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 Thursday, June 15, 2017
B&H is stating that its Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art preorders will go live June 22 at 1am ET.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 6/15/2017 1:41:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the TamronVids YouTube Channel:
 
Watch the process of Tamron’s industry-leading 3-business day repair service. Tamron USA took dramatic steps to increase the number of repair technicians that work on photographic lenses as well as customer service staff. Internal systems were changed to accommodate the inspection of lenses received by noon of each day and route the lenses to the proper technician for expert repair. Repaired lenses are then given top priority in the distribution center to ensure the product is on its way back to the customer within the established guidelines.
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 6/15/2017 12:07:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight, B&H has Impact 5-in-1 Collapsible Circular Reflector Disc 42" available for $24.95 with free shipping. Regularly $49.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • White, Silver, Gold & Silver/Gold Colors
  • One Stop Diffusion Panel
  • Folds to 1/3 Open Size
  • Includes Storage Bag
 Wednesday, June 14, 2017
B&H has the DJI Spark Quadcopter (Alpine White) in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2-Axis Stabilized Gimbal Camera
  • 12MP Still Photos / 1080p/30 Video
  • Gesture and TapFly Control
  • FlightAutonomy with Obstacle Detection
  • Subject Tracking from Various Angles
  • GPS- & Vision Position-Based Navigation
  • Top Speed of 31 mph in Sport Mode
  • Up to 16 Minutes Flying Time
  • Up to 1.2 Mile Control Range
  • Control, Edit, Share with DJI GO Ap
Post Date: 6/14/2017 7:45:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Cotton Carrier Camera Vest for Regular Cameras available for $59.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $99.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Designed for 1 Camera/One-Size Fits All
  • Includes Tether & Regular Hub
  • Reduces Neck Strain
  • Secure Locking System/Quick Release
  • 1680 Denier Polypropylene
  • Lexan Camera Receptacle
  • Good for Sports, Nature, Weddings
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
B&H has the Prima Photo Big Travel Tripod (Red) available for $69.88 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $149.88.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • Max Height: 53.9"
  • Min Height: 16.5"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 3.6 lb
  • Twist Leg Locks
  • Ball Head with Independent Pan
  • Single Leg Converts to Monopod
  • Carrying Case Included
Post Date: 6/14/2017 9:29:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens Review.
 
This one should get some traction.
 
The Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama. A free Sigma UV Filter ($69.95 value) is currently included.
Post Date: 6/14/2017 9:38:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through 6/18, use promo code PXACANVAS15 at AdoramaPix to save 15% on any canvas print or use promo code PXABOOK15 to get 15% off your photo book order.
Post Date: 6/14/2017 7:36:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vello Extendá Wi-Fi DSLR Remote Control for Select Canon and Nikon Cameras available for $89.95 with free shipping. Regularly $129.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Select Canon & Nikon DSLR Cameras
  • Remotely Capture Photos & Video
  • Apps for iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows
  • Creates Wi-Fi Network with 164' Range
  • Adjust ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture
  • Live View & Touch Focus Functions
  • Intervalometer with Bulb Mode
  • Wireless Streaming of Images for Review
  • Connects to Camera via USB Port
  • Integrated Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
Post Date: 6/14/2017 7:11:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the ikan IFD1024 Featherweight Daylight LED Flood Fixture with AB and V-Mount Plates available for $449.00 with free shipping. Regularly $999.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1024 LEDs, 5600K
  • 60°, Flood
  • Dimming Knob and Touchscreen Dimming
  • Wireless RF Remote Control
  • Yoke Mount with 5/8" Receiver
  • Integrated 4-Way Barndoor
  • Removable Intensifiers for Barndoors
  • Built-In Gel Clips and Diffusion Lock
  • 100-240 VAC Power Supply
  • Low 82W Power Draw
 Tuesday, June 13, 2017
B&H is stating that the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens will be available for preorder at 1:00am (ET) Thursday, June 22.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 6/13/2017 6:17:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Sony Alpha a6500 Mirrorless Camera with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lenses and Free Accessory Kit available for $1,594.00 with free shipping. Regularly $2,094.00.
 
