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 Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Through tomorrow, use coupon code NEWYEAR15 at AdoramaPix to save 15% sitewide.
 
Stock Up On
 
  • Photo Prints
  • Photo Collages
  • Photo Books
  • Hudson Albums
  • Greeting Cards
  • Calendars
  • Metal, Canvas & Acrylic Prints
Post Date: 12/27/2016 8:28:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Have you been kicking yourself because you missed one of B&H's great Deal Zone deals? If so, you're in luck.
 
B&H has its most popular Deal Zone items on sale again in its Flashback and Save promotion.
 
Here are just a few of the deals that stood out to me (see links above for complete listing):
 
Elinchrom Quadra Living Light Kit - $634.00 (Reg. $999.00)
G-Technology 8TB G-RAID External HD Array w/ Thunderbolt - $369.95 (Reg. $499.95)
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens for Canon EF - $269.95 (Reg. $329.95)
Raya SDR-400 Alpha Monolight - $169.95 (Reg. $299.95)
X-Rite i1Display Pro - $159.00 (Reg. $249.00)
Zoom H4nSP 4-Channel Handy Recorder (2015) - $139.99 (Reg. $199.99)
X-Rite ColorMunki Display - $89.95 (Reg. $169.95)
Lumu Light Meter for iOS Devices (Silver) - $69.95 (Reg. $149.95)
Vivitar 1.4x Teleconverter - $64.95 (Reg. $99.95)
B+W 95mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filter - $64.95 (Reg. $99.95)
Lensbaby Spark Duo - $59.95 (Reg. $139.95)
Polsen VM-180M DSLR/Video Microphone - $59.95 (Reg. $119.95)
JPEGmini Pro Photo Optimization Software - $59.95 (Reg. $149.95)
B+W 77mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter - $49.95 (Reg. $89.95)
Vello Wireless ShutterBoss II Remote Switch with Digital Timer - $49.50 (Reg. $99.50)
BlackRapid RS-Sport Extreme Sport Strap - $39.95 (Reg. $73.95)
Post Date: 12/27/2016 7:09:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 12/27/2016 5:38:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Sennheiser MKH-416 - Short Shotgun Interference Tube Microphone available for $599.95 with free next day delivery. Regularly $999.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Pressure-Gradient Microphone
  • For Film, Radio, Television
  • Highly Immune to Humidity
  • High Consonant Articulation
  • High Feedback Rejection
  • Includes MZ415 Windscreen
  • Hypercardiod at Low and Mid Frequencies
  • Lobar Pattern Above 2 kHz
Through the end of today Eastern Time, B&H has the Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and MVT502AM Tripod with Carrying Bag available for $279.95 with free shipping after $40.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $489.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • MVH502A Pro Video Fluid Head
  • MVT502AM Tripod
  • 15.43 lb Weight Capacity
  • Counterbalance Supports 8.8 lb
  • Continuously Adjustable Pan/Tilt Drag
  • Telescopic Aluminum Twin Tubes
  • Mid-Level Spreader
  • Padded Carrying Case
Through the end of today Eastern Time, B&H has the Dracast LED1000 Silver Series Foldable Bi-Color LED Light available for $449.95 with next day delivery. Regularly $1,149.95.
 
Included Free: Dracast Camlux Pro Bi-Color On-Camera Light ($89.95 value)
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1000 LEDs with CRI of >95
  • Color Temperature: 3200-5600K
  • Beam Angle: 45°
  • Dimming from 0-100%
  • Folded Size: 9.1 x 7.8 x 1.4"
  • Extended Size: 9.1 x 15.7 x 0.7"
  • Physical Dimming Dial; Aluminum Chassis
  • Power Draw: 58W
  • V-Mount Battery Plate & AC Adapter
  • Center Mount Yoke and Carrying Case
 Monday, December 26, 2016
The Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized, Water Proof Porro Prism Binocular are currently marked down $500.00 and available for $999.99 with free overnight shipping. Regularly $1,499.99.
 
Retailers: B&H | Adorama
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Canon's first waterproof IS Binocular
  • High performance L Lens
  • Wide angle rating from an apparent angle-of-view of 65
  • One touch IS usage
  • Body components feature metallic coating to prevent fogging
  • Distinctive, easy grip design
  • 10x42mm
Adorama has the Lexar 128GB Professional 1000x UHS-II SDXC Memory Card available for $49.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $59.00.
Through January 2nd 2017, the Canon UK Store is offering special pricing on select DSLR and mirrorless camera kits.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/26/2016 11:37:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the wolfcrow YouTube Channel:
 
Newcomers are easily confused between F-stop and T-stop markings on lenses. In this video I explain when each is used for apertures, and why one is used in photography while the other is predominant in cinematography.
Post Date: 12/26/2016 6:17:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has filed a patent for a 135mm f/2 optical design containing two apodization filters.
 
