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 Thursday, August 13, 2015
Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens
Image quality results have been added to the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens Review page.
 
Test results from the EOS 5Ds R are coming.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens Canon mount in stock. Nikon mount version is available for preorder (expected in stock Aug 24th).
Post Date: 8/13/2015 9:16:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Gitzo GK2545T-82QD Series 2 Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod with Center Ball Head
From Gitzo UK:
 
New Gitzo Center Ball Heads
 
08/10/2015 – Gitzo, pioneer in developing some of the most advanced and revolutionary technologies for camera accessories and supports, is proud to introduce a completely new range of Center Ball Heads, representing the state-of-the-art in the heads’ field and focusing on ultimate smoothness and precision.
 
The Center Ball Heads are dedicated to pros and advanced amateur photographers and are engineered and developed to be the ideal complements to Gitzo’s top of the range tripods. The new heads are available in three sizes ideal for Gitzo’s Traveler and Mountaineer tripods.
 
SMOOTHNESS AND PRECISION
The new Center Ball Heads are coated with tungsten disulphide - one of the smoothest materials around. With an extremely efficient locking mechanism and the use of hard metal components under and around the ball, this mechanism provides comfortable friction onto the ball meaning it can be locked with minimal effort while avoiding unwanted deforming or drifting.
 
COMFORTABLE CONTROL OF MOVEMENT
All three models feature an independent pan lock, making it possible to take panoramic photos or make horizontal adjustments for perfect framing. Friction control is also available in the GH1382QD and GH3382QD. Located in the ball lock knob it functions independently allowing the ball lock to have a quick locking without sacrificing movement and safety
 
INTUITIVE QUICK RELEASE SYSTEM
The plate is locked with a screw-knob, which makes the system compact, light, and intuitive, while being flexible to accept most Arca-Swiss style plates.
 
PERFECT MATCH FOR THE GITZO TRIPODS
The new Center Ball Heads have slim, curved forms and are aesthetically outstanding with a triangular accent, and matte grey plated steel top casings. Dimensions and colourings are designed to match perfectly with Gitzo’s Traveler and Mountaineer Tripods.
 
The new Center Ball Head range features the following:
 
  • Center Ball Head Series 1 Traveler Quick Release D (GH1382TQD)
  • Center Ball Head Series 1 Quick Release D (GH1382QD)
  • Center Ball Head Series 3 Quick Release D (GH3382QD) – Available mid November
The new Center Ball Heads are also included in the brand new Traveler Tripod Kits, as well as in Mountaineer Tripod Kits.
 
B&H has the Gitzo GH1382TQD, GH1382QD & GH3382QD Center Ball Heads available for preorder.


New Gitzo Traveler Tripods Range
 
08/10/2015 – Gitzo, pioneer in developing some of the most advanced and revolutionary technologies for camera accessories and supports is proud to introduce the new Traveler Tripod range. Boasting the 180° leg folding mechanism pioneered by Gitzo, the range is now even stronger thanks to the state of the art “Carbon eXact” tubes.
 
The perfect travelling companion for photographers when shooting whilst on trips, the new Traveler range features the slimmest Series 0 for the first time, whilst the Series 1 and 2 models feature an improved height.
 
CARBON EXACT – STRONGER LEGS
The new Traveler Tripods boast the ground breaking Carbon eXact tubes: stiffer than the antecedents’ Carbon 6X tubes, the new tubes include High Modulus carbon fibre, and have larger tube diameters. For example, the lowest leg section of the Series 1, 5-section tripod has a diameter of 40% larger than the predecessor
 
TRAVELER G-LOCK – SPACE SAVING AND ERGONOMIC
Traveler G-lock is the new, compact leg lock system dedicated to Traveler Tripods. The new, curved external form provides good grip, whilst the internal O-ring achieves softer operation and reduces dust and grit entering the locks. The more efficient use of space makes it possible to have taller tripods with compact folded lengths.
 
The new range:Series 0 – Models GT0545T / GK0545T-82TQD (with head):
 
Added to the Traveler family for the first time the slimmest Series 0 is the lightest tripod in the new Traveler range, but thanks to the stiff Carbon eXact tubes it provides a rigid, stable base when in use. It is a 4-section tripod with short closed length and short extended height.
 
