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 Thursday, March 9, 2017
From B&H:
Women of Influence is an inspirational look at the talent, drive, and perseverance that forged some remarkable photographic and filmmaking careers.
 
Ten leading women explore their works, the stories of how each built careers, overcame challenges, and developed signature styles.
Two videos were released March 8 and more videos will be released each week through May 10. The two videos released yesterday can be seen below.
 
Women of Influence: Cristina Mittermeier
 
Women of Influence: Barbara Davidson
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 3/9/2017 5:51:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Angler Muslin Backgrounds (White or Black, 10 x 12') available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $58.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Seamless, Durable 10 x 12' Fabric
  • Absorbs Light & Eliminates Reflections
  • Sewn-In 4" Rod Sleeve for Hanging
  • Machine Wash, Tumble Dry Low
  • Included See-Through Zippered Carry Bag
Post Date: 3/9/2017 5:15:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount available for $595.00 with free shipping. Regularly $895.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Automatically Captures Panoramic Images
  • Gigapixel Panoramas with Amazing Detail
  • For Camera & Lenses up to 10 lb (4.5kg)
  • Free GigaPan Stitch Software Download
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack and Charger
  • Digital Trigger Cables Included
  • Includes Camera Mount Vice/Clamp
Post Date: 3/9/2017 5:07:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 8, 2017
B&H has the Canon PowerShot G9 X Digital Camera available for $399.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $529.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 20.2MP 1" High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3x Optical Zoom f/2.0-4.9 Lens
  • 28-80mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • ISO 12800 and 6 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Intelligent IS and Manual Control Ring
  • Dedicated Star Mode Shooting
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/8/2017 2:27:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
In 1962, the US government prevented US citizens from traveling to Cuba. In 2015 the US and Cuba started to normalize diplomatic relations. It is now easier for US citizens to travel to this island nation. This is good news for all photographers, including underwater image-makers. Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen), is an archipelago that has been an underwater national park since 1996.
 
Join Larry and Olga as they explore this rich underwater environment.
Post Date: 3/8/2017 8:00:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Zeiss 18mm f/2.8 Milvus Lens Review.
 
Just another great Milvus lens to tempt you with.
 
B&H has the Zeiss 18mm f/2.8 Milvus Lens in stock.
Post Date: 3/8/2017 7:33:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Glide Gear TMP 50 Adjustable Smartphone Mini Teleprompter available for $59.95 with free shipping. Regularly $139.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 70/30 Beamsplitter
  • 10' Reading Range
  • Prompter Phones/Tablets Up to 6.7"
  • Phones for Shooting Up to 6.2" Wide
  • Mirrorless, DSLR, and Action Cameras
  • Hook-and-Loop Hood Attachment
  • Collapsible for Transport/Storage
  • Soft-Sided Carry Case Included
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Cotton Carrier Endeavor Belt System for DSLR & Compact Cameras available for $39.00 with free shipping. Regularly $89.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds One DSLR or Compact Camera
  • For Lenses up to 70-200mm Zooms
  • Suitable for Light/Medium Activity
  • Adjustable Waist Belt up to 55"
  • Shoulder Strap with Sliding Tether
  • Included Accessories Pouch
  • Camera Hub with 1/4" Thread, Included
 Tuesday, March 7, 2017
With Nikon restructuring and slashing jobs, you may be interested to know how Canon plans to grow the various segments of its overall business in the coming years.
 
With that in mind, they've just published a slideshow presentaton from their Corporate Strategy Conference 2017. Here's the link:
 
Canon Corporate Strategy 2017 Presentation Material (.PDF)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/7/2017 1:35:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
In a recent post, we answered the question Should You Turn Off "IS" When Using Action-Stopping Shutter Speeds? One of the questions generated by that post asked if image stabilization should be turned off or left enabled when shooting from a tripod. So, we went back to our very-knowledgeable Canon representative with this question. Again, the information below should not be considered official Canon guidelines, but it comes from a person who has substantial knowledge about Canon lenses and their IS systems.
First off, let's be clear -- any discussion about Image Stabilization on a tripod refers ONLY to a truly rock-solid tripod, on a totally firm surface without vibrations from passing traffic and so on. In many real-world situations, we're using tripods and other supports in conditions that really aren't totally solid. A good test, before discussing the question any further: the next time you're mounted on a tripod, turn your camera's Live View on, and magnify the LCD monitor image to its greatest setting. It's sometimes amazing how much shake and movement there really is, even on a tripod.
 
The point is pretty clear. In any situation where you're not truly rock-steady, whether you're mounted on a tripod, or certainly a monopod, using Image Stabilization normally makes a great deal of sense.
 
However, since the launch of the first Canon Image Stabilized lens (the EF 75-300mm IS zoom lens, from 1995), Canon engineers have recommended switching IS off if and when you're mounted on a tripod. Again, this pre-supposes it's a truly rock-solid tripod.
 
Canon's optical Image Stabilization has definitely evolved since its launch in 1995, and there are now different versions for lightweight, less-expensive lenses (like the EF-S 18-55mm standard zoom for compact cameras) than the more advanced IS units we see in (for example) L-series super-telephoto lenses. Basically, current Canon EF and EF-S lenses can detect when there's a total absence of "shake" (in other words, solidly tripod mounted), and internally disable the Image Stabilization if it's left on. But in some lenses -- and it varies, depending on the IS design in the lens in question -- the moveable IS lens elements aren't locked and centered when the IS is disabled this way, and can sometimes be susceptible to slight movement during exposure. On such lenses, physically switching IS off with the switch on the lens allows the lens to lock and center these elements.
 
