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 Thursday, June 22, 2017
Late last month, Canon announced that they planned on purchasing roughly 14 million of its own shares with a 50 billion yen outlay ($450 million dollars). At the time, I remarked that Canon could only afford 12,976,343 shares with the allocated investment at the then-current stock price.
 
Canon has completed its stock acquisition ahead of schedule, obtaining 12,776,100 shares at a cost of 49,999,720,400 yen ($449,040,488.95 USD), which works out to approx. $35.15 USD per share. At the time of this post, Canon's stock is currently trading at $35.05 USD. [Sean]
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/22/2017 7:04:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Hot Deal: Through midnight tonight, B&H has the Miops Camera Trigger available for $129.00 with free shipping. Regularly $219.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Trigger Camera and/or Flash
  • Lightning, Laser, & Sound Trigger Modes
  • Smartphone App / Bluetooth Compatible
  • Time Lapse Function
  • HDR Function
  • External Port
  • Adjustable Sensitivity
  • Color LCD Screen
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
Note: I've owned the Miops Camera Trigger for a little more than a year now and it's seen a fair amount of use in that time. It's a fantastic lightning trigger (the best I've used) and it also has the ability to trigger the camera remotely using a smartphone. See my post 3 Reasons Why I Love the Miops Camera Trigger for more info. [Sean]
 
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Post Date: 6/22/2017 5:46:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The wait is almost over; the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art and Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art lenses will be available for preorder from B&H at 1:00am Easter Time (roughly 2 hours after this post).
 
We expect there to be high demand for these lenses; be sure to preorder early if you want to receive your lens ASAP. Be sure to use the links above to support the site.
 
Update: Adorama also has the lenses available for preorder.
Categories: Preorders, Sigma News
Post Date: 6/21/2017 10:02:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has most of Apple's recently announced MacBooks and iMacs in stock with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 6/21/2017 12:34:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, Amazon is featuring the Neewer NW620(GN58) LCD Display Manual Speedlite Flash as a Gold Box Deal and the flash is marked down to $39.09, compared to $45.99 originally.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Powerful flash with high guide No.58(ISO 100, 180mm), supports M/MULTI/S1/S2 flash mode
  • Manual zoom 18-180mm, Super speed charging recycle: approx. 2.9 s
  • Battery Life: 100-1500 flashes; Flash time: 1/200s-1/20000s; Flash control: 8 levels of output control(1/128-1/1)
  • Vertical rotation angle: -7-90 degrees, horizontal rotation angle: 0-180 degrees
  • Additional function: PC synchronous, Power saving mode, Over temperature protection
Note: I don't usually recommend purchasing camera equipment featuring pricing that seems too good to be true, but... I find this flash intriguing.
 
First, it's actually a well reviewed product on Amazon. Second, it's ridiculously inexpensive, so even if it only lasts a 12 - 18 months with moderate use, it will likely have been a worthwhile investment (at least for anyone experimenting with lighting, maybe not for professional work unless backups are available). And third, although this flash only features manual control, its built-in slave should make it an especially useful tool for background lighting. [Sean]
Post Date: 6/21/2017 11:09:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
I've been using The Photographer's Ephemeris for several years now and it's one of the most useful photography apps I've found. By the looks of it, the app is getting even better. I'm hoping an Android version is not too far down the pipeline. When the iOS app launches, you'll be able to find it here. [Sean]
 
From The Photographer's Ephemeris:
 
The Photographer's Ephemeris 3D (TPE 3D) is a unique natural light visualization tool for outdoor and landscape photographers. It’s a 3D map-centric Sun, Moon and Milky Way calculator: see how the light will fall on the land, day or night, for any location on earth.
 
Watch a sunrise from the future in a rich simulation of sunlight, moonlight and starlight set against the actual topography of your planned shooting location.
 
Need to see when the arch of the Milky Way will rise between two mountain peaks? Need to see what time in the afternoon the valley will lose direct light in September? Watch the light unfold under clear skies hours, days, weeks or years before you’re actually there in person.
 
