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 Thursday, December 4, 2014
PNY 128GB Elite Performance SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
B&H has the PNY 128GB Elite Performance SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card available for $63.37 with free shipping.
 
Note: Even though this item isn't on sale, it represents an excellent value for its speed and capacity. Need even more storage? The 256GB version is only $109.99 with free shipping.
 
Product Highlights

  • 128GB Storage Capacity
  • UHS-1, Class 10, SD 3.0 Rated
  • Read Speed up to 90 MB/s
  • Write Speed up to 60 MB/s
  • Magnet, Temperature, Shock, Water Proof

Post Date: 12/4/2014 12:54:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tascam DR-07 Mark II Digital Audio Recorder
B&H has the Tascam DR-07 Mark II Digital Audio Recorder available for $84.99 with free shipping. Regularly $119.99.
 
This is the same portable audio recorder that Bryan used to capture the Canon EOS 7D Mark II's Burst Mode. I'm thinking of setting my phone's ringtone to that hypnotizing sound... [Sean]
Post Date: 12/4/2014 12:08:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II and EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens for Bird Photography
While the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is without a doubt an awesome bird photography camera, the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens is near the bottom of my bird photography lens list. Don't take me wrong – the 24 STM is a great little lens (a great bargain), but making a bird large enough in the 24mm frame to be relevant requires a very short subject distance or a short subject distance and a very large bird.
 
But, as this image proves (to me at least), the 24mm focal length can capture birds under ideal conditions. These ideal conditions with a wild bird in them come very infrequently, but ... one came to me this week. Here is the story:
 
I was outside giving the 24 STM lens a workout prior to wrapping up its review. We had a light snow followed by freezing rain overnight and warming air temps created a dense fog. Dense fog means low contrast which means evaluating lens image quality performance is compromised. But, these conditions can make for moody images and I was searching for something interesting.
 
After exploring the yard and surroundings, I came to like this lightly snow-and-ice-covered spruce tree best. I honed in on the set of branches shown in this image, working on placing the lines of branches and needles into an interesting composition. Still, I was looking at an only average image. It needed something.
 
Then my daughter walked out of the house announcing "I have a cardinal!" The unfortunate bird had made a navigational error and impacted a window of the house. Brittany had rescued the bird from the shrubbery.
 
In this part of the world, at this time of the year, no other bird is as beautifully colored as the cardinal and perhaps no other subject can make a snowy image pop more perfectly than a cardinal. As the bird gathered its wits, I placed it on the ideal branch in my composition and captured some images of it – from any distance I desired.
 
I knew that I wanted the cardinal large in the frame. Large in the 24mm frame meant moving in close, which also helped reduce the amount of background showing in the modestly-wide 24mm angle of view (on an APS-C/1.6x DSLR). Being close enough to the bird for the ideal large-in-the-frame composition meant that I had to be very careful to not make one part of the bird (such as the wing) look unusually large in relation to the rest of the bird (perspective distortion). A slightly forward-of-the-bird position seemed to work the best and the spruce branches provide leading lines to draw a viewer's eye to the bird (in case the color contrast was not enough). The bird was not completely still and capturing the right head position (looking slightly toward the camera) required good timing.
 
To have this ideal subject show up and cooperate for a few minutes at this exact time was divine. The cardinal flew away, apparently unharmed, not long after this picture was captured.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Flickr and Facebook.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
24mm  f/8.0  1/30s  ISO 200  5472 x 3648px
Post Date: 12/4/2014 11:46:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
DxO Logo
From DxO:
 
December 4, 2014 – DxO announces the immediate availability of DxO OpticsPro v10.1, the latest update to its imageprocessing software of reference for all demanding photographers. DxO OpticsPro v10.1 is now compatible with Lightroom and other third-party software’s star ranking systems, has improved the speed at which it displays its visual presets in Windows, and has enriched its DxO FilmPack and DxO ViewPoint plugins.
 
This update also allows DxO OpticsPro 10 to support the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and PowerShot G7 X, the GoPro HERO4 Black Edition, the Panasonic Lumix DMC- ZS40, and the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Also available, DxO FilmPack v5.0.1 and DxO ViewPoint 2.5.1 support these same cameras as well (except for the GoPro HERO4 Black Edition, the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6 Plus for DxO FilmPack v5.0.1).
 
Based on a rigorous scientific calibration of photographic equipment in DxO’s laboratories, DxO OpticsPro 10 offers the most powerful tools for automatically processing RAW and JPEG images: revolutionary PRIME denoising technology, DxO Smart Lighting intelligent exposure optimization, and DxO ClearView elimination of haze. Its many controls allow photographers to adapt the processing to their own tastes so as to bring out the best in their photos in just a few clicks.
 
