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 Monday, August 1, 2016
B&H has the Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder (Blue) available for $64.99 with free shipping. Regularly $99.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • B&H Exclusive Color
  • X/Y Stereo Mic
  • Records WAV and MP3 up to 24-bit/96 kHz
  • Records to microSD/SDHC
  • 3.5mm I/O
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 Connectivity
  • Backlit LCD Display
  • Built-In Speaker
  • Uses 1 AA Battery
  • Threaded Tripod Mount Socket
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Post Date: 8/1/2016 5:00:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, July 31, 2016

 
From Venus Optics:
 
Featuring an ultra-wide 122° Angle of View and weighing only 1.34 pounds, this is also the world’s *fastest 12mm lens for full frame cameras. It is now on Kickstarter.
 
Anhui China, Jul 30, 2016 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched several unique lenses including a Wide Angle Macro Lens & a Smooth Trans Focus Lens, is pround to introduce the world’s widest f/2.8 Lens, Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens for full frame cameras.
 
The new Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens features a close-to-zero optical distortion, allowing photographers to take landscape/architecture shots with straight lines retained. Featuring a widest angle of view (122°) ever built with a f/2.8 lens, the Laowa Lens is an ideal lens for a variety types of photography. From landscape, architecture, interior, travel to the most important one, astro photography. The combination of ultra wide-angle and fast aperture makes this lens a perfect tool for creating impressive milky way shots.
 
The Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens is designed for photographers for everyday use and hence the weight and size has been controlled to the minimal. The lens weighs only 1.34 pounds (0.6kg) and has a front diameter of 77mm. Venus Optics also offers a filter holder which is designed to fit 2 pieces of 100mm filters and 1 piece of Circular Polariser.
 
The lens incorporates with 16 elements in 10 groups optical design, including 3 pieces of Extra-Low Dispersion elements and 2pc of Aspherical Elements. This design not only delivers an outstanding image sharpness and controls the distortion to the minmal, but also controls the chromatic aberration at its lowest level. A floating design is also adopted to ensure a good performance even in the closest focusing distance (0.18cm). The enclosure of the lens is fully made of metal to strengthen its durability. Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Sony Alpha and Pentax K mounts are available.
 
Laowa Magic Shift Converter
 
Along with the new Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens, Venus Optics also announces the Laowa Magic Shift Converter which is able to enlarge the full frame image circle through the 4pcs of elements inside the converter. The enlarged image circle provides sufficient image field for lenses shifting by a maximum of 10mm without vignetting. It will transform the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens (DSLR mount) into a 17mm f/4 Professional Shift Lens with +/- 10mm shift capability for Full-Frame E-mount cameras. It is a perfect tool for professional architectural photography. The principle is explained in below diagram.
 
Laowa Magic Shift Converter

Pricing and Availability
 
The Laowa 12mm f/2.8 lens will firstly be available for backing via Kickstarter from July 30 (EST Time) onwards. It will then be available for purchase at authorized distributors and resellers from Sept 2016 onwards. The recommended retail price without tax is USD $949.00.
 
The Laowa Filter Holder & Laowa Magic Shift Converter will be available at authorized distributors and resellers from October onwards. The recommended retail price without tax is USD $50.00 and USD $300.00 respectively.
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Post Date: 7/31/2016 6:21:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 29, 2016
Amazon has the Adobe Lightroom 5 Complete Workshop available for $80.00. Regularly $189.00. (thanks Ben)
 
Product Highlights
 
  1. Lightroom Organization and Workflow DVD - This DVD teaches you the basics of image management and shows you how to process your images faster and more efficient.
  2. Lightroom Image Processing Mastery DVD - This DVD teaches you how to master image processing in Lightroom, from basics like color correction and black and white conversion to advanced techniques like HDR, tilt-shift, and vintage fades.
  3. Lightroom Preset System v5 - This has been widely recognized as the best preset system for Lightroom. Intuitive yet robust, this allows you to achieve amazing results in just a few clicks.
Note: While this education series wasn't specifically designed for Lightroom CC, most of the material still applies and SLR Lounge will send updated presets upon request.
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Post Date: 7/29/2016 2:52:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Dell 15.6" Inspiron 15 7000 Series Notebook available for $749.99 with free shipping. Regularly $1,099.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core
  • 16GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM
  • 15.6" Full HD IPS Display
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 Screen Resolution
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU (4GB GDDR5)
  • 1TB HDD with 8GB SSD Cache
  • 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • HDMI, USB 3.0
  • Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
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Post Date: 7/29/2016 12:24:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Vidpro K-120 On-Camera LED Video Light Kit available for $44.95 with free shipping. Regularly $74.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 75W Equivalent Light Beam
  • Stepless Dimmer (0-100%)
  • Daylight Balanced 5600K
  • 4300K Warming Filter & Soft Diffuser
  • Sony L-Type Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Rugged Padded Carry Case
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Post Date: 7/29/2016 5:17:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 28, 2016
Still Live: B&H has the DJI Phantom 3 4K Quadcopter available for $598.00. Regularly $798.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 24 fps DCI 4K / 30 fps UHD 4K
  • Camera Takes 12MP Still Photos
  • Wi-Fi Extender with 3900' Range
  • DJI Go App for iOS / Android
  • Home and Course Lock Flight Modes
  • Follow Me / Waypoint Navigation
  • Point of Interest Orbit Mode
  • Vision Sensor for Indoor Flight
  • Up to 25 Minutes Flying Time
  • Mobile Device Holder Included
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Post Date: 7/28/2016 1:26:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
There are few simple joys in life that surpass witnessing a beautiful sunrise, a fog-laden valley or a majestic mountain with snow-capped peaks. However, to capture the magnificence of the outdoors, there are a few accessories that every landscape photographer should have at hand.
 
