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 Thursday, February 9, 2017
B&H has the Oben ACM-2400L 4-Section Aluminum Self-Standing Monopod with Mini-Legs available for $69.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $119.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 26.4 lb Load Capacity
  • 66.8" Maximum Height
  • Collapses to 23.2"
  • Three Mini-Legs Emerge from Foot
  • All Anodized Aluminum for Max Durability
  • Adjustable Flip Locks for Leg Sections
  • Wrist Strap with Belt Clip
B&H has the Manfrotto Off Road Hiker Backpack (30L) available for $119.88 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.88.
 
Note: The backpack comes in two colors (Blue & Green) and both are available at the same discounted price.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR, 70-200 Zoom and Extra Lens
  • Removable Photo Insert with Zipper
  • Movable Touch-Fastening Dividers
  • Large Top-Flap for Weather Protection
  • Protective Rain Cover Included
  • Two Adjustable Shoulder Straps
  • Padded Adjustable Waistband for Comfort
  • Waist Band Pocket for Smartphone
  • Padded Nylon Mesh to Reduce Moisture
Post Date: 2/9/2017 10:24:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the DxO OpticsPro 11 Elite Edition (DVD) available for $149.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Raw Image Processing and Editing
  • Smart Lighting and Spot Corrections
  • PRIME 2016 Denoising Technology
  • Optical Corrections, Lens Softness Tool
  • ClearView Haze Reduction
  • Customizable Image Presets
  • Full Screen Display Navigation
  • Anti-Moiré and Red-Eye Correction
  • Printing Support, ICC Profile Management
  • For Mac OS X 10.10-11 and Windows 7-10
Post Date: 2/9/2017 10:14:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tokina AT-X 14-20mm f/2 PRO DX Lens available for $599.00 with free expedited shipping after $200.00 instant savings. Regularly $799.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 22.4-32mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • One Plastic-Molded Aspherical Element
  • Two Glass-Molded Aspherical SD Elements
  • Two Super Low Dispersion Elements
  • Multi-Layer Anti-Reflection Coating
  • Internal Focus; One-Touch Focus Clutch
  • Nine-Blade Diaphragm
Post Date: 2/9/2017 5:38:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vello FreeWave Fusion Pro Wireless Flash Trigger and Remote Control for Canon / Nikon available for $49.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.4 GHz Reduced Interference Frequency
  • Range Up to 600'
  • Individual/Group Wireless Flash Trigger
  • 3 Light Groups/7 Group Combinations
  • 4 Secure RF Channels
  • Flash Sync up to 1/200 sec
  • TTL Pass-through
  • 3.5mm Sync Connection
  • Dual-Function Shutter Release Button
  • LED Indicators
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the CyberPower CP1000PFCLCD PFC Sinewave UPS System and P606 Home Office Surge Protector Kit available for $99.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $153.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1000VA / 600W Pure Sine Wave UPS
  • 10 Outlets with USB and Serial Ports
  • AVR & GreenPower UPS
  • EMI/RFI Filtration
  • Multifunction LCD Display
  • 6 Total Surge-Protected Outlets
  • 750 Joules of Surge Suppression
  • 125V Input
  • 15A Circuit Breaker
  • 60,000A Maximum Surge Current
 Wednesday, February 8, 2017
The first thing you reach for when a rainbow shows up is of course a camera, but ... what is the first lens you reach for? Probably one with wide angle focal lengths, enabling you to get as much of the rainbow in the frame as possible. That is often a great choice, but ... what if the landscape does not support a wide angle composition?
 
Especially if you find rainbows intriguing (where else can you find the entire visible spectrum separated and displayed brilliantly?), you will, over time, likely accumulate many average rainbow photos. These will have a narrow arc of color running through the image with whatever scene happens to be in front of you at the time, including houses, streets, power lines, etc. The rainbows always look great, but eventually ... something more is needed for the image to be worth keeping. With plenty of average rainbow images on my hard drives, I now often keep driving, working, etc. while admiring a rainbow as a so-so landscape is no longer a good enough supporting background.
 
