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 Thursday, July 6, 2017
B&H has the DJI Ronin 2 3-Axis Handheld / Aerial Stabilizer available for preorder with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For DSLRs / Cinema Cameras
  • 30-Pound Payload Capacity
  • Enhanced SmoothTrack Algorithm and GPS
  • Upright, Underslung, and Briefcase Modes
  • Easy Underslung/Upright Transitions
  • 2-Axis Mode for Use with Steadicam
  • Retractable Feet/Self-Supporting Design
  • Camera Control for Select Cameras
  • 2.4 / 5.8 GHz Switchable Remote
  • Up to 0.6-Mile Control Range
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 7/6/2017 6:35:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Westcott Strobelite Plus Monolight available for $119.95 with free shipping. Regularly $229.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 200Ws
  • Proportionate Modeling Light
  • 110-240 VAC
  • Includes Reflector and PC Cord
  • 2.5-Sec Full-Power Recycling
  • IR/Optical Slave
  • Widely-Used Bowens S-Mount
  • Removable Power Cord
  • 25-100% Flash Variability
Post Date: 7/6/2017 6:21:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 5, 2017
When an updated camera model is introduced, it's fair to wonder if your needs will be best served by the new model or whether the older model will serve your intended purposes sufficiently with cost savings being the primary benefit.
 
With the Canon EOS 6D Mark II's announcement, I'm sure many people are considering either a camera upgrade or the addition of a second camera to their kit. And since the original 6D is still available (at least for now), it makes sense to look closely at these two cameras to see if the 6D II's updated features are worth its higher price for your specific needs.
 
As the 6D doesn't really have any signifcant advantages over the 6D Mark II aside from a lower price, so we'll simply take a look at the upgraded features of the 6D II to put the current cost differential into context.
 
Advantages of the EOS 6D Mark II over the 6D:
 
  • 26.2 MP CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF vs. 20.2 MP (no DPAF)
  • 45-point AF system (all cross-type) vs. 11 points (f/5.6 cross type at center, extra sensitivity at f/2.8)
  • Up to 21 active AF points with f/8 max aperture vs. no active AF points at f/8
  • 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor affecting 63 segments vs. 63 zone Dual Layer SPC
  • 6.5 fps. (up to 21 images in RAW) vs. 4.5fps. (up to 17 images in RAW)
  • DIGIC 7 vs. DIGIC 5+
  • Customizable, Intelligent Viewfinder with transparent LCD overlay vs. standard viewfinder
  • AWB (Ambience priority/White priority) vs. AWB (Ambience priority only)
  • Vari-angle touchscreen LCD (1.04 million dots) vs. fixed
  • Flicker Light Detection and Shutter Timing vs. none
  • Full HD 1080p 60 fps movies with 5 axis electronic image stabilization vs. 1080p 30 fps (no electronic stabilization)
  • WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth & GPS vs. WiFi and GPS
  • Intervalometer with 4K Timelapse Movie Mode featuring 3840px UHD resolution vs. no intervalometer or in-camera timelapse
Who should opt for the EOS 6D Mark II?
 
If you are a wildlife photographer, the 6D II's significantly better AF system and the ability to utilize lens + extender combinations with an f/8 maximum aperture ultimately make it a much better choice compared to the 6D and its 11-point AF system. Those needing to capture wildlife at the peak of action will also benefit from the 6D II's faster burst rate. If sports photography is on your to-do list, then these same features along with Light Flicker Detection and Shutter Timing will be prove quite advantageous to you as well.
 
Event photographers will especially appreciate the 6D II's upgraded AF system and [almost certain] great image quality at higher ISOs, as both will be very beneficial for documentary style photography in light-starved venues.
 
Do you plan on photographing your child/children as they play? The 6D II's advanced AF system will ensure you get more in-focus shots compared to its predecessor.
 
Filmmakers will especially appreciate the 6D II's Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor with its ability to track action in movie mode. Other features that filmmakers will enjoy include the vari-angle LCD (with touch-focus), the ability to capture video at 60 fps and in-camera 4K timelapses (though many may still prefer to compile their timelapses in post-processing). Even if not utilizing the in-camera timelapse movie feature, the built-in intervalometer negates the need for an additional accessory to capture timelapses.
 
Even if you're not a serious filmmaker, the 6D II's Movie Servo AF can help you to capture high quality home movies that your family will enjoy for years to come.
 
The customizable Intelligent Viewfinder is a convenient feature that nearly every photographer can appreciate, with the ability to display a single axis level indicator, gridlines or other relevant information. For those who enjoy sharing their images quickly and easily, the 6D II's NFC & low-energy Bluetooth connections may also prove to be a differentiating factor.
 