Availability
 
We plan to soft launch TPE 3D in select markets (including Ireland and New Zealand) on Tuesday, June 20 2017.
 
We expect to make the app available worldwide on Tuesday, June 27.
 
TPE 3D requires iOS 10. It runs on all devices that support iOS 10, but more modern devices benefit from higher detail in the 3D topography and higher resolution shadows and stars.
 
Pricing
 
We plan to launch TPE 3D as a paid app, selling individually for $19.99 in the US ($30.99, Australia, 21,99 € Eurozone, £19.99 UK, based on current Apple pricing tiers).
 
A bundle will be available making TPE 3D available to users who already own TPE and/or The Photographer' Transit at reduced price. The bundle will launch at $24.99 in the US, for all three apps.
 
That means that if you have already paid $8.99 for TPE, you can purchase the bundle to add TPE 3D and TPT for $16.00. If you already own both TPE and TPT, you can complete your bundle for $12.00, representing a 40% discount off full price for TPE 3D.
 
(All pricing is subject to change.)
 
We expect to offer a pro subscription for future enhancements such as satellite maps and full offline support.
Post Date: 6/21/2017 10:32:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its second quarter fiscal year 2017 ended June 2, 2017.
 
Financial Highlights
 
  • Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $1.77 billion in its second quarter of fiscal year 2017.
  • Diluted earnings per share was $0.75 on a GAAP-basis, and $1.02 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Digital Media segment revenue was $1.21 billion, with Creative revenue growing to a record $1.01 billion.
  • Strong Creative Cloud and Document Cloud adoption and retention drove Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) to $4.56 billion exiting the quarter, a quarter-over-quarter increase of $312 million.
  • Adobe Experience Cloud achieved record revenue of $495 million, which represents 29 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Operating income grew 46 percent and net income grew 53 percent year-over-year on a GAAP-basis; operating income grew 42 percent and net income grew 43 percent year-over-year on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $645 million, and deferred revenue grew to approximately $2.07 billion.
  • The company repurchased approximately 2 million shares during the quarter, returning $266 million of cash to stockholders.
A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release and on Adobe’s website.
 
Executive Quotes
 
“Digital transformation continues to be the burning agenda for creative professionals, enterprises, governments and educational institutions,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO, Adobe. “Adobe is the go-to company for creating world-class digital customer journeys from design to delivery to measurement and monetization.”
 
“Adobe continues to execute well, with another quarter of record revenue and operating profit in Q2," said Mark Garrett, executive vice president and CFO, Adobe. “We're excited about the strong business momentum we have as we enter the second half of fiscal 2017 and remain confident in our ability to drive strong revenue and earnings growth in the future.”
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/21/2017 8:54:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Do you plan on visiting New York City in the next 12 months? If so, this deal's for you.
 
From now to June 27, you can save 20% on a New York Pass, the ultimate key that gets you free entry to over 90 New York tourist attractions.
 
New York Pass Benefits:
 
  • You can choose from 6 different duration types: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 10 days
  • There are no limits to how many attractions you can see
  • Many of the busiest attractions offer Fast Track entry to NY Pass holders
  • There are 17 tours that Pass holders can book in advance and secure their place
  • You have full control on your budget, yet you can choose from 90+ NYC attractions
And if visiting New York City with a New York Pass, you may want to try photographing the city from the Rockefeller Center observation deck. If so, check out Bryan's Ultimate Guide to Photographing at Top of the Rock.
Post Date: 6/21/2017 7:00:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Gitzo:
 
Upper Saddle River, N.J. (June 19, 2017) - Gitzo, a pioneer in many of the most advanced, revolutionary technologies for professional camera equipment, is celebrating one hundred years of outstanding innovation and technological leadership by launching an exclusive magnesium limited-edition travel tripod - the 100 Year Anniversary Edition.
 
Gitzo initiated the travel tripod era, creating products designed to be companions for life. The world’s most inspirational brand of tripods and heads is celebrating its first centenary of tradition, innovation and expertise that have made it a beacon of excellence in the photographic world. No other manufacturer has so consistently broken the boundaries of possibility, passionately devising and producing the means through which photographers turn vision into reality.
 
