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 Monday, December 19, 2016
Shenyang China, Dec 19, 2016 – Zhongyi Optics (ZY Optics) has released a new compact Super Macro Lens for full frame cameras, the Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5x Super Macro Lens and it features a high reproduction ratio up to 4.5:1.
 
Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro Lens is very compact in its class which allows photographers to capture extremely fine details or patterns with ease. The lens is capable of creating unbelievable macro images ranging from 4x to 4.5x magnification. Users no longer need to DIY or use any extension tubes to reach high magnification shooting. It incorporates a 6pcs of elements in 4 groups structure which delivers impressive resolution from corners to corners. Weighing merely 0.5 lbs (230g) and 6cm long, it is a perfect companion for wildlife and outdoor shooting. The wide angle of view and close focusing distance allows you to compose creative images with more information included into the frame. Greater magnification (up to 13:1) can also be achieved by stacking extension tubes or bellows. The high magnification is also extremely useful for scientific purposes.
 
Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f 2.0 4.5X Super Macro Lens Sample Image

The enclosure of the lens is made of metal to strengthen its durability. Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony FE, Sony Alpha, Pentax K, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Fuji X mounts are available.
 
Pricing & Availability
 
Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5X Super Macro Lens is now available to ship and purchase at ZY Optics authorized resellers and at our official website (http://www.zyoptics.net/). The Recommended Retail price is USD 199.
 
Note: The sample image posted above as well as the sample images published on Zhongyi's website have been [rather heavily] edited in Photoshop Lightroom 6.5. For more details, check out the full EXIF information for the fingerprint sample image.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: ZY Optics News
Post Date: 12/19/2016 7:28:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EOS Rebel T6i EF-S 18-55mm IS STM & EF-S 55-250mm IS STM Lenses available for $509.99. Compare at $849.00 new after $350.00 instant savings.
 
Kit Includes
 
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6i with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Kit
  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
Through the end of today Eastern Time, B&H has the Manfrotto PIXI Mini Table Top Tripod (White) available for $11.88 with free shipping. Regularly $24.88.
 
Don't forget, you'll also want to pick up a smartphone tripod mount adapter for attaching your phone to the tripod.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Mini Ball Head with Single Knob
  • Push Button Ball Head Adjustment
  • 1/4"-20 Camera Screw
  • Stainless Steel and Adapto Polymer
  • Rubber Feet
  • 5.3" Maximum Height
  • Supports up to 2.2 lb
  • Weighs Just 6.7 oz
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/19/2016 5:25:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through the end of today Eastern Time, B&H has the Datacolor Spyder5EXPRESS Display Calibration System available for $79.99 with free shipping. Regularly $129.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Calibrate Laptops, Desktop Monitors
  • Includes Color Probe
  • Fixed Calibration Choice
  • Before and After Evaluation
  • Comes in a Reusable Box / Case
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/19/2016 5:04:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, December 18, 2016
 Saturday, December 17, 2016
Most of the time, images of wildlife approaching are better than those of wildlife going away. The problem is, where the wildlife is going to go is not always predictable. It is much easier to follow wildlife than to stay ahead of it.
 
These incredibly-cute twin white-tailed deer fawns were with their mother and she was meandering through the woods, feeding in a seemingly random manner. I was constantly adjusting my position, trying to be in the right place as they passed through a potentially good scene.
 
When I saw the adorable little fawns headed for a fern-bordered clearing, I immediately saw the potential image and moved into position. I couldn't have requested a better direction, though they came through very fast. With the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II in high speed burst mode, I was able to capture a string of images as they came through. The fast frame rate afforded me the opportunity to be quite selective, choosing my favorite body positions. This one stood out to me for the symmetry in the fawns' stride along with their head positions.
 
Photographing in the woods with direct sunlight reaching through the canopy makes lighting very challenging. The giant overhead softbox that a cloudy day creates resolves that problem and this day had been perfect. There was direct sunlight in the early morning, providing great warm lighting in the fields of Big Meadows. As the sun rose and the lighting cooled, cloud cover rolled in and provided great light for photographing in and near the woods all day long. This image was captured at 2:39 PM on a late spring day.
 
But, just because the lighting is good does not mean that the animals will be there. Deer typically feed early and late in the day and finding them mid-day can be challenging. Many photographers don't feel that mid-day is worth their time. Perhaps I'm not that smart, but ... this mother had two hungry little ones to feed and was in need of additional meals. I was out hunting for subjects and our paths crossed.
 
