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 Monday, July 6, 2015
Canon EOS 5Ds
Just posted: Canon EOS 5Ds Review.
The Canon 5Ds promised to perform amazingly and it has delivered on that promise.
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds in stock and the 5Ds R available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/6/2015 8:47:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Every month we update our Most Popular Gear lists with the cameras and lenses – as evidenced by your page views – are indicative of the most popular gear. I decided to take a look at the most popular gear last month to see if I could discern the reasons behind the popularity of each camera. And speaking of the most popular gear list, you can find the list on the bottom-right side of the homepage.
Last month the most popular cameras were (in order):
  1. Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  2. Canon EOS 5Ds
  3. Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  4. Canon EOS 6D
  5. Canon EOS 5Ds R
Looking at the list, it makes sense that the EOS 7D Mark II sits at its apex despite the hype surrounding Canon's ultra-high resolution cameras. The 7D II features 10 frames-per-second, a 1D-X-like AF system and dual memory card slots at a great price (especially with the current rebates).
Canon's groundbreaking, ultra-high resolution DSLR featuring a traditional low-pass filter takes the #2 spot – the EOS 5Ds. Announced in February, the 5Ds preorders were finally being sent out late last month. The interest regarding this camera was huge as people wondered, "How could I use the extra resolution?" Keep in mind, though, "interest" does not necessarily mean "purchased." The 5Ds (and the 5Ds R) represents a significant investment for most [if not all] photographers, meaning curiosity regarding the 50.6MP sensor – as opposed to preorder intent – likely drove much of that traffic.
Sitting at number #3 is the workhorse camera of professionals everywhere (and the camera that Bryan and I have used most since its introduction), the EOS 5D Mark III. Sitting below the 1D-X and now more afforadable than ever, the 5D Mark III is an excellent, well-rounded full-framer. It may be slightly long in the tooth (relatively speaking), but its excellent feature set makes it a highly relevant camera for a wide range of photographers over 3 years after its introduction.
The 7D II sits within reach of far more budgets than the 5Ds/5Ds R, a feature it has in shares with the #4 camera in our list – the EOS 6D. Even though the EOS 6D was announced in late 2012, the fact that it's Canon's least expensive entryway into the world of full-frame photography makes it an especially attractive upgrade for those who started out with a Rebel/xxD camera.
Rounding out the top 5, the EOS 5Ds R – Canon's highest-resolution, sharpest full-frame camera – appeals to those looking to capture the finest details in their scene (we think landscape photographers are a big portion of this group). The increased risk of moiré and false color makes this 5D variant a little less popular than its nearly identical twin featuring the traditional low-pass filter.
So there you have it, the top 5 most popular cameras as indicated by your page views. We hope the site's resources, including the DSLR Camera Reviews and Camera Specifications Tool, have proven useful in determining the camera that best fits your photography needs.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/6/2015 8:36:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Many factors go into creating a good portrait image: depth of field, sharpness, suitable lighting, but most importantly emotion.
In this tutorial Steve Huddy, from Canon Collective, shows you how to get them right.
Use his tips and tricks to win an EOS 750D. All you need to do is watch the tutorial and submit your best light trail shots at
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Post Date: 7/6/2015 6:47:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 3, 2015

From the Nikon Europe YouTube Channel:
Shooting abandoned places can lead to surprising results. You'd never guess David's shot 'The Mothership' is actually Linnahall: a former concert hall in Tallinn, Estonia. Check out what he has to say about it and take a closer look at the shot here
From the photographer, David de Rueda:
"Linnahall is a former concert hall in Tallinn, Estonia. With a two minute exposure, I could reveal the architecture of the place, which otherwise sat in darkness. The central framing gives the photograph its power, drawing the eye right to the centre. To me, it almost looks like a spaceship."
To see more of David's work, check out "Project Spotlight: Abandoned spaces."
B&H carries the Nikon D810 and AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/3/2015 2:05:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon UK Free Battery Grip Promotion
Nikon UK is offering free battery grips to those who purchase D7200 and D610 DSLRs. See below for more information.
From Nikon Europe:
  • The Nikon Battery Grip promotion 2015 runs from the 2nd July 2015 to 2nd September 2015 (inclusive).
