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 Tuesday, November 24, 2015
B&H has the SanDisk 960GB Ultra II Internal SSD available for $199.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.99.
Product Highlights
  • 960GB Storage Capacity
  • Max Data Read Speed: 550 MB/s
  • Max Data Write Speed: 500 MB/s
  • 1500G Shock Resistance
  • Enhanced Vibration Resistance
  • SATA Revision 3.0 (6 Gb/s) Interface
  • 1.75 Million Hours MTBF
The 480GB version is also on sale for only $109.99. Regularly $166.95.
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Post Date: 11/24/2015 2:04:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver available for $126.65 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $149.00.
Product Highlights
  • Combination Transmitter and Receiver
  • Long Range of 1640'
  • Frequency: 340-354 MHz (FCC/IC)
  • 32 Channels and Quad-Zone Triggering
  • Auto-Sensing and Auto-Relay
  • Up to 14.5 fps Shooting
  • Side-View Design and LCD Monitor
  • Full Compatibility with Previous Models
  • Runs on Two AA Batteries
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Post Date: 11/24/2015 1:22:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, new users can Save 40% off any SmugMug Package. There are several website packages to fit a wide variety of budgets from $3.34 to $25.00 per month (billed annually).
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Category: SmugMug Deals
Post Date: 11/24/2015 10:19:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Since I recently declared what I thought was World's Most Beautiful Lens, I thought that it would only be fitting to share what I thought was the world's ugliest lens. Problem is ... I find all lenses beautiful, so singling out a lens for this award was challenging for me. To quickly narrow down the candidate field, I limited this award to only lenses currently available for retail purchase in new, unopened box condition.
Looking completely past performance and functionality, I'm going to pick the Nikon 16mm Fisheye Lens. There were some Tokina lenses that had my attention, but ... sorry Nikon.
The 16's gnarly (not in the good way) design elements include a short, built-in lens hood, crinkle paint finish, coarsely patterned focus and aperture rings, a part sticking out, lots of white paint (with a little yellow and orange thrown in) and an aperture ring marked in two different font sizes. The nearly $1,000 price tag really sets off this homely (by the North American definition) looking lens.
Your turn. Which lens do you think is most in need of a design modernization?
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Post Date: 11/24/2015 7:50:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras available for $224.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.99.
Product Highlights
  • Control DSLR Remotely via iOS Device
  • Photo/ Video Capture, Live View, HDR
  • Intervalometer, Bulb, Focus Stacking
  • Control Shutter Speed, Aperture, WB, ISO
  • Metering, Drive/Shooting Mode, and More
  • Creates Ad Hoc Wi-Fi Network
  • Effective Range: 150'
  • Works with iOS 4.3, Android 3.2 or Later
  • Mac and Windows Compatible
  • USB and Ethernet Cables Supplied
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Post Date: 11/24/2015 6:11:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 23, 2015
Just as many retailers depend on the Christmas holiday shopping season for their necessary support, we depend on your support during the Christmas holiday shopping season to keep this site going (and to keep it free to all). Our support page details the various ways that you can help keep us going, but the primary way we receive the necessary operating revenue is through your purchases. At no extra cost to you, starting your shopping using any links on the site provides the significant percentage of what is needed to keep us going. Note that support comes from the purchase of anything, not just camera gear. And while the Christmas shopping boost is as important for us as it is for retailers, making this site your first stop when shopping year round is even better.
The first reminder I want to share is that, just because you see a sale advertisement this Christmas season, including those mentioning "Black Friday" or "Cyber Monday", doesn't mean that the price being advertised is a great one. Many of the items printed large or displayed large on a web page are at the same "sale" price as they have been for quite some time and are available for the same price (or less) at other retailers. For example, ads for Canon cameras and lenses often utilize an existing rebate to promote a "special" and B&H probably has the same or better price.
My second reminder, primarily for those of us in the USA, is that, even though start of the Christmas shopping season is ever-earlier, the Thanksgiving holiday is yet to come. Do not skip anticipation and celebration of this great holiday. Plan now for a special time of giving thanks with family and friends. You and those around you will all benefit from this celebration and the state of heart that giving thanks brings with it.
I'll get us started by saying, thanks for your continued support! It is greatly appreciated. Without you, this resource would not exist.
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Post Date: 11/23/2015 8:17:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
A couple of years ago I finally converted all my Manfrotto RC2 Quick Release plates and clamps to the Arca-Swiss standard. Looking back, I don't know why I waited so long.
Arca-style plates and clamps lock down your gear so well that they've become the industry standard in camera support. And thanks to the system's popularity, you can buy Arca-style plates and clamps from a myriad of manufacturers, meaning there's a brand to fit nearly every budget. As there aren't a lot of technologically demanding aspects of the plate and clamp system, I oftentimes buy well-reviewed (and significantly less expensive) plates and clamps from the cheaper brands like Sunwayfoto and Desmond. Generally speaking, I've been very happy with these price conscious brands.
