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 Wednesday, March 8, 2017

From the B&H YouTube Channel:
In 1962, the US government prevented US citizens from traveling to Cuba. In 2015 the US and Cuba started to normalize diplomatic relations. It is now easier for US citizens to travel to this island nation. This is good news for all photographers, including underwater image-makers. Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen), is an archipelago that has been an underwater national park since 1996.
Join Larry and Olga as they explore this rich underwater environment.
Post Date: 3/8/2017 8:00:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Zeiss 18mm f/2.8 Milvus Lens Review.
Just another great Milvus lens to tempt you with.
B&H has the Zeiss 18mm f/2.8 Milvus Lens in stock.
Post Date: 3/8/2017 7:33:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Glide Gear TMP 50 Adjustable Smartphone Mini Teleprompter available for $59.95 with free shipping. Regularly $139.95.
Product Highlights
  • 70/30 Beamsplitter
  • 10' Reading Range
  • Prompter Phones/Tablets Up to 6.7"
  • Phones for Shooting Up to 6.2" Wide
  • Mirrorless, DSLR, and Action Cameras
  • Hook-and-Loop Hood Attachment
  • Collapsible for Transport/Storage
  • Soft-Sided Carry Case Included
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Cotton Carrier Endeavor Belt System for DSLR & Compact Cameras available for $39.00 with free shipping. Regularly $89.00.
Product Highlights
  • Holds One DSLR or Compact Camera
  • For Lenses up to 70-200mm Zooms
  • Suitable for Light/Medium Activity
  • Adjustable Waist Belt up to 55"
  • Shoulder Strap with Sliding Tether
  • Included Accessories Pouch
  • Camera Hub with 1/4" Thread, Included
 Tuesday, March 7, 2017
From Adobe:
Lightroom CC 2015.9
The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.
New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.9
  • Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
  • Casio EX-ZR3200
  • Fujifilm GFX 50S
  • Fujifilm X100F
  • Fujifilm X-A10
  • Fujifilm X-T20
  • Leica M10
  • Olympus E-M1 Mark II
  • Panasonic DC-FZ80
  • Panasonic DC-GF9
  • Panasonic DC-GH5
  • Panasonic DMC-TZ82
  • Phase One IQ3 100MP (“S” compression mode not supported)
New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom CC 2015.9
AppleMoment Macro Lens for iPhone 7 (DNG + JPEG)
AppleMoment Macro Lens for iPhone 7 Plus (DNG + JPEG)
AppleMoment Superfish Lens for iPhone 7 (DNG + JPEG)
AppleMoment Superfish Lens for iPhone 7 Plus (DNG + JPEG)
AppleMoment Tele Lens for iPhone 7 (DNG + JPEG)
AppleMoment Tele Lens for iPhone 7 Plus (DNG + JPEG)
AppleMoment Wide Lens for iPhone 7 (DNG + JPEG)
AppleMoment Wide Lens for iPhone 7 Plus (DNG + JPEG)
Canon EFCanon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
Canon EFCanon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM
Canon EFCanon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM
Canon EFTAMRON 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD B023E
Canon EFTAMRON SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 A025E
Canon EFTAMRON SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 A025E +1.4x III
Canon EFTAMRON SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 A025E +2x III
Canon EF-MCanon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM
Canon EF-MCanon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 MACRO IS STM
DJIDJI Mavic Pro FC220 (DNG + JPEG)
Fujifilm XFujifilm X100F
Nikon FTAMRON 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD B023N
Nikon FTAMRON SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 A025N
Nikon FTAMRON SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 A025N x1.4
Nikon FTAMRON SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 A025N x2.0
Nikon FVoigtlander SL II – S 58mm f/1.4 Nokton
Sony ESony E PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS
Sony FERokinon/Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 FE
Sony FEVoigtlander ULTRA WIDE-HELIAR 12mm F5.6 III
Sony FEZeiss Loxia 2.4/85

Customer reported issues resolved
  • Upright error where the “Update” button was incorrectly enabled when Upright is unable to find a correction.
