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 Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Crumpler 8 Million Dollar Home Bag
B&H has the Crumpler 8 Million Dollar Home Bag (Olive with Red Accents) available for $89.95 with free shipping. Regularly $172.00.
 
The bag comes with a free Crumpler Industry Disgrace Camera Strap (Beech/Black).
Post Date: 2/12/2014 12:34:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens
From Canon USA:
 
Ideal for Entry-level Digital SLR Users, the New EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera Helps Users Confidently Capture Outstanding Still and Video Images
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 11, 2014– Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera - the latest model in the company's popular EOS Rebel lineup. The new camera provides entry-level photographers with an affordable way to take their imaging skills to the next level. Incorporating an 18.0 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and a high-performance DIGIC 4 image processor, the EOS Rebel T5 camera delivers improved functionality with the speed and high quality needed to create impressive images - even in low light.
 
The new EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR camera offers users an extensive ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 12800) to accommodate shooting situations from bright, natural outdoor lighting to dimly lit indoor settings. The camera can also automatically lock-in on moving subjects with ease using the EOS Rebel T5 camera's nine-point AF system (including one center cross-type AF point). With help from the AI Servo AF, users can benefit from the camera's outstanding autofocus capabilities. The new EOS Rebel T5 camera also offers a continuous shooting mode of up-to three frames per second (fps) to help photographers capture the action at children's activities, sporting events and more. Images can then be easily viewed on the camera's large three-inch LCD monitor.
 
"The EOS Rebel T5 camera is designed for entry-level DSLR photographers looking to expand their creative options and advance their photography skills," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "The improved functionality of this new EOS Rebel camera will help them do just that as it intelligently guides users on how to pinpoint their perfect shot and capture high-quality images and videos worth sharing."
 
Detailed, High-Quality Images
Photo enthusiasts can capture high-quality images that are true-to-life in color, sharpness and contrast with the EOS Rebel T5 camera's 18.0 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor. Shooting is also made easy thanks to the EOS Rebel T5 camera's Intelligent Auto mode that helps deliver expertly optimized photos and offers improved scene detection, especially useful for shooting at night.
 
The Canon Rebel EOS Rebel T5 camera is also compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses as well as other accessories like the new Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II. Ideal for close-up photography with EF Macro lenses, the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II supports E-TTL wireless autoflash in conjunction with one or more Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash units.
 
Full HD Video Capture
The camera's Full HD Movie mode helps make shooting high-quality 1080p movies simple. Capable of shooting in a number of recording sizes and frame rates, the EOS Rebel T5 enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features, as well as in-camera editing.
 
Intuitive Design and Full Creative Control
The new EOS Rebel T5 camera offers a full creative feature set - providing a variety of effects and settings to enhance photographs and video. Whether adding contrast for a more dramatic effect or boosting exposure for additional brightness, Canon's EOS Rebel T5 camera will guide users on how to hone their photo editing skills and view their original photographs from a new visual perspective. The camera features fun, creative filters including Toy Camera, Fisheye and Miniature Effect enabling photographers to expand their creativity.
 
The EOS lineup is known for its easy-to-operate, intuitive camera models that deliver high-quality images. Canon's latest DSLR camera offers advanced imaging features such as Basic+ and Creative Auto to direct entry-level photo enthusiasts through making camera setting adjustments. The camera's built-in Feature Guide offers short descriptions of shooting modes, setting and effects for easy operation no matter what the shooting situation. This function is designed to guide and educate first-time users on the EOS camera settings, and will also intelligently provide recommendations while shooting in certain settings.
 
Availability
The Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera bundled with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens is scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $549.99.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens and MR-14EX II Macro Ring Light available for preorder.
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Post Date: 2/12/2014 12:20:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera
From Canon USA:
 
Canon's Latest G-series Digital Camera Features a New Type of 1.5-Inch CMOS Sensor, 5x Zoom Lens, Wi-Fi and NFC Capabilities, Full HD and A Three-Inch Touch Tilt LCD Screen
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 11, 2014 – Building upon the success of the PowerShot G1 X digital camera, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today unveiled its new flagship PowerShot G1 X Mark II, a digital camera designed to meet the evolving needs of today's professional and advanced amateur photographers.
 
