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 Monday, January 23, 2017
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the NiSi 100mm Aluminum Filter Holder Kit V5 available for $89.95 with free shipping. Compare at $159.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds Filters 100mm-Wide, 2mm-Thick
  • Slots for 3 Rectangular Filters
  • 82mm Ultra Slim Circular Polarizer
  • Holds Polarizer & 3 Rectangular Filters
  • Rotates 360 Degrees
  • Circular Polarizer Rotates Independently
  • Aluminum Construction
  • 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, and 82mm Adapter Rings
  • Leather Case Included
Post Date: 1/23/2017 5:11:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the DJI Phantom 3 4K available for $499.00 with free shipping. Compare at $609.00.
 
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
Post Date: 1/23/2017 5:05:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 20, 2017
From Adorama Learning Center:
 
Orlit, a new flash and strobe manfuacturer, has burst onto the market with a 600ws wireless TTL monolight, a powerful new Canon-compatible TTL shoe-mounted flash, and TTL wireless recievers and transcievers. The new products are priced to compete with name-brand models while offering a full set of features.
 
Orlit Rovelight RT 610
 
A TTL wireless monolight with 600ws of power, the Orlit Rovelight RT 610 is compatible with Canon’s RT/ETTL and Nikon’s iTTL wireless flash control systems. With a guide number of 201 (ft at ISO 100), and manual levels from 1/256 to full power in 1/10-stop increments, the flash is poised to rival its top competitors. A stop-action “Freeze Mode” reduces flash duration to 1/19000th of a second. And to eliminate wires, the unit is powered by a 6000mAh Li-ion interchangeable battery rated to 450 full-power pops.
 
Key Features
 
  • 600Ws
  • 201GN (ISO 100 ft)
  • No AC power cords
  • 20W LED modeling light
  • 2.4Ghz RT Radio System with full Canon RT Wireless Control
  • Canon ETTL, Nikon iTTL radio slave modes
  • EV TTL override adjustment to +/-3EV
  • Bowens S-Type accessory mount
  • Max. 2.5-sec recycle time
  • Flash duration 1/800-1/19000 second
  • Wireless range to 980 feet
For Canon RT TTL users, this is the only 600ws option available with full compatibility, and can be used in concert with both Canon and Nikon TTL flashes with full remote TTL operation via the Orlit TR-C11C or 612-N remote. It has 5 Groups in 15 Channels, and a special GR Mode where each member of the group can be independently set to mix of Manual or TTL automation. The use of the Orlit TR-611C or 612-N remote adds 980ft/300m remote freedom without a speedlight to provide full TTL / Remote Manual / HSS, in 3 individual groups, with backward compatibility to legacy Flashpoint Rovelight and the above mentioned HSS link to Canon and Nikon cameras.
 
The Orlit Rovelight RT 610’s features a large, clear, full-color LCD display, a simplified menu system, and a generous power and function control dial with soft menu touch control buttons for all options. Future technologies and camera sync are firmware can be updated through the USB port. The radio modes are 4: C-Canon, N-Nikon, TRS-Flashpoint Rovelight (in Manual), and A6-HSS function for Nikon or Canon.
 
HSS Mode allows shutter speeds up to 1/8000 by pulsing its light between the quickest focal plane shutter gate. The monolight can regulate flash duration (t0.5), by means of the manual output, from a rich 1/800s to an action arresting 1/8000s. To really capture a split-second event, the Freeze Mode achieves an additional reach to just 1/19000s while still at a color-balanced 5500 degree Kelvin.
 
Other features include a 20-watt LED modeling lamp (100-watt equivalent) with a 3200k color temperature.
 
The Orlit Rovelight RT 610 is available for $699.95 from Adorama.
 
Orlit RT-600C TTL Speedlite for Canon
 
Designed to compete with top-line shoe-mount flashes for Canon’s TTL system, the Orlit RT-600C is a powerful flash designed for professional Canon photographers who need portable wirless flash. It is fully compatible with the Canon RT radio and optical systems. It can act as a master or slave unite for remote power control, and blasts a guide-number of 160 (ft at ISO 100, 200mm). It can work in concert with the Orlit Rovelight 610 RT as a powerful mobile lighting combination.
 
