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 Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Hot Deal: Use coupon code BHOPTICS17 at B&H has the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer available for $79.99 with free shipping after $50.00 promo discount and $250.00 mail-in discount. Regularly $379.99.
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
From Nikon:
What’s New with Version 1.31.0
  • Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Live Photo Gallery, and Windows Photo Viewer now display the previews embedded in NEF (RAW) images.
Download: Nikon NEF Codec v.1.31.0
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon NEF Codec
Post Date: 6/7/2017 6:22:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Phase One:
Capture One 10.1.2 brings lots of bug fixes for Mac and Windows versions of Capture One 10.1.
Bug fixes: Mac
  • Importing all images from a CF card doesn’t work
  • Capture Pilot Server – histogram is not showing metadata until you tag the pictures with a color
  • Navigator tool rectangle not cropped correctly
  • Folder in catalog will not sync after deleting and adding it again
  • Workspace not saved properly
  • OpenCL indication discrepancy on laptops
  • Rating in Smart Albums doesn’t work
  • PSD files with dot prefix shown in Browser
  • List of tokens can move sideways
  • Temp reset of Smoothness slider resets to default instead
  • Keystone adjustment edit fields don’t act on arrow up/down
  • Edit With settings are not persistent
  • Garbage Session Favorite created when Exporting as EIP
  • Crash when moving vertical guide in live view
  • Miscellaneous crashes
Bug fixes: Win
  • Default clarity for specific camera not stored after restart of Capture One
  • Deleting images gives counting negative values
  • Save Workspace Does Not Save Multiple Identical Tools in the Same Tool Tab
  • Miscellaneous crashes
Download: Capture One 10.1.2
B&H carries Phase One Capture One licenses.
Post Date: 6/7/2017 5:51:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the newly announced Apple iMac, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iPad Pro available or preorder.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 6/7/2017 5:22:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Genaray LED-6500T 209 LED Variable-Color On-Camera Light available for $89.95 with free shipping. Regularly $169.95.
Product Highlights
  • Genaray Professional Series LED Light
  • 3200-5600K Adjustable Color Temperature
  • Up to 900 Lux Brightness at 3 ft
  • Vertically Stackable
  • 100-10% Flicker Free Brightness Dimmer
  • Smooth, Stepless Color/Brightness Dials
  • Sony L Series Battery Mount
  • Battery, Charger, AC Adapter Included
  • Magnetic, Snap-On Diffuser Included
  • Ball Head and Carry Case Included
Post Date: 6/7/2017 5:10:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Originally scheduled to end at noon Pacific Time, 5DayDeal is extending the 2017 Complete Video Creators Bundle expiration to 5:00pm PT (8:00pm ET).
The 2017 Complete Video Creators Bundle by 5DayDeal is a value packed collection of video tutorials, software, LUTs, and digital resources to help you thrive in the video industry.
Get instant access to $2,000+ in cinematography training and tools—pay only $97.00. And when you pick up the bundle, $9.70 of the purchase price is donated to charity.
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Post Date: 6/6/2017 12:53:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, standard product images and eye candy have been added to the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens page.
Completing the review of this lens is one of my priorities right now.
The Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 6/6/2017 7:15:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma:
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
Sigma Corporation would like to announce a firmware update for the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Canon and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E is now available.
By updating the firmware, the lens will offer improved AF performance. Also, the latest firmware of the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E will not only offer improved AF performance, but also enables the OS mechanism to start operating faster than before.
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro. For those who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro by connecting it to a computer using a supplied USB Cable.
* Before updating the MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh from the following download page.
Applicable Products
SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Canon
Benefits of This Firmware Update
  • Improved the AF performance.
  • When attached to the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E (ver. 1.06), the firmware update offers not only the improved AF performance, but also enables the OS mechanism to start operating faster than before.
Applicable Products
Benefits of This Firmware Update
  • Compatibility with the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Canon (ver. 1.01).
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download Page
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/6/2017 6:10:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Angler Muslin Background (10 x 24', in either Black, White or Chroma Green) available for $69.95 with free shipping. Regularly $114.95.
