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 Thursday, March 23, 2017
B&H has the Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 3/23/2017 4:11:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through March 27, use coupon code C20SPRING (20% off) during checkout at eBay to get the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens (via redtagcamera – 99.9% Positive Feedback) available for $111.99 with free shipping. Compare at $179.00 after $20.00 instant savings.
 
Note: The coupon code (20% off, $50.00 max) is single-use only (per eBay account) and can also be used on other select purchases on eBay.
 
This lens is small, lightweight, inexpensive, easy to pack and features surprisingly good image quality. At this price, this lens is a fantastic bargain. [Sean]
Post Date: 3/23/2017 4:10:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through March 27, use coupon code C20SPRING ($50.00 off) during checkout at eBay to get the DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter (via redtagcamera – 99.9% Positive Feedback) for $929.95 with free shipping. Compare at $1,061.00 after $140.00 instant savings.
 
Note: The coupon code (20% off, $50.00 max) is single-use only (per eBay account) and can also be used on other select purchases on eBay.
Post Date: 3/23/2017 10:23:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
In my review of the RigWheels RigMount X4 Magnetic Camera Platform, I demonstrated how the mount could be used to capture a vehicle in motion (with blurred surroundings) while attached to the car being photographed. The example I created can be seen below.
 
Self Portrait with RigWheels RigMount X4 Magnet Camera Platform 1

Getting a shot like the example above is relatively easy and straightforward using the magnetic camera platform. But ever since posting the review, I had been wondering whether or not the RigMount X4 could be utilized to photograph a vehicle it wasn't attached to with a sharp vehicle and similarly blurred background. From a photographer's perspective, this type of situation would be ideal as the camera gear's safety and security remain the responsibility of the photographer rather than the driver of the subject car (assuming you're not using the X4 for a self-portrait like I was).
 
However, I knew that there would be several challenges involved in photographing a following vehicle, all of which can cause unwanted motion blur of the vehicle being photographed. To capture an acceptably sharp follow vehicle, the following would all need to happen simultaneously during the relatively long shutter duration:
 
  1. The car with the camera mount could not hit any significant bumps
  2. The follow car could not hit any significant bumps
  3. The follow car would need to maintain a constant distance from the lead/camera mounted car
I reasoned that using an image stabilized lens would help reduce the impact of small vibrations caused by the mount vehicle, but... it wouldn't be able to compensate for any noticeable bumps in the driving surface.
 
Unfortunately, there was another challenge to consider – lighting. If photographing on a bright, clear day, the single primary light source would not likely produce great results.
 
For instance, if driving into the sun, the lead vehicle's shadow would likely cast a distracting shadow into the scene. If the sun were camera right, the broad side of the subject vehicle as seen from the lead vehicle would be in shadow with, yet again, another distracting shadow cast into the middle of the frame. If driving away from the sun, then the bulk of the subject car would be in shadow. With the sun camera left, the broad side of the subject vehicle would have been well lit, but... I still wasn't sure that I'd be happy with the lead vehicle's shadow likely being visible in the frame.
 
Shooting at night seemed to be the best solution to the lighting problem. With street lights (and possibly head lights) providing the bulk of the lighting required for an exposure, the car could be lit from multiple angles with any shadows cast being less severe. Also, the direction of travel would be less of a concern, meaning that a wider variety of shooting locations would be available for consideration. As ideal nighttime lighting conditions would likely be sporadic on any given route (aside from a well lit parking lot), it was necessary to add "good lighting" to the ever-growing list of variables that had to fall in line for the desired final image.
 
Before attempting a nighttime shot, Alexis (the driver of the following vehicle) and I did a dry run during the day to determine which focal lengths and shutter speeds might work best. Tests with a shutter speed of 1/2 second never created a sharp-looking vehicle. We found that wider focal lengths and a relatively close vehicle in an adjacent lane with a 1/3 second shutter speed provided the most promising results. At 1/3 second, there were still only a few sharp images compared to the total images captured. However, the blur created at 1/3 second appeared significantly better at comfortable speeds than when using shorter shutter speeds.
 
Before I go any further, let me be clear – please use caution if attempting to photograph moving vehicles. Do what you can to minimize risks and always be alert to potential hazards and/or traffic conditions. We are not responsible for property damage and/or loss of life if you attempt to replicate the results.
 
How I Got the Shot
 
Because of its wide angle of view and image stabilization feature, I opted to use a Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens paired with an Canon EOS 7D Mark II. The 7D II was not only a good camera choice because of its compatibility with the EF-S 10-18 IS STM, but it's built-in intervalometer feature made triggering the camera during the shooting runs very easy.
 
I mounted the camera and lens to a ball head attached to the RigMount X4 and – using the included (4) Long Magnetic Mounts – I affixed the rig to the driver's side back quarter panel of my car. With the road in front of my house free of traffic, I directed Alexis to a spot for optimal framing, manually focused on the car, made a few test shots to determine the proper exposure settings, and with the exposure settings determined, I set the camera's intervalometer to take a shot every second. With the camera triggered, I told Alexis to try and maintain a constant distance from the car when she could (while abiding by all traffic laws, of course).
 
The exposure settings used: 10mm, f/5, 1/3 sec., ISO 1000.
 
We ended up doing two 1/2 mile laps traveling down a four lane road featuring a decent number of street lights. After the first lap, we took a look at the images to see if there were any adjustments that might be made to improve our results. We determined that the follow vehicle needed to be just a little bit closer and a little more forward in relation to the lead car than the previous run. On the second lap, we got the shot atop this post. Out of the two laps, there were only a handful of acceptably sharp images (out of 400+) and only a couple of the shots featured decent lighting and optimal vehicle placement within the frame (making selection of the best shot a very easy task).
 
