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 Monday, August 31, 2015
Samyang Changes Name?
I received a Facebook notice this morning that one of the brands I was following – Samyang Optics – had changed its name to "Next77 Global."
 
I'm not quite sure what's behind the name change, but I'll keep an eye out for any press releases on the matter.
 
B&H carries Samyang lenses.
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 8/31/2015 1:16:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Still Live: eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens (review) available for $612.99 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/31/2015 12:54:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens
Just posted: Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens Review.
 
Kudos to Sigma for bringing us a groundbreaking f/2 full frame zoom lens!
 
B&H has the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens in stock.
Post Date: 8/31/2015 10:30:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Sample Image
Canon China has posted several full resolution sample images taken with the newly announced EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM.
 
B&H has the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/31/2015 6:26:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rokinon 8mm Fisheye Lens
For a limited time, B&H has the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Ultra Wide Angle Fisheye Lens for Canon available for $179.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $239.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Ultra Wide-Angle 8mm Fisheye Lens
  • For APS-C Size Image Formats
  • Rounded Image When Used With Full Frame
  • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Manual Focus Lens
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 12"
  • Built-In Petal-Type Lens Hood
Note: A fisheye lens is an excellent tool for inspiring creativity. I purchased this lens several years ago and I always have fun when I pull it out of the gear bag. [Sean]
 
Rokinon 8mm f 3.5 Fisheye Example Old Car
Post Date: 8/31/2015 5:23:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 28, 2015
Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR Camera
Still Live: eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR Camera available for $2,699.00 with free shipping. Compare at $3,699.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/28/2015 2:20:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Summer Photography Tips: Visit the Amusement Park After Dark
Amusements parks, carnivals, fairs, and similar are popular summer attractions. The next time you visit such attractions, be sure to take your camera gear (including a tripod) and ... make sure that you stay until the lights come on. To be more "attractive", amusement rides are typically well-lit at night and these rides (along with other signage) can make colorful images.
 
The first step: before you leave home, make sure that you know the park's rules for photography. The bigger the park, carnival, etc., the more likely that your activity will fall under regulation. The Ferris wheel shown here was captured at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA (America's largest free-admission park). This park requires permission for "Professional Photography".
 
Also before you go, scope out potential opportunities using the park's map, satellite imagery and photos found online. Look for colorful rides that move significantly and have lots of lights on the moving portions of the ride. While motionless lights can be attractive in images (especially if out of focus), moving lights can be made to cover much more of the frame, replacing dark sky with bright light. Spinning rides often work well, but roller coasters often do not.
 
A perfect night photography ride example is the big Ferris wheel at Knoebels. The park has recently installed a new LED lighting system that displays constantly changing colors as the big wheel spins. The ride looks impressive and attracts many spectators in addition to riders.
 
Though it has excellent image quality, my choice to use the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Lens for this image was foremost for the ultra-wide focal lengths. Because of the many obstructions around (notably, trees), I wanted to be as close to the ride as possible and also wanted the close, looking-up perspective. This position also helped avoid people (the spectators I mentioned) in the frame (and the model release complication they could potentially add).
 
There are many options for photographing amusement parks in the dark (or just before dark), but I like to fill a significant amount of the frame with light. In this particular case, I liked having the entire wheel in the frame while shooting (I was over 11 hours into my commercial shoot and had gone to bed at 3:00 AM that morning, so I can't argue that my decision making ability was not slightly clouded at the time). During post processing, I decided that I liked the wheel cropped tighter, showing even more color in the frame and making the support structure larger in the frame. That the 5Ds R has such extreme resolution enabled me to crop significantly into the frame and still have a high resolution image remaining (roughly 22 megapixels). And, I still have the full size image available if wanted at a later time.
 
Camera exposure settings for lights moving in the dark are often determined by aperture and ISO. That was the case here. Since the lights in the middle of the wheel are not moving as fast as the outermost lights, there is an overall exposure balance required. The LED lights were very bright and ISO 100 with an f/11 aperture worked well in this case (I reduced the brightness somewhat in post processing). I adjusted the shutter speed (in manual mode) to capture the complete movement between wheel spokes without overlap (which would cause overexposure), generating a complete circle of light that, with the changing lights, resembles a pinwheel.
 
Dark park photography will test your visualization ability, but it is great fun to anticipate and view the results. It is not hard to create attractive blurs of light at these venues. Give after-dark amusement park photography a go! It shouldn't be hard to entertain the kids while you do.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 8/28/2015 1:46:21 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Compared to Version I
The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Review page is loaded with my expectations for this lens along with comparison charts and other information.
 
Canon's MTF chart foretells exceptional optical performance. An MTF comparison between the version I and II lenses is included in the preview.
 
The image accompanying this post shows an approximate size comparison between the older Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens (on the right) and the new 35 L II. Obviously, the new lens is modestly larger.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II Lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/28/2015 9:36:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Canon UK:
 
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 27th August 2015 – As Official Sponsor of Rugby World Cup 2015, Canon is giving customers the chance to win one of 50 pairs of tickets when they buy a selected Canon product. Lucky winners will receive a pair of tickets to attend a Rugby World Cup 2015 match held at one of 13 venues around England and Wales.
 
With Canon’s starting line-up of products, including the EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 750D and PowerShot G7 X, customers can get closer to the action to capture those all-important sporting moments.
 
