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 Thursday, May 5, 2016
B&H has the APC SurgeArrest 11-Outlet Surge Protector available for $25.80. Regularly $49.80.
 
A surge protector like this one could prove vital in protecting costly electronics (like your post-processing computer and the images it contains). At this price, you could consider it very inexpensive insurance.
 
This item also qualifies for free expedited shipping when your order total is $49.00 or more. As such, you may consider adding few low-cost accessories to your order to hit the $49.00 mark.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • SurgeArrest 11-Outlet Surge Protection
  • Includes Phone Splitter, Coax & Ethernet
  • Noise Filter Reduces Interferences
  • Safety-Agency Approved
  • $100,000 Equipment Protection Policy
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Post Date: 5/5/2016 8:38:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 4, 2016
B&H has the DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Gimbal-Stabilized 4K / 12MP Camera
  • Visual Sensor for Obstacle Avoidance
  • Streamlined Shell / Magnesium Unibody
  • Top Speed of 44.7mph in Sport Mode
  • Maximum Control Range of 3.1 Miles
  • Visual Tracking of Moving Subject
  • Up to 32.8' Vision Positioning Altitude
  • TapFly - Fly With a Tap of the Finger
  • Avoids Obstacles When Returning Home
  • Up to 28 Minutes Flying Time
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Post Date: 5/4/2016 2:29:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478DR Light Meter available for $299.00 with free shipping. Regularly $399.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Color Touch Screen Interface
  • Still, Cine, Incident, Reflected, Flash Exposure Meter
  • Wireless Flash Power Control
  • Custom Exposure Profiles and Calibration
  • Flash Exposure Analyzing Function
  • Adjustable Menu Navigation
  • Retractable and Removable Lumisphere
  • AAA Battery Power Source
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Post Date: 5/4/2016 10:50:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
As has become my habit when setting up a new DSLR, I recorded my setup steps for the recently-received Canon EOS Rebel T6. Following are the 24 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box Rebel T6 ready for use.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. The battery likely comes partially charged, but it is nice to start out with a fully charged battery.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box.
  3. Download the Canon Solution Disk software from Canon's website and install on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert the battery (after charging completes – if you can wait that long).
  6. Power the camera on.
  7. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  8. Insert a memory card (don't forget to format the card via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  9. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  10. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the cameras as follows:
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: "RAW"
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Beep: Disable
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Release without card: Disable/off (I highly recommend this setting)
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec.
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Peripheral illumination correction: disabled
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "1" (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: ISO Auto: 6400
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Grid display: Grid 1 (3x3)
  19. Playback Menu, Tab 2: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to monitor all three color channels for blown or blocked pixels)
  20. Tools Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  21. Tools Menu, Tab 3: C.Fn I: Exposure: ISO Expansion: On
  22. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Long exposure noise reduction: I usually have this option set to "Auto", but my choice varies for the situation.
  23. Tools Menu, Tab 3: High ISO speed noise reduction: Off (noise reduction is destructive to images details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  24. My Menu: Register the following options: Long exposure noise reduction, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning (Clean manually), Expo.comp./AEB (back up near the top of the list)
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot - including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). Your list will insure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS Rebel T6
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Post Date: 5/4/2016 10:33:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Store has the EOS 1D X Mark II Premium Kit in stock.
 
Retailers with 1D X II Premium Kit In Stock
Canon Store | Adorama | Focus Camera
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Post Date: 5/4/2016 9:32:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens for Canon available for $189.00 with free shipping. Regularly $247.26.
 
This is an extremely fun lens to use and a great way to inspire creative imagery. [Sean]
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Post Date: 5/4/2016 8:53:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Vello FreeWave Fusion Basic Wireless Trigger System available for $34.36. Regularly $42.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • FreeWave Fusion Basic Transmitter
  • FreeWave Fusion Basic Receiver
  • 2.4GHz Radio Signal
  • 328' Wireless Range
  • 16 Channels
  • Flash Sync Speeds up to 1/250 Sec.
  • Single Shot or Continuous Shooting
  • Trigger Camera or Flash
Note: This item qualifies for free expedited shipping when your order total is $49.00 or more. As such, you may want to add a few inexpensive accessories (that would be costly to ship on their own) in order to hit the $49.00 mark.
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Post Date: 5/4/2016 6:42:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Focus Camera has the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Premium Kit in stock with free shipping.
 