Boasting a sensor that is 4.5x larger than a 1/1.7" sensor found in professional level point-and-shoot cameras, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera can produce high-quality images with a wide dynamic range. It features a new type of 1.5-inch, 12.8 megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, made by Canon, allowing for optimum performance with an ISO range of 100-12800. This sensor, combined with the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, comprises the Canon HS SYSTEM resulting in faster autofocusing speeds over the PowerShot G1 X camera, allowing photographers to capture detailed, vivid images even in low-light conditions.
 
Featuring a newly-developed f/2.0 - f/3.9, 5x optical zoom lens (equivalent 24-120mm zoom range) with Dual Control Rings, this new camera provides customized zooming and focus-functionality similar to a DSLR camera. With this wide of an aperture, photographers have the ability to isolate their subjects by separating them from a background that is blurred. This gives more control and creative possibilities when using a PowerShot camera. The Dual Control Rings include a Step Ring to adjust various customizable settings and a Continuous Ring to make focusing adjustments during manual focus, as well as additional customizable settings for manual shooting. The new lens also features a nine-blade aperture to provide beautiful, blurred backgrounds even at full-zoom range.
 
"The new high-end PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera delivers incredible, professional-level shooting capabilities in a compact camera body making it the ideal second camera for DSLR shooters," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "In addition, with the introduction of advanced wireless capabilities such as NFC and enhanced low-light shooting and autofocusing, the G1 X Mark II is a well-rounded professional-level camera that allows photographers to get creative."
 
Improved Operation and Performance
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera is equipped with a new type of Canon-made, 1.5-inch CMOS sensor to help achieve optimal performance from low to high ISO speeds. It has a default aspect ratio of 3:2 which is the same ratio the advanced user has come to expect when shooting with a DSLR camera. If the photographer wants to switch to a 4:3 ratio, it can be done without impacting the field of view.
 
The new PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera uses 31 Auto Focus (AF) points, compared to the PowerShot G1 X camera that uses nine AF points, resulting in improved autofocus capabilities allowing the user to easily compose the image and focus on a specific subject in the frame. Utilizing the bright, capacitive touch, three-inch tilt LCD on the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera helps provide flexibility in shooting by tilting 180 degrees up and 45 degrees down.
 
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera is also compatible with Canon's new optional electronic viewfinder that mounts to the hot shoe. A new optional grip* will also be available for the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera. These accessories are ideal for photographers looking for the feel of a DSLR camera with the portability of a point-and-shoot camera.

PowerShot G1 X Mark II with Electronic Viewfinder

Seamless Connectivity
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi technology, so users can share still images and videos online quickly and easily using compatible mobile devices.1 Using the Mobile Device Connect button, users can connect to a smartphone, a tablet or a Wi-Fi enabled computer. Connection to the computer is easily done using Canon iMAGE GATEWAY 2 through the cloud. For even easier connectivity, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera introduces Near Field Communication (NFC)** - a first for Canon's G-series cameras - so transferring photos to a compatible Android device can be simple and intuitive. This digital camera's new remote shooting feature also allows the user to sync the G1 X Mark II with a smartphone or tablet and utilize the shutter, optical zoom and self-timer features from that device.
 
Extensive Shooting Modes
Ideal for portrait photography, the camera's Background Defocus mode softens the background behind a subject to help users create professional-looking portraits. In addition, simply pressing the camera's dedicated movie button allows photographers to capture 1080p Full HD video with ease. And, as commonly found in most DSLR cameras, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera has a full range of shooting and recording modes, including 14-bit RAW + JPEG, for outstanding creative control.
 
