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 Monday, November 17, 2014
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From Canon USA:
 
Affected Product
Speedlite 600EX-RT
 
Phenomenon
When the flash is powered on with the bundled Color Filter Holder SCH-E1 already attached, there are instances where the low battery icon appears and the flash does not power on, even if the batteries have sufficient power.
 
Support
Workaround
When the phenomenon described above occurs, follow the procedure below:
 
  1. Detach the Color Filter Holder SCH-E1
  2. Power on the flash
  3. Re-attach the Color Filter Holder SCH-E1. If the phenomenon still occurs after the above workaround has been performed, please contact your nearest Canon service center.
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/17/2014 8:37:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
When I think about portraiture, I think of Gregory Heisler. When I think about photojournalism, Joe McNally is who I think of first.
 
I've been a big fan of Joe McNally's work for several years now. To me, Joe's work perfectly blends creative storytelling with technical skill. Watching this video simply confirmed what I already knew – that Joe's a master of his craft. [Sean]
 
From the Joe McNally YouTube Channel:
 
Joe McNally Photojournalist Exhibition at the Monroe Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A 30 year retrospective of Joe McNally's diverse and dynamic images. Joe reflects on the passage of time. Sidney Monroe discusses collector's rising interest in photojournalism as a fine art.
Post Date: 11/17/2014 3:32:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D II, 1D X and 5D Mark III AF Point Comparison
Ever since the 7D Mark II was announced, the big question on my mind has been "How does the 7D Mark II AF system compare to the best-ever-prior AF system found in the 1D X and 5D Mark III?"
 
The 1D X and 5D Mark III AF systems are easily the best I've ever used and my in-focus hit rate when using these cameras, especially with subjects in motion, has never been higher. Then the 7D Mark II was announced with even more focus points (including a higher number of cross-type AF points) and many of the same or even improved AF features found in the 1D X/5D Mark III.
 
To answer this question, Chuck Westfall (Advisor, Technical Information, Canon USA) was gracious enough to prepare a detailed technical comparison for us. Chuck's information is a must-read for anyone choosing between these three DSLRs:
 
Chuck Westfall Compares the 7D Mark II AF System to the 1D X and 5D III AF System
 
Get your Canon EOS 7D Mark II at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/17/2014 8:07:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera wit h AF-S 24-120mm Lens
Through 9/22, Nikon has significant camera & lens bundle rebates available in addition to a few instant rebates on their DSLR lineup.
 
Nikon DSLR Cameras Eligible for Bundle Rebates and Body/Kit Instant Rebates
 
Lens Rebates with DSLR Purchase*
 
ModelRebate Amount
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S Lens Buy$300.00
Nikon 16-35mm f/4G AF-S VR Lens Buy$260.00
Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens Buy$200.00
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR II Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens Buy$200.00
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S Lens Buy$300.00
Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S VR Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 70-200mm f/4G AF-S VR Lens Buy$400.00
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR II Lens Buy$400.00
Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens Buy$200.00
Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens Buy$300.00
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S ED Lens Buy$80.00
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$85.00
Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$20.00
Nikon 58mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$200.00
Nikon 60mm f/2.8G AF-S ED Micro Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$200.00
Nikon 85mm f/3.5G AF-S DX VR Micro Lens Buy$100.00

 
* Note: Lens rebates are body-specific, meaning each lens's eligibility varies with the various DSLRs. Use the category link from the first paragraph to view details on lens bundle rebates. If using the DSLR body links, you'll need to click on "View All Savings" link under the Savings Available heading to see qualifying lens rebates.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/17/2014 7:47:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II lens (Canon/Nikon) available for $409.00. Compare at $499.00.
Post Date: 11/17/2014 6:46:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T3i with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens
The Canon Store has a small selection of Refurbished DSLRs and lenses on sale for 15-35% off. See below for details.
 
Select Refurbished Items on Sale and In Stock
 
Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS Rebel T3i + EF-S 18-55 IS479.99168.00311.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3 + EF-S 18-55 IS359.99108.00251.99
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9924.00135.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II100.7915.1285.67
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM479.9972.00407.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.99100.00299.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99140.00419.99
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/17/2014 6:08:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, November 16, 2014
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From Apple:
 
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
 
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Fujifilm X30
  • Nikon D750
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100
For more information on supported RAW formats, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6476.
 
