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 Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Lensbaby Composer Pro with Edge 80 Optic
With the introduction of the Lensbaby Composer II, the original Lensbaby Composer Pro has been reduced to clear out inventory. Now you can get the Lensbaby Composer Pro with Edge 80 Optic for only $299.95 with free expedited shipping. Originally $499.95.
Post Date: 11/17/2015 7:30:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
HGST 6TB Deskstar 3.5
B&H has the HGST 6TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA Internal Hard Drive available for $269.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.00.
Product Highlights
  • 6TB Storage Capacity
  • 7200 rpm Rotational Speed
  • 128 MB Cache Memory Buffer
  • 1 Million Hours MTBF
  • 6 Gb/s SATA Interface
Note: HGST hard drives consistently have a very low failure rate which is why I chose them for my own home photo storage needs. [Sean]
Post Date: 11/17/2015 6:30:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens
B&H has the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens (White Box) available for $149.00 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $199.00 in retail packaging.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/17/2015 5:40:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Polsen VMS-1080 Stereo DSLR/Video Condenser Microphone
B&H has the Polsen VMS-1080 Stereo DSLR/Video Condenser Microphone available for $79.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $99.95.
Product Highlights
  • Great for Video & DSLR Cameras
  • Stereo X/Y Condenser Microphone
  • Switchable High-Pass Filter
  • Switchable -10 dB Pad
  • Includes Fur Wind-Cover
  • Includes Foam Windscreen
  • Includes Shockmount
  • 3.5mm Mini-Plug Output Connector
  • Power LED
Post Date: 11/17/2015 5:26:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 16, 2015
Tamrac G26 and G32 Camera Bags (Charcoal)
From Tamrac/Gura Gear:
Gura Gear is now Tamrac. One vision. One focus. One purpose.
At Gura Gear, we've always had one vision: to carry your photography dreams to the ends of the earth. Gura Gear developed a bit of a reputation for camera bags that are durable, beautiful, functional and capable of traveling to the ends of the earth. We are not interested in resting on our reputation.
To grow and spread our ideas to a wider audience, we bought Tamrac in 2014, a brand with a nearly 40 year heritage and a global network. Now, we've taken the best of Gura Gear and injected it into the all new Tamrac.
Introducing the new Tamrac G-Elite series. Built on Gura Gear's DNA, the all new G32 and G26 introduce tougher, lighter fabrics and new features – like that laptop sleeve you all have been clamoring for – and kept all the things you love like feather light bags that protect your equipment from the overhead compartment all the way to the land rover.
Gura Gear lives on as Tamrac G-Elite. The apex of volume efficient, lightweight camera carrying.
Where is Gura Gear going? The same place it has always gone – to the ends of the earth.
The Tamrac G-Elite bags will be available soon from authorized retailers.
Post Date: 11/16/2015 9:31:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
PNY 128GB High Performance MicroSDXC 60MB/s Class 10 UHS-I
Post Date: 11/16/2015 7:55:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/2 Lens
Image quality results have been added to the Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/2 Lens page.
This lens is almost as beautiful as the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Milvus Lens.
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/2 Lens in Canon mount in stock with the Nikon mount version available for preorder.
Post Date: 11/16/2015 7:28:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Zeiss Milvus 21mm Lens Top View with Hood
Post Date: 11/16/2015 7:23:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera
The Canon Store has some significant discounts on select refurbished gear right now. See below for details.
Select Deals (see link above for list of all deals)
Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,719.20470.201,249.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II1,439.20440.20999.00
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM559.99280.00279.99
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/16/2015 6:33:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Vello Ringbox
For a limited time, B&H has the Vello Ringbox available for $69.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $89.95.
Product Highlights
  • Diffuses Flash into Ring-Shaped Light
  • Compatible with Most DSLRs and Flashes
  • Attaches to Lens and Flash Head
  • Collapses Down to 8"
  • Magnetic Rod Setup
  • Weighs 1 lb
  • Zippered Carrying Bag Included
Post Date: 11/16/2015 5:39:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 & Premiere Elements 14
B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 & Premiere Elements 14 available for $89.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $149.99.
Product Highlights
  • Photo and Video Editing Software Bundle
  • Camera Shake Reduction, Haze Removal
  • Refined Hair and Pet Fur Selections
  • Application-Based Resizing Guides
  • Supports Editing and Viewing 4K Movies
  • Video Story and Favorite Moments Modes
  • Hollywood Effects, Motion Effects
  • Guided Edits for Both Photo and Video
  • Built-In Social Media Sharing
  • For Mac OS X 10.9-10 & Windows 7, 8, 10
The stand-alone versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are also available for only $59.99 each. Regularly $99.99 each.
Post Date: 11/16/2015 5:22:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
K-Tek KE-89CC Avalon Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable
B&H has the K-Tek KE-89CC Avalon Aluminum Boompole with Internal Coiled XLR Cable available for $119.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $179.95.
Product Highlights
  • Measures 2' 5"-7' 2"
  • 4 Locking Sections
  • Internal Coiled Cable
  • Bottom XLR Connection
  • Captive-Collet Coupling System
 Sunday, November 15, 2015
Brenthaven BX2 Large Shoulder Bag
For a limited time, B&H has the Brenthaven BX2 Large Shoulder Bag available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $69.95.