Included with Camera
 
  • E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens
  • E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS Lens
  • 64GB SDXC Memory Card
  • Shoulder Bag
  • Spare Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
by Sean Setters
 
Several years ago when I was first exploring the wonderful world of off-camera flash, radio triggering options were very limited with rudimentary capabilities. It's amazing how much the radio triggering market has changed since then.
 
Now, in addition to the basic triggers of ye olden days, we have radio triggers that can remotely adjust the power levels of compatible flashes or even adjust power levels automatically via TTL technology. In other words, there has never been a better time to explore what radio-triggered off-camera flashes can do for your photography.
 
If your current flashes support radio triggering – like the Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT – then you don't need anything else. However, if your flashes or studio strobes don't feature radio triggering, or if you need to incorporate non-radio enabled flashes into your radio flash setup, then radio flash triggers will be worth looking into. And on that note, there are a few things to consider when arriving at your preferred choice of radio trigger.
 
Type of Connection
 
First, it's important to understand how these radio triggers connect to our shoe mount flashes (and possibly studio strobes). Radio triggers primarily connect to compatible flashes in one of two ways, either by a cable connection or via a hot shoe (and most of those triggers featuring a hot shoe can also trigger via a cable connection).
 
The most common type of sync port found on shoe-mount flashes is a PC terminal. These sync ports have been an industry standard for decades, but... they are not my personal favorite type of connection. First of all, PC cables are not very robust (easily damaged) and they sometimes disconnect from the socket when a flash is handled with the cord attached (though locking PC compatible ports mitigate this issue).
 
Impact Sync Cord Male Mini 3.5mm to Male PC 1ft


A select few flashes feature a 3.5mm (1/8") miniphone sync port, which is very convenient as it's the same sync port that's featured on almost every radio trigger with inexpensive 3.5mm male to 3.5mm male cables being easy to find.
 
A far simpler solution, however, for triggering a shoe-mount flash is to use the flash's mounting foot. Many newer radio triggers feature a built-in hot shoe that your off-camera shoe-mount flash simply slides into. In my opinion, this is the best triggering solution as it eliminates the need for cables which can easily be lost, damaged or simply not long enough (or inconveniently too long) for a specific application.
 
Transmitter/Receiver or Transceiver
 
In addition to the type of connection a radio trigger features, it's important to understand whether a specific triggering system is built on separate transmitters and receivers or if a single device can act as both, i.e. is a transceiver. In regards to the separate transmitter/receiver systems (such as Vello FreeWave LR, Radiopopper Nano), a significant pitfall is that is that a single transmitter failure (without a spare transmitter to fall back on) will render all of your receivers completely useless. Alternately, a single device failure in a transceiver setup (such as the PocketWizard Plus/FlexTT* or Cactus V6) means that you only lose the ability to trigger one flash, not the entire group, as any of the devices can act as a transmitter.
 
In some cases, a company may even produce radio receivers that are completely compatible with camera brand master flashes or transmitters, thereby allowing the use of older (non radio enabled) flashes to be used in an otherwise radio-enabled setup.
 
Range
 
One of the primary advantages of radio triggering technology is that it eliminates the line-of-sight requirements for trigging off-camera flashes as well as boosting the range even if line-of-sight positioning of flashes is possible.
 
For instance, Canon Speedlite's optical flash triggering system has an advertised range of 32.8 ft (10m) outdoors and 49.2 ft (15m) indoors. And technically speaking, line-of-sight isn't always required indoors if surfaces are available for the master flash's transmission to bounce off of in order to communicate with slave flashes.
 
Now contrast the previously mentioned optical triggering range with that of typical radio triggers advertising anywhere from 300 ft (91.4m) to 1,600 ft (487.68m).
 
Suffice it to say, most photographers will never need to trigger an off-camera flash from 300+ ft away, but... it's nice to know that your flash will fire when you need to position it in a location that exceeds the capabilities of optical triggering.
 
