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 Friday, August 14, 2015
Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens
Image quality results have been added to the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens Review page.
Test results from the EOS 5Ds R are coming.
B&H has the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens Canon mount in stock. The Nikon mount version is available for preorder (expected in stock Aug 24th).
Post Date: 8/14/2015 7:44:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the B&H YouTube Channel:
Adobe Worldwide Creative Cloud Evangelist Terry White will show you the newest tips and techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop CC to help you increase your productivity and make it easier than ever to deliver images your clients will love. Learn how to best manage your files, make enhancements to images that define your personal style and take advantage of presets, templates and batch processing to expedite your workflow.
For a limited time, B&H has a 1-Year Subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan available for $99.88. Regularly $119.88.
Post Date: 8/14/2015 6:45:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 13, 2015
Summer Photography Tips: Go North (or: Follow the Birds)
Don't like shooting in the extreme heat and humidity of summer? Be like the birds – migrate! For most of us northern hemisphere residents, the preferred direction is north.
I was recently privileged to do just that, spending a week 26 miles from the grid in the North Maine Woods, just below the Canadian border. The temperature here in late July was very pleasant during my entire stay.
The North Maine Woods are sometimes referred to as the "Silent Woods" by my family, referencing specifically the lack of crickets, cicadas, katydids, etc. making the loud night music we are accustomed to at home. But that declaration is not completely true. Along with some frogs, the clear, eerie call of the loon is a common night sound heard around the silent, pristine northern Maine lakes. It is a sound that I love to hear and a photo of that audio source brings back great memories.
I have photos of common loons, but ... none that stood out to me. I have wanted change that problem on this trip and to do so, I spent just over hour early each of four mornings attempting to photograph these beautiful birds.
My craft was a canoe. Being solo in the canoe with light and changing winds added to the challenge of positioning for the photos. Getting close enough for adequate frame filling while positioning between the loons and the sun all while not concerning the not-too-tame birds was not easy. A light wind being able to rapidly turn the canoe was definitely not helpful.
My case was a Pelican. As it is only fitting to use a case named after a bird while photographing birds, I stored the camera and lenses in a "Pelican" 1510 while in transit between shore and actively photographing the birds. While the Pelican case lacks official approval as a PFD, it floats very nicely in the event of a worst case scenario. There was no worry about water from the paddle dripping on it and no worry about water on the floor of the boat reaching the gear.
The Canon EF 100-400mm L IS II was my Lens choice for these outings. While a 600mm lens would have been more ideal from a focal length perspective (due to the distance that the loons were comfortable with), it would not have been easy to handle this lens in the canoe, especially when alternating between paddling and photographing. The 1.4x behind the 100-400 L II would have also been helpful, but ... that option was not available to me.
The Canon EOS 5Ds R was my camera choice. Having the tremendous resolution of the 5Ds R allowed me to crop deep into the frame with significant pixel dimension remaining. At least 24 megapixels remained in most final images and some required no cropping for a frame-filling loon. Framing loosely had some advantages. For one, the loons were seldom still. And, by sticking one leg straight out the side, loons can change directions 180° almost instantly. That is much faster than I could change the canoe's direction and faster than I could change an AF point to the opposite side. With the center AF point locked on the bird's head, I was ready for any direction change with the bird (often) remaining (relatively) easy to keep entirely in the frame with only slight recomposition needed.
While I cropped the loons rather tightly in most images, being able to go back to the RAW file means that I can open images up if/when more space is needed around the birds such as for titles and text. The background, primarily reflections of the forest with some sky, are beautiful in their own right and in this photo, I especially liked the reflected colors of the forest being hit with early morning light. The white birch tree reflection is another key location identifier to me.
Photo trips such as this one provide extremely educational firsthand experience. One of my take-aways from this loon photography experience is that loons blink a LOT after surfacing into bright sunlight. Once I noticed that behavior, I was careful to time the shutter release with an open eye (and utilized burst mode more frequently).
Crossing this photo off of my bucket list was not a small effort (some might say that I went "loony"), but the pile of keeper-grade loon images I brought home was a bit daunting to sort through. Selecting the one to share with you first was an even bigger challenge. Being in a far north latitude meant that this effort was "no sweat."
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Camera and Lens Settings
400mm  f/6.3  1/500s
ISO 800
7230 x 4820px
Post Date: 8/13/2015 10:04:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens
Image quality results have been added to the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens Review page.
Test results from the EOS 5Ds R are coming.