  • Lens Profile Auto Matching was not working for Zeiss Batis 85mm lenses.
  • Cursor movements on Point Curves were erratic
  • Issue related to abnormal Lightroom exit when using Full Screen mode. The issue only occurred on Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra)
  • Develop Module Locked after deleting images while using two displays
  • Live Photos created on iPhoto caused the JPEG to be treated like an XMP sidecar file
  • Instead of deleting currently selected photo, deletes face tag from previous viewed photo
  • Images from Canon EOS G7X MK II sometimes had a green color cast
  • Unable to change the image after deleting a rejected photo in develop module
  • Export was taking longer than expected.
  • Unable to import compressed raw files from Fujifilm XT-2 and X-Pro2
  • iPhone video Capture Time is shifted upon Import
  • Slideshow Export as JPG text overlay issue
  • If using 2-byte characters for catalog path, unable to backup
  • Problem with map module (Windows)
  • Cannot access Auto Import Settings form File menu
  • The zoom does not work properly after the update
  • Lightroom 6.8: Memory Leak
  • Keyboard shortcut X for rejecting an image in Library not available (French)
  • Erroneous warning message on Catalog Backup
  • Messing up file ordering with panoramas
Installation Instructions
Please select Help > Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.

Adobe Camera RAW 9.9
The Adobe Camera RAW 9.9 update adds the same camera and lens profile support listed in the Lightroom update described above.
Customer reported issues resolved
  • Released a new set of Camera Matching Profiles for Canon 5D Mark IV – this set of profiles are more similar to past cameras of the same generation.
  • Improved support for Canon 5D Mark IV dual pixel raw images. Please see this note for further details.
  • Fixed issue related to memory corruption in the DNG Converter.
  • Fixed bugs related to crashes and abnormal app exits.
Download: Adobe Camera RAW 9.9 – Windows | Macintosh
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 3/7/2017 3:27:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
With Nikon restructuring and slashing jobs, you may be interested to know how Canon plans to grow the various segments of its overall business in the coming years.
With that in mind, they've just published a slideshow presentaton from their Corporate Strategy Conference 2017. Here's the link:
Canon Corporate Strategy 2017 Presentation Material (.PDF)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/7/2017 1:35:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
In a recent post, we answered the question Should You Turn Off "IS" When Using Action-Stopping Shutter Speeds? One of the questions generated by that post asked if image stabilization should be turned off or left enabled when shooting from a tripod. So, we went back to our very-knowledgeable Canon representative with this question. Again, the information below should not be considered official Canon guidelines, but it comes from a person who has substantial knowledge about Canon lenses and their IS systems.
First off, let's be clear -- any discussion about Image Stabilization on a tripod refers ONLY to a truly rock-solid tripod, on a totally firm surface without vibrations from passing traffic and so on. In many real-world situations, we're using tripods and other supports in conditions that really aren't totally solid. A good test, before discussing the question any further: the next time you're mounted on a tripod, turn your camera's Live View on, and magnify the LCD monitor image to its greatest setting. It's sometimes amazing how much shake and movement there really is, even on a tripod.
The point is pretty clear. In any situation where you're not truly rock-steady, whether you're mounted on a tripod, or certainly a monopod, using Image Stabilization normally makes a great deal of sense.
However, since the launch of the first Canon Image Stabilized lens (the EF 75-300mm IS zoom lens, from 1995), Canon engineers have recommended switching IS off if and when you're mounted on a tripod. Again, this pre-supposes it's a truly rock-solid tripod.
Canon's optical Image Stabilization has definitely evolved since its launch in 1995, and there are now different versions for lightweight, less-expensive lenses (like the EF-S 18-55mm standard zoom for compact cameras) than the more advanced IS units we see in (for example) L-series super-telephoto lenses. Basically, current Canon EF and EF-S lenses can detect when there's a total absence of "shake" (in other words, solidly tripod mounted), and internally disable the Image Stabilization if it's left on. But in some lenses -- and it varies, depending on the IS design in the lens in question -- the moveable IS lens elements aren't locked and centered when the IS is disabled this way, and can sometimes be susceptible to slight movement during exposure. On such lenses, physically switching IS off with the switch on the lens allows the lens to lock and center these elements.
