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 Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Beachtek DXA-SLR ULTRA - 2-Channel Active XLR Adapter
For a limited time, B&H has the Beachtek DXA-SLR ULTRA - 2-Channel Active XLR Adapter available for $249.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $469.00.
Post Date: 4/14/2015 6:18:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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2nd Annual Tour for Photo Education Will Turn Camera Store Parking Lots Into A Full Day Photo Experience
April 13, 2015, Commack, New York - Tamron USA announced today that the national 2015 Tamron Tailgate Tour will commence April 13th in New York City. The fully equipped Tamron van is back by popular demand with all new free mini-seminars, hands-on experiences with the latest Tamron technology, portfolio review opportunities, excited new evening seminar program, and tons of swag. The tour will visit camera stores throughout the country, bringing the total Tamron experience to you. The Tailgate Tour strives to take the average seminar and turn it into a photographic celebration full of giveaways, prizes, lens specials, and valuable insight from the Tamron tech team of photographers. This casual and fun approach to photography education is designed to offer easy and free access to great information to anyone interested in photography. The schedule is continually updated and can be accesses at www.tamron-usa.com/tailgate.
The Tamron Tailgate Tour will work with local photo retailers to deliver this unique learning experience. The Tamron van will pull into the parking lot and set up for a full day of education from 12pm to 4pm to help people with their photography questions. And each day will feature team members offering free mini-sessions under the Tamron Tailgate Learning Tent - "Achieving Perfect Exposure"12:00 - 12:45pm, "Portfolio and Image Review" 1:00 - 2:30pm and "Understanding Your Digital Darkroom" 3:00 - 3:45pm.
For those looking for even more tips to creating better photographs, Tamron will offer a two-hour evening seminar entitled "The Field Guide to Inspired Photography: See It, Capture It, Work It" taught by experienced Tamron tech team photographers. The cost of the seminars will be $25 dollars and will include a welcome bag with a reporter notebook and lens cleaning cloth.
Visitors will also see the latest in Tamron products, and will be eligible to enter the Tailgate Tour raffle contest, where three lucky winners can win any Tamron lens of his/her choice. One winner will be chosen at the end of each tour leg. Full contest details can be found at the Tamron Tailgate website on April 13th for the kick off of the tour. A Tailgate lunch will be served at most locations from 12pm to 2pm.
For more information and to find out when the Tamron Tailgate Tour will be in your area, visit www.tamron-usa.com/tailgate
B&H carries Tamron lenses.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 4/14/2015 6:13:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 13, 2015
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens
B&H has the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM in stock with free expedited shipping. (thanks Axel)
This lens has been in really short supply. If this lens is on your wish list, don't hesitate to get it while you can!
Update: The lens is again out of stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/13/2015 8:34:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot G16 Camera
eBay (via RedTagCamera - 99.9% positive feedback) has the Canon PowerShot G16 Camera available for $339.99 with free shipping. Compare at $449.00 after $50.00 instant savings.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/13/2015 1:37:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon CN-E 14mm T3.1 and CN-E 135mm T2.2 Lenses
Canon EOS Cinema lenses are currently discounted between $500.00 and $5,000.00 with multiple-lens bundles discounted $2,400.00 - $6,000.00 at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/13/2015 12:52:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Hoya 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter
B&H has the Hoya 82mm Variable Density Filter available for $89.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $124.95.
Product Highlights
  • Variable 0.45-2.7 Neutral Density Filter
  • Reduce Exposure by 1.5-9 Stops
  • Darkens Entire Image
  • Greater Control Over Exposure Settings
Post Date: 4/13/2015 12:06:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
After an $800.00 price reduction at the beginning of February, the Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera (review) is now available for only $5,299.00 after a $700.00 instant savings with free expedited shipping and a few free accessories. Regularly $5,999.00.
  • Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
  • SanDisk - 32GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Memory Card
  • Ruggard Navigator 55 DSLR Shoulder Bag
  • Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/13/2015 11:54:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,299.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,699.00.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/13/2015 10:46:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
At about 3:30am this past Friday, I awoke from a sound sleep but had no idea why. Through the tiny slit in my eyelids I thought I detected a flash of light from the window behind my head. It didn't seem very bright and I thought to myself, "Was that lightning or am I dreaming?"