1. Circular Polarizing Filter
 
If I had to pick the most important landscape accessory, the venerable circular polarizer would be an easy choice. Not only can a circular polarizer give you rich, dark blue skies, but it can also allow you to dial in just how much surface reflection you want in water scenes. No other item on this list will have as much of an impact on your landscape photography than a CPOL. If you want better landscape photos and it's not already part of your kit, make a CPOL your next photography purchase. Our particular favorites are B+W XS-Pro circular polarizers. Their rims are wide enough to use standard lens caps but not too wide to cause vignetting.
 
2. ND Filter(s)
 
Sometimes captivating landscape photographs require longer-than-normal exposures times. Want blurred water in your waterfall pictures? How about clouds streaking across the sky? Unless the ambient light is relatively low, you'll need a neutral density filter to restrict the amount of light reaching your camera's sensor.
 
ND filters come in two basic flavors – solid and variable. Solid NDs have been around for decades and feature a fixed opacity. The opacity rating can be a bit confusing, though. For instance, an ND that blocks 10-stops of light can be listed as a "10-stop filter," "3.0 filter" or "ND1000." Just for the sake of clarification, here's a reference table below:
 
Stopsx.xNDx
20.6ND4
41.2ND16
61.8ND64
82.4ND256
103.0ND1000

So why isn't a 10-stop ND referred to as an ND1024? Your guess is as good as mine.
 
In addition to solid ND filters, variable ND filters are also available. The benefit of a variable ND is that you can dial in the exact amount of density you want for a specific need. That means a typical variable ND filter can replace a 2-stop, 4-stop, 6-stop and 8-stop filter thereby reducing the amount of gear needed for a given landscape adventure. The downside is that variable ND filters are thicker than their solid ND counterparts and may cause strong vignetting (especially on wide-angle lenses).
 
When it comes to solid ND filters, Breakthrough Photography's X4 filters came out tops in Bryan's tests. As for variable NDs, Singh-Ray makes some of the best, but they are extremely pricey (and even that may be an understatement). I own the Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo, a combination variable ND and circular polarizer, and love it. However, its width makes it impossible to use at wide focal lengths without hard vignetting. If I were in the market for a variable ND right now, I'd probably pick up the B+W XS-Pro ND Vario MRC-Nano. It's still pricey, but compared to the Singh-Ray, a definitely more wallet-friendly.
 
Before we get off the topic of ND filters, let's address the issue of color casts. Most ND filters will introduce some sort of color cast in your image. To counteract this, shoot a properly exposed test image of a color calibration target (like the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo) in the same light as your landscape and calibrate colors in post processing.
 
3. Lightweight Tripod and Head
 
While just about any focal length can be advantageous for landscape photography, very few photographers will prefer carrying around big white supertelephoto lenses for landscape use. As such, a landscape-oriented tripod can be smaller and lighter with a low-to-moderate load capacity. We generally prefer to purchase a tripod with a maximum load capacity at least twice what we intend on using on the tripod to ensure optimal stability. For my own general landscape use, that translates to a tripod with a load capacity rating of around 15 lbs.
 
How'd I arrive at that number? Well, my typical landscape setup includes a gripped 5D Mark III with an L-bracket and an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM with the hood attached. That combination tips the scales at 4 lb 10 oz (note including the weight of any filters being used). While that may be a "typical" setup, I want the tripod to be able to support my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS as well (should the focal range be desired), and that combination weighs in at 7 lb 8 oz.
 
