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 Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Just posted: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review.
 
I was looking forward to giving this lens a try and it didn't disappoint in most areas including image quality.
 
The early popularity of this lens has kept it out of stock at most retailers. B&H has just received a shipment of the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens and is showing in stock at the moment. I doubt that this stock will last very long – don't wait to order if you want this lens.
 
Other in stock options: At least one lens is available at Amazon and several are available on eBay right now.
Post Date: 3/25/2015 9:00:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens review.
 
To say that this is an awesome lens seems like an understatement.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2015 8:36:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 20, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens review.
 
This is an incredible lens, perhaps the best field sports lens made. The price, though very significantly lower than at its introduction, remains a limiting factor.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/20/2015 9:22:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 19, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens review.
 
As with yesterday's lens, the 18-135 STM is a decent performer, especially for the cost when purchased in a DSLR kit, refurbished or white box.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/19/2015 8:53:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens review.
 
This light little lens is a great performer for the price.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/18/2015 8:49:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 16, 2015
I have updated the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens review with the following:
 
  • Manhattan cityscape sample image added
  • Additional focal length angle of view example included
  • Replaced the 100% corner crops with a better set of examples
  • Distinguished between the two versions of the Samyang 14mm Lens
  • More info regarding the Canon 8-15mm fisheye lens
I'm loving this lens. I spent a cold Thursday in New York City with the 11-24, arriving home at 3:00 AM. I had a blast – and had to force myself to occasionally turn the zoom ring beyond 11mm.
 
Join the fun – get your Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens from B&H (preorder with deliveries expected soon).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/16/2015 8:18:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 12, 2015
Just posted: the Triggertrap Mobile Dongle review.
 
This little device has been a part of my [Sean's] kit for the better part of a year now. While there are products that offer similar functionality, I don't know of any that are as versatile as the Triggertrap Mobile Dongle at comparable price point.
 
The Triggertrap Mobile Dongle is small, easy to pack and gives you tons of options for creative imagery. Check out our full review for more information on this fun little device.
 
The Triggertrap Mobile Dongle is available direct from the Triggertrap website.
Post Date: 3/12/2015 8:15:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Just posted: The full Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens review.
 
I'm loving this lens. I have a New York City trip planned for the near future and will (hopefully) capture some better grade 11-24 sample pictures to share.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens available for preorder with deliveries expected soon.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/11/2015 10:18:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens review.
 
This is one of my favorite lenses (though I most frequently use it on a full frame body).
 
B&H has the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens in stock with a $100.00 mail-in rebate available.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/10/2015 9:32:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 9, 2015
All of the standardized test results (image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion) along with specs, measurements, standard product images and the owner's manual are now available on the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens review page.
 
My plan is to have the full 11-24 L lens review completed this week.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/9/2015 7:43:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 5, 2015
Image quality results have been added to the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens review.
 
To put these results into perspective, check out the Canon 11-24mm L Lens vs. Sigma 12-24mm DG II Lens comparison. Spin through the focal lengths and apertures. The price difference between these two lenses is significant, but so is the image quality difference.
 
Standard product images are also available. Create your own comparisons.
 
I knew how wide this lens was going to be, but I'm still blown away by the 11mm angle of view. Even my kids were enthralled by this extremely wide view.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens available for preorder. A significant second shipment of this lens model is scheduled to arrive this week.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/5/2015 8:00:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 2, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens review.
 
The 100 L has become my most-used macro lens ever. I love the look that the longer 180mm L macro lens produces, but the light weight along with image stabilization make the 100 L my go-to macro lens.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens in stock with a $50 mail-in rebate available.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/2/2015 8:23:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, February 26, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens review.
 
My preference between this lens and the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens remains a toss-up. I have had each individually and the two together. I currently own both.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/26/2015 8:28:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens review.
 
Probably the most notable difference between the 7D II and the 1Ds Mark III is the crop sensor camera's reduced vignetting as a result of utilizing the center-most part of the image circle. Otherwise, image quality is impressively close wide open between the two bodies.
 
