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 Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Canon PowerShot SX520 HS and SX400 IS Digital Cameras
From Canon USA:
 
With an Impressive 42x and 30x Optical Zoom, respectively, Canon's new PowerShot SX520 HS and PowerShot SX400 IS Digital Cameras Provide High-Quality Imaging Tools to Meet Varying User Needs
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., July 29, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new compact, super-zoom cameras: the PowerShot SX520 HS and the PowerShot SX400 IS digital cameras. Designed to give users the versatility and telephoto reach they need to capture subjects from far distances, these new cameras are packed with impressive features. The new PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera includes a high-powered 42x Optical Zoom lens (equivalent to 24-1008mm) and the Canon HS SYSTEM for clear sharp images and Full HD Video. With a 30x Optical Zoom (equivalent to 24-720mm), the PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera allows photographers to capture the moments that mean the most to them quickly and easily, even at long range.
 
"Our goal is to provide people who are passionate about photography with the imaging tools they need to capture the moments that inspire them," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "The PowerShot SX520 HS and PowerShot SX400 IS digital cameras offer users features that help produce high quality-images and video with ease allowing them to capture their most creative shots."
 
The PowerShot SX520 HS Digital Camera
Building on the features of the PowerShot SX510 HS digital camera, the PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera incorporates a 42x Optical Zoom with Canon's Optical Image Stabilization, ideal for active families that want to take high-quality close-up shots of their children's soccer game or dance recitals. In addition to featuring a powerful optical zoom range, the SX520 HS digital camera combines a 16 Megapixeli High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and Canon's DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to create the Canon HS SYSTEM allowing for excellent low-light performance.
 
Giving users the ability to capture life in motion, the camera features a dedicated movie button so users can easily record 1080p Full HD video utilizing the camera's full 42x optical zoom capability. The camera also features an enhanced grip for added handling comfort. Additionally, the camera's Intelligent IS automatically chooses from one of eight modes to help optimize image stabilization for virtually shake-free images in various shooting conditions. The camera's High Speed AF allows users to achieve fast autofocusing speeds to help capture every shot with ease. The PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera's advanced Zoom Framing Assist feature intelligently controls the lens, making it easy to locate the main subject by zooming out, and then zooming back in quickly and automatically for dramatic close-ups with face detection where applicable.
 
Upgraded from its predecessor, the PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera features Canon's Creative Shot mode that uses a combination of lighting, color and composition from the original image to create unique, artistic images. Smart AUTO technology selects 32 different pre-defined scenes for still shots and 21 scenes for video without the need to switch modes, making it possible to take beautiful images and video in a variety of situations. The Hybrid AUTO mode featured in the PowerShot SX520 HS camera creates a beautifully stabilized HD video clip (up to approximately four seconds) every time a user shoots a still image, then compiles the clips into a single movie that forms a "highlighted reel" for the day. This new camera is equipped with a built-in mini-HDMI port that makes it easy to connect to an HD TV set at home or on the road so everyone can comfortably enjoy viewing the footage.
 
The PowerShot SX400 IS Digital Camera
With a compact design and a powerful 30x Optical Zoom range with Optical Image Stabilizer, the PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera is a versatile camera that can be used daily anytime, anywhere. The 16 Megapixeli CCD sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor combine with Canon's Intelligent IS system to provide users with outstanding functionality, while the updated grip design improves handling comfort. With Smart AUTO, the camera identifies an ideal image setting by intelligently selecting from one of 32 pre-defined modes for still shots and 21 scenes for video.
 
The PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera is always ready for action with a dedicated movie button to easily stop and start recording 720p HD video. Additionally, like the PowerShot SX520 HS camera, the PowerShot SX400 IS camera can record even far distances through the use of the camera's full 30x zoom range. The PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera's High Speed AF, upgraded from the previous model, helps to reduce lag time so that the perfect shot can be captured quickly and with ease.
 
Pricing and Availability
The PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera will be available in September 2014 for an estimated retail price of $399.99.
 
The PowerShot SX400 IS digital camera will be available in August 2014 in black or red for an estimated retail price of $249.99.
 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot SX520 HS and PowerShot SX400 IS available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/29/2014 6:40:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 28, 2014
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
B&H has receive limited stock of the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera. Don't wait to Add to Cart if this item has been on your Wish List.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/28/2014 3:44:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Overton County Fair 2014
Now is the time that the annual fair rolls into towns across in middle Tennessee. This year I finally remembered to bring my camera and tripod.
 