Unfortunately, there's a small catch. Even though the Arca system is indeed an industry standard, there still seems to be some variation in the widths of plates among the wide range of manufacturers. If you're using a typical quick release clamp that is tightened with a knob, the slight variation in plate widths is no problem and you can use any plate with utter disregard for the brand name. But if you're using a clamp with a lever release, things can get a big trickier.
A lever release is designed to clamp down with a sufficient amount of tension at a very specific width. Even though the clamp can typically be adjusted to different widths, the adjustment usually requires the use of a hex key. If you're using several plates from a range of manufacturers, the adjustments necessary would be less than convenient when switching between cameras. This is the exact problem I experienced with a recent QR plate purchase.
I own a Glidecam HD-4000 that I use for video production. As I wanted to use the gimbal stabilizer with more than one DSLR, I decided to use an Arca-style clamp on the top to make switching out cameras faster and easier. Finding just the right QR clamp proved challenging as I needed one whose clamping mechanism did not extend beyond the bottom of the base of the clamp. That requirement ruled out all of the knob style clamps I came across. The one product I found that worked was the Desmond DLVC-50 Lever Clamp (seen above). Its tensioning lever does not extend past the base of the clamp meaning that it can sit flat on top of the Glidecam. Its "skeleton" design saves weight and the hole in its lever makes it easy to tighten and release even with the camera in place. I adjusted the clamp with the included Allen wrench so that it provides the optimal tension when used with my Kirk L-brackets and the setup worked well – but not perfectly.
I'm a huge battery grip fan and both my cameras have L-brackets designed for use with the battery grip. And while using a battery grip with the Glidecam works, it's trickier getting everything balanced when the weight of your camera and lens sits that much higher off the stabilizer's base. Therefore, I bought a universal QR plate for the times I wanted to use the Glidecam with a battery grip-free camera. Unfortunately, the plate proved very slightly narrower than the Arca-style plates on the Kirk L-brackets, meaning that the plate would slide back and forth in the clamp when tightened.
To prevent this, I could of course adjust the clamp so that it was properly calibrated for the new plate. However, I wanted to leave the clamp's adjustment as-is just in case I wanted to use it with a DSLR with the battery grip attached (for times when extra battery power trumps ease of stabilization). I considered returning the plate and getting one from another manufacturer in the hopes that the new plate would fit better. But then I had an idea...
The Fix
Gaffer tape.
Or in this case, technically speaking, spike tape (a narrow width gaffer tape). I cut the gaffer tape so that it would fit along the lower half of the groove where the QR clamp should come into contact with the plate. Two small strips (one on each side) was all it took to provide the perfect amount of friction between the plate and the clamp. If I had needed an even smaller adjustment, could have used gaffer's tape only on one side of the plate.
Will this solution work forever? Probably not. With enough use, the tape would likely wear down enough to warrant replacement. However, my guess is that because the tape is consistently being squished against the plate via the clamp, it'll stay in place relatively well. It should only experience wear during the mounting and unmounting of the camera, thereby leading to a relatively long lifespan for the fix.
In the end, a $12.50 plate and a few cents of spike tape worked just as well for my needs as buying a comparable Kirk-branded, $50.00 plate. Gaffer's tape never ceases to amaze me when it comes to its usefulness in photography.
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Post Date: 11/23/2015 8:45:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the PNY 128GB Elite Performance UHS-1 SDXC 95MB/sec Memory Card available for $39.99 with free shipping. Regularly $63.49.
Product Highlights
  • 128GB Capacity
  • Class 10 / UHS-1
  • Max. Read Speed: up to 95 MB/s
  • Water / Shock / Magnet Proof
  • Temperature Extremes
  • Built-in Write-Protect Switch
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Post Date: 11/23/2015 6:44:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, November 22, 2015
For a limited time, B&H has the Polar Pro DJI Phantom 3 Filter 3-Pack available for $29.99 with free shipping. Regularly $69.99.
Product Highlights
  • Fits DJI Phantom 3 Camera Lens
  • Designed for Aerial Photography
  • Polarizer Cuts Reflections and Glare
  • 2- and 3-Stop ND Filters
  • Slows Shutter Speed for Smoother Motion
  • Glass Lenses
  • Low Profile and Lightweight
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Post Date: 11/22/2015 6:34:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lots of pre-Black Friday deals just went live at 12:01am Eastern Time with, in many cases, extra savings on top of already reduced gear. We're unsure whether or not B&H will accept backorders when supply is exhausted, so act fast if one of these items is on your wish list. See below for details.
DSLR Camera Deals (include free expedited shipping)
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Body - $899.00 (Reg. $999.00 after $200.00 instant savings)
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM - $999.00 (Reg. $1,099.00 after $250.00 instant savings)
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Video Creator Kit - $1,249.00 (Reg. $1,349.00 after $300.00 instant savings)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Body - $1,299.00 (Reg. $1,499.00 after $300.00 instant savings)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with 18-135mm IS STM - $1,649.00 (Reg. $1,849.00 after $300.00 instant savings)
Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm VR II & 55-200mm VR II - $396.95 (Reg. $596.95 after $280.00 instant rebate)
Lens Deals (include free expedited shipping)
Nikon Macro & Portrait Lens Kit - $496.95 (Reg. $816.95)
  • Includes
    • DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR Lens
    • DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens
    • Nikon Macro Photography Guide
    • Nikon Portrait Photography Guide
Rokinon 135mm T2.2 Cine DS Lens - $449.00 (Reg. $599.00)
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Post Date: 11/21/2015 11:01:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, November 21, 2015
From Sigma:
RONKONKOMA, NY — Nov. 20, 2015 — Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens and camera manufacturer, announces Black Friday deals on five of the company’s top lenses, including the popular 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art from the industry-renowned Global Vision line which was named Imaging Resource’s 2014 Prime Lens of the Year. Offers of up to $300 off are valid starting today, Nov. 20, and can be found at authorized retailers through Cyber Monday, Nov. 30.