The world awaits the comparison between this lens and the just-announced Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens. This comparison will be a top priority once Sigma's newest "Art" lens lands in our hands.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/25/2015 9:57:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens review.
 
There is a reason that Canon is showing this lens mounted to the new Canon EOS 5Ds. This lens has the resolution needed to take advantage of high density sensors.
 
Canon EOS 5Ds Front with 24 70mm Lens
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/24/2015 7:28:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 17, 2015
I wanted to visually see the new Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens beside the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens and the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens. So, I sized the lenses to scale and composited a prime Art lens family photo. You can definitely see the family resemblance.
 
B&H is accepting preorders for the Sigma 24mm Art Lens with initial shipments expected to arrive March 20th, 2015.
Post Date: 2/17/2015 9:56:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 16, 2015
Image quality results have been added to the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens review page.
 
I think that you are going to like what you see from this lens. You will notice strong barrel distortion at 15mm (details in the top crop sample get enlarged) and some chromatic aberration to be corrected, but overall this lens is looking good including at f/2.8.
 
Here are some comparisons:
 
Tamron 15-30mm VC vs. Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II
Tamron 15-30mm VC vs. Canon 16-35mm f/4 L IS
Tamron 15-30mm VC vs. Tokina 16-35mm f/2.8
Tamron 15-30mm VC vs. Zeiss 15mm f/2.8
 
B&H has the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 2/16/2015 7:54:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens Review page is now loaded with my expectations for this lens including MTF chart comparisons (I think this is going to be another great one).
 
B&H has the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens available for preorder with arrival slated for late this month.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/11/2015 7:11:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 9, 2015
I mentioned that reviewing the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens was one of my top priorities and a friend came to my rescue by providing a copy of this lens to test. I have good news and bad news to report.
 
I temporarily added image quality results to the review page but have subsequently taken them down. After comparing the results from this lens to the Canon EF 100-400mm L IS II USM Lens and Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens, I was left quite disappointed. Further evaluation revealed a strong likelihood of a misalignment issue with this lens.
 
Shown in the image accompanying this post is the near-top-left and the near-top-right crop from one of the test images. The top left crop is obviously very significantly sharper than the top right, which is the crop that shows in the site's image quality tests. A similar difference can be seen over the entire focal length range of this lens.
 
The bad news of course is that such an issue is showing in a lens this nice (and this new). That is very disappointing. However, I expect that Sigma will be able to resolve the problem and that leads to the good news: that top left crop from a 150mm wide open aperture is looking really nice. I remain optimistic that this is a really nice lens overall, with image quality to match the high grade look and feel of this lens.
 
We'll test another copy of this lens as soon as we can get our hands on one.
 
The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens is still not in stock, but is available for preorder B&H.
Post Date: 2/9/2015 9:09:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, February 5, 2015
The Canon EOS 5Ds review page is loaded with detailed information about this new, extreme DSLR. Check it out and be sure to share this page with your friends.
 
I've seen a LOT of camera announcements, but few have excited me as much as this one. I'm very anxious to get my hands on the 5Ds and 5Ds R.
 
Special thanks goes out to Chuck Westfall of Canon USA for his time spent explaining the new cameras and lens.
 
Note that, although the product pages are live, B&H is NOT accepting Canon EOS 5Ds or Canon EOS 5Ds R preorders at this time. Watch the site's news page/feed and/or sign up for the site's email newsletter (see signup box at top right of all site pages) for first notice of preorders being accepted.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 10:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 4, 2015
 Tuesday, February 3, 2015
 Monday, February 2, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens review.
 
This is a great little lens that holds up to the high resolution sensor of the 7D II. Image stabilization is a key additional reason to choose this lens.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/2/2015 12:37:31 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 30, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens review.
 
This is a very nice, compact lens with image quality that holds up well even with a high density image sensor behind it.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens in stock with a $50 mail in rebate that expires tomorrow (31st).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/30/2015 1:07:27 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 27, 2015
 Monday, January 26, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Review.
 
