Canon and Sony News for Nov 2021 (Page 4)

 Wednesday, November 10, 2021

The Canon EOS R3 arrived and needed set up for use. Following are the steps I took to make an out-of-the-box R3 ready for use (subject to change as I acclimate to the camera).

  1. Open the box, record the serial number and add the camera to your insurance policy (you're covered, right?)
  2. find the battery, place it in the charger, and plug it in.
  3. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box.
  4. Not required, but consider downloading and installing the latest Canon imaging software to ensure support for your camera model. Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP) and EOS Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  5. Insert a memory card (we'll format the card in a later step), insert a charged battery, and power the camera on.
  6. The date, time, and time zone setup screen will show at the first startup. Use the rear control dial and set button to update this information.
  7. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  8. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Img type/size: Use the top control dial to set RAW to "RAW", and use the rear control dial to set JPEG to "-" (RAW image files provide the highest quality and are especially valuable for post-processing)
  9. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: White balance: AWB W (White) (I seldom use another white balance setting while shooting, though I often adjust white balance modestly during post-processing)
  10. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness = 1 (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram that best shows the available dynamic range. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Lens Aberration Correction: All options "OFF" (Includes Peripheral illumination correction, Distortion correction, Digital lens optimizer, Chromatic aberration correction, and Diffraction correction. I suggest that most photographers enable Chromatic Aberration correction)
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: High ISO speed NR: Low (or Off) (noise reduction is destructive to images details - I prefer to add noise reduction sparingly during post-processing)
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 7: Release shutter without card: OFF (only in a retail store would you want to press the shutter release without saving the image file)
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 8: Image review: Review duration: 4 sec. (the Viewfinder review option is disabled by default, speeding the shooting process)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 9: Shooting info. disp.: Screen info. settings: Enable 1, 2, 3, and 4; edit screen 2 to show only: Basic shooting info and Electronic level; edit screen 3 to show only: Basic shooting info, Histogram, and Electronic level
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 9: Shooting info. disp.: VF info/toggle setting: Enable 1, 2, and 3 (default); edit screen 2 to show only: Electronic level; edit screen 3 to show only: Histogram and Electronic level
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 9: Shooting info. disp.: Grid display: 3x3 (sometimes the 3x3 grid is helpful for alignment checking while not complicating the view)
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 9: Shooting info. disp.: Histogram disp: RGB, Small (show the brightness levels of each channel separately and do not let the graph to take up much space in the display as it can affect the perceived composition)
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 9: Disp performance: select Smooth if shooting fast action and battery life is not a concern. Select Power saving otherwise.
  20. AF Menu, Tab 1: Subject to detect: Select People, Animals, Vehicles, or None as makes sense for your current shooting scenario
  21. AF Menu, Tab 4: Limit AF Areas: Enable Spot AF, 1-point AF, Flexible Zone AF 1, and Whole area AF (along with any others you plan to use)
  22. AF Menu, Tab 4: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Pt only (instructs the camera to individually save the selected AF points for vertical and horizontal orientation)
  23. AF Menu, Tab 5: MF peaking settings: On
  24. AF Menu, Tab 6: RF lens MF focus ring sensitivity: Linked to rotation degree
  25. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Magnification: 10x; Maintain position: Enable (allows one button press during playback to zoom deeply into the image and maintains the position within the image when changing images)
  26. Playback Menu, Tab 5: Playback information display: 1, 2, and 3 only; change view 2 histogram to RGB
  27. Playback Menu, Tab 5: Highlight Alert: Enable (overexposed and nearly overexposed pixels will blink during image review)
  28. Networking Menu, Tab 1: Airplane mode: On
  29. Tools Menu, Tab 1: Format card (always format a memory card in-camera before using it — all data on the card will be lost)
  30. Tools Menu, Tab 1: Auto Rotate: On computer (images are properly rotated when viewed on a computer but are always oriented to fill the LCD when viewed on the camera)
  31. Tools Menu, Tab 2: Beep: Disable (probably no one wants to hear your camera's beep)
  32. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Eye control: calibrate (follow instructions to set up this feature)
  33. Tools Menu, Tab 5: Custom shooting mode (C1, C2, C3): Auto update set: Enable (see Configuring Custom Shooting Modes); To use C2 and C3, this setting is required: Custom Functions Menu, Tab 2: Restrict metering modes: Enable C1 and C2
  34. Tools Menu, Tab 5: Copyright information: enter as desired
  35. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 1: Bracketing auto cancel: OFF (I want to control when AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) is enabled and disabled)
  36. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 1: Bracketing sequence: -0+ (if images are captured in brightness sequence, they are easier to work with during post-processing. Capturing the darkest image first means quickly securing the first frame)
  37. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 4: Customize buttons: Multi-function button: C (toggles between custom mode 1, 2, and 3 and the previously selected mode and settings); Smart controller: Direct AF point selection; AF point button: Direct AF method selection;
  38. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 6: Default erase option: [Erase] selected (less safe, but one less step press required to delete an image)
  39. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 7: Retract lens on power off: OFF (prevents a carefully-selected focus distance from resetting when the camera auto powers off)
  40. My Menu: Add My Menu 1; Register the following options: Expo.comp./AEB, IS (Image Stabilizer) mode, Display (exposure) simulation, Subject to detect, Subject tracking, Format card; reorder menu items as desired
  41. My Menu: Add My Menu 2; Register the following options:, Date/Time/Zone (primarily for monitoring the time), Anti-flicker shooting, Focus bracketing, Shutter mode, Disp. performance, Number of bracketed shots; reorder menu items as desired
  42. With a lens mounted and a subject focused on, adjust the viewfinder diopter until the scene is sharp