Retailers with 1D X II Premium Kit In Stock
Adorama | Focus Camera
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Post Date: 5/4/2016 6:30:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Steadicam Solo Stabilizer & Monopod with Vest Arm Kit available for $949.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,649.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Converts between Steadicam and Monopod
  • 3-Axis Gimbal
  • 10 lb Weight Capacity
  • Telescopically Extends to Four Sections
  • Includes QR Plate and Counterweights
  • Folds to 24"
  • Support Arm and Vest Included
  • Adjustable Load Range
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Post Date: 5/4/2016 5:21:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Litepanels Croma On-Camera LED Light available for an in-cart price of $229.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $584.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Cams / DSLRs / Stands / Handheld Use
  • Flicker-Free Shadowless Soft Light
  • Dial-Adjustable Color Temperatures
  • Smooth 0-100% Dimmer Dial
  • Low-Consumption and 50,000 Hour LED Life
  • Cool to the Touch Operation
  • Soft-Touch Rubber Coating
  • Ergonomic and Intuitive Controls
  • Operates by AA Batteries or AC Power
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Post Date: 5/4/2016 5:11:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 3, 2016
From LensRentals:
 
Wedding season has officially started! To make things easier for you we have bundled our most popular wedding gear into discounted packages, and this month we are giving you an extra 10% off the package price! Just use code WEDDING10.
 
Fine Print:
  • Order must have arrival date on or before May 31st, 2016
  • Must use code WEDDING10
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Post Date: 5/3/2016 10:58:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From MindShift Gear:
 
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – For outdoor photographers who need quick access to their CF and SD memory cards, MindShift Gear has released the Card-Again wallets. These two simple, lightweight memory card wallets fit easily in your pockets, feature clear windows to identify used versus full cards and cutouts for easy access, and an attachment point to tether to a bag or clothing. The CF Card-Again holds four CF cards. The SD Card-Again holds six SD cards.
 
Materials
 
Exterior: The wallets are constructed using 420 high-density nylon, 210D nylon, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread. For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating.
 
Specifications
 
CF Card-Again
External Dimensions: 4.3” x 2.5” x 0.5” (11 x 6.3 x 1.3 cm)
(W x H x D)
Weight: 1.0 oz. (28 g)
 
SD Card-Again
External Dimensions: 4.3” x 2.4” x 0.5” (11 x 6 x 1.2 cm)
(W x H x D)
Weight: 0.9 oz. (25 g)
 
MindShift Gear has the Card-Again Memory Card Holders in stock.
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Post Date: 5/3/2016 10:02:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From MindShift Gear:
 
Carry Your Camera Outdoors Five Ways with MindShift Gear’s Multi-Mount Holster
 
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – For outdoor photographers seeking one bag to carry a single DSLR camera on everything from a quick outing to a multi-night trek, MindShift Gear introduces four highly versatile Multi-Mount Holsters. Sized to fit a range of cameras and lenses, each holster offers five key mounting configurations: shoulder, pack/front harness, chest, storage, and belt. In a first for the photo industry, the Multi-Mount Holsters feature a unique backpack mount for multi-day comfort. The holsters feature an innovative “Stabilizer Strap System” that secures the bag in your desired position, distributes weight effectively, and is quickly adjustable.
 
In keeping with MindShift’s design emphasis on providing protection from stormy weather, wind, snow and dust, the new holsters feature a weather-blocking elements barrier under the zippered lid and a seam-sealed rain cover. The Multi-Mount Holster 30 and 50 sizes feature an expandable front pocket for quick access to photography essentials, such as a Speedlight flash or tabletop tripod.
 
“The Multi-Mount Holsters include all the accessories needed to personalize your camera carrying method,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer. “With just a few adjustments, you can quickly switch from carrying it on your waist, back, chest or shoulder.”
 
Features and Benefits
 
  • Designed for today’s DSLRs with attached quick release or L-bracket
  • Integrated multi-mount adjustable strap system tucks away into three dedicated pockets
  • Weight bearing shoulder strap features stretch-free neoprene comfort, slip-resistant shoulder pad, lightweight clips, and two-sided length adjustment including one ladderlock
  • Front harness weight-bearing pack mount straps feature quick-release SR buckles for instant removal and pivoting lightweight clips that attach to any pack’s shoulder harness with daisy chain webbing
  • Lightweight and compact stabilizer waist belt is designed to easily pivot the shoulder bag configuration around over the webbing
  • Stabilizer straps, stored in tuck-away pockets, quickly wrap around any backpack shoulder strap and create triangulated stabilization from low and high points on the front end of the bag
  • New YKK zippers are coated with an anti-corrosion substrate, providing enamel-finish durability. These zippers are less prone to freezing and much lighter than standard slides. They also pass YKK’s industry-renowned production fastening standard with a static pull test at three angles result in smoother zipping in all conditions.
  • Exterior shell is constructed with 420D nylon with Durable Water Resistance finish for long lasting durability and strength
  • Front expandable pocket includes organizer pocket, two separate loops for memory card holder and keys, and double sliders
  • Domed top creates room for attached camera strap storage
  • Comfortable air mesh back panel includes stabilizer waist belt pass-through
  • Internal zippered lid pocket for added protection from the elements
  • Removable LCD screen protector and adjustable divider(s) for different lens configurations
  • Main compartment security loop secures camera to lanyard in exposed environments
  • Top grab handle
  • Ergonomic zipper pulls are easily gripped with gloves
  • Shoulder strap loops double as clip-in point for water bottles, etc.
Gear Capacity
 
