Canon and Sony News for Nov 2021 (Page 2)

 Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Black Friday Deals are live at Dell!

For an even better deal, shop the Black Friday Sale at the Dell Outlet!

I have been buying Dell XPS 13 laptops from the Dell Outlet for as long as they have been available.

Post Date: 11/24/2021 7:59:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Act fast — these lenses will not last: the latest used Sony FE lens inventory refresh at B&H includes a Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens. This outstanding lens is OOS everywhere, and the used price is a huge $1,800.05 less than new.

Also in the Used Sony FE lens inventory are the also-outstanding FE 14mm F1.8 GM, FE 35mm F1.4 GM, and many more excellent lenses.

Our reviews:

Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens
Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens
Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Lens

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/24/2021 7:41:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Posted to: Canon News   Category: In Stock Notices
Post Date: 11/23/2021 7:04:21 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The Black Friday Sale at Topaz Labs is live. Save big through Monday, November 29th.

  • Image Quality Bundle
    Includes: DeNoise AI, Sharpen AI, and Gigapixel AI
    On sale for $99.99, more than 60% OFF the retail value of $259.97
  • Video Enhance AI
    On sale for $99.99, $200 OFF the regular price of $299.99
  • Everything Bundle
    Includes: Image Quality Bundle + Video Enhance AI
    On sale for $199.98, $359.98 OFF the retail value of $559.96
  • Everything is on sale!
    Get 25% off any individual app, as well as 25% off upgrades
Post Date: 11/23/2021 5:26:49 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Subjects that move are prime candidates for the use of servo AF, continuous focusing vs. the focus distance locked for one shot. Using servo AF requires a focus point or area continuously positioned on the desired point of focus.

Aside from vehicles, moving subjects usually have eyes, and usually that means the focus point or area must be on the subject's eye, with the subject looking into the frame. Maintaining the focus point or area over the eye of a moving subject while maintaining the ideal composition is often a huge challenge, especially for wildlife photography. An animal turning its head the other direction historically required a significant amount of joystick pressing when using a camera with an adequate number of AF points to competently accomplish the goal, and by the time the focus point was in position at the other side of the frame, the animal would turn its head in the other direction (one of Bryan's Laws of Photography). Add thick gloves, and this challenge increases significantly.

In addition to the joystick, the R3 has a pair of Smart Controllers for positioning the AF point or area. The AF-ON buttons have been enlarged, and a touchpad is built into them. Simply slide a thumb across the button to rapidly position the AF point or area.

With a conventional joystick and AF-ON button design, two thumbs are required to make focus point or area position adjustments while pressing an AF-ON button. In servo mode, the R3's Smart Controllers are functional while the AF-ON button is pressed, and this feature works even with thick gloves on.

In addition to having the ability to focus nearly anywhere in the composition, the latest mirrorless cameras have the ability to identify and track a subject, and more specifically, subject eye detection and tracking have been game-changing. When the eye is identified, the camera tenaciously tracks the eye throughout the entire frame, freeing the photographer to concentrate on composition and image capture timing. Thick gloves are not an issue.

The Canon EOS R3 adds vehicle subjects to its detection capabilities, filling in much of the remaining active subject identification needs.

Additionally, the R3 has body detection that takes over when the eye disappears. That feature was at times a hinderance with the whitetail buck as I wanted a looking away deer's antlers or head to be in focus vs. the deer's backside. However, the body is sometimes the next-best focus option, such as when an ice skaters spins.

The R3 brings us a very intriguing new method of AF point positioning. What if you could simply look at the subject you wanted to focus on? The R3's Eye Control AF allows the photographer to position the AF point or area at the speed of look. Look at the subject and the AF point is there, with no buttons to press or slide across.

Eye Control AF requires calibration for each user, and the calibrated performance can be individually different. Calibration is fast and easy. Select a menu option, and follow the prompts in the viewfinder that guide the eye to look at a dot in the center of a small circle sequentially positioned in the center and 4 sides of the viewfinder, with the M-Fn button press recording the look for each.

Canon recommends using the calibration process numerous times, including in different lighting and multiple camera orientations, to refine the data the camera has available. The lens in not involved in this process as the Infrared LEDs in the EVF (notice the enlarged viewfinder size surrounding the viewing area) track the eye position without eyeglasses, and a second set of infrared LEDs track eye position with eyeglasses. Separate calibration profiles are accepted, and useful for with and without eyeglasses and contact lenses and for multiple camera users. Profile data can be saved to a memory card for use on other R3 bodies.