Unique to Canon PowerShot Digital Cameras, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera features Advanced Star Mode with four options to capture images of starry night skies with impeccable quality. The "Star Portrait" and "Star Nightscape" modes help capture the radiance of stars while still allowing you to capture the subject. The "Star Trails" mode captures video trails of stars to turn trails into a luminous still image, while the "Star Time Lapse Movie" mode will shoot images of star movement and then combine the images to make a film that shows the movement of the stars, creating a truly stunning video.
 
Availability
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II digital camera will be available starting in April for a retail price of $799.99.
 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II available for preorder.

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Post Date: 2/12/2014 12:15:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS, PowerShot ELPH 140 IS and PowerShot ELPH 135 Digital Cameras
From Canon USA:
 
New Pocket-size PowerShot ELPH 150 IS, PowerShot ELPH 140 IS and PowerShot ELPH 135 Digital Cameras Feature High-Quality Optics, Outstanding Performance and HD Video Capabilities
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 11, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announces the addition of three new versatile and high-performance PowerShot digital cameras to its ELPH lineup. The ultra-compact PowerShot ELPH 150 IS, PowerShot ELPH 140 IS and PowerShot ELPH 135 digital cameras are ideal for capturing sharp, high-quality images and video.
 
Each new PowerShot ELPH digital camera features a powerful zoom lens and image sensor combined with the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor providing clear, crisp and vivid images. In addition, all three cameras are equipped with a dedicated movie button, allowing users to quickly capture meaningful memories in 720p HD video.
 
Canon's new PowerShot ELPH digital cameras are designed with ease-of-use in mind, enabling users to enhance their photography through a series of intuitive features. In Smart AUTO mode, each camera will analyze the scene at-hand and select the optimal camera setting. ECO mode can reduce battery consumption by dimming and eventually turning off the LCD screen when not in use, helping to increase the number of shots and time capturing video in-between charging cycles. In addition, the convenient Help Button offers a quick and easy way to uncover the potential of each camera by explaining the functionality of various settings and features.
 
"These new PowerShot ELPH cameras are ideal for those individuals who realize that their everyday moments are worth capturing on a dedicated digital camera that delivers stunning image quality," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
 
PowerShot ELPH 150 IS digital camera
The PowerShot ELPH 150 IS digital camera is equipped with an impressive 10x optical zoom lens and 20.0 megapixel sensor, enabling users to capture photos with outstanding image quality. In addition, this digital camera features Intelligent IS - a setting that automatically chooses from eight different modes to help optimize image stabilization based on various shooting conditions.
 
The PowerShot ELPH 150 IS digital camera will be available starting in February for a retail price of $149.99 in a variety of colors - blue, red, silver and black.
 
PowerShot ELPH 140 IS digital camera
The PowerShot ELPH 140 IS digital camera also delivers high-quality imaging capabilities with a powerful 8x optical zoom lens and 16.0 megapixel sensor. Like the PowerShot ELPH 150 IS, the PowerShot ELPH 140 IS digital camera features Intelligent IS mode helping to make shooting both simple and intuitive.
 
The PowerShot ELPH 140 IS digital camera will be available starting in February for a retail price of $129.99 in two colors - gray and red.
 
PowerShot ELPH 135
Also featuring an 8x optical zoom lens and 16.0 megapixel sensor, the PowerShot ELPH 135 digital camera offers stunning imaging capabilities at a budget-friendly price.
 
The PowerShot ELPH 135 digital camera will be available starting February for a retail price of $119.99 in black, silver, red and purple.
 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS, PowerShot ELPH 140 IS and PowerShot ELPH 135 digital cameras available for preorder.
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Post Date: 2/12/2014 12:10:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS & D30 Digital Cameras
From Canon USA:
 
The New, Super-Zoom PowerShot SX700 HS and Waterproof PowerShot D30 Digital Cameras Deliver Outstanding Performance and Versatility
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 11, 2014– Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of the new super-zoom PowerShot SX700 HS and the adventure-ready, waterproof PowerShot D30 to the PowerShot line of compact digital cameras.
 