Especially when facing a rainbow with a just-average landscape surrounding it (or, when there is a partial rainbow), consider grabbing a telephoto lens to photograph it. With a narrower angle of view than wide angle lenses, telephoto lenses can make great images with a less scenic background available, allowing the rainbow's beauty to be isolated from less-desirable surroundings. If the sun is high enough, a short telephoto focal length (70mm in that example) can even keep some of the arc in the frame. Zooming in to 150mm permits more surroundings to be excluded (an entire town in that case).
 
For the image I'm sharing here, I zoomed to the longest focal length I had available. A benefit of that 400mm focal length was that the amazing colors of the rainbow filled a much higher percentage of the frame than a wide angle focal length would have provided. It also made the sheets of rain more prominent within the rainbow.
 
Yes, an even longer focal length would have filled an even higher percentage of the frame with color and 600mm through 800mm focal lengths should also be considered for rainbow capturing at times. But, as mentioned, I didn't have a longer lens available. However, a benefit from having 50 megapixels of resolution is that this image can be cropped considerably and still retain very high quality, a result that can still be output to a large size. While I contemplated cropping (and still may create that variation), I decided to share this one as-captured with additional elements supporting the color. I like the ocean providing a base and context for the storm and the shading variations to the sides of the rainbow help indicate the heavy storm's presence.
 
The heavy, dense rainstorm approaching over the Atlantic was a welcomed sight on this afternoon (from an imaging perspective at least). The direct sunlight reaching the storm created an intense display of color that lasted long enough to ... allow me to create more images than I needed. I admit to capturing some wide angle images of this scene with the lens I was already using prior to reaching for one of my favorite telephoto zoom lenses. After installing and adjusting a circular polarizer filter, I captured a variety of images, including both camera orientations, a variety of focal lengths and sometimes with clouds passing in front of the rainbow worked into the compositions.
 
This rainbow image was captured in North Caicos, but aside from the water color, it could have been over any large body of water. I mentioned that wind was an issue on this entire trip and, with a storm approaching, the wind was especially strong while photographing this rainbow. With the sun at my back and the wind in my face, I left the lens hood in the pack. The filter was completely shaded by the lens and large hoods become a source of vibration in the wind. I sat on the ground with my elbows on my knees, my left hand holding tightly over the lens mounted to a retracted Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Carbon Fiber Tripod. With the camera's eyepiece pressed against my eyebrow, the setup was completely locked down and my sharp image rate was nearly 100%.
 
Rainbows are made possible by the right weather conditions and ... the weather can be unpredictable. But, when your next rainbow shows up, consider chasing it with your telephoto lens.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 2/8/2017 9:58:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through 2/12, use the following coupons at AdoramaPix to save on custom print products:
 
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Use the coupon codes to save on items such as:
 
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  • Collage Prints
  • Framed Prints
  • Metal Prints
  • Canvas Prints
  • Photo Books
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  • Custom Cards
Cannot be combined with other offers. Offer expires 2/12/17 at 11:59 PM PST. Limit one per customer. Restrictions apply.
Post Date: 2/8/2017 8:43:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Earlier this year, we reported that XUME Adapters had been quietly acquired by Manfrotto. A spokesman for XUME told us at the time:
"XUME is a Manfrotto product as of September 2016. They haven't done a lot of press yet but will be doing an official re-launch soon."
It appears that Manfrotto is now ready to begin actively marketing the XUME adapters alongside its new lens filter lineup.
 
From Manfrotto:
 
Providing precision and ease to capture every shot
 
Upper Saddle River, N.J. (February 7, 2017) – Manfrotto, a leading global innovator and manufacturer of premium photo, video and lighting support products and accessories, has launched a new, groundbreaking Manfrotto Lens Filter Suite, a combination of Manfrotto’s successful high-quality lens filters and innovative Manfrotto XUME magnetic adapters. The new Manfrotto Lens Filter Suite enables professional and amateur photographers and videographers to avoid the hassle and frustration of changing filters while subjects wander or light slips away. With the Manfrotto Filter Suite, photographers instantly and precisely connect the filter to their lens so that they never miss the perfect shot. The Manfrotto Lens Filter Suite is comprised of a Manfrotto Lens Filter, a Manfrotto XUME Lens Adapter and Filter Holder plus an optional Cap (available only for 77mm diameter). It is the perfect choice for long exposures, wedding photography, macro, architectural photography, fine art photography – any style requiring the use of filters.
 