Arguably the three most important factors for choosing a tripod for landscape use are size, weight and load capacity. While there are many great landscape vistas within a short walk from available parking, the vast majority of breathtaking views require at least some hiking to reach. As such, the benefits of a lightweight, compact tripod seem to be augmented with each step required to arrive at your ultimate destination.
 
When it comes to lightweight, compact, high-quality tripods, Gitzo Traveler and Mountaineer carbon fiber tripods are hard to beat. Unfortunately, they feature a price tag that may be difficult to justify unless you consider landscapes to be a primary photography interest. Other tripods you may want to look at in this market are the Benro Travel Angel, Oben Travel and Manfrotto Manfrotto 190go!-series tripods.
 
As travel tripods are not designed with ultimate in load capacities in mind, you don't necessarily need the highest-spec'd head on top of it. While the Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 is our favorite ball head, it's anything but lightweight. Considering that my needs above dictated a tripod with a load capcity in the neighborhood of 15 lb, putting a ball head on top which can support 130 lb may be the definition of "overkill."
 
One of the best ball heads for travel tripods is the Acratech GP-ss Ballhead with Lever Clamp. Reasons why we like it: 1) it's lightweight at 0.84 lb, 2) has a load capacity rating of 25 lb, 3) features an Arca-style lever release clamp on top and 4) is compatible with tripod legs which fold up beyond the ball head (relatively common with travel tripods) and 5) it looks really cool. Ok, so that last benefit doesn't really matter from a landscape perspective, but still...
 
With lower load capacity requirements, there are many ball heads that can fill the role of a travel head. Weighing in at only 1 lb, the Oben BC-126 would be a lower-end but quite reasonably spec'd option.
 
Of course, if reduced size and weight are not important for your landscape photography needs, any high quality tripod and ball head will work.
 
4. Hiking Backpack
 
When it comes to choosing a backpack for landscape photography, there are a few things to keep in mind:
 
  1. How much gear will you want to travel with? This includes cameras, lenses, filters, miscellaneous accessories and a tripod.
  2. Does the backpack have a waistbelt? The longer you plan on traveling with the pack, the more advantageous a good padded waistbelt becomes. Be sure that the waistbelt sits on your hips at a comfortable spot for supporting your camera gear load.
  3. How easy is it to access the camera? Some backpacks allow you to access gear without fully removing the pack. Most require removal for access to gear.
  4. Is the backpack capable of handling inclement weather? Is a rain cover included?
  5. How is the tripod attached? Some may prefer side-mounting while others will prefer the more even weight distribution afforded by straps running along the back of the pack.
Exactly which bag is right for you will depend on your own preferences, but... we're a big fan of MindShift Gear's Rotation 180 Professional. Its design seems extremely well suited for those who may want to hike several miles to capture unique landscapes. If the Rotation 180 isn't to your taste, check out Bryan's other reviews of camera backpacks.
 
Note: Site visitor Mark suggests the Olivon PodTrek Backpack is a great option for smaller amounts of gear. Simply attach the pack to your tripod, throw it on your shoulders and get going!
 
5. LCD Viewfinder Loupe
 
This is one of those items that you can't imagine living without after you've added one to your kit – an LCD Viewfinder Loupe. Whether focusing at 10x Live View or checking an image preview on the LCD screen, the loupe blocks out all extraneous light so that you see things clearly. While we certainly advise using the histogram to aid in determining exposure settings, being able to see the LCD without glare can help you get a better sense of the tones in your image and how they relate to one another.
 
My particular favorite LCD viewfinder loupe is the Hoodman Compact HoodLoupe Optical Viewfinder for 3.2" LCD Screens which I use with a 5D Mark III and 7D Mark II. I like it because it works well and compacts down into a relatively small space.
 
Well, that's our Top 5 Landscape Accessories. Was there another piece of gear that deserved to be included but wasn't? Let us know in the comments.
 
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Post Date: 7/28/2016 7:39:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
Firmware Version 1.0.4.1.00 incorporates the following update:
 
