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 Wednesday, July 22, 2015

 
Watch as Ryan Connolly explains the basics to using a shotgun microphone to get the cleanest audio possible.
 
B&H carries boompoles and the Rode NTG3 microphone.
 
Here are the other videos in this series:
 
Post Date: 7/22/2015 6:46:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
ikan 7
B&H has the ikan 7" HDMI LCD Field Monitor with Canon LP-E6 Type Battery Plate available for $169.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 7" 1024 x 600 HDMI & Composite Inputs
  • 450 cd/m² Brightness
  • 700:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 170° Viewing Angle
  • Monochrome Peaking, False Color
  • Clip Guides, 1:1 Movable Pixels
  • Auto image Flip, DSLR Scaling
  • 1/4"-20 Threaded Mounting Hole
  • 2 x User Assignable Function Buttons
  • Includes LP-E6 Type Battery Plate
 Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Lens MTF
It is with great pleasure that I announce the latest addition to the site's tools: Lens MTF Comparison
 
Required Reading: To get the most out of these beautiful charts and to learn about MTF measurements, please take some time to read through the Lens MTF Help page.
 
Many prime lens results are immediately available in the MTF tool and many additions are planned, including zoom lenses. We'll announce the additions as they become available. Aperture tests in addition to wide open are also expected to be included at some point.
 
These MTF charts are made available under agreement with my friend Roger Cicala and his crew at Olaf Optical Testing with support provided by LensRentals.com. Go rent a lens!
Post Date: 7/21/2015 7:29:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Lowepro Photo Sport Sling 100 AW (Orange)
B&H has the Lowepro Photo Sport Sling 100 AW (Orange) available for $49.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $99.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR, Lens, Flash, Phone, Personals
  • Dual Compartment Design
  • Side Access Pocket for Sling Operation
  • Ultra-Lightweight Construction
  • Reflective Piping for Trail Safety
  • Multiple Accessory Attachment Points
  • Built-in Rain Cover
  • Molded Airflow Backpad
  • Lifetime Warranty
Post Date: 7/21/2015 6:25:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 20, 2015
Lowepro Nova Sport 17L AW Shoulder Bag
If you are looking for a good quality camera case at a great price and "Pepper Red" is your color, then Adorama has a deal for you. While supplies last, get the Lowepro Nova Sport 17L AW Shoulder Bag for only $16.95 (regularly $47.95).
 
Details about the case are sparse on the product page, but the following information is from Lowepro's site:
 
Fits
  • DSLR with lens attached (up to 18-105mm)
  • 1-3 extra lenses (up to 70-300mm)
  • Flash and/or accessories
  • 10" tablet
  • Personal items
Technical Specifications
  • Internal Dimensions: 29 x 17.7 x 21 cm (11.42 x 6.97 x 8.27 in)
  • External Dimensions: 35.5 x 22.5 x 23.7 cm (13.98 x 8.86 x 9.33 in)
  • Camera Compartment: 26 x 15.5 x 20 cm (10.24 x 6.10 x 7.87 in)
  • Weight: 0.8 kg (1.76 lbs)
Post Date: 7/20/2015 9:20:39 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adobe Photoshop Lighroom Icon
From Adobe:
 
Lightroom for mobile Android 1.2 now available
 
Tonight we’re announcing the immediate availability of Lightroom version 1.2 for Android phones and tablets.
 
  • Edit images faster by copying image adjustments and pasting them onto another photo
  • Crop the perfect photo with a re-designed experience on your Android device that enables you to quickly adjust, align and auto-straighten.
  • Easily find your favorite images! The new Segmented view in Collections give you a different way to view and engage with your photos.
  • Raw file support for the Panasonic Lumix CM1 Communication Camera
Version 1.2 also includes fixes for bugs and other issues identified by customers, including:
 
  • Screen occasionally went blank after changing the orientation from landscape to portrait.
  • Lightroom could crash when customers tap the sign-in button.
  • Fixed issue that could cause crashes when scrolling through a large collection and changing the device orientation from portrait to landscape (or vice versa).
  • Hardware back button was not closing any contextual menus.
  • Slow performance when swiping from image to image.
  • Copying or moving an image into a different collection was not working correctly. Please note that this issue only occurred on certain Samsung tablets.
  • Lightroom sometimes caused automated logouts.
  • Edits not visible when sharing photos to certain 3rd party apps and services.
  • Crash occurred when occasionally navigating from grid view to collections view.
Visit the Google Play store and download Lightroom mobile.
 
Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad).
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 7/20/2015 12:32:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
AdoramaPix Logo
Through the end of this week, use coupon code PXPRINT20 to save 20% on prints and coupon code PXCOLLAGE20 to save 20% on collages at AdoramaPix.
Post Date: 7/20/2015 9:27:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
Often we see a location, capture the image, post-process and move on. After that, being in the same location can feel a bit like, "...been there, done that." But shooting the same location multiple times - if given the opportunity - can be very beneficial.
 
Last year was my first experience visiting Oak Island, NC. I brought [what I would consider] a small photography kit and captured many worthwhile images while on vacation. While planning a return trip this year, however, the recent shark attacks in North Carolina (and Oak Island in particular) meant that I was less than eager to enjoy even modestly deep water off the beach this year. In other words, I knew I'd have more time to devote to other endeavors.
 
Therefore, taking advantage of the photographic opportunities the island had to offer became an even higher-than-usual priority for my vacation. I packed substantially more gear this time around and I challenged myself to create at least one image I was proud of each day. On image in particular that I wanted to capture was a long exposure of the Oak Island pier similar to the shot in IR that I took last year, but this time using a traditional (but very strong) ND filter. I purchased a Rocolax 15-stop ND filter in anticipation of shooting the pier again this year.
 
Fast forward to yesterday - my first full day in Oak Island this year - and I was out the door soon after sunrise. Why not before sunrise? Because the position of the rising sun meant that it wouldn't be a subject included in any of the pier compositions I wanted to capture (Oak Island faces south meaning I would have had to have been in the water to capture the pier with the rising sun). What was important, though, was that I shoot early (soon after sunrise) in order to get the low-on-the-horizon sunlight that I wanted for illuminating the pier.
 
My experience shooting the pier the previous year meant that I could plan [almost] everything about the image capture so that my time and attention could be utilized in the most productive way possible. I knew where to park, how to access the area under the pier and exactly how much time would be required traveling from the front door of the beach house to the shooting location. And, using time of optimal illumination was especially important in this instance because my exposures would be measured in minutes, not seconds.
 
For all intents and purposes, I was able to capture the image I wanted (plus another framing) without a hitch. The only thing I didn't take into consideration was the tide level (high tide) which meant that I had to position myself closer to the beach with the end result that the pier was not as tall in the foreground of this image compared to last year's image.
 
After processing the image I realized that being able to shoot the same location, one year apart, was a really great experience. Some of the benefits include:
 
  • Familiarity with a location means that you can better plan your shots, pack the right gear and optimize your time while capturing images.
  • Challenging yourself to capture the same location in different ways is a great creative exercise.
  • Shooting the same location periodically - with a good amount of time between attempts - can help illustrate how your photography is growing/evolving over time.
In the end, I was happy with how the shot turned out. It looks very similar to the shot I had in my head meaning that all my planning and recent experience in long exposure photography paid off. I'm roughly 95% happy with the image; and that nagging 5% should provide ample incentive to shoot the pier yet again with another year of photographic experience under my belt.
Post Date: 7/20/2015 8:11:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Vimeo Blog:
 
If you work with multiple cameras, you’ve probably run into the same issue we have. Our battery charging situation is out of control. Taking some inspiration from Vimeo Award-winner and vid-blogging extraordinaire Casey Neistat, we set out to build a battery charging station to add a little zen to the Vimeo Production studio.
 
Shopping List
 
Post Date: 7/20/2015 6:42:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/20/2015 6:32:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR DX  Lens
The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR DX lens is now in stock at B&H with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/20/2015 6:25:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, July 19, 2015
Lowepro Fastpack 100 Backpack (Red/Black)
Today only or while supplies last, B&H has the Lowepro Fastpack 100 Backpack (Red/Black) on sale for only $29.99. Regular price is $69.99.
 
