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 Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens (White Edition)
Along with the new lens announcements, Canon also announced that it will be offering a special white edition of its tiny EOS Rebel SL1 in the US market at the end of June. It will carry the same MSRP as the regular black model ($749.99).
 
B&H has the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens (White) available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 5/13/2014 9:20:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
It has been 2-days short of a year since the last Canon L lens announcement (for the ultra-expensive, but amazing, EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens), so you are not likely surprised to hear that I have been experiencing ever-increasing new-L-Lens withdrawal symptoms. Well, that anxiety has just been lifted. The long Canon pro gear drought has just ended thanks to the announcement of the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens.
 
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens review page contains a preview of the lens including:

With a moderate price tag and an impressive-looking MTF chart, I highly recommend that you preorder this lens immediately at B&H to preserve your place in line. This will likely be a very in-demand lens and has the potential to be hard to get for some time. You can always cancel a preorder, but getting a good place in line is far harder to accomplish later.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/13/2014 12:01:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Those on a tight budget and/or those who want a small, light, image stabilized, video-ready ultra-wide angle zoom lens have not been forgotten in today's Canon announcement. The just-announced Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5–5.6 IS STM Lens aims to fill these needs.
 
Canon USA Press Release (same as the EF 16-35 L IS lens press release)
 
B&H is accepting preorders for this lens.
 
The Canon EW-73C Lens Hood is not included, so you might want to preorder that item also.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/13/2014 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 12, 2014
Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash Location Kit
From Profoto:
 
Profoto releases the B1 Location Kit, making the highly portable B1 off- camera flash even easier to bring to an on-location shoot.
 
May 12, 2014 – Ever since its release in November 2013, the B1 off-camera flash has flown off the shelves as fast as Profoto has been able to deliver it to the stores. The most attention-grabbing features have always been the B1’s TTL metering and its cordless operation. Both of these convey the same message: the B1 is not a studio flash. It is an off-camera flash designed for on-location photography.
 
With the release of the B1 Location Kit, the B1’s portability is taken to the next level. The kit contains two B1 off-camera flashes, two batteries, a Fast Charger that recharges the battery in one hour, and a Car Charger that plugs into any standard car cigarette connector and recharges the battery in two hours. The gear is packed and delivered in a comfy backpack with room for additional gear not included in the kit, such as stands and lenses.
 
The B1 Location Kit comes with a streamlined price. Sold at €2950/$3950, the kit offers roughly €250/$200 discount compared to buying the included items separately.
 
The B1 Location Kit is the latest addition to Profoto’s growing and evolving off-camera flash concept. In November 2013, the B1 and its many accessories were launched. In April 2014, the first firmware upgrade was released, enabling TTL metering with the Canon EOS- 1D X.
 
Profoto is now working on a firmware upgrade that will enable high-speed sync (HSS). Profoto is also busy developing the new Air Remote TTL-N that will enable TTL metering with Nikon cameras. Both the HSS upgrade and the Air Remote TTL-N are expected to be released in 2014. New Light Shaping Tools, optimized for off-camera flashes, are also on their way.
 
B&H has the Profoto B1 Location Kit available for preorder.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 5/12/2014 8:41:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 09, 2014

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Bob Harrington Photography: http://www.robertharringtonstudios.com
 
In this special on Wedding Tips, wedding photographer Bob Harrington dropped by the B&H studio to discuss some pointers on delivering detail shots to clients.
Post Date: 5/9/2014 12:46:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon Professional Network:
 
Most EOS digital cameras offer Custom Functions. These allow you to alter the way the camera operates to suit your own personal needs. Exposure, focusing and flash are just some of the areas covered by the functions. Each function has a factory-defined default setting, plus one or more alternative settings.
 
Custom Functions are set through the camera menu system. Find and select ‘Custom Functions’ and you will bring up a screen with each Custom Function number displayed. Select the appropriate number and you will be taken to a screen where you can select from the various options for that custom function.
 
[...snip...]

Custom Functions options on EOS DSLRs
  Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Total
  Name No. Name No. Name No. Name No.
EOS-1Ds Mark III Exposure 15 Image /
Flash exposure /
Display
9 Autofocus/Drive 17 Operation/Others 16 57
EOS-1D Mark IV Exposure 17 Image /
Flash exposure /
Display
10 Autofocus/Drive 19 Operation/Others 16 62
EOS 40D Exposure 7 Image 3 Autofocus/Drive 7 Operation/Others 7 24
EOS 50D Exposure 7 Image 4 Autofocus/Drive 7 Operation/Others 7 25
EOS 60D Exposure 7 Image 3 Autofocus/Drive 5 Operation/Others 5 20
EOS 7D Exposure 7 Image 3 Autofocus/Drive 13 Operation/Others 4 27
EOS 5D Mark II Exposure 7 Image 4 Autofocus/Drive 8 Operation/Others 6 25

Custom Functions options on the EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III
  Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Total
  Name No. Name No. Name No. Name No. Name No. Name No.
EOS-1D X Image 7 Image 7 Drive 3 Display/
Operation
4 Operation 5 Others 5 31
EOS 5D Mark III Exposure 6 Display/
Operation
5 Others 2 Clear N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 13

Check out the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/9/2014 10:09:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
SIGMA 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
From Sigma:
 
SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM F/SIGMA and F/NIKON are scheduled to start the shipment towards the end of this month.
 
B&H has the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 5/9/2014 9:31:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D4s DSLR Camera
From Nikon:
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that four of its products—the Nikon D4S, Df, and D3300 digital SLR cameras, and the Nikon 1 AW1 advanced camera with interchangeable lenses—are recipients of the globally prestigious TIPA Awards 2014 for photographic and imaging products.
 
At four, Nikon received more awards for its digital cameras than did any other camera manufacturer. This is proof of just how well received the advanced technological capabilities, superior basic performance and convenient operation shared by Nikon digital cameras are. In addition, the innovation and superior functionality of the Nikon 1 AW1, the world's first (at the time it was released) waterproof, shockproof digital camera with interchangeable lenses, has also been recognized.
 
The best photographic and imaging products released over the past year in a number of categories were selected for the TIPA Awards 2014 through voting by editors of prestigious camera and imaging magazines from around the world.
 
See the following website for further information on the TIPA Awards 2014.
 
TIPA - TECHNICAL IMAGE PRESS ASSOCIATION
 
Reasons the Nikon D4S was selected for the Best Digital SLR Professional Award
 
The new EXPEED 4 image-processing engine, new Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor, and an effective pixel count of 16.2-million pixels enable capture of images that exhibit stunning sharpness, and enhanced depth. Recording of full-HD movies at a variety of frame rates is also possible. The D4S supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 100 to 25600, as well as expansion up to the equivalent of ISO 409600. In addition, the new Group-area AF brings the number of AF-area mode options to five, and collaboration with the high-speed continuous shooting function, which supports shooting at approximately 11 fps with AF and AE tracking, enables a faster photographic workflow.
 
Reasons the Nikon Df was selected for the Best Premium Camera Award
 
The Df is a digital SLR camera with a subtle design reminiscent of traditional Nikon film SLR cameras, and offers intuitive dial operation. A magnesium alloy was adopted for the elegant body, and the combination of FX-format CMOS sensor, EXPEED 3 image-processing engine, and an effective pixel count of 16.25-million pixels ensure superior image quality. What's more, the camera is also equipped with a 2016-pixel RGB sensor, a 39-point AF system, a high-speed continuous shooting function capable of approximately 5.5 fps, and an optical viewfinder utilizing a glass pentaprism. The Df supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 100 to12800, with maximum expansion to the equivalent of ISO 204800. The Df allows users to enjoy expressing themselves in a variety of ways with the combination of support for older non-AI NIKKOR lenses and cutting-edge technologies.
 