  • Traveler Tripod Series 0 Carbon 4 sections (GT0545T)
  • Traveler Kit, Ser.0 4 sec tripod GT0545T + head (GK0545T-82TQD)
Series 1 – Models GT1555T / GK1555T-82TQD (with head) and GT1545T / GK1545T-82TQD (with head):
 
The Series 1 tripods are the perfect balance between lightweight when carrying, and height and rigidity when shooting. The 5 section Traveler has an outstanding height / closed length ratio, while the 4 section Traveler is much taller than its predecessor thanks to the space efficient Traveler G-lock.
 
  • Traveler Tripod Series 1 Carbon 5 sections (GT1555T)
  • Traveler Kit, Ser.1 5 sec tripod GT1555T + head GH1382TQD (GK1555T-82TQD with head)
  • Traveler Tripod Series 1 Carbon 4 sections (GT1545T)
  • Traveler Kit, Ser.1 4 sec tripod GT1545T + head GH1382TQD (GK1545T-82TQD with head)
Series 2 – Models GT2545T / GK2545T-82QD (with head):
 
With the largest tube diameters among Traveler tripods, Series 2 is ideal for photographers using longer lenses or requiring the highest stability. The feet are interchangeable with Gitzo’s optional feet, such as spikes and large feet.
 
  • Traveler Tripod Series 2 Carbon 4 sections (GT2545T)
  • Traveler Kit, Ser.2 4 sec tripod GT2545T + head GH1382QD (GK2545T-82QD with head)
Series 2 Monopod – GM2562T:
 
The Series 2 Monopod now features the Carbon eXact Tubes, the Traveler G-Lock and a new, more stable foot.
 
  • Monopod Series 2 Carbon 6 sections Traveler (GM2562T)
Available from 10th August in selected stockists.
 
B&H has the following new Gitzo items available for purchase:
 
Series 0 Traveler Tripods
 
Series 1 Traveler Tripods
 
Series 2 Traveler Tripods
 
Series 2 Traveler Monopod
 
Category: Gitzo News
Post Date: 8/12/2015 12:34:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
This is one of the most amazing zoom lenses made and its usefulness for a wide variety of subjects and situations makes it one of the most important lenses in my kit.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in stock with a $100.00 mail-in rebate available.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/12/2015 8:08:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Elinchrom, Phottix and Sekonic form Technology Allliance
From MAC Group USA:
 
NORTH WHITE PLAINS, NY – AUGUST 11, 2015 – Elinchrom, Phottix and Sekonic have come to be regarded as leaders in their respective areas of expertise. Together they plan on defining an exciting, new future for the lighting category.
 
The Elinchrom, Phottix and Sekonic design engineers are hard at work on the most revolutionary lighting control system ever.
 
The key to this epoch-making event is a common “operating system” shared among the three partners incorporating their respective controllers, transmitters and receivers via a shared signal.
 
Phottix flash systems are currently capable of TTL and manual control with Canon, Nikon and Sony DSLR systems as well as their own Mitros+ hot shoe TTL flash and their portable, TTL monobloc Indra systems. Elinchrom is known for their high performance, portable power systems, exemplified by the ELB 400 and is also renowned for their light-shaping tools. Sekonic is known for their accuracy and reliability of meters for lighting measurement and control. The integration of select existing technologies as well as the joint development of new ones from this global alliance will create a creative lighting toolkit allowing photographers to dramatically expand their repertoire.
 
This industry-redefining partnership will result in new products and processes that will enable photographers to enjoy the portable power and simplicity of Elinchrom, the surety of precise metering with Sekonic and unfailing TTL triggering and power control with Phottix for unmatched lighting control.
 
