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 Thursday, January 5, 2017
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Tascam DR-10X Plug-On Micro Linear PCM Recorder (XLR) available for $99.95 with free shipping. Regularly $169.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Handheld XLR Mics
  • 24-bit/48 kHz Recording Resolution
  • Records to SD & microSD Cards
  • Dual Recording Function
  • Instant Record Function
  • Hold Function
  • Single AAA Battery
  • 10 Hours of Battery Time
  • USB Cable
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Glide Gear TMP 50 Adjustable Smartphone Mini Teleprompter available for $79.00 with free shipping. Regularly $139.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 70/30 Beamsplitter
  • 10' Reading Range
  • Prompter Phones/Tablets Up to 6.7"
  • Phones for Shooting Up to 6.2" Wide
  • Mirrorless, DSLR, and Action Cameras
  • Hook-and-Loop Hood Attachment
  • Collapsible for Transport/Storage
  • Soft-Sided Carry Case Included
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vello ShutterBoss II Timer Remote Switch available for $24.95 with free shipping. Regularly $49.95.
 
Available Models Include:
 
  • Canon N3 3-Pin Connector
  • Canon E3 Sub Mini
  • Nikon DC2
  • Nikon 10-Pin
  • Sony Multi-Terminal
Product Highlights
 
  • Wired Remote Controller
  • Power Off and Reset Options
  • Set Timer Delays & Intervals
  • Set Number of Shots/Unlimited Shooting
  • 4-Line Backlit LED Display
  • Take Photos without Camera Shake
  • Great for Time-Lapse Recording
  • Powered by Two AAA Batteries
Post Date: 1/5/2017 5:34:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Originally announced in early November but unavailable in the North American market, the D5600 will finally hit shelves in the USA very soon.
 
From Nikon:
 
The Nikon D5600 is a Compact Creative Companion that Delivers Stunning Clarity, Impressive Performance and the Ability to Share via Nikon SnapBridge
 
LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the U.S. availability of the compact and lightweight Nikon D5600, a connected DSLR camera for those ready to step up their photography and unleash their inner artist by creating captivating images that deserve to be shared. The 24.2-megapixel D5600 features Nikon SnapBridge1, which allows users to easily and automatically transfer images directly from their camera to a compatible smart device, making it simple to share amazing images with friends and family.
 
"The Nikon D5600 is the latest camera in Nikon’s popular D5000 series -- a camera line that represents a stepping stone for photographers who want to further explore their creative boundaries,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “Now with Nikon SnapBridge, users can easily upload and share images with their friends and family, showcasing what and who they love. With the introduction of Nikon’s D5600, Nikon demonstrates our commitment to providing an attainable and highly capable camera option for photographers of all skill levels.”
 
The Nikon D5600 offers users the creativity and performance benefits of DSLR photography, including amazing image quality, the ability to isolate foreground from background, full manual controls, incredible low-light performance and a class-leading autofocus (AF) system. For those looking to travel the world or capture their child’s birthday party, the Nikon D5600 offers a full suite of creative effects, robust features and controls, a touchscreen Vari-angle LCD monitor and enhanced video features.
 
Seamless Connectivity Through Nikon SnapBridge: Nikon SnapBridge makes it easier than ever to share photos wirelessly through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology2. By establishing a constant connection between the Nikon D5600 and a compatible smart device, images can be sent from the camera automatically, ready to share. SnapBridge also makes it possible to seamlessly upload images to the cloud (Nikon Image Space) via compatible smart device. Additionally, SnapBridge connectivity allow users to shoot remotely or easily transfer movies to a compatible smart device by leveraging the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi3 connectivity.
 
Performance that Keeps Pace with Creativity: The 24.2-megapixel high-resolution CMOS sensor helps deliver excellent image quality and sharp images with color and clarity that blow away images taken with a mobile device, while the EXPEED 4 image processor offers powerful performance and prolongs battery life. Continuous shooting at 5 frames-per-second (fps) and a 39-point autofocus system helps capture fleeting moments and fast moving subjects with ease. The Nikon D5600 is a great companion for those looking to capture and share life’s special moments, especially when combined with the distinct perspective of NIKKOR lenses.
 
