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 Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Marantz Professional PMD661 MKII Professional Portable Flash Field Recorder available for $269.00 with free shipping. Regularly $479.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Up to 24-Bit/96 kHz Recording
  • SD/SDHC Flash Media
  • SD Card Check Compatibility Feature
  • Passcode Protection For The Device
  • Passcode Protected File Encryption
  • Linear Style Retake Record Function
  • OLED Display
  • Dual XLR Inputs, S/PDIF Digital Input
  • USB 2.0
  • 4 AA Batteries For 6 Hours of Recording
 Monday, June 19, 2017
Have you ever wondered what kinds of Lightroom adjustments were made to an image you found online? Now, there may be an easy way to find out.
 
Assuming that the JPEG image in question was saved with all EXIF information intact, a website called Pixel Peeper can display the camera and lens used, exposure settings and exactly what types of adjustments were made to that specific image in Lightroom.
 
I loaded a few images into the tool and it seemed to work as advertised. Give it a try and see what you think. [Sean]
Post Date: 6/19/2017 12:00:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
Here's a seemingly simple question – "What is your camera's image resolution?"
 
Before you answer, let me warn you. If you're simply going to recite the "Effective Pixels" value listed in your camera's specifications, you'll be incorrect. Your camera's advertised resolution is different than the resolution of the recorded images. In fact, your camera's image resolution is a little lower than the widely accepted value.
 
Want proof? Multiply the pixel dimensions of your camera's highest image resolution setting and compare it to the advertised camera resolution. For convenience, I'll list a few examples below.
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Image Dimensions: 6720 x 4480
6720 x 4480 = 30,105,600 pixels (30.11 MP)
Stated Resolution: 30.4 MP
 
Canon EOS 80D
Image Dimensions: 6000 x 4000
6000 x 4000 = 24,000,000 pixels (24.00 MP)
Stated Resolution: 24.2 MP
 
Nikon D810
Image Dimensions: 7360 x 4912
7360 x 4912 = 36,152,320 pixels (36.15 MP)
Stated Resolution: 36.3 MP
 
Sony a7R II
Image Dimensions: 7952 x 5304
7952 x 5304 = 42,177,408 pixels (42.18 MP)
Stated Resolution: 42.4 MP
 
Are you seeing a pattern here?
 
Before I explain why the maximum image resolution is slightly smaller than the advertised effective pixels resolution, it's important to first understand the difference between the total and effective pixel specs. The term "total pixels" refers to the total number of pixels found on the sensor. The term "effective pixels" refers to a subset of the total pixels which fall within the image area.
 
Total and Effective Pixels

The pixels that fall outside of the image area are used in determining effective pixel color values at the image's borders. Pixels don't record color information themselves (only brightness); instead, pixels rely on a color filter array placed on top of the sensor to help determine what color value should be assigned to each specific pixel. As the final color of a pixel is determined by algorithms which take into account the colors (red, green & blue) and light intensity of nearby pixels, the overlapping area is necessary for correct color calculations at the recorded image's borders.
 
So the area outside the portion of the sensor used for recording the image accounts for the difference between the total pixels and the effective pixels. But, the question remains: What is the reason for a discrepancy between the advertised effective pixels and the actual number of pixels in the image?
 
The answer is that manufacturers use specially allocated pixels within the image area to aid in noise reduction, dark noise cancellation and other various image processing tasks. These pixels are not recorded in the final image, but can enhance the quality of the final image. Thus, the difference between the effective pixels value and number of pixels found in the final image equals the total number of specially allocated pixels used for the various processing tasks.
 
The next time someone sees one of your images and asks, "How many megapixels is it?", don't recite your camera's advertised resolution but instead pull out your calculator to give them the precise answer.
 
That said, does the difference really matter?
 
What do you think? Were you surprised? Let us know in the comments.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/19/2017 11:12:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Macphun:
 
The Accent AI Filter is part of new Luminar Neptune – a major update to Macphun’s best-selling photo software.
 