Manfrotto’s camera lens filters are built to the highest quality standards. They feature flawless multi-coating which minimizes reflection and maximizes light transmission, consistently delivering the effects photographers wish to achieve. Each filter is provided with a practical, reusable storage case, ensuring the highest level of protection off-camera. Depending on the model, Manfrotto filters feature reliable water-repellent, oil-repellent and anti-static characteristics.
 
  • UV filters block out UV light, preventing it from entering the lens, reducing blurring, haziness and blue casting.
  • Circular Polarizer filters enhance color, contrast and saturation as well as removing undesirable reflections from non-metallic surfaces.
  • Neutral Density filters help control exposure times by reducing the amount of light hitting the camera sensor without altering the color of the scene.
  • Protect filters provide maximum protection against scratches, oil and moisture, without affecting overall image quality.
Manfrotto XUME Adapters are the revolutionary magnetic solution which securely locks filters onto lenses, quickly and easily. Photography gear stays safe in-use with the filter magnetically secured to the lens. Manfrotto XUME accessories are safe for the lens’ focus mechanism, media cards, drives or other electronics.
 
Unique to the market, Manfrotto’s XUME Adapters:
 
  • Install in an instant.
  • Are secure; no moving parts and completely safe to use.
  • Have very low profile rings and are completely unobtrusive.
Manfrotto XUME Filter Holders and Manfrotto XUME Lens Adapters are now available nationwide in eight sizes: 49mm, 52mm, 58mm, 62mm; 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm. The Manfrotto XUME CAP is available only for the 77mm size. Manfrotto Filters range in price from $19.99 to $134.99 and Manfrotto Xume Adapters range in price from $10.99 to $34.99.
 
B&H carries the following products:
 
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 2/8/2017 7:50:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, use coupon code BHWPPI17 at B&H to save 5% on the following DJI products:
 
Post Date: 2/8/2017 7:00:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the X-Rite ColorMunki (Pink Edition) available for $99.99. Regularly $179.00.
 
Adorama also has the X-rite ColorMunki with ColorChecker Passport (Pink Edition) reduced from $258.99 to $158.99.
Post Date: 2/8/2017 6:39:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Through February 12, use coupon code BHWPPI17 at B&H to get $50.00 Off the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art and 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lenses.
Post Date: 2/7/2017 2:10:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma Corporation of America recently clarified its Gray Market Service Policy which went into effect January 1, 2017. In it, Sigma USA warns that not only will it refuse to repair gray market items for free under warranty, but that it will charge a $250.00 service fee on top of the parts and labor costs for repairing gray market goods. See below for Sigma USA's new official Gray Market Service Policy (we bolded part of the last sentence for emphasis).
 
From Sigma:
Gray Market
As of January 1, 2017, any product that is not imported by the Sigma Corporation of America or purchased from an unauthorized Sigma USA Dealer will not be serviced under warranty regardless of the service required. The Sigma Corporation of America Service department will service these products for a minimum $250 charge in addition to the required parts and labor charges at the owner's expense.
B&H, Amazon and Adorama are all authorized Sigma retailers.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 2/7/2017 10:58:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Senal MC24-ES Professional Condenser Shotgun Microphone available for $99.95 with free shipping. Regularly $209.95.
 
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
Post Date: 2/7/2017 10:36:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sony Europe:
 
New Full-frame 85mm F1.8 Mid-telephoto prime lens and Compact Radio-Controlled Flash also announced
 
Sony today introduced two new lenses for their popular line of E-mount interchangeable lens cameras.
 
Sony’s new lenses include one of their flagship G Master Series – an FE 100mm F2.8[i] STF GM OSS mid- telephoto prime lens (model SEL100F28GM) built to deliver breath taking bokeh with a unique STF (Smooth Trans Focus) design, and a new compact, lightweight FE 85mm F1.8 mid-telephoto prime lens (model SEL85F18) that is a welcome addition to the bag of any hobbyist or enthusiast photographer looking to create amazing portraits.
 
