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 Monday, August 3, 2015
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 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
 Friday, July 31, 2015
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
When the distances get long and/or the subjects get small, this is my go-to lens.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 30, 2015
B&H has the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 7/30/2015 5:31:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera
From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE N.Y., July 30, 2015 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today has introduced the Company's first multi-purpose camera, the new ME20F-SH, which delivers exceptionally high sensitivity to capture Full HD video with a minimum subject illumination of less than 0.0005 lux1 (at maximum 75 dB gain setting, equivalent to an ISO sensitivity of over 4,000,000). Nighttime surveillance and security, cinematic production, reality television, and nature/wildlife documentaries are just some of the ME20F-SH's many possible usage applications. With the ability to capture color video in extreme low-light conditions and its simplistic and versatile design, the ME-20F-SH Multi-purpose Camera can be easily incorporated into existing infrastructures and systems to provide high-quality video capture even where subjects might not be seen with the naked eye.
 
Canon's new multi-purpose camera employs an enhanced version of the 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor for Full HD video use that was originally developed by the Company in 20132. Its compact, modular body design allows easy custom configurations for diverse usage scenarios. While capturing video in extreme low-light conditions often requires the use of infrared illumination (a technique that only yields video in black and white), the ME20F-SH camera achieves impressive high-sensitivity performance enabling the capture of color Full HD video with reduced noise in low-light conditions without the need for infrared illumination.
 
Ultra-High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor Enables Color Video Capture in Extreme Low-Light Conditions
The ME20F-SH camera's CMOS sensor has pixels measuring 19 µm square3, which is more than 5.5 times the surface area of the pixels on the CMOS sensor featured in select top-of-the-line interchangeable lens cameras4. Furthermore, the sensor's pixels and readout circuitry make use of Canon proprietary technologies to achieve both reduced noise and exceptionally high sensitivity on subjects with a minimum illumination of less than 0.0005 lux. This multi-purpose camera allows users to discern subjects under even some of the dimmest lighting conditions, such as environments lit by artificial illumination or under a moonless night sky. Furthermore, similar to Canon's Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography cameras, the ME20F-SH camera includes Canon Log and Wide DR, which make possible a wide dynamic range, delivering high-image-quality video results across a range of illumination environments, from low- to brightly lit conditions.
 
Canon's Diverse Interchangeable EF Lens Lineup Enables Wide Range of Imaging Possibilities
The new ME20F-SH employs the same EF mount (Cinema Lock type) as Canon's SLR cameras and Cinema EOS System-series of professional digital cameras, allowing users to make use of the Company's extensive lineup of interchangeable EF lenses5. By letting users select the ideal lens based on their shooting or application requirements, taking into consideration such factors as angle of view and level of brightness, this multi-purpose camera facilitates a wide spectrum of imaging possibilities.
 
Supports various standard video-recording interfaces
Employing output-only 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI terminals, Canon's ME20F-SH camera enables users working on location to output video via a single cable to a variety of peripheral equipment, including external recorders and monitors. Equipped with a f2.5mm stereo mini-jack and a round 8-pin jack for RS-422, the multipurpose camera is capable of connecting with Canon's RC-V100 Remote Controller (released in June 2014; sold separately)6. By allowing users to operate the camera or change settings from a remote location, the camera facilitates video capture from inaccessible locations as well as fixed-point surveillance. Furthermore, a f3.5mm stereo mini-jack allows the camera to connect with an external microphone, enabling users working on location to output audio and video signals to connected peripheral equipment.
 
The Canon ME20F-SH is expected to be available in December 2015 at a suggested retail price of $30,000.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/30/2015 6:38:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Canon EOS 5Ds R
Finally: B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds R in stock! Act fast if you want one!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/29/2015 8:14:06 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 1DX DSLR Camera (review) available for $3,999.99 with free shipping. Compare at $5,299.00 after $700.00 instant savings. (thanks Mark)
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/29/2015 7:41:05 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
Another fantastic all-around-performing lens.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/29/2015 9:53:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon Logo
From Nikon:
 
July 28, 2015 – TOKYO – Today, Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that the total production of NIKKOR lenses(1) for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras reached the ninety-five million milestone in mid-July 2015.
 
Nikon continues to introduce new NIKKOR lenses utilizing cutting-edge technologies cultivated over its long history, including their legendary Nano Crystal Coat. Acting as a powerful anti-reflection coating, the Nano Crystal Coat is built to significantly reduce instances of ghosting and flare. NIKKOR lens technologies combine Phase Fresnel (PF) elements with a superior chromatic aberration capability making lenses smaller and lighter. Additionally, incorporating fluorite lens elements has allowed telephoto lenses to be much more compact than in the past. NIKKOR lenses now feature a fluorine coat that help repel a variety of contaminants such as dust, dirt, water, oils and grease.
 
In January 2015, Nikon introduced the new AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR; the world’s lightest 300mm full-frame fixed focal length AF lens(2). Compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras, this new telephoto lens incorporates Phase Fresnel (PF) optical technology to help correct chromatic aberration and reduce the overall size and weight of the lens, making it portable and useful for fulfilling one’s photographic vision.
 
Additionally, Nikon recently announced the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR, two new FX-format super-telephoto lenses. Each boasts a maximum aperture of f/4, offering photographers the ability to fill the frame and create dramatic separation between subject and background. With the incorporation of two fluorite lens elements, the NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR are the lightest lenses in their respective classes(3). Furthermore, Nikon also released the versatile AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens, offering a high-performance, 5x zoom range for Nikon DX-format camera users. This lens incorporates the latest optical design technologies in addition to Nikon's highly durable fluorine coat.
 
1) Interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras and Nikon 1 Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses.
 
2) Among 300mm fixed focal length (prime) autofocus lenses compatible with FX-format digital SLR cameras and available as of announcement in Jan 6, 2015. Statement based on Nikon research.
 
3) AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR: Among 500mm fixed focal length (prime) autofocus lenses with a maximum aperture of f/4 compatible with digital SLR cameras equipped with a full-size image sensor and available as of announcement in July 2, 2015. AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR : Among 600mm fixed focal length (prime) autofocus lenses compatible with digital SLR cameras equipped with a full-size image sensor and available as of announcement in, July 2, 2015. Both statements are based on Nikon research.

 
B&H carries Nikon Nikkor lenses.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/29/2015 7:33:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
PhotoPlus Expo 2015
From PhotoPlus Expo:
 
Register now and join everyone in the industry for the photography event of the year at Javits Center in New York City!
 
Experience over 100 educational seminars, Master Classes, Photo Walks and the largest display of new products and creative solutions to touch, try and compare from over 200 exhibitors.
 
New for 2015
 
  • 4 Days of Education
  • All the Latest Products
  • New Speakers & Seminars
  • Young Adult Pass (17-25 years old)
Save up to 30% on all conference passes when you become a PHOTO+ Member (WPPI, PhotoServe.com).
 
Register Now
Post Date: 7/29/2015 7:25:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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