  • All claims must be made by 30th September 2015 (inclusive).
  • The free battery grip availability is as stated below:
Camera PurchasedBattery Grip
Nikon D7200 D-SLR (body or Kit)MB-D15
Nikon D610 D-SLR (body or Kit)MB-D14

How to claim
Once you have purchased your new Nikon product/s, you will need to follow the simple claim process below. To enable us to complete your claim, we will need to see supporting documentation. This can be in the form of a hard copy or a digital copy with an online claim.
Please follow the steps below to make a claim.
  1. Please read the terms and conditions and ensure that you have understood them fully before applying to make a claim.
  2. Find your Nikon Europe Service Warranty document for all products. This will either have already filled in Nikon UK Ltd or Nikon Europe BV (Please see image below).
  3. Fill in your name and address details on the Nikon Europe Service Warranty document for all products (if applicable).
  4. Make a photocopy or a digital copy of the Warranty documents for all products claimed for, and retain the originals for your records. This could be in the form of a scan or photograph.
  5. Please make a digital copy or a photocopy of your receipt/invoice ensuring that the date of purchase is clearly visible. This could be in the form of a scan or photograph. These documents will need to be uploaded during the claim process or sent via post. NB: Original receipts/invoices should not be sent in with your application as Nikon will not return the original documentation.
  6. Complete the online claim form by clicking on the "Claim Now" button or by following other cues to claim throughout the site.
Once completed either upload your digital copies of your invoice and warranty documents, or print the copy of the confirmation and send with the documents above to Nikon Battery Grip Promotion 2015, PO Box 246, Alton, GU34 9BL. If you require a hard copy of the claim form please ring +44 (0)1420 525 506.
Please also note the following:
  • A maximum of one claim can me made per person on each model included in the promotion.
  • For online purchases an order confirmation is not sufficient for a claim.
If you experience any problems and/or are unable to complete the online claim form, please ring our Claim Line on +44 (0)1420 525 506.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/3/2015 12:32:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

Canon officially began celebrating the EOS 5D's 10th anniversary earlier this year and now they've published an introspective video narrated by members of their camera design team.
The EOS 5D launched in 2005 and was immediately successful because, up until then, full-frame sensors were limited to elite, expensive pro-grade bodies (Canon 1-series). With each successive iteration, Canon has introduced key advancements that kept the camera line relevant for its target markets (high resolution, video recording, advanced AF, etc).
It's interesting to look back and see how the 5D line has grown and matured into what it is today. The original 5D was a relatively stripped down camera with a full-frame sensor, somewhat akin to an EOS 6D today – capable of producing great images, but without many of the features that pros require.
Today, the 5D series sits squarely between the market it used to serve and the highest end, 1-series market (both in price and features) with a notable exception – resolution – where the 5D bests its top-tier big brother. With each feature-packed iteration the 5D has appealed to an even broader market; I think that's a big reason why the cameras have been so popular over the past decade. I think it'll be interesting to see where the lineup goes from here. [Sean]
B&H carries the EOS 5D Mark III and the new 5Ds / 5Ds R DSLR cameras.
Update: Canon has also published a video interview with developers of the 5D cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/3/2015 9:07:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5Ds Sample Photo of Black Bear
Obvious is that the Canon EOS 5Ds is a much higher resolution camera than the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Because the 5Ds has more pixels in the same amount of sensor space as the 5D III, camera and subject motion causes subject details to cross over pixels at a faster rate, potentially resulting in blur and a loss of pixel-level sharpness. Because of this, you may find that a faster minimum shutter speed is necessary for handholding this camera (and that image stabilization becomes more important). Similarly, fast-moving subjects may require faster shutter speeds to avoid pixel-level motion blur.
This is the 5Ds change with the biggest learning curve. But, get the shutter speed wrong and you may have a fallback option available.
The momma black bear showed up and I sprung into action. With the Canon EF 100-400mm L IS II Lens mounted to the 5Ds (the "R" in this case), I quickly estimated the manual exposure needed. Black bears rendered large in the frame tend to be overexposed in auto exposure modes and I was able to dial in the right manual exposure setting just as fast as determining any exposure compensation needed. I made one quick ISO setting change after seeing the first image on the histogram and began rapidly capturing frames.
