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 Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Adorama has the Refurbished Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter available for $19.95 with free shipping. Compare at $42.95 new.
 
WU-1b Compatible Cameras
 
  • D610
  • D600
  • Nikon 1 AW1
  • Nikon 1 S1
  • Nikon 1 V2
  • Nikon 1 J3
The Refurbished Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter is also available, but it's $29.95 with free shipping. Compare at $39.00 new.
 
WU-1a Compatible Cameras
 
  • Df
  • D7100
  • D5200
  • D3300
  • D3200
  • Nikon 1 S2
  • COOLPIX A
  • COOLPIX P7800
  • COOLPIX P530
  • COOLPIX P520
  • COOLPIX P330
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/16/2015 6:55:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the world's first* Clear Glass Ceramic protective lens filter.
 
Interchangeable lenses are the most important element of photographic expression, and to the photographer they are a valuable personal asset. To help photographers continue to use for many years the lens systems in which they have invested their time, knowledge, and budgets, SIGMA has developed original lens filters that meet the company’s high standards of excellence. In developing its new protective lens filter, SIGMA has leveraged an unprecedented cooperative relationship with a glass manufacturer, resulting in a completely new type of glass called Clear Glass Ceramic. Featuring this advanced material, the SIGMA WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR is a highly reliable filter with outstanding protective capability.
 

With many applications in aerospace and other industries, glass ceramic is an extremely tough type of crystallized glass that serves as the foundation for Clear Glass Ceramic. While featuring the high transmittance required of optical devices, this advanced new material combines greater hardness than chemically strengthened glass and greater flexibility than sapphire crystal glass. These qualities make Clear Glass Ceramic the ideal material for protective lens filters.
 
*Among filters for interchangeable lenses as of December 2015 (SIGMA research)
 
B&H carries Sigma Protector filters.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 12/16/2015 5:16:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, December 15, 2015
B&H has the Gitzo GM2561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod available for $194.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $289.88.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Maximum Height: 56.3" (143cm)
  • Folded Length: 14.2" (36cm)
  • Load Capacity: 9.9 lbs (4.5kg)
  • Leg Sections: 6
  • Leg Lock Type: Twist
  • Male Thread Size: 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 (reversible stud)
  • Weight: 11.6 oz (330g)
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/15/2015 3:57:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Induro CM34 Carbon Fiber Monopod available for $79.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $152.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 39.6 lb
  • Max Height: 62.6"
  • Closed Length: 20.3"
  • Sections: 4
  • Weight: 1.2 lb
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/15/2015 2:31:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
Full disclosure: my extended family already celebrated Christmas this past weekend. We generally all make the long drive to my aunt's house to get together a week or two before Christmas so that actual Christmas day can be spent at home with immediate family.
 
As such, I thought I'd share my "Christmas Day Presents Opening" kit because, after photographing my family's event over the past few years, I've finally settled on a small kit that seems to work very well for the festive day.
 
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III (or EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R / 6D)
 
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is an extremely versatile body that works well in just about any situation. The AF system is great, the full-frame camera offers a wider angle of view compared to using the same lens with a crop-sensor camera, and its high-ISO image quality allows me to grab ambient only shots when desired. As I'll explain later, a full-frame camera body isn't necessarily required, but it is certainly my preferred choice. I also like that the 5D III (and 5Ds/5Ds R) feature dual memory card slots. While capturing the fleeting moments of bliss and unbridled happiness that the day brings, having a backup set of images means that you're less likely to lose your precious memories because of a memory card malfunction or accidental deletion from the primary card.
 
Lens: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art (or Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II / EF 35mm f/2 IS USM)
 
A lot of people prefer a general purpose zoom for these types of celebrations and events, and there are certainly advantages to having a versatile focal range available for use. However, I find a 35mm f/1.4 lens to provide an excellent balance between focal length and maximum aperture. The 35mm focal length is wide enough to you create a story with relatively loose framing, yet it's rarely too wide. It's also not too long so that photographing in smaller spaces/rooms becomes an issue.
 
The wide f/1.4 aperture allows you to separate your subject from the background while [in most cases] still getting a sense of what's actually taking place in the background. The wide aperture also allows you to utilize the ambient light while helping to freeze action (certainly a benefit when arms and hands are busy opening presents) without having to use your maximum ISO.
 
But just because you can shoot at f/1.4 doesn't mean that's going to be optimal for your needs (especially with the depth-of-field needs associated with keeping multiple subjects in focus). The next part of my kit allows me much more flexibility in choosing the right aperture/shutter speed/ISO those kinds of shots.
 