Features
 
  • Water-resistant Backpack
  • Side Entry Camera Compartment
  • 180° Access Panel
  • Fits D-SLR Camera Kit
  • Adjustable Dividers
Post Date: 7/19/2015 7:29:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 17, 2015
Question?
by Sean Setters
 
I've been doing a fair amount of long exposure images lately as I've been testing out my latest filter acquisition, the ROCOLAX 77mm 15-stop ND. Unfortunately, light leakage through the viewfinder spoiled many of my early test shots. The best way to get rid of the light leakage is, of course, the often overlooked accessory that Canon includes free with your camera – the Canon Eyepiece Cover. I say "overlooked" because many people never notice the handy little tool attached to their OEM camera straps (or realize its function).
 
The problem, though, is that I do not use the 5D Mark III's camera strap (instead I use a BlackRapid strap modified for Arca-style plates). Not using the OEM strap means I had no convenient way to keep the small, seemingly easy to lose Canon Eyepiece Cover with me.
 
At first I considered finding a place in my main camera bag for the eyepiece cover, but I realized that I often use my smaller camera bag when shooting these types of shots. That means I'd need to remember to transfer the eyepiece cover every time I intended on shooting long exposures while using the smaller bag (and knowing myself, I would forget it 90% of the time).
 
The second thing I considered was storing the eyepiece cover in my tripod bag. That made a bit more sense as I'm always using the tripod when shooting long exposures. However, I realized that I don't always take the tripod bag with me on long exposure outings (especially around town). I sometimes simply set up my camera on the tripod (with a remote timer attached) and simply put the compacted-down setup in my car. That way I'm ready to hit the ground running as soon as I get to the location (all I have to do is extend the tripod legs). So storing the eyepiece cover in the tripod bag wouldn't work.
 
Keeping the eyepiece cover with the tripod – not the tripod bag – seemed to be ideal. I tried to search for a small bag to attach to my tripod. However, I didn't find anything specifically designed to be strapped to a pole. I reasoned that I could use a bag designed for a belt loop and simply find a strap to fit around the tripod leg, but that seemed like a lot of work (and added bulk / expense) just to keep the small rubber eyepiece cover with me. And depending on the size of the bag, it might make storing the tripod in my tripod bag more difficult as there isn't much "wiggle room" in the bag as it is.
 
While looking at the Canon Eyepiece Cover in my hand, I realized that the eyepiece cover's design held the solution to my problem. It was designed to fit on the thin part of the OEM strap, so I should simply strap it to my tripod with a strap something similar in size. And as luck would have it, I had the perfect strap sitting in a tool drawer – a thin hook & loop cable tie.
 
I had to cut a little bit off the edge of a cable tie in order for it to fit in the eyepiece cover's slots and then cut it to a length that fit well around the tripod leg. Once cut to size, the eyepiece cover fits perfectly around the tripod leg. The cable tie proved to be the best possible solution for my needs as it keeps the eyepiece cover on the tripod at all times (extremely convenient) while also remaining low in profile (not bulky). And if the eyepiece cover molds to the curve of the tripod over time, that's ok – it'll stretch to fit the eyepiece just fine.
 
Here's what my setup looks like:
 
Canon Eyepiece Cover and Timer Remote Solution: Cable Ties

As you can see by the picture above, I'm also using cable ties in another way. I realized that cable ties could also be used to attach my TC-80N3 Timer Remote firmly to the tripod as well. Up until now, I typically used the center pole's weight hook to keep the timer from dangling from the camera (instead it would dangle from the cord a short distance from the timer). But in windy conditions, the constant swaying movement of the timer could lead to softness in the long exposure images. To counteract this, I would sometimes physically hold the timer to keep it from swaying (not an optimal solution to the problem). The timer cable already had a tie attached to it; all I needed to do was add one more cable tie around the tripod leg to complete the windproof setup.
 
