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 Tuesday, March 21, 2017
B&H has a $230.00 discount on the Oben CC-2461L Carbon Fiber Lateral Tripod with various ball head (and sans ball head) options.
Tripod Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 17 lb
  • Max Height: 68.1"
  • Min Height: 9.3"
  • Folded Length: 25.2"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 4.4 lb
  • Retractable Spiked Feet
Ball Head Kits Available
  • BC-126 Arca-Type
  • BE-126T Arca-Type
  • BA-126T Arca-Type
  • BE-117 Arca-Type
Post Date: 3/21/2017 7:10:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Elinchrom Quadra Living Light Kit with Lead Battery, S Head and Transmitter available for $749.00 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
B&H has the Dracast LED1000 Silver Series Foldable Bi-Color LED Light available for $449.95 with next day delivery. Regularly $1,149.95.
Included Free: Dracast Camlux Pro Bi-Color On-Camera Light ($89.95 value)
Product Highlights
  • 1000 LEDs with CRI of >95
  • Color Temperature: 3200-5600K
  • Beam Angle: 45°
  • Dimming from 0-100%
  • Folded Size: 9.1 x 7.8 x 1.4"
  • Extended Size: 9.1 x 15.7 x 0.7"
  • Physical Dimming Dial; Aluminum Chassis
  • Power Draw: 58W
  • V-Mount Battery Plate & AC Adapter
  • Center Mount Yoke and Carrying Case
From Sigma:
Thank you for purchasing and using our products. We would like to announce the firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E. This firmware update allows it to be compatible with the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art (Release: April), SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary (TBD), Cine Lens 50mm T1.5 FF EF mount from FF High Speed Prime Line (TBD) and so on.
For customers who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro by connecting it to a computer using a supplied USB Cable.
Before updating the MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh from the following download page.
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
For SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E, firmware update announced on March 10th, 2017 allows it to be compatible with SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art and SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary.
Applicable product
Benefits of this firmware update
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art and SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary.
  • It has become compatible with the Cine Lenses; SIGMA 20 mm T1.5 FF EF mount, 24 mm T1.5 FF EF mount, 35mm T1.5 FF EF mount, 50 mm T1.5 FF EF mount, 85 mm T1.5 FF EF mount from FF High Speed Prime Line, and 24-35mm T2.2 FF EF mount from FF Zoom Line.
For further information, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary / distributor.
B&H carries the Sigma Mount Converter MC-11.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/21/2017 6:49:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Lexar 16GB CompactFlash Memory Card Professional 800x UDMA 7 available for $19.99 with free shipping. Regularly $29.99.
I highly advise keeping a blank memory card in all of your camera bags (you'll need it someday!). [Sean]
Product Highlights
  • 16GB Data Storage Capacity
  • 800x Speed Rating
  • Max. Read Speed: 120 MB/s
  • Max. Write Speed: 45 MB/s
  • UDMA 7 Compliant
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Polsen CAM-2W - Camera-Mountable VHF Wireless System with Omnidirectional Lavalier Mic available for $89.95 with free shipping. Regularly $139.95.
Product Highlights
  • Easy-to-Use Lavalier Wireless System
  • Compander-Free for High-Quality Audio
  • Two Switchable Frequency Bands
  • Available in 4 Different Frequency Bands
  • Camera & Belt Clip Mountable Receiver
  • Easily Concealed Lightweight Transmitter
  • Includes Omnidirectional Lavalier Mic
  • 100' Range (300' in Optimal Conditions)
Note: There are three separate versions of this mic system on sale (G2/G3/G4 bands). All can be found via the link above.
 Monday, March 20, 2017
If upgrading from a Rebel/***D series camera, or even an earlier **D model (like the EOS 60D), the Canon EOS 80D and EOS 5D Mark IV can each provide unique benefits that make them sensible upgrade candidates. So let's break down the differences to see which body provides the right upgrade path for you.
Let's first look at the EOS 80D as it will likely provide an easy, seamless transition for those who are already using a crop-sensor camera such as a Rebel/****D/***D/**D. By "seamless transition," I mean that all of your current lenses should be compatible with the 80D. I say "should" because there's a very small chance that some older third-party lenses may not be fully compatible with bodies released after their manufacture.