B&H has the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens Canon mount in stock. Nikon mount version is available for preorder (expected in stock Aug 24th).
Post Date: 8/13/2015 9:16:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,099.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,996.95 after $300.00 instant savings.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not eligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
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Post Date: 8/13/2015 7:52:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Nikon AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens available for $399.00. Compare at $596.95.
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
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Post Date: 8/13/2015 6:14:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Gitzo GK2545T-82QD Series 2 Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod with Center Ball Head
From Gitzo UK:
New Gitzo Center Ball Heads
08/10/2015 – Gitzo, pioneer in developing some of the most advanced and revolutionary technologies for camera accessories and supports, is proud to introduce a completely new range of Center Ball Heads, representing the state-of-the-art in the heads’ field and focusing on ultimate smoothness and precision.
The Center Ball Heads are dedicated to pros and advanced amateur photographers and are engineered and developed to be the ideal complements to Gitzo’s top of the range tripods. The new heads are available in three sizes ideal for Gitzo’s Traveler and Mountaineer tripods.
The new Center Ball Heads are coated with tungsten disulphide - one of the smoothest materials around. With an extremely efficient locking mechanism and the use of hard metal components under and around the ball, this mechanism provides comfortable friction onto the ball meaning it can be locked with minimal effort while avoiding unwanted deforming or drifting.
All three models feature an independent pan lock, making it possible to take panoramic photos or make horizontal adjustments for perfect framing. Friction control is also available in the GH1382QD and GH3382QD. Located in the ball lock knob it functions independently allowing the ball lock to have a quick locking without sacrificing movement and safety
The plate is locked with a screw-knob, which makes the system compact, light, and intuitive, while being flexible to accept most Arca-Swiss style plates.
The new Center Ball Heads have slim, curved forms and are aesthetically outstanding with a triangular accent, and matte grey plated steel top casings. Dimensions and colourings are designed to match perfectly with Gitzo’s Traveler and Mountaineer Tripods.
The new Center Ball Head range features the following:
  • Center Ball Head Series 1 Traveler Quick Release D (GH1382TQD)
  • Center Ball Head Series 1 Quick Release D (GH1382QD)
  • Center Ball Head Series 3 Quick Release D (GH3382QD) – Available mid November
The new Center Ball Heads are also included in the brand new Traveler Tripod Kits, as well as in Mountaineer Tripod Kits.
B&H has the Gitzo GH1382TQD, GH1382QD & GH3382QD Center Ball Heads available for preorder.

New Gitzo Traveler Tripods Range
08/10/2015 – Gitzo, pioneer in developing some of the most advanced and revolutionary technologies for camera accessories and supports is proud to introduce the new Traveler Tripod range. Boasting the 180° leg folding mechanism pioneered by Gitzo, the range is now even stronger thanks to the state of the art “Carbon eXact” tubes.
The perfect travelling companion for photographers when shooting whilst on trips, the new Traveler range features the slimmest Series 0 for the first time, whilst the Series 1 and 2 models feature an improved height.
The new Traveler Tripods boast the ground breaking Carbon eXact tubes: stiffer than the antecedents’ Carbon 6X tubes, the new tubes include High Modulus carbon fibre, and have larger tube diameters. For example, the lowest leg section of the Series 1, 5-section tripod has a diameter of 40% larger than the predecessor
Traveler G-lock is the new, compact leg lock system dedicated to Traveler Tripods. The new, curved external form provides good grip, whilst the internal O-ring achieves softer operation and reduces dust and grit entering the locks. The more efficient use of space makes it possible to have taller tripods with compact folded lengths.
The new range:Series 0 – Models GT0545T / GK0545T-82TQD (with head):
Added to the Traveler family for the first time the slimmest Series 0 is the lightest tripod in the new Traveler range, but thanks to the stiff Carbon eXact tubes it provides a rigid, stable base when in use. It is a 4-section tripod with short closed length and short extended height.
  • Traveler Tripod Series 0 Carbon 4 sections (GT0545T)
  • Traveler Kit, Ser.0 4 sec tripod GT0545T + head (GK0545T-82TQD)
Series 1 – Models GT1555T / GK1555T-82TQD (with head) and GT1545T / GK1545T-82TQD (with head):
The Series 1 tripods are the perfect balance between lightweight when carrying, and height and rigidity when shooting. The 5 section Traveler has an outstanding height / closed length ratio, while the 4 section Traveler is much taller than its predecessor thanks to the space efficient Traveler G-lock.
