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 Tuesday, October 17, 2017
This year's hurricane season has been disasterous for thousands of people, but one lens company has stepped up to do what it can for victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
 
Until December 31, Sigma is offering complimentary service repairs to get your still-under-warranty lenses operating again or trade-in options "...for a special price" (according to an email from Sigma's Public Relations firm that we received).
 
The full details for Sigma's hurricane relief program can be found below:
Sigma hereby extends the warranty coverage of Sigma products still under warranty for damages incurred as a result of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria. If your equipment is under warranty, Sigma will provide either (a) complimentary service to get your equipment running, or (b) a trade-in option. Just ship your damaged equipment to Sigma, and we will ship the equipment back to you without charge. All terms of your Sigma warranty coverage still apply, so when sending in your Sigma product, please be sure to include a copy of the original sales receipt as proof of purchase date. If you do not have appropriate documentation as a result of the Hurricanes, please contact us. Eligibility for this offer is subject to Sigma’s sole discretion. This offer is open through December 31, 2017 (we must receive your damaged equipment by that date).
We applaud Sigma's compassion and its dedication to taking care of customers ravaged by the devastating hurricanes.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/17/2017 3:27:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
PhotoPlus 2017 is just around the corner and with Canon releasing several updated lenses since our last publication of the "oldest" list (as well as discontinuing at least one lens outright), the timing seemed right to re-compute the 10 oldest Canon lens list.
 
Lens ModelYear
Introduced
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy1991
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy1992
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy1992
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy1993
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy1993
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy1995
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy1995
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy1996
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens Buy1996
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens Buy1996

 
The oldest Canon lens currently in production is the EF 100mm f/2 USM, sharing a very similar design and feature set with the substantially-more-popular EF 85mm f/1.8 USM (#3 on the list). As we mentioned in our last 10-oldest list published in 2015, updating the design, adding IS (image stabilization) and improving the optics of each – while keeping prices attractive for the consumer market – would catepult the popularity of these lenses which would ultimately find a home in many photographer's kits, from casual hobbyists to professionals alike. And with the recent addition of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM to the lineup, releasing an updated consumer-grade 85mm option seems like an especially reasonable expectation.
 
The 2nd oldest lens, the Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM and the 6th oldest, the EF 28mm f/1.8 USM, are not terribly popular. I think many photographers would be happy with replacing both these lenses with a model that falls in between them in focal length and aperture, which also features IS. For instance, maybe an EF 24mm f/2 IS USM? Then again, Canon already has several 24mm options, so they may not be so keen on adding another one to their lens lineup.
 
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM ranks 4th and is really starting to show its age, especially in regards to wide-open image quality. If Canon updated their 50mm f/1.4 lens, with improved image quality and IS, the lens would likely fly off the retail shelves. Considering the 50mm focal length's popularity, combined with the current EF 50mm f/1.4's performance, I think this is a great opportunity for Canon to keep its customer base devoted to the brand.
 
The EF 400mm f/5.6L USM ranks 5th on the list, and while its design and lack of IS are certainly indications of its age, it still holds up very well from an image quality perspective. That said, introducing a fully weather sealed update, with IS and possibly a more compact design – keeping the price well below the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM – would make the lens especially attractive for those interested in sports and wildlife photography.
 
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM comes in at #7, and it still holds up fairly well from design and image quality perspectives. However, even though its substantially less than its IS counterpart (now in its second iteration), its never been nearly as popular. That's because IS is extremely beneficial in telephoto lenses, making the higher cost of the IS version of the lens that much more easy to bear for most photographers. In this lens' case, adding IS isn't an option (that's already been done), so the question becomes – Would the lens sell enough copies to justify developing another one with updated optics and a slightly different design? Possibly, but I'm not convinced.
 
