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 Monday, December 12, 2016
Vignetting and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, standard product images and additional eye candy have been added to the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review page.
 
Completion of this review is my highest priority right now. Stay tuned.
 
B&H has the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 12/12/2016 8:01:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Live Again: For a limited time, Adorama has the Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder available for $64.99 with free shipping. Regularly $99.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Handheld Portable Recorder
  • Up to 96kHz/24-bit WAV (BWF) linear PCM recording
  • Stereo MP3 recording from 32-320 kbps bit rat
  • eAutomatic or manual level setting
  • Auto and manual track increment
  • Loop and repeat playback
  • Playback EQ setting
  • Editing function (Divide and delete)
Note from Sean: Want a quick and easy remote recording option for interviews or video presentations? Use a lav mic like this one and hide the cord in the subject's clothing, set the recorder to "Plug-in Power" on the Input Settings screen (to provide power through the Line In port), start recording (adjusting the recording level accordingly), engage the hold switch and place the recorder in your subject's pocket.
 
Voilà! You now have high quality voice audio to dub in post processing. I was testing out this exact setup yesterday with the Tascam DR-04, DR-07 and Zoom H2n, all of which sounded pretty good with the Sony mic linked above.
 
Below you can download some sample audio I recorded a couple of weeks ago using the Tascam DR-07 and Sony lav mic.
 
Tascam DR-07 with Sony ECMCS3 Clip-style Stereo Microphone Audio Test
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Post Date: 12/12/2016 7:32:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through the rest of today Eastern Time, B&H has the X-Rite ColorMunki Display available for $89.95 with free shipping. Regularly $169.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Ergonomic: 3 Integrated Functions
  • Advanced Filter and Optical Systems
  • For Virtually All Modern Displays
  • Field-Upgradeable for Future Technology
  • Rotating Diffuser Arm / Tripod Mount
  • Easy and Advanced Modes
  • Ambient Light Measurement/Smart Control
  • Flare Correct
  • Intelligent Profiling for Color Accuracy
  • Automatic Hardware Adjustment
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Post Date: 12/12/2016 6:55:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Nikon D500 DSLR Camera available for $1,796.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,996.95.
 
Free Accessories (combined value of $481.39):
 
  • Nikon MB-D17 Multi Power Battery Pack for D500
  • SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Memory Card
  • Lowepro Photo Hatchback 16L AW Backpack (Slate Gray)
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Post Date: 12/12/2016 6:32:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has the Lexar Professional 633x 256GB SDXC UHS-I / U3 Card available for $83.49. Compare at $109.95.
 
Note: This is a Lightning Deal and will expire before the end of today.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • High-speed, Class 10 performance-leverages UHS-I technology (UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) for 32GB-256GB capacities) for a read transfer speed up to 633x (95MB/s) read / (45MB/s) write
  • Capture high-quality images and extended lengths of stunning 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video with a DSLR camera, HD camcorder, or 3D camera
  • Enjoy shooting longer without changing cards-large capacity options up to 256GB
  • High-speed file transfer from card to computer to dramatically accelerate workflow
  • Includes downloadable Image Rescue software to recover most photo and select video files
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Post Date: 12/12/2016 6:11:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through the end of today Eastern Time, B&H has the MeFOTO BackPacker Travel Tripod (Titanium) available for $74.95 with free shipping. Regularly $149.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 8.8 lb
  • Max Height: 51.2"
  • Min Height: 17.3"
  • Folded Length: 12.6"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 2.6 lb
  • Two Leg Angle Positions
  • Arca-Type Compatible Ball Head
  • Separate Ball and Pan Locks
  • Carrying Case Included
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Post Date: 12/12/2016 5:08:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through the end of today Eastern Time, B&H has the B+W 77mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter available for $49.95 with free shipping. Regularly $89.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Helps to Eliminate Reflections and Glare
  • Reduces Haze and Blue Cast in Landscapes
  • Greater Color and Tonal Saturation
  • High Efficiency Kaesemann Foils
  • MRC Multi-Resistant Coating
  • Rugged Brass Filter Ring
  • High Quality Schott Glass
Note: The 58mm version of the filter is also on sale.
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Post Date: 12/12/2016 4:58:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, December 11, 2016
Still Live: B&H has the FREEFLY MOVI M5 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer available for $1,995.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,695.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Designed for Hand-Held Use
  • Convertible for UAV Mounting
  • For Camera Systems up to 5 lb
  • Keeps Horizon Level & Counteracts Drift
  • Single and Dual Operator Control Modes
  • Supports DSMX and SBUS RC Transmitters
  • Bluetooth Interface for Configuration
  • Software for Android and Windows
  • Shot Recorder Remembers Camera Position
  • Two Batteries and a Charger Included
B&H also has discounts on the DJI Ronin M and Ronin MX.
There have been a few deals on drones this holiday season, but this sale seems to be more comprehensive in nature.
 
For a limited time, B&H has the following deals on DJI quadcopters.
 

 
ItemReg. PriceSale Price
DJI Phantom 3 Standard with 2.7K Camera$499.00$399.00
DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Quadcopter with 2.7K Camera$799.00$699.00
DJI Phantom 3 4K$799.00$599.00
DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter with 4K Camera$999.00$799.00
DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter$1,199.00$999.00
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Post Date: 12/11/2016 8:00:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
One of my primary goals for my time at Moraine Lake was to capture the warm light from the rising sun hitting just the top of the mountains with the amazing blue lake reflecting the same. The scene I was visualizing required a very clear sky to the east, allowing the sunlight to reach the mountain unimpeded/undiffused. The other important factor was wind – I needed there to be none of it. I had three mornings for everything to come together.
 
