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 Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vidpro Ultra-Slim LED-230 On-Camera Video Lighting Kit available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $69.95.
Product Highlights
  • 150W Equivalent Light Output
  • 228 Surface-Mounted LEDs
  • 5600K Color Temperature
  • 70° Beam Angle
  • 10-100% Stepless Dimming
  • Accepts Sony L-Series Batteries
  • NP-F550 Type Battery & Charger Included
  • 3200K Tungsten & Diffuser Filters
  • Adjustable Shoe-Mount
  • Slim, Lightweight, and Portable Design
 Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Adorama has the Manfrotto XPRO Land Aluminum Monopod available for $64.88 with free shipping. Compare at $99.88.
Product Highlights
  • Aluminum Construction
  • Rubber Grip, Wrist Strap
  • Flip-Lock Leg Sections
  • Solid and fast set-up
  • D-Shaped Fortified Aluminum Tube
  • New Rubber Leg Warmer
  • Made of Aluminum
  • 55" Max Height
Post Date: 1/24/2017 10:53:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
LONDON--In advance of Bett, Europe’s largest exhibition for technology in education, Adobe today announced the forthcoming release of updated Android applications optimized for select Chromebooks to help students harness their creativity. In the coming weeks, Adobe Creative Cloud apps start rolling out for free download as part of the beta that Google announced today, giving students using Chromebooks the tools they need to be more creative. Using the classroom environment to learn how to problem solve and develop creative skills by using technology is more important than ever for the future workforce, per results of a global GEN Z study by Adobe on student and teacher learning perspectives.
Over the past year, the use of Chromebooks has steadily grown in education – sales are flourishing in Europe, and they are now a market leader in North America. School administrators can approve and push Adobe apps on select managed Chromebooks by using the Google Admin console. Schools can expect an additional wave of Adobe apps to be launched later this year.
“The popularity of Chromebooks in the classroom has exploded, and we’re thrilled to offer students access to Adobe tools on these devices, allowing them to learn the way they do best – by doing and creating,” said Mark Rupert, Senior Director of Education at Adobe. “As a company, our goal is to empower every student to be a lifelong creator and having our free mobile apps on Chromebooks will help us reach millions more students who can bring their ideas to life."
Today’s announcement underscores Adobe’s dedication to enabling creativity in the classroom and delivering software and solutions across devices. Students and teachers agree that technology provides more digital tools and outlets for creativity, according to the Adobe study “Gen Z in the Classroom: Creating the Future.”1 The research found that 78 percent of students between the ages of 11 and 17 from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Germany and 88 percent of their teachers see creativity as essential to students’ future careers. A staggering 90 percent of students and 76 percent of teachers view technology as key to their career preparedness. In addition, 90 percent of Gen Z students say they are better prepared for the future given how well they understand technology.
To support the importance of creativity and technology in the classroom, Adobe is releasing the updated Creative Cloud apps that capitalize on Chromebook’s strengths – speed and simplicity – making these devices ideal for students to use in and out of the classroom. The family of applications launching in the coming weeks are:
  • Photoshop Mix
  • Lightroom Mobile
  • Illustrator Draw
  • Photoshop Sketch
  • Adobe Comp CC
  • Creative Cloud Mobile
“Having access to free creative tools like Adobe’s on Chromebooks allows for much more creative freedom for students with different learning styles or talents to shine,” said Nicole Dalesio, Teacher and Teacher on Special Assignment (ToSA) for the Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District, CA. “It gives them an opportunity to demonstrate their learning in a much more powerful way. Now all students can get the skills they need to create and share in a digital world.”
Adobe and Google will showcase the range of products that will be running on Chromebooks at Bett in the Adobe booth (#C118) and Google booth (#C230).
The full findings from Adobe’s survey, Gen Z in the Classroom: Creating the Future, are available for download at
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 1/24/2017 10:15:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Do you plan on visiting New York City in the next 12 months? If so, this deal's for you.
From now until January 31, you can save 20% on a New York Pass, the ultimate key that gets you free entry to over 80 New York tourist attractions.
New York Pass Benefits:
  • You can choose from 6 different duration types: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 10 days
  • There are no limits to how many attractions you can see
  • 15 busiest attractions offer Fast Track entry to NY Pass holders
  • There are 17 tours that Pass holders can book in advance and secure their place
  • You have full control on your budget, yet you can choose from 80+ NYC attractions
And if visiting New York City with a New York Pass, you may want to try photographing the city from the Rockefeller Center observation deck. If so, check out Bryan's Ultimate Guide to Photographing at Top of the Rock.