This is one of my favorite portrait lenses. The look that this lens can deliver is very unique (in a good way). The 7D II's high density sensor is showing the limits of this lens' wide open capabilities.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/26/2015 8:32:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 23, 2015
Image quality test results from the EOS 7D Mark II and 60D have been added to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens review page.
 
Direct links: 7D II | 60D
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/23/2015 11:01:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 22, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens review.
 
Like the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens in many regards, the 40 STM is a great bargain. With a $50 mail-in-rebate (essentially 25% off) currently available (USA only), now is a great time to acquire this lens.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/22/2015 9:37:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens review.
 
Since I am primarily shooting full frame cameras, I don't have many EF-S lenses in my kit. However, I have the 15-85. This lens is a great choice for general purpose use. If you have interest in this lens, now is the time to buy. The $100.00 mail-in rebate expires Jan 31st (USA only)
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 10:23:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Image quality test results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens review page.
 
The EF-S 10-18 is a very good value, with decent image quality, very light weight and a feature without comparison in this focal length range: image stabilization. If your kit is missing an ultra-wide focal length lens, it is very likely that you would find this lens worth adding.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/20/2015 9:56:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 12, 2015
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens review.
 
As expected, the 7D II results show sharper details and slightly more resolution. The bottom line is that this lens is a bargain.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/12/2015 8:12:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 8, 2015
Just posted: Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator Review
 
The Airport Accelerator and I spent a great 10 days together this fall. If this pack is the right size for you, it is unlikely that you will find a better option.
 
B&H has the Airport Accelerator in stock.
Post Date: 1/8/2015 8:21:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 6, 2015
The Determining the Age of a Canon Lens serial number chart has been updated to include the year 2015. This chart appears to be holding out correctly (or minimally within 1 month of correct) for the latest Canon lenses I have been receiving, so I added the new year to this popular page.
 
Here is the page to bookmark for future reference:
 
https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Canon-Lenses/Canon-Lens-Aging.aspx
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/6/2015 9:26:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 5, 2015
For those of you who were able to completely check out between the Christmas and New Year holidays (we envy you), make sure that you catch the latest review now live on the site, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM.
 
Canon may have taken their time in upgrading the venerable 100-400 L, but we think the replacement was worth the wait. Check out the full review to see why.
Post Date: 1/5/2015 6:16:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/30/2014 11:02:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Standard test results are now available on the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Review page.
 
B&H has the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens in stock.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/30/2014 9:14:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 24, 2014
I know that many of you were waiting on this one: Image quality results from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II have now been added to Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens page.
 
Again, preorder your Canon EF 100-400mm L IS II USM Lens now at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/24/2014 10:03:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 60D have now been added to Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens page.
 
Here is a preloaded comparison between the version I and II lenses tested on the 60D. The difference is very noticeable.
 
Next up: Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II. The 7D II is sharper at the same sharpness setting and this should be reflected in the results.
 
B&H has significant quantities of the Canon EF 100-400mm L IS II USM Lens arriving regularly.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/23/2014 12:56:47 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 22, 2014
Image quality results from a second lens (presented as Sample 1) have been added to the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens page.
 
Again, I think that you are going to like what you see. Both lenses perform superbly and the two copies of this lens perform nearly identically. The second lens is very slightly sharper in the corners over part of the focal length range (look at the 200mm and 400mm samples to see this).
 
Here is a preloaded comparison between the two lenses with the second lens presented as the default/left lens.
 
Distortion and vignetting test results are also now available for this lens.
 
B&H has significant quantities of the Canon EF 100-400mm L IS II USM Lens arriving regularly. Demand has been very high.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/22/2014 7:53:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, December 21, 2014
Standard product images are now available for the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens.
 
Visually compare the 100-400 L II to your favorite lens. Here are a couple of comparisons to get you started:
 
100-400 L II between the 100-400 L and 70-300 L
100-400 L II between the 70-200 f/2.8L II and Tamron 150-600
 
Preorder your Canon EF 100-400mm L IS II now at B&H. Significant shipment quantities have been arriving – and leaving just as quickly.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/21/2014 7:10:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, December 18, 2014
Image quality results have been added to Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens review page. I think that you are going to like what you see.
 
