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 Thursday, August 10, 2017
Will you be witnessing/photographing the upcoming solar eclipse with your family? This might be a great way for the whole family to get a good view of the event.
 
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Meade EclipseView 60mm f/13 AZ Achro Refractor Telescope with Solar Filter available for $74.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Removable White-Light Solar Filter
  • 60mm Achromatic Refractor OTA
  • 800mm Focal Length, f/13 Focal Ratio
  • Manual Alt-Az Mount with Control Rod
  • 1.25" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
  • 9mm and 26mm Eyepieces
  • 90° Erect-Image Diagonal
  • 2x Barlow Lens
  • Nighttime and Solar Finderscopes
  • Adjustable-Height Aluminum Tripod
 Wednesday, August 9, 2017
If you are currently in the process of upgrading DSLRs, or otherwise looking to add a second camera to your kit, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II and EOS 80D could be prime candidates for consideration.
 
Many people may be surprised to know just how similar the full-frame 6D Mark II and APS-C sensor 80D really are. Here's a quick rundown of the features these cameras share:
 
EOS 6D Mark II and 80D Shared Primary Features
 
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF Sensor
  • Compatible with EF, TS-E and MP-E lenses
  • AF System: 45 cross-type AF points (27 f/8 points [9 cross-type], center point is f/2.8 and f/5.6 dual cross-type)
  • AF Working Range: EV -3 - 18 (at 23 °C & ISO 100)
  • Flicker detection and anti-flicker shutter timing
  • Autofocus microadjustment
  • Up to 1920 x 1080 60fps movie recording
  • Movie Servo AF tracking speed and sensitivity adjustment
  • Single SD, SDHC or SDXC (UHS-I) memory card slot
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
Now let's take a look at some of the EOS 6D Mark II's advantages in this comparison.
 
Advantages of the EOS 6D Mark II over the EOS 80D:
 
  • Full-frame sensor
  • Higher resolution: 26.2 MP vs. 24.2
  • DIGIC 7 processor vs. DIGIC 6
  • Spot AF
  • Less noise, especially at higher ISOs
  • Dual-axis electronic level vs. single-axis
  • 4K time-lapse video recording
  • Built-in GPS and Bluetooth
  • Better battery life: Approx. 1200 vs. 960
And below are the primary advantages the EOS 80D has over its full-frame counterpart.
 
Advantages of the EOS 80D over the 6D Mark II:
 
  • Compatible with EF-S lenses
  • Slightly higher dynamic range
  • Slightly faster burst rate / larger buffer: Approx. 7fps, up to 25 images RAW vs. 6.5fps, up to 21 images RAW
  • Pop-up flash featuring master functionality
  • Faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 sec. vs. 1/4000
  • Faster max flash sync speed (x-sync): 1/250 sec vs. 1/180
  • Headphone terminal
  • Slightly smaller size / weight: 5.47 x 4.14 x 3.09" (139.0 x 105.2 x 78.5mm), 25.75 oz (730g) vs. 5.67 x 4.35 x 2.94" (144.0 x 110.5 x 74.8mm), 26.98 oz (765g)
  • Lower cost
Who should opt for the EOS 6D Mark II?
 
If shooting in low light and using relatively high ISOs, the EOS 6D II will give you noticeably cleaner (less noisy) images at the same ISO setting. The full frame sensor will also create a stronger background blur with the same subject framing and aperture in use.
 
For those interested in movie shooting, the 6D II offers the benefit of in-camera 4K time-lapse recording, although it does not feature a true Tv/Av mode during video recording like most higher-end models (instead, the camera defaults to P mode where both the shutter and aperture are adjusted to maintain exposure) and a headphone socket for audio monitoring is unavailable.
 
If built-in GPS and Bluetooth are high on your priority list, the 6D II has those features while the 80D does not.
 
Who should opt for the EOS 80D?
 
If you are upgrading from an APS-C (crop) sensor camera and currently have several APS-C lenses in your kit, the EOS 80D offers a seamless transition without the need to upgrade your EF-S lenses to full-frame compatible EF lenses, a transition that could prove significantly more costly than a simple camera body upgrade. And the benefits of EF-S lenses include [typically] lower cost and smaller size/weight compared to their full-frame counterparts.
 
Those shooting fast action may not notice an appreciable difference in the burst rate between the two cameras; however, the larger buffer of the 80D could prove to be a differentiating factor in some situations. The 80D's higher pixel density offering more reach to those requiring longer focal lengths will be especially welcomed by photographers covering long field sports.
 
The AF point spread of the 80D covers a higher percentage of the viewfinder for optimal framing using traditional phase detect AF, although the use of Live View AF can mitigate the difference between the two bodies.
 
