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 Monday, April 24, 2017
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Atomos Connect-AC H2S Converter with AC Cable available for $85.00 with free shipping. Regularly $195.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Converts HDMI Input to 2x SDI Outputs
  • Supports 1080p30/25 & 1080i60/50
  • Test Pattern Generator
  • Audio Test Tone
  • Flashlight Mode
  • Pulldown Removal / Insertion
  • Powers by Included Figure-of-8 Cable
Note: The Atomos Connect-AC S2H Converter with AC Cable (Converts SDI Input to HDMI Output) is also discounted.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Dracast LED500 Pro Bi-Color LED Light with V-Mount Battery Plate available for $379.95 with free shipping. Regularly $699.95.
 
Free Included Items (Total Value: $223.53)
 
  • Dracast Barndoors for LED500
  • Dracast DLS-805 Air-Cushioned Light Stand (7.2')
  • Dracast 360-Degree Swivel Mount
  • Dracast Softbox for LED500
  • Dracast 60-Degree Honeycomb Grid for LED500 Panel
Product Highlights
 
  • 3,200-5,600K Variable Color Temperature
  • Works with V-Mount Batteries
  • 12 x 6 x 2" Panel, Weighs 4 lb
  • 45-Degree Beam Angle
  • AC or DC Operation
  • 100-0% Dimming
  • CRI: 95
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter Included
  • Carry Case
 Saturday, April 22, 2017
When planning for a big photo daytrip, I usually have a packed-full itinerary carefully planned out and select the day based on the desired weather matching the forecast along with various other factors. But, sometimes even very careful planning does not work out.
 
This particular day had set up perfectly and I executed the plan, making the roughly 6-hour round trip drive to Philadelphia.
 
Upon arrival, I immediately discovered that preparations for the NFL Draft ceremonies, including installation of multiple enormous covered stages, had completely taken over the art museum, including the parking area I was planning to use. The backup plan was implemented for parking and the art museum, one of my intended subjects, quickly hit the questionable list.
 
The morning and early afternoon were forecasted to be cloudy and I drove in rain during much of the trip into the city. While that might not sound like the ideal forecast for city photography, the cloudy skies were going to provide ideal light for interior photography at a large church. Soft light coming in the windows would add life to the interior, but direct sunlight burning highlights into an image would be avoided.
 
Upon arrival at the church, I found the doors ... locked. The church's website said it would be open. The city employees watching over the area contacted their superiors and were told that the church was supposed to be open. Some church employees were even trying unsuccessfully to get in. About two hours later, the church was still locked and I gave up the wait, moving on to scout for later opportunities.
 
A blue hour ultra-wide angle view of the art museum entrance was on my to-photograph list for the day, so this was the next shot to be scouted/planned for. Because this view faces somewhat into the setting sun, the ideal blue hour timing was slightly later than another blue hour photo I had planned. I worked through the NFL Draft construction project and a security worker permitted me to go to the top of the art museum steps (the ones "Rocky" climbed) behind the main NFL Draft stage. Unfortunately, upon arriving at the top of the steps, I discovered more large tents covering most of the main entrance. Scratch primary photo #2 from the list.
 
Scouting the view from the Spring Garden Street Bridge was next on the list. The goal was to photograph the downtown skyscrapers bathed in the warm late day light and a clear sky to the west was needed for that. The skies were forecasted to clear in the afternoon but I was not optimistic of the clearing happening in time. Finally, in late afternoon, the heavy clouds quickly moved past, showing a beautiful blue sky.
 
I arrived at this location quite early and set up two tripods with a pair of Canon EOS 5Ds R cameras with Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lenses mounted. I waited, watching the perfectly clear sky with highly anticipated success, but alas, just minutes before the sweet light happened, a cloud bank rolled in and shut down the light, erasing major photo goal #3.
 
With three of five planned image series already failed, the day was not shaping up well, but two photo goals remained. Fortunately, the cloud bank that shut down the city-in-sweet-light image did not make it past the city before darkness and photo opportunity #4, the image shared here, was a home run.
 
The ideal blue hour light only lasts a few minutes and the ideal time is often easier to best-determine when reviewing the images on a computer at home, so I simply shoot constantly through that short time window. However, a clue to when the time is ideal is when proper f/16 exposures are between 15 and 30 seconds.
 