Current new products in the works include:
 
  • Phottix and Elinchrom design engineers are collaborating on enhanced features for the next generation of the Skyport transmitter which will include hyper-sync functionality.
  • Photographers using the Phottix Indra 360 TTL or Indra 500 TTL lighting systems will soon have the ability to use the broad range of Elinchrom light-shapers, the most popular light-shaping tools in the world.
  • Sekonic is collaborating with both Phottix and Elinchrom to finalize two new 478-series LiteMaster Pro flash meters; one for Elinchrom featuring in-meter power control and one for Phottix that allows for triggering of groups from the meter.
Many more exciting collaborative projects are in the works and on the drawing board between these three powerhouses.
 
Jan Lederman, President of MAC Group US and MAC Group Europe, which will lead the way in marketing this new alliance said: “As children, we were always told to play nice in the sandbox. Now that we are grown, we want to redefine the sandbox. The goal of this revolutionary alliance is to give photographers around the world access to the very best products and technology no matter what their needs, style of shooting or experience level. With these three companies working together, we are creating an all-new future for what’s possible in the photographic lighting category.”
 
Steve Peer, CEO of Phottix added, “Ours has always been a culture of seeing an opportunity and pursuing it with relentless focus. Together with our new partners at Elinchrom and Sekonic, we will set an all new standard for lighting and control.”
 
Chris Whittle, President of Elinchrom commented “With so many technological firsts, we at Elinchrom are extremely ambitious for all photographers. We live light, and this new alliance will accelerate a raft of inclusive lighting solutions for Elinchrom mount users Worldwide.”
 
Harry Harada, Director of Sekonic said, “Our partners’ lighting tools working in concert with Sekonic lighting technology will make photography more enjoyable and controllable. Sekonic is now open to this enhanced partnership.”
 
B&H carries Elinchrom, Phottix and Sekonic gear.
Post Date: 8/11/2015 3:27:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
In this video, Mia McCormick introduces DJI's latest application of 3-axis gimbal technology, originally developed for multi-rotor UAVs. The Ronin-M is a scaled-down version of the original Ronin, weigh about 5lbs unladen, optimal for DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and even compact cinema camera like the C100.
 
B&H carris the DJI Ronin-M Gimbal Stabilizer.
Post Date: 8/11/2015 1:43:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tokina 24-70mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
NY Times Food Photographer and Director Andrew Scrivani leads a talk about the use and power of social media for photographers and videographers. Andrew discusses both the practical matters of gaining and maintaining a following and the artistic outlet that platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and others can be for creatives.
Post Date: 8/11/2015 7:30:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rokinon XEEN Cinema Prime Lenses
From Rokinon:
 
New York, NY – August 10, 2015 – Powered by Rokinon, XEEN is an all-new, professional grade cine lens system. It offers the professional optical quality, features, specifications, and performance that are expected of a superior cine lens system with a significantly lower price tag.
 
The initial three XEEN lenses consist of a 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm. All three feature a constant aperture of T/1.5 and Full Frame coverage. They will be available in mounts for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds and yes, even PL. Additional focal lengths are already scheduled to be introduced throughout 2015 and 2016.
 
Features common to XEEN lenses appreciated by professionals include:
 
  • 4K+ Ready Optics
  • Full Frame Coverage
  • Tightly Color Matched
  • Durable All Metal Body
  • Unified 40° Iris Rotation
  • Unified 200° Focus Throw
  • Large Easy To Read Markings
  • Lens Support Mount (Except PL)
  • 11 Bladed Diaphragm for Superb Bokeh
  • Xeen Proprietary X-Coating Technology
  • Unified 114mm Non-Rotating Front Diameters
  • Dual Calibrated Right and Left Side Distance and T-Stop Scales
  • Unified Focus and Aperture Gear Positions for Easy Follow Focus Use
  • Mounts can be shimmed and are interchangeable by a qualified technician
  • Incredibly smooth and fully damped movement of focusing and aperture controls
Engineered and optimized for high use professional cine and video applications, they are all backed by a Three Year Limited Warranty, the longest in the industry.
 
All three focal lengths are immediately available for purchase from the following authorized XEEN by Rokinon dealers.
 
XEEN by Rokinon lens mechanics and optics are manufactured and precision assembled in Korea utilizing cutting edge techniques. Offering a MSRP of $2,995 each, they are extraordinary affordable when compared to other true cine lenses in their class.
 