Here are some comparisons that you might find interesting:
 
Compared to the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens
Compared to the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Compared to the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens
 
Use the Image Quality Tool to create your own comparisons. Hint: Zooming your browser to a higher percent can make the differences clearer on some displays (Try CTRL+, CTRL- and CTRL-0 to reset). Share your thoughts in the comments section below this post.
 
B&H has significant quantities of the Canon EF 100-400mm L IS II USM Lens arriving regularly. Demand has been very high.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/18/2014 7:51:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Just posted: Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review
 
Is the 24-105 STM a lens introduced before its primary purpose?
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-105mm IS STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/17/2014 8:04:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, December 11, 2014
If I had to limit my Canon full frame DSLR kit to only five lenses, they would be:
 
1. Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens
 
This lens has many uses, but I do a lot of landscape photography and regard this as the ultimate wide angle landscape lens. The angle of view this lens makes available ranges from ultra-wide through only modestly wide and it delivers very sharp (corner-to-corner) images that make me smile every time I view them.
 
2. Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens
 
The 24-70mm focal length range is my most-used and having a general purpose lens in my kit is important to me. There are some other good choices for this lens, including the 24-70 f/2.8L II and the 24-105 f/4L. If I had only 5 lenses in my kit, I would want my general purpose lens to have IS and the 24-70 f/4L IS has the most-recent/most advanced IS system at this time. This lens has a much higher maximum magnification spec (for macro capabilities) and less distortion at 24mm than the 24-105 L IS (which has a longer focal length range to its advantage). I can't do justice to a list of uses for this lens.
 
3. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
 
The 70-200 f/2.8L IS II gets my easy choice for a medium telephoto zoom lens. It delivers very impressive image quality even at a wide open f/2.8 aperture with the capability to create a strong background blur. This lens excels at sports action and portrait photography. It is highly popular with photojournalists and wedding photographers. Landscape photography is another great use for this lens.
 
4. Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens
 
I love wildlife photography and there is no better general purpose wildlife lens than this one. This focal length range, moderately wide aperture and fast AF qualifies this lens for professional-grade sports photography. This is not a small, light or inexpensive lens, but ... I didn't set a budget limit for my "5 Lens Kit". :)
 
5. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens
 
I also love macro photography, for which interesting and colorful subjects abound. Macro subjects are readily available around the house, at the flower shop, outside ... there is never a lack of something to photograph with a macro lens in the kit. The Canon 100 L has very impressive image quality and the hybrid IS feature makes this lens easier to use and especially easier to frame at high magnification subject distances.
 
And then I would start saving to add the lenses I'd still feel lost without. :)
 
The above-listed lenses are my choices for use on a full-frame DSLR. For an APS-C DSLR model, I would swap #1 for the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens and #2 for the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens.
 
What are your most important "5"?
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/11/2014 10:06:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, December 10, 2014
What is a Custom Mode?
 
A Custom mode is a camera setting that allows the photographer to instantly recall a saved camera setup configuration by simply turning the top dial (or via a button press and dial turn on the 1-Series models) to one of the designated "C" modes. Most of us have go-to, most-used camera settings for at least one photography scenario and spending a few minutes to program a custom mode for this use can be a great time-saver and a move that can even save the day if those settings are needed immediately.
 
Canon's mid and high-end EOS DSLR cameras have between one and three Custom ("C") modes available. For example, some EOS **D models (the EOS 70D and EOS 60D) have one Custom mode and the EOS 6D Mark II and EOS 80D have two. Canon's high-end models, including the EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 5Ds, EOS 5Ds R, EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 1D X, have three "C" modes. This feature has typically been omitted from the lower-end Rebel (***D and ****D) series cameras.
 
How to Configure a Custom Shooting Mode
 
Configuring a "C" mode is very easy. Simply adjust all of your camera settings as desired for the "C" mode being programmed and then find and select the "Custom shooting mode" menu option located in the "Tools" tab. Next, select "Register settings". If more than one "C" mode is available on your camera, the mode number desired must then be selected. Done. That's it. That "C" mode is programmed.
 