I make additional menu and other setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.

To copy this configuration means you intend to shoot as I do - including in RAW-only format. While this setup works great for me, you should adjust your setup as needed.

If you can't remember your menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a great idea. Anytime your camera is reset to factory state for some reason, such as when being serviced or when acquiring an additonal camera, you will be ready to create your setup quickly while ensuring that an important setting is not omitted. If you purchase another same or similar camera, you will be able to set it up quickly. Consider saving the camera settings to a card (Tools menu, tab 5, Save/load cam settings on card) for an easy restore.

More Information

Canon EOS R3

Get the Canon EOS R3 from B&H | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Canon EOS R3 from Lensrentals.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 11/10/2021 8:21:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Post Date: 11/9/2021 10:50:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's Adorama Deals of the Day (available until 10:00 AM ET tomorrow) for big savings on the Tokina Opera 16-28mm F/2.8 FX Zoom Lens for Canon EF and Nikon F.

Also featured today is the Flashpoint Photo/Video 19" AC Powered 55W Dimmable LED Ring Light with Bag — only $49.00 (save $50.95).

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/9/2021 10:15:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The refurbished Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R is in stock at Canon USA for only $63.99.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/9/2021 8:42:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality test results are now available on the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 Lens page.

As predicted by Tamron's MTF charts, this G2 lens is an outstanding performer.

Is this the sharpest Sony E-Mount general-purpose zoom lens? Here are some comparisons to get started with that answer:

Compared to: Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

Compared to: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM Lens

Compared to: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens

The Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 Lens is in stock or available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III VXD G2 Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 11/9/2021 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 8, 2021

Is it time to refresh your memory cards or add capacity to the kit?

The SanDisk holiday sale at B&H encourages a "Yes!" answer.

There are dozens of format, capacity, and speed options, but the #1 seller SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO UHS-I SDXC memory card is discounted by $49.00 to only $30.00.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/8/2021 1:20:29 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

It's time to upgrade your external drive to an SSD (or time to get another external SSD). The SanDisk 4TB Extreme Portable SSD V2 has a huge $299.00 holiday instant savings available at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/8/2021 1:09:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Having less than two complete copies of your files, including one stored offline at an offsite location, is unacceptable, and I'm comfortable with no less than three complete backups.

I have been using WD external hard drives for this purpose for ... practically as long as they existed.

The WD holiday sale at B&H makes now a great time to start or upgrade your backup (or primary) file storage capacity.

Drives of varying capacities are included, but notable is that the 18TB external desktop drive (what I am currently buying) is discounted by $190.00, and the 5TB portable drive is only $106.99 after a $33.00 discount.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/8/2021 1:00:37 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality test results have been added to the Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD Lens page.

The wide aperture and exceptional portrait focal length range has garnered this lens a lot of attention.

Get in line. The Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | WEX

Rent the Tamron 35-150mm f/2-2.8 Di III VXD Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 11/8/2021 7:31:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Until Nov 30th, earn 2x or 3x (and minimally, many RF lenses are listed at 4x) rewards on select gear at Adorama.

The increased rewards add up nicely, especially when purchasing higher-priced gear.

Use the Adorama Edge card to save an additional 5%.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/8/2021 8:37:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Expect outstanding quality:

Until 9AM EST on 11/16, use coupon code EARLYBIRD20 to save 20% at my favorite printer, Printique.

Prints and wall art make great Christmas gifts.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/8/2021 7:40:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone for big savings on the Induro GIT404L Grand Series 4 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod, Manfrotto Advanced II FAST Backpack (Black), and more!

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/8/2021 7:10:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, November 6, 2021

Add it to your cart now, and then be the first to check out at B&H this evening at 7:00pm ET to get the used Sony Alpha 1 for $975.00 less than new.

Review: Sony Alpha 1

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/6/2021 9:37:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, November 5, 2021

Resolution test results have been added to the Canon EOS R3 review page.

