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 Friday, October 16, 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,098.20 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00 after $300.00 instant savigs.
Note: This is likely a grey market camera and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 10/16/2015 6:08:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
RONKONKOMA, NY — October 16, 2015 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens and camera manufacturer, is setting new benchmarks for wide-angle image quality with the announcement of the newest Global Vision and market’s first full-frame 20mm F1.4 lens, the Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens. The lens will be on display at PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo in New York City from October 22-24. The lens will become available late November for the street price of $899.
This revolutionary prime lens is designed to bring out the full potential of ultra-high-megapixel DSLR cameras. With a focal length of 20mm and F1.4 aperture, this lens delivers outstanding large-aperture brightness and bokeh. Through decades of experience in lens design and Sigma Global Vision lens craftsmanship, the 20mm incorporates both “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass, and five Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass in a design of 15 elements in 11 groups. The combination of advanced optics and optimized lens power distribution minimizes spherical aberration, axial chromatic aberration and field curvature, producing outstanding image quality. The wide angle and outstanding image quality make this lens great for seascape, cityscape, and astrophotography, as well as for photos in low light, indoor photography, portraits, and event and wedding photography.
“While many saw the development of a 20mm lens for today’s super-resolution DSLRs as challenging, Sigma approached it head-on utilizing our advanced manufacturing technologies to create the world’s first 20mm F1.4 ultra-wide-angle lens,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “This new lens is a result of years of experience by the company’s optical engineers in developing state-of-the-art lens designs and proven production knowledge, and high-precision craftsmanship by our factory team in Aizu, Japan.”
From the start of the design process, Sigma took steps to minimize flare and ghosting, and established an optical design that is resistant to strong incidental light sources such as backlight with its Super Multi-Layer Coating. As with all Sigma Global Vision lenses, the 20mm F1.4 lens incorporates the latest Sigma technology, including an optimized autofocus (AF) algorithm for smooth, fast, and accurate focusing. In addition, Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) compound material is used, which has a high affinity to metal parts, consistently performs well at extreme temperatures, and reduces the size and weight of the lens.
This lens is compatible with Sigma’s USB Dock, (sold separately) which allows photographers to update the lens’ firmware, adjust focus points and customize full-time manual focus over-ride function settings using Sigma’s Optimization Pro software. A new metal lens cap (LC907-02) is also available as a separate accessory for $23.
The Sigma 20mm F1.4 Art lens will also feature:
  • A Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) that ensures a silent, high-speed AF function. Smoother AF is achieved when the this AF algorithm is optimized
  • A nine-blade, rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image
  • A brass bayonet mount of highly precise and durable construction to enhance mount’s strength and long-term wear resistance
  • Specifications: Weight of 33.5 ounces; a diameter and length of 3.6 inches by 5.1 inches; a minimum aperture of F16; and angle of view (35mm) of 94.5°; minimum focusing distance of 10.9 inches; and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:7.1
Sigma fans can feel confident knowing that every 20mm lens that leaves Japan’s factory has been tested using Sigma’s own modulation transfer function (MTF) measuring system, “A1.” Other prime lenses in the Art line include: 24mm F1.4 DG HSM, 30mm F1.4 DC HSM, 35mm F1.4 DG HSM, and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM.
B&H has the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens available for preorder.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/16/2015 5:27:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art LensSigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
We're still waiting for the official press release, but in the meantime, B&H has the first ever 20mm f/1.4 lens for full-frame cameras – the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art – available for preorder.
Can't wait for the press release? B&H has a brief preview of the lens on Explora.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 10/16/2015 5:23:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 15, 2015
If it Spins, Make it Blurred
It seems that most of us photographers are intrigued by the circles created by motion blur. I don't know exactly what it is about spinning subjects, but ... when blurred, they frequently make good compositions. Amusement parks, fairs and other events featuring rides are great locations to find circular motion.
Creating the blur simply requires a tripod and the exposure duration long enough to get the desired amount of blur effect. Since long exposures generally require low light levels, dawn and dusk (as seen in this example) are good times for this type of photography. Alternatively, use a neutral density filter under brighter lighting conditions.
Do you have a favorite spinning subject? Share it with us in the comments!
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 10/15/2015 10:43:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer
Use coupon code PRINTPRO100 ($100.00 off) at B&H to get the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer for $49.99 after $250.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $399.99.
Note: A pack of Canon paper is included which qualifies this purchase for a $250.00 rebate.
Product Highlights
  • 4800 x 2400 dpi
  • Print 8 x 10" in 51 Seconds
  • Wi-Fi, Ethernet, AirPrint, PictBridge
  • Print Sizes up to 13 x 19"
  • 8 Ink Cartridges Including 3 Monochrome
  • CD, DVD, Blu-ray Printing
  • Print Studio Pro for Photoshop, DPP
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Post Date: 10/15/2015 9:58:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Carl Zeiss Lenses YouTube Channel:
The world's best wide-angle lens - ZEISS Otus 1.4/28
Uncompromising performance across the entire image field makes this full-frame lens unique and sets new standards among wide-angle focal lengths. Raise your photos to a totally new dimension by capturing even the tiniest details of your subject.