San Diego, CA – June 15, 2017Macphun, the California-based developer known for making complex photo editing simple and user-friendly, today launched the update to its award-winning photo editor Luminar.
 
The most significant innovation in Luminar Neptune is a new photo filter powered by the artificial intelligence technology developed in-house by Macphun’s Research and Development Lab. The new Accent AI Filter allows anyone to create stunning images with a single slider instead of using dozens of adjustments and controls. It takes just a second and one swoosh of a slider to remarkably improve a photo.
 
The Accent AI Filter in Luminar uses artificial intelligence to analyze different areas of an image based on its structure, objects, dark and light zones, colors and other parameters. As a user moves the slider, the filter intelligently and automatically “understands” what each area on the photo is lacking and improves it. Moving the slider can also adjust the intensity of changes, making the picture look more natural or revealing a more dramatic look, depending on the desired effect.
 
To put it simply: the Accent AI Filter in Luminar is a substitute for dozens of traditional controls like shadows, highlights, contrast, tone, saturation, exposure, details and many others. It eliminates tedious manual editing for hobbyists who want superb quick results and creates a fantastic foundation for further advanced image manipulation for pro photographers.
 
“Our mission to make complex photo editing tasks simple and fun led the team at our R&D Lab to explore Artificial Intelligence technology for image enhancement,” said Kevin La Rue, Vice-President at Macphun. “The Accent AI Filter emerged as a ground-breaking way to make perfect images instantly, incorporating the power of dozens of filters into one convenient tool.
 
This is something other photo software is missing; and what’s more important, it’s something that all photographers will greatly benefit from,” concluded La Rue.
 
Luminar Neptune also introduces a new workspace called Quick & Awesome?. As the name implies, the workspace consists of 3 essential filters which quickly create fantastic results: the aforementioned Accent AI Filter, Saturation & Vibrance and Clarity. Using the Accent AI Filter gives users amazing instant results, however if there is still fine-tuning to be done, the other two filters can quickly help improve the photo without any extra effort.
 
Luminar Neptune includes many other updates: plug-in integration with Aurora HDR 2017 and Creative Kit allows users to seamlessly access their favorite features from Macphun’s other products. Faster masking/brushing?, an improved Vignette filter and better memory management? are among other notable changes.
 
The latest update of Luminar is available for Mac only. In July however, Macphun will be launching a “public beta” of Luminar for PC to give Windows users the first taste of the powerful all-in-one photo editor for creating bold images in minutes.
 
To stay current with the latest news, and to sign up for access to beta test versions when available, visit https://macphun.com/pc.
 
New feature highlights in Luminar Neptune:
 
  • Accent AI filter – Uses artificial intelligence to create stunning images with a single slider movement, tapping into the power of dozens of filters.
  • Quick & Awesome workspace – A workspace consisting of the Accent AI Filter, Saturation & Vibrance and Clarity filters. Perfect for achieving great results in a fun and easy way within seconds.
  • Plug-in integration with Creative Kit and Aurora HDR 2017 – Seamlessly access favorite features from Macphun’s other photo editing tools.
  • Brush, Gradient and Radial Gradient tools – Dramatically faster performance yields smoother selective editing.
  • Vignette filter – Addition of Vignette Styles, Place Center and Pre- and Post-Crop modes delivers even more flexibility to this popular photo finishing tool.
  • Memory management – Increased overall performance for large files and 5+ simultaneous open images.
  • User Interface changes – Extensive improvements to in-app animation and mode transitions make for a more pleasing editing experience.
  • Crop tool update – Ability to specify custom crop sizes bring the ultimate usefulness to cropping.
  • Local history – Provision for reviewing separate history while in Transform, Denoise, Clone & Stamp modes helps optimize editing.
Pricing (with coupon code "THEDIGITALPICTURE")
 
