The Canon 24-70mm F/2.8L is one of the most popular lenses for event photographers. It's also one of my favorite lenses for video since it can focus fairly close. Good range of zoom, and maintains a decent F/2.8 aperture throughout for low light shooting. I heard there was a sale going on over at B&H, but doing a basic search for the Canon 24-70mm F/2.8L only comes back with only a $100 dollar discount. I was able to track down the other URL where it shows a $200 dollar instant savings discount off normal price. That's a better deal than what they are offering on the Canon Rebates webpage (here), and cheaper than a used one on eBay, but says it expires in a few days. Here's the link (click here).
Canon 24-70mm F/2.8L Discount
Wanted to put the T3i's new 3x Zoom featuer to the paces, so I shot some bugs with the 100mm F/2.8L IS Macro. At 10x you do notice it gets soft and it's pretty hard to see what's going on with these little guys. So for now here's an all 3x Zoom video which shows the original camera position. (except for the first few seconds. You'll see the text change). The shakiness was because it was a windy day, it's not from the camera. It's also pretty hard to pan at 3x Macro, everything is exaggerated.
I know what you're thinking. Wow, what a rare treat to find a flower full of sooo many lady bugs with great fill lighting? A very unique experience to have outside in nature. Ok, I admit. I cheated. Just a little.
I'm going to try this again in a more controlled environment when I get my real lights setup. I was at home and limited to what I could use. You can't use bulbs that generate too much heat or the flower will wilt and the lady bugs will 'crisp'. These little FLO's don't output as much as the LED panels which i'll try (maybe tomorrow).
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR