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 Wednesday, March 23, 2016
B&H has the DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter available for preorder with free shipping. The Phantom 4 is expected to hit shelves (but hopefully not tree branches) the first week of April.
Product Highlights
  • Gimbal-Stabilized 4K / 12MP Camera
  • Visual Sensor for Obstacle Avoidance
  • Streamlined Shell / Magnesium Unibody
  • Top Speed of 44.7mph in Sport Mode
  • Maximum Control Range of 3.1 Miles
  • Visual Tracking of Moving Subject
  • Up to 32.8' Vision Positioning Altitude
  • TapFly - Fly With a Tap of the Finger
  • Avoids Obstacles When Returning Home
  • Up to 28 Minutes Flying Time
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Post Date: 3/23/2016 5:46:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 22, 2016

From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
Join Canon USA Technical Advisor Brent Ramsey as he gives an overview of the ME20F-SH multi-purpose camera. He goes over camera features and also shows a live demo showing the low light capability of the camera.
B&H carries the Canon ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera.
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Post Date: 3/22/2016 2:08:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has Cinetics Axis360 Pro Motorized Sliders on sale with savings of $200.00 - $400.00.
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Post Date: 3/22/2016 11:09:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens available for $1,699.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,949.00 after $150.00 instant savings.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 3/22/2016 10:38:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Pelican 1610 Watertight Hard Case with Dividers & Wheels available for $199.95 with free shipping. Regularly $249.95.
Pelican 1610-024-110 Features
  • Watertight, crushproof, and dust proof
  • Floats in salt water with 200 lbs (90.7 kg) load
  • Easy open Double Throw latches
  • Open cell core with solid wall design - strong, light weight
  • O-ring seal
  • Automatic Pressure Equalization Valve
  • Fold down handles
  • Stainless steel hardware and padlock protectors
  • This version includes Padded Divider Set
  • Personalized nameplate service available
  • Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee of Excellence
  • Retractable extension handle
  • Strong polyurethane wheels with stainless steel bearings
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Post Date: 3/22/2016 8:23:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Manfrotto MVT535HH Hi Hat Ground Level Tripod available for $79.88 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $179.88.
Product Overview
The Manfrotto MVT535HH Aluminum Single Leg Section Hi Hat Table Tripod is the perfect solution for those looking for a simple yet sturdy solution for Ground level shooting, Slider support, Table tripod application (heavy cameras). It features a Single Section for maximum compactness and a 75-60mm half bowl for quick leveling. The leg angle selector allows users to adjust operating height as needed. Its aluminum casting components make it a sturdy and reliable solution. It also includes the MVA060T adapter which converts the 75mm into a 60mm half bowl.
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Post Date: 3/22/2016 5:35:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Steadicam Solo Stabilizer & Monopod for $199.00 with free shipping after $200.00 instant savings and a $100.00 mail-in rebate. Regulalry $499.00.
Product Highlights
  • Converts between Steadicam and Monopod
  • 3-Axis Gimbal
  • 10 lb Weight Capacity
  • Telescopically Extends to Four Sections
  • Includes QR Plate and Counterweights
  • Folds to a Portable 24"
  • Supports Optional Arm and Vest
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Post Date: 3/22/2016 5:11:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the CamFi CF101 Wireless Remote Camera Controller available for $99.00 with free shipping. Regularly $129.99.
About CamFi Wireless Remote Camera Controller
Wireless remote capture and live show
Use tablet instead of the small viewfinder. Camfi can use Android and iOS devices to be your viewfinder. It can stream live view from the camera to your devices wirelessly.
Saves you from awkward pose
Using mobile devices as viewfinder, you can easily shoot the exciting view without having to use those very awkward poses.
Self Portrait
Instead of requesting others help you to take pictures, you can connect the CamFi device to your camera, and use your mobile viewfinder to find the memorable moment, then capture it by yourself.
Powerful time-lapse
Most DSLR cameras only provide the countdown shooting. CamFi provides a more advanced timer feature which gives you flexibility to set shooting time interval and photo count.
Show photos as they are taken
You can use an LCD TV to show your photos as they are taken. You can check the details of your work instantly. This will also give your client better experience in photo shooting.
Android TV stick supported
CamFi application can be installed on a small Android TV stick or Android TV box. Now you can use TV set to be your viewfinder and photo player.
Transmitting raw files faster with SmartView
Raw files are always large. It can take tens of seconds to transfer a raw file via WiFi. With the SmartView feature, it only takes 5 seconds to view a raw file.
Print the photos as they are taken
With the windows client software of CamFi, you can print the photos instantly after they are captured.
Share & Download
Share your moments with friends. When you take photos, you can download them to your mobile phones from your DLSR camera via CamFi, and share them to your social network instantly.
Download original photo and edit raw files
CamFi supports to download the original raw format photo files. You can use your favorite editor to process the raw file on your tablet easily.
Want to know more about the CamFi Wireless Camera Controller? Check out the website.