If you are interested in shooting using off-camera lighting, the 80D's pop-up flash with master functionality means that you may not need a costly accessory to control your off-camera flashes, with the reduced size and weight of your sans-accessory camera being another benefit.
 
If in-camera 4K time-lapse video is not important to you (you can always create 4K time-lapses in post), the 80D features the same video recording capabilities as the 6D II yet also features a headphone terminal for audio monitoring. Unless filming in low light using high ISOs is necessary for a bulk of your filmmaking, the 80D should work just as well for most with video production aspirations.
 
Summary
 
These cameras are actually more similar than they are different, with the sensor size probably being the most significant differentiating factor between the two cameras. If you're eager to enjoy the image quality benefits provided by a full-frame sensor, the 80D's benefits over the 6D Mark II won't likely tip the scales in the smaller sensor camera's direction.
 
However, if your budget is limited and/or you enjoy the benefits of EF-S lenses, or you otherwise want a body which offers a more versatile sports or video capture platform, the 80D's benefits may make it the logical choice for adding to your kit.
 
More Information
 
See our full list of Camera Gear Comparisons to aid in other purchasing decisions.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/9/2017 12:01:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From PhotoShelter:
 
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  • Different paths to getting published
  • Ideas for selling and marketing your photo book
  • Tips to finding a publisher
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Successful book projects take a clear vision, thorough research, smart decisions, and a lot of work. This guide will inspire you to give your images a whole new life.
Post Date: 8/9/2017 10:14:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We have found that some SIGMA interchangeable lenses for CANON are not fully compatible with CANON EOS 6D Mark II released on August 4th, as well as EOS 9000D (77D), EOS Kiss X9i (Rebel T7i) and EOS Kiss X9 (Rebel SL2).
 
When certain lenses are attached to these cameras and the “Lens aberration correction” function on these cameras is set to “Enable” for Live View shooting, an error would occur.
 
Please set the “Lens aberration correction” function of the cameras to “Disable” when using SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for CANON.
 
In addition, please also refer to other notice below, related to the usage of EOS mount SIGMA lenses on Canon cameras.
 
Phenomenon
 
When the lenses listed below are used on EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 9000D, EOS Kiss X9i, or EOS Kiss X9 and the “Lens aberration correction” function on the camera is set to “Enable” for Live View shooting, an error would occur.
 
Products concerned
 
  • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM
  • SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
  • SIGMA 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
  • SIGMA 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
Usage Notice for customers who are using EOS mount SIGMA lenses on CANON cameras
 
When using the SIGMA lenses for CANON, “Peripheral illumination correction”, “Chromatic aberration correction”, “Diffraction correction” as well as “Distortion correction” from the “Lens aberration correction” function of the camera are not supported. Therefore, we recommend you to set them to “Disable”.
 
If those functions are set to “Enable”, the performance of the lenses may not be accurate.
 
For further information, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary / distributor.
 
We appreciate your continued support for our company and products.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the ikan IFD1024 Featherweight Daylight LED Flood Fixture with AB and V-Mount Plates available for $399.00 with free shipping. Regularly $999.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1024 LEDs, 5600K
  • 60°, Flood
  • Dimming Knob and Touchscreen Dimming
  • Wireless RF Remote Control
  • Yoke Mount with 5/8" Receiver
  • Integrated 4-Way Barndoor
  • Removable Intensifiers for Barndoors
  • Built-In Gel Clips and Diffusion Lock
  • 100-240 VAC Power Supply
  • Low 82W Power Draw
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Joby UltraFit Sling Strap For Men (Charcoal, M to XL) available for $14.99 with free shipping. Regularly $27.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Works with DSLR, CSC, Super Zoom Camera
  • Designed for Instant Access to Camera
  • 1/4"-20 Thumbscrew Fits Tripod Socket
  • SpeedCinch Stops Bumping, Swinging Drops
  • Promotes Even Weight Distribution
  • Pivot Ring Adjusts Strap for Comfort
  • Lockable for Security in Crowded Venues
  • Soft-Edged Webbing Contours to your Body
  • Fiberglass-Reinforced Hardware
  • Webbing Prevents Loose Threads/Abrasions
 Tuesday, August 8, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
The new full-frame Canon EOS 6D Mark II is really a great platform for single-person video operation — whether video is a big part of what you do, or something you’d like to add to your still-image shooting. Many of the virtues this camera delivers to the still-image shooter are equally appealing for recording HD video, as we’ll discuss in a few moments.
 