After waiting a few seconds to hear the tell-tale sounds of thunder, I laid my head back down. A few seconds later, though, I finally heard the faint sounds of distant thunder.
Wanting to try out my Vello FreeWave Stryker Lightning & Motion Trigger, I groggily rose from the bed, put on clothes and packed my camera gear. In 15 minutes I was standing on the town square after a very short drive.
I originally purchased the Vello FreeWave Stryker Lightning & Motion Trigger just before Christmas of last year. As winter is not known for producing thunder storms, I had only been able to use the device once a couple of weeks ago since acquring it. While testing the device for the first time, I thought about how cool it would be to capture lightning over one of my town's most famous landmarks, the historic county courthouse.
To get the shot, I positioned myself under the awning of a building across the street. I used my 5D Mark III and a Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L (precursor to the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II) so that I could keep the perspective of the building clean while also capturing a good portion of the sky (shifting the lens upward).
I adjusted the Vello trigger's sensitivity to the point at which it was triggered by the ambient street lights and then backed off the sensitivity just slightly. It took me a few test shots to nail down my exposure settings (adjusting aperture and ISO to properly expose for the lightning and shutter speed to properly expose for the buildings), but I finally worked it out.
After about 30-40 minutes there was a break in the rain where lightning was striking within the camera's field of view. I captured lightning bolts in three different images, and this one captured at 4:07am was the best of the bunch. The camera also triggered when lightning flashed outside the camera's field of view, but those images simply showed a brightened sky.
After about an hour and a half of shooting (well after getting this shot), I went home and immediately edited the image and posted it to Facebook where it blew up in popularity, easily besting any other image I've ever posted to social media. It was shared by the official Facebook page of our county (where it has garnered over 1,400 likes and almost 200 shares this weekend) as well as being shared on the Facebook pages of our town mayor and a local radio DJ.
Unfortunately, I was quite tired when originally editing and posting the image and didn't notice how warm I left the image's color balance. I cooled down the color balance (but still left it slightly warm) in the image uploaded to Flickr (shown above).
Could I have captured this image without the lightning trigger? Of course. To do so, I would have needed to continuously fire the camera in interval mode (either using an intervelometer or simply pushing the shutter button every time an exposure ended), but using the dedicated lightning trigger made the process much easier. The lightning trigger was also handy when trying to find the right exposure variables (as the camera wasn't continuously firing, camera settings could be adjusted as normal). Also, using the trigger meant that I didn't have to wade through hundreds of images to find the ones where lightning actually struck.
Misc. Takeaways
  • When posting images to social media, timing is important. As I posted the image soon after getting home, the morning lighting storm was still fresh in everyone's mind (many people woke up to the storm), so the image was even more relevant.
  • Even though I was shooting beneath an awning, a lens hood (which I forgot to bring) would have helped protect the lens's front element from raindrops blown by the wind. The image above shows evidence of rain being on the front element.
  • An image that has nothing to do with your bread-and-butter, money-making photography (for me – portraiture, architecture and advertising) can actually help you get business. A former headshot client of mine contacted me later that day to congratulate me on the image and then requested a quote for portrait-based advertising images for his company. The proceeds from that job alone would easily cover half the investment in an EOS 5Ds. Aside from that, I've also had requests for print purchases of the image.
You can see a larger version of the image on Flickr.
EXIF Info:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt-Shift
24mm, f/8, 10 sec, ISO 100
Post Date: 4/13/2015 9:51:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon 200-400 L IS Captures Black Bear Cub and an Iris
With the amazing Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens getting a nearly-equally amazing $800.00 price reduction, I felt compelled to share an image captured with this lens.
In the spring, black bears come out of hibernation and the cubs enter their new world, full of first-time experiences waiting to happen. This little cub may have never seen an iris before and though it was still nursing from its mom, must have thought the iris looked like candy. After pulling some unopened flower buds from their stems and carrying them around like toys, this little cub approached the big open flower. It proceeded with great effort to pull the flower off of the stem. Too cute.