Key Features
 
  • GN 182 ft @ ISO 100 at 200mm
  • High shutter speed 1/8000
  • 1st/2nd Curtain sync
  • Manual flash from 1/128-1/1 output
  • 2.4GHz RT radio master/slave
  • Custom functions
  • LCD back light
  • 15 Radio channels
  • Tilt/swivel head
  • Bounce card, w/a diffuser
  • uilt-in color sensor for gel balance
The Orlit 600RT provides full ETTL-RT / Remote Manual / HSS, just like a Canon flash, with 5 Groups in 15 Channels, and a special GR Mode where each member of the group can be independently set to mix of Manual or TTL automation. The wireless modes are Canon RT radio and Canon ETTL IR for master or slave use. An Auto Exposure sensor located on the front of the flash, provides a non TTL option for “Ext.A” and “Ext.M” flash metering mode, preferred by many professionals.
 
The flash provides both ETTL and manual control as well as 2 optical slave modes and a stroboscopic mode. The metal shoe has a locking pin to prevent falls and breakage, and the control layout will be instantly familiar to Canon Speedlite users. The flash head rotates 180 degrees and tilts over 90 degrees for bounce flash. The head zooms automatically or manually from 20-200mm, and a built-in diffuser expands that range to 14mm. There’s a built-in holder for color gels and gel color temperature sensors that automatically adjust white-balance in camera.
 
The Orlit RT-600C TTL Speedlite for Canon is available for $169.95 from Adorama.
 
Orlit TR-611C and 611N TTL Transceiver
 
Orlit also announced its TR-611 transceiver in Nikon and Canon-compatible versions. The TTL transceivers are designed to add 980 feet of remote operation without a speedlight to provide full TTL to Nikon and Canon’s respective systems. The TR-611C is backward compatible with the Flashpoint Rovelight. The TR-611N is compatible with Nikon’s CLS wireless system.
 
The Orlit TR-611C TTL and Orlit TR-611N are available from Adorama for $69.95.
Category: Orlit News
Post Date: 1/20/2017 12:06:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
Photography gear, typically speaking, is expensive. As such, we as photographers often entertain the idea of purchasing inexpensive camera accessories in lieu of adding the brand name equivalent to our kits.
 
But should we? Is it safe/reliable to buy cheap camera accessories? In some cases, the answer is "yes." When considering the purchase of a cheap camera accessory, here are the questions I ask myself:
 
1. How substantial is the savings opportunity?
Of course the biggest allure in purchasing cheap accessories is the cost savings realized over purchasing the brand name item. But just how much are you saving? Can you replace the inexpensive alternative more than once while still saving money in the long run compared to the brand name product? If so, the cheaper alternative may prove to be a good investment.
 
2. How complex is the item?
You're more likely to have issues with inexpensive accessories that contain electronics (especially those that must communicate with your camera) or lens elements (which require tight manufacturing and assembly tolerances). Lens hoods, for instance, are relatively simple to create. In most cases, they're simply a molded piece of plastic. However, that doesn't stop name brand camera manufacturers from charging an arm and a leg for them. A cheap knock-off hood may not have internal flocking or a fancy filter access window, but they'll typically do the job. I say "typically" because there is a moderately wide range of qualities of design and production for the manufacturers filling this low-cost market space. And that brings me to my next question...
 
3. Is the item made by a relatively well known brand? In-house brands, like Vello (from B&H) and Flashpoint (Adorama) offer budget-priced accessories that a major retailer will stand behind. This means that if you are dissatisfied with your purchase, you can likely return the item without financial consequence. These brands are usually slightly more expensive than unheard of brands, but often provide the best value-per-dollar from a security/reliability perspective.
 
4. How important are the item's benefits to your kit?
If you are going to rely on your accessory day in and day out, or you have clients whom depend on you to deliver images without fail, then the reliability of a name brand accessory may outweigh the benefit in cost savings realized by going with a cheaper alternative. Of course, brand name accessories can fail too, but... the brand name manufacturer has a reputation and [very valuable] brand to protect, so they will typically produce the highest quality products.
 
A Prime Example
 
Recently the eyecup on my now 8 year-old Canon EOS 7D broke (seen above). The item isn't necessarily vital to the operation of my camera, but I wanted to replace it.
 