As I've mentioned before, a monopod is faster to setup and adjust than a tripod and the monopod was a key part of my kit on this encounter. Being able to set up fast enabled me to position myself closer to where the fawns currently were, making the ideal position prediction more accurate.
 
Another fawn photography tip I'll share is the timing for fawn photography. You will probably agree that fawns are their cutest just after birth, before they grow very rapidly. But, newborn fawns are not as active as those a week or two old. The newborns stay hidden in their beds a significant percentage of the time, making them harder to photograph. If your time is short and you want your encounter rate increased, consider timing your photography trip for a week or two later than you would for just-born fawns.
 
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/5.6  1/500s
ISO 2500
5212 x 3474px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/17/2016 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 16, 2016
Until 4:15pm Eastern Time today, B&H is featuring nice discounts on Microsoft Surface Pro Tablets (up to $330.00).
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/16/2016 10:25:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Nikon D810 have been added to the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E AF-S FL VR Lens page.
 
B&H has the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E AF-S FL VR Lens in stock.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/16/2016 8:27:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
For today only, Amazon has the GoPro HERO+ LCD Action Cam (Economy Box) available for $149.99. Regularly $299.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Brown box packaging
  • Built-in touch display + speaker
  • Records stunning, immersive 1080p60 and 720p60 video
  • Captures 8MP single, time lapse and burst photos up to 5 fps.
  • Durable + waterproof to 131’ (40M)
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/16/2016 8:21:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Santa Rosa, Calif. – Think Tank Photo has just enhanced its popular and critically-acclaimed Mirrorless Mover camera bag collection by offering three new color ways: Pewter, Dark Blue, and Deep Red. Scaled to fit today’s smaller mirrorless cameras, the Mirrorless Mover collection is available in five sizes; from the smallest case, the Mirrorless Mover 5, designed for one mirrorless camera, on up to the largest, the Mirrorless Mover 30i, which will accommodate a camera, lenses, accessories and an iPad.
 
“The new color ways are about personal expression and quality,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “These bags use metal hardware instead of plastic buckles, high quality fabrics, YKK zippers and a new, magnetic closure. The Mirrorless Movers offer photographers quality in their camera bags worthy of their investment in these sophisticated camera systems.”
 
Gear Profiles
 
  • The Mirrorless Mover 10 fits one medium size mirrorless body plus one to two lenses and additional accessories. It is sized for the Leica V–Lux, Olympus OM–D E–M5, Panasonic G3, GF5, GH2, Samsung NX5, NX11, NX210, Sony NEX–5, NEX–6, NEX–7, or similar sized/smaller bodies.
  • The Mirrorless Mover 20 fits one medium size mirrorless body plus two to three lenses and additional accessories. The bag is sized for the Leica V–Lux, Olympus OM–D E–M5, Panasonic G3, GF5, GH2, Samsung NX5, NX11, NX210, Sony NEX–5, NEX–6, NEX–7, or similar sized/smaller bodies.
  • The Mirrorless Mover 25i fits a Sony A7 with 55mm f/1.8 ZA attached (hood reversed), 24-70mm f/4 ZA (hood in position), 35mm f/2.8 ZA (hood in position), plus an iPad mini, or a Fuji X-T1 with 18-55mm f/2.8-4 attached (hood reversed), 14mm f/2.8 (hood in position), 60mm f/2.8 (hood in position), plus an iPad mini.
  • The Mirrorless Mover 30i fits one medium to large size mirrorless body plus two to four lenses, iPad, and additional accessories or a small size DSLR and one to three small telephoto lenses or primes. It is sized for the Fuji X–Pro 1, Leica M8, Panasonic GH3 or similar sized/smaller bodies. Small DSLRs: Canon Rebel, Nikon D3200/D5200, Sony SLT–A55/A37 or similar sized bodies.
Key Features
 
  • Designed specifically for mirrorless equipment
  • High quality YKK zippers and metal hardware
  • Multipurpose divider with smart phone slot and two SD card slots (excluding smallest size)
  • Dedicated iPad pocket (Mirrorless Mover 30i)
  • Easily accessible front organizer pocket
  • Stretchable side pockets fit accessories
  • Padded non-slip flexible shoulder strap (Mirrorless Mover 30i)
  • Poly-ballistic fabric ensures durability
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included in front pocket
  • Internal mesh pocket on lid for batteries or other accessories
Materials
 