Again, there are variables -- too many to get into here, since it depends on which lens model, which version (in other words, how old is the lens in question), and so on. But the bottom line remains pretty simple. It's safer to just switch IS off if you know there will be a complete absence of camera and lens movement during exposure.
One other thing... Canon's optical Image Stabilization is designed as a tool to get sharper pictures at "normal" shutter speeds. While the slow-speed limits may vary slightly from one lens model to another, Image Stabilization is disabled if the system detects a shutter speed longer than roughly one full second. So for longer night-time exposures, expect to just turn IS off, because it won't have an effect in your final pictures.
Hope this helps clarify the questions about Canon's optical Image Stabilization when cameras are tripod mounted.
We hope that your knowledge of image stabilization is now one stop greater!
Shown in this post's image is a tripod that meets the rock-solid requirement. This is a Really Right Stuff Ground Level Tripod, now carried by B&H.
Post Date: 3/7/2017 8:35:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Think Tank Photo Shape Shifter available for $199.75 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $264.75.
Product Highlights
  • Expands and Contracts
  • Holds 2 DSLRs/3 Lenses
  • Holds 17" Laptop in Separate Compartment
  • Built-in Neoprene Pockets for Photo Gear
  • Large Organizer Pockets for Gear
  • Interior Mesh Accessory Pockets
  • Sternum Strap for Stability
  • Contoured Harness/Breathable Back Liner
  • Two Tripod Straps/Removable Waist Strap
  • Removable Rain Cover
Post Date: 3/7/2017 7:54:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Westcott 16x30" Apollo Strip with Removable Front Diffusion Panel & Fabric Grid available for $99.90 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $179.80.
Product Highlights
  • 16" x 30" Softbox
  • Narrow profile makes it an ideal hair, rim or accent light
  • Fiberglass frame for added durability
  • Recessed front edge allows even & directional lighting
  • Mounting options of either vertical or horizontal
  • Built on an umbrella frame
  • Made For Strobe Lights
  • 40-Degree fabric grid included
B&H has the Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15 available for $89.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $149.95.
Product Highlights
  • Photo and Video Editing Software Bundle
  • Edit & Organize with Touchscreen Devices
  • Frown & Squint Adjustments, Batch Edits
  • Camera Shake Reduction, Haze Removal
  • Supports Editing and Viewing 4K Movies
  • Hollywood Effects and Face Detection
  • Enhanced Search and Smart Tags
  • Guided Edits for Both Photo and Video
  • Built-In Social Media Sharing
  • For Mac OS X 10.10-11 & Windows 7, 8, 10
Post Date: 3/7/2017 6:23:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Dracast Cineray Series LED350 Bi-Color LED Panel with V-Mount Battery Plate available for $267.95. Regularly $535.50.
Product Highlights
  • 384 LEDs with CRI of >96
  • 13 x 9 x 0.8" Panel
  • Color Temperature: 3200-5600K
  • Beam Angle: 120°
  • Dimming from 0-100%
  • External Controller with V-Mount Plate
  • Yoke with 5/8" Receiver
  • Universal 110-240 VAC Power Supply
  • Slim Design; Aluminum Construction
  • Diffusion Filter & Soft Case
B&H has the Konova K2 Slider (47.3") available for $199.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $269.00.
Product Highlights
  • Roller Bearing Sliding System
  • 39.6 lb Load Capacity
  • 47.3" Track Length
  • Tension-Adjustable Ball Bearings
  • Friction Adjustable Knob
  • 3/8"-16 Tie-Down Screw
  • Detachable Legs with Rubber Ball Feet
  • Ruler for Precise & Repeatable Moves
  • Dual Oil Seals for Cleaning Rails
  • Carrying Bag
Post Date: 3/7/2017 6:09:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Dracast Silkray 400 Bi-Color LED Round Light available for $136.95 with free shipping. Regularly $236.95.
