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 Thursday, August 20, 2015
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From Apple:
Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.06
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to OS X Yosemite:
  • Canon PowerShot G3 X
  • Leica Q (Typ 116)
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX8
  • Sony Alpha ILCE-7R II
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
For more information on supported RAW formats, see
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Apple News
Post Date: 8/20/2015 10:15:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens
Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens Review page.
B&H has the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens in Canon mount in stock. Nikon mount version is available for preorder (expected in stock Aug 24th).
Post Date: 8/20/2015 8:59:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Sigma:
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
We would like to announce the update in the lens firmware of the 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports CANON and 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary CANON on the SIGMA Optimization Pro, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK.
The latest firmware update enables the lens to improve the AF accuracy when attached to the TELE CONVERTER TC-1401.
For those customers who own the following products, please update the firmware of the lens via the SIGMA Optimization Pro.
Applicable products
  • 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports CANON
  • 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary CANON
Benefit of this firmware update
It has improved the AF accuracy when attached to the TELE CONVERTER TC-1401.
You can download the latest version of the software from the following page:
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
B&H carries the Sigma USB Dock.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 8/20/2015 8:19:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash available for $384.00. Compare at $499.00 after $50.00 instant savings.
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
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Post Date: 8/20/2015 7:54:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D DSLR Camera
B&H has a Canon EOS 5D Mark III + PIXMA PRO-100 Printer Bundle available for $2,149.00 with free expedited shipping after $350.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $2,499.00 without printer.
Bundle Includes:
Lowepro Slingshot Edge 150 AW and 250 AW Bags
From Lowepro:Lightweight Daypack Provides Ideal Protection and Quick Access for Compact Cameras and TabletsPetaluma, Calif. – August 19, 2015 – Lowepro, the leading maker of photography carrying solutions, today announced the latest generation of its urban daypack series, Slingshot Edge. The redesigned series caters to the urban photographer by combining protective compartments and easy access with added storage for tablets, slim design and a stylish exterior.
“Ease of use is paramount for photographers on the move,” said Tim Grimmer, vice president of brand and product at Lowepro. “There are few things more disappointing in photography than missing a great shot because you couldn’t get to your gear in time. The new Slingshot Edge series rethinks the sling design for fast, optimized access to a compact DSLR or compact system camera, while putting an added emphasis on trusted gear protection and style.”
The Slingshot Edge series is designed for urban photographers, day trippers and travelers looking for a slim and versatile camera bag to keep things light and easy. Two sizes are available, each featuring padded, dedicated compartments to keep camera gear, a tablet and other essentials organized and safe. The Slingshot Edge 150 AW is designed to hold a mirrorless/compact system camera with attached lens, a second lens, a small tablet and personal items. The larger Slingshot Edge 250 AW can accommodate a compact DSLR camera with attached lens, an extra lens, flash, full-size tablet and additional personal gear. Both bags come complete with a built-in All Weather AW CoverTM to protect from rain, snow or dust, as well as external bag straps that allow the attachment of a small tripod or other equipment.
The Slingshot Edge 150 AW (US MSRP $89.95) and 250 AW (US MSRP $109.95) are now available for purchase at a number of retail locations
B&H carries the Lowepro Slingshot Edge 150 AW and 250 AW.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 8/20/2015 6:16:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
eBay (via ElectronicsValley) has the Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $799.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,099.00 after $250.00 instant savings.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/20/2015 6:01:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack
For a limited time, B&H has the Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack available for $149.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.00.
Product Highlights
  • Holds 2 DSLRs, 4 Lenses, Accessories
  • Holds up to a 500mm f/4 Lens
  • Holds 15" Laptop; MacBook Pro 17"
  • X-21 Sail Cloth Material/Tear-Resistant
  • Butterfly Flap Opening
  • Tuck-Away,Adjustable Foam Harness Straps
  • Removable Waist Belt / Vented Back Panel
  • Tripod Attachment
  • Top/Side Grab Handles
  • Rain Cover
Post Date: 8/20/2015 5:41:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Summer Photography Tips: Plant for Butterfly and Flower Pictures
Few natural subjects surpass flowers and butterflies in colorfulness. Planting flowers that attract butterflies takes advantage of both and planting them in your yard means fast access to these great subjects.
Don't have a garden of your own? Don't want to do the work? Others love gardening. Find someone who has this passion and share your photography passion with them in the form of images and prints. Alternatively, find a public garden.