Flash: Canon Speedlite 580EX (or 600EX-RT / 430EX III-RT) with CTO Gel & Flashbender 2 (Small)
 
No matter how much ambient light there is, I always like to be able to push a little bit more light into the room in order to allow for the use of lower ISOs and/or faster shutter speeds or to simply change the quality of light in the scene.
 
In a presents-opening situation, I'm typically using a camera-mounted flash with its head pointed straight up toward the ceiling to create flattering, room-filling bounce flash. Attached to the flash I use either a full CTO or a 1/2 CTO gel so that the color of the flash more closely matches that of the room's ambient light (generally created by tungsten lamps and even the glow of Christmas lights).
 
Another tool I find helpful is the use of a Rogue Flashbender 2 (Small). I like the Flashbender 2 (Small) because it isn't unwieldy when attached to the flash and it pushes just enough light forward to mitigate dark eye shadows that can sometimes be caused by the primary light source coming from overhead.
 
And while the flash works great with a wide aperture prime lens and a full-frame camera, a flash can also enable the use of narrower aperture zooms (or primes) and/or cameras with pixel-dense sensors (i.e., crop-sensor cameras). In these cases, the flash will likely shift from augmenting the existing ambient light to being the predominate light source in the scene.
 
So that's the kit I used this past weekend and it worked very well for capturing a wide variety of shots throughout the day. Do you have any other suggestions or recommendations? Let us know in the comments.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/15/2015 10:17:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Want your package in time to put under the Christmas tree? You'll need to order before the cutoff date determined by your preferred shipping method.
 
B&H's holiday shipping cutoff schedule can be found below.
 
DOMESTIC STANDARDORDER DEADLINE
Super SaverTuesday, December 15, 2015, 2:00 PM
StandardWednesday, December 16, 2015, 2:00 PM
UPS GroundWednesday, December 16, 2015, 2:00 PM
UPS 3 dayMonday, December 21, 2015, 2:00 PM
FedEx SaverMonday, December 21, 2015, 2:00 PM
Priority MailTuesday, December 15, 2015, 2:00 PM
Priority Mail ExpressTuesday, December 22, 2015, 2:00 PM
DOMESTIC EXPRESSORDER DEADLINE
2 Day Shipping *Tuesday, December 22, 2015, 2:00 PM
Next-Day Shipping *Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 4:00 PM
INTERNATIONALORDER DEADLINE
Purolator Ground - (Canada)Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 7:00 AM
DHL ExpressFriday, December 18, 2015, 7:00 AM
UPS SaverThursday, December 17, 2015, 7:00 AM
UPS Expedited - (Canada, Australia)Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 7:00 AM
TRUCK ITEMSORDER DEADLINE
Within the NY/Tri-state areaTuesday, December 22, 2015, 2:30 PM

If you do not see a shipping method applicable for your destination listed above, the cutoff has already passed for that specific type of shipping.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 12/15/2015 7:11:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the X-Rite i1Display Pro Color Calibration System available for $129.00 with free shipping after $30.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $249.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Ergonomic: 3 Integrated Functions
  • Advanced Filter and Optical Systems
  • Works On All Modern Display Technologies
  • Field-Upgradeable for Future Technology
  • Rotating Diffuser Arm / Tripod Mount
  • Basic and Advanced Modes
  • Ambient Light Measurement/Smart Control
  • Flare Correct
  • Intelligent Profiling for Color Accuracy
  • Automatic Hardware Adjustment
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/15/2015 6:24:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 14, 2015
From the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA):
 
December 14, 2015 – Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras.
 
The Registration Task Force delivered recommendations to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on November 21. The rule incorporates many of the task force recommendations.
 
“Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiast are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Registration gives us an opportunity to work with these users to operate their unmanned aircraft safely. I’m excited to welcome these new aviators into the culture of safety and responsibility that defines American innovation.”
 
Registration is a statutory requirement that applies to all aircraft. Under this rule, any owner of a small UAS who has previously operated an unmanned aircraft exclusively as a model aircraft prior to December 21, 2015, must register no later than February 19, 2016. Owners of any other UAS purchased for use as a model aircraft after December 21, 2015 must register before the first flight outdoors. Owners may use either the paper-based process or the new streamlined, web-based system. Owners using the new streamlined web-based system must be at least 13 years old to register.
 
Owners may register through a web-based system at www.faa.gov/uas/registration
 
Registrants will need to provide their name, home address and e-mail address. Upon completion of the registration process, the web application will generate a Certificate of Aircraft Registration/Proof of Ownership that will include a unique identification number for the UAS owner, which must be marked on the aircraft.
 
