Justin has completed our review of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 lens. The small and much less expensive little brother of the magical (but not perfect) EF 85mm f/1.2L II. I personally love the 85 f/1.8, as it’s light, inexpensive, focuses fast and is optically very good.
“I’ve had a long and difficult time trying to place this lens. I’ve borrowed it, rented it, and used it on and off for almost 3 years. I want to love this lens; I want to tell myself it’s a viable alternative to the 85mm f/1.2L II when that just simply isn’t true. It lacks the magical “feel” of the images that the 85 1.2L II produces. Of course, “Magic” comes at quite a cost. It’s more of a companion lens, something to accompany a tightly controlled prime kit.”
Read the full review | EF 85 f/1.8 at B&H Photo
[image credit: The-Digital-Picture]
B&H Photo still has a few popular Canon lenses on sale, they’ve given us no timeframe as to when the instant savings will end. All of the deals are shown in cart before and do not include the additional savings with the current mail-in rebates.
B&H is also offering free next day delivery in the USA on most in stock items.
B&H Photo is offering free next day shipping if you order before 1:00PM EST on Monday, December 23, 2013. This is on select items, but by looks of things, that includes most in stock Canon items. So if you want something before Christmas day, now’s the time.
There are lots of great deals, including the EOS 5D Mark III at $2699, the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II at $1699 after mail-in rebate and the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II for $1799 after mail-in rebate. As always, you must begin the checkout procedure/be logged in to see the updated prices.
Unfortunately the free next day shipping is only for American customers.
Free next day delivery from B&H Photo
An E-Book from Glenn Bartley
Our friend Glenn Bartley, who wrote our review of the EF 600mm f/4L IS II here at Canon Rumors is offering our readers his wonderfully indepth, but easily understood post processing e-book at a discounted price of $20 (Save $5).
Glenn is in the top 1% of nature, and especially bird photographers that I know of on the planet. Be sure to check out his work to see some wonderful images.
I personally found the e-book easy to understand, but has corrected a lot of my bad habits. I’ve learned a ton about highlight recovery and dealing with curves to really get the subject to pop. Everything in the book is easily accessible to people like me that don’t really love the art of post processing, but certainly love great results. Gaining an understanding of how things work, will make you more efficient with your post processing in the future, which will give you more time to shoot.
What’s in the book?
This E-book is designed to share the strategies and techniques that I have developed over the years to improve and simplify Post Processing. In my own processing I use primarily two software platforms (Breezebrowser and Adobe Photoshop). As such, this book is aimed primarily at photographers hoping to learn to use Adobe Photoshop. However, many of the skills and techniques in this book could also be transferable to other software platforms.
The chapters of this book are organized in a logical way to work through the following steps:
- Creating a logical and efficient file management system
- Culling images effectively and selecting your best work
- Converting RAW files
- Processing images in Adobe Photoshop (many skills transferable to Adobe Lightroom)
This guide is for you if you want to:
- Spend less time at the computer
- Learn to use Adobe Photoshop
- Streamline your processing workflow
- Take your best images and take them to a whole new level
- Display your images to family and friends
Included with this ebook are:
- Downloadable Photoshop Actions designed to save you time.
- Sample Images to work on (cloning, layer mask, noise reduction)
- Links to over 1 hour of online video tutorials
To learn more and/or purchase the e-book, click here.
From the interview with Mr Onda
Reading a bit between the lines during the interview with Dan Chung and Mr Onda, it appears a few new things are coming to the Cinema EOS line and probably to EOS DSLRs as well.
The first being CFast 2.0, a version of Compact Flash announced back in 2008. SanDisk currently makes CFast cards that are capable of writing at 350MB/s. These cards will be needed to record 4K RAW video. It sounds like Canon will be moving towards CFast in their next Cinema EOS cameras, and perhaps DSLRs as well.
Secondly, it seems there’s a possibility of a full frame Cinema EOS camcorder coming down the pipeline. While you can currently get full frame 4K recording (16:9 crop from the full frame sensor) with the EOS-1D C, the C100, C300 and C500 are Super35 sensor cameras.