Brand Longevity and Backward Compatibility
 
Another thing to consider when shopping for radio triggers is the likelihood of the brand remaining in the radio triggering market for the foreseeable future and whether or not they have displayed a commitment to backwards compatibility with previous generation devices. One example, PocketWizard, has been producing flash triggers for more than 15 years with newly released products always being backwards compatible in terms of radio frequency.
 
Basic / Advanced Triggers
 
In regards to radio flash triggers, there are basic triggers and advanced triggers. Basic triggers transmit/receive only one highly relevant piece of information – FIRE! Because they are relatively easy to design and manufacture, there are a wide range of companies that produce these very-easy-on-the-budget triggers. While most of the triggers will work as intended most of the time, you may experience or occasional misfires and you'll likely forego high build quality with flash triggers at the lowest tier pricing level. Examples of basic triggers include the PocketWizard PlusX, Radiopopper Nano, and Yongnuo RF-603C.
 
On the other end of the spectrum, advanced triggers provide a myriad of features that make them more versatile and/or more convenient for those working in a professional (or semi-professional) atmosphere. Some advanced triggers are capable of:
 
  • Flash power levels adjusted automatically via TTL communication
  • Remote manual flash power adjustments
  • Rear curtain sync
  • High speed sync
  • Seamless communication with camera branded flashes
  • Upgradeable firmware
  • Multiple channels to avoid interference
Not all advanced triggers feature all of the capabilities listed above, but most offer at least some of them. The extra features of advanced triggers compared to basic triggers come at a higher cost, of course, but the price differential translates to significantly increased convenience and versatility. Examples of advanced flash triggers include the PocketWizard FlexTT*, Phottix Laso, Cactus V6 and Yongnuo YNE3-RX .
 
Which radio trigger is right for you?
 
If you're just exploring off-camera flash for the first time, it's probably a good idea to invest in a set of basic triggers. Why? Because all of the extra features afforded by advanced triggers can complicate the off-camera flash learning process. Basic triggers require manual flash power adjustments and therefore simplify the "cause and effect" learning process. Once basic lighting principles have been conquered, the value of the advanced triggers' full feature set can be fully appreciated.
 
Then again, nearly all advanced radio triggers can replicate the functionality of basic triggers. So if you're ready to jump down the rabbit hole, but still inexperienced with off-camera flash, you can invest in an advanced flash trigger system and use them as basic triggers until you're ready to explore the augmented feature set.
 
Other Photography Lighting 101 Posts
 
Post Date: 6/13/2017 1:22:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Manfrotto:
 
Performance, Quality & Comfort, Redefined
 
Upper Saddle River, N.J. (June 13, 2017) – Manfrotto, a leading global innovator and manufacturer of premium photo, video and lighting support products and accessories, has launched the new Pro Light Bumblebee bags - perfect for professional and amateur photographers and videographers who work outdoors and want a reliable carrying solution. With this collection, users can stay comfortable in the harshest of conditions despite high temperatures, extreme cold or high humidity.
 
The new Pro Light Bumblebee family is an exceptional assortment of high-performance camera backpacks and messenger bags which perfectly embody Manfrotto’s Italian heritage. This family introduces Manfrotto’s unique-to-the-market breathable harness system that greatly reduces photography gear fatigue, allowing image makers to cover more ground and locate the best spots for the perfect shots.
 
Inside, the bags’ innovative designs safeguard the latest professional equipment options. The renowned Camera Protection System (CPS) dividers take extra care of camera bodies and lenses. They are fully adjustable and built to distribute weight evenly and avoid tension to the body.
 
The new Manfrotto Bumblebee backpacks are designed to take stress and heat off the shoulders, neck and lower back and feature Manfrotto’s state-of-the-art AirSupport breathable harness and back panel, adjustable sternum support, shaped hip and waist support systems. A side handle helps users put the pack on or take it off, while elastic side pockets keep water bottles outside the critical gear zone.
 
