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 Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic
From Lensbaby:
Latest product in Lensbaby’s Optic Swap System offers high-quality, versatile 50mm tilt lens
Portland, OR and New York, New York (PhotoPlus Expo 2015)—October 21, 2015 – Lensbaby, providing creative effects lenses to photographers that ignite their creativity and expand their unique visions of the world, today announced the new Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic, adding another powerful and creative tool to their Optic Swap System. The product will make its public debut during PhotoPlus Expo 2015, being held October 21-24 at the Javits Convention Center, New York City. Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic is designed for shooters ranging from avid enthusiasts and serious hobbyists to semiprofessional DSLR and mirrorless photographers.
Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic is a high-quality, 50mm f/3.2 upgraded metal-bodied tilt lens that lets you control depth of field in-camera for an authentic, immersive shooting experience. Photographers can use the lens to create images with a sharp slice of focus bordered by silky, smooth blur. The lens body swivels and tilts on a smooth metal ball and socket design, providing a fast and intuitive way to switch between traditional straight lens photos and tilt photography. Using selective focus, shooters can lead the viewers’ eyes on a unique journey through landscapes, close-ups, miniature effects, street photography and food photos.
Lensbaby Edge 50 Optic Sample Photo 1

"Since the beginning, Lensbaby’s products have inspired new levels of creativity where the limits of traditional lenses have been reached," said Craig Strong, Lensbaby Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer. “Composer Pro II with Edge 50 builds on the history and success of the original Composer Pro with a look and feel equal to the industrial design of Velvet 56, our high-end classic portrait lens. Lensbaby provides the most unique and creative camera lenses anywhere.”
Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic provides a gateway to an endless supply of creativity tools. Compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System, it provides limitless options for photographers to swap optics in an out of the Composer Pro II lens body to change effect and focal length.
Lensbaby Edge 50 Optic Sample Photo 2

Visitors to PhotoPlus Expo 2015 can view a demo of the Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic at the exhibit hall, booth #372.
Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic specs:
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Aperture range: f/3.2 through f/22
  • 9-blade internal aperture
  • Flat field optic (creates a slice of sharp focus)
  • Minimum focusing distance: 8” from the front of the lens
  • Maximum focusing distance: Infinity
  • Focus Type: Manual
  • Size/Weight: 3.25” (8.25 cm) high x 2.5” (6.35cm) wide / 10 oz (283.49 g)
  • Tilt: up to 15 degrees
  • Compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System
  • 8 multi-coated glass elements in 6 groups
  • 46mm filter threads
Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic retails for $424.95 and is available for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha A, Pentax K, Fuji X, Sony Alpha E, Micro 4/3rds, and Samsung NX. Lensbaby products are available at, B&H, Adorama, and from select specialty photo stores worldwide.
Note - Edge 80 Optic, Sweet 35 and Sweet 50 are currently available with the original Composer Pro only.
B&H carries the Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic.
Category: Lensbaby News
Post Date: 10/21/2015 6:15:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body available for $1,899.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00 after $300.00 instant savings.
The 5D Mark III Kit with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM is also available from the same auction for $2,499.00 with free shipping. Compare at $3,099.00 after $300.00 instant savings.
Note: These are likely grey market items and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/20/2015 2:31:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
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That’s why it’s time to set yourself apart from the snap-happy diners once and for all. In The Professional’s Guide to Food Photography, a partnership with the International Association of Culinary Professionals, you’ll learn how to hone your talent and find new business opportunities in all things gastronomic.
Inside, get in-depth interviews from established food photographers succeeding in their endeavors, including their tips to:
  • Break into the industry and attract the clients you want
  • Lock in editorial clients
  • Think outside the box for creative food projects
  • Shoot in-house for a publication like Bon Appétit
Also learn tips for shooting great food photos, the benefits of entering contests, plus how to build a portfolio to showcase your unique style and appeal to an audience.
Download the free guide today!
Post Date: 10/20/2015 12:11:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lensbaby Special Edition 50mm f/2 Lens with Creative Apertures
B&H's Deal Zone has been active since this past holiday season. Ever since its introduction I've been continuously amazed at just how great the daily deals can be.
Case in point: I purchased a Lensbaby Spark 50mm f/2 Special Edition Lens with Creative Aperture Set (seen above) for $59.95 in late July via a Deal Zone Daily Deal. The deal was great; the fixed f/5.6 version of the Lensbaby Spark (featured as yesterday's Deal Zone Deal) normally goes for $89.95, is 3-stops slower and is incompatible with the creative aperture kit. The Special Edition lens originally sold for $129.95.
The Lensbaby Spark Special Edition Lens was released in the holiday season of 2014 and B&H used its Deal Zone to clear out unsold inventory as the lens was out of production. The deal sold out relatively quickly.
So why would I want to purchase a lens that's been discontinued? Because the Deal Zone price made the Lensbaby Spark Special Edition purchase infinitely more attractive. At less than $60.00, it's not something I necessarily had to budget for and it looked like a fun item to try out.
The results? The Lensbaby Spark is not the easiest lens to work with. You focus the lens by physically squeezing the lens toward the camera with your fingers and then you have to hold your fingers in place through the shutter's release. It's definitely challenging. But thankfully, the lens even more fun than it is challenging to use. A couple of my favorite shots over the past two months have been captured using the Lensbaby Spark, undoubtedly the cheapest lens I have ever purchased.
Frogs in Grass by Sean Setters