Unfortunately, most of my shots from this 2 minute session were throwaways, primarily due to the bear's constant fast movement creating poor head positions. Some of the better-composed images were not as sharp as desired due to motion blur.
Hindsight is usually clear and I know that I should have opted for a higher ISO setting and shorter shutter speed, but I was hoping that the bear would pause occassionally, affording me the opportunity for sharp images at 1/320. When modestly blurred images happen, the fall-back option available is to reduce the final image dimensions until it is the desired sharpness. Reducing the final image dimensions to those of the 5D III (or similar) will give you the about same sharpness results as if the image had been captured on that lower resolution camera.
Here is the full resolution crop example showing what I was not satisfied with:
Full Resolution 5Ds Sharpness
Take this image down to 5D III pixel dimensions and ... I have an image I can be happy with:
Reduced to 5D III Size Sharpness
In the case of my bear photo, 5D III dimensions result in an acceptably sharp image (the DOF is centered closer to the eyes, leaving the teeth slightly out of focus). While I would rather have the full 50.6 megapixel image be sharp, having this image sharp at 22 megapixels does not leave me with big regrets.
I know, the bear is not looking at me. I always recommend taking a tastier (and slower) friend along when photographing bears. The bear was looking at her. I'm kidding of course. :)
Post Date: 7/3/2015 7:25:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 2, 2015
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens on EOS 5Ds R
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens Review page.
While testing Canon's cheapest lens on their highest resolution camera may seem to be a pairing of opposites, there is a point to be made here. The 50 STM is not a great performer at f/1.8, showing a "dreamy" look to be kind. If we review a comparison between the 5Ds R and 1Ds III with the 50 STM at its f/1.8 aperture, we see that the 5Ds R can extract more resolution from even a poor performing lens. Look at the white being more clearly delineated between the black lines in the top crop to most easily see this.
Stop down to f/4 and be amazed at how well a $125 lens can perform.
B&H has the inexpensive Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/2/2015 10:19:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Sigma USA:
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
As same as the Live View mode of Canon “EOS 8000D (Rebel T6s / 760D)” and “EOS Kiss X8i (Rebel T6i / 750D)”, we have found that similar update is required for our lenses to make them compatible with the Live View mode of “EOS 5Ds” and “EOS 5Ds R” cameras.
Please note that those products shipped after May 11th in 2015 or updated the firmware for Canon “EOS 8000D (Rebel T6s / 760D)” and “EOS Kiss X8i (Rebel T6i / 750D)” cameras are already compatible with the “EOS 5Ds” and “EOS 5Ds R” cameras, too.
In case your lens belongs to the lens group listed below, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary or distributor to update the firmware free of charge.
It does not display images on the rear LCD monitor when Live View Mode button on the camera body is pressed.
Products and Serial Numbers to be updated
The new firmware will ensure the lens is compatible with the Live View mode of EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R cameras.
Current models
17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSMNo. 12651501 or later
18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSMNo. 13044001 or later
APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSMNo. 12713001 or later
APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSMNo. 12902001 or later
120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | SportsNo. 50064494~ 50347793
APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSMNo. 12669751 or later

Discontinued models
17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSMNo. 12665001 or later
18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSMNo. 12851001 or later
18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSMNo. 12656101 or later
APO 50-150mmF2.8 EX DC OS HSMNo. 12839001 or later
APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSMNo. 12676440 or later
APO 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG OS HSMNo. 12971601 or later

* For lenses that have been repaired in the past, they may require the firmware update even when the serial number is not listed above.
If the mentioned camera does not display images on the rear LCD monitor when Live View Mode button on the camera body is pressed, it is necessary to update the firmware.
* Our DC lenses are developed for the camera bodies with APS-C image sensor, and it is not designed for the cameras with full-size and 1.3x sensors.
* There is no need to update the firmware of those products shipped after May 11th in 2015 or already updated for Canon “EOS 8000D (Rebel T6s / 760D)” and “EOS Kiss X8i (Rebel T6i / 750D)”cameras.