Reasons the Nikon D3300 was selected for the Best Digital SLR Entry Level Award
 
The Nikon D3300 is an entry-level model offering an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels and equipped with a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter. It supports a range of standard sensitivities from ISO 100 to 12800, and is capable of high-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 5 fps. Measuring approximately 124 mm wide, approximately 98 mm high, and approximately 75.5 mm deep (body only), the D3300 is nearly as small as a compact digital camera. This makes it easy for users to take the camera with them wherever they go. For those new to digital SLR cameras, the built-in Guide Mode provides step-by-step instructions for achieving the intended results, and the ability to attach and use the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a (sold separately) enables wireless transfer of images to a smart device.
 
Reasons the Nikon 1 AW1 was selected for the Best Rugged Camera Award
 
In addition to offering the unique characteristics of all Nikon 1 cameras, including a compact size and high-speed performance, the Nikon 1 AW1 is the world's first digital camera with interchangeable lenses to be waterproof to a depth of 15 m and strong enough to withstand the shock of falls from up to 2 m. It is equipped with a number of functions convenient for use in outdoor situations, including GPS functions, altimeter, depth gauge, electronic compass, and virtual horizon. What's more, the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1b (sold separately) can also be attached and used with the camera. The AW1 has a built-in flash that can also be used underwater, is equipped with a super high-speed AF CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 3A image-processing engine, and offers an effective pixel count of 14.25-million pixels. The camera supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 160 to ISO 6400, for crisp, clear imaging with very little noise at high sensitivities, whether shooting still images or recording movies. All 1 NIKKOR lenses can be used with the camera, including the 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8, the world's first water- and shock-proof lenses, released at the same time as the Nikon 1 AW1.
 
B&H carries the Nikon D4s, Df, D3300 & 1 AW1 digital cameras.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/9/2014 7:55:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From C&A Marketing Inc:
 
OAK BROOK, Ill. & RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – C&A Marketing Inc., the New Jersey-based company who recently purchased Calumet Photographic announces the grand reopening of the Oak Brook store on Sunday, May 11. Calumet is an iconic, 75 year-old Chicago-based photo/imaging chain that was forced into bankruptcy in March.
 
“We realize some people may be surprised at how fast we have moved to reopen this store, however we did due diligence before we stepped in to bid on the brand—and in the process realized the Oak Brook location was the best representation of the thinking Calumet should have deployed chain-wide,” explained Chaim Pikarski, C&A Marketing’s Executive Vice President. “From a business perspective, we know what’s needed, we have the resources to ensure that inventory is in place and the key staff that ‘built” this location is intact and ready to work. Even more important is that our customers want us there, so why wait?”
 
The Oak Brook store was one of the chain’s newer locations and also the most forward thinking and successful. When it reopens this Sunday, it will be with the inventory Pro’s expect, the staff consumers are used to and the services, including rental, intact.
 
C&A Marketing views the Calumet acquisition as a key component to expanding their brand profile, with Calumet providing the pro & “prosumer” photography professionals the best in products and services. For 75 years, Calumet defined “photo retailing to professionals” and C&A is determined to rebuild the brand as quickly and efficiently as possible. C&A will make further reopening announcements shortly.
 
The Oak Brook store is located at 1600 W 16th Street, Oak Brook, IL and can be reached starting on Sunday at 630-860-7458. The store will be open Sunday from 12pm to 5pm and Monday through Friday from 9am to 7pm.
Post Date: 5/9/2014 7:25:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Nikon USA's YouTube Channel:
 

"One of the biggest challenges for photographing any child is getting them to smile naturally! Nikon Ambassador, Tamara Lackey shares her methods for working with children to capture a portrait with beautiful authentic expression."

Gear Used:

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/9/2014 7:16:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 08, 2014

 
In this 100+ minute video, Jamie Waller explains what products and techniques are necessary for maintaining color accuracy throughout your workflow.
 
If you don't have almost two hours to devote to learning all the ins and outs of color management, try sending the YouTube clip to your TV using Chromecast and let it play for good background noise. You just might just pick something up while only half paying attention to it. :-)
 
From B&H's YouTube Channel:

"In this intermediate to advanced seminar, you'll learn exactly how to create the ideal digital imaging workflow to ensure you're getting the best possible prints."