The stylish and pocket-sized PowerShot SX700 HS camera features an impressive 30x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 25-750mm zoom range), built-in Wi-Fi, and Near Field Communication (NFC)1 capabilities helping to ensure high-quality images can be captured and easily shared. This focal range will allow a user to be able to photograph a flower that is close but also have the zoom to capture an image of wildlife that is in the distance - all in a compact camera. The new PowerShot D30 camera is the world's deepest waterproof camera*, allowing for shooting up to 82 feet below sea level. This ready-for-adventure camera is also shockproof and cold and heat resistant. Both cameras produce breathtaking low-light images and offer 1080p full high-definition video so moving and still images can be clearly captured in many different environments.
 
"With the PowerShot SX700 HS camera's incredible long-zoom capabilities and the PowerShot D30 camera's ability to shoot underwater at a world-record depth of 82 feet, these cameras are capable of inspiring creativity when photographing wildlife, marine-life or everyday adventures," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "In addition, consumers now have two excellent new digital camera options that allow them to create images and video that are not only high in quality, but easy and fun to use."
 
The PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera
The 30x optical zoom PowerShot SX700 HS camera combines a 16.1 megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 6 Image Processor to create the Canon HS SYSTEM -allowing for excellent low-light performance. With Canon's Intelligent IS, the PowerShot SX700 HS camera automatically chooses from various settings to help optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition.
 
The Wi-Fi connectivity options in the PowerShot SX700 HS camera allows users to easily share beautiful images online with family and friends. Using the Mobile Device Connect Button, users can connect to a compatible smartphone, a compatible tablet or a Wi-Fi enabled computer. Connection to the computer is easily done using Canon iMAGE GATEWAY through the cloud2. For easy Wi-Fi connectivity, built-in NFC allows quick and simple pairing to compatible Android devices. With NFC, users press the Mobile Device Connect Button and tap their NFC-enabled Android device to the PowerShot SX700 HS camera to send images from the camera to their compatible smartphone with ease. For even more convenience, photographers can control the camera remotely via the free Canon Camera Window app3 from virtually anywhere with their compatible iOS or Android device3. After composing the image, the photographer controls the shutter from their compatible smartphone, so that the photographer can be included in the shot.
 
Zoom Framing Assist Auto has been enhanced to make it easier to keep a subject that is at a far distance in the frame of view. The camera also records high-quality 1080p/60p Full HD video through a dedicated movie button. The Hybrid AUTO mode allows users to record up-to four seconds of video every time a still image is taken, and then automatically joins the clips and pictures into a video that captures the essence of a vacation, an important event, or any time you are shooting many shots in a day. Hybrid Auto automatically recognizes the scene and optimizes camera settings to capture the highest possible image quality to create a great looking highlight reel in 720p HD video.
 
The PowerShot SX700 HS camera also features Creative Shot mode. Creative Shot mode is an easy yet powerful tool to add artistic effects to photos. In Creative Shot mode, users compose a shot and the camera analyzes the photo to apply a series of artistic elements. Creative Shot mode includes four categories with 46 filters total. The four filter categories are: Retro, Monochrome, Special, and Natural. Before an image is captured, users choose one of the four filter types and Creative Shot will automatically render five different variations of the shot in different composition, color and lighting styles, delivering creative, new perspectives automatically while still maintaining the original image.
 
The PowerShot D30 Digital Camera
The PowerShot D30, Canon's latest waterproof camera, provides an ideal solution for those in need of a durable digital camera that can handle different adventures. The PowerShot D30 camera is waterproof to a record-breaking 82-feet below sea level, giving the open water diver 23 more feet of depth to explore in their underwater environment. The PowerShot D30 camera is also temperature-resistant from 14 degrees to 104 degrees Fahrenheit and shockproof to 6.5 feet. A great travel companion, the PowerShot D30 camera's built-in GPS** tracker remembers where and when photos were taken so images can be captured along with the date, time and location of each moment.
 