For those who own the SIGMA USB DOCK, it will be possible to update the firmware of 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports through SIGMA Optimization Pro.
* If you use the SIGMA USB DOCK with 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports, even when the lens does not require the update, its firmware will be updated to the new version.
* For those who use APO TELE CONVERTER 1.4x EX DG or APO TELE CONVERTER 2x EX DG with the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports, please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary / distributor of SIGMA for further support.

How to identify updated products
Products that we will be shipping from now on already have the updated firmware. This can be recognized by the white sticker on lower left side of the gift box as shown below.
Updated Sigma Products Show White Sticker

For further information, please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary / distributor of SIGMA.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/2/2015 8:50:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Lenses
From Nikon:
The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR Lenses Dominate the Sidelines With Superior Optical and AF Tracking Performance, While New Design Reduces Weight
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced two new super telephoto lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR. These two NIKKOR lenses use the latest Nikon lens technologies to enhance autofocus (AF) tracking and optical performance, while benefitting photographers with a significant reduction in weight. Ideal for sports, action, wildlife and press events, these lenses offer photographers the ability to capture striking images from afar with brilliant clarity and sharpness.
“The new NIKKOR 500mm and 600mm f/4 lenses were developed to give photographers the advantage on the sidelines or in the field, with a lens that can keep up with the action and get the decisive shot,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “By the fourth quarter or final period, users will sincerely appreciate the weight reduction of these lenses which allow for extended shooting, even into overtime.”
Increased Performance, Reduced Weight
These new super telephoto NIKKOR lenses have been optimized for today's high-resolution image sensors and fast-shooting Nikon DSLR cameras. The new lens designs significantly improve AF tracking performance, helping photographers to capture images of dynamic wildlife or athletes in precise clarity, even when subjects are moving erratically, at random speeds or at the camera. Both lenses also utilize Nikon’s Electromagnetic Diaphragm, helping to maintain consistent exposure during high-speed burst shooting of fast action.
The addition of fluorite lens elements to the optical formula helps to reduce chromatic aberration, as well as decrease the overall weight of the lenses, saving nearly two pounds (lbs.) for the 500mm f/4E FL ED VR, and nearly three lbs. for the 600mm f/4E FL ED VR. For extended shooting days in the field, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm and 600mm lenses also employ magnesium alloy construction for enhanced durability and further weight reduction.
Because the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR weighs in at just 6.8 lbs./3090 grams (vs. 8.5 lbs./3880g of its predecessor), super telephoto performance has never been so light. This premium NIKKOR lens is ideal for nature and sports photographers who are always traveling on assignment and are looking for a fast, constant aperture lens to capture photos and HD video from a distance. The combination of nimble agility, low-light capability and superior optical performance makes this lens an obvious choice for tack-sharp images of birds in flight, aircraft or other fast moving subjects when a tripod is not always an option. The optical formula of this lens combines two fluorite elements and three Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements to further reduce chromatic aberration while providing superior sharpness and color accuracy.
For long reach with superior optical performance, professional photographers should consider the AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR, which provides the ultimate in fast-aperture and focal distance for challenging subjects. With a constant aperture of f/4, the new 600mm lens gives the photographer the ability to fill the frame and create dramatic separation between subject and background. With a weight of merely 8.3 lbs. /3810g (vs. 11.5 lbs./5060g of its predecessor), the lens features two fluorite lens elements and four ED elements to provide discerning photographers with unrivaled sharpness.
NIKKOR Lens Technologies
Adding to a long legacy of renowned optical excellence, both lenses feature the most advanced NIKKOR lens technologies, including the addition of Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to further reduce instances of ghosting and flare; an essential feature for capturing outdoor sports or action under the lights. Both lenses also incorporate Nikon Vibration Reduction (VR) technology, affording up to four stops of image stabilization*, with automatic tripod detection to counteract vibrations when mounted on a tripod. For pros shooting fast and erratic moving sports or subjects, using the SPORT VR mode will yield a more stable viewfinder image whether handholding the lens, using a monopod or even when panning.
