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 Friday, June 23, 2017
Yesterday we reported that the 24-70mm f/2.8 OS Art and Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art lenses were scheduled to begin shipping today based on information posted by B&H on the items' product pages. However, B&H has changed the availability expectations on their website as follows:
 
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens – "Coming Soon"
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens – "End of Jun 2017"
 
However, Sigma posted press releases today which state that both lenses are scheduled to begin shipping in "July 2017."
 
So... it looks like preorder customers will be waiting a little longer to receive their new lenses.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 6/23/2017 10:47:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Sony a7R II have been added to the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens page.
 
The first comparison I wanted to see was the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G vs. f/2.8 GM OSS Lens. When set to f/4, the f/2.8 lens becomes clearly sharper, (mostly). There are many combinations to explore.
 
The Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 6/23/2017 9:20:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From SIGMA:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
Sigma Corporation would like to announce a firmware update for the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Nikon is now available. By updating the firmware, the lens will offer improved AF performance.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Nikon
Benefits of this firmware update
 
  • It has improved the AF performance.
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/23/2017 9:11:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 6/23/2017 9:10:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron:
 
June 23, 2017, Commack, NY- Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of the new 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028), the world's first ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens for APS-C DSLR cameras, which covers a focal length range of 18-400mm. Since the 1992 launch of its AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical (Model 71D), Tamron has dominated the all-in-one zoom category and has produced many lenses that cover wide-angle to telephoto zoom ranges. Tamron has now developed an ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom that extends to 400mm (35mm equivalent of 620mm) and provides a 22.2x zoom ratio. Packed in a light, compact body (4.8in./24.9oz.)[2] is Tamron's accumulated knowledge and experience for all-in-one zoom lenses, including the most advanced optical and mechanical designs, an HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive) for the AF system and the Vibration Compensation system. Photographers can now enjoy wide-angle to ultra-telephoto photography using one lens, which is ideal for travel photography and eliminates the need to carry extra lenses. The new Model B028 lens enables photographing a wide variety of ultra-telephoto images including everyday casual scenes. The 18-400mm will be available in the U.S. at the end of July at $649.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • The world's first ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens to achieve 400mm telephoto
    The new Model B028 is the world's first lens for APS-C DSLR cameras that covers a focal length range of 18-400mm and achieves a zoom ratio of 22.2x. The focal length of 400mm on the telephoto end enables the capturing of ultra-telephoto pictures with the 35mm equivalent of 620mm angle of view. Now, with just this one lens, a photographer can readily enjoy the power of ultra-telephoto to bring distant subjects closer as well as the perspective-flattening effects that only extreme telephoto settings can achieve. This all-in-one zoom lens is ideal for travel and everyday shooting. It allows a photographer to switch from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto without changing lenses, making it faster and easier to capture a much wider range of subjects including travel scenes, wildlife, action sports, landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and food.
  • Excellent image quality across the entire zoom range, from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto and macro
    The optical construction of the B028 consists of 16 lens elements in 11 groups. The use of specialized glass elements such as LD (Low Dispersion) and aspherical lens elements effectively minimizes wide-ranging aberrations, including chromatic aberrations and distortion, thereby assuring outstanding image quality. Optimum power distribution among the individual lens element groups achieves both the optical performance and the compact size necessary for an ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens that boasts 400mm focal length. Also, it enables tele-macro photography with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9.
  • Lightweight and compact design exhibits Tamron's basic philosophy for all-in-one zoom lenses
    Despite being an all-in-one zoom lens that achieves 400mm ultra-telephoto, Model B028 is light and compact with a total length of 4.8 in. and a weight of 24.9 oz.[3] A new lens barrel design utilizing three-step extensions was developed to enable the necessary elongation to produce a 22.2x zoom ratio. Compared to the conventional approach, the division into a larger number of cams ensures comfortable operation and stability while zooming. Tamron's philosophy for all-in-one zoom lenses is to allow each photographer to casually capture everyday photos with a lens of a practical size, and Model B028 fulfills this philosophy.
  • HLD motor provides high-precision AF and enables compact lens construction
    The AF drive system for Model B028 uses Tamron's exclusive HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive) motor. The power-saving HLD motor produces outstanding driving torque, and adjusts motor rotation from low to high speed to enable accurate and quiet focusing. The HLD motor takes up less space thanks to its small size and circular arc shape that allows the size of the lens to be reduced.
  • Equipped with the Vibration Compensation system necessary for ultra-telephotography at 400mm
    Despite its compact size, Model B028 is equipped with Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) system, which effectively curbs camera shake under low light conditions (such as a dimly lit room or at dusk) and while taking ultra-telephoto pictures. This greatly expands opportunities for casual handheld shooting. The shake-free stability of the viewfinder image allows for easier framing and enables the photographer to compose the subject quickly and comfortably.
  • Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses
    The electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses[4]. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a motor through electronic pulse signals.
  • User-friendly features for everyday comfortable use
    With an eye toward active outdoor photography, Model B028 features Moisture-Resistant Construction to ensure worry-free shooting as well as confidence while shooting under adverse weather conditions. Also, the Zoom Lock mechanism prevents undesired movement of the lens barrel under its own weight when the camera is angled downward while walking.
  • Compatible with TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory product
    The optional TAP-in Console provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling the user to easily update the lens's firmware as well as to customize features, including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.
  • External design placing importance on functionality and ease of use
    While inheriting the design that makes use of many organic curves and the delicately polished form down to fine details that characterize the SP lens series, the new Model B028 comes with a highly sophisticated design that also places a lot of importance on the lens's functionality and ease of use, featuring an overall form that faithfully encompasses the internal structures within, a slim Luminous Gold brand ring and the switch shape design.
Specifications
 