The beautiful array of colorful lights combined with the predictable motion of the rides creates the perfect opportunity for a long exposure. Here are a few tips:

  • Pack your widest focal length lenses and a tripod.
  • Arrive at the fair well before sunset. Scout out the midway and find the optimal spots for shooting your images.
  • The best opportunity for capturing images will come moments after sunset where the ambient light level and the amusement ride lights are well balanced. Have your gear set up for your first shot as the sun is dropping below the horizon.
  • Work fast. You may only get about 15 -25 minutes of optimal working time if hoping to capture detail in the sky.
  • Although somewhat counter-intuitive for low-light photography, use a narrow aperture and a low ISO allowing for the use of a relatively long shutter speed. The long shutter speed will allow the ride lights to blend together and will also allow people moving directly in front of your camera not to be recognizably recorded.

EXIF for the image above this article:
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC
f/16, 3.2 sec, ISO 50
 
Post processed with Photoshop CC.

Post Date: 7/28/2014 8:07:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, July 26, 2014
Amazon Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera
Amazon is listing the Canon EOS 7D as "DISCONTINUED." Does this – along with Canon's steep Refurbished discounts – mean that Canon is clearing inventory ahead of a DSLR announcement?
 
Only time will tell...
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 7/26/2014 5:48:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 25, 2014

 
From Canon Australia:
 
Phil Hart, David Malin Astrophotography Awards winner, guides you through the simple star portrait, star nightscape, star trails and star time lapse settings of Canon's ultimate compact camera - the PowerShot G1X Mark II.
 
B&H carries the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/25/2014 10:45:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Cactus V6 Radio Transceiver
The Cactus V6 Radio Transceiver is now available in the Amazon Marketplace (via Adorama Camera).
 
Key Features

  • Wireless Manual Power Control to a list of current and previous Canon, Pentax, and Nikon compatible flashes.
  • Flash profiles are included for some of the most popular flashes on the market. More can be added later via updates.
  • Full manipulation of power levels to 1/10, 1/3, 1/2 EV stops.
  • LoPower Mode fires flash for extremely short duration of time.
  • Absolute Power Mode benchmarks power output of different flash models to same light intensity.
  • TTL pass-through with Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and Fujifilm viaone single unit.
  • Built-in Optical Trigger enabling pre-flash triggering.
  • Group Control up to 4 groups
  • Relay Mode triggers camera shutter and flash in sync
  • Delay Timer configurable from 1ms to 10 seconds
  • Mini-USB port for optional power supply and firmware update
  • Flash Profiles:** Yes you can mix brands and types in one setup*
  • Pentax Profiles: Cactus AF 45P, AF 50P Metz 36AF-5, 44AF-1, 50AF-1, 58AF-2, Pentax AF360FGZ, AF540FGZ
  • Canon Profiles: Canon: 320EX, 430EX, 540EZ, 580EX2, 600EX Cactus: AF 45C, AF 50CMetz: 36AF-5, 44AF-1, 50AF-1, 52AF-1, 58AF-1, 58AF-2, Nisson Di866, MG8000, Godox 860c, Sigma EF-500, Youngnuo 568EX2 (568EX works also)
  • Nikon i-TTL Profiles: Nikon :SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB900, SB910, Cactus: AF-45N AF-50N, Metz: 36AF-5, 44AF-1, 50AF-1, 58AF-2, Nisson: Di700, Di866, Sigma: EF530
  • Nikon A-TTL Profiles: Nikon: SB-24, SB28

Sean's Note: This is probably one of the most exciting – and economical – flash triggering products that I've ever seen. If I were just getting into off-camera, manually controlled flash right now, this would likely be the device I'd invest in.

Post Date: 7/25/2014 10:06:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
In this video you'll learn white balance and Kelvin temperatures, and setting a custom white balance
 


 

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
In this video you'll understand how to set frame rates.
 

Current List of HD Video Tutorials

B&H carries DSLR video gear.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/25/2014 9:18:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 24, 2014
I Dropped My Canon 5D Mark III into the Caribbean Sea
That's right. I dropped my Canon EOS 5D Mark III with an EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens attached into the Caribbean Sea. Fortunately, it was in an Ewa-Marine U-B 100 Underwater Housing.
 
As I have mentioned, my landscape photography plans did not work out as well as planned on my recent St John, USVI photo trip, but I had a backup plan. St John has some of the world's best snorkeling locations, and as I am sure that you are aware of by now, I have a problem with seeing something amazing and not being able to capture it photographically. The Ewa-Marine underwater housing is a very cost-effective way to make high quality underwater photography possible using your existing DSLR kit. The UB-100 model fits most DSLR cameras and small to medium-sized lenses with 77mm or 82mm filter threads.
 
Underwater snorkeling photography is both physically demanding and skill-challenging. I have never deleted as many bad pictures as I did on this trip, but I have no regrets and look forward to the next opportunity to shoot underwater as it is great fun and also rewarding.
 
