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 Friday, April 7, 2017
A macro lens is a lens that specifically allows you to focus extremely close to a subject so that it appears large in the viewfinder (and in the final image). "True" macro lenses are able to project subjects onto the camera's sensor life-sized at a 1:1 reproduction ratio resulting in a 1.0x MM (Maximum Magnification) at the lens' MFD (Minimum Focus Distance, measured from the subject to the sensor), meaning that a 0.6" (15mm) long subject would be projected 0.6" (15mm) long onto the sensor. While that doesn't sound like a big deal, keep in mind that a subject measuring only 1.4 x .9" (36.0 x 24.0mm) will completely fill the frame of a full frame DSLR. When viewed on a large display, tiny details in your subjects become conspicuous features while using true macro lenses.
 
A select few macro lenses actually exceed life-sized reproduction (the Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x Macro is a notable example) for the ultimate in close-up DSLR photography. Besides true macros, lenses featuring a MM between 0.50x and 1.0x can also be considered macro lenses as they permit significantly closer focus than typical lenses provide.
 
Macro lenses come in a variety of focal lengths from wide-angle to telephoto. The important thing to keep in mind is that the lens' focal length will determine your field of view, working distance available and background blur capable when photographing your subject. For instance, the Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM features a 35mm focal length (as the name implies) and produces 1.0x magnification at its MFD of 5.1" (130mm). In contrast, the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM produces the same magnification with a subject placed 18.9" (480mm) from the sensor. The extra working distance provided by longer focal length macro lenses can be very beneficial if photographing skittish subjects such as insects. Longer focal lengths also produce a more pronounced background blur which can be great for showcasing your subject through isolation.
 
Focal Length Background Blur

On that note, let's consider the many common uses for macro lenses. Typical macro subjects include the aforementioned insects, flowers, jewelry (especially engagement and/or wedding rings), coins, and everyday small objects. If your subject isn't necessarily small, you can focus on the small details of a larger subject to create intriguing macro imagery.
 
Rose Macro 2015

Now that you know more about macro lenses, you may consider adding one to your kit. And on that note, checking out our Macro Lens Recommendations will help you find the right macro lens for you.
 
Now get out there and enjoy shooting our big world full of small things!
Post Date: 4/7/2017 10:23:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality (results from 3 cameras), vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, standard product images and eye candy have been added to the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens page.
 
The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens is in stock at B&H (Nikon mount coming soon).
Post Date: 4/7/2017 7:59:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
KeyMission 360 Firmware
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.2 to 1.3
 
  • Made improvements regarding an issue which resulted in connections between the camera and iOS 10.2-compatible versions of the SnapBridge 360/170 app becoming unstable.
Download: KeyMission 360 Firmware v.1.2
 


KeyMission 80 Firmware
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.0 to 1.1
 
  • Made improvements regarding an issue which resulted in connections between the camera and iOS 10.2-compatible versions of the SnapBridge app becoming unstable.
  • Made movie and photo download using the SnapBridge app more reliable.
  • Fixed an issue in which zoom would be displayed during remote photography with the SnapBridge app.
  • Fixed an issue in which location data supplied by the smartphone would be recorded incorrectly when On was selected for Upload location in the Connect tab of the SnapBridge app.
Download: KeyMission 80 Firmware v.1.1
 


COOLPIX W100 Firmware
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.2 to 1.3
 
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in unreliable connections between the camera and the iOS 10.2 version of the SnapBridge app.
  • Improved the reliability of photo and movie transfer using the SnapBridge app.
Download: COOLPIX W100 Firmware v.1.3
 


COOLPIX B700 Firmware
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.1 to 1.2
 
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in unreliable connections between the camera and the iOS 10.2 version of the SnapBridge app.
Download: COOLPIX B700 Firmware v.1.2
 
B&H carries the following:
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/7/2017 7:01:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 6, 2017
B&H has the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon in stock with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 4/6/2017 4:22:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
B&H is proud to present its Women of Influence series. Sandy Puc' is an award winning photographer, educator, and business woman. With years of experience in children and family portraiture, she has taken on both entrepreneurial and philanthropic roles that have defined her career.
 