With its sleek design and comfortable grip, the PowerShot D30 camera can quickly adapt from under-to-above-water shooting environments through the camera's new Sunlight LCD mode. This feature reduces glare when shooting above water so capturing and sharing outdoor photos is easier than ever before. While in the water, however, the PowerShot D30 camera screen is bright and intuitive for easy, hassle free use. Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on 32 predefined shooting situations giving users the best possible shot composition - while Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to help image stabilization for the shooting condition.
 
In addition, the PowerShot D30 camera also delivers excellent low-light shooting capabilities through the Canon HS SYSTEM - powered by a 12.1 megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor DIGIC 4 Image Processor. The PowerShot D30 camera also records stunning 1080p full HD videos through an easy-to-access dedicated movie button so moving images can be captured the instant they happen.
 
Pricing and Availability
The PowerShot SX700 HS digital camera will be available starting in March for a retail price of $349.99 in black or red.
 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS and PowerShot D30 digital cameras available for preorder.
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Post Date: 2/12/2014 12:00:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Canon EOS 1D X AF Settings Guidebook Cover
The Canon Digital Learning Center (CDLC) has updated its EOS 1D X AF Setting Guidebook (PDF, 12.2MB) to reflect changes implemented in the 1D X's newest firmware (v2.0.3).
 
Before the firmware update, nearly all of the information in the 1D X Settings Guidebook applied to the 5D Mark III as well as the 1DX. After the update, the 1D X AF system differs from the 5D Mark III in the following ways:
 
From CDLC:

  • Improved low-light AF performance, with AI Servo AF
    EOS-1D X now offers even better AF performance at the start of focus-tracking and for the first shot in a sequence; no special menu settings need to be activated for this once Firmware V. 2.0 is installed in the EOS-1D X.
  • Expanded range of Accel./Decel. Tracking settings for steadily moving subjects
    EOS-1D X adds new “-1” and “-2” settings to extend AF stability with subjects moving at continuous, steady speeds. These also help AF not be slightly thrown-off by sudden but minor changes when focus-tracking a distant subject.
  • Wider range of “priority” choices — faster shooting speeds or more time for AF
    AI Servo 2nd Image Priority expands its range of choices with new “-2” (maintain fastest possible fps speed during a shooting sequence) and “+2” (slow down or even stop continuous shooting until sharpness is confirmed) settings.
  • Orientation Linked AF: option to link same AF Area type to pre-selected AF points
    EOS-1D X now offers the option to have memorized horizontal and vertical AF points with AF Area type linked — if one is changed, the other changes automatically.
  • Instantly change AF settings, or jump to 14 fps shooting, with a back-button
    New option to select an entirely new AF “Case,” change AF mode (One Shot AF to AI Servo or vice versa) or instantly switch from standard 12 fps hi-speed to 14 fps super hi-speed shooting by pressing either AF-ON or AE Lock button. Another option for these buttons: toggle from One Shot AF to AI Servo (or vice versa) only, while one of these back-buttons is pressed.
  • Register/Recall shooting function: instantly change major settings with a back-button
    EOS-1D X users can memorize an entirely different range of exposure, White Balance, AF Area type and AI Servo AF settings — and apply them to the AF-ON or AE Lock button. Without even removing the camera from the eye, a moving subject can continue to be tracked, even if (for instance) it moves from sunlight into shade or from steady, continuous movement to erratic, stop/start type movement.
  • Automatic AF point selection can start from last manually-selected AF point
    New EOS-1D X option to maintain same starting point for Automatic AF point selection, in AI Servo AF, as was being used during manual AF point selection.
  • Auto ISO enhancements
    Pre-select a faster minimum shutter speed (all the way up to 1/8000th second), under which Auto ISO will automatically be raised, and new EOS-1D X ability to intentionally apply Exposure Compensation when Auto ISO is used in Manual exposure mode.
  • Automatic exposure adjustment if Manual lens aperture suddenly changes
    EOS-1D X now has the option to shift either shutter speed or ISO (user’s choice) if a preset lens aperture in Manual exposure mode suddenly changes — for instance, if shooting wide-open with a lens alone and then adding an EF 1.4x or 2x Extender or if shooting wide-open with an f/2.8 lens and then changing to a slower f/4 or f/5.6 lens.