Amazing Low-Light Performance: The Nikon D5600 also provides users the capability to shoot in challenging light with an expanded wide 100-25,600 ISO range. The ability to use higher shutter speeds with minimal illumination gives users the tools to capture brighter, sharper images.
 
Creative Features: From down to a child’s perspective to a shot above a crowd, it’s easy to compose from any angle with the 3.2-inch 1.037k-dot touchscreen Vari-angle LCD. Various in-camera shooting and special effects modes, manual controls and a new time-lapse mode allow users to take creativity to a new level and help capture a special moment with ease.
 
Price and Availability
The Nikon D5600 will be available in the U.S. in January 2017 for the suggested retail price (SRP)* of $799.95 with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens. It will also be available in a two-lens kit option, including the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED lenses, for $1,149.95 SRP*. Additionally, the Nikon D5600 will be sold as a body only for $699.95 SRP* or with a AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,199.95 SRP*.
 
B&H has the Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/4/2017 12:34:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, you'll receive a $500.00 B&H Gift Card when you purchase a Sony Alpha a7s II from B&H.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 12.2MP Full-Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Internal UHD 4K30 & 1080p120 Recording
  • S-Log3 Gamma and Display Assist Function
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 0.5" 2.36m-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF
  • 3.0" 1,228,800-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • Up to 5 fps Shooting and ISO 409600
  • Fast Intelligent AF, 169 AF Points
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
Post Date: 1/4/2017 11:22:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Atomos Ninja Blade 5" HDMI On-Camera Monitor & Recorder available for $395.00 with free expedited shipping after $100.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $495.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1280 x 720 On-Camera Monitor & Recorder
  • 5" IPS/325 DPI Touchscreen Display
  • Waveform, Vectorscope, Focus Peaking
  • Records 1080p30, 1080i60, 10-Bit, 4:2:2
  • ProRes or DNxHD Encoding and Playback
  • HDMI Input and Loop-Output
  • Records to 2.5" HDDs/SSDs
  • Cut and Tag Editing Tool
  • 2x Master Drive Caddies
  • Canon, Nikon Type Battery Adapters
Note: Several other Atomos monitors are also on sale.
Through 1/5, use coupon code NYBOOK at AdoramaPix to get a 10-page 8x8 Photo Book for $14.98. And while you're there, stock up on other prints or custom merchandise to enjoy free shipping on your order of $49.00 or more.
Post Date: 1/4/2017 11:03:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Obviously, there is one less tree on the ranch.
 
While I mostly used the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens on this elk photo trip, there were times when I was really glad to have the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens readily available. In this case, thanks to the zoom range afforded by this lens, I was able to capture both full-body images and close-ups in rapid succession.
 
This huge rutting bull rocky mountain elk was in the bottom of a valley that had long been in the shade from the setting sun. He was intently tearing up this tree, which meant that I needed a fast shutter speed to stop the motion. My choice of 1/1000 was certainly not overkill, but I wanted to keep the noise levels down as much as possible. The 5D IV's ISO 5000 looks good enough that choosing an even faster shutter speed would have been a non-issue.
 
With the upward head angle, it was almost as if I was lighting the 8x7 bull with a huge softbox in the studio.
 
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.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
371mm  f/5.6  1/1000s
ISO 5000
6720 x 4480px
Post Date: 1/4/2017 8:41:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
With the holidays in the rear-view mirror, it is time to start concentrating on winter photography and the opportunities this season holds.
 
Snowcapped mountains, frozen lakes and the crisp, clean air lend themselves to serene, wide angle landscape imagery. Frost on perennial plants beg for macro lens use while wintery wildlife photography can make good use of your long telephoto lens(es).
 
Need some inspiration? Check out our Winter Photography Tips to jumpstart your creativity. If venturing out into the extreme cold (especially for extended periods of time), be sure to check out our "Cold Weather Photography Tips" article by Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photography of the Year winner Jonathan Huyer.
Post Date: 1/4/2017 7:59:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From LensRentals:
 
We've rounded up "The Best and Most Rented Photography Gear of 2016" including staff reviewed favorites. Want to get your hands on some of the latest equipment? We'll help you get started with 15% off all items listed in the article. Just place your order, make sure it's set to arrive by January 31st and use code TOPGEAR at checkout for 15% off!
 
