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 Monday, May 8, 2017
Just posted: Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens Review.
This is a great little option to keep in the bag.
Get the Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens at B&H | Amazon | Adorama. Note that this lens has been difficult to keep in stock. Simply place your order to reserve your place in line.
Post Date: 5/8/2017 8:00:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Post Date: 5/8/2017 8:14:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through the end of today Eastern Time, B&H has the Manfrotto Clamp-On Remote Control for Canon DSLRs available for $59.95 with free shipping. Regularly $349.95. (thanks Stewart)
Product Highlights
  • Remotely Controls Focus/Camera Functions
  • For Canon DSLRs
  • Interfaces with Camera / Lens by USB
  • Clamps onto SYMPLA Spacer or 12-23mm Bar
  • Achieves Automated Follow-Focusing
  • Allows 1-Person Crew
  • Focus / Live View / Capture
  • Customizable Focus Direction / Speed
  • Focus Memory Settings
  • LED Indicators
Post Date: 5/8/2017 6:37:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, May 7, 2017
The Canon Store has most of their refurbished lenses on sale for 10% off or more. Many Canon refurbished DSLR cameras are also discounted significantly more than 10%.
Be sure to check out the really good EOS 80D and Rebel deals below; the discounts are quite significant.
In Stock Refurbished Gear
Refurbished ItemOrig. PriceSavingsSale PriceDiscount
Canon EOS 1D X Body4,239.20340.003,899.208%
Canon EOS 5Ds Body2,959.20260.202,699.009%
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body2,239.20140.202,099.006%
Canon EOS 7D II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,959.19400.191,559.0020%
Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,719.20220.001,499.2013%
Canon EOS 80D + EF-S 18-135 IS USM1,439.20290.001,149.2020%
Canon EOS 7D Mark II1,439.20140.001,299.2010%
Canon EOS 6D Body1,359.20160.201,199.0012%
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,239.20339.21899.9927%
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,199.19289.20909.9924%
Canon EOS 80D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM1,079.20229.21849.9921%
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM1,079.20329.21749.9931%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM959.98399.99559.9942%
Canon EOS 70D Body959.20210.21748.9922%
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM959.20110.00849.2011%
Canon EOS 80D Body959.20160.01799.1917%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + 18-55 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM879.98389.99489.9944%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM879.20180.00699.2020%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM799.99201.00598.9925%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM719.99220.99499.0031%
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + 18-55 IS STM, 75-300 III719.98389.99329.9954%
Canon EOS M3 + EF-M 18-55 IS STM639.9961.00578.9910%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM639.99210.00429.9933%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i Body599.9951.00548.999%
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + 18-55 IS II & 75-300 III599.98239.99359.9940%
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM559.99261.00298.9947%
Canon EOS M3 Body543.99195.00348.9936%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Body519.99121.00398.9923%
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + EF-S 18-155 IS II439.99111.00328.9925%
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Body439.99141.00298.9932%
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM239.9924.00215.9910%
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.9950.00469.9910%
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM1,279.20127.921,151.2810%
Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM639.99100.00539.9916%
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.9940.00359.9910%
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99210.00349.9938%
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM1,519.20151.921,367.2810%
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM719.9972.00647.9910%
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM799.99200.00599.9925%
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM479.9948.00431.9910%
Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM279.9928.00251.9910%
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM239.9924.00215.9910%
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM1,079.20107.92971.2810%
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.9952.00467.9910%
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM1,359.20135.921,223.2810%
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.9943.20388.7910%
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM479.9948.00431.9910%
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM119.9912.00107.9910%
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM407.9940.80367.1910%
Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM239.9924.00215.9910%
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM479.9948.00431.9910%
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9916.00143.9910%
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM1,159.20115.921,043.2810%
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.99100.00219.9931%
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM100.7910.0890.7110%
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM335.9976.00259.9923%
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM719.9972.00647.9910%
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM479.9948.00431.9910%
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM999.2099.92899.2810%
Canon EF 2x III Extender343.9934.40309.5910%
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9920.00179.9910%
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9926.00109.9919%
B&H has the Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack available for $69.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $153.95.
Note: Available colors include Burnt Orange (displayed above) and Black.
Product Highlights
  • Fits SLR Camera 2-3 Lens Kit
  • Fits 15" Laptop or 17" MacBook Pro
  • 1000 Denier Military-grade Nylon
  • Closed-cell Foam Padded Interior
  • 30 Pockets for Accessories
  • Carry Handle
  • Backpack Harness
Post Date: 5/7/2017 7:28:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 75-300mm Lenses available for $449.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $749.00.
Product Highlights
  • 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 4+ Image Processor
  • 3.0" 920k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 9-Point AF with Center Cross-Type Point
  • Extended ISO 12800, 3 fps Shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
Kit Includes
  • EOS Rebel T6
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens
  • EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens
  • EOS Shoulder Bag 100ES (Black)
 Saturday, May 6, 2017
I have photographed the beautiful Cathedral Parish of St Patrick (Harrisburg, PA) one time prior, but a clear sky on that day meant sunlight streaming through the stained-glass windows created hotspots that were detracting even with HDR processing. With the extreme wide angle Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens in my hands and a rainy day forecasted, I knew where I was going.
To get this image, I laid flat on my back directly under the center of the ceiling with the tripod positioned low, just above me, while I meticulously adjusted the camera angle to find the perfect alignment. The low linear distortion of this lens was a great aid in this challenging task.