When it comes to the 8th and 9th lenses on our list, the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM and EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro, respectively, I am not sure there is enough demand to justify expecting an update for either of these lenses, although adding IS to both would make them much more attractive to some. What is certain is that the 180L Macro has significant room for improvement, as it can't match its 100mm little brother's image quality, it doesn't include the coveted IS feature, it is not weather sealed and its AF speed leaves a lot to be desired.
 
At the #10 spot we find the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM, a favorite of portrait photographers since its introduction. While Sigma certainly designed the 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens to compete strongly with the Canon 135L, by not including stabilization, they left the door wide open for Canon to take back the must-have-135mm-lens crown. Update the optics, add IS and weather sealing and this lens will immediately hit the "best seller" list with its perfect-for-portraiture specs.
 
What do you think?
 
What do you think will happen to the lenses on this list? Are there desirable feature updates that I didn't mention? Let us know in the comments!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/17/2017 1:10:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Here's an interesting deal: When you spend $30.00 or more on PIXMA PRO-100 ink from the Canon Store, you get a free Pro Photo Paper Variety Pack and free shipping. So what's in a Pro Photo Paper Variety Pack, you ask?
 
  • (1) Pack of LU-101, 13X19, 50 Sheets
  • (2) Packs of SG-201, 13x19, 50 Sheets
  • (2) Packs of PRO Paper Sampler Package
It's unclear whether or not creating (4) separate, 2-ink cartridge orders (to obtain a complete set of inks with each order exceeding $30.00) will trigger (4) free gifts, but it might be worth a try if you're wanting a backup set of inks for your PIXMA PRO-100. The combined price for buying (4) 2-packs of ink would be marginally more expensive than buying a complete 8-pack, but could garner you 600 sheets of 13x19" photo paper along with (4) sample packs of paper.
 
Update: Site visitor Fred has informed us that he placed two separate orders and received free paper with both orders.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/17/2017 10:10:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through October 30, use coupon code Fall25 at Topaz Labs to get 25% off any individual Pro Adjustment for Topaz Studio.
 
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Post Date: 10/17/2017 8:34:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Late 2016, Space Gray) available for $2,099.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,799.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
  • 16GB of 2133 MHz RAM | 512GB PCIe SSD
  • 15.4" 2880 x 1800 Retina Display
  • AMD Radeon Pro 455 GPU (2GB GDDR5)
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.2
  • Touch Bar | Touch ID Sensor
  • 4 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) Ports
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack | Stereo Speakers
  • Larger Force Touch Trackpad
  • macOS Sierra
Note: A slightly lower spec'd model of this notebook is available for $1,899.00.
B&H has the DJI Zenmuse X7 as well as DJI's new 16/24/35/50mm f/2.8 prime lenses available for preorder with free expedited shipping.
 
DJI Zenmuse X7 Product Highlights
 
  • Detachable Gimbal Mount
  • 6K (6016 x 3200) Video Capture
  • 24MP Still Photos
  • Single, Burst, Auto, & Interval Photos
  • microSD and CINESSD Support
Categories: DJI News, Preorders
Post Date: 10/17/2017 8:05:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon UK:
 
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 17 October 2017—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company has reached two major production milestones—a cumulative total of 90 million interchangeable-lens EOS cameras and 130 million1 EF-series interchangeable lenses. The EOS 5D Mark IV was the 90 millionth EOS Series camera range to be produced, while an EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM became the Company’s 130 millionth interchangeable lens.
 
Canon’s EOS system debuted alongside the EF series of interchangeable lenses in March 1987 as the world’s first fully-electronic mount system for film AF SLR cameras. Over the years, both product lines have continued to expand, gaining support among users ranging from first-time users to professionals. Production accelerated in the early 2000’s with the spread of digital SLR cameras. Canon’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 14 consecutive years since 2003.2
 
Since its conception, the EOS series has continued to develop revolutionary technologies under the series concept of “speed and comfort”. Canon has since developed every key device in-house including the CMOS sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses—employed in the EOS series. Particularly noteworthy are the Company’s EF lenses, which lead the industry in sales and feature such world-first3 innovations such as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology and a multilayered Diffractive Optical (DO) element.
 