  • Traveler Tripod Series 1 Carbon 5 sections (GT1555T)
  • Traveler Kit, Ser.1 5 sec tripod GT1555T + head GH1382TQD (GK1555T-82TQD with head)
  • Traveler Tripod Series 1 Carbon 4 sections (GT1545T)
  • Traveler Kit, Ser.1 4 sec tripod GT1545T + head GH1382TQD (GK1545T-82TQD with head)
Series 2 – Models GT2545T / GK2545T-82QD (with head):
With the largest tube diameters among Traveler tripods, Series 2 is ideal for photographers using longer lenses or requiring the highest stability. The feet are interchangeable with Gitzo’s optional feet, such as spikes and large feet.
  • Traveler Tripod Series 2 Carbon 4 sections (GT2545T)
  • Traveler Kit, Ser.2 4 sec tripod GT2545T + head GH1382QD (GK2545T-82QD with head)
Series 2 Monopod – GM2562T:
The Series 2 Monopod now features the Carbon eXact Tubes, the Traveler G-Lock and a new, more stable foot.
  • Monopod Series 2 Carbon 6 sections Traveler (GM2562T)
Available from 10th August in selected stockists.
B&H has the following new Gitzo items available for purchase:
Series 0 Traveler Tripods
Series 1 Traveler Tripods
Series 2 Traveler Tripods
Series 2 Traveler Monopod
Category: Gitzo News
Post Date: 8/12/2015 12:34:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lensbaby Special Edition Spark 50mm f/2 Selective Focus Lens
Adorama has the Lensbaby Special Edition Spark 50mm f/2 Selective Focus Lens availale for $59.95 with free shipping. Regularly $129.95.
From Adorama: The lens includes three regular apertures and nine specially shaped creative apertures. Shapes cut into the apertures will appear anywhere bright points of light are out of focus in an image (i.e., decorative lights at night or the sun shining through leaves). Apertures drop into the front of the lens and are held in place by shielded magnets. A tool is included to swap out the disks.
Note from Sean: I purchased this lens a couple of weeks ago when B&H featured it as a Daily Deal. It's a bit of a challenge to work with but it can certainly help you create fun and creative images.
Lensbaby Spark Example Image EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Category: Lensbaby Deals
Post Date: 8/12/2015 11:46:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PIXMA PRO-10 Professional Inkjet Printer
For a limited time, B&H has the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer available for $50.00 after $250.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $399.99.
The printer comes with a free pack of photo paper ($38.41 value) and the value of the ink alone likely exceeds the final cost of this deal.
Note: The price should drop to $299.99 in-cart. If it does not, use promo code PSWBH15 to get the initial $100.00 discount.
Post Date: 8/12/2015 6:32:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 Splash Screen
For a limited time, B&H has a 1-Year Subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan available for $99.88. Regularly $119.88.
That works out to roughly $8.33 per month for Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC. For what it's worth, I consider the Creative Cloud Photography Plan to be the best $10.00 investment I make each month. [Sean]
Post Date: 8/12/2015 6:13:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Elinchrom, Phottix and Sekonic form Technology Allliance
From MAC Group USA:
NORTH WHITE PLAINS, NY – AUGUST 11, 2015 – Elinchrom, Phottix and Sekonic have come to be regarded as leaders in their respective areas of expertise. Together they plan on defining an exciting, new future for the lighting category.
The Elinchrom, Phottix and Sekonic design engineers are hard at work on the most revolutionary lighting control system ever.
The key to this epoch-making event is a common “operating system” shared among the three partners incorporating their respective controllers, transmitters and receivers via a shared signal.
Phottix flash systems are currently capable of TTL and manual control with Canon, Nikon and Sony DSLR systems as well as their own Mitros+ hot shoe TTL flash and their portable, TTL monobloc Indra systems. Elinchrom is known for their high performance, portable power systems, exemplified by the ELB 400 and is also renowned for their light-shaping tools. Sekonic is known for their accuracy and reliability of meters for lighting measurement and control. The integration of select existing technologies as well as the joint development of new ones from this global alliance will create a creative lighting toolkit allowing photographers to dramatically expand their repertoire.
This industry-redefining partnership will result in new products and processes that will enable photographers to enjoy the portable power and simplicity of Elinchrom, the surety of precise metering with Sekonic and unfailing TTL triggering and power control with Phottix for unmatched lighting control.
Current new products in the works include:
  • Phottix and Elinchrom design engineers are collaborating on enhanced features for the next generation of the Skyport transmitter which will include hyper-sync functionality.