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Post Date: 3/22/2016 5:09:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 21, 2016
From Tamron USA:
February 22, 2016, Commack, New York - Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of the SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016), the world's firs fast-aperture lens with VC (Vibration Compensation). Tamron's acclaimed VC makes it possible to take handheld photographs in dim light or at night. The 85mm SP lens uses LD (Low Dispersion) and XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements in the optical design to minimize color fringing and to achieve sharp and clear image quality with high-fidelity color. It also achieves attractive bokeh that draws attention to the image foreground subject. In addition, Moisture-Resistant Construction has been added to prevent intrusion of moisture, and a highly durable Fluorine Coating has been applied to the top element surface to prevent condensation and repel smudge-causing substances. This new lens joins the 35mm F/1.8, 45mm F/1.8 and 90mm Macro in a lineup of SP series prime lenses that has been expanding since 2015.
The lens will be on sale on March 24th in Canon and Nikon at $749.00.
B&H has the Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD available for preorder.
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Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 3/21/2016 3:04:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has DxO FilmPack 5 Essential Edition (DVD) available for $49.00 with free shipping. Regularly $79.00.
Product Highlights
  • Simulate Appearance of Film with Digital
  • Contains 44 Distinct Film Looks
  • Color Slide, Negative, & B&W Renderings
  • 8 Color Filters, Vignetting, and Toning
  • Plug-In or Standalone Application
Note from Sean: I'm not generally a big fan of film/camera simulation plug-ins, but every now and then the plug-ins can help you craft a specific type of look that would be very difficult (or simply very time-consuming) to create otherwise. For example, I created the photo below with a similar product, Google NIK's Analog Efex Pro 2:
Google NIK Analog Efex Pro 2 Processed Image

I don't usually create images that feature such obvious post-processing, but... at times I think it's not only appropriate, but warranted for specific needs (and creating such images can be fun if nothing else). The fact that DxO FilmPack 5 can work as a standalone application or as a plug-in is a nice bonus.
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Post Date: 3/21/2016 2:40:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a Sigma f/1.8 Art Zoom Bundle available for preorder with a $160.00 savings and free expedited shipping.
Bundle Includes
  • Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
  • Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
  • Sigma USB Dock
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Post Date: 3/21/2016 2:19:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
With a Canon EOS 80D in my hands, the first task is to setup the camera for my use. Following are the 32 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box 80D ready for use.
  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. If you have another charged LP-E6/LP-E6N battery available, you can continue to the battery-required steps without a wait.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. This is also a good time to grip the camera, taking in the new-camera grippyness that is right up there with new car smell.
  3. Download and install the latest Canon EOS 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).
  6. Power the camera on.
  7. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  8. Insert a memory card (don't forget to format the card via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  9. Set the camera's mode to one other than fully auto (the GreenSquare A+ mode only provides a small subset of available menu options), C1, C2 or C3 (Custom modes do not retain settings for use in other modes).
  10. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the cameras as follows:
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "–"
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec.
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Beep: Disable
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Release without card: Disable/off
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses – all can be applied in DPP)
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: ISO Speed Settings: ISO Speed range: 100-H(25600), Auto ISO Speed range: 100-6400
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Off
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: White balance: AWB-W (Auto: White priority)
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "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 3: Long exposure noise reduction: I usually have this option set to "Auto", but my choice varies for the situation.
  21. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: High ISO speed noise reduction: Off (noise reduction is destructive to images details – I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  22. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: Grid display: 3x3
  23. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Highlight alert: Enable (flash portions of images that are overexposed)
  24. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Playback grid: 3x3
  25. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to monitor all three color channels for blown or blocked pixels)
  26. Tools Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  27. Tools Menu, Tab 2: Viewfinder display: Viewfinder level: Show, VF grid display: Show, Flicker detection: Show
  28. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Custom shooting mode (C1-C3): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  29. Custom Functions: C.Fn II:Autofocus: AI servo 1st image priority: Focus
  30. Custom Functions: C.Fn II:Autofocus: AI servo 2nd image priority: Focus
  31. Custom Functions: C.Fn II:Autofocus: Orientation linked AF point: Separate AF pts: Pt only
  32. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Long exposure noise reduction, Mirror lockup, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning, Expo.comp./AEB (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 my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
If you can't 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 insure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
More Information
Canon EOS 80D
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Post Date: 3/21/2016 9:19:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Store is running a "Buy 1, Get 4 Free" special on Canon Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte 8.5x11 (50 Sheets), meaning you can get 250 sheets of 8.5 x 11" Premium Matte Photo Paper for only $29.99 + tax/shipping.
About the Paper
The Ultimate in Matte Photo Paper brightness & Quality. Beautiful, bright, non-reflective matte finish gives you breathtaking prints that look great under varied lighting conditions. Enjoy 50, 8.5" x 11" size sheets in this package.
  • Weight: 56 lbs.
  • Thickness: 12.2 mil.
  • Brightness: 92% (ISO)
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Post Date: 3/21/2016 9:44:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 (for PC/Mac) available for $49.99. Regularly $99.00.
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Post Date: 3/21/2016 9:38:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the B&H YouTube Channel:
"Knowing the rules and then being able to break them,” describes Monica Stevenson’s approach to her photography and creative direction. Curiosity in the concept and passion for her subjects, whether it be horses, the movement of water or the “poof” of powder informs her work and, in this video, we are treated to an insightful chat with her and delightful behind-the-scenes moments of her image creation.
Note from Sean: The sample picture showing a high heeled shoe – created from the random formation of paint thrown in front of the camera – is absolutely captivating. Check out the 1:23 mark to see for yourself.
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Post Date: 3/21/2016 7:55:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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