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 Friday, October 16, 2015
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art LensSigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
We're still waiting for the official press release, but in the meantime, B&H has the first ever 20mm f/1.4 lens for full-frame cameras – the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art – available for preorder.
Can't wait for the press release? B&H has a brief preview of the lens on Explora.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 10/16/2015 5:23:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 15, 2015
If it Spins, Make it Blurred
It seems that most of us photographers are intrigued by the circles created by motion blur. I don't know exactly what it is about spinning subjects, but ... when blurred, they frequently make good compositions. Amusement parks, fairs and other events featuring rides are great locations to find circular motion.
Creating the blur simply requires a tripod and the exposure duration long enough to get the desired amount of blur effect. Since long exposures generally require low light levels, dawn and dusk (as seen in this example) are good times for this type of photography. Alternatively, use a neutral density filter under brighter lighting conditions.
Do you have a favorite spinning subject? Share it with us in the comments!
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.
Post Date: 10/15/2015 10:43:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Carl Zeiss Lenses YouTube Channel:
The world's best wide-angle lens - ZEISS Otus 1.4/28
Uncompromising performance across the entire image field makes this full-frame lens unique and sets new standards among wide-angle focal lengths. Raise your photos to a totally new dimension by capturing even the tiniest details of your subject.
Note: Retail price of the lens has yet to be determined.
Post Date: 10/15/2015 7:46:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
This year at #AdobeMAX, we traveled through time to showcase 25 years of Photoshop and get you feeling all tingly again. Watch the video and walk through the last 25 years with us.
Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan is only USD$9.99 per month and includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad).
Post Date: 10/15/2015 7:00:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photo Retrospective 40 Shoulder Bag (Black)
B&H has several Think Tank Photo Retrospective Shoulder Bags significantly reduced. See below for details.
Think Tank Photo Deals
ItemReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
Retrospective 50 Shoulder Bag (Black)$230.70$120.75 $109.95
Retrospective 50 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate)$249.75$120.75 $129.00
Retrospective 40 Shoulder Bag (Black)$200.70$100.75 $99.95
Retrospective 40 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone)$219.75$100.75 $119.00
Retrospective 20 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate)$174.75$55.75 $119.00
Retrospective Laptop Case 15L (Pinestone)$159.75$50.75 $109.00
Retrospective Laptop Case 15L (Blue Slate)$159.75$50.75 $109.00
Retrospective Laptop Case 13L (Pinestone)$149.75$50.75 $99.00
Retrospective Laptop Case 13L (Blue Slate)$149.75$50.75 $99.00
Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate)$162.75$53.75$109.00
Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate)$144.75$45.75$99.00
Post Date: 10/15/2015 6:30:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Lexar Professional 128GB 2000x SDXC Memory Card
From Lexar:
New High-Capacity Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II Card Leverages UHS-II Speed Class 3 Technology for High-Speed Performance
Milpitas, CA, October 13, 2015 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the 128GB capacity of the Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II memory card. Available for purchase later this year, the 128GB Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card will be the fastest UHS-II memory card available at this capacity on the market.
Leveraging the Ultra High Speed II, UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) specification, the Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC card quickly captures and transfers extended lengths of 4K, 1080p full-HD, and 3D video, as well as high-quality images. The new 128GB capacity card offers read transfer speeds up to 300MB per second and write speeds up to 260MB per second.* Additionally, the Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card includes an SD UHS-II reader for high-speed file transfer of photos and videos from the card to any PC or Mac system, dramatically accelerating workflow and offering users immediate performance right out of the package.**
“By delivering the fastest SDXC memory card with the highest capacity available on the market, Lexar is focused on providing professional videographers and photographers with the necessary tools to perform at new levels,” said Steffi Ho, product marketing manager, Lexar. “Demand for cinematography-grade video and images requires the ability to shoot, store, and transfer more content than ever on a single card, and the 128GB Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC empowers professionals to meet those demands.”
The Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card is backwards compatible with older cameras and readers, performing at UHS-I and Class 10 speeds. Additionally, all Lexar product designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs to validate performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability with more than 1,100 digital devices. The card comes with a limited lifetime warranty*** and includes a lifetime copy of Image Rescue software.**** The Lexar 128GB Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card will be available in October with an MSRP of $289.99.
B&H carries Lexar Professional SDXC memory cards.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 10/14/2015 10:58:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Manfrotto Camera Slider and 502 Fluid Head Kit 3.3ft
Manfrotto has released two new sliders aimed squarely at the DSLR video market.