Why f/16? Live View with DOF preview showed that I had enough depth of field at f/8 and the images would have been sharper if captured at that aperture, but ... I like the star effect that a narrow aperture creates from the city lights. The straight lines from the city buildings sharpen nicely even at f/16 and I seldom regret this aperture choice for this purpose.
 
Because I was shooting from an elevated bridge, the camera was able to be leveled (for both pitch and roll), a requirement if keeping the edges of the buildings vertically straight is desired. Another takeaway from this image is that telephoto lenses are great for cityscape photography. Telephoto focal lengths keep distant subjects large in the frame and the city skyscrapers were a primary subject, so keeping them large was desirable.
 
With the blue hour past and a good set of images captured on two cameras, it was time to make photo #5 happen. The goal was a nighttime photo of City Hall from the center of S. Broad St. and getting there required a 1.6 mi (2.6km) walk. I had been carrying a heavily-loaded MindShift Gear BackLight 26L (including two tripods) all day, but ... whatever it takes is the motto of many photographers. I could rest on the drive back home.
 
Upon arriving at City Hall, I discovered huge – you guessed it – NFL Draft banners adorning each side of City Hall. While a photo with the banner may have been good for memories of the event happening in this city, it was not what I wanted. I was tired and opted to simply walk back to car.
 
So, out of 5 potentially great series of photos, I brought only one home with me. While that batting average is not very good, I'm happy with the images I did get and another positive spin is that ... I will not need to do much research to make another day-filled photo itinerary for this city with a hopefully-more-productive result. Alas, the NFL Draft will forever be a memory as there it is, advertised on the large blue billboard near the center of every frame I captured here.
 
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.
Post Date: 4/22/2017 4:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 21, 2017
April 21st, 2017, Seoul, South Korea – Global optics brand, Samyang Optics announce a new 16mm T2.6 cine lens, designed specifically for video shooting with uncoupled gear rings with T numbers. This launch adds one more lens to the existing 18 cine lenses for DSLR and mirrorless cameras.
 
Since 2012, Samyang Optics has released its cine lenses based on the needs of professional videographers. Satisfied with the image quality of Samyang lenses, videographers continuously requested for cine lenses and as an answer, Samyang launched cine lens line up.
 
This new launch expands the cine lens line up to a total of 19 lenses: 13 for DSLR cameras varying from 8mm fisheye to 135mm telephoto and 6 for mirrorless cameras varying from 8mm to 50mm.
 
Inheriting the renowned image quality of Samyang’s wide-angle lenses, the 16mm angle of view is commonly used by directors of photography around the globe for its versatile usage for wide-angled emotional scenes in film and videos. Along with the existing 14mm, 20mm and 24mm, this new lens will realise the delicate changes in the scenes.
 
As a ‘Total Imaging Solution’ optics brand, Samyang Optics now offers 51 lenses: 2 premium XP photo lenses, 2 autofocus lenses, 19 manual focus photo lenses, 19 cine lenses and 9 professional cinema lenses specifically under XEEN brand.
 
Launched to complete the Samyang cine lens line up, this new 16mm T2.6 will be available globally from June and will carry a suggested retail price of EUR 599.00. For more information, visit the Samyang social media channels.
Post Date: 4/21/2017 7:09:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Porta Brace HIP-3LENS Hip-Pack Lens Case available for $59.95 with free shipping. Regularly $129.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits Three 7" Lenses & Accessories
  • Adjustable, Padded Interior Dividers
  • Easy Access Top-side Opening
  • 1000 Denier Cordura Construction
  • Wide, Padded, Quick-Release Waist Belt
  • Copper-Colored Veltex-Lined Interior
  • Several Accessory Pockets
  • Made in U.S.A.
Post Date: 4/21/2017 5:21:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 20, 2017
B&H has the Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 Lens available for $1,999.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,950.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Ultra Wide-Angle Lens
  • Excellent Zeiss Optical/Build Quality
  • Superb Chromatic Aberration Correction
  • Unparalleled Prevention of Color Fringes
  • Two Aspheric Lenses Improve Quality
  • Anti-Reflective Coating Cuts Stray Light
  • Integrated Lens Shade Protects Lens
  • Wide Field Angle of 110 Degrees
  • Focuses to Closer Than 10"
  • Manual Focus
Post Date: 4/20/2017 10:24:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron USA:
 
April 20, 2017, Commack, NY- Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced that its SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022) has been awarded with the "TIPA Awards 2017/ BEST DSLR TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS" hosted by the TIPA (Technical Image Press Association).
 