Once calibrated, a small target consisting of two concentric circles (by default, configurable) moves around the viewfinder with your gaze. Look at the subject, and that is where the camera will position the indicator, and that is where the camera will focus or initiate subject tracking.

While the Eye Control graphic is needed, it is obvious and a bit annoying to always have over what you are directly looking at. This graphic, in addition to the focus area and subject tracking indicators, starts to create a busy viewfinder.

Using Eye Control involves a short learning curve as focus should be initiated before or after looking around the frame to study the composition.

My first experience with Eye Control was not stellar. After creating many refinements, I found the R3's calibration inaccurate for my eyes. Most of the time, the indicator did not position directly on the subject I was looking at. The experience was disheartening, but Canon shared that this feature would not work optimally for everyone.

On a whim, I deleted the calibration data and started over. The new calibration, even with only a few refinements delivered significantly improved accuracy.

Packing up the R3 along with many lenses in the review queue, I headed to Shenandoah National Park for five days of wildlife (and some landscape) photography. More specifically, the whitetail buck in rut were the primary targeted subject.

This shoot started with the R3 set to servo AF, animal eye detection selected, subject tracking on, and Eye Control AF enabled (by default, pressing the Set button quickly enables or disables this feature). Accurate focusing on the deer meant looking at the deer's eye and half-press the shutter release to initiate focusing. The R3 usually detected the eye and immediately locked tracking on it, tracking it throughout the frame while providing visual feedback in the viewfinder. While Eye Control AF is not always perfect, I was still using this strategy when I packed the camera for the trip home. The R3's AF performance with Eye Control outperformed any focus method I've used prior.

If Eye Control is found not performing well, immediately creating a calibration refinement can improve accuracy. Not too long into the shoot, I realized that the vertical calibration refinement was not yet created. In seconds, calibration refinement was created, and I was back in the game vertically.

When photographing with large telephoto lenses in strong winds, up to 40 MPH / 64 KPH on this trip, keeping even a motionless subject in the frame can be challenging, and keeping a manually selected focus point on the subject's eye becomes extremely challenging. With the R3, I could simply look at the deer's eye, half-press the shutter release, and then concentrate on fully pressing the shutter release when the framing looked right. This strategy works just as well with heavy gloves on (temperatures were as low as the mid-20s / -3 C).

AS mentioned, the R3's subject detection recognizes bodies, and it recognized deer bodies quite well. However, when the buck were facing away (I sometimes like images of animals facing away, looking into their environments), the head or antlers needed to be in focus vs. the closest body area. With the R3, simply looking at the antlers while initiating subject tracking worked very well.

The 10pt whitetail buck shared in this post came in fast and close, offering only seconds to grab the shot. A glance at the eye followed immediately by pressing the shutter release down made the quick capture easy.

Want an R3? Use one of the links on the site (supports us) to order it. As I write this, prepare to wait in line. This outstanding camera will be difficult to find in stock for a long time.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 11/23/2021 8:46:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Save Up to 50% on Lowepro at B&H.

Included in the 50% off category for this sale are the lightweight Lowepro Photo Active TLZ 45 and 50 AW Top-Loader Camera Bags, ideally sized for mirrorless cameras and small DSLRs with small and medium sized lenses mounted. I've been using these cases for fast access to nicely protected Canon EOS R5, Sony Alpha 1 and other cameras. This is a great deal — I added another pair to my kit during this sale.

Post Date: 11/23/2021 7:20:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone for big savings on the Impact Pro Backdrop Support Kit (12.9' Width) – only $139.95 (save $125.00) – along with numerous other useful items such as wireless remote timers, wireless mics, lights, ND filters, and a bog.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/23/2021 7:21:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/23/2021 7:11:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 22, 2021

Use coupon code LRBF2021 (one use per customer) at Lensrentals by 12/3/2021 to save 20% on orders arriving by 2/25/2022 (note the long rental period).

Renting is a great option for trying new gear or for getting otherwise unaffordable gear to use for short periods of time, and the holidays are a perfect time to rent gear.

Post Date: 11/22/2021 10:17:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, and measurements are now available on the Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens page.

Create some comparisons!

The Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 11/22/2021 8:16:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Save 50% off your new SmugMug account during the Cyber Week Sale. Unlimited storage, customizable photo websites, sell prints, and secure sharing!

Start your new site with the 14-day free trial.

Your pictures need an online presence to be shared with and enjoyed by others. I highly recommend and personally use SmugMug. The starter plan is quite affordable and full-featured. The holidays will be a great time to load your images.