In this case, I had three plausible options:
 
  1. Canon Eyecup Eg (direct replacement) for $16.95 + shipping
  2. Vello EPC-EG Eyepiece (B&H's in-house brand) for $14.95 with free shipping
  3. (2) Eggsnow Eyepiece Eyecups EG (completely unknown brand from Amazon) for $8.99 with free prime shipping
Ultimately, I chose to go with the third option for the following reasons:
 
  • The cost savings was substantial, especially since I received two items instead of one.
  • The eyecup is a simple product to make and therefore quality differences should be minimal.
  • If the eyecup fails, it won't have a big impact on my photography until I can find another replacement (in this case, an identical item shipped).
Upon receipt of the Amazon acquired eyecups, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they seem to be identical to the Canon eyecup aside from the model branding.
 
A few additional cheap accessory options I've had pleasant results with from B&H, Amazon or Adorama include:
 
  • Lens Hoods
  • Lens Caps (front and rear)
  • Body Caps
  • Extension Tubes
  • Tripod Rings
  • Arca-style Quick Release Plates and Clamps
  • Intervalometers, Wireless & Wired Camera Triggers
The Bottom Line
 
Sometimes the bottom line on your financial statement is more important than any potential risks a third party (especially non-vital) accessory presents. Other times, the potential risks simply aren't worth chancing. Of course, the differentiation will largely depend on one's particular priorities and preferences.
 
What do you think? Are there other cheap accessory items that you consider relatively safe investments? Let us know in the comments.
Post Date: 1/20/2017 10:23:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the Tenba Messenger Series: Photo/Laptop Daypack available for $69.95 with free shipping. Regularly $153.95.
 
Colors available include black, burnt orange and olive.
 
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: 1/20/2017 5:51:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the sE Electronics ProMic Laser DSLR On-Camera Shotgun Microphone available for $49.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Super Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • 20 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • Removable Windshield
  • 1x AAA Battery Powered
  • -10 dB Pad
  • Bass Cut Filter
  • 1/8" (3.5mm) Mini Jack Cable
  • Carry Case
 Thursday, January 19, 2017
From Phase One:
 
Capture One 10.0.1 released: new lenses support + bug fixes
 
New Lenses Support
 
  • Schneider Kreuznach RS 110mm (Aerial)
  • Schneider Kreuznach RS 150mm (Aerial)
  • Rodenstock RS 32mm (Aerial)
  • Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro Lens profile
  • Sony 28–75mm F2.8 SAM Lens profile
  • Sony 135mm F2.8 [T4.5] STF Lens profile
  • Sony Ultra Wide Converter Lens profile
  • Sony Fisheye Converter Lens profile
  • Sony 300mm F2.8 G SSM II Lens profile
  • Sony 70–300mm F4.5–5.6 G SSM II Lens profile
  • Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens profile
Bug fixes: Mac
 
  • Lagging while quickly browsing through images by holding the arrow key down
  • The Mac crash reporter does not nd a crash report when Capture One is force quit
  • Crash if no collection selected and we select next collection
  • The Mac crash reporter often fails to nd the correct crash report for Capture One
  • Decreasing Target Highlight Value via keyboard shortcut does not work
  • Wrong naming for custom ICC profiles that are not in library in catalogs
  • Crash when entering “/” in the Format field in the Next Capture Naming tool
  • Cannot apply preset/style with custom ICC if the ICC is not in the library
  • The “Applied Styles and Presets” section is missing in the “Styles and Presets” tool
  • Changing library in full screen mode causes CO to crash
  • Crash when closing the Import Window while it is populating with images
  • Crash when moving smart albums in a catalog
  • Magenta color cast before style applying
  • Loupe will not work on thumbnails
  • Iris GPU on new MBP causing artifact in fit-view
  • Crash when exporting variants with Open CL enabled on MBP2015
  • Crash when selecting an image in the browser on Mac Pro with non-OEM Nvidia card
  • CMYK readouts give wildly different values in Capture One 10
Bug fixes: Win
 
  • Changing brush size with Tangent Knobs does not work
  • Large TIFF crashes
  • Crash when .NET installation is older than 4.6.2
  • The readouts won’t show when the window is small
  • Cannot Click Between Thumbnails when Loupe Is Selected
  • Express and DB version can not check for software updates
  • Deactivating DB version thinks it is Express For Sony
  • Localization Issue: German. There is no Capture One 10 Engine, There are two Capture One 9 Engines.
  • “Show Mask Always” doesn’t show adjustments when changing exposure
  • Delete file from session does not refocus browser window on next selection • Brush tool does not display right physical size in brush settings
  • Multiple Card readers not displayed in CO import window
  • Lens EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is not recognized automatically
Download: Download Capture One 10.0.1
 
B&H carries Phase One Capture One 10.
Post Date: 1/19/2017 3:10:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The 2017 Complete Photography Business & Marketing Bundle is now available for only $97.00 from 5DayDeal.com. The total retail value of this bundle is more than $2,200.00.
 