Post Date: 1/24/2017 8:09:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Carbon Fiber Tripod Review.
Better than Gitzo? That is what I wanted to know also.
Getting one of these tripods in your hands has not been easy as they seem to be on perpetual backorder. The good news is that B&H has the both the Really Right Stuff TVC-34 and TVC-34L in stock at this moment.
Post Date: 1/24/2017 7:46:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Benro C2573FS4 S4 Video Head and CF Flip Lock Legs Kit available for $350.00 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $440.00.
Product Highlights
  • Carbon Fiber Legs + S4 Video Head
  • 67.9" Maximum Height
  • 8.8 lb Load Capacity
  • Weighs 4.8 lb
  • QR6 Quick-Release Plate Included
  • Pan Bar Handle
  • Integral Leveling Platform
  • Anti-Rotation Leg System
  • Three Adjustable Leg Angles
  • Separate Pan and Tilt Drag Lock Levers
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Porta Brace Soft Case for Assembled Cine-Style Camera (Black) available for $169.95 with free shipping. Compare at $249.95.
Product Highlights
  • Holds Ready-to-Shoot Cine-Style Camera
  • Lightweight, Padded Cordura Design
  • Quick-Zip Lid with Linked Dual Zippers
  • Four Zippered Exterior Pockets
  • Waterproof Anti-Slip Base Panel
  • Dual Suede-Grip Top Handle
  • Removable Padded Shoulder Strap
  • Repositionable Padded Lens Cup
Expiring Soon: The 2017 Complete Photography Business & Marketing Bundle is now available for only $97.00 from The total retail value of this bundle is more than $2,200.00.
To see everything you get in the 2017 Complete Photography Business & Marketing Bundle, click here.
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Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Genaray SpectroLED Studio 500 Bi-Color LED Light available for $279.95 with free shipping. Compare at $488.95.
Product Highlights
  • Variable Color: 3,200K-5,600K
  • 13.58 x 7.48 x 2.75" Panel
  • 3,400 lux @ 3.3', LCD Touch Screen
  • Flicker-free 100 - 10% Dimming
  • High CRI: >93, Beam Angle: 60 Degrees
  • Remote Control with 65' Range
  • Optional Sony V-Mount Battery Plate
  • Optional Anton Bauer Battery Plate
  • Built-in Barndoors with Gel Clips
  • Removable Diffuser
 Monday, January 23, 2017
Expiring Soon: The 2017 Complete Photography Business & Marketing Bundle is now available for only $97.00 from The total retail value of this bundle is more than $2,200.00.
To see everything you get in the 2017 Complete Photography Business & Marketing Bundle, click here.
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Right now, B&H has the Sony Alpha a7R II and a7S II available with a $300.00 instant savings with a trade-in bonus up to $480.00 in addition to the value of your trade-in.
If you ever thought about dipping your toe into the mirrorless segment, now might be a good time to trade in a seldom-used piece of gear to help fund a Sony mirrorless camera, adapter and/or native lens.
Post Date: 1/23/2017 8:11:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the NiSi 100mm Aluminum Filter Holder Kit V5 available for $89.95 with free shipping. Compare at $159.95.
Product Highlights
  • Holds Filters 100mm-Wide, 2mm-Thick
  • Slots for 3 Rectangular Filters
  • 82mm Ultra Slim Circular Polarizer
  • Holds Polarizer & 3 Rectangular Filters
  • Rotates 360 Degrees
  • Circular Polarizer Rotates Independently
  • Aluminum Construction
  • 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, and 82mm Adapter Rings
  • Leather Case Included
Post Date: 1/23/2017 5:11:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the DJI Phantom 3 4K available for $499.00 with free shipping. Compare at $609.00.
Product Highlights
  • 24 fps DCI 4K / 30 fps UHD 4K
  • Camera Takes 12MP Still Photos
  • Wi-Fi Extender with 3900' Range
  • DJI Go App for iOS / Android
  • Home and Course Lock Flight Modes
  • Follow Me / Waypoint Navigation
  • Point of Interest Orbit Mode
  • Vision Sensor for Indoor Flight
  • Up to 25 Minutes Flying Time
  • Mobile Device Holder Included
Post Date: 1/23/2017 5:05:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 20, 2017
From Adorama Learning Center:
Orlit, a new flash and strobe manfuacturer, has burst onto the market with a 600ws wireless TTL monolight, a powerful new Canon-compatible TTL shoe-mounted flash, and TTL wireless recievers and transcievers. The new products are priced to compete with name-brand models while offering a full set of features.
