BIG Giveaway: Iridient Developer is giving away Five Free Licenses + Ten discounts of 25%

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Brian at Iridient Digital is happy to offer five free Iridient Developer licenses along with ten 25% discounts for Iridient Developer to our Mac OS X readers! Iridient Developer is highly regarded for its exceptional RAW processing quality, sharpening, noise reduction, lens corrections, monochrome conversions and more. Check it out at:

For this Giveaway, Brian is offering

  • A total of five free Iridient licenses (one for each site: Iridient, Sony Alpha Rumors, 43 Rumors, Fuji Rumors, Canon Watch)
  • A total of ten 25% discounts (two free licenses for each site)

You can enter our giveaway and win simply by visiting any of the participating sites on Facebook and/or following them on Twitter. To win one of the prizes use the dedicated giveaway box above.

The more sites you visit on Facebook and follow on Twitter, the more entries you’ll gain and hence increase your chances to win one of the prizes.

If you instead visit just the Canon Watch Facebook page, then you’ll enter the Canon Watch giveaway, but you are missing the chance to win anything on the other sites. So, like and follow to increase your chance to win! The more social you are, the more chances you have to win.

PLEASE NOTE: To enter this Giveaway, the OptionFollow Iridient on Twitter” is mandatory (hence, you have first to follow Iridient before you can follow the other sites).

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Good glass makes the difference: zoom lens recommendation for Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Good Glass Makes The Difference: Zoom Lens Recommendation For Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon’s flagship APS-C DSLR, the EOS 7D Mark II is likely the first APS-C camera playing a serious role for professional photographers: highly advanced 65 points AF system, Dual Pixel AF, 10 fps, anti-flicker technology, one of the best, if not the best, weather sealing in the industry, and much more.

Given Canon’s extensive lens line-up (and third party players), you may wonder which lenses are best suited for the 7D Mark II. DxOMark posted the first part of their lens recommendations for the 7D Mark II, zoom lenses. Five categories of zoom lenses are considered: ultra-wide-angle zooms, standard zooms, super-zooms, fast telephoto zooms, and slow telephoto zooms. DxOMark recommends:

  • Best ultra-wide-angle zoom: Tokina AT-X 11-16mm f/2.8 PRO DX
  • Best standard zoom: Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM ART
  • Best super-zoom: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Best fast telephoto zoom: Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM SPORT
  • Best slow telephoto zoom: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS USM

A list you can agree with. You may wonder how the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, a kit lens, made it to be the best standard super-zoom lens. Easy: it performs great. Canon’s latest kit lenses all work great. It’s one of the things were Canon excels: making inexpensive lenses with very good performance.

Nothing to wonder about the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens, one of Sigma’s recent masterpieces and the world’s first zoom lens for APS-C sensor with continuous f/1.8. Those who own the Sigma know why I call it a masterpiece. According to DxOMark, the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 beats them all, Zeiss and Canon L lenses included, and at a price ($799) that’s hard to beat when it comes to bang for the bucks.

Can’t say anything about the Tokina AT-X 11-16mm f/2.8 PRO DX, I never used it. I also never used the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Extender 1.4x, but I guess a lens that costs like a small car has to be the best. I had the chance to play around with the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM SPORT. As with all Sigma Global Vision lenses, you get a lot of bang for the bucks.

See DxOMark’s lens recommendations for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. The EOS 7D Mark II regularly ships for $1,499, but is currently on sale for $1,149.99 on eBay by a top rated seller. To learn more about the Canon EOS 7D Mark II read the overview after the break, or see all our 7D Mark II coverage.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II price check: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

Canon EOS 7D Mark II specs and overview (from Adorama’s product page).

