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 Thursday, May 29, 2014
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II Lens
Image quality, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with specs/measurements have been added to the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II Lens Review page.
Post Date: 5/29/2014 9:55:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
SanDisk Extreme 64GB CompactFlash Memory Card 160MB/s
B&H has select SanDisk Extreme / Extreme Pro CompactFlash memory cards on sale with free shipping. See below for details.
 
SanDisk Deals

ItemReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB 160MB/s CompactFlash$272.95$75.00$197.95
SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB 160MB/s CompactFlash$126.95$28.00$98.95
SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB 160MB/s CompactFlash$74.45$4.50$69.95
SanDisk Extreme 64GB 120MB/s CompactFlash$143.95$64.00$79.95
SanDisk Extreme 32GB 120MB/s CompactFlash$79.95$30.00$49.95
SanDisk Extreme 16GB 120MB/s CompactFlash$47.95$8.00$39.95

Post Date: 5/29/2014 9:50:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
A Call from my Wife, a Dandelion Field and the Zeiss 15mm Lens
I always appreciate photo subject and location scouting help and my family looks out for me in this regard. It was early-mid morning and I was sitting in my office when the phone rang. As you guessed from the title, it was my wife. "The neighbor's field is full of yellow dandelions in full bloom. The light is perfect."
 
My wife has a good eye for beauty (she married me, didn't she? OK, OK, just kidding). I knew that the field she was talking about was indeed full of these yellow flowers and I had already considered photographing them. The part of the report that I was most questioning was the perfect light part. It was well after the golden hour and the sky did not look hazy enough to remain warm and/or soft this late in the morning.
 
The big question was, "Did I want to carve out an hour+ of my day for this shoot?" Keeping the scouts happy always has merit, the blooms were not going to last for long and a circular polarizer filter can take care of the high sun issue, so I loaded a couple of lenses and a 5D III into a Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Backpack and drove a couple of miles to the field.
 
My goal was to create an attractive photo highlighting the massive quantity of yellow dandelions, so the lenses I took were of the wide angle variety. Upon walking up to the field, I realized that looking downward revealed a much lower flower density than I wanted to see and dirt showed between many of the green plants in this hay field. Looking at the field from a low vantage point (from near or far) showed the bed of bright yellow flowers perspective I was looking for.
 
The chicken barn was not going to be avoided being included in the frame with the wide angle lenses I had with me, so I embraced it. Much of the very long barn was featureless, but taking a position close to the feed bins allowed the bins to become a prominent feature of the barn.
 
With the sun still relatively low in the sky, the CPOL filter needed a specific angle into the scene to work its magic.
 
The final composition involved finding the best-available foreground flower clumps relatively close to the grain bins, getting down close to ground and shooting in the angle providing the best CPOL filter effect. While I often avoid getting much of a clear sky in the frame, I felt that the bright polarized blue gradient sky color was attractive and added balance to this overall composition.
 
Down low and up close to the foreground flowers meant that an f/16 depth of field was not quite enough to give me sharp details in the closest foreground subjects, so I shot a second frame with those subjects in better focus. The two frames were stacked in Photoshop layers and the not-sharp-enough foreground details were erased from the top layer to allow the sharper second layer to show through.
 
What I didn't remember from childhood is that the yellow readily comes off of dandelion flowers. Upon getting into the car, I realized that my pants were very yellow. They were still yellow after blowing them off with an air compressor and they were still somewhat yellow after their first washing. All photos have a cost, but some have unforeseen costs.
 
In the end, I was glad my wife called and the collection of images I captured on this morning were worth the costs.
Post Date: 5/29/2014 9:06:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 28, 2014

 
From SmugMug Films:
 
Have you ever stood on the edge of an active volcano or swam in 110 degree water while ducking lava bombs? Photographers CJ Kale and Nick Selway do it so that you don't have to.
 
Kale and Selway are former rescue swimmers who devote their lives to capturing the ever-changing Hawaiian landscape, where active volcano meets crashing waves. Their work is physically grueling and oftentimes dangerous, but the challenge and beauty of the volatile landscape keep them coming back for more.
 
See more from CJ Kale and Nick Selway at http://lavaphotoart.com/
Category: SmugMug Films
Post Date: 5/28/2014 12:26:05 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon 1 in a Hundred Million Video Contest
From Canon USA:
 
Create a short video of 100 seconds or less using a Canon camera and lens, telling us how Canon Lenses have made an impact on your life professionally or personally.
 
Submit your video for a chance to win the new EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM lens!
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 5/28/2014 12:16:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
Insurance can be a complicated beast, but knowing how to cover yourself and your equipment is a must-do for your business. In this guide, we review the types of insurance you should consider as a working photographer, plus offer up tips from insurance experts and additional resources to help you make the smartest decisions for your business.
 