Sigma Corporation of America’s line of award-winning lenses includes recent recognitions such as American Photo’s 2014 Editor’s Choice, Popular Photography’s 2014 Outstanding Product, PCMag’s 2014 Editor’s Choice, and more.
This year’s Black Friday deals include:
50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art (#311) - $100 OFF
Originally $949, now $849
  • Completely reengineered, the ultimate standard fast prime, at the best holiday season pricing
  • Designed for super-resolution DSLRs and tested with Sigma’s exclusive super-resolution MTF system
18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM (#883) - $250 OFF
Originally $549, now $299
  • High-performance and versatile, perfect one-solution lens for on-the-go photography and whatever happens next on your family adventures
  • With an easy twist of the zoom dial, get wide-angle for group shots, telephoto for action shots and close ups for details
  • Compact, fitting easily into a day bag to capture and preserve family moments
17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM (#583) - $250 OFF
Originally $669, now $419
  • Compact, constant aperture standard zoom perfect for wedding and portrait photography
  • Class-leading performance featuring OS for low-light and one hybrid aspherical lens for sharp images with great contrast
  • Step up from the kit lens to a wide, standard zoom designed for APS-C DSLRs at a great price
70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM (#589) - $250 OFF
Originally $1,399, now $1,149
  • Optically stabilized and highly versatile
  • Pro’s choice for sport, portraiture and documentary photography, priced for enthusiasts and students
  • Fast, constant F2.8 aperture is perfect for capturing action and sports
105mm F2.8 Macro EX DG OS HSM (#258) - $300 OFF
Originally $969, now $669
  • Large aperture macro lens featuring 1:1 magnification, optical stabilization and fast, quiet HSM for advanced performance of close-up photography
  • Excellent correction for all types of aberration and distortion
  • Fast F2.8 prime lens for high-quality performance at a great price
B&H carries Sigma Lenses.
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Post Date: 11/21/2015 7:02:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 20, 2015
Hot Deal: Through 11/30, B&H has the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens (review) available for $849.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $949.00.
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Post Date: 11/20/2015 10:55:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through the end of the year, Adorama has their Glow Series Beauty Dishes on sale for 15% off.
The assortment of Glow beauty dishes is large and varied with sizes ranging from 17" to 28" in both silver and white finishes in 12 different mounts.
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Post Date: 11/20/2015 10:32:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The other day, I looked over a large, steep, grassy clearing on our property. I quickly noticed a round orange object approximately 400' below. The bright color caught my attention, the round shape caused me the think it was a pumpkin and I later hiked down to confirm my guess.
What I found was a medium-large pumpkin with deep bear teeth marks in it. Upon my return to the house, the girls informed me that the pumpkin was from our deck. The bear had carried the pumpkin away and likely, at some point, put it down, only to have it roll hundreds of feet down the hill. While the bear story is one for our memories, the fact that orange stands out so much is the lesson for today.
Orange is a fall color and a primary source of that orange comes in the form of pumpkins. It is quite likely that one will show up at your house in the fall and if not, a neighbor likely has one that you could borrow. Or, take the family to the farm or market, photograph your people there and then bring home some color to work with. At home, spend some more time getting creative with your color source, increasing the color orange in your portfolio.
Then, print your own fall decoration for next year, perhaps in the form of a metal print (love these).
This simple image was captured in the shade of our front porch. I explored various angles on the subject, trying to consume the entire frame with it. This angle seemed to work nicely.
After you have your orange, explore the yellows and other colors available in the other fall favorite, gourds!
Camera and Lens Settings
35mm  f/1.4  1/500s
ISO 100
8688 x 5792px
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Post Date: 11/20/2015 7:55:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED Lens available for $249.99 with free shipping. Compare at $323.95.
This is a really fun lens to use and my go-to favorite for creating 360-degree panoramas. Being a manual focus, manual aperture lens means that there are fewer variables to think about when creating a panoramic image. Put the camera on a tripod, set the aperture on the lens (f/8 looks great), manual focus (using Live View 10x) and set the camera to manual mode and you're good to go.
This is also a great lens for real estate/architecture and was used for the image below. It can make a small space look comfortably roomy – a desirable trait when used for real estate images.
Real Estate Image Taken with Rokinon 14mm f 2.8 Lens

PTLens is my preferred program for removing the Rokinon 14mm's rather noticeable "mustache" distortion. [Sean]
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Post Date: 11/20/2015 6:56:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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