$49 / 49€ / £46 / AU$69 for anyone who already owns Macphun photo software
$59 / 59€ / £55 / AU$84 for all new users
 
Free trials are available at macphun.com/luminar.
Category: Macphun News
Post Date: 6/19/2017 10:36:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 (DVD) available for $59.99 with free shipping. Regularly $92.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Versatile Photo Editing Software
  • Edit & Organize with Touchscreen Devices
  • Frown and Squint Adjustments
  • Quick Edits and 45 Guided Edits
  • Batch Corrections
  • Camera Shake Reduction and Haze Removal
  • Simplified Filter Gallery
  • Enhanced Search and Smart Tags
  • Built-In Social Media Sharing
  • For Mac OS X 10.10-11 & Windows 7, 8, 10
Post Date: 6/19/2017 9:06:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From 4:00 - 6:00pm Eastern Time this evening, B&H is hosting "Understanding Solar Photography with Christopher Witt and Todd Vorenkamp," a live panel discussion aimed at helping you get the most out of the upcoming total solar eclipse (August 21).
 
Register Now
 
From B&H:
The world of solar photography is beautiful yet complicated. As humans we’ve had a natural inclination to look skyward and wondered what we could learn from the mysterious points of light. Those stellar stars, have driven the engine of curiosity that has led humans to build civilizations, plant our crops and guide sea wary sailors back to port. Because of this, we have a better idea of how the universe works. At B&H we want to inspire our customers to again look skyward and record your findings for future generation to learn from and enjoy. The B&H Event Space is happy to host Christopher Witt and Todd Vorenkamp who will not only inspire but really break down the world of astrophotography, whether you have questions about which filters one would use for certain shooting conditions, or which mount will work for your camera. They’ll make sure you are out shooting the stars in no time.
B&H also carries solar photography and eye protection equipment.
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 6/19/2017 6:06:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the SmallHD 1703 Full HD 17" Studio Production LCD Monitor available for $1,499.00 with free shipping. Regularly $2,999.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Ultra-Rugged Rapid-Deploy LUT Monitor
  • 1080p Display & Full Software Features
  • Milled from Billet Aluminum
  • Cold Shoe Accessory Rail System
  • Power: 4-Pin XLR Input / LEMO Output
  • Dual 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI Input/Output
  • 8-Bit Color Depth
  • 700:1 Contrast Ratio
  • De-Squeeze, Waveform, and Much More
Post Date: 6/19/2017 5:27:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 16, 2017

 
B&H has posted a number of its Optic 2017 presentations to YouTube including:
 
  • Ruddy Roye - The Photographer's Journey
  • Art Wolfe - The Creative Process of Art Wolfe
  • Jonathan Irish - On Assignment in the U.S. National Parks
  • Cristina Mittermeier - Sacred Ecology
  • Roman Kurywczak - For the Love of Landscapes
  • Roman Kurywczak - Create Tack Sharp Macro Images
  • Vivienne Gucwa - How I Traveled to the Arctic with Only One Camera and Lens
  • Kara Mercer - A Suitcase, FUJIFILM and the Open Road
  • Charles Glatzer: Yellowstone in Winter
  • Mike Corrado - Photographing Birds In Your Own Backyard
  • Lucas Gilman Presents: Capturing The Action
  • Jill Mann & Kyla Trethewey Presents - Our Wild Abandon
  • Sam Abell Presents: The Life of a Photograph
  • Brooks Jensen Presents: Those Who Inspire Me (and Why)
  • Alison Wright Presents: Photographing People with Passion and Purpose
  • Ralph Lee Hopkins: On Thin Ice
B&H has been releasing videos periodically, and it looks like there are still several to come (6, I believe).
Post Date: 6/16/2017 11:52:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following fixes
 