Both the 2' and 3.3' versions feature eight high-precision steel ball bearings, high quality machined sufaces and high performance polymer wheels to ensure smooth and relable movement. Both sliders can also be purchased in a kit form with the Manfrotto 500 fluid head paired with the 2' slider and the 502 fluid head paired with the 3.3' version.
B&H carries the new Manfrotto sliders and kits.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 10/14/2015 10:09:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Brown Bear Catching a Salmon, Katmai National Park
From my coastal Katmai National Park trip, I have lots of images of brown bears chasing and carrying salmon, but this one surfaced for several reasons.
First, there is significant splashing. The splashing adds drama, showing that fast action is taking place.
Second is that the pink (humpback) salmon's tail and head (including eye) are both showing along with the bear's eyes being visible. Having the eyes in an image can make or break a shot.
I of course love the ideal timing of those enormous claws about to hook the fish.
That the bear's head and the fish are sharply in focus is definitely a positive factor as splashing water along with an erratically moving subject presents a significant challenge to both the camera's AF system and to the photographer's skills (including rapid AF point selection).
Put all of those attributes together with the impressive image quality of the Canon EOS 5Ds R and EF 600mm f/4L IS II Lens combination along with the primary subject being the impressive-by-itself brown bear and ... the image rises into my favorites album.
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. Please share!
Post Date: 10/14/2015 9:26:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
ZEISS Otus 28m f/1.4 Lens
With the new ZEISS Otus 1.4/28, users of shorter focal lengths can now also take advantage of the most powerful image quality of the ZEISS Otus lens family.
Where details count in wide-angle photography, the Otus 1.4/28 for DSLR cameras with F- and EF-mount is the lens of choice.
The Otus 1.4/28 shows off its strengths particularly in landscape and nature photography. Even with a maximum aperture, the corners of the image are completely usable, so there are no limits to composition. In poor light combined with fast-moving objects, the lens also doesn’t break a sweat – thanks to its high speed of f/1.4. While other lenses reveal their shortcomings in correction in night photography, especially when lots of open light sources dominate an image, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 boasts a stellar performance. Finally, the latest member of the ZEISS Otus family is excellent for taking pictures of image elements in the foreground, as they take on a greater feeling of depth to the scene due to the wide background and the open aperture; here, the lens’s harmonious bokeh ensures a 3D effect.
For professional photographers
Inner focusing, a dial window and yellow labeling of the dials for easy legibility designate the Otus 1.4/28 as a lens, developed to meet the high demands of professional photographers. The mechanical quality also impresses: the soft focus operation with the large rotation angle allows for the finest variations when focusing – something that is only possible with a metal construction. In every focusing situation, the user is given freedom to compose – one of the most important creative factors in photography. An artistic tool is literally put in the photographer’s hands. With its robust all-metal barrel and easy-to-grip focus ring, the Otus 1.4/28 is also well suited for a photographer’s demanding everyday work.
With high image contrast all the way into the edges of the image – already at an open aperture of f/1.4 – the Otus 1.4/28 demonstrates its optical brilliance. At all distances it offers consistent performance (minimum working distance of 0.15 m), highly detailed images without any bothersome artifacts, and a neutral bokeh in the background.
Intricate construction for uncompromising imaging performance
A view inside the lens reveals how such optical excellence is achieved: The lens consists of 16 elements in 13 groups. One of the lens elements has an aspheric optical surface and one element is aspheric on both sides. Eight other lens elements are made of special glass. The basis of the optical design is a Distagon. The special glass has anomalous partial dispersion, as is typical for an apochromatic lens. This corrects the longitudinal chromatic aberrations superbly, which therefore lie considerably below the tightly defined boundaries. Bright-dark transitions in the image, in particular highlights, are depicted almost completely free of color artifacts. The floating elements design (the change of distances between certain lens elements when focusing) allows for unrivalled imaging performance along the entire focusing range, from 0.3 m to infinity.
The ZEISS Otus lens family
When ZEISS introduced the ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 in 2013, creating a new family of high-end SLR lenses, the trade press and users alike were enthusiastic. The ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 has exceeded its promises up to this day. The second member of the family, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/85, which was presented at photokina 2014, continued this success story in the short telephoto range. It enables photographers to express their creativity in a unique way – and that with the unsurpassed high imaging performance for which the lenses in the ZEISS Otus family are known.
“The ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 continues the tradition of its lens family. It is the best wide-angle that has ever existed. Now we can offer three outstanding lenses for the widest variety of applications,” added Casenave.
