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 Thursday, March 10, 2016
From Venus Optics:
 
An apodization element is incorporated to produce images with smooth and creamy bokeh while maintaining excellent sharpness at the focal plane.
 
Anhui China, Mar 10, 2016 – Venus Optics, the Chinese camera lenses manufacturer who had launched the world’s Widest 1:1 Macro lens last June, has just released another extraordinary lens, Laowa 105mm f/2 (t/3.2) Smooth Trans Focus Lens for DSLR cameras.
 
The new Laowa 105mm f/2 Smooth Trans Focus Lens incorporates an unique optical design with an apodization (APD) element next to the aperture. The APD element resembles the function of an ND filter which becomes thicker towards the perimeter, gradually reducing the amount of light transmission towards the periphery to produce a soft, natural and beautifully diffused out-of-focus rendition (or called bokeh).
 
The new Laowa 105mm f/2 Smooth Trans Focus Lens offers two separate diaphragms. The stepless 14-bladed perfectly circular aperture, in conjunction with the apodization element gives this lens the ability to produce smooth and pleasing bokeh. It is also useful for videographers to control the amount of light passes through the lens. The 8-bladed aperture is to determine the effective aperture opening (f-number) and the depth-of-field formed.
 
The lens houses with 11 elements in 8 groups with 1 piece of High Refractive elements, 3 pieces of Low Dispersion elements and 1pc of Apodisation element. This optical design is proven to deliver images with extreme sharpness and limit the chromatic abberations at its lowest. Floating design is also adopted to ensure a superb performance even in close focusing distance. The enclosure of the lens is fully made of metal to strengthen its durability. Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony FE, Sony Alpha and Pentax K mounts are available.
 
The Laowa 105mm f/2 Smooth Trans Focus lens will be available at authorized resellers and at the English official website (http://www.venuslens.net). The recommended retail price without tax is USD 699.00.
 
Note from Sean: Laowa has sample photos for the lens on its website, but... the sample images appear to have been heavily edited in Photoshop CS5. For example, here's the full EXIF from Sample Image #1.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/10/2016 11:16:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tokina AT-X 14-20mm f/2 PRO DX Lens in stock with free shipping.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/10/2016 9:55:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
In addition to the deal posted earlier, B&H has several other Benro tripods on sale today. All deals qualify for free shipping.
 
Benro Tripod Deals
 
Benro FTF29CIB1 Travel Flat Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod with IB1 Ball Head - $169.95 (Reg. 389.95)
 
  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • Max Height: 68.9"
  • Min Height: 8.1"
  • Folded Length: 21.7"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 4.3 lb
  • One Leg Converts to Monopod
  • Arca-Type Compatible Head with QR Plate
  • Two-Section Center Column
  • Compact Flat Profile
Benro FTF18CIB0 Travel Flat Series 1 Carbon Fiber Tripod with IB0 Ball Head - $149.95 (Reg. $329.95)
 
  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
  • Max Height: 65.6"
  • Min Height: 8.5"
  • Folded Length: 22.2"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.4 lb
  • One Leg Converts to Monopod
  • Arca-Type Compatible Head with QR Plate
  • Two-Section Center Column
  • Compact Flat Profile
Benro FTF29AIN1 Travel Flat Series 2 Aluminum Tripod with IN1 Ball Head - $99.95 (Reg. $249.95)
 
  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • Max Height: 68.7"
  • Min Height: 7.9"
  • Folded Length: 21.7"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 4.9 lb
  • One Leg Converts to Monopod
  • Arca-Type Compatible Head with QR Plate
  • Two-Section Center Column
  • Compact Flat Profile
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/10/2016 8:32:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Benro FTF18AIN0 Travel Flat Series 1 Aluminum Tripod with IN0 Ball Head available for $89.95 with free shipping. Regularly $199.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
  • Max Height: 65.2"
  • Min Height: 8.1"
  • Folded Length: 22.2"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.9 lb
  • One Leg Converts to Monopod
  • Arca-Type Compatible Head with QR Plate
  • Two-Section Center Column
  • Compact Flat Profile
 Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Use coupon code BHWPPI16 ($70.00 off) during checkout at B&H to get the Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System for $199.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $269.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Modular Mic and Input System
  • Includes XY Microphone Module
  • Four Simultaneous Inputs
  • Uses SD Memory Cards
  • Compatible with H6 Mic Modules
  • Optional Shotgun Mic and XLR/TRS Inputs
  • Record up to 24-bit/96kHz Audio
  • Doubles as USB Audio Interface
  • Optional Hot Shoe Mount
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/9/2016 3:19:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Are you interested in expanding your newborn photography business? Do you want to give your clients more prop options? This B&H deal is just for you.
 