  • Corrects a phenomenon in which shooting may not be completed while using HDR (High Dynamic Range) Mode, when certain combinations of settings are selected.
  • Corrects the phenomenon of Err70 which occurs with certain combinations of settings.
  • Corrects the level display when the camera is held in the vertical orientation with the hand grip pointing downward.
  • Corrects a phenomenon in which, when using certain CF cards, it may take approximately five seconds for the camera to power on depending on when the camera's power switch was turned ON.
Download:
Canon EOS EOS 5Ds Firmware v.1.1.1
Canon EOS EOS 5Ds R Firmware v.1.1.1
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R DSLR cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/16/2017 6:29:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Nikon Commemorative Products Now Available for Order
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Corporation announced the release of commemorative products and special collection items celebrating the company’s 100th Anniversary, which takes place on July 25, 2017. Authorized Nikon retailers will be accepting orders for these commemorative products and special collection items starting today, June 15 through August 31, 2017.
 
The commemorative editions of these Nikon models were developed specifically to show the company’s appreciation to all the photographers, creators and customers around the world. These special edition products reflect the tradition, innovation and advanced technologies that Nikon has cultivated over the past 100 years. In addition to these commemorative models, a special collection of unique items will also be released.
 
Nikon D5 and Nikon D500 100th Anniversary Editions:
The Nikon D5, Nikon's flagship FX-format digital SLR camera, is available in a dark metallic gray finish and displays an engraving on the bottom noting Nikon’s contribution to the study and exploration of space. An anniversary booklet detailing Nikon’s contributions to space exploration is also included. The 100th Anniversary Edition Nikon D500 comes with an exclusive metal case, where the commemorative logo and serial number are engraved. The case also contains a commemorative body cap and embossed leather strap. The Special Edition D5 and D500 will be sold for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $7,999.95* and $2,799.95*, respectively.
 
NIKKOR and Binocular 100th Anniversary Editions:
The NIKKOR Triple f/2.8 Zoom Lens Set features three f/2.8 maximum aperture zoom lenses that truly embody the NIKKOR brand name. The set is comprised of the “three big dragons”, best known as the wide-angle AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, the medium AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, and the telephoto AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lenses. The NIKKOR Special Edition lens set will be sold for a SRP of $7,999.95*.
 
A commemorative edition of the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR will also be available, and comes with a display of individual glass elements that make up the internal workings of the lens, as well as a special stand and case. This lens will be sold for an SRP of $3,999.95*.
 
The WX 7×50 IF and WX 10×50 IF binoculars are commemorative models which offer incredibly wide fields of view that are clear and sharp all the way to its edges. A special logo is printed on the bottom of the binocular's central shaft, and an exclusive serial number is stamped on the top. In addition to the standard strap supplied with the binoculars, the models will come with a WX leather strap pressed with the commemorative logo. These special editions of the WX 7x50 IF and WX 10x50 IF binoculars, will be sold for $5,999.95* SRP and $6,399.95* SRP, respectively.
 
The classically designed Nikon 8×30E II, is considered to be one of Nikon’s most popular binocular models. Its 63.2° apparent field of view is realistic, and the application of a multilayer film coating to all lens and prism surfaces ensures that the field of view is bright and clear. The commemorative edition has an exclusive metallic gray finish and a printed logo on the strap and case. These limited edition binoculars will be sold for a SRP of $799.95*.
 
100th Anniversary Special Collection Items:
In addition to Nikon 100th Anniversary products, Nikon has also announced the availability of several special collectible items. Nikon partnered with Swarovski***, the world's leading crystal manufacturer, to create an elegant crystal reproduction of the Nikon Model I, specifically designed by the team at Swarovski for a $1,499.95* SRP, available exclusively through the Nikon Store.
 
Nikon will also offer a collection of lapel pins that represent the company’s most historic and popular products, as well as the corporate logo for $269.95* SRP. Additionally, Nikon will be offering premium camera straps made of Italian leather for a SRP of $99.95*. Additionally, Nikon will have 100th Anniversary Miniature Nikon F Camera available for a SRP of $139.95*.
 