Sandy's Websites:
http://www.sandypuc.com/
https://vimeo.com/sandypuc
Post Date: 4/6/2017 12:17:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Capture the world in exquisite detail with the EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro STM. Its powerful features include a built-in Macro Lite for convenient lighting control to help create well-lit and vibrant photos highlighting fine details, and Hybris IS for virtually shake-free images and video. Its compact and lightweight body makes it easy to bring for shots on the go, with high image quality ideal for small subjects and everyday photography.
 
Preorders: B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/6/2017 7:07:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
Latest PowerShot Digital Camera Provides Impressive Image Quality, Zoom Range and Tilting LCD Screen in a Compact Size
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 6, 2017 – Ideal for families on vacation or parents at their kids’ sporting event looking for a convenient, easy-to- carry compact digital camera capable of producing high quality photos and videos at long distances, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduced today the new PowerShot SX730 HS digital camera. This new digital camera boasts a 20.3 Megapixel CMOS imaging sensor and a powerful 40x Optical Zoom lens (equivalent to 24-960mm) in a form factor that easily fits in a pocket, making it an outstanding camera for budding photographers to capture gorgeous imagery no matter where they are.
 
With new features such as a convenient Self-Portrait and Smooth Skin mode, 3.0-inch LCD screen that rotates up 180 degrees and built-in connectivity capabilities like Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth technology, it’s now easier and more convenient than ever to use Canon digital cameras to share images and videos on the go, making the PowerShot SX730 HS digital camera a great transitional camera for those looking to use something other or move from a smartphone.
 
“We live in a very connected world and want to give people the power to zoom in from far away to capture amazing scenes from a distance, while also being able to share those images in real time,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The new Canon PowerShot SX730 HS digital camera will help photographers effortlessly capture memories, even from great distances and conveniently share their fun with friends and family.”
 
As the successor to Canon’s PowerShot SX720 HS digital compact camera, the PowerShot SX730 HS digital camera also features:
 
  • Powerful 40x Optical Zoom with Zoom Framing Assist
  • Sleek, Lightweight and Pocket-size Design
  • Built-in Wi-Fi1, NFC and Bluetooth3 technology
  • 20.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0-inch Tilt-type (180° up) LCD
  • 1080p Full HD Video at 60p
  • Self Portrait Mode
  • Story Highlights
  • Geotag & Date Stamp Options
Canon’s PowerShot SX730 HS digital camera is scheduled to be available in June 2017 for an estimated retail price of $399.99.
 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS digital camera available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/6/2017 5:27:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Expectations for the just-announced: Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM Lens.
 
This is an interesting little lens with many niceties. Check it out.
 
The Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM Lens is available for preorder at B&H, Amazon and Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/6/2017 12:00:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
New Compact and Lightweight EF-S Macro Lens Opens Up a World of Photographic Possibilities and Helps Capture Close Subjects with Incredible Detail
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 6, 2017 – Compact and lightweight, the new Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM, announced today by Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is the widest-angle Macro offering in Canon’s popular EF-S lens series. The new lens is designed to help both entry-level and advanced amateur DSLR photographers discover the incredible possibilities of macro photography. Capable of capturing close-up subjects with incredible detail, Canon’s new EF-S macro lens is also the first in the series to feature built-in Macro Lites that allow users to control lighting with ease.
 
“Macro lenses are an amazing way to explore the worlds that exist all around us, and the new Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM lens is the ideal starting point for amateur photographers eager to capture incredible, up-close details on the go,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Whether capturing a delectable dessert or the subtleties of a backyard flower, users will be challenged to find new colors and shapes that turn everyday moments into art.”
 
