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 Thursday, July 13, 2017
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Senal MC24-ES Professional Condenser Shotgun Microphone available for $79.95 with free shipping. Regularly $199.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Film, Broadcast & Video Production
  • Hypercardioid Polar Pattern
  • Tailored for Rich Natural-Sounding Vocal
  • Full Range Frequency Response
  • Superb Side and Rear Signal Rejection
  • Selectable High-Pass Filter
  • 7.1" Long, Compact and Lightweight
  • Operates on 48V Phantom Power
  • Durable Brass Construction
  • Rubberized Low Reflection Matte Coating
Note: The long version of this condenser microphone is also discounted today.
B&H has two Lowepro Hardside Photo Waterproof Hard Cases on sale with free standard shipping through the end of today (Eastern Time). See below for product links.
 


Lowepro Hardside 300 with Removeable Backpack – $99.95 Shipped (Reg. $199.95)
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR, 70-200mm f/2.8 Lens Attached
  • Fits 4-6 Extra Lenses / Flashes
  • IP67 Waterproof Rating
  • ABS Polymer Shell
  • Removable Photo/Video Insert
  • Tuck-Away Backpack Straps
  • Padded Dividers, 420/210D Nylon Interior
  • Integrated Release Valves in Latches
  • Stackable Form Factor, Sturdy Handle
  • Interior Organization Pocket


Lowepro Hardside 400 with Removeable Backpack (shown above) - $149.95 Shipped (Reg. $219.95)
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds Pro DSLR/70-200mm f/2.8 Attached
  • Fits 6-8 Extra Lenses / Flashes
  • IP67 Waterproof Rating
  • ABS Polymer Shell
  • Removable Photo/Video Insert
  • Tuck-Away Backpack Straps
  • Padded Dividers, 420/210D Nylon Interior
  • Integrated Release Valves in Latches
  • Stackable Form Factor, Sturdy Handle
  • Interior Organization Pocket
Post Date: 7/13/2017 5:53:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Macphun:
 
Macphun debuts its first-ever software for the PC, heralding a new era of cross-platform solutions for photographers
 
San Diego, CA – July 13, 2017 — Macphun, the California-based developer known for delivering award-winning products for Mac, today launched the free public beta of its award-winning photo editor Luminar for Windows. To download the beta, please visit macphun.com/beta.
 
Luminar is a powerful photo editor designed to tackle anyone’s photography needs, from correcting challenging image problems to artful stylizing. Users can choose between levels of image processing complexity based on their experience, and adapt the workspace controls to their skill level, moving up to more advanced modes as they learn. Luminar works in non -destructive fashion and aims to take “ work” from photo editing “ workflow” for photographers worldwide.
 
In April, only 5 months after its launch, Luminar for Mac won the prestigious TIPA award for Best Imaging Software 2017. This all-in-one photo editor is a cutting-edge solution for creating fascinating images without extra hassle. Luminar includes over 300 robust tools that make fixing, editing and perfecting a photo as easy as moving a slider.
 
“We are thrilled to release our first PC product today and give photography enthusiasts around the world the first taste of our best-selling Mac product,” said Kevin La Rue, Vice-President at Macphun. “By test-driving Luminar for Windows, beta testers can help shape our software and make the final release a perfect fit for everyone,” concluded La Rue.
 
The public beta is free of charge and already matches some of the most important features of Luminar, such as the newest and most advanced tool developed by Macphun’s Research and Development Lab – the Accent AIFilter, powered by artificial intelligence technology. The filter allows anyone to create stunning images with a single slider, substituting for dozens of traditional controls like shadows, highlights, contrast, tone, saturation, exposure, details and many others.
 
Admittedly, several features from the Mac version of Luminar remain in development for the Windows platform, among them workspaces, plug-in integration, object removal, noise reduction, and more. As these are completed, the public beta will be updated regularly leading to a full cross-platform release late in 2017.
 
Key features of the Luminar for Windows public beta:
 
  • Adaptive user interface– Exactly matching the Mac version, the software adapts to the skill level and preferences of the photographer.
  • One-click presets– Over 50 pre-defined styles for every photography style.
  • Photo Editing Filters– Over 40 custom filters, each with built-in visual tips and a unique set of easy-to-use controls for correcting, enhancing and stylizing images.
  • RAW file conversion– Support for the latest RAW file libraries.
  • Non-destructive workflow– Edit without fear.
  • Recommended System Requirements– Windows 10, Core i5 2.2 or better, 8GB RAM, 1GB GPU RAM, SSD with 20+GB free space.
Download: Luminar for Windows
Category: Macphun News
Post Date: 7/13/2017 5:40:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 12, 2017
The B&H Used department has over 1,000 "Open Box" (like new) condition items available right now. This is a great option to get like-new gear for a nice discount.
 