Plus they will also receive a free Gilbert Official Rugby World Cup 2015 Replica Ball with every selected product purchased.
 
The offer runs from 20th August 2015 until 31st October 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers. Terms and conditions apply.
 
Eligible products:
 
  • EOS 7D Mark II
  • EOS 760D
  • EOS 750D
  • EOS M3
  • PowerShot G7 X
  • PowerShot SX60
  • PowerShot SX710
  • PIXMA MG7550
  • PIXMA MG6650
  • SELPHY CP910
Amazon.co.uk and Wex Photographic are authorized resellers of Canon equipment in the UK.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon UK News
Post Date: 8/28/2015 6:16:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From MindShift Gear:
 
The Industrial Designers Society of America named our sister outdoor company MindShift Gear’s rotation180° Panorama Backpack a winner of the Silver IDEA Award. The rotation180° Panorama was selected from among more than 1,700 projects entered from around the globe in 20 categories.
 
“When we look at a design, we’re not just looking at what’s trendy or fashionable at the moment. We have the context of a long line of designers that came before us,” said IDEA Award Chair Matthew Marzynski, IDSA. “That collective knowledge exists within IDSA, kind of like a living treasure.”
 
New IDSA Board of Directors Chair, John Barratt—a former IDEA Jury Chair—calls the competition “the authority on design” and says IDEA jurying is “the most rigorous and thoughtful” in the world.
 
The rotation180° Panorama is the first rotating day hiker backpack. Designed for hikers who carry cameras, binoculars, GPS devices, nature identification books, maps, tablets, and more, the rotation180° Panorama’s beltpack rotates to the front for quick gear access without first having to take off the backpack, or even stop hiking.
 
MindShift Gear backpacks are available from www.mindshiftgear.com and other leading outdoor and photography retailers.
Post Date: 8/28/2015 5:43:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Instagram Now Displays Portrait and Landscape Images
From Instagram:
 
Today, we’re excited to announce that — in addition to square posts — you can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on Instagram.
 
Square format has been and always will be part of who we are. That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple and fun for you to share moments just the way you want to. It turns out that nearly one in five photos or videos people post aren’t in the square format, and we know that it hasn’t been easy to share this type of content on Instagram: friends get cut out of group shots, the subject of your video feels cramped and you can’t capture the Golden Gate Bridge from end to end. Now, when choosing a photo or video, you can tap the format icon to adjust the orientation to portrait or landscape instead of square.
 
Once you share the photo, the full-sized version of it will appear to all of your followers in feed in a beautiful, natural way. To keep the clean feel of your profile grid, your post will appear there as a center-cropped square.
 
Instagram Announces Portrait and Landscape Photos

We’re especially excited about what this update means for video on Instagram, which in widescreen can be more cinematic than ever. While we’ve historically had separate filters for photos and for videos, all filters will now work on all types of moments. You can also adjust the intensity of filters on videos, too.
 
We continue to be inspired by the creativity and diversity of the Instagram community, and we can’t wait to see what you create next.
 
To learn more about the changes in today’s update, check out the Instagram Help Center.
 
Instagram for iOS version 7.5 is available today in Apple's App Store, and Instagram for Android version 7.5 is available today on Google Play.
Category: Instagram News
Post Date: 8/28/2015 4:41:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 27, 2015
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Use coupon code SUMMER20 at LensRentals.com to receive a 20% discount on your rental arriving by 9/4/15.
 
Details:
 
  • Order must arrive by 9/4/15
  • Not combinable with any other offers
  • Discount applies to rental fees only, and does not apply to Keeper purchases.
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
Post Date: 8/27/2015 11:36:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Watch this sample video captured with the powerful and portable Canon EOS M3 interchangeable lens camera.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS M3 available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/27/2015 10:09:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon Professional Services:
 
Canon Professional Services will be on site at the Tennis Center providing support for photographers covering the 2015 US Open. All photographers must hold valid credentials issued by the event’s organizers in order to gain entry.
 
Our Canon factory service technicians will provide complimentary Clean & Check service on Canon EOS DSLR cameras and Canon EF/EF-S lenses. Clean & Check service is limited to (2) items per photographer and is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Same day service is not guaranteed.
 
Daily equipment evaluation loans will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
Pro Market representatives will be available to answer technical questions and offer product demonstrations.
 
The Canon CPS support area will be located in the Photographers Lounge of the East Media section within the main Media Center situated in the southwest corner of Arthur Ashe Stadium.
 
Location
Photographers Lounge
Media Center in Arthur Ashe Stadium
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadows Corona Park Rd
Flushing, NY 11368
 
Dates and Hours of CPS Operations:
Monday, August 31th through Friday, September 11th from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
 
Schedule during the Semi-finals on Saturday, September 12th and Sunday, September 13th to be determined and will be posted on site.
 
(All times indicated are local time and schedule/content subject to change without prior notice)
 
Thank you,
 
Canon Professional Services (CPS)
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/27/2015 8:29:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens
Preorders are now live for all the newly announced gear:
 
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
 
Canon EOS M3 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Canon EOS M3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens
Canon EOS M3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm and 55-200mm Lenses
Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens
Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens
 
By the way, you might want to check out the MTF chart for the new 35L II – it's impressive!
 
Below you can see the 35L on the left and the 35L II on the right.
 
Canon EF 35mm f.1.4L II USM MTF Chart Comparison

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 8/27/2015 12:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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