Product Highlights
  • Seamless, Durable 10 x 24' Fabric
  • Absorbs Light & Eliminates Reflections
  • Sewn-In 4" Rod Sleeve for Hanging
  • Machine Wash, Tumble Dry Low
  • Included See-Through Zippered Carry Bag
 Monday, June 5, 2017
From Samyang:
A tiny lens with a mighty performance, Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE is ideal for daily photography as well as travel photography. This new compact and lightweight lens, together with the existing AF 14mm F2.8 FE and AF 50mm F1.4 FE lenses, now expands Samyang’s autofocus lens line-up to three.
The AF 35mm F2.8 FE weighs just 85g and measures 3.3cm in length, without the hood and rear cap. Thanks to Samyang’s exceptional optical technology, its compact size is packed with features for outstanding image quality. Featuring seven elements in six groups, two aspherical lenses and one high refractive lens plus Ultra Multi Coating to minimise aberration and unnecessary light dispersion, the lens delivers high resolution from the centre to the corners of the image.
Perfect Partner for Everyday Photographers
This new lens is specifically designed to work in harmony with full frame mirrorless cameras in Sony E mount. For full frame sensors, the focal length resembles the human eye the most. For APS-C types for Sony alpha 6000 and 5000 series users the lens is equivalent to approximately 52mm, which is also one of the most popular focal lengths among photographers.
Portability with mighty performance and a 35mm focal length makes this lens the best choice for daily photographers who want to capture every memory as a high quality image. The autofocus is fast and accurate and is ideal for the capture of outdoor events such as hiking, sports events and landscape photography. It also has a minimum focusing distance of 0.35m and is ideal for street, portrait and close focus photography.
  • Autofocus
  • Aspherical Lens
  • Ultra Multi Coating (UMC) of Samyang Optics
  • Circular aperture with 7 blades
Lens Specifications
Aperture Rangef/2.8 - f/22
Optical Construction7 Elements in 6 Groups
Minimum Focus Distance0.35m (1.1ft)
Maximum Magnification Ratio0.12x
Filter Size49mm
Aperture Blades7 (Rounded)
Dimensions (DxL)Approx. 2.43 x 1.30" (61.8 x 33 mm)
Weight3.02 oz (85.64 g)

B&H has the Rokinon AF 35mm f/2.8 FE Lens for Sony E available for preorder.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 6/5/2017 1:02:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
Two New Videos, “See Beyond Darkness” and “See the Light” Highlight Rare Biofluorescent Turtles, Bioluminescent Creatures Under the Sea, the Aurora Borealis and More
MELVILLE, N.Y., June 5, 2017 – Expanding viewers’ horizons through technology, Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is pushing its creative boundaries with two new “Canon See Impossible” videos that celebrate Canon’s commitment to making the seemingly impossible possible. Available for viewing now on the Canon U.S.A.website, these two new videos – “See Beyond Darkness” and “See the Light” – showcase the capabilities of Canon imaging technology which enables researchers, professional photographers, cinematographers and enthusiasts to shoot impactful clear and crisp imagery, even when masked in darkness due to extremely low-light conditions.
“See Beyond Darkness”
In “See Beyond Darkness,” the impossible assignment for Director of Photography Andy Casagrande was to record images of a rare biofluorescent turtle found only in the remote, unspoiled reefs of the Solomon Islands. The low-light capabilities of Canon’s ME20F-SH Multipurpose Camera and EOS-1D X DSLR camera enabled researchers to capture vivid images without disturbing the natural environment.
“To have Canon step in and facilitate an expedition like “See Beyond Darkness” is incredible. It’s the perfect marriage of cinema and science,” said Casagrande. “When you pair those two together, the opportunities are endless. You can inspire the world to care about the planet.”
“This technology allows us to see things that are beyond human perception. We’re seeing creatures and coral and turtles that we never knew existed,” said Klaus Obermeyer, Director of “See Beyond Darkness.” “We always knew the underwater world is something mysterious, but when you’re taking a camera in that can see in the dark, it’s truly, truly a rare opportunity.”
“See The Light”
In “See the Light,” Canon’s technology captured the beauty of bioluminescent creatures under the sea, the grandeur of the extremely difficult-to-photograph Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), and the wonder of the earth from far above it.