Products Discussed

Post Date: 5/8/2014 8:54:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 07, 2014

 
Devin Graham is a master at creating videos that make you want to be wherever he is and doing whatever he and his friends are doing. His latest video is no exception. Check out this great video called "Aruba: 19 Miles of Happiness." [Sean]
 
Filmed by Devin Graham using a Canon 1D C, 5D Mark III, Glidecam HD 4000 for stabilizing and various lenses.
Post Date: 5/7/2014 11:31:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H Photo's YouTube Channel:
 
Mel DiGiacomo, a versatale photographer whose background ranges from sports to documentary photography, sits with B&H to discuss his journalist approach to shooting weddings.
 
"What I want out of a wedding is real life. I want some kind of truth: whether it's my truth or their truth." - Mel DiGiacomo
 
Check out more of Mel's Videos:
 
Lessons From a Veteran Wedding Photographer
http://youtu.be/ojdHsMqGJz8
 
Street Photography with Mel DiGiacomo
http://youtu.be/wHRoOMZjoE0
 
Visual Literacy: A Conversation with Mel DiGiacomo
http://youtu.be/PLnFOG5O3Mw
Post Date: 5/7/2014 7:52:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From AdoramaPix:
 
Adorama’s new expansive photo production and printing facility brings 70 jobs to Brooklyn.
 
New York, NY, May 06, 2014 – AdoramaPix Inc., Adorama’s in-house print lab and sellers of premium quality lay flat photo books and other photo finishing items, recently began production in its brand new Brooklyn-based facility. More than doubling in size and measuring in at 20,000+ square feet, the move to a larger space allowed AdoramaPix to upgrade its production processes and increase its capacity, resulting in two-times the production turn-around time. Located in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn at 370 19th Street, the operation brings 70 jobs to the area, which AdoramaPix hopes to increase even more over time.
 
“The move to a larger facility enables AdoramaPix to multiply our production capacity and has already resulted in several measurable changes,” says Herman Klein, director of AdoramaPix. “In addition to doubling production time, we’ve added new features and services, including more options for custom cover books and same day shipping. With more than two-times the space at our disposal, these are just the first of many new features and items AdoramaPix will offer.”
 
Partnering with the US Postal Service, AdoramaPix has already begun offering its new Metro Post service. The first company in New York City to test out this service, many local customers are already enjoying getting their high-quality prints shipped to them the same day their order is placed. The AdoramaPix Metro Post service is currently available to customers in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
 
AdoramaPix also recently announced that its custom cover photo books are now available in any even-numbered amount of pages, from 14 to 76 pages. Due to an upgrade in their production process, varied page counts are now available while still retaining the superior quality, durability and presentation. Klein states, “The flexibility afforded by our new variable page counts will give our customers the creative freedom to make whatever photo book they envision into a reality.”
 
The new printing facility will continue to offer its unique and popular products, in particular, its high quality photo books. Unlike binding systems used by many competitors where a sliver of glue at the spine must hold each page in place, AdoramaPix photo books feature a unique binding system called Leporello binding, where the pages are fused together in a way that holds the pages securely for a lifetime. With Leporello binding, the page spreads lay flat and seamless, so you don’t lose part of your photos in the gutter. Pages are made with professional grade archival photo paper for brilliant, life-like colors that will stand the test of time.
Post Date: 5/7/2014 7:24:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Canon Professional Network
From Canon Professional Network:
 
Until fairly recently, the ability to send and receive data wirelessly was the stuff of science fiction. Now it is widely available and being used by a growing number of photographers in various fields to change the way they capture and communicate their work. CPN writer Mark Alexander looks at ways to make your workflow wireless in a special technical guide...
 
Sections:

  1. Configuring Your Network
  2. Configuring Your Camera
  3. Real Life WiFi

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/6/2014 11:59:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon USA's YouTube Channel:

"A wide-angle lens lets you capture a broader field of view than most lenses and brings in everything around you. Photographer and educator Matt Kloskowski takes you through the best uses of wide-angle lenses and gives some tips on getting great photos with them."

So which wide-angle lens is best for you? Take a look at Bryan's Wide-Angle Lens Recommendations to find out which wide-angle lenses stand out from the rest.
 