Two other "Custom shooting mode" menu options are available. The first is "Clear settings". I don't recall ever using this one. I simply program over the top of an already configured "C" mode if I want to make a change and haven't felt a need to clean up any no-longer-needed "C" mode.
 
The other available option is "Change Auto update set". While a "C" mode is being used, camera settings can be changed. When "Change Auto update set" is set to "Enabled", any camera setting changes made while in a "C" mode are saved to the respective "C" mode. The camera will retain the new settings even after being powered off. When this option is set to "Disabled", the camera will revert back to the originally programmed settings when the camera powers off. My cameras all have this feature set to "Enabled". "Enabled" requires a little more attention to the as-last-configured settings when beginning to shoot, but ... I found "Disabled" to be somewhat maddening and requiring even more constant attention.
 
Bryan's Custom Mode Settings
 
I am generally using camera models with three Custom modes and I have a standard configuration that I use on all of my cameras. Being configured identically means that it doesn't matter which camera I am using, I know which Custom mode to use when the configured-for situation presents itself. That configuration and the thought process behind it as follows:
 
Custom Mode 1: Landscape and Still Life Photography
 
I am very frequently shooting landscape and still life subjects from a tripod and my typical settings for such photography are programmed into "C1". My selected exposure mode is "M". I generally leave the aperture set to f/8-f/11 (full frame) or f/8 (APS-C) to plan for as much depth of field as I can get without compromising sharpness (due to diffraction). The shutter speed I need varies widely when I'm in "C1" mode. It is usually set to whatever shutter speed I last used and usually needs to be set for the current situation, accomplished by simply rolling the top dial. My "C1" ISO is set to 100 for the least noise possible.
 
In "C1", I have One Shot AF mode selected along with a single AF point. Key for ultimate image sharpness is that mirror lockup and the 2-sec self-timer are selected (I often use the mirror lockup and 1-sec timer combination made available in the 5Ds R). With the mirror automatically raising a second or two before the shutter release, all vibrations, including those caused by my shutter release button press, subside before image capture begins.
 
I usually have Long Exposure Noise Reduction enabled in "C1".
 
While "C" modes are great for setup speed, my "C1" needs are not usually happening fast. Still, having this configuration readily available saves me a lot of setup time. Convenience has a lot of value.
 
Custom Mode 2: Action Photography
 
The action photography I do, especially including sports action, has general overarching camera setting requirements that lend themselves perfectly to a "C" mode.
 
My most-used standard camera mode is "M" (Manual) and this is also what I have "C2" programmed for. I use "M" mode for about 97% of my photography with "Av" (Aperture Priority) mode picking up most of the remaining mode use (most often when shooting under rapidly changing light levels when I have little concern for shutter speed). My "C2" is programmed for manual exposure settings that include a wide-open aperture, an action-stopping 1/1600 shutter speed and Auto ISO. If light levels are constant, I usually change the ISO to a specific setting at the venue.
 
My "C2" is configured for AI Servo AF with a single AF point selected along with the surrounding points assisting and the camera's highest speed burst drive mode selected. With AI Servo selected, the higher end cameras have a set of focus performance parameters that can be adjusted and I typically leave the default, Case 1, selected for these. If shooting under very low light (such as an indoor gym), I select a slower/longer shutter speed, accepting some modest motion blur in some situations for a lower/cleaner ISO settings to be used.
 
Having an action mode ready for immediately use has great benefits that include being able to properly photograph a suddenly-fast-moving subject that was near motionless just moments before.
 
Custom Mode 3: Wildlife Photography
 
I formerly used "C3" to store situationally-dependent camera settings, programming this mode as-needed at each event venue with this strategy working well. Also, I formerly used "C2" for photographing wildlife along with sports action and this strategy also worked well. But, I eventually decided that I wanted slightly different AI Servo focus parameters for wildlife photography and decided that using "C3" to store my most-often-used wildlife settings made sense. I usually have enough to think about in the field and this preset reduced the need to remember one more setting change.
 
