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 Tuesday, August 4, 2015
The Canon EOS 5Ds R and EF 16-35mm f/4L IS Lens Capture Sunrise at the Portland Lighthouse
While it is painful to get up early enough to photograph the sunrise in early summer (4:20 AM in this case), early summer is the right time of the year to photograph the Portland Lighthouse and the distant Ram Island Lighthouse from this angle with the sun in the frame.
 
With the middle daughter accompanying me, I arrived at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth, ME just before sunrise. I selected one specific composition to concentrate on during the prime shooting minutes, timed the rotating lighthouse light, bracketed exposures and, when capturing the foreground rocks being hit with the first light rays of the day, adjusted focus to a closer distance.
 
This image is composed primarily of three source images run through a complicated manual HDR process with manual focus-stacking. After the big effort made to capture this image (a long drive in addition to the early alarm), I was anxious to see how this photo turned out. It was the first-processed from my recent photo trip to Maine. I'm happy with the result – it was definitely worth my effort.
 
I'm also very happy with the 5Ds R and 16-35 f/4L IS combination. I can say that they "rock".
 
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Post Date: 8/4/2015 10:48:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via ElectronicsValley) has the Canon EOS Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $469.00 with free shipping. Compare at $699.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/4/2015 10:32:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO DX II Lens available for $399.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $479.00.
Post Date: 8/4/2015 10:26:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,999.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00 after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This appears to be a grey market item. As such, it would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty. For warranty questions, please contact the seller.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/4/2015 7:08:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 VR, 200-500mm f/5.6 VR and 24mm f/1.8 Lenses
From Nikon:
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced three exciting new NIKKOR lenses for professional and enthusiast photographers. The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR is the evolution of one of Nikon’s most popular pro lenses, improving upon its versatility and image quality. Nikon has also announced two additional new lens options, including the lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR, a super-telephoto zoom that gives FX and DX-format photographers incredible reach in a compact size. The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED is the latest addition to Nikon’s popular line of f/1.8 fixed focal length lenses and is ideal for those seeking a sharp, fast-aperture prime lens.
 
“These three very different lenses are representative of the diverse range of Nikon photographers, but they all provide the most vibrant, sharp images and HD video possible; with color and clarity that only genuine NIKKOR optics can deliver,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.
 
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
Look into the bag of nearly any Nikon-wielding pro and you will find Nikon’s iconic 24-70mm f/2.8, and with good reason; this lens’ versatility and image quality has made it an essential workhorse lens for every type of shooter. The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR improves upon its respected predecessor in nearly every aspect, adding the best Nikon lens technologies to create an essential optic. An exciting evolution to come to this lens is the much-anticipated addition of Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization technology. With up to four stops of image stabilization*, the new 24-70mm f/2.8 VR is ready to tackle the challenging light of a wedding ceremony or on-the-spot news, while Tripod Mode helps to banish blur for landscape shooters. VR is also a huge benefit to filmmakers shooting handheld or on a rig who already appreciate the lens’ depth-of-field control and precise sharpness.
 
The new NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8 utilizes Nikon’s Electromagnetic Aperture control, which allows for consistent exposures during high speed bursts of shooting. This lens also improves upon image quality with new optical construction to provide clarity and consistently sharp images, and is ideal for capturing portraits, landscapes and weddings. For nearly any assignment in any kind of light, the combination of a fast f/2.8 constant maximum aperture and useful zoom range make this lens the choice of many professionals. A first for NIKKOR lenses, a new Aspherical Extra-Low Dispersion (ASP/ED) element is paired with traditional aspherical, ED and High-Refractive Index (HRI) elements for a thrilling new level of optical precision. Photos and videos take on a beautiful balance of sharpness and subtle blur effects, virtually free of flare, ghosting, coma and chromatic aberration throughout the frame. Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat is also employed to further reduce instances of ghosting and flare.
 
The new lens construction enhances durability and image quality, while retaining the overall balance and handling that made this a favorite of photographers in the first place. The lens is sealed and gasketed against the elements, and now features a fluorine coating on the front and rear element to make it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. The optical formula consists of 20 elements in 16 groups, while a 9-blade diaphragm helps to create a pleasing, natural out of focus area with beautiful bokeh. Additionally, the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR features a new filter diameter of 82mm and will accept the new Nikon CPL2 Circular Polarizer and 82mm NC (Neutral Color) filters.
 
AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
The new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR is an exhilarating new lens option, giving enthusiast FX and DX-format photographers the ability to go further with amazing zoom power and tack-sharp clarity. This compact super-telephoto zoom is ideal for bringing distant subjects closer, including birds, sports, wildlife and motorsports. This lens opens the doors for a fresh new perspective; with a maximum reach of 500mm on FX-format Nikon cameras and a staggering 750mm equivalent reach on DX-format cameras. With a maximum aperture of f/5.6, photographers have the ability to fill much of the frame with their subject and create a pleasing background blur, even in challenging light. This lens also features Nikon’s Electromagnetic Aperture for consistent exposures, as well as VR with 4.5 stops of image stabilization. Additionally, the VR features Sport Mode, which is well-suited for capturing vibrant, sharp images of distant subjects at high frame rates or when panning with fast-moving action. The lens also lets users focus as close as 7.2 ft. throughout the entire focal range, for when a decisive play comes closer than expected, or capturing intricate details of nature.
 
Whether spending all day at an air race or in the field, the new NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6 is surprisingly lightweight at only 5 lbs 1.2 oz. (2300 grams) including the tripod collar, making this lens easy to use handheld for extended periods. Photographers looking for even more reach can increase the zoom power using an optional compatible Nikon 1.4x, 1.7x or 2x E series Teleconverters** to capture even the most distant subjects.
 
The new AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR’s optical formula features three ED elements to enhance sharpness and minimize chromatic aberration. A 9-blade aperture provides a desirable, smooth bokeh, while Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor technology helps to quickly and quietly achieve critical focus. The filter diameter of the new 200-500mm lens is 95mm, and Nikon will also offer optional 95mm NC (Neutral Color) and the 95mm Circular Polarizer CPL2 filters.
 
AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED
The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED is the latest addition to the exceptional system of NIKKOR f/1.8 primes, and provides enthusiast photographers with a fast wide-angle prime lens that’s both lightweight and affordable. This new lens lets photographers immerse viewers into landscapes, interiors and architecture with amazing clarity and minimal distortion, while a fast maximum aperture delivers superb bokeh and excellent low-light ability. Whether a photographer’s passion is capturing environmental portraits or the delicious details of a meal, this lens creates a dramatic separation between subject and background.
 
The new NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8 complements Nikon’s high-resolution DSLRs and provides amazing image quality thanks to Nikon lens technologies including Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat. Additionally, this compact lens features ED and Aspherical lens elements for extreme sharpness while minimizing ghosting and flare.
 
Price and Availability
The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR will be available in late August for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,399.95. The AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR will be available in mid-September for the SRP $1,399.95. The new AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED will be available in mid-September for the SRP of $749.95.
 
Preorders:
 
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR and Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/4/2015 6:27:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 3, 2015
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Rev up your strategy so you can target the photo clients you want and land more gigs before the year is up.
 
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Post Date: 8/3/2015 12:38:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H Photo Video
B&H has several Back to School Specials going on right now. See below for more details.
 
Back to School Deals with Free Shipping
 
Post Date: 8/3/2015 12:25:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Flashpoint 448w Cool Light Video Kit
For today only, Adorama has the Flashpoint 448w Cool Light Video Kit available for $299.95 with free shipping. Regularly $600.00.
 
Kit Includes:
 
  • Flashpoint Cool Light 7 Socket Fluorescent Lamp Unit (2)
  • Softbox
  • Fluorescent Lamps
  • Air Cushioned Heavy Duty Light Stand (2)
  • Belle Drape Portable 5'X 6' Chroma Key Background
  • Flashpoint Nano Light Stand
  • Flashpoint Adjustable Length Backdrop and Reflector
  • Flashpoint 1 Year Warranty
Post Date: 8/3/2015 10:45:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
3D Isometric MTF Chart
The new MTF Comparison Tool has just received 4 additional chart types. Joining the Average and Variance charts are the 2D Map and 3D Isometric charts in 10 lp/mm and 30 lp/mm formats.
 
Among the additional lenses loaded into the tool are the 24-70mm f/2.8 zooms (Canon, Nikon and Sigma). Remember that CA is generally more prevalent in zoom lenses (especially in the maximum focal length extents) and that CA is a significant factor in corner MTF performance (and is generally an easy-to-correct aberration). If you see chart lines/colors showing decreasing MTF measurements toward the corners (right side or periphery), CA may be at least some of the cause. Reference the Lens Image Quality Tool to see if CA is a significant component of a dropping MTF chart measurement for a specific lens.
 
One of the zoom lens additions is the new Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens. Of note is that, while the tool says "Average" for the chart type, only one copy of this lens was available for MTF testing. The test results will be updated (and the other chart types added) when a larger sample size is available. B&H has the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens in stock.
 