  • 20.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and ISO 100 16000: (expandable to H1: 25600, H2: 51200) for reduced noise at high ISOs and high performance Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for outstanding image quality and processing speed.
  • High speed continuous shooting: up to 10.0 fps allows you to capture fast action.
  • 65-point all cross-type AF system: for high-performance, accurate subject tracking with EV -3 sensitivity (center point) for focusing in extreme low-light conditions.
  • Canon’s innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF: enables you to shoot video like a camcorder with smooth, fast, and accurate autofocus and lets you enjoy instant and preciseautofocus
  • Stunning Full HD video: with Custom Movie Servo AF (speed and sensitivity) for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects, multiple frame rates including Full HD recording at 60p in MOV and MP4 formats and uncompressed HDMI out.
  • Intelligent Viewfinder II: provides approximately 100% field of view for shootingease.
  • Improved custom controls: and built-in intervalometer and bulb timer for expandedcreativity.
  • Magnesium alloy body: with shutter durability up to 200,000 cycles and enhanced dust and weather resistance.
  • EOS Scene Detection System: features a new 150,000-pixel/RGB+IR metering sensor for improved precision.
  • Built-in GPS Receiver: provides a digital compass, records location information(longitude, latitude, elevation and universal coordinated time (UTC)) as EXIF information for geotagging images when shooting.
  • 3.0-inch Clear View II LCD monitor: (approximately 1,040,000 dots) for bright andclear viewing.

Adobe Lightroom Tricks and News Round-Up

Above: Introduction to Editing, Processing, and Workflow in Lightroom 5 for Street Photography – Eric Kim Photography

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This is What Adobe’s Dehaze Slider Does to Photos of the Night Sky – PetaPixel
Are you taking advantage of Lightroom’s Headless Mode? – Lightroom Killer Tips
Bringing Your Logo into Lightroom (with a transparent background behind it) – Lightroom Killer Tips
Lightroom Dashboard Can Help You Visualize Your Photography Habits – PetaPixel
6 Easy Steps for Post-Processing a Low-Light Photo in Lightroom – Digital Photography School
Organize Your Portraits and Group Shots: Using People View in Lightroom CC – PhotoFocus
How To: A Primer on Reducing Noise in Photos Using Adobe Lightroom – PetaPixel

Below: Lightroom 6 & Lightroom CC LIVE REVIEW – Tony Northrup

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Canon EOS 70D killer deals live again, bundles with PIXMA PRO-100 and more starting at $650

Canon EOS 70D Killer Deals Live Again, Bundles With PIXMA PRO-100 And More Starting At $650

Adorama put their terrific Canon EOS 70D deals live again. If you are comfortable with mail-in rebates, then these prices are impossible to beat. Adorama is an authorised Canon seller. You get $350 mail-in rebates (instructions) on each of the bundles. All three bundles come with:

  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets
  • Lowepro Nova Sport 17L AW Shoulder Bag, Slate Gray

Three EOS 70D bundles are on offer, all with the bonus items listed above:

Canon EOS 70D overview after the break.

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Jena Malone Signs On To Co-Star With Josh Hutcherson In Short Film For Ron Howard And Canon’s Project Imagination: The Trailer

Canon has a dedicated YouTube channel for Project Imagination: The Trailer.

Press release:

Jena Malone Signs On To Co-Star With Josh Hutcherson In Short Film For Ron Howard And Canon’s Project Imagination: The Trailer

Hunger Games Co-star to Join Hutcherson’s Short Film, “The Rusted,” Inspired by a Consumer Trailer

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 23, 2015 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging, announced today that “The Hunger Games” actress Jena Malone has signed on to co-star with Josh Hutcherson in a short film for Canon’s Project Imagination: The Trailer, a consumer contest helmed by Ron Howard. Josh Hutcherson and Ron Howard have selected the winning trailer, “Tainted Water” created by Mark Mukherje, a college student from South Florida, to act as the inspiration for the film, “The Rusted,” which will go into production this week.

“The Rusted” is a psychological thriller, a new genre for Josh Hutcherson, written and directed by Kat Candler (“Hellion”) and tells the story of a brother and sister who begin renovating their childhood home into a recording studio, when strange happenings force them to face memories of the past.

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