Even considering the recent changes reflected in the text, most 5D Mark III owners will find most of the information in the 1DX AF Settings Guidebook to be illuminating, relevant and useful.
 
Download the EOS 1D X AF Setting Guidebook (PDF, 12.2MB) for more information.

Post Date: 2/11/2014 8:14:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Check out filmmaker August Bradley's “Zoetrope Optika" which was filmed using the Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 OTUS Lens.
 
See behind the scenes information and production images over at planet5D.
Post Date: 2/11/2014 2:50:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Digital Learning Center (CDLC) Logo
From the Canon Digital Learning Center Blog (post by Dan Carr):

"When winter rolls around, many landscapes go through dramatic changes that open up new possibilities for great photos. Snow-laden trees, icicles, frost patterns on foliage and winter sports are just a few of the many options. While many cameras are designed to work flawlessly at even down to 32 °F (0 °C), most will operate beyond this with a few simple precautions.
 
If you take a camera into a cold environment, the first thing you might notice is that battery life begins to drop. By 32 °F (0 °C), you might only lose 10% of the battery’s potential, but if it grows colder then it starts to become more noticeable. The first step to combat this is to keep your spare batteries inside your clothing, as close to your body as possible. In moderately cold conditions, this will be more than enough to keep the batteries within a normal operating range. It might be tempting to keep smaller point-and-shoot cameras inside your layers as well, but even in cold temperatures, we sweat when exerting energy like when you’re walking through deep snow or skiing. This sweating will cause condensation on your lens and potentially inside your camera, so it’s best to keep smaller cameras in a backpack or outer pocket."

Check out the full article on the Canon Digital Learning Center Blog.

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Post Date: 2/11/2014 11:56:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DSLR Controller with TP-Link 3G Battery Powered Wireless Router Self-Portrait
In May of last year, we posted William Bennett's guide on how to create a wireless tethering solution for the 1D X for less than $100.00. In the post, we pointed out that a battery-powered wireless router might be better than relying on a traditional router and an external battery source.
 
When I published the wireless tethering post, I purchased the TP-LINK battery-powered wireless router just to play around with. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a way to use it to tether my 5D Mark III because the 5D III doesn't have an ethernet port like the 1D X. That meant I had to use the USB port for communicating with the camera. As it turns out, I was not proficient enough in programming or networking to get wireless tethering to work with the 5D III.
 
Still wanting a wireless tethering solution, I looked for other ways of accomplishing the task. In October, I was able to wirelessly control my Canon EOS 7D using DSLR Controller paired with an Android TV dongle. While the setup worked, it wasn't perfect – the connection was buggy and the Android TV dongle needed an auxiliary power source (which added considerable bulk).
 
Fast forward to last week when I found DSLR Controller's walk-through for converting the TP-Link Portable Router into a wireless remote. The conversion requires that you flash your router with a custom firmware which basically renders it useless for any of its original purposes (see Note below). One quick firmware update later, I was rolling.
 
Ever since my first DSLR, I've used self-portraits to experiement with new gear and new techniques. Self-portraits are great because the subject is always available and amazingly patient as you endlessly play with your new gear. ;-)
 
In standard fashion, I decided to test the DSLR Controller + TP-Link Portable Wireless Router setup by creating a self portrait. I set up the background and lights and connected the router to my tripod mounted 5D III via the USB port and started shooting.

DSLR Controller Self Portrait Lighting Diagram

[Diagram courtesy of LightingDiagrams.com]
 
Lighting Setup:

PositionLight and Modifier
Camera Right, Behind SubjectCanon Speedlite 580EX with 24" Lastolite Ezybox w/ Grid
Camera Left, Behind SubjectCanon Speedlite 580EX with Rogue FlashBender Large (as flag)
Camera Left, Front of SubjectCanon Speedlite 580EX with Impact Collapsible Oval Reflector

Flashes were triggered by PocketWizard PlusX transceivers. The background was a Botero #037 Collapsible Reversible Background (Black/White).
 