Each video cinematically illustrates Canon’s dedication to developing leading-edge technology that can provide creative thinkers the tools needed to teach, show, and capture for the world some of its most unexplored locations. The technology used by Canon to create these videos takes viewers to seemingly impossible dark places that were previously beyond what the human eye could see and technology could perceive. Specifically, the remarkable advancement in low-light technology found in the Canon ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose camera plays a feature role in the two new videos. Furthermore, Canon’s EOS C300 Mark II, ME20F-SH, and EOS C500 were used to capture all of the imagery in “See The Light.”
“Canon is proud to create products and technologies that support its customers in pushing the limits of what’s possible,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “It is our responsibility to our customers and our planet to look beyond today and imagine a better tomorrow.”
See the videos:
Learn more about Canon DSLRs and lenses here.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 6/5/2017 12:43:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the LensRentals Blog (article by Roger Cicala):
Well, I’ve written (with some misgivings because it has a tendency to create rioting in the streets) several articles about protective filters. Articles that say sometimes you shouldn’t use protective filters, and others that say sometimes you do need to use protective filters, and most recently, one showing how cheap filters can ruin your images.
Because no good deed goes unpunished, the result of all this has been about 762 emails asking if this filter was better than this other filter. I answered most with I don’t know for sure because I don’t test filters and, of course, everyone asked me to test filters. To which I said no. Life is too short.
Even Drew, who I sort of work for, asked me to test filters and write up the results. I told him I’d need at least $1,500 worth of filters to make even a basic comparison, which I thought would end the conversation. But next thing I know Drew was ordering $1,500 worth of filters. I told him I’d get around to it some day.
Then Brandon, who sort of works for me, emailed and said he could build a gadget to measure transmission and polarization through filters if I wanted to start testing filters. I told him I’d get around to it some day. Then he said it would have lasers. "Someday" became "right now" because of lasers. We’ve got lots of cool toys at Olaf and Lensrentals, but no lasers.
So today I will show you the results of testing a couple of thousand dollars worth of clear and UV filters using a couple of thousand dollars worth of home-made laser light transmission bench and a lot of thousand dollars worth of Olaf Optical Testing bench. So that we get this out of the way now: please don’t email asking me to test your favorite $6 UV filter. I’ve opened up Pandora’s Filter Box with this, and it’s already going to lead to way more work than I wanted to do. I’ll maybe do some testing of circular polarizing filters later, and maybe some testing of variable neutral density filters after this. Maybe not. I’ve got ADD, and I get bored easily. Even with lasers.
I like to keep these articles, well, no geekier than they just have to be. But I also want our methods to be transparent. So I’m going to give an overview of methodology in the article and put the geekier stuff in a methodology addendum at the bottom.
See how the filters performed on the LensRentals Blog's full post.
B&H carries clear protective and UV filters.
Post Date: 6/5/2017 10:14:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
High ISO noise test results and specifications have been added to the Sony a9 page.
I've been using the a9 over the last week and can say with certainty that Sony has made some considerable improvements over the a7R II. While these cameras are not targeting the same uses, there is a lot of overlap in design. What is my favorite a9 improvement so far? The viewfinder blackout reduction makes tracking action possible with the a9's EVF.
How does the Sony a9 compare to the Sony a7R II?
In the Sony a9 and a7R II noise comparison, we see the a9 showing significantly less noise, at least in part capitalizing on its lower resolution. At the same time, we see that the Sony a7R II has modestly higher dynamic range than the a9. That link shows a comparison of images captured at a 3 stop higher exposure setting than the standard results and processed to -3 stops. Notice the a7R II holding the highlight color better in the top-left two monochrome blocks? Also, notice the a7R II's better bright yellow block.
How does the Sony a9 compare to the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II?
In the Canon 1D X Mark II and Sony a9 noise comparison (Canon results showing on top/left), we see the Sony pipeline being used for this testing creating slightly brighter results and the Canon pipeline producing slightly sharper results. Equalize those two attributes and the two cameras deliver similar noise levels. That the a9 has a 4 megapixel advantage over the 1D X II tips the scales in the Sony direction.
In the +3 EV capture, we see that the Sony a9 has a very slightly higher dynamic range than the 1D X II, keeping some color where the 1D X II does not.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 6/5/2017 8:10:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Canon EOS C200 EF Cinema Camera available for preorder with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 6/5/2017 8:09:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Watch as this video reveals 10 tricks used by professional food photographers for creating appetizing imagery.
Post Date: 6/5/2017 7:47:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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