Get the free Protect Yourself: What Photographers Should Know About Insurance Guide
Post Date: 5/28/2014 11:02:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From B&H:
 
Our NYC SuperStore and Offices will be closing early on Tuesday, June 3 at 2:00pm EDT and remain closed on Wednesday and Thursday, June 4 and 5. We will reopen on Friday, June 6 at 9:00am EDT.
 
To ship your package before we close:

  • Standard, Expedited or UPS Shipping - Place your order by Tuesday, June 3 by 12:00pm Noontime EDT.
  • Other Domestic or International Shipping - Place your order by Tuesday, June 3 by 7:00am EDT.

Orders placed after above times will be processed after we reopen.
 
We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patronage.

Category: B&H News
Post Date: 5/28/2014 10:35:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Body
Want a compact DSLR kit? B&H is now offering the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Body bundled with a EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens for $598.00 with free shipping.
 
The kit comes with a free SanDisk 16GB SDHC Memory and DSLR Holster Bag.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/28/2014 10:15:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L Tilt-Shift Lens
Commercial advertising photographer Jim Divitale has written a short but informative article for Canon's Digital Learning Center: Perspective Control with Tilt Shift Lenses.

"When photographers want quality in their images, they know it starts with as much attention and detail as possible before the shutter clicks. We know we have post-production there to enhance the images, but it should be used like an artist with a fine brush, not like a construction worker with a jackhammer.
 
I am a big believer in the nondestructive workflow to its fullest degree and refer to my approach to this as “the way of the fast retreat,” which requires being ready for any change with the least amount of backtracking as possible. It comes after a career of working with advertising photography projects that need to have as many options for last minute changes as possible. We used techniques like creating HDR images from multiple exposures, stitching panoramic images, and depth of field image stacking to increase both the quality and dynamic range of our images. But the most important factor is to get the best possible original image captured. One way to maintain the highest quality in a photograph is the ability to control the image perspective before the image is taken."

Check out the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center for more info and example pictures.
 
Related Reviews

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/28/2014 9:34:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II Lens Captures Senior Track Picture
Brianna, my high school senior, has had a very successful high school track career from multiple perspectives including having her name on three school records. This success did not come without a huge effort on her part, and we had discussed shooting a more-formal senior picture highlighting her passion for mid-distance running. Track season became busy and I shot many images of her competing, but time got away from us and suddenly we had only one evening remaining before she had to turn in her uniform.
 
The weather forecast for that evening called for scattered showers and we were watching the radar very closely. I was packed and ready, and we decided to go for it. After determining the ideal location on the track to shoot at, I began unpacking.
 
I had three Canon 600EX-RT Speedlites and a Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter to control them with. Two Speedlites were mounted on background light stands (small, light and simple) with Justin Clamps used to hold the Speedlites to the poles at any height I wanted. The third Speedlite was mounted to a weighted light stand with a 60" reversed/shoot-through umbrella mounted to a Manfrotto umbrella adapter.
 
I first mounted the umbrella to the stand and almost immediately a light rain began to fall. I quickly put Brianna, who feared that her hair and makeup would be ruined, under the Photogenic "umbrella". The rain mostly passed within 10 minutes or so and we went to work.
 
The two flashes on background light stands were set to group B and used as rim lights, placed to the side or slightly behind the subject as composition allowed. The shoot-through umbrella's flash was set to group A and used as the main light. Ambient light (for the entire background) was controlled through a manually-set camera exposure. The flashes were in E-TTL mode and +/- exposure for the two groups was controlled by the ST-E3-RT's Group mode.
 
While this may all sound complicated, it was not. Setup was very simple and I was able to quickly and easily adjust/balance the ambient, main and background light levels from the camera. While the rain stayed away for much of the two hours we were shooting, it did not fully stay away. Fortunately, this entire kit, including the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens, was weather-sealed and we were able to make many great images in this time.
 
I had planned this shoot for an evening so that the flashes would be able to overpower the ambient light levels, though I had hoped for a bit more light than we had. The aperture was wide and the ISO was moving up by the end of the evening. Still, the shoot was a big success for us.
 
Even selecting this particular image from the many shots of just this pose was difficult. With lighting dialed in, I had Brianna repetitively start from specific position on the track and take one big stride with her left knee and right arm (with the baton) forward. I timed the shutter release (a short shutter lag is extremely useful in this situation) for a near-top-of-stride subject position that coincided with the lighting setup. The composition was arranged to take advantage of the lines on the track.
 