Award Citation Excerpt
 
This long-range zoom is built for full-frame DSLRs but can also be used on APS-C DSLRs to deliver an incredible 225-900mm focal length range (approximate, depending on camera). Tamron's improved VC (vibration compensation) offers a 4.5 stop advantage with three modes for a variety of shooting scenarios. The lens incorporates three low dispersion elements to aid in the elimination of chromatic aberrations and is constructed with 21 elements in 13 groups, with a minimum focusing distance of 86.6 inches (220cm). Other features include eBAND and BBAR coating to help reduce ghosting and flare, a fast ultrasonic silent drive ring-type motor, and leak-proof seals on the metal barrel.
 
B&H carries the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens (review).
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 4/20/2017 9:04:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Corel PaintShop Pro X9 Ultimate (DVD) available for $49.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $79.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Photo Management and Editing Software
  • Includes Bonus Software
  • Non-Destructive Layer-Based Editing
  • Camera RAW Lab
  • HDR and Lens Correction Tools
  • Scripting Engine and XMP Support
  • Support for 3rd-Party Plug-Ins & Brushes
  • Discovery and Learning Center Tutorials
  • Integrated Sharing & Social Media Tools
  • Compatible with Windows 10, 8/8.1, and 7
Post Date: 4/20/2017 7:51:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
In this video, we take our first look at Canon's latest addition to the compact servo lineup. The new 70-200mm T4.4 Lens keeps cinematographers and ENG videographers in mind with servo compatibility, full manual control, and parfocality. With color-matching to the existing cinema EF line, and gear-matching to Canon's previous 18-80mm lens, the 70-200mm T4.4 brings a classic zoom range into new, versatile form.
 
B&H will carry the Canon 70-200mm T4.4 Cine Zoom Lens.
Post Date: 4/20/2017 7:23:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Manfrotto:
 
Upper Saddle River, N.J. (April 19, 2017) – Manfrotto, a leading global innovator and manufacturer of premium photo, video and lighting support products and accessories, announces the launch of the new Nitrotech Video Head - a revolutionary head that combines the most successful features of Manfrotto’s Video Heads range with the ground-breaking, unique-to-the-market nitrogen piston mechanism which guarantees continuous counterbalance during use.
 
The Nitrotech N8 Video Head securely supports a load up to 17.6 lbs. The new head features a precise, continuous counterbalance system which effortlessly and safely holds and operates a wide array of video camera models. The variable fluidity function on both pan and tilt allows for smooth, judder-free movement. It also features a 3/8” Easy Link equipped with an anti-rotation function that enables an external monitor or other accessories to be mounted.
 
Manfrotto Nitrotech N8 Video Head Close-up

This new video head also features a side-lock sliding plate mechanism that allows for a safe, quick and easy camera attachment. The Nitrotech head has a flat base mount with a standard 3/8” thread that is highly versatile for different support combinations (tripod, slider, rig or crane).
 
Manfrotto’s game-changing N8 Nitrotech Video Head makes a strong impression at first sight through its distinctive and impactful design, which emphasizes this core breakthrough technology.
 
Key features include:
 
  • Breakthrough nitrogen piston technology for precise, continuous counterbalance
  • Variable pan & tilt fluidity for smooth and accurate shooting
  • Easy link connector with anti-rotation to support off-camera accessories
  • Side-lock sliding plate attachment
  • Secure 17.6 lb. load capacity
  • High-impact, groundbreaking design, superior quality materials
The Nitrotech N8, first model in the Manfrotto Nitrotech line, is also available as a system in the following configurations: MVKN8CUS and MVKN8TWINMUS.
 
B&H carries the Manfrotto Nitrotech N8 Video Head.
Post Date: 4/20/2017 6:41:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DJI:
 
April 13, 2017 – DJI, the world's leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, Thursday, introduced a new addition to the Phantom family – the Phantom 4 Advanced - offering creators an affordable way to capture aerial imagery with a more powerful camera and more precise controls. The new Phantom 4 Advanced model improves on the original Phantom 4, giving photographers a 1-inch, 20-megapixel sensor and a mechanical shutter that lets them explore all the creative possibilities that a flying camera can provide.
 
