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 Thursday, January 19, 2017
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System available for $1,299.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,962.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 13.2 lb Capacity
  • FSB 6 Fluid Head
  • Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Mid-Level Spreader
  • Carry Case
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Mackie ProFX8v2 8-Channel Sound Reinforcement Mixer with Built-In FX available for $139.99 with free shipping. Regularly $199.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 8 Input Channels
  • 4 Low-Noise Mackie Vita Mic Preamps
  • USB Recording to Computer (Mac & Win)
  • 16 FX Including Reverb, Delay & Chorus
  • Per Channel 3-Band EQ
  • Dual 7-Band Graphic EQ
  • Stereo RCA Tape Input
  • Monitor & FX Sends, Stereo & FX Returns
  • Hi-Z Input for Direct Guitar & Bass
Note: The 12-Channel version is also on sale.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the G-Technology 5TB G-DRIVE G1 USB 3.0 Hard Drive available for $169.95 with free shipping. Regularly $229.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 5TB Capacity
  • USB 3.0 Port
  • Data Transfer Rate up to 165 MB/s
  • AC Powered
  • 7200 rpm
  • Aluminum Enclosure
  • Apple Time Machine Compatible
  • Preformatted HFS+ for Mac
  • Windows & Mac Compatible
 Wednesday, January 18, 2017
I have a Canon EOS M5 in my hands and it is time to set up the camera for use. Following are the 27 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box Canon EOS M5 ready to use (please note that these steps may change slightly as I continue to dial in this camera for my uses).
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery, place it in the charger and plug it in.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box.
  3. Download and install the Canon Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert the battery (after charging completes) and power the camera on.
  6. The date, time and timezone setup screen will show at the first startup. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  7. Insert a memory card (don't forget to format the card via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  8. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  9. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  10. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "-"
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Shooting information display: Screen info/toggle settings: Update #1 to select only Grid display and Electronic level (all options selected for #2), uncheck #3 and #4 (I may alter these settings later)
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Shooting information display: VF info/toggle settings: Uncheck #1, update #2 to select only Grid display and Electronic level, check all options for #3 (again, I may alter these settings later)
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Shooting information display: Histogram dispay: RGB
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Image review: 4 sec.
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Continuous AF: Off
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: MF Peaking Settings: Peaking: On
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Lens aberration correction: disable all (I correct lens aberrations during post processing if warranted)
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Off
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness = 1 (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  20. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: Long exp. noise reduction: Auto
  21. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: High speed NR: Off (or Low) (noise reduction is destructive to images details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  22. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Off
  23. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Hints & Tips: Off
  24. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Custom shooting mode (C1, C2): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  25. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 1: C.Fn II: Others: Set M.Fn button to ISO (I may make more changes here after acclimating to this camera)
  26. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Long exposure noise reduction, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Expo.comp./AEB (found back up near the top of the list)
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot - including shooting in RAW-only format. While this setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
Unless you are certain that you can remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
 
More Information: Canon EOS M5
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/18/2017 11:08:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
For a limited time, the Canon UK Store has the Canon EOS 70D + 18-55mm IS STM Lens Kit available for £699.00. Regularly £804.99.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/18/2017 10:35:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Professional Network:
Canon Europe has announced two significant specification options for its flagship EOS C700 digital cinema cameras, offering users the option of changing the camera’s original lens mount to either an EF mount with Cinema Lock or to a PL mount (with Cook/i support) and back again, and – for the first time – an option to have the standard sensor replaced with a Global Shutter sensor. Read on to find out more...
Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS C700 Cinema Camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/18/2017 7:13:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced its Board of Directors has approved a new stock repurchase program granting the company authority to repurchase up to $2.5 billion in common stock through the end of fiscal year 2019. Under the new stock repurchase program, which is designed to return value to Adobe’s stockholders and minimize dilution from stock issuances, the company may repurchase shares in the open market and also enter into structured repurchase agreements with third parties. The new stock repurchase program, approved by Adobe’s Board of Directors, is substantially similar to the company’s previous program authorizing the repurchase of up to $2.0 billion in common stock through fiscal year 2017, which authority will soon be exhausted.
 
“We’re coming off a year of record cash flow generation and our balance sheet continues to be strong. Adobe’s new share repurchase program underscores our commitment to returning value to our stockholders, as we execute on our long-term growth strategy,” said Mark Garrett, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Adobe.
 
Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including those related to Adobe’s stock repurchases and business momentum, which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to, risks and uncertainties described in Adobe’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year 2015 ended Nov. 27, 2015, and Adobe's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q issued in fiscal year 2016. For further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, individuals should refer to Adobe’s SEC filings.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 1/18/2017 7:04:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the MAGIX Entertainment Fastcut (Download) available for $35.00. Regularly $70.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Automatic Video Editing in Seconds
  • Cut Recordings into Exciting Short Clips
  • Choose Template (30-180 Second Options)
  • Choose Music
  • Edits to Fit the Beat of the Music
  • Ideal for Quick Sharing on Social Media
  • Manual Editing Also Supported
  • proDAD Mercalli V2 Image Stabilization
  • Distortion and Video Noise Correction
  • Effects & Filters; Supports up to UHD 4K
Post Date: 1/18/2017 6:12:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon DIgital Learning Center:
Welcome back to our “Introduction to Shooting Stars.” In Part I we covered the essentials of getting you ready to shoot. In the second part we are going to cover what to do when you are on location and ready to shoot.
 
Since we are talking about shooting at night, pulling focus is a little harder than during the day, so this will take a little more time and explanation to cover.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/18/2017 6:07:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox available for $174.00 with free shipping. Regularly $259.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 9x 28W Lamps
  • Ideal for Portraiture and Events
  • For Still Photo or Video
  • Daylight Balance: 5000 - 5500K
  • 5/8" Stand Mount
  • 12,600 Lumens @ 3.3 Feet
  • Quick Setup, Removable Baffle, Face
  • 5 On/Off Switches Control 1-9 Lamps
  • Low Power Draw, Removable Reflector
Kit Contains
 
  • Octacool 9 Lamp Fixture
  • Removable Aluminum Reflector
  • 9 x Edison Base 28W Fluorescent Lamps
  • 29.5" (75 cm) Octabox
  • Internal Diffusion Baffle
  • Octabox Diffuser
  • 120V AC power cord
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
 Tuesday, January 17, 2017
B&H has the Rokinon XP 85mm f/1.2 Lens for Canon EF available for preorder with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Canon EF Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Two High Refractive Index Elements
  • Ultra Multi-Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Aluminum Lens Housing
  • Nine-Blade Diaphragm
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 1/17/2017 1:35:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the LG 29UM68-P 29" 21:9 UltraWide FreeSync IPS Monitor available for $249.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $399.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • In-Plane Switching (IPS) Technology
  • HDMI + DisplayPort Inputs
  • 2560 x 1080 FHD Screen Resolution
  • 1,000:1 Static Contrast Ratio
  • 250 cd/m² Brightness
  • 178°/178° Viewing Angles
  • 5 ms Response Time
  • 16.7 Million Colors
Post Date: 1/17/2017 1:30:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Rokinon Xeen 16mm T2.6 Lens available for preorder with free expedited shipping
 
Available Mounts
 
  • Canon EF
  • Nikon F
  • Sony E
  • PL
  • MFT
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 1/17/2017 1:27:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has several Lexar Professional CF & SDXC Memory Card 2-Packs available at reduced pricing.
 
Discounted 2-Packs
 
  • Lexar 128GB Professional 1066x CompactFlash Memory Cards
  • Lexar 64GB Professional 1066x CompactFlash Memory Cards
  • Lexar 32GB Professional 1066x CompactFlash Memory Cards
  • Lexar 256GB Professional 1000x UHS-II SDXC Memory Cards
  • Lexar 128GB Professional 1000x UHS-II SDXC Memory Cards
  • Lexar 64GB Platinum II UHS-I 300x SDXC Memory Cards
Post Date: 1/17/2017 1:08:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Samsung 1TB 850 Evo 2.5" SATA III SSD available for $319.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $349.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1TB Storage Capacity
  • SATA III 6 Gb/s Interface
  • 2.5" Form Factor
  • Up to 540 MB/s Sequential Read Speed
  • Up to 520 MB/s Sequential Write Speed
  • Samsung MEX Controller
  • 256-Bit AES Encryption
  • TRIM Support
  • 3D V-NAND Technology
  • TurboWrite Technology
Post Date: 1/17/2017 9:55:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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