With a cub this young, you can count on the mother being close by. The zoom focal length range of this lens allowed me to frame the cub reasonably tightly at 560mm with the built-in 1.4x extender switched into the optical path (with some cropping) and then quickly zoom out to 270mm sans extender to vertically capture the momma bear standing upright with a cub between her legs. No single prime lens would have worked in this situation (unless the widest-needed focal length was selected with most images needed significant cropping).
Leave your own caption for this image in the comments!
Check out the huge list of significant Canon L lens price reductions in addition to the 200-400 L II's $800.00 price drop.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr and Google+. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Camera and Lens Settings
560mm  f/5.6  1/250s
ISO 1000
3914 x 2609px
Post Date: 4/13/2015 10:30:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
MindShift Gear House of Cards CF/SD Card Holder
Between now and May 15th, MindShift Gear is offering a free House of Cards CF/SD card holder ($19.99 value) with the purchase of any of their backpacks plus free grounds shipping.
The rebate form to claim the free memory card holder can be downloaded here.
Post Date: 4/13/2015 8:38:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head
For a limited time, B&H has the Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head available for $99.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $149.95.
Product Highlights
  • Supports 8.8 lb (4 kg)
  • 65mm Ball Diameter
  • 2-Stage Leg Design
  • Height Adjustment Range - 27.6" to 59"
  • Middle Spreader
  • Fixed Counter Balance
  • Fixed Pan / Tilt Drag
  • +20/-25mm Slide Range
  • With Quick Release Plate
  • Tilt Angle - +90° / -60°
Post Date: 4/13/2015 6:19:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera available for $1,414.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,699.00 after $100.00 instant savings.
You may also qualify for $28.28 in eBay Bucks with this purchase.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty. However, the auction advertises that the item comes with a 1-year warranty provided by the seller.
Update: eBay seller BigValueInc just posted a 7D Mark II deal for $1,299.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/13/2015 6:12:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, April 12, 2015
Apple 12
B&H has the new Apple 12" Macbooks available for preorder.
Category: Apple Preorders
Post Date: 4/12/2015 5:12:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
The MSRP on a huge selection of Canon "L" lenses has just been lowered. We don't know if these price drops are permanent or temporary, so now would be a good time to "Add to Cart" if you've had your eye on one of these lenses.
See below for details:
Canon Price Drops
LensOrig. PricePrice DropNew Price
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM Fisheye$1,349.00$100.00$1,249.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM$1,699.00$100.00$1,599.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM$1,199.00$100.00$1,099.00
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM$839.00$40.00$799.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM$1,999.00$100.00$1,899.00
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM$1,149.00$150.00$999.00
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM$2,549.00$100.00$2,449.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM$2,199.00$100.00$2,099.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM$1,439.00$100.00$1,339.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM$1,299.00$100.00$1,199.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM$709.00$60.00$649.00
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM$1,449.00$100.00$1,349.00
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x$11,799.00$800.00$10,999.00
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM$2,249.00$150.00$2,099.00
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift$2,249.00$100.00$2,149.00
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM$1,649.00$100.00$1,549.00
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift$1,999.00$100.00$1,899.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM$1,549.00$100.00$1,449.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM$2,099.00$100.00$1,999.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro$949.00$50.00$899.00
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM$1,049.00$50.00$999.00
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro$1,499.00$100.00$1,399.00
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS$5,999.00$300.00$5,699.00
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM$779.00$30.00$749.00
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM$6,599.00$500.00$6,099.00
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM$1,449.00$100.00$1,349.00
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II$10,499.00$500.00$9,999.00
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM$1,339.00$90.00$1,249.00
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM$9,499.00$500.00$8,999.00
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM$11,999.00$500.00$11,499.00
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM$13,499.00$500.00$12,999.00
Canon Extender EF 1.4x III$449.00$20.00$429.00
Canon Extender EF 2x III$449.00$20.00$429.00
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/12/2015 7:56:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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