Coneflowers are one of my favorite flowers and a small garden of them behind the house provided hours of distraction (I mean "gear evaluation") for me this summer. The shape of the flower permits full view of the butterfly and the working area keeps the butterfly busy long enough to get the photo. Because these flowers are planted on a bank, I can shoot horizontally across the flower tops (to get blurred blooms in the background) without lying on the ground. A raised planting box offers a similar advantage.
Most macro lenses work well for flowers, but butterflies are sometimes not comfortable with a lens close to them. Longer focal lengths permit longer working distances. In this case, the spangled fritillary butterfly was quite tolerant of my presence and I was able to utilize the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro Lens at a close distance.
I'm still struggling to retrain my brain to frame slightly wider with the extreme resolution of the Canon EOS 5Ds R available, allowing minor cropping to achieve perfect framing during post processing. The result in this case was that the butterfly's antenna was slightly closer to the right edge of the frame than I wanted. Fortunately, I had taken multiple photos and was able to add a small strip to the right side of this image, with ideal wing position, from one of the others for a 52.9 megapixel final image size.
I used a Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash with a camera exposure that balanced the ambient background lighting. Because the coneflower petals were closer to the flash than the butterfly, they were slightly brighter than I wanted. I decreased the brightness of the RAW file and overlaid the darker flower petals on the brighter butterfly and background.
What is in your flower bed? If the ideal flowers are not there, add them! Then get ready for your summer color.
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/4.0  1/160s
ISO 100
6092 x 8688px
Post Date: 8/19/2015 12:28:16 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan Flickr Group
We've had Community for several years now and it has become a great venue for photographers to socialize, ask questions, share their images and compete in weekly contests.
One disadvantage to a forum-based system is that the images shared by the members appear in numerous different (themed) threads, meaning that viewing all the latest images posted is a rather tedious and time consuming process.
Therefore, we created Flickr Group to serve as a repository of Community (and non-Community) members where site visitors can share their images in a centralized location.
So what are you waiting for? Go check it out and feel free to add some of your favorite [family friendly] images (up to 5 per day).
Category: Site News
Post Date: 8/19/2015 12:38:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-M Lens Adapter
Amazon has the Canon EF-M Lens Adapter (White Box) available for $31.34. Compare at $135.00 for the retail box version.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/19/2015 9:04:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From SanDisk:
SanDisk SSD Concierge Service provides full support during SSD upgrade process
MILPITAS, Calif., August 18, 2015 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today introduced the first SSD upgrade service with live video support. The SanDisk SSD Concierge Service offers full support for SanDisk solid state drive (SSD) installations and is designed to simplify upgrades for consumers of all technical backgrounds.
“Many customers understand the benefits an SSD can bring to an aging laptop but they also feel anxious about performing an upgrade by themselves,” said Philippe Willams, director of product marketing, SanDisk. “The SanDisk SSD Concierge Service’s step-by-step live support will give consumers the confidence to install an SSD and enjoy the benefits of speed, performance and reliability.”
Upgrading an aging laptop with an SSD can greatly improve performance and is more cost effective than purchasing a new one. With advanced flash memory storage and significantly faster speeds, SSDs outpace traditional hard-disk drives (HDDs) in every performance category. In addition, SSDs run cooler, create less noise, and use less power, which helps extend laptop battery life, and reduce the strain on limited system resources.
Through the SanDisk SSD Concierge Service, consumers will have all of the tools required to upgrade their laptop successfully. This includes the hardware and software necessary to migrate data as well as install the new SSD. Once data has been successfully migrated, consumers will have the ability to schedule a video conference via mobile device with a SanDisk technician, who will walk them through the final steps of removing the existing storage device and installing their new SSD. The SanDisk SSD Concierge Service will support all SanDisk consumer SSDs.
Pricing and Availability
The SanDisk SSD Concierge Service is available through Amazon for $39.99*.
* SSD not included; sold separately.
Category: SanDisk News
Post Date: 8/19/2015 8:58:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon UK:
As an Official Sponsor of Rugby World Cup 2015 we are pleased to offer fans the chance to win one of eight unique photography experiences. Winners will get to shadow a Getty Images photographer at an official RWC 2015 open training session for one of the participating nations.
The prizes include:
  • Pre-event preparation with the Getty Images photographer
  • Loan of Canon equipment (DSLR Kit Bag)
  • Shoot the open training session (approximately 15-30 minutes)
  • Post event review at a Getty Images or Canon location
  • A pair of tickets to a RWC 2015 match
How to enter (2 steps):
  1. Submit your best image showing your 'unique perspective' of Rugby by posting it on social media. We will share a creative theme that will define the judging criteria per submission period.
