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Dec 19th - Featured Thread Winners! Dec 20, 2014
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Mt. Asgard, the Northern Delight by ArturS

Nature & Wildlife:
7D2 Flying Woodies [4] by mallardg500

People Photography:
Trying to Catch the Last of Fall by Dentx

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Photozone reviews the new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Dec 19, 2014
Protozone reviews the new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
Klaus Schroiff at Photozone just posted his detailed Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II review.

Here is an excerpt:

The king is dead, long live the king! Seems as if Canon wanted to show the new mirrorless kids who is still the boss around. The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 USM L IS was already good but the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 USM L IS II is even better. Canon managed to improve the image sharpness substantially.

The image center is now dead sharp and the borders and corners are easily very good at the mainstream settings. The very low amount of CAs (at and beyond 200mm) is highly impressive. The vignetting remains rather typical for a lens in this class, so you will be able to spot some light falloff at fully open aperture (300/400mm). Image distortions are well controlled.
The quality of the bokeh is good although the best prime lenses continue to have an edge here. Bokeh fringing is not an issue due to the relatively small max. aperture.

Read full review

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If you have pre-ordered yet, click on the links below:
  1. Pre-order the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II ($2,199):
    B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

  2. Pre-order the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM: ($6,899):
    B&H Photo | Adorama
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Lensrentals tests EF 400 DO II and EF 100-400L II Dec 18, 2014
Lensrental tests 400 DO II and 100-400 II
Roger Cicala tested the new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II and EF 400mm f/4 DO II @400mm against their predecessors.

The article A Brief 400mm Comparison puts the new lenses to the Imatest bench and the results may surprise you.

Read full article

If you have pre-ordered yet, click on the links below:
  1. Pre-order the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II ($2,199):
    B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

  2. Pre-order the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM: ($6,899):
    B&H Photo | Adorama
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4k Atomos Shogun for Sony A7S initial thoughts Dec 18, 2014
4k Atomos Shogun for Sony A7S initial thoughts
The highly anticipated Atomos Shogun is finally shipping and 3DKraft posted their initial thoughts on it.

The Atomos Shogun is a must add-on for exporting 4K footage from your Sony A7S. You will also get pro tools like LUT preview when shooting in slog-2 and pro audio output.





4k Atomos Shogun available from B&H Photo

Features:
  1. 1920x1200 IPS Touchscreen Display
  2. Records 4K (3840x2160) up to 30 fps
  3. Records 1080p up to 120 fps
  4. ProRes and DNxHD 10-Bit, 4:2:2 Encoding
  5. Uncompressed Cinema DNG Raw 4K Support
  6. UHD 4K-Capable HDMI Input
  7. 12G-SDI Input and Loop-Output
  8. Stores to Single or RAID HDDs or SDDs
  9. Rec. 709 Calibrated with 3D LUT Support
  10. XLR Audio LEMO Breakout Cable Included
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New L-bracket for A7 series + Grip Dec 18, 2014
New L-bracket for A7 series + Grip
Those looking for a L-bracket for their Sony A7/A7R with the VG-C1EM grip, check out the new ProMediaGear Universal L-Bracket. ($89)

Main Features:
  1. Two-Piece Design
  2. Arca-Swiss Type Compatible
  3. For Larger Camera Bodies
  4. Extendable Vertical Plate
  5. Easy Access to Cable Ports
  6. Four Safety Stops
  7. Anodized Aluminum Alloy Construction
  8. Built-In Magnetic Allen Wrench Storage
  9. Detachable Strap Loop
  10. Made in the U.S.A.

ProMediaGear Universal L-Bracket (4") for $89 at B&H Photo

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TDP Lens Image Quality tool Canon EF 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS II Dec 18, 2014
TDP Lens Image Quality tool Canon EF 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS II
The-Digital-Picture.com Lens Image Quality tool is available for the Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM:
  1. 400mm f/5.6
  2. 300mm f/5.6
  3. 200mm f/5.0
  4. 100mm f/4.5

Adorama has the new Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II in stock.
  1. Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II ($2,199):
    Adorama | B&H Photo
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Super Deal: X-Rite i1Display Pro for only $129 Dec 17, 2014
Super Deal: X-Rite i1Display Pro for only $129
I just received an email from B&H Photo about a 12-hour promotion on the X-Rite i1Display Pro.
The final sale price is $129 (Save $95 instantly + $25 via Mail-in rebate).

Regular price: $249

I personally use the X-Rite i1Display Pro calibration tool for all my monitors and highly recommend it.

X-Rite i1Display Pro for $129 at B&H
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Weekly Assignment 635 winner: ruuskan Dec 17, 2014

Congratulations to ruuskan for winning WA 635, based on the theme: Zoom.

The top five photos displayed below, will also be showcased on our Winners Gallery.

Voting is now open for the WA 636 winners.
Cast your vote!

Weekly Assignment 636 just started with theme: "Cold"
Deadline: December 24th noon - Participate!
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Adobe Lightroom 5.7.1 released! Dec 15, 2014
Adobe Lightroom 5.7.1 released!
Lightroom 5.7.1 is now available providing support for additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.