Using DSLR Controller + TP-LINK Portable WiFi Router
 
Admittedly, I had some trouble getting DSLR Controller to connect with my Google Nexus 7 (original version) using the TP-Link Portable WiFi Router. However, once connected, everything worked quite well. The refresh rate on my Nexus 7 was very good; Live View video was very smooth. Exposure controls, camera settings and focus were relatively easy to manipulate using DSLR Controller. Being able to see the camera's Live View video made framing the self-portrait incredibly easy (and fun).
 
The DSLR Controller app + Portable WiFi Router combination can be used for so much more than making self-portraits easier. Some of my favorite features include HDR capture, timelapse, and focus stacking.
 
Speaking of focus stacking, I used DSLR Controller with the Portable WiFi Router hooked up to my EOS 7D and EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens (set to f/8) to create the image of the almond seen below. The final image was created by stacking 38 incrementally focused images with CombineZP (free focus-stacking software).

Almond Focus Stack with DSLR Controller

DSLR Controller even has a "Strobe Recharge Delay" setting that enables you to specify a time delay between shots so that any flashes you're using have time to recharge. For the shot above, a strobe delay setting of 3 seconds allowed my PocketWizard PlusX-triggered 580EX with LumiQuest Softbox LTp to recharge and prevent overheating.
 
I had absolutely no issues getting DSLR Controller to connect with my "wireless" EOS 7D. The setup worked flawlessly. After easily and reliably being able to connect the setup with my 7D, I tried trouble shooting the setup with my 5D Mark III. I finally figured out that TP-Link Portable WiFi Router simply takes a while to estabilish a connection with the camera (more than 60 seconds). DSLR Controller has some tips for troubleshooting issues on their FAQs, so you may want to read over those if you have trouble getting DSLR Controller to connect.
 
Update: Regarding the 5D III specifically, I've noticed that DSLR Controller will not want to connect if you are recording images to one card and playing them back using the secondary memory card. Be sure that your "Record func+card/folder sel." setting has "Playback" set to Card 1.
 
I've also had more success with these steps as opposed to the ones listed on DSLR Controller's website (again, specifically regarding the 5D III). If the connection steps on DSLR Conroller's website don't work for you, try this:

  1. Make sure your custom settings mimic those recommended on the FAQ tips on DSLR Controller's website.
  2. Power on the 5D III
  3. Power on the TL-MR3040
  4. Wait for the Wi-Fi LED to turn on
  5. Connect your camera to the TL-MR3040 by USB cable
  6. Wait about 60 seconds
  7. Connect your Android phone or tablet to the DSLR Controller Wi-Fi network
  8. Wait for 3rd LED light to appear on WiFi Router (approx. 60 seconds)
  9. Start DSLR Controller on your Android device

Although I was using an original Google Nexus 7 tablet, DSLR Controller notes that some people have experienced issues with the newer Nexus 7 FHD tablet released in 2013. If you're wanting to purchase a tablet specifically for DSLR Controller use, I'd stick with the original Google Nexus 7 or another device listed as compatible with DSLR Controller.
 
Despite the connection issues with my 5D III, I'm really happy and excited about this setup. Once everything gets connected the setup works beautifully. I've been having tons of fun with it and I've barely scratched the surface of what DSLR Controller can do. If you already own a compatible Android phone or tablet, then the DSLR Controller App ($7.99) and TP-LINK TL-MR3040 3G/4G Wireless N150 Portable Router ($34.99) combination can be more fun and creatively inspiring than the [small] financial investement would suggest.
 
Note: Jorrit Jongma, the developer of DSLR Controller, reached out to me and requested I mention a couple of things. The custom firmware loaded on the TP-Link portable router is OpenWRT firmware which should offer many of the same features (and more) of the original firmware (although converting the device back to the original firmware can be tricky). Also, if your camera features built-in Wi-Fi (like the EOS 6D and 70D), DSLR Controller will work directly with your camera (and offers more functionality than Canon's OEM WiFi app).