Product Highlights
  • Fits 2 DSLRs Plus 3-4 Lenses, Flash
  • Holds 70-200mm f/2.8 with Hood Reversed
  • Water-Resistant Speed Zip Opening
  • Tethered LED Light for Low Light Use
  • Front Organizer Pocket / Side Pockets
  • Snap Coupled Front Flap
  • Interchangeable Foam Dividers
  • Water-Resistant, Ballistic Nylon
  • Removable Shoulder Strap
  • Pull Out Rain Cover
Post Date: 11/15/2015 7:20:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 13, 2015
Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrellas
B&H has an assortment of Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrellas available for $99.90 with free expedited shipping and each umbrella comes with a free diffuser ($29.90 value). Regularly $154.90 including diffuser.
Post Date: 11/13/2015 1:32:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
My Camera Selection for Katmai National Park, AK
My coastal Katmai National Park brown bear photography trip was a big one for me and I wanted to take the best-available gear with me. As the camera is the foundation for a photo kit and the Canon EOS 5Ds R, with its incredible resolution, great color and very good noise performance with a handling, feature and AF package to match has proven to be, for me, the ultimate camera to build a kit around. With a pair of these bodies in my kit, it was not hard to select them as two of my bodies. The question remaining was, what was going to be the third body?
On such a trip, I seldom take less than three camera bodies. Although I sometimes use all three at once, more frequently is that the third is ready for backup use in case something unfortunate happens to one or both front line bodies. With a significant amount of wading in various depths of water (including salt water) involved on this trip, one fall and the unfortunate could easily become a reality. And, I wasn't going to be receiving a next day air shipment via UPS or FEDEX out there.
Back to the which camera question ... my options included taking my Canon EOS 1D X, taking my Canon EOS 7D Mark II or getting another 5Ds R (rent or buy). Great AF was paramount in this decision, but ... all three cameras are excellent in this regard.
The 1D X's extremely fast frame rate was an especially attractive feature for bears in action and that I already owned this camera made it a cost effective solution. That I would need to take an additional charger/batteries was a downside as was the "only" 18-megapixel resolution.
The 7D II's primary advantages were not dissimilar from the 1D X: the fast frame rate and the budgetary concern as I already owned one of these as well. That this camera shared the 5Ds R's battery system was a positive feature. That the smaller APS-C sensor would show more high ISO noise at the same output dimensions and would not produce the same amount of background blur as the full frame options were negatives.
My primary question about the 5Ds R option was the frame rate – would 5 fps was going to be fast enough for the bears in action? Not far behind the frame rate concern was the additional cost factor. In the end, the 5Ds R's ultra-high resolution full frame sensor with 7D II-matching pixel density (reach) and along with the latest-available feature set won my favor. And, I simply love this camera. While this need was ideal for the rental option, I opted for the additional purchase in this case. My camera math said that the over-two-weeks rental cost was greater than the purchase price minus resale value minus additional use value. I'll get plenty of use from this body to justify the cost of ownership.
Having three identical cameras meant that switching bodies required no thought (though the 7D II is essentially the same also). They all had the same controls, the same menu options and the same setup configuration.
Was 5 fps fast enough? It was. While I am an opportunist when it comes to subjects, my primary photography subjects were brown bears. Bears (unless sleeping) are in nearly constant erratic motion and present an AF challenge, but they were mostly moving in slow to medium speed. One exception was when they were trying to catch salmon, but even then they weren't moving close to the speed of a bird in flight, as an example. I had plenty of photo opportunities and could often time single frames with body positions I found favorable.
Would a faster frame rate have been better? Yes, there were probably some shots I missed due to the frame rate not being fast enough, but ... having to sort through a 2x higher image volume a faster frame rate would have generated would have completely buried me. It will take me many months to work through the daunting roughly-10,000 bear images I captured on this trip.
Was high ISO performance important? Definitely. The trip started out with an approximately 28 hour float plane departure delay due to rain and heavy fog and things didn't get much better with 2 of the four remaining days on the coast holding the same weather. My most-used ISO setting was 3200. The ultra-high resolution, full-frame 5Ds R has a noticeable advantage at ISO 3200 when resized to a similar resolution as the 7D Mark II.
Was the ultra-high 50 megapixel resolution an advantage? Definitely. While I'm still teaching myself that it is OK to frame a bit looser with the ultra-high resolution being delivered by the 5Ds/5Ds R, I have many 600mm images that will be cropped due to the distance of the subject. These images can be cropped down to a 960mm-equivalent angle of view with the 7D II-equivalent 20 megapixel image remaining. With the range of focal lengths I had along, a majority of my images will remain at or near full resolution, resulting in great detail for very large output.
While I titled this photo "Brown Bears Fighting" and technically they are fighting, this is a mother and her second year cub. The mother is teaching the cub to fight, but the fierceness was toned down to more like hard playing. This is an uncropped EOS 5Ds R image captured with the EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens.
Fortunately, the playing lasted a long time and I was able to capture a large variety of shots of the behavior. I varied the aperture during the event, but only between f/4 and f/5.6 with some additional depth of field being the narrower aperture goal. In AI Servo AF mode with the one-up-from-center focus point selected and placed on the left bear's leg, the plane of sharp focus aligned ideally over the bears' noses. This placement kept both faces sharp even at f/4 and the wide aperture removed all background distractions.
I have no regrets regarding my camera choice - I would make the same decision again. Hopefully my camera decision logic made sense to you. If not, ask questions!
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Post Date: 11/13/2015 10:48:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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