Post Date: 11/22/2021 7:51:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The Black Friday sales at B&H are live now!

There are some great deals in this list! Scroll and click the "Load More Deals" button. Repeat.

Post Date: 11/22/2021 12:01:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, November 21, 2021

Through 10:00 AM EST Monday, save up to $260.00 on Zeiss 18mm, 25mm, 40mm, 85mm, and 135mm Batis Series Lenses for Sony E at Adorama.

Select the desired focal length lens in the "Product Options" section.

Also in that section is the opportunity to pick up Capture One for $100.00

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/21/2021 12:25:59 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone for big savings on:

  • Angelbird AV Pro CFexpress 2.0 Type B Memory Cards (256GB or 2TB) – only $159.99 or $629.99 after $90.00 or $270.00 instant savings
  • Impact Hexi 24 Speedlight Softbox – only $69.95 after $80.00 instant savings
  • MeFOTO RoadTrip Aluminum Travel Tripod Kits (Hot Pink, Pink or Orange) – only $79.95 after $120.00 instant savings
  • RucPac Extreme Tech Gloves (Small, Medium, or Large) – only $29.99 after $30.00 instant savings
  • Flash Deal: PortaBrace Sack Pack (Small, Black) – only $59.96 after $21.00 instant savings
  • & more!

See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for more excellent savings opportunities.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/21/2021 7:18:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, November 20, 2021

Time to browse the just-refreshed used Canon lens and Sony lens inventory at B&H. There are many great models to choose from.

Add the items you want to the cart, and then be the first to check out when B&H opens at 6:00pm ET.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/20/2021 7:32:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, November 19, 2021

The Canon USA Store refurbished camera, lens, and flash inventory was just updated, including the RF 24-70. A large number of EOS cameras are available, including the incredible value Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R for only $1,039.20 and $1,199.20.

Take a moment to browse all of the Canon USA Store refurbished cameras, lenses, and flashes inventory.

Expect Canon USA refurbished gear to be like new with an as-new warranty and a great price.

Post Date: 11/19/2021 10:21:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Through November 29, take advantage of the Skylum Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

For artists making a new purchase

For Bundle Savings

For artists who own Luminar or Aurora

Post Date: 11/19/2021 7:53:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone for big savings on:

  • SanDisk 64GB Ultra SDXC UHS-I Memory Card with 4-in-1 Card Reader (2-Pack) – only $16.99 after $11.00 instant savings
  • ONA Bowery Camera Bag (Canvas, Black) – only $109.00 after $80.00 instant savings
  • Flash Deal: Manfrotto 645 FAST Twin Leg Video Tripod with Ultra L-Lock Mechanism (Carbon Fiber) – only $689.88 after $300.00 instant savings
  • & more!

See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for more excellent savings opportunities.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/19/2021 7:16:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM Lens firmware update version 03 is now available for download.

Firmware Version 03 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Improves aperture responsiveness in combination with ILCE-9, ILCE-9M2, and ILCE-7RM4.
  2. If you are using ILCE-9 (Ver.6.00 or later), you can select "Focus priority" from the "Aperture drive during AF" menu.

Get the Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM Lens at B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Firmware Updates
Post Date: 11/19/2021 7:08:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Sony gear is looking considerably more attractive with these instant savings amounts.

ModelRebate Amount 
Sony Alpha 7R IV Buy$500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony Alpha 7R III Buy$800.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony Alpha 7 III Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS Lens Buy$250.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM Lens Buy$400.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 28-135mm F4 G PZ OSS Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 24mm F2.8 G Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 35mm F1.8 Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Lens Buy$50..0  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 40mm F2.5 G Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 50mm F2.5 G Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 85mm F1.8 Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon

Get the full list of Sony Black Friday deals, including Sony E models, at B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Categories: Photography Deals, Sony Rebates
Post Date: 11/19/2021 6:53:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/19/2021 6:36:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

A 10-rated used Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Lens just arrived at B&H.

Outstanding lens. Learn more: Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Lens Review

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/19/2021 6:31:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 18, 2021
Posted to: Canon News   Category: In Stock Notices
Post Date: 11/18/2021 9:48:37 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, and measurements are now available on the Sigma 65mm F2 DG DN Contemporary Lens page.

I think that you will like the image quality results. Create some comparisons.

The Sigma 65mm F2 DG DN Contemporary Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sigma 65mm F2 DG DN Contemporary Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Post Date: 11/18/2021 4:35:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Browse the Canon Holiday Specials at B&H.

While there are some nice deals, the inventory issues are certainly impacting promotions.

Post Date: 11/18/2021 4:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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