And make no mistake, compatibility with EF-S lenses can be a significant benefit. Lenses designed specifically for crop sensor cameras are generally smaller, lighter and less expenisve than their designed-for-full-frame counterparts. Of course, EF-S lenses do have their drawbacks, such as often a lower build quality and a lack of weather sealing.
Now let's look at the 80D's benefits over the 5D Mark IV:
  • Built-in Master Flash: Yes vs. N/A
  • Higher Continuous Shooting Buffer (RAW): 25 RAW vs. 21
  • LCD: Vari-angle Touch Screen vs. Fixed
  • More Custom Functions: 26 vs. 17
  • Higher Battery Life: Approx. 960 shots vs. 900
  • Smaller Size: 5.47 x 4.14 x 3.09" (139.0 x 105.2 x 78.5mm) vs. 5.93 x 4.58 x 2.99" (150.7 x 116.4 x 75.9mm)
  • Lighter Weight: 25.75 oz (730g) vs. 28.2 oz (800g)
  • Compatible Mounts: EF, EF-S, TS-E & MP-E Lenses vs. EF, TS-E & MP-E
  • Significantly Lower Price
Of the benefits listed above, the most compelling for most consumers is the significantly lower price. In fact, you could nearly purchase (3) EOS 80Ds for the price of a single 5D Mark IV at MSRP (without rebates).
That kind of price differential brings the 5D Mark IV's numerous benefits into perspective. And while we're on the subject, let's take a look at the 5D Mark IV's benefits over the 80D:
  • Higher Resolution: 30.4 MP vs. 24.2
  • Image Processor: DIGIC 6+ vs. DIGIC 6
  • Better High ISO Results (example: comparison @ ISO 6400)
  • More AF Points: 61 Point / 41 cross-type AF points inc. 5 dual cross type at f/2.8 and 61 points / 21 cross-type AF points at f/8 vs. 45 cross-type AF points inc. center dual cross type at f/2.8 and 27 points / 9 cross-type at f/8
  • Metering Sensor: Approx. 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, 252-zone metering vs. 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, metering with the area divided into 63 segments (9×7)
  • Lower Light Metering Range: EV 0 – 20 vs. EV 1 – 20
  • Larger ISO Range: 100-32000, L:50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400 vs. 100-16000, H: 25600
  • More Durable Shutter: 150,000 shots vs. 100,000
  • Higher Continuous Buffer (JPEG): Unlimited JPEGS vs. 110
  • Higher Max. Video Resolution: 4K (17:9) 4096 x 2160 vs. Full HD (16:9) 1920 x 1080
  • GPS: Built-in vs. optional accessory
  • Mult-controller (Joystick): Yes vs. N/A
  • Faster USB: Super-speed 3.0 vs. High-speed 2.0
  • Memory Cards: CompactFlash Type I (UDMA 7 compatible) & SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) cards vs. SD, SDHC or SDXC (UHS-I)
  • Body Materials: Magnesium Alloy vs. Polycarbonate resin with glass fiber
One benefit I did not list for the 80D is the FOVCF (Field of View Crop Factor). Because the 80D's sensor is smaller than the full frame sensor found in the 5D Mark IV, it captures a narrower angle of view at the same focal length compared to the 5D Mark IV. A good description of the effect can be found in our Field of View Crop Factor page:
Although the physical focal length of a lens is not actually changed on a FOVCF camera, the subject framing certainly is. By multiplying the lens focal length (or focal length range) by the FOVCF, you get the full-frame focal length lens subject framing equivalent when used at the same distance. For example, if you are looking for similar framing that a 50mm lens (the classic "normal" lens) provides on a full-frame (1.0x crop factor) SLR body, you probably want a 35mm lens on your 1.6x FOVCF body. 35mm x 1.6 = similar framing to a 56mm lens on a full-frame camera body. This focal length is often referred to as the "Effective Focal Length". The lens is still a 35mm lens, but your final image will only include a crop of the lens' complete image.
However, the FOVCF is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it provides a more narrow angle of view which can provide [seemingly] more reach to your telephoto lenses. But with the 5D Mark IV's extra resolution, you could argue that framing a subject more loosely with the same lens would provide better cropped-to-the-80D's-resolution image quality with the ability to optimally frame the subject post capture.
Where the 80D's FOVCF becomes especially problematic is wide angle photography. Because crop sensor cameras provide a narrower angle of view at the same focal length compared to full frame cameras, wide angle views are sacraficed when using full frame compatible lenses on the 80D.