The Phantom 4 Advanced's upgraded camera is capable of shooting 4K video at 60 frames per second. The more powerful video processing now supports H.264 4K videos at 60fps or H.265 4K at 30fps, both with a 100Mbps bitrate. Excellent optical performance, sensors and processors ensure everything is captured with high dynamic range and more image detail needed for advanced post-production.
 
Similar to the Phantom 4 Pro, it comes with many key intelligent features that allow smooth automatic flight modes, including Draw, ActiveTrack, TapFly, Gesture and Tripod. Equipped with the FlightAutonomy system made up of 5 vision sensors, forward-facing obstacle avoidance system, dual-band satellite positioning (GPS and GLONASS), and ultrasonic rangefinders, the Phantom 4 Advanced is able to hover precisely in places without GPS and fly in complex environments.
 
The Phantom 4 Advanced+ version offers a 5.5-inch 1080p screen integrated into the controller. The screen is more than twice as bright as conventional smart devices, making it an ideal aerial imaging solution for outdoor use. In addition, creators can now do more with the Phantom 4 Advanced's increased storage capacity using a 128GB microSD card and a flight time extended up to 30 minutes.
 
For those who are ready to take their aerial camera work to the next level, the Phantom 4 Advanced is truly the most affordable, intelligent and powerful flying camera you can find.
 
With the introduction of the more affordable, yet powerful Phantom 4 Advanced, the Phantom 4 model will reach its End of Life (EOL) on April 30, 2017. DJI will continue to provide after sales support to Phantom 4 customers and they can continue to enjoy flying their aircraft using the DJI GO 4 app.
 
The US retail price of the Phantom 4 Advanced and Phantom 4 Advanced+ is USD1,349 and USD1,649, respectively. It will be available at authorized retailers and the product will start shipping on April 30, 2017.
 
B&H has the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced and Phantom 4 Advanced+ quadcopters available for preorder.
Post Date: 4/20/2017 5:45:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vello FreeWave Stryker Lightning & Motion Trigger available for $59.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
There are several different version of the Vello FreeWave Stryker Lightning & Motion Trigger that have been discounted (each version featuring a different cable for compatability with a wide range of cameras). I owned this device a few years ago and it triggered the camera well during lightning storms in dark, nighttime conditions. I found the motion sensor feature less reliable. [Sean]
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Detects Lightning and IR Heat Motion
  • 0.1 ms Post-Detection Triggering
  • Compact, Lightweight
  • Passive Infrared Sensor
  • 94 x 82° Field of View
  • Motion Range: 16.4'
  • Locking Cold Shoe or 1/4"-20 Stand Mount
Post Date: 4/20/2017 5:29:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Today Only: B&H has the Datacolor Spyder5PRO and Spyder5ELITE Display Calibration Tools marked down. See below for details.
 


Datacolor Spyder5PRO Display Calibration System - $94.95 Shipped (Reg. $189.95)
 
  • Calibrate Laptops, Desktop Monitors
  • Includes Color Probe
  • 16 Calibration Choices
  • 3 Ambient Light Settings
  • Before and After Evaluation
  • Basic Display Analysis
  • Comes in a Reusable Box / Case


Datacolor Spyder5ELITE Display Calibration System - $149.95 Shipped (Reg. $279.95)
 
  • Calibrate Monitors, Projectors, Laptops
  • Studio Match Assistant
  • Includes Color Probe
  • Unlimited Calibration Settings
  • User Defined and REC. 709 Settings
  • 5 Ambient Light Settings
  • Before and After Evaluation
  • Video and Print Standards
  • Advanced Display Analysis
  • Comes in a Reusable Box / Case
Post Date: 4/20/2017 5:14:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Until midnight tonight, B&H has the Elinchrom Quadra Living Light Kit with Lead Battery, S Head and Transmitter available for $699.00 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
Use coupon code PSWBH17 at B&H to get a 5% discount on select DJI Quadcopters.
 
Eligible for Discount
 
  • DJI Mavic Pro
  • DJI Phantom 4
  • DJI Phantom 4 Pro
  • DJI Phantom 4 Pro+
  • DJI Inspire 2
Post Date: 4/19/2017 10:25:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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