Owners using the model aircraft for hobby or recreation will only have to register once and may use the same identification number for all of their model UAS. The registration is valid for three years.
 
The normal registration fee is $5, but in an effort to encourage as many people as possible to register quickly, the FAA is waiving this fee for the first 30 days (from Dec. 21, 2015 to Jan 20, 2016).
 
“We expect hundreds of thousands of model unmanned aircraft will be purchased this holiday season,” said FAA Administrator Huerta. “Registration gives us the opportunity to educate these new airspace users before they fly so they know the airspace rules and understand they are accountable to the public for flying responsibly.”
 
The online registration system does not yet support registration of small UAS used for any purpose other than hobby or recreation – for example, using an unmanned aircraft in connection with a business. The FAA is developing enhancements that will allow such online registrations by spring of 2016.
 
The full rule can be viewed here.
 
B&H carries the small unmanned aircraft for which the FAA's registration applies.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/14/2015 1:41:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through December 15, B&H has the Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Nikon available for $279.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $379.00.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/14/2015 12:34:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Senal MS-77 DSLR/Video Mini Shotgun Microphone Kit available for $99.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $149.95.
 
Kit Includes:

  • Senal MS-77 DSLR/Video Mini Shotgun Microphone
  • Shoe-Mount Adapter
  • Shockmount
  • Foam Windscreen
  • 7" Coiled Cable

Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/14/2015 11:57:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through Dec 15, B&H has the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens (review) available for $499.00 with free shipping. Regularly $629.00.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/14/2015 11:49:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Triggertrap:
 
  • Core of the app has been completely rewritten
  • Features new Night Mode user interface, perfect for astrophotography.
  • Users can now trigger even more modes via an Apple Watch or Pebble smartwatch
Monday, December 14, 2015: Triggertrap – creators of the world’s most powerful camera remotes – have completely rewritten their popular iOS app, Triggertrap Mobile. This update introduces the single most requested feature: Night Mode, which turns Triggertrap Mobile into the perfect companion for photography in the dark.
 
Flicking the Night Mode switch changes the colours of the user interface to a darkness-friendly colour scheme, making Triggertrap Mobile ideal for high-speed photography in the studio, light painting in the garden, and for astrophotography in the field. These colours are designed to work with screen brightness turned right down, minimising the amount of light coming from the phone - with the added benefit of maximising battery life.
 
Timed Release now has our ND calculator baked right in, making it easier than ever before to calculate the perfect exposure time with your ND filter and capture the long exposure. In Timed Release simply tap the ND filter icon (the split circle), enter your base shutter speed, your neutral density filter strength and tap to automatically put that value into Timed Release.
 
The Wearables mode has also been taken to the next level, adding support for triggering almost every mode* from Apple Watch or a Pebble smartwatch. This makes your wearable device perfect for starting a sensor mode from distance to avoid premature triggering, keeping star trails steady, and keeping any movement out of long exposure HDR shots.
 
The Triggertrap Mobile 4.0 update is available now from the iOS app store for devices running iOS7 and above.
 
* except Press and Hold and Quick Release
 
The Triggertrap Mobile Dongle (review) is available direct from Triggertrap.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/14/2015 8:57:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: MindShift Gear BackLight 26L Review
 
I had my eyes on this pack ever since it was announced. MindShift Gear delivered on this one.
 
B&H has the BackLight 26L in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/14/2015 8:46:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
According to the Egami Blog, Sigma has filed a patent for an 11-22mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM FLD Art lens. Below is a screenshot of the Google-translated patent presented on the blog.
 
Sigma 11 22mm Art Patent

Aside from giving full-framer's an ultra-wide 11mm angle of view, this is an interesting patent as it would indicate a departure from the previous Art lenses which have traditionally featured a constant maximum aperture.
 
Sigma clearly has the Canon 11-24L in its sights with this lens's development and, considering the Art line's heritage, it will likely be released with a much more attractive price compared to Canon's extreme ultra-wide.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/14/2015 6:39:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the Tamrac 5729 Zuma 9 Secure Traveler Backpack available for $29.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR, 6" Lens, Extra Lens, Flash
  • Holds iPad in Separate Foam Compartment
  • Only Access is Through Rear Door on Pack
  • Upper Compartment for Personal Items
  • 600D PolyTek with Ballistic Nylon Accent
  • Padded Shoulder Straps,Chest Strap, Belt
  • Padded, Movable Internal Dividers
  • Pockets for ZipShot Tripod,Water Bottles
  • Accepts Tamrac's Optional M.A.S. System
  • Separate Rain Cover
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/14/2015 5:23:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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