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 Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Put a large specimen of one of my favorite animals in front of my favorite tree trunks in front of my favorite leaves and ... an image I like is shaping up nicely. The leaves are from Idaho maples in the peak of their fall color. The tree trunks are aspens and their white color makes most images look better. Of course, a large bull elk makes practically any photo look good.
 
What is the easiest way to create panorama image? Crop a wide aspect ratio from a single image. While successfully capturing multiple images and seamlessly stitching them together can create a higher resolution image, it is easier just to use a wider angle lens and crop them to the desired aspect ratio. Using the cropping method also avoids issues with subjects in motion (waves, clouds, people, animals, etc.). Especially if a very resolution camera is used (one of the 5D Mark IV's upgrades was resolution), there can still be plenty of resolution for large output remaining after cropping.
 
In the example shared here, the "wider angle lens" was due to a focal length limitation at the time of capture. I was stalking the elk, didn't have an extender with me and the bull was walking towards the woods (the moment was not going to last). The cropping technique is often useful in helping to mentally justify the result.
 
I'll save the argument as to whether or not the angle of view from a 600mm lens covers a wide enough view of an area to qualify for the definition of "panorama" for another day, but the wide aspect ratio is at least in the spirit of these images.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/1000s
ISO 800
5772 x 2574px
Post Date: 2/28/2017 7:03:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has issued firmware updates for the D3400 and D5600 to address the following:
 
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in unreliable connections between the camera and the iOS 10.2 version of the SnapBridge app.
Download:
Nikon D3400 Firmware v.1.11
Nikon D5600 Firmware v.1.01
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/28/2017 5:35:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the UNDFIND One Bag 10" Laptop and Camera Bag available for $34.95 with free shipping. Regularly $109.95.
 
Several colors and patterns are available (black/leather shown).
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR, 3 Lenses, Accessories
  • Holds 10" Tablet/Notebook
  • Padded Insert with Adjustable Dividers
  • Accessory Pockets on Cover
  • Accessory Straps for Extra Pouches
  • Full Length Zipper on Top of Bag
  • Touch Fastened Bottom Tripod Mount
  • Shoulder Strap / Trolley Sleeve
  • Includes Separate Rain Jacket
  • Canvas Cover / Neoprene Bag
Post Date: 2/28/2017 4:42:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 27, 2017
Through tomorrow, use coupon code PXFLASHFEB at AdoramaPix to receive 25% off sitewide.
Post Date: 2/27/2017 11:02:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Canon EOS M5 Review.
 
Easily the best "M" so far!
 
B&H has the Canon EOS M5 in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/27/2017 7:33:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
LensRentals recently disassembled a Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS and found three aspheric elements (unusual for a telephoto zoom) and uniquely designed AF system.
 
From LensRentals Blog:
As part of that Holy Quest, we wanted to take a look inside the FE 70-200 f/2.8, because, well, that’s what we do. They’ve been in such short supply, though, we just haven’t been able to take one apart. But a customer was kind enough to drop one of ours, jamming the focusing system. We decided the opportunity to do a repair/teardown was too good to pass up.
 
It’s not the first time we’ve made a bad decision, and it probably won’t be the last. It ended up being the longest and most complex (6 hours) teardown we’ve ever done. If you’re interested, read along and come feast your eyes on one of the oddest lenses we’ve ever looked into. But it’s going to be a fairly long read. (Poof! There went 90% of the blog viewers.)
 
I’ll warn you now, I’m going to use words like different, odd, and weird when describing the inside of this lens, especially in the second part of this two-part teardown. Don’t misread that to mean I’m saying ‘bad’ because I’m not. Sony is the one manufacturer these days that’s trying all kinds of new and different things. I love that. Sometimes new things are better, sometimes not. But it does make them different.
See the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Teardown (Part 1) on the LensRentals Blog.
 
Update: Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Teardown (Part 2) was posted this morning.
 