Preorders:
 
Rokinon Xeen 24mm T1.5 Lens
Rokinon Xeen 50mm T1.5 Lens
Rokinon Xeen 85mm T1.5 Lens
Category: Rokinon News
Post Date: 8/11/2015 6:38:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 10, 2015
eBay Hero Image after Post-Processing
by Sean Setters
 
When you need to sell some of your photography equipment to fund upgrades (or in dire cases, pay bills), it's important that you get top dollar when parting with your gear. While selling your used equipment to B&H or Adorama is extremely convenient, an eBay auction can help you get the highest price for your photography gear (even considering eBay and PayPal fees).
 
As eBay is such a popular choice for those wanting to sell used DSLRs and lenses, it's important to make your auction look as attractive as possible in the search results page to maximize page views and generate auction watchers. The best way to do that is to create an outstanding leading image that stands out from the pack.
 
Can a great leading image really help? Check out this eBay search for used "L" lenses and take a good look at the leading images. Chances are you'll find several examples of lenses sitting on a hardwood floor, carpet or dining room table with terrible (and many times insufficient) lighting. Even though these sellers own high-quality Canon lenses (assuming a 3rd party isn't handling the sale), most take little care in crafting a compelling leading image for their auction. And, typically speaking, eBay buyers don't want to see a stock image when purchasing used lenses – they want to see the actual items they're buying. All of these factors make creating a high-quality leading image an important and valuable part of the listing process.
 
I realize that not everyone has all the lighting equipment that I have. Therefore, my goal was to create a high-quality eBay leading image for a lens auction – on white – using only one flash (with a modifier) and minimal processing.
 
For the purposes of this post, I picked the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM to photograph for the hypothetical auction. To begin with, I set up a small foldable table in my studio. Next, I placed a white sheet of glass (Hobby Lobby, $8.00) and a white, bi-fold piece of foam craft board (Hobby Lobby, but I don't remember the price). The craft board served as both a background and a reflector.
 
Next, the lighting – a radio triggered Canon Speedlite 580EX diffused by a Lumiquest Softbox LTP and affixed to the flash with a Honl Speed Strap. Why the Lumiquest LTp? Because its size seemed just about perfect for this particular setup. Plus, it's designed to be stored in a bag's laptop (or similar) compartment so it's pretty easy to always have on hand. To better even out the lighting in the softbox, I taped a thin sheet of tissue paper to the inside/front of the softbox soon after receiving it several years ago. The DIY diffusion panel has stayed intact remarkably well.
 
I placed the flash/softbox on a light stand positioned at roughly a 45-degree angle opposite the center of the bi-fold craft board.
 
It's a good idea to include all of the important elements of your auction in the leading image. In this particular hypothetical sale, I'm selling the lens, UV filter, hood and lens cap. Even if I were including the box with the sale, I wouldn't necessarily include it in the leading image. Don't get me wrong, a retail box can help boost the value of your auction, but I don't think it draws enough clicks on its own to bother with cluttering up the image that gets displayed in search results (keeping in mind that including the box would make the actual lens a smaller part of the overall composition). Also, be sure to thoroughly clean your items before photographing them. A rocket blower can help tremendously for getting rid of pesky dust.
 
As for the camera and lens, I'm using a tripod-mounted EOS 5D Mark III and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM. A macro lens certainly isn't required for this type of image, but it is very sharp and has a long focus throw (I like using manual focus for product imagery).
 
Below you can see my setup.
 
eBay Leading Image Sample Setup

The settings used for the leading image were: f/7.1, 1/160 sec, ISO 200. If this were a real auction, I would have taken many more images using the same setup (each item photographed individually with several different shots of the lens).
 
Here's the leading image straight out of the camera:
 
eBay Leading Image Straight Out of Camera

I did a decent job of blowing out the background in the initial exposure, but it's not perfectly white (that's especially true for the left side of the frame which was farthest away from the light source). I corrected this by creating a white layer and masking out the areas where the lens and discernable shadows were. After that I simply cleaned up a few of the dust particles I missed when initially cleaning the items. Note that I didn't remove the small blemish above the focus distance window. Removing dust in post-processing is fine, but you shouldn't alter the appearance of the lens in any meaningful way (and any imperfections should be clearly noted in your auction).
 