Tall Grass Birds Aperture in Super Color IR

Unfortunately (for us, at least), the B&H Deal Zone isn't limited to photography/DSLR videography equipment; many other types of products get featured as well (today's deal is a prime example – binoculars, anyone?). However, that's why we check the Deal Zone Daily Deal early each morning so that we can let you know when the featured deal looks especially interesting for our site visitors.
By checking our News Feed each morning, you can ensure that you don't miss a great deal before it gets sold out (or expires). And by clicking on the links from the News Feed, you'll be helping to support the site while you take advantage of the savings. I think that's a win-win. [Sean]
Post Date: 10/20/2015 11:51:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Photographing with BBB (Backlit Bug Bokeh)
I had somewhat unusual circumstances at a cross country meet I photographed recently. It is not uncommon to find an insect in an outdoor photo, but the gnats were so thick at this event that I was making keep/delete decisions based on the location of the little insects in front of the competitors. A backlit gnat in front of the eye? Trash the image. Surprisingly, in the end, I found the gnats to be a welcome addition to my photos (though not so welcome was that they were biting me).
When photographing typically-late-afternoon cross country events under full sunlight, my preference is to photograph with the sun at my back. I don't have control over the finish line location (where I usually go prior to the first competitor finishing) and this finish line meant that the sun would be in my face. This is my second most-preferred lighting position as I don't have to deal with the partial harsh shadows that side-lighting creates, shading parts of faces and bodies. Back lighting also creates a rim light that adds a positive dimension to the images, sharply separating the subject from the background.
The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens is an incredible lens and is often my first choice for sports. This lens mounted on a Canon EOS 1D X creates a venerable combination, with the ability to create a diffusely-blurred background that make the subject pop.
In this case, also blurred to varying extents were the gnats. Combine backlighting with thick clouds of blurred gnats and the air becomes sparkly, with a slightly magical look. I'm guessing that re-creating this effect artificially would be challenging and ... most will not appreciate a huge release of gnats into the air at public events. So, I'll take the effect when I can get it.
Camera and Lens Settings
400mm  f/2.8  1/1600s
ISO 400
3195 x 4793px
Post Date: 10/20/2015 9:45:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens
Image quality results have been added to the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Review.
Perhaps the most in-demand comparison is the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC vs. Canon 35mm f/2 IS Lens, this one showing both lenses placed under the microscope of the Canon EOS 5Ds R. The comparison is initialized at f/2, but any apertures can be compared. EOS 1Ds Mark III results are also available, allowing direct comparison with most other lenses in our database including the Sigma 35 Art Lens.
B&H has the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
Also just added are standardized product images for the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens.
Lots of great comparisons can be made with these images. I'll get you started.
Post Date: 10/20/2015 9:29:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
DJI Phantom 3 Quadcoper
From Reuters:
"The Obama administration said on Monday that it would require drone owners to register their unmanned aircraft as part of an effort to curtail rogue drone flights that pose a danger to commercial aircraft and crowded public venues.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the creation of a task force of private sector and government representatives to craft recommendations for establishing the first ever federal drone registry.
The recommendations are due by Nov. 20, and administration officials hope to have the registry in place before Christmas, when they say that more than 1 million new drones could be given as gifts to new untrained operators. The registration requirements would also apply to drones already in use."
Read the entire article on
Post Date: 10/20/2015 7:41:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Induro AM25 Alloy 8M Aluminum Monopod
B&H has the Induro AM25 Alloy 8M Aluminum Monopod available for $28.00 with free shipping. Regularly $53.00.
Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 22 lb
  • Max Height: 57.9"
  • Closed Length: 16"
  • Sections: 5
  • Weight: 1.1 lb
Need a head for your new monopod? The Desmond DMH-01 is an excellent value and when paired with a Neewer Bidirectional Double Quick Release Clamp allows the direction of the Arca-style clamp to be rotated 90-degrees for use with camera-mounted or lens-mounted plates. [Sean]
Post Date: 10/20/2015 7:01:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DigitalRev cuurently has excellent pricing on various Sigma Global Vision lenses (the 50mm Art lens is an especially good deal). See below for full details.
Sigma Deals at DigitalRev
LensCompare atPrice
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art$949.00$699.00
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art$899.00$729.00
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art$799.00$679.00
Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art$899.00$749.00
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports$1,999.00$1,699.00

Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 10/20/2015 6:42:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5Ds R DSLR Camera
Has the ultra-high resolution 5Ds or 5Ds R been occupying the top of your wishlist? Now may be the best time yet to pull the trigger.
Through October 31, the Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R qualify for a $300.00 instant savings as well as 13 months of damage protection and priority service.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/20/2015 5:36:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 19, 2015
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO DX II Lens
eBay (via RobertsDigital - 99.3% Positive Feedback) has the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO DX II Lens available for $349.00 with free shipping. Compare at $449.00 after $30.00 instant savings.
Post Date: 10/19/2015 10:41:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS Lens and ... Sometimes Clear Blue Skies are Just Fine
When presented with clear blue skies, I often avoid having significant sky coverage in my frame. But sometimes, blue is beautiful.
With a bright, evenly-colored background, the top of the mountains being hit by the morning sunlight creates a strong, eye-catching line. The strong contrast of the mountain shadow creates a second strong line. Take a great scene and reflect it to get symmetry with the result often being greater than twice as good as the image without a reflection.
The choice of focal length is always very important for composing an image. In this case, the twin peaks of the Maroon Bells were of primary interest to me. A focal length that makes these peaks large in the frame will best emphasize their over 14,000' size. I captured many frames using longer focal lengths, but I also liked seeing the bigger picture. With a mirror-calm water surface large enough to reflect the entire scene, I took advantage of the wider angle focal lengths available in the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens on this morning.
When not to use a circular polarizer filter: at sunrise or sunset, with a wide angle focal length being used and large amounts of blue sky in the frame, it is unlikely that I have a CPL filter mounted on my lens. A CPL filter used with a low sun angle and lots of evenly-toned blue sky in the frame is a perfect recipe for very uneven darkening of the sky, a look that is generally not appreciated.
This is a complicated HDR image based on three differently-exposed source images. Removed from this image was a line of other like-minded photographers.
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: 10/19/2015 9:37:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:
In today's episode, we show you how to stylize a magazine cover in Photoshop!
Note: I tried something very similar to this a few years ago. It was a fun personal project and a great way to help hone my Photoshop skills. [Sean]
Suburban Rapper Magazine February 2012 by Sean Setters

Post Date: 10/19/2015 9:07:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5Ds R DSLR Camera
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Caon EOS 5Ds R DSLR Camera available for $3,049.00 with free shipping. Compare at $3,899.00.
You can also purchase a 5Ds using the drop down box from this same auction for $2,649.00. Compare at $3,699.00.
Note:This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/19/2015 8:32:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens
Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens page.
I hope to have a full review of this lens completed by midweek or early next week at the latest. Stay tuned!
B&H has the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
Post Date: 10/19/2015 8:08:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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