Comparisons make evaluating a camera's performance much easier. To get started, check out the comparison against the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III. Right, the lenses are different, but both produce outstanding image quality and are essentially distortion free at the tested focal lengths. In this comparison, the two cameras show similar image quality with the R3 having slightly more resolution, as expected.

Another interesting comparison is against the EOS R6. What I notice most here are the R3's cleaner details, including less false color, at the pixel level.

The comparison against the R5 shows the R5's strong resolution advantage.

Again, the Canon EOS R3 review is actively being updated, with discussion of the image quality now added.

Order the Canon EOS R3 at B&H | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon USA | WEX

Save the tax, use the B&H Payboo payment card (at B&H, I use this card exclusively).

Get in line to rent the Canon EOS R3 from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 11/5/2021 9:02:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

"Better Sensor, Dual-Camera System, Omnidirectional Obstacle Sensing, Smarter Flight Modes, and Longer Flight Times Make DJI Mavic 3 Drone the Ultimate Tool for Capturing the World from Above"

Get more DJI Mavic 3 information at B&H and Adorama.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DJI News
Post Date: 11/5/2021 8:29:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out the Holiday Head Start Beat the Rush Sale at B&H.

This sale is fronted with today's Deal Zone deals, such as the Manfrotto Advanced II Messenger Bag (Medium, Black) for only $59.88 (save $50.00). Then, keep scrolling down and clicking the next "Load More Deals" button.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/5/2021 8:21:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

B&H has a 9+ rated used Canon RF 600mm F11 IS STM lens in stock. The $593.95 price is $106.00 lower than the $699.99 new price.

A 9+ rated used Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM Lens is also available.

Reviews

Canon RF 600mm F11 IS STM Lens
Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM Lens

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/5/2021 8:07:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 4, 2021

The Canon EOS R3 Advanced User Guide is now available for download.

You placed your order already, right? Get the Canon EOS R3 from B&H | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon USA | WEX

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 11/4/2021 7:34:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News   Category: In Stock Notices
Post Date: 11/4/2021 1:26:06 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Noise test results have been added to the Canon EOS R3 page.

The review is actively being updated, and I'll add a discussion of the results to the image quality section very soon.

Expect this camera to be hard to get for a long time — get in line now. Order the Canon EOS R3 at B&H | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon USA | WEX

Save the tax, use the B&H Payboo payment card (at B&H, I use this card exclusively).

Get in line to rent the Canon EOS R3 from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 11/3/2021 10:56:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's Adorama Deals of the Day (available until 10:00 AM ET tomorrow) for big savings on:

  • Hot deal on a great lens: Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART Lens in many mount options – only $799.00 after $600.00 instant savings
  • Godox MoveLink M1 Compact Digital Wireless Microphone System for Cameras & Smartphones with 3.5mm (2.4 GHz) – only $99.00 after $40.00 instant savings
  • Pelican MPB25 Water Resistant 25L Backpack, Gray – only $99.99 after $55.91 instant savings
  • & more!

Check out our Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/3/2021 10:49:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The B&H has a 9+ rated used Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lens in stock for $136.00 less than a new lens.

Review: Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM Lens

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/3/2021 10:35:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 1, 2021

Just posted: Canon RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM Lens Review

As I said before, the light weight, compact size, long focal lengths, and affordable price tag assure this lens high popularity.

The Canon RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM Lens is in stock at Amazon USA and available for order at B&H | Adorama | Canon USA | WEX

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 11/1/2021 8:15:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's Adorama Deals of the Day (available until 10:00 AM ET tomorrow) to save nearly 50% on the Tokina FiRIN 20mm F/2.0 FE AF Lens for Sony E Series, now only only $479.00 after the $470.00 instant savings.

Big savings also available on the Profoto A1X On/Off-Camera Flash with Built-in AirTTL Remote for Nikon and BOYA BY-DM10 Digital Lavalier Microphone for iOS, Mac, and Windows.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/1/2021 10:35:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The latest Canon instant savings promotion is in place through Nov 17th. The list remains short, but if something you can use is on the list, the savings amounts are nice.

Note that the items listed below received a correspondingly nice discount in the refurbished gear section at the Canon USA Store. For example, the refurbished RF 35mm F1.8 Macro IS STM Lens is now priced at only $318.99, marked down from $399.99.

With supply levels low, don't expect to see major savings promotions on the hottest gear this Christmas season. If the item you want is in stock, buy it now. Otherwise, still order now to reserve your place in line.

ModelRebate Amount 
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Buy$1,500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS R Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$280.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$20.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon RF 35mm F1.8 IS STM Macro Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon

A $100.00 instant savings is also available for the Speedlite EL-1.

Posted to: Canon News   Categories: Photography Deals, Canon Rebates
Post Date: 11/1/2021 10:14:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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