpful is the use of a Rogue Flashbender 2 (Small). I like the Flashbender 2 (Small) because it isn't unwieldy when attached to the flash and it pushes just enough light forward to mitigate dark eye shadows that can sometimes be caused by the primary light source coming from overhead.
And while the flash works great with a wide aperture prime lens and a full-frame camera, a flash can also enable the use of narrower aperture zooms (or primes) and/or cameras with pixel-dense sensors (i.e., crop-sensor cameras). In these cases, the flash will likely shift from augmenting the existing ambient light to being the predominate light source in the scene.
So that's the kit I used this past weekend and it worked very well for capturing a wide variety of shots throughout the day. Do you have any other suggestions or recommendations? Let us know in the comments.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/15/2015 10:17:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Review.
At 22 years of age, the 50mm f/1.4 is one of Canon's oldest lenses, but it remains a perennial favorite. Increasing its favoritism at the moment is the big-for-this-lens $70.00 instant rebate and a 4% B&H reward.
B&H has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/15/2015 7:37:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Want your package in time to put under the Christmas tree? You'll need to order before the cutoff date determined by your preferred shipping method.
B&H's holiday shipping cutoff schedule can be found below.
Super SaverTuesday, December 15, 2015, 2:00 PM
StandardWednesday, December 16, 2015, 2:00 PM
UPS GroundWednesday, December 16, 2015, 2:00 PM
UPS 3 dayMonday, December 21, 2015, 2:00 PM
FedEx SaverMonday, December 21, 2015, 2:00 PM
Priority MailTuesday, December 15, 2015, 2:00 PM
Priority Mail ExpressTuesday, December 22, 2015, 2:00 PM
2 Day Shipping *Tuesday, December 22, 2015, 2:00 PM
Next-Day Shipping *Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 4:00 PM
Purolator Ground - (Canada)Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 7:00 AM
DHL ExpressFriday, December 18, 2015, 7:00 AM
UPS SaverThursday, December 17, 2015, 7:00 AM
UPS Expedited - (Canada, Australia)Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 7:00 AM
Within the NY/Tri-state areaTuesday, December 22, 2015, 2:30 PM

If you do not see a shipping method applicable for your destination listed above, the cutoff has already passed for that specific type of shipping.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 12/15/2015 7:11:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 14, 2015
From the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA):
December 14, 2015 – Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras.
The Registration Task Force delivered recommendations to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on November 21. The rule incorporates many of the task force recommendations.
“Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiast are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Registration gives us an opportunity to work with these users to operate their unmanned aircraft safely. I’m excited to welcome these new aviators into the culture of safety and responsibility that defines American innovation.”
Registration is a statutory requirement that applies to all aircraft. Under this rule, any owner of a small UAS who has previously operated an unmanned aircraft exclusively as a model aircraft prior to December 21, 2015, must register no later than February 19, 2016. Owners of any other UAS purchased for use as a model aircraft after December 21, 2015 must register before the first flight outdoors. Owners may use either the paper-based process or the new streamlined, web-based system. Owners using the new streamlined web-based system must be at least 13 years old to register.
Owners may register through a web-based system at
Registrants will need to provide their name, home address and e-mail address. Upon completion of the registration process, the web application will generate a Certificate of Aircraft Registration/Proof of Ownership that will include a unique identification number for the UAS owner, which must be marked on the aircraft.
Owners using the model aircraft for hobby or recreation will only have to register once and may use the same identification number for all of their model UAS. The registration is valid for three years.
The normal registration fee is $5, but in an effort to encourage as many people as possible to register quickly, the FAA is waiving this fee for the first 30 days (from Dec. 21, 2015 to Jan 20, 2016).
“We expect hundreds of thousands of model unmanned aircraft will be purchased this holiday season,” said FAA Administrator Huerta. “Registration gives us the opportunity to educate these new airspace users before they fly so they know the airspace rules and understand they are accountable to the public for flying responsibly.”
The online registration system does not yet support registration of small UAS used for any purpose other than hobby or recreation – for example, using an unmanned aircraft in connection with a business. The FAA is developing enhancements that will allow such online registrations by spring of 2016.
The full rule can be viewed here.
B&H carries the small unmanned aircraft for which the FAA's registration applies.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/14/2015 1:41:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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