Imagine swimming through a school of little fish so thick that you can't clearly see beyond several feet (with motion sickness becoming a real issue) – until a 3-4' (1m) tarpon shows up, clearing a path around it. As the fish appears, you dive down to attempt a level perspective and attempt to get good framing as the huge fish passes close by. Occasionally, you get it right and have a unique image to add to your portfolio.
 
Watch for an upcoming review of the Ewa-Marine U-B 100 Underwater Housing along with underwater snorkeling photography tips.
 
This housing has been difficult to find in stock, but it is available right now at B&H.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
22mm  f/11.0  1/500s  ISO 1600  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 7/24/2014 10:48:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Canon USA:
 
Canon Follows Up on Their Strong Showing at February's Big Game in New Jersey With Widespread Use by Imaging Professionals at the Soccer Tournament in Brazil
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., July 24, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that Canon broadcast lenses were the most widely used broadcast lenses covering the matches of the recent Soccer Tournament in Brazil. Furthermore, the professional photographers tasked with capturing the riveting goals, ravenous fans, colorful scenery and nail-biting moments of the soccer matches utilized Canon DSLR cameras and lenses more than any other brand.
 
This outstanding show of support for Canon equipment in Brazil follows Canon broadcast lenses being used extensively to broadcast The Big Game in New Jersey on February 2, 2014, as well as being the number one camera and lens choice for imaging professionals shooting from the sidelines of the game between Denver and Seattle. In support of professionals on the ground, the Canon Professional Services (CPS) team was on location at each of these sporting events, among countless others, to provide support to photographers, broadcasters and all imaging professionals.
 
"Canon is honored to help broadcast companies and news services bring the action of these high-profile sporting events to devoted fans across the world. It is a testament to our products and professional service and support that so many image makers at the pinnacle of their profession rely on Canon," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
 
Throughout the soccer matches in Brazil, Canon broadcast field lenses were utilized to deliver footage of the thrilling tournament. Canon broadcast field lenses represented approximately 90 percent share of all broadcast lenses used. Additionally, Canon broadcast lenses were used extensively to deliver The Big Game to more than 111 million television viewers.
 
A look to the sidelines in Brazil revealed a familiar sight to many sporting event fans — Canon EOS Digital SLR cameras, equipped with iconic white Canon telephoto EF lenses. Throughout the tournament, approximately 70 percent of imaging professionals chose Canon DSLRs and lenses to capture and share the memorable moments of these passionate and prideful soccer matches. Much like The Big Game, in which 75 percent of imaging professionals on the sideline of that gridiron matchup chose Canon equipment.
 
At each of the 12 stadiums that hosted Soccer matches in Brazil, CPS had teams of technical and professional representatives providing imaging professionals with convenient access to product support, equipment maintenance, and product loans.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 7/24/2014 10:20:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
RODE NT-USB Microphone
From RODE:
 
RØDE is excited to announce its newest microphone, the NT-USB -- a studio-grade microphone with the convenience of a digital USB interface. The NT-USB is fully compatible with MacOS, Windows and iPad.
 

 
While RØDE’s Podcaster USB microphone was released in 2007, its primary focus is to provide broadcast-quality voice recording, with its end-address configuration. The NT-USB on the other hand is a highly versatile side-address microphone that is ideal for recording musical performances in addition to spoken applications such as podcasting and voice-over.
 
The microphone is fully compatible with all mainstream recording applications on both Windows and Mac OS based computers, as well as the Apple iPad using RØDE Rec, GarageBand, or any other recording app that accepts an external microphone. Use on the Apple iPad requires a suitable USB connection adaptor, such as the Apple Camera Connection Kit.
 
The body of the NT-USB features a zero-latency stereo headphone monitoring (3.5mm) jack, which allows users to monitor the microphone input in realtime, along with dials to adjust the monitoring level and mix between the computer/iPad audio and the microphone input.
 
A premium pop-filter is included, which fits onto the base of the mic, positioning the filter the ideal distance from the capsule to minimise plosives (hard ‘B’, ‘T’ or ‘P’ sounds that produce a harsh sound) during singing or speech. Also provided is a high-quality stand mount with industry standard 3/8” thread, desktop tripod stand that allows the NT-USB to sit at a comfortable height on a tabletop, and a pouch for storage of the microphone when not in use.
 
The NT-USB is supplied with an extended 24 month warranty, which is free of charge to customers that register their microphone.
 
B&H has the Rode NT-USB USB Microphone available for preorder.
Category: RODE News
Post Date: 7/24/2014 7:16:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Canon has released its financial results for the second quarter of 2014. We suggest checking out the easy-to-understand, graphically-enhanced Presentation Material.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/24/2014 6:59:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
In this video you'll see how shutter speed affects various frame rates and the appearance of motion in your footage.
 