A big advantage of the larger full frame sensor camera is the ability to create a stronger background blur. Because a longer focal length is required for the 5D IV to create the same subject framing as the APS-C format 80D, the background can be more diffusely blurred in comparison.
So which DSLR should you get between the two bodies compared above? As usual, one's personal preferences, specific needs and budget will provide the answer. That the 5D Mark IV is the more capable, better spec'd body is an easy conclusion. However, the price difference between the 80D and 5D Mark IV is substantial, and one must be able to justify the 5D IV's superset of features to justify the higher investment.
Those who may be easily able to justify the 5D IV's higher investment include photographers who primarily appreciate the camera's better image quality including cleaner high ISO results and higher resolution, increased shutter durability, dual memory card slots, wider angles of view and 4K recording capability. And for those photographers who don't feel that the 5D IV's benefits are worth the incremental price difference over the 80D can enjoy the wealth of features afforded by the crop sensor camera at roughly 1/3 the cost.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/20/2017 8:54:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Auray ISO-BUBBLE Isolation Bubble for Recording Microphones available for $19.99 with free shipping. Compare at $49.99.
Product Highlights
  • Isolates Mic from Noise and Reflections
  • For Use in Acoustically Untreated Rooms
  • Suitable for Recording or Broadcasting
  • Will Not Alter or Color Vocal Sound
  • High-Density, Open-Cell Acoustic Foam
  • Integrated Double-Layer Nylon Pop Filter
  • Fits Over Microphone with No Assembly
  • Accommodates Most Large-Diaphragm Mics
Feel like photographing history in the making? Well, here's your chance.
Through 3/27/2017, you can apply to be the United States Supreme Court photographer. The annual salary range is from $54,972.00 to $86,460.00 annually (based on experience) and requirements include:
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background Check
  • A bachelor's degree and three to five years of experience in photography (at least four years of experience can be substituted for the degree requirement)
  • Proficient with Nikon & Hasselblad digital cameras, film/video equipment and lighting
  • Proficient with MS Word, Access, Excel and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Strong customer service attributes and comfort working with visiting dignitaries and the general public
If interested, the full job announcement can be found below.

USAJOBS - Job Announcement on Scribd

Post Date: 3/20/2017 5:24:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the ikan CV600 Chrome View Spectrometer available for $839.95 with free shipping. Regularly $1,499.95.
Product Highlights
  • Exposure and Color Meter for Imaging
  • Designed for LED Lights
  • Measurement Range: 70-70,000 lux
  • Wavelength Range: 380-780nm
  • CCT, CRI, TLCI, and More Color Options
  • EV, A, and T Modes for Exposure Readings
  • Flicker Detection up to 100 kHz/sec
  • 3.5" Color Touchscreen LCD
  • Runs on Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • SD Card Slot & USB 2.0 for Data Transfer
Post Date: 3/20/2017 5:03:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, March 18, 2017
This was a situation where a fast frame rate was extremely helpful for wildlife photography. While I had intended to use a Canon EOS 5Ds R as my primary camera for this trip, the 5 fps frame rate quickly proved too slow for the fast-moving fawns. Switching to the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II immediately solved the frame rate problem and significantly increased the ideal body position captures. However, I remained challenged to keep the adorable little animals in the viewfinder.
Another challenge presented by the fast-moving fawns was anticipating where they were going to be before they got there. The fawns would sometimes run right up to me in curious fashion, and then turn around and run far away in next moment. I used the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens almost exclusively on this several-day trip. Having the zoom lens meant that I could (mostly) frame the fawns as desired and often I included the mother and/or siblings in the same frame. I had the built-in extender switched into the optical path for this capture.
Another reason that a zoom lens is a great option for this location is that Big Meadows has many line of sight obstructions. This makes it difficult to get a clear view of the subject and getting closer is sometimes what is needed to avoid such.
I wasn't totally happy with this image due to the fact the fawn was leaping just slightly away from me – I usually prefer an approaching position. But, my daughter walked by as I was selecting one of the fawn pictures to share and was immediately drawn to this one. While the late-day sunlight was ideally-warm, what she loved was that namesake tail raised and an approaching angle would not do that part justice. Sometimes it takes another set of eyes to see things in a different way.