Again, there are variables -- too many to get into here, since it depends on which lens model, which version (in other words, how old is the lens in question), and so on. But the bottom line remains pretty simple. It's safer to just switch IS off if you know there will be a complete absence of camera and lens movement during exposure.
 
One other thing... Canon's optical Image Stabilization is designed as a tool to get sharper pictures at "normal" shutter speeds. While the slow-speed limits may vary slightly from one lens model to another, Image Stabilization is disabled if the system detects a shutter speed longer than roughly one full second. So for longer night-time exposures, expect to just turn IS off, because it won't have an effect in your final pictures.
 
Hope this helps clarify the questions about Canon's optical Image Stabilization when cameras are tripod mounted.
We hope that your knowledge of image stabilization is now one stop greater!
 
Shown in this post's image is a tripod that meets the rock-solid requirement. This is a Really Right Stuff Ground Level Tripod, now carried by B&H.
Post Date: 3/7/2017 8:35:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15 available for $89.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $149.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Photo and Video Editing Software Bundle
  • Edit & Organize with Touchscreen Devices
  • Frown & Squint Adjustments, Batch Edits
  • Camera Shake Reduction, Haze Removal
  • Supports Editing and Viewing 4K Movies
  • Hollywood Effects and Face Detection
  • Enhanced Search and Smart Tags
  • Guided Edits for Both Photo and Video
  • Built-In Social Media Sharing
  • For Mac OS X 10.10-11 & Windows 7, 8, 10
Post Date: 3/7/2017 6:23:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Konova K2 Slider (47.3") available for $199.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $269.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Roller Bearing Sliding System
  • 39.6 lb Load Capacity
  • 47.3" Track Length
  • Tension-Adjustable Ball Bearings
  • Friction Adjustable Knob
  • 3/8"-16 Tie-Down Screw
  • Detachable Legs with Rubber Ball Feet
  • Ruler for Precise & Repeatable Moves
  • Dual Oil Seals for Cleaning Rails
  • Carrying Bag
Post Date: 3/7/2017 6:09:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
D7200 Firmware Version 1.02
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.01 to 1.02
 
  • The WT-7 wireless transmitter is now supported.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • If On was selected for Auto distortion control, distortion would appear at the edges of photos taken with NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine selected for Image quality and Medium selected for Image size.
    • Pictures would sometimes not be recorded.
    • Optimal exposure would sometimes not be achieved in photos taken in live view using a lens with electromagnetically controlled aperture (type E and PC-E lenses).
Download: Nikon D7200 Firmware Version 1.02
 


D500 Firmware Version 1.12
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.11 to 1.12
 
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in unreliable connections between the camera and the iOS 10.2 version of the SnapBridge app.
Download: Nikon D500 Firmware Version 1.12
 


D750 Firmware Version 1.11
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.10 to 1.11
 
  • The WT-7 wireless transmitter is now supported.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • If On was selected for Auto distortion control, distortion would appear at the edges of photos taken with NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine selected for Image quality and Medium selected for Image size.
    • The option chosen for Custom Setting f5 (Customize command dials) > Change main/sub in CUSTOM SETTINGS MENU group f (Controls) would not be saved when Save settings was selected for Save/load settings in the SETUP MENU.
    • Pictures would sometimes not be recorded.
Download: Nikon D750 Firmware Version 1.11
 


D810 Firmware Version 1.12
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.11 to 1.12
 
  • The WT-7 wireless transmitter is now supported.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • Multiple exposures were not recorded correctly.
    • Incorrect histograms would be displayed for some images viewed in the RGB histogram display during playback.
    • If On was selected for Auto distortion control, distortion would appear at the edges of photos taken with NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine selected for Image quality and Medium selected for JPEG/TIFF recording > Image size.
    • Photos taken immediately after lenses were exchanged would not be recorded at the correct exposure.
    • The protect icon did not display correctly.
    • If On was selected for Auto distortion control, the camera would stop responding when the user attempted to take pictures with NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine selected for Image quality, Small selected for NEF (RAW) recording > Image size, and RAW primary - JPEG secondary selected for Secondary slot function.
    • Shutter speeds for the electronic front-curtain shutter would sometimes be faster than 1/2000 s.
    • Pictures would sometimes not be recorded.
Download: Nikon D810 Firmware Version 1.12
 


WT-7 Firmware Version 1.1
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.0 to 1.1
 
  • The D810, D810A, D750, and D7200 are now supported.
  • HTTP server mode is now available in Turkish.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented PASV mode connections to certain f
Download: Nikon WT-7 Firmware Version 1.1
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/7/2017 5:19:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 6, 2017
Just posted: Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens Review.
 
For those able to afford this lens, it is the first Sony lens to buy.
 
Please note that the image quality results currently shown (processed in Lightroom) will soon be replaced with Capture One-processed results. Lightroom forces Sony lens aberration correction (minimally correcting lateral CA) for lenses it has a profile for and lens corrections built into the processing hides lens flaws.
 
B&H has the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 3/6/2017 7:44:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Tamron has extended its instant and mail-in rebate programs through April 29 with minor changes which went into effect March 5, the most notable change being that the Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD now qualifies for a $100.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Lenses Eligible for Instant Rebates
 
Lenses Eligible for Mail-in Rebates
 
While not officially listed in the rebate material, the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO VC USD also qualifies for a $250.00 instant savings.
 
Tamron Rebate Details
 
ModelRebate AmountAuthorized Retailers
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy$80.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens Buy20.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$30.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro Lens Buy$250.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Post Date: 3/6/2017 7:23:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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