For enhanced durability, both lenses are sealed and gasketed against the elements and have a fluorine coating on a front protective meniscus element to make it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. For shooting from extreme distances, the new lenses are also compatible with select Nikon teleconverters** that provide photographers with the ability to autofocus up to f/8 with many Nikon professional DSLR bodies.
Price and Availability
The new AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR will be available in mid-July for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $10,299.95. The AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR will be available in mid-July for the SRP $12,299.95.
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR Lenses available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/2/2015 7:00:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR
From Nikon:
An Everyday Lens That's Anything But Ordinary: The AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Lens Offers Advanced Photographers Powerful Versatility
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens – an amazingly versatile DX-format lens that is well suited for advanced and enthusiast photographers. The NIKKOR 16-80mm features a combination of the best Nikon lens technologies, some never before seen in a Nikon DX-format lens, including Nikon’s legendary Nano Crystal Coat. The resulting lens gives a wide variety of photographers an all-purpose optic to help take their photography further and tell their story with clarity and precision.
“The NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4 is a very exciting addition to the NIKKOR DX-format lens lineup, and a new milestone in the NIKKOR legacy – it combines the most advanced optical technologies with an extremely useful focal range to capture photos and HD video,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “This new lens is a great companion for Nikon’s high-performance, lightweight series of DX-format DSLR cameras.”
DX-Format Versatility
Make no mistake, the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is premium glass for those who desire a fast and highly capable wide-angle zoom lens. The lens features a popular, wide 24-120mm (FX-format equivalent) focal range, which makes it ideally suited for a variety of shooting disciplines. From wide-angle landscapes, tight portraits or for those looking for an all-in-one tool for travel, this lens does it all. The large f/2.8 - f/4 aperture lets photographers shoot in challenging light with ease, with the creative flexibility afforded by a shallow depth-of-field. Whether photographing friends’ faces or a festive plate full of local flavor, the 16-80mm’s fast aperture lets users blur the background to create that dramatic separation between subject and background that emphasizes and flatters a subject. For creative close-ups of everything from passion-projects to flowers, the lens has a very useful minimum focusing distance of merely 1.2 feet throughout the entire 5x zoom range.
To further enhance its low-light capability, the new NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4 lens also features Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization technology, which provides up to 4 stops of image stabilization*, helping to create sharp images while shooting handheld or in challenging light. As an added benefit to landscape and wildlife photographers, this lens features VR with automatic tripod detection, to counteract vibration when mounted on a tripod.
Latest Optical Technologies
The new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm F/2.8-4E ED VR boasts some of the best optical innovations from Nikon, and is the first Nikon DX-format lens to wear the gold “N” emblem, to indicate the presence of Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat. This advanced optical coating significantly reduces instances of ghosting and flare for the highest quality images. The front and rear elements also integrate a fluorine coating to make it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. This is also the first Nikon DX lens to feature an electromagnetic diaphragm; this innovation electronically adjusts the aperture within the lens, resulting in consistent exposure during high speed shooting.
The new NIKKOR 16-80mm lens features robust construction while retaining a lightweight and compact body. The lens features four Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) elements and three aspheric elements to further combat instances of ghost, flare and chromatic aberration. The lens is constructed of 17 elements in 13 groups, and features a seven-blade diaphragm to create a circular, natural bokeh for a pleasing out of focus area of the image. For fast, accurate and quiet AF performance, the 16-80mm also features Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology.
Price and Availability
The new Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR will be available in July for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,069.95.
B&H has the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/2/2015 6:50:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 1, 2015
MindShift Gear FirstLight Backpacks
From MindShift Gear:
MindShift Gear’s First Light Outdoor Photography Backpacks Feature Extreme Comfort, Airline Compatibility, and Big Glass Capacity
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – MindShift Gear’s First Light backpack series addresses the most pressing needs of outdoor photographers who travel and trek, especially those who carry their 200mm to 600mm “Big Glass” lenses. These high capacity backpacks come in three sizes and feature contoured, adjustable torso harnesses with 11 adjustment points for extreme comfort whether running through an airport or traversing a mountain. Designed to comply with airline carryon size requirements, First Light backpacks are built with ballistic nylon bottoms for durability, room for a laptop and personal gear, and in the two larger sizes, a dedicated pocket for hydration reservoirs.