To mark the occasion, Gitzo has launched the new 100Y “DEFINING TOMORROW” logo, referencing infinity and the creations the company has yet to roll out.
 
The innovative 100 Year Anniversary Edition Tripod is not just a celebratory photography support. It is the ultimate high-performance professional tool featuring unique design and the very latest technology. This highly desirable flagship product will be available worldwide in an exclusive limited edition of just 1917 pieces, referencing Gitzo’s year of foundation, with the number of each piece laser engraved on one leg (1/1917 to 1917/1917).
 
The 100 Year Anniversary Edition Tripod introduces a brand-new magnesium spider, emphasized by a black finish and titanium color details that make this model outstandingly stylish. It has Gitzo’s latest Traveler Series 1 technological features, including state-of-the-art Carbon eXact tubing and 180° leg folding mechanism for the ultimate strength, the Traveler G-lock mechanism, making it compact, strong and ergonomic, together with a brand-new Center Ball Head for superior smoothness and precision. Moreover, the limited-edition tripod features an ergonomic strap made of genuine Italian leather with a carbon fiber look for extreme comfort in use.
 
The 100 Year Anniversary Edition Tripod is presented in a highly refined, black branded chest with leather detailing containing the tripod and its accessories, the tripod’s certificate of authenticity signed by Gitzo’s CEO, and includes the name of the craftsman who created each specific piece.
 
Key features:
 
  • Exquisite new high-appeal look and feel with distinctive design, smooth spider casting shapes, new leg angle selectors and locking collars.
  • 1917 - the magic number of Gitzo’s foundation year and the total pieces of this exclusive symbol of Gitzo’s history available worldwide.
  • The new black & titanium grey color combination is an elegant, contemporary expression of this exceptional flagship product.
The 100 Year Anniversary Edition is available for $1,499.99 in the U.S. and is exclusive to select dealers.
 
B&H has the Gitzo 100 Year Anniversary Edition Tripods available for preorder.
Category: Gitzo News
Post Date: 6/21/2017 6:21:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Zeiss:
 
The tenth lens in the ZEISS Milvus series for DSLR cameras already shows its many benefits at full aperture
 
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2017-06-21 – ZEISS has launched a new lens for full-frame DSLR cameras from Canon1 and Nikon2 on the market: the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35. Now the tenth lens in the Milvus family, the ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 is particularly suitable for portrait photography thanks to its speed. "The high maximum aperture enables the subject to stand out clearly against the background, and the photographer can achieve creative combinations of focus and blur," says Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at ZEISS. "The manual focus enables very exact focusing, and the creamy bokeh provides an excellent image look. And even at full aperture the image quality leaves nothing to be desired.” The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 is also perfectly at home in landscape photography: "The 35-millimeter focal length is a genuine all-rounder." Like all lenses in the ZEISS Milvus family, it is protected against dust and splashes and, according to Casenave, even bad weather is no problem. The metal barrel gives the lens its robust and durable character.
 
Practically no chromatic aberrations thanks to a new optical design
 
With aspherical lens elements, special glass materials and advanced correction, ZEISS has given the lens a completely new optical design. “This means the photos are practically free from chromatic aberrations," says Casenave. Thanks to their excellent edge-to-edge imagery the ZEISS Milvus lenses are designed for high-performance digital cameras. "The resolutions of camera sensors are constantly becoming higher, and this also increases the demands made on the lenses. For ZEISS Milvus lenses this is no problem. They are a solid investment in the future."
 
Also suitable for filming
 
The ten lenses in the ZEISS Milvus family, ranging between 15 and 135 millimeters, are also suitable for film productions: the manual focus with a large rotation angle can be operated with the aid of a ZEISS Lens Gear with a follow-focus system. The de-click function allows the aperture to be set continuously in the version for Nikon3 cameras. A further benefit for filming: ZEISS has matched the color characteristics of the ten lenses. Filmmakers can therefore switch between the focal lengths and still have a uniform color look. "This facilitates editing enormously," says Casenave.
 