  • Photographers using the Phottix Indra 360 TTL or Indra 500 TTL lighting systems will soon have the ability to use the broad range of Elinchrom light-shapers, the most popular light-shaping tools in the world.
  • Sekonic is collaborating with both Phottix and Elinchrom to finalize two new 478-series LiteMaster Pro flash meters; one for Elinchrom featuring in-meter power control and one for Phottix that allows for triggering of groups from the meter.
Many more exciting collaborative projects are in the works and on the drawing board between these three powerhouses.
Jan Lederman, President of MAC Group US and MAC Group Europe, which will lead the way in marketing this new alliance said: “As children, we were always told to play nice in the sandbox. Now that we are grown, we want to redefine the sandbox. The goal of this revolutionary alliance is to give photographers around the world access to the very best products and technology no matter what their needs, style of shooting or experience level. With these three companies working together, we are creating an all-new future for what’s possible in the photographic lighting category.”
Steve Peer, CEO of Phottix added, “Ours has always been a culture of seeing an opportunity and pursuing it with relentless focus. Together with our new partners at Elinchrom and Sekonic, we will set an all new standard for lighting and control.”
Chris Whittle, President of Elinchrom commented “With so many technological firsts, we at Elinchrom are extremely ambitious for all photographers. We live light, and this new alliance will accelerate a raft of inclusive lighting solutions for Elinchrom mount users Worldwide.”
Harry Harada, Director of Sekonic said, “Our partners’ lighting tools working in concert with Sekonic lighting technology will make photography more enjoyable and controllable. Sekonic is now open to this enhanced partnership.”
B&H carries Elinchrom, Phottix and Sekonic gear.
Post Date: 8/11/2015 3:27:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the B&H YouTube Channel:
In this video, Mia McCormick introduces DJI's latest application of 3-axis gimbal technology, originally developed for multi-rotor UAVs. The Ronin-M is a scaled-down version of the original Ronin, weigh about 5lbs unladen, optimal for DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and even compact cinema camera like the C100.
B&H carris the DJI Ronin-M Gimbal Stabilizer.
Post Date: 8/11/2015 1:43:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Photomatix Pro 5.0
B&H has Hdrsoft Photomatix Pro 5.0 (Download) available for $69.00. Regularly $99.00.
Product Highlights
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) Processing
  • Merges Bracketed Exposures of a Scene
  • Multiple Preset Output Styles
  • User-Customizable Output Styles
  • Batch Processing of HDR Images
  • Selective Deghosting
  • Contrast Optimizer Tone Mapping
  • Tools for Real Estate Photography
  • HDR Output from a Single RAW File
  • Plug-in for Photoshop Lightroom
Post Date: 8/11/2015 12:38:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Steadicam Solo Stabilizer & Monopod
B&H has the Steadicam Solo Stabilizer & Monopod for $299.00 with free shipping. Regulalry $499.00.
Product Highlights
  • Converts between Steadicam and Monopod
  • 3-Axis Gimbal
  • 10 lb Weight Capacity
  • Telescopically Extends to Four Sections
  • Includes QR Plate and Counterweights
  • Folds to a Portable 24"
  • Supports Optional Arm and Vest
Post Date: 8/11/2015 11:26:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Creative Cloud
For a limited time, students and teachers who have never signed up for Creative Cloud can get the full Adobe Creative Cloud Suite for only $199.00 for the first year – which works out to rougly $16.58 per month, which is the same as getting two free months of service on top of the promotional rate of 60% off ($19.99/mo, $359.88/yr) – when the full one-year membership is paid up front.
This is a great deal as the normal Creative Cloud subscription for students and teachers is regularly $29.99 per month ($49.99/mo for regular customers).
Here are the fine print details from Adobe:
For a limited time between July 31, 2015 and October 30, 2015, eligible students 13 and older and teachers in North America can purchase an annual membership to Adobe Creative Cloud for a reduced price of $199.00 for the first year. After the first year we will renew your contract automatically for another year at the then-current standard annual price [for students and teachers] (currently at $359.88), unless you cancel. This pricing is available for first time membership only and limited to eligible education customers who purchase directly from the Adobe Store or by calling Adobe Sales. This pricing is not available to OEM, commercial or volume licensing customers. This pricing is limited to one (1) purchase of one (1) Creative Cloud annual membership per customer. Offer may not be assigned, exchanged, sold, transferred, or combined with any other discount or offer, or redeemed for cash or other goods and services. This pricing is subject to change without notice. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.
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