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 Tuesday, December 6, 2016
You are going to like this: Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review page.
 
I'm guessing that you are impressed with what you see, but the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens vs. Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II Lens comparison should fully convince you.
 
Results from the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and Canon EOS 7D Mark II are coming and will make many additional comparisons possible. But, this lens is certainly looking impressive from an image quality perspective!
 
Make the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens your Christmas present! B&H has this lens in stock (Nikon) and "coming soon" (Canon mount available for preorder).
 
Adorama only has the Sigma mount lens in stock, but at this moment is offering a free Sigma Dock with preorders.
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Post Date: 12/6/2016 9:18:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Did I ever tell you that the Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS Lens is really sharp? My daughter and I had one evening and one morning to photograph deer in Shenandoah National Park. The evening presented us with primarily darkness including dense fog and light rain (and wind), but the morning proved much nicer.
 
This decent-sized 7pt buck tending a doe amidst the short red saplings in Big Meadows was a grand find on this morning. We worked around the deer to get the morning sun at our backs and, as best as we could, stayed within ideal photo range of it for over an hour. The buck was very attentive to the doe and gave us some nice behavior images. In this image, the buck had been cleaning its back (see the ruffled fur?) and stopped to look at the doe.
 
I used the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Lens for this image. While my preference for wildlife photography is the look that the EF 600mm f/4L IS II Lens provides, the 200-400mm focal length range has proven more useful to me in this park, primarily because of the need to work in front of obstructions. Fortunately, image sharpness is something this zoom lens does not sacrifice. Take a look at this 100% crop from the ultra-high resolution EOS 5Ds R:
 
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens Crop Sample
 
This image was captured at 400mm with a wide open f/4 aperture (to create as much background blur as possible). The RAW image was processed in DPP 4 using the Standard Picture Style with sharpness reduced to only "1". While the camera is extremely sharp, its resolution is unforgiving to lens quality. The 200-400 L is definitely 5Ds R-ready. It is simply a very impressive lens.
 
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
400mm  f/4.0  1/800s
ISO 100
8688 x 5792px
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Post Date: 12/6/2016 8:18:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Datacolor:
 
Lawrenceville, NJ – Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, today announced the release of Spyder5+, the next generation software expertly designed to build upon its popular color calibration tools for photographers, designers, videographers and imaging professionals.
 
“Spyder5 is already an amazing tool for getting the best color out of your display. With the Spyder5+ upgrade, Datacolor has added several really nice features that are an absolute no-brainer for the price,” said David Cardinal, professional photographer and Datacolor Friend with Vision. “I’ve been using the new capabilities and am really pleased with how much time they’ve saved me, as well as the additional productivity they’ve provided.”
 
The software upgrade is now available for all existing and new Spyder5 customers, with the option to purchase Spyder5PRO+ or Spyder5ELITE+. Spyder5+ adds unique features to the Spyder5 calibration tools by enhancing users’ digital color workflow, including:
 
  • Automatic Room Light Switching ensures users’ monitor profile changes as the room light conditions shift, with no user interaction required
  • 1-Click Calibration streamlines a user’s workflow with a single click to start the calibration without having to re-select saved settings
  • Profile Management Tool gives users the ability to edit, remove, rename, locate, and activate each display profile for ultimate control and flexibility
Users who purchase the Spyder5ELITE+ upgrade will have access to all of the above features, in addition to:
 
  • Spyder SoftProof improves “Screen-to-Output” matching with a new workflow to simulate how photos will look on any printer or device – including home printers, online or retail printers, and certain mobile/tablet devices
  • Enhanced StudioMatch verifies precise monitor matching and takes the guess work out of making all connected displays look the same – including a new visual verification step that assists you by fine tuning your results
“We’re very excited to add this upgrade to our Spyder5 product line. This new software offers unique tools to ensure color management across all devices, so our customers can remain confident in their decision to choose Datacolor for their color calibration needs,” said Stefan Zrenner, Director Global Sales & Marketing Imaging, Datacolor. “With a competitive set of features, Spyder5+ is the perfect tool for creatives that rely on consistency in their work.”
 