Conclusion
 
Can the RigWheels RigMount X4 be used to photograph a moving vehicle that it isn't attached to, with motion blurred surroundings and a sharp subject? In a word – "absolutely." However, planning, patience and persistence will be your allies in getting those results.
 
More Info: RigWheels RigMount X4 Magnetic Camera Platform Review
Post Date: 3/23/2017 8:10:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Cinetics Axis360 Pro Motorized Motion Control System and Slider available for $699.95 with free shipping. Regularly $899.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Motorized Slides, Pans, and Tilts
  • Digital Stepper Motor
  • Supports up to 11 lb
  • Controller Unit with CineMoco Software
  • Speeds up to 110°/s
  • Incremental Steps Down to 0.03°
  • 32" Slider
  • Mini Tripod Kit with Ballhead
  • Two Quick-Release Clamps
  • Arca-Type Quick-Release Plate
Think Tank Photo has its new Signature-series – the Signature 10 and Signature 13 shoulder bags – in stock with free shipping.
 
As an added bonus for using our links, you'll get a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo.
 
Key Features:
 
  • Modern wool-like fabric that is soft to the touch and stands-up to everyday use
  • Full-grain leather bottom and detailing, plus antique finished metal hardware
  • Zippered flap provides full closure and security to the main compartment, or tucks away when not in use
Post Date: 3/23/2017 7:36:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.1 to 1.2
 
  • Fixed an issue that in rare cases prevented the camera turning on and increased the drain on the battery when Disable was selected for Bluetooth > Connection and On for Airplane mode in Camera settings > Network menu.
Download: Nikon COOLPIX W100 Firmware v.1.2
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/23/2017 7:28:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the WD 8TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD available for $269.99 with free shipping. Regularly $319.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 8TB Storage Capacity
  • 3.5" Form Factor
  • SATA III 6 Gb/s Interface
  • 128MB Cache
  • 5400 rpm
  • Up to 178 MB/s Sustained Transfer Rate
  • 600,000 Load/Unload Cycles
  • 1,000,000 Hours MTBF
  • Error Recovery Controls
  • NASware 3.0 Technology
 Wednesday, March 22, 2017

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
B&H is proud to present its Women of Influence series. Elsa Garrison is a sports photographer for Getty Images whose work has captured unforgettable moments, right in the middle of the action. Her career has spanned almost every professional sports league, and has even brought her to the Olympics.
 
Elsa's Website:
http://www.elsagarrison.com/
 
Elsa's Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/elsagarrison/
Post Date: 3/22/2017 3:55:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
After posting about the Canon EOS M6 User's Manual availability and the DPP, EOS Utility and Picture Style software updates this morning, I noticed that the EOS Rebel T7i & EOS 77D User's Manuals have also been published by Canon USA. You can find the download links below.
 
Download:
 
B&H has the Canon EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D available for preorder.
Post Date: 3/22/2017 9:49:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon has released the following software updates:
 
Digital Photo Professional 4.6.10 & EOS Utility 3.6.0
 
Changes:
 
  • Supports EOS Kiss X9i / EOS REBEL T7i / EOS 800D, EOS 9000D / EOS 77D, EOS M6.
  • Supports EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM.


Picture Style Editor 1.18.10
 
Changes:
 
  • Supports EOS Kiss X9i / EOS REBEL T7i / EOS 800D, EOS 9000D / EOS 77D, EOS M6.


Download: Updated DPP, EOS Utility & Picture Style Editor
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, standard product images and eye candy have been added to the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Milvus Lens Review page.
 
I'm not surprised by the image quality results – this lens has the heart of the Zeiss 135mm f/2.0 Classic Lens and that lens was similarly impressive.
 
Here is the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Milvus Lens compared to the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens.
 
B&H has the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Milvus Lens in stock.
 
Looking for a bargain? The Zeiss 135mm f/2 Classic Lens is just that after a $623.00 instant savings at B&H (plus get a 4% B&H reward).
Post Date: 3/22/2017 8:04:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the BlackRapid RS-Sport Extreme Sport Strap available for $58.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $73.95.
 
This is my absolute favorite camera strap. I highly recommend it. And if you need to carry a camera with an Arca-style plate attached, here's the info on my strap conversion. [Sean]
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds SLR Camera with Lens Attached
  • Worn Under Right Arm
  • Under Arm Safety Tether
  • 1/4"-20 Fastener
  • Ballistic Nylon with Cordura Nylon
  • 1.0" Nylon Webbing
  • Lockstar Carabiner Protector Included
Post Date: 3/22/2017 7:30:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Zoom H4nSP 4-Channel Handy Recorder available for $159.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • True X/Y Stereo Mics
  • Selectable Recording Patterns
  • Records up to 24-Bit/96 kHz
  • Records to SD/SDHC
  • XLR/TRS Combo Inputs
  • Built-In Speaker
  • USB 2.0 Connectivity
  • Backlit LCD Display
  • Uses AA Batteries
Post Date: 3/22/2017 7:28:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Corel VideoStudio X9 Ultimate (Boxed) available for $26.99 with free shipping. Regularly $79.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Sophisticated Easy-to-Use Video Editor
  • For Enthusiasts, Social Media, Marketers
  • Support for up to Ultra HD 4K Resolution
  • 2000+ Effects, Correction Tools, Etc.
  • 6-Angle Multi-Camera Editor
  • Multi-Point Motion Tracking
  • FastFlick Template Designer
  • MXF (XAVC) Import / HEVC H.265 I/O
  • Added Track Options and Much More
  • Windows Compatible
Post Date: 3/22/2017 5:26:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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