Canon will continue to strengthen and expand the EOS series and EF lens lineups by refining its imaging technologies, by striving to combine optics, stills, video and network technologies. The Company will also continue its pursuit of manufacturing products that are both stylish and reliable.
 
EOS Series
 
The EOS series of interchangeable-lens cameras began with the EOS 650 SLR camera, released in March 1987, that not only featured the world’s first electronic lens mounting system, but also fully digitized communication between the camera body and lens to produce a new generation of autofocus technology.
 
As film cameras boomed, Canon launched several models covering a wide range of user needs, including the EOS-1 in 1989, aimed at professionals, and the EOS 500 in 1993, which achieved a compact, lightweight design and greatly expanded Canon’s user base. Then in 2003, during the early years of the digital camera age, the Company released the groundbreaking EOS 300D Digital, an entry-level digital SLR camera that offered a compact, lightweight body at an affordable price. This move would trigger a massive expansion of the camera market, with Canon claiming the overwhelming lead in market share that same year. With the later release of the EOS-1D Series for professionals and the EOS 5D series, which helped popularize video capture using SLR cameras, Canon has continued to release epoch-making products that have enabled the Company to maintain the No. 1 share of the global interchangeable-lens digital camera market for 14 consecutive years from 2003 to 2016.
 
EF Lenses
 
Since the release of the first EF lens, launched alongside the EOS series in 1987, Canon has produced EF lenses featuring world-first technologies such as the EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM with IS in 1995, the EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM with a DO lens in 2001 and the EF24mm f/1.4L II USM, treated with highly antireflective Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) in 2008. In 2015 Canon released the EF11-24mm f/4L USM, the world’s first4 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens to achieve an 11mm focal length.
 
Today, Canon boasts 93 lenses5 in its rich EF lens lineup that comprises of lenses such as an ultra-wide-angle 8 mm focal length lens, an 800mm focal length super-telephoto lens and EF Cinema Series lenses for video production. With a wide selection of lenses for every purpose including zoom lenses, IS-equipped lenses, fast-aperture lenses, macro lenses and even the TS-E tilt-shift lenses, Canon is well-positioned to meet the needs of various users.
 
B&H carries Canon equipment.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/17/2017 7:38:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Canon EOS M100 Digital Camera in stock with free shipping.
Post Date: 10/17/2017 5:27:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 16, 2017
B&H has the Benro BV10 Twin Leg Aluminum Tripod available for $799.00 with free shipping. Regularly $899.00.
 
Note: Out of 9 total reviews for this tripod on B&H, 8 users rated it 5-stars and 1 user rated it 4-stars.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 22 lb (10 kg) Load Capacity
  • 100mm Head
  • Flat Base By Removing Tiedown Stud
  • 5-Step Counterbalance
  • Independent 4-Step Pan and Tilt Drag
  • Manfrotto 501/504PL Type Sliding Plate
  • 2-Stage Twin Leg Aluminum Tripod
  • 29 to 64.4" Height Range
  • Mid-Level Spreader
  • Spike Feet & Removable Rubber Foot Pads
Post Date: 10/16/2017 1:47:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photo has many discounted items available in its outlet center. See below for more information.
 