The new Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM captures stunning images and is a terrific companion lens for entry-level users eager to expand beyond their existing Canon EOS DSLR kit lens. Capable of shooting as close as 30mm from the end of the lens to the subject, aspiring photographers can get up close to a fruit or flower for an entirely new perspective, while capturing high-quality images with beautiful background blur. Additional technologies built into the new Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM lens include:
 
  • Popular 35mm focal length (56mm equivalent) and wide f/2.8 aperture
  • Hybrid IS system offers up to four stops of shake correction
  • Smooth Movie Servo AF with Lead Screw-type STM ensures quiet AF operation
  • Full-time Manual Focus
In a first for the EF-S lens series, the new Canon EF-S 35mm lens sports built-in Macro Lites that allow photographers to carefully arrange macro lighting without using special equipment. With built-in LED lights on each side of the lens, users can create compelling shadows on either side of a subject or adjust intensity to give images a sense of dimension. Once the scene is set, the lens uses superb rendering performance to capture high contrast, sharp images.
 
While specialized for high magnification photography, the Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM is still a versatile option for day-to-day use, easily capable of capturing portraits, landscapes or snapshots. As the latest addition to the lineup of EF-S lenses, Canon continues its commitment to providing a wide-range of affordable lens options for photographers of all levels. The Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM lens is scheduled to be available in June 2017 for an estimated retail price of $349.99.
 
Preorders: B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/6/2017 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 5, 2017
B&H has the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon in stock with free expedited shipping. The Canon version is expected to be in stock this friday, April 7.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/5/2017 3:24:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From B&H:
 
SuperStore & Offices
B&H will be closed starting at 6pm ET on Sun April 9. We will reopen at 9am on Wed April 19.
 
Online Orders
Online ordering will pause during the following holiday observance periods:
 
  • 7:15pm Fri April 7 until 8:45pm Sat April 8
  • 7:15pm Mon April 10 until 8:45pm Wed April 12
  • 7:30pm Fri April 14 until 9pm Sat April 15
  • 7:30pm Sun April 16 until 9pm Tues April 18
Shipping
Orders placed before 4pm on Sun April 9 will be processed prior to the holiday closing. Orders placed after this time will be processed when we reopen on Wed April 19.
 
Be sure to order necessary equipment now to avoid a delayed shipment.
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 4/5/2017 10:11:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Professional Network has been adding to their Digital Photo Professional 4 Video Tutorials. New videos include:
 
  • Sharpen Detail
  • Lens Correction
  • Cloning and Healing
The new additions join the following already published videos:
 
  • Getting Organized
  • Recover Missing Shadows
  • Levels and Curves
  • Counteract Color Casts
  • Improve Composition (Crop & Level)
Canon Digital Photo Professional 4 is compatible with following cameras:
EOS Kiss X9i / EOS REBEL T7i / EOS 800D, EOS 9000D / EOS 77D, EOS M6, EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-1D X, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS-1D Mark III, EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS-1D C, EOS M5, EOS M3, EOS M2, EOS M10, EOS M, EOS Kiss X8i / EOS REBEL T6i / EOS 750D, EOS Kiss X80 / EOS REBEL T6 / EOS 1300D, EOS Kiss X7i / EOS REBEL T5i / EOS 700D, EOS Kiss X70 / EOS REBEL T5 / EOS 1200D / EOS Hi, EOS Kiss X7 / EOS REBEL SL1 / EOS 100D, EOS Kiss X6i / EOS REBEL T4i / EOS 650D, EOS Kiss X50 / EOS REBEL T3 / EOS 1100D, EOS Kiss X5 / EOS REBEL T3i / EOS 600D, EOS Kiss X4 / EOS REBLE T2i / EOS 550D, EOS Kiss X3 / EOS REBEL T1i / EOS 500D, EOS Kiss X2 / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi / EOS 450D, EOS Kiss F / EOS REBEL XS / EOS 1000D, EOS Kiss Digital X / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi / EOS 400D DIGITAL, EOS Kiss Digital N / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT / EOS 350D DIGITAL, EOS 80D, EOS 8000D / EOS REBEL T6s / EOS 760D, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS 70D, EOS 6D, EOS 60Da, EOS 60D, EOS 5DS R, EOS 5DS, EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5D, EOS 50D, EOS 40D, EOS 30D, EOS 20Da, EOS 20D, PowerShot SX60 HS, PowerShot S120, PowerShot S110, PowerShot S100V, PowerShot S100, PowerShot G9 X Mark II, PowerShot G9 X, PowerShot G7 X Mark II, PowerShot G7 X, PowerShot G5 X, PowerShot G3 X, PowerShot G16, PowerShot G15, PowerShot G1 X Mark II, PowerShot G1 X
Post Date: 4/5/2017 8:17:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 4, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Written by Ken Sklute and Dave Henry
 
