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 Friday, April 12, 2013
Canon Mark II Lens Caps
Apparantly, the inventory of side-pinch lens caps is starting to dwindle. Site visitor Ian recently sent us an email noting that his recently unboxed Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM lens from Amazon came prepackaged with the new 77mm center-pinch lens cap.
 
B&H carries the new Canon Center-Pinch Lens Caps.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/12/2013 8:12:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon Professional Network:
 
Great travel photography can evoke a range of emotions and usually ends in that feeling of ‘itchy feet.’ CPN writer Ian Farrell applies the foot powder and talks to Canon Explorer Joel Santos about a recent trip to Patagonia with the EOS 6D DSLR…
 
The urge to travel goes hand in glove with a need to take pictures. A perfect example of this can be found in Joel Santos, a 35-year-old travel photographer from Lisbon, Portugal, who has explored dozens of locations throughout the world, in Europe, South America, and across Asia.
 
Joel, who worked as an economist before he sidestepped into the photographic industry, has enjoyed travelling from an early age. “I was fortunate that my parents loved to travel, so I had the chance to see some amazing places as a child,” he says, explaining that it wasn’t until 2003, after he had qualified with a masters degree in economics, that he thought of working in photography.
 
“I was working for a while in East Timor, near Indonesia, teaching economics at university,” he continues. “My passion for photography grew during this time, and it was only natural that it joined up with the love for travel I’d developed by living abroad.” Now Joel makes a living from his photography, splitting his time between organising workshops and tours, writing about the destinations that he visits and shooting stunning images of people places and culture.
 
See the full CPN article here.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 6D DSLR camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/12/2013 7:57:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens
From Sigma:
 
SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM & SIGMA USB DOCK
 
2013.04.12 - SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM for Canon and SIGMA USB DOCK for Canon are scheduled to start the shipment from the end of this month.
 
B&H has the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Canon available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 4/12/2013 7:31:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sony 32GB SDHC Class 10 SD Memory Card
Adorama has the Sony 32GB SDHC Class 10 SD Memory Card available for $16.95 with free shipping.
Post Date: 4/12/2013 6:43:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 11, 2013
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM Lens
I included the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II Lens in my indoor action sports lens recommendation list. Some, in a politely-constructive way (always very appreciated), are questioning my logic for doing so. The big reason for this questioning is due to the 85mm f/1.2 L II's focusing speed. This is not the fastest Canon AF system.
 
So the question: "Can the EF 85mm f/1.2 L II Lens be used for sports action photography?" is one that I want to answer today.
 
The short answer is "Yes".
 
Here is a very slightly cropped sample photo I captured with a Canon 1D X:
 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM Lens Sample Sports Picture
 
Is it sharp? That is a good question because it is easy to make web-sized images sharp. Even with very light sharpening ("2" in DPP), the eyelashes are sharp as shown in the screen capture below. The screen capture is lower quality than DPP's RAW conversion (the sharpening is not as clean), but I want to show the active AF point placed on the jaw line:
 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM Lens Sample Sports Picture AF Point Overlay
 
Close and fast approaching subjects present a challenge to the autofocus systems of both cameras and lenses. This runner was very close and moving fast. She was on the inside lane of the track and I was off of the track *just* far enough to not disturb the race. It is going to be hard to get much closer to any action - and dangerous to get that close to anything faster. The 1D X has proven very impressive to me, making it a great choice for finding the limitations of the lens. This shot and a significant percentage of my other 85 f/1.2 action images are in sharp focus.
 
Adding to the challenge of capturing in-focus action sports images with this lens is the razor-thin depth of field at f/1.2. Maintaining a focus point on the same plane of focus as the in-action subject's eyes is a challenge. Do not expect an in-focus hit rate as high as with some good f/2.8 lenses - though the 85 f/1.2 L II bested some other non-Canon f/2.8 lenses I was testing at the same event.
 
You of course do not have to use a wide open aperture, but ... f/1.2 is a leading contributor to the major awesomeness of this lens. It is seldom too dark to stop action with an f/1.2 aperture as the in-action subject's ability to see becomes an issue.
 
Actually, it can be too bright to shoot sports at f/1.2 unless you have the right DSLR camera. Shooting under full sunlight as shown in the sample above? You need a DSLR with 1/8000 shutter speed capability (only higher end models have it) along with ISO 50 to keep images dark enough to avoid blown highlights in some scenarios. These were the settings used in the sample above. Alternatively, a neutral density filter can be used.
 