There are currently very few lenses that can replicate this image. None of them are as small and light as the Laowa 12 and none of them have so little distortion.
A larger version of this image is available on, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 5/6/2017 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the Rokinon 50mm T1.5 Cine DS Lens available for $399.00 with free shipping. Regularly $549.95.
Note: The Nikon mount version is actually $399.95 after discount.
Post Date: 5/6/2017 7:51:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 5, 2017
B&H has the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens available for $799.00 with free expedited shipping and 4% Rewards after a $100.00 instant rebate. However, what makes this particular deal an exceptional one is the inclusion of a free Sigma USB Dock and an 82mm Protector Filter ($112.00 value).
Post Date: 5/5/2017 7:27:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens Review page.
I think that you will like what you see. Here are a pair of comparisons you might be interested in:
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 compared to Canon 11-24mm f/4L Lens
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 compared to Sigma 12-24mm f/4 Art Lens
The Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 5/5/2017 7:22:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
RAID is the acronym for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. A RAID 1, RAID 5 or RAID 6 disk array, using two or more disk drives storing enough redundant information to permit continued operation through at least a single drive failure and subsequent rebuilding of a replacement drive, is a great image file and video storage option and I highly recommend implementing it. But, a RAID array featuring mirrored drives (RAID 1) or a parity drive (RAID 5) is not, alone, enough protection. Here are some reasons why:
  1. RAID does not protect from inadvertent file deletion or other issues including undetected/accidental drag and drop. In a RAID system, all copies of data are immediately treated the same, with the redundant file and/or parity information being updated at the same time as the primary drive information. You will likely find yourself needing to retrieve a copy of a file from a backup more frequently than you will have the drive failures that RAID strategies protect against.
  2. RAID does not protect from malicious viruses.
  3. RAID does not protect from fire or other disasters.
  4. RAID does not protect from theft or other intentional destruction.
  5. RAID does not protect from data corruption. I have a long IT background and have multiple times lost servers due to RAID array corruption. While this should not happen, one of Bryan's Laws of Photography comes into play here: "If it can, it will."
  6. RAID does not always protect from a second drive failure prior to recovery from an initial drive failure. While the odds of two drives failing within a short period of time may be low, drives in a RAID array are often aging at the same rate and influenced by the same factors including power and heat issues. A friend just lost 3 of 5 drives in a name brand RAID array due to a firmware/software issue.
Your RAID array must be backed up frequently and at least one current backup must be stored securely off-site. Look at what you have at stake (your entire image collection?) and implement a backup strategy that adequately protects those assets.
What are the backup options for a RAID array?
RAID array backup options include:
  1. External hard drives including external RAID arrays
  2. Network attached storage including network attached storage drives
  3. LTO tape drives
There are online/internet backup options available for those fortunate enough to have adequate internet connection bandwidth, but if relying solely on an online service for your backup needs, you must have a great deal of trust in the company you are purchasing this service from. These companies can vanish at the throw of a switch. Also, make sure that some form of file archive access is provided to protect against inadvertent file deletions, etc. from being replicated to the service.
Category: Image Backup
Post Date: 5/5/2017 6:45:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Vanguard Quovio 49T Roller/Trolley Bag available for $179.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $249.95.
Product Highlights
  • Holds 1-2 Pro DSLRs,5-7 Lenses,2 Flashes
  • One DSLR with Attached 400mm f/5.6 Lens
  • Holds 14" Wide Screen Laptop
  • Remove Dividers / Use as Basic Carry All
  • Wheels with Retractable Trolley Handle
  • Fully Customizable Interior
  • Quick Adjustment Straps for Tripod
  • Includes Extra Accessory Pouches
  • Includes Rain Cover
  • Includes Name Card Holder
Post Date: 5/5/2017 6:54:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the new Microsoft 13.5" Surface Laptops available for preorder with free expedited shipping (expected availability – June 15).
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 5/5/2017 6:00:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Revo Video & Photo Remote for Select Sony Cameras available for $24.95 with free shipping. Regularly $39.95.
Product Highlights
  • Achieve Smooth and Consistent Video Zoom
  • Start and Stop Recording
  • Take Photos without Camera Shake
  • Use with Many Sony Cameras & Camcorders
  • Cycle Through Grid Options
  • Hold Shutter Open for Bulb Mode
  • Set Camera to Sleep to Preserve Battery
  • Works over Included Multi & 3-Pin Cables
  • Use Handheld or Attached to Rigs/Tripods
Compatible Sony Cameras
a7, a7II, a7R, a7RII, a7S, a7S II
a3000, a5000, a5100, a6000
a6300, a6500, a77 II, a58
HDR-CX220, HDR-CX230, HDR-CX290
HDR-CX380, HDR-CX430V, HDR-PJ230
Post Date: 5/5/2017 5:46:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Interfit F5 Two-Head Fluorescent Lighting Kit available for $139.95 with free shipping. Regularly $199.95.
Product Highlights
  • 2x F5 Fluorescent Lamp Heads
  • 10x 32W Daylight Fluorescent Lamps
  • 2x Softboxes: 19.7 x 27.5"
  • 2x Light Stands: 7.5'
  • Softboxes Mount to Heads w/o Speedring
  • Variable Power via Rear Toggles
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