New and existing Spyder5 customers wishing to purchase the Spyder5+ software add-on can find out more and buy via the Datacolor website. Upon software purchase, customers will receive a software serial number and a step-by-step guide for easy download.
 
For more information, please visit:
 
B&H carries Datacolor Spyder5 Display Calibration products.
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Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 12/6/2016 6:00:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, use coupon code DXPRO2X50 ($100.00 off) at BuyDig.com to get the Refurbished Nikon D500 DSLR Camera for $1,496.95 with free shipping. Compare at $1,796.95 new after $200.00 instant savings.
 
Note: BuyDig.com is an authorized Nikon retailer. As such, this item is backed by a 90-day Nikon Warranty.
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Post Date: 12/6/2016 5:36:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Version 1.0.1 to 1.0.2
 
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the application not displaying correctly at some monitor resolutions.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in previews of selected images not being displayed at startup when the KeyMission 360/170 Utility was launched from ViewNX-i.
Download: Nikon KeyMission 360/170 Utility 1.0.2
 
B&H carries Nikon KeyMission cameras.
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Post Date: 12/6/2016 5:20:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 5, 2016
Through midnight tonight, B&H has the Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder (Blue) available for $64.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • B&H Exclusive Color
  • X/Y Stereo Mic
  • Records WAV and MP3 up to 24-bit/96 kHz
  • Records to microSD/SDHC
  • 3.5mm I/O
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 Connectivity
  • Backlit LCD Display
  • Built-In Speaker
  • Uses 1 AA Battery
  • Threaded Tripod Mount Socket
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Post Date: 12/5/2016 7:48:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Until midnight tonight, B&H has the Elinchrom Quadra Living Light Kit with Lead Battery, S Head and Transmitter available for $634.00 with free shipping. Regularly $999.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Quadra Hybrid Pack with Lead-Gel Battery
  • 1x RQ Hybrid Standard Head w/ Reflector
  • 1x Head Cable: 8.2'
  • 1x ELS Skyport Speed Transmitter
  • 1x Lead-Gel Charger, 1x Sync Cord: 16.4'
  • Up to 150 Full Power Flashes
  • 400Ws System, 2.6 Sec Recycling
Until midnight tonight, B&H has the B+W 95mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filter available for $64.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Clear Protective Filter
  • Absorbs Ultraviolet Light
  • Reduces Bluish Cast of Daylight
  • 1x Filter Factor, No Exposure Change
  • MRC Multi-Resistant Coating
  • Schott Glass Construction
  • 95mm Front Filter Threads
  • F-Pro Brass Filter Ring
  • Plastic Case
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Post Date: 12/5/2016 7:41:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, Amazon has the Lightdow 12 x 12" Foldable White Balance 18% Gray Reference Reflector Card with Carry Bag available for $5.59. Regularly $7.50.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Gray side: Reflectance 17.8%; Density 0.74
  • Max. deviation of reflectance: 2%
  • Max. error in exposure measurements: 1/8 of F-stop
  • This handy double sided pop up 18% grey/white card simplifies the complex technical issues surrounding exposure and color correction when working in different lighting conditions. It provides a major benefit when working under pressure at events such as weddings or fashion shows.
  • Backed with Lightdow 90-Day Hassle Free Return & Replacement Warranty for Quality-Related Issue.
- $5.59 (Reg. $7.50)
Until 7:00pm Eastern Time, B&H has the Genaray MonoBright Daylight LED 750 available for $174.95 with free shipping. Regularly $394.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • HiBrite microLED PCB
  • High CRI: >90
  • 10-100% Dimming
  • Multi-Voltage for Worldwide Use
  • AC or DC Battery Power Options
  • Lightweight Housing
  • Built-In Umbrella Channel
  • S-Type Front Accessory Mount
  • Includes Wireless Transmitter
Need even more power? The Genaray MonoBright Daylight LED 1200 currently qualifies for a $75.00 discount.
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Post Date: 12/5/2016 2:27:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the TIME YouTube Channel:
 
On the day the Yankees retired Babe Ruth’s number, Nat Fein’s instinct to shoot him in 1948 from behind paid homage not only to the baseball legend but to the House that Ruth Built.
 