To find your gear, use this link and click on the magnifying glass on the already-populated search box. Then narrow down the selection by brand. Alternatively, use the category navigation on the landing page and once at a product listing, select the "Open Box" option under "Used Condition" on the left.
 
Brands with Available Open Box Items
 
  • Canon / Nikon / Sony (cameras, lenses)
  • DJI (Mavic Pro, Inspire, Ronin)
  • Really Right Stuff (tripod)
  • Think Tank Photo (rolling bag, accessories)
  • Manfrotto (tripods & accessories)
  • & many more
Otherwise, expand your search to include all used gear to find many more discounted options available!
Post Date: 7/12/2017 10:22:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the LensRentals Blog:
We’ve had a number of fun, new lenses to test this summer and one I was pretty eager to get to was the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art, for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s a 14mm lens that has a wider aperture than f/2.8, and that’s certainly interesting. Second, it’s a new Sigma Art prime lens, and those have been spectacular. So I begged and threatened and got the first ten copies for some bench testing before they went in stock.
 
As always, these are optical bench tests, so take them for what they’re worth. It is not a lens review because I don’t review lenses. That’s what photographers do. I test them, because, well, I’m a tester. Test results should tell you if the lens is worth consideration and further investigation, not that you should run out and buy it. I don’t make any suggestions about what you should run out and buy because I have no idea how you shoot or what’s important to you. But if the resolution is important to you, then read on.
 
As always, these are the results of 10 tested copies; each tested at four rotations with 84 data points. For those who don’t speak MTF, the easy version is higher is better, and dotted and solid lines of the same color close together are better.
Read the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
 
B&H has the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens available for preorder. The lens is expected to be available July 14.
Post Date: 7/12/2017 5:53:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Two Minute tips will help to answer frequently asked questions about Pro photography and printing. Each video will cover a different and interesting topic that will aid in the success of a photographer.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/12/2017 5:33:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Lightroom Journal Blog:
On Lightroom Performance
 
I would like to address concerns recently voiced by our community of customers around Lightroom performance, as improving performance is our current top priority. We have a history, starting with our first public beta, of working with our customers to address workflow and feature needs, and we’d like to take that same approach regarding your performance concerns. We already understand many of the current pain points around GPU, import performance, certain editing tasks and review workflows and are investing heavily in improving those areas. Over the past year we’ve added numerous enhancements to address your performance concerns but we understand we will have a lot of work to do to meet your expectations. If you have feedback or would like to work with the Lightroom team on your most pressing issues, please fill out this survey.
 
Regards,
Tom Hogarty
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 7/12/2017 5:26:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Dracast LED500 Silver Series Bi-Color LED Light with Dual NP-F Battery Plate available for $199.95 with free shipping. Regularly $499.95.
 
Included Free
 
  • Dracast DLS-805 Spring-Cushioned Light Stand (7.2')
  • Dracast 2x NP-F 2200mAh Batteries and Charger Kit
Product Highlights
 
  • 3200-5600K Variable Color Temperature
  • Works with NP-F Batteries
  • 10 x 10.4 x 1.8", Weighs 2 lb
  • 45-Degree Beam Angle
  • AC or DC Operation
  • 100-0% Dimming
  • CRI: 95
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter Included
  • Carry Case
 Tuesday, July 11, 2017
In celebration of their 11th birthday, use coupon code ELEVEN at LensRentals to save 11% on your rental this month. Promotion expires 7/21 and the gear must arrive by 7/31.
Post Date: 7/11/2017 8:28:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
MELVILLE, NY – MELVILLE, NY - Today, Nikon announced the new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR, modernizing this popular zoom lens with a myriad of the latest Nikon technologies. The new lens features enhanced Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization capability and integrates a stepping motor for fast and quiet AF performance, making it Nikon’s first full-frame AF-P lens. This new NIKKOR lens is a versatile, compact telephoto option for intermediate FX and DX-format photographers looking to capture sports, wildlife, candids, travel and other subjects at long distances, all with stunning clarity.
 
“This latest lens reaffirms Nikon’s commitment to giving FX-format shooters of all levels the unparalleled quality of NIKKOR glass, with the benefits of our latest optical technologies,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.
 
Updated with the Latest NIKKOR Lens Technologies
Whether capturing a baseball game from the bleachers or the sights of a scenic vacation, the new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR is a versatile lens that helps users capture sharp images and video, even in challenging light. The new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm is lighter than its predecessor, despite packing new technologies that help those shooting photos and video achieve stellar results. Enhancements to the lens include:
 