Check out the other videos in the EF 101 video series:

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/6/2014 9:48:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From PocketWizard/Bowens/Sekonic:
 
The crisp lighting from Bowens, plus PocketWizard wireless freedom, and Sekonic's precision metering have joined forces and are issuing a call to action. Are you recruits ready for action, adventure, and the ability to capture images, taking your photography to a new level?
 
PocketWizard Bowens GEM Reciever Module

PocketWizard Bowens GEM Module

For a limited time, with the purchase of any new Bowens R or Pro series monolight or kit, you new recruits are automatically enlisted into the Bowens, PocketWizard, and Sekonic Technology Alliance, and for each purchased monolight, you will be issued from our armory, one free PocketWizard Bowens GEM receiver module. This PocketWizard module enhancement allows you to embrace the sovereignty of reliable and cable-free flash triggering in your studio or in the field.
 
PocketWizard Plus III Special Edition

Pocketwizard Plus III Transceiver Yellow

As a special commemoration of this new Technology Alliance, gathering some of the greatest veterans in the industry, PocketWizard proudly offers a special edition PocketWizard Plus III draped in Bowens accent yellow, to pair with a new Bowens Gemini R, Gemini Pro, or other PocketWizard compatible lighting and devices from any PocketWizard Flash Partner. So wear your colors on your sleeve or your hotshoe, as you enter the battle for better photography.
 
Sync wirelessly

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Available now, the Bowens-inspired PocketWizard Plus III wirelessly syncs with every PocketWizard ever made, yellow or otherwise, and can remotely trigger flashes and cameras, or in turn, can be triggered by cameras, meters, or other PocketWizards. Look for the PocketWizard Compatible logo throughout the Bowens Lighting range, as well as any other members of the PocketWizard Army.
 
Furthermore, through June 30th 2014, previously purchased Bowens Gemini R or Gemini Pro units may be sent back to HQ in for servicing, where we will update each unit for PocketWizard compatibility, ensuring additional value to your investment for years to come.
 
B&H carries the PocketWizard Bowens GEM Reciever Module and PocketWizard Plus III (Yellow) Tranceiver.

Post Date: 5/6/2014 8:46:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Datacolor:
 
Enter to win a week long, all-inclusive Alaskan photo safari with award-winning nature photographer David Cardinal
 
Lawrenceville, NJ – May 6, 2014 –– Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, today announced its Great Alaskan Photo Expedition Sweepstakes. The online promotion, beginning today through May 27, 2014, will award one lucky winner an all-expense-paid trip to Cook Inlet, Alaska to spend one week photographing the region’s most remarkable wildlife alongside award-winning nature photographer David Cardinal. To enter to win, visit datacolor.com/safari-sweepstakes-pr.
 
The grand prize, valued at an estimated $10,000, will include round-trip airfare to and from Anchorage, departing from the winner’s originating city July 8, 2014 and returning July 16, 2014; all meals and lodging, including a 5-night stay at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge; private charter flights to and from Lake Clark National Park and Preserve; one-on-one photo instruction both in the field and in a classroom setting; and a Datacolor SpyderCAPTURE PRO. Sponsored by Sigma, Datacolor’s Great Alaskan Photo Expedition Sweepstakes will also award the winner a 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM telephoto lens to be used while on the safari and long after. Second and Third prizes will include a SpyderCAPTURE PRO and SpyderCHECKR PRO.
 
Guided by professional photographer David Cardinal, who will be returning to Cook Inlet for his 15th year, the winner, along with an intimate group of photographers, will spend a week shooting some of the best scenery Alaska has to offer including coastal brown bears, or “grizzlies,” tufted and horned puffins, brilliant sunrises, and breathtaking landscapes.
 
“Photographing some of America’s most spectacular animals in their native and unstressed environment is an experience like no other,” said Cardinal. “Datacolor is not only offering someone the chance to capture world class images, but the opportunity to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.”
 
For full contest details and official rules and guidelines, visit datacolor.com/safari-sweepstakes-pr
Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 5/6/2014 7:46:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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