Multi-Mount Holster 10
 
  • Holds one large (un-gripped) Mirrorless body and one standard zoom lens or prime
  • Holds one compact DSLR (Rebel, 3300 or 5300 series) and one lens
  • Compatible Lenses: Prime lens; Kit Lens; 16-85mm (Canon or Nikon) with hood REVERSED; 16-35mm f/2.8 (Sony)
Multi-Mount Holster 20
 
  • Holds one standard-size DSLR (5DM3 or D810) and one standard zoom lens or two primes
  • Holds one large (un-gripped) Mirrorless body and one standard zoom lens or two primes
  • 16-35mm f/2.8 with hood EXTENDED (Canon); 16-35mm f/4 VR with hood EXTENDED (Nikon); 24-70mm f/2.8 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon); 17-55mm f/2.8 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon)
Multi-Mount Holster 30
 
  • Holds one standard-size DSLR (5DM3 or D810) and one standard zoom lens
  • Holds one gripped DSLRs (1Dx or D4s) and one standard zoom lens
  • 24-70mm f/2.8 with hood EXTENDED (Canon or Nikon); 70-200mm f/2.8 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon); 300mm f/4 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon); 80-400mm f/4 AF-S/G with hood REVERSED (Nikon)
  • Front pocket holds SB-910 (Nikon Speedlight); 600 RT (Canon Speedlite)
Multi-Mount Holster 50
 
  • Holds one gripped Pro DSLR (Nikon D3/D4 series or Canon 1D/1Ds/1DX series) and one standard zoom lens
  • Holds one standard DSLRs with L-bracket (Nikon D800/D700) and one standard zoom lens
  • 24-70mm f/2.8 with hood EXTENDED (Canon or Nikon); 70-200mm f/2.8 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon); 300mm f/4 with hood REVERSED (Canon or Nikon); 80-400mm f/4 AF-S/G with hood REVERSED (Nikon)
  • Front pocket holds SB-910 (Nikon Speedlight); 600 RT (Canon Speedlite)
Materials
 
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. The holsters also feature high-quality YKK zippers, 420D high-density nylon, 420D velocity nylon, 320G, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 200D poly, velex, high-density closed-cell foam, belly-o mesh, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Specifications
 
Multi-Mount Holster 10
External Dimensions: 8.5” H x 7.25” W x 6.25” D
Camera Compartment: 6.75” H x 6” W x 3.75” D
Weight: 10 oz. (Weight w/ all straps and rain cover: 1 lb. 2.125 oz.)
 
Multi-Mount Holster 20
External Dimensions: 9.5” H x 8.25” W x 6.5” D
Camera Compartment: 7.5” H x 7.25” W x 4.5” D
Weight: 11.625 oz. (Weight w/ all straps and rain cover: 1 lb. 3.5 oz.)
 
Multi-Mount Holster 30
External Dimensions: 13.25” H x 8.5” W x 6.5” D
Camera Compartment: 11.25” H x 7.25” W x 4.5” D
Weight: 12.875 oz. (Weight w/ all straps and rain cover: 1 lb. 5.25 oz.)
 
Multi-Mount Holster 50
External Dimensions: 13.25” H x 8.5” W x 8.75” D
Camera Compartment: 11.25” H x 7.25” W x 6.5” D
Weight: 14.875 oz. (Weight w/ all straps and rain cover: 1 lb. 7.625 oz.)
 
MindShift Gear has the Multi-Mount Holsters in stock.
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Post Date: 5/3/2016 9:41:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro F017 Lens page.
 
Image quality results from the Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D are now available. A wide range of Canon EOS models can be compared with the Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens (T6-tested) and/or the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens selected (use f/4).
 
The Rebel T6 is available only in a kit with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens, so while we had this lens in the labs, we captured Image quality results from it mounted to the EOS 7D Mark II.
 
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II are available in the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens Review. This is a venerable combination for sports and wildlife.
 
As usual, all of the above-mentioned items are available at B&H. Your continued support of the site by using the provided B&H and other retailer links to make purchases (of anything) continues to make these tests possible.
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Post Date: 5/3/2016 9:15:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the PNY 128GB Elite Performance 95MB/s UHS-1 SDXC available for $39.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $64.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 128GB Capacity
  • Class 10 / UHS-1
  • Max. Read Speed: up to 95 MB/s
  • Water / Shock / Magnet Proof
  • Withstands Temperature Extremes
  • Built-in Write-Protect Switch
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Post Date: 5/3/2016 8:56:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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