U.S. Market Specific Nikon 100th Anniversary Commemorative Products and Special Collection Items:
To further celebrate Nikon’s history, Nikon Inc. has produced premium vintage t-shirts showcasing one of Nikon’s most iconic past logos (NIPPON KOGAKU). These shirts will be available for purchase beginning on July 25, 2017 for a SRP of $24.95* on nikonusa.com.
 
Additionally, Nikon Inc. has produced a series of 10 limited edition camera posters showcasing some of the iconic cameras created throughout Nikon’s history. These posters, measuring 19.5” x 19.5” inches, are matted and framed to a size of 23.5” x 23.5” and will be hand-numbered and available as a limited edition; only 100 numbered posters will be produced for each design. Pricing will be $150 SRP* per framed poster, and will be available sometime in July, 2017 through nikonusa.com in partnership with Level Frames.
 
Lastly, Nikon Inc. will be producing a 100th Anniversary premium leather camera bag in partnership with the ONA brand. These premium bags are made with genuine leather and will have the 100th anniversary and Nikon logos embossed. These bags will go on sale on July 25, 2017 and will be available for an SRP of $399.95*.
 
For more information including pricing and further details about Nikon’s 100th Anniversary commemorative products and special collection items, please visit www.nikonusa.com/100th.
 
B&H has many of the Nikon 100th Anniversary Commemorative Products available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/16/2017 5:36:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 15, 2017
B&H is stating that its Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art preorders will go live June 22 at 1am ET.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 6/15/2017 1:41:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the TamronVids YouTube Channel:
 
Watch the process of Tamron’s industry-leading 3-business day repair service. Tamron USA took dramatic steps to increase the number of repair technicians that work on photographic lenses as well as customer service staff. Internal systems were changed to accommodate the inspection of lenses received by noon of each day and route the lenses to the proper technician for expert repair. Repaired lenses are then given top priority in the distribution center to ensure the product is on its way back to the customer within the established guidelines.
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 6/15/2017 12:07:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Written by Ken Sklute and Dave Henry
 
Since the earliest days of photography, scientists worked at making a successful image of the corona during a total solar eclipse. The first correctly exposed photograph of the corona during a total solar eclipse was made on July 28, 1851 by daguerreotypist Johann Berkowski at the Royal Prussian Observatory at Königsberg (now Kaliningrad, in Russia). The exposure was 84 seconds during maximum eclipse. Numerous attempts were made earlier, but Berkowski’s image was the first correctly exposed image.
 
A cropped and enhanced version of the original Berkowski daguerreotype of 1851 clearly shows that not only did Johann Berkowski correctly expose his 84 second daguerreotype, he was the first to document the solar flares, known as prominences, emanating from the sun's surface. This daguerreotype became the benchmark for later photographic attempts.
 
Throughout the remainder of the nineteenth century and on to today, photography has played a significant role in science. Correct exposure though, makes the photograph useful.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center. Click here for more CDLC articles with tips on photographing the upcoming eclipse.
 
B&H carries a wide range of solar eclipse related gear.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/15/2017 6:35:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 14, 2017
B&H has the DJI Spark Quadcopter (Alpine White) in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2-Axis Stabilized Gimbal Camera
  • 12MP Still Photos / 1080p/30 Video
  • Gesture and TapFly Control
  • FlightAutonomy with Obstacle Detection
  • Subject Tracking from Various Angles
  • GPS- & Vision Position-Based Navigation
  • Top Speed of 31 mph in Sport Mode
  • Up to 16 Minutes Flying Time
  • Up to 1.2 Mile Control Range
  • Control, Edit, Share with DJI GO Ap
Post Date: 6/14/2017 7:45:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens Review.
 
This one should get some traction.
 
The Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama. A free Sigma UV Filter ($69.95 value) is currently included.
Post Date: 6/14/2017 9:38:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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