Who should opt for the EOS 6D?
 
If you don't believe the sum of the value of the benefits listed above justify the incrementally higher cost of the 6D Mark II, then the original 6D may be the perfect camera to add to your kit (or otherwise build your kit around). It features excellent full frame image quality and is great for landscapes, cityscapes, architecture/real estate, vacations, family gatherings, studio portraiture and macros.
 
Summary
 
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II included a lot of feature updates that 6D owners had been asking for, including (but not limited to) a more advanced AF system and a Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor. The 6D II is intended to be the full frame camera for the budget-conscious consumer, just as the 6D was at its introduction. However, this time around, that same consumer group will be getting a much more versatile camera for their very reasonable investment.
 
If your budget doesn't extend to the 6D II's introductory price, the 6D is the lowest-priced full frame Canon DSLR on the market right now, and it's well worth the price. However, for a little more, the 6D II is an even better value considering its overall feature set.
 
Check out our Camera Specifications Tool to fully compare these cameras:
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/5/2017 7:13:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Today only: Adorama has the Yuneec Typhoon H Hexacopter with GCO3+ 4K Camera available for $799.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,299.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Personal Ground Station with built-in touchscreen
  • Integrated 3-axis precision gimbal camera
  • 4K/30fps ultra high definition video1080p/120fps slow motion video
  • User controlled video resolution, white balance and light exposure
  • 12 megapixel CGO3 4K Gimbal Camera with No-Distortion Lens
  • Handheld SteadyGrip for capturing video footage
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products. We would like to announce a firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E.
 
This firmware update allows compatibility with the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art, SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art, Cine Lens 14mm T2 FF EF mount and 135mm T2 FF EF mount from FF High Speed Prime Line.
 
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 the 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
 
Benefits of this firmware update
 
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art and SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art.
  • It has become compatible with the FF High Speed Prime Line SIGMA 14mm T2 FF (EF) and the SIGMA 135mm T2 FF (EF).
B&H carries the Sigma MC-11 EF-E Mount Converter.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/5/2017 7:02:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Lowepro Echelon Roller available for $449.95 with free shipping. Regularly $799.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds 2 Pro DSLRs, 6-8 Lenses & More
  • Accommodates up to a 15" Laptop
  • Impact-Resistant Molded Interior
  • MaxFit Touch-Fastening Divider System
  • Interior and Exterior Storage Pockets
  • Retractable Trolley Handle with Wheels
  • Top & Side Leather Grab Handles
  • Tripod Carrying Straps on Side of Roller
  • YKK Zippers with a TSA-Approved Lock
  • All-Weather Cover & Pouch Included
Post Date: 7/5/2017 6:02:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Shooting in RAW has many benefits, but... the downside of RAW files is that they take up a lot of hard drive space. If you're currently using one of Canon's high resolution DSRLs like the 5Ds / 5Ds R, the following deal should be especially relevant for your needs.
 
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the HGST 8TB Deskstar 7200 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS Drive Kit available for $239.95 with free shipping. Regularly $299.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 8TB Storage Capacity
  • 3.5" Form Factor
  • SATA III 6 Gb/s Interface
  • 128MB Cache
  • 7200 rpm
  • 1 Million Hours MTBF
 Tuesday, July 4, 2017
The B&H used department always has a huge inventory, but they currently have a nice selection of high quality Gitzo and Really Right Stuff gear.
 
Here are some items that caught my eye:
 
Gitzo GT3543LS Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long) in "10" condition – $770.00 (new: $869.88)
 
Gitzo GT2542 Mountaineer Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod in "10" condition – $689.95 (new: $804.88)
 
Gitzo GT2542S Systematic Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Short) in "10" condition – $629.95 (new: $929.88)
 
Really Right Stuff TVC-34 Versa Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod in "Open Box" condition – $899.95 (new: $1,045.00)
 
Really Right Stuff TVC-33 Versa Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod in "9+" condition – $749.95 (new: $975.00)
 
Really Right Stuff BH-30 Ball Head with Compact Lever-Release Clamp in "9+" condition – $230.00 (new: $295.00)
 
Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp in "9+" condition – $375.00 (new: $489)
 
Put your preferred brand in the used department search box for a much greater selection.
Post Date: 7/4/2017 2:00:21 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H.
 
This should be a fun, useful addition to an APS-C format kit. Check out our expectations for this lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/4/2017 8:18:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Back in October of 2016, Adam Savage used a band saw to remove a stuck on filter from Norm's Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM. Now Norm's done it again and instead of simply hearing about the band saw solution, we get to see the whole procedure in action.
 