From Wikipedia:
Apodization is an optical filtering technique, and its literal translation is "removing the foot". It is the technical term for changing the shape of a mathematical function, an electrical signal, an optical transmission or a mechanical structure. In optics, it is primarily used to remove Airy disks caused by diffraction around an intensity peak, improving the focus.
Patent Details (Google Translated)
 
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-218444
  • Published 2016.12.22
  • Submitted 2015.5.20
  • Focus distance 130.98
  • F-number 2.06
  • AOV 9.38
  • Like high 21.64
  • Overall length of the lens 159.05
  • BF 53.99
  • Good blurred image at all angles, even if there is a vignetting
Post Date: 12/26/2016 5:43:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through the end of today Eastern Time, B&H has the Phottix Odin TCU TTL Flash Trigger Transmitter for Nikon available for $99.95 with free shipping. Regularly $199.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Wireless TTL and Manual Flash Trigger
  • 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency, 328' Range
  • Four Channels, Three Groups
  • Remote Power Control of Groups in TTL
  • Remote Manual Flash Power Control
  • Supports High Speed Sync to 1/8000 Sec.
  • Flash Head Zoom Adjustment
  • Second-Curtain Sync Functions
  • Firmware Upgrade via USB Port
Through the end of today Eastern Time, B&H has the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo available for $49.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Creative Enhancement Target
  • Classic Target
  • White Balance Target
  • Protective Pocket-Sized Case
  • Camera Calibration Software
  • Accurate Consistent Color
Post Date: 12/26/2016 5:09:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, December 25, 2016
An 85mm lens is usually not my first choice for bird photography, but ... I can be an opportunist. When this shot presented itself, I saw the opportunity for demonstrating this lens' minimum focus distance combined with the look of the 85mm focal length and f/1.4 aperture. The shallow depth of field makes the tufted titmouse stand out in an image containing many potentially distracting details.
 
Aligning the edge of the bird within the gold ribbon also aids in isolating the subject and the Christmas-decorated basket "ties" the image into the season.
 
My family and I wish you a warm, joy-filled and very merry Christmas! We consider you part of our family and hope that your Christmas is filled with great meaning, great memories and, as always, great images And, may all of your camera cases be overflowing.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
85mm  f/1.4  1/200s
ISO 200
8688 x 5792px
Post Date: 12/25/2016 7:20:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 23, 2016
What would a Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens review be without a sample portrait? The problem was that the schedules of my most-potential subjects were crazy and the weather had been mostly not very nice since the lens arrived.
 
When I saw my best opportunity, time was short, it was raining lightly and with the associated heavy cloud cover, outdoor lighting from the massive overhead softbox was very flat. Fortunately, the giant softbox makes lighting easy (and the f/1.4 aperture means that the low light levels were a non-issue). All that was needed was a form of shade to give some direction/shape to the light. I simply had my subject stand at the edge of a porch roof. The white columns and white window trim background was able to be melted away with the aid of the shallow depth of field this lens can produce.
 
The diffusely-blurred and neutrally-colored background does not compete for attention with the primary subject and the red scarf adds just a touch of Christmas color.
 
When capturing portraits with a very shallow depth of field, the closer eye minimally needs to be in focus. If the subject is looking directly at the camera, both eyes can be in focus, but if there is any other head angle, a decision needs to be made and the closer eye should get priority. At this lens' minimum focus distance with the maximum aperture in use, even the eyelashes will not be sharp when ideal eye focus is achieved. Pushing the plane of sharp focus to the closer iris or very slightly farther away will give the best look to the image (shifting focus slightly closer makes the eyelashes sharper, but the more-distant eye becomes even more blurred).
 
The camera height for this portrait was slightly higher than the subject's head angle. This camera angle keeps the subject's mouth (mostly) in focus (another desirable goal) and usually provides an ideal portrait look. Having the subject shift their head toward the camera slightly helps tighten the skin around the jaw line and un-squishes the neck area. At least for female subjects, I often ask for a slight head tip as also seen here.
 
The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art lens is an awesome choice for portraiture. It makes a great look easy to capture.
 
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.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
85mm  f/1.4  1/250s
ISO 100
8688 x 5792px
Post Date: 12/23/2016 10:51:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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