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 Saturday, August 19, 2017
Baltimore's Inner Harbor is a target-rich environment and this location became a daytrip destination for giving the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens a workout.
 
I found the art sculpture in front of the Maryland Science Center entertaining and made it my focus as the sun set. I wanted the art sculpture to be framed against the sky, providing a colorful, clean background. I also wanted the city skyline framed above the brick walkway below and the bricks would provide a solid base for the overall image.
 
Those wants meant a position between the science center and the art sculpture was required. That I wanted the art sculpture rendered large relative to the other subjects in the composition meant that a close perspective was required and that meant it was a perfect subject for the 14mm lens I was evaluating. With the wide 14mm focal length on a full frame body, I was able to set up on the science center side of the art sculpture, keeping the science center's roofline just outside of the frame.
 
The time-of-day took care of giving me the right light and colors for this single-exposure capture. With some layers adjustments applied, I didn't need to incorporate the additional exposure-bracketed images I captured.
 
The image quality delivered by the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens is very impressive, even when mounted on an ultra-high resolution Canon EOS 5Ds R camera.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 8/19/2017 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 18, 2017
Through this weekend, B&H has the Vello FlexFrame Softbox for Portable Flash (8 x 12") available for $19.95 with free shipping. Regularly $39.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits Most On-Camera Flash Units
  • Reduces Harshness and Softens Shadows
  • Durable Fiberglass Frame for Fast Setup
  • Removable Front Diffuser
  • Reflective Silver Interior
  • Mounting Tabs for Quick Attachment
  • Touch Fastener Cinch Strap
  • Drawstring Carrying Case
Post Date: 8/18/2017 5:24:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce that a firmware update for the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art for SIGMA and CANON, as well as a firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E and EF-E is now available.
 
This firmware update corrects the phenomenon that the OS mechanism does not operate properly when attached to the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro. For those who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro by connecting it to a computer using the supplied USB Cable.
 
Before updating the MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh from the following download page.
 
Applicable Product
 
  • SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art for SIGMA / CANON
Benefit of this firmware update
 
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that the OS mechanism does not operate properly when attached to the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E.
Applicable Product
 
  • SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E
Benefit of this firmware update
 
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art for SIGMA / CANON (ver. 1.01).
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
Post Date: 8/18/2017 5:19:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 17, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learnin Center:
By Rudy Winston
 
Bringing full-frame imagery to event photography — whether you’re a serious photo enthusiast, a budding professional, or even a full-fledged pro wedding shooter — is a great way to raise the quality of your images. And while the original EOS 6D certainly acquitted itself well in terms of its picture quality, the new focus and performance features in the new EOS 6D Mark II make it a very appealing step-up for these fast-paced situations. We’ll look at the Mark II’s new-found features, and see how they might apply to users who shoot events regularly.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learnin Center.
 
Suggested Retailers: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Canon USA Store | Wex Photographic
Post Date: 8/17/2017 6:07:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.3 to 1.4
 
  • Improved pairing and connectivity between the camera and Android OS devices running the SnapBridge 360/170 app.
Download: Nikon KeyMission 360 Firmware v.1.4
 
B&H carries the Nikon KeyMission action cameras.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/17/2017 5:54:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Apple 9.7" iPad (2017, 128GB, Wi-Fi Only, Space Gray) available for $379.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $429.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 9.7" Multi-Touch Retina Display
  • 2048 x 1536 Screen Resolution (264 ppi)
  • Apple A9 64-bit SoC with M9 Coprocessor
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.2
  • Front 1.2MP FaceTime HD Camera
  • Rear 8MP Camera
  • Built-In Stereo Speakers
  • Night Shift | Touch ID Sensor
  • Lightning Connector
  • iOS 10
Post Date: 8/17/2017 5:49:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Late 2016, Space Gray) available for $1,899.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,399.00.
 
Note: The silver version is also the same price.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
  • 16GB of 2133 MHz RAM | 256GB PCIe SSD
  • 15.4" 2880 x 1800 Retina Display
  • AMD Radeon Pro 450 GPU (2GB GDDR5)
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.2
  • Touch Bar | Touch ID Sensor
  • 4 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) Ports
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack | Stereo Speakers
  • Larger Force Touch Trackpad
  • macOS Sierra
Until midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack available for $114.95 with free shipping. Regularly $199.95.
 
Product Highlights:
 
  • Fast Recycle Time of 1 Sec
  • Up to 1400 Full-Power Flashes
  • For 2 On-Camera Flash Units
  • Lightweight (1.2 lb)
  • Locking Feature for Secure Connection
  • Includes PP-400BP Removable Battery Pack
  • Microcontroller Prevents Overheating
  • Includes 100-240 VAC Charger
  • Neoprene Shoulder Strap Supplied
Note: You'll need the appropriate cable to connect your flashes.
 Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Now Out of Stock: With less than a week to go before the big event, even solar eclipse viewing glasses are becoming hard to find. Thankfully, B&H still has Lunt Solar Systems Solar / Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses (10-Pack) in stock with free next day delivery.
Post Date: 8/16/2017 1:52:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Loupedeck Photo Editing Console for Lightroom 6 & CC in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 & CC
  • Speeds Up Editing Workflow
  • Dedicated Dials, Wheels, and Keys
  • Access to Common Settings and Functions
Post Date: 8/16/2017 11:48:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro (Space Gray, Late 2016) available for $1,249.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,499.00.
 