In Stock Outlet Center Gear
 
ProductOrig.
Price
SavingsOutlet
Price
Discount
Artificial Intelligence 17 V3$64.75$25.75 $39.00 40%
Citywalker 10$129.75$29.75 $100.00 23%
Citywalker 30$164.75$44.75 $120.00 27%
FPB Session Backpack$149.75$30.00 $119.75 20%
Helipak For Dji Inspire$339.75$190.00 $149.75 56%
Lily Deanne Lucido$199.75$79.90 $119.85 40%
Lily Deanne Mezzo$249.75$99.90 $149.85 40%
Lily Deanne Tutto$299.75$119.90 $179.85 40%
Low Rider Strap$31.75$12.00 $19.75 38%
My 2nd Brain 11 (Mist Green)$84.75$49.75 $35.00 59%
My 2nd Brain 13 (Harbor Blue)$94.75$44.75 $50.00 47%
My 2nd Brain 13 (Mist Green)$94.75$44.75 $50.00 47%
My 2nd Brain 15 (Harbor Blue)$99.75$44.75 $55.00 45%
My 2nd Brain 15 (Mist Green)$99.75$44.75 $55.00 45%
My 2nd Brain Briefcase 13 (Harbor Blue)$129.75$54.75 $75.00 42%
My 2nd Brain Briefcase 13 (Mist Green)$129.75$54.75 $75.00 42%
My 2nd Brain 11 (Blue Slate)$84.75$49.75 $35.00 59%
My 2nd Brain Tablet (Harbor Blue)$74.75$44.75 $30.00 60%
My 2nd Brain Tablet (Mist Green)$74.75$44.75 $30.00 60%
Retrospective 10 (Sandstone)$165.75$33.15 $132.60 20%
Retrospective 20 (Sandstone)$174.75$34.95 $139.80 20%
Retrospective 30 (Sandstone)$194.75$38.95 $155.80 20%
Retrospective 5 (Sandstone)$144.75$28.95 $115.80 20%
Retrospective 6 (Sandstone)$154.75$30.95 $123.80 20%
Retrospective 7 (Sandstone)$162.75$32.55 $130.20 20%
Retrospective Laptop Case 13L$149.75$80.75 $69.00 54%
Retrospective Laptop Case 15L$159.75$84.75 $75.00 53%
Retrospective Leather 30$259.75$103.90 $155.85 40%
Retrospective Leather 5$199.75$79.90 $119.85 40%
Retrospective Leather 7$229.75$79.90 $149.85 35%
Retrospective Lens Changer 2$109.75$14.75 $95.00 13%
Video Rig 18$479.75$110.75 $369.00 23%
Video Rig 24$519.75$120.75 $399.00 23%
Video Transport 18$399.75$91.75 $308.00 23%
Video Transport 20$429.75$98.75 $331.00 23%
Video Workhorse 19$229.75$50.75 $179.00 22%
Video Workhorse 21$259.75$60.75 $199.00 23%
Video Workhorse 25$289.75$50.75$239.0018%
Post Date: 10/16/2017 1:13:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DJI:
 
AeroScope Addresses Safety, Security And Privacy Concerns While Protecting Drone Pilots
 
12 October 2017 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today unveiled AeroScope, its new solution to identify and monitor airborne drones with existing technology that can address safety, security and privacy concerns.
 
AeroScope uses the existing communications link between a drone and its remote controller to broadcast identification information such as a registration or serial number, as well as basic telemetry, including location, altitude, speed and direction. Police, security agencies, aviation authorities and other authorized parties can use an AeroScope receiver to monitor, analyze and act on that information. AeroScope has been installed at two international airports since April, and is continuing to test and evaluate its performance in other operational environments.
 
“As drones have become an everyday tool for professional and personal use, authorities want to be sure they can identify who is flying near sensitive locations or in ways that raise serious concerns,” said Brendan Schulman, DJI’s Vice President for Policy and Legal Affairs. “DJI AeroScope addresses that need for accountability with technology that is simple, reliable and affordable – and is available for deployment now.”
 
DJI demonstrated the system today in Brussels, Belgium, showing how an AeroScope receiver can immediately sense a drone as it powers on, then plot its location on a map while displaying a registration number. That number functions as the equivalent of a drone license plate, and authorities can use it to determine the registered owner of a drone that raises concerns. In March 2017, in response to growing calls by governments worldwide for remote identification solutions, DJI released a white paper describing the benefits of such an approach to electronic identification for drones.
 