Price and availability
The Otus 1.4/28 ZF.2 and Otus 1.4/28 ZE will be available worldwide starting in the second quarter of 2016. The lens shade is included with delivery. The retail sales price is unknown to date.
For high resolution sample images, check out the Carl Zeiss Lenses Flickr Photostream.
B&H carries ZEISS Otus lenses.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 10/14/2015 6:43:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 13, 2015
PocketWizard Logo
From PocketWizard:
Mac OS X El Capitan Note
At this moment, our PocketWizard Utility appears to be incompatible with Mac OS X El Capitan. Something has changed in how they handle USB devices. We're looking into it. In the meantime, you'll either have to refrain from updating to El Capitan to work with the PocketWizard Utility, or find another machine to use it on. We're not the only ones experiencing issues:
Their new System Integrity Protection shifts how things work. It impacts some simple connectivity stuff we've relied upon. We are researching solutions now:

Canon MiniTT1 & FlexTT5
5DS Beta
The current Canon ControlTL beta firmware version is 6.804 and is available through the PocketWizard Utility right now. It adds support for Canon's latest DSLR, the Canon EOS 5DS. [Release Notes]
B&H carries PocketWizard products.
Post Date: 10/13/2015 2:14:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Denali, Denali National Park, Alaska
You are looking at one of the first pictures ever taken of "Denali", the highest mountain peak in North America. While that statement is fun to say (and true in a sense), a tremendous number of photographs have been taken of this mountain long prior to my arrival. However, the mountain's name was "Mt McKinley" from June 1896 until about just before I arrived. On August 28, 2015, Sally Jewell, US Secretary of the Interior, announced that the mountain would be renamed "Denali" (Wikipedia). Two weeks later, my opportunity to photograph this mountain came.
With an elevation of 20,310' (6,190.5 m), the peak of Denali can be seen be seen from at least 125 miles away – on a clear day. The last part of that sentence is a key one. Getting close to this mountain (for most) requires a shuttle/tour bus ride deep into Denali National Park's 92 mile mostly-stone road. Even those making the effort to get deep into the park stand only a 30% chance of seeing this mountain's peaks due to the clouds that frequently engulf it.
I spent a large amount of time planning and traveling to get to the location for this image and was blessed with a beautiful day for my long-in-advance-scheduled tour (after a morning snowstorm, the sky even cleared enough on my backup day to make the peaks visible once again). With the weather cooperating, taking the actual photograph was easy part.
I selected a manual exposure that would make the sunlit snow at the top of the mountains nearly pure white (barely blinking in the camera LCD) while using an f/8 aperture (for ideal sharpness and depth of field) and ISO 100 (for noise-free images). The resulting shutter speed of 1/160 was adequate for resting the awesome combination of the Canon EOS 5Ds R and the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens on my backpack. With the ideal exposure locked in, I was free to quickly capture a variety of compositions of this incredible view during the 15 minute shuttle bus stop, with all being ideally exposed.
In the end, I merged two images to add a couple of hundred pixels to the right and left sides of the base images, giving the side-to-side balance that looked right to me.
I usually have a circular polarizer filter mounted when I'm photographing landscapes and usually note this use in the notes below relevant image posts. But, I want to make special mention of CPL use here because of the significant difference it made in the deep saturation and contrast of the foreground of this image. Like no other, this filter can add WOW! to your images.
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
100mm  f/8.0  1/160s
ISO 100
9080 x 5816px
Post Date: 10/13/2015 9:30:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Post Date: 10/13/2015 9:58:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
PNY 128GB Elite Performance 95MB/s UHS-1 SDXC Memory Card
B&H has the PNY 128GB Elite Performance 95MB/s UHS-1 SDXC available for $49.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $64.49.
Product Highlights
  • 128GB Capacity
  • Class 10 / UHS-1
  • Max. Read Speed: up to 95 MB/s
  • Water / Shock / Magnet Proof
  • Withstands Temperature Extremes
  • Built-in Write-Protect Switch
Post Date: 10/13/2015 8:52:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens
Image quality results have been added to the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens page.
I think that you are going to like what you see from this lens. There are many lenses that could be compared with this one, but I'll start things off with the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 vs. Canon 50mm f/1.4 with both lenses set to f/1.8.
The Tamron 45mm f/1.8 vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens comparison is another interesting one (f/1.8 vs. f/1.6 in this one).
B&H has the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
Post Date: 10/13/2015 7:56:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Induro 8M AT114 Alloy Tripod
B&H has the Induro 8M AT114 Alloy Tripod available for $76.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $126.00.
Post Date: 10/13/2015 7:54:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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