The final post-processed image appears at the top of this post, but here it is again for reference purposes:
 
eBay Leading Image Final

If you want to help protect your image from being used by others eBay sellers, you can also watermark your image. The problem is that putting a watermark in the white areas is easy to erase, while placing the watermark over the product could lead to hiding a critical detail if you aren't careful. If you want to include a watermark, it might be best to watermark the leading image and leave it absent on subsequent images of individual items included in the sale. Below is the same image with a watermark included.
 
eBay Hero Image Final with Watermark

So with a single off-camera flash, modifier, white piece of glass and a bi-fold craft board you can create professional looking product images for your next eBay sale, thereby increasing consumer interest and maximizing sale profits on your used gear.
Post Date: 8/10/2015 6:59:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, August 9, 2015
Rokinon Xeen Cinema Prime Lenses
Rokinon has recently been hinting about upcoming lens announcements on social media, and now we know why – the Rokinon Xeen 24mm, 50mm and 85mm T1.5 cinema primes are now available for preorder.
 
Unfortunately, we don't have an official press release regarding the announcement of these lenses, but we'll post the press release should it become available in the near future.
 
Preorders:
 
Rokinon Xeen 24mm T1.5 Lens
Rokinon Xeen 50mm T1.5 Lens
Rokinon Xeen 85mm T1.5 Lens
Category: Rokinon News
Post Date: 8/9/2015 4:12:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 7, 2015
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens Review.
 
The 200-400 L is another great choice for the 5Ds and 5Ds R.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/7/2015 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens
From Sigma:
 
SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art F/NIKON is scheduled to start shipping towards the end of this month.
 
Note: Nikon mounts do not have an aperture ring.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon available for preorder while the Canon mount version is available now.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 8/7/2015 7:17:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Kuuvik Capture 2 Tethering Software for Mac
From DIRE Studio:
 
Kuuvik Capture 2 is the ultimate professional tethering app for the Mac. From the smooth two-way communication through the world’s first split live view, to focus peaking and adjustable sharpening – each and every feature of the app serves the photographer’s aim to capture beautiful shots. The complicated work of tethered shooting becomes easier than you ever dared to imagine.
 
Do you carry the TC-80N3 documenation with you all time? You will not need it any more! From simple mirror lock-up and release automation, through 15-shot exposure bracketing and 30-shot focus brackets, the app covers everything. You can freely combine brackets with the intervalometer and mirror lock-up features while the Bracketing Monitor oversees your settings and warns you about potential problems.
 
In addition to the previously noted features we implemented quick culling of large photo sessions by employing a positive mindset: focus on only the best photos, star them, and Kuuvik Capture will purge the rest in the blink of an eye. You will be amazed how fast you can cull your photo sessions.
 
Kuuvik Capture's vast feature set employs modern GPU-based solutions, and uses dramatically less CPU power than any other similar app in the industry – so you can enjoy tethering in the field much longer with increased battery life.
 
And one more thing:
We not only support Canon’s new 5DS and 5DSR cameras, but Kuuvik Capture was specifically designed for them. Downloading and display of the ultra-high resolution 50 megapixel images takes less than 2s. Fast, isn’t it?
 
For more info visit kuuvikcapture.com.
Post Date: 8/7/2015 6:52:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens available for preorder with free expedited shipping. The lens is scheduled to be available August 20.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 8/7/2015 6:39:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DJI Phantom 3 Standard Aerial Drone/Quadcopter
B&H has the DJI Phantom 3 Standard available for preorder with free expedited shipping. The new quadcopter is expected to be available mid-August.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Gimbal Stabilized 2.7K Camera
  • Camera Takes 12MP Still Photos
  • Wi-Fi Downlink for HD Live View
  • GPS for Enhanced Stability and Failsafes
  • Auto-Takeoff / Auto Return Home
  • Up to 25 Minutes Flying Time
  • Intelligent LiPo Flight Battery
  • Mobile Device Holder Included
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 8/7/2015 6:12:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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