New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.7.1
  1. Sony ILCE-A7M2 (A7 II)

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom 5.7.1
  1. Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  2. Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM
  3. Tokina AT-X 12-28 F4 PRO DX
  4. Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM
  5. Tokina AT-X 12-28 F4 PRO DX
  6. Tokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 PRO FX VCM-S
  7. Tokina AT-X 166 PRO DX II 11-16 F2.8

Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed issues with chromatic aberration specific to the Samsung NX1.

Download Links: Mac | PC
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Sony A7S, A7R and A6000 savings at B&H Photo Dec 14, 2014
Sony A7S, A7R and A6000 savings at B&H Photo
B&H Photo just started new bundle deals when purchasing the A7S, A7R or A6000.

Sony A7R deal includes: ($299 savings)
  1. Oben CT-3451 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-113T Ball Head

Sony A7S deal includes: ($219 savings)
  1. Watson NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1000mAh)
  2. Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone

Sony A6000 kit deal includes: (Extra $50 savings)
  1. B&H Photo Gift Card $50.00
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Canon EF 100-400L IS II now In-Stock! Dec 13, 2014
Canon EF 100-400L IS II now In-Stock!
Adorama and B&H Photo have the new Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II in stock.

Hurry, since it's probably a very limited quantity.

  1. Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II ($2,199):
    Adorama | B&H Photo
35 posts  |  2936 views
Dec 12th - Featured Thread Winners! Dec 13, 2014
Here are the Feature Thread Winners based on your votes:

Landscape Photographer:
Oklahoma thunderstorm: Lightning and Stars by Derek Weston

Nature & Wildlife:
help by TON HUNG

People Photography:
Recent Portraits - Random Eye Candy by Lisa_Holloway

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Deal: Nikon D7100 for $699 at Adorama Dec 12, 2014
Deal: Nikon D7100 for $699 at Adorama

Adorama has received a few Nikon D7100 refurbished DSLRs for only $699.00 shipped.

http://www.adorama.com/INKD7100R.html

Refurbished by Nikon U.S.A

Original price: $999.99
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Deal: Canon 5D III, 6D, 24-70 f/2.8L II & 70-200 f/2.8L IS II Dec 11, 2014
Instant Savings: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 6D & EF Lenses
New Canon USA warranty deals from B&H Photo and Adorama

Canon EOS 5D Mark III & Pixma Pro 100 Bundle $2449 after $650 mail-in rebate

Included in the deal bundle: (This deal expire in 2 days - Dec 13th)
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only)
Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer
Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss 13 x 19″ (50 Sheets)
SanDisk 32GB Ultra UHS-I SDHC Memory Card (Class 10)
Canon 200DG Deluxe Gadget Bag
Watson LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh)

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Rebates & Savings
  1. Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2799 after MIR (Regular price: $3399):
    B&H Photo | Adorama

  2. Canon EOS 5D Mark III with 24-105 f/4L IS $3399 after MIR (Regular price: $3999):
    B&H Photo | Adorama

  3. Canon EOS 5D Mark III with 24-70 f/4L IS $3549 after MIR (Regular price: $4149):
    B&H Photo | Adorama


Canon EOS 6D Rebates & Savings
  1. Canon EOS 6D Body $1499 after MIR (Regular price: $1899):
    B&H Photo | Adorama

  2. Canon EOS 6D with 24-105 f/4L IS $2099 after MIR (Regular price: $2499):
    B&H Photo | Adorama


Canon EF Lenses Rebates & Savings:
  1. Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II $1849 after MIR (Regular price: $2099):
    B&H Photo | Adorama

  2. Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II $2049 after MIR (Regular price: $2299):
    B&H Photo | Adorama
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Sony A77 II Camera Firmware Update Dec 11, 2014
Sony A77 II Camera Firmware Update
Firmware version 2.0 is up.

Download it here

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This utility updates the system firmware and provides the following benefits:
  1. Improves autofocus speed
  2. Adds support for recording 60p/30p/24p movies in the XAVC S format that supports high bit rates

Notes:
  1. When recording a movie in the XAVC S format, you must use a Class 10 or faster SDXC card.
  2. Refer to the Help Guide for details of XAVC S movie recording features
  3. If you format the memory card, all of the data will be erased. Please make sure that the data on the card is backed up before formatting the card.
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TDP Review: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Dec 10, 2014
TDP Review: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
Bryan at The-Digital-Picture.com posted his review on the new Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens.

Here is an excerpt:
"At the end of the 40 STM review, I made a statement that also applies to this pancake-style lens: “Overall, I’m finding very “little” to not like about this tiny, inexpensive lens.” It is fun to joke about this little lens, but … it is the real deal. Not only will it get the job done, it will do the job as well or better than many other lenses. And for a lower price. It is not hard to justify this purchase.”

Read full review

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Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens in stock at B&H Photo ($149.00)
19 posts  |  1891 views
Weekly Assignment 634 winner: pike40 Dec 10, 2014

Congratulations to pike40 for winning WA 634, based on the theme: Lens.

The top five photos displayed below, will also be showcased on our Winners Gallery.

Voting is now open for the WA 635 winners.
Cast your vote!

Weekly Assignment 635 just started with theme: "Asphalt Clone"
Deadline: December 17th noon - Participate!
5 posts  |  977 views
Latest Sony Alpha a7II Reviews Dec 10, 2014
Latest Sony Alpha a7II Reviews:
Here are the latest reviews available for the new Sony Alpha a7II camera.
I will update this page as more reviews become available.

  1. Luminous Landscape...
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