Exterior: All fabric exterior treated with a DWR coating while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance, YKK RC zippers, 1680D ballistic polyester, 600D brushed polyester, Ultra-stretch pocket, antique nickel plated metal hardware, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, 200D polyester, laminated non-woven backed nylex liner, polyester 190T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Specifications
 
Mirrorless Mover 5
 
  • Internal Dimensions: 3.5” W x 4.7” H x 3.1” D (9 x 12 x 8 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 4.7” W x 5.9” H x 3.9” D (12 x 15 x 10 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 0.4 lbs. (0.2kg)
Mirrorless Mover 10
 
  • Internal Dimensions: 4.9” W x 5.3” H x 3.7” D (12.5 x 13.5 x 9.5 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 5.3” W x 6.1” H x 4.5” D (13.5 x 15.5 x 11.5 cm)
  • Smart Phone Slot: 2.8” W x 4.8” H x 0.6” D (7 x 12.3 x 1.6 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 0.5 lbs. (0.2 kg)
Mirrorless Mover 20
 
  • Internal Dimensions: 8.5” W x 5.3” H x 3.7” D (21.5 x 13.5 x 9.5 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 8.9” W x 6.1” H x 4.5” D (22.5 x 15.5 x 11.5 cm)
  • Smart Phone Slot: 2.8” W x 4.8” H x 0.6” D (7 x 12.3 x 1.6 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 0.7 lbs. (0.3 kg)
Mirrorless Mover 25i
 
  • Internal Dimensions: 10.6” W x 5.5” H x 4.1” D (27 x 14 x 10.5 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 11” W x 6.1” H x 4.7” D (28 x 15.5 x 12 cm)
  • Smart Phone Slot: 2.8” W x 5” H x 0.6” D (7 x 12.7 x 1.6 cm)
  • Tablet pocket: 9.4” W x 5.5” H x 0.8” D (24 x 14 x 2 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 1.0 lbs. (0.5 kg)
Mirrorless Mover 30i
 
  • Internal Dimensions: 10.6” W x 8” H x 3.9” D (27 x 20.5 x 10 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 11” W x 8.9” H x 5.7” D (28 x 22.5 x 14.5 cm)
  • Smart Phone Slot: 2.8” W x 5” H x 0.6” D (7 x 12.7 x 1.6 cm)
  • iPad pocket: 9.8”W x 8.1”H x 0.9” D (25 x 20.5 x 2.3 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 1.0 lbs. (0.5 kg)
B&H carries Think Tank Photo Mirrorless Mover bags.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/16/2016 6:12:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 15, 2016
Still Live: B&H has select Spider Camera Holster products on sale for 25% off.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/15/2016 2:08:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through Saturday, B&H has the Phottix Mitros+ TTL Flash and Odin Flash Trigger Combo (for Canon/Nikon) available for $349.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $549.99.
 
Want more flashes? Buy multiple flash+trigger kits because it's $50.00 less expensive than buying the flash on its own plus you'll have backup TTL Flash Triggers.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Built-In Odin Transmitter/Receiver
  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • Guide Number: 190' at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-105mm (14mm with Panel)
  • Tilts from -7° to +90°
  • Rotates Left & Right 180°
  • Wireless Master/Slave TTL Functionality
  • Recycle Time: 0.1-5 Seconds
  • High-Speed, 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Odin TCU TTL Flash Trigger Included
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/15/2016 2:01:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Until 2:00pm Eastern Time, B&H has the Benro TAD18C Series 1 Adventure Carbon Fiber Tripod available for $119.99 with free shipping. Regularly $229.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • Max Height: 56.5"
  • Min Height: 11.6"
  • Folded Length: 19.3"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 2.6 lb
  • Flip Locks
  • Carrying Case
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/15/2016 10:49:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L AW Backpack (Slate Gray) available for $49.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR with 18-105mm, 2,3 Lenses
  • Dedicated iPad/Tablet Compartment
  • Removable Camera Box with Flap Closure
  • Converts to Daypack When Box is Removed
  • Side Access to Gear
  • Top Loading Compartment
  • Room for Water Bottle, Personals
  • Adjustable Backpack Straps
  • 210D Nylon Ripstop Polyurethane
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/15/2016 7:20:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the ExpoImaging YouTube Channel:
 
Tom Bol demonstrates how to create a creative and unique portrait for a stylized shoot with two speedlights and some Rogue FlashBender 2 Gear. Flash photography lighting video tutorial, techniques and tips.
 
B&H carries the ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro and Rogue Gels.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/15/2016 6:02:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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