Product Highlights
  • Color Range: 3200 to 5600K
  • 10.23" Diameter
  • 0.59" Profile
  • AC or Battery Operation
  • 0-100% Dimming
  • Low Power Consumption
Post Date: 3/7/2017 4:55:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 6, 2017
From Adobe:
New Raw HDR Capture Mode
We’re excited to announce that Lightroom Mobile now has a new raw HDR capture mode that lets you achieve a dynamic range on your mobile device that was previously only possible shooting with an DSLR or mirrorless camera.
This new HDR mode harnesses the power available in the latest mobile hardware on both Android and iOS. These updates, version 2.7 for iOS and version 2.3 for Android, were released today and make the HDR mode available for free.
The new HDR mode works by automatically scanning the scene to determine the correct exposure range and then capturing three DNG files which are then automatically aligned, merged, deghosted, and tonemapped in the app. You get a 16-bit floating point DNG, with all of the benefits of both an HDR and a raw photo, which is processed by the same algorithms with the same quality as the HDR technology built into Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom.
Previously, capturing an image in HDR either meant using a DSLR or mirrorless camera, capturing multiple exposures, copying to your computer, and then merging in an application like Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw, or Lightroom. Alternatively, you could capture an HDR JPEG on your phone, though those images normally used only two shots and often failed to capture the full range of tonality in difficult lighting scenarios. By capturing three raw shots and merging on the phone, you get a greatly increased dynamic range with the ability to edit and share right away. Creative Cloud members get the additional benefit of automatically syncing with their desktop, ensuring that the photo, plus all of the edits that were made to the photo, are backed up and available in the desktop version of Lightroom.
Our very own Russel Preston Brown has created a great tutorial for using this new HDR capture mode within Lightroom Mobile, check it out! below.

HDR Processing & Supported Devices
When we started working on HDR for Lightroom Mobile, we realized that adding desktop-caliber, pro-quality processing algorithms to mobile devices is no easy task. Our team was able to make some pretty amazing breakthroughs that eventually made it possible.
For iOS users, the HDR mode requires a device that can capture in DNG, such as an iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, iPhone SE, or iPad Pro 9.7?.
For Android users, at this point only the Samsung S7, S7 Edge, Google Pixel, and Pixel XL are supported. So that we’d adhere to our stringent quality and reliability requirements, our primary goal was to ensure the stability of the app while enabling the algorithms to provide the highest possible quality. Thanks to the processing and memory available on the Samsung S7 and Google Pixel devices, we were able to achieve the quality and capabilities required by these incredibly powerful algorithms. The team is working hard to support additional devices as quickly as possible.
Other features in these releases
In addition to the new raw HDR capture mode, iOS and Android users get the following new features:
  • Export Original, enabling you to export the original files, including DNGs captured in the camera as well as raw files imported through Lightroom Mobile and Lightroom web (Lightroom Desktop does not upload originals to the server)
  • Gestures to rate and review in the Rate & Review mode, greatly speeding up your review process
  • New Force Touch and Notification Center widget, making it even easier and faster to launch Lightroom’s camera
  • As well as a new option available in settings, Prevent From Sleep, which will keep the screen from locking as long as the phone is plugged into power, improved synchronization stability and speed, and general bug fixes, performance enhancements, and UI tweaks
  • For Android Creative Cloud members, the Radial and Linear Selection tools are now available
  • As well as general bug fixes and speed improvements
Download Lightroom Mobile
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 3/6/2017 1:38:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron has extended its instant and mail-in rebate programs through April 29 with minor changes which went into effect March 5, the most notable change being that the Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD now qualifies for a $100.00 mail-in rebate.
Lenses Eligible for Instant Rebates
Lenses Eligible for Mail-in Rebates
While not officially listed in the rebate material, the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO VC USD also qualifies for a $250.00 instant savings.
Tamron Rebate Details
ModelRebate AmountAuthorized Retailers
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy$80.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens Buy20.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$30.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro Lens Buy$250.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Post Date: 3/6/2017 7:23:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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