Most Rented Gear
 
  1. Canon 5D Mark IV
  2. Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM
  3. Sony PXW-FS5 XDCAM w/ FS RAW Upgrade
  4. Sony Alpha a6300
  5. Canon 1DX Mark II
  6. Nikon D500
  7. Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM A1 Art for Canon
  8. Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT
  9. Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM A1 Art for Canon
  10. Canon 80D
  11. Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4K (EF)
  12. Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM
  13. Fuji X-Pro2
  14. Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 III
  15. DJI Focus Wireless Follow Focus System
  16. Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K (PL)
  17. Nikon D5
  18. Manfrotto LYKOS Bi-Color LED
  19. Fuji X-T2
  20. DJI Osmo Pro Gimbal w/ Zenmuse X5 Camera
Staff Picks for 2016
 
  • Nikon D5
  • Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
  • DJI Osmo Pro
  • Fuji X-Pro2
  • Canon 1DX Mark II
  • GoPro Hero 5
  • Atomos Digital Recorders
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Post Date: 1/4/2017 7:36:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Atlona AT-HDVS-TX HDBaseT Extender with AT-HDRX Receiver Kit available for $299.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $628.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Atlona AT-HDVS-TX HDMI/VGA Transmitter
  • Atlona AT-HDRX HDMI Receiver
  • Atlona 24V Power Supply

 
Learn what essential equipment professional adventure photographer Keith Ladzinski brings to the field to get the perfect shot.
 
B&H carries graduated neutral density filters, handheld gimbals and off-camera lighting (flashes/studio lights).
Post Date: 1/4/2017 6:10:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vidpro LED-330X Variable-Color On-Camera LED Video Light Kit available for $59.00 with free shipping. Regularly $89.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 180W Equivalent Light Output
  • 3200-5600K Variable Color Temperature
  • 70° Beam Angle
  • 10-100% Stepless Dimming
  • Accepts Sony L-Series Batteries
  • NP-F550 Type Battery & Charger Included
  • Soft Diffuser Filter
  • Adjustable Shoe Mount
  • Slim, Lightweight, and Portable Design
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Manfrotto Off road Aluminum Walking Sticks available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $79.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 5.5 lb
  • Max Height: 52.1"
  • Min Height: 23.4"
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weight: 12.8 oz
  • One Stick Doubles as Monopod
  • Spikes, Rubber Feet, and Baskets
Post Date: 1/4/2017 5:32:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 3, 2017
by Sean Setters
 
Some photography and general purpose accessories are so useful, so vital and/or so inexpensive that they're worth having in every single camera bag you own.
 
The first thing you're probably thinking is, "Why wouldn't I simply remove all the items in one bag and put them in another?" And while this practice does work in theory, unfortunately it does not work as well in practice. That's because the purpose of having different camera bags is because they serve different functions. As such, we may not (or simply cannot) put the exact same items in similar places in another bag. That means that it's too easy to miss something when transferring items unless you are diligent enough to use a checklist every time you switch bags. However, using a checklist and transferring items also takes time which may leave you rushed if the perfect photo opportunity is fleeting.
 
For these reasons, I prefer to keep duplicates of the most useful accessories in each of my main camera bags (2 backpacks and 2 messenger bags). To be considered for this list, the gear must meet the guidelines outlined in the first sentence of this post.
 
1. Memory Card(s)
 
It's a pretty simple concept – without a way to store images, the best camera & lens in the world are not going to help you capture the moment. Memory cards are an essential part of the digital imaging process (unless you are tethering, and even then, many DSLRs require a memory card).
 
Memory card capacities have increased substantially over the years with the result of the previous high-to-mid-range capacity cards dropping in price. And when it comes to a backup memory card, you don't necessarily need the highest capacity, highest performance card on the planet. You just need something that will cover your temporary needs in case of an emergency.
 
2. Microfiber Cloth
 
Few tools in the photography arsenal are as inexpensive as they are invaluable, but that would be an apt description of microfiber cloths. They're so inexpensive that they're often given away for free with various purchases, yet I can never seem to have enough of them. Be sure to keep at least one in every camera bag and/or lens case; you'll be glad you did.
 