B&H carries the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 2/27/2017 6:31:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the APC BE550G Back-UPS 550 8 Outlet Surge Protector and Battery Backup (120V) available for $42.95 with free shipping. Regularly $69.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Output: 330W / 550VA
  • Input: 120V
  • 4 x Battery-Powered, 4 x Surge Protector
  • 50/60 Hz (+/-3 Hz) Output Frequency
  • Recharge Time 24 Hours
  • Audible Alarm
  • LED Status Display
  • Cold Start / Hot Swap Batteries
  • Delivers Battery-Powered AC
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Dracast LED1000 Silver Series Bi-Color LED Light with V-Mount Battery Plate available for $399.95 with free shipping. Regularly $1,074.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 3200-5600K Variable Color Temperature
  • 16 x 7.8 x 1.8" Panel, Weighs 4.0 lb
  • 45-Degree Beam Angle
  • AC or DC Operation
  • 100-0% Dimming
  • CRI: 95
  • Low Power Draw: 60W
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter Included
  • 4-Leaf Barndoors
  • Carry Case
 Sunday, February 26, 2017
B&H has the Gitzo GT3543LS Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod (review) available for $769.88 with free expedited shipping after $100.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $869.88.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Lad Capacity: 55 lb
  • Max Height: 57.5"
  • Min Height: 3.5"
  • Folded Length: 22.4"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 4.5 lb
  • 6X Carbon eXact Tubes
  • G-Lock Ultra Twist Locks
  • 50mm Rubber Feet
  • Easy Link Attachment Thread
Post Date: 2/26/2017 6:18:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, February 25, 2017
Hot deal - act fast if you want one: Amazon has the Canon EOS 80D with EF-S 18-135 IS USM Lens for only $1,168.95 with free shipping (compare at $1,499.00).
 
This deal is not likely to be available for very long – don't hesitate ordering one if you think you might be interested.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/25/2017 7:38:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
For a limited time, B&H has the Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod (review) on sale with a $200.00 instant savings.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 39.6 lb
  • Max Height: 72.5"
  • Min Height: 6"
  • Folded Length: 23.3"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.5 lb
  • 6x Carbon Fiber Legs & Center Column
  • Cast Aluminum Alloy Chassis
  • Non-Rotating Twist Lock Legs
  • Retractable Spiked Feet
Post Date: 2/25/2017 5:57:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 24, 2017
Just Posted: RigWheels RigMount X4 Magnetic Camera Platform Review.
 
Several years ago, I [Sean] attached my DSLR to a single high-power suction cup mount and photographed myself driving my 2004 Ford Mustang GT. It was winter, and I neglected to take into consideration how the cold weather would affect the suction cup's holding strength. Once I parked the car to remove the mount, the suction cup fell over in my hand. It had apparently lost suction at the precise moment my car had stopped moving.
 
I never attempted the single suction cup method of attching my DSLR to an automobile again.
 
For years I have been searching for a better alternative for mounting a DSLR to a moving vehicle, and I the RigWheels RigMount X4 Magnetic Camera Platform is the best solution I've found. With four magents capable of holding 50 lbs (22.7 kg) apiece anchoring the RigMount X4 in place, my mind is at ease while creating images like the example shown above.
 
B&H has the RigWheels RigMount X4 Magnetic Camera Platform in stock with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 2/24/2017 9:20:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Dracast Fresnel500 4" Daylight LED available for $689.13. Regularly $958.13.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 15-60° Adjustable Beam Angle
  • Surface-Mounted LEDs with CRI of 95
  • Color Temperature: 5600K
  • 0-100% Dimming; On-Board Manual Controls
  • 5-Pin XLR DMX Input & Output
  • Passive Heat Sink Cooling System
  • Power Consumption: 50 W
  • 4-Way Barndoors & 5/8" Mounting Yoke
  • Aluminum Construction
  • 110-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz, 36 VDC
Post Date: 2/24/2017 6:40:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 2/24/2017 5:36:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Refurbished Nikon D750 DSLR Camera available for $1,499.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,896.95 new after $100.00 instant savings.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/24/2017 5:30:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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