AeroScope works with all current models of DJI drones, which analysts estimate comprise over two-thirds of the global civilian drone market. Since AeroScope transmits on a DJI drone’s existing communications link, it does not require new on-board equipment or modifications, or require extra steps or costs to be incurred by drone operators. Other drone manufacturers can easily configure their existing and future drones to transmit identification information in the same way.
 
Because AeroScope relies on drones directly broadcasting their information to local receivers, not on transmitting data to an internet-based service, it ensures most drone flights will not be automatically recorded in government databases, protecting the privacy interests of people and businesses that use drones. This approach also avoids substantial costs and complexities that would be involved in creating such databases and connecting drones to network systems.
 
This system is consistent with DJI’s problem-solving approach to drone regulation, which aims to strike a reasonable balance between authorities’ need to identify drones that raise concerns and drone pilots’ right to fly without pervasive surveillance. DJI has led the industry with safety and security advances such as geofencing and sense-and-avoid technology, and believes the rapid pace of innovation provides the best means to address new policy concerns.
 
Drone identification settings will be included in DJI’s initial drone software to allow customers to choose the content of their own drone’s identification broadcast to match local expectations both before and after identification regulations are implemented in different jurisdictions. To protect customers’ privacy, the AeroScope system will not automatically transmit any personally identifiable information until regulations or policies in the pilot's jurisdiction require it.
 
“The rapid adoption of drones has created new concerns about safety, security and privacy, but those must be balanced against the incredible benefits that drones have already brought to society,” said Schulman. “Electronic drone identification, thoughtfully implemented, can help solve policy challenges, head off restrictive regulations, and provide accountability without being expensive or intrusive for drone pilots. DJI is proud to develop solutions that can help distribute drone benefits widely while also helping authorities keep the skies safe.”
 
For more information about AeroScope, please contact aeroscope@dji.com.
Category: DJI News
Post Date: 10/16/2017 12:30:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
When the Irix 11mm f/4 Firefly Lens showed up, I had a couple of subjects immediately in mind for it. The Cathedral Parish of St Patrick in Harrisburg, PA was one of them and on the next very-cloudy day, I made the trip to this beautiful place.
 
Why did I need a cloudy day to photograph the interior of a church? Any direct sunlight shining through the windows creates overly bright spots on the interior. While daylight was needed to light the inside of the church and bring life to the stained-glass windows, strongly-diffused sunlight creates a far more even light than direct sunlight.
 
Perhaps the biggest challenge to creating an image like is perfectly aligning the camera to the ceiling. With the centered framing, the camera must be positioned precisely below the subject in the exact center of the frame. Often aiding in finding this exact position are tiles and other structural elements that help indicate where the center of the floor is.
 
I had another aid in this case. The gold-colored subject dead center in the frame is a chandelier that hung far below the ceiling. When I saw the gold chandelier centered in the blue and gray area of the ceiling behind it, I knew that the camera was perfectly centered.
 
Centered, however, did not mean squared. The Really Right Stuff TVC-34 Carbon Fiber Tripod and BH-55 Ball Head were especially helpful for this part of the endeavor. I wanted as much of the ceiling in the frame as possible, so I fully retracted the tripod legs, which, with the precise construction of this model, meant that the tripod was level. Similarly-precisely-constructed is the BH-55 ball head and with the stem fully against the bottom of one of the drop notches, the camera was directed straight up.
 
With the camera centered and angled straight up, only final adjustments were needed. The camera still needed to be rotated within the notch (adjust the camera so that it is visually straight up to get started) and then I simply rotated the tripod on the ground, keeping the camera in its centered location, until the viewfinder showed that it was squared with the ceiling. Yes, panning adjustments could have been made using the head's panning feature, but rotating the camera around the head moves the camera slightly from its centered position, meaning that the tripod would need slight repositioning anyway. So, I simply adjusted the tripod position to begin with. Using a Canon Angle Finder C made finalizing the absolute straight-up framing much easier (as would a vari-angle LCD).
 