Post Date: 2/11/2014 10:16:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Lens
B&H has the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Lens available for $339.00 with free shipping and 2% Rewards. Regularly $439.00.
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Post Date: 2/11/2014 9:49:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk Extreme II Solid State Drive (SSD)
Post Date: 2/11/2014 9:08:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
Webinar with PhotoShelter's Co-founder and Chairman Allen Murabayashi
 
No matter your specialty, as a photographer looking to get work you need to be able to answer the two basic questions above. In this webinar Allen will not only guide you through how to answer both questions but will show you how the answers will help you build a better online presence and attract clients to your work.
 
As the battle for attention rages on in all corners of the web, strategies to gain recognition, get clients, and stay top of mind are constantly changing. Here, Allen offers up tips from the presentations he’s given at WPPI, PPE, The Palm Springs Photo Festival and numerous other conferences. He’ll focus on how to find the best recipe for using the web to attract and engage the right audience and turn them into loyal clients.
 
In this webinar you’ll learn about:

  • The “smell test” (hint: it’s what your online brand is emitting)
  • The "search engine lottery" do's and don'ts
  • The “stop doing list” (or, how to make smart decisions with your time)
  • The “boomerang” effect for getting old clients coming back for more

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 12th, 4:00pm Eastern
 
Register Now

Post Date: 2/11/2014 7:47:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 10, 2014
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From LensRentals:
 
Is there a special item that you've been dying to rent but you haven't pulled the trigger yet? For the last two weeks of February you can save 25% on one item on your order. Simply put promo code 25OFF in the special instructions box.
 
The Nuts and Bolts:

  • The 25% applies to the most expensive item on your order.
  • Arrival date for the rental must be between February 17-28th
  • Discount only applies to rentals
  • Cannot be combined with any other promotions or discounts
  • One use per customer

To support this site, click on the appropriate product review and then click the Rent button beside the camera/lens you want to rent.

Post Date: 2/10/2014 5:47:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
MindShift Gear rotation180° Panorama Backpack (Tahoe Blue)
From MindShift Gear:
 
Designed for those who want quick access outdoors to their cameras, binoculars, GPS devices, nature identification books, maps, iPads, and more, the rotation180° Panorama’s beltpack rotates to the front for quick gear access and without first having to take off the backpack or even stop hiking. Its upper compartment has room for a 3 liter hydration bladder, jackets, food, and the like.
 

 
In addition, MindShift is making available for order two new products for outdoor photographers:

  • The Filter Hive is the first case designed for quick access to round, square, and rectangular camera lens filters. The Filter Hive solves organizational and functional problems of conservation, landscape, outdoor action, and wildlife photographers who need quick access to filters of different shapes. The filter case resembles a bee hive with padded, felt-lined slots that protect delicate glass and resin filters.
  • The UltraLight Camera Cover is the lightest, most compact camera cover for outdoor photography. Available in three sizes, this “skin-style” camera pouch/cover is designed for outdoor, nature, and action photographers who wear a normal or pro DSLR camera with small to medium lens out on their chest, ready to shoot. Its adjustable shock-cord on lid allows the cover to fit multiple camera and lens combinations.

By placing your order now, you are guaranteed of receiving your gear in this first shipment being received by MindShift Gear. The gear is scheduled to ship in early March.

Post Date: 2/10/2014 4:36:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon COOLPIX A Digital Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Nikon COOLPIX A Digital Camera available for $659.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,096.95.
 
Note: The camera listed in this auction is likely a grey market item and does not qualify for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/10/2014 4:10:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang 8mm T3.8 UMC Fish-Eye CS II Lens
Post Date: 2/10/2014 2:28:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 700D with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Kit
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon EOS 700D (Rebel T5i) with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Kit available for $879.00. Compare at $949.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/10/2014 9:19:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
B&H has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens (review) available for an in-cart price of $99.00 with free shipping. Regularly $110.00.
 
Note: B&H also has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens [Grey Market] available for an in-cart price of $95.00 with free shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/10/2014 9:06:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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