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 Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Hot Deal: For a limited time, use promo code CCPHOTOPLAN at B&H to get a 12-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan for $89.99. Regularly $119.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Subscription to Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC
  • Tools to Organize, Edit, Enhance & Share
  • Constant and Automatic Feature Updates
  • Up-to-Date Camera Support
  • Extensive Library of How-To Videos
  • Cloud-Based Storage for Multiple Devices
  • Sync to Photoshop Mix & Lightroom Mobile
  • For Mac and Windows Operating Systems
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Post Date: 8/23/2016 5:41:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From LensRentals:
 
Let us help you capture your time off with a new piece of gear! Get $25 off any rental of $150 or more by placing your order to arrive between now and September 2nd! Just use code LABORDAY25 at checkout.
 
*Order must have arrival date between 8/23/16-9/02/16. Must use code LABORDAY25.
 
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
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Post Date: 8/23/2016 5:35:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H is offering a free Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack ($363.00 value) with purchase of the Nikon D810. The camera also qualifies for a $500.00 instant savings.
 
Nikon D810 Features
 
  • 36.3MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • No Optical Low Pass Filter
  • 3.2" 1,229k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 60/30/24 fps
  • Multi-CAM 3500FX 51-Point AF Sensor
  • Native ISO 12800, Extended to ISO 51200
  • 5 fps Shooting at Full Resolution
  • Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
Free Included Items
 
  • Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack
  • Watson EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.0V, 2000mAh)
  • SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro UHS-I SDHC U3 Memory Card (Class 10)
  • Ruggard Commando 36 DSLR Shoulder Bag
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Post Date: 8/23/2016 5:22:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 22, 2016
Expired: Amazon has the Nikon D750 DSLR Camera available for $1,696.95. Compare at $1,996.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Full frame 24.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor
  • Full HD 60/50/30/25/24p video
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and compatibility with the WT-5a + UT-1 Communication Unit
  • Shoot up to 6.5 fps at full resolution
  • Pro Video feature set including: Simultaneously record uncompressed and compressed, Manually control ISO, shutter speed and aperture while recording-even use Power Aperture control for smooth iris transitions and Auto ISO for smooth exposure transitions.
  • Compact, lightweight and slim unibody (monocoque) body design with tilting Vari-angle LCD display
Note: The Nikon D750 usually retails for $2,296.95 but currently qualifies for a $300.00 instant savings. However, the current price on Amazon is $600.00 less than MSRP.
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Post Date: 8/22/2016 6:35:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Datacolor:
 
Lawrenceville, NJ – August 16, 2016 – Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, today announced the release of Spyder5CAPTURE PRO, the next generation of its popular color calibration solutions for photographers, designers and imaging professionals. Spyder5CAPTURE PRO features all the essential products needed to manage color from image capture to post production, including SpyderLENSCAL, SpyderCHECKR, SpyderCUBE, and Spyder5ELITE.
 
  • SpyderLENSCAL allows users to calibrate camera and lens combinations, resulting in accurate auto-focus.
  • SpyderCHECKR and SpyderCUBE provide the user with reference tools to allow control of contrast, white balance and color when editing images.
  • Spyder5ELITE calibrates displays to an industry standard, ensuring that on-screen colors of images are accurate and match photo prints every time.
“We know how important color accuracy is for photographers, but we also know it can be time-consuming.” said Heath Barber, Imaging Market Manager, Datacolor. “Spyder5CAPTURE PRO reduces editing time by providing users with a fast and seamless workflow from capture to post-production by combining our leading color management tools in one convenient and cost-effective package.”
 
The new Spyder5CAPTURE PRO offers a bundled product savings of over 30 percent. For a limited time, Datacolor and participating photography resellers are offering Spyder5CAPTURE PRO at an introductory price of $269.99 if purchased by 9/30/2016. After 9/30/2016, Spyder5CAPTURE PRO will retail for $369.99.
 
B&H carries Datacolor Spyder5CAPTURE PRO.
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Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 8/22/2016 5:25:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Limited Time Deal: B&H has the Corel VideoStudio Pro Ultimate X8 available for $24.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 10 NewBlue and ProDAD Effects Plugins
  • Supports UHD 4K in XAVC S Codec
  • Balance Background and Foreground Audio
  • Built-In Screen Capture Tool
  • Includes Royalty Free Soundtracks
  • Media Management Library
  • Storyboard / Timeline Editing Modes
  • FastFlick 3-Step Easy Editing
  • Supports GPU Acceleration
  • Works with Windows XP and Later
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Post Date: 8/22/2016 5:13:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 19, 2016
Adorama has the Pelican 1610 Watertight Hard Case with Dividers & Wheels available for $199.95 with free shipping. Regularly $249.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Watertight, crushproof, and dust proof
  • Floats in salt water with 200 lbs (90.7 kg) load
  • Easy open Double Throw latches
  • Open cell core with solid wall design - strong, light weight
  • O-ring seal
  • Automatic Pressure Equalization Valve
  • Fold down handles
  • Stainless steel hardware and padlock protectors
  • This version includes Padded Divider Set
  • Personalized nameplate service available
  • Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee of Excellence
  • Retractable extension handle
  • Strong polyurethane wheels with stainless steel bearings
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Post Date: 8/19/2016 2:50:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Speedliting expert Syl Arena was one of the first photographers to test the new Canon 430EX III-RT and he came away impressed. In his presentation, Syl shares his insights and tips about the Canon 430EX III-RT and how he creates amazing shots with Canon Speedlites.
 