B&H has Custom Photo Props currently available with a 20% discount with free expedited shipping on orders over $49.00.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/9/2016 3:07:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Induro GIT304L Grand Series 3 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod Review
 
The Induro GIT304L Grand Series Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod offers significantly high quality and functionality for a value price.
 
B&H has the Induro GIT304L Grand Series 3 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/9/2016 8:07:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
AquaTech is excited to announce the new Base Water Housing Kits customized for a wide range of Canon, Nikon, & Sony cameras. The Base Water Housing Kits retail for $995 (USD) and include everything you need to get started: the Base water housing, one lens port, and a pistol grip trigger with 2-button control for focus and fire. Each kit comes with a custom camera plate dedicated to the camera the photographer is using for precise placement within the housing.
 
Engineered to the same levels as our current range for extreme, shallow water conditions, the new models feature a maximum depth rating of 33 feet / 10 meters and are built using superior quality, high impact polyurethane materials. The housings feature an interchangeable lens port system, quick release safety clips for rapid set up, and standard tripod mounting point. Included in the Base Series Kit is a water housing with the new Base level back plate, a P-65 Lens Port designed to suit a range of lenses commonly used by water photographers, and a two-button Pistol Grip trigger with dedicated auto focus and shutter release for easy single handed operation. The Base is compatible with AquaTech’s full range of lens ports and accessories including Flash Housings and Pole shutter kits.
 
Creating high quality professional equipment at an entry price point has always been a goal for us. Offering the Base Series as a turnkey solution for those starting out is very exciting and we hope to see more photographers in the water pushing their photography to new limits.
 
The new AquaTech Base Water Housing Kits will sell for $995.00 (USD). Pre-sales for each model will begin on March 1st, 2016 with estimated shipping March 15th, 2016.
 
B&H carries the AquaTech Base Water Housing Kits.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: AquaTech News
Post Date: 3/9/2016 7:20:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Go behind the scenes with Joe McNally as he turns Domenick European Car Repair, Inc. into his own personal studio. Joe is able to capture a wonderfully visual counterpoint to the gritty surroundings, with the addition of the beautiful Misfit Dior to the scene.
 
B&H carries the Nikon D810 and SB910 Speedlights.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/9/2016 5:38:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Lowepro DryZone Duffle Bag 20L (Yellow) available for $59.95 with free shipping. Regularly $109.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Hold DSLR, 3 Lenses, Flash & Accessories
  • Waterproof 210D TPU Tarpaulin
  • Removable Camera Insert & Foam Dividers
  • Multiple Attachment Points
  • Exterior Front Zippered Pocket
  • Roll-Top Wide-Mouth Opening
  • Reinforced Dual-Strap Handle
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/9/2016 5:10:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 8, 2016
eBay (via Deals-All-Year) has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $1,899.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,796.95 after $500.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/8/2016 4:43:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Zoom H4nSP 4-Channel Handy Recorder available for $159.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • True X/Y Stereo Mics
  • Selectable Recording Patterns
  • Records up to 24-Bit/96 kHz
  • Records to SD/SDHC
  • XLR/TRS Combo Inputs
  • Built-In Speaker
  • USB 2.0 Connectivity
  • Backlit LCD Display
  • Uses AA Batteries
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/8/2016 8:56:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the Glidecam HD2000 Stabilizer available for $429.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $479.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Small Cameras
  • 2 - 6 lb Capacity
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/8/2016 8:45:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Use coupon code BHWPPI16 during checkout at B&H to receive a 10% discount on MagMod Light Modifiers.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/8/2016 8:10:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Gitzo GH3382QD Series 3 Center Ball Head Review.
 
This is easily among the best tripod heads I've used.
 
B&H has the Gitzo GH3382QD Series 3 Center Ball Head in stock. Alternatively, choose one of the smaller Gitzo Center Series Ball Heads.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/8/2016 7:28:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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