Current List of HD Video Tutorials

B&H carries DSLR video gear.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/23/2014 7:00:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Tokina AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S Lens for Nikon
B&H has the Tokina AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S Lens for Nikon in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/22/2014 2:03:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Kingston SSDNow v310 Solid State Drive
From Kingston:
 
Features:

  • New V310 Solid-State Drive Joins SSDNow V Series Family
  • Boosts System Responsiveness and Speed
  • Large 960GB Capacity Allows To Migrate Entire Hard Drive

Fountain Valley, CA – July 21, 2014 – Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced its latest addition to the SSDNow V300 series, the V310. The Kingston SSDNow V310 solid-state drive dramatically boosts system responsiveness while also offering 960GB capacity to store all movies, music, games, files and applications.
 
The new SSDNow V310 is 10x faster than a 7200RPM hard-disk drive1. Powered by a Phison 3108 ccontroller, the drive achieves 450MB/s read and write speeds2. With no moving mechanical parts, SSDNow V310 is shock-proof, uses less energy and stays cool making it more reliable and less likely to fail than standard hard-disk drives. The large capacity of the SSDNow V310 allows enough space for a true HDD replacement so users can migrate their entire hard drive over with storage to spare.
 
“Since 2009, our V ‘Value’ series solid-state drives have delivered the best price to performance ratio as possible to enable consumers on a budget or entry-level users to experience the benefits of SSD technology. Our new V310 continues that along with providing the biggest capacity ever in a Kingston SSD," said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston." SSDNow V310 with its large 960GB capacity is the perfect upgrade to an existing system as it improves boot speeds and application load times helping maximize one’s computer investment.”
 
SSDNow V310 is available in 960GB as a stand-alone drive or as all-in-one kits that include all the accessories needed plus software to clone files and OS to make for an easy install. SSDNow V310 is backed by a three-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.
 
B&H carries Kingston Solid State Drives.

Category: Kingston News
Post Date: 7/22/2014 9:50:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
In this episode of Prospectives, Tim Cooper visits the B&H studio to discuss some realistic uses for HDR photography. He takes us through a few HDR composite examples and outlines the reasons for shooting high dynamic range images.
Post Date: 7/22/2014 9:01:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens
Just posted: Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens Review
 
The 12mm extreme-wide-angle rectilinear focal length makes this lens unique and gives the photographer the ability to capture very unique images.
 
B&H has the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens in stock.
Post Date: 7/22/2014 8:00:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Hoya EVO Antistatic Filter
From THK:
 
JULY 22, 2014 – Huntington Beach, CA. - (July 22, 2014) - Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. is proud to introduce the new Hoya EVO ANTISTATIC series of professional photographic filters.
 
Hoya engineers have developed a new ANTISTATIC coating that acts like a force field around the filter to repel dust. Perfect for environments where dust is common, these filters require less frequent cleaning and maintenance than traditional filters. Additionally, the hardened, antistatic top-layer is water repellent, stain and scratch resistant, and cleans easily when smudges or fingerprints are introduced to the surface.
 
The new EVO ANTISTATIC professional filters are made in Japan using hand selected silicates that are carefully smelted and blended to yield high performance optical glass. Hoya then uses extreme care and precision to apply the Improved 16-layer Super Multi-coating formula which greatly reduces or eliminates reflections on the surface of the glass and yields a 99.8% light transmission rate. This means the filter has virtually no effect on the color balance, contrast, or clarity of the final image.
 
The filters in the new EVO ANTISTATIC series* utilize a lightweight, one-piece, low-profile aluminum frame to house the glass. This one-piece design allows the filter to maintain perfect parallel alignment to the sensor plane for maximum sharpness, while the low-profile frame eliminates vignetting when used on ultra-wide-angle lenses.
 
The new EVO ANTISTATIC series of filters consist of a Protector, UV, and Circular Polarizer in common sizes ranging from 37mm to 82mm.
 
Hoya EVO ANTISTATIC filters were developed in conjunction with Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. and intended solely for the USA distribution.
 
For a video introducing the EVO ANTISTATIC filters please go to: http://youtu.be/TwAYU0JlWP0
 
The EVO ANTISTATIC filter will be available in mid-August.
 
B&H carries Hoya filters.
Category: Hoya News
Post Date: 7/22/2014 7:14:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
This is an older video that slipped under my radar late last year. But it begs the question – what would you do with 50 EOS 1D X DSLR cameras?
 
From Canon Suisse:
 
With the support of Canon Switzerland, the Swiss Radio and TV SRF produced two elaborate Bullet Time Shots for the programme "Sommer-Challenge". 50 Canon EOS-1D X cameras were used in one indoor and one outdoor shooting.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 1D X.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/22/2014 7:05:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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