Orlit Rovelight RT 610
A TTL wireless monolight with 600ws of power, the Orlit Rovelight RT 610 is compatible with Canon’s RT/ETTL and Nikon’s iTTL wireless flash control systems. With a guide number of 201 (ft at ISO 100), and manual levels from 1/256 to full power in 1/10-stop increments, the flash is poised to rival its top competitors. A stop-action “Freeze Mode” reduces flash duration to 1/19000th of a second. And to eliminate wires, the unit is powered by a 6000mAh Li-ion interchangeable battery rated to 450 full-power pops.
Key Features
  • 600Ws
  • 201GN (ISO 100 ft)
  • No AC power cords
  • 20W LED modeling light
  • 2.4Ghz RT Radio System with full Canon RT Wireless Control
  • Canon ETTL, Nikon iTTL radio slave modes
  • EV TTL override adjustment to +/-3EV
  • Bowens S-Type accessory mount
  • Max. 2.5-sec recycle time
  • Flash duration 1/800-1/19000 second
  • Wireless range to 980 feet
For Canon RT TTL users, this is the only 600ws option available with full compatibility, and can be used in concert with both Canon and Nikon TTL flashes with full remote TTL operation via the Orlit TR-C11C or 612-N remote. It has 5 Groups in 15 Channels, and a special GR Mode where each member of the group can be independently set to mix of Manual or TTL automation. The use of the Orlit TR-611C or 612-N remote adds 980ft/300m remote freedom without a speedlight to provide full TTL / Remote Manual / HSS, in 3 individual groups, with backward compatibility to legacy Flashpoint Rovelight and the above mentioned HSS link to Canon and Nikon cameras.
The Orlit Rovelight RT 610’s features a large, clear, full-color LCD display, a simplified menu system, and a generous power and function control dial with soft menu touch control buttons for all options. Future technologies and camera sync are firmware can be updated through the USB port. The radio modes are 4: C-Canon, N-Nikon, TRS-Flashpoint Rovelight (in Manual), and A6-HSS function for Nikon or Canon.
HSS Mode allows shutter speeds up to 1/8000 by pulsing its light between the quickest focal plane shutter gate. The monolight can regulate flash duration (t0.5), by means of the manual output, from a rich 1/800s to an action arresting 1/8000s. To really capture a split-second event, the Freeze Mode achieves an additional reach to just 1/19000s while still at a color-balanced 5500 degree Kelvin.
Other features include a 20-watt LED modeling lamp (100-watt equivalent) with a 3200k color temperature.
The Orlit Rovelight RT 610 is available for $699.95 from Adorama.
Orlit RT-600C TTL Speedlite for Canon
Designed to compete with top-line shoe-mount flashes for Canon’s TTL system, the Orlit RT-600C is a powerful flash designed for professional Canon photographers who need portable wirless flash. It is fully compatible with the Canon RT radio and optical systems. It can act as a master or slave unite for remote power control, and blasts a guide-number of 160 (ft at ISO 100, 200mm). It can work in concert with the Orlit Rovelight 610 RT as a powerful mobile lighting combination.
Key Features
  • GN 182 ft @ ISO 100 at 200mm
  • High shutter speed 1/8000
  • 1st/2nd Curtain sync
  • Manual flash from 1/128-1/1 output
  • 2.4GHz RT radio master/slave
  • Custom functions
  • LCD back light
  • 15 Radio channels
  • Tilt/swivel head
  • Bounce card, w/a diffuser
  • uilt-in color sensor for gel balance
The Orlit 600RT provides full ETTL-RT / Remote Manual / HSS, just like a Canon flash, with 5 Groups in 15 Channels, and a special GR Mode where each member of the group can be independently set to mix of Manual or TTL automation. The wireless modes are Canon RT radio and Canon ETTL IR for master or slave use. An Auto Exposure sensor located on the front of the flash, provides a non TTL option for “Ext.A” and “Ext.M” flash metering mode, preferred by many professionals.
The flash provides both ETTL and manual control as well as 2 optical slave modes and a stroboscopic mode. The metal shoe has a locking pin to prevent falls and breakage, and the control layout will be instantly familiar to Canon Speedlite users. The flash head rotates 180 degrees and tilts over 90 degrees for bounce flash. The head zooms automatically or manually from 20-200mm, and a built-in diffuser expands that range to 14mm. There’s a built-in holder for color gels and gel color temperature sensors that automatically adjust white-balance in camera.