ModelB028
Focal Length 18-400mm
Maximum Aperture F/3.5-6.3
Angle of View (diagonal) 75°33' - 4° (for APS-C format)
Optical Construction16 elements in 11 groups
Minimum Object Distance*17.7 in (0.45m)
Maximum Magnification Ratio12.9
Filter Size72mm
Maximum Diameter79mm
Length** for Canon 4.9 in (123.9mm)
for Nikon 4.8 in (121.4mm)
Weight for Canon 25 oz (710g)
for Nikon24.9 oz (705g)
Aperture Blades 7 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F/22-40
Image Stabilization Performance
(For Canon : EOS-80D is used / For Nikon: D7200 is used)
2.5 stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)
Standard Accessories Flower-shaped lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon
Model B028

* The minimum object distance may change if camera is used in live view mode.
** Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
 
B&H has the Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 6/23/2017 5:44:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 22, 2017
Surprisingly, the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art and 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lenses are scheduled to start shipping tomorrow, the day immediately following the acceptance of preorders (source: B&H).
 
Trusted Retailers
 
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art – B&H | Adorama
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art – B&H | Adorama
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 6/22/2017 8:36:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Think Tank Photo Outlet Center inventory has been refreshed with many popular products in stock with attractive discounts.
 
In stock inventory includes:
 
  • Airport Takeoff
  • Retrospective Leather
  • Retrospective Lens Changer
  • Retrospective Laptop Case
  • Airport Helipak for 3DR Solo
  • Urban Approach
  • CityWalker
  • FPV Session
  • Perception
  • My 2nd Brain
  • Turnstyle
Post Date: 6/22/2017 8:13:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon is featuring the Dremel DigiLab 3D20 3D Printer as a Gold Box Deal of the Day and has the printer marked down to $599.99 (from $899.99).
 
Product Highlights
 
  • The most reliable consumer-grade 3D printer allows printing for countless hours
  • Pre-installed extruder enables quickest time to 1st print and seamless out-of-box experience
  • Full-color LCD touch screen to easily modify settings and navigate through print files
  • Accompanied by Dremel’s world-class customer support with the industry’s best 1-year warranty
Post Date: 6/22/2017 7:31:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Late last month, Canon announced that they planned on purchasing roughly 14 million of its own shares with a 50 billion yen outlay ($450 million dollars). At the time, I remarked that Canon could only afford 12,976,343 shares with the allocated investment at the then-current stock price.
 
Canon has completed its stock acquisition ahead of schedule, obtaining 12,776,100 shares at a cost of 49,999,720,400 yen ($449,040,488.95 USD), which works out to approx. $35.15 USD per share. At the time of this post, Canon's stock is currently trading at $35.05 USD. [Sean]
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/22/2017 7:04:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The wait is almost over; the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art and Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art lenses will be available for preorder from B&H at 1:00am Easter Time (roughly 2 hours after this post).
 
We expect there to be high demand for these lenses; be sure to preorder early if you want to receive your lens ASAP. Be sure to use the links above to support the site.
 
Update: Adorama also has the lenses available for preorder.
Categories: Preorders, Sigma News
Post Date: 6/21/2017 10:02:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has most of Apple's recently announced MacBooks and iMacs in stock with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 6/21/2017 12:34:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
I've been using The Photographer's Ephemeris for several years now and it's one of the most useful photography apps I've found. By the looks of it, the app is getting even better. I'm hoping an Android version is not too far down the pipeline. When the iOS app launches, you'll be able to find it here. [Sean]
 
From The Photographer's Ephemeris:
 
The Photographer's Ephemeris 3D (TPE 3D) is a unique natural light visualization tool for outdoor and landscape photographers. It’s a 3D map-centric Sun, Moon and Milky Way calculator: see how the light will fall on the land, day or night, for any location on earth.
 
Watch a sunrise from the future in a rich simulation of sunlight, moonlight and starlight set against the actual topography of your planned shooting location.
 
Need to see when the arch of the Milky Way will rise between two mountain peaks? Need to see what time in the afternoon the valley will lose direct light in September? Watch the light unfold under clear skies hours, days, weeks or years before you’re actually there in person.
 
Availability
 
We plan to soft launch TPE 3D in select markets (including Ireland and New Zealand) on Tuesday, June 20 2017.
 
We expect to make the app available worldwide on Tuesday, June 27.
 
TPE 3D requires iOS 10. It runs on all devices that support iOS 10, but more modern devices benefit from higher detail in the 3D topography and higher resolution shadows and stars.
 