A larger version of this image is available on, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Camera and Lens Settings
533mm  f/800  1/1600s
ISO 1600
3707 x 2471px
Post Date: 3/18/2017 8:09:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 17, 2017
From X-Rite:
Tips, insight and technique on capturing the stunning colors of Cuban street life.
Vincent Versace - Master B&W fine art photographer & printer, Photoshop expert and X-Rite Coloratti Master, demonstrates his highly refined digital print workflow for professional grade prints. Learn how to optimize your images and create custom print profiles for exceptional prints, using the techniques and tools that Vincent has perfected throughout his career.
Webinar Details
Title: Fine Art Printing Workflow for the Advanced Photographer with Vincent Versace
Presenter: Vincent Versace
Bio: Natural Light, Fine Art Photographer, USA
Date: Thuesday, March 23nd, 2017
Time: 1:00PM EST
Created For: Intermediate/Advanced Photographers
Register Now
B&H carries X-Rite Color Calibration tools.
Post Date: 3/17/2017 10:33:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Lexar 128GB JumpDrive S45 USB 3.0 Flash Drive available for $28.95. Regularly $39.15.
Post Date: 3/17/2017 8:35:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Use coupon code POTATOES at the Canon Store to save 15% on almost the entire in stock inventory of refurbished DSLR cameras, lenses and Speedlite flashes.
And the really good news? You even get the 15% savings on gear that's already discounted beyond refurbished pricing (the lone exception seems to be the refurb. Canon EOS 1D X). As usual, you can expect your refurbished gear to arrive "like new" with a retail-matching 1-year warranty. Shipping is free on orders of $100.00 or more.
Refurbished In Stock Gear
Refurbished ItemOrig. PriceSavingsSale PriceDiscount
Canon EOS 5Ds Body2,959.20443.882,515.3215%
Canon EOS 7D II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,959.19430.041,529.1522%
Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,719.20257.881,461.3215%
Canon EOS 80D + EF-S 18-135 IS USM1,439.20330.631,108.5723%
Canon EOS 7D Mark II1,439.20215.881,223.3215%
Canon EOS 6D Body1,359.20203.881,155.3215%
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,239.20389.21849.9931%
Canon EOS 80D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM1,079.20246.88832.3223%
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM1,079.20356.71722.4933%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM959.98314.00645.9833%
Canon EOS 70D Body959.20279.21679.9929%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + 18-55 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM879.98336.15543.8338%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM799.99179.50620.4922%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM719.99142.00577.9920%
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + 18-55 IS STM, 75-300 III719.98354.50365.4849%
Canon EOS M3 + EF-M 18-55 IS STM639.9996.00543.9915%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i Body599.9990.00509.9915%
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + 18-55 IS II & 75-300 III599.98259.99339.9943%
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM559.99228.50331.4941%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Body519.9978.00441.9915%
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + EF-S 18-155 IS II439.99134.00305.9930%
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Body439.99117.00322.9927%
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM239.9936.00203.9915%
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.99120.50399.4923%
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM1,279.20191.881,087.3215%
Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM639.99138.50501.4922%
Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM239.9936.00203.9915%
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM439.9966.00373.9915%
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.9960.00339.9915%
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99217.87342.1239%
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM799.99213.50586.4927%
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM479.9972.00407.9915%
Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM279.9942.00237.9915%
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.9978.00441.9915%
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9928.20159.7915%
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9924.00135.9915%
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM1,359.20203.881,155.3215%
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.9964.80367.1915%
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM119.9921.9998.0018%
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM439.9966.00373.9915%
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.9948.00271.9915%
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM100.7915.1285.6715%
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM375.9956.40319.5915%
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM399.9960.00339.9915%
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM719.99108.00611.9915%
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM479.9972.00407.9915%
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM5,175.20776.284,398.9215%
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM999.20149.88849.3215%
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT463.9969.60394.3915%
Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT239.9936.00203.9915%
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9930.00169.9915%
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9920.40115.5915%
Canon Speedlite 90EX119.9918.00101.9915%
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/17/2017 8:27:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
New on the site is the Canon Extreme Lens Recommendations page.
Because ... sometimes your portfolio needs a boost and an extreme lens can make that happen.
Let me know what I got wrong? And, what extremes did I miss?
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/17/2017 8:14:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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