 
  • Improved Vibration Reduction (VR) System: The new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm lens provides users with up to 4.5 stops* of VR stabilization, to help create sharp photos and smooth video, even in low light or while handheld. Users can choose from either Normal or Sport VR Modes for added stability when shooting from a non-stationary location.
  • Lightweight with Stepping Motor Technology: This AF-P lens uses a stepping motor for fast and quiet autofocus, which reduces the sound of lens operation while recording HD or 4K UHD video. This new technology also contributes to the lens’ reduced weight, making it easy to carry on all-day excursions.
  • Electronic Diaphragm: This lens takes advantage of the fast burst speed of Nikon DSLR cameras, as the Electronic Diaphragm not only provides smooth exposure transitions during video capture, but also helps maintain consistent exposure during high-speed shooting, such as when photographing sports.
  • Get Close: The AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm lens features a minimum focus distance of only 3.94 ft. (1.2 meters) and a reproduction ratio of 0.25x, letting users get even closer to capture the most extravagant details, even at 300mm.
  • Lens Construction: The lens features dust and drip resistance, along with a metal lens mount for durability. It features a 9-blade diaphragm for a natural, circular bokeh. The lens also features an ED element to significantly reduce instances of chromatic aberration.
Price and Availability
The Nikon AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR lens will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $699.95**, and availability will be announced at a later date.
 
Nikon AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR Lens Preorders: B&H | Adorama
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/11/2017 8:06:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Nikon D5 Firmware v.1.20
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.10 to 1.20
 
  • Added two new AF-area modes: group-area AF (HL) and group-area AF (VL). The user selects a row (HL) or column (VL) of focus points; when AF-C is selected for focus mode, the camera will give priority to the point in the selected row or column containing the subject closest to the camera.
  • Updated the photo info display to show the color temperature for photos taken with Auto selected for white balance.
  • Added an Exif tag listing the difference between the local time zone and UTC, part of the Exif 2.31 specification.
  • Added the support for the following features of AF-P lenses:
    • If the standby timer expires after the camera has focused, the focus position will not change when the timer is reactivated.
    • In manual focus mode, the focus indicator in the viewfinder (or in live view, the focus point selected in the monitor) will flash to show that infinity or the minimum focus distance has been reached by rotating the focus ring.
  • Changed the checks performed when Clean image sensor > Clean now is selected in the SETUP MENU. We recommend that you perform image sensor cleaning after updating the firmware.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • The higher the amount of Active D Lighting selected when optional flash units were used with auto aperture (AA), non-TTL auto (A), or distance-priority manual (GN) flash mode, the more the resulting images would be underexposed.
    • Changes to exposure (including exposure compensation) would not be reflected in the photo live view exposure preview while the display was zoomed in.
    • Photo live view display WB could not be selected in the i-button menu while the exposure preview was displayed in photo live view.
    • Taking long bursts of photos with On selected for Network > Options > Auto send would sometimes drastically slow the recording of data to the memory card.
  • Reduced the amount of time needed to connect to hidden SSIDs when WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK is selected for Authentication.
  • Updated some help text.
Notice: Users of the software listed below will need to update to the following versions to support the changes in this firmware update:
 
Download: Nikon D5 Firmware v.1.20
 


Nikon D500 Firmware v.1.13
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.12 to 1.13
 
  • Fixed an issue that interfered with pairing or resulted in unreliable connections when the camera was used with the Android edition of the SnapBridge app.
Download: Nikon D500 Firmware v.1.13
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/11/2017 6:56:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Corel Painter 2017 (Multi-Lingual Retail Edition, Boxed) available for $129.95 with free shipping. Regularly $299.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Texture Painting
  • Dab Stencils
  • Glazing Brushes
  • Interactive Gradient Tool
  • Gradient Express Paint
  • Palette Drawers
  • Artist Layouts
  • Property Bar
  • Brush Selector
  • Windows & Mac Compatible
Post Date: 7/11/2017 6:03:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vello ShutterBoss II Timer Remote Switch available for $27.95 with free shipping. Regularly $49.95.
 
Timer Remote Switch Versions Available
 
  • Canon 3-Pin
  • Canon Sub Mini
  • Nikon 10-Pin
  • Nikon DC2
  • Sony Multi-Terminal
Product Highlights
 
  • Wired Remote Controller
  • Power Off and Reset Options
  • Set Timer Delays & Intervals
  • Set Number of Shots/Unlimited Shooting
  • 4-Line Backlit LED Display
  • Take Photos without Camera Shake
  • Great for Time-Lapse Recording
  • Powered by Two AAA Batteries
Post Date: 7/11/2017 5:57:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 10, 2017
Scheduled for July 11, Amazon's Prime Day actually started tonight at 9:00pm Eastern Time.
 
With so many items on sale, there's a good chance at least a few items on your wish list are likely to be featured. Be sure to check in often to find the discounts you're looking for!
Post Date: 7/10/2017 8:39:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Zacuto Marauder Foldable Camera Rig available for $500.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $775.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For DSLR Cameras or Small Camcorders
  • Foldable Design
  • Adjustable Camera Support Arm
  • Gunstock with Angle Adjustment
  • Articulating Handgrip
  • Zacuto Gorilla Plate V2 Included
Post Date: 7/10/2017 3:47:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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