As we get into the EOS 6D Mark II and its particular video features, keep the following points in mind:
 
  • This camera records Full HD video (1080p, or 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution). The only 4K capability is an option to generate in-camera Time Lapse Movies, which it can render as 4K files.
  • Full HD and HD (720p) video is recorded using the entire horizontal width of the full-frame sensor. While 16:9 aspect ratio for Full HD or HD defines that some of the top and bottom of the traditional 3:2 sensor be cropped, you do get the full width of the full-frame sensor.
  • Exposure modes available for video recording are full manual exposure (M on the Mode Dial), or totally automatic Program exposure if the dial is set anywhere else. Unlike some higher-end EOS models, there is no true Shutter or Aperture Priority operation during video recording.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 6D Mark II in stock.
Post Date: 8/8/2017 9:10:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon has released firmware v.1.02 for the D3300 and D5300 to fix the following issue:
 
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes resulted in incorrect exposure for the first photo taken in live view.
Download:
Nikon D3300 Firmware v.1.02
Nikon D5300 Firmware v.1.02
Post Date: 8/8/2017 8:41:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Manfrotto Pro Roller Bag 70 available for $349.88 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $389.88.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds 2 DSLRs, 8 Lenses, 2 Flashes
  • Accommodates 17" Laptop & Tablet
  • Multi-Layered Impact Protection
  • Red Rigid Dividers Provide Structure
  • Side Zippered Pouch & Pocket
  • External Tripod Connection
  • Rain Cover Fits Attached Tripod
  • Water-Repellent Cordura Nylon
  • Retractable Trolley Handle
  • Top, Side & Base Grip Handles
Post Date: 8/8/2017 7:44:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Benro TAD38CB3 Series 3 Adventure Carbon Fiber Tripod with B3 Ball Head available for $320.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $440.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 30.9 lb
  • Max Height: 66.3"
  • Min Height: 17.5"
  • Folded Length: 26.4"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 5.2 lb
  • Ball Head with QR Plate
  • Flip Locks
  • Carrying Case
B&H has the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens for Canon available for $189.95 with free shipping. Regularly $269.95.
 
Note: The Nikon version is also discounted, but it's $10.00 more.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Ultra Wide-Angle 8mm Fisheye Lens
  • 167º Angle of View
  • High Definition, Aspherical Elements
  • For Use with APS-C Format DSLRs
  • Circular, Vignetted Image on Full Frame
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 12"
  • Removable Petal-Type Lens Hood
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/8/2017 6:00:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Slik Lite CF-422 Carbon Fiber Tripod available for $199.95 with free shipping. Regularly $329.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 6.6 lb
  • Max Height: 70.1"
  • Min Height: 7.71"
  • Folded Length: 18.7"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 2.43 lb
  • Equipped with Ball Head SBH-180DS
  • Flip Open/Close Leg Inverting Mechanism
  • 8-Layer Carbon Fiber Construction
  • Tripod Case Included
Post Date: 8/8/2017 5:50:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 7, 2017
Hot Deal: B&H has the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer available for $79.99 with free shipping after $50.00 promo discount and $250.00 mail-in discount. Regularly $379.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 4800 x 2400 dpi
  • Print 8 x 10" in 51 Seconds
  • Wi-Fi, Ethernet, AirPrint, PictBridge
  • Print Sizes up to 13 x 19"
  • 8 Ink Cartridges Including 3 Monochrome
  • CD, DVD, Blu-ray Printing
  • Print Studio Pro for Photoshop, DPP
We shared last week that the United States Postal Service has released a special edition stamp featuring a solar eclipse. Unique for a USPS stamp is that it is heat sensitive, revealing a full moon when the heat of a finger is applied to the moon's silhouette.
 
While the opportunity for photographing a spectacular solar eclipse is coming very soon (August 21), the details shown in the heated stamp's moon will not be available to photograph at that time – the back-lit moon will be totally black. However, tonight's full moon, the last before the upcoming total solar eclipse, provides a great opportunity (weather permitting of course) to capture the image needed to composite into your later-captured solar eclipse images (including even partial solar eclipse images). Compositing the full moon into your solar eclipse images should be relatively easy in post processing, and this strategy provides a great way to differentiate your work from that of other photographers, especially considering that this will likely be the most photographed total solar eclipse in history.
 
Compositing options include full opacity or at a reduced opacity to mimic the moon's details being very slightly perceptible in the shadowed area within the corona (think of it as a high dynamic range total solar eclipse image). Another option is to create animated GIFs.
 
Photographing the moon is also great for gaining experience with your solar eclipse gear setup (sans solar ND filter). Testing now means that there is still time to order or rent alternative gear for the big show.
 
If you don't have the opportunity to photograph tonight's full moon, don't fret – there will be more opportunities coming. Your next chance to capture a full moon image will be September 6, 2017.
 
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Post Date: 8/7/2017 8:20:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from a second lens copy have been added to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
This latest copy of the 24-105 L II performs slightly better than the first, so I made it the default (sample 1).
 
The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/7/2017 7:53:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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