Returning to the autofocus speed question ... Can other Canon lenses focus faster than the 85 f/1.2 L II? Yes. But, this 85mm f/1.2 action sports sample is far from a 1-off autofocus accident. My overall focus hit rate is decent with this lens.
 
Can any other Canon lens produce the same sports image look?
 
No. I love this lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/11/2013 9:32:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 600mm f/4 L IS II USM Lens
While some wildlife is tolerant of human presence (and some is captive), much of the world's wildlife remains elusive. It would prefer that you were in the next county. Lenses that allow you to remain far from the subject tend to rule the wildlife photography category.
 
Today I introduce the Wildlife Lens Recommendations page.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Recommendations
Post Date: 4/11/2013 8:19:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera available for $2,839.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,149.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/11/2013 2:53:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Tamron:
 
Two-hour educational seminars to be held at 30 select Tamron dealers
 
April 11, 2013, Commack, NY - As part of the company's Educational Series 2013, Tamron USA announced photography seminars to be conducted throughout the US at 30 select authorized dealers. The how-to seminars cover a wide variety of subject matter:

  • Seeing in Black & White Photography
  • Landscape, Nature & Travel Photography
  • Kids Sports Photography
  • Family, Friends & Kids Informal Portrait Photography
  • Formal Portrait & Lighting Photography
  • Close-up & Macro Photography

Attendees of the event can expect to go behind the lens and learn a multitude of useful photographic tips and insights that will improve their picture-taking abilities with their DSLR camera. The topics discussed during the seminar include understanding light, point of view, composition, and knowing your lens in order to shoot the types of pictures the DSLR user desires.
 
Participating Retailer Locations & Registration
 
Attendees can register for the seminars at www.tamron-usa.com/events/howto/.
 
Dates are continuing to be added. The current roster includes the following locations:
 
4/11- Family, Friends & Kids Informal Portraits Photography Seminar (Metairie, LA)
4/19- Kids Sports Photography Seminar (Kenmore, WA)
4/23- Family, Friends & Kids Informal Portraits Photography Seminar (Charlotte, NC)
5/4- Kids Sports Photography Seminar (Hartford, CT)
5/10- Landscape, Nature & Travel Photography Seminar (Rockford, IL)
5/16- Landscape, Nature & Travel Photography Seminar (Glen Mills, PA)
5/17- Landscape, Nature & Travel Photography Seminar (Lansdale, PA)
5/17- Formal Portrait & Lighting Photography Seminar (Lakewood, WA)
6/1- Kids Sports Photography Seminar (Louisville, KY)
6/7- Close Up & Macro Photography Seminar (Oshkosh, WI)
6/14- Seeing in Black & White Photography Seminar (Nashville, TN)
6/14- Kids Sports Photography Seminar (Brookfield, WI)
6/15- Landscape, Nature & Travel Photography Seminar (Nashville, TN)
6/21- Kids Sports Photography Seminar (Orlando, FL)
6/21- Landscape, Nature & Travel Photography Seminar (St. Louis, MO)
7/27- Kids Sports Photography Seminar (Pontiac, MI)
 
More About the Tamron Educational Series 2013
 
The 2013 Educational Series led by top Tamron photographers and instructors offer a wide variety of topics across the country. Seminar leaders strive to not only teach but inspire their attendees by creating an educational experience that promotes technique strengthening, creativity and practical application. These series offer opportunities to travel to the Nation's most awe-inspiring state parks, partaking in cutting edge Photoshop live training, college campus tours and traditional How-To photo seminars. With over eighty dates at country wide locations, all interested photographers have the opportunity experience these fantastic learning workshops and gain insight on how to become a better photographer. Most "How-To" events cost $25.00 to register.
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses.

Post Date: 4/11/2013 2:13:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder
Even though it was just announced at NAB, B&H has the Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder in stock with free shipping.
 
Product Features:

  • Records Up to 4 Channels Simultaneously
  • Screw-On DSLR Camera and Mount to Tripod
  • Operates on 4 AA Batteries
  • Up to 24-bit, 96 kHz PCM Recording
  • Two XLR/TRS Combo Mic/Line Jacks
  • Switchable 24V and 48V Phantom Power
  • 3.5mm Stereo Input with Plug-in Power
  • Mic Preamps for Each Input
  • Records to SD or SDHC Cards

Post Date: 4/11/2013 1:54:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through April 30, Think Tank Photo is offering a $50.00 mail-in rebate on their Airport 4-Sight Rolling Camera Bag - available for just $199.75 after rebate.
 