  1. Adds Canon Log 3.
  2. Reduces Canon Log 2 noise in dark areas.
  3. Enables magnification to be used even during recording.
  4. The following features are enabled when these lenses are attached: CN7x17 KAS S/E1*3, CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S or CN20x50 IAS H/E1:
    • Enables autofocus using the Dual Pixel CMOS AF function. (Not applicable to the CN20x50 IAS H/E1 lens)
    • Enables the joystick on the camera's grip unit to be set to operate the zoom.
    • Enables control of iris to be set to manual operation, and control of focus, zoom and iris using the separately-sold Remote Controller RC-V100.
    • Enables automatic aperture and push auto iris functions.
    • Enables retrieval of metadata, such as the model name and the focal distance of the lens attached, and display of metadata on the camera.
  5. Enables Dual Pixel Function when these lenses are attached: CN7x17 KAS S/E1 lens, CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S lens or any of the EF cinema prime lenses.
  6. Adds peripheral illumination/chromatic aberration correction for the following lenses:
    • COMPACT-SERVO lenses: CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S
    • CINE-SERVO lenses: CN20x50 IAS H/E1
    • EF lenses: EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM, EF 50mm f/1.8 STM and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM.
  7. Enhances menu operations so that settings related to resolution/color sampling, etc. are retained to the extent possible when changing recording settings such as the frame rate.
  8. Supports ACESproxy (ACES 1.0).
  9. Alleviates the black-dot phenomenon that appears in the periphery of high-brightness light sources.
Caution:
 
  • You cannot perform the firmware update using CFast 2.0 cards. Please use a commercially available SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card that is 64MB or more for the firmware update.
  • Firmware version 1.0.4.1.00 is for updating Cinema EOS C300 Mark II cameras running firmware version 1.0.0.1.00 - 1.0.3.1.00. If your camera's firmware is already version 1.0.4.1.00, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.
  • For further information, please refer to the latest version of the unit's Instruction Manual that is released with the firmware update.
Download: Canon EOS C300 II Firmware v.1.0.4.1.00
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS C300 Mark II Cinema Camera.
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Post Date: 7/28/2016 6:29:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens available for $2,399.20. Compare at $2,899.00 new.
 
Factory refurbished lenses from the Canon Store come with a retail-matching 1-year warranty.
 Wednesday, July 27, 2016
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens in stock and available for $1,439.20. Compare at $1,799.00 new.
 
Factory refurbished lenses from the Canon Store come with a retail-matching 1-year warranty.
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Post Date: 7/27/2016 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
According to the Egami Blog, Tamron has patented the optical forumla for a 20mm f/2 VC.
 
This lens would make a very interesting addition to Tamron's recent releases, notably the 35, 45 & 85mm f/1.8 VC primes. A 20mm f/2 prime with VC would compete strongly against the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art (and Nikon 20mm f/1.8G ED, for that matter) as many will gladly give up a 1-stop aperture advantage to gain built-in stabilization.
 
Description of Patent*
 
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-126279
  • Published 2016.7.11
  • Filing date 2015.1.8
  • f/ = 2.05
  • Rear focus
  • Anti-vibration (a part of the first group)
* Some specifications have been omitted here due to translation concerns.
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Post Date: 7/27/2016 7:09:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Apple 12" MacBook (Early 2015, Space Gray) available for $999.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,549.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1.3 GHz Intel Core M (Broadwell)
  • 8GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
  • 256GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 5300
  • 12" LED-Backlit IPS Retina Display
  • 2304 x 1440 Native Resolution
  • USB-C Port
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Force Touch Trackpad
  • Mac OS X 10.10 or 10.11
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Post Date: 7/27/2016 6:18:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 26, 2016
B&H has the Canon EOS-1D C DSLR 4K Camera available for $4,999.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $7,999.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 18.1Mp CMOS Sensor
  • 4K Cinematic Quality Video
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD Video
  • Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors
  • 3.2" LCD Screen
  • Eye-Level Pentaprism Viewfinder
  • Dual CF Card Recording Media
  • Canon EF Lens Mount
  • Magnesium Alloy Body
  • 61-Point High Density Auto Focus
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Post Date: 7/26/2016 2:17:05 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
Lightroom CC 2015.6.1 and Lightroom 6.6.1 are now available. The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support and address critical bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.
 
Thank you for all your feedback and passion for Lightroom.
 
New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.6.1 / 6.6.1
 
  • Fujifilm X-T2
Customer reported issues resolved
 
  • App-managed color management on Mac in Lightroom CC 2015.6 / 6.6 resulted in incorrect colors when printed
  • Uncompressed DNGs files converted from Fuji X-E2 RAF source images were unreadable
  • Errors that prevented customers from creating a panorama from two HDR DNG source images
  • An issue that resulted in high memory usage while in the Develop module
  • Issue that prevented the SmugMug Publish Service from working properly
  • Prevent unnecessary resync of collections to Lightroom mobile after an update
  • Occasional app freeze on import
  • Fixes for native Full Screen mode on OS X
  • Drop down menu position issue with high resolution screen
  • Import destination folder is not disclosed/shown after every import
  • Import grid blank with iOS devices
Installation Instructions
 
Please select Help > Updates to update to the latest version.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
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Post Date: 7/26/2016 1:33:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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