3. Filter Wrenches
 
I'm a big fan of buying filters which fit my largest diameter lenses and using step-up rings to allow those larger filters to be used on lenses featuring a smaller front filter diameter. However, filters have a way of [seemingly] becoming glued to step up rings. It's difficult for me to imagine how many times I've needed a filter wrench to aid in separating a filter stuck to a step-up ring or a filter stuck to another filter. A circular polarizer stuck to anything can be especially difficult to remove as there is very little gripping surface to work with. In those cases, a set of filter wrenches can really save the day.
 
4. Weather Protection
 
Even if your gear bag is full of L-series lenses and professional bodies which feature a good degree of weather sealing, it's always a good idea keep some type of weather protection on-hand for those times when torrential rain is on the horizon or wind gusts are blanketing your location with fine dust/sand. One of my personal favorite rain sleeves is the OP/TECH USA 8" Small Rain Sleeve. It's perfect for a (gripped or non-gripped) DSLR with small to medium-sized lenses. It's inexpensive and easy to pack insurance that's hard not to justify adding to every camera bag you own.
 
5. Small Rocket Blower
 
Have you ever zoomed in on one of your landscape images only to find a dark spot in the middle of your clear, blue sky? If so, a Small Rocket Blower could have likely saved you the trouble of removing the blemish(es) in post processing. The Rocket Blower is also handy for removing fine dust from cameras, lenses and lens elements.
 
6. Small Flashlight
 
If you photograph any type of nighttime scene (cityscapes, astrophotography, etc), then you'll need some type of light source for finding your gear (or your way) in the dark. While a smartphone can work in a pinch, it's often best to have a small, dedicated AAA flashlight in your camera bag ready for when you need it.
 
7. Camera/Lens Plate & Allen Wrenches
 
Additional tools that you may find useful on occasion include camera/lens plates and the corresponding Allen wrenches. For instance, when using a gimbal stabilizer or otherwise mounting your camera in a way where reduced weight is a priority, you may want to remove the camera's battery grip and L-bracket (if applicable) and substitute a standard camera plate for affixing to your platform. And to do that, you'll also need the corresponding filter wrench(es). I typically keep a Multi Bicycle Tool in my main camera bag and a couple of my most-used Allen wrenches in all of my camera bags. They take up very little room and can definitely come in handy when tripod and/or plate adjustments are required.
 
8. Garbage Bag
 
Bryan eloquently detailed the value of keeping garbage bags in your camera bag in his article, "The 1 Cheap Accessory that should be in All of Your Camera Bags". Garbage bags are cheap, versatile and easily accessible. If you don't add anything else from this list to your camera bag(s), there's simply no excuse for neglecting to one of these.
 
9. Pen and Notepad
 
While a smartphone may be the ultimate Swiss Army knife of gadgets, its need for constant power to make use of the device means that there's still room for tried and true analog tools in your kit, especially when they take up little space and are so easy to stow away in a pocket. A small notepad and pen are perfect examples. I personally prefer the reliability and versatility afforded by the Fisher Space Pen and Rite in the Rain Tactical 3x5 Notebook, a combination that allows for usage in extreme environments (including rain) where I am much less likely to prefer using my smartphone.
 
10. Business Cards
 
Have you ever struck up a conversation with a total stranger just because you were spotted photographing with a "nice camera?" One of the best ways to convert a complete stranger into a photography client is to have a business card at your fingertips when the conversation is initiated.
 
11. Photographers' Rights Reference Material
 
Police, security personnel or even everyday citizens may have the best intentions, but they may also prove a little overzealous if they decide they do not like you photographing a particular scene. A little education goes a long way, and keeping some sort of reference material in your gear bag can be advantageous in any confrontation where the law is clearly on your side. Print out the relevant information and keep a folded copy in a camera bag's pocket; hopefully you'll never need it, but you'll likely appreciate it if and when you do.
 
So that's our 11 small, inexpensive things you should consider adding to all of your camera bags. Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments below.
Post Date: 1/3/2017 9:07:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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