Download
Apple Digital Camera RAW 6.01
Category: Apple News
Post Date: 11/16/2014 8:04:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, November 15, 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via Deals-All-Year) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,499.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,199.00 after $200.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market/import item and therefore not eligible for a Canon USA warranty. The auction advertises a 1-year warranty through the seller.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/15/2014 9:55:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 14, 2014
Canon EOS C300-Cinema-Camera
MELVILLE, N.Y., November 14, 2014 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that Academy Award-Nominated director Sebastian Junger (Restrepo, Korengal) and cinematographer Rudy Valdez chose Canon EOS Digital Cinema cameras and lenses for their new documentary The Last Patrol, the third installment of Junger's trilogy of war documentaries. The pair of filmmakers relied on the Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema camera to capture The Last Patrol, which premiered on HBO on November 10, 2014 and is currently airing on HBO.
 
The Last Patrol follows Junger, photojournalist Guillermo Cervera, and combat veterans Brendan O'Byrne and Dave Roels as they hike the 300-mile stretch of railroad lines from Washington, D.C. to New York City - a trek Junger originally planned with his close friend and acclaimed war photographer Tim Hetherington before Hetherington was killed in 2011 while covering the Libyan civil war. The goal of the journey was to get to know America again after a decade of war and discuss why combat is so incredibly hard to give up. Because hiking along the tracks is illegal, they moved with a purposeful invisibility designed to echo the isolation felt by many who return from war.
 
"The Last Patrol is a compelling example of the kind of storytelling that the Cinema EOS system was designed to support," said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We are honored that the filmmakers selected Canon professional cameras and lenses for their epic project."
 
The men lived outdoors and carried all of their own supplies, which presented an unusual challenge for the filmmakers.
 
"What I needed was, basically, the ultimate camera," said Junger. "Not too heavy, easy to use with numb fingers, good in low light, rugged if you throw yourself in a ditch, and something that delivers absolutely gorgeous cinematography."
 
After searching for a camera that would produce a consistent, top-of-the-line image under rough conditions, Junger and Valdez determined the Cinema EOS C300 digital cinema camera was the best camera for the job.
 
"The EOS C300 camera seemed like it was designed specifically for this project," said Valdez. "It's a lightweight camera with a large sensor that works really well in low light. With the added bonus of being able to shoot in Canon Log, it ended up being a pretty easy decision."
 
Carrying the EOS C300 digital cinema camera on his back during the entire trek, Valdez shot using only natural light while the former soldiers and combat journalists dodged rail security and hiked terrain as varied as dense wilderness and urban streets.
 
The images Valdez captured exceeded Junger's expectations: "When we watched the material, I was absolutely speechless. It all absolutely glowed with a kind of meaning. That glow came from the machine we were shooting on."
 
Valdez rounded out his kit with a set of Canon Cinema prime lenses, including the CN-E24mm T1.5 L F, CN-E50mm T1.3 L F and CN-E85mm T1.3 L F.
 
"After some days on the trek, I started looking at the camera with a kind of reverence," said Junger. "It was incredible. I can't imagine making this film with any camera that lacked the power and capability of the EOS C300 camera."
 
For more information about Canon Cinema EOS cameras and lenses, please visit the Canon U.S.A. website at http://cinemaeos.usa.canon.com/
 
B&H carries Canon EOS Cinema equipment.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 11/14/2014 9:56:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma WR Circular Polarizing Filter
From Sigma:
 
SIGMA WR PROTECTOR, SIGMA PROTECTOR, SIGMA WR UV FILTER and SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER are scheduled to start the shipment towards the end of this month.
 
SIGMA WR* FILTER
 
  • SIGMA WR PROTECTOR (Water-repellent, Antistatic type)
  • SIGMA WR UV FILTER (UV Water-repellent, Antistatic type)
  • SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER (PL Water-repellent, Antistatic type)
SIGMA FILTER
 
