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 Thursday, April 6, 2017
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 the ZEISS Camera Lenses YouTube Channel:
 
Long focal length, fast autofocus, optical image stabilization, lightweight. Thanks to the outstanding correction of all chromatic aberrations, the ZEISS Batis 2.8/135 is a high-performance telephoto lens with an Apo Sonnar design. The lens is the optimum solution for medium-distance portrait photography.
 
B&H has the Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 Lens for Sony E Mount available for preorder.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 4/5/2017 12:07:47 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
eBay (via AdoramaCamera - 99.5% positive feedback) has the Dell XPS 13.3" Full HD Anti-Glare InfinityEdge Touch Notebook Intel Core i5-7200 available for $819.99 with free shipping. Regularly $1,099.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Core i5-7200 2.5GHz
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB SSD
  • Windows 10 Home
  • LED Touch Screen Display
  • Weighs 2.7 lbs
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Sony ICD-PX440 4GB PX Series MP3 Digital Voice IC Recorder available for $44.95 with free shipping. Regularly $79.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 4GB Internal Memory
  • Expandable to 32GB with microSD Cards
  • USB Direct Connect
  • Scene Selection
  • Intelligent Noise Cut
  • Includes 2x AAA Batteries
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Tenba Discovery: Large Photo/Laptop Daypack available for $59.95 with free shipping. Regularly $139.95.
 
Note: The Sage/Khaki version of this bag is also on sale.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1-2 DSLRs, 4-6 Lenses,Flash, Accessories
  • Holds 15" Laptop in Rear Compartment
  • Pop Out, Removable Camera Compartment
  • Top Storage Area for Jacket, Lunch
  • Weather-Resistant Nylon
  • Waterproof Bottom Panel
  • Mesh Pull-Out Pockets for Water Bottles
  • Front Pocket for MP3 Player, Phone
  • Compression Straps for Stability
  • Includes Rain Cover
Post Date: 4/5/2017 5:15:21 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
B&H has the Rokinon AF 14mm f/2.8 FE Lens for Sony E available for $649.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $849.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three Aspherical & Two ED Elements
  • Ultra Multi-Coating
  • Autofocus with Manual Focus Override
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Integrated Lens Hood
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 4/4/2017 6:39:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 3, 2017
From Nikon:
 
April 3, 2017 – Nikon Corporation (Kazuo Ushida, President, Tokyo) announced today that the establishment of the Optical Engineering Division on April 1, 2017. Aggregating all the optical engineering functions distributed in each division is intended to create a synergistic effect and enhance multifunctionality, as well as enabling flexible deployment of resources to the area as necessary so as not to miss any business opportunity.
 
This new Optical Engineering Division is an organization that aggregates lens, mechanical and system engineering functions related to optical equipment and optical solutions. Superior technology and knowledge with respect to optical engineering maintained in each division will now be accumulated and evolved in the Optical Engineering Division to develop optical products that create new value.
 
In our restructuring plan, announced in November 2016, we decided to restructure our group companies to enhance manufacturing technology of optical components that are our core competence and a differentiator from our competitors. All the functions related to the manufacturing technology of optical components, which were previously owned by Nikon Corporation and our group companies, have now been brought together at Tochigi Nikon Corporation, our consolidated subsidiary, which started operation on February 1, 2017.
 
In addition to these advances for manufacturing technology of optical components, the newly established Optical Engineering Division will further improve our greatest strength, optical technology, by aggregating optical engineering functions, thereby helping to maximize our products' competitiveness.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/3/2017 12:16:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the 3DR Smart Battery for Solo Quadcopter available for $69.99 with free shipping. Regularly $149.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 14.8V LiPo Flight Battery
  • 5200 mAh Capacity
  • LED Charge Indicators
  • Specifically for Solo Quadcopter
Post Date: 4/3/2017 10:10:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
One of the lens aspects I always test thoroughly is autofocus accuracy with consistency being especially important as consistency can be calibrated into accuracy if necessary. And, I generally dread testing 3rd party lens AF accuracy because ... historically, many of these lenses have performed poorly in this regard. It is highly frustrating to spend weeks evaluating a lens and have the AF results reveal a flaw large enough to make people no longer interested in it.
 
As I shared recently, the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens shows impressive sharpness even at its widest aperture. But of course, that sharpness can only be realized if the lens is focused accurately and most of us rely on AF for that task. And, with the relatively shallow depth of field this lens can produce at 200mm and f/2.8, that aspect becomes even more critical.
 
While I'm not completely finished with this lens evaluation, I have some good news to report. The image shared in this post is a collage of 100% crops taken from 15 consecutive 200mm, f/2.8 autofocused images, each captured with the lens initially de-focused. If I hadn't told you, you might have thought that I simply copied and pasted a single image to create this graphic, but those are indeed 15 different images. That's impressive. And, I have a variety of similar tests showing similar results.
 
I had a track meet to photograph last week and ... I really wanted to see how this lens would perform in that role. The Tamron 70-200 made it into my hands just as I was leaving and, (I don't recommend doing this, but I couldn't help myself) without any prior testing, I mounted the lens on a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and went out the door. I shot the meet solely with this lens. The results from about 1,000 images captured were not perfect (they never are), but they showed this lens' AF system performing quite well. That I photographed this event in low light, including heavy cloud cover and light rain with a post-sunset ending, gives the results added value.
 
I often notice peripheral AF points not performing as well as the center AF point when using third party lenses, so I have also been testing those. While the peripheral AF performance is again not as good, it is only very slightly less so, delivering a significant majority of in-focus images, including at the mentioned track meet and even in the very low light levels at that event. A high percentage of the results from a portrait session with this lens, including tightly-framed head shots and utilizing only peripheral AF points, were correctly focused.
 
So, I'm quite impressed with the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens' AF performance.
 
At this point, this lens is looking like a bargain: B&H has the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens in stock (Nikon mount in stock soon).
Post Date: 4/3/2017 8:23:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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