The silver model is also available for the same price. A free 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal ($69.99 value) is included with either model.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.0 GHz Intel Core i5 Dual-Core
  • 8GB of 1866 MHz RAM | 256GB PCIe SSD
  • 13.3" 2560 x 1600 Retina Display
  • Integrated Intel Iris Graphics 540
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.2
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) Ports
  • 720p FaceTime HD Camera & Dual Mics
  • 3.5mm Headphones Jack | Stereo Speakers
  • Supports One 5K or Dual 4K Displays
  • macOS Sierra
Post Date: 8/16/2017 5:54:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Late 2016, Space Gray) available for $2,099.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,799.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
  • 16GB of 2133 MHz RAM | 512GB PCIe SSD
  • 15.4" 2880 x 1800 Retina Display
  • AMD Radeon Pro 455 GPU (2GB GDDR5)
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.2
  • Touch Bar | Touch ID Sensor
  • 4 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) Ports
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack | Stereo Speakers
  • Larger Force Touch Trackpad
  • macOS Sierra
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Dracast Silkray 400 Bi-Color LED Round Light available for $99.95 with free shipping. Regularly $236.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Color Range: 3200 to 5600K
  • 10.23" Diameter
  • 0.59" Profile
  • AC or Battery Operation
  • 0-100% Dimming
  • Low Power Consumption
If you want to use this light with battery power, be sure to pick up the Dracast 2200mAh Dual Battery Kit via the Add-On Savings tab (discounted $20.00 when bundled with the Dracast Silkray 400). For even more power, get the Dracast 6600mAh Dual Battery Kit.
Post Date: 8/16/2017 5:31:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Amazon is featuring Logitech PC Accessories as a Gold Box Deal of the Day with discounts on various keyboards and mice.
Post Date: 8/15/2017 12:48:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
San Diego, CA - August 15, 2017 — Macphun, the California-based developer known for making complex photo editing software simple and fun, today announced the release of Aurora HDR 2018, the one-stop solution for HDR photography. To sign up for pre-order announcements and more, please visit aurorahdr.com/2018.
 
Aurora HDR, co-developed with the renowned HDR photographer Trey Ratcliff, made the complex task of HDR editing effortless and unintimidating. Aurora HDR became the industry standard for HDR photo editing on Mac and reached 1.7 million downloads since its launch in November 2015.
 
In less than 2 years over 100 million photos have been edited in Aurora HDR and 72% of current users have made Aurora HDR their primary HDR photo editor?, switching from other software. Today, Aurora HDR is the go-to editing software for such well-known photographers as Trey Ratcliff, Serge Ramelli, Captain Kimo and many others.
 
“Since the launch of Aurora HDR, Macphun has released more than 10 updates containing tons of new features and improved performance,” commented Trey Ratcliff. “Today, I'm very excited to announce the launch of Aurora HDR 2018. It's completely new, significantly faster and has even more powerful tools. Plus the BIG news is that it's now available for Microsoft Windows as well. It's truly the best HDR software for both Mac and PCs”, concluded Ratcliff.
 
Aurora HDR is not just a tool for merging brackets: it brings countless options to create perfect HDR photos - from one-click presets and advanced tone-mapping, to layers, noise reduction and powerful luminosity masking controls.
 
  • Lens Correction Tool - The new Lens Correction filter easily fixes all kinds of lens distortion, from barrel and pincushion to chromatic aberration and vignetting.
  • New User Interface - Redesigned from scratch, the modern and responsive user interface brings a powerful, yet joyful experience to HDR photo editing.
  • Speed improvements - Up to 4x improvement in RAW image processing, and up to 200% faster merging and masking performance means that Aurora HDR 2018 is dramatically faster than the last version.
  • Cross-platform version - Aurora HDR 2018 will be available both for Mac and PC userswith interchangeable files, enabling mixed-computer households to share the same product key
A complete list of new features will be announced concurrent with the pre-order.
 
Availability
Aurora HDR 2018 will be available for pre-order on September 12, and released on September 28. To sign up for pre-order announcements and more, please visit aurorahdr.com/2018.
 
Pricing
Mixed-computer households can share the same product key for Mac and PC that can be activated on 5 devices.
 
  • Pre-order
    • Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade at a special pre-order price of $49
    • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 at a special preorder price of $89
    • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase
  • Retail Price
    • $59 ?for current Aurora HDR users
    • $99 ?for new users
Learn more about Aurora HDR 2018 here.
Post Date: 8/15/2017 11:25:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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