The removable Manfrotto CPS insert safeguards equipment right at the heart of the pack and keeps it organized with the efficiency of a portable studio:
 
  • The Bumblebee-230 PL backpack protects a gripped DSLR with a 70-200/2.8 lens attached and 10 additional lenses or an attached 400/2.8 with five additional lenses. In video configuration, it protects a disassembled modular camcorder like the Canon C100 with numerous lenses & accessories. It also fits a 17” laptop in its own padded compartment.
  • The Bumblebee-130 PL backpack keeps a high-end CSC or a DSLR safe with a 70-200/2.8 lens attached and eight additional lenses or an unattached 400/2.8 with three additional lenses. In video configuration, it protects disassembled modular camcorders like a SONY FS-5. It also fits a 15” laptop in its own padded compartment.
The entire internal space is padded to protect camera gear but can be also configured to accommodate accessories and personal gear as well. The main zipper comes with four pullers, which can be divided by a stopper into a top and lower compartment. Just open the top zipper for rapid access to frequently used contents from above.
 
A smart NeverLose tripod connection secures both longer and shorter tripods on the side of the pack. The connection straps are stitched in the side pocket and can be tucked away when not in use for a tidier appearance and to prevent straps getting lost.
 
The bigger Bumblebee-230 PL also features a lens pouch located in the waist belt. When not in use, the pouch can be flattened by tightening the webbing strap. (This feature is not available in Bumblebee-130 PL.)
 
Manfrotto’s new Bumblebee Messengers have significantly raised the bar for their category: a combination of flawless design and reliable performance, they meet all the needs of demanding professionals who travel light and fast. Like the backpacks, the messengers’ body-gripping fit and 3-point AirSupport harness system is breathable and perfect for prolonged outdoor use. The length of the strap can be rapidly adjusted using the EasyGrip buckle.
 
Despite their compact size, they hold a substantial amount of professional gear:
 
  • The Bumblebee M-30 PL Messenger protects a DSLR with a 70-200mm/2.8 lens attached and three additional lenses, a handheld gimbal (such as a DJI Osmo) and a 15” laptop in their own padded compartments, with all the necessary accessories.
  • The Bumblebee M-10 PL Messenger keeps a CSC/DSLR safe with a 24-70/4 lens attached and two additional lenses (including 70-200/2.8) and a handheld gimbal (such as a DJI Osmo) and a 13” laptop in their own padded compartments, with all the necessary accessories. It can also carry a full set DJI Mavic plus the Osmo gimbal camera.
These bags introduce the XtraSecure handheld gimbal-carrying solution - a stretchable band that holds the gimbal’s moving parts so it can be taken out quickly. The area can also be used as a traditional lens compartment if there is no gimbal in the bag.
 
Manfrotto’s Bumblebee Messengers feature a secure silent quick-access flap. When shooting in quiet environments (e.g. during a ceremony), apply the NoiseFree Velcro silencer to keep a low profile. The broad front organizer keeps everything on hand. There are two bungee cord straps to hang a small tripod, monopod or selfie pole, which are also protected by the front flap. The Bumblebee Messengers can hold a gripped DSLR body when you take out the laptop from its compartment.
 
All the bags of the Bumblebee collection come with a DuoFace sun/rain cover to protect from rain, reflect sunlight and keep the gear cool and dry all day long.
 
Key features:
 
  • Breathable design - comfortable carrying solutions for professional and amateur outdoor photography
  • Super lightweight construction - carry more lenses and stay comfortable even with prolonged use
  • High-performance materials - rip-stop fabric and the Manfrotto Protection System safeguard equipment
The following models are now available nationwide (links below go to B&H):
 
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 6/13/2017 12:04:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results have been added to the Sony a9 page.
 
You will like recognize that these results are not from the standard Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM test lens we tested the Sony a7R II and most Canon cameras with. The plan was to test the a9 with the same lens, but unfortunately, our FotodioX Canon EF Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Pro Fusion Smart AF mount adapter is apparently not compatible with the a9 (known adapter-compatible Canon lenses did not work on the a9). So, we went with plan b, testing the a9 with Sony's premier FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens at a low-distortion focal length.
 
Keep in mind that the lenses used in these comparisons are different:
 
Sony a9 vs Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Sony a9 vs a7R II (vastly different resolutions)
 
The Sony a9 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 6/13/2017 8:46:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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