Focusing with this manual-focus-only lens was simple. I turned the focus ring to the slight detent/bump at the infinity focus mark and everything in the frame was in focus. The 11mm depth of field is huge at normal subject focus distances and this haptic-feedback setting works for a large number of uses, including with wider apertures than the one used here.
 
This is an HDR image, processed with Photomatix.
 
I left the cathedral quite impressed with the Irix 11mm f/4 Firefly Lens. The angle of view it provides is amazing and my first impression is that image quality is very good, especially for the very low price of this lens.
 
A full review of this lens is planned for the near future. A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 10/16/2017 8:17:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the CyberPower SE425G Uninterrupted Power Supply available for $27.49 with free shipping. Regularly $49.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 4 x Battery and Surge Protected Outlets
  • 120 V AC Nominal Input Voltage
  • 50/60 Hz ± 3 Hz
  • Simulated Sine Wave Form
  • 8 Hours Typical Recharge Time
  • Integrated Power Switch
  • Power On Indicator
  • Electrical Wiring Fault Indicator
Post Date: 10/16/2017 6:40:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
The New Flagship G1 X Mark III PowerShot Camera Features the Largest Imaging Sensor Ever in a Canon Point-and-Shoot Camera
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 16, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new flagship addition to its acclaimed G-series of premium compact cameras, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III. Lightweight and portable without sacrificing the very best in Canon digital imaging technologies, the new G-series flagship features a 24.3- megapixel* APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s revolutionary Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Auto-Focus) technology, both firsts for a Canon point-and shoot compact camera offering.
 
“As we continue to evolve the popular Canon PowerShot G-series line, we remain committed to incorporating both our latest innovations and the features photographers are looking for in an advanced, compact camera,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A. “With the new PowerShot G1 X Mark III, users will appreciate the quality and overall performance made possible using a APS-C sensor, alongside upgraded capabilities that can enable the capture of amazing photo and video, even in lowlight conditions.”
 
Ultimate in Compact Image Quality
 
The new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III offers dramatic improvements from the series’ previous flagship, the PowerShot G1X Mark II, headlined by a larger, 24.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, resulting in fantastic image quality in both stills and video. This dramatic sensor upgrade pairs with a wide-angle 24-72mm (3x zoom) lens with Optical Image Stabilization featuring a wide f/2.8-5.6 aperture to allow for maximum brightness and increased sharpness in images and an ISO range of 100-25,600. This provides users with the versatility to shoot in low-light scenarios like a dimly lit restaurant which can frame subjects with beautiful background blur.
 

Technology commonly found in Canon DSLRs and advanced cameras has now arrived for the first time in the PowerShot G-series, as the G1X Mark III will feature Canon’s acclaimed Dual Pixel CMOS AF system. This feature, popular amongst enthusiast and professional users, provides extremely fast and smooth autofocus capabilities across nearly the entire focal plane, allowing for more creative compositions when framing a subject away from the center of a shot.
 
Versatile and Intuitive Operation
 
Dust and water resistant, the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is a compact and powerful imaging companion ready for a variety of challenging shooting scenarios. Designed for enthusiast and professional users, it offers a host of useful features to help inspire creativity and improve operability. These include:
 
  • 2.36 million dot Organic LED Electronic Viewfinder provides customization options to match nearly any shooting style or scene
  • Touch & Drag AF allows for intuitive operation linking the Electronic Viewfinder and touch panel monitor to quickly adjust focus targeting without looking away from the viewfinder, or using Smooth Zone AF to effortlessly track subjects with the touch of a finger.
  • 3.0 inch Vari-angle Touch LCD Monitor helps capture the perfect shot from a variety of challenging angles, including overhead or low-angle shooting.
  • The G1 X Mark III is capable of fast continuous shooting up to approximately 7 frames per second (fps), or up to 9fps with AF fixed – working easily with Dual Pixel CMOS AF to track even the most fleeting of subjects with ease.
  • A New Shutter Release function offers a sophisticated sense of operation, similar to high-end EOS models, providing a comfortable hold during continuous shooting
Canon Technologies Worthy of a Flagship
 