  • SIGMA PROTECTOR (Normal type)
*WR=Water Repellent
 
B&H has the Sigma WR Protector and Sigma Protector filters available for preorder.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 11/14/2014 7:29:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"Adobe now offers a Creative Cloud Photography bundle that includes Lightroom editing software and Photoshop CC for photographers who want to organise, edit, enhance and share their images via desktop or their mobile devices – this package currently comes bundled with Canon’s EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 6D DSLRs (in the UK region), plus the PowerShot G1 X Mark II and G7 X compact cameras. In a four-part CPN series of articles and video tutorials Richard Curtis (a Principal Solutions Consultant in Digital Imaging for Adobe UK) examines the workflow between Lightroom software and Photoshop CC to give you a good understanding of the benefits of working with both in tandem. In Part 3 of this series Richard Curtis focuses on the use of the Camera RAW Filter within the Lightroom and Photoshop CC workflow and, in a special video, he explains how to creatively adjust an image using Smart Objects and the Camera RAW Filter. Please click on the play button in the window above to watch the video…"
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
Full Lightroom & Photoshop CC Workflow Series
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/14/2014 6:23:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Df DSLR with 50mm f/1.8G Lens (Black)
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Nikon Df DSLR with 50mm f/1.8G Lens available for $2,099.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,746.95.
 
This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/14/2014 6:12:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, November 13, 2014
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens available for $749.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,296.95.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/13/2014 8:42:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
ShutterCount Updated with 7D Mark II Support
DIRE Studio has informed us that ShutterCount has been updated with support for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.
 
About ShutterCount:
 
ShutterCount displays the number of shutter actuations (the shutter count) of Canon EOS digital cameras and is developed for Mac and Windows users.
 
The shutter count is read directly from a USB-connected camera, and thus provides accurate numbers that are not attainable with simple EXIF-based methods.
 
Using this application you are no longer required to visit a Canon Service Center to read out the exact shutter count, thus saving you time and money. In addition to that, ShutterCount provides unlimited readings for an unlimited number of cameras.
 
The app supports the following cameras:
 
  • Canon EOS-1D C (requires firmware 1.1.3 or later for correct serial number display)
  • Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS-1D X
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III (requires firmware 1.2.1 or later for correct serial number display)
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 50D
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 / Kiss X7
  • Canon EOS 500D / Rebel T1i / Kiss X3
  • Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i / Kiss X4
  • Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i / Kiss X5
  • Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i / Kiss X6i
  • Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i / Kiss X7i
  • Canon EOS 1000D / Rebel XS / Kiss F
  • Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3 / Kiss X50
  • Canon EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 / Kiss X70
ShutterCount is certified to work with all of the cameras listed above, using their latest firmware revision.
 
Current owners can update their app by opening the program and navigating to HELP/Check for Updates.
 
For more information, please visit the app’s website: http://www.direstudio.com/shuttercount
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/13/2014 2:56:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens
The Canon Store has the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens in stock with free overnight shipping. (thanks Brian)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/13/2014 2:35:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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B&H has just started shipping preorders for the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (currently in stock) and EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM (released in limited quantity).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/13/2014 1:56:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with CompactFlash Memory Card Inserted Incorrectly
If you're currently putting your preordered EOS 7D Mark II through its paces, here's a word of warning – pay close attention while inserting your memory card. If you are not careful, your camera can be damaged by the improperly inserted card. I know as I have proven this fact.
 
I've been shooting with DSLRs for many years now and have never had an issue with inserting a memory card until yesterday. A moment of inattention was my downfall. Notice which way the pin holes are facing in the picture above. Unfortunately, it is possible to insert the card sideways into the slot (trust me, dont try it).
 
I was busy testing out the various features of the EOS 7D Mark II, removing the memory card to review images, re-inserting the memory card, rinsing and repeating.
 
After reviewing one particular set of images, I pulled the card from my card reader and was inserting the card into the camera. Something on my computer caught my eye, so I wasn't looking at the camera while the card was being inserted. Then I noticed something didn't feel right. The card didn't "click" into place.
 
When I looked back at the camera, I realized that the CompactFlash card wasn't oriented correctly in the camera; it was sideways. I immediately wondered, "How far was the card able to go in? Did I bend any of the pins?"
 
I quickly took the camera over to a window where the diffused sunlight offered the best lighting. Upon close inspection, I was dismayed to find I had bent one of the corner pins (the top, left pin when looking into the slot with the lens pointed upward). After a few muttered words, I calmly considered my options.
 