Note: The video above is the event's highlight reel. You can find the full video here.
 
Want more info? Check out Bryan's full review of the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT.
 
B&H carries the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT.
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Post Date: 8/19/2016 8:07:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon Australia:
 
LEAP is all about taking your creativity and photography further, and the only way to do that is to keep capturing images that are unlike anything you’ve shot before.
 
So for the month of September, we’re going to give you as much inspiration as you can handle. With a new brief every day, the last thing you’ll need to ask is “what should I shoot”? #taketheleap
 
Learn more at: https://www.canon.com.au/leap
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Post Date: 8/19/2016 7:30:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
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Post Date: 8/19/2016 4:42:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 18, 2016
I have long admired images of Lake Moraine in The Valley of the Ten Peaks, Banff National Park (Alberta, Canada), especially those taken from the Rockpile. While huge numbers of great images have been captured here, none of them were captured by me. That is, none until recently.
 
The Rockpile (ascended via the Rockpile Trail) is a foreground-rich location overlooking an amazing turquoise glacier-fed lake that, when the wind is not blowing, reflects the close, steep, craggy, with-character mountains beyond it. I was blessed to spend 3 very early mornings at this location (and would return in a heartbeat). One quickly forgets the 3:00-4:15 AM alarms (followed by 11:30 PM bedtimes) when reviewing Moraine Lake images.
 
For this composition, I moved in close to a carefully-selected large rock. This rock, with plenty of leading lines, appears to fit into the edge of the mountain reflections like a puzzle piece, with even the notches appearing to align with reflected peaks. With the large mountain weighing heavily on the top left of the image, the large foreground rock is positioned proportionally higher on the right to, along with the shaded trees, aid in the overall image balance. Required for this perspective, and not visible in this image, are the tripod feet (and me) precariously positioned on the top edge of several different rocks.
 
With the mountain peaks being directly hit with sunlight and the dark evergreens being in deep shade, the dynamic range in this scene was extreme. Thus, I was shooting bracketed exposures. A camera's built-in HDR feature is a good way to capture bracketed exposures, but ... I didn't want the in-camera-generated JPG image and didn't want to wait for that composited image to be created.
 
My favorite method of shooting bracketed exposures is via the camera's AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) feature. Simply select the number of bracketed images desired and the desired exposure difference between them. Each image captured in succession, up to the selected number of bracketed frames, will have a different exposure (ideally for landscapes, the shutter speed is varied), insuring that all parts of the scene are adequately exposed in at least one of the frames.
 
To speed up the capture, select and use the camera's high frame rate (burst) mode. When the sun is rising, speed matters for HDR captures (this is a manual HDR image). The line between sun and shade moves quickly and ... that line becomes hard to composite if time lapses between captures. With AEB selected, a high speed burst will stop after the selected number of AEB frames.
 
I usually have MLU (Mirror Lockup) enabled when photographing landscapes, avoiding any possible vibration caused by the mirror raising. However, using MLU adds a short, but undesired, delay between the frames captured in an AEB burst. There is a better way: Live View is another method of achieving MLU. By using a remote release with Live View and high frame rate (burst) mode selected, one press of the remote shutter release (pressing and locking the release button down for long exposure brackets) captures the set number of frames in very fast succession (without the mirror moving).
 
Depending on the Lake Moraine scene and scenario, I was shooting 5 or 7 frames varied by 2/3 or 1 stop. From most sets, I deleted all except 3 or 4 images with the exposure variations needed remaining available. This image was created from three exposures.
 
Due to packing restrictions, I nearly left the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens at home. Upon arriving at Moraine Lake, I was SOOO thankful that I had it with me. Aside from using the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens on a second camera and tripod setup some of the time, the 11-24 was the only lens I needed at this location. And, it performed extremely well as did the Canon EOS 5Ds R camera I used behind it.
 
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. If you find these tips useful, please share them in your circle of friends!
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Post Date: 8/18/2016 9:12:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Daily Deal: Amazon has the Samsung 750 EVO 500GB SATA III Internal SSD available for $119.99. Compare at $149.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • NAND flash-based, lightweight, and shock and vibration resistant for working on the go
  • Encryption and Secure Erase provide reliable data protection while maintaining high performance
  • Included Contents: 2.5" (7mm) SATA III (6GB/s) SSD & User Manual (All Other Cables, Screws, Brackets Not Included).
  • Free download of Samsung Data Migration and Magician software available for easy installation and SSD management
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Post Date: 8/18/2016 8:15:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Santa Rosa, Calif. – A revolution in backpack design when it first released, Think Tank’s Shape Shifter expanded and contracted to hold gripped camera bodies and a laptop. In response to input from professional photographers, Think Tank has released the Shape Shifter in three new configurations. The Shape Shifter 15 V2.0 is designed to hold a 15” laptop and the Shape Shifter 17 is designed to hold a 17” laptop. The Naked Shape Shifter allows photographers to attach Skin Pouches or Lens Changers inside to create a totally customized modular backpack.
 