Note: Retail price of the lens has yet to be determined.
Post Date: 10/15/2015 7:46:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
This year at #AdobeMAX, we traveled through time to showcase 25 years of Photoshop and get you feeling all tingly again. Watch the video and walk through the last 25 years with us.
Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan is only USD$9.99 per month and includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad).
Post Date: 10/15/2015 7:00:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photo Retrospective 40 Shoulder Bag (Black)
B&H has several Think Tank Photo Retrospective Shoulder Bags significantly reduced. See below for details.
Think Tank Photo Deals
ItemReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
Retrospective 50 Shoulder Bag (Black)$230.70$120.75 $109.95
Retrospective 50 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate)$249.75$120.75 $129.00
Retrospective 40 Shoulder Bag (Black)$200.70$100.75 $99.95
Retrospective 40 Shoulder Bag (Pinestone)$219.75$100.75 $119.00
Retrospective 20 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate)$174.75$55.75 $119.00
Retrospective Laptop Case 15L (Pinestone)$159.75$50.75 $109.00
Retrospective Laptop Case 15L (Blue Slate)$159.75$50.75 $109.00
Retrospective Laptop Case 13L (Pinestone)$149.75$50.75 $99.00
Retrospective Laptop Case 13L (Blue Slate)$149.75$50.75 $99.00
Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate)$162.75$53.75$109.00
Retrospective 5 Shoulder Bag (Blue Slate)$144.75$45.75$99.00
Post Date: 10/15/2015 6:30:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon:
Notice Regarding the Phenomenon of Skipped Frames in Footage Recorded in Slow Motion on the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera
Thank you for using Canon products.
We have become aware that there may be cases of skipped frames in footage recorded in slow motion on the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera. Customer support for this phenomenon is described below.
We would like to offer our sincere apologies to users for the inconvenience caused by this phenomenon. Going forward, we will spare no effort in our quality management to make sure our customers can use our products with confidence.
Except as provided below, footage recorded in slow motion in Slow & Fast Motion Recording Mode, in 4K and 2K/HD, and at all frame rates, may have skipped frames.
This phenomenon does not occur for slow motion recording at the following settings:
2K/HD recording at 59.94P & 50.00P frame rates
Affected Product
EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera. Cameras with firmware version are affected.
The camera’s firmware version can be checked from [System Setup] on the menu.
Press the MENU button, then select [System Setup] ? [Firmware] ? [Camera].
We are planning to release new firmware that incorporates a fix for this phenomenon in early November.
Once the new firmware is ready, we will make an announcement on our website. If you wish to use the slow motion recording function before that time, please contact the Canon Service Center.
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
If you have not already done so, please register your Canon C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future service upgrades.
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
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Post Date: 10/15/2015 5:23:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Lexar Professional 128GB 2000x SDXC Memory Card
From Lexar:
New High-Capacity Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II Card Leverages UHS-II Speed Class 3 Technology for High-Speed Performance
Milpitas, CA, October 13, 2015 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the 128GB capacity of the Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II memory card. Available for purchase later this year, the 128GB Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card will be the fastest UHS-II memory card available at this capacity on the market.
Leveraging the Ultra High Speed II, UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) specification, the Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC card quickly captures and transfers extended lengths of 4K, 1080p full-HD, and 3D video, as well as high-quality images. The new 128GB capacity card offers read transfer speeds up to 300MB per second and write speeds up to 260MB per second.* Additionally, the Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card includes an SD UHS-II reader for high-speed file transfer of photos and videos from the card to any PC or Mac system, dramatically accelerating workflow and offering users immediate performance right out of the package.**
“By delivering the fastest SDXC memory card with the highest capacity available on the market, Lexar is focused on providing professional videographers and photographers with the necessary tools to perform at new levels,” said Steffi Ho, product marketing manager, Lexar. “Demand for cinematography-grade video and images requires the ability to shoot, store, and transfer more content than ever on a single card, and the 128GB Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC empowers professionals to meet those demands.”
The Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card is backwards compatible with older cameras and readers, performing at UHS-I and Class 10 speeds. Additionally, all Lexar product designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs to validate performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability with more than 1,100 digital devices. The card comes with a limited lifetime warranty*** and includes a lifetime copy of Image Rescue software.**** The Lexar 128GB Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card will be available in October with an MSRP of $289.99.
B&H carries Lexar Professional SDXC memory cards.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 10/14/2015 10:58:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Manfrotto Camera Slider and 502 Fluid Head Kit 3.3ft
Manfrotto has released two new sliders aimed squarely at the DSLR video market.
Both the 2' and 3.3' versions feature eight high-precision steel ball bearings, high quality machined sufaces and high performance polymer wheels to ensure smooth and relable movement. Both sliders can also be purchased in a kit form with the Manfrotto 500 fluid head paired with the 2' slider and the 502 fluid head paired with the 3.3' version.