“We heard loudly and clearly from outdoor photographers that they wanted dual-purpose backpacks they could use to transport their gear safely on airlines and also for carrying their largest lenses comfortably for hours while deep into their treks,” said MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer Doug Murdoch. “We were able to design backpacks sized to fit three different camera gear configurations that are the best made, most durable, most comfortable, and most reasonably priced in the market.”
  • Dedicated 3L hydration pocket on side (30L & 40L only)
  • Tablet or laptop fits into front pocket (20L & 30L = up to 15” laptop; 40L = up to 17” laptop)
  • Includes tripod/monopod mounting system on front or side
  • Better weight distribution for a more comfortable load enables easier all day use on the trail
  • Seamless rain cover (included) doubles as a ground cloth
  • When attached, rain cover allows small to medium tripods to be carried on front or side positions
  • 2 front stuff pockets for travel or trail essentials; extra layers, a light jacket, headlamp, gloves, chargers
  • Adjustable high-density closed-cell foam dividers for large telephoto lenses, traditional photo gear, or personal items
  • Large water bottle or accessory pocket with drains and cinch cord for security
  • Top zippered pocket for quick access to essentials
  • Ballistic nylon bottom panel for durability in harsh environments
  • Shaped aluminum torso stay for additional support
  • Grab handles on 3 sides make it easy to hoist into an overhead bin, car, or trunk (2 handles on 20L)
  • Interior mesh pockets for storing filters, batteries, cables, etc.
  • Side compression straps with locking SR buckles for additional lash points
  • Shoulder straps and waist belt wrap to front for compact storage in overhead compartment
  • Whistle integrated into sternum strap buckle
  • Compatible with MindShift Tripod Suspension Kit, Lens Switch Case, and the filter cases
  • FirstLight 20L: Holds 1 standard-size DSLR and 4–6 standard zoom lenses. Holds 2 large Mirrorless DSLRs and 5–7 lenses plus a flash. Maximum lens size: 200–400mm f/4 detached or 300 f/2.8 attached.
  • FirstLight 30L: Holds 1 gripped DSLR and 4–6 standard zoom lenses, and 1 flash. Maximum lens size: 500mm f/4 lens detached or 400 f/2.8 attached.
  • FirstLight 40L: Holds 2 gripped DSLRs with 6–8 standard zoom lenses and 1–2 flashes. Maximum lens size: 600mm f/4 lens detached or a 500mm f/4 attached.
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating; the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has the highest quality abrasion-resistant YKK RC-Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 1680D ballistic nylon, 210D nylon, 320G DuraStretch mesh, nylon webbing, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon lining, belly-o mesh pockets, high-density closed-cell foam, PE board reinforcement, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
FirstLight 20L:
Exterior Dimensions: 11.4” W x 18.7” H x 7” D (29 x 47.5 x 17.8 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 10.8” W x 17.5”H x 5.3” D (27.5 x 44.5 x 13.5 cm)
Front Pocket: fits up to 15” laptop
Weight: 4.4lb (1.9kg)
FirstLight 30L:
Exterior Dimensions: 12” W x 19” H x 8.7” D (30.5 x 48.3 x 22 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 11.2” W x 18.1”H x 7.1” D (28.5 x 46 x 18 cm)
Front Pocket: fits up to 15” laptop
Weight: 5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
FirstLight 40L:
Exterior Dimensions: 13.8” W x 21.7” H x 9” D (35 x 55 x 22.9 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 13.4” W x 20” H x 7.3” D (34 x 51 x 18.5 cm)
Front Pocket: fits up to 17” laptop
Weight: 6.0 lbs (2.7 kg)
MindShift Gear has the FirstLight 20L, FirstLight 30L and FirstLight 40L in stock and ready for delivery.
Post Date: 7/1/2015 12:49:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Want to try out a Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R to see if the benefits of a 50 MP sensor are worth the investment for your photography needs? Renting one is a good way to find out...
LensRentals now has the EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R in stock and available for rent.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/1/2015 12:01:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Adobe's new Dehaze feature announced with the release of Photoshop CC 2015 and Lightroom CC 2015 will not be available to Lightroom 6 users. However, those Lightroom 6 users are not out of luck.