“While traveling or on location, the Shape Shifter V2.0 lets photographers adjust their backpack to fit their workflow,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank’s CEO and lead designer. “The Shape Shifters compress to three inches in depth when gear is removed, allowing photographers to have their gear at the ready while maintaining a slimmer profile when maneuvering through crowds.”
 
Key Features
 
Shape Shifter 15 & 17 V2.0
 
  • A great travel bag with extra space to fit a jacket, food, or additional gear
  • Tripod attachment on front of bag keeps tripod weight centered and allows access to gear without detaching the tripod
  • Easily accessible, plush pocket fits smartphones with displays up to 5.5”
  • Roller handle pass-through sleeve to attach to rolling luggage
  • Detachable water bottle pouch
  • Pro Speed Belt or Thin Skin Belt (sold separately) can be attached
  • Contoured shoulder harness with air channel for all body types
  • YKK RC-Fuse zippers with lockable sliders (lock not included)
  • Upper front pocket with organizer for accessories
  • Lower front pocket with zippered pocket for accessories
  • Removable waist belt
  • Shoulder harness pockets, D-Rings, and sternum strap
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
Gear Capacity
 
Shape Shifter 15 V2.0 Gear Capacity
 
  • Holds a 15” laptop, tablet up to a 12” or 13”, plus one DSLR (gripped or un-gripped) and three lenses (detached) and personal items
Shape Shifter 17 V2.0 Gear Capacity
 
  • Holds a 17” laptop, tablet up to a 12” or 13”, plus one to two DSLRs (gripped or un-gripped) and three to four lenses (detached) and personal items
Naked Shape Shifter 17 V2.0 Gear Capacity
 
  • Holds a 17” laptop, tablet up to a 12” or 13”, plus four to seven modular pouches or lens changers and personal items
Materials
 
Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. The bag also has 600D twill, YKK RC zippers, 320g dry-flow airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, polyurethane backed liner and dividers, 200D polyester, laminated non-woven backed nylex liner, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 190T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Specifications
 
Shape Shifter 15 V2.0
 
  • Exterior Dimensions When Expanded: 18.9” H x 12” W x 7” D” (48 x 30.5 x 18 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions When Compressed: 18.9” H x 12” W x 3” D (48 x 30.5 x 8 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment Dimensions: 16.8” H x 11.4” W x 1.5” D (42.7 x 29 x 4 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 9.4” W x 12.2” H x 0.6” D (24 x 31 x 1.5 cm)
  • Smart Phone/Glasses Pocket: 6.7” W x 4.5” H x 1.6” D (17 x 11.5 x 2 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 4.3 lbs. (2 kg)
Shape Shifter 17 V2.0
 
  • Exterior Dimensions When Expanded: 20” H x 12.5” W x 7” D” (51 x 32 x 18 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions When Compressed: 20” H x 12.5 W” x 3” D (51 x 32 x 8 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment Dimensions: 19” H x 12” W x 1.5” D (48 x 30.5 x 4 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 10.2” W x 12.2” H x 0.6” D (26 x 31 x 1.5 cm)
  • Smart Phone/Glasses Pocket: 7.1” W x 4.7” H x 1.6” D (18 x 12 x 2 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 4.6 lbs. (2.1kg)
Naked Shape Shifter 17 V2.0
 
  • Exterior Dimensions When Expanded: 20” H x 12.5” W x 7” D” (51 x 32 x 18 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions When Compressed: 20” H x 12.5 W” x 3” D (51 x 32 x 8 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment Dimensions: 19” H x 12” W x 1.5” D (48 x 30.5 x 4 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 10.2” W x 12.2” H x 0.6” D (26 x 31 x 1.5 cm)
  • Smart Phone/Glasses Pocket: 7.1” W x 4.7” H x 1.6” D (18 x 12 x 2 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 3.8 lbs. (1.7 kg)
Think Tank Photo has the newly announced bags in stock.
 
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Post Date: 8/17/2016 2:43:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Nikon D810 have been added to the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S VR Lens page.
 
This lens has rapidly become a very popular one with wildlife and sports being its most frequent subjects.
 
The Nikon 200-500mm VR vs. 80-400mm VR II lens comparison is the first I wanted to see.
 
B&H has the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S VR Lens in stock with a 4% reward.
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Post Date: 8/17/2016 8:59:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Roger Cicala of LensRentals recently tested the following lenses on their Olaf Optical Testing bench to see how they compare to one another at 400mm:
 
  • Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
  • Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 1.4x Extender III (actual focal length = 420mm)
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
  • Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD
  • Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary
Want to know which lens(es) came out on top? Check out the LensRentals Blog post to find out.
 
Want more information? We have full reviews of all the Canon-compatible lenses Roger tested.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/17/2016 9:00:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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