Capturing this scene of course meant being in place and ready to go before the sun rose. On the first morning, having never been there before, I not only needed to find the lake, but needed to hike to (find) and climb up the Rockpile (via a trail) followed by scouting – all in the dark. Well, in the dark but with the help of a super-bright SureFire Maximus Headlamp. As incredibly bright as that light is, I was not going to be lighting the distant mountains and it was a guess as to where the sunlit mountain peak reflections were going to fall in the lake.
 
I picked what seemed like a great position, with a distant glacier framed between the trees, some nice boulders in the foreground and the overall scene nicely framed and bookmarked with a pair of large evergreen trees. After setting up a Canon EOS 5Ds R with an EF 11-24mm f/4L Lens on my primary tripod, I set up a second 5Ds R with an EF 16-35mm f/4L IS Lens mounted on my travel tripod a short distance away. The plan was to go back and forth between the cameras, rapidly capturing multiple compositions with immediate redundancy available if a problem was encountered (it is called the Rockpile for a good reason and I had one very close call).
 
The weather proved ideal and everything was looking great until ... I realized that the mountain peak reflection was being cut off by the foreground. I immediately abandoned the carefully selected locations, running across the rocks with the primary camera setup to quickly find a better position. There was no time to waste because the sun line moves down the mountain very rapidly.
 
While I have a large number of images I like from my three mornings at Lake Moraine, this one, one of the first ones I captured on the first day, remains a favorite. The sun line had moved down the mountains slightly farther than I originally visualized, but ... I may actually prefer this version better. While simply having that preference adds to the satisfaction of achieving the goal, I really do think that I like this scene better. With more of the mountain in the still-very-warm sunlight, there is more desired color in the frame and more of the peaks are being lit than when the first light hit only a couple of the peaks.
 
This is an HDR image. Because, as I mentioned, the line of sunlight moves quickly down the mountain, it is important to capture the HDR frames in very quick succession in this situation. My preference is to use AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) with the camera in high speed burst mode. I used Live View to gain mirror lockup and used a locking remote release to complete to capture. Lock the release down and quickly go to the second camera. Quickly check the results, fine tune if needed and repeat.
 
For processing the HDR image, I used a combination of Photomatix (the best HDR software I've used) and manual blending in Photoshop.
 
While 4-5 hours of sleep three nights in a row is not a good habit from a physical or mental health standpoint, I'm sometimes willing to make that sacrifice for a good image. While that effort is not always rewarded with a great photograph, the disappointing efforts serve to make the successful ones even more special. Fortunately, disappointment didn't happen in this location.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
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Post Date: 12/11/2016 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, December 10, 2016
B&H just went live with a big Apple sale. If an Apple product is on your wish list, definitely check out these deals:
 
Instant savings up to $150.00 on Apple iPad Pro.
 
Instant savings up to $600.00 on Apple iMac 27".
 
Instant savings up to $250.00 on Apple MacBook Air 13.3".
 
Instant savings up to $300.00 on Apple Mac Pro.
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Post Date: 12/10/2016 6:00:42 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 9, 2016
B&H has the Tenba Photo/Laptop Messenger Bag (Mini, Burnt Orange) available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $93.95.
 
Note: The Plum Purple version of this bag is also discounted.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits D-SLR Camera 2-3 Lens Kit
  • Holds iPad or Up to 13" MacBook Pro
  • 1000 Denier Nylon Exterior
  • Two Padded Compartments
  • Many Pockets
  • Padded Carry Handle
  • Removable Shoulder Strap
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Post Date: 12/9/2016 6:04:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Pelican 1510 Carry On Case with Dividers available for $149.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $189.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Watertight, Dustproof Case
  • Made of Ultra High Impact Copolymer
  • 11-Piece Divider Set is Included
  • ABS Double Throw Latches
  • Built-in Purge Valve
  • Front Large Folding Haul Handle
  • Large Side Folding Haul Handles
  • Retractable Extension Handle
  • Polyurethane Wheels with SS Bearings
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Post Date: 12/9/2016 5:50:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the BlackRapid RS-Sport Extreme Sport Strap available for $58.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $73.95.
 
This is my absolute favorite camera strap. I highly recommend it. [Sean]
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds SLR Camera with Lens Attached
  • Worn Under Right Arm
  • Under Arm Safety Tether
  • 1/4"-20 Fastener
  • Ballistic Nylon with Cordura Nylon
  • 1.0" Nylon Webbing
  • Lockstar Carabiner Protector Included
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Post Date: 12/9/2016 5:46:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Pelican 1535WD Air Wheeled Carry-On Case with Padded Dividers available for $229.95 with free shipping. Regularly $288.75.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Up to 40% lighter than other polymer cases
  • Super-light Proprietary HPX2 Polymer
  • Honeycomb structural elements that are actually stronger than solid polymer
  • Maximum airline carry-on size
  • Quiet rolling stainless-steel bearing wheels
  • Extending trolley handle
  • Padded Dividers
  • With Wheels
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