Of course, cable ties are also extremely handy for their intended purpose, too, which is why I had them within arm's reach when looking for a solution.
 
Have you used cable ties to creatively solve a photographic need of your own? Let us know in the comments.
 
Update: Site visitor John has suggested an even cheaper, practical solution – attach a piece of gaffer tape to the camera dome and use it to cover the viewfinder when needed. Keep in mind, though, that long-term use of gaffer tape can leave a sticky residue on the surface of whatever it's stuck to (even though it's designed to be removed cleanly under normal use). I'd suggest replacing the tape periodically to avoid this.
Post Date: 7/17/2015 8:11:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Vello Universal White Balance Disc
For a limited time, B&H has the Vello Universal White Balance Disc available for $17.95 with free shipping. Regularly $24.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Quick and Accurate Custom White Balance
  • Portable with Easy-to-Use Handle
  • For Digital Photo and Video Cameras
  • For In-camera and Post-production Use
  • Works with Lenses of Up to 95mm Diameter
Post Date: 7/17/2015 6:52:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 16, 2015
Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens
From Sigma:
 
Sigma Corporation Announces Pricing and Availability of 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens
 
Market’s first F2 full-frame zoom available in late July for $999
 
RONKONKOMA, NY — July 16, 2015 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens and camera manufacturer, today announced that the new Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens will become available in late July for the street price of $999.
 
The 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens is the market’s first full-frame zoom that allows photographers to carry one fast aperture lens that can do the work of three popular fixed focal length lenses – the 24mm, 28mm and 35mm. It includes an optimized autofocus (AF) algorithm for smooth, fast, and accurate focusing, a manual focus (MF) override functionality, and is made of Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) reducing its size and weight.
 
Built upon the impressive versatility offered by Sigma’s 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens, the new 24-35mm continues the Art line tradition of top optical performance that’s comparable to Sigma’s 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art and 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art. It offers optimized lens power distribution, and minimizes spherical aberration, axial chromatic aberration and field curvature. The Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens also features a video-friendly, inner focusing system that eliminates front-lens rotation, enhancing the lens' stability as well as a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) that ensures a silent, high-speed AF function.
 
“The combination of fast, constant aperture and zoom versatility will make this lens exceptionally popular for photographers who crave the convenience of wide angle zooms, paired with the performance of fast, wide primes,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The Art lenses have raised the bar for total imaging performance, and this lens is going to make a lot of photographers very happy.”
 
As with all new lenses under the Global Vision categories, every 24-35mm will be tested using Sigma’s own modulation transfer function (MTF) measuring system, “A1,” in the company’s factory in Japan. It is compatible with Sigma’s USB DOCK, which allows photographers to update the lens’ firmware, adjust focus points and customize full-time MF function settings by using Sigma's Optimization Pro software. Sigma’s exclusive Mount Conversion Service, which enables users to easily convert the lens’ camera mount between supported versions, is also available for a fee. The lens will be available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts.
 
The Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens will also feature:
 
  • Large-diameter, aspherical lens elements, which require advanced technologies to produce, one “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass, and seven Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements with two aspherical lenses. The advanced optics and optimized lens power distribution minimizes spherical aberration, axial chromatic aberration and field curvature, resulting in outstanding optical performance
  • A video-friendly, inner focusing system that eliminates front-lens rotation, enhancing the lens' stability and allowing use of circular polarizing filters
  • A Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) that ensures a silent, high-speed AF function. Smoother AF is achieved when the this AF algorithm is optimized
  • Full-time MF by rotating the focus ring of the lens while auto focusing
  • A nine-blade, rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image
  • Specifications: Lens construction containing 18 elements in 13 groups; a weight of 33.2 ounces; a diameter and length of 3.4 inches by 4.8 inches, respectively; a minimum aperture of F16; and angle of view (35mm) of 84.1° to 63.4°; minimum focusing distance of 11 inches; and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.4
Preorder the Sigma 24-35mm Art Lens
 
B&H is accepting Sigma 24-35mm Art Lens preorders.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 7/16/2015 9:19:40 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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