Note: Use the links from this site to get a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo!
Post Date: 4/11/2013 11:57:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
Adorama has the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens (Grey Market) available for $499.00 with free shipping and 2% Rewards. Compare at $579.00 for U.S.A. warranty item.
 
Note from Adorama: "Grey Market products purchased from Adorama, are warrantied by Adorama for the same period as the U.S. warrantied products carry, for a period of one year."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/11/2013 10:09:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM Lens
Adorama has a Used Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM Lens (Demo Condition) available for $1,789.00. Compare at $1,989.00 new.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/11/2013 9:24:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon COOLPIX P7100 Digital Camera
B&H has the Nikon COOLPIX P7100 Digital Camera available for $299.00 with free shipping. Compare at $389.99.
 
Product Features:

  • 10.1MP Resolution
  • 3.0" Vari-Angle Monitor
  • NIKKOR ED Lens 28-200mm 35mm Equiv.
  • 7.1x Optical Zoom
  • 720p HD Movie Capture
  • 4-Way VR Image Stabilization
  • 3200 ISO

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/11/2013 8:52:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Coolpix S3300 Digital Camera (Silver)
B&H has the Nikon Coolpix S3300 Digital Camera (Silver) available for an in-cart price of $74.95 with free shipping. Compare at $89.99.
 
If you want to save even more, you can pick up a Refurbished Nikon Coolpix S3300 Digital Camera (Silver) from Adorama for $54.00 with free shipping.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/11/2013 8:19:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Camera
Today only, DigitalRev has the Canon EOS Rebel T3i (Kiss X5/600D) DSLR Camera available for $439.00. Compare at $519.00.
 
Get an All-In-One Card Reader & Multi-Purpose Bag Set for free when you add it to your cart and use voucher code XU00EV5M during checkout.
 
Note: To input the voucher code, click on the link labeled "Received a Gift Card?" at checkout and a textbox will appear.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/11/2013 7:40:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 L USM Macro Lens
When your current lens does not make your subject large enough in the frame, you need a macro lens. And even if your current lens will focus close enough to your subject, you may want a macro lens anyway - perhaps for the excellent image quality that they deliver. Perhaps for use as a portrait lens. Perhaps for use in low light. Or just to unleash your creativity.
 
Today's segment of Lens Recommendations Week features Canon Macro Lens Recommendations.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Recommendations
Post Date: 4/10/2013 9:08:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From PocketWizard:
 
April 10, 2013
 
So. Burlington, VT – As Canon and Nikon continue to release new cameras and flashes, PocketWizard Photo Products has established an evolving Firmware Release plan for the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios to address compatibility with these new products.
 
Our current firmware development priorities include compatibility updates, HyperSync improvements and bug fixes. The next beta will include the following:

MiniTT1/FlexTT5 Beta firmware release for Nikon
Compatibility with the following NIKON gear:

  • Nikon D600, Nikon D5200 & Nikon D3200
  • HyperSync Improvements

MiniTT1/FlexTT5 Beta firmware release for Canon
Compatibility with the following CANON gear:

  • Canon 6D & Canon T4i – Manual power control only (no TTL)
  • HyperSync Improvements

PowerMC2 & PowerST4 Beta firmware release with HyperSync Improvements

The Nikon D600 (full-featured) and Canon 6D (manual-only) firmware is in the final testing stages. Some HyperSync enhancements, currently enabled for Canon only, are also in the final testing stages for all our ControlTL radios: MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 for both Canon and Nikon including the AC9 AlienBees Adapter, and the PowerST4 & PowerMC2. This large bundle of firmware could be available in Beta this month if all goes as well as we hope, and available as officially released firmware a few weeks after that. You'll be able to get some serious practice with it well before the heat of the June wedding season.
 
Ongoing: The latest Canon cameras have an entirely new TTL protocol. This has proven extremely difficult to reverse engineer as is the case with the Canon 1DX. We believe we have found a path to a solution, but it will still take many weeks to validate, implement and test-test-test. There is nothing simple about this. When completed it will be made available as a free update to the ControlTL system, as have all other compatibility updates.
 
B&H carries the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 triggering units.

Post Date: 4/10/2013 3:39:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PIXMA MP230 Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer
Adorama has the Canon PIXMA MP230 Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer available for $24.95 with free shipping. Regularly $59.95.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/10/2013 3:17:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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