Prolost is offering a free Dehaze plugin for Lightroom 6.1.
From Prolost:
Dehaze for Lightroom 6.1
A series of presets that give you intuitive, visual access to the new Dehaze control added in Lightroom 2015.1, without requiring a Creative Cloud subscription.
Prolost Dehaze plugin for Lightroom 6.1
Post Date: 7/1/2015 11:52:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon's Ultimate EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R General Purpose Lenses
Finding the ultimate general purpose lens for the new EOS 5Ds R cameras entering my kit was a high priority for me. With image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R now available in the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens Review, the three primary Canon lens choices are available for comparison.
The Ultimate 5Ds General Purpose Lens Candidates
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
The Comparisons
To be honest, I thought the 24-70mm f/2.8L II would be easy to declare the winner and optically, it is the best of this list. However, the two f/4 lenses perform better in front of 50.6 megapixels than I expected.
The f/2.8L II is slightly sharper over then entire focal length range at f/2.8 than either of the f/4 lenses are at f/4. At the equal f/4 comparison, the f/2.8L II is noticeably sharper and is still sharper at f/5.6. At f/8, the differences are slight and at f/11, diffraction essentially evens the playing field. Choosing an image sharpness winner between the two f/4 lenses is a challenge, but more noticeable is the 24-105's higher CA and distortion levels.
The f/2.8 lens has a 1 stop wider aperture, giving it the ability to stop action in 1/2 as much light as the other two lenses and the ability to create a stronger background blur. The 24-70mm f/4L IS rules the maximum Magnification (MM) spec with a 0.70x rating vs. the competition's 0.23x and 0.21x specs. The two f/4 lenses have image stabilization, allowing them to be used handheld in far lower light levels than the f/2.8 lens (as long as the subject is not in motion). The 24-105 L has the benefit of reaching to 105mm on the long end.
The f/2.8L II is slightly larger than the 24-105mm f/4L IS, which is slightly larger than the 24-70mm f/4L IS. The f/2.8L II has a modestly more substantial lead in the weight category, weighing in 5 oz (142g) more than the 24-105mm f/4L and 7 oz (198g) heavier than the 24-70mm f/4L. These lenses are similarly well-built.
Small differences between these lenses include the 2012-introduced 24-70mm models having 9 blade apertures vs. the 2005-introduced 24-105mm's 8 and the f/2.8 lens having an 82mm filter thread size (vs. 77mm). A not-so-small difference is the f/2.8L II's price relative to the f/4L IS models.
The Conclusions
All of these lenses are easily good enough for use in front of a 5Ds. The decision differences for many will come down to price, aperture and overall versatility.
If your investment in the 5Ds has left you monetarily strained, a good value may be your highest priority. In that case, the 10 year old 24-105mm f/4L IS, purchased in white box or refurbished condition would be a great choice. Canon omitted the 24-105 L from its EOS 5Ds Lens Recommendations List, but ... I think this model is very worthy of consideration.
If you need to stop action in low light or want to create the strongest background blur, you need an f/2.8 aperture and the choice is easy. While the 24-70mm f/2.8L II will impact your wallet the greatest and will leave you without IS, this is the most amazing lens choice optically.
For overall versatility, I'll give the nod to the 24-70mm f/4L IS. The smallest and lightest lens of the group, the 24-70mm f/4L IS offers great image quality along with the best-performing image stabilization system and a macro-lens-like close-focusing capability. While more expensive than the white box or refurbished 24-105 f/4L IS, the 24-70 f/4L IS has the same regular price as the 24-105 L and is also a good value.
The Ultimate 5Ds General Purpose Lens
While it would be easy to justify a decision for any of these three lenses, I'm going to declare the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II Lens to be the ultimate EOS 5Ds general purpose lens. Canon apparently agrees with this choice as this is the lens shown mounted in the Canon-supplied EOS 5Ds product images. However, I will not be selling my 24-70 f/4L IS lens anytime soon.
Learn More about the Lenses
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Review
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens Review
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Post Date: 7/1/2015 9:39:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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