Just about any camera will work to capture a solar eclipse, but some will produce a better experience depending on your expectations. You may already own a camera or are planning to buy one for not only photographing the upcoming total solar eclipse in 2017, but you’ll also want it to be your companion for years to come to document your life and travels.
 
This article explores features you should consider in choosing the camera you’ll be using to capture, what will be for most, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H carries solar eclipse photography supplies.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/4/2017 1:51:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
From a technical standpoint, any lens from 8mm to 800mm can be used to photograph people, meaning that every lens could be classified as a "portrait lens." But just because a lens can be used as a portrait lens does not necessarily mean that it should be utilized as such for general portraiture. There are two primary characteristics which make some lenses ideally suited for capturing flattering images of people. Let's explore those characteristics in more detail to determine why they're so beneficial to portraiture.
 
Medium Telephoto Focal Length (or Focal Length Range)
 
Typically speaking, lenses with a medium telephoto focal length (or focal length range) tend to work best for general portraiture. While the ideal range can vary with personal preference, generally speaking a lens featuring a focal length in the 85 - 135mm range on a full-frame camera (55 - 85mm on a 1.6x crop sensor camera) will provide a compressed view which mitigates or eliminates the foils of perspective distortion.
 
Why is perspective distortion a problem in portrait photography? Because when using a relatively wide focal length, combined with a close working distance, facial features nearest to the camera – typically noses – become enlarged in the frame.
 
Bad Portrait Perspective

Understandably, few subjects appreciate the look of a disproportionately large, prominent nose in their portraits. A longer focal length is the key to keeping facial features flatteringly proportional. Of course, shorter focal lengths (35 - 50mm, especially) can be used for more loosely framed subjects where the background becomes a more meaningful compositional element in the image, just as longer focal lengths can be employed for increased working distances, narrower angles of view and even flatter perspectives. However, it's tough to go wrong with a focal length in the 85 - 135mm range when general portraiture is your primary agenda.
 
Wide Aperture
 
Another key element prized by portrait photographers is a very wide aperture – in the f/1.2 to f/2.8 range – allowing for subject isolation via shallow depth of field (DOF). Of course, the wider the aperture, the shallower the DOF. With background elements unrecognizably blurred, distractions can be eliminated and viewers' eyes can be drawn precisely to the subject.
 
Sigma 85mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Sample Image

However, a shallow depth of field isn't the only benefit that a very wide aperture brings to the table as far portraiture is concerned. Another big benefit of wide aperture use is that faster shutter speeds can be utilized to freeze subject motion thereby allowing sharp details to be captured.
 
Portrait Lens Recommendations
 
I considered listing several lens recommendations in this section, but really there's no need. We already have that covered in our Portrait Lens Recommendations section (at least as far as Canon shooters are concerned). For Nikon shooters, check out the Portrait Recommendations and substitute a comparably-spec'd Nikon (or Nikon-mount) lens.
 
Wrap Up
 
As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, any lens can be used to record photography's most important subjects, people. However, lenses with a medium telephoto focal length (or zoom lenses that encompass such focal lengths) coupled with a wide aperture can aid in capturing flattering imagery that can make your friends, family, or clients look their best.
 
Did I miss something important? What do you look for in a portrait lens that we didn't cover?
Post Date: 4/4/2017 9:40:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Shutterbug Mag YouTube Channel:
 
Shutterbug photographer Jordan Matter shares five great tips on how to shoot stunning portraits at night with very little gear.
Post Date: 4/4/2017 7:00:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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