Basically, my "C3" is programmed identically to my "C2" with the exception that Case 4 is selected as my set of AI Servo AF Parameters. AF Case 4 better accommodates erratically moving subjects and has for me produced a better AI Servo AF experience for this type of photography than Case 1, optimized for more-general-purpose needs. I should note that, because I am most often using a single AF point with the surrounding AF points in assist mode (not using the AF point auto switching feature), AF Case 6 should produce identical results to AF Case 4. And, AF Case 3, with an even slightly higher tracking sensitivity, stands to be another good AF Case option for wildlife photography.
 
Basically, I program the camera for "C2" and "C3" at the same time. Then, with "C3" selected on the mode dial and "Change Auto update set" enabled, change the AF case to 4. Done.
 
You are using your camera's custom modes, right?
 
The variation of camera setup needs between photographers can be dramatic and your setting needs are likely not the same as mine. But, you likely have some most-encountered scenarios that could be covered by custom modes. Determine what those needs are and program your custom modes to best cover them. They will be available for instant recall and you will be less-likely to forget a setting change needed in those situations.
 
If your camera's "C" mode is not your most-frequently-used camera mode setting, give some thought to making one that.
Post Date: 12/10/2014 11:15:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 8, 2014
Just posted: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens Review
 
If you have an APS-C/1.6x body, you are probably going to want to add this lens to your kit. The 24 STM is the excellent bargain we expected it to be.
 
B&H is accepting Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens preorders.
 
This lens is in stock at Adorama and the Canon Store.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/8/2014 7:43:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 24, 2014
The full Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review is now available.
 
This is an awesome camera – especially for the price. I decided to add a 7D II to my kit (replacing a 70D), so I expect to be adding more details to the review as time goes on, including more AI Servo AF experiences.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/24/2014 8:02:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 20, 2014
Image quality results have been added to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review page.
 
If you are like me, the 24-105mm STM vs. L lens comparison is the one you are most interested in. I'll let you draw your own conclusions.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/20/2014 11:27:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Image quality results have been added to the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens Review page.
 
My expectation was for this lens to be a great bargain – similar to the nearly-identical Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens. If I directly compare these two lenses on the same camera body (with a very low sharpness setting), my initial impressions are that my expectations have been realized. You will see more distortion in the 24 (the barrel variety), but these two lenses are otherwise more similar than different in this comparison. That is a lot of image quality for a nicely-built pocket lens costing only $149.00.
 
Order your Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens now at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/19/2014 8:46:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Image quality, vignetting and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary Lens Review page. More (on-camera) product images will be added within the next day or so).
 
B&H has the new Sigma 18-300mm DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary Lens in stock.
 
Looking for a great deal on a superzoom lens? There is a $200.00 instant rebate available on the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens. Regularly $549.00, this lens is currently only $349.00 at B&H.
Post Date: 11/18/2014 8:45:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 13, 2014
The large percentage of the viewfinder covered by Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF system is a big deal, at least when shooting in AI Servo AF mode and when there is no time to recompose after focusing. The image shared with this post shows such an example.
 
The horse gallops toward the camera at perhaps 35-40 mph (56-64 kph). I want the rider to be in focus, but the horse's ears and mane strongly compete for the top AF point's attention as the animal quickly moves up and down. Having an AF point so close to the border of the frame allows me to (better) avoid the AF point's attention moving from the rider to the horse.
 
Good examples of situations requiring a wide-positioned AF point include any sports that involve running (track, baseball, soccer, football, field hockey, etc.). When a person is running fast, they lean forward and the head leads the lean. If the subject's eyes are not in focus, the shot is likely a throw-away. To keep the runner's eyes in focus requires an AF point placed on them and at the oft-desired near-frame-filling distances, an AF point positioned close to the frame edge is required. The 7D II has you covered here.
 
Cameras with a lower percentage of the viewfinder covered by AF points require similar subjects to be captured from a longer distance and/or with a wider focal length, meaning cropping is required to achieve the same desired frame-filling result. Cropping of course reduces final image resolution. The Canon EOS 7D Mark II's wide area AF system has you covered in these situations, allowing you to fully utilize its 20.2 MP sensor – this capability is a big deal.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/13/2014 8:25:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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