There are enough results in the MTF tool to entertain for hours. Here is a comparison that I find interesting. While these are not equivalent apertures (one stop apart), B&H has the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Lens in stock with a $300 instant rebate bringing the price down to far less than half that of an Otus.
 
Be sure to share the MTF tool with your friends!
Post Date: 8/3/2015 8:38:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon’s SB-500 AF Speedlight and AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Lens
From Nikon:
 
Nikon’s AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Lens and the SB-500 AF Speedlight Win in Their Respective Categories
 
MELVILLE, NY – Professional Photographer Magazine has selected the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens and SB-500 Speedlight as the pros’ top choice in the Multi-Functions Lens and Speedlight/Hot Shoe Flash categories, respectively for the 2015 Hot One Awards.
 
The annual Hot One Awards honor the hottest products for professional photographers. From hundreds of entries, a panel of judges—who are all professional photographers—name their top choice among dozens of photography products and services. The awards are highlighted in the August issue of Professional Photographer.
 
This year, judges for the 16th annual Hot One Awards chose the compact and lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens as the top Multi-Purpose Lens. The judges also chose the versatile SB-500 AF Speedlight as the top Speedlight/Hot Shoe Flash in the industry.
 
“Nikon seeks to give professional photographers the best equipment for the job, and it is an honor to be recognized once again by Professional Photographer Magazine with these awards,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning.
 
“The winners of the 2015 Hot One Awards represent the pros’ choice of the year’s photographic products,” says Professional Photographer Senior Editor Joan Sherwood. “The Hot Ones recognize excellence in professional products as judged by the pros who use them. As talented as photographers can be, they still have to rely on their gear, software, professional services, and the products they sell. Their choices for the Hot Ones give our readers a list of worthy winners to consider for themselves.”
 
The Hot One Awards have provided Professional Photographer readers with a resource of the newest, most innovative products available in a variety of price ranges. Readers are treated to a resource compiled by independent, practicing professional photographers, selected for their expertise and knowledge. This year’s independent panel of 35 judges voted on products that ranged from cameras and lenses to albums and displays. They made their selections based on overall quality, innovation, design, performance, and value for the price.
 
For more than 100 years, Professional Photographer, the official magazine of Professional Photographers of America, has helped readers advance careers in the photographic industry. No other magazine offers a more influential presentation of the people, trends, products, and photographs defining the portrait, wedding, and commercial photography landscapes.
 
B&H carries the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Lens and the SB-500 AF Speedlight Flash.
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera available for $1,099.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,399.00 after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/3/2015 6:01:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The blazingly fast, 12 frames-per-second beast – the EOS 1D-X (review) – can now be had for an MSRP of only $4,599.00 from authorized (warranty included) dealers like B&H after a $700.00 instant savings.
 
The new lower-than-ever MSRP may indicate that a replacement is on the horizon. That said, a 1D-X purchased now should still fill the needs of most sports shooters for years to come.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon
Post Date: 8/3/2015 5:55:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, August 2, 2015
Canon Store Refurbished Cameras and Lenses Sale
The Canon Store is having a sale on refurbished cameras, lenses and flashes.
 
Canon refurbished gear is like-new and a good value at regular price. On sale, these deals are great. Browse the categories to find the right deal for you.
 
Especially catching my attention is the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 STM IS Lens (review) on sale for $129.99. This is a good value lens that sells for $299.00 new. If you have an APS-C body, just get one. This lens would also make a nice gift.
Canon EOS 1D X
You can now add a Canon EOS 1D X (review) to your kit for $700.00 less with a new instant rebate. This 1-Series camera is now priced at $4,599.00 at authorized retailers. Get yours at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/2/2015 8:08:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, August 1, 2015
Think Tank Photo Roller Flair
Think Tank Photo just released a colorful, fun new roller camera bag accessory that is sure to set you (or at least your bag) apart. No longer will you struggle to decide which bag is yours in the sea of black rollers, because your bag is sure to be the stand-out.
 
With Roller Flair Kits, you can easily customize your Think Tank Photo Roller with your choice red, green, orange, or blue wheels, zipper pulls and padded handle wrap. Pick your favorite color or mix more than one kit to match team or company colors.
 
The Roller Flair Kit is available only directly from Think Tank Photo. Each Roller Flair kit includes the following color-matched items: two wheels; 10 Easy Grip Zipper Pulls; one padded Handle Wrap; and, of course, the Installation Guide. Worth noting is that Think Tank's wheels are the best available, using ABEC-5 sealed bearings and a custom rubber compound for smooth, quiet rolling with a strong emphasis on longevity. Free shipping on all orders!
Post Date: 8/1/2015 3:09:37 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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