  1. Pack up the camera and send it to Canon Professional Services – As the damage was indeed my fault, I'd be responsible for the repair costs (which would likely be reasonable, but not necessarily cheap). Insured shipping alone for an $1,800.00 camera can run $35.00 - $45.00. If I wanted to delay the repair, the 7D II's secondary card slot would allow me to keep shooting until an optimal time to send the camera in for service.
  2. Try to fix the bent pin myself – If the CF pin board was damaged beyond repair, would it make any difference if I tried fixing it myself? Could I do any more damage than was already done? Maybe, but I thought it was worth a shot...
I scoured my home to find something that was small enough to fit inside the CF card slot yet rigid enough to bend the pin back into place. I have a collection of basic tools, but I didn't have anything perfectly suited for this task. However, after about 10 minutes of searching, I found something I thought would do the trick:
 
Screw with Wall Anchor
 
No, I'm not kidding. I attempted to fix my camera with a screw that I found lying around the house. The wall anchor (also shown in the image) was removed before attempting the repair.
 
First things first – I'm not advocating you attempt this if your camera's CF card pins are bent. Neither myself nor the site is responsible if you attempt to fix your CF card pins and you brick your camera. You have been warned! It's best to avoid the issue all together by paying attention to how you insert your memory card.
 
With the fine print out of the way, here's what I did:
 
  1. Remove the LP-E6/LP-E6N battery. When wondering whether or not I should remove the back-up battery, I realized – there isn't one (at least not a user-replaceable one).
  2. The location of the bent pin worked to my advantage. I could run the screw along the top edge of the CF card slot and fit the end right in between the bent pin and the card slot's wall. Working extremely carefully, I was able to drag the ridges of the screw across the pin so that the screw pulled the pin back into place. It took me several tries – with incremental progress with each attempt – to get the pin back into position.
  3. While I could pull the pin back in the direction of the other pins, I was relatively helpless to adjust the placement of the pin along the perpendicular axis. Fortunately, the pin fell right into place after a few minutes of fiddling with it.
  4. About a hundred test shots post-fix confirms that the camera is working properly. I'm hoping my rudimentary repair job stands the test of time. If not, I'll be falling back on Option #1.
Keep in mind, this issue isn't isolated to the 7D Mark II; I could have easily done this with my original 7D (but simply never did). The 5D III's CF card slot seems to be thinner and does not allow the memory card to be inserted incorrectly (at least, not easily). Please learn from my mistake – pay attention to how you insert a Compact Flash memory card! :-) [Sean]
 
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with Memory Card Inserted Correctly
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/13/2014 12:13:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
What to Look for When Selecting a Mountain
I love mountains, but not all mountains are created equally. Height is great, but a flat or round-top mountain, even if extremely high, is difficult to make photogenic. Give me a craggy, jagged-topped mountain with character and I can entertain myself for days. Add some color for an over-the-top mountain.
 
The Maroon Bells Scenic Area has mountains with character and Sievers Mountain, just north of Maroon Lake, is one of my favorites. Along with having character in its shape, this mountain has color character including the namesake "Maroon" with bands of light-colored rock running through it. While the top of this mountain alone can make a good photo, I worked a set of colorful aspens into the foreground so that the tops of the trees somewhat matched the craggy-ness of the mountaintop and added strong contrasting color. With some room to significantly change my shooting position, I adjusted the perspective so that the amount of trees showing in the frame was balanced relative to the amount of mountain showing. Said another way, the closer I approached the trees, the higher the percentage of the frame consumed by those trees and the larger the trees would appear relative to the mountain.
 
With the perspective I wanted, I then made use of a zoom lens to retain only what I wanted in the frame. In this case, that meant zooming to 57mm.
 
With a partly cloudy sky, good timing (note that the odds of good timing are greatly increased by patiently waiting) was required to get a dark foreground base, bright trees, shade on the mountain directly behind the tree tops and some direct sunlight on the mountain above. Blue skies are beautiful, but I often prefer that they remain a small part of my landscape images. In this case, the blue adds another color to the image and forms a solid, uninterrupted top margin to this scene that keeps the viewer's eye from leaving via the top of the frame.
 
I made strong use of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens on this trip. Nearly every shot I captured with this lens was tack sharp. It is an awesome choice for tripod-mounted landscape photography.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Facebook and Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
57mm  f/11.0  1/40s  ISO 125  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 11/13/2014 9:46:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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