With technology ranging from HD video capabilities to the latest in connectivity features, the G1 X Mark III is versatile enough to achieve high-level performance on the go. Additional features include:
 
  • Instantly connect to a smart device via built-in Wi-Fi, NFC or Bluetooth to facilitate easy sharing with friends and family or utilize the Camera Connect app to shoot remotely.
  • Panoramic Shot Mode functionality allows users to easily capture panoramic photos, simply be swinging the camera while shooting either vertically or horizontally.
  • Capture Full HD 1080/60p Video with high ISO speed shooting and smooth accurate focus when used alongside Canon’s Dual Pixel AF technology, while 5-axis movie IS helps reduce the effect of camera shake when shooting handheld
  • Easily capture picturesque Time-Lapse Movies with intuitive settings that help determine intervals and exposure
The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is scheduled to be available in November 2017 for an estimated retail price of $1,299.00. In addition the Canon Lens Hood LH-DC110, Waterproof Case WP-DC56 and Deluxe Leather Case PSC-6300 for the PowerShot G1 X Mark III will be available for an estimated retail price of $59.99, $499.99 and $99.99 respectively.
 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/16/2017 5:18:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, October 14, 2017
by Sean Setters
 
As an affiliate of 5DayDeal, we were given access to The Complete Photography Bundle 2017 a few days in advance so we could have first-hand experience with the resources available in the bundle. As such, I thought I'd share a few thoughts on my overall experiences with the bundle (for clarification, we were given access to Main Bundle, Charity Match Bonus and Add-On Bonus material).
 
First of all, there are a lot of files to download. How many, you ask? The amount of data available for download tips the scales at nearly 50GB. My suggestion is to download the Tools and Presets file first followed by any other files which contain Photoshop actions or Lightroom presets (be sure to check the Charity Match Bonus and Pro Bundle Add-On downloads if you choose those options at checkout).
 
Once the initial downloads are finished, start downloading the walkthroughs, tutorials and seminars which pique your interest the most. With the second round of downloads started, install the tools and presets (this will likely take a little while as well).
 
In the few days I've had with the bundle, I've watched numerous instructional videos yet I know I've only scratched the surface. There's so much information that it's a bit overwhelming, but most of the tutorials are broken up into smaller segments making it easier to view here and there over an extended period of time.
 
While I don't use Lightroom presets or Photoshop actions very often, I have found several of the included tools to be intriguing. There are literally hundreds of analog film presets for lighroom included, and it was genuinely fun to see how the same image appeared with several different presets applied (not all at once, of course). Some of the Photoshop actions proved really interesting, too, and extremely simple to use. The following is an example of a before/after image using two actions from the Endless Winter + Force of Nature (Jessica Drossin) tools:
 
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And below is a before/after image using one of the Artistry2 actions by Dave Seeram:
 
Portrait After Photoshop Plugins2

While these may seem a bit gimmicky, clients tend to really enjoy things like this. So it's definitely worth having a few quick and easy Photoshop actions at hand when clients want "something special" with their images.
 
Overall, I've been very impressed by the sheer amount of value packed into this bundle, especially at its almost-too-good-to-be-true price point.
 
Note: I had originally posted that Topaz Impression was provided as part of the main bundle, but unfortunately it is not. When I entered the serial number that was sent to redeem the new Topaz products (Reduce Noise Adjustment, Sharpen Adjustment & Color Theme Adjustment tools), "Impression" was included in the list of tools available available for download. This occurred was because I was still logged into Topaz's website under my previously-generated account, and the site had merged the new products available with my previously-owned product. I apologize for the misunderstanding! [Sean]
 
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Post Date: 10/14/2017 10:08:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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