DxO OpticsPro v10.1 is available in two editions, ESSENTIAL and ELITE, for Mac and PC.
 
B&H carrries DxO Optics Pro 10.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 12/4/2014 9:05:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
WD 2TB Elements Portable Hard Drive
For today only (or until stock runs out), B&H has the WD 2TB Elements Portable Hard Drive available for $74.99 with free shipping. Compare at $87.99.
Post Date: 12/4/2014 7:09:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Tamron SP AF 60mm f/2 Di II LD Macro Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Tamron SP AF 60mm f/2 Di II LD Macro Lens available for $359.00. Compare at $524.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 12/3/2014 1:36:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Professional Network
From the Canon Professional Network:
"In an in-depth interview with CPN, Oscar-winning cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle took time out of the post-production of his latest film with director Ron Howard, In the Heart of the Sea, to explain how he came to the moving image and how Canon's cameras have played a recurring role in his creative development throughout his illustrious career…"
The video interview spans almost half an hour and has been pretty interesting thus far (I'm about 10 minutes into it). [Sean]
Post Date: 12/3/2014 12:23:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lightroom 5 with The-Digital-Picture.com Splash Screen
Did you know you can change the standard Lightroom 5.x splash screen to make it completely your own? And it's easier than you think!
 
Directions:
 
1) Create a JPEG or a PNG image no larger than 900 x 600 pixels (WxH). If you'd like, you can our sample splash screen.
 
The Digital Picture.com Splash Screen in PS CC
 
2) Place the image in the Lightroom 5 Spash Screen folder (if the folder does not already exist, create it):
 
  • Windows – Users/[username]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Lightroom/Splash Screen
  • Mac – Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Splash Screen
3) Start the Lightroom 5 application and enjoy your new custom splash screen!
 
Before:
 
Lightroom 5 Splash Screen
 
After:
 
Lightroom 5 with The-Digital-Picture.com Splash Screen
 
This is a great idea for anyone who shows photos to clients in Lightroom. It's also a great tip for anyone who wants to impress their photography friends. :-)
 
Adobe offers Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 for $9.99 per month.
Post Date: 12/3/2014 11:52:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt-Shift Lens
By Sean Setters
 
When it comes to Canon lenses, newer is always better. We know that Canon doesn't typically release a lens update unless it can improve upon performance, build quality or features. It's the natural evolution of technology that we all benefit from in the long run.
 
But are there times when buying an older / used lens makes sense? I think so – and that's why I recently purchased a used Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt-Shift Lens. More on that later.
 
Here are some of the reasons why you might consider and older, used lens in place of a new one:
 
  1. Budget Constraints - Canon isn't in the habit of releasing new, better lenses at prices below their predecessors. Sometimes the increase is minimal; in other cases, the difference in price can be substantial. A new lens debuting at a significant premium over its predecessor can actually drive up the price of the older lens on the used market. However, the predecessor can [usually] still be purchased for significantly less than the retail price of a newly released lens.
  2. Limited Intended Use - I consider some lenses to be "special use" lenses, meaning I won't be reaching for them on a regular basis. If I don't plan on using the lens often, I'm more likely to make compromises on the purchase. Slightly lower IQ, more distortion, or lack of "IS" are often tradeoffs that may be tolerable if I won't be using the lens regularly.
  3. New Lens Features Unneeded - A good example of this is when Canon releases a new lens with the addition of built-in image stabilization. A couple of years ago I picked up a used EF 300mm f/4 L USM (non-IS) for around $500.00. As I wanted the lens to photograph sports, I reasoned that the image stabilization would have minimal benefit when using action stopping shutter speeds in broad daylight. I've been using the lens for two years now and it's worked very well for its intended use. If making the same purchase today, assuming you could pick up a used EF 300mm f/4 L USM for the same price, you'd save $850.00 over the after-rebate price of the IS model.
  4. Wide Aperture Performance Not a Priority - Most new lenses released by Canon display a noticeable improvement in wide-open image quality over their predecessor. But when it comes to the image quality at f/5.6 and f/8, the differences are usually much less discernible. If you don't plan on using a lens in low ambient conditions, you might find it easier to compromise wide-open image quality in the older lens.
So why did I choose to purchase a Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L that was originally released in 1991 (although mine was manufactured in 2004) over the undoubtedly better (and significantly newer) TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II? It's a combination of the reasons listed above.
 