Sony also introduced a new powerful, compact flash (model HVL-F45RM) with radio-controlled wireless communication that is ideal for professional shooting with Sony’s line-up of a7 full-frame cameras.
 
FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS Telephoto Prime Lens
 
A specially designed mid-telephoto, full-frame prime lens, the new 100mm STF is built to produce truly unique, magnificent and beautiful bokeh while maintaining the exceptional standard of resolution that is showcased throughout Sony’s entire line-up of flagship G Master series lenses, making it a powerful photographic tool for any portrait, fashion, nature or wedding photographer.
 
These impressive defocus capabilities are made possible by the lens’ advanced optical structure, as it features a newly designed 11-bladed aperture and a unique optical apodization lens element. Similar to a neutral density filter that increases in density towards the edges, the apodization element creates beautiful transitions of in-focus to out-of-focus areas within an image, making for exceptionally soft, smooth bokeh that adds depth and dimensionality. This allows the subjects to stand out against beautifully defocused elements in both the foreground and background, producing an image that is naturally pleasing to the eye. The design of the lens also ensures that vignetting is kept to an absolute minimum, ensuring optimum image quality.
 
Additionally, the new 100mm lens supports both contrast AF and focal-plane phase detection AF[ii], and has a high-precision, quiet direct drive SSM (Super Sonic Motor) system that ensures exceptionally fast and accurate AF performance. The SEL100F28GM also offers up to 0.25x close-up capabilities with a built-in macro switching ring, built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation, a customisable focus hold button, AF/MF switch, aperture ring and is also dust and moisture resistant.[iii]
 
FE 85mm F1.8 Telephoto Prime Lens
 
The new SEL85F18 mid-telephoto prime lens offers an extremely versatile, lightweight and compact telephoto prime lens solution for a variety of Sony camera owners ranging from working professionals to emerging enthusiasts that have stepped up to an APS-C or full-frame camera for the first time. With its wide F1.8 aperture, it can produce impressive, exceptionally sharp portraits with soft background defocus that take advantage of its 85mm focal length and wide F1.8 maximum aperture.
 
The new prime lens features a 9-bladed circular aperture mechanism that ensures smooth, natural looking bokeh, and a double linear motor system to allow for fast, precise and quiet focusing. It also has a focus hold button that can be customised and assigned together with functions in the camera body like the popular Eye-AF feature. There is a smooth, responsive focus ring and AF/MF switch and the lens is also dust and moisture resistant.iii
 
New Compact Radio-controlled Flash
 
Sony’s new HVL-F45RM flash enhances the radio-controlled lighting system capabilities of their growing system, offering a compact professional shooting solution when combined with the currently available wireless remote controller FA-WRC1M and receiver FA-WRR1.
 
The new flash, which is designed to complement the compact bodies of Sony’s E-mount camera line-up including full-frame a7 models, produces a maximum lighting output as expansive as GN45[iv]. This ensures sufficient illumination even when shooting with bounce lighting or high-speed-sync (HSS) flash. The radio capabilities of the HVL-F45RM allow it to be used as a transmitter or a receiver at up to 30m (approx. 98 feet[v]), making it an ideal fit for creative lighting with multiple flashes. Additionally, unlike optical flash systems, radio-control flashes do not require a direct line-of-sight between components to function properly, while also minimising any impact that bright sunlight has on signal transmission and control.
 
The HVL-F45RM flash has an impressive battery life of up to 210 bursts, and can tilt up to 150o vertically, a complete 360o horizontally and up to 8o downward to maximise versatility. Usability has been maximised with a new large, bright and highly visible LCD display, an LED light, dust and moisture resistant design3 and a revamped menu system that mimics those of Sony’s newest camera systems.
 
Pricing and Availability
 
The new lenses and flashwill start shipping in March 2017. The SEL100F28GM will be priced at approximately €2,000, the SEL85F18 will be priced at approximately €650 and the HVL-F45RM will be priced at approximately €480.
 
B&H will carry the Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF G Master, FE 85mm F1.8 & HVL-F45RM Flash.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 2/7/2017 10:31:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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