The Orlit RT-600C TTL Speedlite for Canon is available for $169.95 from Adorama.
Orlit TR-611C and 611N TTL Transceiver
Orlit also announced its TR-611 transceiver in Nikon and Canon-compatible versions. The TTL transceivers are designed to add 980 feet of remote operation without a speedlight to provide full TTL to Nikon and Canon’s respective systems. The TR-611C is backward compatible with the Flashpoint Rovelight. The TR-611N is compatible with Nikon’s CLS wireless system.
The Orlit TR-611C TTL and Orlit TR-611N are available from Adorama for $69.95.
Category: Orlit News
Post Date: 1/20/2017 12:06:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
Photography gear, typically speaking, is expensive. As such, we as photographers often entertain the idea of purchasing inexpensive camera accessories in lieu of adding the brand name equivalent to our kits.
But should we? Is it safe/reliable to buy cheap camera accessories? In some cases, the answer is "yes." When considering the purchase of a cheap camera accessory, here are the questions I ask myself:
1. How substantial is the savings opportunity?
Of course the biggest allure in purchasing cheap accessories is the cost savings realized over purchasing the brand name item. But just how much are you saving? Can you replace the inexpensive alternative more than once while still saving money in the long run compared to the brand name product? If so, the cheaper alternative may prove to be a good investment.
2. How complex is the item?
You're more likely to have issues with inexpensive accessories that contain electronics (especially those that must communicate with your camera) or lens elements (which require tight manufacturing and assembly tolerances). Lens hoods, for instance, are relatively simple to create. In most cases, they're simply a molded piece of plastic. However, that doesn't stop name brand camera manufacturers from charging an arm and a leg for them. A cheap knock-off hood may not have internal flocking or a fancy filter access window, but they'll typically do the job. I say "typically" because there is a moderately wide range of qualities of design and production for the manufacturers filling this low-cost market space. And that brings me to my next question...
3. Is the item made by a relatively well known brand? In-house brands, like Vello (from B&H) and Flashpoint (Adorama) offer budget-priced accessories that a major retailer will stand behind. This means that if you are dissatisfied with your purchase, you can likely return the item without financial consequence. These brands are usually slightly more expensive than unheard of brands, but often provide the best value-per-dollar from a security/reliability perspective.
4. How important are the item's benefits to your kit?
If you are going to rely on your accessory day in and day out, or you have clients whom depend on you to deliver images without fail, then the reliability of a name brand accessory may outweigh the benefit in cost savings realized by going with a cheaper alternative. Of course, brand name accessories can fail too, but... the brand name manufacturer has a reputation and [very valuable] brand to protect, so they will typically produce the highest quality products.
A Prime Example
Recently the eyecup on my now 8 year-old Canon EOS 7D broke (seen above). The item isn't necessarily vital to the operation of my camera, but I wanted to replace it.
In this case, I had three plausible options:
  1. Canon Eyecup Eg (direct replacement) for $16.95 + shipping
  2. Vello EPC-EG Eyepiece (B&H's in-house brand) for $14.95 with free shipping
  3. (2) Eggsnow Eyepiece Eyecups EG (completely unknown brand from Amazon) for $8.99 with free prime shipping
Ultimately, I chose to go with the third option for the following reasons:
  • The cost savings was substantial, especially since I received two items instead of one.
  • The eyecup is a simple product to make and therefore quality differences should be minimal.
  • If the eyecup fails, it won't have a big impact on my photography until I can find another replacement (in this case, an identical item shipped).
Upon receipt of the Amazon acquired eyecups, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they seem to be identical to the Canon eyecup aside from the model branding.
A few additional cheap accessory options I've had pleasant results with from B&H, Amazon or Adorama include:
  • Lens Hoods
  • Lens Caps (front and rear)
  • Body Caps
  • Extension Tubes
  • Tripod Rings
  • Arca-style Quick Release Plates and Clamps
  • Intervalometers, Wireless & Wired Camera Triggers
The Bottom Line
Sometimes the bottom line on your financial statement is more important than any potential risks a third party (especially non-vital) accessory presents. Other times, the potential risks simply aren't worth chancing. Of course, the differentiation will largely depend on one's particular priorities and preferences.
What do you think? Are there other cheap accessory items that you consider relatively safe investments? Let us know in the comments.
Post Date: 1/20/2017 10:23:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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