To see everything you get in the 2017 Complete Photography Business & Marketing Bundle, click here.
 
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Post Date: 1/19/2017 2:39:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Schwabachers Landing in Grand Teton National Park is a huge favorite location for photographers, especially in the fall. There is good reason for this of course. The Grand Teton range is incredible from many vantage points, but with several beaver ponds making reflections possible, Schwabachers Landing offers twice as many mountain peaks in images captured here.
 
I captured many composition variations here, but in this simple example, I wanted to emphasize the distant mountains and the 53mm focal length was effective at keeping them large in the frame. Though wide angle focal lengths also created nice compositions here, the mountain peaks were rendered small and much less significant.
 
The angle of the mid-September morning light is rather flat on this mountain range, but I think that the color of the trees more than offsets this time-of-the-year deficiency.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 1/19/2017 10:01:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo with USB Thumb Drive available for $69.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $99.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Creative Enhancement Target
  • Classic Target
  • White Balance Target
  • Protective Pocket-Sized Case
  • Camera Calibration Software
  • Accurate Consistent Color
  • 32GB USB Drive

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
We are checking out the Tascam DR-10L pocket-sized audio recorder with lavalier microphone. We also try it out with lavs from Sanken and Countryman.
 
Note from Sean: The Tascam DR-10L is very similar to the juicedLink Little Darling Distributed Audio Recorder, a product I was very happy to see hit the market. However, a lav microphone is included with the Tascam DR-10L for the same price as the Little Darling on its own. By the looks of it, the Tascam's interface seems simpler to use.
 
B&H carries the Tascam DR-10L Digital Audio Recorder.
Post Date: 1/19/2017 6:39:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System available for $1,299.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,962.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 13.2 lb Capacity
  • FSB 6 Fluid Head
  • Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Mid-Level Spreader
  • Carry Case
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Mackie ProFX8v2 8-Channel Sound Reinforcement Mixer with Built-In FX available for $139.99 with free shipping. Regularly $199.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 8 Input Channels
  • 4 Low-Noise Mackie Vita Mic Preamps
  • USB Recording to Computer (Mac & Win)
  • 16 FX Including Reverb, Delay & Chorus
  • Per Channel 3-Band EQ
  • Dual 7-Band Graphic EQ
  • Stereo RCA Tape Input
  • Monitor & FX Sends, Stereo & FX Returns
  • Hi-Z Input for Direct Guitar & Bass
Note: The 12-Channel version is also on sale.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the G-Technology 5TB G-DRIVE G1 USB 3.0 Hard Drive available for $169.95 with free shipping. Regularly $229.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 5TB Capacity
  • USB 3.0 Port
  • Data Transfer Rate up to 165 MB/s
  • AC Powered
  • 7200 rpm
  • Aluminum Enclosure
  • Apple Time Machine Compatible
  • Preformatted HFS+ for Mac
  • Windows & Mac Compatible
 Wednesday, January 18, 2017
From Adobe:
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced its Board of Directors has approved a new stock repurchase program granting the company authority to repurchase up to $2.5 billion in common stock through the end of fiscal year 2019. Under the new stock repurchase program, which is designed to return value to Adobe’s stockholders and minimize dilution from stock issuances, the company may repurchase shares in the open market and also enter into structured repurchase agreements with third parties. The new stock repurchase program, approved by Adobe’s Board of Directors, is substantially similar to the company’s previous program authorizing the repurchase of up to $2.0 billion in common stock through fiscal year 2017, which authority will soon be exhausted.
 
“We’re coming off a year of record cash flow generation and our balance sheet continues to be strong. Adobe’s new share repurchase program underscores our commitment to returning value to our stockholders, as we execute on our long-term growth strategy,” said Mark Garrett, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Adobe.
 
Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including those related to Adobe’s stock repurchases and business momentum, which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to, risks and uncertainties described in Adobe’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year 2015 ended Nov. 27, 2015, and Adobe's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q issued in fiscal year 2016. For further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, individuals should refer to Adobe’s SEC filings.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 1/18/2017 7:04:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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