For less severe stuck on filter problems, we suggest keeping some of these in all your camera gear bags.
Post Date: 7/4/2017 6:42:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Rode iXY Stereo Microphone (Lightning Connector) available for $74.95 with free shipping. Regularly $199.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Dual Condenser Elements in XY Pattern
  • 24-Bit 96 kHz Resolution
  • Integrated iClamp for Securing to Device
  • Works with RØDE Rec App
  • Software 72 Hz High Pass Filter
  • Metal Construction Reduces EMF
  • Includes Foam Windshield
  • Includes Zippered Carrying Case
  • For Music, Field Recording, and More
 Monday, July 3, 2017
For a limited time, B&H has a wide assortment of BlackRapid Straps and accessories on sale, including my favorite, the BlackRapid Sport.
 
If you use Arca-Swiss style clamps and plates in your tripod setup, you'll likely want to adapt your BlackRapid strap for compatibility. If so, check out our post, BlackRapid Stap / Arca-Swiss Style Plate Compatibility on a Budget. [Sean]
Post Date: 7/3/2017 1:08:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Canon in stock with free expedited shipping. (thanks William)
Post Date: 7/3/2017 12:05:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The new Canon instant rebate program scheduled to run July 2 - 29 (with some special rebates ending July 8) features quite a few changes from the previous rebate program, and few consumers will appreciate those changes. Canon had a particularly enticing rebate program in June, but it looks they've returned to a more typical rebate incentive program this time around.
 
Of course, it's important to keep things in perspective; any savings relative to MSRP is certainly a good thing.
 
Special rebates to run July 2 - 8
 
  • EOS 5D Mark IV body & w/ lens kits
  • EOS 80D w/ lens kits
  • EOS T7i body
  • EOS Rebel T6i body & w/ lens kits
  • Select EOS Rebel T5i w/ lens kits
  • Select EOS Rebel T6 w/ lens kits
  • Select EOS Rebel Sl1 w/ lens kits
  • Canon EOS M5 body & w/ lens kits
Notable Instant Rebate Changes for July
 
  • Top end EOS Rebel T6s IR range increased $50.00 to $350.00
  • Low end EOS Rebel SL1 IR range increased $50.00 to $200.00
  • EOS M5 body-only now qualifies for a $50.00 IR
  • EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM no longer qualifies for IR
  • EF 11-24mm f/4L USM IR decreased from $300.00 to $200.00
  • EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM IR decreased from $200.00 to $150.00
  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM IR decreased from $200.00 to $150.00
  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM IR decreased from $100.00 to $50.00
  • EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM IR decreased from $200.00 to $150.00
  • EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM IR decreased from $200.00 to $150.00
  • EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM no longer qualifies for IR
  • EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM IR decreased from $80.00 to $50.00
  • EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM IR decreased from $150.00 to $100.00
  • EF 50mm f/1.2L USM IR decreased from $150.00 to $100.00
  • EF 50mm f/1.4 USM IR decreased from $70.00 t0 $50.00
  • EF 50mm f/1.8 STM no longer qualifies for IR
  • EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM IR decreased from $150.00 to $100.00
  • EF 85mm f/1.8 USM IR decreased from $70.00 to $50.00
  • EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro IR decreased from $150.00 to $100.00
  • EF 400mm f/5.6L USM IR decreased from $100.00 to $70.00
There's no mail-in rebate form currently available with an extended expiration date to cover this current rebate period, which may indicate that these long-running rebates have finally ended.
 
Also note that Canon's CarePAK Plus program with 13-months of accidental damage coverage is scheduled to end July 8.
 
Canon July Instant Rebates
 
ModelRebate AmountAuthorized Retailers
Canon EOS 5Ds Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 5Ds R Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Buy$200.00 - $400.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Buy$500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 6D Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Buy$300.00 - $500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 80D Buy$100.00 - $700.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 70D Buy$400.00 - $650.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 77D Buy$50.00 - $400.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T6s / 760D Buy$150.00 - $350.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D Buy$50.00 - $400.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D Buy$100.00 - $400.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D Buy$200.00 - $400.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Buy$100.00 - $250.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Buy$150.00 - $350.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS M5 Buy$50.00 - $280.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS M6 Buy$50.00 - $180.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS M3 Buy$250.00 - $400.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS M10 Buy$150.00 - $170.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy$20.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$80.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$20.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy$70.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flash Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/3/2017 8:51:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the F.J. Westcott YouTube Channel:
 
In this detailed tutorial, renowned commercial photographer Joel Grimes uses a single light source and a beauty dish in his studio to capture dramatic male portraits without a ton of gear. In later shots, Joel adds edge lighting for even more dramatic portriature.
 
B&H carries the Collapsible Beauty Dish.
Post Date: 7/3/2017 7:27:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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