B&H carries the new Manfrotto sliders and kits.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 10/14/2015 10:09:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Brown Bear Catching a Salmon, Katmai National Park
From my coastal Katmai National Park trip, I have lots of images of brown bears chasing and carrying salmon, but this one surfaced for several reasons.
First, there is significant splashing. The splashing adds drama, showing that fast action is taking place.
Second is that the pink (humpback) salmon's tail and head (including eye) are both showing along with the bear's eyes being visible. Having the eyes in an image can make or break a shot.
I of course love the ideal timing of those enormous claws about to hook the fish.
That the bear's head and the fish are sharply in focus is definitely a positive factor as splashing water along with an erratically moving subject presents a significant challenge to both the camera's AF system and to the photographer's skills (including rapid AF point selection).
Put all of those attributes together with the impressive image quality of the Canon EOS 5Ds R and EF 600mm f/4L IS II Lens combination along with the primary subject being the impressive-by-itself brown bear and ... the image rises into my favorites album.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image. Please share!
Post Date: 10/14/2015 9:26:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
B&H has the Refurbished Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $379.95 with free shipping. Compare at $499.00 new after $200.00 instant savings.
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Post Date: 10/14/2015 8:04:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
ZEISS Otus 28m f/1.4 Lens
With the new ZEISS Otus 1.4/28, users of shorter focal lengths can now also take advantage of the most powerful image quality of the ZEISS Otus lens family.
Where details count in wide-angle photography, the Otus 1.4/28 for DSLR cameras with F- and EF-mount is the lens of choice.
The Otus 1.4/28 shows off its strengths particularly in landscape and nature photography. Even with a maximum aperture, the corners of the image are completely usable, so there are no limits to composition. In poor light combined with fast-moving objects, the lens also doesn’t break a sweat – thanks to its high speed of f/1.4. While other lenses reveal their shortcomings in correction in night photography, especially when lots of open light sources dominate an image, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 boasts a stellar performance. Finally, the latest member of the ZEISS Otus family is excellent for taking pictures of image elements in the foreground, as they take on a greater feeling of depth to the scene due to the wide background and the open aperture; here, the lens’s harmonious bokeh ensures a 3D effect.
For professional photographers
Inner focusing, a dial window and yellow labeling of the dials for easy legibility designate the Otus 1.4/28 as a lens, developed to meet the high demands of professional photographers. The mechanical quality also impresses: the soft focus operation with the large rotation angle allows for the finest variations when focusing – something that is only possible with a metal construction. In every focusing situation, the user is given freedom to compose – one of the most important creative factors in photography. An artistic tool is literally put in the photographer’s hands. With its robust all-metal barrel and easy-to-grip focus ring, the Otus 1.4/28 is also well suited for a photographer’s demanding everyday work.
With high image contrast all the way into the edges of the image – already at an open aperture of f/1.4 – the Otus 1.4/28 demonstrates its optical brilliance. At all distances it offers consistent performance (minimum working distance of 0.15 m), highly detailed images without any bothersome artifacts, and a neutral bokeh in the background.
Intricate construction for uncompromising imaging performance
A view inside the lens reveals how such optical excellence is achieved: The lens consists of 16 elements in 13 groups. One of the lens elements has an aspheric optical surface and one element is aspheric on both sides. Eight other lens elements are made of special glass. The basis of the optical design is a Distagon. The special glass has anomalous partial dispersion, as is typical for an apochromatic lens. This corrects the longitudinal chromatic aberrations superbly, which therefore lie considerably below the tightly defined boundaries. Bright-dark transitions in the image, in particular highlights, are depicted almost completely free of color artifacts. The floating elements design (the change of distances between certain lens elements when focusing) allows for unrivalled imaging performance along the entire focusing range, from 0.3 m to infinity.
The ZEISS Otus lens family
When ZEISS introduced the ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 in 2013, creating a new family of high-end SLR lenses, the trade press and users alike were enthusiastic. The ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 has exceeded its promises up to this day. The second member of the family, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/85, which was presented at photokina 2014, continued this success story in the short telephoto range. It enables photographers to express their creativity in a unique way – and that with the unsurpassed high imaging performance for which the lenses in the ZEISS Otus family are known.
“The ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 continues the tradition of its lens family. It is the best wide-angle that has ever existed. Now we can offer three outstanding lenses for the widest variety of applications,” added Casenave.
Price and availability
The Otus 1.4/28 ZF.2 and Otus 1.4/28 ZE will be available worldwide starting in the second quarter of 2016. The lens shade is included with delivery. The retail sales price is unknown to date.
For high resolution sample images, check out the Carl Zeiss Lenses Flickr Photostream.
B&H carries ZEISS Otus lenses.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 10/14/2015 6:43:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,099.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,499.00 after $300.00 instant savings.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/13/2015 3:55:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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