Pricing
 
We plan to launch TPE 3D as a paid app, selling individually for $19.99 in the US ($30.99, Australia, 21,99 € Eurozone, £19.99 UK, based on current Apple pricing tiers).
 
A bundle will be available making TPE 3D available to users who already own TPE and/or The Photographer' Transit at reduced price. The bundle will launch at $24.99 in the US, for all three apps.
 
That means that if you have already paid $8.99 for TPE, you can purchase the bundle to add TPE 3D and TPT for $16.00. If you already own both TPE and TPT, you can complete your bundle for $12.00, representing a 40% discount off full price for TPE 3D.
 
(All pricing is subject to change.)
 
We expect to offer a pro subscription for future enhancements such as satellite maps and full offline support.
Post Date: 6/21/2017 10:32:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its second quarter fiscal year 2017 ended June 2, 2017.
 
Financial Highlights
 
  • Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $1.77 billion in its second quarter of fiscal year 2017.
  • Diluted earnings per share was $0.75 on a GAAP-basis, and $1.02 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Digital Media segment revenue was $1.21 billion, with Creative revenue growing to a record $1.01 billion.
  • Strong Creative Cloud and Document Cloud adoption and retention drove Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) to $4.56 billion exiting the quarter, a quarter-over-quarter increase of $312 million.
  • Adobe Experience Cloud achieved record revenue of $495 million, which represents 29 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Operating income grew 46 percent and net income grew 53 percent year-over-year on a GAAP-basis; operating income grew 42 percent and net income grew 43 percent year-over-year on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $645 million, and deferred revenue grew to approximately $2.07 billion.
  • The company repurchased approximately 2 million shares during the quarter, returning $266 million of cash to stockholders.
A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release and on Adobe’s website.
 
Executive Quotes
 
“Digital transformation continues to be the burning agenda for creative professionals, enterprises, governments and educational institutions,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO, Adobe. “Adobe is the go-to company for creating world-class digital customer journeys from design to delivery to measurement and monetization.”
 
“Adobe continues to execute well, with another quarter of record revenue and operating profit in Q2," said Mark Garrett, executive vice president and CFO, Adobe. “We're excited about the strong business momentum we have as we enter the second half of fiscal 2017 and remain confident in our ability to drive strong revenue and earnings growth in the future.”
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/21/2017 8:54:18 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 to June 27, you can save 20% on a New York Pass, the ultimate key that gets you free entry to over 90 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
  • Many of the 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 90+ 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: 6/21/2017 7:00:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Gitzo:
 
Upper Saddle River, N.J. (June 19, 2017) - Gitzo, a pioneer in many of the most advanced, revolutionary technologies for professional camera equipment, is celebrating one hundred years of outstanding innovation and technological leadership by launching an exclusive magnesium limited-edition travel tripod - the 100 Year Anniversary Edition.
 
Gitzo initiated the travel tripod era, creating products designed to be companions for life. The world’s most inspirational brand of tripods and heads is celebrating its first centenary of tradition, innovation and expertise that have made it a beacon of excellence in the photographic world. No other manufacturer has so consistently broken the boundaries of possibility, passionately devising and producing the means through which photographers turn vision into reality.
 
To mark the occasion, Gitzo has launched the new 100Y “DEFINING TOMORROW” logo, referencing infinity and the creations the company has yet to roll out.
 
The innovative 100 Year Anniversary Edition Tripod is not just a celebratory photography support. It is the ultimate high-performance professional tool featuring unique design and the very latest technology. This highly desirable flagship product will be available worldwide in an exclusive limited edition of just 1917 pieces, referencing Gitzo’s year of foundation, with the number of each piece laser engraved on one leg (1/1917 to 1917/1917).
 
The 100 Year Anniversary Edition Tripod introduces a brand-new magnesium spider, emphasized by a black finish and titanium color details that make this model outstandingly stylish. It has Gitzo’s latest Traveler Series 1 technological features, including state-of-the-art Carbon eXact tubing and 180° leg folding mechanism for the ultimate strength, the Traveler G-lock mechanism, making it compact, strong and ergonomic, together with a brand-new Center Ball Head for superior smoothness and precision. Moreover, the limited-edition tripod features an ergonomic strap made of genuine Italian leather with a carbon fiber look for extreme comfort in use.
 
The 100 Year Anniversary Edition Tripod is presented in a highly refined, black branded chest with leather detailing containing the tripod and its accessories, the tripod’s certificate of authenticity signed by Gitzo’s CEO, and includes the name of the craftsman who created each specific piece.
 
Key features:
 
  • Exquisite new high-appeal look and feel with distinctive design, smooth spider casting shapes, new leg angle selectors and locking collars.
  • 1917 - the magic number of Gitzo’s foundation year and the total pieces of this exclusive symbol of Gitzo’s history available worldwide.
  • The new black & titanium grey color combination is an elegant, contemporary expression of this exceptional flagship product.
The 100 Year Anniversary Edition is available for $1,499.99 in the U.S. and is exclusive to select dealers.
 
B&H has the Gitzo 100 Year Anniversary Edition Tripods available for preorder.
Category: Gitzo News
Post Date: 6/21/2017 6:21:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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