With a wireless flash system and a little effort, we created the images we had envisioned.
Post Date: 5/28/2014 8:12:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Adobe will be showcasing upcoming changes to Creative Cloud on June 18 at 1PM ET. Adobe's tagline for the event – "Everything is New Again" – suggests there may be some surprises in store.
 
Sign up at Adobe to receive a reminder of the live streaming announcement.
 
Reminder: Through May 31, Adobe has the Photoshop Photography Program (Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5) available for $9.99/mo (with 1 year commitment) with no previous ownership requirements.
 
I've been a Photoshop Photography Program member since September and really enjoy it. I believe it's an excellent value at $9.99 per month. Time is running out on this deal so take advantage of it while you can. [Sean]
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 5/28/2014 8:04:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Roger over at LensRentals has a bit of a problem. He will soon have so much data (thanks to LensRentals' new optical bench) that he doesn't know what to do with it. Excel experts, he needs your help to present the data in a logical, concise and easy-to-understand way.
 
Here are the details:
 
Platinum Medal Prize: $500
 
To win the Platinum Prize you must write a program or macro that fulfills my wild fantasy – Aaron spends hours collecting data on dozens of lenses, then I push a computer button and beautiful, logical graphs are generated that are easy to follow, present the data and variation, and offers an easy way to compare different types of lenses. I will be a bit flexible on what constitutes pushing a button, but if it takes me hours, it’s not winning.
 
Gold Medal Prize: We will do the lens test of your choice (within limits of our mounts for the optical bench and lens availability) and a $100 rental credit
 
So if you’ve always wanted a comparison between the Canon 18-55 IS kit lens and the Olympus 16-50, or just want your ownt lenses tested, here’s your chance. To win the Gold Medal Prize you develop a fairly simple way to create logical, easy to understand graphs that demonstrate the variation of copies for each type of lens, and offers an easy way to compare different types of lenses.
 
Bronze Medal Prize: Our undying gratitude and we’ll test 2 of your lenses on our optical bench and provide you printouts.
 
To win the Bronze Medal you simply have to demonstrate a graphing method that presents the average (mean) results for multiple copies of a lens in a way that’s easy to follow and understand. If we use your graph methods, you win a Bronze Medal.
 
If you're interested in participating, head on over the the LensRentals website to learn more.
Post Date: 5/28/2014 7:49:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop Elements 12
Through May 31 (or until inventory is exhausted), B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 available for $64.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $89.00.
Post Date: 5/28/2014 6:26:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Lens
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/27/2014 2:57:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Zoom H5 Handy Recorder
B&H has the Zoom H5 Handy Recorder available for preorder.
 
Features:

  • Modular Mic and Input System
  • Includes XY Microphone Module
  • Four Simultaneous Inputs
  • Uses SD Memory Cards
  • Compatible with H6 Mic Modules
  • Optional Shotgun Mic and XLR/TRS Inputs

Post Date: 5/27/2014 2:53:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rokinon 10mm T3.1 Cine Lens
Post Date: 5/27/2014 2:02:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Manfrotto Bumblebee 220 Pro-Light Backpack
From Manfrotto:
 
Introducing the Pro Light series
 
Designed for photographers and videographers on the move, the new Pro Light bag range offers extremely lightweight construction with maximum internal protection for your equipment, making them the perfect on location carrying solution.
 
Photo Bags
 
Versatile, functional and extremely ergonomic; the Pro Light Photo range offers intuitive solutions for rapid access to your equipment. Simply rotate the backpack to your chest and access your equipment using the fast opening side pocket within seconds, without even having to remove the bag from your body. The Pro Light range includes backpacks and holsters in a variety of sizes to meet your needs
 
Video Bags
 
Shooting on location often requires carrying a lot of equipment. Pro Light video bags feature an advanced harness system, organised internal storage and our innovative removable CPS dividers which together offer unrivalled lightweight protection for your valuable equipment. The video range includes backpacks, shoulder and roller cases offering a solution for all eventualities.
 
Accessories
 
Unpredictable weather conditions are always a challenge. Pro Light rain covers provide waterproof protection for your photo or video camera allowing you to continue your shoot confidently knowing your camera remains dry. Drawstring collars ensure a firm seal around your hands, lens and microphone.
 
New Manfrotto Pro Light Products

B&H carries the Manfrotto Pro Light series of bags and accessories.

Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 5/27/2014 1:40:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Datacolor Spyder4 Display Calibration System
For today only, B&H has the Datacolor Spyder4Elite Display Calibration System available for $169.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $249.00.
 
If you missed out on the Amazon Lightning Deal posted earlier today, this is your second chance to get the Spyder4Elite at a great price!
Post Date: 5/27/2014 1:25:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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