  • Twitter (via your own Twitter profile) including #canonrugbywin
  • Instagram (via your own Instagram profile) including #canonrugbywin
  • Facebook (by commenting on the relevant Canon UK Facebook post - during the submission period)
  1. Like or follow the relevant Canon UK social media page listed below
For each of the 8 prizes there will be a 1 week long submission period. Please see the Terms and Conditions for more information
Any images submitted into the competition may appear on the official RWC 2015 image gallery (website and app). By entering this promotion you are confirming and agreeing to the Promotion’s Terms and Conditions.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/19/2015 7:17:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Revo SR-1500 Dual Grip Shoulder Support Rig
For a limited time, B&H has the Revo SR-1500 Dual Grip Shoulder Support Rig available for $99.95 wth free expedited shipping. Regularly $159.95.
Product Highlights
  • For Camcorders and HDSLR Cameras
  • Shoulder Pad & Handgrips
  • Highly Configurable
  • Rod Clamp with 1/4"-20 and 3/8"16 Screws
  • 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 Mounting Threads
  • 22" 15mm Rods Included
  • Solid Aluminum Construction
Post Date: 8/19/2015 5:36:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Hoya 77mm HD3 Circular Polarizer Filter
From Kenko Tokina USA:
Kenko Tokina Asks Photographers: Is Your Shot Hoya Tough?
Kenko Tokina Debuts New Hoya HD3 Series of Professional Photographic Filters Designed for Extreme Environmental Conditions; 4X Stronger than Standard Optical Glass; 800% Harder Coatings than Previous Generations

Huntington Beach, CA – August 18, 2015 – Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. is proud to introduce the new Hoya HD3 series of professional photographic filters. The HD3 UV and Circular Polarizer filters give photographers the ability to capture high-quality images in extreme settings without loss of color balance, contrast, or clarity due to adverse environmental conditions. Additionally, the new filters’ light-weight and rugged design means no scratches, stains or damage to the front of the lens. The Hoya HD3 filters are 4X stronger than standard optical glass and the antireflective coatings are 800% harder than previous generations while offering a stunning 99.7% light transmission rate. To learn more about Hoya’s HD3 UV and Circular Polarizer filters, visit
Professionals Agree: Hoya HD3 Filters Are the Amazing
Professional photographers are raving about the optical quality of their pictures using the new Hoya HD3 filters. Award-winning photographer Hudson Henry found the new filters vital for a recent European photo shoot.
“The UV filters are amazing. I leave it on while shooting sunburst photos without seeing any noticeable degradation,” says Hudson Henry. “These UV filters are like perfectly clear armor. It's especially handy for conditions with dust, crowds of people, salt spray, and sweat.”
Extreme photographer Stan Moniz, a longtime Hoya user, raved about the new filter series.
“These filters are so durable and so easy to clean, it allows you to do things other photographers haven’t done and get images that haven’t been captured before,” says Stan Moniz. “These filters are the bomb to use. I can’t understand why a professional photographer wouldn’t always have these on them.”
The HD3 Series of Filters
The new HD3 series of filters consists of a UV and Circular Polarizer in common sizes ranging from 37mm to 82mm. Building on the brand’s reputation for producing the toughest filters on the planet, Hoya engineers have developed a new ultra-hard nano-coating formula in addition to a new process for applying layers of antireflective coating to the HD3 glass. These two factors combine to yield a coating that is 800% harder than the optical coating on the previous generation of filters.
The HD3 UV professional filter features a new 32-layer proprietary coating system that greatly reduces or eliminates reflections on the surface of the glass and yields a 99.7% light transmission rate. This means the filter has virtually no effect on the color balance, contrast, or clarity of the final image. Additionally, the hardened, antistatic top-layer is water repellent, stain and scratch resistant, and cleans easily when smudges or fingerprints are introduced to the surface.
The optical glass in the new HD3 UV professional filter is made in Japan, using Hoya’s exclusive HD hardened glass that is 4x stronger than normal optical glass (UV only).
The filters in the new HD3 series utilize a lightweight, one-piece, low-profile aluminum frame to house the glass. This one-piece design allows the filter to maintain perfect parallel alignment to the sensor plane for maximum sharpness, while the low-profile frame eliminates vignetting when used on ultra-wide-angle lenses.
Hoya HD3 filters were developed in conjunction with Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. and intended solely for U.S. distribution.
B&H carries the Hoya HD3 filters.
Category: Hoya News
Post Date: 8/18/2015 1:31:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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