Price and availability
 
The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/35 will be available from specialist dealers and in the ZEISS Online Shop from July 2017. The recommended retail price is 1,999 euros.
 
Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4 Preorders:
B&H – Canon | Nikon
Adorama – Canon | Nikon
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 6/21/2017 6:09:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Delkin Devices Fat Gecko Dual-Suction Camera Mount available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $69.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Attach up to 8 lb Cameras to Moving Cars
  • Fix to Any Flat Surfaces (Boats, Etc.)
  • Secure Dual 3" Diameter Suction Cups
  • Designed to Reduce Vibration
  • 3 Adjustment Points & Ballhead Rotation
  • 1/4"-20 Camera Mount Screw
  • Cold Shoe Adapter Included
Note: I owned this product several years ago and decided I wasn't comfortable using it with my gripped DSLR (even though it never failed in my tests), as it seemed more appropriate for action camera use. While it may be significantly more expensive, I'd recommend the considering the RigWheels RigMount X4 Magnetic Camera Platform for a more secure mounting solution. [Sean]
Post Date: 6/21/2017 5:47:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Interfit S1 500Ws HSS TTL Battery-Powered Monolight available for $549.99 with free shipping. Regularly $999.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Optional Canon/Nikon/Sony Transmitter
  • AC Power and Removable Battery
  • Up to 350 Full Battery-Powered Flashes
  • 328' Wireless Range
  • Li-Ion Battery
  • High-Speed Sync to 1/8,000 Sec
  • 3-Sec Recycling to Full Power
  • LED Modeling Lamp
  • 7-Stop Power Range
  • 5700K Color Temperature
Note: This monolight may not work with older camera bodies.
 Tuesday, June 20, 2017
B&H has the Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Quad-Core, Late 2013) available for $1,999.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,999.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 3.7 GHz Intel Xeon E5 Quad-Core
  • 12GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC RAM
  • 256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
  • Dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs (2 x 2GB)
  • Six Thunderbolt 2 Ports
  • Four USB 3.0 Ports, One HDMI 1.4 Port
  • Supports up to Three 4K Displays
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Unique Compact Cylinder Design
  • Mac OS X El Capitan or macOS Sierra
Post Date: 6/20/2017 11:26:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
B&H has just added three more videos to its Optic 2017 presentations on YouTube. The latest three videos include:
 
  • Brooks Jensen: The Spectrum
  • Eric Kruszewski - Connecting with Cultures
  • Jeff Mauritzen - Landscape & Wildlife Photography
Previously Posted Optic 2017 Presentations
 
  • Ruddy Roye - The Photographer's Journey
  • Art Wolfe - The Creative Process of Art Wolfe
  • Jonathan Irish - On Assignment in the U.S. National Parks
  • Cristina Mittermeier - Sacred Ecology
  • Roman Kurywczak - For the Love of Landscapes
  • Roman Kurywczak - Create Tack Sharp Macro Images
  • Vivienne Gucwa - How I Traveled to the Arctic with Only One Camera and Lens
  • Kara Mercer - A Suitcase, FUJIFILM and the Open Road
  • Charles Glatzer: Yellowstone in Winter
  • Mike Corrado - Photographing Birds In Your Own Backyard
  • Lucas Gilman Presents: Capturing The Action
  • Jill Mann & Kyla Trethewey Presents - Our Wild Abandon
  • Sam Abell Presents: The Life of a Photograph
  • Brooks Jensen Presents: Those Who Inspire Me (and Why)
  • Alison Wright Presents: Photographing People with Passion and Purpose
  • Ralph Lee Hopkins: On Thin Ice
Post Date: 6/20/2017 11:04:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Profoto:
 
There is certainly something airy and graceful about the Hollywood Golden Age and Chris Knight is one of the few photographers that can transfer the sensation of celluloid and silver to a modern-day photo shoot. Here Chris explains how to create grand and cinematic portraits using the Profoto D1 and a set of Profoto umbrellas.
 
Gear Used:
 
Post Date: 6/20/2017 8:15:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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