See TIME's exploration of 100 photographs that shaped the human experience (updated daily).
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Post Date: 12/5/2016 12:06:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Last week we shared the news that B&H was going to start carrying popular tripod, ball head and accessory brand manufacturer Really Right Stuff. Now I'm happy to say that B&H's RRS inventory is 235 products strong with all images and product information loaded onto the site.
 
Have you ever wondered about the small tripod featured in many of Bryan's product review images? You can find the tripod right here.
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Post Date: 12/5/2016 11:22:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
There are only a small handful of DSLR lenses that can take in a view this wide. Basically, excluding fisheye lenses, the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens or one of the three Sigma variants including the latest, the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art Lens are your choices.
 
With the senate recessed for the holiday, I made a visit to this location to give the Sigma 12-24 Art a workout. The angle of views afforded by this lens are a blast to use and with the widest, I was able to capture a great deal of the French Renaissance architecture in the senate chamber.
 
While the 12mm angle of view was great to have, the bright lights were a bit of a problem from an exposure standpoint. But, they were very beautiful and I wanted to see some of the detail in them. Thus, an HDR technique was needed.
 
The primary image was captured at 2.5 seconds with a second image captured at .4 seconds (2 2/3 stops darker) to retain some of the detail in the lights. It can be very challenging to composite two images captured at such drastically different brightness while retaining a natural appearance, but here is a technique that proves rather easy.
 
First, stack the two images in Photoshop with the brighter image on top. Then add a layer mask to the top layer and select the layer mask. Select the brush tool, select black as the color and reduce the opacity to something low, such as 10%. Select a brush size appropriate for the area that needs detail added (areas too bright in the original exposure) and adjust the brush hardness as desired (softer may be better in this situation). Then paint the blown areas until just the right amount of detail shows through. The process is easy and the results appear natural.
 
When photographing a symmetrical scene such as this one, it is usually desirable to have the scene perfectly centered in the frame (for perfect balance) and to have the camera perfectly centered in the room (to avoid perspective-caused converging horizontal lines) and horizontally level (to keep horizontal lines parallel to the frame borders). As you can figure out from the resulting image dimensions, I cropped this image very slightly from the top left to perfect my capture. Note that no distortion correction was used. Even at 12mm, this lens is a good performer in this regard.
 
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Post Date: 12/5/2016 9:50:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Apple added the ability to edit RAW files in its iOS 10 update released earlier this year. This left many asking, "What's the easiest way to transfer RAW files to my iPhone/iPad?"
 
According to photography Brian Worley, the answer is to use a Lightning 8-Pin to USB Female OTG Adapter and your camera's USB cable to transfer files directly to your mobile device.
 
Directions
 
  • With the camera turned off, plug the USB cable into the camera's USB port and attach the OTG adapter.
  • Unlock the smart device and plug in the OTG adapter.
  • Turn on the camera. At this point the Apple Photos app will open and an import icon will be visible.
iOS Devices with Lightning Connectors
 
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5C
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 6/6 Plus
  • iPhone 6S/6S Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 7/7 Plus
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Pro (9.7-inch and 12.9-inch models)
  • iPad Mini (1st generation)
  • iPad Mini 2
  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad Mini 4
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Post Date: 12/5/2016 10:06:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Profoto US YouTube Channel:
 
Finding the perfect light depends on your subject matter and the desired effect.
 
In the latest video of our Ordinary to Extraordinary series, Pye Jirsa gives you 3 dramatic lighting techniques to take extraordinary athletic portraits.
 
B&H carries Profoto lighting equipment.
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Post Date: 12/5/2016 9:32:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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