First, I don't really plan on using the TS-E very often. Yes, I'll do a few real estate jobs with it, but it's never going to be a lens I'm reaching for on a daily basis. Also, because this lens will be used primarily for architecture, I'll be using narrow apertures more often than not making wide aperture image quality less of a priority. One relatively significant compromise I made by purchasing the older model lens was losing the ability to do tilt and shift adjustments independently of one another. By that, I mean that I can only shift at a perpendicular angle to my shift (whereas you can perform both adjustments independently of one another in the new model). But considering I picked up the lens for $620.00 and in excellent condition, the relatively small concessions I made ended up saving me $1,379.00 over the retail price of the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II. That's no small chunk of change and the extra money in my pocket makes my concessions that much easier to live with.
 
Risks of Buying Used
 
There are always risks involved with buying used products. You may not be able to obtain satisfactory answers to questions such as, "How well was the item cared for by its previous owner(s)?" or "Is there a deficiency in the lens that is undiscernible by the product pictures shown?"
 
eBay is a great venue for purchasing used gear. However, dealing with personal sales on eBay can be challenging when/if you are unsatisfied with purchase. It's best to only bid on items from sellers with high positive feedback ratings. If the seller has a liberal return policy, that's certainly a plus. While most of my dealings on eBay have been very positive, be warned – there will always be more risk in purchasing used products on eBay compared to buying new/retail ones.
 
You can also check out B&H's Used Department. You may not save as much as you would bidding on eBay, but B&H does offer a 90-day warranty on most of their used products, meaning there is significantly less risk involved with the purchase.
 
Another risk to consider when purchasing older lenses is that Canon may not be able to service your lens if it breaks. And even if they can fix it, how much will the out-of-warranty service repair bill eat into your initial purchase savings?
 
With all things considered, though, purchasing an older model /used lens can make a lot of sense under the right circumstances – and may end up saving you a bundle in the process.
Post Date: 12/2/2014 10:06:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lowepro Pro Roller x200 Case
B&H is featuring the Lowepro Pro Roller x200 Case as a Deal Zone special and is available for $199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $369.00.
Post Date: 12/2/2014 7:44:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Andy Mann's presentation covers his crooked path to professional photography, examining how digital storytelling is evolving, and sharing stories and images from some of his recent assignments to Fiji, Greenland, Russia, & Africa.
 
His show is part misadventure and part miracle. It’s a self-evaluation and a unique window into the modern age of storytelling. For more info on Andy's work check our his website: http://www.andymann.com
Post Date: 12/2/2014 6:59:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
Are you famous? If so, you probably had your portrait taken by Mark Seliger. If not, you have most definitely seen his iconic portraits. Perhaps it was the one of Kurt Cobain, Barack Obama, Angelina Jolie or P Diddy, to name just a few examples.
 
We recently had the privilege of meeting this master of portrait photography. The meeting resulted in five unique videos, in which Seliger shares his thoughts on lighting and portrait photography.
 
This particular video was shot during a shoot with rockstar Lenny Kravitz. In this, Seliger talks about the friendship between a photographer and a musician, and how the two hit the streets for some classy on-location portraits.
 
B&H carries Profoto gear.
Post Date: 12/2/2014 6:39:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 1, 2014
Capturing the Spirit of Baltimore's Inner Harbor with the Canon 24-105mm STM IS Lens
The historic Inner Harbor seaport is a showcase of the city of Baltimore, Maryland. While I was looking for interesting and creative photos in general on a day trip to this location, my ultimate goal for was to come away with a picture that captured the spirit of Inner Harbor in a single frame. Since I had only the latter part of the day to shoot, I was targeting sunset and the blue hour for that photo.
 
My afternoon scouting showed that the west side of the harbor offered my favorite view, one that included the most photogenic landmark buildings including the National Aquarium and Baltimore's World Trade Center. From the selected vantage point, the Hard Rock Cafe and Phillips signs also stood out and all of the colorful lights reflected in the water.
 
Not all waterfront is harbor, so the Lightship Chesapeake and the USS Torsk submarine docked in the background helped depict this waterfront properly as such. Of course, what finishes off the capture of the spirit of Baltimore's Inner Harbor better than a boat aptly named Inner Harbor Spirit docked in the foreground?
 
After selecting the specific location I wanted for my key photo, I captured a variety of photos using various lenses and focal lengths (there was no getting closer happening here). The scene shown in this sample picture was my favorite and I have it captured at various times during sunset including some with nicely pink clouds in the sky. The image shown here was captured just before total darkness. At that time, a 30 second exposure allowed a smooth motion blur of the very calm harbor, an f/16 aperture caused the lights to show a starburst effect without imparting a too-severe amount of softening of the image (due to diffraction) and the combination of 30 seconds and f/16 allowed a deep blue sky color to be retained.
 
The Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens is a nice lens and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is of course an awesome camera. This photo is basically as-shot. Based on the Standard Picture Style (in DPP), I cloned out a few paint tiny imperfections on the ship and reduced the brightness of the Hard Rock Cafe sign, Phillips sign and the side of the aquarium using an HDR technique that utilized a darker exposure showing through the primary exposure at those positions in the frame.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Facebook and Flickr.
Post Date: 12/1/2014 10:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
There are a ton of deals that are still live from Black Friday. I'll be updating this post throughout the day as I find more Cyber Monday deals.
 
Note: eBay deals are likely grey market/import items and therefore would not technically qualify for USA warranties. [Sean]
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L - $2,699.99 Shipped (Compare at $3,699.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate)
 
WD 4TB External Desktop Hard Drive - $109.00 Shipped (Reg. $149.00)
 
FreeFly MoVI with Spektrum Transmitter & Case - $3,995.00 Shipped (Reg. $4,790.00)
 
Glidecam HD 4000 Stabilizer - $499.00 Shipped (Reg. $599.00)
 
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera - $2,299.99 Shipped (Compare at $3,296.95)
 
Canon Full-Frame + PIXMA PRO 10 Printer Bundles at B&H
 
Canon PowerShot S110 Digital Camera - $159.99 (Compare at $299.00)
 
Canon EOS 6D + EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens - $1,799.99 Shipped (Compare at $2,199.00 AR)
 
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens - $199.99 (Compare at $299.99)
 
Canon EOS 70D DSLR + EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens - $999.00 Shipped (Compare at $1,349.00)
 
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 for Mac and Windows - $39.99 Shipped (Reg. $99.99)
 
Hoya 82mm Variable Density Filter - $99.99 Shipped (Reg. $199.99)
 
Sennheiser MKE 600 Shotgun Mic & DR-100mkII Handheld Digital Recorder Kit - $349.99 Shipped (Reg. $579.99)
 
Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens - $199.00 Shipped (Reg. $249.00)
 
Canon EOS 1DX DSLR Camera - $4,699.99 Shipped (Compare at $5,999.00 AR)
 
Select Refurb. Canon DSLR cameras, lenses & flashes at 10-40% off
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera - $2,559.99 Shipped (Compare at $3,099.00 AR)
 
Save 25% on LensRentals Rentals (expires today)
 
Google Chromecast - $23.99 Shipped (Reg. $34.99)
 
DxO ViewPoint 2 - $39.00 Shipped (Reg. $79.00)
 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens - $299.00 Shipped (Reg. $599.00)
 
Oben BC-166 Ball Head - $169.95 Shipped (Reg. $199.95)
 
Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Shotgun Microphone - $99.00 Shipped (Reg. $199.00)
 
SanDisk Ultra II 480GB SSD - $179.00 Shipped (Reg. $212.58)
 
Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR with 18-55mm IS STM Lens - $499.99 Shipped (Compare at $849.00 AR)
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera - $2,399.99 Shipped (Compare at $3,099.00 AR)
 
Refurb. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens - $599.00 Shipped (Compare at $1,149.00 New)
 
DXO OpticsPro 10 Elite Edition (Download) - $129.00 Shipped (Reg. $199.00)
 
Memory Card Deals
 
Also, don't forget to check out The-Digital-Picture.com Christmas Gift Guide.
Post Date: 12/1/2014 7:02:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, November 30, 2014
WD 2TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive
BuyDig.com has a couple of very interesting WD 2TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive deals bundled with Adobe software. See below for details (reduced prices shown in-cart).
 
ItemSale Price
WD 2TB My Passport Ultra + Adobe Lightroom 5$109.99
WD 2TB My Passport Ultra + Adobe Premiere Elements 12$109.99
Post Date: 11/30/2014 3:56:05 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, November 29, 2014
WD 2TB My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
eBay (via Buy) has the WD 2TB My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive available for $79.99 with free shipping. Compare at $99.00.
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for an unbelievable $2,299.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,296.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for Nikon USA service or warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/29/2014 9:16:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 28, 2014
SanDisk 64GB Extreme Plus UHS-I SDXC Memory Card
B&H has the SanDisk 64GB Extreme Plus UHS-I SDXC Memory Card available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $73.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 64GB Capacity
  • Class 10 / UHS-I
  • Max. Read Speed: 80 MB/s
  • Max. Write Speed: 60 MB/s
  • Water / Shock / X-ray Proof
B&H also has the 32GB version on sale for only $19.75 with free shipping. Regularly $36.75.
Post Date: 11/28/2014 11:57:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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